"We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it."Two new (to me) words:
"I went to sleep after all, and dreamed I was wearing earrings, and one of them was broken; nothing beyond that, just the brain going through its back files..."
"But there must be something he wants, from me. To want is to have a weakness. It's this weakness, whatever it is, that entices me."
"Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some."
glister - "to gleam, glisten, or coruscate." And to show that I misremember my Shakespeare, the correct phrase in The Merchant of Venice is "All that glisters is not gold" - not "glistens."And one etymology:
ancestress - I thought this perhaps a neologism for the context of the story, but it is an accepted term for a female ancestor.
"It was Lulke who told me about mayday, though. Mayday, mayday, for pilots whose planes had been hit... Do you know what it came from? said Luke. Mayday?... It's Frenchy, he said. From m'aidez. Help me."