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.
They were an
exuberant, restless people, wandering across the ocean of the plain.
collect or look around for, as food
During the day she would
forage along the highway where the grass was thick and green,
then she would return at nightfall.
a wanderer with no established residence or means of support
Always on the move, like gypsies, always dragging their families around the country like
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.
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.
sink to a lower level or form a depression
My father shook Chávez and the man's sobbing
having your attention fixated as though by a spell
transfixed, looking down at the mad man waving the pistol in the air.
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 . . . .
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
Again the owl sang; Ultima's spirit bathed me with its strong
a tiny piece of anything
1) I lay back and watched the silent beams of light radiate in the colorful dust
2) Some report his last words thus: "I feel like a
in the sunbeam."
Marvin, Frederic Rowland
counsel in terms of someone's behavior
1) Also, my mother
us to bow our heads when we passed in front of the house.
2) As these difficult times approach, some people will
governments to stand up to markets.
New York Times (Jun 21, 2012)
shake with fast, tremulous movements