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    2013 CONTESTS 


            Be the first to submit correct answers to the following questions and receive a prize at the December 18th meeting. Submit your answers to


Contest closes at midnight December 16th.


  • 1.     Who cried when Lydia Bennet left for Brighton?
  • Mrs. Bennet, Maria Lucas, Kitty Bennet.
  • 2.     Who was to watch the Gardner children while Mr. and Mrs. Gardner and Elizabeth Bennet vacationed in Derbyshire?
  • Mrs. Younge, Charlotte Lucas, Jane Bennet.
  • 3.     In what town in Derbyshire did Mrs. Gardner formerly live?
  • Brighton, Hertforshire, Lambton.
  • 4.     Who did Elizabeth Bennet believe was very much the same as he ever was, in essentials?
  • Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Mr. Collins.
  • 5.     How many children do Mr. and Mrs. Gardner have?
  • Two, three, four.
  • 6.     Who was the favorite cousin of the Gardner children?
  • Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Bennet, Kitty Bennet.
  • 7.     Who cried when Lydia Bennet left for Brighton?
  • Mrs. Bennet, Maria Lucas, Kitty Bennet.
  •             How old is Kitty Bennet at the beginning of the story?
  • 15, 16, 17 years old
  • 8.     Who invited Lydia Bennet to Brighton?
  • Mrs. Forester, Miss. Steele, Mrs. Younge.
  • 9.      What did Mrs. Bennet think would set her up forever in Brighton?
  • The sea air, sea bathing, dinner parties with the elite.
  • 10.    What does Mr. Wickham think of Colonel Fitzwilliam?
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  • 11.    Why did Kitty, Lydia and Mrs. Bennet want to go to Brighton?
  • 12.   How far was Lucas Lodge from Meryton?
  • 13.   Who is not a great reader and takes pleasure in many things?
  • 14.   Who said, “I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almost wild”?
  • 15.   Who said, “They have none of them much to recommend them”?
  • 16.   Who believes “there is not a finer county in England than Derbyshire”?
  • 17.   Who said, “He is just what a young man ought to be”?
  • 18.    Who said, I would not be so fastidious as you are, for a kingdom”?
  • 19.   When was the last time Mr. Bingley saw Elizabeth Bennet before meeting
  • her again in Derbyshire?              .           
  • 20.    Who was going to London to find Lydia Bennet and Mr. Wickham?



The first person to submit a correct answer will receive a new book (non-sequel). A random draw of the names of all those to submit correct answers will be a consolation prize. All winners must be present at the September meeting. (What a sneaky way to increase the attendance at a meeting!)

            Please send your answers to:


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            Who said the following quote AND in what contest?

            The first one is easy. They get progressively more difficult!

  1. 1.     I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”

Elizabeth Bennet – after Darcy insults her with his proposal.  Chapter 34

  1. 2.      “In nine cases out of ten a woman had better show more affection than she feels.”

Charlotte Lucas – in talking with Elizabeth about growing affection between Jane and Mr. Bingley. The end of the quote, “ Bingley likes your sister undoubtly; but he never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.” – Chapter 6

  1. 3.     “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy”

Mr. Darcy – when Caroline Bingley ask him about who has ‘a pair of fine eyes’ and he says Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Caroline ask him ‘when I am to with you joy?’ –  Chapter 6

  1. 4.      “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”

Mr. Bennet – After reading a letter from Mr. Collins in which he informs Mr. Bennet that Elizabeth is to wed Darcy. Mrs. Bennet dismisses as ‘an idle report’. –   Chapter 57

    5. “Heaven and earth — of what are you thinking? Are   the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?”

Lady Catherine de Bourgh  – during the confrontation with Elizabeth Bennet when she accuses Elizabeth of entice a proposal from Darcy. – Chapter 56

6. “Let me advise you then, my dear sir, to console        yourself as much as possible, to throw off your . . . .”

Mr. Collins – A letter to Mr. Bennet which jane opened in his absence and both Jane and Elizabeth read. The letter concerns Lydia living in sin with Mr. Wickham. –  Chapter 48


7. “Since such were her feelings, it only remained, he thought, to secure and expedite a marriage, which, in his very first conversation with . . . . .”

Mrs. Gardiner – Letter to Elizabeth, after she found out from Lydia that Darcy had been at Lydia’s wedding to Wickham. – Chapter 52

8. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”

Caroline Bingley – After Darcy starts reading a book, she takes up volume two, interrupts continually. After no response. (This is the saying on the new 10 pound note featuring Jane Austen. There is some controversy over using the saying, since Caroline Bingley seldom read a book!) –  Chapter 11

9. ”What a good joke it will be! I can hardly write for laughing.”

Lydia Bennet – In a letter to Harriet, Col. Forester’s wife, in which she is off to Grenta Green to marriy Wickham. The letter is read by Jane and Elizabeth. –  Chapter 47

  1. 10.              “What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage, . . .”

Col. Fitzwilliams – when he meets with Elizabeth in a path of Roslings. He does not name Bingley, but Elizabeth infers it when he says, ‘there were some strong objections to the lady’. – Chapter 33

      The winner of the first correct answer is Meredith Childs.

The quotation for the 8th question will appear on the proposed 10 Pound Note to be used in 2017 by the Bank of England. This proposed note is inspiring some controversy. First, Caroline Bingley seldom read a book, if not upside down and the picture is a glamorized version of the sketch that was made by Cassandra Austen. See which you prefer.

JA Bank Note a10 Pound Note JACA










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June Meeting      

            In keeping with the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice –

What admonition, prophesy or ultimatum does Mr. Bennet give concerning?

The winner of the contest is Karen Sagun

The prize is a newly published book:

‘The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen’



Mr. Bennet tells Jane after her engagement to Bingley that he has “great pleasure in thinking you will be so happily settled.  I have no doubt of your doing very well together.  Your tempers are by no means unlilke.  You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income.” 


When Mrs. Bennet told Mr. Bennet to demand Lizzie to marry Mr. Collins, Mr. Bennet told Lizzie, “From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents.  Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.” 


At Bingley’s ball, Mr. Bennet tells Mary, “That will do extremely well, child.  You have delighted us long enough.  Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit.”


 Mr. Bennet tells Kitty, “…I have at last learnt to be cautious, and you will feel the effects of it.  No officer is ever to enter into my house again, nor even to pass through the village.  Balls will be absolutely prohibited, unless you stand up with one of your sisters.  And you are never to stir out of doors till you can prove that you have spent ten minutes of every day in a rational manner.”


            Mr. Bennet tells Mrs. Bennet …. will never be received in the house after she runs off with Wickham, but later relents


When Lizzie tells Mr. Bennet not to let Lydia go to Brighton, Mr. Bennet says, “Lydia will never be easy till she has exposed herself in some public place or other, and we can never expect her to do it with so little expense or inconvenience to her family as under the present circumstances.”

A special prize went to Judith Michaels for her extra credit work

What did Mrs. Bennet say to:


          “I knew how it would be. I always said it must be so at last. I was sure you could not be so beautiful for nothing.” 

          “her ELDEST daughter, she must just mention…was likely to be very soon engaged.” 

          “Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart; and then he will be sorry for what he has done.”

          “…she would get him at last…” 


          “Another time, Lizzy,” said her mother, “I would not dance with HIM, if I were you.” 

          “Lizzy,” cried her mother, “remember where you are, and do not run in the wild manner that you suffered to do at home.” 

          “I solicit the honour of a private audience…Mrs Bennet answered instantly…certainly. I am sure Lizzy will be very happy-

                    -I am sure she can have no objections.”

         “But, depend upon it, Mr. Collins…that Lizzy shall be brought to reason. I will speak to her about it directly.” 

         “Your mother insists upon your accepting it. Is it not so, Mrs Bennet?” 

         “Yes, or I will never see her again.”


          “Mary might have been prevailed upon to accept him.” 

          “Mary might have been prevailed upon to accept him.” 


          “Don’t keep coughing so, Kitty…! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces.” 


          “Lydia…though you  ARE the youngest, I dare say, Mr Bingley will dance with you at the next ball.” 

          “My dear, dear Lydia!” she cried. “This is delightful indeed! She will be married! I shall see her again!” 

          “…wished them both joy with alacrity which showed no doubt of their happiness.” 

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 The Royal Mail will issue a set of stamps on February 21, 2013, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride and Prejudice. The stamps are pictures below.

                This leads to a ‘Trivia’ question:

JA Stamps

For each stamp, who are the participant(s) and what is the probable scene from the book?

The contest was posted at 12:33 PM. The first response was received at 12:52, 19 minutes later! The winner is Felicia Soechting, who admits being at her computer at the time the contest arrived. The other correct answers were submitted by Meredith Peterson and Judith Michaels. They each received at special ‘Presentation Package’ that had just arrived.

The ‘official answers’ can be found in the AustenProse:

To order stamps, go to:



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March 30th (Sunday)
“The Men in Mansfield Park”–Meredith Childs

Sir Thomas, Tom Bertram, Edmund Bertram, Henry Crawford, Mr. Rutherford, and William Price: who are these men of Mansfield Park?  This paper will explore these men’s characters, attitudes, and morals when we first encounter them.  We will then discuss how they changed throughout the course of the book, and identify the circumstances or individuals which effected these changes.  Who ended up happy?  Who ended up disgraced?  Who learned a lesson?  Finally, we will touch on the influence each of these men had upon Fanny, and the influence Fanny had upon each of them.


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Janine Barchas (University of Texas at Austin) – September 22

Janine Barchas, who teaches Austen in Austin at UT, has just published Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity (Johns Hopkins, 2012).  She has been a professor in the English Department at UT for nearly 10 years, and in recent years has been a frequent breakout speaker at JASNA AGMs.  In 2013, she will be one of the three plenary speakers at the AGM in Minneapolis.

“Austen between the Covers: A Brief History of Book Cover Art”

Professor Barchas will lead us on a visual tour through the surprising history of the Austen book cover—from Victorian schmaltz to Kindle-era nudity—speculating about what the extraordinary range of marketing strategies tells us about the shifting cultural opinion of Austen and her work.

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Barbara Burnham presented a talk on Sense and Sensibility 



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MARCH Meeting

Judith Michaels presented a talk on Sense and Sensibility 

                 SPECIAL FEATURES



The World of JANE AUSTEN

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