unnatural lack of color
Henry detected the weariness in those purple eyes, the
pallor beneath that glaze of lupus, the sadness at the corners of the unsmiling crimson mouth.
a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact
“A doctor a day keeps the jim-jams away,” he added heartily, driving home his hypnopaedic
adage with a clap on the shoulder.
excessively or hypocritically pious
“It’s like that in Shakespeare too. ‘If thou dost break her virgin knot before all
sanctimonious ceremonies may with full and holy rite . . .’ ”
a feeling of annoyance
“Then why on earth didn’t you say so?” she cried, and so intense was her
exasperation that she drove her sharp nails into the skin of his wrist.
a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs
Give me an ounce of civet, good
apothecary, to sweeten my imagination.
tiresomely long; seemingly without end
What seemed an
interminable stream of identical eight-year-old male twins was pouring into the room. Twin after twin, twin after twin, they came—a nightmare.
a gradual increase in loudness
The Super-Vox-Wurlitzeriana had risen to a sobbing
crescendo; and suddenly the verbena gave place, in the scent-circulating system, to an intense patchouli.
uncertain how to act or proceed
The nurse stood
irresolute, looking now at the kneeling figure by the bed (the scandalous exhibition!) and now (poor children!) at the twins who had stopped their hunting of the zipper and were staring from the other end of the ward, staring with all their eyes and nostrils at the shocking scene that was being enacted round Bed 20.
a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion
He woke once more to external reality, looked round him, knew what he saw—knew it, with a sinking sense of horror and disgust, for the recurrent
delirium of his days and nights, the nightmare of swarming indistinguishable sameness.
believing the worst of human nature and motives
They had mocked him through his misery and remorse, mocked him with how hideous a note of
hard outer covering or case of certain organisms
The insults bounced off their
carapace of thick stupidity; they stared at him with a blank expression of dull and sullen resentment in their eyes.
For a moment the khaki mob was silent, petrified, at the spectacle of this wanton
sacrilege, with amazement and horror.
exactly alike; incapable of being perceived as different
“Free, free!” the Savage shouted, and with one hand continued to throw the soma into the area while, with the other, he punched the
indistinguishable faces of his assailants.
express strong disapproval of; deplore
But Bernard would not be cheered; without answering, without even looking at Helmholtz, he went and sat down on the most uncomfortable chair in the room, carefully chosen in the obscure hope of somehow
deprecating the wrath of the higher powers.
exemption from punishment or loss
But as I make the laws here, I can also break them. With
impunity, Mr. Marx,” he added, turning to Bernard.
the power of creative imagination
But that requires the most enormous
ingenuity. You’re making flivvers out of the absolute minimum of steel—works of art out of practically nothing but pure sensation.
Actual happiness always looks pretty
squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery.
rotating mechanism in the form of a mounted spinning wheel
gyroscope that stabilizes the rocket plane of state on its unswerving course.
show, express, or direct through movement
The deep voice thrillingly vibrated; the
gesticulating hand implied all space and the onrush of the irresistible machine.
information that is spread to promote some cause
“And all the science
propaganda we do at the College . . .”
contrary to or forbidden by law
I started doing a bit of cooking on my own. Unorthodox cooking,
illicit cooking. A bit of real science, in fact.
a sudden uncontrollable attack
“And not to Iceland. Oh please, your fordship, please . . .” And in a
paroxysm of abjection he threw himself on his knees before the Controller.
doing or producing good
But truth’s a menace, science is a public danger. As dangerous as it’s been
beneficent. It has given us the stablest equilibrium in history.
official acceptance or agreement
The Controller nodded his
Rummaging in the darkness within, “It’s a subject,” he said, “that has always had a great interest for me.”
serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
‘The religious sentiment will compensate us for all our losses.’ But there aren’t any losses for us to compensate; religious sentiment is
able to exist and perform in harmonious combination
compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness.
a proposition accepted as true to provide a logical basis
But you’ve got to stick to one set of
postulates. You can’t play Electro magnetic Golf according to the rules of Centrifugal Bumble-puppy.
the loyalty that citizens owe to their country
Where there are wars, where there are divided
allegiances, where there are temptations to be resisted, objects of love to be fought for or defended—there, obviously, nobility and heroism have some sense.
expressing contempt or ridicule
And Tomakin, ex-Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning, Tomakin was still on holiday—on holiday from humiliation and pain, in a world where he could not hear those words, that
derisive laughter, could not see that hideous face, feel those moist and flabby arms round his neck, in a beautiful world.
From time to time he stretched out his arms as though he were on the Cross, and held them thus through long minutes of an ache that gradually increased till it became a tremulous and
a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
“I beg your pardon,” said the reporter, with genuine
causing an emotional disturbance
The Savage obeyed with a
any of various small animals or insects that are pests
Ignoring their tiresome humming (he likened himself in his imagination to one of the suitors of the Maiden of Matsaki, unmoved and persistent among the winged
vermin), the Savage dug at what was to be his garden.
perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
And suddenly the thought of Lenina was a real presence, naked and
tangible, saying “Sweet!” and “Put your arms round me!”—in shoes and socks, perfumed.
everyone being of one mind
They were all crying together; and, intoxicated by the noise, the
unanimity, the sense of rhythmical atonement, they might, it seemed, have gone on for hours—almost indefinitely.
an unchanging intonation
“We—want—the whip; we—want—the whip,” broke out again in the same loud, insistent
say, state, or perform again
Her lips moved, she was saying something; but the sound of her voice was covered by the loud
reiterated refrain of the sightseers.
tending to come together from different directions
With a whoop of delighted excitement the line broke; there was a
convergent stampede towards that magnetic centre of attraction.
a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
Drawn by the fascination of the horror of pain and, from within, impelled by that habit of cooperation, that desire for unanimity and atonement, which their conditioning had so ineradicably implanted in them, they began to mime the frenzy of his gestures, striking at one another as the Savage struck at his own rebellious flesh, or at that plump incarnation of
turpitude writhing in the heather at his feet.