三幕悲剧 12
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Sir Charles and Mr. Satterthwaite arrived back in London the following evening.
The interview with Colonel Johnson had had to be very tactfully conducted. Superintendent1 Crossfield had not been too pleased that mere2 “gentlemen” should have found what he and his assistants had missed. He was at some pains to save his face.
“Very creditable, indeed, sir. I confess I never thought of looking under the gas fire. As a matter of fact, it beats me what set you looking there.”
The two men had not gone into a detailed3 account of how theorising from an ink-blot had led to the discovery. “Just nosing around,” was how Sir Charles had put it.
“Still, look you did,” continued the Superintendent, “and were justified4. Not that what you’ve found is much surprise to me. You see, it stands to reason that if Ellis wasn’t the murderer, he must have disappeared for some reason or other, and it’s been in the back of my mind all along that blackmail5 might have been his line of business.”
One thing did arise from their discovery. Colonel Johnson was going to communicate with the Loomouth police. The death of Stephen Babbington ought certainly to be investigated.
“And if they find he died from nicotine6 poisoning, even Crossfield will admit the two deaths are connected,” said Sir Charles when they were speeding towards London.
He was still a little disgruntled at having had to hand over his discovery to the police.
Mr. Satterthwaite had soothed7 him by pointing out that the information was not to be made public or given to the press.
“The guilty person will have no misgivings8. The search for Ellis will still be continued.”
Sir Charles admitted that that was true.
On arrival in London, he explained to Mr. Satterthwaite, he proposed to get in touch with Egg Lytton Gore9. Her letter had been written from an address in Belgrave Square. He hoped that she might still be there.
Mr. Satterthwaite gravely approved this course. He himself was anxious to see Egg. It was arranged that Sir Charles should ring her up as soon as they reached London.
Egg proved to be still in town. She and her mother were staying with relatives and were not returning to Loomouth for about a week. Egg was easily prevailed upon to come out and dine with the two men.
“She can’t come here very well, I suppose,” said Sir Charles, looking round his luxurious10 flat. “Her mother mightn’t like it, eh? Of course we could have Miss Milray, too but I’d rather not. To tell the truth, Miss Milray cramps11 my style a bit. She’s so efficient that she gives me an inferiority complex.”
Mr. Satterthwaite suggested his house. In the end it was arranged to dine at the Berkeley. Afterwards, if Egg liked, they could adjourn12 elsewhere.
Mr. Satterthwaite noticed at once that the girl was looking thinner. Her eyes seemed larger and more feverish13, her chin more decided14. She was pale and had circles under her eyes. But her charm was as great as ever, her childish eagerness just as intense.
She said to Sir Charles, “I knew you’d come ... ”
Her tone implied: “Now that you’ve come everything will be all right
... ”
Mr. Satterthwaite thought to himself: “But she wasn’t sure he’d come she wasn’t sure at all. She’s been on tenterhooks15. She’s been fretting16 herself to death.” And he thought: “Doesn’t the man realise? Actors are usually vain enough ... Doesn’t he know that girl’s head over ears in love with him?”
It was, he thought, an odd situation. That Sir Charles was overwhelmingly in love with the girl, he had no doubt whatever. She was equally in love with him. And the link between them the link to which each of them clung frenziedly was a crime a double crime of a revolting nature.
During dinner little was said. Sir Charles talked about his experiences abroad. Egg talked about Loomouth. Mr. Satterthwaite encouraged them both whenever the conversation seemed likely to flag. When dinner was over they went to Mr. Satterthwaite’s house. Mr. Satterthwaite’s house was on Chelsea Embankment. It was a large house, and contained many beautiful works of art. There were pictures, sculpture, Chinese porcelain17, prehistoric18 pottery19, ivories, miniatures and much genuine Chippendale and Hepplewhite furniture. It had an atmosphere about it of mellowness20 and understanding.
Egg Lytton Gore saw nothing, noticed nothing. She flung off her evening coat on to a chair and said:
“At last. Now tell me all about it.”
She listened with vivid interest white Sir Charles narrated21 their adventures in Yorkshire, drawing in her breath sharply when he described the discovery of the blackmailing22 letters.
“What happened after that we can only conjecture,” finished Sir Charles. “Presumably Ellis was paid to hold his tongue and his escape was facilitated.”
But Egg shook her head.
“Oh, no,” she said. “Don’t you see? Ellis is dead.”
Both men were startled, but Egg reiterated23 her assertion.
“Of course he’s dead. That’s why he’s disappeared so successfully that no one can find a trace of him. He knew too much, and so he was killed. Ellis is the third murder.”
Although neither of the two men had considered the possibility before, they were forced to admit that it did not entirely24 ring false.
“But look here, my dear girl,” argued Sir Charles, “it’s all very well to say Ellis is dead. Where’s the body? There’s twelve stone or so of solid butler to be accounted for.”
“I don’t know where the body is,” said Egg. “There must be lots of places.”
“Hardly,” murmured Mr. Satterthwaite. “Hardly ... ”
“Lots,” reiterated Egg. “Let me see …” She paused for a moment.
Attics26, there are masses of attics that no one ever goes into. He’s probably in a trunk in the attic25.”
“Rather unlikely,” said Sir Charles. “But possible, of course. It might evade27 discovery - for - er - a time.”
It was not Egg’s way to avoid unpleasantness. She dealt immediately with the point in Sir Charles’s mind.
“Smell goes up, not down. You’d notice a decaying body in the cellar much sooner than in the attic. And, anyway, for a long time people would think it was a dead rat.”
“If your theory were correct, it would point definitely to a man as the murderer. A woman couldn’t drag a body round the house. In fact, it would be a pretty good feat28 for a man.”
“Well, there are other possibilities. There’s a secret passage there, you know. Miss Sutcliffe told me so, and Sir. Bartholomew told me he would show it to me. The murderer might have given Ellis the money and shown him the way to get out of the house gone down the passage with him and killed him there. A woman could do that. She could stab him, or something, from behind. Then she’d just leave the body there and go back, and no one would ever know.”
Sir Charles shook his head doubtfully, but he no longer disputed Egg’s theory.
Mr. Satterthwaite felt sure that the same suspicion had come to him for a moment in Ellis’s room when they had found the letters. He remembered Sir Charles’s little shiver. The idea that Ellis might be dead had come to him then ...
Mr. Satterthwaite thought: “If Ellis is dead, then we’re dealing29 with a very dangerous person ... Yes, a very dangerous person ... ” And suddenly he felt a cold chill of fear down his spine30 ...
A person who had killed three times wouldn’t hesitate to kill again
They were in danger, all three of them Sir Charles, and Egg, and he
If they found out too much ...
He was recalled by the sound of Sir Charles’s voice.
“There’s one thing I didn’t understand in your letter, Egg. You spoke31 of Oliver Manders being in danger of the police suspecting him. I can’t see that they attach the least suspicion to him.”
It seemed to Mr. Satterthwaite that Egg was very slightly discomposed. He even fancied that she blushed.
“Aha,” said Mr. Satterthwaite to himself. “Let’s see how you get out of this, young lady.”
“It was silly of me,” said Egg. “I got confused. I thought that Oliver arriving as he did, with what might have been a trumped-up excuse well, I thought the police were sure to suspect him.”
Sir Charles accepted the explanation easily enough.
“Yes,” he said. “I see.”
Mr. Satterthwaite spoke.
“Was it a trumped-up excuse?” he said.
Egg turned to him.
“What do you mean?”
“It was an odd sort of accident,” said Mr. Satterthwaite. “I thought if it was a trumped-up excuse you might know.”
Egg shook her head.
“I don’t know. I never thought about it. But why should Oliver pretend to have an accident if he didn’t?”
“He might have had reasons,” said Sir Charles. “Quite natural ones.”
He was smiling at her. Egg blushed crimson32.
“Oh, no,” she said. “No.”
Sir Charles sighed. It occurred to Mr. Satterthwaite that his friend had interpreted that blush quite wrongly, Sir Charles seemed a sadder and older man when he spoke again.
“Well,” he said, “if our young friend is in no danger, where do I come in?”
Egg came forward quickly and caught him by the coat sleeve.
“You’re not going away again. You’re not going to give up? You’re going to find out the truth - the truth. I don’t believe anybody but you could find out the truth. You can. You will.”
She was tremendously in earnest. The waves of her vitality33 seemed to surge and eddy34 in the old-world air of the room.
“You believe in me?” said Sir Charles. He was moved.
“Yes, yes, yes. We’re going to get at the truth. You and I together.”
“And Satterthwaite.”
“Of course, and Mr. Satterthwaite,” said Egg without interest. Mr. Satterthwaite smiled covertly35. Whether Egg wanted to include him or not, he had no intention of being left out. He was fond of mysteries, and he liked observing human nature, and he had a soft spot for lovers. All three tastes seemed likely to be gratified in this affair.
Sir Charles sat down. His voice changed. He was in command, directing a production.
“First of all we’ve got to clarify the situation. Do we, or do we not, believe that the same person killed Babbington and Bartholomew Strange?”
“Yes,” said Egg.
“Yes,” said Mr. Satterthwaite.
“Do we believe that the second murder sprang directly from the first? I mean, do we believe that Bartholomew Strange was killed in order to prevent his revealing the facts of the first murder, or his suspicion about it?”
“Yes,” said Egg and Mr. Satterthwaite again, but in unison36 this time.
“Then it is the first murder we must investigate, not the second.”
Egg nodded.
“In my mind, until we discover the motive37 for the first murder, we can hardly hope to discover the murderer. The motive presents extraordinary difficulty. Babbington was a harmless, pleasant, gentle old man without, one would say, an enemy in the world. Yet he was killed and there must have been some reason for killing38. We’ve got to find that reason.”
He paused and then said in his ordinary everyday voice:
“Let’s get down to it. What reasons are there for killing people?
First, I suppose, gain.”
“Revenge,” said Egg.
“Homicidal mania39,” said Mr. Satterthwaite. “The crime passionel
would hardly apply in this case. But there’s fear.”
Charles Cartwright nodded. He was scribbling40 on a piece of paper.
“That about covers the ground,” he said. “First, Gain. Does anyone gain by Babbington’s death? Has he any money or expectation of money?”
“I should think it very unlikely,” said Egg.
“So should I, but we’d better approach Mrs. Babbington on the point.”
“Then there’s revenge. Did Babbington do an injury to anyone perhaps in his young days? Did he marry the girl that some other man wanted? We’ll have to look into that, too.”
“Then homicidal mania. Were both Babbington and Tollie killed by a lunatic? I don’t think that theory will hold water. Even a lunatic has some kind of reasonableness in his crimes. I mean a lunatic might think himself divinely appointed to kill doctors, or to kill clergyman, but not to kill both. I think we can wash out the theory of homicidal mania. There remains41 fear.”
“Now, frankly42, that seems to me far the most likely solution. Babbington knew something about somebody or he recognised somebody. He was killed to prevent him telling what that something was.”
“I can’t see what someone like Mr. Babbington could know that was damaging about anybody who was there that night.”
“Perhaps,” said Sir Charles, “it was something that he didn’t know that he knew.”
He went on, trying to make his meaning clear.
“It’s difficult to say just what I mean. Suppose, for instance (this is only an instance) that Babbington saw a certain person in a certain place at a certain time. As far as he knows, there’s no reason why that person had concocted43 a very clever alibi44 for some reason showing that at that particular time he was somewhere else a hundred miles away. Well, at any minute old Babbington, in the most innocent way in the world, might give the show away.”
“I see,” said Egg. “Say there’s a murder committed in London, and Babbington sees the man who did it at Paddington Station, but the man has proved that he didn’t do it by having an alibi showing that he was at Leeds at the time. Then Babbington might give the whole show away.”
“That’s what I mean exactly. Of course that’s only an instance. It might be anything. Someone he saw that evening whom he’d known under a different name - ”
“It might be something to do with a marriage,” said Egg.
“Clergyman do lots of marriages. Somebody who’d committed bigamy.”
“Or it might have to do with a birth or a death,” suggested Mr. Satterthwaite.
“It’s a very wide field,” said Egg, frowning. “We’ll have to get at it the other way. Work back from the people who were there. Let’s make a list. Who was at your house, and who was at Sir Bartholomew’s.”
She took the paper and pencil from Sir Charles.
“The Dacres, they were at both. That woman like a wilted45 cabbage, what’s her name Wills. Miss Sutcliffe. “
“You can leave Angela out of it,” said Sir Charles. “I’ve known her for years.”
Egg frowned mutinously46.
“We can’t do that sort of thing,” she said. “Leave people out because we know them. We’ve got to be business-like. Besides, I
don’t know anything about Angela Sutcliffe. She’s just as likely to have done it as anyone else, so far as I can see more likely. All actress have pasts. I think, on the whole, she’s the most likely person.”
She gazed defiantly47 at Sir Charles. There was an answering spark in his eyes.
“In that case we mustn’t leave out Oliver Manders.”
“How could it be Oliver? He’d met Mr. Babbington ever so many times before.”
“He was at both places, and his arrival is a little open to suspicion.”
“Very well,” said Egg. She paused, and then added: “In that case I’d better put down Mother and myself as well ... That makes six suspects.”
“I don’t think ”
“We’ll do it properly, or not at all.” her eyes flashed.
Mr. Satterthwaite made peace by offering refreshment48. He rang for drinks.
Sir Charles strolled off into a far corner to admire a head of Negro sculpture. Egg came over to Mr. Satterthwaite and slipped a hand through his arm.
“Stupid of me to have lost my temper,” she murmured. “I am stupid but why should the woman be expected? Why is he so keen she should be? Oh, dear, why the devil am I so disgustingly jealous?”
Mr. Satterthwaite smiled and patted her hand.
“Jealousy never pays, my dear,” he said. “If you feel jealous, don’t show it. By the way, did you really think young Manders might be suspected?”
Egg grinned - a friendly childish grin.
“Of course not. I put that in so as not to alarm the man.” She turned her head. Sir Charles was still moodily49 studying Negro sculpture.
“You know I didn’t want him to feel he was being chased. But I don’t want him to think I really have a pash for Oliver because I haven’t. How difficult everything is! He’s gone back now to his ‘Bless you, my children,’ attitude. I don’t want that at all.”
“Have patience,” counselled Mr. Satterthwaite. “Everything comes right in the end, you know.”
“I’m not patient,” said Egg. “I want to have things at once, or even quicker.”
Mr. Satterthwaite laughed, and Sir Charles turned and came towards them.
As they sipped50 their drinks, they arranged a plan of campaign. Sir Charles should return to Crow's Nest, for which he had not yet found a purchaser. Egg and her mother would return to Rose Cottage rather sooner than they had meant to do. Mrs. Babbington was still living in Loomouth. They would get what information they could from her and then proceed to act upon it.
“We’ll succeed,” said Egg. “I know we’ll succeed.”
She leaned forward to Sir Charles, her eyes glowing. She held out her glass to touch his.
“Drink to ours success,” she commanded.
Slowly, very slowly, his eyes fixed51 on hers, he raised his glass to his lips.
“To success,” he said, “and to the Future ... ”


1 superintendent vsTwV     
  • He was soon promoted to the post of superintendent of Foreign Trade.他很快就被擢升为对外贸易总监。
  • He decided to call the superintendent of the building.他决定给楼房管理员打电话。
2 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
3 detailed xuNzms     
  • He had made a detailed study of the terrain.他对地形作了缜密的研究。
  • A detailed list of our publications is available on request.我们的出版物有一份详细的目录备索。
4 justified 7pSzrk     
  • She felt fully justified in asking for her money back. 她认为有充分的理由要求退款。
  • The prisoner has certainly justified his claims by his actions. 那个囚犯确实已用自己的行动表明他的要求是正当的。
5 blackmail rRXyl     
  • She demanded $1000 blackmail from him.她向他敲诈了1000美元。
  • The journalist used blackmail to make the lawyer give him the documents.记者讹诈那名律师交给他文件。
6 nicotine QGoxJ     
  • Many smokers who are chemically addicted to nicotine cannot cut down easily.许多有尼古丁瘾的抽烟人不容易把烟戒掉。
  • Many smokers who are chemically addicted to nicotine cannot cut down easily.许多有尼古丁瘾的抽烟人不容易把烟戒掉。
7 soothed 509169542d21da19b0b0bd232848b963     
v.安慰( soothe的过去式和过去分词 );抚慰;使舒服;减轻痛苦
  • The music soothed her for a while. 音乐让她稍微安静了一会儿。
  • The soft modulation of her voice soothed the infant. 她柔和的声调使婴儿安静了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
8 misgivings 0nIzyS     
n.疑虑,担忧,害怕;疑虑,担心,恐惧( misgiving的名词复数 );疑惧
  • I had grave misgivings about making the trip. 对于这次旅行我有过极大的顾虑。
  • Don't be overtaken by misgivings and fear. Just go full stream ahead! 不要瞻前顾后, 畏首畏尾。甩开膀子干吧! 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
9 gore gevzd     
  • The fox lay dying in a pool of gore.狐狸倒在血泊中奄奄一息。
  • Carruthers had been gored by a rhinoceros.卡拉瑟斯被犀牛顶伤了。
10 luxurious S2pyv     
  • This is a luxurious car complete with air conditioning and telephone.这是一辆附有空调设备和电话的豪华轿车。
  • The rich man lives in luxurious surroundings.这位富人生活在奢侈的环境中。
11 cramps cramps     
n. 抽筋, 腹部绞痛, 铁箍 adj. 狭窄的, 难解的 v. 使...抽筋, 以铁箍扣紧, 束缚
  • If he cramps again let the line cut him off. 要是它再抽筋,就让这钓索把它勒断吧。
  • "I have no cramps." he said. “我没抽筋,"他说。
12 adjourn goRyc     
  • The motion to adjourn was carried.休会的提议通过了。
  • I am afraid the court may not adjourn until three or even later.我担心法庭要到3点或更晚时才会休庭。
13 feverish gzsye     
  • He is too feverish to rest.他兴奋得安静不下来。
  • They worked with feverish haste to finish the job.为了完成此事他们以狂热的速度工作着。
14 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。
15 tenterhooks tenterhooks     
  • The students are on tenterhooks to hear the result of the examination.学生们烦躁不安地听考试结果。
  • The mother was on tenterhooks until her little Laura came back.当小珞拉回来后,她母亲才放下心来。
16 fretting fretting     
n. 微振磨损 adj. 烦躁的, 焦虑的
  • Fretting about it won't help. 苦恼于事无补。
  • The old lady is always fretting over something unimportant. 那位老妇人总是为一些小事焦虑不安。
17 porcelain USvz9     
  • These porcelain plates have rather original designs on them.这些瓷盘的花纹很别致。
  • The porcelain vase is enveloped in cotton.瓷花瓶用棉花裹着。
18 prehistoric sPVxQ     
  • They have found prehistoric remains.他们发现了史前遗迹。
  • It was rather like an exhibition of prehistoric electronic equipment.这儿倒像是在展览古老的电子设备。
19 pottery OPFxi     
  • My sister likes to learn art pottery in her spare time.我妹妹喜欢在空余时间学习陶艺。
  • The pottery was left to bake in the hot sun.陶器放在外面让炎热的太阳烘晒焙干。
20 mellowness b44b2c95b3761a7017ea94bd51503f1c     
成熟; 芳醇; 肥沃; 怡然
  • I love these colours because they symbolize mellowness, abundance, strength and happiness. 我喜欢这秋色,因为它表示着成熟、昌盛和繁荣,也意味着愉快、欢乐和富强。 来自汉英文学 - 现代散文
  • The mellowness of the cuckoo report the come of spring. 杜鹃甜美的叫声报告了春天的来临。
21 narrated 41d1c5fe7dace3e43c38e40bfeb85fe5     
v.故事( narrate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Some of the story was narrated in the film. 该电影叙述了这个故事的部分情节。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Defoe skilfully narrated the adventures of Robinson Crusoe on his desert island. 笛福生动地叙述了鲁滨逊·克鲁索在荒岛上的冒险故事。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
22 blackmailing 5179dc6fb450aa50a5119c7ec77af55f     
胁迫,尤指以透露他人不体面行为相威胁以勒索钱财( blackmail的现在分词 )
  • The policemen kept blackmailing him, because they had sth. on him. 那些警察之所以经常去敲他的竹杠是因为抓住把柄了。
  • Democratic paper "nailed" an aggravated case of blackmailing to me. 民主党最主要的报纸把一桩极为严重的讹诈案件“栽”在我的头上。
23 reiterated d9580be532fe69f8451c32061126606b     
反复地说,重申( reiterate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • "Well, I want to know about it,'she reiterated. “嗯,我一定要知道你的休假日期,"她重复说。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Some twenty-two years later President Polk reiterated and elaborated upon these principles. 大约二十二年之后,波尔克总统重申这些原则并且刻意阐释一番。
24 entirely entirely     
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
25 attic Hv4zZ     
  • Leakiness in the roof caused a damp attic.屋漏使顶楼潮湿。
  • What's to be done with all this stuff in the attic?顶楼上的材料怎么处理?
26 attics 10dfeae57923f7ba63754c76388fab81     
n. 阁楼
  • They leave unwanted objects in drawers, cupboards and attics. 他们把暂时不需要的东西放在抽屉里、壁橱中和搁楼上。
  • He rummaged busily in the attics of European literature, bringing to light much of interest. 他在欧洲文学的阁楼里忙着翻箱倒笼,找到了不少有趣的东西。
27 evade evade     
  • He tried to evade the embarrassing question.他企图回避这令人难堪的问题。
  • You are in charge of the job.How could you evade the issue?你是负责人,你怎么能对这个问题不置可否?
28 feat 5kzxp     
  • Man's first landing on the moon was a feat of great daring.人类首次登月是一个勇敢的壮举。
  • He received a medal for his heroic feat.他因其英雄业绩而获得一枚勋章。
29 dealing NvjzWP     
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.该商店因买卖公道而享有极高的声誉。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的诚实的行为获得我们的信任。
30 spine lFQzT     
  • He broke his spine in a fall from a horse.他从马上跌下摔断了脊梁骨。
  • His spine developed a slight curve.他的脊柱有点弯曲。
31 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
32 crimson AYwzH     
  • She went crimson with embarrassment.她羞得满脸通红。
  • Maple leaves have turned crimson.枫叶已经红了。
33 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。
34 eddy 6kxzZ     
  • The motor car disappeared in eddy of dust.汽车在一片扬尘的涡流中不见了。
  • In Taylor's picture,the eddy is the basic element of turbulence.在泰勒的描述里,旋涡是湍流的基本要素。
35 covertly 9vgz7T     
  • Naval organizations were covertly incorporated into civil ministries. 各种海军组织秘密地混合在各民政机关之中。 来自辞典例句
  • Modern terrorism is noteworthy today in that it is being done covertly. 现代的恐怖活动在今天是值得注意的,由于它是秘密进行的。 来自互联网
36 unison gKCzB     
  • The governments acted in unison to combat terrorism.这些国家的政府一致行动对付恐怖主义。
  • My feelings are in unison with yours.我的感情与你的感情是一致的。
37 motive GFzxz     
  • The police could not find a motive for the murder.警察不能找到谋杀的动机。
  • He had some motive in telling this fable.他讲这寓言故事是有用意的。
38 killing kpBziQ     
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
39 mania 9BWxu     
  • Football mania is sweeping the country.足球热正风靡全国。
  • Collecting small items can easily become a mania.收藏零星物品往往容易变成一种癖好。
40 scribbling 82fe3d42f37de6f101db3de98fc9e23d     
n.乱涂[写]胡[乱]写的文章[作品]v.潦草的书写( scribble的现在分词 );乱画;草草地写;匆匆记下
  • Once the money got into the book, all that remained were some scribbling. 折子上的钱只是几个字! 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
  • McMug loves scribbling. Mama then sent him to the Kindergarten. 麦唛很喜欢写字,妈妈看在眼里,就替他报读了幼稚园。 来自互联网
41 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。
42 frankly fsXzcf     
  • To speak frankly, I don't like the idea at all.老实说,我一点也不赞成这个主意。
  • Frankly speaking, I'm not opposed to reform.坦率地说,我不反对改革。
43 concocted 35ea2e5fba55c150ec3250ef12828dd2     
v.将(尤指通常不相配合的)成分混合成某物( concoct的过去式和过去分词 );调制;编造;捏造
  • The soup was concocted from up to a dozen different kinds of fish. 这种汤是用多达十几种不同的鱼熬制而成的。
  • Between them they concocted a letter. 他们共同策划写了一封信。 来自《简明英汉词典》
44 alibi bVSzb     
  • Do you have any proof to substantiate your alibi? 你有证据表明你当时不在犯罪现场吗?
  • The police are suspicious of his alibi because he already has a record.警方对他不在场的辩解表示怀疑,因为他已有前科。
45 wilted 783820c8ba2b0b332b81731bd1f08ae0     
(使)凋谢,枯萎( wilt的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The flowers wilted in the hot sun. 花在烈日下枯萎了。
  • The romance blossomed for six or seven months, and then wilted. 那罗曼史持续六七个月之后就告吹了。
46 mutinously 372d06232ff739a0f77e1009bcbfd4ac     
47 defiantly defiantly     
  • Braving snow and frost, the plum trees blossomed defiantly. 红梅傲雪凌霜开。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • She tilted her chin at him defiantly. 她向他翘起下巴表示挑衅。 来自《简明英汉词典》
48 refreshment RUIxP     
  • He needs to stop fairly often for refreshment.他须时不时地停下来喘口气。
  • A hot bath is a great refreshment after a day's work.在一天工作之后洗个热水澡真是舒畅。
49 moodily 830ff6e3db19016ccfc088bb2ad40745     
  • Pork slipped from the room as she remained staring moodily into the distance. 阿宝从房间里溜了出来,留她独个人站在那里瞪着眼睛忧郁地望着远处。 来自辞典例句
  • He climbed moodily into the cab, relieved and distressed. 他忧郁地上了马车,既松了一口气,又忧心忡忡。 来自互联网
50 sipped 22d1585d494ccee63c7bff47191289f6     
v.小口喝,呷,抿( sip的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He sipped his coffee pleasurably. 他怡然地品味着咖啡。
  • I sipped the hot chocolate she had made. 我小口喝着她调制的巧克力热饮。 来自辞典例句
51 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
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