in Dr. Wortle's School

Chapter 21 – At Chicago


After Mr. Peacocke has obtained proof of Ferdinand Lefroy’s death, he has “perfected his object” and leaves San Francisco.  In current usage as a verb, “perfect” means to make something without faults; the older usage exemplified here hearkens to the Latin verb perficere (“to complete,” with perfect participle perfectus) and has generally fallen out of popularity.  [JE 2014]