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.

Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Pre-Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1200 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: armchair, , cruel, , , , , , , soul, victory, , and .


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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. (ผู้ เขียน) 3000

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

armchair(n: armchair pl armchairs) A chair with pieces on each side to support your arms. (เก้าอี้มีที่วางแขน) 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. (หายใจ) 3000

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

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

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

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

joy(n: joy plural joys) A feeling of great happiness. (ความสุขสบาย ; ความสุขสันต์)
(adj: joyful or joyous) Filled with, showing or causing joy. (ที่เปี่ยมไปด้วยความสุข) 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. (สวดมนต์) 2000
(n: prayer; pl prayers) The words spoken to God when you give thanks or ask for something. (การสวดมนต์; การภาวนา) 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. (ภูมิใจในตนเอง) 2. Having a (too) high opinion of oneself; arrogant. She was too proud to talk to us. (หยิ่ง) 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. (ความภาคภูมิใจ) 3000

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

creep(v: creep, creeps, crept, creeping} To move slowly, quietly or secretly. (ย่อง) 3000

fold(v: fold, folds, folded, folding) To bend one part (of something such as cloth, paper etc.) over or against another part. (พับ) To fold your arms or hands means to put one arm or hand over the other arm or hand in a way that keeps them together. (กอดหรือประสาน แขน) 3000

glow(v: glow, glows, glowed, glowing) 1. To give out heat or light without any flame. (แสงแวววาว) 2. To have pink cheeks because of heat, cold, emotion etc. (คุแดง) 3. To look happy or excited about something. (อิ่มเอิบ) 3000

keen(adj: keen, keener, keenest) To be very excited about and interested in something. (กระตือรือร้น) 2000

riot(n: riot pl riots) A situation in which a large group of people behave in a violent and uncontrolled way. (การจลาจล) 5000

(n: sake pl sakes) The benefit or interest of someone or something. Used in phrases with 'for' to say that something is done to help a particular person or thing (e.g. We must do it for the sake of our country). (เป็นประโยชน์)
(interj) Used in phrases with 'for' to express anger, annoyance, surprise, etc. (e.g. For God's sake! For goodness sake! For Heaven's sake! ) 2000

sob(v: sob, sobs, sobbed, sobbing) 1. To cry noisily while taking in short, sudden breaths. (สะอื้นสะอื้น) 2. To say something while doing this. (ส่งเสียงร่ำไห้) 7000

waist(n: waist pl waists) The narrow part of the human body between the stomach and hips. (ก้น) 5000

whisper(n: whisper pl whispers) A very quiet sound, especially something said. (การกระซิบ; การส่งเสียงเบา ๆ)
(v: whisper, whispers, whispered, whispering) To speak or say something very softly. (กระซิบ) 5000