"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, Chapters 32-43

This American classic chronicles the exploits of Huck and Jim: one is running away from an abusive father and the other is fleeing enslavement. Read the full text here.

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  1. bashful
    self-consciously timid
    ...they hung on to their mother's gown, and peeped out from behind her at me, bashful, the way they always do.
  2. meek
    humble in spirit or manner
    She stooped down quick at the foot of the bed and give me a pull, and out I come; and when he turned back from the window there she stood, a-beaming and a-smiling like a house afire, and I standing pretty meek and sweaty alongside.
  3. deceive
    cause someone to believe an untruth
    "No, my boy," says the old gentleman, "I'm sorry to say 't your driver has deceived you; Nichols's place is down a matter of three mile more.
  4. hearty
    showing warm and sincere friendliness
    So Tom he thanked them very hearty and handsome, and let himself be persuaded, and come in; and when he was in he said he was a stranger from Hicksville, Ohio, and his name was William Thompson--and he made another bow.
  5. scandalous
    giving offense to moral sensibilities
    "No," says the old man, "I reckon there ain't going to be any; and you couldn't go if there was; because the runaway...told Burton and me all about that scandalous show, and Burton said he would tell the people; so I reckon they've drove the owdacious loafers out of town before this time."
  6. pitiful
    bad or unfortunate
    Well, it made me sick to see it; and I was sorry for them poor pitiful rascals, it seemed like I couldn't ever feel any hardness against them any more in the world.
  7. acquainted
    having fair knowledge of
    When we got to the cabin we took a look at the front and the two sides; and on the side I warn't acquainted with--which was the north side--we found a square window-hole, up tolerable high, with just one stout board nailed across it.
  8. complicated
    difficult to analyze or understand
    I should hope we can find a way that's a little more complicated than that, Huck Finn."
  9. pester
    annoy persistently
    He said the witches was pestering him awful these nights, and making him see all kinds of strange things, and hear all kinds of strange words and noises, and he didn't believe he was ever witched so long before in his life.
  10. sociable
    friendly and pleasant
    Jim had plenty corn-cob pipes and tobacco; so we had a right down good sociable time; then we crawled out through the hole, and so home to bed, with hands that looked like they'd been chawed.
  11. moderate
    make less severe or harsh
    I begun to lay for a chance; I reckoned I would sneak out and go for the woods till the weather moderated.
  12. reliable
    worthy of being depended on
    "Well, it ain't no use to send things by him no more, he ain't reliable."
  13. addle
    mix up or confuse
    But she counted and counted till she got that addled she'd start to count in the basket for a spoon sometimes; and so, three times they come out right, and three times they come out wrong.
  14. forsake
    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
    Here a poor prisoner, forsook by the world and friends,
    fretted out his sorrowful life.
  15. grateful
    feeling or showing thankfulness
    Every animal is grateful for kindness and petting, and they wouldn't think of hurting a person that pets them.
  16. behave
    act in a certain manner
    So Jim he was sorry, and said he wouldn't behave so no more, and then me and Tom shoved for bed.
  17. blithesome
    carefree and happy and lighthearted
    But we got them laid in, and all the other things; and you never see a cabin as blithesome as Jim's was when they'd all swarm out for music and go for him.
  18. disguise
    any attire that conceals the wearer's identity
    I'll stuff Jim's clothes full of straw and lay it on his bed to represent his mother in disguise....
  19. betray
    deliver to an enemy by treachery
    Don't betray me, I wish to be your friend.
  20. anxious
    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
    I couldn't hardly get my words out, I was so anxious; but I told Tom as quick as I could we must jump for it now, and not a minute to lose--the house full of men, yonder, with guns!
  21. consult
    have a conference in order to talk something over
    But me and Jim was consulting--and thinking.
  22. opinion
    a personal belief or judgment
    I lay it never sawed itself off, s'I--somebody sawed it, s'I; that's my opinion, take it or leave it, it mayn't be no 'count, s'I, but sich as 't is, it's my opinion, s'I, 'n' if any body k'n start a better one, s'I, let him do it, s'I, that's all.
  23. occasion
    a reason
    Aunt Sally was a good deal uneasy; but Uncle Silas he said there warn't no occasion to be--boys will be boys, he said, and you'll see this one turn up in the morning all sound and right.
  24. grieve
    cause to feel sorrow
    And twice I went down the road away in the night, and slipped around front, and see her setting there by her candle in the window with her eyes towards the road and the tears in them; and I wished I could do something for her, but I couldn't, only to swear that I wouldn't never do nothing to grieve her any more.
  25. thankful
    feeling or showing gratitude
    Then the others softened up a little, too, and I was mighty thankful to that old doctor for doing Jim that good turn; and I was glad it was according to my judgment of him, too; because I thought he had a good heart in him and was a good man the first time I see him.
  26. deserve
    be worthy
    Then they all agreed that Jim had acted very well, and was deserving to have some notice took of it, and reward.
  27. peaceful
    not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war
    But he was sleeping, and sleeping very peaceful, too; and pale, not fire-faced the way he was when he come.
  28. claim
    demand as being one's due or property
    They've got him back, safe and sound, and he's in that cabin again, on bread and water, and loaded down with chains, till he's claimed or sold!"
  29. contented
    satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
    If she warn't standing right there, just inside the door, looking as sweet and contented as an angel half full of pie, I wish I may never!
  30. adopt
    take into one's family
    But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it.

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