Meaning: a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots
"I am very fond of books and music; my harpsichord was my delight."
What made her wonder more than all the rest was a large library filled with books, a harpsichord, and many other pieces of music.
These compositions were usually written for the harpsichord and perhaps three instruments of the viol order, the master himself playing the leading melody on the violin.
He used to turn away, almost in pain, from her smile, as she would listen to all he said, then steal off to the harpsichord, and begin that soft, dreamy music, which the children called "talking to angels."