This week I'm reading the winner of the 2011 Costa Novel Award, Pure by Andrew Miller.
It's set in Paris just prior to the Revolution and I have a number of new words to check out.
Definitions come from the free dictionary.
Escritoire - "He glides to the gleaming walnut of the escritoire, removes from one of its drawers a little picture in a frame..."
Obviously it's a piece of furniture, but I like to have a picture in my mind.
1. A writing table; a desk.2. A desk with a top section for books.
A WILLIAM AND MARY WALNUT ESCRITOIRE ON STAND CIRCA 1700
Charnel - "They start with the south charnel, a gallery of blackened stone adjacent to the rue de la Ferronnerie."
A repository for the bones or bodies of the dead; a charnel house.
Resembling, suggesting, or suitable for receiving the dead.
Baroques - "What baroques even a mind like his is capable of."
I know this word from it's art, music and architecture usage, but I've never seen it used like this before.
1. Anything extravagantly ornamented, especially something so ornate as to be in bad taste.
2. Characterized by grotesqueness, extravagance, complexity, or flamboyance.
Lucency - "The cloak, the height, that steady gaze lit by the mist's own odd lucency, a faint blue-like light radiating from everywhere and nowhere."
The sentence basically gives us the definition in context and I'm assuming a relationship with translucent...
1. Giving off light; luminous.2. Translucent; clear.