"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Ch's 13-21

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," by Mark Twain, is a rollicking adventure featuring Tom and Huckleberry Finn (who would later get his own, very different, novel).

As you read Mark Twain's 1876 novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," learn these word lists: Ch's 1-5, Ch's 6-12, Ch's 13-21, Ch's 22-30, and Ch's 31-36.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. concede
    admit or acknowledge, often reluctantly
    Joe was for being a hermit, and living on crusts in a remote cave, and dying, some time, of cold and want and grief; but after listening to Tom, he conceded that there were some conspicuous advantages about a life of crime, and so he consented to be a pirate.
  2. disturb
    destroy the peace or tranquility of
    Tom listened a moment, but no sound disturbed the quiet.
  3. dauntless
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
    The Black Avenger stood still with folded arms, "looking his last" upon the scene of his former joys and his later sufferings, and wishing "she" could see him now, abroad on the wild sea, facing peril and death with dauntless heart, going to his doom with a grim smile on his lips.
  4. avert
    turn away or aside
    But they discovered the danger in time, and made shift to avert it.
  5. considerable
    large in number or amount or extent or degree
    You see a pirate don't have to do anything, Joe, when he's ashore, but a hermit he has to be praying considerable, and then he don't have any fun, anyway, all by himself that way."
  6. imminent
    close in time; about to occur
    Then at once they reached and hovered upon the imminent verge of sleep -- but an intruder came, now, that would not "down."
  7. obtrude
    thrust oneself in as if by force
    Not a leaf stirred; not a sound obtruded upon great Nature's meditation.
  8. solemn
    dignified and somber in manner or character
    They tramped gayly along, over decaying logs, through tangled underbrush, among solemn monarchs of the forest, hung from their crowns to the ground with a drooping regalia of grape-vines.
  9. grandeur
    the quality of being magnificent or splendid
    They were jubilant with vanity over their new grandeur and the illustrious trouble they were making.
  10. inestimable
    beyond calculation or measure
    And he also put into the hat certain schoolboy treasures of almost inestimable value -- among them a lump of chalk, an India-rubber ball, three fishhooks, and one of that kind of marbles known as a "sure 'nough crystal."
  11. bereaved
    sorrowful through loss or deprivation
    Then with a mutual impulse the two bereaved women flung themselves into each other's arms and had a good, consoling cry, and then parted.
  12. recount
    narrate or give a detailed account of
    A sumptuous breakfast of bacon and fish was shortly provided, and as the boys set to work upon it, Tom recounted (and adorned) his adventures.
  13. endure
    undergo or be subjected to
    He was so homesick that he could hardly endure the misery of it.
  14. miserable
    very unhappy
    Both boys were looking very pale and miserable, now.
  15. fleeting
    lasting for a markedly brief time
    Then a faint moan came sighing through the branches of the forest and the boys felt a fleeting breath upon their cheeks, and shuddered with the fancy that the Spirit of the Night had gone by.
  16. tempest
    a violent wind
    The tempest rose higher and higher, and presently the sail tore loose from its fastenings and went winging away on the blast.
  17. culminate
    reach the highest or most decisive point
    The storm culminated in one matchless effort that seemed likely to tear the island to pieces, burn it up, drown it to the tree-tops, blow it away, and deafen every creature in it, all at one and the same moment.
  18. muster
    gather or bring together
    However, there was no other way; so with such show of cheerfulness as they could muster they called for the pipe and took their whiff as it passed, in due form.
  19. pang
    a sudden sharp feeling
    As the service proceeded, the clergyman drew such pictures of the graces, the winning ways, and the rare promise of the lost lads that every soul there, thinking he recognized these pictures, felt a pang in remembering that he had persistently blinded



    himself to them always before, and had as persistently seen only faults and flaws in the poor boys.
  20. lavish
    very generous
    And the loving attentions Aunt Polly lavished upon him were the one thing capable of making him more uncomfortable than he was before.
  21. varying
    marked by diversity or difference
    Tom got more cuffs and kisses that day -- according to Aunt Polly's varying moods -- than he had earned before in a year; and he hardly knew which expressed the most gratefulness to God and affection for himself.
  22. swagger
    walk with a lofty proud gait
    He did not go skipping and prancing, but moved with a dignified swagger as became a pirate who felt that the public eye was on him.
  23. prattle
    speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
    Amy's happy prattle became intolerable.
  24. pummel
    strike, usually with the fist
    And he went through the motions of thrashing an imaginary boy -- pummelling the air, and kicking and gouging.
  25. lethargy
    inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
    Becky roused up from her lethargy of distress and showed good interest in the proceedings.
  26. wrath
    intense anger, usually on an epic scale
    There was silence while one might count ten -- the master was gathering his wrath.
  27. severe
    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
    The school-master, always severe, grew severer and more exacting than ever, for he wanted the school to make a good showing on "Examination" day.
  28. moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong
    No matter what the subject might be, a brain-racking effort was made to squirm it into some aspect or other that the moral and religious mind could contemplate with edification.
  29. tempestuous
    characterized by violent emotions or behavior
    Dark and tempestuous was night.
  30. boisterous
    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    Even the boisterous winds unanimously came forth from their mystic homes, and blustered about as if to enhance by their aid the wildness of the scene.

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