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Word Craft: Sunrise on the Veld


  • Duiker: a small African antelope that typically has a tuft of hair between the horns, found mainly in the rainforest.
  • He cleared the bushes like a duiker, leapt over rocks; and finally came to a dead stop at a place where the ground fell abruptly away below him to the river.”



  • Myriad: a countless or extremely great number.
  • “He gripped his gun between his knees and felt in his own limbs the myriad swarming pain that of the twitching animal that could no longer feel, and set his teeth, and said over and over under his breath: I can’t stop it. I can’t stop it.”

  • Sultry: (of the air or weather) hot and humid.
  • “That was what he was: fifteen years of rich soil, and this slow-moving water, and air that smelt like a challenge whether it was warm and sultry at noon, or as brisk as cold water, like it was now

  • Lintel: a horizontal support of timber, stone, concrete, or steel across the top of a door or window.
  • “As soon as he stepped over the lintel, the flesh of his soles contracted on the chilled earth, and his legs began to ache with cold.”

  • Fastidious: very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
  • “Alert as an animal he crept past the dangerous window, standing poised with his hand on the sill for one proudly fastidious moment.”



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