make a spoof of
If smart people are
parodying it, that’s a sure sign that some less smart people are believing it.
causing extreme distress
I’ve been diabetic a couple of times, and the first time was
a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual
AJ is full of
idiosyncrasies that probably don’t seem all that idiosyncratic to him anymore.
draw from specific cases for more general cases
His head is full of statistics, facts and figures
extrapolated into thousands of different combinations and comparisons.
the trait of being cautious and watchful
wariness creeps into his expression.
someone to whom private matters are told
I can’t make AJ too much of a
confidant, because tomorrow will come and he might not remember anything that’s been said, and that might make Nathan suspicious.
force with the thumb
What punishment would there be if I took the pencil in my hand and
gouged out the eye of the girl sitting next to me in chem class?
a noisy fight
The school day is already in full swing, so when I open the doors, I jump right into the
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles
From all the Shakespearean
paraphernalia hanging on the walls, I’m guessing we’re in an English classroom.
give a false appearance of
feign sickness, get permission to stay home.
physics concerned with heat and other forms of energy
What a shock it would be were Valeria to stomp right in and start talking to her about the laws of
thermodynamics, or the life of Thomas Jefferson, in flawless English.
hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
Nathan’s post is
perfunctory, as if it’s been summarized from his earlier statements.
enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
Some are clearly the work of nutjobs—clinically paranoid people who need professional help, not arenas in which to vent their
hyperbolic conspiracy theories.
something that serves as evidence
testimonials, however, are almost painfully sincere.
spread or diffuse through
If she’s the thought, the hope, the concern underneath my every waking moment, then why wouldn’t she
permeate my sleeping hours as well?
time passed in a particular bodily form
Some girls and boys obliterate their rooms as they grow older, thinking they have to banish all their younger
incarnations in order to convincingly inhabit a new one.
having decorative ruffles or similar ornamentation
Nobody notices any difference—not because they don’t care, but because it’s early in the morning, and nobody’s expected to be
perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
He’s in a talkative mood, focusing on what I imagine is his favorite theme: the injustices
perpetrated against him by everyone else, all the time.
capable of being perceived
...I must struggle against the
palpable temptation to do something drastic.
restraint consisting of a rope or chain
All it would take are a few well-chosen words to cut the
a remote or indirect consequence of some action
If you think about it hard enough, if you trace potential
reverberations long enough, every step can be a false step, any move can lead to an unintended consequence.
a remote or indirect consequence of some action
But there could be
repercussions for that tomorrow.
inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
For our afternoon, I’ve decided to attempt to give Rhiannon the satisfaction of being fully alone. Not the
lethargy of lying on the couch or the dull monotony of drifting off in math class.
the quality of wearisome constancy and lack of variety
For our afternoon, I’ve decided to attempt to give Rhiannon the satisfaction of being fully alone. Not the lethargy of lying on the couch or the dull
monotony of drifting off in math class.
call upon in supplication
Remember this, I
implore Rhiannon as I look out over the trees, as I catch her breath.
an indication that something has been present
And with Rhiannon, it seems as if the understanding has already surfaced. Any
vestige of doubt has been swept away.
come to terms with
In the meantime, there’s Vanessa Martinez to
censure severely or angrily
She has to make do with a single mile, and I can almost hear her
chiding me for it.
of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring
They’re not dressed identically, but it’s clear they’ve all dressed within the same
sartorial guidelines, dictated by you-know-who.
yielding readily to or capable of
She has a poison personality, and I feel that even I am
susceptible to it.
anger or hostility toward some real or supposed grievance
I simply halt her
ire for a single day.
George’s mother is made of stern,
unyielding material, and she also happens to be the slowest speaker I’ve ever heard.
a performance using gestures and movements without words
They stare forward at all times, a
pantomime of paying perfect attention.
small individual study area in a library
I sit at a
carrel by a window and keep being drawn to the traffic, even though I know it’s still a couple of hours until Rhiannon will show up.
She picks up a chopstick and
brandishes it as a sword.
incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal
I hope that George doesn’t
internalize her scare tactics.
a remote and undeveloped area
I drive for almost two hours, west into the
hinterlands of Maryland.
any spatial attributes, especially as defined by outline
I trace the
contours of her face, her collarbone.
enjoy to excess
We have entered the safest cocoon our affections can make, and we lie there, and we
luxuriate in the wealth of the moment, and gently fall into each other, fall into sleep.
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference
It showed me how
arbitrary and individual it is, the way we experience the world.
a holding device attached to a workbench
There’s a hazy blur to my thoughts, a
vise compressing my head.
the junction between two neurons
I am accessing like crazy, but it’s as if my
synapses have been dipped in tar.
intended to placate
“Dr. P is here,” Dana’s mother chimes in from behind him, with a slightly more
contract involuntarily, as in a spasm
convulses in pain. Pain is all I can feel.
something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
They decide that I will have to go to school tomorrow, and that I will have to make
amends to my friends then.