In Albany he had gone to work for Prudential, and he had stayed in the capital city until 1965. As an insurance salesman he was an aimless sort of success. There was no offer to join the company at the executive level, no outbursts of Christian fervor. During that five-year period, the brash and brassy Greg Stillson of yore seemed to have gone into hibernation. In all of his checkered career, the only woman in his life had been his mother. Source: The Dead Zone by Stephen King What does brassy mean? hardened like brass? Glossary: brash: self-assertive in a rude, noisy, or overbearing way fervour: intense and passionate feeling of yore: of long ago or former times Thank you.