Chapters 9–12

When Sophie meets the BFG—the Big Friendly Giant—they concoct a plan to prevent the other giants from eating humans.
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  1. frankfurter
    a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork
    It spread right across the face almost ear to ear, and it had lips that were like two gigantic purple frankfurters lying one on top of the other.
  2. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    It was not in the least difficult to believe that this ghastly brute ate men, women and children every night.
  3. repulsive
    offensive to the mind or senses
    He was thinking that if only he could get the Bloodbottler to take one bite of the repulsive vegetable, the sheer foulness of its flavour would send him bellowing out of the cave.
  4. prospect
    belief about the future
    The BFG could see the greedy Bloodbottler’s mouth beginning to water more than ever at the prospect of extra food.
  5. utter
    complete
    Sophie saw his yellow teeth clamping together, a few inches from her head. Then there was utter darkness.
  6. dignified
    formal or stately in bearing or appearance
    ‘I is not wishing to know anything,’ the BFG said, very dignified.
  7. tender
    having or displaying warmth or affection
    The BFG picked her up and held her tenderly in the palm of his hand.
  8. vigorously
    in an energetic manner
    The BFG shook the bottle vigorously.
  9. ecstasy
    a state of elated bliss
    For a few moments, the Big Friendly Giant stood quite still, and a look of absolute ecstasy began to spread over his long wrinkly face.
  10. reverberate
    ring or echo with sound
    They reverberated around the walls of the cave like thunder and the glass jars rattled on their shelves.
  11. inevitably
    in such a manner as could not be otherwise
    Sophie could feel the bubbles travelling lower and lower down her tummy, and then suddenly, inevitably...the explosion came.
  12. skulk
    lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
    As soon as he was outside, the BFG set off across the great hot yellow wasteland where the blue rocks lay and the dead trees stood and where all the other giants were skulking about.
  13. lope
    run easily
    He just loped over casually to a point where the BFG would have to pass.
  14. casual
    marked by blithe unconcern
    He just loped over casually to a point where the BFG would have to pass.
  15. menace
    something that is a source of danger
    There was an air of menace about them as they loped slowly across the plain with long lolloping strides, heading for the BFG.
  16. lollop
    move or walk clumsily and with a bounce
    There was an air of menace about them as they loped slowly across the plain with long lolloping strides, heading for the BFG.
  17. vie
    compete for something
    The giants were playing ball with the BFG, vying with each other to see who could throw him the highest.
  18. daze
    overcome as with astonishment or disbelief
    They dumped the poor BFG on the ground. He was dazed and shattered.
  19. hurtle
    move with or as if with a rushing sound
    He began hurtling forward with phenomenal leaps.
  20. gale
    a strong wind moving 45-90 knots
    The landscape became blurred and again Sophie had to duck down out of the whistling gale to save her head from being blown off her shoulders.
  21. mince
    cut into small pieces
    ‘Oh no!' he cried. ‘Oh mince my maggots! Oh swipe my swoggles!’
  22. anguish
    extreme mental distress
    ‘It’s a trogglehumper!’ he shouted. His voice was filled with fury and anguish.
  23. exasperated
    greatly annoyed; out of patience
    ‘It is a trogglehumper!’ cried the exasperated BFG.
  24. thrash
    move or stir about violently
    It was moving violently, thrashing against the sides of the jar and forever changing shape.
  25. sprawl
    sit or lie with one's limbs spread out
    When, at last, they emerged out of the mist and came again on to the hot yellow wasteland, all the other giants were sprawled out on the ground, fast asleep.
Created on August 8, 2019 (updated August 8, 2019)

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