My stomach was
churning with fright.
characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity
vigorous voice was shouting in the Korean language. "One, two, three, four!"
move about or proceed hurriedly
Everywhere there was hustling, running,
scurrying here and there to assist patients, adults and children.
make ready for action or use
"He left this morning for the ammunition factory where he will work with the
exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents
I could not see the patients' faces, but my eyes gradually became used to the darkness and I saw that the people were
symmetrically arranged on cheaply woven straw mats.
a disorderly outburst or tumult
There was a
commotion outside. Someone was shouting and asking if there was any room in our boxcar.
black powder formed when fuel such as wood or coal is burned
The next I knew, the nurse was slapping my face. We were out of the tunnel. Mother was there, her face streaked with
soot. Ko's face looked the same.
having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance
The night advanced. The cruel,
arrogant air blew in. I put my coat on and lent my blanket again to the new mother and baby.
in a heroic or brave manner
Mother said she would go and help and Ko said she would go too. They jumped
gallantly from the car.
an overwhelming number or amount
Far, far below me the
torrents of water made a roaring sound.
desire strongly or persistently
When the rising sun sent a soft light between the trees, Ko built a small fire and Mother cooked rice. How I
yearned for fresh vegetables and a fine cup of tea.
having the clarity and freshness of immediate experience
I remembered Hideyo's words
vividly. "Someday you'll wish you had these carrots."
a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders
She opened her sack, took out her
chemise, and wrapped it around my chest.
a protective covering, as for a knife or sword
Then she said, "Finished," wiped the thin blade carefully, and put it into the
sheath. She held the slender
sheath out in front of her, and bowed.
weapons considered collectively
Hideyo, working with three friends from Nanam, was packing assembled machine guns into thick, metal-lined wooden boxes. He had been at the
munitions factory five days.
"Line up!" the voice commanded. There were
reluctant footsteps toward the front of the room.
small area set off by walls for special use
Shoichi and Shinzo came from the same
cubicle, shaking, their faces ghostly white.
in a manner marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
Stealthily they crept to their bunkroom next to the washroom. They crammed belongings into their rucksacks.
the food allowance for one day
Mother had packed only six days'
rations for Hideyo, as he had expected to go home the next afternoon for the weekend, so he had only some strips of fish and dried biscuits.
an event that results in total destruction
Makoto surveyed the
desolation before them. "The Korean Communist troops have been here," he said.
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
The wall clock, ski shoes, radio, collections of wooden tops he used to play with on the ice, fountain pens, his kimonos as well as formal
attire were all gone.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
He hurried to Shoichi's house, meeting no one on the street and feeling the silence
attack someone physically or emotionally
assailed their nostrils.
a measure taken in advance to ward off impending danger
"We are Koreans. But not members of the Communist Party," Hideyo answered carefully in the Korean language. He was taking every possible
recall the past
They cooked the last of their rice and shared the water from the canteens. They lay in the mountain bush,
reminiscing about their wonderful friendship.