wild about Rappaccini's Daughter

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 10 19:51:15 UTC 2010

OED has the constr. "wild about" (def. 11c, a bit mildly defined) from 1868
only: the early preference seems to have been for "wild after."

Hawthorne, however, used the current idiom in "Rappaccini's Daughter" in

"You have heard of this daughter, whom all the young men in Padua are wild


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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