in arrears - backward, behindhand as to state or condition
penitent - that repents, with serious purpose to amend the sin or wrongdoing; repentant.
hourly - occurring or performed every hour
nurse - to wait upon, attend to (a person who is ill)
fee - an occasional gift, a gratuity, given in recognition of services rendered
biddy - a young chicken; maidservant; a woman, usu. with derogatory implication.
stave - a 'verse' or stanza of a poem, song, etc.
weigh - to have a greater or less degree of heaviness, as measured by the scales.
suage = sewage - to irrigate or fertilize with sewage
lay - common, ordinary
grame - angry, vexed, furious
reaper - one who reaps; the (Great, Grim, Old) Reaper - death personified.
draw nigh - to come (gradually) near, approach
lightfoot - having a light foot; treading lightly, active, nimble
maraud - to plunder
onus - a burden, charge, responsibility, duty
yan = one (north. dial.)
galloper - one who gallops on horseback, esp. of hunters
dish - to 'do for', defeat completely, ruin; to cheat, circumvent (slang.)
console - to comfort in mental distress or depression; to alleviate the sorrow of (any one).
bruise - to crush by pressure, jam, squeeze; to beat small, pound, crush, bray, grind down.
bulge - a wallet or bag (obs.)
narrowing - that narrows or contracts
duly - to the extent or degree that is due; adequately, sufficiently, fully
toot - coalesced form of to it
pop - to come on or upon abruptly, suddenly, unexpectedly, or by chance
silkette - a fabric made of silk and cotton, chiefly used for lining dresses
diligence - a public stage-coach
long distance - over a relatively great distance; between distant places
laird - a landed proprietor. In ancient times limited to those who held immediately from the king.
whoosh - an exclamation evocative of or accompanying a sudden explosive rushing sound or movement; to cause to move rapidly with a rushing sound.
tizzy - a highly excited or distracted state of mind
intercept - to interrupt, break in upon (esp. a narrative or a person speaking).
tactfully* - in a tactful manner; tactful - full of or endowed with tact.
correspondent* - a person who holds communication with another, esp. secret communication.
fluster* - to utter in confused manner
Benjamin - the name of the patriarch Jacob's youngest son. Hence allusively, the youngest (and, consequently, favourite) son of a family.
permising* = permitting
lithe - Of persons, their actions, dispositions and utterances: Gentle, meek, mild
throttle - the throat
memento - something to remind one of a past event or condition, of an absent person, of something that once existed; an object kept as a memorial of some person or event.
at home - at one's ease, as if in one's own home; in one's element
mite - a very small object; a tiny fragment