prostate gland: gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It is an organ about the size of a chestnut and consists of glandular and muscular tissue. See also prostate cancer, prostatitis. 1pros·trate Pronunciation: \ˈprä-ˌstrāt\ to spread out, throw down. 1 : stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission; 2 : completely overcome and lacking vitality, will, or power to rise 3 : trailing on the ground; see prone
After 38 years, Carl had had enough, but he wanted more. Both his sons were married and had each reproduced twice. Carl had finally moved to the top of the tallest ziggurat he was likely to climb, the presidency of an international bank branch in Palm Beach, specializing, predictably, in wealth management. Carl had loathed banking since his first appointment, post-Princeton (’70), in Syracuse, NY, having married into an influential family there where his wife, his roommate’s sister, recreated her mother’s diorama-life with their boys. Repeatedly, Carl had been moved around by the bank as it corporately willed. When the boys were young, there had been a dozen years when Carl had commuted weekly from Syracuse to Providence, Rhode Island. Charlotte (Lottie) had relocated with him twice. The bank sent him first to Jacksonville. then to Palm Beach before the housing bust in ’09. One son was married to a younger Princeton grad, now an MD; she practiced in Providence, an echo of unhappy years for Carl. The other son, near D.C., was married to a born-again MBA who opted for home-making after the birth of their second baby. She was the stuff of voluptuous fantasies Carl thought he kept to himself.