beg persistently and urgently
First she was kneeling on the ground,
insisting on a drink from the spring...
a vivid mental image
Winnie had often been haunted by
visions of what it would be like to be kidnapped.
temporarily incapable of speaking
Winnie herself was
characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed
They had come to the edge of the wood now, with no sign of slowing their
run away quickly
Instead of crying out for help, she merely goggled at him as they
fled past the spot where he stood.
get the meaning of something
For her part, Winnie, now that the running was over, began to
comprehend what was happening...
a feeling of righteous anger
...and she began to cry, suddenly, crushed as much by
outrage as by shock.
convulsive gasp made while weeping
When Mae said, “Tomorrow,” Winnie’s
sobs turned to wails.
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
When the tinkling little
melody began, Winnie’s sobbing slowed.
imagine to be the case or true or probable
suspected they had never told it before...
take up residence and become established
...the Tucks had come from a long way to the east, looking for a place to
markedly different from the usual
“That was the first time we figured there was something
peculiar,” said Mae.
the act of passing from one state or place to the next
But it was the
passage of time that worried them most.
attribute responsibility to
Well, you can’t hardly
blame them, but finally we had to leave the farm.
the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)
“When we come to that
conclusion,” Mae went on...
(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
Mae’s fingers, laced together in her lap, twisted with the
tension of remembering.
expressing extreme contempt
She had never longed for a magic wand, did not expect to marry a prince, and was
scornful—most of the time—of her grandmother’s elves.
a decorative pin worn by women
She unfastened the
brooch, took off her shawl, and toweled her dripping face.
exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
And all at once she was
unusual or striking
Why, she, too, might live forever in this
remarkable world she was only just discovering!
depleted of energy, force, or strength
But Winnie was
exhausted long before that.
having striking color
...her nose a
vivid, comic red...
feelings of excessive pride
the outermost level of the land or sea
...Queen Anne’s lace lay dusty on the
surface of the meadows like foam on a painted sea.
having a sharp inclination
The horse picked his way carefully, and then ahead the path dropped down a
plain and unpretentious
Down the embankment they swayed and there it was, a plain,
homely little house...
extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
At the same time, they heard two
enormous splashes, two voices roaring with pleasure.
look at with fixed eyes
... but as he
gazed at her, the warm, pleasing feeling spread through her again.
take the place of or have precedence over
...the gentlest smile in the world
displaced the melancholy creases of his cheeks.
characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
...the gentlest smile in the world displaced the
melancholy creases of his cheeks.