amanuensis (n.) — a literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts

stag (adv.) — without a partner at a social gathering

eclaircissement (n.) — an enlightening explanation of something, typically someone’s conduct, that has been hitherto inexplicable

indolent (adj.) — wanting to avoid activity or exertion

descry (v.) — catch sight of

manumit (v.) — release from slavery; set free

fulsome (adj.) — complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree

didactic (adj.) — intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive

calash (n.) — a type of horse-drawn carriage fashionable in the 19th century

bower (n.) — a pleasant shady place under trees or climbing plants in a garden or wood

dower (n.) — a widow’s share for life of her husband’s estate


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