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"The Ogress and the Orphans" by Kelly Barnhill, Chapters 1–8

October 24, 2022
After an ogress is accused of abducting the children of Stone-in-the-Glen, a group of orphans try to save her and convince the townspeople of her good nature.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–8, Chapters 9–16, Chapters 17–24, Chapters 25–36, Chapters 37–54
disposition
As for dragons in particular, they are as diverse in their dispositions as any other creature.
gregarious
I, myself, have encountered dragons of every personality type—shy, gregarious, lazy, fastidious, self-centered, bighearted, enthusiastic, and brave.
fastidious
I, myself, have encountered dragons of every personality type—shy, gregarious, lazy, fastidious, self-centered, bighearted, enthusiastic, and brave.
perfidious
This dragon was greedy, perfidious, and indifferent.
indifferent
This dragon was greedy, perfidious, and indifferent.
acrimony
He delighted in discord and sowed acrimony wherever he went.
dappled
People walked slowly under blossoming, or green, or fruiting boughs, taking their time as they enjoyed the dappled shade.
miscreant
Some insisted that it was a miscreant who set the fire, claiming that they had heard footsteps echoing with sinister purpose, moving toward the venerable building and then scampering away once the flames erupted.
venerable
Some insisted that it was a miscreant who set the fire, claiming that they had heard footsteps echoing with sinister purpose, moving toward the venerable building and then scampering away once the flames erupted.
billowing
They ran through the darkened streets, carrying buckets, following the billowing smoke and that awful firelight.
blight
After the fires, the fruit trees, and then the blossoming trees, and then the shade trees began to die off. A blight, people said. Perhaps caused by the smoke. Or that terrible heat. Or terrible luck.
audacious
They remembered the click of his fine boots as he sauntered across the cobblestones, and the sweep of his great coat, and audacious twinkling of his eyes.
adulation
He set up a booth during Market Day with a sign that said WORLD-FAMOUS DRAGON HUNTER: INQUIRIES AND ADULATION ACCEPTED.
apothecary
“What a lucky town,” exclaimed the cobbler (and the apothecary and the constable), “to host so noble a guest! What a lucky town indeed!”
serendipity
By sheer serendipity, several dragon sightings were reported in the weeks just following his arrival.
haphazard
After a while, the dragon sightings dwindled, and then became haphazard, and eventually mostly ceased.
reticent
It was several years after her arrival before anyone in town even noticed her living there. Ogres are reticent creatures, you see. And shy. They don’t announce themselves.
fallow
There she found a farm, fallow and abandoned, the remnants of the old house and barn heaped in a hollow.
tuber
After a week or two, she had sprouting plants and had found a clutch of tubers, which made a tasty snack when they were roasted.
rapacious
Have you heard of the undeniable power of crows? Have you heard about our rapacious talons and our razor-sharp beaks?
hardtack
I don’t have much to offer guests, I’m afraid, but I do have a bit of hardtack in my bags. And some dried corn. If I crumble them together, they will make a fine meal.
drab
They only knew the town as it was now: a drab, tightfisted, mean little place.
spry
Matron seemed impossibly old to the children, but she was surprisingly strong and spry, and always hurrying.
untenable
Bartleby declared it “philosophically untenable, and morally gross.”
ergo
She was the sort of girl who believed in logic and progression, cause and effect. She enjoyed using the word ergo whenever possible.
sprawling
Ancient things, they were, and so numerous you couldn’t see past the wide trunks and sprawling branches.
vacuous
While ash trees tend to be, I’m afraid to say, rather silly creatures, and their stories are often too vacuous and meandering to matter much, there is no better storyteller on earth than an oak tree.
meander
While ash trees tend to be, I’m afraid to say, rather silly creatures, and their stories are often too vacuous and meandering to matter much, there is no better storyteller on earth than an oak tree.
livid
The Mayor frowned. He reached out to touch the Stone. Nothing happened for a moment. Then his face grew livid.
plausible
Like the matron of the Orphan House, her husband, Myron, was impossibly old. The children often tried to guess their ages, but neither Matron nor her Myron would ever say. (Fifty? One hundred? One hundred and fifty? Each number sounded like a lot, and therefore each was entirely plausible.)
robust
One thing was for sure: even though the children knew that Matron and Myron had been friends and sweethearts since they themselves were children (in this very Orphan House, no less), and even though Myron was a couple of years younger than she, it was Matron who was decidedly the more robust.
constable
All he had was a collection of odds and ends—likely just picked from the pile of trash right next to him, and he was trying to sell it as though a person couldn’t have just picked through the junk on their own. Someone nearby threatened to call the constable.
placidly
A man stood at the counter, arguing with the butcher. Or at least the butcher was arguing. The man he was arguing with was standing placidly and nodding his head.
distend
The butcher had thin arms and a distended belly covered by a stained apron.
swindle
“Oh!” the butcher said, gesturing toward the man and Myron. “Ganging up on me now, are you? Well, it figures! Please, old man! Tell me how you would like to swindle me as well!”
admonish
“Hush,” Anthea admonished.
lament
“Liars and thieves!” he lamented.
gambit
And I see you are training them young, are you, Myron? Is that your gambit? The Mayor warned me that dirty deeds were afoot, and he was right! An orphan house dedicated to the production of the criminals of tomorrow, it seems.
relentless
The sun beat, hot and relentless, but Anthea wrapped her arms around her body and shivered with cold.
languid
The man’s face became languid at the thought of the Mayor, his eyes unfocused.

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