The Story of an Hour

story of an hourThis famous story by Kate Chopin got a lot of good and bad comments when it was first published. It supported equality for women in what was then a male controlled world by saying that a wife could feel “free, free, free” and have a look of “ in her eyes” after thinking for an hour about her husband’s death. It was a good thing that the decided to have the poor woman die at the end of the story from “joy that kills”. One has suggested that the story would not have been published if the woman had then lived happily ever after.

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triumph(n: triumph pl triumphs) 1. A great victory or success. (ชัยชนะ) 2. The very happy and joyful feeling that comes from victory or success. (ความยินดีจากชัยชนะ) 5000

author(n: author pl authors) The person who has written something; someone who writes books or stories, especially a person who has written many books or stories. I enjoyed the book, but I can't remember the name of its author. 3000

(n: critic pl critics) Someone, usually an expert, whose job it is to give opinions about books, movies, or other forms of art. 2000

armchair(n: armchair pl armchairs) A chair with pieces on each side to support your arms. 6000

breathe(v: breathe, breathes, breathed, breathing) To move air into and out of your lungs; to inhale and exhale. He was breathing hard from running.
(phrasal verb: breathe deeply) To take a lot of air into your lungs. 3000

comfortable(adj: comfortable) 1. In comfort; pleasantly relaxed. He looked very comfortable in his chair. 2. Producing a good physical feeling. A comfortable chair. 3. Financially secure without being rich. They have a comfortable standard of living. 2000

cruel(adj: cruel, crueler, cruelest) Used to describe: 1. someone who hurts others and does not feel sorry about it; 2. something that causes or helps to cause pain or suffering.
(n: cruelty pl cruelties) 1. Something which causes pain or suffering. 2. The quality or state of being cruel. 3000

delicious(adj: delicious) Having a very nice taste or smell. 6000

gentle(adj: gentle) 1. [of people] Behaving, talking etc in a soft, kind, pleasant way. The doctor was very gentle. 2. Not strong or rough. A gentle wind. 3. [of hills] Rising gradually. A gentle slope
(adv: gently) In a gentle way. 3000

joy(n: joy pl joys) A feeling of great happiness.
(adj: joyful or joyous) Filled with, showing or causing joy. 2000

pray(v: pray, prays, prayed, praying) 1. To speak to God or someone or something that has special powers in order to express thanks or ask for something. 2. To hope or wish very much for something to happen.
(n: prayer; pl prayers) The words spoken to God when you give thanks or ask for something. 2000

proud(adj: proud, prouder, proudest) 1. Feeling very pleased because of something you have done or own, someone you know, etc. She felt proud as she watched her daughter graduate. 2. Having a too high opinion of oneself; arrogant. She was too proud to talk to us. 2000
(n: pride, noncount) A feeling of pleasure and satisfaction at one's achievements, possessions, family etc. She watched with pride as her daughter graduated. 3000

sense(n: sense pl senses) 1. One of the five natural powers of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. 2. A physical or emotional feeling that you experience. A sense of hunger/pain. A sense that something isn't right. 3. The ability to think clearly and show good judgement. Common sense 1000

silence(n: silence, noncount) 1. [A period of time] when there is no sound. The teacher asked for silence in the room. I find it hard to sleep unless there is complete silence. (ความเงียบ)
(adj: silent) Used to describe someone or something that is not making noise. (เงียบ)
(adv: silently) In a silent way. (อย่างเงียบ ๆ) 3000

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

strength(n: strength, noncount) The characteristic of being physically or mentally strong. She's doing exercises to build up the strength in her legs. I hope that I'll have the strength to say 'no' when my friends want me to drive them home after drinking. (ความเข้มแข็ง) 2000

victory(n: victory pl victories) Success in beating an opponent or enemy. (ชัยชนะ)
(adj: victorious) Having won a victory. (รบ ชนะ) 3000

within(prep: within) 1. Inside [a certain area or space]. We could hear sounds coming from within his apartment. 2. Before the end of [a particular period of time]. Most students find a job within a year of graduating. (ภายใน) 1000

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