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Far from the madding word
I finished reading Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd recently.
At the end Gabriel Oaks and the widowed Bathsheba Troy nee Everdene are walking to church for their wedding, sharing a large umbrella against the rain.
Bathsheba is described that “Repose had again incarnadined her cheeks”.
“I know that word” I thought. “And I know who used it and where”. 
Wrong. That was Mary on the word Carminative, used wrongly by Cawdrey to mean warm and flushed when it is really to do with flatulence. Presumably he meant incarnadine.
I think I will stick to saying pink.


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