The Graveyard Book: Chapter 3

This spooky novel tells the story of Bod, a young boy who is raised in a cemetery by ghosts after his parents are murdered.

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  1. ghoul
    an evil spirit or ghost
    One grave in every graveyard belongs to the ghouls.
  2. lichen
    a plant occurring in crusty patches on tree trunks or rocks
    If there is a statue on the grave it will be headless or so scabbed with fungus and lichens as to look like a fungus itself.
  3. unperturbed
    free from emotional agitation or nervous tension
    His guardian was unperturbed.
  4. undertaker
    one whose business is the management of funerals
    It was at least a hundred and fifty years old, a thing of beauty, black leather with brass fittings and a black handle, the kind of bag a Victorian doctor or undertaker might have carried, containing every implement that might have been needed.
  5. unflappable
    not easily perturbed, excited, or upset
    He gave advice, cool, sensible, and unfailingly correct; he knew more than the graveyard folk did, for his nightly excursions into the world outside meant that he was able to describe a world that was current, not hundreds of years out of date; he was unflappable and dependable, had been there every night of Bod’s life, so the idea of the little chapel without its only inhabitant was one that Bod found difficult to conceive of; most of all, he made Bod feel safe.
  6. conceive
    have the idea for
    He gave advice, cool, sensible, and unfailingly correct; he knew more than the graveyard folk did, for his nightly excursions into the world outside meant that he was able to describe a world that was current, not hundreds of years out of date; he was unflappable and dependable, had been there every night of Bod’s life, so the idea of the little chapel without its only inhabitant was one that Bod found difficult to conceive of; most of all, he made Bod feel safe.
  7. mousy
    having a drab pale brown color
    They stared at each other, the small boy with tousled, mousy hair, the pinched pale woman with not a silver hair out of place.
  8. brood
    think moodily or anxiously about something
    Bod brooded on the injustice of it all, and wandered through the graveyard kicking at stones.
  9. reproachful
    expressing disapproval, blame, or disappointment
    The big dog gazed at Bod reproachfully, then stepped away into the shadows, and was gone.
  10. sinew
    a band of tissue connecting a muscle to its bony attachment
    Down the street and up the hill came the Duke of Westminster, the Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells, slipping and bounding from shadow to shadow, lean and leathery, all sinews and cartilage, wearing raggedy clothes all a-tatter, and they bounded and loped and skulked, leapfrogging over dustbins, keeping to the dark side of hedges.
  11. lope
    run easily
    Down the street and up the hill came the Duke of Westminster, the Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells, slipping and bounding from shadow to shadow, lean and leathery, all sinews and cartilage, wearing raggedy clothes all a-tatter, and they bounded and loped and skulked, leapfrogging over dustbins, keeping to the dark side of hedges.
  12. skulk
    move stealthily
    Down the street and up the hill came the Duke of Westminster, the Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells, slipping and bounding from shadow to shadow, lean and leathery, all sinews and cartilage, wearing raggedy clothes all a-tatter, and they bounded and loped and skulked, leapfrogging over dustbins, keeping to the dark side of hedges.
  13. beady
    small, round, and shiny
    The three faces staring into his could have been those of mummified humans, fleshless and dried, but their features were mobile and interested—mouths that grinned to reveal sharp, stained teeth; bright beady eyes; clawed fingers that moved and tapped.
  14. piebald
    having sections or patches colored differently and brightly
    The creature, which grinned sharp teeth and let a pointed tongue of improbable length waggle between them, did not look like Bod’s idea of a bishop: its skin was piebald and it had a large spot across one eye, making it look almost piratical.
  15. agile
    moving quickly and lightly
    “Quick now,” said the duke, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells tossed Bod into the dark opening, then leapt in after him, followed by the Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh and then, with one agile bound, by the Duke of Westminster, who, as soon as he was inside, called out, "Wegh Kharados!" to close the ghoul-gate, and the stone crashed down above them.
  16. glower
    look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval
    This was an angry, glowering red, the color of an infected wound.
  17. wizened
    lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
    Tombstones and statues jutted out of the side of the wall, as if a huge graveyard had been upended, and, like three wizened chimpanzees in tattered black suits that did up in the back, the Duke of Westminster, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and the Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh were swinging from statue to stone, dangling Bod between them as they went, tossing him from one to another, never missing him, always catching him with ease, without even looking.
  18. marrow
    network of connective tissue filling the cavities of bones
    “Teeth so strong they can crush any bones, and tongue sharp and long enough to lick the marrow from the deepest marrowbone or flay the flesh from a fat man’s face,” said the Emperor of China.
  19. flay
    strip the skin off
    “Teeth so strong they can crush any bones, and tongue sharp and long enough to lick the marrow from the deepest marrowbone or flay the flesh from a fat man’s face,” said the Emperor of China.
  20. leaden
    made of lead
    “Can you imagine,” interrupted the Bishop of Bath and Wells, "how fine a drink the black ichor that collects in a leaden coffin can be? Or how it feels to be more important than kings and queens, than presidents or prime ministers or heroes, to be sure of it, in the same way that people are more important than brussels sprouts?”
  21. troupe
    an organization of performers and associated personnel
    Below them, a whole troupe of the little creatures were bouncing and running and leaping, heading for the path below them, and before he could say another word, he was snatched up by a pair of bony hands and was flying through the air in a series of jumps and lurches, as the creatures headed down to meet the others of their kind.
  22. loathing
    hate coupled with disgust
    Bod looked up at the city, and was horrified: an emotion engulfed him that mingled repulsion and fear, disgust and loathing, all tinged with shock.
  23. carrion
    the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food
    They are parasites and scavengers, eaters of carrion.
  24. revulsion
    intense aversion
    It was a city that had been built just to be abandoned, in which all the fears and madnesses and revulsions of the creatures who built it were made into stone.
  25. impervious
    not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
    Impervious they were to disease or illness, said one of them.
  26. catacomb
    an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried
    They told of the places they had been, which mostly seemed to be catacombs and plague-pits.
  27. scrabble
    grope, scratch, or feel searchingly
    The ghouls scrabbled back down the rocky cliffs to the road, beneath a sky the color of bad blood, and they headed towards Ghulheim.
  28. exuberant
    joyously unrestrained
    They seemed significantly less exuberant this morning.
  29. faction
    a dissenting clique
    The ghouls divided into two factions: there were those who felt that the vanishing of their friends was meaningless, and those who believed that something, probably the night-gaunts, was out to get them.
  30. imprecation
    the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
    He suspected, from the imprecations of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, that several more of the ghouls might have run off.
  31. jar
    move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion
    Despite being jogged and jounced, jolted and jarred with every one of his captor's steps, Bod managed to grasp the screw in his right hand.
  32. sheer
    very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
    To his left was a sheer drop.
  33. shroud
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
    Now he could see the Milky Way, see it as he had never seen it before, a glimmering shroud across the arch of the sky.
  34. tenacity
    persistent determination
    Those that men call Werewolves or Lycanthropes call themselves the Hounds of God, as they claim their transformation is a gift from their creator, and they repay the gift with their tenacity, for they will pursue an evildoer to the very gates of Hell.
  35. prim
    exaggeratedly proper
    “I also,” said Miss Lupescu, primly. “I also learned things.”
Created on May 9, 2018 (updated May 10, 2018)

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