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by William Phillips, GCR Deputy Coordinator

Today's Quote

A riddle from a youthful Jane Austen:

You may lie on my first, by the side of a stream,
And my second compose to the Nymph you adore
But if when you've none of my whole, her esteem
And affection diminish, think of her no more.
[ Answer: banknotes]

From Selwyn, D. Ed, The Poetry of Jane Austen and the Austen Family Iowa City: U. of Iowa Press, 1997

The style of the riddle is similar to the familiar charade that Mr. Elton composes in Emma, which becomes part of the long series of Emma's disasterous interferrence in Harriet Smith's love live. What are the "first" and "second" of that charade?