one of a pair of long straps used to control a horse
Papa taught Sarah how to plow the fields, guiding the plow behind Jack and Old Bess, the
reins around her neck.
attribute responsibility to
blame him," said Sarah.
utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
"Lots and lots and lots of snow,"
chanted Caleb, rolling around in the grass.
break down, literally or metaphorically
collapsed next to Sarah, and the lambs pushed their wet noses into us.
put down, place, or press the foot
run away quickly
Seal had long ago
fled to the barn to sleep in cool hay.
There are three old aunts who all
squawk together like crows at dawn.
work clothing consisting of denim trousers
In the morning, Sarah dressed in a pair of
overalls and went to the barn to have an argument with Papa.
physically and mentally fatigued
I shook my head,
weary with Caleb's questions.
sudden violent winds, often accompanied by precipitation
squall!" he yelled to us.
strong and sharp to the sense of taste or smell
There was a hiss of wind, a sudden
crowd or draw together
Caleb and I jumped over the fence and found the animals
huddled by the barn.
inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening
The barn was
eerie and half lighted, like dusk without a lantern.
precipitation of ice pellets
And at dawn there was the sudden sound of
hail, like stones tossed against the barn.
bright with a steady but subdued shining
It was white and
gleaming for as far as we looked, like sun on glass.
harmed or injured or spoiled
Only one field was badly
damaged, and Sarah and Papa hitched up the horses and plowed and replanted during the next two days.
express discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
"Too quick," Caleb
complained to me as we watched from the fence. He thought a moment. "Maybe she'll fall off and have to stay here.
strict and demanding
And with a whisper to Old Bess and a
stern word to Jack, Sarah climbed up in the wagon and drove away.
causing irritation or annoyance
"I am loud and
pesky," Caleb cried suddenly.
emit long loud cries
"Seal was very worried!'' he cried. Sarah put her arms around him, and he
wailed into her dress.