aloof
apart; at a distance
amiability
friendliness
anticipation
the act of looking forward to something
ape
copy; imitate
apprentice (one person to another)
to arrange for one person to learn a trade with a more experienced person
aspen
the poplar tree (whose leaves tend to quiver)
barricade
block with a barrier
beseechingly
in a begging or pleading way
bewildered
confused
boisterous
lively; rowdy
brawl
a noisy fight or quarrel
bustling
moving quickly in a fussy or bossy way
butt
head-butt; to knock against something with the head or horns
carriers
men who are paid to transport heavy items,
casement
a hinged window which opens like a door
christened
given a first, or Christian name, at a special religious ceremony
collected himself
pulled himself together; composed himself
commotion
noisy disturbance
compassion
pity; sympathy; commiseration
compensation
a reward to make up for the loss of something
conduct
behaviour
consolation
something that comforts or softens a blow
consoling
comforting
councillors
men involved in local government (generally elected by the public)
crags
rocks; cliffs
cramped
small and crowded
crook
stick with a curved head, carried by a shepherd
crossed
prevented from doing what one wants to do; thwarted
darning
mending clothes (especially socks) with wool
decorum
polite behaviour
deserted
ran away from the army without permission
despise
look down on; think badly of; hate
dilapidated
in ruins; falling apart
disdainful
snooty, superior; uppity
dishevelled
untidy; messy; bedraggled
dismounted
got off a horse
disobedient
naughty; badly behaved
dispatched
sent
disperse
break up; become scattered
downhearted
sad; miserable
drily
humorously, with a hint of sarcasm
dropped a little curtsey
curtsied; gave a little bend of the knee to lower the body and show respect
earshot (as in 'within earshot')
near enough to be able to hear something
emphatically
firmly; forcefully
escapade
an adventure, especially one which involves taking a risk, or doing something one shouldn't
expressly
especially, particularly
faculty
ability; skill
famously (as in 'got on famously')
got on really well
Fancy (as in 'Fancy, she doesn't even know her alphabet')
Just imagine
flounced
stomped; strutted
forbidding
threatening; stern; hostile
forebears
relatives from the past; ancestors
foresight
planning in advance for future events
forsakes
withdraws help from; abandons
frantically
desperately
gables
the triangular tops of walls at the side of a house, which are formed by the slope of the roof; sometimes called 'gable-ends'
gaping
with the mouth wide open
gentry
rich landowners
glee
joy; delight
glibly
smoothly and slickly, but not entirely truthfully (to describe a way of talking)
goat-stall
a shed for keeping goats in
gorge
a narrow valley, or a deep cleft in rocks, sometimes with a stream running through it
go to law
take a case to court; take legal action
gruffly
roughly; rudely; curtly
habitable
suitable for living in
haggling
arguing over the price; trying to get a lower price
halfwitted
stupid; not all there
hampered
weighed down by; slowed down by
headlong flight
leaving in a rush
hermit
a person, usually a religious one, who lives alone and avoids contact with people
impertinent
rude; cheeky
imposed upon
put upon; taken advantage of
impudently
rudely, cheekily
inkwell
a little pot for keeping ink in, often kept in a hole on the front of a desk
meagre
poor; skimpy
mimicked
imitated the voice or actions of someone, in order to make fun of them
morose
bad-tempered and sulky
morsel
a small piece; a mouthful
motioned
made a gesture with the hand
nestled against
cuddled up against
obstinately
unwilling to change one's mind; stubbornly
obstreperous
boisterous; rowdy; unruly
odds (as in 'at odds with')
in conflict with; disagreeing with
paralysed
disabled; unable to move part of the body because of an illness
penance
an action to prove that someone is sorry for what they have done
peremptory
firmly; in a way that must be obeyed
pert
bold; forward; cheeky
piece-bag
a bag containing scraps of material for patchwork or quilting
plateau
an area of flat ground on a mountainside
played truant
was absent from school without permission; skipped school; skived off school
pompously
full of self-importance; using high-falutin language
powders
medicine in the form of powder
precipices
the steep, or sheer faces of cliffs, rocks or mountains
precipitately
quickly; abruptly
prescription
a doctor's instructions (usually written down) about the kind of medicine to be taken by a patient
proceeds
money made by selling something; profits
prolonged
lengthy
ravine
a deep, narrow cleft in rocks; a gorge
reconciled
friendly again after a disagreement
recovered his spirits
cheered up; felt happy again
reflections (as in 'cast reflections on')
say negative, or critical things about
revolver
a type of gun; a pistol
right-about-turn
turn right round
robust
strong, sturdy, healthy
rugged
rough and rocky; bumpy
rum
strange; odd
saddle myself
burden myself; land myself
satchel
a bag with a shoulder strap used for carrying books to school
saucily
cheekily
scudding
flying along lightly; skimming along
sedate
calm; placid
shabby
worn out; dingy; scruffy
sleek
smooth and glossy (usually used to describe an animal's fur or a person's hair)
slouched over
bent over; stooped over
sojourn
stay (especially a temporary one)
squabble
quarrel, argue
strenuous
very tiring; needing a lot of effort
subdued
quiet
toilet (as in 'completed her toilet')
got washed and dressed
tremulously
with a shaky voice; all of a tremble
tussle
fight; conflict
undisguised
not hidden
uproar
disorder, chaos
urchin
a raggedly dressed child
vaulted
having an arched roof
wares
articles for sale; goods for sale
waylaid
forcibly taken to one side; pounced upon; intercepted
wedge
a piece of something (usually wood or metal) which is thick at one end, but tapers to a narrow part, or to a point