be fully aware or cognizant of
That’s when the children
realized that the mechanical man wasn’t finished.
look at with a fixed gaze
She looked at Hugo in wonder, but then her expression changed and she
glared at him.
Isabelle took her key from the mechanical man’s back, put the necklace from which it
dangled back around her neck, and grabbed the drawing from the little desk.
send on a course different from the planned or intended one
Just keep quiet, let him eat his dinner in peace, and then I’ll
divert him to the bathroom and you can sneak out.
with great urgency
Hugo’s hand was in terrible pain, and Isabelle’s foot felt like it was broken, but they tried
desperately to keep the old man from destroying his drawings.
having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety
While the old man was
distracted by his wife, Hugo and Isabelle quickly gathered up all the drawings.
done or made using whatever is available
She ripped up some strips of fabric and made
makeshift bandages for Hugo’s hand and Isabelle’s foot.
beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
Hugo did find one
curious item, though, wrapped in a piece of fabric at the very back of a drawer.
take to be the case or to be true
He had always
assumed the toy had been sold a long time ago.
a mechanism that can move independently of external control
Hugo thought about the little mechanical parts inside the mouse, as well as the other toys that he had stolen and used to fix the
think about carefully; weigh
He had never really stopped to
consider why the pieces from the old man’s toys fit so well into the mechanical man.
with anxiety or apprehension
But without the use of both hands, he could barely wind them, and so he oiled and observed as much as possible and
anxiously compared the clocks with his railroad watch.
This connection with magic helped him immediately understand what the new medium of film was
show an image of
He was among the first to demonstrate that film didn't have to
reflect real life.
A Trip to the Moon, Melies’ most famous film, followed a group of explorers as they went to the moon, fought the moon men, and returned home with a captive, to great
tooth on the rim of gear wheel
But he looked at Isabelle, and it was as if he could feel all the
cogs and wheels begin to engage in his mind, and the words suddenly came together.
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
Maybe he was only happy for the time he
devoted to building each new toy.
a grotesque product of the imagination
She read about Mount Olympus and creatures like the
chimera and the phoenix, and then read the story of Prometheus.
move or swing back and forth
The old woman, realizing she was
brandishing a very sharp weapon, hastily put it down and wiped her hands on her apron.
marked by or given to doubt
“When I was invited here to meet a man I thought had died, I must admit I was
collection of records especially about an institution
But stirred by my memories of Georges Melies, I sent Etienne down to the Film Academy
archives, and in the very back, under a pile of old boxes, he found one of your godfather’s movies.
relating to or articulated in the throat
Everyone continued to hear terrible sounds: things being dragged across the room, banging and hammering, and low
guttural noises, interspersed by periods of quiet.
marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
Georges Melies was sitting at a desk that he had dragged to the center of the room, a pen
poised in his hand as though he were a giant version of the automaton.
extend or spread outward from a center or focus
The old man had broken off the armoire doors to get to his old drawings, and now they completely covered the floor,
radiating from the foot of the desk, creeping up over the bed and across the walls, where they had been tacked all the way up to the ceiling.
give to a charity or good cause
The only thing I couldn’t bring myself to destroy was the automaton, which I
donated to the local museum.
a possibility from a favorable combination of circumstances
The Station Inspector opened the cage, and Hugo saw his
rise up as if in waves
billowed out of the slowing engine as a shower of sparks flew from every wheel.
confusion characterized by lack of clarity
There were a few moments of
dazed silence, then steam was released from somewhere, and it made a sound like the train was sighing.
highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
For everyone on the train, nothing
extraordinary had happened.
look at with fixed eyes
gazed up into his eyes, which looked more gentle and welcoming than he had ever seen before.
frown with displeasure
The Station Inspector studied Hugo, his eyebrows
give personal assurance; guarantee
vouch for that,” said Monsieur Frick.
of heaven or the spirit
In the living room, Georges Melies had on a tuxedo with his black
celestial cape (which had been lovingly mended and cleaned by his wife and was now as bright and colorful as the day it was made), and she wore a dress that sparkled like water.
someone who helps to open up a new line of technology or art
We have gathered here tonight to honor one of our
pioneers, Georges Melies, who brought magic to the movies.
conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task
Thanks to the
diligence of one of the students here, Etienne Pruchon, and with help on the weekends from Hugo and Isabelle, the two brave children who are being raised by Monsieur and Madame Melies, we went back and checked one last time.
an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried
They took trips to private collections and such strange places as barns and
catacombs, where their work was richly rewarded.
a lavish public entertainment or celebration
gala ended, they all went to a small party in his honor at a nearby restaurant.
change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
In the blink of an eye, babies appear in carriages, coffins disappear into the ground, wars are won and lost, and children
transform, like butterflies, into adults.
It can tell you the incredible story of Georges Melies, his wife, their goddaughter, and a
beloved clock maker whose son grew up to be a magician.
difficult to analyze or understand
complicated machinery inside my automaton can produce one hundred and fifty-eight different pictures, and it can write, letter by letter, an entire book, twenty-six thousand one hundred and fifty-nine words.