impossible to subdue
Within it, they were
fraught with danger
The kitchen came first, with an open cabinet where dishes were stacked in
ancient green-plush sofa lolled alone in the center...
unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
Beyond this was the bedroom, where a
vast and tipsy brass bed took up most of the space...
being or suggesting a cavern
...but there was room beside it for the washstand with the lonely mirror, and opposite its foot a
cavernous oak wardrobe...
Up a steep flight of
narrow stairs was a dusty loft...
floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
Up a steep flight of narrow stairs was a dusty
an indication that makes something evident
For there was everywhere
evidence of their activities, Mae’s and Tuck’s.
lacking in light; not bright or harsh
dim with the sawdust of countless sandings...
a confused multitude of things
...the topmost bowl filled with a
jumble of big wooden spoons and forks, like dry, bleached bones.
look over carefully or inspect
“We make things to sell,” said Mae,
surveying the mess approvingly.
something illusory and unattainable
...streaks of light swam and danced and wavered like a bright
now and then or here and there
occasionally the thrilling bass note of an unastonished bullfrog at ease somewhere along the muddy banks.
a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities
...the thrilling bass note of an unastonished bullfrog at ease somewhere along the muddy
untidiness (especially of clothing and appearance)
It was a whole new idea to her that people could live in such
markedly new or introducing radical change
And this was followed by another thought, far more
revolutionary: “Maybe they just don’t care!”
fill a space in a disorderly way
The loft was
cluttered, too, with all kinds of odds and ends...
a remark expressing careful consideration
But Mae shrugged off this
displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses
And suddenly the meal seemed
a sudden forceful flow
...thinking of him, she felt a
surge of relief.
the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
...thinking of him, she felt a surge of
a person who rescues you from harm or danger
In fact, he seemed supremely nice to her now, a kind of
free from harm or evil
Winnie, newly brave with her thoughts of being
rescued, climbed boldly into the rowboat.
a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
You can’t hardly see the
current, can you?
feel intense anger
raged against it, helpless and insulted, and blurted at last, “I don’t want to die.”
fixed and unmoving
Tuck’s voice was rough now, and Winnie, amazed, sat
extreme distress of body or mind
Winnie, struggling with the
anguish of all these things, could only sit hunched and numb...
walk with long steps
He pushed through and
strode up the path to the door of the cottage.