WORD LISTS

"To Kill a Mockingbird," Vocabulary from Ch's 1-6

February 13, 2013
As you read Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960), learn these word lists: Ch's 1-6, Ch's 7-11, Ch's 12-15, Ch's 16-19, Ch's 20-25, and Ch's 26-31.
consult
We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we consulted Atticus.
unsullied
Atticus's office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama.
satisfactory
Jem and I found our father satisfactory: he played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment.
tyrannical
She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember.
absence
Our mother died when I was two, so I never felt her absence.
revelation
Dill had seen Dracula, a revelation that moved Jem to eye him with the beginning of respect.
concede
It was all right to shut him up, Mr. Radley conceded, but insisted that Boo not be charged with anything: he was not a criminal.
employ
Nobody knew what form of intimidation Mr. Radley employed to keep Boo out of sight, but Jem figured that Mr. Radley kept him chained to the bed most of the time.
decline
In all his life, Jem had never declined a dare.
foray
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.
miserable
We saw him off on the five o'clock bus and I was miserable without him until it occurred to me that I would be starting to school in a week.
condescend
Jem 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.
compel
Now that I was compelled to think about it, reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of my union suit without looking around, or achieving two bows from a snarl of shoelaces.
expound
Atticus was expounding upon farm problems when Walter interrupted to ask if there was any molasses in the house.
erratic
She was furious, and when she was furious Calpurnia's grammar became erratic.
contradict
"There's some folks who don't eat like us," she whispered fiercely, "but you ain't called on to contradict 'em at the table when they don't.
humiliation
I retrieved my plate and finished dinner in the kitchen, thankful, though, that I was spared the humiliation of facing them again.
amiable
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.
exclusive
He said that the Ewells were members of an exclusive society made up of Ewells.
withdraw
I stood on tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers.
unanimous
Mrs. Dubose lived two doors up the street from us; neighborhood opinion was unanimous that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived.
arbitrate
Jem arbitrated, awarded me first push with an extra time for Dill, and I folded myself inside the tire.
inquisitive
If he wanted to stay inside his own house he had the right to stay inside free from the attentions of inquisitive children, which was a mild term for the likes of us.
peculiar
What Mr. Radley did might seem peculiar to us, but it did not seem peculiar to him.
ramshackle
The back of the Radley house was less inviting than the front: a ramshackle porch ran the width of the house; there were two doors and two dark windows between the doors.

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Thursday February 21st 2013, 2:08 AM
Comment by: abhishek N.
nice one
Thursday February 21st 2013, 2:36 AM
Comment by: abhishek N.
good for understanding
Friday September 27th 2013, 11:38 AM
Comment by: Ricardo M. (FL)
nice one?
Monday October 14th 2013, 11:20 AM
Comment by: jeanette R. (FL)
this helped me understand to kill a mocking bird so much more
Sunday February 9th, 8:33 PM
Comment by: Brian E. (CT)
Where's chifforobe?
Wednesday March 26th, 9:56 AM
Comment by: I.Brow (ND)
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