involving a quantity being multiplied by itself
Chained head to toe, head to toe, in
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
stymied her both times, versed in the schemes and inclinations of chattel.
a yearning for something or to do something
Her first husband developed a
hankering for corn whiskey and started using his big hands to make big fists.
a silly self-conscious smile
simpering posture and piteous aspect, recognizable from thousands of slaves before her, betrayed her intentions.
become bubbly or foaming
A young buck from strong tribal stock got customers into a
supply with an excess of
She would have fetched more but for that sea- son’s
glut of young girls.
injurious to physical or mental health
noxious air of the hold, the gloom of confinement, and the screams of those shackled to her contrived to drive Ajarry to madness.
personal as opposed to real property
The sailors stymied her both times, versed in the schemes and inclinations of
fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
Masters and mistresses in degrees of wickedness, estates of
disparate means and ambition.
widely known and esteemed
There was a bidding war over a group of Ashanti studs, those Africans of
renowned industry and musculature, and the foreman of a lime- stone quarry bought a bunch of pickaninnies in an astounding bargain.
deserving or inciting a feeling of sympathy and sorrow
Her simpering posture and
piteous aspect, recognizable from thousands of slaves before her, betrayed her intentions.
turn away from; give up
A broken calabash was worth less than one that held its water, a hook that kept its catfish more prized than one that
relinquished its bait.
restrain with shackles
She was branded, not for the first or last time, and
fettered to the rest of the day’s acquisitions.
to arrange in a systematic order
staggered his purchases, rather than find himself with cargo of singular culture and disposition.
rescuing or protecting someone or something from harm
She enjoyed the stories and parables and supposed that white men had a point: Talk of
salvation could give an African ideas.
a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law
The diagrams were convincing, but in the end Ajarry was another asset liquidated by order of the
your usual mood
The captain staggered his purchases, rather than find himself with cargo of singular culture and