"The Red Umbrella," Vocabulary from Part 2

"The Red Umbrella" by Christina Diaz Gonzalez takes place a few years after the Communist revolution in Cuba. A fourteen year-old girl, whose parents fear for her life, is sent alone to make a new life for herself in America. Her journey and her growth are at the center of this novel.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. elite
    a group or class of persons enjoying superior status
    "Plus, I thought the government closed down the Yacht Club. Called it a symbol of the elite. ”
  2. chamomile
    plant with apple-scented foliage and white-rayed flowers
    Mama’s famous chamomile tea (with tilo and ani) had helped me go to sleep even though I was convinced I’d only have nightmares.
  3. absorb
    take in a liquid
    I sat back and tried to absorb everything I’d witnessed.
  4. hoard
    save up as for future use
    The newspapers had stories about people hoarding money and property.
  5. bearing
    the direction or path along which something moves or lies
    I took a deep breath, got my bearings, and took off running again.
  6. adrenaline
    a secretion in response to stress, stimulating nerve action
    All the adrenaline that had rushed through me evaporated.
  7. spare
    save or relieve from an experience or action
    “Oh, Lucy, how I wish you’d been spared from seeing ...”
  8. filter
    pass through
    Frankie’s voice filtered into the room through the open window.
  9. betrayal
    an act of deliberate disloyalty
    He wanted a simple, peaceful protest to give voice to what so many feel is a betrayal of what the revolution was supposed to do.
  10. trudge
    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
    Frankie trudged into the room.
  11. insinuate
    suggest in an indirect or covert way; give to understand
    "He insinuated that if I couldn’t teach my children how to be good revolutionaries, then maybe the government should take on that responsibility.”
  12. privilege
    a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all
    My parents say all students should spend some of their time doing that since they’ve had the privilege of receiving a good education in the cities.
  13. ragged
    having an irregular outline
    I glanced down at my hands and saw the ragged edges of my cuticles.
  14. illusion
    an erroneous mental representation
    The top was sleeveless and cinched at the waist, and it was cut to give the illusion that I had curves in just the right places.
  15. stifle
    conceal or hide
    Slow, deep breaths stifled the rising panic.
  16. canopy
    a covering that shelters an area from the weather
    There, under a canopy of white crepe-paper ribbons, ten couples danced as the band played a quick merengue.
    Note the symbolic connection between this word and the title of the book.
  17. snicker
    laugh quietly
    "So, I see you’re having a good time,” Raul, Ivette's older brother, snickered.
  18. douse
    put out, as of a candle or a light
    Slowly it doused my anger.
  19. straddle
    sit or stand astride of
    He straddled me to keep me from moving.
  20. amphitheater
    an oval large stadium with tiers of seats
    He smelled like the amphitheater bathrooms after a big concert, but I couldn’t get enough of him.
  21. industry
    the action of making of goods and services for sale
    “The government controls all the industries."
  22. indoctrinate
    teach uncritically
    "They want to indoctrinate the kids right under our noses.”
  23. abruptly
    quickly and without warning
    Papa abruptly stood up, nearly dropping Frankie to the ground.
  24. muffle
    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    They’d thought I was asleep, but I could hear their muffled voices going back and forth until well past midnight.
  25. scorn
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    The scorn in his face when he called me a giMana.

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