form or compose
She went to the open door and stood in it and looked out among the tomato vines and "jimpson" weeds that
constituted the garden.
motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles
Every time I let him off, my
conscience does hurt me so, and every time I hit him my old heart most breaks.
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
While Tom was eating his supper, and stealing sugar as opportunity offered, Aunt Polly asked him questions that were full of
guile, and very deep -- for she wanted to trap him into damaging revealments.
fully detailed and specific about particulars
Aunt Polly was vexed to think she had overlooked that bit of
circumstantial evidence, and missed a trick.
the ability to understand and discriminate between relations
She was half sorry her
sagacity had miscarried, and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient conduct for once.
marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
His cap was a dainty thing, his close-buttoned blue cloth roundabout was new and
natty, and so were his pantaloons.
look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval
So they stood, each with a foot placed at an angle as a brace, and both shoving with might and main, and
glowering at each other with hate.
a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep
melancholy settled down upon his spirit.
characteristic of secularity rather than spirituality
He got out his
worldly wealth and examined it -- bits of toys, marbles, and trash; enough to buy an exchange of work, maybe, but not half enough to buy so much as half an hour of pure freedom.
put in effect
He was boat and captain and engine-bells combined, so he had to imagine himself standing on his own hurricane-deck giving the orders and
liveliness and eagerness
Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face, but
alacrity in his heart.
not in action or at work
He had had a nice, good,
idle time all the while -- plenty of company -- and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it!
a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all
The boys were all eaten up with envy -- but those that suffered the bitterest pangs were those who perceived too late that they themselves had contributed to this hated splendor by trading tickets to Tom for the wealth he had amassed in selling whitewashing
direct one's course or way
The boy mused awhile over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances, and then
wended toward headquarters to report.
behave in a patronizing manner
These two great commanders did not
condescend to fight in person -- that being better suited to the still smaller fry -- but sat together on an eminence and conducted the field operations by orders delivered through aides-de-camp.
tending to vanish like vapor
He had thought he loved her to distraction; he had regarded his passion as adoration; and behold it was only a poor little
secret and sly or sordid
He worshipped this new angel with
furtive eye, till he saw that she had discovered him; then he pretended he did not know she was present, and began to "show off" in all sorts of absurd boyish ways, in order to win her admiration.
express criticism towards
Then her conscience
reproached her, and she yearned to say something kind and loving; but she judged that this would be construed into a confession that she had been in the wrong, and discipline forbade that.
ask for or request earnestly
He pictured himself lying sick unto death and his aunt bending over him
beseeching one little forgiving word, but he would turn his face to the wall, and die with that word unsaid.
not in agreement or harmony
The window went up, a maid-servant's
discordant voice profaned the holy calm, and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr's remains!
leaving out or passing over something
Tom turned in without the added vexation of prayers, and Sid made mental note of the
True, the knife would not cut anything, but it was a "sure-enough" Barlow, and there was
inconceivable grandeur in that -- though where the Western boys ever got the idea that such a weapon could possibly be counterfeited to its injury is an imposing mystery and will always remain so, perhaps.
come out into view, as from concealment
But when he
emerged from the towel, he was not yet satisfactory, for the clean territory stopped short at his chin and his jaws, like a mask; below and beyond this line there was a dark expanse of unirrigated soil that spread downward in front and backward around his neck.
having unsuitable feminine qualities
[He privately smoothed out the curls, with labor and difficulty, and plastered his hair close down to his head; for he held curls to be
effeminate, and his own filled his life with bitterness.]
irritate or vex
He was fully as uncomfortable as he looked; for there was a restraint about whole clothes and cleanliness that