Ann Petry's "The Street" excerpt 50 words

Vocabulary list from Ann Petry's "The Street" (excerpt).
  1. appraising
    exercising or involving careful evaluations
    Escaped from the openly appraising looks of the white men whose eyes seemed to go through her clothing to her long brown legs.
  2. up the stairs
    on a floor above
    She noticed that once the crowd walked the length of the platform and started up the stairs toward the street, it expanded in size.
  3. downtown
    the central area or commercial center of a town or city
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  4. shielded
    (used especially of machinery) protected by a shield to prevent injury
    On the trains their eyes came at her furtively from behind newspapers, or half-concealed under hatbrims or partly shielded by their hands.
  5. stand watch
    watch over so as to protect
    She reached the street at the very end of the crowd and stood watching them as they scattered in all directions, laughing and talking to each other.
  6. furtively
    in a furtive manner
    On the trains their eyes came at her furtively from behind newspapers, or half-concealed under hatbrims or partly shielded by their hands.
  7. Harlem
    a district of Manhattan; now largely a Black ghetto
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  8. subway
    an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city)
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  9. moist
    slightly wet
    And there was a warm, moist look about their eyes that made her want to run.
  10. platform
    a raised horizontal surface
    She noticed that once the crowd walked the length of the platform and started up the stairs toward the street, it expanded in size.
  11. up here
    in a specified area or place
    Up here they are no longer creatures labeled simply 'colored' and therefore all alike.
  12. stairs
    a flight of stairs or a flight of steps
    She noticed that once the crowd walked the length of the platform and started up the stairs toward the street, it expanded in size.
  13. get off
    leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc.
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  14. escape from
    get rid of
    Escaped from the openly appraising looks of the white men whose eyes seemed to go through her clothing to her long brown legs.
  15. label
    a brief description given for purposes of identification
    Up here they are no longer creatures labeled simply 'colored' and therefore all alike.
  16. street
    a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  17. train
    educate for a future role or function
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  18. hostility
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  19. get away
    run away from confinement
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  20. openly
    in an open way
    Escaped from the openly appraising looks of the white men whose eyes seemed to go through her clothing to her long brown legs.
  21. expand
    extend in one or more directions
    She noticed that once the crowd walked the length of the platform and started up the stairs toward the street, it expanded in size.
  22. clothing
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
    Escaped from the openly appraising looks of the white men whose eyes seemed to go through her clothing to her long brown legs.
  23. concealed
    not accessible to view
    On the trains their eyes came at her furtively from behind newspapers, or half- concealed under hatbrims or partly shielded by their hands.
  24. contempt
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    These other folks feel the same way, she thought-that once they are freed from the contempt in the eyes of the downtown world, they instantly become individuals.
  25. crowd
    a large number of things or people considered together
    She noticed that once the crowd walked the length of the platform and started up the stairs toward the street, it expanded in size.
  26. scattered
    lacking orderly continuity
    She reached the street at the very end of the crowd and stood watching them as they scattered in all directions, laughing and talking to each other.
  27. folks
    people in general (often used in the plural)
    These other folks feel the same way, she thought-that once they are freed from the contempt in the eyes of the downtown world, they instantly become individuals.
  28. go through
    go across or through
    Escaped from the openly appraising looks of the white men whose eyes seemed to go through her clothing to her long brown legs.
  29. alike
    having the same or similar characteristics
    Up here they are no longer creatures labeled simply 'colored' and therefore all alike.
  30. instantly
    without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
    These other folks feel the same way, she thought-that once they are freed from the contempt in the eyes of the downtown world, they instantly become individuals.
  31. scatter
    to cause to separate and go in different directions
    She reached the street at the very end of the crowd and stood watching them as they scattered in all directions, laughing and talking to each other.
  32. get up
    rise to one's feet
    The same people who had made themselves small on the train, even on the platform, suddenly grew so large they could hardly get up the stairs to the street together.
  33. laughing
    showing or feeling mirth or pleasure or happiness
    She reached the street at the very end of the crowd and stood watching them as they scattered in all directions, laughing and talking to each other.
  34. partly
    in part; in some degree; not wholly
    On the trains their eyes came at her furtively from behind newspapers, or half-concealed under hatbrims or partly shielded by their hands.
  35. conceal
    prevent from being seen or discovered
    On the trains their eyes came at her furtively from behind newspapers, or half- concealed under hatbrims or partly shielded by their hands.
  36. folk
    people in general (often used in the plural)
    These other folks feel the same way, she thought-that once they are freed from the contempt in the eyes of the downtown world, they instantly become individuals.
  37. stare
    look at with fixed eyes
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  38. newspaper
    a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements
    On the trains their eyes came at her furtively from behind newspapers, or half-concealed under hatbrims or partly shielded by their hands.
  39. reach
    move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  40. brown
    of a color similar to that of wood or earth
    Escaped from the openly appraising looks of the white men whose eyes seemed to go through her clothing to her long brown legs.
  41. notice
    the act of noticing or paying attention
    She noticed that once the crowd walked the length of the platform and started up the stairs toward the street, it expanded in size.
  42. escape
    run away from confinement
    Escaped from the openly appraising looks of the white men whose eyes seemed to go through her clothing to her long brown legs.
  43. creature
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    Up here they are no longer creatures labeled simply 'colored' and therefore all alike.
  44. simply
    in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment
    Up here they are no longer creatures labeled simply 'colored' and therefore all alike.
  45. individual
    being or characteristic of a single thing or person
    These other folks feel the same way, she thought-that once they are freed from the contempt in the eyes of the downtown world, they instantly become individuals.
  46. no longer
    not now
    Up here they are no longer creatures labeled simply 'colored' and therefore all alike.
  47. thinking
    endowed with the capacity to reason
    She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who stared at her on the downtown street and in the subway.
  48. hardly
    almost not
    The same people who had made themselves small on the train, even on the platform, suddenly grew so large they could hardly get up the stairs to the street together.
  49. direction
    a line leading to a place or point
    She reached the street at the very end of the crowd and stood watching them as they scattered in all directions, laughing and talking to each other.
  50. length
    the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place
    She noticed that once the crowd walked the length of the platform and started up the stairs toward the street, it expanded in size.