An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad.
Firmly continuing in a course of action despite of difficulty.
Fierce obsession with something.
(Term specific to book.) The ability to relate to people to the point where one literally feels their pain as her own.
Chemicals in the brain that transmit signals from one neuron to another.
A large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply.
Making a show of being morally superior to other people; being self-righteous.
Before birth; during or relating to pregnancy.
A form of marriage in which a man has more than one wife.
A bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea.
Conditions relating to public health, especially clean drinking water and sewage disposal.
An old-fashioned plural form of 'brother'.
Exclusive possession or control of supply or trade.
A flat sound that does not change in pitch.
A process that removes salt and other minerals from seawater, making it drinkable.
Persistent, especially to the point of annoyance.
(Usage specific to book.) Individuals addicted to a drug that causes them to light fires.
Lack of order or predictability; slow decline into disorder.
To burn the skin or flesh of a wound with a heated instrument.