Coop: a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.
Cottage: a small house, usually of only one story.
Peat: a highly organic material found in marshy or damp regions, composed of partially decayed vegetable matter: it is cut and dried for use as fuel.
Slumped: To fall or sink heavily; collapse.
Double-Header: Two sport games in a row.
Cinch: a firm hold or tight grip.
League: a covenant or compact made between persons, parties, states, etc., for the promotion or maintenance of common interests or for mutual assistance or service.
Discontented: not content or satisfied; dissatisfied; restlessly unhappy.
Bonehead: a foolish or stupid person; blockhead.
Sweet Fielder: A baseball player who plays best in the field.
Dope: (slang) information, data, or news.
Pennant: any relatively long, tapering flag.
Swell: first-rate; fine.
Intentions: an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
Drunkards: One who is habitually drunk.
Solitary: .alone; without companions; unattended.
Impress: to affect deeply or strongly in mind or feelings; influence in opinion.
Compensations: The act of compensating or the state of being compensated.
Apricot: the downy, yellow, sometimes rosy fruit, somewhat resembling a small peach, of the tree Prunus armeniaca.
Chunk: a thick mass or lump of anything
Dipper: a person or thing that dips.
Louts: An awkward and stupid person; an oaf.
Irrevocable: not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable.
Mackinaw Coat: a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.
Woodcock: either of two plump, short-legged migratory game birds of variegated brown plumage.
Thud: a dull sound, as of a heavy blow or fall.
Meadow: a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield.
Where are the men when the story opens?
Nick is going to his friend Bill's house.