• Little Women - Chapter 42
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    It was easy to promise self-abnegation when self was wrapped up in another, and heart and soul were purified by a sweet example. But when the helpful voice was silent, the daily lesson over, the beloved presence gone, and nothing remained but loneliness and grief, then Jo found her promise very hard to keep. How could she 'comfort Father and Mother' when her own heart ached with a ceaseless longing1 for her sister, how could she 'make the house cheerful' when all its light and warmth and beauty seemed to have deserted2 it when Beth left the old home for the new, and where in all the world could she 'find some useful, happy work to do', that would take the place of the loving service which had been its own reward? She tried in a blind, hopeless way to do her duty, secretly rebelling against it all the while, for it seemed unjust that her few joys should be lessened3, her burdens made heavier, and life get harder and harder as she toiled4 along. Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow. It was not fair, for she tried more than Amy to be good, but never got any reward, only disappointment, trouble and hard work.
    Poor Jo, these were dark days to her, for something like despair came over her when she thought of spending all her life in that quiet house, devoted5 to humdrum6 cares, a few small pleasures, and the duty that never seemed to grow any easier. "I can't do it. I wasn't meant for a life like this, and I know I shall break away and do something desperate if somebody doesn't come and help me," she said to herself, when her first efforts failed and she fell into the moody7, miserable8 state of mind which often comes when strong wills have to yield to the inevitable9.
    But someone did come and help her, though Jo did not recognize her good angels at once because they wore familiar shapes and used the simple spells best fitted to poor humanity. Often she started up at night, thinking Beth called her, and when the sight of the little empty bed made her cry with the bitter cry of unsubmissive sorrow, "Oh, Beth, come back! Come back!" she did not stretch out her yearning10 arms in vain. For, as quick to hear her sobbing11 as she had been to hear her sister's faintest whisper, her mother came to comfort her, not with words only, but the patient tenderness that soothes12 by a touch, tears that were mute reminders13 of a greater grief than Jo's, and broken whispers, more eloquent14 than prayers, because hopeful resignation went hand-in-hand with natural sorrow. Sacred moments, when heart talked to heart in the silence of the night, turning affliction to a blessing15, which chastened grief and strengthned love. Feeling this, Jo's burden seemed easier to bear, duty grew sweeter, and life looked more endurable, seen from the safe shelter of her mother's arms.
    When aching heart was a little comforted, troubled mind likewise found help, for one day she went to the study, and leaning over the good gray head lifted to welcome her with a tranquil16 smile, she said very humbly17, "Father, talk to me as you did to Beth. I need it more than she did, for I'm all wrong."
    "My dear, nothing can comfort me like this," he answered, with a falter18 in his voice, and both arms round her, as if he too, needed help, and did not fear to ask for it.
    Then, sitting in Beth's little chair close beside him, Jo told her troubles, the resentful sorrow for her loss, the fruitless efforts that discouraged her, the want of faith that made life look so dark, and all the sad bewilderment which we call despair. She gave him entire confidence, he gave her the help she needed, and both found consolation19 in the act. For the time had come when they could talk together not only as father and daughter, but as man and woman, able and glad to serve each other with mutual20 sympathy as well as mutual love. Happy, thoughtful times there in the old study which Jo called 'the church of one member', and from which she came with fresh courage, recovered cheerfulness, and a more submissive spirit. For the parents who had taught one child to meet death without fear, were trying now to teach another to accept life without despondency or distrust, and to use its beautiful opportunities with gratitude21 and power.
    Other helps had Jo - humble22, wholesome23 duties and delights that would not be denied their part in serving her, and which she slowly learned to see and value. Brooms and dishcloths never could be as distasteful as they once had been, for Beth had presided over both, and something of her housewifely spirit seemed to linger around the little mop and the old brush, never thrown away. As she used them, Jo found herself humming the songs Beth used to hum, imitating Beth's orderly ways, and giving the little touches here and there that kept everything fresh and cozy24, which was the first step toward making home happy, though she didn't know it till Hannah said with an approving squeeze of the hand . . .
    "You thoughtful creeter, you're determined25 we shan't miss that dear lamb ef you can help it. We don't say much, but we see it, and the Lord will bless you for't, see ef He don't."
    As they sat sewing together, Jo discovered how much improved her sister Meg was, how well she could talk, how much she knew about good, womanly impulses, thoughts, and feelings, how happy she was in husband and children, and how much they were all doing for each other.
    "Marriage is an excellent thing, after all. I wonder if I should blossom out half as well as you have, if I tried it?, always 'perwisin' I could," said Jo, as she constructed a kite for Demi in the topsy-turvy nursery.
    "It's just what you need to bring out the tender womanly half of your nature, Jo. You are like a chestnut26 burr, prickly outside, but silky-soft within, and a sweet kernal, if one can only get at it. Love will make you show your heart one day, and then the rough burr will fall off."
    "Frost opens chestnut burrs, ma'am, and it takes a good shake to bring them down. Boys go nutting, and I don't care to be bagged by them," returned Jo, pasting away at the kite which no wind that blows would ever carry up, for Daisy had tied herself on as a bob.
    Meg laughed, for she was glad to see a glimmer27 of Jo's old spirit, but she felt it her duty to enforce her opinion by every argument in her power, and the sisterly chats were not wasted, especially as two of Meg's most effective arguments were the babies, whom Jo loved tenderly. Grief is the best opener of some hearts, and Jo's was nearly ready for the bag. A little more sunshine to ripen28 the nut, then, not a boy's impatient shake, but a man's hand reached up to pick it gently from the burr, and find the kernal sound and sweet. If she suspected this, she would have shut up tight, and been more prickly than ever, fortunately she wasn't thinking about herself, so when the time came, down she dropped.
    Now, if she had been the heroine of a moral storybook, she ought at this period of her life to have become quite saintly, renounced29 the world, and gone about doing good in a mortified30 bonnet31, with tracts32 in her pocket. But, you see, Jo wasn't a heroine, she was only a struggling human girl like hundreds of others, and she just acted out her nature, being sad, cross, listless, or energetic, as the mood suggested. It's highly virtuous33 to say we'll be good, but we can't do it all at once, and it takes a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all together before some of us even get our feet set in the right way. Jo had got so far, she was learning to do her duty, and to feel unhappy if she did not, but to do it cheerfully, ah, that was another thing! She had often said she wanted to do something splendid, no matter how hard, and now she had her wish, for what could be more beautiful than to devote her life to Father and Mother, trying to make home as happy to them as they had to her? And if difficulties were necessary to increase the splendor34 of the effort, what could be harder for a restless, ambitious girl than to give up her own hopes, plans, and desires, and cheerfully live for others?
    Providence35 had taken her at her word. Here was the task, not what she had expected, but better because self had no part in it. Now, could she do it? She decided36 that she would try, and in her first attempt she found the helps I have suggested. Still another was given her, and she took it, not as a reward, but as a comfort, as Christian37 took the refreshment38 afforded by the little arbor39 where he rested, as he climbed the hill called Difficulty.
    "Why don't you write? That always used to make you happy," said her mother once, when the desponding fit over-shadowed Jo.
    "I've no heart to write, and if I had, nobody cares for my things."
    "We do. Write something for us, and never mind the rest of the world. Try it, dear. I'm sure it would do you good, and please us very much."
    "Don't believe I can." But Jo got out her desk and began to overhaul40 her half-finished manuscripts.
    An hour afterward41 her mother peeped in and there she was, scratching away, with her black pinafore on, and an absorbed expression, which caused Mrs. March to smile and slip away, well pleased with the success of her suggestion. Jo never knew how it happened, but something got into that story that went straight to the hearts of those who read it, for when her family had laughed and cried over it, her father sent it, much against her will, to one of the popular magazines, and to her utter surprise, it was not only paid for, but others requested. Letters from several persons, whose praise was honor, followed the appearance of the little story, newspapers copied it, and strangers as well as friends admired it. For a small thing it was a great success, and Jo was more astonished than when her novel was commended and condemned42 all at once.
    "I don't understand it. What can there be in a simple little story like that to make people praise it so?" she said, quite bewildered.
    "There is truth in it, Jo, that's the secret. Humor and pathos43 make it alive, and you have found your style at last. You wrote with no thoughts of fame and money, and put your heart into it, my daughter. You have had the bitter, now comes the sweet. Do your best, and grow as happy as we are in your success."
    "If there is anything good or true in what I write, it isn't mine. I owe it all to you and Mother and Beth," said Jo, more touched by her father's words than by any amount of praise from the world.
    So taught by love and sorrow, Jo wrote her little stories, and sent them away to make friends for themselves and her, finding it a very charitable world to such humble wanderers, for they were kindly44 welcomed, and sent home comfortable tokens to their mother, like dutiful children whom good fortune overtakes.
    When Amy and Laurie wrote of their engagement, Mrs. March feared that Jo would find it difficult to rejoice over it, but her fears were soon set at rest, for though Jo looked grave at first, she took it very quietly, and was full of hopes and plans for 'the children' before she read the letter twice. It was a sort of written duet, wherein each glorified45 the other in loverlike fashion, very pleasant to read and satisfactory to think of, for no one had any objection to make.
    "You like it, Mother?" said Jo, as they laid down the closely written sheets and looked at one another.
    "Yes, I hoped it would be so, ever since Amy wrote that she had refused Fred. I felt sure then that something better than what you call the 'mercenary spirit' had come over her, and a hint here and there in her letters made me suspect that love and Laurie would win the day."
    "How sharp you are, Marmee, and how silent! You never said a word to me."
    "Mothers have need of sharp eyes and discreet46 tongues when they have girls to manage. I was half afraid to put the idea into your head, lest you should write and congratulate them before the thing was settled."
    "I'm not the scatterbrain I was. You may trust me. I'm sober and sensible enough for anyone's confidante now."
    "So you are, my dear, and I should have made you mine, only I fancied it might pain you to learn that your Teddy loved someone else."
    "Now, Mother, did you really think I could be so silly and selfish, after I'd refused his love, when it was freshest, if not best?"
    "I knew you were sincere then, Jo, but lately I have thought that if he came back, and asked again, you might perhaps, feel like giving another answer. Forgive me, dear, I can't help seeing that you are very lonely, and sometimes there is a hungry look in your eyes that goes to my heart. So I fancied that your boy might fill the empty place if he tried now."
    "No, Mother, it is better as it is, and I'm glad Amy has learned to love him. But you are right in one thing. I am lonely, and perhaps if Teddy had tried again, I might have said 'Yes', not because I love him any more, but because I care more to be loved than when he went away."
    "I'm glad of that, Jo, for it shows that you are getting on. There are plenty to love you, so try to be satisfied with Father and Mother, sisters and brothers, friends and babies, till the best lover of all comes to give you your reward."
    "Mothers are the best lovers in the world, but I don't mind whispering to Marmee that I'd like to try all kinds. It's very curious, but the more I try to satisfy myself with all sorts of natural affections, the more I seem to want. I'd no idea hearts could take in so many. Mine is so elastic47, it never seems full now, and I used to be quite contented48 with my family. I don't understand it."
    "I do," and Mrs. March smiled her wise smile, as Jo turned back the leaves to read what Amy said of Laurie.
    "It is so beautiful to be loved as Laurie loves me. He isn't sentimental49, doesn't say much about it, but I see and feel it in all he says and does, and it makes me so happy and so humble that I don't seem to be the same girl I was. I never knew how good and generous and tender he was till now, for he lets me read his heart, and I find it full of noble impulses and hopes and purposes, and am so proud to know it's mine. He says he feels as if he 'could make a prosperous voyage now with me aboard as mate, and lots of love for ballast'. I pray he may, and try to be all he believes me, for I love my gallant50 captain with all my heart and soul and might, and never will desert him, while God lets us be together. Oh, Mother, I never knew how much like heaven this world could be, when two people love and live for one another!"
    "And that's our cool, reserved, and worldly Amy! Truly, love does work miracles. How very, very happy they must be!" and Jo laid the rustling51 sheets together with a careful hand, as one might shut the covers of a lovely romance, which holds the reader fast till the end comes, and he finds himself alone in the workaday world again.
    By-and-by Jo roamed away upstairs, for it was rainy, and she could not walk. A restless spirit possessed52 her, and the old feeling came again, not bitter as it once was, but a sorrowfully patient wonder why one sister should have all she asked, the other nothing. It was not true, she knew that and tried to put it away, but the natural craving53 for affection was strong, and Amy's happiness woke the hungry longing for someone to 'love with heart and soul, and cling to while God let them be together'. Up in the garret, where Jo's unquiet wanderings ended stood four little wooden chests in a row, each marked with its owners name, and each filled with relics54 of the childhood and girlhood ended now for all. Jo glanced into them, and when she came to her own, leaned her chin on the edge, and stared absently at the chaotic55 collection, till a bundle of old exercise books caught her eye. She drew them out, turned them over, and relived that pleasant winter at kind Mrs. Kirke's. She had smiled at first, then she looked thoughtful, next sad, and when she came to a little message written in the Professor's hand, her lips began to tremble, the books slid out of her lap, and she sat looking at the friendly words, as they took a new meaning, and touched a tender spot in her heart.
    "Wait for me, my friend. I may be a little late, but I shall surely come."
    "Oh, if he only would! So kind, so good, so patient with me always, my dear old Fritz. I didn't value him half enough when I had him, but now how I should love to see him, for everyone seems going away from me, and I'm all alone."
    And holding the little paper fast, as if it were a promise yet to be fulfilled, Jo laid her head down on a comfortable rag bag, and cried, as if in opposition56 to the rain pattering on the roof.
    Was it all self-pity, loneliness, or low spirits? Or was it the waking up of a sentiment which had bided57 its time as patiently as its inspirer? Who shall say?


    1 longing 98bzd     
    • Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her.再次聽到那首曲子使她胸中充滿了渴望。
    • His heart burned with longing for revenge.他心中燃燒著急欲復仇的怒火。
    2 deserted GukzoL     
    • 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。
    3 lessened 6351a909991322c8a53dc9baa69dda6f     
    • Listening to the speech through an interpreter lessened its impact somewhat. 演講辭通過翻譯的嘴說出來,多少削弱了演講的力量。
    • The flight to suburbia lessened the number of middle-class families living within the city. 隨著遷往郊外的風行,住在城內的中產家庭減少了。
    4 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
    • 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。
    5 devoted xu9zka     
    • He devoted his life to the educational cause of the motherland.他為祖國的教育事業貢獻了一生。
    • We devoted a lengthy and full discussion to this topic.我們對這個題目進行了長時間的充分討論。
    6 humdrum ic4xU     
    • Their lives consist of the humdrum activities of everyday existence.他們的生活由日常生存的平凡活動所構成。
    • The accountant said it was the most humdrum day that she had ever passed.會計師說這是她所度過的最無聊的一天。
    7 moody XEXxG     
    • He relapsed into a moody silence.他又重新陷于憂郁的沉默中。
    • I'd never marry that girl.She's so moody.我決不會和那女孩結婚的。她太易怒了。
    8 miserable g18yk     
    • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,這是可恥的。
    • Her past life was miserable.她過去的生活很苦。
    9 inevitable 5xcyq     
    • Mary was wearing her inevitable large hat.瑪麗戴著她總是戴的那頂大帽子。
    • The defeat had inevitable consequences for British policy.戰敗對英國政策不可避免地產生了影響。
    10 yearning hezzPJ     
    • a yearning for a quiet life 對寧靜生活的向往
    • He felt a great yearning after his old job. 他對過去的工作有一種強烈的渴想。
    11 sobbing df75b14f92e64fc9e1d7eaf6dcfc083a     
    <主方>Ⅰ adj.濕透的
    • I heard a child sobbing loudly. 我聽見有個孩子在嗚嗚地哭。
    • Her eyes were red with recent sobbing. 她的眼睛因剛哭過而發紅。
    12 soothes 525545df1477f31c55d31f4c04ec6531     
    v.安慰( soothe的第三人稱單數 );撫慰;使舒服;減輕痛苦
    • Fear grasps, love lets go. Fear rankles, love soothes. 恐懼使人痛心,愛使痛苦減輕。 來自互聯網
    • His loe celebrates her victories and soothes her wounds. 他的愛慶祝她的勝利,也撫平她的創傷。 來自互聯網
    13 reminders aaaf99d0fb822f809193c02b8cf69fba     
    n.令人回憶起…的東西( reminder的名詞復數 );提醒…的東西;(告知該做某事的)通知單;提示信
    • The film evokes chilling reminders of the war. 這部電影使人們回憶起戰爭的可怕場景。
    • The strike has delayed the mailing of tax reminders. 罷工耽擱了催稅單的投寄。
    14 eloquent ymLyN     
    • He was so eloquent that he cut down the finest orator.他能言善辯,勝過最好的演說家。
    • These ruins are an eloquent reminder of the horrors of war.這些廢墟形象地提醒人們不要忘記戰爭的恐怖。
    15 blessing UxDztJ     
    • The blessing was said in Hebrew.禱告用了希伯來語。
    • A double blessing has descended upon the house.雙喜臨門。
    16 tranquil UJGz0     
    adj. 安靜的, 寧靜的, 穩定的, 不變的
    • The boy disturbed the tranquil surface of the pond with a stick. 那男孩用棍子打破了平靜的池面。
    • The tranquil beauty of the village scenery is unique. 這鄉村景色的寧靜是絕無僅有的。
    17 humbly humbly     
    adv. 恭順地,謙卑地
    • We humbly beg Your Majesty to show mercy. 我們懇請陛下發發慈悲。
    • "You must be right, Sir,'said John humbly. “你一定是對的,先生,”約翰恭順地說道。
    18 falter qhlzP     
    • His voice began to falter.他的聲音開始發顫。
    • As he neared the house his steps faltered.當他走近房子時,腳步遲疑了起來。
    19 consolation WpbzC     
    • The children were a great consolation to me at that time.那時孩子們成了我的莫大安慰。
    • This news was of little consolation to us.這個消息對我們來說沒有什么安慰。
    20 mutual eFOxC     
    • We must pull together for mutual interest.我們必須為相互的利益而通力合作。
    • Mutual interests tied us together.相互的利害關系把我們聯系在一起。
    21 gratitude p6wyS     
    • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的謝意。
    • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的淚珠禁不住沿著面頰流了下來。
    22 humble ddjzU     
    • In my humble opinion,he will win the election.依我拙見,他將在選舉中獲勝。
    • Defeat and failure make people humble.挫折與失敗會使人謙卑。
    23 wholesome Uowyz     
    • In actual fact the things I like doing are mostly wholesome.實際上我喜歡做的事大都是有助于增進身體健康的。
    • It is not wholesome to eat without washing your hands.不洗手吃飯是不衛生的。
    24 cozy ozdx0     
    • I like blankets because they are cozy.我喜歡毛毯,因為他們是舒適的。
    • We spent a cozy evening chatting by the fire.我們在爐火旁聊天度過了一個舒適的晚上。
    25 determined duszmP     
    • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已決定畢業后去西藏。
    • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他決定查看一下辦公室后面的房間。
    26 chestnut XnJy8     
    • We have a chestnut tree in the bottom of our garden.我們的花園盡頭有一棵栗樹。
    • In summer we had tea outdoors,under the chestnut tree.夏天我們在室外栗樹下喝茶。
    27 glimmer 5gTxU     
    • I looked at her and felt a glimmer of hope.我注視她,感到了一線希望。
    • A glimmer of amusement showed in her eyes.她的眼中露出一絲笑意。
    28 ripen ph3yq     
    • I'm waiting for the apples to ripen.我正在等待蘋果成熟。
    • You can ripen the tomatoes on a sunny windowsill.把西紅柿放在有陽光的窗臺上可以讓它們成熟。
    29 renounced 795c0b0adbaedf23557e95abe647849c     
    v.聲明放棄( renounce的過去式和過去分詞 );宣布放棄;宣布與…決裂;宣布摒棄
    • We have renounced the use of force to settle our disputes. 我們已再次宣布放棄使用武力來解決爭端。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • Andrew renounced his claim to the property. 安德魯放棄了財產的所有權。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    30 mortified 0270b705ee76206d7730e7559f53ea31     
    v.使受辱( mortify的過去式和過去分詞 );傷害(人的感情);克制;抑制(肉體、情感等)
    • She was mortified to realize he had heard every word she said. 她意識到自己的每句話都被他聽到了,直羞得無地自容。
    • The knowledge of future evils mortified the present felicities. 對未來苦難的了解壓抑了目前的喜悅。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    31 bonnet AtSzQ     
    • 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。
    32 tracts fcea36d422dccf9d9420a7dd83bea091     
    大片土地( tract的名詞復數 ); 地帶; (體內的)道; (尤指宣揚宗教、倫理或政治的)短文
    • vast tracts of forest 大片大片的森林
    • There are tracts of desert in Australia. 澳大利亞有大片沙漠。
    33 virtuous upCyI     
    • She was such a virtuous woman that everybody respected her.她是個有道德的女性,人人都尊敬她。
    • My uncle is always proud of having a virtuous wife.叔叔一直為娶到一位賢德的妻子而驕傲。
    34 splendor hriy0     
    • Never in his life had he gazed on such splendor.他生平從沒有見過如此輝煌壯麗的場面。
    • All the splendor in the world is not worth a good friend.人世間所有的榮華富貴不如一個好朋友。
    35 providence 8tdyh     
    • It is tempting Providence to go in that old boat.乘那艘舊船前往是冒大險。
    • To act as you have done is to fly in the face of Providence.照你的所作所為那樣去行事,是違背上帝的意志的。
    36 decided lvqzZd     
    • 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。
    37 Christian KVByl     
    • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他們總是以教名互相稱呼。
    • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母親是個虔誠的基督教徒。
    38 refreshment RUIxP     
    • 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。
    39 arbor fyIzz0     
    • They sat in the arbor and chatted over tea.他們坐在涼亭里,邊喝茶邊聊天。
    • You may have heard of Arbor Day at school.你可能在學校里聽過植樹節。
    40 overhaul yKGxy     
    • Master Worker Wang is responsible for the overhaul of this grinder.王師傅主修這臺磨床。
    • It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.眾所周知,鐵路系統需要大檢修。
    41 afterward fK6y3     
    • 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。
    42 condemned condemned     
    adj. 被責難的, 被宣告有罪的 動詞condemn的過去式和過去分詞
    • He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. 他譴責了那些說一套做一套的政客的虛偽。
    • The policy has been condemned as a regressive step. 這項政策被認為是一種倒退而受到譴責。
    43 pathos dLkx2     
    • The pathos of the situation brought tears to our eyes.情況令人憐憫,看得我們不禁流淚。
    • There is abundant pathos in her words.她的話里富有動人哀憐的力量。
    44 kindly tpUzhQ     
    • 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。
    45 glorified 74d607c2a7eb7a7ef55bda91627eda5a     
    • The restaurant was no more than a glorified fast-food cafe. 這地方美其名曰餐館,其實只不過是個快餐店而已。
    • The author glorified the life of the peasants. 那個作者贊美了農民的生活。
    46 discreet xZezn     
    • He is very discreet in giving his opinions.發表意見他十分慎重。
    • It wasn't discreet of you to ring me up at the office.你打電話到我辦公室真是太魯莽了。
    47 elastic Tjbzq     
    • Rubber is an elastic material.橡膠是一種彈性材料。
    • These regulations are elastic.這些規定是有彈性的。
    48 contented Gvxzof     
    • He won't be contented until he's upset everyone in the office.不把辦公室里的每個人弄得心煩意亂他就不會滿足。
    • The people are making a good living and are contented,each in his station.人民安居樂業。
    49 sentimental dDuzS     
    • She's a sentimental woman who believes marriage comes by destiny.她是多愁善感的人,她相信姻緣命中注定。
    • We were deeply touched by the sentimental movie.我們深深被那感傷的電影所感動。
    50 gallant 66Myb     
    • Huang Jiguang's gallant deed is known by all men. 黃繼光的英勇事跡盡人皆知。
    • These gallant soldiers will protect our country.這些勇敢的士兵會保衛我們的國家的。
    51 rustling c6f5c8086fbaf68296f60e8adb292798     
    n. 瑟瑟聲,沙沙聲 adj. 發沙沙聲的
    • the sound of the trees rustling in the breeze 樹木在微風中發出的沙沙聲
    • the soft rustling of leaves 樹葉柔和的沙沙聲
    52 possessed xuyyQ     
    • He flew out of the room like a man possessed.他像著了魔似地猛然沖出房門。
    • He behaved like someone possessed.他行為舉止像是魔怔了。
    53 craving zvlz3e     
    • a craving for chocolate 非常想吃巧克力
    • She skipped normal meals to satisfy her craving for chocolate and crisps. 她不吃正餐,以便滿足自己吃巧克力和炸薯片的渴望。
    54 relics UkMzSr     
    • The area is a treasure house of archaeological relics. 這個地區是古文物遺跡的寶庫。
    • Xi'an is an ancient city full of treasures and saintly relics. 西安是一個有很多寶藏和神圣的遺物的古老城市。
    55 chaotic rUTyD     
    • Things have been getting chaotic in the office recently.最近辦公室的情況越來越亂了。
    • The traffic in the city was chaotic.這城市的交通糟透了。
    56 opposition eIUxU     
    • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.該黨領袖在自己的黨內遇到了反對。
    • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察設法制住了那個囚犯的反抗。
    57 bided da76bb61ecb9971a6f1fac201777aff7     
    v.等待,停留( bide的過去式 );居住;等待;面臨
    • Jack was hurt deeply, and he bided his time for revenge. 杰克受了很深的傷害,他等待著報仇的時機。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
    • Their ready answer suggested that they had long bided that. 他們很爽快的回答表明他們已經等待這個(要求)很久了。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
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