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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Jane Austen Puzzle #1

What coded advice does Jane Austen give to her readers for interpreting the subtext of Emma, using Mrs. Elton as her ventriloquist's dummy, in Chapter 42?

"That's quite unnecessary; I see Jane every day: -- but as you like. It is to be a morning scheme, you know, Knightley; quite a simple thing. I shall wear a large bonnet, and bring one of my little baskets hanging on my arm. Here, -- probably this basket with pink ribbon. Nothing can be more simple, you see. And Jane will have such another. There is to be no form or parade -- a sort of gipsy party. We are to walk about your gardens, and gather the strawberries ourselves, and sit under trees; and whatever else you may like to provide, it is to be all out of doors; a table spread in the shade, you know. Every thing as natural and simple as possible. Is not that your idea?

If you think you see the answer, email me at I will announce all those who give the correct answer on Wednesday, May 16, at 5 pm EST.--AP


Anonymous said...

I can't get an answer. When will you post it?

Arnie Perlstein said...

Anonymous, see the answer I gave, above, and please post a comment saying what you think about my answer.--Arnie

Fiona said...

When is P7zzle 2?

fiona said...

ooops -- PUzzle 2.

Delilah said...

Good post.