GlossaryPublished by Webmaster on 07/21/2003 (14694 reads)
It is almost a century that differentiates us from the early works of Robert Service. An ocean separates us from his birthplace. A continent divides us from his subjects. Nothing can isolate us from his spirit and soul. Here is an explanation of some of the words, terms, people and places that may succor the modern reader.
- Pastoral region of ancient Greece that came to be considered a rural, bucolic paradise.
- In a silvery-white way.
- Convicted; sullied; disgraced.
- Aurora Borealis
- The Northern Lights, the colorful display in the sky caused by solar eruptions.
- A boisterous reveler. Stemming from the Roman god Bacchus, Greek Bakkhos.
- Synonym for "bloody."
- A historical region and former province of northwest France on a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
- Long-needled pine; e.g., ponderosa, digger, loblolly or limber pine.
- Cloth decorations/flags in the colors of the national flag.
- Reduced to whitish powder by intense heat.
- Rude, uncouth. The allusion is to Shakespeare's Caliban in The Tempest, the deformed half-human son of a devil and a witch.
- Suggestive of loud, swelling song.
- Wild duck with salt-and-pepper back plumage.
- chancel rat
- Larger cousin of the church mouse.
- [Chinook:] tenderfoot; greenhorn.
- chummed up
- Formed a close friendship.
- To make sure of anything. To bring someone else into difficulty.
- college eight
- Crew team representing the school in a race.
- Cormak, George
- Member of the party that first discovered gold near Rabbit Creek, Yukon.
- Of the Northern Lights' apparent convergence around the magnetic pole.
- To give forth flashes of light; sparkle and glitter.
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