tum - short for tummy (the stomach or intestine); an imitation of the sound made by plucking a tense string, as in a musical instrument, or by striking a drum, or the like.

defunct - having ceased to live; deceased, dead

sanders - the sandalwood tree

Lloyd's* - name of a London association of underwriters and agency for arranging insurance (formerly marine insurance only, but now nearly all kinds).

shift - to move from one place to another; esp. to change one's lodging

Schwester (d) - sister


Easter eggs* - eggs painted in bright colours, which it was (and, by a partial revival, still is) customary to present to friends at Easter.

nicely - in an attractive, agreeable, pleasing, or pretty fashion

acquire - to receive, or get as one's own (without reference to the manner), to come into possession of.

totty - a tiny tot or little child



tuk - obs. pa. tense of take

medicine* - any substance or preparation used in the treatment of disease; a medicament.

poetic - pl. Poetic composition; the writing of poems

pilgarlic* - 'poor creature'; Used by the speaker of himself as a quasi-proper name; commonly poor Pilgarlic = poor I, poor me.

P.L.M. - Paris-Lyons-Mediterranean (Railway)

muttonbroth* - a broth made from mutton

stakker = stacker - to totter, reel in one's gait, to stagger                                                                                                    steaks

...Sir Thomas asked Crawford to join the early breakfast party.

litter - odds and ends, fragments and leavings lying about, rubbish                                                                                      letters



sixteens;                         sophy - a wise or learned man, a sage; a ruler; a great person.

devout = devote (obs.)


quid* - a sovereign; one pound sterling

maddle - to be or become crazy; to be confused in mind; to be dotingly fond of.

drought* - thirst (arch. and dial.)



white paper - blank paper, not written or printed upon

venustas (l) - charm, grace;                         venus - a beautiful or attractive woman.

Jonathan Swift, pseudonym ISAAC BICKERSTAFF (1667, Dublin, Ire. - 1745, Dublin), Anglo-Irish author who was the foremost prose satirist in the English language. Besides the celebrated novel Gulliver's Travels (1726), he wrote such shorter works as ''A Tale of a Tub'' (1704) and "A Modest Proposal" (1729).


go on;                        gone.


pursue - to continue (to do or say something); to go on (speaking)

softbodied - having a soft body

uniform* - the customary dress or mode of appearance characteristic of persons of a certain  age, class, or lifestyle.

hooray - a cry expressive of triumph or exultant excitement

whomsoever - any (one) whom; no matter whom

heavenly - having the excellence, beauty, or delight that belongs to heaven; excellent, particularly enjoyable.

blank - Of paper, etc.: Left white or 'fair'; not written upon, free from written or printed characters.

paste - a hard vitreous composition (of fused silica, potash, white oxide of lead, borax, etc.), used in making imitations of precious stones.

winkle - to emit light intermittently; to twinkle

rococo* - old-fashioned, antiquated

ex voto - an offering made in pursuance of a vow

pay - money paid for labour or service; wages, hire, salary

perk - abbreviation of perquisite (any casual emolument, fee, or profit, attached to an office or position in addition to salary or wages).