not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
...was it just some ordinary thief, or was it someone that had some special reason?
refuse to accept
...she had firmly refused the offer of Mae’s spare nightgown...
an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
Only her own nightgown would do, and the regular bedtime routine...
socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
She put out an awkward hand then and touched Winnie’s hair.
lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance
He looked uncertain.
someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
She remembered guiltily that at supper she had decided they were criminals.
the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)
This time she sat up, pulling the quilt around her in sudden embarrassment, and answered, “No, not yet.”
Once more Winnie adored him, kneeling there beside her in the moonlight.
the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
As soon as I saw they’d arrived at their destination, I turned around and came directly back.
a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
I’m no barbarian, you can see that.
show, express or direct through movement
He gestured with his long, white fingers and smiled, his face crinkling pleasantly.
exceptionally bad or displeasing
Dreadful thing, kidnapping.
having unexpected good fortune
Isn’t it fortunate that I was a witness!
a person unable to read
There’s just no telling what illiterates like that might do.
showing reason or sound judgment
“I knew right away, I said to myself, ‘Now here is a group of intelligent, reasonable people!’
I’m seldom wrong as a judge of character.
allowed by official rules
It’s best, don’t you agree, to keep things legal and tidy.
a severe or trying experience
Your terrible ordeal is as good as over, isn’t it?
exhibiting courtesy and politeness
The man in the yellow suit was as courteous as always.
move very slightly
He shifted the shotgun that rested across his saddle, and groaned again.
a traveler who accompanies you
“You don’t say so,” his companion said at last.
an established line of travel or access
He explained the route carefully...
something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
Watch out for the hooks!” he warned—and a jar of bait: pork fat cut into little pieces.
a quick look
Winnie caught just a glimpse of it as it scissored away from shore.
having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
...his shoulders, under his threadbare shirt, were broad and muscled.
hold firmly, usually with one's hands
Winnie clutched her pole, sitting sidewise in the stern, and watched the baited hook sink slowly down.
abundantly filled with especially living things
Winnie squinted at her fishing line and tried to picture a teeming world.
assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
“It’ll be all right,” Miles assured her.