put an end to a state or an activity
The Radley Place had
ceased to terrify me, but it was no less gloomy, no less chilly under its great oaks, and no less uninviting.
a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
"'Equal rights for all, special
privileges for none'," I quoted.
make clear and (more) comprehensible
I went away, not sure that I could explain to Atticus what was on my mind, not sure that I could
clarify what was only a feeling.
accompany or escort
He thought Jem
might escort me if I asked him.
a person's manner of walking
We had slowed to a cautious
gait, and were feeling our way for-
ward so as not to bump into the tree.
declared but not proved
We squandered our first nickels
on the House of Horrors, which scared us not at all; we entered
the black seventh grade room and were led around by the temporary
ghoul in residence and were made to touch several objects alleged
to be the component parts of a human being.
the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
"Somebody's mashed my costume," I wailed in
to exert much effort or energy
We began crossing the black schoolyard,
straining to see our
in a sparse or scanty way
I turned to look at him, but his outline was
the quality of not being useful or convenient
Jem knew as well as I that it
was difficult to walk fast without stumping a toe, tripping on
stones, and other inconveniences, and I was barefooted.
behave awkwardly; have difficulties
Metal ripped on
metal and I fell to the ground and rolled as far as I could,
floundering to escape my wire prison.
fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
From somewhere near by came
scuffling, kicking sounds, sounds of shoes and flesh scraping
dirt and roots.
in an uncontrolled manner
I went to where I thought he had been and felt
along the ground, reaching out with my toes.
have the idea for
conceive of anyone low down enough to do a thing like this, but
unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct
For once in his life, Atticus
instinctive courtesy failed him: he sat where he was.
an act or expression of criticism and censure
As I said it, I half pointed to the man in the corner, but
brought my arm down quickly lest Atticus reprimand me for
showing fear and lack of confidence
His lips parted into a
timid smile, and
our neighbor's image blurred with my sudden tears.
affect with wonder
Dr. Reynolds's voice was as breezy as his step, as though he had said it every evening of his life, an announcement that
astounded me even more than being in the same room with Boo
escape, either physically or mentally
A curious contest, the nature of which
eluded me, was developing
between my father and the sheriff.
properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
I'd take somebody mighty used to the dark to make a
lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance
Every move he made
was uncertain, as if he were not sure his hands and feet could
make proper contact with the things he touched.
exceptionally bad or displeasing
He coughed his
dreadful raling cough, and was so shaken he had to sit down
beyond belief or understanding
Having been so accustomed to his absence, I found it
that he had been sitting beside me all this time, present.
release, as from one's grip
released my hand,
opened the door, went inside, and shut the door behind him.
enjoying or affording comforting warmth and shelter especially in a small space