Page Number
Word or phrase
Definition
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“My head is swimming!”
An expression for confusion.
Stella uses this expression to her expression of confusion at Stanley’s insistent questioning about Blanche’s involvement with the Belle Reve Property
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Napoleonic Code
French civil code enacted in 1804 and still extant, with revisions; it has been the main influence in the 19th-century civil codes of most countries of continental Europe and Latin America.

Here Stanley is specifically referring to a part of the Napoleonic Code which states that the assets of the wife are bequeathed to the husband upon marriage.

Stanley however, does not mention the Louisiana Civil Code, which is the actual code of Louisiana, though it does refer to the Napoleonic Code.
35
Swindled
To obtain money or property through fraudulent/deceptive means.
Stanley uses this phrase in order to express his thoughts about Blanche, that she may have sold the Belle Reve property for personal gains, cheating him and Stella out of it.
35
Fox-pieces
Fur scarves, usually made out of fox fur. Made popular in the early 1940’s.
Fur’s are expensive and considered luxurious and a sign of wealth. Stanley, coming from a blue collar background sees Blanche’s loss of the Belle Reve property as a scheme to accumulate wealth, giving an explanation for her owning expensive furs.

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A woman wearing a fox-piece
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Rhinestone
A cheap gem made of plastic or glass that has the appearance of diamond.
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Appraisal
To estimate the value of an object.
37
“Damn tootin’”
A colloquial synonym for “You are right!” Coarse language shows Stanley’s blue collar background, and his anger.
38
“Drag on your cig”
Expression of smoking a cigarette.
40
Wishy-Washy
Lacking in strength of character or purpose. Can also mean dull and bland.
40
Re-bop
Nonsense syllables typically found in jazz music.
Stanley utters the phrase “Now let’s cut the re-bop!” Here he uses re-bop as a verb, making it a euphemism for “Let’s stop the nonsense!”