Vocabulary Building: Divergent Chapter 4

This is a vocabulary memo from a novel Divergent chapter 4.

Author: Veronica Roth / Published in 2011

Just for a reference, the summary of a whole story can be found in the following post:

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English Memo

Summary of Chapter 4

  • Beatrice arrives at home, then prepares supper with Caleb. Both blur their results of the aptitude tests.
  • At dinner, parents wonder about one aptitude tests that had an error, which was quite rare. Both Beatrice and Caleb pretend they do not know anything.
  • The family also talks about a report that Erudite recently released regarding Marcus, one of the Abnegation's leaders; the reason Marcus' son left Abnegation for Dauntless was because of Marcus' violence and cruelty. Marcus is devastated by the report. Beatrice's parents rebuke that Erudite is attacking Abnegation because they lust for the authority that Abnegation has over society.
  • After dinner, Beatrice and Caleb head to their rooms. Before entering the room, Caleb says they should consider family when choosing the faction the next day but also themselves. Beatrice is startled by what Caleb says because he never said something not selfless before. Beatrice notices that Caleb's room has a little mess and many books stacks on his desk.
  • In her room, Beatrice ponders which faction to choose tomorrow. She realizes that if she can suppress her desires and be selfless, she could choose Abnegation. Whereas if she is brave enough to leave her family and not to mind others' evaluations, then she could choose Dauntless. She doesn't know which quality would win tomorrow.


I put「 」next to the word that I might forget the sound.

1adornment (n)ornament, accessory
2no-nonsense (adj)economical, practical, plain, simple
3gloomy (adj)depressed, pessimistic
4disdain (n)antipathy, dislike, scorn
5duplicity (n)dishonesty
6flirt (v) act amorously without serious intentions; play at love; coquet
7startle (v)to agitate suddenly as by surprise
8crease (n)fold
9accusatory (adj)accusing
10knuckle (n)a joint of a finger of a fist
11wary (adj)attentive
12chide (v)scold
13sag (v)to sink or bend downward by weight or pressure
14impeccable (adj)flawless
15fortitude (n)boldness, determination
16chastise (v) berate, castigate,
17lust (n)craving, desire, greed
18falter (n)hesitate
19peer (v)to look narrowly or searchingly; peep
Alphabets inside the (): n - noun, v - verb, adj - adjective, adv - adverb
Using Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com

I had known that "peer" as a co-worker or a teammate when it was used as a noun. But I learned that "peer" also means that to squeeze one's eyes to look at things carefully when it is used as a verb.

In this chapter, it is used like "I peer into his room ... ."


Why the Family Talk about Marcus?

When I first watched this movie, I didn't think at all of the reason why the family talked about Marcus, a colleague of Beatrice's father, in this scene. I just thought that scene was just one of the conversations among the family. However, apparently, there was a reason that the author brought it here.

Come to think of it, it is strange if there is no reason to bring up another person's scandal on the day before the significant Choosing Day.

Later, we would see Marcus' son, who might be an important person throughout the story.

Caleb's lines and room

I also didn't realize that Caleb's scenes meant anything. For instance, Caleb says

"We should think of our family.” ... “But. But we must also think of ourselves.”

Divergent: Chapter four

to Beatrice on the day before the Choosing Day. It seems strange to Beatrice that Caleb says something not selfless. Also, Beatrice notices that there are many books stack on Caleb's desk, which doesn't look like Abnegation's room.

Caleb is being described as an ideal Abnegation guy from the beginning, so no one doubts that Caleb will choose Abnegation. But in reality, Caleb's true desires are sprinkled everywhere.

Maybe, knowing these hints let us view the story from a different angle when we read it over again later.

Books and Coffee
Vocabulary Building: Divergent Chapter 5
It is the day of the Choosing Ceremony. Finally, Beatrice and Caleb choose their Factions....more  
English Memo
Roth, Veronica (2011). Divergent. Katherine Tegan Books (HarperCollins).
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