Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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  1. soiree musicale
    a soiree assembled for the purpose of listening to music
    In the large and pleasant salon which extended across the width of the house, the Ratignolles entertained their friends once a fortnight with a soiree musicale, sometimes diversified by card-playing.
  2. quadroon
    an offspring of a mulatto and a white parent
    A quadroon nurse followed them about with a faraway, meditative air.
  3. mademoiselle
    small silvery drumfish often mistaken for white perch
    For two consecutive seasons he lived in the sunlight of Mademoiselle Duvigne's presence.
  4. peignoir
    a loose dressing gown for women
    She began to cry a little, and wiped her eyes on the sleeve of her peignoir.
  5. Robert
    United States parliamentary authority and author (in 1876) of Robert's Rules of Order (1837-1923)
    Beneath its pink-lined shelter were his wife, Mrs. Pontellier, and young Robert Lebrun.
  6. madame
    title used for a married Frenchwoman
    The parrot and the mockingbird were the property of Madame Lebrun, and they had the right to make all the noise they wished.
  7. handwrite
    write by hand
    It possessed the greatest interest and attraction for Edna; the envelope, its size and shape, the post-mark, the handwriting.
  8. draggingly
    in a dragging manner
    She leaned draggingly upon his arm as they walked.
  9. bonbon
    a candy that usually has a center of fondant or fruit or nuts coated in chocolate
    He kissed them and promised to bring them back bonbons and peanuts.
  10. clatter
    a rattling noise (often produced by rapid movement)
    The sewing-machine made a resounding clatter in the room; it was of a ponderous, by-gone make.
  11. ill humor
    an angry and disagreeable mood
    Only Beaudelet remained behind, tinkering at his boat, and Mariequita walked away with her basket of shrimps, casting a look of childish ill humor and reproach at Robert from the corner of her eye.
  12. pirogue
    a canoe made by hollowing out and shaping a large log
    Are you afraid of the pirogue?"
  13. Kentucky bluegrass
    valuable meadow and pasture grass in Europe and especially central United States having tall stalks and slender bright green leaves; a chief constituent in lawn grass mixtures
    Mrs. Pontellier talked about her father's Mississippi plantation and her
    girlhood home in the old Kentucky bluegrass country.
  14. nougat
    nuts or fruit pieces in a sugar paste
    That lady seemed at a loss to make a selection, but finally settled upon a stick of nougat, wondering if it were not too rich; whether it could possibly hurt her.
  15. atelier
    a studio especially for an artist or designer
    "It seems to me the utmost folly for a woman at the head of a household, and the mother of children, to spend in an atelier days which would be better employed contriving for the comfort of her family."
  16. soiree
    a party of people assembled in the evening
    In the large and pleasant salon which extended across the width of the house, the Ratignolles entertained their friends once a fortnight with a soiree musicale, sometimes diversified by card-playing.
  17. banquette
    an upholstered bench
    The boys were dragging along the banquette a small "express wagon," which they had filled with blocks and sticks.
  18. palpitant
    having a slight and rapid trembling motion
    He observed his hostess attentively from under his shaggy brows, and noted a subtle change which had transformed her from the listless woman he had known into a being who, for the moment, seemed palpitant with the forces of life.
  19. disincline
    make unwilling
    In the next room she slept, and in the third and last she harbored a gasoline stove on which she cooked her meals when disinclined to descend to the neighboring restaurant.
  20. tragedian
    a writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragedies
    It was when the face and figure of a
    great tragedian began to haunt her imagination and stir her senses.
  21. Creole
    a person descended from French ancestors in southern United States (especially Louisiana)
    Mrs. Pontellier, though she had married a Creole, was not thoroughly
    at home in the society of Creoles; never before had she been thrown so
    intimately among them.
  22. victor
    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
    "Where is Victor going with the rockaway?"
  23. cologne water
    a perfumed liquid made of essential oils and alcohol
    Mrs. Pontellier flew for the cologne water and
    a fan.
  24. lateen sail
    a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
    A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and
    others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.
  25. crumple
    gather something into small wrinkles or folds
    From his trousers pockets he took a fistful of crumpled bank
    notes and a good deal of silver coin, which he piled on the bureau
    indiscriminately with keys, knife, handkerchief, and whatever else
    happened to be in his pockets.
  26. bewilder
    cause to be confused emotionally
    At that early period it served but to bewilder her.
  27. impromptu
    with little or no preparation or forethought
    'If Mrs. Pontellier should call upon you, play
    for her that Impromptu of Chopin's, my favorite.
  28. recline
    move the upper body backwards and down
    She was not
    much given to reclining in the hammock, and when she did so it was with
    no cat-like suggestion of voluptuous ease, but with a beneficent repose
    which seemed to invade her whole body.
  29. esplanade
    a stretch of pavement or grass for walking by the seashore
    XVII


    The Pontelliers possessed a very charming home on Esplanade Street in
    New Orleans.
  30. toddy
    a mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot
    Shall I stir you a toddy?
  31. invigorate
    give life or energy to
    The air was invigorating and steadied somewhat her faculties.
  32. workbasket
    container for holding implements and materials for work
    "I have a letter somewhere," looking in the machine drawer and finding
    the letter in the bottom of the workbasket.
  33. unessential
    not basic or fundamental
    "I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my
    life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself.
  34. cicatrice
    a mark left by the healing of injured tissue
    She touched his hand as she scanned the red
    cicatrice on the inside of his white wrist.
  35. lateen
    a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
    A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and
    others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.
  36. indispose
    make unwilling
    After finishing her dinner she went to her
    room, having instructed the boy to tell any other callers that she was
    indisposed.
  37. camomile
    Eurasian plant with apple-scented foliage and white-rayed flowers and feathery leaves used medicinally; in some classification systems placed in genus Anthemis
    He could see it plainly
    between the gaunt trunks of the water-oaks and across the stretch of
    yellow camomile.
  38. seriocomic
    mixing the serious with the comic with comic predominating
    He never assumed this seriocomic tone when alone with Mrs. Pontellier.
  39. remittent
    characterized by periods of diminished severity
    The excitement came
    back upon her like a remittent fever.
  40. matronly
    befitting or characteristic of a fully mature woman
    The women were both of goodly height, Madame Ratignolle possessing
    the more feminine and matronly figure.
  41. creole
    a mother tongue that originates from contact between two languages
    Mrs. Pontellier, though she had married a Creole, was not thoroughly
    at home in the society of Creoles; never before had she been thrown so
    intimately among them.
  42. dormer window
    the window in a gabled extension built to accommodate a window
    Two broad dormer windows looked
    out toward the Gulf, and as far across it as a man's eye might reach.
  43. neglige
    a loose dressing gown for women
    Madame Ratignolle looked more beautiful than ever there at home, in a
    neglige which left her arms almost wholly bare and exposed the rich,
    melting curves of her white throat.
  44. indiscriminating
    not discriminating
    A casual and indiscriminating observer, in
    passing, might not cast a second glance upon the figure.
  45. prearrangement
    something arranged in advance
    But there was nothing systematic about
    the programme, no appearance of prearrangement nor even premeditation.
  46. scintillant
    having brief brilliant points or flashes of light
    He was scintillant
    with recollections.
  47. bouillon
    a clear seasoned broth
    "Would you like
    a cup of bouillon?
  48. angostura
    the bitter bark of a South American tree
    Let me mix you a toddy with
    a drop of Angostura."
  49. croquet
    a game in which players hit a ball through a series of hoops
    Some young
    people were out under the wateroaks playing croquet.
  50. nonplused
    filled with bewilderment
    Arobin appeared nonplused, and asked Edna if there were
    any one else she cared to ask.
  51. muffle
    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    She understood French imperfectly
    unless directly addressed, and the voices were only part of the other
    drowsy, muffled sounds lulling her senses.
  52. perambulate
    walk with no particular goal
    And she perambulated
    around the outside of the house, investigating, looking to see if
    windows and shutters were secure and in order.
  53. livelong
    (of time) constituting the full extent or duration
    "Do you know we have been together the whole livelong day, Robert--since
    early this morning?" she said at parting.
  54. languorous
    lacking spirit or liveliness
    The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that
    came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea.
  55. jalousie
    a shutter made of angled slats
    The house was
    painted a dazzling white; the outside shutters, or jalousies, were
    green.
  56. Chopin
    French composer and pianist of the romantic school
    "I have always
    said no one could play Chopin like Mademoiselle Reisz!"
  57. tamale
    corn and cornmeal dough stuffed with a meat mixture then wrapped in corn husks and steamed
    She had known personally
    but one Mexican, who made and sold excellent tamales, and whom she would
    have trusted implicitly, so soft-spoken was he.
  58. encircle
    surround or form a ring around
    Two of them clung about her
    white skirts, the third she took from its nurse and with a thousand
    endearments bore it along in her own fond, encircling arms.
  59. eiderdown
    down of the eider duck
    And as she snuggled
    comfortably beneath the eiderdown a sense of restfulness invaded her,
    such as she had not known before.
  60. complainingly
    with complaints
    "I'm very tired," she uttered, complainingly.
  61. thimble
    a small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing
    Never were hands more exquisite than hers, and it was a
    joy to look at them when she threaded her needle or adjusted her gold
    thimble to her taper middle finger as she sewed away on the little
    night-drawers or fashioned a bodice or a bib.
  62. Gruyere
    Swiss cheese with small holes
    She
    rummaged in the larder and brought forth a slice of Gruyere and some
    crackers.
  63. waddle
    walk unsteadily
    They waited a good while under the orange trees, till Madame Antoine
    came back, panting, waddling, with a thousand apologies to explain
    her absence.
  64. Spanish moss
    dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
    They were covered
    with Spanish moss.
  65. accouchement
    the parturition process in human beings
    Never would Edna Pontellier forget the shock with which she heard Madame
    Ratignolle relating to old Monsieur Farival the harrowing story of one
    of her accouchements, withholding no intimate detail.
  66. effusive
    uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
    Her older sister, Margaret, was
    matronly and dignified, probably from having assumed matronly and
    housewifely responsibilities too early in life, their mother having
    died when they were quite young, Margaret was not effusive; she
    was practical.
  67. sardonically
    in a sarcastic manner
    Old Monsieur Farival laughed sardonically at something as he
    looked at the sails, and Beaudelet swore at the old man under his
    breath.
  68. kittenish
    playful like a lively kitten
    There were one or two men whom she observed at the soiree musicale;
    but she would never have felt moved to any kittenish display to attract
    their notice--to any feline or feminine wiles to express herself toward
    them.
  69. treadle
    a lever that is operated with the foot
    A little black
    girl sat on the floor, and with her hands worked the treadle of the
    machine.
  70. vender
    someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money
    A fruit vender was
    crying his wares in the street.
  71. mullet
    freshwater or coastal food fishes with a spindle-shaped body
    She was boiling
    mullets over a few red coals in the huge fireplace.
  72. hazily
    through a haze
    The gulf looked far away, melting hazily into the blue
    of the horizon.
  73. driblet
    a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)
    I have a little money of my own from my mother's estate, which
    my father sends me by driblets.
  74. self-assertive
    offensively self-assertive
    She was a disagreeable little woman, no longer young, who
    had quarreled with almost every one, owing to a temper which was
    self-assertive and a disposition to trample upon the rights of others.
  75. fictitious
    formed or conceived by the imagination
    She grew fond of her husband,
    realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion
    or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby
    threatening its dissolution.
  76. companionable
    suggestive of friendship or amity; friendly
    She was not very warmly or deeply attached to him, but they had certain
    tastes in common, and when together they were companionable.
  77. animalism
    the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature
    He
    sometimes talked in a way that astonished her at first and brought the
    crimson into her face; in a way that pleased her at last, appealing to
    the animalism that stirred impatiently within her.
  78. eyes
    opinion or judgment
    II


    Mrs. Pontellier's eyes were quick and bright; they were a yellowish
    brown, about the color of her hair.
  79. invite
    ask someone in a friendly way to do something
    The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring,
    murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of
    solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
  80. false hair
    a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
    Some among them thought it was
    on account of her false hair, or the dread of getting the violets wet,
    while others attributed it to the natural aversion for water sometimes
    believed to accompany the artistic temperament.
  81. cigar
    a roll of tobacco for smoking
    Mr. Pontellier finally lit a cigar and began to smoke, letting the paper
    drag idly from his hand.
  82. over
    beyond the top or upper surface or edge
    A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept
    repeating over and over:

    "Allez vous-en!
  83. candor
    the quality of being honest and straightforward
    Then the candor of the woman's whole existence, which every
    one might read, and which formed so striking a contrast to her own
    habitual reserve--this might have furnished a link.
  84. smooth out
    free from obstructions
    "It will buy a handsome wedding present for Sister Janet!" she
    exclaimed, smoothing out the bills as she counted them one by one.
  85. stove
    a kitchen appliance used for cooking food
    In the next room she slept, and in the third and last she harbored a
    gasoline stove on which she cooked her meals when disinclined to descend
    to the neighboring restaurant.
  86. cruet
    bottle that holds wine or oil or vinegar for the table
    "Out!" exclaimed her husband, with something like genuine consternation
    in his voice as he laid down the vinegar cruet and looked at her through
    his glasses.
  87. house
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for a family
    He had been seated
    before the door of the main house.
  88. bathhouse
    a building containing public baths
    The lady in black was reading her morning
    devotions on the porch of a neighboring bathhouse.
  89. persistence
    continuing or repeating behavior
    He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody
    understood, unless it was the mocking-bird that hung on the other
    side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with
    maddening persistence.
  90. snuggle
    move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
    And as she snuggled
    comfortably beneath the eiderdown a sense of restfulness invaded her,
    such as she had not known before.
  91. Orleans
    a city on the Loire river in north central France
    He was already acquainted
    with the market reports, and he glanced restlessly over the editorials
    and bits of news which he had not had time to read before quitting New
    Orleans the day before.
  92. jack-in-the-box
    plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
    "Am I a comedian, a clown, a
    jack-in-the-box?
  93. eye
    the organ of sight
    Mr. Pontellier wore eye-glasses.
  94. before
    at or in the front
    He had been seated
    before the door of the main house.
  95. encircling
    being all around the edges; enclosing
    Two of them clung about her
    white skirts, the third she took from its nurse and with a thousand
    endearments bore it along in her own fond, encircling arms.
  96. bathing suit
    tight fitting garment worn for swimming
    She had not intended to go into the water; but she
    donned her bathing suit, and left Mademoiselle alone, seated under the
    shade of the children's tent.
  97. goodby
    a farewell remark
    Mr. Pontellier was a great
    favorite, and ladies, men, children, even nurses, were always on hand to
    say goodby to him.
  98. earthling
    an inhabitant of the world
    Perhaps she will never again suffer a poor, unworthy earthling to walk
    in the shadow of her divine presence."
  99. blue grass
    any of various grasses of the genus Poa
    The
    atmosphere of the stables and the breath of the blue grass paddock
    revived in her memory and lingered in her nostrils.
  100. letter
    a written message addressed to a person or organization
    She read a letter from her sister, who was away in the East,
    and who had engaged herself to be married.
  101. porch
    a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
    When they reached the cottage, the two seated themselves with
    some appearance of fatigue upon the upper step of the porch, facing each
    other, each leaning against a supporting post.
  102. wife
    a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
    Beneath its
    pink-lined shelter were his wife, Mrs. Pontellier, and young Robert
    Lebrun.
  103. reach out
    reach outward in space
    She silently reached out to him, and he,
    understanding, took the rings from his vest pocket and dropped them
    into her open palm.
  104. seriously
    in a solemn manner
    It was understood that he had often spoken words of love
    to Madame Ratignolle, without any thought of being taken seriously.
  105. fixture
    an object firmly secured in place, especially in a household
    XVIII


    The following morning Mr. Pontellier, upon leaving for his office, asked
    Edna if she would not meet him in town in order to look at some new
    fixtures for the library.
  106. ask
    make a request or demand for something to somebody
    "What is it?" asked Pontellier, looking lazily and amused from one to
    the other.
  107. padded
    softened by the addition of cushions or padding
    He was tall and thin, and wore his coats
    padded, which gave a fictitious breadth and depth to his shoulders
    and chest.
  108. remove
    take something away as by lifting, pushing, or taking off
    Madame
    Ratignolle removed her veil, wiped her face with a rather delicate
    handkerchief, and fanned herself with the fan which she always carried
    suspended somewhere about her person by a long, narrow ribbon.
  109. sometimes
    on certain occasions or in certain cases but not always
    Sometimes
    it was a young girl, again a widow; but as often as not it was some
    interesting married woman.
  110. even a little
    to any extent at all
    XV


    When Edna entered the dining-room one evening a little late, as was her
    habit, an unusually animated conversation seemed to be going on.
  111. unthinkingly
    in a thoughtless manner
    She
    would, through habit, have yielded to his desire; not with any sense of
    submission or obedience to his compelling wishes, but unthinkingly, as
    we walk, move, sit, stand, go through the daily treadmill of the life
    which has been portioned out to us.
  112. enfeeble
    make weak
    A quick vision of death smote her soul, and for a second of time
    appalled and enfeebled her senses.
  113. hair
    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
    His hair was brown and
    straight, parted on one side.
  114. left
    being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north
    When Mrs. Pontellier left him to enter her room, the young man descended
    the steps and strolled over toward the croquet players, where,
    during the half-hour before dinner, he amused himself with the little
    Pontellier children, who were very fond of him.
  115. table
    furniture having a smooth flat top supported by legs
    It was openly
    criticised and freely discussed at table.
  116. suffuse
    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    But his face was suffused with a quiet
    glow when he met her.
  117. infatuation
    a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love
    The
    persistence of the infatuation lent it an aspect of genuineness.
  118. stave
    one of the slats of wood forming sides of a barrel or bucket
    In the next room she slept, and in the third and last she harbored a
    gasoline stove on which she cooked her meals when disinclined to descend
    to the neighboring restaurant.
  119. odor
    any property detected by the sense of smell
    The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that
    came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea.
  120. unlooked-for
    not anticipated
    Her unlooked-for achievement was the subject of wonder, applause, and
    admiration.
  121. Grieg
    Norwegian composer whose work was often inspired by Norwegian folk music (1843-1907)
    Miss
    Highcamp played some selections from Grieg upon the piano.
  122. unthinking
    not exhibiting or characterized by careful thought
    "I was a little unthinking child in
    those days, just following a misleading impulse without question.
  123. restfulness
    the attribute of being restful
    And as she snuggled
    comfortably beneath the eiderdown a sense of restfulness invaded her,
    such as she had not known before.
  124. night
    the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
    III


    It was eleven o'clock that night when Mr. Pontellier returned from
    Klein's hotel.
  125. parasol
    a handheld collapsible source of shade
    She
    seated herself, for she was tired from her long tramp; and she began to
    rock gently and smooth out the folds of her silk parasol.
  126. play down
    understate the importance or quality of
    There was a band playing down at Klein's
    hotel, and the strains reached them faintly, tempered by the distance.
  127. trumped-up
    concocted with intent to deceive
    But he failed
    to impose upon the Colonel, and was even far from impressing him with
    this trumped-up knowledge of bygone days.
  128. coffee
    a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
    They went together back to the kitchen to drink coffee.
  129. sticking point
    a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal
    She needed the
    sun to mellow and temper her mood to the sticking point.
  130. entreatingly
    in a beseeching manner
    "Let me see it," requested the young woman, entreatingly.
  131. golden-brown
    of brown tinged with gold
    And he himself
    brought her the golden-brown bouillon, in a dainty Sevres cup, with a
    flaky cracker or two on the saucer.
  132. energetically
    in an energetic manner
    He took a book from his pocket and began energetically
    to read it, judging by the precision and frequency with which he turned
    the leaves.
  133. housewifely
    related or suited to a housewife
    Her older sister, Margaret, was
    matronly and dignified, probably from having assumed matronly and
    housewifely responsibilities too early in life, their mother having
    died when they were quite young, Margaret was not effusive; she
    was practical.
  134. Biloxi
    an old town in southern Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico
    "It isn't pleasant to have a woman tell you--" he went on, unheedingly,
    but breaking off suddenly: "Now if I were like Arobin-you remember Alcee
    Arobin and that story of the consul's wife at Biloxi?"
  135. lounge
    sit or recline comfortably
    It was very pleasant there on the side
    porch, where there were chairs, a wicker lounge, and a small table.
  136. assume
    take to be the case or to be true
    They chatted incessantly: about the things around
    them; their amusing adventure out in the water-it had again assumed its
    entertaining aspect; about the wind, the trees, the people who had gone
    to the Cheniere; about the children playing croquet under the oaks, and
    the Farival twins, who were now performing the overture to "The Poet and
    the Peasant."
  137. soft
    yielding readily to pressure or weight
    There was no sound
    abroad except the hooting of an old owl in the top of a water-oak, and
    the everlasting voice of the sea, that was not uplifted at that soft
    hour.
  138. quick temper
    a feeling of resentful anger
    You know I have a quick
    temper
    , but I don't want to quarrel or be rude to a woman, especially my
    wife; yet I'm driven to it, and feel like ten thousand devils after I've
    made a fool of myself.
  139. wriggle
    to move in a twisting or contorted motion,
    "Climb up the hill to the old fort and look at the little wriggling gold
    snakes, and watch the lizards sun themselves."
  140. dormer
    a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof
    Two broad dormer windows looked
    out toward the Gulf, and as far across it as a man's eye might reach.
  141. go to
    be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
    They chatted incessantly: about the things around
    them; their amusing adventure out in the water-it had again assumed its
    entertaining aspect; about the wind, the trees, the people who had gone
    to
    the Cheniere; about the children playing croquet under the oaks, and
    the Farival twins, who were now performing the overture to "The Poet and
    the Peasant."
  142. fistful
    the quantity that can be held in the hand
    From his trousers pockets he took a fistful of crumpled bank
    notes and a good deal of silver coin, which he piled on the bureau
    indiscriminately with keys, knife, handkerchief, and whatever else
    happened to be in his pockets.
  143. sidle
    move sideways
    Bah!" and she
    went shuffling and sidling on down the gallery toward her room.
  144. invigorating
    imparting strength and vitality
    The air was invigorating and steadied somewhat her faculties.
  145. wonder
    the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
    That lady seemed at a loss to make a selection, but finally settled upon
    a stick of nougat, wondering if it were not too rich; whether it could
    possibly hurt her.
  146. dainty
    something considered choice to eat
    And the ladies, selecting with dainty and discriminating fingers
    and a little greedily, all declared that Mr. Pontellier was the best
    husband in the world.
  147. tacit
    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    They seemed never before to have weighed much
    against the abundance of her husband's kindness and a uniform devotion
    which had come to be tacit and self-understood.
  148. cut glass
    glass decorated by cutting or grinding facets
    The cut glass, the silver, the heavy
    damask which daily appeared upon the table were the envy of many women
    whose husbands were less generous than Mr. Pontellier.
  149. gone
    no longer retained
    A good many persons of the pension had gone over to
    the Cheniere Caminada in Beaudelet's lugger to hear mass.
  150. taste
    the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
    She fancied there
    was a sympathy of thought and taste between them, in which fancy she
    was mistaken.
  151. unfamiliar
    not known or well known
    An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar
    part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish.
  152. wharf
    a platform from the shore that provides access to ships
    The following morning Mr. Pontellier was up in good time to take the
    rockaway which was to convey him to the steamer at the wharf.
  153. contortion
    a tortuous and twisted shape or position
    When Madame Lebrun complained that it
    was so dull coming back to the city; that she saw so few people now;
    that even Victor, when he came up from the island for a day or two, had
    so much to occupy him and engage his time; then it was that the youth
    went into contortions on the lounge and winked mischievously at Edna.
  154. wedding gift
    a present given to someone getting married
    He had come to purchase a wedding gift for his daughter, Janet, and an
    outfit for himself in which he might make a creditable appearance at
    her marriage.
  155. thrash
    give a beating to
    "Whenever you say the word I'm ready to thrash any amount of reason into
    him that he's able to hold."
  156. sleep
    a natural and periodic state of rest
    She was overcome with sleep, and answered
    him with little half utterances.
  157. tangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily
    vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing.
  158. Kentucky
    a state in east central United States
    Mrs. Pontellier talked about her father's Mississippi plantation and her
    girlhood home in the old Kentucky bluegrass country.
  159. vouchsafe
    grant in a condescending manner
    But she died between summers; then Robert posed as
    an inconsolable, prostrating himself at the feet of Madame Ratignolle
    for whatever crumbs of sympathy and comfort she might be pleased to
    vouchsafe.
  160. glace
    preserved by coating with or allowing to absorb sugar
    The wine tasted good; the marron
    glace seemed to be just what she wanted.
  161. unguided
    not subject to guidance or control after launching
    But do you
    know," she broke off, turning her quick eyes upon Madame Ratignolle and
    leaning forward a little so as to bring her face quite close to that
    of her companion, "sometimes I feel this summer as if I were walking
    through the green meadow again; idly, aimlessly, unthinking and
    unguided."
  162. looking
    appearing to be as specified
    "You are burnt beyond recognition," he added, looking at his wife as one
    looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some
    damage.
  163. familiar spirit
    a spirit that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
    The flowers were like
    new acquaintances; she approached them in a familiar spirit, and made
    herself at home among them.
  164. grow
    increase in size by natural process
    They were women who idolized
    their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy
    privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as
    ministering angels.
  165. mantelpiece
    a shelf that projects from a wall above a fireplace
    Edna wished to see the letter, and Madame Lebrun told her to
    look for it either on the table or the dresser, or perhaps it was on the
    mantelpiece.
  166. begin
    set in motion, cause to start
    Mr. Pontellier finally lit a cigar and began to smoke, letting the paper
    drag idly from his hand.
  167. said
    being the one previously mentioned or spoken of
    He smoked cigarettes because he could
    not afford cigars, he said.
  168. impatiently
    with impatience; in an impatient manner
    His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began
    to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.
  169. sill
    structural member consisting of a continuous horizontal timber forming the lowest member of a framework or supporting structure
    Robert went over and seated himself on the broad sill of one of the
    dormer windows.
  170. gallery
    a porch along the outside of a building
    He walked down the gallery and across the narrow "bridges" which
    connected the Lebrun cottages one with the other.
  171. outside
    the region that is outside of something
    A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept
    repeating over and over:

    "Allez vous-en!
  172. uplift
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    There was no sound
    abroad except the hooting of an old owl in the top of a water-oak, and
    the everlasting voice of the sea, that was not uplifted at that soft
    hour.
  173. coddle
    cook in nearly boiling water
    Edna
    took him in her arms, and seating herself in the rocker, began to coddle
    and caress him, calling him all manner of tender names, soothing him to
    sleep.
  174. incomprehensible
    difficult to understand
    Their freedom of expression was
    at first incomprehensible to her, though she had no difficulty in
    reconciling it with a lofty chastity which in the Creole woman seems to
    be inborn and unmistakable.
  175. enfolding
    the action of enfolding something
    The touch of the sea is
    sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
  176. entreaty
    earnest or urgent request
    Her glance wandered from his face away toward the Gulf, whose
    sonorous murmur reached her like a loving but imperative entreaty.
  177. bluegrass
    any of various grasses of the genus Poa
    Mrs. Pontellier talked about her father's Mississippi plantation and her
    girlhood home in the old Kentucky bluegrass country.
  178. icebox
    white goods in which food can be stored at low temperatures
    She opened a bottle of beer which she found in the icebox.
  179. writhe
    move in a twisting or contorted motion
    With a writhing motion she settled herself more securely in the hammock.
  180. ejaculate
    eject semen
    "Ah!" ejaculated the musician, neither surprised nor especially
    interested.
  181. back
    the posterior part of a human (or animal) body
    He sent back an answering smile.
  182. bathing
    the act of washing yourself (or another person)
    "Are you going bathing?" asked Robert of Mrs. Pontellier.
  183. light-colored
    having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
    A light-colored mulatto boy, in dress coat and bearing a
    diminutive silver tray for the reception of cards, admitted them.
  184. nothing
    in no respect; to no degree
    He had gone to
    bed perfectly well, she said, and nothing had ailed him all day.
  185. pantie
    short underpants for women or children
    The quadroon nurse was looked upon as a huge encumbrance,
    only good to button up waists and panties and to brush and part hair;
    since it seemed to be a law of society that hair must be parted and
    brushed.
  186. clamoring
    loud and persistent outcry from many people
    The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring,
    murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of
    solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
  187. down
    spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level
    He walked down the gallery and across the narrow "bridges" which
    connected the Lebrun cottages one with the other.
  188. voice
    the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds
    Madame Lebrun was bustling in and out, giving orders in a high key to a
    yard-boy whenever she got inside the house, and directions in an equally
    high voice to a dining-room servant whenever she got outside.
  189. check off
    put a check mark on or near or next to
    And she summoned a young
    black woman, whom she instructed, in French, to be very careful in
    checking off the list which she handed her.
  190. thoughtfulness
    kind and considerate regard for others
    It moved her to
    dreams, to thoughtfulness, to the shadowy anguish which had overcome her
    the midnight when she had abandoned herself to tears.
  191. perambulation
    a walk around a territory (a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries
    Edna and her father looked very distinguished together, and
    excited a good deal of notice during their perambulations.
  192. wriggling
    moving in a twisting or snake-like or wormlike fashion
    "Climb up the hill to the old fort and look at the little wriggling gold
    snakes, and watch the lizards sun themselves."
  193. overtake
    catch up with and possibly overtake
    She was a grown young woman when she was overtaken by what she supposed
    to be the climax of her fate.
  194. beads
    several beads threaded together on a string
    Farther down, before
    one of the cottages, a lady in black was walking demurely up and down,
    telling her beads.
  195. tenderloin
    the tender meat of the loin muscle on each side of the vertebral column
    The cook, placed upon her mettle, served a delicious repast--a
    luscious tenderloin broiled a point.
  196. disapprovingly
    showing disapproval
    He stared up
    disapprovingly over his eye-glasses as Mr. Pontellier entered, wondering
    who had the temerity to disturb him at that hour of the morning.
  197. tell
    narrate or give a detailed account of
    Farther down, before
    one of the cottages, a lady in black was walking demurely up and down,
    telling her beads.
  198. water
    compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear liquid
    He could see it plainly
    between the gaunt trunks of the water-oaks and across the stretch of
    yellow camomile.
  199. devilishly
    as a devil; in an evil manner
    She's making it devilishly uncomfortable for
    me," he went on nervously.
  200. pianist
    a person who plays the piano
    A general
    air of surprise and genuine satisfaction fell upon every one as they saw
    the pianist enter.
  201. sensuousness
    a sensuous feeling
    He stood close to her, and the effrontery in his eyes repelled the old,
    vanishing self in her, yet drew all her awakening sensuousness.
  202. tray
    an open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food
    A light-colored mulatto boy, in dress coat and bearing a
    diminutive silver tray for the reception of cards, admitted them.
  203. grumble
    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
    Beaudelet grumbled because Mariequita was there, taking up so much room.
  204. mockingbird
    long-tailed grey-and-white songbird of the southern United States able to mimic songs of other birds
    The parrot and the mockingbird were
    the property of Madame Lebrun, and they had the right to make all the
    noise they wished.
  205. crusty
    having a hardened outer part as a covering
    But there was a cloth spread upon
    the table that stood against the wall, and a cover was laid for one,
    with a crusty brown loaf and a bottle of wine beside the plate.
  206. playing
    the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation
    Two young girls,
    the Farival twins, were playing a duet from "Zampa" upon the piano.
  207. undiluted
    not diluted
    Margaret--you know Margaret--she has all the
    Presbyterianism undiluted.
  208. morning
    the time period between dawn and noon
    That was why the
    morning seemed long to him.
  209. immaculately
    in an immaculate manner
    The whole place was immaculately clean, and the big, four-posted bed,
    snow-white, invited one to repose.
  210. way
    how something is done or how it happens
    She had a way of turning them
    swiftly upon an object and holding them there as if lost in some inward
    maze of contemplation or thought.
  211. cluck
    the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)
    Some chickens were
    clucking outside the windows, scratching for bits of gravel in the
    grass.
  212. grand
    large and impressive in physical size or extent
    The
    Sunday papers had not yet reached Grand Isle.
  213. window
    a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air
    Two broad dormer windows looked
    out toward the Gulf, and as far across it as a man's eye might reach.
  214. submissiveness
    the trait of being willing to yield to the will of another person or a superior force etc.
    Mr. Pontellier had been a rather courteous husband so long as he met
    a certain tacit submissiveness in his wife.
  215. melt
    reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state
    The gulf looked far away, melting hazily into the blue
    of the horizon.
  216. adjoin
    lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
    Notwithstanding he loved them very much, and went into the adjoining
    room where they slept to take a look at them and make sure that they
    were resting comfortably.
  217. practice of medicine
    the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries
    He bore a reputation for wisdom rather than skill--leaving the active
    practice of medicine to his assistants and younger contemporaries--and
    was much sought for in matters of consultation.
  218. wedding
    the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony
    "It will buy a handsome wedding present for Sister Janet!" she
    exclaimed, smoothing out the bills as she counted them one by one.
  219. liked
    found pleasant or attractive; often used as a combining form
    She liked money as well as most
    women, and, accepted it with no little satisfaction.
  220. white
    being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness
    She was
    a fresh, pretty woman, clad always in white with elbow sleeves.
  221. sketch
    preliminary drawing for later elaboration
    Mrs. Pontellier had brought her sketching materials, which she sometimes
    dabbled with in an unprofessional way.
  222. very
    being the exact same one; not any other:
    He was very young, and did not
    know any better.
  223. young
    any immature animal
    Two young girls,
    the Farival twins, were playing a duet from "Zampa" upon the piano.
  224. naivete
    lack of sophistication or worldliness
    "Perhaps I feared to make Alphonse jealous," she interjoined, with
    excessive naivete.
  225. serve
    devote one's life or efforts to, as of countries or ideas
    The tears came so fast to Mrs. Pontellier's eyes that the damp sleeve of
    her peignoir no longer served to dry them.
  226. subtle
    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
    Her face was captivating by reason of a certain
    frankness of expression and a contradictory subtle play of features.
  227. captivating
    capturing interest as if by a spell
    Her face was captivating by reason of a certain
    frankness of expression and a contradictory subtle play of features.
  228. shoulder
    a ball-and-socket joint between the head of the humerus and a cavity of the scapula
    He halted a moment
    and shrugged his shoulders.
  229. overshoe
    footwear that protects your shoes from water or snow or cold
    "I will take some brandy," said Edna, shivering as she removed her
    gloves and overshoes.
  230. lady
    a polite name for any woman
    Farther down, before
    one of the cottages, a lady in black was walking demurely up and down,
    telling her beads.
  231. twin
    either of two offspring born at the same time from the same pregnancy
    Two young girls,
    the Farival twins, were playing a duet from "Zampa" upon the piano.
  232. banter
    light teasing repartee
    "Don't banter me," she said, wounded at what appeared to be his
    flippancy.
  233. go in
    to come or go into
    Madame Ratignolle, when they had regained her cottage, went in to take
    the hour's rest which she considered helpful.
  234. pretext
    something serving to conceal plans
    She missed him
    the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one
    misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun
    when it was shining.
  235. good
    having desirable or positive qualities
    A good many persons of the pension had gone over to
    the Cheniere Caminada in Beaudelet's lugger to hear mass.
  236. sleepy
    ready to fall asleep
    "No." Her eyes gleamed bright and intense, with no sleepy shadows, as
    they looked into his.
  237. crumpled
    of metal e.g.
    From his trousers pockets he took a fistful of crumpled bank
    notes and a good deal of silver coin, which he piled on the bureau
    indiscriminately with keys, knife, handkerchief, and whatever else
    happened to be in his pockets.
  238. good-humored
    disposed to please
    There was
    a perpetual smile in his eyes, which seldom failed to awaken a
    corresponding cheerfulness in any one who looked into them and listened
    to his good-humored voice.
  239. diminutive
    very small
    She had possession of the rocker, and she was busily engaged in sewing
    upon a diminutive pair of night-drawers.
  240. loosen
    make less tight
    That summer at Grand Isle she began to loosen a little the mantle of
    reserve that had always enveloped her.
  241. lean
    incline or bend from a vertical position
    When they reached the cottage, the two seated themselves with
    some appearance of fatigue upon the upper step of the porch, facing each
    other, each leaning against a supporting post.
  242. bang
    the swift release of a store of affective force
    Clatter,
    clatter, clatter, bang! for the next five or eight minutes.
  243. crinkled
    uneven by virtue of having wrinkles or waves
    Her
    starched skirts crinkled as she came and went.
  244. arm
    a human limb
    She was holding the back
    of her chair with one hand; her loose sleeve had slipped almost to the
    shoulder of her uplifted arm.
  245. confirmatory
    serving to support or corroborate
    "Of course not," echoed Mariequita, with a serious, confirmatory bob of
    the head.
  246. self-absorbed
    absorbed in your own interests or thoughts etc
    Edna looked straight before her with a self-absorbed expression upon
    her face.
  247. gown
    a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
    Another piece called to her mind a dainty young woman clad in an Empire
    gown, taking mincing dancing steps as she came down a long avenue
    between tall hedges.
  248. while
    a period of indeterminate length marked by some action
    Once in a while he withdrew his glance from the newspaper and looked
    about him.
  249. tumble
    fall down, as if collapsing
    The boys were tumbling about, clinging to his legs, imploring that
    numerous things be brought back to them.
  250. devoid
    completely wanting or lacking
    They
    jeered and sounded mournful notes without promise, devoid even of hope.
  251. amused
    pleasantly occupied
    "What is it?" asked Pontellier, looking lazily and amused from one to
    the other.
  252. day
    time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
    The day was Sunday; the paper was a day old.
  253. go to bed
    prepare for sleep
    He had gone to
    bed
    perfectly well, she said, and nothing had ailed him all day.
  254. cayenne pepper
    plant bearing very hot and finely tapering long peppers
    "Well, I hope you left some suitable excuse," said her husband, somewhat
    appeased, as he added a dash of cayenne pepper to the soup.
  255. Presbyterianism
    the doctrines and practices of the Presbyterian Church: based in Calvinism
    Margaret--you know Margaret--she has all the
    Presbyterianism undiluted.
  256. penetrate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
    Their voices were high and penetrating.
  257. might
    physical strength
    The little stinging, buzzing imps succeeded in dispelling a mood which
    might have held her there in the darkness half a night longer.
  258. again
    anew
    They chatted incessantly: about the things around
    them; their amusing adventure out in the water-it had again assumed its
    entertaining aspect; about the wind, the trees, the people who had gone
    to the Cheniere; about the children playing croquet under the oaks, and
    the Farival twins, who were now performing the overture to "The Poet and
    the Peasant."
  259. parrot
    usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
    A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept
    repeating over and over:

    "Allez vous-en!
  260. adore
    love intensely
    If her husband did not adore her,
    he was a brute, deserving of death by slow torture.
  261. incline
    lower or bend, as in a nod or bow
    Old Monsieur Farival was up, and
    was more than half inclined to do anything that suggested itself.
  262. inutility
    the quality of having no practical use
    She had tried to forget him,
    realizing the inutility of remembering.
  263. orange
    any citrus tree bearing oranges
    Further away
    still, vegetable gardens abounded, with frequent small plantations of
    orange or lemon trees intervening.
  264. black
    being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness
    Farther down, before
    one of the cottages, a lady in black was walking demurely up and down,
    telling her beads.
  265. card-playing
    preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance
    In the large
    and pleasant salon which extended across the width of the house, the
    Ratignolles entertained their friends once a fortnight with a soiree
    musicale, sometimes diversified by card-playing.
  266. all
    to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent
    That's all right!"
  267. dining table
    a table at which meals are served
    The dining tables had all been
    removed to one end of the hall, and the chairs ranged about in rows and
    in clusters.
  268. remember
    recall knowledge; have a recollection
    In former times, before Robert could remember, "the
    house" had been a summer luxury of the Lebruns.
  269. see
    perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight
    He could see it plainly
    between the gaunt trunks of the water-oaks and across the stretch of
    yellow camomile.
  270. awake
    not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
    His entrance awoke his wife, who was in bed and fast asleep
    when he came in.
  271. upside-down
    being in such a position that top and bottom are reversed
    Their heads might have been
    turned upside-down, so absolutely did they tread upon blue ether.
  272. pass around
    cause be distributed
    The
    pates and fruit were brought to the dining-room; the bonbons were passed
    around
    .
  273. stay over
    stay overnight
    An
    unusual number of husbands, fathers, and friends had come down to stay
    over
    Sunday; and they were being suitably entertained by their families,
    with the material help of Madame Lebrun.
  274. luscious
    having strong sexual appeal
    It was filled with friandises, with luscious
    and toothsome bits--the finest of fruits, pates, a rare bottle or two,
    delicious syrups, and bonbons in abundance.
  275. street
    a thoroughfare that is lined with buildings
    He could not be in two places at once; making a living for
    his family on the street, and staying at home to see that no harm befell
    them.
  276. larder
    a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
    She told the cook that she herself would be greatly occupied during
    Mr. Pontellier's absence, and she begged her to take all thought and
    responsibility of the larder upon her own shoulders.
  277. striving
    an effortful attempt to attain a goal
    She let her hand lie listlessly, as though
    her thoughts were elsewhere--somewhere in advance of her body, and she
    was striving to overtake them.
  278. gulf
    an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land
    The gulf looked far away, melting hazily into the blue
    of the horizon.
  279. melting
    the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid
    The gulf looked far away, melting hazily into the blue
    of the horizon.
  280. effulgence
    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
    There was a soft effulgence in the east.
  281. imploring
    begging
    The boys were tumbling about, clinging to his legs, imploring that
    numerous things be brought back to them.
  282. expectancy
    an expectation
    There was a settling down, and a prevailing air
    of expectancy everywhere.
  283. squander
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    It is something to squander and throw to the four winds, for
    the fun of seeing the golden specks fly."
  284. complacency
    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
    Edna could not control a feeling which bordered upon complacency at
    her friend's praise, even realizing, as she did, its true worth.
  285. temperament
    your usual mood
    Some among them thought it was
    on account of her false hair, or the dread of getting the violets wet,
    while others attributed it to the natural aversion for water sometimes
    believed to accompany the artistic temperament.
  286. atonement
    the act of making amends for sin or wrongdoing
    It was something which he felt rather than
    perceived, and he never voiced the feeling without subsequent regret and
    ample atonement.
  287. dishearten
    take away the enthusiasm of
    His search has always hitherto been fruitless, and he
    has sunk back, disheartened, into the sea.
  288. elusive
    skillful at evading capture
    People turned
    their heads to look at her, and more than one lent an attentive car to
    her utterances, hoping thereby to secure the elusive but ever-desired
    "tip."
  289. uncanny
    surpassing the ordinary or normal
    The people about me are like some uncanny,
    half-human beings.
  290. utterance
    the use of spoken sounds for auditory communication
    She was overcome with sleep, and answered
    him with little half utterances.
  291. mercantile
    relating to or characteristic of trade or traders
    Meanwhile he held on to his modest position in a mercantile house in
    New Orleans, where an equal familiarity with English, French and Spanish
    gave him no small value as a clerk and correspondent.
  292. ember
    a hot, smoldering fragment of wood left from a fire
    She vacantly hummed a
    fantastic tune as she poked at the wood embers on the hearth and munched
    a cracker.
  293. snub
    refuse to acknowledge
    I tell you what it is, Edna; you can't afford to snub Mrs.
    Belthrop.
  294. loiter
    linger, remain, or wait around for no apparent reason
    He did
    not lead the way, however, he directed the way; and he himself loitered
    behind with the lovers, who had betrayed a disposition to linger and
    hold themselves apart.
  295. appalled
    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
    A quick vision of death smote her soul, and for a second of time
    appalled and enfeebled her senses.
  296. anchorage
    place for vessels to anchor
    Sailing across the bay to the Cheniere Caminada, Edna felt as if she
    were being borne away from some anchorage which had held her fast, whose
    chains had been loosening--had snapped the night before when the mystic
    spirit was abroad, leaving her free to drift whithersoever she chose
    to set her sails.
  297. poignant
    keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
    Mademoiselle had
    glided from the Chopin into the quivering love notes of Isolde's song,
    and back again to the Impromptu with its soulful and poignant longing.
  298. ineffectual
    not producing an intended consequence
    She made no ineffectual
    efforts to conduct her household en bonne menagere, going and coming as
    it suited her fancy, and, so far as she was able, lending herself to any
    passing caprice.
  299. alacrity
    liveliness and eagerness
    The
    quadroon was following them with little quick steps, having assumed a
    fictitious animation and alacrity for the occasion.
  300. impassioned
    characterized by intense emotion
    The present alone was significant; was hers, to torture her as it was
    doing then with the biting conviction that she had lost that which she
    had held, that she had been denied that which her impassioned, newly
    awakened being demanded.
  301. unscrupulous
    without principles
    Madame Ratignolle hoped that Robert would exercise extreme caution
    in dealing with the Mexicans, who, she considered, were a treacherous
    people, unscrupulous and revengeful.
  302. whimsical
    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity
    Most
    women are moody and whimsical.
  303. attired
    dressed or clothed especially in fine garments
    Mrs. Pontellier, attired in a handsome
    reception gown, remained in the drawing-room the entire afternoon
    receiving her visitors.
  304. antecedent
    a preceding occurrence or cause or event
    "Nothing peculiar about her family antecedents, is there?"
  305. naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity
    Madame coquetted with him in the most captivating and naive
    manner, with eyes, gestures, and a profusion of compliments, till the
    Colonel's old head felt thirty years younger on his padded shoulders.
  306. hoe
    a tool with a flat blade attached to a long handle
    Whatever it
    was, the rebuke was convincing, for the woman dropped her hoe and went
    mumbling into the house.
  307. tramp
    travel on foot, especially on a walking expedition
    She
    seated herself, for she was tired from her long tramp; and she began to
    rock gently and smooth out the folds of her silk parasol.
  308. prelude
    something that introduces what follows
    "That last
    prelude!
  309. conviction
    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof
    When Edna awoke it was with the conviction that she had slept long and
    soundly.
  310. exacting
    severe and unremitting in making demands
    "I am not quite so
    exacting.

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