existing everywhere at once
It was from this town and its gloomy,
omnipresent shade that my mother escaped with me when I was only a few months old.
using or containing too many words
Neither of us was what anyone would call
verbose, and I didn’t know what there was to say regardless.
a sign of a thing about to happen
I didn’t see it as an
omen — just unavoidable.
a small and inadequate amount
My primary motivation behind buying a car, despite the
scarcity of my funds, was that I refused to be driven around town in a car with red and blue lights on top.
allowing light to pass through diffusely
My skin could be pretty — it was very clear, almost
translucent-looking — but it all depended on color.
deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress
pallid reflection in the mirror, I was forced to admit that I was lying to myself.
in a manner affording no ease or reassurance
She dug through a
precariously stacked pile of documents on her desk till she found the ones she was looking for.
look with amazement
gawked at me when he saw my name — not an encouraging response — and of course I flushed tomato red.
talk in a monotonous voice
I went through different arguments with her in my head while the teacher
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
I couldn’t remember her name, so I smiled and nodded as she
prattled about teachers and classes.
tall and thin and having long slender limbs
The last was
lanky, less bulky, with un¬tidy, bronze-colored hair.
a slow pace of running
As I watched, the small girl rose with her tray — unopened soda, unbitten apple — and walked away with a quick, graceful
lope that belonged on a runway.
moving and bending with ease
I watched, amazed at her
lithe dancer’s step, till she dumped her tray and glided through the back door, faster than I would have thought possible.
possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful
They all were noticeably graceful — even the big,
turn away or aside
He was leaning away from me, sitting on the ex¬treme edge of his chair and
averting his face like he smelled something bad.
muscular and heavily built
He wasn’t nearly as slight as he’d looked next to his
the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
I quickly picked up the
gist of the argument.
not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy
It was better because it wasn’t raining yet, though the clouds were dense and
in a pensively sad manner
Then he smiled at me
wistfully and went to sit by a girl with braces and a bad perm.
having an inflated idea of one's own importance
It was ridiculous, and
egotistical, to think that I could affect anyone that strongly.
having your attention fixated as though by a spell
I hadn’t noticed their clothes before — I’d been too
mesmerized by their faces.
in a disbelieving manner
“Haven’t you ever seen snow fall before?” he asked
the act of occurring together or simultaneously
I didn’t really want to walk to class with Mike as usual — he seemed to be a popular target for the snowball snipers — but when we went to the door, everyone besides me groaned in
smile affectedly or derisively
smirked and pushed the microscope to me.
incapable of being explained or accounted for
I glanced up, and he was staring at me, that same
inexplicable look of frustration in his eyes.
marked by or given to doubt
Mr. Banner looked at me now; his expression was
moody and melancholic
My voice was
glum by the time I finished.
giving or marked by complete attention to
engrossed in our conversation, but now I could see, from the corner of my eye, that he was leaning away from me again, his hands gripping the edge of the table with unmistakable tension.
on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
I stared straight ahead as I passed the Volvo, but from a
peripheral peek, I would swear I saw him laughing.
originality by virtue of being refreshingly new
Perhaps it was because I was a
novelty here, where
novelties were few and far between.
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
In the abrupt
bedlam, I could hear more than one person shouting my name.
a large indefinite number
As we spoke, nurses began unwinding his soiled bandages, exposing a
myriad of shallow slices all over his forehead and left cheek.
stare or look at, especially with amorous intentions
It wasn’t easy — it would have been more natural to
the act of treating with contempt
His voice held an edge of
I was in danger of being distracted by his
livid, glorious face.
struck with fear, dread, or consternation
strong feelings of embarrassment
chagrin, I realized the probable cause — no one else was as aware of Edward as I always was.
bring up a topic for discussion
But he didn’t
broach the subject until I was in my seat and he was perched on my desk.
full of high-spirited delight
It was Jessica, and she was
jubilant; Mike had caught her after school to accept her invitation.
an example that is used to justify similar occurrences
I didn’t want to ask permission — it set a bad
precedent — but I felt rude, so I tacked it on at the end.
express or state clearly
enunciated every syllable, as if he were talking to someone mentally handicapped.
showing scarcely suppressed anger
His eyes were gloriously intense as he uttered that last sentence, his voice
expressive of low opinion
“Thank you for joining us, Miss Swan,” Mr. Mason said in a
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
I looked up into his deep gold eyes, became
befuddled, and, as usual, blurted out the truth.
having a secret or hidden meaning
“No,” I disagreed quickly, my eyes narrowing, “I can’t imagine why that would be frustrating at all — just be¬cause someone refuses to tell you what they’re thinking, even if all the while they’re making
cryptic little remarks specifically designed to keep you up at night wondering what they could possibly mean . . . now, why would that be frustrating?”
a person who is rejected from society or home
“Or better,” I continued, the pent-up annoyance flow¬ing freely now, “say that person also did a wide range of bizarre things — from saving your life under impossible circumstances one day to treating you like a
pariah the next, and he never explained any of that, either, even after he promised.
impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear
His voice was almost
impossible to come to understand
He was staring at me with an
turn sharply; change direction abruptly
veered left, toward my truck.
conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
She’s irresponsible and slightly
eccentric, and she’s a very unpredictable cook.