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THREE Dog Ways 2
2WHEN THE JAPANESE troops withdrew, the full moon, thin as a paper cutout, rose in the sky abovethe tips of the sorghum1 stalks, which had undergone such suffering. Grain fell sporadically2 likeglistening tears. A sweet odour grew heavy in the air; the dark soil of the southern edge of ourvillage had been thoroughly3 soaked by human blood. Lights from fires in the village curled likefoxtails, as occasional pops, like the crackling of dry wood, momentarily filled the air with acharred odour that merged4 with the stifling5 stench of blood.
The wound on Granddad’s arm had turned worse, the scabs cracking and releasing a rotting,oozing mixture of dark blood and white pus. He told Father to squeeze the area around thewound. Fearfully, Father placed his icy fingers on the discoloured skin around the suppuratingwound and squeezed, forcing out a string of air bubbles that released the putrid6 smell of pickledvegetables. Granddad picked up a piece of yellow spirit currency that had been weighted downby a clod of earth at the head of a nearby gravesite and told Father to smear7 some of the saltywhite powder from the sorghum stalks on it. Then he removed the head of a cartridge8 with histeeth and poured the greenish gunpowder9 onto the paper, mixed it with the white sorghumpowder, and took a pinch with his fingers to daub on the open wound.
‘Dad,’ Father said, ‘shall I mix some soil into it?’
Granddad thought for a moment. ‘Sure, why not?’
Father bent10 down and picked up a clod of dark earth near the roots of a sorghum stalk,crumbled it in his fingers, and spread it on the paper. After Granddad mixed the three substancestogether and covered the wound with them, paper and all, Father wrapped a filthy11 strip ofbandage cloth around it and tied it tight.
‘Does that make it feel better, Dad?’
Granddad moved his arm back and forth12. ‘Much better, Douguan. An elixir13 like this will workon any wound, no matter how serious.’
‘Dad, if we’d had something like that for Mother, she wouldn’t have died, would she?’
‘No, she wouldn’t have.?.?.?.’ Granddad’s face clouded.
‘Dad, wouldn’t it’ve been great if you’d told me about this before? Mother was bleeding somuch I kept packing earth on the wounds, but that only stopped it for a while. If I’d known toadd some white sorghum powder and gunpowder, everything would have been fine.?.?.?.’
All the while Father was rambling14, Granddad was loading his pistol. Japanese mortar15 fireraised puffs16 of hot yellow smoke all up and down the village wall.
Since Father’s Browning pistol lay under the belly17 of the fallen horse, during the final battle ofthe afternoon he used a Japanese rifle nearly as tall as he was; Granddad used his Germanautomatic, firing it so rapidly it spent its youth and was ready for the trash heap. Although battlefires still lit up the sky above the village, an aura of peace and quiet had settled over the sorghumfields.
Father followed Granddad, dragging his rifle behind him as they circled the site of themassacre. The blood-soaked earth had the consistency19 of liquid clay under the weight of theirfootsteps; bodies of the dead merged with the wreckage20 of sorghum stalks. Moonlight danced onpools of blood, and hideous21 scenes of dismemberment swept away the final moments of Father’syouth. Tortured moans emerged from the field of sorghum, and here and there among the bodiessome movement appeared. Father was burning to ask Granddad to save those fellow villagerswho were still alive, but when he saw the pale, expressionless look on his father’s bronze face,the words stuck in his throat.
During the most critical moments, Father was always slightly more alert than Granddad,perhaps because he concentrated on surface phenomena22; superficial thought seems ideally suitedto guerrilla fighting. At that moment, Granddad looked benumbed; his thoughts were riveted23 on asingle point, which might have been a twisted face, or a shattered rifle, or a single spent bullet.
He was blind to all other sights, deaf to all other sounds. This problem – or characteristic – of hiswould grow more pronounced over the coming decade. He returned to China from the mountainsof Hokkaido with an unfathomable depth in his eyes, gazing at things as though he could willthem to combust spontaneously.
Father never achieved this degree of philosophical24 depth. In 1957, after untold25 hardships, whenhe finally emerged from the burrow26 Mother had dug for him, his eyes had the same look as in hisyouth: lively, perplexed27, capricious. He never did figure out the relationship between men andpolitics or society or war, even though he had been spun28 so violently on the wheel of battle. Hewas forever trying to squeeze the light of his nature through the chinks in his body armour29.
Granddad and Father circled the site of the massacre18 a dozen times, until Father said tearfully,‘Dad?.?.?. I can’t walk any more.?.?.?.’
Granddad’s robot movements stopped; taking Father’s hand, he backed up ten paces and satdown on a patch of solid, dry earth. The cheerless and lonely sorghum field was highlighted bythe crackle of fires in the village. Weak golden flames danced fitfully beneath the silverymoonlight. After sitting there for a moment, Granddad fell backward like a capsized wall, andFather laid his head on Granddad’s belly, where he fell into a hazy30 sleep. He could feelGranddad’s feverish31 hand stroking his head, which sent his thoughts back nearly a dozen years,to when he was suckling at Grandma’s breast.
He was four at the time, and growing tired of the yellowed nipple that was always thrust into hismouth. Having begun to hate its sour hardness, he gazed up into the look of rapture32 in Grandma’sface with a murderous glint in his eyes and bit down as hard as he could. He felt the contractionin Grandma’s breast as her body jerked backward. Trickles33 of a sweet liquid warmed the cornersof his mouth, until Grandma gave him a swat on the bottom and pushed him away. He fell to theground, his eyes on the drops of fresh red blood dripping from the tip of Grandma’s pendulousbreast. He whimpered, but his eyes were dry. Grandma, on the other hand, was crying bitterly,her shoulders heaving, her face bathed in tears. She lashed34 out at him, calling him a wolf cub35, asmean as his wolf of a father.
Later on he learned that that was the year Granddad, who loved Grandma dearly, had fallen inlove with the hired girl, Passion, who had grown into a bright- eyed young woman. At themoment when Father bit Grandma, Granddad, who had grown tired of her jealousy36, was livingwith Passion in a house he’d bought in a neighbouring village. Everyone said that this secondgrandma of mine was no economy lantern, and that Grandma was afraid of her, but this issomething I’ll clear up later. Second Grandma eventually had a girl by Granddad. In 1938,Japanese soldiers murdered this young aunt of mine with a bayonet, then gang-raped SecondGrandma – this, too, I’ll clear up later.
Granddad and Father were exhausted37. The wound throbbed38 in Granddad’s arm, which seemed tobe on fire. Father’s feet had swollen39 until his cloth shoes nearly split their seams, and hefantasised about the exquisite40 pleasure of airing the rotting skin of his feet in the moonlight. Buthe didn’t have the strength to sit up and take off his shoes. Instead, he rolled over and rested hishead on Granddad’s hard stomach so he could look up into the starry41 night and let the moon’srays light up his face. He could hear the murmuring flow of the Black Water River and see blackclouds gather in the sky above him. He remembered Uncle Arhat’s saying once that, when theMilky Way lay horizontally across the sky, autumn rains would fall. He had only really seenautumn water once in his life.
The sorghum was ready for harvest when the Black Water River rose and burst its banks,flooding both the fields and the village. The stalks strained to keep their heads above water; ratsand snakes scurried42 and slithered up them to escape drowning. Father had gone with Uncle Arhatto the wall, which the villagers were reinforcing, and gazed uneasily at the yellow water rushingtowards him. The villagers made rafts from kindling43 and paddled out to the fields to hack44 off theears of grain, which were already sprouting45 new green buds. Bundles of soaked deep-red andemerald-green ears of sorghum weighted down the rafts so much it’s a wonder they didn’t sink.
The dark, gaunt men, barefoot and bare-chested, wearing conical straw hats, stood with their legsakimbo on the rafts, poling with all their strength as they rocked from side to side.
The water in the village was knee-high, covering the legs of livestock46, whose waste floated onthe surface. In the dying rays of the autumn sun, the water shone like liquefied metal; tips ofsorghum stalks too far away to be harvested formed a canopy47 of golden red just above therippling surface, over which flocks of wild geese flew. Father could see a bright, broad body ofwater flowing slowly through the densest48 patch of red sorghum, in sharp contrast to the muddy,stagnant water around him; it was, he knew, the Black Water River. On one of the rafts lay asilver-bellied, green-backed grass carp, a long, thin sorghum stalk stuck through its gills. Thefarmer proudly held it up to show the people on the wall; it was nearly half as tall as he was.
Blood oozed49 from its gills, and its mouth was open as it looked at my father with dull, sorrowfuleyes.
Father was thinking about how Uncle Arhat had bought a fish from a farmer once, and howGrandma had scraped the scales from its belly, then made soup out of it; just thinking about thatdelicious soup gave him an appetite. He sat up. ‘Dad,’ he said, ‘aren’t you hungry? I am. Can youfind me something to eat? I’m starving.?.?.?.’
Granddad sat up and fished around in his belt until he found a bullet, which he inserted into thecylinder; then he snapped it shut, sending the bullet into the chamber50. He pulled the trigger, andthere was a loud crack. ‘Douguan,’ he said, ‘let’s go find your mother.?.?.?.’
‘No, Dad,’ Father replied in a high-pitched, frightened voice, ‘Mother’s dead. But we’re stillalive, and I’m hungry. Let’s get something to eat.’
Father pulled Granddad to his feet. ‘Where?’ Granddad mumbled51. ‘Where can we go?’ SoFather led him by the hand into the sorghum field, where they walked in a crooked52 line, asthough their objective was the moon, hanging high and icy in the sky.
A growl53 emerged from the field of corpses54. Granddad and Father stopped in their tracks andturned to see a dozen pairs of green eyes, like will-o’-the-wisps, and several indigo55 shadowstumbling on the ground. Granddad took out his pistol and fired at two of the green eyes; the howlof a dying dog accompanied the extinguishing of those eyes. Granddad fired seven shots in all,and several wounded dogs writhed56 in agony among the corpses. While he was emptying hispistol into the pack, the uninjured dogs fled into the sorghum field, out of range, where theyhowled furiously at the two humans.
The last couple of bullets from Granddad’s pistol had travelled only thirty paces or so beforethudding to the ground. Father watched them tumble in the moonlight, so slowly he could havereached out and caught them. And the once crisp crack of the pistol sounded more like thephlegmatic cough of a doddering old man. A tortured, sympathetic expression spread acrossGranddad’s face as he looked down at the weapon in his hand.
‘Out of bullets, Dad?’
The five hundred bullets they’d brought back from town in the goat’s belly had been used upin a matter of hours. The pistol had aged57 overnight, and Granddad came to the painful realisationthat it was no longer capable of carrying out his wishes; time for them to part ways.
Holding the gun out in front of him, he carefully studied the muted reflection of the moonlighton the barrel, then loosened his grip and let the gun fall heavily to the ground.
The green- eyed dogs returned to the corpses, timidly at first. But their eyes quicklydisappeared, and the moonlight was reflected off rolling waves of bluish fur; Granddad andFather could hear the sounds of dogs tearing human bodies with their fangs58.
‘Let’s go into the village, Dad,’ Father said.
Granddad wavered for a moment, so Father tugged59 on him, and they fell into step.
By then most of the fires in the village had gone out, leaving red-hot cinders60 that gave off anacrid heat amid the crumbling61 walls and shattered buildings. Hot winds whirled above the villageroads. The murky62 air was stifling. Roofs of houses, their supports burned out beneath them, hadcollapsed in mountains of smoke, dust, and cinders. Bodies were strewn atop the village wall andon the roads. A page in the history of our village had been turned. At one time the site had been awasteland covered with brambles, underbrush, and reeds, a paradise for foxes and wild rabbits.
Then a few huts appeared, and it became a haven64 for escaped murderers, drunks, gamblers, whobuilt homes, cultivated the land, and turned it into a paradise for humans, forcing out the foxesand wild rabbits, who set up howls of protest on the eve of their departure. Now the village lay inruins; man had created it, and man had destroyed it. It was now a sorrowful paradise, amonument to both grief and joy, built upon ruins. In 1960, when the dark cloud of famine settledover the Shandong Peninsula, even though I was only four years old I could dimly sense thatNortheast Gaomi Township had never been anything but a pile of ruins, and that its people hadnever been able to rid their hearts of the shattered buildings, nor would they ever be able to.
That night, after the smoke and sparks from the other houses had died out, our buildings werestill burning, sending skyward green-tinged tongues of flame and the intoxicating65 aroma66 of strongwine, released in an instant after all those years. Blue roof tiles, deformed67 by the intense heat,turned scarlet68, then leaped into the air through a wall of flames that illuminated69 Granddad’s hair,which had turned three- quarters grey in the space of a week. A roof came crashing down,momentarily blotting70 out the flames, which then roared out of the rubble71, stronger than ever. Theloud crash nearly crushed the breath out of Father and Granddad.
Our house, which had sheltered the father and son of the Shan family as they grew rich, thenhad sheltered Granddad after his murderous deed, then had sheltered Grandma, Granddad,Father, Uncle Arhat, and all the men who worked for them, a sanctuary72 for their kindnesses andtheir grievances73, had now completed its historical mission. I hated that sanctuary: though it hadsheltered decent emotions, it had also sheltered heinous74 crimes. Father, when you were hiding inthe burrow we dug for you in the floor of my home back in 1957, you recalled those days of yourpast in the unrelenting darkness. On no fewer than 365 occasions, in your mind you saw the roofof your house crash down amid the flames, and wondered what was going through the mind ofyour father, my granddad. So my fantasies were chasing yours while yours were chasingGranddad’s.
As he watched the roof collapse63, Granddad became as angry as he’d been the day heabandoned Grandma and moved to another village to be with his new love, Passion. He hadlearned then that Grandma had shamelessly taken up with Black Eye, the leader of anorganisation called the Iron Society, and at the time he wasn’t sure what filled his heart – loathingor love, pain or anger. When he later returned to Grandma’s arms, his feelings for her were soconfused he couldn’t sort them out. In the beginning, his emotional warfare75 scarred only his ownheart, and Grandma’s scarred only her own. Finally, they hurt each other. Only when Grandmasmiled up at him as she lay dead in the sorghum field did he realise the grievous punishment lifehad meted76 out to him. He loved my father as a magpie77 loves the last remaining egg in its nest.
But by then it was too late, for fate, cold and calculating, had sentenced him to a cruel end thatwas waiting for him down the road.
‘Dad, our house is gone.?.?.?.’ Father said.
Granddad rubbed Father’s head as he stared at the ruins of his home, then took Father’s handand began stumbling aimlessly down the road under the waning78 light of the flames and thewaxing light of the moon.
At the head of the village they heard an old man’s voice: ‘Is that you, Number Three? Whydidn’t you bring the oxcart?’
The sound of that voice gave Granddad and Father such a warm feeling they forgot how tiredthey were and rushed over to see who it was.
A hunched-over elderly man rose to greet them, carefully sizing up Granddad with his ancienteyes, nearly touching79 his face. Granddad didn’t like his watchful80 look and was repulsed81 by thegreedy stench that came from his mouth.
‘You’re not my Number Three,’ the old man said unhappily, his head wobbling as he sat downon a pile of loot. There were trunks, cupboards, dining tables, farm tools, harnesses, rippedcomforters, cooking pots, earthenware82 bowls. He was sitting on a small mountain of stuff andguarding it as a wolf guards its kill. Behind him, two calves83, three goats, and a mule84 were tied toa willow85 tree.
‘You old dog!’ Granddad growled86 through clenched87 teeth. ‘Get the hell out of here!’
The old man rose up on his haunches and said amiably88, ‘Ah, my brother, let’s not be envious89. Irisked my life to drag this stuff out of the flames!’
‘I’ll fuck your living mother! Climb down from there!’ Granddad lashed out angrily.
‘You have no right to talk to me like that. I didn’t do anything to you. You’re the one who’sasking for trouble. What gives you the right to curse me like that?’ he complained.
‘Curse you? I’ll goddamn kill you! We’re not in a desperate struggle with Japan just so youcan go on a looting binge! You bastard90, you old bastard! Douguan, where’s your gun?’
‘It’s under the horse’s belly,’ Father said.
Granddad jumped up onto the mountain of stuff and, with a single kick, sent the old mansprawling onto the ground. He rose to his knees and begged, ‘Spare me, Eighth Route Master,spare me!’
‘I’m not with the Eighth Route Army,’ Granddad said, ‘or the Ninth Route. I’m Yu Zhan’aothe bandit!’
‘Spare me, Commander Yu, spare me! What good would it do to let all this stuff burn? I’m notthe only “potato picker” from the village. Those thieves got all the good stuff. I’m too old and tooslow, and all I could find was this junk.’
Granddad picked up a wooden table and threw it at the old man’s bald head. He screamed andheld his bleeding scalp as he rolled in the dirt. Granddad reached down and picked him up by hiscollar. Looking straight into those tortured eyes, he said, ‘Our hero, the “potato picker”, thenraised his fist and drove it with a loud crack into the old man’s face, sending him crumpling91 tothe ground, face up. Granddad walked up and kicked him in the face, hard.


1 sorghum eFJys     
  • We can grow sorghum or maize on this plot.这块地可以种高粱或玉米。
  • They made sorghum into pig feed.他们把高粱做成了猪饲料。
2 sporadically RvowJ     
  • There are some trees sporadically around his house. 他的房子周围零星地有点树木。 来自辞典例句
  • As for other aspects, we will sporadically hand out questionnaires. 在其他方面,我们会偶尔发送调查问卷。 来自互联网
3 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。
4 merged d33b2d33223e1272c8bbe02180876e6f     
(使)混合( merge的过去式和过去分词 ); 相融; 融入; 渐渐消失在某物中
  • Turf wars are inevitable when two departments are merged. 两个部门合并时总免不了争争权限。
  • The small shops were merged into a large market. 那些小商店合并成为一个大商场。
5 stifling dhxz7C     
  • The weather is stifling. It looks like rain. 今天太闷热,光景是要下雨。
  • We were stifling in that hot room with all the windows closed. 我们在那间关着窗户的热屋子里,简直透不过气来。
6 putrid P04zD     
  • To eat putrid food is liable to get sick.吃了腐败的食物容易生病。
  • A putrid smell drove us from the room.一股腐臭的气味迫使我们离开这房间。
7 smear 6EmyX     
  • He has been spreading false stories in an attempt to smear us.他一直在散布谎言企图诽谤我们。
  • There's a smear on your shirt.你衬衫上有个污点。
8 cartridge fXizt     
  • Unfortunately the 2G cartridge design is very difficult to set accurately.不幸地2G弹药筒设计非常难正确地设定。
  • This rifle only holds one cartridge.这支来复枪只能装一发子弹。
9 gunpowder oerxm     
  • Gunpowder was introduced into Europe during the first half of the 14th century.在14世纪上半叶,火药传入欧洲。
  • This statement has a strong smell of gunpowder.这是一篇充满火药味的声明。
10 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。
11 filthy ZgOzj     
  • The whole river has been fouled up with filthy waste from factories.整条河都被工厂的污秽废物污染了。
  • You really should throw out that filthy old sofa and get a new one.你真的应该扔掉那张肮脏的旧沙发,然后再去买张新的。
12 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。
13 elixir cjAzh     
  • There is no elixir of life in the world.世界上没有长生不老药。
  • Keep your mind awake and active;that's the only youth elixir.保持头脑清醒和灵活便是保持年轻的唯一灵丹妙药。
14 rambling MTfxg     
  • We spent the summer rambling in Ireland. 我们花了一个夏天漫游爱尔兰。
  • It was easy to get lost in the rambling house. 在布局凌乱的大房子里容易迷路。
15 mortar 9EsxR     
  • The mason flushed the joint with mortar.泥工用灰浆把接缝处嵌平。
  • The sound of mortar fire seemed to be closing in.迫击炮的吼声似乎正在逼近。
16 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
17 belly QyKzLi     
  • The boss has a large belly.老板大腹便便。
  • His eyes are bigger than his belly.他眼馋肚饱。
18 massacre i71zk     
  • There was a terrible massacre of villagers here during the war.在战争中,这里的村民惨遭屠杀。
  • If we forget the massacre,the massacre will happen again!忘记了大屠杀,大屠杀就有可能再次发生!
19 consistency IY2yT     
  • Your behaviour lacks consistency.你的行为缺乏一贯性。
  • We appreciate the consistency and stability in China and in Chinese politics.我们赞赏中国及其政策的连续性和稳定性。
20 wreckage nMhzF     
  • They hauled him clear of the wreckage.他们把他从形骸中拖出来。
  • New states were born out of the wreckage of old colonial empires.新生国家从老殖民帝国的废墟中诞生。
21 hideous 65KyC     
  • The whole experience had been like some hideous nightmare.整个经历就像一场可怕的噩梦。
  • They're not like dogs,they're hideous brutes.它们不像狗,是丑陋的畜牲。
22 phenomena 8N9xp     
  • Ade couldn't relate the phenomena with any theory he knew.艾德无法用他所知道的任何理论来解释这种现象。
  • The object of these experiments was to find the connection,if any,between the two phenomena.这些实验的目的就是探索这两种现象之间的联系,如果存在着任何联系的话。
23 riveted ecef077186c9682b433fa17f487ee017     
铆接( rivet的过去式和过去分词 ); 把…固定住; 吸引; 引起某人的注意
  • I was absolutely riveted by her story. 我完全被她的故事吸引住了。
  • My attention was riveted by a slight movement in the bushes. 我的注意力被灌木丛中的轻微晃动吸引住了。
24 philosophical rN5xh     
  • The teacher couldn't answer the philosophical problem.老师不能解答这个哲学问题。
  • She is very philosophical about her bad luck.她对自己的不幸看得很开。
25 untold ljhw1     
  • She has done untold damage to our chances.她给我们的机遇造成了不可估量的损害。
  • They suffered untold terrors in the dark and huddled together for comfort.他们遭受着黑暗中的难以言传的种种恐怖,因而只好挤在一堆互相壮胆。
26 burrow EsazA     
  • Earthworms burrow deep into the subsoil.蚯蚓深深地钻进底土。
  • The dog had chased a rabbit into its burrow.狗把兔子追进了洞穴。
27 perplexed A3Rz0     
  • The farmer felt the cow,went away,returned,sorely perplexed,always afraid of being cheated.那农民摸摸那头牛,走了又回来,犹豫不决,总怕上当受骗。
  • The child was perplexed by the intricate plot of the story.这孩子被那头绪纷繁的故事弄得迷惑不解。
28 spun kvjwT     
  • His grandmother spun him a yarn at the fire.他奶奶在火炉边给他讲故事。
  • Her skilful fingers spun the wool out to a fine thread.她那灵巧的手指把羊毛纺成了细毛线。
29 armour gySzuh     
  • His body was encased in shining armour.他全身披着明晃晃的甲胄。
  • Bulletproof cars sheathed in armour.防弹车护有装甲。
30 hazy h53ya     
  • We couldn't see far because it was so hazy.雾气蒙蒙妨碍了我们的视线。
  • I have a hazy memory of those early years.对那些早先的岁月我有着朦胧的记忆。
31 feverish gzsye     
  • He is too feverish to rest.他兴奋得安静不下来。
  • They worked with feverish haste to finish the job.为了完成此事他们以狂热的速度工作着。
32 rapture 9STzG     
  • His speech was received with rapture by his supporters.他的演说受到支持者们的热烈欢迎。
  • In the midst of his rapture,he was interrupted by his father.他正欢天喜地,被他父亲打断了。
33 trickles 90ffecf5836b69570298d5fc11cddea9     
n.细流( trickle的名词复数 );稀稀疏疏缓慢来往的东西v.滴( trickle的第三人称单数 );淌;使)慢慢走;缓慢移动
  • Trickles of sweat rained down my head and neck. 我颈上头上的汗珠,更同盛雨似的,一颗一颗的钻出来了。 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
  • Water trickles through an underground grotto. 水沿着地下岩洞流淌。 来自辞典例句
34 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
  • 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》
35 cub ny5xt     
  • The lion cub's mother was hunting for what she needs. 这只幼师的母亲正在捕猎。
  • The cub licked the milk from its mother's breast. 这头幼兽吸吮着它妈妈的奶水。
36 jealousy WaRz6     
  • Some women have a disposition to jealousy.有些女人生性爱妒忌。
  • I can't support your jealousy any longer.我再也无法忍受你的嫉妒了。
37 exhausted 7taz4r     
  • 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。
38 throbbed 14605449969d973d4b21b9356ce6b3ec     
抽痛( throb的过去式和过去分词 ); (心脏、脉搏等)跳动
  • His head throbbed painfully. 他的头一抽一跳地痛。
  • The pulse throbbed steadily. 脉搏跳得平稳。
39 swollen DrcwL     
  • Her legs had got swollen from standing up all day.因为整天站着,她的双腿已经肿了。
  • A mosquito had bitten her and her arm had swollen up.蚊子叮了她,她的手臂肿起来了。
40 exquisite zhez1     
  • I was admiring the exquisite workmanship in the mosaic.我当时正在欣赏镶嵌画的精致做工。
  • I still remember the exquisite pleasure I experienced in Bali.我依然记得在巴厘岛所经历的那种剧烈的快感。
41 starry VhWzfP     
adj.星光照耀的, 闪亮的
  • He looked at the starry heavens.他瞧着布满星星的天空。
  • I like the starry winter sky.我喜欢这满天星斗的冬夜。
42 scurried 5ca775f6c27dc6bd8e1b3af90f3dea00     
v.急匆匆地走( scurry的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She said goodbye and scurried back to work. 她说声再见,然后扭头跑回去干活了。
  • It began to rain and we scurried for shelter. 下起雨来,我们急忙找地方躲避。 来自《简明英汉词典》
43 kindling kindling     
n. 点火, 可燃物 动词kindle的现在分词形式
  • There were neat piles of kindling wood against the wall. 墙边整齐地放着几堆引火柴。
  • "Coal and kindling all in the shed in the backyard." “煤,劈柴,都在后院小屋里。” 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
44 hack BQJz2     
  • He made a hack at the log.他朝圆木上砍了一下。
  • Early settlers had to hack out a clearing in the forest where they could grow crops.早期移民不得不在森林里劈出空地种庄稼。
45 sprouting c8222ee91acc6d4059c7ab09c0d8d74e     
v.发芽( sprout的现在分词 );抽芽;出现;(使)涌现出
  • new leaves sprouting from the trees 树上长出的新叶
  • They were putting fresh earth around sprouting potato stalks. 他们在往绽出新芽的土豆秧周围培新土。 来自名作英译部分
46 livestock c0Wx1     
  • Both men and livestock are flourishing.人畜两旺。
  • The heavy rains and flooding killed scores of livestock.暴雨和大水淹死了许多牲口。
47 canopy Rczya     
  • The trees formed a leafy canopy above their heads.树木在他们头顶上空形成了一个枝叶茂盛的遮篷。
  • They lay down under a canopy of stars.他们躺在繁星点点的天幕下。
48 densest 196f3886c6c5dffe98d26ccca5d0e045     
密集的( dense的最高级 ); 密度大的; 愚笨的; (信息量大得)难理解的
  • Past Botoi some of the densest jungle forests on Anopopei grew virtually into the water. 过了坊远湾,岛上的莽莽丛林便几乎直长到水中。
  • Earth is the densest of all of these remaining planets. 地球是所剩下行星中最致密的星球。
49 oozed d11de42af8e0bb132bd10042ebefdf99     
v.(浓液等)慢慢地冒出,渗出( ooze的过去式和过去分词 );使(液体)缓缓流出;(浓液)渗出,慢慢流出
  • Blood oozed out of the wound. 血从伤口慢慢流出来。
  • Mud oozed from underground. 泥浆从地下冒出来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
50 chamber wnky9     
  • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.对许多人来说,牙医的治疗室一直是间受刑室。
  • The chamber was ablaze with light.会议厅里灯火辉煌。
51 mumbled 3855fd60b1f055fa928ebec8bcf3f539     
含糊地说某事,叽咕,咕哝( mumble的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He mumbled something to me which I did not quite catch. 他对我叽咕了几句话,可我没太听清楚。
  • George mumbled incoherently to himself. 乔治语无伦次地喃喃自语。
52 crooked xvazAv     
  • He crooked a finger to tell us to go over to him.他弯了弯手指,示意我们到他那儿去。
  • You have to drive slowly on these crooked country roads.在这些弯弯曲曲的乡间小路上你得慢慢开车。
53 growl VeHzE     
  • The dog was biting,growling and wagging its tail.那条狗在一边撕咬一边低声吼叫,尾巴也跟着摇摆。
  • The car growls along rutted streets.汽车在车辙纵横的街上一路轰鸣。
54 corpses 2e7a6f2b001045a825912208632941b2     
n.死尸,尸体( corpse的名词复数 )
  • The living soldiers put corpses together and burned them. 活着的战士把尸体放在一起烧了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Overhead, grayish-white clouds covered the sky, piling up heavily like decaying corpses. 天上罩满了灰白的薄云,同腐烂的尸体似的沉沉的盖在那里。 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
55 indigo 78FxQ     
  • The sky was indigo blue,and a great many stars were shining.天空一片深蓝,闪烁着点点繁星。
  • He slipped into an indigo tank.他滑落到蓝靛桶中。
56 writhed 7985cffe92f87216940f2d01877abcf6     
(因极度痛苦而)扭动或翻滚( writhe的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He writhed at the memory, revolted with himself for that temporary weakness. 他一想起来就痛悔不已,只恨自己当一时糊涂。
  • The insect, writhed, and lay prostrate again. 昆虫折腾了几下,重又直挺挺地倒了下去。
57 aged 6zWzdI     
  • He had put on weight and aged a little.他胖了,也老点了。
  • He is aged,but his memory is still good.他已年老,然而记忆力还好。
58 fangs d8ad5a608d5413636d95dfb00a6e7ac4     
n.(尤指狗和狼的)长而尖的牙( fang的名词复数 );(蛇的)毒牙;罐座
  • The dog fleshed his fangs in the deer's leg. 狗用尖牙咬住了鹿腿。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Dogs came lunging forward with their fangs bared. 狗龇牙咧嘴地扑过来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
59 tugged 8a37eb349f3c6615c56706726966d38e     
v.用力拉,使劲拉,猛扯( tug的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She tugged at his sleeve to get his attention. 她拽了拽他的袖子引起他的注意。
  • A wry smile tugged at the corner of his mouth. 他的嘴角带一丝苦笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
60 cinders cinders     
n.煤渣( cinder的名词复数 );炭渣;煤渣路;煤渣跑道
  • This material is variously termed ash, clinker, cinders or slag. 这种材料有不同的名称,如灰、炉渣、煤渣或矿渣。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Rake out the cinders before you start a new fire. 在重新点火前先把煤渣耙出来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
61 crumbling Pyaxy     
  • an old house with crumbling plaster and a leaking roof 一所灰泥剥落、屋顶漏水的老房子
  • The boat was tied up alongside a crumbling limestone jetty. 这条船停泊在一个摇摇欲坠的石灰岩码头边。
62 murky J1GyJ     
  • She threw it into the river's murky depths.她把它扔进了混浊的河水深处。
  • She had a decidedly murky past.她的历史背景令人捉摸不透。
63 collapse aWvyE     
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • The engineer made a complete diagnosis of the bridge's collapse.工程师对桥的倒塌做了一次彻底的调查分析。
64 haven 8dhzp     
  • It's a real haven at the end of a busy working day.忙碌了一整天后,这真是一个安乐窝。
  • The school library is a little haven of peace and quiet.学校的图书馆是一个和平且安静的小避风港。
65 intoxicating sqHzLB     
a. 醉人的,使人兴奋的
  • Power can be intoxicating. 权力能让人得意忘形。
  • On summer evenings the flowers gave forth an almost intoxicating scent. 夏日的傍晚,鲜花散发出醉人的芳香。
66 aroma Nvfz9     
  • The whole house was filled with the aroma of coffee.满屋子都是咖啡的香味。
  • The air was heavy with the aroma of the paddy fields.稻花飘香。
67 deformed iutzwV     
  • He was born with a deformed right leg.他出生时右腿畸形。
  • His body was deformed by leprosy.他的身体因为麻风病变形了。
68 scarlet zD8zv     
  • The scarlet leaves of the maples contrast well with the dark green of the pines.深红的枫叶和暗绿的松树形成了明显的对比。
  • The glowing clouds are growing slowly pale,scarlet,bright red,and then light red.天空的霞光渐渐地淡下去了,深红的颜色变成了绯红,绯红又变为浅红。
69 illuminated 98b351e9bc282af85e83e767e5ec76b8     
  • Floodlights illuminated the stadium. 泛光灯照亮了体育场。
  • the illuminated city at night 夜幕中万家灯火的城市
70 blotting 82f88882eee24a4d34af56be69fee506     
  • Water will permeate blotting paper. 水能渗透吸水纸。
  • One dab with blotting-paper and the ink was dry. 用吸墨纸轻轻按了一下,墨水就乾了。
71 rubble 8XjxP     
  • After the earthquake,it took months to clean up the rubble.地震后,花了数月才清理完瓦砾。
  • After the war many cities were full of rubble.战后许多城市到处可见颓垣残壁。
72 sanctuary iCrzE     
  • There was a sanctuary of political refugees behind the hospital.医院后面有一个政治难民的避难所。
  • Most countries refuse to give sanctuary to people who hijack aeroplanes.大多数国家拒绝对劫机者提供庇护。
73 grievances 3c61e53d74bee3976a6674a59acef792     
n.委屈( grievance的名词复数 );苦衷;不满;牢骚
  • The trade union leader spoke about the grievances of the workers. 工会领袖述说工人们的苦情。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • He gave air to his grievances. 他申诉了他的冤情。 来自《简明英汉词典》
74 heinous 6QrzC     
  • They admitted to the most heinous crimes.他们承认了极其恶劣的罪行。
  • I do not want to meet that heinous person.我不想见那个十恶不赦的人。
75 warfare XhVwZ     
  • He addressed the audience on the subject of atomic warfare.他向听众演讲有关原子战争的问题。
  • Their struggle consists mainly in peasant guerrilla warfare.他们的斗争主要是农民游击战。
76 meted 9eadd1a2304ecfb724677a9aeb1ee2ab     
v.(对某人)施以,给予(处罚等)( mete的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The severe punishment was meted out to the unruly hooligan. 对那个嚣张的流氓已给予严厉惩处。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The money was meted out only after it had been carefully counted. 钱只有仔细点过之后才分发。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
77 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。
78 waning waning     
adj.(月亮)渐亏的,逐渐减弱或变小的n.月亏v.衰落( wane的现在分词 );(月)亏;变小;变暗淡
  • Her enthusiasm for the whole idea was waning rapidly. 她对整个想法的热情迅速冷淡了下来。
  • The day is waning and the road is ending. 日暮途穷。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
79 touching sg6zQ9     
  • It was a touching sight.这是一幅动人的景象。
  • His letter was touching.他的信很感人。
80 watchful tH9yX     
  • The children played under the watchful eye of their father.孩子们在父亲的小心照看下玩耍。
  • It is important that health organizations remain watchful.卫生组织保持警惕是极为重要的。
81 repulsed 80c11efb71fea581c6fe3c4634a448e1     
v.击退( repulse的过去式和过去分词 );驳斥;拒绝
  • I was repulsed by the horrible smell. 这种可怕的气味让我恶心。
  • At the first brush,the enemy was repulsed. 敌人在第一次交火时就被击退了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
82 earthenware Lr5xL     
  • She made sure that the glassware and earthenware were always spotlessly clean.她总是把玻璃器皿和陶器洗刷得干干净净。
  • They displayed some bowls of glazed earthenware.他们展出了一些上釉的陶碗。
83 calves bb808da8ca944ebdbd9f1d2688237b0b     
n.(calf的复数)笨拙的男子,腓;腿肚子( calf的名词复数 );牛犊;腓;小腿肚v.生小牛( calve的第三人称单数 );(冰川)崩解;生(小牛等),产(犊);使(冰川)崩解
  • a cow suckling her calves 给小牛吃奶的母牛
  • The calves are grazed intensively during their first season. 小牛在生长的第一季里集中喂养。 来自《简明英汉词典》
84 mule G6RzI     
  • A mule is a cross between a mare and a donkey.骡子是母马和公驴的杂交后代。
  • He is an old mule.他是个老顽固。
85 willow bMFz6     
  • The river was sparsely lined with willow trees.河边疏疏落落有几棵柳树。
  • The willow's shadow falls on the lake.垂柳的影子倒映在湖面上。
86 growled 65a0c9cac661e85023a63631d6dab8a3     
v.(动物)发狺狺声, (雷)作隆隆声( growl的过去式和过去分词 );低声咆哮着说
  • \"They ought to be birched, \" growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他们应受到鞭打。” 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He growled out an answer. 他低声威胁着回答。 来自《简明英汉词典》
87 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》
88 amiably amiably     
  • She grinned amiably at us. 她咧着嘴向我们亲切地微笑。
  • Atheists and theists live together peacefully and amiably in this country. 无神论者和有神论者在该国和睦相处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
89 envious n8SyX     
  • I don't think I'm envious of your success.我想我并不嫉妒你的成功。
  • She is envious of Jane's good looks and covetous of her car.她既忌妒简的美貌又垂涎她的汽车。
90 bastard MuSzK     
  • He was never concerned about being born a bastard.他从不介意自己是私生子。
  • There was supposed to be no way to get at the bastard.据说没有办法买通那个混蛋。
91 crumpling 5ae34fb958cdc699149f8ae5626850aa     
压皱,弄皱( crumple的现在分词 ); 变皱
  • His crumpling body bent low from years of carrying heavy loads. 由于经年累月的负重,他那皱巴巴的身子被压得弯弯的。
  • This apparently took the starch out of the fast-crumpling opposition. 这显然使正在迅速崩溃的反对党泄了气。


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