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  1. Uncle Vanya Vocabulary

  2. Veranda • p. 163 • “[A garden. Part of the house and veranda can be seen. Under an old poplar tree…”

  3. Veranda • Wrap-around porch (or partial porch) that is usually roofed and enclosed by a railing

  4. Pondering • p. 163 • Marina: “[pondering]: How long? Lord, let me see… You came here….”

  5. Pondering • to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate

  6. Chloroform • P. 164 • “when I got home they still wouldn’t let me rest – brought in a switchman from the railroad; I laid him on the operating table and he went and died in my arms under chloroform, and then my feelings that should have been deadened awoke again, my conscience tortured me as if I had killed the man.

  7. Chloroform • used chiefly in medicine as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic

  8. Samovar • P. 166 • “Marina: Now you see! The samovar has been on the table for two hours already, and they’ve gone for a walk.”

  9. Samovar • a metal urn, used. by Russians for heating water for making tea.

  10. Unaccountable • P. 166 • Telyegin: “Whether I drive through the meadow, Marina Timofeyevna, walk in the shady garden, or just look at the table, I experience unaccountable bliss!”

  11. Unaccountable • unexplained; inexplicable

  12. Pretentiousness • P. 168 • Voinitsky: “twenty-five years lecturing and writing about what the intelligent people know and stupid people aren’t interested in… And what self-importance! What pretentiousness!”

  13. Pretentiousness • characterized by assumption of dignity or importance

  14. Fidelity • P. 168 • Voinitsky: “Because that sort of fidelity is false from beginning to end. There is a great deal of rhetoric in it, but no logic. To deceive an old husband you can’t endure – that’s immoral; but to try to stifle your pitiful youth and vital feelings – that is not immoral.”

  15. Fidelity • strict observance of promises, duties, etc; loyalty

  16. Sultry • P. 163 • Astrov: “No, I don’t drink vidka every day. Besides, it’s sultry. [Pause]…”

  17. Sultry • oppressively hot and close or moist; sweltering

  18. Rheumatism • P. 169/179 • Astov [to Elena Andreyevna]: “I came here to see your husband. You wrote me that he was very ill, rheumatism and something else, but it seems that he is perfectly well.”

  19. Rheumatism • any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain and stiffness.

  20. Versts • P. 169/179 • Astrov: “And I galloped thirty versts at breakneck speed.”

  21. Versts • Russian measure of distance equivalent to 3500 feet or 0.6629 mile or 1.067 kilometers.

  22. Perceptibly • P. 170/179 • Telyegin: “The temperature of the samovar has fallen perceptibly.”

  23. Perceptibly • capable of being perceived; recognizable; appreciable: a perceptible change in his behavior.

  24. Venomous • P.171/180 • Voinitsky: “Oh yes! An enlightened personality who never enlightened anybody….You couldn’t have made a more venomous joke.”

  25. Venomous • full of or containing venom; poisonous • spiteful; malignant

  26. Scholasticism • P. 171/180 • Voinitsky: “…I am now forty-seven years old. Up to a year ago I deliberately tried, just as you do, to cloud my vision with all this scholasticism of yours, and not see real life - and I thought I was doing very well. But now, If you only knew! I lie awake at nights in rage and resentment and I so stupidly missed the time when I could have had everything that my old age now denies me!”

  27. Scholasticism • the system of philosophy, theology, and teaching that dominated medieval western Europe and was based on the writings of the Church Fathers and (from the 12th century) Aristotle

  28. Vocation • P. 173/182 • Elena: “Yes I’ve been told that you love forests very much. Of course, that can be of great service, but doesn’t it interfere with your real vocation? After all, you are a doctor.

  29. Vocation • a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling

  30. Indolent • P. 175/184 • Voinitsky: If you could see your face, your movements…You are too indolent to live! Oh, how indolent!”

  31. Indolent • having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful

  32. Abominably • P. 175/184 • Elena: “Ivan Petrovich, you have behaved abominably again. Did you have to annoy Maria Vasilyevna with your talk of perpetuum mobile!”

  33. Abominably • repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome • very unpleasant; disagreeable • very bad, poor, or inferior

  34. Repulsive • P. 178/187 • Serebryakov: “They say that Turgenev developed angina pectoris from gout. I’m afraid I may have it. Damable, disgusting old age! When I grew old, I began to be repulsive to myself. And now, no doubt, you all find it repulsive to look at me.”

  35. Repulsive • Aversion;tending to drive away or keep at a distance

  36. Egoist and Despot • P. 179/188 • Serebryakov: “…Well let us suppose that I am repulsive, that I am an egoist, a despot - haven’t I earned it? I ask you, haven’t I a right to be selfish in my old age? Haven’t I earned it? I ask you, haven’t I? I have a right to a peaceful old age and a little attention?

  37. Egoist • A self-centered or selfish person

  38. Despot • a king or other ruler with absolute, unlimited power; autocrat.

  39. Sepulcher and Trivial • P. 179/188 • Serebryakov: “To devote your entire life to learning, to grow accustomed to your own study, to lecture halls, and esteemed colleagues- and suddenly, for no reason whatsoever, to find yourself in this sepulcher, seeing their trivial conversations…”

  40. Sepulcher • a tomb, grave, or burial place.

  41. Trivial • of very little importance or value; insignificant

  42. Imbecile • P. 180/188 • “Serebryakov: What do I need Astrov for? He knows as much about medicine as I know about astronomy. Sonya: We can’t summon the entire medical faculty for your gout. Serebryakov: “I won’t even talk to that imbecile.

  43. Imbecile • showing mental feebleness or incapacity • stupid; silly; absurd.

  44. Implore • P. 181/189 • Serebryakov: “Let them go to bed, but you go, too. Thank you. I implore you. For the sake of our former friendship, don’t protest. We’ll talk some other time.”

  45. Implore • to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat

  46. Enmity , Petty, and Squabbles • P. 182/191 • Elena: “Ivan Petrovich, you are educated, intelligent man, and I should think you would understand that the world is being destroyed not by crime and fire, but by hatred, enmity, all these petty squabbles…Your business should be not to grumble, but to reconcile us to one another.”

  47. Enmity • a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.

  48. Petty • of little or no importance or consequence

  49. Squabbles • to engage in a petty quarrel

  50. banalities • devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite