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Chapter 29

Catherine was too wretched to be fearful. The journey in itself had no terrors for her; and she began it without either dreading2 its length or feeling its solitariness3. Leaning back in one comer of the carriage, in a violent burst of tears, she was conveyed some miles beyond the walls of the abbey before she raised her head; and the highest point of ground within the park was almost closed from her view before she was capable of turning her eyes towards it. Unfortunately, the road she now travelled was the same which only ten days ago she had so happily passed along in going to and from Woodston; and, for fourteen miles, every bitter feeling was rendered more severe by the review of objects on which she had first looked under impressions so different. Every mile, as it brought her nearer Woodston, added to her sufferings, and when within the distance of five, she passed the turning which led to it, and thought of Henry, so near, yet so unconscious, her grief and agitation4 were excessive.

The day which she had spent at that place had been one of the happiest of her life. It was there, it was on that day, that the general had made use of such expressions with regard to Henry and herself, had so spoken and so looked as to give her the most positive conviction of his actually wishing their marriage. Yes, only ten days ago had he elated her by his pointed5 regard -- had he even confused her by his too significant reference! And now -- what had she done, or what had she omitted to do, to merit such a change?

The only offence against him of which she could accuse herself had been such as was scarcely possible to reach his knowledge. Henry and her own heart only were privy6 to the shocking suspicions which she had so idly entertained; and equally safe did she believe her secret with each. Designedly, at least, Henry could not have betrayed her. If, indeed, by any strange mischance his father should have gained intelligence of what she had dared to think and look for, of her causeless fancies and injurious examinations, she could not wonder at any degree of his indignation. If aware of her having viewed him as a murderer, she could not wonder at his even turning her from his house. But a justification7 so full of torture to herself, she trusted, would not be in his power.

Anxious as were all her conjectures8 on this point, it was not, however, the one on which she dwelt most. There was a thought yet nearer, a more prevailing10, more impetuous concern. How Henry would think, and feel, and look, when he returned on the morrow to Northanger and heard of her being gone, was a question of force and interest to rise over every other, to be never ceasing, alternately irritating and soothing11; it sometimes suggested the dread1 of his calm acquiescence12, and at others was answered by the sweetest confidence in his regret and resentment13. To the general, of course, he would not dare to speak; but to Eleanor -- what might he not say to Eleanor about her?

In this unceasing recurrence14 of doubts and inquiries15, on any one article of which her mind was incapable16 of more than momentary17 repose18, the hours passed away, and her journey advanced much faster than she looked for. The pressing anxieties of thought, which prevented her from noticing anything before her, when once beyond the neighbourhood of Woodston, saved her at the same time from watching her progress; and though no object on the road could engage a moment's attention, she found no stage of it tedious. From this, she was preserved too by another cause, by feeling no eagerness for her journey's conclusion; for to return in such a manner to Fullerton was almost to destroy the pleasure of a meeting with those she loved best, even after an absence such as hers -- an eleven weeks' absence. What had she to say that would not humble19 herself and pain her family, that would not increase her own grief by the confession20 of it, extend an useless resentment, and perhaps involve the innocent with the guilty in undistinguishing ill will? She could never do justice to Henry and Eleanor's merit; she felt it too strongly for expression; and should a dislike be taken against them, should they be thought of unfavourably, on their father's account, it would cut her to the heart.

With these feelings, she rather dreaded21 than sought for the first view of that well-known spire22 which would announce her within twenty miles of home. Salisbury she had known to be her point on leaving Northanger; but after the first stage she had been indebted to the post-masters for the names of the places which were then to conduct her to it; so great had been her ignorance of her route. She met with nothing, however, to distress23 or frighten her. Her youth, civil manners, and liberal pay procured24 her all the attention that a traveller like herself could require; and stopping only to change horses, she travelled on for about eleven hours without accident or alarm, and between six and seven o'clock in the evening found herself entering Fullerton.

A heroine returning, at the close of her career, to her native village, in all the triumph of recovered reputation, and all the dignity of a countess, with a long train of noble relations in their several phaetons, and three waiting-maids in a travelling chaise and four, behind her, is an event on which the pen of the contriver26 may well delight to dwell; it gives credit to every conclusion, and the author must share in the glory she so liberally bestows27. But my affair is widely different; I bring back my heroine to her home in solitude28 and disgrace; and no sweet elation25 of spirits can lead me into minuteness. A heroine in a hack29 post-chaise is such a blow upon sentiment, as no attempt at grandeur30 or pathos31 can withstand. Swiftly therefore shall her post-boy drive through the village, amid the gaze of Sunday groups, and speedy shall be her descent from it.

But, whatever might be the distress of Catherine's mind, as she thus advanced towards the parsonage, and whatever the humiliation32 of her biographer in relating it, she was preparing enjoyment33 of no everyday nature for those to whom she went; first, in the appearance of her carriage -- and secondly34, in herself. The chaise of a traveller being a rare sight in Fullerton, the whole family were immediately at the window; and to have it stop at the sweep-gate was a pleasure to brighten every eye and occupy every fancy -- a pleasure quite unlooked for by all but the two youngest children, a boy and girl of six and four years old, who expected a brother or sister in every carriage. Happy the glance that first distinguished35 Catherine! Happy the voice that proclaimed the discovery! But whether such happiness were the lawful36 property of George or Harriet could never be exactly understood.

Her father, mother, Sarah, George, and Harriet, all assembled at the door to welcome her with affectionate eagerness, was a sight to awaken37 the best feelings of Catherine's heart; and in the embrace of each, as she stepped from the carriage, she found herself soothed38 beyond anything that she had believed possible. So surrounded, so caressed39, she was even happy! In the joyfulness40 of family love everything for a short time was subdued42, and the pleasure of seeing her, leaving them at first little leisure for calm curiosity, they were all seated round the tea-table, which Mrs. Morland had hurried for the comfort of the poor traveller, whose pale and jaded43 looks soon caught her notice, before any inquiry44 so direct as to demand a positive answer was addressed to her.

Reluctantly, and with much hesitation45, did she then begin what might perhaps, at the end of half an hour, be termed, by the courtesy of her hearers, an explanation; but scarcely, within that time, could they at all discover the cause, or collect the particulars, of her sudden return. They were far from being an irritable46 race; far from any quickness in catching47, or bitterness in resenting, affronts48: but here, when the whole was unfolded, was an insult not to be overlooked, nor, for the first half hour, to be easily pardoned. Without suffering any romantic alarm, in the consideration of their daughter's long and lonely journey, Mr. and Mrs. Morland could not but feel that it might have been productive of much unpleasantness to her; that it was what they could never have voluntarily suffered; and that, in forcing her on such a measure, General Tilney had acted neither honourably49 nor feelingly -- neither as a gentleman nor as a parent. Why he had done it, what could have provoked him to such a breach50 of hospitality, and so suddenly turned all his partial regard for their daughter into actual ill will, was a matter which they were at least as far from divining as Catherine herself; but it did not oppress them by any means so long; and, after a due course of useless conjecture9, that "it was a strange business, and that he must be a very strange man," grew enough for all their indignation and wonder; though Sarah indeed still indulged in the sweets of incomprehensibility, exclaiming and conjecturing51 with youthful ardour. "My dear, you give yourself a great deal of needless trouble," said her mother at last; "depend upon it, it is something not at all worth understanding."

"I can allow for his wishing Catherine away, when he recollected52 this engagement," said Sarah, "but why not do it civilly?"

"I am sorry for the young people," returned Mrs. Morland; "they must have a sad time of it; but as for anything else, it is no matter now; Catherine is safe at home, and our comfort does not depend upon General Tilney." Catherine sighed. "Well," continued her philosophic53 mother, "I am glad I did not know of your journey at the time; but now it is all over, perhaps there is no great harm done. It is always good for young people to be put upon exerting themselves; and you know, my dear Catherine, you always were a sad little scatter-brained creature; but now you must have been forced to have your wits about you, with so much changing of chaises and so forth54; and I hope it will appear that you have not left anything behind you in any of the pockets."

Catherine hoped so too, and tried to feel an interest in her own amendment55, but her spirits were quite worn down; and, to be silent and alone becoming soon her only wish, she readily agreed to her mother's next counsel of going early to bed. Her parents, seeing nothing in her ill looks and agitation but the natural consequence of mortified56 feelings, and of the unusual exertion57 and fatigue58 of such a journey, parted from her without any doubt of their being soon slept away; and though, when they all met the next morning, her recovery was not equal to their hopes, they were still perfectly59 unsuspicious of there being any deeper evil. They never once thought of her heart, which, for the parents of a young lady of seventeen, just returned from her first excursion from home, was odd enough!

As soon as breakfast was over, she sat down to fulfil her promise to Miss Tilney, whose trust in the effect of time and distance on her friend's disposition60 was already justified61, for already did Catherine reproach herself with having parted from Eleanor coldly, with having never enough valued her merits or kindness, and never enough commiserated62 her for what she had been yesterday left to endure. The strength of these feelings, however, was far from assisting her pen; and never had it been harder for her to write than in addressing Eleanor Tilney. To compose a letter which might at once do justice to her sentiments and her situation, convey gratitude63 without servile regret, be guarded without coldness, and honest without resentment -- a letter which Eleanor might not be pained by the perusal64 of -- and, above all, which she might not blush herself, if Henry should chance to see, was an undertaking65 to frighten away all her powers of performance; and, after long thought and much perplexity, to be very brief was all that she could determine on with any confidence of safety. The money therefore which Eleanor had advanced was enclosed with little more than grateful thanks, and the thousand good wishes of a most affectionate heart.

"This has been a strange acquaintance," observed Mrs. Morland, as the letter was finished; "soon made and soon ended. I am sorry it happens so, for Mrs. Allen thought them very pretty kind of young people; and you were sadly out of luck too in your Isabella. Ah! Poor James! Well, we must live and learn; and the next new friends you make I hope will be better worth keeping."

Catherine coloured as she warmly answered, "No friend can be better worth keeping than Eleanor."

"If so, my dear, I dare say you will meet again some time or other; do not be uneasy. It is ten to one but you are thrown together again in the course of a few years; and then what a pleasure it will be!"

Mrs. Morland was not happy in her attempt at consolation66. The hope of meeting again in the course of a few years could only put into Catherine's head what might happen within that time to make a meeting dreadful to her. She could never forget Henry Tilney, or think of him with less tenderness than she did at that moment; but he might forget her; and in that case, to meet -- ! Her eyes filled with tears as she pictured her acquaintance so renewed; and her mother, perceiving her comfortable suggestions to have had no good effect, proposed, as another expedient67 for restoring her spirits, that they should call on Mrs. Allen.

The two houses were only a quarter of a mile apart; and, as they walked, Mrs. Morland quickly dispatched all that she felt on the score of James's disappointment. "We are sorry for him," said she; "but otherwise there is no harm done in the match going off; for it could not be a desirable thing to have him engaged to a girl whom we had not the smallest acquaintance with, and who was so entirely68 without fortune; and now, after such behaviour, we cannot think at all well of her. Just at present it comes hard to poor James; but that will not last forever; and I dare say he will be a discreeter man all his life, for the foolishness of his first choice."

This was just such a summary view of the affair as Catherine could listen to; another sentence might have endangered her complaisance69, and made her reply less rational; for soon were all her thinking powers swallowed up in the reflection of her own change of feelings and spirits since last she had trodden that well-known road. It was not three months ago since, wild with joyful41 expectation, she had there run backwards70 and forwards some ten times a day, with an heart light, gay, and independent; looking forward to pleasures untasted and unalloyed, and free from the apprehension71 of evil as from the knowledge of it. Three months ago had seen her all this; and now, how altered a being did she return!

She was received by the Allens with all the kindness which her unlooked-for appearance, acting72 on a steady affection, would naturally call forth; and great was their surprise, and warm their displeasure, on hearing how she had been treated -- though Mrs. Morland's account of it was no inflated73 representation, no studied appeal to their passions. "Catherine took us quite by surprise yesterday evening," said she. "She travelled all the way post by herself, and knew nothing of coming till Saturday night; for General Tilney, from some odd fancy or other, all of a sudden grew tired of having her there, and almost turned her out of the house. Very unfriendly, certainly; and he must be a very odd man; but we are so glad to have her amongst us again! And it is a great comfort to find that she is not a poor helpless creature, but can shift very well for herself."

Mr. Allen expressed himself on the occasion with the reasonable resentment of a sensible friend; and Mrs. Allen thought his expressions quite good enough to be immediately made use of again by herself. His wonder, his conjectures, and his explanations became in succession hers, with the addition of this single remark -- "I really have not patience with the general" -- to fill up every accidental pause. And, "I really have not patience with the general," was uttered twice after Mr. Allen left the room, without any relaxation74 of anger, or any material digression of thought. A more considerable degree of wandering attended the third repetition; and, after completing the fourth, she immediately added, "Only think, my dear, of my having got that frightful75 great rent in my best Mechlin so charmingly mended, before I left Bath, that one can hardly see where it was. I must show it you some day or other. Bath is a nice place, Catherine, after all. I assure you I did not above half like coming away. Mrs. Thorpe's being there was such a comfort to us, was not it? You know, you and I were quite forlorn at first."

"Yes, but that did not last long," said Catherine, her eyes brightening at the recollection of what had first given spirit to her existence there.

"Very true: we soon met with Mrs. Thorpe, and then we wanted for nothing. My dear, do not you think these silk gloves wear very well? I put them on new the first time of our going to the Lower Rooms, you know, and I have worn them a great deal since. Do you remember that evening?"

"Do I! Oh! Perfectly."

"It was very agreeable, was not it? Mr. Tilney drank tea with us, and I always thought him a great addition, he is so very agreeable. I have a notion you danced with him, but am not quite sure. I remember I had my favourite gown on."

Catherine could not answer; and, after a short trial of other subjects, Mrs. Allen again returned to -- "I really have not patience with the general! Such an agreeable, worthy76 man as he seemed to be! I do not suppose, Mrs. Morland, you ever saw a better-bred man in your life. His lodgings77 were taken the very day after he left them, Catherine. But no wonder; Milsom Street, you know."

As they walked home again, Mrs. Morland endeavoured to impress on her daughter's mind the happiness of having such steady well-wishers as Mr. and Mrs. Allen, and the very little consideration which the neglect or unkindness of slight acquaintance like the Tilneys ought to have with her, while she could preserve the good opinion and affection of her earliest friends. There was a great deal of good sense in all this; but there are some situations of the human mind in which good sense has very little power; and Catherine's feelings contradicted almost every position her mother advanced. It was upon the behaviour of these very slight acquaintance that all her present happiness depended; and while Mrs. Morland was successfully confirming her own opinions by the justness of her own representations, Catherine was silently reflecting that now Henry must have arrived at Northanger; now he must have heard of her departure; and now, perhaps, they were all setting off for Hereford.

凯瑟琳因为过于伤心,也顾不得害怕了。旅行本身倒没有什么可怕的,她启程的时候,既不畏惧路程的遥远,也不感到旅途的孤寂。她靠在马车的一个角角上,泪如泉涌,直到马车驶出寺院好几英里,才抬起头来;直到寺院里的最高点差不多被遮住了,才能回过脸朝它望去。不幸的是,她现在所走的这条路,恰好是她十天前兴高采烈地往返伍德斯顿时所走的那条。沿途十四英里,上次带着迥然不同的心情目睹过的那些景物,这次再看上去,使她心里感到越发难受。她每走近伍德斯顿一英里,心里的痛苦就加重一分。当她经过离伍德斯顿只有五英里的那个岔路口时,一想亨利就在附近,可他又被蒙在鼓里,真使她焦灼万分,悲伤至极。

她在伍德斯顿度过的那天,是她一生中最快活的一天。就在那里,就在那天,将军说及亨利和她的时候,用了那样的字眼,连话带神气都使她百分之百地确信,将军确实希望他们能结成姻缘。是的,仅仅十天前,他那显而易见的好感还使她为之欢欣鼓伍呢-他还用那句意味深长的暗示搞得她心慌意乱!而现在,她究竟做了什么事,或者漏做了什么事,才惹得他改变了态度呢?

她觉得自己只冒犯了将军一次,但是这事不大可能传进他的耳朵。她对他的那些骇人听闻的疑神疑鬼,只有亨利和她自己知道,她相信亨利会像她自己一样严守秘密。至少,亨利不会有意出卖她。假若出现奇怪的不幸,将军当真得知她那些斗胆的想象和搜索,得知她那些无稽的幻想和有伤体面的检查,任凭他再怎么发怒,凯瑟琳也不会感到惊奇。假若将军得知她曾把他看成杀人凶手,他即使把她驱逐出门,她也不会感到诧异。但是她相信,这件使她十分痛苦的事情,将军是不会知道的。

她虽然心急火燎地在这上面猜来猜去,但是她考虑得最多的,还不是这件事。她还有个更密切的思想,一个更急迫、更强烈的念头。亨利明天回到诺桑觉寺听说她走了之后,他会产生什么想法,什么感觉,什么表情,这是个强有力而又颇有趣的问题,比其他一切间题都重要,一直萦绕在她的脑际,使她时而感到烦恼,时而为之宽慰。有时她害怕他会不声不响地表示默认,有时又美滋滋地相信他一定会感到悔恨和气愤。当然,他不敢责备将军,但是对埃丽诺,有关她凯瑟琳的事情有什么不能跟埃丽诺说的呢?

她心里疑疑惑惑的,反复不停地询间自己,可是哪个问题也不能给她带来片刻的安宁。时间就这么过去了,她没想到一路上会走得这么快。马车驶过伍德斯顿附近以后,满脑子的焦虑悬念使她顾不得去观看眼前的景物,同时也省得她去注视旅途的进程。路旁的景物虽说引不起她片刻的注意,但她始终也不觉得厌倦。她之所以无此感觉,还有另外一个原因:她并不急于到达目的地,因为她虽说离家已有十一个星期之久,但是这样回到富勒顿,根本不可能感到与亲人团聚的欢乐。她说什么话能不使自己丢脸,不让家人痛苦呢?她只要照实一说,便会感到更加悲伤,无谓地扩大怨恨,也许还会不分青红皂白地把有过无过的人纠缠在一起。她永远道不尽亨利和埃丽诺对她的好处:她对此感受之深,简直无法用言语加以形容。假若有人因为他们父亲的缘故而讨厌他们,憎恶他们,那可要叫她伤透了心。

由于有这样的心情,她并不期望看见那个表示她离家只有二十英里的塔尖,相反,她生怕见到它。她原先只知道,自已出了诺桑觉寺以后,下面便是索尔兹伯里,但是第一段旅程走完后,多亏驿站长告诉了她一个个地名,她才知道怎么通向索尔兹伯里。不过她没有遇到什么麻烦和恐惧。她年纪轻轻,待人客气,出手大方,因而赢得了像她这样一个旅客一路上必不可少的种种照顾。车子除了换马以外,一直没有停下来,接连走了十一个钟头,也没发生意外或惊险。傍晚六七点钟左右,便驶进了富勒顿。

写书人总喜欢这样详细描述故事的结局:女主角快结束自己的生涯时,胜利地挽回了声誉,满举着伯爵夫人的体面尊严回到了乡里,后面跟着一长串的贵族亲戚,分坐在好几辆四轮敞篷马车里,还有一辆四马拉的旅行马车,里面坐着三位侍女。的确,这种写法给故事的结局增添了光彩,写书人如此慷慨落笔,自己也一定沾光不少。但是我的故事却大不相同。我让我的女主角孤孤单单、面目无光地回到家乡,因此我也提不起精神来详细叙述了。让女主角坐在出租驿车上,实在有煞风景,再怎么描写壮观或是悲怆场面,也是挽回不了的。因此,车夫要把车子赶得飞快,在星期日一群群人的众目睽睽之下,一溜烟似地驶进村庄,女主角也飞快地跳下马车。凯瑟琳就这样向牧师住宅前进时,不管她心里有多么痛苦,不管她的做传人叙述起来有多惭愧,她却在给家里人准备着非同寻常的喜悦:先是出现马车,继而出现她本人。旅行马车在富勒顿是不常见的,全家人立刻跑到窗口张望。看见马车停在大门口,个个都喜形于色,脑子里也在想入非非。除了两个小家伙以外,谁也没料到会有这等喜事,而那两个小家伙呢,一个男孩六岁,一个女孩四岁,每次看见马车都盼望是哥哥姐姐回来了。头一个发现凯瑟琳的有多高兴啊!报告这一发现的声音有多兴奋啊!但是这个快活究竟属于乔治还是属于哈里特,却是无从得知了。

凯瑟琳的父亲、母亲、萨拉、乔治和哈里特,统统聚在门口,亲切而热烈地欢迎她,凯瑟琳见此情景心里感到由衷的高兴。她跨下马车,把每个人都拥抱了一遍,没想到自已会觉得这么轻松。大家围着她,抚慰她,甚至使她感到幸福!顷刻间,因为沉浸在亲人团聚的喜悦之中,一切悲伤都被暂时压抑下去。大家一见凯瑟琳都很高兴,也顾不得平心静气地加以盘问,便围着茶桌坐下来。莫兰太太急急忙忙地沏好茶,以便让那远道而归的可怜人儿解解渴。谁想没过多久,还没等有人直截了当地向凯瑟琳提出任何需要明确作答的间题,做母亲的便注意到,女儿脸色苍白,神情疲惫。

凯瑟琳勉勉强强、吞吞吐吐地开口了,她的听众听了半个钟头以后,出于客气,也许可能管这些话称作解释。可是在这其间,他们压根儿听不明白她究竟为何原因突然回来,也搞不清事情的详情细节。他们这家子决不是爱动肝火的人,即使受人侮辱,反应也很迟钝,更不会恨之人骨。但是,凯瑟琳把整个事情说明以后,他们觉得这样的侮辱不容忽视,而且在头半个钟头还觉得不能轻易宽恕。莫兰夫妇想到女儿这趟漫长孤单的旅行时,虽然没有因为胡思乱想而担惊受怕,但是也不由得感到这会给女儿带来很多不快,他们自己决不会情愿去受这种罪。蒂尔尼将军把女儿逼到这步田地,实在太不光彩,太没心肠,既不像个有教养的人,也不像个有儿有女的人。他为什么要这样做,什么事情惹得他如此怠慢客人,他原来十分宠爱他们的女儿,为什么突然变得这么反感,这些间题他们至少像凯瑟琳一样莫名其妙。不过他们并没为此而苦恼多久,胡乱猜测了一阵之后,便这样说道:"真是件怪事,他一定是个怪人。"这句话也足以表达出他们全部的气愤和惊讶。不过萨拉仍然沉浸在甜蜜的莫名其妙之中,只管带着年轻人的热情,大声地惊叫着,猜测着。"乖孩子,你不必去自寻那么多烦恼,"她母亲最后说道,"放心吧,这件事压根儿不值得伤脑筋。"

"他想起了那个约会就想让凯瑟琳走,这点是可以谅解的,"萨拉说,"但他为什么不做得客气一些呢?''

"我替那两个青年人感到难过,"莫兰太太应道,"他们一定很伤心。至于别的事情,现在不必管了。凯瑟琳已经平安到家,我们的安适又不靠蒂尔尼将军来决定。"凯瑟琳叹了口气。"唔,"她那位豁达的母亲说道,"幸亏我当时不知道你走在路上。不过事情都过去了,也许没有什么多大的坏处。让青年人自己去闯闯总是有好处的。你知道,我的好凯瑟琳,你一向是个浮浮躁躁的小可怜虫,可是这回在路上换了那么多次车呀什么的,你就不得不变得机灵一些。我希望你千万别把什么东西拉在车上的口袋里。"

凯瑟琳也希望如此,并且试图对自己的长进感点兴趣,不想她已经完全精疲力竭了。不久,她心里唯一的希望是想独自清静一下,当母亲劝她早些休息的时候,她立刻答应了。她父母认为,她的面容憔悴和心情不安只不过是心里感到屈辱的必然结果,也是旅途过分劳顿的必然结果,因此临别的时候,相信她睡一觉马上就会好的。第二天早晨大家见面时,虽说她没有恢复到他们希望的程度,可是他们仍然丝毫也不疑心这里面会有什么更深的祸根。一个十七岁的大姑娘,第一次出远门归来,做父母的居然一次也没有想到她的心,真是咄咄怪事!

刚吃完早饭,凯瑟琳便坐下来实践她对蒂尔尼小姐的诺言。蒂尔尼小姐相信,时间和距离会改变这位朋友的心情,现在她这信念还真得到了应验,因为凯瑟琳已经在责怪自己离别埃丽诺时表现得大冷淡。同时,她还责怪自己对埃丽诺的优点和情意一向重视不够,昨天她剩下一个人时那么痛苦,却没引起自己足够的同情。然而,感情的力量并没帮助她下笔成文,她以前动笔从没像给埃丽诺·蒂尔尼写信来得这么困难。这封信既要恰如其分地写出她的感情,又要恰如其分地写出她的处境,要能表达感激而不谦卑懊悔,要谨慎而不冷淡,诚挚而不怨恨;这封信,埃丽诺看了要不让她感到痛苦,而尤其重要的是,假如让亨利碰巧看到,她自己也不至于感到脸红;这一切吓得她实在不敢动笔。茫然不知所措地思忖了半夭,最后终于决定,只有写得十分简短才能确保不出差失。于是,她把埃丽诺垫的钱装进信封以后,只写了几句表示感谢和衷心祝愿的话。

"这段交情真奇怪,"等凯瑟琳写完信,莫兰太太说道,"结交得快,了结得也快。出这样的事真叫人遗憾,因为艾伦太太认为他们都是很好的青年。真不幸,你跟你的伊莎贝拉也不走运。唉!可怜的詹姆斯!也罢,人要经一事长一智,希望你以后交朋友可要交些更值得器重的。"

凯瑟琳急红了脸,激动地答道:"埃丽诺就是一个最值得器重的朋友。"

"要是这样,好孩子,我相信你们迟早会再见面的,你不要担心。十有八九,你们在几年内还会碰到一起的。那时候该有多么高兴啊!''

莫兰太太安慰得并不得法。她希望他们几年内再见面,这只能使凯瑟琳联想到:这几年内发生的变化也许会使她害怕再见他们。她永远也忘不了亨利·蒂尔尼,她将永远像现在这样温柔多情地想念他,但是他会忘掉她的,在这种情况下再去见面!凯瑟琳想象到要如此重新见面,眼眶里不觉又充满了泪水。做母亲的意识到自己的婉言劝慰没产生好效果,便又想出了一个恢复精神的权宜之计,提议她们一起去拜访艾伦太太。

两家相距只有四分之一英里。路上,莫兰太太心急口快地说出了她对詹姆斯失恋的全部看法。"我们真替他难过,"她说。"不过,除此而外,这门亲事吹了也没什么不好的。一个素不相识的姑娘,一点嫁妆也没有,和她订婚不会是什么称心如意的事。再说她又做出这种事,我们压根儿就看不上她。眼下可怜的詹姆斯是很难过,.但是这不会长久。我敢说,他头一次傻乎乎地选错了人,一辈子都会做个谨慎人。"

凯瑟琳勉强听完了母亲对这件事的扼要看法,再多说一句话就可能惹她失去克制,作出不理智的回答,因为她的整个思想马上又回忆起:自从上次打这条熟悉的路上走过以来,自己在心情和精神上起了哪些变化。不到三个月以前,她还欣喜若狂地满怀着希望,每天在这条路上来来去去地跑上十几趟,心里轻松愉快,无纠无羁。她一心期待着那些从未尝试过的纯真无瑕的乐趣,一点也不害怕恶运,也不知道什么叫恶运。她三个月前还是这个样子,而现今呢,回来以后简直判若两人!

艾伦夫妇一向疼爱她,眼下突然见她不期而来,自然要亲切备至地接待她。他们听了凯瑟琳的遭遇,不禁大吃一惊,气愤至极,虽然莫兰太太讲述时并没有添枝加叶,也没故意引他们生怒。"昨天晚上,凯瑟琳把我们吓了一大跳,"莫兰太太说道。"她一路上一个人坐着驿车回来的,而且直到星期六晚上才知道要走。蒂尔尼将军不知道什么思想作怪,突然厌烦她呆在那里,险些把她赶出去,真不够朋友。他一定是个怪人。不过,我们很高兴她又回到我们中间!见她很有办法,不是个窝窝囊囊的可怜虫,真是个莫大的安慰。"

这当儿,艾伦先生作为一个富有理智的朋友,很有分寸地表示了自己的愤慨。艾伦太太觉得丈夫的措词十分得当,立即跟着重复了一遍。接着,她又把他的惊奇、推测和解释都一一照说了一遍。每逢说话偶尔接不上茬时,她只是加上自己这么一句话:"我实在忍受不了这位将军。"艾伦先生走出屋去以后,她把这话又说了两遍,当时气还没消,话也没大离题。等说第三遍,她的话题就扯得比较远了。等说第四遍,便立即接着说道:"好孩子,你只要想一想,我离开巴思以前,居然补好了我最喜欢的梅赫伦花边①上那一大块开线的地方,补得好极了,'简直看不出补在什么地方。哪天我一定拿给你瞧瞧。凯瑟琳,巴思毕竟是个好地方。说实话,我真不想回来。索普太太在那儿给了我们很大的方便,对不?要知道,我们两个最初孤苦伶仃的十分可怜。"

"是啊,不过那没持续多久,"凯瑟琳说道,一想到她在巴思的生活最初是如何焕发出生气的,眼睛就又亮闪起来。

"的确,我们不久就遇见了索普太太,然后就什么也不缺了。好孩子,你看我这副丝手套有多结实?我们头一次去下舞厅时我是新戴上的,以后又戴了好多次。你记得那天晚上吗?"

"我记得吗?噢,一清二楚。"

"真令人愉快,是吧?蒂尔尼先生跟我们一块喝茶,我始终认为有他参加真有意思,他是那样讨人喜欢。我好像记得你跟他跳舞了,不过不太肯定。我记得我穿着我最喜爱的长裙。" 凯瑟琳无法回答。艾伦太太略转了几个话题以后,又回过头来说道:"我实在忍受不了那位将军!看样子,他倒像是个讨人喜欢、值得器重的人哪!莫兰太太,我想你一辈子都没见过像他那样有教养的人。凯瑟琳,他走了以后,那座房子就给人租去了。不过这也难怪。你知道吧,米尔萨姆街。"

回家的路上,莫兰太太极力想让女儿认识到:她能交上艾伦夫妇这样好心可靠的朋友真是幸运,既然她还能得到这些老朋友的器重和疼爱,像蒂尔尼家那种交情很浅的人怠慢无礼,她就不该把它放在心上。这些话说得很有见识,但是人的思想在某些情况下是不受理智支配的。莫兰太太几乎每提出一个见解,凯瑟琳都要产生几分抵触情绪。目前,她的全部幸福就取决于这些交情很浅的朋友对她采取什么态度。就在莫兰太太用公正的陈述成功地印证自己的见解时,凯瑟琳却在默默地思索着:亨利现在一定回到了诺桑觉寺;他现在定听说她走了;也许他们现在已经动身去赫里福德了。


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1 dread Ekpz8     
vt.担忧,忧虑;惧怕,不敢;n.担忧,畏惧
参考例句:
  • We all dread to think what will happen if the company closes.我们都不敢去想一旦公司关门我们该怎么办。
  • Her heart was relieved of its blankest dread.她极度恐惧的心理消除了。
2 dreading dreading     
v.害怕,恐惧,担心( dread的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • She was dreading having to broach the subject of money to her father. 她正在为不得不向父亲提出钱的事犯愁。
  • This was the moment he had been dreading. 这是他一直最担心的时刻。
3 solitariness 02b546c5b9162b2dd5727eb373f1669b     
n.隐居;单独
参考例句:
4 agitation TN0zi     
n.搅动;搅拌;鼓动,煽动
参考例句:
  • Small shopkeepers carried on a long agitation against the big department stores.小店主们长期以来一直在煽动人们反对大型百货商店。
  • These materials require constant agitation to keep them in suspension.这些药剂要经常搅动以保持悬浮状态。
5 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。
6 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。
7 justification x32xQ     
n.正当的理由;辩解的理由
参考例句:
  • There's no justification for dividing the company into smaller units. 没有理由把公司划分成小单位。
  • In the young there is a justification for this feeling. 在年轻人中有这种感觉是有理由的。
8 conjectures 8334e6a27f5847550b061d064fa92c00     
推测,猜想( conjecture的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • That's weighing remote military conjectures against the certain deaths of innocent people. 那不过是牵强附会的军事假设,而现在的事实却是无辜者正在惨遭杀害,这怎能同日而语!
  • I was right in my conjectures. 我所猜测的都应验了。
9 conjecture 3p8z4     
n./v.推测,猜测
参考例句:
  • She felt it no use to conjecture his motives.她觉得猜想他的动机是没有用的。
  • This conjecture is not supported by any real evidence.这种推测未被任何确切的证据所证实。
10 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。
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 acquiescence PJFy5     
n.默许;顺从
参考例句:
  • The chief inclined his head in sign of acquiescence.首领点点头表示允许。
  • This is due to his acquiescence.这是因为他的默许。
13 resentment 4sgyv     
n.怨愤,忿恨
参考例句:
  • All her feelings of resentment just came pouring out.她一股脑儿倾吐出所有的怨恨。
  • She cherished a deep resentment under the rose towards her employer.她暗中对她的雇主怀恨在心。
14 recurrence ckazKP     
n.复发,反复,重现
参考例句:
  • More care in the future will prevent recurrence of the mistake.将来的小心可防止错误的重现。
  • He was aware of the possibility of a recurrence of his illness.他知道他的病有可能复发。
15 inquiries 86a54c7f2b27c02acf9fcb16a31c4b57     
n.调查( inquiry的名词复数 );疑问;探究;打听
参考例句:
  • He was released on bail pending further inquiries. 他获得保释,等候进一步调查。
  • I have failed to reach them by postal inquiries. 我未能通过邮政查询与他们取得联系。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
16 incapable w9ZxK     
adj.无能力的,不能做某事的
参考例句:
  • He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed.他不会做出这么残忍的事。
  • Computers are incapable of creative thought.计算机不会创造性地思维。
17 momentary hj3ya     
adj.片刻的,瞬息的;短暂的
参考例句:
  • We are in momentary expectation of the arrival of you.我们无时无刻不在盼望你的到来。
  • I caught a momentary glimpse of them.我瞥了他们一眼。
18 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。
19 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。
20 confession 8Ygye     
n.自白,供认,承认
参考例句:
  • Her confession was simply tantamount to a casual explanation.她的自白简直等于一篇即席说明。
  • The police used torture to extort a confession from him.警察对他用刑逼供。
21 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》
22 spire SF3yo     
n.(教堂)尖顶,尖塔,高点
参考例句:
  • The church spire was struck by lightning.教堂的尖顶遭到了雷击。
  • They could just make out the spire of the church in the distance.他们只能辨认出远处教堂的尖塔。
23 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。
24 procured 493ee52a2e975a52c94933bb12ecc52b     
v.(努力)取得, (设法)获得( procure的过去式和过去分词 );拉皮条
参考例句:
  • These cars are to be procured through open tender. 这些汽车要用公开招标的办法购买。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • A friend procured a position in the bank for my big brother. 一位朋友为我哥哥谋得了一个银行的职位。 来自《用法词典》
25 elation 0q9x7     
n.兴高采烈,洋洋得意
参考例句:
  • She showed her elation at having finally achieved her ambition.最终实现了抱负,她显得十分高兴。
  • His supporters have reacted to the news with elation.他的支持者听到那条消息后兴高采烈。
26 contriver 1c71e973041fdeaa1fc7af3656c6cbdb     
发明者,创制者,筹划者
参考例句:
27 bestows 37d65133a4a734d50d7d7e9a205b8ef8     
赠给,授予( bestow的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • Second, Xie Lingyun bestows on basic subject and emotion connotation. 谢灵运赋的基本主题及情感内涵。
  • And the frigid climate bestows Heilongjiang rich resources of ice and snow. 寒冷的气候赋予了其得天独厚的冰雪资源。
28 solitude xF9yw     
n. 孤独; 独居,荒僻之地,幽静的地方
参考例句:
  • People need a chance to reflect on spiritual matters in solitude. 人们需要独处的机会来反思精神上的事情。
  • They searched for a place where they could live in solitude. 他们寻找一个可以过隐居生活的地方。
29 hack BQJz2     
n.劈,砍,出租马车;v.劈,砍,干咳
参考例句:
  • He made a hack at the log.他朝圆木上砍了一下。
  • Early settlers had to hack out a clearing in the forest where they could grow crops.早期移民不得不在森林里劈出空地种庄稼。
30 grandeur hejz9     
n.伟大,崇高,宏伟,庄严,豪华
参考例句:
  • The grandeur of the Great Wall is unmatched.长城的壮观是独一无二的。
  • These ruins sufficiently attest the former grandeur of the place.这些遗迹充分证明此处昔日的宏伟。
31 pathos dLkx2     
n.哀婉,悲怆
参考例句:
  • The pathos of the situation brought tears to our eyes.情况令人怜悯,看得我们不禁流泪。
  • There is abundant pathos in her words.她的话里富有动人哀怜的力量。
32 humiliation Jd3zW     
n.羞辱
参考例句:
  • He suffered the humiliation of being forced to ask for his cards.他蒙受了被迫要求辞职的羞辱。
  • He will wish to revenge his humiliation in last Season's Final.他会为在上个季度的决赛中所受的耻辱而报复的。
33 enjoyment opaxV     
n.乐趣;享有;享用
参考例句:
  • Your company adds to the enjoyment of our visit. 有您的陪同,我们这次访问更加愉快了。
  • After each joke the old man cackled his enjoyment.每逢讲完一个笑话,这老人就呵呵笑着表示他的高兴。
34 secondly cjazXx     
adv.第二,其次
参考例句:
  • Secondly,use your own head and present your point of view.第二,动脑筋提出自己的见解。
  • Secondly it is necessary to define the applied load.其次,需要确定所作用的载荷。
35 distinguished wu9z3v     
adj.卓越的,杰出的,著名的
参考例句:
  • Elephants are distinguished from other animals by their long noses.大象以其长长的鼻子显示出与其他动物的不同。
  • A banquet was given in honor of the distinguished guests.宴会是为了向贵宾们致敬而举行的。
36 lawful ipKzCt     
adj.法律许可的,守法的,合法的
参考例句:
  • It is not lawful to park in front of a hydrant.在消火栓前停车是不合法的。
  • We don't recognised him to be the lawful heir.我们不承认他为合法继承人。
37 awaken byMzdD     
vi.醒,觉醒;vt.唤醒,使觉醒,唤起,激起
参考例句:
  • Old people awaken early in the morning.老年人早晨醒得早。
  • Please awaken me at six.请于六点叫醒我。
38 soothed 509169542d21da19b0b0bd232848b963     
v.安慰( soothe的过去式和过去分词 );抚慰;使舒服;减轻痛苦
参考例句:
  • The music soothed her for a while. 音乐让她稍微安静了一会儿。
  • The soft modulation of her voice soothed the infant. 她柔和的声调使婴儿安静了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
39 caressed de08c4fb4b79b775b2f897e6e8db9aad     
爱抚或抚摸…( caress的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • His fingers caressed the back of her neck. 他的手指抚摩着她的后颈。
  • He caressed his wife lovingly. 他怜爱万分地抚摸着妻子。
40 joyfulness 925f64785e916cddb21a3c02c56f1a51     
参考例句:
  • I never consider ease and joyfulness as the purpose of life itself. 我从不认为安逸和快乐就是生活本身的目的。
  • I ago consider ease or joyfulness as the purpose of life itself. 我从来不以为安逸和享乐是一生本来的目的。
41 joyful N3Fx0     
adj.欢乐的,令人欢欣的
参考例句:
  • She was joyful of her good result of the scientific experiments.她为自己的科学实验取得好成果而高兴。
  • They were singing and dancing to celebrate this joyful occasion.他们唱着、跳着庆祝这令人欢乐的时刻。
42 subdued 76419335ce506a486af8913f13b8981d     
adj. 屈服的,柔和的,减弱的 动词subdue的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • He seemed a bit subdued to me. 我觉得他当时有点闷闷不乐。
  • I felt strangely subdued when it was all over. 一切都结束的时候,我却有一种奇怪的压抑感。
43 jaded fqnzXN     
adj.精疲力竭的;厌倦的;(因过饱或过多而)腻烦的;迟钝的
参考例句:
  • I felt terribly jaded after working all weekend. 整个周末工作之后我感到疲惫不堪。
  • Here is a dish that will revive jaded palates. 这道菜简直可以恢复迟钝的味觉。 来自《简明英汉词典》
44 inquiry nbgzF     
n.打听,询问,调查,查问
参考例句:
  • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.许多家长迫切要求调查这个问题。
  • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.调查的范围已经缩小到只剩5个人了。
45 hesitation tdsz5     
n.犹豫,踌躇
参考例句:
  • After a long hesitation, he told the truth at last.踌躇了半天,他终于直说了。
  • There was a certain hesitation in her manner.她的态度有些犹豫不决。
46 irritable LRuzn     
adj.急躁的;过敏的;易怒的
参考例句:
  • He gets irritable when he's got toothache.他牙一疼就很容易发脾气。
  • Our teacher is an irritable old lady.She gets angry easily.我们的老师是位脾气急躁的老太太。她很容易生气。
47 catching cwVztY     
adj.易传染的,有魅力的,迷人的,接住
参考例句:
  • There are those who think eczema is catching.有人就是认为湿疹会传染。
  • Enthusiasm is very catching.热情非常富有感染力。
48 affronts 1c48a01b96db969f030be4ef66848530     
n.(当众)侮辱,(故意)冒犯( affront的名词复数 )v.勇敢地面对( affront的第三人称单数 );相遇
参考例句:
  • How can you stomach their affronts ? 你怎么能够忍受他们的侮辱? 来自辞典例句
  • It was true, acknowledgment in most cases of affronts was counted reparation sufficient. 的确,大部分的无理举动,只要认罪就时以算做足够的赔偿了。 来自辞典例句
49 honourably 0b67e28f27c35b98ec598f359adf344d     
adv.可尊敬地,光荣地,体面地
参考例句:
  • Will the time never come when we may honourably bury the hatchet? 难道我们永远不可能有个体面地休战的时候吗? 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The dispute was settled honourably. 争议体面地得到解决。 来自《简明英汉词典》
50 breach 2sgzw     
n.违反,不履行;破裂;vt.冲破,攻破
参考例句:
  • We won't have any breach of discipline.我们不允许任何破坏纪律的现象。
  • He was sued for breach of contract.他因不履行合同而被起诉。
51 conjecturing 73c4f568cfcd4d0ebd6059325594d75e     
v. & n. 推测,臆测
参考例句:
  • This may be true or partly true; we are all conjecturing here. 这可能属实或者部分属实,我们都是在这儿揣测。
  • Deborah sagacity in conjecturing which of the two girls was likely to have the best place. 狄波拉用尽心机去猜哪一个女儿会得顶好的席位。
52 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
53 philosophic ANExi     
adj.哲学的,贤明的
参考例句:
  • It was a most philosophic and jesuitical motorman.这是个十分善辩且狡猾的司机。
  • The Irish are a philosophic as well as a practical race.爱尔兰人是既重实际又善于思想的民族。
54 forth Hzdz2     
adv.向前;向外,往外
参考例句:
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
55 amendment Mx8zY     
n.改正,修正,改善,修正案
参考例句:
  • The amendment was rejected by 207 voters to 143.这项修正案以207票对143票被否决。
  • The Opposition has tabled an amendment to the bill.反对党已经就该议案提交了一项修正条款。
56 mortified 0270b705ee76206d7730e7559f53ea31     
v.使受辱( mortify的过去式和过去分词 );伤害(人的感情);克制;抑制(肉体、情感等)
参考例句:
  • She was mortified to realize he had heard every word she said. 她意识到自己的每句话都被他听到了,直羞得无地自容。
  • The knowledge of future evils mortified the present felicities. 对未来苦难的了解压抑了目前的喜悦。 来自《简明英汉词典》
57 exertion F7Fyi     
n.尽力,努力
参考例句:
  • We were sweating profusely from the exertion of moving the furniture.我们搬动家具大费气力,累得大汗淋漓。
  • She was hot and breathless from the exertion of cycling uphill.由于用力骑车爬坡,她浑身发热。
58 fatigue PhVzV     
n.疲劳,劳累
参考例句:
  • The old lady can't bear the fatigue of a long journey.这位老妇人不能忍受长途旅行的疲劳。
  • I have got over my weakness and fatigue.我已从虚弱和疲劳中恢复过来了。
59 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。
60 disposition GljzO     
n.性情,性格;意向,倾向;排列,部署
参考例句:
  • He has made a good disposition of his property.他已对财产作了妥善处理。
  • He has a cheerful disposition.他性情开朗。
61 justified 7pSzrk     
a.正当的,有理的
参考例句:
  • She felt fully justified in asking for her money back. 她认为有充分的理由要求退款。
  • The prisoner has certainly justified his claims by his actions. 那个囚犯确实已用自己的行动表明他的要求是正当的。
62 commiserated 19cbd378ad6355ad22fda9873408fe1b     
v.怜悯,同情( commiserate的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She commiserated with the losers on their defeat. 她对失败的一方表示同情。
  • We commiserated with the losers. 我们对落败者表示同情。 来自《简明英汉词典》
63 gratitude p6wyS     
adj.感激,感谢
参考例句:
  • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的谢意。
  • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。
64 perusal mM5xT     
n.细读,熟读;目测
参考例句:
  • Peter Cooke undertook to send each of us a sample contract for perusal.彼得·库克答应给我们每人寄送一份合同样本供阅读。
  • A perusal of the letters which we have published has satisfied him of the reality of our claim.读了我们的公开信后,他终于相信我们的要求的确是真的。
65 undertaking Mfkz7S     
n.保证,许诺,事业
参考例句:
  • He gave her an undertaking that he would pay the money back with in a year.他向她做了一年内还钱的保证。
  • He is too timid to venture upon an undertaking.他太胆小,不敢从事任何事业。
66 consolation WpbzC     
n.安慰,慰问
参考例句:
  • The children were a great consolation to me at that time.那时孩子们成了我的莫大安慰。
  • This news was of little consolation to us.这个消息对我们来说没有什么安慰。
67 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。
68 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。
69 complaisance 1Xky2     
n.彬彬有礼,殷勤,柔顺
参考例句:
  • She speaks with complaisance.她说话彬彬有礼。
  • His complaisance leaves a good impression on her.他的彬彬有礼给她留下了深刻的印象。
70 backwards BP9ya     
adv.往回地,向原处,倒,相反,前后倒置地
参考例句:
  • He turned on the light and began to pace backwards and forwards.他打开电灯并开始走来走去。
  • All the girls fell over backwards to get the party ready.姑娘们迫不及待地为聚会做准备。
71 apprehension bNayw     
n.理解,领悟;逮捕,拘捕;忧虑
参考例句:
  • There were still areas of doubt and her apprehension grew.有些地方仍然存疑,于是她越来越担心。
  • She is a girl of weak apprehension.她是一个理解力很差的女孩。
72 acting czRzoc     
n.演戏,行为,假装;adj.代理的,临时的,演出用的
参考例句:
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
73 inflated Mqwz2K     
adj.(价格)飞涨的;(通货)膨胀的;言过其实的;充了气的v.使充气(于轮胎、气球等)( inflate的过去式和过去分词 );(使)膨胀;(使)通货膨胀;物价上涨
参考例句:
  • He has an inflated sense of his own importance. 他自视过高。
  • They all seem to take an inflated view of their collective identity. 他们对自己的集体身份似乎都持有一种夸大的看法。 来自《简明英汉词典》
74 relaxation MVmxj     
n.松弛,放松;休息;消遣;娱乐
参考例句:
  • The minister has consistently opposed any relaxation in the law.部长一向反对法律上的任何放宽。
  • She listens to classical music for relaxation.她听古典音乐放松。
75 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。
76 worthy vftwB     
adj.(of)值得的,配得上的;有价值的
参考例句:
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。
77 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。


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