"Visiting Amah after visiting Carolyn was like swallowing a handful of broken glass after having a slice of banana cream pie".
"And she lived not in a mansion like Carolyn, but in a brick house surrounded by bamboo patches and rattlesnakes".
"But when I showed her my hands, picked at, dry, etched with deep cracks that almost looked like rivers of lava, she was alarmed".
Negligees (226)- A woman's loose dressing gown, often of soft, delicate fabric
Arthritic (226)- a person afflicted with arthritis.