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derogatory

(adj.) expressive of low opinion; disrespectful, diminishing, or critical

plaintively

(adv.) mournfully, sorrowfully

decisive

(adj.) being quick to make a decision; having the power to make a decision

bridled

(adj) controlled, restrained

disengage

(adj.) detach, free, loosen, or separate from something

gravity

(n) seriousness, weighty, profound

complacently

(adv) in a self-satisfied, smug manner often unaware of potential danger

rheumatism

(n.) a painful disorder of the joints, muscles or connective tissues

magazine

(n.) a storage place for ammunition

gnaw

(v.) bite or chew on with the teeth persistantly

hoosegow

(n.) a slang term for a jail

raptly

(adv.) deeply absorbed, engrossed

bemused

(adj.) perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements, deeply absorbed in thought

welter

(n.) boxer or wrestler who weighs between 136 and 147 pounds

indignation

(n.) anger aroused by something unjust

aloof

(adj.) distant, indifferent, no interest or concern for

bleat

(v.) to utter a sound like the cry of a goat, sheep, or calf

scuttled

(v.) scurried

subsided

(adj.) settled down; became less active or intense

diaphanous

(adj.) so thin as to transmit light

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