Cipher to Civilis
Cipher. The Rev. R. Egerton Warbarton, being asked for his cipher by a lady, in 1845, wrote back
(Erroneously ascribed to Dr. Whewell.)
Dr. Whewells cipher is as follows:
Not equal to the above is the Epitaph on a Fifer
Circe , a sorceress who metamorphosed the companions of Ulysses into swine. Ulysses resisted the enchantment by means of the herb moly, given him by Mercury.
Milton: Comus (1634).
Circuit (Serjeant), in Footes farce called The Lame Lover (1770).
Circumlocution Office, a term applied by Dickens, in Little Dorrit (1855), to our public offices, where the duty is so divided and subdivided that the simplest process has to pass through a whole series of officials. The following, from baron Stockmar, will illustrate the absurdity:
In the English palace the lord steward finds the fuel and lays the fire, but the lord chamberlain lights it. The baron says he was once sent by the queen [Victoria] to sir Frederick Watson (master of the household), to complain that the drawing-room was always cold. Sir Frederick replied, You see, it is not my fault, for the lord steward only lays the fire, it is the lord chamberlain who lights it.
Again he says
The lord chamberlain provides the lamps, but the lord steward has to see that they are trimmed and lighted.
Here, therefore, the duty is reversed. Again
If a pane of glass or the door of a cupboard in the kitchen needs mending, the process is as follows: (1) A requisition must be prepared and signed by the chief cook. (2) This must be countersigned by the clerk of the kitchen. (3) It is then taken to the master of the household. (4) It must next be authorized at the lord chamberlains office. (5) Being thus authorized, it is laid before the clerk of the works under the office of Woods and Forests. So that it would take months before the pane of glass or cupboard could be mended.Memoirs, ii. 121, 122.
(Some of this foolery has been recently abolished.)
Cirrha, one of the summits of Parnassus, sacred to Apollo. That of Nysa, another eminence in the same mountain, was dedicated to Bacchus.
Akenside: Hymn to the Naiads (1767).
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