I turned in my grades for the last math course I will ever teach this spring. I’m retiring. As a math teacher, I pay more attention to numbers than the average person does. Jane Austen gave almost no descriptions of characters, but she gives many numbers. See how many you remember.
- How much was the annual income from Pemberley?
- How large was Miss Bingley’s fortune?
- How much money did Mr. Bennet have to give Wickham every year?
- How much money does Mr. Bennet think that Wickham should have asked for in order to marry Lydia?
- How much money did Wickham receive for giving up the living at Kympton?
Distance (This includes distances measured in either time or miles.)
- How far was the Gardiners home from Longbourn?
- How far was Longbourn from Meryton?
- How far apart were Netherfield Park and Longbourn?
- How many hours did it take for Elizabeth to travel from Hunsford to the Gardiners?
- How far is Pemberley from Lambton
- Which Bennet daughter was the tallest?
- Who was heavier, Elizabeth or Jane?
- How many children did the Gardiners have?
- How old was Mr. Darcy when Mrs. Reynolds first met him?
- How many sides of paper were in Georgiana’s letter where she wrote enthusiastically about Elizabeth marrying Darcy?
- How old was Mr. Collins?
- How many years before Darcy’s letter, the one he gave Elizabeth, did his father die?
- What is the minimum number of children in the Lucas family?
- Approximately, what is the size of the park at Pemberley.
- How many times have you read Pride and Prejudice?
I will add an irrelevant side note. I graded homework, including some problems that had answers in the back of the textbook. Some students do homework by copying down those answers. Sometimes, such as with trig identities, the textbook can’t give a single answer. It is common in that case to write, “Answers vary” which some students copied. One of those misspelled “vary.”
They had to show their work. I had two stamps, which I gave away a few days ago. One said NO WORK=NO CREDIT. Another, for the student who tried but gave up and wrote down the answer from the back of the book said, YOUR WORK DOES NOT SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER.