The channel wound between
precipitous banks, and slanting from one wall to the other across the valley ran a streak of green—the river and its fields.
act, feel, or give mutually or in return
Her feeling was evidently
reciprocated; the very back of the man, as he walked along before them, was hostile, sullenly contemptuous.
showing sustained enthusiasm with unflagging vitality
Suddenly it was as though the whole air had come alive and were pulsing, pulsing with the
indefatigable movement of blood.
impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear
Sometimes the pulsing of the drums was all but
inaudible, at others they seemed to be beating only just round the corner.
doubt about the truth of something
“But how can they live like this?” she broke out in a voice of indignant
glass formed by the cooling of lava without crystallization
His face was profoundly wrinkled and black, like a mask of
a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
We preserve them from diseases. We keep their internal secretions artificially balanced at a youthful
breaking with convention or tradition
Ashamed, now that the effects of the soma had worn off, of the weakness he had displayed that morning in the hotel, he went out of his way to show himself strong and
a feeling of righteous anger
“Bernard! How can you?” the passage of an old woman with ophthalmia and a disease of the skin distracted her from her
not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially
It reminded her reassuringly of the
synthetic noises made at Solidarity Services and Ford’s Day celebrations.
not injurious to physical or mental health
But a little later it was reminding her a good deal less of that
too numerous to be counted
They could have had twice as much blood from me. The
multitudinous seas incarnadine.
free of pathological microorganisms
I remember how it used to upset me, all that dirt, and nothing being
excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
His conditioning had made him not so much pitiful as profoundly
carefree and happy and lighthearted
Blithe was the singing of the young girls over their test tubes, the Predestinators whistled as they worked, and in the Decanting Room what glorious jokes were cracked above the empty bottles!
extremely wicked, deeply criminal
Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offence is so
heinous as unorthodoxy of behavior.
departing from accepted beliefs or standards
By his heretical views on sport and soma, by the scandalous unorthodoxy of his sex life, by his refusal to obey the teachings of Our Ford and behave out of office hours, ‘even as a little infant,’ ” (here the Director made the sign of the T), “he has proved himself an enemy of Society, a subverter, ladies and gentlemen, of all Order and Stability, a conspirator against Civilization itself.
a state of dishonor
For this reason I propose to dismiss him, to dismiss him with
ignominy from the post he has held in this Centre
cause to become stunned or immobile, as with fear or awe
She stood looking at him, her head on one side, still smiling, but with a smile that became progressively, in face of the Director’s expression of
petrified disgust, less and less self-confident, that wavered and finally went out.
the condition of being unsuitable or offensive
The word (for “father” was not so much obscene as—with its connotation of something at one remove from the loathsomeness and moral obliquity of child-bearing—merely gross, a scatological rather than a pornographic
impropriety); the comically smutty word relieved what had become a quite intolerable tension.
return to life; get or give new life or energy
No more breathing. Finished. And a good thing too. If we could
rejuvenate, of course it would be different. But we can’t.
persistent petty and unjustified criticism
Before those who now, for the sake of the Savage, paid their court to him, Bernard would parade a
stupefied or excited by a chemical substance
Intoxicated, he was behaving as though, at the very least, he were a visiting World Controller.
curved down like an eagle's beak
The fifty-six four-spindle chucking and turning machines were being manipulated by fifty-six
aquiline and ginger Gammas.
a high-ranking university administrator
Dr. Gaffney, the
Provost, and Miss Keate, the Head Mistress, received them as they stepped out of the plane.
lie face downward, as in submission
A click; the room was darkened; and suddenly, on the screen above the Master’s head, there were the Penitentes of Acoma
prostrating themselves before Our Lady, and wailing as John had heard them wail, confessing their sins before Jesus on the Cross, before the eagle image of Pookong.
the height of a standing person
Crowds of lower-caste workers were queued up in front of the monorail station—seven or eight hundred Gamma, Delta and Epsilon men and women, with not more than a dozen faces and
statures between them.
bite and grind with the teeth
“The day’s soma ration,” Bernard answered rather indistinctly; for he was
masticating a piece of Benito Hoover’s chewing-gum.
a harsh mixture of sounds
The secret organ was playing a delightfully refreshing Herbal Capriccio—rippling arpeggios of thyme and lavender, of rosemary, basil, myrtle, tarragon; a series of daring modulations through the spice keys into ambergris; and a slow return through sandalwood, camphor, cedar and new-mown hay (with occasional subtle touches of
discord—a whiff of kidney pudding, the faintest suspicion of pig’s dung) back to the simple aromatics with which the piece began.
out of the ordinary
Pale, her blue eyes clouded with an
unwonted melancholy, she sat in a corner, cut off from those who surrounded her by an emotion which they did not share.
unable to express yourself clearly or fluently
Pale, distraught, abject and agitated, he moved among his guests stammering
incoherent apologies, assuring them that next time the Savage would certainly be there, begging them to sit down and take a carotene sandwich, a slice of vitamin A pate, a glass of champagne-surrogate.
a reminder of past events
And she had shown Bernard the little golden zipper-fastening in the form of a T which the Arch-Songster had given her as a
memento of the weekend she had spent at Lambeth.
an important or influential person
“I’d so much hoped . . .” he stammeringly repeated, looking up at the great
dignitary with pleading and distracted eyes.
in opposition to an established system or government
“The author’s mathematical treatment of the conception of purpose is novel and highly ingenious, but heretical and, so far as the present social order is concerned, dangerous and potentially
subversive. Not to be published.”
cause to lose one's composure
discomfited, he came and asked once more for the friendship which, in his prosperity, he had not thought it worth his while to preserve.
nobility and generosity of spirit
Touched, Bernard felt himself at the same time humiliated by this
magnanimity the more extraordinary and therefore the more humiliating in that it owed nothing to soma and everything to Helmholtz’s character.
separation resulting from hostility
At their first meeting after the
estrangement, Bernard poured out the tale of his miseries and accepted consolation.
potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
As though I were beginning to be able to use that power I feel I’ve got inside me—that extra,
something indicating the approach of something or someone
At “sole Arabian tree” he started; at “thou shrieking
harbinger” he smiled with sudden pleasure; at “every fowl of tyrant wing” the blood rushed up into his cheeks
cause to be more favorably inclined
“And yet,” said Helmholtz when, having recovered breath enough to apologize, he had mollified the Savage into listening to his explanations, “I know quite well that one needs ridiculous, mad situations like that