Dickens Dictionary

pointedly: having a point

incessant:(of something regarded as unpleasant) continuing without pause or interruption

brocade: a rich fabric, usually silk, woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread

gaspard: rat in French

insolent: showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect

hearth: the floor of a fireplace

finesse: intricate and refined delicac

wrung: past and past participle of wring

voluptuous: of, relating to, or characterized by luxury or sensual pleasure

trenchant: sharp

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