As you know, here at Austen Variations we’re doing a month-long scavenger hunt for all kinds of treasure and prizes. Today, I’m kicking off the theme with a fun little game. Below are nine Jane Austen quotes, each with one underlined word for you to unscramble. Make a note of those nine words, put them in your pocket, and then hop on over to my website/blog for the second half of the game. Prizes await!
You know the story; Willoughby fortuitously happens upon a lovely lady in distress. Miss Marianne Dashwood has sprained her ankle and needs rescuing!
The gentleman offered his services; and perceiving that her modesty nicleded what her situation rendered necessary, took her up in his arms without farther delay and carried her down the hill. (S&S, ch.9)
During the rehash of the Meryton assembly, Mrs. Bennet vents her bad opinion of Mr. Darcy:
“I beg you would not put it into Lizzy’s head to be vexed by his ill-treatment, for he is such a disagreeable man, that it would be quite a trofisemun to be liked by him.” (P&P, ch.5)
Mr. Knightley, uneasy about Emma’s new friendship with Harriet Smith, tries to enlist Mrs. Weston’s support to discourage it. But she’s not worried and claims some lingering authority, leftover from her days as Emma’s governess. She says,
“It has been so many years my province to give cevaid, that you cannot be surprized, Mr. Knightley, at this little remains of office.” (Emma, ch.5)
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you whom this quote, describing the Meryton assembly, refers to:
…he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was crodesived to be proud… (P&P, ch.3)
Here we have the vane Sir Walter Elliot’s indictment against the “dreadful multitude of ugly women of Bath.” If you think it’s a little harsh, keep in mind that he found the men “infinitely worse”!
…once… he had counted eighty-seven women go by, one after another, without there being a tolerable face among them. It had been a frosty morning, to be sure, a prash frost, which hardly one woman in a thousand could stand the test of. (Persuasion, ch.15)
The story of Emma begins as Miss Taylor has just become Mrs. Weston. Even though Emma proudly claims the match is of her own making, she knows she will miss having her friend under the same roof and with her every day.
….she was now in great danger of suffering from lactulintele solitude. She dearly loved her father, but he was no companion for her. (Emma, ch.1)
Marianne Dashwood resents Mrs. Jennings insinuations about Col. Brandon, whom she considers much so old that he “must have long outlived any sensation” of an amorous nature. Little does she know…
“It is too ridiculous! When is a man to be safe from such twi, if age and infirmity will not protect him?” (S&S, ch.8)
A miserable Fanny languishes in Portsmouth in the home of her birth parents, desperately wishing she could return to Mansfield Park:
William was gone; and the home he had left her in was, Fanny could not clocena it from herself, in almost every respect the very reverse of what she could have wished. (MP, ch.39)
I just love the light and clever banter between Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney when they first meet at the ball at the Lower Rooms! Don’t you? Here’s one small portion of it for your last word:
“Everybody allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly leafme. Nature may have done something, but I am sure it must be essentially assisted by the practice of keeping a journal.” (NA, ch.3)
You’re halfway there! Now click on over to shannonwinslow.com to discover where those words fit and what prizes you could win today!