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"Sula," Vocabulary from pages 1-29

January 20, 2013
"Sula" is a tribute to outcasts, those people who don't quite fit in or refuse to, and the title character is one of the biggest outcasts author Toni Morrison has ever created.

Learn these word lists: pages 1-29, pages 30-48, pages 49-85, pages 89-137, and pages 138-174.
clutter
Generous funds have been allotted to level the stripped and faded buildings that clutter the road from Medallion up to the golf course.
float
Her bare feet would raise the saffron dust that floated down on the coveralls and bunion-split shoes of the man breathing music in and out of his harmonica.
chore
A good white farmer promised freedom and a piece of bottom land to his slave if he would perform some very difficult chores.
preferred
So the slave pressed his master to try to get him some. He preferred it to the valley.
astonished
In this case, "astonished" is a bit of an understatement -- Shadrack suffers from shell shock.
Blasted and permanently astonished by the events of 1917, he had returned to Medallion handsome but ravaged, and even the most fastidious people in the town sometimes caught themselves dreaming of what he must have been like a few years back before he went off to war.
ignore
But stubbornly, taking no direction from the brain, the body of the headless soldier ran on, with energy and grace, ignoring altogether the drip and slide of brain tissue down its back.
beige
Then he noticed two lumps beneath the beige blanket on either side of his hips.
relieved
With extreme care he lifted one arm and was relieved to find his hand attached to his wrist.
panic
In panic he raised himself to his knees and tried to fling off and away his terrible fingers, but succeeded only in knocking the nurse into the next bed.
grateful
When they bound Shadrack into a straitjacket, he was both relieved and grateful, for his hands were at last hidden and confined to whatever size they had attained.
violence
Shadrack’s earlier violence had coincided with a memorandum from the hospital executive staff in reference to the distribution of patients in high-risk areas.
materialize
Then he noticed that there were many people about, and that he was just now seeing them, or else they had just materialized.
fabric
The four fingers of each hand fused into the fabric, knotted themselves and zig-zagged in and out of the tiny eyeholes.
tiny
The four fingers of each hand fused into the fabric, knotted themselves and zig-zagged in and out of the tiny eyeholes.
legitimacy
A woman who won all social battles with presence and a conviction of the legitimacy of her authority.
conductor
As they opened the door marked colored only, they saw a white conductor coming toward them.
chilly
It was a chilly day but a light skim of sweat glistened on the woman’s face as she and the little girl struggled to hold the door open, hang on to their luggage and enter all at once.
squat
All of them, the fat woman and her four children, three boys and a girl, Helene and her daughter, squatted there in the four o’clock Meridian sun.
wreath
On the door hung a black crepe wreath with purple ribbon.
exhilarating
It had been an exhilarating trip but a fearful one.
repugnance
All their repugnance was contained in the neat balance of the triangles—a balance that soothed him, transferred some of its equilibrium to him.
guffaw
While plotting his course— where he would have to leap, where to skirt a clump of bushes—a loud guffaw startled him.
manipulation
The nurse had tied them into a double knot, the way one does for children, and Shadrack, long unaccustomed to the manipulation of intricate things, could not get them loose.
vulnerability
All the old vulnerabilities, all the old fears of being somehow flawed gathered in her stomach and made her hands tremble
raze
They are going to raze the Time and a Half Pool Hall, where feet in long tan shoes once pointed down from chair rungs.

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