the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet
For others they sail forever on the
horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.
acceptance of an unpleasant but inevitable situation
For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in
resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.
wet through and through; thoroughly wet
She had come back from the
sodden and the bloated; the sudden dead, their eyes flung wide open in judgment.
hide under a false appearance
“Maybe us don’t know into things lak you do, but we all know how she went ’way from here and us sho seen her come back. ’Tain’t no use in your tryin’ to
cloak no ole woman lak Janie Starks, Pheoby, friend or no friend.”
exacting especially about details
“Lawd,” Pearl agreed, “Ah done scorched-up dat lil meat and bread too long to talk about. Ah kin stay ’way from home long as Ah please. Mah husband ain’t
attack and bombard with or as if with missiles
She left the porch
pelting her back with unasked questions.
tending to betray
An envious heart makes a
vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
Pheoby eager to feel and do through Janie, but hating to show her
zest for fear it might be thought mere curiosity.
the comfort you feel when soothed in times of disappointment
He give me every
consolation in de world.
dilated all over with eagerness, “Tea Cake gone?”
a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
The cooling palma christi leaves that Janie had bound about her grandma’s head with a white rag had wilted down and become part and
parcel of the woman.
diffused and melted Janie, the room and the world into one comprehension.
violate the sacred character of a place or language
The vision of Logan Killicks was
desecrating the pear tree, but Janie didn’t know how to tell Nanny that.
gradually deprive of mother's milk
You ain’t hardly old enough to be
characterized by extravagance and profusion
“It takes money tuh feed pretty women. Dey gits uh
lavish uh talk.”
not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
They tried hard to hold it in, but enough
incredulous laughter burst out of their eyes and leaked from the corners of their mouths to inform anyone of their thoughts.
under a moral obligation to do something
Anything Ah kin do tuh help out, why you kin call on me.”
the territory within which power can be exercised
“Naw, you wuzn’t, Tony. Youse way outa
can’t welcome uh man and his wife ’thout you make comparison about Isaac and Rebecca at de well, else it don’t show de love between ’em if you don’t.”
tittered at his ignorance.
a large and densely populated urban area
Ah means tuh put mah hands tuh de plow heah, and strain every nerve tuh make dis our town de
metropolis uh de state.
(followed by `of') not knowing or perceiving
He strode along invested with his new dignity, thought and planned out loud,
unconscious of her thoughts.
perceive by inhaling through the nose
They cut all sorts of capers and
whiffed the meat as it slowly came to perfection with the seasoning penetrating to the bone.
made of or resembling brass, as in color or hardness
While Davis chanted a traditional prayer-poem with his own variations, Joe mounted the box that had been placed for the purpose and opened the
brazen door of the lamp.
the speed at which a composition is to be played
They, all of them, all of the people took it up and sung it over and over until it was wrung dry, and no further innovations of tone and
tempo were conceivable.
the property of something that is great in magnitude
bulk was not even imposing as men go.
perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
He had a bow-down command in his face, and every step he took made the thing more
become faint or more distant
As time went on and the benefits he had conferred upon the town
receded in time they sat on his store porch while he was busy inside and discussed him.
The town had a basketful of feelings good and bad about Joe’s positions and possessions, but none had the
temerity to challenge him.