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Glossary Write-Up

1. Derision
The words I have learned throughout this semester build my vocabulary and most of all provide a better understanding of the material being read. Defining words and replacing meaning is essential for breaking down any complex or hard to read passage. So I want to commend professor Rosen for that. Thank You.



: the feeling that people express when they criticize and laugh at someone or something in an insulting way.

The Yellow wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins, Towards end of story

Then I peeled off all the paper I could reach standing on the floor. It sticks horribly and the pattern just enjoys it! All those strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths just shriek with derision!

Word reuse with meaning
….waddling fungus growths just shreik with scorn….






the framework of a bed on which the mattress is placed.

THE Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman The 13th paragraph

…He said that after the wall-paper was changed it would be the heavy (bedstead) , and then the barred windows…

Word reuse
…was changed changed it would be heavy (bed frame)….



adjective \ˈchāst\
: not having sex
: morally pure or decent : not sinful
: simple or plain

Young Goodman Brown By Nathaniel Hawthorne Paragraph 56.
…But, irreverently consorting with these grave, reputable, and pious people, these elders of the church, these chaste dames and dewy virgins, there were men of dissolute lives and women of spotted fame, wretches given over to all mean and filthy vice, and suspected even of horrid crimes…
Reused With Meaning
But, irreverently consorting with these grave, reputable, and pious people, these elders of the church, these decent dames and dewy virgins…


The adverb testily means angrily, or in an irritated way. When you speak testily, you talk in an impatient, sharp voice.
A Jury of Her Peers By Susan Glaspell
… “I’d hate to have men comin’ into my kitchen,” she said testily — “snoopin’ round and criticizin’.”…

Reused Using definition
….she said angrily…

Sulk: Beloved

verb: sulk; 3rd person present: sulks; past tense: sulked; past participle: sulked; gerund or present participle: sulking
1. 1.
be silent, morose, and bad-tempered out of annoyance or disappointment.
“he was sulking over the breakup of his band”
synonyms: mope, brood, be sullen, have a long face, be in a bad mood, be in a huff, be grumpy, be moody;
informalbe down in the dumps
“Dad was sulking”
noun: sulk; plural noun: sulks
1. 1.
a period of gloomy and bad-tempered silence stemming from annoyance and resentment.
“she was in a fit of the sulks”
synonyms: (bad) mood, fit of ill humor, fit of pique, pet, huff, (bad) temper; More

Beloved By Toni Morrison Page 142.
…..She kept them alive and they ignored her. Growled when they chose; sulked, explained, demanded, strutted, cowered, cried and provoked each other to the edge of violence, then over. She had begun to notice that even when Beloved was quiet, dreamy, minding her own business, Sethe got her going again…
Word Reused with meaning
…Growled when they chose; bad mood, explained, demanded, strutted, cowered, cried and provoked…


Beloved: Spry

adjective: spry; comparative adjective: spryer; superlative adjective: spryest
(especially of an old person) active; lively.
“he continued to look spry and active well into his eighties”
synonyms: sprightly, lively, agile, nimble, energetic, active, full of energy, full of vim and vigor, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, frisky, peppy
“isn’t Aunt Helen spry for her age?”

Taken from Beloved By Toni Morrison Page 109…
……First she’d be up and spry in the morning and by the second milking she couldn’t stand up. Next she took to sleeping late. The day I went up there she was in bed the whole day, and I thought to carry her some bean soup and ask her then. When I opened the bedroom door she looked at me from underneath her nightcap. Already it was hard to catch life in her eyes……

Word Spry Reused
…First she’d be up and be active in the morning and by the second milking……



noun plural kins·folk \ˈkinz-ˌfōk\
Definition of KINSFOLK
: Relatives

A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner Part 3 4th paragraph
…without calling it noblesse oblige. They just said, “Poor Emily. Her kinsfolk should come to her.” She had some kin in Alabama; but years ago her father had fallen out with them over the estate of old lady Wyatt, the crazy woman, and there was no communication between the two families. They had not even been represented at the funeral.
Word Reused
…her relatives should come…




adjective epis·co·pal \i-ˈpis-kə-pəl, -bəl\
: of or relating to a bishop or to bishops as a group
Episcopal : of or relating to either the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S. or the Episcopal Church in Scotland

A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Part 4 2nd Paragraph
Then some of the ladies began to say that it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people. The men did not want to interfere, but at last the ladies forced the Baptist minister–Miss Emily’s people were Episcopal– to call upon her. He would never divulge what happened during that interview, but he refused to go back again. The next Sunday they again drove about the streets, and the following day the minister’s wife wrote to Miss Emily’s relations in Alabama.
Word Reused
…–Miss Emily’s people were bishops—to call upon her.