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XI. THE ORDER CLERK.
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 A lady well known in New York society was the next person summoned. She was a friend of the Van Burnam family, and had known Howard from childhood. She had not liked his marriage; indeed, she rather participated in the family feeling against it, but when young Mrs. Van Burnam came to her house on the preceding Monday, and begged the privilege of remaining with her for one night, she had not had the heart to refuse her. Mrs. Van Burnam had therefore slept in her house on Monday night.
 
Questioned in regard to that lady's appearance and manner, she answered that her guest was unnaturally1 cheerful, laughing much and showing a great vivacity2; that she gave no reason for her good spirits, nor did she mention her own affairs in any way,—rather took pains not to do so.
 
"How long did she stay?"
 
"Till the next morning."
 
"And how was she dressed?"
 
"Just as Miss Ferguson has described."
 
"Did she bring her hand-bag to your house?"
 
"Yes, and left it there. We found it in her room after she was gone."[Pg 99]
 
"Indeed! And how do you account for that?"
 
"She was preoccupied3. I saw it in her cheerfulness, which was forced and not always well timed."
 
"And where is that bag now?"
 
"Mr. Van Burnam has it. We kept it for a day and as she did not call for it, sent it down to the office on Wednesday morning."
 
"Before you had heard of the murder?"
 
"O yes, before I had heard anything about the murder."
 
"As she was your guest, you probably accompanied her to the door?"
 
"I did, sir."
 
"Did you notice her hands? Can you say what was the color of her gloves?"
 
"I do not think she wore any gloves on leaving; it was very warm, and she held them in her hand. I remembered this, for I noticed the sparkle of her rings as she turned to say good-bye."
 
"Ah, you saw her rings!"
 
"Distinctly."
 
"So that when she left you she was dressed in a black and white plaid silk, had a large hat covered with flowers on her head, and wore rings?"
 
"Yes, sir."
 
And with these words ringing in the ears of the jury, the witness sat down.
 
What was coming? Something important, or the Coroner would not look so satisfied, or the faces of the officials about him so expectant. I waited with great but subdued4 eagerness for the testimony5 of the next witness, who was a young man by the name of Callahan.[Pg 100]
 
I don't like young men in general. They are either over-suave and polite, as if they condescended6 to remember that you are elderly and that it is their duty to make you forget it, or else they are pert and shallow and disgust you with their egotism. But this young man looked sensible and business-like, and I took to him at once, though what connection he could have with this affair I could not imagine.
 
His first words, however, settled all questions as to his personality: He was the order clerk at Altman's.
 
As he acknowledged this, I seemed to have some faint premonition of what was coming. Perhaps I had not been without some vague idea of the truth ever since I had put my mind to work on this matter; perhaps my wits only received their real spur then; but certainly I knew what he was going to say as soon as he opened his lips, which gave me quite a good opinion of myself, whether rightfully or not, I leave you to judge.
 
His evidence was short, but very much to the point. On the seventeenth of September, as could be verified by the books, the firm had received an order for a woman's complete outfit7, to be sent, C.O.D., to Mrs. James Pope at the Hotel D——, on Broadway. Sizes and measures and some particulars were stated, and as the order bore the words In haste underlined upon it, several clerks had assisted him in filling this order, which when filled had been sent by special messenger to the place designated.
 
Had he this order with him?
 
He had.
 
And could he identify the articles sent to fill it?
 
He could.
 
At which the Coroner motioned to an officer and[Pg 101] a pile of clothing was brought forward from some mysterious corner and laid before the witness.
 
Immediately expectation rose to a high pitch, for every one recognized, or thought he did, the apparel which had been taken from the victim.
 
The young man, who was of the alert, nervous type, took up the articles one by one and examined them closely.
 
As he did so, the whole assembled crowd surged forward and lightning-like glances from a hundred eyes followed his every movement and expression.
 
"Are they the same?" inquired the Coroner.
 
The witness did not hesitate. With one quick glance at the blue serge dress, black cape8, and battered9 hat, he answered in a firm tone:
 
"They are."
 
And a clue was given at last to the dreadful mystery absorbing us.
 
The deep-drawn sigh which swept through the room testified to the universal satisfaction; then our attention became fixed10 again, for the Coroner, pointing to the undergarments accompanying the articles already mentioned, demanded if they had been included in the order.
 
There was as little hesitation11 in the reply given to this question as to the former. He recognized each piece as having come from his establishment. "You will note," said he, "that they have never been washed, and that the pencil marks are still on them."
 
"Very good," observed the Coroner, "and you will note that one article there is torn down the back. Was it in that condition when sent?"
 
"It was not, sir."[Pg 102]
 
"All were in perfect order?"
 
"Most assuredly, sir."
 
"Very good, again. The jury will take cognizance of this fact, which may be useful to them in their future conclusions. And now, Mr. Callahan, do you notice anything lacking here from the list of articles forwarded by you?"
 
"No, sir."
 
"Yet there is one very necessary adjunct to a woman's outfit which is not to be found here."
 
"Yes, sir, the shoes; but I am not surprised at that. We sent shoes, but they were not satisfactory, and they were returned."
 
"Ah, I see. Officer, show the witness the shoes that were taken from the deceased."
 
This was done, and when Mr. Callahan had examined them, the Coroner inquired if they came from his store. He replied no.
 
Whereupon they were held up to the jury, and attention called to the fact that, while rather new than old, they gave signs of having been worn more than once; which was not true of anything else taken from the victim.
 
This matter settled, the Coroner proceeded with his questions.
 
"Who carried the articles ordered, to the address given?"
 
"A man in our employ, named Clapp."
 
"Did he bring back the amount of the bill?"
 
"Yes, sir; less the five dollars charged for the shoes."
 
"What was the amount, may I ask?"
 
"Here is our cash-book, sir. The amount received[Pg 103] from Mrs. James Pope, Hotel D——, on the seventeenth of September, is, as you see, seventy-five dollars and fifty-eight cents."
 
"Let the jury see the book; also the order."
 
They were both handed to the jury, and if ever I wished myself in any one's shoes, save my own very substantial ones, it was at that moment. I did so want a peep at that order.
 
It seemed to interest the jury also, for their heads drew together very eagerly over it, and some whispers and a few knowing looks passed between them. Finally one of them spoke12:
 
"It is written in a very odd hand. Do you call this a woman's writing or a man's?"
 
"I have no opinion to give on the subject," rejoined the witness. "It is intelligible13 writing, and that is all that comes within my province."
 
The twelve men shifted on their seats and surveyed the Coroner eagerly. Why did he not proceed? Evidently he was not quick enough to suit them.
 
"Have you any further questions for this witness?" asked that gentleman after a short delay.
 
Their nervousness increased, but no one ventured to follow the Coroner's suggestion. A poor lot, I call them, a very poor lot! I would have found plenty of questions to put to him.
 
I expected to see the man Clapp called next, but I was disappointed in this. The name uttered was Henshaw, and the person who rose in answer to it was a tall, burly man with a shock of curly black hair. He was the clerk of the Hotel D——, and we all forgot Clapp in our eagerness to hear what this man had to say.
 
His testimony amounted to this:[Pg 104]
 
That a person by the name of Pope was registered on his books. That she came to his house on the seventeenth of September, some time near noon. That she was not alone; that a person she called her husband accompanied her, and that they had been given a room, at her request, on the second floor overlooking Broadway.
 
"Did you see the husband? Was it his handwriting we see in your register?"
 
"No, sir. He came into the office, but he did not approach the desk. It was she who registered for them both, and who did all the business in fact. I thought it queer, but took it for granted he was ill, for he held his head very much down, and acted as if he felt disturbed or anxious."
 
"Did you notice him closely? Would you be able to identify him on sight?"
 
"No, sir, I should not. He looked like a hundred other men I see every day: medium in height and build, with brown hair and brown moustache. Not noticeable in any way, sir, except for his hang-dog air and evident desire not to be noticed."
 
"But you saw him later?"
 
"No, sir. After he went to his room he stayed there, and no one saw him. I did not even see him when he left the house. His wife paid the bill and he did not come into the office."
 
"But you saw her well; you would know her again?"
 
"Perhaps, sir; but I doubt it. She wore a thick veil when she came in, and though I might remember her voice, I have no recollection of her features for I did not see them."[Pg 105]
 
"You can give a description of her dress, though; surely you must have looked long enough at a woman who wrote her own and her husband's name in your register, for you to remember her clothes."
 
"Yes, for they were very simple. She had on what is called a gossamer14, which covered her from neck to toe, and on her head a hat wrapped all about with a blue veil."
 
"So that she might have worn any dress under that gossamer?"
 
"Yes, sir."
 
"And any hat under that veil?"
 
"Any one that was large enough, sir."
 
"Very good. Now, did you see her hands?"
 
"Not to remember them."
 
"Did she have gloves on?"
 
"I cannot say. I did not stand and watch her, sir."
 
"That is a pity. But you say you heard her voice."
 
"Yes, sir."
 
"Was it a lady's voice? Was her tone refined and her language good?"
 
"They were, sir."
 
"When did they leave? How long did they remain in your house?"
 
"They left in the evening; after tea, I should say."
 
"How? On foot or in a carriage?"
 
"In a carriage; one of the hacks16 that stand in front of the door."
 
"Did they bring any baggage with them?"
 
"No, sir."
 
"Did they take any away?"
 
"The lady carried a parcel."[Pg 106]
 
"What kind of a parcel?"
 
"A brown-paper parcel, like clothing done up."
 
"And the gentleman?"
 
"I did not see him."
 
"Was she dressed the same in going as in coming?"
 
"To all appearance, except her hat. That was smaller."
 
"She had the gossamer on still, then?"
 
"Yes, sir."
 
"And a veil?"
 
"Yes, sir."
 
"Only that the hat it covered was smaller?"
 
"Yes, sir."
 
"And now, how did you account to yourself for the parcel and the change of hat?"
 
"I didn't account for them. I didn't think anything about them at the time; but, since I have had the subject brought to my mind, I find it easy enough. She had a package delivered to her while she was in our house, or rather packages; they were quite numerous, I believe."
 
"Can you recall the circumstances of their delivery?"
 
"Yes, sir; the man who brought the packages said that they had not been paid for, so I allowed him to carry them to Mrs. James Pope's room. When he went away, he had but one small parcel with him; the rest he had left."
 
"And this is all you can tell us about this singular couple? Had they no meals in your house?"
 
"No, sir; the gentleman—or I suppose I should say the lady, sir, for the order was given in her voice—sent for two dozen oysters17 and a bottle of ale, which[Pg 107] were furnished to them in their rooms; but they didn't come to the dining-room."
 
"Is the boy here who carried up those articles?"
 
"He is, sir."
 
"And the chambermaid who attended to their rooms?"
 
"Yes, sir."
 
"Then you may answer this question, and we will excuse you. How was the gentleman dressed when you saw him?"
 
"In a linen18 duster and a felt hat."
 
"Let the jury remember that. And now let us hear from Richard Clapp. Is Richard Clapp in the room?"
 
"I am, sir," answered a cheery voice; and a lively young man with a shrewd eye and a wide-awake manner popped up from behind a portly woman on a side seat and rapidly came forward.
 
He was asked several questions before the leading one which we all expected; but I will not record them here. The question which brought the reply most eagerly anticipated was this:
 
"Do you remember being sent to the Hotel D——with several packages for a Mrs. James Pope?"
 
"I do, sir."
 
"Did you deliver them in person? Did you see the lady?"
 
A peculiar19 look crossed his face and we all leaned forward. But his answer brought a shock of disappointment with it.
 
"No, I didn't, sir. She wouldn't let me in. She bade me lay the things down by the door and wait in the rear hall till she called me."
 
"And you did this?"[Pg 108]
 
"Yes, sir."
 
"But you kept your eye on the door, of course?"
 
"Naturally, sir."
 
"And saw——"
 
"A hand steal out and take in the things."
 
"A woman's hand?"
 
"No; a man's. I saw the white cuff20."
 
"And how long was it before they called you?"
 
"Fifteen minutes, I should say. I heard a voice cry 'Here!' and seeing their door open, I went toward it. But by the time I reached it, it was shut again, and I only heard the lady say that all the articles but the shoes were satisfactory, and would I thrust the bill in under the door. I did so, and they were some minutes counting out the change, but presently the door opened slightly, and I saw a man's hand holding out the money, which was correct to the cent. 'You need not receipt the bill,' cried the lady from somewhere in the room. 'Give him the shoes and let him go.' So I received the shoes in the same mysterious way I had the money, and seeing no reason for waiting longer, pocketed the bills and returned to the store."
 
"Has the jury any further questions to ask the witness?"
 
Of course not. They were ninnies, all of them, and——But, contrary to my expectation, one of them did perk21 up courage, and, wriggling22 very much on his seat, ventured to ask if the cuff he had seen on the man's hand when it was thrust through the doorway23 had a button in it.
 
The answer was disappointing. The witness had not noticed any.
 
The juror, somewhat abashed24, sank into silence, at[Pg 109] which another of the precious twelve, inspired no doubt by the other's example, blurted25 out:
 
"Then what was the color of the coat sleeve? You surely can remember that."
 
But another disappointment awaited us.
 
"He did not wear any coat. It was a shirt sleeve I saw."
 
A shirt sleeve! There was no clue in that. A visible look of dejection spread through the room, which was not dissipated till another witness stood up.
 
This time it was the bell-boy of the hotel who had been on duty that day. His testimony was brief, and added but little to the general knowledge. He had been summoned more than once by these mysterious parties, but only to receive his orders through a closed door. He had not entered the room at all.
 
He was followed by the chambermaid, who testified that she was in the room once while they were there; that she saw them both then, but did not catch a glimpse of their faces; Mr. Pope was standing26 in the window almost entirely27 shielded by the curtains, and Mrs. Pope was busy hanging up something in the wardrobe. The gentleman had on his duster and the lady her gossamer; it was but a few minutes after their arrival.
 
Questioned in regard to the state of the room after they left it, she said that there was a lot of brown paper lying about, marked B. Altman, but nothing else that did not belong there.
 
"Not a tag, nor a hat-pin, nor a bit of memorandum28, lying on bureau or table?"
 
"Nothing, sir, so far as I mind. I wasn't on the look-out for anything, sir. They were a queer couple,[Pg 110] but we have lots of queer couples at our house, and the most I notices, sir, is those what remember the chambermaid and those what don't. This couple was of the kind what don't."
 
"Did you sweep the room after their departure?"
 
"I always does. They went late, so I swept the room the next morning."
 
"And threw the sweepings29 away, of course?"
 
"Of course; would you have me keep them for treasures?"
 
"It might have been well if you had," muttered the Coroner. "The combings from the lady's hair might have been very useful in establishing her identity."
 
The porter who has charge of the lady's entrance was the last witness from this house. He had been on duty on the evening in question and had noticed this couple leaving. They both carried packages, and had attracted his attention first, by the long, old-fashioned duster which the gentleman wore, and secondly30, by the pains they both took not to be observed by any one. The woman was veiled, as had already been said, and the man held his package in such a way as to shield his face entirely from observation.
 
"So that you would not know him if you saw him again?" asked the Coroner.
 
"Exactly, sir," was the uncomprising answer.
 
As he sat down, the Coroner observed: "You will note from this testimony, gentlemen, that this couple, signing themselves Mr. and Mrs. James Pope of Philadelphia, left this house dressed each in a long garment eminently31 fitted for purposes of concealment,—he in a linen duster, and she in a gossamer. Let us now follow this couple a little farther and see what became of[Pg 111] these disguising articles of apparel. Is Seth Brown here?"
 
A man, who was so evidently a hackman that it seemed superfluous32 to ask him what his occupation was, shuffled33 forward at this.
 
It was in his hack15 that this couple had left the D——. He remembered them very well as he had good reason to. First, because the man paid him before entering the carriage, saying that he was to let them out at the northwest corner of Madison Square, and secondly——But here the Coroner interrupted him to ask if he had seen the gentleman's face when he paid him. The answer was, as might have been expected, No. It was dark, and he had not turned his head.
 
"Didn't you think it queer to be paid before you reached your destination?"
 
"Yes, but the rest was queerer. After I had taken the money—I never refuses money, sir—and was expecting him to get into the hack, he steps up to me again and says in a lower tone than before: 'My wife is very nervous. Drive slow, if you please, and when you reach the place I have named, watch your horses carefully, for if they should move while she is getting out, the shock would throw her into a spasm34.' As she had looked very pert and lively, I thought this mighty35 queer, and I tried to get a peep at his face, but he was too smart for me, and was in the carriage before I could clap my eye on him."
 
"But you were more fortunate when they got out? You surely saw one or both of them then?"
 
"No, sir, I didn't. I had to watch the horses' heads, you know. I shouldn't like to be the cause of a young lady having a spasm."[Pg 112]
 
"Do you know in what direction they went?"
 
"East, I should say. I heard them laughing long after I had whipped up my horses. A queer couple, sir, that puzzled me some, though I should not have thought of them twice if I had not found next day——"
 
"Well?"
 
"The gentleman's linen duster and the neat brown gossamer which the lady had worn, lying folded under the two back cushions of my hack; a present for which I was very much obliged to them, but which I was not long allowed to enjoy, for yesterday the police——"
 
"Well, well, no matter about that. Here is a duster and here is a brown gossamer. Are these the articles you found under your cushions?"
 
"If you will examine the neck of the lady's gossamer, you can soon tell, sir. There was a small hole in the one I found, as if something had been snipped36 out of it; the owner's name, most likely."
 
"Or the name of the place where it was bought," suggested the Coroner, holding the garment up to view so as to reveal a square hole under the collar.
 
"That's it!" cried the hackman. "That's the very one. Shame, I say, to spoil a new garment that way."
 
"Why do you call it new?" asked the Coroner.
 
"Because it hasn't a mud spot or even a mark of dust upon it. We looked it all over, my wife and I, and decided37 it had not been long off the shelf. A pretty good haul for a poor man like me, and if the police——"
 
But here he was cut short again by an important question:
 
"There is a clock but a short distance from the place[Pg 113] where you stopped. Did you notice what time it was when you drove away?"
 
"Yes, sir. I don't know why I remember it, but I do. As I turned to go back to the hotel, I looked up at this clock. It was half-past eleven."

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1 unnaturally 3ftzAP     
adv.违反习俗地;不自然地;勉强地;不近人情地
参考例句:
  • Her voice sounded unnaturally loud. 她的嗓音很响亮,但是有点反常。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Her eyes were unnaturally bright. 她的眼睛亮得不自然。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 vivacity ZhBw3     
n.快活,活泼,精神充沛
参考例句:
  • Her charm resides in her vivacity.她的魅力存在于她的活泼。
  • He was charmed by her vivacity and high spirits.她的活泼与兴高采烈的情绪把他迷住了。
3 preoccupied TPBxZ     
adj.全神贯注的,入神的;被抢先占有的;心事重重的v.占据(某人)思想,使对…全神贯注,使专心于( preoccupy的过去式)
参考例句:
  • He was too preoccupied with his own thoughts to notice anything wrong. 他只顾想着心事,没注意到有什么不对。
  • The question of going to the Mount Tai preoccupied his mind. 去游泰山的问题盘踞在他心头。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 subdued 76419335ce506a486af8913f13b8981d     
adj. 屈服的,柔和的,减弱的 动词subdue的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • He seemed a bit subdued to me. 我觉得他当时有点闷闷不乐。
  • I felt strangely subdued when it was all over. 一切都结束的时候,我却有一种奇怪的压抑感。
5 testimony zpbwO     
n.证词;见证,证明
参考例句:
  • The testimony given by him is dubious.他所作的证据是可疑的。
  • He was called in to bear testimony to what the police officer said.他被传入为警官所说的话作证。
6 condescended 6a4524ede64ac055dc5095ccadbc49cd     
屈尊,俯就( condescend的过去式和过去分词 ); 故意表示和蔼可亲
参考例句:
  • We had to wait almost an hour before he condescended to see us. 我们等了几乎一小时他才屈尊大驾来见我们。
  • The king condescended to take advice from his servants. 国王屈驾向仆人征求意见。
7 outfit YJTxC     
n.(为特殊用途的)全套装备,全套服装
参考例句:
  • Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughter's wedding.珍妮为参加女儿的婚礼买了一套新装。
  • His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday.他父亲在他生日那天给他买了一套滑雪用具。
8 cape ITEy6     
n.海角,岬;披肩,短披风
参考例句:
  • I long for a trip to the Cape of Good Hope.我渴望到好望角去旅行。
  • She was wearing a cape over her dress.她在外套上披着一件披肩。
9 battered NyezEM     
adj.磨损的;v.连续猛击;磨损
参考例句:
  • He drove up in a battered old car.他开着一辆又老又破的旧车。
  • The world was brutally battered but it survived.这个世界遭受了惨重的创伤,但它还是生存下来了。
10 fixed JsKzzj     
adj.固定的,不变的,准备好的;(计算机)固定的
参考例句:
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
11 hesitation tdsz5     
n.犹豫,踌躇
参考例句:
  • After a long hesitation, he told the truth at last.踌躇了半天,他终于直说了。
  • There was a certain hesitation in her manner.她的态度有些犹豫不决。
12 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
13 intelligible rbBzT     
adj.可理解的,明白易懂的,清楚的
参考例句:
  • This report would be intelligible only to an expert in computing.只有计算机运算专家才能看懂这份报告。
  • His argument was barely intelligible.他的论点不易理解。
14 gossamer ufQxj     
n.薄纱,游丝
参考例句:
  • The prince helped the princess,who was still in her delightful gossamer gown.王子搀扶着仍穿著那套美丽薄纱晚礼服的公主。
  • Gossamer is floating in calm air.空中飘浮着游丝。
15 hack BQJz2     
n.劈,砍,出租马车;v.劈,砍,干咳
参考例句:
  • He made a hack at the log.他朝圆木上砍了一下。
  • Early settlers had to hack out a clearing in the forest where they could grow crops.早期移民不得不在森林里劈出空地种庄稼。
16 hacks 7524d17c38ed0b02a3dc699263d3ce94     
黑客
参考例句:
  • But there are hacks who take advantage of people like Teddy. 但有些无赖会占类似泰迪的人的便宜。 来自电影对白
  • I want those two hacks back here, right now. 我要那两个雇工回到这儿,现在就回。 来自互联网
17 oysters 713202a391facaf27aab568d95bdc68f     
牡蛎( oyster的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • We don't have oysters tonight, but the crayfish are very good. 我们今晚没有牡蛎供应。但小龙虾是非常好。
  • She carried a piping hot grill of oysters and bacon. 她端出一盘滚烫的烤牡蛎和咸肉。
18 linen W3LyK     
n.亚麻布,亚麻线,亚麻制品;adj.亚麻布制的,亚麻的
参考例句:
  • The worker is starching the linen.这名工人正在给亚麻布上浆。
  • Fine linen and cotton fabrics were known as well as wool.精细的亚麻织品和棉织品像羊毛一样闻名遐迩。
19 peculiar cinyo     
adj.古怪的,异常的;特殊的,特有的
参考例句:
  • 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。
20 cuff 4YUzL     
n.袖口;手铐;护腕;vt.用手铐铐;上袖口
参考例句:
  • She hoped they wouldn't cuff her hands behind her back.她希望他们不要把她反铐起来。
  • Would you please draw together the snag in my cuff?请你把我袖口上的裂口缝上好吗?
21 perk zuSyi     
n.额外津贴;赏钱;小费;
参考例句:
  • His perks include a car provided by the firm.他的额外津贴包括公司提供的一辆汽车。
  • And the money is,of course,a perk.当然钱是额外津贴。
22 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
参考例句:
  • 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
23 doorway 2s0xK     
n.门口,(喻)入门;门路,途径
参考例句:
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他们挤在商店门口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.玛丽突然出现在门口。
24 abashed szJzyQ     
adj.窘迫的,尴尬的v.使羞愧,使局促,使窘迫( abash的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • He glanced at Juliet accusingly and she looked suitably abashed. 他怪罪的一瞥,朱丽叶自然显得很窘。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The girl was abashed by the laughter of her classmates. 那小姑娘因同学的哄笑而局促不安。 来自《简明英汉词典》
25 blurted fa8352b3313c0b88e537aab1fcd30988     
v.突然说出,脱口而出( blurt的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She blurted it out before I could stop her. 我还没来得及制止,她已脱口而出。
  • He blurted out the truth, that he committed the crime. 他不慎说出了真相,说是他犯了那个罪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
26 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
27 entirely entirely     
ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
28 memorandum aCvx4     
n.备忘录,便笺
参考例句:
  • The memorandum was dated 23 August,2008.备忘录上注明的日期是2008年8月23日。
  • The Secretary notes down the date of the meeting in her memorandum book.秘书把会议日期都写在记事本上。
29 sweepings dbcec19d710e9db19ef6a9dce4fd9e1d     
n.笼统的( sweeping的名词复数 );(在投票等中的)大胜;影响广泛的;包罗万象的
参考例句:
  • Yet he only thought about tea leaf sweepings which cost one cent a packet. 只是想到了,他还是喝那一个子儿一包的碎末。 来自互联网
30 secondly cjazXx     
adv.第二,其次
参考例句:
  • Secondly,use your own head and present your point of view.第二,动脑筋提出自己的见解。
  • Secondly it is necessary to define the applied load.其次,需要确定所作用的载荷。
31 eminently c442c1e3a4b0ad4160feece6feb0aabf     
adv.突出地;显著地;不寻常地
参考例句:
  • She seems eminently suitable for the job. 她看来非常适合这个工作。
  • It was an eminently respectable boarding school. 这是所非常好的寄宿学校。 来自《简明英汉词典》
32 superfluous EU6zf     
adj.过多的,过剩的,多余的
参考例句:
  • She fined away superfluous matter in the design. 她删去了这图案中多余的东西。
  • That request seemed superfluous when I wrote it.我这样写的时候觉得这个请求似乎是多此一举。
33 shuffled cee46c30b0d1f2d0c136c830230fe75a     
v.洗(纸牌)( shuffle的过去式和过去分词 );拖着脚步走;粗心地做;摆脱尘世的烦恼
参考例句:
  • He shuffled across the room to the window. 他拖着脚走到房间那头的窗户跟前。
  • Simon shuffled awkwardly towards them. 西蒙笨拙地拖着脚朝他们走去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
34 spasm dFJzH     
n.痉挛,抽搐;一阵发作
参考例句:
  • When the spasm passed,it left him weak and sweating.一阵痉挛之后,他虚弱无力,一直冒汗。
  • He kicked the chair in a spasm of impatience.他突然变得不耐烦,一脚踢向椅子。
35 mighty YDWxl     
adj.强有力的;巨大的
参考例句:
  • A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。
  • The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。
36 snipped 826fea38bd27326bbaa2b6f0680331b5     
v.剪( snip的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • He snipped off the corner of the packet. 他将包的一角剪了下来。 来自辞典例句
  • The police officer snipped the tape and untied the hostage. 警方把胶带剪断,松绑了人质。 来自互联网
37 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。


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