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
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.
cause someone to believe an untruth
"No, my boy," says the old gentleman, "I'm sorry to say 't your driver has
deceived you; Nichols's place is down a matter of three mile more.
showing warm and sincere friendliness
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
"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."
Well, it made me sick to see it; and I was sorry for them poor
pitiful rascals, it seemed like I couldn't ever feel any hardness against them any more in the world.
having fair knowledge of
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.
difficult to analyze or understand
I should hope we can find a way that's a little more
complicated than that, Huck Finn."
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.
friendly and pleasant
Jim had plenty corn-cob pipes and tobacco; so we had a right down good
sociable time; then we crawled out through the hole, and so home to bed, with hands that looked like they'd been chawed.
make less severe or harsh
I begun to lay for a chance; I reckoned I would sneak out and go for the woods till the weather
worthy of being depended on
"Well, it ain't no use to send things by him no more, he ain't
mix up or confuse
But she counted and counted till she got that
addled she'd start to count in the basket for a spoon sometimes; and so, three times they come out right, and three times they come out wrong.
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
Here a poor prisoner,
forsook by the world and friends,
fretted out his sorrowful life.
feeling or showing gratitude
Every animal is
grateful for kindness and petting, and they wouldn't think of hurting a person that pets them.
act in a certain manner
So Jim he was sorry, and said he wouldn't
behave so no more, and then me and Tom shoved for bed.
carefree and happy and lighthearted
But we got them laid in, and all the other things; and you never see a cabin as
blithesome as Jim's was when they'd all swarm out for music and go for him.
any attire that conceals the wearer's identity
I'll stuff Jim's clothes full of straw and lay it on his bed to represent his mother in
disguise, and Jim'll take the nigger woman's gown off of me and wear it, and we'll all evade together.
deliver to an enemy by treachery
betray me, I wish to be your friend.
causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
I couldn't hardly get my words out, I was so
anxious; but I told Tom as quick as I could we must jump for it now, and not a minute to lose--the house full of men, yonder, with guns!
have a conference in order to talk something over
But me and Jim was
a personal belief or judgment
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.
Aunt Sally was a good deal uneasy; but Uncle Silas he said there warn't no
occasion to be--boys will be boys, he said, and you'll see this one turn up in the morning all sound and right.
cause to feel sorrow
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.
feeling or showing gratitude
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.
Then they all agreed that Jim had acted very well, and was
deserving to have some notice took of it, and reward.
not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war
But he was sleeping, and sleeping very
peaceful, too; and pale, not fire-faced the way he was when he come.
demand as being one's due or property
They've got him back, safe and sound, and he's in that cabin again, on bread and water, and loaded down with chains, till he's
claimed or sold!"
satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
If she warn't standing right there, just inside the door, looking as sweet and
contented as an angel half full of pie, I wish I may never!
take into one's family
But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to
adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it.