be sold for a certain price
Well, Judge Thatcher he took it and put it out at interest, and it
fetched us a dollar a day apiece all the year round--more than a body could tell what to do with.
filled with contentment
I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and
large in number or amount or extent or degree
After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a
considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people.
benefit resulting from some event or action
Well, I couldn't see no
advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn't try for it.
expect, believe, or suppose
I asked her if she
reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight.
monstrous proud about it, and he got so he wouldn't hardly notice the other niggers.
a small boat propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
So we unhitched a
skiff and pulled down the river two mile and a half, to the big scar on the hillside, and went ashore.
make reference to
And if anybody that belonged to the band told the secrets, he must have his throat cut, and then have his carcass burnt up and the ashes scattered all around, and his name blotted off of the list with blood and never
mentioned again by the gang, but have a curse put on it and be forgot forever.
uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication
"Well, Ben Rogers, if I was as
ignorant as you I wouldn't let on.
having a difficult and contrary disposition
I thought it all out, and reckoned I would belong to the widow's if he wanted me, though I couldn't make out how he was a-going to be any better off then than what he was before, seeing I was so ignorant, and so kind of low-down and
make believe with the intent to deceive
We hadn't robbed nobody, hadn't killed any people, but only just
the advantageous quality of being beneficial
But I couldn't see no
profit in it.
malevolence by virtue of being malicious or nasty
He said there was hundreds of soldiers there, and elephants and treasure, and so on, but we had enemies which he called magicians; and they had turned the whole thing into an infant Sunday-school, just out of
predict in advance
I got an old tin lamp and an iron ring, and went out in the woods and rubbed and rubbed till I sweat like an Injun,
calculating to build a palace and sell it; but it warn't no use, none of the genies come.
lay out money or resources in an enterprise
You had better let me
invest it along with your six thousand, because if you take it you'll spend it."
not genuine; imitating something superior
I told him I had an old slick
counterfeit quarter that warn't no good because the brass showed through the silver a little, and it wouldn't pass nohow, even if the brass didn't show, because it was so slick it felt greasy, and so that would tell on it every time.
intrude in other people's affairs or business
Who told you you might
meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?--who told you you could?"
get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
The judge and the widow went to law to get the court to take me away from him and let one of them be my guardian; but it was a new judge that had just come, and he didn't know the old man; so he said courts mustn't
interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he'd druther not take a child away from its father.
the trait of avoiding excesses
And after supper he talked to him about
temperance and such things till the old man cried, and said he'd been a fool, and fooled away his life; but now he was a-going to turn over a new leaf and be a man nobody wouldn't be ashamed of, and he hoped the judge would help him and not look down on him.
lead or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life
He said he reckoned a body could
reform the old man with a shotgun, maybe, but he didn't know no other way.
the speech act of dissenting
I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn't like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn't no
carry with difficulty
toted up a load, and went back and set down on the bow of the skiff to rest.
capable of moving or bending freely
Pap was agoing on so he never noticed where his old
limber legs was taking him to, so he went head over heels over the tub of salt pork and barked both shins, and the rest of his speech was all the hottest kind of language--mostly hove at the nigger and the govment, though he give the tub some, too, all along, here and there.
of the immediate past
But it warn't good judgment, because that was the boot that had a couple of his toes leaking out of the front end of it; so now he raised a howl that fairly made a body's hair raise, and down he went in the dirt, and rolled there, and held his toes; and the cussing he done then laid over anything he had ever done
speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
Don't stand there
palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast.
distant but within sight
Before he was t'other side of the river I was out of the hole; him and his raft was just a speck on the water away off
When I got to camp I warn't feeling very
brash, there warn't much sand in my craw; but I says, this ain't no time to be fooling around.
be lazy or idle
When breakfast was ready we
lolled on the grass and eat it smoking hot.
a reformer who favors putting an end to slavery
People would call me a low-down
Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum--but that don't make no difference.
the quantity that was caught
And so, take it all around, we made a good