Friday, February 28, 2014

My Jane Austen Etiquette and Regency Era Lexicon Grows

"High-change in Bond Street, - ou- la Politesse du Grande Monde."  Sums up some rudeness in the Regency Era;   Fashionably dressed pedestrians on Bond Street. In the foreground, five men crowd a woman and girl off the sidewalk as they leer at them. The women, seen from the back, are oddly dressed. In the background, three ladies, also in exaggerated costumes, walking arm-in-arm in the roadway.

As I continue to read these books of Jane Austen's, I cannot help doing a bit of research.  I guess it is just a natural thing I should not fight.  So the following is my 3rd installment of definitions in my lexicon of Regency Era words and phrases:

Alloy : tempering, or tainting, through emotions

Brook: put up with something painful or difficult


Casino: point-scoring card game in which players combine cards exposed on the table with the cards in their hands, the 10 of diamonds being the highest-valued card
No, Anne Elliot's sister does not suffer from colicky gout. She suffers from hypochondriasis.
Colicky gout: abdominal pain and swollen joints, especially the toes and feet

Consequences: a pencil-and-paper game for several players, in which each player adds a line of a story without knowing with the previous lines are. The resulting stories are incongruous and humorous.
"While they were at breakfast, the letters were brought in. Among the rest there was one for Colonel Brandon; he took it, looked at the direction, changed color, and immediately left the room." from "Sense and Sensibility

Direction: return address

Douceur: pleasantry


Exigence: exigency; urgency


Illiberal: narrow minded; bigoted


Importune: troublesome; overly persistent in request or demand
Best dressed goose I've seen in a while!
Michaelmas: September 29th, the feast in honor of Saint Michael. One tradition is that if a young lady finds the ring hidden in a Michaelmas pie, she will soon marry.

Natural child: child born out of wedlock


Pall-Mall: main thoroughfare in the Saint James district of London
Queen Mab is a fairy referred to in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.  She later appears in other poetry and literature, including Jane Austen's
Queen Mab: Queen of the fairies in English literature

Rubber: session or round of playing a card game

1 comment:

  1. You must have fun choosing the photos for these lists. I am always smiling, and get occasional chuckles as I read the captions and see what you have picked for them.

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