The Forsyte Saga

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5'Let the dead . . . dead' : Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Palm of Life ( 1838).
7balm in . . . Gilead : used medicinally in antiquity, see Genesis 37: 25, Jeremiah 8: 22.
13'You will answer . . . ours' : The Merchant of Venice, IV. i. 98.
14Edward Garnett : editor, publisher's reader, and literary adviser. He and Galsworthy became close friends after Garner had written a reader's report on Jocelyn.
16stock : a stiff neckcloth.
17Dundreary whiskers : long side-whiskers worn without a beard. Lord Dundreary is a character in Tom Taylor comedy, Our American Cousin ( 1858).

Quilpish look : Daniel Quilp is the evil dwarf in Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop ( 1841).

20Zoo : the Zoological Gardens in Regent's Park, established by the Zoological Society of London in 1828, was a fashionable resort of the Victorians.
21dactyl : a metrical foot in poetry, consisting of a long syllable followed by two short ones.
22Consols : an abbreviation of Consolidated Annuities, i.e. government securities.
23pouter pigeon's : a pouter pigeon is a breed of domestic pigeon which has the ability to inflate its crop.
26lustre : lustre ware, pottery to which metallic lustre is applied.
29Hurlingham : the Hurlingham Club, founded in 1869 in an eighteenth-century house set in large grounds near the Thames, is particularly noted for its connections with polo. barouche: a four-wheeled carriage, having a seat in front for the driver, and seats inside for two couples to sit facing each other. rumty-too: also rum-ti-too, commonplace ( OED).
30take a 'lunar' : in navigation, to take a lunar observation, a measurement, in order to ascertain a ship's position.

Married Women's Property Act : an Act of 1882 which gave married women the right of property and a separate legal estate.

crossing-sweeper : a person who swept a street-crossing for tips.


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