provoke or stir up
instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
lacking worth or importance
For ten seconds let us regard with discreet scrutiny some
inconsequential object in the other direction.
a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
So now Della's beautiful hair fell about her, rippling and shining like a
cascade of brown waters.
Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of
parsimony that such close dealing implied.
be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles
require as useful, just, or proper
And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and then, alas! a quick feminine change to hysterical tears and wails,
necessitating the immediate employment of all the comforting powers of the lord of the flat.
make lighter or brighter
This dark assertion will be
illuminated later on.
sink to a lower level or form a depression
While the mistress of the home is gradually
subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home.
moving quickly and lightly
A very thin and very
agile person may, by observing his reflection in a rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly accurate conception of his looks.
any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks
Which is always a tremendous task, dear friendsâa
moving quickly and lightly
White fingers and
nimble tore at the string and paper.
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
She got out her curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the
ravages made by generosity added to love.
marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
For ten seconds let us regard with
discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction.
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could
coax a ring.
wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
And now, they were hers, but the tresses that should have adorned the
coveted adornments were gone.
have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
They were expensive combs, she knew, and her heart had simply
craved and yearned over them without the least hope of possession.
move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet.
flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
With a whirl of skirts and with the brilliant sparkle still in her eyes, she
fluttered out the door and down the stairs to the street.
an article of clothing
It reached below her knee and made itself almost a
garment for her.
lacking in light; not bright or harsh
But she hugged them to her bosom, and at length she was able to look up with
dim eyes and a smile and say: "My hair grows so fast, Jim!" rnrnAnd them Della leaped up like a little singed cat and cried, "Oh, oh!"
declare formally; declare someone to be something; of titles
It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly
proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentationâas all good things should do.
subject to death
In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no
mortal finger could coax a ring.
weight to be borne or conveyed
Poor fellow, he was only twenty-twoâand to be
burdened with a family!
beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
He simply stared at her fixedly with that
peculiar expression on his face.
the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely
sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house.
provide or equip with furniture
furnished flat at $8 per week.
causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
With that chain on his watch Jim might be properly
anxious about the time in any company.
come into possession of
A very thin and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a rapid sequence of longitudinal strips,
obtain a fairly accurate conception of his looks.
the first of two or the first mentioned of two
The "Dillingham" had been flung to the breeze during a
former period of prosperity when its possessor was being paid $30 per week.