walk through relatively shallow water
“Where ’bouts? Did he
wade in de lake and uh alligator ketch him?”
Matt realizes that they have tricked him again and the laughter makes him mad and when he gets mad he
meanness or nastiness
He stay poor and rawbony jus’ fuh
having a difficult and contrary disposition
“Does feed de
ornery varmint! Don’t keer whut Ah do Ah can’t git long wid ’im. He fights every inch in front uh de plow, and even lay back his ears tuh kick and bite when Ah go in de stall tuh feed ’im.”
He was next to the Mayor in
prominence, and made better talking.
of inferior size
They’s jus’ some
puny humans playin’ round de toes uh Time.
irritate or vex
This business of the head-rag
irked her endlessly.
the act of sitting or standing astride
So one mornin’ he got
straddle uh de mule and he took and brought ’im on off.
your usual mood
Done been worked tuh death; done had his
disposition ruint wid mistreatment, and now they got tuh finish devilin’ ’im tuh death.
make one's way clumsily or blindly
fumbled around long enough to get her face straight.
fortitude and determination
“Didn’t buy ’im fuh no work. I god, Ah bought dat varmint tuh let ’im rest. You didn’t have
gumption enough tuh do it.”
a person who delivers a speech
Hambo said, “Yo’ wife is uh born
orator, Starks Us never knowed dat befo’. She put jus’ de right words tuh our thoughts.”
coarse food composed of plants or leaves and stalks
fodder under the big tree near the porch and the mule was usually around the store like the other citizens.
raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
When he stepped down, they
hoisted Sam up and he talked about the mule as a school teacher first.
slow and laborious because of weight
Then he took off with
ponderous flight and circled and lowered, circled and lowered until the others danced in joy and hunger at his approach.
showing a brooding ill humor
Joe returned to the store full of pleasure and good humor but he didn’t want Janie to notice it because he saw that she was
sullen and he resented that.
someone who does evil deliberately
“Look at dat great big ole scoundrel-beast up dere at Hall’s fillin’ station—uh great big old
scoundrel. He eats up all de folks outa de house and den eat de house.”
shout loudly and without restraint
bellowed indignantly, “Who don’t love Daisy? Ah know you ain’t talkin’ ’bout me.”
angered at something unjust or wrong
indignantly, “Who don’t love Daisy? Ah know you ain’t talkin’ ’bout me.”
burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
So when the bread didn’t rise, and the fish wasn’t quite done at the bone, and the rice was
scorched, he slapped Janie until she had a ringing sound in her ears and told her about her brains before he stalked on back to the store.
lie face downward, as in submission
Then one day she sat and watched the shadow of herself going about tending store and
prostrating itself before Jody, while all the time she herself sat under a shady tree with the wind blowing through her hair and her clothes.
a natural elevation
Saw the cunning thoughts race in and out through the caves and
promontories of his mind long before they darted out of the tunnel of his mouth.
harass with persistent criticism or carping
“You heard her, you ain’t blind,” Walter
feel or express sympathy or compassion
“Ah rather be shot with tacks than tuh hear dat ’bout mah-self,” Lige Moss
used of unskilled work, especially domestic work
People who never had known what it was to enter the gate of the Mayor’s yard unless it were to do some
menial job now paraded in and out as his confidants.
intended to attract notice and impress others
They came to the store and
ostentatiously looked over whatever she was doing and went back to report to him at the house.
marked by extreme and violent energy
Something stood like an oxen’s foot on her tongue, and then too, Jody, no Joe, gave her a
ease the anger, agitation, or strong emotion of
And now you got tuh die tuh find out dat you got tuh
pacify somebody besides yo’self if you wants any love and any sympathy in dis world.
producing no result or effect
A sound of strife in Jody’s throat, but his eyes stared unwillingly into a corner of the room so Janie knew the
futile fight was not with her.
an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
Then again the gold and red and purple, the gloat and glamor of the secret orders, each with its
insinuations of power and glory undreamed of by the uninitiated.
one who wrongfully seizes and holds the place of another
Felt like a
turn on a pivot
Every chance he got he was reared back in Joe’s
swivel chair trying to thrust out his lean belly into a paunch.
a curved oriental saber
Those full, lazy eyes with the lashes curling sharply away like drawn
lively and spirited
gallantly to free himself.