cant - a portion, nook, niche + Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804) - German philosopher + Kante (ger) - corner, edge + kant (Dutch) - side. 

quest - any inquiry or investigation made in order to discover some fact + questio (l) - complaint + kwestie (Dutch) - question.

a dime a dozen - so plentiful as to be almost worthless

ornery - ordinary

josser - fellow, chap

fortyish - being about 40 years old, looking forty years old

flatulent - affected by gas in the intestine, likely to fart; pompous, self important, pretentious

ratiocination - analysis, reduction to elements

syncopation - Gram. Contraction of a word by omission of one or more syllables or letters in the middle.

elucidation - the action or process of elucidating, throwing light upon, making plain or intelligible + FDV: Has anyone, it might with profit some cloudy evening be asked quietly suggested, ever looked sufficiently longly upon an env a stamped addressed envelope.

Feng-Yang - birthplace of Hung Wu, the founder of the Ming dynasty + Finnegan + Kung family, descendants of Confucius.

son of the gun - fellow + Crow: The Story of Confucius, Master Kung 104: (Lao-tsze told Confucius) 'He who is only the son of another has nothing for himself, for he owes all to his father'.

Crépieux-Jamin: Les Éléments de l'Écriture des Canailles 5-8: stresses the importance of examining the inscription of the address on the envelope as part of a graphological analysis of a love letter to compensate for the bias caused by the emotional state of the individual writing the letter.

admittedly - by general admission, confessedly

husk - outer covering, shell + FDV: Admittedly it is but a covering;

Crow: The Story of Confucius, Master Kung 49: 'A Chinese historian has pointed out that though almost all men are imperfect in one or two of their features, Master Kung even in this showed his superiority for he was imperfect in all'.

Where Are You Going, My Pretty Maid (nursery rhyme): 'My face is my fortune, sir, she said' + FDV: it bears an economic classification:

civil and military tailor (notebook 1923)

plague - trouble, a couse of irritation or distress

tuck - to thrust or put away (an object) into a close place where it is snugly held or concealed

flap - part of the envelope (turnover) + FDV: its character is the civil clothing of whatever purepassionpallid or nudity or plaguepurple nakedness it may or may not contain.

sore - painful, grievous; severe, stern, hard

circumstantiate - to place in certain circumstances; to give circumstantial evidence for + FDV: Yet to concentrate solely on the psychological content or even the mental configuration of any document to the neglect of the facts which circumstance it is as hurtful to good sense (and let us add, good the best taste)

intro - introduction

elaborative - capable of elaborating, tending to elaborate + elaborate - worked out in much detail, minutely careful, highly finished.

ancestral - of or inherited from ancestors

upstairs - at the top of, on a floor or in a room reached by, a flight of stairs; in one of the upper stories of a house

straightaway - without hesitation or delay

run off - to run away, to run away with someone (as in an elopement) + FDV: as were the indian someone or other when perhaps presented by a friend of his to a lady of the latter's acquaintance straightaway to vision her in unapparelled naturalness

plump - directly, at once, straight, without hesitation or circuitous action; directly facing in position

in one's naturals - in a perfectly naked state

blinkard - one that blinks with or as if with weak eyes, one who has imperfect sight; a stupid or obtuse person

ethical + Etiquette was vital in ancient Chinese society (frequently mentioned in The Story of Confucius, Master Kung).

evolutionary - evolutional, coming about as a result of the principles of evolution + FDV: deliberately closing his eyes to the fact that she was after all wearing some definite articles of clothing,

inharmonious - lacking in harmony of parts

captious - disposed to find fault, cavil, or raise objections; fault-finding, cavilling, carping

a trifle - in a small degree, a little

Lewis: Time and Western Man 81: 'the local colour, or locally-coloured material, that was scraped together into a big variegated heap to make Ulysses' + FDV: inharmonious, a captious one might say, or not strictly necessary, or a little irritating but still suddenly full of local colour & personal colour perfume,

coincidental - occupying the same place or portion of space, having the same nature, character, or value + FDV: suggestive of much more, capable of being stretched if need were, their parts capable, even, of being separated for closer comparison by the careful hand of an expert.

Mr Best in Ulysses keeps saying: 'don't you know' + {without considering how clothes she is wearing fill out some parts of her body and flatten others, and are able to be parted for better survey by the deft hand of the expert}

clothier - a maker of cloth, one engaged in the cloth trade + FDV: Who in his heart doubts either that the facts of feminine clothing are there and that the feminine fiction, stranger than the facts, is there at the same time, and that one may be separated from the other, that both may then be contemplated simultaneously & that each may be considered in turn apart from the other successively?

rere - rearwards

contemplate - look at, inspect, study