“‘All impurities burned out and ready for a glorious flux, and for that—more fire’” (600).
- The action or process of flowing or flowing out
“‘Does a craftsman, even in his old age, lose his hunger to make a perfect cup—thin, strong, translucent?’” (600).
- (of a substance) Allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through; semitransparent
“Your kindness may be meanness now, and your bleak honesty fretful and conniving” (601).
- without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary
- (of an area of land) Lacking vegetation and exposed to the elements
- Feeling or expressing distress or irritation
- Secretly allow (something considered immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur
- Conspire to do something considered immoral, illegal, or harmful
“Many units of the French army were mutinous” (572). East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
- (of a soldier or sailor) Refusing to obey the orders of a person in authority
- willful or disobedient
“We lost the flare of excitement and we had not yet put on the doggedness of a lost war” (572).
- persistent determination
- persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious
“But people also turned inward to their private joys and tragedies to escape the pervasive fear and despondency” (572).
- (esp. of an unwelcome influence or physical effect) Spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people
- Having the quality or tendency to pervade or permeate
- A state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage
“I thought that once an angry and disgusted God poured molten fire from a crucible to destroy or to purify his little handiwork of mud” (600).
- A vessel made of a refractory substance such as graphite or porcelain, used for melting and calcining materials at high temperatures.
- A severe test, as of patience or belief; a trial
“But whereas a puppy will cringe away or roll on its back, groveling, a little boy may cover his shyness with nonchalance, with bravado, or with secrecy. And once a boy has suffered rejection, he will find a rejection even where it does not exist—or, worse, simply by expecting it” (444). East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
- lie or move abjectly on the ground with one’s face downward
- act in an obsequious manner in order to obtain someone’s forgiveness or favor
- the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
- a bold manner or a show of boldness intended to impress or intimidate
“‘This is for you,’ he said, and his tone had no inflection” (584).
- modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice
“…the fingers curved and in repose” (584).
- Temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion, esp. sleep or the rest given by sleep
“He was a vicious male gossip, insatiably curious and vindictive without malice” (526). East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- (esp. of a desire) impossible to satiate or satisfy
- having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge
- disposed or inclined to revenge
- the intention or desire to do evil
- wrong intention, esp. as increasing the guilt of certain offenses
“Where Aron was received, Cal was rebuffed for doing or saying exactly the same thing. And as a few strokes on the nose will make a puppy head shy, so a few rebuffs will make a boy shy all over” (444).
- reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner
- an abrupt or ungracious refusal or rejection of an offer, request, or friendly gesture
“Chief Heiserman made it a point to speak to the truant officer, who assured him that Cal not only had no record for playing hooky but actually was a very good student” (445).
- one who is absent without permission, especially from school
- one who shirks work or duty
- (adj) idle, lazy, or neglectful