Blue Beard by Kurt Vonnegut:
pal⋅pate1 verb (used with object), -pat⋅ed, -pat⋅ing. to examine by touch, esp. for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
|1.||lustful or sensual.|
|1.||cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.|
ob⋅se⋅quy–noun, plural -quies.
1. Usually, obsequies. a funeral rite or ceremony.