When Amir describes America as “a river,” he means that it is “unmindful of the past” (Kite Runner 136).  This particular aspect of America attracts him because in such a country he may be able to forget his own past.  He wishes that his painful memories would at least remain dormant.  If they would simply stay asleep, he could move on, forget his past decisions and become a happier person.  America’s forgetful culture could help him be happy.  If only it were that simple.



If Amir had been hoping for a placid taxi ride in Peshawar, he was sorely disappointed.  Gholam’s taxi is “smoke-filled,” and Amir sits on “shredded upholstery,” while Gholam, “a chain-smoking, sweaty little man,” talks non-stop, just barely missing collisions (Kite Runner 195).  This bumpy ride presages many of Amir’s other experiences in Pakistan.


The red grapes that Assef had set out on the table are hardly a sign of amicable relations between him and Amir (Kite Runner 273).  The violent scene that  proceeds in this place proofs the animosity Assef feels toward Amir, largely because of what Assef sees as unfinished business.


The newspapers lately have raised my suspicion of collusion among people who made mortgage loans to unassuming home owners.  Somewhere within the banks’ systems, some employees have had secret conversations about how likely a given customer is to make payment.  I am not alone in my suspicion because churches, for example, have started withdrawing their money from banks they suspect of this collusion.


When Dr. Frankenstein and his friend take an evening turn in the boat, Lake Geneva is placid.  Not a breath of wind could be seen anywhere across the entire lake.

appease: historical event

The category/label called HISTORICAL EVENT indicates sentences that refer to a significant event (occurrence) that took place in the past.  This category is different than the one indicating a current event.  Since occurrences in this category happened in the past, you might describe or explain an event that took years or days.  For example, you could consider the American Civil War as a single historical event.  Or you might consider the storming of the Bastille as an event, rather than the whole period/event known as the French Revolution.


sample post:

Around the time of the French Revolution, a princess, who some people believe was Marie Antoinette, tried to appease French common people who struggled to buy just a loaf of bread.  She showed little sensitivity to these people’s hunger, when she proclaimed, “Let them eat cake.”  Her attempts at appeasement backfired.

appease: other reading

The category/label called OTHER READING indicates sentences that use the key word to explain or describe reading that you have done outside of our course material.  You may use an outside book (or magazine, etc.) that you are currently reading, or one you have read in the past.  Or, if you want, you may use reading you are doing for another course.


sample post:

In the opening scenes of Hamlet, Claudius, the newly crowned king of Denmark, is trying to appease his nephew, Prince Hamlet.  The prince obviously resents his uncle’s quick coronation, now that Hamlet’s father has been murdered.  Claudius worries that young Hamlet suspects him of the murder.  The sooner he can appease the young man, the more secure will be his own power.