pressing importance requiring speedy action
urgency, they hurried through the darkness, Amari clutching one of Tidbit’s arms, Polly the other.
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
Many times he had to be carried or
cajoled into continuing the journey.
carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger
Even he knew to be ever
vigilant and quiet.
overly self-confident or self-assertive
Again her father’s special name for her was spouting from the mouth of a
cocky young man.
Polly dreamed of her father for the first time since his death—his
bawdy jokes, his weakness for ale, and the soft grin on his face whenever he looked at her.
make peace with
“Let me explain, sir,” she began, trying to
appease Nathan’s father.
consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
I’m going to make me some money on this
outlying areas (as of a city or town)
Just before dawn they reached the
outskirts of Savannah, but they made a wide detour to avoid the populated areas.
inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
She was a large woman, with
ruddy cheeks and stony blue eyes.
laugh quietly or with restraint
Fiona erupted in laughter once more, smacking her large thighs with her hand as she
chortled, “Little one speaks true, but there be no telling what my Patrick might do if he finds you here."
get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
“It’s like this: If my Patrick brings home a new slave like he did last week, for example, that’s his right as master and man of this house, and I dare not
carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward
The barn door opened then, and a thin,
stooped black man limped over to them.
rise and fall of the voice pitch
Amari knew the perfect
modulation of that voice, the deep bass edged with gold.
a severe or trying experience
Her stomach churned as she listened to his
unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
But the distance between them had become so
vast that she knew she could never touch him again.
intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
“At the end, she was in
severe pain, but she was so brave, never complaining, only worrying about what would happen to me.”
a fortified military post where troops are stationed
Amari did see in the distance, however, occasional
garrisons of soldiers the farther south they traveled.
make lighter or brighter
The next morning brought the sun, brightly
illuminating not only the road, but also Amari’s spirits.
She could barely contain her nervous
anticipation, with images of neatly cobbled streets surrounded by safe stone walls dancing in her head.
Amari felt comfortable as the horse
ambled slowly through the thick stands of palm trees that shadowed them, for they reminded her of the palm trees in her homeland so far away.
make wet and dirty, as from rain
The man nodded to Inez, looked over the tired and
bedraggled new arrivals, and said in an officious tone, “Welcome to Fort Mose."
make known; pass on, of information
She was amazed at how easily she was able to
convey her thoughts in English.
far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something
“There is a
profound need for education for the children here,” the captain said, his brows furrowed as if he were deep in thought.
be or work as an apprentice
“And you, little man,” the captain said, turning to Tidbit, “your job here will be to learn to read and write, but I shall
apprentice you to the carpenter, so that you can learn to be a builder as well."
reflect deeply on a subject
Amari knew that Polly had much to
ponder as she gazed at the flames.
deficient in alertness or activity
Suddenly, it all made sense—the nausea, the dizziness, the feeling of being heavy and
causing an emotional disturbance
disconcerting image was the look of genuine affection he occasionally showed her.
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
This child carries the spirit of my mother, Amari realized suddenly, as well as the essence of her father, little Kwasi, the murdered people of her village, and the spirits of all of her
not easy to believe
Amari also said a prayer of thanks for Polly, who was,
incredibly, her friend.
show unwillingness towards
refused to think of Clay any longer, for she knew his evil spirit could never touch the love she was already beginning to feel for the child within her.