grave or even gloomy in character
The lighting is low,
a sudden outburst (as of protest)
CATES, the focus of the
furor, is resting his head on his arms.
a motley assortment of things
melange of Moorish and Methodist;
smile affectedly or derisively
smirks at his own joke, then sits in the shadows and pores over a newspaper.
the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
(At the other side of the stage, BRADY rises majestically from his
debris of paper napkins and banana peels, and goes off.)
limit in quality or quantity
skimped on the groceries, and my father’d worked nights for a month.
an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
precedent for this sort of thing.
move or swing back and forth
The MAYOR hurries on, worried,
brandishing a telegram.
a message transmitted by telegraph
The MAYOR hurries on, worried, brandishing a
completely wanting or lacking
This is going to be a
barren source of amusement!
equipment designed to serve a specific function
Kindly signal me while I am speaking, if my voice does not have sufficient projection for your radio
to move about or proceed hurriedly
MEEKER hurries on—and the spectators begin to
scurry expectantly back into the courtroom.
reconvene in the case of the State versus Bertram Cates.
in complete agreement
The jury’s decision is
showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite
It is a
spiteful, bitter victory for him, not a conquest with a cavalcade of angels.
powerful and effective language
I do not have the
eloquence of some of the people you have heard in the last few days.
joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
In his hour of triumph, BRADY expected to be swept from the courtroom on the shoulders of his
angered at something unjust or wrong
of great force or power
Where the issues are so
titanic, the court must mete out more drastic punishment—
close at the end of a session
The defense holds that the court shall be
the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
From the hallowed hills of sacred Sinai, in the days of remote
antiquity, came the law which has been our bulwark and our shield.
an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
From the hallowed hills of sacred Sinai, in the days of remote antiquity, came the law which has been our
bulwark and our shield.
shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
As the orator is maneuvered into position, he seems almost to be an inanimate object, like a huge ornate vase which must be precisely centered on a
a disappointing decline after a previous rise
BRADY’s vanity and cussedness won’t let him give up, even though he realizes this is a sputtering
a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
sheaf of manuscript, clutched in his raised hand, scatters in mid air.
lacking intent or capacity to injure
The great words flutter
innocuously to the courtroom floor.
without respect; in a disdainful manner
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
pulpits with their pounding!
overcome as with astonishment or disbelief
Dazed, the JUDGE goes off without answering.)
a notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography
HORNBECK Shall I put that in the
someone who denies the existence of god
I must get me to a typewriter and hammer out the story of an
atheist who believes in God.