Shoe-Bar Stratton - Chapter 30
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How long she stood there staring fearfully at the empty window of the shed, Mary Thorne had no idea. She seemed frozen and incapable1 of movement. But at last, with a shiver, she came to herself, and bending out, drew in the heavy wooden, shutters2 and fumbled3 with the catch. The bolt was stiff from disuse, and her hands shook so that she was scarcely able to thrust it into the socket4. Still trembling, she closed and bolted the door and made fast the other windows. Then she paused in the middle of the room, slim fingers clenched5 tightly together, and heart beating loudly and unevenly6.
 
"What shall I do?" she said aloud in a strained whisper. "What shall I do?"
 
Her glance sought the short passage, and, through it, the cozy7 brightness of the living-room.
 
"I mustn't let her know," she murmured.
 
After a moment more of indecision she stepped into the small room opening off the kitchen, which had been occupied by Pedro and his wife. Having bolted the shutters of the single window, she came back into the kitchen and stood beside the table, making a determined9 effort for self-control. Suddenly the sound of her aunt's voice came from the living-room.
 
"What are you doing, Mary? Can I help you?"
 
For a second the girl hesitated, nails digging painfully into her palms. Then she managed to find her voice.
 
"No thanks, dear. I'll be there in just a minute." Resolutely10 she took up the saucepan and caddy and walked slowly toward the lighted doorway11. She felt that a glance at her face would probably tell Mrs. Archer12 that something was wrong, and so, entering the living-room, she went straight over to the fireplace. Kneeling on the hearth13, she took the poker14 and made a little hollow amongst the burning sticks in which she placed the covered saucepan. When she stood up the heat had burned a convincingly rosy15 flush into her cheeks.
 
"I was closing the shutters," she explained in a natural tone. "While the water's boiling I think I'll do the same in the other rooms. Then we'll feel quite safe and snug16."
 
Mrs. Archer, who was arranging their supper on one end of the big table, agreed briefly17 but made no other comment. When Mary had secured the living-room door and windows, she took the four bedrooms in turn, ending in the one whose incongruously masculine appointments had once aroused the curiosity of Buck18 Green.
 
How long ago that seemed! She set her candle on the dresser and stared around the room. If only she wasn't such a helpless little ninny!
 
"And I'm such a fool I wouldn't know how to use a revolver if I had it," thought the girl forlornly. "I don't even know what I did with Dad's."
 
Then, of a sudden, her glance fell upon the cartridge-belt hanging on the wall, from whose pendant holster protruded19 the butt20 of an efficient-looking six-shooter--Stratton's weapon, which, like everything else in the room, she had left religiously as she found it.
 
Stepping forward, she took hold of it gingerly and managed to draw it forth--a heavy, thirty-eight Colt, the barrel rust-pitted in a few places, but otherwise in excellent condition. She had no idea how to load it, but presently discovered by peering into the magazine that the shells seemed to be already in place. Then all at once her eyes filled and a choking little sob21 rose in her throat.
 
"Oh, if you were only here!" she whispered unevenly.
 
It would be hard to determine whether she was thinking of Stratton, that dreamlike hero of hers, whose tragic22 death she had felt so keenly, or of another man who was very much alive indeed. Perhaps she scarcely knew herself. At all events it was only a momentary23 little breakdown24. Pulling herself together, she returned to the living-room, carrying the big six-shooter half hidden by her skirts, and managed to slip it, apparently25 unseen, on a little stand above which hung the telephone to Las Vegas camp. By this time the water was boiling, and having made tea, she carried the pot back to the big table and sat down opposite Mrs. Archer.
 
For a minute or two she was busy with the cups and had no occasion to observe her aunt's expression. Then, chancing to glance across the table, she was dismayed to find the older woman regarding her with searching scrutiny26.
 
"Well?" questioned Mrs. Archer briefly. "What is it?"
 
Mary stared at her guiltily. "What's--what?" she managed to parry.
 
"Why beat about the bush?" retorted her aunt. "Something's happened to frighten you. I can see that perfectly27 well. You know how I detest28 being kept in the dark, so you may as well tell me at once."
 
Mary hesitated. "But it--it may not--come to anything," she stammered29. "I didn't want to--to frighten you--"
 
"Rubbish!" An odd, delicately grim expression came into the little old lady's face. "I'd rather be frightened unnecessarily than have something drop on me out of a clear sky. Out with it!"
 
Then Mary gave in and was conscious of a distinct relief in having a confident.
 
"It's only this," she said briefly. "When I went to close the back kitchen window a little while ago, I saw a--a face looking out of that little window above the harness-room. Some one's--hiding there."
 
For an instant Mrs. Archer's delicately pretty, faded face turned quite pale. Then she rallied bravely.
 
"Who--who was it?" she asked in a voice not altogether steady.
 
"I--don't know. It disappeared at once. But I'm sure it wasn't imagination."
 
For a moment or two her aunt sat thinking. Then she glanced quickly across the room. "Is that gun loaded?" she asked.
 
The girl nodded; she had ceased to be surprised at anything. For a space Mrs. Archer regarded her untouched cup of tea thoughtfully. When she looked up a bright spot of pink was glowing in each wrinkled cheek.
 
"It's not pleasant, but we must face it," she said. "It may be Pedro, or even Maria. Both of them are cowards. On the other hand it may be Lynch. There's no use shutting one's eyes to possibilities."
 
Abruptly30 she rose and walked quickly into her bedroom, returning in a moment or two with a little chamois case from which she drew a tiny twenty-two caliber31 revolver, beautifully etched and silver-mounted, with a mother-of-pearl stock.
 
"Your uncle gave it to me many years ago and showed me how to use it," she explained, laying it beside her plate. "I've never shot it off, but I see no reason why--"
 
She broke off with a gasp32, and both women started and turned pale, as a harsh, metallic33 rattle34 rang through the room.
 
"What is it?" whispered Mary, half rising.
 
"The telephone! I can't get used to that strange rattle. Answer it, quickly!"
 
Springing up, Mary flew across the room and took down the receiver.
 
"Hello," she said tremulously. "Who is--_Oh, Buck!_" Her eyes widened and the blood rushed into her face. "I'm so glad! But where are you?... I see. No, they're not here.... I know I did, but I thought--I wish now I'd told you. We--we're frightened.... What?.... No, not yet; but--but there's some one hiding in the loft35 over the harness-room.... I don't know, but I saw a face at the window.... Yes, everything's locked up, but--"
 
Abruptly she broke off and turned her head a little, the blood draining slowly from her face. A sound had come to her which struck terror to her heart. Yet it was a sound familiar enough on the range-land--merely the beat of a horse's hoofs36, faint and far away, but growing rapidly nearer.
 
"Wait!" she called into the receiver, "Just a--minute."
 
Her frightened eyes sought Mrs. Archer and read confirmation37 in the elder woman's strained attitude of listening.
 
"Some one's coming," the girl breathed. Suddenly she flung herself desperately38 at the telephone. "Buck!" she cried. "There's some one riding up.... I don't know, but I'm--afraid.... Yes, do come quickly.... What's that?"
 
With a little cry she rattled39 the hook and repeatedly pressed the round button which operated the bell. "Buck! Buck!" she cried into the receiver.
 
The thud of hoofs came clearly to her now; it was as if the horse was galloping40 up the slope from the lower gate.
 
"What's the matter?" demanded Mrs. Archer, in a hoarse41, dry voice.
 
With a despairing gesture the girl dropped the receiver and turned a face drained of every particle of color.
 
"The wire's--dead," she said hopelessly.
 
Mrs. Archer caught her breath sharply, but made no other sound. In the silence that followed they could hear the horse pull up just beyond the veranda42, and the sound of a man dropping lightly to the ground. Then came very faintly the murmur8 of voices.
 
To the two women, standing43 motionless, with eyes riveted44 on the door, the pause that followed lengthened45 interminably. It seemed as if that low, stealthy, sibilant whispering was going on forever. Mrs. Archer held her little pearl-handled toy with a spasmodic grip which brought out a row of dots across her delicate knuckles46, rivaling her face in whiteness. Mary Thorne's gray eyes, dilated47 with emotion, stood out against her pallor like deep wells of black. One clenched hand hung straight at her side; the other rested on the butt of the Colt, lying on the stand below the useless instrument.
 
Suddenly the tension snapped as the heavy tread of feet sounded across the porch and a hand rattled the latch48.
 
"Open up!" called a harsh, familiar voice.
 
There was no answer. Mrs. Archer reached out to steady herself against the table. Mary's grip on the Colt tightened49 convulsively.
 
"Open up, I tell yuh," repeated the voice. "I ain't aimin' to--hurt yuh."
 
Then apparently a heavy shoulder thrust against the door, which shook and creaked ominously50. Suddenly the girl's slim figure straightened and she brought her weapon around in front of her, holding it with both hands.
 
"If--if you try to force that door, I--I'll shoot," she called out.
 
The only answer was an incredulous laugh, and an instant later the man's shoulder struck the panels with a crash that cracked one of them and partly tore the bolt from its insecure fastenings.
 
Promptly51 the girl cocked her weapon, shut both eyes, and pulled the trigger. The recoil52 jerked the barrel up, and the bullet lodged53 in the ceiling. Before she could recover from the shock, there came another crash, the shattered door swung inward, and Tex Lynch sprang across the threshold.
 
Again Mary lifted the heavy weapon and tried to nerve herself to fire. But somehow this was different from shooting through a solid wooden door, and she could not bring herself to do it. Mrs. Archer had no such scruples54. Her small, delicately-chiseled face was no longer soft and gentle. It had frozen into a white mask of horror, out of which the once-soft eyes blazed with fierce determination. Bending across the table, she leveled her toylike weapon at the advancing outlaw55, and by the merest chance sent a bullet flying so close to his head that he ducked instinctively56. An instant later Pedro darted57 through the passage from the kitchen, snatched the weapon from her hand, and flung her roughly into a chair.
 
Her aunt's half-stifled cry stung Mary like a lash58 and roused her from the almost hypnotic state in which, wide-eyed and terrified, she had been watching Lynch's swift advance.
 
"Oh!" she cried furiously. "You--you beast!"
 
He was within a few feet of her now, and moved by the double impulse of fear and anger, her finger pressed the trigger. But there was no response, and too late the girl realized that she had failed to cock the weapon. In another moment Lynch had wrenched59 it from her hand.


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1 incapable w9ZxK     
adj.無能力的,不能做某事的
參考例句:
  • He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed.他不會做出這么殘忍的事。
  • Computers are incapable of creative thought.計算機不會創造性地思維。
2 shutters 74d48a88b636ca064333022eb3458e1f     
百葉窗( shutter的名詞復數 ); (照相機的)快門
參考例句:
  • The shop-front is fitted with rolling shutters. 那商店的店門裝有卷門。
  • The shutters thumped the wall in the wind. 在風中百葉窗砰砰地碰在墻上。
3 fumbled 78441379bedbe3ea49c53fb90c34475f     
(笨拙地)摸索或處理(某事物)( fumble的過去式和過去分詞 ); 亂摸,笨拙地弄; 使落下
參考例句:
  • She fumbled in her pocket for a handkerchief. 她在她口袋里胡亂摸找手帕。
  • He fumbled about in his pockets for the ticket. 他(瞎)摸著衣兜找票。
4 socket jw9wm     
n.窩,穴,孔,插座,插口
參考例句:
  • He put the electric plug into the socket.他把電插頭插入插座。
  • The battery charger plugs into any mains socket.這個電池充電器可以插入任何類型的電源插座。
5 clenched clenched     
v.緊握,抓緊,咬緊( clench的過去式和過去分詞 )
參考例句:
  • He clenched his fists in anger. 他憤怒地攥緊了拳頭。
  • She clenched her hands in her lap to hide their trembling. 她攥緊雙手放在腿上,以掩飾其顫抖。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
6 unevenly 9fZz51     
adv.不均勻的
參考例句:
  • Fuel resources are very unevenly distributed. 燃料資源分布很不均勻。
  • The cloth is dyed unevenly. 布染花了。
7 cozy ozdx0     
adj.親如手足的,密切的,暖和舒服的
參考例句:
  • I like blankets because they are cozy.我喜歡毛毯,因為他們是舒適的。
  • We spent a cozy evening chatting by the fire.我們在爐火旁聊天度過了一個舒適的晚上。
8 murmur EjtyD     
n.低語,低聲的怨言;v.低語,低聲而言
參考例句:
  • They paid the extra taxes without a murmur.他們毫無怨言地交了附加稅。
  • There was a low murmur of conversation in the hall.大廳里有竊竊私語聲。
9 determined duszmP     
adj.堅定的;有決心的
參考例句:
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已決定畢業后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他決定查看一下辦公室后面的房間。
10 resolutely WW2xh     
adj.堅決地,果斷地
參考例句:
  • He resolutely adhered to what he had said at the meeting. 他堅持他在會上所說的話。
  • He grumbles at his lot instead of resolutely facing his difficulties. 他不是果敢地去面對困難,而是抱怨自己運氣不佳。
11 doorway 2s0xK     
n.門口,(喻)入門;門路,途徑
參考例句:
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他們擠在商店門口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.瑪麗突然出現在門口。
12 archer KVxzP     
n.射手,弓箭手
參考例句:
  • The archer strung his bow and aimed an arrow at the target.弓箭手拉緊弓弦將箭瞄準靶子。
  • The archer's shot was a perfect bull's-eye.射手的那一箭正中靶心。
13 hearth n5by9     
n.壁爐爐床,壁爐地面
參考例句:
  • She came and sat in a chair before the hearth.她走過來,在爐子前面的椅子上坐下。
  • She comes to the hearth,and switches on the electric light there.她走到壁爐那里,打開電燈。
14 poker ilozCG     
n.撲克;vt.烙制
參考例句:
  • He was cleared out in the poker game.他打撲克牌,把錢都輸光了。
  • I'm old enough to play poker and do something with it.我打撲克是老手了,可以玩些花樣。
15 rosy kDAy9     
adj.美好的,樂觀的,玫瑰色的
參考例句:
  • She got a new job and her life looks rosy.她找到一份新工作,生活看上去很美好。
  • She always takes a rosy view of life.她總是對生活持樂觀態度。
16 snug 3TvzG     
adj.溫暖舒適的,合身的,安全的;v.使整潔干凈,舒適地依靠,緊貼;n.(英)酒吧里的私房
參考例句:
  • He showed us into a snug little sitting room.他領我們走進了一間溫暖而舒適的小客廳。
  • She had a small but snug home.她有個小小的但很舒適的家。
17 briefly 9Styo     
adv.簡單地,簡短地
參考例句:
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想簡單地談一下這個問題的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一個恐怖組織綁架并短暫拘禁。
18 buck ESky8     
n.雄鹿,雄兔;v.馬離地跳躍
參考例句:
  • The boy bent curiously to the skeleton of the buck.這個男孩好奇地彎下身去看鹿的骸骨。
  • The female deer attracts the buck with high-pitched sounds.雌鹿以尖聲吸引雄鹿。
19 protruded ebe69790c4eedce2f4fb12105fc9e9ac     
v.(使某物)伸出,(使某物)突出( protrude的過去式和過去分詞 )
參考例句:
  • The child protruded his tongue. 那小孩伸出舌頭。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The creature's face seemed to be protruded, because of its bent carriage. 那人的腦袋似乎向前突出,那是因為身子佝僂的緣故。 來自英漢文學
20 butt uSjyM     
n.笑柄;煙蒂;槍托;臀部;v.用頭撞或頂
參考例句:
  • The water butt catches the overflow from this pipe.大水桶盛接管子里流出的東西。
  • He was the butt of their jokes.他是他們的笑柄。
21 sob HwMwx     
n.空間軌道的轟炸機;嗚咽,哭泣
參考例句:
  • The child started to sob when he couldn't find his mother.孩子因找不到他媽媽哭了起來。
  • The girl didn't answer,but continued to sob with her head on the table.那個女孩不回答,也不抬起頭來。她只顧低聲哭著。
22 tragic inaw2     
adj.悲劇的,悲劇性的,悲慘的
參考例句:
  • The effect of the pollution on the beaches is absolutely tragic.污染海灘后果可悲。
  • Charles was a man doomed to tragic issues.查理是個注定不得善終的人。
23 momentary hj3ya     
adj.片刻的,瞬息的;短暫的
參考例句:
  • We are in momentary expectation of the arrival of you.我們無時無刻不在盼望你的到來。
  • I caught a momentary glimpse of them.我瞥了他們一眼。
24 breakdown cS0yx     
n.垮,衰竭;損壞,故障,倒塌
參考例句:
  • She suffered a nervous breakdown.她患神經衰弱。
  • The plane had a breakdown in the air,but it was fortunately removed by the ace pilot.飛機在空中發生了故障,但幸運的是被王牌駕駛員排除了。
25 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.顯然地;表面上,似乎
參考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山窮水盡,豁然開朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他對那個消息顯然感到十分驚異。
26 scrutiny ZDgz6     
n.詳細檢查,仔細觀察
參考例句:
  • His work looks all right,but it will not bear scrutiny.他的工作似乎很好,但是經不起仔細檢查。
  • Few wives in their forties can weather such a scrutiny.很少年過四十的妻子經得起這么仔細的觀察。
27 perfectly 8Mzxb     
adv.完美地,無可非議地,徹底地
參考例句:
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.證人們個個對自己所說的話十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我們做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
28 detest dm0zZ     
vt.痛恨,憎惡
參考例句:
  • I detest people who tell lies.我恨說謊的人。
  • The workers detest his overbearing manner.工人們很討厭他那盛氣凌人的態度。
29 stammered 76088bc9384c91d5745fd550a9d81721     
v.結巴地說出( stammer的過去式和過去分詞 )
參考例句:
  • He stammered most when he was nervous. 他一緊張往往口吃。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
  • Barsad leaned back in his chair, and stammered, \"What do you mean?\" 巴薩往椅背上一靠,結結巴巴地說,“你是什么意思?” 來自英漢文學 - 雙城記
30 abruptly iINyJ     
adv.突然地,出其不意地
參考例句:
  • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗魯地示意弗吉尼亞上車。
  • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要講半個小時的話。
31 caliber JsFzO     
n.能力;水準
參考例句:
  • They ought to win with players of such high caliber.他們選手的能力這樣高,應該獲勝。
  • We are always trying to improve the caliber of our schools.我們一直在想方設法提高我們學校的水平。
32 gasp UfxzL     
n.喘息,氣喘;v.喘息;氣吁吁他說
參考例句:
  • She gave a gasp of surprise.她吃驚得大口喘氣。
  • The enemy are at their last gasp.敵人在做垂死的掙扎。
33 metallic LCuxO     
adj.金屬的;金屬制的;含金屬的;產金屬的;像金屬的
參考例句:
  • A sharp metallic note coming from the outside frightened me.外面傳來尖銳鏗鏘的聲音嚇了我一跳。
  • He picked up a metallic ring last night.昨夜他撿了一個金屬戒指。
34 rattle 5Alzb     
v.飛奔,碰響;激怒;n.碰撞聲;撥浪鼓
參考例句:
  • The baby only shook the rattle and laughed and crowed.孩子只是搖著撥浪鼓,笑著叫著。
  • She could hear the rattle of the teacups.她聽見茶具叮當響。
35 loft VkhyQ     
n.閣樓,頂樓
參考例句:
  • We could see up into the loft from bottom of the stairs.我們能從樓梯腳邊望到閣樓的內部。
  • By converting the loft,they were able to have two extra bedrooms.把閣樓改造一下,他們就可以多出兩間臥室。
36 hoofs ffcc3c14b1369cfeb4617ce36882c891     
n.(獸的)蹄,馬蹄( hoof的名詞復數 )v.(獸的)蹄,馬蹄( hoof的第三人稱單數 )
參考例句:
  • The stamp of the horse's hoofs on the wooden floor was loud. 馬蹄踏在木頭地板上的聲音很響。 來自辭典例句
  • The noise of hoofs called him back to the other window. 馬蹄聲把他又喚回那扇窗子口。 來自辭典例句
37 confirmation ZYMya     
n.證實,確認,批準
參考例句:
  • We are waiting for confirmation of the news.我們正在等待證實那個消息。
  • We need confirmation in writing before we can send your order out.給你們發送訂購的貨物之前,我們需要書面確認。
38 desperately cu7znp     
adv.極度渴望地,絕望地,孤注一擲地
參考例句:
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想辦法再見她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
39 rattled b4606e4247aadf3467575ffedf66305b     
慌亂的,惱火的
參考例句:
  • 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。
40 galloping galloping     
adj. 飛馳的, 急性的 動詞gallop的現在分詞形式
參考例句:
  • The horse started galloping the moment I gave it a good dig. 我猛戳了馬一下,它就奔馳起來了。
  • Japan is galloping ahead in the race to develop new technology. 日本在發展新技術的競爭中進展迅速,日新月異。
41 hoarse 5dqzA     
adj.嘶啞的,沙啞的
參考例句:
  • He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶啞的聲音問了我一個問題。
  • He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他過于激動,嗓子都喊啞了。
42 veranda XfczWG     
n.走廊;陽臺
參考例句:
  • She sat in the shade on the veranda.她坐在陽臺上的遮蔭處。
  • They were strolling up and down the veranda.他們在走廊上來回徜徉。
43 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持續,地位;adj.永久的,不動的,直立的,不流動的
參考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震過后只有幾幢房屋還立著。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他們堅決反對對法律做任何修改。
44 riveted ecef077186c9682b433fa17f487ee017     
鉚接( rivet的過去式和過去分詞 ); 把…固定住; 吸引; 引起某人的注意
參考例句:
  • I was absolutely riveted by her story. 我完全被她的故事吸引住了。
  • My attention was riveted by a slight movement in the bushes. 我的注意力被灌木叢中的輕微晃動吸引住了。
45 lengthened 4c0dbc9eb35481502947898d5e9f0a54     
(時間或空間)延長,伸長( lengthen的過去式和過去分詞 )
參考例句:
  • The afternoon shadows lengthened. 下午影子漸漸變長了。
  • He wanted to have his coat lengthened a bit. 他要把上衣放長一些。
46 knuckles c726698620762d88f738be4a294fae79     
n.(指人)指關節( knuckle的名詞復數 );(指動物)膝關節,踝v.(指人)指關節( knuckle的第三人稱單數 );(指動物)膝關節,踝
參考例句:
  • He gripped the wheel until his knuckles whitened. 他緊緊握住方向盤,握得指關節都變白了。
  • Her thin hands were twisted by swollen knuckles. 她那雙纖手因腫大的指關節而變了形。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
47 dilated 1f1ba799c1de4fc8b7c6c2167ba67407     
adj.加寬的,擴大的v.(使某物)擴大,膨脹,張大( dilate的過去式和過去分詞 )
參考例句:
  • Her eyes dilated with fear. 她嚇得瞪大了眼睛。
  • The cat dilated its eyes. 貓瞪大了雙眼。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
48 latch g2wxS     
n.門閂,窗閂;彈簧鎖
參考例句:
  • She laid her hand on the latch of the door.她把手放在門閂上。
  • The repairman installed an iron latch on the door.修理工在門上安了鐵門閂。
49 tightened bd3d8363419d9ff838bae0ba51722ee9     
收緊( tighten的過去式和過去分詞 ); (使)變緊; (使)繃緊; 加緊
參考例句:
  • The rope holding the boat suddenly tightened and broke. 系船的繩子突然繃斷了。
  • His index finger tightened on the trigger but then relaxed again. 他的食指扣住扳機,然后又松開了。
50 ominously Gm6znd     
adv.惡兆地,不吉利地;預示地
參考例句:
  • The wheels scooped up stones which hammered ominously under the car. 車輪攪起的石塊,在車身下發出不吉祥的錘擊聲。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Mammy shook her head ominously. 嬤嬤不祥地搖著頭。 來自飄(部分)
51 promptly LRMxm     
adv.及時地,敏捷地
參考例句:
  • He paid the money back promptly.他立即還了錢。
  • She promptly seized the opportunity his absence gave her.她立即抓住了因他不在場給她創造的機會。
52 recoil GA4zL     
vi.退卻,退縮,畏縮
參考例句:
  • Most people would recoil at the sight of the snake.許多人看見蛇都會向后退縮。
  • Revenge may recoil upon the person who takes it.報復者常會受到報應。
53 lodged cbdc6941d382cc0a87d97853536fcd8d     
v.存放( lodge的過去式和過去分詞 );暫住;埋入;(權利、權威等)歸屬
參考例句:
  • The certificate will have to be lodged at the registry. 證書必須存放在登記處。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Our neighbours lodged a complaint against us with the police. 我們的鄰居向警方控告我們。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
54 scruples 14d2b6347f5953bad0a0c5eebf78068a     
n.良心上的不安( scruple的名詞復數 );顧慮,顧忌v.感到于心不安,有顧忌( scruple的第三人稱單數 )
參考例句:
  • I overcame my moral scruples. 我拋開了道德方面的顧慮。
  • I'm not ashamed of my scruples about your family. They were natural. 我并未因為對你家人的顧慮而感到羞恥。這種感覺是自然而然的。 來自瘋狂英語突破英語語調
55 outlaw 1J0xG     
n.歹徒,亡命之徒;vt.宣布…為不合法
參考例句:
  • The outlaw hid out in the hills for several months.逃犯在山里隱藏了幾個月。
  • The outlaw has been caught.歹徒已被抓住了。
56 instinctively 2qezD2     
adv.本能地
參考例句:
  • As he leaned towards her she instinctively recoiled. 他向她靠近,她本能地往后縮。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • He knew instinctively where he would find her. 他本能地知道在哪兒能找到她。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
57 darted d83f9716cd75da6af48046d29f4dd248     
v.投擲,投射( dart的過去式和過去分詞 );向前沖,飛奔
參考例句:
  • The lizard darted out its tongue at the insect. 蜥蜴伸出舌頭去吃小昆蟲。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The old man was displeased and darted an angry look at me. 老人不高興了,瞪了我一眼。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
58 lash a2oxR     
v.系牢;鞭打;猛烈抨擊;n.鞭打;眼睫毛
參考例句:
  • He received a lash of her hand on his cheek.他突然被她打了一記耳光。
  • With a lash of its tail the tiger leaped at her.老虎把尾巴一甩朝她撲過來。
59 wrenched c171af0af094a9c29fad8d3390564401     
v.(猛力地)扭( wrench的過去式和過去分詞 );扭傷;使感到痛苦;使悲痛
參考例句:
  • The bag was wrenched from her grasp. 那只包從她緊握的手里被奪了出來。
  • He wrenched the book from her hands. 他從她的手中把書擰搶了過來。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
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