Revolutionary Road- Words & Quotes

Words from Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates:

  • timorous- fearful
  • decadence- deterioration; moral decay
  • adroit- skillful; nimble
  • inanity- silliness; shallowness
  • trenchant- keen; cutting
  • stolid- impassive, or unemotional
  • anathema- something detested or loathed
  • effete- lacking vigor; degenerate
  • pawky- cunning, or sly
  • disparage- belittle, or depreciate
  • repugnant- distasteful; offensive
  • denigrate- criticize
  • alacrity- willingness, or cheerful readiness
  • undulant- wave-like

Quotes from Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates:

“The important thing, always, was to remember who you were.”

“Then the fight went out of control… it urged each other into each other’s weakest points…”

“People did change, and a change could be a bloom as well as a withering, couldn’t it?”

“How she talks and talks and talks and never says anything?”

“Our ability to measure and apportion time affords an almost endless source of comfort.”


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