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"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

April 19, 2013
Mark Twain's classic is about, among other things, friendship and freedom on the Mississippi River (etext found here).

Learn these word lists based on the classic novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-18, Chapters 19-31, Chapters 32-43
fetch
Well, Judge Thatcher he took it and put it out at interest, and it fetched us a dollar a day apiece all the year round--more than a body could tell what to do with.
satisfied
I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied.
considerable
After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people.
advantage
Well, I couldn't see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn't try for it.
reckon
I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight.
monstrous
Jim was monstrous proud about it, and he got so he wouldn't hardly notice the other niggers.
skiff
So we unhitched a skiff and pulled down the river two mile and a half, to the big scar on the hillside, and went ashore.
mention
And if anybody that belonged to the band told the secrets, he must have his throat cut, and then have his carcass burnt up and the ashes scattered all around, and his name blotted off of the list with blood and never mentioned again by the gang, but have a curse put on it and be forgot forever.
ignorant
"Well, Ben Rogers, if I was as ignorant as you I wouldn't let on.
ornery
I thought it all out, and reckoned I would belong to the widow's if he wanted me, though I couldn't make out how he was a-going to be any better off then than what he was before, seeing I was so ignorant, and so kind of low-down and ornery.
pretend
We hadn't robbed nobody, hadn't killed any people, but only just pretended.
profit
But I couldn't see no profit in it.
spite
He said there was hundreds of soldiers there, and elephants and treasure, and so on, but we had enemies which he called magicians; and they had turned the whole thing into an infant Sunday-school, just out of spite.
calculate
I got an old tin lamp and an iron ring, and went out in the woods and rubbed and rubbed till I sweat like an Injun, calculating to build a palace and sell it; but it warn't no use, none of the genies come.
invest
You had better let me invest it along with your six thousand, because if you take it you'll spend it."
counterfeit
I told him I had an old slick counterfeit quarter that warn't no good because the brass showed through the silver a little, and it wouldn't pass nohow, even if the brass didn't show, because it was so slick it felt greasy, and so that would tell on it every time.
meddle
Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?--who told you you could?"
interfere
The judge and the widow went to law to get the court to take me away from him and let one of them be my guardian; but it was a new judge that had just come, and he didn't know the old man; so he said courts mustn't interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he'd druther not take a child away from its father.
temperance
And after supper he talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried, and said he'd been a fool, and fooled away his life; but now he was a-going to turn over a new leaf and be a man nobody wouldn't be ashamed of, and he hoped the judge would help him and not look down on him.
reform
He said he reckoned a body could reform the old man with a shotgun, maybe, but he didn't know no other way.
objection
I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn't like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn't no objections.
tote
I toted up a load, and went back and set down on the bow of the skiff to rest.
limber
Pap was agoing on so he never noticed where his old limber legs was taking him to, so he went head over heels over the tub of salt pork and barked both shins, and the rest of his speech was all the hottest kind of language--mostly hove at the nigger and the govment, though he give the tub some, too, all along, here and there.
previous
But it warn't good judgment, because that was the boot that had a couple of his toes leaking out of the front end of it; so now he raised a howl that fairly made a body's hair raise, and down he went in the dirt, and rolled there, and held his toes; and the cussing he done then laid over anything he had ever done previous.
palaver
Don't stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast.
yonder
Before he was t'other side of the river I was out of the hole; him and his raft was just a speck on the water away off yonder.
brash
When I got to camp I warn't feeling very brash, there warn't much sand in my craw; but I says, this ain't no time to be fooling around.
loll
When breakfast was ready we lolled on the grass and eat it smoking hot.
abolitionist
People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum--but that don't make no difference.
haul
And so, take it all around, we made a good haul.

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