the first light of day
It is curiously silent, too, with blank white
dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.
good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
At noontime, Winnie Foster, whose family owned the Treegap wood, lost her
patience at last and decided to think about running away.
to move or cause to move in a sinuous or circular course
...if they never
wandered in among the trees, well, that was their affair.
a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay
...and then cut sidewise across a
quickly and without warning
It became, instead, and rather
abruptly, the property of people.
It became, instead, and rather abruptly, the
property of people.
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
On the left stood the first house, a square and solid cottage with a touch-me-not
an instrument from which a person is executed by hanging
But the village doesn’t matter, except for the jailhouse and the
destroy the peace or tranquility of
This, at least, is what the cows must have thought: “Let it keep its peace; we won’t
capable of being reached
...was therefore private property in spite of the fact that it lay outside the fence and was perfectly
enter unlawfully on someone's property
Or does ownership consist only of a thin crust under which the friendly worms have never heard of
eager to investigate and learn or learn more
But she had never been
curious about it.
prevent from being seen or discovered
...they’d have noticed the little spring bubbling up among its roots in spite of the pebbles piled there to
an act that has calamitous consequences
And that would have been a
disaster so immense...
unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
And that would have been a disaster so
decrease rapidly and disappear
Tuck twitched and the smile
put an end to a state or an activity
She knew very well what she would see in it; her reflection had long since
ceased to interest her.
sit on one's heels
...Winnie Foster sat on the bristly grass just inside the fence and said to the large toad who was
squatting a few yards away...
annoyed and irritable
She had come out to the fence, very
entrance by force or without permission or welcome
The gnats were too frantic to notice these
make a forceful forward movement
“Look here, toad,” she said,
thrusting her arms through the bars of the fence and plucking at the weeds on the other side.
She paused and
peered anxiously at the toad to see how it would receive this staggering idea, but it showed no signs of interest.
the time of day immediately following sunset
Indeed, he seemed almost to hang suspended there in the
take hold of; grab
seized Winnie’s hand and turned to go back into the cottage.
having or showing keen interest or intense desire
He had stiffened, and his voice was
a person who shows fear or timidity
What if he should laugh at her secretly and think she was a
fearless and daring
She did not allow herself to consider the idea that making a difference in the world might require a
an undertaking with an uncertain outcome
She did not allow herself to consider the idea that making a difference in the world might require a bolder
having great beauty and splendor
And he seemed so
glorious to Winnie that she lost her heart at once.
As Winnie watched,
scarcely breathing, he moved the pile carefully to one side, pebble by pebble.
utter words of objection
“I didn’t mean to watch you,” she
protested as she stepped into the clearing.
in a grave and sedate manner
"I’m one hundred and four years old,” he told her