>From one of those several bookstore-browsings I did recently, I found Short Stories from the 19th Century by David Stuart Davies. I have heard of or read most of them already in school or at home; the authors much more so. But I bought the book as I was after what Davies had to say in his introduction of each story.
Today I join Wondrous Words Wednesday, a meme hosted by Bermuda Onion’s Weblog, and share words that are new to me. The story is very old, so are the words (again to me), but that’s where I find the appeal of the read. Davies conveniently provided notes to the text, making comprehension a lot faster:
1. posset – “If you’ll take my advice Mr. Higgins, you’ll have your bed warmed, and drink a treacle posset just the last thing.”
~ posset is a hot-drink remedy for a cold made with curdled milk and spices
* When I saw treacle preceding posset, I thought of Harry Potter’s treacle tart, but that was eaten, not drunk.
2. Griselda – “Mr Dudgeon compelled himself to smile assent with the grace of a masculine Griselda.”
~ Griselda is a model of enduring patience
* I didn’t find this word/name that old. I have a cousin named Griselda, but its usage in the story is what’s new to me 🙂
3. Church-and-king-and-down-with-the-Rump – “…I conjecture, though the name is singular enough: Church-and-king-and-down-with-the-Rump.”
~ it’s a reference to the causes of the English Civil War. The horse was named after a cry given by the supporters of King Charles I and the loyal members of his Parliament