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    Default rabous

    Lady Groan flung what remained of the grain across the room and the stone-chat hopping from the bed-rail to her head, took off again from that rabous landing ground with a flutter, circled twice around the room steering during his second circuit through the stalactites of shining wax, and landed on the floor beside the grain.
    (M. Peake; Titus Groan)

    What does it mean?

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    Default Re: rabous

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Lady Groan flung what remained of the grain across the room and the stone-chat hopping from the bed-rail to her head, took off again from that rabous landing ground with a flutter, circled twice around the room steering during his second circuit through the stalactites of shining wax, and landed on the floor beside the grain.
    (M. Peake; Titus Groan)

    What does it mean?

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    I think you might have to ask Mervyn Peake's executors.

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    Default Re: rabous

    As you can see here, it appears that Mervyn Peake invented the word.

    Here is another theory: On the other hand, I believe that rabous (as in a bird taking off ‘from that rabous landing ground’) is probably an accident, a mis-transcription (that went unnoticed) of Peake’s manuscript by his typist. The MS of this passage no longer exists, but knowing the idiosyncracies of Peake’s handwriting, I feel sure that he wrote ‘rufous’, a reddish-brown colour, perfectly applicable to the Countess’s hair in which the bird had been perched.


    Taken from Mervyn [Laurence] Peake: FAQ
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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