少年派的奇幻漂流 Chapter 59
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Chapter 59
Alone or not, lost or not, I was thirsty and hungry. I pulled on the rope. There was a slight tension. As soon as I lessened1 my grip on it, it slid out, and the distance between the lifeboat and the raft increased. So the lifeboat drifted faster than the raft, pulling it along. I noted2 the fact without thinking anything of it. My mind was more focused on the doings of Richard Parker.
By the looks of it, he was under the tarpaulin3.
I pulled the rope till I was right next to the bow. I reached up to the gunnel. As I was crouched4, preparing myself for a quick raid on the locker5, a series of waves got me thinking. I noticed that with the raft next to it, the lifeboat had changed directions. It was no longer perpendicular6 to the waves but broadside to them and was beginning to roll from side to side, that rolling that was so unsettling for the stomach. The reason for this change became clear to me: the raft, when let out, was acting7 as a sea anchor, as a drag that pulled on the lifeboat and turned its bow to face the waves. You see, waves and steady winds are usually perpendicular to each other. So, if a boat is pushed by a wind but held back by a sea anchor, it will turn until it offers the least resistance to the wind-that is, until it is in line with it and at right angles to the waves, which makes for a front-to-back pitching that is much more comfortable than a side-to-side rolling. With the raft next to the boat, the dragging effect was gone, and there was nothing to steer8 the boat head into the wind. Therefore it turned broadside and rolled.
What may seem like a detail to you was something which would save my life and which Richard Parker would come to regret.
As if to confirm my fresh insight, I heard him growl9. It was a disconsolate10 growl, with something indefinably green and queasy11 in its tone. He was maybe a good swimmer, but he was not much of a sailor.
I had a chance yet.
Lest I got cocky about my abilities to manipulate him, I received at that moment a quiet but sinister12 warning about what I was up against. It seemed Richard Parker was such a magnetic pole of life, so charismatic in his vitality13, that other expressions of life found it intolerable. I was on the point of raising myself over the bow when I heard a gentle thrashing buzz. I saw something small land in the water next to me.
It was a cockroach14. It floated for a second or two before being swallowed by an underwater mouth. Another cockroach landed in the water. In the next minute, ten or so cockroaches15 plopped into the water on either side of the bow. Each was claimed by a fish.
The last of the foreign life forms was abandoning ship.
I carefully brought my eyes over the gunnel. The first thing I saw, lying in a fold of the tarpaulin above the bow bench, was a large cockroach, perhaps the patriarch of the clan16. I watched it, strangely interested. When it decided17 it was time, it deployed18 its wings, rose in the air with a minute clattering19, hovered20 above the lifeboat momentarily, as if making sure no one had been left behind, and then veered22 overboard to its death.
Now we were two. In five days the populations of orang-utans, zebras, hyenas24, rats, flies and cockroaches had been wiped out. Except for the bacteria and worms that might still be alive in the remains25 of the animals, there was no other life left on the lifeboat but Richard Parker and me.
It was not a comforting thought.
I lifted myself and breathlessly opened the locker lid. I deliberately26 did not look under the tarpaulin for fear that looking would be like shouting and would attract Richard Parker's attention. Only once the lid was leaning against the tarpaulin did I dare let my senses consider what was beyond it.
A smell came to my nose, a musky smell of urine, quite sharp, what every cat cage in a zoo smells of. Tigers are highly territorial27, and it is with their urine that they mark the boundaries of their territory. Here was good news wearing a foul28 dress: the odour was coming exclusively from below the tarpaulin. Richard Parker's territorial claims seemed to be limited to the floor of the boat. This held promise. If I could make the tarpaulin mine, we might get along.
I held my breath, lowered my head and cocked it to the side to see beyond the edge of the lid. There was rainwater, about four inches of it, sloshing about the floor of the lifeboat-Richard Parker's own freshwater pond. He was doing exactly what I would be doing in his place: cooling off in the shade. The day was getting beastly hot. He was flat on the floor of the boat, facing away from me, his hind21 legs sticking straight back and splayed out, back paws facing up, and stomach and inner thighs29 lying directly against the floor. The position looked silly but was no doubt very pleasant.
I returned to the business of survival. I opened a carton of emergency ration30 and ate my fill, about one-third of the package. It was remarkable31 how little it took to make my stomach feel full. I was about to drink from the rain-catcher pouch32 slung33 across my shoulder when my eyes fell upon the graduated drinking beakers. If I couldn't go for a dip, could I at least have a sip34? My own supplies of water would not last forever. I took hold of one of the beakers, leaned over, lowered the lid just as much as I needed to and tremulously dipped the beaker into Parker's Pond, four feet from his back paws. His upturned pads with their wet fur looked like little desert islands surrounded by seaweed.
I brought back a good 500 millilitres. It was a little discoloured. Specks35 were floating in it. Did I worry about ingesting some horrid36 bacteria? I didn't even think about it. All I had on my mind was my thirst. I drained that beaker to the dregs with great satisfaction.
Nature is preoccupied37 with balance, so it did not surprise me that nearly right away I felt the urge to urinate. I relieved myself in the beaker. I produced so exactly the amount I had just downed that it was as if a minute hadn't passed and I were still considering Richard Parker's rainwater. I hesitated. I felt the urge to tilt38 the beaker into my mouth once more. I resisted the temptation. But it was hard. Mockery be damned, my urine looked delicious! I was not suffering yet from dehydration39, so the liquid was pale in colour. It glowed in the sunlight, looking like a glass of apple juice. And it was guaranteed fresh, which certainly couldn't be said of the canned water that was my staple40. But I heeded41 my better judgment42. I splashed my urine on the tarpaulin and over the locker lid to stake my claim.
I stole another two beakers of water from Richard Parker, without urinating this time. I felt as freshly watered as a potted plant.
Now it was time to improve my situation. I turned to the contents of the locker and the many promises they held.
I brought out a second rope and tethered the raft to the lifeboat with it.
I discovered what a solar still is. A solar still is a device to produce fresh water from salt water. It consists of an inflatable transparent44 cone45 set upon a round lifebuoy-like buoyancy chamber46 that has a surface of black rubberized canvas stretched across its centre. The still operates on the principle of distillation47: sea water lying beneath the sealed cone on the black canvas is heated by the sun and evaporates, gathering48 on the inside surface of the cone. This salt-free water trickles49 down and collects in a gully on the perimeter50 of the cone, from which it drains into a pouch. The lifeboat came equipped with twelve solar stills. I read the instructions carefully, as the survival manual told me to. I inflated51 all twelve cones52 with air and I filled each buoyancy chamber with the requisite53 ten litres of sea water. I strung the stills together, tying one end of the flotilla to the lifeboat and the other to the raft, which meant that not only would I not lose any stills should one of my knots become loose, but also that I had, in effect, a second emergency rope to keep me tethered to the lifeboat. The stills looked pretty and very technological54 as they floated on the water, but they also looked flimsy, and I was doubtful of their capacity to produce fresh water.
I directed my attention to improving the raft. I examined every knot that held it together, making sure each was tight and secure. After some thought, I decided to transform the fifth oar23, the footrest oar, into a mast of sorts. I undid55 the oar. With the sawtoothed edge of the hunting knife I painstakingly56 cut a notch57 into it, about halfway58 down, and with the knife's point I drilled three holes through its flat part. Work was slow but satisfying. It kept my mind busy. When I had finished I lashed43 the oar in a vertical59 position to the inside of one of the corners of the raft, flat part, the masthead, rising in the air, handle disappearing underwater. I ran the rope tightly into the notch, to prevent the oar from slipping down. Next, to ensure that the mast would stand straight, and to give myself lines from which to hang a canopy60 and supplies, I threaded ropes through the holes I had drilled in the masthead and tied them to the tips of the horizontal oars61. I strapped62 the life jacket that had been attached to the footrest oar to the base of the mast. It would play a double role: it would provide extra flotation to compensate63 for the vertical weight of the mast, and it would make for a slightly raised seat for me.
I threw a blanket over the lines. It slid down. The angle of the lines was too steep. I folded the lengthwise edge of the blanket over once, cut two holes midway down, about a foot apart, and linked the holes with a piece of string, which I made by unweaving a length of rope. I threw the blanket over the lines again, with the new girdle string going around the masthead. I now had a canopy.
It took me a good part of the day to fix up the raft. There were so many details to look after. The constant motion of the sea, though gentle, didn't make my work any easier. And I had to keep an eye on Richard Parker. The result was no galleon64. The mast, so called, ended hardly a few inches above my head. As for the deck, it was just big enough to sit on cross-legged or to lie on in a tight, nearly-to-term fetal position. But I wasn't complaining. It was seaworthy and it would save me from Richard Parker.
By the time I had finished my work, the afternoon was nearing its end. I gathered a can of water, a can opener, four biscuits of survival ration and four blankets. I closed the locker (very softly this time), sat down on the raft and let out the rope. The lifeboat drifted away. The main rope tensed, while the security rope, which I had deliberately measured out longer, hung limply. I laid two blankets beneath me, carefully folding them so that they didn't touch the water. I wrapped the other two around my shoulders and rested my back against the mast. I enjoyed the slight elevation65 I gained from sitting on the extra life jacket. I was hardly higher up from the water than one would be from a floor sitting on a thick cushion; still, I hoped not to get wet so much.
I enjoyed my meal as I watched the sun's descent in a cloudless sky. It was a relaxing moment. The vault66 of the world was magnificently tinted67. The stars were eager to participate; hardly had the blanket of colour been pulled a little than they started to shine through the deep blue. The wind blew with a faint, warm breeze and the sea moved about kindly68, the water peaking and troughing like people dancing in a circle who come together and raise their hands and move apart and come together again, over and over.
Richard Parker sat up. Only his head and a little of his shoulders showed above the gunnel. He looked out. I shouted, "Hello, Richard Parker!" and I waved. He looked at me. He snorted or sneezed, neither word quite captures it. Prusten again. What a stunning69 creature. Such a noble mien70. How apt that in full it is a Royal Bengal tiger. I counted myself lucky in a way. What if I had ended up with a creature that looked silly or ugly, a tapir or an ostrich71 or a flock of turkeys? That would have been a more trying companionship in some ways.
I heard a splash. I looked down at the water. I gasped72. I thought I was alone. The stillness in the air, the glory of the light, the feeling of comparative safety-all had made me think so. There is commonly an element of silence and solitude73 to peace, isn't there? It's hard to imagine being at peace in a busy subway station, isn't it? So what was all this commotion74?
With just one glance I discovered that the sea is a city. Just below me, all around, unsuspected by me, were highways, boulevards, streets and roundabouts bustling75 with submarine traffic. In water that was dense76, glassy and flecked by millions of lit-up specks of plankton77, fish like trucks and buses and cars and bicycles and pedestrians78 were madly racing79 about, no doubt honking80 and hollering at each other. The predominant colour was green. At multiple depths, as far as I could see, there were evanescent trails of phosphorescent green bubbles, the wake of speeding fish. As soon as one trail faded, another appeared. These trails came from all directions and disappeared in all directions. They were like those time-exposure photographs you see of cities at night, with the long red streaks81 made by the tail lights of cars. Except that here the cars were driving above and under each other as if they were on interchanges that were stacked ten storeys high. And here the cars were of the craziest colours. The dorados-there must have been over fifty patrolling beneath the raft-showed off their bright gold, blue and green as they whisked by. Other fish that I could not identify were yellow, brown, silver, blue, red, pink, green, white, in all kinds of combinations, solid, streaked82 and speckled. Only the sharks stubbornly refused to be colourful. But whatever the size or colour of a vehicle, one thing was constant: the furious driving. There were many collisions-all involving fatalities83, I'm afraid-and a number of cars spun84 wildly out of control and collided against barriers, bursting above the surface of the water and splashing down in showers of luminescence. I gazed upon this urban hurly-burly like someone observing a city from a hot-air balloon. It was a spectacle wondrous85 and awe-inspiring. This is surely what Tokyo must look like at rush hour.
I looked on until the lights went out in the city.
From the Tsimtsum all I had seen were dolphins. I had assumed that the Pacific, but for passing schools of fish, was a sparsely86 inhabited waste of water. I have learned since that cargo87 ships travel too quickly for fish. You are as likely to see sea life from a ship as you are to see wildlife in a forest from a car on a highway. Dolphins, very fast swimmers, play about boats and ships much like dogs chase cars: they race along until they can no longer keep up. If you want to see wildlife, it is on foot, and quietly, that you must explore a forest. It is the same with the sea. You must stroll through the Pacific at a walking pace, so to speak, to see the wealth and abundance that it holds.
I settled on my side. For the first time in five days I felt a measure of calm. A little bit of hope-hard earned, well deserved, reasonable-glowed in me. I fell asleep.

    我 拉住缆绳,让自己靠到船头旁边。我抬起胳膊,去抓舷边。就在我蹲在那儿,准备对锁柜发动突然袭击的时候,几个浪头让我思考起来。我注意到小筏子靠拢后,救 生艇改变了方向,不再是与海浪的方向垂直,而是用舷侧对着海浪了,而且船开始左右摇晃,晃得胃里很不舒服。产生这一变化的原因很清楚:小筏子被放出去的时 候,起到了和海锚相同的作用,它拉着救生艇,让救生艇改变方向,用船头对着海浪。你知道,海浪的方向与变化不大的风的方向通常是相互垂直的。因此,如果船 被风向前推,却又被海锚拉住了,它就会改变方向,直到对风形成最小的阻力——也就是说,直到它与风的方向一致,与海浪的方向垂直,这样它就会前后颠簸,这 比左右摇晃舒服多了。小筏子靠拢救生艇以后,拉力消失了,没有力量能够操纵救生艇的方向,让它顶着风。于是它横了过来,并且摇晃起来。
    我 小心地越过船舷看去。我第一眼看见的,是船头坐板上面的油布的一道褶缝里躺着的一只大蟑螂,也许是这个蟑螂家族的族长。我看着它,感到异常好奇。当它认定 时候已到时,便展开翅膀,飞到空中,发出一声微弱的撞击声,绕着救生艇飞了几圈,似乎是在查看是否确实一只都没有留下,然后改变方向,飞出船外,朝死亡飞 去。
    一 阵气味钻进我的鼻子,是带麝香气的尿味,非常刺鼻,动物园里每只猫科动物的笼子里都会有这种味儿。老虎的地盘观念很强,它们是用尿液宋标出地盘边界的。这 气味虽然恶臭,但却是个好消息:气味全部来自油布下面。理查德·帕克似乎只要求拥有船板。这就有了希望。如果我能把油布变成我的地盘,也许我们可以和睦相 处。
    我屏住呼吸,低下头,侧向一边,朝盖子那边看去。船板上晃动着雨水,大约有四英寸深——那是理查德·帕克自己的淡水池。他正在做我处在 他的位置一定会做的事:乘凉。天开始变得热得要命。他趴在船板上,背对着我,后腿分开,笔直地向后伸,后脚朝上,肚子和大腿内侧直接贴着船板。这个姿势看 上去很傻,但显然很舒服。
    我接着为生存忙碌。我打开一盒急用口粮吃了个饱,吃掉了大约三分之一盒。只吃这么少就可以让肚子感觉饱了,真令人 惊奇。我正准备喝挂在肩膀上的接雨器袋子里的水,这时我看见了带刻度的喝水用的烧杯。如果我不能去洗个澡,至少我可以喝一小口吧?我自己的水不会永远都喝 不完的。我拿起一只烧杯,身体向前倾,把锁柜盖子放下一点点,刚好够我探过身子,颤颤巍巍地把烧杯伸进帕克水池里距离他的后脚四英尺的地方。他脚上朝上的 肉垫和潮湿的毛看上去就像被海草包围的沙漠小岛。
    大 自然充满了平衡,因此,当我几乎立刻就想小便的时候,我一点儿也不感到惊讶。我尿在了烧杯里。小便的量和我刚才大口喝下去的水刚好一样多,似乎一分钟并没 有过击,我还在想着理查德·帕克的雨水。我犹豫了片刻。我很想再把烧杯里的东西倒迸嘴里。我抵制住了诱惑。但这太难了。让嘲笑见鬼去吧,我的尿看上去很鲜 美!我还没有脱水,因此尿液的颜色是淡的。它在阳光下闪着光,像一杯苹果汁。而且它肯定是新鲜的,而我主要饮用的罐装水是否新鲜却没有保证。但是我听从了 自己明智的判断,把尿液洒在了油布上和锁柜盖子上,划出我的地盘。
    我 弄明白了太阳能蒸馏器是什么。太阳能蒸馏器是利用海水制备淡水的一种装置。它里面有一只可充气的透明圆锥形的筒,这只筒架在一个圆形的像救生圈一样的能浮 于水的容器上,容器表面蒙着一层涂了橡胶的黑色帆布。蒸馏器是根据蒸馏的原理工作的:封闭的锥形筒下面黑色的帆布上的海水被太阳加热后蒸发,蒸汽被锥形筒 内壁收集起来。不含盐的细细的水流流下去,在锥形筒周边的水沟里汇集,然后从那里流进一只袋子。救生艇上一共有12台太阳能蒸馏器。我按照求生指南的要求 仔细阅读了说明。我给12只锥形简都充满空气,把每一只能浮于水的容器都装上必不可少的十升海水。我用绳子把所有蒸馏器都串在一起,然后把这只小船队的一 头系在救生艇上,另一头系在小筏子上,这就不仅意味着即使一只绳结松了,我也不会丢掉任何一只蒸馏器,而且意味着实际上我又有了一根紧急情况下可用的绳 子,把我和救生艇系在一起。蒸馏器浮在水上,看上去很漂亮,技木含量很高,但同时也很容易损坏,而且我怀疑它们是否能生产出淡水来。
    我把注 意力转移到了改进小筏子上。我检查了每一只将小筏子绑在一起的绳结,确保每一只都系得很紧很安全。思考一番之后,我决定把第五支船桨,就是用来搁脚的那 只,变成一根类似于桅杆的东西。我把船桨解下来,用猎刀带锯齿的一边在船桨上大约中间的位置费力地锯出一道凹槽,然后用刀尖扁平的部分钻了三个孔。工作进 行得缓慢,但令人满意。这让我的大脑一直忙于思考。做好这两件事后,我把船桨竖着捆扎在小筏子一角的内侧,扁平部分,即桅顶,竖在空中,桨柄伸进水下。我 把缆绳紧紧卡在凹槽里,防止船桨滑下来。接着,为了保证桅杆能立得直,也为了让自己能有几根绳子挂顶篷和食品,我把缆绳穿过打在桅顶上的孔,系在几支水平 的桨的末端。我把原来系在搁脚的桨上的救生衣牢牢扎在桅杆底部。救生衣有两个作用:它可以增加浮力,从而抵消桅杆垂直的重量,它还可以让我有一个稍微高起 来一些的座位。
    我花了大半天的时间才把小筏子修好。需要照顾到的细节太多了。大海不停的起伏虽然轻柔,却并没有让我的工作变得容易一些。我还得留意理查德·帕克。小筏子并 没有变成一艘西班牙大帆船。所谓的桅杆结果只高出我头顶几英寸。至于甲板,它只够我盘腿坐在上面,或者紧紧蜷缩着,用差不多可以称做胎位的姿势躺着。但我 不是在抱怨。它经得起海上的风浪,它会把我从理查德·帕克那里救出来的。
    等我干完时,下午已经快要结束了。我拿了一罐水,一只开罐器,用做 生存口粮的4块饼干和4条毯子。我把锁柜盖上(这次动作很轻),坐上小筏子,放开绳子。救生艇漂走了。主缆绳拉紧了,但是我故意放长了些的起保障作用的缆 绳还松松的。我把两条毯子垫在身体下面,小心地折好,不让它们碰到水。我用另两条毯子围住肩膀,然后背靠桅杆坐着。因为坐在多出来的一件救生衣上,我被稍 微抬高了一点,我很喜欢这样。我比水面高不了多少,就像坐在厚垫子上的人比地板高不了多少一样;尽管如此,我还是希望不要被弄得太湿了。
    我 一边看着太阳从万里无云的天空落下,一边享受着晚餐。这是放松的时刻。世界的穹顶染上了绚丽的色彩。星星也迫不及待地想要参加进来;彩色的毯子刚刚拉开, 它们便开始在深蓝色的天幕上闪耀起来。微风懒洋洋地温暖地吹拂着,大海惬意地起伏着,海浪升起来又落下去,像围成圆圈跳舞的人一起跑到圈子中间,举起手 臂,又跑开来,然后又跑到一起,一次又一次。
    理查德·帕克坐了起来。只有他的脑袋和一小部分肩膀露出了舷边。他朝外面看去。我叫道:“你 好,理查德·帕克!”还挥了挥手。他看着我。他喷了个响鼻,或者打了个喷嚏,这两个词都不够准确。又是打招呼。多好的一只动物啊。如此高贵的风度。他的全 称是皇家盂加拉虎,这个称呼太合适了。我认为自己在某种意义上是幸运的。要是我最终和一只看上去傻乎乎的或相貌丑陋的动物在一起,一只貘或一只鸵鸟或一群 火鸡,那会怎么样?那从很多方面看都会是更加恼人的伙伴关系。
    只 匆匆一眼,我便发现大海是座城市。就在我脚下,在我身边,我从未察觉到的是高速公路、林阴大道、大街和绕道,海下的车辆行人熙熙攘攘。在颜色深暗、清澈透 明、点缀着几百万发出亮光的微小的浮游生物的水里,鱼儿好像卡车、公共汽车、小汽车、自行车和行人在疯狂疾驰,同时无疑在互相鸣响喇叭,大叫大喊。最主要 的颜色是绿色。在我所能看见的深度不同的水里,有发出磷光的绿色气泡形成的一道道转瞬即逝的光痕,那是快速游过的鱼留下的痕迹。一道光痕刚刚消失,另一道 光痕又立即出现了。这些光痕从四面八方汇集而来,又向四面八方消散而去。它们就像你看见的那些定时曝光的夜晚的城市的照片,上面有汽车尾灯拖出的长长的红 色光痕。只是这儿的小汽车在其他车的上面或下面开,好像它们是在堆成十层高的立交桥上。这儿的小汽车有着最令人赞叹的颜色。鲅鳅——小筏子下面一定有五十 多条在巡游——迅速游过时炫耀着身上鲜艳的金色、蓝色和绿色。其他我认不出来的鱼有黄色的、棕色的、银色的、蓝色的、红色的、粉红的、绿色的、白色的,有 色彩斑斓的,有纯色的,有长着条纹和斑点的。只有鲨鱼顽固地拒绝色彩。
    但是无论车辆有多大,是什么颜色,有一点是不变的:车开得很猛。发生 了很多次撞车——很遗憾,每次都有死亡——还有很多小汽车失去了控制,疯狂地旋转着,撞上了障碍物,冲出水面,又在阵阵冷光中扑通扑通地落回水里。我出神 地看着这城市的喧闹,就像一个人在热气球上观察一座城市。这是一幅令人惊叹、使人敬畏的景象。东京在上下班的高峰期时一定就是这幅景象。
    在 “齐姆楚姆”号上,我只见过海豚。当时我以为要不是有经过的鱼群,太平洋就是一片居民稀少的荒芜的水域。从那以后我才知道,货船开得太快,鱼跟不上。你在 船上看见海洋生物的可能性就和你在高速公路上的汽车里看见森林里的野生动物的可能性一样小。海豚游的速度非常快,它们在小船和大船周围玩耍,就像狗在追 猫:它们一直向前冲,直到跟不上为止。如果你想看野生动物,那就必须在森林里静静地步行考察。在大海上也是一样。打个比方说,你必须用步行的速度在太平洋 上逛过去,才能看到那里的富有和丰饶。


1 lessened 6351a909991322c8a53dc9baa69dda6f     
  • Listening to the speech through an interpreter lessened its impact somewhat. 演讲辞通过翻译的嘴说出来,多少削弱了演讲的力量。
  • The flight to suburbia lessened the number of middle-class families living within the city. 随着迁往郊外的风行,住在城内的中产家庭减少了。
2 noted 5n4zXc     
  • 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。
3 tarpaulin nIszk     
  • The pool furniture was folded,stacked,and covered with a tarpaulin.游泳池的设备都已经折叠起来,堆在那里,还盖上了防水布。
  • The pool furniture was folded,stacked,and covered with a tarpaulin.游泳池的设备都已经折叠起来,堆在那里,还盖上了防水布。
4 crouched 62634c7e8c15b8a61068e36aaed563ab     
v.屈膝,蹲伏( crouch的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He crouched down beside her. 他在她的旁边蹲了下来。
  • The lion crouched ready to pounce. 狮子蹲下身,准备猛扑。
5 locker 8pzzYm     
  • At the swimming pool I put my clothes in a locker.在游泳池我把衣服锁在小柜里。
  • He moved into the locker room and began to slip out of his scrub suit.他走进更衣室把手术服脱下来。
6 perpendicular GApy0     
  • The two lines of bones are set perpendicular to one another.这两排骨头相互垂直。
  • The wall is out of the perpendicular.这墙有些倾斜。
7 acting czRzoc     
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
8 steer 5u5w3     
  • If you push the car, I'll steer it.如果你来推车,我就来驾车。
  • It's no use trying to steer the boy into a course of action that suits you.想说服这孩子按你的方式行事是徒劳的。
9 growl VeHzE     
  • The dog was biting,growling and wagging its tail.那条狗在一边撕咬一边低声吼叫,尾巴也跟着摇摆。
  • The car growls along rutted streets.汽车在车辙纵横的街上一路轰鸣。
10 disconsolate OuOxR     
  • He looked so disconsolate that It'scared her.他看上去情绪很坏,吓了她一跳。
  • At the dress rehearsal she was disconsolate.彩排时她闷闷不乐。
11 queasy sSJxH     
  • I felt a little queasy on the ship.我在船上觉得有点晕眩想呕吐。
  • He was very prone to seasickness and already felt queasy.他快晕船了,已经感到恶心了。
12 sinister 6ETz6     
  • There is something sinister at the back of that series of crimes.在这一系列罪行背后有险恶的阴谋。
  • Their proposals are all worthless and designed out of sinister motives.他们的建议不仅一钱不值,而且包藏祸心。
13 vitality lhAw8     
  • He came back from his holiday bursting with vitality and good health.他度假归来之后,身强体壮,充满活力。
  • He is an ambitious young man full of enthusiasm and vitality.他是个充满热情与活力的有远大抱负的青年。
14 cockroach AnByA     
  • A cockroach can live several weeks with its head off.蟑螂在头被切掉后仍能活好几个星期。
  • She screamed when she found a cockroach in her bed.她在床上找到一只蟑螂时大声尖叫。
15 cockroaches 1936d5f0f3d8e13fc00370b7ef69c14c     
n.蟑螂( cockroach的名词复数 )
  • At night, the cockroaches filled the house with their rustlings. 夜里,屋里尽是蟑螂窸窸瑟瑟的声音。 来自辞典例句
  • It loves cockroaches, and can keep a house clear of these hated insects. 它们好食蟑螂,可以使住宅免除这些讨厌昆虫的骚扰。 来自百科语句
16 clan Dq5zi     
  • She ranks as my junior in the clan.她的辈分比我小。
  • The Chinese Christians,therefore,practically excommunicate themselves from their own clan.所以,中国的基督徒简直是被逐出了自己的家族了。
17 decided lvqzZd     
  • 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。
18 deployed 4ceaf19fb3d0a70e329fcd3777bb05ea     
(尤指军事行动)使展开( deploy的过去式和过去分词 ); 施展; 部署; 有效地利用
  • Tanks have been deployed all along the front line. 沿整个前线已部署了坦克。
  • The artillery was deployed to bear on the fort. 火炮是对着那个碉堡部署的。
19 clattering f876829075e287eeb8e4dc1cb4972cc5     
  • Typewriters keep clattering away. 打字机在不停地嗒嗒作响。
  • The typewriter was clattering away. 打字机啪嗒啪嗒地响着。
20 hovered d194b7e43467f867f4b4380809ba6b19     
鸟( hover的过去式和过去分词 ); 靠近(某事物); (人)徘徊; 犹豫
  • A hawk hovered over the hill. 一只鹰在小山的上空翱翔。
  • A hawk hovered in the blue sky. 一只老鹰在蓝色的天空中翱翔。
21 hind Cyoya     
  • The animal is able to stand up on its hind limbs.这种动物能够用后肢站立。
  • Don't hind her in her studies.不要在学业上扯她后腿。
22 veered 941849b60caa30f716cec7da35f9176d     
v.(尤指交通工具)改变方向或路线( veer的过去式和过去分词 );(指谈话内容、人的行为或观点)突然改变;(指风) (在北半球按顺时针方向、在南半球按逆时针方向)逐渐转向;风向顺时针转
  • The bus veered onto the wrong side of the road. 公共汽车突然驶入了逆行道。
  • The truck veered off the road and crashed into a tree. 卡车突然驶离公路撞上了一棵树。 来自《简明英汉词典》
23 oar EH0xQ     
  • The sailors oar slowly across the river.水手们慢慢地划过河去。
  • The blade of the oar was bitten off by a shark.浆叶被一条鲨鱼咬掉了。
24 hyenas f7b0c2304b9433d9f69980a715aa6dbe     
n.鬣狗( hyena的名词复数 )
  • These animals were the prey of hyenas. 这些动物是鬣狗的猎物。 来自辞典例句
  • We detest with horror the duplicity and villainy of the murderous hyenas of Bukharinite wreckers. 我们非常憎恨布哈林那帮两面三刀、杀人破坏,干尽坏事的豺狼。 来自辞典例句
25 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
26 deliberately Gulzvq     
  • The girl gave the show away deliberately.女孩故意泄露秘密。
  • They deliberately shifted off the argument.他们故意回避这个论点。
27 territorial LImz4     
  • The country is fighting to preserve its territorial integrity.该国在为保持领土的完整而进行斗争。
  • They were not allowed to fish in our territorial waters.不允许他们在我国领海捕鱼。
28 foul Sfnzy     
  • Take off those foul clothes and let me wash them.脱下那些脏衣服让我洗一洗。
  • What a foul day it is!多么恶劣的天气!
29 thighs e4741ffc827755fcb63c8b296150ab4e     
n.股,大腿( thigh的名词复数 );食用的鸡(等的)腿
  • He's gone to London for skin grafts on his thighs. 他去伦敦做大腿植皮手术了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The water came up to the fisherman's thighs. 水没到了渔夫的大腿。 来自《简明英汉词典》
30 ration CAxzc     
  • The country cut the bread ration last year.那个国家去年削减面包配给量。
  • We have to ration the water.我们必须限量用水。
31 remarkable 8Vbx6     
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
32 pouch Oi1y1     
  • He was going to make a tobacco pouch out of them. 他要用它们缝制一个烟草袋。
  • The old man is always carrying a tobacco pouch with him.这老汉总是随身带着烟袋。
33 slung slung     
抛( sling的过去式和过去分词 ); 吊挂; 遣送; 押往
  • He slung the bag over his shoulder. 他把包一甩,挎在肩上。
  • He stood up and slung his gun over his shoulder. 他站起来把枪往肩上一背。
34 sip Oxawv     
  • She took a sip of the cocktail.她啜饮一口鸡尾酒。
  • Elizabeth took a sip of the hot coffee.伊丽莎白呷了一口热咖啡。
35 specks 6d64faf449275b5ce146fe2c78100fed     
n.眼镜;斑点,微粒,污点( speck的名词复数 )
  • Minutes later Brown spotted two specks in the ocean. 几分钟后布朗发现海洋中有两个小点。 来自英汉非文学 - 百科语料821
  • Do you ever seem to see specks in front of your eyes? 你眼睛前面曾似乎看见过小点吗? 来自辞典例句
36 horrid arozZj     
  • I'm not going to the horrid dinner party.我不打算去参加这次讨厌的宴会。
  • The medicine is horrid and she couldn't get it down.这种药很难吃,她咽不下去。
37 preoccupied TPBxZ     
adj.全神贯注的,入神的;被抢先占有的;心事重重的v.占据(某人)思想,使对…全神贯注,使专心于( preoccupy的过去式)
  • He was too preoccupied with his own thoughts to notice anything wrong. 他只顾想着心事,没注意到有什么不对。
  • The question of going to the Mount Tai preoccupied his mind. 去游泰山的问题盘踞在他心头。 来自《简明英汉词典》
38 tilt aG3y0     
  • She wore her hat at a tilt over her left eye.她歪戴着帽子遮住左眼。
  • The table is at a slight tilt.这张桌子没放平,有点儿歪.
39 dehydration UYkzX     
  • He died from severe dehydration.他死于严重脱水。
  • The eyes are often retracted from dehydration.眼睛常因脱水而凹陷。
40 staple fGkze     
  • Tea is the staple crop here.本地产品以茶叶为大宗。
  • Potatoes are the staple of their diet.土豆是他们的主要食品。
41 heeded 718cd60e0e96997caf544d951e35597a     
v.听某人的劝告,听从( heed的过去式和过去分词 );变平,使(某物)变平( flatten的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She countered that her advice had not been heeded. 她反驳说她的建议未被重视。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I heeded my doctor's advice and stopped smoking. 我听从医生的劝告,把烟戒了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
42 judgment e3xxC     
  • 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。
43 lashed 4385e23a53a7428fb973b929eed1bce6     
adj.具睫毛的v.鞭打( lash的过去式和过去分词 );煽动;紧系;怒斥
  • The rain lashed at the windows. 雨点猛烈地打在窗户上。
  • The cleverly designed speech lashed the audience into a frenzy. 这篇精心设计的演说煽动听众使他们发狂。 来自《简明英汉词典》
44 transparent Smhwx     
  • The water is so transparent that we can see the fishes swimming.水清澈透明,可以看到鱼儿游来游去。
  • The window glass is transparent.窗玻璃是透明的。
45 cone lYJyi     
  • Saw-dust piled up in a great cone.锯屑堆积如山。
  • The police have sectioned off part of the road with traffic cone.警察用锥形路标把部分路面分隔开来。
46 chamber wnky9     
  • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.对许多人来说,牙医的治疗室一直是间受刑室。
  • The chamber was ablaze with light.会议厅里灯火辉煌。
47 distillation vsexs     
  • The discovery of distillation is usually accredited to the Arabs of the 11th century.通常认为,蒸馏法是阿拉伯人在11世纪发明的。
  • The oil is distilled from the berries of this small tree.油是从这种小树的浆果中提炼出来的。
48 gathering ChmxZ     
  • 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。
49 trickles 90ffecf5836b69570298d5fc11cddea9     
n.细流( trickle的名词复数 );稀稀疏疏缓慢来往的东西v.滴( trickle的第三人称单数 );淌;使)慢慢走;缓慢移动
  • Trickles of sweat rained down my head and neck. 我颈上头上的汗珠,更同盛雨似的,一颗一颗的钻出来了。 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
  • Water trickles through an underground grotto. 水沿着地下岩洞流淌。 来自辞典例句
50 perimeter vSxzj     
  • The river marks the eastern perimeter of our land.这条河标示我们的土地东面的边界。
  • Drinks in hands,they wandered around the perimeter of the ball field.他们手里拿着饮料在球场周围漫不经心地遛跶。
51 inflated Mqwz2K     
adj.(价格)飞涨的;(通货)膨胀的;言过其实的;充了气的v.使充气(于轮胎、气球等)( inflate的过去式和过去分词 );(使)膨胀;(使)通货膨胀;物价上涨
  • He has an inflated sense of his own importance. 他自视过高。
  • They all seem to take an inflated view of their collective identity. 他们对自己的集体身份似乎都持有一种夸大的看法。 来自《简明英汉词典》
52 cones 1928ec03844308f65ae62221b11e81e3     
n.(人眼)圆锥细胞;圆锥体( cone的名词复数 );球果;圆锥形东西;(盛冰淇淋的)锥形蛋卷筒
  • In the pines squirrels commonly chew off and drop entire cones. 松树上的松鼠通常咬掉和弄落整个球果。 来自辞典例句
  • Many children would rather eat ice cream from cones than from dishes. 许多小孩喜欢吃蛋卷冰淇淋胜过盘装冰淇淋。 来自辞典例句
53 requisite 2W0xu     
  • He hasn't got the requisite qualifications for the job.他不具备这工作所需的资格。
  • Food and air are requisite for life.食物和空气是生命的必需品。
54 technological gqiwY     
  • A successful company must keep up with the pace of technological change.一家成功的公司必须得跟上技术变革的步伐。
  • Today,the pace of life is increasing with technological advancements.当今, 随着科技进步,生活节奏不断增快。
55 Undid 596b2322b213e046510e91f0af6a64ad     
v. 解开, 复原
  • The officer undid the flap of his holster and drew his gun. 军官打开枪套盖拔出了手枪。
  • He did wrong, and in the end his wrongs undid him. 行恶者终以其恶毁其身。
56 painstakingly painstakingly     
adv. 费力地 苦心地
  • Every aspect of the original has been closely studied and painstakingly reconstructed. 原作的每一细节都经过了仔细研究,费尽苦心才得以重现。
  • The cause they contrived so painstakingly also ended in failure. 他们惨淡经营的事业也以失败而告终。
57 notch P58zb     
  • The peanuts they grow are top-notch.他们种的花生是拔尖的。
  • He cut a notch in the stick with a sharp knife.他用利刃在棒上刻了一个凹痕。
58 halfway Xrvzdq     
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
59 vertical ZiywU     
  • The northern side of the mountain is almost vertical.这座山的北坡几乎是垂直的。
  • Vertical air motions are not measured by this system.垂直气流的运动不用这种系统来测量。
60 canopy Rczya     
  • The trees formed a leafy canopy above their heads.树木在他们头顶上空形成了一个枝叶茂盛的遮篷。
  • They lay down under a canopy of stars.他们躺在繁星点点的天幕下。
61 oars c589a112a1b341db7277ea65b5ec7bf7     
n.桨,橹( oar的名词复数 );划手v.划(行)( oar的第三人称单数 )
  • He pulled as hard as he could on the oars. 他拼命地划桨。
  • The sailors are bending to the oars. 水手们在拼命地划桨。 来自《简明英汉词典》
62 strapped ec484d13545e19c0939d46e2d1eb24bc     
  • Make sure that the child is strapped tightly into the buggy. 一定要把孩子牢牢地拴在婴儿车上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soldiers' great coats were strapped on their packs. 战士们的厚大衣扎捆在背包上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
63 compensate AXky7     
vt.补偿,赔偿;酬报 vi.弥补;补偿;抵消
  • She used her good looks to compensate her lack of intelligence. 她利用她漂亮的外表来弥补智力的不足。
  • Nothing can compensate for the loss of one's health. 一个人失去了键康是不可弥补的。
64 galleon GhdxC     
  • The story of a galleon that sank at the start of her maiden voyage in 1628 must be one of the strangest tales of the sea.在1628年,有一艘大帆船在处女航开始时就沉没了,这个沉船故事一定是最神奇的海上轶事之一。
  • In 1620 the English galleon Mayfolwer set out from the port of Southampton with 102 pilgrims on board.1620年,英国的“五月花”号西班牙式大帆船载着102名
65 elevation bqsxH     
  • The house is at an elevation of 2,000 metres.那幢房子位于海拔两千米的高处。
  • His elevation to the position of General Manager was announced yesterday.昨天宣布他晋升总经理职位。
66 vault 3K3zW     
  • The vault of this cathedral is very high.这座天主教堂的拱顶非常高。
  • The old patrician was buried in the family vault.这位老贵族埋在家族的墓地里。
67 tinted tinted     
adj. 带色彩的 动词tint的过去式和过去分词
  • a pair of glasses with tinted lenses 一副有色镜片眼镜
  • a rose-tinted vision of the world 对世界的理想化看法
68 kindly tpUzhQ     
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的邻居都说她和蔼可亲、热情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道阴影掠过老太太慈祥的面孔。
69 stunning NhGzDh     
  • His plays are distinguished only by their stunning mediocrity.他的戏剧与众不同之处就是平凡得出奇。
  • The finished effect was absolutely stunning.完工后的效果非常美。
70 mien oDOxl     
  • He was a Vietnam veteran with a haunted mien.他是个越战老兵,举止总有些惶然。
  • It was impossible to tell from his mien whether he was offended.从他的神态中难以看出他是否生气了。
71 ostrich T4vzg     
  • Ostrich is the fastest animal on two legs.驼鸟是双腿跑得最快的动物。
  • The ostrich indeed inhabits continents.鸵鸟确实是生活在大陆上的。
72 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
73 solitude xF9yw     
n. 孤独; 独居,荒僻之地,幽静的地方
  • 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。
74 commotion 3X3yo     
  • They made a commotion by yelling at each other in the theatre.他们在剧院里相互争吵,引起了一阵骚乱。
  • Suddenly the whole street was in commotion.突然间,整条街道变得一片混乱。
75 bustling LxgzEl     
  • The market was bustling with life. 市场上生机勃勃。
  • This district is getting more and more prosperous and bustling. 这一带越来越繁华了。
76 dense aONzX     
  • The general ambushed his troops in the dense woods. 将军把部队埋伏在浓密的树林里。
  • The path was completely covered by the dense foliage. 小路被树叶厚厚地盖了一层。
77 plankton B2IzA     
  • Plankton is at the bottom of the marine food chain.浮游生物处于海洋食物链的最底层。
  • The plankton in the sea feeds many kinds of animals. 海的浮游生物成为很多种动物的食物。
78 pedestrians c0776045ca3ae35c6910db3f53d111db     
n.步行者( pedestrian的名词复数 )
  • Several pedestrians had come to grief on the icy pavement. 几个行人在结冰的人行道上滑倒了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Pedestrians keep to the sidewalk [footpath]! 行人走便道。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
79 racing 1ksz3w     
  • I was watching the racing on television last night.昨晚我在电视上看赛马。
  • The two racing drivers fenced for a chance to gain the lead.两个赛车手伺机竞相领先。
80 honking 69e32168087f0fd692f761e62a361acf     
v.(使)发出雁叫似的声音,鸣(喇叭),按(喇叭)( honk的现在分词 )
  • Cars zoomed helter-skelter, honking belligerently. 大街上来往车辆穿梭不停,喇叭声刺耳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Flocks of honking geese flew past. 雁群嗷嗷地飞过。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
81 streaks a961fa635c402b4952940a0218464c02     
n.(与周围有所不同的)条纹( streak的名词复数 );(通常指不好的)特征(倾向);(不断经历成功或失败的)一段时期v.快速移动( streak的第三人称单数 );使布满条纹
  • streaks of grey in her hair 她头上的绺绺白发
  • Bacon has streaks of fat and streaks of lean. 咸肉中有几层肥的和几层瘦的。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
82 streaked d67e6c987d5339547c7938f1950b8295     
adj.有条斑纹的,不安的v.快速移动( streak的过去式和过去分词 );使布满条纹
  • The children streaked off as fast as they could. 孩子们拔脚飞跑 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • His face was pale and streaked with dirt. 他脸色苍白,脸上有一道道的污痕。 来自辞典例句
83 fatalities d08638a004766194f5b8910963af71d4     
n.恶性事故( fatality的名词复数 );死亡;致命性;命运
  • Several people were injured, but there were no fatalities. 有几个人受伤,但没有人死亡。
  • The accident resulted in fatalities. 那宗意外道致多人死亡。 来自《简明英汉词典》
84 spun kvjwT     
  • 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。
85 wondrous pfIyt     
  • The internal structure of the Department is wondrous to behold.看一下国务院的内部结构是很有意思的。
  • We were driven across this wondrous vast land of lakes and forests.我们乘车穿越这片有着湖泊及森林的广袤而神奇的土地。
86 sparsely 9hyzxF     
  • Relative to the size, the city is sparsely populated. 与其面积相比,这个城市的人口是稀少的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The ground was sparsely covered with grass. 地面上稀疏地覆盖草丛。 来自《简明英汉词典》
87 cargo 6TcyG     
  • The ship has a cargo of about 200 ton.这条船大约有200吨的货物。
  • A lot of people discharged the cargo from a ship.许多人从船上卸下货物。
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