Airs romped round him, nipping and eager airs." (U3.52)
A mitre is the official headdress of a bishop in the Western Church, a tall cap with a top deeply cleft crosswise, the outline of the front and back resembling that of a pointed arch. A crozier is the ceremonial staff carried by a bishop or an abbot, hooked at one end like a shepherd's crook.
I mustn't forget his letter for the press. And after? The Ship, half twelve. By the way go easy with that money like a good young imbecile. Yes, I must." (U3.55)
'The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria' is an opera by Gilbert & Sullivan, seen here in an Irish production. The characters include the gondolier brothers Marco and Giuseppe Palmieri, and 'a highly respectable brigand'.
They take me for a dun, peer out from a coign of vantage.
- It's Stephen, sir.
- Let him in. Let Stephen in.
A bolt drawn back and Walter welcomes me.
- We thought you were someone else." (U3.70)
- Morrow, nephew. Sit down and take a walk.
He lays aside the lapboard whereon he drafts his bills of costs for the eyes of Master Goff and Master Shapland Tandy, filing consents and common searches and a writ of Duces Tecum. A bogoak frame over his bald head: Wilde's Requiescat." (U3.76)
- Yes, sir?
- Malt for Richie and Stephen, tell mother. Where is she?" (U3.83)
Papa's little bedpal. Lump of love.
- No, uncle Richie...
- Call me Richie." (U3.87)
- Uncle Rickie, really...
- Sit down or by the law Harry I'll knock you down" (U3.90)
Lithia water is mineral water containing lithium (Li) salts. Medicinal interest in Li began in the mid-1800s when Lipowitz and Ure reported that Li solutions dissolved uric acid crystals. This led to the belief that Li was useful in gout, and other diseases thought to be due to an imbalance in uric acid (including angina, asthma, arthritis, depression, headaches, hypertension, epilepsy). Li is used nowadays in the treatment of mood disorders.
— Sit down or by the law Harry I'll knock you down.
Walter squints vainly for a chair.
— He has nothing to sit down on, sir.
— He has nowhere to put it," (U3.93)
Thomas Chippendale (1718 - 1779) was a famous London cabinet-maker and furniture designer in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. He published (1754) a book of his designs, titled 'The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director' that established the fashion for furniture for that period. Malahide Castle has a fine collection of Chippendale chairs.
He drones bars of Ferrando's aria di sortita. The grandest number, Stephen, in the whole opera. Listen.
His tuneful whistle sounds again, finely shaded, with rushes of the air, his fists bigdrumming on his padded knees.
This wind is sweeter." (U3.96)