"But they did want to know if he had ever offered me any kind of _____ materials".
"From puppydog devotion, he had moved on to a moody bossiness complicated with _____ periods of dogged remorse that would have been passion had there been less of his hunger and more of her desire in it".
"Breathe slowly and deeply," she______, "slowly and deeply."
"On the back of an envelope left beside the museum phone, she has sketched an enormous tree, ______ with flowers, the branches squirreling over the flap".
"I felt the same excitement as when I'd been able to _____ a wild bird or stray cat to eat out of my hand".
"I heard myself strangely demoting our men to the more helpless boys. Another ______-and from me".
"Usually, Dede was full of _____ about Jaimito's reckless driving, but now she found herself pressing her own foot on an invisible gas pedal".
"They came directly, home, sobered by the _____ in which they had participated".
"I forgot my earlier _____, and I blamed Papá for everything: his young woman, his hurting Mamá, his copping me up while he went gallivanting around".
"Even Jaimito, who wouldn't give a rotten plantain for risky politics, felt Lío's ______".
"She didn't really know Lío was a communist, a _____, all the other awful things the editorial had called him".
"My niece Minou tells me I am doing some _____ meditation, something like that".
(v.) to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole: He ______ her to sing, but she refused.
"I forgot my earlier ambivalence, and I blamed Papá for everything: his young woman, his hurting Mamá, his copping me up while he went _____ around".
"Always," Dedé affirms, used to this fixed, _____ language around interviewers and mythologizers of her sisters".
"Rufino was _____, "'A Dio, are you forgetting there are ladies in the car?'"
"What we did hear her say when the audience finally settled down was that we could be sent along with a _____ from La Vega to the capital to perform the winning piece for Trujillo on his birthday".
Now after thirty-four years, the commemorations and interviews and presentations of _____ honors have almost stopper, so that for months at a time Dedé is able to take up her own life again.
Especially - though he doesn't say this - if she's going to censor the _____ of his several glasses of rum.
"I should have ______, I should have seen not what I saw".
"I felt giddy as if I'd been granted a _____ from my worst fears".
"But who could control Jaimito, only son of his _____mother, unquestioned boos of his five sisters!'
"Otherwise, the go on and on, asking the most _____ questions".
"They scoured the property, dug up the fields, and found the buried boxes full of their incriminating cargos as well as an old box of papers. _____ materials, they called it".
Lío announced he was seeking _____ out of the country.
"On the drive home, we all wept, unable to _____ each other, for my sisters had heard the same prim news from Pedruti and Leandro".
"This week, Mama and Dede came back _____ from their weekly trip".
"We looked _____ at the road ahead, quadruplet angels".
"Sinita grabbed her towel and soap dish from her night table and joined the ______".
"It was ______ and finally, I saw, all wise".
"Another time, in a misprint he hadn't caught, Robero's article had states that Senator Smathers had delivered an elegy, instead of a _____, of Trujillo before the joint members of the United States Congress".
"There are the three pictures of the girls, old favorites that are not _____ on the posters every November, making these one intimate snapshots seem too famous to be the sisters she knew".
"North to Tamboril and the mountain road to Puerto Plata, the rain drives on, in very bohío and small concu, and on out to the Atlantic where it is lost in the waves that rock the bones of ______ in the deepest sleep".
"'I have a lot of affection for Don Chiche,'" Trujillo says, obviously enjoying his _____".
"Doesn't she have seven more months of _____"?