admit or acknowledge, often reluctantly
I steer Paloma between a couple of tents and
concede the point.
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
Six men on mules
clamber down the trail, six matchsticks with their flame-red hair flying in all directions.
walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
“Giddap!” I cry, digging in my heels hard. Paloma charges forward. The remuda stops again to yell encouragements as Paloma and I
slog toward them.
suffering from acute abdominal pain
Father played her to quiet his
colicky Snake baby.
feeling great delight and interest
She lets that word sink in, and now we’re all staring at her in
support and strengthen
But Andy has already healed me in many ways, not just my fingers, but my emptiness,
bolstering my fragile stance in the world with her own solid shoulders.
chastised pinto turns her snapping jaws on West’s horse.
refuse to acknowledge
snubs Cay by continuing her spree toward the stallions.
an asset of special worth or utility
Running is not my
forte, though neither is being a boy.
pale from illness or emotion
We need a doctor, medical supplies, and food. His green eyes shine too bright against his
lasting for a markedly brief time
It relieves me to be out of the scope of lawmen, but it is a
fleeting comfort. We cannot hide out here forever.
a collection of live animals for study or display
"When I was six, someone brought a
menagerie to town.” I pause as I realize that was almost ten years ago to the day.
take place or happen afterward or as a result
More throat clearing
ensues, which I ignore.
deep and complete, of sleep
His face screws up, and I put a cool towel on his head until he relaxes again and closes his eyes. I wish for him the kind of sleep that Homer called a ‘counterfeit death,’ delicious and
a medical dressing spread on a cloth and applied to the skin
“He’s hurting,” I say as I pound the yarrow into a
poultice with a rock.
The late-morning sun hides in a
tepid curdle of clouds.
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
Forcing Ty Yorkshire’s moth eye out of my head, I replace it with West’s handsome
restrained in style or quality
Looking at him now, I catch a glimpse of the man he will be, still sweet, but more
subdued, even reflective.
your usual mood
disposition immediately lifts my spirits.
lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
If Peety saw this, he would wonder at its bright pink sheen and lace edges, so
incongruous amongst our weedy surroundings.
sun-dried brick used in hot dry climates
We travel as one long snake toward the white
adobe walls of the fort, rising like a giant white bread box set atop an outcropping of bedrock.
part of a rock formation that juts above surrounding land
We travel as one long snake toward the white adobe walls of the fort, rising like a giant white bread box set atop an
outcropping of bedrock.
having gray or partially gray hair
We jump to our feet and turn around to find a man, his face
grizzled and sweaty under an unusual cap with a flat top and visor.
rendered competent through trial and experience
So I tuck in my round parts and cross my arms over my chest like a
a sleeveless dress resembling an apron
Crocheted caps droop over the girls’ eyes and frilly lace adorns their
someone who is morally reprehensible
Then I summarize the story in French, including the part about West’s injury. When the girls cast their eyes in his direction, I kick myself. At least I dimmed the light of Cay’s candle. He deserves that, the
Debris from the
revel litters the grounds. I skirt bodies and wine bottles and head toward the nearest opening between wagons.
a cowardly and despicable person
“Let her go, you filthy
cur,” I shriek, steadying my grip, “or I will put a knot in your trunk!”
steadiness of mind under stress
“I changed my mind,” I say, maintaining a look of
a short, technical composition for a solo instrument
Father never received a gift without giving something in return, a bag of candied ginger, or an
étude on his cello.
fuse or cause to come together
Everywhere I look, there are stars and more stars,
coalescing like white dust.
give a false appearance of
But I am always awake when he drops quietly beside me, not realizing I excel at
cause to feel shame
Ten days have passed since La Disgrâce, what I’ve started calling the French party. My wound has healed, partially. I can at least recount the
mortifying events without shedding a tear.
censure severely or angrily
reprimands her father from behind her, his eyes darting about like blue minnows under the glassy pools of his spectacles.
marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
rakishly from beneath a neat slash of mustache.
violent pangs of suffering
My right hand works the strings like a spider in its death
in an abundant manner
After thanking the doctor
profusely, I stumble after Andy to a table assembled from a length of wood and two stumps.
an overwhelming number or amount
My sorrow pours out in a
deluge of tears and stuttered gasping.
dishonorable in character or purpose
When it comes to tangerines, I do not care if the treasure was won through
a grotesque product of the imagination
If the boys do want to come, we’ll have to tell them the truth, a truth that has grown many heads like the