"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

Mark Twain's classic is about, among other things, friendship and freedom on the Mississippi River (etext found here).

Learn these word lists based on the classic novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-18, Chapters 19-31, Chapters 32-43

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  1. fetch
    be sold for a certain price
    Well, Judge Thatcher he took it and put it out at interest, and it fetched us a dollar a day apiece all the year round--more than a body could tell what to do with.
  2. satisfied
    filled with contentment
    I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied.
  3. considerable
    large in number or amount or extent or degree
    After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people.
  4. advantage
    benefit resulting from some event or action
    Well, I couldn't see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn't try for it.
  5. reckon
    expect, believe, or suppose
    I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight.
  6. monstrous
    abnormally large
    Jim was monstrous proud about it...
  7. skiff
    a small boat propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
    So we unhitched a skiff and pulled down the river two mile and a half, to the big scar on the hillside, and went ashore.
  8. mention
    make reference to
    And if anybody that belonged to the band told the secrets, he must have his throat cut, and then have his carcass burnt up and the ashes scattered all around, and his name blotted off of the list with blood and never mentioned again by the gang, but have a curse put on it and be forgot forever.
  9. ignorant
    uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication
    "Well, Ben Rogers, if I was as ignorant as you I wouldn't let on.
  10. ornery
    having a difficult and contrary disposition
    I thought it all out, and reckoned I would belong to the widow's if he wanted me, though I couldn't make out how he was a-going to be any better off then than what he was before, seeing I was so ignorant, and so kind of low-down and ornery.
  11. pretend
    make believe with the intent to deceive
    We hadn't robbed nobody, hadn't killed any people, but only just pretended.
  12. profit
    the advantageous quality of being beneficial
    But I couldn't see no profit in it.
  13. spite
    meanness or nastiness
    He said there was hundreds of soldiers there, and elephants and treasure, and so on, but we had enemies which he called magicians; and they had turned the whole thing into an infant Sunday-school, just out of spite.
  14. calculate
    predict in advance
    I got an old tin lamp and an iron ring, and went out in the woods and rubbed and rubbed till I sweat like an Injun, calculating to build a palace and sell it; but it warn't no use, none of the genies come.
  15. invest
    lay out money or resources in an enterprise
    You had better let me invest it along with your six thousand, because if you take it you'll spend it."
  16. counterfeit
    not genuine; imitating something superior
    I told him I had an old slick counterfeit quarter that warn't no good because the brass showed through the silver a little, and it wouldn't pass nohow, even if the brass didn't show, because it was so slick it felt greasy, and so that would tell on it every time.
  17. meddle
    intrude in other people's affairs or business
    Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?--who told you you could?"
  18. interfere
    get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
    The judge and the widow went to law to get the court to take me away from him and let one of them be my guardian; but it was a new judge that had just come, and he didn't know the old man; so he said courts mustn't interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he'd druther not take a child away from its father.
  19. temperance
    the trait of avoiding excesses
    And after supper he talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried, and said he'd been a fool, and fooled away his life; but now he was a-going to turn over a new leaf and be a man nobody wouldn't be ashamed of, and he hoped the judge would help him and not look down on him.
  20. reform
    lead or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life
    He said he reckoned a body could reform the old man with a shotgun, maybe, but he didn't know no other way.
  21. objection
    the speech act of dissenting
    I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn't like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn't no objections.
  22. tote
    carry with difficulty
    I toted up a load, and went back and set down on the bow of the skiff to rest.
  23. limber
    capable of moving or bending freely
    Pap was agoing on so he never noticed where his old limber legs was taking him to, so he went head over heels over the tub of salt pork and barked both shins...
  24. previous
    of the immediate past
    But it warn't good judgment, because that was the boot that had a couple of his toes leaking out of the front end of it; so now he raised a howl that fairly made a body's hair raise, and down he went in the dirt, and rolled there, and held his toes; and the cussing he done then laid over anything he had ever done previous.
  25. palaver
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    Don't stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast.
  26. yonder
    distant but within sight
    Before he was t'other side of the river I was out of the hole; him and his raft was just a speck on the water away off yonder.
  27. brash
    offensively bold
    When I got to camp I warn't feeling very brash, there warn't much sand in my craw; but I says, this ain't no time to be fooling around.
  28. loll
    be lazy or idle
    When breakfast was ready we lolled on the grass and eat it smoking hot.
  29. abolitionist
    a reformer who favors putting an end to slavery
    People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum--but that don't make no difference.
  30. haul
    the quantity that was caught
    And so, take it all around, we made a good haul.

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