|Mr. Elton admires Emma's pale drawing|
"A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word [of an accomplished lady]; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved."
"All this she must possess," added Darcy, "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading."- Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
As Mr. Darcy pointed out, single young ladies had to learn many accomplishments during Jane Austen's day. Which of the following skills have you mastered? Pick as many as apply. (Note: the code has been fixed. I apologize for the inconvenience to those who already voted.)
- If you clicked 15 or more of the above, you would even satisfy Mr. Darcy's strict definition of the minimum skills a lady needs to earn the title of "accomplished".
- If you clicked 10 or more, Mr. Bingley would be wholly satisfied with your ladylike skills.
- If you clicked 5 or more, you are probably a tomboy and will fit in very comfortably with Catherine Morland and her set.
- Fewer than five? Oh, dear. But there is hope for you yet. Remember, Regency ladies learned these skills superficially at Mrs. Goddard's school, for example, or from their governesses. They couldn't figure out how to use an iPad if they tried.