conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
Talking all the way, he followed Mr. Giles up stairs; and while he is going up stairs, the reader may be informed, that Mr. Losberne, a surgeon in the neighbourhood, known through a circuit of ten miles round as "the doctor," had grown fat, more from good-humour than from good living: and was as kind and hearty, and withal as
eccentric an old bachelor, as will be found in five times that space, by any explorer alive.
lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
The surgeon shook his head, in a manner which intimated that he feared it was very possible; and observing that they might disturb the patient, led the way into an
"Then my aunt invests you with full power," said Rose, smiling through her tears; "but pray don't be harder upon the poor fellows than is
a quick reply to a question or remark
"You seem to think,"
retorted the doctor, "that everybody is disposed to be hard-hearted to-day, except yourself, Miss Rose.
yield to another's wish or opinion
"Very good," retorted the doctor; "then so much the more reason for
acceding to my proposition."
an indirect way of expressing something
Mr. Losberne, who appeared desirous of gaining time, recounted them at great length, and with much
the act of bringing to completion or fruition
consummation being arrived at, Blathers and Duff cleared the room, and held a long council together, compared with which, for secrecy and solemnity, a consultation of great doctors on the knottiest point in medicine, would be mere child's play.
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
"Surely," said Rose, "the poor child's story, faithfully repeated to these men, will be sufficient to
move ahead in time or space
Closely following Mr. Losberne, the two officers ascended to Oliver's bedroom; Mr. Giles
preceding the party, with a lighted candle.
infer from incomplete evidence
Among other ingenious
surmises, the question was then raised, whether Mr. Giles had really hit anybody; and upon examination of the fellow pistol to that which he had fired, it turned out to have no more destructive loading than gunpowder and brown paper
a negotiation between enemies
Before he could shut the door, however, the doctor had passed into the parlour, without a word of
an indication that something has been present
He looked anxiously round; not an article of furniture; not a
vestige of anything, animate or inanimate; not even the position of the cupboards; answered Oliver's description!
an attitude of admiration
Now, the fact was that the excellent doctor had never acted upon anything but impulse all through his life, and it was no bad compliment to the nature of the impulses which governed him, that so far from being involved in any peculiar troubles or misfortunes, he had the warmest respect and
esteem of all who knew him.
This bitter disappointment caused Oliver much sorrow and grief, even in the midst of his happiness; for he had pleased himself, many times during his illness, with thinking of all that Mr. Brownlow and Mrs. Bedwin would say to him: and what delight it would be to tell them how many long days and nights he had passed in reflecting on what they had done for him, and in
bewailing his cruel separation from them.
extreme greed for material wealth
Sending the plate, which had so excited Fagin's
cupidity, to the banker's; and leaving Giles and another servant in care of the house, they departed to a cottage at some distance in the country, and took Oliver with them.
foul and run-down and repulsive
Oliver whose days had been spent among
squalid crowds, and in the midst of noise and brawling, seemed to enter on a new existence there.
unpleasant to look at
Hard by, was a little churchyard; not crowded with tall
unsightly gravestones, but full of humble mounds, covered with fresh turf and moss: beneath which, the old people of the village lay at rest.
the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
In the morning, Oliver would be a-foot by six o'clock, roaming the fields, and plundering the hedges, far and wide, for nosegays of wild flowers, with which he would return laden, home; and which he took great care and consideration to arrange, to the best advantage, for the
embellishment of the breakfast-table.
state of well-being characterized by contentment
So three months glided away; three months which, in the life of the most blessed and favoured of mortals, might have been unmingled happiness, and which, in Oliver's, were true
control and refrain from showing
She gave way to such great grief, that Oliver,
suppressing his own emotion, ventured to remonstrate with her; and to beg, earnestly, that, for the sake of the dear young lady herself, she would be more calm.
confirm the truth of
When morning came, Mrs. Maylies's predictions were but too well
moving in a twisting or snake-like or wormlike fashion
He advanced towards Oliver, as if with the intention of aiming a blow at him, but fell violently on the ground:
writhing and foaming, in a fit.
having many aspects
The doctor then communicated, in reply to
multifarious questions from his young friend, a precise account of his patient's situation; which was quite as consolatory and full of promise, as Oliver's statement had encouraged him to hope;
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
melancholy which had seemed to the sad eyes of the anxious boy to hang, for days past, over every object, beautiful as all were, was dispelled by magic.
fill something that had previously been emptied
Oliver could not help noticing that the withered flowers were never thrown away, although the little vase was regularly
detect with the senses
The sides and brinks of the ditches were of damp clay; but in no one place could they
discern the print of men's shoes, or the slightest mark which would indicate that any feet had pressed the ground for hours before.
go or travel along with
Before noon, you announce that you are going to do me the honour of
accompanying me as far as I go, on your road to London.
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
Oliver walked into the window-recess to which Mr. Maylie beckoned him; much surprised at the mixture of sadness and
boisterous spirits, which his whole behaviour displayed.
a right reserved exclusively by a person or group
"I am going to sit here, as long as I think proper, ma'am," rejoined Mr. Bumble; "and although I was not snoring, I shall snore, gape, sneeze, laugh, or cry, as the humour strikes me; such being my
deserving reward or praise
After making a tour of the house, and thinking, for the first time, that the poor-laws really were too hard on people; and that men who ran away from their wives, leaving them chargeable to the parish, ought, in justice, to be visited with no punishment at all, but rather rewarded as
meritorious individuals who had suffered much; Mr. Bumble came to a room where some of the female paupers were usually employed in washing the parish linen
an abstracted state of absorption
Mr. Bumble boxed the ears of the boy who opened the gate for him (for he had reached the portal in his
reverie); and walked, distractedly, into the street.
"I suppose, a married man," replied Mr. Bumble, shading his eyes with his hand, and surveying the stranger, from head to foot, in evident perplexity, "is not more
averse to turning an honest penny when he can, than a single one.
a speech of violent denunciation
"It's not of him I want to hear; I've heard enough of him," said the stranger, stopping Mr. Bumble in the outset of a
tirade on the subject of poor Oliver's vices.
producing a sizeable profit
But Mr. Bumble was cunning enough; and he at once saw that an opportunity was opened, for the
lucrative disposal of some secret in the possession of his better half.
of the greatest intensity; complete
They went on, in
profound silence; every now and then, Mr. Bumble relaxed his pace, and turned his head as if to make sure that his helpmate was following; then, discovering that she was close at his heels, he mended his rate of walking, and proceeded, at a considerable increase of speed, towards their place of destination.
"Profound" also means "showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth"--both this and the given definition seem to fit a mocking attitude towards Mr. and Mrs. Bumble, since they might be walking silently at the moment, but they are on their way to make money off a twelve-year-old secret about a woman who had nursed Oliver's dead mother.
ring or echo with sound
It was before this ruinous building that the worthy couple paused, as the first peal of distant thunder
reverberated in the air, and the rain commenced pouring violently down.
catch sight of
Following the sound, Mr. Bumble raised his head, and
descried a man looking out of a door, breast-high, on the second story.
They were no sooner gone, than Monks, who appeared to entertain an invincible
repugnance to being left alone, called to a boy who had been hidden somewhere below.
a formal expression of praise
Uttering this last
panegyric, Master Bates produced, from one of his extensive pockets, a full-sized wine-bottle, carefully corked; while Mr. Dawkins, at the same instant, poured out a wine-glassful of raw spirits from the bottle he carried: which the invalid tossed down his throat without a moment's hesitation.
make payment to; compensate
You ought to stand something handsome, Fagin, to
recompense me for keeping house so long.
harshness of manner
It was fortunate for her that the possession of money occasioned him so much employment next day in the way of eating and drinking; and withal had so beneficial an effect in smoothing down the
asperities of his temper; that he had neither time nor inclination to be very critical upon her behaviour and deportment.
the act of making amends for sin or wrongdoing
"It is never too late," said Rose, "for penitence and
Penitence (remorse for your past conduct) usually comes hand in hand with atonement, and although Nancy believes it is too late for her, she actually is feeling remorseful about how she'd dragged Oliver back to Fagin, and she is now trying to make amends by letting Rose know that Oliver is in danger.
quickly aroused to anger
And, doubtless, he would, in this first outbreak, have carried the intention into effect without a moment's consideration of the consequences, if he had not been restrained, in part, by corresponding violence on the side of Mr. Brownlow, who was himself of an
irascible temperament, and partly by such arguments and representations as seemed best calculated to dissuade him from his hotbrained purpose.
not sensible about practical matters
"Very good," replied Mr. Brownlow smiling; "but no doubt they will bring that about for themselves in the fulness of time, and if we step in to forestal them, it seems to me that we shall be performing a very
Quixotic act, in direct opposition to our own interest--or at least to Oliver's, which is the same thing."
humorously sarcastic or mocking
Although Mr. Losberne received with many
wry faces a proposal involving a delay of five whole days, he was fain to admit that no better course occurred to him just then; and as both Rose and Mrs. Maylie sided very strongly with Mr. Brownlow, that gentleman's proposition was carried unanimously.