a violently fast stream of water or other liquid
It was pouring down in
torrents and the wind was "wuthering" round the corners and in the chimneys of the huge old house.
"Wuther" is a word used only in British English, and it means "to blow strongly with a roaring sound"--the wuthering and torrential weather matches Mary's miserable and angry mood, because it prevents her from working with Dickon in the secret garden. It also matches Colin's fretful crying, motivates Mary to find the crier, and foreshadows a later conflict between the two.
filled with or evoking sadness
mournful sound kept her awake because she felt
discontented as toward authority
Perhaps the fact that she was in a
rebellious mood made her bold.
very unhappy; full of misery
My mother died when I was born and it makes him
wretched to look at me.
under a moral obligation to do something
"Every one is
obliged to do what pleases me," he said indifferently. "It makes me ill to be angry. No one believes I shall live to grow up."
familiarize psychologically or physically
He said it as if he was so
accustomed to the idea that it had ceased to matter to him at all.
Most people, especially children, are not accustomed to the idea of dying. But the key phrase here is "as if" because Colin really doesn't want to die, but everyone keeps telling him he will, so the words have ceased ("have an end in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense") to have much meaning. Also, because his birth caused his mother's death, Colin and his father do not place much value on his life.
appeal or request earnestly
"If you won't make them take you to the garden,"
pleaded Mary, "perhaps--I feel almost sure I can find out how to get in sometime.
disturb, especially by minor irritations
Tha' doesn't know what he's like when anything
cause to become awake or conscious
If he'd been like he is most times he'd have throwed himself into one of his tantrums and
roused th' house.
physically disturbed or set in motion
"I don't know what to do!" cried
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
raved and said it'd be another hunchback like him and it'd better die.
having important effects or influence
Colin answered as if neither the doctor's alarm nor Mrs. Medlock's terror were of the slightest
expressing reproof especially as a corrective
Dr. Craven turned reproachfully to Mrs. Medlock.
"Reproach" and "reproof" are synonymous nouns meaning "an act or expression of criticism and censure"--Dr. Craven turns away from Colin, whom he dares not criticize, to reproach, reprove, and censure (all synonymous verbs) Mrs. Medlock, whom he believes should've kept a better eye on Mary and prevented her from finding his secret patient.
filled with or evoking sadness
So it was not very pleasant when she opened the door of her room, to see Martha standing waiting for her with a
do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
Colin frowned and
condescended to look at her.
marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
She just grew sour and
obstinate and did not care what happened.
"If you send Dickon away, I'll never come into this room again!" she
marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
"Shall they, Mr. Rajah!" said Mary fiercely. "They may drag me in but they can't make me talk when they get me here. I'll sit and clench my teeth and never tell you one thing. I won't even look at you. I'll stare at the floor!"
look at with a fixed gaze
They were a nice agreeable pair as they
glared at each other.
The example sentence has both an ironic and pun-filled tone: Mary and Colin are fiercely arguing, not nicely agreeing, but they are agreeable ("conforming to your own feelings or nature") in their identical angry glares.
express through a scornful smile
"A nice angel!" Colin
sneered ferociously. "He's a common cottage boy off the moor!"
deserving or inciting pity
He was beginning to feel
pathetic and sorry for himself--not for any one else.
prove negative; show to be false
contradicted Mary unsympathetically.
marked by extreme anger
He was at once
furious and slightly pleased, if a person could be both at one time.
a malicious woman with a fierce temper
"If he'd had a young
vixen of a sister to fight with it would have been the saving of him."
cause physical suffering to and make sick or indisposed
"Hysterics and temper are half what
She felt so sour and
unrelenting that for a few minutes she almost forgot about Dickon and the green veil creeping over the world and the soft wind blowing down from the moor.
go upward with gradual or continuous progress
She flew along the corridor and the nearer she got to the screams the higher her temper
to move in a twisting or contorted motion
"I felt the lump--I felt it," choked out Colin. "I knew I should. I shall have a hunch on my back and then I shall die," and he began to
writhe again and turned on his face and sobbed and wailed but he didn't scream.
dignified and somber in manner or character
Every rib could be counted and every joint of the spine, though Mistress Mary did not count them as she bent over and examined them with a
solemn savage little face.
"Solemn" also means "characterized by a firm belief in your opinions"--both definitions fit the situation because Mary is solemnly examining Colin's back as if she were a doctor, because she wants to prove her solemn statement: "There's nothing the matter with your horrid back--nothing but hysterics!"
temporary loss of strength and energy from hard work
But he had lain and thought of himself and his aches and
weariness for hours and days and months and years.