Lesson Tutor presents: Printable worksheets for the novel study Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter, Chapters 13-25

Girl of the Limberlost
Author: Gene Stratton-Porter

Assignments – Part II
Chapters 13-25
© 2002 Elaine E. Schneider

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Chapter 13

Synopsis from the text:
Elnora meets Philip Ammon.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: fatalist

In Context:    “’This is overwhelming,’ she said at last. ‘It is making a fatalist of me. I am beginning to think things happen as they are ordained from the beginning…’”  (p.257)

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2.  The Word: valiant

In Context:     “Valiant as she was in any good cause, this time she was compelled to admit that she was defeated. ”   (p.258)

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3.  The Word: deftly

In Context:     “He had a queer basket strapped on his hip, and with a small rod he sent a long line spinning before him down the creek, deftly manipulating with it a little floating object.”  (p.261)

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4.  The Word: languid

In Context:           “’I wonder how it would feel to be a pale languid lady and ride in a carriage.’” (p. 263)

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5.  The Word: contemplation

In Context: “…Elnora’s bright head and her lavender dress made a picture worthy of much contemplation.”  (p.264)

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6.    The Word:    parry    (parried)

In Context:      “’…Don’t you want help?’
Elnora parried the question. ‘Have you ever hunted moths, Mr. Ammon?’”
 (p.264)

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7.  The Word: incentive

In Context:     “’You haven’t said yet whether I may help you…It would keep me outdoors all day and give an incentive to work.’” (p.266)

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8.    The Word:    undulant

In Context:  “There was an undulant, caressing sweetness in the girl’s voice as she sung out the call in perfect confidence that it would bring a loving answer…” (p.267)

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9.    The Word:      vile

In Context:  “’But if people will live where they have such vile water as they do in Chicago, I don’t see what else they are to expect.’” (p.268)

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10.    The Word: intersperse     (interspersed)

In Context: “…the flower garden ablaze with beds of bright bloom interspersed with strawberries and tomatoes…” (p.271)

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11.    The Word: arbour       (Today, it is spelled arbor.)

In Context: “He was ravenous for the buttermilk, and when he stretched on the bench in the arbour, the flickering patches of sunlight so tantalized his tired eyes, while the bees made such splendid music, he was soon sound asleep.” (p.271)

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12.    The Word: tantalize

In Context: “He was ravenous for the buttermilk, and when he stretched on the bench in the arbour, the flickering patches of sunlight so tantalized his tired eyes, while the bees made such splendid music, he was soon sound asleep.” (p.271)

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Writing Assignment:

Consider the following passages:

Elnora held up a lump of sugar and the butterfly, clinging to her finger, tasted daintily. With eager eyes and parted lips, the girl held steadily. When at last it wavered away, ‘That made a picture!’ said Ammon. ‘Ask me some other time how I lost my illusions concerning butterflies. I always thought of them in connection with sunshine, flower pollen, and fruit nectar, until one sad day. (page 273)

‘What did he mean about the butterflies?’
‘That he always had connected them with sunshine, flowers, and fruits, and thought of them as the most exquisite of creations; then one day he found some clustering thickly over carrion.’” (p. 275)

Your assignment is to write a five-paragraph paper entitled:
Butterflies – Soaring or Scavenging?

Here is the beginning of an outline for you:
I. Introduction
II. Butterflies – general information (do a little research here)
III. Soaring – common perceptions about butterflies (Be sure to refer to the first quote from page 273 somewhere in your paragraph.)
IV. Scavenging – reality (Be sure to refer to the second quote here from page 275.)
V. Conclusion – sum up and wrap up butterflies, especially the information that refers to soaring and scavenging
Chapter 14

Synopsis from the text:
A new position is tendered Elnora, and Philip Ammon is shown Limberlost violets.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: myriad

In Context:    “’What are fall things?’
‘Oh, fringed gentians, asters, ironwort, every fall flower, leaves from every tree and vine…abandoned bird nests, winter quarters for caterpillars and insects, what becomes of the butterflies and grasshoppers – just myriads of stuff.’”  (p.278)

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2.  The Word: pathetic

In Context:     “’Can I really help you?’ Mrs. Comstock’s strong face was pathetic. ”   (p.278)

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3.  The Word: coquetry

In Context:     “She might as well have been a boy, so lacking was she in any touch of feminine coquetry toward him.”  (p.283)

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4.  The Word: unfathomable

In Context:           “’It takes the large wisdom of the Unfathomable, the philosophy of the Almighty, to bear some of it.’” (p. 284)

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5.  The Word: constitute

In Context: “’Now, work that I love has come – that should constitute happiness.’”  (p.284)

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6.    The Word:    surpass

In Context:      “Elnora knelt, and slipping her fingers through the leaves and grasses to the roots, gathered a few violets and gave them to Philip. ‘Can your city greenhouses surpass them?’ she asked.”   (p.285)

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7.  The Word: cyanide

In Context:     “So they set out, Ammon carrying the dope, Elnora the net, Billy and Mrs. Comstock following with cyanide boxes and lanterns.” (p.288)

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8.    The Word:    pretense

In Context:  “’If I can find a hidden moth, slip up and catch it unawares, or take it in full flight, it’s my captive, and I can keep it until it dies naturally. But this way, you seem to get it under false pretenses, it has no chance, and it will probably ruin its wings struggling for freedom before morning.’” (p.289)

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9.    The Word:      beau

In Context:  “’Is that man going to be your beau?’
          ‘Billy! No! What made you think such a thing?’
            ‘Aunt Margaret said likely he would fall in love with you , and you wouldn’t want me around anymore.’” (p.290)

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Writing Assignment:
none
 

Chapter 15

Synopsis from the text:
Mrs. Comstock faces the Almighty, and Philip Ammon writes a letter.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: consume

In Context:    “’I am consumed with anxiety to learn if we have made a catch.’”  (p.291)

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2.  The Word: pursy

In Context:     “It climbed up the wood, its stout legs dragging a big pursy body, while it wildly flapped tiny wings the size of a man’s thumbnail.”   (p.294)

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3.  The Word: exquisite

In Context:     “The outside of the wings thus exposed was far richer color, more exquisite texture than the under (side), and they (the wings) slowly half lifted and drooped again.”  (p.297)

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4.  The Word: grosbeak

In Context:           “Ammon leaned back in the arbor, watching the grosbeak as it hunted food between a tomato vine and a day lily.” (p. 304)

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5.  The Word: conservatory

In Context: “’I must tell you about his music. I am sure he never saw inside a conservatory. I think he merely picked up what he knows by ear and without vocal training, but there is a tenderness in his tones, a depth of pure melody, that I never have heard surpassed.’”  (p.306)

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Writing Assignment:
Consider the following passage from this chapter:
 “Maybe earth and air accumulate, but it takes the wisdom of the Almighty
             God to devise the wing of a moth. If there ever was a miracle, this whole
            process is one.”
Do you believe in miracles? Why or why not? Write a paragraph of at least 150 words.
 

Chapter 16

Synopsis from the text:
The Limberlost sings for Ammon, and the talking trees tell great secrets.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: granger

In Context:    “’…I should think the moth hunting and life at that cabin would be very good for you, but…keep away from that Grosbeak person and don’t come home with your head full of granger ideas.’”  (p.309)

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2.  The Word: perennial

In Context:     “’No doubt he has a remarkable voice, but I can’t bear untrained singers, and don’t you get the idea that a June song is perennial.’”   (p.309)

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3.  The Word: gad

In Context:    “’You are not hearing the music he will make when the four babies get the scarlet fever and the measles and the gadding wife leaves him at home to care for them. Poor soul, I pity her!…No wonder she gads when she has a chance!’”  (p.309)

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4.  The Word: recompense

In Context:           “’…I never shall ask her to deal with oily butter and frozen pumps-‘
                               ‘– and measly babies,’ interpolated Elnora.
                               ‘Exactly!’ said Ammon. ‘Just the same, I find so much to counterbalance those things, that I should not object to bearing them myself, in view of the recompense.’” (p. 310)

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5.  The Word: vagabond

In Context: “’…I have a vagabond streak in my blood and it’s in evidence. I am going to show you where real flowers grow, real birds sing, and if I feel quite right about it, perhaps I shall raise a note or two myself.’”  (p.311)

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6.  The Word: revelation

In Context: “To the man it was a revelation. He stood…stunned.”  (p.315)

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7.  The Word: clarity

In Context: “’…I never met (anyone) who could begin to compare with you in sanity, clarity, and interesting knowledge.’”  (p.317)

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8.  The Word: revolutionize

In Context: “’I am not sure but I have found an idea that will revolutionize the whole course of my work, thought, and ambitions.’”  (p.318)

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9.  The Word: epitomize

In Context: “’What one thing epitomizes the whole month, and makes it just a little different from any other?’”  (p.319)

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10.  The Word: consummate

In Context: “’…it’s June, when it comes to these great, velvet-winged night moths which sweep its moonlit skies, consummating their scheme of creation, and dropping like a bloomed-out flower.’”  (p.319)

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11.  The Word: disconsolately

In Context: “A whip-poor-will wailed in the swamp and back by the blue-bordered pool a chat complained disconsolately.”  (p.322)

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Writing Assignment:
Consider the following passage from this chapter:

 “The world is full of happy people, but no one ever hears of them. You have to fight and make a scandal to get into the papers. No one knows about all the happy people. I am happy myself, and just look how perfectly inconspicuous I am.”

Write a paragraph about what it means to be happy. Be imaginative in how you present your thoughts and avoid these phrases: I think, I believe, it is my opinion, to me, and some people think.

Chapter 17

Synopsis from the text:
Mrs. Comstock dances in the moonlight and Elnora makes a confession.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: tumult

In Context:    “The violin was in the grape arbor, singing like mad, singing a perfect jumble of everything, poured out in an exultant tumult.”  (p.323)

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2.  The Word: suffice

In Context:     “He was not a spy and not a sneak. He merely wanted to satisfy his child-heart as to whether Mrs. Comstock was at home, and Elnora at last playing her loved violin with her mother’s consent. One peep sufficed.”   (p.323)

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3.  The Word: reminiscent

In Context:    “Elnora had been avoiding carefully every note that might be reminiscent of her father.”  (p.324)

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4.  The Word: impetus

In Context:   “Ammon … caught her in his arms, while to Elnora’s laughter and the violin’s impetus, they danced until they dropped panting on the arbor bench.” (p. 324)

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5.  The Word: haven

In Context: “’Listen! …Elnora’s playing her violin at home! And Aunt Kate is dancing like anything … Oh, Aunt Margaret!’ Billy fled to his haven and sobbed on Margaret’s breast.”  (p.324)

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6.  The Word: slew

In Context: “’I remember,’ said Mrs. Comstock. ‘They are mighty pretty things. I’ve started up slews of them from the vines covering the logs, all my life.’”  (p.326)

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7.  The Word: spry

In Context: “’I must be cautious and catch them after this, but they seem powerful spry.’”  (pp.326-327)

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8.  The Word: cinch

In Context: “’I’ve had the rarest thing on earth in reach this many a day and only had the wit to cinch it just as it was going. I best I don’t let anything else escape me.’”(p.327)

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9.  The Word: implicitly

In Context: “Next morning Ammon came early, and he and Elnora went at once to the fields and woods. Mrs. Comstock had come to believe so implicitly in him that she now stayed at home to complete the work before she joined them…”  (p.327)

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10.  The Word: impertinent

In Context: “They all lunched together in the shade of a wild crab thicket…the gold orioles streaking the air with flashes of light…while the red-wings, as always, asked the most impertinent questions.’”  (p.327)

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11.  The Word: prostrate

In Context: “It seemed as if every old gray tree-trunk, slab of loose bark, and prostrate log yielded the flashing gray treasures…”  (p.328)

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12.  The Word: paraphernalia

In Context: “Elnora got the jar and began gathering up paraphernalia. ‘When you make a find like that,’ she said, ‘it’s the right time to quit…’”  (p.329)

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13.  The Word: precede

In Context: “He took the greater part of the load and stepped aside for Elnora to precede him. She went down the path...”  (p.329)

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14.  The Word: hamper/hampered

In Context: “’I will gather what you have here.’
                          ‘Never mind. There is nothing of importance. I don’t want to be hampered. I’ll send for it if I miss anything I need.’”  (p.334)

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15.  The Word: ghastly

In Context: “Then she saw, and stopped, gasping for breath. Her hands flew up and her lined face grew ghastly.”  (p.338)

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Writing Assignment:
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Chapter 18

Synopsis from the text:
Mrs. Comstock experiments with rejuvenation, and Elnora teaches natural history.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: rejuvenation

In Context:    “Mrs. Comstock experiments with rejuvenation.”  (p.341)

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2.  The Word: grist

In Context:     “’I think the mills of the gods are grinding this grist,’ said Elnora, ‘and we might as well wait patiently until they choose to send a Yellow Emperor.’”   (p.341)

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3.  The Word: dogged

In Context: “She had worked in dogged determination until she was exhausted.”   (p.342)

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4.  The Word: aggregate

In Context:   “The aggregate of these sums had been compounding interest throughout the years.” (pp. 343-344)

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5.  The Word: wicket

In Context: “Through her sick heart rushed the realization, that if she merely had stood before that wicket and asked one question, she would have known that all those bitter years of skimping for Elnora and herself had been unnecessary.”  (p.344)

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6.  The Word: extravagance

In Context: “She picked up the pencil and, with rash extravagance, wrote, ‘Found money at bank didn’t know about.’”  (p.344)

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7.  The Word: tansy

In Context: “Later she went out by the west fence and gathered an armful of tansy which she boiled to a thick green tea.”  (pp.344-345)

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8.  The Word: poultice

In Context: “She bandaged each hand and arm with the mixture and plastered the soggy, evil smelling stuff in a thick poultice over her face and neck.”(p.345)

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9.  The Word: quaint

In Context: “Inside she could see bare polished floors, walls freshly papered in low-toned harmonious colors, straw rugs and madras curtains.”  (p.346)

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10.  The Word: accumulate

In Context: “…I went bareheaded and took all the color I accumulated.”  (p.349)

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11.  The Word: retrospection

In Context: “There was nothing in the new life to remind her of the old, while it seemed as if there never came a minute for retrospection…”  (p.350)

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12.  The Word: tedious

In Context: “Elnora was delighted with them (glass-covered plastic casts for carrying the moths) and at once began the tedious process of softening the mounted moths and fitting them to the casts molded to receive them.”  (p.329)

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Writing Assignment:
The author leads us into this chapter with the thought of Elnora’s mom experimenting with rejuvenation. We then read how Mrs. Comstock seeks to upgrade her appearance to “fit in” more with the times. Write a paragraph describing how you would rejuvenate someone close to you – your mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, older sister, aunt, uncle – you pick! Be sure that you use words that are descriptive. And choose words that are exciting. For example, don’t tell me that you wish your mother would “dye her hair.” Tell me that you want your mom to have “golden hair with highlights that shimmer in the sunshine.” Also try interesting verbs! Avoid overusing the “same old” verbs you always use: am, are, have, is, and has. Do a little thinking and choose verbs that convey strong meanings. There is one restriction for this paper: you are limited to 150-200 words. That means your essay must be at least 150 words but no more than 200. If you were to write an article for the newspaper, a magazine, or an online publication, you would have to make your piece fit within the constraints the editor sets forth. Learn to economize on the number of words by writing with quality words!
 

Chapter 19

Synopsis from the text:
Philip Ammon gives a ball in honor of Edith Carr, and Hart Henderson appears on the scene.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: trousseau

In Context:    “Edith Carr stood (near) the Lake Shore Club House waiting while Philip Ammon gave some important orders. In a few days she would sail for Paris to select a wonderful trousseau she had planned for her marriage in October.”  (p.354)

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2.  The Word: array

In Context:     “Everyone was newly arrayed in her honor in the loveliest clothing…”   (pp.354-355)

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3.  The Word: embodiment

In Context: “I want you to be the very essence of June that night, as you will be the embodiment of love. Be a moth.”   (p.355)

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4.  The Word: fragmentary

In Context:   “But in all the fragmentary thoughts crossing her brain the one that never came was that of Philip Ammon as the Emperor.” (p. 356)

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5.  The Word: sleuth

In Context: “I knew when I heard about it how you would look, so I started a sleuth hunt, to get the first peep.”  (p.357)

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6.  The Word: petulance

In Context: “It said that in a fit of petulance you had broken your engagement with Ammon twice this winter…”  (p.357)

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7.  The Word: adage

In Context: “But you are the only woman in the world for me, and while you are free, as I now see my light, I stay by you. You know the old adage.”  (p.358)

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8.  The Word: pavilion

In Context: “The great open dancing pavilion was draped with yellow silk caught up with lilac flowers.”   (p.361)

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9.  The Word: vexation

In Context: “The girl’s face flushed, while she bit her lip in vexation.”  (p.362)

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10.  The Word: perverse

In Context: “The idolized only daughter of the Carr family hoped that she would drop dead from mortification, but nothing happened. She was too perverse to step aside laughingly and say that she was waiting for Philip.”  (p.364)

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11.  The Word: betrothed

In Context: “’My betrothed left me here,’ she said. ‘Here I shall remain until he returns for me, and then – he will be my betrothed no longer!’”  (p.365)

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12.  The Word: frigid

In Context: “’How did you think I was going on?’ demanded Edith Carr in frigid tones.”        (p.366)

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13.  The Word: infamous

In Context: “’You won’t even hear what I have to say?…’
              ‘Never! Your conduct is infamous!’”        (p.366)

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14.  The Word: rouse

In Context: “’Miss Carr is ill,’ he said to the footman. ‘Rouse her maid instantly, and have her prepare something hot as quickly as possible.’”        (p.369)

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Writing Assignment:
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Chapter 20

Synopsis from the text:
The elder Ammon (Philip’s dad) offer advice and Edith Carr experiences regret.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: traverse

In Context:    “He walked straight ahead, paying no heed to where he went. He had traversed many miles when he became aware that his feet had chosen familiar streets.”  (p.371)

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2.  The Word: congenial

In Context:     “I never met any girl so downright noble in bearing and actions. I never hated anything as I hated leaving her, for we were dear friends, like two wholly congenial men.”   (p.375)

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3.  The Word: mater

In Context: “…she would go into actual physical fits and spasms over some of the household crises I’ve seen the mater meet with a smile.”   (p.376)

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4.  The Word: condolence

In Context:   “I do not need pitying glances or rough condolences.” (p. 377)

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5.  The Word: curt (adjective)   curtly (adverb)

In Context: “He held out the ring. ‘I have no instructions as to that,’ said the elder Ammon…Possibly Miss Carr would have it as a keepsake.’
                       ‘I am sure not,’ said Henderson curtly.”  (p.379)

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6.  The Word: hansom

In Context: “Going out on the streets, he walked until exhausted, then he called a hansom, and was driven to his club.”  (p.379)

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7.  The Word: saunter

In Context: “As he sauntered into the room, an attendant hurried to him.”  (p.380)

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Writing Assignment:
Consider the following quote:

 Seeing the change in her face, and hearing her meaningless accusations, killed something in his heart. Warmth went out and a cold weight took its place…(page 371)

Death cannot return to life, father. My love for Edith Carr is dead. (page 377)

Do you believe love can die? Write a paragraph. Support your opinion with examples.
 

Chapter 21

Synopsis from the text:
Philip Ammon returns to the Limberlost, and Elnora studies the situation.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: tolerate

In Context:    “’I’ll admit that you did the square thing and was a man last summer, though I’d like it better if you’d faced up and told me you were promised; but to come back here babying, ‘cause you have had a fuss with your girl, I don’t tolerate.’”  (p.384)

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2.  The Word: catamount

In Context:     “’I’ve suffered enough in this world that I fight against any suffering which threatens her. So far as I know, you’ve always been a man, and you may stay. But if you bring tears and heartache to her, don’t have the assurance to think I’ll bear it tamely. I’ll get right up and fight like a catamount, if things go wrong for Elnora!’”   (p.386)

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3.  The Word: refuge

In Context: “’The fact is, I don’t care why you came. It is enough for me that we are your very good friends, and that in trouble you have found us a refuge.’”   (p.387)

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4.  The Word: iota

In Context:   “’I fancy we had better live a week or two before you say anything. There is a possibility what you have to say may change in that length of time.’
           ‘It will not change one iota!’ cried Ammon.” (p. 387)

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5.  The Word: commotion

In Context: “From afar commotion could be seen at the Sinton home. Wesley and Margaret were running around wildly and peculiar sounds filled the air.”  (p.391)

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6.  The Word: cholera

In Context: “’Cholera!’ groaned Sinton. ‘My hogs are dying like flies.’”  (p.392)

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7.  The Word: antidote

In Context: “When the Sintons left, she kissed Billy with particular tenderness. She was so moved that she was kinder to Ammon than she had intended to be, and Elnora as an antidote to a disappointed lover was a decided success in any mood.”  (p.394)

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8.  The Word: evince

In Context: “Elnora did not evince the slightest haste to hear what he had to say, but waited the week she had set, in spite of Philip’s hourly manifest impatience.”  (395)

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9.  The Word: manifest

In Context: “Elnora did not evince the slightest haste to hear what he had to say, but waited the week she had set, in spite of Philip’s hourly manifest impatience.”  (395)

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10.  The Word: plausible

In Context: “’She is on the ocean,’ said Philip. ‘She went because she knew she was wholly in the wrong. She had nothing to say, or she would have remained.’
             ‘That sounds plausible,’ reasoned Elnora, ‘but it is pretty hard to find a woman in an affair that involves her heart with nothing at all to say.’”  (395)

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11.  The Word: interpose

In Context: “’I want to work for you, to plan for you, to build you a home with every comfort, to give you all good things I can, to shield you from every evil. I want to interpose my body between yours and fire, flood, or famine.’”  (399)

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12.  The Word: scrupulous

In Context: “’I’ve kept myself clean. So far as I know how to be, I am honest and scrupulous.’” (p.400)

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13.  The Word: besotted

In Context: “’…I’m only a common human being. I’m the gladdest thing alive that I’m free! I would turn somersaults and yell if I dared. What an escape! Just snatched out of it with a clean conscience when I was most besotted.’”  (400)

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Writing Assignment:
Consider the following quote:

 I’ve kept myself clean. So far as I know how to be, I am
                            honest and scrupulous.    (page 400)

Write a five-paragraph paper describing what it means to be clean, honest, and scrupulous in today’s world. The first paragraph should introduce the three points - clean, honest, scrupulous - in a general manner. Then, keeping your three points in the same order that you introduced them in the first paragraph, address each point in a paragraph of its own. In other words, if you addressed honesty first, then write your next paragraph about honesty. If you addressed cleanliness next, then it would be the third paragraph and having scruples would be the fourth paragraph. The fifth paragraph is a conclusion/summary of the paper.
 

Chapter 22

Synopsis from the text:
Philip Ammon kneels to the Queen of Love and Chicago comes to the Limberlost.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: avowed

In Context:    “Everything was as it had been, with the difference that Philip was now an avowed suitor. He missed no opportunity to advance himself in Elnora’s graces.”  (p.402)

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2.  The Word: suitor

In Context:    “Everything was as it had been, with the difference that Philip was now an avowed suitor. He missed no opportunity to advance himself in Elnora’s graces.”  (p.402)

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3.  The Word: revel

In Context: “He reveled in the privilege of loving her, but he got no response.”   (p.402)

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4.  The Word: venturesome

In Context:   “’Not all those venturesome things at once; but, Phil, I’m ashamed to confess that ring simply fascinates me.’” (p. 404)

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5.  The Word: mute

In Context: “’Suppose you leave it (the ring) on until time for me to go…I have heard of mute appeals; perhaps it will plead for me.’”  (pp.405-406)

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6.  The Word: patronize

In Context: “Polly was full of spirit. She did not relish the thought of Edith as a sister. Always they had been in the same set; always Edith, because of greater beauty and wealth, had patronized Polly. Although it had rankled, she had borne it sweetly.”  (p.407)

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7.  The Word: rankle

In Context: “Polly was full of spirit. She did not relish the thought of Edith as a sister. Always they had been in the same set; always Edith, because of greater beauty and wealth, had patronized Polly. Although it had rankled, she had borne it sweetly.”  (p.407)

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8.  The Word: etch

In Context: “A minute later the wood ended, while the sunlight, as always pitiless, etched with distinctness the scene at the west end of the cabin.” ( p. 408)

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9.  The Word: suffuse

In Context: “No matter how her heart ached, it was good to her, for it pumped steadily and kept her cheeks and lips suffused with color.”  (p. 409)

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10.  The Word: hauteur

In Context: “She could see that Miss Carr was splendidly beautiful, while she moved with the hauteur and grace supposed to be the prerogatives of royalty.”  (pp.409-410)

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11.  The Word: prerogative

In Context: “She could see that Miss Carr was splendidly beautiful, while she moved with the hauteur and grace supposed to be the prerogatives of royalty.”  (pp.409-410)

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12.  The Word: compulsion

In Context: “They … they were there through compulsion, but on her side.” (p.411)

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13.  The Word: propagation

In Context:  “’Sometimes I think it is cruel to take such creatures from freedom…but it is the only way to teach…people how to distinguish the pests they should destroy from the harmless ones of great beauty and secure propagation privileges for them.’” (p. 413-414)

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14.  The Word: denote

In Context: “Elnora gave her one searching look, but could discover only an extreme brightness of eye to denote any unusual feeling.” (p.414)

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15.  The Word: gauge

In Context: “Tom had gauged Mrs. Comstock rightly.” (p.416)

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16.  The Word: betrothed

In Context: “’By the right of a betrothed wife. I have been promised to Philip Ammon ever since I wore short skirts. All our lives we have expected to marry.’” (p.414)

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17.  The Word: inveigle

In Context: “’I realize the spell of this place, for a summer season. I understand what you and your mother have done to inveigle him.’” (p.417)

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18.  The Word: propriety

In Context: “’…I have a wholesome regard for the proprieties and civilities of life.’” (p.420)

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19.  The Word: civility

In Context:   “’…I have … regard for the proprieties and civilities of life.’” (p.420)

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20.  The Word: enumeration

In Context: “’Spare me the enumeration of how I will regret it.’” (p.421)

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21.   The Word: wiles

In Context: “’He is just across the fence under that automobile. Go spread your meshes and exert your wiles. I won’t stir to stop you…if the old charm can be revived, I will be the first to wish both of you well.’” (pp.421-422)

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22.  The Word: pinion

In Context: “’I say, Ammon, can’t you go to the city with us and help me find a shop where I can get this pinion fixed?’…
             ‘I don’t see anything wrong with your car…’” (p.420)

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Writing Assignment:
none

Chapter 23

Synopsis from the text:
Elnora reaches a decision, and Freckles and the Angel appear.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: concession

In Context:    “’It is her opinion that he is suffering from wounded pride, and that the slightest concession on her part will bring him to his knees before her.’”  (p.425)

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2.  The Word: infatuated

In Context:    “’Nothing save actual knowledge ever would have made me believe there was a girl in all this world so infatuated with herself.’”  (p.425)

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3.  The Word: complacent (adjective)    or    complacently (adverb)

In Context: “’She speaks casually of her power over men, and boasts of “bringing a man to his knees” as complacently as I would pick up a net and say, “I am going to take a butterfly.”’”   (p.425)

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4.  The Word: blighted

In Context:   “’So long as she thinks that, she will nurse wrong ideas and pine over her blighted life.’” (p. 425)

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5.  The Word: ramparts

In Context: “The night guns boomed from the white fort and a dark sentinel paced the ramparts above the little city tucked down close to the water.”  (p.428)

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6.  The Word: supposition

In Context: “’But, child! Suppose she wins him back!’
                          ‘That is the supposition with which I shall eat and sleep for the next few weeks.’”  (p.430)

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7.  The Word: stringent

In Context: “Mrs. Comstock had been slightly prepared for stringent action of some kind by what Elnora had said.”  (p.433)

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8.  The Word: invalidate

In Context: “That would have been to invalidate Elnora’s test in the beginning…” (p.433)

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9.  The Word: implement

In Context: “In the arbor he laid his head on the table, among the implements of Elnora’s loved work, and gulped down dry sobs he could not restrain.”  (p. 434)

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10.  The Word: penitent

In Context: “When Edith Carr came into her reception room that afternoon, gowned for conquest, she expected only Philip, and him penitent. She came hurrying toward him, smiling, radiant, ready to use every allurement she possessed, and paused in dismay when she saw his cold face and his father.”  (p.436)

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11.  The Word: allurement

In Context: “When Edith Carr came into her reception room that afternoon, gowned for conquest, she expected only Philip, and him penitent. She came hurrying toward him, smiling, radiant, ready to use every allurement she possessed, and paused in dismay when she saw his cold face and his father.”  (p.436)

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Writing Assignment:
Grown-ups do the strangest things! While Philip cried over Elnora’s disappearance, Mrs. Comstock wished to comfort him but did not. A quote from the book says this:
  She (Mrs. Comstock) longed to tell him (Philip Ammon)
  what Edith Carr had said, how it had affected Elnora,
  and to comfort him as she felt she could. But loyalty to
  the girl held her.
Mrs. Comstock did not comfort Philip. Why? (Hint: You can review this passage and more on page 435.)

When Philip went home to discuss the situation with his father, it was decided that they would pay Edith Carr a visit – together – father and son. Why would Mr. Ammon Sr. go with Philip? Why would Philip want his father there when he called upon Edith? (Hint: You may wish to re-read the incident on page 436.)

Your assignment is to write two paragraphs. The first paragraph should discuss Mrs. Comstock’s actions. The second paragraph will discuss Mr. Ammon Sr.’s actions. Read into the plot the why and wherefore. As the old saying goes: “Read between the lines.”
 

Chapter 24

Synopsis from the text:
Edith Carr wages a battle, and Hart Henderson stands guard.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: curio

In Context:    “Many people looked, a few followed, as Edith Carr slowly came down the main street of Mackinac, pausing here and there to note the glow of color in one small booth after another, overflowing with gay curios.”  (p.439)

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2.  The Word: exorbitant

In Context:    “Thousands annually made long journeys and paid exorbitant prices to take part in that pageant.”  (p.439)

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3.  The Word: languid (adjective)    or    languidly (adverb)

In Context: “…she…sat down, leaned against a dock support and closed her tired eyes. When the steamer came very near she languidly watched the people lining the railing.”   (p.440)

Guess the Meaning:________________________________________________________________

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4.  The Word: incoherent

In Context:   “He fanned her with his hat, rubbed her cold hands, and murmured broken, incoherent things.” (p. 444)

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5.  The Word: imperatively

In Context: “’I wish your boat was here,’ she said at last…
              ‘I can get my motor around in a few minutes.’
  ‘Then get it.’
   …he ran to the nearest booth and talked imperatively…Shortly, the motor ran close to the beach and stopped.”  (p.447)

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6.  The Word: impotent  (adjective)     or     impotently  (adverb)

In Context: “Henderson suffered unspeakably. He twisted and fumed impotently.”  (p.449)

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Writing Assignment:
Hart Henderson finds himself several times without words and unable to speak. Write a short story in which the main character is dumbfounded by a situation and cannot think of the right thing to say.

Chapter 25

Synopsis from the text:
Philip finds Elnora, and Edith Carr offers a Yellow Emperor.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: esquire

In Context:    “Terry and Alice ran, but Elnora had to suit her steps to Little Brother, who was her loyal esquire, and would have been heartbroken over desertion and insulted at being carried.”  (p.458)

Guess the Meaning:________________________________________________________________

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2.  The Word: reproachful  (adjective)        or        reproachfully  (adverb)

In Context:    “When the gangplank fell, the first person across it was a lean, red-haired boy of eleven, carrying a violin in one hand and an enormous bouquet of yellow marigolds and purple asters in the other. He was beaming with broad smiles until he saw Ammon…’Aw, say!’ he exclaimed reproachfully. ‘I bet you Aunt Margaret is right. He is going to be your beau!’”  (p.459)

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3.  The Word: expurgated

In Context:     “Long before they arrived, the little O’Mores had crowded around and captured Billy, and he was giving them an expurgated version of Mrs. Comstock’s tales of Big Foot and Adam Poe…”   (p.461)

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Your Sentence: ________________________________________________________________________

4.  The Word: prowess

In Context:   “…the mighty prowess of Snap as a woodchuck hunter was done full justice.”  (p. 461)

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Your Sentence: ________________________________________________________________________

5.  The Word: stipulate

In Context: “’I have Billy’s consent,’ said Philip to Elnora, ‘and all the other consent you have stipulated.’”  (p.467)

Guess the Meaning:________________________________________________________________

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Your Sentence: ________________________________________________________________________

6.  The Word: frivolity

In Context: “’ I think a mother who allows a child to grow up as I did, who educates it only for the frivolities of life, has a share in that child’s ending. I think my mother has some responsibility in this,’ Edith Carr whispered to the night.”  (p.469)

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7.  The Word: chivalrous

In Context: “’Of course, you can’t say it in plain English,’ said the girl. ‘You are far too chivalrous for that.’”  (p.474)

Guess the Meaning:________________________________________________________________

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Your Sentence: ________________________________________________________________________

8.  The Word: obliging  (adjective)     or    obligingly  (adverb)

In Context: “The moth had emerged too recently to be troublesome. It climbed on her fingers quietly and obligingly clung there without moving.”  (p.477)

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Class Discussion:
An oxymoron is a figure of speech that seems self-contradicting. A famous example of an oxymoron is a “cruel kindness.” It is an oxymoron because the two words, “cruel” and “kindness” seem to have opposite meanings, yet they are used together. In our text, Henderson is said to have a “mighty tenderness” in his heart (page 471). This phrase is an oxymoron.

Think of ten oxymoron phrases.

Writing Assignment:
Book report.

 
 

End Part II

About this teacher/author: Elaine Ernst Schneider is a teacher and freelance writer who has published articles, songs, and children's work. She is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor. Elaine writes the City Songs column for www.newcolonist.com and is the author of 52 Children’s Moments, found at http://www.lessontutor.com/ltstore.html . She currently teaches and writes curriculum for several education companies.

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