disposed to psychological variability
It’s not that she was
unstable or anything: just distant.
be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
insisted I go away.
Then one day I
blurted out that I had a little brother who was deformed.
a small house with a single story
And, of course, the reaction I got from the little girls in the
bungalow was dramatic.
feel sorry for; be contrite about
regretted saying this the moment it escaped from my lips, of course: I felt like such a fake.
qualified for by right according to law
But, I have to admit, there was a part of me that felt a little
entitled to this lie.
Here, the word is not used to literally bring up a legal concern; this is more of a personal allowance.
talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
muttered, looking down, “I don’t feel well."
Davenport took a deep breath, like he was trying to
violent and needless disturbance
It was that crazy backstage theater
mayhem where sweaty actors stand euphoric while people come worship them for a few seconds.
exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation
It was that crazy backstage theater mayhem where sweaty actors stand
euphoric while people come worship them for a few seconds.
no longer connected or joined
When I was really little, that was mainly because there were too many medical issues, like my trache tube needing to be cleared every hour, or reinserting my feeding tube if it got
an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something
Like Max G and Max W will never live down their Dungeons & Dragons
a ritual reciting of words believed to have a magical effect
But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different
a contract for the right to operate a subsidiary business
concession stands there, too, like at a farmers’ market, selling roasted peanuts and cotton candy.
light informal conversation for social occasions
That was the big
gossip that went around: the jock and the brainiac.
a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
The Broarwood Nature Reserve, as you know, is dedicated to preserving our natural
resources and the environment.
proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
venture beyond the orange cones at the edges of the fairgrounds.
pay back for some expense incurred
reimburse us the cost of the hearing aids, he said.
sit, as on a branch
Mom and I didn’t talk much the whole walk home, and when we got to the front stoop, I automatically looked in the front bay window, because I forgot for a second that Daisy wasn’t going to be there like always,
perched on the sofa with her front paws on the windowsill, waiting for us to come home.
devouring the sandwich.
destroy or injure severely
The right piece was completely gone and the left one was
take to be the case or to be true
“Is it safe to
assume that it was because of the story of the . . . um, the duckling that turns into a swan?”
a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
"Here I was looking for symbolism and
metaphors and, um . . . sometimes a duck is just a duck!”
an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
I mean, to me this was a major
revelation, and he was acting like it was no big deal.
shine brightly, like a star or a light
glimmered in their kindness to him, it glowed in their keenness, it hinted in their caring, indeed it caressed in their gaze.
transmit, as knowledge or a skill
“Children, what I want to
impart to you today is an understanding of the value of that simple thing called kindness."
an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
I know I’m kind of infamous for my .. . um . . .
worthy of imitation
“The final award this morning,” said Mr. Tushman, after the kids onstage had returned to their seats, “is the Henry Ward Beecher medal to honor students who have been notable or
exemplary in certain areas throughout the school year."
This word is related to "example." Exemplary is whatever is good enough to be a great "example" from which to follow.
reflect deeply on a subject
“While reading up on his life in preparation for this award, I came upon a passage that he wrote that seemed particularly consistent with the themes I touched on earlier, themes I’ve been
ruminating upon all year long."
letters engraved or carved on something
Your deeds are your monuments.—
inscription on an Egyptian tomb