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Chapter 7

HOW Mr. WINKLE, INSTEAD OF SHOOTING ATTHE PIGEON AND KILLING1 THE CROW, SHOTAT THE CROW AND WOUNDED THE PIGEON;HOW THE DINGLEY DELL CRICKET CLUBPLAYED ALL-MUGGLETON, AND HOW ALL-MUGGLETON DINED AT THE DINGLEY DELLEXPENSE; WITH OTHER INTERESTING ANDINSTRUCTIVE MATTERShe fatiguing2 adventures of the day or the somniferousinfluence of the clergyman’s tale operated so strongly onthe drowsy3 tendencies of Mr. Pickwick, that in less thanfive minutes after he had been shown to his comfortable bedroomhe fell into a sound and dreamless sleep, from which he was onlyawakened by the morning sun darting4 his bright beamsreproachfully into the apartment. Mr. Pickwick was no sluggard,and he sprang like an ardent5 warrior6 from his tent-bedstead.

  ‘Pleasant, pleasant country,’ sighed the enthusiastic gentleman,as he opened his lattice window. ‘Who could live to gaze from dayto day on bricks and slates7 who had once felt the influence of ascene like this? Who could continue to exist where there are nocows but the cows on the chimney-pots; nothing redolent of Panbut pan-tiles; no crop but stone crop? Who could bear to drag outa life in such a spot? Who, I ask, could endure it?’ and, havingcross-examined solitude8 after the most approved precedents9, atconsiderable length, Mr. Pickwick thrust his head out of the latticeand looked around him.

  The rich, sweet smell of the hay-ricks rose to his chamberwindow; the hundred perfumes of the little flower-garden beneathscented the air around; the deep-green meadows shone in themorning dew that glistened10 on every leaf as it trembled in thegentle air; and the birds sang as if every sparkling drop were tothem a fountain of inspiration. Mr. Pickwick fell into anenchanting and delicious reverie.

  ‘Hollo!’ was the sound that roused him.

  He looked to the right, but he saw nobody; his eyes wandered tothe left, and pierced the prospect11; he stared into the sky, but hewasn’t wanted there; and then he did what a common mind wouldhave done at once―looked into the garden, and there saw Mr.

  Wardle. ‘How are you?’ said the good-humoured individual, out ofbreath with his own anticipations12 of pleasure.’ Beautiful morning,ain’t it? Glad to see you up so early. Make haste down, and comeout. I’ll wait for you here.’ Mr. Pickwick needed no secondinvitation. Ten minutes sufficed for the completion of his toilet,and at the expiration13 of that time he was by the old gentleman’sside.

  ‘Hollo!’ said Mr. Pickwick in his turn, seeing that his companionwas armed with a gun, and that another lay ready on the grass;‘what’s going forward?’

  ‘Why, your friend and I,’ replied the host, ‘are going out rook-shooting before breakfast. He’s a very good shot, ain’t he?’

  ‘I’ve heard him say he’s a capital one,’ replied Mr. Pickwick,‘but I never saw him aim at anything.’

  ‘Well,’ said the host, ‘I wish he’d come. Joe―Joe!’

  The fat boy, who under the exciting influence of the morningdid not appear to be more than three parts and a fraction asleep,emerged from the house.

  ‘Go up, and call the gentleman, and tell him he’ll find me andMr. Pickwick in the rookery. Show the gentleman the way there;d’ye hear?’

  The boy departed to execute his commission; and the host,carrying both guns like a second Robinson Crusoe, led the wayfrom the garden.

  ‘This is the place,’ said the old gentleman, pausing after a fewminutes walking, in an avenue of trees. The information wasunnecessary; for the incessant14 cawing of the unconscious rookssufficiently indicated their whereabouts.

  The old gentleman laid one gun on the ground, and loaded theother.

  ‘Here they are,’ said Mr. Pickwick; and, as he spoke16, the formsof Mr. Tupman, Mr. Snodgrass, and Mr. Winkle appeared in thedistance. The fat boy, not being quite certain which gentleman hewas directed to call, had with peculiar17 sagacity, and to prevent thepossibility of any mistake, called them all.

  ‘Come along,’ shouted the old gentleman, addressing Mr.

  Winkle; ‘a keen hand like you ought to have been up long a go,even to such poor work as this.’

  Mr. Winkle responded with a forced smile, and took up thespare gun with an expression of countenance18 which ametaphysical rook, impressed with a foreboding of hisapproaching death by violence, may be supposed to assume. Itmight have been keenness, but it looked remarkably19 like misery20.

  The old gentleman nodded; and two ragged21 boys who had beenmarshalled to the spot under the direction of the infant Lambert,forthwith commenced climbing up two of the trees. ‘What arethese lads for?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick abruptly23. He was ratheralarmed; for he was not quite certain but that the distress24 of theagricultural interest, about which he had often heard a great deal,might have compelled the small boys attached to the soil to earn aprecarious and hazardous25 subsistence by making marks ofthemselves for inexperienced sportsmen. ‘Only to start the game,’

  replied Mr. Wardle, laughing.

  ‘To what?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Why, in plain English, to frighten the rooks.’

  ‘Oh, is that all?’

  ‘You are satisfied?’

  ‘Quite.’

  ‘Very well. Shall I begin?’

  ‘If you please,’ said Mr. Winkle, glad of any respite26.

  ‘Stand aside, then. Now for it.’

  The boy shouted, and shook a branch with a nest on it. Half adozen young rooks in violent conversation, flew out to ask whatthe matter was. The old gentleman fired by way of reply. Down fellone bird, and off flew the others.

  ‘Take him up, Joe,’ said the old gentleman.

  There was a smile upon the youth’s face as he advanced.

  Indistinct visions of rook-pie floated through his imagination. Helaughed as he retired27 with the bird―it was a plump one.

  ‘Now, Mr. Winkle,’ said the host, reloading his own gun. ‘Fireaway.’

  Mr. Winkle advanced, and levelled his gun. Mr. Pickwick andhis friends cowered28 involuntarily to escape damage from theheavy fall of rooks, which they felt quite certain would beoccasioned by the devastating29 barrel of their friend. There was asolemn pause―a shout―a flapping of wings―a faint click.

  ‘Hollo!’ said the old gentleman.

  ‘Won’t it go?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Missed fire,’ said Mr. Winkle, who was very pale―probablyfrom disappointment.

  ‘Odd,’ said the old gentleman, taking the gun. ‘Never knew oneof them miss fire before. Why, I don’t see anything of the cap.’

  ‘Bless my soul!’ said Mr. Winkle, ‘I declare I forgot the cap!’

  The slight omission30 was rectified31. Mr. Pickwick crouched32 again.

  Mr. Winkle stepped forward with an air of determination andresolution; and Mr. Tupman looked out from behind a tree. Theboy shouted; four birds flew out. Mr. Winkle fired. There was ascream as of an individual―not a rook―in corporal anguish33. Mr.

  Tupman had saved the lives of innumerable unoffending birds byreceiving a portion of the charge in his left arm.

  To describe the confusion that ensued would be impossible. Totell how Mr. Pickwick in the first transports of emotion called Mr.

  Winkle ‘Wretch!’ how Mr. Tupman lay prostrate34 on the ground;and how Mr. Winkle knelt horror-stricken beside him; how Mr.

  Tupman called distractedly upon some feminine Christian35 name,and then opened first one eye, and then the other, and then fellback and shut them both―all this would be as difficult to describein detail, as it would be to depict36 the gradual recovering of theunfortunate individual, the binding37 up of his arm with pocket-handkerchiefs, and the conveying him back by slow degreessupported by the arms of his anxious friends.

  They drew near the house. The ladies were at the garden gate,waiting for their arrival and their breakfast. The spinster auntappeared; she smiled, and beckoned38 them to walk quicker. ’Twasevident she knew not of the disaster. Poor thing! there are timeswhen ignorance is bliss39 indeed.

  They approached nearer.

  ‘Why, what is the matter with the little old gentleman?’ saidIsabella Wardle. The spinster aunt heeded40 not the remark; shethought it applied41 to Mr. Pickwick. In her eyes Tracy Tupman wasa youth; she viewed his years through a diminishing glass.

  ‘Don’t be frightened,’ called out the old host, fearful of alarminghis daughters. The little party had crowded so completely roundMr. Tupman, that they could not yet clearly discern the nature ofthe accident.

  ‘Don’t be frightened,’ said the host.

  ‘What’s the matter?’ screamed the ladies.

  ‘Mr. Tupman has met with a little accident; that’s all.’

  The spinster aunt uttered a piercing scream, burst into anhysteric laugh, and fell backwards42 in the arms of her nieces.

  ‘Throw some cold water over her,’ said the old gentleman.

  ‘No, no,’ murmured the spinster aunt; ‘I am better now. Bella,Emily―a surgeon! Is he wounded?―Is he dead?―Is he―Ha, ha,ha!’ Here the spinster aunt burst into fit number two, of hystericlaughter interspersed43 with screams.

  ‘Calm yourself,’ said Mr. Tupman, affected44 almost to tears bythis expression of sympathy with his sufferings. ‘Dear, dearmadam, calm yourself.’

  ‘It is his voice!’ exclaimed the spinster aunt; and strongsymptoms of fit number three developed themselves forthwith.

  ‘Do not agitate45 yourself, I entreat46 you, dearest madam,’ said Mr.

  Tupman soothingly47. ‘I am very little hurt, I assure you.’

  ‘Then you are not dead!’ ejaculated the hysterical48 lady. ‘Oh, sayyou are not dead!’

  ‘Don’t be a fool, Rachael,’ interposed Mr. Wardle, rather moreroughly than was consistent with the poetic49 nature of the scene.

  ‘What the devil’s the use of his saying he isn’t dead?’

  ‘No, no, I am not,’ said Mr. Tupman. ‘I require no assistance butyours. Let me lean on your arm.’ He added, in a whisper, ‘Oh, MissRachael!’ The agitated50 female advanced, and offered her arm.

  They turned into the breakfast parlour. Mr. Tracy Tupman gentlypressed her hand to his lips, and sank upon the sofa.

  ‘Are you faint?’ inquired the anxious Rachael.

  ‘No,’ said Mr. Tupman. ‘It is nothing. I shall be betterpresently.’ He closed his eyes.

  ‘He sleeps,’ murmured the spinster aunt. (His organs of visionhad been closed nearly twenty seconds.) ‘Dear―dear―Mr.

  Tupman!’

  Mr. Tupman jumped up―‘Oh, say those words again!’ heexclaimed.

  The lady started. ‘Surely you did not hear them!’ she saidbashfully.

  ‘Oh, yes, I did!’ replied Mr. Tupman; ‘repeat them. If you wouldhave me recover, repeat them.’

  ‘Hush!’ said the lady. ‘My brother.’ Mr. Tracy Tupman resumedhis former position; and Mr. Wardle, accompanied by a surgeon,entered the room.

  The arm was examined, the wound dressed, and pronounced tobe a very slight one; and the minds of the company having beenthus satisfied, they proceeded to satisfy their appetites withcountenances to which an expression of cheerfulness was againrestored. Mr. Pickwick alone was silent and reserved. Doubt anddistrust were exhibited in his countenance. His confidence in Mr.

  Winkle had been shaken―greatly shaken―by the proceedings51 ofthe morning. ‘Are you a cricketer?’ inquired Mr. Wardle of themarksman.

  At any other time, Mr. Winkle would have replied in theaffirmative. He felt the delicacy52 of his situation, and modestlyreplied, ‘No.’

  ‘Are you, sir?’ inquired Mr. Snodgrass.

  ‘I was once upon a time,’ replied the host; ‘but I have given it upnow. I subscribe53 to the club here, but I don’t play.’

  ‘The grand match is played to-day, I believe,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘It is,’ replied the host. ‘Of course you would like to see it.’

  ‘I, sir,’ replied Mr. Pickwick, ‘am delighted to view any sportswhich may be safely indulged in, and in which the impotent effectsof unskilful people do not endanger human life.’ Mr. Pickwickpaused, and looked steadily54 on Mr. Winkle, who quailed55 beneathhis leader’s searching glance. The great man withdrew his eyesafter a few minutes, and added: ‘Shall we be justified56 in leavingour wounded friend to the care of the ladies?’

  ‘You cannot leave me in better hands,’ said Mr. Tupman.

  ‘Quite impossible,’ said Mr. Snodgrass.

  It was therefore settled that Mr. Tupman should be left at homein charge of the females; and that the remainder of the guests,under the guidance of Mr. Wardle, should proceed to the spotwhere was to be held that trial of skill, which had roused allMuggleton from its torpor57, and inoculated58 Dingley Dell with afever of excitement. As their walk, which was not above two miles long, lay throughshady lanes and sequestered59 footpaths60, and as their conversationturned upon the delightful61 scenery by which they were on everyside surrounded, Mr. Pickwick was almost inclined to regret theexpedition they had used, when he found himself in the mainstreet of the town of Muggleton. Everybody whose genius has atopographical bent62 knows perfectly63 well that Muggleton is acorporate town, with a mayor, burgesses, and freemen; andanybody who has consulted the addresses of the mayor to thefreemen, or the freemen to the mayor, or both to the corporation,or all three to Parliament, will learn from thence what they oughtto have known before, that Muggleton is an ancient and loyalborough, mingling64 a zealous65 advocacy of Christian principles witha devoted66 attachment67 to commercial rights; in demonstrationwhereof, the mayor, corporation, and other inhabitants, havepresented at divers68 times, no fewer than one thousand fourhundred and twenty petitions against the continuance of negroslavery abroad, and an equal number against any interferencewith the factory system at home; sixty-eight in favour of the sale oflivings in the Church, and eighty-six for abolishing Sunday tradingin the street.

  Mr. Pickwick stood in the principal street of this illustrioustown, and gazed with an air of curiosity, not unmixed withinterest, on the objects around him. There was an open square forthe market-place; and in the centre of it, a large inn with a sign-post in front, displaying an object very common in art, but rarelymet with in nature―to wit, a blue lion, with three bow legs in theair, balancing himself on the extreme point of the centre claw ofhis fourth foot. There were, within sight, an auctioneer’s and fire-agency office, a corn-factor’s, a linen-draper’s, a saddler’s, adistiller’s, a grocer’s, and a shoe-shop―the last-mentionedwarehouse being also appropriated to the diffusion69 of hats,bonnets, wearing apparel, cotton umbrellas, and usefulknowledge. There was a red brick house with a small pavedcourtyard in front, which anybody might have known belonged tothe attorney; and there was, moreover, another red brick housewith Venetian blinds, and a large brass70 door-plate with a verylegible announcement that it belonged to the surgeon. A few boyswere making their way to the cricket-field; and two or threeshopkeepers who were standing71 at their doors looked as if theyshould like to be making their way to the same spot, as indeed toall appearance they might have done, without losing any greatamount of custom thereby72. Mr. Pickwick having paused to makethese observations, to be noted73 down at a more convenient period,hastened to rejoin his friends, who had turned out of the mainstreet, and were already within sight of the field of battle.

  The wickets were pitched, and so were a couple of marquees forthe rest and refreshment74 of the contending parties. The game hadnot yet commenced. Two or three Dingley Dellers, and All-Muggletonians, were amusing themselves with a majestic75 air bythrowing the ball carelessly from hand to hand; and several othergentlemen dressed like them, in straw hats, flannel76 jackets, andwhite trousers―a costume in which they looked very much likeamateur stone-masons―were sprinkled about the tents, towardsone of which Mr. Wardle conducted the party.

  Several dozen of ‘How-are-you’s?’ hailed the old gentleman’sarrival; and a general raising of the straw hats, and bendingforward of the flannel jackets, followed his introduction of hisguests as gentlemen from London, who were extremely anxious towitness the proceedings of the day, with which, he had no doubt,they would be greatly delighted.

  ‘You had better step into the marquee, I think, sir,’ said onevery stout77 gentleman, whose body and legs looked like half agigantic roll of flannel, elevated on a couple of inflated78 pillow-cases.

  ‘You’ll find it much pleasanter, sir,’ urged another stoutgentleman, who strongly resembled the other half of the roll offlannel aforesaid.

  ‘You’re very good,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘This way,’ said the first speaker; ‘they notch79 in here―it’s thebest place in the whole field;’ and the cricketer, panting on before,preceded them to the tent.

  ‘Capital game―smart sport―fine exercise―very,’ were thewords which fell upon Mr. Pickwick’s ear as he entered the tent;and the first object that met his eyes was his green-coated friend ofthe Rochester coach, holding forth22, to the no small delight andedification of a select circle of the chosen of All-Muggleton. Hisdress was slightly improved, and he wore boots; but there was nomistaking him.

  The stranger recognised his friends immediately; and, dartingforward and seizing Mr. Pickwick by the hand, dragged him to aseat with his usual impetuosity, talking all the while as if the wholeof the arrangements were under his especial patronage80 anddirection.

  ‘This way―this way―capital fun―lots of beer―hogsheads;rounds of beef―bullocks; mustard―cart-loads; glorious day―down with you―make yourself at home―glad to see you―very.’Mr. Pickwick sat down as he was bid, and Mr. Winkle and Mr.

  Snodgrass also complied with the directions of their mysteriousfriend. Mr. Wardle looked on in silent wonder.

  ‘Mr. Wardle―a friend of mine,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Friend of yours!―My dear sir, how are you?―Friend of myfriend’s―give me your hand, sir’―and the stranger grasped Mr.

  Wardle’s hand with all the fervour of a close intimacy81 of manyyears, and then stepped back a pace or two as if to take a fullsurvey of his face and figure, and then shook hands with himagain, if possible, more warmly than before.

  ‘Well; and how came you here?’ said Mr. Pickwick, with a smilein which benevolence82 struggled with surprise. ‘Come,’ replied thestranger―‘stopping at Crown―Crown at Muggleton―met aparty―flannel jackets―white trousers―anchovy sandwiches―devilled kidney―splendid fellows―glorious.’

  Mr. Pickwick was sufficiently15 versed83 in the stranger’s system ofstenography to infer from this rapid and disjointedcommunication that he had, somehow or other, contracted anacquaintance with the All-Muggletons, which he had converted, bya process peculiar to himself, into that extent of good-fellowshipon which a general invitation may be easily founded. His curiositywas therefore satisfied, and putting on his spectacles he preparedhimself to watch the play which was just commencing.

  All-Muggleton had the first innings; and the interest becameintense when Mr. Dumkins and Mr. Podder, two of the mostrenowned members of that most distinguished84 club, walked, bat inhand, to their respective wickets. Mr. Luffey, the highestornament of Dingley Dell, was pitched to bowl against theredoubtable Dumkins, and Mr. Struggles was selected to do thesame kind office for the hitherto unconquered Podder. Severalplayers were stationed, to ‘look out,’ in different parts of the field,and each fixed85 himself into the proper attitude by placing onehand on each knee, and stooping very much as if he were ‘makinga back’ for some beginner at leap-frog. All the regular players dothis sort of thing;―indeed it is generally supposed that it is quiteimpossible to look out properly in any other position.

  The umpires were stationed behind the wickets; the scorerswere prepared to notch the runs; a breathless silence ensued. Mr.

  Luffey retired a few paces behind the wicket of the passivePodder, and applied the ball to his right eye for several seconds.

  Dumkins confidently awaited its coming with his eyes fixed on themotions of Luffey.

  ‘Play!’ suddenly cried the bowler86. The ball flew from his handstraight and swift towards the centre stump87 of the wicket. Thewary Dumkins was on the alert: it fell upon the tip of the bat, andbounded far away over the heads of the scouts88, who had juststooped low enough to let it fly over them.

  ‘Run―run―another.―Now, then throw her up―up with her―stop there―another―no―yes―no―throw her up, throw herup!’―Such were the shouts which followed the stroke; and at theconclusion of which All-Muggleton had scored two. Nor wasPodder behindhand in earning laurels89 wherewith to garnishhimself and Muggleton. He blocked the doubtful balls, missed thebad ones, took the good ones, and sent them flying to all parts ofthe field. The scouts were hot and tired; the bowlers90 were changedand bowled till their arms ached; but Dumkins and Podderremained unconquered. Did an elderly gentleman essay to stopthe progress of the ball, it rolled between his legs or slippedbetween his fingers. Did a slim gentleman try to catch it, it struckhim on the nose, and bounded pleasantly off with redoubledviolence, while the slim gentleman’s eyes filled with water, and hisform writhed91 with anguish. Was it thrown straight up to thewicket, Dumkins had reached it before the ball. In short, whenDumkins was caught out, and Podder stumped92 out, All-Muggletonhad notched93 some fifty-four, while the score of the Dingley Dellerswas as blank as their faces. The advantage was too great to berecovered. In vain did the eager Luffey, and the enthusiasticStruggles, do all that skill and experience could suggest, to regainthe ground Dingley Dell had lost in the contest―it was of no avail;and in an early period of the winning game Dingley Dell gave in,and allowed the superior prowess of All-Muggleton.

  The stranger, meanwhile, had been eating, drinking, andtalking, without cessation. At every good stroke he expressed hissatisfaction and approval of the player in a most condescendingand patronising manner, which could not fail to have been highlygratifying to the party concerned; while at every bad attempt at acatch, and every failure to stop the ball, he launched his personaldispleasure at the head of the devoted individual in suchdenunciations as―‘Ah, ah!―stupid’―‘Now, butter-fingers’―‘Muff’―‘Humbug’―and so forth―ejaculations which seemed toestablish him in the opinion of all around, as a most excellent andundeniable judge of the whole art and mystery of the noble gameof cricket.

  ‘Capital game―well played―some strokes admirable,’ said thestranger, as both sides crowded into the tent, at the conclusion ofthe game.

  ‘You have played it, sir?’ inquired Mr. Wardle, who had beenmuch amused by his loquacity94. ‘Played it! Think I have―thousands of times―not here―West Indies―exciting thing―hotwork―very.’

  ‘It must be rather a warm pursuit in such a climate,’ observedMr. Pickwick.

  ‘Warm!―red hot―scorching―glowing. Played a match once―single wicket―friend the colonel―Sir Thomas Blazo―who shouldget the greatest number of runs.―Won the toss―first innings―seven o’clock A.M.―six natives to look out―went in; kept in―heatintense―natives all fainted―taken away―fresh half-dozenordered―fainted also―Blazo bowling―supported by twonatives―couldn’t bowl me out―fainted too―cleared away thecolonel―wouldn’t give in―faithful attendant―Quanko Samba―last man left―sun so hot, bat in blisters95, ball scorched96 brown―fivehundred and seventy runs―rather exhausted―Quanko musteredup last remaining strength―bowled me out―had a bath, and wentout to dinner.’

  ‘And what became of what’s-his-name, sir?’ inquired an oldgentleman.

  ‘Blazo?’

  ‘No―the other gentleman.’

  ‘Quanko Samba?’

  ‘Yes, sir.’

  ‘Poor Quanko―never recovered it―bowled on, on myaccount―bowled off, on his own―died, sir.’ Here the strangerburied his countenance in a brown jug97, but whether to hide hisemotion or imbibe98 its contents, we cannot distinctly affirm. Weonly know that he paused suddenly, drew a long and deep breath,and looked anxiously on, as two of the principal members of theDingley Dell club approached Mr. Pickwick, and said―‘We are about to partake of a plain dinner at the Blue Lion, sir;we hope you and your friends will join us.’

  ‘Of course,’ said Mr. Wardle, ‘among our friends we includeMr.―;’ and he looked towards the stranger.

  ‘Jingle99,’ said that versatile100 gentleman, taking the hint at once.

  ‘Jingle―Alfred Jingle, Esq., of No Hall, Nowhere.’

  ‘I shall be very happy, I am sure,’ said Mr. Pickwick. ‘So shall I,’

  said Mr. Alfred Jingle, drawing one arm through Mr. Pickwick’s,and another through Mr. Wardle’s, as he whispered confidentiallyin the ear of the former gentleman:―‘Devilish good dinner―cold, but capital―peeped into the roomthis morning―fowls and pies, and all that sort of thing―pleasantfellows these―well behaved, too―very.’

  There being no further preliminaries to arrange, the companystraggled into the town in little knots of twos and threes; andwithin a quarter of an hour were all seated in the great room of theBlue Lion Inn, Muggleton―Mr. Dumkins acting101 as chairman, andMr. Luffey officiating as vice102.

  There was a vast deal of talking and rattling103 of knives and forks,and plates; a great running about of three ponderous-headedwaiters, and a rapid disappearance104 of the substantial viands105 on thetable; to each and every of which item of confusion, the facetiousMr. Jingle lent the aid of half-a-dozen ordinary men at least. Wheneverybody had eaten as much as possible, the cloth was removed,bottles, glasses, and dessert were placed on the table; and thewaiters withdrew to ‘clear away,’ or in other words, to appropriateto their own private use and emolument106 whatever remnants of theeatables and drinkables they could contrive107 to lay their hands on.

  Amidst the general hum of mirth and conversation that ensued,there was a little man with a puffy Say-nothing-to-me,-or-I’ll-contradict-you sort of countenance, who remained very quiet;occasionally looking round him when the conversation slackened,as if he contemplated108 putting in something very weighty; and nowand then bursting into a short cough of in expressible grandeur109. Atlength, during a moment of comparative silence, the little mancalled out in a very loud, solemn voice,―‘Mr. Luffey!’

  Everybody was hushed into a profound stillness as theindividual addressed, replied―‘Sir!’

  ‘I wish to address a few words to you, sir, if you will entreat thegentlemen to fill their glasses.’

  Mr. Jingle uttered a patronising ‘Hear, hear,’ which wasresponded to by the remainder of the company; and the glasseshaving been filled, the vice-president assumed an air of wisdom ina state of profound attention; and said―‘Mr. Staple110.’

  ‘Sir,’ said the little man, rising, ‘I wish to address what I have tosay to you and not to our worthy111 chairman, because our worthychairman is in some measure―I may say in a great degree―thesubject of what I have to say, or I may say to―to―’

  ‘State,’ suggested Mr. Jingle.

  ‘Yes, to state,’ said the little man, ‘I thank my honourablefriend, if he will allow me to call him so (four hears and onecertainly from Mr. Jingle), for the suggestion. Sir, I am a Deller―aDingley Deller (cheers). I cannot lay claim to the honour offorming an item in the population of Muggleton; nor, sir, I willfrankly admit, do I covet112 that honour: and I will tell you why, sir(hear); to Muggleton I will readily concede all these honours anddistinctions to which it can fairly lay claim―they are toonumerous and too well known to require aid or recapitulationfrom me. But, sir, while we remember that Muggleton has givenbirth to a Dumkins and a Podder, let us never forget that DingleyDell can boast a Luffey and a Struggles. (Vociferous cheering.) Letme not be considered as wishing to detract from the merits of theformer gentlemen. Sir, I envy them the luxury of their ownfeelings on this occasion. (Cheers.) Every gentleman who hearsme, is probably acquainted with the reply made by an individual,who―to use an ordinary figure of speech―“hung out” in a tub, tothe emperor Alexander:―“if I were not Diogenes,” said he, “Iwould be Alexander.” I can well imagine these gentlemen to say,“If I were not Dumkins I would be Luffey; if I were not Podder Iwould be Struggles.” (Enthusiasm.) But, gentlemen of Muggleton,is it in cricket alone that your fellow-townsmen stand pre-eminent? Have you never heard of Dumkins and determination?

  Have you never been taught to associate Podder with property?

  (Great applause.) Have you never, when struggling for your rights,your liberties, and your privileges, been reduced, if only for aninstant, to misgiving113 and despair? And when you have been thusdepressed, has not the name of Dumkins laid afresh within yourbreast the fire which had just gone out; and has not a word fromthat man lighted it again as brightly as if it had never expired?

  (Great cheering.) Gentlemen, I beg to surround with a rich halo ofenthusiastic cheering the united names of “Dumkins andPodder.”’

  Here the little man ceased, and here the company commenceda raising of voices, and thumping114 of tables, which lasted with littleintermission during the remainder of the evening. Other toastswere drunk. Mr. Luffey and Mr. Struggles, Mr. Pickwick and Mr.

  Jingle, were, each in his turn, the subject of unqualified eulogium;and each in due course returned thanks for the honour.

  Enthusiastic as we are in the noble cause to which we havedevoted ourselves, we should have felt a sensation of pride whichwe cannot express, and a consciousness of having done somethingto merit immortality115 of which we are now deprived, could we havelaid the faintest outline on these addresses before our ardentreaders. Mr. Snodgrass, as usual, took a great mass of notes, whichwould no doubt have afforded most useful and valuableinformation, had not the burning eloquence116 of the words or thefeverish influence of the wine made that gentleman’s hand soextremely unsteady, as to render his writing nearly unintelligible,and his style wholly so. By dint117 of patient investigation118, we havebeen enabled to trace some characters bearing a faintresemblance to the names of the speakers; and we can onlydiscern an entry of a song (supposed to have been sung by Mr.

  Jingle), in which the words ‘bowl’ ‘sparkling’ ‘ruby’ ‘bright’ and‘wine’ are frequently repeated at short intervals119. We fancy, too,that we can discern at the very end of the notes, some indistinctreference to ‘broiled bones’; and then the words ‘cold’ ‘without’

  occur: but as any hypothesis we could found upon them mustnecessarily rest upon mere120 conjecture121, we are not disposed toindulge in any of the speculations122 to which they may give rise.

  We will therefore return to Mr. Tupman; merely adding thatwithin some few minutes before twelve o’clock that night, theconvocation of worthies123 of Dingley Dell and Muggleton were heardto sing, with great feeling and emphasis, the beautiful and patheticnational air of‘We won’t go home till morning,We won’t go home till morning,We won’t go home till morning,Till daylight doth appear.’


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1 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
2 fatiguing ttfzKm     
a.使人劳累的
参考例句:
  • He was fatiguing himself with his writing, no doubt. 想必他是拼命写作,写得精疲力尽了。
  • Machines are much less fatiguing to your hands, arms, and back. 使用机器时,手、膊和后背不会感到太累。
3 drowsy DkYz3     
adj.昏昏欲睡的,令人发困的
参考例句:
  • Exhaust fumes made him drowsy and brought on a headache.废气把他熏得昏昏沉沉,还引起了头疼。
  • I feel drowsy after lunch every day.每天午饭后我就想睡觉。
4 darting darting     
v.投掷,投射( dart的现在分词 );向前冲,飞奔
参考例句:
  • Swallows were darting through the clouds. 燕子穿云急飞。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Swallows were darting through the air. 燕子在空中掠过。 来自辞典例句
5 ardent yvjzd     
adj.热情的,热烈的,强烈的,烈性的
参考例句:
  • He's an ardent supporter of the local football team.他是本地足球队的热情支持者。
  • Ardent expectations were held by his parents for his college career.他父母对他的大学学习抱着殷切的期望。
6 warrior YgPww     
n.勇士,武士,斗士
参考例句:
  • The young man is a bold warrior.这个年轻人是个很英勇的武士。
  • A true warrior values glory and honor above life.一个真正的勇士珍视荣誉胜过生命。
7 slates ba298a474e572b7bb22ea6b59e127028     
(旧时学生用以写字的)石板( slate的名词复数 ); 板岩; 石板瓦; 石板色
参考例句:
  • The contract specifies red tiles, not slates, for the roof. 合同规定屋顶用红瓦,并非石板瓦。
  • They roofed the house with slates. 他们用石板瓦做屋顶。
8 solitude xF9yw     
n. 孤独; 独居,荒僻之地,幽静的地方
参考例句:
  • People need a chance to reflect on spiritual matters in solitude. 人们需要独处的机会来反思精神上的事情。
  • They searched for a place where they could live in solitude. 他们寻找一个可以过隐居生活的地方。
9 precedents 822d1685d50ee9bc7c3ee15a208b4a7e     
引用单元; 范例( precedent的名词复数 ); 先前出现的事例; 前例; 先例
参考例句:
  • There is no lack of precedents in this connection. 不乏先例。
  • He copied after bad precedents. 他仿效恶例。
10 glistened 17ff939f38e2a303f5df0353cf21b300     
v.湿物闪耀,闪亮( glisten的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Pearls of dew glistened on the grass. 草地上珠露晶莹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Her eyes glistened with tears. 她的眼里闪着泪花。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
11 prospect P01zn     
n.前景,前途;景色,视野
参考例句:
  • This state of things holds out a cheerful prospect.事态呈现出可喜的前景。
  • The prospect became more evident.前景变得更加明朗了。
12 anticipations 5b99dd11cd8d6a699f0940a993c12076     
预期( anticipation的名词复数 ); 预测; (信托财产收益的)预支; 预期的事物
参考例句:
  • The thought took a deal of the spirit out of his anticipations. 想到这,他的劲头消了不少。
  • All such bright anticipations were cruelly dashed that night. 所有这些美好的期望全在那天夜晚被无情地粉碎了。
13 expiration bmSxA     
n.终结,期满,呼气,呼出物
参考例句:
  • Can I have your credit card number followed by the expiration date?能告诉我你的信用卡号码和它的到期日吗?
  • This contract shall be terminated on the expiration date.劳动合同期满,即行终止。
14 incessant WcizU     
adj.不停的,连续的
参考例句:
  • We have had incessant snowfall since yesterday afternoon.从昨天下午开始就持续不断地下雪。
  • She is tired of his incessant demands for affection.她厌倦了他对感情的不断索取。
15 sufficiently 0htzMB     
adv.足够地,充分地
参考例句:
  • It turned out he had not insured the house sufficiently.原来他没有给房屋投足保险。
  • The new policy was sufficiently elastic to accommodate both views.新政策充分灵活地适用两种观点。
16 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
17 peculiar cinyo     
adj.古怪的,异常的;特殊的,特有的
参考例句:
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的样子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
18 countenance iztxc     
n.脸色,面容;面部表情;vt.支持,赞同
参考例句:
  • At the sight of this photograph he changed his countenance.他一看见这张照片脸色就变了。
  • I made a fierce countenance as if I would eat him alive.我脸色恶狠狠地,仿佛要把他活生生地吞下去。
19 remarkably EkPzTW     
ad.不同寻常地,相当地
参考例句:
  • I thought she was remarkably restrained in the circumstances. 我认为她在那种情况下非常克制。
  • He made a remarkably swift recovery. 他康复得相当快。
20 misery G10yi     
n.痛苦,苦恼,苦难;悲惨的境遇,贫苦
参考例句:
  • Business depression usually causes misery among the working class.商业不景气常使工薪阶层受苦。
  • He has rescued me from the mire of misery.他把我从苦海里救了出来。
21 ragged KC0y8     
adj.衣衫褴褛的,粗糙的,刺耳的
参考例句:
  • A ragged shout went up from the small crowd.这一小群人发出了刺耳的喊叫。
  • Ragged clothing infers poverty.破衣烂衫意味着贫穷。
22 forth Hzdz2     
adv.向前;向外,往外
参考例句:
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
23 abruptly iINyJ     
adv.突然地,出其不意地
参考例句:
  • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗鲁地示意弗吉尼亚上车。
  • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要讲半个小时的话。
24 distress 3llzX     
n.苦恼,痛苦,不舒适;不幸;vt.使悲痛
参考例句:
  • Nothing could alleviate his distress.什么都不能减轻他的痛苦。
  • Please don't distress yourself.请你不要忧愁了。
25 hazardous Iddxz     
adj.(有)危险的,冒险的;碰运气的
参考例句:
  • These conditions are very hazardous for shipping.这些情况对航海非常不利。
  • Everybody said that it was a hazardous investment.大家都说那是一次危险的投资。
26 respite BWaxa     
n.休息,中止,暂缓
参考例句:
  • She was interrogated without respite for twenty-four hours.她被不间断地审问了二十四小时。
  • Devaluation would only give the economy a brief respite.贬值只能让经济得到暂时的缓解。
27 retired Njhzyv     
adj.隐退的,退休的,退役的
参考例句:
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
28 cowered 4916dbf7ce78e68601f216157e090999     
v.畏缩,抖缩( cower的过去式 )
参考例句:
  • A gun went off and people cowered behind walls and under tables. 一声枪响,人们缩到墙后或桌子底下躲起来。
  • He cowered in the corner, gibbering with terror. 他蜷缩在角落里,吓得语无伦次。
29 devastating muOzlG     
adj.毁灭性的,令人震惊的,强有力的
参考例句:
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.这是20年来破坏性最大的风暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情确实会对婚姻造成毁灭性的影响。
30 omission mjcyS     
n.省略,删节;遗漏或省略的事物,冗长
参考例句:
  • The omission of the girls was unfair.把女孩排除在外是不公平的。
  • The omission of this chapter from the third edition was a gross oversight.第三版漏印这一章是个大疏忽。
31 rectified 8714cd0fa53a5376ba66b0406599eb20     
[医]矫正的,调整的
参考例句:
  • I am hopeful this misunderstanding will be rectified very quickly. 我相信这个误会将很快得到纠正。
  • That mistake could have been rectified within 28 days. 那个错误原本可以在28天内得以纠正。
32 crouched 62634c7e8c15b8a61068e36aaed563ab     
v.屈膝,蹲伏( crouch的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • He crouched down beside her. 他在她的旁边蹲了下来。
  • The lion crouched ready to pounce. 狮子蹲下身,准备猛扑。
33 anguish awZz0     
n.(尤指心灵上的)极度痛苦,烦恼
参考例句:
  • She cried out for anguish at parting.分手时,她由于痛苦而失声大哭。
  • The unspeakable anguish wrung his heart.难言的痛苦折磨着他的心。
34 prostrate 7iSyH     
v.拜倒,平卧,衰竭;adj.拜倒的,平卧的,衰竭的
参考例句:
  • She was prostrate on the floor.她俯卧在地板上。
  • The Yankees had the South prostrate and they intended to keep It'so.北方佬已经使南方屈服了,他们还打算继续下去。
35 Christian KVByl     
adj.基督教徒的;n.基督教徒
参考例句:
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
36 depict Wmdz5     
vt.描画,描绘;描写,描述
参考例句:
  • I don't care to see plays or films that depict murders or violence.我不喜欢看描写谋杀或暴力的戏剧或电影。
  • Children's books often depict farmyard animals as gentle,lovable creatures.儿童图书常常把农场的动物描写得温和而可爱。
37 binding 2yEzWb     
有约束力的,有效的,应遵守的
参考例句:
  • The contract was not signed and has no binding force. 合同没有签署因而没有约束力。
  • Both sides have agreed that the arbitration will be binding. 双方都赞同仲裁具有约束力。
38 beckoned b70f83e57673dfe30be1c577dd8520bc     
v.(用头或手的动作)示意,召唤( beckon的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • He beckoned to the waiter to bring the bill. 他招手示意服务生把账单送过来。
  • The seated figure in the corner beckoned me over. 那个坐在角落里的人向我招手让我过去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
39 bliss JtXz4     
n.狂喜,福佑,天赐的福
参考例句:
  • It's sheer bliss to be able to spend the day in bed.整天都可以躺在床上真是幸福。
  • He's in bliss that he's won the Nobel Prize.他非常高兴,因为获得了诺贝尔奖金。
40 heeded 718cd60e0e96997caf544d951e35597a     
v.听某人的劝告,听从( heed的过去式和过去分词 );变平,使(某物)变平( flatten的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She countered that her advice had not been heeded. 她反驳说她的建议未被重视。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I heeded my doctor's advice and stopped smoking. 我听从医生的劝告,把烟戒了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
41 applied Tz2zXA     
adj.应用的;v.应用,适用
参考例句:
  • She plans to take a course in applied linguistics.她打算学习应用语言学课程。
  • This cream is best applied to the face at night.这种乳霜最好晚上擦脸用。
42 backwards BP9ya     
adv.往回地,向原处,倒,相反,前后倒置地
参考例句:
  • He turned on the light and began to pace backwards and forwards.他打开电灯并开始走来走去。
  • All the girls fell over backwards to get the party ready.姑娘们迫不及待地为聚会做准备。
43 interspersed c7b23dadfc0bbd920c645320dfc91f93     
adj.[医]散开的;点缀的v.intersperse的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • Lectures will be interspersed with practical demonstrations. 讲课中将不时插入实际示范。
  • The grass was interspersed with beds of flowers. 草地上点缀着许多花坛。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
44 affected TzUzg0     
adj.不自然的,假装的
参考例句:
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假装对我们的课题感到兴趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的态度不自然。
45 agitate aNtzi     
vi.(for,against)煽动,鼓动;vt.搅动
参考例句:
  • They sent agents to agitate the local people.他们派遣情报人员煽动当地的民众。
  • All you need to do is gently agitate the water with a finger or paintbrush.你只需要用手指或刷子轻轻地搅动水。
46 entreat soexj     
v.恳求,恳请
参考例句:
  • Charles Darnay felt it hopeless entreat him further,and his pride was touched besides.查尔斯-达尔内感到再恳求他已是枉然,自尊心也受到了伤害。
  • I entreat you to contribute generously to the building fund.我恳求您慷慨捐助建设基金。
47 soothingly soothingly     
adv.抚慰地,安慰地;镇痛地
参考例句:
  • The mother talked soothingly to her child. 母亲对自己的孩子安慰地说。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He continued to talk quietly and soothingly to the girl until her frightened grip on his arm was relaxed. 他继续柔声安慰那姑娘,她那因恐惧而紧抓住他的手终于放松了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
48 hysterical 7qUzmE     
adj.情绪异常激动的,歇斯底里般的
参考例句:
  • He is hysterical at the sight of the photo.他一看到那张照片就异常激动。
  • His hysterical laughter made everybody stunned.他那歇斯底里的笑声使所有的人不知所措。
49 poetic b2PzT     
adj.富有诗意的,有诗人气质的,善于抒情的
参考例句:
  • His poetic idiom is stamped with expressions describing group feeling and thought.他的诗中的措辞往往带有描写群体感情和思想的印记。
  • His poetic novels have gone through three different historical stages.他的诗情小说创作经历了三个不同的历史阶段。
50 agitated dzgzc2     
adj.被鼓动的,不安的
参考例句:
  • His answers were all mixed up,so agitated was he.他是那样心神不定,回答全乱了。
  • She was agitated because her train was an hour late.她乘坐的火车晚点一个小时,她十分焦虑。
51 proceedings Wk2zvX     
n.进程,过程,议程;诉讼(程序);公报
参考例句:
  • He was released on bail pending committal proceedings. 他交保获释正在候审。
  • to initiate legal proceedings against sb 对某人提起诉讼
52 delicacy mxuxS     
n.精致,细微,微妙,精良;美味,佳肴
参考例句:
  • We admired the delicacy of the craftsmanship.我们佩服工艺师精巧的手艺。
  • He sensed the delicacy of the situation.他感觉到了形势的微妙。
53 subscribe 6Hozu     
vi.(to)订阅,订购;同意;vt.捐助,赞助
参考例句:
  • I heartily subscribe to that sentiment.我十分赞同那个观点。
  • The magazine is trying to get more readers to subscribe.该杂志正大力发展新订户。
54 steadily Qukw6     
adv.稳定地;不变地;持续地
参考例句:
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
55 quailed 6b883b0b92140de4bde03901043d6acd     
害怕,发抖,畏缩( quail的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • I quailed at the danger. 我一遇到危险,心里就发毛。
  • His heart quailed before the enormous pyramidal shape. 面对这金字塔般的庞然大物,他的心不由得一阵畏缩。 来自英汉文学
56 justified 7pSzrk     
a.正当的,有理的
参考例句:
  • She felt fully justified in asking for her money back. 她认为有充分的理由要求退款。
  • The prisoner has certainly justified his claims by his actions. 那个囚犯确实已用自己的行动表明他的要求是正当的。
57 torpor CGsyG     
n.迟钝;麻木;(动物的)冬眠
参考例句:
  • The sick person gradually falls into a torpor.病人逐渐变得迟钝。
  • He fell into a deep torpor.他一下子进入了深度麻痹状态。
58 inoculated 6f20d8c4f94d9061a1b3ff05ba9dcd4a     
v.给…做预防注射( inoculate的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • A pedigree pup should have been inoculated against serious diseases before it's sold. 纯种狗应该在出售前注射预防严重疾病的针。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Disease can be spread by dirty tools, insects, inoculated soil. 疾病也能由不干净的工具,昆虫,接种的土壤传播。 来自辞典例句
59 sequestered 0ceab16bc48aa9b4ed97d60eeed591f8     
adj.扣押的;隐退的;幽静的;偏僻的v.使隔绝,使隔离( sequester的过去式和过去分词 );扣押
参考例句:
  • The jury is expected to be sequestered for at least two months. 陪审团渴望被隔离至少两个月。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Everything he owned was sequestered. 他的一切都被扣押了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
60 footpaths 2a6c5fa59af0a7a24f5efa7b54fdea5b     
人行小径,人行道( footpath的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • There are a lot of winding footpaths in the col. 山坳里尽是些曲曲弯弯的羊肠小道。
  • There are many footpaths that wind through the village. 有许多小径穿过村子。
61 delightful 6xzxT     
adj.令人高兴的,使人快乐的
参考例句:
  • We had a delightful time by the seashore last Sunday.上星期天我们在海滨玩得真痛快。
  • Peter played a delightful melody on his flute.彼得用笛子吹奏了一支欢快的曲子。
62 bent QQ8yD     
n.爱好,癖好;adj.弯的;决心的,一心的
参考例句:
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
63 perfectly 8Mzxb     
adv.完美地,无可非议地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
64 mingling b387131b4ffa62204a89fca1610062f3     
adj.混合的
参考例句:
  • There was a spring of bitterness mingling with that fountain of sweets. 在这个甜蜜的源泉中间,已经掺和进苦涩的山水了。
  • The mingling of inconsequence belongs to us all. 这场矛盾混和物是我们大家所共有的。
65 zealous 0MOzS     
adj.狂热的,热心的
参考例句:
  • She made zealous efforts to clean up the classroom.她非常热心地努力清扫教室。
  • She is a zealous supporter of our cause.她是我们事业的热心支持者。
66 devoted xu9zka     
adj.忠诚的,忠实的,热心的,献身于...的
参考例句:
  • He devoted his life to the educational cause of the motherland.他为祖国的教育事业贡献了一生。
  • We devoted a lengthy and full discussion to this topic.我们对这个题目进行了长时间的充分讨论。
67 attachment POpy1     
n.附属物,附件;依恋;依附
参考例句:
  • She has a great attachment to her sister.她十分依恋她的姐姐。
  • She's on attachment to the Ministry of Defense.她现在隶属于国防部。
68 divers hu9z23     
adj.不同的;种种的
参考例句:
  • He chose divers of them,who were asked to accompany him.他选择他们当中的几个人,要他们和他作伴。
  • Two divers work together while a standby diver remains on the surface.两名潜水员协同工作,同时有一名候补潜水员留在水面上。
69 diffusion dl4zm     
n.流布;普及;散漫
参考例句:
  • The invention of printing helped the diffusion of learning.印刷术的发明有助于知识的传播。
  • The effect of the diffusion capacitance can be troublesome.扩散电容会引起麻烦。
70 brass DWbzI     
n.黄铜;黄铜器,铜管乐器
参考例句:
  • Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.许多工人都在工厂铜管乐队中演奏。
  • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黄铜是通过铜和锌的熔合而成的。
71 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
72 thereby Sokwv     
adv.因此,从而
参考例句:
  • I have never been to that city,,ereby I don't know much about it.我从未去过那座城市,因此对它不怎么熟悉。
  • He became a British citizen,thereby gaining the right to vote.他成了英国公民,因而得到了投票权。
73 noted 5n4zXc     
adj.著名的,知名的
参考例句:
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.当地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著称。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班迟到出了名。
74 refreshment RUIxP     
n.恢复,精神爽快,提神之事物;(复数)refreshments:点心,茶点
参考例句:
  • He needs to stop fairly often for refreshment.他须时不时地停下来喘口气。
  • A hot bath is a great refreshment after a day's work.在一天工作之后洗个热水澡真是舒畅。
75 majestic GAZxK     
adj.雄伟的,壮丽的,庄严的,威严的,崇高的
参考例句:
  • In the distance rose the majestic Alps.远处耸立着雄伟的阿尔卑斯山。
  • He looks majestic in uniform.他穿上军装显得很威风。
76 flannel S7dyQ     
n.法兰绒;法兰绒衣服
参考例句:
  • She always wears a grey flannel trousers.她总是穿一条灰色法兰绒长裤。
  • She was looking luscious in a flannel shirt.她穿着法兰绒裙子,看上去楚楚动人。
77 stout PGuzF     
adj.强壮的,粗大的,结实的,勇猛的,矮胖的
参考例句:
  • He cut a stout stick to help him walk.他砍了一根结实的枝条用来拄着走路。
  • The stout old man waddled across the road.那肥胖的老人一跩一跩地穿过马路。
78 inflated Mqwz2K     
adj.(价格)飞涨的;(通货)膨胀的;言过其实的;充了气的v.使充气(于轮胎、气球等)( inflate的过去式和过去分词 );(使)膨胀;(使)通货膨胀;物价上涨
参考例句:
  • He has an inflated sense of his own importance. 他自视过高。
  • They all seem to take an inflated view of their collective identity. 他们对自己的集体身份似乎都持有一种夸大的看法。 来自《简明英汉词典》
79 notch P58zb     
n.(V字形)槽口,缺口,等级
参考例句:
  • The peanuts they grow are top-notch.他们种的花生是拔尖的。
  • He cut a notch in the stick with a sharp knife.他用利刃在棒上刻了一个凹痕。
80 patronage MSLzq     
n.赞助,支援,援助;光顾,捧场
参考例句:
  • Though it was not yet noon,there was considerable patronage.虽然时间未到中午,店中已有许多顾客惠顾。
  • I am sorry to say that my patronage ends with this.很抱歉,我的赞助只能到此为止。
81 intimacy z4Vxx     
n.熟悉,亲密,密切关系,亲昵的言行
参考例句:
  • His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他声称自己与总统关系密切,这有点言过其实。
  • I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有个关于亲密的规则。
82 benevolence gt8zx     
n.慈悲,捐助
参考例句:
  • We definitely do not apply a policy of benevolence to the reactionaries.我们对反动派决不施仁政。
  • He did it out of pure benevolence. 他做那件事完全出于善意。
83 versed bffzYC     
adj. 精通,熟练
参考例句:
  • He is well versed in history.他精通历史。
  • He versed himself in European literature. 他精通欧洲文学。
84 distinguished wu9z3v     
adj.卓越的,杰出的,著名的
参考例句:
  • Elephants are distinguished from other animals by their long noses.大象以其长长的鼻子显示出与其他动物的不同。
  • A banquet was given in honor of the distinguished guests.宴会是为了向贵宾们致敬而举行的。
85 fixed JsKzzj     
adj.固定的,不变的,准备好的;(计算机)固定的
参考例句:
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
86 bowler fxLzew     
n.打保龄球的人,(板球的)投(球)手
参考例句:
  • The bowler judged it well,timing the ball to perfection.投球手判断准确,对球速的掌握恰到好处。
  • The captain decided to take Snow off and try a slower bowler.队长决定把斯诺撤下,换一个动作慢一点的投球手试一试。
87 stump hGbzY     
n.残株,烟蒂,讲演台;v.砍断,蹒跚而走
参考例句:
  • He went on the stump in his home state.他到故乡所在的州去发表演说。
  • He used the stump as a table.他把树桩用作桌子。
88 scouts e6d47327278af4317aaf05d42afdbe25     
侦察员[机,舰]( scout的名词复数 ); 童子军; 搜索; 童子军成员
参考例句:
  • to join the Scouts 参加童子军
  • The scouts paired off and began to patrol the area. 巡逻人员两个一组,然后开始巡逻这个地区。
89 laurels 0pSzBr     
n.桂冠,荣誉
参考例句:
  • The path was lined with laurels.小路两旁都种有月桂树。
  • He reaped the laurels in the finals.他在决赛中荣膺冠军。
90 bowlers 8afd82a20bf3ad75498e172fbc84a860     
n.(板球)投球手( bowler的名词复数 );圆顶高帽
参考例句:
  • Many London businessmen wear bowlers. 伦敦的许多商人戴常礼帽。 来自辞典例句
  • In America in the 1800s, bowlers began betting money on games. 19世纪在美国,保龄球员们开始在游戏上赌钱。 来自互联网
91 writhed 7985cffe92f87216940f2d01877abcf6     
(因极度痛苦而)扭动或翻滚( writhe的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • He writhed at the memory, revolted with himself for that temporary weakness. 他一想起来就痛悔不已,只恨自己当一时糊涂。
  • The insect, writhed, and lay prostrate again. 昆虫折腾了几下,重又直挺挺地倒了下去。
92 stumped bf2a34ab92a06b6878a74288580b8031     
僵直地行走,跺步行走( stump的过去式和过去分词 ); 把(某人)难住; 使为难; (选举前)在某一地区作政治性巡回演说
参考例句:
  • Jack huffed himself up and stumped out of the room. 杰克气喘吁吁地干完活,然后很艰难地走出房间。
  • He was stumped by the questions and remained tongue-tied for a good while. 他被问得张口结舌,半天说不出话来。
93 notched ZHKx9     
a.有凹口的,有缺口的
参考例句:
  • Torino notched up a 2-1 win at Lazio. 都灵队以2 比1 赢了拉齐奧队。
  • He notched up ten points in the first five minutes of the game. 他在比赛开始后的五分钟里得了十分。
94 loquacity 5b29ac87968845fdf1d5affa34596db3     
n.多话,饶舌
参考例句:
  • I was victimized the whole evening by his loquacity. 整个晚上我都被他的吵嚷不休所困扰。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • The nervous loquacity and opinionation of the Zenith Athletic Club dropped from them. 泽尼斯运动俱乐部里的那种神经质的健谈和自以为是的态度从他们身上消失了。 来自辞典例句
95 blisters 8df7f04e28aff1a621b60569ee816a0f     
n.水疱( blister的名词复数 );水肿;气泡
参考例句:
  • My new shoes have made blisters on my heels. 我的新鞋把我的脚跟磨起泡了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • His new shoes raised blisters on his feet. 他的新鞋把他的脚磨起了水疱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
96 scorched a5fdd52977662c80951e2b41c31587a0     
烧焦,烤焦( scorch的过去式和过去分词 ); 使(植物)枯萎,把…晒枯; 高速行驶; 枯焦
参考例句:
  • I scorched my dress when I was ironing it. 我把自己的连衣裙熨焦了。
  • The hot iron scorched the tablecloth. 热熨斗把桌布烫焦了。
97 jug QaNzK     
n.(有柄,小口,可盛水等的)大壶,罐,盂
参考例句:
  • He walked along with a jug poised on his head.他头上顶着一个水罐,保持着平衡往前走。
  • She filled the jug with fresh water.她将水壶注满了清水。
98 imbibe Fy9yO     
v.喝,饮;吸入,吸收
参考例句:
  • Plants imbibe nourishment usually through their leaves and roots.植物通常经过叶和根吸收养分。
  • I always imbibe fresh air in the woods.我经常在树林里呼吸新鲜空气。
99 jingle RaizA     
n.叮当声,韵律简单的诗句;v.使叮当作响,叮当响,押韵
参考例句:
  • The key fell on the ground with a jingle.钥匙叮当落地。
  • The knives and forks set up their regular jingle.刀叉发出常有的叮当声。
100 versatile 4Lbzl     
adj.通用的,万用的;多才多艺的,多方面的
参考例句:
  • A versatile person is often good at a number of different things.多才多艺的人通常擅长许多种不同的事情。
  • He had been one of the game's most versatile athletes.他是这项运动中技术最全面的运动员之一。
101 acting czRzoc     
n.演戏,行为,假装;adj.代理的,临时的,演出用的
参考例句:
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
102 vice NU0zQ     
n.坏事;恶习;[pl.]台钳,老虎钳;adj.副的
参考例句:
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
103 rattling 7b0e25ab43c3cc912945aafbb80e7dfd     
adj. 格格作响的, 活泼的, 很好的 adv. 极其, 很, 非常 动词rattle的现在分词
参考例句:
  • This book is a rattling good read. 这是一本非常好的读物。
  • At that same instant,a deafening explosion set the windows rattling. 正在这时,一声震耳欲聋的爆炸突然袭来,把窗玻璃震得当当地响。
104 disappearance ouEx5     
n.消失,消散,失踪
参考例句:
  • He was hard put to it to explain her disappearance.他难以说明她为什么不见了。
  • Her disappearance gave rise to the wildest rumours.她失踪一事引起了各种流言蜚语。
105 viands viands     
n.食品,食物
参考例句:
  • Greek slaves supplied them with exquisite viands at the slightest nod.只要他们轻轻点点头希腊奴隶就会供奉给他们精美的食品。
  • The family sat down to table,and a frugal meal of cold viands was deposited beforethem.一家老少,都围着桌子坐下,几样简单的冷食,摆在他们面前。
106 emolument opFxm     
n.报酬,薪水
参考例句:
  • The emolument of this profession is not satisfactory.此行业的报酬不令人满意。
  • Emolument management occupies a significant part in HR.薪酬管理在人力资源管理活动中占据重要的地位。
107 contrive GpqzY     
vt.谋划,策划;设法做到;设计,想出
参考例句:
  • Can you contrive to be here a little earlier?你能不能早一点来?
  • How could you contrive to make such a mess of things?你怎么把事情弄得一团糟呢?
108 contemplated d22c67116b8d5696b30f6705862b0688     
adj. 预期的 动词contemplate的过去分词形式
参考例句:
  • The doctor contemplated the difficult operation he had to perform. 医生仔细地考虑他所要做的棘手的手术。
  • The government has contemplated reforming the entire tax system. 政府打算改革整个税收体制。
109 grandeur hejz9     
n.伟大,崇高,宏伟,庄严,豪华
参考例句:
  • The grandeur of the Great Wall is unmatched.长城的壮观是独一无二的。
  • These ruins sufficiently attest the former grandeur of the place.这些遗迹充分证明此处昔日的宏伟。
110 staple fGkze     
n.主要产物,常用品,主要要素,原料,订书钉,钩环;adj.主要的,重要的;vt.分类
参考例句:
  • Tea is the staple crop here.本地产品以茶叶为大宗。
  • Potatoes are the staple of their diet.土豆是他们的主要食品。
111 worthy vftwB     
adj.(of)值得的,配得上的;有价值的
参考例句:
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。
112 covet 8oLz0     
vt.垂涎;贪图(尤指属于他人的东西)
参考例句:
  • We do not covet anything from any nation.我们不觊觎任何国家的任何东西。
  • Many large companies covet these low-cost acquisition of troubled small companies.许多大公司都觊觎低价收购这些陷入困境的小公司。
113 misgiving tDbxN     
n.疑虑,担忧,害怕
参考例句:
  • She had some misgivings about what she was about to do.她对自己即将要做的事情存有一些顾虑。
  • The first words of the text filled us with misgiving.正文开头的文字让我们颇为担心。
114 thumping hgUzBs     
adj.重大的,巨大的;重击的;尺码大的;极好的adv.极端地;非常地v.重击(thump的现在分词);狠打;怦怦地跳;全力支持
参考例句:
  • Her heart was thumping with emotion. 她激动得心怦怦直跳。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • He was thumping the keys of the piano. 他用力弹钢琴。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
115 immortality hkuys     
n.不死,不朽
参考例句:
  • belief in the immortality of the soul 灵魂不灭的信念
  • It was like having immortality while you were still alive. 仿佛是当你仍然活着的时候就得到了永生。
116 eloquence 6mVyM     
n.雄辩;口才,修辞
参考例句:
  • I am afraid my eloquence did not avail against the facts.恐怕我的雄辩也无补于事实了。
  • The people were charmed by his eloquence.人们被他的口才迷住了。
117 dint plVza     
n.由于,靠;凹坑
参考例句:
  • He succeeded by dint of hard work.他靠苦干获得成功。
  • He reached the top by dint of great effort.他费了很大的劲终于爬到了顶。
118 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
119 intervals f46c9d8b430e8c86dea610ec56b7cbef     
n.[军事]间隔( interval的名词复数 );间隔时间;[数学]区间;(戏剧、电影或音乐会的)幕间休息
参考例句:
  • The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. 预报间晴,有阵雨。
  • Meetings take place at fortnightly intervals. 每两周开一次会。
120 mere rC1xE     
adj.纯粹的;仅仅,只不过
参考例句:
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
121 conjecture 3p8z4     
n./v.推测,猜测
参考例句:
  • She felt it no use to conjecture his motives.她觉得猜想他的动机是没有用的。
  • This conjecture is not supported by any real evidence.这种推测未被任何确切的证据所证实。
122 speculations da17a00acfa088f5ac0adab7a30990eb     
n.投机买卖( speculation的名词复数 );思考;投机活动;推断
参考例句:
  • Your speculations were all quite close to the truth. 你的揣测都很接近于事实。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • This possibility gives rise to interesting speculations. 这种可能性引起了有趣的推测。 来自《用法词典》
123 worthies 5d51be96060a6f2400cd46c3e32cd8ab     
应得某事物( worthy的名词复数 ); 值得做某事; 可尊敬的; 有(某人或事物)的典型特征
参考例句:
  • The world is peopled with worthies, and workers, useful and clever. 世界上住着高尚的人,劳动的人,有用又聪明。
  • The former worthies have left us a rich cultural heritage. 前贤给我们留下了丰富的文化遗产。


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