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"The View from Saturday" by E. L. Konigsburg, List 1

April 29, 2019
In this novel, the members of Mrs. Olinski's champion Academic Bowl team reveal the secrets behind their unexpected success.

This list covers chapters 1–2.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: List 1, List 2, List 3, List 4, List 5

Here are links to our lists for other books by E. L. Konigsburg: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Silent to the Bone
superintendent
To the district superintendent of schools, she gave a bad answer, but she did that only once, only to him, and if that answer was not good, her reason for giving it was.
tally
Unlike football bowls, there had been no season tallies for the academic teams.
brawn
They were reminded that this Bowl was for brains, not brawn, and decorum—something between chapel and classroom—was the order of the day.
decorum
They were reminded that this Bowl was for brains, not brawn, and decorum—something between chapel and classroom—was the order of the day.
lectern
At a lectern between them stood the commissioner of education of the state of New York.
commissioner
At a lectern between them stood the commissioner of education of the state of New York.
benevolent
He smiled benevolently over the audience as he reached inside his inner breast pocket and withdrew a pair of reading glasses.
bate
She watched with bated (and visible) breath as the commissioner placed his hand into a large clear glass bowl.
calligraphy
He withdrew a piece of paper, unfolded it, and read, "What is the meaning of the word calligraphy and from what language does it derive?"
derive
He withdrew a piece of paper, unfolded it, and read, "What is the meaning of the word calligraphy and from what language does it derive?"
insist
My mother insisted that I write a B & B letter to my grandparents.
nitpick
Mother then made a remark about how Western Civilization was in a decline because people of my generation knew how to nitpick but not how to write a B & B letter.
suburb
My brother Joey had been sent to my other set of grandparents, who live in a normal suburb in Connecticut.
jot
I also took out a sharpened pencil and a pad of Post-it notes to jot down any ideas that might come to mind.
circumstances
The red wagon had definitely been a gift—even though, under the circumstances, I didn't bring it back to Epiphany with me.
corsage
Mr. Cantor, a retired postman from Pennsylvania, who was devoted to growing orchids, said that he would have enough blossoms for the corsages.
rabbi
Tillie Nachman volunteered to do the invitations, and Rabbi Friedman, who was a rabbi in his former life, said he would perform the ceremony even though Margaret Draper was not Jewish and Izzy Diamondstein was.
stationery
After that first meeting, Grandpa Nate and I took Tillie Nachman, a former New York City person who had never learned to drive, to the stationery store so that she could buy the invitations.
nib
It was while Tillie was trying out various pen points (called nibs) that she made the remark about the ballpoint pen being the biggest single factor in the decline of Western Civilization.
decline
It was while Tillie was trying out various pen points (called nibs) that she made the remark about the ballpoint pen being the biggest single factor in the decline of Western Civilization.
domicile
Fact: Many of the domiciles in Century Village do not have family rooms with desks.
pounce
I was doing a wonderful job until Thomas Stearns, called T.S., Tillie’s cat, pounced into my lap, and I jumped up and spilled the ink, and the cat walked through the spilled ink and onto a couple of the invitations I was addressing.
accustomed
It didn't slow things down too much, and the citizens of Century Village are accustomed to waiting.
ironic
Allen Diamondstein kept saying, "Isn't it ironic? My father is getting married just as I am getting divorced."
topple
Unfortunately, he didn't see the wagon handle, so he tripped on it, slid on the wet concrete, fell in the puddle of melted ice and, unfortunately, toppled the wedding cake.
maim
The little top layer was totally smashed; it fell in the same puddle as Allen, and the little bride and groom were seriously maimed.
superstitious
I did not tell Izzy what had happened to the couple on top of the wedding cake because people get very superstitious at weddings and no one wants a wounded bride and groom sitting on top of the cake with which they are to start a happy marriage.
signify
I had seen that sort of thing often enough in the movies: A close-up of the shattered little bride and groom floating in a puddle of melted ice signifying the fate of the real bride and groom.
fate
I had seen that sort of thing often enough in the movies: A close-up of the shattered little bride and groom floating in a puddle of melted ice signifying the fate of the real bride and groom.
dirigible
I sucked in my breath until my lungs felt like twin dirigibles inside my ribs.
podium
Both Dr. Rohmer and Mrs. Olinski paid strict attention to the commissioner, the man at the podium.
precision
He wore a navy blue, precision fit pin-striped suit and a white-on-dazzling-white shirt.
timid
She still did not know (and wouldn't until after it was all over), but by that time the success of The Souls (even if she did not yet know that they were The Souls) had made Mrs. Olinski less timid.
multiculturalism
Dr. Rohmer had announced that he had just completed a three-day workshop on multiculturalism for ed-you-kay-toars.
capsule
Dr. Rohmer was not amused. He gave Mrs. Olinski a capsule lecture on what multiculturalism really means.
diversity
“In the interest of diversity," she said, "I chose a brunette, a redhead, a blond, and a kid with hair as black as print on paper."
cherub
Nadia was the redhead of Mrs. Olinski's diverse group.
Had she been born five hundred years sooner, Raphael would have chosen her as a model for his cherubs.
incandescent
Mrs. Olinski knew that Nadia Diamondstein was not only incandescently beautiful but was also a star.
abundance
Lowering his eyes, he read, "What is the name given to that portion of the North Atlantic Ocean that is noted for its abundance of seaweed, and what is its importance to the ecology of our planet?"
ecology
Lowering his eyes, he read, "What is the name given to that portion of the North Atlantic Ocean that is noted for its abundance of seaweed, and what is its importance to the ecology of our planet?"

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