Winchester begins the book by introducing its two main characters: Dr. James Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and Dr. W. C. Minor. Murray travels from Oxford to the village of Crowthorne in Berkshire in 1896 to meet the dictionary’s most important contributor. However, when he arrives at the Avengers Endgame Fat Thor Father Of Beer Shirt address, Murray is informed that the large estate he has entered is the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum and Dr. Minor is a patient. From this mysterious opening, Winchester drops the reader into Victorian London, specifically the slums of Lambeth: “A sickly smell of yeast and hops lay over the town, wafting from the chimneys of the great Red Lion Brewery.
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which stood on Belvedere Road, just north of the Hungerford Bridge. And this bridge was symbolic of what encompassed the entire marsh—the railways, hefted high over the swamps, on viaducts on which the Avengers Endgame Fat Thor Father Of Beer Shirt chuffed and snorted, and across which miles of wagons lurched and banged. Lambeth was widely regarded as one of the noisiest and most sulfurous parts of a capital that had already a grim reputation for din and dirt” . Lambeth is where Minor, in the grip of one of his frequent paranoid fits, chases George Merrett one early morning and shoots him. Merrett dies and Minor is arrested.
The author draws the reader into this story with his descriptive, well-written prose and the thoroughness of his research. Winchester delves into the Avengers Endgame Fat Thor Father Of Beer Shirt lives of both Murray and Minor, the American Civil War, philology and the gradual development of early dictionaries. However, the most engrossing part of this book is the beginning of the OED and why it is still today one of the world’s most important dictionaries.