not famous or acclaimed
She lived in an
obscure little village
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
and her father was a
humble dyer of wool
So soft and even was her thread, so fine her cloth, so gorgeous her
embroidery, that soon her products were known all over Greece.
to an exceedingly great extent or degree
Arachne was used to being wondered at, and she was
immensely proud of the skill that had brought so many to look on her.
angered at something unjust or wrong
Therefore when she heard them murmur, she would stop her work and turn round indignantly to say, "With my own ten fingers I gained this skill, and by hard practice from early morning till night.
marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
Reckless girl," she said, "how dare you claim to be equal to the immortal gods themselves?
satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
content with your fame of being the best spinner and weaver that mortal eyes have ever beheld.
the state of having little or no money and possessions
It is easy to see that you were never good for anything in your day, or you would not come here in
poverty and rags to gaze at my skill.
resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
Before the group that was gathered there she would not give in; so pressing her pale lips together in
obstinacy and pride, she led the goddess to one of the great looms and set herself before the other.
coils of worsted yarn
skeins lay heaped beside them to use, bleached white, and gold, and scarlet, and other shades, varied as the rainbow.
unusual or striking
Arachne had never thought of giving credit for her success to her father's skill in dyeing, though in actual truth the colors were as
remarkable as the cloth itself.
a close observer; someone who looks at something
As they looked at the glowing colors, the
spectators realized that Athene was weaving into her pattern a last warning to Arachne.
exert much effort or energy
The central figure was the goddess herself competing with Poseidon for possession of the city of Athens; but in the four corners were mortals who had tried to
strive with gods and pictures of the awful fate that had overtaken them.
have recourse to
the maiden had taken for her design a pattern of scenes which showed evil or unworthy actions of the gods, how they had deceived fair maidens,
resorted to trickery, and appeared on earth from time to time in the form of poor and humble people.
decrease in size, range, or extent
At that the body of Arachne
shriveled up, and her legs grew tiny, spindly, and distorted.