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Chapter 8

STRONGLY ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE POSITION,THAT THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE IS NOT ARAILWAYhe quiet seclusion1 of Dingley Dell, the presence of so manyof the gentler sex, and the solicitude2 and anxiety theyevinced in his behalf, were all favourable3 to the growthand development of those softer feelings which nature hadimplanted deep in the bosom4 of Mr. Tracy Tupman, and whichnow appeared destined5 to centre in one lovely object. The youngladies were pretty, their manners winning, their dispositionsunexceptionable; but there was a dignity in the air, a touch-me-not-ishness in the walk, a majesty6 in the eye, of the spinster aunt,to which, at their time of life, they could lay no claim, whichdistinguished her from any female on whom Mr. Tupman had evergazed. That there was something kindred in their nature,something congenial in their souls, something mysteriouslysympathetic in their bosoms7, was evident. Her name was the firstthat rose to Mr. Tupman’s lips as he lay wounded on the grass;and her hysteric laughter was the first sound that fell upon his earwhen he was supported to the house. But had her agitation8 arisenfrom an amiable9 and feminine sensibility which would have beenequally irrepressible in any case; or had it been called forth10 by amore ardent11 and passionate12 feeling, which he, of all men living,could alone awaken13? These were the doubts which racked hisbrain as he lay extended on the sofa; these were the doubts whichhe determined14 should be at once and for ever resolved.

  It was evening. Isabella and Emily had strolled out with Mr.

  Trundle; the deaf old lady had fallen asleep in her chair; thesnoring of the fat boy, penetrated15 in a low and monotonous16 soundfrom the distant kitchen; the buxom17 servants were lounging at theside door, enjoying the pleasantness of the hour, and the delightsof a flirtation18, on first principles, with certain unwieldy animalsattached to the farm; and there sat the interesting pair, uncaredfor by all, caring for none, and dreaming only of themselves; therethey sat, in short, like a pair of carefully-folded kid gloves―boundup in each other.

  ‘I have forgotten my flowers,’ said the spinster aunt.

  ‘Water them now,’ said Mr. Tupman, in accents of persuasion19.

  ‘You will take cold in the evening air,’ urged the spinster auntaffectionately.

  ‘No, no,’ said Mr. Tupman, rising; ‘it will do me good. Let meaccompany you.’

  The lady paused to adjust the sling20 in which the left arm of theyouth was placed, and taking his right arm led him to the garden.

  There was a bower21 at the farther end, with honeysuckle,jessamine, and creeping plants―one of those sweet retreats whichhumane men erect22 for the accommodation of spiders.

  The spinster aunt took up a large watering-pot which lay in onecorner, and was about to leave the arbour. Mr. Tupman detainedher, and drew her to a seat beside him.

  ‘Miss Wardle!’ said he. The spinster aunt trembled, till somepebbles which had accidentally found their way into the largewatering-pot shook like an infant’s rattle23.

  ‘Miss Wardle,’ said Mr. Tupman, ‘you are an angel.’

  ‘Mr. Tupman!’ exclaimed Rachael, blushing as red as thewatering-pot itself.

  ‘Nay,’ said the eloquent24 Pickwickian―‘I know it but too well.’

  ‘All women are angels, they say,’ murmured the lady playfully.

  ‘Then what can you be; or to what, without presumption25, can Icompare you?’ replied Mr. Tupman. ‘Where was the woman everseen who resembled you? Where else could I hope to find so rare acombination of excellence26 and beauty? Where else could I seekto―Oh!’ Here Mr. Tupman paused, and pressed the hand whichclasped the handle of the happy watering-pot.

  The lady turned aside her head. ‘Men are such deceivers,’ shesoftly whispered.

  ‘They are, they are,’ ejaculated Mr. Tupman; ‘but not all men.

  There lives at least one being who can never change―one beingwho would be content to devote his whole existence to yourhappiness―who lives but in your eyes―who breathes but in yoursmiles―who bears the heavy burden of life itself only for you.’

  ‘Could such an individual be found―’ said the lady.

  ‘But he can be found,’ said the ardent Mr. Tupman, interposing.

  ‘He is found. He is here, Miss Wardle.’ And ere the lady was awareof his intention, Mr. Tupman had sunk upon his knees at her feet.

  ‘Mr. Tupman, rise,’ said Rachael.

  ‘Never!’ was the valorous reply. ‘Oh, Rachael!’ He seized herpassive hand, and the watering-pot fell to the ground as hepressed it to his lips.―‘Oh, Rachael! say you love me.’

  ‘Mr. Tupman,’ said the spinster aunt, with averted27 head, ‘I canhardly speak the words; but―but―you are not wholly indifferentto me.’

  Mr. Tupman no sooner heard this avowal28, than he proceeded todo what his enthusiastic emotions prompted, and what, for aughtwe know (for we are but little acquainted with such matters),people so circumstanced always do. He jumped up, and, throwinghis arm round the neck of the spinster aunt, imprinted29 upon herlips numerous kisses, which after a due show of struggling andresistance, she received so passively, that there is no telling howmany more Mr. Tupman might have bestowed30, if the lady had notgiven a very unaffected start, and exclaimed in an affrightedtone―‘Mr. Tupman, we are observed!―we are discovered!’

  Mr. Tupman looked round. There was the fat boy, perfectlymotionless, with his large circular eyes staring into the arbour, butwithout the slightest expression on his face that the most expertphysiognomist could have referred to astonishment32, curiosity, orany other known passion that agitates33 the human breast. Mr.

  Tupman gazed on the fat boy, and the fat boy stared at him; andthe longer Mr. Tupman observed the utter vacancy34 of the fat boy’scountenance, the more convinced he became that he either did notknow, or did not understand, anything that had been goingforward. Under this impression, he said with great firmness―‘What do you want here, sir?’

  ‘Supper’s ready, sir,’ was the prompt reply.

  ‘Have you just come here, sir?’ inquired Mr. Tupman, with apiercing look.

  ‘Just,’ replied the fat boy.

  Mr. Tupman looked at him very hard again; but there was not awink in his eye, or a curve in his face.

  Mr. Tupman took the arm of the spinster aunt, and walkedtowards the house; the fat boy followed behind.

  ‘He knows nothing of what has happened,’ he whispered.

  ‘Nothing,’ said the spinster aunt.

  There was a sound behind them, as of an imperfectlysuppressed chuckle35. Mr. Tupman turned sharply round. No; itcould not have been the fat boy; there was not a gleam of mirth, oranything but feeding in his whole visage.

  ‘He must have been fast asleep,’ whispered Mr. Tupman.

  ‘I have not the least doubt of it,’ replied the spinster aunt.

  They both laughed heartily36.

  Mr, Tupman was wrong. The fat boy, for once, had not beenfast asleep. He was awake―wide awake―to what had been goingforward.

  The supper passed off without any attempt at a generalconversation. The old lady had gone to bed; Isabella Wardledevoted herself exclusively to Mr. Trundle; the spinster’sattentions were reserved for Mr. Tupman; and Emily’s thoughtsappeared to be engrossed37 by some distant object―possibly theywere with the absent Snodgrass.

  Eleven―twelve―one o’clock had struck, and the gentlemenhad not arrived. Consternation38 sat on every face. Could they havebeen waylaid39 and robbed? Should they send men and lanterns inevery direction by which they could be supposed likely to havetravelled home? or should they―Hark! there they were. Whatcould have made them so late? A strange voice, too! To whomcould it belong? They rushed into the kitchen, whither the truantshad repaired, and at once obtained rather more than a glimmeringof the real state of the case.

  Mr. Pickwick, with his hands in his pockets and his hat cockedcompletely over his left eye, was leaning against the dresser,shaking his head from side to side, and producing a constantsuccession of the blandest40 and most benevolent41 smiles withoutbeing moved thereunto by any discernible cause or pretencewhatsoever; old Mr. Wardle, with a highly-inflamed countenance,was grasping the hand of a strange gentleman mutteringprotestations of eternal friendship; Mr. Winkle, supporting himselfby the eight-day clock, was feebly invoking42 destruction upon thehead of any member of the family who should suggest thepropriety of his retiring for the night; and Mr. Snodgrass had sunkinto a chair, with an expression of the most abject43 and hopelessmisery that the human mind can imagine, portrayed44 in everylineament of his expressive45 face.

  ‘Is anything the matter?’ inquired the three ladies.

  ‘Nothing the matter,’ replied Mr. Pickwick. ‘We―we’re―allright.―I say, Wardle, we’re all right, ain’t we?’

  ‘I should think so,’ replied the jolly host.―‘My dears, here’s myfriend Mr. Jingle46―Mr. Pickwick’s friend, Mr. Jingle, come ’pon―little visit.’

  ‘Is anything the matter with Mr. Snodgrass, sir?’ inquiredEmily, with great anxiety.

  ‘Nothing the matter, ma’am,’ replied the stranger. ‘Cricketdinner―glorious party―capital songs―old port―claret―good―very good―wine, ma’am―wine.’

  ‘It wasn’t the wine,’ murmured Mr. Snodgrass, in a brokenvoice. ‘It was the salmon47.’ (Somehow or other, it never is the wine,in these cases.)‘Hadn’t they better go to bed, ma’am?’ inquired Emma. ‘Two ofthe boys will carry the gentlemen upstairs.’

  ‘I won’t go to bed,’ said Mr. Winkle firmly.

  ‘No living boy shall carry me,’ said Mr. Pickwick stoutly48; and hewent on smiling as before. ‘Hurrah!’ gasped50 Mr. Winkle faintly.

  ‘Hurrah!’ echoed Mr. Pickwick, taking off his hat and dashing iton the floor, and insanely casting his spectacles into the middle ofthe kitchen. At this humorous feat51 he laughed outright52.

  ‘Let’s―have―’nother―bottle,’ cried Mr. Winkle, commencingin a very loud key, and ending in a very faint one. His headdropped upon his breast; and, muttering his invincibledetermination not to go to his bed, and a sanguinary regret that hehad not ‘done for old Tupman’ in the morning, he fell fast asleep;in which condition he was borne to his apartment by two younggiants under the personal superintendence of the fat boy, to whoseprotecting care Mr. Snodgrass shortly afterwards confided53 his ownperson, Mr. Pickwick accepted the proffered54 arm of Mr. Tupmanand quietly disappeared, smiling more than ever; and Mr. Wardle,after taking as affectionate a leave of the whole family as if he wereordered for immediate55 execution, consigned56 to Mr. Trundle thehonour of conveying him upstairs, and retired57, with a very futileattempt to look impressively solemn and dignified58. ‘What ashocking scene!’ said the spinster aunt.

  ‘Dis-gusting!’ ejaculated both the young ladies.

  ‘Dreadful―dreadful!’ said Jingle, looking very grave: he wasabout a bottle and a half ahead of any of his companions. ‘Horridspectacle―very!’

  ‘What a nice man!’ whispered the spinster aunt to Mr. Tupman.

  ‘Good-looking, too!’ whispered Emily Wardle.

  ‘Oh, decidedly,’ observed the spinster aunt.

  Mr. Tupman thought of the widow at Rochester, and his mindwas troubled. The succeeding half-hour’s conversation was not ofa nature to calm his perturbed60 spirit. The new visitor was verytalkative, and the number of his anecdotes61 was only to beexceeded by the extent of his politeness. Mr. Tupman felt that asJingle’s popularity increased, he (Tupman) retired further into theshade. His laughter was forced―his merriment feigned62; and whenat last he laid his aching temples between the sheets, he thought,with horrid59 delight, on the satisfaction it would afford him to haveJingle’s head at that moment between the feather bed and themattress.

  The indefatigable63 stranger rose betimes next morning, and,although his companions remained in bed overpowered with thedissipation of the previous night, exerted himself most successfullyto promote the hilarity64 of the breakfast-table. So successful werehis efforts, that even the deaf old lady insisted on having one ortwo of his best jokes retailed65 through the trumpet66; and even shecondescended to observe to the spinster aunt, that ‘He’ (meaningJingle) ‘was an impudent67 young fellow:’ a sentiment in which allher relations then and there present thoroughly68 coincided.

  It was the old lady’s habit on the fine summer mornings torepair to the arbour in which Mr. Tupman had already signalisedhimself, in form and manner following: first, the fat boy fetchedfrom a peg69 behind the old lady’s bedroom door, a close black satinbonnet, a warm cotton shawl, and a thick stick with a capacioushandle; and the old lady, having put on the bonnet70 and shawl ather leisure, would lean one hand on the stick and the other on thefat boy’s shoulder, and walk leisurely71 to the arbour, where the fatboy would leave her to enjoy the fresh air for the space of half anhour; at the expiration72 of which time he would return andreconduct her to the house.

  The old lady was very precise and very particular; and as thisceremony had been observed for three successive summerswithout the slightest deviation73 from the accustomed form, she wasnot a little surprised on this particular morning to see the fat boy,instead of leaving the arbour, walk a few paces out of it, lookcarefully round him in every direction, and return towards herwith great stealth and an air of the most profound mystery.

  The old lady was timorous―most old ladies are―and her firstimpression was that the bloated lad was about to do her somegrievous bodily harm with the view of possessing himself of herloose coin. She would have cried for assistance, but age andinfirmity had long ago deprived her of the power of screaming;she, therefore, watched his motions with feelings of intense horrorwhich were in no degree diminished by his coming close up to her,and shouting in her ear in an agitated74, and as it seemed to her, athreatening tone―‘Missus!’

  Now it so happened that Mr. Jingle was walking in the gardenclose to the arbour at that moment. He too heard the shouts of‘Missus,’ and stopped to hear more. There were three reasons forhis doing so. In the first place, he was idle and curious; secondly,he was by no means scrupulous75; thirdly, and lastly, he wasconcealed from view by some flowering shrubs76. So there he stood,and there he listened.

  ‘Missus!’ shouted the fat boy.

  ‘Well, Joe,’ said the trembling old lady. ‘I’m sure I have been agood mistress to you, Joe. You have invariably been treated verykindly. You have never had too much to do; and you have alwayshad enough to eat.’

  This last was an appeal to the fat boy’s most sensitive feelings.

  He seemed touched, as he replied emphatically―‘I knows I has.’

  ‘Then what can you want to do now?’ said the old lady, gainingcourage.

  ‘I wants to make your flesh creep,’ replied the boy.

  This sounded like a very bloodthirsty mode of showing one’sgratitude; and as the old lady did not precisely78 understand theprocess by which such a result was to be attained79, all her formerhorrors returned.

  ‘What do you think I see in this very arbour last night?’

  inquired the boy.

  ‘Bless us! What?’ exclaimed the old lady, alarmed at the solemnmanner of the corpulent youth.

  ‘The strange gentleman―him as had his arm hurt―a-kissin’

  and huggin’―’

  ‘Who, Joe? None of the servants, I hope.’

  ‘Worser than that,’ roared the fat boy, in the old lady’s ear.

  ‘Not one of my grandda’aters?’

  ‘Worser than that.’

  ‘Worse than that, Joe!’ said the old lady, who had thought thisthe extreme limit of human atrocity80. ‘Who was it, Joe? I insistupon knowing.’

  The fat boy looked cautiously round, and having concluded hissurvey, shouted in the old lady’s ear―‘Miss Rachael.’

  ‘What!’ said the old lady, in a shrill81 tone. ‘Speak louder.’

  ‘Miss Rachael,’ roared the fat boy.

  ‘My da’ater!’

  The train of nods which the fat boy gave by way of assent,communicated a blanc-mange like motion to his fat cheeks.

  ‘And she suffered him!’ exclaimed the old lady. A grin stole overthe fat boy’s features as he said―‘I see her a-kissin’ of him agin.’

  If Mr. Jingle, from his place of concealment82, could have beheldthe expression which the old lady’s face assumed at thiscommunication, the probability is that a sudden burst of laughterwould have betrayed his close vicinity to the summer-house. Helistened attentively83. Fragments of angry sentences such as,‘Without my permission!’―‘At her time of life’―‘Miserable old’ooman like me’―‘Might have waited till I was dead,’ and so forth,reached his ears; and then he heard the heels of the fat boy’s bootscrunching the gravel84, as he retired and left the old lady alone.

  It was a remarkable85 coincidence perhaps, but it wasnevertheless a fact, that Mr. Jingle within five minutes of hisarrival at Manor86 Farm on the preceding night, had inwardlyresolved to lay siege to the heart of the spinster aunt, withoutdelay. He had observation enough to see, that his off-hand mannerwas by no means disagreeable to the fair object of his attack; andhe had more than a strong suspicion that she possessed87 that mostdesirable of all requisites88, a small independence. The imperativenecessity of ousting89 his rival by some means or other, flashedquickly upon him, and he immediately resolved to adopt certainproceedings tending to that end and object, without a moment’sdelay. Fielding tells us that man is fire, and woman tow, and thePrince of Darkness sets a light to ’em. Mr. Jingle knew that youngmen, to spinster aunts, are as lighted gas to gunpowder90, and hedetermined to essay the effect of an explosion without loss of time.

  Full of reflections upon this important decision, he crept fromhis place of concealment, and, under cover of the shrubs beforementioned, approached the house. Fortune seemed determined tofavour his design. Mr. Tupman and the rest of the gentlemen leftthe garden by the side gate just as he obtained a view of it; and theyoung ladies, he knew, had walked out alone, soon after breakfast.

  The coast was clear.

  The breakfast-parlour door was partially91 open. He peeped in.

  The spinster aunt was knitting. He coughed; she looked up andsmiled. Hesitation92 formed no part of Mr. Alfred Jingle’s character.

  He laid his finger on his lips mysteriously, walked in, and closedthe door.

  ‘Miss Wardle,’ said Mr. Jingle, with affected31 earnestness,‘forgive intrusion―short acquaintance―no time for ceremony―alldiscovered.’

  ‘Sir!’ said the spinster aunt, rather astonished by theunexpected apparition93 and somewhat doubtful of Mr. Jingle’ssanity.

  ‘Hush!’ said Mr. Jingle, in a stage-whisper―‘Large boy―dumpling face―round eyes―rascal!’ Here he shook his headexpressively, and the spinster aunt trembled with agitation.

  ‘I presume you allude94 to Joseph, sir?’ said the lady, making aneffort to appear composed.

  ‘Yes, ma’am―damn that Joe!―treacherous dog, Joe―told theold lady―old lady furious―wild―raving―arbour―Tupman―kissing and hugging―all that sort of thing―eh, ma’am―eh?’

  ‘Mr. Jingle,’ said the spinster aunt, ‘if you come here, sir, toinsult me―’

  ‘Not at all―by no means,’ replied the unabashed Mr. Jingle―‘overheard the tale―came to warn you of your danger―tender myservices―prevent the hubbub96. Never mind―think it an insult―leave the room’―and he turned, as if to carry the threat intoexecution.

  ‘What shall I do!’ said the poor spinster, bursting into tears. ‘Mybrother will be furious.’

  ‘Of course he will,’ said Mr. Jingle pausing―‘outrageous.’

  ‘Oh, Mr. Jingle, what can I say!’ exclaimed the spinster aunt, inanother flood of despair.

  ‘Say he dreamt it,’ replied Mr. Jingle coolly.

  A ray of comfort darted97 across the mind of the spinster aunt atthis suggestion. Mr. Jingle perceived it, and followed up hisadvantage.

  ‘Pooh, pooh!―nothing more easy―blackguard boy―lovelywoman―fat boy horsewhipped―you believed―end of thematter―all comfortable.’

  Whether the probability of escaping from the consequences ofthis ill-timed discovery was delightful98 to the spinster’s feelings, orwhether the hearing herself described as a ‘lovely woman’

  softened the asperity99 of her grief, we know not. She blushedslightly, and cast a grateful look on Mr. Jingle.

  That insinuating100 gentleman sighed deeply, fixed101 his eyes on thespinster aunt’s face for a couple of minutes, startedmelodramatically, and suddenly withdrew them.

  ‘You seem unhappy, Mr. Jingle,’ said the lady, in a plaintivevoice. ‘May I show my gratitude77 for your kind interference, byinquiring into the cause, with a view, if possible, to its removal?’

  ‘Ha!’ exclaimed Mr. Jingle, with another start―‘removal!

  remove my unhappiness, and your love bestowed upon a man whois insensible to the blessing―who even now contemplates102 a designupon the affections of the niece of the creature who―but no; he ismy friend; I will not expose his vices95. Miss Wardle―farewell!’ Atthe conclusion of this address, the most consecutive103 he was everknown to utter, Mr. Jingle applied104 to his eyes the remnant of ahandkerchief before noticed, and turned towards the door.

  ‘Stay, Mr. Jingle!’ said the spinster aunt emphatically. ‘Youhave made an allusion105 to Mr. Tupman―explain it.’

  ‘Never!’ exclaimed Jingle, with a professional (i.e., theatrical)air. ‘Never!’ and, by way of showing that he had no desire to bequestioned further, he drew a chair close to that of the spinsteraunt and sat down.

  ‘Mr. Jingle,’ said the aunt, ‘I entreat―I implore106 you, if there isany dreadful mystery connected with Mr. Tupman, reveal it.’

  ‘Can I,’ said Mr. Jingle, fixing his eyes on the aunt’s face―‘can Isee―lovely creature―sacrificed at the shrine―heartless avarice107!’

  He appeared to be struggling with various conflicting emotions fora few seconds, and then said in a low voice―‘Tupman only wants your money.’

  ‘The wretch108!’ exclaimed the spinster, with energeticindignation. (Mr. Jingle’s doubts were resolved. She had money.)‘More than that,’ said Jingle―‘loves another.’

  ‘Another!’ ejaculated the spinster. ‘Who?’

  ‘Short girl―black eyes―niece Emily.’

  There was a pause.

  Now, if there was one individual in the whole world, of whomthe spinster aunt entertained a mortal and deep-rooted jealousy109, itwas this identical niece. The colour rushed over her face and neck,and she tossed her head in silence with an air of ineffablecontempt. At last, biting her thin lips, and bridling110 up, she said―‘It can’t be. I won’t believe it.’

  ‘Watch ’em,’ said Jingle.

  ‘I will,’ said the aunt.

  ‘Watch his looks.’

  ‘I will.’

  ‘His whispers.’

  ‘I will.’

  ‘He’ll sit next her at table.’

  ‘Let him.’

  ‘He’ll flatter her.’

  ‘Let him.’

  ‘He’ll pay her every possible attention.’

  ‘Let him.’

  ‘And he’ll cut you.’

  ‘Cut me!’ screamed the spinster aunt. ‘He cut me; will he!’ andshe trembled with rage and disappointment.

  ‘You will convince yourself?’ said Jingle.

  ‘I will.’

  ‘You’ll show your spirit?’

  ‘I will.’

  ‘You’ll not have him afterwards?’


  ‘You’ll take somebody else?’


  ‘You shall.’

  Mr. Jingle fell on his knees, remained thereupon for fiveminutes thereafter; and rose the accepted lover of the spinsteraunt―conditionally upon Mr. Tupman’s perjury111 being made clearand manifest.

   The burden of proof lay with Mr. Alfred Jingle; and heproduced his evidence that very day at dinner. The spinster auntcould hardly believe her eyes. Mr. Tracy Tupman was establishedat Emily’s side, ogling112, whispering, and smiling, in opposition113 toMr. Snodgrass. Not a word, not a look, not a glance, did he bestowupon his heart’s pride of the evening before.

  ‘Damn that boy!’ thought old Mr. Wardle to himself.―He hadheard the story from his mother. ‘Damn that boy! He must havebeen asleep. It’s all imagination.’

  ‘Traitor!’ thought the spinster aunt. ‘Dear Mr. Jingle was notdeceiving me. Ugh! how I hate the wretch!’

  The following conversation may serve to explain to our readersthis apparently114 unaccountable alteration115 of deportment on thepart of Mr. Tracy Tupman.

  The time was evening; the scene the garden. There were twofigures walking in a side path; one was rather short and stout49; theother tall and slim. They were Mr. Tupman and Mr. Jingle. Thestout figure commenced the dialogue.

  ‘How did I do it?’ he inquired.

  ‘Splendid―capital―couldn’t act better myself―you mustrepeat the part to-morrow―every evening till further notice.’

  ‘Does Rachael still wish it?’

  ‘Of course―she don’t like it―but must be done―avertsuspicion―afraid of her brother―says there’s no help for it―onlya few days more―when old folks blinded―crown your happiness.’

  ‘Any message?’

  ‘Love―best love―kindest regards―unalterable affection. Can Isay anything for you?’

  ‘My dear fellow,’ replied the unsuspicious Mr. Tupman,fervently grasping his ‘friend’s’ hand―‘carry my best love―sayhow hard I find it to dissemble―say anything that’s kind: but addhow sensible I am of the necessity of the suggestion she made tome, through you, this morning. Say I applaud her wisdom andadmire her discretion116.’

  ‘I will. Anything more?’

  ‘Nothing, only add how ardently117 I long for the time when I maycall her mine, and all dissimulation118 may be unnecessary.’

  ‘Certainly, certainly. Anything more?’

  ‘Oh, my friend!’ said poor Mr. Tupman, again grasping thehand of his companion, ‘receive my warmest thanks for yourdisinterested kindness; and forgive me if I have ever, even inthought, done you the injustice119 of supposing that you could standin my way. My dear friend, can I ever repay you?’

  ‘Don’t talk of it,’ replied Mr. Jingle. He stopped short, as ifsuddenly recollecting120 something, and said―‘By the bye―can’tspare ten pounds, can you?―very particular purpose―pay you inthree days.’

  ‘I dare say I can,’ replied Mr. Tupman, in the fulness of hisheart. ‘Three days, you say?’

  ‘Only three days―all over then―no more difficulties.’ Mr.

  Tupman counted the money into his companion’s hand, and hedropped it piece by piece into his pocket, as they walked towardsthe house.

  ‘Be careful,’ said Mr. Jingle―‘not a look.’

  ‘Not a wink,’ said Mr. Tupman.

  ‘Not a syllable121.’

  ‘Not a whisper.’

  ‘All your attentions to the niece―rather rude, than otherwise,to the aunt―only way of deceiving the old ones.’

  ‘I’ll take care,’ said Mr. Tupman aloud.

  ‘And I’ll take care,’ said Mr. Jingle internally; and they enteredthe house.

  The scene of that afternoon was repeated that evening, and onthe three afternoons and evenings next ensuing. On the fourth, thehost was in high spirits, for he had satisfied himself that there wasno ground for the charge against Mr. Tupman. So was Mr.

  Tupman, for Mr. Jingle had told him that his affair would soon bebrought to a crisis. So was Mr. Pickwick, for he was seldomotherwise. So was not Mr. Snodgrass, for he had grown jealous ofMr. Tupman. So was the old lady, for she had been winning atwhist. So were Mr. Jingle and Miss Wardle, for reasons ofsufficient importance in this eventful history to be narrated122 inanother chapter.


1 seclusion 5DIzE     
  • She liked to sunbathe in the seclusion of her own garden.她喜欢在自己僻静的花园里晒日光浴。
  • I live very much in seclusion these days.这些天我过着几乎与世隔绝的生活。
2 solicitude mFEza     
  • Your solicitude was a great consolation to me.你对我的关怀给了我莫大的安慰。
  • He is full of tender solicitude towards my sister.他对我妹妹满心牵挂。
3 favourable favourable     
  • The company will lend you money on very favourable terms.这家公司将以非常优惠的条件借钱给你。
  • We found that most people are favourable to the idea.我们发现大多数人同意这个意见。
4 bosom Lt9zW     
  • She drew a little book from her bosom.她从怀里取出一本小册子。
  • A dark jealousy stirred in his bosom.他内心生出一阵恶毒的嫉妒。
5 destined Dunznz     
  • It was destined that they would marry.他们结婚是缘分。
  • The shipment is destined for America.这批货物将运往美国。
6 majesty MAExL     
  • The king had unspeakable majesty.国王有无法形容的威严。
  • Your Majesty must make up your mind quickly!尊贵的陛下,您必须赶快做出决定!
7 bosoms 7e438b785810fff52fcb526f002dac21     
胸部( bosom的名词复数 ); 胸怀; 女衣胸部(或胸襟); 和爱护自己的人在一起的情形
  • How beautifully gold brooches glitter on the bosoms of our patriotic women! 金光闪闪的别针佩在我国爱国妇女的胸前,多美呀!
  • Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there weep our sad bosoms empty. 我们寻个僻静的地方,去痛哭一场吧。
8 agitation TN0zi     
  • Small shopkeepers carried on a long agitation against the big department stores.小店主们长期以来一直在煽动人们反对大型百货商店。
  • These materials require constant agitation to keep them in suspension.这些药剂要经常搅动以保持悬浮状态。
9 amiable hxAzZ     
  • She was a very kind and amiable old woman.她是个善良和气的老太太。
  • We have a very amiable companionship.我们之间存在一种友好的关系。
10 forth Hzdz2     
  • 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。
11 ardent yvjzd     
  • 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。
12 passionate rLDxd     
  • He is said to be the most passionate man.据说他是最有激情的人。
  • He is very passionate about the project.他对那个项目非常热心。
13 awaken byMzdD     
  • Old people awaken early in the morning.老年人早晨醒得早。
  • Please awaken me at six.请于六点叫醒我。
14 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
15 penetrated 61c8e5905df30b8828694a7dc4c3a3e0     
adj. 击穿的,鞭辟入里的 动词penetrate的过去式和过去分词形式
  • The knife had penetrated his chest. 刀子刺入了他的胸膛。
  • They penetrated into territory where no man had ever gone before. 他们已进入先前没人去过的地区。
16 monotonous FwQyJ     
  • She thought life in the small town was monotonous.她觉得小镇上的生活单调而乏味。
  • His articles are fixed in form and monotonous in content.他的文章千篇一律,一个调调儿。
17 buxom 4WtzT     
  • Jane is a buxom blond.简是一个丰满的金发女郎.
  • He still pictured her as buxom,high-colored,lively and a little blowsy.他心中仍旧认为她身材丰满、面色红润、生气勃勃、还有点邋遢。
18 flirtation 2164535d978e5272e6ed1b033acfb7d9     
  • a brief and unsuccessful flirtation with the property market 对房地产市场一时兴起、并不成功的介入
  • At recess Tom continued his flirtation with Amy with jubilant self-satisfaction. 课间休息的时候,汤姆继续和艾美逗乐,一副得意洋洋、心满意足的样子。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
19 persuasion wMQxR     
  • He decided to leave only after much persuasion.经过多方劝说,他才决定离开。
  • After a lot of persuasion,she agreed to go.经过多次劝说后,她同意去了。
20 sling fEMzL     
  • The boy discharged a stone from a sling.这个男孩用弹弓射石头。
  • By using a hoist the movers were able to sling the piano to the third floor.搬运工人用吊车才把钢琴吊到3楼。
21 bower xRZyU     
  • They sat under the leafy bower at the end of the garden and watched the sun set.他们坐在花园尽头由叶子搭成的凉棚下观看落日。
  • Mrs. Quilp was pining in her bower.奎尔普太太正在她的闺房里度着愁苦的岁月。
22 erect 4iLzm     
  • She held her head erect and her back straight.她昂着头,把背挺得笔直。
  • Soldiers are trained to stand erect.士兵们训练站得笔直。
23 rattle 5Alzb     
  • The baby only shook the rattle and laughed and crowed.孩子只是摇着拨浪鼓,笑着叫着。
  • She could hear the rattle of the teacups.她听见茶具叮当响。
24 eloquent ymLyN     
  • He was so eloquent that he cut down the finest orator.他能言善辩,胜过最好的演说家。
  • These ruins are an eloquent reminder of the horrors of war.这些废墟形象地提醒人们不要忘记战争的恐怖。
25 presumption XQcxl     
  • Please pardon my presumption in writing to you.请原谅我很冒昧地写信给你。
  • I don't think that's a false presumption.我认为那并不是错误的推测。
26 excellence ZnhxM     
  • His art has reached a high degree of excellence.他的艺术已达到炉火纯青的地步。
  • My performance is far below excellence.我的表演离优秀还差得远呢。
27 averted 35a87fab0bbc43636fcac41969ed458a     
防止,避免( avert的过去式和过去分词 ); 转移
  • A disaster was narrowly averted. 及时防止了一场灾难。
  • Thanks to her skilful handling of the affair, the problem was averted. 多亏她对事情处理得巧妙,才避免了麻烦。
28 avowal Suvzg     
  • The press carried his avowal throughout the country.全国的报纸登载了他承认的消息。
  • This was not a mere empty vaunt,but a deliberate avowal of his real sentiments.这倒不是一个空洞的吹牛,而是他真实感情的供状。
29 imprinted 067f03da98bfd0173442a811075369a0     
  • The terrible scenes were indelibly imprinted on his mind. 那些恐怖场面深深地铭刻在他的心中。
  • The scene was imprinted on my mind. 那个场面铭刻在我的心中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
30 bestowed 12e1d67c73811aa19bdfe3ae4a8c2c28     
赠给,授予( bestow的过去式和过去分词 )
  • It was a title bestowed upon him by the king. 那是国王赐给他的头衔。
  • He considered himself unworthy of the honour they had bestowed on him. 他认为自己不配得到大家赋予他的荣誉。
31 affected TzUzg0     
  • 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。
32 astonishment VvjzR     
  • They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他们听见他惊奇地大叫一声。
  • I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我对她的奇怪举动不胜惊异。
33 agitates 4841ed575caa1059b2f1931a6c190fcf     
搅动( agitate的第三人称单数 ); 激怒; 使焦虑不安; (尤指为法律、社会状况的改变而)激烈争论
  • A cement mixer agitates the cement until it is ready to pour. 水泥搅拌机把水泥搅动得可以倒出来用为止。
  • He agitates for a shorter working-day. 他鼓动缩短工作时间。
34 vacancy EHpy7     
  • Her going on maternity leave will create a temporary vacancy.她休产假时将会有一个临时空缺。
  • The vacancy of her expression made me doubt if she was listening.她茫然的神情让我怀疑她是否在听。
35 chuckle Tr1zZ     
  • He shook his head with a soft chuckle.他轻轻地笑着摇了摇头。
  • I couldn't suppress a soft chuckle at the thought of it.想到这个,我忍不住轻轻地笑起来。
36 heartily Ld3xp     
  • He ate heartily and went out to look for his horse.他痛快地吃了一顿,就出去找他的马。
  • The host seized my hand and shook it heartily.主人抓住我的手,热情地和我握手。
37 engrossed 3t0zmb     
  • The student is engrossed in his book.这名学生正在专心致志地看书。
  • No one had ever been quite so engrossed in an evening paper.没人会对一份晚报如此全神贯注。
38 consternation 8OfzB     
  • He was filled with consternation to hear that his friend was so ill.他听说朋友病得那么厉害,感到非常震惊。
  • Sam stared at him in consternation.萨姆惊恐不安地注视着他。
39 waylaid d51e6f2b42919c7332a3f4d41517eb5f     
v.拦截,拦路( waylay的过去式和过去分词 )
  • I got waylaid on my way here. 我在来这里的路上遭到了拦路抢劫。
  • He was waylaid by thieves. 他在路上被抢了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
40 blandest 202fe142435073f5bcdcf831cb9df226     
adj.(食物)淡而无味的( bland的最高级 );平和的;温和的;无动于衷的
41 benevolent Wtfzx     
  • His benevolent nature prevented him from refusing any beggar who accosted him.他乐善好施的本性使他不会拒绝走上前向他行乞的任何一个乞丐。
  • He was a benevolent old man and he wouldn't hurt a fly.他是一个仁慈的老人,连只苍蝇都不愿伤害。
42 invoking ac7bba2a53612f6fe1454f6397475d24     
v.援引( invoke的现在分词 );行使(权利等);祈求救助;恳求
  • You can customise the behavior of the Asynchronous Server and hence re-brand it by defining your own command set for invoking services. 通过定义自己调用服务的命令集,您可以定制自定义异步服务器的行为,通过为调用服务定义自己的命令集从而对它重新标记。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • You can customize the behavior of the Asynchronous Server and hence re-brand it by defining your own command set for invoking services. 通过定义自己调用服务的命令集,您可以定制自定义异步服务器的行为,通过为调用服务定义自己的命令集从而对它重新标记。 来自辞典例句
43 abject joVyh     
  • This policy has turned out to be an abject failure.这一政策最后以惨败而告终。
  • He had been obliged to offer an abject apology to Mr.Alleyne for his impertinence.他不得不低声下气,为他的无礼举动向艾莱恩先生请罪。
44 portrayed a75f5b1487928c9f7f165b2773c13036     
v.画像( portray的过去式和过去分词 );描述;描绘;描画
  • Throughout the trial, he portrayed himself as the victim. 在审讯过程中,他始终把自己说成是受害者。
  • The author portrayed his father as a vicious drunkard. 作者把他父亲描绘成一个可恶的酒鬼。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
45 expressive shwz4     
  • Black English can be more expressive than standard English.黑人所使用的英语可能比正式英语更有表现力。
  • He had a mobile,expressive,animated face.他有一张多变的,富于表情的,生动活泼的脸。
46 jingle RaizA     
  • 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。
47 salmon pClzB     
  • We saw a salmon jumping in the waterfall there.我们看见一条大马哈鱼在那边瀑布中跳跃。
  • Do you have any fresh salmon in at the moment?现在有新鲜大马哈鱼卖吗?
48 stoutly Xhpz3l     
  • He stoutly denied his guilt.他断然否认自己有罪。
  • Burgess was taxed with this and stoutly denied it.伯杰斯为此受到了责难,但是他自己坚决否认有这回事。
49 stout PGuzF     
  • 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。
50 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
51 feat 5kzxp     
  • Man's first landing on the moon was a feat of great daring.人类首次登月是一个勇敢的壮举。
  • He received a medal for his heroic feat.他因其英雄业绩而获得一枚勋章。
52 outright Qj7yY     
  • If you have a complaint you should tell me outright.如果你有不满意的事,你应该直率地对我说。
  • You should persuade her to marry you outright.你应该彻底劝服她嫁给你。
53 confided 724f3f12e93e38bec4dda1e47c06c3b1     
v.吐露(秘密,心事等)( confide的过去式和过去分词 );(向某人)吐露(隐私、秘密等)
  • She confided all her secrets to her best friend. 她向她最要好的朋友倾吐了自己所有的秘密。
  • He confided to me that he had spent five years in prison. 他私下向我透露,他蹲过五年监狱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
54 proffered 30a424e11e8c2d520c7372bd6415ad07     
v.提供,贡献,提出( proffer的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She proffered her cheek to kiss. 她伸过自己的面颊让人亲吻。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He rose and proffered a silver box full of cigarettes. 他站起身,伸手递过一个装满香烟的银盒子。 来自辞典例句
55 immediate aapxh     
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
56 consigned 9dc22c154336e2c50aa2b71897ceceed     
v.把…置于(令人不快的境地)( consign的过去式和过去分词 );把…托付给;把…托人代售;丟弃
  • I consigned her letter to the waste basket. 我把她的信丢进了废纸篓。
  • The father consigned the child to his sister's care. 那位父亲把孩子托付给他妹妹照看。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
57 retired Njhzyv     
  • 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。
58 dignified NuZzfb     
  • Throughout his trial he maintained a dignified silence. 在整个审讯过程中,他始终沉默以保持尊严。
  • He always strikes such a dignified pose before his girlfriend. 他总是在女友面前摆出这种庄严的姿态。
59 horrid arozZj     
  • I'm not going to the horrid dinner party.我不打算去参加这次讨厌的宴会。
  • The medicine is horrid and she couldn't get it down.这种药很难吃,她咽不下去。
60 perturbed 7lnzsL     
adj.烦燥不安的v.使(某人)烦恼,不安( perturb的过去式和过去分词 )
  • I am deeply perturbed by the alarming way the situation developing. 我对形势令人忧虑的发展深感不安。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Mother was much perturbed by my illness. 母亲为我的病甚感烦恼不安。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
61 anecdotes anecdotes     
n.掌故,趣闻,轶事( anecdote的名词复数 )
  • amusing anecdotes about his brief career as an actor 关于他短暂演员生涯的趣闻逸事
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman. 他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
62 feigned Kt4zMZ     
  • He feigned indifference to criticism of his work. 他假装毫不在意别人批评他的作品。
  • He accepted the invitation with feigned enthusiasm. 他假装热情地接受了邀请。
63 indefatigable F8pxA     
  • His indefatigable spirit helped him to cope with his illness.他不屈不挠的精神帮助他对抗病魔。
  • He was indefatigable in his lectures on the aesthetics of love.在讲授关于爱情的美学时,他是不知疲倦的。
64 hilarity 3dlxT     
  • The announcement was greeted with much hilarity and mirth.这一项宣布引起了热烈的欢呼声。
  • Wine gives not light hilarity,but noisy merriment.酒不给人以轻松的欢乐,而给人以嚣嚷的狂欢。
65 retailed 32cfb2ce8c2d8660f8557c2efff3a245     
  • She retailed the neighbours' activities with relish. 她饶有兴趣地对邻居们的活动说三道四。
  • The industrial secrets were retailed to a rival concern. 工业秘密被泄露给一家对立的公司。 来自《简明英汉词典》
66 trumpet AUczL     
  • He plays the violin, but I play the trumpet.他拉提琴,我吹喇叭。
  • The trumpet sounded for battle.战斗的号角吹响了。
67 impudent X4Eyf     
  • She's tolerant toward those impudent colleagues.她对那些无礼的同事采取容忍的态度。
  • The teacher threatened to kick the impudent pupil out of the room.老师威胁着要把这无礼的小学生撵出教室。
68 thoroughly sgmz0J     
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
69 peg p3Fzi     
  • Hang your overcoat on the peg in the hall.把你的大衣挂在门厅的挂衣钩上。
  • He hit the peg mightily on the top with a mallet.他用木槌猛敲木栓顶。
70 bonnet AtSzQ     
  • The baby's bonnet keeps the sun out of her eyes.婴孩的帽子遮住阳光,使之不刺眼。
  • She wore a faded black bonnet garnished with faded artificial flowers.她戴着一顶褪了色的黑色无边帽,帽上缀着褪了色的假花。
71 leisurely 51Txb     
  • We walked in a leisurely manner,looking in all the windows.我们慢悠悠地走着,看遍所有的橱窗。
  • He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.他从容的吃了早餐,高兴的开车去工作。
72 expiration bmSxA     
  • 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。
73 deviation Ll0zv     
  • Deviation from this rule are very rare.很少有违反这条规则的。
  • Any deviation from the party's faith is seen as betrayal.任何对党的信仰的偏离被视作背叛。
74 agitated dzgzc2     
  • 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。
75 scrupulous 6sayH     
  • She is scrupulous to a degree.她非常谨慎。
  • Poets are not so scrupulous as you are.诗人并不像你那样顾虑多。
76 shrubs b480276f8eea44e011d42320b17c3619     
灌木( shrub的名词复数 )
  • The gardener spent a complete morning in trimming those two shrubs. 园丁花了整个上午的时间修剪那两处灌木林。
  • These shrubs will need more light to produce flowering shoots. 这些灌木需要更多的光照才能抽出开花的新枝。
77 gratitude p6wyS     
  • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的谢意。
  • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。
78 precisely zlWzUb     
  • It's precisely that sort of slick sales-talk that I mistrust.我不相信的正是那种油腔滑调的推销宣传。
  • The man adjusted very precisely.那个人调得很准。
79 attained 1f2c1bee274e81555decf78fe9b16b2f     
(通常经过努力)实现( attain的过去式和过去分词 ); 达到; 获得; 达到(某年龄、水平、状况)
  • She has attained the degree of Master of Arts. 她已获得文学硕士学位。
  • Lu Hsun attained a high position in the republic of letters. 鲁迅在文坛上获得崇高的地位。
80 atrocity HvdzW     
  • These people are guilty of acts of great atrocity.这些人犯有令人发指的暴行。
  • I am shocked by the atrocity of this man's crimes.这个人行凶手段残忍狠毒使我震惊。
81 shrill EEize     
  • Whistles began to shrill outside the barn.哨声开始在谷仓外面尖叫。
  • The shrill ringing of a bell broke up the card game on the cutter.刺耳的铃声打散了小汽艇的牌局。
82 concealment AvYzx1     
n.隐藏, 掩盖,隐瞒
  • the concealment of crime 对罪行的隐瞒
  • Stay in concealment until the danger has passed. 把自己藏起来,待危险过去后再出来。
83 attentively AyQzjz     
  • She listened attentively while I poured out my problems. 我倾吐心中的烦恼时,她一直在注意听。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She listened attentively and set down every word he said. 她专心听着,把他说的话一字不漏地记下来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
84 gravel s6hyT     
  • We bought six bags of gravel for the garden path.我们购买了六袋碎石用来铺花园的小路。
  • More gravel is needed to fill the hollow in the drive.需要更多的砾石来填平车道上的坑洼。
85 remarkable 8Vbx6     
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
86 manor d2Gy4     
  • The builder of the manor house is a direct ancestor of the present owner.建造这幢庄园的人就是它现在主人的一个直系祖先。
  • I am not lord of the manor,but its lady.我并非此地的领主,而是这儿的女主人。
87 possessed xuyyQ     
  • He flew out of the room like a man possessed.他像着了魔似地猛然冲出房门。
  • He behaved like someone possessed.他行为举止像是魔怔了。
88 requisites 53bbbd0ba56c7698d40db5b2bdcc7c49     
n.必要的事物( requisite的名词复数 )
  • It is obvious that there are two requisites. 显然有两个必要部分。 来自辞典例句
  • Capacity of donor is one of the essential requisites of \"gift\". 赠与人的行为能力是\"赠与\"的一个重要前提。 来自口语例句
89 ousting 5d01edf0967b28a708208968323531d5     
驱逐( oust的现在分词 ); 革职; 罢黜; 剥夺
  • The resulting financial chaos led to the ousting of Bristol-Myers' s boss. 随后引发的财政混乱导致了百时美施贵宝的总裁下台。
  • The ousting of the president has drawn widespread criticism across Latin America and the wider world. 洪都拉斯总统被驱逐时间引起拉丁美洲甚至全世界的广泛批评。
90 gunpowder oerxm     
  • Gunpowder was introduced into Europe during the first half of the 14th century.在14世纪上半叶,火药传入欧洲。
  • This statement has a strong smell of gunpowder.这是一篇充满火药味的声明。
91 partially yL7xm     
  • The door was partially concealed by the drapes.门有一部分被门帘遮住了。
  • The police managed to restore calm and the curfew was partially lifted.警方设法恢复了平静,宵禁部分解除。
92 hesitation tdsz5     
  • After a long hesitation, he told the truth at last.踌躇了半天,他终于直说了。
  • There was a certain hesitation in her manner.她的态度有些犹豫不决。
93 apparition rM3yR     
  • He saw the apparition of his dead wife.他看见了他亡妻的幽灵。
  • But the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand.这新出现的幽灵吓得我站在那里一动也不敢动。
94 allude vfdyW     
  • Many passages in Scripture allude to this concept.圣经中有许多经文间接地提到这样的概念。
  • She also alluded to her rival's past marital troubles.她还影射了对手过去的婚姻问题。
95 vices 01aad211a45c120dcd263c6f3d60ce79     
缺陷( vice的名词复数 ); 恶习; 不道德行为; 台钳
  • In spite of his vices, he was loved by all. 尽管他有缺点,还是受到大家的爱戴。
  • He vituperated from the pulpit the vices of the court. 他在教堂的讲坛上责骂宫廷的罪恶。
96 hubbub uQizN     
  • The hubbub of voices drowned out the host's voice.嘈杂的声音淹没了主人的声音。
  • He concentrated on the work in hand,and the hubbub outside the room simply flowed over him.他埋头于手头的工作,室外的吵闹声他简直象没有听见一般。
97 darted d83f9716cd75da6af48046d29f4dd248     
v.投掷,投射( dart的过去式和过去分词 );向前冲,飞奔
  • The lizard darted out its tongue at the insect. 蜥蜴伸出舌头去吃小昆虫。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The old man was displeased and darted an angry look at me. 老人不高兴了,瞪了我一眼。 来自《简明英汉词典》
98 delightful 6xzxT     
  • 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。
99 asperity rN6yY     
  • He spoke to the boy with asperity.他严厉地对那男孩讲话。
  • The asperity of the winter had everybody yearning for spring.严冬之苦让每个人都渴望春天。
100 insinuating insinuating     
adj.曲意巴结的,暗示的v.暗示( insinuate的现在分词 );巧妙或迂回地潜入;(使)缓慢进入;慢慢伸入
  • Are you insinuating that I' m telling a lie ? 你这是意味着我是在说谎吗? 来自辞典例句
  • He is extremely insinuating, but it's a vulgar nature. 他好奉承拍马,那是种庸俗的品格。 来自辞典例句
101 fixed JsKzzj     
  • 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。
102 contemplates 53d303de2b68f50ff5360cd5a92df87d     
深思,细想,仔细考虑( contemplate的第三人称单数 ); 注视,凝视; 考虑接受(发生某事的可能性); 深思熟虑,沉思,苦思冥想
  • She contemplates leaving for the sake of the kids. 她考虑为了孩子而离开。
  • Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. 事物的美存在于细心观察它的人的头脑中。
103 consecutive DpPz0     
  • It has rained for four consecutive days.已连续下了四天雨。
  • The policy of our Party is consecutive.我党的政策始终如一。
104 applied Tz2zXA     
  • 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。
105 allusion CfnyW     
  • He made an allusion to a secret plan in his speech.在讲话中他暗示有一项秘密计划。
  • She made no allusion to the incident.她没有提及那个事件。
106 implore raSxX     
  • I implore you to write. At least tell me you're alive.请给我音讯,让我知道你还活着。
  • Please implore someone else's help in a crisis.危险时请向别人求助。
107 avarice KeHyX     
  • Avarice is the bane to happiness.贪婪是损毁幸福的祸根。
  • Their avarice knows no bounds and you can never satisfy them.他们贪得无厌,你永远无法满足他们。
108 wretch EIPyl     
  • You are really an ungrateful wretch to complain instead of thanking him.你不但不谢他,还埋怨他,真不知好歹。
  • The dead husband is not the dishonoured wretch they fancied him.死去的丈夫不是他们所想象的不光彩的坏蛋。
109 jealousy WaRz6     
  • Some women have a disposition to jealousy.有些女人生性爱妒忌。
  • I can't support your jealousy any longer.我再也无法忍受你的嫉妒了。
110 bridling a7b16199fc3c7bb470d10403db2646e0     
给…套龙头( bridle的现在分词 ); 控制; 昂首表示轻蔑(或怨忿等); 动怒,生气
  • Suellen, bridling, always asked news of Mr. Kennedy. 苏伦也克制着经常探询肯尼迪先生的情况。
  • We noticed sever al men loitering about the bridling last night. 昨天夜里我们看到有几个人在楼附近荡来荡去。
111 perjury LMmx0     
  • You'll be punished if you procure the witness to commit perjury.如果你诱使证人作伪证,你要受罚的。
  • She appeared in court on a perjury charge.她因被指控做了伪证而出庭受审。
112 ogling 3909c194e988e6cbbdf4a436a512ec6f     
v.(向…)抛媚眼,送秋波( ogle的现在分词 )
  • He was not in the habit of ogling women. 他没有盯着女人看个没完的习惯。
  • Uncle Geooge got a black eye for ogling a lady in the pub. 乔治叔叔在酒店里对一女士抛媚眼而被打黑了一只眼睛。
113 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
114 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
115 alteration rxPzO     
  • The shirt needs alteration.这件衬衣需要改一改。
  • He easily perceived there was an alteration in my countenance.他立刻看出我的脸色和往常有些不同。
116 discretion FZQzm     
  • You must show discretion in choosing your friend.你择友时必须慎重。
  • Please use your best discretion to handle the matter.请慎重处理此事。
117 ardently 8yGzx8     
  • The preacher is disserveing the very religion in which he ardently believe. 那传教士在损害他所热烈信奉的宗教。 来自辞典例句
  • However ardently they love, however intimate their union, they are never one. 无论他们的相爱多么热烈,无论他们的关系多么亲密,他们决不可能合而为一。 来自辞典例句
118 dissimulation XtrxX     
  • A habit of dissimulation is a hindrance, and a poorness to him. 在他这样的一个人,一种掩饰的习惯是一种阻挠,一个弱点。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Still we have our limits beyond which we call dissimulation treachery. 不过我们仍然有自己的限度,超过这个界限,就是虚伪与背信弃义。 来自辞典例句
119 injustice O45yL     
  • They complained of injustice in the way they had been treated.他们抱怨受到不公平的对待。
  • All his life he has been struggling against injustice.他一生都在与不公正现象作斗争。
120 recollecting ede3688b332b81d07d9a3dc515e54241     
v.记起,想起( recollect的现在分词 )
  • Once wound could heal slowly, my Bo Hui was recollecting. 曾经的伤口会慢慢地愈合,我卜会甾回忆。 来自互联网
  • I am afraid of recollecting the life of past in the school. 我不敢回忆我在校过去的生活。 来自互联网
121 syllable QHezJ     
  • You put too much emphasis on the last syllable.你把最后一个音节读得太重。
  • The stress on the last syllable is light.最后一个音节是轻音节。
122 narrated 41d1c5fe7dace3e43c38e40bfeb85fe5     
v.故事( narrate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Some of the story was narrated in the film. 该电影叙述了这个故事的部分情节。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Defoe skilfully narrated the adventures of Robinson Crusoe on his desert island. 笛福生动地叙述了鲁滨逊·克鲁索在荒岛上的冒险故事。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》


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