Mother Night Vocabulary List

andor

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His name is Andor Gutman.

arthritically

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He walked in arthritically, but his thumbs were hooked into his Sam Browne belt, his chin was thrust out at us, and he kept his hat on.

assyrian

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"The Assyrian," he said, giving my memory a nudge.

beamish

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They did not live to see the end of the war, nor did they ever see their beamish boy again.

birdless

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I wandered over to my front window to listen--listen while looking through dusty panes into the twigs of a birdless, leafless tree.

blatting

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Father Keeley went out and bought newspapers several times a day, and, for supplementary enlightenment, we had the blatting of the radio.

canaanite

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Hazor, Arnold tells me, was a Canaanite city in northern Palestine that existed at least nineteen hundred years before Christ.

chaplin

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I did marvelous things with the cane: rococo manuals of arms, Charlie Chaplin twirls, polo strokes at orts in the gutter.

clangingly

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And he turned the place upside down, rattling pots and pans, banging cupboard doors, fishing back of the radiators with a poker, clangingly.

coalbin

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I returned by the same route over which I had fled, went in through Jones' coalbin door.

corrosively

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So I projected myself into the situation he described, and what was left of my imagination gave me a corrosively cynical answer.

crimea

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She was entertaining troops in the Crimea, and the Russians took the Crimea back.

dropsically

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Like Resi's dog, Eva Noth had fattened dropsically on wartime food.

englishman

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"That sounds like something an Englishman would say."

estonian

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Andor is a sleepy, not very bright Estonian Jew.

genghis

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This was one of the memorable quips of the bureaucratic Genghis Khan.

gettysburg

(vocab lists with gettysburg)
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It brought the Gettysburg Address of Abraham Lincoln to the attention of Goebbels, and then to the attention of Hitler himself.

goebbels

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"Oh, I've been thinking a lot lately about my old boss, Paul Joseph Goebbels," I said.

goethe

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It is taken from a speech by Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust.

greenwich

(vocab lists with greenwich)
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I reappeared, unrecognized, in Greenwich Village.

hansels

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Everything was gone but the cellars where 135,000 Hansels and Gretels had been baked like gingerbread men.

harlem

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Wilson was "The Black Fuehrer of Harlem," a colored man who went to prison in 1942 as a Japanese spy.

homicidally

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"The only chance of my doing something really violent in favor of truth or justice or what have you," I said to my Blue Fairy Godmother, "would lie in my going homicidally insane.

hottentot

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"Don't tell me--" I said, drawing the leopard skin closer about me, "I've joined the Hottentots."

knackwurst

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It fell to the floor as passive as a Knackwurst.

latvian

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But now, it is available in Hungarian, Rumanian, Latvian, Estonian, and, most marvelous of all, German again."

lispingly

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She had chilled me once, fairly early in the war, by lispingly calling me an American spy.

luger

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He was using a Luger as big as a siege howitzer.

mephistopheles

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It is taken from a speech by Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust.

nationless

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I am an American by birth, a Nazi by reputation, and a nationless person by inclination.

overdrew

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I overdrew it, with an effect that would have been ludicrous anywhere but in Germany or Jones' basement, and I drew it far more amateurishly than I can really draw.

paulist

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Jones' secretary was an unfrocked Paulist Father named Patrick Keeley.

pulitzer

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The picture was on the cover of Life, and came close to winning a Pulitzer Prize.

queasily

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And then, just before I began to read the story of the hanging, I began, tentatively and queasily, to recognize the shattered building in the background.

quixote

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30DON QUIXOTE ... WE WOULD FLY to Mexico City--Kraft, Resi, and I.

rumanian

(vocab lists with rumanian)
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But now, it is available in Hungarian, Rumanian, Latvian, Estonian, and, most marvelous of all, German again."

siberia

(vocab lists with siberia)
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She spent three years in the prison, she said, and then she was sent to Siberia as an interpreter and file clerk in a huge prisoner-of-war camp.

stalin

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"Stalin was crazy about it," said Wirtanen.

tahiti

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"Tahiti?"

unbowdlerized

(vocab lists with unbowdlerized)
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I would have considered myself honor-bound to present that chapter unbowdlerized, were it not for Campbell's request, right in the body of the text, that some editor perform the emasculation.

unimitative

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

valhalla

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17AUGUST KRAPPTAUERGOES TO VALHALLA ... VICE-BUNDESFUEHRER KRAPPTAUER, on his own initiative, went down all those stairs to get my Helga's luggage from Jones' limousine.

vatican

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At that meeting, Krapptauer declared that the Pope was a Jew and that the Jews held a fifteen-million-dollar mortgage on the Vatican.

victorian

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It seemed to be an allegory in the Victorian manner, a pretty good barroom painting, actually, with the passing banners and the golden bed and the male and female ghosts.

wagnerian

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And not only did the window show that Wagnerian bed, it showed a reflection of Resi and me, too, ghostlike, and with a ghostly parade behind us.

wiedersehen

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8AUF WIEDERSEHEN ...

wincingly

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I closed my eyes wincingly.

wispiest

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After the war, I paid a good deal of my money to a private detective agency in West Berlin to trace the wispiest word of her.

yiddish

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Eichmann turned to a guard, and talked to him in rapid-fire Yiddish, indignant Yiddish.

zealander

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My doubles partner was Heinz Schildknecht, an expert at propagandizing Australians and New Zealanders.