Today’s MS puzzle (cont)
Neil Macara Brown (one of the team transcribing the notebook) posted the following comment with reference to some words earlier on the same page. As we can’t insert images in the comments, here’s a new posting with Neil’s comment and the relevant image:
Neil: Convinced it’s ‘small vices of’ – compare with that in ‘spittoons full of buckies’ above:
i.e. the unproblematic ‘of’ in the first case is too like the first letters of the mystery word to be anything different.
There is something in that: the first letter doesn’t go down to the line; but ‘p’ and ‘f’ can be very similar; and it still leaves us withthe mystery of what comes after.
Let’s try another strategy: what word am I expecting here? For me, something like “small vices of an isolated community”. Hmm. still doesn’t get us anywhere.