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Chapter 21

IN WHICH THE OLD MAN LAUNCHES FORTHINTO HIS FAVOURITE THEME, AND RELATESA STORY ABOUT A QUEER CLIENTha!’ said the old man, a brief description of whose mannerand appearance concluded the last chapter, ‘aha! who wastalking about the inns?’

  ‘I was, sir,’ replied Mr. Pickwick―‘I was observing whatsingular old places they are.’

  ‘You!’ said the old man contemptuously. ‘What do you know ofthe time when young men shut themselves up in those lonelyrooms, and read and read, hour after hour, and night after night,till their reason wandered beneath their midnight studies; till theirmental powers were exhausted3; till morning’s light brought nofreshness or health to them; and they sank beneath the unnaturaldevotion of their youthful energies to their dry old books? Comingdown to a later time, and a very different day, what do you know ofthe gradual sinking beneath consumption, or the quick wasting offever―the grand results of “life” and dissipation―which menhave undergone in these same rooms? How many vain pleadersfor mercy, do you think, have turned away heart-sick from thelawyer’s office, to find a resting-place in the Thames, or a refuge inthe jail? They are no ordinary houses, those. There is not a panelin the old wainscotting, but what, if it were endowed with thepowers of speech and memory, could start from the wall, and tellits tale of horror―the romance of life, sir, the romance of life!

  Common-place as they may seem now, I tell you they are strangeold places, and I would rather hear many a legend with a terrific-sounding name, than the true history of one old set of chambers4.’

  There was something so odd in the old man’s sudden energy,and the subject which had called it forth1, that Mr. Pickwick wasprepared with no observation in reply; and the old man checkinghis impetuosity, and resuming the leer, which had disappearedduring his previous excitement, said―‘Look at them in another light―their most common-place andleast romantic. What fine places of slow torture they are! Think ofthe needy5 man who has spent his all, beggared himself, andpinched his friends, to enter the profession, which is destinednever to yield him a morsel6 of bread. The waiting―the hope―thedisappointment―the fear―the misery7―the poverty―the blighton his hopes, and end to his career―the suicide perhaps, or theshabby, slipshod drunkard. Am I not right about them?’ And theold man rubbed his hands, and leered as if in delight at havingfound another point of view in which to place his favourite subject.

  Mr. Pickwick eyed the old man with great curiosity, and theremainder of the company smiled, and looked on in silence.

  ‘Talk of your German universities,’ said the little old man.

  ‘Pooh, pooh! there’s romance enough at home without going half amile for it; only people never think of it.’

  ‘I never thought of the romance of this particular subjectbefore, certainly,’ said Mr. Pickwick, laughing. ‘To be sure youdidn’t,’ said the little old man; ‘of course not. As a friend of mineused to say to me, “What is there in chambers in particular?”

  “Queer old places,” said I. “Not at all,” said he. “Lonely,” said I.

  “Not a bit of it,” said he. He died one morning of apoplexy, as hewas going to open his outer door. Fell with his head in his ownletter-box, and there he lay for eighteen months. Everybodythought he’d gone out of town.’

  ‘And how was he found out at last?’ inquired Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘The benchers determined9 to have his door broken open, as hehadn’t paid any rent for two years. So they did. Forced the lock;and a very dusty skeleton in a blue coat, black knee-shorts, andsilks, fell forward in the arms of the porter who opened the door.

  Queer, that. Rather, perhaps; rather, eh?’ The little old man puthis head more on one side, and rubbed his hands withunspeakable glee.

  ‘I know another case,’ said the little old man, when his chuckleshad in some degree subsided10. ‘It occurred in Clifford’s Inn. Tenantof a top set―bad character―shut himself up in his bedroomcloset, and took a dose of arsenic12. The steward13 thought he had runaway14: opened the door, and put a bill up. Another man came, tookthe chambers, furnished them, and went to live there. Somehow orother he couldn’t sleep―always restless and uncomfortable.

  “Odd,” says he. “I’ll make the other room my bedchamber, andthis my sitting-room15.” He made the change, and slept very well atnight, but suddenly found that, somehow, he couldn’t read in theevening: he got nervous and uncomfortable, and used to be alwayssnuffing his candles and staring about him. “I can’t make this out,”

  said he, when he came home from the play one night, and wasdrinking a glass of cold grog, with his back to the wall, in orderthat he mightn’t be able to fancy there was any one behind him―“I can’t make it out,” said he; and just then his eyes rested on thelittle closet that had been always locked up, and a shudder16 ranthrough his whole frame from top to toe. “I have felt this strangefeeling before,” said he, “I cannot help thinking there’s somethingwrong about that closet.” He made a strong effort, plucked up hiscourage, shivered the lock with a blow or two of the poker17, openedthe door, and there, sure enough, standing18 bolt upright in thecorner, was the last tenant11, with a little bottle clasped firmly in hishand, and his face―well!’ As the little old man concluded, helooked round on the attentive19 faces of his wondering auditory witha smile of grim delight.

  ‘What strange things these are you tell us of, sir,’ said Mr.

  Pickwick, minutely scanning the old man’s countenance20, by theaid of his glasses.

  ‘Strange!’ said the little old man. ‘Nonsense; you think themstrange, because you know nothing about it. They are funny, butnot uncommon21.’

  ‘Funny!’ exclaimed Mr. Pickwick involuntarily. ‘Yes, funny, arethey not?’ replied the little old man, with a diabolical22 leer; andthen, without pausing for an answer, he continued―‘I knew another man―let me see―forty years ago now―whotook an old, damp, rotten set of chambers, in one of the mostancient inns, that had been shut up and empty for years and yearsbefore. There were lots of old women’s stories about the place, andit certainly was very far from being a cheerful one; but he waspoor, and the rooms were cheap, and that would have been quite asufficient reason for him, if they had been ten times worse thanthey really were. He was obliged to take some mouldering23 fixturesthat were on the place, and, among the rest, was a great lumberingwooden press for papers, with large glass doors, and a greencurtain inside; a pretty useless thing for him, for he had no papersto put in it; and as to his clothes, he carried them about with him,and that wasn’t very hard work, either. Well, he had moved in allhis furniture―it wasn’t quite a truck-full―and had sprinkled itabout the room, so as to make the four chairs look as much like adozen as possible, and was sitting down before the fire at night,drinking the first glass of two gallons of whisky he had ordered oncredit, wondering whether it would ever be paid for, and if so, inhow many years’ time, when his eyes encountered the glass doorsof the wooden press. “Ah,” says he, “if I hadn’t been obliged totake that ugly article at the old broker’s valuation, I might have gotsomething comfortable for the money. I’ll tell you what it is, oldfellow,” he said, speaking aloud to the press, having nothing elseto speak to, “if it wouldn’t cost more to break up your old carcass,than it would ever be worth afterward24, I’d have a fire out of you inless than no time.” He had hardly spoken the words, when a soundresembling a faint groan26, appeared to issue from the interior of thecase. It startled him at first, but thinking, on a moment’sreflection, that it must be some young fellow in the next chamber,who had been dining out, he put his feet on the fender, and raisedthe poker to stir the fire. At that moment, the sound was repeated;and one of the glass doors slowly opening, disclosed a pale andemaciated figure in soiled and worn apparel, standing erect27 in thepress. The figure was tall and thin, and the countenanceexpressive of care and anxiety; but there was something in the hueof the skin, and gaunt and unearthly appearance of the wholeform, which no being of this world was ever seen to wear. “Whoare you?” said the new tenant, turning very pale; poising29 thepoker in his hand, however, and taking a very decent aim at thecountenance of the figure. “Who are you?” “Don’t throw thatpoker at me,” replied the form; if you hurled30 it with ever so surean aim, it would pass through me, without resistance, and expendits force on the wood behind. I am a spirit.” “And pray, what doyou want here?” faltered31 the tenant. “In this room,” replied theapparition, “my worldly ruin was worked, and I and my childrenbeggared. In this press, the papers in a long, long suit, whichaccumulated for years, were deposited. In this room, when I haddied of grief, and long-deferred hope, two wily harpies divided thewealth for which I had contested during a wretched existence, andof which, at last, not one farthing was left for my unhappydescendants. I terrified them from the spot, and since that dayhave prowled by night―the only period at which I can revisit theearth―about the scenes of my long-protracted misery. Thisapartment is mine: leave it to me.” “If you insist upon making yourappearance here,” said the tenant, who had had time to collect hispresence of mind during this prosy statement of the ghost’s, “Ishall give up possession with the greatest pleasure; but I shouldlike to ask you one question, if you will allow me.” “Say on,” saidthe apparition32 sternly. “Well,” said the tenant, “I don’t apply theobservation personally to you, because it is equally applicable tomost of the ghosts I ever heard of; but it does appear to mesomewhat inconsistent, that when you have an opportunity ofvisiting the fairest spots of earth―for I suppose space is nothing toyou―you should always return exactly to the very places whereyou have been most miserable33.” “Egad, that’s very true; I neverthought of that before,” said the ghost. “You see, sir,” pursued thetenant, “this is a very uncomfortable room. From the appearanceof that press, I should be disposed to say that it is not wholly freefrom bugs34; and I really think you might find much morecomfortable quarters: to say nothing of the climate of London,which is extremely disagreeable.” “You are very right, sir,” saidthe ghost politely, “it never struck me till now; I’ll try change of airdirectly”―and, in fact, he began to vanish as he spoke25; his legs,indeed, had quite disappeared. “And if, sir,” said the tenant,calling after him, “if you would have the goodness to suggest to theother ladies and gentlemen who are now engaged in haunting oldempty houses, that they might be much more comfortableelsewhere, you will confer a very great benefit on society.” “I will,”

  replied the ghost; “we must be dull fellows―very dull fellows,indeed; I can’t imagine how we can have been so stupid.” Withthese words, the spirit disappeared; and what is ratherremarkable,’ added the old man, with a shrewd look round thetable, ‘he never came back again.’

  ‘That ain’t bad, if it’s true,’ said the man in the Mosaic35 studs,lighting a fresh cigar.

  ‘If!’ exclaimed the old man, with a look of excessive contempt. ‘Isuppose,’ he added, turning to Lowten, ‘he’ll say next, that mystory about the queer client we had, when I was in an attorney’soffice, is not true either―I shouldn’t wonder.’

  ‘I shan’t venture to say anything at all about it, seeing that Inever heard the story,’ observed the owner of the Mosaicdecorations.

  ‘I wish you would repeat it, sir,’ said Mr. Pickwick.

  ‘Ah, do,’ said Lowten, ‘nobody has heard it but me, and I havenearly forgotten it.’

  The old man looked round the table, and leered more horriblythan ever, as if in triumph, at the attention which was depicted37 inevery face. Then rubbing his chin with his hand, and looking up tothe ceiling as if to recall the circumstances to his memory, hebegan as follows:―THE OLD MAN’S TALE ABOUT THE QUEER CLIENT‘It matters little,’ said the old man, ‘where, or how, I picked up thisbrief history. If I were to relate it in the order in which it reachedme, I should commence in the middle, and when I had arrived atthe conclusion, go back for a beginning. It is enough for me to saythat some of its circumstances passed before my own eyes; for theremainder I know them to have happened, and there are somepersons yet living, who will remember them but too well.

  ‘In the Borough38 High Street, near St. George’s Church, and onthe same side of the way, stands, as most people know, thesmallest of our debtors39’ prisons, the Marshalsea. Although in latertimes it has been a very different place from the sink of filth41 anddirt it once was, even its improved condition holds out but littletemptation to the extravagant42, or consolation43 to the improvident44.

  The condemned45 felon46 has as good a yard for air and exercise inNewgate, as the insolvent47 debtor40 in the Marshalsea Prison.

  [Better. But this is past, in a better age, and the prison exists nolonger.]

  ‘It may be my fancy, or it may be that I cannot separate theplace from the old recollections associated with it, but this part ofLondon I cannot bear. The street is broad, the shops are spacious,the noise of passing vehicles, the footsteps of a perpetual stream ofpeople―all the busy sounds of traffic, resound49 in it from morn tomidnight; but the streets around are mean and close; poverty anddebauchery lie festering in the crowded alleys50; want andmisfortune are pent up in the narrow prison; an air of gloom anddreariness seems, in my eyes at least, to hang about the scene, andto impart to it a squalid and sickly hue28.

  ‘Many eyes, that have long since been closed in the grave, havelooked round upon that scene lightly enough, when entering thegate of the old Marshalsea Prison for the first time; for despairseldom comes with the first severe shock of misfortune. A man hasconfidence in untried friends, he remembers the many offers ofservice so freely made by his boon51 companions when he wantedthem not; he has hope―the hope of happy inexperience―andhowever he may bend beneath the first shock, it springs up in hisbosom, and flourishes there for a brief space, until it droopsbeneath the blight8 of disappointment and neglect. How soon havethose same eyes, deeply sunken in the head, glared from faceswasted with famine, and sallow from confinement53, in days when itwas no figure of speech to say that debtors rotted in prison, withno hope of release, and no prospect54 of liberty! The atrocity55 in itsfull extent no longer exists, but there is enough of it left to give riseto occurrences that make the heart bleed.

  ‘Twenty years ago, that pavement was worn with the footstepsof a mother and child, who, day by day, so surely as the morningcame, presented themselves at the prison gate; often after a nightof restless misery and anxious thoughts, were they there, a fullhour too soon, and then the young mother turning meekly56 away,would lead the child to the old bridge, and raising him in her armsto show him the glistening57 water, tinted58 with the light of themorning’s sun, and stirring with all the bustling59 preparations forbusiness and pleasure that the river presented at that early hour,endeavour to interest his thoughts in the objects before him. Butshe would quickly set him down, and hiding her face in her shawl,give vent36 to the tears that blinded her; for no expression of interestor amusement lighted up his thin and sickly face. His recollectionswere few enough, but they were all of one kind―all connectedwith the poverty and misery of his parents. Hour after hour had hesat on his mother’s knee, and with childish sympathy watched thetears that stole down her face, and then crept quietly away intosome dark corner, and sobbed60 himself to sleep. The hard realitiesof the world, with many of its worst privations―hunger and thirst,and cold and want―had all come home to him, from the firstdawnings of reason; and though the form of childhood was there,its light heart, its merry laugh, and sparkling eyes were wanting.

  ‘The father and mother looked on upon this, and upon eachother, with thoughts of agony they dared not breathe in words.

  The healthy, strong-made man, who could have borne almost anyfatigue of active exertion61, was wasting beneath the closeconfinement and unhealthy atmosphere of a crowded prison. Theslight and delicate woman was sinking beneath the combinedeffects of bodily and mental illness. The child’s young heart wasbreaking.

  ‘Winter came, and with it weeks of cold and heavy rain. Thepoor girl had removed to a wretched apartment close to the spot ofher husband’s imprisonment62; and though the change had beenrendered necessary by their increasing poverty, she was happiernow, for she was nearer him. For two months, she and her littlecompanion watched the opening of the gate as usual. One day shefailed to come, for the first time. Another morning arrived, and shecame alone. The child was dead.

  ‘They little know, who coldly talk of the poor man’sbereavements, as a happy release from pain to the departed, and amerciful relief from expense to the survivor―they little know, Isay, what the agony of those bereavements is. A silent look ofaffection and regard when all other eyes are turned coldly away―the consciousness that we possess the sympathy and affection ofone being when all others have deserted63 us―is a hold, a stay, acomfort, in the deepest affliction, which no wealth could purchase,or power bestow64. The child had sat at his parents’ feet for hourstogether, with his little hands patiently folded in each other, andhis thin wan2 face raised towards them. They had seen him pineaway, from day to day; and though his brief existence had been ajoyless one, and he was now removed to that peace and rest which,child as he was, he had never known in this world, they were hisparents, and his loss sank deep into their souls.

  ‘It was plain to those who looked upon the mother’s alteredface, that death must soon close the scene of her adversity andtrial. Her husband’s fellow-prisoners shrank from obtruding65 on hisgrief and misery, and left to himself alone, the small room he hadpreviously occupied in common with two companions. She sharedit with him; and lingering on without pain, but without hope, herlife ebbed66 slowly away.

  ‘She had fainted one evening in her husband’s arms, and hehad borne her to the open window, to revive her with the air,when the light of the moon falling full upon her face, showed him achange upon her features, which made him stagger beneath herweight, like a helpless infant.

  ‘“Set me down, George,” she said faintly. He did so, and seatinghimself beside her, covered his face with his hands, and burst intotears.

  ‘“It is very hard to leave you, George,” she said; “but it is God’swill, and you must bear it for my sake. Oh! how I thank Him forhaving taken our boy! He is happy, and in heaven now. Whatwould he have done here, without his mother!”

  ‘“You shall not die, Mary, you shall not die;” said the husband,starting up. He paced hurriedly to and fro, striking his head withhis clenched67 fists; then reseating himself beside her, andsupporting her in his arms, added more calmly, “Rouse yourself,my dear girl. Pray, pray do. You will revive yet.”

  ‘“Never again, George; never again,” said the dying woman.

  “Let them lay me by my poor boy now, but promise me, that ifever you leave this dreadful place, and should grow rich, you willhave us removed to some quiet country churchyard, a long, longway off―very far from here―where we can rest in peace. DearGeorge, promise me you will.”

  ‘“I do, I do,” said the man, throwing himself passionately69 on hisknees before her. “Speak to me, Mary, another word; one look―but one!”

  ‘He ceased to speak: for the arm that clasped his neck grew stiffand heavy. A deep sigh escaped from the wasted form before him;the lips moved, and a smile played upon the face; but the lips werepallid, and the smile faded into a rigid70 and ghastly stare. He wasalone in the world.

  ‘That night, in the silence and desolation of his miserable room,the wretched man knelt down by the dead body of his wife, andcalled on God to witness a terrible oath, that from that hour, hedevoted himself to revenge her death and that of his child; thatthenceforth to the last moment of his life, his whole energiesshould be directed to this one object; that his revenge should beprotracted and terrible; that his hatred72 should be undying andinextinguishable; and should hunt its object through the world.

  ‘The deepest despair, and passion scarcely human, had madesuch fierce ravages73 on his face and form, in that one night, that hiscompanions in misfortune shrank affrighted from him as hepassed by. His eyes were bloodshot and heavy, his face a deadlywhite, and his body bent74 as if with age. He had bitten his under lipnearly through in the violence of his mental suffering, and theblood which had flowed from the wound had trickled75 down hischin, and stained his shirt and neckerchief. No tear, or sound ofcomplaint escaped him; but the unsettled look, and disorderedhaste with which he paced up and down the yard, denoted thefever which was burning within.

  ‘It was necessary that his wife’s body should be removed fromthe prison, without delay. He received the communication withperfect calmness, and acquiesced76 in its propriety77. Nearly all theinmates of the prison had assembled to witness its removal; theyfell back on either side when the widower78 appeared; he walkedhurriedly forward, and stationed himself, alone, in a little railedare a close to the lodge79 gate, from whence the crowd, with aninstinctive feeling of delicacy80, had retired81. The rude coffin82 wasborne slowly forward on men’s shoulders. A dead silence pervadedthe throng83, broken only by the audible lamentations of the women,and the shuffling84 steps of the bearers on the stone pavement. Theyreached the spot where the bereaved85 husband stood: and stopped.

  He laid his hand upon the coffin, and mechanically adjusting thepall with which it was covered, motioned them onward86. Theturnkeys in the prison lobby took off their hats as it passedthrough, and in another moment the heavy gate closed behind it.

  He looked vacantly upon the crowd, and fell heavily to the ground.

  ‘Although for many weeks after this, he was watched, night andday, in the wildest ravings of fever, neither the consciousness ofhis loss, nor the recollection of the vow87 he had made, ever left himfor a moment. Scenes changed before his eyes, place succeededplace, and event followed event, in all the hurry of delirium88; butthey were all connected in some way with the great object of hismind. He was sailing over a boundless89 expanse of sea, with ablood-red sky above, and the angry waters, lashed90 into furybeneath, boiling and eddying91 up, on every side. There was anothervessel before them, toiling93 and labouring in the howling storm; hercanvas fluttering in ribbons from the mast, and her deck throngedwith figures who were lashed to the sides, over which huge wavesevery instant burst, sweeping94 away some devoted71 creatures intothe foaming95 sea. Onward they bore, amidst the roaring mass ofwater, with a speed and force which nothing could resist; andstriking the stem of the foremost vessel92, crushed her beneath theirkeel. From the huge whirlpool which the sinking wreckoccasioned, arose a shriek96 so loud and shrill―the death-cry of ahundred drowning creatures, blended into one fierce yell―that itrung far above the war-cry of the elements, and echoed, and re-echoed till it seemed to pierce air, sky, and ocean. But what wasthat―that old gray head that rose above the water’s surface, andwith looks of agony, and screams for aid, buffeted97 with the waves!

  One look, and he had sprung from the vessel’s side, and withvigorous strokes was swimming towards it. He reached it; he wasclose upon it. They were his features. The old man saw himcoming, and vainly strove to elude98 his grasp. But he clasped himtight, and dragged him beneath the water. Down, down with him,fifty fathoms99 down; his struggles grew fainter and fainter, untilthey wholly ceased. He was dead; he had killed him, and had kepthis oath.

  ‘He was traversing the scorching100 sands of a mighty101 desert,barefoot and alone. The sand choked and blinded him; its fine thingrains entered the very pores of his skin, and irritated him almostto madness. Gigantic masses of the same material, carried forwardby the wind, and shone through by the burning sun, stalked in thedistance like pillars of living fire. The bones of men, who hadperished in the dreary102 waste, lay scattered103 at his feet; a fearfullight fell on everything around; so far as the eye could reach,nothing but objects of dread68 and horror presented themselves.

  Vainly striving to utter a cry of terror, with his tongue cleaving104 tohis mouth, he rushed madly forward. Armed with supernaturalstrength, he waded105 through the sand, until, exhausted with fatigueand thirst, he fell senseless on the earth. What fragrant106 coolnessrevived him; what gushing107 sound was that? Water! It was indeed awell; and the clear fresh stream was running at his feet. He drankdeeply of it, and throwing his aching limbs upon the bank, sankinto a delicious trance. The sound of approaching footsteps rousedhim. An old gray-headed man tottered108 forward to slake109 hisburning thirst. It was HE again! Fe wound his arms round the oldman’s body, and held him back. He struggled, and shrieked110 forwater―for but one drop of water to save his life! But he held theold man firmly, and watched his agonies with greedy eyes; andwhen his lifeless head fell forward on his bosom52, he rolled thecorpse from him with his feet.

  ‘When the fever left him, and consciousness returned, he awoketo find himself rich and free, to hear that the parent who wouldhave let him die in jail―would! who had let those who were fardearer to him than his own existence die of want, and sickness of heart that medicine cannot cure―had been found dead in his bedof down. He had had all the heart to leave his son a beggar, butproud even of his health and strength, had put off the act till it wastoo late, and now might gnash his teeth in the other world, at thethought of the wealth his remissness111 had left him. He awoke tothis, and he awoke to more. To recollect48 the purpose for which helived, and to remember that his enemy was his wife’s own father―the man who had cast him into prison, and who, when hisdaughter and her child sued at his feet for mercy, had spurnedthem from his door. Oh, how he cursed the weakness thatprevented him from being up, and active, in his scheme ofvengeance!

  ‘He caused himself to be carried from the scene of his loss andmisery, and conveyed to a quiet residence on the sea-coast; not inthe hope of recovering his peace of mind or happiness, for bothwere fled for ever; but to restore his prostrate112 energies, andmeditate on his darling object. And here, some evil spirit cast inhis way the opportunity for his first, most horrible revenge.

  ‘It was summer-time; and wrapped in his gloomy thoughts, hewould issue from his solitary113 lodgings114 early in the evening, andwandering along a narrow path beneath the cliffs, to a wild andlonely spot that had struck his fancy in his ramblings, seat himselfon some fallen fragment of the rock, and burying his face in hishands, remain there for hours―sometimes until night hadcompletely closed in, and the long shadows of the frowning cliffsabove his head cast a thick, black darkness on every object nearhim.

  ‘He was seated here, one calm evening, in his old position, nowand then raising his head to watch the flight of a sea-gull, or carryhis eye along the glorious crimson116 path, which, commencing in themiddle of the ocean, seemed to lead to its very verge117 where thesun was setting, when the profound stillness of the spot wasbroken by a loud cry for help; he listened, doubtful of his havingheard aright, when the cry was repeated with even greatervehemence than before, and, starting to his feet, he hastened inthe direction whence it proceeded.

  ‘The tale told itself at once: some scattered garments lay on thebeach; a human head was just visible above the waves at a littledistance from the shore; and an old man, wringing119 his hands inagony, was running to and fro, shrieking120 for assistance. Theinvalid, whose strength was now sufficiently121 restored, threw off hiscoat, and rushed towards the sea, with the intention of plungingin, and dragging the drowning man ashore122.

  ‘“Hasten here, sir, in God’s name; help, help, sir, for the love ofHeaven. He is my son, sir, my only son!” said the old manfrantically, as he advanced to meet him. “My only son, sir, and heis dying before his father’s eyes!”

  ‘At the first word the old man uttered, the stranger checkedhimself in his career, and, folding his arms, stood perfectlymotionless.

  ‘“Great God!” exclaimed the old man, recoiling123, “Heyling!”

  ‘The stranger smiled, and was silent.

  ‘“Heyling!” said the old man wildly; “my boy, Heyling, my dearboy, look, look!” Gasping124 for breath, the miserable father pointedto the spot where the young man was struggling for life.

  ‘“Hark!” said the old man. “He cries once more. He is alive yet.

  Heyling, save him, save him!”

  ‘The stranger smiled again, and remained immovable as astatue.

  ‘“I have wronged you,” shrieked the old man, falling on hisknees, and clasping his hands together. “Be revenged; take my all,my life; cast me into the water at your feet, and, if human naturecan repress a struggle, I will die, without stirring hand or foot. Doit, Heyling, do it, but save my boy; he is so young, Heyling, soyoung to die!”

  ‘“Listen,” said the stranger, grasping the old man fiercely bythe wrist; “I will have life for life, and here is one. My child died,before his father’s eyes, a far more agonising and painful deaththan that young slanderer126 of his sister’s worth is meeting while Ispeak. You laughed―laughed in your daughter’s face, wheredeath had already set his hand―at our sufferings, then. Whatthink you of them now! See there, see there!”

  ‘As the stranger spoke, he pointed125 to the sea. A faint cry diedaway upon its surface; the last powerful struggle of the dying managitated the rippling127 waves for a few seconds; and the spot wherehe had gone down into his early grave, was undistinguishablefrom the surrounding water.

  ‘Three years had elapsed, when a gentleman alighted from aprivate carriage at the door of a London attorney, then well knownas a man of no great nicety in his professional dealings, andrequested a private interview on business of importance. Althoughevidently not past the prime of life, his face was pale, haggard, anddejected; and it did not require the acute perception of the man ofbusiness, to discern at a glance, that disease or suffering had donemore to work a change in his appearance, than the mere128 hand oftime could have accomplished129 in twice the period of his whole life.

  ‘“I wish you to undertake some legal business for me,” said thestranger.

  ‘The attorney bowed obsequiously130, and glanced at a largepacket which the gentleman carried in his hand. His visitorobserved the look, and proceeded.

  ‘“It is no common business,” said he; “nor have these papersreached my hands without long trouble and great expense.”

  ‘The attorney cast a still more anxious look at the packet; andhis visitor, untying131 the string that bound it, disclosed a quantity ofpromissory notes, with copies of deeds, and other documents.

  ‘“Upon these papers,” said the client, “the man whose namethey bear, has raised, as you will see, large sums of money, foryears past. There was a tacit understanding between him and themen into whose hands they originally went―and from whom Ihave by degrees purchased the whole, for treble and quadrupletheir nominal132 value―that these loans should be from time to timerenewed, until a given period had elapsed. Such an understandingis nowhere expressed. He has sustained many losses of late; andthese obligations accumulating upon him at once, would crushhim to the earth.”

  ‘“The whole amount is many thousands of pounds,” said theattorney, looking over the papers.

  ‘“It is,” said the client.

  ‘“What are we to do?” inquired the man of business.

  ‘“Do!” replied the client, with sudden vehemence118. “Put everyengine of the law in force, every trick that ingenuity133 can deviseand rascality134 execute; fair means and foul135; the open oppression ofthe law, aided by all the craft of its most ingenious practitioners136. Iwould have him die a harassing137 and lingering death. Ruin him,seize and sell his lands and goods, drive him from house andhome, and drag him forth a beggar in his old age, to die in acommon jail.”

  ‘“But the costs, my dear sir, the costs of all this,” reasoned theattorney, when he had recovered from his momentary138 surprise. “Ifthe defendant139 be a man of straw, who is to pay the costs, sir?”

  ‘“Name any sum,” said the stranger, his hand trembling soviolently with excitement, that he could scarcely hold the pen heseized as he spoke―“any sum, and it is yours. Don’t be afraid toname it, man. I shall not think it dear, if you gain my object.”

  ‘The attorney named a large sum, at hazard, as the advance heshould require to secure himself against the possibility of loss; butmore with the view of ascertaining140 how far his client was reallydisposed to go, than with any idea that he would comply with thedemand. The stranger wrote a cheque upon his banker, for thewhole amount, and left him.

  ‘The draft was duly honoured, and the attorney, finding that hisstrange client might be safely relied upon, commenced his work inearnest. For more than two years afterwards, Mr. Heyling wouldsit whole days together, in the office, poring over the papers asthey accumulated, and reading again and again, his eyes gleamingwith joy, the letters of remonstrance141, the prayers for a little delay,the representations of the certain ruin in which the opposite partymust be involved, which poured in, as suit after suit, and processafter process, was commenced. To all applications for a briefindulgence, there was but one reply―the money must be paid.

  Land, house, furniture, each in its turn, was taken under some oneof the numerous executions which were issued; and the old manhimself would have been immured142 in prison had he not escapedthe vigilance of the officers, and fled.

  ‘The implacable animosity of Heyling, so far from being satiatedby the success of his persecution143, increased a hundredfold withthe ruin he inflicted144. On being informed of the old man’s flight, hisfury was unbounded. He gnashed his teeth with rage, tore the hairfrom his head, and assailed145 with horrid146 imprecations the men whohad been intrusted with the writ147. He was only restored tocomparative calmness by repeated assurances of the certainty ofdiscovering the fugitive148. Agents were sent in quest of him, in alldirections; every stratagem149 that could be invented was resorted to,for the purpose of discovering his place of retreat; but it was all invain. Half a year had passed over, and he was still undiscovered.

  ‘At length late one night, Heyling, of whom nothing had beenseen for many weeks before, appeared at his attorney’s privateresidence, and sent up word that a gentleman wished to see himinstantly. Before the attorney, who had recognised his voice fromabove stairs, could order the servant to admit him, he had rushedup the staircase, and entered the drawing-room pale andbreathless. Having closed the door, to prevent being overheard, hesank into a chair, and said, in a low voice―‘“Hush! I have found him at last.”

  ‘“No!” said the attorney. “Well done, my dear sir, well done.”

  ‘“He lies concealed150 in a wretched lodging115 in Camden Town,”

  said Heyling. “Perhaps it is as well we did lose sight of him, for hehas been living alone there, in the most abject151 misery, all the time,and he is poor―very poor.”

  ‘“Very good,” said the attorney. “You will have the captionmade to-morrow, of course?”

  ‘“Yes,” replied Heyling. “Stay! No! The next day. You aresurprised at my wishing to postpone152 it,” he added, with a ghastlysmile; “but I had forgotten. The next day is an anniversary in hislife: let it be done then.”

  ‘“Very good,” said the attorney. “Will you write downinstructions for the officer?”

  ‘“No; let him meet me here, at eight in the evening, and I willaccompany him myself.”

  ‘They met on the appointed night, and, hiring a hackney-coach,directed the driver to stop at that corner of the old Pancras Road,at which stands the parish workhouse. By the time they alightedthere, it was quite dark; and, proceeding153 by the dead wall in frontof the Veterinary Hospital, they entered a small by-street, which is,or was at that time, called Little College Street, and which,whatever it may be now, was in those days a desolate154 placeenough, surrounded by little else than fields and ditches.

  ‘Having drawn155 the travelling-cap he had on half over his face,and muffled156 himself in his cloak, Heyling stopped before themeanest-looking house in the street, and knocked gently at thedoor. It was at once opened by a woman, who dropped a curtsey ofrecognition, and Heyling, whispering the officer to remain below,crept gently upstairs, and, opening the door of the front room,entered at once.

  ‘The object of his search and his unrelenting animosity, now adecrepit old man, was seated at a bare deal table, on which stood amiserable candle. He started on the entrance of the stranger, androse feebly to his feet.

  ‘“What now, what now?” said the old man. “What fresh miseryis this? What do you want here?”

  ‘“A word with you,” replied Heyling. As he spoke, he seatedhimself at the other end of the table, and, throwing off his cloakand cap, disclosed his features.

  ‘The old man seemed instantly deprived of speech. He fellbackward in his chair, and, clasping his hands together, gazed onthe apparition with a mingled158 look of abhorrence159 and fear.

  ‘“This day six years,” said Heyling, “I claimed the life you owedme for my child’s. Beside the lifeless form of your daughter, oldman, I swore to live a life of revenge. I have never swerved160 frommy purpose for a moment’s space; but if I had, one thought of heruncomplaining, suffering look, as she drooped161 away, or of thestarving face of our innocent child, would have nerved me to mytask. My first act of requital162 you well remember: this is my last.”

  ‘The old man shivered, and his hands dropped powerless by hisside.

  ‘“I leave England to-morrow,” said Heyling, after a moment’spause. “To-night I consign163 you to the living death to which youdevoted her―a hopeless prison―”

  ‘He raised his eyes to the old man’s countenance, and paused.

  He lifted the light to his face, set it gently down, and left theapartment.

  ‘“You had better see to the old man,” he said to the woman, ashe opened the door, and motioned the officer to follow him intothe street. “I think he is ill.” The woman closed the door, ranhastily upstairs, and found him lifeless.

  ‘Beneath a plain gravestone, in one of the most peaceful andsecluded churchyards in Kent, where wild flowers mingle157 with thegrass, and the soft landscape around forms the fairest spot in thegarden of England, lie the bones of the young mother and hergentle child. But the ashes of the father do not mingle with theirs;nor, from that night forward, did the attorney ever gain theremotest clue to the subsequent history of his queer client.’

  As the old man concluded his tale, he advanced to a peg164 in onecorner, and taking down his hat and coat, put them on with greatdeliberation; and, without saying another word, walked slowlyaway. As the gentleman with the Mosaic studs had fallen asleep,and the major part of the company were deeply occupied in thehumorous process of dropping melted tallow-grease into hisbrandy-and-water, Mr. Pickwick departed unnoticed, and havingsettled his own score, and that of Mr. Weller, issued forth, incompany with that gentleman, from beneath the portal of theMagpie and Stump165.


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1 forth Hzdz2     
adv.向前;向外,往外
参考例句:
  • 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。
2 wan np5yT     
(wide area network)广域网
参考例句:
  • The shared connection can be an Ethernet,wireless LAN,or wireless WAN connection.提供共享的网络连接可以是以太网、无线局域网或无线广域网。
3 exhausted 7taz4r     
adj.极其疲惫的,精疲力尽的
参考例句:
  • It was a long haul home and we arrived exhausted.搬运回家的这段路程特别长,到家时我们已筋疲力尽。
  • Jenny was exhausted by the hustle of city life.珍妮被城市生活的忙乱弄得筋疲力尽。
4 chambers c053984cd45eab1984d2c4776373c4fe     
n.房间( chamber的名词复数 );(议会的)议院;卧室;会议厅
参考例句:
  • The body will be removed into one of the cold storage chambers. 尸体将被移到一个冷冻间里。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Mr Chambers's readable book concentrates on the middle passage: the time Ransome spent in Russia. Chambers先生的这本值得一看的书重点在中间:Ransome在俄国的那几年。 来自互联网
5 needy wG7xh     
adj.贫穷的,贫困的,生活艰苦的
参考例句:
  • Although he was poor,he was quite generous to his needy friends.他虽穷,但对贫苦的朋友很慷慨。
  • They awarded scholarships to needy students.他们给贫苦学生颁发奖学金。
6 morsel Q14y4     
n.一口,一点点
参考例句:
  • He refused to touch a morsel of the food they had brought.他们拿来的东西他一口也不吃。
  • The patient has not had a morsel of food since the morning.从早上起病人一直没有进食。
7 misery G10yi     
n.痛苦,苦恼,苦难;悲惨的境遇,贫苦
参考例句:
  • Business depression usually causes misery among the working class.商业不景气常使工薪阶层受苦。
  • He has rescued me from the mire of misery.他把我从苦海里救了出来。
8 blight 0REye     
n.枯萎病;造成破坏的因素;vt.破坏,摧残
参考例句:
  • The apple crop was wiped out by blight.枯萎病使苹果全无收成。
  • There is a blight on all his efforts.他的一切努力都遭到挫折。
9 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。
10 subsided 1bda21cef31764468020a8c83598cc0d     
v.(土地)下陷(因在地下采矿)( subside的过去式和过去分词 );减弱;下降至较低或正常水平;一下子坐在椅子等上
参考例句:
  • After the heavy rains part of the road subsided. 大雨过后,部分公路塌陷了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • By evening the storm had subsided and all was quiet again. 傍晚, 暴风雨已经过去,四周开始沉寂下来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
11 tenant 0pbwd     
n.承租人;房客;佃户;v.租借,租用
参考例句:
  • The tenant was dispossessed for not paying his rent.那名房客因未付房租而被赶走。
  • The tenant is responsible for all repairs to the building.租户负责对房屋的所有修理。
12 arsenic 2vSz4     
n.砒霜,砷;adj.砷的
参考例句:
  • His wife poisoned him with arsenic.他的妻子用砒霜把他毒死了。
  • Arsenic is a poison.砒霜是毒药。
13 steward uUtzw     
n.乘务员,服务员;看管人;膳食管理员
参考例句:
  • He's the steward of the club.他是这家俱乐部的管理员。
  • He went around the world as a ship's steward.他当客船服务员,到过世界各地。
14 runaway jD4y5     
n.逃走的人,逃亡,亡命者;adj.逃亡的,逃走的
参考例句:
  • The police have not found the runaway to date.警察迄今没抓到逃犯。
  • He was praised for bringing up the runaway horse.他勒住了脱缰之马受到了表扬。
15 sitting-room sitting-room     
n.(BrE)客厅,起居室
参考例句:
  • The sitting-room is clean.起居室很清洁。
  • Each villa has a separate sitting-room.每栋别墅都有一间独立的起居室。
16 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。
17 poker ilozCG     
n.扑克;vt.烙制
参考例句:
  • He was cleared out in the poker game.他打扑克牌,把钱都输光了。
  • I'm old enough to play poker and do something with it.我打扑克是老手了,可以玩些花样。
18 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。
19 attentive pOKyB     
adj.注意的,专心的;关心(别人)的,殷勤的
参考例句:
  • She was very attentive to her guests.她对客人招待得十分周到。
  • The speaker likes to have an attentive audience.演讲者喜欢注意力集中的听众。
20 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。
21 uncommon AlPwO     
adj.罕见的,非凡的,不平常的
参考例句:
  • 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。
22 diabolical iPCzt     
adj.恶魔似的,凶暴的
参考例句:
  • This maneuver of his is a diabolical conspiracy.他这一手是一个居心叵测的大阴谋。
  • One speaker today called the plan diabolical and sinister.今天一名发言人称该计划阴险恶毒。
23 mouldering 4ddb5c7fbd9e0da44ea2bbec6ed7b2f1     
v.腐朽( moulder的现在分词 );腐烂,崩塌
参考例句:
  • The room smelt of disuse and mouldering books. 房间里有一股长期不用和霉烂书籍的味道。
  • Every mouldering stone was a chronicle. 每块崩碎剥落的石头都是一部编年史。 来自辞典例句
24 afterward fK6y3     
adv.后来;以后
参考例句:
  • Let's go to the theatre first and eat afterward. 让我们先去看戏,然后吃饭。
  • Afterward,the boy became a very famous artist.后来,这男孩成为一个很有名的艺术家。
25 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
26 groan LfXxU     
vi./n.呻吟,抱怨;(发出)呻吟般的声音
参考例句:
  • The wounded man uttered a groan.那个受伤的人发出呻吟。
  • The people groan under the burden of taxes.人民在重税下痛苦呻吟。
27 erect 4iLzm     
n./v.树立,建立,使竖立;adj.直立的,垂直的
参考例句:
  • She held her head erect and her back straight.她昂着头,把背挺得笔直。
  • Soldiers are trained to stand erect.士兵们训练站得笔直。
28 hue qdszS     
n.色度;色调;样子
参考例句:
  • The diamond shone with every hue under the sun.金刚石在阳光下放出五颜六色的光芒。
  • The same hue will look different in different light.同一颜色在不同的光线下看起来会有所不同。
29 poising 1ba22ac05fda8b114f961886f6659529     
使平衡( poise的现在分词 ); 保持(某种姿势); 抓紧; 使稳定
参考例句:
  • The dynamic poising of the watch-balance enhances the performance of each movement. 腕表平衡摆轮的动态性能决定了机芯的性能。
  • Also has the poising action to the blood sugar. 对血糖还具有双向平衡作用。
30 hurled 16e3a6ba35b6465e1376a4335ae25cd2     
v.猛投,用力掷( hurl的过去式和过去分词 );大声叫骂
参考例句:
  • He hurled a brick through the window. 他往窗户里扔了块砖。
  • The strong wind hurled down bits of the roof. 大风把屋顶的瓦片刮了下来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
31 faltered d034d50ce5a8004ff403ab402f79ec8d     
(嗓音)颤抖( falter的过去式和过去分词 ); 支吾其词; 蹒跚; 摇晃
参考例句:
  • He faltered out a few words. 他支吾地说出了几句。
  • "Er - but he has such a longhead!" the man faltered. 他不好意思似的嚅嗫着:“这孩子脑袋真长。”
32 apparition rM3yR     
n.幽灵,神奇的现象
参考例句:
  • He saw the apparition of his dead wife.他看见了他亡妻的幽灵。
  • But the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand.这新出现的幽灵吓得我站在那里一动也不敢动。
33 miserable g18yk     
adj.悲惨的,痛苦的;可怜的,糟糕的
参考例句:
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,这是可耻的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她过去的生活很苦。
34 bugs e3255bae220613022d67e26d2e4fa689     
adj.疯狂的,发疯的n.窃听器( bug的名词复数 );病菌;虫子;[计算机](制作软件程序所产生的意料不到的)错误
参考例句:
  • All programs have bugs and need endless refinement. 所有的程序都有漏洞,都需要不断改进。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The sacks of rice were swarming with bugs. 一袋袋的米里长满了虫子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
35 mosaic CEExS     
n./adj.镶嵌细工的,镶嵌工艺品的,嵌花式的
参考例句:
  • 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。
36 vent yiPwE     
n.通风口,排放口;开衩;vt.表达,发泄
参考例句:
  • He gave vent to his anger by swearing loudly.他高声咒骂以发泄他的愤怒。
  • When the vent became plugged,the engine would stop.当通风口被堵塞时,发动机就会停转。
37 depicted f657dbe7a96d326c889c083bf5fcaf24     
描绘,描画( depict的过去式和过去分词 ); 描述
参考例句:
  • 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。
38 borough EdRyS     
n.享有自治权的市镇;(英)自治市镇
参考例句:
  • He was slated for borough president.他被提名做自治区主席。
  • That's what happened to Harry Barritt of London's Bromley borough.住在伦敦的布罗姆利自治市的哈里.巴里特就经历了此事。
39 debtors 0fb9580949754038d35867f9c80e3c15     
n.债务人,借方( debtor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Creditors could obtain a writ for the arrest of their debtors. 债权人可以获得逮捕债务人的令状。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Never in a debtors' prison? 从没有因债务坐过牢么? 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
40 debtor bxfxy     
n.借方,债务人
参考例句:
  • He crowded the debtor for payment.他催逼负债人还债。
  • The court granted me a lien on my debtor's property.法庭授予我对我债务人财产的留置权。
41 filth Cguzj     
n.肮脏,污物,污秽;淫猥
参考例句:
  • I don't know how you can read such filth.我不明白你怎么会去读这种淫秽下流的东西。
  • The dialogue was all filth and innuendo.这段对话全是下流的言辞和影射。
42 extravagant M7zya     
adj.奢侈的;过分的;(言行等)放肆的
参考例句:
  • They tried to please him with fulsome compliments and extravagant gifts.他们想用溢美之词和奢华的礼品来取悦他。
  • He is extravagant in behaviour.他行为放肆。
43 consolation WpbzC     
n.安慰,慰问
参考例句:
  • The children were a great consolation to me at that time.那时孩子们成了我的莫大安慰。
  • This news was of little consolation to us.这个消息对我们来说没有什么安慰。
44 improvident nybyW     
adj.不顾将来的,不节俭的,无远见的
参考例句:
  • Her improvident speech at the meeting has set a stone rolling.她在会上的发言缺乏远见,已产生严重后果。
  • He must bear the consequences of his improvident action.他必须对自己挥霍浪费所造成的后果负责。
45 condemned condemned     
adj. 被责难的, 被宣告有罪的 动词condemn的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. 他谴责了那些说一套做一套的政客的虚伪。
  • The policy has been condemned as a regressive step. 这项政策被认为是一种倒退而受到谴责。
46 felon rk2xg     
n.重罪犯;adj.残忍的
参考例句:
  • He's a convicted felon.他是个已定罪的重犯。
  • Hitler's early "successes" were only the startling depredations of a resolute felon.希特勒的早期“胜利 ”,只不过是一个死心塌地的恶棍出人意料地抢掠得手而已。
47 insolvent wb7zK     
adj.破产的,无偿还能力的
参考例句:
  • They lost orders and were insolvent within weeks.他们失去了订货,几周后就无法偿还债务。
  • The bank was declared insolvent.银行被宣布破产。
48 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。
49 resound 2BszE     
v.回响
参考例句:
  • A roar of approval resounded through the Ukrainian parliament.一片赞成声在乌克兰议会中回响。
  • The soldiers' boots resounded in the street.士兵的军靴踏在地面上的声音在大街上回响。
50 alleys ed7f32602655381e85de6beb51238b46     
胡同,小巷( alley的名词复数 ); 小径
参考例句:
  • I followed him through a maze of narrow alleys. 我紧随他穿过一条条迂迴曲折的窄巷。
  • The children lead me through the maze of alleys to the edge of the city. 孩子们领我穿过迷宫一般的街巷,来到城边。
51 boon CRVyF     
n.恩赐,恩物,恩惠
参考例句:
  • A car is a real boon when you live in the country.在郊外居住,有辆汽车确实极为方便。
  • These machines have proved a real boon to disabled people.事实证明这些机器让残疾人受益匪浅。
52 bosom Lt9zW     
n.胸,胸部;胸怀;内心;adj.亲密的
参考例句:
  • She drew a little book from her bosom.她从怀里取出一本小册子。
  • A dark jealousy stirred in his bosom.他内心生出一阵恶毒的嫉妒。
53 confinement qpOze     
n.幽禁,拘留,监禁;分娩;限制,局限
参考例句:
  • He spent eleven years in solitary confinement.他度过了11年的单独监禁。
  • The date for my wife's confinement was approaching closer and closer.妻子分娩的日子越来越近了。
54 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。
55 atrocity HvdzW     
n.残暴,暴行
参考例句:
  • These people are guilty of acts of great atrocity.这些人犯有令人发指的暴行。
  • I am shocked by the atrocity of this man's crimes.这个人行凶手段残忍狠毒使我震惊。
56 meekly meekly     
adv.温顺地,逆来顺受地
参考例句:
  • He stood aside meekly when the new policy was proposed. 当有人提出新政策时,他唯唯诺诺地站 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He meekly accepted the rebuke. 他顺从地接受了批评。 来自《简明英汉词典》
57 glistening glistening     
adj.闪耀的,反光的v.湿物闪耀,闪亮( glisten的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • Her eyes were glistening with tears. 她眼里闪着晶莹的泪花。
  • Her eyes were glistening with tears. 她眼睛中的泪水闪着柔和的光。 来自《用法词典》
58 tinted tinted     
adj. 带色彩的 动词tint的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • a pair of glasses with tinted lenses 一副有色镜片眼镜
  • a rose-tinted vision of the world 对世界的理想化看法
59 bustling LxgzEl     
adj.喧闹的
参考例句:
  • The market was bustling with life. 市场上生机勃勃。
  • This district is getting more and more prosperous and bustling. 这一带越来越繁华了。
60 sobbed 4a153e2bbe39eef90bf6a4beb2dba759     
哭泣,啜泣( sob的过去式和过去分词 ); 哭诉,呜咽地说
参考例句:
  • She sobbed out the story of her son's death. 她哭诉着她儿子的死。
  • She sobbed out the sad story of her son's death. 她哽咽着诉说她儿子死去的悲惨经过。
61 exertion F7Fyi     
n.尽力,努力
参考例句:
  • We were sweating profusely from the exertion of moving the furniture.我们搬动家具大费气力,累得大汗淋漓。
  • She was hot and breathless from the exertion of cycling uphill.由于用力骑车爬坡,她浑身发热。
62 imprisonment I9Uxk     
n.关押,监禁,坐牢
参考例句:
  • His sentence was commuted from death to life imprisonment.他的判决由死刑减为无期徒刑。
  • He was sentenced to one year's imprisonment for committing bigamy.他因为犯重婚罪被判入狱一年。
63 deserted GukzoL     
adj.荒芜的,荒废的,无人的,被遗弃的
参考例句:
  • The deserted village was filled with a deathly silence.这个荒废的村庄死一般的寂静。
  • The enemy chieftain was opposed and deserted by his followers.敌人头目众叛亲离。
64 bestow 9t3zo     
v.把…赠与,把…授予;花费
参考例句:
  • He wished to bestow great honors upon the hero.他希望将那些伟大的荣誉授予这位英雄。
  • What great inspiration wiII you bestow on me?你有什么伟大的灵感能馈赠给我?
65 obtruding 625fc92c539b56591658bb98900f1108     
v.强行向前,强行,强迫( obtrude的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • An old song kept obtruding upon my consciousness. 一首古老的歌不断在我的意识中涌现。 来自辞典例句
  • The unwelcome question of cost is obtruding itself upon our plans. 讨厌的费用问题干扰着我们的计划。 来自互联网
66 ebbed d477fde4638480e786d6ea4ac2341679     
(指潮水)退( ebb的过去式和过去分词 ); 落; 减少; 衰落
参考例句:
  • But the pain had ebbed away and the trembling had stopped. 不过这次痛已减退,寒战也停止了。
  • But gradually his interest in good causes ebbed away. 不过后来他对这类事业兴趣也逐渐淡薄了。
67 clenched clenched     
v.紧握,抓紧,咬紧( clench的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • 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》
68 dread Ekpz8     
vt.担忧,忧虑;惧怕,不敢;n.担忧,畏惧
参考例句:
  • We all dread to think what will happen if the company closes.我们都不敢去想一旦公司关门我们该怎么办。
  • Her heart was relieved of its blankest dread.她极度恐惧的心理消除了。
69 passionately YmDzQ4     
ad.热烈地,激烈地
参考例句:
  • She could hate as passionately as she could love. 她能恨得咬牙切齿,也能爱得一往情深。
  • He was passionately addicted to pop music. 他酷爱流行音乐。
70 rigid jDPyf     
adj.严格的,死板的;刚硬的,僵硬的
参考例句:
  • She became as rigid as adamant.她变得如顽石般的固执。
  • The examination was so rigid that nearly all aspirants were ruled out.考试很严,几乎所有的考生都被淘汰了。
71 devoted xu9zka     
adj.忠诚的,忠实的,热心的,献身于...的
参考例句:
  • He devoted his life to the educational cause of the motherland.他为祖国的教育事业贡献了一生。
  • We devoted a lengthy and full discussion to this topic.我们对这个题目进行了长时间的充分讨论。
72 hatred T5Gyg     
n.憎恶,憎恨,仇恨
参考例句:
  • He looked at me with hatred in his eyes.他以憎恨的眼光望着我。
  • The old man was seized with burning hatred for the fascists.老人对法西斯主义者充满了仇恨。
73 ravages 5d742bcf18f0fd7c4bc295e4f8d458d8     
劫掠后的残迹,破坏的结果,毁坏后的残迹
参考例句:
  • the ravages of war 战争造成的灾难
  • It is hard for anyone to escape from the ravages of time. 任何人都很难逃避时间的摧残。
74 bent QQ8yD     
n.爱好,癖好;adj.弯的;决心的,一心的
参考例句:
  • 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。
75 trickled 636e70f14e72db3fe208736cb0b4e651     
v.滴( trickle的过去式和过去分词 );淌;使)慢慢走;缓慢移动
参考例句:
  • Blood trickled down his face. 血从他脸上一滴滴流下来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The tears trickled down her cheeks. 热泪一滴滴从她脸颊上滚下来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
76 acquiesced 03acb9bc789f7d2955424223e0a45f1b     
v.默认,默许( acquiesce的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Senior government figures must have acquiesced in the cover-up. 政府高级官员必然已经默许掩盖真相。
  • After a lot of persuasion,he finally acquiesced. 经过多次劝说,他最终默许了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
77 propriety oRjx4     
n.正当行为;正当;适当
参考例句:
  • We hesitated at the propriety of the method.我们对这种办法是否适用拿不定主意。
  • The sensitive matter was handled with great propriety.这件机密的事处理得极为适当。
78 widower fe4z2a     
n.鳏夫
参考例句:
  • George was a widower with six young children.乔治是个带著六个小孩子的鳏夫。
  • Having been a widower for many years,he finally decided to marry again.丧偶多年后,他终于决定二婚了。
79 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。
80 delicacy mxuxS     
n.精致,细微,微妙,精良;美味,佳肴
参考例句:
  • We admired the delicacy of the craftsmanship.我们佩服工艺师精巧的手艺。
  • He sensed the delicacy of the situation.他感觉到了形势的微妙。
81 retired Njhzyv     
adj.隐退的,退休的,退役的
参考例句:
  • 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。
82 coffin XWRy7     
n.棺材,灵柩
参考例句:
  • When one's coffin is covered,all discussion about him can be settled.盖棺论定。
  • The coffin was placed in the grave.那口棺材已安放到坟墓里去了。
83 throng sGTy4     
n.人群,群众;v.拥挤,群集
参考例句:
  • A patient throng was waiting in silence.一大群耐心的人在静静地等着。
  • The crowds thronged into the mall.人群涌进大厅。
84 shuffling 03b785186d0322e5a1a31c105fc534ee     
adj. 慢慢移动的, 滑移的 动词shuffle的现在分词形式
参考例句:
  • Don't go shuffling along as if you were dead. 别像个死人似地拖着脚走。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Some one was shuffling by on the sidewalk. 外面的人行道上有人拖着脚走过。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
85 bereaved dylzO0     
adj.刚刚丧失亲人的v.使失去(希望、生命等)( bereave的过去式和过去分词);(尤指死亡)使丧失(亲人、朋友等);使孤寂;抢走(财物)
参考例句:
  • The ceremony was an ordeal for those who had been recently bereaved. 这个仪式对于那些新近丧失亲友的人来说是一种折磨。
  • an organization offering counselling for the bereaved 为死者亲友提供辅导的组织
86 onward 2ImxI     
adj.向前的,前进的;adv.向前,前进,在先
参考例句:
  • The Yellow River surges onward like ten thousand horses galloping.黄河以万马奔腾之势滚滚向前。
  • He followed in the steps of forerunners and marched onward.他跟随着先辈的足迹前进。
87 vow 0h9wL     
n.誓(言),誓约;v.起誓,立誓
参考例句:
  • My parents are under a vow to go to church every Sunday.我父母许愿,每星期日都去做礼拜。
  • I am under a vow to drink no wine.我已立誓戒酒。
88 delirium 99jyh     
n. 神智昏迷,说胡话;极度兴奋
参考例句:
  • In her delirium, she had fallen to the floor several times. 她在神志不清的状态下几次摔倒在地上。
  • For the next nine months, Job was in constant delirium.接下来的九个月,约伯处于持续精神错乱的状态。
89 boundless kt8zZ     
adj.无限的;无边无际的;巨大的
参考例句:
  • The boundless woods were sleeping in the deep repose of nature.无边无际的森林在大自然静寂的怀抱中酣睡着。
  • His gratitude and devotion to the Party was boundless.他对党无限感激、无限忠诚。
90 lashed 4385e23a53a7428fb973b929eed1bce6     
adj.具睫毛的v.鞭打( lash的过去式和过去分词 );煽动;紧系;怒斥
参考例句:
  • The rain lashed at the windows. 雨点猛烈地打在窗户上。
  • The cleverly designed speech lashed the audience into a frenzy. 这篇精心设计的演说煽动听众使他们发狂。 来自《简明英汉词典》
91 eddying 66c0ffa4a2e8509b312eb4799fd0876d     
涡流,涡流的形成
参考例句:
  • The Rhine flowed on, swirling and eddying, at six or seven miles an hour. 莱茵河不断以每小时六、七哩的速度,滔滔滚流,波涛起伏。
92 vessel 4L1zi     
n.船舶;容器,器皿;管,导管,血管
参考例句:
  • The vessel is fully loaded with cargo for Shanghai.这艘船满载货物驶往上海。
  • You should put the water into a vessel.你应该把水装入容器中。
93 toiling 9e6f5a89c05478ce0b1205d063d361e5     
长时间或辛苦地工作( toil的现在分词 ); 艰难缓慢地移动,跋涉
参考例句:
  • The fiery orator contrasted the idle rich with the toiling working classes. 这位激昂的演说家把无所事事的富人同终日辛劳的工人阶级进行了对比。
  • She felt like a beetle toiling in the dust. She was filled with repulsion. 她觉得自己像只甲虫在地里挣扎,心中涌满愤恨。
94 sweeping ihCzZ4     
adj.范围广大的,一扫无遗的
参考例句:
  • The citizens voted for sweeping reforms.公民投票支持全面的改革。
  • Can you hear the wind sweeping through the branches?你能听到风掠过树枝的声音吗?
95 foaming 08d4476ae4071ba83dfdbdb73d41cae6     
adj.布满泡沫的;发泡
参考例句:
  • He looked like a madman, foaming at the mouth. 他口吐白沫,看上去像个疯子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He is foaming at the mouth about the committee's decision. 他正为委员会的决定大发其火。 来自《简明英汉词典》
96 shriek fEgya     
v./n.尖叫,叫喊
参考例句:
  • Suddenly he began to shriek loudly.突然他开始大声尖叫起来。
  • People sometimes shriek because of terror,anger,or pain.人们有时会因为恐惧,气愤或疼痛而尖叫。
97 buffeted 2484040e69c5816c25c65e8310465688     
反复敲打( buffet的过去式和过去分词 ); 连续猛击; 打来打去; 推来搡去
参考例句:
  • to be buffeted by the wind 被风吹得左右摇摆
  • We were buffeted by the wind and the rain. 我们遭到风雨的袭击。
98 elude hjuzc     
v.躲避,困惑
参考例句:
  • If you chase it,it will elude you.如果你追逐着它, 它会躲避你。
  • I had dared and baffled his fury.I must elude his sorrow.我曾经面对过他的愤怒,并且把它挫败了;现在我必须躲避他的悲哀。
99 fathoms eef76eb8bfaf6d8f8c0ed4de2cf47dcc     
英寻( fathom的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The harbour is four fathoms deep. 港深为四英寻。
  • One bait was down forty fathoms. 有个鱼饵下沉到四十英寻的深处。
100 scorching xjqzPr     
adj. 灼热的
参考例句:
  • a scorching, pitiless sun 灼热的骄阳
  • a scorching critique of the government's economic policy 对政府经济政策的严厉批评
101 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。
102 dreary sk1z6     
adj.令人沮丧的,沉闷的,单调乏味的
参考例句:
  • They live such dreary lives.他们的生活如此乏味。
  • She was tired of hearing the same dreary tale of drunkenness and violence.她听够了那些关于酗酒和暴力的乏味故事。
103 scattered 7jgzKF     
adj.分散的,稀疏的;散步的;疏疏落落的
参考例句:
  • Gathering up his scattered papers,he pushed them into his case.他把散乱的文件收拾起来,塞进文件夹里。
104 cleaving 10a0d7bd73d8d5ca438c5583fa0c7c22     
v.劈开,剁开,割开( cleave的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • The freighter carrying pig iron is cleaving through the water. 装着生铁的货船正在破浪前进。 来自辞典例句
  • IL-10-cDNA fragment was obtained through cleaving pUC-T-IL-10cDNA by reconstriction enzymes. 结果:pcDNA3.1-IL-10酶切鉴定的电泳结果显示,pcDNA3.1-IL-10质粒有一个560bp左右的插入片断,大小和IL-10cDNA大致符合。 来自互联网
105 waded e8d8bc55cdc9612ad0bc65820a4ceac6     
(从水、泥等)蹚,走过,跋( wade的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She tucked up her skirt and waded into the river. 她撩起裙子蹚水走进河里。
  • He waded into the water to push the boat out. 他蹚进水里把船推出来。
106 fragrant z6Yym     
adj.芬香的,馥郁的,愉快的
参考例句:
  • The Fragrant Hills are exceptionally beautiful in late autumn.深秋的香山格外美丽。
  • The air was fragrant with lavender.空气中弥漫薰衣草香。
107 gushing 313eef130292e797ea104703d9458f2d     
adj.迸出的;涌出的;喷出的;过分热情的v.喷,涌( gush的现在分词 );滔滔不绝地说话
参考例句:
  • blood gushing from a wound 从伤口冒出的血
  • The young mother was gushing over a baby. 那位年轻的母亲正喋喋不休地和婴儿说话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
108 tottered 60930887e634cc81d6b03c2dda74833f     
v.走得或动得不稳( totter的过去式和过去分词 );踉跄;蹒跚;摇摇欲坠
参考例句:
  • The pile of books tottered then fell. 这堆书晃了几下,然后就倒了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The wounded soldier tottered to his feet. 伤员摇摇晃晃地站了起来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
109 slake txVwb     
v.解渴,使平息
参考例句:
  • We had to slake ourselves with rainwater in the desert.在沙漠中我们不得不用雨水解渴。
  • A menu will not satisfy your hunger,a formula will not slake your thirst.菜单不可能填饱你的肚子,一套准则也不可能消除你的饥渴。
110 shrieked dc12d0d25b0f5d980f524cd70c1de8fe     
v.尖叫( shriek的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She shrieked in fright. 她吓得尖叫起来。
  • Li Mei-t'ing gave a shout, and Lu Tzu-hsiao shrieked, "Tell what? 李梅亭大声叫,陆子潇尖声叫:“告诉什么? 来自汉英文学 - 围城
111 remissness 94a5c1e07e3061396c3001fea7c8cd1d     
n.玩忽职守;马虎;怠慢;不小心
参考例句:
112 prostrate 7iSyH     
v.拜倒,平卧,衰竭;adj.拜倒的,平卧的,衰竭的
参考例句:
  • She was prostrate on the floor.她俯卧在地板上。
  • The Yankees had the South prostrate and they intended to keep It'so.北方佬已经使南方屈服了,他们还打算继续下去。
113 solitary 7FUyx     
adj.孤独的,独立的,荒凉的;n.隐士
参考例句:
  • I am rather fond of a solitary stroll in the country.我颇喜欢在乡间独自徜徉。
  • The castle rises in solitary splendour on the fringe of the desert.这座城堡巍然耸立在沙漠的边际,显得十分壮美。
114 lodgings f12f6c99e9a4f01e5e08b1197f095e6e     
n. 出租的房舍, 寄宿舍
参考例句:
  • When he reached his lodgings the sun had set. 他到达公寓房间时,太阳已下山了。
  • I'm on the hunt for lodgings. 我正在寻找住所。
115 lodging wRgz9     
n.寄宿,住所;(大学生的)校外宿舍
参考例句:
  • The bill is inclusive of the food and lodging. 账单包括吃、住费用。
  • Where can you find lodging for the night? 你今晚在哪里借宿?
116 crimson AYwzH     
n./adj.深(绯)红色(的);vi.脸变绯红色
参考例句:
  • She went crimson with embarrassment.她羞得满脸通红。
  • Maple leaves have turned crimson.枫叶已经红了。
117 verge gUtzQ     
n.边,边缘;v.接近,濒临
参考例句:
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • She was on the verge of bursting into tears.她快要哭出来了。
118 vehemence 2ihw1     
n.热切;激烈;愤怒
参考例句:
  • 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。
119 wringing 70c74d76c2d55027ff25f12f2ab350a9     
淋湿的,湿透的
参考例句:
  • He was wringing wet after working in the field in the hot sun. 烈日下在田里干活使他汗流满面。
  • He is wringing out the water from his swimming trunks. 他正在把游泳裤中的水绞出来。
120 shrieking abc59c5a22d7db02751db32b27b25dbb     
v.尖叫( shriek的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • The boxers were goaded on by the shrieking crowd. 拳击运动员听见观众的喊叫就来劲儿了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • They were all shrieking with laughter. 他们都发出了尖锐的笑声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
121 sufficiently 0htzMB     
adv.足够地,充分地
参考例句:
  • 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。
122 ashore tNQyT     
adv.在(向)岸上,上岸
参考例句:
  • The children got ashore before the tide came in.涨潮前,孩子们就上岸了。
  • He laid hold of the rope and pulled the boat ashore.他抓住绳子拉船靠岸。
123 recoiling 6efc6419f5752ebc2e0d555d78bafc15     
v.畏缩( recoil的现在分词 );退缩;报应;返回
参考例句:
  • Some of the energy intended for the photon is drained off by the recoiling atom. 原来给予光子的能量有一部分为反冲原子所消耗。 来自辞典例句
  • A second method watches for another effect of the recoiling nucleus: ionization. 探测器使用的第二种方法,是观察反冲原子核的另一种效应:游离。 来自互联网
124 gasping gasping     
adj. 气喘的, 痉挛的 动词gasp的现在分词
参考例句:
  • He was gasping for breath. 他在喘气。
  • "Did you need a drink?""Yes, I'm gasping!” “你要喝点什么吗?”“我巴不得能喝点!”
125 pointed Il8zB4     
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  • 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。
126 slanderer 3c3f89ffb36cf831ae398a43aa89e520     
造谣中伤者
参考例句:
  • A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends. 箴16:28乖僻人播散分争.传舌的离间密友。
  • Desdemona. O, fie upon thee, slanderer! 苔丝狄蒙娜啊,啐!你这毁谤女人的家伙!
127 rippling b84b2d05914b2749622963c1ef058ed5     
起涟漪的,潺潺流水般声音的
参考例句:
  • I could see the dawn breeze rippling the shining water. 我能看见黎明的微风在波光粼粼的水面上吹出道道涟漪。
  • The pool rippling was caused by the waving of the reeds. 池塘里的潺潺声是芦苇摇动时引起的。
128 mere rC1xE     
adj.纯粹的;仅仅,只不过
参考例句:
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
129 accomplished UzwztZ     
adj.有才艺的;有造诣的;达到了的
参考例句:
  • Thanks to your help,we accomplished the task ahead of schedule.亏得你们帮忙,我们才提前完成了任务。
  • Removal of excess heat is accomplished by means of a radiator.通过散热器完成多余热量的排出。
130 obsequiously 09ac939bd60863e6d9b9fc527330e0fb     
参考例句:
  • You must guard against those who fawn upon you and bow obsequiously before you! 对阿谀奉承、点头哈腰的人要格外警惕! 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • When everyone saw the mayor, they all bowed obsequiously – he was the only exception. 所有人见到市长都点头哈腰,只有他是个例外。 来自互联网
131 untying 4f138027dbdb2087c60199a0a69c8176     
untie的现在分词
参考例句:
  • The tying of bow ties is an art; the untying is easy. 打领带是一种艺术,解领带则很容易。
  • As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" 33他们解驴驹的时候,主人问他们说,解驴驹作什么?
132 nominal Y0Tyt     
adj.名义上的;(金额、租金)微不足道的
参考例句:
  • The king was only the nominal head of the state. 国王只是这个国家名义上的元首。
  • The charge of the box lunch was nominal.午餐盒饭收费很少。
133 ingenuity 77TxM     
n.别出心裁;善于发明创造
参考例句:
  • The boy showed ingenuity in making toys.那个小男孩做玩具很有创造力。
  • I admire your ingenuity and perseverance.我钦佩你的别出心裁和毅力。
134 rascality d42e2a118789a8817fa597e13ed4f92d     
流氓性,流氓集团
参考例句:
135 foul Sfnzy     
adj.污秽的;邪恶的;v.弄脏;妨害;犯规;n.犯规
参考例句:
  • Take off those foul clothes and let me wash them.脱下那些脏衣服让我洗一洗。
  • What a foul day it is!多么恶劣的天气!
136 practitioners 4f6cea6bb06753de69fd05e8adbf90a8     
n.习艺者,实习者( practitioner的名词复数 );从业者(尤指医师)
参考例句:
  • one of the greatest practitioners of science fiction 最了不起的科幻小说家之一
  • The technique is experimental, but the list of its practitioners is growing. 这种技术是试验性的,但是采用它的人正在增加。 来自辞典例句
137 harassing 76b352fbc5bcc1190a82edcc9339a9f2     
v.侵扰,骚扰( harass的现在分词 );不断攻击(敌人)
参考例句:
  • The court ordered him to stop harassing his ex-wife. 法庭命令他不得再骚扰前妻。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • It was too close to be merely harassing fire. 打得这么近,不能完全是扰乱射击。 来自辞典例句
138 momentary hj3ya     
adj.片刻的,瞬息的;短暂的
参考例句:
  • We are in momentary expectation of the arrival of you.我们无时无刻不在盼望你的到来。
  • I caught a momentary glimpse of them.我瞥了他们一眼。
139 defendant mYdzW     
n.被告;adj.处于被告地位的
参考例句:
  • 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。
140 ascertaining e416513cdf74aa5e4277c1fc28aab393     
v.弄清,确定,查明( ascertain的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • I was ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind. 我当时是要弄清楚地下室是朝前还是朝后延伸的。 来自辞典例句
  • The design and ascertaining of permanent-magnet-biased magnetic bearing parameter are detailed introduced. 并对永磁偏置磁悬浮轴承参数的设计和确定进行了详细介绍。 来自互联网
141 remonstrance bVex0     
n抗议,抱怨
参考例句:
  • She had abandoned all attempts at remonstrance with Thomas.她已经放弃了一切劝戒托马斯的尝试。
  • Mrs. Peniston was at the moment inaccessible to remonstrance.目前彭尼斯顿太太没功夫听她告状。
142 immured 8727048a152406d66991e43b6eeaa1c8     
v.禁闭,监禁( immure的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She was like a prisoner so long immured that freedom dazes him. 她象一个长年累月被关闭的囚犯,自由使她迷乱茫然。 来自辞典例句
  • He immured himself in a small room to work undisturbed. 他自己关在小屋里埋头工作,以免受到骚扰。 来自辞典例句
143 persecution PAnyA     
n. 迫害,烦扰
参考例句:
  • He had fled from France at the time of the persecution. 他在大迫害时期逃离了法国。
  • Their persecution only serves to arouse the opposition of the people. 他们的迫害只激起人民对他们的反抗。
144 inflicted cd6137b3bb7ad543500a72a112c6680f     
把…强加给,使承受,遭受( inflict的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • They inflicted a humiliating defeat on the home team. 他们使主队吃了一场很没面子的败仗。
  • Zoya heroically bore the torture that the Fascists inflicted upon her. 卓娅英勇地承受法西斯匪徒加在她身上的酷刑。
145 assailed cca18e858868e1e5479e8746bfb818d6     
v.攻击( assail的过去式和过去分词 );困扰;质问;毅然应对
参考例句:
  • He was assailed with fierce blows to the head. 他的头遭到猛烈殴打。
  • He has been assailed by bad breaks all these years. 这些年来他接二连三地倒霉。 来自《用法词典》
146 horrid arozZj     
adj.可怕的;令人惊恐的;恐怖的;极讨厌的
参考例句:
  • I'm not going to the horrid dinner party.我不打算去参加这次讨厌的宴会。
  • The medicine is horrid and she couldn't get it down.这种药很难吃,她咽不下去。
147 writ iojyr     
n.命令状,书面命令
参考例句:
  • 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。
148 fugitive bhHxh     
adj.逃亡的,易逝的;n.逃犯,逃亡者
参考例句:
  • The police were able to deduce where the fugitive was hiding.警方成功地推断出那逃亡者躲藏的地方。
  • The fugitive is believed to be headed for the border.逃犯被认为在向国境线逃窜。
149 stratagem ThlyQ     
n.诡计,计谋
参考例句:
  • Knit the brows and a stratagem comes to mind.眉头一皱,计上心来。
  • Trade discounts may be used as a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty.商业折扣可以用作维护顾客忠诚度的一种竞争策略。
150 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。
151 abject joVyh     
adj.极可怜的,卑屈的
参考例句:
  • This policy has turned out to be an abject failure.这一政策最后以惨败而告终。
  • He had been obliged to offer an abject apology to Mr.Alleyne for his impertinence.他不得不低声下气,为他的无礼举动向艾莱恩先生请罪。
152 postpone rP0xq     
v.延期,推迟
参考例句:
  • I shall postpone making a decision till I learn full particulars.在未获悉详情之前我得从缓作出决定。
  • She decided to postpone the converastion for that evening.她决定当天晚上把谈话搁一搁。
153 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。
154 desolate vmizO     
adj.荒凉的,荒芜的;孤独的,凄凉的;v.使荒芜,使孤寂
参考例句:
  • The city was burned into a desolate waste.那座城市被烧成一片废墟。
  • We all felt absolutely desolate when she left.她走后,我们都觉得万分孤寂。
155 drawn MuXzIi     
v.拖,拉,拔出;adj.憔悴的,紧张的
参考例句:
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
156 muffled fnmzel     
adj.(声音)被隔的;听不太清的;(衣服)裹严的;蒙住的v.压抑,捂住( muffle的过去式和过去分词 );用厚厚的衣帽包着(自己)
参考例句:
  • muffled voices from the next room 从隔壁房间里传来的沉闷声音
  • There was a muffled explosion somewhere on their right. 在他们的右面什么地方有一声沉闷的爆炸声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
157 mingle 3Dvx8     
vt.使混合,使相混;vi.混合起来;相交往
参考例句:
  • If we mingle with the crowd,we should not be noticed.如果我们混在人群中,就不会被注意到。
  • Oil will not mingle with water.油和水不相融。
158 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。
159 abhorrence Vyiz7     
n.憎恶;可憎恶的事
参考例句:
  • This nation has an abhorrence of terrrorism.这个民族憎恶恐怖主义。
  • It is an abhorrence to his feeling.这是他深恶痛绝的事。
160 swerved 9abd504bfde466e8c735698b5b8e73b4     
v.(使)改变方向,改变目的( swerve的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She swerved sharply to avoid a cyclist. 她猛地急转弯,以躲开一个骑自行车的人。
  • The driver has swerved on a sudden to avoid a file of geese. 为了躲避一队鹅,司机突然来个急转弯。 来自《简明英汉词典》
161 drooped ebf637c3f860adcaaf9c11089a322fa5     
弯曲或下垂,发蔫( droop的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Her eyelids drooped as if she were on the verge of sleep. 她眼睑低垂好像快要睡着的样子。
  • The flowers drooped in the heat of the sun. 花儿晒蔫了。
162 requital 1Woxt     
n.酬劳;报复
参考例句:
  • We received food and lodging in requital for our services.我们得到食宿作为我们服务的报酬。
  • He gave her in requital of all things else which ye had taken from me.他把她给了我是为了补偿你们从我手中夺走的一切。
163 consign uamyn     
vt.寄售(货品),托运,交托,委托
参考例句:
  • We cannot agree to consign the goods.我们不同意寄售此货。
  • We will consign the goods to him by express.我们将以快递把货物寄给他。
164 peg p3Fzi     
n.木栓,木钉;vt.用木钉钉,用短桩固定
参考例句:
  • Hang your overcoat on the peg in the hall.把你的大衣挂在门厅的挂衣钩上。
  • He hit the peg mightily on the top with a mallet.他用木槌猛敲木栓顶。
165 stump hGbzY     
n.残株,烟蒂,讲演台;v.砍断,蹒跚而走
参考例句:
  • 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。


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