Last year I reviewed The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough.
It has been a favourite comfort read of mine for quite some time, but research for my post led me to discover the plagiarism charges against McCullough for similarities to The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery (of Anne of Green Gables fame).
I had never heard of The Blue Castle but my desire to read it blossomed then and there.
I'll write a longer post when I finish it, but for now here are some lovely old-fashioned words for Wondrous Words Wednesday.
pg 8 "The other picture was a faded, passe-partouted engraving of Queen Louise coming down a stairway."
Passe-Partout (or passepartout) is the French term for a mat, paper or, more usually, cardboard sheet with a cutout, which is placed under the glass in a picture frame. A picture is placed beneath it, with the cutout framing it.
The passe-partout serves two purposes: first, to prevent the image from touching the glass, and second, to frame the image and enhance its visual appeal. The cutout in the passe-partout is usually beveled to avoid casting shadows on the picture.
pg 25 "On the steep mountain trails around her Blue Castle only gaily caparisoned steeds might proudly prance."
A caparison is a covering, or cloth, laid over a horse or other animal, especially a pack animal, or horse of state.
pg 31 "Just where Lover's Lane debouched on the street, an old car was parked."
Debouch from French origin meaning to cause to emerge, and is a term used in river, stream, and glacier geography.
pg 51 "Uncle Herbert's house, a large, pretentious peppered with meaningless bay windows and excrescent porches."
Excrescence (architecture), an outgrowth of the main body of a building that does not harmonize well with the main body.
pg 155 "Some nights the whole outer world seemed given over to the empery of silence."
empery (archaic) Absolute power or authority.
(with thanks to Wikipedia for tonights definitions.)