consider in detail in order to discover essential features
canvassed his system.
He gathered quite a following of lads interested in the exhibition; and one that had cut his finger and had been a centre of fascination and
homage up to this time, now found himself suddenly without an adherent, and shorn of his glory.
a person who is rejected from society or home
Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile
pariah of the village, Huckleberry Finn, son of the town drunkard.
deem to be
make calm or still
The master, throned on high in his great splint-bottom arm-chair, was dozing,
lulled by the drowsy hum of study.
without an occupant or incumbent
Tom was about to take refuge in a lie, when he saw two long tails of yellow hair hanging down a back that he recognized by the electric sympathy of love; and by that form was the only
vacant place on the girls' side of the school-house.
marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
The pupils wondered if this
foolhardy boy had lost his mind.
so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
"Thomas Sawyer, this is the most
astounding confession I have ever listened to.
made to seem smaller or less, especially in worth
The master's arm performed until it was tired and the stock of switches notably
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
She thrust it away again, but with less
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
For a time the girl refused to notice; but her human curiosity presently began to
manifest itself by hardly perceptible signs.
full of high-spirited delight
But although Tom's ear tingled, his heart was
At last luck seemed to settle and
abide with Joe.
express criticism towards
So she sat down to cry again and
upbraid herself; and by this time the scholars began to gather again, and she had to hide her griefs and still her broken heart and take up the cross of a long, dreary, aching afternoon, with none among the strangers about her to exchange sorrows with.
most frequent or common
He crossed a small "branch" two or three times, because of a
prevailing juvenile superstition that to cross water baffled pursuit.
a slight wind
There was not even a
zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a wood-pecker, and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
spread or diffuse through
There was not even a zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a wood-pecker, and this seemed to render the
pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
reflect deeply on a subject
He sat long with his elbows on his knees and his chin in his hands,
squeeze or press together
But the elastic heart of youth cannot be
compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.
He put his hand there and
uttered this incantation impressively:
incapable of failure or error
The truth was, that a superstition of his had failed, here, which he and all his comrades had always looked upon as
uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
He well knew the
futility of trying to contend against witches, so he gave up discouraged.
to stress, single out as important
By and by, out of the stillness, little, scarcely preceptible noises began to
the power of creative imagination
And now the tiresome chirping of a cricket that no human
ingenuity could locate, began.
move very slightly
Don't you stir nor
After which he put the
fatal knife in Potter's open right hand, and sat down on the dismantled coffin.
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
And the poor creature dropped on his knees before the
stolid murderer, and clasped his appealing hands.