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Chapter 12

DESCRIPTIVE OF A VERY IMPORTANT PROCEEDING1 ON THE PART OF Mr. PICKWICK;NO LESS AN EPOCH2 IN HIS LIFE, THAN INTHIS HISTORYr. Pickwick’s apartments in Goswell Street, although ona limited scale, were not only of a very neat andcomfortable description, but peculiarly adapted for theresidence of a man of his genius and observation. His sitting-roomwas the first-floor front, his bedroom the second-floor front; andthus, whether he were sitting at his desk in his parlour, orstanding before the dressing-glass in his dormitory, he had anequal opportunity of contemplating3 human nature in all thenumerous phases it exhibits, in that not more populous4 thanpopular thoroughfare. His landlady5, Mrs. Bardell―the relict andsole executrix of a deceased custom-house officer―was a comelywoman of bustling6 manners and agreeable appearance, with anatural genius for cooking, improved by study and long practice,into an exquisite7 talent. There were no children, no servants, nofowls. The only other inmates8 of the house were a large man and asmall boy; the first a lodger9, the second a production of Mrs.

  Bardell’s. The large man was always home precisely10 at ten o’clockat night, at which hour he regularly condensed himself into thelimits of a dwarfish11 French bedstead in the back parlour; and theinfantine sports and gymnastic exercises of Master Bardell wereexclusively confined to the neighbouring pavements and gutters12.

  Cleanliness and quiet reigned13 throughout the house; and in it Mr.

  Pickwick’s will was law.

  To any one acquainted with these points of the domesticeconomy of the establishment, and conversant14 with the admirableregulation of Mr. Pickwick’s mind, his appearance and behaviouron the morning previous to that which had been fixed15 upon for thejourney to Eatanswill would have been most mysterious andunaccountable. He paced the room to and fro with hurried steps,popped his head out of the window at intervals16 of about threeminutes each, constantly referred to his watch, and exhibitedmany other manifestations17 of impatience18 very unusual with him. Itwas evident that something of great importance was incontemplation, but what that something was, not even Mrs.

  Bardell had been enabled to discover.

  ‘Mrs. Bardell,’ said Mr. Pickwick, at last, as that amiable19 femaleapproached the termination of a prolonged dusting of theapartment.

  ‘Sir,’ said Mrs. Bardell.

  ‘Your little boy is a very long time gone.’

  ‘Why it’s a good long way to the Borough20, sir,’ remonstratedMrs. Bardell.

  ‘Ah,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘very true; so it is.’ Mr. Pickwickrelapsed into silence, and Mrs. Bardell resumed her dusting.

  ‘Mrs. Bardell,’ said Mr. Pickwick, at the expiration21 of a fewminutes.

  ‘Sir,’ said Mrs. Bardell again. ‘Do you think it a much greaterexpense to keep two people, than to keep one?’

  ‘La, Mr. Pickwick,’ said Mrs. Bardell, colouring up to the veryborder of her cap, as she fancied she observed a species ofmatrimonial twinkle in the eyes of her lodger; ‘La, Mr. Pickwick,what a question!’

  ‘Well, but do you?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘That depends,’ said Mrs. Bardell, approaching the duster verynear to Mr. Pickwick’s elbow which was planted on the table. ‘thatdepends a good deal upon the person, you know, Mr. Pickwick;and whether it’s a saving and careful person, sir.’

  ‘That’s very true,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘but the person I have inmy eye (here he looked very hard at Mrs. Bardell) I thinkpossesses these qualities; and has, moreover, a considerableknowledge of the world, and a great deal of sharpness, Mrs.

  Bardell, which may be of material use to me.’

  ‘La, Mr. Pickwick,’ said Mrs. Bardell, the crimson23 rising to hercap-border again.

  ‘I do,’ said Mr. Pickwick, growing energetic, as was his wont24 inspeaking of a subject which interested him―‘I do, indeed; and totell you the truth, Mrs. Bardell, I have made up my mind.’

  ‘Dear me, sir,’ exclaimed Mrs. Bardell.

  ‘You’ll think it very strange now,’ said the amiable Mr.

  Pickwick, with a good-humoured glance at his companion, ‘that Inever consulted you about this matter, and never even mentionedit, till I sent your little boy out this morning―eh?’

  Mrs. Bardell could only reply by a look. She had longworshipped Mr. Pickwick at a distance, but here she was, all atonce, raised to a pinnacle25 to which her wildest and mostextravagant hopes had never dared to aspire26. Mr. Pickwick wasgoing to propose―a deliberate plan, too―sent her little boy to theBorough, to get him out of the way―how thoughtful―howconsiderate!

  ‘Well,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘what do you think?’

  ‘Oh, Mr. Pickwick,’ said Mrs. Bardell, trembling with agitation,‘you’re very kind, sir.’

  ‘It’ll save you a good deal of trouble, won’t it?’ said Mr.

  Pickwick. ‘Oh, I never thought anything of the trouble, sir,’ repliedMrs. Bardell; ‘and, of course, I should take more trouble to pleaseyou then, than ever; but it is so kind of you, Mr. Pickwick, to haveso much consideration for my loneliness.’

  ‘Ah, to be sure,’ said Mr. Pickwick; ‘I never thought of that.

  When I am in town, you’ll always have somebody to sit with you.

  To be sure, so you will.’

  ‘I am sure I ought to be a very happy woman,’ said Mrs. Bardell.

  ‘And your little boy―’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Bless his heart!’ interposed Mrs. Bardell, with a maternal27 sob28.

  ‘He, too, will have a companion,’ resumed Mr. Pickwick, ‘alively one, who’ll teach him, I’ll be bound, more tricks in a weekthan he would ever learn in a year.’ And Mr. Pickwick smiledplacidly.

  ‘Oh, you dear―’ said Mrs. Bardell.

  Mr. Pickwick started.

  ‘Oh, you kind, good, playful dear,’ said Mrs. Bardell; andwithout more ado, she rose from her chair, and flung her armsround Mr. Pickwick’s neck, with a cataract30 of tears and a chorus ofsobs.

  ‘Bless my soul,’ cried the astonished Mr. Pickwick; ‘Mrs.

  Bardell, my good woman―dear me, what a situation―prayconsider.―Mrs. Bardell, don’t―if anybody should come―’

  ‘Oh, let them come,’ exclaimed Mrs. Bardell frantically31; ‘I’llnever leave you―dear, kind, good soul;’ and, with these words,Mrs. Bardell clung the tighter.

  ‘Mercy upon me,’ said Mr. Pickwick, struggling violently, ‘I hearsomebody coming up the stairs. Don’t, don’t, there’s a goodcreature, don’t.’ But entreaty32 and remonstrance33 were alikeunavailing; for Mrs. Bardell had fainted in Mr. Pickwick’s arms;and before he could gain time to deposit her on a chair, MasterBardell entered the room, ushering34 in Mr. Tupman, Mr. Winkle,and Mr. Snodgrass.

  Mr. Pickwick was struck motionless and speechless. He stoodwith his lovely burden in his arms, gazing vacantly on thecountenances of his friends, without the slightest attempt atrecognition or explanation. They, in their turn, stared at him; andMaster Bardell, in his turn, stared at everybody.

  The astonishment35 of the Pickwickians was so absorbing, andthe perplexity of Mr. Pickwick was so extreme, that they mighthave remained in exactly the same relative situations until thesuspended animation36 of the lady was restored, had it not been fora most beautiful and touching37 expression of filial affection on thepart of her youthful son. Clad in a tight suit of corduroy, spangledwith brass38 buttons of a very considerable size, he at first stood atthe door astounded39 and uncertain; but by degrees, the impressionthat his mother must have suffered some personal damagepervaded his partially40 developed mind, and considering Mr.

  Pickwick as the aggressor, he set up an appalling41 and semi-earthlykind of howling, and butting42 forward with his head, commencedassailing that immortal43 gentleman about the back and legs, withsuch blows and pinches as the strength of his arm, and theviolence of his excitement, allowed.

  ‘Take this little villain44 away,’ said the agonised Mr. Pickwick,‘he’s mad.’

  ‘What is the matter?’ said the three tongue-tied Pickwickians.

  ‘I don’t know,’ replied Mr. Pickwick pettishly45. ‘Take away theboy.’ (Here Mr. Winkle carried the interesting boy, screaming andstruggling, to the farther end of the apartment.) ‘Now help me,lead this woman downstairs.’

  ‘Oh, I am better now,’ said Mrs. Bardell faintly.

  ‘Let me lead you downstairs,’ said the ever-gallant Mr. Tupman.

  ‘Thank you, sir―thank you;’ exclaimed Mrs. Bardellhysterically. And downstairs she was led accordingly,accompanied by her affectionate son.

  ‘I cannot conceive,’ said Mr. Pickwick when his friendreturned―‘I cannot conceive what has been the matter with thatwoman. I had merely announced to her my intention of keeping aman-servant, when she fell into the extraordinary paroxysm inwhich you found her. Very extraordinary thing.’

  ‘Very,’ said his three friends.

  ‘Placed me in such an extremely awkward situation,’ continuedMr. Pickwick.

  ‘Very,’ was the reply of his followers46, as they coughed slightly,and looked dubiously47 at each other.

  This behaviour was not lost upon Mr. Pickwick. He remarkedtheir incredulity. They evidently suspected him.

  ‘There is a man in the passage now,’ said Mr. Tupman.

  ‘It’s the man I spoke48 to you about,’ said Mr. Pickwick; ‘I sent forhim to the Borough this morning. Have the goodness to call himup, Snodgrass.’

  Mr. Snodgrass did as he was desired; and Mr. Samuel Wellerforthwith presented himself.

  ‘Oh―you remember me, I suppose?’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘I should think so,’ replied Sam, with a patronising wink22. ‘Queerstart that ’ere, but he was one too many for you, warn’t he? Up tosnuff and a pinch or two over―eh?’

  ‘Never mind that matter now,’ said Mr. Pickwick hastily; ‘I wantto speak to you about something else. Sit down.’

  ‘Thank’ee, sir,’ said Sam. And down he sat without furtherbidding, having previously49 deposited his old white hat on thelanding outside the door. ‘‘Tain’t a wery good ’un to look at,’ saidSam, ‘but it’s an astonishin’ ’un to wear; and afore the brim went,it was a wery handsome tile. Hows’ever it’s lighter50 without it,that’s one thing, and every hole lets in some air, that’s another―wentilation gossamer51 I calls it.’ On the delivery of this sentiment,Mr. Weller smiled agreeably upon the assembled Pickwickians.

  ‘Now with regard to the matter on which I, with theconcurrence of these gentlemen, sent for you,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘That’s the pint52, sir,’ interposed Sam; ‘out vith it, as the fathersaid to his child, when he swallowed a farden.’

  ‘We want to know, in the first place,’ said Mr. Pickwick,‘whether you have any reason to be discontented with yourpresent situation.’

  ‘Afore I answers that ’ere question, gen’l’m’n,’ replied Mr.

  Weller, ‘I should like to know, in the first place, whether you’re a-goin’ to purwide me with a better?’

  A sunbeam of placid29 benevolence53 played on Mr. Pickwick’sfeatures as he said, ‘I have half made up my mind to engage youmyself.’

  ‘Have you, though?’ said Sam.

  Mr. Pickwick nodded in the affirmative. ‘Wages?’ inquired Sam.

  ‘Twelve pounds a year,’ replied Mr. Pickwick.


  ‘Two suits.’


  ‘To attend upon me; and travel about with me and thesegentlemen here.’

  ‘Take the bill down,’ said Sam emphatically. ‘I’m let to a singlegentleman, and the terms is agreed upon.’

  ‘You accept the situation?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick. ‘Cert’nly,’

  replied Sam. ‘If the clothes fits me half as well as the place, they’lldo.’

  ‘You can get a character of course?’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Ask the landlady o’ the White Hart about that, sir,’ repliedSam.

  ‘Can you come this evening?’

  ‘I’ll get into the clothes this minute, if they’re here,’ said Sam,with great alacrity54.

  ‘Call at eight this evening,’ said Mr. Pickwick; ‘and if theinquiries are satisfactory, they shall be provided.’

  With the single exception of one amiable indiscretion, in whichan assistant housemaid had equally participated, the history of Mr.

  Weller’s conduct was so very blameless, that Mr. Pickwick feltfully justified55 in closing the engagement that very evening. Withthe promptness and energy which characterised not only thepublic proceedings56, but all the private actions of this extraordinaryman, he at once led his new attendant to one of those convenientemporiums where gentlemen’s new and second-hand57 clothes areprovided, and the troublesome and inconvenient58 formality ofmeasurement dispensed59 with; and before night had closed in, Mr.

  Weller was furnished with a grey coat with the P. C. button, ablack hat with a cockade to it, a pink striped waistcoat, lightbreeches and gaiters, and a variety of other necessaries, toonumerous to recapitulate60.

  ‘Well,’ said that suddenly-transformed individual, as he took hisseat on the outside of the Eatanswill coach next morning; ‘Iwonder whether I’m meant to be a footman, or a groom61, or agamekeeper, or a seedsman. I looks like a sort of compo of everyone on ’em. Never mind; there’s a change of air, plenty to see, andlittle to do; and all this suits my complaint uncommon62; so long lifeto the Pickvicks, says I!’


1 proceeding Vktzvu     
  • This train is now proceeding from Paris to London.这次列车从巴黎开往伦敦。
  • The work is proceeding briskly.工作很有生气地进展着。
2 epoch riTzw     
  • The epoch of revolution creates great figures.革命时代造就伟大的人物。
  • We're at the end of the historical epoch,and at the dawn of another.我们正处在一个历史时代的末期,另一个历史时代的开端。
3 contemplating bde65bd99b6b8a706c0f139c0720db21     
深思,细想,仔细考虑( contemplate的现在分词 ); 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
  • You're too young to be contemplating retirement. 你考虑退休还太年轻。
  • She stood contemplating the painting. 她站在那儿凝视那幅图画。
4 populous 4ORxV     
  • London is the most populous area of Britain.伦敦是英国人口最稠密的地区。
  • China is the most populous developing country in the world.中国是世界上人口最多的发展中国家。
5 landlady t2ZxE     
  • I heard my landlady creeping stealthily up to my door.我听到我的女房东偷偷地来到我的门前。
  • The landlady came over to serve me.女店主过来接待我。
6 bustling LxgzEl     
  • The market was bustling with life. 市场上生机勃勃。
  • This district is getting more and more prosperous and bustling. 这一带越来越繁华了。
7 exquisite zhez1     
  • I was admiring the exquisite workmanship in the mosaic.我当时正在欣赏镶嵌画的精致做工。
  • I still remember the exquisite pleasure I experienced in Bali.我依然记得在巴厘岛所经历的那种剧烈的快感。
8 inmates 9f4380ba14152f3e12fbdf1595415606     
n.囚犯( inmate的名词复数 )
  • One of the inmates has escaped. 被收容的人中有一个逃跑了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The inmates were moved to an undisclosed location. 监狱里的囚犯被转移到一个秘密处所。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 lodger r8rzi     
  • My friend is a lodger in my uncle's house.我朋友是我叔叔家的房客。
  • Jill and Sue are at variance over their lodger.吉尔和休在对待房客的问题上意见不和。
10 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。
11 dwarfish Gr4x1     
  • Her dwarfish spouse still smoked his cigar and drank his rum without heeding her. 她那矮老公还在吸他的雪茄,喝他的蔗酒,睬也不睬她。
  • Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments, but press forward to things and heavenly. 不要再满足于属世的成就,要努力奔向属天的事物。
12 gutters 498deb49a59c1db2896b69c1523f128c     
(路边)排水沟( gutter的名词复数 ); 阴沟; (屋顶的)天沟; 贫贱的境地
  • Gutters lead the water into the ditch. 排水沟把水排到这条水沟里。
  • They were born, they grew up in the gutters. 他们生了下来,以后就在街头长大。
13 reigned d99f19ecce82a94e1b24a320d3629de5     
  • Silence reigned in the hall. 全场肃静。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Night was deep and dead silence reigned everywhere. 夜深人静,一片死寂。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
14 conversant QZkyG     
  • Mr.Taylor is thoroughly conversant with modern music.泰勒先生对现代音乐很精通。
  • We become the most conversant stranger in the world.我们变成了世界上最熟悉的陌生人。
15 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。
16 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
  • 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。
17 manifestations 630b7ac2a729f8638c572ec034f8688f     
  • These were manifestations of the darker side of his character. 这些是他性格阴暗面的表现。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • To be wordly-wise and play safe is one of the manifestations of liberalism. 明哲保身是自由主义的表现之一。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
18 impatience OaOxC     
  • He expressed impatience at the slow rate of progress.进展缓慢,他显得不耐烦。
  • He gave a stamp of impatience.他不耐烦地跺脚。
19 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。
20 borough EdRyS     
  • He was slated for borough president.他被提名做自治区主席。
  • That's what happened to Harry Barritt of London's Bromley borough.住在伦敦的布罗姆利自治市的哈里.巴里特就经历了此事。
21 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。
22 wink 4MGz3     
  • He tipped me the wink not to buy at that price.他眨眼暗示我按那个价格就不要买。
  • The satellite disappeared in a wink.瞬息之间,那颗卫星就消失了。
23 crimson AYwzH     
  • She went crimson with embarrassment.她羞得满脸通红。
  • Maple leaves have turned crimson.枫叶已经红了。
24 wont peXzFP     
  • He was wont to say that children are lazy.他常常说小孩子们懒惰。
  • It is his wont to get up early.早起是他的习惯。
25 pinnacle A2Mzb     
  • Now he is at the very pinnacle of his career.现在他正值事业中的顶峰时期。
  • It represents the pinnacle of intellectual capability.它代表了智能的顶峰。
26 aspire ANbz2     
  • Living together with you is what I aspire toward in my life.和你一起生活是我一生最大的愿望。
  • I aspire to be an innovator not a follower.我迫切希望能变成个开创者而不是跟随者。
27 maternal 57Azi     
  • He is my maternal uncle.他是我舅舅。
  • The sight of the hopeless little boy aroused her maternal instincts.那个绝望的小男孩的模样唤起了她的母性。
28 sob HwMwx     
  • The child started to sob when he couldn't find his mother.孩子因找不到他妈妈哭了起来。
  • The girl didn't answer,but continued to sob with her head on the table.那个女孩不回答,也不抬起头来。她只顾低声哭着。
29 placid 7A1yV     
  • He had been leading a placid life for the past eight years.八年来他一直过着平静的生活。
  • You should be in a placid mood and have a heart-to- heart talk with her.你应该心平气和的好好和她谈谈心。
30 cataract hcgyI     
  • He is an elderly gentleman who had had a cataract operation.他是一位曾经动过白内障手术的老人。
  • The way is blocked by the tall cataract.高悬的大瀑布挡住了去路。
31 frantically ui9xL     
ad.发狂地, 发疯地
  • He dashed frantically across the road. 他疯狂地跑过马路。
  • She bid frantically for the old chair. 她发狂地喊出高价要买那把古老的椅子。
32 entreaty voAxi     
  • Mrs. Quilp durst only make a gesture of entreaty.奎尔普太太仅做出一种哀求的姿势。
  • Her gaze clung to him in entreaty.她的眼光带着恳求的神色停留在他身上。
33 remonstrance bVex0     
  • She had abandoned all attempts at remonstrance with Thomas.她已经放弃了一切劝戒托马斯的尝试。
  • Mrs. Peniston was at the moment inaccessible to remonstrance.目前彭尼斯顿太太没功夫听她告状。
34 ushering 3e092841cb6e76f98231ed1268254a5c     
v.引,领,陪同( usher的现在分词 )
  • They were right where the coach-caller was swinging open a coach-door and ushering in two ladies. "他们走到外面时,叫马车的服务员正打开车门,请两位小姐上车。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Immediately the two of them approached others, thanking them, ushering them out one by one. 他们俩马上走到其他人面前,向他们道谢,一个个送走了他们。 来自辞典例句
35 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。
36 animation UMdyv     
  • They are full of animation as they talked about their childhood.当他们谈及童年的往事时都非常兴奋。
  • The animation of China made a great progress.中国的卡通片制作取得很大发展。
37 touching sg6zQ9     
  • It was a touching sight.这是一幅动人的景象。
  • His letter was touching.他的信很感人。
38 brass DWbzI     
  • 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。
39 astounded 7541fb163e816944b5753491cad6f61a     
  • His arrogance astounded her. 他的傲慢使她震惊。
  • How can you say that? I'm absolutely astounded. 你怎么能说出那种话?我感到大为震惊。
40 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。
41 appalling iNwz9     
  • The search was hampered by appalling weather conditions.恶劣的天气妨碍了搜寻工作。
  • Nothing can extenuate such appalling behaviour.这种骇人听闻的行径罪无可恕。
42 butting 040c106d50d62fd82f9f4419ebe99980     
  • When they were talking Mary kept butting in. 当他们在谈话时,玛丽老是插嘴。
  • A couple of goats are butting each other. 两只山羊在用角互相顶撞。
43 immortal 7kOyr     
  • The wild cocoa tree is effectively immortal.野生可可树实际上是不会死的。
  • The heroes of the people are immortal!人民英雄永垂不朽!
44 villain ZL1zA     
  • He was cast as the villain in the play.他在戏里扮演反面角色。
  • The man who played the villain acted very well.扮演恶棍的那个男演员演得很好。
45 pettishly 7ab4060fbb40eff9237e3fd1df204fb1     
  • \"Oh, no,'she said, almost pettishly, \"I just don't feel very good.\" “哦,不是,\"她说,几乎想发火了,\"我只是觉得不大好受。” 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Then he tossed the marble away pettishly, and stood cogitating. 于是他一气之下扔掉那个弹子,站在那儿沉思。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
46 followers 5c342ee9ce1bf07932a1f66af2be7652     
追随者( follower的名词复数 ); 用户; 契据的附面; 从动件
  • the followers of Mahatma Gandhi 圣雄甘地的拥护者
  • The reformer soon gathered a band of followers round him. 改革者很快就获得一群追随者支持他。
47 dubiously dubiously     
  • "What does he have to do?" queried Chin dubiously. “他有什么心事?”琴向觉民问道,她的脸上现出疑惑不解的神情。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
  • He walked out fast, leaving the head waiter staring dubiously at the flimsy blue paper. 他很快地走出去,撇下侍者头儿半信半疑地瞪着这张薄薄的蓝纸。 来自辞典例句
48 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
  • 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。
49 previously bkzzzC     
  • The bicycle tyre blew out at a previously damaged point.自行车胎在以前损坏过的地方又爆开了。
  • Let me digress for a moment and explain what had happened previously.让我岔开一会儿,解释原先发生了什么。
50 lighter 5pPzPR     
  • The portrait was touched up so as to make it lighter.这张画经过润色,色调明朗了一些。
  • The lighter works off the car battery.引燃器利用汽车蓄电池打火。
51 gossamer ufQxj     
  • The prince helped the princess,who was still in her delightful gossamer gown.王子搀扶着仍穿著那套美丽薄纱晚礼服的公主。
  • Gossamer is floating in calm air.空中飘浮着游丝。
52 pint 1NNxL     
  • I'll have a pint of beer and a packet of crisps, please.我要一品脱啤酒和一袋炸马铃薯片。
  • In the old days you could get a pint of beer for a shilling.从前,花一先令就可以买到一品脱啤酒。
53 benevolence gt8zx     
  • 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。
54 alacrity MfFyL     
  • Although the man was very old,he still moved with alacrity.他虽然很老,动作仍很敏捷。
  • He accepted my invitation with alacrity.他欣然接受我的邀请。
55 justified 7pSzrk     
  • 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。
56 proceedings Wk2zvX     
  • 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
57 second-hand second-hand     
  • I got this book by chance at a second-hand bookshop.我赶巧在一家旧书店里买到这本书。
  • They will put all these second-hand goods up for sale.他们将把这些旧货全部公开出售。
58 inconvenient m4hy5     
  • You have come at a very inconvenient time.你来得最不适时。
  • Will it be inconvenient for him to attend that meeting?他参加那次会议会不方便吗?
59 dispensed 859813db740b2251d6defd6f68ac937a     
v.分配( dispense的过去式和过去分词 );施与;配(药)
  • Not a single one of these conditions can be dispensed with. 这些条件缺一不可。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • They dispensed new clothes to the children in the orphanage. 他们把新衣服发给孤儿院的小孩们。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
60 recapitulate CU9xx     
  • Let's recapitulate the main ideas.让我们来概括一下要点。
  • It will be helpful to recapitulate them.在这里将其简要重述一下也是有帮助的。
61 groom 0fHxW     
  • His father was a groom.他父亲曾是个马夫。
  • George was already being groomed for the top job.为承担这份高级工作,乔治已在接受专门的培训。
62 uncommon AlPwO     
  • Such attitudes were not at all uncommon thirty years ago.这些看法在30年前很常见。
  • Phil has uncommon intelligence.菲尔智力超群。


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