go at a smooth three-beat gait, of horses
A horse can walk, jog, trot,
a feeling or tendency that is not explicitly expressed
undercurrent zigzags through her, twirling her intestines, causing a ticklish fumble she hasn’t known.
money or goods contributed to the poor
Hằng and Mother practiced shuffling with heads down, as if asking for
move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
She never imagined they could release so much heat, or their shoulders would
undulate like shifting boulders, yet they could be startled by a mouse.
Hằng notices Ly-Roi’s teeth are yellow too but decides to keep her opinion inside, having been
a language user's knowledge of words
Imagine, he used to sit in air-conditioning and read about cowboy life and copy down cowboy
While reading, whenever he felt like it, he would
mosey over to the refrigerator or pantry, gather up an unlimited amount and variety of snacks, then go back to the couch and chew until he was bursting.
a yearning for something or to do something
He’s got a drop-on-your-knees
hankering for nachos, even a worse one for brownie sundaes.
the distance around something, especially a person's body
Mr. Morgan goes on and on about Thea’s compact body with a broad chest, deep
girth, short back, well-sprung ribs, and powerful loins.
think moodily or anxiously about something
He likes it better when she’s
brooding, when he can predict which cranky expression will hold tight on her face.
make a soft sound characteristic of a horse
nickers that she accepts the deal.
cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
His horse is cured; even the skin
sloughing around her nose has completely healed.
easily irritated or annoyed
“Just talk.” The boy sounds
a slight suggestion or vague understanding
“You’ve got no
inkling how much your sister has to tell you."
rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading
There’s no chute, just a pickup man holding on to the
halter as best he can before letting go and getting out of the way.
take the place or move into the position of
Desperation always stirs up memories, which lately have been
supplanted by ranch work.
beg or request earnestly and urgently
These eyes once
implored her to tell him stories, to get him to school, to cut open a fruit, any fruit at all.
thoroughly dried out
She gnaws on
desiccated ginger and remembers that when sick, people sing.
a container from which cattle or horses feed
Then The Meanie had them scrub all eleven
troughs with vinegar and baking soda. The horses flared their nostrils and refused to drink until the stink evaporated.
a union of interests or purposes among members of a group
By his own admission he did reach out and squeeze her hand in the back of the truck. At the time, it was a gesture of
solidarity, as they were both plum worn out.
rough and misshapen and full of knots
A mesquite is not a tree any right-minded human should be getting near, much less wrestle out of the ground, not with them
gnarly pokey branches and roots that can crawl two hundred feet underground.
a quality that arouses emotions, especially pity or sorrow
“Bà told you?”
“How else would I know?” Chú Quốc tries to smile, to be neutral, but Hằng knows he has embellished here and there to build more
pathos for the judge.
producing a sizeable profit
Bà did not tell the man that she alone raised her sons by using her hands to grow herbs and her brains to turn the plants into ornaments like bonsai, starting a craze as
lucrative as grafting orchids.
suppress or crush completely
Still, he can’t
quell his pining for open land or a bucking bronc. Everyone, he figures, has longings that won’t fade even when clobbered by cold, brutal facts.
fill to contentment
After two stacks of pancakes, which he vows never again to be deprived of, thick slices of ham, whose existence Mr. Morgan ignores, and half an apple pie, which he truly deserves, LeeRoy finally feels
sated as a pig in mud.
having the customs or manners of someone urban
It doesn’t pay to stick out like a
citified boy trying out a rough life.
scold or reprimand severely or angrily
Bà would pretend to
chide him, in truth nodding at his cleverness.
a feeling of joy and pride
She runs, amazed at her own
not serious in content, attitude, or behavior
For once, her dad does not launch into a lecture about
one of several parallel layers of material
After testing the
strata exposed in the walls, it’s understood that the oldest rocks on the canyon floor go back two hundred and forty million years and every layer tells its own history.
a composite rock made up of particles of varying size
The youngest rocks of course are at the canyon rim and we're sitting on quartz, sandstone, and limestone. On down you have what’s called massive micaceous, quartz sandstone, and
conglomerate, also interbedded shale and mudstone, next is variegated shale and mudstone in addition to quartz and calcite that they call sugar sand.
having an assortment of colors
On down you have what’s called massive micaceous, quartz sandstone, and conglomerate, also interbedded shale and mudstone, next is
variegated shale and mudstone in addition to quartz and calcite that they call sugar sand.
a branch that flows into the main stream
Hikers today still find burned boiling pebbles and hearth stones and flint flakes and all kinds of artifacts, especially near the wet portions of the main canyon and
a display of bad temper
He hopes she’s not working up a fever that likely will send her uncle into a
express grief verbally
The captain of our fishing boat
lamented, “I ask for everyone’s forgiveness.”
unshaken in purpose
My stomach rejected every bite of fish, every drop of sweet water, also emptied of every remnant of the ocean.
Undaunted, more muddy hands offered more grilled fish, more coconut.
ask for or request earnestly
Pulling his arm once more, her eyes widen and
entreat him to keep talking.
status established in order of importance or urgency
But truth is, he does like seeing her happy. Somehow, that is taking
precedence over what would make him happy, namely a gorged belly and long, warm days roaming rodeos.
smother or suppress
LeeRoy hears quick, stuttering breaths,
stifling a full-on cry.
a sudden happening that brings good fortune
If she would look up, he could point to the sun peeking through and black birds giddy at the
bonanza of exposed worms.