tally ho* - to salute or make known the presence of (a fox) by the cry of 'tally-ho'.

his majesty

reign - royal power or rule; kingdom, sovereignty

izba = isba - a Russian hut or log-house

by rote - in a mechanical manner, by routine, esp. by the mere exercise of memory without proper understanding of, or reflection upon, the matter in question.

grim* - Of things, scenes, situations, etc.: Harsh or repellent of aspect, uninviting.

hyacinth - a name among the ancients for some flower; according to Ovid a deep red or 'purple' lily (? Lilium Martagon), but variously taken by authors as a gladiolus, iris, or larkspur; Now only Hist. or poetic. In ancient mythology the flower is said to have sprung up from the blood of the slain youth Hyacinthus, and the ancients thought they could decipher on the petals the letters AI, or AIAI, exclamation of grief. Hence many literary allusions.

baker’s dozen - thirteen;        bugler - one who plays on a bugle; spec. a soldier who conveys orders by signals sounded on a bugle.

league - a covenant, compact, alliance

amour - love, affection

parkland - an area of grassland scattered with occasional clumps of trees

Sammy - a ninny, simpleton; In British use: an American soldier in the war of 1914-18, so called from the name Uncle Sam.

sonny - a familiar term of address to a boy or to a man younger than the speaker.

sissy - a sister

mop - the name in some districts for the annual fair or gathering at which servants are hired.

varlet - a man or lad acting as an attendant or servant = valet the chambre

shambles - the place where animals are killed for meat; a slaughter-house

peep - an imitation or representation of the feeble shrill sound made by young birds, mice, etc; a look or glance as through a narrow aperture or from concealment; a surreptitious, furtive, or peering glance.

pipe - to blow or play on a pipe

skirl - the high shrill sound of a bagpipe

chivvy - to harry, harass, trouble, worry

sloper - an inhabitant of the Pacific slope of the United States

wandering - travelling (or carried) along in an uncertain, or frequently changing direction; moved, or moving, (idly) to and fro.

wasteland* - land (esp. that which is surrounded by developed land) not used or unfit for cultivation or building and allowed to run wild.

neu (d) - new;                      Ziel (d) - goal.

bully - capital, first-rate, 'crack';                     clubber - one who wields a club, a clubman.

burgherly - of, belonging to, or characteristic of a burgher (a citizen)

propel - to drive forward or onward; to impart an onward motion to; to cause to move  onwards.

fray - a disturbance, esp. one caused by fighting; a noisy quarrel, a brawl; a fight, skirmish, conflict.

be ready

alala* - a shout used by the ancient Greeks in joining battle; a (Greek) battle-cry.


Sturm (d) - storm

break - to burst forth, rush out with sudden violence (of natural phenomena, as a storm, light, etc).

wax - to increase in size, quantity, volume, intensity, etc.


whack - a heavy resounding blow; also the sound of this




weeny - very small, tiny


Roosky = Russki - Russian

Hibernian - of or belonging to Ireland; Irish;                    Arabian nights - fabulous stories.

entertainer* - one who or that which furnishes amusement; one who gives a public 'entertainment'.

Barnabite* - a member of the religious order 'thus called from the church of St. Barnabas at Milan'.

thousand and one

eleven o’clock



raving - wild or delirious talk or declamation; pl. An utterance of this kind, a fit of madness.

stand for - to uphold, defend (a cause, etc.); to support, take the part of (a person); to represent, be in the place of, take the place of, do duty for.

archduke* -  the chief duke: formerly title of the rulers of Austrasia, Lorraine, Brabant, and Austria, being assumed by those of Austria in 1359; now titular dignity of sons of the Emperor of Austria.

figger - a little boy put in a window to hand out goods to the diver

to fall from grace - fig. esp. with reference to descent from high estate, or from moral elevation.

madly* - in a mad, insane or foolish manner

obelisk - a tapering shaft or column of stone, square or rectangular in section, and usually monolithic and finished with a pyramidal apex; a type of monument specifically characteristic  of ancient Egypt.

odalisque* - a female slave or concubine in an Eastern harem, esp. in the seraglio of the Sultan of Turkey. 

on the make - intent on profit or advancement; also, intent on winning someone's affections; seeking sexual pleasure; improving, advancing, getting better. 

jacques = jakes (obs.) - a privy

spendthrift* - one who spends money profusely or wastefully

Mathurin - a member of the order of regular canons (officially called Trinitarians) founded (a.d. 1198) by St. John of Matha for the redemption of Christian captives (said to be named from the chapel of St. Mathurin at Paris, near which they had a famous house).

topheavy - disproportionately heavy at the top; having the upper part so heavy as to overbalance the lower; hence, unstable and inclined to topple.