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THREE Dog Ways 7
MOTHER’S HEALTH IMPROVED under the loving care of the lame1 woman Liu. She and Father hadbeen good friends, but after her rescue from the well they were like brother and sister. ThenGranddad came down with a serious case of typhoid fever, and at times he seemed on the brinkof death. Once, as he lay there semiconscious, he hallucinated that he smelled the sweet fragranceof sorghum2 porridge, so Father and the others quickly picked some sorghum, and the woman Liucooked it in front of Granddad until it was soft and pasty. After he ate a bowlful, the capillaries3 inhis nose burst and released a torrent4 of thick, dark blood. His appetite returned then, and he wason the mend. By mid-October, he was able to hobble out into the garden to soak up the warmrays of the late-autumn sun.
I heard that at the time a clash between the troops of Pocky Leng and Little Foot Jiangoccurred near Wang Gan Aqueduct, with heavy casualties on both sides. But Granddad was fartoo sick to worry about that – or anything else, for that matter.
Father and the others threw up a few temporary shelters in the village, then scavenged the junkpiles for the odds5 and ends they would need to harvest enough sorghum to get them through thewinter and the spring. Autumn rains had fallen steadily6 since the end of August, turning the darkearth into a sea of mud. Half of the rain-soaked stalks lay rotting on the ground, where the fallenseeds had taken root and were already beginning to germinate7. Tender green stalks crowded theirway through the spaces between the blue-grey and dark-red patches of decay, and the ears ofsorghum swayed in the air or dragged along the ground like bushy, matted foxtails. Steel-greyrainclouds, heavy with water, scurried8 across the sky, and cold, hard raindrops thudded into thestalks. Flocks of crows struggled to stay aloft on wings weighted down with moisture. Duringthose foggy days, sunlight was as precious as gold.
Father, who ruled the roost after Granddad fell ill, led Wang Guang, Dezhi, Guo Yang (whomwe called Gimpy), Blind Eye, and Beauty over to the marshland, where they fought the corpse-eating dogs with rifles. The ensuing battles would turn Father into a marksman.
Every once in a while, Granddad asked him weakly, ‘What are you doing, son?’
With a murderous frown creasing9 his brow, Father would say, ‘We’re killing10 the dogs, Dad!’
‘Let it lie,’ Granddad would say.
‘I can’t,’ Father would reply. ‘We can’t let them feed on people’s bodies.’
Nearly a thousand corpses11 had piled up in the marshland, all laid out by the Jiao-Gao soldiers,who lacked the time to give them a proper burial. The few spadefuls of dirt that had been tossedhaphazardly over the corpses were washed away by the autumn rains. The bloated corpsesproduced an exceptional stench that brought crows and mad dogs scurrying12 over to rip open theabdomens, which intensified13 the reek14 of death.
When the dog pack was at full strength, they were probably six hundred in all, made upprimarily of village dogs whose masters lay rotting in the marshland. The remainder, those thatcame and went in a frenzy15, were dogs from neighbouring villages that had homes to return to.
They were led by our family’s three dogs: Red, Green, and Blackie.
The hunters split up into three teams: Father and Mother, Wang Guang and Dezhi, Gimpy andBlind Eye. They dug trenches16 in the marshland and took up positions to watch the paths that hadbeen scratched out by the dogs. Father cradled his rifle; Mother held her carbine. ‘Douguan, whycan’t I hit what I’m shooting at?’ she asked.
‘You’re too eager. If you take careful aim and squeeze the trigger, you can’t miss.’
Father and Mother were watching the path in the southeast corner of the field, a two-foot-widewhite scar in the earth. The troops emerging onto this path were led by our dog Red, whose thickcoat shone after his rich diet of human corpses. His legs had grown firm and muscular from allthe exercise, and the battles with humans had put a keen edge on his intelligence.
The fog-shrouded17 paths were quiet when the sun’s red rays began to light up the sky. Thecanine forces had dwindled19 after a month of seesaw20 battles, so that the dogs lying among thecorpses probably numbered a hundred, and a couple of hundred others had deserted21. Theircombined forces now, in the neighbourhood of 230, tended to run in packs, and since Father andthe others were becoming better marksmen all the time, the dogs always left behind at least adozen corpses after each frenzied22 attack.
They were waiting for the dogs’ first sortie of the day, like people anticipating the arrival offood on the table. Noticing the rustling23 of distant stalks of sorghum, Father said softly, ‘Getready, here they come.’ Mother silently released the safety catch on her rifle and laid her cheekagainst the rain-soaked stock. The rustling movement flowed to the edge of the marshland like anocean wave, and Father could hear the panting dogs. He knew that hundreds of greedy canineeyes were fixed24 on the broken and severed25 limbs in the marshland, that the dogs’ red tongueswere licking the putrid26 remnants caught in the corners of their mouths, and that their stomachs,filled with green bile, were growling27.
As though on command, more than two hundred of them broke out of the sorghum field,barking madly. The fur on their necks stood straight up; bright coats glistened28 in the fog. WangGuang and Gimpy opened fire as the dogs ripped the flesh from the corpses with single-mindedferocity. The wounded dogs yelped29 in pain, while those that had been spared continued to tearfrantically at their prey31.
Father took aim at the head of a clumsy black dog and pulled the trigger. The dog yelped as thebullet shattered its ear. Then Father saw the head of a spotted32 white dog explode and the animalcrumple to the ground, a piece of dark intestine33 still in its mouth. It never made a sound. ‘Beauty,you hit it!’ he shouted.
‘Was it me?’ she squealed34 excitedly to Father, who had lined Red up in his sights. Hugging theground as he ran, he streaked35 from one patch of stalks to another. Father pulled the trigger andthe bullet whizzed past Red, barely missing his back. He picked up a woman’s bloated leg in hisrazor- sharp teeth and began to eat, each powerful bite making a loud crunch36 as the boneshattered. Mother fired; her bullet struck the dark earth in front of Red and spattered his face withmud. He shook his head violently, then picked up the pale leg and ran off. Wang Guang andDezhi wounded several dogs, whose blood smeared37 the corpses and whose whimpers struckterror into the hunters’ hearts.
When the pack retreated, the hunters closed up ranks so they could clean their weapons. Sincethey were running low on ammunition38, Father reminded them to make every bullet count,emphasising the importance of eliminating the leaders of the pack. ‘They’re as slippery asloaches,’ Wang Guang said. ‘They always slink away before I can reload.’
Dezhi blinked his rheumy eyes and said, ‘Douguan, how about a sneak39 attack?’
‘What do you mean?’
‘Well, they have to go somewhere to rest,’ Dezhi said, ‘and I’ll bet it’s near the Black WaterRiver. After stuffing their bellies40, they probably go there for the water.’
‘He’s got a point,’ Gimpy agreed.
‘Then let’s go,’ Father said.
‘Not so fast,’ Dezhi cautioned. ‘Let’s go back and get some grenades. We’ll blow ’em up.’
Father, Mother, Wang Guang, and Dezhi split up to follow two separate paths made by thedogs in the muddy earth, which had turned springy from all the claws that had passed over it. Thepaths led straight to the Black Water River, where Father and Mother could hear the roar of waterand the sounds of the dogs. The paths converged41 as they neared the riverbank to form a broadsingle path.
That’s where Father and Mother met up with Wang Guang and Dezhi. And that’s where theyspotted more than two hundred dogs spread out over the weed-covered riverbank; most werecrouching, although some were gnawing42 at shiny clods of black earth stuck between their toes. Afew stood at the water’s edge, raising their legs to piss into the river, while others were drinking.
Now that their bellies were full, they circled the area, passing dark-brown canine18 farts. Theweeds were nearly covered with reddish or white dogshit, and the odour of the turds and fartswas different from any Father and the others had ever smelled. It was easy to spot the threeleaders, even though they were spread out among the others.
‘Shall we toss them now, Douguan?’ Wang Guang asked.
‘Get ready,’ Father said. ‘We’ll lob them together.’
They were each holding two petal-shaped muskmelon hand grenades. After pulling the pins,they banged the grenades together. ‘Now!’ Father yelled, and eight arching missiles landed amidthe dogs, who first watched with curiosity as the black oblong objects fell from the sky, theninstinctively crouched43 down. Father marvelled44 at the incredible intelligence of the three dogsfrom our family, who cunningly flattened45 out on the ground just before the eight superiorJapanese grenades exploded, almost at the same instant, the frightful46 blast spraying dark shrapnelin all directions. A dozen or more dogs were blown to bits, at least twenty others gravelywounded. Dog blood and dog meat sailed into the air above the river and splattered on thesurface like hailstones. White eels47, blood eaters, swarmed48 to the spot, squealing49 as they foughtover the dog meat and dog blood. The pitiful whimpering of the wounded dogs was terrifying.
Those that had escaped injury scattered50, some dashing wildly down the riverbank, others leapinginto the Black Water River to swim frantically30 to the opposite bank.
Father wished he hadn’t left his rifle behind, for some of the dogs, blinded by the blast, wererunning in circles on the riverbank, whimpering in panic, their faces covered with blood. It was apitiful, exhilarating sight. Our three dogs swam across the river, followed by about thirty others,and clambered up onto the opposite bank with their tails between their legs, their wet fur stuck totheir skin; they, too, were a sorry sight, but once they reached solid ground, they shookthemselves violently, sending beads52 of water flying from their tails, their bellies, and their chins.
Red glared hatefully at Father and barked, as though accusing him and his friends of violating atacit agreement by invading their bivouac area and using new, cruelly undoglike weapons.
‘Lob some across the river!’ Father said.
They picked up more grenades and heaved them with all their might towards the oppositebank. When the dogs saw the black objects arching above the water, they raised an imploringhowl, as though calling for their mothers and fathers, then leaped and rolled down the riverbank,making a quick dash to the sorghum field on the southern bank. Father and the others weren’tstrong enough to reach the bank with their grenades, which landed harmlessly in the river andsent up four columns of silvery water. The surface roiled54 for a moment, as a school of fat whiteeels floated belly55 up.
The dogs stayed away from the sight of the massacre56 for two days following the sneak attack, atime during which canine and human forces maintained strict vigilance as they made battlepreparations.
Father and his friends, recognising the enormous power of the grenades, held a strategy sessionto find ways of putting them to even better use. When Wang Guang returned from areconnaissance mission to the riverbank, he brought news that all that remained were a fewcanine corpses, a blanket of fur and dogshit, and an overpowering stench. Not a single living dog– which meant they’d moved to another bivouac area.
According to Dezhi, since the leaders of the routed dog pack had been spared, it would only bea matter of time before they closed up ranks and returned to fight over the corpses. Theircounterattack was bound to be particularly ferocious57, since the survivors58 now had rich battleexperience.
The final suggestion was made by Mother, who recommended arming the wooden-handledgrenades and burying them along the paths. Her suggestion met with unanimous approval, sothey split up into groups to bury forty-three of the grenades beneath the three paths. Of the fifty-seven muskmelon grenades they’d started with, twelve had been used during the attack on theBlack Water River shoal, so there were forty-five left – fifteen for each group.
Cracks developed in the unity59 of the canine forces over the two days as a result of casualties anddesertion, which depleted60 their number to 120 or so. The three original brigades were reformedinto a single unified61 force of crack troops. Since their bivouac area had been overrun by thosefour bastards62 with their strange, exploding dung- beetles63, they were forced to move three lidownriver to a spot on the southern bank just east of the stone bridge.
It was to be a morning of great significance. The dogs, itching64 for a fight, snarled65 and snappedat one another as they made their way to the new bivouac area, sneaking66 an occasional glance attheir leaders, who were calmly sizing each other up. Once they reached a spot east of the bridge,they formed a circle on the shoal, sat back on their haunches, and howled at the overcast67 sky.
Blackie and Green were twitching68 noticeably, causing the fur on their backs to ripple69 like oceanwaves. Months of vagabond lives and feasting on rotting meat had awakened70 primal71 memoriesanaesthetised over aeons of domestication72. A hatred73 of humans – those two-legged creatures thatwalked erect74seethed75 in their hearts, and eating human flesh held greater significance than justfilling their growling bellies; more important was the vague sensation that they were exactingterrible revenge upon those rulers who had enslaved them and forced them into the demeaningexistence of living off scraps76. The only ones capable of translating these primitive77 impulses intohigh theory, however, were the three dogs from our family. That was why they enjoyed thesupport of the pack dogs, although that alone would have been insufficient78; their size andstrength, their quickness, and their willingness to martyr79 themselves by attacking withunparalleled ferocity all made them natural leaders. Now, though, they had begun to fight amongthemselves for sole dominion80 over the pack.
One of the battles occurred when a dog in Green’s brigade, an impudent81 male with thick lips,bulging eyes, and a coat of bluish fur, took liberties with a pretty spotted-faced female who wasone of Red’s favourites. Infuriated, Red charged the motley male and knocked him into the river.
After climbing out and shaking the water off his fur, Thick Lips launched into an angry tirade,which earned him the jeers82 of the other dogs.
Green barked loudly at Red to defend the honour of his brigade, but Red ignored him andknocked the motley cur back into the river. As he swam back to shore, his nostrils83 skimming thesurface, he looked like a huge river rat. The spotted-faced female stood beside Red, wagging hertail.
Green barked contemptuously at Red, who returned the insult.
Blackie placed himself between his two companions of earlier days, like a peacemaker.
Now that the dog pack was reassembled at a new bivouac area, they busied themselvesdrinking water and licking their wounds as the ancient rays of the sun danced on the surface ofthe gently flowing Black Water River. A wild rabbit raised its head on the embankment; scaredwitless by what it saw, it quietly slipped away.
In the warm mid-autumn sun, an atmosphere of lethargy settled over the dog pack. The threeleaders formed a seated triangle, eyes drooping84 as though reliving the past.
Red had led a peaceful life as a distillery watchdog. The two old yellows were still alive then,and even though there were occasional disputes among the five dogs, they were, for the mostpart, one big, happy family. He was the runt of the group, and once, when he developed a case ofscabies, the other dogs drove him away. So he went straight to the eastern compound to rollaround in the sorghum chaff85, and his skin cleared up. But he returned more antisocial than whenhe’d left, and was disgusted by how Blackie and Green fawned86 over the strong and bullied87 theweak, and by their smarmy88 tail-wagging.
Red sensed that the violent upheaval89 of the pack was a power struggle, and since the conflictshad been shifted onto the three leaders, the other dogs grew relatively90 peaceful. But the mangycur, who hadn’t mended his ways despite repeated warnings, was now trying to stir up troubleamong the other dogs in the pack.
The flash point was reached when an old bitch with a torn ear walked up to Blackie and put herwet, icy nose up against his, then turned and wagged her tail at him. Blackie got to his feet andbegan cavorting91 with his new paramour, while Red and Green looked on. Red quietly croucheddown and glanced over at Green, who sprang instantly and pinned the amorous92 Blackie to thebeach.
The dog pack stood as one to watch the fang-to-fang battle erupting in front of them.
Green, enjoying the element of surprise, quickly gained the advantage by burying his teeth inBlackie’s neck and shaking him violently. The green fur on his neck stood straight up as athunderous roar burst from his throat.
Blackie, whose head was spinning from the attack, jerked backward to free his neck from hisattacker’s jaws93, losing a chunk94 of flesh the size of a man’s palm. He stood up shakily, racked byspasms of pain and crazed with anger. He was seething95 over the perversely96 undoglike sneakattack by Green. Blackie barked furiously, lowered his head, and threw himself on Green, aimingstraight for his chest, into which he sank his teeth, peeling away a huge flap of skin. Greenimmediately went for Blackie’s wounded neck, but this time, not content with merely biting, hewas actually devouring97 the torn flesh.
Red got slowly to his feet and looked icily at Green and Blackie. Blackie’s neck was nearlybroken. He raised his head, but it drooped98 back down. He raised it again, and again it drooped.
Blood gushed99 from the wound. He was clearly finished. Green arrogantly100 bared his fangs101 andbarked triumphantly102. Then he turned, and was eyeball to eyeball with the long, cruelly mockingface of Red. Green shuddered103. Without warning, Red pounced104 on Green, using his favourite trickto flip105 the wounded dog over on his back, and before Green could scramble106 to his feet, Red hadburied his teeth into his chest and was pulling on the ripped flap of skin. With a powerful jerk ofhis head, he prised the skin loose, exposing the raw flesh beneath it. As Green struggled to hisfeet, the loose flap of skin hung down between his legs and brushed the ground. His whimpersignalled the knowledge that it was all over for him. Red walked up and drove his shoulder intohis barely standing107 victim, sending him tumbling to the ground, and before he could struggle tohis feet, he was swarmed over by a dense108 pack of dogs, whose fangs quickly turned him into abloody pulp109.
Now that Red had defeated his most powerful opponent, his tail shot up as he roared at thebattered and bloodied110 Blackie, who barked pitifully, his tail tucked between his legs. He lookedup at Red with despairing eyes, silently begging for mercy. But the other dogs, eager to bring thebattle to an end, rushed forward, forcing Blackie to make a suicidal leap into the river. His headbobbed into sight once or twice before he sank beneath the surface. A few gurgling bubbles rosefrom the depths.
The dogs formed a circle around Red, bared their teeth, and let forth111 celebratory howls at thebleached sun hanging in the sky on this rare clear day.
The sudden disappearance112 of the dog pack made Father and the others nervous and introducedchaos into their lives. A heavy autumn rain struck all living things with a monotonous113 sound. Thehunters had lost the stimulus114 of battling the mad dogs and had turned into addicts115 in need of a fix:
their noses ran, they yawned, they nodded off.
On the morning of the fourth day after the disappearance of the dog pack, Father and the otherslazily took up their positions at the edge of the marshland, watching the swirling116 mist andsmelling the stench of the land.
By then Gimpy had handed over his rifle and disappeared to a distant village to help his cousinrun an eatery. Since Blind Eye could not function alone, he stayed back in the tent, company formy ailing117 granddad. That left only Father, Mother, Wang Guang, and Dezhi.
‘Douguan,’ Mother said, ‘the dogs won’t come back. They’re scared of the grenades.’ Shegazed wistfully at the three dog paths, shrouded in mystery, more eager than the others to havethe dogs return. All her intelligence had telescoped into the forty-three wooden-handled grenadesburied in the paths.
‘Wang Guang,’ Father ordered, ‘make another reconnaissance!’
‘I just made one yesterday. There was a fight east of the bridge. Green’s dead. They must havesplit up,’ Wang Guang complained. ‘I say, instead of wasting our time here, we should go join upwith the Jiao-Gao forces.’
‘No,’ Father insisted, ‘they’ll be back. They’re not going to pass up a feast like this.’
‘There are corpses everywhere these days,’ Wang Guang argued. ‘Those dogs aren’t stupidenough to come looking for a meal of exploding hand grenades.’
‘It’s the number of corpses here,’ Father said. ‘They can’t bear to leave them.’
‘If we’re going to join up with anybody, let’s make it Pocky Leng’s troops. Those greyuniforms and leather belts are really impressive.’
‘Look over there!’ Mother said.
They crouched and watched the dog path where Mother was pointing. The sorghum stalks,pelted by sheets of glistening118 raindrops, were trembling. Everywhere you looked there weretightly woven clumps120 of delicate yellow shoots and seedlings121 that had sprouted122 out of season.
The air reeked123 with the odour of young seedlings, rotting sorghum, decaying corpses, anddogshit. The world facing Father and the others was filled with terror, filth124, and evil.
‘Here they come!’ Father said, betraying his excitement.
The sorghum canopy125 rustled126. The grenades hadn’t gone off.
‘Douguan,’ Mother said anxiously, ‘something’s wrong!’
‘Don’t panic,’ he said, ‘they’ll set them off any minute.’
‘Why not scatter51 them with our rifles?’ Dezhi asked.
Too impatient to wait, Mother fired off a round, causing a momentary127 confusion in thesorghum field, which was immediately engulfed128 by exploding grenades. Severed sorghum stalksand dog limbs flew into the sky; the painful whimpers of wounded dogs hung in the air. Moreexplosions sent shrapnel and debris129 whistling over the heads of Father and his friends.
Finally, a couple of dozen dogs emerged from the three paths, only to be met by gunfire thatsent them scurrying back into the protection of the sorghum. More explosions.
Mother leaped into the air and clapped her hands.
She and her friends were unaware130 of the changes in the canine forces. The shrewd Red, nowundisputed leader, had led his troops dozens of li away for a thorough reorganisation, and thislatest attack demonstrated a grasp of military strategy with which even humans, given all theirintelligence, could have found no fault. His enemy consisted of a few strange yet cannyyoungsters, including one who seemed vaguely131 familiar. Not until he’d disposed of those littlebastards would his pack be free to enjoy the feast set out in the marshland. So he sent a pointy-eared mongrel to lead half the dogs in a frontal charge from which there would be no retreat.
Meanwhile, he led sixty others in a flanking manoeuvre132 to the rear of the marshland, from wherethey could launch a surprise attack and tear those little bastards, who had blood on their hands, topieces. Just before setting out, Red, whose tail curled into the air, had brushed his cold nose upagainst the similarly cold noses of each of his troops, then had gnawed133 at the dried-mud clodsstuck to his claws. The others had done the same.
He had completed his flanking manoeuvre, and had his eyes on those wildly gesturing littlepeople, when he heard the explosions of the hand grenades. The sound struck terror in his heartand, as he immediately observed, threw his troops into a panic. The dogs were terrified, and heknew that if he shrank back now his army would be routed. So he bared his fangs and let loose ablood-curdling cry to the confused troops behind him. Then he turned and charged into Father’sencampment, his troops on his tail, like a sleek134, colourful, ground-hugging cloud.
‘Dogs behind us!’ Father shouted in alarm as he swung his rifle around and blew away one ofthe attackers without taking aim. The dog, a big brown beast, thudded to the ground, then wastrampled as the rest of the animals charged.
Wang Guang and Dezhi were firing as fast as they could, but for every dog that fell, severalmoved up to take its place. The dogs’ misanthropy had now climaxed135; their teeth glinted andtheir eyes shone like ripe red cherries. Wang Guang threw down his weapon, turned, and ran intothe marshland, where he was immediately surrounded by a dozen dogs. In an instant the littlefellow simply vanished. The animals, used to feeding on human beings, had become true wildbeasts, quick and skilful136 in their craft. They tore chunks137 out of Wang Guang and were soongnawing on his brittle138 bones.
Father, Mother, and Dezhi stood back to back, so terrified they were shaking like leaves.
Mother wet her pants. What began as a calm attack during which they picked off the dogs from adistance evaporated when Red’s troops surrounded them. They kept firing, killing and woundingdogs until their ammunition was exhausted139. Father’s bayonet, which glinted menacingly in thesun, posed a serious threat to the dogs; but Mother’s and Dezhi’s carbines had no bayonets, sothe circling dogs concentrated on them. Three backs were nearly fused together. They could feelone another shaking in fright. ‘Douguan,’ Mother murmured, ‘Douguan?.?.?.’
‘Don’t be scared,’ Father demanded. ‘Scream as loud as you can. Try to get my dad to come toour rescue.’
Seeing that Father was in charge, Red glared contemptuously at the bayonet out of the cornerof his eye.
‘Dad – help, save us!’ Father screamed.
‘Uncle – hurry!’ Mother cried at the top of her lungs.
A few of the dogs tried to mount an assault but were beaten back. Mother rammed140 the barrel ofher rifle into a charging dog’s mouth, knocking out two of its teeth. Another one recklesslycharged Father, whose bayonet sliced open its face. While his troops charged and fell back, Redcrouched on the perimeter141, his eyes riveted142 on Father.
The standoff continued for about as long as it takes to smoke a couple of pipefuls. Father’s legswere getting rubbery, and he could barely lift his arms. He screamed again for Granddad to comeand save them. Mother was pressed so tightly to him that he felt as though his back were upagainst a wall.
‘Douguan,’ whispered Dezhi, ‘I’ll draw them away so you two can escape.’
‘No!’ Father said emphatically.
‘Here I go!’
He burst out of the encampment and ran like the wind towards the sorghum field, with dozensof dogs on his heels. They quickly caught him and began tearing him to shreds143. But Father didn’tdare watch Dezhi’s agonies, for Red continued to stare at him without blinking.
Two Japanese grenades exploded in the sorghum field where Dezhi had fled. Bent144 by theconcussion, the stalks emitted a sigh that made the skin on Father’s cheeks crawl. First thesounds of broken canine bodies crashing to the ground, then the pitiful wails145 of dogs wounded inthe blasts frightened the ones circling Father and Mother. They backed off, giving Mother thechance she needed to take out a muskmelon grenade and lob it into their midst. They watched thescary black object arch toward them, then let out a howl before scattering146 in panic. But thegrenade fell harmlessly to the ground – she had forgotten to pull the pin. All the dogs fled, allexcept Red. When he saw Father turn to look at Mother, he sprang like lightning; the silvery raysof the sun struck this leader of dogs, his body forming a beautiful arc in the sky. InstinctivelyFather fell back, as Red’s claws slashed147 across his face.
The initial assault had failed, although a piece of skin the size of Father’s mouth had beenripped from his cheek, which was immediately covered with sticky blood. Red charged again,and this time Father raised his rifle to ward53 him off. Forcing the barrel of the rifle upward with hisfront paws, Red lowered his head to avoid the bayonet and lunged at Father’s chest. Fatherspotted the clump119 of white fur on Red’s belly and aimed a kick, just as Mother fell forward andknocked him flat on his back. Spotting his opportunity, Red fell on Father and shrewdly sank histeeth in his crotch at the very moment that Mother brought the butt148 of her rifle crashing down onhis bony skull149. Momentarily stunned150, he backed up a few steps, then sprang forward in anotherattack. He was maybe three feet in the air when his head suddenly slumped151 forward as a shotrang out. One of his eyes was smashed. Father and Mother looked up to see a spindly, hunched-over, white-haired old man, holding a scorched-looking wooden staff in his left hand and asmoking Japanese pistol in his right – it was Granddad.
He took a few faltering152 steps forward and cracked Red over the head with his staff. ‘Rebelbastard!’ he cursed. Red’s heart was still beating, his lungs were still heaving, his powerful hindlegs were scratching two deep furrows153 in the black earth. His rich, beautiful red fur blazed like amillion tongues of flame.


1 lame r9gzj     
  • The lame man needs a stick when he walks.那跛脚男子走路时需借助拐棍。
  • I don't believe his story.It'sounds a bit lame.我不信他讲的那一套。他的话听起来有些靠不住。
2 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。
3 capillaries d0d7ccc2f58ea09ec26e13a0d6ffd34a     
毛细管,毛细血管( capillary的名词复数 )
  • The blood flows from the capillaries back into the veins. 血从毛细血管流回静脉。
  • While Joe sleeps, a large percentage of his capillaries are inactive. 当乔睡觉时,他的毛细血管大部分是不工作的。
4 torrent 7GCyH     
  • The torrent scoured a channel down the hillside. 急流沿着山坡冲出了一条沟。
  • Her pent-up anger was released in a torrent of words.她压抑的愤怒以滔滔不绝的话爆发了出来。
5 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
6 steadily Qukw6     
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
7 germinate hgSx1     
  • Seeds will not germinate without water.没有水,种子是不会发芽的。
  • Can thin and hollow seeds germinate?瘦瘪的种子能够发芽吗?
8 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》
9 creasing a813d450f5ea9e39a92fe15f507ecbe9     
(使…)起折痕,弄皱( crease的现在分词 ); (皮肤)皱起,使起皱纹; 挑檐
  • "No, we mustn't use that money, Chiu," Feng Yun-ching gasped in horror, creasing his brow. “元丰庄上那一笔存款是不能动的。 来自子夜部分
  • In severe creasing the frictional resistance plays only a minor role in determining the crease resistance. 在严重的折皱作用下,摩擦阻力在织物抗折皱能力中仅居次要地位。
10 killing kpBziQ     
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
11 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
12 scurrying 294847ddc818208bf7d590895cd0b7c9     
v.急匆匆地走( scurry的现在分词 )
  • We could hear the mice scurrying about in the walls. 我们能听见老鼠在墙里乱跑。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • We were scurrying about until the last minute before the party. 聚会开始前我们一直不停地忙忙碌碌。 来自辞典例句
13 intensified 4b3b31dab91d010ec3f02bff8b189d1a     
v.(使)增强, (使)加剧( intensify的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Violence intensified during the night. 在夜间暴力活动加剧了。
  • The drought has intensified. 旱情加剧了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 reek 8tcyP     
  • Where there's reek,there's heat.哪里有恶臭,哪里必发热。
  • That reek is from the fox.那股恶臭是狐狸发出的。
15 frenzy jQbzs     
  • He was able to work the young students up into a frenzy.他能激起青年学生的狂热。
  • They were singing in a frenzy of joy.他们欣喜若狂地高声歌唱。
16 trenches ed0fcecda36d9eed25f5db569f03502d     
深沟,地沟( trench的名词复数 ); 战壕
  • life in the trenches 第一次世界大战期间的战壕生活
  • The troops stormed the enemy's trenches and fanned out across the fields. 部队猛攻敌人的战壕,并在田野上呈扇形散开。
17 shrouded 6b3958ee6e7b263c722c8b117143345f     
v.隐瞒( shroud的过去式和过去分词 );保密
  • The hills were shrouded in mist . 这些小山被笼罩在薄雾之中。
  • The towers were shrouded in mist. 城楼被蒙上薄雾。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 canine Lceyb     
  • The fox is a canine animal.狐狸是犬科动物。
  • Herbivorous animals have very small canine teeth,or none.食草动物的犬牙很小或者没有。
19 dwindled b4a0c814a8e67ec80c5f9a6cf7853aab     
v.逐渐变少或变小( dwindle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Support for the party has dwindled away to nothing. 支持这个党派的人渐渐化为乌有。
  • His wealth dwindled to nothingness. 他的钱财化为乌有。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 seesaw Xh3yf     
  • Prices have gone up and down like a seesaw this year.今年的价格像跷跷板一样时涨时跌。
  • The children are playing at seesaw.孩子们在玩跷跷板。
21 deserted GukzoL     
  • 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。
22 frenzied LQVzt     
  • Will this push him too far and lead to a frenzied attack? 这会不会逼他太甚,导致他进行疯狂的进攻?
  • Two teenagers carried out a frenzied attack on a local shopkeeper. 两名十几岁的少年对当地的一个店主进行了疯狂的袭击。
23 rustling c6f5c8086fbaf68296f60e8adb292798     
n. 瑟瑟声,沙沙声 adj. 发沙沙声的
  • the sound of the trees rustling in the breeze 树木在微风中发出的沙沙声
  • the soft rustling of leaves 树叶柔和的沙沙声
24 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
25 severed 832a75b146a8d9eacac9030fd16c0222     
v.切断,断绝( sever的过去式和过去分词 );断,裂
  • The doctor said I'd severed a vessel in my leg. 医生说我割断了腿上的一根血管。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We have severed diplomatic relations with that country. 我们与那个国家断绝了外交关系。 来自《简明英汉词典》
26 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。
27 growling growling     
n.吠声, 咆哮声 v.怒吠, 咆哮, 吼
  • We heard thunder growling in the distance. 我们听见远处有隆隆雷声。
  • The lay about the deck growling together in talk. 他们在甲板上到处游荡,聚集在一起发牢骚。
28 glistened 17ff939f38e2a303f5df0353cf21b300     
v.湿物闪耀,闪亮( glisten的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Pearls of dew glistened on the grass. 草地上珠露晶莹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Her eyes glistened with tears. 她的眼里闪着泪花。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
29 yelped 66cb778134d73b13ec6957fdf1b24074     
v.发出短而尖的叫声( yelp的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He yelped in pain when the horse stepped on his foot. 马踩了他的脚痛得他喊叫起来。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • A hound yelped briefly as a whip cracked. 鞭子一响,猎狗发出一阵嗥叫。 来自《简明英汉词典》
30 frantically ui9xL     
ad.发狂地, 发疯地
  • He dashed frantically across the road. 他疯狂地跑过马路。
  • She bid frantically for the old chair. 她发狂地喊出高价要买那把古老的椅子。
31 prey g1czH     
  • Stronger animals prey on weaker ones.弱肉强食。
  • The lion was hunting for its prey.狮子在寻找猎物。
32 spotted 7FEyj     
  • The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商从一群200头牛中选出有斑点的牛。
  • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯积了有斑点的短袜。
33 intestine rbpzY     
  • This vitamin is absorbed through the walls of the small intestine.这种维生素通过小肠壁被吸收。
  • The service productivity is the function,including external efficiency,intestine efficiency and capacity efficiency.服务业的生产率是一个包含有外部效率、内部效率和能力效率的函数。
34 squealed 08be5c82571f6dba9615fa69033e21b0     
v.长声尖叫,用长而尖锐的声音说( squeal的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He squealed the words out. 他吼叫着说出那些话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The brakes of the car squealed. 汽车的刹车发出吱吱声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
35 streaked d67e6c987d5339547c7938f1950b8295     
adj.有条斑纹的,不安的v.快速移动( streak的过去式和过去分词 );使布满条纹
  • The children streaked off as fast as they could. 孩子们拔脚飞跑 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • His face was pale and streaked with dirt. 他脸色苍白,脸上有一道道的污痕。 来自辞典例句
36 crunch uOgzM     
  • If it comes to the crunch they'll support us.关键时刻他们是会支持我们的。
  • People who crunch nuts at the movies can be very annoying.看电影时嘎吱作声地嚼干果的人会使人十分讨厌。
37 smeared c767e97773b70cc726f08526efd20e83     
弄脏; 玷污; 涂抹; 擦上
  • The children had smeared mud on the walls. 那几个孩子往墙上抹了泥巴。
  • A few words were smeared. 有写字被涂模糊了。
38 ammunition GwVzz     
  • A few of the jeeps had run out of ammunition.几辆吉普车上的弹药已经用光了。
  • They have expended all their ammunition.他们把弹药用光。
39 sneak vr2yk     
  • He raised his spear and sneak forward.他提起长矛悄悄地前进。
  • I saw him sneak away from us.我看见他悄悄地从我们身边走开。
40 bellies 573b19215ed083b0e01ff1a54e4199b2     
n.肚子( belly的名词复数 );腹部;(物体的)圆形或凸起部份;腹部…形的
  • They crawled along on their bellies. 他们匍匐前进。
  • starving children with huge distended bellies 鼓着浮肿肚子的挨饿儿童
41 converged 7de33615d7fbc1cb7bc608d12f1993d2     
v.(线条、运动的物体等)会于一点( converge的过去式 );(趋于)相似或相同;人或车辆汇集;聚集
  • Thousands of supporters converged on London for the rally. 成千上万的支持者从四面八方汇聚伦敦举行集会。
  • People converged on the political meeting from all parts of the city. 人们从城市的四面八方涌向这次政治集会。 来自《简明英汉词典》
42 gnawing GsWzWk     
  • The dog was gnawing a bone. 那狗在啃骨头。
  • These doubts had been gnawing at him for some time. 这些疑虑已经折磨他一段时间了。
43 crouched 62634c7e8c15b8a61068e36aaed563ab     
v.屈膝,蹲伏( crouch的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He crouched down beside her. 他在她的旁边蹲了下来。
  • The lion crouched ready to pounce. 狮子蹲下身,准备猛扑。
44 marvelled 11581b63f48d58076e19f7de58613f45     
v.惊奇,对…感到惊奇( marvel的过去式和过去分词 )
  • I marvelled that he suddenly left college. 我对他突然离开大学感到惊奇。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I marvelled at your boldness. 我对你的大胆感到惊奇。 来自《简明英汉词典》
45 flattened 1d5d9fedd9ab44a19d9f30a0b81f79a8     
  • She flattened her nose and lips against the window. 她把鼻子和嘴唇紧贴着窗户。
  • I flattened myself against the wall to let them pass. 我身体紧靠着墙让他们通过。
46 frightful Ghmxw     
  • How frightful to have a husband who snores!有一个发鼾声的丈夫多讨厌啊!
  • We're having frightful weather these days.这几天天气坏极了。
47 eels eels     
abbr. 电子发射器定位系统(=electronic emitter location system)
  • Eels have been on the feed in the Lower Thames. 鳗鱼在泰晤士河下游寻食。
  • She bought some eels for dinner. 她买回一些鳗鱼做晚餐。
48 swarmed 3f3ff8c8e0f4188f5aa0b8df54637368     
密集( swarm的过去式和过去分词 ); 云集; 成群地移动; 蜜蜂或其他飞行昆虫成群地飞来飞去
  • When the bell rang, the children swarmed out of the school. 铃声一响,孩子们蜂拥而出离开了学校。
  • When the rain started the crowd swarmed back into the hotel. 雨一开始下,人群就蜂拥回了旅社。
49 squealing b55ccc77031ac474fd1639ff54a5ad9e     
v.长声尖叫,用长而尖锐的声音说( squeal的现在分词 )
  • Pigs were grunting and squealing in the yard. 猪在院子里哼哼地叫个不停。
  • The pigs were squealing. 猪尖叫着。
50 scattered 7jgzKF     
  • 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。
51 scatter uDwzt     
  • You pile everything up and scatter things around.你把东西乱堆乱放。
  • Small villages scatter at the foot of the mountain.村庄零零落落地散布在山脚下。
52 beads 894701f6859a9d5c3c045fd6f355dbf5     
n.(空心)小珠子( bead的名词复数 );水珠;珠子项链
  • a necklace of wooden beads 一条木珠项链
  • Beads of perspiration stood out on his forehead. 他的前额上挂着汗珠。
53 ward LhbwY     
  • The hospital has a medical ward and a surgical ward.这家医院有内科病房和外科病房。
  • During the evening picnic,I'll carry a torch to ward off the bugs.傍晚野餐时,我要点根火把,抵挡蚊虫。
54 roiled 0ba0e552298d089c7bb10f9d69827246     
v.搅混(液体)( roil的过去式和过去分词 );使烦恼;使不安;使生气
  • American society is being roiled by the controversy over homosexual marriage. 当今美国社会正被有关同性恋婚姻的争论搞得不得安宁。 来自互联网
  • In the past few months, instability has roiled Tibet and Tibetan-inhabited areas. 在过去的几个月里,西藏和藏人居住区不稳定。 来自互联网
55 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。
56 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!
57 ferocious ZkNxc     
  • The ferocious winds seemed about to tear the ship to pieces.狂风仿佛要把船撕成碎片似的。
  • The ferocious panther is chasing a rabbit.那只凶猛的豹子正追赶一只兔子。
58 survivors 02ddbdca4c6dba0b46d9d823ed2b4b62     
幸存者,残存者,生还者( survivor的名词复数 )
  • The survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for six days. 幸存者在救生艇上漂流了六天。
  • survivors clinging to a raft 紧紧抓住救生筏的幸存者
59 unity 4kQwT     
  • When we speak of unity,we do not mean unprincipled peace.所谓团结,并非一团和气。
  • We must strengthen our unity in the face of powerful enemies.大敌当前,我们必须加强团结。
60 depleted 31d93165da679292f22e5e2e5aa49a03     
adj. 枯竭的, 废弃的 动词deplete的过去式和过去分词
  • Food supplies were severely depleted. 食物供应已严重不足。
  • Both teams were severely depleted by injuries. 两个队都因队员受伤而实力大减。
61 unified 40b03ccf3c2da88cc503272d1de3441c     
(unify 的过去式和过去分词); 统一的; 统一标准的; 一元化的
  • The teacher unified the answer of her pupil with hers. 老师核对了学生的答案。
  • The First Emperor of Qin unified China in 221 B.C. 秦始皇于公元前221年统一中国。
62 bastards 19876fc50e51ba427418f884ba64c288     
私生子( bastard的名词复数 ); 坏蛋; 讨厌的事物; 麻烦事 (认为别人走运或不幸时说)家伙
  • Those bastards don't care a damn about the welfare of the factory! 这批狗养的,不顾大局! 来自子夜部分
  • Let the first bastards to find out be the goddam Germans. 就让那些混账的德国佬去做最先发现的倒霉鬼吧。 来自演讲部分
63 beetles e572d93f9d42d4fe5aa8171c39c86a16     
n.甲虫( beetle的名词复数 )
  • Beetles bury pellets of dung and lay their eggs within them. 甲壳虫把粪粒埋起来,然后在里面产卵。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This kind of beetles have hard shell. 这类甲虫有坚硬的外壳。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
64 itching wqnzVZ     
adj.贪得的,痒的,渴望的v.发痒( itch的现在分词 )
  • The itching was almost more than he could stand. 他痒得几乎忍不住了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • My nose is itching. 我的鼻子发痒。 来自《简明英汉词典》
65 snarled ti3zMA     
v.(指狗)吠,嗥叫, (人)咆哮( snarl的过去式和过去分词 );咆哮着说,厉声地说
  • The dog snarled at us. 狗朝我们低声吼叫。
  • As I advanced towards the dog, It'snarled and struck at me. 我朝那条狗走去时,它狂吠着向我扑来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
66 sneaking iibzMu     
  • She had always had a sneaking affection for him. 以前她一直暗暗倾心于他。
  • She ducked the interviewers by sneaking out the back door. 她从后门偷偷溜走,躲开采访者。
67 overcast cJ2xV     
  • The overcast and rainy weather found out his arthritis.阴雨天使他的关节炎发作了。
  • The sky is overcast with dark clouds.乌云满天。
68 twitching 97f99ba519862a2bc691c280cee4d4cf     
  • The child in a spasm kept twitching his arms and legs. 那个害痉挛的孩子四肢不断地抽搐。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • My eyelids keep twitching all the time. 我眼皮老是跳。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
69 ripple isLyh     
n.涟波,涟漪,波纹,粗钢梳;vt.使...起涟漪,使起波纹; vi.呈波浪状,起伏前进
  • The pebble made a ripple on the surface of the lake.石子在湖面上激起一个涟漪。
  • The small ripple split upon the beach.小小的涟漪卷来,碎在沙滩上。
70 awakened de71059d0b3cd8a1de21151c9166f9f0     
v.(使)醒( awaken的过去式和过去分词 );(使)觉醒;弄醒;(使)意识到
  • She awakened to the sound of birds singing. 她醒来听到鸟的叫声。
  • The public has been awakened to the full horror of the situation. 公众完全意识到了这一状况的可怕程度。 来自《简明英汉词典》
71 primal bB9yA     
  • Jealousy is a primal emotion.嫉妒是最原始的情感。
  • Money was a primal necessity to them.对于他们,钱是主要的需要。
72 domestication a412c94ddc4dddbce0e57281001e9ede     
  • The first was the domestication of animals. 第一个阶段是驯养动物。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • In northwestern China, there is no evidence for endemic domestication of any animals. 在中国西北,没有任何当地动物驯化的迹象。 来自辞典例句
73 hatred T5Gyg     
  • 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。
74 erect 4iLzm     
  • 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。
75 seethed 9421e7f0215c1a9ead7d20695b8a9883     
(液体)沸腾( seethe的过去式和过去分词 ); 激动,大怒; 强压怒火; 生闷气(~with sth|~ at sth)
  • She seethed silently in the corner. 她在角落里默默地生闷气。
  • He seethed with rage as the train left without him. 他误了火车,怒火中烧。
76 scraps 737e4017931b7285cdd1fa3eb9dd77a3     
  • Don't litter up the floor with scraps of paper. 不要在地板上乱扔纸屑。
  • A patchwork quilt is a good way of using up scraps of material. 做杂拼花布棉被是利用零碎布料的好办法。
77 primitive vSwz0     
  • It is a primitive instinct to flee a place of danger.逃离危险的地方是一种原始本能。
  • His book describes the march of the civilization of a primitive society.他的著作描述了一个原始社会的开化过程。
78 insufficient L5vxu     
  • There was insufficient evidence to convict him.没有足够证据给他定罪。
  • In their day scientific knowledge was insufficient to settle the matter.在他们的时代,科学知识还不能足以解决这些问题。
79 martyr o7jzm     
  • The martyr laid down his life for the cause of national independence.这位烈士是为了民族独立的事业而献身的。
  • The newspaper carried the martyr's photo framed in black.报上登载了框有黑边的烈士遗像。
80 dominion FmQy1     
  • Alexander held dominion over a vast area.亚历山大曾统治过辽阔的地域。
  • In the affluent society,the authorities are hardly forced to justify their dominion.在富裕社会里,当局几乎无需证明其统治之合理。
81 impudent X4Eyf     
  • She's tolerant toward those impudent colleagues.她对那些无礼的同事采取容忍的态度。
  • The teacher threatened to kick the impudent pupil out of the room.老师威胁着要把这无礼的小学生撵出教室。
82 jeers d9858f78aeeb4000621278b471b36cdc     
n.操纵帆桁下部(使其上下的)索具;嘲讽( jeer的名词复数 )v.嘲笑( jeer的第三人称单数 )
  • They shouted jeers at him. 他们大声地嘲讽他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The jeers from the crowd caused the speaker to leave the platform. 群众的哄笑使讲演者离开讲台。 来自辞典例句
83 nostrils 23a65b62ec4d8a35d85125cdb1b4410e     
鼻孔( nostril的名词复数 )
  • Her nostrils flared with anger. 她气得两个鼻孔都鼓了起来。
  • The horse dilated its nostrils. 马张大鼻孔。
84 drooping drooping     
adj. 下垂的,无力的 动词droop的现在分词
  • The drooping willows are waving gently in the morning breeze. 晨风中垂柳袅袅。
  • The branches of the drooping willows were swaying lightly. 垂柳轻飘飘地摆动。
85 chaff HUGy5     
  • I didn't mind their chaff.我不在乎他们的玩笑。
  • Old birds are not caught with chaff.谷糠难诱老雀。
86 fawned e0524baa230d9db2cea3c53dc99ba3f6     
v.(尤指狗等)跳过来往人身上蹭以示亲热( fawn的过去式和过去分词 );巴结;讨好
  • The dog fawned on [upon] the boy. 那条狗向那少年摇尾乞怜。 来自辞典例句
  • The lion, considering him attentively, and remembering his former friend, fawned upon him. 狮子将他仔细地打量了一番,记起他就是从前的那个朋友,于是亲昵地偎在他身旁。 来自辞典例句
87 bullied 2225065183ebf4326f236cf6e2003ccc     
adj.被欺负了v.恐吓,威逼( bully的过去式和过去分词 )
  • My son is being bullied at school. 我儿子在学校里受欺负。
  • The boy bullied the small girl into giving him all her money. 那男孩威逼那个小女孩把所有的钱都给他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
88 smarmy ixLwI     
  • I hate his smarmy compliments.我痛恨他拍马屁的恭维。
  • Rick is slightly smarmy and eager to impress.里克有些好奉承,急着要给人留下好印象。
89 upheaval Tp6y1     
  • It was faced with the greatest social upheaval since World War Ⅱ.它面临第二次世界大战以来最大的社会动乱。
  • The country has been thrown into an upheaval.这个国家已经陷入动乱之中。
90 relatively bkqzS3     
  • The rabbit is a relatively recent introduction in Australia.兔子是相对较新引入澳大利亚的物种。
  • The operation was relatively painless.手术相对来说不痛。
91 cavorting 64e36f0c70291bcfdffc599496c4bd28     
v.跳跃( cavort的现在分词 )
  • The photos showed her cavorting on the beach with her new lover. 这些照片展现了她和新情人在海滩上放荡嬉戏的情景。
  • If her heart would only stop bumping and drumming and cavorting. 要是她那颗心停止冲撞、轰鸣、急跳,那该多舒服啊! 来自飘(部分)
92 amorous Menys     
  • They exchanged amorous glances and clearly made known their passions.二人眉来眼去,以目传情。
  • She gave him an amorous look.她脉脉含情的看他一眼。
93 jaws cq9zZq     
  • The antelope could not escape the crocodile's gaping jaws. 那只羚羊无法从鱷鱼张开的大口中逃脱。
  • The scored jaws of a vise help it bite the work. 台钳上有刻痕的虎钳牙帮助它紧咬住工件。
94 chunk Kqwzz     
  • They had to be careful of floating chunks of ice.他们必须当心大块浮冰。
  • The company owns a chunk of farmland near Gatwick Airport.该公司拥有盖特威克机场周边的大片农田。
95 seething e6f773e71251620fed3d8d4245606fcf     
  • The stadium was a seething cauldron of emotion. 体育场内群情沸腾。
  • The meeting hall was seething at once. 会场上顿时沸腾起来了。
96 perversely 8be945d3748a381de483d070ad2ad78a     
adv. 倔强地
  • Intelligence in the mode of passion is always perversely. 受激情属性控制的智力,总是逆着活动的正确方向行事。
  • She continue, perversely, to wear shoes that damaged her feet. 她偏偏穿那双挤脚的鞋。
97 devouring c4424626bb8fc36704aee0e04e904dcf     
吞没( devour的现在分词 ); 耗尽; 津津有味地看; 狼吞虎咽地吃光
  • The hungry boy was devouring his dinner. 那饥饿的孩子狼吞虎咽地吃饭。
  • He is devouring novel after novel. 他一味贪看小说。
98 drooped ebf637c3f860adcaaf9c11089a322fa5     
弯曲或下垂,发蔫( droop的过去式和过去分词 )
  • 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。
99 gushed de5babf66f69bac96b526188524783de     
v.喷,涌( gush的过去式和过去分词 );滔滔不绝地说话
  • Oil gushed from the well. 石油从井口喷了出来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Clear water gushed into the irrigational channel. 清澈的水涌进了灌溉渠道。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
100 arrogantly bykztA     
  • The consular porter strode arrogantly ahead with his light swinging. 领事馆的门房提着摇来晃去的灯,在前面大摇大摆地走着。
  • It made his great nose protrude more arrogantly. 这就使得他的大鼻子更加傲慢地翘起来。
101 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》
102 triumphantly 9fhzuv     
  • The lion was roaring triumphantly. 狮子正在发出胜利的吼叫。
  • Robert was looking at me triumphantly. 罗伯特正得意扬扬地看着我。
103 shuddered 70137c95ff493fbfede89987ee46ab86     
v.战栗( shudder的过去式和过去分词 );发抖;(机器、车辆等)突然震动;颤动
  • He slammed on the brakes and the car shuddered to a halt. 他猛踩刹车,车颤抖着停住了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I shuddered at the sight of the dead body. 我一看见那尸体就战栗。 来自《简明英汉词典》
104 pounced 431de836b7c19167052c79f53bdf3b61     
v.突然袭击( pounce的过去式和过去分词 );猛扑;一眼看出;抓住机会(进行抨击)
  • As soon as I opened my mouth, the teacher pounced on me. 我一张嘴就被老师抓住呵斥了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The police pounced upon the thief. 警察向小偷扑了过去。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
105 flip Vjwx6     
  • I had a quick flip through the book and it looked very interesting.我很快翻阅了一下那本书,看来似乎很有趣。
  • Let's flip a coin to see who pays the bill.咱们来抛硬币决定谁付钱。
106 scramble JDwzg     
  • He broke his leg in his scramble down the wall.他爬墙摔断了腿。
  • It was a long scramble to the top of the hill.到山顶须要爬登一段长路。
107 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
108 dense aONzX     
  • The general ambushed his troops in the dense woods. 将军把部队埋伏在浓密的树林里。
  • The path was completely covered by the dense foliage. 小路被树叶厚厚地盖了一层。
109 pulp Qt4y9     
  • The pulp of this watermelon is too spongy.这西瓜瓤儿太肉了。
  • The company manufactures pulp and paper products.这个公司制造纸浆和纸产品。
110 bloodied f2573ec56eb96f1ea4f1cc51207f137f     
v.血污的( bloody的过去式和过去分词 );流血的;屠杀的;残忍的
  • his bruised and bloodied nose 他沾满血的青肿的鼻子
  • His pants leg was torn and bloodied when he fell. 他跌交时裤腿破了,还染上了血。 来自辞典例句
111 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。
112 disappearance ouEx5     
  • He was hard put to it to explain her disappearance.他难以说明她为什么不见了。
  • Her disappearance gave rise to the wildest rumours.她失踪一事引起了各种流言蜚语。
113 monotonous FwQyJ     
  • She thought life in the small town was monotonous.她觉得小镇上的生活单调而乏味。
  • His articles are fixed in form and monotonous in content.他的文章千篇一律,一个调调儿。
114 stimulus 3huyO     
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
115 addicts abaa34ffd5d9e0d57b7acefcb3539d0c     
有…瘾的人( addict的名词复数 ); 入迷的人
  • a unit for rehabilitating drug addicts 帮助吸毒者恢复正常生活的机构
  • There is counseling to help Internet addicts?even online. 有咨询机构帮助网络沉迷者。 来自超越目标英语 第3册
116 swirling Ngazzr     
v.旋转,打旋( swirl的现在分词 )
  • Snowflakes were swirling in the air. 天空飘洒着雪花。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • She smiled, swirling the wine in her glass. 她微笑着,旋动着杯子里的葡萄酒。 来自辞典例句
117 ailing XzzzbA     
  • They discussed the problems ailing the steel industry. 他们讨论了困扰钢铁工业的问题。
  • She looked after her ailing father. 她照顾有病的父亲。
118 glistening glistening     
adj.闪耀的,反光的v.湿物闪耀,闪亮( glisten的现在分词 )
  • 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》
119 clump xXfzH     
  • A stream meandered gently through a clump of trees.一条小溪从树丛中蜿蜒穿过。
  • It was as if he had hacked with his thick boots at a clump of bluebells.仿佛他用自己的厚靴子无情地践踏了一丛野风信子。
120 clumps a9a186997b6161c6394b07405cf2f2aa     
n.(树、灌木、植物等的)丛、簇( clump的名词复数 );(土、泥等)团;块;笨重的脚步声v.(树、灌木、植物等的)丛、簇( clump的第三人称单数 );(土、泥等)团;块;笨重的脚步声
  • These plants quickly form dense clumps. 这些植物很快形成了浓密的树丛。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The bulbs were over. All that remained of them were clumps of brown leaves. 这些鳞茎死了,剩下的只是一丛丛的黃叶子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
121 seedlings b277b580afbd0e829dcc6bdb776b4a06     
n.刚出芽的幼苗( seedling的名词复数 )
  • Ninety-five per cent of the new seedlings have survived. 新栽的树苗95%都已成活。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • In such wet weather we must prevent the seedlings from rotting. 这样的阴雨天要防止烂秧。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
122 sprouted 6e3d9efcbfe061af8882b5b12fd52864     
v.发芽( sprout的过去式和过去分词 );抽芽;出现;(使)涌现出
  • We can't use these potatoes; they've all sprouted. 这些土豆儿不能吃了,都出芽了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The rice seeds have sprouted. 稻种已经出芽了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
123 reeked eec3a20cf06a5da2657f6426748446ba     
v.发出浓烈的臭气( reek的过去式和过去分词 );散发臭气;发出难闻的气味 (of sth);明显带有(令人不快或生疑的跡象)
  • His breath reeked of tobacco. 他满嘴烟臭味。
  • His breath reeked of tobacco. 他满嘴烟臭味。 来自《简明英汉词典》
124 filth Cguzj     
  • 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。
125 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。
126 rustled f68661cf4ba60e94dc1960741a892551     
v.发出沙沙的声音( rustle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He rustled his papers. 他把试卷弄得沙沙地响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Leaves rustled gently in the breeze. 树叶迎着微风沙沙作响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
127 momentary hj3ya     
  • 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。
128 engulfed 52ce6eb2bc4825e9ce4b243448ffecb3     
v.吞没,包住( engulf的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He was engulfed by a crowd of reporters. 他被一群记者团团围住。
  • The little boat was engulfed by the waves. 小船被波浪吞没了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
129 debris debris     
  • After the bombing there was a lot of debris everywhere.轰炸之后到处瓦砾成堆。
  • Bacteria sticks to food debris in the teeth,causing decay.细菌附着在牙缝中的食物残渣上,导致蛀牙。
130 unaware Pl6w0     
  • They were unaware that war was near. 他们不知道战争即将爆发。
  • I was unaware of the man's presence. 我没有察觉到那人在场。
131 vaguely BfuzOy     
  • He had talked vaguely of going to work abroad.他含糊其词地说了到国外工作的事。
  • He looked vaguely before him with unseeing eyes.他迷迷糊糊的望着前面,对一切都视而不见。
132 manoeuvre 4o4zbM     
  • Her withdrawal from the contest was a tactical manoeuvre.她退出比赛是一个战术策略。
  • The clutter of ships had little room to manoeuvre.船只橫七竖八地挤在一起,几乎没有多少移动的空间。
133 gnawed 85643b5b73cc74a08138f4534f41cef1     
咬( gnaw的过去式和过去分词 ); (长时间) 折磨某人; (使)苦恼; (长时间)危害某事物
  • His attitude towards her gnawed away at her confidence. 他对她的态度一直在削弱她的自尊心。
  • The root of this dead tree has been gnawed away by ants. 这棵死树根被蚂蚁唼了。
134 sleek zESzJ     
  • Women preferred sleek,shiny hair with little decoration.女士们更喜欢略加修饰的光滑闪亮型秀发。
  • The horse's coat was sleek and glossy.这匹马全身润泽有光。
135 climaxed 8175d603130018ee91aadbee1916fe4a     
vt.& vi.达到顶点(climax的过去式与过去分词形式)
  • The demonstration climaxed two weeks of strikes. 游行示威将持续了两周的罢工推向了高潮。 来自辞典例句
  • His election to the presidency climaxed his political career. 他的当选为总统使他的政治生涯达到最高峰。 来自辞典例句
136 skilful 8i2zDY     
  • The more you practise,the more skilful you'll become.练习的次数越多,熟练的程度越高。
  • He's not very skilful with his chopsticks.他用筷子不大熟练。
137 chunks a0e6aa3f5109dc15b489f628b2f01028     
厚厚的一块( chunk的名词复数 ); (某物)相当大的数量或部分
  • a tin of pineapple chunks 一罐菠萝块
  • Those chunks of meat are rather large—could you chop them up a bIt'smaller? 这些肉块相当大,还能再切小一点吗?
138 brittle IWizN     
  • The pond was covered in a brittle layer of ice.池塘覆盖了一层易碎的冰。
  • She gave a brittle laugh.她冷淡地笑了笑。
139 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。
140 rammed 99b2b7e6fc02f63b92d2b50ea750a532     
v.夯实(土等)( ram的过去式和过去分词 );猛撞;猛压;反复灌输
  • Two passengers were injured when their taxi was rammed from behind by a bus. 公共汽车从后面撞来,出租车上的两位乘客受了伤。
  • I rammed down the earth around the newly-planted tree. 我将新栽的树周围的土捣硬。 来自《简明英汉词典》
141 perimeter vSxzj     
  • The river marks the eastern perimeter of our land.这条河标示我们的土地东面的边界。
  • Drinks in hands,they wandered around the perimeter of the ball field.他们手里拿着饮料在球场周围漫不经心地遛跶。
142 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。
143 shreds 0288daa27f5fcbe882c0eaedf23db832     
v.撕碎,切碎( shred的第三人称单数 );用撕毁机撕毁(文件)
  • Peel the carrots and cut them into shreds. 将胡罗卜削皮,切成丝。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I want to take this diary and rip it into shreds. 我真想一赌气扯了这日记。 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
144 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。
145 wails 6fc385b881232f68e3c2bd9685a7fcc7     
痛哭,哭声( wail的名词复数 )
  • The child burst into loud wails. 那个孩子突然大哭起来。
  • Through this glaciated silence the white wails of the apartment fixed arbitrary planes. 在这冰封似的沉寂中,公寓的白色墙壁构成了一个个任意的平面。 来自英汉非文学 - 科幻
146 scattering 91b52389e84f945a976e96cd577a4e0c     
  • The child felle into a rage and began scattering its toys about. 这孩子突发狂怒,把玩具扔得满地都是。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The farmers are scattering seed. 农夫们在播种。 来自《简明英汉词典》
147 slashed 8ff3ba5a4258d9c9f9590cbbb804f2db     
v.挥砍( slash的过去式和过去分词 );鞭打;割破;削减
  • Someone had slashed the tyres on my car. 有人把我的汽车轮胎割破了。
  • He slashed the bark off the tree with his knife. 他用刀把树皮从树上砍下。 来自《简明英汉词典》
148 butt uSjyM     
  • The water butt catches the overflow from this pipe.大水桶盛接管子里流出的东西。
  • He was the butt of their jokes.他是他们的笑柄。
149 skull CETyO     
  • The skull bones fuse between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five.头骨在15至25岁之间长合。
  • He fell out of the window and cracked his skull.他从窗子摔了出去,跌裂了颅骨。
150 stunned 735ec6d53723be15b1737edd89183ec2     
adj. 震惊的,惊讶的 动词stun的过去式和过去分词
  • The fall stunned me for a moment. 那一下摔得我昏迷了片刻。
  • The leaders of the Kopper Company were then stunned speechless. 科伯公司的领导们当时被惊得目瞪口呆。
151 slumped b010f9799fb8ebd413389b9083180d8d     
大幅度下降,暴跌( slump的过去式和过去分词 ); 沉重或突然地落下[倒下]
  • Sales have slumped this year. 今年销售量锐减。
  • The driver was slumped exhausted over the wheel. 司机伏在方向盘上,疲惫得睡着了。
152 faltering b25bbdc0788288f819b6e8b06c0a6496     
  • The economy shows no signs of faltering. 经济没有衰退的迹象。
  • I canfeel my legs faltering. 我感到我的腿在颤抖。
153 furrows 4df659ff2160099810bd673d8f892c4f     
n.犁沟( furrow的名词复数 );(脸上的)皱纹v.犁田,开沟( furrow的第三人称单数 )
  • I could tell from the deep furrows in her forehead that she was very disturbed by the news. 从她额头深深的皱纹上,我可以看出她听了这个消息非常不安。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Dirt bike trails crisscrossed the grassy furrows. 越野摩托车的轮迹纵横交错地布满条条草沟。 来自辞典例句


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