The words below are from Strange Relation by Rachel Hadas:
"It's equally quixotic (though perfectly natural) to hope for a clear diagnosis or for a cure."
: impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
: impractical or impracticable
“Like some illnesses, this simile is iatrogenic; its source is a physician”
: caused by the diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician
“Here I am, immured alongside him. Yet not wholly immured.”
: to enclose behind walls; to imprison
: to shut in, exclude or confine
" In the paternal role of disciplinarian, George had a gently creative approach: he invented the institution of the Talking Chair, which was an armchair to which father and son would repair to talk over whatever contretemps had transpired or whenever George declared a time-out. "
: an awkward or difficult situation or mishap
: a small disagreement that is rather embarrassing
The following words come from The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen
" Gordie's presence betraying a hint of garrulity, insisting that she hadn't needed a rescue in any case, since she'd known how to swim since she was four. "
: talkativeness; loquacity
" His voice seemed tinged with private rue, something like self-reproach. "
: to feel sorrow, repentance or regret
: pity or compassion