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  • From Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, Vol II Cosette, Book Third, Ch II "Two Complete Portraits," where the villainous tavern keeper Thénardier uses "quibus" to seem well-educated. It means "with which," and refers to his plunder from the dead at the battle of Waterloo, "with which" he had the means to invest in his tavern at Montfermeil. Isabelle Hapgood's translation around this word is much better than the Fahnestock/MacAfee/Wilbour version published by Signet, as it locates the use of the word (twice) in bad-guy Thénardier's lingo.

    December 26, 2018