21 terms

Good Earth Vocab Chapters 24-24

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Coquettishly
a flirtatious woman (woman who flirts): "And as she said this she looked at the cousin out of her eyes coquettishly"
Guaranty
a formal pledge to pay another person's debt or to perform another person's obligation in the case of default.
Spawn
(of a person) to produce (offspring, typically offspring regarded as undesirable). "Wang Lung would not willingly let him wed in the house, because of the spawn he would breed and one like him was enough."
Sere
dry, arid: "He saw that she had grown thin and her skin was sere and yellow."
Magistrate
a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law: "He could go into the town and go to the court where the magistrate lived..."
Eminence
fame or recognized superiority: "He sat down where she had sat and he put his hand on the table and from the eminence it gave him he looked down on the bleary face of the old hag..."
Coy
Making a pretense of shyness or modesty that is intended to be alluring but is often regarded as irritating. Shy, modest, or timid. "And as she said this she looked at the cousin out of her eyes coquettishly, although such glances, now that her eyes were no longer large and apricot-shaped in her great cheeks, were less coy than they once were."
Geomancer
A person who places art or or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously: "But to comfort himself he busied himself in going to the town and calling men to seal the coffin according to custom and he went and found a geomancer and asked him for a lucky day for burials."
Braziers
a portable heater consisting of a pan or stand for holding lighted coals: "In every room in the great house they burned braziers of charcoal..."
Sullied
damage the purity or integrity of; defile: "They sullied with their private filth the pools where the flecked and golden fish swam."
Lief
as happily; as gladly: "Now would I lief have to choose a wife for myself than for your son."
Parsimony
extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources. "And of his own friends the eldest son asked but a few of the least considered to the feast, because he was ashamed of his brother's parsimony and because the bride was but a village maid."
Paltry
(of an amount) small or meager: "Cuckoo sneered when into her hand he put a paltry two pieces of silver..."
Languor
a state of feeling, usually pleasant, of tiredness or inertia "Now when O-lan heard the words, 'five hundred pieces of silver' she came suddenly out of her languor and she said weakly, 'No, and my life is not worth so much. A good piece of land can be bought for so much."
Purge
Get rid of a memory, feeling. "The house was purged of some ..."
Robust
strong; sturdy; tough: "But going home again alone, having left the two lads, Wang Lung's heart was fit to burst with pride and it seemed to him that among all the lads in the room there were none equal to his two lads for tallness and robustness and bright brown faces."
Vitals
The body's important internal organs, esp. the gut or the genitalia: "...and then with an incessant roaring the thing in which they rode tore forth into the darkness, bearing them in its vitals."
Beleaguer
lay siege to: "These even tried to beleaguer the town so that the townspeople locked the gates of the wall continually except for one small gate called the western water gate, and this was watched by soldiers and locked at night also."
Incessantly
continuing without pause or interruption. "Wang Lung could not cease from his thought of what his youngest son had said of Pear Blossom and he watched the maid incessantly as she came and went and without his knowing it the thought of her filled his mind and he doted on her."
Wretched
very unhappy or unfortunate state (of a person): Now there is none left and I have nothing but my wretched life," and he felt to weeping, his tear running like oil down his hanging cheeks."
Serf
an agricultural laborer bound under the feudal system to work on his lord's estate