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Magnanimity

noun

the quality of being magnanimous; a magnanimous act.

(This  word is a derivative of the word magnanimous which in turn means showing noble sensibility or high minded)

source: the free dictionary by Farlex

I stumble on to the word “magnanimity” while reading chapter one of the Quicksand. It was use in the context “the exemplification of the white man’s magnanimity” . I believe  the word was used to emphasize the idea of how highly the white man is portrayed in Naxos. (refer to chapter 1 of Quicksand by Nella Larsen).

Lurid

adjective

causing shock or disgust; shining or glowing with a bright and unpleasant color

source: Merriam Webster dictionary

This word is taken from The Yellow Wallpaper on the second page last sentence.

The narrator uses this word to describe how abhorrent and undaunted  the orange color of the wallpaper is “in some places.”

Felicity

noun

great happiness; something that is pleasing and well chosen

source: Merriam dictionary

This word is taken from short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” it is found in the second paragraph of the story.

I believed the narrators use of this word was to imply the idea of gaining pure romantic happiness as it relates to staying at the mansion. But as we discover from reading this is quite contrary.

 

Cuckolded

noun

a man whose wife is unfaithful; the husband of an adulteress

source;: Merriam Webster dictionary

A came across this word while reading “A Rose for Emily” it is found in the second to last paragraph.

Based on the meaning of this would I think it was referring to Emily cheating on Homer with perhaps death.

 

 

Omniscient

adjective: having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding, perceiving all things.

source: dictionary.com

I came across this word during a lecture in class spoken by the professor. this is not verbatim  but the professor was speaking in  terms of narration and how one’s narrating  give off the essence of omniscient because they are all knowing to the thoughts and actions of the characters.

In light of searching for this word I stumble unto this  which seems more fitting to the context.

Third Person Omniscient Narration; This is a common form of third person narration in which the teller of the tale, who often appears to speak with the voice of the  author himself, assumes an omniscient (all knowing) perspective on the story being told.

source: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/theory/narratology/terms/omniscient.html