Rosemary and Rue
by Seanan McGuire
An October Daye Novel
I was extemporizing wildly, but I had no way of knowing that. [Loc 4882-43]
(used without object)
1. to speak extemporaneously.
2. to sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as one proceeds; improvise.
3. to do or manage something in a makeshift way.
verb (used with object)
4. to make or devise extempore*.
5. Music. to compose offhand; improvise.
* extempore: on the spur of the moment; without premeditation or preparation; offhand
[Bane] of night people to deal with—those rare souls who chose a diurnal existence. [Loc 2441-42]
1 .of or pertaining to a day or each day; daily.
2. of or belonging to the daytime ( opposed to nocturnal ).
3. Botany . showing a periodic alteration of condition with day and night, as certain flowers that open by day and close by night.
4. active by day, as certain birds and insects ( opposed to nocturnal ).
[Searching the water for] an undine named Lily. [Loc 2442]
undine: noun 1. any of a group of female water spirits described by Paracelsus*.
Note: Paracelsus first used word undine in his 16th century alchemical work, Liber de Nymphis, sylphis, pygmaeis et salamandris et de caeteris spiritibus.
János Thorma Fiddling Gypsy Couple:
The Rooster Crows, artist unknown
Henry Fuseli Title: Hagen und die Undine von Danubius