金庸名著《越女剑》
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(单词翻译:双击或拖选)

SWORD OF THE YUEH MAIDEN1

This is the only short story wrote by Jin Yong. Because of its short length, you can't really see Jin Yong's full talent at story-telling. However, this translation can give you some idea of what a martial2 arts story is like. My clumsy translation can't really do the original justice, but I hope I have stirred your interest enough that you will go out there and find out more about Chinese culture, history and legend. The process of finding out will not be easy, but I assure you, what you will find will never be dull.

Background:

This story is based on real historical events that occurred during the 5th century B.C. It 's a period between what's known as the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring Kingdoms period. China was yet to be united under the First Emperor. The so-called Han race didn't exist yet. China was divided into big and small kingdoms, dukedoms and counties which warred with each other constantly. It all started when the king of Chuh slept with his son's fiancee. Bad move, for any era. The king now feared that his son will turn against him. The fear was fanned into action by the allegations of an ambitious minister who wanted to destroy the crown prince's faction4. The resulting purge5 destroyed many clans6 and families. One of the family, almost peripheral7 to the whole thing, was the House of Wu. The youngest son, Wu Tzu-Shi, escaped and vowed8 bloody9 vengeance10. After a long and dangerous journey through several kingdoms unwilling11 to help, he arrived at the newly founded kingdom of Wu (No, the Chinese characters for the Wu in Wu Tzu-Shi is actually different from the character Wu in the Wu kingdom). He helped Prince Ho Lu to assassinate12 his cousin the king in a convoluted13 power struggle. Then he built up the kingdom of Wu from a barely civilized14 kingdom to a modern kingdom with the best trained army in the known world. Sun Tzu, who wrote the immortal15 Art of War, served in Wu at this time. When Wu Tzu-Shi was ready, he managed to convince King Ho Lu to invade Chuh. At the time Chuh was a superpower and Wu was an upstart kingdom, but the upstart kingdom managed to destroy Chuh's army utterly16. Unfortunately, Wu Tzu-shi's vengeance was hollow. The object of his vengeance had already died several years ago. In his rage, Wu Tzu-Shi exhumed17 the body of the dead king and flogged it until it fell to pieces. The kingdom of Wu proved itself incapable18 of absorbing the far larger kingdom of Chuh, so Wu Tzu-Shi had to take his army back to Wu. Then, Ho Lu began a series of wars to establish hegemony over the rest of China. It's in one of those wars when he ran into the kingdom of Yueh. The Yueh people was then even more primitive19 then Wu was a few decades ago, but they were great fighters. They were ruled by King Kou Chiang. In a pitch battle, King Ho Lu was struck by a poison arrow and died. Ho Lu's son Fu Chai became king. He was intent on avenging20 his father. A personal guard was ordered to remind him of this fact periodically by saying "Fu Chai, did you forget to avenge21 the death of your father?" Fu Chai then rallied his army and destroyed the army of Yueh. King Kou Chiang became a prisoner of Fu Chai for several years. However, Fu Chai was not a brutal22 man. Instead of annexing23 the kingdom of Yueh and turning Kou Chiang into a slave, he released Kou Chiang after extracting an oath of fealty24 from the king of Yueh. Unfortunately, that gesture of mercy was completely lost on King Kou Chiang. Kou Chiang, like Wu Tzu-Shi and Fu Chai before him, was possessed25 by the burning desire to avenge the wrongs done him. Kou Chiang hired two wise men from the kingdom of Chuh. One of them was Feng Li, the other was Wen Chung. The two began to build up the barbaric kingdom of Yueh so one day their king could challenge the power of Wu. Many legends are associated with this period of history. One of the legends was the legend of the Yueh Maiden.

Story:

"After you." "After you." The two swordmen turned the point of their blades downward. Their right palm holding the sword hilt, their left palm covered their right palm, then they bowed deeply to each other in a warrior's salute26. Even before the two straightened, a sudden flash of white, then the sound of clanging. The two swordmen each retreated one step. The audience gave out a soft cry . The swordman in blue cut three times. The liveried swordman blocked each cut. The swordman in blue shouted and slashed28 his sword from the upper left corner straight downward. The slash27 was powerful and fast. The liveried swordman was too agile29 to be caught. A simple jump got him out of the way. His body bounced barely after his left feet touched the ground. He returned two slashes30. The swordman in blue stood still with a grim smile. He moved his sword lightly and blocked the attack. The liveried swordman suddenly began running around the swordman in blue. He ran faster and faster. The swordman in blue merely stared at the point of his enemy's sword. He was ready to strike anytime that point moved to attack. The liveried swordman at first ran one way, then the other. The swordman in blue started to feel a bit dizzy and said "Are you fighting, or running for your life?" The liveried swordman continued running. The swordman in blue attempted to cut him down a few times, but his sword always fell short. The swordman in blue pulled his sword back to the side of his body and bowed his right leg slightly. The liveried swordman thought he saw an opening and lounged at his left shoulder, the swordman in blue was merely luring31 his enemy. His sword circled into a direct thrust at the liveried swordman's throat. The thrust was too fast to be avoided. The liveried swordman was surprised. He threw his sword toward the heart of his enemy. The liveried swordman hoped to force the swordman to abort32 the thrust in order to save his own life. Unexpectedly, the swordman in blue didn't attempt to defend himself. With a move of his arm, the point of his sword entered the liveried swordman's throat. Then the liveried swordman's thrown sword hit his chest with a loud clang and fell to the ground. The swordman in blue laughed coldly and pulled his sword back. He was wearing a round plate of iron in front of his chest, just under the garment. That's why the sword did him no harm. The liveried swordman's throat spurted33 blood and his body convulsed. The servants stepped in to remove the body and began to wipe up the blood on the ground. The swordman in blue sheathed34 his sword. He stepped forward and bowed toward the north of the hall where the king sat. The king wore a purple robe. He is of strange appearance. His neck was excessive long and his mouth was sharp as a bird's beak35. He smiled and said in a croaking36 voice "The strong one has wonderful sword skill. Award him ten pounds of gold." The swordman in blue knelt down on his right knee and bowed "Thank you for the award." The king waved his left hand. An official on his right shouted "Swordmen of Wu and swordmen of Yueh,second contest!" From the east end of the hall, another liveried swordman walked out from his group. This man was tall of stature37 and held a great sword. The sword was nearly four feet in length. The blade was extremely thick and was obviously quite heavy. From the west of hall, another swordman in blue walked out. He was of medium height. His face was crisscrossed by at least twelve or thirteen sword scars. The face seemed no longer human. He must have fought hundreds of battles with countless38 swordmen. The two knelt to the king, then they saluted39 each other. The swordman in blue straightened his body and smiled. His face made the smile seemed ugly and cruel. The tall swordman shivered. Then he sighed deeply and held his sword with both hands. Suddenly the swordman in blue howled madly like a wolf and thrusted his sword. The tall swordman cried, lifted his great sword and cut down toward his opponent's head. The swordman in blue dodged40 while his sword made a slash from left to right. The tall swordman lifted the great sword and whirled, making the sounds of a great wind. The great weight of the sword didn't slow him down in the slightest. The two made thirty passes at each other. The swordman in blue couldn't oppose the weight of his opponent's sword. He kept retreating. All the other liveried swordman began to show hope on their faces as they anticipated their side to win at last. Then the tall swordman made a great cry like the sound of a thunderclap and made a horizontal cut with his great sword. The swordman in blue couldn't avoid it. He could only block it with his own sword with all his strength. Clang! The two swords met. The great sword broke and half of the blade flew away. The swordman in blue wielded41 a far sharper sword. Then the swordman in blue made a vertical42 cut which opened up the tall swordman from throat to crotch. The tall swordman howled and kept on howling as he felt to the ground. The swordman in blue looked at his fallen opponent for a while before returning his sword to the sheath. Then he knelt toward the king. His face couldn't disguise his joy of victory. The official said "The strong one's sword skill is impressive. The award is ten pounds of gold." The swordman in blue bowed in thanks. There were only eight swordmen in blue. Compared with fifty liveried swordmen standing43 at the east side of the hall, they were badly outnumbered. The official said "Swordmen of Wu and swordmen of Yueh, the third contest." Again, one swordman from each walked to the center of the hall. The sword of the swordman in blue trembled and shone like bright silk. The official said "Good sword!" The swordman in blue thanked his praise. The official then said "We have seen one-to-one contests twice. This time, two against two!" Two more swordmen entered the arena44. The four again saluted the king first before saluting45 each other. Then the swords flashed as the combat began. This time, each of the two swordmen on the same side must reinforce each other. After a few passes, a liveried swordmen's sword was cut into half by his enemy's sword. This liveried swordman was very courageous46. He carried his broken and jumped toward his enemy. His opponent's sword flashed and cut away his right arm together with his right shoulder. Then the sword impaled47 his heart. The other pair was still fighting. The victorious48 swordman in blue watched for a while, then his sword moved. Again, the liveried swordman's sword was cut into half, leaving him wide open. His oponent's sword entered his chest and exited from his back . The king laughed and clapped "Excellent swords! Excellent sword skills. Award them wine and gold. Let us see one contest of four against four!" Four swordmen from each side began combat. The swordmen from the east side had already lost three contests. These four fought desperately49 with all their skills. Even if they lost their lives, they meant to win at least one contest. Two swordmen in blue concentrated on one liveried swordman. The other two swordmen in blue defended them against the other three liveried swordmen. These swordmen in blue only defended. Their skill of defense50 was impenetrable. They also made no attempt to attack, all they did was preventing the three from aiding their comrade. The other two swordman in blue easily killed their lone51 opponent. Then they repeated their tactic52 again and killed another liveried swordman. The other liveried swordmen saw the death of their comrades. They drew their swords and was ready to aid their comrades and chopped the swordmen in blue to bits. The official cried out in a clear voice "Those who learned the way of the sword, must obey the laws of the swor !" His voice was authoritative53. The liveried swordmen quieted down. By now everyone could see that the swordmen in blue used completely different sword skills. The two who defended were specialized54 in defense. The two who attacked specialized in attack. The attackers always outnumber their victim because the defenders55 watched their back. They could win even if their opponents numbered six or even eight. The swords of the two defenders formed a sword net which could handle five or even six swordmen easily. The two defenders had cornered a liveried swordman so he was virtually neutralized56 while the two attackers already killed the third liveried swordman. The two defenders moved left and right and watched for more enemies while the two attackers began on the lone swordman. Even though the liveried swordman had no hope of winning, still he didn't throw down his sword to admit defeat. Suddenly the four swordmen in blue shouted loudly and their four swords impaled the liveried swordman from four directions. The liveried swordman died immediately, but his eyes were opened like round saucers. His mouth opened widely. The four swordmen in blue pulled out their swords at the same time. The four wiped their swords at the sole of their shoes, then they returned their swords back into the sheath. The movements were completely synchronized57. The king laughed and clapped his hands together again "Excellent sword skill! The swordmen of the great kingdom were truly invincible58. It's only today that we're treated to such a spectacle. Award each swordman ten pounds of gold." The four bowed in thanks. They bowed at the same exact angle. No one knew how long they practiced to achieve such precision. A swordman in boue turned, picked a long box covered in gold paint and said "Our king thank the generous gifts of Your Majesty59. His Majesty ordered us to return the favor with one precious sword. This sword is newly forged in our kingdom for the enjoyment60 of Your Majesty." The king smiled "Thank you. Minister Feng, bring it over here." The king was Kou Chiang, King of Yueh. The official was Feng Li, the royal advisor61. The liveried swordmen were the Royal Guards of Yueh. The eight swordmen in blue were the messengers sent by Fu Chai, King of Wu. Kou Chiang was defeated by Fu Chai and he waited for a chance for vengeance. While he was submissive to the Kingdom of Wu on the surface, he secretly trained soldiers in preparation for an attack on Wu. In order to test the skill of Wu warriors62, he sent out the best of his swordmen. He could not expect that the Wu swordmen easily killed eight of his finest swordmen. He was surprised and angry, but he showed none of it. Instead, he praised the sword skills of the Wu swordmen and showed his heartfelt admiration63. Feng Li took the golden long box. The box felt very light, as thought it's empty. He opened up the cover. Before the other people in the hall could see what's in the box, Feng Li's face was illuminated64 by a faint blue light. Everyone cried in surprise. Feng Li took the box to Kou Chiang and bowed "Please look, Your Majesty." Kou Chiang saw that the box was lined with red silk. The sword inside it had a very thin blade. The light it reflected flowed on its surface like water. He said "Excellent sword!" He took the hilt and lifted up the sword. The blade trembled slightly, almost as though he could break the blade with a flick65 of his wrist. He thought "The sword blade is too thin. It might look good, but it has no practical use." The leader of the swordmen in blue took out a piece of gauze from his pocket and threw it into the air. "Please, Your Majesty, point the edge of the sword upward so it will meet this falling gauze. You will see that this sword is different." The thin gauze fell upon the edge of the sword, but the gauze didn't stop falling. It kept falling, as two separate gauzes. The people on the hall cheered. The swordman in blue said "This blade might be thin, but it will not break even if it blocks a heavy weapon." Kou Chiang said "Minister Feng, try it." Feng said "Yes." He walked in front of a liveried swordman, took out the sword and said "Draw, let's try it." The liveried swordman bowed, drew his sword, but he didn't dare to strike. Feng Li cried "Strike!" The swordman cut downward. Feng met it with his sword. The two swords met. The sword blade of the liveried swordmen was cut into two pieces. Before one of the pieces flew into him, Feng Li dodged wit great agility66. The people inside the hall cheered. Were they cheering the sharpness of the blade, or the agility of Feng? Feng Li put the sword back into the box and put the box next to the feet of the king. Kou Chiang said "Swordmen of the great kingdom, you are invited to the next hall for a feast and be awarded for the contest." The eight swordmen in blue bowed and left the hall. Kou Chiang waved his hand, all the swordmen, servants and ministers left, except for Feng Li. Kou looked at the sword and the blood on the ground and said "What you do think?" Feng Li said "Not all the Wu soldiers are as good as these eight. Not all swords wielded by them are as sharp as this one. But from this small example, we can see the rest. The most terrifying aspect is their technique of group fighting, they used the methods of Sun Tzu. I believe that they currently have no match in the world." Kou Chiang said "Fu Chai sent these eight just to give me this sword. What does he have in mind?" Feng Li said "He wants us to know the difficulty of vengeance." Kou Chiang became angry. He took up the sword and made a backhand stroke. The stroke cut up the half of the back of his chair. He shouted "Even if the difficulty is one thousand, ten thousand times greater, Kou Chiang will not retreat from his goal! One day, I will capture Fu Chai, king of Wu and cut off his heead with his sword." Another stroke of the sword cut the chair into half. Feng Li bowed and said "Congratualations, Your Majesty." Kou said in surprise "After seeing the ability of the Wu swordmen, what's there to congratulate about?" Feng Li said "As long as You Majesty have the determination, anything can be accomplished67. Concerning this difficulty, I must discuss it with Minister Wen." Kou Chiang said "Good, summon Minister Wen." Feng Li left the palace and ordered the palace servant to summon Minister Wen Chung. In a while, Wen Chung arrived on a speedy horse, then the two walked back into the palace . Feng Li was originally a native of Wan3, in the Kingdom of Chuh. He was not a man concerned with the details of etiquette68. Often, he did things beyond the expectations of other people. People of his homeland called him "Feng the Crazy". When Wen Chung came to be the magistrate69 of Wan, he heard of the Feng Li's reputation. He sent subordinates to summon Feng. The subordinates said "That Feng is the famous crazy man of this land. Nothing he does makes any sense." Wen Chung smiled "When a man try to do something different, other people always say that he is mad. When he has a superior opinion, the common of wit will call him stupid. How can you understand Master Feng?" So Wen Chung went to visit Feng himself, but Feng avoided him. Feng expected that Wen would not give up so easily, so he borrowed some proper clothes from his brother. When Wen came back, Feng was ready. The two talked and found that they had much in common. They both felt the kingdoms were weak. The kingdom of Chuh was large, but chaotic70. The only kingdoms which could rise to command the rest were located at southeast. Wen Chung resigned his position and went to the kingdom of Wu with Feng Li. At the time. the king of Wu's favorite was Wu Tzu-Shi. The two lived in the capital for a few month and saw that Wu Tzu-Shi was indeed a wise man. They were not necessarily better than him. After some discussion, they decided71 that although Yueh was a smaller kingdom, but they could put their talents to use there. Kou Chiang received them warmly and gave them both high positions. Then Kou Chiang ignored the advise of Wen Chung and made war with Wu. His army was defeated by the shore of Chiang Tang River. Kou Chiang was surrounded at Kuai Chi Mountain and almost died along with his kingdom, but he listened to the advise of Feng Li and Wen Chung and bribed73 the Prime Minister of Wu. Fu Chai then listened to the Prime Minister instead of the wiser Wu Tzu-Shi and agreed to a peace treaty. Kou Chiang lived in Wu as a hostage for a few years, but he was released later. Then Kou Chiang slept only on beds made of thorny74 branches and tasted the bitter juice of beef gall75 bladders to remind himself of the humiliations he suffered. He used Wen Chung's Nine Methods to subvert76 Wu and strengthen Yueh. The Nine Methods were. One, pay respect to the gods and spirits. Two, give Fu Chai vast amount of money so he will feel secure as well as becoming soft in luxury. Three, borrow food from Wu and return seeds which will not grow, causing famine in Wu. Four, give Fu Chai beautiful women such as Si Shi and Cheng Dang, so Fu Chai would be paying more attention to the beautiful women rather than the affairs of the state. Five, give Fu Chai engineers so he started building expensive palaces which drained the economy of the country. Six, bribe72 the ministers of Wu. Seven, distance Fu Chai from his wise ministers. The wise Wu Tzu-Shi was eventually forced to committ suicide as punishment of a false charge of treason. Eight, hoard77 food so the kingdom of Yueh will have great reserve available. Nine, make weapons, train soldier and wait for the chance. Eight methods have succeeded, but the ninth had run into great difficulty. Everyone could tell that the eight warriors of Wu were better than anyone Yueh could produce. Feng Li told Wen Chung the results of the contest. Wen Chung frowned "Brother Feng, the sharpness of their swords is a major problem, also the way their swordmen worked together in groups in accordance to Sun Tzu's Art of War." Feng Li said "Yes, decades ago, when Sun Tzu helped the king of Wu. They destroyed Chuh, the most powerful kingdom in the world at the time. In his book, it's said "If I concentrate my forces and the enemy's forces is fragmented into ten parts then I can use my unified78 one to attack his ten fragments. Then I will outnumber my enemy and the battle will be over." Wu used this principle to achieve local superiority against our swordmen." When they talk they arrived in front of Kou Chiang. Kou Chiang was staring at the gift sword. After a long while, Kou Chiang lifted up his head and said "Minister Wen. Years ago, Wu had the husband-wife team of swordsmiths, Keng Chiang and Mo Shei. Yueh had O-Yeh Tzu. Now, all three have died. Wu still have great swordsmiths, yet we have no one to succeed O-Yeh Tzu." Wen Chung said "I have heard that O-Yeh Tzu had two students. One is named Fong Hu-Tzu, The other is called Hsieh Chu. Fong Hu-Tzu is in the kingdom of Chuh. Hsieh is still in Yueh." Kou became glad and said "Summon him. And order someone to go to Chuh with gold so we can get Fong Hu-Tzu here as well." The next morning, Wen Chung reported that he already sent someone to Chuh. Meanwhile, Hsieh Chu was already here. Kou Chiang grant Hsieh an audience and asked "Your master O-Yeh Tzu once followed my father's ordder and forged five swords. How do you grade those five swords?" Hsieh said "I have heard my master said that he forged five swords for the king. Three large swords and two small swords. They are Trembling Reed, Pure Edge, Defeater of Evil, Fish Intestine79 and the Great Tower. Now, the Trembling Reed is in Chuh. Defeater of Evil and Fish Intestine are in Wu. Your Majesty still have Pure Edge and Great Tower." Years ago, the Prince Ho Lu of Wu heard of the swords and asked Kou Chiang's father for some of the swords. Kou Chiang's father feared the might of Wu and gave Holu Trembling Reed, Defeater of Evil and Fish Intestine. Using Fish Intestine, Ho Lu assassinated80 his cousin the king and took the throne. Trembling Reed fell into a river and was acquired by the king of Chuh. King of Chin heard of this and asked for it. Even after a few wars, the king of Chuh still refused to give it up. Hsieh said "My master said, of the five swords, Defeater of Evil is of the highest grade. Pure Edge and Trembling Reed are next. Fish Intestine is lower and Great Tower ranks last. When Great Tower was forged, the alloy81 was not pure, so it was only a sharp sword and not a truly precious sword." Kou Chiang said "Are you saying my Pure Edge and Great Tower are not as good as Fu Chai's Defeater of Evil and Fish Intestine?" Hsieh dare not admit that Kou Chiang's swords was inferior, but Kou Chiang knew the answer anyway. Feng Li said "You have the skill of your master. You can forge a few swords of your own. They might not be inferior to those owned by Wu." Hsieh said "I cannot forge swords anymore." Feng Li asked "Why?" Hsieh held up his hands. On both his hands, the thumb and the index fingers were gone. He said sadly "Thumbs and index fingers are required for forging swords. I am a cripple." Kou Chiang said "Did you enemy cut away your fingers?" Hsieh said "No, my fellow student did it." "Your fellow student? You mean Fong Hu-Tzu? Why did he doe it? Ah! It must be that you have greater skill than he. He beame jealous and cut away your fingers." Hsieh remained silent. Ko Chiang said "I was thinking about inviting82 Fong from Chuh, but now I see he won't come because he fears your vengeance." Hsieh said "Your Majesty is indeed wise, but Fong is no longer in Chuh. He is in Wu. Ko Chiang said "He...He's in Wu? What's he doing there?" Hsieh said "Three years ago, Fong came to my home and took out a precious sword for me to inspect. I was astounded83. That sword was forged by my master for Chuh. It is named the Flowing Fabric84. The blade was full of runes that flowed like water. I heard from my master that he forged three swords for Chuh. That was one, the others were Dragon Spring and Ching Ah." Kou Chiang said "Then the king of Chuh must have given it to Fong." Hsieh said "Indirectly85. Fong said that after the army of Wu broke the capital of Chuh. Wu Tzu-shi took the sword from the grave of the previous king. When he returned to Wu, he heard of the skills of Fong, so he gave the sword to him as a gift. He said the sword was a legacy86 from our master and that Fong was the rightful owner." Kou Chiang said "Wu Tzu-Shi let the sword go? He is truly a great hero to let such a treasure go." Then he laughed "Fortunately, Fu Chai has already taken care of him for me." Then he asked "What did Wu Tzu-Shi wanted in return from Fong?" Hsieh said "Wu Tzu-shi merely said that he admired our master. Fong felt grateful after he received the sword, so he went to Wu and thanked Wu Tzu-Shi in person. Wu Tzu-Shi treated as an honored guest." Kou Chiang said "That's how he make people become loyal to him, even onto death." Hsieh said "Your Majesty is wise, but Fong didn't understand Wu Tzu-shi's true intentions, so he asked again and again how he could repay the great favor done to him. Wu Tzu -Shi merely said he would not ask anything of an honored guest." Kou Chiang said "The old fox!" Hsieh said "Fong finally said to Wu Tzu-shi that he had little skill except forging swords. In return for Wu Tzu-Shi's favors, he will forge a few precious swords for him." Kou slapped his thigh87 and said "Got him!" Hsieh said "But Wu Tzu-shi said the kingdome of Wu already had many precious swords and needed no more. Besides, the forging of a precious sword is a tremendous labor88. Years ago, when Keng Chiang and Mo Yeh were forging their sword, the sword refused to come into being until Mo Yeh flung herself into the fire. Wu Tzu-shi had no intention of repeating that kind of tragedy." Kou Chiang said "He didn't want Fong to forge swords for him? Strange." Hsieh said "Fong was baffled too. Then Wu Tzu-shi visited him again. They said that the army of Wu was fully89 capable of fighting with superpowers like the kingdoms of Chi and Jin. Wu's warriors were courageous, but their skills in chariot warfare90 were inferior. Moreover, their swords and spears were not sharp enough. Fong began to talk to Wu Tzu-Shi about the way of forging swords. What Wu Tzu-Shi wanted wasn't a few precious swords with mysterius powers, what he wanted was thousands and thousands of sharp swords." Kou Chiang understood and looked at Feng Li and Wen Chung. Worry filled Wen Chung's face. He asked "Minister Feng, what do you think?" Feng Li said "Even though Wu Tzu-shi is crafty91, he is not wise enough to escape Your Majesty's schemes." Kou Chiang laughed "I am afraid that I have never been Wu Tzu-shi's match." Feng Li said "Wu Tzu-shi is already dead. What more can he do to threaten Yueh?" Kou Chiang laughed "True. Hsieh Chu. Did Fong finally started forging swords?" Hsieh said "Yes. He went to Mt. Mo Keng. He saw one thousand swordsmiths working there. He corrected and improved their techniques. After this, every sword in Wu is sharper than anything made in other kingdoms." Kou Chiang nodded "So that's why." Hsieh said "After one year, Fong became too fatigued92 to continue, so he told Wu Tzu-shi my name. Wu Tzu-shi readied lavish93 gifts and asked Fong to invite me to work for him as well. I remembered the hatred94 between Wu and Yueh. If Wu's sharp swords could kill the people of Chi and Jin, they could also kill the people of my home, so I counseled Fong not to return to Wu." Kou nodded in approval "You have foresight95." Hsieh said "Thank for your praise, Your Majesty, but he didn't listen to me. That night he slept in my home. In the middle of the night, suddenly he put his sword at my neck, then he chopped off four of my fingers so I'll never forge another sword." Kou Chiang became angry "If he fell into my hands, I would chop him into meat paste!" Wen Chung said "Master Hsieh, even though you cannot forge swords by yourself, but you can teach our swordsmiths. We, too, can make as many sharp swords as the Wu swordsmiths." Hsieh said "Minister Wen, both Yueh and Wu produce the necessary iron needed for sword blades, but Yueh produces copper96 and Wu produces zinc97." Feng Li said "Wu Tzu-Shi is guarding the zinc mines and forbids any private mining, is that right?" Hsieh showed surprise on his face "So you knew already." Feng Li smiled "No, I am merely speculating. Now that he's dead, his order may not be followed anymore. We now can purchase zinc, if we're willing to pay for it.." Kou Chiang said "But a source of water far away cannot extinguish a nearby conflagration98. By the time we gather all the materials, train the swordsmiths and start production, at least two or three years would have passed. That's not counting any setbacks along the way. If Fu Chai died before we're ready, wouldn't that be the greatest regret in our lives?" Feng Li and Wen Chung bowed deeply "Yes, we will find another way." Feng Li walked out of the palace, thinking "His Majesty couldn't wait two or three more years? Why, I can't even wait one more day...." A dull pain came to his chest as he remembered the image of that unmatched beauty which could stun99 the world. Her name was Si Shi. She lived next to Huan Sha River He found that woman who gathered all the beauty of the land of Yueh into her person and he had to send her away into the palace of Wu. The road from the capital of Yueh to the capital of Wu was not long, only a few days by river, but that was long enough for love to grow beyond control. The white face of Si Shi was full of pearl-like tears and her voice was soft as a whispering stream "Shao Bo, promise me that you will come and get me as soon as possible. I will wait for you, day and night. Say that you will never forget me, forever and ever." Vengeance against Wu could wait, as far as Feng Li was concerned, but Yi Kwan,that's his name for Si Shi, was in the embrace of King Fu Chai. Love and jealousy100 gnawed101 at his heart. He must find to way to make as many sharp swords as possible, even sharper than those wielded by the invincible Wu swordmen.... He walked aimlessly on the street. Eighteen armed guards followed him faithfully. Suddenly someone was singing a Wu song "My sword is sharp! My enemy has no courage! My sword is sharp! My enemy has no head!" Eight men in blue, arm in arm, swaggered down the street, showing no concern for the pedestrians102 who were hurrying out of their way. They were the eight Wu swordmen. They were obviously very drunk. Feng Li frowned. He could feel his anger rising. The eight swordmen stopped in front of Feng Li. One of them looked sideways with his drunken eyes and said "You...you are Minister Feng?" Then he broke into uncontrollable giggles103. Two guards leaped in front of Feng Li and said "Don't be so rude. Make way!" The eight swordmen merely laughed and mimicked104 their words "Don't be so rude. Make way!" Two guards pulled out their swords and cried "By royal decree, those who dare to interfere105 with Minister Feng's welfare is to be executed!" One of the Wu swordman's body swayed as he said "Execute you, or me?" Feng's mind was working. "They were the subjects of Wu. Even though they are rude. We cannot affford to fight them." Before he could tell his guards to pull back, a bright sword flashed. The guards screamed. Then their swords dropped to the ground. One of the Wu swordman returned his sword into the sheath, his face was full of gloating pride. The rest of Feng Li's guards pulled out their swords and surrounded the eight Wu swordmen. The leader raised his head and laughed "We never planned to return to Wu alive anyway. Let's see how big an army you need in order to kill us!" With a shout, eight swords leaped out of their sheaths. Eight swordmen stood back to back, forming a circle. Feng Li thought "If one could not endure small slights, then one would never achieve great things." He shouted "These eight are ambassadors from the Great Kingdom. Don't treat them with ill manners. Back!" Then he retreated to the side of the street. His guards were angry enough to spit fire from their eyes, but they dare not disobey him. Reluctantly they retreated to the side of the street as well. The they heard the cries of a herd106 of goats. A young maiden dressed in pale green robe herded107 tens of goats down the street. The goats started to go around the eight Wu swordmen. One swordman was feeling cheated of a good fight, so his sword moved and a goat was neatly108 bisected. The cut was so neat that even the nose of the goat was severed109 into two precisely110 equal parts. His seven friends cheered. Even Feng Li could not fault his sword skill. The young maiden's bamboo stick moved and herded the rest of goats behind her. Then she said "Why did you kill my goat?" The voice was feminine and clear, but it also contained anger. The goat killer111 cut his sword into air a few times and laughed "Little girl, I will cut you into half just like this goat!" Feng Li cried "Lady, please come over here. They are drunk." The maiden said "Even if you are drunk, that's no excuse to behave rudely." The swordman's sword circled above her head. "I was thinking of cutting off your head, but now I see you're quite pretty, so I changed my mind." His seven friends laughed again. Feng Li looked at her. She had an oval face, long eyelashes and clear, white skin. Her face was pretty and her body was slende, even seemingly frail112. He cried again "Lady, over here." The maiden said "Of course." The Wu swordman's sword reached out toward toward her belt. "Why..." Before he could finished, the maiden's bamboo stick flickered113 and stabbed into his wrist. The swordman only felt a sudden pain on his wirst and dropped his sword. The bamboo stick raised upward, followed by another stab into the swordman's right eye. The swordman screamed as he covered his blinded eye. The maiden's movement might be simple, but for some reason, the Wu swordman could not block or even avoid her bamboo stick. The other seven swordmen was much surprised. One of them pulled back his sword and thrusted it toward the maiden's right eye. As the sword sped forward, everyone could hear a loud whoosh114, signaling the strength behind the thrust. The maiden didn't even move her feet. Her bamboo stick moved again. This time she stabbed at the swordman's shoulder. The stab was so fast that although it started after the thrust, it arrived well before the thrust could reach her. The swordman cried out in pain as all the strength went out of his thrust. Then the maiden's wrist flicked115 and the bamboo stick went into his right eye. The swordman screamed like a butchered pig as his two fists waved aimlessly. Now, the maiden made four moves and two Wu swordmen were disabled. The spectator only saw her making some movements with her bamboo stick. Even though she moved too fast to be seen clearly, but the technique she used was clearly derived116 from some sort of high sword skill. Feng was both surprised and gladdened, but now he saw that the maiden had to face six Wu swordmen. He hurriedly said "Swordmen of Wu. It would be bad for the honor of Wu if the six of you gang up on a defenseless girl. Even you win with you superior numbers......" He clapped his hands together. His guards leaped into the street and surrounded the Wu swordmen. The maiden smiled "Even the odds117 of six against one is not enough for you." Her left hand lifted slightly. The bamboo stick on her right hand thrusted toward yet another swordman's eye. She moved her stick and stabbed toward another swordman's chest. Three swords sped toward her. She moved agilely118 and avoided all three sword, then she counterattacked. One swordman was stabbed on the wrist and lost hold on his sword. Feng Li's guard was ready to leap into battle, but they could not penetrate119 into the sword net formed by the Wu swordmen. The maiden moved between the six swordmen. Her long sleeves and long belt waved in the wind beautifully. Then the cries of pain came from one after another Wu swordmen as their swords dropped to the ground. The fight was over. Each of the Wu swordmen lost an eye. Some lost the right eye. Some lost the left eye. The maiden pulled back her bamboo stick and said "You killed my goat. Now compensate120 me." The Wu swordmen were angry and scared. Some were roaring in fury. Some were shivering in fear. These eight were battle-hardened veterans. Ordinarily they would not lose control of their demeanor121 even if someone cut of both of their hands, but what happened to them was so beyond their comprehension that they had not idea how they should act. The maiden said "If you don't compensate me for my goat, I will take your other eye." The Wu swordmen jumped back involuntarily. Feng Li said "Lady, I will give you one hundred goats, but let these eight men leave." The maiden smiled "You're a nice man. I don't want one hundred goats. I only want one." Feng Li said to the guard "Accompany the ambassadors from the Great Kingdom back to the palace. Summon the physicians to treat their wounds." The eight Wu swordmen left crestfallen122, like cocks who had lost a fight. Feng Li walked toward the maiden and said "Lady, what is your respected surname?" The maiden said "What did you say?" He rephrased the question "What is your name?" The maiden said "Oh, my name is Ah Ching. What is yours?" Feng Li smiled and thought "So she is just a simple country girl unversed in courtly manners. Yet she learned this godlike sword skill. I only have to learn who her master is, then I can invite her teacher to train Yueh warriors. Wu will not be able to stand against us." His heart warmed as he realized that he's closer to bring Si Shi back. Then he said "I am called Feng Li. Lady, why don't you have a meal in my home?" Ah Ching said "No, I have to herd the goats to pasture." Feng Li said "I have a large lawn in my home. Your goats can feed there, then I will compensate you with ten fat goats." Ah Ching clapped her hands together and laughed "You have a big lawn? Good, but I don't want any goat from you. You didn't kill this goat." She knelt to the ground and petted the dead goat. Then she said sadly "Old White, bad man killed you. I can't save you this time." Feng Li ordered his guard "Sew the body back together and bury it next to this lady's house." Ah Ching stood up. Her face was stained by tears, but her eyes was happy. "Feng Li, you won't let them eat Old White?" Feng Li said "Of course not. That's your Old White. No one is permitted to eat him." Ah Ching sighed "You are nice. I always hate to let other people kill my goats so they can eat the meat, but mother said that unless we sell our goat, we will not have money for rice." Feng Li said "From today on, I will ask people to send your mother rice and good clothes. You don't have to sell your goats anymore." Ah Ching became happy and embraced Feng Li "You are a good man." Feng Li held her hand, afraid that she might disappear like some immortal from legend. The goats followed them back to his mansion123. As Ah Ching herded her goats into the mansion she said "Your house is so large! How can you live here alone?" Feng Li smiled "Yes, I think this house is too big for me. Why don't you come live here with your mother? Who else do you have in your family?" Ah Ching said "Just me and my mom. I don't know if my mom wants to come. She always says that I shouldn't talk to strange man, but you are a good man. You won't harm us." Feng Li told Ah Ching to leave the goats in the garden and ordered his servants to pick out the best snacks for Ah Ching. The servants watched in shock as the goats devoured124 the expensive flowers in the garden. They were even more shocked when they observed their master watching the destruction with a happy smile. Ah Ching ate the pastries125 and drank the tea. Feng Li talked with and discovered that she's innocent of the intrigues126 of the world. Finally he asked "Ah Ching, who taught you sword skills?" Ah Ching's large, clear eyes opened wider and said "Sword skill? No one ever taught me anything." Feng Li said "The way you used that bamboo stick. That's sword skill. Who taught that?" Ah Ching shook her head "No one. I always knew how to play with the bamboo stick." Feng Li saw that she was too innocent to lie and thought "Did heaven finally send down a miracle?" He asked again "Do you know how to play with this bamboo since you're a child?" Ah Ching said "No. When I was thirteen, Grandpa White came to ride my goats. I wouldn't let him and beat him off with my bamboo stick. He returned with a bamboo stick. I then fought with him. At first, he always score hits on me and I can't score hits on him. I play this everyday. Now, I score hits on him most of the time and he can't score hits on me. He isn't coming back as often now." Feng thought he finally hit something and said "Where does this Grandpa White live? Can you take me to him?" Ah Ching said "He lives in the mountains. You can't find him. He usually comes and find me. I never tried to find him." Feng Li said "I want to meet him. Is there a way?" Ah Ching said "Hmm. You can follow me to pasture. We will wait for him on the mountain side. I don't know when he'll show though." She sighed "I haven't seen him for a while now." Feng Li said to himself "This is for Yi Kwan and the kingdom of Yueh. A little goat herding127 won't hurt." so he said "Good, I'll accompany you and wait for Grandpa White." He thought "Grandpa White must be the sword sage128 who taught this girl. He must have loved her youth and innocence129, so he used play to teach her. He could make a young girl into the such a great master, then he could make our warriors destroy Wu. After the meal, Feng Li followed her to mountain pastures to her goats. His subordinates didn't understand the reason. They were all baffled. Day after day, Feng Li went with Ah Ching to herd goat and sang songs, waiting for Grandpa White. On the fifth day, Wen Chung came to Feng Li's mansion and saw a very worried chamberlain. He asked "I haven't seen Minister Feng for a few days now. The King is worried and ordered to me to visit. Did Minister Feng come down sick?" The chamberlain said "Minister Feng is healthy, but...but.." "But?" "Minister Wen is the best friend of Miister Feng. You can say things to him that are not appropriate for us to say. Why don't you try to talk some sense into him?" Wen Chung was baffled "Sense? What's wrong with Minister Feng?" "Minister Feng fell love with that little shepherdess. Every morning he leaves with her and don't return until after sundown. He won't permit any guards following him. He will not be bothered even when I have urgent affairs." Wen Chung laughed and thought "When Brother Feng was living in the kingdom of Chuh, everyone called him Feng the Crazy. He never does things like other people." At that time, Feng Li was sitting on a mountain side grassland130 and telling Ah Ching the story of the goddess Hsiang Fei. Ah Ching was sitting close by his side and listened to him intent, her large bright eyese never left his face. Suddenly she said "Hsiang Fei is really that beautiful?" Feng Li said "Her eyes are clearer and brighter than the water in this mountain stream..." Ah Ching said "Does she have fish in her eyes?" Feng Li continued "Her skin is like the clouds, but fairer." Ah Ching said "Are there birds flying in those clouds?" Feng Li continued obliviously131 "Her lips are softer than the petal132 of this flower and redder. Her lips are moist, even more than the dews on this petal. When Hsiang Fei stands next to the river, the beauty of her reflection made all the riverside flowers wilt133 in shame. Even fish dare not swim in water for fear of rumpling134 her reflection. When her white hand is dipped into the river, it was so soft that it could almost melt into the water..." Ah Ching said "You saw her, didn't you. How else can you describe her so clearly?" Feng Li said "I saw her. I saw her very, very clearly." Of course, he was referring to Si Shi, not the goddess Hsiang Fei. He looked at the north. His eyes looked beyond a wide, roaring river. Is the beauty in the royal palace of Wu. Is she with King Fu Chai? Is she thinking about me? Ah Ching said "Feng Li! Your beard is strange, can I touch it?" Feng Li thought "Is she weeping, or laughing?" Ah Ching said "Feng Li, you have two strands136 of white beard, just like my goats." Feng Li thought "When we're separated, she wept on my shoulder. Her tear soaked half of my robe. I never washed that robe. My tears were mingled137 with hers on that robe." Ah Ching said "Feng Li. Can I pull out one of your beard? I will pull gently. You won't feel a thing." Feng Li thought "She said she loved riding in a boat and float with the currents. After I take her back, I will not be a court minister anymore. I will ride a boat with her, floating in rivers and lakes, for the rest of my life." Suddenly, he felt a sharp pain on his chin. Ah Ching pulled out a strand135 of his beard. She laughed prettily138. Suddenly the laugh was cut off and she said "You're here again!" A green shadow flashed as Ah Ching shot forward. A green blur139 and a white blur was moving quickly around each other. Feng Li cried gladly "Grandpa White's here!" It's a while before the two combatants slowed down enough for him to get a good look. Then he got a great surprise. The one fighting Ah Ching wasn't human. It was a white ape. The white ape, too, was holding a bamboo stick. The white ape performed intricate sword forms. The whooshing140 sound of the stick signaled the great strength it put into each form. But everytime he attack, Ah Ching was always able to block or redirect each blow and counterattack using even more intricate sword forms. When Ah Ching fought the Wu swordmen, the forms she used were minimal141. Only now Feng Li witnessed the vast skill Ah Ching wielded. He was no expert in swords, but he had looked at the Yueh swordmen train for many years. Now, he realized that the best swordmen of Yueh were but children playing with toys when compared to Ah Ching and Grandpa. The white ape's attacks sped up faster and faster. Ah Ching slowed down instead. She stood still, but each time she thrusted with her bamboo stick, the white ape was forced to jump back. Ah Ching forced the white ape three steps, then she pulled back her stick and stood still. The white ape held his stick in two hands and jumped to attack. Feng Li saw the strength of the attack and cried out "Watch out!" Ah Ching's stick moved too fast to be seen. There were two muffled142 sounds of impact, then the white ape's bamboo stick dropped to the ground. The white ape howed and jumped up to a tree. Then it leaped away. The howl was intense, but became muter as the it went farther away. The howl reverberated143 long after the white ape was gone. Ah Ching turned back and sighed "Grandpa broke both of his arms. Now he won't come play with me anymore." Feng Li said "You broke his arms?" Ah Ching nodded " Grandpa is very angry today. Three times, he tried to leap over and kill you." Feng Li said in surprise "Kill me? Why?" Ah Ching shook her head "I don't know." Feng Li became scared in secret "If Ah Ching didn't stop it, that white ape can kill me, easy as blowing away a pile of ash!" The next morning, Ah Ching faced twenty of the best swordmen of Yueh alone. Feng Li knew that Ah Ching could not teach other people how to use the sword the way she did, so the only way was for the Yueh swordmen to imitate her. The problem was no Yueh swordmen could last three passes from her.Whenever Ah Ching's bamboo stick moved, her opponent either lost his sword, or got stabbed in some delicate area. The next day, she defeated thirty swordmen. The third day, thirty more lost. The fourth day, Feng Li went to ask her for another lesson, but he could not find her. He went to her home, but the house was empty. Feng Li sent hundreds of his servants and guards into the mountains to look for her, but no one could find any trace of her. The eighty Yueh swordmen didn't learn the true sword skill from Ah Ching, but they saw the smallest portion of the ultimate sword skill. All the swordmen now knew the true height sword skill could go. The eighty swordmen tried to teach the small portion they could understand to their comrades. Even this pale shadow of a pale shadow of the ultimate skill was enough, Yueh swordmen became invincible. King Kou Chiang ordered Hsieh Chu to forge thousands of sharp swords. Three years later, Kou Chiang attacked Wu. The armies of Yueh and Wu met next to a lake. Five thousand Yueh swordmen marched forward. Wu swordmen met them. Yueh swords flashed and the Wu army was shattered. King Fu Chai retreated to Yu Hong Mountain. The army of Yueh followed. The second battle ensued. The Wu army was again defeated. Fu Chai committed suicide in order to avoid the cruel fate Kou Chiang had in store for him. Yueh took the capital of Wu. Feng Li led one thousand swordmen and rushed to King Fu Chai's resort palace. That was where Si Shi lived. He ran into the palace, shouting "Yi Kwan! Yi Kwan!" He ran past a long corridor, his footstep echoed clearly. The corridor was hollow underneath144. Si Shi walked lightly, the rhythm of her steps was more enchanting145 than any music. Fu Chai built this palace, this corridor in order to listen to the melody of her footsteps. At the other end of the corridor, music came, like the sound of a happy mandolin, like the clear sound of a zither. A soft voice said "Shao Bo, is that really you?" Feng Li felt blood rushing upward from his chest and shouted "It's I. It's I. I have come for you." His own voice seemed like the voice of a stranger, speaking from far away. He ran forward with uneven146 steps. The music came down the corridor, a soft body entered his embrace. The spring night was meltingly warm. Flower fragrance147 floated through the curtains, entering the chambers148 of the resort palace. Feng Li and Si Shi talked about their longing149 for each other. Suddenly the sound goat penetrated150 into their awareness151. Feng LI said "You can't forget you homeland? You have goats here?" Si Shi shook her head. She wondered about the goats, but she couldn't think of anything else in the presence of the man she loved. She held Feng Li's hand, and fiery152 blood flowed faster through their arteries153. Suddenly, the voice of a woman sounded "Feng Li! Bring out you Si Shi. I'll kill her!" Feng Li stood up. Si Shi felt his palm suddenly turning cold. Feng Li recognized Ah Ching's voice. Her voice came from outside of the resort palace. Feng Li was fearful and puzzled. "Why does she want to kill Yi Kwan? Yi Kwan had never wronged her." Then he understood "She's not really a simple village girl. She always liked me." The understanding only made him more fearful. He had gone through many, many difficult decisions as well as dangerous situations. The fear he felt when he was trapped with Kou Chiang in a Wu siege was far less than what he felt now. Si Shi felt his palm trembbling and covered with cold sweat. Feng Li was not afraid of his own death. He feared for Si Shi. Feng Li pulled himself under control and said "I will go see this person." He released Si Shi's hand and walked out of the palace. Eighteen swordmen followed him. They all heard Ah Ching's cry. They were baffled and curious. Feng Li oly saw the clear moonlight outside, but no one was visible. He cried out loudly "Lady Ah Ching, please come here. We have things to talk about." But he heard no reply. He waited, but Ah Ching did not come. He ordered one thousand armored soldiers and one thousand elite154 swordmen to be moved to the resort palace. He returned to Si Shi and held her hands again. He didn't say anything. He was planning as he never planned before "Should I let one of the servant maids pretending to be Si Shi and let Ah Ching kill her? Should I commit suicide before Ah Ching so she will spare Si Shi? Should I order two thousand archers155 surrounding this place and shoot Ah Ching full of arrows if she tries to force her way in?" Every plan he had was flawed. He also didn't want to kill Ah Ching, who had made the destruction of Wu possible. He stared at Shi Si. Suddenly he felt warmth in his heart "It's good that we'll die this way. At least we spend sometime together before we die together." Hours passed. Si Shi felt that Feng's hand became warmer. He lost his fear and began to smile. The rising sun cast its rays through the window. Suddenly the the sound of a fight came from outside the palace door. Then the incessant156 sound of weapons dropping to the ground. The sound drew closer and closer, like a giant serpent worming its way into the palace. Then the sound of dropping weapons came from the walkways just outside the room they were in. Two thousand warriors were not enough to stop Ah Ching. Ah Ching's voice said "Feng Li, where are you?" Feng Li said calmly "Ah Ching, I'm here." Before he even finished the word "here", the curtain parted and a green shadow came flying in. Ah Ching, dressed in her usual green stood before them. She pointed157 her bamboo stick at Si Shi. She stared at the face of Shi Si, the killing158 rage on face gradually disappeared, replaced with disappointment and self-pity, then it changed to surprise, admiration and finally worship. She whispered "There...there really is such beauty under heaven! Feng Li, she is even more....more beautiful than you described." Her slender waist turned. With a cry, she flew up through the window. The cry went farther and farther until its reverberation159 was left. The surviving guards ran inside the room. One of them bowed "Minister, are you all right?" Feng Li merely dismissed them with a wave of his hand. Then he held Si Shi's hand and said "Let's change into the clothes of commners. We'll go rowing a boat upon Lake Tai and never return to this place." Happiness shone from Si Shi's eyes. Suddenly she frowned and she reached toward her heart. Ah Ching's bamboo stick didn't touch her, but the pure chi from the stick had reached into her body and did her some slight harm. In the next two thousand years, all people know that the most beautiful image in the world was Si Shi holding her hands in front of her bosom160.

Where are they now?

King Kou Chiang finally got his vengeance, but something had happened to him during all those years when the only emotion he could feel was hate. Feng Li must have sensed it. He resigned his post and told his buddy161 Wen Chung to resign with him. He said "Kou Chiang is someone who you can depend on during hard times, but it will be impossible to share good times with him." Wen Chung didn't believe his old friend. He believed that he could finally enjoy the rewards he deserved. Feng Li disappeared from history. Some said that he became a hermit162. Some said that he became a merchant prince who owned the wealth of kingdoms. Si Shi became the Chinese version of Helen, the beauty who destroyed a great kingdom. Some said that Si Shi went with Feng Li and they lived happily ever after. Some said that Si Shi died when Kou Chiang's wife, fearing losing her husband, tied a rock to the woman's back and sank her in a lake, gloating "Now, you never have to grow old." You can pick the ending you prefer. Kou Chiang became as Feng Li predicted, cruel and merciless. Wen Chung was forced to commit suicide when he was wrongfully charged with treason. The end he inflicted163 upon Wu Tzu-shi became his own end. Kou Chiang became full of pride. He made war with the great powers of northern China. The wars brought no decisive victory. Then he died. After his death his kingdom fell apart. Eventually, Chuh absorbed the territories of Wu and Yueh. The Yueh people fled south. Over the centuries, they were pushed farther south by the expanding Chinese empire until they entered present day Vietnam. They are there still. Recently, an archaeological excavation164 in Hunan uncovered two bronze swords. One of them was thought to be the sword of Fu Chai. The other was attributed to be the sword owned by Kou Chiang. The legends of the precious swords have some basis in fact. If anyone know more about the archaeological findings, please e-mail me. The swords Fish Intestine and Defeater of Evil were buried with King Ho Lu, Fu Chai's father. The locals swore that they periodically saw a white tiger standing upon the tomb of Ho Lu. The white tiger was the symbol of metal, so the locals believe that the tiger was the personification of the magic swords under there. Believe it or not. As for the Yueh Maiden, she never existed in real history. She always existed in the land of legends and there, presumably, she roams still. Doubtlessly she has performed many great deeds there, deeds which will remain unknown until some scribe comes and tell the tales as they deserve to be told.


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1 maiden yRpz7     
n.少女,处女;adj.未婚的,纯洁的,无经验的
参考例句:
  1. The prince fell in love with a fair young maiden.王子爱上了一位年轻美丽的少女。
  2. The aircraft makes its maiden flight tomorrow.这架飞机明天首航。
2 martial bBbx7     
adj.战争的,军事的,尚武的,威武的
参考例句:
  1. The sound of martial music is always inspiring.军乐声总是鼓舞人心的。
  2. The officer was convicted of desertion at a court martial.这名军官在军事法庭上被判犯了擅离职守罪。
3 wan np5yT     
(wide area network)广域网
参考例句:
  1. The shared connection can be an Ethernet,wireless LAN,or wireless WAN connection.提供共享的网络连接可以是以太网、无线局域网或无线广域网。
4 faction l7ny7     
n.宗派,小集团;派别;派系斗争
参考例句:
  1. Faction and self-interest appear to be the norm.派系之争和自私自利看来非常普遍。
  2. I now understood clearly that I was caught between the king and the Bunam's faction.我现在完全明白自己已陷入困境,在国王与布纳姆集团之间左右为难。
5 purge QS1xf     
n.整肃,清除,泻药,净化;vt.净化,清除,摆脱;vi.清除,通便,腹泻,变得清洁
参考例句:
  1. The new president carried out a purge of disloyal army officers.新总统对不忠诚的军官进行了清洗。
  2. The mayoral candidate has promised to purge the police department.市长候选人答应清洗警察部门。
6 clans 107c1b7606090bbd951aa9bdcf1d209e     
宗族( clan的名词复数 ); 氏族; 庞大的家族; 宗派
参考例句:
  1. There are many clans in European countries. 欧洲国家有很多党派。
  2. The women were the great power among the clans [gentes], as everywhere else. 妇女在克兰〈氏族〉里,乃至一般在任何地方,都有很大的势力。 来自英汉非文学 - 家庭、私有制和国家的起源
7 peripheral t3Oz5     
adj.周边的,外围的
参考例句:
  1. We dealt with the peripheral aspects of a cost reduction program.我们谈到了降低成本计划的一些外围问题。
  2. The hotel provides the clerk the service and the peripheral traveling consultation.旅舍提供票务服务和周边旅游咨询。
8 vowed 6996270667378281d2f9ee561353c089     
起誓,发誓(vow的过去式与过去分词形式)
参考例句:
  1. He vowed quite solemnly that he would carry out his promise. 他非常庄严地发誓要实现他的诺言。
  2. I vowed to do more of the cooking myself. 我发誓自己要多动手做饭。
9 bloody kWHza     
adj.非常的的;流血的;残忍的;adv.很;vt.血染
参考例句:
  1. He got a bloody nose in the fight.他在打斗中被打得鼻子流血。
  2. He is a bloody fool.他是一个十足的笨蛋。
10 vengeance wL6zs     
n.报复,报仇,复仇
参考例句:
  1. He swore vengeance against the men who murdered his father.他发誓要向那些杀害他父亲的人报仇。
  2. For years he brooded vengeance.多年来他一直在盘算报仇。
11 unwilling CjpwB     
adj.不情愿的
参考例句:
  1. The natives were unwilling to be bent by colonial power.土著居民不愿受殖民势力的摆布。
  2. His tightfisted employer was unwilling to give him a raise.他那吝啬的雇主不肯给他加薪。
12 assassinate tvjzL     
vt.暗杀,行刺,中伤
参考例句:
  1. The police exposed a criminal plot to assassinate the president.警方侦破了一个行刺总统的阴谋。
  2. A plot to assassinate the banker has been uncovered by the police.暗杀银行家的密谋被警方侦破了。
13 convoluted NvnzlG     
adj.旋绕的;复杂的
参考例句:
  1. The snake slithered through a convoluted path.蛇在羊肠小道上爬行。
  2. The policy is so convoluted even college presidents are confused.这项政策太令人费解,甚至连大学校长们也是一头雾水。
14 civilized UwRzDg     
a.有教养的,文雅的
参考例句:
  1. Racism is abhorrent to a civilized society. 文明社会憎恶种族主义。
  2. rising crime in our so-called civilized societies 在我们所谓文明社会中日益增多的犯罪行为
15 immortal 7kOyr     
adj.不朽的;永生的,不死的;神的
参考例句:
  1. The wild cocoa tree is effectively immortal.野生可可树实际上是不会死的。
  2. The heroes of the people are immortal!人民英雄永垂不朽!
16 utterly ZfpzM1     
adv.完全地,绝对地
参考例句:
  1. Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把毕生精力用于挽救患者的生命。
  2. I was utterly ravished by the way she smiled.她的微笑使我完全陶醉了。
17 exhumed 9d00013cea0c5916a17f400c6124ccf3     
v.挖出,发掘出( exhume的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. Marie Curie's remains were exhumed and interred in the Pantheon. 玛丽·居里的遗体被移出葬在先贤祠中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. His remains have been exhumed from a cemetery in Queens, New York City. 他的遗体被从纽约市皇后区的墓地里挖了出来。 来自辞典例句
18 incapable w9ZxK     
adj.无能力的,不能做某事的
参考例句:
  1. He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed.他不会做出这么残忍的事。
  2. Computers are incapable of creative thought.计算机不会创造性地思维。
19 primitive vSwz0     
adj.原始的;简单的;n.原(始)人,原始事物
参考例句:
  1. It is a primitive instinct to flee a place of danger.逃离危险的地方是一种原始本能。
  2. His book describes the march of the civilization of a primitive society.他的著作描述了一个原始社会的开化过程。
20 avenging 4c436498f794cbaf30fc9a4ef601cf7b     
adj.报仇的,复仇的v.为…复仇,报…之仇( avenge的现在分词 );为…报复
参考例句:
  1. He has devoted the past five years to avenging his daughter's death. 他过去5年一心报丧女之仇。 来自辞典例句
  2. His disfigured face was like some avenging nemesis of gargoyle design. 他那张破了相的脸,活象面目狰狞的复仇之神。 来自辞典例句
21 avenge Zutzl     
v.为...复仇,为...报仇
参考例句:
  1. He swore to avenge himself on the mafia.他发誓说要向黑手党报仇。
  2. He will avenge the people on their oppressor.他将为人民向压迫者报仇。
22 brutal bSFyb     
adj.残忍的,野蛮的,不讲理的
参考例句:
  1. She has to face the brutal reality.她不得不去面对冷酷的现实。
  2. They're brutal people behind their civilised veneer.他们表面上温文有礼,骨子里却是野蛮残忍。
23 annexing 2582fcbb100e5e28855cdd680dcd5f57     
并吞( annex的现在分词 ); 兼并; 强占; 并吞(国家、地区等)
参考例句:
  1. In addition to annexing territory, they exacted huge indemnities. 割地之外,又索去了巨大的赔款。
  2. He succeeded in annexing all the property of Hindley's and the Linton's. 他成功的占有了亨得利和林顿的所有财产。
24 fealty 47Py3     
n.忠贞,忠节
参考例句:
  1. He swore fealty to the king.他宣誓效忠国王。
  2. If you are fealty and virtuous,then I would like to meet you.如果你孝顺善良,我很愿意认识你。
25 possessed xuyyQ     
adj.疯狂的;拥有的,占有的
参考例句:
  1. He flew out of the room like a man possessed.他像着了魔似地猛然冲出房门。
  2. He behaved like someone possessed.他行为举止像是魔怔了。
26 salute rYzx4     
vi.行礼,致意,问候,放礼炮;vt.向…致意,迎接,赞扬;n.招呼,敬礼,礼炮
参考例句:
  1. Merchant ships salute each other by dipping the flag.商船互相点旗致敬。
  2. The Japanese women salute the people with formal bows in welcome.这些日本妇女以正式的鞠躬向人们施礼以示欢迎。
27 slash Hrsyq     
vi.大幅度削减;vt.猛砍,尖锐抨击,大幅减少;n.猛砍,斜线,长切口,衣衩
参考例句:
  1. The shop plans to slash fur prices after Spring Festival.该店计划在春节之后把皮货降价。
  2. Don't slash your horse in that cruel way.不要那样残忍地鞭打你的马。
28 slashed 8ff3ba5a4258d9c9f9590cbbb804f2db     
v.挥砍( slash的过去式和过去分词 );鞭打;割破;削减
参考例句:
  1. Someone had slashed the tyres on my car. 有人把我的汽车轮胎割破了。
  2. He slashed the bark off the tree with his knife. 他用刀把树皮从树上砍下。 来自《简明英汉词典》
29 agile Ix2za     
adj.敏捷的,灵活的
参考例句:
  1. She is such an agile dancer!她跳起舞来是那么灵巧!
  2. An acrobat has to be agile.杂技演员必须身手敏捷。
30 slashes 56bb1b94ee9e9eea535fc173e91c6ee0     
n.(用刀等)砍( slash的名词复数 );(长而窄的)伤口;斜杠;撒尿v.挥砍( slash的第三人称单数 );鞭打;割破;削减
参考例句:
  1. They report substantial slashes in this year's defense outlays. 他们报道今年度国防经费的大量削减。 来自辞典例句
  2. Inmates suffered injuries ranging from stab wounds and slashes to head trauma. 囚犯们有的被刺伤,有的被砍伤,而有的头部首创,伤势不一而足。 来自互联网
31 luring f0c862dc1e88c711a4434c2d1ab2867a     
吸引,引诱(lure的现在分词形式)
参考例句:
  1. Cheese is very good for luring a mouse into a trap. 奶酪是引诱老鼠上钩的极好的东西。
  2. Her training warned her of peril and of the wrong, subtle, mysterious, luring. 她的教养警告她:有危险,要出错儿,这是微妙、神秘而又诱人的。
32 abort Tzgzxu     
v.使流产,堕胎;中止;中止(工作、计划等)
参考例句:
  1. The captain instructed them to abort the mission.上尉指示他们中止执行任务。
  2. With this button the user can abort the audio sequence.用户可以用该按钮终止音频序列。
33 spurted bdaf82c28db295715c49389b8ce69a92     
(液体,火焰等)喷出,(使)涌出( spurt的过去式和过去分词 ); (短暂地)加速前进,冲刺
参考例句:
  1. Water spurted out of the hole. 水从小孔中喷出来。
  2. Their guns spurted fire. 他们的枪喷射出火焰。
34 sheathed 9b718500db40d86c7b56e582edfeeda3     
adj.雕塑像下半身包在鞘中的;覆盖的;铠装的;装鞘了的v.将(刀、剑等)插入鞘( sheathe的过去式和过去分词 );包,覆盖
参考例句:
  1. Bulletproof cars sheathed in armour. 防弹车护有装甲。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. The effect of his mediation was so great that both parties sheathed the sword at once. 他的调停非常有效,双方立刻停战。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
35 beak 8y1zGA     
n.鸟嘴,茶壶嘴,钩形鼻
参考例句:
  1. The bird had a worm in its beak.鸟儿嘴里叼着一条虫。
  2. This bird employs its beak as a weapon.这种鸟用嘴作武器。
36 croaking croaking     
v.呱呱地叫( croak的现在分词 );用粗的声音说
参考例句:
  1. the croaking of frogs 蛙鸣
  2. I could hear croaking of the frogs. 我能听到青蛙呱呱的叫声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
37 stature ruLw8     
n.(高度)水平,(高度)境界,身高,身材
参考例句:
  1. He is five feet five inches in stature.他身高5英尺5英寸。
  2. The dress models are tall of stature.时装模特儿的身材都较高。
38 countless 7vqz9L     
adj.无数的,多得不计其数的
参考例句:
  1. In the war countless innocent people lost their lives.在这场战争中无数无辜的人丧失了性命。
  2. I've told you countless times.我已经告诉你无数遍了。
39 saluted 1a86aa8dabc06746471537634e1a215f     
v.欢迎,致敬( salute的过去式和过去分词 );赞扬,赞颂
参考例句:
  1. The sergeant stood to attention and saluted. 中士立正敬礼。
  2. He saluted his friends with a wave of the hand. 他挥手向他的朋友致意。 来自《简明英汉词典》
40 dodged ae7efa6756c9d8f3b24f8e00db5e28ee     
v.闪躲( dodge的过去式和过去分词 );回避
参考例句:
  1. He dodged cleverly when she threw her sabot at him. 她用木底鞋砸向他时,他机敏地闪开了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. He dodged the book that I threw at him. 他躲开了我扔向他的书。 来自《简明英汉词典》
41 wielded d9bac000554dcceda2561eb3687290fc     
手持着使用(武器、工具等)( wield的过去式和过去分词 ); 具有; 运用(权力); 施加(影响)
参考例句:
  1. The bad eggs wielded power, while the good people were oppressed. 坏人当道,好人受气
  2. He was nominally the leader, but others actually wielded the power. 名义上他是领导者,但实际上是别人掌握实权。
42 vertical ZiywU     
adj.垂直的,顶点的,纵向的;n.垂直物,垂直的位置
参考例句:
  1. The northern side of the mountain is almost vertical.这座山的北坡几乎是垂直的。
  2. 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。
43 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  1. After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  2. They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
44 arena Yv4zd     
n.竞技场,运动场所;竞争场所,舞台
参考例句:
  1. She entered the political arena at the age of 25. 她25岁进入政界。
  2. He had not an adequate arena for the exercise of his talents.他没有充分发挥其才能的场所。
45 saluting 2161687306b8f25bfcd37731907dd5eb     
v.欢迎,致敬( salute的现在分词 );赞扬,赞颂
参考例句:
  1. 'Thank you kindly, sir,' replied Long John, again saluting. “万分感谢,先生。”高个子约翰说着又行了个礼。 来自英汉文学 - 金银岛
  2. He approached the young woman and, without saluting, began at once to converse with her. 他走近那年青女郎,马上就和她攀谈起来了,连招呼都不打。 来自辞典例句
46 courageous HzSx7     
adj.勇敢的,有胆量的
参考例句:
  1. We all honour courageous people.我们都尊重勇敢的人。
  2. He was roused to action by courageous words.豪言壮语促使他奋起行动。
47 impaled 448a5e4f96c325988b1ac8ae08453c0e     
钉在尖桩上( impale的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. She impaled a lump of meat on her fork. 她用叉子戳起一块肉。
  2. He fell out of the window and was impaled on the iron railings. 他从窗口跌下去,身体被铁栏杆刺穿了。
48 victorious hhjwv     
adj.胜利的,得胜的
参考例句:
  1. We are certain to be victorious.我们定会胜利。
  2. The victorious army returned in triumph.获胜的部队凯旋而归。
49 desperately cu7znp     
adv.极度渴望地,绝望地,孤注一掷地
参考例句:
  1. He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  2. He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
50 defense AxbxB     
n.防御,保卫;[pl.]防务工事;辩护,答辩
参考例句:
  1. The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  2. The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
51 lone Q0cxL     
adj.孤寂的,单独的;唯一的
参考例句:
  1. A lone sea gull flew across the sky.一只孤独的海鸥在空中飞过。
  2. She could see a lone figure on the deserted beach.她在空旷的海滩上能看到一个孤独的身影。
52 tactic Yqowc     
n.战略,策略;adj.战术的,有策略的
参考例句:
  1. Reducing prices is a common sales tactic.降价是常用的销售策略。
  2. She had often used the tactic of threatening to resign.她惯用以辞职相威胁的手法。
53 authoritative 6O3yU     
adj.有权威的,可相信的;命令式的;官方的
参考例句:
  1. David speaks in an authoritative tone.大卫以命令的口吻说话。
  2. Her smile was warm but authoritative.她的笑容很和蔼,同时又透着威严。
54 specialized Chuzwe     
adj.专门的,专业化的
参考例句:
  1. There are many specialized agencies in the United Nations.联合国有许多专门机构。
  2. These tools are very specialized.这些是专用工具。
55 defenders fe417584d64537baa7cd5e48222ccdf8     
n.防御者( defender的名词复数 );守卫者;保护者;辩护者
参考例句:
  1. The defenders were outnumbered and had to give in. 抵抗者寡不敌众,只能投降。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. After hard fighting,the defenders were still masters of the city. 守军经过奋战仍然控制着城市。 来自《简明英汉词典》
56 neutralized 1a5fffafcb07c2b07bc729a2ae12f06b     
v.使失效( neutralize的过去式和过去分词 );抵消;中和;使(一个国家)中立化
参考例句:
  1. Acidity in soil can be neutralized by spreading lime on it. 土壤的酸性可以通过在它上面撒石灰来中和。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. This strategy effectively neutralized what the Conservatives had hoped would be a vote-winner. 这一策略有效地冲淡了保守党希望在选举中获胜的心态。 来自《简明英汉词典》
57 synchronized f6dbc93312ac2dd66d3989fc9050167f     
同步的
参考例句:
  1. Do not use the synchronized keyword in Managed Objects. 不要在管理对象上使用synchronized关键字。 来自互联网
  2. The timing of the gun was precisely synchronized with the turning of the plane's propeller. 风门的调速与飞机螺旋桨的转动精确同步。 来自辞典例句
58 invincible 9xMyc     
adj.不可征服的,难以制服的
参考例句:
  1. This football team was once reputed to be invincible.这支足球队曾被誉为无敌的劲旅。
  2. The workers are invincible as long as they hold together.只要工人团结一致,他们就是不可战胜的。
59 majesty MAExL     
n.雄伟,壮丽,庄严,威严;最高权威,王权
参考例句:
  1. The king had unspeakable majesty.国王有无法形容的威严。
  2. Your Majesty must make up your mind quickly!尊贵的陛下,您必须赶快做出决定!
60 enjoyment opaxV     
n.乐趣;享有;享用
参考例句:
  1. Your company adds to the enjoyment of our visit. 有您的陪同,我们这次访问更加愉快了。
  2. After each joke the old man cackled his enjoyment.每逢讲完一个笑话,这老人就呵呵笑着表示他的高兴。
61 advisor JKByk     
n.顾问,指导老师,劝告者
参考例句:
  1. They employed me as an advisor.他们聘请我当顾问。
  2. The professor is engaged as a technical advisor.这位教授被聘请为技术顾问。
62 warriors 3116036b00d464eee673b3a18dfe1155     
武士,勇士,战士( warrior的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. I like reading the stories ofancient warriors. 我喜欢读有关古代武士的故事。
  2. The warriors speared the man to death. 武士们把那个男子戳死了。
63 admiration afpyA     
n.钦佩,赞美,羡慕
参考例句:
  1. He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  2. We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
64 illuminated 98b351e9bc282af85e83e767e5ec76b8     
adj.被照明的;受启迪的
参考例句:
  1. Floodlights illuminated the stadium. 泛光灯照亮了体育场。
  2. the illuminated city at night 夜幕中万家灯火的城市
65 flick mgZz1     
n.快速的轻打,轻打声,弹开;v.轻弹,轻轻拂去,忽然摇动
参考例句:
  1. He gave a flick of the whip.他轻抽一下鞭子。
  2. By a flick of his whip,he drove the fly from the horse's head.他用鞭子轻抽了一下,将马头上的苍蝇驱走。
66 agility LfTyH     
n.敏捷,活泼
参考例句:
  1. The boy came upstairs with agility.那男孩敏捷地走上楼来。
  2. His intellect and mental agility have never been in doubt.他的才智和机敏从未受到怀疑。
67 accomplished UzwztZ     
adj.有才艺的;有造诣的;达到了的
参考例句:
  1. Thanks to your help,we accomplished the task ahead of schedule.亏得你们帮忙,我们才提前完成了任务。
  2. Removal of excess heat is accomplished by means of a radiator.通过散热器完成多余热量的排出。
68 etiquette Xiyz0     
n.礼仪,礼节;规矩
参考例句:
  1. The rules of etiquette are not so strict nowadays.如今的礼仪规则已不那么严格了。
  2. According to etiquette,you should stand up to meet a guest.按照礼节你应该站起来接待客人。
69 magistrate e8vzN     
n.地方行政官,地方法官,治安官
参考例句:
  1. The magistrate committed him to prison for a month.法官判处他一个月监禁。
  2. John was fined 1000 dollars by the magistrate.约翰被地方法官罚款1000美元。
70 chaotic rUTyD     
adj.混沌的,一片混乱的,一团糟的
参考例句:
  1. Things have been getting chaotic in the office recently.最近办公室的情况越来越乱了。
  2. The traffic in the city was chaotic.这城市的交通糟透了。
71 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  1. This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  2. 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。
72 bribe GW8zK     
n.贿赂;v.向…行贿,买通
参考例句:
  1. He tried to bribe the policeman not to arrest him.他企图贿赂警察不逮捕他。
  2. He resolutely refused their bribe.他坚决不接受他们的贿赂。
73 bribed 1382e59252debbc5bd32a2d1f691bd0f     
v.贿赂( bribe的过去式和过去分词 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂
参考例句:
  1. They bribed him with costly presents. 他们用贵重的礼物贿赂他。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  2. He bribed himself onto the committee. 他暗通关节,钻营投机挤进了委员会。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
74 thorny 5ICzQ     
adj.多刺的,棘手的
参考例句:
  1. The young captain is pondering over a thorny problem.年轻的上尉正在思考一个棘手的问题。
  2. The boys argued over the thorny points in the lesson.孩子们辩论功课中的难点。
75 gall jhXxC     
v.使烦恼,使焦躁,难堪;n.磨难
参考例句:
  1. It galled him to have to ask for a loan.必须向人借钱使他感到难堪。
  2. No gall,no glory.没有磨难,何来荣耀。
76 subvert dHYzq     
v.推翻;暗中破坏;搅乱
参考例句:
  1. The rebel army is attempting to subvert the government.反叛军队企图颠覆政府统治。
  2. They tried to subvert our state and our Party. This is the crux of the matter.他们是要颠覆我们的国家,颠覆我们的党,这是问题的实质。
77 hoard Adiz0     
n./v.窖藏,贮存,囤积
参考例句:
  1. They have a hoard of food in the basement.地下室里有他们贮藏的食物。
  2. How many curios do you hoard in your study?你在你书房里聚藏了多少古玩?
78 unified 40b03ccf3c2da88cc503272d1de3441c     
(unify 的过去式和过去分词); 统一的; 统一标准的; 一元化的
参考例句:
  1. The teacher unified the answer of her pupil with hers. 老师核对了学生的答案。
  2. The First Emperor of Qin unified China in 221 B.C. 秦始皇于公元前221年统一中国。
79 intestine rbpzY     
adj.内部的;国内的;n.肠
参考例句:
  1. This vitamin is absorbed through the walls of the small intestine.这种维生素通过小肠壁被吸收。
  2. The service productivity is the function,including external efficiency,intestine efficiency and capacity efficiency.服务业的生产率是一个包含有外部效率、内部效率和能力效率的函数。
80 assassinated 0c3415de7f33014bd40a19b41ce568df     
v.暗杀( assassinate的过去式和过去分词 );中伤;诋毁;破坏
参考例句:
  1. The prime minister was assassinated by extremists. 首相遭极端分子暗杀。
  2. Then, just two days later, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. 跟着在两天以后,肯尼迪总统在达拉斯被人暗杀。 来自辞典例句
81 alloy fLryq     
n.合金,(金属的)成色
参考例句:
  1. The company produces titanium alloy.该公司生产钛合金。
  2. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin.青铜是铜和锡的合金。
82 inviting CqIzNp     
adj.诱人的,引人注目的
参考例句:
  1. An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room.一股诱人的咖啡香味飘进了房间。
  2. The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and blessedly familiar.这间厨房的味道温暖诱人,使人感到亲切温馨。
83 astounded 7541fb163e816944b5753491cad6f61a     
v.使震惊(astound的过去式和过去分词);愕然;愕;惊讶
参考例句:
  1. His arrogance astounded her. 他的傲慢使她震惊。
  2. How can you say that? I'm absolutely astounded. 你怎么能说出那种话?我感到大为震惊。
84 fabric 3hezG     
n.织物,织品,布;构造,结构,组织
参考例句:
  1. The fabric will spot easily.这种织品很容易玷污。
  2. I don't like the pattern on the fabric.我不喜欢那块布料上的图案。
85 indirectly a8UxR     
adv.间接地,不直接了当地
参考例句:
  1. I heard the news indirectly.这消息我是间接听来的。
  2. They were approached indirectly through an intermediary.通过一位中间人,他们进行了间接接触。
86 legacy 59YzD     
n.遗产,遗赠;先人(或过去)留下的东西
参考例句:
  1. They are the most precious cultural legacy our forefathers left.它们是我们祖先留下来的最宝贵的文化遗产。
  2. He thinks the legacy is a gift from the Gods.他认为这笔遗产是天赐之物。
87 thigh RItzO     
n.大腿;股骨
参考例句:
  1. He is suffering from a strained thigh muscle.他的大腿肌肉拉伤了,疼得很。
  2. The thigh bone is connected to the hip bone.股骨连着髋骨。
88 labor P9Tzs     
n.劳动,努力,工作,劳工;分娩;vi.劳动,努力,苦干;vt.详细分析;麻烦
参考例句:
  1. We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  2. He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
89 fully Gfuzd     
adv.完全地,全部地,彻底地;充分地
参考例句:
  1. The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  2. They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
90 warfare XhVwZ     
n.战争(状态);斗争;冲突
参考例句:
  1. He addressed the audience on the subject of atomic warfare.他向听众演讲有关原子战争的问题。
  2. Their struggle consists mainly in peasant guerrilla warfare.他们的斗争主要是农民游击战。
91 crafty qzWxC     
adj.狡猾的,诡诈的
参考例句:
  1. He admired the old man for his crafty plan.他敬佩老者的神机妙算。
  2. He was an accomplished politician and a crafty autocrat.他是个有造诣的政治家,也是个狡黠的独裁者。
92 fatigued fatigued     
adj. 疲乏的
参考例句:
  1. The exercises fatigued her. 操练使她感到很疲乏。
  2. The President smiled, with fatigued tolerance for a minor person's naivety. 总统笑了笑,疲惫地表现出对一个下级人员的天真想法的宽容。
93 lavish h1Uxz     
adj.无节制的;浪费的;vt.慷慨地给予,挥霍
参考例句:
  1. He despised people who were lavish with their praises.他看不起那些阿谀奉承的人。
  2. The sets and costumes are lavish.布景和服装极尽奢华。
94 hatred T5Gyg     
n.憎恶,憎恨,仇恨
参考例句:
  1. He looked at me with hatred in his eyes.他以憎恨的眼光望着我。
  2. The old man was seized with burning hatred for the fascists.老人对法西斯主义者充满了仇恨。
95 foresight Wi3xm     
n.先见之明,深谋远虑
参考例句:
  1. The failure is the result of our lack of foresight.这次失败是由于我们缺乏远虑而造成的。
  2. It required a statesman's foresight and sagacity to make the decision.作出这个决定需要政治家的远见卓识。
96 copper HZXyU     
n.铜;铜币;铜器;adj.铜(制)的;(紫)铜色的
参考例句:
  1. The students are asked to prove the purity of copper.要求学生们检验铜的纯度。
  2. Copper is a good medium for the conduction of heat and electricity.铜是热和电的良导体。
97 zinc DfxwX     
n.锌;vt.在...上镀锌
参考例句:
  1. Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黄铜是通过铜和锌的熔合而成的。
  2. Zinc is used to protect other metals from corrosion.锌被用来保护其他金属不受腐蚀。
98 conflagration CnZyK     
n.建筑物或森林大火
参考例句:
  1. A conflagration in 1947 reduced 90 percent of the houses to ashes.1947年的一场大火,使90%的房屋化为灰烬。
  2. The light of that conflagration will fade away.这熊熊烈火会渐渐熄灭。
99 stun FhMyT     
vt.打昏,使昏迷,使震惊,使惊叹
参考例句:
  1. When they told me she had gone missing I was totally stunned.他们告诉我她不见了时,我当时完全惊呆了。
  2. Sam stood his ground and got a blow that stunned him.萨姆站在原地,被一下打昏了。
100 jealousy WaRz6     
n.妒忌,嫉妒,猜忌
参考例句:
  1. Some women have a disposition to jealousy.有些女人生性爱妒忌。
  2. I can't support your jealousy any longer.我再也无法忍受你的嫉妒了。
101 gnawed 85643b5b73cc74a08138f4534f41cef1     
咬( gnaw的过去式和过去分词 ); (长时间) 折磨某人; (使)苦恼; (长时间)危害某事物
参考例句:
  1. His attitude towards her gnawed away at her confidence. 他对她的态度一直在削弱她的自尊心。
  2. The root of this dead tree has been gnawed away by ants. 这棵死树根被蚂蚁唼了。
102 pedestrians c0776045ca3ae35c6910db3f53d111db     
n.步行者( pedestrian的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. 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》
  2. Pedestrians keep to the sidewalk [footpath]! 行人走便道。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
103 giggles 0aa08b5c91758a166d13e7cd3f455951     
n.咯咯的笑( giggle的名词复数 );傻笑;玩笑;the giggles 止不住的格格笑v.咯咯地笑( giggle的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  1. Her nervous giggles annoyed me. 她神经质的傻笑把我惹火了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. I had to rush to the loo to avoid an attack of hysterical giggles. 我不得不冲向卫生间,以免遭到别人的疯狂嘲笑。 来自辞典例句
104 mimicked mimicked     
v.(尤指为了逗乐而)模仿( mimic的过去式和过去分词 );酷似
参考例句:
  1. He mimicked her upper-class accent. 他模仿她那上流社会的腔调。 来自辞典例句
  2. The boy mimicked his father's voice and set everyone off laughing. 男孩模仿他父亲的嗓音,使大家都大笑起来。 来自辞典例句
105 interfere b5lx0     
v.(in)干涉,干预;(with)妨碍,打扰
参考例句:
  1. If we interfere, it may do more harm than good.如果我们干预的话,可能弊多利少。
  2. When others interfere in the affair,it always makes troubles. 别人一卷入这一事件,棘手的事情就来了。
106 herd Pd8zb     
n.兽群,牧群;vt.使集中,把…赶在一起
参考例句:
  1. She drove the herd of cattle through the wilderness.她赶着牛群穿过荒野。
  2. He had no opinions of his own but simply follow the herd.他从无主见,只是人云亦云。
107 herded a8990e20e0204b4b90e89c841c5d57bf     
群集,纠结( herd的过去式和过去分词 ); 放牧; (使)向…移动
参考例句:
  1. He herded up his goats. 他把山羊赶拢在一起。
  2. They herded into the corner. 他们往角落里聚集。
108 neatly ynZzBp     
adv.整洁地,干净地,灵巧地,熟练地
参考例句:
  1. Sailors know how to wind up a long rope neatly.水手们知道怎样把一条大绳利落地缠好。
  2. The child's dress is neatly gathered at the neck.那孩子的衣服在领口处打着整齐的皱褶。
109 severed 832a75b146a8d9eacac9030fd16c0222     
v.切断,断绝( sever的过去式和过去分词 );断,裂
参考例句:
  1. The doctor said I'd severed a vessel in my leg. 医生说我割断了腿上的一根血管。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. We have severed diplomatic relations with that country. 我们与那个国家断绝了外交关系。 来自《简明英汉词典》
110 precisely zlWzUb     
adv.恰好,正好,精确地,细致地
参考例句:
  1. It's precisely that sort of slick sales-talk that I mistrust.我不相信的正是那种油腔滑调的推销宣传。
  2. The man adjusted very precisely.那个人调得很准。
111 killer rpLziK     
n.杀人者,杀人犯,杀手,屠杀者
参考例句:
  1. Heart attacks have become Britain's No.1 killer disease.心脏病已成为英国的头号致命疾病。
  2. The bulk of the evidence points to him as her killer.大量证据证明是他杀死她的。
112 frail yz3yD     
adj.身体虚弱的;易损坏的
参考例句:
  1. Mrs. Warner is already 96 and too frail to live by herself.华纳太太已经九十六岁了,身体虚弱,不便独居。
  2. She lay in bed looking particularly frail.她躺在床上,看上去特别虚弱。
113 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
(通常指灯光)闪烁,摇曳( flicker的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The lights flickered and went out. 灯光闪了闪就熄了。
  2. These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 这些灯象发狂的交通灯一样不停地闪动着。
114 whoosh go7yy     
v.飞快地移动,呼
参考例句:
  1. It goes whoosh up and whoosh down.它呼一下上来了,呼一下又下去了。
  2. Whoosh!The straw house falls down.呼!稻草房子倒了。
115 flicked 7c535fef6da8b8c191b1d1548e9e790a     
(尤指用手指或手快速地)轻击( flick的过去式和过去分词 ); (用…)轻挥; (快速地)按开关; 向…笑了一下(或瞥了一眼等)
参考例句:
  1. She flicked the dust off her collar. 她轻轻弹掉了衣领上的灰尘。
  2. I idly picked up a magazine and flicked through it. 我漫不经心地拿起一本杂志翻看着。
116 derived 6cddb7353e699051a384686b6b3ff1e2     
vi.起源;由来;衍生;导出v.得到( derive的过去式和过去分词 );(从…中)得到获得;源于;(从…中)提取
参考例句:
  1. Many English words are derived from Latin and Greek. 英语很多词源出于拉丁文和希腊文。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. He derived his enthusiasm for literature from his father. 他对文学的爱好是受他父亲的影响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
117 odds n5czT     
n.让步,机率,可能性,比率;胜败优劣之别
参考例句:
  1. The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  2. Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
118 agilely 40131c37152f89ab75f2425c387025ca     
adv.敏捷地
参考例句:
  1. She would have steered agilely up the ladders and left the snakes alone. 她会灵活地顺着梯子爬上去,远远地躲开这些卑鄙龌龊的人。 来自辞典例句
  2. Consequently, with flexible decision making enterprise can avoid loss agilely. 这样就使得决策更具灵活性,能更好的避免损失。 来自互联网
119 penetrate juSyv     
v.透(渗)入;刺入,刺穿;洞察,了解
参考例句:
  1. Western ideas penetrate slowly through the East.西方观念逐渐传入东方。
  2. The sunshine could not penetrate where the trees were thickest.阳光不能透入树木最浓密的地方。
120 compensate AXky7     
vt.补偿,赔偿;酬报 vi.弥补;补偿;抵消
参考例句:
  1. 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。
  2. Nothing can compensate for the loss of one's health. 一个人失去了键康是不可弥补的。
121 demeanor JmXyk     
n.行为;风度
参考例句:
  1. She is quiet in her demeanor.她举止文静。
  2. The old soldier never lost his military demeanor.那个老军人从来没有失去军人风度。
122 crestfallen Aagy0     
adj. 挫败的,失望的,沮丧的
参考例句:
  1. He gathered himself up and sneaked off,crushed and crestfallen.他爬起来,偷偷地溜了,一副垂头丧气、被斗败的样子。
  2. The youth looked exceedingly crestfallen.那青年看上去垂头丧气极了。
123 mansion 8BYxn     
n.大厦,大楼;宅第
参考例句:
  1. The old mansion was built in 1850.这座古宅建于1850年。
  2. The mansion has extensive grounds.这大厦四周的庭园广阔。
124 devoured af343afccf250213c6b0cadbf3a346a9     
吞没( devour的过去式和过去分词 ); 耗尽; 津津有味地看; 狼吞虎咽地吃光
参考例句:
  1. She devoured everything she could lay her hands on: books, magazines and newspapers. 无论是书、杂志,还是报纸,只要能弄得到,她都看得津津有味。
  2. The lions devoured a zebra in a short time. 狮子一会儿就吃掉了一匹斑马。
125 pastries 8f85b501fe583004c86fdf42e8934228     
n.面粉制的糕点
参考例句:
  1. He gave a dry laugh, then sat down and started on the pastries. 杜新箨说着干笑一声,坐下去就吃点心。 来自子夜部分
  2. Mike: So many! I like Xijiang raisins, beef jerky, and local pastries. 麦克:太多了。我最喜欢吃新疆葡萄干、牛肉干和风味点心。
126 intrigues 48ab0f2aaba243694d1c9733fa06cfd7     
n.密谋策划( intrigue的名词复数 );神秘气氛;引人入胜的复杂情节v.搞阴谋诡计( intrigue的第三人称单数 );激起…的好奇心
参考例句:
  1. He was made king as a result of various intrigues. 由于搞了各种各样的阴谋,他当上了国王。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. Those who go in for intrigues and conspiracy are doomed to failure. 搞阴谋诡计的人注定要失败。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
127 herding herding     
中畜群
参考例句:
  1. The little boy is herding the cattle. 这个小男孩在放牛。
  2. They have been herding cattle on the tableland for generations. 他们世世代代在这高原上放牧。
128 sage sCUz2     
n.圣人,哲人;adj.贤明的,明智的
参考例句:
  1. I was grateful for the old man's sage advice.我很感激那位老人贤明的忠告。
  2. The sage is the instructor of a hundred ages.这位哲人是百代之师。
129 innocence ZbizC     
n.无罪;天真;无害
参考例句:
  1. There was a touching air of innocence about the boy.这个男孩有一种令人感动的天真神情。
  2. The accused man proved his innocence of the crime.被告人经证实无罪。
130 grassland 0fCxG     
n.牧场,草地,草原
参考例句:
  1. There is a reach of grassland in the distance.远处是连绵一片的草原。
  2. The snowstorm swept the vast expanse of grassland.暴风雪袭击了辽阔的草原。
131 obliviously db5d1ccdd5e360e1dc50f9fbcba1e8c8     
参考例句:
  1. Burke was asleep, sprawled obliviously against the window. 伯克无意识地摊开四肢靠着窗户睡着了。 来自柯林斯例句
132 petal IMIxX     
n.花瓣
参考例句:
  1. Each white petal had a stripe of red.每一片白色的花瓣上都有一条红色的条纹。
  2. A petal fluttered to the ground.一片花瓣飘落到地上。
133 wilt oMNz5     
v.(使)植物凋谢或枯萎;(指人)疲倦,衰弱
参考例句:
  1. Golden roses do not wilt and will never need to be watered.金色的玫瑰不枯萎绝也不需要浇水。
  2. Several sleepless nights made him wilt.数个不眠之夜使他憔悴。
134 rumpling 1444bedba386aa87ba8b75dcd4c8c2d8     
v.弄皱,使凌乱( rumple的现在分词 )
参考例句:
135 strand 7GAzH     
vt.使(船)搁浅,使(某人)困于(某地)
参考例句:
  1. She tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ears.她把一缕散发夹到了耳后。
  2. The climbers had been stranded by a storm.登山者被暴风雨困住了。
136 strands d184598ceee8e1af7dbf43b53087d58b     
n.(线、绳、金属线、毛发等的)股( strand的名词复数 );缕;海洋、湖或河的)岸;(观点、计划、故事等的)部份v.使滞留,使搁浅( strand的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  1. Twist a length of rope from strands of hemp. 用几股麻搓成了一段绳子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. She laced strands into a braid. 她把几股线编织成一根穗带。 来自《简明英汉词典》
137 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
混合,混入( mingle的过去式和过去分词 ); 混进,与…交往[联系]
参考例句:
  1. The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑声和歌声交织在夜空中。
  2. The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 当大家开始放松的时候,这一男一女就开始交往了。
138 prettily xQAxh     
adv.优美地;可爱地
参考例句:
  1. It was prettily engraved with flowers on the back.此件雕刻精美,背面有花饰图案。
  2. She pouted prettily at him.她冲他撅着嘴,样子很可爱。
139 blur JtgzC     
n.模糊不清的事物;vt.使模糊,使看不清楚
参考例句:
  1. The houses appeared as a blur in the mist.房子在薄雾中隐隐约约看不清。
  2. If you move your eyes and your head,the picture will blur.如果你的眼睛或头动了,图像就会变得模糊不清。
140 whooshing 96ade91f86a762411ba01c47b6f3c856     
v.(使)飞快移动( whoosh的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  1. I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. 我喜欢最后期待。我尤其喜欢它们飞驰而过时发出的嗖嗖声。 来自互联网
  2. The constant whooshing of the wind across the roof wouldn't fade into the background. 不断跑车疾速的风雨整个屋顶不会褪色的背景。 来自互联网
141 minimal ODjx6     
adj.尽可能少的,最小的
参考例句:
  1. They referred to this kind of art as minimal art.他们把这种艺术叫微型艺术。
  2. I stayed with friends, so my expenses were minimal.我住在朋友家,所以我的花费很小。
142 muffled fnmzel     
adj.(声音)被隔的;听不太清的;(衣服)裹严的;蒙住的v.压抑,捂住( muffle的过去式和过去分词 );用厚厚的衣帽包着(自己)
参考例句:
  1. muffled voices from the next room 从隔壁房间里传来的沉闷声音
  2. There was a muffled explosion somewhere on their right. 在他们的右面什么地方有一声沉闷的爆炸声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
143 reverberated 3a97b3efd3d8e644bcdffd01038c6cdb     
回响,回荡( reverberate的过去式和过去分词 ); 使反响,使回荡,使反射
参考例句:
  1. Her voice reverberated around the hall. 她的声音在大厅里回荡。
  2. The roar of guns reverberated in the valley. 炮声响彻山谷。
144 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  1. Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  2. She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
145 enchanting MmCyP     
a.讨人喜欢的
参考例句:
  1. His smile, at once enchanting and melancholy, is just his father's. 他那种既迷人又有些忧郁的微笑,活脱儿象他父亲。
  2. Its interior was an enchanting place that both lured and frightened me. 它的里头是个吸引人的地方,我又向往又害怕。
146 uneven akwwb     
adj.不平坦的,不规则的,不均匀的
参考例句:
  1. The sidewalk is very uneven—be careful where you walk.这人行道凹凸不平—走路时请小心。
  2. The country was noted for its uneven distribution of land resources.这个国家以土地资源分布不均匀出名。
147 fragrance 66ryn     
n.芬芳,香味,香气
参考例句:
  1. The apple blossoms filled the air with their fragrance.苹果花使空气充满香味。
  2. The fragrance of lavender filled the room.房间里充满了薰衣草的香味。
148 chambers c053984cd45eab1984d2c4776373c4fe     
n.房间( chamber的名词复数 );(议会的)议院;卧室;会议厅
参考例句:
  1. The body will be removed into one of the cold storage chambers. 尸体将被移到一个冷冻间里。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. Mr Chambers's readable book concentrates on the middle passage: the time Ransome spent in Russia. Chambers先生的这本值得一看的书重点在中间:Ransome在俄国的那几年。 来自互联网
149 longing 98bzd     
n.(for)渴望
参考例句:
  1. Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her.再次听到那首曲子使她胸中充满了渴望。
  2. His heart burned with longing for revenge.他心中燃烧着急欲复仇的怒火。
150 penetrated 61c8e5905df30b8828694a7dc4c3a3e0     
adj. 击穿的,鞭辟入里的 动词penetrate的过去式和过去分词形式
参考例句:
  1. The knife had penetrated his chest. 刀子刺入了他的胸膛。
  2. They penetrated into territory where no man had ever gone before. 他们已进入先前没人去过的地区。
151 awareness 4yWzdW     
n.意识,觉悟,懂事,明智
参考例句:
  1. There is a general awareness that smoking is harmful.人们普遍认识到吸烟有害健康。
  2. Environmental awareness has increased over the years.这些年来人们的环境意识增强了。
152 fiery ElEye     
adj.燃烧着的,火红的;暴躁的;激烈的
参考例句:
  1. She has fiery red hair.她有一头火红的头发。
  2. His fiery speech agitated the crowd.他热情洋溢的讲话激动了群众。
153 arteries 821b60db0d5e4edc87fdf5fc263ba3f5     
n.动脉( artery的名词复数 );干线,要道
参考例句:
  1. Even grafting new blood vessels in place of the diseased coronary arteries has been tried. 甚至移植新血管代替不健康的冠状动脉的方法都已经试过。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. This is the place where the three main arteries of West London traffic met. 这就是伦敦西部三条主要交通干线的交汇处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
154 elite CqzxN     
n.精英阶层;实力集团;adj.杰出的,卓越的
参考例句:
  1. The power elite inside the government is controlling foreign policy.政府内部的一群握有实权的精英控制着对外政策。
  2. We have a political elite in this country.我们国家有一群政治精英。
155 archers 79516825059e33df150af52884504ced     
n.弓箭手,射箭运动员( archer的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. The next evening old Mr. Sillerton Jackson came to dine with the Archers. 第二天晚上,西勒顿?杰克逊老先生来和阿切尔家人一起吃饭。 来自辞典例句
  2. Week of Archer: Double growth for Archers and Marksmen. 射手周:弓箭手与弩手(人类)产量加倍。 来自互联网
156 incessant WcizU     
adj.不停的,连续的
参考例句:
  1. We have had incessant snowfall since yesterday afternoon.从昨天下午开始就持续不断地下雪。
  2. She is tired of his incessant demands for affection.她厌倦了他对感情的不断索取。
157 pointed Il8zB4     
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  1. He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  2. She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
158 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  1. Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  2. 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。
159 reverberation b6cfd8194950d18bb25a9f92b5e30b53     
反响; 回响; 反射; 反射物
参考例句:
  1. It was green as an emerald, and the reverberation was stunning. 它就象翠玉一样碧绿,回响震耳欲聋。
  2. Just before dawn he was assisted in waking by the abnormal reverberation of familiar music. 在天将破晓的时候,他被一阵熟悉的,然而却又是反常的回声惊醒了。
160 bosom Lt9zW     
n.胸,胸部;胸怀;内心;adj.亲密的
参考例句:
  1. She drew a little book from her bosom.她从怀里取出一本小册子。
  2. A dark jealousy stirred in his bosom.他内心生出一阵恶毒的嫉妒。
161 buddy 3xGz0E     
n.(美口)密友,伙伴
参考例句:
  1. Calm down,buddy.What's the trouble?压压气,老兄。有什么麻烦吗?
  2. Get out of my way,buddy!别挡道了,你这家伙!
162 hermit g58y3     
n.隐士,修道者;隐居
参考例句:
  1. He became a hermit after he was dismissed from office.他被解职后成了隐士。
  2. Chinese ancient landscape poetry was in natural connections with hermit culture.中国古代山水诗与隐士文化有着天然联系。
163 inflicted cd6137b3bb7ad543500a72a112c6680f     
把…强加给,使承受,遭受( inflict的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. They inflicted a humiliating defeat on the home team. 他们使主队吃了一场很没面子的败仗。
  2. Zoya heroically bore the torture that the Fascists inflicted upon her. 卓娅英勇地承受法西斯匪徒加在她身上的酷刑。
164 excavation RiKzY     
n.挖掘,发掘;被挖掘之地
参考例句:
  1. The bad weather has hung up the work of excavation.天气不好耽误了挖掘工作。
  2. The excavation exposed some ancient ruins.这次挖掘暴露出一些古遗迹。
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