"Tuck Everlasting," Vocabulary from Chapters 6-9

They say nothing lasts forever...well, except for the Tuck family. In "Tuck Everlasting,"a fantasy novel by Natalie Babbit, 11 year-old Winnie Foster is faced with many dilemmas, including whether eternal life is a blessing or a curse.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Prologue-Chapter 5, Chapters 6-9, Chapters 10-13, Chapters 14-17, Chapters 18-22, Chapters 23-Epilogue

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. insist
    beg persistently and urgently
    First she was kneeling on the ground, insisting on a drink from the spring...
  2. vision
    a vivid mental image
    Winnie had often been haunted by visions of what it would be like to be kidnapped.
  3. speechless
    temporarily incapable of speaking
    Winnie herself was speechless.
  4. rapid
    characterized by speed
    They had come to the edge of the wood now, with no sign of slowing their rapid jog.
  5. flee
    run away quickly
    Instead of crying out for help, she merely goggled at him as they fled past the spot where he stood.
  6. comprehend
    get the meaning of something
    For her part, Winnie, now that the running was over, began to comprehend what was happening...
  7. outrage
    a feeling of righteous anger
    ...and she began to cry, suddenly, crushed as much by outrage as by shock.
  8. sob
    convulsive gasp made while weeping
    When Mae said, “Tomorrow,” Winnie’s sobs turned to wails.
  9. melody
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    When the tinkling little melody began, Winnie’s sobbing slowed.
  10. suspect
    imagine to be the case or true or probable
    She soon suspected they had never told it before...
  11. settle
    take up residence and become established
    ...the Tucks had come from a long way to the east, looking for a place to settle.
  12. peculiar
    markedly different from the usual
    “That was the first time we figured there was something peculiar,” said Mae.
  13. passage
    the act of moving from one state or place to the next
    But it was the passage of time that worried them most.
  14. blame
    attribute responsibility to
    Well, you can’t hardly blame them, but finally we had to leave the farm.
  15. conclusion
    the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning
    “When we come to that conclusion,” Mae went on...
  16. tension
    a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
    Mae’s fingers, laced together in her lap, twisted with the tension of remembering.
  17. scornful
    expressing extreme contempt
    She had never longed for a magic wand, did not expect to marry a prince, and was scornful—most of the time—of her grandmother’s elves.
  18. brooch
    a decorative pin
    She unfastened the brooch, took off her shawl, and toweled her dripping face.
  19. elated
    exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
    And all at once she was elated.
  20. remarkable
    unusual or striking
    Why, she, too, might live forever in this remarkable world she was only just discovering!
  21. exhausted
    depleted of energy, force, or strength
    But Winnie was exhausted long before that.
  22. vivid
    having striking color
    ...her nose a vivid, comic red...
  23. vanity
    feelings of excessive pride
    ...Winnie put vanity aside...
  24. surface
    the outermost level of the land or sea
    ...Queen Anne’s lace lay dusty on the surface of the meadows like foam on a painted sea.
  25. steep
    having a sharp inclination
    The horse picked his way carefully, and then ahead the path dropped down a steep embankment...
  26. homely
    plain and unpretentious
    Down the embankment they swayed and there it was, a plain, homely little house...
  27. enormous
    extraordinarily large in size or extent or degree
    At the same time, they heard two enormous splashes, two voices roaring with pleasure.
  28. gaze
    look at with fixed eyes
    ... but as he gazed at her, the warm, pleasing feeling spread through her again.
  29. displace
    take the position of or have precedence over
    ...the gentlest smile in the world displaced the melancholy creases of his cheeks.
  30. melancholy
    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
    ...the gentlest smile in the world displaced the melancholy creases of his cheeks.

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