I tell you it will be more tolerable for the Fejee that salted down
a lean missionary in his cellar against a coming famine; it will be more tolerable for that provident Fejee, I say, in the day of judgment, than for thee, civilized and enlightened gourmand, who nailest geese to the ground and feastest on their bloated livers in thy pate-de-foie-gras.
In a mixed agricultural metaphor, he concludes that Gertrude must be salted down until the yoke (of matrimony) can be hung upon her.
Because of her impatience to satisfy her sexual desires, he states that she must be salted down in order to relieve her of her 'night-hunger' (nachthunger).
The second speaker of our third play, A Salting Down for Carnival, asserts that there is no need for the landlord to flavour the men's soup with lard since he and his companions will soon have their own supply of tasty maidens salted down for them in a tub (ll 7-12).
Since the last mine closed in 1930, it has become a favourite with tourists who come to find out more about its rich history and local legends including the story of the "salted down
corpse" - according to folklore, when a previous landlady's father died, the weather was too bad to take him into Tavistock to be buried, so she packed him in salt in a trunk in one of the guest rooms.
It was crystallized on the front page of The Wall Street Journal of August 21, 2000 when an alleged massacre near the present city of Hobart nearly two centuries ago was described as "the opening shot in a war that would result in the near-extermination of Tasmanian Aborigines." The report adds that some of "the 50 or so killed that day were salted down
and sent to Sydney as anthropological curiosities." It is a chilling story.