Not particularly. The word dulcimer is Graeco-Roman, dulcis and μέλος. They are similar instruments, with similar sounds - they have different bodies, though. It’s interesting that she chose the dulcimer, you can see early variations of the instrument on Ancient Greek amphorae.
To be fair to Mummy, I don’t think she actually knew what the damn thing was, much less the origins, when she bought it. Perhaps you ought to give her a call and give her a quick educational lecture on the subject. —But how the hell have you been, Henry? You don’t look like you’ve slept. Again.
If you think she’d find it interesting.
I’m well enough, thank you Francis, there is always plenty to be done, even if I’m not sleeping. How are you? Camilla said you gave her your cold.
Unfortunately so, I’m afraid. I’m over the worst of it, but my sinuses still feel constantly on the verge of imminent explosion. I don’t suppose I could convince you to come with me to the doctor’s next Tuesday? I’m going to see my ear, throat, nose man over in Keene, and you know how I hate going alone.