Bless Me, Ultima - Ch. 1-3 13 words

Bless Me, Ultima - Ch. 1-3
  1. tenacious
    stubbornly unyielding
    1) The move lowered my father in the esteem of his compadres, the other vaqueros of the llano
    who clung tenaciously to their way of life and freedom.

    2) The enemy tenaciously defended every favourable position, and were only driven off at the cost of many lives.
    Sawyer, Frederic H.
  2. exuberant
    joyously unrestrained
    They were an exuberant, restless people, wandering across the ocean of the plain.
  3. forage
    collect or look around for (food)
    During the day she would forage along the highway where the grass was thick and green,
    then she would return at nightfall.
  4. vagabond
    a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
    Always on the move, like gypsies, always dragging their families around the country like
    vagabonds.
  5. drone
    an unchanging intonation
    My nostrils quivered as I felt the song of the mockingbirds and the drone of the grasshoppers
    mingle with the pulse of the earth.
  6. interminable
    tiresomely long; seemingly without end
    . . . they had more time to spend in the attic and cut out an interminable train of paper dolls
    which they dressed, gave names to, and, most miraculously, made talk.
  7. subside
    sink to a lower level or form a depression
    My father shook Chávez and the man's sobbing subsided.
  8. transfixed
    having your attention fixated as though by a spell
    They stood transfixed, looking down at the mad man waving the pistol in the air.
  9. torment
    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    The cry of a tormented man had come to the peaceful green mystery of my river . . . .
  10. resolution
    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
    Again the owl sang; Ultima's spirit bathed me with its strong resolution.
  11. mote
    (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
    1) I lay back and watched the silent beams of light radiate in the colorful dust motes I had
    stirred up.

    2) Some report his last words thus: "I feel like a mote in the sunbeam."
    Marvin, Frederic Rowland
  12. admonish
    admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
    1) Also, my mother admonished us to bow our heads when we passed in front of the house.

    2) As these difficult times approach, some people will admonish governments to stand up to markets.

    New York Times (Jun 21, 2012)
  13. quiver
    shake with fast, tremulous movements
    In fact, he thought his quivering legs might buckle.
    Washington Post (Aug 2, 2012)