Lawrence Durrell: Exiguous
Lawrence Durrell likes things complicated. The author of the Alexandria Quartet, a tetralogy, the first book of which (Justine) I lost last night at the Rumpus/McSweeney's/SMITH Mag event, Durrell was also fond of complicated four-partnered entanglements that transcend conventional conceptions of love, and four-syllabled Latinate words:
As defined by the Oxford English Dictionary:
Scanty in measure or number; extremely small, diminutive, minute.
Etymology as per The Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary: Latin exiguus, from exigere