marked by sound judgment
That sounded pretty
reasonable, so I didn't say no more; but I couldn't keep from studying over it and wishing I knowed who shot the man, and what they done it for.
rummaged the clothes we'd got, and found eight dollars in silver sewed up in the lining of an old blanket overcoat.
sell or offer for sale from place to place
peddle out such a fish as that by the pound in the market-house there; everybody buys some of him; his meat’s as white as snow and makes a good fry.
a small crude shelter used as a dwelling
There was a light burning in a little
shanty that hadn’t been lived in for a long time, and I wondered who had took up quarters there.
having one's interest aroused
When the woman stopped talking I looked up, and she was looking at me pretty
curious and smiling a little.
performed with little or no delay
prompt now—don't stop to study over it.
lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
And when you throw at a rat or anything, hitch yourself up a tiptoe and fetch your hand up over your head as
awkward as you can, and miss your rat about six or seven foot.
make or work out a plan for; devise
Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I
contrived the other things just to make certain.
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
I told Jim all about the time I had
jabbering with that woman; and Jim said she was a smart one, and if she was to start after us herself she wouldn't set down and watch a camp fire—no, sir, she'd fetch a dog.
a Native American lodge frequently having an oval shape
When it was beginning to come on dark we poked our heads out of the cottonwood thicket, and looked up and down and across; nothing in sight; so Jim took up some of the top planks of the raft and built a snug
wigwam to get under in blazing weather and rainy, and to keep the things dry.
dignified and somber in manner or character
It was kind of
solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed—only a little kind of a low chuckle.
socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
Pap always said it warn't no harm to borrow things if you was meaning to pay them back some time; but the widow said it warn't anything but a soft name for stealing, and no
decent body would do it.
decide by reasoning
But towards daylight we got it all settled satisfactory, and
concluded to drop crabapples and p'simmons.
a high steep bank
When the lightning glared out we could see a big straight river ahead, and high, rocky
bluffs on both sides.
a wild and exciting undertaking
He'd call it an
adventure—that's what he'd call it; and he'd land on that wreck if it was his last act.
tending to betray
You're the meanest,
treacherousest hound in this country.
near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
So I dropped on my hands and knees in the little passage, and crept
aft in the dark till there warn’t but one stateroom betwixt me and the cross-hall of the texas.
a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
But before they got in I was up in the upper
berth, cornered, and sorry I come.
motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
I'm unfavorable to killin' a man as long as you can git aroun' it; it ain't good sense, it ain't good
move sideways or in an unsteady way
The door slammed to because it was on the
careened side; and in a half second I was in the boat, and Jim come tumbling after me.
goods or money obtained illegally
The skiff was half full of
plunder which that gang had stole there on the wreck.
a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
I judged she would be proud of me for helping these
rapscallions and dead beats is the kind the widow and good people takes the most interest in.
fortitude and determination
Does I shin aroun' mongs' de neighbors en fine out which un you de bill do b'long to, en han' it over to de right one, all safe en soun', de way dat anybody dat had any
If you think it ain't
dismal and lonesome out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once—you'll see.
exasperate or irritate
The lot of towheads was troubles we was going to get into with quarrelsome people and all kinds of mean folks, but if we minded our business and didn't talk back and
aggravate them, we would pull through and get out of the fog and into the big clear river, which was the free States, and wouldn't have no more trouble.
cause to feel shame
It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and
motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles
I couldn't get that out of my
conscience, no how nor no way.
I got to feeling so mean and so
miserable I most wished I was dead.
draw back, as with fear or pain
Three big men with guns pointed at me, which made me
wince, I tell you;
worry unnecessarily or excessively
"Never mind, Buck, my boy," says the old man, "you'll have show enough, all in good time, don't you
fret about that.
conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
Well, there was a big
outlandish parrot on each side of the clock, made out of something like chalk, and painted up gaudy.
ceramic dishes used for serving food
By one of the parrots was a cat made of
crockery, and a
crockery dog by the other; and when you pressed down on them they squeaked, but didn’t open their mouths nor look different nor interested.
deeply or seriously thoughtful
One was a woman in a slim black dress, belted small under the armpits, with bulges like a cabbage in the middle of the sleeves, and a large black scoop-shovel bonnet with a black veil, and white slim ankles crossed about with black tape, and very wee black slippers, like a chisel, and she was leaning
pensive on a tombstone on her right elbow...
your usual mood
But I reckoned that with her
disposition she was having a better time in the graveyard.
something given or done as an expression of esteem
Every time a man died, or a woman died, or a child died, she would be on hand with her "
tribute" before he was cold.
refuse to recognize or acknowledge
He was well born, as the saying is, and that's worth as much in a man as it is in a horse, so the Widow Douglas said, and nobody ever
denied that she was of the first aristocracy in our town; and pap he always said it, too, though he warn't no more quality than a mudcat himself.
a slight but appreciable amount
...Bob and Tom poured a spoonful of water on the sugar and the
mite of whisky or apple brandy in the bottom of their tumblers, and give it to me and Buck, and we drank to the old people too.
jump about playfully
They was all a-horseback; he lit off of his horse and got behind a little woodpile, and kep’ his horse before him to stop the bullets; but the Grangerfords stayed on their horses and
capered around the old man, and peppered away at him, and he peppered away at them.
filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise
I was a good deal
astonished, but when I got my breath I asked her what the paper was about, and she asked me if I had read it, and I said no, and she asked me if I could read writing, and I told her "no, only coarse-hand," and then she said the paper warn't anything but a bookmark to keep her place, and I might go and play now.
There was four or five men
cavorting around on their horses in the open place before the log store, cussing and yelling, and trying to get at a couple of young chaps that was behind the wood-rank alongside of the steamboat landing; but they couldn’t come it.