Hello, friends! I should say that I genuinely enjoy ‘The Lost Girl’ not only for content but also for its profound vocabulary and diverse grammar structures. That is why I would like to continue exploring this magnificent world and share some things with you.

  1. Petulant — behaving in an angry, silly way like a child (капризный, вздорный)

●«She must defend the little Alvina, whom she loved as her own, and the nervous, petulant, heart-stricken woman, the mother, from the vagaries of James.»

Synonyms: grouchy, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, irritable, crabby, snappish, huffy.

Antonyms: carefree, easygoing, happy-go-lucky, relaxed, patient.

2. Supercilious behaving as if you are better than other people, and that their opinions, beliefs, or ideas are not important (высокомерный, надменный)

●«Her father tended to a supercilious, sneering tone.»

Synonyms: arrogant, assumptive, bumptious, cavalier.

Antonyms: humble, lowly, modest, unpretentious.

3. Demure — (especially of women) quiet and well behaved (скромная, сдержанная)

● «She remained for twenty years the demure, refined creature of her governess’ desire.»

Synonyms: down-to-earth, humble, lowly, meek, modest.

Antonyms: arrogant, bumptious, chesty, conceited.

4. Albeit — in spite of the fact that (пусть и)

●«She persevered in an off-hand way, somewhat indifferent, albeit dutiful.»

Synonyms: although, as, notwithstanding

5. Recalcitrant — (of a person) unwilling to obey orders or to do what should be done. (строптивый, непокорный)

●«They all waited for the old loving Vina to be herself again. But the new and recalcitrant Vina still shone hard.»

Synonyms: balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate.

Antonyms: amenable, biddable, compliant.

6. In full swing — at a stage when the level of activity is at its highest (на полную катушку, в полном разгаре, идет полным ходом)

● «She had it all in a fortnight. And never once did she feel anything but exhilarated and in full swing.»

Synonyms: to the fullest, at full blast, to be firing on all cylinders.

7. To abstain from — to not do something, especially something enjoyable that you think might be bad. To resist the temptation.(воздержаться от) (to abstain from alcohol — не употреблять спиртные напитки, to abstain from meat — не есть мясо, etc)

●«Inwardly, Miss Frost shuddered, and abstained from questioning. Alvina was always speaking of the doctors: Doctor Young and Doctor Headley and Doctor James.»

Synonyms: to abjure, to forbear, toforgo (also forego), to keep (from), to refrain (from), to withhold (from).

Antonyms: bow (to), give in (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to).

8. Pallid — very pale, in a way that looks unhealthy and not attractive (нездорово бледный)

●«Imagine that this frail, pallid, diffident girl, so ladylike, was now a rather fat, warm-coloured young woman, strapping and strong-looking, and with a certain bounce.»

Synonyms: ashen-faced, blanched, cadaverous.

Antonyms: blooming, florid, flush, full-blooded, glowing, hale and hearty.

9. Overweening — being too proud or confident in yourself (зазнавшийся, самонадеянный)

● «And so, because of her isolate self-sufficiency in the fray, her wild, overweening backbone, they were ready to attend on her and serve her.»

Synonyms: assured, bigheaded, complacent.

Antonyms: egoless, humble, modest, uncomplacent.

10. To summon — to order someone to come to or be present at a particular place, or to officially arrange a meeting of people. (вызывать, созывать) (We were summoned to the headmaster’s office. General Rattigan summoned reinforcements to help resist the attack.)

● «With him, she summoned up all her mettle.»

Synonyms: to call, to hail.

Antonyms: to dismiss, to send (away), to turn away.