网站地图RSS订阅高级搜索收藏本站首页英语新闻英语散文英语故事英语笑话英语科普英语娱乐英语诗歌英语演讲英语试题英语行业英语小说英语技巧英语论坛英语书店首页英语小说热门标签:onlinelifehealthcancerlovechildren只需30秒,测测你的英语词汇量!Shoe-Bar Stratton – Chapter 8文章来源:未知 文章作者:enread 发布时间:2021-02-24 01:54字体: [大 中 小]  进入论坛(单词翻译:双击或拖选)Pop Daggett hesitated and glanced uneasily toward the door. “I warned yuh, didnt I, the Shoe-Bar was a hoodoo outfit1?” he evaded2. Stratton shook some tobacco into a cigarette-paper and jerked the draw-string with his teeth. “Sure you did, but thats not the question,” he persisted. “I asked you if any other punchers had met up with–accidents out there lately.” The old man continued to cock an eye on the store entrance. “Since yuh gotta know,” he answered in a lowered tone, “there was two. About three months ago Jed Terry was scoutin around back in the mountains, Lord knows what fur, an fell into a cañon an broke his skull3. Four or five weeks arter that Sam Bennett was plugged through the chest down below Las Vegas.” “Did Lynch happen to be with either of them?” “No, sir-ee,” returned Daggett hastily. “An dont yuh go blattin around I told yuh anythin about it. I aint one to gossip about my neighbors, more especially Tex Lynch. Them two deaths– Say, Tex aint in town with yuh, is he?” “Not that I know of. He certainly didnt come with me.” “Huh! Wal, yuh never cn tell with him. As I was sayin, Terrys death was pernounced a accident, an they allowed Bennett was plugged by one of them greaser rustlers I hear tell of. I aint sayin nothing to the contrary. All Im tellin yuh is the Shoe-Bar aint a healthy outfit to work for, an this business about Rick Bemis proves it. I wouldnt sign on with em, not for a hundred a month.” Buck4 thrust the cigarette between his lips and felt for a match. “Still Ive got a mind to stick it out a while,” he drawled. “Accidents come in threes, they say, so there wont likely be another right soon. Well, I reckon Id better be traveling. How long will it take that doctor man to get over?” “Not much longer than t will yuh, if he was home when yuh telephoned,” answered Daggett. “The railroad takes a bend, an Harpswell aint more than a mile or two further from the Shoe-Bar than Paloma.” Evidently Dr. Blanchard must have been at home, for Buck had just finished unsaddling and was coming away from the corral when he rode up. Stratton took his horse and answered his brief questions as to the accident, and then walked down to the bunk-house with his blankets, tarp, and other belongings5. The place was empty, for it was after one oclock and evidently the men had gone off somewhere directly after dinner. Indeed, Buck learned as much from Pedro when he went back to forage6 for something to eat. “They go to move herd7 some place,” shrugged8 the Mexican. “Were, I don know.” Stratton ate his meal of beef, bread, and warmed-over coffee in silence and then returned to the bunk-house, vaguely9 dissatisfied at the idle afternoon which stretched before him. Of course, Lynch had no way of knowing when he would get back from town, but it seemed to Buck that an up-and-doing foreman would have left word for him to join them when he did return. “Unless, of course, he dont want me around,” murmured Stratton. “Though for the life of me I cant see what he gains by keeping me idle.” Presently it occurred to him that this might be a good chance of pursuing some of the investigations10 he had planned. Since noticing the disreputable condition of the fence the afternoon of his arrival, he had kept his eyes open, and a number of other little signs had confirmed his suspicion that the ranch11 had very much gone to seed. Of course this might be merely the result of careless, slovenly12 methods on the part of the foreman, and possibly it did not extend to anything really radical13. It would need a much wider, more general inspection14 to justify15 a definite conclusion, and Stratton decided16 he might as well do some of it this afternoon. On the plea of seeking Lynch and the other men, he could ride almost anywhere without exciting suspicion, and he at once left the bunk-house to carry out his plan. Just outside the door he met Dr. Blanchard. “You made a good job of that dressing,” remarked the older man briefly17. He was tall with a slight stoop, bearded, a little slovenly in dress, but with clear, level eyes and a capable manner. “Whered you learn how?” Stratton smiled. “Overseas. I was in the Transportation, and we had to know a little of everything, including first aid.” “Hum,” grunted18 the doctor. “Well, the kids doing all right. I wont have to come over again unless fever develops.” As they walked back to the hitching-rack, he gave Buck a few directions about the care of the invalid19. There followed a slight pause. “Youre new here,” commented the doctor, untying20 his bridle-reins. “Just came yesterday,” answered Stratton. “Friend of Lynch?” Bucks lips twitched21. “Not exactly,” he shrugged. “Miss Thorne hired me while he was in Paloma. I got a notion he was rather peevish22 about it. Reckon he prefers to pick his own hands.” As the doctor swung into the saddle, his face momentarily lightened. “Dont let that worry you,” he said, a faint little twinkle in his eyes. “It isnt good for anybody to have their own way all the time. Well, you know what to do about Bemis. If he shows any signs of fever, get hold of me right away.” With a wave of his hand he rode off. Strattons glance followed him curiously23. Had he really been pleased to find that the new hand was not a friend of Tex Lynch, or was the idea merely a product of Bucks imagination? Still pondering, he turned abruptly24 to find Pedro regarding him intently from the kitchen door. As their glances met, the Mexicans lids drooped25 and his face smoothed swiftly into its usual indolent indifference26; but he was not quite quick enough to hide entirely27 that first look of searching speculation28mingled29 with not a little venom30. Strattons own expression was the perfection of studied self-control. He half smiled, and yawned in a realistically bored manner. “You sure you dont know where the bunch went?” he asked. “Im getting dead sick of hanging around doing nothing.” “They don say,” shrugged the Mexican. “I wash dishes an don see em go. Mebbe back soon.” “Not if theyre moving a herd–I dont think!” retorted Buck. “Guess Ill ask Miss Thorne,” he added, struck by a sudden inspiration. Without waiting for a reply, he walked briskly along the front of the house toward the further entrance. As he turned the corner he met the girl, booted, spurred, her face shaded becomingly by a wide-brimmed Stetson. “I was just going to find you,” she said. “Rick wants to see you a minute.” Stratton followed her into the living-room, where she paused and glanced back at him. “You havent met my aunt, Mrs. Archer31,” she said in her low, pleasant voice. “Auntie, this is Buck Green, our new hand.” From a chair beside one of the west windows, there rose a little old lady at the sight of whom Bucks eyes widened in astonishment32. Just what he had expected Mrs. Archer to be he hardly knew, but certainly it wasnt this dainty, delicate, Dresden-China person who came forward to greet him. Tiny she was, from her old-fashioned lace cap to the tips of her small, trim shoes. Her gown, of some soft gray stuff, with touches of old lace here and there, was modishly33 cut yet without any traces of exaggeration. Her abundant white hair was beautifully arranged, and her cheeks, amazingly soft and smooth, with scarcely a line in them, were faintly pink. A more utterly34 incongruous figure to find on an outlying Arizona ranch would be impossible to imagine, and Buck was hard put to refrain from showing his surprise. “How do you do, Mr. Green?” she said in a soft agreeable voice, which Stratton recognized at once as the one he had overheard that morning. “My niece has told me how helpful youve been already.” Buck took her outstretched hand gingerly, and looked down into her upturned face. Her eyes were blue, and very bright and eager, with scarcely a hint of age in them. For a brief moment they gazed steadily35 into his, searching, appraising36, an underlying37 touch of wistful anxiety in their clear depths. Then a twinkle flashed into them and of a sudden Stratton felt that he liked her very much indeed. “Im mighty38 glad to meet you,” he said impulsively39. The smile spread from eyes to lips. “Thank you,” she replied. “I think I may say the same thing. I hope youll like it here well enough to stay.” There was a faint accent on the last word. Buck noticed it, and after she had left them, saying she was going to rest a little, he wondered. Did she want him to remain merely because of the short-handed condition of the ranch, or was there a deeper reason? He glanced at Miss Thorne to find her regarding him with something of the same anxious scrutiny40 he had noticed in her aunt. Her gaze was instantly averted41, and a faint flush tinged42 her cheeks, to be reflected an instant later in Strattons face. “By the way,” he said hurriedly, annoyed at his embarrassment43, “do you happen to know where the men are? I thought Id hunt them up. Theres no sense in my hanging around all afternoon doing nothing.” “Theyre down at the south pasture,” she answered readily. “Tex thinks it will be better to move the cattle to where it wont be so easy for those rustlers to get at them. Im just going down there and we can ride together, if you like.” She turned toward the door. “When youre through with Rick youll find me out at the corral.” “Dont you want me to saddle up for you?” “Pedro will do that, thank you. Tell Rick if he wants anything while Im gone all he has to do is to ring the bell beside his bed and Maria will answer it.” She departed, and Buck walked briskly into the bedroom. Bemis lay in bed propped44 up with pillows and looking much better physically45 than he had done that morning. But his face was still strained, with that harassed46, worried expression about the eyes which Stratton had noted47 before. “Yuh saw Doc Blanchard, didnt yuh?” he asked, as Buck sat down on the side of his bed. “Whatd he say?” “Why, that you were doing fine. Not a chance in a hundred, he said, of your having any trouble with the wound.” “Oh, I know that. But whend he say Id be on my feet?” Buck shrugged his shoulders. “He didnt mention any particular time for that. I should think it would be two or three weeks, at least.” “Hell!” The young fellows fingers twisted the coverlet nervously48. “Dont yuh believe I could–er–ride before that?” he added, almost pleadingly. Strattons eyes widened. “Ride!” he repeated. “Where the deuce do you want to ride to?” Bemis hesitated, a slow flush creeping into his tanned face. The glance he bent49 on Stratton was somewhat shamefaced. “Anywhere,” he answered curtly50, a touch of defiance51 in his tone. “Youll say Ive lost my nerve, an maybe I have. But after whats happened around this joint52 lately, and especially last night–” He paused, glancing nervously toward the door. Bucks expression had grown suddenly keen and eager. “Well?” he urged. “What did happen, anyhow? I had my suspicions there was something queer about that business, but–You can trust me, old man.” Bemis nodded, his dark eyes searching Strattons face. “Ill take a chance,” he answered. “I got to. There aint nobody else. Theyve kept Bud away, and Miss Mary–Well, shes all right, uh course, but Tex has got her buffaloed. She wont believe nothin agin him. I told Bud Id stay as long as he did, but–A mans got to look after himself some. They aint likely to miss twice runnin.” “You mean to say–” Bemis stopped him with a cautious gesture. “Wheres that sneaking53 greaser?” he asked in a low tone, his eyes shifting nervously to the open door. “Out saddling her horse.” “Oh! Well, listen.” The young punchers voice sank almost to a whisper. “That sendin me down to Las Vegas was a plant; Im shore of it. My orders was to sleep days an patrol around nights to get a line on who was after the cattle. I wasnt awful keen about it, but still an all, I didnt think theyd dare do what they tried to.” “You mean there werent any rustlers at all?” put in Stratton impulsively. “Shore there was, but they didnt fire that shot that winged me. Id just got sight of em four or five hundred yards away an was ridin along in the shadow tryin to edge close enough to size em up an mebbe pick off a couple. My cayuse was headin south, with the rustlers pretty near dead ahead, when I come to a patch of moonlight I had to cross. I pulled out considerable to ride around a spur just beyond, so when that shot came I was facin pretty near due east. The bullet hit me in the left leg, yuh recollect54.” Strattons eyes narrowed. “Then it must have been fired from the north–from the direction of the–” He broke off abruptly as Ricks fingers gripped his wrist. “Look!” breathed Bemis, in a voice that was scarcely audible. He was staring over the low foot-board of the bed straight at the open door, and Buck swiftly followed the direction of his glance. For an instant he saw nothing. The doorway55 was quite empty, and he could not hear a sound. Then, of a sudden, his gaze swept on across the living-room and he caught his breath. On the further wall, directly opposite the bedroom door, hung a long mirror in a tarnished56gilded57 frame. It reflected not only the other side of the doorway but a portion of the wall on either side of it–reflected clearly, among other things, the stooping figure of a woman, her limp calico skirts dragged cautiously back in one skinny hand, her sharp, swarthy face bent slightly forward in an unmistakable attitude of listening.点击收听单词发音  1outfit   n.(为特殊用途的)全套装备,全套服装参考例句:Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughters wedding.珍妮为参加女儿的婚礼买了一套新装。His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday.他父亲在他生日那天给他买了一套滑雪用具。2evaded   逃避( evade的过去式和过去分词 ); 避开; 回避; 想不出参考例句:For two weeks they evaded the press. 他们有两周一直避而不见记者。The lion evaded the hunter. 那狮子躲开了猎人。3skull   n.头骨;颅骨参考例句:The skull bones fuse between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five.头骨在15至25岁之间长合。He fell out of the window and cracked his skull.他从窗子摔了出去,跌裂了颅骨。4buck   n.雄鹿,雄兔;v.马离地跳跃参考例句:The boy bent curiously to the skeleton of the buck.这个男孩好奇地弯下身去看鹿的骸骨。The female deer attracts the buck with high-pitched sounds.雌鹿以尖声吸引雄鹿。5belongings   n.私人物品,私人财物参考例句:I put a few personal belongings in a bag.我把几件私人物品装进包中。Your personal belongings are not dutiable.个人物品不用纳税。6forage   n.(牛马的)饲料,粮草;v.搜寻,翻寻参考例句:They were forced to forage for clothing and fuel.他们不得不去寻找衣服和燃料。Now the nutritive value of the forage is reduced.此时牧草的营养价值也下降了。7herd   n.兽群,牧群;vt.使集中,把…赶在一起参考例句:She drove the herd of cattle through the wilderness.她赶着牛群穿过荒野。He had no opinions of his own but simply follow the herd.他从无主见,只是人云亦云。8shrugged   vt.耸肩(shrug的过去式与过去分词形式)参考例句:Sam shrugged and said nothing. 萨姆耸耸肩膀,什么也没说。She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她耸耸肩,装出一副无所谓的样子。 来自《简明英汉词典》9vaguely   adv.含糊地,暖昧地参考例句:He had talked vaguely of going to work abroad.他含糊其词地说了到国外工作的事。He looked vaguely before him with unseeing eyes.他迷迷糊糊的望着前面,对一切都视而不见。10investigations   (正式的)调查( investigation的名词复数 ); 侦查; 科学研究; 学术研究参考例句:His investigations were intensive and thorough but revealed nothing. 他进行了深入彻底的调查,但没有发现什么。He often sent them out to make investigations. 他常常派他们出去作调查。11ranch   n.大牧场,大农场参考例句:He went to work on a ranch.他去一个大农场干活。The ranch is in the middle of a large plateau.该牧场位于一个辽阔高原的中部。12slovenly   adj.懒散的,不整齐的,邋遢的参考例句:People were scandalized at the slovenly management of the company.人们对该公司草率的经营感到愤慨。Such slovenly work habits will never produce good products.这样马马虎虎的工作习惯决不能生产出优质产品来。13radical   n.激进份子,原子团,根号;adj.根本的,激进的,彻底的参考例句:The patient got a radical cure in the hospital.病人在医院得到了根治。She is radical in her demands.她的要求十分偏激。14inspection   n.检查,审查,检阅参考例句:On random inspection the meat was found to be bad.经抽查,发现肉变质了。The soldiers lined up for their daily inspection by their officers.士兵们列队接受军官的日常检阅。15justify   vt.证明…正当(或有理),为…辩护参考例句:He tried to justify his absence with lame excuses.他想用站不住脚的借口为自己的缺席辩解。Can you justify your rude behavior to me?你能向我证明你的粗野行为是有道理的吗?16decided   adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的参考例句:This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。17briefly   adv.简单地,简短地参考例句:I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想简单地谈一下这个问题的另一方面。He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一个恐怖组织绑架并短暂拘禁。18grunted   (猪等)作呼噜声( grunt的过去式和过去分词 ); (指人)发出类似的哼声; 咕哝着说参考例句:She just grunted, not deigning to look up from the page. 她只咕哝了一声,继续看书,不屑抬起头来看一眼。She grunted some incomprehensible reply. 她咕噜着回答了些令人费解的话。19invalid   n.病人,伤残人;adj.有病的,伤残的;无效的参考例句:He will visit an invalid.他将要去看望一个病人。A passport that is out of date is invalid.护照过期是无效的。20untying   untie的现在分词参考例句:The tying of bow ties is an art; the untying is easy. 打领带是一种艺术,解领带则很容易。As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 33他们解驴驹的时候,主人问他们说,解驴驹作什么?21twitched   vt.& vi.(使)抽动,(使)颤动(twitch的过去式与过去分词形式)参考例句:Her lips twitched with amusement. 她忍俊不禁地颤动着嘴唇。The childs mouth twitched as if she were about to cry. 这小孩的嘴抽动着,像是要哭。 来自《简明英汉词典》22peevish   adj.易怒的,坏脾气的参考例句:A peevish child is unhappy and makes others unhappy.一个脾气暴躁的孩子自己不高兴也使别人不高兴。She glared down at me with a peevish expression on her face.她低头瞪着我,一脸怒气。23curiously   adv.有求知欲地;好问地;奇特地参考例句:He looked curiously at the people.他好奇地看着那些人。He took long stealthy strides. His hands were curiously cold.他迈着悄没声息的大步。他的双手出奇地冷。24abruptly   adv.突然地,出其不意地参考例句:He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗鲁地示意弗吉尼亚上车。I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要讲半个小时的话。25drooped   弯曲或下垂,发蔫( droop的过去式和过去分词 )参考例句:Her eyelids drooped as if she were on the verge of sleep. 她眼睑低垂好像快要睡着的样子。The flowers drooped in the heat of the sun. 花儿晒蔫了。26indifference   n.不感兴趣,不关心,冷淡,不在乎参考例句:I was disappointed by his indifference more than somewhat.他的漠不关心使我很失望。He feigned indifference to criticism of his work.他假装毫不在意别人批评他的作品。27entirely   ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地参考例句:The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。28speculation   n.思索,沉思;猜测;投机参考例句:Her mind is occupied with speculation.她的头脑忙于思考。There is widespread speculation that he is going to resign.人们普遍推测他要辞职。29mingled   混合,混入( mingle的过去式和过去分词 ); 混进,与…交往[联系]参考例句:The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑声和歌声交织在夜空中。The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 当大家开始放松的时候,这一男一女就开始交往了。30venom   n.毒液,恶毒,痛恨参考例句:The snake injects the venom immediately after biting its prey.毒蛇咬住猎物之后马上注入毒液。In fact,some components of the venom may benefit human health.事实上,毒液的某些成分可能有益于人类健康。31archer   n.射手,弓箭手参考例句:The archer strung his bow and aimed an arrow at the target.弓箭手拉紧弓弦将箭瞄准靶子。The archers shot was a perfect bulls-eye.射手的那一箭正中靶心。32astonishment   n.惊奇,惊异参考例句:They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他们听见他惊奇地大叫一声。I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我对她的奇怪举动不胜惊异。33modishly   参考例句:Her poems are modishly experimental in style and recondite in subject-matter. 她的诗在风格上是时髦的实验派,主题艰深难懂。 来自辞典例句34utterly   adv.完全地,绝对地参考例句:Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把毕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。35steadily   adv.稳定地;不变地;持续地参考例句:The scope of mans use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。36appraising   v.估价( appraise的现在分词 );估计;估量;评价参考例句:At the appraising meeting, experts stated this method was superior to others. 鉴定会上,专家们指出这种方法优于其他方法。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》The teacher is appraising the students work. 老师正在评定学生的作业。 来自辞典例句37underlying   adj.在下面的,含蓄的,潜在的参考例句:The underlying theme of the novel is very serious.小说隐含的主题是十分严肃的。This word has its underlying meaning.这个单词有它潜在的含义。38mighty   adj.强有力的;巨大的参考例句:A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。39impulsively   adv.冲动地参考例句:She leant forward and kissed him impulsively. 她倾身向前,感情冲动地吻了他。Every good, true, vigorous feeling I had gathered came impulsively round him. 我的一切良好、真诚而又强烈的感情都紧紧围绕着他涌现出来。40scrutiny   n.详细检查,仔细观察参考例句:His work looks all right,but it will not bear scrutiny.他的工作似乎很好,但是经不起仔细检查。Few wives in their forties can weather such a scrutiny.很少年过四十的妻子经得起这么仔细的观察。41averted   防止,避免( avert的过去式和过去分词 ); 转移参考例句:A disaster was narrowly averted. 及时防止了一场灾难。Thanks to her skilful handling of the affair, the problem was averted. 多亏她对事情处理得巧妙,才避免了麻烦。42tinged   v.(使)发丁丁声( ting的过去式和过去分词 )参考例句:memories tinged with sadness 略带悲伤的往事white petals tinged with blue 略带蓝色的白花瓣43embarrassment   n.尴尬;使人为难的人(事物);障碍;窘迫参考例句:She could have died away with embarrassment.她窘迫得要死。Coughing at a concert can be a real embarrassment.在音乐会上咳嗽真会使人难堪。44propped   支撑,支持,维持( prop的过去式和过去分词 )参考例句: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。45physically   adj.物质上,体格上,身体上,按自然规律参考例句:He was out of sorts physically,as well as disordered mentally.他浑身不舒服,心绪也很乱。Every time I think about it I feel physically sick.一想起那件事我就感到极恶心。46harassed   adj. 疲倦的,厌烦的
动词harass的过去式和过去分词参考例句:He has complained of being harassed by the police. 他投诉受到警方侵扰。harassed mothers with their children 带着孩子的疲惫不堪的母亲们47noted   adj.著名的,知名的参考例句:The local hotel is noted for its good table.当地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著称。Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班迟到出了名。48nervously   adv.神情激动地,不安地参考例句:He bit his lip nervously,trying not to cry.他紧张地咬着唇,努力忍着不哭出来。He paced nervously up and down on the platform.他在站台上情绪不安地走来走去。49bent   n.爱好,癖好;adj.弯的;决心的,一心的参考例句:He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。50curtly   adv.简短地参考例句:He nodded curtly and walked away. 他匆忙点了一下头就走了。 来自《简明英汉词典》The request was curtly refused. 这个请求被毫不客气地拒绝了。 来自《简明英汉词典》51defiance   n.挑战,挑衅,蔑视,违抗参考例句:He climbed the ladder in defiance of the warning.他无视警告爬上了那架梯子。He slammed the door in a spirit of defiance.他以挑衅性的态度把门砰地一下关上。52joint   adj.联合的,共同的;n.关节,接合处;v.连接,贴合参考例句:I had a bad fall,which put my shoulder out of joint.我重重地摔了一跤,肩膀

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