Ferber makes us root for dirk, only to reveal at the end that Roelf is the son that Selina wishes she had.
The Black Watch major in command presented him with an officer's dirk.
For the non-English majors among you, “dirk” is the Shakespearean term for dagger.
Later, after dirk refuses to service Christine, she calls up every man in her phone until someone will come over and pleasure her.
In the film version, entitled Ill Met by Moonlight, Paddy was played by the dashing dirk Bogarde.
dirk, dėrk, n. a Highland dagger or poniard: a side-arm worn by midshipmen and cadets of the royal navy.
I say, dirk, what do you s'pose all that yarn means about to-morrow night?
We had told her that if she refused to see dirk the nurse was to ask if she would see me, but this she refused also.
A thing which dirk hated, in common with all persons of his class.
Submerge and proceed up the Sound,” dirk ordered the officer, “and take us directly under the craft of the Lodorians.
c.1600, perhaps from Dirk, the proper name, which was used in Scandinavian for "a picklock." But the earliest spellings were dork, durk (Johnson, 1755, seems to be responsible for the modern spelling), and the earliest association is with Highlanders, however there seems to be no such word in Gaelic, where the proper name is biodag. Another candidate is German dolch "dagger."