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The remainder of Anne's time at Uppercross, comprehending only two days, was spent entirely1 at the Mansion2 House; and she had the satisfaction of knowing herself extremely useful there, both as an immediate3 companion, and as assisting in all those arrangements for the future, which, in Mr and Mrs Musgrove's distressed4 state of spirits, would have been difficulties.

They had an early account from Lyme the next morning. Louisa was much the same. No symptoms worse than before had appeared. Charles came a few hours afterwards, to bring a later and more particular account. He was tolerably cheerful. A speedy cure must not be hoped, but everything was going on as well as the nature of the case admitted. In speaking of the Harvilles, he seemed unable to satisfy his own sense of their kindness, especially of Mrs Harville's exertions6 as a nurse. "She really left nothing for Mary to do. He and Mary had been persuaded to go early to their inn last night. Mary had been hysterical7 again this morning. When he came away, she was going to walk out with Captain Benwick, which, he hoped, would do her good. He almost wished she had been prevailed on to come home the day before; but the truth was, that Mrs Harville left nothing for anybody to do. "

Charles was to return to Lyme the same afternoon, and his father had at first half a mind to go with him, but the ladies could not consent. It would be going only to multiply trouble to the others, and increase his own distress5; and a much better scheme followed and was acted upon. A chaise was sent for from Crewkherne, and Charles conveyed back a far more useful person in the old nursery-maid of the family, one who having brought up all the children, and seen the very last, the lingering and long-petted Master Harry8, sent to school after his brothers, was now living in her deserted9 nursery to mend stockings and dress all the blains and bruises10 she could get near her, and who, consequently, was only too happy in being allowed to go and help nurse dear Miss Louisa. Vague wishes of getting Sarah thither11, had occurred before to Mrs Musgrove and Henrietta; but without Anne, it would hardly have been resolved on, and found practicable so soon.

They were indebted, the next day, to Charles Hayter, for all the minute knowledge of Louisa, which it was so essential to obtain every twenty-four hours. He made it his business to go to Lyme, and his account was still encouraging. The intervals12 of sense and consciousness were believed to be stronger. Every report agreed in Captain Wentworth's appearing fixed13 in Lyme.

Anne was to leave them on the morrow, an event which they all dreaded14. "What should they do without her? They were wretched comforters for one another. " And so much was said in this way, that Anne thought she could not do better than impart among them the general inclination15 to which she was privy16, and persuaded them all to go to Lyme at once. She had little difficulty; it was soon determined17 that they would go; go to-morrow, fix themselves at the inn, or get into lodgings18, as it suited, and there remain till dear Louisa could be moved. They must be taking off some trouble from the good people she was with; they might at least relieve Mrs Harville from the care of her own children; and in short, they were so happy in the decision, that Anne was delighted with what she had done, and felt that she could not spend her last morning at Uppercross better than in assisting their preparations, and sending them off at an early hour, though her being left to the solitary19 range of the house was the consequence.

She was the last, excepting the little boys at the cottage, she was the very last, the only remaining one of all that had filled and animated20 both houses, of all that had given Uppercross its cheerful character. A few days had made a change indeed!

If Louisa recovered, it would all be well again. More than former happiness would be restored. There could not be a doubt, to her mind there was none, of what would follow her recovery. A few months hence, and the room now so deserted, occupied but by her silent, pensive21 self, might be filled again with all that was happy and gay, all that was glowing and bright in prosperous love, all that was most unlike Anne Elliot!

An hour's complete leisure for such reflections as these, on a dark November day, a small thick rain almost blotting22 out the very few objects ever to be discerned from the windows, was enough to make the sound of Lady Russell's carriage exceedingly welcome; and yet, though desirous to be gone, she could not quit the Mansion House, or look an adieu to the Cottage, with its black, dripping and comfortless veranda23, or even notice through the misty24 glasses the last humble25 tenements26 of the village, without a saddened heart. Scenes had passed in Uppercross which made it precious. It stood the record of many sensations of pain, once severe, but now softened27; and of some instances of relenting feeling, some breathings of friendship and reconciliation28, which could never be looked for again, and which could never cease to be dear. She left it all behind her, all but the recollection that such things had been.

Anne had never entered Kellynch since her quitting Lady Russell's house in September. It had not been necessary, and the few occasions of its being possible for her to go to the Hall she had contrived29 to evade30 and escape from. Her first return was to resume her place in the modern and elegant apartments of the Lodge31, and to gladden the eyes of its mistress.

There was some anxiety mixed with Lady Russell's joy in meeting her. She knew who had been frequenting Uppercross. But happily, either Anne was improved in plumpness and looks, or Lady Russell fancied her so; and Anne, in receiving her compliments on the occasion, had the amusement of connecting them with the silent admiration32 of her cousin, and of hoping that she was to be blessed with a second spring of youth and beauty.

When they came to converse33, she was soon sensible of some mental change. The subjects of which her heart had been full on leaving Kellynch, and which she had felt slighted, and been compelled to smother34 among the Musgroves, were now become but of secondary interest. She had lately lost sight even of her father and sister and Bath. Their concerns had been sunk under those of Uppercross; and when Lady Russell reverted35 to their former hopes and fears, and spoke36 her satisfaction in the house in Camden Place, which had been taken, and her regret that Mrs Clay should still be with them, Anne would have been ashamed to have it known how much more she was thinking of Lyme and Louisa Musgrove, and all her acquaintance there; how much more interesting to her was the home and the friendship of the Harvilles and Captain Benwick, than her own father's house in Camden Place, or her own sister's intimacy37 with Mrs Clay. She was actually forced to exert herself to meet Lady Russell with anything like the appearance of equal solicitude38, on topics which had by nature the first claim on her.

There was a little awkwardness at first in their discourse39 on another subject. They must speak of the accident at Lyme. Lady Russell had not been arrived five minutes the day before, when a full account of the whole had burst on her; but still it must be talked of, she must make enquiries, she must regret the imprudence, lament40 the result, and Captain Wentworth's name must be mentioned by both. Anne was conscious of not doing it so well as Lady Russell. She could not speak the name, and look straight forward to Lady Russell's eye, till she had adopted the expedient41 of telling her briefly42 what she thought of the attachment43 between him and Louisa. When this was told, his name distressed her no longer.

Lady Russell had only to listen composedly, and wish them happy, but internally her heart revelled44 in angry pleasure, in pleased contempt, that the man who at twenty-three had seemed to understand somewhat of the value of an Anne Elliot, should, eight years afterwards, be charmed by a Louisa Musgrove.

The first three or four days passed most quietly, with no circumstance to mark them excepting the receipt of a note or two from Lyme, which found their way to Anne, she could not tell how, and brought a rather improving account of Louisa. At the end of that period, Lady Russell's politeness could repose45 no longer, and the fainter self-threatenings of the past became in a decided46 tone, "I must call on Mrs Croft; I really must call upon her soon. Anne, have you courage to go with me, and pay a visit in that house? It will be some trial to us both. "

Anne did not shrink from it; on the contrary, she truly felt as she said, in observing--

"I think you are very likely to suffer the most of the two; your feelings are less reconciled to the change than mine. By remaining in the neighbourhood, I am become inured47 to it. "

She could have said more on the subject; for she had in fact so high an opinion of the Crofts, and considered her father so very fortunate in his tenants48, felt the parish to be so sure of a good example, and the poor of the best attention and relief, that however sorry and ashamed for the necessity of the removal, she could not but in conscience feel that they were gone who deserved not to stay, and that Kellynch Hall had passed into better hands than its owners'. These convictions must unquestionably have their own pain, and severe was its kind; but they precluded49 that pain which Lady Russell would suffer in entering the house again, and returning through the well-known apartments.

In such moments Anne had no power of saying to herself, "These rooms ought to belong only to us. Oh, how fallen in their destination! How unworthily occupied! An ancient family to be so driven away! Strangers filling their place!" No, except when she thought of her mother, and remembered where she had been used to sit and preside, she had no sigh of that description to heave.

Mrs Croft always met her with a kindness which gave her the pleasure of fancying herself a favourite, and on the present occasion, receiving her in that house, there was particular attention.

The sad accident at Lyme was soon the prevailing50 topic, and on comparing their latest accounts of the invalid51, it appeared that each lady dated her intelligence from the same hour of yestermorn; that Captain Wentworth had been in Kellynch yesterday (the first time since the accident), had brought Anne the last note, which she had not been able to trace the exact steps of; had staid a few hours and then returned again to Lyme, and without any present intention of quitting it any more. He had enquired52 after her, she found, particularly; had expressed his hope of Miss Elliot's not being the worse for her exertions, and had spoken of those exertions as great. This was handsome, and gave her more pleasure than almost anything else could have done.

As to the sad catastrophe53 itself, it could be canvassed54 only in one style by a couple of steady, sensible women, whose judgements had to work on ascertained55 events; and it was perfectly56 decided that it had been the consequence of much thoughtlessness and much imprudence; that its effects were most alarming, and that it was frightful57 to think, how long Miss Musgrove's recovery might yet be doubtful, and how liable she would still remain to suffer from the concussion58 hereafter! The Admiral wound it up summarily by exclaiming--

"Ay, a very bad business indeed. A new sort of way this, for a young fellow to be making love, by breaking his mistress's head, is not it, Miss Elliot? This is breaking a head and giving a plaster, truly!"

Admiral Croft's manners were not quite of the tone to suit Lady Russell, but they delighted Anne. His goodness of heart and simplicity59 of character were irresistible60.

"Now, this must be very bad for you, " said he, suddenly rousing from a little reverie, "to be coming and finding us here. I had not recollected61 it before, I declare, but it must be very bad. But now, do not stand upon ceremony. Get up and go over all the rooms in the house if you like it. "

"Another time, Sir, I thank you, not now. "

"Well, whenever it suits you. You can slip in from the shrubbery at any time; and there you will find we keep our umbrellas hanging up by that door. A good place is not it? But, " (checking himself), "you will not think it a good place, for yours were always kept in the butler's room. Ay, so it always is, I believe. One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best. And so you must judge for yourself, whether it would be better for you to go about the house or not. "

Anne, finding she might decline it, did so, very gratefully.

"We have made very few changes either, " continued the Admiral, after thinking a moment. "Very few. We told you about the laundry-door, at Uppercross. That has been a very great improvement. The wonder was, how any family upon earth could bear with the inconvenience of its opening as it did, so long! You will tell Sir Walter what we have done, and that Mr Shepherd thinks it the greatest improvement the house ever had. Indeed, I must do ourselves the justice to say, that the few alterations62 we have made have been all very much for the better. My wife should have the credit of them, however. I have done very little besides sending away some of the large looking-glasses from my dressing-room, which was your father's. A very good man, and very much the gentleman I am sure: but I should think, Miss Elliot, " (looking with serious reflection), "I should think he must be rather a dressy man for his time of life. Such a number of looking-glasses! oh Lord! there was no getting away from one's self. So I got Sophy to lend me a hand, and we soon shifted their quarters; and now I am quite snug63, with my little shaving glass in one corner, and another great thing that I never go near. "

Anne, amused in spite of herself, was rather distressed for an answer, and the Admiral, fearing he might not have been civil enough, took up the subject again, to say--

"The next time you write to your good father, Miss Elliot, pray give him my compliments and Mrs Croft's, and say that we are settled here quite to our liking64, and have no fault at all to find with the place. The breakfast-room chimney smokes a little, I grant you, but it is only when the wind is due north and blows hard, which may not happen three times a winter. And take it altogether, now that we have been into most of the houses hereabouts and can judge, there is not one that we like better than this. Pray say so, with my compliments. He will be glad to hear it. "

Lady Russell and Mrs Croft were very well pleased with each other: but the acquaintance which this visit began was fated not to proceed far at present; for when it was returned, the Crofts announced themselves to be going away for a few weeks, to visit their connexions in the north of the county, and probably might not be at home again before Lady Russell would be removing to Bath.

So ended all danger to Anne of meeting Captain Wentworth at Kellynch Hall, or of seeing him in company with her friend. Everything was safe enough, and she smiled over the many anxious feelings she had wasted on the subject.

安妮在厄泼克劳斯余下的时间只有两天了,完全是在大宅里度过的。她满意地发现,她在那里极为有用,既是个离不开的伙伴,又可以帮助为将来做好一切安排。若不然,默斯格罗夫夫妇处于如此痛苦的心境,要做这些安排可就难了。

次日一早,莱姆就有人来报消息。路易莎还依然如故,没有出现比以前恶化的迹象。过了几个钟头之后,查尔斯带来了更新、更具体的情况。他倒挺乐观的。虽不能指望迅速痊愈,但就伤势的严重程度而言,情况进展得还是很顺利的。说起哈维尔夫妇,他怎么也道不尽他们的恩惠,特别是哈维尔夫人的精心护理。她的确什么事也不留给玛丽干。昨天晚上,查尔斯和玛丽经她劝说,很早就回到了旅馆。今天早上,玛丽的歇斯底里病又发作了。查尔斯离开的时候,她正要和本威克中校出去散步,他希望这对她会有好处。他眼有些遗憾,前一天没有说服她跟着回家。不过说实话,哈维尔夫人什么事情也不留给别人干。

查尔斯当天下午要回到莱姆,起初他父亲也有点想跟着他去,无奈夫人小姐不同意。那样只会给别人增添麻烦,给他自己增加痛劳。后来提出了个更好的计划,而且照办了。查尔斯让人从克鲁克思赶来了一辆两轮轻便马车,然后拉回了一个更管用的家庭老保为 她带大了所有的孩子,并且眼见着最后一个孩子(那位玩心太重、长期娇生惯养的哈里少爷)跟着哥哥们去上学。她现在还住在那空荡荡的保育室里补补袜子,给周围的人治治脓疤、包包伤口,因此一听说让她去帮助护理亲爱的路易莎小姐,真是喜不自禁。先前,默斯格罗夫太太和亨丽埃塔也膜模糊糊地有过让萨拉去帮忙的愿望。但是,假若安妮不在的话,这事情就很难确定下来,不会这么快就被发觉是切实可行的。

第二天,多亏了查尔斯·海特,他们听到了路易莎的详细情况,这种情况有必要每二十四小时就听到一次。他特意去了一趟莱姆,介绍的情况仍然是令人鼓舞的。据信,路易莎神志清醒的时间越来越长。所有报告都说,温特沃思上校似乎在莱姆住下了。

安妮明天就要离开,这是大家都为之担忧的一桩事。“她走了我们该怎么办?我们相互之间谁也安慰不了谁。”大家如此这般地说来说去,安妮心里明白他们都有个共同的心愿,觉得最好帮他们挑明了,动员他们马上都去莱姆。她没遇到什么困难,大伙当即决定要去那里,而且明天就去,或者住进旅馆,或者住进公寓,怎么合适怎么办,直呆到亲爱的路易莎可以挪动为止。他们一定能给护理她的好心人减少点麻烦,至少可以帮助哈维尔夫人照应一下她的孩子。总而言之,他们为这一决定感到欣喜,安妮也对自己的所作所为感到高兴。她觉得,她呆在厄泼克劳斯的最后一个上午,最好用来帮助他们做做准备,早早地打发他们上路,虽说这样一来,这大宅里就冷冷清清地剩下她一个人了。

除了乡舍里的小家伙以外,给两家人带来勃勃生气、给厄泼克劳斯带来欢快气息的人们当中,现在只剩下安妮一个人了,孤单单的一个人。几天来的变化可真大啊!

路易莎要是痊愈了,一切都会重新好起来。她将重温以往的幸福,而且要胜过以往。她痊愈之后会出现什么情况,这是毋庸置疑的,而在安妮看来,也是如此。她的屋子虽说现在冷冷清清,只住着一个沉闷不乐的她,但是几个月之后,屋里便会重新充满欢乐和幸福,充满热烈而美满的爱情,一切都与安妮·埃利奥特的境况迥然不同。

这是十一月间一个昏沉沉的日子,一场霏霏细雨几乎遮断了窗外本来清晰可辨的景物。安妮就这样百无聊赖地沉思了一个钟头,这就使她极高兴听到拉塞尔夫人的马车到来的声音。然而,她虽说很想走掉,但是离开大宅,告别乡舍,眼望着它那黑沉沉、湿淋淋、令人难受的游廊,甚至透过模糊的窗玻璃看到庄上最后的几座寒舍时,她的心中不由得感到十分悲哀。厄泼克劳斯发生的一幕幕情景促使她十分珍惜这个地方。这里记载着许多痛楚,这种痛楚一度是剧烈的,现在减弱了。这里还记载着一些不记仇隙的往事,一些友谊与和解的气息,这种气息永远不能再期望了,但却是永远一值得珍惜的。她把这一切都抛到后面了,只留下这样的记忆,即这些事情的确发生过。

安妮自从九月间离开拉塞尔夫人的小屋以来,从未进入过凯林奇。不过,这也大可不必。有那么几回,她本来是可以到大厦里去的,但她都设法躲避开了。她这头一次回来,就是要在小屋那些漂亮别致的房间里住下来,好给女主人增添些欢乐。

拉塞尔夫人见到她,欣喜之余还夹带着几分忧虑。她知道谁常去厄泼克劳斯。然而幸运的是,要么安妮变得更丰润更漂亮了,要么拉塞尔夫人认为她如此。安妮听到她的恭维以后,乐滋滋地把这些恭维话同她堂兄的默然爱慕联系了起来,希望自己能获得青春和美的第二个春天。

她们一开始交谈,安妮就觉察到自己思想上起了变化。她刚离开凯林奇的时候,满脑子都在思付一些问题,后来她觉得这些问题在默斯格罗夫府上没有得到重视一下得不埋藏在心底,而现在却好,这些问题都变成了次要问题。她最近甚至不想她的父亲、姐姐和巴思。她对厄泼克劳斯的关切胜过了对他们的关切。当拉塞尔夫人旧话重提,谈到她们以往的希望和忧虑,谈到她对他们在卡姆登巷租下的房子感到满意,对克莱夫人仍然和他们住在一起感到遗憾时,安妮实在不好意思让她知道:她考虑得更多的是莱姆和路易莎·默斯格罗夫,以及她在那里的所有朋友;她更感兴趣的是哈维尔夫妇和本威克中校的寓所和友谊,而不是她父亲在卡姆登巷的住宅,不是她姐姐同克莱夫人的亲密关系。实际上,她是为了迎合拉塞尔夫人,才无可奈何地对那些她本应特别关心的问题,竭力装出同等关心的样子。

她们谈到另外一个话题时,起先有点尴尬。她们必然要谈起莱姆的那起事故。前一天,拉塞尔夫人刚到达五分钟,就有人把整个事情原原本本地说给她听了。不过她们还是要谈及这件事,拉塞尔夫人总会进行询问,总会对这轻率的行为表示遗憾,对事情的结果表示伤心,而两人总会提到温特沃思上校的名字。安妮意识到,她不及拉塞尔夫人来得坦然。她说不出他的名字,不敢正视拉塞尔夫人的目光,后来干脆采取权宜之计,简单述说了她对他与路易莎谈恋爱的看法。说出这件事之后,他的名字不再使她感到烦恼了。

拉塞尔夫人只得镇静自若地听着,并且祝愿他们幸福,可内心里却感到既气愤又得意,既高兴又鄙夷,因为这家伙二十三岁时似乎还多少懂得一点安妮·埃利奥特小姐的价值,可是八年过后,他居然被一位路易莎·默斯格罗夫小姐给迷住了。

平平静静地过了三四天,没有出现什么特殊情况,只是收到了莱姆发来的一两封短信,信是怎么送到安妮手里的,她也说不上来,反正带来了路易莎大有好转的消息。拉塞尔夫人是个礼貌周到的人,几天过后,她再也沉不住气了,过去只是隐隐约约地折磨着自己,现在她终于带着明确果断的口气说道:“我应当去拜访克罗夫特夫人,我的确应当马上去拜访她。安妮,你有勇气和我一起去大厦拜访吗?这对我们两个都是一桩痛苦的事情。”

安妮并没有畏缩,相反,她心里想的正像她嘴里说的那样:

“我想,你很可能比我更痛苦些。你感情上不及我那样能适应这一变化。我一直呆在这一带,对此已经习以为常了。”

她在这个话题上本来还可以多说几句,因为她实在太推崇克罗夫特夫妇了,认为她父亲能找到这样的房客真够幸运,觉得教区里肯定有了个好榜样,穷人们肯定会受到无微不至的关怀和接济。

她家不得已搬走了,她不管感到多么懊恼,多么羞愧,良知上却觉得,不配留下的人搬走了,凯林奇大厦落到了比它的主人们更合适的人手里。毫无疑问,这种认识必然孕育着痛苦,而且是一种极大的痛苦。不过,她与拉塞尔夫人不同,重新进入大厦,走过那些十分熟悉的房间时,不会感到她所感到的那种痛苦。

此时此刻,安妮无法对自己说:“这些房间应该仅仅属于我们。哦,它们的命运多么悲惨!大厦里住上了身份多么不相称的人!一个名门世家就这样给撵走了!让几个陌生人给取而代之了!”不,除非她想起自己的母亲,想起她坐在那儿掌管家务的地方,否则她不会发出那样的叹息。

克罗夫特夫人待她总是和和气气的,使她愉快地感到自己很受喜爱。眼下这次,她在大厦里接待她,更是关怀备至。

莱姆发生的可悲事件很快便成了主要话题。她们交换了一下病人的最新消息,显然两位女士都是头天上午同一时刻得到消息的。原来,温特沃思上校昨天回到了凯林奇(这是出事以后的头一回),给安妮带来了最后一封信,可她却查不出这信究竟是怎么送到的。温特沃思上校逗留了几个小时,然后又回到莱姆,目前,不打算再离开了。安妮特别发觉,他还询问了她的情况,希望埃利奥特小姐没有累坏身子,并且把她的劳苦功高美言了一番。这是很宽怀大度的,几乎比任何其他事情都使她感到愉快。

她们两个都是稳重而理智的女人,判断问题都以确凿的事实为依据,因此谈论起这次可悲的灾难来,只能采取一种方式。她们不折不扣地断定,这是过于轻率鲁莽造成的,后果可怕之至,一想到默斯格罗夫小姐还不知道何时何日才能痊愈,很可能还要留下后遗症,真叫人不寒而栗!将军概括地大声说道:

“晦!这事真糟糕透了。小伙子谈恋爱,把女友的脑袋都摔破了,埃利奥特小姐,这莫非是一种新式恋爱法?这真叫摔破脑袋上石膏啊!”

克罗夫特将军的语气神态并不很中拉塞尔夫人的意,但是却让安妮感到高兴。他心地善良,个性直爽,具有莫大的魅力。

“晤,你进来发现我们住在这儿,”他猛然打断了沉思,说道,“心里一定觉得不好受。说实话,我先前没想到这一点,可你一定觉得很不好受。不过,请你不要客气。你要是愿意的话,可以起来到各个屋里转转。”

“下次吧,先生,谢谢您。这次不啦。”

“哈,什么时候都行。你随时都可以从矮树丛那里走进来。你会发现,我们的伞都挂在那门口附近。那是个很适合的地方,对吧?不过,”他顿了顿,“你不会觉得那是个很适合的地方,因为你们的伞总是放在男管家的屋里。是的,我想情况总是如此的。一个人的做事方式可能与别人的同样切实可行,但我们还是最喜欢自己的做事方式。因此是不是要到屋里转转,得由你自己作主。”

安妮觉得她还是可以谢绝的,便十分感激地作了表示。

“我们做的改动很少,”将军略思片刻,继续说道。“很少。我们在厄泼克劳斯对你说过那洗衣房的门。我们对它改动很大。那小门洞那么不方便,天下有的人家居然能忍受这么长时间,真叫人感到奇怪!请你告诉沃尔特爵士,我们做了改建,谢泼德先生认为,这是这幢房子历来所做出的最了不起的改建。的确,我应该替我们自己说句公道话,我们所做的几处修缮,都比原来强多了。不过,这都是我妻子的功劳。我的贡献很小,我只是让人搬走了我化妆室里的几面大镜子,那都是你父亲的。真是个了不起的人,一个真正的绅士。可是我倒觉得,埃利奥特小姐,”他带着沉思的神情,“我倒觉得就他的年龄而言,他倒是个讲究衣着的人。摆上这么多的镜子!哦,上帝!你说什么也躲不开自己的影子。于是我找索菲来帮忙,很快就把镜子搬走了。现在我就舒服多了,角落里有面小镜子刮脸用,还有个大家伙我从不挨近。”

安妮情不自禁地乐了,可又苦苦地不知道回答什么是好。将军唯恐自己不够客气,便接着这话头继续说道:

“埃利奥特小姐,你下次给令尊写信的时候,请代我和克罗夫特夫人问候他,告诉他我们称心如意地住下来了,对这地方没有什么可挑剔的。就算餐厅的烟囱有点漏烟吧,可那只是刮正北风,而且刮得很厉害的时候,一冬或许碰不上三次。总的说来,我们去过附近的大多数房子,可以断言,我们最喜欢的还是这一幢。请你就这么告诉他,并转达我的问候。他听到了会高兴的。”

拉塞尔夫人和克罗夫特夫人相互都十分中意,不过也是命中注定,由这次拜访开始的结交暂时不会有什么进展,因为克罗夫特夫妇回访时宣布,他们要离开几个星期,去探望郡北部的亲戚,可能到拉塞尔夫人去巴思的时候还回不来。

于是,危险消除了,安妮不可能在凯林奇大厦遇见温特沃思上校了,不可能见到他同她的朋友在一起了。一切都保险了,她为这事担心来担心去的,全是白费心思,她不禁感到好笑。


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1 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。
2 mansion 8BYxn     
n.大厦,大楼;宅第
参考例句:
  • The old mansion was built in 1850.这座古宅建于1850年。
  • The mansion has extensive grounds.这大厦四周的庭园广阔。
3 immediate aapxh     
adj.立即的;直接的,最接近的;紧靠的
参考例句:
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
4 distressed du1z3y     
痛苦的
参考例句:
  • He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions. 他非常苦恼而困惑,无法回答他们的问题。
  • The news of his death distressed us greatly. 他逝世的消息使我们极为悲痛。
5 distress 3llzX     
n.苦恼,痛苦,不舒适;不幸;vt.使悲痛
参考例句:
  • Nothing could alleviate his distress.什么都不能减轻他的痛苦。
  • Please don't distress yourself.请你不要忧愁了。
6 exertions 2d5ee45020125fc19527a78af5191726     
n.努力( exertion的名词复数 );费力;(能力、权力等的)运用;行使
参考例句:
  • As long as they lived, exertions would not be necessary to her. 只要他们活着,是不需要她吃苦的。 来自辞典例句
  • She failed to unlock the safe in spite of all her exertions. 她虽然费尽力气,仍未能将那保险箱的锁打开。 来自辞典例句
7 hysterical 7qUzmE     
adj.情绪异常激动的,歇斯底里般的
参考例句:
  • He is hysterical at the sight of the photo.他一看到那张照片就异常激动。
  • His hysterical laughter made everybody stunned.他那歇斯底里的笑声使所有的人不知所措。
8 harry heBxS     
vt.掠夺,蹂躏,使苦恼
参考例句:
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
9 deserted GukzoL     
adj.荒芜的,荒废的,无人的,被遗弃的
参考例句:
  • The deserted village was filled with a deathly silence.这个荒废的村庄死一般的寂静。
  • The enemy chieftain was opposed and deserted by his followers.敌人头目众叛亲离。
10 bruises bruises     
n.瘀伤,伤痕,擦伤( bruise的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • He was covered with bruises after falling off his bicycle. 他从自行车上摔了下来,摔得浑身伤痕。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The pear had bruises of dark spots. 这个梨子有碰伤的黑斑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 thither cgRz1o     
adv.向那里;adj.在那边的,对岸的
参考例句:
  • He wandered hither and thither looking for a playmate.他逛来逛去找玩伴。
  • He tramped hither and thither.他到处流浪。
12 intervals f46c9d8b430e8c86dea610ec56b7cbef     
n.[军事]间隔( interval的名词复数 );间隔时间;[数学]区间;(戏剧、电影或音乐会的)幕间休息
参考例句:
  • The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. 预报间晴,有阵雨。
  • Meetings take place at fortnightly intervals. 每两周开一次会。
13 fixed JsKzzj     
adj.固定的,不变的,准备好的;(计算机)固定的
参考例句:
  • 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。
14 dreaded XuNzI3     
adj.令人畏惧的;害怕的v.害怕,恐惧,担心( dread的过去式和过去分词)
参考例句:
  • The dreaded moment had finally arrived. 可怕的时刻终于来到了。
  • He dreaded having to spend Christmas in hospital. 他害怕非得在医院过圣诞节不可。 来自《用法词典》
15 inclination Gkwyj     
n.倾斜;点头;弯腰;斜坡;倾度;倾向;爱好
参考例句:
  • She greeted us with a slight inclination of the head.她微微点头向我们致意。
  • I did not feel the slightest inclination to hurry.我没有丝毫着急的意思。
16 privy C1OzL     
adj.私用的;隐密的
参考例句:
  • Only three people,including a policeman,will be privy to the facts.只会允许3个人,其中包括一名警察,了解这些内情。
  • Very few of them were privy to the details of the conspiracy.他们中很少有人知道这一阴谋的详情。
17 determined duszmP     
adj.坚定的;有决心的
参考例句:
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
18 lodgings f12f6c99e9a4f01e5e08b1197f095e6e     
n. 出租的房舍, 寄宿舍
参考例句:
  • When he reached his lodgings the sun had set. 他到达公寓房间时,太阳已下山了。
  • I'm on the hunt for lodgings. 我正在寻找住所。
19 solitary 7FUyx     
adj.孤独的,独立的,荒凉的;n.隐士
参考例句:
  • I am rather fond of a solitary stroll in the country.我颇喜欢在乡间独自徜徉。
  • The castle rises in solitary splendour on the fringe of the desert.这座城堡巍然耸立在沙漠的边际,显得十分壮美。
20 animated Cz7zMa     
adj.生气勃勃的,活跃的,愉快的
参考例句:
  • His observations gave rise to an animated and lively discussion.他的言论引起了一场气氛热烈而活跃的讨论。
  • We had an animated discussion over current events last evening.昨天晚上我们热烈地讨论时事。
21 pensive 2uTys     
a.沉思的,哀思的,忧沉的
参考例句:
  • He looked suddenly sombre,pensive.他突然看起来很阴郁,一副忧虑的样子。
  • He became so pensive that she didn't like to break into his thought.他陷入沉思之中,她不想打断他的思路。
22 blotting 82f88882eee24a4d34af56be69fee506     
吸墨水纸
参考例句:
  • Water will permeate blotting paper. 水能渗透吸水纸。
  • One dab with blotting-paper and the ink was dry. 用吸墨纸轻轻按了一下,墨水就乾了。
23 veranda XfczWG     
n.走廊;阳台
参考例句:
  • She sat in the shade on the veranda.她坐在阳台上的遮荫处。
  • They were strolling up and down the veranda.他们在走廊上来回徜徉。
24 misty l6mzx     
adj.雾蒙蒙的,有雾的
参考例句:
  • He crossed over to the window to see if it was still misty.他走到窗户那儿,看看是不是还有雾霭。
  • The misty scene had a dreamy quality about it.雾景给人以梦幻般的感觉。
25 humble ddjzU     
adj.谦卑的,恭顺的;地位低下的;v.降低,贬低
参考例句:
  • In my humble opinion,he will win the election.依我拙见,他将在选举中获胜。
  • Defeat and failure make people humble.挫折与失败会使人谦卑。
26 tenements 307ebb75cdd759d238f5844ec35f9e27     
n.房屋,住户,租房子( tenement的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Here were crumbling tenements, squalid courtyards and stinking alleys. 随处可见破烂的住房、肮脏的庭院和臭气熏天的小胡同。 来自辞典例句
  • The tenements are in a poor section of the city. 共同住宅是在城中较贫苦的区域里。 来自辞典例句
27 softened 19151c4e3297eb1618bed6a05d92b4fe     
(使)变软( soften的过去式和过去分词 ); 缓解打击; 缓和; 安慰
参考例句:
  • His smile softened slightly. 他的微笑稍柔和了些。
  • The ice cream softened and began to melt. 冰淇淋开始变软并开始融化。
28 reconciliation DUhxh     
n.和解,和谐,一致
参考例句:
  • He was taken up with the reconciliation of husband and wife.他忙于做夫妻间的调解工作。
  • Their handshake appeared to be a gesture of reconciliation.他们的握手似乎是和解的表示。
29 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。
30 evade evade     
vt.逃避,回避;避开,躲避
参考例句:
  • He tried to evade the embarrassing question.他企图回避这令人难堪的问题。
  • You are in charge of the job.How could you evade the issue?你是负责人,你怎么能对这个问题不置可否?
31 lodge q8nzj     
v.临时住宿,寄宿,寄存,容纳;n.传达室,小旅馆
参考例句:
  • Is there anywhere that I can lodge in the village tonight?村里有我今晚过夜的地方吗?
  • I shall lodge at the inn for two nights.我要在这家小店住两个晚上。
32 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。
33 converse 7ZwyI     
vi.谈话,谈天,闲聊;adv.相反的,相反
参考例句:
  • He can converse in three languages.他可以用3种语言谈话。
  • I wanted to appear friendly and approachable but I think I gave the converse impression.我想显得友好、平易近人些,却发觉给人的印象恰恰相反。
34 smother yxlwO     
vt./vi.使窒息;抑制;闷死;n.浓烟;窒息
参考例句:
  • They tried to smother the flames with a damp blanket.他们试图用一条湿毯子去灭火。
  • We tried to smother our laughter.我们强忍住笑。
35 reverted 5ac73b57fcce627aea1bfd3f5d01d36c     
恢复( revert的过去式和过去分词 ); 重提; 回到…上; 归还
参考例句:
  • After the settlers left, the area reverted to desert. 早期移民离开之后,这个地区又变成了一片沙漠。
  • After his death the house reverted to its original owner. 他死后房子归还给了原先的主人。
36 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。
37 intimacy z4Vxx     
n.熟悉,亲密,密切关系,亲昵的言行
参考例句:
  • His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他声称自己与总统关系密切,这有点言过其实。
  • I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有个关于亲密的规则。
38 solicitude mFEza     
n.焦虑
参考例句:
  • Your solicitude was a great consolation to me.你对我的关怀给了我莫大的安慰。
  • He is full of tender solicitude towards my sister.他对我妹妹满心牵挂。
39 discourse 2lGz0     
n.论文,演说;谈话;话语;vi.讲述,著述
参考例句:
  • We'll discourse on the subject tonight.我们今晚要谈论这个问题。
  • He fell into discourse with the customers who were drinking at the counter.他和站在柜台旁的酒客谈了起来。
40 lament u91zi     
n.悲叹,悔恨,恸哭;v.哀悼,悔恨,悲叹
参考例句:
  • Her face showed lament.她的脸上露出悲伤的样子。
  • We lament the dead.我们哀悼死者。
41 expedient 1hYzh     
adj.有用的,有利的;n.紧急的办法,权宜之计
参考例句:
  • The government found it expedient to relax censorship a little.政府发现略微放宽审查是可取的。
  • Every kind of expedient was devised by our friends.我们的朋友想出了各种各样的应急办法。
42 briefly 9Styo     
adv.简单地,简短地
参考例句:
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想简单地谈一下这个问题的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一个恐怖组织绑架并短暂拘禁。
43 attachment POpy1     
n.附属物,附件;依恋;依附
参考例句:
  • She has a great attachment to her sister.她十分依恋她的姐姐。
  • She's on attachment to the Ministry of Defense.她现在隶属于国防部。
44 revelled 3945e33567182dd7cea0e01a208cc70f     
v.作乐( revel的过去式和过去分词 );狂欢;着迷;陶醉
参考例句:
  • The foreign guests revelled in the scenery of the lake. 外宾们十分喜爱湖上的景色。 来自辞典例句
  • He revelled in those moments of idleness stolen from his work. 他喜爱学习之余的闲暇时刻。 来自辞典例句
45 repose KVGxQ     
v.(使)休息;n.安息
参考例句:
  • Don't disturb her repose.不要打扰她休息。
  • Her mouth seemed always to be smiling,even in repose.她的嘴角似乎总是挂着微笑,即使在睡眠时也是这样。
46 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。
47 inured inured     
adj.坚强的,习惯的
参考例句:
  • The prisoners quickly became inured to the harsh conditions.囚犯们很快就适应了苛刻的条件。
  • He has inured himself to accept misfortune.他锻练了自己,使自己能承受不幸。
48 tenants 05662236fc7e630999509804dd634b69     
n.房客( tenant的名词复数 );佃户;占用者;占有者
参考例句:
  • A number of tenants have been evicted for not paying the rent. 许多房客因不付房租被赶了出来。
  • Tenants are jointly and severally liable for payment of the rent. 租金由承租人共同且分别承担。
49 precluded 84f6ba3bf290d49387f7cf6189bc2f80     
v.阻止( preclude的过去式和过去分词 );排除;妨碍;使…行不通
参考例句:
  • Abdication is precluded by the lack of a possible successor. 因为没有可能的继承人,让位无法实现。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The bad weather precluded me from attending the meeting. 恶劣的天气使我不能出席会议。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
50 prevailing E1ozF     
adj.盛行的;占优势的;主要的
参考例句:
  • She wears a fashionable hair style prevailing in the city.她的发型是这个城市流行的款式。
  • This reflects attitudes and values prevailing in society.这反映了社会上盛行的态度和价值观。
51 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。
52 enquired 4df7506569079ecc60229e390176a0f6     
打听( enquire的过去式和过去分词 ); 询问; 问问题; 查问
参考例句:
  • He enquired for the book in a bookstore. 他在书店查询那本书。
  • Fauchery jestingly enquired whether the Minister was coming too. 浮式瑞嘲笑着问部长是否也会来。
53 catastrophe WXHzr     
n.大灾难,大祸
参考例句:
  • I owe it to you that I survived the catastrophe.亏得你我才大难不死。
  • This is a catastrophe beyond human control.这是一场人类无法控制的灾难。
54 canvassed 7b5359a87abbafb792cee12a01df4640     
v.(在政治方面)游说( canvass的过去式和过去分词 );调查(如选举前选民的)意见;为讨论而提出(意见等);详细检查
参考例句:
  • He canvassed the papers, hunting for notices of jobs. 他仔细查阅报纸,寻找招工广告。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • The stirring event was well canvassed. 那桩惊人的事情已经是满城风雨。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
55 ascertained e6de5c3a87917771a9555db9cf4de019     
v.弄清,确定,查明( ascertain的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The previously unidentified objects have now been definitely ascertained as being satellites. 原来所说的不明飞行物现在已证实是卫星。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I ascertained that she was dead. 我断定她已经死了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
56 perfectly 8Mzxb     
adv.完美地,无可非议地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
57 frightful Ghmxw     
adj.可怕的;讨厌的
参考例句:
  • 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。
58 concussion 5YDys     
n.脑震荡;震动
参考例句:
  • He was carried off the field with slight concussion.他因轻微脑震荡给抬离了现场。
  • She suffers from brain concussion.她得了脑震荡。
59 simplicity Vryyv     
n.简单,简易;朴素;直率,单纯
参考例句:
  • She dressed with elegant simplicity.她穿着朴素高雅。
  • The beauty of this plan is its simplicity.简明扼要是这个计划的一大特点。
60 irresistible n4CxX     
adj.非常诱人的,无法拒绝的,无法抗拒的
参考例句:
  • The wheel of history rolls forward with an irresistible force.历史车轮滚滚向前,势不可挡。
  • She saw an irresistible skirt in the store window.她看见商店的橱窗里有一条叫人着迷的裙子。
61 recollected 38b448634cd20e21c8e5752d2b820002     
adj.冷静的;镇定的;被回忆起的;沉思默想的v.记起,想起( recollect的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • I recollected that she had red hair. 我记得她有一头红发。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • His efforts, the Duke recollected many years later, were distinctly half-hearted. 据公爵许多年之后的回忆,他当时明显只是敷衍了事。 来自辞典例句
62 alterations c8302d4e0b3c212bc802c7294057f1cb     
n.改动( alteration的名词复数 );更改;变化;改变
参考例句:
  • Any alterations should be written in neatly to the left side. 改动部分应书写清晰,插在正文的左侧。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Gene mutations are alterations in the DNA code. 基因突变是指DNA 密码的改变。 来自《简明英汉词典》
63 snug 3TvzG     
adj.温暖舒适的,合身的,安全的;v.使整洁干净,舒适地依靠,紧贴;n.(英)酒吧里的私房
参考例句:
  • He showed us into a snug little sitting room.他领我们走进了一间温暖而舒适的小客厅。
  • She had a small but snug home.她有个小小的但很舒适的家。
64 liking mpXzQ5     
n.爱好;嗜好;喜欢
参考例句:
  • The word palate also means taste or liking.Palate这个词也有“口味”或“嗜好”的意思。
  • I must admit I have no liking for exaggeration.我必须承认我不喜欢夸大其词。


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