Friday, September 17, 2010

Words from "Emma" that I have never used in conversation but need to:

Éclat: very great success that everyone knows about

Plaintive: expressing sadness or sounding sad

Cavil: a trivial and unreasonable objection

Augur: predict

Commendation: praise of somebody's abilities

Penury: extreme poverty

Appealation: an emotional appeal for forgiveness

Aspersion: slanderous remark

Direful: warning of a future disaster or serious consequences

Dissipations: overindulgence

Connivance: secret joint conspiracy or plotting

Dilatory: tending to waste time or move slowly

Inquietudes: restlessness

Captious: overly critical/entrapping an opponent

Mortification: something that causes a feeling of deep shame and humiliation

Solicitude: concern and consideration shown for somebody or something

Alloy: to debase, impair, or reduce by admixture; adulterate.

Divested: to take away something, especially status or power, from somebody or something

Ostensible: presented as being true, or appearing to be true, but usually hiding a different motive or meaning

Evinced: to show a feeling or a quality clearly

Approbation: a favorable opinion about something or somebody

Sagacity: profound knowledge and understanding, coupled with foresight and good judgment

Vouchsafe: to promise, give, or allow something

Rencontre: a casual or hostile meeting

Thursday, September 9, 2010

More Emma Quotes

"The first error and the worst lay at her door. It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing two people together." (16,126) I wish more people realized this.

"Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of." (22, 165)

"But upon my honour, there seem no limits to the licentiousness of that woman's tongue!" (33,261)

"Mrs. Elton, as elegant as lace and pearls could make her, he looked at in silence..." (33,269)

"That a man who might have spent his evening quietly at home after a day of business in London, should set off again, and walk half a mile to another man's house, for the sake of being in mixed company till bed-time, of finishing his day in the efforts of civility and noise of numbers, was a circumstance to strike him deeply." (35, 297)

"General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be. --She could fancy such a man." (38,294)

"And it would be safer for both, to have the judicious law of her own brain laid down with speed." (40,314)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mexican coffee

I better write this down before I forget! This was sooo good this morning:

1 cinnamon stick
3/4-1 c. half-n-half
1/4-1/3c. raw cane sugar (I've been trying to use that more lately instead of the refined white stuff, look at what Moscow is doing to me.)
1/2c. finely chopped dark chocolate
1 T finely grated fresh orange peel

5 cups (aw, make it 6) hot black coffee

I admit this was a bit of a process, but here goes in case you're feeling gourmet some morning. Place cinnamon and 1/2&1/2 in covered saucepan on low (this can also be accomplished via microwave). Meanwhile chop, grate, and combine next three ingredients in blender. Ad interim brew or press coffee, whatever it takes to get it good, strong, and hot. Blend mixture that is in blender until finely ground and thoroughly mixed. Add coffee, and as you firmly press down on the lid of the blender, mix again (this is where it tried to break free), until rather frothy, then add cream and mix again. Can add back to saucepan to get good and hot. Yummy! This is the best coffee I've had in a long time. Pour into three 12 oz. cups or four regular size.

Books read in August '10

Not Ashamed of the Gospel ~Earl Cripe (still reading)
Jane Austen ~Peter Leithart
Dandelion Fire and Chestnut King ~N.D. Wilson
Code of the Woosters ~ P.G. Wodehouse
I Was Told There'd Be Cake essays by Sloane Crosley
and now we're reading J.A.'s Emma
Oh what fun it is to have time to read! Lovin' it!