Jan 242013
I shall watch further developments with interest. Fiat justitia ruat caelum.
Page: 175

According to Wikipedia, this Latin maxim means “Let justice be done though the heavens fall,” the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences. The phrase seems to be rather recent, especially for Latin phrases, apparently dating from the 1600s. One common usage is by judges who have released those wrongly convicted knowing it would most probably cost them their position due to public opinion.

Not sure that the usage in the story was quite as momentous, it seems to be used more along the lines of “let the chips fall where they may.”

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Jan 232013

I was surprised to see that gaol and jail are pronounced exactly the same.

Word: gaol
Sentence: Jane’s place was with her children and Lydia would be closer to the local gaol where she could at least visit her husband.
Page: 156

Definition: gaol (pronounced like jail)
  noun & verb Chiefly British
  Variant of jail.

Source: FreeDictionary

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Jan 222013
Page: 144
Dr. McFee’s diagnosis should be regarded as highly suspect. I have never approved of protracted dying. It is an affectation in the aristocracy; in the lower classes it is merely an excuse for avoiding work. The blacksmith’s second son has been reputedly dying for the last four years, yet when I drive past I see him assisting his father with every appearance of being in robust health. The de Bourghs have never gone in for prolonged dying. People should make up their minds whether to live or to die and do one or the other with the least inconvenience to others.

Not sure there is any better description of snobbery.

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Jan 212013
Page: 143
Charlotte had not been the eldest of a large family without acquiring some skill in the management of male delinquencies and her method with her husband was ingenious. She consistently congratulated him on qualities he did not possess in the hope that, flattered by her praise and approval, he would acquire them.

The idea of being ‘managed’ is not appealing, but I guess if it is done well I won’t even know…

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Jun 202012
Page: 21
These are heavy misfortunes, but the wife of Mr. Darcy must have such extraordinary sources of happiness necessarily attached to her situation that she could, upon the whole, have no cause to repine.
Word: repine
Verb: Feel or express discontent; fret.
Synonyms: complain – grumble – murmur

I am not sure ‘repine’ gets used very much anymore. When I Googled it “-definition” I only found it as a person’s last name. (Hope they are not complainers.) I did find this old poem by poet Anne Bradstreet,

Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th 1666
And when I could no longer look,
I blest His grace that gave and took,
That laid my goods now in the dust.
Yea, so it was, and so ’twas just.
It was his own; it was not mine.
Far be it that I should repine.