the minister of Christ though receiving his stipend from Mars Melville is emphasizing a paradox

The minister of Christ though receiving his stipend from Mars Melville is emphasizing a paradox

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the minister of Christ though receiving his stipend from Mars  Melville is emphasizing a paradox:  the chaplain's service to a god of peace is salaried by the War Department. Murat  Joachim Murat (1767–1815), Napoleon's marshal and King of Naples, gave himself airs in both  dress and mannerisms. the Mutiny Act  a law dating to 1689 which sought to halt mutiny and desertion from the British army. niter and sulphur  the ingredients in gunpowder. the Nore  the mouth of the Thames River. official rattan  a flexible cane used as a symbol of office and as a disciplinary weapon. an old Dansker long anglicized in the service  a Dane who has been in the navy so long that he  seems English. one of Hawthorne's minor tales  "The Birthmark." Orpheus with his lyre  Captain Vere, a deep reader, knows the value of music, which he connects  with the powerful performances of Orpheus, a character in Greek mythology who, with his music, 
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Unformatted text preview: sways the gods of the Underworld to let his dead wife, Eurydice, return to life. pagod an archaic spelling of "pagoda," meaning pagan idol. palliating circumstances excuses, or justifications. perdue hidden. petty officer a non-commissioned officer. the Pharisee is the Guy Fawkes a hypocrite like Guy Fawkes, the villain who tried unsuccessfully to blow up London's Houses of Parliament in 1605. phrenologically associated with more than average intellect The pseudo-science of phrenology claims to be able to assess a person's capabilities by analyzing the shape and size of the head. plucking apples in gardens of the Hesperides The Hesperides were nymphs of early Greek mythology who guarded a grove of trees bearing sacred golden apples....
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