A thing of little importance.
Troubling or threatening.
A person, usually a man, who behaves in a dishonorable way.
The Bolsheviks were members of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers Party, which, led by Vladimir Lenin, overthrew the Russian monarchy in 1917.
French for "it's a pity".
French for "it's possible".
A lightweight linen or cotton fabric.
An unfounded rumor or story.
A London-based Auction House that appraises and sells antiques and art.
A line of police or soldiers preventing access to a particular area.
Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen was an American homeopath who murdered his wife in England and then tried to escape to America in 1910.
A rare, unusual, or intriguing object.
Also known as Tsar. The title given to the emperors of Russia before the revolution of 1917.
A British daily newspaper first published in 1896.
An early tape recorder, used to record and play back voices or conversation.
A person with an addiction to alcohol.
A person who has left their country to settle in another, usually for political reasons.
French for "impressive" or "amazing".
The protagonist of a classic German legend, who sells his soul to the devil for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures.
A person, typically an old one, who is considered old-fashioned or conservative.
Irritable and quarrelsome.
A type of rubber boot that is slipped over shoes to keep them from getting muddy or wet.
A medical condition where the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen - in the case of "acute gastritis", for a short time only.
Mary Ann Evans (1819 - 1880) was a British novelist who wrote under the pen name George Eliot.
A feather from a goose, usually fashioned to serve as a kind of pen or tool.
A person or object that behaves in a dishonest way.
At the point of death; in an extremely difficult situation.
A branch of the British military responsible for the gathering, analyzing, and disseminating of military intelligence and counter-intelligence. Similar to the CIA in the United States.
Charles I of England (1600 - 1649) was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland until his execution in 1649 after the English Civil War.
The key of an outer door to a house.
A strategy game played with a set of 144 tiles. "East Wind", "Pung", "Unpung", "Bamboos", "Circles", "Passing", and all the rest of the terms used in Chapter 16 are all terms related to Mah Jong play.
French for "that's right".
Formerly a Berber Kingdom in North Africa, roughly where Morocco is currently located.
A character from the opera Pelleas and Melisande, about forbidden lovers.
A figure from the Old Testament known for having lived longer than anyone else.
French for "business" or "trade".
A novel by George Eliot first published in 1860 about siblings growing up on a river near Lincolnshire, England.
Refers to Rudyard Kipling (1835-1936), an English poet, short story writer, and novelist. His works of fiction include
The Jungle Book.
Reduced to extreme physical weakness.
With great wisdom and discernment.
A lavish Men's Club in Shanghai for British residents. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was the most exclusive club in Shanghai.
A landowner or gentleman.
A small, rustic building in a garden or park, used for sitting in during the summer months.
Of various kinds; several.
A person who is often angry and unkind.
French for "both of them".
French for "a beautiful property".
A squash, like a summer squash.
The brand name for the drug Barbital, a barbiturate used from 1903 to the 1950s as a sleeping aid.
A common open area in a village or settlement.
A white fish found in the North Sea.