turn sharply; change direction abruptly
He speeds along at about ninety miles an hour and
swerves around cars to pass them and never uses his turn signals and he hates to stop.
giving or marked by complete attention to
We didn’t talk hardly at all, thank goodness. I brought along the Odyssey and pretended to be
engrossed in that.
the manner in which something is greeted
At first I thought it was kind of nice, such a great
reception and all, but then when we got out of the car, everyone jumped all over Carl Ray and started hugging him and messing his hair, and I realized they weren’t at all excited to see me.
in a serious or subdued manner
Then Carl Ray said, “Hey,” and Uncle Carl Joe nodded, very
soberly, and everybody started crowding around the table.
a residential district located on the outskirts of a city
Easton is just a little
suburb; it’s about ten miles from a big city.
Well, we were having a great time. I thought I was in a magical place. But all of a sudden, Lee Bob yells “Snapper!” and everybody starts
flailing around trying to get to shore.
climb awkwardly, as if by rushing hastily
They were all yelling at me to get out and hurry up and, boy oh boy, I
scrambled out so fast.
a slight but appreciable amount
Aunt Radene said she was feeling “a
mite better,” but she didn’t look well at all.
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
“Well,” she said, “I’m gonna ask you something strange, and if’n you’d rather not do what I’m gonna ask you, you just tell me straight on out and I’ll
abide by that. But if’n you’ll do what I ask, I’d be beholden, Mary Lou Finney.”
under a moral obligation to someone
“Well,” she said, “I’m gonna ask you something strange, and if’n you’d rather not do what I’m gonna ask you, you just tell me straight on out and I’ll abide by that. But if’n you’ll do what I ask, I’d be
beholden, Mary Lou Finney.”
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
Oh, the noises Arvie Joe can make! He imitates the head calling for the body: “Ohhhhhh, bod-eeeee, where are youuuu?” He makes the head sound real sorrowful and
gruesome, just the way a head might sound, I guess, if it was looking for its body.
burn to charcoal
He pointed to some
charred logs on the ground in front of the doorway. “That’s recent,” he whispered.
a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieves pain
She said she had a
remedy. Do you know what she poured in my ear? Olive oil!
I felt my teeth
pass from physical life
I called and called his house all day and was just about to
expire from despair because no one was home, no answer, no nothing.
a state in which all hope is lost or absent
I called and called his house all day and was just about to expire from
despair because no one was home, no answer, no nothing.
an early warning about a future event
Later, Carl Ray said that he only just learned from Mr. Biggers that when Mr. Furtz heard that he had to go into the hospital, he was afraid that he was going to die. He had a
Well, I started
bawling like mad, and Carl Ray had to pat me on the shoulder.
something used to entice fish or other animals
Then Alex said, “Want to go see my fishing
The funny thing is Alex really does have a collection of fishing
She saw him at the A&P. He was with a “
tacky” girl in a “
tacky” pink sweater and a “
tacky” pair of slacks.
lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
dreary day. Raining and pouring outside.
an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
I was sort of sorry it was over, to tell you the truth. No more rosy-fingered Dawn and swooping Athene and one-eyed monsters and disguises and
without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand
At dinner tonight, Carl Ray
casually mentioned that Mrs. Furtz had asked him if he would like to live with them.
a life-size dummy used to display clothes
It’s filled with all kinds of amazing stuff: old wooden skis, pogo sticks, a five-foot-high stuffed bear, a cardboard igloo, two
mannequins (man and woman), a box of wigs, a fake palm tree, a parachute, a framed picture of a groundhog, a collection of mounted eels, a tuba, and on and on and on.
fix onto a backing, setting, or support
It’s filled with all kinds of amazing stuff: old wooden skis, pogo sticks, a five-foot-high stuffed bear, a cardboard igloo, two mannequins (man and woman), a box of wigs, a fake palm tree, a parachute, a framed picture of a groundhog, a collection of
mounted eels, a tuba, and on and on and on.
message sent by a device that communicates over a wire
Dad sent a
telegram to Aunt Radene.
subject to death
Once my father told me that bad things happen sometimes to remind us we are
mortal and to remind us to appreciate people more.
wither, as with a loss of moisture
And even though I didn’t know I thought this, I said, “Well, of course not! That’s just the way it is. If you didn’t let yourself like people, you’d
walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
Carl Ray is
hobbling all around the hospital already.
at ease in talking to others
I think he’s becoming more