uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
The flames cut the cool damp morning, crackled and did much to bring his spirits up, not to mention chasing away the
undamaged in any way
Much of the wood from his original wall was still nearby and up in back of the ridge he actually found a major section of the weave still
treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
Tomorrow he would find food and
refine the camp and bring things back to sanity from the one completely insane day.
normal or sound powers of mind
Tomorrow he would find food and refine the camp and bring things back to
sanity from the one completely insane day.
the first light of day
In the gray
dawn he built up the fire and found more wood for the day, feeling almost chipper because his ribs were much better now.
something solid that can be pushed between two things
When the spear was done, although still crude, he jammed a
wedge between the points to spread them apart and went to the fish pond.
firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation
And he needed a
stable platform to get the job done.
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
And for a moment he was
worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
Then he remembered his windbreaker and he found the
tattered part he used for an arrow pouch.
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
visualize more easily his mother doing things than his father because he had never been to where his father lived now.
at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line
The tail looked much larger when he got next to it, with a major part of the
vertical stabilizer showing and perhaps half of the elevators.
the central body of an airplane holding crew and passengers
Only a short piece of the top of the
fuselage, the plane’s body toward the tail, was out of the water, just a curve of aluminum, and at first he could see no place to tie the raft.
a movable barrier covering an entrance
All openings, even the small rear cargo
hatch, were underwater so he couldn’t get at them without diving and coming up inside the plane.
affected with or marked by mania uncontrolled by reason
Three more hacks and he had a triangular hole the size of his hand and he could see four cables that he guessed were the control cables going back to the tail and he hit the skin of the plane with a
frenzied series of hacks to make a still larger opening and he was bending a piece of aluminum away from two aluminum braces of some kind when he dropped the hatchet
turn on a pivot
He pulled himself out of the water so his chest could expand, took two deep breaths and
swiveled and dove, pulling his arms and kicking off the raft bottom with his feet.
cause to move forward with force
This time he made an arrow out of his arms and used his legs to push off the bottom of the raft, all he had in his legs, to spring-snap and
propel him down.
take hold of; grab
clutched it and in one motion slammed his feet down into the mud and powered himself up.
having a firm basis in reality and therefore important
There were some small pieces and bits of paper floating on the surface inside the plane— dirt from the floor of the plane that had floated up—but nothing
a heavy, closely woven fabric
The survival pack had been a zippered nylon bag, or perhaps
canvas of some kind, and he thought it had been red, or was it gray?
instinctive, fear more than anything else, fear of what he had seen.
joined together especially in a pair or pairs
With the added weight of the bag— which seemed to get heavier by the foot—
coupled with the fact that he was getting weaker all the time, the raft seemed barely to move.
rise or move forward
He kicked and pulled and pushed, taking the shortest way straight back to shore, hanging to rest many times, then
surging again and again.
a substance that destroys harmful micro-organisms
A first-aid kit with bandages and tubes of
antiseptic paste and small scissors.
be amazed at
The fire was out and and he used a butane lighter and a piece of birchbark with small twigs to get another one started—
marveling at how easy it was but feeling again that the lighter somehow removed him from where he was, what he had to know.
Rummaging through the food packets—he hadn’t brought them out yet because he wanted to save them until last, glory in them—he came up with a small electronic device completely encased in a plastic bag.