All of my words, today, are from Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
" Such was the subedar's presence that the groom and his immediate family seemed pleasingly diffident in comparison, and this played no small part in earning Deeti's consent for the match. "
: (historical term, formerly) the chief native officer of a company of Indian soldiers in the British service. Also called subah
" Although Mrs. Burnham's clothes were severe in cut, they were made of much finer stuffs than any that Paulette had ever worn before: not for her common Chinsurah calicoes, nor even the fine shabnam muslins and zaituni satins that many memsahibs made do with; the Burra BeeBee** of Bethel would have nothing less than the finest kerseymere, the best silks from China, crisp linens from Ireland and soft Surat nainsooks. "
:formally Hugli-Chuchura, a city in the state of West Bengal, India that lies on the Hooghly River
: a Urdu word meaning dew drops
: the Arab name for a city in China whose whereabouts are no longer known; meaning "coming from Zaitun" and related to the Chinese word sze-tun or ssu-tuan, a smooth silk.
: (formerly, in India) a term of respect for a married European woman.
: a heavily fulled woolen cloth constructed in twill weave and finished with a fine nap.
: a seaport in S Gujarat, in W India: first British settlement in India 1612
: a fine, soft-finished cotton fabric, usually white, used for lingerie and infants' wear
“I asked you here tonight because I wish to know whether your promise was a mere bagatelle, lightly uttered, or whether you are indeed a man who honors his parole.”
: something of little value or importance; a trifle.
** in case you haven't read Sea of Poppies, Burra BeeBee is a another name for Mrs Burnham