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Falconry
a. designating short-winged hawks that capture their quarry by swiftness and adroitness of flight
b. designating quarry which is inferior or unworthy of pursuit by a particular species of hawk or falcon
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In contrast to Arthur's physical attraction to Carrie, "his love for Helen, if love it were, had been a pure devotion of the spirit, a sentiment which called into play the highest energies of his heart to the exclusion of all ignobler feeling" (2: 58).
(16) This is excerpted from Donne's characterization of spiritual resurrection as taking the man who has devolved to an "ignobler creatur[e ....
It's a voice we hear in three incarnations: the sardonic ("Field Day") newspaper columns in which she fulminates memorably against Smallwood and other imperfect and corruptible public figures; excerpts from the lifelong journal in which she composes (often very revealing) letters she will never send; and uproarious snippets from Fielding's Condensed History of Newfoundland, a satiric-epic chronicle of the island's climatic and economic deficiencies filled with inspired mockery of its ignoble history and ignobler provincial governors and other "great men."