• aroused – awakened, stirred – This story has aroused my interest.
  • persisted – continued to exist. The pain persisted into the morning.
  • mysterious – strange.
  • poverty-stricken – suffering extremely because of lack of money.
  • opportunity – situation that makes it possible for you to do something that
  • you want to do
  • a thin latch key – a thin key for a latch (lock)
  • festivity – celebration.
  • concentrate – to give all attention.
  • miraculous – amazing, unbelievable, surprising and fortunate.
  • aggravated – worsened
  • in a fix – in a dilemma
  • crystal – a mineral or a rock (clear and transparent)
  • offences – crime, wrong-doing
  • welled up – appeared.
  • mourning – lamenting or grieving for
  • announcing – declaring, revealing, reporting.
  • grave – a grave is a place where a dead person is buried.
  • gratitude – the feeling of being grateful
  • shilling – a unit of money (20 shillings make an English pound)
  • profusion – abundance, plenty.
  • foregoing – sacrificing.
  • fixedly – (Adj.) – Continuously, without looking away.
  • sneer(ed) – (v) – To show that you have no respect for somebody by the expression on your face.
  • consumptive – (N) – A person suffering from tuberculosis
  • proposition – (N) – An idea or a plan of action that is suggested.
  • mumble (d) – (V) – To speak in a quiet voice in a way that is not clear.
  • gazing – (V) – Looking steadily at something for a long time.
  • gloomily – (Adv.) – depressingly.
  • rustled – (V) – Moved or rubbed together.
  • tiptoed – (V) – Walked on the front part of the foot with heels off
  • the ground.
  • gesticulation – (N) – Movements of hands and arms to express ideas and
  • feelings.
  • standing over – To supervise or watch closely.
  • apparition – (N) – A strange figure appearing suddenly and thought to
  • be a ghost.
  • laughing stock – An object of scornful laughter.
  • monster – (N) – An abnormal boy.
  • chum – (N) – A friend
  • humming – (V) – Making a low continuous sound.
  • athlete : a participant in a group of sports activities
  • spectators : persons watching an event
  • approaching : drawing nearer ( coming nearer)
  • excitement : a state of being excited
  • resolved : determined
  • poised : here ready
  • blocks : two starting blocks on the ground that runners push their
  • feet against at the beginning of a race
  • signal : a sign to start
  • pistol : a starting pistol used to signal the start of a race
  • exploded : sounded
  • stumbled : hit his foot against something when he began to run and fell
  • straggled : lost balance
  • frustration : here hopelessness
  • anguish : terrible pain
  • ovation : expression of popular appreciation for their masterly performance.
  • humanity : people in general
  • brimming : to be full of something
  • lag behind : to move more slowly than other people
  • fascinated : very interested
  • suppress : to prevent from expressing feeling or emotion
  • stare : act of looking at
  • plead : to ask for something in a strong and serious way
  • tyrant : who has complete power in a country and uses it in a cruel
  • and unfair way
  • cautionary : giving advice or warning
  • petal : the delicate (light and pleasant) coloured part of a flower
  • cooing : soft low sound of doves / pegions
  • heap : to put a lot of something in a pile on something
  • whirpool : a swimming pool in which water moves in circles
  • repel : to make somebody feel horror or disgust
  • sweet meat : a sweet / candy; any food preserved in sugar
  • hawk : to try to sell things by going from place to place asking
  • people to buy them
  • burfi : a kind of sweet
  • murmur : to say something in a soft quiet voice that is difficult to hear and understand
  • plea : an urgent emotional request for something
  • heed : to pay careful attention to somebody’s advice or warning.
  • coil : to wind into a series of circles
  • shriek: to give a loud high shout (when excited, frightened or in pain)
  • dizzy : feeling as if everything is spinning around
  • intently : with strong interest and attention
  • hither and thither : in many different directions.
  • congested : crowded
  • jostle : to push roughly against somebody in a crowd
  • stoop : to bend the body forwards and downwards
  • soothe : to make somebody feel calmer / better
  • approach : to come near
  • swaying : moving slowly from side to side
  • distract : to take somebody’s attention away from that he wants
  • quieten : to make someone calmer / less noise / silent
  • yawn : open the mouth wide and breathe in deeply due to tiredness
  • maid : a female servant
  • curiously : eagerly (to know something )
  • retort : make a sharp or immediate reply
  • pretend : make it seem that something is the case when in fact it is not
  • muse : to think carefully
  • curtly : rudely
  • chores : a routine or boring task
  • daze : unable to think due to confusion
  • majestic : beautiful or impressive
  • tuck away : to hide something
  • set out : began
  • gaze : to look someone steadily
  • nodded : answered ‘yes’.
  • enraptured : filled with joy
  • staring at : looking at something for a long time with wide open eyes.
  • loafing : spending time carelessly
  • summit : the highest point / top (of a mountain)
  • stroked : touched in a gentle, loving way
  • flutter : to move in excitement
  • hugged : held someone tightly putting arms around.
  • gloomy : unhappy : having no hope.
  • mantel piece : shelf projecting from the wall above the fireplace
  • revolting : expressing protest.
  • criss-cross : crossed lines forming a kind of pattern
  • hobble : walk as when lame
  • stoop : bent forward
  • rosary : a string of beads used for prayer.
  • lewd : indecent
  • monotonous : unchanging, with no change of pitch.
  • scriptures : sacred book (here, the Guru Granth Saheb, the holy book
  • of the Sikhs)
  • shroud : a piece of cloth or a sheet wrapped round a dead body
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