Wednesday, February 2, 2011

And now for the quotes:

"It may be a movement towards becoming like little children to admit that we are generally nothing else." ~(Charles Williams, Descent Into Hell, p. 50)

"He was outraging his intelligence with this invited deceit, and he did not wish to know it." ~(Williams speaking of Wentworth p. 130)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Descent Into Hell" words defined

Just finished reading this book again. So interesting what he finds to pack into 222 pages. So much symbolism and message. Here's a few infrequently used words I found interesting as well and a few quotes.

Bathos: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax. (The bathos into Inferno)
Macabre: 1. gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible.
2.
of, pertaining to, dealing with, or representing death, esp. its grimmer or uglier aspect.
3.
of or suggestive of the allegorical dance of death.

chary: shy, choosy, cautious
ferly: something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror

Stridency: making or having a harsh sound, grating; having a shrill, irritating quality or character

higgledy-piggledy: adv or adj. confused jumbled; helter-skelter

Nadir: 1.Astronomy . the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer
and diametrically opposite the zenith.
2.
Astrology . the point of a horoscope opposite the midheaven:the cusp of the fourth house
3.
the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.


aureole: a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage.
percipient: discerning, discriminating; a person or thing that percieves
contretemps: an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance
tangential: tending to digress or to reply to questions obliquely
acrimonious: caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc

pulchritudinous: beautiful
nostrums: a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine.