Glossary

Florence Pageau

15 definitions to enjoy your reading and get the full understanding of the novel.
Strolled

“Then I strolled in the gardens, recapturing the memories of my youth” (Maugham page 56)

Definition: to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take a walk

Disinclination

“After a moment’s hesitation which I interpreted into a disinclination to tell exactly where he lived” (Maugham page 57)

Definition: when you prefer to avoid something

Complacency

“Elliott with some complacency told them that he had engaged a very good lady’s maid to look after them […]” (Maugham page 58)

Definition: feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction

Unabashed

“Mrs. Bradley, after living so many years in diplomatic circles, spoke it correctly enough but with an unabashed American accent.” (Maugham page 64)

Definition: not ashamed, disconcerted, or apologetic

Idleness

“Is it more than just a sort of laborious idleness?” (Maugham page 70)

Definition: the quality, state, or condition of being lazy, inactive

Drudge

“It means that I should be a drudge to the day of my death.” (Maugham page 72)

Definition: a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work

Inanity

“They talked with inanity in a loud, metallic voice without a moment’s pause” (Maugham page 76)

Definition: lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness

Haggard

“The American diplomat smiled to himself as he saw how false and haggard she made them look” (Maugham page 77)

Definition: looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering

Woe-begone

“He seemed neither harassed, upset, nor woe-begone.” (Maugham page 80)

Definition: sad or miserable in appearance

Impetuosity

“She cried with her usual rather breathless impetuosity.” (Maugham page 82)

Definition: relating to, or characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.; impulsive

Flippant

“[…] she repeated to me his flippant reply when she had inquired who he was.” (Maugham page 86)

Definition: frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity

Anguish

“[…] an anguish to be sure that there was a compensation for the sin and sorrow of the world” (Maugham page 89)

Definition: excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain

Dreary

“His wife, after years of dreary, sordid drudgery, broke down in health and the girl had to come home […]” (Maugham page 90)

Definition: time of sadness or gloom.

Genuine

“A chill went down my spine as it strangely does when I am confronted with deep and genuine human emotion.” (Maugham page 91)

Definition: free from pretense, affectation, or hypocrisy; sincere

Languishes

“Well, love isn’t a good sailor and it languishes on a sea voyage” (Maugham page 94)

Definition: to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade

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