be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide
When he had finished, the blue clothed men scattered into small arguing groups between the rows of
squat brown huts.
transparently clear; easily understandable
One outlined in a peculiarly
lucid manner all the plans of the commanding general.
an action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place
He had read of marches,
sieges, conflicts, and he had longed to see it all.
His busy mind had drawn for him large pictures
extravagant in color, lurid with breathless deeds.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
She had affected to look with some
contempt upon the quality of his war ardor and patriotism.
Almost every day the newspapers printed accounts of a
tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
After complicated journeyings with many pauses, there had come months of
monotonous life in a camp.
extremely impressive in strength or excellence
For a moment he seemed to be searching for a
greatly annoyed; out of patience
"Not much it won't," replied the tall soldier,
a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
The youth of this tale felt
gratitude for these words of his comrade.
of or concerned with or related to the future
His emotions made him feel strange in the presence of men who talked excitedly of a
prospective battle as of a drama they were about to witness, with nothing but eagerness and curiosity apparent in their faces.
incapable of being put up with
In his great anxiety his heart was continually clamoring at what he considered the
intolerable slowness of the generals.
narrate or give a detailed account of
The men were whispering speculations and
recounting the old rumors.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
As he looked all about him and pondered upon the mystic gloom, he began to believe that at any moment the
ominous distance might be aflare, and the rolling crashes of an engagement come to his ears.
carefree and happy and lighthearted
The youth, considering himself as separated from the others, was saddened by the
blithe and merry speeches that went from rank to rank.
joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
As he spoke his boyish face was wreathed in a gleeful smile, and his voice had an
release from entanglement of difficulty
extricated themselves from thick shirts.
several things grouped together or considered as a whole
Veteran regiments in the army were likely to be very small
aggregations of men.
any structure that makes progress difficult
All his faculties seemed to be needed to guide him over and past
conspicuous in position or importance
Their shots into thickets and at distant and
prominent trees spoke to him of tragedies -- hidden, mysterious, solemn.
a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
He thought that he must break from the ranks and
harangue his comrades.
marked by blithe unconcern
The philosophical tall soldier measured a sandwich of cracker and pork and swallowed it in a
explore, often with the goal of finding something
"Oh, I suppose we must go
reconnoitering around the country jest to keep 'em from getting too close, or to develop 'em, or something."
There came a
turbulent stream of men across the fields.
characterized by great swelling waves or surges
billowing smoke was filled with horizontal flashes.
turned or twisted to one side
His hat was gone and his clothes were
make a great effort at a mental or physical task
The sight of this stampede
exerted a floodlike force that seemed able to drag sticks and stones and men from the ground.
occupy in large numbers or live on a host
Across the smoke
infested fields came a brown swarm of running men who were giving shrill yells.
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
He felt the
subtle battle brotherhood more potent even than the cause for which they were fighting.
Of a sudden another broke out in a
querulous way like a man who has mislaid his hat.
uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
The steel ramrods clanked and clanged with
incessant din as the men pounded them furiously into the hot rifle barrels.
disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge
The firing dwindled from an uproar to a last
force or drive back
As the smoke slowly eddied away, the youth saw that the charge had been
a tortuous and twisted shape or position
They lay twisted in fantastic
unshaken in purpose
They were like beautiful birds strangely
undaunted in a storm.