a long narrow opening
Sophie, still wearing only her nightie, was reclining comfortably in a
crevice of the BFG’s right ear.
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
grim encounter made her more than ever determined to go through with her mission.
come into view indistinctly, often threateningly
Not more than a hundred yards away, through the tall trees in the garden, across the mown lawns and the tidy flower-beds, the massive shape of the Palace itself
loomed through the darkness.
astound or overwhelm, as with shock
The sheer size of it
staggered the BFG.
in a wild or reckless manner
‘Very short,’ the BFG said. ‘We must go
pell-mell for leather now!’
made from or covered with gold
It was a large room. A lovely room. A rich carpet.
Gilded chairs. A dressing-table. A bed. And on the pillow of the bed lay the head of a sleeping woman.
ceramic dishes used for serving food
There was suddenly a crash and a clatter of
crockery which could only have meant that the tray the maid was carrying had fallen out of her hands.
Then there was a pause
punctuated by gasps from the famous voice as the newspaper article was clearly being read and digested.
arrange and integrate in the mind
Then there was a pause punctuated by gasps from the famous voice as the newspaper article was clearly being read and
cause to become stunned or immobile, as with fear or awe
Curiously enough, the Queen looked
look with amazement
The Queen was still staring at Sophie.
Gaping at her would be more accurate. Her mouth was slightly open, her eyes were round and wide as two saucers, and the whole of that famous rather lovely face was filled with disbelief.
‘No, Mary! No, don’t do that!’ The Queen spoke so sharply that the maid was quite taken
stiffen textile fabrics in laundering
The maid, with her hands clasped across her
starched white bosom, was staring at her mistress with a look of absolute disbelief on her face.
come to terms with
She had not been trained to
cope with this kind of madness.
steadiness of mind under stress
The sheer absurdity of it all was helping her to regain her
a complete failure or collapse
Her hands were now planted firmly on her hips and there was a look on her face which seemed to say, ‘I want no part of this
something intended to deceive
‘Your Majester,’ he said. ‘I is your
humbug servant.’ He bowed again.
Here, the BFG uses the word
humbug ("a fraud; a deceptive person") when he means to say
humble ("modest; not arrogant or prideful").
move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
He gripped the handles of the wheelbarrow. He swayed. He
fall suddenly; collapse
keeled over on the grass in a dead faint.
a nation's ruler usually by hereditary right
‘Oh, Majester!’ cried the BFG. ‘Oh, Queen! Oh Monacher! Oh, Golden
Sovereign! Oh, Ruler! Oh, Ruler of Straight Lines! Oh, Sultana! I is come here with my little friend Sophie...to give you a...’ The BFG hesitated, searching for the word.