Otay by me too...
Posted by Traci on October 02, 1997 at 16:10:58:
In response to Otay..., written by Laraine on October 02, 1997 at 10:15:35
] If we can agree that Mr. Weston doesn't say something rude on purpose, then we can agree that the other meaning of conundrum could be there. My point was that it isn't in character for Mr. Weston to be chiding Emma that way.
I absolutely agree with you. I don't attribute a double meaning to Mr. Weston at all. I think he's genuinely trying to be complimentary (especially considering his hope for a match between Frank and Emma). Jane Austen is another matter however...:)
] Have you checked the OED for usage dates on both meanings, Traci?
I've established the definition of conundrum as "a riddle based upon some fanciful or fantastic resemblance between things quite unlike" as early as 1913. It is possible that JA was creating a sense of irony at Box Hill with the relationship between "perfection" and "Emma" before this definition was formally associated with the term "conundrum." If so, how ironic is THAT? :)
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