Theory:

Meanings of difficult words from the lesson "The Old-Clock Shop":
 
S.No
Words
Meanings
1
Christmas Eve The evening or entire day before Christmas Day
2
Counter A long flat-topped fitment or a table across which business is conducted in a shop
3
RestlessUnable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom
4
MockingMaking fun of someone or something
5
Down on their luckExperiencing a period of bad luck
6
LoanAn act of lending something that is expected to be paid back
7
PawnbrokerA person who lends money at interest on the security of an article pawned
8
InterestMoney paid regularly at a particular rate for the use of money lent
9
Goodwill Friendly, helpful, or cooperative feelings or attitude
10
TimepieceAn instrument, such as a clock or watch, for measuring time
11
Merry Characterized by festivity and enjoyment
12
CruelExtremely unkind and unpleasant and causing pain to people or animals intentionally