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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.

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……



Cedar is a kind of wood.

Bemused (verb)- to cause (someone) to be confused. Merrian-Webster; disoriented, discombobulated,  puzzled, and clueless.

Located on first page “A Rose for Emily” 2nd paragraph; last sentence. And now Miss Emily had gone to join the representatives of those august names where they lay in the cedar-bemused cemetery among the ranked and anonymous graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who fell at the battle of Jefferson.

…..lay in the cedar- (discombobulated) cemetery…..

Emily, was just another dead black in a town full of violent history and deaths; without care or even a proper burial spot, she was amongst the ranked to the anonymous. Would a fair contribution by Emily to Jefferson taxes, change the way she was buried? Remember, Emily never  paid any  taxes thanks to Colonel Sartorial which died years ago . Emily, had no interest whatsoever about  the new Jefferson.