Monday, February 25, 2013

Game the Eleventh: Caption Contest {4}

Well, everybody, here is the fourth picture upon which you can demonstrate your wit. ;)


You may submit one caption very clever or two moderately clever by Friday, March 1st. (They can be any amount of clever that you like, of course--I am only quoting Emma. Anyways, you can submit up to two.) The winner will be presented the following day. As always, do keep in mind that we reserve the right not to publish or consider any captions we do not deem Appropriate. (Haha. That can hardly be accompanied without a haughty sniff, do not you think so?)

Also, for those of you who haven't noticed, each winning captioned picture is added to the caption contest archive page, where the winners receive fame and glory and you can look at the old ones in hopes of a chuckle.

We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Soundtrack Game - Answers

Here is the answer video for last week's soundtrack game, and more details below it, as well as links to the full songs.

video

One/I:
Title - Lydia's Elopement
Track number - 18

Two/II:
Title - The Gardiners
Track number - 7
The Gardiners are arriving from London for a Christmas visit.

Three/III:

Title - Thinking About Lizzy
Track number - 17
Mr. Darcy is doing a nightly round of some sort, I think, with his ugly dog trotting along behind him, and pauses in the room with the piano, remembering The Look and being generally contemplative. 

Four/IV:
Title - Telling the Truth
Track number - 12
This is while Mr. Darcy is writing his letter-- that's the narrative anyways; at this point in the song we are seeing some things to do with Georgiana and Wickham. It's one of my favorite songs on the soundtrack--it has some nice dramatic parts. ;)

Five/V:
Title - Pemberley
Track number - 14
The Gardiners and Elizabeth arrive at Pemberley, and the latter is taken by its beauty. 

Six/VI:
Title - Winter into Spring
Track number - 8
This song varies in events, but begins with the two youngest Miss Bennets and Mrs. Bennet suffering the winter doldrums  then shows Elizabeth reading a letter from Jane and of course we are made aware of the contents. The clip of the song in the video was right after that bit, when Elizabeth is taking a walk in the newly spring-like weather.

Seven/VII:
Title - Return of Bingley
Track number - 21
Mr. Bingley is returning to Netherfield "and the whole town is talking of it!"

Eight/VIII:
Title - Canon Collins
Track number - 5
We are first introduced to Mr. Collins through his letter to Mr. Bennet. This song suits him amazingly well, I always think. In fact, all adaptations of P&P except the fake 2005 version have a theme song for Mr. Collins and they are always amusing. This one's the best, of course. Goes without saying. ;-)

Nine/IV:
Title - Rosings
Track number - 10
The Hunsford Parsonage party are going to Rosings and meet Lady Catherine.

Ten/X:
Title - Double Wedding
Track number - 23
Happy ending.

Our winner is: Katrina, with 90% (that is, 9/10 correct).
Other player scores:
Miss Elizabeth Bennet - 76%
The Elf - 68%
Jane - 50%
Emily - 32%
Livia Rachelle - 24%

Thanks, everybody! Keep an eye out on Monday for the next activity. :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Club's New Facebook Page

I have done something dastardly modern, and made a Facebook page for the club. Is not that shocking?

I am only joking, for I think this will be a very good thing. Those who follow things more easily on Facebook can do so, and of course I'm hoping it will garner some more interest from people not generally in the blogging sphere.


It's off to a smashing start of 16 "likes" since it was created yesterday. (Okay, well, I'm not sure that's a smashing start, but I'm pleased) It would be a happy thought indeed if some of you Facebooking members "liked" the page, too! :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Game the Tenth: The Soundtrack Game


Several years ago, in the summer of 2010 I believe it was, I listened to the soundtrack to P&P95 for the first time. I was borrowing the CD from a friend, and took it with me on a trip, using a handheld CD player thing to listen to it over and over and over and over. I'd brought a few other CDs (this was before the days of my MP3 player--I/my family tend to get new stuff about 5-10 years later than when "everybody" seems to have them, BTW, and then it is not the cool kind--and you know what? I like it that way) but I was strangely addicted to that one. And then of course it was fun to see the movie all over again with the songs I knew so well by then.

Anyways. I'd actually play a game with myself, where I'd put it on shuffle and then not look and try to guess which track number and song title it was. (Since I was looking at the CD cover a great deal, I started knowing those things by heart.) I never found anybody else who wanted to do that with me, though, so today I am appealing to all you P&P95 fans to do it. ;) Well, a similar thing anyways.

The 4-minute video below contains clips (about 20-30 seconds each) of ten different songs from the soundtrack. It is your job to identify these. There are three different things to guess--the title of the song, a brief description of what's going on in the movie when the song (or that particular part of the song) is playing, and the track number. 

As for points, if you get all three categories for a song, that's 5 points. (The total, then, is 50 points, but since it's even like that it can also be a high score of 100%, and I may choose to work with percentages. I feel so teacherly that way, and teacherly is fun.) The title and description are worth 2 points each, and the track number is worth 1. (Just because I think that's the hardest, and I'm making it worth less so that your score can be higher even if you don't have those down. Not all of you probably sat there looking at the track number & CD booklet like I did... and even that was over two years ago. Here's a hint, in case you want to try random guessing: there is a total of 24 tracks on the soundtrack.) 

Everything clear? As mud? Well, try your best. ;) Guesses will be accepted through Friday, with answers and results posted on Saturday, as always. (That's the 23rd, in case you really wanted to know.)

Oh, and in the video I'm using Roman Numerals so that the song number in the video won't get confused with your track number guesses. (Come to think of it, I'm not exactly sure why I didn't just spell them out. DUH. Well it's done now... you may do that in your answers if you choose.)

video

If you're coming back to guess again, this list of when the songs start may assist you:
I/One) 0:10
II/Two) 0:30
III/Three) 0:49
IV/Four) 1:14
V/Five) 1:47
VI/Six) 2:13
VII/Seven) 2:33
VIII/Eight) 2:54
IX/Nine) 3:17
X/Ten) 3:37

Thanks for playing!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Degrees of Separation Answers

And the winner is... Miss Laurie, with 31 points (out of a possible 33)!  A big thank you to everyone who participated.  I do want to point out that with a Degrees of Separation game, there is often more than one correct answer in any given film.  I've listed below the people I had in mind, but some of you who commented gave alternate answers for some actors/characters.  That's perfectly fine-- I gave you the points anyway because the connexions are there even if you didn't read my mind (which wasn't a requirement of the game, heehee).  :D


Jennifer Ehle was in Pride and Prejudice (as Elizabeth Bennet) 


with Anthony Calf (as Colonel Fitzwilliam) 


who was in Lorna Doone (as Tom Faggus) 


with Richard Coyle (as John Ridd) 


who was in Wives and Daughters (as Mr. Coxe) 

(second from right)
with Barbara Flynn (as Miss Browning) 

(far left)
who was in Return to Cranford (as Mrs. Jamieson) 


with Tom Hiddleston (as William Buxton) 


who was in Henry V (as King Henry) 


with John Dagliesh (as John Bates) 


who was in Lark Rise to Candleford (as Alf Arless) 


with Brendan Coyle (as Robert Timmins) 


who was in North and South (as Nicholas Higgins) 


with Anna Maxwell Martin (as Bessy Higgins) 


who was in Bleak House (as Esther Summerson) 


with Alun Armstrong (as Inspector Bucket) 


who was in Little Dorrit (as Flintwinch) 


with Harriet Walter (as Mrs. Gowan) 


who was in Sense and Sensibility 1995 (as Fanny Ferrars Dashwood) 


with Greg Wise (as John Willoughby) 


who was in Cranford (as Sir Charles Maulver) 


with Julia Sawalha (as Jessie Brown) 


who was in Pride and Prejudice (as Lydia Bennet) with Jennifer Ehle!

Come back Monday for a new game!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Game the Ninth: P&P Degrees of Separation

Most period drama fans play the "recognize that actor game" from time to time-- after all, it is a truth universally acknowledged that many of the same actors have played multiple roles in our favorite old-fashioned films.  This is true for Pride and Prejudice as well as any other period drama... and so
today we bring you a Degrees of Separation game, inspired by the lovely Miss Laurie at her blog Old-Fashioned Charm.  To play, simply identify the characters, actors and period dramas in the blanks below.  Copy and paste the text into a comment, and fill in the parentheses with the names of characters, actors and films that you know.  If there are any that stump you, just leave a question mark within those parenthesis.  

Have fun!


Jennifer Ehle was in Pride and Prejudice (as Elizabeth Bennet)
with ______  (as ______) who was in Lorna Doone (as ______ )
with _____ (as ______ ) who was in Wives and Daughters (as _____)
with _____ (as ______) who was in Return to Cranford (as ______)
with _____ (as _____) who was in Henry V 2012 (as _____ )
with _____ (as _____) who was in Lark Rise to Candleford (as ______)
with _____ (as ______) who was in North and South (as _____)
with ______ (as _______) who was in Bleak House (as _____)
with ______ (as _______) who was in Little Dorrit (as _____)
with ______ (as _______) who was in Sense and Sensibility 1995 (as _____)
with ______ (as _______) who was in Cranford (as _____)
with ______ (as _______) who was in Pride and Prejudice (as ______)
with Jennifer Ehle!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Caption Contest {3} Winner

Three cheers for Miss Laure of Old-Fashioned Charm, winner of the Avery this week's caption contest!  Her splendid caption (taken from Emma) quite tickled us judges, and we hope you enjoy it too.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Game the Eighth: Caption Contest {3}


We do apologize (with hand on lip) that this one is so late!  Miss Marianne and I both forgot until late last night, at which point I was in bed and it wasn't her turn to choose the picture.  :P  So we are very sorry for the delay.  Since you have been deprived of one day in which to submit captions, we are extending the submission deadline to Saturday, February 9th at 5 PM (CST). A winner will be announced later that evening.

As for the other rules, you all know the drill by now, we suppose-- and if you do not, simply click the "caption contest" tag below this post and you'll see the rules in other posts.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

P&P's Bicentennial Game: Answers and Results!

Thanks to everybody who played this week's game! There was a swell amount of people participating. :)

And without further ado, the answers.

Hat Game
#ONE 

Lydia Bennet (picture from episode 4)


#TWO

Elizabeth Bennet (episode 3)


#THREE

Charlotte Lucas (episode 2)


#FOUR

Kitty Bennet (episode 3)
Caroline L. called to my attention that in one scene, this hat is actually worn by Lydia Bennet, which I had never noticed before. But Kitty has it most of the time.


Had to stick this one in here too, just for fun...

#FIVE

Georgiana Darcy (episode 5)




#SIX

Mrs. Philips (esisode 5)


#SEVEN

Elizabeth Bennet (episode 4)


#EIGHT

Caroline Bingley (episode 3)


#NINE

Lady Catherine de Bourgh (episode 6)


#TEN

Mrs. Gardiner (episode 4)


Unscramble Game

11. MYOTENR - MERYTON
12. MURSA  LAAIC - MARIA LUCAS
13. BTHRIOGN - BRIGHTON
14. HRITEOR  FERRSTA - HARRIET FORSTER
15. ATUH  PNIISPL - AUNT PHILIPS (I've seen it both Phillips and Philips, but in my copies at least, it's Philips.)
16. HESHERFTODRRI - HERTFORDSHIRE
17. MOG.  YRUSNE - MRS. YOUNGE
18. DRBEEYHSIR - DERBYSHIRE
19. GRTREE  GENAN - GRETNA GREEN
20. LSAOTR  HIUSU  - LOUISA HURST
(For a bit of amusement, I took it into my head to choose character names for this game who do not appear in the 2005, um, version. :P And that's not all of them, haha.)

Book Quote Game


21. "His pride does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favour, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud."
--Charlotte Lucas (Chapter 5)
"This is very true," replied Elizabeth, "and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine."

22. "Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can."
--Elizabeth Bennet (Chapter 11)

"Miss Bingley,'' said [Darcy], "has given me credit for more than can be. The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.''
"Certainly,'' replied Elizabeth -- "there are such people, but I hope I am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. -- But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without.''


23. "A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."
--Mr. Darcy (Chapter 6)

Miss Bingley immediately fixed her eyes on his face, and desired he would tell her what lady had the credit of inspiring such reflections. Mr. Darcy replied with great intrepidity,
"Miss Elizabeth Bennet."
"Miss Elizabeth Bennet!" repeated Miss Bingley. "I am all astonishment. How long has she been such a favourite? -- and pray when am I to wish you joy?"
"That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask. A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy."


24. "I declare I do not know a more awful object than Darcy, on particular occasions and in particular places; at his own house especially, and of a Sunday evening when he has nothing to do."
--Mr. Bingley (Chapter 10)
Mr. Darcy smiled; but Elizabeth thought she could perceive that he was rather offended, and therefore checked her laugh. 

25. "Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion."
--Jane Bennet (yes! Jane!) (Chapter 17)

"They have both," said [Jane], "been deceived, I dare say, in some way or other, of which we can form no idea. Interested people have perhaps misrepresented each to the other. It is, in short, impossible for us to conjecture the causes or circumstances which may have alienated them, without actual blame on either side."
"Very true, indeed; and now, my dear Jane, what have you got to say on behalf of the interested people who have probably been concerned in the business? Do clear them too, or we shall be obliged to think ill of somebody."
"Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion."


26. "I cannot talk of books in a ballroom; my head is always full of something else."
--Elizabeth Bennet (Chapter 18)

"Sir William's interruption has made me forget what we were talking of."
"I do not think we were speaking at all. Sir William could not have interrupted any two people in the room who had less to say for themselves.—We have tried two or three subjects already without success, and what we are to talk of next I cannot imagine."
"What think you of books?" said he, smiling.
"Books—Oh! no.—I am sure we never read the same, or not with the same feelings."
"I am sorry you think so; but if that be the case, there can at least be no want of subject.—We may compare our different opinions."
"No—I cannot talk of books in a ball-room; my head is always full of something else."
(I didn't think Mr. Darcy was being too bad of a conversationalist... if my dance partner asked me what I thought of books, I would be mightily pleased. Heehee.)


27. "Those who do not complain are never pitied."
--Mrs. Bennet (Chapter 20)
"Not that I have much pleasure indeed in talking to any body. People who suffer as I do from nervous complaints can have no great inclination for talking. Nobody can tell what I suffer! -- But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied."

28. "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I do not have an excellent library."
--Caroline Bingley (Chapter 11)
(I don't believe her... but it's a good quote.)

29. "Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure."
--Elizabeth Bennet (Chapter 58)

30. "I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice."
--Elizabeth Bennet (Chapter 60)
"I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh."


Trivia Quiz


31.
Q: In his letter to Elizabeth, does Mr. Darcy speak first of his dealings with Mr. Wickham, or of dividing Mr. Bingley from Jane?
A: Unlike in the miniseries, he speaks first of dividing Mr. Bingley from Jane, because he was addressing them in the order Elizabeth brought them up.

32.
Q: "He was directly invited to join their party, but he declined it, observing that he could imagine but two motives for their chusing to walk up and down the room together, with either of which motives his joining them would interfere." What were the two alleged motives that Miss Bingley insisted Mr. Darcy explain?
A: "I have not the smallest objection to explaining them," said he, as soon as she allowed him to speak. "You either choose this method of passing the evening because you are in each other's confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking; if the first, I would be completely in your way, and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire."

33.
Q: What are three names of houses/estates in P&P? (Excluding Pemberley--sorry, folks, that one's too easy.)
A: Possible answers-- Longbourn House, Netherfield Park, Lucas Lodge, Hunsford Parsonage, Rosings Park.

34.
Q: How many attempts did it take Mrs. Bennet to successfully arrange for Mr. Bingley to propose to Jane?
A: Two. (See Chapter 55.)

35.
Q: How many of the Bennet sisters draw?
A: Not one. (See Chapter 29.)

36.
Q: Did Lady Catherine ever visit Pemberley after Mr. Darcy was married--or, I should say, once the shades of Pemberley were thus polluted?
A: Yes.

37.
Q: Put these events in the correct order:
A: 1. Meryton Assembly
2. The ball at Netherfield
3. Mr. Collins's proposal to Lizzy
4. Mr. Darcy's first proposal
5. Visit to Derbyshire and Pemberley
6. Lydia's Elopement
7. Mr. Bingley's proposal to Jane
8. Mr. Darcy's second proposal

38.
Q: Mr. Gardiner said Mr. Bennet would be expected to pay how many pounds per annum (during his life) upon Lydia's marriage to Mr. Wickham?
A: 100 pounds per annum.

39. 
Q: Who has joint guardianship with Mr. Darcy of Georgiana?
A: Col. Fitzwilliam

40.
Q: Here's a pretty obscure one... when does Elizabeth first realize that Mr. Collins is paying her attentions, and fears a proposal of marriage?
A: When he asks here in advance for the first two dances at the Netherfield ball (see Chapter 17).

Player Scores

Miss Margaret Dashwood: 79
Caroline L.: 75
Emily: 74
Lizzie: 74
The Elf: 69
India Grace: 66
Miss Dashwood: 62
Miss Laurie: 60
Kiri Liz: 48 
Katrinia: 16/20 (just played the hats portion)

Poll Results

Which is your favorite first name from the following list of female characters in P&P? 
~Caroline (1 vote)
~Catherine (1 vote)
~Charlotte (1 vote)
~Elizabeth (2 votes)
~Georgiana (4 votes) 
~Jane (3 votes) 
~Kitty (1 vote)
~Louisa
~Lydia (1 vote)
~Maria
~Mary


...And Georgiana wins!


Thanks everyone! New game on Monday.