Chapters 4–6

Eleven-year-old Imogene loves working with her family at the Renaissance Faire, especially now that she is finally old enough to train as a squire. At the same time, she must face an unexpectedly difficult quest: surviving middle school.
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  1. goodwill
    a disposition to kindness and compassion
    I was filled with cheer and goodwill, so...
  2. frolic
    play boisterously
    A great joy spreads across the kingdom, for today is one of celebration! Feasting! Frolicking!
  3. hark
    listen; used mostly in the imperative
    Hark, the queen herself doth open the town gates to the festivities...
  4. tidings
    information about recent and important events
    You majesty, I bring tidings of great danger for this village and all of these fine citizens!
  5. smite
    inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
    Your majesty, if any creature threatens this kingdom—have no fear but I shall smite it.
  6. banish
    expel, as if by official decree
    Don't trust Sir Hugo, m'lady! Weren't he banished from the kingdom for dealin' in...in...dragons?
  7. dashing
    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
    Beware, gentle folk! Do not be fooled by Sir Hugo's dashing good looks!
  8. peasant
    one of a class of agricultural laborers
    I expect you to mingle with these peasants...er, I mean, these fine and noble citizens, until the royal procession.
  9. procession
    the action of a group moving ahead in regular formation
    I expect you to mingle with these peasants...er, I mean, these fine and noble citizens, until the royal procession.
  10. minstrel
    a singer of folk songs
    The minstrels, the jugglers, the shopkeepers...everyone had something to do. Except me.
  11. bilk
    cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
    Are ye bilkin' her royal highness for twenty pounds a week by sittin' in a tree all day?
  12. charismatic
    possessing an extraordinary ability to attract
    Do you think I'm naturally this charismatic and beautiful in real life?
  13. virtuous
    morally excellent
    Wilst thou protect a fair and virtuous maiden from any dragons hereabouts?
  14. dignitary
    an important or influential person
    You must be a visiting dignitary of some sort with such fine attire.
  15. attire
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    You must be a visiting dignitary of some sort with such fine attire.
  16. regal
    belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
    Anita looked so different than she did at school. She looked regal and...happy.
  17. scoundrel
    someone who does evil deliberately
    My queen, this Sir Hugo is a scoundrel and a knave, and means to conquer this fair city for his own personal gain!
  18. knave
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    My queen, this Sir Hugo is a scoundrel and a knave, and means to conquer this fair city for his own personal gain!
  19. slanderous
    harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
    For such slanderous remarks, I challenge you, Sir George, to a duel!
  20. steed
    a spirited horse for state or war
    Squire, fetch me my steed and my lance!
  21. curfew
    the time of a signal announcing activities are prohibited
    And now, good citizens, we must close the gate for nightly curfew.
  22. marauder
    someone who attacks in search of booty
    We would not want evil marauders attacking our city.
  23. adieu
    a farewell remark
    We bid you adieu.
  24. versed
    thoroughly acquainted through study or experience
    I see thou art well versed in the art of the sword. I too know a bit of swordplay.
  25. terrain
    a piece of ground having specific characteristics
    The terrain is rocky and unpredictable at times...
  26. barbaric
    without civilizing influences
    Where am I?! This place is barbaric!
  27. buffer
    a neutral zone between two rival powers
    Safety buffer
  28. shallow
    lacking depth of intellect or knowledge
    Ok, they can be a little shallow sometimes, but overall they're pretty nice...
  29. valedictorian
    the student with the best grades
    I'm going to be valedictorian, and then I'm going to go to an Ivy League school and move far, far away.
  30. formidable
    extremely impressive in strength or excellence
    It's really hard to turn down a good sword fight with a formidable opponent.
  31. embark
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    If you yourself find thyself embarked upon a journey into unexplored territory, you may meet fellow travelers or local townsfolk along the way.
  32. cordially
    in a politely friendly manner
    "Ye are cordially invited..."
  33. complex
    a whole structure made up of interconnected structures
    Our apartment complex suddenly looked a lot shabbier.
  34. shabby
    showing signs of wear and tear
    Our apartment complex suddenly looked a lot shabbier.
  35. lass
    a girl or young woman
    Oi! Young lass Impy! We have come to steal ye away from this dread fortress of education and boredom!
Created on July 26, 2019 (updated July 26, 2019)

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