Chapter 20

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. frantic
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
    There was a frantic scurry among the Palace servants when orders were received from the Queen that a twenty-four-foot giant must be seated with Her Majesty in the Great Ballroom within the next half-hour.
  2. imposing
    befitting an important, distinguished, or powerful person
    The butler, an imposing personage named Mr Tibbs, was in supreme command of all the palace servants and he did the best he could in the short time available.
  3. ingenuity
    the property of showing inventiveness and skill
    A man does not rise to become the Queen’s butler unless he is gifted with extraordinary ingenuity, adaptability, versatility, dexterity, cunning, sophistication, sagacity, discretion and a host of other talents that neither you nor I possess.
  4. adaptability
    flexibility to fit changed circumstances
    A man does not rise to become the Queen’s butler unless he is gifted with extraordinary ingenuity, adaptability, versatility, dexterity, cunning, sophistication, sagacity, discretion and a host of other talents that neither you nor I possess.
  5. versatility
    having a wide variety of skills
    A man does not rise to become the Queen’s butler unless he is gifted with extraordinary ingenuity, adaptability, versatility, dexterity, cunning, sophistication, sagacity, discretion and a host of other talents that neither you nor I possess.
  6. dexterity
    adroitness in using the hands
    A man does not rise to become the Queen’s butler unless he is gifted with extraordinary ingenuity, adaptability, versatility, dexterity, cunning, sophistication, sagacity, discretion and a host of other talents that neither you nor I possess.
  7. cunning
    crafty artfulness, especially in deception
    A man does not rise to become the Queen’s butler unless he is gifted with extraordinary ingenuity, adaptability, versatility, dexterity, cunning, sophistication, sagacity, discretion and a host of other talents that neither you nor I possess.
  8. sophistication
    the quality or character of being intellectually worldly
    A man does not rise to become the Queen’s butler unless he is gifted with extraordinary ingenuity, adaptability, versatility, dexterity, cunning, sophistication, sagacity, discretion and a host of other talents that neither you nor I possess.
  9. sagacity
    the ability to understand and discriminate between relations
    A man does not rise to become the Queen’s butler unless he is gifted with extraordinary ingenuity, adaptability, versatility, dexterity, cunning, sophistication, sagacity, discretion and a host of other talents that neither you nor I possess.
  10. discretion
    the trait of judging wisely and objectively
    A man does not rise to become the Queen’s butler unless he is gifted with extraordinary ingenuity, adaptability, versatility, dexterity, cunning, sophistication, sagacity, discretion and a host of other talents that neither you nor I possess.
  11. mahogany
    a reddish-brown wood commonly used to make furniture
    Three other footmen fetched a very fine Chippendale mahogany chest-of-drawers and placed it on top of the piano.
  12. decisive
    characterized by resoluteness and firmness
    Butlers never hesitate, not even when they are faced with the most impossible problems. It is their job to be totally decisive at all times.
  13. cutlery
    tableware implements for eating food
    ‘Knives and forks and spoons,’ Mr Tibbs was heard to mutter. ‘Our cutlery will be like little pins in his hands.’
  14. porcelain
    ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic
    A splendid one gallon porcelain water-jug was brought in and placed on the giant’s table beside the garden fork and the garden spade and the great sword.
  15. cashmere
    a soft fabric made from goat's wool
    All these arrangements were only just completed when the Queen, now fully dressed in a trim skirt and cashmere cardigan, entered the Ballroom holding Sophie by the hand.
  16. brooch
    a decorative pin
    A pretty blue dress that had once belonged to one of the Princesses had been found for Sophie, and to make her look prettier still, the Queen had picked up a superb sapphire brooch from her dressing-table and had pinned it on the left side of Sophie’s chest.
  17. disdainful
    showing arrogant superiority to those one views as unworthy
    He directed four footmen to clear up the mess, then, with a disdainful little wave of the hand, he indicated to the giant that he should seat himself on top of the chest-of-drawers on top of the grand piano.
  18. stunt
    check the growth or development of
    ‘They don’t seem to have stunted his growth,’ the Queen said.
  19. regal
    belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
    ‘Tibbs,’ the Queen said, showing true regal hospitality, ‘fetch the gentleman another dozen fried eggs and a dozen sausages.’
  20. ravenous
    extremely hungry
    During the next twenty minutes, a whole relay of footmen were kept busy hurrying to and from the kitchen carrying third helpings and fourth helpings and fifth helpings of fried eggs and sausages for the ravenous and delighted BFG.
  21. sidle
    move unobtrusively or furtively
    When the BFG had consumed his seventy-second fried egg, Mr Tibbs sidled up to the Queen.
  22. appalled
    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
    While all this was going on, Sophie had been telling the Queen everything, absolutely everything about her visit to Giant Country. The Queen listened, appalled.
  23. testy
    easily irritated or annoyed
    ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ the King said, growing testy.
  24. caliph
    the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state
    ‘Only my uncle, Caliph Haroun al Rashid,’ the Sultan said. ‘He disappeared from his bed three nights ago together with his wife and ten children.’
  25. sultan
    the ruler of a Muslim country
    ‘Only my uncle, Caliph Haroun al Rashid,’ the Sultan said. ‘He disappeared from his bed three nights ago together with his wife and ten children.’
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