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:mapclimatelifelovechildrencancer只需30秒,测测你的英语词汇量!An Old-Fashioned Girl – Chapter 10文章来源:未知 文章作者:enread 发布时间:2020-11-11 08:48字体: [大 中 小]  进入论坛(单词翻译:双击或拖选)POLLYS happiest day was Sunday, for Will never failed to spend it with her. Instead of sleeping later than usual that morning, she was always up bright and early, flying round to get ready for her guest, for Will came to breakfast, and they made a long day of it. Will considered his sister the best and prettiest girl going, and Polly, knowing well that a time would come when he would find a better and a prettier, was grateful for his good opinion, and tried to deserve it. So she made her room and herself as neat and inviting1 as possible, and always ran to meet him with a bright face and a motherly greeting, when he came tramping in, ruddy, brisk, and beaming, with the brown loaf and the little pot of beans from the bake-house near by. They liked a good country breakfast, and nothing gave Polly more satisfaction than to see her big boy clear the dishes, empty the little coffee-pot, and then sit and laugh at her across the ravaged2 table. Another pleasure was to let him help clear away, as they used to do at home, while the peals3 of laughter that always accompanied this performance did Miss Mills heart good to hear, for the room was so small and Will so big that he seemed to be everywhere at once, and Polly and Puttel were continually dodging4 his long arms and legs. Then they used to inspect the flower pots, pay Nick a visit, and have a little music as a good beginning for the day, after which they went to church and dined with Miss Mills, who considered Will “an excellent young man.” If the afternoon was fair, they took a long walk together over the bridges into the country, or about the city streets full of Sabbath quietude. Most people meeting them would have seen only an awkward young man, with a boys face atop of his tall body, and a quietly dressed, fresh faced little woman hanging on his arm; but a few people, with eyes to read romances and pleasant histories everywhere, found something very attractive in this couple, and smiled as they passed, wondering if they were young, lovers, or country cousins “looking round.” If the day was stormy, they stayed at home, reading, writing letters, talking over their affairs, and giving each other good advice; for, though Will was nearly three years younger than Polly, he could nt for the life of him help assuming amusingly venerable airs, when he became a Freshman5. In the twilight6 he had a good lounge on the sofa, and Polly sung to him, which arrangement he particularly enjoyed, it was so “cosy7 and homey.” At nine oclock, Polly packed his bag with clean clothes, nicely mended, such remnants of the festive8 tea as were transportable, and kissed him “good-night,” with many injunctions to muffle9 up his throat going over the bridge, and be sure that his feet were dry and warm when he went to bed. All of which Will laughed at, accepted graciously, and did nt obey; but he liked it, and trudged10 away for another weeks work, rested, cheered, and strengthened by that quiet, happy day with Polly, for he had been brought up to believe in home influences, and this brother and sister loved one another dearly, and were not ashamed to own it. One other person enjoyed the humble11 pleasures of these Sundays quite as much as Polly and Will. Maud used to beg to come to tea, and Polly, glad to do anything for those who had done a good deal for her, made a point of calling for the little girl as they came home from their walk, or sending Will to escort her in the carriage, which Maud always managed to secure if bad weather threatened to quench12 her hopes. Tom and Fanny laughed at her fancy, but she did not tire of it, for the child was lonely, and found something in that little room which the great house could not give her. Maud was twelve now; a pale, plain child, with sharp, intelligent eyes, and a busy little mind, that did a good deal more thinking than anybody imagined. She was just at the unattractive, fidgety age when no one knew what to do with her, and so let her fumble14 her way up as she could, finding pleasure in odd things, and living much alone, for she did not go to school, because her shoulders were growing round, and Mrs. Shaw would not “allow her figure to be spoiled.” That suited Maud excellently; and whenever her father spoke15 of sending her again, or getting a governess, she was seized with bad headaches, a pain in her back, or weakness of the eyes, at which Mr. Shaw laughed, but let her holiday go on. Nobody seemed to care much for plain, pug-nosed little Maudie; her father was busy, her mother nervous and sick, Fanny absorbed in her own affairs, and Tom regarded her as most young men do their younger sisters, as a person born for his amusement and convenience, nothing more. Maud admired Tom with all her heart, and made a little slave of herself to him, feeling well repaid if he merely said, “Thank you, chicken,” or did nt pinch her nose, or nip her ear, as he had a way of doing, “just as if I was a doll, or a dog, and had nt got any feelings,” she sometimes said to Fanny, when some service or sacrifice had been accepted without gratitude16 or respect. It never occurred to Tom, when Maud sat watching him with her face full of wistfulness, that she wanted to be petted as much as ever he did in his neglected boyhood, or that when he called her “Pug” before people, her little feelings were as deeply wounded as his used to be, when the boys called him “Carrots.” He was fond of her in his fashion, but he did nt take the trouble to show it, so Maud worshipped him afar off, afraid to betray the affection that no rebuff could kill or cool. One snowy Sunday afternoon Tom lay on the sofa in his favorite attitude, reading “Pendennis” for the fourth time, and smoking like a chimney as he did so. Maud stood at the window watching the falling flakes17 with an anxious countenance18, and presently a great sigh broke from her. “Dont do that again, chicken, or youll blow me away. Whats the matter?” asked Tom, throwing down his book with a yawn that threatened dislocation. “Im afraid I cant go to Pollys,” answered Maud, disconsolately19. “Of course you cant; its snowing hard, and father wont be home with the carriage till this evening. What are you always cutting off to Pollys for?” “I like it; we have such nice times, and Will is there, and we bake little johnny-cakes in the baker20 before the fire, and they sing, and it is so pleasant.” “Warbling johnny-cakes must be interesting. Come and tell me all about it.” “No, youll only laugh at me.” “I give you my word I wont, if I can help it; but I really am dying of curiosity to know what you do down there. You like to hear secrets, so tell me yours, and Ill be as dumb as an oyster21.” “It is nt a secret, and you would nt care for it. Do you want another pillow?” she added, as Tom gave his a thump22. “This will do; but why you women always stick tassels23 and fringe all over a sofa-cushion, to tease and tickle24 a fellow, is what I dont understand.” “One thing that Polly does Sunday nights, is to take Wills head in her lap, and smooth his forehead. It rests him after studying so hard, she says. If you dont like the pillow, I could do that for you, cause you look as if you were more tired of studying than Will,” said Maud, with some hesitation25, but an evident desire to be useful and agreeable. “Well, I dont care if you do try it, for I am confoundedly tired.” And Tom laughed, as he recalled the frolic he had been on the night before. Maud established herself with great satisfaction, and Tom owned that a silk apron26 was nicer than a fuzzy cushion. “Do you like it?” she asked, after a few strokes over the hot forehead, which she thought was fevered by intense application to Greek and Latin. “Not bad; play away,” was the gracious reply, as Tom shut his eyes, and lay so still that Maud was charmed at the success of her attempt. Presently, she said, softly, “Tom, are you asleep?” “Just turning the corner.” “Before you get quite round would you please tell me what a Public Admonition is?” “What do you want to know for?” demanded Tom, opening his eyes very wide. “I heard Will talking about Publics and Privates, and I meant to ask him, but I forgot.” “What did he say?” “I dont remember; it was about somebody who cut prayers, and got a Private, and had done all sorts of bad things, and had one or two Publics. I did nt hear the name and did nt care; I only wanted to know what the words meant.” “So Will tells tales, does he?” and Toms forehead wrinkled with a frown. “No, he did nt; Polly knew about it and asked him.” “Wills adig,” growled27 Tom, shutting his eyes again, as if nothing more could be said of the delinquent28 William. “I dont care if he is; I like him very much, and so does Polly.” “Happy Fresh!” said Tom, with a comical groan29. “You need nt sniff30 at him, for he is nice, and treats me with respect,” cried Maud, with an energy that made Tom laugh in her face. “Hes good to Polly always, and puts on her cloak for her, and saysmy dear, and kisses hergood-night, and dont think its silly, and I wish I had a brother just like him, yes, I do!” And Maud showed signs of woe31, for her disappointment about going was very great. “Bless my boots! whats the chicken ruffling32 up her little feathers and pecking at me for? Is that the way Polly soothes33 the best of brothers?” said Tom, still laughing. “Oh, I forgot! there, I wont cry; but I do want to go,” and Maud swallowed her tears, and began to stroke again. Now Toms horse and sleigh were in the stable, for he meant to drive out to College that evening, but he did nt take Mauds hint. It was less trouble to lie still, and say in a conciliatory tone, “Tell me some more about this good boy, its very interesting.” “No, I shant, but Ill tell about Puttels playing on the piano,” said Maud, anxious to efface34 the memory of her momentary35 weakness. “Polly points to the right key with a little stick, and Puttel sits on the stool and pats each key as its touched, and it makes a tune36. Its so funny to see her, and Nick perches37 on the rack and sings as if hed kill himself.” “Very thrilling,” said Tom, in a sleepy tone. Maud felt that her conversation was not as interesting as she hoped, and tried again. “Polly thinks you are handsomer than Mr. Sydney.” “Much obliged.” “I asked which she thought had the nicest face, and she said yours was the handsomest, and his the best.” “Does he ever go there?” asked a sharp voice behind them; and looking round Maud saw Fanny in the big chair, cooking her feet over the register. “I never saw him there; he sent up some books one day, and Will teased her about it.” “What did she do?” demanded Fanny. “Oh, she shook him.” “What a spectacle!” and Tom looked as if he would have enjoyed seeing it, but Fannys face grew so forbidding, that Toms little dog, who was approaching to welcome her, put his tail between his legs and fled under the table. “Then there is nt any Sparking Sunday night?” sung Tom, who appeared to have waked up again. “Of course not. Polly is nt going to marry anybody; shes going to keep house for Will when hes a minister, I heard her say so,” cried Maud, with importance. “What a fate for pretty Polly!” ejaculated Tom. “She likes it, and Im sure I should think she would; its beautiful to hearem plan it all out.” “Any more gossip to retail38, Pug?” asked Tom a minute after, as Maud seemed absorbed in visions of the future. “He told a funny story about blowing up one of the professors. You never told us, so I suppose you did nt know it. Some bad fellow put a torpedo39, or some sort of powder thing, under the chair, and it went off in the midst of the lesson, and the poor man flew up, frightened most to pieces, and the boys ran with pails of water to put the fire out. But the thing that made Will laugh most was, that the very fellow who did it got his trousers burnt trying to put out the fire, and he asked the is it Faculty40 or President?” “Either will do,” murmured Tom, who was shaking with suppressed laughter. “Well, he askedem to give him some new ones, and they did give him money enough, for a nice pair; but he got some cheap ones, with horrid42 great stripes onem, and always woreem to that particular class, which was one too many for the fellows, Will said, and with the rest of the money he had a punch party. Was nt it dreadful?” “Awful!” And Tom exploded into a great laugh, that made Fanny cover her ears, and the little dog bark wildly. “Did you know that bad boy?” asked innocent Maud. “Slightly,” gasped43 Tom, in whose wardrobe at college those identical trousers were hanging at that moment. “Dont make such a noise, my head aches dreadfully,” said Fanny, fretfully. “Girls heads always do ache,” answered Tom, subsiding45 from a roar into a chuckle46. “What pleasure you boys can find in such ungentlemanly things, I dont see,” said Fanny, who was evidently out of sorts. “As much a mystery to you as it is to us, how you girls can like to gabble and prink from one weeks end to the other,” retorted Tom. There was a pause after this little passage-at-arms, but Fan wanted to be amused, for time hung heavily on her hands, so she asked, in a more amiable47 tone, “Hows Trix?” “As sweet as ever,” answered Tom, gruffly. “Did she scold you, as usual?” “She just did.” “What was the matter?” “Well, Ill leave it to you if this is nt unreasonable48: she wont dance with me herself, yet dont like me to go it with anybody else. I said, I thought, if a fellow took a girl to a party, she ought to dance with him once, at least, especially if they were engaged. She said that was the very reason why she should nt do it; so, at the last hop13, I let her alone, and had a gay time with Belle49, and to-day Trix gave it to me hot and heavy, coming home from church.” “If you go and engage yourself to a girl like that, I dont know what you can expect. Did she wear her Paris hat to-day?” added Fan, with sudden interest in her voice. “She wore some sort of a blue thing, with a confounded bird of Paradise in it, that kept whisking into my face every time she turned her head.” “Men never know a pretty thing when they see it. That hat is perfectly50 lovely.” “They know a lady when they see her, and Trix dont look like one; I cant say where the trouble is, but theres too much fuss and feathers for my taste. You are twice as stylish51, yet you never look loud or fast.” Touched by this unusual compliment, Fanny drew her chair nearer as she replied with complacency, “Yes, I flatter myself I do know how to dress well. Trix never did; shes fond of gay colors, and generally looks like a walking rainbow.” “Cant you give her a hint? Tell her not to wear blue gloves anyway, she knows I hateem.” “Ive done my best for your sake, Tom, but she is a perverse52 creature, and dont mind a word I say, even about things much more objectionable than blue gloves.” “Maudie, run and bring me my other cigar case, its lying round somewhere.” Maud went; and as soon as the door was shut, Tom rose on his elbow, saying in a cautiously lowered voice, “Fan, does Trix paint?” “Yes, and draws too,” answered Fanny, with a sly laugh. “Come, you know what I mean; Ive a right to ask and you ought to tell,” said Tom, soberly, for he was beginning to find that being engaged was not unmitigated bliss53. “What makes you think she does?” “Well, between ourselves,” said Tom, looking a little sheepish, but anxious to set his mind at rest, “she never will let me kiss her on her cheek, nothing but an unsatisfactory peck at her lips. Then the other day, as I took a bit of heliotrope54 out of a vase to put in my button-hole, I whisked a drop of water into her face; I was going to wipe it off, but she pushed my hand away, and ran to the glass, where she carefully dabbed55 it dry, and came back with one cheek redder than the other. I did nt say anything, but I had my suspicions. Come now, does she?” “Yes, she does; but dont say a word to her, for shell never forgive my telling if she knew it.” “I dont care for that; I dont like it, and I wont have it,” said Tom, decidedly. “You cant help yourself. Half the girls do it, either paint or powder, darken their lashes56 with burnt hair-pins, or take cologne on lumps of sugar or belladonna to make their eyes bright. Clara tried arsenic57 for her complexion58, but her mother stopped it,” said Fanny, betraying the secrets of the prison-house in the basest manner. “I knew you girls were a set of humbugs59, and very pretty ones, too, some of you, but I cant say I like to see you painted up like a lot of actresses,” said Tom, with an air of disgust. “I dont do anything of the sort, or need it, but Trix does; and having chosen her, you must abide60 your choice, for better or worse.” “It has nt come to that yet,” muttered Tom, as he lay down again with a rebellious61 air. Mauds return put an end to these confidences, though Tom excited her curiosity by asking the mysterious question, “I say, Fan, is Polly up to that sort of thing?” “No, she thinks its awful. When she gets pale and dragged out she will probably change her mind.” “I doubt it,” said Tom. “Polly says it is nt proper to talk secrets before people who aint in em,” observed Maud, with dignity. “Do, for mercy sake, stop talking about Polly, Im sick to death of it,” cried Fanny, snappishly. “Hullo!” and Tom sat up to take a survey. “I thought you were bosom62 friends, and as spoony as ever.” “Well, I am fond of Polly, but I get tired of hearing Maud sing her praises everlastingly63. Now dont go and repeat that, chatterbox.” “My goodness, is nt she cross?” whispered Maud to Tom. “As two sticks; let her be. Theres the bell; see who it is, Pug,” answered Tom, as a tingle64 broke the silence of the house. Maud went to peep over the banisters, and came flying back in a rapture65. “Its Will come for me! Cant I go? It dont snow hard, and Ill bundle up, and you can send for me when papa comes.” “I dont care what you do,” answered Fan, who was in a very bad temper. Without waiting for any other permission, Maud rushed away to get ready. Will would nt come up, he was so snowy, and Fanny was glad, because with her he was bashful, awkward, and silent, so Tom went down and entertained him with Mauds report. They were very good friends, but led entirely66 different lives, Will being a “dig,” and Tom a “bird,” or, in plain English, one was a hard student, and the other a jolly young gentleman. Tom had rather patronized Will, who did nt like it, and showed that he did nt by refusing to borrow money of him, or accept any of his invitations to join the clubs and societies to which Tom belonged. So Shaw let Milton alone, and he got on very well in his own way, doggedly67 sticking to his books, and resisting all temptations but those of certain libraries, athletic68 games, and such inexpensive pleasures as were within his means; for this benighted69 youth had not yet discovered that college nowadays is a place in which to “sky-lark,” not to study. When Maud came down and trotted70contentedly71 away, holding Wills hand, Tom watched them out of sight, and then strolled about the house whistling and thinking, till he went to sleep in his fathers arm-chair, for want of something better to do. He awoke to the joys of a solitary72 tea, for his mother never came down, and Fanny shut herself and her headache up in her own room. “Well, this is cheerful,” he said, as the clock struck eight, and his fourth cigar came to an end. “Trix is mad, and Fan in the dumps, so I ll take myself off. Guess Ill go round to Pollys, and ask Will to drive out with me, and save him the walk, poor chap. Might bring Midget home, it will please her, and theres no knowing when the governor will be back.” With these thoughts in his head, Tom leisurely73 got under way, and left his horse at a neighboring stable, for he meant to make a little call, and see what it was Maud enjoyed so much. “Polly is holding forth,” he said to himself, as he went quietly up stairs, and the steady murmur41 of a pleasant voice came down to him. Tom laughed at Pollys earnest way of talking when she was interested in anything. But he liked it because it was so different from the coquettish clatter74 of most of the girls with whom he talked. Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion. The door was ajar, and pausing in the dark entry Tom took a survey before he went in. The prospect75 was not dazzling, but home-like and pleasant. The light of a bright fire filled the little room, and down on a stool before it was Maud tending Puttel, and watching with deep interest the roasting of an apple intended for her special benefit. On the couch lounged Will, his thoughtful eyes fixed76 on Polly, who, while she talked, smoothed the broad forehead of her “yellow-haired laddie” in a way that Tom thought an immense improvement on Mauds performance. They had evidently been building castles in the air, for Polly was saying in her most impressive manner, “Well, whatever you do, Will, dont have a great, costly77 church that takes so much money to build and support it that you have nothing to give away. I like the plain, old-fashioned churches, built for use, not show, where people met for hearty78 praying and preaching, and where everybody made their own music instead of listening to opera singers, as we do now. I dont care if the old churches were bare and cold, and the seats hard, there was real piety79 in them, and the sincerity80 of it was felt in the lives of the people. I dont want a religion that I put away with my Sunday clothes, and dont take out till the day comes round again; I want something to see and feel and live by day-by-day, and I hope youll be one of the true ministers, who can teach by precept81 and example, how to get and keep it.” “I hope I shall be, Polly, but you know they say that in families, if there is a boy who cant do anything else, they make a minister of him. I sometimes think I aint good for much, and that seems to me the reason why I should nt even try to be a minister,” said Will, smiling, yet looking as if with all his humility82 he did have faith in the aspirations83 that came to him in his best moments. “Some one said that very thing to father once, and I remember he answered, I am glad to give my best and brightest son to the service of God.” “Did he say that?” and Wills color rose, for the big, book-loving fellow was as sensitive as a girl to the praise of those dearest to him. “Yes,” said Polly, unconsciously giving the strongest stimulus84 to her brothers hope and courage. “Yes, and he added, I shall let my boys follow the guide that is in them, and only ask of them to use their gifts conscientiously85, and be honest, useful men.” “So we will! Ned is doing well out West, and Im hard at it here. If father does his best to give us the chance we each want, the least we can do is to work with a will.” “Whatever you do, you cant help working with a Will,” cried Tom, who had been so interested, that he forgot he was playing eavesdropper86. Polly flew up, looking so pleased and surprised, that Tom reproached himself for not having called oftener. “Ive come for Maud,” he announced, in a paternal87 tone, which made that young lady open her eyes. “I cant go till my apple is done; besides, it is nt nine yet, and Will is going to take me along, when he goes. Id rather have him.” “Im going to take you both in the cutter. The storm is over, but it is heavy walking, so youll drive out with me, old man?” said Tom, with a nod at Will. “Of course he will; and thank you very much. Ive been trying to keep him all night; Miss Mills always manages to find a corner for stray people, but he insists on going, so as to get to work early to-morrow,” said Polly, delighted to see that Tom was taking off his coat, as if he meant to wait for Mauds apple, which Polly blessed for being so slow to cook. Putting her guest into the best chair, Polly sat down and beamed at him with such hospitable88 satisfaction, that Tom went up several pegs89 in his own estimation. “You dont come very often, so we are rather over-powered when you do honor us,” she said, demurely90. “Well, you, know we fellows are so busy, we have nt much time to enjoy ourselves,” answered Tom. “Ahem!” said Will, loudly. “Take a troche,” said Tom. Then they both burst out laughing, and Polly, fully44 understanding the joke, joined them, saying, “Here are some peanuts, Tom; do enjoy yourself while you can.” “Now I call that a delicate compliment!” And Tom, who had not lost his early relish91 for this sort of refreshment92, though he seldom indulged his passion nowadays, because peanuts are considered vulgar, fell to cracking and munching93 with great satisfaction. “Do you remember the first visit I made at your house, how you gave me peanuts, coming from the depot94, and frightened me out of my wits, pretending the coachman was tipsy?” asked Polly. “Of course I do, and how we coasted one day,” answered Tom, laughing. “Yes, and the velocipede; youve got the scar of that yet, I see.” “I remember how you stood by me while it was sewed up; that was very plucky95, Polly.” “I was dreadfully afraid, but I remember I wanted to seem very brave, because youd called me a coward.” “Did I? Ought to have been ashamed of myself. I used to rough you shamefully96, Polly, and you were so good-natured, you let me do it.” “Could nt help myself,” laughed Polly. “I did use to think you were an awful boy, but seems to me I rather liked it.” “She had so much of it at home, she got used to it,” put in Will, pulling the little curl behind Pollys ear. “You boys never teased me as Tom did, thats the reason it amused me, I suppose; novelty hath charms, you know.” “Grandma used to lecture Tom for plaguing you, Polly, and he used to say hed be a tip-top boy, but he was nt,” observed Maud, with a venerable air. “Dear old grandma; she did her best, but Im a bad lot,” said Tom, with a shake of the head and a sober face. “It always seems as if she must be up in her rooms, and I cant get used to finding them empty,” added Polly, softly. “Father would nt have anything moved, and Tom sits up there sometimes; it makes him feel good, he says,” said Maud, who had a talent for betraying trifles which people preferred should not be mentioned in public. “Youd better hurry up your apple, for if it is nt done pretty soon, youll have to leave it, Pug,” said Tom, looking annoyed. “How is Fan?” asked Polly, with tact97. “Well, Fan is rather under the weather; says shes dyspeptic, which means cross.” “She is cross, but shes sick too, for I found her crying one day, and she said nobody cared about her, and she might as well be dead,” added Maud, having turned her apple with tender care. “We must try to cheer her up, among us. If I was nt so busy Id like to devote myself to her, she has done so much for me,” said Polly, gratefully. “I wish you could. I cant understand her, for she acts like a weathercock, and I never know how Im going to find her. I hate to have her mope so, but, upon my life, I dont know what to do,” said Tom; but as he uttered the words, something was suggested by the sight before him. Chairs were few, and Polly had taken half of Wills when they drew round the fire. Now she was leaning against him, in a cosy, confiding98 way, delightful99 to behold100, while Wills strong arm went round her with a protecting air, which said, as plainly as any words, that this big brother and small sister knew how to love and help one another. It was a pleasant little picture, all the pleasanter for its unconsciousness, and Tom found it both suggestive and agreeable. “Poor old Fan, she dont get much petting; maybe thats what she wants. Ill try it and see, for she stands by me like a trump101. If she was a rosy102, cosy little woman, like Polly, it would come easier, though,” thought Tom, as he meditatively103 ate his last nut, feeling that fraternal affection could not be very difficult of demonstration104, to brothers blessed with pretty, good-tempered sisters. “I told Tom about the bad fellow who blew up the professor, and he said he knew him, slightly; and I was so relieved, because I had a kind of a feeling that it was Tom himself, you and Will laughed so about it.” Maud had a queer way of going on with her own thoughts, and suddenly coming out with whatever lay uppermost, regardless of time, place, or company. As this remark fell from her, there was a general smile, and Polly said, with mock solemnity, “It was a sad thing, and Ive no doubt that misguided young man is very sorry for it now.” “He looked perfectly bowed down with remorse105 last time I saw him,” said Will, regarding Tom with eyes full of fun, for Will was a boy as well as a bookworm, and relished106 a joke as well as scatter-brained Tom. “He always is remorseful107 after a scrape, Ive understood, for he is nt a very bad fellow, only his spirits are one too many for him, and he is nt as fond of his book as another fellow I know.” “Im afraid hell he expelled if he dont mind,” said Polly, warningly. “Should nt wonder if he was, hes such an unlucky dog,” answered Tom, rather soberly. “I hope hell remember that his friends will be very much disappointed if he is. He might make them so proud and happy; that I guess he will, for he is nt half as thoughtless as he makes himself out,” said Polly, looking across at Tom with such friendly eyes that he was quite touched, though of course he did nt show it. “Thank you, Polly; he may pull through, but I have my doubts. Now old man, let uspud along; its getting late for the chicken,” he added, relapsing into the graceful108 diction with which a classical education gifts its fortunate possessor. Taking advantage of the moment while Will was wrestling with his boots in the closet, and Maud was absorbed in packing her apple into a large basket, Polly said to Tom in a low tone, “Thank you very much, for being so kind to Will.” “Bless your heart, I have nt done anything; hes such a proud fellow he wont let me,” answered Tom. “But you do in many little ways; to-night, for example. Do you think I dont know that the suit of clothes hes just got would have cost a good deal more, if your tailor had nt made them? Hes only a boy, and dont understand things yet; but I know your way of helping109 proud people; so that they dont find it out, and I do thank you, Tom, so much.” “Oh, come, Polly, that wont do. What do you know about tailors and college matters?” said Tom, looking as much confused as if she had found him out in something reprehensible110. “I dont know much, and thats the reason why Im grateful for your kindness to Will. I dont care what stories they tell about you, Im sure, you wont lead him into trouble, but keep him straight, for my sake. You know Ive lost one brother, and Will takes Jimmys place to me now.” The tears in Pollys eyes as she said that made Tom vow111 a tremendous vow within himself to stand by Will through thick and thin, and “keep him straight for Pollys sake”; feeling all the time how ill-fitted he was for such a task. “Ill do my best,” he said, heartily112, as he pressed the hand Polly gave him, with a look which assured her that he felt the appeal to his honor, and that henceforth the country lad was safe from all the temptations Tom could have offered him. “There! now I shall give that to mamma to take her pills in; its just what she likes, and it pleases her to be thought of,” said Maud, surveying her gift with complacency, as she put on her things. “Youre a good little soul, to remember poor mum, said Tom, with an approving nod. “Well, she was so pleased with the grapes you brought her, I thought I d try something, and maybe shed say Thank you, darling, to me too. Do you think she will?” whispered Maud, with the wistful look so often seen on her little plain face. “See if she dont;” and to Mauds great surprise Tom did nt laugh at her project. “Good night, dear; take care of yourself, and keep your muffler round your mouth going over the bridge, or youll be as hoarse113 as a crow to-morrow,” said Polly, as she kissed her brother, who returned it without looking as if he thought it “girls nonsense” Then the three piled into the sleigh and drove off, leave Polly nodding on the doorstep. Maud found the drive altogether too short, but was consoled by the promise of a longer one if the sleighing lasted till next Saturday: and when Tom ran up to bid his mother good-by, and give her a hint about Mauds gift, she stayed below to say, at the last minute, in unconscious imitation of Polly. “Good night; take care of yourself, my dear.” Tom laughed, and was about to pinch the much enduring little nose; but, as if the words reminded him of something, he gave her a kiss instead, a piece of forbearance which almost took Mauds breath away with surprise and gratification. It was rather a silent drive, for Will obediently kept his muffler up, and Tom fell into a brown study. He was not much given to reflection, but occasionally indulged when something gave him a turn in that direction, and at such times he was as sober and sincere as could be desired. Any one might have lectured him for an hour without doing as much good as that little call and the chat that grew out of it, for, though nothing very wise or witty114 was said, many things were suggested, and every one knows that persuasive115 influences are better than any amount of moralizing. Neither Polly nor Will tried to do anything of the sort, and that was the charm of it. Nobody likes to be talked to, but nobody can resist the eloquence116 of unconscious preaching. With all his thoughtlessness, Tom was quick to see and feel these things, and was not spoilt enough yet to laugh at them. The sight of Will and Pollys simple affection for one another reminded him of a neglected duty so pleasantly, that he could not forget it. Talking of early days made him wish he could go back and start again, doing better. Grandmas name recalled the tender memory that always did him good, and the thought that Polly trusted her dearest brother to his care stirred up a manful desire to deserve the confidence. Tortures would nt have drawn117 a word of all this from him, but it had its effect, for boys dont leave their hearts and consciences behind them when they enter college, and little things of this sort do much to keep both from being damaged by the four years scrimmage which begins the battle of life for most of them.点击收听单词发音  1inviting   adj.诱人的,引人注目的参考例句: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。2ravaged   毁坏( ravage的过去式和过去分词 ); 蹂躏; 劫掠; 抢劫参考例句:a country ravaged by civil war 遭受内战重创的国家The whole area was ravaged by forest fires. 森林火灾使整个地区荒废了。3peals   n.(声音大而持续或重复的)洪亮的响声( peal的名词复数 );隆隆声;洪亮的钟声;钟乐v.(使)(钟等)鸣响,(雷等)发出隆隆声( peal的第三人称单数 )参考例句:She burst into peals of laughter. 她忽然哈哈大笑起来。She went into fits/peals of laughter. 她发出阵阵笑声。 来自辞典例句4dodging   n.避开,闪过,音调改变v.闪躲( dodge的现在分词 );回避参考例句:He ran across the road, dodging the traffic. 他躲开来往的车辆跑过马路。I crossed the highway, dodging the traffic. 我避开车流穿过了公路。 来自辞典例句5freshman   n.大学一年级学生(可兼指男女)参考例句:Jack decided to live in during his freshman year at college.杰克决定大一时住校。He is a freshman in the show business.他在演艺界是一名新手。6twilight   n.暮光,黄昏;暮年,晚期,衰落时期参考例句:Twilight merged into darkness.夕阳的光辉融于黑暗中。Twilight was sweet with the smell of lilac and freshly turned earth.薄暮充满紫丁香和新翻耕的泥土的香味。7cosy   adj.温暖而舒适的,安逸的参考例句:We spent a cosy evening chatting by the fire.我们在炉火旁聊天度过了一个舒适的晚上。It was so warm and cosy in bed that Simon didnt want to get out.床上温暖而又舒适,西蒙简直不想下床了。8festive   adj.欢宴的,节日的参考例句:It was Christmas and everyone was in festive mood.当时是圣诞节,每个人都沉浸在节日的欢乐中。We all wore festive costumes to the ball.我们都穿着节日的盛装前去参加舞会。9muffle   v.围裹;抑制;发低沉的声音参考例句:Mother made an effort to muffle her emotions.母亲努力控制自己的感情。I put my hand over my mouth to muffle my words,so only my friend could hear. 我把手挡在嘴上,遮住声音,仅让我的朋友听到。10trudged   vt.& vi.跋涉,吃力地走(trudge的过去式与过去分词形式)参考例句:He trudged the last two miles to the town. 他步履艰难地走完最后两英里到了城里。He trudged wearily along the path. 他沿着小路疲惫地走去。 来自《简明英汉词典》11humble   adj.谦卑的,恭顺的;地位低下的;v.降低,贬低参考例句:In my humble opinion,he will win the election.依我拙见,他将在选举中获胜。Defeat and failure make people humble.挫折与失败会使人谦卑。12quench   vt.熄灭,扑灭;压制参考例句:The firemen were unable to quench the fire.消防人员无法扑灭这场大火。Having a bottle of soft drink is not enough to quench my thirst.喝一瓶汽水不够解渴。13hop   n.单脚跳,跳跃;vi.单脚跳,跳跃;着手做某事;vt.跳跃,跃过参考例句:The children had a competition to see who could hop the fastest.孩子们举行比赛,看谁单足跳跃最快。How long can you hop on your right foot?你用右脚能跳多远?14fumble   vi.笨拙地用手摸、弄、接等,摸索参考例句:His awkwardness made him fumble with the key.由于尴尬不安,他拿钥匙开锁时显得笨手笨脚。He fumbled his one-handed attempt to light his cigarette.他笨拙地想用一只手点燃香烟。15spoke   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;从某种观点来说参考例句: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。16gratitude   adj.感激,感谢参考例句:I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的谢意。She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。17flakes   小薄片( flake的名词复数 ); (尤指)碎片; 雪花; 古怪的人参考例句:Its snowing in great flakes. 天下着鹅毛大雪。It is snowing in great flakes. 正值大雪纷飞。18countenance   n.脸色,面容;面部表情;vt.支持,赞同参考例句:At the sight of this photograph he changed his countenance.他一看见这张照片脸色就变了。I made a fierce countenance as if I would eat him alive.我脸色恶狠狠地,仿佛要把他活生生地吞下去。19disconsolately   adv.悲伤地,愁闷地;哭丧着脸参考例句:A dilapidated house stands disconsolately amid the rubbles. 一栋破旧的房子凄凉地耸立在断垣残壁中。 来自辞典例句”I suppose you have to have some friends before you can get in,she added, disconsolately. “我看得先有些朋友才能进这一行,”她闷闷不乐地加了一句。 来自英汉文学 – 嘉莉妹妹20baker   n.面包师参考例句:The baker bakes his bread in the bakery.面包师在面包房内烤面包。The baker frosted the cake with a mixture of sugar and whites of eggs.面包师在蛋糕上撒了一层白糖和蛋清的混合料。21oyster   n.牡蛎;沉默寡言的人参考例句:I enjoy eating oyster; its really delicious.我喜欢吃牡蛎,它味道真美。I find I fairly like eating when he finally persuades me to taste the oyster.当他最后说服我尝尝牡蛎时,我发现我相当喜欢吃。22thump   v.重击,砰然地响;n.重击,重击声参考例句:The thief hit him a thump on the head.贼在他的头上重击一下。The excitement made her heart thump.她兴奋得心怦怦地跳。23tassels   n.穗( tassel的名词复数 );流苏状物;(植物的)穗;玉蜀黍的穗状雄花v.抽穗, (玉米)长穗须( tassel的第三人称单数 );使抽穗, (为了使作物茁壮生长)摘去穗状雄花;用流苏装饰参考例句:Tassels and Trimmings, Pillows, Wall Hangings, Table Runners, Bell. 采购产品垂饰,枕头,壁挂,表亚军,钟。 来自互联网Cotton Fabrics, Embroidery and Embroiders, Silk, Silk Fabric, Pillows, Tassels and Trimmings. 采购产品棉花织物,刺绣品而且刺绣,丝,丝织物,枕头,流行和装饰品。 来自互联网24tickle   v.搔痒,胳肢;使高兴;发痒;n.搔痒,发痒参考例句:Wilson was feeling restless. There was a tickle in his throat.威尔逊只觉得心神不定。嗓子眼里有些发痒。I am tickle pink at the news.听到这消息我高兴得要命。25hesitation   n.犹豫,踌躇参考例句:After a long hesitation, he told the truth at last.踌躇了半天,他终于直说了。There was a certain hesitation in her manner.她的态度有些犹豫不决。26apron   n.围裙;工作裙参考例句: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。27growled   v.(动物)发狺狺声, (雷)作隆隆声( growl的过去式和过去分词 );低声咆哮着说参考例句:”They ought to be birched, ” growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他们应受到鞭打。” 来自《简明英汉词典》He growled out an answer. 他低声威胁着回答。 来自《简明英汉词典》28delinquent   adj.犯法的,有过失的;n.违法者参考例句:Most delinquent children have deprived backgrounds.多数少年犯都有未受教育的背景。He is delinquent in paying his rent.他拖欠房租。29groan   vi./n.呻吟,抱怨;(发出)呻吟般的声音参考例句:The wounded man uttered a groan.那个受伤的人发出呻吟。The people groan under the burden of taxes.人民在重税下痛苦呻吟。30sniff   vi.嗅…味道;抽鼻涕;对嗤之以鼻,蔑视参考例句:The police used dogs to sniff out the criminals in their hiding – place.警察使用警犬查出了罪犯的藏身地点。When Munchie meets a dog on the beach, they sniff each other for a while.当麦奇在海滩上碰到另一条狗的时候,他们会彼此嗅一会儿。31woe   n.悲哀,苦痛,不幸,困难;int.用来表达悲伤或惊慌参考例句:Our two peoples are brothers sharing weal and woe.我们两国人民是患难与共的兄弟。A man is well or woe as he thinks himself so.自认祸是祸,自认福是福。32ruffling   弄皱( ruffle的现在分词 ); 弄乱; 激怒; 扰乱参考例句:A cool breeze brushed his face, ruffling his hair. 一阵凉风迎面拂来,吹乱了他的头发。”Indeed, they do not,said Pitty, ruffling. “说真的,那倒不一定。” 皮蒂皱皱眉头,表示异议。33soothes   v.安慰( soothe的第三人称单数 );抚慰;使舒服;减轻痛苦参考例句:Fear grasps, love lets go. Fear rankles, love soothes. 恐惧使人痛心,爱使痛苦减轻。 来自互联网His loe celebrates her victories and soothes her wounds. 他的爱庆祝她的胜利,也抚平她的创伤。 来自互联网34efface   v.擦掉,抹去参考例句:It takes many years to efface the unpleasant memories of a war.许多年后才能冲淡战争的不愉快记忆。He could not efface the impression from his mind.他不能把这个印象从心中抹去。35momentary   adj.片刻的,瞬息的;短暂的参考例句:We are in momentary expectation of the arrival of you.我们无时无刻不在盼望你的到来。I caught a momentary glimpse of them.我瞥了他们一眼。36tune   n.调子;和谐,协调;v.调音,调节,调整参考例句:Hed written a tune,and played it to us on the piano.他写了一段曲子,并在钢琴上弹给我们听。The boy beat out a tune on a tin can.那男孩在易拉罐上敲出一首曲子。37perches   栖息处( perch的名词复数 ); 栖枝; 高处; 鲈鱼参考例句:Other protection can be obtained by providing wooden perches througout the orchards. 其它保护措施是可在种子园中到处设置木制的栖木。The birds were hopping about on their perches and twittering. 鸟儿在栖木上跳来跳去,吱吱地叫着。38retail   v./n.零售;adv.以零售价格参考例句:In this shop they retail tobacco and sweets.这家铺子零售香烟和糖果。These shoes retail at 10 yuan a pair.这些鞋子零卖10元一双。39torpedo   n.水雷,地雷;v.用鱼雷破坏参考例句:His ship was blown up by a torpedo.他的船被一枚鱼雷炸毁了。Torpedo boats played an important role during World War Two.鱼雷艇在第二次世界大战中发挥了重要作用。40faculty   n.才能;学院,系;(学院或系的)全体教学人员参考例句:He has a great faculty for learning foreign languages.他有学习外语的天赋。He has the faculty of saying the right thing at the right time.他有在恰当的时候说恰当的话的才智。41murmur   n.低语,低声的怨言;v.低语,低声而言参考例句:They paid the extra taxes without a murmur.他们毫无怨言地交了附加税。There was a low murmur of conversation in the hall.大厅里有窃窃私语声。42horrid   adj.可怕的;令人惊恐的;恐怖的;极讨厌的参考例句:Im not going to the horrid dinner party.我不打算去参加这次讨厌的宴会。The medicine is horrid and she couldnt get it down.这种药很难吃,她咽不下去。43gasped   v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要参考例句:She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》44fully   adv.完全地,全部地,彻底地;充分地参考例句:The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。45subsiding   v.(土地)下陷(因在地下采矿)( subside的现在分词 );减弱;下降至较低或正常水平;一下子坐在椅子等上参考例句:The flooded river was subsiding rapidly. 泛滥的河水正在迅速退落。 来自《简明英汉词典》Gradually the tension was subsiding, gradually the governor was relenting. 风潮渐渐地平息了。 来自汉英文学 – 家(1-26) – 家(1-26)46chuckle   vi./n.轻声笑,咯咯笑参考例句:He shook his head with a soft chuckle.他轻轻地笑着摇了摇头。I couldnt suppress a soft chuckle at the thought of it.想到这个,我忍不住轻轻地笑起来。47amiable   adj.和蔼可亲的,友善的,亲切的参考例句:She was a very kind and amiable old woman.她是个善良和气的老太太。We have a very amiable companionship.我们之间存在一种友好的关系。48unreasonable   adj.不讲道理的,不合情理的,过度的参考例句:I know that they made the most unreasonable demands on you.我知道他们对你提出了最不合理的要求。They spend an unreasonable amount of money on clothes.他们花在衣服上的钱太多了。49belle   n.靓女参考例句:She was the belle of her Sunday School class.在主日学校她是她们班的班花。She was the belle of the ball.她是那个舞会中的美女。50perfectly   adv.完美地,无可非议地,彻底地参考例句:The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。Everything that were doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。51stylish   adj.流行的,时髦的;漂亮的,气派的参考例句:Hes a stylish dresser.他是个穿着很有格调的人。What stylish women are wearing in Paris will be worn by women all over the world.巴黎女性时装往往会引导世界时装潮流。52perverse   adj.刚愎的;坚持错误的,行为反常的参考例句:It would be perverse to stop this healthy trend.阻止这种健康发展的趋势是没有道理的。She gets a perverse satisfaction from making other people embarrassed.她有一种不正常的心态,以使别人难堪来取乐。53bliss   n.狂喜,福佑,天赐的福参考例句:Its sheer bliss to be able to spend the day in bed.整天都可以躺在床上真是幸福。Hes in bliss that hes won the Nobel Prize.他非常高兴,因为获得了诺贝尔奖金。54heliotrope   n.天芥菜;淡紫色参考例句:So Laurie played and Jo listened,with her nose luxuriously buried in heliotrope and tea roses.这样劳瑞便弹了起来,裘把自己的鼻子惬意地埋在无芥菜和庚申蔷薇花簇中倾听着。The dragon of eternity sustains the faceted heliotrope crystal of life.永恒不朽的飞龙支撑着寓意着生命的淡紫色多面水晶。55dabbed   (用某物)轻触( dab的过去式和过去分词 ); 轻而快地擦掉(或抹掉); 快速擦拭; (用某物)轻而快地涂上(或点上)…参考例句:She dabbed her eyes and blew her nose. 她轻轻擦了几下眼睛,擤了擤鼻涕。He dabbed at the spot on his tie with a napkin. 他用餐巾快速擦去领带上的污点。56lashes   n.鞭挞( lash的名词复数 );鞭子;突然猛烈的一击;急速挥动v.鞭打( lash的第三人称单数 );煽动;紧系;怒斥参考例句:Mother always lashes out food for the childrens party. 孩子们聚会时,母亲总是给他们许多吃的。 来自《简明英汉词典》Never walk behind a horse in case it lashes out. 绝对不要跟在马后面,以防它突然猛踢。 来自《简明英汉词典》57arsenic   n.砒霜,砷;adj.砷的参考例句:His wife poisoned him with arsenic.他的妻子用砒霜把他毒死了。Arsenic is a poison.砒霜是毒药。58complexion   n.肤色;情况,局面;气质,性格参考例句:Red does not suit with her complexion.红色与她的肤色不协调。Her resignation puts a different complexion on things.她一辞职局面就全变了。59humbugs   欺骗( humbug的名词复数 ); 虚伪; 骗子; 薄荷硬糖参考例句:60abide   vi.遵守;坚持;vt.忍受参考例句:You must abide by the results of your mistakes.你必须承担你的错误所造成的后果。If you join the club,you have to abide by its rules.如果你参加俱乐部,你就得遵守它的规章。61rebellious   adj.造反的,反抗的,难控制的参考例句:They will be in danger if they are rebellious.如果他们造反,他们就要发生危险。Her reply was mild enough,but her thoughts were rebellious.她的回答虽然很温和,但她的心里十分反感。62bosom   n.胸,胸部;胸怀;内心;adj.亲密的参考例句:She drew a little book from her bosom.她从怀里取出一本小册子。A dark jealousy stirred in his bosom.他内心生出一阵恶毒的嫉妒。63everlastingly   永久地,持久地参考例句:Why didnt he hold the Yankees instead of everlastingly retreating? 他为什么不将北军挡住,反而节节败退呢?”Im tired of everlastingly being unnatural and never doing anything I want to do. “我再也忍受不了这样无休止地的勉强自己,永远不能赁自己高兴做事。64tingle   vi.感到刺痛,感到激动;n.刺痛,激动参考例句:The music made my blood tingle.那音乐使我热血沸腾。The cold caused a tingle in my fingers.严寒使我的手指有刺痛感。65rapture   n.狂喜;全神贯注;着迷;v.使狂喜参考例句:His speech was received with rapture by his supporters.他的演说受到支持者们的热烈欢迎。In the midst of his rapture,he was interrupted by his father.他正欢天喜地,被他父亲打断了。66entirely   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。67doggedly   adv.顽强地,固执地参考例句:He was still doggedly pursuing his studies.他仍然顽强地进行着自己的研究。He trudged doggedly on until he reached the flat.他顽强地、步履艰难地走着,一直走回了公寓。68athletic   adj.擅长运动的,强健的;活跃的,体格健壮的参考例句:This area has been marked off for athletic practice.这块地方被划出来供体育训练之用。He is an athletic star.他是一个运动明星。69benighted   adj.蒙昧的参考例句:Listen to both sides and you will be enlightened,heed only one side and you will be benighted.兼听则明,偏信则暗。Famine hit that benighted country once more.饥荒再次席卷了那个蒙昧的国家。70trotted   小跑,急走( trot的过去分词 ); 匆匆忙忙地走参考例句:She trotted her pony around the field. 她骑着小马绕场慢跑。Anne trotted obediently beside her mother. 安妮听话地跟在妈妈身边走。71contentedly   adv.心满意足地参考例句:My father sat puffing contentedly on his pipe.父亲坐着心满意足地抽着烟斗。”This is brother Johns writing,”said Sally,contentedly,as she opened the letter.72solitary   adj.孤独的,独立的,荒凉的;n.隐士参考例句:I am rather fond of a solitary stroll in the country.我颇喜欢在乡间独自徜徉。The castle rises in solitary splendour on the fringe of the desert.这座城堡巍然耸立在沙漠的边际,显得十分壮美。73leisurely   adj.悠闲的;从容的,慢慢的参考例句:We walked in a leisurely manner,looking in all the windows.我们慢悠悠地走着,看遍所有的橱窗。He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.他从容的吃了早餐,高兴的开车去工作。74clatter   v./n.(使)发出连续而清脆的撞击声参考例句:The dishes and bowls slid together with a clatter.碟子碗碰得丁丁当当的。Dont clatter your knives and forks.别把刀叉碰得咔哒响。75prospect   n.前景,前途;景色,视野参考例句:This state of things holds out a cheerful prospect.事态呈现出可喜的前景。The prospect became more evident.前景变得更加明朗了。76fixed   adj.固定的,不变的,准备好的;(计算机)固定的参考例句:Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。77costly   adj.昂贵的,价值高的,豪华的参考例句:It must be very costly to keep up a house like this.维修这么一幢房子一定很昂贵。This dictionary is very useful,only it is a bit costly.这本词典很有用,左不过贵了些。78hearty   adj.热情友好的;衷心的;尽情的,纵情的参考例句:After work they made a hearty meal in the workers 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。79piety   n.虔诚,虔敬参考例句:They were drawn to the church not by piety but by curiosity.他们去教堂不是出于虔诚而是出于好奇。Experience makes us see an enormous difference between piety and goodness.经验使我们看到虔诚与善意之间有着巨大的区别。80sincerity   n.真诚,诚意;真实参考例句:His sincerity added much more authority to the story.他的真诚更增加了故事的说服力。He tried hard to satisfy me of his sincerity.他竭力让我了解他的诚意。81precept   n.戒律;格言参考例句:It occurs to me that example is always more efficacious than precept.我想到身教重于言教。The son had well profited by the precept and example of the father.老太爷的言传身教早已使他儿子获益无穷。82humility   n.谦逊,谦恭参考例句:Humility often gains more than pride.谦逊往往比骄傲收益更多。His voice was still soft and filled with specious humility.他的声音还是那么温和,甚至有点谦卑。83aspirations   强烈的愿望( aspiration的名词复数 ); 志向; 发送气音; 发 h 音参考例句:I didnt realize you had political aspirations. 我没有意识到你有政治上的抱负。The new treaty embodies the aspirations of most nonaligned countries. 新条约体现了大多数不结盟国家的愿望。84stimulus   n.刺激,刺激物,促进因素,引起兴奋的事物参考例句:Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。85conscientiously   adv.凭良心地;认真地,负责尽职地;老老实实参考例句:He kept silent,eating just as conscientiously but as though everything tasted alike. 他一声不吭,闷头吃着,仿佛桌上的饭菜都一个味儿。 来自《简明英汉词典》She discharged all the responsibilities of a minister conscientiously. 她自觉地履行部长的一切职责。 来自《简明英汉词典》86eavesdropper   偷听者参考例句:Now that there is one, the eavesdroppers days may be numbered. 既然现在有这样的设备了,偷窥者的好日子将屈指可数。In transit, this information is scrambled and unintelligible to any eavesdropper. 在传输过程,对该信息进行编码,使窃听者无法获知真正的内容。87paternal   adj.父亲的,像父亲的,父系的,父方的参考例句:I was brought up by my paternal aunt.我是姑姑扶养大的。My father wrote me a letter full of his paternal love for me.我父亲给我写了一封充满父爱的信。88hospitable   adj.好客的;宽容的;有利的,适宜的参考例句:The man is very hospitable.He keeps open house for his friends and fellow-workers.那人十分好客,无论是他的朋友还是同事,他都盛情接待。The locals are hospitable and welcoming.当地人热情好客。89pegs   n.衣夹( peg的名词复数 );挂钉;系帐篷的桩;弦钮v.用夹子或钉子固定( peg的第三人称单数 );使固定在某水平参考例句:She hung up the shirt with two (clothes) pegs. 她用两只衣夹挂上衬衫。 来自辞典例句The vice-presidents were all square pegs in round holes. 各位副总裁也都安排得不得其所。 来自辞典例句90demurely   adv.装成端庄地,认真地参考例句:”On the forehead, like a good brother,she answered demurely. “吻前额,像个好哥哥那样,”她故作正经地回答说。 来自飘(部分)Punctuation is the way one bats ones eyes, lowers ones voice or blushes demurely. 标点就像人眨眨眼睛,低声细语,或伍犯作态。 来自名作英译部分91relish   n.滋味,享受,爱好,调味品;vt.加调味料,享受,品味;vi.有滋味参考例句:I have no relish for pop music.我对流行音乐不感兴趣。I relish the challenge of doing jobs that others turn down.我喜欢挑战别人拒绝做的工作。92refreshment   n.恢复,精神爽快,提神之事物;(复数)refreshments:点心,茶点参考例句:He needs to stop fairly often for refreshment.他须时不时地停下来喘口气。A hot bath is a great refreshment after a days work.在一天工作之后洗个热水澡真是舒畅。93munching   v.用力咀嚼(某物),大嚼( munch的现在分词 )参考例句:He was munching an apple. 他在津津有味地嚼着苹果。 来自《简明英汉词典》Munching the apple as he was, he had an eye for all her movements. 他虽然啃着苹果,但却很留神地监视着她的每一个动作。 来自辞典例句94depot   n.仓库,储藏处;公共汽车站;火车站参考例句:The depot is only a few blocks from here.公共汽车站离这儿只有几个街区。They leased the building as a depot.他们租用这栋大楼作仓库。95plucky   adj.勇敢的参考例句:The plucky schoolgirl amazed doctors by hanging on to life for nearly two months.这名勇敢的女生坚持不放弃生命近两个月的精神令医生感到震惊。This story featured a plucky heroine.这个故事描述了一个勇敢的女英雄。96shamefully   可耻地; 丢脸地; 不体面地; 羞耻地参考例句:He misused his dog shamefully. 他可耻地虐待自己的狗。They have served me shamefully for a long time. 长期以来,他们待我很坏。97tact   n.机敏,圆滑,得体参考例句:She showed great tact in dealing with a tricky situation.她处理棘手的局面表现得十分老练。Tact is a valuable commodity.圆滑老练是很有用处的。98confiding   adj.相信人的,易于相信的v.吐露(秘密,心事等)( confide的现在分词 );(向某人)吐露(隐私、秘密等)参考例句:The girl is of a confiding nature. 这女孩具有轻信别人的性格。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》Celia, though confiding her opinion only to Andrew, disagreed. 西莉亚却不这么看,尽管她只向安德鲁吐露过。 来自辞典例句99delightful   adj.令人高兴的,使人快乐的参考例句:We had a delightful time by the seashore last Sunday.上星期天我们在海滨玩得真痛快。Peter played a delightful melody on his flute.彼得用笛子吹奏了一支欢快的曲子。100behold   v.看,注视,看到参考例句:The industry of these little ants is wonderful to behold.这些小蚂蚁辛勤劳动的样子看上去真令人惊叹。The sunrise at the seaside was quite a sight to behold.海滨日出真是个奇景。101trump   n.王牌,法宝;v.打出王牌,吹喇叭参考例句:He was never able to trump up the courage to have a showdown.他始终鼓不起勇气摊牌。The coach saved his star player for a trump card.教练保留他的明星选手,作为他的王牌。102rosy   adj.美好的,乐观的,玫瑰色的参考例句:She got a new job and her life looks rosy.她找到一份新工作,生活看上去很美好。She always takes a rosy view of life.她总是对生活持乐观态度。103meditatively   adv.冥想地参考例句:The old man looked meditatively at the darts board. 老头儿沉思不语,看着那投镖板。 来自英汉文学”Well,said the foreman, scratching his ear meditatively, “we do need a stitcher. “这–“工头沉思地搔了搔耳朵。 “我们确实需要一个缝纫工。 来自英汉文学 – 嘉莉妹妹104demonstration   n.表明,示范,论证,示威参考例句:His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。He gave a demonstration of the new technique then and there.他当场表演了这种新的操作方法。105remorse   n.痛恨,悔恨,自责参考例句: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。106relished   v.欣赏( relish的过去式和过去分词 );从…获得乐趣;渴望参考例句:The chaplain relished the privacy and isolation of his verdant surroundings. 牧师十分欣赏他那苍翠的环境所具有的幽雅恬静,与世隔绝的气氛。 来自辞典例句Dalleson relished the first portion of the work before him. 达尔生对眼前这工作的前半部分满有兴趣。 来自辞典例句107remorseful   adj.悔恨的参考例句:He represented to the court that the accused was very remorseful.他代被告向法庭陈情说被告十分懊悔。The minister well knew–subtle,but remorseful hypocrite that he was!牧师深知这一切――他是一个多么难以捉摸又懊悔不迭的伪君子啊!108graceful   adj.优美的,优雅的;得体的参考例句:His movements on the parallel bars were very graceful.他的双杠动作可帅了!The ballet dancer is so graceful.芭蕾舞演员的姿态是如此的优美。109helping   n.食物的一份&adj.帮助人的,辅助的参考例句:The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。110reprehensible   adj.该受责备的参考例句:Lying is not seen as being morally reprehensible in any strong way.人们并不把撒谎当作一件应该大加谴责的事儿。It was reprehensible of him to be so disloyal.他如此不忠,应受谴责。111vow   n.誓(言),誓约;v.起誓,立誓参考例句:My parents are under a vow to go to church every Sunday.我父母许愿,每星期日都去做礼拜。I am under a vow to drink no wine.我已立誓戒酒。112heartily   adv.衷心地,诚恳地,十分,很参考例句: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。113hoarse   adj.嘶哑的,沙哑的参考例句:He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶哑的声音问了我一个问题。He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他过于激动,嗓子都喊哑了。114witty   adj.机智的,风趣的参考例句:Her witty remarks added a little salt to the conversation.她的妙语使谈话增添了一些风趣。He scored a bulls-eye in their argument with that witty retort.在他们的辩论中他那一句机智的反驳击中了要害。115persuasive   adj.有说服力的,能说得使人相信的参考例句:His arguments in favour of a new school are very persuasive.他赞成办一座新学校的理由很有说服力。The evidence was not really persuasive enough.证据并不是太有说服力。116eloquence   n.雄辩;口才,修辞参考例句:I am afraid my eloquence did not avail against the facts.恐怕我的雄辩也无补于事实了。The people were charmed by his eloquence.人们被他的口才迷住了。117drawn   v.拖,拉,拔出;adj.憔悴的,紧张的参考例句:All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。上一篇:An Old-Fashioned Girl – Chapter 9下一篇:An Old-Fashioned Girl – Chapter 11google_ad_client = “ca-pub-0119746079916199”;google_ad_slot = “5309864491”;google_ad_width = 728;google_ad_height = 90;TAG标签:giftsafetask发表评论请自觉遵守互联网相关的政策法规,严禁发布色情、暴力、反动的言论。评价:中立好评差评表情:验证码:匿名?发表评论最新评论进入详细评论页function LoadCommets(page)
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