make firm or more firm
There’s no question, there simply are certain men that take longer to get —
In this case, "solidified" means "established."
payment for insurance
Linda: And Willy, don’t forget to ask for a little advance, because we’ve got the insurance
Linda: And your
Willy: Yeah, my
In this case, "saccharine" is a sugar substitute.
speech intended for reproduction in writing
Howard: I bought it for
dictation, but you can do anything with it.
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
Because in those days I had a
yearning to go to Alaska.
a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
There was respect, and comradeship, and
gratitude in it.
written matter that is repeated from memory
an offer for a private bargain
Linda, he’s got a
proposition for me in Alaska.
in an disbelieving manner
In a disbelieving manner.
state of violent mental agitation
The music rises to a mocking
afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble
distressed): Say, Bernard, will you go out in the hall?
complete freedom or authority to act
carte blanche, special deliveries.
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
Willy (with a strong edge of
resentment in his voice): Yeah, he came to Boston.
be a mystery or bewildering to
Bernard: Well, just that when he came back — I’ll never forget this, it always
whiskey distilled from a mash of corn and malt and rye
He is in his vest, and he carries a bottle of
come close to
Willy (on the
verge of tears): Charley, you’re the only friend I got.
unpleasantly loud and harsh
raucous music is heard, and a red glow rises behind the screen at right.
sharp curved horny process on the toe of some animals
Happy: I want them with the
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
Stanley follows, shaking his head in
hurt the feelings of
He thinks I’ve been
spiting him all these years and it’s eating him up.
in an uncontrolled manner
Young Bernard (
frantically): Mrs. Loman, Mrs. Loman!
heard or perceptible by the ear
Biff (at the table, now
audible, holding up a gold fountain pen): . . . so I’m washed up with Oliver, you understand?
confused and vague, especially of thinking
He starts right,
taking delight in beauty
sensuous music accompanies their speech.
In this case "sensuous" also means "sexy."
in a manner suggesting something bad will happen
ominously and quietly and moves toward Happy, who backs up into the kitchen, afraid.
incapable of being placated
(Linda says nothing but moves toward him
the act of harassing someone
I don’t want you
tormenting him any more.
hate coupled with disgust
Biff (still on the floor in front of Linda, the flowers in his hand; with self-
loathing): No. Didn’t.
showing realization or recognition of something
conscious of Biff, turns and looks up at him, then begins picking up the packages of seeds in confusion): Where the hell is that seed?
not capable of movement or of being moved
immobile, with guilt in his voice): No, I don’t want to see her.
in constant agitation
Willy (turning to her,
seething with hurt): There’s no necessity to mention the pen at all, y’know.
expressing extreme scorn
What am I doing in an office, making a
contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am!
filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise
Biff’s fury has spent itself, and he breaks down, sobbing, holding on to Willy, who dumbly fumbles for Biff’s face.
astonished): What’re you doing?
charmingly simple and serene
In accents of dread, Ben’s
idyllic music starts up.
Happy (his arm around Linda): I’m getting married, Pop, don’t forget it.
expressing sorrow often for something past
elegiacally, turning to the house): Now when you kick off, boy, I want a seventy-yard boot, and get right down the field under the ball, and when you hit, hit low and hit hard, because it’s important, boy.