'An Augustinian thought,' the Bishop said obscurely.
Augustine, the most eminent theologian in Catholicism, famously asked God to "make him chaste, but not yet." Any wish that one be made saintly later, then, is an Augustinian thought in this sense. The novel alludes to this tradition several times.
'autres pays autres mœurs'
French. "Other countries, other customs."
Latin. "It is over."
Latin. "It is finished."
'He begs a lot of questions,' Doctor Colin said.
A logical fallacy in which the proposition to be proved is assumed implicitly or explicitly in one of the premises.
'I had penetrated what Joseph Conrad called the Heart of Darkness'
Conrad's short novel, Heart of Darkness, is set in the same region as this book.
'Letters of Marque'
Letters allowing for a search or seizure; like warrants.
A short novel by French author Antoine François Prévost. Controversial in its day.
Latin. "The dark night." Refers to a time when a man of faith has doubts.
'Nous étions heureux'
French. "We were happy."
'Palais Royal farces'
Traditional French farcical comedies with stock characters, including the cuckold, the fool, the young lovers, etc.
'plat du jour'
French. "Plate of the day."
'quatre cent vingt et un'
French for "four hundred twenty one." A dice game once popular throughout Europe and the colonies.
'The Imitation of Christ'
By Thomas à Kempis, a famous spiritual book.
'Toute à toi'
French. "All yours."
'Un coup de foudre'
French. "A stroke of lightning." Used to refer to love at first sight.
Pietro Aretino, French, (1492-1557). Poet who wrote exceedingly lewd verse.
Microscopic organisms that indicate the presence of leprosy.
In Catholicism, the book containing 'the Divine Office' -- prayers and rituals -- for each day.
Small, decorative appetizers.
A teacher appointed to teach Christian beliefs by the method of rote question-and-answer.
A kind of cigar with two squared-off ends.
An orange liqueur.
A steroid hormone used to treat arthritis, among other things.
Commonly known as dapsone, an antibacterial treatment for leprosy able to cure the disease.
Father Damien, (1840-1889), a Belgian Roman Catholic priest famous for caring for lepers. He died of leprosy.
René Descartes, French, (1596-1650). One of the most influential philosophers in Western history. He famously declared, "I think, therefore I am."
A harmonious gathering of voices.
Belonging to a diocese (an area under a Bishop's jurisdiction).
Mistress of Adolf Hitler.
A pitcher used for washing one's hands.
Mistress of King Henry II.
Walter Gropius, German, (1883-1969). A famous Modernist architect.
French. Green beans.
A short hillock or conical mound of earth or rock.
The Superior's term for "Christians" when speaking in sermons to the native Africans.
One who is piously attracted to those suffering from leprosy.
A treatment center for lepers.
Lucien de Rubempré
One of the chief characters of Balzac's La Comédie humaine, one of the most famous multi-volume novels in literature.
Sweet almond paste.
Henri Matisse, French, (1869-1954). Famous painter, also designed a Dominican chapel on the Côte d’Azur in France.
A title of respect for eminent persons, in this case the Bishop.
A container for the keeping of holy relics.
A sleeping pill.
Supreme, omnipotent and omniscient god in African mythology and religion.
A tasty French beverage.
The company that controls goods in the Congo region.
Medication used to combat malaria.
A white substance used for coating and sealing.
Blaise Pascal, French, (1623-1662). A mathematician and religious philosopher famous for "Pascal's bargain," the belief that one ought to pretend to believe in God whether one does or not, because the consequences of disbelief are so potentially horrible.
A French bakery that specializes in pastries.
Mounted bullfighters who fight with spears.
French. A bird, known in English as an oxpecker, who eats parasites off of the backs of cattle.
A long, narrow canoe.
The beach of a seaside resort.
An abstract or summary.
Persons having some characteristics of pygmies.
Manufacturer of typewriters, among other things.
French. Detective novels.
Albert Schweitzer, German, (1875-1965). A prominent theologian, philosopher, and physician who attracted attention for his treatments in Africa.
A sickle-cell disease.
The white outer garment of a Catholic priest.
A popular Catholic saint; among other things, the patron saint of travelers.
A very large fish.
Van Der Hum
South African citrus liqueur.
Having a veranda.
African water lily.
A Burnt-Out Case Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for A Burnt-Out Case is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
not religion per se, but certainly against organized religion and all of its strictures. Querry, who disdains religion throughout burnt out case, is probably the most christian acting of all the characters.