having little elasticity
Her father’s words sounded
brittle in her ears, as though they were being chipped out of ice.
undergo weakening or degeneration as through lack of use
No mind has tried to hold out against IT for so many thousands of centuries that certain centers have become soft and
atrophied through lack of use.
impossible or difficult to sense
In contrast to the drabness of color, to the cold that numbed her, the air was filled with a delicate, springlike fragrance, almost
imperceptible as it blew softly against her face.
capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
Disappointment was as dark and
corrosive in her as the Black Thing.
having unlimited power
She was frozen, and Charles Wallace was being devoured by IT, and her
omnipotent father was doing nothing.
likely to fail or make errors
I am a human being, and a very
provide physical relief, as from pain
But with the tentacle came the same delicate fragrance that moved across her with the breeze, and she felt a soft, tingling warmth go all through her that momentarily
assuaged her pain.
a feeling of alarm or dread
The middle beast, a tremor of
trepidation in his words, said, “You aren’t from a dark planet, are you?”
release, as from one's grip
The Black Thing does not
relinquish its victims willingly.”
weighing heavily on the senses or spirit
Nevertheless there was a sense of openness, a feel of a gentle breeze moving lightly about, that kept the darkness from being
feeling downcast and disheartened and hopeless
Such a wave of
despondency came over Meg that she was no longer able to eat.
deeply agitated especially from emotion
“The child is
distraught. Don’t judge her harshly. She was almost taken by the Black Thing. Sometimes we can’t know what spiritual damage it leaves even when physical recovery is complete.”
proceed or issue forth, as from a source
Every once in a while she thought she felt a flicker of understanding from Aunt Beast or one of the others, but most of the time all that
emanated from them was gentle puzzlement.
ring or echo with sound
Suddenly a thundering voice
reverberated throughout the great hall:
“WWEEE ARRE HHERRE!”
extremely impressive in strength or excellence
Mrs Which’s voice rolled
formidably across the hall. “Ssilencce, cchilldd!”
be confusing or perplexing to
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called, but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things which are mighty.
She paused, and then she said, “May the right
spread or diffuse through
She gasped for breath, for breath in her own rhythm, not the
permeating pulsing of IT.
to say, state, or perform again
Charles Wallace was crouched beside IT, his eyes still slowly twirling, his jaw still slack, as she had seen him before, with a tic in his forehead
reiterating the revolting rhythm of IT.
causing shock, dismay, or horror
appalling moment Meg believed, and in that moment she felt her brain being gathered up into IT.
not mixed with impurities
No, it was not anger, it was loathing; it was hatred, sheer and
unadulterated, and as she became lost in hatred she also began to be lost in IT.
an indication that something has been present
With the last
vestige of consciousness she jerked her mind and body.
resist or confront with resistance
If she could give love to IT perhaps it would shrivel up and die, for she was sure that IT could not
capable of being wounded or hurt
Her own Charles Wallace, the real Charles Wallace, the child for whom she had come back to Camazotz, to IT, the baby who was so much more than she was, and who was yet so utterly
He dashed across the lawn to join in the joy, and almost knocked them all over with the
exuberance of his greeting.