10 Matching Annotations
  1. Apr 2017
    1. casement

      "A window that opens like a door" (OED).

    2. abstruse

      "Difficult... opposite of obvious and easy" (OED).

    3. fettered

      "To bind; to enchain; to tie" (OED).

    4. disposition

      "temper of mind," (OED).

    5. who had chambers in the Temple,

      In other words, "who were lawyers." Edward's referencing the barrister's chambers in the Temple, an area of London.

    6. — — 

      These dashes don't have any grammatical meaning. Instead, Austen was notorious for her erratic punctuation. These dashes are her way of strengthening the emotional impact of whatever she just wrote.

    7. Columella’s.”

      A reference to a 1779 novel, Columella, or The Distressed Anchoret, a colloquial tale by Richard Graves. Susan Allen Ford points out how this rather esoteric reference to literature makes Elinor more alike her mother than previously indicated.

    8. smart

      "Smart" here meaning fashionable or trendy. The church isn't fashionable enough for Edward's family, but the army is too much so for him.

    9. cottage;

      An example of an early 19th century cottage, this one being the birthplace of author Thomas Hardy

    10. there was no necessity for my having any profession at all, as I might be as dashing and expensive without a red coat on my back as with one, idleness was pronounced on the whole to be the most advantageous and honourable,

      A 1799 income tax put a particular strain on the middle and upper classes at this time. For Edward, being idly rich could also be beneficial. His options for rewarding work are few.