Literature: The Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Andersen)

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  1. illustration
    a visual representation to make a subject easy to understand
    An illustration for the story The Little Match Girl by the author Hans Christian Andersen
  2. author
    a person who writes professionally
    An illustration for the story The Little Match Girl by the author Hans Christian Andersen
  3. scuffle
    fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
    They were very large slippers, which her mother had hitherto worn; so large were they; and the poor little thing lost them as she scuffled away across the street, because of two carriages that rolled by dreadfully fast.
  4. urchin
    a poor and often mischievous city child
    One slipper was nowhere to be found; the other had been laid hold of by an urchin, and off he ran with it; he thought it would do capitally for a cradle when he some day or other should have children himself.
  5. cradle
    a baby bed with sides and rockers
    One slipper was nowhere to be found; the other had been laid hold of by an urchin, and off he ran with it; he thought it would do capitally for a cradle when he some day or other should have children himself.
  6. tiny
    very small
    So the little maiden walked on with her tiny naked feet, that were quite red and blue from cold.
  7. quantity
    how much there is or how many there are of something
    She carried a quantity of matches in an old apron, and she held a bundle of them in her hand.
  8. creep
    move slowly
    She crept along trembling with cold and hunger--a very picture of sorrow, the poor little thing!
  9. sorrow
    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss
    She crept along trembling with cold and hunger--a very picture of sorrow, the poor little thing!
  10. gleaming
    bright with a steady but subdued shining
    From all the windows the candles were gleaming, and it smelt so deliciously of roast goose, for you know it was New Year's Eve; yes, of that she thought.
  11. smelt
    extract by heating, as a metal
    From all the windows the candles were gleaming, and it smelt so deliciously of roast goose, for you know it was New Year's Eve; yes, of that she thought.
  12. corner
    the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect
    In a corner formed by two houses, of which one advanced more than the other, she seated herself down and cowered together.
  13. advance
    move forward
    In a corner formed by two houses, of which one advanced more than the other, she seated herself down and cowered together.
  14. cower
    crouch or curl up
    In a corner formed by two houses, of which one advanced more than the other, she seated herself down and cowered together.
  15. venture
    an undertaking with an uncertain outcome
    Her little feet she had drawn close up to her, but she grew colder and colder, and to go home she did not venture, for she had not sold any matches and could not bring a farthing of money: from her father she would certainly get blows, and at home it was cold too, for above her she had only the roof, through which the wind whistled, even though the largest cracks were stopped up with straw and rags.
  16. certainly
    definitely or positively
    Her little feet she had drawn close up to her, but she grew colder and colder, and to go home she did not venture, for she had not sold any matches and could not bring a farthing of money: from her father she would certainly get blows, and at home it was cold too, for above her she had only the roof, through which the wind whistled, even though the largest cracks were stopped up with straw and rags.
  17. whistle
    the sound made by something moving rapidly
    Her little feet she had drawn close up to her, but she grew colder and colder, and to go home she did not venture, for she had not sold any matches and could not bring a farthing of money: from her father she would certainly get blows, and at home it was cold too, for above her she had only the roof, through which the wind whistled, even though the largest cracks were stopped up with straw and rags.
  18. numb
    lacking sensation
    Her little hands were almost numbed with cold.
  19. afford
    have the financial means to do something or buy something
    Oh! a match might afford her a world of comfort, if she only dared take a single one out of the bundle, draw it against the wall, and warm her fingers by it.
  20. comfort
    a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
    Oh! a match might afford her a world of comfort, if she only dared take a single one out of the bundle, draw it against the wall, and warm her fingers by it.
  21. blaze
    a strong flame that burns brightly
    "Rischt!" how it blazed, how it burnt!
  22. flame
    combustion of materials producing heat and light and smoke
    It was a warm, bright flame, like a candle, as she held her hands over it: it was a wonderful light.
  23. wonderful
    extraordinarily good or great
    It was a warm, bright flame, like a candle, as she held her hands over it: it was a wonderful light.
  24. burnish
    polish and make shiny
    It seemed really to the little maiden as though she were sitting before a large iron stove, with burnished brass feet and a brass ornament at top.
  25. ornament
    something used to beautify
    It seemed really to the little maiden as though she were sitting before a large iron stove, with burnished brass feet and a brass ornament at top.
  26. influence
    a power to affect persons or events
    The fire burned with such blessed influence; it warmed so delightfully.
  27. stretch
    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    The little girl had already stretched out her feet to warm them too; but--the small flame went out, the stove vanished: she had only the remains of the burnt-out match in her hand.
  28. vanish
    become invisible or unnoticeable
    The little girl had already stretched out her feet to warm them too; but--the small flame went out, the stove vanished: she had only the remains of the burnt-out match in her hand.
  29. transparent
    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    She rubbed another against the wall: it burned brightly, and where the light fell on the wall, there the wall became transparent like a veil, so that she could see into the room.
  30. splendid
    characterized by grandeur
    On the table was spread a snow-white tablecloth; upon it was a splendid porcelain service, and the roast goose was steaming famously with its stuffing of apple and dried plums.
  31. porcelain
    ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic
    On the table was spread a snow-white tablecloth; upon it was a splendid porcelain service, and the roast goose was steaming famously with its stuffing of apple and dried plums.
  32. service
    an act of help or assistance
    On the table was spread a snow-white tablecloth; upon it was a splendid porcelain service, and the roast goose was steaming famously with its stuffing of apple and dried plums.
  33. magnificent
    characterized by grandeur
    Now there she was sitting under the most magnificent Christmas tree: it was still larger, and more decorated than the one which she had seen through the glass door in the rich merchant's house.
  34. decorate
    make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
    Now there she was sitting under the most magnificent Christmas tree: it was still larger, and more decorated than the one which she had seen through the glass door in the rich merchant's house.
  35. branch
    a division of a stem arising from the main stem of a plant
    Thousands of lights were burning on the green branches, and gaily-colored pictures, such as she had seen in the shop-windows, looked down upon her.
  36. ascend
    travel up
    "Someone is just dead!" said the little girl; for her old grandmother, the only person who had loved her, and who was now no more, had told her, that when a star falls, a soul ascends to God.
  37. radiant
    emanating or as if emanating light
    She drew another match against the wall: it was again light, and in the lustre there stood the old grandmother, so bright and radiant, so mild, and with such an expression of love.
  38. delicious
    extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
    You go away when the match burns out; you vanish like the warm stove, like the delicious roast goose, and like the magnificent Christmas tree!"
  39. brilliant
    full of light; shining intensely
    And the matches gave such a brilliant light that it was brighter than at noon-day: never formerly had the grandmother been so beautiful and so tall.
  40. anxiety
    a vague unpleasant emotion in anticipation of a misfortune
    She took the little maiden, on her arm, and both flew in brightness and in joy so high, so very high, and then above was neither cold, nor hunger, nor anxiety--they were with God.
  41. dawn
    the first light of day
    But in the corner, at the cold hour of dawn, sat the poor girl, with rosy cheeks and with a smiling mouth, leaning against the wall--frozen to death on the last evening of the old year.
  42. stark
    severely simple
    Stiff and stark sat the child there with her matches, of which one bundle had been burnt.
  43. slight
    small in quantity or degree
    No one had the slightest suspicion of what beautiful things she had seen; no one even dreamed of the splendor in which, with her grandmother she had entered on the joys of a new year.
  44. suspicion
    an impression that something might be the case
    No one had the slightest suspicion of what beautiful things she had seen; no one even dreamed of the splendor in which, with her grandmother she had entered on the joys of a new year.
  45. splendor
    the quality of being magnificent or grand
    No one had the slightest suspicion of what beautiful things she had seen; no one even dreamed of the splendor in which, with her grandmother she had entered on the joys of a new year.

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