Box of ivory letters owned by Jane Austen


Ivory letters like these ones were used for word games, which ranged from very simple to complicated and intricate. Jane Austen is referring to a set like this in a scene in Emma, in which Emma and some of her guests are playing a game of anagrams. By spelling out the word DIXON, Frank Churchill continues his own devious games, angering Jane Fairfax and providing Emma with guilty amusement – although she later discovers that the joke was on her.

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Box of ivory letters owned by Jane Austen
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