轻松背单词新浪微博 轻松背单词腾讯微博
当前位置:首页 -> 11级英语阅读 - > 英文小说:柳林风声(4)
添加时间:2024-01-26 11:01:48 浏览次数: 作者:未知
  • IV.


    THEY waited patiently for what seemed a very long time, stamping in the snow to keep their feet warm. At last they heard the sound of slow shuffling2 footsteps approaching the door from the inside. It seemed, as the Mole3 remarked to the Rat, like some one walking in carpet slippers4 that were too large for him and down at heel; which was intelligent of Mole, because that was exactly what it was.

    There was the noise of a bolt shot back, and the door opened a few inches, enough to show a long snout and a pair of sleepy blinking eyes.

    “Now, the very next time this happens,” said a gruff and suspicious voice, “I shall be exceedingly angry. Who is it this time, disturbing people on such a night? Speak up!”

    “Oh, Badger,” cried the Rat, “let us in, please. It’s me, Rat, and my friend Mole, and we’ve lost our way in the snow.”

    “What, Ratty, my dear little man!” exclaimed the Badger, in quite a different voice. “Come along in, both of you, at once. Why, you must be perished. Well I never! Lost in the snow! And in the Wild Wood, too, and at this time of night! But come in with you.”

    The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.

    The Badger, who wore a long dressing-gown, and whose slippers were indeed very down at heel, carried a flat candlestick in his paw and had probably been on his way to bed when their summons sounded. He looked kindly5 down on them and patted both their heads. “This is not the sort of night for small animals to be out,” he said paternally6. “I’m afraid you’ve been up to some of your pranks7 again, Ratty. But come along; come into the kitchen. There’s a first-rate fire there, and supper and everything.”

    He shuffled8 on in front of them, carrying the light, and they followed him, nudging each other in an anticipating sort of way, down a long, gloomy, and, to tell the truth, decidedly shabby passage, into a sort of a central hall; out of which they could dimly see other long tunnel-like passages branching, passages mysterious and without apparent end. But there were doors in the hall as well—stout9 oaken comfortable-looking doors. One of these the Badger flung open, and at once they found themselves in all the glow and warmth of a large fire-lit kitchen.

    The floor was well-worn red brick, and on the wide hearth10 burnt a fire of logs, between two attractive chimney-corners tucked away in the wall, well out of any suspicion of draught11. A couple of high-backed settles, facing each other on either side of the fire, gave further sitting accommodations for the sociably12 disposed. In the middle of the room stood a long table of plain boards placed on trestles, with benches down each side. At one end of it, where an arm-chair stood pushed back, were spread the remains13 of the Badger’s plain but ample supper. Rows of spotless plates winked14 from the shelves of the dresser at the far end of the room, and from the rafters overhead hung hams, bundles of dried herbs, nets of onions, and baskets of eggs. It seemed a place where heroes could fitly feast after victory, where weary harvesters could line up in scores along the table and keep their Harvest Home with mirth and song, or where two or three friends of simple tastes could sit about as they pleased and eat and smoke and talk in comfort and contentment. The ruddy brick floor smiled up at the smoky ceiling; the oaken settles, shiny with long wear, exchanged cheerful glances with each other; plates on the dresser grinned at pots on the shelf, and the merry firelight flickered15 and played over everything without distinction.

    The kindly Badger thrust them down on a settle to toast themselves at the fire, and bade them remove their wet coats and boots. Then he fetched them dressing-gowns and slippers, and himself bathed the Mole’s shin with warm water and mended the cut with sticking-plaster till the whole thing was just as good as new, if not better. In the embracing light and warmth, warm and dry at last, with weary legs propped16 up in front of them, and a suggestive clink of plates being arranged on the table behind, it seemed to the storm-driven animals, now in safe anchorage, that the cold and trackless Wild Wood just left outside was miles and miles away, and all that they had suffered in it a half-forgotten dream.

    When at last they were thoroughly17 toasted, the Badger summoned them to the table, where he had been busy laying a repast. They had felt pretty hungry before, but when they actually saw at last the supper that was spread for them, really it seemed only a question of what they should attack first where all was so attractive, and whether the other things would obligingly wait for them till they had time to give them attention. Conversation was impossible for a long time; and when it was slowly resumed, it was that regrettable sort of conversation that results from talking with your mouth full. The Badger did not mind that sort of thing at all, nor did he take any notice of elbows on the table, or everybody speaking at once. As he did not go into Society himself, he had got an idea that these things belonged to the things that didn’t really matter. (We know of course that he was wrong, and took too narrow a view; because they do matter very much, though it would take too long to explain why.) He sat in his arm-chair at the head of the table, and nodded gravely at intervals18 as the animals told their story; and he did not seem surprised or shocked at anything, and he never said, “I told you so,” or, “Just what I always said,” or remarked that they ought to have done so-and-so, or ought not to have done something else. The Mole began to feel very friendly towards him.

    When supper was really finished at last, and each animal felt that his skin was now as tight as was decently safe, and that by this time he didn’t care a hang for anybody or anything, they gathered round the glowing embers of the great wood fire, and thought how jolly it was to be sitting up so late, and so independent, and so full; and after they had chatted for a time about things in general, the Badger said heartily19, “Now then! tell us the news from your part of the world. How’s old Toad20 going on?”

    “Oh, from bad to worse,” said the Rat gravely, while the Mole, cocked up on a settle and basking21 in the firelight, his heels higher than his head, tried to look properly mournful. “Another smash-up only last week, and a bad one. You see, he will insist on driving himself, and he’s hopelessly incapable23. If he’d only employ a decent, steady, well-trained animal, pay him good wages, and leave everything to him, he’d get on all right. But no; he’s convinced he’s a heaven-born driver, and nobody can teach him anything; and all the rest follows.”

    “How many has he had?” inquired the Badger gloomily.

    “Smashes, or machines?” asked the Rat. “Oh, well, after all, it’s the same thing—with Toad. This is the seventh. As for the others—you know that coach-house of his? Well, it’s piled up—literally piled up to the roof—with fragments of motor-cars, none of them bigger than your hat! That accounts for the other six—so far as they can be accounted for.”

    “He’s been in hospital three times,” put in the Mole; “and as for the fines he’s had to pay, it’s simply awful to think of.”

    “Yes, and that’s part of the trouble,” continued the Rat. “Toad’s rich, we all know; but he’s not a millionaire. And he’s a hopelessly bad driver, and quite regardless of law and order. Killed or ruined—it’s got to be one of the two things, sooner or later. Badger! we’re his friends—oughtn’t we to do something?”

    The Badger went through a bit of hard thinking. “Now look here!” he said at last, rather severely24; “of course you know I can’t do anything now?”

    His two friends assented25, quite understanding his point. No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous27, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter. All are sleepy—some actually asleep. All are weather-bound, more or less; and all are resting from arduous28 days and nights, during which every muscle in them has been severely tested, and every energy kept at full stretch.

    “Very well then!” continued the Badger. “But, when once the year has really turned, and the nights are shorter, and halfway29 through them one rouses and feels fidgety and wanting to be up and doing by sunrise, if not before—you know!——”

    Both animals nodded gravely. They knew!

    “Well, then,” went on the Badger, “we—that is, you and me and our friend the Mole here—we’ll take Toad seriously in hand. We’ll stand no nonsense whatever. We’ll bring him back to reason, by force if need be. We’ll make him be a sensible Toad. We’ll—you’re asleep, Rat!”

    “Not me!” said the Rat, waking up with a jerk.

    “He’s been asleep two or three times since supper,” said the Mole, laughing. He himself was feeling quite wakeful and even lively, though he didn’t know why. The reason was, of course, that he being naturally an underground animal by birth and breeding, the situation of Badger’s house exactly suited him and made him feel at home; while the Rat, who slept every night in a bedroom the windows of which opened on a breezy river, naturally felt the atmosphere still and oppressive.

    “Well, it’s time we were all in bed,” said the Badger, getting up and fetching flat candlesticks. “Come along, you two, and I’ll show you your quarters. And take your time tomorrow morning—breakfast at any hour you please!”

    He conducted the two animals to a long room that seemed half bedchamber and half loft30. The Badger’s winter stores, which indeed were visible everywhere, took up half the room—piles of apples, turnips31, and potatoes, baskets full of nuts, and jars of honey; but the two little white beds on the remainder of the floor looked soft and inviting32, and the linen33 on them, though coarse, was clean and smelt34 beautifully of lavender; and the Mole and the Water Rat, shaking off their garments in some thirty seconds, tumbled in between the sheets in great joy and contentment.

    In accordance with the kindly Badger’s injunctions, the two tired animals came down to breakfast very late next morning, and found a bright fire burning in the kitchen, and two young hedgehogs sitting on a bench at the table, eating oatmeal porridge out of wooden bowls. The hedgehogs dropped their spoons, rose to their feet, and ducked their heads respectfully as the two entered.

    “There, sit down, sit down,” said the Rat pleasantly, “and go on with your porridge. Where have you youngsters come from? Lost your way in the snow, I suppose?”

    “Yes, please, sir,” said the elder of the two hedgehogs respectfully. “Me and little Billy here, we was trying to find our way to school—mother would have us go, was the weather ever so—and of course we lost ourselves, sir, and Billy he got frightened and took and cried, being young and faint-hearted. And at last we happened up against Mr. Badger’s back door, and made so bold as to knock, sir, for Mr. Badger he’s a kind-hearted gentleman, as everyone knows——”

    “I understand,” said the Rat, cutting himself some rashers from a side of bacon, while the Mole dropped some eggs into a saucepan. “And what’s the weather like outside? You needn’t ‘sir’ me quite so much?” he added.

    “O, terrible bad, sir, terrible deep the snow is,” said the hedgehog. “No getting out for the likes of you gentlemen to-day.”

    “Where’s Mr. Badger?” inquired the Mole, as he warmed the coffee-pot before the fire.

    “The master’s gone into his study, sir,” replied the hedgehog, “and he said as how he was going to be particular busy this morning, and on no account was he to be disturbed.”

    This explanation, of course, was thoroughly understood by every one present. The fact is, as already set forth35, when you live a life of intense activity for six months in the year, and of comparative or actual somnolence36 for the other six, during the latter period you cannot be continually pleading sleepiness when there are people about or things to be done. The excuse gets monotonous37. The animals well knew that Badger, having eaten a hearty38 breakfast, had retired39 to his study and settled himself in an arm-chair with his legs up on another and a red cotton handkerchief over his face, and was being “busy” in the usual way at this time of the year.

    The front-door bell clanged loudly, and the Rat, who was very greasy40 with buttered toast, sent Billy, the smaller hedgehog, to see who it might be. There was a sound of much stamping in the hall, and presently Billy returned in front of the Otter41, who threw himself on the Rat with an embrace and a shout of affectionate greeting.

    “Get off!” spluttered the Rat, with his mouth full.

    “Thought I should find you here all right,” said the Otter cheerfully. “They were all in a great state of alarm along River Bank when I arrived this morning. Rat never been home all night—nor Mole either—something dreadful must have happened, they said; and the snow had covered up all your tracks, of course. But I knew that when people were in any fix they mostly went to Badger, or else Badger got to know of it somehow, so I came straight off here, through the Wild Wood and the snow! My! it was fine, coming through the snow as the red sun was rising and showing against the black tree-trunks! As you went along in the stillness, every now and then masses of snow slid off the branches suddenly with a flop42! making you jump and run for cover. Snow-castles and snow-caverns had sprung up out of nowhere in the night—and snow bridges, terraces, ramparts—I could have stayed and played with them for hours. Here and there great branches had been torn away by the sheer weight of the snow, and robins43 perched and hopped44 on them in their perky conceited45 way, just as if they had done it themselves. A ragged46 string of wild geese passed overhead, high on the grey sky, and a few rooks whirled over the trees, inspected, and flapped off homewards with a disgusted expression; but I met no sensible being to ask the news of. About halfway across I came on a rabbit sitting on a stump47, cleaning his silly face with his paws. He was a pretty scared animal when I crept up behind him and placed a heavy forepaw on his shoulder. I had to cuff48 his head once or twice to get any sense out of it at all. At last I managed to extract from him that Mole had been seen in the Wild Wood last night by one of them. It was the talk of the burrows49, he said, how Mole, Mr. Rat’s particular friend, was in a bad fix; how he had lost his way, and ‘They’ were up and out hunting, and were chivvying him round and round. ‘Then why didn’t any of you do something?’ I asked. ‘You mayn’t be blest with brains, but there are hundreds and hundreds of you, big, stout fellows, as fat as butter, and your burrows running in all directions, and you could have taken him in and made him safe and comfortable, or tried to, at all events.’ ‘What, us?’ he merely said: ‘do something? us rabbits?’ So I cuffed51 him again and left him. There was nothing else to be done. At any rate, I had learnt something; and if I had had the luck to meet any of ‘Them’ I’d have learnt something more—or they would.”

    “Weren’t you at all—er—nervous?” asked the Mole, some of yesterday’s terror coming back to him at the mention of the Wild Wood.

    “Nervous?” The Otter showed a gleaming set of strong white teeth as he laughed. “I’d give ’em nerves if any of them tried anything on with me. Here, Mole, fry me some slices of ham, like the good little chap you are. I’m frightfully hungry, and I’ve got any amount to say to Ratty here. Haven’t seen him for an age.”

    So the good-natured Mole, having cut some slices of ham, set the hedgehogs to fry it, and returned to his own breakfast, while the Otter and the Rat, their heads together, eagerly talked river-shop, which is long shop and talk that is endless, running on like the babbling52 river itself.

    A plate of fried ham had just been cleared and sent back for more, when the Badger entered, yawning and rubbing his eyes, and greeted them all in his quiet, simple way, with kind enquiries for every one. “It must be getting on for luncheon53 time,” he remarked to the Otter. “Better stop and have it with us. You must be hungry, this cold morning.”

    “Rather!” replied the Otter, winking54 at the Mole. “The sight of these greedy young hedgehogs stuffing themselves with fried ham makes me feel positively55 famished56.”

    The hedgehogs, who were just beginning to feel hungry again after their porridge, and after working so hard at their frying, looked timidly up at Mr. Badger, but were too shy to say anything.

    “Here, you two youngsters be off home to your mother,” said the Badger kindly. “I’ll send some one with you to show you the way. You won’t want any dinner to-day, I’ll be bound.”

    He gave them sixpence apiece and a pat on the head, and they went off with much respectful swinging of caps and touching of forelocks.

    Presently they all sat down to luncheon together. The Mole found himself placed next to Mr. Badger, and, as the other two were still deep in river-gossip from which nothing could divert them, he took the opportunity to tell Badger how comfortable and home-like it all felt to him. “Once well underground,” he said, “you know exactly where you are. Nothing can happen to you, and nothing can get at you. You’re entirely57 your own master, and you don’t have to consult anybody or mind what they say. Things go on all the same overhead, and you let ’em, and don’t bother about ’em. When you want to, up you go, and there the things are, waiting for you.”

    The Badger simply beamed on him. “That’s exactly what I say,” he replied. “There’s no security, or peace and tranquillity58, except underground. And then, if your ideas get larger and you want to expand—why, a dig and a scrape, and there you are! If you feel your house is a bit too big, you stop up a hole or two, and there you are again! No builders, no tradesmen, no remarks passed on you by fellows looking over your wall, and, above all, no weather. Look at Rat, now. A couple of feet of flood water, and he’s got to move into hired lodgings59; uncomfortable, inconveniently60 situated61, and horribly expensive. Take Toad. I say nothing against Toad Hall; quite the best house in these parts, as a house. But supposing a fire breaks out—where’s Toad? Supposing tiles are blown off, or walls sink or crack, or windows get broken—where’s Toad? Supposing the rooms are draughty—I hate a draught myself—where’s Toad? No, up and out of doors is good enough to roam about and get one’s living in; but underground to come back to at last—that’s my idea of home!”

    The Mole assented heartily; and the Badger in consequence62 got very friendly with him. “When lunch is over,” he said, “I’ll take you all round this little place of mine. I can see you’ll appreciate it. You understand what domestic architecture ought to be, you do.”

    After luncheon, accordingly, when the other two had settled themselves into the chimney-corner and had started a heated argument on the subject of eels22, the Badger lighted a lantern and bade the Mole follow him. Crossing the hall, they passed down one of the principal tunnels, and the wavering light of the lantern gave glimpses on either side of rooms both large and small, some mere50 cupboards, others nearly as broad and imposing63 as Toad’s dining-hall. A narrow passage at right angles led them into another corridor, and here the same thing was repeated. The Mole was staggered at the size, the extent, the ramifications64 of it all; at the length of the dim passages, the solid vaultings of the crammed65 store-chambers66, the masonry67 everywhere, the pillars, the arches, the pavements. “How on earth, Badger,” he said at last, “did you ever find time and strength to do all this? It’s astonishing!”

    “It would be astonishing indeed,” said the Badger simply, “if I had done it. But as a matter of fact I did none of it—only cleaned out the passages and chambers, as far as I had need of them. There’s lots more of it, all round about. I see you don’t understand, and I must explain it to you. Well, very long ago, on the spot where the Wild Wood waves now, before ever it had planted itself and grown up to what it now is, there was a city—a city of people, you know. Here, where we are standing26, they lived, and walked, and talked, and slept, and carried on their business. Here they stabled their horses and feasted, from here they rode out to fight or drove out to trade. They were a powerful people, and rich, and great builders. They built to last, for they thought their city would last for ever.”

    “But what has become of them all?” asked the Mole.

    “Who can tell?” said the Badger. “People come—they stay for a while, they flourish, they build—and they go. It is their way. But we remain. There were badgers68 here, I’ve been told, long before that same city ever came to be. And now there are badgers here again. We are an enduring lot, and we may move out for a time, but we wait, and are patient, and back we come. And so it will ever be.”

    “Well, and when they went at last, those people?” said the Mole.

    “When they went,” continued the Badger, “the strong winds and persistent69 rains took the matter in hand, patiently, ceaselessly, year after year. Perhaps we badgers too, in our small way, helped a little—who knows? It was all down, down, down, gradually—ruin and levelling and disappearance70. Then it was all up, up, up, gradually, as seeds grew to saplings, and saplings to forest trees, and bramble and fern came creeping in to help. Leaf-mould rose and obliterated71, streams in their winter freshets brought sand and soil to clog72 and to cover, and in course of time our home was ready for us again, and we moved in. Up above us, on the surface, the same thing happened. Animals arrived, liked the look of the place, took up their quarters, settled down, spread, and flourished. They didn’t bother themselves about the past—they never do; they’re too busy. The place was a bit humpy and hillocky, naturally, and full of holes; but that was rather an advantage. And they don’t bother about the future, either—the future when perhaps the people will move in again—for a time—as may very well be. The Wild Wood is pretty well populated by now; with all the usual lot, good, bad, and indifferent—I name no names. It takes all sorts to make a world. But I fancy you know something about them yourself by this time.”

    “I do indeed,” said the Mole, with a slight shiver.

    “Well, well,” said the Badger, patting him on the shoulder, “it was your first experience of them, you see. They’re not so bad really; and we must all live and let live. But I’ll pass the word around to-morrow, and I think you’ll have no further trouble. Any friend of mine walks where he likes in this country, or I’ll know the reason why!”

    When they got back to the kitchen again, they found the Rat walking up and down, very restless. The underground atmosphere was oppressing him and getting on his nerves, and he seemed really to be afraid that the river would run away if he wasn’t there to look after it. So he had his overcoat on, and his pistols thrust into his belt again. “Come along, Mole,” he said anxiously, as soon as he caught sight of them. “We must get off while it’s daylight. Don’t want to spend another night in the Wild Wood again.”

    “It’ll be all right, my fine fellow,” said the Otter. “I’m coming along with you, and I know every path blindfold73; and if there’s a head that needs to be punched, you can confidently rely upon me to punch it.”

    “You really needn’t fret74, Ratty,” added the Badger placidly75. “My passages run further than you think, and I’ve bolt-holes to the edge of the wood in several directions, though I don’t care for everybody to know about them. When you really have to go, you shall leave by one of my short cuts. Meantime, make yourself easy, and sit down again.”

    The Rat was nevertheless still anxious to be off and attend to his river, so the Badger, taking up his lantern again, led the way along a damp and airless tunnel that wound and dipped, part vaulted76, part hewn through solid rock, for a weary distance that seemed to be miles. At last daylight began to show itself confusedly through tangled77 growth overhanging the mouth of the passage; and the Badger, bidding them a hasty good-bye, pushed them hurriedly through the opening, made everything look as natural as possible again, with creepers, brushwood, and dead leaves, and retreated.

    They found themselves standing on the very edge of the Wild Wood. Rocks and brambles and tree-roots behind them, confusedly heaped and tangled; in front, a great space of quiet fields, hemmed78 by lines of hedges black on the snow, and, far ahead, a glint of the familiar old river, while the wintry sun hung red and low on the horizon. The Otter, as knowing all the paths, took charge of the party, and they trailed out on a bee-line for a distant stile. Pausing there a moment and looking back, they saw the whole mass of the Wild Wood, dense79, menacing, compact, grimly set in vast white surroundings; simultaneously80 they turned and made swiftly for home, for firelight and the familiar things it played on, for the voice, sounding cheerily outside their window, of the river that they knew and trusted in all its moods, that never made them afraid with any amazement81.

    As he hurried along, eagerly anticipating the moment when he would be at home again among the things he knew and liked, the Mole saw clearly that he was an animal of tilled field and hedge-row, linked to the ploughed furrow82, the frequented pasture, the lane of evening lingerings, the cultivated garden-plot. For others the asperities83, the stubborn endurance, or the clash of actual conflict, that went with Nature in the rough; he must be wise, must keep to the pleasant places in which his lines were laid and which held adventure enough, in their way, to last for a lifetime.


    1 badger [ˈbædʒə(r)] PuNz6   第9级
    • Now that our debts are squared. Don't badger me with them any more. 我们的债务两清了。从此以后不要再纠缠我了。
    • If you badger him long enough, I'm sure he'll agree. 只要你天天纠缠他,我相信他会同意。
    2 shuffling ['ʃʌflɪŋ] 03b785186d0322e5a1a31c105fc534ee   第8级
    adj. 慢慢移动的, 滑移的 动词shuffle的现在分词形式
    • Don't go shuffling along as if you were dead. 别像个死人似地拖着脚走。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
    • Some one was shuffling by on the sidewalk. 外面的人行道上有人拖着脚走过。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
    3 mole [məʊl] 26Nzn   第10级
    • She had a tiny mole on her cheek. 她的面颊上有一颗小黑痣。
    • The young girl felt very self-conscious about the large mole on her chin. 那位年轻姑娘对自己下巴上的一颗大痣感到很不自在。
    4 slippers ['slɪpəz] oiPzHV   第7级
    n. 拖鞋
    • a pair of slippers 一双拖鞋
    • He kicked his slippers off and dropped on to the bed. 他踢掉了拖鞋,倒在床上。
    5 kindly [ˈkaɪndli] tpUzhQ   第8级
    • 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。
    6 paternally [pə'tɜ:nlɪ] 9b6278ea049750a0e83996101d7befef   第11级
    • He behaves very paternally toward his young bride. 他像父亲一样对待自己年轻的新娘。 来自互联网
    • The resulting fetuses consisted of either mostly paternally or mostly maternally expressed genes. 这样产生的胎儿要么主要是父方的基因表达,要么主要是母方的基因表达。 来自互联网
    7 pranks [præŋks] cba7670310bdd53033e32d6c01506817   第12级
    n.玩笑,恶作剧( prank的名词复数 )
    • Frank's errancy consisted mostly of pranks. 法兰克错在老喜欢恶作剧。 来自辞典例句
    • He always leads in pranks and capers. 他老是带头胡闹和开玩笑。 来自辞典例句
    8 shuffled [ˈʃʌfəld] cee46c30b0d1f2d0c136c830230fe75a   第8级
    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
    • 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》
    9 stout [staʊt] PGuzF   第8级
    • He cut a stout stick to help him walk. 他砍了一根结实的枝条用来拄着走路。
    • The stout old man waddled across the road. 那肥胖的老人一跩一跩地穿过马路。
    10 hearth [hɑ:θ] n5by9   第9级
    • She came and sat in a chair before the hearth. 她走过来,在炉子前面的椅子上坐下。
    • She comes to the hearth, and switches on the electric light there. 她走到壁炉那里,打开电灯。
    11 draught [drɑ:ft] 7uyzIH   第10级
    • He emptied his glass at one draught. 他将杯中物一饮而尽。
    • It's a pity the room has no north window and you don't get a draught. 可惜这房间没北窗,没有过堂风。
    12 sociably ['səuʃəbli] Lwhwu   第8级
    • Hall very sociably pulled up. 霍尔和气地勒住僵绳。
    • Sociably, the new neighbors invited everyone on the block for coffee. 那个喜好交际的新邻居邀请街区的每个人去喝咖啡。
    13 remains [rɪˈmeɪnz] 1kMzTy   第7级
    • He ate the remains of food hungrily. 他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
    • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog. 残羹剩饭喂狗了。
    14 winked [wiŋkt] af6ada503978fa80fce7e5d109333278   第7级
    v.使眼色( wink的过去式和过去分词 );递眼色(表示友好或高兴等);(指光)闪烁;闪亮
    • He winked at her and she knew he was thinking the same thing that she was. 他冲她眨了眨眼,她便知道他的想法和她一样。
    • He winked his eyes at her and left the classroom. 他向她眨巴一下眼睛走出了教室。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    15 flickered [ˈflikəd] 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82   第9级
    (通常指灯光)闪烁,摇曳( flicker的过去式和过去分词 )
    • The lights flickered and went out. 灯光闪了闪就熄了。
    • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 这些灯象发狂的交通灯一样不停地闪动着。
    16 propped [prɔpt] 557c00b5b2517b407d1d2ef6ba321b0e   第7级
    支撑,支持,维持( prop的过去式和过去分词 )
    • He sat propped up in the bed by pillows. 他靠着枕头坐在床上。
    • This fence should be propped up. 这栅栏该用东西支一支。
    17 thoroughly [ˈθʌrəli] sgmz0J   第8级
    • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting. 一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
    • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons. 士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
    18 intervals ['ɪntevl] f46c9d8b430e8c86dea610ec56b7cbef   第7级
    n.[军事]间隔( interval的名词复数 );间隔时间;[数学]区间;(戏剧、电影或音乐会的)幕间休息
    • The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. 预报间晴,有阵雨。
    • Meetings take place at fortnightly intervals. 每两周开一次会。
    19 heartily [ˈhɑ:tɪli] Ld3xp   第8级
    • He ate heartily and went out to look for his horse. 他痛快地吃了一顿,就出去找他的马。
    • The host seized my hand and shook it heartily. 主人抓住我的手,热情地和我握手。
    20 toad [təʊd] oJezr   第8级
    • Both the toad and frog are amphibian. 蟾蜍和青蛙都是两栖动物。
    • Many kinds of toad hibernate in winter. 许多种蟾蜍在冬天都会冬眠。
    21 basking [bæskɪŋ] 7596d7e95e17619cf6e8285dc844d8be   第9级
    v.晒太阳,取暖( bask的现在分词 );对…感到乐趣;因他人的功绩而出名;仰仗…的余泽
    • We sat basking in the warm sunshine. 我们坐着享受温暖的阳光。
    • A colony of seals lay basking in the sun. 一群海豹躺着晒太阳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    22 eels [i:lz] eels   第9级
    abbr. 电子发射器定位系统(=electronic emitter location system)
    • Eels have been on the feed in the Lower Thames. 鳗鱼在泰晤士河下游寻食。
    • She bought some eels for dinner. 她买回一些鳗鱼做晚餐。
    23 incapable [ɪnˈkeɪpəbl] w9ZxK   第8级
    • He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed. 他不会做出这么残忍的事。
    • Computers are incapable of creative thought. 计算机不会创造性地思维。
    24 severely [sə'vɪrlɪ] SiCzmk   第7级
    • He was severely criticized and removed from his post. 他受到了严厉的批评并且被撤了职。
    • He is severely put down for his careless work. 他因工作上的粗心大意而受到了严厉的批评。
    25 assented [əˈsentid] 4cee1313bb256a1f69bcc83867e78727   第9级
    同意,赞成( assent的过去式和过去分词 )
    • The judge assented to allow the prisoner to speak. 法官同意允许犯人申辩。
    • "No," assented Tom, "they don't kill the women -- they're too noble. “对,”汤姆表示赞同地说,“他们不杀女人——真伟大!
    26 standing [ˈstændɪŋ] 2hCzgo   第8级
    • 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 strenuous [ˈstrenjuəs] 8GvzN   第7级
    • He made strenuous efforts to improve his reading. 他奋发努力提高阅读能力。
    • You may run yourself down in this strenuous week. 你可能会在这紧张的一周透支掉自己。
    28 arduous [ˈɑ:djuəs] 5vxzd   第9级
    • We must have patience in doing arduous work. 我们做艰苦的工作要有耐性。
    • The task was more arduous than he had calculated. 这项任务比他所估计的要艰巨得多。
    29 halfway [ˌhɑ:fˈweɪ] Xrvzdq   第8级
    • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark. 走到半路,天就黑了。
    • In study the worst danger is give up halfway. 在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
    30 loft [lɒft] VkhyQ   第10级
    • We could see up into the loft from bottom of the stairs. 我们能从楼梯脚边望到阁楼的内部。
    • By converting the loft, they were able to have two extra bedrooms. 把阁楼改造一下,他们就可以多出两间卧室。
    31 turnips [ˈtɜ:nɪps] 0a5b5892a51b9bd77b247285ad0b3f77   第8级
    芜青( turnip的名词复数 ); 芜菁块根; 芜菁甘蓝块根; 怀表
    • Well, I like turnips, tomatoes, eggplants, cauliflowers, onions and carrots. 噢,我喜欢大萝卜、西红柿、茄子、菜花、洋葱和胡萝卜。 来自魔法英语-口语突破(高中)
    • This is turnip soup, made from real turnips. 这是大头菜汤,用真正的大头菜做的。
    32 inviting [ɪnˈvaɪtɪŋ] CqIzNp   第8级
    • An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room. 一股诱人的咖啡香味飘进了房间。
    • The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and blessedly familiar. 这间厨房的味道温暖诱人,使人感到亲切温馨。
    33 linen [ˈlɪnɪn] W3LyK   第7级
    • 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。
    34 smelt [smelt] tiuzKF   第12级
    vt. 熔炼,冶炼;精炼 n. 香鱼;胡瓜鱼 vi. 熔炼,精炼
    • Tin is a comparatively easy metal to smelt. 锡是比较容易熔化的金属。
    • Darby was looking for a way to improve iron when he hit upon the idea of smelting it with coke instead of charcoal. 达比一直在寻找改善铁质的方法,他猛然想到可以不用木炭熔炼, 而改用焦炭。
    35 forth [fɔ:θ] Hzdz2   第7级
    • 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。
    36 somnolence ['sɒmnələns] awkwA   第12级
    • At length he managed to get him into a condition of somnolence. 他终于促使他进入昏昏欲睡的状态。 来自辞典例句
    • A lazy somnolence descended on the crowd. 一阵沉沉欲睡的懒意降落在人群里面。 来自辞典例句
    37 monotonous [məˈnɒtənəs] FwQyJ   第8级
    • She thought life in the small town was monotonous. 她觉得小镇上的生活单调而乏味。
    • His articles are fixed in form and monotonous in content. 他的文章千篇一律,一个调调儿。
    38 hearty [ˈhɑ:ti] Od1zn   第7级
    • After work they made a hearty meal in the worker's canteen. 工作完了,他们在工人食堂饱餐了一顿。
    • We accorded him a hearty welcome. 我们给他热忱的欢迎。
    39 retired [rɪˈtaɪəd] Njhzyv   第8级
    • The old man retired to the country for rest. 这位老人下乡休息去了。
    • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby. 许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
    40 greasy [ˈgri:si] a64yV   第11级
    adj. 多脂的,油脂的
    • He bought a heavy-duty cleanser to clean his greasy oven. 昨天他买了强力清洁剂来清洗油污的炉子。
    • You loathe the smell of greasy food when you are seasick. 当你晕船时,你会厌恶油腻的气味。
    41 otter [ˈɒtə(r)] 7vgyH   第11级
    • The economists say the competition drove otter to the brink of extinction. 经济学家们说,竞争把海獭推到了灭绝的边缘。
    • She collared my black wool coat with otter pelts. 她把我的黑呢上衣镶上了水獭领。
    42 flop [flɒp] sjsx2   第11级
    • The fish gave a flop and landed back in the water. 鱼扑通一声又跳回水里。
    • The marketing campaign was a flop. The product didn't sell. 市场宣传彻底失败,产品卖不出去。
    43 robins [ˈrəubinz, ˈrɔbinz] 130dcdad98696481aaaba420517c6e3e   第10级
    n.知更鸟,鸫( robin的名词复数 );(签名者不分先后,以避免受责的)圆形签名抗议书(或请愿书)
    • The robins occupied their former nest. 那些知更鸟占了它们的老窝。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    • Benjamin Robins then entered the fray with articles and a book. 而后,Benjamin Robins以他的几篇专论和一本书参加争论。 来自辞典例句
    44 hopped [hɔpt] 91b136feb9c3ae690a1c2672986faa1c   第7级
    跳上[下]( hop的过去式和过去分词 ); 单足蹦跳; 齐足(或双足)跳行; 摘葎草花
    • He hopped onto a car and wanted to drive to town. 他跳上汽车想开向市区。
    • He hopped into a car and drove to town. 他跳进汽车,向市区开去。
    45 conceited [kənˈsi:tɪd] Cv0zxi   第8级
    • He could not bear that they should be so conceited. 他们这样自高自大他受不了。
    • I'm not as conceited as so many people seem to think. 我不像很多人认为的那么自负。
    46 ragged [ˈrægɪd] KC0y8   第7级
    • A ragged shout went up from the small crowd. 这一小群人发出了刺耳的喊叫。
    • Ragged clothing infers poverty. 破衣烂衫意味着贫穷。
    47 stump [stʌmp] hGbzY   第8级
    • He went on the stump in his home state. 他到故乡所在的州去发表演说。
    • He used the stump as a table. 他把树桩用作桌子。
    48 cuff [kʌf] 4YUzL   第9级
    • 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?
    49 burrows [ˈbʌrəuz] 6f0e89270b16e255aa86501b6ccbc5f3   第9级
    n.地洞( burrow的名词复数 )v.挖掘(洞穴),挖洞( burrow的第三人称单数 );翻寻
    • The intertidal beach unit contains some organism burrows. 潮间海滩单元含有一些生物潜穴。 来自辞典例句
    • A mole burrows its way through the ground. 鼹鼠会在地下钻洞前进。 来自辞典例句
    50 mere [mɪə(r)] rC1xE   第7级
    • That is a mere repetition of what you said before. 那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
    • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer. 再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
    51 cuffed [kʌft] e0f189a3fd45ff67f7435e1c3961c957   第9级
    v.掌打,拳打( cuff的过去式和过去分词 )
    • She cuffed the boy on the side of the head. 她向这男孩的头上轻轻打了一巴掌。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • Mother cuffed the dog when she found it asleep on a chair. 妈妈发现狗睡在椅子上就用手把狗打跑了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
    52 babbling ['bæblɪŋ] babbling   第9级
    n.胡说,婴儿发出的咿哑声adj.胡说的v.喋喋不休( babble的现在分词 );作潺潺声(如流水);含糊不清地说话;泄漏秘密
    • I could hear the sound of a babbling brook. 我听得见小溪潺潺的流水声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • Infamy was babbling around her in the public market-place. 在公共市场上,她周围泛滥着对她丑行的种种议论。 来自英汉文学 - 红字
    53 luncheon [ˈlʌntʃən] V8az4   第8级
    • We have luncheon at twelve o'clock. 我们十二点钟用午餐。
    • I have a luncheon engagement. 我午饭有约。
    54 winking ['wɪŋkɪŋ] b599b2f7a74d5974507152324c7b8979   第7级
    n.瞬眼,目语v.使眼色( wink的现在分词 );递眼色(表示友好或高兴等);(指光)闪烁;闪亮
    • Anyone can do it; it's as easy as winking. 这谁都办得到,简直易如反掌。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    • The stars were winking in the clear sky. 星星在明亮的天空中闪烁。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    55 positively [ˈpɒzətɪvli] vPTxw   第7级
    • She was positively glowing with happiness. 她满脸幸福。
    • The weather was positively poisonous. 这天气着实讨厌。
    56 famished [ˈfæmɪʃt] 0laxB   第11级
    • When's lunch? I'm famished! 什么时候吃午饭?我饿得要死了!
    • My feet are now killing me and I'm absolutely famished. 我的脚现在筋疲力尽,我绝对是极饿了。
    57 entirely [ɪnˈtaɪəli] entirely   第9级
    • 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。
    58 tranquillity [træŋ'kwɪlətɪ] 93810b1103b798d7e55e2b944bcb2f2b   第7级
    n. 平静, 安静
    • The phenomenon was so striking and disturbing that his philosophical tranquillity vanished. 这个令人惶惑不安的现象,扰乱了他的旷达宁静的心境。
    • My value for domestic tranquillity should much exceed theirs. 我应该远比他们重视家庭的平静生活。
    59 lodgings ['lɒdʒɪŋz] f12f6c99e9a4f01e5e08b1197f095e6e   第9级
    n. 出租的房舍, 寄宿舍
    • When he reached his lodgings the sun had set. 他到达公寓房间时,太阳已下山了。
    • I'm on the hunt for lodgings. 我正在寻找住所。
    60 inconveniently [ˌinkən'vi:njəntli] lqdz8n   第8级
    • Hardware encrypting resists decryption intensely, but it use inconveniently for user. 硬件加密方法有较强的抗解密性,但用户使用不方便。
    • Even implementing the interest-deferral scheme for homeowners has proved inconveniently tricky. 甚至是对房主实行的推迟利息的方案,结果证明也是极不方便的。
    61 situated [ˈsɪtʃueɪtɪd] JiYzBH   第8级
    • The village is situated at the margin of a forest. 村子位于森林的边缘。
    • She is awkwardly situated. 她的处境困难。
    62 consequence [ˈkɒnsɪkwəns] Jajyr   第8级
    • The consequence was that he caught a bad cold. 结果是他得了重感冒。
    • In consequence he lost his place. 结果,他失去了他的位置。
    63 imposing [ɪmˈpəʊzɪŋ] 8q9zcB   第8级
    • The fortress is an imposing building. 这座城堡是一座宏伟的建筑。
    • He has lost his imposing appearance. 他已失去堂堂仪表。
    64 ramifications [ˌræməfɪˈkeɪʃənz] 45f4d7d5a0d59c5d453474d22bf296ae   第11级
    n.结果,后果( ramification的名词复数 )
    • These changes are bound to have widespread social ramifications. 这些变化注定会造成许多难以预料的社会后果。
    • What are the ramifications of our decision to join the union? 我们决定加入工会会引起哪些后果呢? 来自《简明英汉词典》
    65 crammed [kræmd] e1bc42dc0400ef06f7a53f27695395ce   第8级
    adj.塞满的,挤满的;大口地吃;快速贪婪地吃v.把…塞满;填入;临时抱佛脚( cram的过去式)
    • He crammed eight people into his car. 他往他的车里硬塞进八个人。
    • All the shelves were crammed with books. 所有的架子上都堆满了书。
    66 chambers [ˈtʃeimbəz] c053984cd45eab1984d2c4776373c4fe   第7级
    n.房间( chamber的名词复数 );(议会的)议院;卧室;会议厅
    • The body will be removed into one of the cold storage chambers. 尸体将被移到一个冷冻间里。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • Mr Chambers's readable book concentrates on the middle passage: the time Ransome spent in Russia. Chambers先生的这本值得一看的书重点在中间:Ransome在俄国的那几年。 来自互联网
    67 masonry [ˈmeɪsənri] y21yI   第11级
    • Masonry is a careful skill. 砖石工艺是一种精心的技艺。
    • The masonry of the old building began to crumble. 旧楼房的砖石结构开始崩落。
    68 badgers [ˈbædʒəz] d3dd4319dcd9ca0ba17c339a1b422326   第9级
    n.獾( badger的名词复数 );獾皮;(大写)獾州人(美国威斯康星州人的别称);毛鼻袋熊
    • Badgers had undermined the foundations of the church. 獾在这座教堂的地基处打了洞。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • And rams ' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood. 5染红的公羊皮,海狗皮,皂荚木。 来自互联网
    69 persistent [pəˈsɪstənt] BSUzg   第7级
    • Albert had a persistent headache that lasted for three days. 艾伯特连续头痛了三天。
    • She felt embarrassed by his persistent attentions. 他不时地向她大献殷勤,使她很难为情。
    70 disappearance [ˌdɪsə'pɪərəns] ouEx5   第8级
    • He was hard put to it to explain her disappearance. 他难以说明她为什么不见了。
    • Her disappearance gave rise to the wildest rumours. 她失踪一事引起了各种流言蜚语。
    71 obliterated [ə'blɪtəreɪtɪd] 5b21c854b61847047948152f774a0c94   第8级
    v.除去( obliterate的过去式和过去分词 );涂去;擦掉;彻底破坏或毁灭
    • The building was completely obliterated by the bomb. 炸弹把那座建筑物彻底摧毁了。
    • 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。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    72 clog [klɒg] 6qzz8   第9级
    • In cotton and wool processing, short length fibers may clog sewers. 在棉毛生产中,短纤维可能堵塞下水管道。
    • These streets often clog during the rush hour. 这几条大街在交通高峰时间常常发生交通堵塞。
    73 blindfold [ˈblaɪndfəʊld] blindfold   第7级
    vt.蒙住…的眼睛;adj.盲目的;adv.盲目地;n.蒙眼的绷带[布等]; 障眼物,蒙蔽人的事物
    • They put a blindfold on a horse. 他们给马蒙上遮眼布。
    • I can do it blindfold. 我闭着眼睛都能做。
    74 fret [fret] wftzl   第9级
    • Don't fret. We'll get there on time. 别着急,我们能准时到那里。
    • She'll fret herself to death one of these days. 她总有一天会愁死的.
    75 placidly ['plæsɪdlɪ] c0c28951cb36e0d70b9b64b1d177906e   第9级
    • Hurstwood stood placidly by, while the car rolled back into the yard. 当车子开回场地时,赫斯渥沉着地站在一边。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
    • The water chestnut floated placidly there, where it would grow. 那棵菱角就又安安稳稳浮在水面上生长去了。 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
    76 vaulted ['vɔ:ltid] MfjzTA   第8级
    • She vaulted over the gate and ran up the path. 她用手一撑跃过栅栏门沿着小路跑去。
    • The formal living room has a fireplace and vaulted ceilings. 正式的客厅有一个壁炉和拱形天花板。
    77 tangled ['tæŋɡld] e487ee1bc1477d6c2828d91e94c01c6e   第7级
    adj. 纠缠的,紊乱的 动词tangle的过去式和过去分词
    • Your hair's so tangled that I can't comb it. 你的头发太乱了,我梳不动。
    • A movement caught his eye in the tangled undergrowth. 乱灌木丛里的晃动引起了他的注意。
    78 hemmed [hemd] 16d335eff409da16d63987f05fc78f5a   第10级
    缝…的褶边( hem的过去式和过去分词 ); 包围
    • He hemmed and hawed but wouldn't say anything definite. 他总是哼儿哈儿的,就是不说句痛快话。
    • The soldiers were hemmed in on all sides. 士兵们被四面包围了。
    79 dense [dens] aONzX   第7级
    • The general ambushed his troops in the dense woods. 将军把部队埋伏在浓密的树林里。
    • The path was completely covered by the dense foliage. 小路被树叶厚厚地盖了一层。
    80 simultaneously [ˌsɪməl'teɪnɪəslɪ] 4iBz1o   第8级
    • The radar beam can track a number of targets almost simultaneously. 雷达波几乎可以同时追着多个目标。
    • The Windows allow a computer user to execute multiple programs simultaneously. Windows允许计算机用户同时运行多个程序。
    81 amazement [əˈmeɪzmənt] 7zlzBK   第8级
    • All those around him looked at him with amazement. 周围的人都对他投射出惊异的眼光。
    • He looked at me in blank amazement. 他带着迷茫惊诧的神情望着我。
    82 furrow [ˈfʌrəʊ] X6dyf   第9级
    • The tractor has make deep furrow in the loose sand. 拖拉机在松软的沙土上留下了深深的车辙。
    • Mei did not weep. She only bit her lips, and the furrow in her brow deepened. 梅没有哭泣,只是咬了咬嘴唇皮,额上的皱纹显得更深了。
    83 asperities [æs'perɪtɪz] 54fc57f00c3a797afb2287c2917a29d3   第10级
    n.粗暴( asperity的名词复数 );(表面的)粗糙;(环境的)艰苦;严寒的天气
    • Agglomerates of delusterant particles located near the surface of sythetic fibers cause asperities. 消光剂颗粒集结在合成纤维表面附近,导致表面粗糙。 来自辞典例句
    • If the gouge layer is thin, contact between asperities on the rock surfaces can occur. 如果充填物层很薄,两个岩石表面上的凸起物就有可能互相接触。 来自辞典例句

    文章评论 共有评论 0查看全部