declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless
And Bodega would, too, confident that Nazario would get him
acquitted or at least a light sentence.
Sapo was right, Bodega was gone and his dreams had dissolved like a wafer in water; his buildings would be
reclaimed by the city, which would raise our rents.
deliver to an enemy by treachery
But the neighborhood had been
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
It seemed as if everyone had set aside everything and had gone to pay Bodega their
humble respects and show their appreciation.
the action of attacking an enemy
The service was held at the redbrick Methodist church on 111th Street and Lexington Avenue—the same church the Young Lords had stormed and taken over, and from which they had launched their great
offensives: clothing drives, free breakfast, door-to-door clinics, free lunches; they even picked up the trash the Sanitation Department always neglected.
characterized by strong enthusiasm
He thought Veronica was as madly in love with him as he was with her, and as
ardent as he to advance the status of Puerto Ricans.
capable of being attained or accomplished
It was a time when hope for El Barrio seemed fertile, and love at last seemed
bring forward and present to the mind
The entire Latin continent was
represented, including the thin waist of Central America and all the islands that decorated it like a string of pearls.
a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
Everyone was there like in some pageant for a dying
At the cemetery, the crowds gathered like moss around the plot, where a Jesuit from San Cecilia, with the sign of the cross,
scattered earth over the coffin.
sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled
Nene stood there, dignified, but cried and cried,
tiresomely long; seemingly without end
Afterward everyone lowered their heads for an
interminable moment of silence.
successfully completed or brought to an end
Only by killing Willie and laying all the blame on him could that be
smile affectedly or derisively
smirked as if embarrassed that he’d been caught, and then smiled lightly at the detectives and brought up his hands for them to cuff.
action taken in return for an injury or offense
On my way back to Spanish Harlem, I figured that it wasn’t Fischman that had set that fire in
retaliation for Salazar’s death.
a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)
anthem in Bodega’s new country.
undergo development or evolution
Our people are
evolving into something completely new.
state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
Its music and people had taken off their
escape, either physically or mentally
He had represented the limitless possibilities in us all by living his life, striving for those dreams that seemed to
elude the neighborhood year after year.
lasting a very short time
But in that
transitory moment when at last the pearl was about to be handed to him, like Orpheus or Lot’s wife, he had to look back to find Vera.