For instance, the sole document we have about Tomson's childhood is a letter from 1905 that begins, rather unpropitiously, "it is so difficult to write things about oneself, and I don't feel as if I had anything interesting to tell" (p.
The Induction to Antonio and Mellida (1599) not only mocks Matzagente for his "tuftie Tamburlaine" rhetorical poses; it also introduces Balurdo as "A servile hounde, that loves the scent of forerunning fashion, like an emptie hollow vault, still giving an eccho to wit: greedily champing what any other well valued judgement had before hand shew'd." Balurdo inadvertently mocks himself when another juicy piece of diction finds its way into his mouth: "There's a word: unpropitiously! I thinke I shall speake unpropitiously as well as any courtier in Italy" And so be does.
Bone dry and desolate, with an occasional cow or boar skull to add atmospherics, these mud basins were discovered by Cook's scouting party and described unpropitiously as "salt ponds, some of which had a little water remaining."