TFTV 08 ¦ “Some Words With a Mummy” by Edgar Allan Poe ¦ DSB Audio Full Audiobook Story

An Egyptian Mummy Is Re-animated…. In:

—Tales From The Vault Episode 8—

Summary / Synopsis

In this satire on American scientific culture by Edgar Allan Poe, Dr Ponnoner invites our narrator to the unwrapping of a 5000-year-old Egyptian mummy. First published in 1845, the story is the earliest known representation of a revived Egyptian mummy.

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ANNOTATIONS:

1. Welsh rabbit – a savoury dish consisting of melted cheese sometimes mixed with milk, seasonings, etc, on hot buttered toast. Also called: Welsh rarebit, rarebit.

2. sepulchre – a small room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead person is laid or buried.

3. Papier-mâché – French: literally “chewed paper”, “pulped paper”, or “mashed paper”) is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste.

4. gilt – covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.

5. scarabaeus – The genus Scarabaeus consists of a number of Old World dung beetle species, including the “sacred scarab beetle”, the scarab as represented on amulets, etc, of ancient Egypt, or in hieroglyphics as a symbol of the solar deity.

6. voltaic pile – an early battery cell, consisting of several metal disks, each made of one of two dissimilar metals, arranged in an alternating series, and separated by pads moistened with an electrolyte.

7. galvanic – relating to or involving electric currents produced by chemical action.

8. tunica albuginea – the opaque, fibrous, protective, outer layer of the human eye containing mainly collagen and some elastic fibre.

9. os sesamoideum – any of several small round bones formed in a tendon where it passes over a joint

10. pro tem – Latin: Pro tempore for the time being

11. emendation – a correction or revision to a text.

12. occiput – the back of the skull

13. sinciput – the front of the skull from the forehead to the crown.

14. phrenology – the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities.

15. Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (December 31, 1776 – November 10, 1832) was a German physician who became one of the chief proponents of phrenology, which was developed c. 1800 by Franz Joseph Gall (1758–1828).

16. Franz Anton Mesmer (23 May 1734 – 5 March 1815) was a doctor with an interest in astronomy. He theorised the existence of a natural energy transference occurring between all animated and inanimate objects; this he called “animal magnetism”, sometimes later referred to as mesmerism.

17. Claudius Ptolemy (c.?100 – c.?170 AD) – was a mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, geographer and astrologer who wrote several scientific treatises

18. Plutarch (AD 46–after 119) – was a Greek Middle Platonist philosopher, historian, biographer, essayist, and priest at the Temple of Apollo. De facie quae in orbe lunae apparet is one of the treatises included in Plutarch’s Moralia

19. Diodorus Siculus (fl. 1st century BC) or Diodorus of Sicily was an ancient Greek historian.

20. portico – a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building.

21. artesian well – a well in which water is under pressure, especially: one in which the water flows to the surface naturally

22. suffrage – the right to vote in political elections. ad libitum – as much or as often as necessary or desired.

23. Hero (1st century) – Greek mathematician and inventor; known as Hero of Alexandria. His surviving works are important as a source for ancient practical mathematics and mechanics. He described a number of hydraulic, pneumatic, and other mechanical devices, including elementary applications of the power of steam.

24. Salomon de Caus (1576, – 1626) was a French Huguenot engineer, once (falsely) credited with the development of the steam engine.

25. discomfit – make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed.

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