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AMERICAN STORIES - Miriam

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AMERICAN STORIES - Miriam

By Truman Capote

Broadcast: Saturday, October 29, 2005

 

Summary

Miss Miller1 has spent her life as a governess for children in some of the most fashionable homes in New York. She is shocked one day to learn that one of her "babies" is expecting a baby of her own and rejects Miss Miller's offer to be the nurse for the forthcoming child. That night, Miss Miller meets Miriam, a strange young girl who resembles Miss Miller when she was a child. Miriam, critical of everything Miss Miller has or does, constantly taunts2 her about a loveless existence, leading to a violent confrontation3 and chilling denouement4.

A TV Show Script for Mariam

Written by Truman Capote

Narrator: (scene shows an old woman, washing her supper dishes) For several years, a widow has lived in her own pleasant two-room and kitchenette apartment in a rebuilt brownstone near East River. Her late husband, Mr. H. T. Miller, had left a fair amount of insurance money before he passed away. Mrs. Miller is, in fact, not an average sixty-one-year-old woman; she has little interest outside her apartment, has no friends to speak of, and she only ventures out as far as a nearby grocery store. No one who lives near her has taken note of her existence, with her old-fashioned dress and old-fashioned hairstyle, and she never uses any cosmetics5. Her daily activities are monotonous6, smoking an occasional cigarette, preparing her own meals, feeding her canary christened "Tommy," and keeping her two-room apartment as clean as possible. (Mrs. Miller sits down on her couch, reading through the afternoon newspaper.)

Narrator: (camera changes scene to Rod Serling, a glowing cigarette held in his hand) One would think that her life would be as normal as anyone else's. She doesn't mind the wall of isolation7 she has created around herself all these years. But all of this is going to change. Mrs. Miller is going to meet a person, a small child, who, like her, has no freinds, goes through life unnoticed, and ventures only as far as Mrs. Miller. Would it be a dream of happiness come true? or perhaps the worst nightmare Mrs. Miller has ever experienced ... In the Twilight8 Zone!

Title shows: "Miriam"

Act I: At the Theater

(Scene 1, at Mrs. Miller's apartment)

Mrs. Miller: (thinking at the same time she reads the advertisement in her newspaper, Tommy singing in the background.) Now, here's an interesting picture... It's at the local theater. The title sounds good -- I might go out to see it. (Before getting her heavy fur coat, she places a cover over Tommy's birdcage, then opens her front door and closes it behind her; outside, it is snowing)

(Scene 2, Box office with a long line of customers. Mrs. Miller stands at the end of a very long line to the box office; she takes a look at the marquee for admission prices above the box office before putting away a bag of peppermints10 she had purchased at the drug store.)

Short Man: (tired and agitated11 voice) Will this line ever move?

Short Woman: Quit complaining, Harry12; the line is moving as fast as it can.

Mrs. Miller: (thinking) I hope not -- I haven't found enough change for... Ah! Here they are. (Smiles, looks up ahead of the line; she is almost at the box office. She notices a small white-haired girl up ahead of the line, underneath13 the marquee.)

Mrs. Miller: (thinking) My, what is that little girl doing out in the weather like this?

Miriam: (looks at Mrs. Miller, smiles)

Mrs. Miller: (smiles back)

Miriam: (walks over to Mrs. Miller) Excuse me ma'am?

Mrs. Miller: (excited and intrigued14 look) Yes, dear?

Miriam: Would you care to do me a favor, please?

Mrs. Miller: I'd be glad to... If I can. What is it?

Miriam: It's quite easy. I merely need you to buy a ticket for me; they won't let me in otherwise. (hands Mrs. Miller change) Here. I have money for it.

Mrs. Miller: Why won't they let you in, dear?

Miriam: I don't know, but I want to see the movie. Please, it's only a little favor, ma'am. (hands Mrs. Miller the money earnestly.)

Mrs. Miller: Well, all right.

(Scene 3, Inside the Theater; Mrs. Miller and the girl have gone inside together.)

Mrs. Miller: (sits down) I feel just like a genuine criminal, I mean, that sort of thing is against the law, isn't it? (chuckles) I do hope I haven't done the wrong thing. (turns to her right, where the girl is sitting next to her) Your mother does know where you are, right?

Miriam: (Silence; takes her blue coat off, folds it neatly15 on her lap, and stares off at the theater screen, expressionless.)

Mrs. Miller: (hands a peppermint9 to the girl) What is your name, dear?

Miriam: (smiles, takes the candy off Mrs. Miller's hand.) Miriam, ma'am (places the candy in her mouth.)

Mrs. Miller: (surprised look) Why, isn't that something? My name is also Miriam, and it's not even a common name, either! (laughs heartily) Don't tell me your last name is also Miller?

Miriam: (sucking her candy) No, ma'am. Just Miriam.

Mrs. Miller: Oh. Well, isn't it funny, though?

Miriam: (crunches on her candy) Moderately. (smacks her lips)

Mrs. Miller: (looks at Miriam for a long time) My, you have quite a large vocabulary for your age, Miriam.

Miriam: (looks up after finishing her candy) I do?

Mrs. Miller: (uncomfortable voice) Well, um, yes, you do, dear. (looks at the theater screen; turns to Miriam) Do you like the movies? (smiles)

Miriam: (shrugs) I wouldn't really know, to tell you the truth, ma'am. Never been to them before. This is my first.

Mrs. Miller: I see.

(several minutes later, after the movie has finished)

Mrs. Miller: Well, I'd better get going before the weather gets worse. (Stands up, tucking her purse under her arm) It was nice meeting you, Miriam.

Miriam: (smiles and nods) Nice meeting you too, Mrs. Miller.

* * *

Act Two: The Intrusion

(Scene 1, Mrs. Miller reading Times magazine in her bed covers)

Mrs. Miller: (startled; hears the doorbell ring; gets out of bed while doorbell still rings) I'm coming, I'm coming! Please be patient. (ring) Stop it! (ring) It's nearly midnight -- hold on! (opens the door) What in heaven's name--?

Miriam: Hello (smiles)

Mrs. Miller: Oh... Why, hello there... (pause to look at her outfit16 -- same blue coat) You're that girl at the theater, are you?

Miriam: Mm-hmm, I thought you were never going to answer the door, but I knew you were home. Aren't you happy to see me, ma'am?

Mrs. Miller: Uhm...

Miriam: Well, you can at least let me in, will you?

Mrs. Miller: (stuttering a bit) My dear, it is awfully17 late, you know ... and --

Miriam: (interrupts) What difference does it make? Please let me in -- it's cold outside and I only have on a silk dress. (Gestures her hands to beckon18 Mrs. Miller to move aside; goes inside, dropping her coat on a nearby chair; she is wearing a white silk dress as she said, and looks pale.)

Miriam: (looks around) I really like your place. And I like your rug also -- blue is my favorite color.

Mrs. Miller: My dear, please... What do...?

Miriam: (looks at a vase with roses; disappointed look.) (whispers) Imitations... (strokes the artificial roses) How sad... Aren't imitations melancholy19, Mrs. Miller?

Mrs. Miller: (stern voice) What do you want, Miriam?

Miriam: Sit down. It makes me nervous to see people standing20.

Mrs. Miller: (sits on a nearby hassock; controlling her anger) Okay, but what do you want from me?

Miriam: (looks at Mrs. Miller's solemn face) You know ... I don't think you're glad to see me here, are you?

Mrs. Miller: Um, well, I... (Thinks) What on earth is she trying to get at? (Speaks in a quivering voice) How -- How did you know where I live?

Miriam: (frowning) Oh, that's not a question at all, ma'am. What's your name? What's my name?

Mrs. Miller: But... I'm not even listed in the phone book. So how could--

Miriam: Could we talk about something different? It's no mystery.

Mrs. Miller: (almost losing control on her steady voice) Your mother must be insane to let a girl like you wander out of your home, at an hour like this -- midnight! And wearing that ridiculous dress of yours -- what is she thinking?

Miriam: (Walks over to Tommy's cage; looks under its cover) A canary! (looks at Mrs. Miller) (angelic voice) Would you mind if I woke him? I would love to hear him sing his melody.

Mrs. Miller: (stands up) (anxious voice) Don't you wake up Tommy, little child. Don't you dare!

Miriam: (frowns) Oh, all right. But I don't see why I can't hear Tommy sing, anyway. (sudden smile) Do you have anything to eat? I'm starving! I would like milk and jam sandwich with --

Mrs. Miller: Look. (steps closer to Miriam) Listen: what if I make you some nice sandwiches and poured you a glass of milk? Then can you be a sweet little child and go home? It is past midnight and you shouldn't be out this late. Isn't you mother even the slightest bit worried where you are?

Miriam: (looks outside through the curtains) But it's snowing. And it's dark and cold. I can't go out there in a weather like this.

Mrs. Miller: Well, you should've thought of that before you left -- you shouldn't have come here in the first place! I cannot stop this weather, sorry. If I make you something to eat, will you promise to leave me in peace?

Miriam: (childish look) Well... All right.

(Scene 2: Mrs. Miller fixing a midnight snack for the child; lights a cigarette; hears the canary sing)

Mrs. Miller: Oh, no! -- Tommy! (leaves the kitchenette) (shouting) Miriam! Miriam, I told you not to bother Tommy while I am making you... a snack -- ?

(the girl isn't in the room; the cover is still on Tommy's cage, and he's still singing. Baffled, she takes a puff21 of her cigarette.)

Mrs. Miller: Miriam? Miriam, where are you, child? (looks in the kitchenette again before heading to her bedroom) Miriam, did you leave?-- Miriam?!

Miriam: (sitting at the foot of the bed with an opened jewel box) Yes?

Mrs. Miller: (catching her breath from excitement) Miriam, dear, what are you doing?

Miriam: There wasn't anything good in the other room (gestures to her and to indicate the area she is in) nor in here, either. (picks up a jeweled brooch from the box.) But I like this one very much. Charming. (smiles balefully)

Mrs. Miller: (nervous look) Miriam, please put it back where you found it. Don't take it -- it was a gift from my husband ... on our anniversary ... years ago. Put it back.

Miriam: (puts the jewel box on the bed as she stands up, the brooch in her hand.) But it's beautiful ... (walks up to Mrs. Miller) and I want it so much. Give it to me!

Mrs. Miller: (thinking; sigh of defeat) Fine. You can have it...

(Scene 3: Miriam eating her jam sandwiches happily; Mrs. Miller sitting on her hassock, looking more somber22 than before)

Miriam: (sighs happily) That was very nice, Mrs. Miller. (smacks her lips) Though eating an almond cake and some cherries would be nice, also. (plays with the brooch) Sweets are wonderful, don't you think?

Mrs. Miller: (tired look and voice) Child ...

Miriam: Any candy here -- a cake, perhaps?

Mrs. Miller: You promised that you would leave after you finished your sandwiches and milk. Will you please go?

Miriam: I did?

Mrs. Miller: It was a promise, Miriam. Please go home. It's very late, and I'm not feeling well at all. Go.

Miriam: (giggling; smiles) I was only teasing, don't fret23. (sits up, putting her coat on; goes over to Mrs. Miller) (whispers) Kiss me good night?

Mrs. Miller: I'd rather not. I don't feel good.

Miriam: (calm voice) As you wish.

(Mrs. Miller lowers her head, almost falling to sleep; hears glass shattering, then looks up to Miriam, who was standing over the broken vase with the artificial flowers. There is a moment of silence. Miriam walks on the flowers before heading out the door, giving Mrs. Miller one last, unsympathetic look.)

(commercials -- blah!)

* * *

Act Three: The Reduction of Mrs. Miller

(Scene 1: Mrs. Miller walking down on 86th St. while the dream she had a few nights ago echoes in her head)

1st Voice: Where is she taking us, I wonder?

2nd Voice: No one knows, I suppose.

3rd Voice: But isn't she pretty in that outfit? Like a frosted flower -- her hair so shining and white (sighs).

4th Voice: I must say, she is rather lucky to marry H. T. today.

(chuckling in the background fades as Mrs. Miller's mind focuses back to reality; sees a pretty wedding dress in the display window.)

(Mrs. Miller notices an old man at a corner street with heavy package under his arm, shaggy old coat, and checkered24 cap; he smiles at Mrs. Miller. She smiles back, but then shakes her head slightly, as if she is trying to erase25 a vision. She crosses the street, and the man follows her slowly, shuffling26 his feet -- dramatic music. Mrs. Miller watches -- from our point of view -- the reflections of the man off the window displays. She starts walking faster; the man shuffles27 his feet also to match her speed -- dramatic music increases. Mrs. Miller reaches the flower shop, slips inside quickly, and ... the old man passes by the shop, briefly28 tipping his cap to her. Dramatic music calms down before an increase once more, when the florist29 sees Mrs. Miller.)

Florist: May I help you, ma'am?

Mrs. Miller: (yelps) Oh, I'm sorry. Yes, uh, do you have any white roses?

Florist: Yes we do -- how many?

Mrs. Miller: Six please.

(scene 2: home at Mrs. Miller's apartment. she is carrying inside the following items: the roses, a new vase, some cherries, and a cake -- almond cake. The flowers are now in the vase on the coffee table along with a plate of cherries and the almond cake on another plate. Tommy is singing. The clock chimes five p.m. and then the doorbell rings)

Mrs. Miller: (calls out) Is that you again?

Miriam: (shouting) Naturally! (rings the doorbell again) Open this door!

Mrs. Miller: Go away! I beg of you!

Miriam: But I have a big package out here, and need help carrying it in -- Please, hurry!

Mrs. Miller: Just go away! (ringing continues) You might as well leave -- I have no intention of letting a child like you inside my apartment.

(ringing stops; Mrs. Miller hopes that Miriam has given up and gone home. Mrs. Miller tiptoes to her front door, opens the door -- and, with a surprised and disgusted look on her face, sees Miriam is still out there with a huge box and a China doll in her arms.)

Miriam: (beaming) I knew you would open the door sooner or later. Help me with this package -- it's awfully heavy, you know (dragging the box inside the apartment)

Mrs. Miller: All right, let me take it in for you. (takes the box from Miriam, places it in the middle of the room, and catches her breath)

Miriam: (sits on the sofa with her doll) Thank you, ma'am. Go ahead and look in the box -- it's a surprise. (smiles)

Mrs. Miller: (opens the package; pulls out dresses and a white one Miriam was wearing the other day) Why, there are all just clothes. They're very pretty, but... Why, Miriam?

Miriam: Because I've come to live with you. What do you think?

Mrs. Miller: What?! Live with me?!

Miriam: You were awfully nice to buy me these cherries. (smiles again as she eats one) They're very delicious.

Mrs. Miller: But you can't! Just go away and leave me alone, for God's sake! Leave!

Miriam: (ignoring her) -- And the almond cake and the flowers -- real flowers. You're a very generous woman. We didn't have much at the last place I lived. The old man I lived with didn't had enough money or food, but I think I'll like it here. (hands her a cherry) Want some?

(Scene 3: interior of a different apartment room. There is frantic30 knocking on the door. A short man answers the door, but is suddenly pushed aside by an old woman -- Mrs. Miller)

Short Man: Wha?! What the hell is this?

Short Woman: Anything the matter, honey? Who is that? (confronted by Mrs. Miller, who has grabbed her shoulders, obviously stressed) Aack! What is the matter? Clam31 yourself!

Mrs. Miller: (almost about to cry) Look -- Listen: I am ashamed of my behavior right now, but -- I'm Mrs. H. T. Miller from upstairs and... (lets go of the short woman's shoulders, burying her face in her hands, whimpering) It is so absurd to think about it...!

Short Woman: (leading Mrs. Miller to a nearby chair to sit on) What's absurd?

Mrs. Miller: (still whimpering) I live upstairs and there is this little girl who has been visiting me. I suppose that I'm deathly afraid of her. She just won't leave me be -- I can't make her leave, either -- she's going to do something terrible! She already stolen my brooch, but she's about to do something worse -- awful! (cries in her hands)

Short Man: She's a relative of yours?

Mrs. Miller: I don't know who she is -- she told me her name's Miriam, but as far as I can tell, I don't know exactly who she is to begin with!

Short Woman: Ya gotta calm down, hon. (pats her on the back) Look, Harry, go over to the lady's room and see what the kid is up to; I'll stay here and try to make her feel better.

Mrs. Miller: The door's open -- room 5A.

Short Man: Right. (leaves the room)

Mrs. Miller: (sniff) I'm sorry for acting32 like such a fool (takes a wet towel the short woman offers, wiping her face) Th-thank you. You're very kind. This wicked child ...

Short Woman: I know (turns on the radio, tapping to the rhythm) Just take it easy, now. Harry's gonna find that kid for ya.

(ten minutes later)

Short Woman: Maybe we oughta go up too.

Mrs. Miller: (bit more calmer than earlier) I don't what to see her again. I don't want to be near her...

Short Woman: Uh-huh. What you shoulda done, though, is to call the police about that kid.

Short Man: (comes back in, scratching behind his head -- perplexed) Couldn't find her. Musta beat it, I guess.

Short Woman: Harry, ya big jerk! We've been sitting here the whole time -- if that kid had left, we woulda seen her pass by our -- (pauses when she sees his serious face)

Short Man: I'm tellin' ya, I didn't find her in that room. Nobody is in that room -- nobody, ya hear?

Mrs. Miller: Could you tell me, then... (stands up) was there a box in the middle of the room? Or a doll in the room?

Short Man: Nope, didn't see none. Sorry, ma'am.

Short Woman: Now, Harry, you idiot! --

(scene 4: Mrs. Miller back in her apartment; roses, cherries, and almond cake in their original state, untouched. She looks outside her window to see if the girl is still out there, but there is no sign of her. She hears the drawers in her bedroom opening and closing a few times before she hears movement and the sound of a silk dress coming closer to her. She looks at who the person is, and is shocked and dismayed to see Miriam again.)

Miriam: Is he gone?

(Mrs. Miller clasps her face with her hands and sinks down to the couch, horrified33. Fade out to Rod Serling.)

Narrator: Mrs. H. T. Miller has lost more than her sanity34. Since she can't confirm whether Miriam is an endless nightmare in her sleep, an actual human being, or a ghost of the past, Mrs. Miller has now lost her identity to Miriam -- an entirely35 dependent child. This child has taken control of Mrs. Miller's life... In The Twilight Zone!


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1 miller ZD6xf     
n.磨坊主
参考例句:
  • Every miller draws water to his own mill.磨坊主都往自己磨里注水。
  • The skilful miller killed millions of lions with his ski.技术娴熟的磨坊主用雪橇杀死了上百万头狮子。
2 taunts 479d1f381c532d68e660e720738c03e2     
嘲弄的言语,嘲笑,奚落( taunt的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • He had to endure the racist taunts of the crowd. 他不得不忍受那群人种族歧视的奚落。
  • He had to endure the taunts of his successful rival. 他不得不忍受成功了的对手的讥笑。
3 confrontation xYHy7     
n.对抗,对峙,冲突
参考例句:
  • We can't risk another confrontation with the union.我们不能冒再次同工会对抗的危险。
  • After years of confrontation,they finally have achieved a modus vivendi.在对抗很长时间后,他们最后达成安宁生存的非正式协议。
4 denouement wwyxf     
n.结尾,结局
参考例句:
  • The book's sentimental denouement is pure Hollywood.该书的煽情结局纯粹是好莱坞式的。
  • In a surprising denouement,she becomes a nun.结局出人意表,她当修女了。
5 cosmetics 5v8zdX     
n.化妆品
参考例句:
  • We sell a wide range of cosmetics at a very reasonable price. 我们以公道的价格出售各种化妆品。
  • Cosmetics do not always cover up the deficiencies of nature. 化妆品未能掩饰天生的缺陷。
6 monotonous FwQyJ     
adj.单调的,一成不变的,使人厌倦的
参考例句:
  • She thought life in the small town was monotonous.她觉得小镇上的生活单调而乏味。
  • His articles are fixed in form and monotonous in content.他的文章千篇一律,一个调调儿。
7 isolation 7qMzTS     
n.隔离,孤立,分解,分离
参考例句:
  • The millionaire lived in complete isolation from the outside world.这位富翁过着与世隔绝的生活。
  • He retired and lived in relative isolation.他退休后,生活比较孤寂。
8 twilight gKizf     
n.暮光,黄昏;暮年,晚期,衰落时期
参考例句:
  • Twilight merged into darkness.夕阳的光辉融于黑暗中。
  • Twilight was sweet with the smell of lilac and freshly turned earth.薄暮充满紫丁香和新翻耕的泥土的香味。
9 peppermint slNzxg     
n.薄荷,薄荷油,薄荷糖
参考例句:
  • Peppermint oil is very good for regulating digestive disorders.薄荷油能很有效地调节消化系统失调。
  • He sat down,popped in a peppermint and promptly choked to death.他坐下来,突然往嘴里放了一颗薄荷糖,当即被噎死。
10 peppermints 0861208365c44aa8cacf6bdeab27fccd     
n.薄荷( peppermint的名词复数 );薄荷糖
参考例句:
  • She just curls up and sucks peppermints. 她老是蜷着腿躺着,吮着薄荷糖。 来自辞典例句
  • Enough, already with this mellow incense and peppermints vibe. 够了,我受够这些薰香以及薄荷的感觉了。 来自电影对白
11 agitated dzgzc2     
adj.被鼓动的,不安的
参考例句:
  • His answers were all mixed up,so agitated was he.他是那样心神不定,回答全乱了。
  • She was agitated because her train was an hour late.她乘坐的火车晚点一个小时,她十分焦虑。
12 harry heBxS     
vt.掠夺,蹂躏,使苦恼
参考例句:
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
13 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
14 intrigued 7acc2a75074482e2b408c60187e27c73     
adj.好奇的,被迷住了的v.搞阴谋诡计(intrigue的过去式);激起…的兴趣或好奇心;“intrigue”的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • You've really intrigued me—tell me more! 你说的真有意思—再给我讲一些吧!
  • He was intrigued by her story. 他被她的故事迷住了。
15 neatly ynZzBp     
adv.整洁地,干净地,灵巧地,熟练地
参考例句:
  • 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。
  • 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。
16 outfit YJTxC     
n.(为特殊用途的)全套装备,全套服装
参考例句:
  • Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughter's wedding.珍妮为参加女儿的婚礼买了一套新装。
  • His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday.他父亲在他生日那天给他买了一套滑雪用具。
17 awfully MPkym     
adv.可怕地,非常地,极端地
参考例句:
  • Agriculture was awfully neglected in the past.过去农业遭到严重忽视。
  • I've been feeling awfully bad about it.对这我一直感到很难受。
18 beckon CdTyi     
v.(以点头或打手势)向...示意,召唤
参考例句:
  • She crooked her finger to beckon him.她勾勾手指向他示意。
  • The wave for Hawaii beckon surfers from all around the world.夏威夷的海浪吸引着世界各地的冲浪者前来。
19 melancholy t7rz8     
n.忧郁,愁思;adj.令人感伤(沮丧)的,忧郁的
参考例句:
  • All at once he fell into a state of profound melancholy.他立即陷入无尽的忧思之中。
  • He felt melancholy after he failed the exam.这次考试没通过,他感到很郁闷。
20 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:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
21 puff y0cz8     
n.一口(气);一阵(风);v.喷气,喘气
参考例句:
  • He took a puff at his cigarette.他吸了一口香烟。
  • They tried their best to puff the book they published.他们尽力吹捧他们出版的书。
22 somber dFmz7     
adj.昏暗的,阴天的,阴森的,忧郁的
参考例句:
  • He had a somber expression on his face.他面容忧郁。
  • His coat was a somber brown.他的衣服是暗棕色的。
23 fret wftzl     
v.(使)烦恼;(使)焦急;(使)腐蚀,(使)磨损
参考例句:
  • Don't fret.We'll get there on time.别着急,我们能准时到那里。
  • She'll fret herself to death one of these days.她总有一天会愁死的.
24 checkered twbzdA     
adj.有方格图案的
参考例句:
  • The ground under the trees was checkered with sunlight and shade.林地光影交错。
  • He’d had a checkered past in the government.他过去在政界浮沉。
25 erase woMxN     
v.擦掉;消除某事物的痕迹
参考例句:
  • He tried to erase the idea from his mind.他试图从头脑中抹掉这个想法。
  • Please erase my name from the list.请把我的名字从名单上擦去。
26 shuffling 03b785186d0322e5a1a31c105fc534ee     
adj. 慢慢移动的, 滑移的 动词shuffle的现在分词形式
参考例句:
  • Don't go shuffling along as if you were dead. 别像个死人似地拖着脚走。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Some one was shuffling by on the sidewalk. 外面的人行道上有人拖着脚走过。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
27 shuffles 63b497e2c78dc39f3169dd22143bf2ba     
n.洗(纸牌)( shuffle的名词复数 );拖着脚步走;粗心地做;摆脱尘世的烦恼v.洗(纸牌)( shuffle的第三人称单数 );拖着脚步走;粗心地做;摆脱尘世的烦恼
参考例句:
  • She shuffles cards expertly, all the guys stare in amazement. 她熟练地洗着牌,爷们都看呆了。 来自互联网
  • Fortune shuffles cards, but we discard them. 命运负责洗牌,而出牌的是我们自己。 来自互联网
28 briefly 9Styo     
adv.简单地,简短地
参考例句:
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想简单地谈一下这个问题的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一个恐怖组织绑架并短暂拘禁。
29 florist vj3xB     
n.花商;种花者
参考例句:
  • The florist bunched the flowers up.花匠把花捆成花束。
  • Could you stop at that florist shop over there?劳驾在那边花店停一下好不好?
30 frantic Jfyzr     
adj.狂乱的,错乱的,激昂的
参考例句:
  • I've had a frantic rush to get my work done.我急急忙忙地赶完工作。
  • He made frantic dash for the departing train.他发疯似地冲向正开出的火车。
31 clam Fq3zk     
n.蛤,蛤肉
参考例句:
  • Yup!I also like clam soup and sea cucumbers.对呀!我还喜欢蛤仔汤和海参。
  • The barnacle and the clam are two examples of filter feeders.藤壶和蛤类是滤过觅食者的两种例子。
32 acting czRzoc     
n.演戏,行为,假装;adj.代理的,临时的,演出用的
参考例句:
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
33 horrified 8rUzZU     
a.(表现出)恐惧的
参考例句:
  • The whole country was horrified by the killings. 全国都对这些凶杀案感到大为震惊。
  • We were horrified at the conditions prevailing in local prisons. 地方监狱的普遍状况让我们震惊。
34 sanity sCwzH     
n.心智健全,神智正常,判断正确
参考例句:
  • I doubt the sanity of such a plan.我怀疑这个计划是否明智。
  • She managed to keep her sanity throughout the ordeal.在那场磨难中她始终保持神志正常。
35 entirely entirely     
ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
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