“The wind blew hard that night and the house moaned and whistled.” pg. 39 This means that in the night the wind was blowing really hard that is was making a whistling noise.
"This whole valley lives and breaths.” Pg.1 This means that the land is just like us, and we half to take care of it or else it will be sick.
"As they rounded the curve, it appeared as if the mountains pulled away from each other, like a curtain opining on stage reveling the San Joaquin valley." pg. 94 This means that when the rounded the corner they saw the San Joaquin valley for the first time because when they were driving the mountains were blocking it.