harsh or corrosive in tone
“Thanks so much,” I said, my voice
lighted up by or as by fire or flame
I took a step back toward him, my eyes
alight with curiosity.
provide physical relief, as from pain
“Okay, then,” I said flippantly, trying to
alleviate the suddenly tense atmosphere.
remote in manner
His voice was
uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
I sighed in relief again when Mr. Banner turned the lights on, finally glancing at Edward; he was looking at me, his eyes
of an appropriate or pertinent nature
“I should have let you drive yourself today,” he announced,
apropos of nothing, while I chewed.
I opened the door, and the
arctic draft that burst into the car helped clear my head.
anemic looking from illness or emotion
ashen, eyes wide, I sat like a bird locked in the eyes of a snake.
unpleasantly cold and damp
Edward’s voice was low and
completely happy and contented
When I woke to the pearl gray morning, my mood was
in a blunt direct manner
“Excuse me,” she said
brusquely to Edward.
tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
I asked, tentative, not wanting to upset his
the medieval principles governing knightly conduct
Mercifully, some vestiges of Mike’s
chivalry still survived; he came to stand beside me.
deviating from a straight course
I wasn’t used to having to go to such
circuitous measures, listening to your words in Jessica’s mind . . . her mind isn’t very original, and it was annoying to have to stoop to that.
make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating
clarified, “I was mostly wondering about your reaction.”
be adjacent or come together
They gathered together, block¬ing me from view as they
an order that after a certain time activities are prohibited
These days I had rules that hadn’t existed before:
curfews . . . visiting hours.
in an agile manner
deftly rolled the hems a few times so I could stand.
a state of melancholy depression
He smiled, holding my glance, trying to lift me out of my sudden, unexplained
a heavy rain
We sat in front of Charlie’s house for hours, as the sky darkened and rain plummeted around us in a sudden
of very poor quality or condition
I’ve told you, on the one hand, the hunger — the thirst — that,
deplorable creature that I am, I feel for you.
the disadvantage that results from losing something
My brain had worked slowly through the fog of sleep
showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness
diabolical,” Emmett chuckled.
a finger or toe, or a corresponding body part
There, on the whiteboard, was a ten-
digit number written in a small, neat hand.
perceptible by the senses or intellect
The forest encroached on both sides, leaving the road ahead only
discernible for a few meters as it twisted, serpentlike, around the ancient trees.
causing an emotional disturbance
Realizing what I wished, he flipped his palm up in one of those blindingly fast,
disconcerting movements of his.
to cause to separate and go in different directions
While I shook my head to
dispel the direction my thoughts had taken, I thought of something else.
a turning aside
“I wasn’t being nice,” I confessed, ignoring his attempt at
diversion, looking down at my knees.
suitable for use as food
“Yeah, it’s an off day when I don’t get somebody telling me how
edible I smell.”
be understanding of
Though” — he half-smiled — “as you are not addicted to any illegal substances, you probably can’t
a period marked by distinctive character
Something about her heart-shaped face, her billows of soft, caramel-colored hair, reminded me of the ingenues of the silent-movie
liable to sudden unpredictable change
It didn’t matter that my body was rigid as a plank, my hands balled into fists, my breathing
He was smiling, relaxed — and, as usual, perfect and beautiful to an
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
The sense of
exhilaration that usually seemed to possess Edward as he ran was completely absent, replaced by a fury that consumed him and drove him still faster.
the face or front of a building
I’d never seen him so completely freed of that carefully cultivated
any distracting or deceptive maneuver
feinted slightly to the side, and Edward shifted in response.
of or relating to cats
Her posture was distinctly
wild and menacing
Edward bared his teeth, crouching in defense, a
feral snarl ripping from his throat.
in a secretive manner
I could see a few of the other kids in class eye¬ing me
uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
I struggled violently, with total
stunned or confused and slow to react
I lay with my arm across my eyes,
groggy and dazed.
dependent upon or characterized by chance
Phoenix — the palm trees, the scrubby creosote, the
haphazard lines of the intersect¬ing freeways, the green swaths of golf courses and tur¬quoise splotches of swimming pools, all submerged in a thin smog and embraced by the short, rocky ridges that weren’t really big enough to be called mountains.
violent and needless disturbance
His eyes burned with sincerity for a protracted moment — playing
havoc with the rhythm of my heart — and then turned playful.
state of violent mental agitation
I choked back the
hysteria that threatened to explode, but a small giggle managed to get out despite my efforts.
a person of subnormal intelligence
“Listen, Charlie’s not an
imbecile,” I protested.
the state of eternal life
Immortality must grant endless patience.
of the condition in which an organism can resist disease
Now he is all but
immune to the scent of human blood, and he is able to do the work he loves without agony.
close in time; about to occur
From the cheerful topic of my
impending demise, we were suddenly declaring ourselves.
in a manner that is difficult to discern
As I fidgeted and paced, they simply grew more still, two statues whose eyes followed me
imperceptibly as I moved.
attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
“But honestly,” I teased, “for that to bother you, after I have to hear that Rosalie — Rosalie, the
incarnation of pure beauty, Rosalie — was meant for you.
displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is
“It is sort of
complex system of paths in which it is easy to get lost
The forest spread out around us in a boundless
labyrinth of ancient trees, and I began to be nervous that we would never find our way out again.
the second of two or the second mentioned of two
latter instinct proved correct — my truck sat in the same space he’d parked his Volvo in this morning.
without rigor or strictness
Occasionally I would permit myself a quick glance in his direction, but he never seemed to re¬
of or characteristic of or resembling a lion
No one else seemed to know quite what to say, and then Jasper was there — tall and
of an instrument of certain death
deficient in alertness or activity
Now he is able to manipulate the emo¬tions of those around him — calm down a room of angry people, for example, or excite a
lethargic crowd, conversely.
moving and bending with ease
He was on his feet in one of his
lithe, almost invisibly quick movements.
She stared back at him with
the property of relative size or extent
I’d dealt with temptation before, not of this
magnitude, not even close, but I was strong.
shackle that can be locked around the wrist
But his long hands formed
manacles around my wrists as he spoke.
a military training exercise
She must be attributing the change in her vision to some
maneuver of the tracker’s rather than a betrayal by me.
Sometimes they live separately from us, as a
one who voluntarily suffers death
He waited by the passenger door with a
martyred expression that was easy to understand.
be amazed at
marveled again at the perfect texture, satin smooth, cool as stone.
deriving pleasure from being abused or dominated
“What a sick,
the savage and excessive killing of many people
“Do you want me to bolt the doors so you can
massacre the unsuspecting townsfolk?”
violent and needless disturbance
He touched a comparatively sedate quartet of figures painted on the highest balcony, looking down calmly on the
mayhem below them.
continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject
We lay silently, wrapped in our individual
a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
The song he was still playing, my song, drifted to an end, the final chords shifting to a more
liable to sudden unpredictable change
mercurial mood shifted on me.
when hot air distorts reflections of distant objects
Hesitantly, always afraid, even now, that he would dis¬appear like a
mirage, too beautiful to be real . . . hesitantly, I reached out one finger and stroked the back of his shim¬mering hand, where it lay within my reach.
expressing contempt or ridicule
His smile turned
a building or room where dead bodies are kept before burial
They brought her straight to the hospital
morgue, though, somehow, her heart was still beating.”
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary work
I searched for some logic, some binding
motif the collection had in common, but I found nothing in my hasty examination.
based on or told of in traditional stories
mythical, after all.”
a member of a people who have no permanent home
Nomads, for the most part.
refusing to bind oneself to a particular course of action
noncommittally, keeping my eyes down as I flipped sandwiches.
not clearly understood or expressed
“It’s twilight,” Edward murmured, looking at the western horizon,
obscured as it was with clouds.
no longer in use
The trees held their protecting shadow right up to the walls of the house that rose among them, making
obsolete the deep porch that wrapped around the first story.
a person skilled in testing for defects of vision
“Time to visit the
optometrist,” I muttered.
intended to attract notice and impress others
Ostentatious,” he muttered.
unnatural lack of color in the skin
The man in front was easily the most beautiful, his skin olive-toned beneath the typical
pallor, his hair a glossy black.
a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal
My hand raised automatically, one fin¬ger extended as if to touch the large wooden cross, its dark
patina contrasting with the lighter tone of the wall.
voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for something
By night he studied music, science, medicine — and found his calling, his
penance, in that, in saving human lives.”
a state of danger involving risk
“I’ll do the laun¬dry tonight — that ought to be fraught with
a personal facade that one presents to the world
She was happy, absorbed — she seemed like a new, mysterious being to me then, someone outside the “mom”
persona I took for granted.
the act of giving a false appearance
Following the same instinct that had prompted me to lie to Mike, I called Jessica on the
pretense of wishing her luck at the dance.
having existed from the beginning
The gloom of the forest didn’t re¬lent, though, for there were six
primordial cedars that shaded an entire acre with their vast sweep of branches.
act of depriving someone of food or money or rights
I normally wouldn’t condone that type of behavior in myself, but tomorrow would be com¬plicated enough without me being loopy from sleep de¬
privation on top of everything else.
an exploratory action or expedition
probing questions kept me talking freely, forgetting, in the dim light of the storm, to be embar¬rassed for monopolizing the conversation.
vulgar or irreverent speech or action
Edward was growling something too fast for me to un¬derstand, but it sounded a lot like a string of
situated at or extending to great depth
The respect in his voice was
profound whenever he spoke of his father figure.
lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
Perhaps he would hesitate to
prolong the moment, that ideal moment of anticipation, sometimes better than the kiss itself.
relatively long in duration
His eyes burned with sincerity for a
protracted moment — playing havoc with the rhythm of my heart — and then turned playful.
the property of being close together
He reached across to open my door for me, and his sudden
proximity sent my heart into frenzied palpitations.
a platform raised to give prominence to the person on it
It hung on the wall above the
pulpit in the vicarage where he preached.”
pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into
The cabbie’s question
punctured my fantasy, letting all the colors run out of my lovely delusions.
the act of following in an effort to overtake or capture
He ran through the streets, and Carlisle — he was twenty-three and very fast — was in the lead of the
the act of searching for something
I was careful not to over-emphasize the word boys in my
quest to be truthful with Charlie.
I realized now that I was
a deliberate discourteous act
rebuff was directed toward James.
come to terms
The two desires are impossible to
referring back to itself
Reflexively, his eyes flickered to another picture — the most colorful of them all, the most ornately framed, and the largest; it was twice as wide as the door it hung next to.
Mr. Banner shoved the tape into the
reluctant VCR and walked to the wall to turn off the lights.
a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
Jacob scowled and ducked his head while I fought back a surge of
give or supply
I stared at the precise
rendering of my mother’s family room.
force or drive back
Most humans instinctively shy away from us, are
repelled by our alienness.
postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal
There was no escape, no
characterized by a loud deep sound
I recognized Billy’s
resonant voice easily, despite the years.
a quick reply to a question or remark
“This truck is old enough to be your car’s grandfather — have some respect,” I
feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
His expression became awed, almost
relating to using language effectively
It was clearly a
the physical property of being stiff and resisting bending
rigidity fell on all of them as James lurched one step forward into a crouch.
a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
“And you’ll make it look like that’s a
a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
There was no time to look back at my house, and I didn’t want to see it as it was now — empty, a symbol of fear instead of
infuse or fill completely
“Do you want to go home?” he said quietly, a different pain than mine
saturating his voice.
laugh at with contempt and derision
Could he really believe the impossible legends his son had
frown with displeasure
scowled and ducked his head while I fought back a surge of remorse.
the act of examining something closely, as for mistakes
I kept my face composed, aware of his
scrutiny as I lis¬tened.
characterized by dignity and propriety
He touched a comparatively
sedate quartet of figures painted on the highest balcony, looking down calmly on the mayhem below them.
the absence of mental stress or anxiety
That must have been what alerted Jasper, why a fresh wave of
serenity filled the car.
a restraint that confines or restricts freedom
“Bring on the
shackles — I’m your prisoner.”
curved or curving in and out
She left without another word; her walk was so fluid, so
sinuous that I felt a sharp pang of jealousy.
not tense or taut
As soon as I was done she handed me her
comfort in disappointment or misery
solace, the only hope I had left, was knowing that I would see Edward soon.
The hardest thing to explain was why it was so beautiful to me — to justify a beauty that didn’t depend on the
sparse, spiny vegetation that often looked half dead, a beauty that had more to do with the exposed shape of the land, with the shallow bowls of valleys between the craggy hills, and the way they held on to the sun.
reflect deeply on a subject
I hurried through my cereal,
be in a huff and display one's displeasure
showing ignorance of the laws of nature and faith in magic
Superstitious old man,” Jacob muttered under his breath.
characterized by fantastic and incongruous imagery
I’d never seen him dress in black before, and, with the contrast against his pale skin, his beauty was absolutely
perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch
A movie day — the lift in the class atmosphere was almost
worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
His eyes appraised me, taking in the damp hair, the
Emmett brought his strength, Rosalie her . . .
occurring at or forming an end
Edward’s plane was landing in termi¬nal four, the largest
terminal, where most flights landed — so it wasn’t surprising that his was.
the starting point for a new state or experience
Jacob asked as he pushed his father over the lip of the
He’s not used to being
thwarted, no matter how insignificant the object.
free from disturbance by heavy waves
I felt a
tranquil atmosphere settle around me.
dangerously unstable and unpredictable
Five miles of
treacherous roots and loose stones, trying to twist my ankles or otherwise in¬capacitate me.
a cruel and oppressive dictator
“I have to, because I’m going to be a little . . . over¬bearingly protective over the next few days — or weeks — and I wouldn’t want you to think I’m naturally a
impossible to come to understand
As many years of
unfathomable experience as he had, this was hard for him, too.
showing a high degree of refinement
Their sharp eyes carefully took in the more polished,
urbane stance of Carlisle, who, flanked by Emmett and Jasper, stepped guardedly forward to meet them.
a corpse rising at night to drink the blood of the living
I doubted there were any etiquette books detailing how to dress when your
vampire sweetheart takes you home to meet his
meat from a deer used as food
Had he not eaten
venison in his former life?
toxin secreted by animals
I flinched back from the
venom in her voice.
experienced at secondhand
Whenever I fidgeted or complained, she re¬minded me that she didn’t have any memories of be¬ing human, and asked me not to ruin her
a mental representation of some haunting experience
They were much more civilized and educated than the
wraiths of the London sewers.”
to move in a twisting or contorted motion,
The canvas overflowed with bright figures in swirling robes,
writhing around long pillars and off marbled balconies.
humorously sarcastic or mocking
“Alice, Bella — Bella, Alice,” he introduced us, ges¬turing casually with his hand, a
wry smile on his face.
desire strongly or persistently
His anguish was plain; I
yearned to comfort him, but I was at a loss to know how.