Chapters 4–7

In this re-imagining of the Snow White story, Snow attempts to rescue her kingdom from the Evil Queen.
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  1. shrewd
    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.
  2. dowel
    a peg that holds two adjacent pieces together
    She touched the small paper wings Ingrid had glued to the back of the wooden dowel.
  3. dabble
    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.
  4. belligerent
    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 belligerent mouth.
  5. cauldron
    a very large pot that is used for boiling
    The anger bubbled up inside her like a cauldron ready to overflow.
  6. hovel
    small crude shelter used as a dwelling
    How could she be pretty when she lived in this hovel, wearing these rags?
  7. turret
    a small tower extending above a building
    A castle’s turrets peeked out from behind some trees.
  8. coup
    a sudden and decisive change of government by force
    With Aunt Ingrid not being very beloved, a coup was never out of the question.
  9. tapestry
    a heavy textile with a woven design
    Mila pulled back the heavy tapestry bedding and helped Snow out of her bed.
  10. bodice
    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.
  11. elated
    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.
  12. amble
    walk leisurely
    They ambled toward the dead trees, Snow stopping every few steps to observe their beautiful surroundings more closely.
  13. flounder
    walk with great difficulty
    Something was 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.
  14. balk
    refuse to comply
    Her mother had never been one to balk at a challenge.
  15. precedent
    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.
  16. behest
    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.
  17. pragmatic
    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.
  18. toil
    work hard
    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.
  19. dowry
    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.”
  20. complexion
    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.
  21. endear
    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.
  22. ware
    commodities offered for sale
    “Hello, Katherine!” the owner of the butcher shop called as the girls began to unpack their wares.
  23. sheer
    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.
  24. garner
    acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
    This was the type of woman who garnered attention and respect.
  25. intimate
    innermost or essential
    She felt her body shiver. It was as though he knew her intimate thoughts. How was that possible?
  26. mediate
    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.
  27. rampant
    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.
  28. forage
    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.”
  29. foreboding
    ominously prophetic
    “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.”
  30. stoic
    seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive
    His green eyes no longer appeared strong and stoic.
  31. decrepit
    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.
  32. naive
    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.
  33. ruse
    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?
  34. dignitary
    an important or influential person
    Once Snow had even convinced two visiting dignitaries to call her father Fritz over and over.
  35. haggard
    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.
Created on March 24, 2020 (updated March 24, 2020)

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