preceding or in preparation for something more important
He wants his
preliminary report to be as full as possible, since Algernon and I are the prime exhibits for his presentation.
displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is
Ironic to find myself on the other side of the intellectual fence.
the quality of being coherent and easily understood
I cannot control it completely yet, but sometimes when I’m busy reading or working on a problem, I get a feeling of intense
willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
Did you think I’d remain a
docile pup, wagging my tail and licking the foot that kicks me? Sure, all this has changed me and the way I think about myself. I no longer have to take the kind of crap that people have been handing me all my life.
characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance
Listen, the best of them have been smug and
patronizing—using me to make themselves superior and secure in their own limitations. Anyone can feel intelligent beside a moron.
complex system of paths in which it is easy to get lost
Up one street, and down another, through the endless
labyrinth, hurling myself against the neon cage of the city.
someone skilled in the transcription of speech
I owe this progress report to Burt who had the bright idea that I could dictate this on a transistor tape recorder and have a public
stenographer in Chicago type it up.
any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
First there will have to be physical and mental tests to determine the causes of the
pathology. There will be enough time later to talk of prognosis.
harmful to living things
“The results are always more significant if the patient and I are alone when the psycho-substantiation tests are performed. External distractions have a
deleterious effect on the ramified scores.”
a deliberately offensive act
He took it as a personal
affront and quarreled with everyone in the line of hotel command from the bellhop to the manager.
independent in behavior or thought
We don’t know exactly what causes the type of phenylketonuria that Charlie was suffering from as a child—some unusual biochemical or genetic situation, possibly ionizing radiation or natural radiation or even a virus attack on the fetus—whatever it was resulted in a defective gene which produces a, shall we say, ‘
maverick enzyme’ that creates defective biochemical reactions.
give new life or vigor to
But first, we remove the damaged portions of the brain and permit the implanted brain tissue which has been chemically
revitalized to produce brain proteins at a supernormal rate
put forward, as of an idea
“But Tanida himself first
propounded the theory of blocking the maverick enzyme through combination, and now he points out that—”
overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
But then how can he
refute Rahajamati’s attack on this method, and Tanida’s challenge to the validity of this kind of control?
a slight suggestion or vague understanding
It was the first
inkling of the revelations that were in store for me this weekend.
harass with persistent criticism or carping
“I didn’t know you were so close to him,” I
taunted, recalling all the times Burt had complained about the professor’s narrowness and pushing.
of surpassing excellence
You’ve got a
superb mind now, intelligence that can’t really be calculated, more knowledge absorbed by now than most people pick up in a long lifetime.
an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one
As Burt would put it, mocking the
euphemisms of educational jargon, I’m exceptional—a democratic term used to avoid the damning labels of gifted and deprived (which used to mean bright and retarded) and as soon as exceptional begins to mean anything to anyone they’ll change it.
seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true
paradoxical that an ordinary man like Nemur presumes to devote himself to making other people geniuses.
puffed up with vanity
He had always been straightforward with me—more so than most of the others—but when he described the white mouse who had been given intelligence, he was as
pompous and artificial as the others.
look with amazement
I told myself they were not
gawking curiosity seekers, but scientists here in search of knowledge.
devoid of intelligence
Photographs (I didn’t know they had been taken) were passed around and commented on, and I could see by the nods and smiles that most people there agreed with him that the “dull,
vacuous facial expression” had been transformed into an "alert, intelligent appearance.”
Even as I try to get her out of my mind, the memories seep back from the past to
contaminate the here and now.
marked by rude or peremptory shortness
As I see him now, he is not really afraid, just withdrawing, as a bird or squirrel backs off from the
brusque movements of the feeder—involuntary, instinctive.
sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
Not exactly beautiful, but her blue eyes and pert snub nose gave her a catlike quality that contrasted with her
robust, athletic movements.
an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention
It’s better up here away from the phonies and the
free from filth and pathogens
sanitary, as you can see, which is more than I can say for most barbershops in this neighborhood.
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
Watching him move,
adroit for such a short, heavy man, I felt guilty at the deception.
unable to express yourself clearly or fluently
I was nervous, and I must have sounded
incoherent, but it was good to hear her voice, and she sounded happy to hear from me.
seize and take control without authority
I can’t help feeling that I’m not me. I’ve
usurped his place and locked him out the way they locked me out of the bakery.
weaken or impair, especially gradually
It will send the linguists back to India with their tape recorders, because it
undermines the critical superstructure of their methodology.
process of changing to an inferior state
I can’t help but admire the structural linguists who have carved out for themselves a linguistic discipline based on the
deterioration of written communication.
lacking zest or vivacity
listless and confused, and though he still learns new problems without external rewards, his performance is peculiar.
marked by or given to doubt
He was doing his utmost to be cordial, but I could see by his face that he was
legally not qualified or sufficient
“But you realize we had to get permission from someone in your immediate family. You were
incompetent to agree to this yourself.”