WORD LISTS

"Hunting by Stars" by Cherie Dimaline, Chapters 10–17

September 20, 2022
After a plague of dreamlessness spreads across North America, seventeen-year-old Frenchie is captured so the Canadian government can harvest his bone marrow as a cure. Frenchie must find a way to escape and reunite with his found family.

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wretch
Though I was only a boy, a confused and lowly wretch, I was saved.
forbear
“The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
the sun forbear to shine;
but God, who called me here below,
will be forever mine.”
perfunctory
He smiled again, this one more perfunctory than the last; no more reveals for now.
stoic
The doors slid open, and they went back to their stoic stance.
solemn
Two men with scraggly moustaches and longer hair lifted their fists in the air as I passed, eyes solemn and connected to mine.
opulence
The world around them was lush to the point of opulence, and they were once again kids left to roam the garden.
scour
“Okay, okay,” he answered, scouring the ground as they walked.
billow
Beside the first one was another tent, orange and crushed under the weight of a fallen branch so that it sagged and billowed like a plastic bag.
venture
Surely they wouldn’t have ventured too far on foot, and there was no way a van could have gotten through this tangle, not even close.
sinewy
It sounded like an ax hitting a young trunk, one wet and sinewy enough to resist.
reprieve
All around, a soft drizzle fell like a reprieve.
reprimand
Annoyingly, Rose could hear Wab in her head, reprimanding her for trying to rush off.
stave off
The sides of the bigger punctures couldn’t meet to start stitching back together, and there was no medicine to stave off infection.
throes
I was the boy who had almost died after losing his brother, in death throes in the dark woods, before Miigwans had found me all those years ago.
interminable
After an interminable amount of time, the siren stopped, but I was already hollowed out from it.
contracted
Isaac crouched beside him, arm encircling his contracted width, rubbing his shoulder.
teeming
From a helicopter, it would have looked like another hill, just another blank spot teeming with flora and bugs.
eaves
But under the heavy eaves, the mold-dotted windows flickered with lights: candles lit on the inside.
skulk
And try to stay in sight. I can’t exactly skulk around.
stanch
He was looking at his leg; the shirt they’d used to try to stanch the bleeding was crusty and dark.
prow
The crickets’ music shifted in tone but not in volume, like they were singing from the prows of small boats riding the waves made by her movements.
scrawl
The fireflies were always just up ahead of her, scrawling a broken calligraphy into the dull sky.
laden
In front of it was an uneven coffee table laden with candles and random dishes.
threadbare
On the floor, in between the chair legs and more pillows, she could make out the threadbare remains of actual carpet.
mesmerized
One threw its head back and laughed, teeth pointed in silhouette. She was mesmerized.
languid
From the hallway, six others entered, all wearing white, some of them draped in what looked to be bedsheets knotted like togas. They placed themselves around the room like wilting flowers, languid and slightly off. When all the chairs were taken, the last one poured onto the floor, supine and slightly curved like a bright comma against the dark carpet.
supine
From the hallway, six others entered, all wearing white, some of them draped in what looked to be bedsheets knotted like togas. They placed themselves around the room like wilting flowers, languid and slightly off. When all the chairs were taken, the last one poured onto the floor, supine and slightly curved like a bright comma against the dark carpet.
wane
A large crow, feathers iridescent in the waning light, landed on a branch that bobbed under its weight.
prone
Because there, crashed through the bush, hand still clutching the stock of their rifle, was Derrick’s prone body.
wan
Rose took in their dark knees, small hands, and the unreadable features set in a wan face.
ornate
Rose noticed ornate frames around cloudy pictures hanging crooked on the walls.
wainscoting
Stacks of pulpy magazines were piled against the walls decorated with peeling wallpaper and water-damaged wainscoting.
impending
She started to think perhaps their better bet would have been sweating in the dark of the woods, under the moon, surrounded by flora and the kind of impending danger she could at least understand.
forthcoming
There were only two things I wasn’t forthcoming about: Rose, and the nature of my capture. I held the truth of them so tight, I started to believe my own stories.
disillusioned
And I had been leaving on my own, disillusioned by a long, hard life in the bush.
omission
If the Agents didn’t know about this network of allies, I wasn’t about to reveal it. I had already tried to keep the group in my rendition small, to leave out the resistance camp we’d joined, but they already knew about them. That omission had gotten me two hours in the siren room.
inaugural
I do advise on the Program, since I was part of the inaugural class. I’ve yet to take the final step into the field, but hopefully soon.
dissent
They could be taken as a sign of dissent, of rebellion.
allotted
“Make sure these residents put them together correctly, with nothing extra, not even one cracker more than the allotted four.”
deference
“Oh, uh, yes, sir?” I wasn’t sure of the hierarchy at this point, and I figured it was better to err on the side of deference.

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