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for The Diary of Opal Whiteley

have understanding
  understands; knows

"Opal wanted Peter Paul Rubens to have understanding what she was doing."

Paragraph 385: Example

man that wears gray neckties
  The man who wears gray neckties worked at the McKibben Mill and was known for being very kind to animals and children. He gave Opal pens and paper to write her diary with and often looks after her. His real name was George Miller. Picture: George Miller Scene 13: Colored Pencils From the Fairies

Scene 62: The Death of William Shakespeare

Scene 114: Visiting Sadie McKibben and the Man Who Wears Gray Neckties Picture: people working at the McKibben mill in 1905

near woods
  The near woods is the forest just behind Opal's house.

Opal names this forest the near woods because it is close to her home. Also in the near wood are Opal's cathedral, the nursery and the hospital.

Paragraph 1The house on the edge of the near woods

Paragraph 68: Looking for the fairies

Rob Ryder
  Rob Ryder is also called "the chore boy" in the diary. He was about 20 at the time of the diary. He was Opal's uncle, Roy Scott. Since he was alive when her diary was published his real name was changed.

Opal does not like him. She writes that he is mean to the old logging horse William Shakespeare and also kills her pet crow. Opal gets into trouble for using his poker chips to draw pictures upon.

Paragraph 470: the poker chips

Paragraph 218: Rob Ryder & William Shakespeare

Paragraph 510: Rob Ryder & the pet crow

singing creek
  The singing creek flows off the mountain behind Opal's house.

Opal names this the singing creek because of the pretty sound the water makes.

The real name of the singing creek is Carolina Creek. Willow trees grew along the creek. The native Kalapooya Indians used willow trees to build their homes.

Picture: the singing creek today

Picture: Carolina Creek - the singing creek

Paragraph 4: The singing creek

Paragraph 182: Dropping grey leaves upon the water

understanding soul
  nice, understanding, sympathetic

"The man that lives next door has an understanding soul."

Paragraph 279: Example

  woke up

"The baby had wake-ups when I made a loud noise."

Paragraph 512: Example

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is an old work horse belonging to Opal's family and often used to haul logs.

Opal loves to talk with him and to go for rides. She named him for William Shakespeare the great English writer of the 1500's.

Day 25: Opal's long ride

Picture: Work Horses

More about: this old horse

About: the writer Shakespeare

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