WORD LISTS

"The Red Badge of Courage," Vocabulary from Ch's 1-5

February 11, 2013
As you read Stephen Crane's Civil War novel "Red Badge of Courage," learn these word lists: Ch's 1-5, Ch's 6-11, Ch's 12-18, and Ch's 19-24.
squat
When he had finished, the blue clothed men scattered into small arguing groups between the rows of squat brown huts.
lucid
One outlined in a peculiarly lucid manner all the plans of the commanding general.
siege
He had read of marches, sieges, conflicts, and he had longed to see it all.
extravagant
His busy mind had drawn for him large pictures extravagant in color, lurid with breathless deeds.
contempt
She had affected to look with some contempt upon the quality of his war ardor and patriotism.
decisive
Almost every day the newspapers printed accounts of a decisive victory.
monotonous
After complicated journeyings with many pauses, there had come months of monotonous life in a camp.
formidable
For a moment he seemed to be searching for a formidable reply.
exasperated
"Not much it won't," replied the tall soldier, exasperated.
gratitude
The youth of this tale felt gratitude for these words of his comrade.
prospective
His emotions made him feel strange in the presence of men who talked excitedly of a prospective battle as of a drama they were about to witness, with nothing but eagerness and curiosity apparent in their faces.
intolerable
In his great anxiety his heart was continually clamoring at what he considered the intolerable slowness of the generals.
recount
The men were whispering speculations and recounting the old rumors.
ominous
As he looked all about him and pondered upon the mystic gloom, he began to believe that at any moment the ominous distance might be aflare, and the rolling crashes of an engagement come to his ears.
blithe
The youth, considering himself as separated from the others, was saddened by the blithe and merry speeches that went from rank to rank.
exultant
As he spoke his boyish face was wreathed in a gleeful smile, and his voice had an exultant ring.
extricate
Men extricated themselves from thick shirts.
aggregation
Veteran regiments in the army were likely to be very small aggregations of men.
obstruction
All his faculties seemed to be needed to guide him over and past obstructions.
prominent
Their shots into thickets and at distant and prominent trees spoke to him of tragedies -- hidden, mysterious, solemn.
harangue
He thought that he must break from the ranks and harangue his comrades.
nonchalant
The philosophical tall soldier measured a sandwich of cracker and pork and swallowed it in a nonchalant manner.
reconnoiter
"Oh, I suppose we must go reconnoitering around the country jest to keep 'em from getting too close, or to develop 'em, or something."
turbulent
There came a turbulent stream of men across the fields.
billowing
The billowing smoke was filled with horizontal flashes.
awry
His hat was gone and his clothes were awry.
exert
The sight of this stampede exerted a floodlike force that seemed able to drag sticks and stones and men from the ground.
infest
Across the smoke infested fields came a brown swarm of running men who were giving shrill yells.
subtle
He felt the subtle battle brotherhood more potent even than the cause for which they were fighting.
querulous
Of a sudden another broke out in a querulous way like a man who has mislaid his hat.
incessant
The steel ramrods clanked and clanged with incessant din as the men pounded them furiously into the hot rifle barrels.
vindictive
The firing dwindled from an uproar to a last vindictive popping.
repulse
As the smoke slowly eddied away, the youth saw that the charge had been repulsed.
contortion
They lay twisted in fantastic contortions.
undaunted
They were like beautiful birds strangely undaunted in a storm.

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