"When she finally got news of Weebe's infidelity, she put a gun to her head. But she fell asleep, a kind of reverie, they say. Isn't that the grandest scrinshank? Oh yes, maybe that's a word from before your time as well. It means a hesitation so as to avoid an issue, scrinshank does. Elizabeth Weebe hesitated and dozed off, right in her chair!"
—Howard Norman, The Bird Artist (New York: Picador USA), 256