Five months later, the partially nude body of Verna Williams was discovered on the grounds of 68th Street Elementary School.
How he hated him, sitting there beside Verna, chatting easily to her.
Vernacular (from Verna, a slave born in his master's house).
Then and for all the days to come Verna Halse realised that for her the light of the world had gone out.
Somehow, she did not wish to think of Verna and Hugo at the same instant.
“Oh yes, our daughter Verna has it now,” the little lady hastened to explain.
“Here it is, then,” cheerfully returned Verna, producing another.
So he went on chatting about things in general, and Verna was especially kind to him.
Verna, watching this proceeding, was struck with a sudden thought.
But “Izibu”—meaning water-lily—Verna considered rather pretty and poetic, and did not discourage its use.