Lucy, elegantly dressed in white, sat erect and nervous amid these explosive ingredients, attentive to Mr. Eager, repressive towards Miss Larvish, watchful of old Mr. Emerson, hitheto fortunately asleep, thanks to a heavy lunch and the drowsy atmosphere of Spring.

1. amid  [əˋmɪd] (prepositon) if something happens amid particular feelings or events, it happens while people have these feelings or while these events are happening

    Example: Banks and shops closed yesterday amid growing fears of terriorist viloence.

2. explosive (adj.) likely to create difficulties or have a dangerous or violent effect

    Example: The situation along the border is potentially explosive.

    (adj.) used for causing an explosion

    Example: This gas is highly explosive.

    (adj.) very large in size, amount, or importance and happening over a very short period of time

    Example: explosive population growth

    (adj.) tending to express strong emotions in a noisy violent way

    Example: an explosive temper

    (adj.) very powerful

    (adj.) loud and unexpected

    explosively (adv.), explosiveness (n.)

    (n.) a substance or an object that can cause an explosion

3. attentive (adj.) listening to or watching something carefully

    Example: Jurors were attentive, taking notes during her testimony.

    (adj.) having in a way that shows you care about someone and are willing to help them

    Example: Service at this small hotel is friendly and attentive.

    attentively (adv.)

4. watchful (adj.) looking at something carefully or noticing everything that is happening

    under the watchful eye of sb watched by someone who has power or authority over you

    Example: We did our homework under the watchful eye of our father.

5. drowsy  [ˋdraʊzɪ] (adj.) feeling that you want to sleep

    Example: Some cough medicines can make you feel drowsy.

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