failure to follow accepted standards of behavior
She proofreads The Taker’s personal expression essay. It’s based on the concepts of Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,” and it’s about how The Taker cured his loneliness at his old school through
nonconformity and inconsistency.
the quality of lacking a harmonious uniformity among parts
She proofreads The Taker’s personal expression essay. It’s based on the concepts of Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,” and it’s about how The Taker cured his loneliness at his old school through nonconformity and
a disposition to remain inactive
She is stuck in the middle, and middles are always a swamp of
inertia, sucking downward.
a ghostly appearing figure
She was naive. She was a child.
Now, she is a
specter in running clothes.
cause to be interested or curious
There’s a dark little kernel that wants him to want her even if she doesn’t know entirely how she feels about him. He still
a beam used as a main support in a structure
Her bones are steel
girders, anchored in cement.
grave or even gloomy in character
Bambino’s is where many of the town’s big events, both
somber and celebratory, are marked.
a knitted sweater that can be fastened up the front
She’s wearing jeans and a serious brown
cardigan with a white shirt underneath, the tips of the collar fanned out like crisp paper airplanes heading opposite directions.
decorate, adorn, or inscribe with a design
It’s right near the water tower, which is
emblazoned with the word WARREN.
the scene of any event or action
Next, she’s beside a long, flat building. It’s a music
venue of some kind, a place where bands come, and—
tending to enter uninvited
This is also what he’s done: given her a life sentence, these memories, these
intrusive thoughts, these nightmares.
stopping and starting at irregular intervals
intermittent beats she can see the stage, and the singer with his narrow hips and long hair.
attentive and honorable like an ideal knight
He’s back, carrying two bottles of cold water. It seems
chivalrous. He cracks the top for her and hands it over. She drinks gratefully.
make ready for action or use
The road is working its magic. The miles are. Distance is. People are. She’s healing.
think moodily or anxiously about something
“Oh, wow. I thought the
brooding and the staring and the bursts of energy were from being cooped up with me in the stupid RV.”
cause to be nervous or upset
He comes by Essential Baking Company when she’s working and orders coffee. It
a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
He used to teach at the university, too, but then his family sold some
patent or something, for some kind of waterproof material, and he got rich and quit.
characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness
“How’ve you been, Will?” Gina says. She beams at him. Annabelle can feel the wink of support she would love to give. The mood in the room lifts. They all feel happy. Or maybe Annabelle is just
buoyant enough for everyone.
serve as a means for expressing something
Love is corny, when you get right down to it. It has two left feet. It trips over itself, because it is so large that it’s awkward. It’s sort of silly, done right. After all, how do you
convey something that huge?
The street is packed. A baby cries; there is cheerful
in a pensively sad manner
“Time marches on,” Gina says
stress or single out as important
It is a fast and festive song, with a repeated line that’s almost shouted: O, bella, ciao! Bella, ciao! Bella, ciao, ciao, ciao! Each ciao is
punctuated with a hearty tambourine hit.
an adherent of right-wing authoritarian views
The song is about Italy’s freedom from invading Nazi
a member of the nobility
In 1651, a freak accident leaves the son of an English
aristocrat with a gaping hole in his chest. This allows people actually to look inside his chest to observe the heart, and to even reach in and touch it.
an extended area of land
Finally, she drops down into a valley where there are houses on large
parcels of land.
in a plucky or sporting manner
gamely hanging in there, though he clearly hates to stand at home plate as the ball whizzes toward him.
use up, as resources or materials
Right now, her head starts to throb in the way that she knows means dehydration. She is breaking down and
depleted and her mind is too full and she just can’t go on.
ring or echo with sound
There are a lot of people out there. Way, way more than the small groups of students Annabelle’s spoken to before now. Ilene is introducing her. It’s strange to hear her own name
reverberating in the auditorium.
express or state clearly
She’s had a long time to think about what she wants to say, but it’s still hard to
disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge
“I knew him, of course. I knew him pretty well. Sometimes he was funny and sweet, but he was also depressed and moody and
so thin as to transmit light
One old woman, in a
gauzy sundress, sits in a camp chair next to one young one, in a sundress splashed with sunflowers.
showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
“You know how at the end of the book, they finally come across that whaler? I keep thinking of him, the whaler, how he breaks down and cries when he realizes that the
haggard man in front of him is the great Ernest Shackleton, who’s made it after all.”
lacking in energy or will
He looks at her, and she looks at him, and she knows what is about to happen. About to happen? No. She is not a
passive participant, being acted upon. She is choosing, setting in motion.
that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso
Her feet go forward and her heart ba-bamps even as the Antarctic wind kicks up. She walks hard across the glacier and her
an impression in a surface, as made by a blow
“Look right there. You can tell where the lightning has hit.” Luke points.
She sees it. There’s a distinct black
gouge, the mark of a terrible moment in its life.