"The Red Umbrella," Vocabulary from Part 3 25 words

"The Red Umbrella" by Christina Diaz Gonzalez takes place a few years after the Communist revolution in Cuba. A fourteen year-old girl, whose parents fear for her life, is sent alone to make a new life for herself in America. Her journey and her growth are at the center of this novel.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
  1. vacant
    void of thought or knowledge
    A vacant look in her eyes.
  2. tousle
    disarrange or rumple; dishevel
    Papa tousled Frankie’s hair, then took the ball and placed it on the floor next to the table.
  3. somber
    grave or even gloomy in character
    Papa’s somber mood frightened me.
  4. waiver
    a formal written statement of relinquishment
    Alicia Milian was able to get us some visa waivers for you and Frankie
  5. partition
    a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
    I watched as passengers, both adults and children, formed a line by a glass partition.
  6. pry
    to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
    This word is sometimes used in a figurative way that means to take someone away from something, as it does here.
    Papa walked over and pried Frankie away.
  7. hunch
    round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward
    The young boy wasn’t crying, or at least I couldn’t tell if he was because he had his shoulders hunched over and seemed to be keeping his head down low.
  8. contraband
    goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
    "We are conducting random searches for contraband,” announced the male soldier.
  9. sneer
    express through a scornful smile
    “EL quinto giuano, ” sneered the woman.
  10. herd
    cause to herd, drive, or crowd together
    A sigh of relief escaped from my lips as the soldiers herded three other kids into a small room.
  11. altitude
    elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
    I’d never been on a plane before, and seeing things from this altitude gave me a new perspective on how small we really were.
  12. pudgy
    short and plump
    Laura waved at a short, pudgy man and a woman with gray hair pulled into a bun.
  13. sterile
    deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention
    Here, although I was only a couple hundred miles away, everything felt more sterile, like I'd just walked into an office building.
  14. facility
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
    "Our first stop will be the Kendall facility."
  15. barrack
    a building or group of buildings used to house military personnel
    "Don’t worry, it may look like army barracks, but the people there will make you and Frankie as comfortable as possible."
  16. loom
    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
    The station wagon pulled into a parking space between two looming gray buildings separated by a narrow road.
  17. urgency
    pressing importance requiring speedy action
    Classes at the camp reminded me of school in Cuba, except here there was a sense of urgency in learning English.
  18. mimeograph
    a rotary duplicator that uses a stencil through which ink is pressed (trade mark Roneo)
    It still had the smell of the mimeograph machine that it had been printed on.
  19. telegram
    a message transmitted by telegraph
    Mrs. Eckhart already sent a telegram to them saying that we were staying here.
  20. censor
    a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable
    I knew that all the mail was checked and read by the Cuban censors, but how much longer would it take?
  21. consequence
    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
    "Lucia, we’ve tried, and Frankie knew there'd be consequences.”
  22. defiant
    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    Frankie just crossed his arms and kept the defiant look in his eye.
  23. process
    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
    “It’s not the way things are normally done . . . we have a process.”
  24. farfetched
    highly imaginative but unlikely
    Frankie’s fears about being slaves suddenly didn’t seem so far-fetched.
  25. kiosk
    small area set off by walls for special use
    He paused in front of a small kiosk, bought a newspaper, then continued down the terminal.