[PW] "Iiable" used as a noun in "The Univited"

Barbara & George Grenier grenier at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 14 18:13:38 PDT 2016

I gave my copy to my daughter when she was here in August. I sent her 
a note to check book and I sent this email along.


At 02:24 PM 10/14/2016, you wrote:
>Bristol Library (Jeanne) wrote:
> > Patron brought in a reprint copy of Dorothy Mcardle's The Univited. On page
> > seven, the description of a place reads "a liable opened onto the drive."
> > The question is, what is a liable in this context?  Or is it a misprint?
> > We checked the OED (print) and didn't find any definition that seemed to
> > fit.  I also looked at a couple of slang and architectural dictionaries and
> > didn't see it.
>The word "liable" might be a misprint for "stable" based on the
>sentence fragment you provided and scans of a 1966 edition. See the
>excerpt from the 1966 edition below.
>Year: 1966
>Book Title: The Uninvited
>Author: Dorothy Macardle (book specifies Macardle not Mcardle)
>Publisher: Bantam, New York
>Quote Page 5
>(Verified with scans)
>[Begin excerpt]
>There was a yard with out-houses, and a stable opened on to the drive.
>The place had been neglected for years . . .
>[End excerpt]
>The printing history of the 1966 book lists a Doubleday edition
>published May 1942. The 1966 book also has a copyright of 1942.
>Wikipedia asserts that the work was first published under the title
>"Uneasy Freehold" and Worldcat lists "Uneasy Freehold" by Dorothy
>Macardle with a 1941 publication date from Peter Davies in London. It
>would be useful to gather data about the sentence from other editions.
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