One Hundred Years of Solitude 百年孤独 Chapter 14
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Meme had finished her course of study. The diploma that certified1 her as a concert clavichordist was ratified3 by the virtuosity4 with which she executed popular melodies the seventeenth century at the gathering5 organized to celebrate the completion of her studies and with which the period of mourning came to in end. More than her art, the guests admired her duality. Her frivolous6 and even slightly infantile character did not seem up to any serious activity, but when she sat down at the clavichord2 she became a different girl, one whose unforeseen maturity7 gave the air of an adult. That was how she had always been. She really did am have any definite vocation8, but she had earned the highest grades by means of inflexible9 discipline simply in order not to annoy her mother. They could have imposed on her an apprenticeship10 in any other field and the results would have been the same. Since she had been very small she had been troubled by Fernanda's strictness, her custom of deciding in favor of extremes; and she would have been capable of a much more difficult sacrifice than the clavichord lessons merely not to run up against her intransigence11. During the graduation ceremonies she had the impression that the parchment with Gothic letters and illuminated12 capitals was freeing her from a compromise that she had accepted not so much out of obedience13 as out of convenience, and she thought that from then on not even the insistent14 Fernanda would worry any more about an instrument that even the nuns15 looked upon as a museum fossil. During the first years she thought that her calculations were mistaken because after she had put half the town to sleep, not only in the parlor16 but also at all charitable functions, school ceremonies, and patriotic17 celebrations that took place in Macon-do, her mother still invited to the house every newcomer whom she thought capable of appreciating her daughter's virtues19. Only after the death of Amaranta, when the family shut itself up again in a period of mourning, was Meme able to lock the clavichord and forget the key in some dresser drawer without Fernanda's being annoyed on finding out when and through whose fault it had been lost. Meme bore up under the exhibitions with the same stoicism that she had dedicated20 to her apprenticeship. It was the price of her freedom. Fernanda was so pleased with her docility21 and so proud of the admiration22 that her art inspired that she was never against the house being fall of girl friends, her spending the afternoon in the groves23, and going to the movies with Aureli-ano Segun-do or some muted lady as long as the film was approved by Father Antonio Isabel from the pulpit. During those moments of relaxation26 Meme's real tastes were revealed. Her happiness lay at the otextreme from discipline, in noisy parties, in gossip about lovers, in prolonged sessions with her girl friends, where they learned to smoke and talked about male business, and where they once got their hands on some cane27 liquor and ended up naked, measuring and comparing the parts of their bodies. Meme would never forget that night when she arrived home chewing licorice lozenges, and without noticing their consternation28, sat down at the table where Fernanda and Amaranta were eating dinner without saying a word to each other. She had spent two tremendous hours in the bedroom of a girl friend, weeping with laughter and fear, and beyond an crises she had found the rare feeling of. bravery that she needed in order to run away from school and tell her mother in one way or another that she could use the clavichord as an enema. Sitting at the head of the table, drinking a chicken broth29 that landed in her stomach like an elixir30 of resurrection, Meme then saw Fernanda and Amaranta wrapped in an accusatory halo reality. She had to make a great effort not to throw at them their prissiness, their poverty of spirit their delusions31 of grandeur32. From the time of her second vacation she had known that her father was living at home only in order to keep up appearances, and knowing Fernanda as she did and having arranged later to meet Petra Cotes, she thought that her father was right. She also would have preferred being the daughter of the concubine. In the haziness33 of the alcohol Meme thought with pleasure about the scandal that would have taken place if she were to express her thoughts at that moment, and the intimate satisfaction of her roguishness was so intense that Fernanda noticed it.
 
"What's the matter?" she asked.
 
"Nothing," Meme answered. "I was only now discovering how much I loved you both."
 
Amaranta was startled by the obvious burden of hate that the declaration carried. But Fernanda felt so moved that she thought she would go mad when Meme awoke at midnight with her head splitting with pain and drowning in vomited34 gall35. She gave her a vial of castor oil, put compresses on her stomach and ice cubes on her head, and she made her stay in bed for five days and follow the diet ordered by the new and outlandish French doctor, who after examining her for more than two hours reached the foggy conclusion that she had an ailment36 peculiar37 to women. Having lost her courage, in a miserable38 state of demoralization, Meme had no other recourse but to bear up under it. úrsula, completely blind by then but still active and lucid39, was the only one who guessed the exact diagnosis40. "As far as I can see," she thought, "that's the same thing that happens to drunken people." But she not only rejected the idea, she reproached herself for the frivolity41 of her thought. Aure-liano Segun-do felt a twinge of conscience when he saw Meme's state of prostration42 and he promised himself to take better care of her in the future. That was how the relationship of jolly comradeship was born between father and daughter, which freed him for a time from the bitter solitude43 of his revels44 and freed her from Fernanda's watchful45 eye without necessity of provoking the domestic crisis that seemed inevitable46 by then. At that time Aureli-ano Segun-do postponed47 any appointments in order to be Meme, to take her to the movies or the circus, and he spent the greater part of his idle time with her. In recent times his annoyance49 with the absurd obesity50 that prevented him from tying his shoes and his abusive satisfaction with all manner of appetites had began to sour his character. The discovery of his daughter restored his former joviality51 and the pleasure of being was slowly leading him away from dissipation. Meme was entering a fruitful age. She was not beautiful, as Amaranta had never been, but on the other hand she was pleasant, uncomplicated, and she had the virtue18 of making a good impression on people from the first moment. She had a modem52 spirit that wounded the antiquated53 sobriety and poorly disguised miserly heart of Fernanda, and that, on the other hand, Aureli-ano Segun-do took pleasure in developing. It was he who resolved to take her out of the bedroom she had occupied since childhood, where the fearful eyes of the saints still fed her adolescent terrors, and he furnished for her a room with a royal bed, a large dressing54 table, velvet55 curtains, not realizing that he was producing a second version of Petra Cotes's room. He was so lavish56 with Meme that he did not even know how much money he gave her because she herself would take it out of his pockets, and he kept abreast57 every kind of new beauty aid that arrived in the commissary of the banana company. Meme's room became filled with pumice-stone cushions to polish her nails with, hair curlers, tooth-brushes, drops to make her eyes languid, and so many and such new cosmetics58 and artifacts beauty that every time Fernanda went into the room she was scan-dalized by the idea that her daughter's dressing table must have been the same as those of the French ma-trons. Nevertheless Fernanda divided her time in those days between little Amaranta úrsula, who was mischievous59 and sickly, and a touching60 correspondence with the invisible physicians. So that when she noticed the complicity between father and daughter the only promise she extracted from Aureli-ano Segun-do was that he would never take Meme to Petra Cotes's house. It was a meaningless demand because the concubine was so annoyed with the comradeship between her lover and his daughter that she did not want anything to do with her. Petra was tormented61 by an unknown fear, as if instinct were telling her that Meme, by just wanting it, could succeed in what Fernanda had been unable to do: deprive her of a love that by then she considered assured until death. For the first time Aureli-ano Segun-do had to tolerate the harsh expressions and the violent tirades62 of his concubine, and he was even afraid that his wandering trunks would make the return journey to his wife's house. That did not happen. No one knew a man better than Petra Cotes knew her lover and she knew that the trunks would remain where they had been sent because if Aureli-ano Segun-do detested63 anything it was complicating64 his life with modifications65 and changes. So the trunks stayed where they were and Petra Cotes set about reconquering the husband by sharpening the only weapons that his daughter could not use on him. It too was an unnecessary effort because Meme had no desire to intervene in her father's affairs and if she had, it would certainly have been in favor of the concubine. She had no time to bother anybody. She herself swept her room made her bed, as the nuns had taught her. In the morning she took care of her clothes, sewing on the porch or using Amaranta's old pedal machine. While the others were taking their siestas66 she would practice the clavichord for two hours, knowing that the daily sacrifice would keep Fernanda calm. For the same reason she continued giving concerts at church fairs school parties, even though the requests were less and less frequent. At nightfall she would fix herself up, put on one of her simple dresses and her stiff high shoes, and if she had nothing to do with her father she would go to the homes of her girl friends, where she would stay until dinnertime. It was rare that Aureli-ano Segun-do would not call for her then to take her to the movies.
 
It might have been aid that peace and happiness reigned67 for a long time in the tired mansion68 of the Buendías if it had not been for the sudden death of Amaranta, which caused a new uproar69. It was an unexpected event. Although she was old isolated70 from everyone, she still looked firm and upright and with the health of a rock that she had always had. No one knew her thoughts since the afternoon on which she had given Colonel Geri-neldo Márquez his final rejection71 shut herself up to weep. She was not seen to cry during the ascension to heaven of Remedios the Beauty or over the extermination72 of the Aureli-anos or the death of Colonel Aureli-ano Buendía, who was the person she loved most in this world, although she showed it only when they found his body under the chestnut73 tree. She helped pick up the body. She dressed him in his soldier's uniform, shaved him, combed his hair, and waxed his mustache better than he had ever done in his days of glory. No one thought that there was any love in that act because they were accustomed to the familiarity of Amaranta with the rites74 of death. Fernanda was scandalized that she did not understand the relationship of Catholicism with life but only its relationship with death, as if it were not a religion but a compendium75 of funeral conventions. Amaranta was too wrapped up in the eggplant patch of her memories to understand those subtle apologetics. She had reached old age with all of her nostalgias intact. When she listened to the waltzes of Pietro Crespi she felt the same desire to weep that she had had in adolescence76, as if time and harsh lessons had meant nothing. The rolls of music that she herself had thrown into the trash with the pretext77 that they had rotted from dampness kept spinning and playing in her memory. She had tried to sink them into the swampy78 passion that she allowed herself with her nephew Aureli-ano José and she tried to take refuge in the calm and virile79 protection of Colonel Geri-neldo Márquez, but she had not been able to overcome them, not even with the most desperate act of her old age when she would bathe the small José Arcadio three years before he was sent to the seminary caress80 him not as a grandmother would have done with a grandchild, but as a woman would have done with a man, as it was said that the French matrons did and as she had wanted to do with Pietro Crespi at the age of twelve, fourteen, when she saw him in his dancing tights and with the magic wand with which he kept time to the metronome. At times It pained her to have let that outpouring of misery81 follow its course, and at times it made so angry that she would prick82 her fingers with the needles, but what pained her most and enraged83 her most and made her most bitter was the fragrant85 and wormy guava grove24 of love that was dragging her toward death. Just as Colonel Aureli-ano Buendía thought about his war, unable to avoid it, so Amaranta thought about Rebeca. But while her brother had managed to sterilize86 his memories, she had only managed to make hers more scalding. The only thing that she asked of God for many years was that he would not visit on her the punishment of dying before Rebeca. Every time she passed by her house and noted87 the progress of destruction she took comfort in the idea that God was listening to her. One afternoon, when she was sewing on the porch, she was assailed88 by the certainty that she would be sitting in that place, in the same position, and under the same light when they brought her the news of Rebeca's death. She sat down to wait for it, as one waits for a letter, and the fact was that at one time she would pull off buttons to sew them on again so that inactivity would not make the wait longer and more anxious. No one in the house realized that at that time Amaranta was sewing a fine shroud89 for Rebeca. Later on, when Aureli-ano Triste told how he had seen her changed into an apparition90 leathery skin and a few golden threads on her skull91, Amaranta was not surprised because the specter described was exactly what she had been imagining for some time. She had decided92 to restore Rebeca's corpse93, to disguise with paraffin the damage to her face and make a wig94 for her from the hair of the saints. She would manufacture a beautiful corpse, with the linen95 shroud and a plush--lined coffin96 with purple trim. and she would put it at the disposition97 of the worms splendid funeral ceremonies. She worked out the plan with such hatred98 that it made her tremble to think about the scheme, which she would have carried out in exactly the same way if it had been done out love, but she would not allow herself to become upset by the confusion and went on perfecting the details so minutely that she came to be more than a specialist and was a virtuoso99 in the rites of death. The only thing that she did not keep In mind in her fearsome plan was that in spite of her pleas to God she might die before Rebeca. That was, in fact, what happened. At the final moment, however, Amaran-ta did not feel frustrated100, but on the contrary, free of all bitterness because death had awarded her the privi-lege of announcing itself several years ahead of time. She saw it on one burning afternoon sewing with her on the porch a short time after Meme had left for school. She saw it because it was a woman dressed in blue with long hair, with a sort of antiquated look, a certain resemblance to Pilar Ternera during the time when she had helped with the chores in the kitchen. Fernanda was present several times and did not see her, in spite of the fact that she was so real, so human, and on one occasion asked of Amaranta the favor of thread-ing a needle. Death did not tell her when she was going to die or whether her hour was assigned before that of Rebeca, but ordered her to begin sewing her own shroud on the next sixth of April. She was authorized101 to make it as complicated and as fine as she wanted, but just as honestly executed as Rebeca's, and she was told that she would die without pain, fear, or bitterness at dusk on the day that she finished it. Trying to waste the most time possible, Amaranta ordered some rough flax and spun102 the thread herself. She did it so carefully that the work alone took four years. Then she started the sewing. As she got closer to the unavoidable end she began to understand that only a miracle would allow her to prolong the work past Rebeca's death, but the very concentration gave her the calmness that she needed to accept the idea of frustration103. It was then that she understood the vicious circle of Colonel Aureli-ano Buendía's little gold fishes. The world was reduced to the surface of her skin and her inner self was safe from all bitterness. It pained her not to have had that revelation many years before when it had still been possible to purify memories and reconstruct the universe under a new light and evoke104 without trembling Pietro Crespi's smell of lavender at dusk and rescue Rebeca from her slough105 of misery, not out of hatred or out of love but because of the measureless understanding of solitude. The hatred that she noticed one night in Memes words did not upset because it was directed at her, but she felt the repetition of another adolescence that seemed as clean as hers must have seemed and that, however, was already tainted106 with rancor107. But by then her acceptance of her fate was so deep that she was not even upset by the certainty that all possibilities of rectification108 were closed to her. Her only objective was to finish the shroud. Instead slowing it down with useless detail as she had done in the beginning, she speeded up the work. One week before she calculated that she would take the last stitch on the night February 4, and without revealing the motives109, she suggested to Meme that she move up a clavichord concert that she had arranged for the day after, but the girl paid no attention to her. Amaranta then looked for a way to delay for forty-eight hours, and she even thought that death was giving her her way because on the night of February fourth a storm caused a breakdown110 at the power plant. But on the following day, at eight in the morning, she took the last stitch in the most beautiful piece of work that any woman had ever finished, and she announced without the least bit of dramatics that she was going to die at dusk. She not only told the family but the whole town, because Amaranta had conceived of the idea that she could make up for a life of meanness with one last favor to the world, and she thought that no one was in a better position to take letters to the dead.
 
The news that Amaranta Buendía was sailing at dusk carrying the mail of death spread throughout Macon-do before noon, and at three in the afternoon there was a whole carton full of letters in the parlor. Those who did not want to write gave Amaranta verbal messages, which she wrote down in a notebook with the name and date of death of the recipient111. "Don't worry," she told the senders. "The first thing I'll do when I get there is to ask for him and give him your message." It was farcical. Amaranta did not show any upset or the slightest sign of grief, and she even looked a bit rejuvenated112 by a duty accomplished113. She was as straight and as thin as ever. If it had not been for her hardened cheekbones and a few missing teeth, she would have looked much younger than she really was. She herself arranged for them to put the letters in a box sealed with pitch and told them to place it in her grave in a way best to protect it from the dampness. In the morning she had a carpenter called who took her measurements for the coffin as she stood in the parlor, as if it were for a new dress. She showed such vigor114 in her last hours that Fernanda thought she was making fun of everyone. úrsula, with the experience that Buendías died without any illness, did not doubt at all that Amaranta had received an omen25 of death, but in any case she was tormented by the fear that with the business of the letters and the anxiety of the senders for them to arrive quickly they would bury her alive in their confusion. So she set about clearing out the house, arguing with the intruders as she shouted at them, and by four in the afternoon she was successful. At that time Amaranta had finished dividing her things among the poor had left on the severe coffin of unfinished boards only the change of clothing and the simple cloth slippers115 that she would wear in death. She did not neglect that precaution because she remembered that when Colonel Aureli-ano Buendía died they had to buy a pair of new shoes for him because all he had left were the bedroom slippers that he wore in the workshop. A little before five Aureli-ano Segun-do came to fetch Meme for the concert and was surprised that the house was prepared for the funeral. if anyone seemed alive at the moment it was the serene116 Amaranta, who had even had enough time to cut corns. Aureli-ano Segun-do and Meme took leave of her with mocking farewells and promised that on the following Saturday they would have a big resurrection party. Drawn117 by the public talk that Amaranta Buendía was receiving letters for the dead, Father Antonio Isabel arrived at five o'clock for the last rites and he had to wait for more than fifteen minutes for the recipient to come out of her bath. When he saw her appear in a madapollam nightshirt and with her hair loose over her shoulders, the decrepit118 parish priest thought that it was a trick and sent the altar boy away. He thought however, that he would take advantage of the occasion to have Amaranta confess after twenty years of reticence119. Amaranta answered simply that she did not need spiritual help of any kind because her conscience was clean. Fernanda was scandalized. Without caring that people could hear her she asked herself aloud what horrible sin Amaranta had committed to make her prefer an impious death to the shame confession120. Thereupon Amaranta lay down and made úrsula give public testimony121 as to her virginity.
 
"Let no one have any illusions," she shouted so that Fernanda would hear her. "Amaranta Buendía is leaving this world just as she came into it.
 
She did not get up again. Lying on cushions, as if she really were ill, she braided her long hair and rolled it about her ears as death had told her it should be on her bier. Then she asked úrsula for a mirror and for the first time in more than forty years she saw her face, devastated123 by age and martyrdom, and she was surprised at how much she resembled the mental image that she had of herself. úrsula understood by the silence in the bedroom that it had begun to grow dark.
 
"Say goodbye to Fernanda," she begged her. One minute of reconciliation124 is worth more than a whole life of friendship."
 
"It's of no use now," Amaranta replied.
 
Meme could not help thinking about her when they turned on the lights on the improvised125 stage and she began the second part of the program. In the middle of the piece someone whispered the news in her ear and the session stopped. When he arrived home, Aureli-ano Segun-do had to push his way through the crowd to see the corpse of the aged84 virgin122, ugly and discolored, with the black bandage on her hand and wrapped in the magnificent shroud. She was laid out in the parlor beside the box of letters.
 
"Come here," she told her. "Now that were alone, confess to this poor old woman what's bothering you."
 
Meme avoided the conversation with a short laugh. úrsula did not insist, but she ended up confirming her suspicions when Meme did not come back to visit her. She knew that she was getting up earlier than usual, that she did not have a moment's rest as she waited for the time for her to go out, that she spent whole nights walking back and forth126 in the adjoining bedroom, and that the fluttering of a butterfly would bother her. On one occasion she said that she was going to see Aureli-ano Segun-do and úrsula was surprised that Fernanda's imagination was so limited when her husband came to the house looking for his daughter. It was too obvious that Meme was involved in secret matters, in pressing matters, in repressed anxieties long before the night that Fernanda upset the house because she caught her kissing a man in the movies.
 
Meme was so wrapped up in herself at that time that she accused úrsula of having told on her. Actually, she told on herself. For a long time she had been leaving a trail that would have awakened127 the most drowsy128 person and it took Fernanda so long to discover it because she too was befogged, by her relationship with the invisible doctors. Even so she finally noticed the deep silences, the sudden outbursts, the changes in mood, and the contradictions of her daughter. She set about on a disguised but implacable vigilance. She let her go out with her girl friends as always, she helped her get dressed for the Saturday parties, and she never asked an embarrassing question that might arouse her. She already had a great deal of proof that Meme was doing different things from what she said, and yet she would give no indication of her suspicions, hoping for the right moment. One night Meme said that she was going to the movies with her father. A short time later Fernanda heard the fireworks of the debauch129 and the unmistakable accordion130 of Aureli-ano Segun-do from the direction of Petra Cotes's place. Then she got dressed, went to the movie theater, and in the darkness of the seats she recognized her daughter. The upsetting feeling of certainty stopped her from seeing the man she was kissing, but she managed to hear his tremulous voice in the midst of the deafening131 shouts and laughter of the audience. "I'm sorry, love," she heard him say, and she took Meme out of the place without saying a word to her, put her through the shame of parading her along the noisy Street of the Turks, and locked her up in her bedroom.
 
On the following day at six in the afternoon, Fernanda recognized the voice of the man who came to call on her. He was young, sallow, with dark and melancholy132 eyes which would not have startled her so much if she had known the gypsies, and a dreamy air that to any woman with a heart less rigid133 would have been enough to make her understand her daughter's motives. He was wearing a shabby linen suit with shoes that showed the desperate defense134 of superimposed patches of white zinc135, and in his hand he was carrying a straw hat he had bought the Saturday before. In all of his life he could never have been as frightened as at that moment, but he had a dignity and presence that spared him from humiliation136 and a genuine elegance137 that was defeated only by tarnished138 hands and nails that had been shattered by rough work. Fernanda, however, needed only one look to guess his status of mechanic. She saw that he was wearing his one Sunday suit and that underneath139 his shirt he bore the rash of the banana company. She would not let him speak. She would not even let him come through the door, which a moment later she had to close because the house was filled with yellow butterflies.
 
"Go away," she told him. "You've got no reason to come calling on any decent person."
 
"I came to see the new models," Meme said.
 
"That's a fine excuse," he said.
 
Meme realized that he was burning in the heat of his pride, and she desperately140 looked for a way to humiliate141 him. But he would not give her any time. "Don't get upset," he said to her in a low voice. "It's not the first time that a woman has gone crazy over a man." She felt so defeated that she left the garage without seeing the new models and she spent the night turning over in bed and weeping with indignation. The American redhead, who was really beginning to interest her, looked like a baby in diapers. It was then that she realized that the yellow butterflies preceded the appearances of Mauricio Babilonia. She had seen them before, especially over the garage, and she had thought that they were drawn by the smell of paint. Once she had seen them fluttering about her head before she went into the movies. But when Mauricio Babilonia began to pursue her like a ghost that only she could identify in the crowd, she understood that the butterflies had something to do with him. Mauricio Babilonia was always in the audience at the concerts, at the movies, at high mass, and she did not have to see him to know that he was there, because the butterflies were always there. Once Aureli-ano Segun-do became so impatient with the suffocating142 fluttering that she felt the impulse to confide143 her secret to him as she had promised, but instinct told her that he would laugh as usual and say: "What would your mother say if she found out?" One morning, while she was pruning144 the roses, Fernanda let out a cry of fright and had Meme taken away from the spot where she was, which was the same place in the garden where Remedios the Beauty had gone up to heaven. She had thought for an instant that the miracle was going to be repeated with her daughter, because she had been bothered by a sudden flapping of wings. It was the butterflies. Meme saw them as if they had suddenly been born out of the light and her heart gave a turn. At that moment Mauricio Babilonia came in with a package that according to what he said, was a present from Patricia Brown. Meme swallowed her blush, absorbed tribulation145, even managed a natural smile as she asked him the favor of leaving it on the railing because her hands were dirty from the garden. The only thing that Fernanda noted in the man whom a few months later she was to expel from the house without remembering where she had seen him was the bilious146 texture147 of his skin.
 
"He's a very strange man," Fernanda said. "You can see in his face that he's going to die."
 
Meme thought that her mother had been impressed by the butterflies When they finished pruning the row bushes she washed her hands and took the package to her bedroom to open it. It was a kind of Chinese toy, made up of five concentric boxes, and in the last one there was a card laboriously148 inscribed149 by someone who could barely write: We'll get together Saturday at the movies. Meme felt with an aftershock that the box had been on the railing for a long time within reach of Fernanda's curiosity, and although she was flattered by the audacity150 and ingenuity151 of Mauricio Babilonia, she was moved by his Innocence152 in expecting that she would keep the date. Meme knew at that time that Aureli-ano Segun-do had an appointment on Saturday night. Nevertheless, the fire of anxiety burned her so much during the course of the week that on Saturday she convinced her father to leave her alone in the theater and come back for her after the show. A nocturnal butterfly fluttered about her head while the lights were on. And then it happened. When the lights went out, Mauricio Babilonia sat down beside her. Meme felt herself splashing in a bog153 of hesitation154 from which she could only be rescued, as had occurred in her dreams, by that man smelling of grease whom she could barely see in the shadows.
 
"If you hadn't come," he said, "You never would have seen me again."
 
Meme felt the weight of his hand on her knee and she knew that they were both arriving at the other side of abandonment at that instant.
 
"What shocks me about you," she said, smiling, "is that you always say exactly what you shouldn't be saying."
 
She lost her mind over him. She could not sleep and she lost her appetite and sank so deeply into solitude that even her father became an annoyance. She worked out an intricate web of false dates to throw Fernanda off the track, lost sight of her girl friends, leaped over conventions to be with Mauricio Babilonia at any time and at any place. At first his crudeness bothered her. The first time that they were alone on the deserted155 fields behind the garage he pulled her mercilessly into an animal state that left her exhausted156. It took her time to realize that it was also a form of tenderness and it was then that she lost her calm lived only for him, upset by the desire to sink into his stupefying odor of grease washed off by lye. A short time before the death of Amaranta she suddenly stumbled into in open space of lucidity157 within the madness and she trembled before the uncertainty158 of the future. Then she heard about a woman who made predictions from cards and went to see her in secret. It was Pilar Ternera. As soon as Pilar saw her come in she was aware of Meme's hidden motives. "Sit down," she told her. "I don't need cards to tell the future of a Buendía," Meme did not know and never would that the centenarian witch was her great--grandmother. Nor would she have believed it after the aggressive realism with which she revealed to her that the anxiety of falling in love could not find repose159 except in bed. It was the same point view as Mauricio Babilonia's, but Meme resisted believing it because underneath it all she imagined that it had been inspired by the poor judgment160 a mechanic. She thought then that love on one side was defeating love on the other, because it was characteristic of men to deny hunger once their appetites were satisfied. Pilar Ternera not only cleared up that mistake, she also offered the old canopied161 bed where she had conceived Arcadio, Meme's grandfather, and where afterward162 she conceived Aureli-ano José. She also taught her how to avoid an unwanted conception by means the evaporation163 of mustard plasters and gave her recipes for potions that in cases of trouble could expel "even the remorse164 of conscience." That interview instilled165 In Meme the same feeling of bravery that she had felt on the drunken evening. Amaranta's death, however, obliged her to postpone48 the decision. While the nine nights lasted she did not once leave the side of Mauricio Babilonia, who mingled166 with the crowd that invaded the house. Then came the long period of mourning and the obligatory167 withdrawal168 and they separated for a time. Those were days of such inner agitation169, such irrepressible anxiety, and so many repressed urges that on the first evening that Meme was able to get out she went straight to Pilar Ternera's. She surrendered to Mauricio Babilonia, without resistance, without shyness, without formalities, and with a vocation that was so fluid and an intuition that was so wise that a more suspicious man than hers would have confused them with obvious experience. They made love twice a week for more than three months, protected by the innocent complicity of Aureli-ano Segun-do, who believed without suspicion in his daughter's alibis170 simply in order to set her free from her mother's rigidity171.
 
On the night that Fernanda surprised them in the movies Aureli-ano Segun-do felt weighted down by the burden of his conscience and he visited Meme in the bedroom where Fernanda kept her locked up, trusting that she would reveal to him the confidences that she owed him. But Meme denied everything. She was so sure of herself, so anchored in her solitude that Aureli-ano Segun-do had the impression that no link existed between them anymore, that the comradeship and the complicity were nothing but an illusion of the past. He thought of speaking to Mauricio Babilonia, thinking that his authority as his former boss would make him desist from his plans, but Petra Cotes convinced him that it was a woman's business, so he was left floating in a limbo172 of indecision, barely sustained by the hope that the confinement173 would put an end to his daughter's troubles.
 
梅梅的最后一次暑假正碰上奥雷连诺上校的丧期。在门窗遮得严严实实的房子里,现在无法狂欢作乐了。大家都轻言细语他说话,默不吭声地进餐,每天祈祷三次,甚至午休炎热时刻的钢琴乐曲听起来也象送葬曲了。严格的服丧是菲兰达亲自规定的;尽管她怀恨奥雷连诺上校,但是政府悼念这个死敌的隆重程度也震动了她。象女儿往常度假时那样,奥雷连诺第二是在家中过夜的;菲兰达显然恢复了她跟丈夫同床共寝的合法权利,因为梅梅下一年回来的时候,看见了出生不久的小妹妹;同菲兰达的愿望相悖,这小姑娘取了阿玛兰塔·乌苏娜这个名字。
 
梅梅结束了自己的学业。她在毕业典礼上出色地演奏了十六世纪的民间乐曲之后,证明她为“音乐会钢琴手”的毕业文凭就一致通过了,家中的丧期也就终止了。除了梅梅精湛的演奏技术,客人们更惊叹的是她那不寻常的双重表现。她那有点孩子气的轻浮性格,似乎使她不能去做任何正经的事,但她一坐在钢琴面前就完全变了样,突然象个大人那么成熟了。她经常都是如此。其实,梅梅并没有特殊的音乐才能,但她不愿违拗母亲,就拼命想在钢琴演奏上达到高超的境地。不过,如果让她学习别的东西,她也会同样成功的。梅梅从小就讨厌菲兰达的严峻态度,讨厌母亲包办代替的习惯,但只要跟顽固的母亲下发生冲突,她是准备作出更大牺牲的。这姑娘在毕业典礼上感到,印上哥特字(注:黑体字)和装饰字(注:通常是大写字母)的毕业文凭,仿佛使她摆脱了自己承担的义务(她承担这种义务不是由于服从,而是为了自己的宁静),以为从现在起甚至执拗的菲兰达也不会再想到乐器了,因为修女们自己已经把它叫做“博物馆的老古董”。最初几年,梅梅觉得自己的想法错了,因为,在家庭招待会上,在募捐音乐会上,在学校晚会上,在爱国庆祝会匕尽管她的钢琴乐曲已把半个市镇的人弄得昏昏沉沉,菲兰达仍然继续把一些陌生人邀到家里,只要她认为这些人能够赏识女儿的才能。阿玛兰塔死后,生家暂时又陷入丧事的时候,梅梅才锁上钢琴,把钥匙藏在一个橱柜里,免得母亲什么时候找到它,并且被她丢失。但是在这以前,梅梅象学习弹琴时那样,坚毅地公开显示自己的天才。她以此换得自己的自由。菲兰达喜欢女儿的恭顺态度,对女儿的技艺引起的普遍赞赏感到自豪,以致毫不反对梅梅把女友们聚到家里,或者去种植园游玩,或者跟奥雷连诺第二以及值得信任的女人去看电影,只要影片是安东尼奥·伊萨贝尔神父在讲坛上赞许过的。在娱乐活动中,梅梅表现了真正的兴趣。她觉得愉快的事情是跟陈规旧俗毫无关系的:她喜欢热闹的社交聚会;喜欢跟女友们长时间坐在僻静的角落里,瞎聊谁爱上了椎;学抽香烟,闲谈男人的事;有一次甚至喝了三瓶罗木酒(注:甘蔗酿造的烈性酒),然后脱光衣服,拿她们的身体各部进行较量。梅梅永远不会忘记那个夜晚:菲兰达和阿玛兰塔在饭厅里默不作声地吃晚饭时,她嚼着一块甘蔗糖走了进来,就在桌边坐下,谁也没有发现她的反常状态。在这之前,梅梅在女朋友的卧室里度过了可怕的两小时,又哭又笑,吓得直叫,可是“危机”过去之后,她突然觉得自己有了一股勇气,有了这种勇气,她就能够从寺院学校跑回家里,随便向母亲说,她能拿钢琴当作消化剂了。她坐在桌子顶头,喝着鸡汤,这汤好象起死回生的神水流到她的肚里。梅梅忽然看见菲兰达和阿玛兰塔头上出现一个表示惩罚的光环。她勉强忍住没有咒骂她们的假仁假义、精神空虚以及她们对“伟大”的荒谬幻想。梅梅还在第二个暑假期间就已知道,父亲住在家中只是为了装装门面。她熟悉菲兰达,而且想稍迟一些见见佩特娜·柯特。她认为她的父亲是对的,她宁愿把他的情妇当做母亲。在醉酒的状态中,梅梅怡然白得地想到,如果她把自己的想法说了出来,马上就会发生一出丑剧;她暗中的调皮和高兴是那么不平常,终于被菲兰达发现了。
 
“你怎么啦?”菲兰达问。
 
“没啥,”梅梅回答。“我现在才明白,我多么喜爱你们两个啊。”
 
这句话里显然的憎恨使得阿玛兰塔吃了一惊。然而,梅梅半夜醒来,脑袋剧痛,开始呕吐,菲兰达却急得差点儿发疯了。菲兰达让女儿喝了一整瓶蓖麻油,给她的肚子贴上敷布,在她的头上放置冰袋,连续五天不准她出门,给她吃有点古怪的法国医生规定的饮食,经过两个多小时对梅梅的检查,医生得出了含糊的结论,说她患了一般的妇女病。梅梅失去了勇气,懊丧已极,在这种可怜的状态中,除了忍耐,毫无办法。乌苏娜已经完全瞎了,可是依然活跃和敏锐,她是凭直觉唯一作出正确诊断的。“我看,”她对自己说,“这是喝醉了,但她立即撇开了这种想法,甚至责备自己轻率,奥雷连诺第二发现梅梅的颓丧情绪时,受到良心的谴责,答应将来更多地关心她。父女之间愉快的伙伴关系由此产生,这种关系暂时使他摆脱了狂饮作乐中苦恼的孤独,而让她脱离了菲兰达令人厌恶的照顾,似乎防止了梅和母亲之间已经难免的冲突。在那些日子里,奥雷连诺第二把大部分空闲时间都用在女儿身上,毫不犹豫地推迟任何约会,只想跟女儿度过夜晚,带她去电影院或杂技场。在最近几年中,奥雷连诺第二脾气变坏了,原因是他过度的肥胖使他无法自己系鞋带,无法象以前那样满足自己的各种欲望。奥雷连诺第二得到女儿以后,恢复了以往的快活劲儿,而他跟她在一起的乐趣逐渐使他放弃了放荡的生活方式。梅梅象春天的树木似的开花了。她并不美,就象阿玛兰塔从来不美一样,但她外貌可爱、作风朴实,人家乍一看就会喜欢她,她的现代精神伤害了菲兰达守旧的中庸思想和欲盖弥彰的冷酷心肠,可是奥雷连诺第二却喜欢这种精神,竭力加以鼓励。奥雷连诺第二把梅梅拉出她从小居住的卧窒(卧室里的圣像吓人的眼睛仍然使她感到孩子的恐惧);他在女儿的新房间里放了一张华丽的床和一个大梳妆台,挂上了丝绒窗帘,但是没有意识到他在复制佩特娜·柯特的卧室。他很慷慨,甚至不知道自己给了梅梅多少钱,因为钱是她从他衣袋里自己拿的。奥雷连诺第二供给了女儿各种新的美容物品,只要是能在香蕉公司的商店里弄到的。梅梅的卧室摆满了指甲磨石、烫发夹、洁牙剂①、媚限水②,还有其他许多新的化妆品和美容器具;菲兰达每次走愈①使牙齿光洁的药剂。②使眼睛显得懒洋洋的眼药水。这个房间就觉得恼怒,以为女儿的梳妆台大概就是法国艺妓的那种玩意。然而,当时菲兰达正全神贯注地关心淘气和病弱的阿玛兰塔·乌苏娜,并且跟没有见过的医生进行动人的通信。因此,她发现父女之间的串通时,只要求奥雷连诺第二决不把梅悔带到佩特娜·柯特家里去。这个要求是多余的,因为佩特娜.柯特已经嫉妒她的情人和他女儿的友谊,甚到听都不愿听到梅梅的名字了。奥雷连诺第二的情妇有一种至今莫名其妙的恐惧,仿佛本能暗示她,梅悔只要愿意,就能做到菲兰达无法做到的事:使佩特娜·柯特失去似乎至死都有保障的爱情。于是,在在情妇家里,奥雷连诺第二看见了凶狠的眼神,听到了恶毒的嘲笑——他甚至担心他那流动衣箱不得不撤回妻子家里。可是事儿没到这个地步,任何人了解另一个人,都不如佩特哪.柯特了解自己的情人!她知道衣箱还会留在原处的,因为奥雷连诺第二最讨厌的事情,就是变来变去而把生活搞得十分复杂。因此,衣箱就留在原地了,佩特娜·柯特开始用自己唯一的武器夺回了情人,而这种武器是他的女儿不能用在他身上的。佩特娜.例特也白费了力气,因为梅梅从来不想干预父亲的事情,即使她这么做,也只有利于佩特娜.柯特。梅悔是没有时间来打扰别人的。每天,她象修女们教她的,自己收拾卧室和床铺,早上都琢磨自己的衣服——在长廊上刺绣,或者在阿玛兰塔的旧式手摇机上缝纫。在别人饭后午睡时,她就练两小时钢琴,知道自己每天牺牲午睡继续练琴可使菲兰达安心。出于同样的想法,她继续在教堂义卖会和学校集会上演奏,尽管她接到的邀请越来越少,傍晚,她都穿上一件普通的衣服和系带的高腹皮鞋,如果不跟父亲到哪儿去,就上女朋友家里,在那儿呆到晚餐的时候。可是奥雷连诺第二经常都来找她,带她去看电影。
 
在梅梅的女朋友当中,有三个年轻的美国姑娘,她们都是钻出“电气化养鸡场”,跟马孔多姑娘们交上朋友的。其中一个美国姑娘是帕特里西娅·布劳恩。为了感谢奥雷连诺第二的好客精神,布劳恩先生向梅梅敞开了自己的家、邀请她参加礼拜大的跳舞晚会,这是外国人和本地人混在一起的唯一场合。菲兰达知道了这种邀请,就暂时忘了阿玛兰塔·乌苏娜和没有见过的医生,变得激动不安起来。“你只消想一想,”她向梅梅说。“上校在坟墓里对这件事会有啥想法呀。”菲兰达当然寻求乌苏娜的支持。可是出乎每个人的预料,瞎老太婆认为,如果姑娘保持坚定的信仰,不去皈依基督教,那么,参加跳舞会啦,结交年岁相同的美国姑娘啦,都是没有什么可以指摘的。梅梅十分理解高祖母的意思,舞会之后的第二天,她总比平常更早地起床,去做弥撒。菲兰达仍然采取反对立场,直到有一天女儿说,美国人希望听听她弹钢琴,菲兰达才不反对了,钢琴再一次搬出宅子,送到布劳恩先生家中,年轻的女音乐家在那儿得到了最真诚的鼓掌和最热烈的祝贺;嗣后,他们不仅邀她参加舞会,还邀她参加星期天的游泳会,而且每周请她去吃一次午饭。梅梅学会了游泳(象个职业游泳运动员似的)、打网球、吃弗吉尼亚火腿加几片菠萝的便餐。在跳舞、游泳以及打网球的时候,她不知不觉地学会了英语。奥雷连诺第二对女儿的进步十分高兴,甚至从一个流动商人那儿给她买了六卷附有许多插图的英国百科全书,梅梅空闲下来就拿它来读。读书占据了她的身心,她就不去跟女友们呆在僻静的地方瞎谈情场纠葛了,但这不是因为她认为自己有读书的责任,而是因为她已毫无兴趣去议论全镇皆知的那些秘密了。现在她想起前次的酪酊大醉,就觉得那是孩子的胡闹,是可笑的;她向奥雷连诺第二谈起它来,他更觉得可笑。“如果你母亲知道就好啦!……”他笑得喘呼呼他说。只要儿女向他但白什么事儿,他总是这么说。他得到了女儿向他同样坦率谈谈初恋的许诺以后,梅梅恨快就告诉他,她喜欢一个美国小伙子,他是来马孔多跟他父母一块儿度假的。“原来是这么一个小家伙!”奥雷连诺第二笑着说。“如果你母亲知道就好啦!……”可是梅梅接着又告诉他,那小队子回国了,杏无踪影了。梅梅成熟的头脑帮助巩固了家庭的和睦关系。渐渐地,奥雷连诺第二又经常去佩特娜·柯特那儿了。尽管大宴宾客已经不象从前那样使他身心愉快,但他仍不放过消闲取乐的机会,从套子里取出了手风琴;手风琴的几个琴键现在是用鞋带系上的。在这个家庭里,阿玛兰塔没完没了地缝她的殓衣,而老朽的乌苏娜却呆在黑暗的深处,她从那儿唯一还能看见的就是栗树下面霍·阿·布恩蒂亚的幽灵,菲兰达巩固了自己的权力,她每月寄给儿子的信,这时已经没有一行假话,她隐瞒霍.阿卡蒂奥的只是她跟没有见过的医生的通信,那些医生断定她息了大肠良性肿瘤,准备让她接受心灵感应术(注:一种迷信)的治疗。
 
已经可以说,在饱经沧桑的布恩蒂亚家中,长时间是一片和平安乐的气氛,然而阿玛兰塔的碎然死亡引起了新的混乱。这是一件没有料到的事情。阿玛兰塔已经老了,孤身独处,但还显得结实、笔挺,象以往那样特别健康。自从那一天她最终拒绝了格林列尔多.马克斯上校的求婚,她就呆在房间里痛哭,惟也不知道她想些什么。当她走出卧室的时候,她的泪水已经永远于了。俏姑娘雷麦黛丝升天之后,十六个奥雷连诺惨遭杀害之后,奥雷连诺上校去世之后,她都没有哭过;这个上校是她在世上最喜爱的人,尽管大家在栗树下面发现他的尸体时,她才表露了对他的爱。她帮着从地上抬起他的尸体。她给他穿上军服,梳理头发,修饰面容,把他的胡了捻卷得比他自己在荣耀时捻卷得还好。谁也不觉得她的行动中有什么爱,因为大家一贯认为她熟悉丧葬礼仪。菲兰达生气地说,阿玛兰塔不明白天主教和生的关系,只看见它和死的关系,仿佛天主教不是宗教,而是一整套丧葬礼仪。可是阿玛兰塔沉湎在往事的回忆里,没有听到菲兰达为天主教奥妙的辩护。阿玛兰塔已到老年,可是过去的悲痛记忆犹新。她听到皮埃特罗·克列斯比的华尔兹舞曲时,就象从前青年时代那样想哭,仿佛时光和痛苦的经历没有给她什么教训。尽管她借口说录音带在潮湿中腐烂了,亲手把它们扔在垃圾堆里了,可是它们仍在她的记忆里转动播放。她曾想把它们淹没在她川侄儿的肮脏的恋情里(她曾让自己迷于这种恋情),而且曾想人格林列尔多上校男性的庇护下躲开它们,可是即使借助老年时最恶劣的行为,她也摆脱不了那些录音带的魔力:在把年轻的霍·阿卡蒂奥送往神学院的前三年,有一次她给他洗澡,曾抚摸过他,不象祖母抚摸孙子,而象女人抚摸男人,也象传说的法国艺妓那种做法,还象她十二--十四岁时打算抚摸皮埃特岁.克列斯比那样;当时他穿首紧绷绷的跳舞裤儿站在她面前,挥舞魔杖跟节拍器合着拍子。阿玛兰塔有时难过的是,她身后留下了一大堆病苦,有时她又觉得那么恼怒,甚至拿针扎自己的手指,然而最使她苦恼、悲哀和发狂的却是芬芳的、满是虫子的爱情花圃,是这个花圃使她走向死亡的。就象奥雷连诺上校不能不想到战争一样,阿玛兰塔不能下想到雷贝卡。不过,如果说奥雷连诺上校能够冲淡自己的回忆,阿玛兰塔却更加强了自己的回忆。在许多年中,她唯一祈求上帝的,是不要让她在雷贝卡之前受到死亡的惩罚。每一次,她经过雷贝卡的住所时,看见它越来越破败,就高兴地以为上帝听从了她的要求。有一次在长廊上缝衣服的时候,她忽然深信自己将坐在这个地方,坐在同样的位置上,在同样的阳光下,等候雷贝卡的死讯。从那时起,阿玛兰塔就坐着等待,有时——这是完全真的——甚至扯掉衣服上的钮扣,然后又把它们缝上,以免无所事事的等待显得长久和难熬。家中谁也没有料到,阿玛兰塔那时是在为雷贝卡缝制讲究的殓衣。后来奥雷连诺·特里斯特说,雷贝卡已经变成一个幽灵,皮肤皱巴巴的,脑壳上有几根黄头发,阿玛兰塔对此并不觉得惊异,因为他所描绘的幽灵正是她早就想象到的,阿玛兰塔决定拾掇雷贝卡的尸体,在她脸上损毁的地方涂上石蜡,拿圣像的头发给她做假发。阿玛兰塔打算塑造一个漂亮的尸体,裹上亚麻布殓衣,放进棺材,悄材外面蒙上长毛绒,里面讨上紫色布,由壮观的丧葬队伍送给虫子去受用。阿玛兰塔痛恨地拟定自己的计划时突然想到,如果她爱雷贝卡,也会这么干的。这种想法使阿玛兰塔不寒而栗,但她没有气馁,继续把计划的一切细节考虑得更加完善,很快就不仅成了一名尸体整容专家,而已成了丧葬礼仪的行家。在这可怕的计划中,她没想到的只有一点:尽管她向上帝祈求,但她可能死在雷贝卡之前。事情果然如此。但在最后一分钟,阿玛兰塔感到自己并没有绝望,相反地,她没有任何悲哀,因为死神优待她,几年前就顶先告诉了她结局的临近。在把梅梅送往修道院学校之后不久,她在一个炎热的响午就看见了死神;列神跟她一块儿坐在长廊上缝衣服她立刻认出了死神;这死神没什么可怕,不过是个穿着蓝衣服的女人,头发挺长,模样古板,有点儿象帮助乌苏娜干些厨房杂活时的皮拉·苔列娜。菲兰达也有几次跟阿玛兰塔一起坐在长廊上,但她没有看见死神,虽然死神是那么真切,象人一样,有一次甚至请阿玛兰塔替她穿针引线。死神井没有说阿玛兰塔哪年哪月哪天会死,她的时刻会不会早于雷贝卡,死神只是要她从下一个月——四月六日起开始给自己缝硷衣,容许她把殓衣缝得象自己希望的那么奇妙和漂亮,但要象给雷贝卡缝殓衣时那么认真,随后死神又说,阿玛兰塔将在硷衣缝完的那天夜里死去,没有痛苦,没有忧伤和恐惧。阿玛兰塔打算尽量多花一些时间,选购了上等麻纱,开始自己织布。单是织布就花了四年的工夫,然后就动手缝制了,越接近难免的结局,她就越明白,只有奇迹能够让她把殓衣的缝制拖到雷贝卡死亡之后,但是经常聚精会神地干活使她得到了平静,帮助她容忍了希望破灭的想法。正是这个时候,她懂得了奥雷连诺上校制作小金鱼的恶性循环的意义。现在对她来说,外部世界就是她的身体表面,她的内心是没有任何痛苦的。她遗憾的是许多年前没有发现这一点,当时还能清除回忆中的肮脏东西,改变整个世界:毫不战栗地回忆黄昏时分皮埃特罗.克列斯比身上发出的黛衣草香味,把雷贝卡从悲惨的境地中搭救出来,——不是出于爱,也不是由于恨,而是因为深切理解她的孤独,有一天晚上,她在梅梅话里感到的憎恨曾使她吃了一惊,倒不是因为这种憎恨是针对她的,而是因为她觉得这姑娘的青年时代和她以前一样虽是纯洁的,但已沾染了憎恨别人的坏习气。可她感到现在已经没有痛改前非的可能,也就满不在乎了,听从命董的摆布了。她唯一操心的是缝完殓衣。她不象开头那样千方百计延缓工作,而是加快进度。距离工作结束还剩一个星期的时候,她估计二月四号晚上将缝最后一针,于是并没说明原因,就劝梅梅推迟原定五号举行的钢琴音乐会,可是梅梅不听她的劝告。接着,阿玛兰塔开始寻找继续拖延四十八小时的办法,甚至认为死神迎合了她的愿望,因为二月四号晚上暴风雨把发电站破坏了。但是,第二天早上八点,阿玛兰塔仍在世间最漂亮的硷衣上缝了最后一针,泰然自若他说她晚上就要死了。这一点,她不仅告诉全家,而且告诉全镇,因她以为,最终为人们做一件好事就能弥补自己一生的悭吝,而最适合这个目的的就是帮助人家捎信给死人。
 
阿玛兰塔傍晚就要起锚,带着信件航行到死人国去,这个消息还在晌午之前就传遍了整个马孔多;下午三点,客厅里已经立着一口装满了信件的箱子,不愿提笔的人就让阿玛兰塔传递口信,她把它们都记在笔记本里,并且写上收信人的姓名及其死亡的日期。“甭担心,”她安慰发信的人。“我到达那儿要做的第一件事就是找到他,把您的信转交给他。”这一切象是一出滑稽戏。阿玛兰塔没有任何明显的不安,也没有任何悲伤的迹象,由于承担了捎信的任务,她甚至显得年轻了。她象往常那样笔挺、匀称,如果不是脸颊凹陷、缺了几颗门牙,她看上去比自己的岁数年轻得多。她亲自指挥别人把信投入箱子,用树脂把箱子封上,并且说明如何将箱子放进坟墓才能较好地防止潮湿。早上,她叫来一个木匠,当他给她量棺材尺寸的时候,她却泰然地站着,仿佛他准备给她量衣服。在最后的时刻里,她还有那么充沛的精力,以致菲兰达产生了疑心:阿玛兰塔说自己要死是不是跟大家寻开心?乌苏娜知道布恩蒂亚家的人通常部是无病死亡的,所以相信阿玛兰塔确实得到了死亡的预兆,但在捎信的事情上,乌苏娜担心的是癫狂的发信人渴望信件快点儿到达,在忙乱中把她女儿活活地埋掉。因此,乌苏娜跟刚进屋子的人争争吵吵,下午四点就把他们都撵出去了。这时,阿玛兰塔已把自己的东西分发给了穷人,只在简陋、粗糙的木板棺材上留下了一身衣服和一双没有后跟的普通布鞋,这双鞋子是她死时要穿的。她所所以没有忽略鞋子,是她想起自己在奥雷连诺去世时曾给他买了一双新皮鞋,因他只有一双在作坊里穿的家常便鞋。五点之前不久,奥雷连诺第二来叫梅梅去参加音乐会时,对家中的丧葬气氛感到十分惊讶。这时,如果说谁象活人,那就是安详的阿玛兰塔,她镇静自若,甚至还有时间来割自己的鸡眼。奥雷连诺第二和梅梅戏谑地跟她告别,答应下个星期六举行一次庆祝她复活的盛大酒宴,五点钟,安东尼奥·伊萨贝尔神父听说阿玛兰塔正在收集捎给死人的信,前来为她举行最后一次圣餐仪式,在临死的人走出浴室之前,他不得不等候了二十多分钟,她穿着印度白布衬衫,头发披在肩上,出现在衰老的教区神父面前,他以为这是个鬼把戏,就把拿着圣餐的小厮打发走了。但他仍然决定利用这个机会听取阿玛兰塔的祈祷,因为她几乎二十年拒绝祈祷了。阿玛兰塔直截了当地说,她不需要任何精神上的帮助,因为她的心地是纯洁的。菲兰达对此很不痛快。她不顾人家可能听见她的话,大声地自言自语,阿玛兰塔宁愿要亵读神灵的死亡,而不要忏悔,这是多大的罪恶啊!然后阿玛兰塔躺下,让乌苏娜当众证明她的贞洁。
 
“让谁也不要乱想,”她大声叫嚷,使菲兰达能够听见。“阿玛兰塔如何来到这个世界,就如何离开这个世界。”
 
阿玛兰塔再也没有起床。她象病人似地躺在枕上,把长发编成辫子,放在耳边,——是死神要她这样躺进棺材的。然后,阿玛兰塔要求鸟苏娜拿来一面镜子,四十多年来第一次看见了岁月和苦难毁掉的自己的面孔;她觉得奇怪的是,这副面孔跟她想象的完全一样。乌苏娜根据卧室中逐渐出现的寂静,知道天色开始黑了。
 
“向菲兰达告别吧,”乌苏娜要求阿玛兰塔,“重新合好的一分钟,比友好的一生还宝贵啊!”
 
“现在这没用处了,”阿玛兰塔回答。
 
临时搭成的台子上重新灯火通明,第二部分节目开始的时候,梅梅仍然不能不想到阿玛兰塔。她正演奏一支曲子,有人在她耳边低声地报告了噩耗,音乐会就停止了,奥雷连诺第二走进屋子,不得不挤过人群,才能瞧见老处女的尸体:她显得苍白难看,手上缠着黑色绷带,身子裹着漂亮的殓衣,棺材停放在客厅里,旁边是一箱信件。经过九夜的守灵,鸟苏娜再也不能起床了。圣索菲怀。德拉佩德照顾她,把饮食和洗脸水给她拿进卧室,将马孔多发生的一切事情告诉她。奥雷连诺第二常来看望鸟苏娜,给她各式各样的衣服,她都把它们放在床边,跟其它许多最必需的生活用品混在一“起,很快在伸手就能摸到的距离内建立了一个世界。她得到:”小姑娘阿玛兰塔;乌苏娜的爱,小姑娘一切都象她,她教小姑娘读书识字,现在,甚至谁也没有猎到鸟苏娜完全瞎了,虽然大家都知道她视力不好;她那清醒的头脑以及无需旁人照顾的本领,只是使人想到百岁的高龄压倒了她。这时,乌苏娜有了那么多的空闲时间,内心又那么平静,就能注意家中的生活了,囵此她第一个发现了梅梅闷不吱声的苦恼。“到这儿来吧,”鸟苏娜向小姑娘说。“现在,只有咱俩在一块儿,你就向可怜的老太婆但白说说你的心事吧。”
 
梅悔羞涩地笑了一声,避免交谈,鸟苏娜没有坚持。可是梅悔不再来看望她时,她的疑心就更大了。乌苏娜知道,梅梅现在起床比往常都早,一分钟也坐不住,等候可以溜出家门的时刻,而且通育部在邻室的床上辗转反侧,房间里总有一只飞舞的蝴蝶妨碍她睡觉。有一次梅梅说她要去看看父亲,乌苏娜就对菲兰达的头脑迟钝感到惊异了,虽然在这之后不久,奥雷连诺第二自己就来找她的女儿。十分显然,梅梅很久以来就在千什么秘密勾当,有什么焦急的事,直到有一天晚上,菲兰达发现梅梅在电影院里跟一个男人接吻,终于把整个家庭闹翻了天。
 
梅梅心里难过,以为乌苏娜出卖了她,其实是她出卖了自己。她早就留下了一连串痕迹,甚至能够引起瞎子的怀疑。如果说菲兰达过了那么久才发现这些痕迹,只是因为她在全神贯注地跟没有见过的医生秘密通信。但是菲兰达终于看出,女儿时而长久沉默,时而突然发抖,时而情绪骤变,脾气暴跺了。菲兰达开始不断地秘密观察梅梅。她照旧让女儿跟女友们外出,帮她穿上星期六晚会的衣服,一次也没向她提出可能使她警觉的难堪的问题,菲兰达已有不少证据,梅梅所做的跟她所说的不同,可是母亲为了等待决定性的罪证,仍然没有表露自己的怀疑,有一夭晚上,梅梅说她要跟父亲去看电影。没过多久,菲兰达就听到了佩特娜.柯特家的方向传来了鞭炮的噼啪声和奥雷连诺第二手风琴的声音,他的手风琴跟其他任何人的手风琴都是混同不了的,于是她穿上衣服,到电影院去,在池座前几排的昏暗中认出了自己的女儿。由于怀疑得到证实,菲兰达感到震惊,她还来不及看清跟梅梅接吻的男人,就在观众震耳欲聋的叫声和笑声中听出了他那颤抖的声音。“很抱歉,亲爱的,”菲兰达一听,二话没说,立刻把梅梅拖出池座,羞愧地拉着她经过熙熙攘攘的土耳其人街,把她关在她的卧室里。
 
次日下午六时,有个人来拜访菲兰达,她听出了他的声音。这人年纪挺轻,脸色发黄,如果菲兰达以前见过吉卜赛人,他那悒郁的黑眼睛是不会叫她那么吃惊的:任何一个心肠不硬的妇女,只要看见这人脸上那副恍惚的神情,都能理解梅梅的动机。客人穿着破旧的亚麻布衣服和皮鞋,为了使皮鞋象个样子,他在鞋上拼命涂了几层锌白,但是锌白已经出现了裂纹;他手里拿着上星州六买的一顶草帽。在他的一生中,他从来不象现在这么畏缩,但他态度尊严,镇定自若,这就使他没有丢脸。在他身上可以感到一种天生的高尚气度——只有一双手肮里肮脏,他干粗活时已把指甲弄裂了。然而,菲兰达一眼就猜到他是个机修工人。她看出,他穿的是一件星期日穿的衣服,他那衬衣下面的肉体染上了香蕉公司的皮疹。她不让他开口,甚至不准他进门,过了片刻,她就不得不把门关上,因为整座房子都是黄蝴蝶。
 
“走开,”她说。“规矩人家用不着你来串门。”
 
他叫毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚,出生在马孔多,是香蕉公司汽车库的徒工。梅梅是偶然跟他认识的,有一天下午,她和帕特卫西娅.布劳恩去要汽车到种植园去,司机病了,毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚接受了开车的任务,梅梅终于达到了自己的愿望——坐在司机身边,看他怎样开车。跟正式的司机不同,毛里西奥.巴比洛尼亚用实物向他作了一切解释。这件事情发生的时候,梅梅刚开始到布劳恩先生家里去作容,而且驾驶汽车被认为是妇女不配干的事情。因此,她满足于理论上的解释,好几个月都没跟毛里西奥.巴比洛尼亚重新见面,她随后想起,在种植园里乘车游逛的时候,他那男性的美曾经引起她的注意(她不喜欢的只是他那双粗糙的手).而且后来她还向帕特里西娅·布劳恩提到,他那几乎自高自大的态度给她留下了讨厌的印象。另一个星期六,梅梅和父亲去电影院,又看见了毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚,他仍然穿着那件亚麻布衣服,坐在离她和父亲不远的地方。姑娘发现,他不太注意电影,老是掉头看她。这种粗俗的样儿使梅梅感到厌恶。散场以后,毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚走来招呼奥雷连诺第二,这时梅梅才知道他俩彼此认识,因为毛里西奥.巴比洛尼亚从前在奥雷连诺·特里斯特的小电站上工作,——他在她父亲面前象下属一般毕恭毕敬。这个发现消除了他的高傲在梅梅身上引起的恶感。她跟他没有私会过,除了打打招呼,还没聊过什么。有一天夜里她忽然做了个梦:他在船舶失事时救了她,可她没有感激之情,只有愤怒。在梦中,仿佛她自己给了他期待的机会,而她渴望的却是相反的情况,不仅要求毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚这样,要求对她发生兴趣的其他男人也是这样。但是,她那么气愤,醒来之后却没恨他,反而感到非去见他不可。在一个星期中,她的焦渴越来越厉害,星期六就变得难以忍受了;随后,当毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚在电影院里招呼她的时候,她不得不作出极大的克制,不让他发现她的心快要跳出胸口。在高兴和嗔怒掺在一起的心情下,她第一次伸手给他,他也第一次握着它。在某一瞬间,她懊悔自己的冲动,但她发觉他的手也汗湿、冰冷时,她的懊悔立即变成了极大的满足。梅梅夜里开始明白,如果不向毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚说明他的希望完全枉然,她就不会有一分钟的宁静;随后整整一个星期,她都心急火燎,再也无法去想其它事人为了促使帕特里西娅·布劳恩跟他一块儿女要汽车,她使出了各种无用的花招。最后,利用一个红发美国人前来马孔多度假的机会,并且借口参观新式汽车,她请这个美国人带她去汽车库。梅梅刚一看见毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚,就不再期骗自己,知道实际情况是她自己巴望跟他单独呆在一起。她刚出现在门口,他就明白了一切;他的这种信心使得梅梅十分气恼。
 
“我是来参观新式汽车的,”梅侮说。
 
“嗯,这个借口不错嘛,”他回答。
 
梅梅觉得,他那高傲的烈火的伤了她,她就拼命想法伤他的面子。但他不让她有时间这么干。“别怕,”他降低声音说。“女人为男人发疯已不是头一遭了。”她觉得自己束手无策,甚至没看新式汽车一眼,就从汽车库走了出去,通宵都在床上翻来覆去,气得直哭。说实在的,已经使她感到兴趣的那个红头发美国人,此刻在她眼里不过象一个裹着尿布的小孩儿了。正是从这个时候起,她发现黄蝴蝶预示毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚的出现。以前,尤其在汽车库里,她看见过黄蝴蝶,可她以为它们是被油漆吸引到那儿去的。有一次,在暗黑的观众厅里,梅梅听到它们在她的头顶上飞舞。但是,当毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚象个鬼影(在人群中只有她一个人看得见这个鬼影)追踪她的时候,她才想到黄蝴蝶跟他有某种关系。在音乐会上,在电影院里,在教堂里做弥撒时,毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚经常都在人群中间;要发现他,梅梅只消举眼找到黄蝴蝶就行了。有一次奥雷连诺第二大发牢骚,咒骂黄蝴蝶讨厌地飞来飞去,梅梅差点儿象她以前答应过父亲的那样,把自己的秘密告诉他,但她下意识地想到,他又会象往常一样笑着说:“如果你母亲知道了,她会说什么呀?”有一天早上,菲兰达和梅梅正在修剪玫瑰花丛的时候,菲兰达忽然惊叫一声,从梅梅站立的地方——俏姑娘雷麦黛丝升天的地方,把梅梅往旁边一拖。空中突然出现的翅膀拍动声把菲兰达吓了一跳,刹那间她以为怪事又要在女儿身上重现了。然而这是蝴蝶。它们那么突然地出现在梅梅眼前,仿佛是从阳光里产生的,使得她的心都缩紧了。就在这时,毛里西奥.巴比洛尼亚走进花园,手里拿着一个包包,他说这是帕特里西娅.布劳恩的赠品。梅梅勉强驱散了脸上羞涩的红晕,装出一副十分自然的笑容,请他把包包放在长廊的栏杆上,因为她的手挺脏。菲兰达在这个人身上注意到的,只是他那病态的、发黄的皮肤;几个月之后她将把他撵出自己的家,甚至记不起她在哪儿见过他了。
 
“一个很古怪的人,”菲兰达说。“凭他的脸色就能看出,他活不了多久。”
 
梅梅以为蝴蝶给母亲的印象太深了。她把玫瑰花丛修剪完毕,就洗了洗手,将包包拿进卧室去打开。包包里是个中国玩具似的东西——五个小盒,一个套着一个,在最后一个小盒里放着一张名信片,一个勉强会写字的人吃力地写上了几个字儿:“星期六在电影院相见。”梅梅觉得后怕,因为包包在长廊上放了不少时间,菲兰达可能怀疑它。梅梅虽然喜欢毛里西奥.巴比洛尼亚的勇敢和发明才干,但他天真地相信她准会赴约,这就触犯了她的自尊心。梅梅知道,星期六晚上奥雷连诺第二是有约会的。但在整整一个星期中,她都感到杌陧不安,星期六晚上,她要父亲送她去电影院,散场之后再来接她。观众厅里的电灯还亮着的时候,夜出的蝴蝶就在她头顶上不停地飞舞。然后事儿就发生了。灯一熄灭,毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚就在她身边坐下。梅梅觉得自已仿佛在可怕的泥坑里无力地挣扎,象在梦中一样,能够搭救她的只有这个沾上机油味的人;在黑暗的大厅里,她勉强才能看得见他。
 
“如果你不来,”他说,“你就永远见不到我了。”
 
梅梅感到他的手放在她的膝上,而且明白:从这一刹那起,他俩已经难解难分了。
 
“你叫我生气的是,”她微笑着说,“你总说些不该说的话。”
 
她爱他爱得发狂。她睡不着觉,吃不下饭,陷入孤独,甚至父亲也成了她的障碍。为了迷惑菲兰达,她胡乱地编造了一大堆谎话,不是说别人邀请她,就是说有什么事;她抛弃了自己的女友,逾越了一切常规,只要跟毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚相会就行——不管什么地方,也不管什么时候,起初,她不喜欢他的粗鲁。他俩第一次在汽车库后面的空地上幽会时,他毫不怜惜地将她弄得象个动物似的,把她搞得精疲力尽。梅梅后来明白,这也是一种爱抚,于是她失去了平静,光是为他活在人世了,渴望一再闻到使她发疯的机器油和碱水味儿。在阿玛兰塔去世之前不久,她突然短时间清醒过来,面对渺茫的前途不住地战粟。那时梅梅听说有一个用纸牌算命的女人,就悄悄地去她那儿。这是皮拉·苔列娜。她一看见梅梅,立刻明白姑娘来找她的隐秘原因。“坐下吧,”皮拉·苔列娜说。“给布恩蒂亚家的人算命,我是不需要纸牌的。”梅梅不知道,永远不会知道,百岁的女巫是她的曾祖母。皮拉·苔列娜向她说,爱情的苦恼只有在床上才能解除,她听了十分直率的解释也不相信,毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚持同样的看法,可是梅梅也不相信他的话,她心里认为,他那么说是因为无知,象其他工人一样。她以为一方的情欲得到了满足,就会不管另一方了,因为人们由于天性,解除了饥饿,就会失去对食物的兴趣。皮拉·苔列娜不仅消除了梅梅的错误想法,而且让梅梅使用一张旧床,在这张床上,她怀过梅梅的祖父阿卡蒂奥,然后又怀过奥雷连诺·霍塞。此外,她还教梅梅利用芥未膏沐浴的办法预防不需要的受孕,并且给了梅梅药剂处方,如果发生了麻烦,这种药剂就能免除一切——“甚至免除良心的遗贡”。在这次谈话之后,梅梅感到勇气百倍,犹如喝得酩酊大醉的那天晚上一样。然而,阿玛兰塔之死使她不得不推迟计划的实行。在守灵的九夜里,她一分钟也没离开毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚,他总在房里的人群中踱来踱去。后来开始了长久的服丧期,必须深居简出,一对情人只好暂时分开了。在这些日子里,梅梅心中焦躁,苦闷已极,冲动难抑,在她能够出门的第一个晚上,她就径直前往皮拉·苔列娜家里了。她听任毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚摆布,没有抗拒,没有羞耻,没有扭捏,表现了那么大的天赋和本领,以致疑心较重的男人都会拿它们跟真正的经验混为一谈。在三个多月中,他俩每周幽会两次。奥雷连诺第二不知不觉地跟他俩狼狈为奸,保护他俩,天真地证实女儿想出的借口,希望她摆脱母亲的束缚。
 
菲兰达在电影院里突然捉住梅梅和毛里西奥.巴比洛尼亚的那天晚上,奥雷连诺第二感到良心的谴责,来到禁闭女儿的卧室里,以为梅梅按照她的诺言在他面前吐露真情,心情就会轻松一些。可是梅梅否认一切。她那么自信,一口咬定自己是孤单的,奥雷连诺第二就觉得他和女儿的关系断了,他俩从来不是知心的伙伴——一切只是往日的幻想。他考虑是不是跟毛里西奥·巴比洛尼亚谈谈,也许昔日老板的威望能让这个人放弃自己的打算,可是佩特娜·柯特劝他不要插手女人的事儿,他就陷入犹豫不决的状态,希望禁锢能够解除女儿的痛苦。
 
梅梅没有显出任何痛苦的迹象,相反地,乌苏娜从隔壁房间里听到,梅梅夜间睡得挺香,白天安静地做事,按时吃饭,消化良好。在梅梅关了几乎两个月之后,乌苏娜觉得奇怪的只有一点:梅梅不象其他的人那样早上走进浴室,而是晚上七时走进浴室,有一次,乌苏娜甚至想警告梅梅当心蝎子,可是梅梅认为高祖母出卖了她,避免跟乌苏娜谈话,乌苏娜就决定不再婆妈妈地打扰她了。天刚黑,房子里就满是黄蝴蝶。每天晚上从浴室出来的时候,梅梅都发现绝望的菲兰达用喷射杀虫剂来消灭蝴蝶。“真可怕,”菲兰达哼叫起来,“我一直听说,夜出的蝴蝶会带来灾祸。”有一次,梅梅在浴室里的时候,菲兰达偶然走进她的房间,那么多的蝴蝶使她气都喘不过来。她随手抓起一块布来驱赶它们,但她把女儿夜间的沐浴和散在地上的芥末膏联系起来,就吓得发呆了,菲兰达并不象前次那样等候方便的机会。第二天,她就把新任镇长邀来吃午饭。这位镇长象她一样是生在山里的。她请他夜间在她的后院设置一名警卫,因为她觉得有人偷她的鸡。那天夜里,几乎象过去几个月的每天夜晚一样,梅梅在浴室里裸着身子,正在战战兢兢地等候毛里西奥.巴比洛尼亚,周围满是蝎子和蝴蝶;这时,毛里西奥.巴比洛尼亚在房顶上揭开一块瓦正想跳下浴室,警卫就开枪打伤了他。子弹陷在他的脊柱里,使他躺在床上一直到死。他是在孤独中老死的,没有抱怨,没有愤恨,没有出卖别人;往事的回忆以及不让他有片刻宁静的黄蝴蝶把他折磨死了,人家都骂他是偷鸡的贼。


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1 certified fw5zkU     
a.经证明合格的;具有证明文件的
参考例句:
  • Doctors certified him as insane. 医生证明他精神失常。
  • The planes were certified airworthy. 飞机被证明适于航行。
2 clavichord bV2yQ     
n.(敲弦)古钢琴
参考例句:
  • Our clavichord is kept in the living room.我们的击弦古钢琴是放在起居室里的。
  • The clavichord which my grandfather bought years ago was damaged.我祖父多年前买的古钢琴被损坏了。
3 ratified 307141b60a4e10c8e00fe98bc499667a     
v.批准,签认(合约等)( ratify的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The treaty was declared invalid because it had not been ratified. 条约没有得到批准,因此被宣布无效。
  • The treaty was ratified by all the member states. 这个条约得到了所有成员国的批准。
4 virtuosity RHQyJ     
n.精湛技巧
参考例句:
  • At that time,his virtuosity on the trumpet had no parallel in jazz.那时,他高超的小号吹奏技巧在爵士乐界无人能比。
  • As chemists began to pry out my secret they discovered my virtuosity.化学家开始探讨我的秘密,他们发现了我的精湛技巧。
5 gathering ChmxZ     
n.集会,聚会,聚集
参考例句:
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
6 frivolous YfWzi     
adj.轻薄的;轻率的
参考例句:
  • This is a frivolous way of attacking the problem.这是一种轻率敷衍的处理问题的方式。
  • He spent a lot of his money on frivolous things.他在一些无聊的事上花了好多钱。
7 maturity 47nzh     
n.成熟;完成;(支票、债券等)到期
参考例句:
  • These plants ought to reach maturity after five years.这些植物五年后就该长成了。
  • This is the period at which the body attains maturity.这是身体发育成熟的时期。
8 vocation 8h6wB     
n.职业,行业
参考例句:
  • She struggled for years to find her true vocation.她多年来苦苦寻找真正适合自己的职业。
  • She felt it was her vocation to minister to the sick.她觉得照料病人是她的天职。
9 inflexible xbZz7     
adj.不可改变的,不受影响的,不屈服的
参考例句:
  • Charles was a man of settled habits and inflexible routine.查尔斯是一个恪守习惯、生活规律不容打乱的人。
  • The new plastic is completely inflexible.这种新塑料是完全不可弯曲的。
10 apprenticeship 4NLyv     
n.学徒身份;学徒期
参考例句:
  • She was in the second year of her apprenticeship as a carpenter. 她当木工学徒已是第二年了。
  • He served his apprenticeship with Bob. 他跟鲍勃当学徒。
11 intransigence B4Ixs     
n.妥协的态度;强硬
参考例句:
  • He often appeared angry and frustrated by the intransigence of both sides.他似乎常常为双方各不相让而生气沮丧。
  • Yet for North Korea,intransigence is the norm.不过对朝鲜来说,决不妥协是其一贯作风。
12 illuminated 98b351e9bc282af85e83e767e5ec76b8     
adj.被照明的;受启迪的
参考例句:
  • Floodlights illuminated the stadium. 泛光灯照亮了体育场。
  • the illuminated city at night 夜幕中万家灯火的城市
13 obedience 8vryb     
n.服从,顺从
参考例句:
  • Society has a right to expect obedience of the law.社会有权要求人人遵守法律。
  • Soldiers act in obedience to the orders of their superior officers.士兵们遵照上级军官的命令行动。
14 insistent s6ZxC     
adj.迫切的,坚持的
参考例句:
  • There was an insistent knock on my door.我听到一阵急促的敲门声。
  • He is most insistent on this point.他在这点上很坚持。
15 nuns ce03d5da0bb9bc79f7cd2b229ef14d4a     
n.(通常指基督教的)修女, (佛教的)尼姑( nun的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Ah Q had always had the greatest contempt for such people as little nuns. 小尼姑之流是阿Q本来视如草芥的。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Nuns are under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. 修女须立誓保持清贫、贞洁、顺从。 来自辞典例句
16 parlor v4MzU     
n.店铺,营业室;会客室,客厅
参考例句:
  • She was lying on a small settee in the parlor.她躺在客厅的一张小长椅上。
  • Is there a pizza parlor in the neighborhood?附近有没有比萨店?
17 patriotic T3Izu     
adj.爱国的,有爱国心的
参考例句:
  • His speech was full of patriotic sentiments.他的演说充满了爱国之情。
  • The old man is a patriotic overseas Chinese.这位老人是一位爱国华侨。
18 virtue BpqyH     
n.德行,美德;贞操;优点;功效,效力
参考例句:
  • He was considered to be a paragon of virtue.他被认为是品德尽善尽美的典范。
  • You need to decorate your mind with virtue.你应该用德行美化心灵。
19 virtues cd5228c842b227ac02d36dd986c5cd53     
美德( virtue的名词复数 ); 德行; 优点; 长处
参考例句:
  • Doctors often extol the virtues of eating less fat. 医生常常宣扬少吃脂肪的好处。
  • She delivered a homily on the virtues of family life. 她进行了一场家庭生活美德方面的说教。
20 dedicated duHzy2     
adj.一心一意的;献身的;热诚的
参考例句:
  • He dedicated his life to the cause of education.他献身于教育事业。
  • His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design.他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
21 docility fa2bc100be92db9a613af5832f9b75b9     
n.容易教,易驾驶,驯服
参考例句:
  • He was trying to plant the seed of revolt, arouse that placid peasant docility. 他想撒下反叛的种子,唤醒这个安分驯良的农民的觉悟。 来自辞典例句
  • With unusual docility, Nancy stood up and followed him as he left the newsroom. 南希以难得的顺从站起身来,尾随着他离开了新闻编辑室。 来自辞典例句
22 admiration afpyA     
n.钦佩,赞美,羡慕
参考例句:
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
23 groves eb036e9192d7e49b8aa52d7b1729f605     
树丛,小树林( grove的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The early sun shone serenely on embrowned groves and still green fields. 朝阳宁静地照耀着已经发黄的树丛和还是一片绿色的田地。
  • The trees grew more and more in groves and dotted with old yews. 那里的树木越来越多地长成了一簇簇的小丛林,还点缀着几棵老紫杉树。
24 grove v5wyy     
n.林子,小树林,园林
参考例句:
  • On top of the hill was a grove of tall trees.山顶上一片高大的树林。
  • The scent of lemons filled the grove.柠檬香味充满了小树林。
25 omen N5jzY     
n.征兆,预兆;vt.预示
参考例句:
  • The superstitious regard it as a bad omen.迷信的人认为那是一种恶兆。
  • Could this at last be a good omen for peace?这是否终于可以视作和平的吉兆了?
26 relaxation MVmxj     
n.松弛,放松;休息;消遣;娱乐
参考例句:
  • The minister has consistently opposed any relaxation in the law.部长一向反对法律上的任何放宽。
  • She listens to classical music for relaxation.她听古典音乐放松。
27 cane RsNzT     
n.手杖,细长的茎,藤条;v.以杖击,以藤编制的
参考例句:
  • This sugar cane is quite a sweet and juicy.这甘蔗既甜又多汁。
  • English schoolmasters used to cane the boys as a punishment.英国小学老师过去常用教鞭打男学生作为惩罚。
28 consternation 8OfzB     
n.大为吃惊,惊骇
参考例句:
  • He was filled with consternation to hear that his friend was so ill.他听说朋友病得那么厉害,感到非常震惊。
  • Sam stared at him in consternation.萨姆惊恐不安地注视着他。
29 broth acsyx     
n.原(汁)汤(鱼汤、肉汤、菜汤等)
参考例句:
  • Every cook praises his own broth.厨子总是称赞自己做的汤。
  • Just a bit of a mouse's dropping will spoil a whole saucepan of broth.一粒老鼠屎败坏一锅汤。
30 elixir cjAzh     
n.长生不老药,万能药
参考例句:
  • There is no elixir of life in the world.世界上没有长生不老药。
  • Keep your mind awake and active;that's the only youth elixir.保持头脑清醒和灵活便是保持年轻的唯一灵丹妙药。
31 delusions 2aa783957a753fb9191a38d959fe2c25     
n.欺骗( delusion的名词复数 );谬见;错觉;妄想
参考例句:
  • the delusions of the mentally ill 精神病患者的妄想
  • She wants to travel first-class: she must have delusions of grandeur. 她想坐头等舱旅行,她一定自以为很了不起。 来自辞典例句
32 grandeur hejz9     
n.伟大,崇高,宏伟,庄严,豪华
参考例句:
  • The grandeur of the Great Wall is unmatched.长城的壮观是独一无二的。
  • These ruins sufficiently attest the former grandeur of the place.这些遗迹充分证明此处昔日的宏伟。
33 haziness 023e0e86cf6679590d78646a486ce7c1     
有薄雾,模糊; 朦胧之性质或状态; 零能见度
参考例句:
  • It is going to take clearing of this haziness for investors to back this stock. 要让投资者支持新浪的股票,就需要厘清这种不确定的状态。
  • A pronounced haziness may signify spoilage, while brilliant, clear or dull wines are generally sound. 显著的模糊状态可能意味着葡萄酒变坏了,而闪耀,清晰或阴暗的葡萄酒通常都是健康的。
34 vomited 23632f2de1c0dc958c22b917c3cdd795     
参考例句:
  • Corbett leaned against the wall and promptly vomited. 科比特倚在墙边,马上呕吐了起来。
  • She leant forward and vomited copiously on the floor. 她向前一俯,哇的一声吐了一地。 来自英汉文学
35 gall jhXxC     
v.使烦恼,使焦躁,难堪;n.磨难
参考例句:
  • It galled him to have to ask for a loan.必须向人借钱使他感到难堪。
  • No gall,no glory.没有磨难,何来荣耀。
36 ailment IV8zf     
n.疾病,小病
参考例句:
  • I don't have even the slightest ailment.我什么毛病也没有。
  • He got timely treatment for his ailment.他的病得到了及时治疗。
37 peculiar cinyo     
adj.古怪的,异常的;特殊的,特有的
参考例句:
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的样子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
38 miserable g18yk     
adj.悲惨的,痛苦的;可怜的,糟糕的
参考例句:
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,这是可耻的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她过去的生活很苦。
39 lucid B8Zz8     
adj.明白易懂的,清晰的,头脑清楚的
参考例句:
  • His explanation was lucid and to the point.他的解释扼要易懂。
  • He wasn't very lucid,he didn't quite know where he was.他神志不是很清醒,不太知道自己在哪里。
40 diagnosis GvPxC     
n.诊断,诊断结果,调查分析,判断
参考例句:
  • His symptoms gave no obvious pointer to a possible diagnosis.他的症状无法作出明确的诊断。
  • The engineer made a complete diagnosis of the bridge's collapse.工程师对桥的倒塌做一次彻底的调查分析。
41 frivolity 7fNzi     
n.轻松的乐事,兴高采烈;轻浮的举止
参考例句:
  • It was just a piece of harmless frivolity. 这仅是无恶意的愚蠢行为。
  • Hedonism and frivolity will diffuse hell tnrough all our days. 享乐主义和轻薄浮佻会将地狱扩展到我们的整个日子之中。 来自辞典例句
42 prostration e23ec06f537750e7e1306b9c8f596399     
n. 平伏, 跪倒, 疲劳
参考例句:
  • a state of prostration brought on by the heat 暑热导致的虚脱状态
  • A long period of worrying led to her nervous prostration. 长期的焦虑导致她的神经衰弱。
43 solitude xF9yw     
n. 孤独; 独居,荒僻之地,幽静的地方
参考例句:
  • People need a chance to reflect on spiritual matters in solitude. 人们需要独处的机会来反思精神上的事情。
  • They searched for a place where they could live in solitude. 他们寻找一个可以过隐居生活的地方。
44 revels a11b91521eaa5ae9692b19b125143aa9     
n.作乐( revel的名词复数 );狂欢;着迷;陶醉v.作乐( revel的第三人称单数 );狂欢;着迷;陶醉
参考例句:
  • Christmas revels with feasting and dancing were common in England. 圣诞节的狂欢歌舞在英国是很常见的。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Dickens openly revels in the book's rich physical detail and high-hearted conflict. 狄更斯对该书中丰富多彩的具体细节描写和勇敢的争斗公开表示欣赏。 来自辞典例句
45 watchful tH9yX     
adj.注意的,警惕的
参考例句:
  • The children played under the watchful eye of their father.孩子们在父亲的小心照看下玩耍。
  • It is important that health organizations remain watchful.卫生组织保持警惕是极为重要的。
46 inevitable 5xcyq     
adj.不可避免的,必然发生的
参考例句:
  • Mary was wearing her inevitable large hat.玛丽戴着她总是戴的那顶大帽子。
  • The defeat had inevitable consequences for British policy.战败对英国政策不可避免地产生了影响。
47 postponed 9dc016075e0da542aaa70e9f01bf4ab1     
vt.& vi.延期,缓办,(使)延迟vt.把…放在次要地位;[语]把…放在后面(或句尾)vi.(疟疾等)延缓发作(或复发)
参考例句:
  • The trial was postponed indefinitely. 审讯无限期延迟。
  • The game has already been postponed three times. 这场比赛已经三度延期了。
48 postpone rP0xq     
v.延期,推迟
参考例句:
  • I shall postpone making a decision till I learn full particulars.在未获悉详情之前我得从缓作出决定。
  • She decided to postpone the converastion for that evening.她决定当天晚上把谈话搁一搁。
49 annoyance Bw4zE     
n.恼怒,生气,烦恼
参考例句:
  • Why do you always take your annoyance out on me?为什么你不高兴时总是对我出气?
  • I felt annoyance at being teased.我恼恨别人取笑我。
50 obesity Dv1ya     
n.肥胖,肥大
参考例句:
  • One effect of overeating may be obesity.吃得过多能导致肥胖。
  • Sugar and fat can more easily lead to obesity than some other foods.糖和脂肪比其他食物更容易导致肥胖。
51 joviality 00d80ae95f8022e5efb8faabf3370402     
n.快活
参考例句:
  • However, there is an air of joviality in the sugar camps. 然而炼糖营房里却充满着热气腾腾的欢乐气氛。 来自辞典例句
  • Immediately he noticed the joviality of Stane's manner. 他随即注意到史丹兴高采烈的神情。 来自辞典例句
52 modem sEaxr     
n.调制解调器
参考例句:
  • Does your computer have a modem?你的电脑有调制解调器吗?
  • Provides a connection to your computer via a modem.通过调制解调器连接到计算机上。
53 antiquated bzLzTH     
adj.陈旧的,过时的
参考例句:
  • Many factories are so antiquated they are not worth saving.很多工厂过于陈旧落后,已不值得挽救。
  • A train of antiquated coaches was waiting for us at the siding.一列陈旧的火车在侧线上等着我们。
54 dressing 1uOzJG     
n.(食物)调料;包扎伤口的用品,敷料
参考例句:
  • Don't spend such a lot of time in dressing yourself.别花那么多时间来打扮自己。
  • The children enjoy dressing up in mother's old clothes.孩子们喜欢穿上妈妈旧时的衣服玩。
55 velvet 5gqyO     
n.丝绒,天鹅绒;adj.丝绒制的,柔软的
参考例句:
  • This material feels like velvet.这料子摸起来像丝绒。
  • The new settlers wore the finest silk and velvet clothing.新来的移民穿着最华丽的丝绸和天鹅绒衣服。
56 lavish h1Uxz     
adj.无节制的;浪费的;vt.慷慨地给予,挥霍
参考例句:
  • He despised people who were lavish with their praises.他看不起那些阿谀奉承的人。
  • The sets and costumes are lavish.布景和服装极尽奢华。
57 abreast Zf3yi     
adv.并排地;跟上(时代)的步伐,与…并进地
参考例句:
  • She kept abreast with the flood of communications that had poured in.她及时回复如雪片般飞来的大批信件。
  • We can't keep abreast of the developing situation unless we study harder.我们如果不加强学习,就会跟不上形势。
58 cosmetics 5v8zdX     
n.化妆品
参考例句:
  • We sell a wide range of cosmetics at a very reasonable price. 我们以公道的价格出售各种化妆品。
  • Cosmetics do not always cover up the deficiencies of nature. 化妆品未能掩饰天生的缺陷。
59 mischievous mischievous     
adj.调皮的,恶作剧的,有害的,伤人的
参考例句:
  • He is a mischievous but lovable boy.他是一个淘气但可爱的小孩。
  • A mischievous cur must be tied short.恶狗必须拴得短。
60 touching sg6zQ9     
adj.动人的,使人感伤的
参考例句:
  • It was a touching sight.这是一幅动人的景象。
  • His letter was touching.他的信很感人。
61 tormented b017cc8a8957c07bc6b20230800888d0     
饱受折磨的
参考例句:
  • The knowledge of his guilt tormented him. 知道了自己的罪责使他非常痛苦。
  • He had lain awake all night, tormented by jealousy. 他彻夜未眠,深受嫉妒的折磨。
62 tirades ca7b20b5f92c65765962d21cc5a816d4     
激烈的长篇指责或演说( tirade的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • What's the matter with Levin today?Why doesn't he launch into one of his tirades? 你所说得话我全记录下来列文今天怎么啦?没有反唇相讥?
63 detested e34cc9ea05a83243e2c1ed4bd90db391     
v.憎恶,嫌恶,痛恨( detest的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • They detested each other on sight. 他们互相看着就不顺眼。
  • The freethinker hated the formalist; the lover of liberty detested the disciplinarian. 自由思想者总是不喜欢拘泥形式者,爱好自由者总是憎恶清规戒律者。 来自辞典例句
64 complicating 53d55ae4c858e224b98a8187fa34fb04     
使复杂化( complicate的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • High spiking fever with chills is suggestive of a complicating pylephlebitis. 伴有寒战的高热,暗示合并门静脉炎。
  • In America these actions become executive puberty rites, complicating relationships that are already complicated enough. 在美国,这些行动成了行政青春期的惯例,使本来已经够复杂的关系变得更复杂了。
65 modifications aab0760046b3cea52940f1668245e65d     
n.缓和( modification的名词复数 );限制;更改;改变
参考例句:
  • The engine was pulled apart for modifications and then reassembled. 发动机被拆开改型,然后再组装起来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The original plan had undergone fairly extensive modifications. 原计划已经作了相当大的修改。 来自《简明英汉词典》
66 siestas 0073dbdf7491483fe113664851870644     
n.(气候炎热国家的)午睡,午休( siesta的名词复数 )
参考例句:
67 reigned d99f19ecce82a94e1b24a320d3629de5     
vi.当政,统治(reign的过去式形式)
参考例句:
  • Silence reigned in the hall. 全场肃静。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Night was deep and dead silence reigned everywhere. 夜深人静,一片死寂。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
68 mansion 8BYxn     
n.大厦,大楼;宅第
参考例句:
  • The old mansion was built in 1850.这座古宅建于1850年。
  • The mansion has extensive grounds.这大厦四周的庭园广阔。
69 uproar LHfyc     
n.骚动,喧嚣,鼎沸
参考例句:
  • She could hear the uproar in the room.她能听见房间里的吵闹声。
  • His remarks threw the audience into an uproar.他的讲话使听众沸腾起来。
70 isolated bqmzTd     
adj.与世隔绝的
参考例句:
  • His bad behaviour was just an isolated incident. 他的不良行为只是个别事件。
  • Patients with the disease should be isolated. 这种病的患者应予以隔离。
71 rejection FVpxp     
n.拒绝,被拒,抛弃,被弃
参考例句:
  • He decided not to approach her for fear of rejection.他因怕遭拒绝决定不再去找她。
  • The rejection plunged her into the dark depths of despair.遭到拒绝使她陷入了绝望的深渊。
72 extermination 46ce066e1bd2424a1ebab0da135b8ac6     
n.消灭,根绝
参考例句:
  • All door and window is sealed for the extermination of mosquito. 为了消灭蚊子,所有的门窗都被封闭起来了。 来自辞典例句
  • In doing so they were saved from extermination. 这样一来却使它们免于绝灭。 来自辞典例句
73 chestnut XnJy8     
n.栗树,栗子
参考例句:
  • We have a chestnut tree in the bottom of our garden.我们的花园尽头有一棵栗树。
  • In summer we had tea outdoors,under the chestnut tree.夏天我们在室外栗树下喝茶。
74 rites 5026f3cfef698ee535d713fec44bcf27     
仪式,典礼( rite的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • to administer the last rites to sb 给某人举行临终圣事
  • He is interested in mystic rites and ceremonies. 他对神秘的仪式感兴趣。
75 compendium xXay7     
n.简要,概略
参考例句:
  • The Compendium of Materia Medica has been held in high esteem since it was first published.“本草纲目”问世之后,深受人们的推重。
  • The book is a compendium of their poetry,religion and philosophy.这本书是他们诗歌、宗教和哲学的概略。
76 adolescence CyXzY     
n.青春期,青少年
参考例句:
  • Adolescence is the process of going from childhood to maturity.青春期是从少年到成年的过渡期。
  • The film is about the trials and tribulations of adolescence.这部电影讲述了青春期的麻烦和苦恼。
77 pretext 1Qsxi     
n.借口,托词
参考例句:
  • He used his headache as a pretext for not going to school.他借口头疼而不去上学。
  • He didn't attend that meeting under the pretext of sickness.他以生病为借口,没参加那个会议。
78 swampy YrRwC     
adj.沼泽的,湿地的
参考例句:
  • Malaria is still rampant in some swampy regions.疟疾在一些沼泽地区仍很猖獗。
  • An ox as grazing in a swampy meadow.一头牛在一块泥泞的草地上吃草。
79 virile JUrzR     
adj.男性的;有男性生殖力的;有男子气概的;强有力的
参考例句:
  • She loved the virile young swimmer.她爱上了那个有男子气概的年轻游泳运动员。
  • He wanted his sons to become strong,virile,and athletic like himself.他希望他的儿子们能长得像他一样强壮、阳刚而又健美。
80 caress crczs     
vt./n.爱抚,抚摸
参考例句:
  • She gave the child a loving caress.她疼爱地抚摸着孩子。
  • She feasted on the caress of the hot spring.她尽情享受着温泉的抚爱。
81 misery G10yi     
n.痛苦,苦恼,苦难;悲惨的境遇,贫苦
参考例句:
  • Business depression usually causes misery among the working class.商业不景气常使工薪阶层受苦。
  • He has rescued me from the mire of misery.他把我从苦海里救了出来。
82 prick QQyxb     
v.刺伤,刺痛,刺孔;n.刺伤,刺痛
参考例句:
  • He felt a sharp prick when he stepped on an upturned nail.当他踩在一个尖朝上的钉子上时,他感到剧烈的疼痛。
  • He burst the balloon with a prick of the pin.他用针一戳,气球就爆了。
83 enraged 7f01c0138fa015d429c01106e574231c     
使暴怒( enrage的过去式和过去分词 ); 歜; 激愤
参考例句:
  • I was enraged to find they had disobeyed my orders. 发现他们违抗了我的命令,我极为恼火。
  • The judge was enraged and stroke the table for several times. 大法官被气得连连拍案。
84 aged 6zWzdI     
adj.年老的,陈年的
参考例句:
  • He had put on weight and aged a little.他胖了,也老点了。
  • He is aged,but his memory is still good.他已年老,然而记忆力还好。
85 fragrant z6Yym     
adj.芬香的,馥郁的,愉快的
参考例句:
  • The Fragrant Hills are exceptionally beautiful in late autumn.深秋的香山格外美丽。
  • The air was fragrant with lavender.空气中弥漫薰衣草香。
86 sterilize LuwwE     
vt.使不结果实;使绝育;使无效;杀菌,消毒
参考例句:
  • Antiseptic is used to sterilize the skin before giving an injection.杀菌剂被用于在注射前给皮肤消毒。
  • He pricks the blister on his heel with a sterilize needle.他用一根消过毒的针扎破他脚后跟上的水泡。
87 noted 5n4zXc     
adj.著名的,知名的
参考例句:
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.当地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著称。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班迟到出了名。
88 assailed cca18e858868e1e5479e8746bfb818d6     
v.攻击( assail的过去式和过去分词 );困扰;质问;毅然应对
参考例句:
  • He was assailed with fierce blows to the head. 他的头遭到猛烈殴打。
  • He has been assailed by bad breaks all these years. 这些年来他接二连三地倒霉。 来自《用法词典》
89 shroud OEMya     
n.裹尸布,寿衣;罩,幕;vt.覆盖,隐藏
参考例句:
  • His past was enveloped in a shroud of mystery.他的过去被裹上一层神秘色彩。
  • How can I do under shroud of a dark sky?在黑暗的天空的笼罩下,我该怎么做呢?
90 apparition rM3yR     
n.幽灵,神奇的现象
参考例句:
  • He saw the apparition of his dead wife.他看见了他亡妻的幽灵。
  • But the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand.这新出现的幽灵吓得我站在那里一动也不敢动。
91 skull CETyO     
n.头骨;颅骨
参考例句:
  • The skull bones fuse between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five.头骨在15至25岁之间长合。
  • He fell out of the window and cracked his skull.他从窗子摔了出去,跌裂了颅骨。
92 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
93 corpse JYiz4     
n.尸体,死尸
参考例句:
  • What she saw was just an unfeeling corpse.她见到的只是一具全无感觉的尸体。
  • The corpse was preserved from decay by embalming.尸体用香料涂抹以防腐烂。
94 wig 1gRwR     
n.假发
参考例句:
  • The actress wore a black wig over her blond hair.那个女演员戴一顶黑色假发罩住自己的金黄色头发。
  • He disguised himself with a wig and false beard.他用假发和假胡须来乔装。
95 linen W3LyK     
n.亚麻布,亚麻线,亚麻制品;adj.亚麻布制的,亚麻的
参考例句:
  • The worker is starching the linen.这名工人正在给亚麻布上浆。
  • Fine linen and cotton fabrics were known as well as wool.精细的亚麻织品和棉织品像羊毛一样闻名遐迩。
96 coffin XWRy7     
n.棺材,灵柩
参考例句:
  • When one's coffin is covered,all discussion about him can be settled.盖棺论定。
  • The coffin was placed in the grave.那口棺材已安放到坟墓里去了。
97 disposition GljzO     
n.性情,性格;意向,倾向;排列,部署
参考例句:
  • He has made a good disposition of his property.他已对财产作了妥善处理。
  • He has a cheerful disposition.他性情开朗。
98 hatred T5Gyg     
n.憎恶,憎恨,仇恨
参考例句:
  • He looked at me with hatred in his eyes.他以憎恨的眼光望着我。
  • The old man was seized with burning hatred for the fascists.老人对法西斯主义者充满了仇恨。
99 virtuoso VL6zK     
n.精于某种艺术或乐器的专家,行家里手
参考例句:
  • He was gaining a reputation as a remarkable virtuoso.作为一位技艺非凡的大师,他声誉日隆。
  • His father was a virtuoso horn player who belonged to the court orchestra.他的父亲是宫廷乐队中一个技巧精湛的圆号演奏家。
100 frustrated ksWz5t     
adj.挫败的,失意的,泄气的v.使不成功( frustrate的过去式和过去分词 );挫败;使受挫折;令人沮丧
参考例句:
  • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 这个工作很容易令人懊恼。
  • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 恶劣的天气破坏了我们出行的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
101 authorized jyLzgx     
a.委任的,许可的
参考例句:
  • An administrative order is valid if authorized by a statute.如果一个行政命令得到一个法规的认可那么这个命令就是有效的。
102 spun kvjwT     
v.纺,杜撰,急转身
参考例句:
  • His grandmother spun him a yarn at the fire.他奶奶在火炉边给他讲故事。
  • Her skilful fingers spun the wool out to a fine thread.她那灵巧的手指把羊毛纺成了细毛线。
103 frustration 4hTxj     
n.挫折,失败,失效,落空
参考例句:
  • He had to fight back tears of frustration.他不得不强忍住失意的泪水。
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
104 evoke NnDxB     
vt.唤起,引起,使人想起
参考例句:
  • These images are likely to evoke a strong response in the viewer.这些图像可能会在观众中产生强烈反响。
  • Her only resource was the sympathy she could evoke.她以凭借的唯一力量就是她能从人们心底里激起的同情。
105 slough Drhyo     
v.蜕皮,脱落,抛弃
参考例句:
  • He was not able to slough off the memories of the past.他无法忘记过去。
  • A cicada throws its slough.蝉是要蜕皮的。
106 tainted qgDzqS     
adj.腐坏的;污染的;沾污的;感染的v.使变质( taint的过去式和过去分词 );使污染;败坏;被污染,腐坏,败坏
参考例句:
  • The administration was tainted with scandal. 丑闻使得政府声名狼藉。
  • He was considered tainted by association with the corrupt regime. 他因与腐败政府有牵连而名誉受损。 来自《简明英汉词典》
107 rancor hA6zj     
n.深仇,积怨
参考例句:
  • I have no rancor against him.我对他无怨无仇。
  • Their rancor dated from a political dogfight between them.他们的积怨来自于他们之间在政治上的狗咬狗。
108 rectification NUwx3     
n. 改正, 改订, 矫正
参考例句:
  • The process of producing a shift of the average value is called rectification. 产生平均值移动的过程叫做整流。
  • This effect, in analogy to its radiofrequency counterpart, is known as optical rectification. 同它的射频对应物相仿,这种现象称为光学整流。
109 motives 6c25d038886898b20441190abe240957     
n.动机,目的( motive的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • to impeach sb's motives 怀疑某人的动机
  • His motives are unclear. 他的用意不明。
110 breakdown cS0yx     
n.垮,衰竭;损坏,故障,倒塌
参考例句:
  • She suffered a nervous breakdown.她患神经衰弱。
  • The plane had a breakdown in the air,but it was fortunately removed by the ace pilot.飞机在空中发生了故障,但幸运的是被王牌驾驶员排除了。
111 recipient QA8zF     
a.接受的,感受性强的 n.接受者,感受者,容器
参考例句:
  • Please check that you have a valid email certificate for each recipient. 请检查是否对每个接收者都有有效的电子邮件证书。
  • Colombia is the biggest U . S aid recipient in Latin America. 哥伦比亚是美国在拉丁美洲最大的援助对象。
112 rejuvenated eb579d2f15c855cfdcb0652d23a6aaca     
更生的
参考例句:
  • He was rejuvenated by new hope. 新的希望又使他充满了活力。
  • She looked rejuvenated after plastic surgery. 她做完整形手术后显得年轻了。
113 accomplished UzwztZ     
adj.有才艺的;有造诣的;达到了的
参考例句:
  • Thanks to your help,we accomplished the task ahead of schedule.亏得你们帮忙,我们才提前完成了任务。
  • Removal of excess heat is accomplished by means of a radiator.通过散热器完成多余热量的排出。
114 vigor yLHz0     
n.活力,精力,元气
参考例句:
  • The choir sang the words out with great vigor.合唱团以极大的热情唱出了歌词。
  • She didn't want to be reminded of her beauty or her former vigor.现在,她不愿人们提起她昔日的美丽和以前的精力充沛。
115 slippers oiPzHV     
n. 拖鞋
参考例句:
  • a pair of slippers 一双拖鞋
  • He kicked his slippers off and dropped on to the bed. 他踢掉了拖鞋,倒在床上。
116 serene PD2zZ     
adj. 安详的,宁静的,平静的
参考例句:
  • He has entered the serene autumn of his life.他已进入了美好的中年时期。
  • He didn't speak much,he just smiled with that serene smile of his.他话不多,只是脸上露出他招牌式的淡定的微笑。
117 drawn MuXzIi     
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。
118 decrepit A9lyt     
adj.衰老的,破旧的
参考例句:
  • The film had been shot in a decrepit old police station.该影片是在一所破旧不堪的警察局里拍摄的。
  • A decrepit old man sat on a park bench.一个衰弱的老人坐在公园的长凳上。
119 reticence QWixF     
n.沉默,含蓄
参考例句:
  • He breaks out of his normal reticence and tells me the whole story.他打破了平时一贯沈默寡言的习惯,把事情原原本本都告诉了我。
  • He always displays a certain reticence in discussing personal matters.他在谈论个人问题时总显得有些保留。
120 confession 8Ygye     
n.自白,供认,承认
参考例句:
  • Her confession was simply tantamount to a casual explanation.她的自白简直等于一篇即席说明。
  • The police used torture to extort a confession from him.警察对他用刑逼供。
121 testimony zpbwO     
n.证词;见证,证明
参考例句:
  • The testimony given by him is dubious.他所作的证据是可疑的。
  • He was called in to bear testimony to what the police officer said.他被传入为警官所说的话作证。
122 virgin phPwj     
n.处女,未婚女子;adj.未经使用的;未经开发的
参考例句:
  • Have you ever been to a virgin forest?你去过原始森林吗?
  • There are vast expanses of virgin land in the remote regions.在边远地区有大片大片未开垦的土地。
123 devastated eb3801a3063ef8b9664b1b4d1f6aaada     
v.彻底破坏( devastate的过去式和过去分词);摧毁;毁灭;在感情上(精神上、财务上等)压垮adj.毁坏的;极为震惊的
参考例句:
  • The bomb devastated much of the old part of the city. 这颗炸弹炸毁了旧城的一大片地方。
  • His family is absolutely devastated. 他的一家感到极为震惊。
124 reconciliation DUhxh     
n.和解,和谐,一致
参考例句:
  • He was taken up with the reconciliation of husband and wife.他忙于做夫妻间的调解工作。
  • Their handshake appeared to be a gesture of reconciliation.他们的握手似乎是和解的表示。
125 improvised tqczb9     
a.即席而作的,即兴的
参考例句:
  • He improvised a song about the football team's victory. 他即席创作了一首足球队胜利之歌。
  • We improvised a tent out of two blankets and some long poles. 我们用两条毛毯和几根长竿搭成一个临时帐蓬。
126 forth Hzdz2     
adv.向前;向外,往外
参考例句:
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
127 awakened de71059d0b3cd8a1de21151c9166f9f0     
v.(使)醒( awaken的过去式和过去分词 );(使)觉醒;弄醒;(使)意识到
参考例句:
  • She awakened to the sound of birds singing. 她醒来听到鸟的叫声。
  • The public has been awakened to the full horror of the situation. 公众完全意识到了这一状况的可怕程度。 来自《简明英汉词典》
128 drowsy DkYz3     
adj.昏昏欲睡的,令人发困的
参考例句:
  • Exhaust fumes made him drowsy and brought on a headache.废气把他熏得昏昏沉沉,还引起了头疼。
  • I feel drowsy after lunch every day.每天午饭后我就想睡觉。
129 debauch YyMxX     
v.使堕落,放纵
参考例句:
  • He debauched many innocent girls.他诱使许多清白的女子堕落了。
  • A scoffer,a debauched person,and,in brief,a man of Belial.一个玩世不恭的人,一个生活放荡的家伙,总而言之,是个恶棍。
130 accordion rf1y7     
n.手风琴;adj.可折叠的
参考例句:
  • The accordion music in the film isn't very beautiful.这部影片中的手风琴音乐不是很好。
  • The accordion music reminds me of my boyhood.这手风琴的乐声让我回忆起了我的少年时代。
131 deafening deafening     
adj. 振耳欲聋的, 极喧闹的 动词deafen的现在分词形式
参考例句:
  • The noise of the siren was deafening her. 汽笛声震得她耳朵都快聋了。
  • The noise of the machine was deafening. 机器的轰鸣声震耳欲聋。
132 melancholy t7rz8     
n.忧郁,愁思;adj.令人感伤(沮丧)的,忧郁的
参考例句:
  • All at once he fell into a state of profound melancholy.他立即陷入无尽的忧思之中。
  • He felt melancholy after he failed the exam.这次考试没通过,他感到很郁闷。
133 rigid jDPyf     
adj.严格的,死板的;刚硬的,僵硬的
参考例句:
  • She became as rigid as adamant.她变得如顽石般的固执。
  • The examination was so rigid that nearly all aspirants were ruled out.考试很严,几乎所有的考生都被淘汰了。
134 defense AxbxB     
n.防御,保卫;[pl.]防务工事;辩护,答辩
参考例句:
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
135 zinc DfxwX     
n.锌;vt.在...上镀锌
参考例句:
  • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黄铜是通过铜和锌的熔合而成的。
  • Zinc is used to protect other metals from corrosion.锌被用来保护其他金属不受腐蚀。
136 humiliation Jd3zW     
n.羞辱
参考例句:
  • He suffered the humiliation of being forced to ask for his cards.他蒙受了被迫要求辞职的羞辱。
  • He will wish to revenge his humiliation in last Season's Final.他会为在上个季度的决赛中所受的耻辱而报复的。
137 elegance QjPzj     
n.优雅;优美,雅致;精致,巧妙
参考例句:
  • The furnishings in the room imparted an air of elegance.这个房间的家具带给这房间一种优雅的气氛。
  • John has been known for his sartorial elegance.约翰因为衣着讲究而出名。
138 tarnished e927ca787c87e80eddfcb63fbdfc8685     
(通常指金属)(使)失去光泽,(使)变灰暗( tarnish的过去式和过去分词 ); 玷污,败坏
参考例句:
  • The mirrors had tarnished with age. 这些镜子因年深日久而照影不清楚。
  • His bad behaviour has tarnished the good name of the school. 他行为不轨,败坏了学校的声誉。
139 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
140 desperately cu7znp     
adv.极度渴望地,绝望地,孤注一掷地
参考例句:
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
141 humiliate odGzW     
v.使羞辱,使丢脸[同]disgrace
参考例句:
  • What right had they to bully and humiliate people like this?凭什么把人欺侮到这个地步呢?
  • They pay me empty compliments which only humiliate me.他们虚情假意地恭维我,这只能使我感到羞辱。
142 suffocating suffocating     
a.使人窒息的
参考例句:
  • After a few weeks with her parents, she felt she was suffocating.和父母呆了几个星期后,她感到自己毫无自由。
  • That's better. I was suffocating in that cell of a room.这样好些了,我刚才在那个小房间里快闷死了。
143 confide WYbyd     
v.向某人吐露秘密
参考例句:
  • I would never readily confide in anybody.我从不轻易向人吐露秘密。
  • He is going to confide the secrets of his heart to us.他将向我们吐露他心里的秘密。
144 pruning 6e4e50e38fdf94b800891c532bf2f5e7     
n.修枝,剪枝,修剪v.修剪(树木等)( prune的现在分词 );精简某事物,除去某事物多余的部分
参考例句:
  • In writing an essay one must do a lot of pruning. 写文章要下一番剪裁的工夫。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • A sapling needs pruning, a child discipline. 小树要砍,小孩要管。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
145 tribulation Kmywb     
n.苦难,灾难
参考例句:
  • Even in our awful tribulation we were quite optimistic.即使在极端痛苦时,我们仍十分乐观。
  • I hate the tribulation,I commiserate the sorrow brought by tribulation.我厌恶别人深重的苦难,怜悯苦难带来的悲哀。
146 bilious GdUy3     
adj.胆汁过多的;易怒的
参考例句:
  • The quality or condition of being bilious.多脂肪食物使有些人患胆汁病。
  • He was a bilious old gentleman.他是一位脾气乖戾的老先生。
147 texture kpmwQ     
n.(织物)质地;(材料)构造;结构;肌理
参考例句:
  • We could feel the smooth texture of silk.我们能感觉出丝绸的光滑质地。
  • Her skin has a fine texture.她的皮肤细腻。
148 laboriously xpjz8l     
adv.艰苦地;费力地;辛勤地;(文体等)佶屈聱牙地
参考例句:
  • She is tracing laboriously now. 她正在费力地写。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She is laboriously copying out an old manuscript. 她正在费劲地抄出一份旧的手稿。 来自辞典例句
149 inscribed 65fb4f97174c35f702447e725cb615e7     
v.写,刻( inscribe的过去式和过去分词 );内接
参考例句:
  • His name was inscribed on the trophy. 他的名字刻在奖杯上。
  • The names of the dead were inscribed on the wall. 死者的名字被刻在墙上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
150 audacity LepyV     
n.大胆,卤莽,无礼
参考例句:
  • He had the audacity to ask for an increase in salary.他竟然厚着脸皮要求增加薪水。
  • He had the audacity to pick pockets in broad daylight.他竟敢在光天化日之下掏包。
151 ingenuity 77TxM     
n.别出心裁;善于发明创造
参考例句:
  • The boy showed ingenuity in making toys.那个小男孩做玩具很有创造力。
  • I admire your ingenuity and perseverance.我钦佩你的别出心裁和毅力。
152 innocence ZbizC     
n.无罪;天真;无害
参考例句:
  • There was a touching air of innocence about the boy.这个男孩有一种令人感动的天真神情。
  • The accused man proved his innocence of the crime.被告人经证实无罪。
153 bog QtfzF     
n.沼泽;室...陷入泥淖
参考例句:
  • We were able to pass him a rope before the bog sucked him under.我们终于得以在沼泽把他吞没前把绳子扔给他。
  • The path goes across an area of bog.这条小路穿过一片沼泽。
154 hesitation tdsz5     
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。
155 deserted GukzoL     
adj.荒芜的,荒废的,无人的,被遗弃的
参考例句:
  • The deserted village was filled with a deathly silence.这个荒废的村庄死一般的寂静。
  • The enemy chieftain was opposed and deserted by his followers.敌人头目众叛亲离。
156 exhausted 7taz4r     
adj.极其疲惫的,精疲力尽的
参考例句:
  • It was a long haul home and we arrived exhausted.搬运回家的这段路程特别长,到家时我们已筋疲力尽。
  • Jenny was exhausted by the hustle of city life.珍妮被城市生活的忙乱弄得筋疲力尽。
157 lucidity jAmxr     
n.明朗,清晰,透明
参考例句:
  • His writings were marked by an extraordinary lucidity and elegance of style.他的作品简洁明晰,文风典雅。
  • The pain had lessened in the night, but so had his lucidity.夜里他的痛苦是减轻了,但人也不那么清醒了。
158 uncertainty NlFwK     
n.易变,靠不住,不确知,不确定的事物
参考例句:
  • Her comments will add to the uncertainty of the situation.她的批评将会使局势更加不稳定。
  • After six weeks of uncertainty,the strain was beginning to take its toll.6个星期的忐忑不安后,压力开始产生影响了。
159 repose KVGxQ     
v.(使)休息;n.安息
参考例句:
  • Don't disturb her repose.不要打扰她休息。
  • Her mouth seemed always to be smiling,even in repose.她的嘴角似乎总是挂着微笑,即使在睡眠时也是这样。
160 judgment e3xxC     
n.审判;判断力,识别力,看法,意见
参考例句:
  • The chairman flatters himself on his judgment of people.主席自认为他审视人比别人高明。
  • He's a man of excellent judgment.他眼力过人。
161 canopied canopied     
adj. 遮有天篷的
参考例句:
  • Mist canopied the city. 薄雾笼罩着城市。
  • The centrepiece was a magnificent canopied bed belonged to Talleyrand, the great 19th-century French diplomat. 展位中心是一架华丽的四柱床,它的故主是19世纪法国著名外交家塔列郎。
162 afterward fK6y3     
adv.后来;以后
参考例句:
  • Let's go to the theatre first and eat afterward. 让我们先去看戏,然后吃饭。
  • Afterward,the boy became a very famous artist.后来,这男孩成为一个很有名的艺术家。
163 evaporation Pnoxc     
n.蒸发,消失
参考例句:
  • Be careful not to lose too much liquid by evaporation.小心不要因蒸发失去太多水分。
  • Our bodies can sweat,thereby losing heat by evaporation.我们的身体能出汗,由此可以蒸发散热。
164 remorse lBrzo     
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。
165 instilled instilled     
v.逐渐使某人获得(某种可取的品质),逐步灌输( instill的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Nature has instilled in our minds an insatiable desire to see truth. 自然给我们心灵注入了永无休止的发现真理的欲望。 来自辞典例句
  • I instilled the need for kindness into my children. 我不断向孩子们灌输仁慈的必要。 来自辞典例句
166 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
混合,混入( mingle的过去式和过去分词 ); 混进,与…交往[联系]
参考例句:
  • The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑声和歌声交织在夜空中。
  • The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 当大家开始放松的时候,这一男一女就开始交往了。
167 obligatory F5lzC     
adj.强制性的,义务的,必须的
参考例句:
  • It is obligatory for us to obey the laws.我们必须守法。
  • It is obligatory on every citizen to safeguard our great motherland.保卫我们伟大的祖国是每一个公民应尽的义务。
168 withdrawal Cfhwq     
n.取回,提款;撤退,撤军;收回,撤销
参考例句:
  • The police were forced to make a tactical withdrawal.警方被迫进行战术撤退。
  • They insisted upon a withdrawal of the statement and a public apology.他们坚持要收回那些话并公开道歉。
169 agitation TN0zi     
n.搅动;搅拌;鼓动,煽动
参考例句:
  • Small shopkeepers carried on a long agitation against the big department stores.小店主们长期以来一直在煽动人们反对大型百货商店。
  • These materials require constant agitation to keep them in suspension.这些药剂要经常搅动以保持悬浮状态。
170 alibis 7300dfb05434d1648937baa6014921b7     
某人在别处的证据( alibi的名词复数 ); 不在犯罪现场的证人; 借口; 托辞
参考例句:
  • The suspects all had alibis for the day of the robbery. 嫌疑人均有证据证明抢劫当天不在犯罪现场。
  • I'm not trying to beat your alibis any more than I'm trying to prove 'em. 我并不是不让你辩护,我只是想把那个人找出来。
171 rigidity HDgyg     
adj.钢性,坚硬
参考例句:
  • The rigidity of the metal caused it to crack.这金属因刚度强而产生裂纹。
  • He deplored the rigidity of her views.他痛感她的观点僵化。
172 limbo Z06xz     
n.地狱的边缘;监狱
参考例句:
  • His life seemed stuck in limbo and he could not go forward and he could not go back.他的生活好像陷入了不知所措的境地,进退两难。
  • I didn't know whether my family was alive or dead.I felt as if I was in limbo.我不知道家人是生是死,感觉自己茫然无措。
173 confinement qpOze     
n.幽禁,拘留,监禁;分娩;限制,局限
参考例句:
  • He spent eleven years in solitary confinement.他度过了11年的单独监禁。
  • The date for my wife's confinement was approaching closer and closer.妻子分娩的日子越来越近了。
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