The Necklace

The Necklace Glossary

coquettish (p.32)

behaving in such a way as to suggest a playful sexual attraction; flirtatious. A coquette is a woman who flirts.

vexation (p.33)

the state of being annoyed, frustrated, or worried.

adorn (p.31)

make more beautiful or attractive.

Breton (p.31)

An inhabitant of Brittany, a region in France.

apparatus (p.31)

technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose.


miscellaneous objects and ornaments of little value.

sought (after) (p.32)


tureen (p.32)


midst (p.32)

in the middle of something.

stupefied (p.32)

astonished, shocked; unable to think properly.

frocks (p.32)

a dress or loose outer garment.

elated (p.32)

ecstatically happy.

laden (p.33)

heavily loaded or weighed down.

chic (p.33)

stylish; fashionable.

immoderate (p.34)

not sensible or restrained; excessive.

ecstasy (p.34)

an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement.

salon (p.34)

a reception room.

the Seine (p.34)

a long river in France, passing through Paris.

quay (p.35)

a platform lying alongside or projecting into water for loading and unloading ships.

coupes (p.35)

an old style of car.

mantle (p.35)

a loose, sleeveless cloak or shawl.

vestibule (p.35)

an antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building.

usurer (p.36)

a person who lends money at unreasonably high rates of interest.

mansard roof (p.36)

a roof that has four sloping sides, each of which becomes steeper halfway down.