On the premise that Evelyn knew she was being sought, Robert’s first step was to abjure fruitless searching and place ad in the leading morning newspaper. He would importune in a most careful way for her return. The ad read, “Evelyn. Come out of hiding. I do not reproach you for your action. I expect no penitent confession. There is nothing ambiguous about my offer. Please contact. Robert.” He added a box number for a reply. When Robert went to the paper next morning, he felt sanguine about the chances of locating her. His evanescent concerns disappeared; there was a letter for him, and with tremulous fingers he tore it open. It contained one sentence, and it was tantamount to a challenge: “If you really care about me, you will find me by midnight, Friday, Evelyn.”
- premise – dasar pikiran, alasan; base an argument, theory, or undertaking on; a previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion
- abjure- mengharamkan, bersumpah untuk meninggalkan, solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim).
- fruitless- yg tak berhasil, sia-sia
- importune- mendesak, meminta dengan sangat; ask (someone) pressingly and persistently for or to do something.
- reproach – mencela, menegur, menyalahkan, menyesalkan
- penitent- bertobat, menyesal, feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentant.
- ambiguous – bermakna ganda, (of language) open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.
- sanguine – optimis, penuh harapan, periang; optimistic or positive, esp. in an apparently bad or difficult situation.
- evanescent- cepat berlalu dari ingatan, soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.
- tremulous- gemetar, shaking or quivering slightly.
- tantamount – sama saja, serupa, setara, setaraf; equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as