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Chapter 17

She constitution of Mr. Pickwick, though able to sustain avery considerable amount of exertion2 and fatigue3, was notproof against such a combination of attacks as he hadundergone on the memorable4 night, recorded in the last chapter.

  The process of being washed in the night air, and rough-dried in acloset, is as dangerous as it is peculiar5. Mr. Pickwick was laid upwith an attack of rheumatism1.

  But although the bodily powers of the great man were thusimpaired, his mental energies retained their pristine6 vigour7. Hisspirits were elastic8; his good-humour was restored. Even thevexation consequent upon his recent adventure had vanishedfrom his mind; and he could join in the hearty9 laughter, which anyallusion to it excited in Mr. Wardle, without anger and withoutembarrassment. Nay10, more. During the two days Mr. Pickwick wasconfined to bed, Sam was his constant attendant. On the first, heendeavoured to amuse his master by anecdote11 and conversation;on the second, Mr. Pickwick demanded his writing-desk, and penand ink, and was deeply engaged during the whole day. On thethird, being able to sit up in his bedchamber, he despatched hisvalet with a message to Mr. Wardle and Mr. Trundle, intimatingthat if they would take their wine there, that evening, they wouldgreatly oblige him. The invitation was most willingly accepted; andwhen they were seated over their wine, Mr. Pickwick, with sundryblushes, produced the following little tale, as having been ‘edited’

  by himself, during his recent indisposition, from his notes of Mr.

  Weller’s unsophisticated recital14.

  THE PARISH CLERKA Tale Of True Love‘Once upon a time, in a very small country town, at a considerabledistance from London, there lived a little man named NathanielPipkin, who was the parish clerk of the little town, and lived in alittle house in the little High Street, within ten minutes’ walk fromthe little church; and who was to be found every day, from nine tillfour, teaching a little learning to the little boys. Nathaniel Pipkinwas a harmless, inoffensive, good-natured being, with a turned-upnose, and rather turned-in legs, a cast in his eye, and a halt in hisgait; and he divided his time between the church and his school,verily believing that there existed not, on the face of the earth, soclever a man as the curate, so imposing15 an apartment as thevestry-room, or so well-ordered a seminary as his own. Once, andonly once, in his life, Nathaniel Pipkin had seen a bishop16―a realbishop, with his arms in lawn sleeves, and his head in a wig17. Hehad seen him walk, and heard him talk, at a confirmation18, onwhich momentous19 occasion Nathaniel Pipkin was so overcomewith reverence20 and awe21, when the aforesaid bishop laid his handon his head, that he fainted right clean away, and was borne out ofchurch in the arms of the beadle.

  ‘This was a great event, a tremendous era, in Nathaniel Pipkin’slife, and it was the only one that had ever occurred to ruffle22 thesmooth current of his quiet existence, when happening one fineafternoon, in a fit of mental abstraction, to raise his eyes from theslate on which he was devising some tremendous problem incompound addition for an offending urchin23 to solve, they suddenlyrested on the blooming countenance24 of Maria Lobbs, the onlydaughter of old Lobbs, the great saddler over the way. Now, theeyes of Mr. Pipkin had rested on the pretty face of Maria Lobbsmany a time and oft before, at church and elsewhere; but the eyesof Maria Lobbs had never looked so bright, the cheeks of MariaLobbs had never looked so ruddy, as upon this particularoccasion. No wonder then, that Nathaniel Pipkin was unable totake his eyes from the countenance of Miss Lobbs; no wonder thatMiss Lobbs, finding herself stared at by a young man, withdrewher head from the window out of which she had been peeping, andshut the casement25 and pulled down the blind; no wonder thatNathaniel Pipkin, immediately thereafter, fell upon the youngurchin who had previously26 offended, and cuffed27 and knocked himabout to his heart’s content. All this was very natural, and there’snothing at all to wonder at about it.

  ‘It is matter of wonder, though, that anyone of Mr. NathanielPipkin’s retiring disposition13, nervous temperament28, and mostparticularly diminutive29 income, should from this day forth30, havedared to aspire31 to the hand and heart of the only daughter of thefiery old Lobbs―of old Lobbs, the great saddler, who could havebought up the whole village at one stroke of his pen, and never feltthe outlay―old Lobbs, who was well known to have heaps ofmoney, invested in the bank at the nearest market town―who wasreported to have countless32 and inexhaustible treasures hoardedup in the little iron safe with the big keyhole, over the chimney-piece in the back parlour―and who, it was well known, on festiveoccasions garnished33 his board with a real silver teapot, cream-ewer, and sugar-basin, which he was wont34, in the pride of hisheart, to boast should be his daughter’s property when she found aman to her mind. I repeat it, to be matter of profoundastonishment and intense wonder, that Nathaniel Pipkin shouldhave had the temerity35 to cast his eyes in this direction. But love isblind; and Nathaniel had a cast in his eye; and perhaps these twocircumstances, taken together, prevented his seeing the matter inits proper light.

  ‘Now, if old Lobbs had entertained the most remote or distantidea of the state of the affections of Nathaniel Pipkin, he wouldjust have razed36 the school-room to the ground, or exterminated37 itsmaster from the surface of the earth, or committed some otheroutrage and atrocity38 of an equally ferocious39 and violentdescription; for he was a terrible old fellow, was Lobbs, when hispride was injured, or his blood was up. Swear! Such trains of oathswould come rolling and pealing40 over the way, sometimes, when hewas denouncing the idleness of the bony apprentice41 with the thinlegs, that Nathaniel Pipkin would shake in his shoes with horror,and the hair of the pupils’ heads would stand on end with fright.

  ‘Well! Day after day, when school was over, and the pupils gone,did Nathaniel Pipkin sit himself down at the front window, and,while he feigned42 to be reading a book, throw sidelong glances overthe way in search of the bright eyes of Maria Lobbs; and he hadn’tsat there many days, before the bright eyes appeared at an upperwindow, apparently43 deeply engaged in reading too. This wasdelightful, and gladdening to the heart of Nathaniel Pipkin. It wassomething to sit there for hours together, and look upon thatpretty face when the eyes were cast down; but when Maria Lobbsbegan to raise her eyes from her book, and dart45 their rays in thedirection of Nathaniel Pipkin, his delight and admiration46 wereperfectly boundless47. At last, one day when he knew old Lobbs wasout, Nathaniel Pipkin had the temerity to kiss his hand to MariaLobbs; and Maria Lobbs, instead of shutting the window, andpulling down the blind, kissed hers to him, and smiled. Uponwhich Nathaniel Pipkin determined48, that, come what might, hewould develop the state of his feelings, without further delay.

  ‘A prettier foot, a gayer heart, a more dimpled face, or a smarterform, never bounded so lightly over the earth they graced, as didthose of Maria Lobbs, the old saddler’s daughter. There was aroguish twinkle in her sparkling eyes, that would have made itsway to far less susceptible49 bosoms50 than that of Nathaniel Pipkin;and there was such a joyous52 sound in her merry laugh, that thesternest misanthrope53 must have smiled to hear it. Even old Lobbshimself, in the very height of his ferocity, couldn’t resist thecoaxing of his pretty daughter; and when she, and her cousinKate―an arch, impudent-looking, bewitching little person―madea dead set upon the old man together, as, to say the truth, theyvery often did, he could have refused them nothing, even had theyasked for a portion of the countless and inexhaustible treasures,which were hidden from the light, in the iron safe.

  ‘Nathaniel Pipkin’s heart beat high within him, when he sawthis enticing54 little couple some hundred yards before him onesummer’s evening, in the very field in which he had many a timestrolled about till night-time, and pondered on the beauty of MariaLobbs. But though he had often thought then, how briskly hewould walk up to Maria Lobbs and tell her of his passion if hecould only meet her, he felt, now that she was unexpectedly beforehim, all the blood in his body mounting to his face, manifestly tothe great detriment55 of his legs, which, deprived of their usualportion, trembled beneath him. When they stopped to gather ahedge flower, or listen to a bird, Nathaniel Pipkin stopped too, andpretended to be absorbed in meditation56, as indeed he really was;for he was thinking what on earth he should ever do, when theyturned back, as they inevitably57 must in time, and meet him face toface. But though he was afraid to make up to them, he couldn’tbear to lose sight of them; so when they walked faster he walkedfaster, when they lingered he lingered, and when they stopped hestopped; and so they might have gone on, until the darknessprevented them, if Kate had not looked slyly back, andencouragingly beckoned58 Nathaniel to advance. There wassomething in Kate’s manner that was not to be resisted, and soNathaniel Pipkin complied with the invitation; and after a greatdeal of blushing on his part, and immoderate laughter on that ofthe wicked little cousin, Nathaniel Pipkin went down on his kneeson the dewy grass, and declared his resolution to remain there forever, unless he were permitted to rise the accepted lover of MariaLobbs. Upon this, the merry laughter of Miss Lobbs rang throughthe calm evening air―without seeming to disturb it, though; it hadsuch a pleasant sound―and the wicked little cousin laughed moreimmoderately than before, and Nathaniel Pipkin blushed deeperthan ever. At length, Maria Lobbs being more strenuously59 urgedby the love-worn little man, turned away her head, and whisperedher cousin to say, or at all events Kate did say, that she felt muchhonoured by Mr. Pipkin’s addresses; that her hand and heart wereat her father’s disposal; but that nobody could be insensible to Mr.

  Pipkin’s merits. As all this was said with much gravity, and asNathaniel Pipkin walked home with Maria Lobbs, and struggledfor a kiss at parting, he went to bed a happy man, and dreamed allnight long, of softening60 old Lobbs, opening the strong box, andmarrying Maria.

  The next day, Nathaniel Pipkin saw old Lobbs go out upon hisold gray pony61, and after a great many signs at the window fromthe wicked little cousin, the object and meaning of which he couldby no means understand, the bony apprentice with the thin legscame over to say that his master wasn’t coming home all night,and that the ladies expected Mr. Pipkin to tea, at six o’clockprecisely. How the lessons were got through that day, neitherNathaniel Pipkin nor his pupils knew any more than you do; butthey were got through somehow, and, after the boys had gone,Nathaniel Pipkin took till full six o’clock to dress himself to hissatisfaction. Not that it took long to select the garments he shouldwear, inasmuch as he had no choice about the matter; but theputting of them on to the best advantage, and the touching62 of themup previously, was a task of no inconsiderable difficulty orimportance.

  ‘There was a very snug63 little party, consisting of Maria Lobbsand her cousin Kate, and three or four romping64, good-humoured,rosy-cheeked girls. Nathaniel Pipkin had ocular demonstration65 ofthe fact, that the rumours66 of old Lobbs’s treasures were notexaggerated. There were the real solid silver teapot, cream-ewer,and sugar-basin, on the table, and real silver spoons to stir the teawith, and real china cups to drink it out of, and plates of the same,to hold the cakes and toast in. The only eye-sore in the whole placewas another cousin of Maria Lobbs’s, and a brother of Kate, whomMaria Lobbs called “Henry,” and who seemed to keep MariaLobbs all to himself, up in one corner of the table. It’s a delightfulthing to see affection in families, but it may be carried rather toofar, and Nathaniel Pipkin could not help thinking that MariaLobbs must be very particularly fond of her relations, if she paidas much attention to all of them as to this individual cousin. Aftertea, too, when the wicked little cousin proposed a game at blindman’s buff, it somehow or other happened that Nathaniel Pipkinwas nearly always blind, and whenever he laid his hand upon themale cousin, he was sure to find that Maria Lobbs was not far off.

  And though the wicked little cousin and the other girls pinchedhim, and pulled his hair, and pushed chairs in his way, and allsorts of things, Maria Lobbs never seemed to come near him at all;and once―once―Nathaniel Pipkin could have sworn he heard thesound of a kiss, followed by a faint remonstrance67 from MariaLobbs, and a half-suppressed laugh from her female friends. Allthis was odd―very odd―and there is no saying what NathanielPipkin might or might not have done, in consequence, if histhoughts had not been suddenly directed into a new channel.

  ‘The circumstance which directed his thoughts into a newchannel was a loud knocking at the street door, and the personwho made this loud knocking at the street door was no other thanold Lobbs himself, who had unexpectedly returned, and washammering away, like a coffin-maker; for he wanted his supper.

  The alarming intelligence was no sooner communicated by thebony apprentice with the thin legs, than the girls tripped upstairsto Maria Lobbs’s bedroom, and the male cousin and NathanielPipkin were thrust into a couple of closets in the sitting-room68, forwant of any better places of concealment69; and when Maria Lobbsand the wicked little cousin had stowed them away, and put theroom to rights, they opened the street door to old Lobbs, who hadnever left off knocking since he first began.

  ‘Now it did unfortunately happen that old Lobbs being veryhungry was monstrous70 cross. Nathaniel Pipkin could hear himgrowling away like an old mastiff with a sore throat; and wheneverthe unfortunate apprentice with the thin legs came into the room,so surely did old Lobbs commence swearing at him in a mostSaracenic and ferocious manner, though apparently with no otherend or object than that of easing his bosom51 by the discharge of afew superfluous71 oaths. At length some supper, which had beenwarming up, was placed on the table, and then old Lobbs fell to, inregular style; and having made clear work of it in no time, kissedhis daughter, and demanded his pipe.

  ‘Nature had placed Nathaniel Pipkin’s knees in very closejuxtaposition, but when he heard old Lobbs demand his pipe, theyknocked together, as if they were going to reduce each other topowder; for, depending from a couple of hooks, in the very closetin which he stood, was a large, brown-stemmed, silver-bowledpipe, which pipe he himself had seen in the mouth of old Lobbs,regularly every afternoon and evening, for the last five years. Thetwo girls went downstairs for the pipe, and upstairs for the pipe,and everywhere but where they knew the pipe was, and old Lobbsstormed away meanwhile, in the most wonderful manner. At lasthe thought of the closet, and walked up to it. It was of no use alittle man like Nathaniel Pipkin pulling the door inwards, when agreat strong fellow like old Lobbs was pulling it outwards72. OldLobbs gave it one tug73, and open it flew, disclosing NathanielPipkin standing74 bolt upright inside, and shaking withapprehension from head to foot. Bless us! what an appalling75 lookold Lobbs gave him, as he dragged him out by the collar, and heldhim at arm’s length.

  ‘“Why, what the devil do you want here?” said old Lobbs, in afearful voice.

  ‘Nathaniel Pipkin could make no reply, so old Lobbs shook himbackwards and forwards, for two or three minutes, by way ofarranging his ideas for him.

  ‘“What do you want here?” roared Lobbs; “I suppose you havecome after my daughter, now!”

  ‘Old Lobbs merely said this as a sneer76: for he did not believethat mortal presumption77 could have carried Nathaniel Pipkin sofar. What was his indignation, when that poor man replied―‘“Yes,I did, Mr. Lobbs, I did come after your daughter. I love her, Mr.


  ‘“Why, you snivelling, wry-faced, puny78 villain,” gasped79 oldLobbs, paralysed by the atrocious confession80; “what do you meanby that? Say this to my face! Damme, I’ll throttle81 you!”

  ‘It is by no means improbable that old Lobbs would havecarried his threat into execution, in the excess of his rage, if hisarm had not been stayed by a very unexpected apparition82: to wit,the male cousin, who, stepping out of his closet, and walking up toold Lobbs, said―‘“I cannot allow this harmless person, sir, who has been askedhere, in some girlish frolic, to take upon himself, in a very noblemanner, the fault (if fault it is) which I am guilty of, and am readyto avow83. I love your daughter, sir; and I came here for the purposeof meeting her.”

  ‘Old Lobbs opened his eyes very wide at this, but not widerthan Nathaniel Pipkin. ‘“You did?” said Lobbs, at last finding breath to speak.

  ‘“I did.”

  ‘“And I forbade you this house, long ago.”

  ‘“You did, or I should not have been here, clandestinely84, to-night.”

  ‘I am sorry to record it of old Lobbs, but I think he would havestruck the cousin, if his pretty daughter, with her bright eyesswimming in tears, had not clung to his arm.

  ‘“Don’t stop him, Maria,” said the young man; “if he has the willto strike me, let him. I would not hurt a hair of his gray head, forthe riches of the world.”

  ‘The old man cast down his eyes at this reproof85, and they metthose of his daughter. I have hinted once or twice before, that theywere very bright eyes, and, though they were tearful now, theirinfluence was by no means lessened86. Old Lobbs turned his headaway, as if to avoid being persuaded by them, when, as fortunewould have it, he encountered the face of the wicked little cousin,who, half afraid for her brother, and half laughing at NathanielPipkin, presented as bewitching an expression of countenance,with a touch of slyness in it, too, as any man, old or young, needlook upon. She drew her arm coaxingly87 through the old man’s, andwhispered something in his ear; and do what he would, old Lobbscouldn’t help breaking out into a smile, while a tear stole down hischeek at the same time. ‘Five minutes after this, the girls werebrought down from the bedroom with a great deal of giggling88 andmodesty; and while the young people were making themselvesperfectly happy, old Lobbs got down the pipe, and smoked it; andit was a remarkable89 circumstance about that particular pipe oftobacco, that it was the most soothing90 and delightful44 one he eversmoked.

  ‘Nathaniel Pipkin thought it best to keep his own counsel, andby so doing gradually rose into high favour with old Lobbs. whotaught him to smoke in time; and they used to sit out in the gardenon the fine evenings, for many years afterwards, smoking anddrinking in great state. He soon recovered the effects of hisattachment, for we find his name in the parish register, as awitness to the marriage of Maria Lobbs to her cousin; and it alsoappears, by reference to other documents, that on the night of thewedding he was incarcerated91 in the village cage, for having, in astate of extreme intoxication92, committed sundry12 excesses in thestreets, in all of which he was aided and abetted93 by the bonyapprentice with the thin legs.’


1 rheumatism hDnyl     
  • The damp weather plays the very devil with my rheumatism.潮湿的天气加重了我的风湿病。
  • The hot weather gave the old man a truce from rheumatism.热天使这位老人暂时免受风湿病之苦。
2 exertion F7Fyi     
  • We were sweating profusely from the exertion of moving the furniture.我们搬动家具大费气力,累得大汗淋漓。
  • She was hot and breathless from the exertion of cycling uphill.由于用力骑车爬坡,她浑身发热。
3 fatigue PhVzV     
  • The old lady can't bear the fatigue of a long journey.这位老妇人不能忍受长途旅行的疲劳。
  • I have got over my weakness and fatigue.我已从虚弱和疲劳中恢复过来了。
4 memorable K2XyQ     
  • This was indeed the most memorable day of my life.这的确是我一生中最值得怀念的日子。
  • The veteran soldier has fought many memorable battles.这个老兵参加过许多难忘的战斗。
5 peculiar cinyo     
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的样子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
6 pristine 5BQyC     
  • He wiped his fingers on his pristine handkerchief.他用他那块洁净的手帕擦手指。
  • He wasn't about to blemish that pristine record.他本不想去玷污那清白的过去。
7 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。
8 elastic Tjbzq     
  • Rubber is an elastic material.橡胶是一种弹性材料。
  • These regulations are elastic.这些规定是有弹性的。
9 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。
10 nay unjzAQ     
  • He was grateful for and proud of his son's remarkable,nay,unique performance.他为儿子出色的,不,应该是独一无二的表演心怀感激和骄傲。
  • Long essays,nay,whole books have been written on this.许多长篇大论的文章,不,应该说是整部整部的书都是关于这件事的。
11 anecdote 7wRzd     
  • He departed from the text to tell an anecdote.他偏离课文讲起了一则轶事。
  • It had never been more than a family anecdote.那不过是个家庭趣谈罢了。
12 sundry CswwL     
  • This cream can be used to treat sundry minor injuries.这种药膏可用来治各种轻伤。
  • We can see the rich man on sundry occasions.我们能在各种场合见到那个富豪。
13 disposition GljzO     
  • He has made a good disposition of his property.他已对财产作了妥善处理。
  • He has a cheerful disposition.他性情开朗。
14 recital kAjzI     
  • She is going to give a piano recital.她即将举行钢琴独奏会。
  • I had their total attention during the thirty-five minutes that my recital took.在我叙述的35分钟内,他们完全被我吸引了。
15 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。
16 bishop AtNzd     
  • He was a bishop who was held in reverence by all.他是一位被大家都尊敬的主教。
  • Two years after his death the bishop was canonised.主教逝世两年后被正式封为圣者。
17 wig 1gRwR     
  • The actress wore a black wig over her blond hair.那个女演员戴一顶黑色假发罩住自己的金黄色头发。
  • He disguised himself with a wig and false beard.他用假发和假胡须来乔装。
18 confirmation ZYMya     
  • We are waiting for confirmation of the news.我们正在等待证实那个消息。
  • We need confirmation in writing before we can send your order out.给你们发送订购的货物之前,我们需要书面确认。
19 momentous Zjay9     
  • I am deeply honoured to be invited to this momentous occasion.能应邀出席如此重要的场合,我深感荣幸。
  • The momentous news was that war had begun.重大的新闻是战争已经开始。
20 reverence BByzT     
  • He was a bishop who was held in reverence by all.他是一位被大家都尊敬的主教。
  • We reverence tradition but will not be fettered by it.我们尊重传统,但不被传统所束缚。
21 awe WNqzC     
  • The sight filled us with awe.这景色使我们大为惊叹。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龙卷风使我们惊恐万分。
22 ruffle oX9xW     
  • Don't ruffle my hair.I've just combed it.别把我的头发弄乱了。我刚刚梳好了的。
  • You shouldn't ruffle so easily.你不该那么容易发脾气。
23 urchin 0j8wS     
  • You should sheer off the urchin.你应该躲避这顽童。
  • He is a most wicked urchin.他是个非常调皮的顽童。
24 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。
25 casement kw8zwr     
  • A casement is a window that opens by means of hinges at the side.竖铰链窗是一种用边上的铰链开启的窗户。
  • With the casement half open,a cold breeze rushed inside.窗扉半开,凉风袭来。
26 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。
27 cuffed e0f189a3fd45ff67f7435e1c3961c957     
v.掌打,拳打( cuff的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She cuffed the boy on the side of the head. 她向这男孩的头上轻轻打了一巴掌。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Mother cuffed the dog when she found it asleep on a chair. 妈妈发现狗睡在椅子上就用手把狗打跑了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
28 temperament 7INzf     
  • The analysis of what kind of temperament you possess is vital.分析一下你有什么样的气质是十分重要的。
  • Success often depends on temperament.成功常常取决于一个人的性格。
29 diminutive tlWzb     
  • Despite its diminutive size,the car is quite comfortable.尽管这辆车很小,但相当舒服。
  • She has diminutive hands for an adult.作为一个成年人,她的手显得非常小。
30 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。
31 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。
32 countless 7vqz9L     
  • In the war countless innocent people lost their lives.在这场战争中无数无辜的人丧失了性命。
  • I've told you countless times.我已经告诉你无数遍了。
33 garnished 978c1af39d17f6c3c31319295529b2c3     
v.给(上餐桌的食物)加装饰( garnish的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Her robes were garnished with gems. 她的礼服上装饰着宝石。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Serve the dish garnished with wedges of lime. 给这道菜配上几角酸橙。 来自《简明英汉词典》
34 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。
35 temerity PGmyk     
  • He had the temerity to ask for higher wages after only a day's work.只工作了一天,他就蛮不讲理地要求增加工资。
  • Tins took some temerity,but it was fruitless.这件事做得有点莽撞,但结果还是无用。
36 razed 447eb1f6bdd8c44e19834d7d7b1cb4e6     
v.彻底摧毁,将…夷为平地( raze的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The village was razed to the ground . 这座村庄被夷为平地。
  • Many villages were razed to the ground. 许多村子被夷为平地。 来自《简明英汉词典》
37 exterminated 26d6c11b25ea1007021683e86730eb44     
v.消灭,根绝( exterminate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • It was exterminated root and branch. 它被彻底剪除了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The insects can be exterminated by spraying DDT. 可以用喷撒滴滴涕的方法大量杀死这种昆虫。 来自《用法词典》
38 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。
39 ferocious ZkNxc     
  • The ferocious winds seemed about to tear the ship to pieces.狂风仿佛要把船撕成碎片似的。
  • The ferocious panther is chasing a rabbit.那只凶猛的豹子正追赶一只兔子。
40 pealing a30c30e9cb056cec10397fd3f7069c71     
v.(使)(钟等)鸣响,(雷等)发出隆隆声( peal的现在分词 )
  • The bell began pealing. 钟声开始鸣响了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The church bells are pealing the message of Christmas joy. 教堂的钟声洪亮地传颂着圣诞快乐的信息。 来自辞典例句
41 apprentice 0vFzq     
  • My son is an apprentice in a furniture maker's workshop.我的儿子在一家家具厂做学徒。
  • The apprentice is not yet out of his time.这徒工还没有出徒。
42 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。
43 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。
44 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。
45 dart oydxK     
  • The child made a sudden dart across the road.那小孩突然冲过马路。
  • Markov died after being struck by a poison dart.马尔科夫身中毒镖而亡。
46 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。
47 boundless kt8zZ     
  • The boundless woods were sleeping in the deep repose of nature.无边无际的森林在大自然静寂的怀抱中酣睡着。
  • His gratitude and devotion to the Party was boundless.他对党无限感激、无限忠诚。
48 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。
49 susceptible 4rrw7     
  • Children are more susceptible than adults.孩子比成人易受感动。
  • We are all susceptible to advertising.我们都易受广告的影响。
50 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。
51 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。
52 joyous d3sxB     
  • The lively dance heightened the joyous atmosphere of the scene.轻快的舞蹈给这场戏渲染了欢乐气氛。
  • They conveyed the joyous news to us soon.他们把这一佳音很快地传递给我们。
53 misanthrope I1Pyn     
  • While not a commercial success-a pattern largely unbroken until I'm Your Man-this lackadaisical triumph is an inspiration to the misanthrope in us all. 尽管并不是一个商业上的成功,这一模式直到《我是你的男人》才被打破。 这个漫不经心的胜利是对独来独往的我们的一个激励。
  • If this all strikes you as fancy, handlebar moustache talk from an old misanthrope who doesn't get things like whatever the hell we're calling “conversations” this week, maybe you're on to something. 如果你觉得我所说的复杂,就像我们今周所说的一个守旧的不愿与他人来往的人在自言自语,那可能你准备做其他事。
54 enticing ctkzkh     
  • The offer was too enticing to refuse. 这提议太有诱惑力,使人难以拒绝。
  • Her neck was short but rounded and her arms plump and enticing. 她的脖子短,但浑圆可爱;两臂丰腴,也很动人。
55 detriment zlHzx     
  • Smoking is a detriment to one's health.吸烟危害健康。
  • His lack of education is a serious detriment to his career.他的未受教育对他的事业是一种严重的妨碍。
56 meditation yjXyr     
  • This peaceful garden lends itself to meditation.这个恬静的花园适于冥想。
  • I'm sorry to interrupt your meditation.很抱歉,我打断了你的沉思。
57 inevitably x7axc     
  • In the way you go on,you are inevitably coming apart.照你们这样下去,毫无疑问是会散伙的。
  • Technological changes will inevitably lead to unemployment.技术变革必然会导致失业。
58 beckoned b70f83e57673dfe30be1c577dd8520bc     
v.(用头或手的动作)示意,召唤( beckon的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He beckoned to the waiter to bring the bill. 他招手示意服务生把账单送过来。
  • The seated figure in the corner beckoned me over. 那个坐在角落里的人向我招手让我过去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
59 strenuously Jhwz0k     
  • The company has strenuously defended its decision to reduce the workforce. 公司竭力为其裁员的决定辩护。
  • She denied the accusation with some warmth, ie strenuously, forcefully. 她有些激动,竭力否认这一指责。
60 softening f4d358268f6bd0b278eabb29f2ee5845     
  • Her eyes, softening, caressed his face. 她的眼光变得很温柔了。它们不住地爱抚他的脸。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
  • He might think my brain was softening or something of the kind. 他也许会觉得我婆婆妈妈的,已经成了个软心肠的人了。
61 pony Au5yJ     
  • His father gave him a pony as a Christmas present.他父亲给了他一匹小马驹作为圣诞礼物。
  • They made him pony up the money he owed.他们逼他还债。
62 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。
63 snug 3TvzG     
  • He showed us into a snug little sitting room.他领我们走进了一间温暖而舒适的小客厅。
  • She had a small but snug home.她有个小小的但很舒适的家。
64 romping 48063131e70b870cf3535576d1ae057d     
adj.嬉戏喧闹的,乱蹦乱闹的v.嬉笑玩闹( romp的现在分词 );(尤指在赛跑或竞选等中)轻易获胜
  • kids romping around in the snow 在雪地里嬉戏喧闹的孩子
  • I found the general romping in the living room with his five children. 我发现将军在客厅里与他的五个小孩嬉戏。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
65 demonstration 9waxo     
  • His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。
  • He gave a demonstration of the new technique then and there.他当场表演了这种新的操作方法。
66 rumours ba6e2decd2e28dec9a80f28cb99e131d     
n.传闻( rumour的名词复数 );风闻;谣言;谣传
  • The rumours were completely baseless. 那些谣传毫无根据。
  • Rumours of job losses were later confirmed. 裁员的传言后来得到了证实。
67 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。
68 sitting-room sitting-room     
  • The sitting-room is clean.起居室很清洁。
  • Each villa has a separate sitting-room.每栋别墅都有一间独立的起居室。
69 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。
70 monstrous vwFyM     
  • The smoke began to whirl and grew into a monstrous column.浓烟开始盘旋上升,形成了一个巨大的烟柱。
  • Your behaviour in class is monstrous!你在课堂上的行为真是丢人!
71 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。
72 outwards NJuxN     
  • Does this door open inwards or outwards?这门朝里开还是朝外开?
  • In lapping up a fur,they always put the inner side outwards.卷毛皮时,他们总是让内层朝外。
73 tug 5KBzo     
  • We need to tug the car round to the front.我们需要把那辆车拉到前面。
  • The tug is towing three barges.那只拖船正拖着三只驳船。
74 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
75 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。
76 sneer YFdzu     
  • He said with a sneer.他的话中带有嘲笑之意。
  • You may sneer,but a lot of people like this kind of music.你可以嗤之以鼻,但很多人喜欢这种音乐。
77 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。
78 puny Bt5y6     
  • The resources at the central banks' disposal are simply too puny.中央银行掌握的资金实在太少了。
  • Antonio was a puny lad,and not strong enough to work.安东尼奥是个瘦小的小家伙,身体还不壮,还不能干活。
79 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》
80 confession 8Ygye     
  • Her confession was simply tantamount to a casual explanation.她的自白简直等于一篇即席说明。
  • The police used torture to extort a confession from him.警察对他用刑逼供。
81 throttle aIKzW     
  • These government restrictions are going to throttle our trade.这些政府的限制将要扼杀我们的贸易。
  • High tariffs throttle trade between countries.高的关税抑制了国与国之间的贸易。
82 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。
83 avow auhzg     
  • I must avow that I am innocent.我要公开声明我是无罪的。
  • The senator was forced to avow openly that he had received some money from that company.那个参议员被迫承认曾经收过那家公司的一些钱。
84 clandestinely 9e8402766bdca8ca5456d40c568e6e85     
  • You should do your competing clandestinely, by disguising your export volumes and prices somehow. 你应该设法隐瞒出口数量和价格,暗中进行竞争。 来自辞典例句
  • Darlington. Stevens's angst is clandestinely disclosed while he makes contact with other people. 就在史帝文斯与他人接触的当下,透露出一种不可言喻的焦虑气氛。 来自互联网
85 reproof YBhz9     
  • A smart reproof is better than smooth deceit.严厉的责难胜过温和的欺骗。
  • He is impatient of reproof.他不能忍受指责。
86 lessened 6351a909991322c8a53dc9baa69dda6f     
  • Listening to the speech through an interpreter lessened its impact somewhat. 演讲辞通过翻译的嘴说出来,多少削弱了演讲的力量。
  • The flight to suburbia lessened the number of middle-class families living within the city. 随着迁往郊外的风行,住在城内的中产家庭减少了。
87 coaxingly 2424e5a5134f6694a518ab5be2fcb7d5     
adv. 以巧言诱哄,以甘言哄骗
88 giggling 2712674ae81ec7e853724ef7e8c53df1     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的现在分词 )
  • We just sat there giggling like naughty schoolchildren. 我们只是坐在那儿像调皮的小学生一样的咯咯地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I can't stand her giggling, she's so silly. 她吃吃地笑,叫我真受不了,那样子傻透了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
89 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。
90 soothing soothing     
  • Put on some nice soothing music.播放一些柔和舒缓的音乐。
  • His casual, relaxed manner was very soothing.他随意而放松的举动让人很快便平静下来。
91 incarcerated 6f3f447e42a1b3e317e14328c8068bd1     
  • They were incarcerated for the duration of the war. 战争期间,他们被关在狱中。 来自辞典例句
  • I don't want to worry them by being incarcerated. 我不想让他们知道我被拘禁的事情。 来自电影对白
92 intoxication qq7zL8     
n.wild excitement;drunkenness;poisoning
  • He began to drink, drank himself to intoxication, till he slept obliterated. 他一直喝,喝到他快要迷糊地睡着了。
  • Predator: Intoxication-Damage over time effect will now stack with other allies. Predator:Intoxication,持续性伤害的效果将会与队友相加。
93 abetted dbe7c1c9d2033f24403d54aea4799177     
v.教唆(犯罪)( abet的过去式和过去分词 );煽动;怂恿;支持
  • He was abetted in the deception by his wife. 他行骗是受了妻子的怂恿。
  • They aided and abetted in getting the police to catch the thief. 他们协助警察抓住了小偷。 来自《简明英汉词典》


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