a feeling of intense anger
He strode across the kitchen and swept plates and platters to the floor in a
“You must help me,” she said,
desperation in her voice, “if the baby is, if the baby is..."
a shortening or tensing of a muscle or organ
contraction passed, she said urgently, “I will die, but you must save my baby.”
deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
“No wonder everybody be
scarce as hen’s teeth today.”
a wrong or indecent act
But Teenie knew that Mr. Derby was probably quite capable of murder and would be within the limits of social acceptability to do so for this
someone who has exceptional intellectual ability
Of course, don’t take no
genius to figger out whose baby this be.
the state of being weak in health or body
Our daughter, regardless of any
infirmity, must be buried with honor in our family plot,” he told her.
look down on with disdain
She realized then how deeply her life was entangled with those of the slaves she had once so
defiance of authority
I told you I would never allow any
insubordination in my household.
come out of
She had no more time to argue with him, for at that moment Mr. Derby
emerged from the front door of the house, angrily holding up a weak and sobbing Mrs. Derby.
A look of
revulsion crossed Mr. Derby’s face as he stared at the perfect brown features of the infant.
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
impassive once more, showed no outward emotion, but tears slipped down his face.
feeling a need to see others suffer
“But you chose to betray me,” her husband said,
venom returning to his voice.
unwilling to submit to authority
Unfortunately, she had to witness the disciplining of some
unruly slaves, and it proved a bit much for her.
make oneself subject to
Polly, Amari, and Teenie looked at one another but did not fight him or object—they did not want to do anything to further
incur his anger.
overwhelm or overpower
devastated, but she, too, seemed to have run out of tears.
the act of removing something
riddance to the lot of them,” Mr. Derby replied, a look of disgust on his face.
Polly huddled in the wagon, wishing she knew a way to vent the anger that she needed to
cause to feel better
Amari held Tidbit, trying to
soothe him, but Polly knew that nothing she could say or do would make the child feel better.
sorrowful through loss or deprivation
bereft and empty inside, held the child and stared at the thick woods on either side of the road.
in a rebellious manner
“We not go north—we go south,” Amari said
a course of events that will inevitably happen in the future
Even though her feet were bare and the ground was covered with sticks and pine needles, she felt no pain, for this walk was leading her, perhaps, to that
destiny that Afi kept speaking of.
temporary loss of strength and energy from hard work
Amari knew it was hunger, illness, and
fatigue that made Polly so upset, but she also knew that Polly spoke what was truly on her mind.
restore to good health or strength
Her head hurt all the time, and even though the others seemed to have
recuperated from the mayapple incident, she didn’t want to tell them that she still felt dizzy and nauseous.
satisfy, as thirst
Some nights they crossed small streams, which gave them a chance to refresh themselves,
quench their thirst, and soothe their aching feet.
intermittently stopping and starting
Tidbit fell into a
fitful sleep in Amari’s arms, his face drawn.
causing fear or dread or terror
Amari sat close to Polly for warmth and companionship, looking at the fire, thinking not of the
horrendous fire that had destroyed her village, but of the smoky cooking fires that decorated the front of each household as the women prepared the evening meal.
any long and difficult trip
In addition, Amari figured out a way to catch crayfish in the shallows, the tangy flesh a delicious treat as they began their seemingly unending nighttime
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
“Yes, the doctor said it was his heart, but I believe he was poisoned,” Clay said ominously.
a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for misfortunes of others
She looked at him with