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            1. Nightmare: A Tale for an Autumn Evening
              文章來源: 文章作者: 發布時間:2007-10-19 06:50 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
                 After a Print by George Cruikshank

              It was a gusty1 night,
              With the wind booming, and swooping,
              Looping round corners,
              Sliding over the cobble-stones,
              Whipping and veering,
              And careering over the roofs
              Like a thousand clattering2 horses.
              Mr. Spruggins had been dining in the city,
              Mr. Spruggins was none too steady in his gait,
              And the wind played ball with Mr. Spruggins
              And laughed as it whistled past him.
              It rolled him along the street,
              With his little feet pit-a-patting on the flags of the sidewalk,
              And his muffler and his coat-tails blown straight out behind him.
              It bumped him against area railings,
              And chuckled3 in his ear when he said "Ouch!"
              Sometimes it lifted him clear off his little patting feet
              And bore him in triumph over three grey flagstones and a quarter.
              The moon dodged4 in and out of clouds, winking5.
              It was all very unpleasant for Mr. Spruggins,
              And when the wind flung him hard against his own front door
              It was a relief,
              Although the breath was quite knocked out of him.
              The gas-lamp in front of the house flared7 up,
              And the keyhole was as big as a barn door;
              The gas-lamp flickered8 away to a sputtering9 blue star,
              And the keyhole went out with it.
              Such a stabbing, and jabbing,
              And sticking, and picking,
              And poking10, and pushing, and prying
              With that key;
              And there is no denying that Mr. Spruggins rapped out an oath or
              Rub-a-dub-dubbing them out to a real snare-drum roll.
              But the door opened at last,
              And Mr. Spruggins blew through it into his own hall
              And slammed the door to so hard
              That the knocker banged five times before it stopped.
              Mr. Spruggins struck a light and lit a candle,
              And all the time the moon winked11 at him through the window.
              "Why couldn't you find the keyhole, Spruggins?"
              Taunted12 the wind.
              "I can find the keyhole."
              And the wind, thin as a wire,
              Darted in and seized the candle flame
              And knocked it over to one side
              And pummelled it down -- down -- down --!
              But Mr. Spruggins held the candle so close that it singed13 his chin,
              And ran and stumbled up the stairs in a surprisingly agile14 manner,
              For the wind through the keyhole kept saying, "Spruggins!  Spruggins!"
              behind him.
              The fire in his bedroom burned brightly.
              The room with its crimson15 bed and window curtains
              Was as red and glowing as a carbuncle.
              It was still and warm.
              There was no wind here, for the windows were fastened;
              And no moon,
              For the curtains were drawn16.
              The candle flame stood up like a pointed17 pear
              In a wide brass18 dish.
              Mr. Spruggins sighed with content;
              He was safe at home.
              The fire glowed -- red and yellow roses
              In the black basket of the grate --
              And the bed with its crimson hangings
              Seemed a great peony,
              Wide open and placid19.
              Mr. Spruggins slipped off his top-coat and his muffler.
              He slipped off his bottle-green coat
              And his flowered waistcoat.
              He put on a flannel20 dressing-gown,
              And tied a peaked night-cap under his chin.
              He wound his large gold watch
              And placed it under his pillow.
              Then he tiptoed over to the window and pulled back the curtain.
              There was the moon dodging21 in and out of the clouds;
              But behind him was his quiet candle.
              There was the wind whisking along the street.
              The window rattled22, but it was fastened.
              Did the wind say, "Spruggins"?
              All Mr. Spruggins heard was "S-s-s-s-s --"
              Dying away down the street.
              He dropped the curtain and got into bed.
              Martha had been in the last thing with the warming-pan;
              The bed was warm,
              And Mr. Spruggins sank into feathers,
              With the familiar ticking of his watch just under his head.
              Mr. Spruggins dozed23.
              He had forgotten to put out the candle,
              But it did not make much difference as the fire was so bright .
              . .
              Too bright!
              The red and yellow roses pricked24 his eyelids,
              They scorched26 him back to consciousness.
              He tried to shift his position;
              He could not move.
              Something weighed him down,
              He could not breathe.
              He was gasping,
              Pinned down and suffocating27.
              He opened his eyes.
              The curtains of the window were flung back,
              The fire and the candle were out,
              And the room was filled with green moonlight.
              And pressed against the window-pane
              Was a wide, round face,
              Winking -- winking --
              Solemnly dropping one eyelid25 after the other.
              Tick -- tock -- went the watch under his pillow,
              Wink6 -- wink -- went the face at the window.
              It was not the fire roses which had pricked him,
              It was the winking eyes.
              Mr. Spruggins tried to bounce up;
              He could not, because --
              His heart flapped up into his mouth
              And fell back dead.
              On his chest was a fat pink pig,
              On the pig a blackamoor
              With a ten pound weight for a cap.
              His mustachios kept curling up and down like angry snakes,
              And his eyes rolled round and round,
              With the pupils coming into sight, and disappearing,
              And appearing again on the other side.
              The holsters at his saddle-bow were two port bottles,
              And a curved table-knife hung at his belt for a scimitar,
              While a fork and a keg of spirits were strapped28 to the saddle behind.
              He dug his spurs into the pig,
              Which trampled29 and snorted,
              And stamped its cloven feet deeper into Mr. Spruggins.
              Then the green light on the floor began to undulate.
              It heaved and hollowed,
              It rose like a tide,
              Full of claws and scales
              And wriggles30.
              The air above his bed began to move;
              It weighed over him
              In a mass of draggled feathers.
              Not one lifted to stir the air.
              They drooped31 and dripped
              With a smell of port wine and brandy,
              Closing down, slowly,
              Trickling drops on the bed-quilt.
              Suddenly the window fell in with a great scatter32 of glass,
              And the moon burst into the room,
              Sizzling -- "S-s-s-s-s -- Spruggins!  Spruggins!"
              It rolled toward him,
              A green ball of flame,
              With two eyes in the center,
              A red eye and a yellow eye,
              Dropping their lids slowly,
              One after the other.
              Mr. Spruggins tried to scream,
              But the blackamoor
              Leapt off his pig
              With a cry,
              Drew his scimitar,
              And plunged33 it into Mr. Spruggins's mouth.
              Mr. Spruggins got up in the cold dawn
              And remade the fire.
              Then he crept back to bed
              By the light which seeped34 in under the window curtains,
              And lay there, shivering,
              While the bells of St. George the Martyr35 chimed the quarter after


              1 gusty B5uyu     
              • Weather forecasts predict more hot weather,gusty winds and lightning strikes.天氣預報預測高溫、大風和雷電天氣將繼續。
              • Why was Candlestick Park so windy and gusty? 埃德爾斯蒂克公園里為什么會有那么多的強勁陣風?
              2 clattering f876829075e287eeb8e4dc1cb4972cc5     
              • Typewriters keep clattering away. 打字機在不停地嗒嗒作響。
              • The typewriter was clattering away. 打字機啪嗒啪嗒地響著。
              3 chuckled 8ce1383c838073977a08258a1f3e30f8     
              輕聲地笑( chuckle的過去式和過去分詞 )
              • She chuckled at the memory. 想起這件事她就暗自發笑。
              • She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look. 想起他那驚訝的表情,她就輕輕地暗自發笑。
              4 dodged ae7efa6756c9d8f3b24f8e00db5e28ee     
              v.閃躲( dodge的過去式和過去分詞 );回避
              • He dodged cleverly when she threw her sabot at him. 她用木底鞋砸向他時,他機敏地閃開了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              • He dodged the book that I threw at him. 他躲開了我扔向他的書。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              5 winking b599b2f7a74d5974507152324c7b8979     
              n.瞬眼,目語v.使眼色( wink的現在分詞 );遞眼色(表示友好或高興等);(指光)閃爍;閃亮
              • Anyone can do it; it's as easy as winking. 這誰都辦得到,簡直易如反掌。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
              • The stars were winking in the clear sky. 星星在明亮的天空中閃爍。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              6 wink 4MGz3     
              • He tipped me the wink not to buy at that price.他眨眼暗示我按那個價格就不要買。
              • The satellite disappeared in a wink.瞬息之間,那顆衛星就消失了。
              7 Flared Flared     
              adj. 端部張開的, 爆發的, 加寬的, 漏斗式的 動詞flare的過去式和過去分詞
              • The match flared and went out. 火柴閃亮了一下就熄了。
              • The fire flared up when we thought it was out. 我們以為火已經熄滅,但它突然又燃燒起來。
              8 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
              (通常指燈光)閃爍,搖曳( flicker的過去式和過去分詞 )
              • The lights flickered and went out. 燈光閃了閃就熄了。
              • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 這些燈象發狂的交通燈一樣不停地閃動著。
              9 sputtering 60baa9a92850944a75456c0cb7ae5c34     
              n.反應濺射法;飛濺;陰極真空噴鍍;噴射v.唾沫飛濺( sputter的現在分詞 );發劈啪聲;噴出;飛濺出
              • A wick was sputtering feebly in a dish of oil. 瓦油燈上結了一個大燈花,使微弱的燈光變得更加陰暗。 來自漢英文學 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
              • Jack ran up to the referee, sputtering protest. 賈克跑到裁判跟前,唾沫飛濺地提出抗議。 來自辭典例句
              10 poking poking     
              n. 刺,戳,袋 vt. 撥開,刺,戳 vi. 戳,刺,捅,搜索,伸出,行動散慢
              • He was poking at the rubbish with his stick. 他正用手杖撥動垃圾。
              • He spent his weekends poking around dusty old bookshops. 他周末都泡在布滿塵埃的舊書店里。
              11 winked af6ada503978fa80fce7e5d109333278     
              v.使眼色( wink的過去式和過去分詞 );遞眼色(表示友好或高興等);(指光)閃爍;閃亮
              • He winked at her and she knew he was thinking the same thing that she was. 他沖她眨了眨眼,她便知道他的想法和她一樣。
              • He winked his eyes at her and left the classroom. 他向她眨巴一下眼睛走出了教室。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
              12 taunted df22a7ddc6dcf3131756443dea95d149     
              嘲諷( taunt的過去式和過去分詞 ); 嘲弄; 辱罵; 奚落
              • The other kids continually taunted him about his size. 其他孩子不斷地恥笑他的個頭兒。
              • Some of the girls taunted her about her weight. 有些女孩子笑她胖。
              13 singed dad6a30cdea7e50732a0ebeba3c4caff     
              v.淺表燒焦( singe的過去式和過去分詞 );(毛發)燎,燒焦尖端[邊兒]
              • He singed his hair as he tried to light his cigarette. 他點煙時把頭發給燎了。
              • The cook singed the chicken to remove the fine hairs. 廚師把雞燎一下,以便去掉細毛。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
              14 agile Ix2za     
              • She is such an agile dancer!她跳起舞來是那么靈巧!
              • An acrobat has to be agile.雜技演員必須身手敏捷。
              15 crimson AYwzH     
              • She went crimson with embarrassment.她羞得滿臉通紅。
              • Maple leaves have turned crimson.楓葉已經紅了。
              16 drawn MuXzIi     
              • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
              • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的風景所吸引。
              17 pointed Il8zB4     
              • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他給我一支削得非常尖的鉛筆。
              • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通過對達茨伍德夫人提出直截了當的邀請向她的哥哥表示出來。
              18 brass DWbzI     
              • Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.許多工人都在工廠銅管樂隊中演奏。
              • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黃銅是通過銅和鋅的熔合而成的。
              19 placid 7A1yV     
              • He had been leading a placid life for the past eight years.八年來他一直過著平靜的生活。
              • You should be in a placid mood and have a heart-to- heart talk with her.你應該心平氣和的好好和她談談心。
              20 flannel S7dyQ     
              • She always wears a grey flannel trousers.她總是穿一條灰色法蘭絨長褲。
              • She was looking luscious in a flannel shirt.她穿著法蘭絨裙子,看上去楚楚動人。
              21 dodging dodging     
              n.避開,閃過,音調改變v.閃躲( dodge的現在分詞 );回避
              • He ran across the road, dodging the traffic. 他躲開來往的車輛跑過馬路。
              • I crossed the highway, dodging the traffic. 我避開車流穿過了公路。 來自辭典例句
              22 rattled b4606e4247aadf3467575ffedf66305b     
              • The truck jolted and rattled over the rough ground. 卡車嘎吱嘎吱地在凹凸不平的地面上顛簸而行。
              • Every time a bus went past, the windows rattled. 每逢公共汽車經過這里,窗戶都格格作響。
              23 dozed 30eca1f1e3c038208b79924c30b35bfc     
              v.打盹兒,打瞌睡( doze的過去式和過去分詞 )
              • He boozed till daylight and dozed into the afternoon. 他喝了個通霄,昏沉沉地一直睡到下午。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
              • I dozed off during the soporific music. 我聽到這催人入睡的音樂,便不知不覺打起盹兒來了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              24 pricked 1d0503c50da14dcb6603a2df2c2d4557     
              刺,扎,戳( prick的過去式和過去分詞 ); 刺傷; 刺痛; 使劇痛
              • The cook pricked a few holes in the pastry. 廚師在餡餅上戳了幾個洞。
              • He was pricked by his conscience. 他受到良心的譴責。
              25 eyelid zlcxj     
              • She lifted one eyelid to see what he was doing.她抬起一只眼皮看看他在做什么。
              • My eyelid has been tumid since yesterday.從昨天起,我的眼皮就腫了。
              26 scorched a5fdd52977662c80951e2b41c31587a0     
              燒焦,烤焦( scorch的過去式和過去分詞 ); 使(植物)枯萎,把…曬枯; 高速行駛; 枯焦
              • I scorched my dress when I was ironing it. 我把自己的連衣裙熨焦了。
              • The hot iron scorched the tablecloth. 熱熨斗把桌布燙焦了。
              27 suffocating suffocating     
              • After a few weeks with her parents, she felt she was suffocating.和父母呆了幾個星期后,她感到自己毫無自由。
              • That's better. I was suffocating in that cell of a room.這樣好些了,我剛才在那個小房間里快悶死了。
              28 strapped ec484d13545e19c0939d46e2d1eb24bc     
              • Make sure that the child is strapped tightly into the buggy. 一定要把孩子牢牢地拴在嬰兒車上。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              • The soldiers' great coats were strapped on their packs. 戰士們的厚大衣扎捆在背包上。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              29 trampled 8c4f546db10d3d9e64a5bba8494912e6     
              踩( trample的過去式和過去分詞 ); 踐踏; 無視; 侵犯
              • He gripped his brother's arm lest he be trampled by the mob. 他緊抓著他兄弟的胳膊,怕他讓暴民踩著。
              • People were trampled underfoot in the rush for the exit. 有人在拼命涌向出口時被踩在腳下。
              30 wriggles 2bbffd4c480c628d34b4f1bb30ad358c     
              n.蠕動,扭動( wriggle的名詞復數 )v.扭動,蠕動,蜿蜒行進( wriggle的第三人稱單數 );(使身體某一部位)扭動;耍滑不做,逃避(應做的事等)
              • Each tail piece wriggles to wholly confuse and distract an attacker. 但是與其他的蜥蜴不同,玻璃蜥蜴的尾巴會逐段的散成碎片,每段碎片都在扭動,以迷惑攻擊者,分散其注意力。 來自互聯網
              • No turning back. He wriggles into the pipe and starts crawling, plastic bag dragging behind. 沒有回頭路,安迪鉆進下水管開始爬行,塑料袋拖在后面。 來自互聯網
              31 drooped ebf637c3f860adcaaf9c11089a322fa5     
              彎曲或下垂,發蔫( droop的過去式和過去分詞 )
              • Her eyelids drooped as if she were on the verge of sleep. 她眼瞼低垂好像快要睡著的樣子。
              • The flowers drooped in the heat of the sun. 花兒曬蔫了。
              32 scatter uDwzt     
              • You pile everything up and scatter things around.你把東西亂堆亂放。
              • Small villages scatter at the foot of the mountain.村莊零零落落地散布在山腳下。
              33 plunged 06a599a54b33c9d941718dccc7739582     
              v.顛簸( plunge的過去式和過去分詞 );暴跌;驟降;突降
              • The train derailed and plunged into the river. 火車脫軌栽進了河里。
              • She lost her balance and plunged 100 feet to her death. 她沒有站穩,從100英尺的高處跌下摔死了。
              34 seeped 7b1463dbca7bf67e984ebe1b96df8fef     
              v.(液體)滲( seep的過去式和過去分詞 );滲透;滲出;漏出
              • The rain seeped through the roof. 雨水透過房頂滲透。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              • Icy air seeped in through the paper and the room became cold. 寒氣透過了糊窗紙。屋里驟然冷起來。 來自漢英文學 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
              35 martyr o7jzm     
              • The martyr laid down his life for the cause of national independence.這位烈士是為了民族獨立的事業而獻身的。
              • The newspaper carried the martyr's photo framed in black.報上登載了框有黑邊的烈士遺像。