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Dramatis Personae

  • ramshackle – rickety and in disrepair
  • time-graven – deeply marked and sculpted by time
  • salient – noticeable; prominent
  • niggerheads – [slang] dark-colored clumps of vegetation found in Northern regions
  • pertinacity – stubbornness
  • belie – to prove to be false
  • formidable – alarming
  • rampant – unrestrained and unchecked
  • wantonness – cruelty
  • paroxysms – sudden outbursts
  • ambuscade – an ambush
  • slake – to quench
  • dejected – disheartened
  • excrescence – an abnormal growth
  • usurp – to overthrow
  • advent – a momentous arrival
  • sluice boxes – square tubes where mud and gravel from a riverbed is placed. Water is then screened through to reveal gold dust and nuggets. It is a large contraption made specifically for gold panning.
  • cessation – an end
  • pell-mell – helter-skelter