Theory:

Meanings of difficult words from the lesson "Crossing the River":
  
No.
Words
Meanings
1
punditan expert in a particular subject, a learned person
2
celebrated
greatly admired
3
landlorda person who rents out his land, house or accommodation
4
prostratedfalling flat on the ground as a mark of respect
5
eloquentfluent and expressive in speaking or writing
6
discoursewritten or spoken communication, or a discussion
7
spellboundhold the complete attention of (someone) as though by magic
8
resolvedfirmly determined to do something
9
vowa serious, ceremonial promise to do something
10
enthusiasticallywith eagerness and interest
11
daybreakthe time in the morning when sun rises; dawn
12
apologeticallyshowing regret about a failure to do something
13
spatea sudden rush, flood in a river
14
mysticsomeone who attempts to be united with God through prayer
15
jocularlyin a joking, humorous, playful manner
16
piousdedicated, devout and religious
17
guffawa loud and hearty laugh
18
naivetylack of experience, wisdom, or judgement; innocence
19
mutteredsay something in a low voice, hardly audible
20
scripturesthe sacred writings of a religion
21
intriguedarouse the curiosity
22
kiddingteasing playfully
23
tiptoewalk quietly and carefully with one's heels raised and one's weight on the balls of the feet
24
obeisancerespect, worship
25
struck dumbso shocked or surprised that one cannot speak