detected by means of the senses
perceived that the man who had fought thus was magnificent.
detect with the senses
discerned forms begin to swell in masses out of a distant wood.
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
countenances now expressed a profound dejection.
worry unnecessarily or excessively
fretted and complained each to each.
filled with or evoking sadness
There was one who raised a
having great beauty
The flag was sometimes eaten and lost in this mass of vapor, but more often it projected, sun touched,
happen or occur again
The words that comrades had uttered previous to the firing began to
recur to him.
of high moral or intellectual value
A lad whose face had borne an expression of
exalted courage, the majesty of he who dares give his life, was, at an instant, smitten abject.
turn pale, as if in fear
blanched like one who has come to the edge of a cliff at midnight and is suddenly made aware.
inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
Death about to thrust him between the shoulder blades was far more dreadful than death about to
smite him between the eyes.
a feeling of strong eagerness
So he displayed the
zeal of an insane sprinter in his purpose to keep them in the rear.
Once one lit before him and the
livid lightning of the explosion effectually barred the way in his chosen direction.
close in time; about to occur
The men there seemed to be in conventional moods, altogether unaware of the
characteristic of or resembling Hell
The brigade was hurrying briskly to be gulped into the
infernal mouths of the war god.
An officer on a bounding horse made
maniacal motions with his arms.
worthy of high praise
It was all plain that he had proceeded according to very correct and
having knowledge and spiritual insight
enlightened man who looks afar in the dark, had fled because of his superior perceptions and knowledge.
a state of commotion and noise and confusion
He shambled along with bowed head, his brain in a
tumult of agony and despair.
They seemed to be grinding their teeth in
a feeling of alarm or dread
High in a treetop he stopped, and, poking his head cautiously from behind a branch, looked down with an air of
a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
The corpse was dressed in a uniform that once had been blue, but was now faded to a
melancholy shade of green.
a pause during which things are calm
There was a
lull in the noises of insects as if they had bowed their beaks and were making a devotional pause.
having your attention fixated as though by a spell
transfixed by this terrific medley of all noises.
as a formality only
It suddenly occurred to the youth that the fight in which he had been was, after all, but
a loud harsh or strident noise
In the hearing of this present
din he was doubtful if he had seen real battle scenes.
violent and needless disturbance
The musketry sounded in long irregular surges that played
havoc with his ears.
not clearly understood or expressed
There were some who proceeded sullenly, full of anger at their wounds, and ready to turn upon anything as an
of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement
After they had walked together for some time the tattered man mustered
sufficient courage to speak.
a situation from which extrication is difficult
They were discussing his
plight, questioning him and giving him advice.
win a victory over
Suddenly, as the two friends marched on, the tall soldier seemed to be
overcome by a terror.
marked by extreme anger
enraged against the tattered man, and could have strangled him.
spread by scattering
He believed that he envied those men whose bodies lay
strewn over the grass of the fields and on the fallen leaves of the forest.
the act of examining something closely, as for mistakes
In imagination he felt the
scrutiny of his companions as he painfully labored through some lies.
And if he himself could believe in his
virtuous perfection, he conceived that there would be small trouble in convincing all others.
a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
He of course felt no
compunctions for proposing a general as a sacrifice.
a state of shame or disgrace
Without salve, he could not, he thought, wear the sore badge of his
dishonor through life.
With his heart continually assuring him that he was
despicable, he could not exist without making it, through his actions, apparent to all men.
speak out against
denounced himself as a villain.
marked by casual disrespect
Wherever he went in camp, he would encounter
insolent and lingeringly cruel stares.
expressing contempt or ridicule
Then, as if the heads were moved by one muscle, all the faces were turned toward him with wide,