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Chapter 20


  WELLER AND HIS LONG-LOST PARENT;SHOWING ALSO WHAT CHOICE SPIRITSASSEMBLED AT THE MAGPIE1 AND STUMP2,AND WHAT A CAPITAL CHAPTER THE NEXTONE WILL BEn the ground-floor front of a dingy3 house, at the very farthestend of Freeman’s Court, Cornhill, sat the four clerks ofMessrs. Dodson & Fogg, two of his Majesty’s attorneys of the courts of King’s Bench and Common Pleas at Westminster, andsolicitors of the High Court of Chancery―the aforesaid clerkscatching as favourable4 glimpses of heaven’s light and heaven’ssun, in the course of their daily labours, as a man might hope todo, were he placed at the bottom of a reasonably deep well; andwithout the opportunity of perceiving the stars in the day-time,which the latter secluded5 situation affords.

  The clerks’ office of Messrs. Dodson & Fogg was a dark,mouldy, earthy-smelling room, with a high wainscotted partitionto screen the clerks from the vulgar gaze, a couple of old woodenchairs, a very loud-ticking clock, an almanac, an umbrella-stand, arow of hat-pegs, and a few shelves, on which were depositedseveral ticketed bundles of dirty papers, some old deal boxes withpaper labels, and sundry6 decayed stone ink bottles of variousshapes and sizes. There was a glass door leading into the passagewhich formed the entrance to the court, and on the outer side ofthis glass door, Mr. Pickwick, closely followed by Sam Weller,presented himself on the Friday morning succeeding theoccurrence of which a faithful narration7 is given in the lastchapter.

  ‘Come in, can’t you!’ cried a voice from behind the partition, inreply to Mr. Pickwick’s gentle tap at the door. And Mr. Pickwickand Sam entered accordingly.

  ‘Mr. Dodson or Mr. Fogg at home, sir?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick,gently, advancing, hat in hand, towards the partition.

  ‘Mr. Dodson ain’t at home, and Mr. Fogg’s particularlyengaged,’ replied the voice; and at the same time the head towhich the voice belonged, with a pen behind its ear, looked overthe partition, and at Mr. Pickwick.

  it was a ragged8 head, the sandy hair of which, scrupulouslyparted on one side, and flattened9 down with pomatum, wastwisted into little semi-circular tails round a flat face ornamentedwith a pair of small eyes, and garnished10 with a very dirty shirtcollar, and a rusty11 black stock.

  ‘Mr. Dodson ain’t at home, and Mr. Fogg’s particularlyengaged,’ said the man to whom the head belonged.

  ‘When will Mr. Dodson be back, sir?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Can’t say.’

  ‘Will it be long before Mr. Fogg is disengaged, sir?’

  ‘Don’t know.’

  Here the man proceeded to mend his pen with greatdeliberation, while another clerk, who was mixing a Seidlitzpowder, under cover of the lid of his desk, laughed approvingly.

  ‘I think I’ll wait,’ said Mr. Pickwick. There was no reply; so Mr.

  Pickwick sat down unbidden, and listened to the loud ticking ofthe clock and the murmured conversation of the clerks.

  ‘That was a game, wasn’t it?’ said one of the gentlemen, in abrown coat and brass12 buttons, inky drabs, and bluchers, at theconclusion of some inaudible relation of his previous evening’sadventures.

  ‘Devilish good―devilish good,’ said the Seidlitz-powder man.

  ‘Tom Cummins was in the chair,’ said the man with the browncoat. ‘It was half-past four when I got to Somers Town, and then Iwas so uncommon13 lushy, that I couldn’t find the place where thelatch-key went in, and was obliged to knock up the old ’ooman. Isay, I wonder what old Fogg ’ud say, if he knew it. I should get thesack, I s’pose―eh?’

  At this humorous notion, all the clerks laughed in concert.

  ‘There was such a game with Fogg here, this mornin’,’ said theman in the brown coat, ‘while Jack14 was upstairs sorting thepapers, and you two were gone to the stamp-office. Fogg wasdown here, opening the letters when that chap as we issued thewrit against at Camberwell, you know, came in―what’s his nameagain?’

  ‘Ramsey,’ said the clerk who had spoken to Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Ah, Ramsey―a precious seedy-looking customer. “Well, sir,”

  says old Fogg, looking at him very fierce―you know his way―“well, sir, have you come to settle?” “Yes, I have, sir,” saidRamsey, putting his hand in his pocket, and bringing out themoney, “the debt’s two pound ten, and the costs three pound five,and here it is, sir;” and he sighed like bricks, as he lugged16 out themoney, done up in a bit of blotting-paper. Old Fogg looked first atthe money, and then at him, and then he coughed in his rum way,so that I knew something was coming. “You don’t know there’s adeclaration filed, which increases the costs materially, I suppose,”

  said Fogg. “You don’t say that, sir,” said Ramsey, starting back;“the time was only out last night, sir.” “I do say it, though,” saidFogg, “my clerk’s just gone to file it. Hasn’t Mr. Jackson gone tofile that declaration in Bullman and Ramsey, Mr. Wicks?” Ofcourse I said yes, and then Fogg coughed again, and looked atRamsey. “My God!” said Ramsey; “and here have I nearly drivenmyself mad, scraping this money together, and all to no purpose.”

  “None at all,” said Fogg coolly; “so you had better go back andscrape some more together, and bring it here in time.” “I can’t getit, by God!” said Ramsey, striking the desk with his fist. “Don’tbully me, sir,” said Fogg, getting into a passion on purpose. “I amnot bullying17 you, sir,” said Ramsey. “You are,” said Fogg; “get out,sir; get out of this office, sir, and come back, sir, when you knowhow to behave yourself.” Well, Ramsey tried to speak, but Foggwouldn’t let him, so he put the money in his pocket, and sneakedout. The door was scarcely shut, when old Fogg turned round tome, with a sweet smile on his face, and drew the declaration out ofhis coat pocket. “Here, Wicks,” says Fogg, “take a cab, and godown to the Temple as quick as you can, and file that. The costsare quite safe, for he’s a steady man with a large family, at a salaryof five-and-twenty shillings a week, and if he gives us a warrant ofattorney, as he must in the end, I know his employers will see itpaid; so we may as well get all we can get out of him, Mr. Wicks;it’s a Christian18 act to do it, Mr. Wicks, for with his large family andsmall income, he’ll be all the better for a good lesson againstgetting into debt―won’t he, Mr. Wicks, won’t he?”―and he smiledso good-naturedly as he went away, that it was delightful19 to seehim. He is a capital man of business,’ said Wicks, in a tone of thedeepest admiration20, ‘capital, isn’t he?’

  The other three cordially subscribed21 to this opinion, and theanecdote afforded the most unlimited22 satisfaction.

  ‘Nice men these here, sir,’ whispered Mr. Weller to his master;‘wery nice notion of fun they has, sir.’

  Mr. Pickwick nodded assent23, and coughed to attract theattention of the young gentlemen behind the partition, who,having now relaxed their minds by a little conversation amongthemselves, condescended24 to take some notice of the stranger.

  ‘I wonder whether Fogg’s disengaged now?’ said Jackson.

  ‘I’ll see,’ said Wicks, dismounting leisurely26 from his stool. ‘Whatname shall I tell Mr. Fogg?’

  ‘Pickwick,’ replied the illustrious subject of these memoirs27.

  Mr. Jackson departed upstairs on his errand, and immediatelyreturned with a message that Mr. Fogg would see Mr. Pickwick infive minutes; and having delivered it, returned again to his desk.

  ‘What did he say his name was?’ whispered Wicks.

  ‘Pickwick,’ replied Jackson; ‘it’s the defendant28 in Bardell andPickwick.’

  A sudden scraping of feet, mingled29 with the sound ofsuppressed laughter, was heard from behind the partition.

  ‘They’re a-twiggin’ of you, sir,’ whispered Mr. Weller.

  ‘Twigging of me, Sam!’ replied Mr. Pickwick; ‘what do youmean by twigging me?’

  Mr. Weller replied by pointing with his thumb over hisshoulder, and Mr. Pickwick, on looking up, became sensible of thepleasing fact, that all the four clerks, with countenancesexpressive of the utmost amusement, and with their heads thrustover the wooden screen, were minutely inspecting the figure andgeneral appearance of the supposed trifler with female hearts, anddisturber of female happiness. On his looking up, the row of headssuddenly disappeared, and the sound of pens travelling at afurious rate over paper, immediately succeeded.

  A sudden ring at the bell which hung in the office, summonedMr. Jackson to the apartment of Fogg, from whence he came backto say that he (Fogg) was ready to see Mr. Pickwick if he wouldstep upstairs. Upstairs Mr. Pickwick did step accordingly, leavingSam Weller below. The room door of the one-pair back, boreinscribed in legible characters the imposing31 words, ‘Mr. Fogg’;and, having tapped thereat, and been desired to come in, Jacksonushered Mr. Pickwick into the presence.

  ‘Is Mr. Dodson in?’ inquired Mr. Fogg.

  ‘Just come in, sir,’ replied Jackson.

  ‘Ask him to step here.’

  ‘Yes, sir.’ Exit Jackson.

  ‘Take a seat, sir,’ said Fogg; ‘there is the paper, sir; my partnerwill be here directly, and we can converse32 about this matter, sir.’

  Mr. Pickwick took a seat and the paper, but, instead of readingthe latter, peeped over the top of it, and took a survey of the manof business, who was an elderly, pimply-faced, vegetable-diet sortof man, in a black coat, dark mixture trousers, and small blackgaiters; a kind of being who seemed to be an essential part of thedesk at which he was writing, and to have as much thought orfeeling.

  After a few minutes’ silence, Mr. Dodson, a plump, portly, stern-looking man, with a loud voice, appeared; and the conversationcommenced.

  ‘This is Mr. Pickwick,’ said Fogg.

  ‘Ah! You are the defendant, sir, in Bardell and Pickwick?’ saidDodson.

  ‘I am, sir,’ replied Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Well, sir,’ said Dodson, ‘and what do you propose?’

  ‘Ah!’ said Fogg, thrusting his hands into his trousers’ pockets,and throwing himself back in his chair, ‘what do you propose, MrPickwick?’

  ‘Hush, Fogg,’ said Dodson, ‘let me hear what Mr. Pickwick hasto say.’

  ‘I came, gentlemen,’ said Mr. Pickwick, gazing placidly33 on thetwo partners, ‘I came here, gentlemen, to express the surprisewith which I received your letter of the other day, and to inquirewhat grounds of action you can have against me.’

  ‘Grounds of―’ Fogg had ejaculated this much, when he wasstopped by Dodson.

  ‘Mr. Fogg,’ said Dodson, ‘I am going to speak.’

  ‘I beg your pardon, Mr. Dodson,’ said Fogg.

  ‘For the grounds of action, sir,’ continued Dodson, with moralelevation in his air, ‘you will consult your own conscience and yourown feelings. We, sir, we, are guided entirely34 by the statement ofour client. That statement, sir, may be true, or it may be false; itmay be credible35, or it may be incredible; but, if it be true, and if itbe credible, I do not hesitate to say, sir, that our grounds of action,sir, are strong, and not to be shaken. You may be an unfortunateman, sir, or you may be a designing one; but if I were called upon,as a juryman upon my oath, sir, to express an opinion of yourconduct, sir, I do not hesitate to assert that I should have but oneopinion about it.’ Here Dodson drew himself up, with an air ofoffended virtue36, and looked at Fogg, who thrust his hands fartherin his pockets, and nodding his head sagely37, said, in a tone of thefullest concurrence38, ‘Most certainly.’

  ‘Well, sir,’ said Mr. Pickwick, with considerable pain depicted39 inhis countenance30, ‘you will permit me to assure you that I am amost unfortunate man, so far as this case is concerned.’

  ‘I hope you are, sir,’ replied Dodson; ‘I trust you may be, sir. Ifyou are really innocent of what is laid to your charge, you aremore unfortunate than I had believed any man could possibly be.

  What do you say, Mr. Fogg?’

  ‘I say precisely40 what you say,’ replied Fogg, with a smile ofincredulity.

  ‘The writ15, sir, which commences the action,’ continued Dodson,‘was issued regularly. Mr. Fogg, where is the praecipe book?’

  ‘Here it is,’ said Fogg, handing over a square book, with aparchment cover.

  ‘Here is the entry,’ resumed Dodson. ‘“Middlesex, CapiasMartha Bardell, widow, v. Samuel Pickwick. Damages ?1500.

  Dodson & Fogg for the plaintiff, Aug. 28, 1827.” All regular, sir;perfectly.’ Dodson coughed and looked at Fogg, who said‘Perfectly,’ also. And then they both looked at Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘I am to understand, then,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘that it really isyour intention to proceed with this action?’

  ‘Understand, sir!―that you certainly may,’ replied Dodson,with something as near a smile as his importance would allow.

  ‘And that the damages are actually laid at fifteen hundredpounds?’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘To which understanding you may add my assurance, that if wecould have prevailed upon our client, they would have been laid attreble the amount, sir,’ replied Dodson. ‘I believe Mrs. Bardellspecially said, however,’ observed Fogg, glancing at Dodson, ‘thatshe would not compromise for a farthing less.’

  ‘Unquestionably,’ replied Dodson sternly. For the action wasonly just begun; and it wouldn’t have done to let Mr. Pickwickcompromise it then, even if he had been so disposed.

  ‘As you offer no terms, sir,’ said Dodson, displaying a slip ofparchment in his right hand, and affectionately pressing a papercopy of it, on Mr. Pickwick with his left, ‘I had better serve youwith a copy of this writ, sir. Here is the original, sir.’

  ‘Very well, gentlemen, very well,’ said Mr. Pickwick, rising inperson and wrath41 at the same time; ‘you shall hear from mysolicitor, gentlemen.’

  ‘We shall be very happy to do so,’ said Fogg, rubbing his hands. ‘Very,’ said Dodson, opening the door.

  ‘And before I go, gentlemen,’ said the excited Mr. Pickwick,turning round on the landing, ‘permit me to say, that of all thedisgraceful and rascally42 proceedings43―’

  ‘Stay, sir, stay,’ interposed Dodson, with great politeness. ‘Mr.

  Jackson! Mr. Wicks!’

  ‘Sir,’ said the two clerks, appearing at the bottom of the stairs.

  ‘I merely want you to hear what this gentleman says,’ repliedDodson. ‘Pray, go on, sir―disgraceful and rascally proceedings, Ithink you said?’

  ‘I did,’ said Mr. Pickwick, thoroughly44 roused. ‘I said, sir, that ofall the disgraceful and rascally proceedings that ever wereattempted, this is the most so. I repeat it, sir.’

  ‘You hear that, Mr. Wicks,’ said Dodson.

  ‘You won’t forget these expressions, Mr. Jackson?’ said Fogg.

  ‘Perhaps you would like to call us swindlers, sir,’ said Dodson.

  ‘Pray do, sir, if you feel disposed; now pray do, sir.’

  ‘I do,’ said Mr. Pickwick. ‘You are swindlers.’

  ‘Very good,’ said Dodson. ‘You can hear down there, I hope, Mr.


  ‘Oh, yes, sir,’ said Wicks.

  ‘You had better come up a step or two higher, if you can’t,’

  added Mr. Fogg. ‘Go on, sir; do go on. You had better call usthieves, sir; or perhaps You would like to assault one Of US. Praydo it, sir, if you would; we will not make the smallest resistance.

  Pray do it, sir.’

  As Fogg put himself very temptingly within the reach of Mr.

  Pickwick’s clenched46 fist, there is little doubt that that gentlemanwould have complied with his earnest entreaty47, but for theinterposition of Sam, who, hearing the dispute, emerged from theoffice, mounted the stairs, and seized his master by the arm.

  ‘You just come avay,’ said Mr. Weller. ‘Battledore andshuttlecock’s a wery good game, vhen you ain’t the shuttlecockand two lawyers the battledores, in which case it gets too excitin’

  to be pleasant. Come avay, sir. If you want to ease your mind byblowing up somebody, come out into the court and blow up me;but it’s rayther too expensive work to be carried on here.’

  And without the slightest ceremony, Mr. Weller hauled hismaster down the stairs, and down the court, and having safelydeposited him in Cornhill, fell behind, prepared to followwhithersoever he should lead.

  Mr. Pickwick walked on abstractedly, crossed opposite theMansion House, and bent48 his steps up Cheapside. Sam began towonder where they were going, when his master turned round,and said―‘Sam, I will go immediately to Mr. Perker’s.’

  ‘That’s just exactly the wery place vere you ought to have gonelast night, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller.

  ‘I think it is, Sam,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘I know it is,’ said Mr. Weller.

  ‘Well, well, Sam,’ replied Mr. Pickwick, ‘we will go there atonce; but first, as I have been rather ruffled49, I should like a glass ofbrandy-and-water warm, Sam. Where can I have it, Sam?’

  Mr. Weller’s knowledge of London was extensive and peculiar50.

  He replied, without the slightest consideration―‘Second court on the right hand side―last house but vun on thesame side the vay―take the box as stands in the first fireplace,‘cos there ain’t no leg in the middle o’ the table, which all theothers has, and it’s wery inconvenient51.’

  Mr. Pickwick observed his valet’s directions implicitly52, andbidding Sam follow him, entered the tavern53 he had pointed54 out,where the hot brandy-and-water was speedily placed before him;while Mr. Weller, seated at a respectful distance, though at thesame table with his master, was accommodated with a pint55 ofporter.

  The room was one of a very homely56 description, and wasapparently under the especial patronage57 of stage-coachmen; forseveral gentleman, who had all the appearance of belonging tothat learned profession, were drinking and smoking in thedifferent boxes. Among the number was one stout58, red-faced,elderly man, in particular, seated in an opposite box, whoattracted Mr. Pickwick’s attention. The stout man was smokingwith great vehemence59, but between every half-dozen puffs60, hetook his pipe from his mouth, and looked first at Mr. Weller andthen at Mr. Pickwick. Then, he would bury in a quart pot, as muchof his countenance as the dimensions of the quart pot admitted ofits receiving, and take another look at Sam and Mr. Pickwick.

  Then he would take another half-dozen puffs with an air ofprofound meditation62 and look at them again. At last the stoutman,putting up his legs on the seat, and leaning his back against thewall, began to puff61 at his pipe without leaving off at all, and tostare through the smoke at the new-comers, as if he had made uphis mind to see the most he could of them.

  At first the evolutions of the stout man had escaped Mr.

  Weller’s observation, but by degrees, as he saw Mr. Pickwick’seyes every now and then turning towards him, he began to gaze inthe same direction, at the same time shading his eyes with hishand, as if he partially63 recognised the object before him, andwished to make quite sure of its identity. His doubts were speedilydispelled, however; for the stout man having blown a thick cloudfrom his pipe, a hoarse64 voice, like some strange effort ofventriloquism, emerged from beneath the capacious shawls whichmuffled his throat and chest, and slowly uttered these sounds―‘Wy, Sammy!’

  ‘Who’s that, Sam?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Why, I wouldn’t ha’ believed it, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller, withastonished eyes. ‘It’s the old ’un .’

  ‘Old one,’ said Mr. Pickwick. ‘What old one?’

  ‘My father, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller. ‘How are you, my ancient?’

  And with this beautiful ebullition of filial affection, Mr. Wellermade room on the seat beside him, for the stout man, whoadvanced pipe in mouth and pot in hand, to greet him.

  ‘Wy, Sammy,’ said the father, ‘I ha’n’t seen you, for two yearand better.’

  ‘Nor more you have, old codger,’ replied the son. ‘How’smother-in-law?’

  ‘Wy, I’ll tell you what, Sammy,’ said Mr. Weller, senior, withmuch solemnity in his manner; ‘there never was a nicer woman asa widder, than that ’ere second wentur o’ mine―a sweet creeturshe was, Sammy; all I can say on her now, is, that as she was suchan uncommon pleasant widder, it’s a great pity she ever changedher condition. She don’t act as a vife, Sammy.’

  ‘Don’t she, though?’ inquired Mr. Weller, junior.

  The elder Mr. Weller shook his head, as he replied with a sigh,‘I’ve done it once too often, Sammy; I’ve done it once too often.

  Take example by your father, my boy, and be wery careful o’

  widders all your life, ’specially if they’ve kept a public-house,Sammy.’ Having delivered this parental65 advice with great pathos,Mr. Weller, senior, refilled his pipe from a tin box he carried in hispocket; and, lighting66 his fresh pipe from the ashes of the old One,commenced smoking at a great rate.

  ‘Beg your pardon, sir,’ he said, renewing the subject, andaddressing Mr. Pickwick, after a considerable pause, ‘nothin’

  personal, I hope, sir; I hope you ha’n’t got a widder, sir.’

  ‘Not I,’ replied Mr. Pickwick, laughing; and while Mr. Pickwicklaughed, Sam Weller informed his parent in a whisper, of therelation in which he stood towards that gentleman.

  ‘Beg your pardon, sir,’ said Mr. Weller, senior, taking off his hat,‘I hope you’ve no fault to find with Sammy, sir?’

  ‘None whatever,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Wery glad to hear it, sir,’ replied the old man; ‘I took a gooddeal o’ pains with his eddication, sir; let him run in the streetswhen he was wery young, and shift for hisself. It’s the only way tomake a boy sharp, sir.’

  ‘Rather a dangerous process, I should imagine,’ said Mr.

  Pickwick, with a smile.

  ‘And not a wery sure one, neither,’ added Mr. Weller; ‘I gotreg’larly done the other day.’

  ‘No!’ said his father.

  ‘I did,’ said the son; and he proceeded to relate, in as few wordsas possible, how he had fallen a ready dupe to the stratagems67 ofJob Trotter.

  Mr. Weller, senior, listened to the tale with the most profoundattention, and, at its termination, said―‘Worn’t one o’ these chaps slim and tall, with long hair, and thegift o’ the gab68 wery gallopin’?’

  Mr. Pickwick did not quite understand the last item ofdescription, but, comprehending the first, said ‘Yes,’ at a venture.

  ‘T’ other’s a black-haired chap in mulberry livery, with a werylarge head?’

  ‘Yes, yes, he is,’ said Mr. Pickwick and Sam, with greatearnestness. ‘Then I know where they are, and that’s all about it,’

  said Mr. Weller; ‘they’re at Ipswich, safe enough, them two.’

  ‘No!’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Fact,’ said Mr. Weller, ‘and I’ll tell you how I know it. I work anIpswich coach now and then for a friend o’ mine. I worked downthe wery day arter the night as you caught the rheumatic, and atthe Black Boy at Chelmsford―the wery place they’d come to―Itook ’em up, right through to Ipswich, where the man-servant―him in the mulberries―told me they was a-goin’ to put up for along time.’

  ‘I’ll follow him,’ said Mr. Pickwick; ‘we may as well see Ipswichas any other place. I’ll follow him.’

  ‘You’re quite certain it was them, governor?’ inquired Mr.

  Weller, junior.

  ‘Quite, Sammy, quite,’ replied his father, ‘for their appearanceis wery sing’ler; besides that ’ere, I wondered to see the gen’l’m’nso formiliar with his servant; and, more than that, as they sat inthe front, right behind the box, I heerd ’em laughing and sayinghow they’d done old Fireworks.’

  ‘Old who?’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Old Fireworks, sir; by which, I’ve no doubt, they meant you,sir.’ There is nothing positively69 vile70 or atrocious in the appellationof ‘old Fireworks,’ but still it is by no means a respectful orflattering designation. The recollection of all the wrongs he hadsustained at Jingle’s hands, had crowded on Mr. Pickwick’s mind,the moment Mr. Weller began to speak; it wanted but a feather toturn the scale, and ‘old Fireworks’ did it.

  ‘I’ll follow him,’ said Mr. Pickwick, with an emphatic71 blow onthe table.

  ‘I shall work down to Ipswich the day arter to-morrow, sir,’ saidMr. Weller the elder, ‘from the Bull in Whitechapel; and if youreally mean to go, you’d better go with me.’

  ‘So we had,’ said Mr. Pickwick; ‘very true; I can write to Bury,and tell them to meet me at Ipswich. We will go with you. Butdon’t hurry away, Mr. Weller; won’t you take anything?’

  ‘You’re wery good, sir,’ replied Mr. W., stopping short;―‘perhaps a small glass of brandy to drink your health, and successto Sammy, sir, wouldn’t be amiss.’

  ‘Certainly not,’ replied Mr. Pickwick. ‘A glass of brandy here!’

  The brandy was brought; and Mr. Weller, after pulling his hair toMr. Pickwick, and nodding to Sam, jerked it down his capaciousthroat as if it had been a small thimbleful. ‘Well done, father,’ saidSam, ‘take care, old fellow, or you’ll have a touch of your oldcomplaint, the gout.’

  ‘I’ve found a sov’rin’ cure for that, Sammy,’ said Mr. Weller,setting down the glass.

  ‘A sovereign cure for the gout,’ said Mr. Pickwick, hastilyproducing his note-book―‘what is it?’

  ‘The gout, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller, ‘the gout is a complaint asarises from too much ease and comfort. If ever you’re attackedwith the gout, sir, jist you marry a widder as has got a good loudwoice, with a decent notion of usin’ it, and you’ll never have thegout agin. It’s a capital prescription72, sir. I takes it reg’lar, and I canwarrant it to drive away any illness as is caused by too muchjollity.’ Having imparted this valuable secret, Mr. Weller drainedhis glass once more, produced a laboured wink73, sighed deeply, andslowly retired74.

  ‘Well, what do you think of what your father says, Sam?’

  inquired Mr. Pickwick, with a smile.

  ‘Think, sir!’ replied Mr. Weller; ‘why, I think he’s the wictim o’

  connubiality, as Blue Beard’s domestic chaplain said, vith a tear ofpity, ven he buried him.’

  There was no replying to this very apposite conclusion, and, therefore, Mr. Pickwick, after settling the reckoning, resumed hiswalk to Gray’s Inn. By the time he reached its secluded groves,however, eight o’clock had struck, and the unbroken stream ofgentlemen in muddy high-lows, soiled white hats, and rustyapparel, who were pouring towards the different avenues ofegress, warned him that the majority of the offices had closed forthat day.

  After climbing two pairs of steep and dirty stairs, he found hisanticipations were realised. Mr. Perker’s ‘outer door’ was closed;and the dead silence which followed Mr. Weller’s repeated kicksthereat, announced that the officials had retired from business forthe night.

  ‘This is pleasant, Sam,’ said Mr. Pickwick; ‘I shouldn’t lose anhour in seeing him; I shall not be able to get one wink of sleep to-night, I know, unless I have the satisfaction of reflecting that Ihave confided76 this matter to a professional man.’

  ‘Here’s an old ’ooman comin’ upstairs, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller;‘p’raps she knows where we can find somebody. Hollo, old lady,vere’s Mr. Perker’s people?’

  ‘Mr. Perker’s people,’ said a thin, miserable-looking old woman,stopping to recover breath after the ascent77 of the staircase―‘Mr.

  Perker’s people’s gone, and I’m a-goin’ to do the office out.’

  ‘Are you Mr. Perker’s servant?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘I am Mr. Perker’s laundress,’ replied the woman.

  ‘Ah,’ said Mr. Pickwick, half aside to Sam, ‘it’s a curiouscircumstance, Sam, that they call the old women in these inns,laundresses. I wonder what’s that for?’

  ‘‘Cos they has a mortal awersion to washing anythin’, I suppose,sir,’ replied Mr. Weller.

  ‘I shouldn’t wonder,’ said Mr. Pickwick, looking at the oldwoman, whose appearance, as well as the condition of the office,which she had by this time opened, indicated a rooted antipathy78 tothe application of soap and water; ‘do you know where I can findMr. Perker, my good woman?’

  ‘No, I don’t,’ replied the old woman gruffly; ‘he’s out o’ townnow.’

  ‘That’s unfortunate,’ said Mr. Pickwick; ‘where’s his clerk? Doyou know?’

  ‘Yes, I know where he is, but he won’t thank me for telling you,’

  replied the laundress.

  ‘I have very particular business with him,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Won’t it do in the morning?’ said the woman.

  ‘Not so well,’ replied Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Well,’ said the old woman, ‘if it was anything very particular, Iwas to say where he was, so I suppose there’s no harm in telling. Ifyou just go to the Magpie and Stump, and ask at the bar for Mr.

  Lowten, they’ll show you in to him, and he’s Mr. Perker’s clerk.’

  With this direction, and having been furthermore informed thatthe hostelry in question was situated79 in a court, happy in thedouble advantage of being in the vicinity of Clare Market, andclosely approximating to the back of New Inn, Mr. Pickwick andSam descended25 the rickety staircase in safety, and issued forth75 inquest of the Magpie and Stump.

  This favoured tavern, sacred to the evening orgies of Mr.

  Lowten and his companions, was what ordinary people woulddesignate a public-house. That the landlord was a man of money-making turn was sufficiently80 testified by the fact of a smallbulkhead beneath the tap-room window, in size and shape notunlike a sedan-chair, being underlet to a mender of shoes: andthat he was a being of a philanthropic mind was evident from theprotection he afforded to a pieman, who vended81 his delicacieswithout fear of interruption, on the very door-step. In the lowerwindows, which were decorated with curtains of a saffron hue,dangled two or three printed cards, bearing reference toDevonshire cider and Dantzic spruce, while a large blackboard,announcing in white letters to an enlightened public, that therewere 500,000 barrels of double stout in the cellars of theestablishment, left the mind in a state of not unpleasing doubt anduncertainty as to the precise direction in the bowels82 of the earth,in which this mighty83 cavern84 might be supposed to extend. Whenwe add that the weather-beaten signboard bore the half-obliterated semblance85 of a magpie intently eyeing a crookedstreak of brown paint, which the neighbours had been taught frominfancy to consider as the ‘stump,’ we have said all that need besaid of the exterior86 of the edifice87.

  On Mr. Pickwick’s presenting himself at the bar, an elderlyfemale emerged from behind the screen therein, and presentedherself before him.

  ‘Is Mr. Lowten here, ma’am?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Yes, he is, sir,’ replied the landlady88. ‘Here, Charley, show thegentleman in to Mr. Lowten.’

  ‘The gen’l’m’n can’t go in just now,’ said a shambling pot-boy,with a red head, ’cos’ Mr. Lowten’s a-singin’ a comic song, andhe’ll put him out. He’ll be done directly, sir.’

  The red-headed pot-boy had scarcely finished speaking, when amost unanimous hammering of tables, and jingling89 of glasses,announced that the song had that instant terminated; and Mr.

  Pickwick, after desiring Sam to solace90 himself in the tap, sufferedhimself to be conducted into the presence of Mr. Lowten.

  At the announcement of ‘A gentleman to speak to you, sir,’ apuffy-faced young man, who filled the chair at the head of thetable, looked with some surprise in the direction from whence thevoice proceeded; and the surprise seemed to be by no meansdiminished, when his eyes rested on an individual whom he hadnever seen before.

  ‘I beg your pardon, sir,’ said Mr. Pickwick, ‘and I am very sorryto disturb the other gentlemen, too, but I come on very particularbusiness; and if you will suffer me to detain you at this end of theroom for five minutes, I shall be very much obliged to you.’

  The puffy-faced young man rose, and drawing a chair close toMr. Pickwick in an obscure corner of the room, listened attentivelyto his tale of woe91.

  ‘Ah,’he said, when Mr. Pickwick had concluded, ‘Dodson andFogg―sharp practice theirs―capital men of business, Dodson andFogg, sir.’

  Mr. Pickwick admitted the sharp practice of Dodson and Fogg,and Lowten resumed. ‘Perker ain’t in town, and he won’t be,neither, before the end of next week; but if you want the actiondefended, and will leave the copy with me, I can do all that’sneedful till he comes back.’

  ‘That’s exactly what I came here for,’ said Mr. Pickwick,handing over the document. ‘If anything particular occurs, youcan write to me at the post-office, Ipswich.’

  ‘That’s all right,’ replied Mr. Perker’s clerk; and then seeing Mr.

  Pickwick’s eye wandering curiously92 towards the table, he added,‘will you join us, for half an hour or so? We are capital companyhere to-night. There’s Samkin and Green’s managing-clerk, andSmithers and Price’s chancery, and Pimkin and Thomas’s out o’

  doors―sings a capital song, he does―and Jack Bamber, and everso many more. You’re come out of the country, I suppose. Wouldyou like to join us?’

  Mr. Pickwick could not resist so tempting45 an opportunity ofstudying human nature. He suffered himself to be led to the table,where, after having been introduced to the company in due form,he was accommodated with a seat near the chairman and calledfor a glass of his favourite beverage93.

  A profound silence, quite contrary to Mr. Pickwick’sexpectation, succeeded. ‘You don’t find this sort of thingdisagreeable, I hope, sir?’ said his right hand neighbour, agentleman in a checked shirt and Mosaic94 studs, with a cigar in hismouth.

  ‘Not in the least,’ replied Mr. Pickwick; ‘I like it very much,although I am no smoker95 myself.’

  ‘I should be very sorry to say I wasn’t,’ interposed anothergentleman on the opposite side of the table. ‘It’s board andlodgings to me, is smoke.’

  Mr. Pickwick glanced at the speaker, and thought that if it werewashing too, it would be all the better.

  Here there was another pause. Mr. Pickwick was a stranger,and his coming had evidently cast a damp upon the party.

  ‘Mr. Grundy’s going to oblige the company with a song,’ saidthe chairman.

  ‘No, he ain’t,’ said Mr. Grundy.

  ‘Why not?’ said the chairman.

  ‘Because he can’t,’ said Mr. Grundy. ‘You had better say hewon’t,’ replied the chairman.

  ‘Well, then, he won’t,’ retorted Mr. Grundy. Mr. Grundy’spositive refusal to gratify the company occasioned another silence.

  ‘Won’t anybody enliven us?’ said the chairman, despondingly.

  ‘Why don’t you enliven us yourself, Mr. Chairman?’ said ayoung man with a whisker, a squint96, and an open shirt collar(dirty), from the bottom of the table.

  ‘Hear! hear!’ said the smoking gentleman, in the Mosaicjewellery.

  ‘Because I only know one song, and I have sung it already, andit’s a fine of “glasses round” to sing the same song twice in anight,’ replied the chairman.

  This was an unanswerable reply, and silence prevailed again.

  ‘I have been to-night, gentlemen,’ said Mr. Pickwick, hoping tostart a subject which all the company could take a part indiscussing, ‘I have been to-night, in a place which you all knowvery well, doubtless, but which I have not been in for some years,and know very little of; I mean Gray’s Inn, gentlemen. Curiouslittle nooks in a great place, like London, these old inns are.’

  ‘By Jove!’ said the chairman, whispering across the table to Mr.

  Pickwick, ‘you have hit upon something that one of us, at least,would talk upon for ever. You’ll draw old Jack Bamber out; he wasnever heard to talk about anything else but the inns, and he haslived alone in them till he’s half crazy.’

  The individual to whom Lowten alluded97, was a little, yellow,high-shouldered man, whose countenance, from his habit ofstooping forward when silent, Mr. Pickwick had not observedbefore. He wondered, though, when the old man raised hisshrivelled face, and bent his gray eye upon him, with a keeninquiring look, that such remarkable98 features could have escapedhis attention for a moment. There was a fixed99 grim smileperpetually on his countenance; he leaned his chin on a long,skinny hand, with nails of extraordinary length; and as he inclinedhis head to one side, and looked keenly out from beneath hisragged gray eyebrows100, there was a strange, wild slyness in his leer,quite repulsive101 to behold102.

  This was the figure that now started forward, and burst into ananimated torrent103 of words. As this chapter has been a long one,however, and as the old man was a remarkable personage, it willbe more respectful to him, and more convenient to us, to let himspeak for himself in a fresh one.


1 magpie oAqxF     
  • Now and then a magpie would call.不时有喜鹊的叫声。
  • This young man is really a magpie.这个年轻人真是饶舌。
2 stump hGbzY     
  • He went on the stump in his home state.他到故乡所在的州去发表演说。
  • He used the stump as a table.他把树桩用作桌子。
3 dingy iu8xq     
  • It was a street of dingy houses huddled together. 这是一条挤满了破旧房子的街巷。
  • The dingy cottage was converted into a neat tasteful residence.那间脏黑的小屋已变成一个整洁雅致的住宅。
4 favourable favourable     
  • The company will lend you money on very favourable terms.这家公司将以非常优惠的条件借钱给你。
  • We found that most people are favourable to the idea.我们发现大多数人同意这个意见。
5 secluded wj8zWX     
adj.与世隔绝的;隐退的;偏僻的v.使隔开,使隐退( seclude的过去式和过去分词)
  • Some people like to strip themselves naked while they have a swim in a secluded place. 一些人当他们在隐蔽的地方游泳时,喜欢把衣服脱光。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This charming cottage dates back to the 15th century and is as pretty as a picture, with its thatched roof and secluded garden. 这所美丽的村舍是15世纪时的建筑,有茅草房顶和宁静的花园,漂亮极了,简直和画上一样。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 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。
7 narration tFvxS     
  • The richness of his novel comes from his narration of it.他小说的丰富多采得益于他的叙述。
  • Narration should become a basic approach to preschool education.叙事应是幼儿教育的基本途径。
8 ragged KC0y8     
  • A ragged shout went up from the small crowd.这一小群人发出了刺耳的喊叫。
  • Ragged clothing infers poverty.破衣烂衫意味着贫穷。
9 flattened 1d5d9fedd9ab44a19d9f30a0b81f79a8     
  • She flattened her nose and lips against the window. 她把鼻子和嘴唇紧贴着窗户。
  • I flattened myself against the wall to let them pass. 我身体紧靠着墙让他们通过。
10 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》
11 rusty hYlxq     
  • The lock on the door is rusty and won't open.门上的锁锈住了。
  • I haven't practiced my French for months and it's getting rusty.几个月不用,我的法语又荒疏了。
12 brass DWbzI     
  • Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.许多工人都在工厂铜管乐队中演奏。
  • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黄铜是通过铜和锌的熔合而成的。
13 uncommon AlPwO     
  • Such attitudes were not at all uncommon thirty years ago.这些看法在30年前很常见。
  • Phil has uncommon intelligence.菲尔智力超群。
14 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
15 writ iojyr     
  • This is a copy of a writ I received this morning.这是今早我收到的书面命令副本。
  • You shouldn't treat the newspapers as if they were Holy Writ. 你不应该把报上说的话奉若神明。
16 lugged 7fb1dd67f4967af8775a26954a9353c5     
  • She lugged the heavy case up the stairs. 她把那只沉甸甸的箱子拖上了楼梯。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • They used to yell that at football when you lugged the ball. 踢足球的时候,逢着你抢到球,人们总是对你这样嚷嚷。 来自辞典例句
17 bullying f23dd48b95ce083d3774838a76074f5f     
v.恐吓,威逼( bully的现在分词 );豪;跋扈
  • Many cases of bullying go unreported . 很多恐吓案件都没有人告发。
  • All cases of bullying will be severely dealt with. 所有以大欺小的情况都将受到严肃处理。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 Christian KVByl     
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
19 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。
20 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。
21 subscribed cb9825426eb2cb8cbaf6a72027f5508a     
v.捐助( subscribe的过去式和过去分词 );签署,题词;订阅;同意
  • It is not a theory that is commonly subscribed to. 一般人并不赞成这个理论。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I subscribed my name to the document. 我在文件上签了字。 来自《简明英汉词典》
22 unlimited MKbzB     
  • They flew over the unlimited reaches of the Arctic.他们飞过了茫茫无边的北极上空。
  • There is no safety in unlimited technological hubris.在技术方面自以为是会很危险。
23 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。
24 condescended 6a4524ede64ac055dc5095ccadbc49cd     
屈尊,俯就( condescend的过去式和过去分词 ); 故意表示和蔼可亲
  • 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。
25 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。
26 leisurely 51Txb     
  • We walked in a leisurely manner,looking in all the windows.我们慢悠悠地走着,看遍所有的橱窗。
  • He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.他从容的吃了早餐,高兴的开车去工作。
27 memoirs f752e432fe1fefb99ab15f6983cd506c     
n.回忆录;回忆录传( mem,自oir的名词复数)
  • Her memoirs were ghostwritten. 她的回忆录是由别人代写的。
  • I watched a trailer for the screenplay of his memoirs. 我看过以他的回忆录改编成电影的预告片。 来自《简明英汉词典》
28 defendant mYdzW     
  • The judge rejected a bribe from the defendant's family.法官拒收被告家属的贿赂。
  • The defendant was borne down by the weight of evidence.有力的证据使被告认输了。
29 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
混合,混入( mingle的过去式和过去分词 ); 混进,与…交往[联系]
  • 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。
30 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。
31 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。
32 converse 7ZwyI     
  • He can converse in three languages.他可以用3种语言谈话。
  • I wanted to appear friendly and approachable but I think I gave the converse impression.我想显得友好、平易近人些,却发觉给人的印象恰恰相反。
33 placidly c0c28951cb36e0d70b9b64b1d177906e     
  • Hurstwood stood placidly by, while the car rolled back into the yard. 当车子开回场地时,赫斯渥沉着地站在一边。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • The water chestnut floated placidly there, where it would grow. 那棵菱角就又安安稳稳浮在水面上生长去了。 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
34 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。
35 credible JOAzG     
  • The news report is hardly credible.这则新闻报道令人难以置信。
  • Is there a credible alternative to the nuclear deterrent?是否有可以取代核威慑力量的可靠办法?
36 virtue BpqyH     
  • He was considered to be a paragon of virtue.他被认为是品德尽善尽美的典范。
  • You need to decorate your mind with virtue.你应该用德行美化心灵。
37 sagely sagely     
adv. 贤能地,贤明地
  • Even the ones who understand may nod sagely. 即使对方知道这一点,也会一本正经地点头同意。
  • Well, that's about all of the sagely advice this old grey head can come up with. 好了,以上就是我这个满头银发的老头儿给你们的充满睿智的忠告。
38 concurrence InAyF     
  • There is a concurrence of opinion between them.他们的想法一致。
  • The concurrence of their disappearances had to be more than coincidental.他们同时失踪肯定不仅仅是巧合。
39 depicted f657dbe7a96d326c889c083bf5fcaf24     
描绘,描画( depict的过去式和过去分词 ); 描述
  • Other animals were depicted on the periphery of the group. 其他动物在群像的外围加以修饰。
  • They depicted the thrilling situation to us in great detail. 他们向我们详细地描述了那激动人心的场面。
40 precisely zlWzUb     
  • It's precisely that sort of slick sales-talk that I mistrust.我不相信的正是那种油腔滑调的推销宣传。
  • The man adjusted very precisely.那个人调得很准。
41 wrath nVNzv     
  • His silence marked his wrath. 他的沉默表明了他的愤怒。
  • The wrath of the people is now aroused. 人们被激怒了。
42 rascally rascally     
adj. 无赖的,恶棍的 adv. 无赖地,卑鄙地
  • They said Kelso got some rascally adventurer, some Belgian brute, to insult his son-in-law in public. 他们说是凯尔索指使某个下贱的冒险家,一个比利时恶棍,来当众侮辱他的女婿。
  • Ms Taiwan: Can't work at all, but still brag and quibble rascally. 台湾小姐:明明不行,还要硬拗、赖皮逞强。
43 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
44 thoroughly sgmz0J     
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
45 tempting wgAzd4     
a.诱人的, 吸引人的
  • It is tempting to idealize the past. 人都爱把过去的日子说得那么美好。
  • It was a tempting offer. 这是个诱人的提议。
46 clenched clenched     
v.紧握,抓紧,咬紧( clench的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He clenched his fists in anger. 他愤怒地攥紧了拳头。
  • She clenched her hands in her lap to hide their trembling. 她攥紧双手放在腿上,以掩饰其颤抖。 来自《简明英汉词典》
47 entreaty voAxi     
  • Mrs. Quilp durst only make a gesture of entreaty.奎尔普太太仅做出一种哀求的姿势。
  • Her gaze clung to him in entreaty.她的眼光带着恳求的神色停留在他身上。
48 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
49 ruffled e4a3deb720feef0786be7d86b0004e86     
adj. 有褶饰边的, 起皱的 动词ruffle的过去式和过去分词
  • She ruffled his hair affectionately. 她情意绵绵地拨弄着他的头发。
  • All this talk of a strike has clearly ruffled the management's feathers. 所有这些关于罢工的闲言碎语显然让管理层很不高兴。
50 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。
51 inconvenient m4hy5     
  • You have come at a very inconvenient time.你来得最不适时。
  • Will it be inconvenient for him to attend that meeting?他参加那次会议会不方便吗?
52 implicitly 7146d52069563dd0fc9ea894b05c6fef     
adv. 含蓄地, 暗中地, 毫不保留地
  • Many verbs and many words of other kinds are implicitly causal. 许多动词和许多其他类词都蕴涵着因果关系。
  • I can trust Mr. Somerville implicitly, I suppose? 我想,我可以毫无保留地信任萨莫维尔先生吧?
53 tavern wGpyl     
  • 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。
54 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。
55 pint 1NNxL     
  • I'll have a pint of beer and a packet of crisps, please.我要一品脱啤酒和一袋炸马铃薯片。
  • In the old days you could get a pint of beer for a shilling.从前,花一先令就可以买到一品脱啤酒。
56 homely Ecdxo     
  • We had a homely meal of bread and cheese.我们吃了一顿面包加乳酪的家常便餐。
  • Come and have a homely meal with us,will you?来和我们一起吃顿家常便饭,好吗?
57 patronage MSLzq     
  • Though it was not yet noon,there was considerable patronage.虽然时间未到中午,店中已有许多顾客惠顾。
  • I am sorry to say that my patronage ends with this.很抱歉,我的赞助只能到此为止。
58 stout PGuzF     
  • He cut a stout stick to help him walk.他砍了一根结实的枝条用来拄着走路。
  • The stout old man waddled across the road.那肥胖的老人一跩一跩地穿过马路。
59 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。
60 puffs cb3699ccb6e175dfc305ea6255d392d6     
n.吸( puff的名词复数 );(烟斗或香烟的)一吸;一缕(烟、蒸汽等);(呼吸或风的)呼v.使喷出( puff的第三人称单数 );喷着汽(或烟)移动;吹嘘;吹捧
  • We sat exchanging puffs from that wild pipe of his. 我们坐在那里,轮番抽着他那支野里野气的烟斗。 来自辞典例句
  • Puffs of steam and smoke came from the engine. 一股股蒸汽和烟雾从那火车头里冒出来。 来自辞典例句
61 puff y0cz8     
  • He took a puff at his cigarette.他吸了一口香烟。
  • They tried their best to puff the book they published.他们尽力吹捧他们出版的书。
62 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。
63 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。
64 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。
65 parental FL2xv     
  • He encourages parental involvement in the running of school.他鼓励学生家长参与学校的管理。
  • Children always revolt against parental disciplines.孩子们总是反抗父母的管束。
66 lighting CpszPL     
  • The gas lamp gradually lost ground to electric lighting.煤气灯逐渐为电灯所代替。
  • The lighting in that restaurant is soft and romantic.那个餐馆照明柔和而且浪漫。
67 stratagems 28767f8a7c56f953da2c1d90c9cac552     
n.诡计,计谋( stratagem的名词复数 );花招
  • My bargaining stratagems are starting to show some promise. 我的议价策略也已经出现了一些结果。 来自电影对白
  • These commanders are ace-high because of their wisdom and stratagems. 这些指挥官因足智多谋而特别受人喜爱。 来自互联网
68 gab l6Xyd     
  • The young man had got the gift of gab.那个年轻小贩能说会道。
  • She has the gift of the gab.她口才很好。
69 positively vPTxw     
  • She was positively glowing with happiness.她满脸幸福。
  • The weather was positively poisonous.这天气着实讨厌。
70 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。
71 emphatic 0P1zA     
  • Their reply was too emphatic for anyone to doubt them.他们的回答很坚决,不容有任何人怀疑。
  • He was emphatic about the importance of being punctual.他强调严守时间的重要性。
72 prescription u1vzA     
  • The physician made a prescription against sea- sickness for him.医生给他开了个治晕船的药方。
  • The drug is available on prescription only.这种药只能凭处方购买。
73 wink 4MGz3     
  • He tipped me the wink not to buy at that price.他眨眼暗示我按那个价格就不要买。
  • The satellite disappeared in a wink.瞬息之间,那颗卫星就消失了。
74 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。
75 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。
76 confided 724f3f12e93e38bec4dda1e47c06c3b1     
v.吐露(秘密,心事等)( confide的过去式和过去分词 );(向某人)吐露(隐私、秘密等)
  • She confided all her secrets to her best friend. 她向她最要好的朋友倾吐了自己所有的秘密。
  • He confided to me that he had spent five years in prison. 他私下向我透露,他蹲过五年监狱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
77 ascent TvFzD     
  • His rapid ascent in the social scale was surprising.他的社会地位提高之迅速令人吃惊。
  • Burke pushed the button and the elevator began its slow ascent.伯克按动电钮,电梯开始缓慢上升。
78 antipathy vM6yb     
  • I feel an antipathy against their behaviour.我对他们的行为很反感。
  • Some people have an antipathy to cats.有的人讨厌猫。
79 situated JiYzBH     
  • The village is situated at the margin of a forest.村子位于森林的边缘。
  • She is awkwardly situated.她的处境困难。
80 sufficiently 0htzMB     
  • It turned out he had not insured the house sufficiently.原来他没有给房屋投足保险。
  • The new policy was sufficiently elastic to accommodate both views.新政策充分灵活地适用两种观点。
81 vended dd54a4bffc52cc215acbf78fe9ab8d28     
v.出售(尤指土地等财产)( vend的过去式和过去分词 );(尤指在公共场所)贩卖;发表(意见,言论);声明
  • Most of production are vended to occident, Europe and America, Japen, Korea, Southeast Asia, etc. 产品远销欧美、日本、韩国、东南亚等国际市场。 来自互联网
82 bowels qxMzez     
n.肠,内脏,内部;肠( bowel的名词复数 );内部,最深处
  • Salts is a medicine that causes movements of the bowels. 泻盐是一种促使肠子运动的药物。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The cabins are in the bowels of the ship. 舱房设在船腹内。 来自《简明英汉词典》
83 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。
84 cavern Ec2yO     
  • The cavern walls echoed his cries.大山洞的四壁回响着他的喊声。
  • It suddenly began to shower,and we took refuge in the cavern.天突然下起雨来,我们在一个山洞里避雨。
85 semblance Szcwt     
  • Her semblance of anger frightened the children.她生气的样子使孩子们感到害怕。
  • Those clouds have the semblance of a large head.那些云的形状像一个巨大的人头。
86 exterior LlYyr     
  • The seed has a hard exterior covering.这种子外壳很硬。
  • We are painting the exterior wall of the house.我们正在给房子的外墙涂漆。
87 edifice kqgxv     
  • The American consulate was a magnificent edifice in the centre of Bordeaux.美国领事馆是位于波尔多市中心的一座宏伟的大厦。
  • There is a huge Victorian edifice in the area.该地区有一幢维多利亚式的庞大建筑物。
88 landlady t2ZxE     
  • I heard my landlady creeping stealthily up to my door.我听到我的女房东偷偷地来到我的门前。
  • The landlady came over to serve me.女店主过来接待我。
89 jingling 966ec027d693bb9739d1c4843be19b9f     
  • A carriage went jingling by with some reclining figure in it. 一辆马车叮当驶过,车上斜倚着一个人。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Melanie did not seem to know, or care, that life was riding by with jingling spurs. 媚兰好像并不知道,或者不关心,生活正马刺丁当地一路驶过去了呢。
90 solace uFFzc     
  • They sought solace in religion from the harshness of their everyday lives.他们日常生活很艰难,就在宗教中寻求安慰。
  • His acting career took a nosedive and he turned to drink for solace.演艺事业突然一落千丈,他便借酒浇愁。
91 woe OfGyu     
  • Our two peoples are brothers sharing weal and woe.我们两国人民是患难与共的兄弟。
  • A man is well or woe as he thinks himself so.自认祸是祸,自认福是福。
92 curiously 3v0zIc     
  • He looked curiously at the people.他好奇地看着那些人。
  • He took long stealthy strides. His hands were curiously cold.他迈着悄没声息的大步。他的双手出奇地冷。
93 beverage 0QgyN     
  • The beverage is often colored with caramel.这种饮料常用焦糖染色。
  • Beer is a beverage of the remotest time.啤酒是一种最古老的饮料。
94 mosaic CEExS     
  • The sky this morning is a mosaic of blue and white.今天早上的天空是幅蓝白相间的画面。
  • The image mosaic is a troublesome work.图象镶嵌是个麻烦的工作。
95 smoker GiqzKx     
  • His wife dislikes him to be a smoker.他妻子不喜欢他当烟民。
  • He is a moderate smoker.他是一个有节制的烟民。
96 squint oUFzz     
v. 使变斜视眼, 斜视, 眯眼看, 偏移, 窥视; n. 斜视, 斜孔小窗; adj. 斜视的, 斜的
  • A squint can sometimes be corrected by an eyepatch. 斜视有时候可以通过戴眼罩来纠正。
  • The sun was shinning straight in her eyes which made her squint. 太阳直射着她的眼睛,使她眯起了眼睛。
97 alluded 69f7a8b0f2e374aaf5d0965af46948e7     
提及,暗指( allude的过去式和过去分词 )
  • In your remarks you alluded to a certain sinister design. 在你的谈话中,你提到了某个阴谋。
  • She also alluded to her rival's past marital troubles. 她还影射了对手过去的婚姻问题。
98 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。
99 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
100 eyebrows a0e6fb1330e9cfecfd1c7a4d00030ed5     
眉毛( eyebrow的名词复数 )
  • Eyebrows stop sweat from coming down into the eyes. 眉毛挡住汗水使其不能流进眼睛。
  • His eyebrows project noticeably. 他的眉毛特别突出。
101 repulsive RsNyx     
  • She found the idea deeply repulsive.她发现这个想法很恶心。
  • The repulsive force within the nucleus is enormous.核子内部的斥力是巨大的。
102 behold jQKy9     
  • The industry of these little ants is wonderful to behold.这些小蚂蚁辛勤劳动的样子看上去真令人惊叹。
  • The sunrise at the seaside was quite a sight to behold.海滨日出真是个奇景。
103 torrent 7GCyH     
  • The torrent scoured a channel down the hillside. 急流沿着山坡冲出了一条沟。
  • Her pent-up anger was released in a torrent of words.她压抑的愤怒以滔滔不绝的话爆发了出来。


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