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The Letter From Hell


D.F.B.: Delia Flanagan Budd, illiterate mother to Edward (18) and Grace Budd (10)
H.H.F.: Hamilton Howard (Albert) Fish
three-score and ten: 30 years
boiled its water: left for sea
yearn: to have strong desire for
kindred: family
whelps: young children
urchin: young children
moppet: a young child
John: Capt. John David
erelong: before long
chased: pursued
wardrobe: closet
goulash: a stew of beef or veal and vegetables, with paprika and other seasoning
younker: youngster
stravling: starving
hasting: urgent need of quick action
subscribe: answer
World: New York World newspaper
advert: read, “Young man, 18, wishes position in country. Edward Budd, 406 West 15th Street”. Fish made the pretense of hiring young Edward Budd, introducing himself as Frank Howard of Farmingdale, New York.
cote: cottage
verily: indeed
ruse: birthday party
fete: celebration
chase: pursue, kidnap
loft: upstairs
scoffed: mock; jeer
rend: tear
stifl’d: choked

Published on: May 17, 2015 @ 23:20

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