move ahead (of others) in time or space
It seems they left town after four-thirty, since the truck that preceded them up the mountain clocked out of the local Public Works building at four thirty-five.
unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
Their sentimentality was excessive, but I listened, and thanked them for coming.
a message transmitted by telegraph
There was a telegram that had been delivered first thing that morning.
get over an illness or shock
I rearranged the house where I was going to put each one while they were convalescing.
a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
At first the guards posted outside the morgue did not want to let me in.
a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
I remember Jaimito trying to hush me, one of the doctors coming in with a sedative and a glass of water.
a recognition of meritorious service
Manolo’s voice sounds blurry on the memorial tape the radio station sent me, in memory of our great hero.
a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
After forty days of bombing, they accepted the broadcast amnesty.
a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes
I can count them up like the list the coroner gave us, taped to the box of things that had been found on their persons or retrieved from the wreck.
consume all of one's attention or time
She is less ready to talk about the second wife, the new, engrossing family, stepbrothers and sisters the age of her own little one.
a badge worn to show official position
Seven rings, three plain gold bands, one gold with a small diamond stone, one gold with an opal and four pearls, one man’s ring with garnet and eagle insignia, one silver initial ring.
a religious residence especially for nuns
She wanted them locked up like nuns in a convent, she was always so afraid.
greatly annoyed; out of patience
Her voice has that exasperated edge our children get when we dare wander from their lives.
the central area in a building; open to the sky
Then we’ll go to the museum where Minou can get some cuttings from Tono for the atrium in her apartment.
the limit beyond which something happens or changes
Sometimes, I lie at the very brink of forgetfulness, waiting, as if their arrival is my signal that I can fall asleep.