Questioned again and again by his Mistress partan as to what was amiss with him, he had given her odd and evasive answers.
Thereupon the partan and Jamie Ladle jumped into a small boat and pulled out.
But the marquis found even the hen-pecked partan a nobler and more elevating presence than any strutting platitude of Bond street.
With these views he hired himself to the partan, whose boat's crew was short-handed.
The male of the black-clawed crab, Cancer pagurus; also of the partan or common crab.