in a self-satisfied manner
It will be delicious, I'm sure," said Meg
Beth began by
rummaging everything out of the big closet where her family resided, but getting tired before half done, she left her establishment topsy-turvy and went to her music, rejoicing that she had no dishes to wash.
the feeling of being bored by something tedious
"If one could have a fine house, full of nice girls, or go traveling, the summer would be delightful, but to stay at home with three selfish sisters and a grown-up boy was enough to try the patience of a Boaz," complained Miss Malaprop, after several days devoted to pleasure, fretting, and
acceptable to the taste or mind
"Poor little souls, they will have a hard time, I'm afraid, but they won't suffer, and it will do them good," she said, producing the more
palatable viands with which she had provided herself, and disposing of the bad breakfast, so that their feelings might not be hurt, a motherly little deception for which they were grateful.
characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity
"Here's a sweet prospect!" muttered Jo, slamming the stove door open, and poking vigorously among the cinders.
deficient in amount or quality or extent
The lobster was a scarlet mystery to her, but she hammered and poked till it was unshelled and its
meager proportions concealed in a grove of lettuce leaves.
an inscription in memory of a buried person
Laurie dug a grave under the ferns in the grove, little Pip was laid in, with many tears by his tender-hearted mistress, and covered with moss, while a wreath of violets and chickweed was hung on the stone which bore his
epitaph, composed by Jo while she struggled with the dinner.
provide physical relief, as from pain
At the conclusion of the ceremonies, Beth retired to her room, overcome with emotion and lobster, but there was no place of repose, for the beds were not made, and she found her grief much
assuaged by beating up the pillows and putting things in order.
diffusing warmth and friendliness
While Hannah and I did your work, you got on pretty well, though I don't think you were very happy or
an elaborate party, often outdoors
Each had made such preparation for the
fete as seemed necessary and proper.
censure severely or angrily
You shall not make a guy of yourself,"
remonstrated Meg, as Jo tied down with a red ribbon the broad-brimmed, old-fashioned leghorn Laurie had sent for a joke.
adroitness in using the hands
Meg, in the other boat, was delightfully situated, face to face with the rowers, who both admired the prospect and feathered their oars with uncommon 'skill and
a feeling of intense dislike
He never talked to her much, but he looked at her a good deal, and she felt sure that he did not regard her with
being present everywhere at once
Sallie Gardiner was absorbed in keeping her white pique dress clean and chattering with the
ubiquitous Fred, who kept Beth in constant terror by his pranks.
a minor short-term fight
Jo and Fred had several
skirmishes and once narrowly escaped high words.
suffering from indigestion
Jo announced that the coffee was ready, and everyone settled themselves to a hearty meal, for youth is seldom
dyspeptic, and exercise develops wholesome appetites.
impressive by reason of age
A very merry lunch it was, for everything seemed fresh and funny, and frequent peals of laughter startled a
venerable horse who fed near by.
a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words
"A stunning blow from the big Greek
lexicon, which an old fellow in a black gown fired at him," said Ned.
great in size, force, extent, or degree
Could swim like a duck, paddled round the castle till he came to a little door guarded by two stout fellows, knocked their heads together till they cracked like a couple of nuts, then, by a trifling exertion of his
prodigious strength, he smashed in the door, went up a pair of stone steps covered with dust a foot thick, toads as big as your fist, and spiders that would frighten you into hysterics, Miss March.
a set of confused and meaningless statements
What shall I say?" cried Sallie, as Fred ended his
rigmarole, in which he had jumbled together pell-mell nautical phrases and facts out of one of his favorite books.
giving careful attention to detail
"My sister Beth is a very
fastidious girl, when she likes to be," said Amy, well pleased at Beth's success.
with little or no preparation or forethought
impromptu circus, fox and geese, and an amicable game of croquet finished the afternoon.
idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way
He looked at Meg with such a
lackadaisical expression that she laughed outright and spoiled his song.
without or almost without hope
Be patient, Jo, don't get
despondent or do rash things, write to me often, and be my brave girl, ready to help and cheer all.
hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
Poor Hannah was the first to recover, and with unconscious wisdom she set all the rest a good example, for with her, work was
panacea for most afflictions.
characterized by intense emotion
The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlet here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the
fervent prayers which only mothers utter.
serene on the Rappahannock, troops in fine condition, commisary department well conducted, the Home Guard under Colonel Teddy always on duty, Commander in Chief General Laurence reviews the army daily, Quartermaster Mullet keeps order in camp, and Major Lion does picket duty at night.
a person authorized to act for another
I'll do it by
proxy, when your grandpa comes.
willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
Finding the child more
docile and amiable than her sister, the old lady felt it her duty to try and counteract, as far as possible, the bad effects of home freedom and indulgence.
be or become weak, unsteady, or uncertain
"It's like his writing,"
faltered Meg, comparing it with the note in her hand.
impervious to correction by punishment
Amy being gone, Laurie was her only refuge, and much as she enjoyed his society, she rather dreaded him just then, for he was an
incorrigible tease, and she feared he would coax the secret from her.
given to haughty disregard of others
Get up, and don't be a goose, Jo," was the
cavalier reply to her petition.