an ugly, old witch or sorceress
hag
to walk at a slow or relaxed pace
amble
lacking courage or self-confidence
timid
a pharmacy or drug store
apothecary
a food allowance
ration
very excited about and interested in something
keen
a barred frame used for cooking in a fireplace
grate
not normal; not average
abnormal
to shrink with fear
quail
to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; to grasp
seize
to make a sharp, vibrating sound like that of a banjo string
twang
rough or very serious in manner or speech
gruff
strong and thick paper made from the skin of a sheep or goat
parchment
to hit forcefully
clout
to make something smooth and shiny by rubbing it
burnish