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  • “And thus thy fall hath left a kind of blot1,

    To mark the full-fraught man and best indued

    With some suspicion.”

    —Henry V.

    The next day Lydgate had to go to Brassing, and told Rosamond that he should be away until the evening. Of late she had never gone beyond her own house and garden, except to church, and once to see her papa, to whom she said, “If Tertius goes away, you will help us to move, will you not, papa? I suppose we shall have very little money. I am sure I hope some one will help us.” And Mr. Vincy had said, “Yes, child, I don’t mind a hundred or two. I can see the end of that.” With these exceptions she had sat at home in languid melancholy2 and suspense3, fixing her mind on Will Ladislaw’s coming as the one point of hope and interest, and associating this with some new urgency on Lydgate to make immediate4 arrangements for leaving Middlemarch and going to London, till she felt assured that the coming would be a potent5 cause of the going, without at all seeing how. This way of establishing sequences is too common to be fairly regarded as a peculiar6 folly7 in Rosamond. And it is precisely8 this sort of sequence which causes the greatest shock when it is sundered9: for to see how an effect may be produced is often to see possible missings and checks; but to see nothing except the desirable cause, and close upon it the desirable effect, rids us of doubt and makes our minds strongly intuitive. That was the process going on in poor Rosamond, while she arranged all objects around her with the same nicety as ever, only with more slowness—or sat down to the piano, meaning to play, and then desisting, yet lingering on the music stool with her white fingers suspended on the wooden front, and looking before her in dreamy ennui10. Her melancholy had become so marked that Lydgate felt a strange timidity before it, as a perpetual silent reproach, and the strong man, mastered by his keen sensibilities towards this fair fragile creature whose life he seemed somehow to have bruised11, shrank from her look, and sometimes started at her approach, fear of her and fear for her rushing in only the more forcibly after it had been momentarily expelled by exasperation12.

    But this morning Rosamond descended13 from her room upstairs—where she sometimes sat the whole day when Lydgate was out—equipped for a walk in the town. She had a letter to post—a letter addressed to Mr. Ladislaw and written with charming discretion14, but intended to hasten his arrival by a hint15 of trouble. The servant-maid, their sole house-servant now, noticed her coming down-stairs in her walking dress, and thought “there never did anybody look so pretty in a bonnet16 poor thing.”

    Meanwhile Dorothea’s mind was filled with her project of going to Rosamond, and with the many thoughts, both of the past and the probable future, which gathered round the idea of that visit. Until yesterday when Lydgate had opened to her a glimpse of some trouble in his married life, the image of Mrs. Lydgate had always been associated for her with that of Will Ladislaw. Even in her most uneasy moments—even when she had been agitated17 by Mrs. Cadwallader’s painfully graphic18 report of gossip—her effort, nay19, her strongest impulsive20 prompting, had been towards the vindication21 of Will from any sullying surmises22; and when, in her meeting with him afterwards, she had at first interpreted his words as a probable allusion23 to a feeling towards Mrs. Lydgate which he was determined24 to cut himself off from indulging, she had had a quick, sad, excusing vision of the charm there might be in his constant opportunities of companionship with that fair creature, who most likely shared his other tastes as she evidently did his delight in music. But there had followed his parting words—the few passionate25 words in which he had implied that she herself was the object of whom his love held him in dread26, that it was his love for her only which he was resolved not to declare but to carry away into banishment27. From the time of that parting, Dorothea, believing in Will’s love for her, believing with a proud delight in his delicate sense of honor and his determination that no one should impeach28 him justly, felt her heart quite at rest as to the regard he might have for Mrs. Lydgate. She was sure that the regard was blameless.

    There are natures in which, if they love us, we are conscious of having a sort of baptism and consecration29: they bind30 us over to rectitude and purity by their pure belief about us; and our sins become that worst kind of sacrilege which tears down the invisible altar of trust. “If you are not good, none is good”—those little words may give a terrific meaning to responsibility, may hold a vitriolic31 intensity32 for remorse33.

    Dorothea’s nature was of that kind: her own passionate faults lay along the easily counted open channels of her ardent34 character; and while she was full of pity for the visible mistakes of others, she had not yet any material within her experience for subtle constructions and suspicions of hidden wrong. But that simplicity35 of hers, holding up an ideal for others in her believing conception of them, was one of the great powers of her womanhood. And it had from the first acted strongly on Will Ladislaw. He felt, when he parted from her, that the brief words by which he had tried to convey to her his feeling about herself and the division which her fortune made between them, would only profit by their brevity when Dorothea had to interpret them: he felt that in her mind he had found his highest estimate.

    And he was right there. In the months since their parting Dorothea had felt a delicious though sad repose36 in their relation to each other, as one which was inwardly whole and without blemish37. She had an active force of antagonism38 within her, when the antagonism turned on the defence either of plans or persons that she believed in; and the wrongs which she felt that Will had received from her husband, and the external conditions which to others were grounds for slighting him, only gave the more tenacity39 to her affection and admiring judgment40. And now with the disclosures about Bulstrode had come another fact affecting Will’s social position, which roused afresh Dorothea’s inward resistance to what was said about him in that part of her world which lay within park palings.

    “Young Ladislaw the grandson of a thieving Jew pawnbroker41” was a phrase which had entered emphatically into the dialogues about the Bulstrode business, at Lowick, Tipton, and Freshitt, and was a worse kind of placard on poor Will’s back than the “Italian with white mice.” Upright Sir James Chettam was convinced that his own satisfaction was righteous when he thought with some complacency that here was an added league to that mountainous distance between Ladislaw and Dorothea, which enabled him to dismiss any anxiety in that direction as too absurd. And perhaps there had been some pleasure in pointing Mr. Brooke’s attention to this ugly bit of Ladislaw’s genealogy42, as a fresh candle for him to see his own folly by. Dorothea had observed the animus43 with which Will’s part in the painful story had been recalled more than once; but she had uttered no word, being checked now, as she had not been formerly44 in speaking of Will, by the consciousness of a deeper relation between them which must always remain in consecrated45 secrecy46. But her silence shrouded47 her resistant48 emotion into a more thorough glow; and this misfortune in Will’s lot which, it seemed, others were wishing to fling at his back as an opprobrium49, only gave something more of enthusiasm to her clinging thought.

    She entertained no visions of their ever coming into nearer union, and yet she had taken no posture50 of renunciation. She had accepted her whole relation to Will very simply as part of her marriage sorrows, and would have thought it very sinful in her to keep up an inward wail51 because she was not completely happy, being rather disposed to dwell on the superfluities of her lot. She could bear that the chief pleasures of her tenderness should lie in memory, and the idea of marriage came to her solely52 as a repulsive53 proposition from some suitor of whom she at present knew nothing, but whose merits, as seen by her friends, would be a source of torment54 to her:—“somebody who will manage your property for you, my dear,” was Mr. Brooke’s attractive suggestion of suitable characteristics. “I should like to manage it myself, if I knew what to do with it,” said Dorothea. No—she adhered to her declaration that she would never be married again, and in the long valley of her life which looked so flat and empty of waymarks, guidance would come as she walked along the road, and saw her fellow-passengers by the way.

    This habitual55 state of feeling about Will Ladislaw had been strong in all her waking hours since she had proposed to pay a visit to Mrs. Lydgate, making a sort of background against which she saw Rosamond’s figure presented to her without hindrances56 to her interest and compassion57. There was evidently some mental separation, some barrier to complete confidence which had arisen between this wife and the husband who had yet made her happiness a law to him. That was a trouble which no third person must directly touch. But Dorothea thought with deep pity of the loneliness which must have come upon Rosamond from the suspicions cast on her husband; and there would surely be help in the manifestation58 of respect for Lydgate and sympathy with her.

    “I shall talk to her about her husband,” thought Dorothea, as she was being driven towards the town. The clear spring morning, the scent59 of the moist earth, the fresh leaves just showing their creased-up wealth of greenery from out their half-opened sheaths, seemed part of the cheerfulness she was feeling from a long conversation with Mr. Farebrother, who had joyfully60 accepted the justifying61 explanation of Lydgate’s conduct. “I shall take Mrs. Lydgate good news, and perhaps she will like to talk to me and make a friend of me.”

    Dorothea had another errand in Lowick Gate: it was about a new fine-toned bell for the school-house, and as she had to get out of her carriage very near to Lydgate’s, she walked thither62 across the street, having told the coachman to wait for some packages. The street door was open, and the servant was taking the opportunity of looking out at the carriage which was pausing within sight when it became apparent to her that the lady who “belonged to it” was coming towards her.

    “Is Mrs. Lydgate at home?” said Dorothea.

    “I’m not sure, my lady; I’ll see, if you’ll please to walk in,” said Martha, a little confused on the score of her kitchen apron63, but collected enough to be sure that “mum” was not the right title for this queenly young widow with a carriage and pair. “Will you please to walk in, and I’ll go and see.”

    “Say that I am Mrs. Casaubon,” said Dorothea, as Martha moved forward intending to show her into the drawing-room and then to go up-stairs to see if Rosamond had returned from her walk.

    They crossed the broader part of the entrance-hall, and turned up the passage which led to the garden. The drawing-room door was unlatched, and Martha, pushing it without looking into the room, waited for Mrs. Casaubon to enter and then turned away, the door having swung open and swung back again without noise.

    Dorothea had less of outward vision than usual this morning, being filled with images of things as they had been and were going to be. She found herself on the other side of the door without seeing anything remarkable64, but immediately she heard a voice speaking in low tones which startled her as with a sense of dreaming in daylight, and advancing unconsciously a step or two beyond the projecting slab65 of a bookcase, she saw, in the terrible illumination of a certainty which filled up all outlines, something which made her pause, motionless, without self-possession enough to speak.

    Seated with his back towards her on a sofa which stood against the wall on a line with the door by which she had entered, she saw Will Ladislaw: close by him and turned towards him with a flushed tearfulness which gave a new brilliancy to her face sat Rosamond, her bonnet hanging back, while Will leaning towards her clasped both her upraised hands in his and spoke66 with low-toned fervor67.

    Rosamond in her agitated absorption had not noticed the silently advancing figure; but when Dorothea, after the first immeasurable instant of this vision, moved confusedly backward and found herself impeded68 by some piece of furniture, Rosamond was suddenly aware of her presence, and with a spasmodic movement snatched away her hands and rose, looking at Dorothea who was necessarily arrested. Will Ladislaw, starting up, looked round also, and meeting Dorothea’s eyes with a new lightning in them, seemed changing to marble. But she immediately turned them away from him to Rosamond and said in a firm voice—

    “Excuse me, Mrs. Lydgate, the servant did not know that you were here. I called to deliver an important letter for Mr. Lydgate, which I wished to put into your own hands.”

    She laid down the letter on the small table which had checked her retreat, and then including Rosamond and Will in one distant glance and bow, she went quickly out of the room, meeting in the passage the surprised Martha, who said she was sorry the mistress was not at home, and then showed the strange lady out with an inward reflection that grand people were probably more impatient than others.

    Dorothea walked across the street with her most elastic69 step and was quickly in her carriage again.

    “Drive on to Freshitt Hall,” she said to the coachman, and any one looking at her might have thought that though she was paler than usual she was never animated70 by a more self-possessed energy. And that was really her experience. It was as if she had drunk a great draught71 of scorn that stimulated72 her beyond the susceptibility to other feelings. She had seen something so far below her belief, that her emotions rushed back from it and made an excited throng73 without an object. She needed something active to turn her excitement out upon. She felt power to walk and work for a day, without meat or drink. And she would carry out the purpose with which she had started in the morning, of going to Freshitt and Tipton to tell Sir James and her uncle all that she wished them to know about Lydgate, whose married loneliness under his trial now presented itself to her with new significance, and made her more ardent in readiness to be his champion. She had never felt anything like this triumphant74 power of indignation in the struggle of her married life, in which there had always been a quickly subduing75 pang76; and she took it as a sign of new strength.

    “Dodo, how very bright your eyes are!” said Celia, when Sir James was gone out of the room. “And you don’t see anything you look at, Arthur or anything. You are going to do something uncomfortable, I know. Is it all about Mr. Lydgate, or has something else happened?” Celia had been used to watch her sister with expectation.

    “Yes, dear, a great many things have happened,” said Dodo, in her full tones.

    “I wonder what,” said Celia, folding her arms cozily and leaning forward upon them.

    “Oh, all the troubles of all people on the face of the earth,” said Dorothea, lifting her arms to the back of her head.

    “Dear me, Dodo, are you going to have a scheme for them?” said Celia, a little uneasy at this Hamlet-like raving77.

    But Sir James came in again, ready to accompany Dorothea to the Grange, and she finished her expedition78 well, not swerving79 in her resolution until she descended at her own door.


    1 blot [blɒt] wtbzA   第8级
    • That new factory is a blot on the landscape. 那新建的工厂破坏了此地的景色。
    • The crime he committed is a blot on his record. 他犯的罪是他的履历中的一个污点。
    2 melancholy [ˈmelənkəli] t7rz8   第8级
    • 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。
    3 suspense [səˈspens] 9rJw3   第8级
    • The suspense was unbearable. 这样提心吊胆的状况实在叫人受不了。
    • The director used ingenious devices to keep the audience in suspense. 导演用巧妙手法引起观众的悬念。
    4 immediate [ɪˈmi:diət] aapxh   第7级
    • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call. 他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
    • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting. 我们主张立即召开这个会议。
    5 potent [ˈpəʊtnt] C1uzk   第7级
    • The medicine had a potent effect on your disease. 这药物对你的病疗效很大。
    • We must account of his potent influence. 我们必须考虑他的强有力的影响。
    6 peculiar [pɪˈkju:liə(r)] cinyo   第7级
    • He walks in a peculiar fashion. 他走路的样子很奇特。
    • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression. 他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
    7 folly [ˈfɒli] QgOzL   第8级
    • Learn wisdom by the folly of others. 从别人的愚蠢行动中学到智慧。
    • Events proved the folly of such calculations. 事情的进展证明了这种估计是愚蠢的。
    8 precisely [prɪˈsaɪsli] zlWzUb   第8级
    • It's precisely that sort of slick sales-talk that I mistrust. 我不相信的正是那种油腔滑调的推销宣传。
    • The man adjusted very precisely. 那个人调得很准。
    9 sundered [ˈsʌndəd] 4faf3fe2431e4e168f6b1f1e44741909   第12级
    v.隔开,分开( sunder的过去式和过去分词 )
    • The city is being sundered by racial tension. 该城市因种族关系紧张正在形成分裂。 来自辞典例句
    • It is three years since the two brothers sundered. 弟兄俩分开已经三年了。 来自辞典例句
    10 ennui [ɒnˈwi:] 3mTyU   第10级
    • Since losing his job, he has often experienced a profound sense of ennui. 他自从失业以来,常觉百无聊赖。
    • Took up a hobby to relieve the ennui of retirement. 养成一种嗜好以消除退休后的无聊。
    11 bruised [bru:zd] 5xKz2P   第7级
    • his bruised and bloodied nose 他沾满血的青肿的鼻子
    • She had slipped and badly bruised her face. 她滑了一跤,摔得鼻青脸肿。
    12 exasperation [ɪɡˌzɑ:spə'reɪʃn] HiyzX   第12级
    • He snorted with exasperation. 他愤怒地哼了一声。
    • She rolled her eyes in sheer exasperation. 她气急败坏地转动着眼珠。
    13 descended [di'sendid] guQzoy   第7级
    • A mood of melancholy descended on us. 一种悲伤的情绪袭上我们的心头。
    • The path descended the hill in a series of zigzags. 小路呈连续的之字形顺着山坡蜿蜒而下。
    14 discretion [dɪˈskreʃn] FZQzm   第9级
    • You must show discretion in choosing your friend. 你择友时必须慎重。
    • Please use your best discretion to handle the matter. 请慎重处理此事。
    15 hint [hɪnt] IdgxW   第7级
    • He gave me a hint that I was being cheated. 他暗示我在受人欺骗。
    • He quickly took the hint. 一点他就明白了。
    16 bonnet [ˈbɒnɪt] AtSzQ   第10级
    • The baby's bonnet keeps the sun out of her eyes. 婴孩的帽子遮住阳光,使之不刺眼。
    • She wore a faded black bonnet garnished with faded artificial flowers. 她戴着一顶褪了色的黑色无边帽,帽上缀着褪了色的假花。
    17 agitated [ˈædʒɪteɪtɪd] dzgzc2   第11级
    • His answers were all mixed up, so agitated was he. 他是那样心神不定,回答全乱了。
    • She was agitated because her train was an hour late. 她乘坐的火车晚点一个小时,她十分焦虑。
    18 graphic [ˈgræfɪk] Aedz7   第8级
    • The book gave a graphic description of the war. 这本书生动地描述了战争的情况。
    • Distinguish important text items in lists with graphic icons. 用图标来区分重要的文本项。
    19 nay [neɪ] unjzAQ   第12级
    • He was grateful for and proud of his son's remarkable, nay, unique performance. 他为儿子出色的,不,应该是独一无二的表演心怀感激和骄傲。
    • Long essays, nay, whole books have been written on this. 许多长篇大论的文章,不,应该说是整部整部的书都是关于这件事的。
    20 impulsive [ɪmˈpʌlsɪv] M9zxc   第9级
    • She is impulsive in her actions. 她的行为常出于冲动。
    • He was neither an impulsive nor an emotional man, but a very honest and sincere one. 他不是个一冲动就鲁莽行事的人,也不多愁善感, 他为人十分正直、诚恳。
    21 vindication [ˌvɪndɪ'keɪʃn] 1LpzF   第12级
    • There is much to be said in vindication of his claim. 有很多理由可以提出来为他的要求作辩护。
    • The result was a vindication of all our efforts. 这一结果表明我们的一切努力是必要的。
    22 surmises [səˈmaɪziz] 0de4d975cd99d9759cc345e7fb0890b6   第9级
    v.臆测,推断( surmise的第三人称单数 );揣测;猜想
    • The detective is completely correct in his surmises. 这个侦探所推测的完全正确。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • As the reader probably surmises, a variety of interest tables exists. 正如读者可能推测的那样,存在着各种各样的利息表。 来自辞典例句
    23 allusion [əˈlu:ʒn] CfnyW   第9级
    • He made an allusion to a secret plan in his speech. 在讲话中他暗示有一项秘密计划。
    • She made no allusion to the incident. 她没有提及那个事件。
    24 determined [dɪˈtɜ:mɪnd] duszmP   第7级
    • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation. 我已决定毕业后去西藏。
    • He determined to view the rooms behind the office. 他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
    25 passionate [ˈpæʃənət] rLDxd   第8级
    • He is said to be the most passionate man. 据说他是最有激情的人。
    • He is very passionate about the project. 他对那个项目非常热心。
    26 dread [dred] Ekpz8   第7级
    • We all dread to think what will happen if the company closes. 我们都不敢去想一旦公司关门我们该怎么办。
    • Her heart was relieved of its blankest dread. 她极度恐惧的心理消除了。
    27 banishment [ˈbænɪʃmənt] banishment   第7级
    • Qu Yuan suffered banishment as the victim of a court intrigue. 屈原成为朝廷中钩心斗角的牺牲品,因而遭到放逐。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    • He was sent into banishment. 他被流放。 来自辞典例句
    28 impeach [ɪmˈpi:tʃ] Ua6xD   第10级
    vt. 弹劾;归咎;怀疑 n. 控告,检举;弹劾;怀疑
    • We must impeach the judge for taking bribes. 我们一定要检举法官收受贿赂。
    • The committee decided to impeach the President. 委员会决定弹劾总统。
    29 consecration [ˌkɒnsɪ'kreɪʃn] consecration   第9级
    • "What we did had a consecration of its own. “我们的所作所为其本身是一种神圣的贡献。 来自英汉文学 - 红字
    • If you do add Consecration or healing, your mana drop down lower. 如果你用了奉献或者治疗,你的蓝将会慢慢下降。 来自互联网
    30 bind [baɪnd] Vt8zi   第7级
    • I will let the waiter bind up the parcel for you. 我让服务生帮你把包裹包起来。
    • He wants a shirt that does not bind him. 他要一件不使他觉得过紧的衬衫。
    31 vitriolic [ˌvɪtriˈɒlɪk] wHnyP   第11级
    • The newspaper launched a vitriolic attack on the president. 这家报纸对总统发起了一场恶意的攻击。
    • Vitriolic impurity is contained normally in the sewage that vitriolic factory discharges. 硫酸厂排放的污水中通常含有硫酸杂质。
    32 intensity [ɪnˈtensəti] 45Ixd   第7级
    • I didn't realize the intensity of people's feelings on this issue. 我没有意识到这一问题能引起群情激奋。
    • The strike is growing in intensity. 罢工日益加剧。
    33 remorse [rɪˈmɔ:s] lBrzo   第9级
    • She had no remorse about what she had said. 她对所说的话不后悔。
    • He has shown no remorse for his actions. 他对自己的行为没有任何悔恨之意。
    34 ardent [ˈɑ:dnt] yvjzd   第8级
    • He's an ardent supporter of the local football team. 他是本地足球队的热情支持者。
    • Ardent expectations were held by his parents for his college career. 他父母对他的大学学习抱着殷切的期望。
    35 simplicity [sɪmˈplɪsəti] Vryyv   第7级
    • She dressed with elegant simplicity. 她穿着朴素高雅。
    • The beauty of this plan is its simplicity. 简明扼要是这个计划的一大特点。
    36 repose [rɪˈpəʊz] KVGxQ   第11级
    • Don't disturb her repose. 不要打扰她休息。
    • Her mouth seemed always to be smiling, even in repose. 她的嘴角似乎总是挂着微笑,即使在睡眠时也是这样。
    37 blemish [ˈblemɪʃ] Qtuz5   第9级
    • The slightest blemish can reduce market value. 只要有一点最小的损害都会降低市场价值。
    • He wasn't about to blemish that pristine record. 他本不想去玷污那清白的过去。
    38 antagonism [ænˈtægənɪzəm] bwHzL   第8级
    • People did not feel a strong antagonism for established policy. 人们没有对既定方针产生强烈反应。
    • There is still much antagonism between trades unions and the oil companies. 工会和石油公司之间仍然存在着相当大的敌意。
    39 tenacity [tə'næsətɪ] dq9y2   第9级
    • Tenacity is the bridge to success.坚韧是通向成功的桥。
    • The athletes displayed great tenacity throughout the contest.运动员在比赛中表现出坚韧的斗志。
    40 judgment ['dʒʌdʒmənt] e3xxC   第7级
    • 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。
    41 pawnbroker [ˈpɔ:nbrəʊkə(r)] SiAys   第12级
    • He redeemed his watch from the pawnbroker's. 他从当铺赎回手表。
    • She could get fifty dollars for those if she went to the pawnbroker's. 要是她去当铺当了这些东西,她是可以筹出50块钱的。
    42 genealogy [ˌdʒi:niˈælədʒi] p6Ay4   第11级
    • He had sat and repeated his family's genealogy to her, twenty minutes of nonstop names. 他坐下又给她细数了一遍他家族的家谱,20分钟内说出了一连串的名字。
    • He was proficient in all questions of genealogy. 他非常精通所有家谱的问题。
    43 animus [ˈænɪməs] IwvzB   第10级
    • They are full of animus towords us. 他们对我们怀有敌意。
    • When you have an animus against a person, you should give it up. 当你对别人怀有敌意时,你应当放弃这种想法。
    44 formerly [ˈfɔ:məli] ni3x9   第8级
    • We now enjoy these comforts of which formerly we had only heard. 我们现在享受到了过去只是听说过的那些舒适条件。
    • This boat was formerly used on the rivers of China. 这船从前航行在中国内河里。
    45 consecrated ['kən(t)səˌkrətɪd] consecrated   第9级
    adj.神圣的,被视为神圣的v.把…奉为神圣,给…祝圣( consecrate的过去式和过去分词 );奉献
    • The church was consecrated in 1853. 这座教堂于1853年祝圣。
    • They consecrated a temple to their god. 他们把庙奉献给神。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    46 secrecy [ˈsi:krəsi] NZbxH   第8级
    • All the researchers on the project are sworn to secrecy. 该项目的所有研究人员都按要求起誓保守秘密。
    • Complete secrecy surrounded the meeting. 会议在绝对机密的环境中进行。
    47 shrouded [ʃraudid] 6b3958ee6e7b263c722c8b117143345f   第9级
    v.隐瞒( shroud的过去式和过去分词 );保密
    • The hills were shrouded in mist . 这些小山被笼罩在薄雾之中。
    • The towers were shrouded in mist. 城楼被蒙上薄雾。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    48 resistant [rɪˈzɪstənt] 7Wvxh   第7级
    • Many pests are resistant to the insecticide. 许多害虫对这种杀虫剂有抵抗力。
    • They imposed their government by force on the resistant population. 他们以武力把自己的统治强加在持反抗态度的人民头上。
    49 opprobrium [əˈprəʊbriəm] Y0AyH   第12级
    • The opprobrium and enmity he incurred were caused by his outspoken brashness. 他招致的轻蔑和敌意是由于他出言过于粗率而造成的。
    • That drunkard was the opprobrium of our community. 那个酒鬼是我们社区里可耻的人物。
    50 posture [ˈpɒstʃə(r)] q1gzk   第7级
    • The government adopted an uncompromising posture on the issue of independence. 政府在独立这一问题上采取了毫不妥协的态度。
    • He tore off his coat and assumed a fighting posture. 他脱掉上衣,摆出一副打架的架势。
    51 wail [weɪl] XMhzs   第9级
    • Somewhere in the audience an old woman's voice began plaintive wail. 观众席里,一位老太太伤心地哭起来。
    • One of the small children began to wail with terror. 小孩中的一个吓得大哭起来。
    52 solely [ˈsəʊlli] FwGwe   第8级
    • Success should not be measured solely by educational achievement. 成功与否不应只用学业成绩来衡量。
    • The town depends almost solely on the tourist trade. 这座城市几乎完全靠旅游业维持。
    53 repulsive [rɪˈpʌlsɪv] RsNyx   第8级
    • She found the idea deeply repulsive. 她发现这个想法很恶心。
    • The repulsive force within the nucleus is enormous. 核子内部的斥力是巨大的。
    54 torment [ˈtɔ:ment] gJXzd   第7级
    • He has never suffered the torment of rejection. 他从未经受过遭人拒绝的痛苦。
    • Now nothing aggravates me more than when people torment each other. 没有什么东西比人们的互相折磨更使我愤怒。
    55 habitual [həˈbɪtʃuəl] x5Pyp   第7级
    • He is a habitual criminal. 他是一个惯犯。
    • They are habitual visitors to our house. 他们是我家的常客。
    56 hindrances [ˈhɪndrənsiz] 64982019a060712b43850842b9bbe204   第9级
    阻碍者( hindrance的名词复数 ); 障碍物; 受到妨碍的状态
    • She also speaks out against the traditional hindrances to freedom. 她甚至大声疾呼,反对那些阻挡自由的、统礼教的绊脚石。
    • When this stage is reached then the hindrances and karma are overcome. 唯此状态达到后,则超越阻碍和因果。
    57 compassion [kəmˈpæʃn] 3q2zZ   第8级
    • He could not help having compassion for the poor creature. 他情不自禁地怜悯起那个可怜的人来。
    • Her heart was filled with compassion for the motherless children. 她对于没有母亲的孩子们充满了怜悯心。
    58 manifestation [ˌmænɪfeˈsteɪʃn] 0RCz6   第9级
    • Her smile is a manifestation of joy. 她的微笑是她快乐的表现。
    • What we call mass is only another manifestation of energy. 我们称之为质量的东西只是能量的另一种表现形态。
    59 scent [sent] WThzs   第7级
    • The air was filled with the scent of lilac. 空气中弥漫着丁香花的芬芳。
    • The flowers give off a heady scent at night. 这些花晚上散发出醉人的芳香。
    60 joyfully ['dʒɔɪfəlɪ] joyfully   第8级
    adv. 喜悦地, 高兴地
    • She tripped along joyfully as if treading on air. 她高兴地走着,脚底下轻飘飘的。
    • During these first weeks she slaved joyfully. 在最初的几周里,她干得很高兴。
    61 justifying ['dʒʌstɪfaɪɪŋ] 5347bd663b20240e91345e662973de7a   第7级
    证明…有理( justify的现在分词 ); 为…辩护; 对…作出解释; 为…辩解(或辩护)
    • He admitted it without justifying it. 他不加辩解地承认这个想法。
    • The fellow-travellers'service usually consisted of justifying all the tergiversations of Soviet intenal and foreign policy. 同路人的服务通常包括对苏联国内外政策中一切互相矛盾之处进行辩护。
    62 thither [ˈðɪðə(r)] cgRz1o   第12级
    • He wandered hither and thither looking for a playmate. 他逛来逛去找玩伴。
    • He tramped hither and thither. 他到处流浪。
    63 apron [ˈeɪprən] Lvzzo   第7级
    • We were waited on by a pretty girl in a pink apron. 招待我们的是一位穿粉红色围裙的漂亮姑娘。
    • She stitched a pocket on the new apron. 她在新围裙上缝上一只口袋。
    64 remarkable [rɪˈmɑ:kəbl] 8Vbx6   第7级
    • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills. 她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
    • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines. 这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
    65 slab [slæb] BTKz3   第9级
    • This heavy slab of oak now stood between the bomb and Hitler. 这时笨重的橡木厚板就横在炸弹和希特勒之间了。
    • The monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab. 这座纪念碑由两根垂直的柱体构成,它们共同支撑着一块平板。
    66 spoke [spəʊk] XryyC   第11级
    n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
    • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company. 他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
    • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre. 辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
    67 fervor [ˌfɜ:və] sgEzr   第10级
    • They were concerned only with their own religious fervor. 他们只关心自己的宗教热诚。
    • The speech aroused nationalist fervor. 这个演讲喚起了民族主义热情。
    68 impeded [imˈpi:did] 7dc9974da5523140b369df3407a86996   第8级
    阻碍,妨碍,阻止( impede的过去式和过去分词 )
    • Work on the building was impeded by severe weather. 楼房的施工因天气恶劣而停了下来。
    • He was impeded in his work. 他的工作受阻。
    69 elastic [ɪˈlæstɪk] Tjbzq   第7级
    • Rubber is an elastic material. 橡胶是一种弹性材料。
    • These regulations are elastic. 这些规定是有弹性的。
    70 animated [ˈænɪmeɪtɪd] Cz7zMa   第11级
    • His observations gave rise to an animated and lively discussion. 他的言论引起了一场气氛热烈而活跃的讨论。
    • We had an animated discussion over current events last evening. 昨天晚上我们热烈地讨论时事。
    71 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。
    72 stimulated ['stimjəˌletid] Rhrz78   第7级
    • The exhibition has stimulated interest in her work. 展览增进了人们对她作品的兴趣。
    • The award has stimulated her into working still harder. 奖金促使她更加努力地工作。
    73 throng [θrɒŋ] sGTy4   第8级
    • 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。
    74 triumphant [traɪˈʌmfənt] JpQys   第9级
    • 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。
    75 subduing [səbˈdju:ɪŋ] be06c745969bb7007c5b30305d167a6d   第7级
    征服( subdue的现在分词 ); 克制; 制服; 色变暗
    • They are the probation subduing the heart to human joys. 它们不过是抑制情欲的一种考验。
    • Some believe that: is spiritual, mysterious and a very subduing colour. 有的认为:是精神,神秘色彩十分慑。
    76 pang [pæŋ] OKixL   第9级
    • She experienced a sharp pang of disappointment. 她经历了失望的巨大痛苦。
    • She was beginning to know the pang of disappointed love. 她开始尝到了失恋的痛苦。
    77 raving [ˈreɪvɪŋ] c42d0882009d28726dc86bae11d3aaa7   第9级
    • The man's a raving lunatic. 那个男子是个语无伦次的疯子。
    • When I told her I'd crashed her car, she went stark raving bonkers. 我告诉她我把她的车撞坏了时,她暴跳如雷。
    78 expedition [ˌekspəˈdɪʃn] fhTzf   第8级
    • The scientists will go on an expedition to the South Pole. 这些科学家们将要去南极考察。
    • Who will be responsible for the expedition's supplies? 谁将负责探险队的物资供应?
    79 swerving ['swɜ:vɪŋ] 2985a28465f4fed001065d9efe723271   第8级
    v.(使)改变方向,改变目的( swerve的现在分词 )
    • It may stand as an example of the fitful swerving of his passion. 这是一个例子,说明他的情绪往往变化不定,忽冷忽热。 来自辞典例句
    • Mrs Merkel would be foolish to placate her base by swerving right. 默克尔夫人如果为了安抚她的根基所在而转到右翼就太愚蠢了。 来自互联网

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