Thursday, October 21, 2010

JA quote contest at an end

The JA quote contest is at an end. The answers are as follows,

1) "Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can." ~Northanger Abby This is Jane Austen's teasing voice (or is it Henry Tilney's?) in reference to Catherine attracting Henry.

2) "...for he was in the room again, and though feeling it would be a great honour to be asked by him, she thought it must happen. He came towards their little circle; but instead of asking her to dance, drew a chair near her, and gave her an account of the present state of a sick horse, and the opinion of the groom, from whom he had just parted." ~ Mansfield Park Grace was correct. This is between Fanny and her cousin Tom.

3) "...and be the conclusion of the present suspense good or bad, her affection would be his forever. Their union, she believed, could not divide her more from other men than their final separation." ~Persuasion These are Anne's thoughts on marriage to Wentworth.

4) " ...the perturbation of her feelings was every moment increasing. She was quite amazed at her own discomposure...and more than commonly anxious to please, she naturally suspected that every power of pleasing would fail her. She retreated from the window, fearful of being seen; and as she walked up and down the room, endeavouring to compose herself, saw such looks of inquiring surprise from her friends, as made everything worse." ~Pride & Prejudice This is Elizabeth when she hears that Darcy is coming to pay her a call.

Therefore, the winner is...SARAH! I am impressed with the bravery of all of you in competing against Sarah on this one. I really, really am. You all showed that you would not be daunted by a crazy JA fan. I really can't applaud you enough. And you never know, maybe next time she will be too busy to speed read the completed works.

Ruth, you got 3 out of 4. Way to go! Bess, you guessed all of the right titles (your ordering was just a bit off). Thanks all for playing. It was quite a diverting amusement.

Sarah's prize is a Wodehouse book called, Full Moon. I have been in the mood to read little else besides ol' Plum lately. I hope you enjoy it (apologies for the front cover being worn). The description on the back of the book reads, "As the full moon waxes over Blandings Castle, young love flounders in the Ninth Earl of Emsworth's shrubbery, and Landseer is commissioned to paint the prize pig's portrait." (Oh yeah, this is going to be good.)

Note: Images used are from
(Sarah Emsley,
"The Jane Austen Playgroup")


Anna said...

Congratulations Sarah! I must say I am quite impressed. I really thought Esther might have us all on this one:). You must truly be a JA fan, I mean really, I just read Mansfield Park a few months ago and I still don't remember the part about the sick horse:). Oh and Esther, thanks for the contest. It was fun.

parahkyles said...

Gasp, sob, squeal....I would like to thank Colin Firth and Jeremy Northam for helping me along on this journey (oh, and also Clint Kyles for watching endless hours of Jane Austen movies and claiming that he really likes them). Esther, you really had me on the Persuasion quote. I couldn't find it no matter how many times I looked. I just know you wouldn't leave out dear Anne!

Lydia said...

Thanks for another fun contest! I esp. like the construction paper creations :) Looks like u had fun making those. Come on, didn't I get a couple right. I guess I really can't complain since I haven't read many of the novels. It was fun toodle-ooo and all that rot, and ha yes, I will see you tomorrow, old thing! ;)

P.S. Is there a PGW contest next??

Esther said...

Actually, I got the valentines from the site of my favoritest JA author ever: Sarah Emsley. Would've loved to take credit though.
Love the idea of a PGW contest. Think you'll have better luck there?