get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
Boy, the gods are sure
intervening in Carl Ray’s life!
having a strong preference or liking for
“Oh yes,” she said, “we’re still going out. He’s over here all the time. My parents are VERY
fond of him. Have you ever smelled Canoe? That’s the kind of aftershave he wears. It’s DI-VIIIIINE.”
give an incentive for action
You have to suffer through a few dozen of those things with Beth Ann in the hopes that she’ll finally get to something meaty. I had to
prompt her a little.
“Right. You don’t want to know about our conversations—you just want to know all the
make known to the public information previously kept secret
Mr. Biggers “was not at liberty to
divulge” the name of this person who is throwing his money away.
fall suddenly; collapse
I thought they were going to
keel over at least a dozen times.
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
chaos in our house because everybody started asking Carl Ray a million questions.
capable of thinking in a clear and consistent manner
Book Six of the Odyssey is all about some ladies doing their laundry and Odysseus coming naked out of the sea and since he’s been twenty days thrashing about in the water, he looks pretty awful, but he’s real polite and
coherent and asks them to move away while he washes because he’s ashamed of being naked.
She sent Dennis and Dougie to their room (she hardly ever does that) because they kept
badgering Carl Ray, telling him they sure did wish they could have a new bicycle (that was Dougie) and a little television (Dennis) and all kinds of other stuff: toys, baseball bats, ice skates, roller skates, stilts, water skis (we don’t even have a boat) and on and on.
a pole used for walking high above the ground
She sent Dennis and Dougie to their room (she hardly ever does that) because they kept badgering Carl Ray, telling him they sure did wish they could have a new bicycle (that was Dougie) and a little television (Dennis) and all kinds of other stuff: toys, baseball bats, ice skates, roller skates,
stilts, water skis (we don’t even have a boat) and on and on.
not noticing or caring about the feelings or needs of others
Mom said, “You can be very
insensitive, Mary Lou.”
pass out from weakness or physical or emotional distress
When I think about it right now, I could just
Tonight, Mom said, “Carl Ray, if you don’t write them pretty soon, I will,” and Carl Ray looked so
mournful and sad that she turned to my dad, and he said, “Don’t look at me.”
the courage to carry on
He was coming over to see me, but he didn’t have the
nerve to say so because he thought I would tell him to jump in the lake or something.
be wide open
She stood there with her mouth
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
But I could tell she didn’t exactly want to hear how happy I was and how wonderful Alex was when she was suffering this enormous
causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
I did think it was kind of funny when he pulled into a parking space. And I started to get a little
uneasy when we got out and he got out too.
give the right to
I almost felt sorry for him, but then I figured we were
entitled to a little privacy, weren’t we?
incapable of being avoided or prevented
She said that Shakespeare and all his buddies believed in the wheel of fortune, that your luck kind of went round and round, and when you (or your luck) were at the top, everything would go right. But that it was
inevitable that the wheel had to keep spinning, and sooner or later, you’d be at the bottom of the wheel, when everything would go badly.
covered with blood
Homer really gets into all the
gory details too, about the eye bubbling and hissing and all.
I don’t think I could take another day of smelling that vinegar and
toiling my arm off.
Anyway, Christy was
yakking away about a bunch of nonsense and she told Beth Ann some “secret” news that Beth Ann wasn’t supposed to tell anyone.
injure by stomping heavily
I had such awful dreams last night. Someone was chasing me with this enormous pointed stick, trying to poke my eye out, and I was almost
trampled to death by a herd of goats.
the practice of investing things with arbitrary meaning
Last year in English class we had a big fight over it, because Mrs. Zollar was talking about the
symbolism in it and asking people what they thought the road and the woods symbolized.
slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Then Billy Kroger told her to shut up, that she was too
dense to see the “hidden meaning,” and it all went to pot after that, with people shouting and stuff, and you could tell Mrs. Zollar was sorry she ever brought it up.
any of the various versions in the development of a work
She has read to me three
drafts of the letter she is sending tomorrow.
the quality of being polite and respectable
It’s all about how she loved him and trusted him and how he betrayed her and he could at least have the common
decency to give her an explanation.
highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
The other thing she is thinking of doing is
REVOLTING and shows you just how much this whole thing with Derek has affected her brain.
act physically on
The other thing she is thinking of doing is REVOLTING and shows you just how much this whole thing with Derek has
affected her brain.
arising from or marked by anguish or loss of hope
Now, that’s a
desperate mind at work, if you ask me.