extremely poisonous or injurious
With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its
venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his
stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black.
having your attention fixated as though by a spell
But he knew his mouth had only moved to say hello, and then when she seemed
hypnotized by the salamander on his arm and the phoenix-disc on his chest, he spoke again.
supported or kept from sinking or falling by buoyancy
He saw himself in her eyes,
suspended in two shining drops of bright water, himself dark and tiny, in fine detail, the lines about his mouth, everything there, as if her eyes were two miraculous bits of violet amber that might capture and hold him intact.
given a completely different form or appearance
One time, when he was a child, in a power-failure, his mother had found and lit a last candle and there had been a brief hour of rediscovery, of such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions and drew comfortably around them, and they, mother and son, alone,
transformed, hoping that the power might not come on again too soon...
blame for; make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
They walked the rest of the way in silence, hers thoughtful, his a kind of clenching and uncomfortable silence in which he shot her
be excited or anxious about
What incredible power of identification the girl had; she was like the eager watcher of a marionette show,
anticipating each flicker of an eyelid, each gesture of his hand, each flick of a finger, the moment before it began.
the outside boundary or surface of something
The breath coming out of the nostrils was so faint it stirred only the furthest
fringes of life, a small leaf, a black feather, a single fibre of hair.
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
And the men with the cigarettes in their straight-lined mouths, the men with the eyes of puff-adders, took up their load of machine and tube, their case of liquid
melancholy and the slow dark sludge of nameless stuff, and strolled out the door.
in a serious manner
Laughter blew across the moon-coloured lawn from the house of Clarisse and her father and mother and the uncle who smiled so quietly and so
pass into a solution
“I don't know anything any more,” he said, and let a sleep-lozenge
dissolve on his tongue.
exasperate or irritate
You're peculiar, you're
aggravating, yet you're easy to forgive.
make lighter or brighter
The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly
illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse.
long and slender with a very small internal diameter
Light flickered on bits of ruby glass and on sensitive
capillary hairs in the nylon-brushed nostrils of the creature that quivered gently, gently, gently, its eight legs spidered under it on rubber-padded paws.
a long flexible snout as of an elephant
Three seconds later the game was done, the rat, cat, or chicken caught half across the areaway, gripped in gentling paws while a four-inch hollow steel needle plunged down from the
proboscis of the Hound to inject massive jolts of morphine or procaine.
make engaged or more engaged
The Hound half rose in its kennel and looked at him with green-blue neon light flickering in its suddenly
go or come after and bring or take back
It's a fine bit of craftsmanship, a good rifle that can
fetch its own target and guarantees the bull's-eye every time.”
not representing or imitating external reality
And most of the time in the cafes they have the jokeboxes on and the same jokes most of the time, or the musical wall lit and all the coloured patterns running up and down, but it's only colour and all
a natural inclination
Were all firemen picked then for their looks as well as their
settle or come to rest
Books bombarded his shoulders, his arms, his upturned face. A book
alighted, almost obediently, like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering.
a showy gesture
Now, it plunged the book back under his arm, pressed it tight to sweating armpit, rushed out empty, with a magician's
formality in bearing and appearance
Captain Beatty, keeping his
dignity, backed slowly through the front door, his pink face burnt and shiny from a thousand fires and night excitements.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
The woman on the porch reached out with
contempt for them all, and struck the kitchen match against the railing.
any opinions at variance with the official position
“A man named Latimer said that to a man named Nicholas Ridley, as they were being burnt alive at Oxford, for
heresy, on October 16, 1555.”
not circulating or flowing
He tried to count how many times she swallowed and he thought of the visit from the two zinc-oxide-faced men with the cigarettes in their straight-lined mouths and the electronic-eyed snake winding down into the layer upon layer of night and stone and
stagnant spring water, and he wanted to call out to her, how many have you taken TONIGHT! the capsules! how many will you take later and not know? and so on, every hour! or maybe not tonight, tomorrow night!
be attractive to
appealed to a few people, here, there, everywhere.
short descriptive summary (of events)
“Classics cut to fit fifteen-minute radio shows, then cut again to fill a two-minute book column, winding up at last as a ten or twelve-line dictionary
“School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually
neglected, finally almost completely ignored.
provide with objects or articles that make a room usable
“Empty the theatres save for clowns and
furnish the rooms with glass walls and pretty colours running up and down the walls like confetti or blood or sherry or sauterne.
Towns turn into motels, people in
nomadic surges from place to place, following the moon tides, living tonight in the room where you slept this noon and I the night before.”
a statement that is held to be true
And so when houses were finally fireproofed completely, all over the world (you were correct in your
assumption the other night) there was no longer need of firemen for the old purposes.
one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
They were given the new job, as
custodians of our peace of mind, the focus of our understandable and rightful dread of being inferior; official censors, judges, and executors.
totally and definitely; without question
Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but
absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information.
make uniform, corresponding, or matching
Any man who can take a TV wall apart and put it back together again, and most men can nowadays, is happier than any man who tries to slide-rule, measure, and
equate the universe, which just won't be measured or
equated without making man feel bestial and lonely.
We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with
conflicting theory and thought.
an overwhelming number or amount
Don't let the
torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world.
put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
All of them running about, putting out the stars and
extinguishing the sun.
have in mind as a purpose
“Well, then, what if a fireman accidentally, really not,
intending anything, takes a book home with him?”
void of thought or knowledge
The open door looked at him with its great
accept or undergo, often unwillingly
“It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than
submit to break eggs at the smaller end.”