Sunday, January 07, 2007

A Riddle


My first displays the wealth and pomp of kings,
Lords of the earth! their luxury and ease.
Another view of man, my second brings,
Behold him there, the monarch of the seas!

But ah! united, what reverse we have!
Man's boasted power and freedom, all are flown;
Lord of the earth and sea, he bends a slave,
And woman, lovely woman, reigns alone.

Thy ready wit the word will soon supply,
May its approval beam in that soft eye!

For the answer, go here.

24 comments:

Ben Garrison said...

:-D

Anonymous said...

Hmm I can't figure out your riddle. Perhaps if I search my bookshelves, I can find the answer. Let's see, dictionary? No... Riddle book? No... Ah, here it is! Emma! :-)

So I guess you are having a good weekend?

Anonymous said...

Hey! That's different from the movie riddle! Isn't it? I remember it being much easier to make out in the movie.

zan said...

I didn't even consider soving the riddle at 9 pm on Sunday night so I cheated and to the answer ASAP!

Yahoo!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Susan!!!

Anonymous said...

congratulations.

Lydia said...

Now, Susan, I don't think you need to be cryptic anymore! I wouldn't have a clue from the poem if I didn't already know what was coming (and hadn't skipped over to Adrian's blog). :)

Congrats and praise to the Lord Almighty!

To borrow from Ashley's phraseology of old: "You two will have wickedly brilliant children." ;) Not wicked in the literal sense, of course. They will be covenant children with covenant parents.

Do fill us in when you are rested up from your trip and at your earliest convenience. :)

I will continue to be praying for both of you. To God all praise and glory!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

I was completely lost with the riddle. Maybe I should go read Emma (as I have never read it or seen the movie). Another book for my "To read list!"

natalie said...

How exciting, Susan! I don't often comment over here (since I mostly read through my feedreader), but I always enjoy your posts. And I must admit, I've been stopping by rather frequently over these past several days to see what would come of all these little hints and cryptic messages. ;-)

The Lord's richest blessings to you and Adrian!

Jessica said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I definitely thought you two would be a good match and I had my suspicions from your comment conversations... I'm so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm so happy for you both! I've got to admit, whenever I read Adrian's blog or comments back and forth, I always had an inkling in my brain that perhaps one day you would start courting...

I'm excited!

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm **so happy** for you Susan! I must admit that I'm not surprised. After reading both of your blogs I kind of thought you two belonged together.

Blessings!
~Mrs.B

Anonymous said...

So are you back yet?? I guess I could just email you. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Is it about sharks??

Anonymous said...

Katie says:

Is it a mermaid??...



.....A trident???

Tammy said...

Congradulations!!

A record 41 comments-you two do seem to talk alot !!

Susan said...

I'm confused, Jessie. Are you trying to guess the riddle? . . . The answer is "courtship." :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, Susan, of course I know the answer to the riddle is Courtship... but don't you remember the movie? Emma reads the riddle to Harriet, and Harriet is clueless! She completely misses the point, and guesses that it might be about sharks, mermaids, or tridents, and then give up. So Emma walks her through the riddle, "Pomp and court, dear, pomp and court." "Monarch of the seas- is, of course, ship." Harriet (who thinks she's got it now) says, "Ship and court, court and-- !! COURTSHIP?? He writes to me about courtship!?"

Now do you remember? : )

Susan said...

Oh, now it all makes sense! I knew you knew that riddle, so I thought the first comment you made was a joke. . . but then you and Katie kept up with your guesses, so I was very confused. Now it all makes sense! Hehe.

Anonymous said...

Okay, good, Susan. I'm glad you got that figured out : ) You had me scared for a minute when you didn't get our jokes... Let's just attribute it to a "blonde moment," just between me and you. (Well and the whole world, but that's beside the point.)

Anonymous said...

Haha, now that I get the joke, I find that very funny, Jessie! I was lost too. We're so blonde. I can't believe we didn't get it. I feel like watching the movie now! Harriet's reactions during that scene were pretty funny.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Hannah, do go watch the movie again! Or at least that part. It's so much fun! Blonde moments are entirely excusable, btw. After all, our favorite girl Emma was blonde... or was she? I can't remember how she is described in the book, but I know Gwenyth Paltrow is definitely blonde!

You know, in our family we sometimes pretend that Harriet says "corn chips!" so when we get out the chips 'n cheese, one of us is bound to exclaim, "CORNCHIPS???"
In case you wanted to know.
: )

Anonymous said...

Hehe, yes, I did want to know that, Jessie. :-)