07 Mar

lucubration – n. laborious study, often done late at night, or the pretentious, pedantic writing that is the result of such study

Classic Usage:  Hawthorne uses this word twice in The Custom-House.  In case you chose not to read the introductory material, and who could blame you, Hawthorne claims to have found the actual embroidered A as well as documents written by Mr. Surveyor Pue about the account.  From these he was inspired to write The Scarlet Letter.  Here’s how he describes it, “With his own ghostly voice, he had exhorted me, on the sacred consideration of my filial duty and reverence towards him, . .  to bring his mouldy and moth-eaten lucubrations before the public.”

Classically Mad Usage:  This isn’t just a blog, it’s the lucubration of our lucubrations.


Posted by on March 7, 2012 in The Scarlet Letter


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4 responses to “Blucubrations

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    March 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

    You forgot the part about the corpse’s frizzled wig.

    • Christina Joy

      March 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I don’t remember that! I must have been totally distracted by the narcissistic 20-somethings conversing very loudly next to me in the Jury Pool. I’ll go back and check it out.

  2. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    March 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I think it was around that part. Kind of funny. Not really worth going back for if you missed it though.


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