8 Matching Annotations
  1. May 2019
    1. Hertfordshire

      County directly North of London

    2. ensigncy

      "The rank or position of an ensign in the army" (OED).

    3. entail

      "Law. The action of entailing; the state of being entailed. The settlement of the succession of a landed estate, so that it cannot be bequeathed at pleasure by anyone possessor; the rule of descent settled for any estate; the fixed or prescribed line of devolution" (OED).

    4. guinea

      "A gold coin issued in England from 1663 to 1813 and worth one pound and one shilling" (OED).

    5. connubial

      "Of or pertaining to marriage, or the married state; nuptial, matrimonial" (OED).

  2. Feb 2019
    1. “He has only two thousand pounds of his own; it would be madness to marry upon that, though for my own part I could give up every prospect of more without a sigh. I have been always used to a very small income, and could struggle with any poverty for him; but I love him too well to be the selfish means of robbing him, perhaps, of all that his mother might give him if he married to please her. We must wait, it may be for many years. With almost every other man in the world, it would be an alarming prospect; but Edward’s affection and constancy nothing can deprive me of, I know.”

      As someone previously noted, the position of Edwards income is equivalent to about enough for one to live off of for a year, it was not nearly enough money to live the lifestyle that was so typically sought after by social classes. Even those who live a middle class lifestyle fantasize about having more money to spend as we saw the sisters talk about in previous chapters. Money was the most important part of societal class and how you ranked in life. The fact that this amount of money Edward has alone would not be enough to secure a future is important. Edward relies on his mother as Lucy notes this just before this passage I've chosen. Lucy insists that she is used to living a simple life and her love for him could not stop them from being together. I can't help but read this as Austen mocking Lucy's true character or perhaps it is the true Lucy just trying to deter her competition? I think there is much to be said for this passage although I'm not totally quite able to point my finger on Austen's intentions just yet. I do think its worth taking note of as Lucy's character begins to develop more through the story.

    2. The necessity of concealing from her mother and Marianne, what had been entrusted in confidence to herself, though it obliged her to unceasing exertion, was no aggravation of Elinor’s distress. On the contrary, it was a relief to her, to be spared the communication of what would give such affliction to them, and to be saved likewise from hearing that condemnation of Edward, which would probably flow from the excess of their partial affection for herself, and which was more than she felt equal to support.

      Going again off of the word exertion from class, we see this vocabulary choice again affiliated with Elinor. The degree of exertion on her part has occurred several times throughout the novel as we've discussed, and at times in different context. For Elinor, keeping the secret Lucy has bestowed upon her is difficult in the sense of what is right but not under the circumstances of understanding her personality. If I'm reading this passage correctly, "though it obliged her to unceasing exertion" refers to the effort it takes to partake in something that she views as perhaps morally incorrect. On the contrary this "unceasing exertion" is also a blessing and relief since Elinor sees no true positive outcome that can become of the situation. Understanding the affliction and heartache it will arouse in both Marianne and her mothers character is important to the analysis of how the word is used. In this case the exertion becomes understandable in Elinor's eyes to protect those she loves.

    3. The youthful infatuation of nineteen would naturally blind him to everything but her beauty and good nature; but the four succeeding years — years, which if rationally spent, give such improvement to the understanding, must have opened his eyes to her defects of education: while the same period of time, spent on her side in inferior society and more frivolous pursuits, had perhaps robbed her of that simplicity, which might once have given an interesting character to her beauty.

      This passage to me grasped a larger picture Ms. Austen is trying to illustrate to the reader. In Georgian society a woman is only regarded for such things as her beauty and age. Things like virtue hold more of a significance to what is considered "desired" or even "moral". These lines represent Austen's understanding of the world she lives in but also leaves room for the possibility of hope that some men whom she interacts with (AKA EDWARD!) may hold a deeper understanding of a woman's intelligence and her true worth as a person. This also shows the "sense" in Elinor's character as well as the "sense" she is hopeful Edward possess.