in Dr. Wortle's School

Chapter 18 – The Journey

dead as Julius Caesar

Robert Lefroy tells Mr. Peacocke that Ferdinand Lefroy is as “dead as Julius Caesar.”  Here, Robert Lefroy unsuccessfully attempts to bond with Mr. Peacocke through a Classical reference.  The humor of Robert Lefroy’s joke is in its exaggeration:  one does not become much more dead than after multiple stab wounds and over 1900 years.  [BL 2013]



Mr. Peacocke learns that Ferdinand Lefroy died of DT, delirium tremens.  This Latin medical term translates to “shaking madness” and refers to the severe symptoms that can occur as a result of excessive alcohol consumption and/or withdrawal from such consumption.  [BL 2013 & RR 2014]


prosecute his journey

“Prosecute” is used here to signify “go forward with,” and this usage accords with the meaning of the Latin verb from which the English verb is derived:  prosequi, “proceed,” “continue with.”  The relationship between English “prosecute” and Latin prosequi is especially apparent in the Latin verb’s perfect participle prosecutus. [RR 2014]