It was my most difficult book—the book that treated of a theme which was so distant, so remote, from my own emotional life that it gave me a special pleasure to use my combinational talent to make it real. Unfortunately for him, La Salle preferred outlandish, transparent stories to the truth of those 21 months. fail to reach or get to; leave undone or leave out. nymph. Definitions · Examples Lolita: a sexually precocious young girl. mademoiselle. Definitions.