a social club for male undergraduates
And they had this goddam secret
fraternity that I was too yellow not to join.
offensive to the mind
I won't even tell you what they did to him--it's too
repulsive--but he still wouldn't take it back, old James Castle.
force to leave or move out
All they did with the guys that were in the room with him was
recite in elocution
He was in my math class, but he was way over on the other side of the room, and he hardly ever got up to
recite or go to the blackboard or anything.
the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
Old Mr. Antolini felt his
pulse and all, and then he took off his coat and put it over James Castle and carried him all the way over to the infirmary.
involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
For one thing, they were both very
intellectual, especially Mr. Antolini except that he was more witty than intellectual when you were with him, sort of like D.B.
respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
asthma pretty bad.
lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
And if the boy
digresses at all, you're supposed to yell 'Digression!' at him as fast as you can.
of or relating to pedagogy
One short, faintly stuffy,
serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy
Or, if his uncle's brace is such a
provocative subject, shouldn't he have selected it in the first place as his subject--not the farm?"
to bring or combine together or with something else
I mean he'd keep telling you to
unify and simplify all the time.
"Apparently before he phoned me he'd just had a long, rather
harrowing letter from your latest headmaster, to the effect that you were making absolutely no effort at all."
someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
Then again, you may pick up just enough education to hate people who say, 'It's a secret between he and I.' Or you may end up in some business office, throwing paper clips at the nearest
concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return
It's a beautiful
having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they're
brilliant and creative to begin with--which, unfortunately, is rarely the case--tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are merely brilliant and creative.
and nothing more
But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they're brilliant and creative to begin with--which, unfortunately, is rarely the case--tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are
merely brilliant and creative.
a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
And--most important--nine times out of ten they have more
humility than the unscholarly thinker.
marked by blithe unconcern
He was trying to act very goddam
casual and cool and all, but he wasn't any too goddam cool.
It's my mother's, and I--" "Don't be
the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
It was all about
a deaf person who is unable to speak
I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-
beg persistently and urgently
I'd ask them all to visit me sometime if they wanted to, but I wouldn't
insist or anything.