- Middle English (Wiktionary)
“crowner's quest-law,' he is only parodying, and that closely, a scarcely less ludicrous judgment which had actually been pronounced, not long before, in the Court of Queen's Bench.”
“He is sitting this minute with the crowner, and they are not to be disturbed.”
““Yes, I know you told the crowner you found it whilst going down to the river for water,” broke in Will, all impatience.”
“WV - crowner - if I knew the baker, I'd crowner queen of the lolspeak cakes!”
“Anyway, the crowner in the story about Luis Carrion is that he's probably this month starting his studies at Harvard's J.F.K. School of Government and Economics.”
“Robert,' I says to meself, 'Robert,' I sez, 'did you ever' appen to see a poachin 'cove in a bell-crowner afore?”
“Because, if you 'adn't' appened to be a-wearin 'that there bell-crowner, and I' adn't 'appened to be of a argifyin' and inquirin 'turn o' mind, I should ha 'filled you full o' buckshot.”
“And, when I had gone on some distance, I took off that which the man had called a "bell-crowner," and bestowed upon it a touch, and looked at it as I had never done before; and there was gratitude in look and touch, for tonight it had, indeed, stood my friend.”
“He was crowned in a bomb-proof church by a thoroughly searched clergyman, only the crown, the crowner, and the crowned being present to witness the ceremony.”
“I tell thee she is; and therefore make her grave straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it Christian burial.”
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