The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Chapter 3, The Madness of War Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3, The Madness of War Summary and Analysis

Ceylon is a tropical island on the southern tip of India, today known as Sri Lanka which was, at the time, a place full of sensual temptations of all sorts. William Minor remembered some young girls, for they sent him in a downward spiral into a world of lust, madness and perdition. Minor was born there in June 1834, three years before Murray.

Both Minor and Murray's families were deeply pious. Thomas and Mary Murray were Congregationalists, and quite orthodox; whereas, Eastman and Lucy Minor were more "muscularly evangelical" Congregationalists, like those from the American colonies. The Minors were missionaries in Ceylon and were "first-line" American aristocracy, the family coming to America a mere decade after the Pilgrims.

The Minors set up in Manepay, Ceylon in March 1834, and William was born three months later...

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