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1

adamant

Forceful; inflexible
Both the Montagues and the Capulets were adamant in their large conflict with each other.

2

brawny

Muscular
Ethan Frome was most likely brawny, due to the strength required to work with a farm and mill everyday.

3

decathlon

An athletic competition with ten events
Katniss could easily participate and compete in a decathlon because of her athletic prowess.

4

equivocate

Speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth
There were many instances where Holden Caulfield equivocated in front of other people who he met.

5

hieroglyphics

1. Picture writing; 2. Writing which is difficult to read or enigmatic
Holden's handwriting, due to his neglect of education, probably looked like hieroglyphics, appearing illegible.

6

larceny

Theft; robbery; stealing
Jessica performed an act of larceny when she robbed Shylock by stealing a portion of his wealth when she ran away.

7

obsession

A dominating concern
Shylock had an obsession with money and wealth, and this is apparent through his greedy attitude.

8

ponderous

Weighty; slow and heavy
Katniss was the opposite of a ponderous person, since she possessed agility and speed, being light in weight.

9

retention

Preservation; withholding
Shylock's retention of his own wealth and money was put to an end when he was ordered to relinquish his wealth at the end of Antonio's trial.

10

timorous

Cowardly; fearful
Ethan Frome had a few timorous thought when pondering about running away with Mattie, since he was worried Zeena's welfare.

11

adroit

Skillful
Holden was quite adroit with falsifying information, always lying to the many people who he met in New York.

12

brevity

Being brief
There was no brevity in Romeo's speech to Juliet as she was on the balcony, where he expressed his love for her.

13

decorum

Dignified, correct behavior
Portia, as a prim and proper noble, was probably trained from a young age to practice decorum, being courteous.

14

err

Make a mistake
Holden Caulfield erred many times in his journey in New York City, meeting a prostitute, going into bars, and smoking in nuns' faces.

15

hinder

Obstruct
Portia, disguised as a male lawyer, hindered Shylock in his desire to procure the pound of flesh from Antonio.

16

largess

Generosity
Zeena had no largess in her heart, for she was cold in her attitudes and was quite selfish at times.

17

obsolete

No longer valid
To say that Shylock was wealthy by the end of The Merchant of Venice is an obsolete statement, since he lost everything.

18

pontificate

Speak pompously or dogmatically
In Shylock's time, Christians often pontificated to Jews, who were seems as inferior, evil, and selfish.

19

reticent

Restrained; holding something back; uncommunicative
Juliet was reticent in keeping her love and concern for Romeo a secret to her parents, and so, she instead mourned for her dead cousin, Tybalt.

20

tirade

Stream of verbal abuse
When Juliet disagreed with her parents about marriage to Paris, Lord Capulet, in anger, gave a tirade to Juliet with angry statements.