Bluebeard Vocabulary List

abashing

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She had sheltered me from that abashing information, and so, from very different motives, certainly, had Dan Gregory.

armenian

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He could have studied English and become a respected teacher there in San Ignacio, and started writing poetry again, or maybe translated the Armenian poets he loved so much into English.

beaverboard

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The first time Terry Kitchen used a paint-spraying rig, his target was an old piece of beaverboard he had leaned against the barn.

belgian

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After I had put him to bed, with the Belgian linen sheets pulled right up to the nostrils of his big Hessian nose, I thought it might be a good idea to give him a sleeping pill.

blatting

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21 DAN GREGORY caught Marilee and me coming out of the Museum of Modern Art while a Saint Patrick's Day parade was blatting and booming northward on Fifth Avenue, a half a block away.

bluebeard

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--The New York Times BLUEBEARD "THE QUICKSILVER MIND OF VONNEGUT IS AT IT AGAIN....

bulgarian

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He was neither a Turkish nor a Russian Armenian, but a Bulgarian Armenian, whose parents had taken him to Paris, France, in his infancy.

bushwa

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"Bushwa," she said.

cadillac

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He, too, was headed home later in the day, and offered me a ride in his Cadillac stretch limousine.

chinatown

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People would say to me things like: "What's the latest news from Chinatown?"

circe

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Rabo Karabekian never lived, and neither did Terry Kitchen or Circe Berman or Paul Slazinger or Dan Gregory or Edith Taft or Marilee Kemp or any of the other major characters in this book.

corinthian

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It was a cruciform structure whose four wings abutted on a domed rotunda twelve meters in diameter and in whose walls were half embedded eighteen Corinthian columns four and a half meters high.

disneyland

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It's a Disneyland!"

eisenhower

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His stuff was unambitious but strong: as representational as he could make it, much like what his fellow war heroes Winston Churchill and Dwight David Eisenhower used to do.

enfield

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Yes, and since Gregory and his sidekick Jones were such weapons nuts, let it be said that it was Matilda tanks, and Stens and Brens and Enfield rifles with fixed bayonets which did them in.

flense

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"So when people I like do something terrible," I said, "I just flense them and forgive them."

frankfurt

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Two dandified young German businessmen from Frankfurt came to see my wonderful collection yesterday afternoon.

frisian

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They may have been Macedonians or Basques or Frisian Islanders, or something like that.

garbo

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Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn also live in that same general neighborhood.

gregorian

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The magazine said he had been born Dan Gregorian in Moscow, where his father was a horse trainer, and that he had been apprenticed to the chief engraver of the Russian Imperial Mint.

hepburn

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Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn also live in that same general neighborhood.

hiawatha

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I would have made a passable Hiawatha.

honeybunch

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"Honeybunch, listen to me," I said.

interfertile

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It was simply a coincidence that they were interfertile when they met.

leeringly

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But all I succeeded in doing, I am afraid, was to confirm for each woman that the darker races were indeed leeringly lecherous, being closer than the whiter ones to the gorillas, the chimpanzees.

levantine

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Did such a sly and smarmy and Levantine seduction work?

macedonian

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They may have been Macedonians or Basques or Frisian Islanders, or something like that.

manchu

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He was a wonderful cook of good, honest American food as well as Chinese delicacies, and Gregory continued to use him as a model for the sinister master criminal Fu Manchu.

mohammedan

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The other fillip was the undertaker's assumption that Father was a Mohammedan.

moodiest

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She is the moodiest woman I ever knew.

moroccan

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"A sergeant major in the Moroccan Spahis, captured in North Africa," I said.

mussolini

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Then he had me draw a picture of Mussolini pouring a quart of something into the mouth of the angel.

oporto

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You wind up in Oporto, Portugal.

painty

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She found a big picture book in the library whose spine is split and whose pages are not only dog eared but splotched with painty finger-prints, although it was published only three years ago.

parisian

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As I have said, my own parents and I would have become Parisians, too, had we not been diverted to San Ignacio, California, by the criminal Vartan Mamigonian.

persia

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This was the name of a great Armenian national hero, who led a losing army against the Persians in the fifth century.

picasso

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"Pablo Picasso could never do that," he said.

prefectly

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But, like a dentist, I was prefectly free to go on jabbering.

razzed

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He wouldn't have razzed just me.

reprimed

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I had the eight panels purged of every trace of faithless Sateen Dura-Luxes, and restretched and reprimed.

rockies

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No other artist west of the Rockies had such priceless art supplies!

sawteeth

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Another one had sawteeth--so it could work its way through bone, I guess.

shapelier

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She was also much shapelier than my mother, who let herself become quite heavy, and who didn't care much what her hair looked like, either, or her clothes.

sicily

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When my country finally went to war like everybody else, I was commissioned a lieutenant and served, if not fought, in North Africa and Sicily and England and France.

terpsichore

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I said to her: "I am not going to sacrifice my one remaining shred of dignity on the altar of Terpsichore."

unimitative

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--The Atlantic Monthly "AN UNIMITATIVE AND INIMITABLE SOCIAL SATIRIST."

victorian

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Even when there were only the two of us and the servants here, she filled this Victorian ark with love and merriment and hands-on domesticity.

yiddish

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Circe and I said that we did not, although she was fluent in Yiddish, and so understood quite a lot, and so did I, having heard so much of it as a prisoner of war.

yugoslavia

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"Yugoslavian partisans," I said.

yugoslavian

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"Yugoslavian partisans," I said.