Short story by Robert Cormier

invaded

entered as if to take possession

resident

someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period

arteriosclerosis

a cardiovascular condition, whereby arterial walls get clogged with plaque that hardens, which interferes with blood circulation

betrayed

deceived; let down

ether

colorless, sweet-smelling liquid; used as an anaesthetic

dread

great fear; uneasiness

stance

manner of standing

craggy

rough; uneven

glinting

gleaming

obscured

dimmed; darkened

conspiratorial

having to do with secret planning, plotting

regally

stately; fit for or belonging to a king or queen

the Depression

a period during 1930's when the stock market crashed, banks failed, and many people lost their jobs

parlor

room for receiving guests

a complex

(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior

pretense

pretending; make-believe

serene

peaceful; calm

pathetic

arousing pity; pitiful

antiseptic

substances that prevent the growth of germs that causes infection

nauseous

causing stomach upset; sickening, disgusting, loathsome

cackled

the shrill, broken sound that a hen makes

lapse

a slight mistake or error

lucid

marked by clearness of reasoning, expression

chronic

lasting a long time; constant

corridor

a long passage in a building from which doors lead into rooms

par for the course

an average or normal amount; just what one might expect

theme

a message or meaning that emerges and builds across a text in the reader's awareness; it's revealed through character, plot, conflict, etc.

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