incapable of being appeased or pacified
The old lady thought she’d never seen a child so
worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
Clutching the writing case, he swung himself down the banister, leaping over the man’s body that lay twitching and crumpled at the foot of the flight, seized the
tattered tote bag from the table, and was out of the front door and away before the other man could do more than come out of the living room and stare.
burn with a hot liquid or steam
Of course, every cat behaved like that, but all the same Will felt such a longing for home that tears
scalded his eyes.
marked by complexity and richness of detail
The building in the trees with its
ornate facade lit by floodlights might have been an opera house.
marked by extreme and violent energy
He fought hard: knee, head, fist, and the strength of his arms against it, him, her—
A girl about his own age,
ferocious, snarling, with ragged dirty clothes and thin bare limbs.
with strained or eager attention
She relaxed a little, but she still watched him
intently, and he stayed calm and quiet as if she were a strange cat he was making friends with.
lean but strong
She was small and slight, but
wiry, and she’d fought like a tiger; his fist had raised a bruise on her cheek, and she was ignoring it.
having a short and solid form or stature
He was strong and
stocky, not as formed as a grown man, of course, because he wasn’t much older than she was, but he’d be powerful one day.
group of people related by blood or marriage
Serafina Pekkala said, “What
clan are you from?”
settle or come to rest
Serafina Pekkala flew down toward the launch, leaving the dæmons out of sight above, and
alighted on the counter just behind the steersman.
the quality of threatening evil
The figure was fur-swathed, hooded, anonymous; but as it reached the deck, a golden monkey dæmon swung himself lightly up on the rail and glared around, his black eyes radiating
hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
The cleric looked around, bewildered, but Mrs. Coulter was too impatient, and after a
cursory glance above and along the deck, she shook her head and hurried in with her dæmon through the open door that cast a yellow nimbus on the air.
atmospheric moisture that has changed from a gas
It was fogged with
condensation and impossible to see through, and Serafina could hear no voices, either.
freedom from vanity or conceit
True invisibility was impossible, of course: this was mental magic, a kind of fiercely held
modesty that could make the spell worker not invisible but simply unnoticed.
make calm or quiet
So now she
composed her mind and brought all her concentration to bear on the matter of altering the way she held herself so as to deflect attention completely.
force to leave an office
And then there’s her astonishing feat of
deposing the bear-king Iofur Raknison—this is no ordinary child.
“The witch knows!” said another man, whose muskrat dæmon gnawed
unceasingly at a pencil.
draw back, as with fear or pain
“What then? We guess, do we? We shiver and
quail and guess?”
The golden monkey was
gnashing his teeth, and all his shimmering fur was standing on end.
The men hastened to follow her, jostling and shoving past Serafina Pekkala, who had only time to stand quickly aside, her mind in a
a large gathering of people
Serafina Pekkala moved closer, even among the tight
throng of men around the witch, and none of them felt her presence at their very elbows.
extreme distress of body or mind
Through the open doorway there flew a tern, mad with terror, and it beat its wings brokenly as it crashed to the floor and struggled up and darted to the breast of the tortured witch, pressing itself against her, nuzzling, chirruping, crying, and the witch called in
anguish, “Yambe-Akka! Come to me, come to me!”
a loud resonant repeating noise
Out, along the corridor to the stairs, turn, nock, loose, and another man fell; and already a loud jarring bell was filling the ship with its
a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
“I want to get the
stench of these people out of my nose.”
internal organs collectively
She could track any animal, catch any fish, find the rarest berries; and she could read the signs in the pine marten’s
entrails, or decipher the wisdom in the scales of a perch, or interpret the warnings in the crocus pollen; but these were children of nature, and they told her natural truths.
characterized by intense emotion
I met him once, and I thought he had an
ardent and powerful nature, but not a despotic one. I don’t think he wants to rule....
having the characteristics of a tyrannical ruler
I met him once, and I thought he had an ardent and powerful nature, but not a
despotic one. I don’t think he wants to rule....
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
A single figure swathed in furs fired a rifle into the midst of them with a
gaunt dog dæmon snarling and snapping beside him whenever one of the filthy things flew low enough.
a noisy riotous fight
She swung around above and loosed a dozen arrows into the
in a manner marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
The man pushed back his hood, still holding his rifle
warily, because a witch was an enemy sometimes, and she saw an elderly man, long-jawed and grizzled and steady-eyed.
done by design
“She was always a
willful child,” he said when they were seated at the oaken table in the glow of a naphtha lamp.
a volatile, flammable liquid made of hydrocarbons
“She was always a willful child,” he said when they were seated at the oaken table in the glow of a
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
shrewd, though, too, and he knew the attention was not really on him but on what he knew; and he was honest, so he did not draw out his telling for much longer than he needed.
the act of making amends for sin or wrongdoing
Well, Lord Asriel has never found hisself at ease with the doctrines of the Church, so to speak. I’ve seen a spasm of disgust cross his face when they talk of the sacraments, and
atonement, and redemption, and suchlike.
the act of depriving something of its sacred character
It’d be the most gigantic
blasphemy, that’s what they’d say.
Who else has ever done that? Who else could think of it? So with one part of me, Serafina Pekkala, I say he’s mad, wicked,
deranged. Yet with another part I think, he’s Lord Asriel, he’s not like other men. Maybe... if it was ever going to be possible, it’d be done by him and by no one else.
(of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence
And they sped through the
roiling banks of fog toward Lake Enara and home.
a flat mass of ice drifting at sea
Men who hunted in the dripping forests or fished among melting ice
floes heard the skywide whisper through the fog, and if the sky was clear, they would look up to see the witches flying, like scraps of darkness drift ing on a secret tide.
the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
I know the man Stanislaus Grumman. I used to love him. But I hate him now with such a
fervor that if I see him, I shall kill him.
composed of or covered with small particles
Instead, she went down to the kitchen and tried to make an omelette, and twenty minutes later she sat down at a table on the pavement and ate the blackened,
gritty thing with great pride while the sparrow Pantalaimon pecked at the bits of shell.
in a quiet and tranquil manner
They sat in the wide clear morning, with the sun glittering
placidly on the harbor, and each of them might have spoken next, because both of them were burning with questions; but then they heard a voice from farther along the harbor front, toward the casino gardens.
exploit the natural surroundings to disguise something
You got to look as if you fit in. You got to go about
camouflaged. I know, see. I’ve been doing it for years. You better listen to me or you’ll get caught, and if they find out where you come from, and the window, and everything....
causing an emotional disturbance
Pantalaimon had become a lemur, and was gazing at him with
disconcerting wide eyes.
the direction or path along which something moves or lies
Will took her to the grassy median under the palm trees, and looked around to get his
agog, she looked as astounded as he’d looked him
self to hear Pantalaimon talk.