cause to be more favorably inclined
When it healed, and Jem's fears of never being able to play football were
assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.
a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs
All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trapping
apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess.
Mindful of John Wesley's
strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling, Simon made a pile practicing medicine, but in this pursuit he was unhappy lest he be tempted into doing what he knew was not for the glory of God, as the putting on of gold and costly apparel.
an authoritative declaration
So Simon, having forgotten his teacher's
dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.
personal as opposed to real property
So Simon, having forgotten his teacher's dictum on the possession of human
chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
Their sister Alexandra was the Finch who remained at the Landing: she married a
taciturn man who spent most of his time lying in a hammock by the river wondering if his trot-lines were full.
spotlessly clean and fresh
Atticus's office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an
unsullied Code of Alabama.
kill without delay
The Haverfords had
dispatched Maycomb's leading blacksmith in a misunderstanding arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare, were imprudent enough to do it in the presence of three witnesses...
not sensible, responsible, or wise
The Haverfords had dispatched Maycomb's leading blacksmith in a misunderstanding arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare, were
imprudent enough to do it in the presence of three witnesses...
a tuft of hair in a different direction from the rest
As he told us the old tale his blue eyes would lighten and darken; his laugh was sudden and happy; he habitually pulled at a
cowlick in the center of his forehead.
be full of or abuzz with
Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head
teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies.
lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest
But by the end of August our repertoire was
vapid from countless reproductions, and it was then that Dill gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.
suggesting the horror of death and decay
Once the town was terrorized by a series of
morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Eddy, people still looked at the Radley Place, unwilling to discard their initial suspicions.
a predisposition in favor of something
The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a
predilection unforgivable in Maycomb.
characterized by cursing
The town decided something had to be done; Mr. Conner said he knew who each and every one of them was, and he was bound and determined they wouldn't get away with it, so the boys came before the probate judge on charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, assault and battery, and using abusive and
profane language in the presence and hearing of a female.
lacking definite form or limits
Boo's transition from the basement to back home was
nebulous in Jem's memory.
force with the thumb
"I hope you've got it through your head that he'll kill us each and every one, Dill Harris," said Jem, when we joined him. "Don't blame me when he
gouges your eyes out.
a point that is yielded
Jem stood in thought so long that Dill made a mild
concession: "I won't say you ran out on a dare an' I'll swap you The Gray Ghost if you just go up and touch the house."
a sudden short attack
Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his
foray was successful.
do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
condescended to take me to school the first day, a job usually done by one's parents, but Atticus had said Jem would be delighted to show me where my room was.
in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
The class murmured
apprehensively, should she prove to harbor her share of the peculiarities indigenous to that region.
delight greatly in
I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been
wallowing illicitly in the daily papers.
extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
In Calpurnia's teaching, there was no
sentimentality: I seldom pleased her and she seldom rewarded me.
limit the inheritance of property to specific heirs
After a dreary conversation in our living room one night about his
entailment, before Mr. Cunningham left he said, "Mr. Finch, I don't know when I'll ever be able to pay you."
something or someone that causes anxiety
Entailment was only a part of Mr. Cunningham's
strong feelings of embarrassment
If I could have explained these things to Miss Caroline, I would have saved myself some inconvenience and Miss Caroline subsequent
mortification, but it was beyond my ability to explain things as well as Atticus, so I said, "You're shamin' him, Miss Caroline. Walter hasn't got a quarter at home to bring you, and you can't use any stovewood."
a temporary stay
sojourn in the corner was a short one.
an exemption from some rule or obligation
dispensation of my pledge irked me, but precious noontime minutes were ticking away.
add details, as to an account or idea
expounding upon farm problems when Walter interrupted to ask if there was any molasses in the house.
liable to sudden unpredictable change
She was furious, and when she was furious Calpurnia's grammar became
an unjust act
Jem and Walter returned to school ahead of me: staying behind to advise Atticus of Calpurnia's
iniquities was worth a solitary sprint past the Radley Place.
expressing extreme scorn
He gave a short
one who is absent from school without permission
"Whole school's full of 'em. They come first day every year and then leave. The
truant lady gets 'em here 'cause she threatens 'em with the sheriff, but she's give up tryin' to hold 'em. She reckons she's carried out the law just gettin' their names on the roll and runnin' 'em here the first day. You're supposed to mark 'em absent the rest of the year..."
showing an inclination to disagree
"Ain't got no mother," was the answer, "and their paw's right
easily irritated or annoyed
She had always been too hard on me, she had at last seen the error of her
fractious ways, she was sorry and too stubborn to say so.
diffusing warmth and friendliness
He waited in
amiable silence, and I sought to reinforce my position: "You never went to school and you do all right, so I'll just stay home too. You can teach me like Granddaddy taught you 'n' Uncle Jack."
people in general considered as a whole
In Maycomb County, hunting out of season was a misdemeanor at law, a capital felony in the eyes of the
allow unwillingly or reluctantly
"It's against the law, all right," said my father, "and it's certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don't know of any landowner around here who
begrudges those children any game their father can hit."
pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
"I'm afraid our activities would be received with considerable
disapprobation by the more learned authorities."
capable of being perceived clearly
Atticus kept us in fits that evening, gravely reading columns of print about a man who sat on a flagpole for no
discernible reason, which was reason enough for Jem to spend the following Saturday aloft in the treehouse.