[Lydia was] extremely fond of lottery tickets, [and] she soon grew too much interested in the game, too eager in making bets and exclaiming after prizes to have attention for anyone in particular.
-Pride and Prejudice — the evening party at the Phillipses’
I’ve always thought this game sounded fun, and liked to imagine the kinds of prizes that could be won. It turns out that they probably weren’t that interesting (go to http://austenonly.com/2010/01/06/pride-and-prejudice-lydias-lottery-tickets-and-gaming-fish/ for an explanation of the game) — just gambling chips in the the shape of little fish (“Lydia talked incessantly of lottery tickets, of the fish she had lost and the fish she had won”).
BUT! I’ve decided that’s not going to stop me from continuing to imagine that the prizes were little trinkets, like pretty porcelain buttons
or miniature Staffordshire figurines
and that Lydia had a trinket box to keep her winnings in.