Originally Posted by Kattrup
"commenced opposite the ensiform cartilage" - opposite I take to mean the cut started in the pubic area.
Don't think so, Kat. If you follow the narrative, Brown is describing a wound that extends down to
the pubic area from the sternum. You wouldn't describe a wound that started at
the pubic area as "opposite the sternum", anymore than a head wound would be described as "opposite the feet". Brown must have meant that the wound was on the opposite side
of the ensiform cartilage - i.e. in the notch between the ribs just below it.
"The knife must have cut obliquely at the expense of that cartilage" - what does this sentence mean?
That it was an abrupt diagonal (oblique) movement of the blade that sliced through the cartilage.
I would address your other questions, but I have a bit of a headache, and Brown's quaint Victorian-speak isn't helping it! Perhaps you can fill in the gaps now that I've started you off