Winnie’s mother and grandmother sat
plaintive all afternoon in the parlor...
furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
Once she had hidden Jesse’s bottle in a
bureau drawer, there was nothing to do but wait.
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
...the grandfather’s clock ticked deliberately, unimpressed with anyone’s impatience, and Winnie found herself rocking to its
remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
Beneath her excitement, she was thick with
excluded from use or mention
...she was about to do something which she knew would be
a room where a prisoner is kept
They heard the constable’s footsteps coming up to Mae’s
provide evidence for
... but Winnie blocked the picture from her mind, the horror that would
prove the secret.
capable of being seen; or open to easy view
And at last she could make it out, for the black Roman numerals were just barely
a particular point in time
She had half expected that the
instant she put a foot on the stairs they would leap from their beds and surround her with accusations.
an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence
She had half expected that the instant she put a foot on the stairs they would leap from their beds and surround her with
forsaken by owner or inhabitants
The blacksmith’s shop, the mill, the church, the stores, so busy and alive in daylight, were hunched,
to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
Tuck handed up a tool and Miles began to
pry at the nails securing the window frame.
grasped the bars of the window firmly, ready to pull, and stood poised.
move very slightly
But the window did not
the property possessed by a large mass
...Miles and Jesse close at his sides, arms upstretched, eager to receive her
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
The tension in the
parched earth eased and vanished.
the act of departing
...while others leaned from the pod as if to observe its
the act of escaping physically
Two weeks had gone by since the night of the storm, the night of Mae Tuck’s
an indication that something has been present
There was no
trace of her at all, or of Tuck or Miles or Jesse.
to a great depth psychologically
profoundly grateful for that.
look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember
For the hundredth time she
reviewed it all...
conduct an inquiry or investigation of
And she would never forget the crash outside that made her heart race, that she could not
a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
She was ... an
grant freedom to; free from confinement
released, then, into the custody of her mother and father.
(with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child
She was released, then, into the
custody of her mother and father.
deeply or markedly affected or influenced
impressed by what she had done.
a sudden desire
And then, on an
impulse, she turned and ran into the cottage...
continuing in time or space without interruption
They had seen
continuous change and were accustomed to it, but here it seemed shocking and sad.
a tract of land used for burials
There were houses there now, and a feed-and-grain store, but on the far side of the hill, inside a rambling iron fence, was a
And saw, as he
approached, that there were other, smaller markers all around it.
overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
He had wanted it to be there, but now that he saw it, he was
overcome with sadness.