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Great Gatsby Vocabulary Chapters 1-2 Great Gatsby Vocabulary Chapters 1-2 Presentation Transcript

  • This isn't just an epigram - life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.
  • Epigram: a short, witty poem expressing a single thought
  • Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner.
  • Supercilious: feeling or showing haughty disdain
  • She was only extemporizing but a stirring warmth flowed from her as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words.
  • Extemporizing: to perform without prior preparation
  • I knew now why her face was familiar- its pleasing contemptuous expression had looked out at me from many rotogravure pictures of the sporting life at . . . Palm Beach.
  • Rotogravure: printed material, such as a newspaper
  • Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished her peremptory heart.
  • Peremptory: dictatorial; offensively self-assured
  • Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice . . . and then sank down himself into eternal blindness or forgot them and moved away.
  • Oculist: a physician who treats diseases of the eyes
  • The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the waste land, a sort of compact Main Street ministering to it and contiguous to absolutely nothing.
  • Contiguous: adjacent; sharing an edge
  • The intense vitality that had been so remarkable in the garage was converted into impressive hauteur.
  • Hauteur: haughtiness in bearing and attitude