characterized by physical misery
They were in a
wretched state, worn out and worn down.
relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
It was not the dead-tiredness that comes through brief and excessive effort, from which recovery is a matter of hours; but it was the dead-tiredness that comes through the slow and
prolonged strength drainage of months of toil.
move without being stable, as if threatening to fall
"Mush on, poor sore feets," the driver encouraged them as they
tottered down the main street of Skaguay.
a definite length of time marked off by two instants
Themselves, they had covered twelve hundred miles with two days' rest, and in the nature of reason and common justice they deserved an
interval of loafing.
overfull as with blood
But so many were the men who had rushed into the Klondike, and so many were the sweethearts, wives, and kin that had not rushed in, that the
congested mail was taking on Alpine proportions; also, there were official orders.
the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
Mercedes continually fluttered in the way of her men and kept up an unbroken chattering of
remonstrance and advice.
When they put a clothes-sack on the front of the sled, she suggested it should go on the back; and when they had put it on the back, and covered it over with a couple of other bundles, she discovered overlooked articles which could
abide nowhere else but in that very sack, and they unloaded again.
difficult to use or handle because of size or weight
The overloaded and
unwieldy sled forged ahead, Buck and his mates struggling frantically under the rain of blows.
not equitable or fair
They were angry because of the ill treatment they had received and the
a public road from one place to another
The capsized sled ground over him, and the dogs dashed on up the street, adding to the gayety of Skaguay as they scattered the remainder of the outfit along its chief
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
averred she would not go an inch, not for a dozen Charleses.
the procedure of calculating
And on no day did they succeed in making more than half the distance used by the men as a basis in their dog-food
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
And to cap it all, when Mercedes, with tears in her pretty eyes and a quaver in her throat, could not
cajole him into giving the dogs still more, she stole from the fish-sacks and fed them slyly.
things that make you comfortable and at ease
By this time all the
amenities and gentlenesses of the Southland had fallen away from the three people.
a disagreement or argument about something important
Starting from a
dispute as to which should chop a few sticks for the fire (a
dispute which concerned only Charles and Hal), presently would be lugged in the rest of the family, fathers, mothers, uncles, cousins, people thousands of miles away, and some of them dead.
being attentive to women like an ideal knight
But the present treatment by her husband and brother was everything save
an American Indian woman
At the Five Fingers the dog-food gave out, and a toothless old
squaw offered to trade them a few pounds of frozen horse-hide for the Colt's revolver that kept the big hunting-knife company at Hal's hip.
unaware of or indifferent to
In their very great misery they had become
insensible to the bite of the lash or the bruise of the club.
not causing disapproval
With the dogs falling, Mercedes weeping and riding, Hal swearing
innocuously, and Charles's eyes wistfully watering, they staggered into John Thornton's camp at the mouth of White River.
brief and to the point
He whittled and listened, gave monosyllabic replies, and, when it was asked,
cause to change; make different
It was idle, he knew, to get between a fool and his folly; while two or three fools more or less would not
alter the scheme of things.
without or deprived of the use of speech or words
And then, suddenly, without warning, uttering a cry that was
inarticulate and more like the cry of an animal, John Thornton sprang upon the man who wielded the club.
move or stir about violently
John Thornton stood over Buck, struggling to control himself, too
convulsed with rage to speak.
give expression to
Thornton stood between him and Buck, and
evinced no intention of getting out of the way.
expose to view as by removing a cover
By the time his search had
disclosed nothing more than many bruises and a state of terrible starvation, the sled was a quarter of a mile away.