Mrs. May and the Green Girl

One morning, people from a small town found a little girl by a stream. She seemed to be wearing a green costume. As the people got closer, they saw that the girl’s skin was green!

“Oh my!” The people exclaimed. “What if her motive for coming to our town is bad? What if she has a strange origin?”

An old woman kindly went to her. “Look how scared she is. Please,” she begged. “ Do not reject her. I will adopt her.”

There was silence until the judge spoke. “I don’t know,” he said in a worried tone. “But we cannot forbid you. I indeed hope you’re not being a fool.”

Mrs. May extended her hand to the girl. “Come with me. I won’t hurt you.”

The girl spoke a language Mrs. May didn’t know. But she was able to interpret what the girl was trying to say. Sometimes the girl drew pictures to illustrate what she meant.

The green girl was from a place far beyond the sun. There, people lived in nests built in trees. They only ate green leaves, which made their skin green.

“Well, you can’t just eat leaves,” Mrs. May said. She fed the green girl home-cooked meals, and soon the girl wasn’t green anymore. The people had a huge reception to welcome her as a citizen of the town.

To adopt someone is to make them as a part of one’s own family.
The girl was adopted by the couple when she was three.

To beg is to ask for something one really wants.
The man begged for some money.

If A is beyond B, A is farther away.
John’s house is beyond that lake.

A costume is a set of clothes people wear for a particular occasion.
The woman wore a mask with her costume.

To exclaim is to say something loudly, usually due to being excited.
“Look at her dress!” Sara exclaimed.

To extend is to stretch out or reach.
The boy extended his hand to catch the ball.

A fool is someone who makes unwise choices.
The girl was a fool for playing too close to the water.

To forbid is to tell someone they cannot do something.
My father forbids watching TV while we’re eating dinner.

To illustrate is to show something by drawing a picture.
The executive illustrated the decreasing profits of the company.

Indeed means truly or really.
The birthday party was indeed fun last night.

To interpret is to explain what something means.
The woman interpreted what her co-worker was trying to say.

If people do something kindly, they do it in a nice way.
The stranger kindly cared for the hurt man.

A motive is the reason someone does something.
His motive for studying so hard is to get into a good college.

A nest is a place where a bird lays its eggs.
The bird laid her eggs in the nest that she made.

The origin of someone or something is where they come from.
The origin of the honey that we eat is from a beehive.

A reception is a party to welcome a person or celebrate an event.
We all danced and had a good time at the wedding reception.

To reject is to refuse something because you do not want it.
The girl rejected the broken cup.

Silence is complete quiet.
The man asked for silence while he worked on the problem.

A stream is a small river.
The boy caught a fish in the stream.

Tone is the sound of someone’s voice. It shows how they feel.
My father’s tone told me I had broken the rule.


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Reference: 4000 Essential English Words

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