The Virgin Suicides- Words & Quotes

Words from The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides:

  • febrile- feverish; fiery
  • invective- railing accusation
  • demarcation- boundary marker
  • votive- dedicated; expressing desire
  • crenellation- dent
  • clandestine- secret; surreptitious
  • susurration- whisper (n.)
  • reticent- reserved
  • verdant- green; inexperienced
  • idiosyncratic- distinctive, individual
  • hermetic- tight; isolated
  • torrid- passionate, ardent; oppressively hot
  • prosaic- dull, common, unimaginative
  • cursory- hasty; broad; superficial
  • paltry- utterly worthless; ridiculously small
  • scrupulous- precise, exact
  • voluble- talkative
  • bowdlerized- censored
  • miasma- dangerous, foreboding, death-like influence or atmosphere
  • ascetic- puritanical, self-denying
  • monolithic- immense, colossal
  • beatific- blissful
  • phalanx- group, often united for a common purpose
  • crepuscular- relating to twilight; dim

Quotes from The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides:

“Her mind no longer existed in any way that mattered.”

“I knew I had to close that window or else she’d go on jumping out of it forever.”

“Their desire was silent yet magnificent, like a thousand daisies attuning their faces toward the path of the sun.”

“Adolescents tend to seek love where they can find it.”

“We just want to live. If anyone would let us.”

“… nothing made less sense by that time than a survival room buried in a house itself becoming one big coffin.”

“What my yia yia could never understand about America was why everyone pretended to be happy all the time.”

“… only its sudden voicelessness making us realize it had been speaking all along.”


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