November 18, 2003

More words and foods from O'Brian

Following my earlier posts on linking 'which' and words, foods and characters in Patrick O'Brian's novels, here's an example that combines both themes:

'... is there anything to eat or drink in the boat?'
'Which Killick put up some milk-punch and pickled seal, sir, in case you wasn't dead,' said Bonden.

(from 'The Far Side of the World', p. 287 in the 1992 W.W. Norton paperback)

Posted by Mark Liberman at November 18, 2003 12:04 PM