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VOCABULARY

Welcome to the vocabulary page! -Vocabulary is powerfully important
In Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness," although it is easy to veiw
his words as a wall between yourself and his themes. Through 
challenging vocabulary,diction and syntax together, Conrad 
illustrates a theme of things at the surface superficial level 
having deeper meanings and actually standing for feelings,
emotions and motifs. Below is a list of vocab.  The words are not in 
alphabetical order but in order of apperance from within the novel:

Offing-
      a near or forseeable future
Diaphanus-
      charcterized by delicacy of firm or texture
Inscrutable-
      not readily investigated, interpreted or understood
Sedantary-
      completly inactive
Propensity-
      an often intense preference or natural inclanation
Spectral-
      ghostly
Strits-
      a spar that crosses a fore and aft of a sail diaganally
Luminous-
      glowing, a lighted
Estuary-
      Water passage where the tide meets the river current
Ascetic-
      practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal 
      or spiritual discipline
Venerable-
      Sacred, religous or respected
August-
      marked by majestic dignity
Knight Errant-
      a knight traveling in search of adventures in which to
      exhibit military skill and prowness.
Immutability-
      changeable
Concertina-
      a small musical, instument, like an accordian
Somnambulist-
      a sleepwalker
Ominous-
      Unfavorable or threatening
Senteniously-
      full of meaning, saying much in few words, giving advice
Enigma-
      something hard to understan or mysterious - adj, enigmatic-
Insipid-
      Without any taste or spirit of interest
Lugubrious-
      too sad - overly mournful
Drollery-
      Unwhimsical humor
Morose-
      having a gloomy disposition
Alacrity-
      Punctual, prompt or on-time
Rapacious-
      eccesivly covetous
Moribund-
      state of dying
Pestilence-
      contagious or infectious
Demoralization-
      to corrupt, or the corruption of something
Trechant-
      vigurously effective, morals articulant
Stealthy-
      sneaky or undercover
Deplorable-
      deserving contempt
Indefatigable-
      unable to become tired
Scathing-
      bitterly severe
Taunt-
      tease or make fun of
Epoch- 
      a time period or fixed point
Serviette- 
      a table napkin
Ostentation-
      to display 
Beguiled-
       to lead by deception
Supercilious-
      haughty or proud
Prevaricator-
      lier, deviator of truth
Impudence-
      marked by cocky boldness
Vexed-
      debated or discussed at length
Pestiforous-
      dargerous to society
Indignation-
      to be unjust, unworthy and mean
Sagacious-
      judgement, discerning
Edifying-
      to instruct or improve - spiritually
Ciphere-
      one without weight worth or influence
Malevolently-
      Productive of harm or of evil
Languidly-
      slow, laking quickness
Recondile-
      hidden from sight
Inexolerable-
      not to be persuaded to move
Apathy-
      lack of feeling or emotion
Tumult-
      milling crowd, disoredly agitation
Sombre-
      very serious, grave and depressing
Desolation-
      to be alone in sorrow
Impalpable-
      to be uncapable of feeling through touch.
Prodigious-
      an omen
Prudently-
      excessivly proper in manners or wisdom
Motley-
      composed of diverse colors
Harlequin-
      a humourous character in pantomime
Abscounded-
      to depart secretly and hide oneself
Audacity- 
      recklessly bold or daring
Vivaciously-
      livly in spirit-sprightly
Despondancy-
      a state of hopelessness
Reproachful-
      an expression of rebuke or disapproval
Repose-
      peace, resting, eternal, heavenly
Fecund-
      fruitful in offsring or vegetation





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HEART OF DARKNESS HOMEPAGE
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THEMES
Observe motifs, themes and symbols in Heart of Darkness
CHARACTERS
Look at Conrad's use of charcters for plot development
SHVETA AND SARA'S ANALYSIS
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BIOGRAPHY
Checkout the man who is the mystery behind Heart of Darkness
AP ENGLISH HOMEPAGE
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