censure severely or angrily
berated himself for throwing away his .45. What a hothead, what an idiot.
a substance used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall
Within a few minutes Henry saw a scattering of houses. They were half-timbered, held together with
mortar and a latticework of wooden beams that made diamond patterns.
take arbitrarily or by force
Our doctor was
commandeered into the Nazi army. The Gestapo has arrested the only man who might have helped you.
impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason
The Swiss were
adamant about maintaining their neutrality, sometimes even shooting down American bombers flying over their country.
injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration
lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
With no one to help him but a
wizened old teacher who couldn’t stop talking history.
a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
Henry rolled over and pushed the blanket around in an attempt to make it a better
buffer between him and the wooden floor.
make or shape as with an axe
“I think the bone sticks out here,” said the teacher, pointing to a nasty bulge beside Henry’s anklebone. He rewrapped Henry’s ankle with a rough-
hewn splint and a clean cloth.
in a manner expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
"...But first I must get a boat, without being arrested.” He smiled
ruefully at Henry.
He handed Henry a change of clothes. “You cannot travel in your uniform.” Henry was
loath to give up his warm flight jacket for the scratchy sweater and pants.
Rocked by the boat, lulled by the steady, soft lap-lap-lap of water against its hull, Henry passed into
oblivion once more.
a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads
Henry and the boatman waited at a pier for a long time, bobbing among many other
The brandy quickly lulled him into a
the front of a building
Tall buildings with ornate stone
facades leaped up into the night sky.
the localized death of living cells
Make sure you drain that foot. The nurse told me the break wasn’t bad. It’s just the possibility of
gangrene to worry over.
drooping without elasticity
A face popped into his vision—a pale, bald, and
flaccid face with reflective glasses.
a metal stretcher with wheels
Huge white doors slammed behind Henry’s
gurney and shut the American voice out. A rubber mask came down over Henry’s face and gassed him to sleep.
Henry awoke in a cold,
stark ward that reeked of antiseptic.
the residence or workplace of a diplomat
Everyone has a
consulate here—Germans, Italians, Spanish, Russians.
gather, as of natural products
It’s a real hotbed of gossip. I work with Allen Dulles, sent here by OSS, our office of strategic services. Mr. Dulles is quite talented at
in a manner suggesting something bad will happen
"...It would be very easy for Hitler to take over Switzerland. What would happen to our boys in Adelboden then?” He shrugged, leaving the question
an overwhelming number or amount
He hurled a
torrent of angry words at Henry, “Noch einmal und du bist deiner Stelle los! Ab in die Küche!"
a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
It’s part of the
compliant and obedient to authority
Henry nodded, trying to look as
subservient and stupid as possible.
wearing or provided with clothing
She too was
clad in a sophisticated suit.
in a wild or reckless manner
Ski runs, Henry reckoned, even though he’d never seen any before. The
pell-mell slopes impressed him. And they called pilots daredevils.
move away from each other
Dinnertime came and the crowds
decorate with strings of flowers
Her glossy dark hair was swept up under a mocha-colored cap,
festooned with pheasant feathers.
a decorative pin
brooch glittered on her lapel and a long, silk scarf draped her right shoulder.
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
prattled on, the woman thrust the dog into Henry’s hands, put her arm through his, and led him toward the door.
pride or congratulate oneself for an achievement
preened under her compliments.
a path or strip
"...France is just across the lake, you know.” She pointed through the window to a glistening, wide
swath of blue that bordered the city.
“But it will still be a trick to get you across the border. I plan to visit the casino tonight to see if I can
stoke our fortunes in case a bit of persuasion is needed. It usually is.”
a soft quilt usually filled with down
He flopped onto the big, soft bed and ran his hands over the crisp linen and fluffy
duvet covering. They were so much nicer than the coarse cotton sheets and wool blanket at home.
wrap in or as if in strips of cloth
swathed in mink stoles, their tails dangling.
a wide shawl or scarf worn around the shoulders
She’d left swathed in mink
stoles, their tails dangling.
put on clothes
donned a great deal of jewelry.
Out popped a
portly German diplomat.
deeply agitated especially from emotion
Playfully, she rattled her keys once more. “Isn’t it a shame that poor Philippe gets so
overwrought and has accidents like that, just at the sound of keys?”
a woman who flirts, often for personal gain
I play a high-society
coquette to disarm my enemy and to keep myself a mystery. Women have had to cloak themselves in this way forever.