To Kill A Mockingbird Ch. 2 Vocab. and Terms

condescended”Jem CONDESCENDED to take me to school the first day” (vb.): To condescend is to agree to do something that you believe to be beneath your dignity. Jem condescends to take Scout to school, even though, as a fifth-grader, he feels superior to his first-grade sister.
auburn”She had bright auburn hair, pink cheeks, and wore crimson fingernail polish (adj.): reddish-brown
crimson”She had bright auburn hair, pink cheeks, and wore crimson fingernail polish (adj.): blood-red
indigenousThe class murmured apprehensively, should she prove to harbor her share of the peculiarities indigenous to that region (adj.): belonging to a particular region or country
seceded”When Alabama seceded from the Union on January 11, 1861, Winston County seceded from Alabama…( (vb.): To secede is to break away. During the Civil War, Alabama was one of the states that broke away, or seceded from the Union.
Catawba worms”…the class was wriggling like a bucketful of catawba worms (n.): catawba worms are actually caterpillars that are highly prized by fishermen in the Southern United States.
immune”…were immune to imaginative literature (adj.): In this case, to be immune to something means that it has no effect on you. The story Miss Caroline reads to the class has no effect on them; they don’t get it.
wallowing illicitly “I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers (vb. + adv.): In this case, to wallow is to indulge in something (usually an activity) with great enjoyment. Illicit, used like this, means unauthorized or improper. After listening to Miss Caroline, Scout feels that, by reading, she has been happily indulging in something which she should not have been doing.
covey”…Jem cut me from the covey of first-graders in the schoolyard (n.): a group
hookworms”Walter Cunningham’s face told everybody in the first grade he had hookworms (n.): a type of parasite. Hookworms usually enter the body through bare feet and move through the body to the small intestines where they attach themselves with a series of hooks around their mouths.
scrip stamps ” ‘…no church baskets and no scrip stamps (n.): paper money of small denominations (less than $1.00) issued for temporary emergency use. During the Great Depression, many local and state government gave out scrip stamps, or sometimes tokens, to needy people.
entailment “After a dreary conversation in our livingroom one night about his entailment..” (n.): a legal situation regarding the use of inherited property.
smilax”With Christmas came a crate of smilax and holly “ (n.): a bright green twinning vine, often used for holiday decorations.
vexations”Entailment was only a part of Mr. Cunningham’s vexations “ (n.): To vex is to annoy, so a vexation is something that causes annoyance or problems.
subsequent mortification . ” ‘If I could have explained these things to Miss Caroline, I would have saved myself some inconvenience and Miss Caroline subsequent mortification…’ “ (adj. + n.): Something that is subsequent will follow closely after something else. Mortification is a feeling of shame or the loss of self respect. If Scout had been able to explain things to Miss Caroline, she could have prevented her teacher from losing self respect of feeling shameful later on.
sojourn”My sojourn in the corner was a short one “ (n.): a brief visit

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