Re: Scry and mysteries
On Sep 4, 2010, at 9:08 AM, Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello wrote:
> A complicated word, SCRY ( crystalomancy), appears in Nabokov, if
> I'm not mistaken. It's related to "giant components" by Steward.
Scry occurs in Eliot's Dry Salvages:
To communicate with Mars, converse with spirits,
To report the behaviour of the sea monster,
Describe the horoscope, haruspicate or scry,
Observe disease in signatures, evoke
Biography from the wrinkles of the palm
And tragedy from fingers; release omens
By sortilege, or tea leaves, riddle the inevitable
With playing cards, fiddle with pentagrams
Or barbituric acids, or dissect
The recurrent image into pre-conscious terrors-
To explore the womb, or tomb, or dreams; all these are usual
Pastimes and drugs, and features of the press:
And always will be, some of them especially
When there is distress of nations and perplexity,
Whether on the shores of Asia, or in the Edgware Road.
intr.v. scried (skrd), scry·ing, scries (skrz)
To see or predict the future by means of a crystal ball.
[Short for descry.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth
Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009.
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vb scries, scrying, scried
(Spirituality, New Age, Astrology & Self-help / Alternative Belief
Systems) (intr) to divine, esp by crystal gazing
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins
Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
Scry a flock of wild birds; a shouting, clamorous group.
Example: scry of fowls (wild fowl), 1450.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The
Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
but nothing about giant components, but could be a technical term not
yet in widely used.
Nice article on scrying at Wikipedia:<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrying
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