The first three words are from The Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates:
It's as if a scrim has descended over the world. On this scrim, the memory of Ray. (p.186)
1. Scrim ~noun.
:a cotton or linen fabric of open weave used for bunting, curtains, etc.
:an open-weave muslin or hessian fabric, used in upholstery, lining, building, and in the theatre to create the illusion of a solid wall or to suggest haziness, etc, according to the lighting.
Now that the volume of sympathy letters and cards has abated - and I have not had a “sympathy gift basket” from Harry & David for weeks - it seems that this other sort of mail, that might be called supplicatory, if not precatory, is increasing at an alarming rate. (p.320)
2. Supplicatory (supplicate) ~verb.
: to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition
: to seek or ask for by humble entreaty.
: to make a humble request to (someone); plead
3. Precatory ~adj.
: of, pertaining to, characterized by, or expressing entreaty or supplication
: of, involving, or expressing entreaty
The following words are from Villette by Charlotte Bronte:
On the contrary, he offered me up as an oblation, served me as a dripping roast, making me alight in the midst of a throng of watermen. (p.54)
4. Oblation ~noun
: the offering to god of the elements of bread and wine in the Eucharist
: the act of making an offering, especially to a deity
: any offering for religious or charitable uses
These sudden, dangerous natures - sensitive as they are called - offer many a curious spectacle to those whom a cooler temperament has secured from participation in their angular vagaries. (p.12)
5. Vagary ~noun.
: an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance
: a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.