He failed medicine (dislike of corpses), exchanged bookselling for the clergy, had doubts; taught; at 43, he graduated in Maths from Magdalen Hall; shyness was an obstacle at the Bar, but he wrote manuals on property - and a dictionary, English Synonymes Explained.
"Hideous refers to natural objects, and the ghastly more properly that which is supernatural . . . A mask with monstrous grinning features looks hideous; a human form with a visage of death-like paleness is ghastly." Grim is the countenance; grisly, colour. The mother was right: only hideous means sound.Reuse content