"She was barely five feet tall and probably even older than Dragon ware, though every birthday she insisted she was turning fifty- three. But Amma was anything but mild-manner old lady. She was the absolute authority in my house." (page 8)
"A.C.C.L.I.M.A.T.E." " Amma had crossword for everything, the bigger the better, and liked to use them. The way she spelled the words out on you letter by letter, it felt like she was paddling you in the head, every time. As in, get used to it. And don't you think about settin' one foot out that door till you drink the milk I gave you."
Mild- manner old lady. She was the authority in the house