Ah, Jane Austen! It was tremendous fun preparing this theme of words from her Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, and was a true embarrassment of riches, for there were enough fine words for three themes. So we can look forward to revisiting this theme twice in the near future.
verdure – lush green vegetation
– Jane Austin, Emma, ch. 6
Austen uses today's word in a sense other than the familiar meaning.
collation – a light, informal meal (also, the act of collating)
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, ch. 27
repine – 1. to feel or express discontent 2. to long for something
from Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, chapters 24 and 41:
Wholly inattentive to her sister's feelings, Lydia flew about the house in restless ecstasy, calling for everyone's congratulations, and laughing and talking with more violence than ever; whilst the luckless Kitty continued in the parlour repine at her fate in terms as unreasonable as her accent was peevish.
Time to catch up a bit on words-of-the-day. My apologies.
raillery – good-humored banter or teasing repartee; jesting language.
moiety – one of two roughly-equal parts; a half. Typically use of a deceased's estate.
What a fine description of Mrs. Jennings here!
Their mother had nothing, and their father only seven thousand pounds in his own disposal; for the remaining moiety of his first wife's fortune was also secured to her child, and he had only a life-interest in it.
– Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, ch. 7 and 1
outré – conspicuously unconventional, eccentric, or bizarre
[pronounce the vowel sounds and accent as in 'today']
Ms. Austen uses a different spelling in Mr. Frank Churchill's catty description.
– Jane Austen, Emma, ch. 8
obtrude – (of a thought or a person: ) to thrust itself (or himself), unwelcome, upon a person's company or attention.
– Allan Ramsay, British diplomacy in the Queen's reign: 1952-2002, Contemporary Review, August, 2002
"How you can bear such recollections, is astonishing to me!– They will sometimes obtrude– but how you can court them!"
– Jane Austen, Emma, ch. 54
All connection between us seemed now dissolved. I thought too ill of him to invite him to Pemberley, or admit his society in town. ... How he lived I know not. But last summer he was again most painfully obtruded on my notice.
... she began, as they met, to admire the beauty of the place; ... when some unlucky recollections obtruded, and she fancied that praise of Pemberley from her might be mischievously construed. Her colour changed, and she said no more.
– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, ch. 35 and 43
Webster's Unabridged distinguishes obtrude from intrude: "To intrude is to thrust one's self into a place, society, etc., without right, or uninvited; to obtrude is to force one's self, remarks, opinions, etc., into society or upon persons with whom one has no such intimacy as to justify such boldness."This message has been edited. Last edited by: wordcrafter,