lacking solidity or strength
When I went over there, she was lying on her bed dressed in one of her sister Judy’s
flimsy nightgowns (pink nylon! aaargh), flipping through Seventeen.
of such excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods
Where did she get these words like
divine and truly?
a delay in the date set for the completion of something
Would anyone in this world be surprised to learn that Maggie got home at two o’clock? And that she’s not even in trouble? Cinderella called around midnight and asked for an
awkward and clumsy in movement or posture
She said, “He’s just sort of
gawky and his eyes sort of bug out so he always looks surprised and he didn’t say two words, just sort of followed Judy and what’s-his-name around, and Beth Ann followed him around.”
extremely annoying or displeasing
Maggie never remembers names. It’s
thoroughly disgusted with or annoyed at something
I think he’s getting sort of
fed up with Carl Ray.
skimmed through the Odyssey and think perhaps I made a mistake getting this one.
substantially made or constructed
Do you choose one because it is pretty or because it is
sturdy and won’t, sort of, leak?
peered at it and it even looked like a squirrel, so I said, “That’s a great squirrel.”
the source of an artist's inspiration
Homer writes so strangely. He begins, “Tell me, O
Muse, of that ingenious hero who traveled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.”
showing inventiveness and skill
Homer writes so strangely. He begins, “Tell me, O Muse, of that
ingenious hero who traveled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.”
supply the idea for
A Muse is a goddess who sits around
inspiring people whenever she feels like it.
pay no attention to; disrespect
“Well, yes, I think she should, because many people has she
slighted of late.”
complete and without restriction or qualification
I kept looking at the cards, wishing at least one of them would say the truth: “Oh how awful!” or “I wish you weren’t dead” or “This is the
absolute worst thing in the world.”
move with a sweep
All of a sudden, I saw this image of Zeus
swooping down with this shovel and digging down into the earth and pulling open the coffin and taking Mr. Furtz by the hand and flying off with him up into the clouds, sort of like Superman.
I know, I know, he can’t feel anything if he’s dead, but he must know it’s dark or that he can’t breathe or that everyone is crying and feeling so
miserable that he’s gone.
When Tommy said he was hungry for lunch, I realized that Dad wouldn’t be going to Alesci’s today, so I started
rummaging through the cupboards for something to fix.
strikingly strange or unusual
It was funny, but even though Carl Ray has not been the most thrilling guest and he has sure driven me crazy, I didn’t tell Beth Ann any of that. In fact I made him sound almost
(used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
She has these
flashy magical sandals that enable her to fly, and she also has a spear, and she can disguise herself as a man or woman.
provide the means to perform some task
She has these flashy magical sandals that
enable her to fly, and she also has a spear, and she can disguise herself as a man or woman.
a man who courts a woman
The second book was all about Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachus, and all the
suitors (the guys after Penelope) hanging around.
be apathetic, gloomy, or dazed
Today is Sunday and everyone is still
moping around about Mr. Furtz.
completely and without qualification
My Muse has
utterly abandoned me.
administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially
And then, this really gets me, Menelaus’s maid-servants wash Telemachus and his men and “
anoint” them with oil!
a minor nature goddess depicted as a beautiful maiden
But Odysseus isn’t dead. He’s being held captive by a
nymph named Calypso who apparently adores Odysseus and doesn’t want him to go back to Penelope.
wait in hiding to attack
Meanwhile, all Penelope’s suitors decide to
ambush Telemachus when he returns.
a tablet that commemorates a person or achievement
Next to the rock is a
plaque that explains the legend behind it.
an unmarried woman or girl
According to this legend, there once was an Indian
maiden who fell to her death on this very cliff.
become less in amount or intensity
Then the winds “
abated” and his friends lifted him off the rock and took him home.
move or stir about violently
Book Five of the Odyssey is all about Odysseus trying to get away from Calypso and being
thrashed about on his raft until the goddesses help him.