placid

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.

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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.

enamored

Mary Shelley and her contemporaries were enamored of the elements in nature.  For example, her husband wrote a poem called “Ode to the West Wind.”  William Wordsworth wrote about daffodils.  Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein describes precipitous cliffs. While she was enamored of such forces in nature, Shelley was also frightened by them, which made the forces even more beautiful.  People of the time had a word for this kind of terrible beauty; they called it sublime.

amity

Robert Walton, the first character to appear in Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein, writes letters to his sister, Margaret.  In those letters, he describes how deeply he desires amity.  When he rescues a man from the frozen waters, he sees that he may finally gain the friend he has so long wished for.