- A regular Belasco – refers to David Belasco, U.S. theatrical producer at turn of century
- Aneroid – not using liquid
- Mephitic (vapors) – offensive to smell, even poisonous
- Polynesian apron – maybe aprons were thought to be from Polynesia at some point?
- Hypocaust – an ancient form of underfloor heating using hot air to heat houses
- Quintus Curtious – Roman historian famous for his long bio of Alexander the Great
- “Full of plans as an egg of meat…” – reference to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (and means someone has lots of ideas for the future)
- Wampum – traditional scared shell beans of certain tribes of American First People
- Mrs. Grundy (mentioned in Mapp and Lucia) – a character in 18th century play by Thomas Morton who was very conventional and kept to the rules
- Plastron – a metal breastplate worn under a coat of mail.
(Taken from a mix of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Benson’s Lucia’s Progress.)
And ooh – look what I found: an on-line glossary for Mapp and Lucia. What a treat.