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What do these words or sentences mean?

1. spars ; ~ walked down to the Pump Room , tasted the water and laid out some shillings in purses and spars.

2. give the waters ; ' Yes, my father can seldom be prevailed on to give the waters what I think a fair trial.

3. half a buck ; They have half a buck from Northanger twice a year.

4. the dust is beyond anything ; I have had no pleasure in it - the dust is beyond anything; and everybody one cares for is gone.

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They are old British regionalisms and expressions None are used in American English. I haven't heard them used in modern British.

Laid out some shilling in purses and spars.

They were tempted to purchase (with shillings) some of the pretty trifles offered as as souvenirs: spars were crystalline mineral fragments from the Avon Gorge, often carved into small ornaments.

leobrounprevailed on to give the waters a fair trial

Bath was named for its curative mineral baths.
The father could not be convinced to try them out for enough time to have any effect.

leobrounhalf a buck from Northanger

A buck is a male deer. Hunting was common, and the venison (deer meat) from half of a butchered animal was bought every six months.

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What do these words or sentences mean?

1. spars ; ~ walked down to the Pump Room , tasted the water and laid out some shillings in purses and spars.

they sent a little money buying pretty purses and ornaments made from chrstalline that was mined locally.

In other words, they bought a few cheap local souvenirs.Tody we might buy t-shirts!


2. to give the waters ; ' Yes, my father can seldom be prevailed on to give the waters what I think a fair trial.

give something a fair trialThis means to try something in an unbiased way. Some people believed that the spring watrer in this place was good for you and some people did not believe it.be



3. half a buck ; They have half a buck from Northanger twice a year.

a buck is a male deer. As owners of property at Northanger, they were given deer meat (aka venison) twice a year by people they allowed to hunt there..


4 I have had no pleasure in it -

the dust is beyond anything;I think this just means the place was very dusty.

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everybody one cares for is gone. All the fashionable people have gone home

Clive