Chapter 1- An Unexpected Party

Porthole- An opening in a wall, or door or a round, window like opening
Wretched- Miserable; pitiable; sorrowful
Conspirator- A person who takes part in a conspiracy; plotter.
(pg. 24) Necromancer- Magic esp. that practiced by a witch or sorcerer;
Kindling- Small pieces of wood used to start a fire
(pg. 21) Remuneration - n- That act of paying or rewarding for work or trouble.
Discreet- having or showing good judgment in conduct
Desolation- the state of being decayed or destroyed
(pg. 21) Obstinately- stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion; not yielding to persuasion
Scuttling- to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.
Reverence- a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe;
(pg. 12) Flummoxed- confused, perplexed.
(pg. 16) Audacious- extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless
Absurd- utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue
(pg. 11) Haughty - rudely proud in a manner that expressed scorn for others
(pg. 10) Depredation - A predatory attack; a raid
(pg. 13) Fender - n - a device that protects
Scuttle - to sink by cutting holes threw the side or bottom of something
(pg. 10) Throng - a large number of people gathered together
(pg. 21) Prudent - adj - Wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense

Chapter 2- Roast Mutton

Esteemed- regarded with respect
Trifle- a small quantity or amount of anything
Primly- adj. formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat. v. to make prim, as in appearance.
Scabbards- n. A sheath, as for a dagger or sword.
Outlandish- freakishly or grotesquely strange or odd; bizarre
Paraphernalia - equipment used for a particular activity
Mutton- sheep meat
Sheath- a case or covering for the blade of a sword, dagger, or the like.
Fluster- to put into a state of agitated confusion
Ambled- to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll.
Larder- a room or place where food is kept; pantry or a supply of food
Mantelpiece- decorative framing above the opening of a fireplace
Oblige-v-- To do a service or favor for
Plunder-v.- to rob of goods or valuables by open force
Incantations- spells or verbal charms spoken or sung as a part of a ritual of magic
Defray- To undertake the payment of (costs or expenses)
Cavalcade- a procession of persons riding on horses or, any procession
Gnaw- to bite or chew on

Chapter 3:

Cleaver (pg. 49)- A heavy broad-bladed knife or hatchet used esp. by butchers
Heather- grass that is light brown, usually in feilds
Thrush- n - A dark bird
(pg. 43) ford-
solem- a feeling of seriousness and sorry/unhappy
cleave (v.)- to split apart with a cutting blow
cunning (adj.)-
vex (v.)-

Chapter 4- Over Hill and Under Hill

Deception- a trick
Shrill- A high-pitched and piercing sound
Uncanny- Beyond the ordinary; seeming to have a supernatural basis

(pg.55) Paraphernalia- personal belongings

Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark:

groped- To feel about with hands
breeches- Knee length trousers with or sometimes with decoration at the bottom
dagger- A short swordlike weapon with a pointed blade and a handle, used for stabbing
glimmer- A faint or unsteady light; a gleam
subterranean- Existing or operating out of sight or secretly; hidden or secret, or underground
wade- To walk in water
slinking- To move or go in a furtive, abject manner, as from fear or shame
throttled- A lever, pedal or handle for controlling a throttle valve
prowling- To roam through stealthily, as in search of prey or plunder
wits- The keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure
morsel- A bite, mouthful, or small portion of food etc.
sacred- Devoted to a deity or to some religious purpose
antiquity- Ancient, former ages
splayed- Spread or turned out
resolve- Determine, to come to a decision about something
despair- Loss of hope
smote- To strike or hit hard
ajar- Not entirely open nor entirely shut; partly open
wedged- Having the shape a wedge
giddy- Affected with vertigo; dizzy

Chapter 6: Out of the Frying Pan - Into the Fire

dell- A small usally wooded valley; a vale.
abominable- Very unpleasant; diagreeable, hateful.
confusticate- To confuse
benighted- Intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened
sorrel- A light redish-brown
marjoram- Any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Origanum of the mint family (sweet marjoram) having leaves used as a seasoning in cooking
bracken- A large fern or brake
proverb- A wise saying, usually of unknown or ancient origin
porter- A person hired to carry baggage
Fir-Erect evergreen tree or its wood
Summoned-send for or call together
Bonfire-outdoor fire
Reek-Strong or disagreeable fume or ordor
Eyrie-Var of AERIE - A large nest high, high up off the ground (posted by Mr. Brown)
Smote- (stand by)
Queer-Differing from the usual or normal
Famished-Starved or craving food
Yew-evergreen tree or shrubs with dark stiff poisonus needles
Render(ed)-Do for some one else

Chapter 7
plight-a condition, state, or situation, esp. an unfavorable or unfortunate one
appalling-causing dismay or horror
plodded-to walk heavily or move laboriously; trudge
unimpeachable-above suspicion; impossible to discredit; impeccable
refuge-shelter or protection from danger, trouble
heath-a tract of open and uncultivated land; wasteland overgrown with shrubs.
perilous-involving or full or grave risk or peril; hazardous; dangerous
vengeance-infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge
gnarled-(of trees) full of or covered with gnarls; bent; twisted.

Chapter 8
lichen-any complex organism of the group Lichenes, composed of a fungus in symbiotic union with an alga and having a greenish, gray, yellow, brown, or blackish thallus that grows in leaflike, crustlike, or branching forms on rocks, trees, etc.
bulbous-bulb-shaped; bulging
lamenting-To express grief for or about; mourn
disquieting-causing anxiety or uneasiness; disturbing
tuppence-I think that it means British.
parchingly-to make extremely, excessively, or completely dry, as heat, sun, and wind do.
mirth-gaiety or jollity, esp. when accompanied by laughter
causing feelings or loathing; disgusting; revolting; repulsive
infuriate-to make furious; enrage

Chapter 9
surly- ill-humored
rouse- wake up
portcullis- iron or wooden bars that are suspended in a gateway and pushed down to prevent passage
flagons- a large bottle for containing wine, liquor, and beer
potent- powerful, mighty
blundering- to move clumsily or blindly
stifling- to suppress, to quell
jostle- to bump, push, shove
mead- an alcoholic liquor made by fermenting honey and water, any of various nonalcoholic beverages
kine- the plural of cow
snivel- to weep, to cry, to run at the nose

Chapter 10
alluding- To refer casually or indirectly
ominous- Portending evil or harm;foreboding;theatening
squabbled- To engage in a petty quarrel, to mix and disarrange
gammers- An elderly woman
enmity- A feeling or condition of hostilly;hatred;ill will
quays- A wharf reinforced bank were ships are loaded and unloaded.
thronged- A large group of peole gathered or crowded closely together
obscure- Not clear or plain; vague or uncertain
circuitous- Roundabout;not direct

Chapter 11
desolate- Barren or laid waste
laden- Burdened; loaded down
bleak- Bare, deolate, and often windswept
barren- bleak; (describing land) without protection, shelter, or signs of plant life
waning- To decrease in strength
marauding- Engaged in raiding for plunder
lintel- A horizontel architectural member supporting the weight above an opening
implore- To beg piteously
trill- To sing or play with a vibratory affect

Chapter 12