Fatality – an occurrence of death by accident, in war, or from disease
Doris Lessing uses this word in the story resembling the cycle of life. When the boy questions whether or not to interfere with the natural well-being of the buck, he is deciding it’s fate and making it so that the buck doesn’t die on it’s own. Although, his final decision was to let death play it’s role.
Vaguely – in a way that is uncertain, indefinite, or unclear; roughly
Doris Lessing uses this word to describe the sight of the buck after the ants had consumed the remains of it. The boy couldn’t tell what was there, which leads me to believe the buck went from known to unknown. Multiple people have moments of vague, such as ; the times where they aren’t looking clearly at another person’s perspective of things. This also relates to the shutters earlier in the story, because shutters resemble darkness and you can’t see clearly in the dark.
Naive – showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.
It is believed we are all created from dust and when we die, we are also referred to as dust. It can be “enjoyable dust,” or “dead dust.” Doris is referring to the dust the boy felt in between his toes while he was walking barefoot to the place where he was watching the sunset. This relates to humans because it literally says when we die, we are dust. It also resembles to me because I know what it’s like for dust to sneak up in between my toes, and brings back childhood memories of walking around without shoes on.
Veld – an open uncultivated grassland in southern Africa.
The word “veld” is mentioned in the title of the short-story, “A Sunrise on the Veld.” The veld is the part where the boy is rushing to watch the sun rise. I believe that it is an important part of the boys day to venture off at 4:30 am, with a task of not waking his parents, keeping his dogs quiet, and making sure he gets there on time to watch the sunrise. This relates to humans because everyone has specific things they need to do in the morning before they get to do anything during the day. We all have routines that we need to follow, his just happens to be getting ready on a limited time schedule, and make sure he is there to see the sunrise.
Vigilant – to be vigilant, means being aware of your surroundings, the dangerous things and to watch for possible danger or difficulties.
The example of vigilance in the story is used to describe the boy while he is sleeping. I think this is ironic because you can’t necessarily be aware while you are sleeping. Doris Lessing mentions that the dark half of the boy’s mind is always aware of possible dangers, but that isn’t the case when the boy is running without shoes on while there are possibilities of him breaking a bone. This relates to humans because no one considers the chances of something bad happening to our bodies. Although, no one can be completely aware while in deep sleep, the author is trying to tell us how the dark part of the boy’s mind is controlling him, while he is sleeping.