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In the store, in the old days, Flo used to say she could tell when some woman was going off thetrack. Special headgear or footwear were often the first giveaways. Galoshes flopping1 open on asummer day. Rubber boots they slopped around in, or men’s workboots. They might say it was onaccount of corns, but Flo knew better. It was deliberate, it was meant to tell. Next might come theold felt hat, the torn raincoat worn in all weathers, the trousers held up at the waist with twine2, thedim shredded3 scarves, the layers of ravelling sweaters.
Mothers and daughters often the same way. It was always in them. Waves of craziness, alwaysrising, irresistible4 as giggles5, from some place deep inside, gradually getting the better of them.
They used to come telling Flo their stories. Flo would string them along. “Is that so?” she wouldsay. “Isn’t that a shame?”
My vegetable grater is gone and I know who took it.
There is a man comes and looks at me when I take my clothes off at night. I put the blind downand he looks through the crack.
Two hills of new potatoes stolen. A jar of whole peaches. Some nice ducks’ eggs.
One of those women they took to the County Home at last. The first thing they did, Flo said,was give her a bath. The next thing they did was cut off her hair, which had grown out like ahaystack. They expected to find anything in it, a dead bird or maybe a nest of baby mouseskeletons. They did find burrs and leaves and a bee that must have got caught and buzzed itself todeath. When they had cut down far enough they found a cloth hat. It had rotted on her head andthe hair had just pushed up through it, like grass through wire.
FLO HAD GOT into the habit of keeping the table set for the next meal, to save trouble. Theplastic cloth was gummy, the outline of the plate and saucer plain on it as the outline of pictures ona greasy6 wall. The refrigerator was full of sulfurous scraps7, dark crusts, furry8 oddments. Rose gotto work cleaning, scraping, scalding. Sometimes Flo came lumbering9 through on her two canes11.
She might ignore Rose’s presence altogether, she might tip the jug12 of maple13 syrup14 up against hermouth and drink it like wine. She loved sweet things now, craved15 them. Brown sugar by thespoonful, maple syrup, tinned puddings, jelly, globs of sweetness to slide down her throat. She hadgiven up smoking, probably for fear of fire.
Another time she said, “What are you doing in there behind the counter? You ask me what youwant, and I’ll get it.” She thought the kitchen was the store.
“I’m Rose,” Rose said in a loud, slow voice. “‘We’re in the kitchen. I’m cleaning up thekitchen.”
The old arrangement of the kitchen: mysterious, personal, eccentric. Big pan in the oven,medium-sized pan under the potato pot on the corner shelf, little pan hanging on the nail by thesink. Colander16 under the sink. Dishrags, newspaper clippings, scissors, muffin tins, hanging onvarious nails. Piles of bills and letters on the sewing-machine, on the telephone shelf. You wouldthink someone had set them down a day or two ago, but they were years old. Rose had comeacross some letters written by herself, in a forced and spritely style. False messengers; falseconnections, with a lost period of her life.
“Rose is away,” Flo said. She had a habit now of sticking her bottom lip out, when she wasdispleased or perplexed17. “Rose got married.”
The second morning Rose got up and found that a gigantic stirring-up had occurred in thekitchen, as if someone had wielded18 a big shaky spoon. The big pan was lodged19 behind therefrigerator; the egg lifter was in with the towels, the breadknife was in the flour bin20 and theroasting pan wedged in the pipes under the sink. Rose made Flo’s breakfast porridge and Flo said,“You’re that woman they were sending to look after me.”
“You aren’t from around here?”
“I haven’t got money to pay you. They sent you, they can pay you.” Flo spread brown sugarover her porridge until the porridge was entirely21 covered, then patted the sugar smooth with herspoon.
After breakfast she spied the cutting board, which Rose had been using when she cut bread forher own toast. “What is this thing doing here getting in our road?” said Flo authoritatively22, pickingit up and marching off—as well as anybody with two canes could march—to hide it somewhere, inthe piano bench or under the back steps.
YEARS AGO, Flo had had a little glassed-in side porch built on to the house. From there shecould watch the road just as she used to watch from behind the counter of the store (the storewindow was now boarded up, the old advertising24 signs painted over). The road wasn’t the mainroad out of Hanratty through West Hanratty to the Lake, any more; there was a highway bypass.
And it was paved, now, with wide gutters25, new mercury vapor26 street lights. The old bridge wasgone and a new, wide bridge, much less emphatic27, had taken its place. The change from Hanrattyto West Hanratty was hardly noticeable. West Hanratty had got itself spruced up with paint andaluminum siding; Flo’s place was about the only eyesore left.
What were the things Flo put up to look at, in her little porch, where she had been sitting foryears now with her joints28 and arteries29 hardening?
A calendar with a picture of a puppy and a kitten on it. Faces turned towards each other so thatthe noses touched, and the space between the two bodies made a heart.
A photograph, in color, of Princess Anne as a child.
A Blue Mountain pottery30 vase, gift from Brian and Phoebe, with three yellow plastic roses in it,vase and roses bearing several seasons’ sifting31 of dust.
Six shells from the Pacific coast, sent home by Rose but not gathered by her, as Flo believed, orhad once believed. Bought on a vacation in the State of Washington. They were an impulse item ina plastic bag by the cashier’s desk in a tourist restaurant.
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, in black cutout scroll32 with a sprinkling of glitter. Free gift froma dairy.
Newspaper photograph of seven coffins33 in a row. Two large and five small. Parents andchildren, all shot by the father in the middle of the night, for reasons nobody knew, in a farmhouseout in the country. That house was not easy to find but Flo had seen it. Neighbors took her, on aSunday drive, in the days when she was using only one cane10. They had to ask directions at a gasstation on the highway, and again at a crossroads store. They were told that many people hadasked the same questions, had been equally determined34. Though Flo had to admit there wasnothing much to see. A house like any other. The chimney, the windows, the shingles35, the door.
Something that could have been a dishtowel, or a diaper, that nobody had felt like taking in, left torot on the line.
Rose had not been back to see Flo for nearly two years. She had been busy, she had beentraveling with small companies, financed by grants, putting on plays or scenes from plays, orgiving readings, in high school auditoriums36 and community halls, all over the country. It was partof her job to go on local television chatting about these productions, trying to drum up interest,telling amusing stories about things that had happened during the tour. There was nothingshameful about any of this, but sometimes Rose was deeply, unaccountably ashamed. She did notlet her confusion show. When she talked in public she was frank and charming; she had a puzzled,diffi-dent way of leading into her anecdotes37, as if she was just now remembering, had not toldthem a hundred times already. Back in her hotel room, she often shivered and moaned, as if shewere having an attack of fever. She blamed it on exhaustion38, or her approaching menopause. Shecouldn’t remember any of the people she had met, the charming, interesting people who hadinvited her to dinner and to whom, over drinks in various cities, she had told intimate things abouther life.
Neglect in Flo’s house had turned a final corner, since Rose saw it last. The rooms were pluggedup with rags and papers and dirt. Pull a blind to let some light in, and the blind comes apart in yourhand. Shake a curtain and the curtain falls to rags, letting loose a choking dust. Put a hand into adrawer and it sinks into something soft and dark and rubbishy.
We hate to write bad news but it looks like she has got past where she can look after herself. Wetry to look in on her but we are not so young ourselves any more so it looks like maybe the timehas come.
The same letter, more or less, had been written to Rose and to her half-brother, Brian, who wasan engineer, living in Toronto. Rose had just come back from her tour. She had assumed thatBrian and his wife, Phoebe, whom she saw seldom, were keeping in touch with Flo. After all, Flowas Brian’s mother, Rose’s stepmother. And it turned out that they had been keeping in touch, orso they thought. Brian had recently been in South America but Phoebe had been phoning Floevery Sunday night. Flo had little to say but she had never talked to Phoebe anyway; she had saidshe was fine, everything was fine, she had offered some information about the weather. Rose hadobserved Flo on the telephone, since she came home and she saw how Phoebe could have beendeceived. Flo spoke39 normally, she said hello, fine, that was a big storm we had last night, yes, thelights were out here for hours. If you didn’t live in the neighborhood you wouldn’t realize therehadn’t been any storm.
It wasn’t that Rose had entirely forgotten Flo in those two years. She had fits of worry abouther. It was just that for some time now she had been between fits. One time the fit had come overher in the middle of a January storm, she had driven two hundred miles through blizzards40, pastditched cars, and when she finally parked on Flo’s street, finally tramped up the walk Flo had notbeen able to shovel41, she was full of relief for herself and concern for Flo, a general turmoil42 offeelings both anxious and pleasurable. Flo opened the door and gave a bark of warning.
“You can’t park there!”
“Can’t park there!”
Flo said there was a new bylaw; no parking on the streets during the winter months.
“You’ll have to shovel out a place.” Of course Rose had an explosion.
“If you say one more word right now I’ll get in the car and drive back.”
“Well you can’t park—”
“One more word!”
“Why do you have to stand here and argue with the cold blasting into the house?”
Rose stepped inside. Home.
That was one of the stories she told about Flo. She did it well; her own exhaustion and sense ofvirtue; Flo’s bark, her waving cane, her fierce unwillingness43 to be the object of anybody’s rescue.
AFTER SHE READ THE LETTER Rose had phoned Phoebe, and Phoebe had asked her to cometo dinner, so they could talk. Rose resolved to behave well. She had an idea that Brian and Phoebemoved in a permanent cloud of disapproval44 of her. She thought that they disapproved45 of hersuccess, limited and precarious46 and provincial47 though it might be, and that they disapproved of hereven more when she failed. She knew it was not likely they would have her on their minds somuch, or feel anything so definite.
She put on a plain skirt and an old blouse, but at the last minute changed into a long dress, madeof thin red and gold cotton from India, the very thing that would justify48 their saying that Rose wasalways so theatrical49.
Nevertheless she made up her mind as she usually did that she would speak in a low voice, stickto facts, not to get into any stale and silly arguments with Brian. And as usual most of the senseseemed to fly out of her head as soon as she entered their house, was subjected to their calmroutines, felt the flow of satisfaction, self-satisfaction, perfectly50 justified51 self-satisfaction, thatemanated from the very bowls and draperies. She was nervous, when Phoebe asked her about hertour, and Phoebe was a bit nervous too, because Brian sat silent, not exactly frowning butindicating that the frivolity52 of the subject did not please him. In Rose’s presence Brian had saidmore than once that he had no use for people in her line of work.
But he had no use for a good many people. Actors, artists, journalists, rich people (he wouldnever admit to being one himself), the entire Arts faculty53 of universities. Whole classes andcategories, down the drain. Convicted of woolly-mindedness, and showy behavior; inaccurate54 talk,many excesses. Rose did not know if he spoke the truth or if this was something he had to say infront of her. He offered the bait of his low-voiced contempt; she rose to it; they had fights, she hadleft his house in tears. And underneath55 all this, Rose felt, they loved each other. But they couldnever stop the old, old competition; who is the better person, who has chosen the better work?
What were they looking for? Each other’s good opinion, which perhaps they meant to grant, infull, but not yet. Phoebe, who was a calm and dutiful woman with a great talent for normalizingthings (the very opposite of their family talent for blowing things up), would serve food and pourcoffee and regard them with a polite puzzlement; their contest, their vulnerability, their hurt,perhaps seemed as odd to her as the antics of comic-strip characters who stick their fingers intolight sockets56.
“I always wished Flo could have come back for another visit with us,” Phoebe said. Flo hadcome once, and asked to be taken home after three days. But afterwards it seemed to be a pleasureto her, to sit and list the things Brian and Phoebe owned, the features of their house. Brian andPhoebe lived quite unostentatiously, in Don Mills, and the things Flo dwelt on—the door chimes,the automatic garage doors, the swimming pool—were among the ordinary suburban57 acquisitions.
Rose had said as much to Flo who believed that she, Rose, was jealous.
“You wouldn’t turn them down if you was offered.”
“Yes I would.”
That was true, Rose believed it was true, but how could she ever explain it to Flo or anybody inHanratty? If you stay in Hanratty and do not get rich it is all right because you are living out yourlife as was intended, but if you go away and do not get rich, or, like Rose, do not remain rich, thenwhat was the point?
After dinner Rose and Brian and Phoebe sat in the backyard beside the pool, where the youngestof Brian and Phoebe’s four daughters was riding an inflated58 dragon. Everything had goneamicably, so far. It had been decided59 that Rose would go to Hanratty, that she would make thearrangements to get Flo into the Wawanash County Home. Brian had already made inquiries60 aboutit, or his secretary had, and he said that it seemed not only cheaper but better-run, with morefacilities, than any private nursing home.
“She’ll probably meet old friends there,” Phoebe said.
Rose’s docility61, her good behavior, was partly based on a vision she had been building up allevening, and would never reveal to Brian and Phoebe. She pictured herself going to Hanratty andlooking after Flo, living with her, taking care of her for as long as was necessary. She thought howshe would clean and paint Flo’s kitchen, patch the shingles over the leaky spots (that was one ofthe things the letter had mentioned), plant flowers in the pots, and make nourishing soup. Shewasn’t so far gone as to imagine Flo fitting comfortably into this picture, settling down to a life ofgratitude. But the crankier Flo got, the milder and more patient Rose would become, and who,then, could accuse her of egotism and frivolity?
This vision did not survive the first two days of being home.
“WOULD YOU LIKE a pudding?” Rose said.
“Oh, I don’t care.”
The elaborate carelessness some people will show, the gleam of hope, on being offered a drink.
Rose made a trifle. Berries, peaches, custard, cake, whipped cream and sweet sherry.
Flo ate half the bowlful. She dipped in greedily, not bothering to transfer a portion to a smallerbowl.
“That was lovely,” she said. Rose had never heard such an admission of grateful pleasure fromher. “Lovely,” said Flo and sat remembering, appreciating, belching63 a little. The suave64 dreamycustard, the nipping berries, robust65 peaches, luxury of sherry- soaked cake, munificence66 ofwhipped cream.
Rose thought that she had never done anything in her life that came near pleasing Flo as thisdid.
“I’ll make another soon.”
Flo recovered herself. “Oh well. You do what you like.”
Rose drove out to the County Home. She was conducted through it. She tried to tell Flo about itwhen she came back.
“Whose home?” said Flo.
“No, the County Home.”
Rose mentioned some people she had seen there. Flo would not admit to knowing any of them.
Rose spoke of the view and the pleasant rooms. Flo looked angry; her face darkened and she stuckout her lip. Rose handed her a mobile she had bought for fifty cents in the County Home CraftsCenter. Cutout birds of blue and yellow paper were bobbing and dancing, on undetectable currentsof air.
“Stick it up your arse,” said Flo.
Rose put the mobile up in the porch and said she had seen the trays coming up, with supper onthem.
“They go to the dining room if they’re able, and if they’re not they have trays in their rooms. Isaw what they were having.
“Roast beef, well done, mashed67 potatoes and green beans, the frozen not the canned kind. Or anomelette. You could have a mushroom omelette or a chicken omelette or a plain omelette, if youliked.”
“What was for dessert?”
“Ice cream. You could have sauce on it.” “What kind of sauce was there?” “Chocolate.
Butterscotch. Walnut68.”
“I can’t eat walnuts69.”
“There was marshmallow too.”
OUT AT THE HOME the old people were arranged in tiers. On the first floor were the bright andtidy ones. They walked around, usually with the help of canes. They visited each other, playedcards. They had singsongs and hobbies. In the Crafts Center they painted pictures, hooked rugs,made quilts. If they were not able to do things like that they could make rag dolls, mobiles like theone Rose bought, poodles and snowmen which were constructed of Styrofoam balls, with sequinsfor eyes; they also made silhouette70 pictures by placing thumbtacks on traced outlines; knights71 onhorseback, battleships, airplanes, castles.
They organized concerts; they held dances; they had checker tournaments.
“Some of them say they are the happiest here they have ever been in their lives.”
Up one floor there was more television watching, there were more wheelchairs. There werethose whose heads drooped72, whose tongues lolled, whose limbs shook uncontrollably.
Nevertheless sociability73 was still flourishing, also rationality, with occasional blanks and absences.
On the third floor you might get some surprises.
Some of them up there had given up speaking.
Some had given up moving, except for odd jerks and tosses of the head, flailing74 of the arms, thatseemed to be without purpose or control.
Nearly all had given up worrying about whether they were wet or dry.
Bodies were fed and wiped, taken up and tied in chairs, untied75 and put to bed. Taking inoxygen, giving out carbon dioxide, they continued to participate in the life of the world.
Crouched76 in her crib, diapered, dark as a nut, with three tufts of hair like dandelion flosssprouting from her head, an old woman was making loud shaky noises.
“Hello Aunty,” the nurse said. “You’re spelling today. It’s lovely weather outside.” She bent77 tothe old woman’s ear. “Can you spell weather?”
This nurse showed her gums when she smiled, which was all the time; she had an air of nearlydemented hilarity78.
“Weather,” said the old woman. She strained forward, grunting79, to get the word. Rose thoughtshe might be going to have a bowel80 movement. “W-E-A-T-H-E-R.”
That reminded her.
“Whether. W-H-E-T-H-E-R.”
So far so good.
“Now you say something to her,” the nurse said to Rose.
The words in Rose’s mind were for a moment all obscene or despairing.
But without prompting came another.
“Forest. F-O-R-E-S-T.”
“Celebrate,” said Rose suddenly.
You had to listen very hard to make out what the old woman was saying, because she had lostmuch of the power to shape sounds. What she said seemed not to come from her mouth or herthroat, but from deep in her lungs and belly81.
“Isn’t she a wonder,” the nurse said. “She can’t see and that’s the only way we can tell she canhear. Like if you say, ‘Here’s your dinner.’ she won’t pay any attention to it, but she might startspelling dinner,
“Dinner,” she said, to illustrate82, and the old woman picked it up. “D-I-N-N …” Sometimes along wait, a long wait between letters.
It seemed she had only the thinnest thread to follow, meandering83 through that emptiness orconfusion that nobody on this side can do more than guess at. But she didn’t lose it, she followedit through to the end, however tricky84 the word might be, or cumbersome85. Finished. Then she wassitting waiting; waiting, in the middle of her sightless eventless day, till up from somewherepopped another word. She would encompass86 it, bend all her energy to master it. Rose wonderedwhat the words were like, when she held them in her mind. Did they carry their usual meaning, orany meaning at all? Were they like words in dreams or in the minds of young children, each onemarvelous and distinct and alive as a new animal? This one limp and clear, like a jellyfish, that onehard and mean and secretive, like a horned snail87. They could be austere88 and comical as top hats, orsmooth and lively and flattering as ribbons. A parade of private visitors, not over yet.
SOMETHING WOKE ROSE early the next morning. She was sleeping in the little porch, the onlyplace in Flo’s house where the smell was bearable. The sky was milky89 and brightening. The treesacross the river due to be cut down soon, to make room for a trailer park—were hunched90 againstthe dawn sky like shaggy dark animals, like buffalo91. Rose had been dreaming. She had beenhaving a dream obviously connected with her tour of the Home the day before.
Someone was taking her through a large building where there were people in cages. Everythingwas dim and cobwebby at first, and Rose was protesting that this seemed a poor arrangement. Butas she went on the cages got larger and more elaborate, they were like enormous wicker birdcages,Victorian birdcages, fancifully shaped and decorated. Food was being offered to the people in thecages and Rose examined it, saw that it was choice; chocolate mousse, trifle, Black Forest Cake.
Then in one of the cages Rose spotted92 Flo, who was handsomely seated on a throne-like chair,spelling out words in a clear authoritative23 voice (what the words were, Rose, wakening, could notremember) and looking pleased with herself, for showing powers she had kept secret till now.
Rose listened to hear Flo breathing, stirring, in her rubble-lined room. She heard nothing. Whatif Flo had died? Suppose she had died at the very moment she was making her radiant, satisfiedappearance in Rose’s dream? Rose hurried out of bed, ran barefoot to Flo’s room. The bed therewas empty. She went into the kitchen and found Flo sitting at the table, dressed to go out, wearingthe navy blue summer coat and matching turban hat she had worn to Brian’s and Phoebe’swedding. The coat was rumpled93 and in need of cleaning, the turban was crooked94.
“Now I’m ready for to go,” Flo said.
“Go where?”
“Out there,” said Flo, jerking her head. “Out to the whattayacallit.
The Poorhouse.”
“The Home,” said Rose. “You don’t have to go today.”
“They hired you to take me, now you get a move on and take me,”
Flo said.
“I’m not hired. I’m Rose. I’ll make you a cup of tea.”
“You can make it. I won’t drink it.”
She made Rose think of a woman who had started in labor62.
Such was her concentration, her determination, her urgency. Rose thought Flo felt her deathmoving in her like a child, getting ready to tear her. So she gave up arguing, she got dressed,hastily packed a bag for Flo, got her to the car and drove her out to the Home, but in the matter ofFlo’s quickly tearing and relieving death she was mistaken.
SOME TIME BEFORE THIS, Rose had been in a play, on national television. The TrojanWomen. She had no lines, and in fact she was in the play simply to do a favor for a friend, whohad got a better part elsewhere. The director thought to liven all the weeping and mourning byhaving the Trojan women go bare-breasted. One breast apiece, they showed, the right in the caseof royal personages such as Hecuba and Helen; the left, in the case of ordinary virgins95 or wives,such as Rose. Rose didn’t think herself enhanced by this exposure—she was getting on, after all,her bosom96 tended to flop—but she got used to the idea. She didn’t count on the sensation theywould create. She didn’t think many people would be watching. She forgot about those parts ofthe country where people can’t exercise their preference for quiz shows, police- car chases,American situation comedies, and are compelled to put up with talks on public affairs and tours ofart galleries and ambitious offerings of drama. She did not think they would be so amazed, either,now that every magazine rack in every town was serving up slices and cutlets of bare flesh. Howcould such outrage97 fasten on the Trojan ladies’ sad-eyed collection, puckered98 with cold thenrunning with sweat under the lights, badly and chalk- ily made- up, all looking rather foolishwithout their mates, rather pitiful and unnatural99, like tumors?
Flo took to pen and paper over that, forced her stiff swollen100 fingers, crippled almost out of usewith arthritis101, to write the word Shame. She wrote that if Rose’s father had not been dead long agohe would now wish that he was. That was true. Rose read the letter, or part of it, out loud to somefriends she was having for dinner. She read it for comic effect, and dramatic effect, to show thegulf that lay behind her, though she did realize, if she thought about it, that such a gulf102 wasnothing special. Most of her friends, who seemed to her ordinarily hard-working, anxious, andhopeful, people, could lay claim to being disowned or prayed for, in some disappointed home.
Halfway103 through, she had to stop reading. It wasn’t that she thought how shabby it was, to beexposing and making fun of Flo this way. She had done it often enough before; it was no news toher that it was shabby. What stopped her was, in fact, that gulf; she had a fresh and overwhelmingrealization of it, and it was nothing to laugh about. These reproaches of Flo’s made as much senseas a protest about raising umbrellas, a warning against eating raisins104. But they were painfully,truly, meant; they were all a hard life had to offer. Shame on a bare breast.
Another time, Rose was getting an award. So were several other people. A reception was beingheld, in a Toronto hotel. Flo had been sent an invitation, but Rose had never thought that shewould come. She had thought she should give someone’s name, when the organizers asked aboutrelatives, and she could hardly name Brian and Phoebe. Of course it was possible that she did,secretly, want Flo to come, wanted to show Flo, intimidate105 her, finally remove herself from Flo’sshade. That would be a natural thing to want to do.
Flo came down on the train, unannounced. She got to the hotel. She was arthritic106 then, but stillmoving without a cane. She had always been decently, soberly, cheaply, dressed, but now itseemed she had spent money and asked advice. She was wearing a mauve and purple checkedpants suit, and beads107 like strings108 of white and yellow popcorn109. Her hair was covered by a thickgray-blue wig110, pulled low on her forehead like a woollen cap. From the vee of the jacket, and itstoo-short sleeves, her neck and wrists stuck out brown and warty111 as if covered with bark. ‘Whenshe saw Rose she stood still. She seemed to be waiting—not just for Rose to go over to her but forher feelings about the scene in front of her to crystallize.
Soon they did.
“Look at the Nigger!” said Flo in a loud voice, before Rose was anywhere near her. Her tonewas one of simple, gratified astonishment112, as if she had been peering down the Grand Canyon113 orseen oranges growing on a tree.
She meant George, who was getting one of the awards. He turned around, to see if someone wasfeeding him a comic line. And Flo did look like a comic character, except that her bewilderment,her authenticity114, were quite daunting115. Did she note the stir she had caused? Possibly. After thatone outburst she clammed116 up, would not speak again except in the most grudging117 monosyllables,would not eat any food or drink any drink offered her, would not sit down, but stood astonishedand unflinching in the middle of that gathering118 of the bearded and beaded, the unisexual and theunashamedly un-Anglo-Saxon, until it was time for her to be taken to her train and sent home.
ROSE FOUND THAT WIG under the bed, during the horrifying119 clean-up that followed Flo’sremoval. She took it out to the Home, along with some clothes she had washed or had dry-cleaned,and some stockings, talcum powder, cologne, that she had bought. Sometimes Flo seemed to thinkRose was a doctor, and she said, “I don’t want no woman doctor, you can just clear out.” Butwhen she saw Rose carrying the wig she said, “Rose! What is that you got in your hand, is it adead gray squirrel!?”
“No,” said Rose, “it’s a wig.”
“A wig,” said Rose, and Flo began to laugh. Rose laughed too. The wig did look like a dead cator squirrel, even though she had washed and brushed it; it was a disturbing-looking object.
“My God, Rose, I thought what is she doing bringing me a dead squirrel! If I put it onsomebody’d be sure to take a shot at me.”
Rose stuck it on her own head, to continue the comedy, and Flo laughed so that she rocked backand forth120 in her crib.
When she got her breath Flo said, “What am I doing with these damn sides up on my bed? Areyou and Brian behaving yourselves? Don’t fight, it gets on your father’s nerves. Do you know howmany gallstones they took out of me? Fifteen! One as big as a pullet’s egg. I got them somewhere.
I’m going to take them home.” She pulled at the sheets, searching. “They were in a bottle.”
“I’ve got them already,” said Rose. “I took them home.”
“Did you? Did you show your father?”
“Oh, well, that’s where they are then,” said Flo, and she lay down and closed her eyes.


1 flopping e9766012a63715ac6e9a2d88cb1234b1     
n.贬调v.(指书、戏剧等)彻底失败( flop的现在分词 );(因疲惫而)猛然坐下;(笨拙地、不由自主地或松弛地)移动或落下;砸锅
  • The fish are still flopping about. 鱼还在扑腾。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • What do you mean by flopping yourself down and praying agin me?' 咚一声跪下地来咒我,你这是什么意思” 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
2 twine vg6yC     
  • He tied the parcel with twine.他用细绳捆包裹。
  • Their cardboard boxes were wrapped and tied neatly with waxed twine.他们的纸板盒用蜡线扎得整整齐齐。
3 shredded d51bccc81979c227d80aa796078813ac     
  • Serve the fish on a bed of shredded lettuce. 先铺一层碎生菜叶,再把鱼放上,就可以上桌了。
  • I think Mapo beancurd and shredded meat in chilli sauce are quite special. 我觉得麻婆豆腐和鱼香肉丝味道不错。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 irresistible n4CxX     
  • 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。
5 giggles 0aa08b5c91758a166d13e7cd3f455951     
n.咯咯的笑( giggle的名词复数 );傻笑;玩笑;the giggles 止不住的格格笑v.咯咯地笑( giggle的第三人称单数 )
  • Her nervous giggles annoyed me. 她神经质的傻笑把我惹火了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I had to rush to the loo to avoid an attack of hysterical giggles. 我不得不冲向卫生间,以免遭到别人的疯狂嘲笑。 来自辞典例句
6 greasy a64yV     
adj. 多脂的,油脂的
  • He bought a heavy-duty cleanser to clean his greasy oven.昨天他买了强力清洁剂来清洗油污的炉子。
  • You loathe the smell of greasy food when you are seasick.当你晕船时,你会厌恶油腻的气味。
7 scraps 737e4017931b7285cdd1fa3eb9dd77a3     
  • Don't litter up the floor with scraps of paper. 不要在地板上乱扔纸屑。
  • A patchwork quilt is a good way of using up scraps of material. 做杂拼花布棉被是利用零碎布料的好办法。
8 furry Rssz2D     
  • This furry material will make a warm coat for the winter.这件毛皮料在冬天会是一件保暖的大衣。
  • Mugsy is a big furry brown dog,who wiggles when she is happy.马格斯是一只棕色大长毛狗,当她高兴得时候她会摇尾巴。
9 lumbering FA7xm     
  • Lumbering and, later, paper-making were carried out in smaller cities. 木材业和后来的造纸都由较小的城市经营。
  • Lumbering is very important in some underdeveloped countries. 在一些不发达的国家,伐木业十分重要。
10 cane RsNzT     
  • This sugar cane is quite a sweet and juicy.这甘蔗既甜又多汁。
  • English schoolmasters used to cane the boys as a punishment.英国小学老师过去常用教鞭打男学生作为惩罚。
11 canes a2da92fd77f2794d6465515bd108dd08     
n.(某些植物,如竹或甘蔗的)茎( cane的名词复数 );(用于制作家具等的)竹竿;竹杖
  • Sugar canes eat sweet. 甘蔗吃起来很甜。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I saw several sugar canes, but wild, and for cultivation, imperfect. 我还看到一些甘蔗,因为是野生的,未经人工栽培,所以不太好吃。 来自英汉 - 翻译样例 - 文学
12 jug QaNzK     
  • He walked along with a jug poised on his head.他头上顶着一个水罐,保持着平衡往前走。
  • She filled the jug with fresh water.她将水壶注满了清水。
13 maple BBpxj     
  • Maple sugar is made from the sap of maple trees.枫糖是由枫树的树液制成的。
  • The maple leaves are tinge with autumn red.枫叶染上了秋天的红色。
14 syrup hguzup     
  • 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。
15 craved e690825cc0ddd1a25d222b7a89ee7595     
渴望,热望( crave的过去式 ); 恳求,请求
  • She has always craved excitement. 她总渴望刺激。
  • A spicy, sharp-tasting radish was exactly what her stomach craved. 她正馋着想吃一个香甜可口的红萝卜呢。
16 colander tqwzG     
  • When you've boiled the cabbage,strain off the water through a colander.你把卷心菜煮开后,用滤锅把水滤掉。
  • If it's got lots of holes,then it's a colander!如果是有很多漏洞,那一个漏勺!
17 perplexed A3Rz0     
  • The farmer felt the cow,went away,returned,sorely perplexed,always afraid of being cheated.那农民摸摸那头牛,走了又回来,犹豫不决,总怕上当受骗。
  • The child was perplexed by the intricate plot of the story.这孩子被那头绪纷繁的故事弄得迷惑不解。
18 wielded d9bac000554dcceda2561eb3687290fc     
手持着使用(武器、工具等)( wield的过去式和过去分词 ); 具有; 运用(权力); 施加(影响)
  • The bad eggs wielded power, while the good people were oppressed. 坏人当道,好人受气
  • He was nominally the leader, but others actually wielded the power. 名义上他是领导者,但实际上是别人掌握实权。
19 lodged cbdc6941d382cc0a87d97853536fcd8d     
v.存放( lodge的过去式和过去分词 );暂住;埋入;(权利、权威等)归属
  • The certificate will have to be lodged at the registry. 证书必须存放在登记处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Our neighbours lodged a complaint against us with the police. 我们的邻居向警方控告我们。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 bin yR2yz     
n.箱柜;vt.放入箱内;[计算机] DOS文件名:二进制目标文件
  • He emptied several bags of rice into a bin.他把几袋米倒进大箱里。
  • He threw the empty bottles in the bin.他把空瓶子扔进垃圾箱。
21 entirely entirely     
  • 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。
22 authoritatively 1e057dc7af003a31972dbde9874fe7ce     
  • "If somebody'll come here and sit with him," he snapped authoritatively. “来个人到这儿陪他坐着。”他用发号施令的口吻说。
  • To decide or settle(a dispute, for example) conclusively and authoritatively. 判定结论性、权威性地决定或解决(纠纷等)
23 authoritative 6O3yU     
  • David speaks in an authoritative tone.大卫以命令的口吻说话。
  • Her smile was warm but authoritative.她的笑容很和蔼,同时又透着威严。
24 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.广告业;广告活动 a.广告的;广告业务的
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指点我如何涉足广告业吗?
  • The advertising campaign is aimed primarily at young people. 这个广告宣传运动主要是针对年轻人的。
25 gutters 498deb49a59c1db2896b69c1523f128c     
(路边)排水沟( gutter的名词复数 ); 阴沟; (屋顶的)天沟; 贫贱的境地
  • Gutters lead the water into the ditch. 排水沟把水排到这条水沟里。
  • They were born, they grew up in the gutters. 他们生了下来,以后就在街头长大。
26 vapor DHJy2     
  • The cold wind condenses vapor into rain.冷风使水蒸气凝结成雨。
  • This new machine sometimes transpires a lot of hot vapor.这部机器有时排出大量的热气。
27 emphatic 0P1zA     
  • Their reply was too emphatic for anyone to doubt them.他们的回答很坚决,不容有任何人怀疑。
  • He was emphatic about the importance of being punctual.他强调严守时间的重要性。
28 joints d97dcffd67eca7255ca514e4084b746e     
接头( joint的名词复数 ); 关节; 公共场所(尤指价格低廉的饮食和娱乐场所) (非正式); 一块烤肉 (英式英语)
  • Expansion joints of various kinds are fitted on gas mains. 各种各样的伸缩接头被安装在煤气的总管道上了。
  • Expansion joints of various kinds are fitted on steam pipes. 各种各样的伸缩接头被安装在蒸气管道上了。
29 arteries 821b60db0d5e4edc87fdf5fc263ba3f5     
n.动脉( artery的名词复数 );干线,要道
  • Even grafting new blood vessels in place of the diseased coronary arteries has been tried. 甚至移植新血管代替不健康的冠状动脉的方法都已经试过。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This is the place where the three main arteries of West London traffic met. 这就是伦敦西部三条主要交通干线的交汇处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
30 pottery OPFxi     
  • My sister likes to learn art pottery in her spare time.我妹妹喜欢在空余时间学习陶艺。
  • The pottery was left to bake in the hot sun.陶器放在外面让炎热的太阳烘晒焙干。
31 sifting 6c53b58bc891cb3e1536d7f574e1996f     
n.筛,过滤v.筛( sift的现在分词 );筛滤;细查;详审
  • He lay on the beach, sifting the sand through his fingers. 他躺在沙滩上用手筛砂子玩。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I was sifting the cinders when she came in. 她进来时,我正在筛煤渣。 来自辞典例句
32 scroll kD3z9     
  • As I opened the scroll,a panorama of the Yellow River unfolded.我打开卷轴时,黄河的景象展现在眼前。
  • He was presented with a scroll commemorating his achievements.他被授予一幅卷轴,以表彰其所做出的成就。
33 coffins 44894d235713b353f49bf59c028ff750     
n.棺材( coffin的名词复数 );使某人早亡[死,完蛋,垮台等]之物
  • The shop was close and hot, and the atmosphere seemed tainted with the smell of coffins. 店堂里相当闷热,空气仿佛被棺木的味儿污染了。 来自辞典例句
  • Donate some coffins to the temple, equal to the number of deaths. 到寺庙里,捐赠棺材盒给这些死者吧。 来自电影对白
34 determined duszmP     
  • 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。
35 shingles 75dc0873f0e58f74873350b9953ef329     
n.带状疱疹;(布满海边的)小圆石( shingle的名词复数 );屋顶板;木瓦(板);墙面板
  • Shingles are often dipped in creosote. 屋顶板常浸涂木焦油。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • The roofs had shingles missing. 一些屋顶板不见了。 来自辞典例句
36 auditoriums b6d9da8584ab78c0f67c75aca6184952     
n.观众席( auditorium的名词复数 );听众席;礼堂;会堂
  • The walls and ceilings of contemporary auditoriums usually conceal light, sound, and air-conditioning equipment. 当代观众厅的墙壁和天花板常设灯光、音响以及空调设备。 来自互联网
  • The interior follows an exceedingly compact plan of different types and sizes of rooms and auditoriums. 在室内装饰方面,不同类型不同尺寸的空间以及观众席都追寻一种极端简洁的装饰风格。 来自互联网
37 anecdotes anecdotes     
n.掌故,趣闻,轶事( anecdote的名词复数 )
  • amusing anecdotes about his brief career as an actor 关于他短暂演员生涯的趣闻逸事
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman. 他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
38 exhaustion OPezL     
  • She slept the sleep of exhaustion.她因疲劳而酣睡。
  • His exhaustion was obvious when he fell asleep standing.他站着睡着了,显然是太累了。
39 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
  • 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。
40 blizzards 1471207223cd592610a59597189c4c03     
暴风雪( blizzard的名词复数 ); 暴风雪似的一阵,大量(或大批)
  • Even in the summertime we might be struck by blizzards. 甚至在夏天,我们也可能受到暴风雪的袭击。
  • Blizzards battered Britain for the third day. 大风雪袭击英国已进入第三天。
41 shovel cELzg     
  • He was working with a pick and shovel.他在用镐和铲干活。
  • He seized a shovel and set to.他拿起一把铲就干上了。
42 turmoil CKJzj     
  • His mind was in such a turmoil that he couldn't get to sleep.内心的纷扰使他无法入睡。
  • The robbery put the village in a turmoil.抢劫使全村陷入混乱。
43 unwillingness 0aca33eefc696aef7800706b9c45297d     
n. 不愿意,不情愿
  • Her unwillingness to answer questions undermined the strength of her position. 她不愿回答问题,这不利于她所处的形势。
  • His apparent unwillingness would disappear if we paid him enough. 如果我们付足了钱,他露出的那副不乐意的神情就会消失。
44 disapproval VuTx4     
  • 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。
45 disapproved 3ee9b7bf3f16130a59cb22aafdea92d0     
v.不赞成( disapprove的过去式和过去分词 )
  • My parents disapproved of my marriage. 我父母不赞成我的婚事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She disapproved of her son's indiscriminate television viewing. 她不赞成儿子不加选择地收看电视。 来自《简明英汉词典》
46 precarious Lu5yV     
  • Our financial situation had become precarious.我们的财务状况已变得不稳定了。
  • He earned a precarious living as an artist.作为一个艺术家,他过得是朝不保夕的生活。
47 provincial Nt8ye     
  • City dwellers think country folk have provincial attitudes.城里人以为乡下人思想迂腐。
  • Two leading cadres came down from the provincial capital yesterday.昨天从省里下来了两位领导干部。
48 justify j3DxR     
  • He tried to justify his absence with lame excuses.他想用站不住脚的借口为自己的缺席辩解。
  • Can you justify your rude behavior to me?你能向我证明你的粗野行为是有道理的吗?
49 theatrical pIRzF     
  • The final scene was dismayingly lacking in theatrical effect.最后一场缺乏戏剧效果,叫人失望。
  • She always makes some theatrical gesture.她老在做些夸张的手势。
50 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • 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。
51 justified 7pSzrk     
  • 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。
52 frivolity 7fNzi     
  • It was just a piece of harmless frivolity. 这仅是无恶意的愚蠢行为。
  • Hedonism and frivolity will diffuse hell tnrough all our days. 享乐主义和轻薄浮佻会将地狱扩展到我们的整个日子之中。 来自辞典例句
53 faculty HhkzK     
  • He has a great faculty for learning foreign languages.他有学习外语的天赋。
  • He has the faculty of saying the right thing at the right time.他有在恰当的时候说恰当的话的才智。
54 inaccurate D9qx7     
  • The book is both inaccurate and exaggerated.这本书不但不准确,而且夸大其词。
  • She never knows the right time because her watch is inaccurate.她从来不知道准确的时间因为她的表不准。
55 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
56 sockets ffe33a3f6e35505faba01d17fd07d641     
n.套接字,使应用程序能够读写与收发通讯协定(protocol)与资料的程序( Socket的名词复数 );孔( socket的名词复数 );(电器上的)插口;托座;凹穴
  • All new PCs now have USB sockets. 新的个人计算机现在都有通用串行总线插孔。
  • Make sure the sockets in your house are fingerproof. 确保你房中的插座是防触电的。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
57 suburban Usywk     
  • Suburban shopping centers were springing up all over America. 效区的商业中心在美国如雨后春笋般地兴起。
  • There's a lot of good things about suburban living.郊区生活是有许多优点。
58 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
  • 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》
59 decided lvqzZd     
  • 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。
60 inquiries 86a54c7f2b27c02acf9fcb16a31c4b57     
n.调查( inquiry的名词复数 );疑问;探究;打听
  • 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》
61 docility fa2bc100be92db9a613af5832f9b75b9     
  • He was trying to plant the seed of revolt, arouse that placid peasant docility. 他想撒下反叛的种子,唤醒这个安分驯良的农民的觉悟。 来自辞典例句
  • With unusual docility, Nancy stood up and followed him as he left the newsroom. 南希以难得的顺从站起身来,尾随着他离开了新闻编辑室。 来自辞典例句
62 labor P9Tzs     
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
63 belching belching     
n. 喷出,打嗝 动词belch的现在分词形式
  • The Tartars employed another weapon, the so-called Chinese dragon belching fire. 鞑靼人使用了另一种武器,所谓中国龙喷火器。
  • Billows of smoke were belching from the chimney. 巨浪似的烟正从烟囱里喷出来。
64 suave 3FXyH     
  • He is a suave,cool and cultured man.他是个世故、冷静、有教养的人。
  • I had difficulty answering his suave questions.我难以回答他的一些彬彬有礼的提问。
65 robust FXvx7     
  • She is too tall and robust.她个子太高,身体太壮。
  • China wants to keep growth robust to reduce poverty and avoid job losses,AP commented.美联社评论道,中国希望保持经济强势增长,以减少贫困和失业状况。
66 munificence munificence     
  • He is kindness and munificence by nature. 他天生既仁慈又宽宏大量。 来自辞典例句
  • He is not only kindness but also munificence. 他天生既仁慈又宽宏大量。 来自互联网
67 mashed Jotz5Y     
  • two scoops of mashed potato 两勺土豆泥
  • Just one scoop of mashed potato for me, please. 请给我盛一勺土豆泥。
68 walnut wpTyQ     
  • Walnut is a local specialty here.核桃是此地的土特产。
  • The stool comes in several sizes in walnut or mahogany.凳子有几种尺寸,材质分胡桃木和红木两种。
69 walnuts 465c6356861ea8aca24192b9eacd42e8     
胡桃(树)( walnut的名词复数 ); 胡桃木
  • Are there walnuts in this sauce? 这沙司里面有核桃吗?
  • We ate eggs and bacon, pickled walnuts and cheese. 我们吃鸡蛋,火腿,腌胡桃仁和干酪。
70 silhouette SEvz8     
  • I could see its black silhouette against the evening sky.我能看到夜幕下它黑色的轮廓。
  • I could see the silhouette of the woman in the pickup.我可以见到小卡车的女人黑色半身侧面影。
71 knights 2061bac208c7bdd2665fbf4b7067e468     
骑士; (中古时代的)武士( knight的名词复数 ); 骑士; 爵士; (国际象棋中)马
  • stories of knights and fair maidens 关于骑士和美女的故事
  • He wove a fascinating tale of knights in shining armour. 他编了一个穿着明亮盔甲的骑士的迷人故事。
72 drooped ebf637c3f860adcaaf9c11089a322fa5     
弯曲或下垂,发蔫( droop的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Her eyelids drooped as if she were on the verge of sleep. 她眼睑低垂好像快要睡着的样子。
  • The flowers drooped in the heat of the sun. 花儿晒蔫了。
73 sociability 37b33c93dded45f594b3deffb0ae3e81     
  • A fire of withered pine boughs added sociability to the gathering. 枯松枝生起的篝火给这次聚合增添了随和、友善的气氛。 来自辞典例句
  • A certain sociability degree is a specific character of most plants. 特定的群集度是多数植物特有的特征。 来自辞典例句
74 flailing flailing     
v.鞭打( flail的现在分词 );用连枷脱粒;(臂或腿)无法控制地乱动;扫雷坦克
  • He became moody and unreasonable, flailing out at Katherine at the slightest excuse. 他变得喜怒无常、不可理喻,为点鸡毛蒜皮的小事就殴打凯瑟琳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • His arms were flailing in all directions. 他的手臂胡乱挥舞着。 来自辞典例句
75 untied d4a1dd1a28503840144e8098dbf9e40f     
松开,解开( untie的过去式和过去分词 ); 解除,使自由; 解决
  • Once untied, we common people are able to conquer nature, too. 只要团结起来,我们老百姓也能移山倒海。
  • He untied the ropes. 他解开了绳子。
76 crouched 62634c7e8c15b8a61068e36aaed563ab     
v.屈膝,蹲伏( crouch的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He crouched down beside her. 他在她的旁边蹲了下来。
  • The lion crouched ready to pounce. 狮子蹲下身,准备猛扑。
77 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
78 hilarity 3dlxT     
  • The announcement was greeted with much hilarity and mirth.这一项宣布引起了热烈的欢呼声。
  • Wine gives not light hilarity,but noisy merriment.酒不给人以轻松的欢乐,而给人以嚣嚷的狂欢。
79 grunting ae2709ef2cd9ee22f906b0a6a6886465     
  • He pulled harder on the rope, grunting with the effort. 他边用力边哼声,使出更大的力气拉绳子。
  • Pigs were grunting and squealing in the yard. 猪在院子里哼哼地叫个不停。
80 bowel Bszzy     
  • Irritable bowel syndrome seems to affect more women than men.女性比男性更易患肠易激综合征。
  • Have you had a bowel movement today?你今天有排便吗?
81 belly QyKzLi     
  • The boss has a large belly.老板大腹便便。
  • His eyes are bigger than his belly.他眼馋肚饱。
82 illustrate IaRxw     
  • The company's bank statements illustrate its success.这家公司的银行报表说明了它的成功。
  • This diagram will illustrate what I mean.这个图表可说明我的意思。
83 meandering 0ce7d94ddbd9f3712952aa87f4e44840     
  • The village seemed deserted except for small boys and a meandering donkey. 整个村子的人都像是逃光了,只留下了几个小男孩和一头正在游游荡荡的小毛驴。 来自教父部分
  • We often took a walk along the meandering river after supper. 晚饭后我们常沿着那条弯弯曲曲的小河散步。
84 tricky 9fCzyd     
  • I'm in a rather tricky position.Can you help me out?我的处境很棘手,你能帮我吗?
  • He avoided this tricky question and talked in generalities.他回避了这个非常微妙的问题,只做了个笼统的表述。
85 cumbersome Mnizj     
  • Although the machine looks cumbersome,it is actually easy to use.尽管这台机器看上去很笨重,操作起来却很容易。
  • The furniture is too cumbersome to move.家具太笨,搬起来很不方便。
86 encompass WZJzO     
  • The course will encompass physics,chemistry and biology.课程将包括物理、化学和生物学。
  • The project will encompass rural and underdeveloped areas in China.这项工程将覆盖中国的农村和不发达地区。
87 snail 8xcwS     
  • Snail is a small plant-eating creature with a soft body.蜗牛是一种软体草食动物。
  • Time moved at a snail's pace before the holidays.放假前的时间过得很慢。
88 austere GeIyW     
  • His way of life is rather austere.他的生活方式相当简朴。
  • The room was furnished in austere style.这间屋子的陈设都很简单朴素。
89 milky JD0xg     
  • Alexander always has milky coffee at lunchtime.亚历山大总是在午餐时喝掺奶的咖啡。
  • I like a hot milky drink at bedtime.我喜欢睡前喝杯热奶饮料。
90 hunched 532924f1646c4c5850b7c607069be416     
  • He sat with his shoulders hunched up. 他耸起双肩坐着。
  • Stephen hunched down to light a cigarette. 斯蒂芬弓着身子点燃一支烟。
91 buffalo 1Sby4     
  • Asian buffalo isn't as wild as that of America's. 亚洲水牛比美洲水牛温顺些。
  • The boots are made of buffalo hide. 这双靴子是由水牛皮制成的。
92 spotted 7FEyj     
  • The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商从一群200头牛中选出有斑点的牛。
  • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯积了有斑点的短袜。
93 rumpled 86d497fd85370afd8a55db59ea16ef4a     
v.弄皱,使凌乱( rumple的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She rumpled his hair playfully. 她顽皮地弄乱他的头发。
  • The bed was rumpled and strewn with phonograph records. 那张床上凌乱不堪,散放着一些唱片。 来自辞典例句
94 crooked xvazAv     
  • He crooked a finger to tell us to go over to him.他弯了弯手指,示意我们到他那儿去。
  • You have to drive slowly on these crooked country roads.在这些弯弯曲曲的乡间小路上你得慢慢开车。
95 virgins 2d584d81af9df5624db4e51d856706e5     
处女,童男( virgin的名词复数 ); 童贞玛利亚(耶稣之母)
  • They were both virgins when they met and married. 他们从相识到结婚前都未曾经历男女之事。
  • Men want virgins as concubines. 人家买姨太太的要整货。 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
96 bosom Lt9zW     
  • She drew a little book from her bosom.她从怀里取出一本小册子。
  • A dark jealousy stirred in his bosom.他内心生出一阵恶毒的嫉妒。
97 outrage hvOyI     
  • When he heard the news he reacted with a sense of outrage.他得悉此事时义愤填膺。
  • We should never forget the outrage committed by the Japanese invaders.我们永远都不应该忘记日本侵略者犯下的暴行。
98 puckered 919dc557997e8559eff50805cb11f46e     
v.(使某物)起褶子或皱纹( pucker的过去式和过去分词 )
  • His face puckered , and he was ready to cry. 他的脸一皱,像要哭了。
  • His face puckered, the tears leapt from his eyes. 他皱着脸,眼泪夺眶而出。 来自《简明英汉词典》
99 unnatural 5f2zAc     
  • Did her behaviour seem unnatural in any way?她有任何反常表现吗?
  • She has an unnatural smile on her face.她脸上挂着做作的微笑。
100 swollen DrcwL     
  • Her legs had got swollen from standing up all day.因为整天站着,她的双腿已经肿了。
  • A mosquito had bitten her and her arm had swollen up.蚊子叮了她,她的手臂肿起来了。
101 arthritis XeyyE     
  • Rheumatoid arthritis has also been linked with the virus.风湿性关节炎也与这种病毒有关。
  • He spent three months in the hospital with acute rheumatic arthritis.他患急性风湿性关节炎,在医院住了三个月。
102 gulf 1e0xp     
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
103 halfway Xrvzdq     
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
104 raisins f7a89b31fdf9255863139804963e88cf     
n.葡萄干( raisin的名词复数 )
  • These raisins come from Xinjiang,they taste delicious. 这些葡萄干产自新疆,味道很甜。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Mother put some raisins in the cake. 母亲在糕饼中放了一些葡萄干。 来自辞典例句
105 intimidate 5Rvzt     
  • You think you can intimidate people into doing what you want?你以为你可以威胁别人做任何事?
  • The first strike capacity is intended mainly to intimidate adversary.第一次攻击的武力主要是用来吓阻敌方的。
106 arthritic b5cc95cfe3db715aae328bc7f927f4c8     
  • Somehow the geriatric Voyager 2, arthritic and partially deaf, managed to reach Neptune. 得了关节炎而且局部变聋、衰老的“旅行者2号”最后总算抵达海王星。 来自百科语句
  • Femoral head ostectomy is a surgery performed on severely arthritic dogs. 股骨断截骨术’都是针对关节炎严重的狗狗的手术。 来自互联网
107 beads 894701f6859a9d5c3c045fd6f355dbf5     
n.(空心)小珠子( bead的名词复数 );水珠;珠子项链
  • a necklace of wooden beads 一条木珠项链
  • Beads of perspiration stood out on his forehead. 他的前额上挂着汗珠。
108 strings nh0zBe     
  • He sat on the bed,idly plucking the strings of his guitar.他坐在床上,随意地拨着吉他的弦。
  • She swept her fingers over the strings of the harp.她用手指划过竖琴的琴弦。
109 popcorn 8lUzJI     
  • I like to eat popcorn when I am watching TV play at home.当我在家观看电视剧时,喜欢吃爆米花。
  • He still stood behind his cash register stuffing his mouth with popcorn.他仍站在收银机后,嘴里塞满了爆米花。
110 wig 1gRwR     
  • The actress wore a black wig over her blond hair.那个女演员戴一顶黑色假发罩住自己的金黄色头发。
  • He disguised himself with a wig and false beard.他用假发和假胡须来乔装。
111 warty 10645af5dab7882d561efe6172133489     
  • Warty recurrences occurred in the perineal wound within a month of surgery. 局部切除术后一个月内伤口疣体复发。 来自互联网
  • African wild swine with warty protuberances on the face and large protruding tusks. 在脸部和突出的长牙上有疣样隆起的非洲野猪。 来自互联网
112 astonishment VvjzR     
  • They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他们听见他惊奇地大叫一声。
  • I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我对她的奇怪举动不胜惊异。
113 canyon 4TYya     
  • The Grand Canyon in the USA is 1900 metres deep.美国的大峡谷1900米深。
  • The canyon is famous for producing echoes.这个峡谷以回声而闻名。
114 authenticity quyzq     
  • There has been some debate over the authenticity of his will. 对于他的遗嘱的真实性一直有争论。
  • The museum is seeking an expert opinion on the authenticity of the painting. 博物馆在请专家鉴定那幅画的真伪。
115 daunting daunting     
  • They were faced with the daunting task of restoring the house.他们面临着修复房子的艰巨任务。
  • Starting a new job can be a daunting prospect.开始一项新工作有时会让人望而却步。
116 clammed a2d89f20e634ac1e6f72e3f4df4e537c     
v.(在沙滩上)挖蛤( clam的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He always clammed up when we asked him about his family. 我们一问到他的家庭时,他总是闭口不言。 来自辞典例句
  • The suspect clammed up and wouln't answer the police officer's questions. 嫌疑犯保持沉默,不回答警官的问题。 来自辞典例句
117 grudging grudging     
  • He felt a grudging respect for her talents as an organizer.他勉强地对她的组织才能表示尊重。
  • After a pause he added"sir."in a dilatory,grudging way.停了一会他才慢吞吞地、勉勉强强地加了一声“先生”。
118 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
119 horrifying 6rezZ3     
  • He went to great pains to show how horrifying the war was. 他极力指出战争是多么的恐怖。
  • The possibility of war is too horrifying to contemplate. 战争的可能性太可怕了,真不堪细想。
120 forth Hzdz2     
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。


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