1. Situated on the other side of a bridge.
2. Similar to or characteristic of melodramas once performed in London theaters located south of the Thames River.
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1. on or from the far side of a bridge
2. archaic on or from the south side of the Thames in London
[C19: trans- + -pontine, from Latin pōns bridge]
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(trænsˈpɒn tɪn, -taɪn)

1. across or beyond a bridge.
2. on the southern side of the Thames in London.
[1835–45; trans- + Latin pont-, s. of pōns bridge + -ine1]
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In the same year, with a mixture of tongue-in-cheek and earnestness, The Drama stressed the technical superiority of transpontine theaters over the patent houses in matters spectral: " [i]n the line of melo-drama the latter are decidedly inferior," as they do not know how to produce "a fine piece of blood and spectacle." In point of fact, "these things are infinitely better managed" on the other side of the river and at the Coburg in particular--"the very haunt and refuge of the melodramatic muse," where "the sheeted ghosts 'do squeak and gibber' across the frighted stage--and all the sublimities of horror are to be found there in their 'most high and palmy state.'" (49)
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"I need no mediator," an unidentified persona states in "Transpontine," for she is "drawn/toward a beaming uncertainty," where "You are not yet dead, /I am already alone." Perhaps some truths are too unbearable to share: "Don't ask me that," the persona repeats frequently in "Against the sky"; in "Thistle," she admits, "you can talk to anyone about the weather /but only to your closest friends/can you mention the light." One shouldn't mistake such apprehension for being ungenerous.
The Standard, in an article headlined "The Horrors of Our Walls", referred to "a revolting representation of the closing scene of a Transpontine melodrama" as the kind of poster which was particularly objectionable (Hewitt 154).
Cittinus Aurelianus Quintilius Stultus (AD 390-427) was the son of a Transpontine freedman (cf.
Transpontine Express instead of TransPennine Express Strangely, one of the most awkward place names in Kirklees - Scissett - is spelled correctly.
In the August 15 finale, played before fewer than 8,000 fans--"the smallest Giant-Dodger crowd in recent memory" (13)--the Giants staged another late-inning rally (they scored the go-ahead run in the sixth and then piled on three more in the ninth), this time against Don Drysdale, and beat the Dodgers 9-4, driving "another spike into the pennant hopes of their transpontine rivals." (14) "The Dodgers look more and more like a tired, fading ball club," the Post's Arch Murray concluded, as he witnessed the "sad decline of the Dodgers whose glory seems to be running out along with their tenure in Brooklyn." (15) The Dodgers--and the future of baseball in Brooklyn itself--were now clearly "on the brink of disaster." (16)
The second usage, 'the district, extending beyond the bounds of the city, which is subject to the control of the municipal authority', matches the sense of 'liberties' I have offered here in connection with extramural and transpontine spaces to refer to London's jurisdiction, but specifically to the areas under its control that fell outside of its walls.
This transpontine flight is in part an allusion or reference to the migration simile of Iliad 3.5, one of the two passages cited above as a model for the bird simile in the Georgics; but it may also be reminiscent of Apollonius's seascape, the waves that the birds of the Aeneid "replaced." The fact that both poets have chosen pontus as the term for "ocean" supports this argument to some degree.
In spite of all this transpontine excitement, however, a vigorous rivalry continues to rage between the capital's swankier North side, and its poorer - but hipper - South.
Far from disappearing from the theatre, members of the working class continued to patronize East End and transpontine playhouses even late in the nineteenth century.
(22) It is clear that initially all types of theatre from the upmarket Her Majesty's and Covent Garden to the transpontine and East End theatres were keen to feature the championship fight.