Chapters 11–19

In this re-imagining of the Snow White story, Snow attempts to rescue her kingdom from the Evil Queen.
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  1. thwart
    hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
    Instead, she tried to think of ways to thwart her aunt, of unexplored paths she could examine. But though she understood the reasoning behind it, she hated being cooped up all day.
  2. grievance
    a complaint about a wrong that causes resentment
    When subjects had grievances, they would sometimes hesitate, fearing that their voices would fall on deaf ears.
  3. hamlet
    a settlement smaller than a town
    “I overheard Fredrick from Knox Hills say many in his hamlet are thinking of abandoning the kingdom,” Happy told them.
  4. wry
    humorously sarcastic or mocking
    “A tree?” Grumpy repeated wryly. “The woods have lots of trees!”
  5. foliage
    the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants
    Up ahead, the foliage had turned from green to black and the grass near the edges of the woods was devoid of color.
  6. bleak
    unpleasantly cold and damp
    Beyond it, she knew, were the bleak lake, the trees that had seemingly pulled at her cloak and her dress, and the deep darkness.
  7. gnarled
    old and twisted and covered in lines
    Every dead tree looked the same—mangled and gnarled, like its limbs were trying to grab them.
  8. inevitably
    in such a manner as could not be otherwise
    “She looks younger than even the queen!” she once heard one say. “How is that possible?”
    “Witchcraft!” someone else inevitably suggested.
  9. defer
    yield to another's wish or opinion
    Katherine deferred to Georg when it came to the diamonds.
  10. incredulously
    in a disbelieving manner
    “You’re threatening to throw me out?” Ingrid said incredulously. How dare her sister behave like this!
  11. meager
    deficient in amount or quality or extent
    Katherine had everything, while Ingrid had fought for every moment in her meager life.
  12. exuberant
    joyously unrestrained
    But Snow couldn’t be so exuberant. She felt too conflicted.
  13. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
    He looked around the ominous woods with a sharp focus he hadn’t had when they’d found him.
  14. hypothesize
    believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    “Probably caught a good cold or even pneumonia in those waters,” Doc hypothesized.
  15. fitful
    intermittently stopping and starting
    “Georg says I spiked a fever and slept fitfully for days. If he hadn’t taken me into his home and nursed me back to health, I wouldn’t have made it. I’m sure of that.”
  16. squirrel away
    save up as for future use
    There was also the matter, as Grumpy pointed out, of making sure they continued to mine diamonds to squirrel away for a rainy day.
  17. kindred
    similar in quality or character
    A man who cares for the creatures of this earth has to be a kindred spirit, Snow could imagine her saying.
  18. surrogate
    providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties
    “I was a fool to think she could ever be a surrogate mother to you, to be like my Katherine, but now, after all this time, I know I was no fool at all.”
  19. wistfully
    in a pensively sad manner
    But he smiled wistfully when she mentioned she’d preserved the aviary.
  20. insipid
    lacking interest or significance or impact
    This insipid handmaiden had been like a hawk, following her around the castle, asking if she could be of assistance.
  21. figment
    a contrived or fantastic idea
    This figment of her imagination, which was what it must be—there were no such things as ghosts—sometimes comforted her, and other times made her feel sick.
  22. convene
    meet formally
    She went to her closet, prepared to press the lever that revealed the dungeon-like room where she and the mirror convened—but she found it open.
  23. nuptials
    the social event at which the marriage ceremony is performed
    Snow had never hugged her before. Not after Katherine’s death, not after the rushed nuptials between her and Georg, which the young girl, only seven years old, could not understand.
  24. jovial
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
    She was with her mother, but this time their time together did not feel jovial.
  25. stupor
    marginal consciousness
    Henri jumped up from the floor near the fireplace and shook her from her stupor.
  26. peddler
    someone who travels about selling wares
    “Change my queenly clothing into a peddler’s cloak.”
  27. congeal
    solidify, thicken, or come together
    “It’s not for you! It’s for Snow White. When she breaks the tender peel and tastes the apple in my hand, her breath will still, her blood congeal. Then I’ll be fairest in the land!”
  28. renounce
    give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors
    The possibilities were endless. If she could get her aunt to renounce the throne.
  29. indignant
    angered at something unjust or wrong
    “Why not?” Henri sounded indignant.
  30. boisterous
    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    “None of my brothers ever pulled a stunt like that one. My mother called me ‘ boisterous.’ Says I still am a bit strong-willed.”
Created on March 24, 2020 (updated March 24, 2020)

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