1. Shingle: Small roundish stones; loose, waterworn pebbles such as are found collected upon the seashore.
3. Cull: To choose from a number or quantity; to select, pick.
4. Bower: A dwelling, habitation, abode.
5. “He who came to save”: Toru Dutt’s family converted to Christianity in 1862 when she was six years old. Conversion to Christianity was unusual among the Bengali and rendered the family outcaste.