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"Of Mice and Men"

October 21, 2012
Learn these 100 words from John Steinbeck’s 1937 tragic novel "Of Mice and Men" -- set during the Great Depression in California.
juncture
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees— willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
debris
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees— willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
mottled
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees— willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
recumbent
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees— willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
tramp
There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water.
emerge
For a moment the place was lifeless, and then two men emerged from the path and came into the opening by the green pool.
companion
His huge companion dropped his blankets and flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse.
embrace
Then he replaced his hat, pushed himself back from the river, drew up his knees and embraced them.
despair
He looked down at the ground in despair.
drone
Lennie droned to himself softly, “I ain’t gonna say nothin’ .
current
The reeds jerked slightly in the current.
lumber
Lennie lumbered to his feet and disappeared in the brush.
brusquely
“Awright,” he said brusquely.
elaborate
But Lennie made an elaborate pantomime of innocence.
pantomime
But Lennie made an elaborate pantomime of innocence.
contemplate
Lennie hesitated, backed away, looked wildly at the brush line as though he contemplated running for his freedom.
quiver
Lennie’s lip quivered and tears started in his eyes.
scoff
George scoffed.
mimic
He took on the elaborate manner of little girls when they are mimicking one another.
anguish
He looked across the fire at Lennie’s anguished face, and then he looked ashamedly at the flames.
bait
Lennie avoided the bait.
plead
Lennie pleaded, “Come on, George.
gesture
George gestured with his spoon.
glimmer
They made their beds on the sand, and as the blaze dropped from the fire the sphere of light grew smaller; the curling branches disappeared and only a faint glimmer showed where the tree trunks were.
occupant
Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk.
vial
And there were medicines on the shelves, and little vials, combs; and from nails on the box sides, a few neckties.
laden
At about ten o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars.
indicate
“You can have them two beds there,” he said, indicating two bunks near the stove.
scourge
“Says ‘positively kills lice, roaches and other scourges.’
relish
He paused in relish of the memory.
deliberately
The boss deliberately put the little book in his pocket.
promptly
“Job was done,” said George promptly.
abruptly
He turned abruptly and went to the door, but before he went out he turned and looked for a long moment at the two men.
peer
He stopped suddenly, stepped to the open front door and peered out.
reassure
But he was reassured by the swamper’s defense.
bristle
He stood his broom against the wall and he rubbed his white bristled cheek with his knuckles.
calculate
His glance was at once calculating and pugnacious.
pugnacious
His glance was at once calculating and pugnacious.
gingerly
Curley stepped gingerly close to him.
slough
He’d slough me.
derogatory
He had drawn a derogatory statement from ...
basin
“I gotta be settin’ out the wash basins for the guys.
tangle
*slang for fight (v. "If he fights with you Lennie..."
“If he tangles with you, Lennie, we’re gonna get the can.
decisive
His tone grew decisive.
contorted
His face contorted with thought.
rouge
She had full, rouged lips and wide- spaced eyes, heavily made up.
cluster
Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages.
brittle
Her voice had a nasal, brittle quality.
apprehensive
She was suddenly apprehensive.
disengage
Lennie tried to disengage his ear.

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Friday November 9th 2012, 9:21 AM
Comment by: shyanne B. (waterloo, IA)
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