• Little Women - Chapter 43
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    Jo was alone in the twilight1, lying on the old sofa, looking at the fire, and thinking. It was her favorite way of spending the hour of dusk. No one disturbed her, and she used to lie there on Beth's little red pillow, planning stories, dreaming dreams, or thinking tender thoughts of the sister who never seemed far away. Her face looked tired, grave, and rather sad, for tomorrow was her birthday, and she was thinking how fast the years went by, how old she was getting, and how little she seemed to have accomplished2. Almost twenty-five, and nothing to show for it. Jo was mistaken in that. There was a good deal to show, and by-and-by she saw, and was grateful for it.
     
    "An old maid, that's what I'm to be. A literary spinster, with a pen for a spouse3, a family of stories for children, and twenty years hence a morsel4 of fame, perhaps, when, like poor Johnson, I'm old and can't enjoy it, solitary5, and can't share it, independent, and don't need it. Well, I needn't be a sour saint nor a selfish sinner, and, I dare say, old maids are very comfortable when they get used to it, but . . ." and there Jo sighed, as if the prospect6 was not inviting7.
     
    It seldom is, at first, and thirty seems the end of all things to five-and-twenty. But it's not as bad as it looks, and one can get on quite happily if one has something in one's self to fall back upon. At twenty-five, girls begin to talk about being old maids, but secretly resolve that they never will be. At thirty they say nothing about it, but quietly accept the fact, and if sensible, console themselves by remembering that they have twenty more useful, happy years, in which they may be learning to grow old gracefully10. Don't laugh at the spinsters, dear girls, for often very tender, tragic11 romances are hidden away in the hearts that beat so quietly under the sober gowns, and many silent sacrifices of youth, health, ambition, love itself, make the faded faces beautiful in God's sight. Even the sad, sour sisters should be kindly12 dealt with, because they have missed the sweetest part of life, if for no other reason. And looking at them with compassion13, not contempt, girls in their bloom should remember that they too may miss the blossom time. That rosy14 cheeks don't last forever, that silver threads will come in the bonnie brown hair, and that, by-and-by, kindness and respect will be as sweet as love and admiration15 now.
     
    Gentlemen, which means boys, be courteous16 to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim17, for the only chivalry18 worth having is that which is the readiest to pay deference19 to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color. Just recollect20 the good aunts who have not only lectured and fussed, but nursed and petted, too often without thanks, the scrapes they have helped you out of, the tips they have given you from their small store, the stitches the patient old fingers have set for you, the steps the willing old feet have taken, and gratefully pay the dear old ladies the little attentions that women love to receive as long as they live. The bright-eyed girls are quick to see such traits, and will like you all the better for them, and if death, almost the only power that can part mother and son, should rob you of yours, you will be sure to find a tender welcome and maternal21 cherishing from some Aunt Priscilla, who has kept the warmest corner of her lonely old heart for 'the best nevvy in the world'.
     
    Jo must have fallen asleep (as I dare say my reader has during this little homily), for suddenly Laurie's ghost seemed to stand before her, a substantial, lifelike ghost, leaning over her with the very look he used to wear when he felt a good deal and didn't like to show it. But, like Jenny in the ballad22 . . .
     
    She could not think it he
     
    and lay staring up at him in startled silence, till he stooped and kissed her. Then she knew him, and flew up, crying joyfully24 . . .
     
    "Oh my Teddy! Oh my Teddy!"
     
    "Dear Jo, you are glad to see me, then?"
     
    "Glad! My blessed boy, words can't express my gladness. Where's Amy?"
     
    "Your mother has got her down at Meg's. We stopped there by the way, and there was no getting my wife out of their clutches."
     
    "Your what?" cried Jo, for Laurie uttered those two words with an unconscious pride and satisfaction which betrayed him.
     
    "Oh, the dickens! Now I've done it," and he looked so guilty that Jo was down on him like a flash.
     
    "You've gone and got married!"
     
    "Yes, please, but I never will again," and he went down upon his knees, with a penitent25 clasping of hands, and a face full of mischief26, mirth, and triumph.
     
    "Actually married?"
     
    "Very much so, thank you."
     
    "Mercy on us. What dreadful thing will you do next?" and Jo fell into her seat with a gasp27.
     
    "A characteristic, but not exactly complimentary28, congratulation," returned Laurie, still in an abject29 attitude, but beaming with satisfaction.
     
    "What can you expect, when you take one's breath away, creeping in like a burglar, and letting cats out of bags like that? Get up, you ridiculous boy, and tell me all about it."
     
    "Not a word, unless you let me come in my old place, and promise not to barricade30."
     
    Jo laughed at that as she had not done for many a long day, and patted the sofa invitingly31, as she said in a cordial tone, "The old pillow is up garret, and we don't need it now. So, come and 'fess, Teddy."
     
    "How good it sounds to hear you say 'Teddy'! No one ever calls me that but you," and Laurie sat down with an air of great content.
     
    "What does Amy call you?"
     
    "My lord."
     
    "That's like her. Well, you look it," and Jo's eye plainly betrayed that she found her boy comelier32 than ever.
     
    The pillow was gone, but there was a barricade, nevertheless, a natural one, raised by time, absence, and change of heart. Both felt it, and for a minute looked at one another as if that invisible barrier cast a little shadow over them. It was gone directly however, for Laurie said, with a vain attempt at dignity . . .
     
    "Don't I look like a married man and the head of a family?"
     
    "Not a bit, and you never will. You've grown bigger and bonnier, but you are the same scapegrace as ever."
     
    "Now really, Jo, you ought to treat me with more respect," began Laurie, who enjoyed it all immensely.
     
    "How can I, when the mere33 idea of you, married and settled, is so irresistibly34 funny that I can't keep sober!" answered Jo, smiling all over her face, so infectiously that they had another laugh, and then settled down for a good talk, quite in the pleasant old fashion.
     
    "It's no use your going out in the cold to get Amy, for they are all coming up presently. I couldn't wait. I wanted to be the one to tell you the grand surprise, and have 'first skim' as we used to say when we squabbled about the cream."
     
    "Of course you did, and spoiled your story by beginning at the wrong end. Now, start right, and tell me how it all happened. I'm pining to know."
     
    "Well, I did it to please Amy," began Laurie, with a twinkle that made Jo exclaim . . .
     
    "Fib number one. Amy did it to please you. Go on, and tell the truth, if you can, sir."
     
    "Now she's beginning to marm it. Isn't it jolly to hear her?" said Laurie to the fire, and the fire glowed and sparkled as if it quite agreed. "It's all the same, you know, she and I being one. We planned to come home with the Carrols, a month or more ago, but they suddenly changed their minds, and decided35 to pass another winter in Paris. But Grandpa wanted to come home. He went to please me, and I couldn't let him go alone, neither could I leave Amy, and Mrs. Carrol had got English notions about chaperons and such nonsense, and wouldn't let Amy come with us. So I just settled the difficulty by saying, 'Let's be married, and then we can do as we like'."
     
    "Of course you did. You always have things to suit you."
     
    "Not always," and something in Laurie's voice made Jo say hastily . . .
     
    "How did you ever get Aunt to agree?"
     
    "It was hard work, but between us, we talked her over, for we had heaps of good reasons on our side. There wasn't time to write and ask leave, but you all liked it, had consented to it by-and-by, and it was only 'taking time by the fetlock', as my wife says."
     
    "Aren't we proud of those two words, and don't we like to say them?" interrupted Jo, addressing the fire in her turn, and watching with delight the happy light it seemed to kindle36 in the eyes that had been so tragically37 gloomy when she saw them last.
     
    "A trifle, perhaps, she's such a captivating little woman I can't help being proud of her. Well, then Uncle and Aunt were there to play propriety38. We were so absorbed in one another we were of no mortal use apart, and that charming arrangement would make everything easy all round, so we did it."
     
    "When, where, how?" asked Jo, in a fever of feminine interest and curiosity, for she could not realize it a particle.
     
    "Six weeks ago, at the American consul's, in Paris, a very quiet wedding of course, for even in our happiness we didn't forget dear little Beth."
     
    Jo put her hand in his as he said that, and Laurie gently smoothed the little red pillow, which he remembered well.
     
    "Why didn't you let us know afterward39?" asked Jo, in a quieter tone, when they had sat quite still a minute.
     
    "We wanted to surprise you. We thought we were coming directly home, at first, but the dear old gentleman, as soon as we were married, found he couldn't be ready under a month, at least, and sent us off to spend our honeymoon40 wherever we liked. Amy had once called Valrosa a regular honeymoon home, so we went there, and were as happy as people are but once in their lives. My faith! Wasn't it love among the roses!"
     
    Laurie seemed to forget Jo for a minute, and Jo was glad of it, for the fact that he told her these things so freely and so naturally assured her that he had quite forgiven and forgotten. She tried to draw away her hand, but as if he guessed the thought that prompted the half-involuntary impulse, Laurie held it fast, and said, with a manly41 gravity she had never seen in him before . . .
     
    "Jo, dear, I want to say one thing, and then we'll put it by forever. As I told you in my letter when I wrote that Amy had been so kind to me, I never shall stop loving you, but the love is altered, and I have learned to see that it is better as it is. Amy and you changed places in my heart, that's all. I think it was meant to be so, and would have come about naturally, if I had waited, as you tried to make me, but I never could be patient, and so I got a heartache. I was a boy then, headstrong and violent, and it took a hard lesson to show me my mistake. For it was one, Jo, as you said, and I found it out, after making a fool of myself. Upon my word, I was so tumbled up in my mind, at one time, that I didn't know which I loved best, you or Amy, and tried to love you both alike. But I couldn't, and when I saw her in Switzerland, everything seemed to clear up all at once. You both got into your right places, and I felt sure that it was well off with the old love before it was on with the new, that I could honestly share my heart between sister Jo and wife Amy, and love them dearly. Will you believe it, and go back to the happy old times when we first knew one another?"
     
    "I'll believe it, with all my heart, but, Teddy, we never can be boy and girl again. The happy old times can't come back, and we mustn't expect it. We are man and woman now, with sober work to do, for playtime is over, and we must give up frolicking. I'm sure you feel this. I see the change in you, and you'll find it in me. I shall miss my boy, but I shall love the man as much, and admire him more, because he means to be what I hoped he would. We can't be little playmates any longer, but we will be brother and sister, to love and help one another all our lives, won't we, Laurie?"
     
    He did not say a word, but took the hand she offered him, and laid his face down on it for a minute, feeling that out of the grave of a boyish passion, there had risen a beautiful, strong friendship to bless them both. Presently Jo said cheerfully, for she didn't want the coming home to be a sad one, "I can't make it true that you children are really married and going to set up housekeeping. Why, it seems only yesterday that I was buttoning Amy's pinafore, and pulling your hair when you teased. Mercy me, how time does fly!"
     
    "As one of the children is older than yourself, you needn't talk so like a grandma. I flatter myself I'm a 'gentleman growed' as Peggotty said of David, and when you see Amy, you'll find her rather a precocious42 infant," said Laurie, looking amused at her maternal air.
     
    "You may be a little older in years, but I'm ever so much older in feeling, Teddy. Women always are, and this last year has been such a hard one that I feel forty."
     
    "Poor Jo! We left you to bear it alone, while we went pleasuring. You are older. Here's a line, and there's another. Unless you smile, your eyes look sad, and when I touched the cushion, just now, I found a tear on it. You've had a great deal to bear, and had to bear it all alone. What a selfish beast I've been!" and Laurie pulled his own hair, with a remorseful43 look.
     
    But Jo only turned over the traitorous44 pillow, and answered, in a tone which she tried to make more cheerful, "No, I had Father and Mother to help me, and the dear babies to comfort me, and the thought that you and Amy were safe and happy, to make the troubles here easier to bear. I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it's good for me, and . . ."
     
    "You never shall be again," broke in Laurie, putting his arm about her, as if to fence out every human ill. "Amy and I can't get on without you, so you must come and teach 'the children' to keep house, and go halves in everything, just as we used to do, and let us pet you, and all be blissfully happy and friendly together."
     
    "If I shouldn't be in the way, it would be very pleasant. I begin to feel quite young already, for somehow all my troubles seemed to fly away when you came. You always were a comfort, Teddy," and Jo leaned her head on his shoulder, just as she did years ago, when Beth lay ill and Laurie told her to hold on to him.
     
    He looked down at her, wondering if she remembered the time, but Jo was smiling to herself, as if in truth her troubles had all vanished at his coming.
     
    "You are the same Jo still, dropping tears about one minute, and laughing the next. You look a little wicked now. What is it, Grandma?"
     
    "I was wondering how you and Amy get on together."
     
    "Like angels!"
     
    "Yes, of course, but which rules?"
     
    "I don't mind telling you that she does now, at least I let her think so, it pleases her, you know. By-and-by we shall take turns, for marriage, they say, halves one's rights and doubles one's duties."
     
    "You'll go on as you begin, and Amy will rule you all the days of your life."
     
    "Well, she does it so imperceptibly that I don't think I shall mind much. She is the sort of woman who knows how to rule well. In fact, I rather like it, for she winds one round her finger as softly and prettily45 as a skein of silk, and makes you feel as if she was doing you a favor all the while."
     
    "That ever I should live to see you a henpecked husband and enjoying it!" cried Jo, with uplifted hands.
     
    It was good to see Laurie square his shoulders, and smile with masculine scorn at that insinuation, as he replied, with his "high and mighty46" air, "Amy is too well-bred for that, and I am not the sort of man to submit to it. My wife and I respect ourselves and one another too much ever to tyrannize or quarrel."
     
    Jo liked that, and thought the new dignity very becoming, but the boy seemed changing very fast into the man, and regret mingled47 with her pleasure.
     
    "I am sure of that. Amy and you never did quarrel as we used to. She is the sun and I the wind, in the fable48, and the sun managed the man best, you remember."
     
    "She can blow him up as well as shine on him," laughed Laurie. "such a lecture as I got at Nice! I give you my word it was a deal worse than any of your scoldings, a regular rouser. I'll tell you all about it sometime, she never will, because after telling me that she despised and was ashamed of me, she lost her heart to the despicable party and married the good-for-nothing."
     
    "What baseness! Well, if she abuses you, come to me, and I'll defend you."
     
    "I look as if I needed it, don't I?" said Laurie, getting up and striking an attitude which suddenly changed from the imposing49 to the rapturous, as Amy's voice was heard calling, "Where is she? Where's my dear old Jo?"
     
    In trooped the whole family, and everyone was hugged and kissed all over again, and after several vain attempts, the three wanderers were set down to be looked at and exulted50 over. Mr. Laurence, hale and hearty51 as ever, was quite as much improved as the others by his foreign tour, for the crustiness seemed to be nearly gone, and the old-fashioned courtliness had received a polish which made it kindlier than ever. It was good to see him beam at 'my children', as he called the young pair. It was better still to see Amy pay him the daughterly duty and affection which completely won his old heart, and best of all, to watch Laurie revolve52 about the two, as if never tired of enjoying the pretty picture they made.
     
    The minute she put her eyes upon Amy, Meg became conscious that her own dress hadn't a Parisian air, that young Mrs. Mofffat would be entirely53 eclipsed by young Mrs. Laurence, and that 'her ladyship' was altogether a most elegant and graceful9 woman. Jo thought, as she watched the pair, "How well they look together! I was right, and Laurie has found the beautiful, accomplished girl who will become his home better than clumsy old Jo, and be a pride, not a torment54 to him." Mrs. March and her husband smiled and nodded at each other with happy faces, for they saw that their youngest had done well, not only in worldly things, but the better wealth of love, confidence, and happiness.
     
    For Amy's face was full of the soft brightness which betokens55 a peaceful heart, her voice had a new tenderness in it, and the cool, prim carriage was changed to a gentle dignity, both womanly and winning. No little affectations marred56 it, and the cordial sweetness of her manner was more charming than the new beauty or the old grace, for it stamped her at once with the unmistakable sign of the true gentlewoman she had hoped to become.
     
    "Love has done much for our little girl," said her mother softly.
     
    "She has had a good example before her all her life, my dear," Mr. March whispered back, with a loving look at the worn face and gray head beside him.
     
    Daisy found it impossible to keep her eyes off her 'pitty aunty', but attached herself like a lap dog to the wonderful chatelaine full of delightful57 charms. Demi paused to consider the new relationship before he compromised himself by the rash acceptance of a bribe58, which took the tempting59 form of a family of wooden bears from Berne. A flank movement produced an unconditional60 surrender, however, for Laurie knew where to have him.
     
    "Young man, when I first had the honor of making your acquaintance you hit me in the face. Now I demand the satisfaction of a gentleman," and with that the tall uncle proceeded to toss and tousle the small nephew in a way that damaged his philosophical61 dignity as much as it delighted his boyish soul.
     
    "Blest if she ain't in silk from head to foot; ain't it a relishin' sight to see her settin' there as fine as a fiddle62, and hear folks calling little Amy 'Mis. Laurence!'" muttered old Hannah, who could not resist frequent "peeks63" through the slide as she set the table in a most decidedly promiscuous64 manner.
     
    Mercy on us, how they did talk! first one, then the other, then all burst out together - trying to tell the history of three years in half an hour. It was fortunate that tea was at hand, to produce a lull65 and provide refreshment66 - for they would have been hoarse67 and faint if they had gone on much longer. Such a happy procession as filed away into the little dining room! Mr. March proudly escorted Mrs. Laurence. Mrs. March as proudly leaned on the arm of 'my son'. The old gentleman took Jo, with a whispered, "You must be my girl now," and a glance at the empty corner by the fire, that made Jo whisper back, "I'll try to fill her place, sir."
     
    The twins pranced68 behind, feeling that the millennium69 was at hand, for everyone was so busy with the newcomers that they were left to revel70 at their own sweet will, and you may be sure they made the most of the opportunity. Didn't they steal sips71 of tea, stuff gingerbread ad libitum, get a hot biscuit apiece, and as a crowning trespass72, didn't they each whisk a captivating little tart23 into their tiny pockets, there to stick and crumble73 treacherously74, teaching them that both human nature and a pastry75 are frail76? Burdened with the guilty consciousness of the sequestered77 tarts78, and fearing that Dodo's sharp eyes would pierce the thin disguise of cambric and merino which hid their booty, the little sinners attached themselves to 'Dranpa', who hadn't his spectacles on. Amy, who was handed about like refreshments79, returned to the parlor80 on Father Laurence's arm. The others paired off as before, and this arrangement left Jo companionless. She did not mind it at the minute, for she lingered to answer Hannah's eager inquiry81.
     
    "Will Miss Amy ride in her coop (coupe), and use all them lovely silver dishes that's stored away over yander?"
     
    "Shouldn't wonder if she drove six white horses, ate off gold plate, and wore diamonds and point lace every day. Teddy thinks nothing too good for her," returned Jo with infinite satisfaction.
     
    "No more there is! Will you have hash or fishballs for breakfast?" asked Hannah, who wisely mingled poetry and prose.
     
    "I don't care," and Jo shut the door, feeling that food was an uncongenial topic just then. She stood a minute looking at the party vanishing above, and as Demi's short plaid legs toiled83 up the last stair, a sudden sense of loneliness came over her so strongly that she looked about her with dim eyes, as if to find something to lean upon, for even Teddy had deserted84 her. If she had known what birthday gift was coming every minute nearer and nearer, she would not have said to herself, "I'll weep a little weep when I go to bed. It won't do to be dismal85 now." Then she drew her hand over her eyes, for one of her boyish habits was never to know where her handkerchief was, and had just managed to call up a smile when there came a knock at the porch door.
     
    She opened with hospitable86 haste, and started as if another ghost had come to surprise her, for there stood a tall bearded gentleman, beaming on her from the darkness like a midnight sun.
     
    "Oh, Mr. Bhaer, I am so glad to see you!" cried Jo, with a clutch, as if she feared the night would swallow him up before she could get him in.
     
    "And I to see Miss Marsch, but no, you haf a party," and the Professor paused as the sound of voices and the tap of dancing feet came down to them.
     
    "No, we haven't, only the family. My sister and friends have just come home, and we are all very happy. Come in, and make one of us."
     
    Though a very social man, I think Mr. Bhaer would have gone decorously away, and come again another day, but how could he, when Jo shut the door behind him, and bereft87 him of his hat? Perhaps her face had something to do with it, for she forgot to hide her joy at seeing him, and showed it with a frankness that proved irresistible88 to the solitary man, whose welcome far exceeded his boldest hopes.
     
    "If I shall not be Monsieur de Trop, I will so gladly see them all. You haf been ill, my friend?"
     
    He put the question abruptly89, for, as Jo hung up his coat, the light fell on her face, and he saw a change in it.
     
    "Not ill, but tired and sorrowful. We have had trouble since I saw you last."
     
    "Ah, yes, I know. My heart was sore for you when I heard that," and he shook hands again, with such a sympathetic face that Jo felt as if no comfort could equal the look of the kind eyes, the grasp of the big, warm hand.
     
    "Father, Mother, this is my friend, Professor Bhaer," she said, with a face and tone of such irrepressible pride and pleasure that she might as well have blown a trumpet90 and opened the door with a flourish.
     
    If the stranger had any doubts about his reception, they were set at rest in a minute by the cordial welcome he received. Everyone greeted him kindly, for Jo's sake at first, but very soon they liked him for his own. They could not help it, for he carried the talisman91 that opens all hearts, and these simple people warmed to him at once, feeling even the more friendly because he was poor. For poverty enriches those who live above it, and is a sure passport to truly hospitable spirits. Mr. Bhaer sat looking about him with the air of a traveler who knocks at a strange door, and when it opens, finds himself at home. The children went to him like bees to a honeypot, and establishing themselves on each knee, proceeded to captivate him by rifling his pockets, pulling his beard, and investigating his watch, with juvenile92 audacity93. The women telegraphed their approval to one another, and Mr. March, feeling that he had got a kindred spirit, opened his choicest stores for his guest's benefit, while silent John listened and enjoyed the talk, but said not a word, and Mr. Laurence found it impossible to go to sleep.
     
    If Jo had not been otherwise engaged, Laurie's behavior would have amused her, for a faint twinge, not of jealousy94, but something like suspicion, caused that gentleman to stand aloof95 at first, and observe the newcomer with brotherly circumspection96. But it did not last long. He got interested in spite of himself, and before he knew it, was drawn97 into the circle. For Mr. Bhaer talked well in this genial82 atmosphere, and did himself justice. He seldom spoke98 to Laurie, but he looked at him often, and a shadow would pass across his face, as if regretting his own lost youth, as he watched the young man in his prime. Then his eyes would turn to Jo so wistfully that she would have surely answered the mute inquiry if she had seen it. But Jo had her own eyes to take care of, and feeling that they could not be trusted, she prudently99 kept them on the little sock she was knitting, like a model maiden100 aunt.
     
    A stealthy glance now and then refreshed her like sips of fresh water after a dusty walk, for the sidelong peeps showed her several propitious101 omens102. Mr. Bhaer's face had lost the absent-minded expression, and looked all alive with interest in the present moment, actually young and handsome, she thought, forgetting to compare him with Laurie, as she usually did strange men, to their great detriment103. Then he seemed quite inspired, though the burial customs of the ancients, to which the conversation had strayed, might not be considered an exhilarating topic. Jo quite glowed with triumph when Teddy got quenched104 in an argument, and thought to herself, as she watched her father's absorbed face, "How he would enjoy having such a man as my Professor to talk with every day!" Lastly, Mr. Bhaer was dressed in a new suit of black, which made him look more like a gentleman than ever. His bushy hair had been cut and smoothly105 brushed, but didn't stay in order long, for in exciting moments, he rumpled106 it up in the droll107 way he used to do, and Jo liked it rampantly108 erect109 better than flat, because she thought it gave his fine forehead a Jove-like aspect. Poor Jo, how she did glorify110 that plain man, as she sat knitting away so quietly, yet letting nothing escape her, not even the fact that Mr. Bhaer actually had gold sleeve-buttons in his immaculate wristbands.
     
    "Dear old fellow! He couldn't have got himself up with more care if he'd been going a-wooing," said Jo to herself, and then a sudden thought born of the words made her blush so dreadfully that she had to drop her ball, and go down after it to hide her face.
     
    The maneuver111 did not succeed as well as she expected, however, for though just in the act of setting fire to a funeral pyre, the Professor dropped his torch, metaphorically112 speaking, and made a dive after the little blue ball. Of course they bumped their heads smartly together, saw stars, and both came up flushed and laughing, without the ball, to resume their seats, wishing they had not left them.
     
    Nobody knew where the evening went to, for Hannah skillfully abstracted the babies at an early hour, nodding like two rosy poppies, and Mr. Laurence went home to rest. The others sat round the fire, talking away, utterly113 regardless of the lapse114 of time, till Meg, whose maternal mind was impressed with a firm conviction that Daisy had tumbled out of bed, and Demi set his nightgown afire studying the structure of matches, made a move to go.
     
    "We must have our sing, in the good old way, for we are all together again once more," said Jo, feeling that a good shout would be a safe and pleasant vent115 for the jubilant emotions of her soul.
     
    They were not all there. But no one found the words thougtless or untrue, for Beth still seemed among them, a peaceful presence, invisible, but dearer than ever, since death could not break the household league that love made disoluble. The little chair stood in its old place. The tidy basket, with the bit of work she left unfinished when the needle grew 'so heavy', was still on its accustomed shelf. The beloved instrument, seldom touched now had not been moved, and above it Beth's face, serene116 and smiling, as in the early days, looked down upon them, seeming to say, "Be happy. I am here."
     
    "Play something, Amy. Let them hear how much you have improved," said Laurie, with pardonable pride in his promising117 pupil.
     
    But Amy whispered, with full eyes, as she twirled the faded stool, "Not tonight, dear. I can't show off tonight."
     
    But she did show something better than brilliancy or skill, for she sang Beth's songs with a tender music in her voice which the best master could not have taught, and touched the listener's hearts with a sweeter power than any other inspiration could have given her. The room was very still, when the clear voice failed suddenly at the last line of Beth's favorite hymn118. It was hard to say . . .
     
    Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal;
    and Amy leaned against her husband, who stood behind her, feeling that her welcome home was not quite perfect without Beth's kiss.
     
    "Now, we must finish with Mignon's song, for Mr. Bhaer sings that," said Jo, before the pause grew painful. And Mr. Bhaer cleared his throat with a gratified "Hem8!" as he stepped into the corner where Jo stood, saying . . .
     
    "You will sing with me? We go excellently well together."
     
    A pleasing fiction, by the way, for Jo had no more idea of music than a grasshopper119. But she would have consented if he had proposed to sing a whole opera, and warbled away, blissfully regardless of time and tune120. It didn't much matter, for Mr. Bhaer sang like a true German, heartily121 and well, and Jo soon subsided122 into a subdued123 hum, that she might listen to the mellow124 voice that seemed to sing for her alone.
     
    Know'st thou the land where the citron blooms,
    used to be the Professor's favorite line, for 'das land' meant Germany to him, but now he seemed to dwell, with peculiar125 warmth and melody, upon the words . . .
     
    There, oh there, might I with thee,
    O, my beloved, go
    and one listener was so thrilled by the tender invitation that she longed to say she did know the land, and would joyfully depart thither126 whenever he liked.
     
    The song was considered a great success, and the singer retired127 covered with laurels128. But a few minutes afterward, he forgot his manners entirely, and stared at Amy putting on her bonnet129, for she had been introduced simply as 'my sister', and no one had called her by her new name since he came. He forgot himself still further when Laurie said, in his most gracious manner, at parting . . .
     
    "My wife and I are very glad to meet you, sir. Please remember that there is always a welcome waiting for you over the way."
     
    Then the Professor thanked him so heartily, and looked so suddenly illuminated130 with satisfaction, that Laurie thought him the most delightfully131 demonstrative old fellow he ever met.
     
    "I too shall go, but I shall gladly come again, if you will gif me leave, dear madame, for a little business in the city will keep me here some days."
     
    He spoke to Mrs. March, but he looked at Jo, and the mother's voice gave as cordial an assent132 as did the daughter's eyes, for Mrs. March was not so blind to her children's interest as Mrs. Moffat supposed.
     
    "I suspect that is a wise man," remarked Mr. March, with placid133 satisfaction, from the hearthrug, after the last guest had gone.
     
    "I know he is a good one," added Mrs. March, with decided approval, as she wound up the clock.
     
    "I thought you'd like him," was all Jo said, as she slipped away to her bed.
     
    She wondered what the business was that brought Mr. Bhaer to the city, and finally decided that he had been appointed to some great honor, somewhere, but had been too modest to mention the fact. If she had seen his face when, safe in his own room, he looked at the picture of a severe and rigid134 young lady, with a good deal of hair, who appeared to be gazing darkly into futurity, it might have thrown some light upon the subject, especially when he turned off the gas, and kissed the picture in the dark.


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    1 twilight gKizf     
    n.暮光,黃昏;暮年,晚期,衰落時期
    參考例句:
    • Twilight merged into darkness.夕陽的光輝融于黑暗中。
    • Twilight was sweet with the smell of lilac and freshly turned earth.薄暮充滿紫丁香和新翻耕的泥土的香味。
    2 accomplished UzwztZ     
    adj.有才藝的;有造詣的;達到了的
    參考例句:
    • Thanks to your help,we accomplished the task ahead of schedule.虧得你們幫忙,我們才提前完成了任務。
    • Removal of excess heat is accomplished by means of a radiator.通過散熱器完成多余熱量的排出。
    3 spouse Ah6yK     
    n.配偶(指夫或妻)
    參考例句:
    • Her spouse will come to see her on Sunday.她的丈夫星期天要來看她。
    • What is the best way to keep your spouse happy in the marriage?在婚姻中保持配偶幸福的最好方法是什么?
    4 morsel Q14y4     
    n.一口,一點點
    參考例句:
    • He refused to touch a morsel of the food they had brought.他們拿來的東西他一口也不吃。
    • The patient has not had a morsel of food since the morning.從早上起病人一直沒有進食。
    5 solitary 7FUyx     
    adj.孤獨的,獨立的,荒涼的;n.隱士
    參考例句:
    • I am rather fond of a solitary stroll in the country.我頗喜歡在鄉間獨自徜徉。
    • The castle rises in solitary splendour on the fringe of the desert.這座城堡巍然聳立在沙漠的邊際,顯得十分壯美。
    6 prospect P01zn     
    n.前景,前途;景色,視野
    參考例句:
    • This state of things holds out a cheerful prospect.事態呈現出可喜的前景。
    • The prospect became more evident.前景變得更加明朗了。
    7 inviting CqIzNp     
    adj.誘人的,引人注目的
    參考例句:
    • An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room.一股誘人的咖啡香味飄進了房間。
    • The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and blessedly familiar.這間廚房的味道溫暖誘人,使人感到親切溫馨。
    8 hem 7dIxa     
    n.貼邊,鑲邊;vt.縫貼邊;(in)包圍,限制
    參考例句:
    • The hem on her skirt needs sewing.她裙子上的褶邊需要縫一縫。
    • The hem of your dress needs to be let down an inch.你衣服的折邊有必要放長1英寸。
    9 graceful deHza     
    adj.優美的,優雅的;得體的
    參考例句:
    • His movements on the parallel bars were very graceful.他的雙杠動作可帥了!
    • The ballet dancer is so graceful.芭蕾舞演員的姿態是如此的優美。
    10 gracefully KfYxd     
    ad.大大方方地;優美地
    參考例句:
    • She sank gracefully down onto a cushion at his feet. 她優雅地坐到他腳旁的墊子上。
    • The new coats blouse gracefully above the hip line. 新外套在臀圍線上優美地打著褶皺。
    11 tragic inaw2     
    adj.悲劇的,悲劇性的,悲慘的
    參考例句:
    • The effect of the pollution on the beaches is absolutely tragic.污染海灘后果可悲。
    • Charles was a man doomed to tragic issues.查理是個注定不得善終的人。
    12 kindly tpUzhQ     
    adj.和藹的,溫和的,爽快的;adv.溫和地,親切地
    參考例句:
    • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的鄰居都說她和藹可親、熱情好客。
    • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道陰影掠過老太太慈祥的面孔。
    13 compassion 3q2zZ     
    n.同情,憐憫
    參考例句:
    • He could not help having compassion for the poor creature.他情不自禁地憐憫起那個可憐的人來。
    • Her heart was filled with compassion for the motherless children.她對于沒有母親的孩子們充滿了憐憫心。
    14 rosy kDAy9     
    adj.美好的,樂觀的,玫瑰色的
    參考例句:
    • 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.她總是對生活持樂觀態度。
    15 admiration afpyA     
    n.欽佩,贊美,羨慕
    參考例句:
    • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他對風景之美贊不絕口。
    • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我們對金牌獲得者極為敬佩。
    16 courteous tooz2     
    adj.彬彬有禮的,客氣的
    參考例句:
    • Although she often disagreed with me,she was always courteous.盡管她常常和我意見不一,但她總是很謙恭有禮。
    • He was a kind and courteous man.他為人友善,而且彬彬有禮。
    17 prim SSIz3     
    adj.拘泥形式的,一本正經的;n.循規蹈矩,整潔;adv.循規蹈矩地,整潔地
    參考例句:
    • She's too prim to enjoy rude jokes!她太古板,不喜歡聽粗野的笑話!
    • He is prim and precise in manner.他的態度一本正經而嚴謹
    18 chivalry wXAz6     
    n.騎士氣概,俠義;(男人)對女人彬彬有禮,獻殷勤
    參考例句:
    • The Middle Ages were also the great age of chivalry.中世紀也是騎士制度盛行的時代。
    • He looked up at them with great chivalry.他非常有禮貌地抬頭瞧她們。
    19 deference mmKzz     
    n.尊重,順從;敬意
    參考例句:
    • Do you treat your parents and teachers with deference?你對父母師長尊敬嗎?
    • The major defect of their work was deference to authority.他們的主要缺陷是趨從權威。
    20 recollect eUOxl     
    v.回憶,想起,記起,憶起,記得
    參考例句:
    • He tried to recollect things and drown himself in them.他極力回想過去的事情而沉浸于回憶之中。
    • She could not recollect being there.她回想不起曾經到過那兒。
    21 maternal 57Azi     
    adj.母親的,母親般的,母系的,母方的
    參考例句:
    • He is my maternal uncle.他是我舅舅。
    • The sight of the hopeless little boy aroused her maternal instincts.那個絕望的小男孩的模樣喚起了她的母性。
    22 ballad zWozz     
    n.歌謠,民謠,流行愛情歌曲
    參考例句:
    • This poem has the distinctive flavour of a ballad.這首詩有民歌風味。
    • This is a romantic ballad that is pure corn.這是一首極為傷感的浪漫小曲。
    23 tart 0qIwH     
    adj.酸的;尖酸的,刻薄的;n.果餡餅;淫婦
    參考例句:
    • She was learning how to make a fruit tart in class.她正在課上學習如何制作水果餡餅。
    • She replied in her usual tart and offhand way.她開口回答了,用她平常那種尖酸刻薄的聲調隨口說道。
    24 joyfully joyfully     
    adv. 喜悅地, 高興地
    參考例句:
    • She tripped along joyfully as if treading on air. 她高興地走著,腳底下輕飄飄的。
    • During these first weeks she slaved joyfully. 在最初的幾周里,她干得很高興。
    25 penitent wu9ys     
    adj.后悔的;n.后悔者;懺悔者
    參考例句:
    • They all appeared very penitent,and begged hard for their lives.他們一個個表示悔罪,苦苦地哀求饒命。
    • She is deeply penitent.她深感愧疚。
    26 mischief jDgxH     
    n.損害,傷害,危害;惡作劇,搗蛋,胡鬧
    參考例句:
    • Nobody took notice of the mischief of the matter. 沒有人注意到這件事情所帶來的危害。
    • He seems to intend mischief.看來他想搗蛋。
    27 gasp UfxzL     
    n.喘息,氣喘;v.喘息;氣吁吁他說
    參考例句:
    • She gave a gasp of surprise.她吃驚得大口喘氣。
    • The enemy are at their last gasp.敵人在做垂死的掙扎。
    28 complimentary opqzw     
    adj.贈送的,免費的,贊美的,恭維的
    參考例句:
    • She made some highly complimentary remarks about their school.她對他們的學校給予高度的評價。
    • The supermarket operates a complimentary shuttle service.這家超市提供免費購物班車。
    29 abject joVyh     
    adj.極可憐的,卑屈的
    參考例句:
    • This policy has turned out to be an abject failure.這一政策最后以慘敗而告終。
    • He had been obliged to offer an abject apology to Mr.Alleyne for his impertinence.他不得不低聲下氣,為他的無禮舉動向艾萊恩先生請罪。
    30 barricade NufzI     
    n.路障,柵欄,障礙;vt.設路障擋住
    參考例句:
    • The soldiers make a barricade across the road.士兵在路上設路障。
    • It is difficult to break through a steel barricade.沖破鋼鐵障礙很難。
    31 invitingly 83e809d5e50549c03786860d565c9824     
    adv. 動人地
    參考例句:
    • Her lips pouted invitingly. 她挑逗地撮起雙唇。
    • The smooth road sloped invitingly before her. 平展的山路誘人地傾斜在她面前。
    32 comelier 736bbb985b5230ff74d9d7f0d674770f     
    adj.英俊的,好看的( comely的比較級 )
    參考例句:
    33 mere rC1xE     
    adj.純粹的;僅僅,只不過
    參考例句:
    • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不過是重復了你以前講的話。
    • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去純粹是浪費時間。
    34 irresistibly 5946377e9ac116229107e1f27d141137     
    adv.無法抵抗地,不能自持地;極為誘惑人地
    參考例句:
    • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside. 她的目光禁不住被外面的風景所吸引。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • He was irresistibly attracted by her charm. 他不能自已地被她的魅力所吸引。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    35 decided lvqzZd     
    adj.決定了的,堅決的;明顯的,明確的
    參考例句:
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.這使他們比對手具有明顯的優勢。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英國人和中國人打招呼的方式有很明顯的區別。
    36 kindle n2Gxu     
    v.點燃,著火
    參考例句:
    • This wood is too wet to kindle.這木柴太濕點不著。
    • A small spark was enough to kindle Lily's imagination.一星光花足以點燃莉麗的全部想象力。
    37 tragically 7bc94e82e1e513c38f4a9dea83dc8681     
    adv. 悲劇地,悲慘地
    參考例句:
    • Their daughter was tragically killed in a road accident. 他們的女兒不幸死于車禍。
    • Her father died tragically in a car crash. 她父親在一場車禍中慘死。
    38 propriety oRjx4     
    n.正當行為;正當;適當
    參考例句:
    • We hesitated at the propriety of the method.我們對這種辦法是否適用拿不定主意。
    • The sensitive matter was handled with great propriety.這件機密的事處理得極為適當。
    39 afterward fK6y3     
    adv.后來;以后
    參考例句:
    • Let's go to the theatre first and eat afterward. 讓我們先去看戲,然后吃飯。
    • Afterward,the boy became a very famous artist.后來,這男孩成為一個很有名的藝術家。
    40 honeymoon ucnxc     
    n.蜜月(假期);vi.度蜜月
    參考例句:
    • While on honeymoon in Bali,she learned to scuba dive.她在巴厘島度蜜月時學會了帶水肺潛水。
    • The happy pair are leaving for their honeymoon.這幸福的一對就要去度蜜月了。
    41 manly fBexr     
    adj.有男子氣概的;adv.男子般地,果斷地
    參考例句:
    • The boy walked with a confident manly stride.這男孩以自信的男人步伐行走。
    • He set himself manly tasks and expected others to follow his example.他給自己定下了男子漢的任務,并希望別人效之。
    42 precocious QBay6     
    adj.早熟的;較早顯出的
    參考例句:
    • They become precocious experts in tragedy.他們成了一批思想早熟、善寫悲劇的能手。
    • Margaret was always a precocious child.瑪格麗特一直是個早熟的孩子。
    43 remorseful IBBzo     
    adj.悔恨的
    參考例句:
    • He represented to the court that the accused was very remorseful.他代被告向法庭陳情說被告十分懊悔。
    • The minister well knew--subtle,but remorseful hypocrite that he was!牧師深知這一切——他是一個多么難以捉摸又懊悔不迭的偽君子啊!
    44 traitorous 938beb8f257e13202e2f1107668c59b0     
    adj. 叛國的, 不忠的, 背信棄義的
    參考例句:
    • All traitorous persons and cliques came to no good end. 所有的叛徒及叛徒集團都沒好下場。
    • Most of the time I keep such traitorous thoughts to myself. 這種叛逆思想我不大向別人暴露。
    45 prettily xQAxh     
    adv.優美地;可愛地
    參考例句:
    • It was prettily engraved with flowers on the back.此件雕刻精美,背面有花飾圖案。
    • She pouted prettily at him.她沖他撅著嘴,樣子很可愛。
    46 mighty YDWxl     
    adj.強有力的;巨大的
    參考例句:
    • A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即將迸發而出。
    • The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出現在眼前。
    47 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
    混合,混入( mingle的過去式和過去分詞 ); 混進,與…交往[聯系]
    參考例句:
    • The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑聲和歌聲交織在夜空中。
    • The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 當大家開始放松的時候,這一男一女就開始交往了。
    48 fable CzRyn     
    n.寓言;童話;神話
    參考例句:
    • The fable is given on the next page. 這篇寓言登在下一頁上。
    • He had some motive in telling this fable. 他講這寓言故事是有用意的。
    49 imposing 8q9zcB     
    adj.使人難忘的,壯麗的,堂皇的,雄偉的
    參考例句:
    • The fortress is an imposing building.這座城堡是一座宏偉的建筑。
    • He has lost his imposing appearance.他已失去堂堂儀表。
    50 exulted 4b9c48640b5878856e35478d2f1f2046     
    狂喜,歡躍( exult的過去式和過去分詞 )
    參考例句:
    • The people exulted at the victory. 人們因勝利而歡騰。
    • The people all over the country exulted in the success in launching a new satellite. 全國人民為成功地發射了一顆新的人造衛星而歡欣鼓舞。
    51 hearty Od1zn     
    adj.熱情友好的;衷心的;盡情的,縱情的
    參考例句:
    • After work they made a hearty meal in the worker's canteen.工作完了,他們在工人食堂飽餐了一頓。
    • We accorded him a hearty welcome.我們給他熱忱的歡迎。
    52 revolve NBBzX     
    vi.(使)旋轉;循環出現
    參考例句:
    • The planets revolve around the sun.行星繞著太陽運轉。
    • The wheels began to revolve slowly.車輪開始慢慢轉動。
    53 entirely entirely     
    ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,徹底地
    參考例句:
    • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那場火災完全是由于他們失職而引起的。
    • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生統統獻給了教育工作。
    54 torment gJXzd     
    n.折磨;令人痛苦的東西(人);vt.折磨;糾纏
    參考例句:
    • He has never suffered the torment of rejection.他從未經受過遭人拒絕的痛苦。
    • Now nothing aggravates me more than when people torment each other.沒有什么東西比人們的互相折磨更使我憤怒。
    55 betokens f4a396fcd9118dd4cb6450bd81b8c7b7     
    v.預示,表示( betoken的第三人稱單數 )
    參考例句:
    • His smile betokens his satisfaction. 他的微笑表示他滿意了。 來自辭典例句
    56 marred 5fc2896f7cb5af68d251672a8d30b5b5     
    adj. 被損毀, 污損的
    參考例句:
    • The game was marred by the behaviour of drunken fans. 喝醉了的球迷行為不軌,把比賽給攪了。
    • Bad diction marred the effectiveness of his speech. 措詞不當影響了他演說的效果。
    57 delightful 6xzxT     
    adj.令人高興的,使人快樂的
    參考例句:
    • We had a delightful time by the seashore last Sunday.上星期天我們在海濱玩得真痛快。
    • Peter played a delightful melody on his flute.彼得用笛子吹奏了一支歡快的曲子。
    58 bribe GW8zK     
    n.賄賂;v.向…行賄,買通
    參考例句:
    • He tried to bribe the policeman not to arrest him.他企圖賄賂警察不逮捕他。
    • He resolutely refused their bribe.他堅決不接受他們的賄賂。
    59 tempting wgAzd4     
    a.誘人的, 吸引人的
    參考例句:
    • It is tempting to idealize the past. 人都愛把過去的日子說得那么美好。
    • It was a tempting offer. 這是個誘人的提議。
    60 unconditional plcwS     
    adj.無條件的,無限制的,絕對的
    參考例句:
    • The victorious army demanded unconditional surrender.勝方要求敵人無條件投降。
    • My love for all my children is unconditional.我對自己所有孩子的愛都是無條件的。
    61 philosophical rN5xh     
    adj.哲學家的,哲學上的,達觀的
    參考例句:
    • The teacher couldn't answer the philosophical problem.老師不能解答這個哲學問題。
    • She is very philosophical about her bad luck.她對自己的不幸看得很開。
    62 fiddle GgYzm     
    n.小提琴;vi.拉提琴;不停撥弄,亂動
    參考例句:
    • She plays the fiddle well.她小提琴拉得好。
    • Don't fiddle with the typewriter.不要擺弄那架打字機了。
    63 peeks 3f9c50d3888c717682e3aa2241833448     
    n.偷看,窺視( peek的名詞復數 )v.很快地看( peek的第三人稱單數 );偷看;窺視;微露出
    參考例句:
    • A freckle-face blenny peeks from its reef burrow in the Solomon Islands. 奇特的海生物圖片畫廊。一只斑點面容粘魚窺視從它的暗礁穴在所羅門群島。 來自互聯網
    • She peeks at her neighbor from the curtain. 她從窗簾后面窺視她的鄰居。 來自互聯網
    64 promiscuous WBJyG     
    adj.雜亂的,隨便的
    參考例句:
    • They were taking a promiscuous stroll when it began to rain.他們正在那漫無目的地散步,突然下起雨來。
    • Alec know that she was promiscuous and superficial.亞歷克知道她是亂七八糟和淺薄的。
    65 lull E8hz7     
    v.使安靜,使入睡,緩和,哄騙;n.暫停,間歇
    參考例句:
    • The drug put Simpson in a lull for thirty minutes.藥物使辛普森安靜了30分鐘。
    • Ground fighting flared up again after a two-week lull.經過兩個星期的平靜之后,地面戰又突然爆發了。
    66 refreshment RUIxP     
    n.恢復,精神爽快,提神之事物;(復數)refreshments:點心,茶點
    參考例句:
    • He needs to stop fairly often for refreshment.他須時不時地停下來喘口氣。
    • A hot bath is a great refreshment after a day's work.在一天工作之后洗個熱水澡真是舒暢。
    67 hoarse 5dqzA     
    adj.嘶啞的,沙啞的
    參考例句:
    • He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶啞的聲音問了我一個問題。
    • He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他過于激動,嗓子都喊啞了。
    68 pranced 7eeb4cd505dcda99671e87a66041b41d     
    v.(馬)騰躍( prance的過去式和過去分詞 )
    參考例句:
    • Their horses pranced and whinnied. 他們的馬奔騰著、嘶鳴著。 來自辭典例句
    • The little girl pranced about the room in her new clothes. 小女孩穿著新衣在屋里雀躍。 來自辭典例句
    69 millennium x7DzO     
    n.一千年,千禧年;太平盛世
    參考例句:
    • The whole world was counting down to the new millennium.全世界都在倒計時迎接新千年的到來。
    • We waited as the clock ticked away the last few seconds of the old millennium.我們靜候著時鐘滴答走過千年的最后幾秒鐘。
    70 revel yBezQ     
    vi.狂歡作樂,陶醉;n.作樂,狂歡
    參考例句:
    • She seems to revel in annoying her parents.她似乎以惹父母生氣為樂。
    • The children revel in country life.孩子們特別喜歡鄉村生活。
    71 sips 17376ee985672e924e683c143c5a5756     
    n.小口喝,一小口的量( sip的名詞復數 )v.小口喝,呷,抿( sip的第三人稱單數 )
    參考例句:
    • You must administer them slowly, allowing the child to swallow between sips. 你應慢慢給藥,使小兒在吸吮之間有充分的時間吞咽。 來自辭典例句
    • Emission standards applicable to preexisting stationary sources appear in state implementation plans (SIPs). 在《州實施計劃》中出現了固定污染的排放標準。 來自英漢非文學 - 環境法 - 環境法
    72 trespass xpOyw     
    n./v.侵犯,闖入私人領地
    參考例句:
    • The fishing boat was seized for its trespass into restricted waters.漁船因非法侵入受限制水域而被扣押。
    • The court sentenced him to a fine for trespass.法庭以侵害罪對他判以罰款。
    73 crumble 7nRzv     
    vi.碎裂,崩潰;vt.弄碎,摧毀
    參考例句:
    • Opposition more or less crumbled away.反對勢力差不多都瓦解了。
    • Even if the seas go dry and rocks crumble,my will will remain firm.縱然海枯石爛,意志永不動搖。
    74 treacherously 41490490a94e8744cd9aa3f15aa49e69     
    背信棄義地; 背叛地; 靠不住地; 危險地
    參考例句:
    • The mountain road treacherously. 山路蜿蜒曲折。
    • But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. 他們卻如亞當背約,在境內向我行事詭詐。
    75 pastry Q3ozx     
    n.油酥面團,酥皮糕點
    參考例句:
    • The cook pricked a few holes in the pastry.廚師在餡餅上戳了幾個洞。
    • The pastry crust was always underdone.餡餅的殼皮常常烤得不透。
    76 frail yz3yD     
    adj.身體虛弱的;易損壞的
    參考例句:
    • Mrs. Warner is already 96 and too frail to live by herself.華納太太已經九十六歲了,身體虛弱,不便獨居。
    • She lay in bed looking particularly frail.她躺在床上,看上去特別虛弱。
    77 sequestered 0ceab16bc48aa9b4ed97d60eeed591f8     
    adj.扣押的;隱退的;幽靜的;偏僻的v.使隔絕,使隔離( sequester的過去式和過去分詞 );扣押
    參考例句:
    • The jury is expected to be sequestered for at least two months. 陪審團渴望被隔離至少兩個月。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • Everything he owned was sequestered. 他的一切都被扣押了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    78 tarts 781c06ce7e1617876890c0d58870a38e     
    n.果餡餅( tart的名詞復數 );輕佻的女人;妓女;小妞
    參考例句:
    • I decided to make some tarts for tea. 我決定做些吃茶點時吃的果餡餅。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • They ate raspberry tarts and ice cream. 大家吃著木莓餡餅和冰淇淋。 來自辭典例句
    79 refreshments KkqzPc     
    n.點心,便餐;(會議后的)簡單茶點招 待
    參考例句:
    • We have to make a small charge for refreshments. 我們得收取少量茶點費。
    • Light refreshments will be served during the break. 中間休息時有點心供應。
    80 parlor v4MzU     
    n.店鋪,營業室;會客室,客廳
    參考例句:
    • She was lying on a small settee in the parlor.她躺在客廳的一張小長椅上。
    • Is there a pizza parlor in the neighborhood?附近有沒有比薩店?
    81 inquiry nbgzF     
    n.打聽,詢問,調查,查問
    參考例句:
    • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.許多家長迫切要求調查這個問題。
    • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.調查的范圍已經縮小到只剩5個人了。
    82 genial egaxm     
    adj.親切的,和藹的,愉快的,脾氣好的
    參考例句:
    • Orlando is a genial man.奧蘭多是一位和藹可親的人。
    • He was a warm-hearted friend and genial host.他是個熱心的朋友,也是友善待客的主人。
    83 toiled 599622ddec16892278f7d146935604a3     
    長時間或辛苦地工作( toil的過去式和過去分詞 ); 艱難緩慢地移動,跋涉
    參考例句:
    • They toiled up the hill in the blazing sun. 他們冒著炎炎烈日艱難地一步一步爬上山岡。
    • He toiled all day long but earned very little. 他整天勞碌但掙得很少。
    84 deserted GukzoL     
    adj.荒蕪的,荒廢的,無人的,被遺棄的
    參考例句:
    • The deserted village was filled with a deathly silence.這個荒廢的村莊死一般的寂靜。
    • The enemy chieftain was opposed and deserted by his followers.敵人頭目眾叛親離。
    85 dismal wtwxa     
    adj.陰沉的,凄涼的,令人憂郁的,差勁的
    參考例句:
    • That is a rather dismal melody.那是一支相當憂郁的歌曲。
    • My prospects of returning to a suitable job are dismal.我重新找到一個合適的工作崗位的希望很渺茫。
    86 hospitable CcHxA     
    adj.好客的;寬容的;有利的,適宜的
    參考例句:
    • The man is very hospitable.He keeps open house for his friends and fellow-workers.那人十分好客,無論是他的朋友還是同事,他都盛情接待。
    • The locals are hospitable and welcoming.當地人熱情好客。
    87 bereft ndjy9     
    adj.被剝奪的
    參考例句:
    • The place seemed to be utterly bereft of human life.這個地方似乎根本沒有人煙。
    • She was bereft of happiness.她失去了幸福。
    88 irresistible n4CxX     
    adj.非常誘人的,無法拒絕的,無法抗拒的
    參考例句:
    • The wheel of history rolls forward with an irresistible force.歷史車輪滾滾向前,勢不可擋。
    • She saw an irresistible skirt in the store window.她看見商店的櫥窗里有一條叫人著迷的裙子。
    89 abruptly iINyJ     
    adv.突然地,出其不意地
    參考例句:
    • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗魯地示意弗吉尼亞上車。
    • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要講半個小時的話。
    90 trumpet AUczL     
    n.喇叭,喇叭聲;v.吹喇叭,吹噓
    參考例句:
    • He plays the violin, but I play the trumpet.他拉提琴,我吹喇叭。
    • The trumpet sounded for battle.戰斗的號角吹響了。
    91 talisman PIizs     
    n.避邪物,護身符
    參考例句:
    • It was like a talisman worn in bosom.它就象佩在胸前的護身符一樣。
    • Dress was the one unfailling talisman and charm used for keeping all things in their places.冠是當作保持品位和秩序的一種萬應靈符。
    92 juvenile OkEy2     
    n.青少年,少年讀物;adj.青少年的,幼稚的
    參考例句:
    • For a grown man he acted in a very juvenile manner.身為成年人,他的行為舉止顯得十分幼稚。
    • Juvenile crime is increasing at a terrifying rate.青少年犯罪正在以驚人的速度增長。
    93 audacity LepyV     
    n.大膽,鹵莽,無禮
    參考例句:
    • He had the audacity to ask for an increase in salary.他竟然厚著臉皮要求增加薪水。
    • He had the audacity to pick pockets in broad daylight.他竟敢在光天化日之下掏包。
    94 jealousy WaRz6     
    n.妒忌,嫉妒,猜忌
    參考例句:
    • Some women have a disposition to jealousy.有些女人生性愛妒忌。
    • I can't support your jealousy any longer.我再也無法忍受你的嫉妒了。
    95 aloof wxpzN     
    adj.遠離的;冷淡的,漠不關心的
    參考例句:
    • Never stand aloof from the masses.千萬不可脫離群眾。
    • On the evening the girl kept herself timidly aloof from the crowd.這小女孩在晚會上一直膽怯地遠離人群。
    96 circumspection c0ef465c0f46f479392339ee7a4372d9     
    n.細心,慎重
    參考例句:
    • The quality of being circumspection is essential for a secretary. 作為一個秘書,我想細致周到是十分必要的。 來自互聯網
    • Circumspection: beware the way of communication, always say good to peoples. 慎言:要說于人于己有利的話,注意溝通方式。 來自互聯網
    97 drawn MuXzIi     
    v.拖,拉,拔出;adj.憔悴的,緊張的
    參考例句:
    • 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風景所吸引。
    98 spoke XryyC     
    n.(車輪的)輻條;輪輻;破壞某人的計劃;阻撓某人的行動 v.講,談(speak的過去式);說;演說;從某種觀點來說
    參考例句:
    • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他們的輪輻螺帽是從我們公司獲得的。
    • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.輻條是輪子上連接外圈與中心的條棒。
    99 prudently prudently     
    adv. 謹慎地,慎重地
    參考例句:
    • He prudently pursued his plan. 他謹慎地實行他那計劃。
    • They had prudently withdrawn as soon as the van had got fairly under way. 他們在蓬車安全上路后立即謹慎地離去了。
    100 maiden yRpz7     
    n.少女,處女;adj.未婚的,純潔的,無經驗的
    參考例句:
    • The prince fell in love with a fair young maiden.王子愛上了一位年輕美麗的少女。
    • The aircraft makes its maiden flight tomorrow.這架飛機明天首航。
    101 propitious aRNx8     
    adj.吉利的;順利的
    參考例句:
    • The circumstances were not propitious for further expansion of the company.這些情況不利于公司的進一步發展。
    • The cool days during this week are propitious for out trip.這種涼爽的天氣對我們的行程很有好處。
    102 omens 4fe4cb32de8b61bd4b8036d574e4f48a     
    n.前兆,預兆( omen的名詞復數 )
    參考例句:
    • The omens for the game are still not propitious. 這場比賽仍不被看好。 來自辭典例句
    • Such omens betide no good. 這種征兆預示情況不妙。 來自辭典例句
    103 detriment zlHzx     
    n.損害;損害物,造成損害的根源
    參考例句:
    • Smoking is a detriment to one's health.吸煙危害健康。
    • His lack of education is a serious detriment to his career.他的未受教育對他的事業是一種嚴重的妨礙。
    104 quenched dae604e1ea7cf81e688b2bffd9b9f2c4     
    解(渴)( quench的過去式和過去分詞 ); 終止(某事物); (用水)撲滅(火焰等); 將(熱物體)放入水中急速冷卻
    參考例句:
    • He quenched his thirst with a long drink of cold water. 他喝了好多冷水解渴。
    • I quenched my thirst with a glass of cold beer. 我喝了一杯冰啤酒解渴。
    105 smoothly iiUzLG     
    adv.平滑地,順利地,流利地,流暢地
    參考例句:
    • The workmen are very cooperative,so the work goes on smoothly.工人們十分合作,所以工作進展順利。
    • Just change one or two words and the sentence will read smoothly.這句話只要動一兩個字就順了。
    106 rumpled 86d497fd85370afd8a55db59ea16ef4a     
    v.弄皺,使凌亂( rumple的過去式和過去分詞 )
    參考例句:
    • She rumpled his hair playfully. 她頑皮地弄亂他的頭發。
    • The bed was rumpled and strewn with phonograph records. 那張床上凌亂不堪,散放著一些唱片。 來自辭典例句
    107 droll J8Tye     
    adj.古怪的,好笑的
    參考例句:
    • The band have a droll sense of humour.這個樂隊有一種滑稽古怪的幽默感。
    • He looked at her with a droll sort of awakening.他用一種古怪的如夢方醒的神情看著她.
    108 rampantly 570f6891ccd1d6e2d44cf64f993ab1da     
    粗暴地,猖獗的
    參考例句:
    • Weeds grew rampantly around here. 這里周圍長滿了雜草。
    109 erect 4iLzm     
    n./v.樹立,建立,使豎立;adj.直立的,垂直的
    參考例句:
    • She held her head erect and her back straight.她昂著頭,把背挺得筆直。
    • Soldiers are trained to stand erect.士兵們訓練站得筆直。
    110 glorify MeNzm     
    vt.頌揚,贊美,使增光,美化
    參考例句:
    • Politicians have complained that the media glorify drugs.政治家們抱怨媒體美化毒品。
    • We are all committed to serving the Lord and glorifying His name in the best way we know.我們全心全意敬奉上帝,竭盡所能頌揚他的美名。
    111 maneuver Q7szu     
    n.策略[pl.]演習;v.(巧妙)控制;用策略
    參考例句:
    • All the fighters landed safely on the airport after the military maneuver.在軍事演習后,所有戰斗機都安全降落在機場上。
    • I did get her attention with this maneuver.我用這個策略確實引起了她的注意。
    112 metaphorically metaphorically     
    adv. 用比喻地
    參考例句:
    • It is context and convention that determine whether a term will be interpreted literally or metaphorically. 對一個詞的理解是按字面意思還是隱喻的意思要視乎上下文和習慣。
    • Metaphorically it implied a sort of admirable energy. 從比喻來講,它含有一種令人贊許的能量的意思。
    113 utterly ZfpzM1     
    adv.完全地,絕對地
    參考例句:
    • Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把畢生精力用于挽救患者的生命。
    • I was utterly ravished by the way she smiled.她的微笑使我完全陶醉了。
    114 lapse t2lxL     
    n.過失,流逝,失效,拋棄信仰,間隔;vi.墮落,停止,失效,流逝;vt.使失效
    參考例句:
    • The incident was being seen as a serious security lapse.這一事故被看作是一次嚴重的安全疏忽。
    • I had a lapse of memory.我記錯了。
    115 vent yiPwE     
    n.通風口,排放口;開衩;vt.表達,發泄
    參考例句:
    • He gave vent to his anger by swearing loudly.他高聲咒罵以發泄他的憤怒。
    • When the vent became plugged,the engine would stop.當通風口被堵塞時,發動機就會停轉。
    116 serene PD2zZ     
    adj. 安詳的,寧靜的,平靜的
    參考例句:
    • He has entered the serene autumn of his life.他已進入了美好的中年時期。
    • He didn't speak much,he just smiled with that serene smile of his.他話不多,只是臉上露出他招牌式的淡定的微笑。
    117 promising BkQzsk     
    adj.有希望的,有前途的
    參考例句:
    • The results of the experiments are very promising.實驗的結果充滿了希望。
    • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我們正設法培養出一兩名有前途的年輕游泳選手。
    118 hymn m4Wyw     
    n.贊美詩,圣歌,頌歌
    參考例句:
    • They sang a hymn of praise to God.他們唱著圣歌,贊美上帝。
    • The choir has sung only two verses of the last hymn.合唱團只唱了最后一首贊美詩的兩個段落。
    119 grasshopper ufqxG     
    n.蚱蜢,蝗蟲,螞蚱
    參考例句:
    • He thought he had made an end of the little grasshopper.他以為把那個小蚱蜢干掉了。
    • The grasshopper could not find anything to eat.蚱蜢找不到任何吃的東西。
    120 tune NmnwW     
    n.調子;和諧,協調;v.調音,調節,調整
    參考例句:
    • He'd written a tune,and played it to us on the piano.他寫了一段曲子,并在鋼琴上彈給我們聽。
    • The boy beat out a tune on a tin can.那男孩在易拉罐上敲出一首曲子。
    121 heartily Ld3xp     
    adv.衷心地,誠懇地,十分,很
    參考例句:
    • He ate heartily and went out to look for his horse.他痛快地吃了一頓,就出去找他的馬。
    • The host seized my hand and shook it heartily.主人抓住我的手,熱情地和我握手。
    122 subsided 1bda21cef31764468020a8c83598cc0d     
    v.(土地)下陷(因在地下采礦)( subside的過去式和過去分詞 );減弱;下降至較低或正常水平;一下子坐在椅子等上
    參考例句:
    • After the heavy rains part of the road subsided. 大雨過后,部分公路塌陷了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • By evening the storm had subsided and all was quiet again. 傍晚, 暴風雨已經過去,四周開始沉寂下來。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
    123 subdued 76419335ce506a486af8913f13b8981d     
    adj. 屈服的,柔和的,減弱的 動詞subdue的過去式和過去分詞
    參考例句:
    • He seemed a bit subdued to me. 我覺得他當時有點悶悶不樂。
    • I felt strangely subdued when it was all over. 一切都結束的時候,我卻有一種奇怪的壓抑感。
    124 mellow F2iyP     
    adj.柔和的;熟透的;v.變柔和;(使)成熟
    參考例句:
    • These apples are mellow at this time of year.每年這時節,蘋果就熟透了。
    • The colours become mellow as the sun went down.當太陽落山時,色彩變得柔和了。
    125 peculiar cinyo     
    adj.古怪的,異常的;特殊的,特有的
    參考例句:
    • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的樣子很奇特。
    • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一種很奇怪的表情看著我。
    126 thither cgRz1o     
    adv.向那里;adj.在那邊的,對岸的
    參考例句:
    • He wandered hither and thither looking for a playmate.他逛來逛去找玩伴。
    • He tramped hither and thither.他到處流浪。
    127 retired Njhzyv     
    adj.隱退的,退休的,退役的
    參考例句:
    • The old man retired to the country for rest.這位老人下鄉休息去了。
    • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.許多退休的人都以從事園藝為嗜好。
    128 laurels 0pSzBr     
    n.桂冠,榮譽
    參考例句:
    • The path was lined with laurels.小路兩旁都種有月桂樹。
    • He reaped the laurels in the finals.他在決賽中榮膺冠軍。
    129 bonnet AtSzQ     
    n.無邊女帽;童帽
    參考例句:
    • The baby's bonnet keeps the sun out of her eyes.嬰孩的帽子遮住陽光,使之不刺眼。
    • She wore a faded black bonnet garnished with faded artificial flowers.她戴著一頂褪了色的黑色無邊帽,帽上綴著褪了色的假花。
    130 illuminated 98b351e9bc282af85e83e767e5ec76b8     
    adj.被照明的;受啟迪的
    參考例句:
    • Floodlights illuminated the stadium. 泛光燈照亮了體育場。
    • the illuminated city at night 夜幕中萬家燈火的城市
    131 delightfully f0fe7d605b75a4c00aae2f25714e3131     
    大喜,欣然
    參考例句:
    • The room is delightfully appointed. 這房子的設備令人舒適愉快。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
    • The evening is delightfully cool. 晚間涼爽宜人。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
    132 assent Hv6zL     
    v.批準,認可;n.批準,認可
    參考例句:
    • I cannot assent to what you ask.我不能應允你的要求。
    • The new bill passed by Parliament has received Royal Assent.議會所通過的新方案已獲國王批準。
    133 placid 7A1yV     
    adj.安靜的,平和的
    參考例句:
    • He had been leading a placid life for the past eight years.八年來他一直過著平靜的生活。
    • You should be in a placid mood and have a heart-to- heart talk with her.你應該心平氣和的好好和她談談心。
    134 rigid jDPyf     
    adj.嚴格的,死板的;剛硬的,僵硬的
    參考例句:
    • She became as rigid as adamant.她變得如頑石般的固執。
    • The examination was so rigid that nearly all aspirants were ruled out.考試很嚴,幾乎所有的考生都被淘汰了。
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