quick to take offense
I stopped having a conversation with him, if he was going to get so damn
touchy about it.
any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
They got their
pores open the whole time.
the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
When I got out in front of Ernie's and paid the
fare, old Horwitz brought up the fish again.
an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on a steady value
He was putting all these dumb, show-offy
ripples in the high notes, and a lot of other very tricky stuff that gives me a pain in the ass.
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
Anyway, when he was finished, and everybody was clapping their heads off, old Ernie turned around on his stool and gave this very phony,
extraordinarily good or great
marvelous to see you!" old Lillian Simmons said.
not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
Then, instead of saying, "You're goddam right I am, you dirty
crooked bastard!" all I probably would've said would be, "All I know is my goddam gloves were in your goddam galoshes."
marked by blithe unconcern
I just got very cool and
rule of personal conduct
It was against my
principles and all, but I was feeling so depressed I didn't even think.
the condition of being a person who has never had sex
I've had quite a few opportunities to lose my
virginity and all, but I've never got around to it yet.
having or expressing strong emotions
You take a girl when she really gets
passionate, she just hasn't any brains.
having worldly knowledge and refinement
I read this book once, at the Whooton School, that had this very
sophisticated, suave, sexy guy in it.
an impressive country house (or castle) in France
He had this big
château and all on the Riviera, in Europe, and all he did in his spare time was beat women off with a club.
a bodily passage conveying a secretion or other substance
"Well, actually, it's in the spinal
get over an illness or shock
recuperating," I told her.
"I go to the movies as
seldom as I can."
too soon or too hasty
I was a little
premature in my calculations.
someone who denies the existence of god
In the first place, I'm sort of an
one who believes and helps spread the doctrine of another
Disciples, for instance.
an insane person
If you want to know the truth, the guy I like best in the Bible, next to Jesus, was that
lunatic and all, that lived in the tombs and kept cutting himself with stones.
disappoint, abandon, or prove undependable to
I remember I asked old Childs if he thought Judas, the one that
betrayed Jesus and all, went to Hell after he committed suicide.
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
"You're trying to
Now I was on the way to the bathroom to get a good shot of bourbon or something to
steady my nerves and help me really go into action.
run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
I'd hold onto the banister and all, with this blood
trickling out of the side of my mouth a little at a time.
covered with blood
I didn't want a bunch of stupid rubbernecks looking at me when I was all
a military trainee (as at a military academy)
Then she told me about some other guy, some West Point
cadet, that was cutting his throat over her too.
someone who spends money prodigally
I'm a goddam
spendthrift at heart.
lay out money or resources in an enterprise
Another reason I know he's quite well off, he's always
investing money in shows on Broadway.
a religious residence especially for nuns
While I was eating my eggs, these two nuns with suitcases and all--I guessed they were moving to another
convent or something and were waiting for a train--came in and sat down next to me at the counter.
not fake or counterfeit
They were these very inexpensive-looking suitcases--the ones that aren't
genuine leather or anything.
a lesser quality
What I did, I finally put my suitcases under my bed, instead of on the rack, so that old Slagle wouldn't get a goddam
inferiority complex about it.
a combination of emotions and impulses influencing behavior
What I did, I finally put my suitcases under my bed, instead of on the rack, so that old Slagle wouldn't get a goddam inferiority
complex about it.
conforming to the conventions of the middle class
He kept saying they were too new and
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
It wouldn't have
spoiled the conversation if they had, but it would've been different, probably.
effusively or insincerely emotional
She sings it very Dixieland and whorehouse, and it doesn't sound at all
lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
I can understand somebody going to the movies because there's nothing else to do, but when somebody really wants to go, and even walks fast so as to get there quicker, then it
depresses hell out of me.
They're not as bad as movies, but they're certainly nothing to
a sheath for carrying a handgun
While the father kept giving him a lot of advice, old Ophelia was sort of horsing around with her brother, taking his dagger out of the
holster, and teasing him and all while he was trying to look interested in the bull his father was shooting.
engage in an open rebellion against an authority
They were always showing Columbus discovering America, having one helluva time getting old Ferdinand and Isabella to lend him the dough to buy ships with, and then the sailors
mutinying on him and all.
an American Indian woman
Then you'd pass by this big glass case, with Indians inside it rubbing sticks together to make a fire, and a
squaw weaving a blanket.