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Short Stories Vocab List #2

Includes O. Henry, London's "To Build a Fire", Hawthorne's "Ambitious Guest", and excerpts from Moby Dick.
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banana republic
a term coined by O. Henry, an unstable Latin American country
O. Henry
the alias of William Sidney Porter
Jack London
a native of San Francisco, longshoreman, adventurer
London's writing style
naturalism - Nature is cruel, indifferent
undulations
a wavelike form, outline, or appearance
apprehension
fear, painful expectation
monotonous
tediously repetitious, unchanging in tone
reiterate
to say again, to repeat
gait
a manner of walking
imperative
urgent, requiring attention
extremities
terminal points or limits, as hands or feet
sidle
to move sideways, especially in a shy or stealthy manner
precipice
a very steep cliff, the brink or edge
mirth
merriment, laughter
melancholy
deep sadness
solitude
seclusion, privacy
chasm
abyss, gorge, crevasse
posterity
a person's offspring, descendants; all future generations
sepulcher
a tomb, a burial chamber
cataract
a waterfall
archetype
A universal symbol, story pattern, or character type that is found in the literature of many cultures
Nathaniel Hawthorne
called an "anti-Transcendentalist" for his gloomy view of nature
Herman Melville
author of Moby Dick
inscrutable
difficult to understand, obscure, mysterious
Nantucket sleigh ride
a harpooned whale pulling a whale boat