"Pride and Prejudice," Vocabulary from Chapters 27-37

Jane Austen's classic dissection of early 19th century manners, "Pride and Prejudice," introduces us to Elizabeth Bennett, a heroine even modern readers will sympathize with and root for (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-8, Chapters 9-17, Chapters 18-26, Chapters 27-37, Chapters 38-49, Chapters 50-61

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  1. avarice
    extreme greed for material wealth
    "Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs between the mercenary and the prudent motive? Where does discretion end, and avarice begin?
  2. effusion
    an unrestrained expression of emotion
    Let our first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of travellers."
  3. discernible
    capable of being seen or noticed
    At length the Parsonage was discernible. The garden sloping to the road, the house standing in it, the green pales, and the laurel hedge, everything declared they were arriving.
  4. ostentatious
    intended to attract notice and impress others
    They were then, with no other delay than his pointing out the neatness of the entrance, taken into the house; and as soon as they were in the parlour he welcomed them a second time, with ostentatious formality, to his humble abode, and punctually repeated all his wife's offers of refreshment.
  5. deference
    a courteous expression of esteem or regard
    "Very true, my dear, that is exactly what I say. She is the sort of woman whom one cannot regard with too much deference."
  6. earnest
    characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
    Mr. Collins and Charlotte were both standing at the gate in conversation with the ladies; and Sir William, to Elizabeth's high diversion, was stationed in the doorway, in earnest contemplation of the greatness before him, and constantly bowing whenever Miss De Bourgh looked that way.
  7. formidable
    inspiring fear or dread
    Such formidable accounts of her ladyship, and her manner of living, quite frightened Maria Lucas, who had been little used to company, and she looked forward to her introduction at Rosings with as much apprehension, as her father had done to his presentation at St. James's.
  8. trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
    She had heard nothing of Lady Catherine that spoke her awful from any extraordinary talents or miraculous virtue, and the mere stateliness of money and rank she thought she could witness without trepidation.
  9. deportment
    the way a person behaves toward other people
    When, after examining the mother, in whose countenance and deportment she soon found some resemblance of Mr. Darcy, she turned her eyes on the daughter, she could almost have joined in Maria's astonishment at her being so thin, and so small.
  10. alacrity
    liveliness and eagerness
    He carved, and ate, and praised with delighted alacrity;
  11. controvert
    prove to be false or incorrect
    When the ladies returned to the drawing-room, there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner as proved that she was not used to have her judgment controverted.
  12. composure
    steadiness of mind under stress
    Mr. Darcy looked just as he had been used to look in Hertfordshire--paid his compliments, with his usual reserve, to Mrs. Collins, and whatever might be his feelings towards her friend, met her with every appearance of composure. Elizabeth merely curtseyed to him, without saying a word.
  13. impolitic
    not marked by artful prudence
    Indeed, Mr. Darcy, it is very ungenerous in you to mention all that you knew to my disadvantage in Hertfordshire--and, give me leave to say, very impolitic too--for it is provoking me to retaliate, and such things may come out as will shock your relations to hear."
  14. concise
    expressing much in few words
    A short dialogue on the subject of the country ensued, on either side calm and concise--and soon put an end to by the entrance of Charlotte and her sister, just returned from their walk.
  15. conjecture
    the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
    But when Elizabeth told of his silence, it did not seem very likely, even to Charlotte's wishes, to be the case; and after various conjectures, they could at last only suppose his visit to proceed from the difficulty of finding anything to do, which was the more probable from the time of year.
  16. penance
    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for something
    It seemed like wilful ill-nature, or a voluntary penance, for on these occasions it was not merely a few formal enquiries and an awkward pause and then away, but he actually thought it necessary to turn back and walk with her.
  17. tractable
    easily managed
    "You need not be frightened. I never heard any harm of her; and I dare say she is one of the most tractable creatures in the world.
  18. prodigious
    very impressive; far beyond what is usual
    "Mr. Darcy is uncommonly kind to Mr. Bingley, and takes a prodigious deal of care of him."
  19. officious
    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
    "You are rather disposed to call his interference officious?"
  20. ardent
    characterized by intense emotion
    "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
  21. endeavor
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do something
    I might, perhaps, wish to be informed why, with so little endeavour at civility, I am thus rejected.
  22. remorse
    a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
    She paused, and saw with no slight indignation that he was listening with an air which proved him wholly unmoved by any feeling of remorse.
  23. abhorrence
    hate coupled with disgust
    But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence.
  24. dissipation
    dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
    In town I believe he chiefly lived, but his studying the law was a mere pretence, and being now free from all restraint, his life was a life of idleness and dissipation.
  25. upbraid
    express criticism towards
    When she remembered the style of his address, she was still full of indignation; but when she considered how unjustly she had condemned and upbraided him, her anger was turned against herself; and his disappointed feelings became the object of compassion.

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