Milliners were usually women who made hats, cloaks, shirts and other garments, or traded them.
Now the term is chiefly used to denote a hatter (someone who makes hats).
The militia was composed of civilians who would serve in emergencies.
A full regiment may contain from a few hundred to a couple of thousand soldiers. It is commanded by a Colonel.
England's volatile relationship with France following the Napoleonic Wars meant that a well-trained army was extremely important.
Until 1871, the ensign was the lowest commanding officer rank in a regiment.
'Regimentals' are the specific uniform and insignia worn to distinguish different regiments from each other.
Steps in the countryside which allow people to cross fences or walls impassable to livestock.
Draughts were the potions or medicines made and supplied by the apothecary.
Apothecaries were paid for the medicine, not for their advice or time, so they would usually offer draughts for any and all ailments, in excessive quantities.
The gown was a woman's skirted overgarment, worn over one or more petticoats.
The petticoat was an undergarment, often finished in lace. It was typically made to be seen, with the gown cut shorter than the petticoat.
Cheapside is a street near St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, so named as it was once a market area; cheap was a market in medieval English.
As Cheapside was linked to trade, it was not looked upon as a desirable place to live by the gentry. These days, it is extremely valuable real estate.
A trick-taking card game, also called Lanterloo, that was quite popular in the 17th century.
Pride and Prejudice is set during a particularly exciting period for English literature and philosophy. Aside from the classics, Mr Darcy could furnish his library with poetry by Blake, Byron, Wordsworth and Keats, or with historical and philosophical works by Gibbon, Rousseau or Samuel Johnson, to name but a few.
Some people believe Pemberley was inspired by Chatsworth, because of its location and some similarities to Austen's description.
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
Act I, Scene 1
A card game for two players, with a special 32-card deck. Piquet was first mentioned at the beginning of the 16th century.
For the very curious, here is a book written specifically on this game in 1881: The Laws of Piquet, edited by Cavendish and adopted by the Portland club.
A reel is a lively folk dance for at least three dancers. If Elizabeth had accepted, they would still have needed another dancer.
As Miss Bingley was playing the piano, it would have been either Mrs Hurst or Mr Bingley.