Quotable Pride and Prejudice Winners


Answers to Pride and Prejudice quote questions:

    1. Jane Austen (the first line in the book)
    2. Elizabeth
    3. Mr. Bennet
    4. Elizabeth to Mrs. Gardiner – Exact quote: “What are men to rocks and mountains?”
    5. Elizabeth
    6. Elizabeth
    7. Darcy
    8. Darcy; 8. Mrs. Bennet
    9. Darcy
    10. Darcy
    11. Darcy
    12. Darcy
    13. Darcy
    14. Darcy
    15. Darcy

Every entrant missed at least one. Sometimes it was a case of too much information. For example: (4) Elizabeth did ask, “What are men to rocks and mountains,” but it was at the Gardiners’ house in Cheapside, not in Derbyshire. Also, “young men” is not in the original. I think it’s quite easy to mistake dialog in the film version for dialog in the book.

Mr. Bennet asked,”For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and to laugh at them in our turn?


Since no one answered all the quotes correctly, I have decided to give prizes to all three entrants. You may choose ebook copies of the entire Yours by Design series, ebook copies of the entire Guardian Trilogy, or an ebook of Understanding Elizabeth when it is published.

Please contact me with your choices and email addresses. You may message me on Facebook.

9 Years Ago Today

dreamstime_l_17222653WordPress informed me that this blog has been going for nine years.

I started blogging earlier that 2007, but I’ve deleted blogs from Blogger and other lesser-known, now dead blogging sites. Who knows how long I’ve been inflicting myself, Kardashianlike, on you poor people?

Thanks for taking the time to read our ramblings, and share with us.


Sifting Through Stuff

Deep within is an inner pack rat longing for expression...

Deep within me is an inner pack rat longing for expression…

Cue the theme song for TLC’s show Hoarding…

If it even has a theme song. I can never watch long enough to tell.

Because that show makes me nervous. Does my house resemble TLC’s photo? Um, no.

And yes. Because there are closets, stuffed drawers, dark corners. And those little piles beside my bed that grow.

I save too much. What can I say, I grew up collecting antiques. I would love to live in a crooked, rambling old house like Narnia’s Professor Digory Kirke, with all those rooms stuffed with curiosities.

But I don’t.

Anyway, they say the best time to declutter is when you are feeling it, when enough finally becomes enough. I reached this point tonight. I think it had something to do with having a nice fire burning on the hearth. The perfect opportunity to destroy paper clutter, right?

So satisfying, watching stuff burn.

hoarders-haulMy usual style is to attack the entire house like a maniac, tearing out far more than can be put away. Tonight reason prevailed, and I focused only on the area beside my bed. Yeah, those piles I mentioned earlier. I have been trying to be better organized, and today I covered some ground.

Or maybe I should say I uncovered it.

Amid the trash, precious treasures: Jewelry, unearthed in a drawer. A really great photo of my parents. Gift cards, put carefully in a “safe” place (that I promptly forgot about). Ha, and the copyright certificates from the Library of Congress for my Mercy’s Embrace books.

I also found cards sent by dear friends when I was gravely ill. How I enjoyed reading them again!

Is my home now perfect? Not by a long shot. But I’ve made headway in the bedroom. I feel more at ease in here, and that’s worth celebrating.

Next up, my close-top desk. Who knows what lurks inside? The rest of my missing jewelry, I hope.
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No Fanny Price winter for me!

Lovely to look at, impssiblle to heat. This is Aston Hall. Photo: Elliot Brown (Creative Commons Flickr)

Lovely to look at, impossible to heat.  Photo: Elliot Brown (Creative Commons Flickr)

The weather forecasters say a cold front is bearing down on the Pacific Northwest–and after it hits us it will make its way across the nation. Days of rain are set to return, too. For those of us who live in older, poorly-insulated houses, the struggle against the cold and damp is on.

Perhaps I should think of this as being similar to living in an English manor house? Brrr.

Fanny Price, Austen’s put-upon poor relation  and the heroine of Mansfield Park, had a small east room set aside for her use–but was never allowed to have a fire there. A freezing winter day, with snow on the ground, and she has no fire? Thank you, Aunt Norris.

They say the glory of storytelling is in the details. I wonder if, for the sake of economy, Jane Austen sometimes had to do without a fire?

Our house has baseboard electric heaters–the kind found in apartments–and they are costly to use and inefficient. So we have a passive “eco-friendly” electric heater instead. It keeps the house at 65 degrees. If we are home in the evening–and if we have wood–we light a fire.

The other half is in the backyard!

This is only half of it. Enough wood for two winters?

Ah, but this year we will be fireplace fools. Thanks to Darcy’s bounty (Darcy By Any Other Name), we threw caution to the wind and purchased of an entire cord of wood. Wow, that’s a lot of wood.

Bring on the damp winter weather, I’m set!
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Quotable Pride & Prejudice

Be the first to identify them all correctly and claim your prize.

My family members routinely quote literature to each other, as well as to non-family members (who usually don’t get the connection). Pride and Prejudice is our most-quoted book.

Here are some of our favorites:

1. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”


2. “My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.”

3. “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”

4. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

5. “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

6. “I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person.”

7. “Every savage can dance.”


8. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

8. “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

9. “We neither of us perform to strangers.”

10. “You find great amusement in occasionally professing opinions which, in fact, are not your own.”

11. “Disguise of every sort is my abhorrence.”

12. “I was in the middle before I knew I had begun.”

13. “My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.”


14. “She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me.”

15. “In vain, I have struggled. It will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Are you able to name the character or circumstance being quoted without researching?

First reader to correctly identify all of them can claim an e-book copy of Understanding Elizabeth when it is published.