Plain Jane: “Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience — or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.”
-Jane Austen in Sense and Sensibility
Jane’s heroines in Sense and Sensibility have much to hope for: with their father dead and all his possessions and wealth entailed away to their half-brother, Elinor and Marianne can only wait and hope for better fortune to come their way in the form of a good marriage. We don’t have to wait for that for our fortunes to change in 2013, but patience and hope is still a rather difficult pursuit. If Elinor and Marianne are any signs of what patience can get you though, I think it’s safe to say there’s much for us to hope for as well.