Alison tells Helena that her brother Nigel was too busy running for Parliament and winning constituents to get involved her family’s dispute with Jimmy
Cistern: a tank for storing water
Jimmy makes fun of Alison’s mother and says that she is probably in their cistern, listening in on the conversation.
Courtesan: a prostitute who serves a wealthy, upper-class clientele
Alison says that’s the kind of woman Jimmy wants.
Droning: tedious speaking; a monotonous tone
Cliff complains that Jimmy’s talk is droning.
Emily Bronte: English novelist
Jimmy compares one of Alison’s friends to Emily Bronte in an endearing way.
Genuflecting: bowing in respect
Jimmy makes fun of Helena, calling her a genuflecting sin-jobber.
H-Bomb: hydrogen bomb, a nuclear weapon
Cliff refers to the H-bomb when talking about politics.
Infallible: unable to make mistakes
Cliff tries to comfort Alison and reassure her that everyone makes mistakes in life.
Lethargy: state of being indifferent
Jimmy believes that instead of defending him, Alison would become lethargic.
Macabre: gruesome or deadly
Alison uses this word to make Helena understand her actions when it comes to Jimmy.
Phlegmatic: a cool temperament
Jimmy uses this word to describe Alison and her brother Nigel.
Pusillanimous: lack of courage
Jimmy says this word perfectly describes Alison; he uses it to hurt her.
Purgatives: something that cleanses or purges
Jimmy tries to get a rise out of Alison and uses this word to describe her mother.
Reticent: not forthcoming with one’s thoughts
Helena asks Cliff if Jimmy is reticent about himself.
Sandhurst: British military training academy
Jimmy mocks Alison’s brother Nigel for attending Sandhurst.
Sycophantic: using flattery to win someone over
Jimmy refers to Alison and her brother Nelson as sycophantic.
Vicar: cleric in charge of a chapel
Jimmy recalls his wedding day, and when he and Alison were married by a vicar.
Vestry: a room or building attached to a church.
Jimmy got sick in the vestry of the chapel that he was married in.
Jimmy believes that his state of mind is masculine and forceful
Look Back in Anger plays at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre January 13, 2012 through April 8, 2012. For more information, click here.
2011-2012 Season, Education @ Roundabout, Look Back in Anger, Upstage