And behind the woman comes a little nigger girl and two little nigger boys without anything on but tow-linen shirts, and they hung on to their mother's gown, and peeped out from behind her at me,
bashful, the way they always do.
humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
She stooped down quick at the foot of the bed and give me a pull, and out I come; and when he turned back from the window there she stood, a-beaming and a-smiling like a house afire, and I standing pretty
meek and sweaty alongside.
So Tom he thanked them very
hearty and handsome, and let himself be persuaded, and come in; and when he was in he said he was a stranger from Hicksville, Ohio, and his name was William Thompson--and he made another bow.
giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation
"No," says the old man, "I reckon there ain't going to be any; and you couldn't go if there was; because the runaway nigger told Burton and me all about that
scandalous show, and Burton said he would tell the people; so I reckon they've drove the owdacious loafers out of town before this time."
When we got to the cabin we took a look at the front and the two sides; and on the side I warn't
acquainted with--which was the north side--we found a square window-hole, up tolerable high, with just one stout board nailed across it.
He said the witches was
pestering him awful these nights, and making him see all kinds of strange things, and hear all kinds of strange words and noises, and he didn't believe he was ever witched so long before in his life.
a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
I lay it never sawed itself off, s'I--somebody sawed it, s'I; that's my
opinion, take it or leave it, it mayn't be no 'count, s'I, but sich as 't is, it's my
opinion, s'I, 'n' if any body k'n start a better one, s'I, let him do it, s'I, that's all.
And twice I went down the road away in the night, and slipped around front, and see her setting there by her candle in the window with her eyes towards the road and the tears in them; and I wished I could do something for her, but I couldn't, only to swear that I wouldn't never do nothing to
grieve her any more.
Then the others softened up a little, too, and I was mighty
thankful to that old doctor for doing Jim that good turn; and I was glad it was according to my judgment of him, too; because I thought he had a good heart in him and was a good man the first time I see him.