- Mrs. Partlet, a pew-opener:
- A pew opener went up and down
the aisles of a church, opening the private boxed pews which were rented
by wealthy members of the congregations.
- Funereal bell-ringing.
- Amatory numbers:
- Romantic music.
- Belted Earls:
- This phrase refers to the belt and spurs
with which knights and others were invested when raised to their titles.
- Ordained assistant to a vicar or rector.
- Pleasant to look at.
- An expression of contempt or impatience.
- Auspicious plighting:
- Fortunate engagement.
- Roman name of the sun god.
- A fit of abstracted musing, a day dream.
- Helen of Troy:
- In Greek legend, the daughter of Zeus and
Leda, and wife of Meneleus, king of Sparta, whose elopement with Paris brought
about the siege and destruction of Troy.
- Satiate, glut, surfeit, fill to loathing.
- Exclamatory address in the course of a public
speech to a person or object.
- Labourer employed in excavating etc. for canals,
railways, roads, etc. From "navigator".
- St. Mary Axe:
- (pronounced “Simmary Axe”) A
street in the City of London.
- Magic; particularly, foretelling the future
by communicating with the dead.
- Thing worn as a charm against evil.
- Cast a nativity:
- Draw up a horoscope based on a person’s
date and time of birth.
- Abudah chest:
- In the pseudo-Persian fairy tale by James
Ridley, Abudah had a box containing an old woman prophet.
- Melt a rich uncle in wax:
- Hasten his death by melting down
a wax image him.
- A genie; supernatural spirit in Arabian mythology.
- Posthumous shade:
- Goblins, or bogey men.
- A form of verse used by ancient Greek tragedians.
- (Electrobiology) Originally the science
of the electrical phenomena of living beings. By the middle of the nineteenth
century the word had come to be used for a form of hypnosis practised by
popular entertainers ostensibly based on the so-called principles of animal
- The classification of diseases.
- The science of language, love of learning and
- Puffing our goods:
- Advertising our goods with exaggerated
or false claims.
- Cask or unbottled storage for wine etc.
- A cask usually containing about 105 imperial gallons.
- Large cask containing 52 ½ imperial gallons.
- Army and Navy Stores:
- The store began as a co-operative
society, The Army & Navy Co-operative Society, formed in 1871 by a group
of army and navy officers. The intention was to supply “articles of
domestic consumption and general use to its members at the lowest remunerative
rates”. Membership of “The Stores” was open only to those
in the higher ranks of the armed forces and the widows of officers.
- Harmful, noxious, ill-smelling, disgusting.
- Fierce, ruthless, terrible, destructive.
- Sally Lunn:
- A plain, light tea-cake, usually served split
and toasted with jam named after an eighteenth-century street vendor in Bath.
- A drinking song.
- Go bail for:
- Vouch for.
- A large drinking vessel, or its contents.
- Granary, storehouse.
- Fitting or appropriate
- K. C. B.:
- Knight Commander of the Bath, the second class
of the Order of the Bath.
- Q. C.:
- Queen’s Counsel, a senior barrister appointed
by the Crown on the nomination of the Lord Chancellor.
- Twenty one shillings.
- Scowling, threatening.
- One Tree Hill:
- A hill in Greenwich Park. In the days of Greenwich Fair the hill was
often rolled down.
- A pleasure-garden, with zoo, amusements and
theatrical entertainment near Gravesend which was particularly popular
with working-class Londoners.
- The personification of evil in Persian mythology.