List 3

In this prequel to Walk Two Moons, thirteen-year-old Mary Lou Finney documents an eventful summer.
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  1. intervene
    get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
    Boy, the gods are sure intervening in Carl Ray’s life!
  2. fond
    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.”
  3. prompt
    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.
  4. sordid
    morally degraded
    “Right. You don’t want to know about our conversations—you just want to know all the sordid details.”
  5. divulge
    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.
  6. keel over
    fall suddenly; collapse
    I thought they were going to keel over at least a dozen times.
  7. chaos
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
    It was chaos in our house because everybody started asking Carl Ray a million questions.
  8. coherent
    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.
  9. badger
    annoy persistently
    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.
  10. stilt
    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.
  11. insensitive
    not noticing or caring about the feelings or needs of others
    Mom said, “You can be very insensitive, Mary Lou.”
    Me? Insensitive?
  12. swoon
    pass out from weakness or physical or emotional distress
    When I think about it right now, I could just swoon away.
  13. mournful
    expressing sorrow
    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.”
  14. nerve
    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.
  15. gape
    be wide open
    She stood there with her mouth gaping open.
  16. tragedy
    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 tragedy.
  17. uneasy
    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.
  18. entitle
    give the right to
    I almost felt sorry for him, but then I figured we were entitled to a little privacy, weren’t we?
  19. inevitable
    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.
  20. gory
    covered with blood
    Homer really gets into all the gory details too, about the eye bubbling and hissing and all.
  21. toil
    work hard
    I don’t think I could take another day of smelling that vinegar and toiling my arm off.
  22. yak
    talk profusely
    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.
  23. trample
    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.
  24. symbolism
    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.
  25. dense
    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.
  26. draft
    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.
  27. decency
    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.
  28. revolting
    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.
  29. affect
    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.
  30. desperate
    arising from or marked by anguish or loss of hope
    Now, that’s a desperate mind at work, if you ask me.
Created on June 30, 2019 (updated August 6, 2019)

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