It is from a book titled ガンビアの春, or Spring in Gambier, that I am translating for my senior capstone project. I can read 活, but I couldn't tell you what the second character is. This author tends to use outdated kanji, such as 附くrather than 付く, and so on. I can't find it by writing it or inputting the radicals.
This word seems to be an adjective. The surrounding sentence is as follows: