The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde

shabbiness (shabby)
poor, showing signs of long usage

immensely
in great extent

high-spirited
proud, unbroken spiryt

frankness
straightforwardness

a great deal of her change
she changed for better

puzzled
when someone has a problem and tries to solve it or understand it

stoutest
stubborn, determined

trotting down
moving down a bit faster than a walk

silver-clasped
covered with silver

slight
small in size, slenderin build

vague
hazy

loosened (hair)
unbound

clairvoyante
psychic

moulded out of
made of

wretched
terrible

drawing-room
salon

moonbeam
ray of moonlight

overheard
To hear something without the speaker’s awareness or intent.

plunged into
bump into – change the subject to another

ardent
warm feeling about sth, enthusiastic

scientific bore
someone who is boring others with something connected with science

dissertation
thesis

incessant
constant

delight
great pleasuer

infatuated with
in love with

letting lodgings
renting apartaments

tea-gown
loose dress

frantic
angry

congestion of the lungs
distention of blood vessels in the lungs and filling of the alveoli with blood as a result of an infection, high blood pressure, or cardiac insufficiencies

burst into
to start doing something suddenly

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