But mostly because Ali was immune to the insults of his assailants; he had found his joy, his antidote, the moment Sanaubar had given birth to Hassan. (Page 10)
Assailant: a person who attacks another.
2.The police brought the somewhat contrite young men and the dead couple’s
five-year-old orphan boy before my grandfather, who was a highly regarded judge and a man of impeccable reputation. (Page 24)
Contrite: feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent. 3.It flashed again and was followed by a rapid staccato of gunfire. (Page 5)
Staccato: shortened and detached when played or sung.
4.Neither one of us said much of anything as we walked home in trepidation, certain that Assef and his friends would ambush us every time we turned a corner.
(Page 43). Trepidation: trembling or quivering movement; tremor. 5.It was downright eerie the way he always got to the spot the kite would land before the kite did, as if he had some sort of inner compass.
Eerie: uncanny, so as to inspire superstitious fear; weird.
6.Then the old warrior would walk to the young one, embrace him, acknowledge his worthiness. Vindication. (Page 67). Vindication: defense; excuse; justification. 7.I watched the cratered road rise and fall, whirl its tail around the mountainside, counted the multicolored trucks packed with squatting men lumbering past.
(Page 83). Whirl: To revolve rapidly about a center or an axis. 8.When I looked into them, the façade faltered, revealed a glimpse of the madness
hiding behind them. (Page 97). Façade: A deceptive outward appearance. 9.His mouth twitched and, for a moment, I thought I saw a grimace. (Page 107).
Grimace: To make a sharp contortion of the face.
10.The stench of something dank, like mildew, bludgeoned my nostrils the moment Karim opened the door that led down the creaky steps to the basement.
Bludgeoned: To hit with or as if with a heavy club....