Sentence from the Novel
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| “Outside the brush house in the tuna clump, a covey of little birds chittered and flurried with their wings.” (pg 1)
| a brood or small flock of partridges or similar birds.
| Sitting on the beach, I looked up and saw a convey of huge birds flapping their wings.
| “Near the brush fence two roosters bowed and feinted at each other with squared wings and neck feathers ruffed out.” (pg 4)
| a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack
| The boxer feinted and fell from the punch of his opponent pretending to be hurt.
| “In his mind a new song had come, the Song of Evil, the music of the enemy, of any foe of the family, a savage, secret, dangerous melody, and underneath, the Song of the Family cried plaintively.” (pg 5)
| Expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful
| The mother whimpered plaintively as it was the 4th day that she could not find her child.
| “They came to the place where the brush houses stopped and the city of stone and plaster began, the city of harsh outer walls and inner cool gardens where a little water played and the bougainvillaea crusted the walls with purple and brick-red and white.” (pg 8)
| any tropical woody nyctaginaceous widely cultivated climbing plant of the genus Bougainvillea, having inconspicuous flowers surrounded by showy red or purple bracts
| Surrounded by beautiful bougainvillaea, the resort offers an amazing place to sit back and relax.
| “They knew his ignorance, his cruelty, his avarice, his appetites, his sins.” (pg 9)
| insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.
| Some very wealthy people have avarice.
| “And, since early Mass was over and business was slow, they followed the procession, these endless searchers after perfect knowledge of their fellow men, to see what the fat lazy doctor...
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