make indistinct or invisible by obscuring or concealing
She was in a theater watching a movie when a tidal wave of blackness broke over her head. The entire world was
obliterated—for a few minutes.
giving or marked by complete attention to
She looked around the theater to see if it had happened to everyone, but all the other people were
engrossed in the movie.
increasing gradually by regular degrees or additions
But most people pass over
incrementally, making a series of perforations in the membrane between here and there until an opening exists.
a hole made in something
But most people pass over incrementally, making a series of
perforations in the membrane between here and there until an opening exists.
highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
Sometimes the world you came from looks huge and menacing, quivering like a vast pile of jelly; at other times it is miniaturized and
alluring, a-spin and shining in its orbit.
pulled or drawn tight
He was a
taut fat man, tight-bellied and dark.
intended to placate
"It'll be a rest. Just for a couple of weeks, okay?" He sounded
conciliatory, or pleading, and I was afraid.
the cause of a disease
This person is (pick one):
1. on a perilous journey from which we can learn much when he or she returns;
2. possessed by (pick one):
a) the gods,
b) God (that is, a prophet),
c) some bad spirits, demons, or devils,
d) the Devil
rid of impurities
6. ill, and must be isolated and treated by (pick one):
purging and leeches,
b) removing the uterus if the person has one,
c) electric shock to the brain,
d) cold sheets wrapped tight around the body,
e) Thorazine or Stelazine
markedly different from an accepted norm
8. a victim of society's low tolerance for
9. sane in an insane world
unnatural lack of color
Scar tissue has no character. It's not like skin. It doesn't show age or illness or
pallor or tan. It has no pores, no hair, no wrinkles. It's like a slipcover. It shields and disguises what's beneath.
preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through
She was faultless, in her
impermeable tight pink-and-white casing.
kill as a sacrifice, especially by fire
Whatever had driven her, whispered "Die!" in her once-perfect, now-scarred ear, she had
not undesirably noticeable
Polly was so quiet, so
unobtrusive a presence, that we didn't notice she wasn't at breakfast.
a person with an antisocial personality disorder
Her mother and father wouldn't visit her because she was a
sociopath, or so said Lisa.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Lisa had never watched TV. She'd had nothing but
scorn for those who did.
characterized by unresponsiveness or lack of movement
But the TV audience was mostly
catatonics and depressives, who were disinclined to move.
(anatomy) any structure that resembles a crown in shape
He was standing at a window in the living room, looking out: giraffe-tall, with slumpy academic shoulders, wrists sticking out of his jacket, and pale hair that shot out from his head in a
aroused to impatience or anger
"Okay." He didn't seem
lacking sophistication or worldliness
In our parallel world, things happened that had not yet happened in the world we'd come from. When they finally happened outside, we found them familiar because versions of them had been performed in front of us. It was as if we were a
provincial audience, New Haven to the real world's New York, where history could try out its next spectacle.
go back to bad behavior
Shortly after this he
lapsed into a violent phase that went on for several weeks.
preparation applied externally as a remedy or for soothing
I screamed and screamed, but Georgina didn't make a sound. The nurses ran in and produced ice and
unguents and wrappings, and I kept screaming, and Georgina did nothing.
burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
Whoever it was, we knew about it already: the Bay of Pigs, the
seared skin, the bare-handed killers who'd do anything.
an emotion, or the outward display of an emotion
We'd seen the previews, Wade, Georgina, and I, along with an audience of nurses whose reviews ran something like this: "Patient lacked
affect after accident"; "Patient continues fantasy that father is CIA operative with dangerous friends."
look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval
Even though she smelled and
glowered and hissed and poked, she had a spark the rest of us lacked.
lean but strong
She wore shorts and tank tops to display her pale
wiry limbs, and when she ambled down the hall in the morning to get her laxatives, she swung her ass in insouciant half-circles.
marked by unconcern
She wore shorts and tank tops to display her pale wiry limbs, and when she ambled down the hall in the morning to get her laxatives, she swung her ass in
relating to authoritarian hierarchical government
"This place is a
fascist snake pit," said Lisa.
be driven or carried along, as by the air
When the door shut behind Lisa, a strange sweet smell
wafted briefly into the hall.
provide a service or favor for someone
Daisy was pleased with herself and spent more time out of her room, hoping that someone would ask her about the apartment. Georgina
"How big is the apartment, Daisy?"
derive or receive pleasure from
Daisy shut her eyes and paused,
relishing her favorite part.
lack of emotion or interest
It's important to cultivate
having superior power and influence
The motive is
paramount. Without a strong motive, you're sunk.
something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
a pause from doing something
The meat was bruised, bleeding, and imprisoned in a tight wrapping. And, though I had a six-month
respite from thinking about it, so was I.