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"Tuck Everlasting," Vocabulary from the Prologue-Chapter 5

March 19, 2013
They say nothing lasts forever...well, except for the Tuck family. In "Tuck Everlasting,"a fantasy novel by Natalie Babbit, 11 year-old Winnie Foster is faced with many dilemmas, including whether eternal life is a blessing or a curse.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Prologue-Chapter 5, Chapters 6-9, Chapters 10-13, Chapters 14-17, Chapters 18-22, Chapters 23-Epilogue
dawn
It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.
patience
At noontime, Winnie Foster, whose family owned the Treegap wood, lost her patience at last and decided to think about running away.
wander
...if they never wandered in among the trees, well, that was their affair.
meadow
...and then cut sidewise across a meadow.
abruptly
It became, instead, and rather abruptly, the property of people.
property
It became, instead, and rather abruptly, the property of people.
appearance
On the left stood the first house, a square and solid cottage with a touch-me-not appearance...
gallows
But the village doesn’t matter, except for the jailhouse and the gallows.
disturb
This, at least, is what the cows must have thought: “Let it keep its peace; we won’t disturb it.”
accessible
...was therefore private property in spite of the fact that it lay outside the fence and was perfectly accessible.
trespass
Or does ownership consist only of a thin crust under which the friendly worms have never heard of trespassing?
curious
But she had never been curious about it.
conceal
...they’d have noticed the little spring bubbling up among its roots in spite of the pebbles piled there to conceal it.
disaster
And that would have been a disaster so immense...
immense
And that would have been a disaster so immense...
vanish
Tuck twitched and the smile vanished.
cease
She knew very well what she would see in it; her reflection had long since ceased to interest her.
squat
...Winnie Foster sat on the bristly grass just inside the fence and said to the large toad who was squatting a few yards away...
cross
She had come out to the fence, very cross...
intrusion
The gnats were too frantic to notice these intrusions...
thrust
“Look here, toad,” she said, thrusting her arms through the bars of the fence and plucking at the weeds on the other side.
peer
She paused and peered anxiously at the toad to see how it would receive this staggering idea, but it showed no signs of interest.
twilight
Indeed, he seemed almost to hang suspended there in the twilight.
seize
And she seized Winnie’s hand and turned to go back into the cottage.
eager
He had stiffened, and his voice was eager.
coward
What if he should laugh at her secretly and think she was a coward?
bold
She did not allow herself to consider the idea that making a difference in the world might require a bolder venture.
venture
She did not allow herself to consider the idea that making a difference in the world might require a bolder venture.
glorious
And he seemed so glorious to Winnie that she lost her heart at once.
scarcely
As Winnie watched, scarcely breathing, he moved the pile carefully to one side, pebble by pebble.
protest
“I didn’t mean to watch you,” she protested as she stepped into the clearing.
solemnly
"I’m one hundred and four years old,” he told her solemnly.

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