Absalom, Absalom! Vocabulary List

african

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But it will still be Jim Bond; and so in a few thousand years, I who regard you will also have sprung from the loins of African kings.

america

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An American?

bludgeoned

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That's what love is, bludgeoned once more by disappointment but still unbowed);--maybe what he was doing there now was waiting, telling himself Maybe even yet he will send for me.

cacophonous

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And I can pray for any Confedrit soldier' and then cried in his old man's shrill harsh loud cacophonous voice: 'Yaaaay, Forrest!

canadian

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Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, France, 1914-1918.

chimaera

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Or not expect perhaps, not even hope; not even dream since dreams dont come in pairs, and had I not come twelve miles drawn not by mortal mule but by some chimaera-foal of nightmare's very self?

clytemnestra

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Because until he came back from Virginia in '66 and found her living there with Judith and Clytie----(Yes, Clytie was his daughter too: Clytemnestra.

countrified

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I was that green, that countrified, you see.

cuckolded

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I would shoot him with no more compunction than I would a snake or a man who cuckolded me.

derringer

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And then, pistol (derringer, horse pistol, revolver, whatever it was) and all, he would be crouched back against the wall behind the overturned chair, snarling, 'Stand back!

disinheritance

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He could face poverty, disinheritance, but he could not have borne that lie from Bon.

eventless

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We led the busy eventless lives of three nuns in a barren and poverty-stricken convent: the walls we had were safe, impervious enough, even if it did not matter to the walls whether we ate or not.

foaled

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So it was not until he failed to return at dinner time that she went or sent Clytie to the stable and found that the mare had foaled in the night but that her father was not there.

furrowing

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They could not see the two dogs at all, only the steady furrowing of the sedge where, invisible, the dogs quartered the slope until one of them flung up his head to look back.

gapped

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It was a hatchet; not sight but touch told him--a hatchet with a heavy worn handle and a heavy gapped rust-dulled blade.

gettysburg

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"Gettysburg," Quentin said.

gunroom

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He lived out there, eight miles from any neighbor, in masculine solitude in what might be called the halfacre gunroom of a baronial splendor.

haitian

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Only child of Haitian sugar planter of French descent.

heired

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But root and urge I do insist and claim, for had I not heired too from all the unsistered Eves since the Snake?

hoecake

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So he ate the hoecake and drank the parched acorn coffee and rode away.

immolate

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The crowd outside was quiet yet, perhaps out of respect for the church, out of that aptitude and eagerness of the Anglo-Saxon for complete mystical acceptance of immolated sticks and stones.

indicts

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but rather says, indicts high heaven's very self with: 'Why did I wake since waking I shall never sleep again?'

methodist

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It (the wedding) was in the same Methodist church where he saw Ellen for the first time, according to Miss Rosa.

mought

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Then the shadow would fade, the wind die away until at last Jones would say, serene, not even triumphant: 'They mought have kilt us, but they aint whupped us yit, air they?')

nevermore

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Nevermore of peace.

november

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Grandfather said it was fine weather and the trail lay pretty good but he said it would have been fine if the architect had just waited until October or November.

october

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Born October 9, 1817.

octoroon

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He didn't know at the time how the octoroon came to be here, how Judith could even have known about her to write her where Bon was dead.

outen

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Git outen de way dar!'

overloud

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He did not whisper, though he did not speak overloud; the dark room which he faced repeated his voice with hollow profundity, as an unfurnished room will.

purblind

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What kind of abysmal and purblind innocence could that have been which someone told you to call virginity?

scottish

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Poor whites of Scottish-English stock.

seemliness

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Oh, I knew it well, who had believed in grieving's seemliness; I knew it as well as she--Clytie--knew it.

semestrial

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); out of the wilderness proud honor semestrial regurgitant."

sistered

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But root and urge I do insist and claim, for had I not heired too from all the unsistered Eves since the Snake?

spanish

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His mother's father told me that her mother had been a Spanish woman.

spavined

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They had a lopsided two-wheeled cart and two spavined oxen now.

sybarite

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I do', looking straight at the other, the esoteric, the sybarite, standing (the youth) now, erect, thin (because he was young), his face scarlet but his head high and his eyes steady: 'Yes.

tauten

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Then at the signal you begin to walk and when you feel the cloak tauten you turn and fire.

theophilus

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Do any of you all know how Catholics----' and Theophilus McCaslin said, 'Catholic be damned; he was a soldier.

tomblike

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Even while they were not talking their breaths in the tomblike air vaporised gently and quietly.

unbowed

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That's what love is, bludgeoned once more by disappointment but still unbowed);--maybe what he was doing there now was waiting, telling himself Maybe even yet he will send for me.

undefeat

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and Henry--the despair now, the last bitter cry of irrevocable undefeat: 'Yes.

ungloved

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6 There was snow on Shreve's overcoat sleeve, his ungloved blond square hand red and raw with cold, vanishing.

unscrupulousness

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What he meant was unscrupulousness only he didn't know that word because it would not have been in the book from which the school teacher read.

unsistered

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But root and urge I do insist and claim, for had I not heired too from all the unsistered Eves since the Snake?

uptorn

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He said he crawled back into the cave and sat with his back against the uptorn roots, and thought.

vaporised

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Even while they were not talking their breaths in the tomblike air vaporised gently and quietly.

wistaria

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2 It was a summer of wistaria.

wraithlike

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a kind of vacuum filled with wraithlike and indomitable anger and pride and glory at and in happenings that occurred and ceased fifty years ago?