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Date: 19 Nov 2011 Title: Christmas Letters and Jane

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1. Author of Mothers of the Novel: 100 good women writers before Jane Austen (7)
5. is the longest river in Asia, and the third-longest in the world (7)
9. A dialect of ancient Greek spoken in the Peloponnesus, Crete, certain of the Aegean Islands, Sicily, and southern Italy (5)
10. an advanced behavior whereby an individual observes and replicates another's (9)
11. Her needlework both plain and ________ was excellent, and she might have put a sewing machine to shame.James Edward Austen-Leigh about Jane Austen (10)
12. 1788 Summer Mr and Mrs Austen take JA and Cassandra on a trip to ____and London. (4)
13. Of or pertaining to a subdean or subdeanery. (10)
16. Mary's ____ gown! My mother must be in agonies. I have a great mind to have my ____ gown dyed some time or other. I proposed it once to you, and you made some objection, I forget what. It is the fashion of flounces that gives it particular expediency. JA Letters (4)
18. Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. (4)
19. 'Jane Daughter of the Revd Mr George Austen Rector of this Parish, & Cassandra his wife was Privately Baptizd Decr 17th 1775 Rec'd into the Church April 5th 1776' (10)
21. Martha will have wet races and catch a bad cold; in other respects I hope she will have much pleasure at them, and that she is free from ear-____ now. I am glad she likes my cap so well. I assure you my old one looked so smart yesterday that I was asked two or three times before I set off whether it was not my new one. (4)
22. I thank you for your long letter, which I will endeavour to deserve by writing the rest of this as closely as possible. I am full of joy at much of your information; that you should have been to a ball, and have danced at it, and supped with the Prince, and that you should meditate the purchase of a new muslin gown, are delightful circumstances. I am determined to buy a handsome one whenever I can, and I am so tired and ashamed of half my present stock, that I even blush at the sight of the wardrobe which contains them. But I will not be much longer libelled by the possession of my coarse spot; I shall turn it into a petticoat very soon. I wish you a merry Christmas, but no compliments of the season. (10)
26. It was the knowledge that your Majesty so highly appreciated the works of Jane Austen which emboldened me to ask permission to dedicate to your Majesty these volumes, containing as they do numerous letters of that authoress, of which, as her grand-nephew, I have recently become possessed. These letters are printed, with the exception of a very few omissions which appeared ________ desirable, just as they were written, and if there should be found in them, or in the chapters which accompany them, anything which may interest or amuse your Majesty, I shall esteem myself doubly fortunate in having been the means of bringing them under your Majesty's notice. Brabourne (9)
27. He heard from Bath yesterday. Lady B. continues very well, and Dr. Parry's opinion is, that while the water agrees with her she ought to remain there, which throws their coming away at a greater uncertainty than we had supposed. It will end, perhaps, in a fit of the gout, which may prevent her coming away. Louisa thinks her mother's being so well may be quite as much _____ to her being so much out of doors as to the water. (5)
28. is a reddish-brown ochre-like earth color pigment used in traditional oil painting (7)
29. A prescribed form or set of forms for public religious worship (7)


1. David Garrick (1717-1779) engaged Sarah in his company at Drury Lane in 1775, where she appeared as Portia in The Merchant of Venice on 29 December 1775. Her London debut, however, was not successful and she spent the next six years touring the theatres in England, working in York, Liverpool and Manchester in 1776-77 and Bath in 1778 (7)
2. For we Englishmen are born under the domination of the moon, which is never steadfast but ever wavering, waxing one season and waning and decreasing another season. And that common English that is spoken in one shire varies from another, so that in my days it happened that certain merchants were in a ship on the Thames to sail over the sea to Zealand, and for lack of wind, they tarried at Foreland, and went to land to refresh themselves. And one of them named Sheffelde, a mercer, came to a house and asked for food, and especially he asked for egges, and the good woman answered that she could speak no French. And the merchant was angry, for he also could speak no French, but wanted to have egges, and she did not understand him. And then at last another said that he wanted eyren. Then the good woman said that she understood him well. Lo, what should a man in these days now write, egges or ____? Certainly it is heard to please every man, because of diversity and change of language. William Caxton (5)
3. There were twenty dances, and I danced them all, and without any fatigue. I was glad to find myself capable of dancing so much, and with so much satisfaction as I did; from my slender enjoyment of the Ashford balls (as assemblies for dancing) I had not thought myself equal to it, but in cold weather and with few couples I fancy I could just as well dance for a week together as for half an hour. My black cap was openly admired by Mrs. Lefroy, and secretly I imagine by everybody else in the room. (8)
4. The History of England from the ____ of Henry the 4thto the death of Charles the 1st. By a partial, prejudiced, & ignorant Historian. (5)
5. 'I shall not tell you anything more of Wm. Digweed's china, as your silence on the subject makes you unworthy of it.' (9)
6. Turgenev a noted Russian novelist and playwright. His novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as a major work of 19th-century fiction (4)
7. 1. William was gone;?and the home he had left her in was?Fanny could not conceal it from herself?in almost every respect, the very reverse of what she could have wished. It was the abode of noise, disorder, and impropriety. Nobody was in their right place, nothing was done as it ought to be 2. 'But it's a surface simplicity, there is a lot more going on. It combines wish fulfilment with a sense of the unlikelihood of it happening. There is always a modification to the romantic ending which points us back to real life.' Denise Winterman (9)
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14. His hearing began to deteriorate in his late twenties, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf. (9)
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17. a person who shifts allegiance from one loyalty or ideal to another, betraying or deserting an original cause by switching to the opposing side or party (8)
18. Catherine was the youngest daughter of the Spanish rulers Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. In 1501 she married Prince Arthur, eldest son of King Henry VII of England. Arthur died the following year, and shortly afterward she was betrothed to Prince Henry, the second son of Henry VII. (7)
20. A small, hand-held bouquet popular in mid- 19th-century Victorian England as an accessory carried by fashionable ladies (7)
23. a large rope used to unmoor, or heave up the anchors of a ship, by transmitting the effort of the capstan to the cables (5)
24. Any of several willows having long rodlike twigs used in basketry, especially the Eurasian Salix viminalis and S. purpurea (5)
25. Get almonds. Grind them and set them to boil with good bouillon, along with a bouquet of herbs, a bit of lemon pulp and a little breadcrumb; then season that with salt. Take care they don?t burn, stirring them frequently and strain them. Then get your bread and simmer it in the best bouillon you have. After you have deboned some roast partridge of capon get some good bouillon, cook all of the bones with a few mushroom and strain everything through a cloth. Simmer your bread in the bouillon and as it is simmering sprinkle it with the almond milk, and with meat stock then add in a little chopped partridge flesh or capon until it is full. Then get the fire shovel, heat it to red hot and pass it over the top. Garnish your pottage with cockscombs,pistachios pomegranate seeds and neat stock.Then serve. Recipe for Nicholl's White (4)