II. While Reading Activities
- mimic |ˈmimik|verb (mimics, mimicking, mimicked) [with object] imitate (someone or their actions or words), typically in order to entertain or ridicule: she mimicked Eileen’s voice.
- fantasy |ˈfan(t)əsē| noun (plural fantasies) a fanciful mental image, typically one on which a person dwells at length or repeatedly and which reflects their conscious or unconscious wishes: the notion of being independent is a child’s ultimate fantasy.
- escapism |əˈskāpˌizəm| noun -the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
- intrigue verb |inˈtrēɡ| (intrigues, intriguing, intrigued) [with object] arouse the curiosity or interest of; fascinate: I was intrigued by your question.
- proximity |präkˈsimədē| noun–nearness in space, time, or relationship: do not operate microphones in close proximity to television sets.
- congregate verb |ˈkäNGɡrəˌɡāt| [no object] gather into a crowd or mass: some 4000 demonstrators had congregated at a border point.
- exhausting |iɡˈzôstiNG| adjective-making one feel very tired; very tiring: a long and exhausting journey.
- predictable |prəˈdiktəb(ə)l| adjective-behaving or occurring in a way that is expected: the characters were very stereotyped and extremely predictable.
- boisterous |ˈboist(ə)rəs| adjective-(of a person, event, or behavior) noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy: the boisterous conviviality associated with taverns of that period.
- gossip |ˈɡäsəp| noun-casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true: he became the subject of much local gossip.
While the guest list is a secret, there are a number of predictable attendees: Harry’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; his father and stepmother, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; various cousins, like Zara and Peter Phillips and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice; and of course his brother and sister-in-law, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
The wedding will be a-swirl with all manner of uninformed gossip about the guests: Who knows who, why they are sitting in their particular spots, which ones slept with/dated/still pine for the bride or the groom. Even better, it will be a prime occasion to revisit the talk about the intrigues, allegiances and feuds within the royal family itself.