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Slaughterhouse Five-Chapter 1

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Word Key: schizophrenic incinerate soliloquize elegant irony climax rabid covetous pneumatic sordid bigotry unmitigated magnanimity expend idle succumb obliged devastation contempt titillate vile

Of or relating to or characteristic of schizophrenia Europe expended millions of her treasures, and the blood of two million of her people; and a handful of quarrelsome knights retained possession of Palestine for about one hundred years!
To become reduced to ashes There was a young man from Stamboul, Who soliloquized thus to his tool: “You took all my wealth And you ruined my health, And now you won’t pee, you old fool.”
To talk to oneself History in her solemn page informs us that the crusaders were but ignorant and savage men, that their motives were those of bigotry unmitigated, and that their pathway was one of blood and tears.
To be refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style The rabid little American I call Paul Lazzaro in this book had about a quart of diamonds and emeralds and rubies and so on.
The incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs Those were vile people in both those cities, as is well known. The world was better off without them.
The decisive moment in a novel or play The devastation of Dresden was boundless.
To be marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea Friederich was obliged finally to give up the siege, because he learned of the fall of Glatz, the critical point of his new conquests.
To be immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth He would peek into the bag every now and then, and he would roll his eyes and swivel his scrawny neck, trying to catch people looking covetously at his bag.
Of or relating to or using air (or a similar gas) The stories were mimeographed and stuffed into the brass and velvet cartridges which the pneumatic tubes ate.
To be morally degraded Furthermore, the stately Kreuzkirche tower, from which the enemy’s movements had been watched day and night, stood in flames. It later succumbed.
To not be diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need machinery like that.
To be a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions. “I think the climax of the book will be the execution of poor old Edgar Derby,” I said. “The irony is so great. A whole city gets burned down, and thousands and thousands of people are killed. And then this one American foot soldier is arrested in the ruins for taking a teapot. And he’s given a regular trial, and then he’s shot by a firing squad.”
Having a liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit The Children’s Crusade struck him as only slightly more sordid than the ten Crusades for grown-ups.
To use up, consume fully This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from. Peace.
Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility The truth is death, he wrote. I’ve fought nicely against it as long as I could . . . danced with it, festooned it, waltzed it around . . . decorated it with streamers, titillated it ..
To be fatally overwhelmed As a trafficker in climaxes and thrills and characterization and wonderful dialogue and suspense and confrontations, I had outlined the Dresden story many times.
To be under a moral obligation to do something They were no doubt idle and deserted children who generally swarm in great cities, nurtured on vice and daring, said Mackay, and ready for anything.
An event that results in total destruction History in her solemn page informs us that the crusaders were but ignorant and savage men, that their motives were those of bigotry unmitigated, and that their pathway was one of blood and tears.
The lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike He had a pleasant little apartment, and his daughter was getting an excellent education. His mother was incinerated in the Dresden fire-storm. So it goes.
To excite pleasurably or erotically Romance, on the other hand, dilates upon their piety and heroism, and portrays, in her most glowing and impassioned hues, their virtue and magnanimity, the imperishable honor they acquired for themselves, and the great services they rendered to Christianity.
To be morally unforgivable I get drunk, and I drive my wife away with a breath like mustard gas and roses. And then, speaking gravely and elegantly into the telephone, I ask the telephone operators to connect me with this friend or that one, from whom I have not heard in years.

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