The Lady of Branxholme was a real historical figure who was portrayed by Sir Walter Scott as the wizard Lady of Branxholm (or Branksome) in his narrative poem 'Lay of the Last Minstrel'. Here, Jane Austen is quoting for the second time from Scott's poem (see bookmark p.80), on this occasion, from Canto 1, stanza 20.
Cribbage is a traditional card game (thought to have been invented in the early 17th century) which is still popular today. It may be played by 2 or more players, whose scores are kept using the specially designed cribbage board.
A slight modification of a line from a poem/song by William Whitehead (1715-85) entitled 'The Je ne scai Quoi: A song'.
Yes, I'm in love, I feel it now,
And Caelia has undone me;
And yet I'll swear I can't tell how
The pleasing plague stole on me.
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