Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" Chapters 1-10 164 words

Vocabulary study list for Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Chapters 1-10).
  1. nauseate
    upset and make nauseated
    Dizzy and nauseated, I lay on the cement and shook my head still, pounded my ears to silence, and heard Jem's voice: "Scout, get away from there, come on!"
  2. asinine
    devoid of intelligence
    Lastly, we were to stay away from that house until we were invited there, we were not to play an asinine game he had seen us playing or make fun of anybody on this street or in this town.
  3. delete
    cut or eliminate
    Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.
  4. douse
    wet thoroughly
    There went with the house the usual legend about the Yankees: one Finch female, recently engaged, donned her complete trousseau to save it from raiders in the neighborhood; she became stuck in the door to the Daughters' Staircase but was doused wit
  5. crumple
    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
    Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk in a brown-and-white heap.
  6. motivate
    give an incentive for action
    Tim Johnson was advancing at a snail's pace, but he was not playing or sniffing at foliage: he seemed dedicated to one course and motivated by an invisible force that was inching him toward us.
  7. mutilate
    destroy or injure severely
    Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Eddy, people still looked at the Radley
  8. ravel
    disentangle
    "Gracious child, I was raveling a thread, wasn't even thinking about your father, but now that I am I'll say this: Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets.
  9. arbitrate
    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
    Jem arbitrated, awarded me first push with an extra time for Dill, and I folded myself inside the tire.
  10. ambrosia
    (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
    But her cooking made up for everything: three kinds of meat, summer vegetables from her pantry shelves; peach pickles, two kinds of cake and ambrosia constituted a modest Christmas dinner.
  11. whittle
    cut small bits or pare shavings from
    Boo bit it off one night when he couldn't find any cats and squirrels to eat.); she sat in the living room and cried most of the time, while Boo slowly whittled away all the furniture in the house.
  12. amble
    walk leisurely
    They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything.
  13. begrudge
    be envious of; set one's heart on
    I don't know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit."
  14. gouge
    an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
    "Don't blame me when he gouges your eyes out.
  15. suffocate
    deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
    Ground, sky and houses melted into a mad palette, my ears throbbed, I was suffocating.
  16. obstreperous
    noisily and stubbornly defiant
    It was obstreperous, disorderly and abusive -"
    "You gonna give me a chance to tell you?
  17. clapper
    metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
    Dill grabbed the clapper; in the silence that followed, I wished he'd start ringing it again.
  18. chameleon
    lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color and having a projectile tongue
    She was a widow, a chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat and men's coveralls, but after her five o'clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty.
  19. perpetrate
    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    You've perpetrated a near libel here in the front yard.
  20. vapid
    lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest
    But by the end of August our repertoire was vapid from countless reproductions, and it was then that Dill gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.
  21. magisterial
    of or relating to a magistrate
    She was a widow, a chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat and men's coveralls, but after her five o'clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty.
  22. trudge
    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
    He trudged along, dragging the pole behind him on the sidewalk.
  23. fractious
    easily irritated or annoyed
    She had always been too hard on me, she had at last seen the error of her fractious ways, she was sorry and too stubborn to say so.
  24. repertoire
    the entire range of skills or aptitudes or devices used in a particular field or occupation
    But by the end of August our repertoire was vapid from countless reproductions, and it was then that Dill gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.
  25. ramshackle
    in deplorable condition
    The back of the Radley house was less inviting than the front: a ramshackle porch ran the width of the house; there were two doors and two dark windows between the doors.
  26. foolhardy
    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
    But I kept aloof from their more foolhardy schemes for a while, and on pain of being called a g-irl, I spent most of the remaining twilights that summer sitting with Miss Maudie Atkinson on her front porch.
  27. nebulous
    lacking definite form or limits
    Boo's transition from the basement toback home was nebulous in Jem's memory.
  28. quibble
    evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
    Jem decided there was no point in quibbling, and was silent.
  29. paralyze
    cause to be paralyzed and immobile
    Jem was paralyzed.
  30. unsullied
    (of reputation) free from blemishes
    Atticus's office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama.
  31. torso
    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
    Jem scooped up an armful of dirt, patted it into a mound on which he added another load, and another until he had constructed a torso.
  32. swelter
    be uncomfortably hot
    Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square.
  33. lineament
    the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin
    A flip of the coin revealed the uncompromising lineaments of Aunt Alexandra and Francis.
  34. contentious
    inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
    "Ain't got no mother," was the answer, "and their paw's right contentious."
  35. domicile
    housing that someone is living in
    According to neighborhood legend, when the younger Radley boy was in his teens he became acquainted with some of the Cunninghams from Old Sarum, an enormous and confusing tribe domiciled in the northern part of the county, and they formed the neare
  36. complicate
    make more complicated
    I returned to the front yard and busied myself for two hours erecting a complicated breastworks at the side of the porch, consisting of a tire, an orange crate, the laundry hamper, the porch chairs, and a small U.S. flag Jem gave me from a popcorn
  37. assuage
    provide physical relief, as from pain
    When it healed, and Jem's fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.
  38. dynamics
    the branch of mechanics concerned with the forces that cause motions of bodies
    Indeed, they were an endless Project that slowly evolved into a Unit, in which miles of construction paper and wax crayon were expended by the State of Alabama in its well-meaning but fruitless efforts to teach me Group Dynamics.
  39. fascinate
    to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    The Radley Place fascinated Dill.
  40. sibling
    a person's brother or sister
    Aunt Alexandra was Atticus's sister, but when Jem told me about changelings and siblings, I decided that she had been swapped at birth, that my grandparents had perhaps received a Crawford instead of a Finch.
  41. shambles
    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.
  42. huddle
    a disorganized and densely packed crowd
    Dill and Jem emerged from a brief huddle: "If you stay you've got to do what we tell you," Dill warned.
  43. stricture
    severe criticism
    Mindful of John Wesley's strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling, Simon made a pile practicing medicine, but in this pursuit he was unhappy lest he be tempted into doing what he knew was not for the glory of God, as the putting on
  44. malevolent
    wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
    Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom.
  45. mausoleum
    a large burial chamber, usually above ground
    But I must say Providence was kind enough to burn down that old mausoleum of mine, I'm too old to keep it up-maybe you're right, Jean Louise, this is a settled neighborhood.
  46. aberration
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
    Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other, the seasons would change: Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing to the aberrations of natu
  47. ooze
    pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
    Microscopic grains oozed out.
  48. palette
    board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used
    Ground, sky and houses melted into a mad palette, my ears throbbed, I was suffocating.
  49. furor
    an interest followed with exaggerated zeal
    The cootie's host showed not the faintest interest in the furor he had wrought.
  50. isolate
    place or set apart
    Aunty had continued to isolate me long after Jem and Francis graduated to the big table.
  51. hone
    sharpen with a hone
    Mr. Avery averaged a stick of stovewood per week; he honed it down to a toothpick and chewed it.
  52. babble
    utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
    "Mr. Nathan was at the fire," he babbled, "I saw him, I saw him, he was tuggin' that mattress - Atticus, I swear .
  53. motivated
    provided with a motive or given incentive for action
    Tim Johnson was advancing at a snail's pace, but he was not playing or sniffing at foliage: he seemed dedicated to one course and motivated by an invisible force that was inching him toward us.
  54. abusive
    characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment
    The town decided something had to be done; Mr. Conner said he knew who each and every one of them was, and he was bound and determined they wouldn't get away with it, so the boys came before the probate judge on charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing t
  55. muddle
    make into a puddle
    Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em.
  56. misdemeanor
    a crime less serious than a felony
    In Maycomb County, hunting out of season was a misdemeanor at law, a capital felony in the eyes of the populace.
  57. scuttle
    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
    "You all hush," said Jem. He scuttled beneath the house and came out with a yellow bamboo pole.
  58. disapprobation
    an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
    "I'm afraid our activities would be received with considerable disapprobation by the more learned authorities."
  59. gingerly
    in a gingerly manner
    I see it-"
    Jem looked around, reached up, and gingerly pocketed a tiny shiny package.
  60. giggle
    laugh nervously
    I giggled at the thought of Jem in an apron.
  61. navigate
    direct carefully and safely
    When I was able to navigate, I ran back to them as fast as my shaking knees would carry me.
  62. predilection
    a predisposition in favor of something
    The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb.
  63. baffle
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    The sixth grade seemed to please him from the beginning: be went through a brief Egyptian Period that baffled me-he tried to walk flat a great deal, sticking one arm in front of him and one in back of him, putting one foot behind the other.
  64. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
    Their sister Alexandra was the Finch who remained at the Landing: she married a taciturn man who spent most of his time lying in a hammock by the river wondering if his trot-lines were full.
  65. residential
    of or relating to or connected with residence
    We lived on the main residential street in town-Atticus, Jem and I, plus Ca1purnia our cook.
  66. scurry
    to move about or proceed hurriedly
    Soft taffeta-like sounds and muffled scurrying sounds filled me with helpless dread.
  67. rudiment
    the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
    Uncle Jack instructed us in the rudiments thereof; he said Atticus wasn't interested in guns.
  68. evolve
    undergo development or evolution
    Indeed, they were an endless Project that slowly evolved into a Unit, in which miles of construction paper and wax crayon were expended by the State of Alabama in its well-meaning but fruitless efforts to teach me Group Dynamics.
  69. synonymous
    (of words) meaning the same or nearly the same
    Atticus had urged them to accept the state's generosity in allowing them to plead Guilty to second-degree murder and escape with their lives, but they were Haverfords, in Maycomb County a name synonymous with jackass.
  70. retrieve
    get or find back; recover the use of
    I retrieved my plate and finished dinner in the kitchen, thankful, though, that I was spared the humiliation of facing them again.
  71. allege
    report or maintain
    The Haverfords had dispatched Maycomb's leading blacksmith in a misunderstanding arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare, were imprudent enough to do it in the presence of three witnesses, and insisted that the-son-of-a-bitch-had-itco
  72. mystify
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    That cat thing was real fine this mornin'â€Ãƒƒƒƒ‚¦ÃƒƒÃƒƒƒ‚¢€
    Miss Caroline smiled, blew her nose, said, "Thank you, darlings," dispersed us, opened a book and mystified the first grade with a long n
  73. puny
    (used especially of persons) of inferior size
    You look right puny for goin' on seven."
  74. chattel
    personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)
    So Simon, having forgotten his teacher's dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.
  75. discernible
    perceptible by the senses or intellect
    Atticus kept us in fits that evening, gravely reading columns of print about a man who sat on a flagpole for no discernible reason, which was reason enough for Jem to spend the following Saturday aloft in the treehouse.
  76. foray
    a sudden short attack
    Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful.
  77. dedicate
    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    Tim Johnson was advancing at a snail's pace, but he was not playing or sniffing at foliage: he seemed dedicated to one course and motivated by an invisible force that was inching him toward us.
  78. phenomenal
    exceedingly or unbelievably great
    Little Chuck Little, whose patience with all living things was phenomenal, said, "Which way did he go, Miss Caroline?
  79. dictum
    an authoritative declaration
    So Simon, having forgotten his teacher's dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.
  80. respiration
    a single complete act of breathing in and out
    Respiration normal, the three of us strolled as casually as we could to the front yard.
  81. sniff
    perceive by inhaling through the nose
    I sniffed it and it smelled all right.
  82. wallow
    roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"
    I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers.
  83. tacit
    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    Our tacit treaty with Miss Maudie was that we could play on her lawn, eat her scuppernongs if we didn't jump on the arbor, and explore her vast back lot, terms so generous we seldom spoke to her, so careful were we to preserve the delicate balance
  84. auspicious
    auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
    Chapter 4
    The remainder of my school days were no more auspicious than the first.
  85. ingenuous
    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
    He was a year older than I, and I avoided him on principle: he enjoyed everything I disapproved of, and disliked my ingenuous diversions.
  86. apothecary
    a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
    All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trapping apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess.
  87. confuse
    mistake one thing for another
    According to neighborhood legend, when the younger Radley boy was in his teens he became acquainted with some of the Cunninghams from Old Sarum, an enormous and confusing tribe domiciled in the northern part of the county, and they formed the neare
  88. erratic
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
    She was furious, and when she was furious Calpurnia's grammar became erratic.
  89. persevere
    be persistent, refuse to stop
    Apparently she had revived enough to persevere in her profession.
  90. invective
    abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
    He simply murmured, "Her use of bathroom invective leaves nothing to the imagination.
  91. indigenous
    originating where it is found
    The class murmured apprehensively, should she prove to harbor her share of the peculiarities indigenous to that region.
  92. nocturnal
    belonging to or active during the night
    Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Eddy, people still looked at the Radley
  93. fang
    canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey
    Shoulder tip, I reeled around to face Boo Radley and his bloody fangs; instead, I saw Dill ringing the bell with all his might in Atticus's face.
  94. reassure
    cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
    I 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."
  95. reinforce
    strengthen and support with rewards
    He waited in amiable silence, and I sought to reinforce my position: "You never went to school and you do all right, so I'll just stay home too.
  96. benign
    kindness of disposition or manner
    Until Jem and Dill excluded me from their plans, she was only another lady in the neighborhood, but a relatively benign presence.
  97. imprudent
    not prudent or wise
    The Haverfords had dispatched Maycomb's leading blacksmith in a misunderstanding arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare, were imprudent enough to do it in the presence of three witnesses, and insisted that the-son-of-a-bitch-had-itco
  98. jagged
    having a sharply uneven surface or outline
    There was a long jagged sear that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.
  99. immune
    relating to the condition of immunity
    Miss Caroline seemed unaware that the ragged, denim-shirted and floursack-skirted first grade, most of whom had chopped cotton and fed hogs from the time they were able to walk, were immune to imaginative literature.
  100. plait
    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
    Jem procured some peach-tree switches from the back yard, plaited them, and bent them into bones to be covered with dirt.
  101. obsession
    an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
    Dr. Buford's profession was medicine and his obsession was anything that grew in the ground, so he stayed poor.
  102. disperse
    move away from each other
    That cat thing was real fine this mornin'â€Ãƒƒƒƒ‚¦ÃƒƒÃƒƒƒ‚¢€
    Miss Caroline smiled, blew her nose, said, "Thank you, darlings," dispersed us, opened a book and mystified the first grade with a long n
  103. simultaneous
    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.
  104. onslaught
    (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
    His fists were half cocked, as if expecting an onslaught from both of us.
  105. diminutive
    a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
    He was among the most diminutive of men, but when Burris Ewell turned toward him, Little Chuck's right hand went to his pocket.
  106. palate
    the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
    One time I asked her to have a chew and she said no thanks, that---chewing gum cleaved to her palate and rendered her speechless," said Jem carefully.
  107. fraught
    filled with or attended with
    If the remainder of the school year were as fraught with drama as the first day, perhaps it would be mildly entertaining, but the prospect of spending nine months refraining from reading and writing made me think of running away.
  108. spat
    a quarrel about petty points
    "There goes the meanest man ever God blew breath into," murmured Calpurnia, and she spat meditatively into the yard.
  109. flick
    throw or toss with a quick motion
    Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square.
  110. indicative
    (usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly
    The internal arrangements of the Finch house were indicative of Simon's guilelessness and the absolute trust with which he regarded his offspring.
  111. analogous
    similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
    Had I ever harbored the mystical notions about mountains that seem to obsess lawyers and judges, Aunt Alexandra would have been analogous to Mount Everest: throughout my early life, she was cold and there.
  112. entity
    that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)
    The Radley Place was inhabited by an unknown entity the mere
    description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end; Mrs. Dubose was plain hell.
  113. mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    I guess it ain't your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I'm here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family."
  114. meddle
    intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly
    For some reason, my first year of school had wrought a great change in our relationship: Calpurnia's tyranny, unfairness, and meddling in my business had faded to gentle grumblings of general disapproval.
  115. quell
    suppress or crush completely
    Through all the head-shaking, quelling of nausea and Jem-yelling, I had heard another sound, so low I could not have heard it from the sidewalk.
  116. mishap
    an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
    I sometimes thought of asking her if she would let me sit at the big table with the rest of them just once, I would prove to her how civilized I could be; after all, I ate at home every day with no major mishaps.
  117. impotent
    (of a male) unable to copulate
    Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South, as it left his descendants stripped of everything but their land, yet the tradition of living on the land remained unbroken until well into the twentieth
  118. involvement
    the act of sharing in the activities of a group
    Why?"
    "He didn't have any lunch," I said, and explained my involvement in Walter's dietary affairs.
  119. contributing
    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
    Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other, the seasons would change: Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing to the aberrations of natu
  120. dogged
    stubbornly unyielding
    "I'll be dogged," I said.
  121. accost
    speak to someone
    When we were on the sidewalk in front of Miss Maudie's, Mr. Avery accosted us.
  122. ensue
    issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
    Jem said Mr. Avery misfigured, Dill said he must drink a gallon a day, and the ensuing contest to determine relative distances and respective prowess only made me feel left out again, as I was untalented in this area.
  123. locate
    discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining
    He searched the scalp above his forehead, located his guest and pinched it between his thumb and forefinger.
  124. pestilence
    any epidemic disease with a high death rate
    Miss Maudie's face likened such an occurrence unto an Old Testament pestilence.
  125. caricature
    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
    "You can't go around making caricatures of the neighbors."
  126. teem
    be teeming, be abuzz
    Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies.
  127. articulate
    express or state clearly
    Jem became vaguely articulate: "'d you see him, Scout? 'd you see him just standin' there? . . . 'n' all of a sudden he just relaxed all over, an' it looked like that gun was a part of him . . . an' he did it so quick, like .
  128. chuckle
    a soft partly suppressed laugh
    When we left her, she was still chuckling.
  129. tangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    Rather than risk a tangle with Calpurnia, I did as Jem told me.
  130. scoop
    the shovel or bucket of a dredge or backhoe
    Jem scooped up an armful of dirt, patted it into a mound on which he added another load, and another until he had constructed a torso.
  131. dynamic
    characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality
  132. morbid
    suggesting the horror of death and decay
    Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Eddy, people still looked at the Radley
  133. filthy
    disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter
    He was the filthiest human I had ever seen.
  134. rusty
    covered with or consisting of rust
    His neck was dark gray, the backs of his hands were rusty, and his fingernails were black deep into the quick.
  135. concede
    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
    It was all right to shut him up, Mr. Radley conceded, but insisted that Boo not be charged with anything: he was not a criminal.
  136. sear
    become superficially burned
    There was a long jagged sear that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.
  137. hamper
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    He went in the house, returned with the laundry hamper, filled it with earth and carried it to the front yard.
  138. apparel
    clothing in general
    Mindful of John Wesley's strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling, Simon made a pile practicing medicine, but in this pursuit he was unhappy lest he be tempted into doing what he knew was not for the glory of God, as the putting on of gol
  139. discard
    anything that is cast aside or discarded
    Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Eddy, people still looked at the Radley Place,
  140. poke
    hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
    Miss Caroline walked up and down the rows peering and poking into lunch containers, little at others.
  141. verge
    the limit beyond which something happens or changes
    I was on the verge of leavin'- I done done my time for this year."
  142. furthermore
    in addition
    Furthermore, I couldn't help noticing that my father had served for years in the state legislature, elected each time without opposition, innocent of the adjustments my teachers thought essential to the development of Good Citizenship.
  143. gallon
    United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters
    Jem said Mr. Avery misfigured, Dill said he must drink a gallon a day, and the ensuing contest to determine relative distances and respective prowess only made me feel left out again, as I was untalented in this area.
  144. contradict
    prove negative; show to be false
    "There's some folks who don't eat like us," she whispered fiercely, "but you ain't called on to contradict 'em at the table when they don't.
  145. fret
    be agitated or irritated
    "Now don't you fret, ma'am," he said.
  146. emerge
    come out into view, as from concealment
    Dill and Jem emerged from a brief huddle: "If you stay you've got to do what we tell you," Dill warned.
  147. define
    show the form or outline of
    Jem and I had always enjoyed the free run of Miss Maudie's yard if we kept out of her azaleas, but our contact with her was not clearly defined.
  148. relaxed
    without strain or anxiety
    Jem and I relaxed.
  149. overall
    including everything
    He did have on a clean shirt and neatly mended overalls.
  150. confine
    place limits on (extent or access)
    Uncle Jack Finch confined his passion for digging to his window boxes in Nashville and stayed rich.
  151. plunge
    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
    Dill would walk by, cough at Jem, and Jem would fake a plunge into Dill's thigh.
  152. bluff
    a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
    Hours of wintertime had found me in the treehouse, looking over at the schoolyard, spying on multitudes of children through a two-power telescope Jem had given me, learning their games, following Jem's red jacket through wriggling circles of blind man's <
  153. dreary
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    After a dreary conversation in our living room one night about his entailment, before Mr. Cunningham left he said, "Mr. Finch, I don't know when I'll ever be able to pay you."
  154. contribute
    provide
  155. register
    an official written record of names or events or transactions
    I suppose she chose me because she knew my name; as I read the alphabet a faint line appeared between her eyebrows, and after making me read most of My First Reader and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register aloud, she discovered that
  156. pasture
    a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
    We ran across the schoolyard, crawled under the fence to Deer's Pasture behind our house, climbed our back fence and were at the back steps before Jem would let us pause to rest.
  157. announce
    make known; make an announcement
    Miss Blount, a native Maycombian as yet uninitiated in the mysteries of the Decimal System, appeared at the door hands on hips and announced: "If I hear another sound from this room I'll burn up everybody in it.
  158. rigid
    incapable of or resistant to bending
    In your case, the law remains rigid.
  159. layer
    single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
    When we ran to the back yard, it was covered with a feeble layer of soggy snow.
  160. stalk
    material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
    She picked up the limp sprout and squeezed her thumb up its tiny stalk.
  161. definition
    a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
    Jem's definitions are very nearly accurate sometimes."
  162. whistle
    the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture
    A Negro would not pass the Radley Place at night, he would cut across to the sidewalk opposite and whistle as he walked.
  163. defined
    showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary
    Jem and I had always enjoyed the free run of Miss Maudie's yard if we kept out of her azaleas, but our contact with her was not clearly defined.
  164. concession
    the act of conceding or yielding
    Jem stood in thought so long that Dill made a mild concession: "I won't say you ran out on a dare an' I'll swap you The Gray Ghost if you just go up and touch the house."