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Georgy Porgy
Georgy Porgy
WITHOUT IN ANY WAY wishing to blow my own trumpet1, I think that I can claim to being in
most respects a moderately well-matured and rounded individual. I have travelled a good deal. I
am adequately read. I speak Greek and Latin. I dabble2 in science. I can tolerate a mildly liberal
attitude in the politics of others. I have compiled a volume of notes upon the evolution of the
madrigal3 in the fifteenth century. I have witnessed the death of a large number of persons in their
beds; and in addition, I have influenced, at least I hope I have, the lives of quite a few others by the
spoken word delivered from the pulpit.
Yet in spite of all this, I must confess that I have never in my life – well, how shall I put it? – I
have never really had anything much to do with women.
To be perfectly4 honest, up until three weeks ago I had never so much as laid a finger on one of
them except perhaps to help her over a stile or something like that when the occasion demanded.
And even then I always tried to ensure that I touched only the shoulder or the waist or some other
place where the skin was covered, because the one thing I never could stand was actual contact
between my skin and theirs. Skin touching5 skin, my skin, that is, touching the skin of a female,
whether it were leg, neck, face, hand, or merely finger, was so repugnant to me that I invariably
greeted a lady with my hands clasped firmly behind my back to avoid the inevitable7 handshake.
I could go further than that and say that any sort of physical contact with them, even when the
skin wasn’t bare, would disturb me considerably8. If a woman stood close to me in a queue so that
our bodies touched, or if she squeezed in beside me on a bus seat, hip9 to hip and thigh10 to thigh, my
cheeks would begin burning like mad and little prickles of sweat would start coming out all over
the crown of my head.
This condition is all very well in a schoolboy who has just reached the age of puberty. With him
it is simply Dame11 Nature’s way of putting on the brakes and holding the lad back until he is old
enough to behave himself like a gentleman. I approve of that.
But there was no reason on God’s earth why I, at the ripe old age of thirty-one, should continue
to suffer a similar embarrassment12. I was well trained to resist temptation, and I was certainly not
given to vulgar passions.
Had I been even the slightest bit ashamed of my own personal appearance, then that might
possibly have explained the whole thing. But I was not. On the contrary, and though I say it
myself, the fates had been rather kind to me in that regard. I stood exactly five and a half feet tall
in my stockinged feet, and my shoulders, though they sloped downward a little from the neck,
were nicely in balance with my small neat frame. (Personally, I’ve always thought that a little
slope on the shoulder lends a subtle and faintly aesthetic13 air to a man who is not overly tall, don’t
you agree?) My features were regular, my teeth were in excellent condition (protruding only a
smallish amount from the upper jaw), and my hair, which was an unusually brilliant ginger-red,
grew thickly all over my scalp. Good heavens above, I had seen men who were perfect shrimps14 in
comparison with me displaying an astonishing aplomb16 in their dealings with the fairer sex. And
oh, how I envied them! How I longed to do likewise – to be able to share in a few of those
pleasant little rituals of contact that I observed continually taking place between men and women –
the touching of hands, the peck on the cheek, the linking of arms, the pressure of knee against
knee or foot against foot under the dining-table, and most of all, the full-blown violent embrace
that comes when two of them join together on the floor – for a dance.
But such things were not for me. Alas17, I had to spend my time avoiding them instead. And this,
my friends, was easier said than done, even for a humble18 curate in a small country region far from
the fleshpots of the metropolis19.
My flock, you understand, contained an inordinate20 number of ladies. There were scores of them
in the parish and the unfortunate thing about it was that at least sixty per cent of them were
spinsters, completely untamed by the benevolent21 influence of holy matrimony.
I tell you I was jumpy as a squirrel.
One would have thought that with all the careful training my mother had given me as a child, I
should have been capable of taking this sort of thing well in my stride; and no doubt I would have
done if only she had lived long enough to complete my education. But alas, she was killed when I
was still quite young.
She was a wonderful woman, my mother. She used to wear huge bracelets22 on her wrists, five or
six of them at a time, with all sorts of things hanging from them and tinkling23 against each other as
she moved. It didn’t matter where she was, you could always find her by listening for the noise of
those bracelets. It was better than a cowbell. And in the evenings she used to sit on the sofa in her
black trousers with her feet tucked up underneath24 her, smoking endless cigarettes from a long
black holder25. And I’d be crouching27 on the floor, watching her.
‘You want to taste my martini, George?’ she used to ask.
‘Now stop it, Clare,’ my father would say. ‘If you’re not careful you’ll stunt29 the boy’s growth.’
‘Go on,’ she said. ‘Don’t be frightened of it. Drink it.’
I always did everything my mother told me.
‘That’s enough,’ my father said. ‘He only has to know what it tastes like.’
‘Please don’t interfere30, Boris. This is very important.’
My mother had a theory that nothing in the world should be kept secret from a child. Show him
everything. Make him experience it.
‘I’m not going to have any boy of mine going around whispering dirty secrets with other
children and having to guess about this thing and that simply because no one will tell him.’
Tell him everything. Make him listen.
‘Come over here, George, and I’ll tell you what there is to know about God.’
She never read stories to me at night before I went to bed; she just ‘told’ me things instead. And
every evening it was something different.
‘Come over here, George, because now I’m going to tell you about Mohammed.’
She would be sitting on the sofa in her black trousers with her legs crossed and her feet tucked
up underneath her, and she’d beckon31 to me in a queer languorous32 manner with the hand that held
the long black cigarette-holder, and the bangles would start jingling33 all the way up her arm.
‘If you must have a religion I suppose Mohammedanism is as good as any of them. It’s all
based on keeping healthy. You have lots of wives, and you mustn’t ever smoke or drink.’
‘Why mustn’t you smoke or drink, Mummy?’
‘Because if you’ve got lots of wives you have to keep healthy and virile34.’
‘What is virile?’
‘I’ll go into that tomorrow, my pet. Let’s deal with one subject at a time. Another thing about
the Mohammedan is that he never never gets constipated.’
‘Now, Clare,’ my father would say, looking up from his book. ‘Stick to the facts.’
‘My dear Boris, you don’t know anything about it. Now if only you would try bending forward
and touching the ground with your fore-head morning, noon, and night every day, facing Mecca,
you might have a bit less trouble in that direction yourself.’
I used to love listening to her, even though I could only understand about half of what she was
saying. She really was telling me secrets, and there wasn’t anything more exciting than that.
‘Come over here, George, and I’ll tell you precisely35 how your father makes his money.’
‘Now, Clare, that’s quite enough.’
‘Nonsense, darling. Why make a secret out of it with the child? He’ll only imagine something
much much worse.’
I was exactly ten years old when she started giving me detailed36 lectures on the subject of sex.
This was the biggest secret of them all, and therefore the most enthralling37.
‘Come over here, George, because now I’m going to tell you how you came into this world,
right from the very beginning.’
I saw my father glance up quietly, and open his mouth wide the way he did when he was going
to say something vital, but my mother was already fixing him with those brilliant shining eyes of
hers, and he went slowly back to his book without uttering a sound.
‘Your poor father is embarrassed,’ she said, and she gave me her private smile, the one that she
gave nobody else, only to me – the one-sided smile where just one corner of her mouth lifted
slowly upward until it made a lovely long wrinkle that stretched right up to the eye itself, and
became a sort of wink-smile instead.
‘Embarrassment, my pet, is the one thing that I want you never to feel. And don’t think for a
moment that your father is embarrassed only because of you.’
My father started wriggling38 about in his chair.
‘My God, he’s even embarrassed about things like that when he’s alone with me, his own wife.’
‘About things like what?’ I asked.
At that point my father got up and quietly left the room.
I think it must have been about a week after this that my mother was killed. It may possibly
have been a little later, ten days or a fortnight, I can’t be sure. All I know is that we were getting
near the end of this particular series of ‘talks’ when it happened; and because I myself was
personally involved in the brief chain of events that led up to her death, I can still remember every
single detail of that curious night just as clearly as if it were yesterday. I can switch it on in my
memory any time I like and run it through in front of my eyes exactly as though it were the reel of
a cinema film; and it never varies. It always ends at precisely the same place, no more and no less,
and it always begins in the same peculiarly sudden way, with the screen in darkness, and my
mother’s voice somewhere above me, calling my name:
‘George! Wake up, George, wake up!’
And then there is a bright electric light dazzling in my eyes, and right from the very centre of it,
but far away, the voice is still calling me:
‘George, wake up and get out of bed and put your dressing-gown on! Quickly! You’re coming
downstairs. There’s something I want you to see. Come on, child, come on! Hurry up! And put
your slippers40 on. We’re going outside.’
‘Don’t argue with me, George. Just do as you’re told.’ I am so sleepy I can hardly see to walk,
but my mother takes me firmly by the hand and leads me downstairs and out through the front
door into the night where the cold air is like a sponge of water in my face, and I open my eyes
wide and see the lawn all sparkling with frost and the cedar41 tree with its tremendous arms standing42
black against a thin small moon. And overhead a great mass of stars is wheeling up into the sky.
We hurry across the lawn, my mother and I, her bracelets all jingling like mad and me having to
trot43 to keep up with her. Each step I take I can feel the crisp frosty grass crunching44 softly under-
‘Josephine has just started having her babies,’ my mother says. ‘It’s a perfect opportunity. You
shall watch the whole process.’
There is a light burning in the garage when we get there, and we go inside. My father isn’t
there, nor is the car, and the place seems huge and bare, and the concrete floor is freezing cold
through the soles of my bedroom slippers. Josephine is reclining on a heap of straw inside the low
wire cage in one corner of the room – large blue rabbit with small pink eyes that watch us
suspiciously as we go towards her. The husband, whose name is Napoleon, is now in a separate
cage in the opposite corner, and I notice that he is standing up on his hind6 legs scratching
impatiently at the netting.
‘Look!’ my mother cries. ‘She’s having the first one! It’s almost out!’
We both creep closer to Josephine, and I squat46 down beside the cage with my face right up
against the wire. I am fascinated. Here is one rabbit coming out of another. It is magical and rather
splendid. It is also very quick.
‘Look how it comes out all neatly47 wrapped up in its own little cellophane bag!’ my mother is
‘And just look how she’s taking care of it now! The poor darling doesn’t have a face-flannel,
and even if she did she couldn’t hold it in her paws, so she’s washing it with her tongue instead.’
The mother rabbit rolls her small pink eyes anxiously in our direction, and then I see her
shifting position in the straw so that her body is between us and the young one.
‘Come round the other side,’ my mother says. ‘The silly thing has moved. I do believe she’s
trying to hide her baby from us.’
We go round the other side of the cage. The rabbit follows us with her eyes. A couple of yards
away the buck48 is prancing49 madly up and down, clawing at the wire.
‘Why is Napoleon so excited?’ I ask.
‘I don’t know, dear. Don’t you bother about him. Watch Josephine. I expect she’ll be having
another one soon. Look how carefully she’s washing that little baby! She’s treating it just like a
human mother treats hers! Isn’t it funny to think that I did almost exactly the same sort of thing to
you once?’ The big blue doe is still watching us, and now, again, she pushes the baby away with
her nose and rolls slowly over to face the other way. Then she goes on with her licking and
‘Isn’t it wonderful how a mother knows instinctively50 just what she has to do?’ my mother says.
‘Now you just imagine, my pet, that the baby is you, and Josephine is me – wait a minute, come
back over here again so you can get a better look.’
We creep back around the cage to keep the baby in view.
‘See how she’s fondling it and kissing it all over! There! She’s really kissing it now, isn’t she!
Exactly like me and you!’
I peer closer. It seems a queer way of kissing to me.
‘Look!’ I scream. ‘She’s eating it!’
And sure enough, the head of the baby rabbit is now disappearing swiftly into the mother’s
‘Mummy! Quick!’
But almost before the sound of my scream has died away, the whole of that tiny pink body has
vanished down the mother’s throat.
I swing quickly around, and the next thing I know I’m looking straight into my own mother’s
face, not six inches above me, and no doubt she is trying to say something or it may be that she is
too astonished to say anything, but all I see is the mouth, the huge red mouth opening wider and
wider until it is just a great big round gaping51 hole with a black centre, and I scream again, and this
time I can’t stop. Then suddenly out come her hands, and I can feel her skin touching mine, the
long cold fingers closing tightly over my fists, and I jump back and jerk myself free and rush
blindly out into the night. I run down the drive and through the front gates, screaming all the way,
and then, above the noise of my own voice I can hear the jingle52 of bracelets coming up behind me
in the dark, getting louder and louder as she keeps gaining on me all the way down the long hill to
the bottom of the lane and over the bridge on to the main road where the cars are streaming by at
sixty miles an hour with headlights blazing.
Then somewhere behind me I hear a screech54 of tyres skidding55 on the road surface, and then
there is silence, and I notice suddenly that the bracelets aren’t jingling behind me any more.
Poor Mother.
If only she could have lived a little longer.
I admit that she gave me a nasty fright with those rabbits, but it wasn’t her fault, and anyway
queer things like that were always happening between her and me. I had come to regard them as a
sort of toughening process that did me more good than harm. But if only she could have lived long
enough to complete my education, I’m sure I should never have had all that trouble I was telling
you about a few minutes ago.
I want to get on with that now. I didn’t mean to begin talking about my mother. She doesn’t
have anything to do with what I originally started out to say. I won’t mention her again.
I was telling you about the spinsters in my parish. It’s an ugly word, isn’t it – spinster? It
conjures56 up the vision either of a stringy old hen with a puckered57 mouth or of a huge ribald
monster shouting around the house in riding-breeches. But these were not like that at all. They
were a clean, healthy, well-built group of females, the majority of them highly bred and
surprisingly wealthy, and I feel sure that the average unmarried man would have been gratified to
have them around.
In the beginning, when I first came to the vicarage, I didn’t have too bad a time. I enjoyed a
measure of protection, of course, by reason of my calling and my cloth. In addition, I myself
adopted a cool dignified58 attitude that was calculated to discourage familiarity. For a few months,
therefore, I was able to move freely among my parishioners, and no one took the liberty of linking
her arm in mine at a charity bazaar59, or of touching my fingers with hers as she passed me the cruet
at suppertime. I was very happy. I was feeling better than I had in years. Even that little nervous
habit I had of flicking61 my earlobe with my forefinger63 when I talked began to disappear.
This was what I call my first period, and it extended over approximately six months. Then came
I suppose I should have known that a healthy male like myself couldn’t hope to evade64
embroilment65 indefinitely simply by keeping a fair distance between himself and the ladies. It just
doesn’t work. If anything it has the opposite effect.
I would see them eyeing me covertly66 across the room at a whist drive, whispering to one
another, nodding, running their tongues over their lips, sucking at their cigarettes, plotting the best
approach, but always whispering, and sometimes I overheard snatches of their talk –‘What a shy
person … he’s just a trifle nervous, isn’t he … he’s much too tense … he needs companionship …
he wants loosening up … we must teach him how to relax.’ And then slowly as the weeks went
by, they began to stalk me. I knew they were doing it. I could feel it happening although at first
they did nothing definite to give themselves away.
That was my second period. It lasted for the best part of a year and was very trying indeed. But
it was paradise compared with the third and final phase.
For now, instead of sniping at me sporadically67 from far away, the attackers suddenly came
charging out of the wood with bayonets fixed68. It was terrible, frightening. Nothing is more
calculated to unnerve a man than the swift unexpected assault. Yet I am not a coward. I will stand
my ground against any single individual of my own size under any circumstances. But this
onslaught, I am now convinced, was conducted by vast numbers operating as one skilfully69
coordinated70 unit.
The first offender71 was Miss Elphinstone, a large woman with moles72. I had dropped in on her
during the afternoon to solicit73 a contribution towards a new set of bellows74 for the organ, and after
some pleasant conversation in the library she had graciously handed me a cheque for two guineas.
I told her not to bother to see me to the door and I went out into the hall to get my hat. I was about
to reach for it when all at once – she must have come tip-toeing up behind me – all at once I felt a
bare arm sliding through mine, and one second later her fingers were entwined in my own, and she
was squeezing my hand hard, in out, in out, as though it were the bulb of a throat-spray.
‘Are you really so Very Reverend as you’re always pretending to be?’ she whispered.
All I can tell you is that when that arm of hers came sliding in under mine, it felt exactly as
though a cobra was coiling itself around my wrist. I leaped away, pulled open the front door, and
fled down the drive without looking back.
The very next day we held a jumble75 sale in the village hall (again to raise money for the new
bellows), and towards the end of it I was standing in a corner quietly drinking a cup of tea and
keeping an eye on the villagers crowding round the stalls when all of a sudden I heard a voice
beside me saying, ‘Dear me, what a hungry look you have in those eyes of yours.’ The next instant
a long curvaceous body was leaning up against mine and a hand with red fingernails was trying to
push a thick slice of coconut76 cake into my mouth.
‘Miss Prattley,’ I cried. ‘Please!’
But she’d got me up against the wall, and with a teacup in one hand and a saucer in the other I
was powerless to resist. I felt the sweat breaking out all over me and if my mouth hadn’t quickly
become full of the cake she was pushing into it, I honestly believe I would have started to scream.
A nasty incident, that one; but there was worse to come.
The next day it was Miss Unwin. Now Miss Unwin happened to be a close friend of Miss
Elphinstone’s and of Miss Prattley’s, and this of course should have been enough to make me very
cautious. Yet who would have thought that she of all people. Miss Unwin, that quiet gentle little
mouse who only a few weeks before had presented me with a new hassock exquisitely77 worked in
needlepoint with her own hands, who would have thought that she would ever have taken a liberty
with anyone? So when she asked me to accompany her down to the crypt to show her the Saxon
murals, it never entered my head that there was devilry afoot. But there was.
I don’t propose to describe that encounter; it was too painful. And the ones which followed
were no less savage78. Nearly every day from then on, some new outrageous79 incident would take
place. I became a nervous wreck80. At times I hardly knew what I was doing. I started reading the
burial service at young Gladys Pitcher’s wedding. I dropped Mrs Harris’s new baby into the font
during the christening and gave it a nasty ducking. An uncomfortable rash that I hadn’t had in over
two years reappeared on the side of my neck, and that annoying business with my earlobe came
back worse than ever before. Even my hair began coming out in my comb. The faster I retreated,
the faster they came after me. Women are like that. Nothing stimulates81 them quite so much as a
display of modesty82 or shyness in a man. And they become doubly persistent83 if underneath it all
they happen to detect – and here I have a most difficult confession84 to make – if they happen to
detect, as they did in me, a little secret gleam of longing85 shining in the backs of the eyes.
You see, actually I was mad about women.
Yes, I know. You will find this hard to believe after all that I have said, but it was perfectly true.
You must understand that it was only when they touched me with their fingers or pushed up
against me with their bodies that I became alarmed. Providing they remained at a safe distance, I
could watch them for hours on end with the same peculiar39 fascination86 that you yourself might
experience in watching a creature you couldn’t bear to touch – an octopus87, for example, or a long
poisonous snake. I loved the smooth white look of a bare arm emerging from a sleeve, curiously88
naked like a peeled banana. I could get enormously excited just from watching a girl walk across
the room in a tight dress; and I particularly enjoyed the back view of a pair of legs when the feet
were in rather high heels – the wonderful braced-up look behind the knees, with the legs
themselves very taut89 as though they were made of strong elastic90 stretched out almost to breaking-
point, but not quite. Sometimes, in Lady Birdwell’s drawing-room, sitting near the window on a
summer’s afternoon, I would glance over the rim15 of my teacup towards the swimming pool and
become agitated91 beyond measure by the sight of a little patch of sunburned stomach bulging92
between the top and bottom of a two-piece bathing-suit.
There is nothing wrong in having thoughts like these. All men harbour them from time to time.
But they did give me a terrible sense of guilt93. Is it me, I kept asking myself, who is unwittingly
responsible for the shameless way in which these ladies are now behaving? Is it the gleam in my
eye (which I cannot control) that is constantly rousing their passions and egging them on? Am I
unconsciously giving them what is sometimes known as the come-hither signal every time I glance
their way? Am I?
Or is this brutal94 conduct of theirs inherent in the very nature of the female?
I had a pretty fair idea of the answer to this question, but that was not good enough for me. I
happen to possess a conscience that can never be consoled by guesswork; it has to have proof. I
simply had to find out who was really the guilty party in this case – me or them, and with this
object in view, I now decided95 to perform a simple experiment of my own invention, using
Snelling’s rats.
A year or so previously96 I had had some trouble with an objectionable choirboy named Billy
Snelling. On three consecutive97 Sundays this youth had brought a pair of white rats into church and
had let them loose on the floor during my sermon. In the end I had confiscated98 the animals and
carried them home and placed them in a box in the shed at the bottom of the vicarage garden.
Purely99 for humane100 reasons I had then proceeded to feed them, and as a result, but without any
further encouragement from me, the creatures began to multiply very rapidly. The two became
five, and five became twelve.
It was at this point that I decided to use them for research purposes. There were exactly equal
numbers of males and females, six of each, so that conditions were ideal.
I first isolated101 the sexes, putting them into two separate cages, and I left them like that for three
whole weeks. Now a rat is a very lascivious102 animal, and any zoologist103 will tell you that for them
this is an inordinately104 long period of separation. At a guess I would say that one week of enforced
celibacy105 for a rat is equal to approximately one year of the same treatment for someone like Miss
Elphinstone or Miss Prattley; so you can see that I was doing a pretty fair job in reproducing actual
When the three weeks were up, I took a large box that was divided across the centre by a little
fence, and I placed the females on one side and the males on the other. The fence consisted of
nothing more than three single strands106 of naked wire, one inch apart, but there was a powerful
electric current running through the wires.
To add a touch of reality to the proceedings108, I gave each female a name. The largest one, who
also had the longest whiskers, was Miss Elphinstone. The one with a short thick tail was Miss
Prattley. The smallest of them all was Miss Unwin, and so on. The males, all six of them, were
I now pulled up a chair and sat back to watch the result.
All rats are suspicious by nature, and when I first put the two sexes together in the box with only
the wire between them, neither side made a move. The males stared hard at the females through
the fence. The females stared back, waiting for the males to come forward. I could see that both
sides were tense with yearning109. Whiskers quivered and noses twitched110 and occasionally a long tail
would flick60 sharply against the wall of the box.
After a while, the first male detached himself from his group and advanced gingerly towards the
fence, his belly111 close to the ground. He touched a wire and was immediately electrocuted. The
remaining eleven rats froze, motionless.
There followed a period of nine and a half minutes during which neither side moved; but I
noticed that while all the males were now staring at the dead body of their colleague, the females
had eyes only for the males.
Then suddenly Miss Prattley with the short tail could stand it no longer. She came bounding
forward, hit the wire, and dropped dead.
The males pressed their bodies closer to the ground and gazed thoughtfully at the two corpses112
by the fence. The females also seemed to be quite shaken, and there was another wait, with neither
side moving.
Now it was Miss Unwin who began to show signs of impatience113. She snorted audibly and
twitched a pink mobile nose-end from side to side, then suddenly she started jerking her body
quickly up and down as though she were doing pushups. She glanced round at her remaining four
companions, raised her tail high in the air as much as to say, ‘Here I go, girls,’ and with that she
advanced briskly to the wire, pushed her head through it, and was killed.
Sixteen minutes later, Miss Foster made her first move. Miss Foster was a woman in the village
who bred cats, and recently she had had the effrontery114 to put up a large sign outside her house in
the High Street, saying FOSTER’S CATTERY. Through long association with the creatures she
herself seemed to have acquired all their most noxious115 characteristics, and whenever she came
near me in a room I could detect, even through the smoke of her Russian cigarette, a faint but
pungent116 aroma117 of cat. She had never struck me as having much control over her baser instincts,
and it was with some satisfaction, therefore, that I watched her now as she foolishly took her own
life in a last desperate plunge118 towards the masculine sex.
A Miss Montgomery-Smith came next, a small determined119 woman who had once tried to make
me believe that she had been engaged to a bishop120. She died trying to creep on her belly under the
lowest wire, and I must say I thought this a very fair reflection upon the way in which she lived
her life.
And still the five remaining males stayed motionless, waiting.
The fifth female to go was Miss Plumley. She was a devious121 one who was continually slipping
little messages addressed to me into the collection bag. Only the Sunday before, I had been in the
vestry counting the money after morning service and had come across one of them tucked inside a
folded ten-shilling note. Your poor throat sounded hoarse122 today during the sermon, it said. Let me
bring you a bottle of my own cherry pectoral to soothe123 it down. Most affectionately, Eunice
Miss Plumley ambled124 slowly up to the wire, sniffed125 the centre strand107 with the tip of her nose,
came a fraction too close, and received two hundred and forty volts126 of alternating current through
her body.
The five males stayed where they were, watching the slaughter127.
And now only Miss Elphinstone remained on the feminine side.
For a full half-hour neither she nor any of the others made a move. Finally one of the males
stirred himself slightly, took a step forward, hesitated, thought better of it, and slowly sank back
into a crouch26 on the floor.
This must have frustrated128 Miss Elphinstone beyond measure, for suddenly, with eyes blazing,
she rushed forward and took a flying leap at the wire. It was a spectacular jump and she nearly
cleared it; but one of her hind legs grazed the top strand, and thus she also perished with the rest of
her sex.
I cannot tell you how much good it did me to watch this simple and, though I say it myself, this
rather ingenious experiment. In one stroke I had laid open the incredibly lascivious, stop-at-
nothing nature of the female. My own sex was vindicated129; my own conscience was cleared. In a
trice, all those awkward little flashes of guilt from which I had continually been suffering flew out
of the window. I felt suddenly very strong and serene130 in the knowledge of my own innocence131.
For a few moments I toyed with the absurd idea of electrifying132 the black iron railings that ran
around the vicarage garden; or perhaps just the gate would be enough. Then I would sit back
comfortably in a chair in the library and watch through the window as the real Misses Elphinstone
and Prattley and Unwin came forward one after the other and paid the final penalty for pestering133
an innocent male.
Such foolish thoughts!
What I must actually do now, I told myself, was to weave around me a sort of invisible electric
fence constructed entirely134 out of my own personal moral fibre. Behind this I would sit in perfect
safety while the enemy, one after another, flung themselves against the wire.
I would begin by cultivating a brusque manner. I would speak crisply to all women, and refrain
from smiling at them. I would no longer step back a pace when one of them advanced upon me. I
would stand my ground and glare at her, and if she said something that I considered suggestive, I
would make a sharp retort.
It was in this mood that I set off the very next day to attend Lady Birdwell’s tennis party.
I was not a player myself, but her ladyship had graciously invited me to drop in and mingle135 with
the guests when play was over at six o’clock. I believe she thought that it lent a certain tone to a
gathering136 to have a clergyman present, and she was probably hoping to persuade me to repeat the
performance I gave the last time I was there, when I sat at the piano for a full hour and a quarter
after supper and entertained the guests with a detailed description of the evolution of the madrigal
through the centuries.
I arrived at the gates on my cycle promptly137 at six o’clock and pedalled up the long drive
towards the house. This was the first week of June, and the rhododendrons were massed in great
banks of pink and purple all the way along on either side. I was feeling unusually blithe138 and
dauntless. The previous day’s experiment with rats had made it impossible now for anyone to take
me by surprise. I knew exactly what to expect and I was armed accordingly. All around me the
little fence was up.
‘Ah, good evening. Vicar,’ Lady Birdwell cried, advancing upon me with both arms
I stood my ground and looked her straight in the eye. ‘How’s Birdwell?’ I said. ‘Still up in the
I doubt whether she had ever before in her life heard Lord Birdwell referred to thus by someone
who had never even met him. It stopped her dead in her tracks. She looked at me queerly and
didn’t seem to know how to answer.
‘I’ll take a seat if I may,’ I said, and walked past her towards the terrace where a group of nine
or ten guests were settled comfortably in cane139 chairs, sipping140 their drinks. They were mostly
women, the usual crowd, all of them dressed in white tennis clothes, and as I strode in among
them my own sober black suiting seemed to give me, I thought, just the right amount of
separateness for the occasion.
The ladies greeted me with smiles. I nodded to them and sat down in a vacant chair, but I didn’t
smile back.
‘I think perhaps I’d better finish my story another time,’ Miss Elphinstone was saying. ‘I don’t
believe the vicar would approve.’ She giggled141 and gave me an arch look. I knew she was waiting
for me to come out with my usual little nervous laugh and to say my usual little sentence about
how broadminded I was; but I did nothing of the sort. I simply raised one side of my upper lip
until it shaped itself into a tiny curl of contempt (I had practised in the mirror that morning), and
then I said sharply, in a loud voice, ‘Mens sana in corpore sano.’
‘What’s that?’ she cried. ‘Come again, Vicar.’
‘A clean mind in a healthy body,’ I answered. ‘It’s a family motto.’
There was an odd kind of silence for quite a long time after this. I could see the women
exchanging glances with one another, frowning, shaking their heads.
‘The vicar’s in the dumps,’ Miss Foster announced. She was the one who bred cats. ‘I think the
vicar needs a drink.’
‘Thank you,’ I said, ‘but I never imbibe142. You know that.’
‘Then do let me fetch you a nice cooling glass of fruit cup?’
This last sentence came softly and rather suddenly from someone just behind me, to my right,
and there was a note of such genuine concern in the speaker’s voice that I turned round.
I saw a lady of singular beauty whom I had met only once before, about a month ago. Her name
was Miss Roach, and I remembered that she had struck me then as being a person far out of the
usual run. I had been particularly impressed by her gentle and reticent143 nature; and the fact that I
had felt comfortable in her presence proved beyond doubt that she was not the sort of person who
would try to impinge herself upon me in any way.
‘I’m sure you must be tired after cycling all that distance,’ she was saying now.
I swivelled right round in my chair and looked at her carefully. She was certainly a striking
person – unusually muscular for a woman, with broad shoulders and powerful arms and a huge
calf144 bulging on each leg. The flush of the afternoon’s exertions145 was still upon her, and her face
glowed with a healthy red sheen.
‘Thank you so much, Miss Roach,’ I said, ‘but I never touch alcohol in any form. Maybe a
small glass of lemon squash …’
‘The fruit cup is only made of fruit, Padre.’
How I loved a person who called me ‘Padre’. The word has a military ring about it that conjures
up visions of stem discipline and officer rank.
‘Fruit cup?’ Miss Elphinstone said. ‘It’s harmless.’
‘My dear man, it’s nothing but vitamin C,’ Miss Foster said.
‘Much better for you than fizzy lemonade,’ Lady Birdwell said. ‘Carbon dioxide attacks the
lining45 of the stomach.’
‘I’ll get you some,’ Miss Roach said, smiling at me pleasantly. It was a good open smile, and
there wasn’t a trace of guile146 or mischief147 from one comer of the mouth to the other.
She stood up and walked over to the drink table. I saw her slicing an orange, then an apple, then
a cucumber, then a grape, and dropping the pieces into a glass. Then she poured in a large quantity
of liquid from a bottle whose label I couldn’t quite read without my spectacles, but I fancied that I
saw the name JIM on it, or TIM or PIM, or some such word.
‘I hope there’s enough left,’ Lady Birdwell called out. Those greedy children of mine do love it
‘Plenty,’ Miss Roach answered, and she brought the drink to me and set it on the table.
Even without tasting it I could easily understand why children adored it. The liquid itself was
dark amber-red and there were great hunks of fruit floating around among the ice cubes; and on
top of it all, Miss Roach had placed a sprig of mint. I guessed that the mint had been put there
specially148 for me, to take some of the sweetness away and to lend a touch of grown-upness to a
concoction149 that was otherwise so obviously for youngsters.
‘Too sticky for you, Padre!’
‘It’s delectable,’ I said, sipping it. ‘Quite perfect.’
It seemed a pity to gulp150 it down quickly after all the trouble Miss Roach had taken to make it,
but it was so refreshing151 I couldn’t resist.
‘Do let me make you another!’
I liked the way she waited until I had set the glass on the table, instead of trying to take it out of
my hand.
‘I wouldn’t eat the mint if I were you,’ Miss Elphinstone said.
‘I’d better get another bottle from the house,’ Lady Birdwell called out. ‘You’re going to need
it, Mildred.’
‘Do that,’ Miss Roach replied. I drink gallons of the stuff myself,’ she went on, speaking to me.
‘And I don’t think you’d say that I’m exactly what you might call emaciated152.’
‘No indeed,’ I answered fervently153. I was watching her again as she mixed me another brew154,
noticing how the muscles rippled155 under the skin of the arm that raised the bottle. Her neck also
was uncommonly156 fine when seen from behind; not thin and stringy like the necks of a lot of these
so-called modem157 beauties, but thick and strong with a slight ridge53 running down either side where
the sinews bulged158. It wasn’t easy to guess the age of a person like this, but I doubted whether she
could have been more than forty-eight or nine.
I had just finished my second big glass of fruit cup when I began to experience a most peculiar
sensation. I seemed to be floating up out of my chair, and hundreds of little warm waves came
washing in under me, lifting me higher and higher. I felt as buoyant as a bubble, and everything
around me seemed to be bobbing up and down and swirling159 gently from side to side. It was all
very pleasant, and I was overcome by an almost irresistible160 desire to break into song.
‘Feeling happy?’ Miss Roach’s voice sounded miles and miles away, and when I turned to look
at her, I was astonished to see how near she really was. She, also, was bobbing up and down.
‘Terrific,’ I answered. ‘I’m feeling absolutely terrific.’
Her face was large and pink, and it was so close to me now that I could see the pale carpet of
fuzz covering both her cheeks, and the way the sunlight caught each tiny separate hair and made it
shine like gold. All of a sudden I found myself wanting to put out a hand and stroke those cheeks
of hers with my fingers. To tell the truth I wouldn’t have objected in the least if she had tried to do
the same to me.
‘Listen,’ she said softly. ‘How about the two of us taking a little stroll down the garden to see
the lupins?’
‘Fine,’ I answered. ‘Lovely. Anything you say.’
There is a small Georgian summer-house alongside the croquet lawn in Lady Birdwell’s garden,
and the very next thing I knew, I was sitting inside it on a kind of chaise-longue and Miss Roach
was beside me. I was still bobbing up and down, and so was she, and so, for that matter, was the
summer-house, but I was feeling wonderful. I asked Miss Roach if she would like me to give her a
‘Not now,’ she said, encircling me with her arms and squeezing my chest against hers so hard
that it hurt.
‘Don’t,’ I said, melting.
‘That’s better,’ she kept saying. ‘That’s much better, isn’t it?’
Had Miss Roach or any other female tried to do this sort of thing to me an hour before, I don’t
quite know what would have happened. I think I would probably have fainted. I might even have
died. But here I was now, the same old me, actually relishing161 the contact of those enormous bare
arms against my body! Also – and this was the most amazing thing of all – I was beginning to feel
the urge to reciprocate162.
I took the lobe62 of her left ear between my thumb and forefinger, and tugged163 it playfully.
‘Naughty boy,’ she said.
I tugged harder and squeezed it a bit at the same time. This roused her to such a pitch that she
began to grunt164 and snort like a hog165. Her breathing became loud and stertorous166.
‘Kiss me,’ she ordered.
‘What?’ I said.
‘Come on, kiss me.’
At that moment, I saw her mouth. I saw this great mouth of hers coming slowly down on top of
me, starting to open, and coming closer and closer, and opening wider and wider; and suddenly
my whole stomach began to roll right over inside me and I went stiff with terror.
‘No!’ I shrieked167. ‘Don’t! Don’t, Mummy, don’t!’
I can only tell you that I had never in all my life seen anything more terrifying than that mouth.
I simply could not stand it coming at me like that. Had it been a red-hot iron someone was pushing
into my face I wouldn’t have been nearly so petrified168, I swear I wouldn’t. The strong arms were
around me, pinning me down so that I couldn’t move, and the mouth kept getting larger and
larger, and then all at once it was right on top of me, huge and wet and cavernous, and the next
second – I was inside it.
I was right inside this enormous mouth, lying on my stomach along the length of the tongue,
with my feet somewhere around the back of the throat; and I knew instinctively that unless I got
myself out again at once I was going to be swallowed alive – just like that baby rabbit. I could feel
my legs being drawn169 down the throat by some kind of suction, and quickly I threw up my arms
and grabbed hold of the lower front teeth and held on for dear life. My head was near the mouth-
entrance, and I could actually look right out between the lips and see a little patch of the world
outside – sunlight shining on the polished wooden floor of the summer-house, and on the floor
itself a gigantic foot in a white tennis shoe.
I had a good grip with my fingers on the edge of the teeth, and in spite of the suction, I was
managing to haul myself up slowly towards the daylight when suddenly the upper teeth came
down on my knucles and started chopping away at them so fiercely I had to let go. I went sliding
back down the throat, feet first, clutching madly at this and that as I went, but everything was so
smooth and slippery I couldn’t get a grip. I glimpsed a bright flash of gold on the left as I slid past
the last of the molars, and then three inches farther on I saw what must have been the uvula above
me, dangling170 like a thick red stalactite from the roof of the throat. I grabbed at it with both hands
but the thing slithered through my fingers and I went on down.
I remember screaming for help, but I could hardly hear the sound of my own voice above the
noise of the wind that was caused by the throat-owner’s breathing. There seemed to be a gale171
blowing all the time, a queer erratic172 gale that blew alternately very cold (as the air came in) and
very hot (as it went out again).
I managed to get my elbows hooked over a sharp fleshy ridge – I presume the epiglottis – and
for a brief moment I hung there, defying the suction and scrabbling with my feet to find a foothold
on the wall of the larynx; but the throat gave a huge swallow that jerked me away, and down I
went again.
From then on, there was nothing else for me to catch hold of, and down and down I went until
soon my legs were dangling below me in the upper reaches of the stomach, and I could feel the
slow powerful pulsing of peristalsis dragging away at my ankles, pulling me down and down and
down …
Far above me, outside in the open air, I could hear the distant babble173 of women’s voices:
‘It’s not true …’
‘But my dear Mildred, how awful …’
‘The man must be mad …’
‘Your poor mouth, just look at it …’
‘A sex maniac174 …’
‘A sadist …’
‘Someone ought to write to the bishop …’
And then Miss Roach’s voice, louder than the others, swearing and screeching175 like a parakeet:
‘He’s damn lucky I didn’t kill him, the little bastard176! … I said to him, listen, I said, if ever I
happen to want any of my teeth extracted, I’ll go to the dentist, not to a goddam vicar … It isn’t as
though I’d given him any encouragement either! …’
‘Where is he now, Mildred?’
‘God knows. In the bloody177 summer-house, I suppose.’
‘Hey girls, let’s go and root him out!’
Oh dear, oh dear. Looking back on it now, some three weeks later, I don’t know how I ever
came through the nightmare of that awful afternoon without taking leave of my senses.
A gang of witches like that is a very dangerous thing to fool around with, and had they managed
to catch me in the summer-house right then and there when their blood was up, they would as
likely as not have torn me limb from limb on the spot.
Either that, or I should have been frog-marched down to the police station with Lady Birdwell
and Miss Roach leading the procession through the main street of the village.
But of course they didn’t catch me.
They didn’t catch me then, and they haven’t caught me yet, and if my luck continues to hold, I
think I’ve got a fair chance of evading178 them altogether – or anyway for a few months, until they
forget about the whole affair.
As you might guess, I am having to keep entirely to myself and to take no part in public affairs
or social life. I find that writing is a most salutary occupation at a time like this, and I spend many
hours each day playing with sentences. I regard each sentence as a little wheel, and my ambition
lately has been to gather several hundred of them together at once and to fit them all end to end,
with the cogs interlocking, like gears, but each wheel a different size, each turning at a different
speed. Now and again I try to put a really big one right next to a very small one in such a way that
the big one, turning slowly, will make the small one spin so fast that it hums. Very tricky179, that.
I also sing madrigals in the evenings, but I miss my own harpsichord180 terribly.
All the same, this isn’t such a bad place, and I have made myself as comfortable as I possibly
can. It is a small chamber181 situated182 in what is almost certainly the primary section of the duodenal
loop, just before it begins to run vertically183 downward in front of the right kidney. The floor is quite
level – indeed it was the first level place I came to during that horrible descent down Miss Roach’s
throat – and that’s the only reason I managed to stop at all. Above me, I can see a pulpy184 sort of
opening that I take to be the pylorus, where the stomach enters the small intestine185 (I can still
remember some of those diagrams my mother used to show me), and below me, there is a funny
little hole in the wall where the pancreatic duct enters the lower section of the duodenum.
It is all a trifle bizarre for a man of conservative tastes like myself. Personally I prefer oak
furniture and parquet186 flooring. But there is anyway one thing here that pleases me greatly, and that
is the walls. They are lovely and soft, like a sort of padding, and the advantage of this is that I can
bounce up against them as much as I wish without hurting myself.
There are several other people about, which is rather surprising, but thank God they are every
one of them males. For some reason or other, they all wear white coats, and they bustle187 around
pretending to be very busy and important. In actual fact, they are an uncommonly ignorant bunch
of fellows. They don’t even seem to realize where they are. I try to tell them, but they refuse to
listen. Sometimes I get so angry and frustrated with them that I lose my temper and start to shout;
and then a sly mistrustful look comes over the faces and they begin backing slowly away, and
saying, ‘Now then. Take it easy. Take it easy, vicar, there’s a good boy. Take it easy.’
What sort of talk is that?
But there is one oldish man – he comes in to see me every morning after breakfast – who
appears to live slightly closer to reality than the others. He is civil and dignified, and I imagine he
is lonely because he likes nothing better than to sit quietly in my room and listen to me talk. The
only trouble is that whenever we get on to the subject of our whereabouts, he starts telling me that
he’s going to help me to escape. He said it again this morning, and we had quite an argument
about it.
‘But can’t you see,’ I said patiently, ‘I don’t want to escape.’
‘My dear Vicar, why ever not?’
‘I keep telling you – because they’re all searching for me outside.’
‘Miss Elphinstone and Miss Roach and Miss Prattley and all the rest of them.’
‘What nonsense.’
‘Oh yes they are! And I imagine they’re after you as well, but you won’t admit it.’
‘No, my friend, they are not after me.’
‘Then may I ask precisely what you are doing down here?’
A bit of a stumper for him, that one. I could see he didn’t know how to answer it.
‘I’ll bet you were fooling around with Miss Roach and got yourself swallowed up just the same
as I did. I’ll bet that’s exactly what happened, only you’re ashamed to admit it.’
He looked suddenly so wan28 and defeated when I said this that I felt sorry for him.
‘Would you like me to sing you a song?’ I asked.
But he got up without answering and went quietly out into the corridor.
‘Cheer up,’ I called after him. ‘Don’t be depressed188. There is always some balm in Gilead.’


1 trumpet AUczL     
  • He plays the violin, but I play the trumpet.他拉提琴,我吹喇叭。
  • The trumpet sounded for battle.战斗的号角吹响了。
2 dabble dabble     
  • They dabble in the stock market.他们少量投资于股市。
  • Never dabble with things of which you have no knowledge.绝不要插手你不了解的事物。
3 madrigal JAax2     
  • You look like a melodious madrigal,beautiful snowy mountain,beautiful prairie.你象一只悠扬的牧歌,美了雪山,美了草原。
  • The madrigal that writes to you still sings.写给你的情歌还在唱。
4 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。
5 touching sg6zQ9     
  • It was a touching sight.这是一幅动人的景象。
  • His letter was touching.他的信很感人。
6 hind Cyoya     
  • The animal is able to stand up on its hind limbs.这种动物能够用后肢站立。
  • Don't hind her in her studies.不要在学业上扯她后腿。
7 inevitable 5xcyq     
  • Mary was wearing her inevitable large hat.玛丽戴着她总是戴的那顶大帽子。
  • The defeat had inevitable consequences for British policy.战败对英国政策不可避免地产生了影响。
8 considerably 0YWyQ     
  • The economic situation has changed considerably.经济形势已发生了相当大的变化。
  • The gap has narrowed considerably.分歧大大缩小了。
9 hip 1dOxX     
  • The thigh bone is connected to the hip bone.股骨连着髋骨。
  • The new coats blouse gracefully above the hip line.新外套在臀围线上优美地打着褶皱。
10 thigh RItzO     
  • He is suffering from a strained thigh muscle.他的大腿肌肉拉伤了,疼得很。
  • The thigh bone is connected to the hip bone.股骨连着髋骨。
11 dame dvGzR0     
  • The dame tell of her experience as a wife and mother.这位年长妇女讲了她作妻子和母亲的经验。
  • If you stick around,you'll have to marry that dame.如果再逗留多一会,你就要跟那个夫人结婚。
12 embarrassment fj9z8     
  • She could have died away with embarrassment.她窘迫得要死。
  • Coughing at a concert can be a real embarrassment.在音乐会上咳嗽真会使人难堪。
13 aesthetic px8zm     
  • My aesthetic standards are quite different from his.我的审美标准与他的大不相同。
  • The professor advanced a new aesthetic theory.那位教授提出了新的美学理论。
14 shrimps 08429aec6f0990db8c831a2a57fc760c     
n.虾,小虾( shrimp的名词复数 );矮小的人
  • Shrimps are a popular type of seafood. 小虾是比较普遍的一种海味。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I'm going to have shrimps for my tea. 傍晚的便餐我要吃点虾。 来自辞典例句
15 rim RXSxl     
  • The water was even with the rim of the basin.盆里的水与盆边平齐了。
  • She looked at him over the rim of her glass.她的目光越过玻璃杯的边沿看着他。
16 aplomb GM9yD     
  • Carried off the difficult situation with aplomb.镇静地应付了困难的局面。
  • She performs the duties of a princess with great aplomb.她泰然自若地履行王妃的职责。
17 alas Rx8z1     
  • Alas!The window is broken!哎呀!窗子破了!
  • Alas,the truth is less romantic.然而,真理很少带有浪漫色彩。
18 humble ddjzU     
  • 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。
19 metropolis BCOxY     
  • Shanghai is a metropolis in China.上海是中国的大都市。
  • He was dazzled by the gaiety and splendour of the metropolis.大都市的花花世界使他感到眼花缭乱。
20 inordinate c6txn     
  • The idea of this gave me inordinate pleasure.我想到这一点感到非常高兴。
  • James hints that his heroine's demands on life are inordinate.詹姆斯暗示他的女主人公对于人生过于苛求。
21 benevolent Wtfzx     
  • His benevolent nature prevented him from refusing any beggar who accosted him.他乐善好施的本性使他不会拒绝走上前向他行乞的任何一个乞丐。
  • He was a benevolent old man and he wouldn't hurt a fly.他是一个仁慈的老人,连只苍蝇都不愿伤害。
22 bracelets 58df124ddcdc646ef29c1c5054d8043d     
n.手镯,臂镯( bracelet的名词复数 )
  • The lamplight struck a gleam from her bracelets. 她的手镯在灯光的照射下闪闪发亮。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • On display are earrings, necklaces and bracelets made from jade, amber and amethyst. 展出的有用玉石、琥珀和紫水晶做的耳环、项链和手镯。 来自《简明英汉词典》
23 tinkling Rg3zG6     
  • I could hear bells tinkling in the distance. 我能听到远处叮当铃响。
  • To talk to him was like listening to the tinkling of a worn-out musical-box. 跟他说话,犹如听一架老掉牙的八音盒子丁冬响。 来自英汉文学
24 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。
25 holder wc4xq     
  • The holder of the office of chairman is reponsible for arranging meetings.担任主席职位的人负责安排会议。
  • That runner is the holder of the world record for the hundred-yard dash.那位运动员是一百码赛跑世界纪录的保持者。
26 crouch Oz4xX     
  • I crouched on the ground.我蹲在地上。
  • He crouched down beside him.他在他的旁边蹲下来。
27 crouching crouching     
v.屈膝,蹲伏( crouch的现在分词 )
  • a hulking figure crouching in the darkness 黑暗中蹲伏着的一个庞大身影
  • A young man was crouching by the table, busily searching for something. 一个年轻人正蹲在桌边翻看什么。 来自汉英文学 - 散文英译
28 wan np5yT     
(wide area network)广域网
  • The shared connection can be an Ethernet,wireless LAN,or wireless WAN connection.提供共享的网络连接可以是以太网、无线局域网或无线广域网。
29 stunt otxwC     
  • Lack of the right food may stunt growth.缺乏适当的食物会阻碍发育。
  • Right up there is where the big stunt is taking place.那边将会有惊人的表演。
30 interfere b5lx0     
  • If we interfere, it may do more harm than good.如果我们干预的话,可能弊多利少。
  • When others interfere in the affair,it always makes troubles. 别人一卷入这一事件,棘手的事情就来了。
31 beckon CdTyi     
  • She crooked her finger to beckon him.她勾勾手指向他示意。
  • The wave for Hawaii beckon surfers from all around the world.夏威夷的海浪吸引着世界各地的冲浪者前来。
32 languorous 9ba067f622ece129006173ef5479f0e6     
  • For two days he was languorous and esteemed. 两天来,他因身体衰弱无力,受到尊重。 来自辞典例句
  • Some one says Fuzhou is a languorous and idle city. 有人说,福州是一个慵懒闲淡的城市。 来自互联网
33 jingling 966ec027d693bb9739d1c4843be19b9f     
  • A carriage went jingling by with some reclining figure in it. 一辆马车叮当驶过,车上斜倚着一个人。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Melanie did not seem to know, or care, that life was riding by with jingling spurs. 媚兰好像并不知道,或者不关心,生活正马刺丁当地一路驶过去了呢。
34 virile JUrzR     
  • She loved the virile young swimmer.她爱上了那个有男子气概的年轻游泳运动员。
  • He wanted his sons to become strong,virile,and athletic like himself.他希望他的儿子们能长得像他一样强壮、阳刚而又健美。
35 precisely zlWzUb     
  • It's precisely that sort of slick sales-talk that I mistrust.我不相信的正是那种油腔滑调的推销宣传。
  • The man adjusted very precisely.那个人调得很准。
36 detailed xuNzms     
  • He had made a detailed study of the terrain.他对地形作了缜密的研究。
  • A detailed list of our publications is available on request.我们的出版物有一份详细的目录备索。
37 enthralling b491b0cfdbf95ce2c84d3fe85b18f2cb     
  • There will be an enthralling race tomorrow. 明天会有场吸引人的比赛。
  • There was something terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence. 在这样地施加影响时,令人感到销魂夺魄。
38 wriggling d9a36b6d679a4708e0599fd231eb9e20     
v.扭动,蠕动,蜿蜒行进( wriggle的现在分词 );(使身体某一部位)扭动;耍滑不做,逃避(应做的事等);蠕蠕
  • The baby was wriggling around on my lap. 婴儿在我大腿上扭来扭去。
  • Something that looks like a gray snake is wriggling out. 有一种看来象是灰蛇的东西蠕动着出来了。 来自辞典例句
39 peculiar cinyo     
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的样子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
40 slippers oiPzHV     
n. 拖鞋
  • a pair of slippers 一双拖鞋
  • He kicked his slippers off and dropped on to the bed. 他踢掉了拖鞋,倒在床上。
41 cedar 3rYz9     
  • The cedar was about five feet high and very shapely.那棵雪松约有五尺高,风姿优美。
  • She struck the snow from the branches of an old cedar with gray lichen.她把长有灰色地衣的老雪松树枝上的雪打了下来。
42 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
43 trot aKBzt     
n.疾走,慢跑;n.老太婆;现成译本;(复数)trots:腹泻(与the 连用);v.小跑,快步走,赶紧
  • They passed me at a trot.他们从我身边快步走过。
  • The horse broke into a brisk trot.马突然快步小跑起来。
44 crunching crunching     
v.嘎吱嘎吱地咬嚼( crunch的现在分词 );嘎吱作响;(快速大量地)处理信息;数字捣弄
  • The horses were crunching their straw at their manger. 这些马在嘎吱嘎吱地吃槽里的草。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The dog was crunching a bone. 狗正嘎吱嘎吱地嚼骨头。 来自《简明英汉词典》
45 lining kpgzTO     
  • The lining of my coat is torn.我的外套衬里破了。
  • Moss makes an attractive lining to wire baskets.用苔藓垫在铁丝篮里很漂亮。
46 squat 2GRzp     
  • For this exercise you need to get into a squat.在这次练习中你需要蹲下来。
  • He is a squat man.他是一个矮胖的男人。
47 neatly ynZzBp     
  • Sailors know how to wind up a long rope neatly.水手们知道怎样把一条大绳利落地缠好。
  • The child's dress is neatly gathered at the neck.那孩子的衣服在领口处打着整齐的皱褶。
48 buck ESky8     
  • The boy bent curiously to the skeleton of the buck.这个男孩好奇地弯下身去看鹿的骸骨。
  • The female deer attracts the buck with high-pitched sounds.雌鹿以尖声吸引雄鹿。
49 prancing 9906a4f0d8b1d61913c1d44e88e901b8     
v.(马)腾跃( prance的现在分词 )
  • The lead singer was prancing around with the microphone. 首席歌手手执麦克风,神气地走来走去。
  • The King lifted Gretel on to his prancing horse and they rode to his palace. 国王把格雷特尔扶上腾跃着的马,他们骑马向天宫走去。 来自辞典例句
50 instinctively 2qezD2     
  • As he leaned towards her she instinctively recoiled. 他向她靠近,她本能地往后缩。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He knew instinctively where he would find her. 他本能地知道在哪儿能找到她。 来自《简明英汉词典》
51 gaping gaping     
adj.口的;张口的;敞口的;多洞穴的v.目瞪口呆地凝视( gape的现在分词 );张开,张大
  • Ahead of them was a gaping abyss. 他们前面是一个巨大的深渊。
  • The antelope could not escape the crocodile's gaping jaws. 那只羚羊无法从鱷鱼张开的大口中逃脱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
52 jingle RaizA     
  • The key fell on the ground with a jingle.钥匙叮当落地。
  • The knives and forks set up their regular jingle.刀叉发出常有的叮当声。
53 ridge KDvyh     
  • We clambered up the hillside to the ridge above.我们沿着山坡费力地爬上了山脊。
  • The infantry were advancing to attack the ridge.步兵部队正在向前挺进攻打山脊。
54 screech uDkzc     
  • He heard a screech of brakes and then fell down. 他听到汽车刹车发出的尖锐的声音,然后就摔倒了。
  • The screech of jet planes violated the peace of the afternoon. 喷射机的尖啸声侵犯了下午的平静。
55 skidding 55f6e4e45ac9f4df8de84c8a09e4fdc3     
n.曳出,集材v.(通常指车辆) 侧滑( skid的现在分词 );打滑;滑行;(住在)贫民区
  • All the wheels of the truck were tied up with iron chains to avoid skidding on the ice road. 大卡车的所有轮子上都捆上了铁链,以防止在结冰的路面上打滑。 来自《用法词典》
  • I saw the motorcycle skidding and its rider spilling in dust. 我看到摩托车打滑,骑车人跌落在地。 来自互联网
56 conjures 6e9034d987393ecf704e5c3a4c34247b     
用魔术变出( conjure的第三人称单数 ); 祈求,恳求; 变戏法; (变魔术般地) 使…出现
  • The word 'birthday' conjures up images of presents and parties. “生日”这个词使人想起礼物和聚会的情景。
  • The name Sahara conjures up images of a desert of aridity. "撒哈拉"这个名字使人想起干旱的沙漠情景。
57 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》
58 dignified NuZzfb     
  • Throughout his trial he maintained a dignified silence. 在整个审讯过程中,他始终沉默以保持尊严。
  • He always strikes such a dignified pose before his girlfriend. 他总是在女友面前摆出这种庄严的姿态。
59 bazaar 3Qoyt     
  • Chickens,goats and rabbits were offered for barter at the bazaar.在集市上,鸡、山羊和兔子被摆出来作物物交换之用。
  • We bargained for a beautiful rug in the bazaar.我们在集市通过讨价还价买到了一条很漂亮的地毯。
60 flick mgZz1     
  • He gave a flick of the whip.他轻抽一下鞭子。
  • By a flick of his whip,he drove the fly from the horse's head.他用鞭子轻抽了一下,将马头上的苍蝇驱走。
61 flicking 856751237583a36a24c558b09c2a932a     
(尤指用手指或手快速地)轻击( flick的现在分词 ); (用…)轻挥; (快速地)按开关; 向…笑了一下(或瞥了一眼等)
  • He helped her up before flicking the reins. 他帮她上马,之后挥动了缰绳。
  • There's something flicking around my toes. 有什么东西老在叮我的脚指头。
62 lobe r8azn     
  • Tiny electrical sensors are placed on your scalp and on each ear lobe.小电器传感器放置在您的头皮和对每个耳垂。
  • The frontal lobe of the brain is responsible for controlling movement.大脑前叶的功能是控制行动。
63 forefinger pihxt     
  • He pinched the leaf between his thumb and forefinger.他将叶子捏在拇指和食指之间。
  • He held it between the tips of his thumb and forefinger.他用他大拇指和食指尖拿着它。
64 evade evade     
  • He tried to evade the embarrassing question.他企图回避这令人难堪的问题。
  • You are in charge of the job.How could you evade the issue?你是负责人,你怎么能对这个问题不置可否?
65 embroilment cbbd6dfcc400d08d63b7d4c358d1ef41     
  • Their embroilment is to our advantage. 他们闹,对我们有利。 来自互联网
66 covertly 9vgz7T     
  • Naval organizations were covertly incorporated into civil ministries. 各种海军组织秘密地混合在各民政机关之中。 来自辞典例句
  • Modern terrorism is noteworthy today in that it is being done covertly. 现代的恐怖活动在今天是值得注意的,由于它是秘密进行的。 来自互联网
67 sporadically RvowJ     
  • There are some trees sporadically around his house. 他的房子周围零星地有点树木。 来自辞典例句
  • As for other aspects, we will sporadically hand out questionnaires. 在其他方面,我们会偶尔发送调查问卷。 来自互联网
68 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
69 skilfully 5a560b70e7a5ad739d1e69a929fed271     
adv. (美skillfully)熟练地
  • Hall skilfully weaves the historical research into a gripping narrative. 霍尔巧妙地把历史研究揉进了扣人心弦的故事叙述。
  • Enthusiasm alone won't do. You've got to work skilfully. 不能光靠傻劲儿,得找窍门。
70 coordinated 72452d15f78aec5878c1559a1fbb5383     
  • The sound has to be coordinated with the picture. 声音必须和画面协调一致。
  • The numerous existing statutes are complicated and poorly coordinated. 目前繁多的法令既十分复杂又缺乏快调。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
71 offender ZmYzse     
  • They all sued out a pardon for an offender.他们请求法院赦免一名罪犯。
  • The authorities often know that sex offenders will attack again when they are released.当局一般都知道性犯罪者在获释后往往会再次犯案。
72 moles 2e1eeabf4f0f1abdaca739a4be445d16     
防波堤( mole的名词复数 ); 鼹鼠; 痣; 间谍
  • Unsightly moles can be removed surgically. 不雅观的痣可以手术去除。
  • Two moles of epoxy react with one mole of A-1100. 两个克分子环氧与一个克分子A-1100反应。
73 solicit AFrzc     
  • Beggars are not allowed to solicit in public places.乞丐不得在公共场所乞讨。
  • We should often solicit opinions from the masses.我们应该经常征求群众意见。
74 bellows Ly5zLV     
n.风箱;发出吼叫声,咆哮(尤指因痛苦)( bellow的名词复数 );(愤怒地)说出(某事),大叫v.发出吼叫声,咆哮(尤指因痛苦)( bellow的第三人称单数 );(愤怒地)说出(某事),大叫
  • His job is to blow the bellows for the blacksmith. 他的工作是给铁匠拉风箱。 来自辞典例句
  • You could, I suppose, compare me to a blacksmith's bellows. 我想,你可能把我比作铁匠的风箱。 来自辞典例句
75 jumble I3lyi     
  • Even the furniture remained the same jumble that it had always been.甚至家具还是象过去一样杂乱无章。
  • The things in the drawer were all in a jumble.抽屉里的东西很杂乱。
76 coconut VwCzNM     
  • The husk of this coconut is particularly strong.椰子的外壳很明显非常坚固。
  • The falling coconut gave him a terrific bang on the head.那只掉下的椰子砰地击中他的脑袋。
77 exquisitely Btwz1r     
  • He found her exquisitely beautiful. 他觉得她异常美丽。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He wore an exquisitely tailored gray silk and accessories to match. 他穿的是做工非常考究的灰色绸缎衣服,还有各种配得很协调的装饰。 来自教父部分
78 savage ECxzR     
  • The poor man received a savage beating from the thugs.那可怜的人遭到暴徒的痛打。
  • He has a savage temper.他脾气粗暴。
79 outrageous MvFyH     
  • Her outrageous behaviour at the party offended everyone.她在聚会上的无礼行为触怒了每一个人。
  • Charges for local telephone calls are particularly outrageous.本地电话资费贵得出奇。
80 wreck QMjzE     
  • Weather may have been a factor in the wreck.天气可能是造成这次失事的原因之一。
  • No one can wreck the friendship between us.没有人能够破坏我们之间的友谊。
81 stimulates 7384b1562fa5973e17b0984305c09f3e     
v.刺激( stimulate的第三人称单数 );激励;使兴奋;起兴奋作用,起刺激作用,起促进作用
  • Exercise stimulates the body. 运动促进身体健康。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Alcohol stimulates the action of the heart. 酒刺激心脏的活动。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
82 modesty REmxo     
  • Industry and modesty are the chief factors of his success.勤奋和谦虚是他成功的主要因素。
  • As conceit makes one lag behind,so modesty helps one make progress.骄傲使人落后,谦虚使人进步。
83 persistent BSUzg     
  • Albert had a persistent headache that lasted for three days.艾伯特连续头痛了三天。
  • She felt embarrassed by his persistent attentions.他不时地向她大献殷勤,使她很难为情。
84 confession 8Ygye     
  • 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。
85 longing 98bzd     
  • Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her.再次听到那首曲子使她胸中充满了渴望。
  • His heart burned with longing for revenge.他心中燃烧着急欲复仇的怒火。
86 fascination FlHxO     
  • He had a deep fascination with all forms of transport.他对所有的运输工具都很着迷。
  • His letters have been a source of fascination to a wide audience.广大观众一直迷恋于他的来信。
87 octopus f5EzQ     
  • He experienced nausea after eating octopus.吃了章鱼后他感到恶心。
  • One octopus has eight tentacles.一条章鱼有八根触角。
88 curiously 3v0zIc     
  • He looked curiously at the people.他好奇地看着那些人。
  • He took long stealthy strides. His hands were curiously cold.他迈着悄没声息的大步。他的双手出奇地冷。
89 taut iUazb     
  • The bowstring is stretched taut.弓弦绷得很紧。
  • Scarlett's taut nerves almost cracked as a sudden noise sounded in the underbrush near them. 思嘉紧张的神经几乎一下绷裂了,因为她听见附近灌木丛中突然冒出的一个声音。
90 elastic Tjbzq     
  • Rubber is an elastic material.橡胶是一种弹性材料。
  • These regulations are elastic.这些规定是有弹性的。
91 agitated dzgzc2     
  • His answers were all mixed up,so agitated was he.他是那样心神不定,回答全乱了。
  • She was agitated because her train was an hour late.她乘坐的火车晚点一个小时,她十分焦虑。
92 bulging daa6dc27701a595ab18024cbb7b30c25     
膨胀; 凸出(部); 打气; 折皱
  • Her pockets were bulging with presents. 她的口袋里装满了礼物。
  • Conscious of the bulging red folder, Nim told her,"Ask if it's important." 尼姆想到那个鼓鼓囊囊的红色文件夹便告诉她:“问问是不是重要的事。”
93 guilt 9e6xr     
  • She tried to cover up her guilt by lying.她企图用谎言掩饰自己的罪行。
  • Don't lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.别因为功课责备孩子而使他觉得很内疚。
94 brutal bSFyb     
  • She has to face the brutal reality.她不得不去面对冷酷的现实。
  • They're brutal people behind their civilised veneer.他们表面上温文有礼,骨子里却是野蛮残忍。
95 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。
96 previously bkzzzC     
  • The bicycle tyre blew out at a previously damaged point.自行车胎在以前损坏过的地方又爆开了。
  • Let me digress for a moment and explain what had happened previously.让我岔开一会儿,解释原先发生了什么。
97 consecutive DpPz0     
  • It has rained for four consecutive days.已连续下了四天雨。
  • The policy of our Party is consecutive.我党的政策始终如一。
98 confiscated b8af45cb6ba964fa52504a6126c35855     
没收,充公( confiscate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Their land was confiscated after the war. 他们的土地在战后被没收。
  • The customs officer confiscated the smuggled goods. 海关官员没收了走私品。
99 purely 8Sqxf     
  • I helped him purely and simply out of friendship.我帮他纯粹是出于友情。
  • This disproves the theory that children are purely imitative.这证明认为儿童只会单纯地模仿的理论是站不住脚的。
100 humane Uymy0     
  • Is it humane to kill animals for food?宰杀牲畜来吃合乎人道吗?
  • Their aim is for a more just and humane society.他们的目标是建立一个更加公正、博爱的社会。
101 isolated bqmzTd     
  • His bad behaviour was just an isolated incident. 他的不良行为只是个别事件。
  • Patients with the disease should be isolated. 这种病的患者应予以隔离。
102 lascivious x92z9     
  • I was there to protect her from the importunities of lascivious men.我在那里保护她,不受那些好色男子的纠缠不休。
  • In his old age Cato became lascivious and misconducted himself with a woman slave.到了晚年,卡托沉溺于女色,跟一个女奴私通。
103 zoologist MfmwY     
  • Charles darwin was a famous zoologist.查尔斯达尔文是一位著名的动物学家。
  • The zoologist had spent a long time living with monkeys.这位动物学家与猴子一起生活了很长时间。
104 inordinately 272444323467c5583592cff7e97a03df     
  • But if you are determined to accumulate wealth, it isn't inordinately difficult. 不过,如果你下决心要积累财富,事情也不是太难。 来自互联网
  • She was inordinately smart. 她非常聪明。 来自互联网
105 celibacy ScpyR     
  • People in some religious orders take a vow of celibacy. 有些宗教修会的人发誓不结婚。
  • The concept of celibacy carries connotations of asceticism and religious fervor. 修道者的独身观念含有禁欲与宗教热情之意。
106 strands d184598ceee8e1af7dbf43b53087d58b     
n.(线、绳、金属线、毛发等的)股( strand的名词复数 );缕;海洋、湖或河的)岸;(观点、计划、故事等的)部份v.使滞留,使搁浅( strand的第三人称单数 )
  • Twist a length of rope from strands of hemp. 用几股麻搓成了一段绳子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She laced strands into a braid. 她把几股线编织成一根穗带。 来自《简明英汉词典》
107 strand 7GAzH     
  • She tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ears.她把一缕散发夹到了耳后。
  • The climbers had been stranded by a storm.登山者被暴风雨困住了。
108 proceedings Wk2zvX     
  • He was released on bail pending committal proceedings. 他交保获释正在候审。
  • to initiate legal proceedings against sb 对某人提起诉讼
109 yearning hezzPJ     
  • a yearning for a quiet life 对宁静生活的向往
  • He felt a great yearning after his old job. 他对过去的工作有一种强烈的渴想。
110 twitched bb3f705fc01629dc121d198d54fa0904     
vt.& vi.(使)抽动,(使)颤动(twitch的过去式与过去分词形式)
  • Her lips twitched with amusement. 她忍俊不禁地颤动着嘴唇。
  • The child's mouth twitched as if she were about to cry. 这小孩的嘴抽动着,像是要哭。 来自《简明英汉词典》
111 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。
112 corpses 2e7a6f2b001045a825912208632941b2     
n.死尸,尸体( corpse的名词复数 )
  • The living soldiers put corpses together and burned them. 活着的战士把尸体放在一起烧了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Overhead, grayish-white clouds covered the sky, piling up heavily like decaying corpses. 天上罩满了灰白的薄云,同腐烂的尸体似的沉沉的盖在那里。 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
113 impatience OaOxC     
  • He expressed impatience at the slow rate of progress.进展缓慢,他显得不耐烦。
  • He gave a stamp of impatience.他不耐烦地跺脚。
114 effrontery F8xyC     
  • This is a despicable fraud . Just imagine that he has the effrontery to say it.这是一个可耻的骗局. 他竟然有脸说这样的话。
  • One could only gasp at the sheer effrontery of the man.那人十足的厚颜无耻让人们吃惊得无话可说。
115 noxious zHOxB     
  • Heavy industry pollutes our rivers with noxious chemicals.重工业产生的有毒化学品会污染我们的河流。
  • Many household products give off noxious fumes.很多家用产品散发有害气体。
116 pungent ot6y7     
  • The article is written in a pungent style.文章写得泼辣。
  • Its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hideouts.它的刺激性气味会令恐怖分子窒息,迫使他们从藏身地点逃脱出来。
117 aroma Nvfz9     
  • The whole house was filled with the aroma of coffee.满屋子都是咖啡的香味。
  • The air was heavy with the aroma of the paddy fields.稻花飘香。
118 plunge 228zO     
  • Test pool's water temperature before you plunge in.在你跳入之前你应该测试水温。
  • That would plunge them in the broil of the two countries.那将会使他们陷入这两国的争斗之中。
119 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。
120 bishop AtNzd     
  • He was a bishop who was held in reverence by all.他是一位被大家都尊敬的主教。
  • Two years after his death the bishop was canonised.主教逝世两年后被正式封为圣者。
121 devious 2Pdzv     
  • Susan is a devious person and we can't depend on her.苏姗是个狡猾的人,我们不能依赖她。
  • He is a man who achieves success by devious means.他这个人通过不正当手段获取成功。
122 hoarse 5dqzA     
  • He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶哑的声音问了我一个问题。
  • He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他过于激动,嗓子都喊哑了。
123 soothe qwKwF     
  • I've managed to soothe him down a bit.我想方设法使他平静了一点。
  • This medicine should soothe your sore throat.这种药会减轻你的喉痛。
124 ambled 7a3e35ee6318b68bdb71eeb2b10b8a94     
v.(马)缓行( amble的过去式和过去分词 );从容地走,漫步
  • We ambled down to the beach. 我们漫步向海滩走去。
  • The old man ambled home through the garden every evening. 那位老人每天晚上经过花园漫步回家。 来自《简明英汉词典》
125 sniffed ccb6bd83c4e9592715e6230a90f76b72     
v.以鼻吸气,嗅,闻( sniff的过去式和过去分词 );抽鼻子(尤指哭泣、患感冒等时出声地用鼻子吸气);抱怨,不以为然地说
  • When Jenney had stopped crying she sniffed and dried her eyes. 珍妮停止了哭泣,吸了吸鼻子,擦干了眼泪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The dog sniffed suspiciously at the stranger. 狗疑惑地嗅着那个陌生人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
126 volts 98e8d837b26722c4cf6887fd4ebf60e8     
n.(电压单位)伏特( volt的名词复数 )
  • The floating potential, Vf is usually only a few volts below ground. 浮置电势Vf通常只低于接地电位几伏。 来自辞典例句
  • If gamma particles are present, potential differences of several thousand volts can be generated. 如果存在γ粒子,可能产生几千伏的电位差。 来自辞典例句
127 slaughter 8Tpz1     
  • I couldn't stand to watch them slaughter the cattle.我不忍看他们宰牛。
  • Wholesale slaughter was carried out in the name of progress.大规模的屠杀在维护进步的名义下进行。
128 frustrated ksWz5t     
adj.挫败的,失意的,泄气的v.使不成功( frustrate的过去式和过去分词 );挫败;使受挫折;令人沮丧
  • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 这个工作很容易令人懊恼。
  • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 恶劣的天气破坏了我们出行的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
129 vindicated e1cc348063d17c5a30190771ac141bed     
v.澄清(某人/某事物)受到的责难或嫌疑( vindicate的过去式和过去分词 );表明或证明(所争辩的事物)属实、正当、有效等;维护
  • I have every confidence that this decision will be fully vindicated. 我完全相信这一决定的正确性将得到充分证明。
  • Subsequent events vindicated the policy. 后来的事实证明那政策是对的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
130 serene PD2zZ     
adj. 安详的,宁静的,平静的
  • He has entered the serene autumn of his life.他已进入了美好的中年时期。
  • He didn't speak much,he just smiled with that serene smile of his.他话不多,只是脸上露出他招牌式的淡定的微笑。
131 innocence ZbizC     
  • There was a touching air of innocence about the boy.这个男孩有一种令人感动的天真神情。
  • The accused man proved his innocence of the crime.被告人经证实无罪。
132 electrifying f2081dbc620a5b326b713cef8349d30e     
v.使电气化( electrify的现在分词 );使兴奋
  • The dancers gave an electrifying performance. 舞蹈演员们的表演激动人心。
  • The national orchestra gave an electrifying performance of classic music. 国家交响乐团举行了一次古典音乐的震撼性演出。 来自辞典例句
133 pestering cbb7a3da2b778ce39088930a91d2c85b     
使烦恼,纠缠( pester的现在分词 )
  • He's always pestering me to help him with his homework. 他总是泡蘑菇要我帮他做作业。
  • I'm telling you once and for all, if you don't stop pestering me you'll be sorry. 我这是最后一次警告你。如果你不停止纠缠我,你将来会后悔的。
134 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。
135 mingle 3Dvx8     
  • If we mingle with the crowd,we should not be noticed.如果我们混在人群中,就不会被注意到。
  • Oil will not mingle with water.油和水不相融。
136 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。
137 promptly LRMxm     
  • He paid the money back promptly.他立即还了钱。
  • She promptly seized the opportunity his absence gave her.她立即抓住了因他不在场给她创造的机会。
138 blithe 8Wfzd     
  • Tonight,however,she was even in a blithe mood than usual.但是,今天晚上她比往常还要高兴。
  • He showed a blithe indifference to her feelings.他显得毫不顾及她的感情。
139 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。
140 sipping e7d80fb5edc3b51045def1311858d0ae     
v.小口喝,呷,抿( sip的现在分词 )
  • She sat in the sun, idly sipping a cool drink. 她坐在阳光下懒洋洋地抿着冷饮。
  • She sat there, sipping at her tea. 她坐在那儿抿着茶。
141 giggled 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子们让这笑话逗得咯咯笑。
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
142 imbibe Fy9yO     
  • Plants imbibe nourishment usually through their leaves and roots.植物通常经过叶和根吸收养分。
  • I always imbibe fresh air in the woods.我经常在树林里呼吸新鲜空气。
143 reticent dW9xG     
  • He was reticent about his opinion.他有保留意见。
  • He was extremely reticent about his personal life.他对自己的个人生活讳莫如深。
144 calf ecLye     
  • The cow slinked its calf.那头母牛早产了一头小牛犊。
  • The calf blared for its mother.牛犊哞哞地高声叫喊找妈妈。
145 exertions 2d5ee45020125fc19527a78af5191726     
n.努力( exertion的名词复数 );费力;(能力、权力等的)运用;行使
  • As long as they lived, exertions would not be necessary to her. 只要他们活着,是不需要她吃苦的。 来自辞典例句
  • She failed to unlock the safe in spite of all her exertions. 她虽然费尽力气,仍未能将那保险箱的锁打开。 来自辞典例句
146 guile olNyJ     
  • He is full of guile.他非常狡诈。
  • A swindler uses guile;a robber uses force.骗子用诈术;强盗用武力。
147 mischief jDgxH     
  • Nobody took notice of the mischief of the matter. 没有人注意到这件事情所带来的危害。
  • He seems to intend mischief.看来他想捣蛋。
148 specially Hviwq     
  • They are specially packaged so that they stack easily.它们经过特别包装以便于堆放。
  • The machine was designed specially for demolishing old buildings.这种机器是专为拆毁旧楼房而设计的。
149 concoction 8Ytyv     
  • She enjoyed the concoction of foreign dishes.她喜欢调制外国菜。
  • His story was a sheer concoction.他的故事实在是一纯属捏造之事。
150 gulp yQ0z6     
  • She took down the tablets in one gulp.她把那些药片一口吞了下去。
  • Don't gulp your food,chew it before you swallow it.吃东西不要狼吞虎咽,要嚼碎了再咽下去。
151 refreshing HkozPQ     
  • I find it'so refreshing to work with young people in this department.我发现和这一部门的青年一起工作令人精神振奋。
  • The water was cold and wonderfully refreshing.水很涼,特别解乏提神。
152 emaciated Wt3zuK     
  • A long time illness made him sallow and emaciated.长期患病使他面黄肌瘦。
  • In the light of a single candle,she can see his emaciated face.借着烛光,她能看到他的被憔悴的面孔。
153 fervently 8tmzPw     
  • "Oh, I am glad!'she said fervently. “哦,我真高兴!”她热烈地说道。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • O my dear, my dear, will you bless me as fervently to-morrow?' 啊,我亲爱的,亲爱的,你明天也愿这样热烈地为我祝福么?” 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
154 brew kWezK     
  • Let's brew up some more tea.咱们沏些茶吧。
  • The policeman dispelled the crowd lest they should brew trouble.警察驱散人群,因恐他们酿祸。
155 rippled 70d8043cc816594c4563aec11217f70d     
  • The lake rippled gently. 湖面轻轻地泛起涟漪。
  • The wind rippled the surface of the cornfield. 微风吹过麦田,泛起一片麦浪。
156 uncommonly 9ca651a5ba9c3bff93403147b14d37e2     
adv. 稀罕(极,非常)
  • an uncommonly gifted child 一个天赋异禀的儿童
  • My little Mary was feeling uncommonly empty. 我肚子当时正饿得厉害。
157 modem sEaxr     
  • Does your computer have a modem?你的电脑有调制解调器吗?
  • Provides a connection to your computer via a modem.通过调制解调器连接到计算机上。
158 bulged e37e49e09d3bc9d896341f6270381181     
凸出( bulge的过去式和过去分词 ); 充满; 塞满(某物)
  • His pockets bulged with apples and candy. 他的口袋鼓鼓地装满了苹果和糖。
  • The oranges bulged his pocket. 桔子使得他的衣袋胀得鼓鼓的。
159 swirling Ngazzr     
v.旋转,打旋( swirl的现在分词 )
  • Snowflakes were swirling in the air. 天空飘洒着雪花。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • She smiled, swirling the wine in her glass. 她微笑着,旋动着杯子里的葡萄酒。 来自辞典例句
160 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。
161 relishing c65e4eb271ea081118682b4e5d25fe67     
v.欣赏( relish的现在分词 );从…获得乐趣;渴望
  • He ate quietly, relishing his meal. 他安静地吃着,细细品味着食物。 来自辞典例句
  • Yes, an iron rampart," he repeated, relishing his phrase. 是的,就是铜墙铁壁,"他很欣赏自己用的这个字眼,又重复了一遍。 来自飘(部分)
162 reciprocate ZA5zG     
  • Although she did not reciprocate his feelings, she did not discourage him.尽管她没有回应他的感情,她也没有使他丧失信心。
  • Some day I will reciprocate your kindness to me.总有一天我会报答你对我的恩德。
163 tugged 8a37eb349f3c6615c56706726966d38e     
v.用力拉,使劲拉,猛扯( tug的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She tugged at his sleeve to get his attention. 她拽了拽他的袖子引起他的注意。
  • A wry smile tugged at the corner of his mouth. 他的嘴角带一丝苦笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
164 grunt eeazI     
  • He lifted the heavy suitcase with a grunt.他咕噜着把沉重的提箱拎了起来。
  • I ask him what he think,but he just grunt.我问他在想什麽,他只哼了一声。
165 hog TrYzRg     
  • He is greedy like a hog.他像猪一样贪婪。
  • Drivers who hog the road leave no room for other cars.那些占着路面的驾驶员一点余地都不留给其他车辆。
166 stertorous UuuwF     
  • Mrs. Tremaine grew more and more worried at his pallid face and stertorous breathing.屈里曼太太看他那苍白的脸色和急促的喘气,倒越来越担心。
  • Her breathing became loud and stertorous.她的呼吸变成很响的呼噜声。
167 shrieked dc12d0d25b0f5d980f524cd70c1de8fe     
v.尖叫( shriek的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She shrieked in fright. 她吓得尖叫起来。
  • Li Mei-t'ing gave a shout, and Lu Tzu-hsiao shrieked, "Tell what? 李梅亭大声叫,陆子潇尖声叫:“告诉什么? 来自汉英文学 - 围城
168 petrified 2e51222789ae4ecee6134eb89ed9998d     
  • I'm petrified of snakes. 我特别怕蛇。
  • The poor child was petrified with fear. 这可怜的孩子被吓呆了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
169 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
170 dangling 4930128e58930768b1c1c75026ebc649     
悬吊着( dangle的现在分词 ); 摆动不定; 用某事物诱惑…; 吊胃口
  • The tooth hung dangling by the bedpost, now. 结果,那颗牙就晃来晃去吊在床柱上了。
  • The children sat on the high wall,their legs dangling. 孩子们坐在一堵高墙上,摇晃着他们的双腿。
171 gale Xf3zD     
  • We got our roof blown off in the gale last night.昨夜的大风把我们的房顶给掀掉了。
  • According to the weather forecast,there will be a gale tomorrow.据气象台预报,明天有大风。
172 erratic ainzj     
  • The old man had always been cranky and erratic.那老头儿性情古怪,反复无常。
  • The erratic fluctuation of market prices is in consequence of unstable economy.经济波动致使市场物价忽起忽落。
173 babble 9osyJ     
  • No one could understand the little baby's babble. 没人能听懂这个小婴孩的话。
  • The babble of voices in the next compartment annoyed all of us.隔壁的车厢隔间里不间歇的嘈杂谈话声让我们都很气恼。
174 maniac QBexu     
  • Be careful!That man is driving like a maniac!注意!那个人开车像个疯子一样!
  • You were acting like a maniac,and you threatened her with a bomb!你像一个疯子,你用炸弹恐吓她!
175 screeching 8bf34b298a2d512e9b6787a29dc6c5f0     
v.发出尖叫声( screech的现在分词 );发出粗而刺耳的声音;高叫
  • Monkeys were screeching in the trees. 猴子在树上吱吱地叫着。
  • the unedifying sight of the two party leaders screeching at each other 两党党魁狺狺对吠的讨厌情景
176 bastard MuSzK     
  • He was never concerned about being born a bastard.他从不介意自己是私生子。
  • There was supposed to be no way to get at the bastard.据说没有办法买通那个混蛋。
177 bloody kWHza     
  • He got a bloody nose in the fight.他在打斗中被打得鼻子流血。
  • He is a bloody fool.他是一个十足的笨蛋。
178 evading 6af7bd759f5505efaee3e9c7803918e5     
逃避( evade的现在分词 ); 避开; 回避; 想不出
  • Segmentation of a project is one means of evading NEPA. 把某一工程进行分割,是回避《国家环境政策法》的一种手段。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
  • Too many companies, she says, are evading the issue. 她说太多公司都在回避这个问题。
179 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。
180 harpsichord KepxQ     
  • I can tune the harpsichord as well as play it.我会弹奏大键琴,同样地,我也会给大键琴调音。
  • Harpsichord music is readily playable.古钢琴音乐可以随时演奏。
181 chamber wnky9     
  • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.对许多人来说,牙医的治疗室一直是间受刑室。
  • The chamber was ablaze with light.会议厅里灯火辉煌。
182 situated JiYzBH     
  • The village is situated at the margin of a forest.村子位于森林的边缘。
  • She is awkwardly situated.她的处境困难。
183 vertically SfmzYG     
  • Line the pages for the graph both horizontally and vertically.在这几页上同时画上横线和竖线,以便制作图表。
  • The human brain is divided vertically down the middle into two hemispheres.人脑从中央垂直地分为两半球。
184 pulpy 0c94b3c743a7f83fc4c966269f8f4b4e     
果肉状的,多汁的,柔软的; 烂糊; 稀烂
  • The bean like seeds of this plant, enclosed within a pulpy fruit. 被包在肉质果实内的这种植物的豆样种子。
  • Her body felt bruised, her lips pulpy and tender. 她的身体感觉碰伤了,她的嘴唇柔软娇嫩。
185 intestine rbpzY     
  • This vitamin is absorbed through the walls of the small intestine.这种维生素通过小肠壁被吸收。
  • The service productivity is the function,including external efficiency,intestine efficiency and capacity efficiency.服务业的生产率是一个包含有外部效率、内部效率和能力效率的函数。
186 parquet wL9xr     
  • The parquet floors shone like mirrors.镶木地板亮得象镜子。
  • The snail left a trail of slime along the parquet floor.蜗牛在镶木地板上留下一道黏液。
187 bustle esazC     
  • The bustle and din gradually faded to silence as night advanced.随着夜越来越深,喧闹声逐渐沉寂。
  • There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the railway station.火车站里非常拥挤。
188 depressed xu8zp9     
  • When he was depressed,he felt utterly divorced from reality.他心情沮丧时就感到完全脱离了现实。
  • His mother was depressed by the sad news.这个坏消息使他的母亲意志消沉。


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