convulsive gasp made while weeping
Ma’s face remained hidden in Minli’s bed, but her
sobs had stopped and Ba knew she was listening.
the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
“Neither do I,” Ma said, and she buried her face in Minli’s bed, crying in
an Asian temple; usually a pyramidal tower with an upward curving roof
Even though she was on the floor of the garden
pagoda, she had slept comfortably, and as she sat up she realized that was probably due to the silk pillows she had been lying on.
low or inferior in station or quality
Inside the bag, Minli found her
humble blanket, rabbit rice bowl (with needle and bamboo piece), chopsticks, a generous supply of cakes, and her hollow gourd full of fresh water.
large and often sumptuous tent
So after a quick breakfast, Minli quietly left the
art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
Part of her was tempted to explore the
mosaic walkways through the jewel-colored leaves, but she knew being discovered by one of the king’s counselors would be disastrous.
call upon in supplication; entreat
implored the moon, silently, “please watch over Minli."
frown with displeasure
The tiger leapt at her, his
scowling mouth glittering with pointed teeth, his blade-like claws rushing toward her.
the quality of threatening evil
"Glower" and "scowl" are synonymous verbs that show the movements and moods of the tiger's mouth and eyes. But "glower" fits this example sentence better because it looks almost like "glow" and makes the tiger's threat of malevolence seem more evil.
Even in the dim light of the moon, Minli could see its eyes glower with
a wound made by cutting
gashes seemed to have burned into him like evil coals; the blackness had spread and his arm looked like a burnt tree.
thrown into a state of agitated confusion; (`rattled' is an informal term)
Her quick-thinking mind darted like a
show submission or fear
The tiger roared furiously and the girl
unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
Compare to "vast" and "enormous" in the list for Chapters 13-24--while all three are synonymous adjectives, in the example sentences, "vast" and "enormous" are used to describe physical things (waterfall and wall), while "immense" is used here to describe personal qualities (power and strength).
It was a high price but we knew, with
immense power and strength, we could not
inspiring mixed contempt and pity
"I will take you, but leave the other for him—
pathetic dog that he is."
lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
“As he disappeared he said...he said”—the girl swallowed nervously at the Green Tiger’s furious face—“‘Tell the Green Tiger that his son, the king, left you out of pity—pity for his poor,
extend out or project in space
Minli and the boy followed from a distance, past sharp rocks and
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
Compare with "malevolence" in this list--both the noun and the adjective refer to the tiger's eyes.
The deep well was full of shadows, but the dark water caught the reflection of the tiger’s
menacing eyes and sharp teeth.
in a confused mass
The man turned and looked at her wind-burned face,
tangled hair, and eyes shadowed with weariness.
occurring together or simultaneously
The children laughed; their giggles were like bells playing in
reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
"Blossom" is used literally here; compare to "sprout" and "bloom" from Chapters 13-24.
The trees were heavy with bright
blossoms and as the wind blew through the branches, golden flowers showered down like rain.
a deep and vivid red color
Minli followed his hand and saw
crimson gate doors painted with a cheerful greeting.
enjoying or affording comforting warmth and shelter especially in a small space
But she did remember the
cozy, lovely feeling of falling into a bed, like holding a warm steamed bun on an icy day.
causing or able to cause nausea
Whatever animals he did not kill
outright, died within an hour or so from the
son of the tiger's touch.
voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
"This is the start of his punishment for us—the way we are to pay
penance for our ancestors."
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
A wave of
longing washed through her and a dryness caught in her throat that the tea could not moisten.