Posted Wednesday April 6
Todays neglected words are:-
Ennui - Boredom. Lack of interest.
Expiation - Making amends or reparation for guilt or wrongdoing.
Enervate - To weaken (reduce in strength) or debilitate.
I considered using the word Effluvium, an old expression for (how shall I put it) breaking wind! I decided against.
Let me read it to you
Ernest wasn’t long for this life. His longsuffering wife Mavis had been a virtual prisoner in their house for several years now. As Ernest enervated he became more dependent on her.
It was hardly surprising that Mavis saw his demise as a new beginning for her. She had been the silent victim of years of abuse and cruelty. She never said anything, they didn’t back then. She just stored it up and endured the pain. But even the torment had subsided now. In a strange way, she missed it. At least, it gave her something to focus on. All that remained now was utter ennui.
At his bedside, she waits and watches as he drifts away. His weary eyes open; just a little. Tears run down his hollow cheeks. He gazes at her. ‘I’m sorry Mavis’ he murmurs. ‘So sorry’. He grips her hand in a final act of expiation. His final act.
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