refrain from harming
“Am I supposed to thank you for
sparing me?” the Evil Queen asked.
lack of sophistication or worldliness
Naïveté is such a privileged trait,” she said.
reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
I will continue to be
degraded into nothing but a grotesque villain until the end of time. But what the world fails to realize is that a villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.
distorted and unnatural in shape or size
I will continue to be degraded into nothing but a
grotesque villain until the end of time. But what the world fails to realize is that a villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.
in the habit of or adapted to
The way the other students stared at their teacher, as if the lesson being taught were in another language, was something Mrs. Peters had never grown
the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience
exposure to the tales some children acquire are versions bastardized by film companies.
act, feel, or give mutually or in return
She tried to share her disapproval with her fellow classmates but, sadly, her concern was not
a young offender
I wonder if
delinquents would be so inclined to misbehave if they knew about the consequences Goldilocks caused for herself with the Three Bears.
having a preference, disposition, or tendency
I wonder if delinquents would be so
inclined to misbehave if they knew about the consequences Goldilocks caused for herself with the Three Bears.
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
“In exchange for turning the hay into gold, the maiden promised to give Rumpelstiltskin her first-born child when she became queen,” Alex explained.
“That’s a pretty
steep deal,” said a boy behind Alex.
send on a course different from the planned or intended one
diverted her attention to him like a paper clip to a magnet.
serious and harsh in manner or behavior
“I’m so glad you could rejoin us, Mr. Bailey,” Mrs. Peters said
sternly. “Did you have a nice nap?”
acting together as a single undiversified whole
“For homework,” Mrs. Peters said, and the room
unanimously slumped in their seats, “you are to pick your favorite fairy tale and write a paper, due tomorrow, on the real lesson the tale is trying to teach us.”
an asset of special worth or utility
As much as this daily routine annoyed Conner, he knew he was the only person in the world Alex had to talk to, so he tried his best to listen. But listening had never been Conner’s
cause to be interested or curious
“Interesting selection,” Alex said,
intrigued. “What do you suppose the moral of that story is?”
censure severely or angrily
“Be serious, Conner! That is not the moral of ‘Sleeping Beauty,”’ she
a stick or pin used to twist the yarn when making thread
She was so sheltered, she didn’t even know what the danger was, and she still pricked her finger on the first
spindle she ever saw.
“And in your
deranged mind, what do you think the lesson of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ is?”
marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
“Bad beans can cause more than indigestion,” he answered, laughing
hysterically to himself.
make sense of; assign a meaning to
“Why do you say that?” Alex asked, wondering how he could have possibly
construed that from the story.
cause to suffer
persecuting me, they’re filling an insecure void caused by social and domestic neglect.”
an empty area or space
“By publicly persecuting me, they’re filling an insecure
void caused by social and domestic neglect.”
having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
The worry lines on her forehead became very
in a completely obvious manner
Would her teacher notice if Alex quickly filled in a couple of answers for her brother? Was Alex even capable of doing something so
having a tendency
prone to over-thinking everything, so she just did it; she quickly filled in some of her brother’s answers, making her handwriting slightly sloppier than it usually was, and handed the stack of tests to Mrs. Peters.
said or done without having been planned in advance
It was the most
spontaneous thing she had ever done.
without advance preparation
The teacher regularly surprised the class with
impromptu presentations to keep them on their toes.
slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
“So, I selected the story the theme of which is present in
virtually every fairy tale and every story ever written, ‘Cinderella’!”
caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition
“Maybe if his parents had kept an eye on him, he wouldn’t have been eaten. I think the story is trying to tell us to keep an eye on our kids, especially if they’re
pathological liars. Thank you.”
instinctive knowing, without the use of rational processes
Mr. Bailey always knew when his son needed to talk to him. It didn’t have anything to do with observation or
intuition, but with location.
deeply or seriously thoughtful
Occasionally, Mr. Bailey would get home from work and find his son sitting up in the oak tree in the front yard with a
contemplative look on his face.
Even if they had the most
extravagant party in the world waiting for them at home, birthdays were always going to be hard for them.
take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
“Even after selling the bookstore, the house
foreclosed, and we still have some debt and things unpaid from the funeral. But we’re making it somehow. In a few more months we’ll be back on our feet.”
tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
“I’ve never met a person I didn’t learn something from!” Grandma said. “Even the most
monotonous people will surprise you. Remember that.”
made less hopeful or enthusiastic
“Oh, kiddos, if I could spend every day with you, I would,” Grandma said longingly, perhaps more
disheartened than she intended to show.