"Richmond"
  • "The river wound in and out in its pretty delicate curves, looking like a silver serpent beneath the glittering rays of the moon." p.116 (my edition) Outline the language devices used in this line. What effect do these devices have on the reader. Baroness Orcy gives us every minute detail - nothing is left to chance for the reader to imagine in this chapter. Do you agree or disagree?
  • lazy nincompoop - lazy idiot
  • effete fop - decadent, a person who is excessively self indulgent.
  • delinquencies - guilty of a misdeed
  • References to fate - "How thoroughly a human being can be buffeted and overmastered by Fate .... fate merely had stepped in. "p.117
  • inanities - empty of meaning or sense
  • Tudor days - an English dynasty descended from Owen Tudor; Tudor monarchs ruled from Henry VII to Elizabeth I (from 1485 to 1603)
  • jabot - a ruffle on the front of a woman's blouse or a man's shirt
  • balustrade - bannister: a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
  • foibles - a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect: an all-too- human foible.
  • lacqueys - who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
  • duped - fool, hoax or trick
  • noisome - offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul: a noisome odor
  • somnolent - drowsy; sleepy
  • aureole - a circle of light or radiance surrounding the head or body of a representation of a deity or holy person; a halo.
  • Does Sir Percy show what real love is at the end of the chapter?