Mildred Pierce Glossary

Mildred Pierce Glossary

frump

an unfashionable woman

garments

an item of clothing

provincial

oncerning the regions outside the capital city of a country

callus

a thickened and hardened part of the skin

settlement

an official agreement intended to resolve a dispute

inlaid

an ornament by embedding pieces of a different material in it

green-eyed monster

jealousy personified

Pneumonia

Medical condition characterized by inflammation of the lungs.

Corny

Uncool, old-fashioned, square, real Melvin.

Melodrama

A sub-genre of dramatic film charaterized by sensational subject matter, exaggerated characters and and starkly emotional manipulation.

Femme Fatale

Essential element of film noir: a scheming, sexually enticing and irresistably beautiful woman who inevitably lead othewise upstanding men into a vortex of amoral ambiguity.

Wolf

Slang for a man who sexually prowls after women.

Red-handed

In the act of commiting a crime.

Know the angles

Slang for comprehensive knowledge about a particular subject that only comes through experience.

Gams

A woman's legs.

Proposition

A suggestion usually offered within the context of some sort of business transaction or a scheme.

White elephant

A purchase that turns out to be troublesome to maintain or sell to someone else.

Community property

A legal term describing property owned jointly by a husband and wife which impacts divorce settlements and insurance transactions differently from states and municipalities which do not have community property laws on the books.

Creditor

Any person or institution which provides loans to customers.

Debtor

The person to whom a creditor provides a loan.

Ingenious

Possessing the quality of being clever, shrewd, resourceful and innovative.

fancy

The object of desirable fantasies.

Dyed-in-the-wool

Committed to long-held beliefs and opinions.

Impressionable

Highly suggestible; easily influenced.

Swamped

Overwhelmed.

Icebox

Outdated term for a refrigerator.

debutante

A young, pampered woman from an upper social class being formally " introduced" to society through a fancy dress ball and other ridiculously elitist and antiquated rituals.

Acquaintanceship

Companionship and solidarity.

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