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Chapter 17–Epilogue

In order to repay a debt, twelve-year-old Charlie agrees to help the cruel Cap'n Buck to capture several fugitive slaves. But when Charlie is confronted with the horrors of slavery, he is forced to reconsider his plans.

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  1. cipher
    make a mathematical calculation or computation
    I axed Syl, “So you learnt how to do ciphering in that school?”
    He said, “Course I did. I know Latin and Greek too.”
    Greek?
    “What’s them, fancy sorts of ciphering like algeeber?”
  2. vouch
    give personal assurance; guarantee
    This wasn’t gonna be fair; he could give any ol’ answer to my question and I ain’t got no way of vouching it for true.
  3. court
    engage in social activities leading to marriage
    “To tell the truth, I haven’t had the courage to talk to her as anything but a friend. She’s so beautiful that when I’m set to say something, I lose my nerve. But all the boys want to court Neda.”
  4. conscience
    a feeling of shame when you do something immoral
    It must be my conscience plaguing me.
  5. vigilance
    the process of paying close and continuous attention
    The black man in the fancy duds said, “I represent the Chatham-Buxton Vigilance Committee. To be more accurate, I represent the decent, law-abiding faction of the committee. They”—he ducked his head toward the windows—“do not. Now, which of us would you prefer dealing with, shorty?”
  6. faction
    a dissenting clique
    The black man in the fancy duds said, “I represent the Chatham-Buxton Vigilance Committee. To be more accurate, I represent the decent, law-abiding faction of the committee. They”—he ducked his head toward the windows—“do not. Now, which of us would you prefer dealing with, shorty?”
  7. rue
    feel sorry for; be contrite about
    I promise you, you gonna rue this day if you don’t let us be.
  8. gullible
    naive and easily deceived or tricked
    The man barked, “Boy! It jus’ isn’t right that someone as large and as advanced at school as you can be so gullible..."
  9. naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity
    If you do not get your no-common-sense, naïve, foolish arse out of that seat this minute, I’ll really make you wish you’d never been born.
  10. yield
    end resistance, as under pressure or force
    “The second way is someone’s gonna have to carry him and you both off and they best brang a pail and a mop for cleaning brains off the floor iffen you don’t yield, boy.”
  11. lurch
    move abruptly
    The train lurched, throwing me back into my seat.
  12. desist
    stop performing some action
    The Canadian sheriff said, “My good man, if you do not immediately desist threatening that child, we won’t be able to discuss anything. Now, please, hand me the pistol.”
  13. strut
    walk in a proud, confident way
    He tapped the gun on Syl’s head and said, “And you gonna be where you wished you was, in your mammy’s arms picking cotton in South Carol-liney ’stead of strutting ’round Canada..."
  14. trifle
    act frivolously
    The cap’n yelled, “Sheriff, I wants three horses, which I’ll leave at the ferry in Windsor. If I don’t get ’em, this boy is dead. Y’all got five minutes and the clock is running. I ain’t to be trifled with.”
  15. stagger
    walk as if unable to control one's movements
    It didn’t really matter; the cap’n’s eyes rolled back in his head, and he turnt Syl a-loose and staggered a bit.
  16. predicament
    an unpleasant or difficult situation
    Then, doggone it all, time really slowed down, letting me ponder my pruh-dic-a-mint.
  17. perturbed
    thrown into a state of agitated confusion
    Last I seent of him, he was bloodied and buck-nekkid at the foots of a crowd of near a thousand slaves and pre-turbed white folk too.
  18. humiliating
    causing embarrassment or awareness of your shortcomings
    Something else I wasn’t gonna tell Sheriff Turner was how ha-miliating it was when I noticed I was wearing the biggest set a diapers you ever seent.
  19. seasoned
    rendered competent through trial and experience
    “You ain’t never gonna make it. You ain’t got no pard-nah, you ain’t even got no dog. It’d be hard ’nough if you was jus’ toting one runaway back, but two? My, my, my, that’s a tall order even for someone who’s seasoned as your friend the cap’n is...or was, whatever the case may be.”
  20. bounty
    payment or reward for acts such as catching criminals
    Keegan said, “What kinda bounty is y’all ’specting to get for them two?”
    Soon as I said it, I knowed I shouldn’t-a. “’Round ’bout two, three thousand dollar.”
  21. agony
    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    I wasn’t looking to pile on the agony for Syl’s ma, but the truth’s the truth.
  22. daft
    foolish or mentally irregular
    Keegan said to her, “Gal, has living up north all these years made you lose your mind? Has you gone so daft you’s forgot what’s a-waiting on you down in South Carol-liney? Ain’t no one playing no game with you.”
  23. weld
    join together by heating
    There was also a four-foot-long iron bar that had a thick metal U welded on each end.
  24. scalawag
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    Can’t you see you parading ’round with us is telling every scalawag twixt here and Carol-liney, ‘All what stands twixt you and three thousand dollar is this dumb o’ergrowed sharecropper?’
  25. meander
    move or cause to move in a winding or curving course
    Soon’s he disappeared on the road north, we made a sharp turn east through the woods, toward where I’m thinking the river was. Meandering ’long the river would take lots longer, but it was the only way I could be sure we was gonna be heading south.
  26. smithy
    a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering
    When we got to the smithy, there was two kids playing out front of the shop.
  27. jest
    act in a funny or teasing way
    The smithy said, “Are you jesting with me?”
  28. chafe
    tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
    They rubbed their wrists and ankles. Their shoulders was already chafed raw and bloody.
  29. disembark
    exit from a ship, vehicle, or aircraft
    When the conductor opened the door and lowered the steps, only two passengers stood in the door, waiting to disembark: a man and a woman, their hands intertwined.
  30. intertwine
    spin, wind, or twist together
    When the conductor opened the door and lowered the steps, only two passengers stood in the door, waiting to disembark: a man and a woman, their hands intertwined.
  31. tentative
    hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
    Their glances were tentative and frightened, in keeping with so many of the first glances of this place.
  32. provocation
    a means of arousing or stirring to action
    They had the alertness of deer in the forest, ready to take flight at the least provocation.
  33. unison
    the act of occurring together or simultaneously
    As they peeked out from the train, every movement on the station’s platform drew their eyes in unison.
  34. bearing
    the direction or path along which something moves or lies
    Trying to get their bearings, they moved under the eave at the station’s south end.
  35. precede
    come before
    A young girl holding a sad brown sock doll preceded a young man, maybe eighteen years old, and a man and a woman, each carrying a child.
Created on October 12, 2018 (updated October 18, 2018)

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