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  1. Apr 2018
    1. freedom

      “The overstepping of due or customary bounds in speech or behaviour; undue familiarity; an instance of this, a liberty” (OED).

    2. bright eyes

      "Alert and lively" (Oxford English Living Dictionaries).

    3. se’nnight

      "A period of seven (days and) nights; a week" (OED).

    4. laity

      "The body of the people not in orders as opposed to the clergy; laymen collectively” (OED).

    5. The two first dances, however, brought a return of distress; they were dances of mortification. Mr. Collins, awkward and solemn, apologising instead of attending, and often moving wrong without being aware of it, gave her all the shame and misery which a disagreeable partner for a couple of dances can give. The moment of her release from him was exstacy.

      Elizabeth, although loathe to dance with Mr. Collins, could not reject him. Unless she had already accepted a dance offer, it was considered rude for a lady to reject a man when he asked to dance, and in doing so, etiquette would force her to reject all other offers made to her for that dance. (John Mullan, The Balls in the Novels of Jane Austen) The Balls in the Novels of Jane Austen