marked by sound judgment
That sounded pretty
reasonable, so I didn't say no more; but I couldn't keep from studying over it and wishing I knowed who shot the man, and what they done it for.
rummaged the clothes we'd got, and found eight dollars in silver sewed up in the lining of an old blanket overcoat.
give careful consideration to
studied it over and said, couldn't I put on some of them old things and dress up like a girl?
having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more
When the woman stopped talking I looked up, and she was looking at me pretty
curious and smiling a little.
performed with little or no delay
prompt now--don't stop to study over it.
lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
And when you throw at a rat or anything, hitch yourself up a tiptoe and fetch your hand up over your head as
awkward as you can, and miss your rat about six or seven foot.
make or work out a plan for; devise
Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I
contrived the other things just to make certain.
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
I told Jim all about the time I had
jabbering with that woman; and Jim said she was a smart one, and if she was to start after us herself she wouldn't set down and watch a camp fire--no, sir, she'd fetch a dog.
dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
It was kind of
solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed--only a little kind of a low chuckle.
socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
Pap always said it warn't no harm to borrow things if you was meaning to pay them back some time; but the widow said it warn't anything but a soft name for stealing, and no
decent body would do it.
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
But towards daylight we got it all settled satisfactory, and
concluded to drop crabapples and p'simmons.
a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
When the lightning glared out we could see a big straight river ahead, and high, rocky
bluffs on both sides.
a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
He'd call it an
adventure--that's what he'd call it; and he'd land on that wreck if it was his last act.
a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom
The lightning showed us the wreck again just in time, and we fetched the stabboard
derrick, and made fast there.
tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans
You're the meanest,
treacherousest hound in this country."
motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
I'm unfavorable to killin' a man as long as you can git aroun' it; it ain't good sense, it ain't good
goods or money obtained illegally
The skiff was half full of
plunder which that gang had stole there on the wreck.
fortitude and determination
Does I shin aroun' mongs' de neighbors en fine out which un you de bill do b'long to, en han' it over to de right one, all safe en soun', de way dat anybody dat had any
If you think it ain't
dismal and lonesome out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once--you'll see.
exasperate or irritate
The lot of towheads was troubles we was going to get into with quarrelsome people and all kinds of mean folks, but if we minded our business and didn't talk back and
aggravate them, we would pull through and get out of the fog and into the big clear river, which was the free States, and wouldn't have no more trouble.
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and
humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither.
motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
I couldn't get that out of my
conscience, no how nor no way.
very unhappy; full of misery
I got to feeling so mean and so
miserable I most wished I was dead.
draw back, as with fear or pain
Three big men with guns pointed at me, which made me
wince, I tell you;
worry unnecessarily or excessively
"Never mind, Buck, my boy," says the old man, "you'll have show enough, all in good time, don't you
fret about that.
conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
Well, there was a big
outlandish parrot on each side of the clock, made out of something like chalk, and painted up gaudy.
your usual mood
But I reckoned that with her
disposition she was having a better time in the graveyard.
something given or done as an expression of esteem
Every time a man died, or a woman died, or a child died, she would be on hand with her "
tribute" before he was cold.
refuse to recognize or acknowledge
He was well born, as the saying is, and that's worth as much in a man as it is in a horse, so the Widow Douglas said, and nobody ever
denied that she was of the first aristocracy in our town; and pap he always said it, too, though he warn't no more quality than a mudcat himself.
filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock
I was a good deal
astonished, but when I got my breath I asked her what the paper was about, and she asked me if I had read it, and I said no, and she asked me if I could read writing, and I told her "no, only coarse-hand," and then she said the paper warn't anything but a bookmark to keep her place, and I might go and play now.