In the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, what does the statement "I knew that his face was drawn and that his eyes had taken on a haggard look" (page 63) mean?

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This statement comes from Chapter 3 of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Cassie and her siblings have dug a deep ditch to get back at the driver of the white children's bus, as he always sprays them with mud. It is Stacey's idea to dig a hole so that the bus will get stuck in it on the way home, and Cassie and her siblings gleefully see that their plan works. All the white children must walk home in the rain, as Cassie and her family must do each day.

The Logan children are jubilant about what they have done until Mr. Avery comes by after dinner to tell the Logan family that "they's ridin' t'night," meaning that white men are riding around trying to harass African-American people to prevent them from defending themselves. This threat is why Cassie says of Stacey in the statement on page 63, "I knew that his face was drawn and that his eyes had taken on a haggard look." This means that Stacey's face and eyes look worn and tired, as Stacey blames himself for the trouble that is to follow. A caravan of cars shows up at their house, but the men quickly leave when a man waves them away, thinking they have the wrong house.