Fantomina Glossary

Fantomina Glossary

pit

Where the professional class sat in a theater or playhouse so as to flagrantly express pompous opinions on not just the entertainment but other members of the audience.

humour

Whatever transitory mood someone happened to be in at any given time.

cogitate

To contemplate in general or ponder over something in specifici.

devoirs

The duty of paying one's respects to family.

collation

A light and informal meal.

recompense

A reward expected for providing a favor.

Ephesian Matron

Legendary story of a woman so famous for her fidelity to her husband that women traveled from neighboring countries to see her.

Physiognomy

The belief that one's character could be judged by the bones and facial features of the face; long-discredited, it was taken seriously as a science during the period in which the novel was written.

vizard

A mask or disguise.

equipage

A horse-drawn carriage and its attendants.

disposition

The quality and presentation of one's character.

incoherent

A lack of cohesive logical sense.

assiduous

Taking great care and demonstrating unusual perseverance.

risque

Naughty and sexually provocative.

reparations

Amends that are made for sins or wrongful acts committed in the past.

condescension

An air of pompous arrogance and superiority, especially exhibited when offering help or charity.

discernment

Insightful and perceptive discrimination of relative values.

languishing

Allowed to weaken and deteriorate with neglect and disregard.

ardor

A passionate and enthusiastic zeal and devotion.

ineffectual

Excessively ineffective, inept and incompetent.

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