a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk
They motored along Lake Léman from Montreux to Lausanne, heading toward Geneva, past
promenades lined by palm trees.
That’s what Clayton would have reduced him to, because that’s all Clayton himself seemed to be—a body to
toil and scratch the dirt, then die.
a speech of violent denunciation
She turned to the German officer to continue a
tirade of complaints about Henry’s inabilities as a servant.
the trait of being not serious or sensible
Madame stiffened, her characteristic
feeling great delight and interest
While she concentrated on the music, he watched her face. It glowed with a
rapt appreciation of the music, making her beauty even more intriguing.
conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
He could tell, too, that she was so engaged, so elevated by creating this moment of musical beauty, she had completely forgotten his presence, forgotten the sorrow of her imprisoned son, forgotten the danger of her
humorously sarcastic or mocking
When Madame looked back up at him, her face was masked with a slightly flirtatious,
wry smile that Henry had seen as kind and warm but now recognized as anything but intimate.
a person who is awkward, uncultured, or unsophisticated
“My father collected the Impressionists. And this is by Morisot. She was a woman, you know. Just as good as the male Impressionists, don’t you agree?”
“Impressionists?” Henry had asked, feeling like an uneducated
bumpkin around her.
But Madame never
patronized him. She seemed to enjoy educating him.
get by special effort
It is too dangerous for you here now. This evening I
procured a train ticket and papers for you to travel to Grenoble.
come into being; become reality
As he got off the train in Grenoble, two well-dressed men
materialized by his side. They nodded to him and he followed, the three of them working their way through the station crowds.
urge on; cause to act
Do what they say, do what they say, Henry
spread by scattering
The road was little more than a goat path, narrow, uneven,
strewn with sharp white rocks.
in constant agitation
seething waterfall crashed through the gorge to a bottom Henry couldn’t see.
fraught with danger
A hundred steps farther he came to a great heap of rocks that had tumbled down in a crushing avalanche of stone. He scrambled over it, knocking loose a slide of pebbles into the abyss. Henry stopped to catch his breath and calm his heart, racing with thinner air and the
precariousness of his perch.
a steep rugged rock or cliff
Finally, Henry clambered out of the
crags to stand on a grassy ridge.
an enclosure that is set back or indented
Within the eerie
recesses of the plants’ shadows, anything could be hiding.
hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
Occasionally he heard the
tentative morning call of a rooster.
a pen for horses
There was an old, stooped man in the
paddock by the barn.
censure severely or angrily
The boy lay belly down on the straw and hung his head and shoulders way over the edge of the hayloft floor. Henry smiled. How many times had his mother
reprimanded him for the exact same move?
the young of an animal cared for at one time
He’d always loved teasing Patsy’s
brood of younger brothers. Being an only child, Henry had been hungry for play and never tired of trying to amuse them when he visited Patsy’s crowded cottage.
required by rule
Back on base in England, Henry had read how the Hitler-controlled French government in Vichy was forcing Frenchmen to work in Nazi factories both in France and Germany. The Vichy government called it “
compulsory labor,” but it seemed little more than slavery.
act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements
He stopped and lunged back,
showing pensive sadness
It was a rag doll, with yarn for hair and buttons for eyes, just like one he remembered Patsy carrying everywhere when they were tiny.
wistful smile crept onto Henry’s face.
move or cause to move in a winding or curving course
A dozen white cows were still out in the pasture, but were
meandering back toward the barn for feeding time.
an adult female hog
In front of another, low-slung building several huge
sows scratched themselves on the fencing. There’d be piglets born soon, Henry reckoned.
One of the soldiers stepped out of the idling car.
an official form on which a request is made
He wrote something down on a pad, tore off the paper and handed it to her. A
requisition, Henry figured. The jerks don’t even pay her.
in a forceful manner
vehemently shook her head.
marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
Henry forced himself to stand tall, his fists level with his face,
poised for a fight.
search and discover through persistent investigation
Henry wondered how many other Americans he had slugged. But more importantly how many Germans had he
ferreted out that way? So, just because someone spoke English, didn’t make him or her safe.
the overhang at the lower edge of a roof
Each window had a flower box, overflowing with red geraniums. Blue swallows darted in and out of the
perform a chasse step, in ballet
“Come on, Ma, dance with me,” he’d said, grabbing his mother and twirling her around.
Lilly followed his moves, sliding her feet and
pale from illness or emotion
The mother’s smile froze. Her face turned
ashen. She put her fingers to her lips, then pointed to Henry, to the boy, and then to the back door.
Impulsively, Henry started to squirm out from under.
a fortified military post where troops are stationed
He told the boy that his uncle was going to attack the cars taking his mother to the German
garrison in Grenoble.
dignified and somber in manner or character
Across the square was a
solemn gray church with a rooster weather vane atop its tall tower.
teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
Clayton had always tried to
instill his own prejudices in Henry. “A man who doesn’t do any work outdoors isn’t worth a spit,” Clayton had said repeatedly, dismissing teachers, ministers, county courthouse lawyers—men he didn’t understand.
a church or building associated with a monastery or convent
There is a Cistercian
abbey nearby where several children of patriots hide.
in a reluctant manner
The priest started to say no, but instead said
grudgingly, “Cinq minutes. Five minutes only. This way.”