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With more than usual eagerness did Catherine hasten to the pump-room the next day, secure within herself of seeing Mr. Tilney there before the morning were over, and ready to meet him with a smile; but no smile was demanded—Mr. Tilney did not appear. Every creature in Bath, except himself, was to be seen in the room at different periods of the fashionable hours; crowds of people were every moment passing in and out, up the steps and down; people whom nobody cared about, and nobody wanted to see; and he only was absent. “What a delightful1 place Bath is,” said Mrs. Allen as they sat down near the great clock, after parading the room till they were tired; “and how pleasant it would be if we had any acquaintance here.”

This sentiment had been uttered so often in vain that Mrs. Allen had no particular reason to hope it would be followed with more advantage now; but we are told to “despair of nothing we would attain,” as “unwearied diligence our point would gain”; and the unwearied diligence with which she had every day wished for the same thing was at length to have its just reward, for hardly had she been seated ten minutes before a lady of about her own age, who was sitting by her, and had been looking at her attentively2 for several minutes, addressed her with great complaisance3 in these words: “I think, madam, I cannot be mistaken; it is a long time since I had the pleasure of seeing you, but is not your name Allen?” This question answered, as it readily was, the stranger pronounced hers to be Thorpe; and Mrs. Allen immediately recognized the features of a former schoolfellow and intimate, whom she had seen only once since their respective marriages, and that many years ago. Their joy on this meeting was very great, as well it might, since they had been contented4 to know nothing of each other for the last fifteen years. Compliments on good looks now passed; and, after observing how time had slipped away since they were last together, how little they had thought of meeting in Bath, and what a pleasure it was to see an old friend, they proceeded to make inquiries5 and give intelligence as to their families, sisters, and cousins, talking both together, far more ready to give than to receive information, and each hearing very little of what the other said. Mrs. Thorpe, however, had one great advantage as a talker, over Mrs. Allen, in a family of children; and when she expatiated6 on the talents of her sons, and the beauty of her daughters, when she related their different situations and views—that John was at Oxford7, Edward at Merchant Taylors', and William at sea—and all of them more beloved and respected in their different station than any other three beings ever were, Mrs. Allen had no similar information to give, no similar triumphs to press on the unwilling8 and unbelieving ear of her friend, and was forced to sit and appear to listen to all these maternal9 effusions, consoling herself, however, with the discovery, which her keen eye soon made, that the lace on Mrs. Thorpe's pelisse was not half so handsome as that on her own.

“Here come my dear girls,” cried Mrs. Thorpe, pointing at three smart-looking females who, arm in arm, were then moving towards her. “My dear Mrs. Allen, I long to introduce them; they will be so delighted to see you: the tallest is Isabella, my eldest10; is not she a fine young woman? The others are very much admired too, but I believe Isabella is the handsomest.”

The Miss Thorpes were introduced; and Miss Morland, who had been for a short time forgotten, was introduced likewise. The name seemed to strike them all; and, after speaking to her with great civility, the eldest young lady observed aloud to the rest, “How excessively like her brother Miss Morland is!”

“The very picture of him indeed!” cried the mother—and “I should have known her anywhere for his sister!” was repeated by them all, two or three times over. For a moment Catherine was surprised; but Mrs. Thorpe and her daughters had scarcely begun the history of their acquaintance with Mr. James Morland, before she remembered that her eldest brother had lately formed an intimacy11 with a young man of his own college, of the name of Thorpe; and that he had spent the last week of the Christmas vacation with his family, near London.

The whole being explained, many obliging things were said by the Miss Thorpes of their wish of being better acquainted with her; of being considered as already friends, through the friendship of their brothers, etc., which Catherine heard with pleasure, and answered with all the pretty expressions she could command; and, as the first proof of amity12, she was soon invited to accept an arm of the eldest Miss Thorpe, and take a turn with her about the room. Catherine was delighted with this extension of her Bath acquaintance, and almost forgot Mr. Tilney while she talked to Miss Thorpe. Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs13 of disappointed love.

Their conversation turned upon those subjects, of which the free discussion has generally much to do in perfecting a sudden intimacy between two young ladies: such as dress, balls, flirtations, and quizzes. Miss Thorpe, however, being four years older than Miss Morland, and at least four years better informed, had a very decided15 advantage in discussing such points; she could compare the balls of Bath with those of Tunbridge, its fashions with the fashions of London; could rectify16 the opinions of her new friend in many articles of tasteful attire17; could discover a flirtation14 between any gentleman and lady who only smiled on each other; and point out a quiz through the thickness of a crowd. These powers received due admiration18 from Catherine, to whom they were entirely19 new; and the respect which they naturally inspired might have been too great for familiarity, had not the easy gaiety of Miss Thorpe's manners, and her frequent expressions of delight on this acquaintance with her, softened20 down every feeling of awe21, and left nothing but tender affection. Their increasing attachment22 was not to be satisfied with half a dozen turns in the pump-room, but required, when they all quitted it together, that Miss Thorpe should accompany Miss Morland to the very door of Mr. Allen's house; and that they should there part with a most affectionate and lengthened23 shake of hands, after learning, to their mutual24 relief, that they should see each other across the theatre at night, and say their prayers in the same chapel25 the next morning. Catherine then ran directly upstairs, and watched Miss Thorpe's progress down the street from the drawing-room window; admired the graceful26 spirit of her walk, the fashionable air of her figure and dress; and felt grateful, as well she might, for the chance which had procured27 her such a friend.

Mrs. Thorpe was a widow, and not a very rich one; she was a good-humoured, well-meaning woman, and a very indulgent mother. Her eldest daughter had great personal beauty, and the younger ones, by pretending to be as handsome as their sister, imitating her air, and dressing28 in the same style, did very well.

This brief account of the family is intended to supersede29 the necessity of a long and minute detail from Mrs. Thorpe herself, of her past adventures and sufferings, which might otherwise be expected to occupy the three or four following chapters; in which the worthlessness of lords and attorneys might be set forth30, and conversations, which had passed twenty years before, be minutely repeated.


1 delightful 6xzxT     
  • We had a delightful time by the seashore last Sunday.上星期天我們在海濱玩得真痛快。
  • Peter played a delightful melody on his flute.彼得用笛子吹奏了一支歡快的曲子。
2 attentively AyQzjz     
  • She listened attentively while I poured out my problems. 我傾吐心中的煩惱時,她一直在注意聽。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • She listened attentively and set down every word he said. 她專心聽著,把他說的話一字不漏地記下來。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
3 complaisance 1Xky2     
  • She speaks with complaisance.她說話彬彬有禮。
  • His complaisance leaves a good impression on her.他的彬彬有禮給她留下了深刻的印象。
4 contented Gvxzof     
  • He won't be contented until he's upset everyone in the office.不把辦公室里的每個人弄得心煩意亂他就不會滿足。
  • The people are making a good living and are contented,each in his station.人民安居樂業。
5 inquiries 86a54c7f2b27c02acf9fcb16a31c4b57     
n.調查( inquiry的名詞復數 );疑問;探究;打聽
  • He was released on bail pending further inquiries. 他獲得保釋,等候進一步調查。
  • I have failed to reach them by postal inquiries. 我未能通過郵政查詢與他們取得聯系。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
6 expatiated 3513d35c00c23e49d849e519ca8f97e3     
v.詳述,細說( expatiate的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The chairman expatiated for two hours on his plans for the company. 董事長用兩小時闡述了公司的規劃。 來自辭典例句
  • In contrition she expatiated on the beauty of the garden. 在后悔中,她反復談論著花園的美麗。 來自辭典例句
7 Oxford Wmmz0a     
  • At present he has become a Professor of Chemistry at Oxford.他現在已是牛津大學的化學教授了。
  • This is where the road to Oxford joins the road to London.這是去牛津的路與去倫敦的路的匯合處。
8 unwilling CjpwB     
  • The natives were unwilling to be bent by colonial power.土著居民不愿受殖民勢力的擺布。
  • His tightfisted employer was unwilling to give him a raise.他那吝嗇的雇主不肯給他加薪。
9 maternal 57Azi     
  • He is my maternal uncle.他是我舅舅。
  • The sight of the hopeless little boy aroused her maternal instincts.那個絕望的小男孩的模樣喚起了她的母性。
10 eldest bqkx6     
  • The King's eldest son is the heir to the throne.國王的長子是王位的繼承人。
  • The castle and the land are entailed on the eldest son.城堡和土地限定由長子繼承。
11 intimacy z4Vxx     
  • His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他聲稱自己與總統關系密切,這有點言過其實。
  • I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有個關于親密的規則。
12 amity lwqzz     
  • He lives in amity with his neighbours.他和他的鄰居相處得很和睦。
  • They parted in amity.他們很友好地分別了。
13 pangs 90e966ce71191d0a90f6fec2265e2758     
突然的劇痛( pang的名詞復數 ); 悲痛
  • She felt sudden pangs of regret. 她突然感到痛悔不已。
  • With touching pathos he described the pangs of hunger. 他以極具感傷力的筆觸描述了饑餓的痛苦。
14 flirtation 2164535d978e5272e6ed1b033acfb7d9     
  • a brief and unsuccessful flirtation with the property market 對房地產市場一時興起、并不成功的介入
  • At recess Tom continued his flirtation with Amy with jubilant self-satisfaction. 課間休息的時候,湯姆繼續和艾美逗樂,一副得意洋洋、心滿意足的樣子。 來自英漢文學 - 湯姆歷險
15 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.這使他們比對手具有明顯的優勢。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英國人和中國人打招呼的方式有很明顯的區別。
16 rectify 8AezO     
  • The matter will rectify itself in a few days.那件事過幾天就會變好。
  • You can rectify this fault if you insert a slash.插人一條斜線便可以糾正此錯誤。
17 attire AN0zA     
  • He had no intention of changing his mode of attire.他無意改變著裝方式。
  • Her attention was attracted by his peculiar attire.他那奇特的服裝引起了她的注意。
18 admiration afpyA     
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他對風景之美贊不絕口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我們對金牌獲得者極為敬佩。
19 entirely entirely     
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那場火災完全是由于他們失職而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生統統獻給了教育工作。
20 softened 19151c4e3297eb1618bed6a05d92b4fe     
(使)變軟( soften的過去式和過去分詞 ); 緩解打擊; 緩和; 安慰
  • His smile softened slightly. 他的微笑稍柔和了些。
  • The ice cream softened and began to melt. 冰淇淋開始變軟并開始融化。
21 awe WNqzC     
  • The sight filled us with awe.這景色使我們大為驚嘆。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龍卷風使我們驚恐萬分。
22 attachment POpy1     
  • She has a great attachment to her sister.她十分依戀她的姐姐。
  • She's on attachment to the Ministry of Defense.她現在隸屬于國防部。
23 lengthened 4c0dbc9eb35481502947898d5e9f0a54     
(時間或空間)延長,伸長( lengthen的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The afternoon shadows lengthened. 下午影子漸漸變長了。
  • He wanted to have his coat lengthened a bit. 他要把上衣放長一些。
24 mutual eFOxC     
  • We must pull together for mutual interest.我們必須為相互的利益而通力合作。
  • Mutual interests tied us together.相互的利害關系把我們聯系在一起。
25 chapel UXNzg     
  • The nimble hero,skipped into a chapel that stood near.敏捷的英雄跳進近旁的一座小教堂里。
  • She was on the peak that Sunday afternoon when she played in chapel.那個星期天的下午,她在小教堂的演出,可以說是登峰造極。
26 graceful deHza     
  • His movements on the parallel bars were very graceful.他的雙杠動作可帥了!
  • The ballet dancer is so graceful.芭蕾舞演員的姿態是如此的優美。
27 procured 493ee52a2e975a52c94933bb12ecc52b     
v.(努力)取得, (設法)獲得( procure的過去式和過去分詞 );拉皮條
  • These cars are to be procured through open tender. 這些汽車要用公開招標的辦法購買。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
  • A friend procured a position in the bank for my big brother. 一位朋友為我哥哥謀得了一個銀行的職位。 來自《用法詞典》
28 dressing 1uOzJG     
  • Don't spend such a lot of time in dressing yourself.別花那么多時間來打扮自己。
  • The children enjoy dressing up in mother's old clothes.孩子們喜歡穿上媽媽舊時的衣服玩。
29 supersede zrXwz     
  • We must supersede old machines by new ones.我們必須以新機器取代舊機器。
  • The use of robots will someday supersede manual labor.機器人的使用有一天會取代人力。
30 forth Hzdz2     
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.風吹得樹輕輕地來回搖晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快連續發表了一系列的作品。
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