directly facing each other
Two boys were sitting on
opposite sides of a fence.
restore by putting together what is torn or broken
mended the watches that people brought to him and made new ones too.
easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind
"The soldiers of course," said Shmuel as if it was the most
obvious thing in the world.
a decorative or artistic work
Using his finger he drew a
design in the dusty ground beneath him.
worn around arm as identification or to indicate mourning
"No one's ever given me an
armband," said Bruno.
like better; value more highly
I don't know which one I'd
prefer though, your one or father's.
"That happened to me too!" said Bruno,
delighted that he wasn't the only boy who'd been forced to move.
deny the truth of
Bruno opened his mouth to
contradict him again--he didn't really believe that eleven people could live in the same room together--but changed his mind.
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
hesitated for a moment and bit his lip.
assert to be true
"There weren't any doors,"
talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
mumbled something under his breath along the lines of "Of course there were," but he didn't say it very loud so Shmuel didn't hear.
filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise
"Hundreds?" he said,
travel for the purpose of discovery
exploration like over there anyway?
persuaded of; very sure
"Perhaps," said Shmuel, although he didn't sound
make a proposal; declare a plan for something
He had hoped that Shmuel would
suggest this himself but there didn't seem to be any sign of that.
apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire
In the centre, between two wooden
telegraph poles, it lifted quite easily and a boy as small as Bruno could easily fit through.
causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
Shmuel watched him do this and backed away nervously.
He turned and walked away and Bruno
noticed again how small and skinny this new friend was.
point out real or perceived flaws
He didn't say anything about this because he knew only too well how unpleasant it was being
criticized for something as silly as your height, and the last thing he wanted to do was be unkind to Shmuel.
go away or leave
"I'll come back tomorrow," shouted Bruno to the
departing boy and Shmuel said nothing in reply; in fact he started to run off back to the camp, leaving Bruno all on his own.