"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, Chapters 27–29

Junior, a young cartoonist who lives on the Spokane Indian reservation, decides to transfer to school in which he will be the only American Indian student.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–7, Chapters 8–14, Chapters 15–21, Chapters 22–26, Chapters 27–29

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definitions & notes only words
  1. destiny
    a course of events that will inevitably happen in the future
    Considering how many young Spokanes have died in car wrecks, I’m pretty sure it’s my destiny to die in a wreck, too.
  2. merit
    be worthy or deserving
    I couldn’t think of anything I’d done that would merit punishment.
  3. grief
    intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one
    The grief didn’t hit me right away.
  4. counsel
    give advice to
    She’d never counseled a student whose sibling had just died.
  5. sibling
    a person's brother or sister
    She’d never counseled a student whose sibling had just died.
  6. inspirational
    imparting a divine influence on the mind and soul
    The guidance office was filled with self-help books and inspirational posters and SAT test books and college brochures and scholarship applications, and I knew that none of that, absolutely none of it, meant shit.
  7. rhetorical
    emphasizing style at the expense of thought
    It was a rhetorical question, meaning there wasn’t supposed to be an answer, right?
  8. vulnerable
    capable of being wounded or hurt
    “You’re very vulnerable right now.”
  9. drift
    be in motion due to some air or water current
    And a curtain drifted in on the wind and caught the hot plate, and the trailer burned down quick.”
  10. flee
    run away quickly
    So I fled my house and went to school.
  11. suspicious
    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    And I’d been so suspicious of them.
  12. death camp
    a concentration camp where prisoners are likely to die
    But somehow or another, Indians have forgotten that reservations were meant to be death camps.
  13. arrogance
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner
    I was the only one with enough arrogance.
  14. chronic
    And the tribe of chronic masturbators.
  15. drought
    a shortage of rainfall
    Drought hot.
  16. vulture
    a large diurnal bird of prey feeding chiefly on carrion
    Vultures flying circles in the sky hot.
  17. dormant
    inactive but capable of becoming active
    So the scientists said it was probably an ancient and dormant volcano crater.
  18. plummet
    drop sharply
    I kept expecting one of them to snap and send me plummeting to my death.
  19. cling
    hold on tightly or tenaciously
    We clung tightly to the tree as it swung in the breeze.
  20. vantage
    place or situation affording some benefit
    From our vantage point, we could see for miles.
  21. translucent
    allowing light to pass through diffusely
    I missed my white friends and white teachers and my translucent semi-girlfriend.
  22. scintillating
    brilliantly clever
    We’d always been such scintillating conversationalists.
  23. mock
    constituting a copy or imitation of something
    I said, mock-surprised.
  24. graze
    the act of feeding as in a meadow or pasture
    “So I looked up nomadic in the dictionary, and it means people who move around, who keep moving, in search of food and water and grazing land.”
  25. nomad
    a member of a people who have no permanent home
    “You’re an old-time nomad,” Rowdy said.

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