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Murmuring-a low sound made when many people are speaking

 Beloved by Toni Morrison

Sethe was dishing up bread pudding, murmuring her hopes for it, apologizing in advance the way veteran cooks always  do , when something in Beloved’s face, some petlike adoration that took hold of her as she looked at Sethe, made Paul d speak.

The narrator used murmuring as her speaking in a soft tone. When I heard murmuring I thought about heart murmur.



Querulous-habitually complaining

The yellow wall paper by By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I don’t feel as if it was worth while to turn my hand over for anything, and I’m getting dreadfully fretful and querulous. I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time.

The narrator used that word to express how she was getting annoyed and about to complain but she cried started to cry



Expressionlessness-lacking expression

Beloved by Toni Morrison page 139

Deep down in her dark rown eyes, back behind the expressionlessness, was a palm held out for a penny which Denver would gladly give her, if only she knew how or knew enough abouther, a knowledge not to be had by the answers to the questions Sethe occasionally put to her:’

I figure it was less or lack of expression or emotion I just never knew this was actually a word.



Regalia– special clothes and decorations (such as a crown or scepter) for official ceremonies.

From What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie

But the strangest thing of all was the old Powwow-dance regalia I saw hanging in the window. As Jackson walked by the pawnshop that he had never saw before, it was strange because he saw old Powwow-dance clothing hanging in the window and it was his grandmotherâ regalia.



1. a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like upon itself and pressing or stitching it in place.
verb (used with object)
2. to fold or arrange in pleats.

” ‘Cause he’s dead,’ says she, just as quiet and dull — and fell to pleatin’ her apron.”

“A Jury of Her Peers” By Susan Glaspell (pg 262)



Monstrous– extremely, unusually large or very wrong or unfair

Definition 2- very ugly, cruel, or vicious

Story of an Hour By Kate Chopin 1984

“She did not stop to ask if it were or were not a monstrous joy that held her.”
The narrator used this word to see if their vicious joy that held her.