the shape or manner in which things come together
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees— willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf
junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
the remains of something that has been destroyed
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees— willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the
debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
having spots or patches of color
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees— willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with
mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
lying down; in a position of comfort or rest
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees— willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white,
recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
a foot traveler; someone who goes on an extended walk
There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by
tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water.
come out into view, as from concealment
For a moment the place was lifeless, and then two men
emerged from the path and came into the opening by the green pool.
a friend who is frequently with another
companion dropped his blankets and flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse.
the state of taking in or encircling
Then he replaced his hat, pushed himself back from the river, drew up his knees and
a state in which all hope is lost or absent
He looked down at the ground in
talk in a monotonous voice
droned to himself softly, “I ain’t gonna say nothin’ .
a steady flow of a fluid
The reeds jerked slightly in the
move heavily or clumsily
lumbered to his feet and disappeared in the brush.
in a blunt direct manner
“Awright,” he said
marked by complexity and richness of detail
But Lennie made an
elaborate pantomime of innocence.
a performance using gestures and movements without words
But Lennie made an elaborate
pantomime of innocence.
consider as a possibility
Lennie hesitated, backed away, looked wildly at the brush line as though he
contemplated running for his freedom.
shake with fast, tremulous movements
quivered and tears started in his eyes.
laugh at with contempt and derision
imitate, especially for satirical effect
He took on the elaborate manner of little girls when they are
mimicking one another.
extreme distress of body or mind
He looked across the fire at Lennie’s
anguished face, and then he looked ashamedly at the flames.
lure, entice, or entrap
Lennie avoided the
appeal or request earnestly
pleaded, “Come on, George.
show, express or direct through movement
gestured with his spoon.
a flash of light
They made their beds on the sand, and as the blaze dropped from the fire the sphere of light grew smaller; the curling branches disappeared and only a faint
glimmer showed where the tree trunks were.
someone who lives at a particular place for a long period
Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the
occupant of the bunk.
a small bottle that contains a drug
And there were medicines on the shelves, and little
vials, combs; and from nails on the box sides, a few neckties.
filled with a great quantity
At about ten o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-
laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars.
designate a place, direction, person, or thing
“You can have them two beds there,” he said,
indicating two bunks near the stove.
something causing misery or death
“Says ‘positively kills lice, roaches and other
vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
He paused in
relish of the memory.
in a careful unhurried manner
deliberately put the little book in his pocket.
with little or no delay
“Job was done,” said George
quickly and without warning
abruptly and went to the door, but before he went out he turned and looked for a long moment at the two men.
He stopped suddenly, stepped to the open front door and
cause to feel confident
But he was
reassured by the swamper’s defense.
a stiff hair
He stood his broom against the wall and he rubbed his white
bristled cheek with his knuckles.
predict in advance
His glance was at once
calculating and pugnacious.
tough and callous by virtue of experience
His glance was at once calculating and
with extreme care or delicacy
gingerly close to him.
cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
expressive of low opinion
He had drawn a
derogatory statement from ...
a bowl-shaped vessel used for holding food or liquids
“I gotta be settin’ out the wash
basins for the guys.
disarrange or rumple
tangles with you, Lennie, we’re gonna get the can.
*slang for fight (v. "If he fights with you Lennie..."
characterized by resoluteness and firmness
His tone grew
twisted, especially as in pain or struggle
contorted with thought.
redden by applying makeup to
She had full,
rouged lips and wide- spaced eyes, heavily made up.
a grouping of a number of similar things
Her hair hung in little rolled
clusters, like sausages.
lacking warmth and generosity of spirit
Her voice had a nasal,
in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
She was suddenly
release from something that holds fast or entangles
Lennie tried to
disengage his ear.
a manner that is serious and solemn
There was a
gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke.
showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so
profound that all talk stopped when he spoke.
the power or right to give orders or make decisions
authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love.
in a self-satisfied manner
Lennie, who had been following the conversation back and forth with his eyes, smiled
complacently at the compliment.
a remark expressing praise and admiration
Lennie, who had been following the conversation back and forth with his eyes, smiled complacently at the
His head still dripped water from the scrubbing and
be earlier in time
Carlson stepped back to let Slim
precede him, and then the two of them went
out the door.
the act of treating with contempt
Through the open door came the thuds and occasional clangs of a horseshoe game, and now and then the sound of voices raised in approval or
a bothersome annoying person
“’Course Lennie’s a God damn
nuisance most of the time,” said George.
a step in walking or running
He walked over with his heavy-legged
stride and looked down at the dog.
quieted and brought under control
Slim gazed at him for a moment and then looked down at his hands; he
subdued one hand with the other, and held it down.
carefully thought out in advance
George laid out his
deliberate solitaire hand— seven cards, and six on top, and five on top of those.
crept to his bunk and sat down, trying not to attract attention.
a natural or artificial enclosed space
He laid them on his bed and then brought out the pistol, took out the magazine and snapped the loaded shell from the
*the chamber of a gun is where the bullet is held right before it is fired.
feeling great delight
raptly at the wall over Lennie’s head.
sink to a lower level or form a depression
subsided, grumbling to himself, threatening the future cats which might dare to disturb the future rabbits.
deeply absorbed in thought
They all sat still, all
bemused by the beauty of the thing, each mind was popped into the future when this lovely thing should come about.
the act of withdrawing or going backward
Lennie looked helplessly at George, and then he got up and tried to
marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
Curley was balanced and
crouch or curl up
cowering against the wall.
get or gather together
And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions; for, being alone, Crooks could leave his things about, and being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men, and he had
accumulated more possessions than he could carry on his back.
of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
And he had books, too; a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California
civil code for 1905.
remote in manner
This room was swept and fairly neat, for Crooks was a proud,
*emotionally distant; removed.
deficient in amount or quality or extent
In the stable buck’s room a small electric globe threw a
meager yellow light.
attempting to win favor by flattery
Lennie gulped and his smile grew more
intended or having the power to induce action or belief
His voice grew soft and
fearful expectation or anticipation
Lennie’s face wrinkled with
expressing extreme contempt
prevent from being seen or discovered
It was difficult for Crooks to
conceal his pleasure with anger.
a feeling of righteous anger
She was breathless with
withdraw from active participation
retired into the terrible protective dignity of the Negro.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
She turned on him in
an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
There was no personality, no
ego— nothing to arouse either like or dislike.
turn away or aside
For a moment she stood over him as though waiting for him to move so that she could whip at him again; but Crooks sat perfectly still, his eyes
averted, everything that might be hurt drawn in.
consider in a comprehensive way
appraised him coolly.
brought low in spirit
laugh at with contempt and derision
From outside came the clang of horseshoes on the playing peg and the shouts of men, playing, encouraging,
misery resulting from affliction
Then all of Lennie’s
woe came back on him.
give moral or emotional strength to
to move in a twisting or contorted motion
Her feet battered on the hay and she
writhed to be free; and from under Lennie’s hand came a muffled screaming.
draw back, as with fear or pain
She whimpered and
cringed to the packing box, and jumped in among the puppies.
hang, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
As happens sometimes, a moment settled and
hovered and remained for much more than a moment.
retorted belligerently, “He ain’t neither.
sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
His voice was
monotonous, had no emphasis.
move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
advanced a step into the room, then remembered and backed to the door again.
reveal in private; tell confidentially
And because she had
confided in him, she moved closer to Lennie and sat beside him.
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
For a moment he seemed
a longing for something better than the present situation
And the meanness and the plannings and the
discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face.
cry or whine with snuffling
sniveled, and his voice shook.
of textures that are rough to the touch
“Some people got kinda
coarse hair,” she said complacently.