marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
Father thought he had thrown all of her things out when she died, but Ingrid had
shrewdly hidden the basket under her bed. She knew they’d need it for mending and sewing new clothes.
a peg that holds two adjacent pieces together
She touched the small paper wings Ingrid had glued to the back of the wooden
work with in an amateurish manner
They’d heard Father talk about ridiculous rumors of witches who
dabbled in the dark arts, but he swore it was all rubbish.
characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
She and Katherine could eat without saving him the biggest portion, and they didn’t have to hear his
a very large pot that is used for boiling
The anger bubbled up inside her like a
cauldron ready to overflow.
small crude shelter used as a dwelling
How could she be pretty when she lived in this
hovel, wearing these rags?
a small tower extending above a building
turrets peeked out from behind some trees.
a sudden and decisive change of government by force
With Aunt Ingrid not being very beloved, a
coup was never out of the question.
a heavy textile with a woven design
Mila pulled back the heavy
tapestry bedding and helped Snow out of her bed.
part of a dress above the waist
She lovingly touched the blue
bodice with the cap sleeves that had red accents woven throughout and the shining yellow satin.
exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
Snow was so
elated she didn’t even remember to glance at her parents’ portrait before she was whisked out the door to meet her escort.
ambled toward the dead trees, Snow stopping every few steps to observe their beautiful surroundings more closely.
walk with great difficulty
floundering in the grass up ahead. Rushing over, she spotted a baby bird. It must have fallen from its nest or flown into a tree.
refuse to comply
Her mother had never been one to
balk at a challenge.
an example that is used to justify similar occurrences
In everything she did, she was bold and unabashed, no matter what tradition or
precedent dictated: from her ruling to her aviary to her role as a mother, she had set out to find solutions and to help.
an authoritative command or request
Since the farmer had taken them in at Ingrid’s
behest several years back, she and Katherine had worked hard to earn their keep.
concerned with practical matters
“They’ve been so good to us, Ingrid,” Katherine would say in that
pragmatic way of hers—as if that meant they owed their very last breath to a couple who treated them like hired help.
Six days a week, they rose before the sun to pick ripe fruits and vegetables and
toiled in the fields till the sun began to set.
money brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
“Sorry. It’s just—he’s not. He has no
dowry for you. He will not find you a hand in marriage. He owes us nothing, Katherine, and one day he will take the life we’ve become accustomed to and pull it out from under us just like Father did. If you’d realize that, you’d want to leave as badly as I do.”
texture and appearance of the skin of the face
Though the hours in the sun had tanned her
complexion (as she always refused to share Ingrid’s large, worn straw hat) and hard work had callused her hands, Katherine sported these features with pride.
make attractive or lovable
Despite this, Katherine
endeared herself to all she met—from the farmer to the people at the market, unsure whether they wanted to spend the money for a premium apple.
commodities offered for sale
“Hello, Katherine!” the owner of the butcher shop called as the girls began to unpack their
so thin as to transmit light
Her violet dress was made of fine silk, and she wore a gorgeous
sheer ivory scarf wrapped around her head.
acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
This was the type of woman who
garnered attention and respect.
innermost or essential
She felt her body shiver. It was as though he knew her
intimate thoughts. How was that possible?
act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
The queen was always off meeting with folks in the kingdom and outside of it, listening to concerns,
mediating differences, attempting to solve the latest problems that had arisen...including a terrible plague that had sprung up.
occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way
But the plague had been
rampant at that time, killing so many others in the surrounding kingdoms, and it was said to be fast-acting.
collect or look around for, as food
“Your mother died at my own father’s hands, I’m afraid. He was the castle huntsman before I, but his work for the queen went deeper than hunting and
foraging for food. I am told she tasked him with killing the queen so she could marry your father.”
“Once I knew, who could I tell such a thing? Would anyone believe me? The king had long since disappeared. The stories of the other things done to her own people are
foreboding. I have a family. I couldn’t...she’s too powerful.”
seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive
His green eyes no longer appeared strong and
worn and broken down by hard use
Every ghastly tree looked the same:
decrepit, stripped of bark and black as a raven’s feathers, not a single leaf left on its branches.
marked by or showing unaffected simplicity
It was obvious that she was completely alone in this world. And that she had been
naive enough to trust the most terrible of foes.
a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
Her aunt combing her mother’s hair for what felt like hours as they talked about the queen’s appointments and duties. Was it all a
ruse on her aunt’s part? Had she secretly been plotting Queen Katherine’s death from the moment she set foot in the castle?
an important or influential person
Once Snow had even convinced two visiting
dignitaries to call her father Fritz over and over.
showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
Her clothes were equally so—
haggard and patched up, much like Snow’s own were these days.