At the Back of the North Wind 1
Quiz Questions and Vocab
Besom – broom made of twigs attached to a piece of wood, often associated with witches
Crossing – a crossing-sweeper, someone who sweeps at the pedestrian crossings between streets to clear the
rubbish and horse manure so that polite people can cross
What did North Wind do by blowing on Diamond’s face in the cathedral?
Diamond needed to be brave while going up the stairs but he did not know what ‘brave’ felt like. NW provided him
with this feeling by blowing softly on his face.
The word for ‘wind’ in Latin is inspiritus and contains both ‘spirit’ and ‘inspire’ which hints at NW’s influence on
Diamond. i.e., making him more courageous.
Where and how did Diamond get to the back of the North Wind?
Hyperborean regions; he got ther