Go Set A Watchman- Words & Quotes

Words from Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee:

  • fractious- unruly, peevish; irritable and quarrelsome
  • facsimile- an exact copy
  • abjure- to renounce
  • perspicacious- having keen mental perception and understanding
  • irreconcilable- incompatible; implacably opposed
  • evince- to show clearly, prove
  • philistine- someone who is contentedly commonplace in ideas or tastes
  • paroxysm- sudden, violent outburst
  • halcyon- calm, tranquil, peaceful
  • innocuous- harmless, inoffensive
  • acrimonious- caustic, stinging, bitter
  • penchant- a strong inclination, taste, or liking
  • regale- to entertain lavishly or agreeably
  • anthropophagous- cannibalistic
  • salacious- lustful, lecherous
  • coterie- an exclusive group
  • harangue- diatribe
  • environ- the surrounding area
  • raffish- unconventional and slightly disreputable, especially in an attractive manner
  • insular- ignorant of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or people outside of one’s experience
  • accoutrement- additional items used for a particular activity
  • gulosity- gluttony
  • multifarious- having many parts, forms, or elements
  • pendulous- hanging down loosely; swinging freely
  • effusion- the act of pouring forth
  • quixotic- extravagantly chivalrous or romantic
  • aplomb- self-confidence or assurance
  • bigot- a person who is intolerant of those holding other opinions

Quotes from Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee:

“Love’s the only thing in this world that is unequivocal. There are different kinds of love, certainly, but it’s a you-do or you don’t proposition with them all.”

“Men in this age have turned the Other Woman into a psychiatrist’s couch, and at far less expense, too.”

“His private character was his public character.”

“A man can condemn his enemies, but it’s wiser to know them.”

“You just try to kill their souls instead of their bodies.”

“… the time your friends need you is when they’re wrong, Jean Louise.”


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