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porpentine

(ˈpɔːpənˌtaɪn)
n
(Animals) a literary word for porcupine
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But he too feels the need to defend himself, 'to pull out a few of the spines that the friendly porpentine has discharged into me.
the sister, Mildred, was in Egypt, she soon informed Porpentine, to gather rock specimens, being daft for rocks in the same way Sir Alastair was for large and ancient pipe organs'.
Just a few short months ago, Colbert Porpentine was destined to become the leader of Worldshaker, a colossal ship the size of a city, but after the revolution in which the slave-laboring Filthies liberated the ship from the upper-class Swanks, Col has suddenly found himself unneeded and unwanted by the Filthies he helped set free.
But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand an end Like quills upon the fearful porpentine.
From the first page the author may have the reader hooked as the 'upper deck' Colbert Porpentine, future Supreme Commander of the juggernaut 'Worldshaker' encounters a 'Filthy' girl, Riff, from below who had escaped from being changed into a 'menial'.
But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison-house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand on end Like quills upon the fretful porpentine [frightened porcupine] (I.
Ralph Berry also notes a blurring of Ephesus and London in the sharing of names: the Phoenix and the Porpentine, the mixed currency of marks and pounds, guilders and sixpence; and when Dromio of Ephesus calls to be admitted to his "home," we hear not Ephesian but English names: "Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cic'ly, Gillian, Ginn
Schoenmaker piecing together a nose, Porpentine falling from a window, or Benny Profane shooting an alligator, every attempt to control experience can be seen as a reaction to an encounter that is only partially perceived.
Odd that he should have said porpentine when he meant porcupine.
In the story, Porpentine plays a public role as a stereotypic buffoon, given to strange masks while Goodfellow, his much younger partner, publicly assumes the role of womanizer.
In an alternate-future Victorian society, sixteen-year-old Col Porpentine has never questioned his position: He is heir-apparent to Worldshaker, a city-sized "juggernaut" that has roamed the world on giant rollers, since decades of war brought environmental devastation to Europe.
It should be noted that since the action does not really involve the courtesan's house, when the play was performed at a public playhouse, the actors playing Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus might not have bothered to use their entry door as the door of the Porpentine.