Tag Archives: Glossary Entry #11


Spigot (Beloved/Part 2/Page 237)
Pronunciation: Spi-get

-A device that controls the flow of liquid from a large container.
-An outdoor faucet.

Context: After the shed, I stopped. Now, in the morning, when I light the fire I mean to look out the window to see what the sun is doing to the day. Does it hit the pump handle first of the spigot?

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spigot


Congenial (adjective): 1: suitable or appropriate: pleasant and enjoyable: very friendly

2 a: existing or associated together harmoniously

b: pleasant; especially:  agreeably suited to one’s nature, tastes, or outlook (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page 57, paragraph 14 of “The Yellow Wallpaper“–>“Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.”

I believe this word in the quote means that the narrator believed if she found work that suited with her personality and what she liked, then it would do her good. Since the narrator was forbidden from taking care of her child, doing her motherly duties, or taking care of household chores because of her mental illness, the narrator strongly felt that if she worked it would improve her mental wellness.