In both plays, the phthisic
hero is a middle-class crosser of national boundaries: in Dalila, Andre Roswein is a German composer in Naples, while in Les Filles de Marbre Raphael Didier is a French sculptor who has studied in Italy.
The pregnancy complications included acute appendicitis, acute viral hepatitis, anemia, diabetes associated with pregnancy, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, phthisic
, (6) pre-eclampsia, pregnancy with kidney disease, sexually transmitted infections and others.
Eliot attributed to Princess Volupine a 'meagre, blue-nailed, phthisic
He ends the missive by ostentatiously describing his poor health as "stereoraceous, lateritic, phthisic
, mephitic, canicular".
He was looking for a will--which later turned up in the law offices of Immabod MucMarphy--but all that his uncle's desk contained was a slip of paper with eleven words scratched on it in his uncle's phthisic
handwriting: Bass Bow Buffet Invalid Lead Sewer Singer Tear Tower Peer Colonized.
When asked to explain the strange spelling he said: "Look, the phth is like phthisic
, which is pronounced t; olo is like colonel, which is pronounced ur; gn as in gnat is pronounced n; and yrrh, as in myrrh, is pronounced er.