The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Chapter 7, Entering the Lists Summary & Analysis

Simon Winchester
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Chapter 7, Entering the Lists Summary and Analysis

Murray' instructions were detailed, but Minor was overjoyed that the rules were even sent to him. This was to him a token of forgiveness of which Eliza's visits gave him an inkling. He would be a scholar again and became happy. Minor would now have to be quite focused on his reading and Murray's notes aided him in this. Every word was a possible "catchword." Murray wanted as many quotes as he could get for the words to capture subtle variations in them.

Many readers could not follow the directions, but Minor could. And Minor wanted to do even more than Murray asked, trying to serve the project however he could. Minor's first book was Complete Woman and had lots of obscure and exotic words. Minor then developed a routine by which he would read...

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