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Richard Cory
BY EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON
Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

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Slim : (of a person or their build) gracefully thin; slenderly built (used approvingly)

Pulse : a rhythmical throbbing of the arteries as blood is propelled through them, typically as felt in the wrists or neck

Array : an impressive display or range of a particular type of thing

Flutter : (of a bird or other winged creature) fly unsteadily or hover by flapping the wings quickly and lightly

Glitter : shine with a bright, shimmering reflected light

Bullet : a metal projectile for firing from a rifle, revolver, or other small firearm, typically cylindrical and pointed, and sometimes containing an explosive.

Imperial : relating to an empire

Sole : the undersurface of a person's foot

Curse : a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something

Favor : approval, support, or liking for someone or something

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