thin and tattered with age
Rawlins turned off the water and pushed back the curtain and stood drying himself with one of the
a list of names
He exhausted in the days following the
roster of surgeons in that small upland desert metropolis without finding one to do what he asked.
call to mind
And after and for a long time to come he’d have reason to
evoke the recollection of those smiles and to reflect upon the good will which provoked them for it had power to protect and to confer honor and to strengthen resolve and it had power to heal men and to bring them to safety long after all other resources were exhausted.
call forth to appear or occur
And after and for a long time to come he’d have reason to evoke the recollection of those smiles and to reflect upon the good will which
provoked them for it had power to protect and to confer honor and to strengthen resolve and it had power to heal men and to bring them to safety long after all other resources were exhausted.
Both "evoke" and "provoke" have the same Latin root "vocare" ("to call"); while "evoke" is to call out (ex=out), "provoke" is to call forth (pro=forth). Both verbs are used in the example sentence to describe the power of good will and smiles.
supplying dry land with water by artificial means
At noon he bathed in an
irrigation ditch and he shaved and washed and slept lying on his jacket in the sun while his clothes dried.
a lightweight cord
In the evening he took his supper with workers in their camp, five or six families seated together at a table made of cut poles bound with hemp
bring to an end; settle conclusively
The table was pitched under a canvas fly and the evening sun
resolved within the space beneath a deep orange light where the seams and stitching passed in shadow over their faces and their clothes as they moved.
garden consisting of a small cultivated wood
When he walked up to the house there were cats coming from the stable and
orchard and cats coming along the high wall or waiting their turn to pass under the worn wood of the gate.
having spots or patches of color
Carlos had slaughtered a sheep and along the
dappled floor of the portal more cats sat basking in the earliest light falling through the hydrangeas.
convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a tube
It passed with its head canted and its eyes rolling and its nostrils
siphoning the morning air and then it recognized him and turned and came to him and he pushed open the gate and the horse whinnied and tossed its head and snorted and pushed its long sleek nose against his chest.
the range of skills in a particular field or occupation
He waved again and touched up the horse and they went stamping and skittering as if the horse could find no gait within its
repertoire to suit the day until he rode him through the gate and out of view of house and barn and cook and slapped the polished flank trembling under him and they went on at a hard flat gallop up the cidnaga road.
"Repertoire" also means "a collection of works that an artist or company can perform"--both definitions give a graceful beauty to the horse, even as its gait ("a horse's manner of moving") changes from stamping and skittering to galloping.
The country rolled away to the west through broken light and shadow and the distant summer storms a hundred miles downcountry to where the cordilleras rose and sank in the haze in a
frail last shimmering restraint alike of the earth and the eye beholding it.
put down or press the foot, place the foot
He tacked and quartered the horse to keep it from
treading constantly in its own shadow for it seemed uneasy doing so.
a wall hanging of heavy fabric with pictorial designs
Behind her on the wall hung a large
tapestry that portrayed a meeting in some vanished landscape between two horsemen on a road.
engage in plotting, swear together
I’m prepared to believe that certain circumstances must have
conspired against you.
a general inclusive concept
One does not like to entertain the
notion of tainted blood.
a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea
Were she a more civil person perhaps I’d have been less of an
refer to another person for decision or judgment
He claimed that the responsibility for a decision could never be abandoned to a blind agency but could only be
relegated to human decisions more and more remote from their consequences.
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
Peering with his poor eyes through
dingy glasses at the blind tablets of metal before him.
a short moral story
My father must have seen in this
parable the accessibility of the origins of things, but I see nothing of the kind.
apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design
He was simply trying to
implement the ideas he had discovered.
supernatural practices and techniques
He did not share Francisco’s taste for the
mar or spoil the appearance of
That he could not help but view me as something
an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen
I’d learned to affect a handkerchief in my left hand in such a way as to cover my
lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
He said that those who have endured some misfortune will always be set apart but that it is just that misfortune which is their gift and which is their strength and that they must make their way back into the common enterprise of man for without they do so it cannot go forward and they themselves will
wither in bitterness.
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
In the months that followed my revolutionary spirit was rekindled and the political aspects of Francisco Madero’s activities became more
a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan
Huerta of course was the secret
rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
volley of rifle shots was fired into him.
act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
Francisco’s mother had sent a telegram to President Taft asking him to
intercede to save her son’s life.
measure precisely and against a standard
It is the control group which enables the scientist to
gauge the effect of his experiment.
a dissolute person
For all his strictness and authority he proved to be a
libertine of the most dangerous sort.
"Dissolute" means "unrestrained by convention or morality"--this describes a person who is taking too many liberties with the rules, which should be the opposite of someone who has strictness and authority.
unable to see distant objects clearly
Sometimes I think we are all like that
myopic coiner at his press, taking the blind slugs one by one from the tray, all of us bent so jealously at our work, determined that not even chaos be outside of our own making.
made light by aerating, as with yeast or baking powder
Some of them had never eaten
leavened bread and they looked to an older boy among them for guidance in the matter.
lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
In the diningroom
adjoining the lobby there were people still at lunch.
set apart from others
He walked through the narrow twisting streets of the town with its ancient buildings and small
unpleasantly loud and harsh
He went to a bar in a sidestreet where the
raucous hybrid beerhall music of the north was blaring from an open door and he got very drunk and got in a fight and woke in the gray dawn on an iron bed in a green room with paper curtains at a window beyond which he could hear roosters calling.
produced by crossbreeding
He went to a bar in a sidestreet where the raucous
hybrid beerhall music of the north was blaring from an open door and he got very drunk and got in a fight and woke in the gray dawn on an iron bed in a green room with paper curtains at a window beyond which he could hear roosters calling.
a vicious angry growl
The others turned in a
snarling mass of teeth and fur but the fallen dog struggled up before he could be set upon and all went on as before.
an elaborate song for solo voice
He said that he had traveled all over the world when he was young and that he had studied opera in Milan and in Buenos Aires and as they rolled through the countryside he sang
arias and gestured with great vigor.
easily irritated or annoyed
He rode the horse out into the noon traffic and the horse was
fractious and scared and it skittered about in the street and kicked a great dish into the side of a bus to the delight of the passengers who leaned out and called challenges from the safety of the windows.
"Fractious" also means "stubbornly resistant to authority or control"--this could also fit the description of a scared horse who does not want to be in the middle of traffic.
softly bright or radiant
The rain had ripened all the country around and the roadside grass was
luminous and green from the run-off and flowers were in bloom across the open country.
grow under conditions that promote development
He imagined the pain of the world to be like some formless parasitic being seeking out the warmth of human souls wherein to
incubate and he thought he knew what made one liable to its visitations.
a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil
He called out his own name before him like a
talisman against harm.
He found he was breathing in rhythm with the horse as if some part of the horse were within him breathing and then he descended into some deeper
collusion for which he had not even a name.
long and thin and often limp
He’d lost his hat and his
lank black hair hung down and his face was a gray color and he called out to them to help him.
disdainfully or ironically humorous
He managed a
sardonic smile and John Grady nodded.
conformity with rules or standards
He thought the world’s heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world’s pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging
equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower.
an excess of liabilities over assets
He thought the world’s heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world’s pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong
deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower.
foul and run-down and repulsive
squalid alameda where there stood a rotting brushwood gazebo and a few old iron benches.
a means of arousing or stirring to action
You must have had some