carry with difficulty
She gave me both of these to carry while she
toted the huge wrapping cloth bundle.
carry on a discussion
The trash man had not burned the trash when I showed up after school. I
conversed with him, very slowly. I told him Kyoto was much warmer than northern Korea.
having an illustrious reputation; respected
On the board was a huge drawing of me with my rucksacks, picking up trash in the furnace room. Under the drawing was writing. "Democratic System!
Prestigious Sagano Accepts Trash-Picker as Student."
reduce to ashes
The police telephoned a funeral service and two men came. They asked Ko what type of casket we wanted. Ko said we had no money, but was there some way we could
cremate the body?
an addition that was not included in the original plan
Then I said as an
afterthought, "Mother told me to hang on to the wrapping cloth."
in a sincere and serious manner
"But we can sleep without worrying about thieves or being attacked,” I said,
earnestly wishing she would never again bring up the word "station.”
a severe or trying experience
The three uniforms became pieces and bits. I took them to the stream, rubbed the bar of soap on each piece, and pounded them with a wooden stick I had borrowed from a factory worker. I pounded especially where the material was stained with blood, trying hard to forget the
ordeal we had gone through.
tending to squander
As I left the furnace room one day I noticed a cart full of cans and empty bottles. What was he doing with them? I asked.
“I sell them,” he said. “The girls are very
wasteful. Most of their fathers are prestigious and the girls are badly spoiled.”
discuss the terms of an arrangement
She said the government had just opened a new port, Maizuru, for refugees arriving from Korea and Manchuria. Also the government had been
negotiating with Russia to let the remaining Japanese come home.
a surrounding or nearby region
All that Saturday we stayed in the
vicinity of the port to sell our items.
a pocket-sized case for holding paper money
When he saw me he took out his
billfold and handed me five yen, saying I had done well collecting cans and should keep it up.
commodities offered for sale
Many people were buying things from the pushcarts, and I looked for a good busy spot to display my
the overhang at the lower edge of a roof
Leaving my small rucksack with all the things I had bought by the stairway, I went to the back side of the warehouse, beneath the
eaves, where Ko had made a small hibachi with stones.
feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
But she received her wooden rice bowl of green tea
reverently in both hands, sipped it slowly, and let the tears roll down her face.
expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
In it I had criticized the Sagano Girls' School students for snobbish behavior, but this made little difference in the way my classmates treated me. Perhaps they were not so mean and
sarcastic in the days that followed, but they were very cold.
of or relating to fabrics or fabric making
The Corporal had taken over his father's silk thread and
textile business, which had been passed down from ancestors who had woven materials for the lord of the castle and his family.
smash or break forcefully
Loneliness attacked me and once more sobs
wracked my body.
kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment
As they ate, the farmer made his decision. "If he should die or if anyone finds out we have rescued a Japanese boy, we will be betrayed for prize money and
executed. Listen, everyone. The boy is going to be my nephew. His parents were killed by Japanese and he has come to live with us. Do you understand? This way we are not in danger."
make or become more narrow or restricted
They ate quickly and then Mrs. Kim crushed garlic, added warm water, and tried to feed Hideyo as Mr. Kim forced open his mouth. His throat
well in the past; former
For a while I dreamed of happy