Chapter 18 – The Journey

July 23rd, 2014 § 0 comments

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]

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