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    turtle soup

    Dear teachers,

    In the film Pride and Prejudice there is something that I don't understand.
    When the girls knew their sisters got engaged they asked their mother to cook turtle ( if I got the word correctly) soup for them. What does this mean? Does it mean in British culture when a girl is engaged the family should cook turtle? If this is so could you please tell me the origin of the culture?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Turtle soup was a very popular food among the rich. It is presumably a celebratory dish. Today we'd be more likely to open champagne than cook turtles.

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