A Clean Well-Lighted Place

a clean well-lighted placeThis story by Ernest Hemingway can be summed up in a line spoken by the young waiter: “I wouldn’t want to be that old. An old man is a nasty thing.” It is about what many young people think of the old, and how many old people live in loneliness and .

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despair(n: despair, noncount) The feeling of no longer having any hope. 4000

brandy(n: brandy pl brandies) A strong alcoholic drink made from wine. 5000

confidence(n: confidence, noncount) 1. A feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something; self-confidence. 2. A feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something. 3. The feeling of being certain that something will happen or that something is true. 2000

crazy(adj: crazy, crazier, craziest) 1. Mentally ill; affected with madness or insanity. 2. Very foolish or unreasonable. 3000

deaf(adj: deaf, deafer, deafest) Not able to hear. 3000

dignity(n: dignity, noncount) 1. A calm and serious manner that deserves respect. She showed dignity in defeat. 2. The quality of being given honor and respect by people. The dignity of the occasion. 3. A sense of your own importance and value. It's difficult to preserve your dignity when you have no job. 6000

insult(n: insult pl insults) An action or comment that is rude or disrespectful. 3000
(v: insult, insults, insulted, insulting) To do or say something to or about someone in a way that is rude or not respectful. 3000

nasty(adj: nasty, nastier, nastiest) 1. Very unpleasant to see, smell, taste, etc. 2. Wicked; evil; very bad or unpleasant. 2000

saucer(n: saucer pl saucers) A small, round dish that you put a cup on. 6000

shutters(n: shutter pl shutters) An outside cover or screen for a window which opens and closes like a door. Designed to shut out the light, stop people looking in, or provide some form of protection against weather or attack. 6000

soul(n: soul pl souls) The spirit; the non-physical part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever. (วิญญาณ) 3000

spill(v: spill, spills, spilled, spilling) To cause or allow (something) to fall, flow, or run over the edge of a container, usually in an accidental way. (ทำให้หก) 3000

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