move about or proceed hurriedly
For two weeks, Henry
scuttled into shadows at the sound of humans. He couldn't be seen.
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
He buried the prison
garb deep in mud under a pig’s sty.
poor enough to need help from others
Did he have children somewhere who’d now grow up fatherless? A wife who’d become
destitute without his paychecks?
be confusing or perplexing to
Henry tried to imagine her in her elegant suits and scarves, using her wit to
befuddle the Gestapo as he had witnessed her outfox other men—not beaten down, filthy, starved.
an elementary book summarizing the principles of a religion
He’d never met nuns before Switzerland. They seemed kind enough, but cool and intimidating, like this girl. Dan had certainly been full of stories of them—rulers coming down on schoolchildren’s knuckles when they’d misbehaved, threats of damnation if they couldn’t recite their
brief and to the point
The girl pursed her lips then answered
tersely: “At the convent school. I was a novice before the war.”
“A novice?” Henry didn’t know what she meant.
someone who has entered a religious order
The girl pursed her lips then answered tersely: “At the convent school. I was a
novice before the war.”
novice?” Henry didn’t know what she meant.
a public road from one place to another
Although the landscape looked serene as the earth swept itself up in gentle hills, he could tell this was a main
thoroughfare linking the small villages that nestled in them. Wouldn’t German patrols use it?
The girl had been so
naive about that envelope, was she using any caution?
unrestrained by convention or propriety
This girl was dangerous. Either she was leading him into a trap or she didn’t have the foggiest idea how to keep herself out of trouble. He’d seen how hatred and anger made people foolishly
brief and to the point
The girl bristled and answered
curtly that she didn’t expect any favors from him.
a minor short-term fight
But he ran after her, watching the
skirmish unfold before him.
with obstinate determination
The French were definitely outnumbered. The jeep
doggedly kept circling the German truck and the soldiers huddled beside it, but one after another the maquis fighters were being gunned down. Soon the jeep would be empty of French fighters.
burn slowly and without a flame
He pointed to Henry, to the
smoldering truck, and back to Henry.
highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
It had occurred to him to take one of the dead German’s shirts or a pair of new, soft boots. He had become a scavenger, as
loathsome as turkey buzzards picking at roadkill back home.
subject to rigid discipline, order, and systematization
Despite their hodgepodge of clothing the camp was tidy and
regimented. Wooden walkways made of tree branches lashed together kept the fighters out of the dank mud.
the quality of being honest and straightforward
Henry was amazed at the maquisard’s
candor. Perhaps because he was openly fighting the Nazis, the man didn’t feel the need for secrecy. But Henry knew the openness reflected a do-or-die attitude.
pretend to be someone or something that you are not
There were a small Peugeot and a Citroën plus two stolen Nazi Mercedes. It was the larger Mercedes that didn’t run. Henry could see why the maquis wanted that one fixed. Not only could they slip in and out of places
masquerading as Germans in that car, they could probably stuff eight gunmen in it, easy.
in a manner marked by extreme care or delicacy
Henry nodded and sat down
gingerly to read the instructions.
comfort offered to one who is disappointed or miserable
Her eyes were closed. He closed his own and found
solace in her lips.
requiring attention or action
"Henri, I don’t have time for questions. Speed is
a close friend or associate
Pétain and his Vichy-government
cronies! If they could catch the head of the Hitler-controlled French government, maybe the maquis could force the Gestapo or the Milice to release some Resistance prisoners.
close in time; about to occur
It seemed an ordinary morning. No high officials. No sense of
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
He’d seen Claudette do this a dozen times now, playacting at being a customer, all the time
wheedling information out of people without their ever knowing it.
a motley assortment of things
Henry recognized the
hodgepodge of uniforms and German and British guns.
loud confused noise from many sources
“But what’s all the
hubbub about?” asked Henry.
feeling great rapture or delight
ecstatic. She ran after the car, shouting back at Henry, “Come!”
a large gathering of people
When Henry squeezed his way through to the center of the
throng, he saw a teenage girl.
allowing light to pass through diffusely
He opened his eyes and focused on the
translucent day-moon, the boundless blue that reached toward it.
firm in purpose or belief
resolute expression had turned to a troubled, conflicted one.
a tiny particle of something
Lilly measured out two cups of sugar ever so carefully. Rationing being what it was she couldn’t afford to lose one precious
marked by tender, romantic, or nostalgic emotion
Clayton had called her a silly,
sentimental fool for making Thanksgiving dinner to begin with.
a local church community
Their church had placed a hundred London children with
parish families to protect them from Hitler’s bombings.
collect discarded or refused material
So I’ve got him doing
salvage. He’s peeled off enough tinfoil from old cigarette packages and gum wrappers he’s found at the dump to make a lump the size of a baseball. One of my teachers told me he could get fifty cents for that ball over at the Richmond Engineering Company.
reflect deeply on a subject
“Goodness, who could be coming here now?”