Persephone whom he asked leave to pick up on the way, saying that she was his sister─Persephone, tall and slender and pale, returning with the Spring to her mother's cottage, and still shading her eyes from the unaccustomed light.

1. slender  [ˋslɛndɚ] (adj.) tall or long and thin in an attractive way

    Example: She has a tall slender figure.

    Example: slender fingers

    (adj.) not very wide

    Example: a plant with slender leaves

    Example: a pair of shoes with slender black heels

    (adj.) very small in degree and only just enough

    Example: The charity has been existing on very slender resources.

    slenderness (n.)

2. shade (v.) to keep light fro shining directly onto or into something

    Example: Jeremy shaded his aching eyes, and wished it would rain.

    (v.) to make an area of a picture or drawing darker than the other area

    Example: The areas affected by the flood have been shaded on the map.

3. unaccustomed (adj.) unusual

    Example: The unaccustomed heat had left her feeling exhausted.

    unaccustomed to sth not used to something or not in the habit of doing something

    Example: These people are unaccustomed to having to do their own cooking.

George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven. He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped quickly forward and kissed her.

4. radiant (adj.) someone who is radiant looks extremely happy

    Example: a radiant bride

    (adj.) very bright

    Example: The sea was a radiant blue.

    (adj.) [ science ] radiant heat or energy is produced by radiation

    radiantly (adv.)

    radiate (v.) to show a particular feeling or attitude in your expression or behavior

    Example: Nervous tension was radiating from her.

    radiance (n.) [ singular ] happiness that you can see in someone's appearance or smile

Never again did she expose herself without due consideration and precaution against rebuff. And such a wrong may react disastrously upon the soul.

5. disastrous  [dɪzˋæstrəs] (adj.) causing a lot of damage or harm

    Example: The consequences of spending cuts would be disastrous for local schools.

    (adj.) used about something that is very unsuccessful

    Example: a disastrous dinner party

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