Prologue–Chapter 3

In this re-imagining of the Snow White story, Snow attempts to rescue her kingdom from the Evil Queen.
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  1. monstrosity
    something hideous or frightful
    Now, as she stared at the monstrosity looming high on the hilltop, she felt her breath catch in her throat.
  2. bramble
    any of various rough thorny shrubs or vines
    “We should hurry,” Anne said as she slashed at the brambles to make her own path, which would lead them right to the village outside the castle without being seen.
  3. aviary
    a building where birds are kept
    The aviary was brimming with the songs of birds.
  4. benevolent
    intending or showing kindness
    When King Georg and Queen Katherine had sat upon the throne, they had looked benevolently upon their province.
  5. bolster
    support and strengthen
    She’d lived without love in that castle for so long, with little laughter or company to bolster her spirits.
  6. indifference
    the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care
    Queen Ingrid’s popularity had never been strong, but in the last few years, the kingdom had gone from indifference to downright terror.
  7. wrought
    shaped to fit by altering the contours of a pliable mass
    A declaration had been nailed to a wrought iron post.
  8. unnerve
    disturb the composure of
    Being drawn out for a rare celebration—if that’s what it really was—had to be unnerving.
  9. thatch
    cover with roofing material made of plant stalks
    The small wood homes with thatched straw roofs that lined the road were closed up tight.
  10. toll
    ring slowly
    The monastery’s bell tolled solemnly to mark the time as noon, but there was no one around to hear it.
  11. jockey
    compete or struggle for an advantage or a position
    She watched villagers anxiously jockey for position, trying to get a better look.
  12. chignon
    a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck
    Her mother had kind eyes the color of chestnuts and ebony hair, which, today, was pulled back in a loose chignon.
  13. masquerade
    a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
    Her mother had to get ready for the castle’s annual masquerade ball.
  14. commission
    place an order for
    The two-story wrought iron dome looked like a giant birdcage. It was her mother’s pride and joy and the first thing she had commissioned when she became queen.
  15. recluse
    one who lives in solitude
    Her aunt had become all but a recluse, letting very few into her inner circle.
  16. accentuate
    stress or single out as important
    Snow couldn’t recall the last time she’d seen her aunt’s hair (she couldn’t even remember the color) because Ingrid always covered her head with a tight-fitting headdress accentuated by her crown.
  17. facade
    the front of a building
    She could only imagine how the facade looked outside the castle gates.
  18. vain
    having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    A vain woman, Queen Ingrid couldn’t do without her personal tailor, Margaret; the ever-present guards; or a small group of cooks; but she certainly didn’t hire anyone to care for Snow.
  19. converse
    carry on a discussion
    For just a few moments a day, it meant she had someone to converse with.
  20. gripe
    “She is always watching, girl. Always! Enough griping. Whatever the queen doesn’t want today, you put with the rest of the waste we leave behind.”
  21. mundane
    found in the ordinary course of events
    She had accepted her mundane, solitary life and made the best of it...but she couldn’t help wishing there was someone to share her days with.
  22. profound
    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    “I wish for love,” Snow announced, the statement simple and profound at the same time.
  23. cardinal
    crested North American songbird having bright red plumage
    As though further proof was needed, a cardinal landed on Snow’s shoulder and tweeted happily.
  24. robust
    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
    “Your kingdom is known for its diamonds and good farming, and ours is known for raising sheep. We’ve always had a robust trade between the two kingdoms that we both benefited from,” Henri explained.
  25. gild
    decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
    Its frame—made of ebony and intricately gilded—was magnificent enough, but it was the snakelike gold rope wrapped around the frame that had first drawn her eye when she’d found the mirror hidden in her master’s shop.
  26. erratic
    having no fixed course
    The rope lay smooth on the lower half of the mirror, but became more erratic and vine-like near the mirror’s top, where it seemed to breathe out of two serpents’ mouths like tongues.
  27. loathsome
    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    The first time she had seen the bodiless man in the mirror, she had thought him loathsome.
  28. smug
    marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction
    There was also a smug satisfaction that came from knowing the mirror still bowed to her every whim.
  29. recess
    an enclosure that is set back or indented
    Somewhere in the recesses of her mind, the presence of a boy—much like the boy who had once captivated her sister’s heart—always made her worry.
  30. wiry
    rough and stiff in texture
    Her hair had always been unusually thin, unlike her sister’s or Snow’s. She hated how wiry it was and how it wouldn’t curl like theirs.
  31. lass
    a girl or young woman
    “To succeed, you must keep him from the lass.”
  32. luminescence
    light from nonthermal sources
    No matter how hard she had tried to keep the girl hidden away and keep her from the finer things a princess should be afforded, the girl’s beauty and nature shone through. No rags, no dirt could hide Snow’s luminescence.
  33. unassuming
    not arrogant
    Georg, the fool that he was, had kept the same old, unassuming design as his father had before him.
  34. opulent
    rich and superior in quality
    But her favorite part of the opulent chair was the peacock feathers that fanned out behind her head, wreathing her in a sea of greens and black.
  35. aback
    by surprise
    He looked taken aback. “But Your Majesty! She’s the princess!”
Created on March 24, 2020 (updated March 24, 2020)

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