The Betrothed [annotated]

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Also known as a penny dreadful or a dime novel. Domenico Scarlatti was an Italian composer best-known for his keyboard sonatas. Newspapers aligned with the Labour Party, which advocates government control of key industries and the economy, the redistribution of wealth, publicly funded health care and education and increased rights for workers.

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It lasted nine months before collapsing. A hardened rubber compound that weathers to a dull, dark-grey finish. The name is derived from vulcanization, the chemical process that converts rubber into more durable materials by adding sulfur or other curatives. Produced by the Goodyear Vulcanite Company, the compound was unstable and could break easily and it was superceded by Bakelite, an early plastic.

To provide enough light to take a picture, powdered magnesium was poured onto a metal dish and ignited, using sparks from a flint wheel to create a flash. While effective, it was difficult to synchronize with the shutter and the open flame could cause a fire. A Jewish character from medieval Christian folklore who taunted Jesus and was cursed to wander the earth until the Second Coming. Go on quicker! Why dost Thou loiter? The London subway system, also known as the Tube. Despite the name, more than half the line runs aboveground.

In the pre-decimal currency of the time, pennies made up 1 pound. The Underground is broken down into routes, each with its own name.

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The romantic London fog, through which one can imagine Jack the Ripper or Sherlock Holmes or Lord Peter striding, was in reality a foul mixture of water vapor, smoke and soot, fed by the pervasive use of coal for heat and power. The fog weakened lungs and caused fatal traffic collisions. Instead of diminishing while the sun rises higher, it often increases in density, and some of the most lowering London fogs occur about midday or late in the afternoon. Sometimes the brown masses rise and interpose a thick curtain at a considerable elevation between earth and sky.


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A white cloth spread out on the ground rapidly turns dirty, and particles of soot attach themselves to every exposed object. Lord Peter is referring to William E. He toured the U. During his temperance campaign in Britain, medical students caught him and paraded him through London on a stretcher before police rescued him, but not before he lost the sight in an eye from a flying object.

In considering how one should live, the Greek philosopher Aristotle BC— BC concluded that within each virtue there is a golden mean mean, by the way, is defined in this instance as the middle point between extremes that we should follow. For example, courage is a virtue, but too much of it leads to recklessness, and too little of it to cowardice. A whole rose-garden to cure me.

When the narrator, Lucius gets transformed into an ass, he returns to human form by eating a crown of roses held by a priest of Isis. Macdonough was a prolific Canadian singer and later a record company executive, who recorded hundreds of songs for Edison Records and the Victor Talking Machine Company. A disagreeable old woman. The word was more commonly used during the late 18th and 19th centuries. A traditional method of building a fence around a farm using cut branches intertwined into a waist-high barrier. Hedging can be performed with skill and artistry. Competitions are held, and there are even regional styles of hedge laying.

Scotland Yard. The headquarters of the Metropolitan Police. Although the original location was at 4 Whitehall Place, its rear entrance opened onto Great Scotland Yard, hence the name. During subsequent moves to larger facilities in and , the headquarters building was called New Scotland Yard.

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Lord Peter is indulging in a poker reference. Although the best hand is a royal flush ace, king, queen, jack and 10, all of one suit , Lord Peter tops that with five aces, which in a game using one deck would provoke accusations of cheating. Lord Peter seems to be implying that he pulled an ace out of his sleeve by relying on his friendship with the chief of Scotland Yard to get around Sugg.

A valet or personal assistant, responsible for running the household and performing whatever tasks his master desired. Reputation and social standing plays a great role in the English class system. As Mrs. In the British class system, you are not related to anyone below your rank; they are related to you. Appledore was implying that the late bishop outranked Lord Peter. Carisbrooke is a village on the Isle of Wight and the home of St. I thank the goodness and the grace Which on my birth have smiled, And made me in my early days A happy free-born child.

I was not born a little slave To labor in the sun, And wish that I were in the grave, And all my labor done. A home on an estate where the widow of the late owner lives. If her husband dies and the heir is single, she remains in the main house until he is married. A department store founded by Arthur Liberty in Drawing on its connections with designers in the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, the store became known for its stylish clothing. It is still in business. Slang for prison, possibly derived from quadrangle, the enclosure where prisoners took exercise, used as early as Lord Peter is implying that she is a prostitute.

An area of central London that includes Soho and parts of Mayfair and Chinatown. Near the royal seat of power at Westminster, it was favored by the elite, not only because it was upwind of the smoke from the city, but for the entertainment it offers. A reference to Maximilien Robespierre , a leading revolutionary who helped institute the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution and was eventually executed under it. The punishment for murder in England until was death by hanging.

A city about miles northwest of London. A major railway station in central London. Thipps was checking his bag in a cloakroom so far from his respectable flat south of the Thames. Pancras, by the way, was a Roman who was beheaded around at age 14 during the persecution of the Christians under Diocletian. Some of his relics were taken to England, where a number of churches were dedicated to him, including St.

Pancras Old Church in London. A manned room at a railway station where luggage or parcels can be stored temporarily. This allowed passengers to spend the day in town to conduct their business without dragging along unwieldy baggage. In the aftermath of World War I, financially pressed aristocratic families were either going into business or marrying into families of industrialists. The Dowager Duchess might be saying that now everyone, even the aristocracy, is grubbing for money.

Side note: Throughout history, many families of any importance claimed that they were descended from powerful or royal ancestors, whether the Norse gods as described in the Eddas , Hector of Troy, or the House of David. Despite the anti-Semitism of the times, the royal family considered itself descended from the House of David.

In an Anglican clergyman, the Rev. Glover, M. So pleased was the Queen that she commanded his attendance at Windsor, and telling him that the descent was part of the inner history of her house, she showed him the Royal pedigree, with David as its root. The subject is complex, but, on the surface, simple.

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She was considered to be the greatest beauty of her age and immortalized in portraits, paintings and poems. The Dowager Duchess might be referring to the commonly held belief that Jews do not believe in a heaven. This is, at its kindest, a simplification, as their beliefs in heaven range from recognizing the existence of an eternal soul and nothing else, to Jewish mysticism recognizing no less than seven heavens.

The months in the Jewish calendar are set based on the appearance of the new moon, which allows for variations in the dates of some holidays. For example, Rosh Hashanah can fall between Sept.

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This is an inversion of the Christian proverb about those who portray themselves as Christian outside the home while acting otherwise inside. A novel by English preacher John Bunyan It is written as an allegory, in which symbolic figures are cast into human form for example, by representing death as the Grim Reaper. The Dowager is referring to a passage in Chapter 12, when Christian is speaking to Faithful about their new travel companion, Talkative:.

The Betrothed by Rudyard Kipling

I have been in his family, and have observed him both at home and abroad; and I know what I say of him is the truth. His house is as empty of religion as the white of an egg is of savour.

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There is there neither prayer nor sign of repentance for sin… Thus say the common people that know him: A saint abroad and a devil at home. His poor family finds it so, he is such a churl, such a railer at, and so unreasonable with his servants, that they neither know how to do for or speak to him. Men that have any dealings with him say, it is better to deal with a Turk than with him; … For my part, I am of the opinion that he has, by his wicked life, caused many to stumble and fall; and will be, if God prevent not, the ruin of many more.

In Judaism, he is seen as a wicked through repentant man in Judaism.