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  1. Short Story Vocabulary III “Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone” by James Baldwin

  2. loath(verb) Definition: unwilling, reluctant

  3. incantation(noun) Definition:a spell used while performing magic and which is supposed to produce a desired effect

  4. coherent(adjective) Definition: having clarity and logic

  5. wretched(adjective) Definition: 1. terribly, distressingly, or awfully bad; 2. appearing mean or miserable; 3. poor quality or workmanship.

  6. shiftless(adjective) Definition:lacking ambition or incentive; lazy

  7. jeopardize(verb) Definition:to expose to peril, risk, or danger

  8. sneer(noun, verb) Definition:to smile or laugh with the expression of a jeer or of contempt

  9. susceptible(adjective) Definition:open, nonresistant, or prone to something

  10. ineffable(adjective) Definition:incapable of being expressed in words

  11. gruff(adjective) Definition: (1) brusque or stern in speech or manner; (2) describing a harsh or hoarse voice

  12. repentant(adjective) Definition:sorry; regretful

  13. dubious(adjective) Definition:(1) questionable or suspect in quality; (2) unsettled in opinion

  14. shrewd(adjective) Definition:clever and wily, especially in making deals

  15. dour(adjective) Definition:(1) gloomy, sullen; (2) stern, severe, unyielding

  16. apprehension(noun) Definition: suspicion or fear of something in the future