Week #2 Definitions Dowry (n.) - money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage. Disconsolate (adj.) – very unhappy. Tapestries (n.) – heavy cloths woven with decorative designs. Pauper (n.) – a very poor person. Exorbitant (adj.) – much too high in price or amount, very expensive. Flat (n.) – an apartment. Instigate (v.) – to provoke, to start something. Depreciate (v.) – to lower the value of. Scrutiny (n.)- close inspection; the act of looking at something very carefully with attention to detail. Coveted (adj.)- longed for, desired, wanted.
Week #2 Words in Context from The Necklace With no dowry, no prospects, no way of any kind of being met, understood, loved, and married by a man both prosperous and famous… (221) The sight of the little Breton girl who did her humble housework roused in her disconsolate regrets and wild daydreams. (221) She would dream of silent chambers, draped with Oriental tapestries and lighted by tall bronze floor lamps… (221) Its embarrassing not to have a jewel or a gem – nothing to wear on my dress. Ill look like a pauper. (223) Finally, all was paid back, everything including the exorbitant rates of the loan sharks and accumulated compound interest. (227)
Week #2 Words in Context from The Gift of the Magi …take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8 per week. (204) Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. (204) Had the Queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the air shaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majestys jewels and gifts. (204) For ten seconds let us regard with discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction. Eight dollars a week or a million a year – what is the difference? (206) And now, they were hers, but the tresses that should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone. (206)