Compact: closely packed or knit together
Another treasure discovered at the Lighthouse Avenue Goodwill today: the entire Oxford English Dictionary plus supplement and bibliography condensed into two volumes. It’s practically travel sized. The type is like ant footprints. For the word doctor alone there are thirteen explanations. And with that fetching little drawer for the magnifying glass, how could I resist? I lugged it to the counter only to discover it was unmarked.
“Flora!” the cashier hollered. I wondered how much I would be willing to pay.
Flora peered at the set through librarian glasses on the end of her nose. She opened and closed the drawer, rapped the box with her knuckles like a melon and declared, “$10.25.”