‘As in the shire, Miss … Woodsen?
Many English names are pronounced considerably altered from their spelling. Thus Worcester is pronounced Wooster (think Worcestershire sauce) and Leceister is pronounced Lester. My favorite is Featherstonhaugh, pronounced “fanshaw.”
From Shakespeare’s Henry V, ACT III Scene 1
HENRY: Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
Kensington: fashionable part of the west/central London. Many embassies are located here as well as Kensington Palace, Harrods department store, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall and the Victorian and Albert Museum.
‘Already has. He’s a sort of under curate, toiling away in obscurity. Cheese Mite always says he has the stuff for it, but is kept in check by his vicar, jealous of Potty’s natural aptitude. Don’t see it myself. I’m not judged particularly bright, but Potty could give lessons to the village idiot. Good sort, though. Leant me a shilling when that was all he had in the world. Shows he’s full of Christian charity, which is probably useful for a vicar.’
curate: in Anglican churches, a curate is an assistant priest. Officially they are “assistant curates.”
vicar: a priest
From Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act III Scene 2:
DEMETRIUS: Follow! Nay, I’ll go with thee, cheek by jowl.