Leitotes was the pagan uncle of Saint Fidgeta and her principle caregiver following the death of her parents; sent his niece to pagan grammar school (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 11).


Litotes are a classical figure of speech, specifically a form of irony where a statement is expressed by denying its opposite[1]. Bowen assumes Bellairs "put the anomalous 'German ei  [diphthong]' in the first syllable through inadvertence.[2]"


  1. Wikipedia: Litotes
  2. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.
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