- Literally “under penalty”. A
writ commanding a person’s attendance in court.
- One who brings a case to court.
- One who is sued in court and defends the charge
brought against him.
- Court of the Exchequer:
- A common-law court which originated
in the reign of Edward I and dealt with revenue cases. It did not
exist when Trial by Jury was produced, having been merged with
two other medieval courts by the 1873 Judicature Act to form the Queen’s
Bench Division of the High Court. It would not have dealt with breach of
promise actions in any case.
- Be firm, be firm my pecker:
- “Pecker” means
mouth, so this phrase could be translated “Keep a stiff upper lip” or “Keep
your chin up”. The phrase “keep your pecker up” means don’t
- Your evil star's in the ascendant:
- An astrologer
would prophesy that you had little chance of success.
- Onomatopoetic sound of a guitar.
- To satiate, to glut, to surfeit, to fill to loathing.
- Reversed in banc:
- Overturned by a superior court.
- An impecunious party:
- One who is short
- Swallow-tail coat:
- A dress coat with a forked tail like
that of a swallow.
- A summary of the relevant facts and points of law
drawn up for a barrister, usually by a solicitor.
- Dull or stupid person.
- Westminster Hall:
- The medieval part of the Palace of Westminster (Houses
of Parliament) where the Common Law courts were held until the present
Law Courts in the Strand were opened in 1882.
- The furies were avenging female spirits in mythology.
- The Bailey:
- The Old Bailey, built in 1539 on Cheapside
in the City of London and established in 1834 as the Central Criminal Court
of England and Wales.
- Middlesex Sessions:
- Sessions were courts
held four times a year in a county or other administrative district.
The Middlesex Sessions are those for the county of Middlesex.
- The Gurneys:
- A well-known Quaker banking family.
- A nightmarish oppressor.
- Threw over:
- Abandoned, jilted.
- Patent to the mob:
- Obvious to everyone.
- A swell, an important person.
- An undertaking ostensibly for the public good, but
really for one’s own.
- A barrister engaged to conduct a case in court.
- Season vernal:
- A lower middle-class suburb of London which
was developed in the nineteenth century.
- Camberwell’s neighbour to the south and
a distinctly working-class suburb.
- Arcadian vale:
- Arcadia is a mountainous area in central
Peloponnesus, and was regarded by the ancient Greeks as an ideal region of
- A scent known as “attar of roses”, i.e.,
perfume made from rose petals.
- Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), a French artist
who painted idyllic pastoral scenes.
- A bride’s collection of clothing, household
- Water from far Cologne:
- Eau de Cologne, a perfumed spirit
invented by Johann Maria Farina, an Italian chemist who settled in Cologne
- A nice dilemma:
- “Nice” here means “requiring
- Something which detracts from
the value. In this case, the amount of damages to be awarded for the
loss of such a fiancé.
- Small waistband pocket (the reward is presumably small).
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