feeling or showing gratitude
And though Winnie blushed as he said it, she was grateful that he didn’t explain.
marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
...her fork poised above her plate.
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
“Don’t spoil a good meal with a lot of talk.
lasting for a markedly brief time
... wished, for a fleeting moment, that she could stay with them forever...
concise and succinct
“I’ll be as brief as possible.”
shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
He took off his hat and laid it on the mantel...
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
I decided to devote my life to finding out if it could be true, and if so, how and why.
the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
I went to school, I went to a university, I studied philosophy, metaphysics, even a little medicine.
a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
Oh, there were ancient legends, but nothing more.
the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
A faint flush crept up his neck, and the pitch of his voice lifted, became a fraction higher.
characterized by grandeur
“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.
be worthy or deserving
“Only to certain people, people who deserve it.
high in price or charging high prices
And it will be very, very expensive.
a large amount of wealth or prosperity
But who wouldn’t give a fortune to live forever?”
uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication
Ignorant people like you should never have the opportunity.
make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
You can show me where the spring is and help me to advertise.
You know—things that would be fatal to anybody else, but won’t affect you in the least.
an irritable petulant feeling
The man in the yellow suit raised his eyebrows and a nervous petulance came into his voice.
be attractive to
“Of course, if the idea doesn’t appeal to you,” he said, blinking rapidly, “you needn’t be in on it.
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
The man in the yellow suit smiled a ghastly smile.
far more than usual or expected
Your selfishness is really quite extraordinary, and worse than that, you’re stupid.
a visual presentation showing how something works
Once Winifred drinks some of the water, she’ll do just as well for my demonstrations.
move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
She trembled, and kept her eyes squeezed shut.
showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages
It was as if he were entranced and—yes, envious—like a starving man looking through a window at a banquet.
For the only thing she could think of was the clear and terrible necessity: Mae Tuck must never go to the gallows.
the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
There was a painful pause when the constable told them she had gone away of her own free will, but it only lasted for a moment.
having or showing a kindly or tender nature
The Tucks were good and gentle people.
be all mixed up or jumbled together
They received this news with mingled hope and horror...
of high worth or cost
...with strong threads too ancient and precious to be broken.
assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
We can’t press no kidnapping charges, since your little girl claims there wasn’t no kidnapping.
with extreme care or delicacy
...they were careful with her, a little gingerly, as if she were an egg.
causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
“Winifred!” an anxious voice called from the cottage.