The wild look that accompanies delirium.--Robley Dunglison's Dictionary of Medical Sciences, 1844
From Greek peri, around, and blepein, to look.--T. Ellwood Zell's Popular Encyclopedia, 1871
[Tomorrow:] Birthday of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863),
English novelist, journalist, satirist, lecturer, and poet. In light of the long-standing history of poor leadership and even outright madness of the Hanoverian kings of England, Thackeray felt compelled to offer this explanation of their reign in "The Four Georges," a lecture given to Americans in 1855: "If in looking at the lives of men, of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal; we must make allowances for the rich men's failings and recollect that we too were very likely indolent and voluptuous had we no motive for work, a mortal's natural taste for pleasure, and the temptation of a large income. What could a great peer, with a great ... fortune, do but be splendid and idle?"
He could start by not marrying his cousins! ;P