Vocabulary List 8 True Grit 2
indicted He showed me a list of indicted outlaws that were then on the loose in the Indian Territory and it looked like the delinquent tax list that they run in the Arkansas Gazette every year in little type.
commerce It is a sink of crime,. Not a day goes by but there comes some new report of a farmer bludgeoned, a wife outraged, or a blameless traveler set upon and cut down in a bloody manner. The civilizing arts of commerce do not flourish here.
liable Maddie says to Stonehill: “Tom Chaney stole it while in your care. You are responsible.” He replies: “I admire your sand but I believe you will find I am not liable for such claims. Let me say too that your valuation of the horse is high by about two hundred dollars.”
implicit This is regrettable but I had provided reasonable protection for the animal as per the implicit agreement with the client. We must each of us bear our own misfortunes.
Impudent Mattie says to Stonehill: “You will not like it any better when Lawyer Daggett gets hold of you. He is a grown man.” Stonehill replies: “Your are impudent.” Mattie replies: “I do not wish to be, sir, but I will not be pushed about when I am in the right.”
litigation I will pay two hundred dollars to your father’s estate when I have in my hand a letter from your lawyer absolving me of all liability from the beginning of the world to date…The offer is more than liberal and I only make it to avoid the possibility of litigation.
commence The prisoners who were already in the jail, which was in the basement of the Courthouse, commenced to shout and catcall through little barred windows at the new prisoners, saying, “Fresh fish!” and such like.
refuge Most of Judge Parker’s customers came from the Indian Territory which was a refuge for desperadoes from all over the map.
Grave (adj) His manner was grave. On his deathbed he asked for a priest and became a Catholic. That was his wife’s religion. It was his own business and none of mine. If you had sentenced one hundred and sixty men to death and seen around eighty of them swing, then maybe at the last minute you would feel the need of some stronger medicine that the Methodists could make.
discursive They say my article is too long, and “discursive.” Nothing is too long or too short either if you have a true and interesting tale and what I call a “graphic” writing style combined with educational aims.