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Written by Arnie Perlstein
(3/6/2007 11:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Indemnifing…, penned by Robbin
My edition is, I think, not really on the right track, when it converts "physiognomy" to "phraseology". Mrs. M is not talking about how Jack speaks, but how he looks. But Sheridan is so clever, he could very well have intended a double malapropism, and that could be one half of it, and the other would be a synonym of handsome or noble to describe Jack's face, which sounds like "grammatical"---I bet there is one that is a real hoot in its own right!
As for Cerberus, I could be wrong, but I don't think that is a malapropism, I think it's just a clever mythological allusion.
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