That Evening Sun (Go Down)

girl with washing basketIn this story by William Faulkner, three children observe the of concern shown by their parents for the possible danger faced by an African-American woman who has washed the family clothes for many years. The woman fears that her husband is going to kill her because she is carrying a white man’s child. At the end of the story, we are left wondering whether he succeeds.

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: bundle, , , , coffin, , ditch, , , , , , negro, nigger, , pave, popcorn, razor, scar, , , spit, spill, , supper, , watermelon, and .

General Comments on the Story

This is a good example of how stories can be changed in important ways by an . The 1931 magazine of the story (known as That Evening Sun) is different to the book version published in the same year (later known as That Evening Sun Go Down) in several ways. The most notable of these are that the magazine editor insisted on Nancy’s husband being called “Jubah” instead of “Jesus”, and Section VI was changed significantly to provide a clearer ending to the story. We have used the magazine version as the basis for our stories, as these changes make it a little easier to understand.


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(v: lack, lacks, lacked, lacking) To have too little or none of. He lacked the courage to join the army. (ขาด)
(n: lack, noncount) The state of not having any or enough. The lack of food meant that we always went to bed hungry. (ขาด) 2000

balance(v: balance, balances, balanced, balancing) To make (something) steady by keeping weight equal on all sides; to make or keep steady. She balanced the jug of water on her head. The ballet dancer balanced on her toes. (ทำให้สมดุล) 1000

bone(n: bone pl bones) The hard substance forming the skeleton of man, animals etc. (กระดูก) 2000

bundle(n: bundle pl bundles) A group of things that are fastened, tied, or wrapped together. He made up a bundle of old clothes to give away. (หีบห่อ) 4000

coffin(n: coffin pl coffins) A box for a dead body to be kept, buried or cremated in. (โลงศพ) 5000

ditch(n: ditch pl ditches) A long narrow hollow that is dug along a road, field, etc. and used to hold or move water. He climbed over the fence and fell into a ditch. (คูน้ำ) 3000

divide(v: divide, divides, divided, dividing) 1. To separate into parts or groups. The wall divided the garden in two. (แ่งแยก) 2. (with between or among) To share. We divided the sweets between us. (แบ่งกันระหว่าง; แบ่งปันท่ามกลาง) 3. To find out how many times one number contains another. 6 divided by 2 equals 3. หาร 1000

dust(n: dust, noncount) A fine powder made up of very small pieces of earth, sand, etc. The furniture was covered in dust. (ฝุ่น)
(adj: dusty; dustier, dustiest) Filled or covered with dust. He cleaned the dusty shelf. (เป็นฝุ่น) 2000

evil(n: evil, evils) 1. (noncount) The force of things that are morally bad. He believed that the world was full of evil. (สิ่งที่ชั่วร้าย)
2. Something that is harmful or causes injury to someone. They were talking about the evils of alcohol. (ความเลวร้าย)
(adj: evil, eviler, evilest) Very bad; wicked; sinful. (ชั่วร้าย) 3000

(n: hall pl halls) 1. A room or passage at the entrance to a house. (ทางเข้าประตู) 2. A long, narrow passage inside a building with doors that lead to rooms on each side; also called a hallway or corridor (ทางเดินยาวนตึก) 1000

entrance hall hallway

hell(n: hell, singular) 1. The place where, according to some religions, the devil lives and evil people go after they die. (ขุมนรก) (n: noncount) 2. A very difficult or unpleasant situation or experience. I left the job because the boss made my life hell. (ความทรมาน) 1000

insure(v: insure, insures, insured, insuring) To arrange for the payment of a sum of money in the event of the loss of (something) or accident or injury to (someone). Is your car insured against accident? (ประกันภัย) 1000
(n: insurance; noncount) An agreement in which a person makes regular payments to a company and the company promises to pay money if the person is injured or dies, or to pay money equal to the value of something (such as a house or car) if it is damaged, lost, or stolen. (การประกัน)

jail(n: jail pl jails) A place where people are kept when they have been arrested and/or are being punished for breaking the law; a prison. (คุก) 4000
In some old stories you will see this word spelled as gaol. This spelling is not used in modern English.

(n: negro pl negroes) An old-fashioned word for a person who has dark skin and who belongs to a race of people who are originally from Africa. (คนดำ) 12000
As this word can be offensive, we only use it where we feel that it is important to the meaning of a story.

(n: nigger pl niggers) A very offensive racist word for a person who has dark skin and belongs to a race of people who are originally from Africa. (คนดำ) 7000
As this word is very offensive, we only use it where we feel that it is important to the meaning of a story.

pave(v: pave, paves, paved, paving) To cover (a street, path etc) with a material (such as stone, tar, or concrete) to form a hard, level surface for walking, driving, etc. (ปูพื้น) 3000

popcorn(n: popcorn, noncount) Corn in the form of hard yellow seeds that burst open and become soft and white when they are heated. We watched a movie and ate a bag of popcorn. (ข้าวโพดคั่ว) 9000

razor(n: razor pl razors) A tool or device with a sharp edge that is used to shave or cut hair from the face, body, or head. (มีดโกน) 5000

reckon(v: reckons, reckoned, reckoning) To think or suppose (something); to believe that (something) is true or possible. I reckon that we'll have to leave early. (พิจารณาว่า) 1000

scar(n: scar pl scars) A mark that is left on your skin after a wound heals. The operation left a scar on his stomach. (รอยแผลเป็น) 4000

scream(v: scream, screams, screamed, screaming) 1. To suddenly cry out in a loud and high voice because of fear, pain, surprise, etc. 2. To say something in a loud and high voice because you are angry, afraid, etc. (กรีดร้อง) 3000

shake(v: shake, shakes, shook, shaken, shaking) To move back and forth or up and down with short, quick movements. (สั่น) 2000

spit(v: spit, spits, spat, spitting) To force something [such as food or liquid] from your mouth. (ถ่มน้ำลาย) 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

stove(n: stove pl stoves) A flat piece of kitchen equipment used for cooking on. She put the pot on the stove over medium heat. (เตาไฟ) 5000
Often set above an oven [a closed box-like space which is heated for baking or roasting food]. (เตาอบ) 3000

supper(n: supper pl suppers) A usually light meal taken at the end of the day. (อาหารมื้อเย็น) 3000

watermelon(n: watermelon pl watermelons) A large, round fruit that has hard, green skin, sweet, red, juicy flesh, and black seeds. (แตงโม)

whiskey(n: whiskey pl whiskeys; British wiskey) A strong alcoholic drink made from a grain such as corn, rye, or barley; usually contains 40-50% alcohol by volume. (วิสกี้) 3000

wipe(v: wipe, wipes, wiped, wiping) To clean or dry something by using a cloth, your hand, etc. (เช็ด) 2000

cabin(n: cabin pl cabins) 1. A small simple house, usually made of wood. (กระท่อม) 2. A small room in a ship or boat for sleeping in. (ห้องนอนขนาดเล็กบนเรือ) 3. The part of an airplane in which passengers sit. (ห้องดยสาร) 5000

cheerful(adj: cheerful) 1. Feeling or showing happiness. 2. Causing good feelings or happiness. (ที่ทำให้รู้สึกสดชื่น) 4000

cocaine(n: cocaine, noncount) A powerful drug made from coca leaves. Sometimes used in medicine to stop pain, it is also an addictive drug which is taken illegally for pleasure. (ยาเสพติดชนิดหนึ่ง) 7000

devil(n: devil pl devils) The most powerful spirit of evil; The ruler of Hell; Satan. (ซาตาน) 3000
(adj: devilish) Looking or acting like a devil; wicked, evil.

fault(n: fault, noncount) Responsibility for a problem, mistake, bad situation, etc. The accident was not her fault. (ข้อผิดพลาด) 2000

halloween(n: Halloween pl Halloweens) A festival celebrated on October 31 each year in the United States, Canada, and the Britain where children go to houses dressed up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc. and ask for candy. (ตอนเย็นหรือคืนวันที่ 31 ตุลาคม; วันปล่อยผี) 7000

hush(v: hush, hushes, hushed, hushing) To make (someone) quiet, calm, or still. The woman in the seat behind me was trying to hush her baby. (ทำให้เงียบ)
(int. Hush!) To order someone to be quiet. Hush! Don't wake the baby. (คำออกเสียงเพื่อขอให้เงียบ) 5000

laundry(n: laundry pl laundries) 1. A room or business where clothes, towels, sheets, etc., are washed and dried. He works at a laundry. (ห้องซักผ้า) 2. Clothes, towels, sheets, etc., that need to be washed or that have been washed. (เสื้อผ้าที่กำลังจะซัก) 6000

naked(adj: naked) 1. Not wearing any clothes; not covered by clothing; bare. A naked body; naked shoulders. (เปลือยกาย) 2. Without the usual covering. A naked light/sword (ซึ่งไม่มีการป้องกัน) 3. (of emotions, attitudes, etc.) Expressed strongly and not hidden. naked ambition, the naked truth (ไม่ปกปิด) 3000

nonsense(n: nonsense, noncount) Foolishness; words or ideas that are foolish or untrue. (การพูดสิ่งไร้สาระ) 3000

scaredy-cat(n: scaredy-cat pl scaredy-cats) Someone who is easily frightened or very fearful of something — used mainly by children or when speaking to children. Don't be a scaredy-cat. The frog won't hurt you.

shell(n: shell pl shells) 1. A hard outer covering of something [such as a shellfish, egg, nut, tortoise, etc.] (เปลือกหอย) 2. The hard outer structure of a building, car, airplane, etc. (ครงสร้างอาคารหรือสิ่งก่อสร้าง)
(v: shells, shelled, shelling) 1. To remove the shell or outer covering of something [such as nuts, peas, etc.] 2. To separate the yellow seeds [kernels] from the outside of a piece of corn. (ลอกเปลือกออก) 1000

straw(n: straw, noncount) The dry stems of wheat and other grain plants having many uses, eg as bedding for animals, making mats and other goods etc. (ฟางข้าว) 3000

tale(n: tale pl tales) 1. A story about real or imaginary events; an exciting or dramatic story that may not be completely true. (นิทาน) 2. An untrue story that is told to deceive someone; a lie. He told me he had a lot of money, but that was just a tale. (เรื่องโกหก) 3000

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

(n: editor pl editors) Someone who decides what goes into a newspaper, magazine or book and is responsible for making sure that the material printed is correct in facts, spelling and grammar. (บรรณาธิการ) 2000

version(n: version pl versions) 1. A story or description that is different in some way from another person's story or description. The boy gave his version of what had happened. (เรื่องราว) 2. A form of something (such as a product) that is different in some way from other forms. A new version of the software should be available soon. (รุ่น) 2000