A Family Supper by Kazuo Ishiguro

clumsy lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace.

leak to escape or pass through.

hideous repulsive.

rage eagerly adopted fashion.

hazardous marked by danger.

strain to cause problems for a situation or relationship.


stony not friendly.

samurai the japanese feudal military aristocracy.

well a deep hole in the ground from which you can get water, oil, or gas.

haunt to inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a ghost.

sway to persuade someone to change their opinion or decision.

giggle to laugh in a nervous or silly way.

awkward difficult or causing problems.

stride to walk somewhere with long steps.

grin to smile a big smile

mischievous behaving in a way that is slightly bad but not serious.

wind (past: wound) not going straight.

shrub a large plant, smaller than a tree.

skip to move forward, jumping quickly from one foot to the other.

peer to look carefully or with difficulty.

clamber to climb somewhere with difficulty.

gaze to look for a long time at someone or something or in a particular direction.

glance to look somewhere for a short time.

dim not bright.

stare to look without moving your eyes.

mesmerize hypnotize.

startle to suddenly surprise or frighten someone.

fold fail, be unable to continue.

spin (past spun) to turn around quickly.

struggle fight.

bow to bend your head or body forward in order to show respect.

forbidding looking unpleasant, unfriendly, or frightening.

intent giving a lot of attention to something.

blow a shock or disappointment.

dreary boring.

due expected