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"Inherit The Wind," Vocabulary from Act 1 Scene 1

March 15, 2013
Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee collaborated on "Inherit the Wind," a fictional account of the Scopes trial where the teaching of evolution in schools was debated. The play, both for its subject matter and its depiction of the legal system, is still relevant today.

Learn these word lists for the play: Act 1 Scene 1, Act 1 Scene 2, Act 2 Scene 1, Act 2 Scene 2, Act 3
foreground
The foreground is the actual courtroom, with jury box, judge’s bench and a scattering of trial-scarred chairs and counsel tables.
loom
It is important to the concept of the play that the town is visible always, looming there, as much on trial as the individual defendant.
tentative
(Tentatively, calling)
bailiff
MEEKER, the bailiff, enters.
minister
Ain’t a very proper place for a minister’s daughter.
saunter
KREBS saunters across the square.
oblige
STOREKEEPER I bet the Devil ain’t so obliging.
gaunt
The REVEREND JEREMIAH BROWN, a gaunt, thin-lipped man, strides on.
scowl
He looks around, scowling.
canvas
(They are carrying a rolled-up canvas banner.)
gesture
(COOPER enters, gestures “hello" to the others.)
rube
They are colorful small town citizens, but not caricatured rubes.
fanfare
BOLLINGER toots a ragged fanfare.
placard
He sets up shop between the hot dogs and the lemonade, with a placard reading: “WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?”
sneer
He is a newspaperman in his middle thirties, who sneers politely at everything, including himself.
attire
His clothes—those of a sophisticated city-dweller—contrast sharply with the attire of the townspeople.
undaunted
( Undaunted)
privy
(She sniffs) That’s all right, I suppose, for them as likes havin’ a privy practically in the bedroom!
evolutionist
Are you an Evolutionist?
infidel
An infidel?
defense
Have you come to testify for the defense or for the prosecution?
prosecution
Have you come to testify for the defense or for the prosecution?
league
All the members of the Bible League, get ready!
tread
Whose tread has the thunder of the legions of the Lion-Hearted!
legion
Whose tread has the thunder of the legions of the Lion-Hearted!
augmented
The crowd surges back, augmented, in a jubilant parade.
jubilant
The crowd surges back, augmented, in a jubilant parade.
amend
AMEND THE CONSTITUTION — PROHIBIT DARWIN
ancestor
MY ANCESTORS AIN’T APES!
patriarch
He basks in the cheers and the excitement, like a patriarch surrounded by his children.
statute
I have come because what has happened in a schoolroom of your town has unloosed a wicked attack from the big cities of the North!—an attack upon the law which you have so wisely placed among the statutes of this state.
scripture
I am here to defend that which is most precious in the hearts of all of us: the Living Truth of the Scriptures!
dignitary
Just you and the dignitaries.
municipality
Mr. Matthew Harrison Brady, this municipality is proud to have within its city limits the warrior who has always fought for us ordinary people.
suffrage
The lady folks of this town wouldn’t have the vote if it wasn’t for you, fightin’ to give ’em all that suffrage.
colonel
In conclusion, the Governor of our state has vested in me the authority to confer upon you a commission as Honorary Colonel in the State Militia.
militia
In conclusion, the Governor of our state has vested in me the authority to confer upon you a commission as Honorary Colonel in the State Militia.
buffet
So the members of our Ladies’ Aid have prepared a buffet lunch.
paraphernalia
Some of the townspeople, at BROWN’S direction, carry on a long picnic table, loaded with foodstuffs, potato salad, fried turkey, pickled fruits, cold meats and all the picnic paraphernalia.
repast
He beams, and moistens his lips) Ahhhh, what a handsome repast!
blasphemy
To test the steel of our Truth against the blasphemies of Science!
precept
I’m sure you teach according to the precepts of the Lord.
heathen
Has Mr. Cates ever tried to pollute your mind with his heathen dogma?
dogma
Has Mr. Cates ever tried to pollute your mind with his heathen dogma?
inaudible
BRADY moves her upstage and their conversation continues, inaudible to us.
sovereign
When this sovereign state determined to indict the sovereign mind of a less-than- sovereign schoolteacher, my editors decided there was more than a headline here.
indict
When this sovereign state determined to indict the sovereign mind of a less-than-sovereign schoolteacher, my editors decided there was more than a headline here.
agnostic
Henry Drummond, the agnostic?
blithely
Blithely, HORNBECK reaches across the picnic table and chooses a drumstick.
heretic
He looks at the ring of faces, which have been disturbed by BROWN’S description of the heretic DRUMMOND.

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