marked by unconcern
Dimpled rolled her eyes. “No one says 'ahem.' You're supposed to just clear your throat.”
Celia waved an
put down by force or intimidation
Speak first, think later, that was her default setting, no matter how she tried to control it. Dimple sat up straighter,
quashing those thoughts.
marked by high spirits or excitement
Jenny beamed at her as she said something that Dimple was sure were
effervescent compliments, but every time Jenny opened her mouth, all Dimple could hear were beeps.
give a false appearance of
feigned ignorance to slang, which just infuriated Dimple more.
a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
That’s just how things worked, and Rishi was fine with it. Perhaps it was the burden of being the first son; Ashish certainly didn’t have similar
compunctions about his sports.
upright and slender
The male student,
reedy and tall with a healthy smattering of acne across both cheeks, looked up and smiled.
given to yielding to the wishes of someone
Celia smiled, a little
indulgently, Dimple thought.
an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
There was a noticeable
frisson through the room.
produced or growing in extreme abundance
“Oh, hey, hold on before you take a seat,” the dude with the
exuberant red beard at the front of the class said.
incapable of being appeased or pacified
She could tell he was going to be
implacable, so Dimple forced herself to nod and smile.
be in contradiction with
He barely met her eyes when he spoke, but there was a blooming happiness in his voice that
belied how pleased he was at her compliments.
having a play of lustrous rainbow colors
She walked to a painted horse head and stroked its
very attractive; capturing interest
He grabbed a silver rhinestone-studded headband with a peacock feather sticking out of it and set it on Dimple’s head. “There you go. Now that’s simply
most unfortunate or miserable
A look of
abject horror passed over her face.
a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs
His eyes reminded her of old
apothecary bottles, deep brown, when the sunlight hit them and turned them almost amber.
moving in an uncontrolled, irregular, or unpredictable way
Dimple pretended to be pulling at an
errant curl and swiped a hand across it.
devout or heartfelt
Rishi lifted an
earnest hand. “Swear to God.”
slanting or inclined in direction or course or position
oblique late afternoon rays turned the ends of his hair a chocolate brown.
Mamma and Papa were many things, but they weren't
having or showing arrogant superiority
Dimple turned to him and raised an eyebrow. He was beginning to see it was one of her talents, the
a carefully considered thought about something
“So you want to meet up later, talk about where you want to begin with the app concept?” Rishi asked, pulling her out of her internal
a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
Dimple felt her guard go up, that unbreachable wall laid with bricks of cynicism and
aloofness that kept people at bay.
deserving blame or censure as being wrong or injurious
But Celia wasn’t
culpable, she reminded herself. So far, she had been nothing but unfailingly nice.
Rishi had considered bringing a long-stemmed flower—he knew this wasn’t a date, so maybe a carnation rather than a rose?—but had
nixed it at the last moment.
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
She’d say this for him: He had no
worry unnecessarily or excessively
He glanced at her again, worry
niggling at him.
contrary to accepted morality or convention
She whispered the word “fancy” like it was something
illicit, as a smartly dressed couple in their fifties walked by.
without or almost without hope
She looked even more
despondent than before.
not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
Dimple turned as Evan, Hari, and Isabelle sauntered up, laughing and talking loudly,
impervious to the glares of the older diners.
the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
“What I notice in a majority of these is a sense of easy
camaraderie. As if your spirits are already friends.” He smiled at them. “Did you know each other from outside of this class?”
as a formality only
The guys were pretty silent except for
perfunctory replies to Isabelle’s string of inane chatter about which sorority she wanted to join.
devoid of intelligence
The guys were pretty silent except for perfunctory replies to Isabelle’s string of
inane chatter about which sorority she wanted to join.
cause to lose one's composure
Evan, at least, had the decency to look slightly
discomfited while Isabelle whined, plaintively and squeakily.
in a manner expressing sorrow
Evan, at least, had the decency to look slightly discomfited while Isabelle whined,
plaintively and squeakily.
force onto another
“I’m sorry I’m late! Once Abuelita begins talking, she doesn’t stop. And then she
foisted all of this food on me; I don’t even know where I’m going to store it...”
showing hovering attentiveness
Celia handed her bags to the
solicitous waiter in a bow tie and sat down, sighing mightily.
an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
As she launched into the trials and
tribulations of watching Little Women with her seventy-two-year-old Dominican grandmother, Dimple allowed herself to tune out.
enraptured with Celia’s story, which was interesting.
know or grasp by instinct or feeling alone
The waiter, somehow
intuiting the pause in Celia’s story, melted back into view.
free from emotional agitation or nervous tension
unperturbed. “Right...so what about your grandparents?”