an emotion of great sadness associated with loss
I envy Mickey because every time someone dies in his family he gets a week off from school and his mother stitches a black diamond patch on his sleeve so that he can wander from lane to lane and street to street and people will know he has the grief and pat his head and give him money and sweets for his
characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
It begins, It is a
melancholy object to those who walk...
characteristic of physical or moral well-being
And what do you think of that, Francis, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and
wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, eh?
affected with madness or insanity
Mr.Timoney was told this and cried and laughed so hard the doctor came and said he was gone beyond recall so they carted him off to the City Home, where they keep old people who are helpless or
an unfortunate development
Then she says, Ah, I’m sorry and it’s a
pity you lost two jobs.
look with amazement
I know if you say anything the grown-up people will tell you, Never mind, you’re always
gawking, none of your business, go out and play.
an angry stare
glares at me with her old red eyes.
a cause of great suffering and distress
I sit and wait upstairs, knocking the fleas off my arms and legs, wishing I had Dad here, thinking of my little brother and his foreign name, Alphonsus, an
affliction of a name.
feel sorry for; be contrite about
I said come down this minute for if I have to climb these stairs I’ll warm your behind and you’ll
rue the day.
strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity
We will have the Gifts of the Holy Ghost: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel,
Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, the Fear of the Lord.
having a tendency
She says when boys go from the one number year, which is nine, to the two number year, which is ten, they’re changing and
prone to the nosebleed.
serious and harsh in manner or behavior
She’s a very
stern nurse from the County Kerry and she frightens me.
a group of body parts that work together in a given function
There’s to be no laughing for you could be doing serious damage to your internal
deteriorate in health
You know the singing could lead to a
relapse in these patients.
Malachy is in fifth class now with Mr. O’Dea and he likes to tell everyone he’s learning the big red catechism for Confirmation and Mr. O’Dea is telling them all about state of grace and Euclid and how the English
tormented the Irish for eight hundred long years.
pronounce a punishment, as in a court of law
Dad lets me read his favorite book, John Mitchel’s Jail Journal, which is all about a great Irish rebel the English
condemned to exile in Van Diemen's land in Australia.
She doesn’t care and I’m put into that class with Malachy and I know all his friends are there
sneering at me because I was put back.
suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
The new rich people go home after Mass on Sundays all airs and stuff themselves with meat and potatoes, sweets and cakes galore, and they think nothing of drinking their tea from delicate little cups which stand in saucers to catch the tea that overflows and when they lift the cups they stick out their little fingers to show how
refined they are.
make high-pitched, whiney noises
Prams might be packed with four or five babies
squalling away because the prams are old and the wheels bockety and the babies are rocked till they get sick and throw up their goody.
I know it sounds
extravagant but I’m going to light the fire and make more tea for it isn’t every day your father goes to England.
We’ll all have new boots and coats to keep off the rain so we won’t be coming home from school
allow unwillingly or reluctantly
They’re happy telegram boys because the tips they get in the lanes are bigger than anything they get in the grand streets and avenues where rich people will
begrudge you the steam of their piss.
walk with great difficulty
We’d have to watch the Meehans and everyone else parading around in their new clothes and
staggering home with eggs and potatoes and sausages for Sunday and sailing off to the films on Saturday night.
pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings
The sore spreads into my eyes anyway and now they’re red and yellow from the stuff that
oozes and makes them stick in the morning.
an often persistent bodily disorder or disease
The benches are always packed with people talking about their
known widely and usually unfavorably
They know he might turn them over to Mr. Coffey and he’s
notorious for saying no to everything.
opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
Mam tells Mr. Kane that Dad is in Coventry and nowhere near Piccadilly and Mr. Kane takes off his glasses and stares at her. What’s this? Are we having a little
the lack of knowledge or education
Of course you don’t know. There’s great
ignorance in the world.
That would teach Mam a lesson for marrying a man from the North with
sallow skin, an odd manner and a look of the Presbyterian about him.
worn or threadbare
She tells me I have to push Alphie through the streets, she can’t manage the pram with that bockety wheel that makes it rock back and forth and besides ’tis a disgraceful-looking object she’d be ashamed to put a
mangy dog in.