fill a space in a disorderly way
Generous funds have been allotted to level the stripped and faded buildings that
clutter the road from Medallion up to the golf course.
be in motion due to some air or water current
Her bare feet would raise the saffron dust that
floated down on the coveralls and bunion-split shoes of the man breathing music in and out of his harmonica.
a specific piece of work required to be done
A good white farmer promised freedom and a piece of bottom land to his slave if he would perform some very difficult
liked above all others and treated with partiality
So the slave pressed his master to try to get him some. He
preferred it to the valley.
filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise
Blasted and permanently
astonished by the events of 1917, he had returned to Medallion handsome but ravaged, and even the most fastidious people in the town sometimes caught themselves dreaming of what he must have been like a few years back before he went off to war.
In this case,
astonished is a bit of an understatement: Shadrack suffers from shell shock.
refuse to acknowledge
But stubbornly, taking no direction from the brain, the body of the headless soldier ran on, with energy and grace,
ignoring altogether the drip and slide of brain tissue down its back.
of a light grayish-brown color
Then he noticed two lumps beneath the
beige blanket on either side of his hips.
made easier to bear
With extreme care he lifted one arm and was
relieved to find his hand attached to his wrist.
an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
panic he raised himself to his knees and tried to fling off and away his terrible fingers, but succeeded only in knocking the nurse into the next bed.
feeling or showing thankfulness
When they bound Shadrack into a straitjacket, he was both relieved and
grateful, for his hands were at last hidden and confined to whatever size they had attained.
an act of aggression
violence had coincided with a memorandum from the hospital executive staff in reference to the distribution of patients in high-risk areas.
come into being; become reality
Then he noticed that there were many people about, and that he was just now seeing them, or else they had just
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting fibers
The four fingers of each hand fused into the
fabric, knotted themselves and zig-zagged in and out of the tiny eyeholes.
The four fingers of each hand fused into the fabric, knotted themselves and zig-zagged in and out of the
A woman who won all social battles with presence and a conviction of the
legitimacy of her authority.
the person who collects fares on a public conveyance
As they opened the door marked colored only, they saw a white
conductor coming toward them.
appreciably or disagreeably cold
It was a
chilly day but a light skim of sweat glistened on the woman’s face as she and the little girl struggled to hold the door open, hang on to their luggage and enter all at once.
sit on one's heels
All of them, the fat woman and her four children, three boys and a girl, Helene and her daughter,
squatted there in the four o’clock Meridian sun.
a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamentation
On the door hung a black crepe
wreath with purple ribbon.
making lively and joyful
It had been an
exhilarating trip but a fearful one.
repugnance was contained in the neat balance of the triangles—a balance that soothed him, transferred some of its equilibrium to him.
a burst of deep loud hearty laughter
While plotting his course— where he would have to leap, where to skirt a clump of bushes—a loud
guffaw startled him.
touching with the hands or by use of mechanical means
The nurse had tied them into a double knot, the way one does for children, and Shadrack, long unaccustomed to the
manipulation of intricate things, could not get them loose.
susceptibility to injury or attack
All the old
vulnerabilities, all the old fears of being somehow flawed gathered in her stomach and made her hands tremble
tear down so as to make flat with the ground
They are going to
raze the Time and a Half Pool Hall, where feet in long tan shoes once pointed down from chair rungs.