by bad luck
Dear friend, I wish I could report that it’s getting better, but
unfortunately it isn’t.
come to terms with
It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to
cope with having three quizzes and a book report on top of that.
temporarily incapable of speaking
The man with the moustache behind the information desk was
This is usually used when someone is surprised so much that he cannot speak.
anemic looking from illness or emotion
When she saw me approaching the group, her face went “
Compare with "speechless" in this list--both could be physical reactions to a surprise or shock.
the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny
He says the best thing to do is find a lucky penny when you’re with someone and give the other person the good luck. He believes in
make realize the truth or validity of something
I also thought that if anybody saw me talking out loud when I was alone in the car, their looks might
convince me that the something that’s wrong with me might be even worse than I thought.
come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle
I wasn’t close enough to really see him, but I didn’t want to
interfere with his personal time, so I didn’t walk up to him.
hold firmly, usually with one's hands
clutching the knee I bashed in with one of those metal cafeteria chairs.
the time of day immediately following sunset
When things started turning
dusk outside, he showed me all the places he and Brad would meet.
The setting of dusk is significant because it emphasizes the secretive nature of Brad and Patrick's relationship. Dusk is also a transitional time between day and night, and this could symbolize the change between Brad's public and private behavior towards Patrick.
of or relating to drama
“So, Parker and Lily come up here one night. And they are so in love! He even gave her his
thespian pin or something.”
the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary argument
“NO!” was all I could really say.
“YES!” was Patrick’s
the student with the best grades
“She was the
valedictorian. And everyone knew it when she went up to give her speech!”
In Latin, "vale" means "farewell" and "dicere" means "to say"--a valedictorian is the student who is chosen, usually because of the best grades, to give the farewell speech to the graduating class.
marked by tender, romantic, or nostalgic emotion
Bill has been very
sentimental lately because he can feel his first year of teaching coming to an end.
have an influence upon
He apologized for letting his personal life
affect his teaching, and I accepted because I didn’t know what else to do.
marked by or given to doubt
When he gave me the book, Bill said, “Be
skeptical about this one. It’s a great book. But try to be a filter, not a sponge.”
free from ambiguity
It was pretty
straightforward, I thought, and the great part is that I took what the author wrote about and put it in terms of my own life.
in constant agitation
He was still
seething, so he “vented” about Craig.
exhibiting politeness and good manners
He also smiled different and was more “
My father gave me twenty dollars and the keys to his car, saying, “Thanks for sticking around. It meant a lot to me and the family.” He was
tipsy, but meant it just the same.
the remains of something that has been destroyed
So, I just opened my locker, put all my old papers and things in my backpack, and walked over the
debris of books and papers and notes in the hallway to the parking lot outside.
hold back to a later time
And nobody felt sad as long as we could
postpone tomorrow with more nostalgia.
sharing thoughts and feelings
The kind of person who would understand how they were better than a diary because there is
communion and a diary can be found.
express recognition of the presence or existence of
They told me I didn’t speak or
acknowledge anyone for a week.
a way of regarding situations or topics
Maybe it’s good to put things in
perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only
perspective is to really be there.
be involved in
I’m not sure if I will have the time to write any more letters because I might be too busy trying to “
Although the readers would not see how this decision plays out, if followed, it would develop Charlie's character because he'd be more involved in living his life with others, but this would also make him less of a writer, because he'd no longer enjoy the perks of being a wallflower that would push him to the distance necessary to observe, reflect, and record.