have in mind as a purpose
The line fell slowly forward like a toppling wall, and, with a convulsive gasp that was
intended for a cheer, the regiment began its journey.
distorted and unnatural in shape or size
Other men, punched by bullets, fell in
make known to the public information previously kept secret
The men, staring intently, began to wait for some of the distant walls of smoke to move and
disclose to them the scene.
make a loud noise, as of an animal
"Come on, yeh fools!" he
set in motion, cause to start
They seemed suddenly to bethink them of their weapons, and at once
bring into existence
The smoke lately
generated was in confusing clouds that made it difficult for the regiment to proceed with intelligence.
a state in which all hope is lost or absent
Here, crouching and cowering behind some trees, the men clung with
desperation, as if threatened by a wave.
a feeling of righteous anger
The private felt a sudden unspeakable
indignation against his officer.
in a state of decay, ruin, or deterioration
The men wavered in indecision for a moment, and then with a long, wailful cry the
dilapidated regiment surged forward and began its new journey.
a club used as a weapon
In the mad scramble he was aware that the color sergeant flinched suddenly, as if struck by a
turn away from; give up
They jerked at it, stout and furious, but the color sergeant was dead, and the corpse would not
relinquish its trust.
There was a mele'e of screeches, in which the men were ordered to do
conflicting and impossible things.
no longer sufficient
By the time the
depleted regiment had again reached the first open space they were receiving a fast and merciless fire.
attack and bombard with or as if with missiles
They accepted the
pelting of the bullets with bowed and weary heads.
look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval
glowered with bent brows, but dangerously, upon some of the officers, more particularly upon the red bearded one with the voice of triple brass.
ask for or request earnestly
To those he knew well he made frantic appeals,
beseeching them by name.
fraught with danger
In the clouded haze men became panicstricken with the thought that the regiment had lost its path, and was proceeding in a
assail or attack on all sides
At this cry a hysterical fear and dismay
beset the troops.
the property of being close together
From the moment's glimpse, it was derived that they had been unaware of the
proximity of their dark suited foes or had mistaken the direction.
marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
Some who had been dark and
unfaltering in the grimmest moments now could not conceal an anxiety that made them frantic.
enlarged to an abnormal degree
Elfin thoughts must have
exaggerated and enlarged everything, he said.
recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
He had had very little time previously in which to
appreciate himself, so that there was now much satisfaction in quietly thinking of his actions.
anger produced by some annoying irritation
His tousled hair streamed wildly, and his face was dark with
vexation and wrath.
satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
He sat down with an air of being
content with himself.
lacking conscious awareness of
These intent regiments apparently were
oblivious of all larger purposes of war, and were slugging each other as if at a matched game.
dignified and somber in manner or character
The hush was
solemn and churchlike, save for a distant battery that, evidently unable to remain quiet, sent a faint rolling thunder over the ground.
His emaciated regiment bustled forth with
undiminished fierceness when its time came.
perfect or complete or pure
It was clear to him that his final and
absolute revenge was to be achieved by his dead body lying, torn and gluttering, upon the field.
The lieutenant, also, was
unscathed in his position at the rear.
stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
But at one part of the line there was a grim and
obdurate group that made no movement.
feel sorry for; be contrite about
Shame was upon him, and with it profound
regret that he was, perhaps, no more to be counted in the ranks of his fellows.
stopping and starting at irregular intervals
THE roarings that had stretched in a long line of sound across the face of the forest began to grow
intermittent and weaker.
a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent
The youth and his friend of a sudden looked up, feeling a deadened form of distress at the
waning of these noises, which had become a part of life.
come out into view, as from concealment
Gradually his brain
emerged from the clogged clouds, and at last he was enabled to more closely comprehend himself and circumstance.
a violent disturbance
He had dwelt in a land of strange, squalling
upheavals and had come forth.