get by special effort
It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself
secure ancestral halls for the summer.
passed on by established rules of descent
A colonial mansion, a
hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity--but that would be asking too much of fate!
state of well-being characterized by contentment
A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic
felicity--but that would be asking too much of fate!
treat with contemptuous disregard
He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition, and he
scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures.
a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
So I take phosphates or phosphites--whichever it is, and
tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to "work" until I am well again.
suitable to your needs
Personally, I believe that
congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.
marked by skill in deception
I did write for a while in spite of them; but it does exhaust me a good deal--having to be so
sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus--but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad.
a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
It makes me think of English places that you read about, for there are
hedges and walls and gates that lock, and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people.
the action of issuing authoritative rules or directions
I have a schedule
prescription for each hour in the day; he takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more.
suck or take up or in
"Your exercise depends on your strength, my dear," said he, "and your food somewhat on your appetite; but air you can
absorb all the time.
tending to attract attention; marked by ostentatious display
One of those sprawling
flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.
shining with an unnatural red glow
It is a dull yet
lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.
exceptionally bad or displeasing
I am sitting by the window now, up in this
atrocious nursery, and there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength.
an odd or fanciful or capricious idea
It is an airy and comfortable room as any one need wish, and, of course, I would not be so silly as to make him uncomfortable just for a
produced or growing in extreme abundance
Out of one window I can see the garden, those mysterious deepshaded arbors, the
riotous old-fashioned flowers, and bushes and gnarly trees.
happening again and again
There is a
recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down.
hang loosely or laxly
There is a recurrent spot where the pattern
lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down.
the trait of being rude and inclined to take liberties
I get positively angry with the
impertinence of it and the everlastingness.
make a groove in
Then the floor is scratched and
gouged and splintered, the plaster itself is dug out here and there, and this great heavy bed which is all we found in the room, looks as if it had been through the wars.
lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
But in the places where it isn't faded and where the sun is just so--I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to
skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design.
I don't feel as if it was worth while to turn my hand over for anything, and I'm getting dreadfully fretful and
make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
Looked at in one way each breadth stands alone, the bloated curves and flourishes--a kind of "
debased Romanesque" with delirium tremens--go waddling up and down in isolated columns of fatuity.
move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
John was asleep and I hated to waken him, so I kept still and watched the moonlight on that
undulating wall-paper till I felt creepy.
elaborately or excessively ornamented
The outside pattern is a
florid arabesque, reminding one of a fungus.
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
She tried to get me out of the room--it was too
All those strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths just shriek with
interpret in the wrong way
I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be