The Master Puppeteer

Brazier

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  A portible heater consisting of a pan or stand for holding lighted coals.

 

 The back door was slid open, and he could see Isako on all fours, blowing at the charcoals in the brazier. pg. 3
 

Loiter

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 Stand or wait around without apparent purpose.

 

“And don’t loiter. Its not safe. And don’t keep licking your lips. You look like a stray cat.” pg. 3

                                                                      

Wield

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 Hold and use (a weapon or tool).


The poor were too hungry to waste their energy strolling about, and the merchants and those who had a little something feared to get out lest they be robbed by the renegade samurai, the ronin, who had forgotten the code of honor but not how to wield their long curved swords. pg. 3



Foibles

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 A minor weakness or eccentricity in someone’s character.


The two men fell into the kind of gossip one engages in in a public bathhouse — the foibles of friends or neighbours, current events as long as no criticism of the government is implied. pg. 6

Stealthily

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 In a stealthy manner; “stealthily they advanced upstream”.


He packed his few pieces of clothing and stealthily made his way out the front of the shop. pg. 24

Serenity

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 The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.


But the puppet maker’s face was a mask of serenity. pg.17

Alms

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 (In historical contexts) money or food given to poor people.


One September evening, soon after dusk, a small group of Komuso monks approached the entrance of the rice brokerage of Yamamoto and begged for alms. pg. 21

Goading

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 Provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate some action or reaction.


Even seventy years ago when Chikamatsu was alive, the rich merchants must have hounded the poor, grouding them to thievery and death. pg. 24


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