give or restore confidence in; cause to feel sure or certain
reassured him: "Can't anybody tell what you're gonna do lest they live in the house with you, and even I can't tell sometimes."
inform positively and with certainty and confidence
The second grade was grim, but Jem
assured me that the older I got the better school would be, that he started off the same way, and it was not until one reached the sixth grade that one learned anything of value.
cut or eliminate
Atticus told me to
delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.
not carefully or expertly made
One was the figure of a boy, the other wore a
being on a very small scale
They were almost perfect
miniatures of two children.
give or supply
The following week the knot-hole
yielded a tarnished medal.
the limit beyond which something happens or changes
He had been on the
verge of telling me something all evening; his face would brighten and he would lean toward me, then he would change his mind.
complete or extreme
Jem was facing me when he looked up, and I saw him go
distant but within sight (`yon' is dialectal)
"Mr. Radley, ah-did you put cement in that hole in that tree down
impossible to come to understand
unfathomable to the most experienced prophets in Maycomb County, autumn turned to winter that year.
Old Mrs. Radley died that winter, but her death caused hardly a ripple-the neighborhood
seldom saw her, except when she watered her cannas.
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
"You can't go around making
caricatures of the neighbors."
We stood watching the street fill with men and cars while fire silently
devoured Miss Maudie's house.
suppress or crush completely
Miss Maudie's tin roof
quelled the flames.
lack of attention and due care
He began pouring out our secrets right and left in total
disregard for my safety if not for his own, omitting nothing, knot-hole, pants and all.
a condition of great disorder
With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a
shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem's and my affairs.
marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea
Aunt Alexandra was
fanatical on the subject of my attire.
in a gallant manner
gallantly bowed me to the bathroom.
take in, also metaphorically
What bothers me is that she and Jem will have to
absorb some ugly things pretty soon.
having fair knowledge of
The jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells' - are you
acquainted with the Ewells?"
in a vehement manner
Atticus shook his head
vehemently: "Don't just stand there, Heck!
occurring or operating at the same time
With movements so swift they seemed
simultaneous, Atticus's hand yanked a ball-tipped lever as he brought the gun to his shoulder.
exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
Besides being the sassiest, most
disrespectful mutts who ever passed her way, we were told that it was quite a pity our father had not remarried after our mother's death.
make psychologically or physically used (to something)
I had become almost
accustomed to hearing insults aimed at Atticus.
The one thing that doesn't
abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."