Classical Usage: It turns out that James actually uses this word several times in the book, not nearly as much as invidious (have you picked up on his overuse of that former CWOD?) The first time I encountered it was in Chapter XXII when Madame Merle visits her long-time friend Gilbert Osmund. As the lady looks around his impeccably decorated home the homeowner remarks, “I don’t object to showing my things – when people are not idiots.” She responds, “You do it delightfully. As cicerone of your museum you appear to particular advantage.”
Classically Mad Usage: If you’re a sightseer here at our blog, take off your fanny-pack and stay awhile. We’d love to be your cicerones and show you around the classics.