be preoccupied with something
And if I do, I
obsess in such a precise way as to prevent even a drop of disorder.
proceedings initiated to repossess the collateral for a loan
The neighbors to the south of us moved out and their place is in
a reciprocal connection between two or more things
correlation between expectation and delivery of desire could no doubt be quantified into some kind of mathematical formula.
the region of the body between the thorax and the pelvis
And while I have a passion for all things medical, the idea of them doing that, especially with any kind of regularity and enthusiasm, makes me feel nauseated (as medically defined, an unpleasant sensation in the
distinctive of the ways of living of a group of people
If you could see me, you would say that I don't fit into an easily identifiable
a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease
I remember distinctly a boy named Miles twice peeing his pants, and, with the exception of a kid named Garrison (who I'm certain had some sort of restless leg
syndrome), everyone else in the room seemed to actually enjoy the horizontal break.
eyesight abnormality in which distant objects appear blurred
So I congratulated myself on this achievement because I had been hoping for some form of
myopia, and now I had it.
the amount of energy transmitted
I could see her talking to two girls next to a row of lockers and she didn't have the same
the quality of being strictly valid
While my teachers labored over the
rigors of their chosen subject, I sat in the back, pretty much bored out of my mind.
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
The average teenager was willing to wear very uncomfortable
Your file shows that you were identified several years ago as having high
a misleading falsehood
The principal, unable to prove the
deception, but certain that it had happened, finally let me go.
a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
He lacked true
compassion and he had no stomach for their health problems.
fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
Dell sent out literally hundreds of resumes, and after three years working as a bar-back, carrying tubs of used glasses to the surly dishwashers, he finally added some
bogus counseling work experience to his resume and got a bite.
displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is
It struck Dell as
ironic that there were kids who didn't go to school, and they would be punished for not attending with the threat of being kicked out altogether.
lack of an adequate quantity or number
Counselor Winkleman had elaborate notes and wrote up painstakingly detailed reports where he made an effort to quantify his students' abilities and
the property of having lived for a considerable time
The combination of olive oil, hearty vegetables, and cheese that comes from goat's milk, mixed with decent servings of fish and meat, had been shown in numerous studies to promote
severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost
I once played for twenty hours straight and experienced signs of mild
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
If I didn't want a
colossal stomachache, I had to use a version of the truth.
expressed without speech
He talked and talked and talked and she just sat there,
mute, staring at him, but he could tell that she was listening.
talk in a monotonous voice
She appeared to exhibit patience (she had listened to him
drone on for the first half of the appointment).
characterized by enmity or ill will
The boy shot the girl a
hostile look, but returned to his feverish coloring.
related to the key issue but not of central importance
With this closer,
peripheral examination, I suddenly wondered if the girl was a Native American.
make timid or fearful
intimidate her, and neither did strangers of any age.
a person who is rejected (from society or home)
Because of this, Mai's mother, who was named Dung, had been an
do away with completely, without leaving a trace
It was there, in the small, stuffy trailer on the edge of the baking-hot blacktop of the Bakersfield school district parking lot, that I found an older girl who was disappointing only in her failure to speak the language of the mostly
obliterated Cahuilla people.
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
We all watched as Cheddar
sauntered across the desktop, rubbing his freakishly big body against the three shelves of the in-and-out box (where Dell Duke had piled official-looking paperwork that I suddenly felt certain he later simply dumped unread in the large storage closet that was behind his desk).
a positive motivational influence
I believe that economic
incentive is crucial as a motivator, especially in a consumer-driven society.
lacking professional skill or expertise
Or perhaps Mai's family had an apartment with a roof-deck that housed an
amateur self-constructed observatory with a shockingly powerful reflecting telescope.
capable of arousing interest or curiosity
Sitting in the backseat, I wanted to exchange vital contact information with this older and
intriguing girl named Mai.
the full DNA sequence of an organism
In a blink of pure fantasy, I suddenly saw myself walking away from Dell Duke's grimy car with a tiny glass vial of her blood sample for
a long chair for reclining
He was surprised people didn't realize that a decent
chaise longue was much easier to move, yet still as comfortable as a couch.
acting according to certain accepted standards
“I would like the number of your taxi license and to see proof of your
compliance with brake and headlight adjustment requirements."
expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
He didn't realize that I am
fluent in Spanish, as it was the language I learned after English.
hunt by stalking and attacking by surprise
If a kid can
ambush you outside of a middle school, what's next?
a person's brother or sister
And I got the idea that maybe he wanted to push the Nguyen
siblings right down the stairs.
happening or arising without apparent external cause
I knew that the nurse, Miss Judi, liked me because we discussed things like flu outbreaks and the statistics behind
irregular in shape or outline
It had, in my opinion, the signs of trouble: It was
asymmetrical and it had flecks of red and blue on the broken edges.
the branch of medical science that studies diseases
If it is not too much of an invasion of your privacy, I would very much like to look at the
direct carefully and safely
Drivers were cranky as they
navigated through congested streets, not giving an inch.