Thursday was his next-to-last day. He had been tenacious in following every lead. Now he has behind the eight ball. He could hardly galvanize himself to do anything else. The facade of hope he had worn for almost a week was crumbling; there was nothing left to be sanguine about. In desperation he turned to the police and place his problem within their jurisdiction. They asked many questions, and they requested that he not expurgate anything. Some of the questions seemed asinine. When they inquired about his relationship to the missing girl, he replied, with a grimace, “Fiancee.” When they suggested she might be hiding in that part of the city where the “hippie” coterie congregated, he was incredulous and accused the police of calumny against her good name and reputation.
- tenacious- gigih, teguh, tahan, kuat bertahan, ngotot,tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely.
- behind the eight ball – dalam kondisi sulit
- galvanize- menggembleng, membangkitkan, shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action.
- facade – bagian luar/depan, penglihatan, pemandangan, muka bangunan, the face of a building, esp. the principal front that looks onto a street or open space.
- crumbling – runtuh, ambruk, remuk, break or fall apart into small fragments, especially over a period of time as part of a process of deterioration.
- deterioration – kemerosotan, kemunduran, pemburukan, the process of becoming progressively worse.
- expurgate – remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account).
- asinine- bodoh, tolol, extremely stupid or foolish.
- grimace- meringis, menyeringai
- coterie -a small group of people with shared interests or tastes, esp. one that is exclusive of other people.
- congregated – berkumpul, berkerumun, gather into a crowd or mass
- incredulous- meragukan, (of a person or their manner) unwilling or unable to believe something.
- calumny – fitnah, umpatan,the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone’s reputation; slander.