Pre-reading vocabulary for Act II
A: Context clues.
Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any clues you can find in the sentence combined with your prior knowledge to write what you think the bold words mean.

1. But she perforce withholds the loved boy;
Crowns him with flowers, and makes him all her joy.


2. Playing on pipes of corn, and versing love
To amorous Phillida.

AMOROUS means:

3. For lack of tread, are undistinguishable.


4. Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
That rheumatic diseases do abound.


5. And on old Hiems' thin and icy crown
An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
Is, as mockery, set.

CHAPLET means:

6. Since once I sat upon a promontory
And heard a mermaid, on dolphin's back;


7. Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song.

DULCET means:

8. Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
Neglect me, lose me--only give me leave,
Unworthy as I am, to follow you.

SPURN means:

9. ...and some keep back
The clamorous owl that nightly hoots and wonders
At our quaint spirits.


10. But you must flout my insufficiency?

FLOUT means:

B. Determining the meaning.
After you have tried to figure out the words from context, match the vocabulary words to their dictionary definitions. If you cannot figure a word out from context, look it up in a dictionary.

11. perforce
a. a wreath or garland for the head
12. amorous
b. to show contempt for
13. undistinguishable
c. noisy
14. rheumatic
d. a high ridge of land or rock, jutting out into a body of water
15. chaplet
e. by necessity, by force of circumstance
16. promontory
f. of, relating to, or suffering from aches in the muscles, joints, or bones
17. dulcet
g. strongly attracted or disposed to love
18. spurn
h. pleasing to the ear, melodious
19. clamorous
i. having no unique markings, can't be clearly seen
20. flout
j. to kick at or tread on disdainfully