maypole - a high pole, painted with spiral stripes of different colours and decked with flowers, set up on a green or other open space, for the merrymakers to dance round on May-day.
dot - fig. To place like dots at separate points on a surface, to scatter like dots or specks.
tricksome - given to playing tricks; playful, sportive, frolicsome.
fiftyfifty - on a basis of fifty per cent. (or one half) each; half-and-half, equally.
...take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
riches - abundance of means or of valuable possessions; wealth.
slum - a street, alley, court, etc., situated in a crowded district of a town or city and inhabited by people of a low class or by the very poor.
lice - pl. of louse
forge - Of a vessel: To make way, 'shoot ahead' (Adm. Smyth), esp. by mere momentum, or the pressure of tide. Often with ahead.
blazing - flaming with force
urbi et orbi* - Of papal proclamations, blessings, etc.: to the city (of Rome) and to the world; Also transf., for general information or acceptance; to everyone.
treble - a drink of spirits of three times the standard measure
to give and take - to make mutual allowances, concessions, or compromises.
milliard - a thousand millions
three golden balls - the sign of a pawnbroker; supposed by some to be derived from the ensign of the wealthy Medici family.
landed interest* - interest or concern in land as a possession; selfinterest - one's personal profit, benefit, or advantage (obs.); regard to, or pursuit of, one's own advantage or welfare, esp. to the exclusion of regard for others.
slavey - a female domestic servant, esp. one who is hard-worked; a maid of all work.
weighty - rigorous, severe (obs. rare.)
emporos (gr.) - merchant; emporia - marketplace, a place of trade.
boo - to low as a cow; to make a similar noise; to utter 'boo!' going
to bridle up - to throw up the head and draw in the chin, (as a horse does when reined in), expressing pride, vanity, or resentment; to assume a dignified or offended air or manner.
finner - a name given to whales of the genus Balænoptera, esp. the Rorqual, from the fact of their having a dorsal fin; 'a white trout, a variety of the Salmo fario'.
bank - to pile up, accumulate
swank - to behave ostentatiously, to swagger; to work hard, to 'swot'.
whaler - a person engaged in whaling, a whale-catcher
punt - a flat-bottomed shallow boat, broad and square at both ends.
guinea - an English gold coin, not coined since 1813, first struck in 1663 with the nominal value of 20s., but from 1717 until its disappearance circulating as legal tender at the rate of 21s.
...The English groat coined in 1351-2 was made equal to four pence.
index - the fore-finger; Econ. A number showing the variation (increase or decrease) in the prices or value of some specified set of goods, shares, etc., since a chosen 'base' period (often represented by the number 100), as a retail price index, a cost-of-living index, etc.
balance - a weight put into one scale to equal the preponderating weight in the other, and produce equilibrium.
into the bargain - over and above what is stipulated or expected; moreover, besides.
on the prowl - prowling about; now freq. in search of an amorous partner.
Jekyll* - the name of the hero of R. L. Stevenson's story, 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' (published 1886), who appears as a benevolent and respectable character under the name of Jekyll and the opposite under the name of Hyde.
exposition - a display, show, exposure
failure - the fact of failing in business; bankruptcy, insolvency
blunder - a gross mistake; an error due to stupidity or carelessness
insurance - the act or system of insuring property, life, etc.
upper ten - the upper classes, the aristocracy (colloq.)
license - to grant (a person) a licence or authoritative permission to hold a certain status or to do certain things, e.g. to practise some trade or profession.
farmer - one who cultivates a farm, whether as tenant or owner
fenland - an area of low often marshy ground
occidental - of or in the west, western, westerly; accidentally - by accident, by chance.
straggle - to wander or stray from the proper road, one's companions, etc.
out of (one's) turn - out of one's due order or place in a series; at a wrong time or place.
parson - a chaplain, a curate, any clergyman
wicket - a small door or gate made in, or placed beside, a large one, for ingress and egress when the large one is closed.
stripling - a youth, one just passing from boyhood to manhood
sleepless - continually active or operative, unceasing in motion, ever-moving.
tights - garments of thin elastic material, fitting tight to the skin, worn by dancers, acrobats, and others to facilitate their movements or display the form.
undated - not furnished or marked with a date; left without indication of date.
anterior - Of time and progress: Going before, preceding, former, earlier, prior.
main - a principal channel, duct, or conductor for conveying water, sewage, gas, or electricity, e.g. along the street of a town.
mis - - badly, wrongly
wroth - to become wrathful or angry, to manifest anger
foulplay - unfair or treacherous dealing, often with the additional notion of roughness or violence.
court - an enclosed area, a yard
poultryyard - a place where fowls are reared
wherein - in which (place, material thing, writing, etc.); where
waiting room* - a room set apart for those who are obliged to wait (usually in a public building, now esp. in a railway-station; also at a doctor's or dentist's).
flotation - the action, fact, or process of floating, in various senses; the condition of keeping afloat; the action of floating (Of a commercial company, etc.: To meet with public support) a company or enterprise.
hurricane* - any storm or tempest in which the wind blows with terrific violence.
gale - a wind of considerable strength; in nautical language, the word chiefly 'implies what on shore is called a storm'.
smithereen - to smash or blow up into tiny fragments
plateglass - a fine quality of thick glass, cast in plates, used for mirrors, shop-windows, or in any position where an undistorted view, great strength, or the exclusion of sound, is desired.
slate - a thin, usually rectangular, piece of certain varieties of stone which split readily into laminæ, used especially for the purpose of covering the roofs of buildings.
buglehorn - the horn of a bugle or wild ox used as a musical instrument or as a drinking vessel.
bezzle - to plunder, spoil; to make away with (the property of others); to make away with a large quantity of food or especially drink.
Hussite - a follower of John Huss, the Bohemian religious reformer of the 15th century.
abscond - 'to hide oneself; to retire from the public view: generally used of persons in debt, or criminals eluding the law'; to go away hurriedly and secretly.
breach - a disrupted place, gap, or fissure, caused by the separation of continuous parts.
bylaw - a secondary, subordinate, or accessory law
to pay off - to pay in full, and thus discharge the obligation; to clear off (a debt or claim) by payment.
crowning - that forms the crown or acme; completing, consummating; highest, most perfect.
barleystraw - (fig.) a trifle