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Chapter 16

When Archer1 walked down the sandy main street of St. Augustine to the house which had been pointed2 out to him as Mr. Welland's, and saw May Welland standing3 under a magnolia with the sun in her hair, he wondered why he had waited so long to come.

Here was the truth, here was reality, here was the life that belonged to him; and he, who fancied himself so scornful of arbitrary restraints, had been afraid to break away from his desk because of what people might think of his stealing a holiday!

Her first exclamation4 was: "Newland--has anything happened?" and it occurred to him that it would have been more "feminine" if she had instantly read in his eyes why he had come. But when he answered: "Yes--I found I had to see you," her happy blushes took the chill from her surprise, and he saw how easily he would be forgiven, and how soon even Mr. Letterblair's mild disapproval5 would be smiled away by a tolerant family.

Early as it was, the main street was no place for any but formal greetings, and Archer longed to be alone with May, and to pour out all his tenderness and his impatience6. It still lacked an hour to the late Welland breakfast-time, and instead of asking him to come in she proposed that they should walk out to an old orange-garden beyond the town. She had just been for a row on the river, and the sun that netted the little waves with gold seemed to have caught her in its meshes7. Across the warm brown of her cheek her blown hair glittered like silver wire; and her eyes too looked lighter8, almost pale in their youthful limpidity9. As she walked beside Archer with her long swinging gait her face wore the vacant serenity10 of a young marble athlete.

To Archer's strained nerves the vision was as soothing11 as the sight of the blue sky and the lazy river. They sat down on a bench under the orange-trees and he put his arm about her and kissed her. It was like drinking at a cold spring with the sun on it; but his pressure may have been more vehement12 than he had intended, for the blood rose to her face and she drew back as if he had startled her.

"What is it?" he asked, smiling; and she looked at him with surprise, and answered: "Nothing."

A slight embarrassment13 fell on them, and her hand slipped out of his. It was the only time that he had kissed her on the lips except for their fugitive14 embrace in the Beaufort conservatory15, and he saw that she was disturbed, and shaken out of her cool boyish composure.

"Tell me what you do all day," he said, crossing his arms under his tilted-back head, and pushing his hat forward to screen the sun-dazzle. To let her talk about familiar and simple things was the easiest way of carrying on his own independent train of thought; and he sat listening to her simple chronicle of swimming, sailing and riding, varied16 by an occasional dance at the primitive17 inn when a man-of-war came in. A few pleasant people from Philadelphia and Baltimore were picknicking at the inn, and the Selfridge Merrys had come down for three weeks because Kate Merry had had bronchitis. They were planning to lay out a lawn tennis court on the sands; but no one but Kate and May had racquets, and most of the people had not even heard of the game.

All this kept her very busy, and she had not had time to do more than look at the little vellum book that Archer had sent her the week before (the "Sonnets18 from the Portuguese"); but she was learning by heart "How they brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix," because it was one of the first things he had ever read to her; and it amused her to be able to tell him that Kate Merry had never even heard of a poet called Robert Browning.

Presently she started up, exclaiming that they would be late for breakfast; and they hurried back to the tumble-down house with its pointless porch and unpruned hedge of plumbago and pink geraniums where the Wellands were installed for the winter. Mr. Welland's sensitive domesticity shrank from the discomforts19 of the slovenly20 southern hotel, and at immense expense, and in face of almost insuperable difficulties, Mrs. Welland was obliged, year after year, to improvise21 an establishment partly made up of discontented New York servants and partly drawn22 from the local African supply.

"The doctors want my husband to feel that he is in his own home; otherwise he would be so wretched that the climate would not do him any good," she explained, winter after winter, to the sympathising Philadelphians and Baltimoreans; and Mr. Welland, beaming across a breakfast table miraculously23 supplied with the most varied delicacies24, was presently saying to Archer: "You see, my dear fellow, we camp--we literally25 camp. I tell my wife and May that I want to teach them how to rough it."

Mr. and Mrs. Welland had been as much surprised as their daughter by the young man's sudden arrival; but it had occurred to him to explain that he had felt himself on the verge26 of a nasty cold, and this seemed to Mr. Welland an all-sufficient reason for abandoning any duty.

"You can't be too careful, especially toward spring," he said, heaping his plate with straw-coloured griddle- cakes and drowning them in golden syrup27. "If I'd only been as prudent28 at your age May would have been dancing at the Assemblies now, instead of spending her winters in a wilderness29 with an old invalid30."

"Oh, but I love it here, Papa; you know I do. If only Newland could stay I should like it a thousand times better than New York."

"Newland must stay till he has quite thrown off his cold," said Mrs. Welland indulgently; and the young man laughed, and said he supposed there was such a thing as one's profession.

He managed, however, after an exchange of telegrams with the firm, to make his cold last a week; and it shed an ironic31 light on the situation to know that Mr. Letterblair's indulgence was partly due to the satisfactory way in which his brilliant young junior partner had settled the troublesome matter of the Olenski divorce. Mr. Letterblair had let Mrs. Welland know that Mr. Archer had "rendered an invaluable32 service" to the whole family, and that old Mrs. Manson Mingott had been particularly pleased; and one day when May had gone for a drive with her father in the only vehicle the place produced Mrs. Welland took occasion to touch on a topic which she always avoided in her daughter's presence.

"I'm afraid Ellen's ideas are not at all like ours. She was barely eighteen when Medora Manson took her back to Europe--you remember the excitement when she appeared in black at her coming-out ball? Another of Medora's fads--really this time it was almost prophetic! That must have been at least twelve years ago; and since then Ellen has never been to America. No wonder she is completely Europeanised."

"But European society is not given to divorce: Countess Olenska thought she would be conforming to American ideas in asking for her freedom." It was the first time that the young man had pronounced her name since he had left Skuytercliff, and he felt the colour rise to his cheek.

Mrs. Welland smiled compassionately33. "That is just like the extraordinary things that foreigners invent about us. They think we dine at two o'clock and countenance34 divorce! That is why it seems to me so foolish to entertain them when they come to New York. They accept our hospitality, and then they go home and repeat the same stupid stories."

Archer made no comment on this, and Mrs. Welland continued: "But we do most thoroughly35 appreciate your persuading Ellen to give up the idea. Her grandmother and her uncle Lovell could do nothing with her; both of them have written that her changing her mind was entirely36 due to your influence--in fact she said so to her grandmother. She has an unbounded admiration37 for you. Poor Ellen--she was always a wayward child. I wonder what her fate will be?"

"What we've all contrived38 to make it," he felt like answering. "if you'd all of you rather she should be Beaufort's mistress than some decent fellow's wife you've certainly gone the right way about it."

He wondered what Mrs. Welland would have said if he had uttered the words instead of merely thinking them. He could picture the sudden decomposure of her firm placid39 features, to which a lifelong mastery over trifles had given an air of factitious authority. Traces still lingered on them of a fresh beauty like her daughter's; and he asked himself if May's face was doomed40 to thicken into the same middle-aged41 image of invincible42 innocence43.

Ah, no, he did not want May to have that kind of innocence, the innocence that seals the mind against imagination and the heart against experience!

"I verily believe," Mrs. Welland continued, "that if the horrible business had come out in the newspapers it would have been my husband's death-blow. I don't know any of the details; I only ask not to, as I told poor Ellen when she tried to talk to me about it. Having an invalid to care for, I have to keep my mind bright and happy. But Mr. Welland was terribly upset; he had a slight temperature every morning while we were waiting to hear what had been decided44. It was the horror of his girl's learning that such things were possible--but of course, dear Newland, you felt that too. We all knew that you were thinking of May."

"I'm always thinking of May," the young man rejoined, rising to cut short the conversation.

He had meant to seize the opportunity of his private talk with Mrs. Welland to urge her to advance the date of his marriage. But he could think of no arguments that would move her, and with a sense of relief he saw Mr. Welland and May driving up to the door.

His only hope was to plead again with May, and on the day before his departure he walked with her to the ruinous garden of the Spanish Mission. The background lent itself to allusions45 to European scenes; and May, who was looking her loveliest under a wide-brimmed hat that cast a shadow of mystery over her too-clear eyes, kindled46 into eagerness as he spoke47 of Granada and the Alhambra.

"We might be seeing it all this spring--even the Easter ceremonies at Seville," he urged, exaggerating his demands in the hope of a larger concession48.

"Easter in Seville? And it will be Lent next week!" she laughed.

"Why shouldn't we be married in Lent?" he rejoined; but she looked so shocked that he saw his mistake.

"Of course I didn't mean that, dearest; but soon after Easter--so that we could sail at the end of April. I know I could arrange it at the office."

She smiled dreamily upon the possibility; but he perceived that to dream of it sufficed her. It was like hearing him read aloud out of his poetry books the beautiful things that could not possibly happen in real life.

"Oh, do go on, Newland; I do love your descriptions."

"But why should they be only descriptions? Why shouldn't we make them real?"

"We shall, dearest, of course; next year." Her voice lingered over it.

"Don't you want them to be real sooner? Can't I persuade you to break away now?"

She bowed her head, vanishing from him under her conniving49 hat-brim.

"Why should we dream away another year? Look at me, dear! Don't you understand how I want you for my wife?"

For a moment she remained motionless; then she raised on him eyes of such despairing dearness that he half-released her waist from his hold. But suddenly her look changed and deepened inscrutably. "I'm not sure if I DO understand," she said. "Is it--is it because you're not certain of continuing to care for me?"

Archer sprang up from his seat. "My God--perhaps--I don't know," he broke out angrily.

May Welland rose also; as they faced each other she seemed to grow in womanly stature50 and dignity. Both were silent for a moment, as if dismayed by the unforeseen trend of their words: then she said in a low voice: "If that is it--is there some one else?"

"Some one else--between you and me?" He echoed her words slowly, as though they were only half- intelligible51 and he wanted time to repeat the question to himself. She seemed to catch the uncertainty52 of his voice, for she went on in a deepening tone: "Let us talk frankly53, Newland. Sometimes I've felt a difference in you; especially since our engagement has been announced."

"Dear--what madness!" he recovered himself to exclaim.

She met his protest with a faint smile. "If it is, it won't hurt us to talk about it." She paused, and added, lifting her head with one of her noble movements: "Or even if it's true: why shouldn't we speak of it? You might so easily have made a mistake."

He lowered his head, staring at the black leaf-pattern on the sunny path at their feet. "Mistakes are always easy to make; but if I had made one of the kind you suggest, is it likely that I should be imploring54 you to hasten our marriage?"

She looked downward too, disturbing the pattern with the point of her sunshade while she struggled for expression. "Yes," she said at length. "You might want-- once for all--to settle the question: it's one way."

Her quiet lucidity55 startled him, but did not mislead him into thinking her insensible. Under her hat-brim he saw the pallor of her profile, and a slight tremor56 of the nostril57 above her resolutely58 steadied lips.

"Well--?" he questioned, sitting down on the bench, and looking up at her with a frown that he tried to make playful.

She dropped back into her seat and went on: "You mustn't think that a girl knows as little as her parents imagine. One hears and one notices--one has one's feelings and ideas. And of course, long before you told me that you cared for me, I'd known that there was some one else you were interested in; every one was talking about it two years ago at Newport. And once I saw you sitting together on the verandah at a dance-- and when she came back into the house her face was sad, and I felt sorry for her; I remembered it afterward59, when we were engaged."

Her voice had sunk almost to a whisper, and she sat clasping and unclasping her hands about the handle of her sunshade. The young man laid his upon them with a gentle pressure; his heart dilated60 with an inexpressible relief.

"My dear child--was THAT it? If you only knew the truth!"

She raised her head quickly. "Then there is a truth I don't know?"

He kept his hand over hers. "I meant, the truth about the old story you speak of."

"But that's what I want to know, Newland--what I ought to know. I couldn't have my happiness made out of a wrong--an unfairness--to somebody else. And I want to believe that it would be the same with you. What sort of a life could we build on such foundations?"

Her face had taken on a look of such tragic61 courage that he felt like bowing himself down at her feet. "I've wanted to say this for a long time," she went on. "I've wanted to tell you that, when two people really love each other, I understand that there may be situations which make it right that they should--should go against public opinion. And if you feel yourself in any way pledged . . . pledged to the person we've spoken of . . . and if there is any way . . . any way in which you can fulfill62 your pledge . . . even by her getting a divorce . . . Newland, don't give her up because of me!"

His surprise at discovering that her fears had fastened upon an episode so remote and so completely of the past as his love-affair with Mrs. Thorley Rushworth gave way to wonder at the generosity63 of her view. There was something superhuman in an attitude so recklessly unorthodox, and if other problems had not pressed on him he would have been lost in wonder at the prodigy64 of the Wellands' daughter urging him to marry his former mistress. But he was still dizzy with the glimpse of the precipice65 they had skirted, and full of a new awe66 at the mystery of young-girlhood.

For a moment he could not speak; then he said: "There is no pledge--no obligation whatever--of the kind you think. Such cases don't always--present themselves quite as simply as . . . But that's no matter . . . I love your generosity, because I feel as you do about those things . . . I feel that each case must be judged individually, on its own merits . . . irrespective of stupid conventionalities . . . I mean, each woman's right to her liberty--" He pulled himself up, startled by the turn his thoughts had taken, and went on, looking at her with a smile: "Since you understand so many things, dearest, can't you go a little farther, and understand the uselessness of our submitting to another form of the same foolish conventionalities? If there's no one and nothing between us, isn't that an argument for marrying quickly, rather than for more delay?"

She flushed with joy and lifted her face to his; as he bent67 to it he saw that her eyes were full of happy tears. But in another moment she seemed to have descended68 from her womanly eminence69 to helpless and timorous70 girlhood; and he understood that her courage and initiative were all for others, and that she had none for herself. It was evident that the effort of speaking had been much greater than her studied composure betrayed, and that at his first word of reassurance71 she had dropped back into the usual, as a too-adventurous child takes refuge in its mother's arms.

Archer had no heart to go on pleading with her; he was too much disappointed at the vanishing of the new being who had cast that one deep look at him from her transparent72 eyes. May seemed to be aware of his disappointment, but without knowing how to alleviate73 it; and they stood up and walked silently home.

 

经人指点,阿切尔沿着圣奥古斯丁的沙面大路走到韦兰先生的住所,他看见梅·韦兰正站在一棵木兰树下,头发上洒满了阳光。这时,他真奇怪自己为什么等了这么久才来。

这儿才是真的,这儿才是现实,这儿才是属于他的生活。而他这个自以为藐视专制羁绊的人,竟然因为害怕别人会以为他偷闲而不敢离开办公桌!

她的第一声呼喊是:“纽兰——出什么事了吗?”他想,假如她立即就从他的眼色中看出他来的原因,那就更像“女人”了。然而,当他回答“是的——我觉得必须见见你”时,她脸上幸福的红晕驱走了惊讶的冷峻。他看出,他会多么轻易地得到家人宽容的谅解;即使莱特布赖先生对他稍有不满,也会很快被他们用微笑加以化解。

因为天色尚早,大街上又只容许礼节性的问候,阿切尔渴望能与梅单独在一起,向她倾吐他的柔情蜜意、他的急不可耐。距韦兰家较晚的早餐时间还有一个小时,她没让他进家,而是提议到市区远处一个古老的桔园去走一走。她刚刚在河中划了一会船,给细浪罩上一层金网的太阳似乎也把她罩在网中了。她那被吹乱了的头发披散在微黑发暖的面颊上,像银丝般熠熠闪光。她的眼睛也显得更亮了,几乎变成灰白色,清澈中透着青春的气息。她迈开大步,走在阿切尔身旁,脸上平静、安详的表情酷似一尊年轻运动员的大理石雕像。

对阿切尔紧张的神经来说,这一形象就像蓝天及缓缓的流水那样令人安慰。他们坐在桔树下的凳子上,他用胳膊搂住她并亲吻她,那滋味就像在烈日下喝冰冷的泉水一般甘甜。不过他拥抱的力量比他预想的大了些,她脸上一红,急忙抽回身来,仿佛被他吓了一跳。

“怎么了?”他笑着问;她惊讶地看着他,说:“没什么。”

他们两人之间多少有点儿尴尬,她把手从他手中抽了出来。除了在博福特家暖房里那次短暂的拥抱之外,这是他惟一一次亲吻她的唇,他看出她有些不安,失去了她那男孩般的镇静。

“告诉我你整天干些什么,”他说,一面把两臂交叉在后翘的头下面,并把帽子向前推了推,挡住日射。让她谈论熟悉、简单的事情是他进行独立思考的最简单的办法,他坐在那儿听她报告简单的流水账:游泳、划船、骑马,偶尔有军舰开来时,到那个老式旅馆参加一场舞会,算是一点变化。从费城和巴尔的摩来的几个有趣的人在客栈举行野餐;因为凯特·梅里得了支气管炎,塞尔弗里奇·梅里一家来这里打算住三个星期。他们计划在沙滩上设一个网球场,但除了凯特和梅,别人谁都没有球拍,多数人甚至都没听说过这项运动。

这些事使她非常繁忙,没有更多的时间,阿切尔上周寄给她的那本羊皮纸小书(《葡萄牙十四行诗》)她只能翻一翻,不过她正在背诵“他们何以把好消息从格恩特传到艾克斯”,因为那是他第一次读给她听的东西;她很高兴能够告诉他,凯特·梅里甚至从未听说过有个叫罗伯特·布朗宁的诗人。

不一会儿她跳了起来,嚷着他们要耽误早饭了。两人急忙赶回那所破旧的房子。门廊没有粉刷,茉莉与粉色天竺葵的树篱也没有修剪。韦兰一家就住在这里过冬。韦兰先生对家务事十分敏感,他畏惧这个邋遢的南方旅馆里种种的不舒服,韦兰太太面对几乎无法克服的困难,不得不付出极大的代价,年复一年地拼凑仆从人员—— 一部分由心怀不满的纽约的仆人组成,一部分从当地非洲人供应站吸收。

“医生们要求我丈夫要感觉跟在自己家中一样,否则他会很难过,气候对他也无益了,”一个冬天又一个冬天,她向那些富有同情心的费城人和巴尔的摩人解释说。韦兰先生正眉开眼笑地看着餐桌上奇迹般摆上的最丰盛的菜肴,见到阿切尔马上说:“你瞧,亲爱的,我们是在野营——真正的野营。我告诉妻子和梅我要教教她们怎样受苦。”

对于年轻人的突然来临,韦兰先生与太太原本与女儿一样感到意外,不过,他事先想好了理由,说他感觉就要得一场重感冒,而在韦兰先生看来,有了这个理由,放弃任何职责都是理所当然。

“你怎样小心都不过分,尤其在临近冬天的时候,”他说,一面往他的盘子里堆烤饼,并把它们泡在金色的糖浆里。“假如我在你这个年纪就知道节俭的话,梅现在就会去州议会的舞场上跳舞,而用不着在这个荒凉的地方陪着一个老病号过冬了。”

“哎,可我喜欢这里的生活,爸爸,你知道我喜欢。如果纽兰能留下来,那我喜欢这儿胜过纽约一千倍。”

“纽兰必须呆在这儿,直到彻底治好感冒,”韦兰太太疼爱地说。年轻人笑了,并说他认为一个人的职业还是要考虑的。

然而,与事务所交换几封电报之后,他设法使他的“感冒”延续了一周时间。莱特布赖先生之所以表现得宽容大度,一部分原因是由于他的这位聪明的年轻合伙人圆满解决了奥兰斯基棘手的离婚问题,阿切尔对此不由感到一点儿讽刺的意味。莱特布赖先生已经通知韦兰太太,阿切尔先生为整个家族“做出了不可估量的贡献”,曼森·明戈特老太太特别高兴。有一天,梅与父亲坐着当地惟一一辆马车外出时,韦兰太太趁机提起了她一向在女儿面前回避的话题。

“我看埃伦的想法跟我们根本不同,梅多拉·曼森带她回欧洲的时候,她还不满18岁。你还记得她身穿黑衣服,初进社交界时在舞会上那个兴奋劲儿吗?又是梅多拉的一个怪念头——这一次真像是预言的一样!那至少是12年前的事了,从那以后埃伦从未到过美国。难怪她完全欧化了呢。”

“但欧洲上流社会也不喜欢离婚的:奥兰斯卡伯爵夫人认为要求个人自由符合美国的思想。”自从离开斯库特克利夫后,年轻人这是第一次提她的名字,他感觉脸上泛起一阵红晕。

韦兰太太露出同情的笑容。“这正像外国人对我们那些离奇的杜撰一样。他们以为我们两点钟吃晚饭,并且纵容离婚!所以说,他们来纽约的时候,我还招待他们,真有点傻。他们接受我们的款待,然后回到家再重复同样的蠢话。”

阿切尔对此未加评论,韦兰太太接下去说:“不过,你说服埃伦放弃了那个念头,我们的确非常赞赏。她祖母和她叔叔拉弗尔对她毫无办法。两人都写信说她的转变完全是由于你的影响——实际上她对祖母也是这样说的。她对你无限崇拜。可怜的埃伦——她过去一直是个任性的孩子。不知她的命运会怎样呢?”

“会是我们大家刻意制造的那种结果,”他在心里回答她说。“假如你们愿意让她做博福特的情妇,而不是某个正派人的妻子,那么,你们肯定是做对了。”

假如他真的说出了这些话,而不仅仅是在心里叨咕,不知韦兰太太会说什么。他能够想象她那沉静的面孔会因为惊慌而突然失色——终生掌管琐碎事务使得她脸上带有一种装腔作势的神态。她的脸上还残存着女儿脸上那种姣好的痕迹;他心想,梅的脸庞是否注定也会渐渐变化,不可避免地成为这样愚钝的中年妇女形象呢?

啊——不,他不愿让梅变得那样愚钝,那会封杀头脑的想像力,封杀心灵的感受力!

“我确实相信,”韦兰太太继续说,“假如那桩讨厌的事在报纸上公布出来,会给我丈夫带来致命的打击。详情我一点也不了解,我只是要求她别那样干。埃伦想对我谈时,我就是这样对她说的。我有个病人要照顾,必须保持心情愉快。但韦兰先生还是被弄得心烦意乱,我们等着听有什么结果时,他每天上午总要发低烧。他怕女儿知道还会有这种事情——亲爱的纽兰,你当然也有同感。我们都知道你心里想的是梅。”

“我永远都想着梅,”年轻人回答说,他站起来准备中断这场交谈。

他本想抓住与韦兰太太私下交谈的机会,劝说她把他的结婚日期提前,但他想不出可以打动她的理由。见韦兰先生与梅乘车到了门口,他不觉松了一口气。

他惟一的希望就是再次恳求梅。在他动身的前一天,他与她到西班牙传教馆荒废的花园里散步,这儿的背景使人联想起欧洲的景观。梅戴的宽边草帽给她那双过分明澈的眼睛蒙上一层神秘的阴影,使她显得异常可爱。他讲到格拉纳达与阿尔罕布拉时,她兴奋得两眼灼灼发光。

“我们本来今年春天就可以见到这一切了——甚至可以看到塞维利亚的复活节庆典,”他强调说,夸大其辞地阐述他的请求,以期得到她更大的让步。

“塞维利亚的复活节?下个星期就是四句节了!”她笑了一声说。

“我们干吗不可以在四旬节结婚呢?”他回答;但她看样子十分震惊,使他认识到了自己的错误。

“当然,我并不是真想四句节结婚,亲爱的;而是想在复活节后不久——这样我们可以在四月底扬帆航行。我知道我能在事务所做好安排。”

对于这种可能,她像做梦般露出了笑容。但他看得出,梦想一番她就满足了。这就像听他大声朗诵他的诗集一样,那些美好的事情在现实生活中是不可能发生的。

“啊,请讲下去,纽兰,我真喜欢你描绘的情景。”

“可那情景为什么只能是描绘呢?我们为什么不把它变成现实?”

“我们当然会的,亲爱的,到明年,”她慢腾腾地说。

“你不想让它早一些变成现实吗?难道我无法说服你改变主意吗?”

她低下了头,借助帽沿躲开了他的视线。

“我们干吗要在梦中再消磨一年呢?看着我,亲爱的!难道你不明白我多想让你做我的妻子吗?”

一时间她呆着一动不动,然后抬起头看着他,眼中失望的神情一览无余,他不觉松开了搂在她腰间的双手。但她的神色突然变得深不可测。“我不敢肯定自己是否真的明白,”她说。“是否——这是否是因为你没有把握会继续喜欢我呢?”

阿切尔从座位上跳起来。“我的天——也许吧——我不知道,”他勃然大怒地喊道。

梅·韦兰也站了起来,他们俩面对面地站着,她那女性的气度与尊严仿佛增强了。两人一时都默然无语,仿佛被他们话语问始料未及的一种倾向给惊呆了。接着,她低声地说:“是不是——是不是还有另外一个人?”

“另外一个人——你说你我之间?”他慢腾腾地重复着她的话,仿佛它还不够明了,他需要时间对自己重复一遍这个问题。她似乎捕捉到他话音里的不确定性,语调更加深沉地继续说:“我们坦率地谈谈吧,纽兰。有时候我感觉到你身上有一种变化,尤其是在我们的订婚消息公布之后。”

“天哪——你说什么疯话呀!”他清醒过来后喊道。

她以淡淡的笑容回答他的抗议。“如果是那样,我们谈论一下也无妨。”她停了停,又用她那种高尚的动作抬起头来补充说:“或者说,即使真有其事,我们干吗不可以说开呢?你可能轻易地就犯了个错误。”

他低下头,凝视着脚下洒满阳光的小路上黑色的叶形图案。“犯错误是容易的;不过,假如我已经犯了你说的那种错误,我还有可能求你加快我们的婚事吗?”

她也低下了头,用阳伞的尖部打乱了地上的图案,一面费力地斟酌措辞。“是的,”她终于说道。“你可能想——一劳永逸——解决这个问题,这也是一种办法。”

她的镇定清醒令他吃惊,但却并未误使他认为她冷漠无情。他从帽沿底下看到她灰白色的半张脸,坚毅的双唇上方的鼻孔在微微抖动。

“是吗——?”他问道,一面又坐到凳子上,抬头看着她,并努力装出开玩笑的样子皱起眉头。

她坐回座位上接着说:“你可不要认为一位姑娘像她父母想象得那样无知,人家有耳朵,有眼睛——有自己的感情和思想。当然,在你说喜欢我很久以前,我就知道你对另一个人感兴趣;两年前,纽波特人人都议论那件事。有一次在舞会上我还见到过你们一起坐在阳台上——她回到屋里时脸色很悲伤,我为她感到难过。后来我们订婚时我还记得。”

她的声音低沉下去,几乎变成了喃喃自语,坐在那儿,两手一会握住、一会又松开阳伞的把手。年轻人把手放在她的手上,轻轻按了一下;他的心放松下来,感到一种说不出的宽慰。

“我亲爱的——你说的是那件事呀!你要知道真情就好了!”

她迅速抬起头来。“这么说,还有一段真情我不知道?”

他仍然按着她的手说:“我是说,你讲的那段往事的真情。”

“可我就是想知道真情,纽兰——我应当了解。我不能把我的幸福建立在对别人的侵害——对别人的不公平上。而且我要确认,你也是这种看法。否则,在那样的基础上,我们能建立一种什么样的生活呢?”

她脸上呈现出一副十分悲壮的神色,使他直想拜倒在她的脚下。“我想说这件事想了很久了,”她接着说。“我一直想告诉你,只要两个人真心相爱,我认为在某些情况下,即使他们的做法会——会违背公众舆论,那也可能是对的。假如你觉得对……对所说的那人有任何许诺的话……假如有什么办法……你能够履行你的诺言……甚至通过让她离婚……纽兰,你不要因为我而抛弃她!”

发现她的担心原来贯注在他与索利·拉什沃斯太太完全属于过去的一段已经很遥远的桃色事件上,他竟顾不得惊讶,反而对她的慷慨大度大为叹服。这种置传统全然不顾的态度表现出一种超乎寻常的东西,若不是其他问题压着他,他会沉缅于惊异之中,对韦兰夫妇的女儿敦促他与以前的情妇结婚的奇事细细品味了。然而他仍然被他们刚刚避开的险情弄得头晕目眩,并且对年轻姑娘的神秘性充满一种新的敬畏。

一时间他竟无从开口;后来他说:“根本没有你想的那种诺言——没有任何义务。这种事情并不总是——出现得像……那么简单……不过没关系……我喜欢你的宽宏大度,因为对这类事情,我跟你的看法一样……我觉得对每一种情况都要分别对待,分清是非曲直……不管愚蠢的习俗怎样……我是说,每个女人都有权得到自由 ——”他急忙止住自己,为他思绪的转折吃了一惊。他笑脸看着她,接下去说:“亲爱的,既然你明白这么多事,那么你不能再前进一步,明白我们顺从同样愚蠢的习俗的另一种形式是没有意义的吗?如果没有人插在我们中间,我们没有任何芥蒂,那么,我们争来争去不就是为了快一点儿结婚、还是再拖一拖的问题吗?”

她高兴得涨红了脸,抬头望着他,他低下头,发现她两眼充满了幸福的泪水。不过一会功夫,她那女性的权威好像又退缩成胆小无助的小姑娘气了。他知道她的勇气与主动精神都是为别人而发的,轮到她自己,却荡然无存了。显然,为了讲那番话所做的努力远比她表面的镇静所表现的要大。一听到他的安慰话,她便恢复了正常,就像一个冒险过度的孩子回到母亲怀抱中寻求庇护一样。

阿切尔已无心再恳求她,那位新人的消失太令他失望,她那双明澈的眼睛给了他深沉的一瞥便转瞬即逝了。梅似乎觉察到他的失望,但却不知如何抚慰他。他们站起来,默默无语地走回家去。


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1 archer KVxzP     
n.射手,弓箭手
参考例句:
  • The archer strung his bow and aimed an arrow at the target.弓箭手拉紧弓弦将箭瞄准靶子。
  • The archer's shot was a perfect bull's-eye.射手的那一箭正中靶心。
2 pointed Il8zB4     
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
3 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
4 exclamation onBxZ     
n.感叹号,惊呼,惊叹词
参考例句:
  • He could not restrain an exclamation of approval.他禁不住喝一声采。
  • The author used three exclamation marks at the end of the last sentence to wake up the readers.作者在文章的最后一句连用了三个惊叹号,以引起读者的注意。
5 disapproval VuTx4     
n.反对,不赞成
参考例句:
  • The teacher made an outward show of disapproval.老师表面上表示不同意。
  • They shouted their disapproval.他们喊叫表示反对。
6 impatience OaOxC     
n.不耐烦,急躁
参考例句:
  • He expressed impatience at the slow rate of progress.进展缓慢,他显得不耐烦。
  • He gave a stamp of impatience.他不耐烦地跺脚。
7 meshes 1541efdcede8c5a0c2ed7e32c89b361f     
网孔( mesh的名词复数 ); 网状物; 陷阱; 困境
参考例句:
  • The net of Heaven has large meshes, but it lets nothing through. 天网恢恢,疏而不漏。
  • This net has half-inch meshes. 这个网有半英寸见方的网孔。
8 lighter 5pPzPR     
n.打火机,点火器;驳船;v.用驳船运送;light的比较级
参考例句:
  • The portrait was touched up so as to make it lighter.这张画经过润色,色调明朗了一些。
  • The lighter works off the car battery.引燃器利用汽车蓄电池打火。
9 limpidity ea22b99ae0ba3fe88f12c479e061c6b5     
n.清澈,透明
参考例句:
  • Paradise Island has many aquatic villas, they are surrounded by the limpidity sea. 天堂岛有许多水生别墅,他们是由清澈海水所包围。 来自互联网
10 serenity fEzzz     
n.宁静,沉着,晴朗
参考例句:
  • Her face,though sad,still evoked a feeling of serenity.她的脸色虽然悲伤,但仍使人感觉安详。
  • She escaped to the comparative serenity of the kitchen.她逃到相对安静的厨房里。
11 soothing soothing     
adj.慰藉的;使人宽心的;镇静的
参考例句:
  • Put on some nice soothing music.播放一些柔和舒缓的音乐。
  • His casual, relaxed manner was very soothing.他随意而放松的举动让人很快便平静下来。
12 vehement EL4zy     
adj.感情强烈的;热烈的;(人)有强烈感情的
参考例句:
  • She made a vehement attack on the government's policies.她强烈谴责政府的政策。
  • His proposal met with vehement opposition.他的倡导遭到了激烈的反对。
13 embarrassment fj9z8     
n.尴尬;使人为难的人(事物);障碍;窘迫
参考例句:
  • She could have died away with embarrassment.她窘迫得要死。
  • Coughing at a concert can be a real embarrassment.在音乐会上咳嗽真会使人难堪。
14 fugitive bhHxh     
adj.逃亡的,易逝的;n.逃犯,逃亡者
参考例句:
  • The police were able to deduce where the fugitive was hiding.警方成功地推断出那逃亡者躲藏的地方。
  • The fugitive is believed to be headed for the border.逃犯被认为在向国境线逃窜。
15 conservatory 4YeyO     
n.温室,音乐学院;adj.保存性的,有保存力的
参考例句:
  • At the conservatory,he learned how to score a musical composition.在音乐学校里,他学会了怎样谱曲。
  • The modern conservatory is not an environment for nurturing plants.这个现代化温室的环境不适合培育植物。
16 varied giIw9     
adj.多样的,多变化的
参考例句:
  • The forms of art are many and varied.艺术的形式是多种多样的。
  • The hotel has a varied programme of nightly entertainment.宾馆有各种晚间娱乐活动。
17 primitive vSwz0     
adj.原始的;简单的;n.原(始)人,原始事物
参考例句:
  • 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。
18 sonnets a9ed1ef262e5145f7cf43578fe144e00     
n.十四行诗( sonnet的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Keats' reputation as a great poet rests largely upon the odes and the later sonnets. 作为一个伟大的诗人,济慈的声誉大部分建立在他写的长诗和后期的十四行诗上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He referred to the manuscript circulation of the sonnets. 他谈到了十四行诗手稿的流行情况。 来自辞典例句
19 discomforts 21153f1ed6fc87cfc0ae735005583b36     
n.不舒适( discomfort的名词复数 );不愉快,苦恼
参考例句:
  • Travellers in space have to endure many discomforts in their rockets. 宇宙旅行家不得不在火箭中忍受许多不舒适的东西 来自《用法词典》
  • On that particular morning even these discomforts added to my pleasure. 在那样一个特定的早晨,即使是这种种的不舒适也仿佛给我增添了满足感。 来自辞典例句
20 slovenly ZEqzQ     
adj.懒散的,不整齐的,邋遢的
参考例句:
  • People were scandalized at the slovenly management of the company.人们对该公司草率的经营感到愤慨。
  • Such slovenly work habits will never produce good products.这样马马虎虎的工作习惯决不能生产出优质产品来。
21 improvise 844yf     
v.即兴创作;临时准备,临时凑成
参考例句:
  • If an actor forgets his words,he has to improvise.演员要是忘记台词,那就只好即兴现编。
  • As we've not got the proper materials,we'll just have to improvise.我们没有弄到合适的材料,只好临时凑合了。
22 drawn MuXzIi     
v.拖,拉,拔出;adj.憔悴的,紧张的
参考例句:
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
23 miraculously unQzzE     
ad.奇迹般地
参考例句:
  • He had been miraculously saved from almost certain death. 他奇迹般地从死亡线上获救。
  • A schoolboy miraculously survived a 25 000-volt electric shock. 一名男学生在遭受2.5 万伏的电击后奇迹般地活了下来。
24 delicacies 0a6e87ce402f44558508deee2deb0287     
n.棘手( delicacy的名词复数 );精致;精美的食物;周到
参考例句:
  • Its flesh has exceptional delicacies. 它的肉异常鲜美。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • After these delicacies, the trappers were ready for their feast. 在享用了这些美食之后,狩猎者开始其大餐。 来自英汉非文学 - 民俗
25 literally 28Wzv     
adv.照字面意义,逐字地;确实
参考例句:
  • He translated the passage literally.他逐字逐句地翻译这段文字。
  • Sometimes she would not sit down till she was literally faint.有时候,她不走到真正要昏厥了,决不肯坐下来。
26 verge gUtzQ     
n.边,边缘;v.接近,濒临
参考例句:
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • She was on the verge of bursting into tears.她快要哭出来了。
27 syrup hguzup     
n.糖浆,糖水
参考例句:
  • I skimmed the foam from the boiling syrup.我撇去了煮沸糖浆上的泡沫。
  • Tinned fruit usually has a lot of syrup with it.罐头水果通常都有许多糖浆。
28 prudent M0Yzg     
adj.谨慎的,有远见的,精打细算的
参考例句:
  • A prudent traveller never disparages his own country.聪明的旅行者从不贬低自己的国家。
  • You must school yourself to be modest and prudent.你要学会谦虚谨慎。
29 wilderness SgrwS     
n.杳无人烟的一片陆地、水等,荒漠
参考例句:
  • She drove the herd of cattle through the wilderness.她赶着牛群穿过荒野。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
30 invalid V4Oxh     
n.病人,伤残人;adj.有病的,伤残的;无效的
参考例句:
  • He will visit an invalid.他将要去看望一个病人。
  • A passport that is out of date is invalid.护照过期是无效的。
31 ironic 1atzm     
adj.讽刺的,有讽刺意味的,出乎意料的
参考例句:
  • That is a summary and ironic end.那是一个具有概括性和讽刺意味的结局。
  • People used to call me Mr Popularity at high school,but they were being ironic.人们中学时常把我称作“万人迷先生”,但他们是在挖苦我。
32 invaluable s4qxe     
adj.无价的,非常宝贵的,极为贵重的
参考例句:
  • A computer would have been invaluable for this job.一台计算机对这个工作的作用会是无法估计的。
  • This information was invaluable to him.这个消息对他来说是非常宝贵的。
33 compassionately 40731999c58c9ac729f47f5865d2514f     
adv.表示怜悯地,有同情心地
参考例句:
  • The man at her feet looked up at Scarlett compassionately. 那个躺在思嘉脚边的人同情地仰望着她。 来自飘(部分)
  • Then almost compassionately he said,"You should be greatly rewarded." 接着他几乎带些怜悯似地说:“你是应当得到重重酬报的。” 来自辞典例句
34 countenance iztxc     
n.脸色,面容;面部表情;vt.支持,赞同
参考例句:
  • At the sight of this photograph he changed his countenance.他一看见这张照片脸色就变了。
  • I made a fierce countenance as if I would eat him alive.我脸色恶狠狠地,仿佛要把他活生生地吞下去。
35 thoroughly sgmz0J     
adv.完全地,彻底地,十足地
参考例句:
  • 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。
36 entirely entirely     
ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
37 admiration afpyA     
n.钦佩,赞美,羡慕
参考例句:
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
38 contrived ivBzmO     
adj.不自然的,做作的;虚构的
参考例句:
  • There was nothing contrived or calculated about what he said.他说的话里没有任何蓄意捏造的成分。
  • The plot seems contrived.情节看起来不真实。
39 placid 7A1yV     
adj.安静的,平和的
参考例句:
  • He had been leading a placid life for the past eight years.八年来他一直过着平静的生活。
  • You should be in a placid mood and have a heart-to- heart talk with her.你应该心平气和的好好和她谈谈心。
40 doomed EuuzC1     
命定的
参考例句:
  • The court doomed the accused to a long term of imprisonment. 法庭判处被告长期监禁。
  • A country ruled by an iron hand is doomed to suffer. 被铁腕人物统治的国家定会遭受不幸的。
41 middle-aged UopzSS     
adj.中年的
参考例句:
  • I noticed two middle-aged passengers.我注意到两个中年乘客。
  • The new skin balm was welcome by middle-aged women.这种新护肤香膏受到了中年妇女的欢迎。
42 invincible 9xMyc     
adj.不可征服的,难以制服的
参考例句:
  • This football team was once reputed to be invincible.这支足球队曾被誉为无敌的劲旅。
  • The workers are invincible as long as they hold together.只要工人团结一致,他们就是不可战胜的。
43 innocence ZbizC     
n.无罪;天真;无害
参考例句:
  • There was a touching air of innocence about the boy.这个男孩有一种令人感动的天真神情。
  • The accused man proved his innocence of the crime.被告人经证实无罪。
44 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
45 allusions c86da6c28e67372f86a9828c085dd3ad     
暗指,间接提到( allusion的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • We should not use proverbs and allusions indiscriminately. 不要滥用成语典故。
  • The background lent itself to allusions to European scenes. 眼前的情景容易使人联想到欧洲风光。
46 kindled d35b7382b991feaaaa3e8ddbbcca9c46     
(使某物)燃烧,着火( kindle的过去式和过去分词 ); 激起(感情等); 发亮,放光
参考例句:
  • We watched as the fire slowly kindled. 我们看着火慢慢地燃烧起来。
  • The teacher's praise kindled a spark of hope inside her. 老师的赞扬激起了她内心的希望。
47 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
48 concession LXryY     
n.让步,妥协;特许(权)
参考例句:
  • We can not make heavy concession to the matter.我们在这个问题上不能过于让步。
  • That is a great concession.这是很大的让步。
49 conniving 659ad90919ad6a36ff5f496205aa1c65     
v.密谋 ( connive的现在分词 );搞阴谋;默许;纵容
参考例句:
  • She knew that if she said nothing she would be conniving in an injustice. 她知道她如果什么也不说就是在纵容不公正的行为。
  • The general is accused of conniving in a plot to topple the government. 将军被指控纵容一个颠覆政府的阴谋。 来自《简明英汉词典》
50 stature ruLw8     
n.(高度)水平,(高度)境界,身高,身材
参考例句:
  • He is five feet five inches in stature.他身高5英尺5英寸。
  • The dress models are tall of stature.时装模特儿的身材都较高。
51 intelligible rbBzT     
adj.可理解的,明白易懂的,清楚的
参考例句:
  • This report would be intelligible only to an expert in computing.只有计算机运算专家才能看懂这份报告。
  • His argument was barely intelligible.他的论点不易理解。
52 uncertainty NlFwK     
n.易变,靠不住,不确知,不确定的事物
参考例句:
  • Her comments will add to the uncertainty of the situation.她的批评将会使局势更加不稳定。
  • After six weeks of uncertainty,the strain was beginning to take its toll.6个星期的忐忑不安后,压力开始产生影响了。
53 frankly fsXzcf     
adv.坦白地,直率地;坦率地说
参考例句:
  • To speak frankly, I don't like the idea at all.老实说,我一点也不赞成这个主意。
  • Frankly speaking, I'm not opposed to reform.坦率地说,我不反对改革。
54 imploring cb6050ff3ff45d346ac0579ea33cbfd6     
恳求的,哀求的
参考例句:
  • Those calm, strange eyes could see her imploring face. 那平静的,没有表情的眼睛还能看得到她的乞怜求情的面容。
  • She gave him an imploring look. 她以哀求的眼神看着他。
55 lucidity jAmxr     
n.明朗,清晰,透明
参考例句:
  • His writings were marked by an extraordinary lucidity and elegance of style.他的作品简洁明晰,文风典雅。
  • The pain had lessened in the night, but so had his lucidity.夜里他的痛苦是减轻了,但人也不那么清醒了。
56 tremor Tghy5     
n.震动,颤动,战栗,兴奋,地震
参考例句:
  • There was a slight tremor in his voice.他的声音有点颤抖。
  • A slight earth tremor was felt in California.加利福尼亚发生了轻微的地震。
57 nostril O0Iyn     
n.鼻孔
参考例句:
  • The Indian princess wore a diamond in her right nostril.印弟安公主在右鼻孔中戴了一颗钻石。
  • All South American monkeys have flat noses with widely spaced nostril.所有南美洲的猴子都有平鼻子和宽大的鼻孔。
58 resolutely WW2xh     
adj.坚决地,果断地
参考例句:
  • He resolutely adhered to what he had said at the meeting. 他坚持他在会上所说的话。
  • He grumbles at his lot instead of resolutely facing his difficulties. 他不是果敢地去面对困难,而是抱怨自己运气不佳。
59 afterward fK6y3     
adv.后来;以后
参考例句:
  • Let's go to the theatre first and eat afterward. 让我们先去看戏,然后吃饭。
  • Afterward,the boy became a very famous artist.后来,这男孩成为一个很有名的艺术家。
60 dilated 1f1ba799c1de4fc8b7c6c2167ba67407     
adj.加宽的,扩大的v.(使某物)扩大,膨胀,张大( dilate的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Her eyes dilated with fear. 她吓得瞪大了眼睛。
  • The cat dilated its eyes. 猫瞪大了双眼。 来自《简明英汉词典》
61 tragic inaw2     
adj.悲剧的,悲剧性的,悲惨的
参考例句:
  • The effect of the pollution on the beaches is absolutely tragic.污染海滩后果可悲。
  • Charles was a man doomed to tragic issues.查理是个注定不得善终的人。
62 fulfill Qhbxg     
vt.履行,实现,完成;满足,使满意
参考例句:
  • If you make a promise you should fulfill it.如果你许诺了,你就要履行你的诺言。
  • This company should be able to fulfill our requirements.这家公司应该能够满足我们的要求。
63 generosity Jf8zS     
n.大度,慷慨,慷慨的行为
参考例句:
  • We should match their generosity with our own.我们应该像他们一样慷慨大方。
  • We adore them for their generosity.我们钦佩他们的慷慨。
64 prodigy n14zP     
n.惊人的事物,奇迹,神童,天才,预兆
参考例句:
  • She was a child prodigy on the violin.她是神童小提琴手。
  • He was always a Negro prodigy who played barbarously and wonderfully.他始终是一个黑人的奇才,这种奇才弹奏起来粗野而惊人。
65 precipice NuNyW     
n.悬崖,危急的处境
参考例句:
  • The hut hung half over the edge of the precipice.那间小屋有一半悬在峭壁边上。
  • A slight carelessness on this precipice could cost a man his life.在这悬崖上稍一疏忽就会使人丧生。
66 awe WNqzC     
n.敬畏,惊惧;vt.使敬畏,使惊惧
参考例句:
  • The sight filled us with awe.这景色使我们大为惊叹。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龙卷风使我们惊恐万分。
67 bent QQ8yD     
n.爱好,癖好;adj.弯的;决心的,一心的
参考例句:
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
68 descended guQzoy     
a.为...后裔的,出身于...的
参考例句:
  • A mood of melancholy descended on us. 一种悲伤的情绪袭上我们的心头。
  • The path descended the hill in a series of zigzags. 小路呈连续的之字形顺着山坡蜿蜒而下。
69 eminence VpLxo     
n.卓越,显赫;高地,高处;名家
参考例句:
  • He is a statesman of great eminence.他是个声名显赫的政治家。
  • Many of the pilots were to achieve eminence in the aeronautical world.这些飞行员中很多人将会在航空界声名显赫。
70 timorous gg6yb     
adj.胆怯的,胆小的
参考例句:
  • She is as timorous as a rabbit.她胆小得像只兔子。
  • The timorous rabbit ran away.那只胆小的兔子跑开了。
71 reassurance LTJxV     
n.使放心,使消除疑虑
参考例句:
  • He drew reassurance from the enthusiastic applause.热烈的掌声使他获得了信心。
  • Reassurance is especially critical when it comes to military activities.消除疑虑在军事活动方面尤为关键。
72 transparent Smhwx     
adj.明显的,无疑的;透明的
参考例句:
  • The water is so transparent that we can see the fishes swimming.水清澈透明,可以看到鱼儿游来游去。
  • The window glass is transparent.窗玻璃是透明的。
73 alleviate ZxEzJ     
v.减轻,缓和,缓解(痛苦等)
参考例句:
  • The doctor gave her an injection to alleviate the pain.医生给她注射以减轻疼痛。
  • Nothing could alleviate his distress.什么都不能减轻他的痛苦。


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