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.
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.
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.
humorously sarcastic or mocking
“A tree?” Grumpy repeated
wryly. “The woods have lots of trees!”
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.
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.
old and twisted and covered in lines
Every dead tree looked the same—mangled and
gnarled, like its limbs were trying to grab them.
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
yield to another's wish or opinion
deferred to Georg when it came to the diamonds.
in a disbelieving manner
“You’re threatening to throw me out?” Ingrid said
incredulously. How dare her sister behave like this!
deficient in amount or quality or extent
Katherine had everything, while Ingrid had fought for every moment in her
But Snow couldn’t be so
exuberant. She felt too conflicted.
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.
believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
“Probably caught a good cold or even pneumonia in those waters,” Doc
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
in a pensively sad manner
But he smiled
wistfully when she mentioned she’d preserved the aviary.
lacking interest or significance or impact
insipid handmaiden had been like a hawk, following her around the castle, asking if she could be of assistance.
a contrived or fantastic idea
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.
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.
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.
full of or showing high-spirited merriment
She was with her mother, but this time their time together did not feel
Henri jumped up from the floor near the fireplace and shook her from her
someone who travels about selling wares
“Change my queenly clothing into a
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!”
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors
The possibilities were endless. If she could get her aunt to
renounce the throne.
angered at something unjust or wrong
“Why not?” Henri sounded
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.”