Temerity: (noun): the quality of being confident and unafraid of danger or punishment especially in a way that seems rude or foolish

From the story “A Rose for Emily”; “A few of the ladies had the temerity to call, but were not received, and the only sign of life about the palace was the Negro man-a young man then–going in and out with a market basket.”

Now the sentence is clear to me that after Emily’s father death she also departed from her love due to which she kept herself in isolation. So only few ladies attempted to call her inorder to show sympathy, or give the company, but Emily didn’t responded them.


Triumph: noun: the joy or exultation of victory or success, a notable success

From “The Story of An Hour”: “She arose at length and opened the door to her sister’s importunities. There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.” (Paragraph 18)

This means there was an intense joy of victory in her eyes.


Tumultuously: adv: loud, excited, and emotional; marked by violent or overwhelming turbulence or upheaval.

From “The Story of an Hour”: “Now her bosom rose and fell tumultuously. She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will–as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been.” (paragraph 10)

Now I understand that her chest is moving quickly and turbulently because she is so upset or emotionally damaged.