righteousness by virtue of being pious
The war is over, and Mr. March safely at home, busy with his books and the small parish which found in him a minister by nature as by grace, a quiet, studious man, rich in the wisdom that is better than learning, the charity which calls all mankind 'brother', the
piety that blossoms into character, making it august and lovely.
characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
Earnest young men found the gray-headed scholar as young at heart as they, thoughtful or troubled women instinctively brought their doubts to him, sure of finding the gentlest sympathy, the wisest counsel.
the act of making amends for sin or wrongdoing
But as high spirits and the love of fun were the causes of these pranks, he always managed to save himself by frank confession, honorable
atonement, or the irresistible power of persuasion which he possessed in perfection.
in a state of decay, ruin, or deterioration
"Why do you always avoid Mr. Tudor?" asked Amy, wisely refraining from any comment upon Jo's
showing inventiveness and skill
His last whim had been to bring with him on his weekly visits some new, useful, and
ingenious article for the young housekeeper.
an impressive display
Beth was there, laying the snowy piles smoothly on the shelves and exulting over the goodly
express grief verbally
You are a mere infant, but you'll go next, Jo, and we'll be left
lamenting," said Laurie, shaking his head over the degeneracy of the times.
characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
Meg spoke seriously and expected to see Laurie frown or laugh, but he did neither, for after a quick look at her, he said, in his
impetuous way, "I like that!"
a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk
He never goes with Flo, always gets on my side of the carriage, table, or
promenade, looks sentimental when we are alone, and frowns at anyone else who ventures to speak to me.
Amy was learning this distinction through much tribulation, for mistaking enthusiasm for inspiration, she attempted every branch of art with youthful
The solitary woman felt an interest in the ambitious girl, and kindly
conferred many favors of this sort both on Jo and the Professor.
a minor weakness or peculiarity in someone's character
Now that was tact, for two of the ruling
foibles of the masculine mind were touched.
turned or twisted to one side
Has anything dreadful happened?" asked the anxious John, tenderly kissing the crown of the little cap, which was all
occurring by happy chance
It was a pictorial sheet, and Jo examined the work of art nearest her, idly wondering what
fortuitous concatenation of circumstances needed the melodramatic illustration of an Indian in full war costume, tumbling over a precipice with a wolf at his throat, while two infuriated young gentlemen, with unnaturally small feet and big eyes, were stabbing each other close by, and a disheveled female was flying away in the background with her mouth wide open.
highly abstract and overly theoretical
By-and-by, when you've got a name, you can afford to digress, and have philosophical and
metaphysical people in your novels," said Amy, who took a strictly practical view of the subject.
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
With her pretty hair tucked into a little cap, arms bared to the elbow, and a checked apron which had a coquettish look in spite of the bib, the young housewife fell to work, feeling no doubts about her success, for hadn't she seen Hannah do it hundreds of times?
strong and sharp to the sense of taste
Round the house he hurried, led by a
pungent smell of burned sugar, and Mr. Scott strolled after him, with a queer look on his face.
feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
penitent kiss was better than a world of words, and John had her on his knee in a minute, saying tenderly...
Sallie was very kind, and often offered her the
coveted trifles, but Meg declined them, knowing that John wouldn't like it, and then this foolish little woman went and did what John disliked even worse.
an expert able to appreciate a field
"You are a thing of beauty and a joy forever," said Jo, looking through her hand with the air of a
connoisseur at the blue feather against the golden hair.
marked by rude or peremptory shortness
Any mention of her 'works' always had a bad effect upon Jo, who either grew rigid and looked offended, or changed the subject with a
brusque remark, as now.
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
She reproached herself for her share of the ill feeling and resolved to
exonerate Amy as soon as possible.
making or willing to make concessions
How does Amy get on?" asked May with a
conciliatory air, for she wanted to show that she also could be generous.
noble and generous in spirit
"The reward of merit for a
magnanimous March," as Laurie announced with a flourish.
exceptionally bad or displeasing
"Oh, my tongue, my
an ambitious young person
"Then I shall come home and teach drawing for my living," replied the
aspirant for fame, with philosophic composure.
the property of giving off bubbles
Franz and Emil are jolly little lads, quite after my own heart, for the mixture of German and American spirit in them produces a constant state of
diffusing warmth and friendliness
"Yes, it's a new plot, and pretty well worked up--language good, and so on," was Mr. Dashwood's
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
She soon became interested in her work, for her
emaciated purse grew stout, and the little hoard she was making to take Beth to the mountains next summer grew slowly but surely as the weeks passed.
instructive, especially excessively
She sent this
didactic gem to several markets, but it found no purchaser, and she was inclined to agree with Mr. Dashwood that morals didn't sell.
a feeling of excessive concern
This gaiety did not impose upon anybody, but they tried to look as if it did for his sake, and he got on very well till Mrs. March kissed him, with a whisper full of motherly