The Adventure of the Copper Beeches 銅山毛櫸案(4)
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"At least," said I as we heard her quick, firm steps descending1
the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able
to take care of herself."
"And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely. "I am much
mistaken if we do not hear from her before many days are past."
It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled.
A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts
turning in her direction and wondering what strange side-alley of
human experience this lonely woman had strayed into. The unusual
salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed2 to
something abnormal, though whether a fad3 or a plot, or whether
the man were a philanthropist or a villain4, it was quite beyond
my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat
frequently for half an hour on end, with knitted brows and an
abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his
hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried
impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would
always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever
have accepted such a situation.
The telegram which we eventually received came late one night
just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down
to one of those all-night chemical researches which he frequently
indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a
test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came
down to breakfast in the morning. He opened the yellow envelope,
and then, glancing at the message, threw it across to me.
"Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back
to his chemical studies.
The summons was a brief and urgent one.
"Please be at the Black Swan Hotel at Winchester at midday
to-morrow," it said."Do come! I am at my wit's end. HUNTER."
"Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up.
"I should wish to."
"Just look it up, then."
"There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my
Bradshaw. "It is due at Winchester at 11:30."
"That will do very nicely. Then perhaps I had better postpone5 my
analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the
By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the
old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers
all the way down, but after we had passed the Hampshire border he
threw them down and began to admire the scenery. It was an ideal
spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white
clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining
very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air,
which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside,
away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and
gray roofs of the farm-steadings peeped out from amid the light
green of the new foliage6.
"Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the
enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker7 Street.
But Holmes shook his head gravely.
"Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of
a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with
reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered8
houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them,
and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their
isolation9 and of the impunity10 with which crime may be committed
"Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these
dear old homesteads?"
"They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief,
Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest12
alleys13 in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin
than does the smiling and beautiful countryside."
"You horrify14 me!"
"But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion
can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no
lane so vile11 that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of
a drunkard's blow, does not beget15 sympathy and indignation among
the neighbors, and then the whole machinery16 of justice is ever
so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is
but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these
lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part
with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the
deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on,
year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this
lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I
should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of
country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is
not personally threatened."
"No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away."
"Quite so. She has her freedom."
"What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?"
"I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would
cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is
correct can only be determined17 by the fresh information which we
shall no doubt find waiting for us. Well, there is the tower of
the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has
to tell."
The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no
distance from the station, and there we found the young lady
waiting for us. She had engaged a sitting-room18, and our lunch
awaited us upon the table.
"I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It
is so very kind of you both; but indeed I do not know what I
should do. Your advice will be altogether invaluable19 to me."
"Pray tell us what has happened to you."
"I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr.
Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into
town this morning, though he little knew for what purpose."
"Let us have everything in its due order." Holmes thrust his long
thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen.
"In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole,
with no actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is
only fair to them to say that. But I cannot understand them, and
I am not easy in my mind about them."
"What can you not understand?"
"Their reasons for their conduct. But you shall have it all just
as it occurred. When I came down, Mr. Rucastle met me here and
drove me in his dog-cart to the Copper20 Beeches21. It is, as he
said, beautifully situated22, but it is not beautiful in itself,
for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed23, but all
stained and streaked24 with damp and bad weather. There are grounds
round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which
slopes down to the Southampton highroad, which curves past about
a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs
to the house, but the woods all round are part of Lord
Southerton's preserves. A clump25 of copper beeches immediately in
front of the hall door has given its name to the place.
"I was driven over by my employer, who was as amiable26 as ever,
and was introduced by him that evening to his wife and the child.
There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture27 which seemed to
us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is
not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much
younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think,
while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their
conversation I have gathered that they have been married about
seven years, that he was a widower28, and that his only child by
the first wife was the daughter who has gone to Philadelphia. Mr.
Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them
was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As
the daughter could not have been less than twenty, I can quite
imagine that her position must have been uncomfortable with her
father's young wife.
"Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colorless in mind as well as
in feature. She impressed me neither favorably nor the reverse.
She was a nonentity29. It was easy to see that she was passionately30
devoted31 both to her husband and to her little son. Her light gray
eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every
little want and forestalling32 it if possible. He was kind to her
also in his bluff33, boisterous34 fashion, and on the whole they
seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow,
this woman. She would often be lost in deep thought, with the
saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her
in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition35 of
her child which weighed upon her mind, for I have never met so
utterly36 spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small
for his age, with a head which is quite disproportionately large.
His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between
savage37 fits of passion and gloomy intervals38 of sulking. Giving
pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea
of amusement, and he shows quite remarkable39 talent in planning
the capture of mice, little birds, and insects. But I would
rather not talk about the creature, Mr. Holmes, and, indeed, he
has little to do with my story."
"I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they
seem to you to be relevant or not."
"I shall try not to miss anything of importance. The one
unpleasant thing about the house, which struck me at once, was
the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a
man and his wife. Toller, for that is his name, is a rough,
uncouth40 man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual
smell of drink. Twice since I have been with them he has been
quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it.
His wife is a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as
silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most
unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the
nursery and my own room, which are next to each other in one
corner of the building.
"For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was
very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after
breakfast and whispered something to her husband.
"'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to
you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims41 so far as to cut
your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest
iota42 from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue
dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in
your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should
both be extremely obliged.'
"The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar43 shade
of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it
bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not
have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr.
and Mrs. Rucastle expressed a delight at the look of it, which
seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence44. They were waiting for
me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching
along the entire front of the house, with three long windows
reaching down to the floor. A chair had been placed close to the
central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was
asked to sit, and then Mr. Rucastle, walking up and down on the
other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest
stories that I have ever listened to. You cannot imagine how
comical he was, and I laughed until I was quite weary. Mrs.
Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so
much as smiled, but sat with her hands in her lap, and a sad,
anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle
suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the
day, and that I might change my dress and go to little Edward in
the nursery.
"Two days later this same performance was gone through under
exactly similar circumstances. Again I changed my dress, again I
sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily45 at the funny
stories of which my employer had an immense repertoire46, and which
he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and
moving my chair a little sideways, that my own shadow might not
fall upon the page, he begged me to read aloud to him. I read for
about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then
suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and
to change my dress.
"You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to
what the meaning of this extraordinary performance could possibly
be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face
away from the window, so that I became consumed with the desire
to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be
impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been
broken, so a happy thought seized me, and I concealed47 a piece of
the glass in my handkerchief. On the next occasion, in the midst
of my laughter, I put my handkerchief up to my eyes, and was able
with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I
confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that
was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I
perceived that there was a man standing48 in the Southampton Road,
a small bearded man in a gray suit, who seemed to be looking in
my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are
usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the
railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I
lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her
eyes fixed49 upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing,
but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my
hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once.
"'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the
road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.'
"'No friend of yours, Miss Hunter?' he asked.
"'No, I know no one in these parts.'
"'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly50 turn round and motion to
him to go away.'
"'Surely it would be better to take no notice.'
"'No, no, we should have him loitering here always. Kindly turn
round and wave him away like that.'
"I did as I was told, and at the same instant Mrs. Rucastle drew
down the blind. That was a week ago, and from that time I have
not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor
seen the man in the road."
"Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative51 promises to be a
most interesting one."
"You will find it rather disconnected, I fear, and there may
prove to be little relation between the different incidents of
which I speak. On the very first day that I was at the Copper
Beeches, Mr. Rucastle took me to a small outhouse which stands
near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp
rattling52 of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving
"'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit53 between two
planks54. 'Is he not a beauty?'
"I looked through and was conscious of two glowing eyes, and of a
vague figure huddled55 up in the darkness.
"'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start
which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine,
but really old Toller, my groom56, is the only man who can do
anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then,
so that he is always as keen as mustard. Toller lets him loose
every night, and God help the trespasser57 whom he lays his fangs58
upon. For goodness' sake don't you ever on any pretext59 set your
foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life
is worth.'
"The warning was no idle one, for two nights later I happened to
look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning.
It was a beautiful moonlight night, and the lawn in front of the
house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was
standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was
aware that something was moving under the shadow of the copper
beeches. As it emerged into the moonshine I saw what it was. It
was a giant dog, as large as a calf60, tawny61 tinted62, with hanging
jowl, black muzzle63, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly
across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side.
That dreadful sentinel sent a chill to my heart which I do not
think that any burglar could have done.


1 descending descending     
n. 下行 adj. 下降的
  • The results are expressed in descending numerical order . 結果按數字降序列出。
  • The climbers stopped to orient themselves before descending the mountain. 登山者先停下來確定所在的位置,然后再下山。
2 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他給我一支削得非常尖的鉛筆。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通過對達茨伍德夫人提出直截了當的邀請向她的哥哥表示出來。
3 fad phyzL     
  • His interest in photography is only a passing fad.他對攝影的興趣只是一時的愛好罷了。
  • A hot business opportunity is based on a long-term trend not a short-lived fad.一個熱門的商機指的是長期的趨勢而非一時的流行。
4 villain ZL1zA     
  • He was cast as the villain in the play.他在戲里扮演反面角色。
  • The man who played the villain acted very well.扮演惡棍的那個男演員演得很好。
5 postpone rP0xq     
  • I shall postpone making a decision till I learn full particulars.在未獲悉詳情之前我得從緩作出決定。
  • She decided to postpone the converastion for that evening.她決定當天晚上把談話擱一擱。
6 foliage QgnzK     
  • The path was completely covered by the dense foliage.小路被樹葉厚厚地蓋了一層。
  • Dark foliage clothes the hills.濃密的樹葉覆蓋著群山。
7 baker wyTz62     
  • The baker bakes his bread in the bakery.面包師在面包房內烤面包。
  • The baker frosted the cake with a mixture of sugar and whites of eggs.面包師在蛋糕上撒了一層白糖和蛋清的混合料。
8 scattered 7jgzKF     
  • Gathering up his scattered papers,he pushed them into his case.他把散亂的文件收拾起來,塞進文件夾里。
9 isolation 7qMzTS     
  • The millionaire lived in complete isolation from the outside world.這位富翁過著與世隔絕的生活。
  • He retired and lived in relative isolation.他退休后,生活比較孤寂。
10 impunity g9Qxb     
  • You will not escape with impunity.你不可能逃脫懲罰。
  • The impunity what compulsory insurance sets does not include escapement.交強險規定的免責范圍不包括逃逸。
11 vile YLWz0     
  • Who could have carried out such a vile attack?會是誰發起這么卑鄙的攻擊呢?
  • Her talk was full of vile curses.她的話里充滿著惡毒的咒罵。
12 vilest 008d6208048e680a75d976defe25ce65     
adj.卑鄙的( vile的最高級 );可恥的;極壞的;非常討厭的
13 alleys ed7f32602655381e85de6beb51238b46     
胡同,小巷( alley的名詞復數 ); 小徑
  • I followed him through a maze of narrow alleys. 我緊隨他穿過一條條迂迴曲折的窄巷。
  • The children lead me through the maze of alleys to the edge of the city. 孩子們領我穿過迷宮一般的街巷,來到城邊。
14 horrify sc5x3     
  • His family were horrified by the change.他的家人對這一變化感到震驚。
  • When I saw these figures I was horrified.我看到這些數字時無比驚駭。
15 beget LuVzW     
  • Dragons beget dragons,phoenixes beget phoenixes.龍生龍,鳳生鳳。
  • Economic tensions beget political ones.經濟緊張導致政治緊張。
16 machinery CAdxb     
  • Has the machinery been put up ready for the broadcast?廣播器材安裝完畢了嗎?
  • Machinery ought to be well maintained all the time.機器應該隨時注意維護。
17 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已決定畢業后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他決定查看一下辦公室后面的房間。
18 sitting-room sitting-room     
  • The sitting-room is clean.起居室很清潔。
  • Each villa has a separate sitting-room.每棟別墅都有一間獨立的起居室。
19 invaluable s4qxe     
  • A computer would have been invaluable for this job.一臺計算機對這個工作的作用會是無法估計的。
  • This information was invaluable to him.這個消息對他來說是非常寶貴的。
20 copper HZXyU     
  • The students are asked to prove the purity of copper.要求學生們檢驗銅的純度。
  • Copper is a good medium for the conduction of heat and electricity.銅是熱和電的良導體。
21 beeches 7e2b71bc19a0de701aebe6f40b036385     
n.山毛櫸( beech的名詞復數 );山毛櫸木材
  • The beeches, oaks and chestnuts all belong to the same family. 山毛櫸樹、橡樹和栗子樹屬于同科樹種。 來自互聯網
  • There are many beeches in this wood. 這片樹林里有許多山毛櫸。 來自互聯網
22 situated JiYzBH     
  • The village is situated at the margin of a forest.村子位于森林的邊緣。
  • She is awkwardly situated.她的處境困難。
23 whitewashed 38aadbb2fa5df4fec513e682140bac04     
粉飾,美化,掩飾( whitewash的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The wall had been whitewashed. 墻已粉過。
  • The towers are in the shape of bottle gourds and whitewashed. 塔呈圓形,狀近葫蘆,外敷白色。 來自漢英文學 - 現代散文
24 streaked d67e6c987d5339547c7938f1950b8295     
adj.有條斑紋的,不安的v.快速移動( streak的過去式和過去分詞 );使布滿條紋
  • The children streaked off as fast as they could. 孩子們拔腳飛跑 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
  • His face was pale and streaked with dirt. 他臉色蒼白,臉上有一道道的污痕。 來自辭典例句
25 clump xXfzH     
  • A stream meandered gently through a clump of trees.一條小溪從樹叢中蜿蜒穿過。
  • It was as if he had hacked with his thick boots at a clump of bluebells.仿佛他用自己的厚靴子無情地踐踏了一叢野風信子。
26 amiable hxAzZ     
  • She was a very kind and amiable old woman.她是個善良和氣的老太太。
  • We have a very amiable companionship.我們之間存在一種友好的關系。
27 conjecture 3p8z4     
  • She felt it no use to conjecture his motives.她覺得猜想他的動機是沒有用的。
  • This conjecture is not supported by any real evidence.這種推測未被任何確切的證據所證實。
28 widower fe4z2a     
  • George was a widower with six young children.喬治是個帶著六個小孩子的鰥夫。
  • Having been a widower for many years,he finally decided to marry again.喪偶多年后,他終于決定二婚了。
29 nonentity 2HZxr     
  • She was written off then as a political nonentity.她當時被認定是成不了氣候的政壇小人物。
  • How could such a nonentity become chairman of the company? 這樣的庸才怎么能當公司的董事長?
30 passionately YmDzQ4     
  • She could hate as passionately as she could love. 她能恨得咬牙切齒,也能愛得一往情深。
  • He was passionately addicted to pop music. 他酷愛流行音樂。
31 devoted xu9zka     
  • He devoted his life to the educational cause of the motherland.他為祖國的教育事業貢獻了一生。
  • We devoted a lengthy and full discussion to this topic.我們對這個題目進行了長時間的充分討論。
32 forestalling d45327a760f7199d057caaf0ab24c9d3     
v.先發制人,預先阻止( forestall的現在分詞 )
33 bluff ftZzB     
  • His threats are merely bluff.他的威脅僅僅是虛張聲勢。
  • John is a deep card.No one can bluff him easily.約翰是個機靈鬼。誰也不容易欺騙他。
34 boisterous it0zJ     
  • I don't condescend to boisterous displays of it.我并不屈就于它熱熱鬧鬧的外表。
  • The children tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play.孩子們經常是先靜靜地聚集在一起,不一會就開始吵吵嚷嚷戲耍開了。
35 disposition GljzO     
  • He has made a good disposition of his property.他已對財產作了妥善處理。
  • He has a cheerful disposition.他性情開朗。
36 utterly ZfpzM1     
  • Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把畢生精力用于挽救患者的生命。
  • I was utterly ravished by the way she smiled.她的微笑使我完全陶醉了。
37 savage ECxzR     
  • The poor man received a savage beating from the thugs.那可憐的人遭到暴徒的痛打。
  • He has a savage temper.他脾氣粗暴。
38 intervals f46c9d8b430e8c86dea610ec56b7cbef     
n.[軍事]間隔( interval的名詞復數 );間隔時間;[數學]區間;(戲劇、電影或音樂會的)幕間休息
  • The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. 預報間晴,有陣雨。
  • Meetings take place at fortnightly intervals. 每兩周開一次會。
39 remarkable 8Vbx6     
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在寫作技巧方面有了長足進步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.這些汽車因發動機沒有噪音而不同凡響。
40 uncouth DHryn     
  • She may embarrass you with her uncouth behavior.她的粗野行為可能會讓你尷尬。
  • His nephew is an uncouth young man.他的侄子是一個粗野的年輕人。
41 WHIMS ecf1f9fe569e0760fc10bec24b97c043     
  • The mate observed regretfully that he could not account for that young fellow's whims. 那位伙伴很遺憾地說他不能說出那年輕人產生怪念頭的原因。
  • The rest she had for food and her own whims. 剩下的錢她用來吃飯和買一些自己喜歡的東西。 來自英漢文學 - 嘉莉妹妹
42 iota Eauzq     
  • There is not an iota of truth in his story.他的故事沒有一點是真的。
  • He's never shown an iota of interest in any kind of work.他從來沒有對任何工作表現出一點兒興趣。
43 peculiar cinyo     
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的樣子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一種很奇怪的表情看著我。
44 vehemence 2ihw1     
  • The attack increased in vehemence.進攻越來越猛烈。
  • She was astonished at his vehemence.她對他的激昂感到驚訝。
45 heartily Ld3xp     
  • He ate heartily and went out to look for his horse.他痛快地吃了一頓,就出去找他的馬。
  • The host seized my hand and shook it heartily.主人抓住我的手,熱情地和我握手。
46 repertoire 2BCze     
n.(準備好演出的)節目,保留劇目;(計算機的)指令表,指令系統, <美>(某個人的)全部技能;清單,指令表
  • There is an extensive repertoire of music written for the flute.有很多供長笛演奏的曲目。
  • He has added considerably to his piano repertoire.他的鋼琴演奏曲目大大增加了。
47 concealed 0v3zxG     
  • The paintings were concealed beneath a thick layer of plaster. 那些畫被隱藏在厚厚的灰泥層下面。
  • I think he had a gun concealed about his person. 我認為他當時身上藏有一支槍。
48 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震過后只有幾幢房屋還立著。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他們堅決反對對法律做任何修改。
49 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你們倆選定婚期了嗎?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目標一旦確定,我們就不應該隨意改變。
50 kindly tpUzhQ     
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的鄰居都說她和藹可親、熱情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道陰影掠過老太太慈祥的面孔。
51 narrative CFmxS     
  • He was a writer of great narrative power.他是一位頗有記述能力的作家。
  • Neither author was very strong on narrative.兩個作者都不是很善于講故事。
52 rattling 7b0e25ab43c3cc912945aafbb80e7dfd     
adj. 格格作響的, 活潑的, 很好的 adv. 極其, 很, 非常 動詞rattle的現在分詞
  • This book is a rattling good read. 這是一本非常好的讀物。
  • At that same instant,a deafening explosion set the windows rattling. 正在這時,一聲震耳欲聾的爆炸突然襲來,把窗玻璃震得當當地響。
53 slit tE0yW     
  • The coat has been slit in two places.這件外衣有兩處裂開了。
  • He began to slit open each envelope.他開始裁開每個信封。
54 planks 534a8a63823ed0880db6e2c2bc03ee4a     
(厚)木板( plank的名詞復數 ); 政綱條目,政策要點
  • The house was built solidly of rough wooden planks. 這房子是用粗木板牢固地建造的。
  • We sawed the log into planks. 我們把木頭鋸成了木板。
55 huddled 39b87f9ca342d61fe478b5034beb4139     
  • We huddled together for warmth. 我們擠在一塊取暖。
  • We huddled together to keep warm. 我們擠在一起來保暖。
56 groom 0fHxW     
  • His father was a groom.他父親曾是個馬夫。
  • George was already being groomed for the top job.為承擔這份高級工作,喬治已在接受專門的培訓。
57 trespasser 1gezZu     
  • The worst they'd ever dealt with was an occasionally trespasser or small-time thief. 他們過去對付的充其量是一個偶爾闖入者或是小偷小摸者。
  • In such event the offending member or guest shall be trespasser. 在此情況下,違例的會員或嘉賓一概視作擅自進入論。
58 fangs d8ad5a608d5413636d95dfb00a6e7ac4     
n.(尤指狗和狼的)長而尖的牙( fang的名詞復數 );(蛇的)毒牙;罐座
  • The dog fleshed his fangs in the deer's leg. 狗用尖牙咬住了鹿腿。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
  • Dogs came lunging forward with their fangs bared. 狗齜牙咧嘴地撲過來。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
59 pretext 1Qsxi     
  • He used his headache as a pretext for not going to school.他借口頭疼而不去上學。
  • He didn't attend that meeting under the pretext of sickness.他以生病為借口,沒參加那個會議。
60 calf ecLye     
  • The cow slinked its calf.那頭母牛早產了一頭小牛犢。
  • The calf blared for its mother.牛犢哞哞地高聲叫喊找媽媽。
61 tawny tIBzi     
  • Her black hair springs in fine strands across her tawny,ruddy cheek.她的一頭烏發分披在健康紅潤的臉頰旁。
  • None of them noticed a large,tawny owl flutter past the window.他們誰也沒注意到一只大的、褐色的貓頭鷹飛過了窗戶。
62 tinted tinted     
adj. 帶色彩的 動詞tint的過去式和過去分詞
  • a pair of glasses with tinted lenses 一副有色鏡片眼鏡
  • a rose-tinted vision of the world 對世界的理想化看法
63 muzzle i11yN     
  • He placed the muzzle of the pistol between his teeth.他把手槍的槍口放在牙齒中間。
  • The President wanted to muzzle the press.總統企圖遏制新聞自由。
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