"Metamorphosis," Vocabulary from Part 3

Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis" is brilliantly daring storytelling. The main character may indeed be a "monstrous vermin" right from the start, but as the story progresses and his struggle is described in detail, it is difficult not to take pity on him (etext found here).

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  1. endure
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    Gregor's serious wound, from which he suffered for over a month (since no one ventured to remove the apple, it remained in his flesh as a visible reminder), seemed by itself to have reminded the father that, in spite of his present unhappy and hateful appearance, Gregor was a member of the family, something one should not treat as an enemy, and that it was, on the contrary, a requirement of family duty to suppress one's aversion and to endure—nothing else, just endure.
  2. refuse
    show unwillingness towards
    With a sort of stubbornness the father refused to take off his servant's uniform even at home, and while his sleeping gown hung unused on the coat hook, the father dozed completely dressed in his place, as if he was always ready for his responsibility and even here was waiting for the voice of his superior.
  3. admonition
    cautionary advice about something imminent
    No matter how much the mother and sister might at that point work on him with small admonitions, for a quarter of an hour he would remain shaking his head slowly, his eyes closed, without standing up.
  4. acquaintance
    a relationship less intimate than friendship
    But Gregor fully recognized that it was not just consideration for him which was preventing a move (for he could have been transported easily in a suitable box with a few air holes); the main thing holding the family back from a change in living quarters was far more their complete hopelessness and the idea that they had been struck by a misfortune like no one else in their entire circle of relatives and acquaintances.
  5. wretched
    of very poor quality or condition
    He was filled with sheer anger over the wretched care he was getting, even though he couldn't imagine anything for which he might have an appetite.
  6. indifferent
    marked by a lack of interest
    Without thinking any more about how one might be able to give Gregor special pleasure, the sister now kicked some food or other very quickly into his room in the morning and at noon, before she ran off to her shop, and in the evening, quite indifferent about whether the food had perhaps only been tasted or, what happened most frequently, remained entirely undisturbed, she whisked it out with one sweep of her broom.
  7. perceive
    to become aware of through the senses
    Indeed, she perceived the dirt as much as he did, but she had decided just to let it stay.
  8. supine
    lying face upward
    But the extensive dampness made Gregor sick and he lay supine, embittered and immobile on the couch.
  9. furtive
    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
    Since then she did not fail to open the door furtively a little every morning and evening to look in on Gregor.
  10. meticulous
    marked by extreme care in treatment of details
    These solemn gentlemen (all three had full beards, as Gregor once found out through a crack in the door) were meticulously intent on tidiness, not only in their own room but (since they had now rented a room here) in the entire household, and particularly in the kitchen.
  11. remnant
    a small part remaining after the main part no longer exists
    On his back and his sides he carted around with him dust, threads, hair, and remnants of food.
  12. crave
    have an appetite or great desire for
    For him it was as if the way to the unknown nourishment he craved was revealing itself to him.
  13. acquire
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    At this point they became really somewhat irritated, although one no longer knew whether that was because of the father's behaviour or because of knowledge they had just acquired that they had had, without knowing it, a neighbour like Gregor.
  14. prevailing
    most frequent or common
    "I hereby declare," the middle lodger said, raising his hand and casting his glance both on the mother and the sister, "that considering the disgraceful conditions prevailing in this apartment and family," with this he spat decisively on the floor, "I immediately cancel my room.
  15. severe
    extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
    Disappointment with the collapse of his plan and perhaps also his weakness brought on his severe hunger made it impossible for him to move.
  16. conviction
    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof
    "If he only understood us," repeated the father and by shutting his eyes he absorbed the sister's conviction of the impossibility of this point, "then perhaps some compromise would be possible with him.
  17. decisive
    characterized by resoluteness and firmness
    In this business, his own thought that he had to disappear was, if possible, even more decisive than his sister's.
  18. humility
    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    "All right, then we'll go," he said and looked up at Mr. Samsa as if, suddenly overcome by humility, he was asking fresh permission for this decision.
  19. depart
    go away or leave
    Only when the cleaning woman was still unwilling to depart, did they look up angrily.
  20. favorable
    inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile
    They talked to each other, leaning back comfortably in their seats, about future prospects, and they discovered that on closer observation these were not at all bad, for all three had employment, about which they had not really questioned each other at all, which was extremely favorable and with especially promising prospects.

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