"How are you, Will?" Dr, Bailly asked Will Rooke, speller 241.

"Spicy," Will replied.

Then he got his word, conceptism, and he was even better.

"Wait, that's my word? Sweet," Will said.

He scribbled with his finger on the back of his placard, then said an audible "Phew."


He spelled conceptism correctly. It's an obscurely allusive style characterized by ambiguous metaphors and puns that was developed chiefly by Spanish mystics of the 17th century.

"Booyah!" Will shouted, pumping his fists and jumping as he ran back to his seat.