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Chapter 19

A PLEASANT DAY WITH ANUNPLEASANT TERMINATIONhe birds, who, happily for their own peace of mind andpersonal comfort, were in blissful ignorance of thepreparations which had been making to astonish them, onthe first of September, hailed it, no doubt, as one of thepleasantest mornings they had seen that season. Many a youngpartridge who strutted1 complacently2 among the stubble, with allthe finicking coxcombry3 of youth, and many an older one whowatched his levity4 out of his little round eye, with thecontemptuous air of a bird of wisdom and experience, alikeunconscious of their approaching doom5, basked6 in the freshmorning air with lively and blithesome7 feelings, and a few hoursafterwards were laid low upon the earth. But we grow affecting:

  let us proceed.

  In plain commonplace matter-of-fact, then, it was a finemorning―so fine that you would scarcely have believed that thefew months of an English summer had yet flown by. Hedges,fields, and trees, hill and moorland, presented to the eye theirever-varying shades of deep rich green; scarce a leaf had fallen,scarce a sprinkle of yellow mingled8 with the hues9 of summer,warned you that autumn had begun. The sky was cloudless; thesun shone out bright and warm; the songs of birds, the hum ofmyriads of summer insects, filled the air; and the cottage gardens,crowded with flowers of every rich and beautiful tint10, sparkled, inthe heavy dew, like beds of glittering jewels. Everything bore thestamp of summer, and none of its beautiful colour had yet fadedfrom the die.

  Such was the morning, when an open carriage, in which werethree Pickwickians (Mr. Snodgrass having preferred to remain athome), Mr. Wardle, and Mr. Trundle, with Sam Weller on the boxbeside the driver, pulled up by a gate at the roadside, before whichstood a tall, raw-boned gamekeeper, and a half-booted, leather-legginged boy, each bearing a bag of capacious dimensions, andaccompanied by a brace11 of pointers.

  ‘I say,’ whispered Mr. Winkle to Wardle, as the man let downthe steps, ‘they don’t suppose we’re going to kill game enough tofill those bags, do they?’

  ‘Fill them!’ exclaimed old Wardle. ‘Bless you, yes! You shall fillone, and I the other; and when we’ve done with them, the pocketsof our shooting-jackets will hold as much more.’

  Mr. Winkle dismounted without saying anything in reply to thisobservation; but he thought within himself, that if the partyremained in the open air, till he had filled one of the bags, theystood a considerable chance of catching12 colds in their heads.

  ‘Hi, Juno, lass-hi, old girl; down, Daph, down,’ said Wardle,caressing the dogs. ‘Sir Geoffrey still in Scotland, of course,Martin?’

  The tall gamekeeper replied in the affirmative, and looked withsome surprise from Mr. Winkle, who was holding his gun as if hewished his coat pocket to save him the trouble of pulling thetrigger, to Mr. Tupman, who was holding his as if he was afraid ofit―as there is no earthly reason to doubt he really was.

  ‘My friends are not much in the way of this sort of thing yet,Martin,’ said Wardle, noticing the look. ‘Live and learn, you know.

  They’ll be good shots one of these days. I beg my friend Winkle’spardon, though; he has had some practice.’

  Mr. Winkle smiled feebly over his blue neckerchief inacknowledgment of the compliment, and got himself somysteriously entangled13 with his gun, in his modest confusion, thatif the piece had been loaded, he must inevitably14 have shot himselfdead upon the spot.

  ‘You mustn’t handle your piece in that ’ere way, when you cometo have the charge in it, sir,’ said the tall gamekeeper gruffly; ‘orI’m damned if you won’t make cold meat of some on us.’

  Mr. Winkle, thus admonished15, abruptly16 altered his position, andin so doing, contrived17 to bring the barrel into pretty smart contactwith Mr. Weller’s head.

  ‘Hollo!’ said Sam, picking up his hat, which had been knockedoff, and rubbing his temple. ‘Hollo, sir! if you comes it this vay,you’ll fill one o’ them bags, and something to spare, at one fire.’

  Here the leather-legginged boy laughed very heartily18, and thentried to look as if it was somebody else, whereat Mr. Winklefrowned majestically19.

  ‘Where did you tell the boy to meet us with the snack, Martin?’

  inquired Wardle.

  ‘Side of One-tree Hill, at twelve o’clock, sir.’

  ‘That’s not Sir Geoffrey’s land, is it?’

  ‘No, sir; but it’s close by it. It’s Captain Boldwig’s land; butthere’ll be nobody to interrupt us, and there’s a fine bit of turfthere.’

  ‘Very well,’ said old Wardle. ‘Now the sooner we’re off thebetter. Will you join us at twelve, then, Pickwick?’

  Mr. Pickwick was particularly desirous to view the sport, themore especially as he was rather anxious in respect of Mr.

  Winkle’s life and limbs. On so inviting20 a morning, too, it was verytantalising to turn back, and leave his friends to enjoy themselves.

  It was, therefore, with a very rueful air that he replied―‘Why, I suppose I must.’

  ‘Ain’t the gentleman a shot, sir?’ inquired the long gamekeeper.

  ‘No,’ replied Wardle; ‘and he’s lame21 besides.’

  ‘I should very much like to go,’ said Mr. Pickwick―‘very much.’

  There was a short pause of commiseration22.

  ‘There’s a barrow t’other side the hedge,’ said the boy. ‘If thegentleman’s servant would wheel along the paths, he could keepnigh us, and we could lift it over the stiles, and that.’

  ‘The wery thing,’ said Mr. Weller, who was a party interested,inasmuch as he ardently23 longed to see the sport. ‘The wery thing.

  Well said, Smallcheek; I’ll have it out in a minute.’

  But here a difficulty arose. The long gamekeeper resolutelyprotested against the introduction into a shooting party, of agentleman in a barrow, as a gross violation25 of all established rulesand precedents26. It was a great objection, but not aninsurmountable one. The gamekeeper having been coaxed27 andfeed, and having, moreover, eased his mind by ‘punching’ the headof the inventive youth who had first suggested the use of themachine, Mr. Pickwick was placed in it, and off the party set;Wardle and the long gamekeeper leading the way, and Mr.

  Pickwick in the barrow, propelled by Sam, bringing up the rear.

  ‘Stop, Sam,’ said Mr. Pickwick, when they had got half acrossthe first field.

  ‘What’s the matter now?’ said Wardle.

  ‘I won’t suffer this barrow to be moved another step,’ said Mr.

  Pickwick, resolutely24, ’un less Winkle carries that gun of his in adifferent manner.’

  ‘How am I to carry it?’ said the wretched Winkle. ‘Carry it withthe muzzle28 to the ground,’ replied Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘It’s so unsportsmanlike,’ reasoned Winkle.

  ‘I don’t care whether it’s unsportsmanlike or not,’ replied Mr.

  Pickwick; ‘I am not going to be shot in a wheel-barrow, for thesake of appearances, to please anybody.’

  ‘I know the gentleman’ll put that ’ere charge into somebodyafore he’s done,’ growled29 the long man.

  ‘Well, well―I don’t mind,’ said poor Winkle, turning his gun-stock uppermost―‘there.’

  ‘Anythin’ for a quiet life,’ said Mr. Weller; and on they wentagain.

  ‘Stop!’ said Mr. Pickwick, after they had gone a few yardsfarther.

  ‘What now?’ said Wardle.

  ‘That gun of Tupman’s is not safe: I know it isn’t,’ said Mr.

  Pickwick.

  ‘Eh? What! not safe?’ said Mr. Tupman, in a tone of greatalarm.

  ‘Not as you are carrying it,’ said Mr. Pickwick. ‘I am very sorryto make any further objection, but I cannot consent to go on,unless you carry it as Winkle does his.’

  ‘I think you had better, sir,’ said the long gamekeeper, ‘oryou’re quite as likely to lodge30 the charge in yourself as in anythingelse.’

  Mr. Tupman, with the most obliging haste, placed his piece in the position required, and the party moved on again; the twoamateurs marching with reversed arms, like a couple of privates ata royal funeral.

  The dogs suddenly came to a dead stop, and the partyadvancing stealthily a single pace, stopped too.

  ‘What’s the matter with the dogs’ legs?’ whispered Mr. Winkle.

  ‘How queer they’re standing31.’

  ‘Hush, can’t you?’ replied Wardle softly. ‘Don’t you see, they’remaking a point?’

  ‘Making a point!’ said Mr. Winkle, staring about him, as if heexpected to discover some particular beauty in the landscape,which the sagacious animals were calling special attention to.

  ‘Making a point! What are they pointing at?’

  ‘Keep your eyes open,’ said Wardle, not heeding32 the question inthe excitement of the moment. ‘Now then.’

  There was a sharp whirring noise, that made Mr. Winkle startback as if he had been shot himself. Bang, bang, went a couple ofguns―the smoke swept quickly away over the field, and curledinto the air.

  ‘Where are they!’ said Mr. Winkle, in a state of the highestexcitement, turning round and round in all directions. ‘Where arethey? Tell me when to fire. Where are they―where are they?’

  ‘Where are they!’ said Wardle, taking up a brace of birds whichthe dogs had deposited at his feet. ‘Why, here they are.’

  ‘No, no; I mean the others,’ said the bewildered Winkle.

  ‘Far enough off, by this time,’ replied Wardle, coolly reloadinghis gun.

  ‘We shall very likely be up with another covey in five minutes,’

  said the long gamekeeper. ‘If the gentleman begins to fire now,perhaps he’ll just get the shot out of the barrel by the time theyrise.’

  ‘Ha! ha! ha!’ roared Mr. Weller.

  ‘Sam,’ said Mr. Pickwick, compassionating33 his follower’sconfusion and embarrassment34.

  ‘Sir.’

  ‘Don’t laugh.’

  ‘Certainly not, sir.’ So, by way of indemnification, Mr. Wellercontorted his features from behind the wheel-barrow, for theexclusive amusement of the boy with the leggings, who thereuponburst into a boisterous36 laugh, and was summarily cuffed37 by thelong gamekeeper, who wanted a pretext38 for turning round, to hidehis own merriment.

  ‘Bravo, old fellow!’ said Wardle to Mr. Tupman; ‘you fired thattime, at all events.’

  ‘Oh, yes,’ replied Mr. Tupman, with conscious pride. ‘I let it off.’

  ‘Well done. You’ll hit something next time, if you look sharp.

  Very easy, ain’t it?’

  ‘Yes, it’s very easy,’ said Mr. Tupman. ‘How it hurts one’sshoulder, though. It nearly knocked me backwards39. I had no ideathese small firearms kicked so.’

  ‘Ah,’ said the old gentleman, smiling, ‘you’ll get used to it intime. Now then―all ready―all right with the barrow there?’

  ‘All right, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller.

  ‘Come along, then.’

  ‘Hold hard, sir,’ said Sam, raising the barrow.

  ‘Aye, aye,’ replied Mr. Pickwick; and on they went, as briskly asneed be.

  ‘Keep that barrow back now,’ cried Wardle, when it had beenhoisted over a stile into another field, and Mr. Pickwick had beendeposited in it once more.

  ‘All right, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller, pausing.

  ‘Now, Winkle,’ said the old gentleman, ‘follow me softly, anddon’t be too late this time.’

  ‘Never fear,’ said Mr. Winkle. ‘Are they pointing?’

  ‘No, no; not now. Quietly now, quietly.’ On they crept, and veryquietly they would have advanced, if Mr. Winkle, in theperformance of some very intricate evolutions with his gun, hadnot accidentally fired, at the most critical moment, over the boy’shead, exactly in the very spot where the tall man’s brain wouldhave been, had he been there instead.

  ‘Why, what on earth did you do that for?’ said old Wardle, asthe birds flew unharmed away.

  ‘I never saw such a gun in my life,’ replied poor Mr. Winkle,looking at the lock, as if that would do any good. ‘It goes off of itsown accord. It will do it.’

  ‘Will do it!’ echoed Wardle, with something of irritation40 in hismanner. ‘I wish it would kill something of its own accord.’

  ‘It’ll do that afore long, sir,’ observed the tall man, in a low,prophetic voice.

  ‘What do you mean by that observation, sir?’ inquired Mr.

  Winkle, angrily.

  ‘Never mind, sir, never mind,’ replied the long gamekeeper;‘I’ve no family myself, sir; and this here boy’s mother will getsomething handsome from Sir Geoffrey, if he’s killed on his land.

  Load again, sir, load again.’

  ‘Take away his gun,’ cried Mr. Pickwick from the barrow,horror-stricken at the long man’s dark insinuations. ‘Take awayhis gun, do you hear, somebody?’

  Nobody, however, volunteered to obey the command; and Mr.

  Winkle, after darting41 a rebellious42 glance at Mr. Pickwick, reloadedhis gun, and proceeded onwards with the rest.

  We are bound, on the authority of Mr. Pickwick, to state, thatMr. Tupman’s mode of proceeding43 evinced far more of prudenceand deliberation, than that adopted by Mr. Winkle. Still, this by nomeans detracts from the great authority of the latter gentleman,on all matters connected with the field; because, as Mr. Pickwickbeautifully observes, it has somehow or other happened, from timeimmemorial, that many of the best and ablest philosophers, whohave been perfect lights of science in matters of theory, have beenwholly unable to reduce them to practice.

  Mr. Tupman’s process, like many of our most sublimediscoveries, was extremely simple. With the quickness andpenetration of a man of genius, he had at once observed that thetwo great points to be attained44 were―first, to discharge his piecewithout injury to himself, and, secondly45, to do so, without dangerto the bystanders―obviously, the best thing to do, aftersurmounting the difficulty of firing at all, was to shut his eyesfirmly, and fire into the air.

  On one occasion, after performing this feat35, Mr. Tupman, onopening his eyes, beheld46 a plump partridge in the act of falling,wounded, to the ground. He was on the point of congratulatingMr. Wardle on his invariable success, when that gentlemanadvanced towards him, and grasped him warmly by the hand.

  ‘Tupman,’ said the old gentleman, ‘you singled out thatparticular bird?’

  ‘No,’ said Mr. Tupman―‘no.’

  ‘You did,’ said Wardle. ‘I saw you do it―I observed you pickhim out―I noticed you, as you raised your piece to take aim; and Iwill say this, that the best shot in existence could not have done itmore beautifully. You are an older hand at this than I thought you,Tupman; you have been out before.’ It was in vain for Mr. Tupmanto protest, with a smile of self-denial, that he never had. The verysmile was taken as evidence to the contrary; and from that timeforth his reputation was established. It is not the only reputationthat has been acquired as easily, nor are such fortunatecircumstances confined to partridge-shooting.

  Meanwhile, Mr. Winkle flashed, and blazed, and smoked away,without producing any material results worthy47 of being noteddown; sometimes expending48 his charge in mid-air, and at otherssending it skimming along so near the surface of the ground as toplace the lives of the two dogs on a rather uncertain andprecarious tenure49. As a display of fancy-shooting, it was extremelyvaried and curious; as an exhibition of firing with any preciseobject, it was, upon the whole, perhaps a failure. It is anestablished axiom, that ‘every bullet has its billet.’ If it apply in anequal degree to shot, those of Mr. Winkle were unfortunatefoundlings, deprived of their natural rights, cast loose upon theworld, and billeted nowhere. ‘Well,’ said Wardle, walking up to theside of the barrow, and wiping the streams of perspiration50 fromhis jolly red face; ‘smoking day, isn’t it?’

  ‘It is, indeed,’ replied Mr. Pickwick. The sun is tremendouslyhot, even to me. I don’t know how you must feel it.’

  ‘Why,’ said the old gentleman, ‘pretty hot. It’s past twelve,though. You see that green hill there?’

  ‘Certainly.’

  ‘That’s the place where we are to lunch; and, by Jove, there’sthe boy with the basket, punctual as clockwork!’

  ‘So he is,’ said Mr. Pickwick, brightening up. ‘Good boy, that.

  I’ll give him a shilling, presently. Now, then, Sam, wheel away.’

  ‘Hold on, sir,’ said Mr. Weller, invigorated with the prospect51 ofrefreshments. ‘Out of the vay, young leathers. If you walley myprecious life don’t upset me, as the gen’l’m’n said to the driverwhen they was a-carryin’ him to Tyburn.’ And quickening his paceto a sharp run, Mr. Weller wheeled his master nimbly to the greenhill, shot him dexterously52 out by the very side of the basket, andproceeded to unpack53 it with the utmost despatch54.

  ‘Weal pie,’ said Mr. Weller, soliloquising, as he arranged theeatables on the grass. ‘Wery good thing is weal pie, when youknow the lady as made it, and is quite sure it ain’t kittens; andarter all though, where’s the odds55, when they’re so like weal thatthe wery piemen themselves don’t know the difference?’

  ‘Don’t they, Sam?’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Not they, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller, touching56 his hat. ‘I lodged57 inthe same house vith a pieman once, sir, and a wery nice man hewas―reg’lar clever chap, too―make pies out o’ anything, hecould. “What a number o’ cats you keep, Mr. Brooks,” says I, whenI’d got intimate with him. “Ah,” says he, “I do―a good many,” sayshe, “You must be wery fond o’ cats,” says I. “Other people is,” sayshe, a-winkin’ at me; “they ain’t in season till the winter though,”

  says he. “Not in season!” says I. “No,” says he, “fruits is in, cats isout.” “Why, what do you mean?” says I. “Mean!” says he. “That I’llnever be a party to the combination o’ the butchers, to keep up theprice o’ meat,” says he. “Mr. Weller,” says he, a-squeezing myhand wery hard, and vispering in my ear―“don’t mention thishere agin―but it’s the seasonin’ as does it. They’re all made o’

  them noble animals,” says he, a-pointin’ to a wery nice little tabby kitten, “and I seasons ’em for beefsteak, weal or kidney, ’cordingto the demand. And more than that,” says he, “I can make a weal abeef-steak, or a beef-steak a kidney, or any one on ’em a mutton, ata minute’s notice, just as the market changes, and appetiteswary!”’

  ‘He must have been a very ingenious young man, that, Sam,’

  said Mr. Pickwick, with a slight shudder58.

  ‘Just was, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller, continuing his occupation ofemptying the basket, ‘and the pies was beautiful. Tongue―, wellthat’s a wery good thing when it ain’t a woman’s. Bread―knuckleo’ ham, reg’lar picter―cold beef in slices, wery good. What’s inthem stone jars, young touch-and-go?’

  ‘Beer in this one,’ replied the boy, taking from his shoulder acouple of large stone bottles, fastened together by a leathernstrap―‘cold punch in t’other.’

  ‘And a wery good notion of a lunch it is, take it altogether,’ saidMr. Weller, surveying his arrangement of the repast with greatsatisfaction. ‘Now, gen’l’m’n, “fall on,” as the English said to theFrench when they fixed59 bagginets.’

  It needed no second invitation to induce the party to yield fulljustice to the meal; and as little pressing did it require to induceMr. Weller, the long gamekeeper, and the two boys, to stationthemselves on the grass, at a little distance, and do good executionupon a decent proportion of the viands60. An old oak afforded apleasant shelter to the group, and a rich prospect of arable61 andmeadow land, intersected with luxuriant hedges, and richlyornamented with wood, lay spread out before them.

  ‘This is delightful62―thoroughly delightful!’ said Mr. Pickwick;the skin of whose expressive63 countenance64 was rapidly peeling off,with exposure to the sun.

  ‘So it is―so it is, old fellow,’ replied Wardle. ‘Come; a glass ofpunch!’

  ‘With great pleasure,’ said Mr. Pickwick; the satisfaction ofwhose countenance, after drinking it, bore testimony65 to thesincerity of the reply.

  ‘Good,’ said Mr. Pickwick, smacking66 his lips. ‘Very good. I’lltake another. Cool; very cool. Come, gentlemen,’ continued Mr.

  Pickwick, still retaining his hold upon the jar, ‘a toast. Our friendsat Dingley Dell.’

  The toast was drunk with loud acclamations.

  ‘I’ll tell you what I shall do, to get up my shooting again,’ saidMr. Winkle, who was eating bread and ham with a pocket-knife.

  ‘I’ll put a stuffed partridge on the top of a post, and practise at it,beginning at a short distance, and lengthening67 it by degrees. Iunderstand it’s capital practice.’

  ‘I know a gen’l’man, sir,’ said Mr. Weller, ‘as did that, andbegun at two yards; but he never tried it on agin; for he blowed thebird right clean away at the first fire, and nobody ever seed afeather on him arterwards.’

  ‘Sam,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Sir,’ replied Mr. Weller.

  ‘Have the goodness to reserve your anecdotes68 till they arecalled for.’

  ‘Cert’nly, sir.’

  Here Mr. Weller winked69 the eye which was not concealed70 bythe beer-can he was raising to his lips, with such exquisitefacetiousness, that the two boys went into spontaneousconvulsions, and even the long man condescended71 to smile.

  ‘Well, that certainly is most capital cold punch,’ said Mr.

  Pickwick, looking earnestly at the stone bottle; ‘and the day isextremely warm, and―Tupman, my dear friend, a glass of punch?’

  ‘With the greatest delight,’ replied Mr. Tupman; and havingdrank that glass, Mr. Pickwick took another, just to see whetherthere was any orange peel in the punch, because orange peelalways disagreed with him; and finding that there was not, Mr.

  Pickwick took another glass to the health of their absent friend,and then felt himself imperatively74 called upon to propose anotherin honour of the punch-compounder, unknown.

  This constant succession of glasses produced considerableeffect upon Mr. Pickwick; his countenance beamed with the mostsunny smiles, laughter played around his lips, and good-humouredmerriment twinkled in his eye. Yielding by degrees to theinfluence of the exciting liquid, rendered more so by the heat, Mr.

  Pickwick expressed a strong desire to recollect75 a song which hehad heard in his infancy76, and the attempt proving abortive77, soughtto stimulate78 his memory with more glasses of punch, whichappeared to have quite a contrary effect; for, from forgetting thewords of the song, he began to forget how to articulate any wordsat all; and finally, after rising to his legs to address the company inan eloquent79 speech, he fell into the barrow, and fast asleep,simultaneously.

  The basket having been repacked, and it being found perfectlyimpossible to awaken80 Mr. Pickwick from his torpor81, somediscussion took place whether it would be better for Mr. Weller towheel his master back again, or to leave him where he was, untilthey should all be ready to return. The latter course was at lengthdecided on; and as the further expedition was not to exceed anhour’s duration, and as Mr. Weller begged very hard to be one ofthe party, it was determined82 to leave Mr. Pickwick asleep in thebarrow, and to call for him on their return. So away they went,leaving Mr. Pickwick snoring most comfortably in the shade.

  That Mr. Pickwick would have continued to snore in the shadeuntil his friends came back, or, in default thereof, until the shadesof evening had fallen on the landscape, there appears noreasonable cause to doubt; always supposing that he had beensuffered to remain there in peace. But he was not suffered toremain there in peace. And this was what prevented him.

  Captain Boldwig was a little fierce man in a stiff blackneckerchief and blue surtout, who, when he did condescend72 towalk about his property, did it in company with a thick rattan83 stickwith a brass84 ferrule, and a gardener and sub-gardener with meekfaces, to whom (the gardeners, not the stick) Captain Boldwig gavehis orders with all due grandeur85 and ferocity; for CaptainBoldwig’s wife’s sister had married a marquis, and the captain’shouse was a villa86, and his land ‘grounds,’ and it was all very high,and mighty87, and great.

  Mr. Pickwick had not been asleep half an hour when littleCaptain Boldwig, followed by the two gardeners, came stridingalong as fast as his size and importance would let him; and whenhe came near the oak tree, Captain Boldwig paused and drew along breath, and looked at the prospect as if he thought theprospect ought to be highly gratified at having him to take noticeof it; and then he struck the ground emphatically with his stick,and summoned the head-gardener.

  ‘Hunt,’ said Captain Boldwig.

  ‘Yes, sir,’ said the gardener.

  ‘Roll this place to-morrow morning―do you hear, Hunt?’

  ‘Yes, sir.’

  ‘And take care that you keep this place in good order―do youhear, Hunt?’

  ‘Yes, sir.’

  ‘And remind me to have a board done about trespassers, andspring guns, and all that sort of thing, to keep the common peopleout. Do you hear, Hunt; do you hear?’

  ‘I’ll not forget it, sir.’

  ‘I beg your pardon, sir,’ said the other man, advancing, with hishand to his hat.

  ‘Well, Wilkins, what’s the matter with you?’ said CaptainBoldwig.

  ‘I beg your pardon, sir―but I think there have been trespassershere to-day.’

  ‘Ha!’ said the captain, scowling88 around him.

  ‘Yes, sir―they have been dining here, I think, sir.’

  ‘Why, damn their audacity89, so they have,’ said Captain Boldwig,as the crumbs90 and fragments that were strewn upon the grass methis eye. ‘They have actually been devouring91 their food here. I wishI had the vagabonds here!’ said the captain, clenching92 the thickstick.

  ‘I wish I had the vagabonds here,’ said the captain wrathfully.

  ‘Beg your pardon, sir,’ said Wilkins, ‘but―’

  ‘But what? Eh?’ roared the captain; and following the timidglance of Wilkins, his eyes encountered the wheel-barrow and Mr.

  Pickwick.

   ‘Who are you, you rascal93?’ said the captain, administeringseveral pokes94 to Mr. Pickwick’s body with the thick stick. ‘What’syour name?’

  ‘Cold punch,’ murmured Mr. Pickwick, as he sank to sleepagain.

  ‘What?’ demanded Captain Boldwig.

  No reply.

  ‘What did he say his name was?’ asked the captain.

  ‘Punch, I think, sir,’ replied Wilkins.

  ‘That’s his impudence―that’s his confounded impudence,’ saidCaptain Boldwig. ‘He’s only feigning95 to be asleep now,’ said thecaptain, in a high passion. ‘He’s drunk; he’s a drunken plebeian96.

  Wheel him away, Wilkins, wheel him away directly.’

  ‘Where shall I wheel him to, sir?’ inquired Wilkins, with greattimidity.

  ‘Wheel him to the devil,’ replied Captain Boldwig.

  ‘Very well, sir,’ said Wilkins.

  ‘Stay,’ said the captain.

  Wilkins stopped accordingly.

  ‘Wheel him,’ said the captain―‘wheel him to the pound; and letus see whether he calls himself Punch when he comes to himself.

  He shall not bully97 me―he shall not bully me. Wheel him away.’

  Away Mr. Pickwick was wheeled in compliance98 with thisimperious mandate99; and the great Captain Boldwig, swelling100 with indignation, proceeded on his walk.

  Inexpressible was the astonishment101 of the little party when theyreturned, to find that Mr. Pickwick had disappeared, and takenthe wheel-barrow with him. It was the most mysterious andunaccountable thing that was ever heard of For a lame man tohave got upon his legs without any previous notice, and walkedoff, would have been most extraordinary; but when it came to hiswheeling a heavy barrow before him, by way of amusement, itgrew positively102 miraculous103. They searched every nook and cornerround, together and separately; they shouted, whistled, laughed,called―and all with the same result. Mr. Pickwick was not to befound. After some hours of fruitless search, they arrived at theunwelcome conclusion that they must go home without him.

  Meanwhile Mr. Pickwick had been wheeled to the pound, andsafely deposited therein, fast asleep in the wheel-barrow, to theimmeasurable delight and satisfaction not only of all the boys inthe village, but three-fourths of the whole population, who hadgathered round, in expectation of his waking. If their most intensegratification had been awakened104 by seeing him wheeled in, howmany hundredfold was their joy increased when, after a fewindistinct cries of ‘Sam!’ he sat up in the barrow, and gazed withindescribable astonishment on the faces before him.

  A general shout was of course the signal of his having woke up;and his involuntary inquiry105 of ‘What’s the matter?’ occasionedanother, louder than the first, if possible.

  ‘Here’s a game!’ roared the populace.

  ‘Where am I?’ exclaimed Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘In the pound,’ replied the mob.

  ‘How came I here? What was I doing? Where was I broughtfrom?’

  ‘Boldwig! Captain Boldwig!’ was the only reply.

  ‘Let me out,’ cried Mr. Pickwick. ‘Where’s my servant? Whereare my friends?’

  ‘You ain’t got no friends. Hurrah106!’ Then there came a turnip,then a potato, and then an egg; with a few other little tokens of theplayful disposition107 of the many-headed.

  How long this scene might have lasted, or how much Mr.

  Pickwick might have suffered, no one can tell, had not a carriage,which was driving swiftly by, suddenly pulled up, from whencethere descended73 old Wardle and Sam Weller, the former of whom,in far less time than it takes to write it, if not to read it, had madehis way to Mr. Pickwick’s side, and placed him in the vehicle, justas the latter had concluded the third and last round of a singlecombat with the town-beadle.

  ‘Run to the justice’s!’ cried a dozen voices.

  ‘Ah, run avay,’ said Mr. Weller, jumping up on the box. ‘Give mycompliments―Mr. Veller’s compliments―to the justice, and tellhim I’ve spiled his beadle, and that, if he’ll swear in a new ’un , I’llcome back again to-morrow and spile him. Drive on, old feller.’

  ‘I’ll give directions for the commencement of an action for falseimprisonment against this Captain Boldwig, directly I get toLondon,’ said Mr. Pickwick, as soon as the carriage turned out ofthe town.

  ‘We were trespassing108, it seems,’ said Wardle.

  ‘I don’t care,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘I’ll bring the action.’

  ‘No, you won’t,’ said Wardle.

  ‘I will, by―’ But as there was a humorous expression inWardle’s face, Mr. Pickwick checked himself, and said, ‘Why not?’

  ‘Because,’ said old Wardle, half-bursting with laughter,‘because they might turn on some of us, and say we had taken toomuch cold punch.’

  Do what he would, a smile would come into Mr. Pickwick’s face;the smile extended into a laugh; the laugh into a roar; the roarbecame general. So, to keep up their good-humour, they stoppedat the first roadside tavern109 they came to, and ordered a glass ofbrandy-and-water all round, with a magnum of extra strength forMr. Samuel Weller.


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1 strutted 6d0ea161ec4dd5bee907160fa0d4225c     
趾高气扬地走,高视阔步( strut的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The players strutted and posed for the cameras. 运动员昂首阔步,摆好姿势让记者拍照。
  • Peacocks strutted on the lawn. 孔雀在草坪上神气活现地走来走去。
2 complacently complacently     
adv. 满足地, 自满地, 沾沾自喜地
参考例句:
  • 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
3 coxcombry 12728697997f5ada1686a3e95935e20f     
n.(男子的)虚浮,浮夸,爱打扮
参考例句:
4 levity Q1uxA     
n.轻率,轻浮,不稳定,多变
参考例句:
  • His remarks injected a note of levity into the proceedings.他的话将一丝轻率带入了议事过程中。
  • At the time,Arnold had disapproved of such levity.那时候的阿诺德对这种轻浮行为很看不惯。
5 doom gsexJ     
n.厄运,劫数;v.注定,命定
参考例句:
  • The report on our economic situation is full of doom and gloom.这份关于我们经济状况的报告充满了令人绝望和沮丧的调子。
  • The dictator met his doom after ten years of rule.独裁者统治了十年终于完蛋了。
6 basked f7a91e8e956a5a2d987831bf21255386     
v.晒太阳,取暖( bask的过去式和过去分词 );对…感到乐趣;因他人的功绩而出名;仰仗…的余泽
参考例句:
  • She basked in the reflected glory of her daughter's success. 她尽情地享受她女儿的成功带给她的荣耀。
  • She basked in the reflected glory of her daughter's success. 她享受着女儿的成功所带给她的荣耀。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 blithesome ecba0e8c1da220c3d51ad7606934ee75     
adj.欢乐的,愉快的
参考例句:
  • She has a blithesome nature. 她有个乐天本性。 来自互联网
8 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
混合,混入( mingle的过去式和过去分词 ); 混进,与…交往[联系]
参考例句:
  • The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑声和歌声交织在夜空中。
  • The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 当大家开始放松的时候,这一男一女就开始交往了。
9 hues adb36550095392fec301ed06c82f8920     
色彩( hue的名词复数 ); 色调; 信仰; 观点
参考例句:
  • When the sun rose a hundred prismatic hues were reflected from it. 太阳一出,更把它映得千变万化、异彩缤纷。
  • Where maple trees grow, the leaves are often several brilliant hues of red. 在枫树生长的地方,枫叶常常呈现出数种光彩夺目的红色。
10 tint ZJSzu     
n.淡色,浅色;染发剂;vt.着以淡淡的颜色
参考例句:
  • You can't get up that naturalness and artless rosy tint in after days.你今后不再会有这种自然和朴实无华的红润脸色。
  • She gave me instructions on how to apply the tint.她告诉我如何使用染发剂。
11 brace 0WzzE     
n. 支柱,曲柄,大括号; v. 绷紧,顶住,(为困难或坏事)做准备
参考例句:
  • My daughter has to wear a brace on her teeth. 我的女儿得戴牙套以矫正牙齿。
  • You had better brace yourself for some bad news. 有些坏消息,你最好做好准备。
12 catching cwVztY     
adj.易传染的,有魅力的,迷人的,接住
参考例句:
  • There are those who think eczema is catching.有人就是认为湿疹会传染。
  • Enthusiasm is very catching.热情非常富有感染力。
13 entangled e3d30c3c857155b7a602a9ac53ade890     
adj.卷入的;陷入的;被缠住的;缠在一起的v.使某人(某物/自己)缠绕,纠缠于(某物中),使某人(自己)陷入(困难或复杂的环境中)( entangle的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The bird had become entangled in the wire netting. 那只小鸟被铁丝网缠住了。
  • Some military observers fear the US could get entangled in another war. 一些军事观察家担心美国会卷入另一场战争。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 inevitably x7axc     
adv.不可避免地;必然发生地
参考例句:
  • 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。
15 admonished b089a95ea05b3889a72a1d5e33963966     
v.劝告( admonish的过去式和过去分词 );训诫;(温和地)责备;轻责
参考例句:
  • She was admonished for chewing gum in class. 她在课堂上嚼口香糖,受到了告诫。
  • The teacher admonished the child for coming late to school. 那个孩子迟到,老师批评了他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 abruptly iINyJ     
adv.突然地,出其不意地
参考例句:
  • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗鲁地示意弗吉尼亚上车。
  • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要讲半个小时的话。
17 contrived ivBzmO     
adj.不自然的,做作的;虚构的
参考例句:
  • There was nothing contrived or calculated about what he said.他说的话里没有任何蓄意捏造的成分。
  • The plot seems contrived.情节看起来不真实。
18 heartily Ld3xp     
adv.衷心地,诚恳地,十分,很
参考例句:
  • He ate heartily and went out to look for his horse.他痛快地吃了一顿,就出去找他的马。
  • The host seized my hand and shook it heartily.主人抓住我的手,热情地和我握手。
19 majestically d5d41929324f0eb30fd849cd601b1c16     
雄伟地; 庄重地; 威严地; 崇高地
参考例句:
  • The waters of the Changjiang River rolled to the east on majestically. 雄伟的长江滚滚东流。
  • Towering snowcapped peaks rise majestically. 白雪皑皑的山峰耸入云霄。
20 inviting CqIzNp     
adj.诱人的,引人注目的
参考例句:
  • An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room.一股诱人的咖啡香味飘进了房间。
  • The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and blessedly familiar.这间厨房的味道温暖诱人,使人感到亲切温馨。
21 lame r9gzj     
adj.跛的,(辩解、论据等)无说服力的
参考例句:
  • The lame man needs a stick when he walks.那跛脚男子走路时需借助拐棍。
  • I don't believe his story.It'sounds a bit lame.我不信他讲的那一套。他的话听起来有些靠不住。
22 commiseration commiseration     
n.怜悯,同情
参考例句:
  • I offered him my commiseration. 我对他表示同情。
  • Self- commiseration brewed in her heart. 她在心里开始自叹命苦。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
23 ardently 8yGzx8     
adv.热心地,热烈地
参考例句:
  • The preacher is disserveing the very religion in which he ardently believe. 那传教士在损害他所热烈信奉的宗教。 来自辞典例句
  • However ardently they love, however intimate their union, they are never one. 无论他们的相爱多么热烈,无论他们的关系多么亲密,他们决不可能合而为一。 来自辞典例句
24 resolutely WW2xh     
adj.坚决地,果断地
参考例句:
  • He resolutely adhered to what he had said at the meeting. 他坚持他在会上所说的话。
  • He grumbles at his lot instead of resolutely facing his difficulties. 他不是果敢地去面对困难,而是抱怨自己运气不佳。
25 violation lLBzJ     
n.违反(行为),违背(行为),侵犯
参考例句:
  • 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。
26 precedents 822d1685d50ee9bc7c3ee15a208b4a7e     
引用单元; 范例( precedent的名词复数 ); 先前出现的事例; 前例; 先例
参考例句:
  • There is no lack of precedents in this connection. 不乏先例。
  • He copied after bad precedents. 他仿效恶例。
27 coaxed dc0a6eeb597861b0ed72e34e52490cd1     
v.哄,用好话劝说( coax的过去式和过去分词 );巧言骗取;哄劝,劝诱
参考例句:
  • She coaxed the horse into coming a little closer. 她哄着那匹马让它再靠近了一点。
  • I coaxed my sister into taking me to the theatre. 我用好话哄姐姐带我去看戏。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
28 muzzle i11yN     
n.鼻口部;口套;枪(炮)口;vt.使缄默
参考例句:
  • He placed the muzzle of the pistol between his teeth.他把手枪的枪口放在牙齿中间。
  • The President wanted to muzzle the press.总统企图遏制新闻自由。
29 growled 65a0c9cac661e85023a63631d6dab8a3     
v.(动物)发狺狺声, (雷)作隆隆声( growl的过去式和过去分词 );低声咆哮着说
参考例句:
  • \"They ought to be birched, \" growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他们应受到鞭打。” 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He growled out an answer. 他低声威胁着回答。 来自《简明英汉词典》
30 lodge q8nzj     
v.临时住宿,寄宿,寄存,容纳;n.传达室,小旅馆
参考例句:
  • 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。
31 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
32 heeding e57191803bfd489e6afea326171fe444     
v.听某人的劝告,听从( heed的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • This come of heeding people who say one thing and mean another! 有些人嘴里一回事,心里又是一回事,今天这个下场都是听信了这种人的话的结果。 来自辞典例句
  • Her dwarfish spouse still smoked his cigar and drank his rum without heeding her. 她那矮老公还在吸他的雪茄,喝他的蔗酒,睬也不睬她。 来自辞典例句
33 compassionating 0eeffd82a9a41630f70ddba11ea4f6ca     
v.同情(compassionate的现在分词形式)
参考例句:
34 embarrassment fj9z8     
n.尴尬;使人为难的人(事物);障碍;窘迫
参考例句:
  • She could have died away with embarrassment.她窘迫得要死。
  • Coughing at a concert can be a real embarrassment.在音乐会上咳嗽真会使人难堪。
35 feat 5kzxp     
n.功绩;武艺,技艺;adj.灵巧的,漂亮的,合适的
参考例句:
  • Man's first landing on the moon was a feat of great daring.人类首次登月是一个勇敢的壮举。
  • He received a medal for his heroic feat.他因其英雄业绩而获得一枚勋章。
36 boisterous it0zJ     
adj.喧闹的,欢闹的
参考例句:
  • I don't condescend to boisterous displays of it.我并不屈就于它热热闹闹的外表。
  • The children tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play.孩子们经常是先静静地聚集在一起,不一会就开始吵吵嚷嚷戏耍开了。
37 cuffed e0f189a3fd45ff67f7435e1c3961c957     
v.掌打,拳打( cuff的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • 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》
38 pretext 1Qsxi     
n.借口,托词
参考例句:
  • He used his headache as a pretext for not going to school.他借口头疼而不去上学。
  • He didn't attend that meeting under the pretext of sickness.他以生病为借口,没参加那个会议。
39 backwards BP9ya     
adv.往回地,向原处,倒,相反,前后倒置地
参考例句:
  • He turned on the light and began to pace backwards and forwards.他打开电灯并开始走来走去。
  • All the girls fell over backwards to get the party ready.姑娘们迫不及待地为聚会做准备。
40 irritation la9zf     
n.激怒,恼怒,生气
参考例句:
  • He could not hide his irritation that he had not been invited.他无法掩饰因未被邀请而生的气恼。
  • Barbicane said nothing,but his silence covered serious irritation.巴比康什么也不说,但是他的沉默里潜伏着阴郁的怒火。
41 darting darting     
v.投掷,投射( dart的现在分词 );向前冲,飞奔
参考例句:
  • Swallows were darting through the clouds. 燕子穿云急飞。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Swallows were darting through the air. 燕子在空中掠过。 来自辞典例句
42 rebellious CtbyI     
adj.造反的,反抗的,难控制的
参考例句:
  • They will be in danger if they are rebellious.如果他们造反,他们就要发生危险。
  • Her reply was mild enough,but her thoughts were rebellious.她的回答虽然很温和,但她的心里十分反感。
43 proceeding Vktzvu     
n.行动,进行,(pl.)会议录,学报
参考例句:
  • 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。
44 attained 1f2c1bee274e81555decf78fe9b16b2f     
(通常经过努力)实现( attain的过去式和过去分词 ); 达到; 获得; 达到(某年龄、水平、状况)
参考例句:
  • She has attained the degree of Master of Arts. 她已获得文学硕士学位。
  • Lu Hsun attained a high position in the republic of letters. 鲁迅在文坛上获得崇高的地位。
45 secondly cjazXx     
adv.第二,其次
参考例句:
  • Secondly,use your own head and present your point of view.第二,动脑筋提出自己的见解。
  • Secondly it is necessary to define the applied load.其次,需要确定所作用的载荷。
46 beheld beheld     
v.看,注视( behold的过去式和过去分词 );瞧;看呀;(叙述中用于引出某人意外的出现)哎哟
参考例句:
  • His eyes had never beheld such opulence. 他从未见过这样的财富。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soul beheld its features in the mirror of the passing moment. 灵魂在逝去的瞬间的镜子中看到了自己的模样。 来自英汉文学 - 红字
47 worthy vftwB     
adj.(of)值得的,配得上的;有价值的
参考例句:
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。
48 expending 2bc25f0be219ef94a9ff43e600aae5eb     
v.花费( expend的现在分词 );使用(钱等)做某事;用光;耗尽
参考例句:
  • The heart pumps by expending and contracting of muscle. 心脏通过收缩肌肉抽取和放出(血液)。 来自互联网
  • Criminal action is an action of expending cost and then producing profit. 刑事诉讼是一种需要支付成本、能够产生收益的活动。 来自互联网
49 tenure Uqjy2     
n.终身职位;任期;(土地)保有权,保有期
参考例句:
  • He remained popular throughout his tenure of the office of mayor.他在担任市长的整个任期内都深得民心。
  • Land tenure is a leading political issue in many parts of the world.土地的保有权在世界很多地区是主要的政治问题。
50 perspiration c3UzD     
n.汗水;出汗
参考例句:
  • It is so hot that my clothes are wet with perspiration.天太热了,我的衣服被汗水湿透了。
  • The perspiration was running down my back.汗从我背上淌下来。
51 prospect P01zn     
n.前景,前途;景色,视野
参考例句:
  • This state of things holds out a cheerful prospect.事态呈现出可喜的前景。
  • The prospect became more evident.前景变得更加明朗了。
52 dexterously 5c204a62264a953add0b63ea7a6481d1     
adv.巧妙地,敏捷地
参考例句:
  • He operates the machine dexterously. 他操纵机器动作非常轻巧。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • How dexterously he handled the mite. 他伺候小家伙,有多么熟练。 来自辞典例句
53 unpack sfwzBO     
vt.打开包裹(或行李),卸货
参考例句:
  • I must unpack before dinner.我得在饭前把行李打开。
  • She said she would unpack the items later.她说以后再把箱子里的东西拿出来。
54 despatch duyzn1     
n./v.(dispatch)派遣;发送;n.急件;新闻报道
参考例句:
  • The despatch of the task force is purely a contingency measure.派出特遣部队纯粹是应急之举。
  • He rushed the despatch through to headquarters.他把急件赶送到总部。
55 odds n5czT     
n.让步,机率,可能性,比率;胜败优劣之别
参考例句:
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
56 touching sg6zQ9     
adj.动人的,使人感伤的
参考例句:
  • It was a touching sight.这是一幅动人的景象。
  • His letter was touching.他的信很感人。
57 lodged cbdc6941d382cc0a87d97853536fcd8d     
v.存放( lodge的过去式和过去分词 );暂住;埋入;(权利、权威等)归属
参考例句:
  • The certificate will have to be lodged at the registry. 证书必须存放在登记处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Our neighbours lodged a complaint against us with the police. 我们的邻居向警方控告我们。 来自《简明英汉词典》
58 shudder JEqy8     
v.战粟,震动,剧烈地摇晃;n.战粟,抖动
参考例句:
  • The sight of the coffin sent a shudder through him.看到那副棺材,他浑身一阵战栗。
  • We all shudder at the thought of the dreadful dirty place.我们一想到那可怕的肮脏地方就浑身战惊。
59 fixed JsKzzj     
adj.固定的,不变的,准备好的;(计算机)固定的
参考例句:
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
60 viands viands     
n.食品,食物
参考例句:
  • Greek slaves supplied them with exquisite viands at the slightest nod.只要他们轻轻点点头希腊奴隶就会供奉给他们精美的食品。
  • The family sat down to table,and a frugal meal of cold viands was deposited beforethem.一家老少,都围着桌子坐下,几样简单的冷食,摆在他们面前。
61 arable vNuyi     
adj.可耕的,适合种植的
参考例句:
  • The terrain changed quickly from arable land to desert.那个地带很快就从耕地变成了沙漠。
  • Do you know how much arable land has been desolated?你知道什么每年有多少土地荒漠化吗?
62 delightful 6xzxT     
adj.令人高兴的,使人快乐的
参考例句:
  • We had a delightful time by the seashore last Sunday.上星期天我们在海滨玩得真痛快。
  • Peter played a delightful melody on his flute.彼得用笛子吹奏了一支欢快的曲子。
63 expressive shwz4     
adj.表现的,表达…的,富于表情的
参考例句:
  • Black English can be more expressive than standard English.黑人所使用的英语可能比正式英语更有表现力。
  • He had a mobile,expressive,animated face.他有一张多变的,富于表情的,生动活泼的脸。
64 countenance iztxc     
n.脸色,面容;面部表情;vt.支持,赞同
参考例句:
  • At the sight of this photograph he changed his countenance.他一看见这张照片脸色就变了。
  • I made a fierce countenance as if I would eat him alive.我脸色恶狠狠地,仿佛要把他活生生地吞下去。
65 testimony zpbwO     
n.证词;见证,证明
参考例句:
  • The testimony given by him is dubious.他所作的证据是可疑的。
  • He was called in to bear testimony to what the police officer said.他被传入为警官所说的话作证。
66 smacking b1f17f97b1bddf209740e36c0c04e638     
活泼的,发出响声的,精力充沛的
参考例句:
  • He gave both of the children a good smacking. 他把两个孩子都狠揍了一顿。
  • She inclined her cheek,and John gave it a smacking kiss. 她把头低下,约翰在她的脸上响亮的一吻。
67 lengthening c18724c879afa98537e13552d14a5b53     
(时间或空间)延长,伸长( lengthen的现在分词 ); 加长
参考例句:
  • The evening shadows were lengthening. 残阳下的影子越拉越长。
  • The shadows are lengthening for me. 我的影子越来越长了。 来自演讲部分
68 anecdotes anecdotes     
n.掌故,趣闻,轶事( anecdote的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • amusing anecdotes about his brief career as an actor 关于他短暂演员生涯的趣闻逸事
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman. 他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
69 winked af6ada503978fa80fce7e5d109333278     
v.使眼色( wink的过去式和过去分词 );递眼色(表示友好或高兴等);(指光)闪烁;闪亮
参考例句:
  • He winked at her and she knew he was thinking the same thing that she was. 他冲她眨了眨眼,她便知道他的想法和她一样。
  • He winked his eyes at her and left the classroom. 他向她眨巴一下眼睛走出了教室。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
70 concealed 0v3zxG     
a.隐藏的,隐蔽的
参考例句:
  • The paintings were concealed beneath a thick layer of plaster. 那些画被隐藏在厚厚的灰泥层下面。
  • I think he had a gun concealed about his person. 我认为他当时身上藏有一支枪。
71 condescended 6a4524ede64ac055dc5095ccadbc49cd     
屈尊,俯就( condescend的过去式和过去分词 ); 故意表示和蔼可亲
参考例句:
  • We had to wait almost an hour before he condescended to see us. 我们等了几乎一小时他才屈尊大驾来见我们。
  • The king condescended to take advice from his servants. 国王屈驾向仆人征求意见。
72 condescend np7zo     
v.俯就,屈尊;堕落,丢丑
参考例句:
  • Would you condescend to accompany me?你肯屈尊陪我吗?
  • He did not condescend to answer.He turned his back on me.他不愿屈尊回答我的问题。他不理睬我。
73 descended guQzoy     
a.为...后裔的,出身于...的
参考例句:
  • 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。
74 imperatively f73b47412da513abe61301e8da222257     
adv.命令式地
参考例句:
  • Drying wet rice rapidly and soaking or rewetting dry rice kernels imperatively results in severe fissuring. 潮湿米粒快速干燥或干燥籽粒浸水、回潮均会产生严重的裂纹。 来自互联网
  • Drying wet rice kernels rapidly, Soaking or Rewetting dry rice Kernels imperatively results in severe fissuring. 潮湿米粒的快速干燥,干燥籽粒的浸水或回潮均会带来严重的裂纹。 来自互联网
75 recollect eUOxl     
v.回忆,想起,记起,忆起,记得
参考例句:
  • He tried to recollect things and drown himself in them.他极力回想过去的事情而沉浸于回忆之中。
  • She could not recollect being there.她回想不起曾经到过那儿。
76 infancy F4Ey0     
n.婴儿期;幼年期;初期
参考例句:
  • He came to England in his infancy.他幼年时期来到英国。
  • Their research is only in its infancy.他们的研究处于初级阶段。
77 abortive 1IXyE     
adj.不成功的,发育不全的
参考例句:
  • We had to abandon our abortive attempts.我们的尝试没有成功,不得不放弃。
  • Somehow the whole abortive affair got into the FBI files.这件早已夭折的案子不知怎么就进了联邦调查局的档案。
78 stimulate wuSwL     
vt.刺激,使兴奋;激励,使…振奋
参考例句:
  • Your encouragement will stimulate me to further efforts.你的鼓励会激发我进一步努力。
  • Success will stimulate the people for fresh efforts.成功能鼓舞人们去作新的努力。
79 eloquent ymLyN     
adj.雄辩的,口才流利的;明白显示出的
参考例句:
  • He was so eloquent that he cut down the finest orator.他能言善辩,胜过最好的演说家。
  • These ruins are an eloquent reminder of the horrors of war.这些废墟形象地提醒人们不要忘记战争的恐怖。
80 awaken byMzdD     
vi.醒,觉醒;vt.唤醒,使觉醒,唤起,激起
参考例句:
  • 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。
81 torpor CGsyG     
n.迟钝;麻木;(动物的)冬眠
参考例句:
  • The sick person gradually falls into a torpor.病人逐渐变得迟钝。
  • He fell into a deep torpor.他一下子进入了深度麻痹状态。
82 determined duszmP     
adj.坚定的;有决心的
参考例句:
  • 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。
83 rattan SkyzDZ     
n.藤条,藤杖
参考例句:
  • When they reached a long bridge fastened with rattan strips,everyone got out and walked.走到那顶藤条扎的长桥,大家都下车步行。
  • Rattan furniture,include rattan chair,rattan table,and so on.藤器家具包括藤椅藤桌等等。
84 brass DWbzI     
n.黄铜;黄铜器,铜管乐器
参考例句:
  • Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.许多工人都在工厂铜管乐队中演奏。
  • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黄铜是通过铜和锌的熔合而成的。
85 grandeur hejz9     
n.伟大,崇高,宏伟,庄严,豪华
参考例句:
  • The grandeur of the Great Wall is unmatched.长城的壮观是独一无二的。
  • These ruins sufficiently attest the former grandeur of the place.这些遗迹充分证明此处昔日的宏伟。
86 villa xHayI     
n.别墅,城郊小屋
参考例句:
  • We rented a villa in France for the summer holidays.我们在法国租了一幢别墅消夏。
  • We are quartered in a beautiful villa.我们住在一栋漂亮的别墅里。
87 mighty YDWxl     
adj.强有力的;巨大的
参考例句:
  • 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。
88 scowling bbce79e9f38ff2b7862d040d9e2c1dc7     
怒视,生气地皱眉( scowl的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • There she was, grey-suited, sweet-faced, demure, but scowling. 她就在那里,穿着灰色的衣服,漂亮的脸上显得严肃而忧郁。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Scowling, Chueh-hui bit his lips. 他马上把眉毛竖起来。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
89 audacity LepyV     
n.大胆,卤莽,无礼
参考例句:
  • He had the audacity to ask for an increase in salary.他竟然厚着脸皮要求增加薪水。
  • He had the audacity to pick pockets in broad daylight.他竟敢在光天化日之下掏包。
90 crumbs crumbs     
int. (表示惊讶)哎呀 n. 碎屑 名词crumb的复数形式
参考例句:
  • She stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater. 她站起身掸掉了毛衣上的面包屑。
  • Oh crumbs! Is that the time? 啊,天哪!都这会儿啦?
91 devouring c4424626bb8fc36704aee0e04e904dcf     
吞没( devour的现在分词 ); 耗尽; 津津有味地看; 狼吞虎咽地吃光
参考例句:
  • The hungry boy was devouring his dinner. 那饥饿的孩子狼吞虎咽地吃饭。
  • He is devouring novel after novel. 他一味贪看小说。
92 clenching 1c3528c558c94eba89a6c21e9ee245e6     
v.紧握,抓紧,咬紧( clench的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • I'll never get used to them, she thought, clenching her fists. 我永远也看不惯这些家伙,她握紧双拳,心里想。 来自飘(部分)
  • Clenching her lips, she nodded. 她紧闭着嘴唇,点点头。 来自辞典例句
93 rascal mAIzd     
n.流氓;不诚实的人
参考例句:
  • If he had done otherwise,I should have thought him a rascal.如果他不这样做,我就认为他是个恶棍。
  • The rascal was frightened into holding his tongue.这坏蛋吓得不敢往下说了。
94 pokes 6cad7252d0877616449883a0e703407d     
v.伸出( poke的第三人称单数 );戳出;拨弄;与(某人)性交
参考例句:
  • He pokes his nose into everything. 他这人好管闲事。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Only the tip of an iceberg pokes up above water. 只有冰山的尖端突出于水面。 来自辞典例句
95 feigning 5f115da619efe7f7ddaca64893f7a47c     
假装,伪装( feign的现在分词 ); 捏造(借口、理由等)
参考例句:
  • He survived the massacre by feigning death. 他装死才在大屠杀中死里逃生。
  • She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她耸耸肩,装出一副无所谓的样子。
96 plebeian M2IzE     
adj.粗俗的;平民的;n.平民;庶民
参考例句:
  • He is a philosophy professor with a cockney accent and an alarmingly plebeian manner.他是个有一口伦敦土腔、举止粗俗不堪的哲学教授。
  • He spent all day playing rackets on the beach,a plebeian sport if there ever was one.他一整天都在海滩玩壁球,再没有比这更不入流的运动了。
97 bully bully     
n.恃强欺弱者,小流氓;vt.威胁,欺侮
参考例句:
  • A bully is always a coward.暴汉常是懦夫。
  • The boy gave the bully a pelt on the back with a pebble.那男孩用石子掷击小流氓的背脊。
98 compliance ZXyzX     
n.顺从;服从;附和;屈从
参考例句:
  • I was surprised by his compliance with these terms.我对他竟然依从了这些条件而感到吃惊。
  • She gave up the idea in compliance with his desire.她顺从他的愿望而放弃自己的主意。
99 mandate sj9yz     
n.托管地;命令,指示
参考例句:
  • The President had a clear mandate to end the war.总统得到明确的授权结束那场战争。
  • The General Election gave him no such mandate.大选并未授予他这种权力。
100 swelling OUzzd     
n.肿胀
参考例句:
  • Use ice to reduce the swelling. 用冰敷消肿。
  • There is a marked swelling of the lymph nodes. 淋巴结处有明显的肿块。
101 astonishment VvjzR     
n.惊奇,惊异
参考例句:
  • They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他们听见他惊奇地大叫一声。
  • I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我对她的奇怪举动不胜惊异。
102 positively vPTxw     
adv.明确地,断然,坚决地;实在,确实
参考例句:
  • She was positively glowing with happiness.她满脸幸福。
  • The weather was positively poisonous.这天气着实讨厌。
103 miraculous DDdxA     
adj.像奇迹一样的,不可思议的
参考例句:
  • 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。
104 awakened de71059d0b3cd8a1de21151c9166f9f0     
v.(使)醒( awaken的过去式和过去分词 );(使)觉醒;弄醒;(使)意识到
参考例句:
  • She awakened to the sound of birds singing. 她醒来听到鸟的叫声。
  • The public has been awakened to the full horror of the situation. 公众完全意识到了这一状况的可怕程度。 来自《简明英汉词典》
105 inquiry nbgzF     
n.打听,询问,调查,查问
参考例句:
  • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.许多家长迫切要求调查这个问题。
  • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.调查的范围已经缩小到只剩5个人了。
106 hurrah Zcszx     
int.好哇,万岁,乌拉
参考例句:
  • We hurrah when we see the soldiers go by.我们看到士兵经过时向他们欢呼。
  • The assistants raised a formidable hurrah.助手们发出了一片震天的欢呼声。
107 disposition GljzO     
n.性情,性格;意向,倾向;排列,部署
参考例句:
  • 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。
108 trespassing a72d55f5288c3d37c1e7833e78593f83     
[法]非法入侵
参考例句:
  • He told me I was trespassing on private land. 他说我在擅闯私人土地。
  • Don't come trespassing on my land again. 别再闯入我的地界了。
109 tavern wGpyl     
n.小旅馆,客栈;小酒店
参考例句:
  • There is a tavern at the corner of the street.街道的拐角处有一家酒馆。
  • Philip always went to the tavern,with a sense of pleasure.菲利浦总是心情愉快地来到这家酒菜馆。


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