Benford's G&S Lexicon Entries for Princess Ida

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Act I

Verbal fences

Oral thrusts and parries (as in fencing).

Amatory [With ballads amatory]

Pertaining to love.

Declamatory

Descriptive of a passionate appeal.

Wizen [Growing thin and wizen]

Short for wizened, or shriveled.

Requisitions [Of our requisitions]

Formal demands.

Bail [And bail they will not entertain]

Security (usually cash) pledged to a court to ensure that a person charged with a crime will show up at a later date to stand trial. The same term occurs in The Sorcerer, The Mikado, and Utopia, Limited.

Entertain

Consider.

Mandate [Should she his mandate disobey]

An official order.

Act II

Empyrean

In classic literature, the highest heaven, or region of pure elemental fire (75).

Lore [Of every kind of lore]

Learning.

Classics

Study of the literature, art, and life of ancient Greece and Rome.

Helicon [If you'd climb the Helicon]

Elikón is a mountain in south-central Greece. In classical mythology it was the mountain of poetic inspiration, being regarded as the abode of Apollo and the muses.

Anacreon [You should read Anacreon]

Famous lyric poet of Greece sixth century B.C. His poems ring the praise of wine and love (75). The Walmisleys (299) note that Anacreon was "an amusing voluptuary and an elegant profligate." He lived to the age of 85, but died "from suffocation by swallowing a grapestone, while drinking." Cameron (66) assures us that all of the authors Psyche mentions are inclined to be bawdy. But be not shocked; a few lines later Psyche advises reading only cleaned-up versions: "Bowdlerized."

Metamorphoses [Ovid's Metamorphoses]

A long poem, considered Ovid's masterpiece. The common thread is the mythological transformations by which inanimate objects receive human souls or humans are turned into something else. Daphne's metamorphosis into the laurel tree is an example. The epic contains many yarns about nymphs, goddesses, and mortal maidens who lose their virtue.

Aristophanes

Greek writer of comic plays such as The Birds, The Frogs, and Lysistrata. He lived around 450-380 B.C., and was distinguished for his keen satire and ribald jokes.

Juvenal

Roman satirical poet who inveighed against the social defects of his day. He lived around A.D. 55-135. Scholastic editions of Juvenal customarily omit the juicier parts.

Bowdlerized [You will get them Bowdlerized]

Expurgated. After Thomas Bowdler's cleaned-up, family edition of Shakespeare, 1818. As his friends may have declaimed, there's nothing bawdy about old Bowdly.

Not at all good form

Cricket players' expression meaning unfair or downright dishonest. A more general meaning is not in keeping with established conventions of good manners and behavior (54).

Ribald [Man's a ribald -- Man's a rake]

Pronunciation: RIB-eld

A vulgar, scurrilous, bad-mouthed person -- the kind who crinkles candy wrappers during Ida's first solo.

Rake

Among other things, an immoral rogue.

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