not exceptional in any way
...was it just some
ordinary thief, or was it someone that had some special reason?
be unwilling to accept
...she had firmly
refused the offer of Mae’s spare nightgown...
an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
Only her own nightgown would do, and the regular bedtime
socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
She put out an
awkward hand then and touched Winnie’s hair.
lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance
someone who has committed a punishable act
She remembered guiltily that at supper she had decided they were
the state of being uncomfortable because of shame
This time she sat up, pulling the quilt around her in sudden
embarrassment, and answered, “No, not yet.”
Once more Winnie
adored him, kneeling there beside her in the moonlight.
the place designated as the end, as of a race or journey
As soon as I saw they’d arrived at their
destination, I turned around and came directly back.
a crude ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
barbarian, you can see that.
show, express, or direct through movement
gestured with his long, white fingers and smiled, his face crinkling pleasantly.
exceptionally bad or displeasing
Dreadful thing, kidnapping.
having unexpected good luck
fortunate that I was a witness!
a person unable to read
There’s just no telling what
illiterates like that might do.
showing sound judgment
“I knew right away, I said to myself, ‘Now here is a group of intelligent,
seldom wrong as a judge of character.
allowed by official rules
It’s best, don’t you agree, to keep things
legal and tidy.
a severe or trying experience
ordeal is as good as over, isn’t it?
exhibiting politeness and good manners
The man in the yellow suit was as
courteous as always.
move very slightly
shifted the shotgun that rested across his saddle, and groaned again.
a traveler who goes along with someone else
“You don’t say so,” his
companion said at last.
an established line of travel or access
He explained the
something used to lure fish or other animals
Watch out for the hooks!” he warned—and a jar of
bait: pork fat cut into little pieces.
a quick look
Winnie caught just a
glimpse of it as it scissored away from shore.
having great extent from one side to the other
...his shoulders, under his threadbare shirt, were
broad and muscled.
hold firmly, usually with one's hands
clutched her pole, sitting sidewise in the stern, and watched the baited hook sink slowly down.
abundantly filled with especially living things
Winnie squinted at her fishing line and tried to picture a
give somebody confidence of the truth of something
“It’ll be all right,” Miles