A VOCABULARY OF ATTITUDES
Students sometimes feel vaguely the correct attitude toward what they are reading,
but are unable to clarify and intensify the mood because they lack a vocabulary adequate to
describe it. To such students the following list of attitudes might prove helpful.
Attitudes chiefly rational
- explanatory, instructive, didactic, admonitory, condemnatory,
indignant, puzzled, curious, wistful, pensive, thoughtful, preoccupied, deliberate, studied,
candid, guileless, thoughtless, innocent, frank, sincere, questioning, uncertain, doubting,
incredulous, critical, cynical, insinuating, persuading coaxing, pleading, persuasive,
Attitudes of pleasure
- peaceful, satisfied, contented, cheerful, pleasant, bright, sprightly, joyful, playful,
jubilant, elated, enraptured.
Attitudes of pain
- worried, uneasy, troubled, disappointed, regretful, vexed, annoyed, bored, disgusted,
miserable, cheerless, mournful, sorrowful, dismal, melancholy, plaintive, fretful, querulous, irritable, sore, sour,
sulky, sullen, bitter, crushed, pathetic, tragic.
Attitudes of passion