1. “‘Everything is potent, volatile…!’”
2. Due to structure it is obviously an adjective which has a similar meaning to “potent”
3. Potent, deadly
4. tending or threatening to break out into open violence; explosive
5. Erratic, resilient, unstable
6. The explosives were volatile and likely to burst at any moment.
1. “‘There is not a single caprice-not one-that I have not indulged.’” (Schlitz 129)
2. It is a noun, due to structure, which can be indulged upon.
3. Piece of entertainment
4. a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one’s mind
5. Contrariety, gag, humor, whim, whimsy
6. After years of doing the same thing over and over again, she thought it was time for a caprice.
1. “He espied a small pointed foot, sticking out from under a chair.” (Schlitz 112)
2. It must be a verb, due to structure, which can be related to looking or finding
3. To catch sight of
4. to see at a distance; catch sight of.
6. He is the seeker in this game of hide and seek so don’t let him espy you from behind your hiding spot.
1. ” Within two weeks, her clothes acquired a patina of oily filth…” (Schlitz 112)
2. The word is a noun because of structure as it says a patina of something, and it is something that can be described by how dirty it is and relates to clothing
4. a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age.
6. The old metal flagpole had developed a patina of rust.
1. “Mrs. Pinch neck treated them to a dramatic account of Grisini’s injury, ending with a Spasm so harrowing that the constable sent Parsefall to the nearest public house for a pennyworth of gin.”(Schlitz 110)
2. The word must be an adjective because I structure, saying the spasm was so harrowing, describing the spasm.
3. Weakening or extremely loud
4. extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous
5. Agonizing, excruciating, traumatic
6. When learning her husband had died, she let out a harrowing wail which could be heard from miles away.
1. “After the frowst of the gin palace, the cold of the streets was piercing.” (Schlitz 89)
2. An antonym of the word is clearly shown, and the structure makes it known that cold is the antonym of frowst.
4. A hot and stale atmosphere
5. No synonyms
6. She invites me to sit near the frowst of the fireplace and I gratefully accept the offer.
1. “This time she was fully awake: alone, decrepit,and in pain.” (Schlitz 84)
2. The words surrounding decrepit “alone” and “in pain” show some sort of weakness, so the word itself must also have something to do with a weakness.
3. Crippled by a weakness or illness of some sort
4. Weakened by old age; feeble
5. Crippled, feeble, frail
6. The old woman reminisced of older times, before she was so decrepit she could hardly walk.