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CHAPTER XVI. CRAWLEY DOWNS.
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All through that weary night my uncle and I, with Belcher, Berkeley Craven, and a dozen of the Corinthians, searched the country side for some trace of our missing man, but save for that ill-boding splash upon the road not the slightest clue could be obtained as to what had befallen him.  No one had seen or heard anything of him, and the single cry in the night of which the ostler told us was the only indication of the tragedy which had taken place.  In small parties we scoured2 the country as far as East Grinstead and Bletchingley, and the sun had been long over the horizon before we found ourselves back at Crawley once more with heavy hearts and tired feet.  My uncle, who had driven to Reigate in the hope of gaining some intelligence, did not return until past seven o’clock, and a glance at his face gave us the same black news which he gathered from ours.
 
We held a council round our dismal3 breakfast-table, to which Mr. Berkeley Craven was invited as a man of sound wisdom and large experience in matters of sport.  Belcher was half frenzied4 by this sudden ending of all the pains which he had taken in the training, and could only rave1 out threats at Berks and his companions, with terrible menaces as to what he would do when he met them.  My uncle sat grave and thoughtful, eating nothing and drumming his fingers upon the table, while my heart was heavy within me, and I could have sunk my face into my hands and burst into tears as I thought how powerless I was to aid my friend.  Mr. Craven, a fresh-faced, alert man of the world, was the only one of us who seemed to preserve both his wits and his appetite.
 
“Let me see!  The fight was to be at ten, was it not?” he asked.
 
“It was to be.”
 
“I dare say it will be, too.  Never say die, Tregellis!  Your man has still three hours in which to come back.”
 
My uncle shook his head.
 
“The villains5 have done their work too well for that, I fear,” said he.
 
“Well, now, let us reason it out,” said Berkeley Craven.  “A woman comes and she coaxes6 this young man out of his room.  Do you know any young woman who had an influence over him?”
 
My uncle looked at me.
 
“No,” said I.  “I know of none.”
 
“Well, we know that she came,” said Berkeley Craven.  “There can be no question as to that.  She brought some piteous tale, no doubt, such as a gallant7 young man could hardly refuse to listen to.  He fell into the trap, and allowed himself to be decoyed to the place where these rascals8 were waiting for him.  We may take all that as proved, I should fancy, Tregellis.”
 
“I see no better explanation,” said my uncle.
 
“Well, then, it is obviously not the interest of these men to kill him.  Warr heard them say as much.  They could not make sure, perhaps, of doing so tough a young fellow an injury which would certainly prevent him from fighting.  Even with a broken arm he might pull the fight off, as men have done before.  There was too much money on for them to run any risks.  They gave him a tap on the head, therefore, to prevent his making too much resistance, and they then drove him off to some farmhouse10 or stable, where they will hold him a prisoner until the time for the fight is over.  I warrant that you see him before to-night as well as ever he was.”
 
This theory sounded so reasonable that it seemed to lift a little of the weight from my heart, but I could see that from my uncle’s point of view it was a poor consolation11.
 
“I dare say you are right, Craven,” said he.
 
“I am sure that I am.”
 
“But it won’t help us to win the fight.”
 
“That’s the point, sir,” cried Belcher.  “By the Lord, I wish they’d let me take his place, even with my left arm strapped12 behind me.”
 
“I should advise you in any case to go to the ringside,” said Craven.  “You should hold on until the last moment in the hope of your man turning up.”
 
“I shall certainly do so.  And I shall protest against paying the wagers14 under such circumstances.”
 
Craven shrugged15 his shoulders.
 
“You remember the conditions of the match,” said he.  “I fear it is pay or play.  No doubt the point might be submitted to the referees17, but I cannot doubt that they would have to give it against you.”
 
We had sunk into a melancholy18 silence, when suddenly Belcher sprang up from the table.
 
“Hark!” he cried.  “Listen to that!”
 
“What is it?” we cried, all three.
 
“The betting!  Listen again!”
 
Out of the babel of voices and roaring of wheels outside the window a single sentence struck sharply on our ears.
 
“Even money upon Sir Charles’s nominee19!”
 
“Even money!” cried my uncle.  “It was seven to one against me, yesterday.  What is the meaning of this?”
 
“Even money either way,” cried the voice again.
 
“There’s somebody knows something,” said Belcher, “and there’s nobody has a better right to know what it is than we.  Come on, sir, and we’ll get to the bottom of it.”
 
The village street was packed with people, for they had been sleeping twelve and fifteen in a room, whilst hundreds of gentlemen had spent the night in their carriages.  So thick was the throng20 that it was no easy matter to get out of the George.  A drunken man, snoring horribly in his breathing, was curled up in the passage, absolutely oblivious21 to the stream of people who flowed round and occasionally over him.
 
“What’s the betting, boys?” asked Belcher, from the steps.
 
“Even money, Jim,” cried several voices.
 
“It was long odds22 on Wilson when last I heard.”
 
“Yes; but there came a man who laid freely the other way, and he started others taking the odds, until now you can get even money.”
 
“Who started it?”
 
“Why, that’s he!  The man that lies drunk in the passage.  He’s been pouring it down like water ever since he drove in at six o’clock, so it’s no wonder he’s like that.”
 
Belcher stooped down and turned over the man’s inert23 head so as to show his features.
 
“He’s a stranger to me, sir.”
 
“And to me,” added my uncle.
 
“But not to me,” I cried.  “It’s John Cumming, the landlord of the inn at Friar’s Oak.  I’ve known him ever since I was a boy, and I can’t be mistaken.”
 
“Well, what the devil can he know about it?” said Craven.
 
“Nothing at all, in all probability,” answered my uncle.  “He is backing young Jim because he knows him, and because he has more brandy than sense.  His drunken confidence set others to do the same, and so the odds came down.”
 
“He was as sober as a judge when he drove in here this morning,” said the landlord.  “He began backing Sir Charles’s nominee from the moment he arrived.  Some of the other boys took the office from him, and they very soon brought the odds down amongst them.”
 
“I wish he had not brought himself down as well,” said my uncle.  “I beg that you will bring me a little lavender water, landlord, for the smell of this crowd is appalling24.  I suppose you could not get any sense from this drunken fellow, nephew, or find out what it is he knows.”
 
It was in vain that I rocked him by the shoulder and shouted his name in his ear.  Nothing could break in upon that serene25 intoxication26.
 
“Well, it’s a unique situation as far as my experience goes,” said Berkeley Craven.  “Here we are within a couple of hours of the fight, and yet you don’t know whether you have a man to represent you.  I hope you don’t stand to lose very much, Tregellis.”
 
My uncle shrugged his shoulders carelessly, and took a pinch of his snuff with that inimitable sweeping27 gesture which no man has ever ventured to imitate.
 
“Pretty well, my boy!” said he.  “But it is time that we thought of going up to the Downs.  This night journey has left me just a little effleuré, and I should like half an hour of privacy to arrange my toilet.  If this is my last kick, it shall at least be with a well-brushed boot.”
 
I have heard a traveller from the wilds of America say that he looked upon the Red Indian and the English gentleman as closely akin9, citing the passion for sport, the aloofness28 and the suppression of the emotions in each.  I thought of his words as I watched my uncle that morning, for I believe that no victim tied to the stake could have had a worse outlook before him.  It was not merely that his own fortunes were largely at stake, but it was the dreadful position in which he would stand before this immense concourse of people, many of whom had put their money upon his judgment29, if he should find himself at the last moment with an impotent excuse instead of a champion to put before them.  What a situation for a man who prided himself upon his aplomb30, and upon bringing all that he undertook to the very highest standard of success!  I, who knew him well, could tell from his wan31 cheeks and his restless fingers that he was at his wit’s ends what to do; but no stranger who observed his jaunty32 bearing, the flecking of his laced handkerchief, the handling of his quizzing glass, or the shooting of his ruffles33, would ever have thought that this butterfly creature could have had a care upon earth.
 
It was close upon nine o’clock when we were ready to start for the Downs, and by that time my uncle’s curricle was almost the only vehicle left in the village street.  The night before they had lain with their wheels interlocking and their shafts34 under each other’s bodies, as thick as they could fit, from the old church to the Crawley Elm, spanning the road five-deep for a good half-mile in length.  Now the grey village street lay before us almost deserted35 save by a few women and children.  Men, horses, carriages—all were gone.  My uncle drew on his driving-gloves and arranged his costume with punctilious36 neatness; but I observed that he glanced up and down the road with a haggard and yet expectant eye before he took his seat.  I sat behind with Belcher, while the Hon. Berkeley Craven took the place beside him.
 
The road from Crawley curves gently upwards37 to the upland heather-clad plateau which extends for many miles in every direction.  Strings38 of pedestrians39, most of them so weary and dust-covered that it was evident that they had walked the thirty miles from London during the night, were plodding40 along by the sides of the road or trailing over the long mottled slopes of the moorland.  A horseman, fantastically dressed in green and splendidly mounted, was waiting at the crossroads, and as he spurred towards us I recognised the dark, handsome face and bold black eyes of Mendoza.
 
“I am waiting here to give the office, Sir Charles,” said he.  “It’s down the Grinstead road, half a mile to the left.”
 
“Very good,” said my uncle, reining42 his mares round into the cross-road.
 
“You haven’t got your man there,” remarked Mendoza, with something of suspicion in his manner.
 
“What the devil is that to you?” cried Belcher, furiously.
 
“It’s a good deal to all of us, for there are some funny stories about.”
 
“You keep them to yourself, then, or you may wish you had never heard them.”
 
“All right, Jem!  Your breakfast don’t seem to have agreed with you this morning.”
 
“Have the others arrived?” asked my uncle, carelessly.
 
“Not yet, Sir Charles.  But Tom Oliver is there with the ropes and stakes.  Jackson drove by just now, and most of the ring-keepers are up.”
 
“We have still an hour,” remarked my uncle, as he drove on.  “It is possible that the others may be late, since they have to come from Reigate.”
 
“You take it like a man, Tregellis,” said Craven.  “We must keep a bold face and brazen43 it out until the last moment.”
 
“Of course, sir,” cried Belcher.  “I’ll never believe the betting would rise like that if somebody didn’t know something.  We’ll hold on by our teeth and nails, Sir Charles, and see what comes of it.”
 
We could hear a sound like the waves upon the beach, long before we came in sight of that mighty44 multitude, and then at last, on a sudden dip of the road, we saw it lying before us, a whirlpool of humanity with an open vortex in the centre.  All round, the thousands of carriages and horses were dotted over the moor41, and the slopes were gay with tents and booths.  A spot had been chosen for the ring, where a great basin had been hollowed out in the ground, so that all round that natural amphitheatre a crowd of thirty thousand people could see very well what was going on in the centre.  As we drove up a buzz of greeting came from the people upon the fringe which was nearest to us, spreading and spreading, until the whole multitude had joined in the acclamation.  Then an instant later a second shout broke forth45, beginning from the other side of the arena46, and the faces which had been turned towards us whisked round, so that in a twinkling the whole foreground changed from white to dark.
 
“It’s they.  They are in time,” said my uncle and Craven together.
 
Standing47 up on our curricle, we could see the cavalcade48 approaching over the Downs.  In front came a huge yellow barouche, in which sat Sir Lothian Hume, Crab49 Wilson, and Captain Barclay, his trainer.  The postillions were flying canary-yellow ribands from their caps, those being the colours under which Wilson was to fight.  Behind the carriage there rode a hundred or more noblemen and gentlemen of the west country, and then a line of gigs, tilburies, and carriages wound away down the Grinstead road as far as our eyes could follow it.  The big barouche came lumbering50 over the sward in our direction until Sir Lothian Hume caught sight of us, when he shouted to his postillions to pull up.
 
“Good morning, Sir Charles,” said he, springing out of the carriage.  “I thought I knew your scarlet51 curricle.  We have an excellent morning for the battle.”
 
My uncle bowed coldly, and made no answer.
 
“I suppose that since we are all here we may begin at once,” said Sir Lothian, taking no notice of the other’s manner.
 
“We begin at ten o’clock.  Not an instant before.”
 
“Very good, if you prefer it.  By the way, Sir Charles, where is your man?”
 
“I would ask you that question, Sir Lothian,” answered my uncle.  “Where is my man?”
 
A look of astonishment52 passed over Sir Lothian’s features, which, if it were not real, was most admirably affected53.
 
“What do you mean by asking me such a question?”
 
“Because I wish to know.”
 
“But how can I tell, and what business is it of mine?”
 
“I have reason to believe that you have made it your business.”
 
“If you would kindly54 put the matter a little more clearly there would be some possibility of my understanding you.”
 
They were both very white and cold, formal and unimpassioned in their bearing, but exchanging glances which crossed like rapier blades.  I thought of Sir Lothian’s murderous repute as a duellist55, and I trembled for my uncle.
 
“Now, sir, if you imagine that you have a grievance56 against me, you will oblige me vastly by putting it into words.”
 
“I will,” said my uncle.  “There has been a conspiracy57 to maim58 or kidnap my man, and I have every reason to believe that you are privy59 to it.”
 
An ugly sneer60 came over Sir Lothian’s saturnine61 face.
 
“I see,” said he.  “Your man has not come on quite as well as you had expected in his training, and you are hard put to it to invent an excuse.  Still, I should have thought that you might have found a more probable one, and one which would entail62 less serious consequences.”
 
“Sir,” answered my uncle, “you are a liar63, but how great a liar you are nobody knows save yourself.”
 
Sir Lothian’s hollow cheeks grew white with passion, and I saw for an instant in his deep-set eyes such a glare as comes from the frenzied hound rearing and ramping64 at the end of its chain.  Then, with an effort, he became the same cold, hard, self-contained man as ever.
 
“It does not become our position to quarrel like two yokels65 at a fair,” said he; “we shall go further into the matter afterwards.”
 
“I promise you that we shall,” answered my uncle, grimly.
 
“Meanwhile, I hold you to the terms of your wager13.  Unless you produce your nominee within five-and-twenty minutes, I claim the match.”
 
“Eight-and-twenty minutes,” said my uncle, looking at his watch.  “You may claim it then, but not an instant before.”
 
He was admirable at that moment, for his manner was that of a man with all sorts of hidden resources, so that I could hardly make myself realize as I looked at him that our position was really as desperate as I knew it to be.  In the meantime Berkeley Craven, who had been exchanging a few words with Sir Lothian Hume, came back to our side.
 
“I have been asked to be sole referee16 in this matter,” said he.  “Does that meet with your wishes, Sir Charles?”
 
“I should be vastly obliged to you, Craven, if you will undertake the duties.”
 
“And Jackson has been suggested as timekeeper.”
 
“I could not wish a better one.”
 
“Very good.  That is settled.”
 
In the meantime the last of the carriages had come up, and the horses had all been picketed66 upon the moor.  The stragglers who had dotted the grass had closed in until the huge crowd was one unit with a single mighty voice, which was already beginning to bellow67 its impatience68.  Looking round, there was hardly a moving object upon the whole vast expanse of green and purple down.  A belated gig was coming at full gallop69 down the road which led from the south, and a few pedestrians were still trailing up from Crawley, but nowhere was there a sign of the missing man.
 
“The betting keeps up for all that,” said Belcher.  “I’ve just been to the ring-side, and it is still even.”
 
“There’s a place for you at the outer ropes, Sir Charles,” said Craven.
 
“There is no sign of my man yet.  I won’t come in until he arrives.”
 
“It is my duty to tell you that only ten minutes are left.”
 
“I make it five,” cried Sir Lothian Hume.
 
“That is a question which lies with the referee,” said Craven, firmly.  “My watch makes it ten minutes, and ten it must be.”
 
“Here’s Crab Wilson!” cried Belcher, and at the same moment a shout like a thunderclap burst from the crowd.  The west countryman had emerged from his dressing-tent, followed by Dutch Sam and Tom Owen, who were acting70 as his seconds.  He was nude71 to the waist, with a pair of white calico drawers, white silk stockings, and running shoes.  Round his middle was a canary-yellow sash, and dainty little ribbons of the same colour fluttered from the sides of his knees.  He carried a high white hat in his hand, and running down the lane which had been kept open through the crowd to allow persons to reach the ring, he threw the hat high into the air, so that it fell within the staked inclosure.  Then with a double spring he cleared the outer and inner line of rope, and stood with his arms folded in the centre.
 
I do not wonder that the people cheered.  Even Belcher could not help joining in the general shout of applause.  He was certainly a splendidly built young athlete, and one could not have wished to look upon a finer sight as his white skin, sleek72 and luminous73 as a panther’s, gleamed in the light of the morning sun, with a beautiful liquid rippling74 of muscles at every movement.  His arms were long and slingy, his shoulders loose and yet powerful, with the downward slant75 which is a surer index of power than squareness can be.  He clasped his hands behind his head, threw them aloft, and swung them backwards76, and at every movement some fresh expanse of his smooth, white skin became knobbed and gnarled with muscles, whilst a yell of admiration77 and delight from the crowd greeted each fresh exhibition.  Then, folding his arms once more, he stood like a beautiful statue waiting for his antagonist78.
 
Sir Lothian Hume had been looking impatiently at his watch, and now he shut it with a triumphant79 snap.
 
“Time’s up!” he cried.  “The match is forfeit80.”
 
“Time is not up,” said Craven.
 
“I have still five minutes.”  My uncle looked round with despairing eyes.
 
“Only three, Tregellis!”
 
A deep angry murmur81 was rising from the crowd.
 
“It’s a cross!  It’s a cross!  It’s a fake!” was the cry.
 
“Two minutes, Tregellis!”
 
“Where’s your man, Sir Charles?  Where’s the man that we have backed?”  Flushed faces began to crane over each other, and angry eyes glared up at us.
 
“One more minute, Tregellis!  I am very sorry, but it will be my duty to declare it forfeit against you.”
 
There was a sudden swirl82 in the crowd, a rush, a shout, and high up in the air there spun83 an old black hat, floating over the heads of the ring-siders and flickering84 down within the ropes.
 
“Saved, by the Lord!” screamed Belcher.
 
“I rather fancy,” said my uncle, calmly, “that this must be my man.”
 
“Too late!” cried Sir Lothian.
 
“No,” answered the referee.  “It was still twenty seconds to the hour.  The fight will now proceed.”
 

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1 rave MA8z9     
vi.胡言乱语;热衷谈论;n.热情赞扬
参考例句:
  • The drunkard began to rave again.这酒鬼又开始胡言乱语了。
  • Now I understand why readers rave about this book.我现明白读者为何对这本书赞不绝口了。
2 scoured ed55d3b2cb4a5db1e4eb0ed55b922516     
走遍(某地)搜寻(人或物)( scour的过去式和过去分词 ); (用力)刷; 擦净; 擦亮
参考例句:
  • We scoured the area for somewhere to pitch our tent. 我们四处查看,想找一个搭帐篷的地方。
  • The torrents scoured out a channel down the hill side. 急流沿着山腰冲刷出一条水沟。
3 dismal wtwxa     
adj.阴沉的,凄凉的,令人忧郁的,差劲的
参考例句:
  • That is a rather dismal melody.那是一支相当忧郁的歌曲。
  • My prospects of returning to a suitable job are dismal.我重新找到一个合适的工作岗位的希望很渺茫。
4 frenzied LQVzt     
a.激怒的;疯狂的
参考例句:
  • Will this push him too far and lead to a frenzied attack? 这会不会逼他太甚,导致他进行疯狂的进攻?
  • Two teenagers carried out a frenzied attack on a local shopkeeper. 两名十几岁的少年对当地的一个店主进行了疯狂的袭击。
5 villains ffdac080b5dbc5c53d28520b93dbf399     
n.恶棍( villain的名词复数 );罪犯;(小说、戏剧等中的)反面人物;淘气鬼
参考例句:
  • The impression of villains was inescapable. 留下恶棍的印象是不可避免的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Some villains robbed the widow of the savings. 有几个歹徒将寡妇的积蓄劫走了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
6 coaxes 16e5a2c87357f1eefb5271cf66e80059     
v.哄,用好话劝说( coax的第三人称单数 );巧言骗取;哄劝,劝诱
参考例句:
  • One coaxes, the other coerces. 一个唱红脸,一个唱白脸。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Now the analyzer coaxes the virus into revealing itself. 现在的分析者们会诱使病毒显形。 来自互联网
7 gallant 66Myb     
adj.英勇的,豪侠的;(向女人)献殷勤的
参考例句:
  • Huang Jiguang's gallant deed is known by all men. 黄继光的英勇事迹尽人皆知。
  • These gallant soldiers will protect our country.这些勇敢的士兵会保卫我们的国家的。
8 rascals 5ab37438604a153e085caf5811049ebb     
流氓( rascal的名词复数 ); 无赖; (开玩笑说法)淘气的人(尤指小孩); 恶作剧的人
参考例句:
  • "Oh, but I like rascals. "唔,不过我喜欢流氓。
  • "They're all second-raters, black sheep, rascals. "他们都是二流人物,是流氓,是恶棍。
9 akin uxbz2     
adj.同族的,类似的
参考例句:
  • She painted flowers and birds pictures akin to those of earlier feminine painters.她画一些同早期女画家类似的花鸟画。
  • Listening to his life story is akin to reading a good adventure novel.听他的人生故事犹如阅读一本精彩的冒险小说。
10 farmhouse kt1zIk     
n.农场住宅(尤指主要住房)
参考例句:
  • We fell for the farmhouse as soon as we saw it.我们对那所农舍一见倾心。
  • We put up for the night at a farmhouse.我们在一间农舍投宿了一夜。
11 consolation WpbzC     
n.安慰,慰问
参考例句:
  • The children were a great consolation to me at that time.那时孩子们成了我的莫大安慰。
  • This news was of little consolation to us.这个消息对我们来说没有什么安慰。
12 strapped ec484d13545e19c0939d46e2d1eb24bc     
adj.用皮带捆住的,用皮带装饰的;身无分文的;缺钱;手头紧v.用皮带捆扎(strap的过去式和过去分词);用皮带抽打;包扎;给…打绷带
参考例句:
  • Make sure that the child is strapped tightly into the buggy. 一定要把孩子牢牢地拴在婴儿车上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soldiers' great coats were strapped on their packs. 战士们的厚大衣扎捆在背包上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 wager IH2yT     
n.赌注;vt.押注,打赌
参考例句:
  • They laid a wager on the result of the race.他们以竞赛的结果打赌。
  • I made a wager that our team would win.我打赌我们的队会赢。
14 wagers fd8d7be05e24c7e861bc9a2991bb758c     
n.赌注,用钱打赌( wager的名词复数 )v.在(某物)上赌钱,打赌( wager的第三人称单数 );保证,担保
参考例句:
  • He wagers $100 on the result of the election. 他用100美元来对选举结果打赌。 来自互联网
  • He often wagers money on horses. 他时常在马身上赌钱。 来自互联网
15 shrugged 497904474a48f991a3d1961b0476ebce     
vt.耸肩(shrug的过去式与过去分词形式)
参考例句:
  • Sam shrugged and said nothing. 萨姆耸耸肩膀,什么也没说。
  • She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她耸耸肩,装出一副无所谓的样子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 referee lAqzU     
n.裁判员.仲裁人,代表人,鉴定人
参考例句:
  • The team was left raging at the referee's decision.队员们对裁判员的裁决感到非常气愤。
  • The referee blew a whistle at the end of the game.裁判在比赛结束时吹响了哨子。
17 referees 7891e30f2b42e2d37914dc1ab29ba489     
n.裁判员( referee的名词复数 );证明人;公断人;(专业性强的文章的)审阅人
参考例句:
  • The fiery player has had numerous run-ins with referees. 这位脾气暴躁的队员曾和裁判员发生过无数次争吵。
  • If you want to appeal, the Court of Referees will decide. 如果你要上诉,可以由仲裁法庭去判决。 来自辞典例句
18 melancholy t7rz8     
n.忧郁,愁思;adj.令人感伤(沮丧)的,忧郁的
参考例句:
  • All at once he fell into a state of profound melancholy.他立即陷入无尽的忧思之中。
  • He felt melancholy after he failed the exam.这次考试没通过,他感到很郁闷。
19 nominee FHLxv     
n.被提名者;被任命者;被推荐者
参考例句:
  • His nominee for vice president was elected only after a second ballot.他提名的副总统在两轮投票后才当选。
  • Mr.Francisco is standing as the official nominee for the post of District Secretary.弗朗西斯科先生是行政书记职位的正式提名人。
20 throng sGTy4     
n.人群,群众;v.拥挤,群集
参考例句:
  • A patient throng was waiting in silence.一大群耐心的人在静静地等着。
  • The crowds thronged into the mall.人群涌进大厅。
21 oblivious Y0Byc     
adj.易忘的,遗忘的,忘却的,健忘的
参考例句:
  • Mother has become quite oblivious after the illness.这次病后,妈妈变得特别健忘。
  • He was quite oblivious of the danger.他完全没有察觉到危险。
22 odds n5czT     
n.让步,机率,可能性,比率;胜败优劣之别
参考例句:
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
23 inert JbXzh     
adj.无活动能力的,惰性的;迟钝的
参考例句:
  • Inert gas studies are providing valuable information about other planets,too.对惰性气体的研究,也提供了有关其它行星的有价值的资料。
  • Elemental nitrogen is a very unreactive and inert material.元素氮是一个十分不活跃的惰性物质。
24 appalling iNwz9     
adj.骇人听闻的,令人震惊的,可怕的
参考例句:
  • The search was hampered by appalling weather conditions.恶劣的天气妨碍了搜寻工作。
  • Nothing can extenuate such appalling behaviour.这种骇人听闻的行径罪无可恕。
25 serene PD2zZ     
adj. 安详的,宁静的,平静的
参考例句:
  • 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。
26 intoxication qq7zL8     
n.wild excitement;drunkenness;poisoning
参考例句:
  • He began to drink, drank himself to intoxication, till he slept obliterated. 他一直喝,喝到他快要迷糊地睡着了。
  • Predator: Intoxication-Damage over time effect will now stack with other allies. Predator:Intoxication,持续性伤害的效果将会与队友相加。
27 sweeping ihCzZ4     
adj.范围广大的,一扫无遗的
参考例句:
  • The citizens voted for sweeping reforms.公民投票支持全面的改革。
  • Can you hear the wind sweeping through the branches?你能听到风掠过树枝的声音吗?
28 aloofness 25ca9c51f6709fb14da321a67a42da8a     
超然态度
参考例句:
  • Why should I have treated him with such sharp aloofness? 但我为什么要给人一些严厉,一些端庄呢? 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
  • He had an air of haughty aloofness. 他有一种高傲的神情。 来自辞典例句
29 judgment e3xxC     
n.审判;判断力,识别力,看法,意见
参考例句:
  • The chairman flatters himself on his judgment of people.主席自认为他审视人比别人高明。
  • He's a man of excellent judgment.他眼力过人。
30 aplomb GM9yD     
n.沉着,镇静
参考例句:
  • 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。
31 wan np5yT     
(wide area network)广域网
参考例句:
  • 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。
32 jaunty x3kyn     
adj.愉快的,满足的;adv.心满意足地,洋洋得意地;n.心满意足;洋洋得意
参考例句:
  • She cocked her hat at a jaunty angle.她把帽子歪戴成俏皮的样子。
  • The happy boy walked with jaunty steps.这个快乐的孩子以轻快活泼的步子走着。
33 ruffles 1b1aebf8d10c4fbd1fd40ac2983c3a32     
褶裥花边( ruffle的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • You will need 12 yards of ribbon facing for the ruffles. 你将需要12码丝带为衣服镶边之用。
  • It is impossible to live without some daily ruffles to our composure. 我们日常的平静生活免不了会遇到一些波折。
34 shafts 8a8cb796b94a20edda1c592a21399c6b     
n.轴( shaft的名词复数 );(箭、高尔夫球棒等的)杆;通风井;一阵(疼痛、害怕等)
参考例句:
  • He deliberately jerked the shafts to rock him a bit. 他故意的上下颠动车把,摇这个老猴子几下。 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
  • Shafts were sunk, with tunnels dug laterally. 竖井已经打下,并且挖有横向矿道。 来自辞典例句
35 deserted GukzoL     
adj.荒芜的,荒废的,无人的,被遗弃的
参考例句:
  • The deserted village was filled with a deathly silence.这个荒废的村庄死一般的寂静。
  • The enemy chieftain was opposed and deserted by his followers.敌人头目众叛亲离。
36 punctilious gSYxl     
adj.谨慎的,谨小慎微的
参考例句:
  • He was a punctilious young man.他是个非常拘礼的年轻人。
  • Billy is punctilious in the performance of his duties.毕利执行任务总是一丝不苟的。
37 upwards lj5wR     
adv.向上,在更高处...以上
参考例句:
  • The trend of prices is still upwards.物价的趋向是仍在上涨。
  • The smoke rose straight upwards.烟一直向上升。
38 strings nh0zBe     
n.弦
参考例句:
  • He sat on the bed,idly plucking the strings of his guitar.他坐在床上,随意地拨着吉他的弦。
  • She swept her fingers over the strings of the harp.她用手指划过竖琴的琴弦。
39 pedestrians c0776045ca3ae35c6910db3f53d111db     
n.步行者( pedestrian的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Several pedestrians had come to grief on the icy pavement. 几个行人在结冰的人行道上滑倒了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Pedestrians keep to the sidewalk [footpath]! 行人走便道。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
40 plodding 5lMz16     
a.proceeding in a slow or dull way
参考例句:
  • They're still plodding along with their investigation. 他们仍然在不厌其烦地进行调查。
  • He is plodding on with negotiations. 他正缓慢艰难地进行着谈判。
41 moor T6yzd     
n.荒野,沼泽;vt.(使)停泊;vi.停泊
参考例句:
  • I decided to moor near some tourist boats.我决定在一些观光船附近停泊。
  • There were hundreds of the old huts on the moor.沼地上有成百上千的古老的石屋。
42 reining dc0b264aac06ae7c86d287f24a166b82     
勒缰绳使(马)停步( rein的现在分词 ); 驾驭; 严格控制; 加强管理
参考例句:
  • "That's a fine bevy, Ma'm,'said Gerald gallantly, reining his horse alongside the carriage. "太太!好一窝漂亮的云雀呀!" 杰拉尔德殷勤地说,一面让自己的马告近塔尔顿的马车。
  • I was a temperamental genius in need of reining in by stabler personalities. 我是个需要由更稳重的人降服住的神经质的天才。
43 brazen Id1yY     
adj.厚脸皮的,无耻的,坚硬的
参考例句:
  • The brazen woman laughed loudly at the judge who sentenced her.那无耻的女子冲着给她判刑的法官高声大笑。
  • Some people prefer to brazen a thing out rather than admit defeat.有的人不愿承认失败,而是宁肯厚着脸皮干下去。
44 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。
45 forth Hzdz2     
adv.向前;向外,往外
参考例句:
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
46 arena Yv4zd     
n.竞技场,运动场所;竞争场所,舞台
参考例句:
  • She entered the political arena at the age of 25. 她25岁进入政界。
  • He had not an adequate arena for the exercise of his talents.他没有充分发挥其才能的场所。
47 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。
48 cavalcade NUNyv     
n.车队等的行列
参考例句:
  • A cavalcade processed through town.马车队列队从城里经过。
  • The cavalcade drew together in silence.马队在静默中靠拢在一起。
49 crab xoozE     
n.螃蟹,偏航,脾气乖戾的人,酸苹果;vi.捕蟹,偏航,发牢骚;vt.使偏航,发脾气
参考例句:
  • I can't remember when I last had crab.我不记得上次吃蟹是什么时候了。
  • The skin on my face felt as hard as a crab's back.我脸上的皮仿佛僵硬了,就象螃蟹的壳似的。
50 lumbering FA7xm     
n.采伐林木
参考例句:
  • Lumbering and, later, paper-making were carried out in smaller cities. 木材业和后来的造纸都由较小的城市经营。
  • Lumbering is very important in some underdeveloped countries. 在一些不发达的国家,伐木业十分重要。
51 scarlet zD8zv     
n.深红色,绯红色,红衣;adj.绯红色的
参考例句:
  • The scarlet leaves of the maples contrast well with the dark green of the pines.深红的枫叶和暗绿的松树形成了明显的对比。
  • The glowing clouds are growing slowly pale,scarlet,bright red,and then light red.天空的霞光渐渐地淡下去了,深红的颜色变成了绯红,绯红又变为浅红。
52 astonishment VvjzR     
n.惊奇,惊异
参考例句:
  • They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他们听见他惊奇地大叫一声。
  • I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我对她的奇怪举动不胜惊异。
53 affected TzUzg0     
adj.不自然的,假装的
参考例句:
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假装对我们的课题感到兴趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的态度不自然。
54 kindly tpUzhQ     
adj.和蔼的,温和的,爽快的;adv.温和地,亲切地
参考例句:
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的邻居都说她和蔼可亲、热情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道阴影掠过老太太慈祥的面孔。
55 duellist b6cb7c543b6d86e698507df5f3cbc6ec     
n.决斗者;[体]重剑运动员
参考例句:
56 grievance J6ayX     
n.怨愤,气恼,委屈
参考例句:
  • He will not easily forget his grievance.他不会轻易忘掉他的委屈。
  • He had been nursing a grievance against his boss for months.几个月来他对老板一直心怀不满。
57 conspiracy NpczE     
n.阴谋,密谋,共谋
参考例句:
  • The men were found guilty of conspiracy to murder.这些人被裁决犯有阴谋杀人罪。
  • He claimed that it was all a conspiracy against him.他声称这一切都是一场针对他的阴谋。
58 maim ewiyp     
v.使残废,使不能工作,使伤残
参考例句:
  • Automobile accidents maim many people each year. 汽车车祸每年使许多人残废。
  • These people kill and maim innocent civilians.这些人杀死和残害无辜平民。
59 privy C1OzL     
adj.私用的;隐密的
参考例句:
  • Only three people,including a policeman,will be privy to the facts.只会允许3个人,其中包括一名警察,了解这些内情。
  • Very few of them were privy to the details of the conspiracy.他们中很少有人知道这一阴谋的详情。
60 sneer YFdzu     
v.轻蔑;嘲笑;n.嘲笑,讥讽的言语
参考例句:
  • He said with a sneer.他的话中带有嘲笑之意。
  • You may sneer,but a lot of people like this kind of music.你可以嗤之以鼻,但很多人喜欢这种音乐。
61 saturnine rhGyi     
adj.忧郁的,沉默寡言的,阴沉的,感染铅毒的
参考例句:
  • The saturnine faces of the judges.法官们那阴沉的脸色。
  • He had a rather forbidding,saturnine manner.他的举止相当乖戾阴郁。
62 entail ujdzO     
vt.使承担,使成为必要,需要
参考例句:
  • Such a decision would entail a huge political risk.这样的决定势必带来巨大的政治风险。
  • This job would entail your learning how to use a computer.这工作将需要你学会怎样用计算机。
63 liar V1ixD     
n.说谎的人
参考例句:
  • I know you for a thief and a liar!我算认识你了,一个又偷又骗的家伙!
  • She was wrongly labelled a liar.她被错误地扣上说谎者的帽子。
64 ramping ae9cf258610b54f50a843cc4d049a1f8     
土堤斜坡( ramp的现在分词 ); 斜道; 斜路; (装车或上下飞机的)活动梯
参考例句:
  • The children love ramping about in the garden. 孩子们喜欢在花园里追逐嬉戏,闹着玩。
  • Have you ever seen a lion ramping around? 你看到过狮子暴跳吗?
65 yokels 758e976de0fa4f73342648b517a84274     
n.乡下佬,土包子( yokel的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The quaint field noises, the yokels'whistling, and the splash of water-fowl, each seemed to him enchanted. 那种新奇的,田野上的喧声,那种庄稼汉打着的唿哨,那种水禽的溅水声,他觉得每一样都是令人销魂的。 来自辞典例句
  • One of the local yokels helped me change the tire. 一个乡巴佬帮我换了车胎。 来自互联网
66 picketed a363b65b1ebbf0ffc5ee49b403a38143     
用尖桩围住(picket的过去式与过去分词形式)
参考例句:
  • They picketed the restaurant. 他们在饭馆外设置纠察。
  • Humboldt riotously picketed Von Trenk but the play was a hit. 尽管洪堡肆意破坏《冯·特伦克》的上演,然而这个剧还是轰动一时。
67 bellow dtnzy     
v.吼叫,怒吼;大声发出,大声喝道
参考例句:
  • The music is so loud that we have to bellow at each other to be heard.音乐的声音实在太大,我们只有彼此大声喊叫才能把话听清。
  • After a while,the bull began to bellow in pain.过了一会儿公牛开始痛苦地吼叫。
68 impatience OaOxC     
n.不耐烦,急躁
参考例句:
  • 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。
69 gallop MQdzn     
v./n.(马或骑马等)飞奔;飞速发展
参考例句:
  • They are coming at a gallop towards us.他们正朝着我们飞跑过来。
  • The horse slowed to a walk after its long gallop.那匹马跑了一大阵后慢下来缓步而行。
70 acting czRzoc     
n.演戏,行为,假装;adj.代理的,临时的,演出用的
参考例句:
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
71 nude CHLxF     
adj.裸体的;n.裸体者,裸体艺术品
参考例句:
  • It's a painting of the Duchess of Alba in the nude.这是一幅阿尔巴公爵夫人的裸体肖像画。
  • She doesn't like nude swimming.她不喜欢裸泳。
72 sleek zESzJ     
adj.光滑的,井然有序的;v.使光滑,梳拢
参考例句:
  • Women preferred sleek,shiny hair with little decoration.女士们更喜欢略加修饰的光滑闪亮型秀发。
  • The horse's coat was sleek and glossy.这匹马全身润泽有光。
73 luminous 98ez5     
adj.发光的,发亮的;光明的;明白易懂的;有启发的
参考例句:
  • There are luminous knobs on all the doors in my house.我家所有门上都安有夜光把手。
  • Most clocks and watches in this shop are in luminous paint.这家商店出售的大多数钟表都涂了发光漆。
74 rippling b84b2d05914b2749622963c1ef058ed5     
起涟漪的,潺潺流水般声音的
参考例句:
  • I could see the dawn breeze rippling the shining water. 我能看见黎明的微风在波光粼粼的水面上吹出道道涟漪。
  • The pool rippling was caused by the waving of the reeds. 池塘里的潺潺声是芦苇摇动时引起的。
75 slant TEYzF     
v.倾斜,倾向性地编写或报道;n.斜面,倾向
参考例句:
  • The lines are drawn on a slant.这些线条被画成斜线。
  • The editorial had an antiunion slant.这篇社论有一种反工会的倾向。
76 backwards BP9ya     
adv.往回地,向原处,倒,相反,前后倒置地
参考例句:
  • He turned on the light and began to pace backwards and forwards.他打开电灯并开始走来走去。
  • All the girls fell over backwards to get the party ready.姑娘们迫不及待地为聚会做准备。
77 admiration afpyA     
n.钦佩,赞美,羡慕
参考例句:
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
78 antagonist vwXzM     
n.敌人,对抗者,对手
参考例句:
  • His antagonist in the debate was quicker than he.在辩论中他的对手比他反应快。
  • The thing is to know the nature of your antagonist.要紧的是要了解你的对手的特性。
79 triumphant JpQys     
adj.胜利的,成功的;狂欢的,喜悦的
参考例句:
  • The army made a triumphant entry into the enemy's capital.部队胜利地进入了敌方首都。
  • There was a positively triumphant note in her voice.她的声音里带有一种极为得意的语气。
80 forfeit YzCyA     
vt.丧失;n.罚金,罚款,没收物
参考例句:
  • If you continue to tell lies,you will forfeit the good opinion of everyone.你如果继续撒谎,就会失掉大家对你的好感。
  • Please pay for the forfeit before you borrow book.在你借书之前请先付清罚款。
81 murmur EjtyD     
n.低语,低声的怨言;v.低语,低声而言
参考例句:
  • They paid the extra taxes without a murmur.他们毫无怨言地交了附加税。
  • There was a low murmur of conversation in the hall.大厅里有窃窃私语声。
82 swirl cgcyu     
v.(使)打漩,(使)涡卷;n.漩涡,螺旋形
参考例句:
  • The car raced roughly along in a swirl of pink dust.汽车在一股粉红色尘土的漩涡中颠簸着快速前进。
  • You could lie up there,watching the flakes swirl past.你可以躺在那儿,看着雪花飘飘。
83 spun kvjwT     
v.纺,杜撰,急转身
参考例句:
  • His grandmother spun him a yarn at the fire.他奶奶在火炉边给他讲故事。
  • Her skilful fingers spun the wool out to a fine thread.她那灵巧的手指把羊毛纺成了细毛线。
84 flickering wjLxa     
adj.闪烁的,摇曳的,一闪一闪的
参考例句:
  • The crisp autumn wind is flickering away. 清爽的秋风正在吹拂。
  • The lights keep flickering. 灯光忽明忽暗。


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