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Chapter 13

SOME ACCOUNT OF EATANSWILL; OF THESTATE OF PARTIES THEREIN; AND OF THEELECTION OF A MEMBER TO SERVE INPARLIAMENT FOR THAT ANCIENT, LOYAL,AND PATRIOTIC1 BOROUGHe will frankly3 acknowledge that, up to the period of ourbeing first immersed in the voluminous papers of thePickwick Club, we had never heard of Eatanswill; wewill with equal candour admit that we have in vain searched forproof of the actual existence of such a place at the present day.

  Knowing the deep reliance to be placed on every note andstatement of Mr. Pickwick’s, and not presuming to set up ourrecollection against the recorded declarations of that great man,we have consulted every authority, bearing upon the subject, towhich we could possibly refer. We have traced every name inschedules A and B, without meeting with that of Eatanswill; wehave minutely examined every corner of the pocket county mapsissued for the benefit of society by our distinguished4 publishers,and the same result has attended our investigation5. We aretherefore led to believe that Mr. Pickwick, with that anxious desireto abstain6 from giving offence to any, and with those delicatefeelings for which all who knew him well know he was soeminently remarkable7, purposely substituted a fictitiousdesignation, for the real name of the place in which hisobservations were made. We are confirmed in this belief by a littlecircumstance, apparently8 slight and trivial in itself, but whenconsidered in this point of view, not undeserving of notice. In Mr.

  Pickwick’s note-book, we can just trace an entry of the fact, thatthe places of himself and followers9 were booked by the Norwichcoach; but this entry was afterwards lined through, as if for thepurpose of concealing10 even the direction in which the borough2 issituated. We will not, therefore, hazard a guess upon the subject,but will at once proceed with this history, content with thematerials which its characters have provided for us.

  It appears, then, that the Eatanswill people, like the people ofmany other small towns, considered themselves of the utmost andmost mighty11 importance, and that every man in Eatanswill,conscious of the weight that attached to his example, felt himselfbound to unite, heart and soul, with one of the two great partiesthat divided the town―the Blues12 and the Buffs. Now the Blueslost no opportunity of opposing the Buffs, and the Buffs lost noopportunity of opposing the Blues; and the consequence was, thatwhenever the Buffs and Blues met together at public meeting,town-hall, fair, or market, disputes and high words arose betweenthem. With these dissensions it is almost superfluous13 to say thateverything in Eatanswill was made a party question. If the Buffsproposed to new skylight the market-place, the Blues got uppublic meetings, and denounced the proceeding14; if the Bluesproposed the erection of an additional pump in the High Street,the Buffs rose as one man and stood aghast at the enormity. Therewere Blue shops and Buff shops, Blue inns and Buff inns―therewas a Blue aisle15 and a Buff aisle in the very church itself.

  Of course it was essentially16 and indispensably necessary thateach of these powerful parties should have its chosen organ andrepresentative: and, accordingly, there were two newspapers inthe town―the Eatanswill Gazette and the EatanswillIndependent; the former advocating Blue principles, and the latterconducted on grounds decidedly Buff. Fine newspapers they were.

  Such leading articles, and such spirited attacks!―‘Our worthlesscontemporary, the Gazette’―‘That disgraceful and dastardlyjournal, the Independent’―‘That false and scurrilous18 print, theIndependent’―‘That vile19 and slanderous20 calumniator21, theGazette;’ these, and other spirit-stirring denunciations, werestrewn plentifully22 over the columns of each, in every number, andexcited feelings of the most intense delight and indignation in thebosoms of the townspeople.

  Mr. Pickwick, with his usual foresight23 and sagacity, had chosena peculiarly desirable moment for his visit to the borough. Neverwas such a contest known. The Honourable24 Samuel Slumkey, ofSlumkey Hall, was the Blue candidate; and Horatio Fizkin, Esq., ofFizkin Lodge25, near Eatanswill, had been prevailed upon by hisfriends to stand forward on the Buff interest. The Gazette warnedthe electors of Eatanswill that the eyes not only of England, but ofthe whole civilised world, were upon them; and the Independentimperatively demanded to know, whether the constituency ofEatanswill were the grand fellows they had always taken them for,or base and servile tools, undeserving alike of the name ofEnglishmen and the blessings26 of freedom. Never had such acommotion agitated27 the town before.

  It was late in the evening when Mr. Pickwick and hiscompanions, assisted by Sam, dismounted from the roof of theEatanswill coach. Large blue silk flags were flying from thewindows of the Town Arms Inn, and bills were posted in everysash, intimating, in gigantic letters, that the Honourable SamuelSlumkey’s committee sat there daily. A crowd of idlers wereassembled in the road, looking at a hoarse28 man in the balcony,who was apparently talking himself very red in the face in Mr.

  Slumkey’s behalf; but the force and point of whose argumentswere somewhat impaired29 by the perpetual beating of four largedrums which Mr. Fizkin’s committee had stationed at the streetcorner. There was a busy little man beside him, though, who tookoff his hat at intervals30 and motioned to the people to cheer, whichthey regularly did, most enthusiastically; and as the red-facedgentleman went on talking till he was redder in the face than ever,it seemed to answer his purpose quite as well as if anybody hadheard him.

  The Pickwickians had no sooner dismounted than they weresurrounded by a branch mob of the honest and independent, whoforthwith set up three deafening31 cheers, which being responded toby the main body (for it’s not at all necessary for a crowd to knowwhat they are cheering about), swelled32 into a tremendous roar oftriumph, which stopped even the red-faced man in the balcony.

  ‘Hurrah!’ shouted the mob, in conclusion.

  ‘One cheer more,’ screamed the little fugleman in the balcony,and out shouted the mob again, as if lungs were cast-iron, withsteel works.

  ‘Slumkey for ever!’ roared the honest and independent.

  ‘Slumkey for ever!’ echoed Mr. Pickwick, taking off his hat. ‘NoFizkin!’ roared the crowd.

  ‘Certainly not!’ shouted Mr. Pickwick. ‘Hurrah!’ And then therewas another roaring, like that of a whole menagerie when theelephant has rung the bell for the cold meat.

  ‘Who is Slumkey?’ whispered Mr. Tupman.

  ‘I don’t know,’ replied Mr. Pickwick, in the same tone. ‘Hush.

  Don’t ask any questions. It’s always best on these occasions to dowhat the mob do.’

  ‘But suppose there are two mobs?’ suggested Mr. Snodgrass.

  ‘Shout with the largest,’ replied Mr. Pickwick.

  Volumes could not have said more.

  They entered the house, the crowd opening right and left to letthem pass, and cheering vociferously33. The first object ofconsideration was to secure quarters for the night.

  ‘Can we have beds here?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick, summoningthe waiter.

  ‘Don’t know, sir,’ replied the man; ‘afraid we’re full, sir―I’llinquire, sir.’ Away he went for that purpose, and presentlyreturned, to ask whether the gentleman were ‘Blue.’

  As neither Mr. Pickwick nor his companions took any vitalinterest in the cause of either candidate, the question was rather adifficult one to answer. In this dilemma34 Mr. Pickwick bethoughthimself of his new friend, Mr. Perker.

  ‘Do you know a gentleman of the name of Perker?’ inquired Mr.


  ‘Certainly, sir; Honourable Mr. Samuel Slumkey’s agent.’

  ‘He is Blue, I think?’

  ‘Oh, yes, sir.’

  ‘Then we are Blue,’ said Mr. Pickwick; but observing that theman looked rather doubtful at this accommodatingannouncement, he gave him his card, and desired him to presentit to Mr. Perker forthwith, if he should happen to be in the house.

  The waiter retired35; and reappearing almost immediately with arequest that Mr. Pickwick would follow him, led the way to a largeroom on the first floor, where, seated at a long table covered withbooks and papers, was Mr. Perker.

  ‘Ah―ah, my dear sir,’ said the little man, advancing to meethim; ‘very happy to see you, my dear sir, very. Pray sit down. Soyou have carried your intention into effect. You have come downhere to see an election―eh?’ Mr. Pickwick replied in theaffirmative.

  ‘Spirited contest, my dear sir,’ said the little man.

  ‘I’m delighted to hear it,’ said Mr. Pickwick, rubbing his hands.

  ‘I like to see sturdy patriotism37, on whatever side it is called forth―and so it’s a spirited contest?’

  ‘Oh, yes,’ said the little man, ‘very much so indeed. We haveopened all the public-houses in the place, and left our adversarynothing but the beer-shops-masterly stroke of policy that, my dearsir, eh?’ The little man smiled complacently38, and took a largepinch of snuff.

  ‘And what are the probabilities as to the result of the contest?’

  inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Why, doubtful, my dear sir; rather doubtful as yet,’ replied thelittle man. ‘Fizkin’s people have got three-and-thirty voters in thelock-up coach-house at the White Hart.’

  ‘In the coach-house!’ said Mr. Pickwick, considerablyastonished by this second stroke of policy.

  ‘They keep ’em locked up there till they want ’em,’ resumed thelittle man. ‘The effect of that is, you see, to prevent our getting atthem; and even if we could, it would be of no use, for they keepthem very drunk on purpose. Smart fellow Fizkin’s agent―verysmart fellow indeed.’

  Mr. Pickwick stared, but said nothing.

  ‘We are pretty confident, though,’ said Mr. Perker, sinking hisvoice almost to a whisper. ‘We had a little tea-party here, lastnight―five-and-forty women, my dear sir―and gave every one of’em a green parasol when she went away.’

  ‘A parasol!’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Fact, my dear sir, fact. Five-and-forty green parasols, at sevenand sixpence a-piece. All women like finery―extraordinary theeffect of those parasols. Secured all their husbands, and half theirbrothers―beats stockings, and flannel39, and all that sort of thinghollow. My idea, my dear sir, entirely40. Hail, rain, or sunshine, youcan’t walk half a dozen yards up the street, without encounteringhalf a dozen green parasols.’

  Here the little man indulged in a convulsion of mirth, whichwas only checked by the entrance of a third party.

  This was a tall, thin man, with a sandy-coloured head inclinedto baldness, and a face in which solemn importance was blendedwith a look of unfathomable profundity41. He was dressed in a longbrown surtout, with a black cloth waistcoat, and drab trousers. Adouble eyeglass dangled42 at his waistcoat; and on his head he worea very low-crowned hat with a broad brim. The new-comer wasintroduced to Mr. Pickwick as Mr. Pott, the editor of theEatanswill Gazette. After a few preliminary remarks, Mr. Pottturned round to Mr. Pickwick, and said with solemnity―‘This contest excites great interest in the metropolis43, sir?’

  ‘I believe it does,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘To which I have reason to know,’ said Pott, looking towardsMr. Perker for corroboration―‘to which I have reason to knowthat my article of last Saturday in some degree contributed.’

  ‘Not the least doubt of it,’ said the little man.

  ‘The press is a mighty engine, sir,’ said Pott.

  Mr. Pickwick yielded his fullest assent44 to the proposition.

  ‘But I trust, sir,’ said Pott, ‘that I have never abused theenormous power I wield45. I trust, sir, that I have never pointed46 thenoble instrument which is placed in my hands, against the sacredbosom of private life, or the tender breast of individual reputation;I trust, sir, that I have devoted47 my energies to―to endeavours―humble48 they may be, humble I know they are―to instil49 thoseprinciples of―which―are―’

  Here the editor of the Eatanswill Gazette, appearing to ramble,Mr. Pickwick came to his relief, and said―‘Certainly.’

  ‘And what, sir,’ said Pott―‘what, sir, let me ask you as animpartial man, is the state of the public mind in London, withreference to my contest with the Independent?’

  ‘Greatly excited, no doubt,’ interposed Mr. Perker, with a lookof slyness which was very likely accidental.

  ‘The contest,’ said Pott, ‘shall be prolonged so long as I havehealth and strength, and that portion of talent with which I amgifted. From that contest, sir, although it may unsettle men’sminds and excite their feelings, and render them incapable51 for thedischarge of the everyday duties of ordinary life; from that contest,sir, I will never shrink, till I have set my heel upon the EatanswillIndependent. I wish the people of London, and the people of thiscountry to know, sir, that they may rely upon me―that I will notdesert them, that I am resolved to stand by them, sir, to the last.’

  ‘Your conduct is most noble, sir,’ said Mr. Pickwick; and hegrasped the hand of the magnanimous Pott. ‘You are, sir, Iperceive, a man of sense and talent,’ said Mr. Pott, almostbreathless with the vehemence52 of his patriotic declaration. ‘I ammost happy, sir, to make the acquaintance of such a man.’

  ‘And I,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘feel deeply honoured by thisexpression of your opinion. Allow me, sir, to introduce you to myfellow-travellers, the other corresponding members of the club Iam proud to have founded.’

  ‘I shall be delighted,’ said Mr. Pott.

  Mr. Pickwick withdrew, and returning with his friends,presented them in due form to the editor of the EatanswillGazette.

  ‘Now, my dear Pott,’ said little Mr. Perker, ‘the question is,what are we to do with our friends here?’

  ‘We can stop in this house, I suppose,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Not a spare bed in the house, my dear sir―not a single bed.’

  ‘Extremely awkward,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Very,’ said his fellow-voyagers.

  ‘I have an idea upon this subject,’ said Mr. Pott, ‘which I thinkmay be very successfully adopted. They have two beds at thePeacock, and I can boldly say, on behalf of Mrs. Pott, that she willbe delighted to accommodate Mr. Pickwick and any one of hisfriends, if the other two gentlemen and their servant do not objectto shifting, as they best can, at the Peacock.’

  After repeated pressings on the part of Mr. Pott, and repeatedprotestations on that of Mr. Pickwick that he could not think ofincommoding or troubling his amiable53 wife, it was decided17 that itwas the only feasible arrangement that could be made. So it wasmade; and after dinner together at the Town Arms, the friendsseparated, Mr. Tupman and Mr. Snodgrass repairing to thePeacock, and Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Winkle proceeding to themansion of Mr. Pott; it having been previously54 arranged that theyshould all reassemble at the Town Arms in the morning, andaccompany the Honourable Samuel Slumkey’s procession to theplace of nomination55.

  Mr. Pott’s domestic circle was limited to himself and his wife.

  All men whom mighty genius has raised to a proud eminence56 inthe world, have usually some little weakness which appears themore conspicuous57 from the contrast it presents to their generalcharacter. If Mr. Pott had a weakness, it was, perhaps, that he wasrather too submissive to the somewhat contemptuous control andsway of his wife. We do not feel justified58 in laying any particularstress upon the fact, because on the present occasion all Mrs.

  Pott’s most winning ways were brought into requisition to receivethe two gentlemen.

  ‘My dear,’ said Mr. Pott, ‘Mr. Pickwick―Mr. Pickwick ofLondon.’

  Mrs. Pott received Mr. Pickwick’s paternal59 grasp of the handwith enchanting60 sweetness; and Mr. Winkle, who had not beenannounced at all, sidled and bowed, unnoticed, in an obscurecorner.

  ‘P. my dear’―said Mrs. Pott.

  ‘My life,’ said Mr. Pott.

  ‘Pray introduce the other gentleman.’

  ‘I beg a thousand pardons,’ said Mr. Pott. ‘Permit me, Mrs. Pott,Mr.―’

  ‘Winkle,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Winkle,’ echoed Mr. Pott; and the ceremony of introductionwas complete.

  ‘We owe you many apologies, ma’am,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘fordisturbing your domestic arrangements at so short a notice.’

  ‘I beg you won’t mention it, sir,’ replied the feminine Pott, withvivacity. ‘It is a high treat to me, I assure you, to see any new faces;living as I do, from day to day, and week to week, in this dull place,and seeing nobody.’

  ‘Nobody, my dear!’ exclaimed Mr. Pott archly.

  ‘Nobody but you,’ retorted Mrs. Pott, with asperity61.

  ‘You see, Mr. Pickwick,’ said the host in explanation of hiswife’s lament62, ‘that we are in some measure cut off from manyenjoyments and pleasures of which we might otherwise partake.

  My public station, as editor of the Eatanswill Gazette, the positionwhich that paper holds in the country, my constant immersion63 inthe vortex of politics―’

  ‘P. my dear―’ interposed Mrs. Pott.

  ‘My life―’ said the editor.

  ‘I wish, my dear, you would endeavour to find some topic ofconversation in which these gentlemen might take some rationalinterest.’

  ‘But, my love,’ said Mr. Pott, with great humility64, ‘Mr. Pickwickdoes take an interest in it.’

  ‘It’s well for him if he can,’ said Mrs. Pott emphatically; ‘I amwearied out of my life with your politics, and quarrels with theIndependent, and nonsense. I am quite astonished, P., at yourmaking such an exhibition of your absurdity65.’

  ‘But, my dear―’ said Mr. Pott.

  ‘Oh, nonsense, don’t talk to me,’ said Mrs. Pott. ‘Do you playecarté, sir?’

  ‘I shall be very happy to learn under your tuition,’ replied Mr.


  ‘Well, then, draw that little table into this window, and let meget out of hearing of those prosy politics.’

  ‘Jane,’ said Mr. Pott, to the servant who brought in candles, ‘godown into the office, and bring me up the file of the Gazette foreighteen hundred and twenty-six. I’ll read you,’ added the editor,turning to Mr. Pickwick―‘I’ll just read you a few of the leaders Iwrote at that time upon the Buff job of appointing a new tollmanto the turnpike here; I rather think they’ll amuse you.’

  ‘I should like to hear them very much indeed,’ said Mr.


  Up came the file, and down sat the editor, with Mr. Pickwick athis side.

  We have in vain pored over the leaves of Mr. Pickwick’s note-book, in the hope of meeting with a general summary of thesebeautiful compositions. We have every reason to believe that hewas perfectly66 enraptured67 with the vigour68 and freshness of thestyle; indeed Mr. Winkle has recorded the fact that his eyes wereclosed, as if with excess of pleasure, during the whole time of theirperusal.

  The announcement of supper put a stop both to the game ofecarté, and the recapitulation of the beauties of the EatanswillGazette. Mrs. Pott was in the highest spirits and the mostagreeable humour. Mr. Winkle had already made considerableprogress in her good opinion, and she did not hesitate to informhim, confidentially69, that Mr. Pickwick was ‘a delightful70 old dear.’

  These terms convey a familiarity of expression, in which few ofthose who were intimately acquainted with that colossal-mindedman, would have presumed to indulge. We have preserved them,nevertheless, as affording at once a touching71 and a convincingproof of the estimation in which he was held by every class ofsociety, and the case with which he made his way to their heartsand feelings.

  It was a late hour of the night―long after Mr. Tupman and Mr.

  Snodgrass had fallen asleep in the inmost recesses72 of thePeacock―when the two friends retired to rest. Slumber73 soon fellupon the senses of Mr. Winkle, but his feelings had been excited,and his admiration74 roused; and for many hours after sleep hadrendered him insensible to earthly objects, the face and figure ofthe agreeable Mrs. Pott presented themselves again and again tohis wandering imagination.

  The noise and bustle75 which ushered76 in the morning weresufficient to dispel77 from the mind of the most romantic visionaryin existence, any associations but those which were immediatelyconnected with the rapidly-approaching election. The beating ofdrums, the blowing of horns and trumpets78, the shouting of men,and tramping of horses, echoed and re―echoed through thestreets from the earliest dawn of day; and an occasional fightbetween the light skirmishers of either party at once enlivened thepreparations, and agreeably diversified79 their character. ‘Well,Sam,’ said Mr. Pickwick, as his valet appeared at his bedroomdoor, just as he was concluding his toilet; ‘all alive to-day, Isuppose?’

  ‘Reg’lar game, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller; ‘our people’s a-collectingdown at the Town Arms, and they’re a-hollering themselveshoarse already.’

  ‘Ah,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘do they seem devoted to their party,Sam?’

  ‘Never see such dewotion in my life, sir.’

  ‘Energetic, eh?’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Uncommon,’ replied Sam; ‘I never see men eat and drink somuch afore. I wonder they ain’t afeer’d o’ bustin’.’

  ‘That’s the mistaken kindness of the gentry80 here,’ said Mr.


  ‘Wery likely,’ replied Sam briefly81.

  ‘Fine, fresh, hearty82 fellows they seem,’ said Mr. Pickwick,glancing from the window.

  ‘Wery fresh,’ replied Sam; ‘me and the two waiters at thePeacock has been a-pumpin’ over the independent woters assupped there last night.’

  ‘Pumping over independent voters!’ exclaimed Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Yes,’ said his attendant, ‘every man slept vere he fell down; wedragged ’em out, one by one, this mornin’, and put ’em under thepump, and they’re in reg’lar fine order now. Shillin’ a head thecommittee paid for that ’ere job.’

  ‘Can such things be!’ exclaimed the astonished Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Lord bless your heart, sir,’ said Sam, ‘why where was you halfbaptised?―that’s nothin’, that ain’t.’

  ‘Nothing?’ said Mr. Pickwick. ‘Nothin’ at all, sir,’ replied hisattendant. ‘The night afore the last day o’ the last election here,the opposite party bribed83 the barmaid at the Town Arms, to hocusthe brandy-and-water of fourteen unpolled electors as was a-stoppin’ in the house.’

  ‘What do you mean by “hocussing” brandy-and-water?’

  inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Puttin’ laud’num in it,’ replied Sam. ‘Blessed if she didn’t send ’em all to sleep till twelve hours arter the election was over. Theytook one man up to the booth, in a truck, fast asleep, by way ofexperiment, but it was no go―they wouldn’t poll him; so theybrought him back, and put him to bed again.’

  ‘Strange practices, these,’ said Mr. Pickwick; half speaking tohimself and half addressing Sam.

  ‘Not half so strange as a miraculous84 circumstance as happenedto my own father, at an election time, in this wery place, sir,’

  replied Sam.

  ‘What was that?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Why, he drove a coach down here once,’ said Sam; ‘’lectiontime came on, and he was engaged by vun party to bring downwoters from London. Night afore he was going to drive up,committee on t’ other side sends for him quietly, and away he goesvith the messenger, who shows him in;―large room―lots ofgen’l’m’n―heaps of papers, pens and ink, and all that ’ere. “Ah,Mr. Weller,” says the gen’l’m’n in the chair, “glad to see you, sir;how are you?”―“Wery well, thank’ee, sir,” says my father; “I hopeyou’re pretty middlin,” says he.―“Pretty well, thank’ee, sir,” saysthe gen’l’m’n; “sit down, Mr. Weller―pray sit down, sir.” So myfather sits down, and he and the gen’l’m’n looks wery hard at eachother. “You don’t remember me?” said the gen’l’m’n.―“Can’t sayI do,” says my father.―“Oh, I know you,” says the gen’l’m’n:

  “know’d you when you was a boy,” says he.―“Well, I don’tremember you,” says my father.―“That’s wery odd,” says thegen’l’m’n.”―“Wery,” says my father.―“You must have a badmem’ry, Mr. Weller,” says the gen’l’m’n.―“Well, it is a wery bad’un,” says my father.―“I thought so,” says the gen’l’m’n. So thenthey pours him out a glass of wine, and gammons him about hisdriving, and gets him into a reg’lar good humour, and at lastshoves a twenty-pound note into his hand. “It’s a wery bad roadbetween this and London,” says the gen’l’m’n.―“Here and there itis a heavy road,” says my father.―“’Specially near the canal, Ithink,” says the gen’l’m’n.―“Nasty bit that ’ere,” says my father.―“Well, Mr. Weller,” says the gen’l’m’n, “you’re a wery good whip,and can do what you like with your horses, we know. We’re allwery fond o’ you, Mr. Weller, so in case you should have anaccident when you’re bringing these here woters down, and shouldtip ’em over into the canal vithout hurtin’ of ’em, this is foryourself,” says he.―“Gen’l’m’n, you’re wery kind,” says my father,“and I’ll drink your health in another glass of wine,” says he; vichhe did, and then buttons up the money, and bows himself out. Youwouldn’t believe, sir,’ continued Sam, with a look of inexpressibleimpudence at his master, ‘that on the wery day as he came downwith them woters, his coach was upset on that ’ere wery spot, andev’ry man on ’em was turned into the canal.’

  ‘And got out again?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick hastily.

  ‘Why,’ replied Sam very slowly, ‘I rather think one old gen’l’m’nwas missin’; I know his hat was found, but I ain’t quite certainwhether his head was in it or not. But what I look at is the hex-traordinary and wonderful coincidence, that arter what thatgen’l’m’n said, my father’s coach should be upset in that weryplace, and on that wery day!’

  ‘It is, no doubt, a very extraordinary circumstance indeed,’ saidMr. Pickwick. ‘But brush my hat, Sam, for I hear Mr. Winklecalling me to breakfast.’

  With these words Mr. Pickwick descended86 to the parlour,where he found breakfast laid, and the family already assembled.

  The meal was hastily despatched; each of the gentlemen’s hatswas decorated with an enormous blue favour, made up by the fairhands of Mrs. Pott herself; and as Mr. Winkle had undertaken toescort that lady to a house-top, in the immediate36 vicinity of thehustings, Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Pott repaired alone to the TownArms, from the back window of which, one of Mr. Slumkey’scommittee was addressing six small boys and one girl, whom hedignified, at every second sentence, with the imposing88 title of ‘Menof Eatanswill,’ whereat the six small boys aforesaid cheeredprodigiously.

  The stable-yard exhibited unequivocal symptoms of the gloryand strength of the Eatanswill Blues. There was a regular army ofblue flags, some with one handle, and some with two, exhibitingappropriate devices, in golden characters four feet high, and stoutin proportion. There was a grand band of trumpets, bassoons, anddrums, marshalled four abreast89, and earning their money, if evermen did, especially the drum-beaters, who were very muscular.

  There were bodies of constables90 with blue staves, twentycommittee-men with blue scarfs, and a mob of voters with bluecockades. There were electors on horseback and electors afoot.

  There was an open carriage-and-four, for the Honourable SamuelSlumkey; and there were four carriage-and-pair, for his friendsand supporters; and the flags were rustling91, and the band wasplaying, and the constables were swearing, and the twentycommittee-men were squabbling, and the mob were shouting, andthe horses were backing, and the post-boys perspiring92; andeverybody, and everything, then and there assembled, was for thespecial use, behoof, honour, and renown93, of the HonourableSamuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall, one of the candidates for therepresentation of the borough of Eatanswill, in the CommonsHouse of Parliament of the United Kingdom. Loud and long werethe cheers, and mighty was the rustling of one of the blue flags,with ‘Liberty of the Press’ inscribed94 thereon, when the sandy headof Mr. Pott was discerned in one of the windows, by the mobbeneath; and tremendous was the enthusiasm when theHonourable Samuel Slumkey himself, in top-boots, and a blueneckerchief, advanced and seized the hand of the said Pott, andmelodramatically testified by gestures to the crowd, hisineffaceable obligations to the Eatanswill Gazette.

  ‘Is everything ready?’ said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey toMr. Perker.

  ‘Everything, my dear sir,’ was the little man’s reply.

  ‘Nothing has been omitted, I hope?’said the HonourableSamuel Slumkey.

  ‘Nothing has been left undone95, my dear sir―nothing whatever.

  There are twenty washed men at the street door for you to shakehands with; and six children in arms that you’re to pat on thehead, and inquire the age of; be particular about the children, mydear sir―it has always a great effect, that sort of thing.’

  ‘I’ll take care,’ said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey.

  ‘And, perhaps, my dear sir,’ said the cautious little man,‘perhaps if you could―I don’t mean to say it’s indispensable―butif you could manage to kiss one of ’em, it would produce a verygreat impression on the crowd.’

  ‘Wouldn’t it have as good an effect if the proposer or seconderdid that?’ said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey.

  ‘Why, I am afraid it wouldn’t,’ replied the agent; ‘if it were doneby yourself, my dear sir, I think it would make you very popular.’

  ‘Very well,’ said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey, with aresigned air, ‘then it must be done. That’s all.’

  ‘Arrange the procession,’ cried the twenty committee-men.

  Amidst the cheers of the assembled throng96, the band, and theconstables, and the committee-men, and the voters, and thehorsemen, and the carriages, took their places―each of the two-horse vehicles being closely packed with as many gentlemen ascould manage to stand upright in it; and that assigned to Mr.

  Perker, containing Mr. Pickwick, Mr. Tupman, Mr. Snodgrass,and about half a dozen of the committee besides.

  There was a moment of awful suspense97 as the processionwaited for the Honourable Samuel Slumkey to step into hiscarriage. Suddenly the crowd set up a great cheering.

  ‘He has come out,’ said little Mr. Perker, greatly excited; themore so as their position did not enable them to see what wasgoing forward.

  Another cheer, much louder.

  ‘He has shaken hands with the men,’ cried the little agent.

  Another cheer, far more vehement98.

  ‘He has patted the babies on the head,’ said Mr. Perker,trembling with anxiety.

  A roar of applause that rent the air.

  ‘He has kissed one of ‘em!’ exclaimed the delighted little man.

  A second roar.

  ‘He has kissed another,’ gasped99 the excited manager.

  A third roar.

  ‘He’s kissing ’em all!’ screamed the enthusiastic littlegentleman, and hailed by the deafening shouts of the multitude,the procession moved on.

  How or by what means it became mixed up with the otherprocession, and how it was ever extricated100 from the confusionconsequent thereupon, is more than we can undertake to describe,inasmuch as Mr. Pickwick’s hat was knocked over his eyes, nose,and mouth, by one poke101 of a Buff flag-staff, very early in theproceedings. He describes himself as being surrounded on everyside, when he could catch a glimpse of the scene, by angry andferocious countenances104, by a vast cloud of dust, and by a densecrowd of combatants. He represents himself as being forced fromthe carriage by some unseen power, and being personally engagedin a pugilistic encounter; but with whom, or how, or why, he iswholly unable to state. He then felt himself forced up somewooden steps by the persons from behind; and on removing hishat, found himself surrounded by his friends, in the very front ofthe left hand side of the hustings87. The right was reserved for theBuff party, and the centre for the mayor and his officers; one ofwhom―the fat crier of Eatanswill―was ringing an enormous bell,by way of commanding silence, while Mr. Horatio Fizkin, and theHonourable Samuel Slumkey, with their hands upon their hearts,were bowing with the utmost affability to the troubled sea of headsthat inundated105 the open space in front; and from whence arose astorm of groans106, and shouts, and yells, and hootings, that wouldhave done honour to an earthquake.

  ‘There’s Winkle,’ said Mr. Tupman, pulling his friend by thesleeve.

  ‘Where!’ said Mr. Pickwick, putting on his spectacles, which hehad fortunately kept in his pocket hitherto. ‘There,’ said Mr.

  Tupman, ‘on the top of that house.’ And there, sure enough, in theleaden gutter107 of a tiled roof, were Mr. Winkle and Mrs. Pott,comfortably seated in a couple of chairs, waving theirhandkerchiefs in token of recognition―a compliment which Mr.

  Pickwick returned by kissing his hand to the lady.

  The proceedings102 had not yet commenced; and as an inactivecrowd is generally disposed to be jocose108, this very innocent actionwas sufficient to awaken109 their facetiousness110.

  ‘Oh, you wicked old rascal,’ cried one voice, ‘looking arter thegirls, are you?’

  ‘Oh, you wenerable sinner,’ cried another.

  ‘Putting on his spectacles to look at a married ’ooman!’ said athird.

  ‘I see him a-winkin’ at her, with his wicked old eye,’ shouted afourth.

  ‘Look arter your wife, Pott,’ bellowed111 a fifth―and then therewas a roar of laughter.

  As these taunts112 were accompanied with invidious comparisonsbetween Mr. Pickwick and an aged85 ram50, and several witticisms113 ofthe like nature; and as they moreover rather tended to conveyreflections upon the honour of an innocent lady, Mr. Pickwick’sindignation was excessive; but as silence was proclaimed at themoment, he contented114 himself by scorching115 the mob with a look ofpity for their misguided minds, at which they laughed moreboisterously than ever.

  ‘Silence!’ roared the mayor’s attendants.

  ‘Whiffin, proclaim silence,’ said the mayor, with an air of pompbefitting his lofty station. In obedience116 to this command the crierperformed another concerto117 on the bell, whereupon a gentlemanin the crowd called out ‘Muffins’; which occasioned another laugh.

  ‘Gentlemen,’ said the mayor, at as loud a pitch as he couldpossibly force his voice to―‘gentlemen. Brother electors of theborough of Eatanswill. We are met here to-day for the purpose ofchoosing a representative in the room of our late―’

  Here the mayor was interrupted by a voice in the crowd.

  ‘Suc-cess to the mayor!’ cried the voice, ‘and may he neverdesert the nail and sarspan business, as he got his money by.’

  This allusion118 to the professional pursuits of the orator119 wasreceived with a storm of delight, which, with a bell-accompaniment, rendered the remainder of his speech inaudible,with the exception of the concluding sentence, in which hethanked the meeting for the patient attention with which theyheard him throughout―an expression of gratitude120 which elicitedanother burst of mirth, of about a quarter of an hour’s duration.

  Next, a tall, thin gentleman, in a very stiff white neckerchief,after being repeatedly desired by the crowd to ‘send a boy home,to ask whether he hadn’t left his voice under the pillow,’ begged tonominate a fit and proper person to represent them in Parliament.

  And when he said it was Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge,near Eatanswill, the Fizkinites applauded, and the Slumkeyitesgroaned, so long, and so loudly, that both he and the secondermight have sung comic songs in lieu of speaking, withoutanybody’s being a bit the wiser.

  The friends of Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, having had theirinnings, a little choleric121, pink-faced man stood forward to proposeanother fit and proper person to represent the electors ofEatanswill in Parliament; and very swimmingly the pink-facedgentleman would have got on, if he had not been rather toocholeric to entertain a sufficient perception of the fun of thecrowd. But after a very few sentences of figurative eloquence122, thepink-faced gentleman got from denouncing those who interruptedhim in the mob, to exchanging defiances with the gentlemen onthe hustings; whereupon arose an uproar123 which reduced him tothe necessity of expressing his feelings by serious pantomime,which he did, and then left the stage to his seconder, whodelivered a written speech of half an hour’s length, and wouldn’tbe stopped, because he had sent it all to the Eatanswill Gazette,and the Eatanswill Gazette had already printed it, every word.

  Then Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge, near Eatanswill,presented himself for the purpose of addressing the electors;which he no sooner did, than the band employed by theHonourable Samuel Slumkey, commenced performing with apower to which their strength in the morning was a trifle; inreturn for which, the Buff crowd belaboured the heads andshoulders of the Blue crowd; on which the Blue crowdendeavoured to dispossess themselves of their very unpleasantneighbours the Buff crowd; and a scene of struggling, andpushing, and fighting, succeeded, to which we can no more dojustice than the mayor could, although he issued imperativeorders to twelve constables to seize the ringleaders, who mightamount in number to two hundred and fifty, or thereabouts. At allthese encounters, Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge, andhis friends, waxed fierce and furious; until at last Horatio Fizkin,Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge, begged to ask his opponent, theHonourable Samuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall, whether that bandplayed by his consent; which question the Honoura ble SamuelSlumkey declining to answer, Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, of FizkinLodge, shook his fist in the countenance103 of the HonourableSamuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall; upon which the HonourableSamuel Slumkey, his blood being up, defied Horatio Fizkin,Esquire, to mortal combat. At this violation124 of all known rules andprecedents of order, the mayor commanded another fantasia onthe bell, and declared that he would bring before himself, bothHoratio Fizkin, Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge, and the HonourableSamuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall, and bind125 them over to keep thepeace. Upon this terrific denunciation, the supporters of the twocandidates interfered126, and after the friends of each party hadquarrelled in pairs, for three-quarters of an hour, Horatio Fizkin,Esquire, touched his hat to the Honourable Samuel Slumkey; theHonourable Samuel Slumkey touched his to Horatio Fizkin,Esquire; the band was stopped; the crowd were partially127 quieted;and Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, was permitted to proceed.

  The speeches of the two candidates, though differing in everyother respect, afforded a beautiful tribute to the merit and highworth of the electors of Eatanswill. Both expressed their opinionthat a more independent, a more enlightened, a more public-spirited, a more noble-minded, a more disinterested128 set of menthan those who had promised to vote for him, never existed onearth; each darkly hinted his suspicions that the electors in theopposite interest had certain swinish and besotted infirmitieswhich rendered them unfit for the exercise of the important dutiesthey were called upon to discharge. Fizkin expressed his readinessto do anything he was wanted: Slumkey, his determination to donothing that was asked of him. Both said that the trade, themanufactures, the commerce, the prosperity of Eatanswill, wouldever be dearer to their hearts than any earthly object; and eachhad it in his power to state, with the utmost confidence, that hewas the man who would eventually be returned.

  There was a show of hands; the mayor decided in favour of theHonourable Samuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall. Horatio Fizkin,Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge, demanded a poll, and a poll was fixedaccordingly. Then a vote of thanks was moved to the mayor for hisable conduct in the chair; and the mayor, devoutly129 wishing that hehad had a chair to display his able conduct in (for he had beenstanding during the whole proceedings), returned thanks. Theprocessions reformed, the carriages rolled slowly through thecrowd, and its members screeched130 and shouted after them as theirfeelings or caprice dictated131.

  During the whole time of the polling, the town was in aperpetual fever of excitement. Everything was conducted on themost liberal and delightful scale. Excisable articles wereremarkably cheap at all the public-houses; and spring vansparaded the streets for the accommodation of voters who wereseized with any temporary dizziness in the head―an epidemicwhich prevailed among the electors, during the contest, to a mostalarming extent, and under the influence of which they mightfrequently be seen lying on the pavements in a state of utterinsensibility. A small body of electors remained unpolled on thevery last day. They were calculating and reflecting persons, whohad not yet been convinced by the arguments of either party,although they had frequent conferences with each. One hourbefore the close of the poll, Mr. Perker solicited132 the honour of aprivate interview with these intelligent, these noble, thesepatriotic men. it was granted. His arguments were brief butsatisfactory. They went in a body to the poll; and when theyreturned, the Honourable Samuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall, wasreturned also.


1 patriotic T3Izu     
  • His speech was full of patriotic sentiments.他的演说充满了爱国之情。
  • The old man is a patriotic overseas Chinese.这位老人是一位爱国华侨。
2 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。
3 frankly fsXzcf     
  • To speak frankly, I don't like the idea at all.老实说,我一点也不赞成这个主意。
  • Frankly speaking, I'm not opposed to reform.坦率地说,我不反对改革。
4 distinguished wu9z3v     
  • 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。
5 investigation MRKzq     
  • 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。
6 abstain SVUzq     
  • His doctor ordered him to abstain from beer and wine.他的医生嘱咐他戒酒。
  • Three Conservative MPs abstained in the vote.三位保守党下院议员投了弃权票。
7 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。
8 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。
9 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。
10 concealing 0522a013e14e769c5852093b349fdc9d     
v.隐藏,隐瞒,遮住( conceal的现在分词 )
  • Despite his outward display of friendliness, I sensed he was concealing something. 尽管他表现得友善,我还是感觉到他有所隐瞒。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • SHE WAS BREAKING THE COMPACT, AND CONCEALING IT FROM HIM. 她违反了他们之间的约定,还把他蒙在鼓里。 来自英汉文学 - 三万元遗产
11 mighty YDWxl     
  • A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。
  • The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。
12 blues blues     
  • She was in the back of a smoky bar singing the blues.她在烟雾弥漫的酒吧深处唱着布鲁斯歌曲。
  • He was in the blues on account of his failure in business.他因事业失败而意志消沉。
13 superfluous EU6zf     
  • She fined away superfluous matter in the design. 她删去了这图案中多余的东西。
  • That request seemed superfluous when I wrote it.我这样写的时候觉得这个请求似乎是多此一举。
14 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。
15 aisle qxPz3     
  • The aisle was crammed with people.过道上挤满了人。
  • The girl ushered me along the aisle to my seat.引座小姐带领我沿着通道到我的座位上去。
16 essentially nntxw     
  • Really great men are essentially modest.真正的伟人大都很谦虚。
  • She is an essentially selfish person.她本质上是个自私自利的人。
17 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
18 scurrilous CDdz2     
  • Scurrilous and untrue stories were being invented.有人正在捏造虚假诽谤的故事。
  • She was often quite scurrilous in her references to me.她一提起我,常常骂骂咧咧的。
19 vile YLWz0     
  • Who could have carried out such a vile attack?会是谁发起这么卑鄙的攻击呢?
  • Her talk was full of vile curses.她的话里充满着恶毒的咒骂。
20 slanderous oi0zFp     
  • A man of moral integrity does not fear any slanderous attack.人正不怕影子斜。
  • No one believes your slanderous talk anyway!不管你怎么说,也没有人听信你这谗言!
21 calumniator 1559e3d6bcaaec72a391a8cc9d9e6e64     
  • Tower is measured by their shadow, and great men by their calumniator. 高塔是按塔影测量的;伟人是以他们的诽谤者衡量的。 来自互联网
22 plentifully f6b211d13287486e1bf5cd496d4f9f39     
adv. 许多地,丰饶地
  • The visitors were plentifully supplied with food and drink. 给来宾准备了丰富的食物和饮料。
  • The oil flowed plentifully at first, but soon ran out. 起初石油大量涌出,但很快就枯竭了。
23 foresight Wi3xm     
  • The failure is the result of our lack of foresight.这次失败是由于我们缺乏远虑而造成的。
  • It required a statesman's foresight and sagacity to make the decision.作出这个决定需要政治家的远见卓识。
24 honourable honourable     
  • I don't think I am worthy of such an honourable title.这样的光荣称号,我可担当不起。
  • I hope to find an honourable way of settling difficulties.我希望设法找到一个体面的办法以摆脱困境。
25 lodge q8nzj     
  • Is there anywhere that I can lodge in the village tonight?村里有我今晚过夜的地方吗?
  • I shall lodge at the inn for two nights.我要在这家小店住两个晚上。
26 blessings 52a399b218b9208cade790a26255db6b     
n.(上帝的)祝福( blessing的名词复数 );好事;福分;因祸得福
  • Afflictions are sometimes blessings in disguise. 塞翁失马,焉知非福。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We don't rely on blessings from Heaven. 我们不靠老天保佑。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
27 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。
28 hoarse 5dqzA     
  • He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶哑的声音问了我一个问题。
  • He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他过于激动,嗓子都喊哑了。
29 impaired sqtzdr     
adj.受损的;出毛病的;有(身体或智力)缺陷的v.损害,削弱( impair的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Much reading has impaired his vision. 大量读书损害了他的视力。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • His hearing is somewhat impaired. 他的听觉已受到一定程度的损害。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
30 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。
31 deafening deafening     
adj. 振耳欲聋的, 极喧闹的 动词deafen的现在分词形式
  • The noise of the siren was deafening her. 汽笛声震得她耳朵都快聋了。
  • The noise of the machine was deafening. 机器的轰鸣声震耳欲聋。
32 swelled bd4016b2ddc016008c1fc5827f252c73     
增强( swell的过去式和过去分词 ); 肿胀; (使)凸出; 充满(激情)
  • The infection swelled his hand. 由于感染,他的手肿了起来。
  • After the heavy rain the river swelled. 大雨过后,河水猛涨。
33 vociferously e42d60481bd86e6634ec59331d23991f     
  • They are arguing vociferously over who should pay the bill. 他们为谁该付账单大声争吵。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Annixter had cursed him so vociferously and tersely that even Osterman was cowed. 安尼克斯特骂了他的声音之大,语气之凶,连奥斯特曼也不禁吓了一跳。 来自辞典例句
34 dilemma Vlzzf     
  • I am on the horns of a dilemma about the matter.这件事使我进退两难。
  • He was thrown into a dilemma.他陷入困境。
35 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。
36 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。
37 patriotism 63lzt     
  • His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。
  • They obtained money under the false pretenses of patriotism.他们以虚伪的爱国主义为借口获得金钱。
38 complacently complacently     
adv. 满足地, 自满地, 沾沾自喜地
  • He complacently lived out his life as a village school teacher. 他满足于一个乡村教师的生活。
  • "That was just something for evening wear," returned his wife complacently. “那套衣服是晚装,"他妻子心安理得地说道。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
39 flannel S7dyQ     
  • 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。
40 entirely entirely     
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
41 profundity mQTxZ     
  • He impressed his audience by the profundity of his knowledge.他知识渊博给听众留下了深刻的印象。
  • He pretended profundity by eye-beamings at people.他用神采奕奕的眼光看着人们,故作深沉。
42 dangled 52e4f94459442522b9888158698b7623     
悬吊着( dangle的过去式和过去分词 ); 摆动不定; 用某事物诱惑…; 吊胃口
  • Gold charms dangled from her bracelet. 她的手镯上挂着许多金饰物。
  • It's the biggest financial incentive ever dangled before British footballers. 这是历来对英国足球运动员的最大经济诱惑。
43 metropolis BCOxY     
  • Shanghai is a metropolis in China.上海是中国的大都市。
  • He was dazzled by the gaiety and splendour of the metropolis.大都市的花花世界使他感到眼花缭乱。
44 assent Hv6zL     
  • I cannot assent to what you ask.我不能应允你的要求。
  • The new bill passed by Parliament has received Royal Assent.议会所通过的新方案已获国王批准。
45 wield efhyv     
  • They wield enormous political power.他们行使巨大的政治权力。
  • People may wield the power in a democracy.在民主国家里,人民可以行使权力。
46 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
47 devoted xu9zka     
  • 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。
48 humble ddjzU     
  • In my humble opinion,he will win the election.依我拙见,他将在选举中获胜。
  • Defeat and failure make people humble.挫折与失败会使人谦卑。
49 instil a6bxR     
  • It's necessary to instil the minds of the youth with lofty ideals.把崇高理想灌输到年青人的思想中去是很必要的。
  • The motive of the executions would be to instil fear.执行死刑的动机是要灌输恐惧。
50 ram dTVxg     
(random access memory)随机存取存储器
  • 512k RAM is recommended and 640k RAM is preferred.推荐配置为512K内存,640K内存则更佳。
51 incapable w9ZxK     
  • He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed.他不会做出这么残忍的事。
  • Computers are incapable of creative thought.计算机不会创造性地思维。
52 vehemence 2ihw1     
  • The attack increased in vehemence.进攻越来越猛烈。
  • She was astonished at his vehemence.她对他的激昂感到惊讶。
53 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。
54 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。
55 nomination BHMxw     
  • John is favourite to get the nomination for club president.约翰最有希望被提名为俱乐部主席。
  • Few people pronounced for his nomination.很少人表示赞成他的提名。
56 eminence VpLxo     
  • He is a statesman of great eminence.他是个声名显赫的政治家。
  • Many of the pilots were to achieve eminence in the aeronautical world.这些飞行员中很多人将会在航空界声名显赫。
57 conspicuous spszE     
  • It is conspicuous that smoking is harmful to health.很明显,抽烟对健康有害。
  • Its colouring makes it highly conspicuous.它的色彩使它非常惹人注目。
58 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。
59 paternal l33zv     
  • I was brought up by my paternal aunt.我是姑姑扶养大的。
  • My father wrote me a letter full of his paternal love for me.我父亲给我写了一封充满父爱的信。
60 enchanting MmCyP     
  • His smile, at once enchanting and melancholy, is just his father's. 他那种既迷人又有些忧郁的微笑,活脱儿象他父亲。
  • Its interior was an enchanting place that both lured and frightened me. 它的里头是个吸引人的地方,我又向往又害怕。
61 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。
62 lament u91zi     
  • Her face showed lament.她的脸上露出悲伤的样子。
  • We lament the dead.我们哀悼死者。
63 immersion baIxf     
  • The dirt on the bottom of the bath didn't encourage total immersion.浴缸底有污垢,不宜全身浸泡于其中。
  • The wood had become swollen from prolonged immersion.因长时间浸泡,木头发胀了。
64 humility 8d6zX     
  • Humility often gains more than pride.谦逊往往比骄傲收益更多。
  • His voice was still soft and filled with specious humility.他的声音还是那么温和,甚至有点谦卑。
65 absurdity dIQyU     
  • The proposal borders upon the absurdity.这提议近乎荒谬。
  • The absurdity of the situation made everyone laugh.情况的荒谬可笑使每个人都笑了。
66 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • 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。
67 enraptured ee087a216bd29ae170b10f093b9bf96a     
v.使狂喜( enrapture的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He was enraptured that she had smiled at him. 她对他的微笑使他心荡神驰。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • They were enraptured to meet the great singer. 他们和大名鼎鼎的歌手见面,欣喜若狂。 来自《简明英汉词典》
68 vigour lhtwr     
  • She is full of vigour and enthusiasm.她有热情,有朝气。
  • At 40,he was in his prime and full of vigour.他40岁时正年富力强。
69 confidentially 0vDzuc     
  • She was leaning confidentially across the table. 她神神秘秘地从桌子上靠过来。
  • Kao Sung-nien and Wang Ch'u-hou talked confidentially in low tones. 高松年汪处厚两人低声密谈。
70 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。
71 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。
72 recesses 617c7fa11fa356bfdf4893777e4e8e62     
n.壁凹( recess的名词复数 );(工作或业务活动的)中止或暂停期间;学校的课间休息;某物内部的凹形空间v.把某物放在墙壁的凹处( recess的第三人称单数 );将(墙)做成凹形,在(墙)上做壁龛;休息,休会,休庭
  • I could see the inmost recesses. 我能看见最深处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I had continually pushed my doubts to the darker recesses of my mind. 我一直把怀疑深深地隐藏在心中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
73 slumber 8E7zT     
  • All the people in the hotels were wrapped in deep slumber.住在各旅馆里的人都已进入梦乡。
  • Don't wake him from his slumber because he needs the rest.不要把他从睡眠中唤醒,因为他需要休息。
74 admiration afpyA     
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
75 bustle esazC     
  • The bustle and din gradually faded to silence as night advanced.随着夜越来越深,喧闹声逐渐沉寂。
  • There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the railway station.火车站里非常拥挤。
76 ushered d337b3442ea0cc4312a5950ae8911282     
v.引,领,陪同( usher的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The secretary ushered me into his office. 秘书把我领进他的办公室。
  • A round of parties ushered in the New Year. 一系列的晚会迎来了新年。 来自《简明英汉词典》
77 dispel XtQx0     
  • I tried in vain to dispel her misgivings.我试图消除她的疑虑,但没有成功。
  • We hope the programme will dispel certain misconceptions about the disease.我们希望这个节目能消除对这种疾病的一些误解。
78 trumpets 1d27569a4f995c4961694565bd144f85     
喇叭( trumpet的名词复数 ); 小号; 喇叭形物; (尤指)绽开的水仙花
  • A wreath was laid on the monument to a fanfare of trumpets. 在响亮的号角声中花圈被献在纪念碑前。
  • A fanfare of trumpets heralded the arrival of the King. 嘹亮的小号声宣告了国王驾到。
79 diversified eumz2W     
adj.多样化的,多种经营的v.使多样化,多样化( diversify的过去式和过去分词 );进入新的商业领域
  • The college biology department has diversified by adding new courses in biotechnology. 该学院生物系通过增加生物技术方面的新课程而变得多样化。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Take grain as the key link, develop a diversified economy and ensure an all-round development. 以粮为纲,多种经营,全面发展。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
80 gentry Ygqxe     
  • Landed income was the true measure of the gentry.来自土地的收入是衡量是否士绅阶层的真正标准。
  • Better be the head of the yeomanry than the tail of the gentry.宁做自由民之首,不居贵族之末。
81 briefly 9Styo     
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想简单地谈一下这个问题的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一个恐怖组织绑架并短暂拘禁。
82 hearty Od1zn     
  • After work they made a hearty meal in the worker's canteen.工作完了,他们在工人食堂饱餐了一顿。
  • We accorded him a hearty welcome.我们给他热忱的欢迎。
83 bribed 1382e59252debbc5bd32a2d1f691bd0f     
v.贿赂( bribe的过去式和过去分词 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂
  • They bribed him with costly presents. 他们用贵重的礼物贿赂他。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • He bribed himself onto the committee. 他暗通关节,钻营投机挤进了委员会。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
84 miraculous DDdxA     
  • The wounded man made a miraculous recovery.伤员奇迹般地痊愈了。
  • They won a miraculous victory over much stronger enemy.他们战胜了远比自己强大的敌人,赢得了非凡的胜利。
85 aged 6zWzdI     
  • He had put on weight and aged a little.他胖了,也老点了。
  • He is aged,but his memory is still good.他已年老,然而记忆力还好。
86 descended guQzoy     
  • A mood of melancholy descended on us. 一种悲伤的情绪袭上我们的心头。
  • The path descended the hill in a series of zigzags. 小路呈连续的之字形顺着山坡蜿蜒而下。
87 hustings MywyC     
  • With only days to go before elections in Pakistan,candidates are battling it out at the hustings.离巴基斯坦大选只有几天的时间了,各候选人正在竞选活动上一决胜负。
  • Most politicians will be at the hustings in the coming week.大多数政治家将在下周展开竞选活动。
88 imposing 8q9zcB     
  • The fortress is an imposing building.这座城堡是一座宏伟的建筑。
  • He has lost his imposing appearance.他已失去堂堂仪表。
89 abreast Zf3yi     
  • She kept abreast with the flood of communications that had poured in.她及时回复如雪片般飞来的大批信件。
  • We can't keep abreast of the developing situation unless we study harder.我们如果不加强学习,就会跟不上形势。
90 constables 34fd726ea7175d409b9b80e3cf9fd666     
n.警察( constable的名词复数 )
  • The constables made a desultory attempt to keep them away from the barn. 警察漫不经心地拦着不让他们靠近谷仓。 来自辞典例句
  • There were also constables appointed to keep the peace. 城里也有被派来维持治安的基层警员。 来自互联网
91 rustling c6f5c8086fbaf68296f60e8adb292798     
n. 瑟瑟声,沙沙声 adj. 发沙沙声的
  • the sound of the trees rustling in the breeze 树木在微风中发出的沙沙声
  • the soft rustling of leaves 树叶柔和的沙沙声
92 perspiring 0818633761fb971685d884c4c363dad6     
v.出汗,流汗( perspire的现在分词 )
  • He had been working hard and was perspiring profusely. 他一直在努力干活,身上大汗淋漓的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • So they "went it lively," panting and perspiring with the work. 于是他们就“痛痛快快地比一比”了,结果比得两个人气喘吁吁、汗流浃背。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
93 renown 1VJxF     
  • His renown has spread throughout the country.他的名声已传遍全国。
  • She used to be a singer of some renown.她曾是位小有名气的歌手。
94 inscribed 65fb4f97174c35f702447e725cb615e7     
v.写,刻( inscribe的过去式和过去分词 );内接
  • His name was inscribed on the trophy. 他的名字刻在奖杯上。
  • The names of the dead were inscribed on the wall. 死者的名字被刻在墙上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
95 undone JfJz6l     
  • He left nothing undone that needed attention.所有需要注意的事他都注意到了。
96 throng sGTy4     
  • A patient throng was waiting in silence.一大群耐心的人在静静地等着。
  • The crowds thronged into the mall.人群涌进大厅。
97 suspense 9rJw3     
  • The suspense was unbearable.这样提心吊胆的状况实在叫人受不了。
  • The director used ingenious devices to keep the audience in suspense.导演用巧妙手法引起观众的悬念。
98 vehement EL4zy     
  • She made a vehement attack on the government's policies.她强烈谴责政府的政策。
  • His proposal met with vehement opposition.他的倡导遭到了激烈的反对。
99 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》
100 extricated d30ec9a9d3fda5a34e0beb1558582549     
v.使摆脱困难,脱身( extricate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The meeting seemed to be endless, but I extricated myself by saying I had to catch a plane. 会议好象没完没了,不过我说我得赶飞机,才得以脱身。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She extricated herself from her mingled impulse to deny and guestion. 她约束了自己想否认并追问的不可明状的冲动。 来自辞典例句
101 poke 5SFz9     
  • We never thought she would poke her nose into this.想不到她会插上一手。
  • Don't poke fun at me.别拿我凑趣儿。
102 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
103 countenance iztxc     
  • 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。
104 countenances 4ec84f1d7c5a735fec7fdd356379db0d     
n.面容( countenance的名词复数 );表情;镇静;道义支持
  • 'stood apart, with countenances of inflexible gravity, beyond what even the Puritan aspect could attain." 站在一旁,他们脸上那种严肃刚毅的神情,比清教徒们还有过之而无不及。 来自英汉 - 翻译样例 - 文学
  • The light of a laugh never came to brighten their sombre and wicked countenances. 欢乐的光芒从来未照亮过他们那阴郁邪恶的面孔。 来自辞典例句
105 inundated b757ab1facad862c244d283c6bf1f666     
v.淹没( inundate的过去式和过去分词 );(洪水般地)涌来;充满;给予或交予(太多事物)使难以应付
  • We have been inundated with offers of help. 主动援助多得使我们应接不暇。
  • We have been inundated with every bit of information imaginable. 凡是想得到的各种各样的信息潮水般地向我们涌来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
106 groans 41bd40c1aa6a00b4445e6420ff52b6ad     
n.呻吟,叹息( groan的名词复数 );呻吟般的声音v.呻吟( groan的第三人称单数 );发牢骚;抱怨;受苦
  • There were loud groans when he started to sing. 他刚开始歌唱时有人发出了很大的嘘声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • It was a weird old house, full of creaks and groans. 这是所神秘而可怕的旧宅,到处嘎吱嘎吱作响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
107 gutter lexxk     
  • There's a cigarette packet thrown into the gutter.阴沟里有个香烟盒。
  • He picked her out of the gutter and made her a great lady.他使她脱离贫苦生活,并成为贵妇。
108 jocose H3Fx7     
  • Dr. Daniel was a gleg man of a jocose nature.丹尼尔大夫是一位天生诙谐而反应机敏的人。
  • His comic dialogues are jocose and jocular,thought-provoking.他的小品诙谐,逗乐,发人深省。
109 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。
110 facetiousness 1ed312409ab96648c74311a037525400     
  • Jastrow said, with tremulous facetiousness. 杰斯特罗说着,显出抖抖嗦嗦的滑稽样子。 来自辞典例句
111 bellowed fa9ba2065b18298fa17a6311db3246fc     
v.发出吼叫声,咆哮(尤指因痛苦)( bellow的过去式和过去分词 );(愤怒地)说出(某事),大叫
  • They bellowed at her to stop. 他们吼叫着让她停下。
  • He bellowed with pain when the tooth was pulled out. 当牙齿被拔掉时,他痛得大叫。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
112 taunts 479d1f381c532d68e660e720738c03e2     
嘲弄的言语,嘲笑,奚落( taunt的名词复数 )
  • He had to endure the racist taunts of the crowd. 他不得不忍受那群人种族歧视的奚落。
  • He had to endure the taunts of his successful rival. 他不得不忍受成功了的对手的讥笑。
113 witticisms fa1e413b604ffbda6c0a76465484dcaa     
n.妙语,俏皮话( witticism的名词复数 )
  • We do appreciate our own witticisms. 我们非常欣赏自己的小聪明。 来自辞典例句
  • The interpreter at this dinner even managed to translate jokes and witticisms without losing the point. 这次宴会的翻译甚至能设法把笑话和俏皮话不失其妙意地翻译出来。 来自辞典例句
114 contented Gvxzof     
  • He won't be contented until he's upset everyone in the office.不把办公室里的每个人弄得心烦意乱他就不会满足。
  • The people are making a good living and are contented,each in his station.人民安居乐业。
115 scorching xjqzPr     
adj. 灼热的
  • a scorching, pitiless sun 灼热的骄阳
  • a scorching critique of the government's economic policy 对政府经济政策的严厉批评
116 obedience 8vryb     
  • Society has a right to expect obedience of the law.社会有权要求人人遵守法律。
  • Soldiers act in obedience to the orders of their superior officers.士兵们遵照上级军官的命令行动。
117 concerto JpEzs     
  • The piano concerto was well rendered.钢琴协奏曲演奏得很好。
  • The concert ended with a Mozart violin concerto.音乐会在莫扎特的小提琴协奏曲中结束。
118 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。
119 orator hJwxv     
  • He was so eloquent that he cut down the finest orator.他能言善辩,胜过最好的演说家。
  • The orator gestured vigorously while speaking.这位演讲者讲话时用力地做手势。
120 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。
121 choleric tVQyp     
  • His pride and choleric temper were to ruin him.他生性高傲自恃而又易于发怒,这会毁了他的。
  • He was affable at one moment,choleric the next.他一会儿还和蔼可亲,可一转眼就火冒三丈。
122 eloquence 6mVyM     
  • 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。
123 uproar LHfyc     
  • She could hear the uproar in the room.她能听见房间里的吵闹声。
  • His remarks threw the audience into an uproar.他的讲话使听众沸腾起来。
124 violation lLBzJ     
  • He roared that was a violation of the rules.他大声说,那是违反规则的。
  • He was fined 200 dollars for violation of traffic regulation.他因违反交通规则被罚款200美元。
125 bind Vt8zi     
  • I will let the waiter bind up the parcel for you.我让服务生帮你把包裹包起来。
  • He wants a shirt that does not bind him.他要一件不使他觉得过紧的衬衫。
126 interfered 71b7e795becf1adbddfab2cd6c5f0cff     
v.干预( interfere的过去式和过去分词 );调停;妨碍;干涉
  • Complete absorption in sports interfered with his studies. 专注于运动妨碍了他的学业。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I am not going to be interfered with. 我不想别人干扰我的事情。 来自《简明英汉词典》
127 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。
128 disinterested vu4z6s     
  • He is impartial and disinterested.他公正无私。
  • He's always on the make,I have never known him do a disinterested action.他这个人一贯都是唯利是图,我从来不知道他有什么无私的行动。
129 devoutly b33f384e23a3148a94d9de5213bd205f     
  • She was a devoutly Catholic. 她是一个虔诚地天主教徒。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This was not a boast, but a hope, at once bold and devoutly humble. 这不是夸夸其谈,而是一个即大胆而又诚心、谦虚的希望。 来自辞典例句
130 screeched 975e59058e1a37cd28bce7afac3d562c     
v.发出尖叫声( screech的过去式和过去分词 );发出粗而刺耳的声音;高叫
  • She screeched her disapproval. 她尖叫着不同意。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The car screeched to a stop. 汽车嚓的一声停住了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
131 dictated aa4dc65f69c81352fa034c36d66908ec     
v.大声讲或读( dictate的过去式和过去分词 );口授;支配;摆布
  • He dictated a letter to his secretary. 他向秘书口授信稿。
  • No person of a strong character likes to be dictated to. 没有一个个性强的人愿受人使唤。 来自《简明英汉词典》
132 solicited 42165ba3a0defc35cb6bc86d22a9f320     
v.恳求( solicit的过去式和过去分词 );(指娼妇)拉客;索求;征求
  • He's already solicited their support on health care reform. 他已就医疗改革问题请求他们的支持。 来自辞典例句
  • We solicited ideas from Princeton University graduates and under graduates. 我们从普林斯顿大学的毕业生与大学生中征求意见。 来自辞典例句


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