a shape resembling the curved shape of the new moon
I laid my head and hands in the
crescents carved into the wood.
laugh at with contempt and derision
Men at the front of the crowd called us names and
any of various small animals or insects that are pests
The room was warm and quite small but entirely free of dirt,
vermin, and mice.
offensive to the mind
I find the buying and selling of children most
The Latin "repugnare" means "to fight against"--ideally, if people find an activity repugnant (most people would agree that adjective fits the buying and selling of children), they should fight against it.
given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites
“My nephew’s wife is stubborn as well as
be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
insists that you be returned to her household as soon as you are able."
temporary loss of strength and energy from hard work
A wave of
weariness crashed over me at the thought of serving Madam again, of allowing her to see her mark upon my face every day.
a positive feeling of liking
“While you lay in the fever, you spoke of them with great
affection, as if they were in the room with us.”
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
hesitated for a moment, then picked up her skirts.
dessert of stewed or baked fruit
Even better was the meal of fried eggs, toasted bread, and a fruit
compote of pears and apples topped with strawberries and cream.
a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing
She had changed into a peach-colored
crinoline gown and was pulling on lace gloves.
This was the material used in the complex dresses women wore during the novel's eighteenth century setting. The word's Italian root "crino" suggests that one of the materials used to stiffen the fabric was horsehair.
stir cream vigorously in order to make butter
I preferred the chores that took me out of the kitchen, for it was there the bees tricked me into seeing Ruth’s ghost playing on the floor,
churning butter, or counting out kernels of corn.
The verb gives us a clear picture of what life was like when daily work to get our food required much more than making a trip to the supermarket.
the dead body of an animal
I threw them into the kitchen fire, along with the mouse
carcasses and rotted potatoes.
make certain of
She said my mark would
ensure I stayed out of trouble.
a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
Hours later, as I ate my dinner of greens and cornbread with molasses, Becky entered the kitchen with a
a feeling of shame when you do something immoral
“Do you want his beating on your
conscience?” she continued.
While the chosen definition is stirred up by the question, the example sentence's use of "conscience" suggests more of a place for feelings than the feeling itself; thus, the obsolete definition of "consciousness" might be a better fit here.
destroy property or hinder normal operations
sabotage the barricades."
injurious to physical or mental health
Their bodies gave off
noxious odors, too, gases so strong they made my eyes water.
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
"But with this heat and the flies, you just know the wounds will be maggoty by morning, and if there’s one thing I can’t
abide, it’s the sight of maggots in living flesh.”
Compare with "brook" in the list for Chapters 1-11--although the verbs are synonymous, the levels of tolerance are not, since foolishness, when compared to maggots in living flesh, seems less unpleasant and easier to put up with.
It seemed to me that if God really wanted the Americans to win, He would have sent sea monsters to
devour the fleet when it left Boston.
a broken piece of a brittle artifact
I crawled through the window, taking care not to cut myself on the glass
shards jutting out of the frame.
Several of the grand mansions of lower Broadway stood with their doors
a strong current of air
gust of wind blew and carried with it the first hint of fall: canoe-shaped chestnut leaves, turned yellow round the edges.
exit from a ship, vehicle, or aircraft
The waterfront was awash in red now as boatloads of soldiers
marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
“Sal?” called Master Elihu Lockton, thinner from his exile, eyes bloodshot and
a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
At the Middle Dutch Church they pulled out the pulpit, the pews, and the floorboards and let the horses of the Light
like or suggestive of a flame
Fiery shingles floated from the roof and caught in the branches of the tree outside my window, setting the bark ablaze.
start to burn or burst into flames
I felt the clothes on my back ready to
completely wanting or lacking
Many hundreds of families have lost their all; and are reduced from a state of affluence to the lowest Ebb of Want and Wretchedness
destitute of Shelter, Food or Clothing.
As the structure of the sentence suggests, "destitute" and "wretchedness" ("a state of ill-being due to misfortune") describe a state that is the opposite of "affluence" ("abundant wealth").
a person who makes or repairs shoes
One man, found with rosin and brimstone-tipped slivers of wood in his pocket, was tossed into a burning
cobbler shop, another was quickly executed with a bayonet through the chest.
Nowadays, the word "cobbler" is more likely to bring up an image of "a pie made of fruit with rich biscuit dough on top" than a description of a job that no longer exists--this is a vivid image of how much sweeter life is in America since the eighteenth century.
a loss of consciousness from the lack of oxygen in the brain
The doctor said it was an
apoplexy brought on by the fire.
a condition of suffering or distress due to ill health
She tried to thank me, but the
affliction pulled at her mouth and made it hard to figure her words.
feeling a need to see others suffer
I heard her grumble to Lockton that “the old biddy will never die, just to
a source of materials to nourish the body
Whilst they plotted Washington’s downfall, I dozed in a chair in the hallway in case they needed
victuals or a bottle of port.
worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
Their uniforms were torn and