Monday, August 25, 2014

Unfamiliar words and phrases

One encounters many unfamiliar words and phrases in Middlemarch, partly because of the passage of time since it was written, and partly because of Eliot's formidable erudition. But there is one mysterious term I can clear up right away.

On page 776 of our edition, Celia says, "But see, here is my unclemin cog." Baffled, I went to the same page in the Oxford edition, where she says, "But see, here is my uncle coming."

It's just a misprint.
 - David Linzee

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I was flummoxed by that, too, and hoping it was a misprint