Games, Puzzles

Answers to the Charades in the December 10 Birthday Tea favors: 

When my first is a task to a young girl of spirit,
And my second confines her to finish the piece,
How hard is her fate! ButHow great is her merit,
If, by taking my all she effects her release! 
Divided, I’m a gentleman
In public deeds and powers;
United I’m a monster, who
That gentleman devours.

No. XX
You may lie on my first by the side of a stream,
And my second compose to the nymph you adore,
But if, when you’ve none of my whole, her esteem
And affection diminish—think of her no more! 

Answers:  Hemlock, Agent, Banknote

 At the December tea, guests were offered the "Left/ Right" gift game story in an Austen version.  Everyone gathers in a circle after choosing a wrapped, unmarked gift.  As they listen to the story read aloud, they pass the gift they have chosen to either the left or right whenever those words are spoken.  Then the story ends, they get to unwrap the gift they ended up with. Here it is if you are interested.

 The Austen family Christmas.


The Austen family LEFT for church RIGHT after breakfast-- cooked just RIGHT by their LEFT handed cook, SerleHill.  The only thing amiss was the toast which had been LEFT on the RIGHT side of the fireplace too long.  The family LEFT through the front door with Rev. Austen on the RIGHT of his wife, Jane and Cassandra to their RIGHT, and the boys trailing behind, hoping to be LEFT out of the procession entirely.  “Get along here” scolded Mrs. Austen. “We don’t want you to be LEFT behind. Here we go, boys—LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT!  That’s the way to march RIGHT along to church.”  As they arrived at the church door on the RIGHT side of the spire column, she added,”We have so much to do RIGHT after church.  We must see what has been LEFT in the collection plate.  Last week we LEFT that task too long and there was barely anything LEFT. RIGHT now, I want you to divide into two columns for our special music.  Girls, on the RIGHT; boys on the LEFT.  Jane, tuck in your lace!  It’s slipped RIGHT off the LEFT side of your bodice.  Cassandra,  please help Mrs. Bates seated on your LEFT to find the RIGHT page of her hymnal.” Rev. Austen’s sermon was just the RIGHT length.  Only Mr. Musgrove, sitting to the  RIGHT of Sir Walter Elliot, who had LEFT his mirror at home, had fallen asleep; the others were only nodding off occasionally, heads falling LEFT, then RIGHT, then LEFT again. At the close of the service, people LEFT, hoping to hurry RIGHT home for their Christmas feast.  The Austens LEFT, too, to spend the rest of the day just RIGHT, enjoying their Christmas --performing original plays and charades which only Jane—who else-- had taken the time to WRITE!

Relatives Quiz

1. Half-sister of Henry and Mary Crawford          a. Jane Fairfax
2. Sister of Charlotte Palmer                            b.Mary Musgrove
3. Emma's brother-in-law                                c. Louisa Hurst
4. Elinor Dashwood's older brother                    d. Fanny Dashwood
5. Eleanor Tilney's two brothers                        e. Mrs. Grant
6.                                                                f. Capt. Frederick
7. Whining sister of Anne Elliot                         g. Henry
8. Mr. Bingley's two sisters                              h. Lady Middleton
9.                                                                i. John Knightley
10. Hetty Bate's niece                                     j. Caroline
11.Robert and Edward Ferrars' sister                 k. John Dashwood


My first is a part of the day;
My second at feasts overflows;
In the cottage my whole oft is seen,
To measure old Time as he goes.

What am I?

Quotations Quiz

"At this her father 'lifted up his eyes' One of her sisters 'was distressed' Another sister 'looked expressively' at her. But she, who never heard nor saw anything of which she chose to be insensible, gaily continued,."  

Who is the sister who is causing these reaction?

"...handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her."

Who is this young woman?

"I only entreat everybody to believe that at exactly at the time when it was quite natural that it should be so and not a week earlier.....did cease to care about Miss.... and became as anxious to ....herself could desire."

Who are these three characters?

"i can listen no longer in silence.  I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach.  You pierce my soul.  I am half agony, half hope."

Who is speaking?


One of my sisters wanted to marry my new friend.  My friend married my wife's sister instead.  This same sister, by the way, refused my own earlier proposal.  My sister recovered after an alarming accident and happily wed someone else.

Who am I?

I share a first name with two other Austen characters--a bookish one and a hyponchondriac.  My surname i share with a very minor character in Northanger Abbey, but it also is another word for a monarch. Oh....and I have freckles.

Who am I?

One of my brothers married a half-sister of my husband, much to the dismay of my mother and to me.  Some might consider me to be greedy.

Who am I?

Film Trivia Quiz

1. How are Emilia Fox (Georgiana Darcy in P&P), Joanna David (Mrs. Gardiner in P&P) and Laurence Fox (Mr. Wilsey in Becoming Jane) related?

2. In what film can you see Mark Strong (Mr. Knightley in the Beckinsale Emma) and Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy in P&P) co-starring?

3. Sylvestra le Tousel (Mrs. Allen in the latest Northanger Abbey) starred some years ago as what Jane Austen heroine?

4. Greta Scacchi (Cassandra in Miss Austen Regrets) played what role in the  Paltrow Emma?

5. How are Phyllida Law (Mrs. Austen in Miss Austen Regrets and Mrs. Bates in Paltrow's Emma), Sophie Thompson (Miss Bates in Paltrow's Emma) and Emma Thompson (Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility) related?

6. Olivia Williams (title role in Miss Austen Regrets) played what role in Emma?

7. How are Laurence Fox (Mr. Wilsey in Becoming Jane) and Billie Piper (Fanny Price in Mansfield Park, PBS) related?

8. In what film do a Mr. Knightley and a Capt. Wentworth appear together?  Who are these two actors?

9. In the film Ghost Writer there are two actors who have Austen film connections--Olivia Williams and Ewan Macgregor.  What are their respective Austen roles?

Brain Tickler Quiz

Match each quote with a speaker and a novel:

Speakers:                        Titles:
Mr. Bennet                        Northanger Abbey
Mr. Knightley                     Mansfield Park
Mrs. John Dashwood           Emma
Anne Elliot                        Sense and Senibility
Miss Bates                        Pride and Prejudice
Henry Tilney                     Persuasion
Captain Wentworth
Narrator Jane Austen

1. "A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can."
2. "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more,."
3. "I am convinced within myself that your father had no idea of your giving them any money at all."
4. "The person, be it a gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
5. "You mistake me, my dear.  I have a high respect for your nerves.  They are my old friends.  I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years.
6. "Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.,"
7. It is such a happiness when good people get together and they always do."
8. "There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them."
9. "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn."
10. "One does not love a place less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering."