the time of day immediately following sunset
dusk, and the dogs lay beside him on the warm hearthstones.
difficult to deal with
"I would have named you
Troublesome," I said, making Caleb smile.
lacking in physical beauty or proportion
homely and plain, and he had a terrible holler and a horrid smell.
deserving or inciting pity
I had gone to bed thinking how
wretched he looked.
a treeless grassy plain
prairie reached out and touched the places where the sky came down.
showing spirit and courage
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
murmured Papa, smiling, because no matter what Jack did Papa loved him.
possessing or displaying forceful exertion
His wife-to-be is young and
a deliberately offensive act
I have always loved to live by the sea, but at this time I feel a move is necessary. And the truth is, the sea is as far east as I can go. My choice, as you can see, is limited. This should not be taken as an
like better; value more highly
Yes, I can braid hair and I can make stew and bake bread, though I
prefer to build bookshelves and paint.
be contingent upon
My favorite colors are the colors of the sea, blue and gray and green,
depending on the weather.
"What's that?" asked Caleb excitedly,
peering over Papa's shoulder.
connect to a vehicle
He fed and watered the horses, talking to them as he
hitched them up to the wagon.
give a small sharp bite to
Old Bess, calm and kind, Jack, wild-eyed, reaching over to
nip Bess on the neck.
go or come after and bring or take back
And then Papa drove off along the dirt road to
a pen for horses
There were buds on the wild roses that climbed up the
strew or distribute over an area
At dusk Sarah cut Caleb’s hair on the front steps, gathering his curls and
scattering them on the fence and ground.
a light noise, like the noise of leaves blowing in the wind
Sarah sang us a song we had never heard before as we sat on the porch, insects buzzing in the dark, the
rustle of cows in the grasses.
rough to the touch
She sank her fingers into their thick,
be in motion due to some air or water current
She lay down in the field beside them and sang "Sumer Is Icumen in," her voice
drifting over the meadow grasses, carried by the wind.