in Small House at Allington

Chapter 16 – Mr. Crosbie Meets an Old Clergyman on His Way to Courcy Castle

Nolo decanari

Latin for “I am unwilling to be dean.”  Mr. Crosbie’s Latin phrase is analogous to the Latin phrase Nolo espiscopari (meaning “I am unwilling to be bishop”) which is the formal reply supposed to be returned upon the offer of a bishopric.  Mr. Crosbie uses this Latin analogy to show that he is educated and quick-witted. This contributes the image of Crosbie as one who is concerned with his image.  [AM 2006]