combining miscellaneous things into a rounded mass
The Wingfield apartment is in the rear of the building, one of those vast hive-like
conglomerations of cellular living-units that flower as warty growths in overcrowded urban centers of lower middle-class population and are symptomatic of the impulse of this largest and fundamentally enslaved section of American society to avoid fluidity and differentiation and to exist and function as one interfused mass of automatism.
a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
At the rise of the curtain, the audience is faced with the dark, grim rear wall of the Wingfield
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
This building is flanked on both sides by dark, narrow alleys which run into murky canyons of tangled clotheslines, garbage cans, and the
sinister latticework of neighboring fire escapes.
the part of a stage between the curtain and the orchestra
Just beyond, separated from the living room by a wide arch or second
proscenium with transparent faded portieres (or second curtain), is the dining room.
an outward semblance that misrepresents something's nature
I give you truth in the pleasant
disguise of illusion.
effusively or insincerely emotional
Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is
sentimental, it is not realistic.
sensitive perception, especially of artistic values
A well-cooked meal has lots of delicate flavors that have to be held in the mouth for
your usual mood
Temperament like a Metropolitan star!
have room for; hold without crowding
Why, sometimes there weren’t chairs enough to
accommodate them all.
She also needed to have a
nimble wit and a tongue to meet all occasions.
without an occupant or incumbent
She addresses Tom as though he were seated in the
vacant chair at the table though he remains by the portieres.
conspicuous in position or importance
Among my callers were some of the most
prominent young planters of the Mississippi Delta—planters and sons of planters!
expressing sorrow often for something past
Her eyes lift, her face glows, her voice becomes rich and
a man with whom one has a romantic relationship
Bates was one of my bright particular
someone who is sought by law officers
She slips in a
fugitive manner through the half-open portieres and draws them gently behind her.
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
Gradually Laura’s figure becomes
apparent and the screen goes out.
a movement upward
At the sound of her
ascent, Laura catches her breath, thrusts the bowl of ornaments away, and seats herself stiffly before the diagram of the typewriter keyboard as though it held her spellbound.
not genuine or real
She has on one of those cheap or
imitation velvety-looking cloth coats with
imitation fur collar.
one who suffers for the sake of principle
Amanda leans against the shut door and stares at Laura with a
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
AMANDA: I’ll be all right in a minute, I’m just
bewildered—[She hesitates.]—by life.
place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position
AMANDA: As you know, I was supposed to be
inducted into my office at the D.A.R. this afternoon.
gradual improvement or growth or development
But I stopped off at Rubicam’s Business College to speak to your teachers about your having a cold and ask them what
progress they thought you were making down there.
inform positively and with certainty and confidence
assured her she did, that you had been going to classes since early in January.
a cherished desire
Fifty dollars’ tuition, all of our plans—my hopes and
ambitions for you—just gone up the spout, just gone up the spout like that.
be dishonest with
AMANDA: You did all this to
deceive me, just for deception?
assume, as of positions or roles
I know so well what becomes of unmarried women who aren’t prepared to
occupy a position.
inspiring mixed contempt and sorrow
I’ve seen such
pitiful cases in the South—barely tolerated spinsters living upon the grudging patronage of sister’s husband or brother’s wife!—stuck away in some little mousetrap of a room—encouraged by one in-law to visit another—little birdlike women without any nest—eating the crust of humility all their life!
your usual mood
AMANDA [absently]: He must have had a jolly
an imperfection in a bodily system
Why, you’re not crippled, you just have a little
defect—hardly noticeable, even!
a full supply
One thing your father had
plenty of—was charm!