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20 September 1984
Sir Thomas Urquhart: The Jewel 
edited by R.D.S. Jack and R.J. Lyall.
Scottish Academic Press, 252 pp., £8.75, April 1984, 0 7073 0327 3
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... a prince, attempting to kill himself, is prevented by his gentlemen, who hinder ‘the desperate project of that autochthony’, ‘autochthony’ is glossed as ‘son of the soil’, which makes poor sense: the OED is doubtless right in suggesting this is a mistake for ‘autoctony’, ‘suicide’. Since some words of no great difficulty are glossed, such ...

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