choose not to consume
He promised to
abstain from smoking, chewing, and profanity as long as he remained a member.
a feeling of sympathy for someone or something
During three days Tom was deeply
concerned about the Judge's condition and hungry for news of it.
a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
The Cadets paraded in a style calculated to kill the late member with
loud confused noise from many sources
He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom; for he had not the shadow of a doubt that all this
hubbub was about him.
consume all of one's attention or time
It became the
absorbing topic of village talk immediately.
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
Every reference to the murder sent a shudder to his heart, for his troubled conscience and fears almost
persuaded him that these remarks were put forth in his hearing as "feelers"; he did not see how he could be suspected of knowing anything about the murder, but still he could not be comfortable in the midst of this gossip.
marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
Moreover, he wanted to assure himself that Huck had remained
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
Tom kept his ears open when idlers
sauntered out of the court-room, but invariably heard distressing news -- the toils were closing more and more relentlessly around poor Potter.
give testimony in a court of law
Now a witness was called who
testified that he found Muff Potter washing in the brook, at an early hour of the morning that the murder was discovered, and that he immediately sneaked away.
an act or expression of criticism and censure
The perplexity and dissatisfaction of the house expressed itself in murmurs and provoked a
reproof from the bench.
have sovereign power
A groan escaped from poor Potter, and he put his face in his hands and rocked his body softly to and fro, while a painful silence
reigned in the court-room.
easily seen or detected
Injun Joe gave a barely
not subject to death
His name even went into
immortal print, for the village paper magnified him.
extremely impressive in strength or excellence
Since Tom's harassed conscience had managed to drive him to the lawyer's house by night and wring a dread tale from lips that had been sealed with the dismalest and most
formidable of oaths, Huck's confidence in the human race was well-nigh obliterated.
lacking in security or safety
But you can't hang a "clew" for murder, and so after that detective had got through and gone home, Tom felt just as
insecure as he was before.
distant but within sight (`yon' is dialectal)
"I reckon maybe we'll tackle the old tree that's over
yonder on Cardiff Hill back of the widow's."
lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
Spirits whispered in the rustling leaves, ghosts
lurked in the murky nooks, the deep baying of a hound floated up out of the distance, an owl answered with his sepulchral note.
fill or meet a want or need
The thing failed this time, however, so the boys shouldered their tools and went away feeling that they had not trifled with fortune, but had
fulfilled all the requirements that belong to the business of treasure-hunting.
not properly maintained or cared for
"T'other" was a ragged,
unkempt creature, with nothing very pleasant in his face.
kindly endorsement and guidance
Here was treasurehunting under the happiest
auspices -- there would not be any bothersome uncertainty as to where to dig.
recover through digging
The box was soon
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
He would have hidden the silver with the gold to wait there till his "revenge" was satisfied, and then he would have had the
misfortune to find that money turn up missing.
capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt
Company would be a
palpable improvement, he thought.
appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
Nobody entered the alley or left it; nobody
resembling the Spaniard entered or left the tavern door.
carry with difficulty
tote water for Uncle Jake whenever he wants me to, and any time I ask him he gives me a little something to eat if he can spare it.
filled with a great quantity
The old steam ferry-boat was chartered for the occasion; presently the gay throng filed up the main street
laden with provision-baskets.
complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
Dougal's cave was but a vast
labyrinth of crooked aisles that ran into each other and out again and led nowhere.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
The hooting of an owl came over the hill --
hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
There was a
lagging, anxious silence, and then all of a sudden there was an explosion of firearms and a cry.
an embarrassing mistake
He made several efforts to creep out of his scrape, but the old man's eye was upon him and he made
blunder after blunder.
the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
When you talked about notching ears and slitting noses I judged that that was your own
embellishment, because white men don't take that sort of revenge.
under a moral obligation to someone
There's another that you're more
beholden to than you are to me and my boys, maybe, but he don't allow me to tell his name.
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
Whispers passed along, and a boding uneasiness took possession of every
The accidental discovery, just made, that the proprietor of the Temperance Tavern kept liquor on his premises,
scarcely fluttered the public pulse, tremendous as the fact was.