Light In August Vocabulary List

automatonlike

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By taste and not seeing he contemplated the cool invisible worm as it coiled onto his finger and smeared sharp, automatonlike and sweet, into his mouth.

bigmouthed

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Because when you think of a fellow named Joe Brown, you think of a bigmouthed fellow that's always laughing and talking loud.

bitchery

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I know who set him there, a sign and a damnation for bitchery."

charlottesville

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childridden

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He lived in a four room and unpainted house with his labor- and childridden wife.

cogitant

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He watched it pick up a dish and swing it up and back and hold it there while he breathed deep and slow, intensely cogitant.

defunctive

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He walked fast, in time to it; he seemed to be aware that the group were negroes before he could have seen or heard them at all, before they even came in sight vaguely against the defunctive dust.

ditchbank

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Then she sat down on the ditchbank, with her feet in the shallow ditch, and removed the shoes.

downfalling

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11 By the light of the candle she did not look much more than thirty, in the soft light downfalling upon the softungirdled presence of a woman prepared for sleep.

flyspecked

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With it he bought a stale and flyspecked box of candy from a man who had won it for ten cents on a punching board in a store.

gesticulant

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When Brown was taken away, still hoarse, still gesticulant and outraged, the sheriff telephoned to a neighboring town, where there was a pair of bloodhounds.

granitelike

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He looked down at the boy: a nose, a cheek jutting, granitelike, bearded to the caverned and spectacled eyesocket.

grimm

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"He better be careful, or Percy Grimm'll get him with that army of his."

halvers

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Then he would not have stood here, where any man could look at him and perhaps recognise him: Byron Bunch, that weeded another man's laidby crop, without any halvers.

hampshire

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I remember how my mother (father sent for her up to New Hampshire where some of our kin people still live, soon after Calvin's mother died.

harlem

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He had never heard of Beale Street, that three or four Memphis city blocks in comparison with which Harlem is a movie set.

inbreath

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He began to run, glaring, his teeth glaring, his inbreath cold on his dry teeth and lips, toward the next street lamp.

inbreathed

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The air, inbreathed, is like spring water.

inflectionless

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He tells it quietly, fumbling, his face lowered, in his flat, inflectionless voice, while across the desk Hightower watches him with that expression of shrinking and denial.

ironhard

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The razor is dull; he tries to whet it upon the side of one brogan, but the leather is ironhard and wet with dew.

jollifying

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Especially a young fellow full of life like Lucas, that likes folks and jollifying, and liked by folks in turn.

katzenjammer

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It just looked like somebody had sneaked up and set a toy balloon with a face painted on it and a comic hat set on top of it, like the Katzenjammer kids in the funny paper.

marse

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"Not Marse Gail.

monklike

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He was looking at the man, with on his face an expression a little placative and baffled though not alarmed, watching the man's inscrutable and monklike face.

placative

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His tone now was a little placative.

primogenitive

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It was as though he and all other manshaped life about him had been returned to the lightless hot wet primogenitive Female.

prophetlike

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Out of his immediate and dreamlike state he shouts the three words with outrageous and prophetlike suddenness, and that is all.

proselyter

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He was no proselyter, missionary.

punily

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As he struck the match he paused, and with the yellow flame spurting punily into life he stood, his head turned a little.

puppetlike

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They enter not with diffidence, but with something puppetlike about them, as if they were operated by clumsy springwork.

quicking

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It's not Milly's safety that's quicking you now' and he said 'Devil or no devil.

reiterant

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'It's the heat,' the top of his mind was saying to him, reiterant, explanatory.

saddleless

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At three oclock Wednesday morning a negro rode into town on a saddleless mule.

sedentation

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And when Hightower approaches, the smell of plump unwashed flesh and unfresh clothing--that odor of unfastidious sedentation, of static overflesh not often enough bathed--is well nigh overpowering.

sluttishness

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Them children call one another worse than nigger' and God said 'You wait and you watch, because I aint got the time to waste neither with this world's sluttishness and bitchery.

squinching

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And he was watching her, and he got up from the other cot, careful, winking and squinching his face at me.

surreptitiousness

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The caution, the surreptitiousness, which had clothed it was now gone.

tennyson

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It is Tennyson.

threatful

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The voice was not threatful.

tromple

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If Kennedy thinks he can tromple on my rights, just because he wears a durn little tin star...." "Get on," the deputy said.

undeviation

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He was going fast too, silent, with the delicate swiftness of an apparition, the implacable undeviation of Juggernaut or Fate.

undivulging

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He should have seen that he was bound just as tightly by that small square of still undivulging paper as though it were a lock and chain.

unfastidious

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And when Hightower approaches, the smell of plump unwashed flesh and unfresh clothing--that odor of unfastidious sedentation, of static overflesh not often enough bathed--is well nigh overpowering.

unhaste

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For some time as he walks steadily on, he thinks that this is what it is--the looking and seeing--which gives him peace and unhaste and quiet, until suddenly the true answer comes to him.

unmirthful

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Then he spoke again, moving; his voice now had an overtone, unmirthful yet quizzical, at once humorless and sardonic: "If I'm not, damned if I haven't wasted a lot of time."

unsmoking

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The fresh cold air rushed in, and light from the lamps along the street; he could see the lights and the blank factory walls and the tall unsmoking chimneys against the stars.

unsurprise

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He seemed to stand aloof and watch himself, for all his haste, thinking with a kind of grim unsurprise: 'Byron Bunch borning a baby.

unwinded

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The street lamp at the corner flickers and glares, so that the bitten shadows of the unwinded maples seem to toss faintly upon the August darkness.

vanishment

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He seemed to see her then, grown heroic at the instant of vanishment beyond the clashedto gates, fading without diminution of size into something nameless and splendid, like a sunset.

yellowbellied

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You tell him," he said violently, "if he lets them yellowbellied priests bamboozle him, I'll shoot him myself quick as I would a Reb."