Angela Wexler is 20 years old. Her parents are Grace Windsor Wexler and Jake Wexler. She has a sister, Turtle. She went to college for one year, and now she is engaged to be married to Dr. Denton Deere. She is very pretty and everyone notices her. (Theo Theodorakis has a crush on her.)
She likes to cross-stitch. She does whatever her mother says. She secretly does not want to get married. She is looking for attention. She was the victim of the third bomb.
Bombs, Fireworks and Safety
A bomb is "a container carrying an explosive charge that is fused to detonate under certain conditions (as upon impact) and that is either dropped (as from an airplane) or set into position at a given point. In military science, the term "aerial bomb" or "bomb" denotes a container dropped from an aircraft and designed to cause destruction…" (Encyclopedia Britannica @ Britannica.com)
No one really knows who invented fireworks. Some say it was the Chinese; some say others. All we know is that they have been around for over 600 years. They were used for celebrations like crowning kings, winning wars or just to entertain. It was dangerous work. Some people died doing them. They first came to America in the 1800's. (teacher link site)
Small firecrackers are made from black powder loosely packed into a small roll or paper and attaching a fuse. The larger fireworks we see in the sky today are more difficult to make. They have loose, fine powder with chemicals to make colors in the middle. Outside of them, there is more powder with a fuse. When the fuse lights, the gas pushes the firework into the sky, and when the fire gets to the loose powder and chemical, it goes off.
Setting off fireworks is dangerous. Many people have been injured or killed. In the early 1900's, states began to make laws about fireworks to protect people. Many fireworks are illegal in a lot of states today. Some simple fireworks, like sparklers, are not illegal but you should still be very careful and follow safety rules.
cross-stitch (krôsstch, krs-)
A double stitch forming an X in sewing and embroidery.
Needlework made with X-shaped stitches.
cross-·stitched, cross-·stitch·ing, cross-·stitch·es
To make or embroider with X-shaped stitches.
To work in the fashion of X-shaped stitches.