"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, Chapters 7–11

In this classic coming-of-age story, Scout Finch recounts her childhood in Maycomb, Alabama. When Scout's father is appointed to defend a black man in a high-profile trial, racial tensions in the small town come to a head.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–6, Chapters 7–11, Chapters 12–15, Chapters 16–19, Chapters 20–25, Chapters 26–31

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  1. reassure
    give or restore confidence in
    I reassured him: "Can't anybody tell what you're gonna do lest they live in the house with you, and even I can't tell sometimes."
  2. assure
    inform positively and with certainty and confidence
    The second grade was grim, but Jem assured me that the older I got the better school would be, that he started off the same way, and it was not until one reached the sixth grade that one learned anything of value.
  3. delete
    cut or eliminate
    Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.
  4. crude
    not carefully or expertly made
    One was the figure of a boy, the other wore a crude dress.
  5. miniature
    being on a very small scale
    They were almost perfect miniatures of two children.
  6. yield
    give or supply
    The following week the knot-hole yielded a tarnished medal.
  7. verge
    the limit beyond which something happens or changes
    He had been on the verge of telling me something all evening; his face would brighten and he would lean toward me, then he would change his mind.
  8. stark
    complete or extreme
    Jem was facing me when he looked up, and I saw him go stark white.
  9. yonder
    distant but within sight
    "Mr. Radley, ah-did you put cement in that hole in that tree down yonder?"
  10. unfathomable
    impossible to come to understand
    For reasons unfathomable to the most experienced prophets in Maycomb County, autumn turned to winter that year.
  11. seldom
    not often
    Old Mrs. Radley died that winter, but her death caused hardly a ripple-the neighborhood seldom saw her, except when she watered her cannas.
  12. caricature
    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
    "You can't go around making caricatures of the neighbors."
  13. devour
    destroy completely
    We stood watching the street fill with men and cars while fire silently devoured Miss Maudie's house.
  14. quell
    suppress or crush completely
    Miss Maudie's tin roof quelled the flames.
  15. disregard
    lack of attention and due care
    He began pouring out our secrets right and left in total disregard for my safety if not for his own, omitting nothing, knot-hole, pants and all.
  16. shambles
    a condition of great disorder
    With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem's and my affairs.
  17. fanatical
    marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea
    Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.
  18. gallantly
    in a heroic or brave manner
    Uncle Jack gallantly bowed me to the bathroom.
  19. absorb
    take in a liquid
    What bothers me is that she and Jem will have to absorb some ugly things pretty soon.
  20. acquainted
    having fair knowledge of
    The jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells' - are you acquainted with the Ewells?"
  21. vehemently
    in a fierce manner
    Atticus shook his head vehemently: "Don't just stand there, Heck!
  22. simultaneous
    occurring or operating at the same time
    With movements so swift they seemed simultaneous, Atticus's hand yanked a ball-tipped lever as he brought the gun to his shoulder.
  23. disrespectful
    exhibiting lack of regard; rude and discourteous
    Besides being the sassiest, most disrespectful mutts who ever passed her way, we were told that it was quite a pity our father had not remarried after our mother's death.
  24. accustom
    familiarize psychologically or physically
    I had become almost accustomed to hearing insults aimed at Atticus.
  25. abide
    The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
Created on February 13, 2013 (updated July 16, 2018)

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