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QUIZ: Are You Fluent in Jane Austen?

QUIZ: Are You Fluent in Jane Austen?

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Jane Austen used words like "comportment" and "supercilious" the way I say words like "whoops" and "sorry," which is to say often.

Do you know what the following words mean?

1. Deficient. Example: “Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever.”

2. Stricture. Example: “What would I give to hear your strictures on them!”

3. Countenance. Example: “Mr. Bingley was good-looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners.”

4. Acquiescence. Example: “Mrs. Smith gave a most good-humoured acquiescence.”

5. Indefatigable. Example: “…she was impatient to be gone, and indefatigable in her inquiries for a suitable dwelling in the neighbourhood of Norland…”

6. Luxuriant. Example: “…above all, Pinny, with its green chasms between romantic rocks, where the scattered forest trees and orchards of luxuriant growth, declare that many a generation must have passed away.”

7. Dispose. Example: “You are rather disposed to call his interference officious?”

8. Impertinent. Example: “Her manners were pronounced to be very bad indeed, a mixture of pride and impertinence; she had no conversation, no style, no beauty.”

9. Inimical. Example: “Mary was not so repulsive and unsisterly as Elizabeth, nor so inaccessible to all influence of hers; neither was there anything among the other component parts of the cottage inimical to comfort.”

10. Besides. Example: “I have known a good deal of the profession; and besides their liberality, they are so neat and careful in all their ways!”

11. Supposition. Example: “It was just possible that she might have been persuaded by Lady Russell! And under such a supposition, which would have been most miserable, when time had disclosed all, too late?”

12. Moiety. Example: “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.”

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