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  • "'...What do you make of it?'

    "'I should have said tetanus without hesitation,' said Stephen, feeling the corpse. 'Here is the most characteristic opisthotonos you could possibly wish, the trismus, the risus sardonicus, the early rigor. Unless indeed he could have taken a wild overdose of St Ignatius' beans, or a decoction of their principle.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 109

    P.S. I know it looks incorrect, but in the book there is no period after "St." and no second S after the apostrophe (which is correct in some style manuals, esp. for proper nouns, but not in others).

    February 13, 2008

  • "St. Ignatius' beans, called in the Philippines Coyacoy or Pepita de Catbalogan. The plant, said to be a climbing shrub, to which the name Ignatia amara was given by the younger Linnaeus, is a species of Strychnos probably unknown to modern botanists. It is believed to grow in Bohol and Cebu, islands of the Bisaya group of the Philippines. As it is one of great interest, no opportunity should be lost for procuring abundant flowering specimens, as well as the entire fruits, both dried and preserved in alcohol, and some considerable pieces of the stem with bark attached...."

    The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, Volume XVIII, 1887-88, p. 76 (July 23, 1887)

    July 1, 2009