Page 82. " lottery tickets, of the fish she had lost and the fish she had won "

Lottery in this case does not refer to a gambling game with a numbers draw but to a card game.

The fish are a type of counter that was often used in the 18th century.

Page 87. " the very shoe-roses for Netherfield were got by proxy "
Shoe roses example - early 17th century
Public DomainShoe roses example - early 17th century

Shoe-roses were lace or ribbon rosettes worn over the shoes by fashionable men and women in the 17th century. The tradition survived to the beginning of the 19th century, though possibly only for special occasions.


Page 89. " they were dances of mortification "
Public Domain"Dos à Dos -- Accidents in Quadrille Dancing", 1817 caricature - Credit: George Cruikshank

Balls and dances where almost the only place where young men and women could meet and talk "alone". It was also the best place to find a suitor and was usually the prelude to any marriage proposal.

That's why to be stuck with a bad dancer and a young man who did not interest her was so trying for Elizabeth.

Page 99. " an agreement for tythes "
People giving their Tithe to the Clergy
Public DomainPeople giving their Tithe to the Clergy

The tythes (now written tithes) were a tax taken by the Church, usually one tenth of money earned or produce grown.

A clergyman had a share of that money to spend according to certain rules. Some of it was meant to be used to help the less fortunate and to maintain the church.