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After she finishes her homework, she enjoys a light repast of the detective stories she loves so well.

What does the part in bold mean?

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Kis2337,

This quote sounds familiar. Will you please remind me of the source?

"Repast" is a word rarely used in regular conversation today, at least in my experience. It literally means a meal to be eaten. In older times, it could mean the main meal of the day.

Although I'm not sure whether or not I've heard it used literally in this sense, a "light repast" must be a snack or dessert.

In your example, the young lady has been working and working at her schoolwork. At some point, she has accomplished her goal for the day and puts away her work. She has earned a treat for herself: she can put everything else out of her mind for the rest of the evening, curl up in bed or in her favorite chair, and enjoy the brief escape that her favorite stories provide.
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Thanks for the reply.

It's from 'vocabulary workshop level A' by Jerome Shostak.
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