Glossary of Terms
EpitaphShort verse or phrase inscribed on a headstone
EternalLasting forever, enduring
GinghamA cotton fabric, usually striped or checked
HighboyA tall chest of drawers
IncubatorApparatus in which eggs are hatched artificially
LiveryA business that rents out horses (or automobiles, nowadays)
MiserA stingy, money-grubbing person
PatentAn invention or product that the government ensures will only be sold or manufactured by a particular individual or company for a certain number of years
PhosphateA carbonated drink with fruit syrup
ProsceniumThe arch that separates the stage from the audience
RheumatismPain and stiffness in the back and joints, accompanying old age
SacramentA Christian rite that symbolizes or confers grace upon the Christian individual and his community. In Catholicism, the seven sacraments are baptism, communion, the Eucharist, matrimony, penance, holy orders, and extreme unction.
SuperstitionA belief in the ominous significance of certain symbols or occurences
TableauA scene frozen in action
TrellisArchway, often with flowers
unobtrusivelyNot getting in the way, unnoticed
Our Town Essays and Related Content
- Our Town: Major Themes
- Our Town: Essays
- Our Town: Questions
- Our Town: Purchase the Novel and Related Material
- Thornton Wilder: Biography
- Our Town Summary
- About Our Town
- Character List
- Glossary of Terms
- Major Themes
- Summary and Analysis of Act I - "Daily Life"
- Summary and Analysis of Act II - "Love and Marriage"
- Summary and Analysis of Act III - "I guess you can reckon what that one's about"
- No curtain. No scenery.
- Related Links on Our Town
- Suggested Essay Questions
- Test Yourself! - Quiz 1
- Test Yourself! - Quiz 2
- Test Yourself! - Quiz 3
- Test Yourself! - Quiz 4
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