The Outsiders (Chapter 5)

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  1. peroxide
    a viscous liquid with strong oxidizing properties
    I put down the book reluctantly. I wanted to start it right then. " Peroxide? A deck of cards..."
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  2. pansy
    a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive
    I looked like a blasted pansy.
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  3. quaver
    give off unsteady sounds
    "Good ol' Two-Bit," he said in a quavering voice.
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  4. wisecrack
    a witty or sarcastic remark
    "Remember how he was wisecrackin' last night?" I said.
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  5. Plantation
    a newly established colony
    Johnny sure did like that book, although he didn't know anything about the Civil War and even less about plantations, and I had to explain a lot of it to him.
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  6. gallant
    having or displaying great dignity or nobility
    "I bet they were cool ol' guys," he said, his eyes glowing, after I had read the part about them riding into sure death because they were gallant.
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  7. transplant
    transfer from one place or period to another
    It seemed to me that I had always lived in the church, or maybe lived during the Civil War and had somehow got transplanted.
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  8. wistfully
    in a pensively sad manner
    "Gee," Johnny said wistfully, "it sure will be good to get into a car again."
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  9. wholeheartedly
    without reserve; without reservation
    "Sure can," Dally agreed wholeheartedly, proud of his vocabulary.
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  10. fiend
    an evil supernatural being
    I drink them like a fiend, and going for five days without one was about to kill me.
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  11. reluctantly
    with a certain degree of unwillingness
    I put down the book reluctantly.
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  12. sullenly
    in a manner showing a brooding ill humor
    I leaned back next to him sullenly.
  13. implore
    beg or request earnestly and urgently
    I looked at Johnny imploringly.
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  14. elude
    escape, either physically or mentally
    I was trying to find the meaning the poet had in mind, but it eluded me.
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  15. tuft
    a bunch or cluster of strands, as of grass, hair, etc.
    My hair looked funny, scattered across the floor in tufts.
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Created on February 27, 2012 (updated February 27, 2012)

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