Recently someone told me that there’s no humor in classics. I’m going to prove them wrong. Here are my top five classic funny moments.
1)John loves Emma with a reasonable and therefore not a blind affection, and Isabella always thinks as he does; except when he is not quite frightened enough about the children.
Jane Austen. Emma (Kindle Locations 533-534).
2)My sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery, was more than twenty years older than I, and had established a great reputation with herself and the neighbours because she had brought me up “by hand.” Having at that time to find out for myself what the expression meant, and knowing her to have a hard and heavy hand, and to be much in the habit of laying it upon her husband as well as upon me, I supposed that Joe Gargery and I were both brought up by hand.
Charles Dickens. Great Expectations. Chapter Two
3) Quote 2: “He was not the Model Boy of the village. He knew the model boy very well though–and loathed him.”
Mark Twain. Tom Sawyer. Chapter 1, pg. 4
William Shakespeare. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Act I Scene I
5) No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine. Her situation in life, the character of her father and mother, her own person and disposition, were all equally against her. Her father was a clergyman, without being neglected, or poor, and a very respectable man, though his name was Richard—and he had never been handsome. He had a considerable independence besides two good livings—and he was not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters. Her mother was a woman of useful plain sense, with a good temper, and, what is more remarkable, with a good constitution. She had three sons before Catherine was born; and instead of dying in bringing the latter into the world, as anybody might expect, she still lived on—lived to have six children more—to see them growing up around her, and to enjoy excellent health herself. A family of ten children will be always called a fine family, where there are heads and arms and legs enough for the number; but the Morlands had little other right to the word, for they were in general very plain, and Catherine, for many years of her life, as plain as any. She had a thin awkward figure, a sallow skin without colour, dark lank hair, and strong features—so much for her person; and not less unpropitious for heroism seemed her mind.
Jane Austen. Northanger Abbey (Kindle Locations 41-50).
Well, there you go. Five classic quotes that proves there’s humor in classics. Hope you enjoy!