Requiem For A Nun Vocabulary List

abjectness

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Stevens (to Temple) You are drowning in an orgasm of abjectness and moderation when all you need is truth.

america

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Because its fate is to stand in the hinterland of America: its doom is its longevity; like a man, its simple age is its own reproach, and after the hundred years, will become unbearable.

blenched

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'It never blenched out there with a white doctor standing in it,' and even offered to be emissary to old Grenier, except that Grenier himself forestalled them.

bullpen

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The common room, or 'bullpen.'

burking

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burking.

christ

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His christian name.'

emptier

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An eye for an eye--were ever words emptier?

euphonious

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painful, to put it euphoniously--at least 'euphonious' is right, isn't it?--no matter who bragged about blindfolds.

euphoniously

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painful, to put it euphoniously--at least 'euphonious' is right, isn't it?--no matter who bragged about blindfolds.

europe

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Not to mention a new automobile and a honeymoon in a rented hideaway built for his European mistress by a Mohammedan prince at Cap Ferrat.

european

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Not to mention a new automobile and a honeymoon in a rented hideaway built for his European mistress by a Mohammedan prince at Cap Ferrat.

gentlefolk

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Showing that I really sprang from gentlefolks, not Norman knights like Nancy did, but at least people who dont insult the host in his own house, especially at two oclock in the morning.

gowan

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Gowan is three or four years older.

grandmamma

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Now let grandmamma teach you how to suck an egg.

handiest

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I was going to say, 'with our handiest kinfolks.'

highball

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(looks at the tray) Not highballs?

housecoat

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She now wears a long housecoat; her hair is tied back with a ribbon as though prepared for bed.

houseman

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He was a houseman--the bouncer--at the nightclub, joint, on the outskirts of town, which Popeye owned and which was Popeye's headquarters.

impugnment

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He didn't sell her; you violate and outrage his very memory with that crass and material impugnment.

incorrigibly

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He just stood there, small, frail, less than boysize, childless and bachelor, incorrigibly kinless and tieless, looking at Peabody.

italian

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I was there; I saw that too: a little black thing with an Italian name, like a neat and only slightly deformed cockroach: a hybrid, sexually incapable.

kinless

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He just stood there, small, frail, less than boysize, childless and bachelor, incorrigibly kinless and tieless, looking at Peabody.

midstroke

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Now he stopped, the brush and his hand arrested in midstroke, and turned his head a little.

mohammedan

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Not to mention a new automobile and a honeymoon in a rented hideaway built for his European mistress by a Mohammedan prince at Cap Ferrat.

november

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5:30 P.M. November thirteenth.

patronym

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Nancy's heritage--or anyway her patronym--runs Norman blood.

popeye

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(to Governor) He--Vitelli--they called him Popeye--brought the man there himself.

powderpuff

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There are still no tears on her face; she merely takes the handkerchief and dabs, pats at her eyes with it as if it were a powderpuff, talking again) But we have passed the jail, haven't we?

precieux

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You underrate this precieux, this flower, this jewel.

presaging

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(she stops; it is as if she had heard a sound presaging Gowan's return, or perhaps simply knew by instinct or from knowledge of her own house that he had had time to heat a cup of milk.

rainspout

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Temple Because I still had the two arms and legs and eyes; I could have climbed down the rainspout at any time, the only difference being that I didn't.

restiveness

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Because after about a year, his restiveness under the onus of accepting the gratitude began to take the form of doubting the paternity of their child.

sartor

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Sartoris.

scrabble

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So maybe we better do like they seem to want, and let them sweat and swivet and scrabble through the best they can by themselves.'

siberia

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Gowan Maybe we both didn't start hiding soon enough--by about eight years--not in desk drawers either, but in two abandoned mine shafts, one in Siberia and the other at the South Pole, maybe.

sleepwalker

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As she reaches the first step, she falters, seems to stumble slightly, like a sleepwalker.

snaffle

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You know: slack the snaffle, let her mouth it a little, take hold, a light hold, just enough to have something to jump against; then touch her.

soignee

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She is in the middle twenties, very smart, soignee, in an open fur coat, wearing a hat and gloves and carrying a handbag.

stows

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She tidies it, checks rapidly over its contents, takes up the jewel box and stows it in the bag and closes the bag.

sunup

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Except that Nancy's journey didn't start at daylight or sunup or whenever it is polite and tactful to hang people, day after tomorrow.

swivet

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So maybe we better do like they seem to want, and let them sweat and swivet and scrabble through the best they can by themselves.'

tearless

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(she raises her face, quite blindly, tearless, still not looking toward the chair where she could see Gowan instead of the Governor, into the full glare of the light) Still no tears.

tieless

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He just stood there, small, frail, less than boysize, childless and bachelor, incorrigibly kinless and tieless, looking at Peabody.

touche

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All right, touche then.

uncheck

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Uncheck your capacity for rage and revulsion--the sort of rage and revulsion it takes to step on a worm.

undeviable

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Stevens (quotes) 'Who am I, to have the brazen temerity and hardihood to set the puny appanage of my office in the balance against that simple undeviable aim?

unmoral

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He has a hard, ruthless quality, not immoral but unmoral.

untame

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But there is a definite 'untamed' air to him.

untasted

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Temple (sets her untasted glass back on the tray) And put ice in it this time, and maybe even a little water.

womanishness

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All she needs is womanishness to get anything she wants from men.