"Tuck Everlasting," Vocabulary from Chapters 23-Epilogue

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. plaintive
    expressing sorrow
    Winnie’s mother and grandmother sat plaintive all afternoon in the parlor...
  2. bureau
    furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
    Once she had hidden Jesse’s bottle in a bureau drawer, there was nothing to do but wait.
  3. rhythm
    the basic recurring unit in a piece of music
    ...the grandfather’s clock ticked deliberately, unimpressed with anyone’s impatience, and Winnie found herself rocking to its rhythm—forward, back...
  4. guilt
    remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
    Beneath her excitement, she was thick with guilt.
  5. forbidden
    excluded from use or mention
    ...she was about to do something which she knew would be forbidden.
  6. cell
    a room where a prisoner is kept
    They heard the constable’s footsteps coming up to Mae’s cell.
  7. prove
    provide evidence for
    ... but Winnie blocked the picture from her mind, the horror that would prove the secret.
  8. visible
    capable of being seen or open to easy view
    And at last she could make it out, for the black Roman numerals were just barely visible...
  9. instant
    a particular point in time
    She had half expected that the instant she put a foot on the stairs they would leap from their beds and surround her with accusations.
  10. accusation
    an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence
    She had half expected that the instant she put a foot on the stairs they would leap from their beds and surround her with accusations.
  11. deserted
    forsaken by owner or inhabitants
    The blacksmith’s shop, the mill, the church, the stores, so busy and alive in daylight, were hunched, deserted now...
  12. pry
    move or force in an effort to get something open
    Tuck handed up a tool and Miles began to pry at the nails securing the window frame.
  13. grasp
    hold firmly
    He grasped the bars of the window firmly, ready to pull, and stood poised.
  14. budge
    move very slightly
    But the window did not budge.
  15. bulk
    the property possessed by a large mass
    ...Miles and Jesse close at his sides, arms upstretched, eager to receive her bulk.
  16. parched
    dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
    The tension in the parched earth eased and vanished.
  17. departure
    the act of leaving
    ...while others leaned from the pod as if to observe its departure.
  18. escape
    the act of evading physically
    Two weeks had gone by since the night of the storm, the night of Mae Tuck’s escape.
  19. trace
    an indication that something has been present
    There was no trace of her at all, or of Tuck or Miles or Jesse.
  20. profoundly
    to a great depth psychologically
    Winnie was profoundly grateful for that.
  21. review
    look back upon a period of time
    For the hundredth time she reviewed it all...
  22. investigate
    conduct an inquiry of
    And she would never forget the crash outside that made her heart race, that she could not investigate...
  23. accomplice
    a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan
    She was ... an accomplice.
  24. release
    grant freedom to; free from confinement
    She was released, then, into the custody of her mother and father.
  25. custody
    guardianship over
    She was released, then, into the custody of her mother and father.
  26. impressed
    deeply or markedly affected or influenced
    They were impressed by what she had done.
  27. impulse
    a sudden desire
    And then, on an impulse, she turned and ran into the cottage...
  28. continuous
    moving in time or space without interruption
    They had seen continuous change and were accustomed to it, but here it seemed shocking and sad.
  29. cemetery
    a tract of land used for burials
    There were houses there now, and a feed-and-grain store, but on the far side of the hill, inside a rambling iron fence, was a cemetery.
  30. approach
    move towards
    And saw, as he approached, that there were other, smaller markers all around it.
  31. overcome
    overwhelm, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
    He had wanted it to be there, but now that he saw it, he was overcome with sadness.

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