The first word is from A History of Love by Nicole Krauss
"On Sukkot we sent our pen pal's class an etrog with our first letters." (p.94)
1. Etrog ~noun. : a yellow citrus fruit, similar in appearance taste to a lemon, used in the Jewish rituals during the week-long festival of Sukkot; also refers to the tree the citron grows on and means literally "a fruit of the beautiful tree."
This next word is from Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
"The boxroom she wanted to rent didn't have many things but it did have a garden view." (ARC p. 6)
** I'd never heard of a boxroom before and found a definition on Wiktionary!
2. Boxroom ~noun : A room, usually upstairs, a storeroom for boxes and other things.
The following words are from Villette by Charlotte Bronte:
" Of course I "confounded myself" in asseverations to the contrary; and Madame, running into the little salon, brought thence a pretty basket, filled with fine hothouse fruit, rosy, perfect and tempting, reposing amongst the dark green, waxlike leaves and pale yellow stars of I know not what exotic plant. " (p. 437 signet classic ed.)
3. Asseveration ~verb : To declare seriously or positively; affirm; an emphatic assertion
"But we had a whole league to walk-thus far from Villette was the farm where we had breakfasted; the children, especially, were tired with their play; the spirits of most flagged at the prospect of this midday walk over chaussées flinty, glaring and dusty. (p. 437 signet classic ed.)
4. League ~noun : Obsolete unit of length of an hour's walk, usually equal to three miles
5. Chaussées ~noun (French) : Roads