radiating or as if radiating light
They always called it Magic and indeed it seemed like it in the months that followed--the wonderful months--the
radiant months--the amazing ones.
In between the adjectives "wonderful" and "amazing," "radiant" does not only refer to the physical sunlight in the garden but also to the emotional light of Mary, Ben, Colin (for whom happiness had not been the norm), and Dickon (whose natural happiness raises the level of happiness for everyone else).
to unroll, unfold, or spread out
Then the green things began to show buds and the buds began to
unfurl and show color, every shade of blue, every shade of purple, every tint and hue of crimson.
Satiny poppies of all tints danced in the breeze by the score, gaily
defying flowers which had lived in the garden for years and which it might be confessed seemed rather to wonder how such new people had got there.
exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing
Fair fresh leaves, and buds--and buds--tiny at first but swelling and working Magic until they burst and uncurled into cups of scent delicately spilling themselves over their brims and filling the garden air.
a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk regarded as a holy man
Magic is a great thing and scarcely any one knows anything about it except a few people in old books--and Mary a little, because she was born in India where there are
impressive in appearance
This sounded so
imposing that Ben Weatherstaff became quite excited and really could not keep still.
having or displaying great dignity or nobility
It all seemed most
majestic and mysterious when they sat down in their circle.
an ascetic Muslim monk
"Shall we sway backward and forward, Mary, as if we were
A dervish is similar to a fakir: both are poor monks who beg, but dervishes are also known for whirling and possessing miraculous powers. The question seems like a joke, but Colin seriously wants to believe that "there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us." So he is willing to experiment--with chants, dervish movements, or muscle exercises--so that he can become stronger and live to be a man.
joyful and proud especially because of success
When he returned to the canopy tree his cheeks were flushed and he looked
cause to be alert and energetic
And the thought which
stimulated him more than any other was this imagining what his father would look like when he saw that he had a son who was as straight and strong as other fathers' sons.
unusual or striking
Your father will be happy to hear of this
given or giving freely
"Tell her she has been most
bounteous and our gratitude is extreme."
Colin also says this about Dickon's mother: "She is a Magic person. Tell her we are grateful, Dickon--extremely grateful." Colin is expressing his gratitude ("a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation") for the hot currant buns and delicious fresh milk that Dickon's mother had sent. Coming from a woman who struggles to feed fourteen people in her own family, this bounty seems even more magical.
large in number or quantity
And then forgetting his grandeur he fell to and stuffed himself with buns and drank milk out of the pail in
copious draughts in the manner of any hungry little boy who had been taking unusual exercise and breathing in moorland air and whose breakfast was more than two hours behind him.
beyond ordinary understanding
Every beautiful morning the Magic was worked by the
mystic circle under the plum-tree which provided a canopy of thickening green leaves after its brief blossom-time was ended.
make known; pass on, of information
Even Dickon did not go near the close-grown corner in those days, but waited until by the quiet working of some mysterious spell he seemed to have
conveyed to the soul of the little pair that in the garden there was nothing which was not quite like themselves--nothing which did not understand the wonderfulness of what was happening to them--the immense, tender, terrible, heart-breaking beauty and solemnity of Eggs.
expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
He could only say that he was sure that the Eggs would never flap about in such a manner; but as the boy who could speak robin so fluently was doing the thing with them, birds could be quite sure that the actions were not of a dangerous nature.
impatient especially under restriction or delay
One morning when the rain streamed down unceasingly and Colin was beginning to feel a little
restive, as he was obliged to remain on his sofa because it was not safe to get up and walk about, Mary had an inspiration.
beyond normal limits
Mary giggled inordinately.
having great beauty
I wakened when it was bright moonlight two nights ago and felt as if the Magic was filling the room and making everything so
splendid that I couldn't lie still.
Their belief in the Magic was an
a ritual reciting of words believed to have a magical effect
After the morning's
incantations Colin sometimes gave them Magic lectures.
not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
Sometimes when Colin felt Ben's
earnest gaze meant that he was much impressed he wondered what he was reflecting on and once when he had seemed quite entranced he questioned him.
inclined to a healthy reddish color
When he came he was
ruddy with running and his funny face looked more twinkling than usual.
feeling great delight
He had known it before in a way, he had hoped it and felt it and thought about it, but just at that minute something had rushed all through him--a sort of
rapturous belief and realization and it had been so strong that he could not help calling out.
to become aware of through the senses
Dickon answered with his all-
perceiving animal charmer's smile.
The phrase "all-perceiving" makes Dickon sound like a god who is all-seeing and all-knowing. But while he seems to have a Magic that touches the lives of all living creatures, including plants, and while Mary and Colin seem to worship him as an angel, Dickon is too humble to see himself as a god, and he would only use his powers to spread happiness and growth.
not circulating or flowing
It was as if a sweet clear spring had begun to rise in a
stagnant pool and had risen and risen until at last it swept the dark water away.
unusual or striking
singular calmness remained with him the rest of the evening and he slept a new reposeful sleep; but it was not with him very long.
The calmness and reposeful ("affording physical or mental rest") sleep of Archibald Craven is singular because most of the time, his mind is filled with dark and heartbroken thoughts; but it becomes especially singular when he later learns that on that same day, far away from him in England, his son had exclaimed, "I am going to live forever and ever and ever!"
He spent his days upon the crystal blueness of the lake or he walked back into the soft thick
verdure of the hills and tramped until he was tired so that he might sleep.
thrown into a state of agitated confusion
She came to him somewhat excited and curious and
in a hurried manner
"Together?" said Mrs. Medlock,
hastily overfilling his beer-mug in her excitement.