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"The Invention of Hugo Cabret," Vocabulary from Part 1

September 24, 2013
"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick is filled with a love of the movies and the spirit of invention as a young boy meets the father of modern motion pictures in a French train station and his life is changed forever.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Part 1, Part 2
agitated
The old man looked agitated today.
furious
He was furious with himself for being caught.
snatch
Still holding on to the boy’s arm, the old man snatched the notebook away, set it down out of Hugo’s reach, opened it, and flipped through the pages.
shudder
The old man shuddered at the sound of the breaking toy.
scavenge
The jars sat on shelves made from scavenged planks he had found inside the walls of the station.
rickety
Under his rickety bed lay a pile of Hugo’s drawings.
peer
Peering out through the numbers, Hugo spied the old man again, alone in his toy booth at the end of the hallway, looking through the pages of Hugo’s notebook.
attend
He could tell it wouldn’t need to be wound for another day or two, so Hugo kept going, until all twenty-seven clocks in the station had been attended to, just the way his uncle had taught him.
emerge
He emerged through the golden doors into the dark streets of Paris.
decrepit
They soon arrived at a decrepit apartment building across from the graveyard.
summon
Hugo, he said, “Don’t you know that the sound of clicking boot heels can summon ghosts?"
revealing
Not knowing what else to do, he walked to a cluttered pile of boxes in the corner of his room and moved them to the side, revealing a hiding place in the wall.
sole
The sole purpose of the machines was to fill people with wonder, and they succeeded.
artificial
It was as if the magicians had created artificial life, but the secret was always in the clockworks.
restless
Later, when he visited his father at his clock shop, Hugo watched him carefully, and then when he grew restless he made little mechanical animals out of the extra bits and pieces lying around.
intricate
The machine was so intricate, so complicated, that he almost got dizzy looking at it.
obsessed
Meanwhile, Hugo’s father grew obsessed with getting the automaton to work.
optimistic
They remained optimistic that it could be fixed, and they talked about what the automaton might write once it was working again.
apprentice
“You’ll be my apprentice,” he vaguely heard his uncle saying as they walked.
accusation
There it was, like an accusation, reminding Hugo that everything in his life had been destroyed.
debris
Hugo took a deep breath, went back, and cleared away the charred debris.
dread
The automaton was heavy and in several pieces, but he picked it up and, not having anywhere else to go, returned to the dreaded station.
misshapen
He stared at the misshapen pieces of metal and was thankful that his uncle still hadn’t returned.
attachment
“What is your attachment to this notebook?” he demanded as he shook Hugo.
lull
The steady rhythm of the clock lulled Hugo to sleep, but he dreamed of fire and woke up with a start.
cavernous
The coffee was hot, and as Hugo let it cool, he looked around the cavernous station at all the people rushing by with a thousand different places to go.
resentful
One moment he felt hopeful that he’d get his notebook back, the next he felt angry and resentful.
deftly
He rubbed the buttons on his jacket and deftly pocketed the tiny mechanisms he wanted.
captivate
As he watched the old man play, he saw things that captivated him.
array
Inside, clear black-and-white diagrams revealed what seemed like an endless array of card tricks, many of which Hugo had seen the old man do.
guidance
For the first time, Hugo had fixed something on the mechanical man without guidance from the notebook!
investigate
Had the Station Inspector begun investigating and found out that Hugo’s uncle was gone?
nib
The mechanical man was finally holding a brand-new handmade pen with a specially cut metal nib.
translate
With the proper instruction, his talent for machines translated perfectly to magic tricks.
dexterity
It wasn’t just the understanding of machinery, it was the dexterity, the talent within his fingers themselves, as if they automatically knew what to do.
calibrate
A cascade of perfect movements, with hundreds of brilliantly calibrated actions, coursed through the mechanical man.
contraption
Two little hammerlike contraptions came down and trailed along the edges of the notched disks, rising and falling as the disks steadily turned.
affect
The shoulder affected the elbow, and as the elbow engaged, it sent other movements in a chain reaction down into the wrist and, finally, the hand.
random
The children tried desperately to read it, but there were no letters, no words, no sentences, just random, disconnected markings.
accumulate
Isabelle stayed where she was, watching as these markings accumulated on the page, one after the other.

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Wednesday October 2nd 2013, 6:42 PM
Comment by: Mr.Azzim M. (PA)
HaI :D

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