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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare, takes place in the New England colony of Connecticut.
When Katherine Tyler, called Kit, leaves the warm sandy shores of her Caribbean home to come live with her aunt and uncle, she does not know what she is getting into.  Will she be able to adapt to the Puritan ways of her relatives?





CHAPTER 1:
1.  provisions = food and supplies for the future
2.  sodden = soaked with water
3.  aloof = not interested
4.  indignant = feeling angry
5.  nonchalance = being cool and casual

CHAPTER 2:
1.  tantalize = to tease
2.  eke = to increase
3.  intangible = not easily defined

CHAPTER 3:
1.  ponder = to think about
2.  overseer = supervisor; boss (usually of a plantation)

CHAPTER 4:
1.  frippery = fancy clothes
2.  mortal = very long
3.  deft = quick and easy
4.  monotonous = not changing

CHAPTER 5:
1.  threshold = doorway
2.  placating = to stop from being angry
3.  pillory = "punishment" for head and hands
4.  stocks = "punishment" for feet and ankles
5.  endure = hold out
6.  nonplussed = confused; unable to speak


CHAPTER 6:
1.  condescension = acting in a snobby way
2.  coddle = to treat gently
3.  cadence = rise and fall of a voice
4.  conspicuous = easily seen

CHAPTER 7:
1.  cordially = friendly
2.  trifle = a small amount
3.  implacable = not stopping
4.  veritable = being true; a fact

CHAPTER 8:
1.  menial = fit to be done by a servant
2.  encroaching = being where you're not supposed to be
3.  dubiously = doubtfully

CHAPTER 9:
1.  precarious = risky; not secure
2.  raiment = clothing
3.  obstreperous = loud and unruly
4.  bedlam = noise and confusion
5.  decorum = polite behavior
6.  ravenous = very hungry

CHAPTER 10:
1.  malicious = spiteful and mean
2.  consented = agreed
3.  incredulously = unable to believe

CHAPTER 11:
1.  docile = doing what you are supposed to do
2.  filigree = delicate, lacey
3.  discern = to figure out
4.  heresy = something against the church

CHAPTER 12:
1.  tallow = fat used to make candles
2.  consternation = made to feel helpless
3.  heretic = person against the church

CHAPTER 13:
1.  propitious = favorable
2.  drudgery = hard work
3.  comradeship = friendship
4.  perplexed = confused

CHAPTER 14:
1.  wary = cautious
2.  convulsed = shook
3.  warded = held off

CHAPTER 15:
1.  unheeded = not noticed
2.  chagrined = embarrassed
3.  paupers = poor people
4.  mockery = something that's made fun of
5.  chamber = a room in the house
6.  aye = yes

CHAPTER 16:
1.  papist = referring to the Catholic Church
2.  roistering = being noisy and rude
3.  blasphemy = a disrespectful action against God
4.  blithely = cheerfully
5.  woebegone = sorrowful, sad
6.   tryst = a secret meeting

CHAPTER 17:
1.  consorting = hanging out with someone considered undesirable
2.  infidel = a person who doesn't believe in a certain religion
3.  naught = nothing

CHAPTER 18:
1.  contempt = being looked at with dislike
2.  warrant = to guarantee or promise
3.  champion = to defend and support
4.  flouting = not paying attention to
5.  inveigled = tricked into doing something

CHAPTER 19:
1.  cronies = friends
2.  sundry = various
3.  preternatural = not normal
4.  remit = cancel

CHAPTER 20:
1.  perforce = being forced to do something
2.  bygones = things in the past
3.  surreptitiously = secretly
4.  abate = to end or stop

CHAPTER 21:
1.  dowry = things a woman would bring when getting married
2.  ample = large and roomy
3.  ceased = stopped





 




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