Beginning with A Shooting Party:
A shooting party refers to the practice of shooting birds — partridges, pheasants — generally bred on an estate for that purpose. The shooting season was in the fall and followed by the fox hunting season beginning in November through December and into January, weather permitting.
Breakfasts in a fashionable house at this time probably would have been served buffet style from chafing dishes, with a selection of meats, eggs, breads and fish. Not too different, in fact, from the full English breakfast, but without the fry-up.
And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian.
Possibly a reference to the hymn Blessed be the Tie That Binds by John Fawcett:
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
From Pride and Prejudice Volume I Chapter 14:
Mr. Collins: “Her ladyship seemed pleased with the idea; and you may imagine that I am happy on every occasion to offer those little delicate compliments which are always acceptable to ladies.”
‘Like St. Simeon Stylites.’
polyphonic motets: a choral work with many voices