extend out or project in space
I saw a round white object gradually
protruding from the feathers between her legs.
walk with a lofty proud gait
With loud, pleased clucks, the chicken shook her feathers, moved the egg with her beak, then proudly
strutted her way out of the henhouse.
converted or adapted to use in the home
Then he discovered that if he hatched mallard duck eggs, the ducklings refused to follow him. But if they were hatched by a
domestic duck, they followed her at once.
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
If Tinbergen placed such a monster near the nest of a herring gull or an oyster catcher, she would leave her own egg and desperately (and hopelessly) try to
clamber onto the monstrous fake!
feed as in a meadow or pasture
She loved geese, and there were always six or more
grazing on the grass near the house.
in a quiet and tranquil manner
In those days they were all milked by hand, and I loved to watch the dairymaid squirt the white milk into her pail while the cow
placidly chewed its cud.
a fixed portion that is allotted
The grown-ups usually gave us children most of their
rations of candy, milk, and eggs.
a greenhouse in which plants are arranged
One summer we made a museum in the glass
headgear for a horse
The only part I didn’t much enjoy was the endless cleaning of the tack—the saddles and
rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading
We rode them, bareback with just a
halter, to the riding stable.
give a neat appearance to
Then I would
groom them, give each of them a pile of hay, and get the tack ready for the first ride.
make by braiding or interlacing
On those days I had the thrill of getting up even earlier, grooming Quince until she shone,
plaiting her mane and tail, oiling her hooves, then traveling with her in the horse trailer.
a baby carriage with four wheels
Sometimes I put him in pajamas and wheeled him around the streets in our old
unpleasantly cold and damp
The part of Germany I was in was
bleak, flat, and dreary.
move forward by leaping
And I remember early morning walks through flat, frosty fields where I saw hares
bound away over the white, hard ground.
a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
Because, as I’ve told you, I was bad at languages, I only picked up a
a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building
As you looked out across the flattened, battered city, you could see the
spire of Cologne Cathedral.
an address of a religious nature
Seeing the spire of Cologne Cathedral that day meant more to me than all the
sermons I had ever listened to.
a method of writing rapidly
And so I learned how to type and do
shorthand and simple bookkeeping.
the activity of recording business transactions
And so I learned how to type and do shorthand and simple
suffering from a loss or deficiency of motor control
spastic children, who would never be able to look after themselves.
block forming a division of a hospital shared by patients
They didn’t want her shut into one of those places for the insane, so they paid for her to stay in the children’s
ward of a big hospital.
propel with a pole
I also learned to
punt, which is much harder than canoeing.
in an agile manner
I learned to
deftly lift a slice of meat or a helping of vegetables with serving spoon and fork neatly manipulated in one hand while holding the dish with the other.
the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
How exciting—I now had enough money, along with the small amount I had saved while in London, for a round-trip
fare to Africa!