Yet another bird’s-eye fogle, this time it is killingly twisted around a squeeze, not a weasen. That along with his pimple, the blue-buttoned mandarine, sassengers for a mag, seven fathoms deep in the stone jug, bullyrag, towrowing, calumnate, pure pelucid, a pink and a chaffing crib.
Hugh Sexey’s squeeze is his neck and his pimple is his head. The opium affected blue-buttoned mandarine he resembles is a chinese official, the blue button is on his hat denoting his rank. His sassengers were on sale for a half-penny a plateful and when he found himself in the cell he was seven fathoms deep in the stone jug.
To mistreat or persecute is to bullyrag, although a towrow is an altercation or to make an uproar so it sounds like Robertson and Ryan are both as bad as each other. Ryan says although Robertson is better dressed (better togged) she is being falsley accused (calumnate).
A tar of the first water is a first class sailor and the fair Ellen may have had her judgement clouded by the fact she was not really drinking pure pelucid (probably water) but suffering the effects of the rum she reeked of.
The highly fashionable (pink) Tom Jones was more annoyed about his broken rest than the fine incurred and James McKaig was found reeling out of an entertainment house (chaffing crib) with a fashionable companion who was hard a-weather (drunk) and possibly a prostitute (she cracks).
Some of these words are actually going to be used in my house. None of us can be described as pink, but if the man of the house is ever hard a-weather I am very tempted to squeeze his squeeze. Don’t bullyrag your brother, Stop that towrow!, Do not calumnate me. All things that I am aiming to add to the lexicon of the household. Not sure of my chances of success but it is always worth a try.