Benford's G&S Lexicon Entries for The Sorcerer

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Act II

Pillage [hearts to pillage]

Plunder or steal.

Love’s tillage [What a worker on Love’s tillage]

Interpret as: What an aid in Cupid’s work. This is a somewhat different interpretation of tillage as used earlier in the libretto.

Magic fell [Its magic fell]

Fell here is an adjective, so the term means villainous magic.

Perfidy [Thy perfidy all men shall know]

Treachery or breach of faith.

Instance [This poor child drank the philtre at your instance]

Urging, or insistence.

Colonial Bishopric [the congenial gloom of a Colonial Bishopric]

A district under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of some overseas bishop. Knight (178) comments that many of those overseas dioceses were lacking in amenities, and such an appointment was originally tantamount to exile.

Ahrimanes [must yield up his life to Ahrimanes]

Pronunciation: Ahri-MONN-ees or Ah-RIM-enees

In Persian mythology, the personification of evil, somewhat analogous to Satan. For a closer look at the old boy, read Byron’s Manfred (65). Rees (251) observes that Ahrimanes is none other than the Oromanes already mentioned under our discussion of Abudah chest. Rees (254) also explains that Ahrimanes was a name familiar to English audiences because he was portrayed in a popular opera by Balfe.

Take stock [we take stock next week]

To inventory the goods still unsold. (Somehow, that very small prophet was going to be unavailable to carry out the task.)

Co. [It would not be fair on the Co.]

The company. {As printed, the word would be pronounced Ko, and it may be that in Gilbert’s time that would have been conventional. For modern audiences, however, make it KUM-penny.}