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I found a source suggesting the choice is the astronomical dawn, according to the definition you cite: This book, dated 1958, (FWIW, it was granted a nihil obstat, but I can't find any further assessment of its authority), gives the following definition of dawn, specifically in the context of the celebration of the Eucarist: In canone 821.1 legitur '...


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Trying to answer the actual title question: This is supposed to be the formal procedure by which a new Master (magister) of Porterhouse claims his right to the post, which Sharpe is trying to make pointedly ridiculous. The title 'Master' is appropriate here : it is simply that adopted for the head of this particular fictional college, where others in real ...


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This looks like legitimate Latin, though the transcription is a bit mangled. Here's the corrected transcript Sumelic located in their answer, edited a bit for standardization, along with my translation. (There are a couple words I think might not be right, since they don't make a lot of sense. I've marked those with question marks; if I get a chance to ...


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Although I cannot read Latin well enough to offer a translation of my own, I can say that it is not gibberish, and I don't see any hidden comedy or jokes in the content of the Latin text. (I think whatever comedy is in the scene is supposed to lie simply in fact that they're using Latin rather than English, and in the pompous and ritualized nature of the ...


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