porter - porter, porteur, (port) porter


Chapter - chapitre, branche, section

Miss Polly Harrington entered her kitchen a little hurriedly this June morning. Miss Polly did not usually make hurried movements; she specially prided herself on her repose of manner. But to-day she was hurrying-actually hurrying.

entered - a pénétré, entrer, rench: -neededr, taper, saisir

hurriedly - en toute hâte, a la hâte, a la sauvette, a la va-vite

movements - mouvements, mouvement

specially - particulierement, spécialement

prided - fierté, orgueil

repose - repos

manner - maniere, maniere, façon, mode

hurrying - se dépecher, dépechant, (hurry), précipitation, hâte

actually - en fait, effectivement

Nancy, washing dishes at the sink, looked up in surprise. Nancy had been working in Miss Polly's kitchen only two months, but already she knew that her mistress did not usually hurry.

sink - couler, s'enfoncer, évier, lavabo

surprise - surprise, surprendre, étonner

Mistress - madame, maîtresse, amante

hurry - se dépecher, précipitation, hâte


"Yes, ma'am." Nancy answered cheerfully, but she still continued wiping the pitcher in her hand.

cheerfully - réjouie

continued - suite, continuer

wiping - essuyant, (wipe) essuyant

Pitcher - cruche, broc

"Nancy,"-Miss Polly's voice was very stern now-"when I'm talking to you, I wish you to stop your work and listen to what I have to say."

voice - voix

stern - sévere, poupe

wish - souhait, souhaiter, espérer

Nancy flushed miserably. She set the pitcher down at once, with the cloth still about it, thereby nearly tipping it over-which did not add to her composure.

flushed - rincé, rougeur

miserably - misérablement

set - set, Seth

cloth - tissu, étoffe, tenue

thereby - et donc, ainsi, de ce fait, par la

nearly - presque

tipping - le pourboire, (tip) le pourboire

composure - le sang-froid, calme, quiétude

"Yes, ma'am; I will, ma'am," she stammered, righting the pitcher, and turning hastily. "I was only keepin'on with my work 'cause you specially told me this mornin'ter hurry with my dishes, ye know."

stammered - balbutié, balbutier, bégayer, bégaiement

hastily - hâtivement, précipitamment, a la hâte

keepin - garder

cause - cause, raison, causer

mornin - matin

ye - ou, lequel

Her mistress frowned.

frowned - froncé les sourcils, froncer les sourcils

"That will do, Nancy. I did not ask for explanations. I asked for your attention."

explanations - des explications, explication

for your attention - pour votre attention

"Yes, ma'am." Nancy stifled a sigh. She was wondering if ever in any way she could please this woman.

stifled - étouffé, étouffer

sigh - soupir

wondering - se demander, (wonder), merveille, conjecturer

Nancy had never "worked out" before; but a sick mother suddenly widowed and left with three younger children besides Nancy herself, had forced the girl into doing something toward their support, and she had been so pleased when she found a place in the kitchen of the great house on the hill-Nancy had come from "The Corners," six miles away, and she knew Miss Polly Harrington only as the mistress of the old Harrington homestead, and one of the wealthiest residents of the town. That was two months before. She knew Miss Polly now as a stern, severe-faced woman who frowned if a knife clattered to the floor, or if a door banged-but who never thought to smile even when knives and doors were still.

suddenly - soudain, soudainement, tout d'un coup

widowed - veuve

besides - d'ailleurs, aupres

forced - forcée, force

toward - vers, envers, pour, pres de

support - soutien, soutenez, appuyez, appuyons, appuyent, soutiens

Hill - hill, colline, côte

corners - coins, coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer

homestead - la propriété familiale, propriété, foyer, demeure

wealthiest - les plus riches, riche, nanti

residents - résidents, résident, résidente, habitant, habitante

severe - sévere, grave, sévere

knife - couteau, frapper d'un coup de couteau

clattered - claudiqué, claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme

banged - cogné, détonation

smile - sourire

knives - couteaux, couteau

"When you've finished your morning work, Nancy," Miss Polly was saying now, "you may clear the little room at the head of the stairs in the attic, and make up the cot bed. Sweep the room and clean it, of course, after you clear out the trunks and boxes."

little room - petite piece

stairs - escaliers, marche, escalier, volée

attic - grenier, combles, mansarde

cot - lit d'enfant, couchette

sweep - balayer, balayage

clear out - Vider

trunks - troncs d'arbre, tronc, malle, coffre, trompe

"Yes, ma'am. And where shall I put the things, please, that I take out?"

shall - doit, rench: 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense'

"In the front attic." Miss Polly hesitated, then went on: "I suppose I may as well tell you now, Nancy. My niece, Miss Pollyanna Whittier, is coming to live with me. She is eleven years old, and will sleep in that room."

hesitated - hésité, hésiter

suppose - supposer, imaginer

niece - niece, niece

"A little girl-coming here, Miss Harrington? Oh, won't that be nice!" cried Nancy, thinking of the sunshine her own little sisters made in the home at "The Corners."

cried - pleuré, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

sunshine - soleil, lumiere du soleil

"Nice? Well, that isn't exactly the word I should use," rejoined Miss Polly, stiffly. "However, I intend to make the best of it, of course. I am a good woman, I hope; and I know my duty."

exactly - exactement

stiffly - avec raideur, rigidement

intend - l'intention de, avoir l'intention, envisager, concevoir

Duty - le devoir, devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe

Nancy colored hotly.

hotly - chaudement

"Of course, ma'am; it was only that I thought a little girl here might-might brighten things up for you," she faltered.

faltered - a faibli, vaciller

"Thank you," rejoined the lady, dryly. "I can't say, however, that I see any immediate need for that."

lady - dame, madame, lady

immediate - immédiate, immédiat, proche

"But, of course, you-you'd want her, your sister's child," ventured Nancy, vaguely feeling that somehow she must prepare a welcome for this lonely little stranger.

ventured - s'est aventuré, s'aventurer, risquer, oser

vaguely - vaguement

somehow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre

lonely - solitaire, seul, désert, abandonné

Stranger - étranger, (strang) étranger

Miss Polly lifted her chin haughtily.

lifted - soulevée, soulever

chin - menton

haughtily - hautainement, avec dédain

"Well, really, Nancy, just because I happened to have a sister who was silly enough to marry and bring unnecessary children into a world that was already quite full enough, I can't see how I should particularly WANT to have the care of them myself. However, as I said before, I hope I know my duty. See that you clean the corners, Nancy," she finished sharply, as she left the room.

silly - stupide, sot, insensé, idiot, bete

marry - se marier, marions, marient, épousez, mariez

unnecessary - inutile

particularly - en particulier

care - soins, s'occuper, soin, souci

myself - moi-meme, me, m'

sharply - brusquement

"Yes, ma'am," sighed Nancy, picking up the half-dried pitcher-now so cold it must be rinsed again.

sighed - soupiré, soupirer

picking - le prélevement, (pic) le prélevement

dried - séché, sec, anhydre, sécher, tfaire sécher

rinsed - rincé, rincer, rinçage

In her own room, Miss Polly took out once more the letter which she had received two days before from the far-away Western town, and which had been so unpleasant a surprise to her. The letter was addressed to Miss Polly Harrington, Beldingsville, Vermont; and it read as follows:

received - reçu, recevoir

Western - occidentale, occidental, western

unpleasant - déplaisant, pénible, désagréable

Vermont - vermont

"Dear Madam:-I regret to inform you that the Rev. John Whittier died two weeks ago, leaving one child, a girl eleven years old. He left practically nothing else save a few books; for, as you doubtless know, he was the pastor of this small mission church, and had a very meagre salary.

madam - madame, mere maquerelle, tenanciere

regret - regretter, regret

inform - informer, renseignent, faire savoir, renseignons, informez

Rev - rev, emballer le moteur

practically - pratiquement, quasiment

save - sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger

doubtless - sans doute, sans aucun doute, sans nul doute, indubitablement

pastor - pasteur

mission - mission

church - église, culte, misse

meagre - maigre

salary - salaire

"I believe he was your deceased sister's husband, but he gave me to understand the families were not on the best of terms. He thought, however, that for your sister's sake you might wish to take the child and bring her up among her own people in the East. Hence I am writing to you.

deceased - décédé, déces, décéder, expirer, mourir, trépasser

terms - conditions, peine, mandat, période

sake - du saké, dans l'intéret de qqn

among - parmi

hence - d'ou, d'ici, ainsi, donc, d'ou

"The little girl will be all ready to start by the time you get this letter; and if you can take her, we would appreciate it very much if you would write that she might come at once, as there is a man and his wife here who are going East very soon, and they would take her with them to Boston, and put her on the Beldingsville train.

appreciate - etre reconnaissant de, apprécier a sa juste valeur

Boston - boston

Of course you would be notified what day and train to expect Pollyanna on.

notified - notifié, notifier

expect - s'attendre a, attendre, s'attendre a

"Hoping to hear favorably from you soon, I remain,

favorably - favorablement

remain - reste, rester, demeurer

"Respectfully yours,

respectfully - respectueusement

"Jeremiah O. White."

Jeremiah - jérémie

With a frown Miss Polly folded the letter and tucked it into its envelope. She had answered it the day before, and she had said she would take the child, of course. She HOPED she knew her duty well enough for that!-disagreeable as the task would be.

frown - froncer les sourcils

folded - plié, plier

tucked - tucked, rempli

envelope - enveloppe

disagreeable - incompatible, désagréable

task - tâche

As she sat now, with the letter in her hands, her thoughts went back to her sister, Jennie, who had been this child's mother, and to the time when Jennie, as a girl of twenty, had insisted upon marrying the young minister, in spite of her family's remonstrances. There had been a man of wealth who had wanted her-and the family had much preferred him to the minister; but Jennie had not.

thoughts - réflexions, idée, pensée

insisted - insisté, insister

upon - sur, a

marrying - se marier, épouser

minister - ministre, ministériel

spite - dépit, rancune

wealth - la richesse, richesse, profusion, abondance, checkfortune

The man of wealth had more years, as well as more money, to his credit, while the minister had only a young head full of youth's ideals and enthusiasm, and a heart full of love. Jennie had preferred these-quite naturally, perhaps; so she had married the minister, and had gone south with him as a home missionary's wife.

credit - crédit, mérite, reconnaissance, attribution, générique

youth - la jeunesse, jeunesse, jeune, jeune homme, les jeunes

ideals - idéaux, idéal, parfait

enthusiasm - l'enthousiasme, enthousiasme, passion

heart - cour

naturally - naturellement

Perhaps - peut-etre, peut-etre, possiblement

missionary - missionnaire

The break had come then. Miss Polly remembered it well, though she had been but a girl of fifteen, the youngest, at the time. The family had had little more to do with the missionary's wife. To be sure, Jennie herself had written, for a time, and had named her last baby "Pollyanna" for her two sisters, Polly and Anna-the other babies had all died.

though - mais, néanmoins, cependant, malgré, bien que

Last - derniere, dernier, durer, dernierere, durez, passé, durent

This had been the last time that Jennie had written; and in a few years there had come the news of her death, told in a short, but heart-broken little note from the minister himself, dated at a little town in the West.

Death - mort, déces, camarde, la mort, l'arcane sans nom

Meanwhile, time had not stood still for the occupants of the great house on the hill. Miss Polly, looking out at the far-reaching valley below, thought of the changes those twenty-five years had brought to her.

Meanwhile - pendant ce temps

occupants - occupants, occupant, habitant

reaching - atteindre, arriver/parvenir a

Valley - la vallée, vallée, val

those - ceux-ci, ces, celles-la, ceux-la

She was forty now, and quite alone in the world. Father, mother, sisters-all were dead. For years, now, she had been sole mistress of the house and of the thousands left her by her father. There were people who had openly pitied her lonely life, and who had urged her to have some friend or companion to live with her; but she had not welcomed either their sympathy or their advice.

alone - seul

dead - morts, mort, milieu, cour, profondeurs

sole - unique, seul, semelle, plante, sole

openly - ouvertement

pitied - pitié, compassion, dommage, honte, plaindre

urged - pressé, pulsion, pousser, inciter, provoquer, insister

companion - compagnon, compagne

either - chaque, non plus, ou, soit

sympathy - compassion, sympathie, condoléance

She was not lonely, she said. She liked being by herself. She preferred quiet. But now-

Miss Polly rose with frowning face and closely-shut lips. She was glad, of course, that she was a good woman, and that she not only knew her duty, but had sufficient strength of character to perform it. But-POLLYANNA!-what a ridiculous name!

rose - Rose, (rise)

frowning - froncer les sourcils

closely - de pres, étroitement, pres

shut - fermé, fermer

lips - levres, levre

Glad - heureux, heureuse

sufficient - suffisante, suffisant

strength of character - la force de caractere

perform - exécuter, performer, jouer ('actor'), danser ('dancer')

ridiculous - ridicule


In the little attic room Nancy swept and scrubbed vigorously, paying particular attention to the corners. There were times, indeed, when the vigor she put into her work was more of a relief to her feelings than it was an ardor to efface dirt-Nancy, in spite of her frightened submission to her mistress, was no saint.

swept - balayé, balayer, balayage

scrubbed - épuré, frotter (a la brosse)

vigorously - vigoureusement

particular - particulier

attention - attention, attentions, garde a vous

indeed - certainement, vraiment, en effet, bien sur, certes

relief - secours, allégement, relief, soulagement

feelings - sentiments

ardor - l'ardeur, ardeur, ferveur

efface - effacer, s'effacer

dirt - la saleté, saleté, ordure, terre, boue, salissure, tache

frightened - effrayé, effrayer, redouter, terrifier

submission - soumission

saint - Saint

"I-just-wish-I could-dig-out the corners-of-her-soul!" she muttered jerkily, punctuating her words with murderous jabs of her pointed cleaning-stick. "There's plenty of 'em needs cleanin'all right, all right! The idea of stickin'that blessed child 'way off up here in this hot little room-with no fire in the winter, too, and all this big house ter pick and choose from! Unnecessary children, indeed!

dig - creuser, creusez, creusons, creusent

soul - âme

muttered - marmonné, marmonner

jerkily - par a-coups, par a-coups

punctuating - ponctuer

murderous - meurtriere

jabs - coups de poing, jab, piqure, injection, pique, jaber

plenty - l'abondance, abondance

cleanin - nettoyage

stickin - coller

blessed - bienheureux, béni, (bless)

pick - pioche, passeartout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir, choisir

Humph!" snapped Nancy, wringing her rag so hard her fingers ached from the strain; "I guess it ain't CHILDREN what is most unnecessary just now, just now!"

Humph - humph, hum

snapped - cassé, claquer, claquement de doigts, photographie, photo

wringing - tordant, (wring) tordant

rag - chiffon

fingers - doigts, pointer, tripoter, doigter

ached - a souffert, douleur

strain - souche, accablement

most unnecessary - le plus inutile

For some time she worked in silence; then, her task finished, she looked about the bare little room in plain disgust.

silence - le silence, silence

bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu

plain - simple, unie, net, plaine

disgust - dégout, dégouter, dégout

"Well, it's done-my part, anyhow," she sighed. "There ain't no dirt here-and there's mighty little else. Poor little soul!-a pretty place this is ter put a homesick, lonesome child into!" she finished, going out and closing the door with a bang, "Oh!" she ejaculated, biting her lip. Then, doggedly: "Well, I don't care. I hope she did hear the bang,-I do, I do!"

anyhow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre, de toute maniere

ain - Ain

mighty - puissant

homesick - le mal du pays

lonesome - solitaire

bang - bang, détonation

ejaculated - éjaculé, éjaculer, éjaculat

lip - levre, levre

doggedly - avec acharnement

In the garden that afternoon, Nancy found a few minutes in which to interview Old Tom, who had pulled the weeds and shovelled the paths about the place for uncounted years.

pulled - tiré, tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence

weeds - les mauvaises herbes, (weed) les mauvaises herbes

shovelled - pelleté, pelle, beche, peller

paths - chemins, sentier

uncounted - non comptabilisés

"Mr. Tom," began Nancy, throwing a quick glance over her shoulder to make sure she was unobserved; "did you know a little girl was comin'here ter live with Miss Polly?"

Mr - monsieur

throwing - jetant, (throw) jetant

glance - regard, jeter un coup d’oil

unobserved - non observée

comin - venir

"A-what?" demanded the old man, straightening his bent back with difficulty.

demanded - demandée, demande, exigence, exiger

straightening - le défrisage, redresser

bent - plié, courba, courbai, courbés, courbé, cambrai

difficulty - difficulté

"A little girl-to live with Miss Polly."

"Go on with yer jokin'," scoffed unbelieving Tom. "Why don't ye tell me the sun is a-goin'ter set in the east ter-morrer?"

jokin - plaisanter

scoffed - s'est moqué, se moquer (de)

goin - aller

"But it's true. She told me so herself," maintained Nancy. "It's her niece; and she's eleven years old."

maintained - maintenue, entretenir, maintenir

The man's jaw fell.

jaw - mâchoire

"Sho!-I wonder, now," he muttered; then a tender light came into his faded eyes. "It ain't-but it must be-Miss Jennie's little gal! There wasn't none of the rest of 'em married. Why, Nancy, it must be Miss Jennie's little gal. Glory be ter praise! ter think of my old eyes a-seein'this!"

wonder - merveille, se demander, conjecturer

tender - l'appel d'offres, doux, adjudication, affectieux

faded - fanée, (s')affaiblir, diminuer

gal - gal

wasn - n'était

none - aucun, ne nulle

rest - se reposer, reposent, reposez, reposons, se, reposer, débris

glory - gloire

Praise - des louanges, louange, louer, féliciter, prôner, vénérer

seein - voir

"Who was Miss Jennie?"

"She was an angel straight out of Heaven," breathed the man, fervently; "but the old master and missus knew her as their oldest daughter. She was twenty when she married and went away from here long years ago. Her babies all died, I heard, except the last one; and that must be the one what's a-comin'."

angel - ange

straight out - directement

Heaven - le paradis, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux

breathed - respiré, respirer, inspirer, expirer

fervently - avec ferveur, fervemment

Master - maître, patron, maîtriser, maitre, maîtrisent

went away - est parti

Except - sauf, faire une exception

"She's eleven years old."

"Yes, she might be," nodded the old man.

nodded - hoché la tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement

"And she's goin'ter sleep in the attic-more shame ter HER!" scolded Nancy, with another glance over her shoulder toward the house behind her.

shame - la honte, honte, vergogne

scolded - grondé, chipie, furie, mégere, gronder, réprimander, tancer

Old Tom frowned. The next moment a curious smile curved his lips.

Curious - vous etes curieux, curieux, intéressant, singulier

curved - courbé, courbe, courbes, courber

"I'm a-wonderin'what Miss Polly will do with a child in the house," he said.

wonderin - wonderin

"Humph! Well, I'm a-wonderin'what a child will do with Miss Polly in the house!" snapped Nancy.

The old man laughed.

"I'm afraid you ain't fond of Miss Polly," he grinned.

I'm afraid - J'ai peur

fond - fond, tendre, amoureux

grinned - ricané, avoir un grand sourire

"As if ever anybody could be fond of her!" scorned Nancy.

Anybody - quelqu'un, n’importe qui (1), checkn’importe qui (2

be fond of - avoir de l'affection pour

scorned - bafouée, mépriser, dédaigner, mépris, dédain

Old Tom smiled oddly. He stooped and began to work again.

smiled - souriait, sourire

oddly - bizarrement, étrangement

stooped - vouté, se baisser

"I guess maybe you didn't know about Miss Polly's love affair," he said slowly.

love affair - une histoire d'amour

slowly - lentement

"Love affair-HER! No!-and I guess nobody else didn't, neither."

affair - affaire, aventure, liaison

neither - ni l'un ni l'autre, aucun des deux, ni X ni Y, non plus

"Oh, yes they did," nodded the old man. "And the feller's livin'ter-day-right in this town, too."

feller - feller, (fell) feller

livin - vivre

"Who is he?"

"I ain't a-tellin'that. It ain't fit that I should." The old man drew himself erect. In his dim blue eyes, as he faced the house, there was the loyal servant's honest pride in the family he has served and loved for long years.

fit - s'adapter, adapter

erect - en érection, fonder, érigeons, érigent, érigez, arborer, ériger

dim - dim, faible, vague

loyal - loyal, fidele

servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur

honest - honnete, honnete, (hon) honnete

pride - l'orgueil, orgueil, fierté

served - servi, service, servir, signifier, purger

"But it don't seem possible-her and a lover," still maintained Nancy.

Seem - sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

lover - amante, amant, maîtresse

Old Tom shook his head.

shook - secoué, (shake), secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse

"You didn't know Miss Polly as I did," he argued. "She used ter be real handsome-and she would be now, if she'd let herself be."

argued - argumenté, affirmer, débattre, se disputer, se quereller

handsome - beau

"Handsome! Miss Polly!"

"Yes. If she'd just let that tight hair of hern all out loose and careless-like, as it used ter be, and wear the sort of bunnits with posies in 'em, and the kind o'dresses all lace and white things-you'd see she'd be handsome! Miss Polly ain't old, Nancy."

tight - serré, tendu, ivre, bien

hern - hern

loose - en vrac, ample, desserré

careless - négligent, étourdi, distrait

sort - tri, assortir, esrece, assortis, sorte

bunnits - bunnits

lace - dentelle, pointue

"Ain't she, though? Well, then she's got an awfully good imitation of it-she has, she has!" sniffed Nancy.

awfully - terriblement

imitation - imitation

sniffed - reniflé, renifler, sniffer

"Yes, I know. It begun then-at the time of the trouble with her lover," nodded Old Tom; "and it seems as if she'd been feedin'on wormwood an'thistles ever since-she's that bitter an'prickly ter deal with."

trouble - des problemes, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, checksouci

Seems - semble-t-il, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

feedin - alimentation

wormwood - l'absinthe, armoise, absinthe, fiel, amertume

thistles - les chardons, chardon

Since - depuis lors, depuis, depuis que, puisque, vu que

Bitter - amere, amer, saumâtre

prickly - épineux, irritable, irascible

deal - accord, dispenser, distribuer

"I should say she was," declared Nancy, indignantly. "There's no pleasin'her, nohow, no matter how you try! I wouldn't stay if 'twa'n't for the wages and the folks at home what's needin''em. But some day-some day I shall jest b'ile over; and when I do, of course it'll be good-by Nancy for me. It will, it will."

declared - déclarée, expliquer, déclarer

indignantly - avec indignation

pleasin - plaire

nohow - comment

matter - matiere, matiere, affaire, question, cause, substance

twa - twa

wages - les salaires, s'engager dans

folks - des gens, populaire, peuple

needin - besoin

jest - jest, plaisanter

good-by - (good-by) bien par

Old Tom shook his head.

"I know. I've felt it. It's nart'ral-but 'tain't best, child; 'tain't best. Take my word for it, 'tain't best." And again he bent his old head to the work before him.

tain - tain

"Nancy!" called a sharp voice.

sharp - pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant

"Y-yes, ma'am," stammered Nancy; and hurried toward the house.

hurried - pressé, précipitation, hâte, dépecher


In due time came the telegram announcing that Pollyanna would arrive in Beldingsville the next day, the twenty-fifth of June, at four o'clock. Miss Polly read the telegram, frowned, then climbed the stairs to the attic room. She still frowned as she looked about her.

due - due, du

telegram - télégramme, dépeche

announcing - annonçant, annoncer

The room contained a small bed, neatly made, two straight-backed chairs, a washstand, a bureau-without any mirror-and a small table. There were no drapery curtains at the dormer windows, no pictures on the wall. All day the sun had been pouring down upon the roof, and the little room was like an oven for heat. As there were no screens, the windows had not been raised.

contained - contenu, contenir

neatly - proprement, élégamment

straight - droit, rectiligne, comme il faut, pur, pure, hétéro, tout droit

bureau - bureau, agence, secrétaire, chiffonnier, commode

mirror - glace, miroir, copie, refléter

drapery - draperie, rideau

curtains - rideaux, rideau

dormer - lucarne

pouring - versant, (pour) versant

roof - toit

oven - four

heat - chaleur, ardeur, chauffer

screens - écrans, paravent, écran

raised - soulevée, (sou)lever

A big fly was buzzing angrily at one of them now, up and down, up and down, trying to get out.

buzzing - bourdonnement, vrombissement, (buzz), coup de fil, bourdonner

Miss Polly killed the fly, swept it through the window (raising the sash an inch for the purpose), straightened a chair, frowned again, and left the room.

killed - tué, tuer

sash - ceinture, écharpe

inch - pouce

purpose - objectif, dgssein, dessein, finalité, but

straightened - redressé, redresser

"Nancy," she said a few minutes later, at the kitchen door, "I found a fly up-stairs in Miss Pollyanna's room. The window must have been raised at some time. I have ordered screens, but until they come I shall expect you to see that the windows remain closed. My niece will arrive to-morrow at four o'clock. I desire you to meet her at the station.

morrow - lendemain, matin

desire - désirer, désir

Timothy will take the open buggy and drive you over. The telegram says 'light hair, red-checked gingham dress, and straw hat.'That is all I know, but I think it is sufficient for your purpose."

Timothy - timothée

buggy - buggy, boghei

gingham - vichy

straw hat - chapeau de paille

"Yes, ma'am; but-you-"

Miss Polly evidently read the pause aright, for she frowned and said crisply:

evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement

pause - pauser, pause

aright - n'est-ce pas

crisply - de façon nette

"No, I shall not go. It is not necessary that I should, I think. That is all." And she turned away-Miss Polly's arrangements for the comfort of her niece, Pollyanna, were complete.

necessary - nécessaire

arrangements - des arrangements, arrangement, disposition, composition

comfort - le confort, confort, consoler

In the kitchen, Nancy sent her flatiron with a vicious dig across the dish-towel she was ironing.

flatiron - flatiron

vicious - rench: t-needed r, vicieux

towel - serviette

ironing - le repassage, repassage, vetements a repasser

"'Light hair, red-checked gingham dress, and straw hat'-all she knows, indeed! Well, I'd be ashamed ter own it up, that I would, I would-and her my onliest niece what was a-comin'from 'way across the continent!"

straw - paille, fétu, jaune paille

ashamed - honteux

Continent - continent, partie du monde

Promptly at twenty minutes to four the next afternoon Timothy and Nancy drove off in the open buggy to meet the expected guest. Timothy was Old Tom's son. It was sometimes said in the town that if Old Tom was Miss Polly's right-hand man, Timothy was her left.

promptly - rapidement

expected - attendue, attendre, s'attendre a

guest - invité, invitée, hôte, rench: invité(e) g

Timothy was a good-natured youth, and a good-looking one, as well. Short as had been Nancy's stay at the house, the two were already good friends. To-day, however, Nancy was too full of her mission to be her usual talkative self; and almost in silence she took the drive to the station and alighted to wait for the train.

good-natured - (good-natured) Bonne humeur

usual - habituel/habituelle

talkative - bavard, loquace

self - soi, soi-meme

almost - presque, quasiment

alighted - descendus, descendre (de)

Over and over in her mind she was saying it "light hair, red-checked dress, straw hat." Over and over again she was wondering just what sort of child this Pollyanna was, anyway.

mind - l'esprit, esprit, raison, intelligence, mémoire

anyway - quand meme, de toute façon, en tout cas, d'ailleurs, bref

"I hope for her sake she's quiet and sensible, and don't drop knives nor bang doors," she sighed to Timothy, who had sauntered up to her.

for her sake - pour son bien

sensible - sensible, sensé, raisonnable

drop - chute, goutte, tomber

nor - ni, NON-OU

sauntered - sauné, flâner, flânerie

"Well, if she ain't, nobody knows what'll become of the rest of us," grinned Timothy. "Imagine Miss Polly and a NOISY kid! Gorry! there goes the whistle now!"

noisy - bruyante, bruyant, tonitruant

kid - enfant, gamin

whistle - sifflet, siffler, sifflement, sifflements

"Oh, Timothy, I-I think it was mean ter send me," chattered the suddenly frightened Nancy, as she turned and hurried to a point where she could best watch the passengers alight at the little station.

chattered - bavardé, jacasser, bavarder

passengers - des passagers, passager

alight - s'enflammer, amerrissent, amerris, amerrissons, amerrissez

It was not long before Nancy saw her-the slender little girl in the red-checked gingham with two fat braids of flaxen hair hanging down her back. Beneath the straw hat, an eager, freckled little face turned to the right and to the left, plainly searching for some one.

slender - svelte, mince

braids - tresses, tresser

flaxen - de lin

hanging - suspension, (hang) suspension

beneath - dessous

eager - enthousiaste, désireux

freckled - des taches de rousseur, tache de rousseur

plainly - en toute clarté, simplement, clairement

searching - a la recherche, recherche, chercher, fouiller

Nancy knew the child at once, but not for some time could she control her shaking knees sufficiently to go to her. The little girl was standing quite by herself when Nancy finally did approach her.

control - contrôler, maîtrise, contrôle, commandes

shaking - tremblant, (shake), secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse

sufficiently - suffisamment

finally - enfin, définitivement

approach - approche, approchons, abordent, abordez, rapprochons

"Are you Miss-Pollyanna?" she faltered. The next moment she found herself half smothered in the clasp of two gingham-clad arms.

smothered - étouffé, étouffer

clasp - fermoir, serrer

clad - vetu, nippé, (clothe), vetir, habiller

"Oh, I'm so glad, GLAD, GLAD to see you," cried an eager voice in her ear. "Of course I'm Pollyanna, and I'm so glad you came to meet me! I hoped you would."

"You-you did?" stammered Nancy, vaguely wondering how Pollyanna could possibly have known her-and wanted her. "You-you did?" she repeated, trying to straighten her hat.

Possibly - peut-etre, possiblement, peut-etre

straighten - redresser

"Oh, yes; and I've been wondering all the way here what you looked like," cried the little girl, dancing on her toes, and sweeping the embarrassed Nancy from head to foot, with her eyes. "And now I know, and I'm glad you look just like you do look."

toes - orteils, orteil, doigt de pied

sweeping - balayage, a l'emporteiece, radical, complet

embarrassed - embarrassé, embarrasser, gener

Nancy was relieved just then to have Timothy come up. Pollyanna's words had been most confusing.

relieved - soulagé, soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager

confusing - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre

"This is Timothy. Maybe you have a trunk," she stammered.

trunk - tronc, malle, coffre, trompe, coffre (de voiture), valise

"Yes, I have," nodded Pollyanna, importantly. "I've got a brand-new one. The Ladies'Aid bought it for me-and wasn't it lovely of them, when they wanted the carpet so? Of course I don't know how much red carpet a trunk could buy, but it ought to buy some, anyhow-much as half an aisle, don't you think? I've got a little thing here in my bag that Mr.

importantly - important

brand - tison, marque, style, flétrir, marquer, graver, cataloguer

ladies - mesdames, dame, madame, lady

aid - l'aide, aider, aide, assister, secourir

lovely - charmant, beau, cher, irritant, amene, délicieux

carpet - tapis, moquette, tapisser

aisle - l'allée, allée, rayon, couloir, côté couloir

Gray said was a check, and that I must give it to you before I could get my trunk. Mr. Gray is Mrs. Gray's husband. They're cousins of Deacon Carr's wife. I came East with them, and they're lovely! And-there, here 'tis," she finished, producing the check after much fumbling in the bag she carried.

Gray - gris

Deacon - diacre, diaconesse

Tis - tis, (Ti) tis

producing - produisant, produire, produits-p

fumbling - le tâtonnement, tâtonner

Nancy drew a long breath. Instinctively she felt that some one had to draw one-after that speech. Then she stole a glance at Timothy. Timothy's eyes were studiously turned away.

breath - respiration, souffle, haleine

Speech - parole, discours

Stole - volé, volâmes, volai, vola, volerent, (steal), voler, vol

The three were off at last, with Pollyanna's trunk in behind, and Pollyanna herself snugly ensconced between Nancy and Timothy. During the whole process of getting started, the little girl had kept up an uninterrupted stream of comments and questions, until the somewhat dazed Nancy found herself quite out of breath trying to keep up with her.

process - processus, procédé

kept up - maintenu

stream - flux, ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant

comments - commentaires, commentaire, remarque

somewhat - en quelque sorte, assez, quelque peu

dazed - étourdi, stupéfaction, étourdir, abasourdir

"There! Isn't this lovely? Is it far? I hope 'tis-I love to ride," sighed Pollyanna, as the wheels began to turn. "Of course, if 'tisn't far, I sha'n't mind, though, 'cause I'll be glad to get there all the sooner, you know. What a pretty street! I knew 'twas going to be pretty; father told me-"

wheels - roues, roue, barre, rouler

be glad - etre heureux

She stopped with a little choking breath. Nancy, looking at her apprehensively, saw that her small chin was quivering, and that her eyes were full of tears. In a moment, however, she hurried on, with a brave lifting of her head.

choking - l'étouffement, suffoquer, étouffer

apprehensively - avec appréhension

quivering - tremblant, frémir

Tears - des larmes, larme

Brave - courageux

lifting - de levage, soulever

"Father told me all about it. He remembered. And-and I ought to have explained before. Mrs. Gray told me to, at once-about this red gingham dress, you know, and why I'm not in black. She said you'd think 'twas queer.

queer - pédé, étrange, bizarre

But there weren't any black things in the last missionary barrel, only a lady's velvet basque which Deacon Carr's wife said wasn't suitable for me at all; besides, it had white spots-worn, you know-on both elbows, and some other places.

weren - n'était

barrel - tonneau, barrique, baril, canon, barillet, embariller

velvet - du velours, velours, duvet (on skin), velours (on antlers)

basque - Basque, Basquais, Basquaise

suitable - adapté, approprié, convenable, opportun, idoine

spots - taches, tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver

elbows - coudes, coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes

Part of the Ladies'Aid wanted to buy me a black dress and hat, but the other part thought the money ought to go toward the red carpet they're trying to get-for the church, you know. Mrs. White said maybe it was just as well, anyway, for she didn't like children in black-that is, I mean, she liked the children, of course, but not the black part."

Pollyanna paused for breath, and Nancy managed to stammer:

paused for breath - a fait une pause pour respirer

managed - gérée, gérer, ménager, diriger, manier, parvenir, réussir

stammer - balbutier, bégayer, bégaiement

"Well, I'm sure it-it'll be all right."

"I'm glad you feel that way. I do, too," nodded Pollyanna, again with that choking little breath. "Of course, 'twould have been a good deal harder to be glad in black-"

twould - le feraient-ils

"Glad!" gasped Nancy, surprised into an interruption.

gasped - haletant, retenir son souffle, haleter, ahaner, haletement

surprised - surpris, surprise, surprendre, étonner

interruption - interruption

"Yes-that father's gone to Heaven to be with mother and the rest of us, you know. He said I must be glad. But it's been pretty hard to-to do it, even in red gingham, because I-I wanted him, so; and I couldn't help feeling I OUGHT to have him, specially as mother and the rest have God and all the angels, while I didn't have anybody but the Ladies'Aid.

God - dieu, idolâtrer, déifier

angels - anges, ange

But now I'm sure it'll be easier because I've got you, Aunt Polly. I'm so glad I've got you!"

Nancy's aching sympathy for the poor little forlornness beside her turned suddenly into shocked terror.

aching - douloureux, endolori, (ache) douloureux

forlornness - la fornication

beside - a côté, aupres

shocked - choqué, choc

terror - la terreur, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

"Oh, but-but you've made an awful mistake, d-dear," she faltered. "I'm only Nancy. I ain't your Aunt Polly, at all!"

awful - terrible, épouvantable, horrible

"You-you AREN'T?" stammered the little girl, in plain dismay.

dismay - affliger, mortifier, avoir peur, désarroi, consternation

"No. I'm only Nancy. I never thought of your takin'me for her. We-we ain't a bit alike we ain't, we ain't!"

bit - bit, mordis, mordit, mordîmes, mordirent, (bite), mordre

alike - comme, semblable, pareil, analogue, pareillement

Timothy chuckled softly; but Nancy was too disturbed to answer the merry flash from his eyes.

chuckled - ricané, glousser

softly - en douceur, doucement

disturbed - perturbé, déranger, perturber, gener

merry - joyeux, gai, heureuse, jovial

flash - flash, clignoter

"But who ARE you?" questioned Pollyanna. "You don't look a bit like a Ladies'Aider!"

Aider - aide

Timothy laughed outright this time.

outright - carrément, completement, ouvertement, immédiatement

"I'm Nancy, the hired girl. I do all the work except the washin'an'hard ironin'. Mis'Durgin does that."

hired - embauché, louer

washin - laver

ironin - l'ironine

Mis - mis, (MI) mis

"But there IS an Aunt Polly?" demanded the child, anxiously.

anxiously - avec anxiété, anxieusement

"You bet your life there is," cut in Timothy.

bet - parier, paria, pariai, pari, parié, parions, pariez

Pollyanna relaxed visibly.

visibly - visiblement

"Oh, That's all right, then." There was a moment's silence, then she went on brightly: "And do you know? I'm glad, after all, that she didn't come to meet me; because now I've got HER still coming, and I've got you besides."

That's all right - C'est d'accord

brightly - brillante, clairement, précisément

Nancy flushed. Timothy turned to her with a quizzical smile.

quizzical - s'interroger

"I call that a pretty slick compliment," he said. "Why don't you thank the little lady?"

slick - slick, rusé

compliment - compliment, complimenter, faire un compliment

"I-I was thinkin'about-Miss Polly," faltered Nancy.

thinkin - penser

Pollyanna sighed contentedly.

contentedly - avec satisfaction

"I was, too. I'm so interested in her. You know she's all the aunt I've got, and I didn't know I had her for ever so long. Then father told me. He said she lived in a lovely great big house 'way on top of a hill."

for ever - pour toujours

top - haut, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune, premiere demi-manche

"She does. You can see it now," said Nancy.

"It's that big white one with the green blinds, 'way ahead."

blinds - des stores, aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind

ahead - a l'avance, devant

"Oh, how pretty!-and what a lot of trees and grass all around it! I never saw such a lot of green grass, seems so, all at once. Is my Aunt Polly rich, Nancy?"

grass - l'herbe, herbe, pelouse, gazon, beuh, balance, moucharder

such - tel, tellement, ainsi

"Yes, Miss."

"I'm so glad. It must be perfectly lovely to have lots of money. I never knew any one that did have, only the Whites-they're some rich. They have carpets in every room and ice-cream Sundays. Does Aunt Polly have ice-cream Sundays?"

perfectly - parfaitement

carpets - tapis, moquette, tapisser

Nancy shook her head. Her lips twitched. She threw a merry look into Timothy's eyes.

twitched - a tressailli, donner, avoir un mouvement convulsif

threw - jeté, jeter, lancer

"No, Miss. Your aunt don't like ice-cream, I guess; leastways I never saw it on her table."

leastways - au moins

Pollyanna's face fell.

"Oh, doesn't she? I'm so sorry! I don't see how she can help liking ice-cream. But-anyhow, I can be kinder glad about that, 'cause the ice-cream you don't eat can't make your stomach ache like Mrs. White's did-that is, I ate hers, you know, lots of it. Maybe Aunt Polly has got the carpets, though."

stomach ache - Des maux de ventre

"Yes, she's got the carpets."

"In every room?"

"Well, in almost every room," answered Nancy, frowning suddenly at the thought of that bare little attic room where there was no carpet.

"Oh, I'm so glad," exulted Pollyanna. "I love carpets. We didn't have any, only two little rugs that came in a missionary barrel, and one of those had ink spots on it. Mrs. White had pictures, too, perfectly beautiful ones of roses and little girls kneeling and a kitty and some lambs and a lion-not together, you know-the lambs and the lion.

exulted - exulté, exulter

rugs - tapis, couverture

ink - encre

roses - des roses, Rose

kneeling - a genoux, (kneel)

Kitty - kitty, minet, chaton, mimi, cagnotte

lambs - agneaux, agneau, agnelle, mettre bas

Oh, of course the Bible says they will sometime, but they haven't yet-that is, I mean Mrs. White's haven't. Don't you just love pictures?"

Bible - la bible, Bible

sometime - un jour ou l'autre, un jour ou l’autre

"I-I don't know," answered Nancy in a half-stifled voice.

"I do. We didn't have any pictures. They don't come in the barrels much, you know. There did two come once, though. But one was so good father sold it to get money to buy me some shoes with; and the other was so bad it fell to pieces just as soon as we hung it up. Glass-it broke, you know. And I cried.

barrels - tonneaux, tonneau, barrique, baril, canon, barillet, embariller

hung - accroché, suspendre, etre accroché

But I'm glad now we didn't have any of those nice things, 'cause I shall like Aunt Polly's all the better-not being used to 'em, you see. Just as it is when the PRETTY hair-ribbons come in the barrels after a lot of faded-out brown ones. My! but isn't this a perfectly beautiful house?" she broke off fervently, as they turned into the wide driveway.

ribbons - rubans, ruban

faded - fanée, mode, lubie

wide - large

driveway - l'allée, allée

It was when Timothy was unloading the trunk that Nancy found an opportunity to mutter low in his ear:

unloading - déchargement, (unload), décharger

opportunity - occasion, opportunité, occasion favorable, chance

mutter - marmonner, barbotez, murmurer, barbotent, barboter

low - faible, inférieure

"Don't you never say nothin'ter me again about leavin', Timothy Durgin. You couldn't HIRE me ter leave!"

nothin - rien

leavin - quitter

hire - embaucher, louer

"Leave! I should say not," grinned the youth.

"You couldn't drag me away. It'll be more fun here now, with that kid 'round, than movin'-picture shows, every day!"

drag - draguer, transbahuter, traîner

round - ronde, cyclo, arrondissent, arrondis, arrondir

movin - bouger

"Fun!-fun!" repeated Nancy, indignantly, "I guess it'll be somethin'more than fun for that blessed child-when them two tries ter live tergether; and I guess she'll be a-needin'some rock ter fly to for refuge. Well, I'm a-goin'ter be that rock, Timothy; I am, I am!" she vowed, as she turned and led Pollyanna up the broad steps.

somethin - quelque chose

tergether - tergether

Rock - le rocher, bercer, balancer, rupestre, rocher, roc

fly to - s'envoler

refuge - refuge

vowed - s'est engagé, voeu, vou, jurer

led - dirigé, DEL, LED, (lead) dirigé

broad - large

steps - étapes, pas


Miss Polly Harrington did not rise to meet her niece. She looked up from her book, it is true, as Nancy and the little girl appeared in the sitting-room doorway, and she held out a hand with "duty" written large on every coldly extended finger.

rise - hausse, remonte, élévation, débout, surcroît

appeared - est apparu, apparaître, paraître, sembler

sitting-room - (sitting-room) le salon

doorway - l'embrasure de la porte, embrasure de la porte

held - détenus, (main)tenir

coldly - froidement

extended - étendu, étendre, prolonger

finger - doigt, pointer, tripoter, doigter

"How do you do, Pollyanna? I-" She had No chance to say more. Pollyanna, had fairly flown across the room and flung herself into her aunt's scandalized, unyielding lap.

No chance - Aucune chance

fairly - équitable, justement, assez

flung - jeté, lancer

unyielding - inflexible

lap - tour, clapoter

"Oh, Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly, I don't know how to be glad enough that you let me come to live with you," she was sobbing. "You don't know how perfectly lovely it is to have you and Nancy and all this after you've had just the Ladies'Aid!"

sobbing - sanglots, sanglotement, sanglotant, sanglotante, (sob), fdp

"Very likely-though I've not had the pleasure of the Ladies'Aid's acquaintance," rejoined Miss Polly, stiffly, trying to unclasp the small, clinging fingers, and turning frowning eyes on Nancy in the doorway. "Nancy, that will do. You may go. Pollyanna, be good enough, please, to stand erect in a proper manner. I don't know yet what you look like."

Likely - probable

pleasure - plaisir, volupté, désir

acquaintance - une connaissance, relation

unclasp - se détacher, dégrafer

clinging - s'accrocher, s'accrocher (a)

proper - appropriée, approprié, convenable, exact, juste, propre

Pollyanna drew back at once, laughing a little hysterically.

hysterically - hystérique

"No, I suppose you don't; but you see I'm not very much to look at, anyway, on account of the freckles. Oh, and I ought to explain about the red gingham and the black velvet basque with white spots on the elbows. I told Nancy how father said-"

on account - sur le compte

freckles - des taches de rousseur, tache de rousseur

"Yes; well, never mind now what your father said," interrupted Miss Polly, crisply. "You had a trunk, I presume?"

interrupted - interrompu, interrompre, couper

presume - présumer, supposer

"Oh, yes, indeed, Aunt Polly. I've got a beautiful trunk that the Ladies'Aid gave me. I haven't got so very much in it-of my own, I mean. The barrels haven't had many clothes for little girls in them lately; but there were all father's books, and Mrs. White said she thought I ought to have those. You see, father-"

lately - dernierement

"Pollyanna," interrupted her aunt again, sharply, "there is one thing that might just as well be understood right away at once; and that is, I do not care to have you keep talking of your father to me."

The little girl drew in her breath tremulously.

tremulously - avec force

"Why, Aunt Polly, you-you mean-" She hesitated, and her aunt filled the pause.

"We will go up-stairs to your room. Your trunk is already there, I presume. I told Timothy to take it up-if you had one. You may follow me, Pollyanna."

Without speaking, Pollyanna turned and followed her aunt from the room. Her eyes were brimming with tears, but her chin was bravely high.

brimming - débordant, bord

bravely - courageusement, bravement

"After all, I-I reckon I'm glad she doesn't want me to talk about father," Pollyanna was thinking. "It'll be easier, maybe-if I don't talk about him. Probably, anyhow, that is why she told me not to talk about him." And Pollyanna, convinced anew of her aunt's "kindness," blinked off the tears and looked eagerly about her.

reckon - le reconnaître, considérer

Convinced - convaincu, convaincre, persuader

anew - a nouveau, a nouveau, derechef

kindness - la gentillesse, bonté

blinked - clignoté, ciller, cligner des yeux, clignoter

eagerly - avec empressement, avidement

She was on the stairway now. Just ahead, her aunt's black silk skirt rustled luxuriously. Behind her an open door allowed a glimpse of soft-tinted rugs and satin-covered chairs. Beneath her feet a marvellous carpet was like green moss to the tread. On every side the gilt of picture frames or the glint of sunlight through the filmy mesh of lace curtains flashed in her eyes.

stairway - escalier

silk skirt - jupe en soie

rustled - froissé, bruissement, froufrou, froufrouter

luxuriously - luxueusement

allowed - autorisé, laisser, accorder, permettre

Glimpse - aperçu, entrevoir

soft - souple, moelleux, alcoolsans, mou, doux

tinted - teinté, nuance, teinte

satin - satin, satiné

covered - couverts, couvercle, couverture, couvert

marvellous - merveilleux

moss - mousse

tread - la bande de roulement, piétiner, escabeau

side - côté, parti, flanc

gilt - doré, dorure, (gild) doré

frames - cadres, encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature

sunlight - la lumiere du soleil, lumiere du soleil

filmy - filmique

mesh - maillage, maille, engrenage, concorder

flashed - flashé, éclair, lueur

"Oh, Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly," breathed the little girl, rapturously; "what a perfectly lovely, lovely house! How awfully glad you must be you're so rich!"

breathed - respiré, respiration, souffle, haleine

rapturously - avec enthousiasme

"PollyANNA!" ejaculated her aunt, turning sharply about as she reached the head of the stairs. "I'm surprised at you-making a speech like that to me!"

reached - atteint, arriver/parvenir a

I'm surprised - Je suis surpris

"Why, Aunt Polly, AREN'T you?" queried Pollyanna, in frank wonder.

queried - interrogé, question, requete

frank - franche, franc

"Certainly not, Pollyanna. I hope I could not so far forget myself as to be sinfully proud of any gift the Lord has seen fit to bestow upon me," declared the lady; "certainly not, of RICHES!"

Certainly - certainement, surement, sans nul doute, sans aucun doute

proud - fiers, fier, orgueilleux

gift - présent, cadeau, don, talent, donner

Lord - châtelain, seigneur, monsieur

bestow - disposer de, accorder, remettre, conférer, donner en mariage

Miss Polly turned and walked down the hall toward the attic stairway door. She was glad, now, that she had put the child in the attic room. Her idea at first had been to get her niece as far away as possible from herself, and at the same time place her where her childish heedlessness would not destroy valuable furnishings.

hall - couloir, corridor, salle, salon, manoir, foyer

childish - enfantin, puéril, gamin

heedlessness - l'insouciance

destroy - détruire, euthanasier

valuable - de valeur, précieux, valeur

Now-with this evident strain of vanity showing thus early-it was all the more fortunate that the room planned for her was plain and sensible, thought Miss Polly.

evident - évidentes, évident

vanity - la vanité, vanité

thus - donc, ainsi, tellement, pour cette raison, également

Eagerly Pollyanna's small feet pattered behind her aunt. Still more eagerly her big blue eyes tried to look in all directions at once, that no thing of beauty or interest in this wonderful house might be passed unseen.

pattered - patinés, crépiter

directions - des directions, direction

beauty - la beauté, beauté

passed - passé, passer (devant), dépasser

unseen - invisible

Most eagerly of all her mind turned to the wondrously exciting problem about to be solved: behind which of all these fascinating doors was waiting now her room-the dear, beautiful room full of curtains, rugs, and pictures, that was to be her very own? Then, abruptly, her aunt opened a door and ascended another stairway.

wondrously - merveilleusement

solved - résolu, résoudre, régler, solutionner

fascinating - fascinant, fasciner

abruptly - brusquement, abruptement, tout d'un coup, précipitamment

ascended - ascensionné, monter

There was little to be seen here. A bare wall rose on either side. At the top of the stairs, wide reaches of shadowy space led to far corners where the roof came almost down to the floor, and where were stacked innumerable trunks and boxes. It was hot and stifling, too. Unconsciously Pollyanna lifted her head higher-it seemed so hard to breathe.

Reaches - atteintes, arriver/parvenir a

shadowy - ombrageux, sombre

stacked - empilés, pile, empiler

innumerable - innombrables

stifling - étouffant, (stifle)

unconsciously - inconsciemment

seemed - semblait, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

breathe - respirer, inspirer, expirer, reprendre son souffle

Then she saw that her aunt had thrown open a door at the right.

thrown - jeté, jeter, lancer

"There, Pollyanna, here is your room, and your trunk is here, I see. Have you your key?"

Pollyanna nodded dumbly. Her eyes were a little wide and frightened.

dumbly - betement

Her aunt frowned.

"When I ask a question, Pollyanna, I prefer that you should answer aloud not merely with your head."

aloud - a haute voix, a voix haute, a haute voix, fort

merely - simplement, uniquement, seulement

"Yes, Aunt Polly."

"Thank you; that is better. I believe you have everything that you need here," she added, glancing at the well-filled towel rack and water pitcher. "I will send Nancy up to help you unpack. Supper is at six o'clock," she finished, as she left the room and swept down-stairs.

glancing - un coup d'oil, (glance), jeter un coup d’oil

rack - rack, bâti

unpack - déballer

supper - dîner, souper

For a moment after she had gone Pollyanna stood quite still, looking after her. Then she turned her wide eyes to the bare wall, the bare floor, the bare windows. She turned them last to the little trunk that had stood not so long before in her own little room in the far-away Western home.

looking after - surveiller

The next moment she stumbled blindly toward it and fell on her knees at its side, covering her face with her hands.

stumbled - en état de choc, chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher

blindly - aveuglément, a l’aveuglette

covering - la couverture, bâchant, couvrant, (cover), couvercle

Nancy found her there when she came up a few minutes later.

"There, there, you poor lamb," she crooned, dropping to the floor and drawing the little girl into her arms. "I was just a-fearin! I'd find you like this, like this."

lamb - agneau, agnelle, mettre bas

dropping - de la chute, crotte, fiente, (drop) de la chute

fearin - peur

Pollyanna shook her head.

"But I'm bad and wicked, Nancy-awful wicked," she sobbed. "I just can't make myself understand that God and the angels needed my father more than I did."

wicked - méchante, chicaneur, torve, (wick) méchante

sobbed - sangloté, fdp-p

"No more they did, neither," declared Nancy, stoutly.

stoutly - avec acharnement

"Oh-h!-NANCY!" The burning horror in Pollyanna's eyes dried the tears.

burning - bruler, brulant, ardent, brulage, (burn) bruler

horror - l'horreur, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion

Nancy gave a shamefaced smile and rubbed her own eyes vigorously.

shamefaced - honteux

rubbed - frotté, friction, hic, frotter, polir

"There, there, child, I didn't mean it, of course," she cried briskly. "Come, let's have your key and we'll get inside this trunk and take out your dresses in no time, no time."

briskly - rapidement, vivement

inside - a l'intérieur, intérieur, dedans, au-dedans, la-dedans

Somewhat tearfully Pollyanna produced the key.

tearfully - en larmes

produced - produit, produire, produits-p

"There aren't very many there, anyway," she faltered.

"Then they're all the sooner unpacked," declared Nancy.

unpacked - déballé, déballer

Pollyanna gave a sudden radiant smile.

sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit

"That's so! I can be glad of that, can't I?" she cried.

Nancy stared.

"Why, of-course," she answered a little uncertainly.

uncertainly - incertaine

Nancy's capable hands made short work of unpacking the books, the patched undergarments, and the few pitifully unattractive dresses. Pollyanna, smiling bravely now, flew about, hanging the dresses in the closet, stacking the books on the table, and putting away the undergarments in the bureau drawers.

capable - capable

unpacking - déballer

patched - patché, piece, rustine

undergarments - sous-vetements, sous-vetement

pitifully - lamentablement

unattractive - peu attrayante

smiling - souriant, (smile), sourire

closet - placard

stacking - l'empilage, classement, (stack), pile, empiler

putting away - Mettre de côté

drawers - tiroirs, tiroir

"I'm sure it-it's going to be a very nice room. Don't you think so?" she stammered, after a while.

There was no answer. Nancy was very busy, apparently, with her head in the trunk. Pollyanna, standing at the bureau, gazed a little wistfully at the bare wall above.

apparently - apparemment, évidemment, en apparence

gazed - regardé, fixer

wistfully - avec nostalgie

"And I can be glad there isn't any looking-glass here, too, 'cause where there ISN'T any glass I can't see my freckles."

Nancy made a sudden queer little sound with her mouth-but when Pollyanna turned, her head was in the trunk again. At one of the windows, a few minutes later, Pollyanna gave a glad cry and clapped her hands joyously.

cry - pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

clapped - applaudi, applaudir, battre des mains

joyously - joyeusement

"Oh, Nancy, I hadn't seen this before," she breathed. "Look-'way off there, with those trees and the houses and that lovely church spire, and the river shining just like silver. Why, Nancy, there doesn't anybody need any pictures with that to look at. Oh, I'm so glad now she let me have this room!"

spire - spire, fleche

shining - brillant, briller, éclairer

silver - l'argent, argent

To Pollyanna's surprise and dismay, Nancy burst into tears. Pollyanna hurriedly crossed to her side.

burst - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser

crossed - croisé, crosse

"Why, Nancy, Nancy-what is it?" she cried; then, fearfully: "This wasn't-YOUR room, was it?"

fearfully - avec crainte

"My room!" stormed Nancy, hotly, choking back the tears. "If you ain't a little angel straight from Heaven, and if some folks don't eat dirt before-Oh, land! there's her bell!" After which amazing speech, Nancy sprang to her feet, dashed out of the room, and went clattering down the stairs.

stormed - pris d'assaut, orage, tempete

bell - cloche, sonnette

dashed - en pointillés, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter

clattering - cliquetis, claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme

Left alone, Pollyanna went back to her "picture," as she mentally designated the beautiful view from the window. After a time she touched the sash tentatively. It seemed as if no longer could she endure the stifling heat. To her joy the sash moved under her fingers. The next moment the window was wide open, and Pollyanna was leaning far out, drinking in the fresh, sweet air.

mentally - mentalement

designated - désignée, désigner

view - vue, vision, regard, point de vue, opinion, regarder

touched - touché, toucher, émouvoir, contact

tentatively - provisoirement

endure - endurer, perdurer, supporter

joy - joie

leaning - penchant, adossant, (lean) penchant

far out - loin

fresh - frais

sweet - doux, doucement, friandise, bonbon, sucreries

She ran then to the other window. That, too, soon flew up under her eager hands. A big fly swept past her nose, and buzzed noisily about the room. then another came, and another; but Pollyanna paid no heed. Pollyanna had made a wonderful discovery-against this window a huge tree flung great branches. To Pollyanna they looked like arms outstretched, inviting her. Suddenly she laughed aloud.

buzzed - sonné, coup de fil, bourdonner, raser, tondre

noisily - bruyamment

then another - puis un autre

heed - attention, observer, surveiller, preter attention

discovery - découverte

against - contre, face a, pour

huge - énorme

branches - branches, branche, t+rameau, affluent, filiale

inviting - invitant, inviter (a)

"I believe I can do it," she chuckled. The next moment she had climbed nimbly to the window ledge. From there it was an easy matter to step to the nearest tree-branch. Then, clinging like a monkey, she swung herself from limb to limb until the lowest branch was reached. The drop to the ground was-even for Pollyanna, who was used to climbing trees-a little fearsome.

nimbly - agilement

ledge - la corniche, rebord

step - étape, marche

branch - branche, rameau, affluent, filiale, succursale

monkey - singe, guenon

swung - balancé, osciller, se balancer, balancer, swinguer

limb - membre

lowest - le plus bas, bas

ground - sol, foncierere, terre, terrain, (grind) sol

fearsome - redoutable, effroyable, effrayant

She took it, however, with bated breath, swinging from her strong little arms, and landing on all fours in the soft grass. Then she picked herself up and looked eagerly about her.

bated - bated, batte, raquette

swinging - l'échangisme, pivotant, (swing), osciller, se balancer

picked - choisi, pioche, passe-partout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir

She was at the back of the house. Before her lay a garden in which a bent old man was working. Beyond the garden a little path through an open field led up a steep hill, at the top of which a lone pine tree stood on guard beside the huge rock. To Pollyanna, at the moment, there seemed to be just one place in the world worth being in-the top of that big rock.

at the back of the house - a l'arriere de la maison

lay - laique, pondre, pose

beyond - au-dela, au-dela, par-dela

path - chemin, sentier

field - champ, campo, terrain, corps, rubrique, attraper

steep - raide

Lone - solitaire, seul, isolé, unique

pine - pin

guard - garde, protection, gardien, arriere, défense, garder

worth - valeur

With a run and a skilful turn, Pollyanna skipped by the bent old man, threaded her way between the orderly rows of green growing things, and-a little out of breath-reached the path that ran through the open field. Then, determinedly, she began to climb. Already, however, she was thinking what a long, long way off that rock must be, when back at the window it had looked so near!

skilful - pu

skipped - sauté, sautiller

threaded - fileté, fil, processus léger, exétron

orderly - ordonné, planton

rows - rangées, rang(ée)

determinedly - avec détermination

Fifteen minutes later the great clock in the hallway of the Harrington homestead struck six. At precisely the last stroke Nancy sounded the bell for supper.

hallway - traversant

struck - frappé, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

precisely - précisément

stroke - accident vasculaire cérébral, caresser

One, two, three minutes passed. Miss Polly frowned and tapped the floor with her slipper. A little jerkily she rose to her feet, went into the hall, and looked up-stairs, plainly impatient. For a minute she listened intently; then she turned and swept into the dining room.

tapped - taraudé, petit coup

slipper - chausson, pantoufle

impatient - impatient

intently - attentivement

dining - dîner, vacarme

"Nancy," she said with decision, as soon as the little serving-maid appeared; "my niece is late. No, you need not call her," she added severely, as Nancy made a move toward the hall door. "I told her what time supper was, and now she will have to suffer the consequences. She may as well begin at once to learn to be punctual. When she comes down she may have bread and milk in the kitchen."

decision - décision

serving - servir, portion, (serve), service, signifier, purger

maid - femme de ménage, demoiselle, jeune fille, bonne

is late - est en retard

severely - séverement

suffer - souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer, supporter, subir

consequences - conséquences, conséquence

punctual - ponctuel

"Yes, ma'am." It was well, perhaps, that Miss Polly did not happen to be looking at Nancy's face just then.

At the earliest possible moment after supper, Nancy crept up the back stairs and thence to the attic room.

earliest possible - le plus tôt possible

crept - rampé, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

thence - d'ou, des lors

"Bread and milk, indeed!-and when the poor lamb hain't only just cried herself to sleep," she was muttering fiercely, as she softly pushed open the door. The next moment she gave a frightened cry. "Where are you? Where've you gone? Where HAVE you gone?" she panted, looking in the closet, under the bed, and even in the trunk and down the water pitcher.

only just - Tout juste

muttering - marmonner, grommellement, (mutter) marmonner

fiercely - férocement, âprement, farouchement

pushed open - Ouvrir

panted - paniqué, haleter

looking in - Regarder dans

Then she flew down-stairs and out to Old Tom in the garden.

"Mr. Tom, Mr. Tom, that blessed child's gone," she wailed. "She's vanished right up into Heaven where she come from, poor lamb-and me told ter give her bread and milk in the kitchen-her what's eatin'angel food this minute, I'll warrant, I'll warrant!"

wailed - a gémi, se lamenter

vanished - disparue, disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler

eatin - manger

this minute - a cette minute

warrant - garantie, mandat, mandat de conformité

The old man straightened up.

"Gone? Heaven?" he repeated stupidly, unconsciously sweeping the brilliant sunset sky with his gaze. He stopped, stared a moment intently, then turned with a slow grin.

stupidly - stupidement, betement

brilliant - brillante, brillant, perle

sunset - coucher de soleil, crépuscule

sky - ciel, nue

gaze - regard, fixer

grin - sourire, rictus

"Well, Nancy, it do look like as if she'd tried ter get as nigh Heaven as she could, and that's a fact," he agreed, pointing with a crooked finger to where, sharply outlined against the reddening sky, a slender, wind-blown figure was poised on top of a huge rock.

nigh - nuit, proche, pres

crooked - tortu, (crook) tortu

outlined - esquissé, contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu, résumé

reddening - le rougissement, rougir, faire rougir

wind - vent, emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler

blown - soufflé, coup

figure - figure, forme, personnage, personnalité, chiffre

poised - en place, assurance, aisance, sang-froid, aplomb, poise

"Well, she ain't goin'ter Heaven that way ter-night-not if I has my say," declared Nancy, doggedly. "If the mistress asks, tell her I ain't furgettin'the dishes, but I gone on a stroll," she flung back over her shoulder, as she sped toward the path that led through the open field.

stroll - promenade, flânerie, balade, promener

sped - sped, vitesse


"For the land's sake, Miss Pollyanna, what a scare you did give me," panted Nancy, hurrying up to the big rock, down which Pollyanna had just regretfully slid.

scare - peur, effaroucher

regretfully - a regret

slid - glissée, (slide), glisser, déraper, toboggan, glissoire

"Scare? Oh, I'm so sorry; but you mustn't, really, ever get scared about me, Nancy. Father and the Ladies'Aid used to do it, too, till they found I always came back all right."

mustn - ne doit pas

scared - effrayé, (scar)

"But I didn't even know you'd went," cried Nancy, tucking the little girl's hand under her arm and hurrying her down the hill. "I didn't see you go, and nobody didn't. I guess you flew right up through the roof; I do, I do."

tucking - le repli sur soi, rempli

Pollyanna skipped gleefully.

gleefully - avec joie

"I did, 'most-only I flew down instead of up. I came down the tree."

instead - a la place, a la place, au lieu de

Nancy stopped short.

"You did-what?"

"Came down the tree, outside my window."

"My stars and stockings!" gasped Nancy, hurrying on again. "I'd like ter know what yer aunt would say ter that!"

stockings - bas

"Would you? Well, I'll tell her, then, so you can find out," promised the little girl, cheerfully.

promised - promis, vou, promesse, promettre

"Mercy!" gasped Nancy. "No-no!"

mercy - la pitié, miséricorde, pitié

"Why, you don't mean she'd CARE!" cried Pollyanna, plainly disturbed.

"No-er-yes-well, never mind. I-I ain't so very particular about knowin'what she'd say, truly," stammered Nancy, determined to keep one scolding from Pollyanna, if nothing more. "But, say, we better hurry. I've got ter get them dishes done, ye know."

knowin - savoir

truly - vraiment

determined - déterminé, déterminer

scolding - gronder, grognant, (scold), chipie, furie, mégere

"I'll help," promised Pollyanna, promptly.

"Oh, Miss Pollyanna!" demurred Nancy.

For a moment there was silence. The sky was darkening fast. Pollyanna took a firmer hold of her friend's arm.

darkening - l'assombrissement, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer

firmer - plus ferme, (firm) plus ferme

hold - tenir, stopper, tiens, tiennent, tenons

"I reckon I'm glad, after all, that you DID get scared-a little, 'cause then you came after me," she shivered.

shivered - frissonné, frissonner

"Poor little lamb! And you must be hungry, too. I-I'm afraid you'll have ter have bread and milk in the kitchen with me. Yer aunt didn't like it-because you didn't come down ter supper, ye know."

be hungry - avoir faim

"But I couldn't. I was up here."

"Yes; but-she didn't know that, you see!" observed Nancy, dryly, stifling a chuckle. "I'm sorry about the bread and milk; I am, I am."

observed - observée, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

chuckle - glousser

"Oh, I'm not. I'm glad."

"Glad! Why?"

"Why, I like bread and milk, and I'd like to eat with you. I don't see any trouble about being glad about that."

being glad - etre heureux

"You don't seem ter see any trouble bein'glad about everythin'," retorted Nancy, choking a little over her remembrance of Pollyanna's brave attempts to like the bare little attic room.

everythin - tout

retorted - a rétorqué, rétorquer

attempts - tentatives, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

Pollyanna laughed softly.

"Well, that's the game, you know, anyway."


"Yes; the 'just being glad'game."

"Whatever in the world are you talkin'about?"

whatever - quoi qu'il en soit, quel que soit, n'importe quel

talkin - parler

"Why, it's a game. Father told it to me, and it's lovely," rejoined Pollyanna. "We've played it always, ever since I was a little, little girl. I told the Ladies'Aid, and they played it-some of them."

"What is it? I ain't much on games, though."

Pollyanna laughed again, but she sighed, too; and in the gathering twilight her face looked thin and wistful.

gathering - rassemblement, cueillant, amassant, ramassage

twilight - demi-jour, crépuscule, entre chien et loup, pénombre, brumes

wistful - nostalgique, bonjour

"Why, we began it on some crutches that came in a missionary barrel."

crutches - des béquilles, béquille, soutien, support


"Yes. You see I'd wanted a doll, and father had written them so; but when the barrel came the lady wrote that there hadn't any dolls come in, but the little crutches had. So she sent 'em along as they might come in handy for some child, sometime. And that's when we began it."

dolls - poupées, poupée

along - le long de, accompagné, rench: t-needed r

handy - pratique, adhésif, maniable, opportun

"Well, I must say I can't see any game about that, about that," declared Nancy, almost irritably.

irritably - avec irritation

"Oh, yes; the game was to just find something about everything to be glad about-no matter what 'twas," rejoined Pollyanna, earnestly. "And we began right then-on the crutches."

earnestly - sincerement, sérieusement

"Well, goodness me! I can't see anythin'ter be glad about-gettin'a pair of crutches when you wanted a doll!"

goodness - la bonté, bonté, bonté divine, corbleu, crebleu, jarnibleu

anythin - rien

gettin - gettin

doll - poupée, marionnette, guignol

Pollyanna clapped her hands.

"There is-there is," she crowed. "But I couldn't see it, either, Nancy, at first," she added, with quick honesty. "Father had to tell it to me."

crowed - la foule, corneille

honesty - l'honneteté, honneteté

"Well, then, suppose YOU tell ME," almost snapped Nancy.

"Goosey! Why, just be glad because you don't-NEED-'EM!" exulted Pollyanna, triumphantly. "You see it's just as easy-when you know how!"

Goosey - l'oie

"Well, of all the queer doin's!" breathed Nancy, regarding Pollyanna with almost fearful eyes.

doin - faire

regarding - concernant, considérer

fearful - effrayant, redoutable, peureux, craintif, terrible, affreux

"Oh, but it isn't queer-it's lovely," maintained Pollyanna enthusiastically. "And we've played it ever since. And the harder 'tis, the more fun 'tis to get 'em out; only-only sometimes it's almost too hard-like when your father goes to Heaven, and there isn't anybody but a Ladies'Aid left."

enthusiastically - avec enthousiasme

"Yes, or when you're put in a snippy little room 'way at the top of the house with nothin'in it," growled Nancy.

snippy - hargneux

growled - a grogné, feulement, grognement, borborygme, gargouillement

Pollyanna sighed.

"That was a hard one, at first," she admitted, "specially when I was so kind of lonesome. I just didn't feel like playing the game, anyway, and I HAD been wanting pretty things, so! Then I happened to think how I hated to see my freckles in the looking-glass, and I saw that lovely picture out the window, too; so then I knew I'd found the things to be glad about.

admitted - admis, admettre, avouer, reconnaître

You see, when you're hunting for the glad things, you sort of forget the other kind-like the doll you wanted, you know."

hunting - la chasse, (hunt), chasser, chercher, chasse

"Humph!" choked Nancy, trying to swallow the lump in her throat.

choked - étouffé, suffoquer, étouffer

swallow - avaler, avalons, empiffrer, hirondelle, avalez

lump - lump, masse, tas, protubérance, renflement

throat - gorge, goulot

"Most generally it doesn't take so long," sighed Pollyanna; "and lots of times now I just think of them WITHOUT thinking, you know. I've got so used to playing it. It's a lovely game. F-father and I used to like it so much," she faltered. "I suppose, though, it-it'll be a little harder now, as long as I haven't anybody to play it with.

generally - en général

Maybe Aunt Polly will play it, though," she added, as an after-thought.

"My stars and stockings!-HER!" breathed Nancy, behind her teeth. Then, aloud, she said doggedly: "See here, Miss Pollyanna, I ain't sayin'that I'll play it very well, and I ain't sayin'that I know how, anyway; but I'll play it with ye, after a fashion-I just will, I will!"

sayin - dire

fashion - la mode, mode, vogue, façon, façonner

"Oh, Nancy!" exulted Pollyanna, giving her a rapturous hug. "That'll be splendid! Won't we have fun?"

rapturous - ravie

hug - embrassade, étreinte, câlin, accolade, étreindre

splendid - splendide, fameux

"Er-maybe," conceded Nancy, in open doubt. "But you mustn't count too much on me, ye know. I never was no case fur games, but I'm a-goin'ter make a most awful old try on this one. You're goin'ter have some one ter play it with, anyhow," she finished, as they entered the kitchen together.

er - er, euh

conceded - concédé, concéder, céder, admettre, concéder que

doubt - des doutes, douter, doute

count - compter, comptent, comptez, comptons, comte

case - cas, affaire, fouille, étui, chose

fur - fourrure, peau

try on - essayer

Pollyanna ate her bread and milk with good appetite; then, at Nancy's suggestion, she went into the sitting room, where her aunt sat reading. Miss Polly looked up coldly.

appetite - l'appétit, appétit

suggestion - suggestion, proposition

"Have you had your supper, Pollyanna?"

"Yes, Aunt Polly."

"I'm very sorry, Pollyanna, to have been obliged so soon to send you into the kitchen to eat bread and milk."

obliged - obligée, imposer, obliger, rendre service

"But I was real glad you did it, Aunt Polly. I like bread and milk, and Nancy, too. You mustn't feel bad about that one bit."

Aunt Polly sat suddenly a little more erect in her chair.

"Pollyanna, it's quite time you were in bed. You have had a hard day, and to-morrow we must plan your hours and go over your clothing to see what it is necessary to get for you. Nancy will give you a candle. Be careful how you handle it. Breakfast will be at half-past seven. See that you are down to that. Good-night."

clothing - vetements, vetements, habits, (cloth), tissu, étoffe, tenue

candle - bougie, chandelle

careful - prudent, soigneux, attentif

handle - poignée, crosse, manions, traiter, manient, maniez

Quite as a matter of course, Pollyanna came straight to her aunt's side and gave her an affectionate hug.

affectionate - affectueux

"I've had such a beautiful time, so far," she sighed happily. "I know I'm going to just love living with you but then, I knew I should before I came. Good-night," she called cheerfully, as she ran from the room.

Happily - heureux, heureusement, par bonheur, joyeusement, gaiement

"Well, upon my soul!" ejaculated Miss Polly, half aloud. "What a most extraordinary child!" Then she frowned. "She's 'glad'I punished her, and I 'mustn't feel bad one bit,'and she's going to 'love to live'with me! Well, upon my soul!" ejaculated Miss Polly again, as she took up her book.

extraordinary - extraordinaire

punished - puni, punir, châtier

Fifteen minutes later, in the attic room, a lonely little girl sobbed into the tightly-clutched sheet:

tightly - étanche, fermement

clutched - serré, se raccrocher (a)

sheet - feuille, plaque, écoute

"I know, father-among-the-angels, I'm not playing the game one bit now-not one bit; but I don't believe even you could find anything to be glad about sleeping all alone 'way off up here in the dark-like this. If only I was near Nancy or Aunt Polly, or even a Ladies'Aider, it would be easier!"

all alone - tout seul

Down-stairs in the kitchen, Nancy, hurrying with her belated work, jabbed her dish-mop into the milk pitcher, and muttered jerkily:

jabbed - poignardé, jab, piqure, injection, pique, jaber, rench: -neededr

mop - vadrouille, serpilliere

"If playin'a silly-fool game-about bein'glad you've got crutches when you want dolls-is got ter be-my way-o'bein'that rock o'refuge-why, I'm a-goin'ter play it-I am, I am!"

playin - jouer

fool - idiot, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper


It was nearly seven o'clock when Pollyanna awoke that first day after her arrival. Her windows faced the south and the west, so she could not see the sun yet; but she could see the hazy blue of the morning sky, and she knew that the day promised to be a fair one.

awoke - s'est réveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller

arrival - arrivée, arrivant, arrivante

hazy - brumeux, flou, trouble, vague

fair - équitable, blond, exposition, foire, marché, kermesse, juste

The little room was cooler now, and the air blew in fresh and sweet. Outside, the birds were twittering joyously, and Pollyanna flew to the window to talk to them. She saw then that down in the garden her aunt was already out among the rosebushes. With rapid fingers, therefore, she made herself ready to join her.

blew - soufflé, coup

twittering - twitter, (twitter) twitter

rosebushes - des rosiers, rosier

rapid - rapide, rapides

therefore - par conséquent, en conséquence, donc, pour ça

Down the attic stairs sped Pollyanna, leaving both doors wide open. Through the hall, down the next flight, then bang through the front screened-door and around to the garden, she ran.

screened - filtrée, paravent, écran

Aunt Polly, with the bent old man, was leaning over a rose-bush when Pollyanna, gurgling with delight, flung herself upon her.

bush - buisson, arbuste, brousse

gurgling - gargouillis, (gurgle), gargouiller

delight - plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir

"Oh, Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly, I reckon I am glad this morning just to be alive!"

alive - en vie, vivant

"PollyANNA!" remonstrated the lady, sternly, pulling herself as erect as she could with a dragging weight of ninety pounds hanging about her neck. "Is this the usual way you say good morning?"

sternly - séverement

pulling - tirant, (pull), tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence

dragging - traînant, tirer, entraîner

weight - poids, lest, graisse, alourdir, lester, appesantir

hanging about - en train de traîner

neck - cou, kiki

The little girl dropped to her toes, and danced lightly up and down.

dropped - a déposé, goutte

lightly - légerement, légerement

"No, only when I love folks so I just can't help it! I saw you from my window, Aunt Polly, and I got to thinking how you WEREN'T a Ladies'Aider, and you were my really truly aunt; and you looked so good I just had to come down and hug you!"

The bent old man turned his back suddenly. Miss Polly attempted a frown-with not her usual success.

attempted - tenté, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

"Pollyanna, you-I Thomas, that will do for this morning. I think you understand-about those rose-bushes," she said stiffly. Then she turned and walked rapidly away.

bushes - buissons, buisson

rapidly - rapidement

"Do you always work in the garden, Mr.-Man?" asked Pollyanna, interestedly.

interestedly - avec intéret

The man turned. His lips were twitching, but his eyes looked blurred as if with tears.

twitching - twitching, (twitch) twitching

blurred - floue, estomper, brouiller, s'estomper, flou, tache, salissure

"Yes, Miss. I'm Old Tom, the gardener," he answered. Timidly, but as if impelled by an irresistible force, he reached out a shaking hand and let it rest for a moment on her bright hair. "You are so like your mother, little Miss! I used ter know her when she was even littler than you be. You see, I used ter work in the garden-then."

gardener - jardinier, jardiniere

timidly - timidement

impelled - poussé, motiver, inciter, pousser, propulser, éjecter

irresistible - irrésistible

force - force, forcez, contrainte, forçons, contraindre, forcent

bright - lumineux, éclatant, clair

Pollyanna caught her breath audibly.

caught - pris, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic, couille

"You did? And you knew my mother, really-when she was just a little earth angel, and not a Heaven one? Oh, please tell me about her!" And down plumped Pollyanna in the middle of the dirt path by the old man's side.

earth - terre, terrier, relier a la terre, tmettre a la terre, enterrer

plumped - repulpée, grassouillet

Middle - au milieu, milieu, moyen, central

A bell sounded from the house. The next moment Nancy was seen flying out the back door.

flying out - qui s'envole

"Miss Pollyanna, that bell means breakfast-mornin's," she panted, pulling the little girl to her feet and hurrying her back to the house; "and other times it means other meals. But it always means that you're ter run like time when ye hear it, no matter where ye be. If ye don't-well, it'll take somethin'smarter'n we be ter find ANYTHIN'ter be glad about in that!

smarter - plus intelligent, élégant

" she finished, shooing Pollyanna into the house as she would shoo an unruly chicken into a coop.

shooing - l'évitement, ouste

unruly - désobéissant, incontrôlable, indiscipliné

coop - coop, cage, poulailler

Breakfast, for the first five minutes, was a silent meal; then Miss Polly, her disapproving eyes following the airy wings of two flies darting here and there over the table, said sternly:

silent - silencieux

disapproving - désapprobateur, désapprouver

airy - aéré

wings - des ailes, aile, ailier

darting - darting, dard, fleche

"Nancy, where did those flies come from?"

"I don't know, ma'am. There wasn't one in the kitchen." Nancy had been too excited to notice Pollyanna's up-flung windows the afternoon before.

notice - remarquer, notification, préavis, s'apercevoir

"I reckon maybe they're my flies, Aunt Polly," observed Pollyanna, amiably. "There were lots of them this morning having a beautiful time upstairs."

amiably - aimablement

Nancy left the room precipitately, though to do so she had to carry out the hot muffins she had just brought in.

precipitately - précipitamment

muffins - muffins, muffin

"Yours!" gasped Miss Polly. "What do you mean? Where did they come from?"

"Why, Aunt Polly, they came from out of doors of course, through the windows. I SAW some of them come in."

out of doors - a l'extérieur

"You saw them! You mean you raised those windows without any screens?"

"Why, yes. There weren't any screens there, Aunt Polly."

Nancy, at this moment, came in again with the muffins. Her face was grave, but very red.

grave - tombe

"Nancy," directed her mistress, sharply, "you may set the muffins down and go at once to Miss Pollyanna's room and shut the windows. Shut the doors, also. Later, when your morning work is done, go through every room with the spatter. See that you make a thorough search."

directed - dirigée, direct, mettre en scene, ordonner

spatter - des éclaboussures, asperger

thorough - approfondi, minutieux, soigné, exhaustif

search - recherche, chercher, fouiller

To her niece she said:

"Pollyanna, I have ordered screens for those windows. I knew, of course, that it was my duty to do that. But it seems to me that you have quite forgotten YOUR duty."

"My-duty?" Pollyanna's eyes were wide with wonder.

"Certainly. I know it is warm, but I consider it your duty to keep your windows closed till those screens come. Flies, Pollyanna, are not only unclean and annoying, but very dangerous to health. After breakfast I will give you a little pamphlet on this matter to read."

Consider - envisager, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer

unclean - impur

annoying - ennuyeux, gener, ennuyer, embeter, agacer, asticoter

pamphlet - brochure, pamphlet

"To read? Oh, thank you, Aunt Polly. I love to read!"

Miss Polly drew in her breath audibly, then she shut her lips together hard. Pollyanna, seeing her stern face, frowned a little thoughtfully.

thoughtfully - de maniere réfléchie

"Of course I'm sorry about the duty I forgot, Aunt Polly," she apologized timidly. "I won't raise the windows again."

apologized - s'est excusé, s'excuser, présenter des excuses

raise - augmenter, levent, arborent, entonner, levez, élever, levons

Her aunt made no reply. She did not speak, indeed, until the meal was over. Then she rose, went to the bookcase in the sitting room, took out a small paper booklet, and crossed the room to her niece's side.

reply - répondre, réponse

bookcase - bibliotheque, bibliotheque

booklet - livret, brochure

crossed - croisé, croix, signe de croix

"This is the article I spoke of, Pollyanna. I desire you to go to your room at once and read it. I will be up in half an hour to look over your things."

look over - examiner

Pollyanna, her eyes on the illustration of a fly's head, many times magnified, cried joyously:

illustration - illustration, représentation

magnified - amplifié, agrandir

"Oh, thank you, Aunt Polly!" The next moment she skipped merrily from the room, banging the door behind her.

merrily - joyeusement, gaiement

banging - banging, détonation

Miss Polly frowned, hesitated, then crossed the room majestically and opened the door; but Pollyanna was already out of sight, clattering up the attic stairs.

majestically - majestueusement

sight - vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur

Half an hour later when Miss Polly, her face expressing stern duty in every line, climbed those stairs and entered Pollyanna's room, she was greeted with a burst of eager enthusiasm.

expressing - exprimant, exprimer

greeted - salué, saluer, accueillir

"Oh, Aunt Polly, I never saw anything so perfectly lovely and interesting in my life. I'm so glad you gave me that book to read! Why, I didn't suppose flies could carry such a lot of things on their feet, and-"

"That will do," observed Aunt Polly, with dignity. "Pollyanna, you may bring out your clothes now, and I will look them over. What are not suitable for you I shall give to the Sullivans, of course."

dignity - dignité, forme, rang

bring out - sortir

With visible reluctance Pollyanna laid down the pamphlet and turned toward the closet.

visible - visible

reluctance - réticence, réluctance

laid down - mis en place

"I'm afraid you'll think they're worse than the Ladies'Aid did-and THEY said they were shameful," she sighed. "But there were mostly things for boys and older folks in the last two or three barrels; and-did you ever have a missionary barrel, Aunt Polly?"

shameful - honteux, scandaleux

mostly - surtout, majoritairement

At her aunt's look of shocked anger, Pollyanna corrected herself at once.

anger - la colere, colere, ire, courroux, rage

"Why, no, of course you didn't, Aunt Polly!" she hurried on, with a hot blush. "I forgot; rich folks never have to have them. But you see sometimes I kind of forget that you are rich-up here in this room, you know."

blush - rougir

Miss Polly's lips parted indignantly, but no words came. Pollyanna, plainly unaware that she had said anything in the least unpleasant, was hurrying on.

"Well, as I was going to say, you can't tell a thing about missionary barrels-except that you won't find in 'em what you think you're going to-even when you think you won't. It was the barrels every time, too, that were hardest to play the game on, for father and-"

Just in time Pollyanna remembered that she was not to talk of her father to her aunt. She dived into her closet then, hurriedly, and brought out all the poor little dresses in both her arms.

dived - plongé, plonger

brought out - Mis en évidence

"They aren't nice, at all," she choked, "and they'd been black if it hadn't been for the red carpet for the church; but they're all I've got."

With the tips of her fingers Miss Polly turned over the conglomerate garments, so obviously made for anybody but Pollyanna. Next she bestowed frowning attention on the patched undergarments in the bureau drawers.

tips - des conseils, bout, pointe

turned over - retourné

conglomerate - conglomérat, roche conglomérée, conglomérer

garments - vetements, vetement

Obviously - clairement, évidemment

bestowed - accordé, disposer de, accorder, remettre, conférer

"I've got the best ones on," confessed Pollyanna, anxiously. "The Ladies'Aid bought me one set straight through all whole. Mrs. Jones-she's the president-told 'em I should have that if they had to clatter down bare aisles themselves the rest of their days. But they won't. Mr. White doesn't like the noise.

confessed - avoué, avouer, confesser

straight through - directement a travers

President - le président, président, présidente

clatter - claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme

aisles - les allées, allée, rayon, couloir, côté couloir

themselves - eux-memes, se, eux-memes, elles-memes

noise - bruit, vacarme, brouhaha, boucan

He's got nerves, his wife says; but he's got money, too, and they expect he'll give a lot toward the carpet-on account of the nerves, you know. I should think he'd be glad that if he did have the nerves he'd got money, too; shouldn't you?"

nerves - des nerfs, nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran

account - compte, supputation, demande

shouldn - devrait

Miss Polly did not seem to hear. Her scrutiny of the undergarments finished, she turned to Pollyanna somewhat abruptly.

"You have been to school, of course, Pollyanna?"

"Oh, yes, Aunt Polly. Besides, fath-I mean, I was taught at home some, too."

Miss Polly frowned.

"Very good. In the fall you will enter school here, of course. Mr. Hall, the principal, will doubtless settle in which grade you belong. Meanwhile, I suppose I ought to hear you read aloud half an hour each day."

enter - entrer, rench: t-needed r, taper, saisir

principal - principal, directeur, directrice

settle in - s'installer

grade - mention, note, année, classe, niveau, grade, noter

belong - appartiennent, appartenons, faire partie de, appartiens

read aloud - Lire a haute voix

"I love to read; but if you don't want to hear me I'd be just glad to read to myself-truly, Aunt Polly. And I wouldn't have to half try to be glad, either, for I like best to read to myself-on account of the big words, you know."

"I don't doubt it," rejoined Miss Polly, grimly. "Have you studied music?"

grimly - sinistre

"Not much. I don't like my music-I like other people's, though. I learned to play on the piano a little. Miss Gray-she plays for church-she taught me. But I'd just as soon let that go as not, Aunt Polly. I'd rather, truly."

"Very likely," observed Aunt Polly, with slightly uplifted eyebrows. "Nevertheless I think it is my duty to see that you are properly instructed in at least the rudiments of music. You sew, of course."

slightly - légerement, finement, délicatement, légerement

uplifted - élevé, élever, transcender, promouvoir, exalter, soulevement

eyebrows - sourcils, sourcil

nevertheless - néanmoins, toutefois, pourtant, malgré tout

properly - proprement, correctement, convenablement

instructed - instruit, instruire, enseigner, apprendre

rudiments - rudiments, rudiment

sew - coudre, cousez, cousons, couds, cousent

"Yes, ma'am." Pollyanna sighed. "The Ladies'Aid taught me that. But I had an awful time. Mrs. Jones didn't believe in holding your needle like the rest of 'em did on buttonholing, and Mrs. White thought backstitching ought to be taught you before hemming (or else the other way), and Mrs. Harriman didn't believe in putting you on patchwork ever, at all."

holding - en attente, possession, (hold) en attente

needle - aiguille, saphir, coudre, taquiner, monter

buttonholing - la boutonniere, boutonniere, tenir la jambe

hemming - l'ourlet, ourlet

patchwork - patchwork

"Well, there will be no difficulty of that kind any longer, Pollyanna. I shall teach you sewing myself, of course. You do not know how to cook, I presume."

sewing - cousant, suture, (sew) cousant

Pollyanna laughed suddenly.

"They were just beginning to teach me that this summer, but I hadn't got far. They were more divided up on that than they were on the sewing. They were GOING to begin on bread; but there wasn't two of 'em that made it alike, so after arguing it all one sewing-meeting, they decided to take turns at me one forenoon a week-in their own kitchens, you know.

divided - divisé, diviser, fendre, partager

arguing - en train de se disputer, affirmer, débattre, se disputer

take turns - a tour de rôle

I'd only learned chocolate fudge and fig cake, though, when-when I had to stop." Her voice broke.

fudge - du caramel, fondant, caramel, fudge, balivernes, échappatoire

fig - fig, figue

"Chocolate fudge and fig cake, indeed!" scorned Miss Polly. "I think we can remedy that very soon." She paused in thought for a minute, then went on slowly: "At nine o'clock every morning you will read aloud one half-hour to me. Before that you will use the time to put this room in order.

remedy - remede, remede, recours, remédier

paused - en pause, pauser, pause

Wednesday and Saturday forenoons, after half-past nine, you will spend with Nancy in the kitchen, learning to cook. Other mornings you will sew with me. That will leave the afternoons for your music. I shall, of course, procure a teacher at once for you," she finished decisively, as she arose from her chair.

procure - se procurer, acquérir, obtenir, proxénétisme, procurer

decisively - de maniere décisive

arose from - est née de

Pollyanna cried out in dismay.

"Oh, but Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly, you haven't left me any time at all just to-to live."

"To live, child! What do you mean? As if you weren't living all the time!"

"Oh, of course I'd be BREATHING all the time I was doing those things, Aunt Polly, but I wouldn't be living. You breathe all the time you're asleep, but you aren't living. I mean living-doing the things you want to do: playing outdoors, reading (to myself, of course), climbing hills, talking to Mr.

breathing - respirer, respiration, (breath), souffle, haleine

asleep - endormi

outdoors - a l'extérieur, de plein air, d’extérieur, en plein air

hills - collines, colline, côte

Tom in the garden, and Nancy, and finding out all about the houses and the people and everything everywhere all through the perfectly lovely streets I came through yesterday. That's what I call living, Aunt Polly. Just breathing isn't living!"

finding out - a découvrir

everywhere - partout

Miss Polly lifted her head irritably.

"Pollyanna, you ARE the most extraordinary child! You will be allowed a proper amount of playtime, of course. But, surely, it seems to me if I am willing to do my duty in seeing that you have proper care and instruction, YOU ought to be willing to do yours by seeing that that care and instruction are not ungratefully wasted."

amount - montant, quantité, monter, correspondre

playtime - la récréation

surely - surement, surement, assurément

instruction - l'instruction, instruction

ungratefully - avec ingratitude

wasted - gaspillé, gaspiller

Pollyanna looked shocked.

"Oh, Aunt Polly, as if I ever could be ungrateful-to YOU! Why, I LOVE YOU-and you aren't even a Ladies'Aider; you're an aunt!"

ungrateful-to - (ungrateful-to) ingrats

"Very well; then see that you don't act ungrateful," vouchsafed Miss Polly, as she turned toward the door.

act - acte, loi, action, agir, faire, jouer, se comporter, faire (1)

ungrateful - ingrat

vouchsafed - garantie, accorder de maniere clémente

She had gone halfway down the stairs when a small, unsteady voice called after her:

halfway - a mi-chemin, mi-chemin

unsteady - instable, branlant, fébrile

"Please, Aunt Polly, you didn't tell me which of my things you wanted to-to give away."

give away - donner

Aunt Polly emitted a tired sigh-a sigh that ascended straight to Pollyanna's ears.

emitted - émis, émettre

"Oh, I forgot to tell you, Pollyanna. Timothy will drive us into town at half-past one this afternoon. Not one of your garments is fit for my niece to wear. Certainly I should be very far from doing my duty by you if I should let you appear out in any one of them."

fit for - adapté a

appear - apparaître, sembler

Pollyanna sighed now-she believed she was going to hate that word-duty.

"Aunt Polly, please," she called wistfully, "isn't there ANY way you can be glad about all that-duty business?"

"What?" Miss Polly looked up in dazed surprise; then, suddenly, with very red cheeks, she turned and swept angrily down the stairs. "Don't be impertinent, Pollyanna!"

cheeks - joues, joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale

In the hot little attic room Pollyanna dropped herself on to one of the straight-backed chairs. To her, existence loomed ahead one endless round of duty.

existence - l'existence, existence

loomed - a été tissé, métier a tisser

endless - sans fin, infini, interminable, perpétuel

"I don't see, really, what there was impertinent about that," she sighed. "I was only asking her if she couldn't tell me something to be glad about in all that duty business."

For several minutes Pollyanna sat in silence, her rueful eyes fixed on the forlorn heap of garments on the bed. Then, slowly, she rose and began to put away the dresses.

several - plusieurs

fixed - fixé, réparer, fixer, préparer, truquer, tricher, réparation

forlorn - délaissée, abandonné, perdu, miserable, désespéré

heap - tas, pile, monceau

put away - mis de côté

"There just isn't anything to be glad about, that I can see," she said aloud; "unless-it's to be glad when the duty's done!" Whereupon she laughed suddenly.

Unless - a moins que, a moins que, sauf si


punishments - punitions, punition, châtiment

At half-past one o'clock Timothy drove Miss Polly and her niece to the four or five principal dry goods stores, which were about half a mile from the homestead.

dry - sec, anhydre, sécher, tfaire sécher

stores - magasins, entrepôt, stock, stocker, conserver

Fitting Pollyanna with a new wardrobe proved to be more or less of an exciting experience for all concerned. Miss Polly came out of it with the feeling of limp relaxation that one might have at finding oneself at last on solid earth after a perilous walk across the very thin crust of a volcano.

fitting - l'appareillage, approprié, conforme, convenable, coupleur

wardrobe - garde-robe, armoire

proved - prouvé, prouver

Experience - expérience, éprouver, vivre

concerned - préoccupé, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation

limp - boiteux, boitez, boitent, boitons, boiter

relaxation - la détente, relaxation, détente, relaxation (1, 5)

oneself - soi-meme, soi-meme

solid - solide, massif, plein, continu

perilous - périlleux

crust - croute, croute, écorce

volcano - volcan

The various clerks who had waited upon the pair came out of it with very red faces, and enough amusing stories of Pollyanna to keep their friends in gales of laughter the rest of the week.

various - divers

clerks - commis, greffier

amusing - amusant, amuser

gales - des coups de vent, grand vent

laughter - rires, rire

Pollyanna herself came out of it with radiant smiles and a heart content; for, as she expressed it to one of the clerks: "When you haven't had anybody but missionary barrels and Ladies'Aiders to dress you, it IS perfectly lovely to just walk right in and buy clothes that are brand-new, and that don't have to be tucked up or let down because they don't fit!"

smiles - sourires, sourire

content - contenu, satisfait, contentement

expressed - exprimée, exprimer

tucked up - rentré

let down - déçu

The shopping expedition consumed the entire afternoon; then came supper and a delightful talk with Old Tom in the garden, and another with Nancy on the back porch, after the dishes were done, and while Aunt Polly paid a visit to a neighbor.

expedition - expédition

consumed - consommée, consommer, consumer, rench: -neededr

entire - entiere, entier, entiere

delightful - délicieux

porch - porche, véranda, portique

neighbor - voisin

Old Tom told Pollyanna wonderful things of her mother, that made her very happy indeed; and Nancy told her all about the little farm six miles away at "The Corners," where lived her own dear mother, and her equally dear brother and sisters. She promised, too, that sometime, if Miss Polly were willing, Pollyanna should be taken to see them.

equally - également

"And THEY'VE got lovely names, too. You'll like THEIR names," sighed Nancy. "They're 'Algernon,'and 'Florabelle'and 'Estelle.'I-I just hate 'Nancy'!"

"Oh, Nancy, what a dreadful thing to say! Why?"

dreadful - épouvantable, redoutable, affreux, terrible

"Because it isn't pretty like the others. You see, I was the first baby, and mother hadn't begun ter read so many stories with the pretty names in 'em, then."

"But I love 'Nancy,'just because it's you," declared Pollyanna.

"Humph! Well, I guess you could love 'Clarissa Mabelle'just as well," retorted Nancy, "and it would be a heap happier for me. I think THAT name's just grand!"

grand - grand, grandiose

Pollyanna laughed.

"Well, anyhow," she chuckled, "you can be glad it isn't 'Hephzibah.'"


"Yes. Mrs. White's name is that. Her husband calls her 'Hep,'and she doesn't like it. She says when he calls out 'Hep-Hep!'she feels just as if the next minute he was going to yell 'Hurrah!'And she doesn't like to be hurrahed at."

Hep - hep

yell - crier, hurlent, hurler, jacasser, hurlez, hurlons

hurrahed - hurrahed, hourra

Nancy's gloomy face relaxed into a broad smile.

gloomy - morose, lugubre, sombre, terne, maussade

"Well, if you don't beat the Dutch! Say, do you know?-I sha'n't never hear 'Nancy'now that I don't think o'that 'Hep-Hep!'and giggle. My, I guess I AM glad-" She stopped short and turned amazed eyes on the little girl. "Say, Miss Pollyanna, do you mean-was you playin'that 'ere game THEN-about my bein'glad I wa'n't named Hephzibah'?"

beat - battre

Dutch - néerlandais, hollandais

giggle - ricaner, glousser, gloussement

amazed - stupéfait, stupéfier

ere - ici

Pollyanna frowned; then she laughed.

"Why, Nancy, that's so! I WAS playing the game-but that's one of the times I just did it without thinking, I reckon. You see, you DO, lots of times; you get so used to it-looking for something to be glad about, you know. And most generally there is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it."

"Well, m-maybe," granted Nancy, with open doubt.

granted - accordée, accorder, admettre

At half-past eight Pollyanna went up to bed. The screens had not yet come, and the close little room was like an oven. With longing eyes Pollyanna looked at the two fast-closed windows-but she did not raise them. She undressed, folded her clothes neatly, said her prayers, blew out her candle and climbed into bed.

undressed - déshabillé, déshabiller

blew out - a explosé

Just how long she lay in sleepless misery, tossing from side to side of the hot little cot, she did not know; but it seemed to her that it must have been hours before she finally slipped out of bed, felt her way across the room and opened her door.

lay in - s'allonger

sleepless - l'insomnie, insomniaque

misery - la misere, misere

tossing - le lancer, (toss), jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, lancer

slipped - a glissé, glisser

Out in the main attic all was velvet blackness save where the moon flung a path of silver half-way across the floor from the east dormer window. With a resolute ignoring of that fearsome darkness to the right and to the left, Pollyanna drew a quick breath and pattered straight into that silvery path, and on to the window.

blackness - la noirceur, noirceur

moon - lune

dormer window - lucarne

resolute - résolu, résolue, ferme, déterminé

ignoring - ignorer, ne pas preter attention a

darkness - l'obscurité, obscurité, ténebres

silvery - argenté, argentin

She had hoped, vaguely, that this window might have a screen, but it did not. Outside, however, there was a wide world of fairy-like beauty, and there was, too, she knew, fresh, sweet air that would feel so good to hot cheeks and hands!

screen - paravent, écran

fairy - fée, tapette, folle

As she stepped nearer and peered longingly out, she saw something else: she saw, only a little way below the window, the wide, flat tin roof of Miss Polly's sun parlor built over the porte-cochere. The sight filled her with longing. If only, now, she were out there!

stepped - en escalier, steppe

peered - regardé, pair

longingly - avec envie

tin - l'étain, étain, conserve, boîte de conserve, moule, gamelle

parlor - parloir, salon, salle de traite

porte - Porte

Fearfully she looked behind her. Back there, somewhere, were her hot little room and her still hotter bed; but between her and them lay a horrid desert of blackness across which one must feel one's way with outstretched, shrinking arms; while before her, out on the sun-parlor roof, were the moonlight and the cool, sweet night air.

somewhere - quelque part

horrid - horribles, affreux, horrible, exécrable, désagréable

desert - désert, désertez, quitter, désertons, désertent, déserter

shrinking - se rétrécir, se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer

moonlight - le clair de lune, clair de lune, travailler au noir

If only her bed were out there! And folks did sleep out of doors. Joel Hartley at home, who was so sick with the consumption, HAD to sleep out of doors.

sick with - Malade de

consumption - la consommation, consommation

Suddenly Pollyanna remembered that she had seen near this attic window a row of long white bags hanging from nails. Nancy had said that they contained the winter clothing, put away for the summer.

Row - rangée, tintamarre, canoter, ramer

nails - clous, ongle

A little fearfully now, Pollyanna felt her way to these bags, selected a nice fat soft one (it contained Miss Polly's sealskin coat) for a bed; and a thinner one to be doubled up for a pillow, and still another (which was so thin it seemed almost empty) for a covering.

selected - sélectionné, sélect, choisir, sélectionner

sealskin - peau de phoque, phoque

doubled - doublé, double, sosie, doublon

pillow - oreiller, tetiere

empty - vide, vider, cadavre

Thus equipped, Pollyanna in high glee pattered to the moonlit window again, raised the sash, stuffed her burden through to the roof below, then let herself down after it, closing the window carefully behind her-Pollyanna had not forgotten those flies with the marvellous feet that carried things.

glee - glee, joie, jubilation

stuffed - empaillé, truc, substance (1), frachin (2), fr

burden - charge, accablement, alourdissons, alourdir, alourdissez

carefully - attentivement, soigneusement

How deliciously cool it was! Pollyanna quite danced up and down with delight, drawing in long, full breaths of the refreshing air. The tin roof under her feet crackled with little resounding snaps that Pollyanna rather liked.

deliciously - délicieusement

breaths - respirations, respiration, souffle, haleine

refreshing - rafraîchissant, revigorer, rafraîchir

crackled - crépité, crépitement, crépiter

resounding - retentissant, retentir

snaps - des boutons-pression, claquer, claquement de doigts

She walked, indeed, two or three times back and forth from end to end-it gave her such a pleasant sensation of airy space after her hot little room; and the roof was so broad and flat that she had No fear of falling off. Finally, with a sigh of content, she curled herself up on the sealskin-coat mattress, arranged one bag for a pillow and the other for a covering, and settled herself to sleep.

forth - avant, en avant

pleasant - agréable, plaisant

sensation - sensation

No fear - Pas de peur

falling off - qui tombe

curled - frisé, boucle, rotationnel, boucler

mattress - matelas

arranged - arrangé, arranger, organiser

settled - réglée, (s')installer

"I'm so glad now that the screens didn't come," she murmured, blinking up at the stars; "else I couldn't have had this!"

murmured - murmuré, murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer

blinking - clignotant, ciller, cligner des yeux, clignoter

Down-stairs in Miss Polly's room next the sun parlor, Miss Polly herself was hurrying into dressing gown and slippers, her face white and frightened. A minute before she had been telephoning in a shaking voice to Timothy:

dressing gown - robe de chambre

slippers - des pantoufles, chausson, pantoufle

"Come up quick!-you and your father. Bring lanterns. Somebody is on the roof of the sun parlor. He must have climbed up the rose-trellis or somewhere, and of course he can get right into the house through the east window in the attic. I have locked the attic door down here-but hurry, quick!"

lanterns - lanternes, lanterne

climbed up - grimpé

trellis - treillis, treillage, espalier, treille

locked - verrouillé, serrure

Some time later, Pollyanna, just dropping off to sleep, was startled by a lantern flash, and a trio of amazed ejaculations. She opened her eyes to find Timothy at the top of a ladder near her, Old Tom just getting through the window, and her aunt peering out at her from behind him.

startled - surpris, sursauter, surprendre

lantern - lanterne

trio - trio

ejaculations - éjaculations, éjaculation

ladder - l'échelle, échelle

getting through - Se frayer un chemin

peering - peering, pair

"Pollyanna, what does this mean?" cried Aunt Polly then.

Pollyanna blinked sleepy eyes and sat up.

sleepy - somnolent, ensommeillé, ensuqué, endormi

"Why, Mr. Tom-Aunt Polly!" she stammered. "Don't look so scared! It isn't that I've got the consumption, you know, like Joel Hartley. It's only that I was so hot-in there. But I shut the window, Aunt Polly, so the flies couldn't carry those germ-things in."

germ - germe

Timothy disappeared suddenly down the ladder. Old Tom, with almost equal precipitation, handed his lantern to Miss Polly, and followed his son. Miss Polly bit her lip hard-until the men were gone; then she said sternly:

disappeared - a disparu, disparaître

Equal - l'égalité, égal, égaler a, égale

precipitation - des précipitations, précipitation

"Pollyanna, hand those things to me at once and come in here. Of all the extraordinary children!" she ejaculated a little later, as, with Pollyanna by her side, and the lantern in her hand, she turned back into the attic.

To Pollyanna the air was all the more stifling after that cool breath of the out of doors; but she did not complain. She only drew a long quivering sigh.

complain - se plaindre, porter plainte

At the top of the stairs Miss Polly jerked out crisply:

jerked - secoué, secousse

"For the rest of the night, Pollyanna, you are to sleep in my bed with me. The screens will be here to-morrow, but until then I consider it my duty to keep you where I know where you are."

Pollyanna drew in her breath.

"With you?-in your bed?" she cried rapturously. "Oh, Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly, how perfectly lovely of you! And when I've so wanted to sleep with some one sometime-some one that belonged to me, you know; not a Ladies'Aider. I've HAD them. My! I reckon I am glad now those screens didn't come! Wouldn't you be?"

belonged - a appartenu, appartenir a

There was no reply. Miss Polly was stalking on ahead. Miss Polly, to tell the truth, was feeling curiously helpless. For the third time since Pollyanna's arrival, Miss Polly was punishing Pollyanna-and for the third time she was being confronted with the amazing fact that her punishment was being taken as a special reward of merit. No wonder Miss Polly was feeling curiously helpless.

stalking - harcelement, (stalk) harcelement

truth - la vérité, vérité

curiously - curieusement

helpless - sans défense, désemparé

third - troisieme, troisieme, trois, tiers, tierce

punishing - punir, châtier

confronted with - confronté a

punishment - punition, châtiment

Reward - récompense, récompenser

merit - mérite, mériter


It was not long before life at the Harrington homestead settled into something like order-though not exactly the order that Miss Polly had at first prescribed. Pollyanna sewed, practised, read aloud, and studied cooking in the kitchen, it is true; but she did not give to any of these things quite so much time as had first been planned.

prescribed - prescrite, prescrire, indiquer, ordonner

sewed - cousu, coudre

quite so - tout a fait

She had more time, also, to "just live," as she expressed it, for almost all of every afternoon from two until six o'clock was hers to do with as she liked-provided she did not "like" to do certain things already prohibited by Aunt Polly.

provided - fourni, fournir, procurer, pourvoir

Certain - certain, quelconque

prohibited - interdites, interdire, prohiber

It is a question, perhaps, whether all this leisure time was given to the child as a relief to Pollyanna from work-or as a relief to Aunt Polly from Pollyanna. Certainly, as those first July days passed, Miss Polly found occasion many times to ejaculate "What an extraordinary child!

whether - si, que, soit, si oui ou non

leisure - les loisirs, loisir, temps libre

Occasion - occasion

ejaculate - éjaculer, éjaculat

" and certainly the reading and sewing lessons found her at their conclusion each day somewhat dazed and wholly exhausted.

conclusion - conclusion, fin

wholly - entierement

exhausted - épuisé, épuiser, échappement

Nancy, in the kitchen, fared better. She was not dazed nor exhausted. Wednesdays and Saturdays came to be, indeed, red-letter days to her.

red-letter days - des jours de fete

There were no children in the immediate neighborhood of the Harrington homestead for Pollyanna to play with. The house itself was on the outskirts of the village, and though there were other houses not far away, they did not chance to contain any boys or girls near Pollyanna's age. This, however, did not seem to disturb Pollyanna in the least.

neighborhood - voisinage, environs, quartier, checkvoisinage

itself - elle-meme, se, soi-meme

outskirts - périphérie, banlieue

chance - chance, hasard

contain - contenir

disturb - déranger, perturber, gener

"Oh, no, I don't mind it at all," she explained to Nancy. "I'm happy just to walk around and see the streets and the houses and watch the people. I just love people. Don't you, Nancy?"

I don't mind - Ça ne me dérange pas

"Well, I can't say I do-all of 'em," retorted Nancy, tersely.

Almost every pleasant afternoon found Pollyanna begging for "an errand to run," so that she might be off for a walk in one direction or another; and it was on these walks that frequently she met the Man. To herself Pollyanna always called him "the Man," no matter if she met a dozen other men the same day.

begging - la mendicité, (beg) la mendicité

errand - course, commission

be off - etre éteint

direction - direction

frequently - fréquemment

dozen - douzaine, dizaine

The Man often wore a long black coat and a high silk hat-two things that the "just men" never wore. His face was clean shaven and rather pale, and his hair, showing below his hat, was somewhat gray. He walked erect, and rather rapidly, and he was always alone, which made Pollyanna vaguely sorry for him. Perhaps it was because of this that she one day spoke to him.

silk - soie

shaven - rasé, (shave)

pale - pâle, hâve

"How do you do, sir? Isn't this a nice day?" she called cheerily, as she approached him.

cheerily - heureuse

approached - approché, (s')approcher (de)

The man threw a hurried glance about him, then stopped uncertainly.

"Did you speak-to me?" he asked in a sharp voice.

"Yes, sir," beamed Pollyanna. "I say, it's a nice day, isn't it?"

beamed - téléporté, madrier, poutre, merrain, perche, limon, timon, age

isn't it? - n'est-ce pas ?

"Eh? Oh! Humph!" he grunted; and strode on again.

eh - eh

grunted - grogné, grognement, bidasse, troufion, grogner

strode - strode, marcher a grands pas

Pollyanna laughed. He was such a funny man, she thought.

The next day she saw him again.

"'Tisn't quite so nice as yesterday, but it's pretty nice," she called out cheerfully.

"Eh? Oh! Humph!" grunted the man as before; and once again Pollyanna laughed happily.

as before - comme avant

When for the third time Pollyanna accosted him in much the same manner, the man stopped abruptly.

accosted - accosté, accoster

"See here, child, who are you, and why are you speaking to me every day?"

"I'm Pollyanna Whittier, and I thought you looked lonesome. I'm so glad you stopped. Now we're introduced-only I don't know your name yet."

"Well, of all the-" The man did not finish his sentence, but strode on faster than ever.

Pollyanna looked after him with a disappointed droop to her usually smiling lips.

looked after - pris en charge

disappointed - déçue, décevoir, désappointer

droop - tomber, s'affaisser, bec

"Maybe he didn't understand-but that was only half an introduction. I don't know HIS name, yet," she murmured, as she proceeded on her way.

introduction - introduction, présentation

proceeded - a procédé, avancer, procéder

Pollyanna was carrying calf's-foot jelly to Mrs. Snow to-day. Miss Polly Harrington always sent something to Mrs. Snow once a week. She said she thought that it was her duty, inasmuch as Mrs. Snow was poor, sick, and a member of her church-it was the duty of all the church members to look out for her, of course. Miss Polly did her duty by Mrs.

calf - veau, mollet

jelly - gelée

Snow usually on Thursday afternoons-not personally, but through Nancy. To-day Pollyanna had begged the privilege, and Nancy had promptly given it to her in accordance with Miss Polly's orders.

personally - personnellement

begged - supplié, mendier

privilege - privilege, privilege, privilégier

accordance - accord, accordance

"And it's glad that I am ter get rid of it," Nancy had declared in private afterwards to Pollyanna; "though It's a shame ter be tuckin'the job off on ter you, poor lamb, so it is, it is!"

rid - rid, débarrasser

private - personnel, personnelle, privé, privée

It's a shame - C'est une honte

"But I'd love to do it, Nancy."

"Well, you won't-after you've done it once," predicted Nancy, sourly.

predicted - prédit, prédire

sourly - avec aigreur

"Why not?"

"Because nobody does. If folks wa'n't sorry for her there wouldn't a soul go near her from mornin'till night, she's that cantankerous. All is, I pity her daughter what HAS ter take care of her."

cantankerous - acariâtre

pity - compassion, pitié, dommage, honte, plaindre, avoir pitié de

"But, why, Nancy?"

Nancy shrugged her shoulders.

shrugged - haussé les épaules, haussement d'épaules, hausser les épaules

"Well, in plain words, it's just that nothin'what ever has happened, has happened right in Mis'Snow's eyes. Even the days of the week ain't run ter her mind. If it's Monday she's bound ter say she wished 'twas Sunday; and if you take her jelly you're pretty sure ter hear she wanted chicken-but if you DID bring her chicken, she'd be jest hankerin'for lamb broth!"

bound - lié, entrain, (bind), lier, attacher, nouer, connecter, coupler

wished - souhaité, souhait, souhaiter, espérer

broth - bouillon, soupe

"Why, what a funny woman," laughed Pollyanna. "I think I shall like to go to see her. She must be so surprising and-and different. I love DIFFERENT folks."

surprising - surprenant, étonnant, surprenante

"Humph! Well, Mis'Snow's 'different,'all right-I hope, for the sake of the rest of us!" Nancy had finished grimly.

Pollyanna was thinking of these remarks to-day as she turned in at the gate of the shabby little cottage. Her eyes were quite sparkling, indeed, at the prospect of meeting this "different" Mrs. Snow.

remarks - remarques, remarque

turned in - rendu

Gate - la porte, porte

shabby - râpé, usé, élimé, miteux, minable

cottage - chalet, cottage

sparkling - étincelante, pétillant

prospect - prospect, perspective, prospecter

A pale-faced, tired-looking young girl answered her knock at the door.

knock at - frapper

"How do you do?" began Pollyanna politely. "I'm from Miss Polly Harrington, and I'd like to see Mrs. Snow, please."

politely - poliment

"Well, if you would, you're the first one that ever 'liked'to see her," muttered the girl under her breath; but Pollyanna did not hear this. The girl had turned and was leading the way through the hall to a door at the end of it.

leading - dirigeante, (lead) dirigeante

In the sick-room, after the girl had ushered her in and closed the door, Pollyanna blinked a little before she could accustom her eyes to the gloom. Then she saw, dimly outlined, a woman half-sitting up in the bed across the room. Pollyanna advanced at once.

sick-room - (sick-room) Une chambre de malade

ushered - huissier, ouvreur, escorte, garçon d'honneur, escorter

accustom - d'accoutumance, accoutumer

gloom - obscurité, pénombre, grisaille, morosité, noirceur

dimly - faiblement, obscurément, vaguement, confusément

advanced - avancé, élever, avancer, avancée, progression, progres

"How do you do, Mrs. Snow? Aunt Polly says she hopes you are comfortable to-day, and she's sent you some calf's-foot jelly."

comfortable - confortable

"Dear me! Jelly?" murmured a fretful voice. "Of course I'm very much obliged, but I was hoping 'twould be lamb broth to-day."

Dear me - Cher moi

fretful - irritable, agité, fébrile

Pollyanna frowned a little.

"Why, I thought it was CHICKEN you wanted when folks brought you jelly," she said.

"What?" The sick woman turned sharply.

"Why, nothing, much," apologized Pollyanna, hurriedly; "and of course it doesn't really make any difference. It's only that Nancy said it was chicken you wanted when we brought jelly, and lamb broth when we brought chicken-but maybe 'twas the other way, and Nancy forgot."

The sick woman pulled herself up till she sat erect in the bed-a most unusual thing for her to do, though Pollyanna did not know this.

most unusual - le plus inhabituel

"Well, Miss Impertinence, who are you?" she demanded.

Pollyanna laughed gleefully.

"Oh, THAT isn't my name, Mrs. Snow-and I'm so glad 'tisn't, too! That would be worse than 'Hephzibah,'wouldn't it? I'm Pollyanna Whittier, Miss Polly Harrington's niece, and I've come to live with her. that's why I'm here with the jelly this morning."

that's why - c'est pourquoi

All through the first part of this sentence, the sick woman had sat interestedly erect; but at the reference to the jelly she fell back on her pillow listlessly.

reference - référence, recommandation, faire référence a, référencer

listlessly - creuxse

"Very well; thank you. Your aunt is very kind, of course, but my appetite isn't very good this morning, and I was wanting lamb-" She stopped suddenly, then went on with an abrupt change of subject. "I never slept a wink last night-not a wink!"

abrupt - abrupt, brusque, precipité

wink - clin d'oil, ciller

"O dear, I wish I didn't," sighed Pollyanna, placing the jelly on the little stand and seating herself comfortably in the nearest chair. "You lose such a lot of time just sleeping! Don't you think so?"

comfortably - confortablement, agréablement

"Lose time-sleeping!" exclaimed the sick woman.

exclaimed - s'est exclamé, exclamer

"Yes, when you might be just living, you know. It seems such a pity we can't live nights, too."

Once again the woman pulled herself erect in her bed.

"Well, if you ain't the amazing young one!" she cried. "Here! do you go to that window and pull up the curtain," she directed. "I should like to know what you look like!"

pull up - tirer vers le haut

curtain - rideau

Pollyanna rose to her feet, but she laughed a little ruefully.

ruefully - avec dépit

"O dear! then you'll see my freckles, won't you?" she sighed, as she went to the window; "-and just when I was being so glad it was dark and you couldn't see 'em. There! Now you can-oh!" she broke off excitedly, as she turned back to the bed; "I'm so glad you wanted to see me, because now I can see you! They didn't tell me you were so pretty!"

excitedly - avec enthousiasme

"Me!-pretty!" scoffed the woman, bitterly.

bitterly - amerement, amerement

"Why, yes. Didn't you know it?" cried Pollyanna.

"Well, no, I didn't," retorted Mrs. Snow, dryly. Mrs. Snow had lived forty years, and for fifteen of those years she had been too busy wishing things were different to find much time to enjoy things as they were.

wishing - souhaitant, désirant, (wish), souhait, souhaiter, espérer

"Oh, but your eyes are so big and dark, and your hair's all dark, too, and curly," cooed Pollyanna. "I love black curls. (That's one of the things I'm going to have when I get to Heaven.) And you've got two little red spots in your cheeks. Why, Mrs. Snow, you ARE pretty! I should think you'd know it when you looked at yourself in the glass."

curly - bouclé, frisé, courbe, courbé

curls - boucles, boucle, rotationnel, boucler

"The glass!" snapped the sick woman, falling back on her pillow. "Yes, well, I hain't done much prinkin'before the mirror these days-and you wouldn't, if you was flat on your back as I am!"

falling back - se replier

"Why, no, of course not," agreed Pollyanna, sympathetically. "But wait-just let me show you," she exclaimed, skipping over to the bureau and picking up a small hand-glass.

sympathetically - avec bienveillance

skipping - sauter, sautiller

On the way back to the bed she stopped, eyeing the sick woman with a critical gaze.

critical - critique

"I reckon maybe, if you don't mind, I'd like to fix your hair just a little before I let you see it," she proposed. "May I fix your hair, please?"

Fix - réparer, fixer, préparer, truquer, tricher, réparation, dose

proposed - proposée, proposer, demander en mariage

"Why, I-suppose so, if you want to," permitted Mrs. Snow, grudgingly; "but 'twon't stay, you know."

permitted - autorisé, permettre

grudgingly - a contrecour, envieuxse

"Oh, thank you. I love to fix people's hair," exulted Pollyanna, carefully laying down the hand-glass and reaching for a comb. "I sha'n't do much to-day, of course-I'm in such a hurry for you to see how pretty you are; but some day I'm going to take it all down and have a perfectly lovely time with it," she cried, touching with soft fingers the waving hair above the sick woman's forehead.

laying down - en s'allongeant

comb - peigne, peignent, peigner, peignons, peignez

some day - un jour

touching - toucher, attendrissant, (touch), émouvoir

waving - en faisant signe de la main, (wave) en faisant signe de la main

forehead - front

For five minutes Pollyanna worked swiftly, deftly, combing a refractory curl into fluffiness, perking up a drooping ruffle at the neck, or shaking a pillow into plumpness so that the head might have a better pose. Meanwhile the sick woman, frowning prodigiously, and openly scoffing at the whole procedure, was, in spite of herself, beginning to tingle with a feeling perilously near to excitement.

deftly - habilement

combing - peignant, (comb) peignant

refractory - réfractaire

curl - boucle, rotationnel, boucler

fluffiness - duveteux, rench: t-needed r

perking - le perchage, se ragaillardir

drooping - en train de tomber, tomber, s'affaisser, bec

ruffle - falbala, ébouriffer

plumpness - les rondeurs

pose - poser, posez, posent, posons

prodigiously - prodigieusement

Scoffing - moquerie, (scoff) moquerie

procedure - procédé, procédure, fonction

tingle - picoter, picotement

perilously - dangereusement

excitement - l'excitation, excitation

"There!" panted Pollyanna, hastily plucking a pink from a vase near by and tucking it into the dark hair where it would give the best effect. "Now I reckon we're ready to be looked at!" And she held out the mirror in triumph.

plucking - plumer, tirer, pincer, voler, abats-p, persévérance

vase - vase

near by - a proximité

effect - effet, effets, effectuer

triumph - triomphe, triomphal

"Humph!" grunted the sick woman, eyeing her reflection severely. "I like red pinks better than pink ones; but then, it'll fade, anyhow, before night, so what's the difference!"

reflection - réflexion, reflet, eaning 4

fade - s'estomper, déteignez, déteindre, déteins, déteignons

"But I should think you'd be glad they did fade," laughed Pollyanna, "'cause then you can have the fun of getting some more. I just love your hair fluffed out like that," she finished with a satisfied gaze. "don't you?"

fluffed - pelucheux, duvet, broutille, babiole

satisfied - satisfaits, satisfaire

don't you? - n'est-ce pas ?

"Hm-m; maybe. Still-'twon't last, with me tossing back and forth on the pillow as I do."

"Of course not-and I'm glad, too," nodded Pollyanna, cheerfully, "because then I can fix it again. Anyhow, I should think you'd be glad it's black-black shows up so much nicer on a pillow than yellow hair like mine does."

mine - la mienne, mienne, miniere

"Maybe; but I never did set much store by black hair-shows gray too soon," retorted Mrs. Snow. She spoke fretfully, but she still held the mirror before her face.

store - magasin, entrepôt, stock, stocker, conserver

fretfully - avec fébrilité

"Oh, I love black hair! I should be so glad if I only had it," sighed Pollyanna.

Mrs. Snow dropped the mirror and turned irritably.

"Well, you wouldn't!-not if you were me. You wouldn't be glad for black hair nor anything else-if you had to lie here all day as I do!"

lie - mentir, mensonge, mentez, gésir, gis, mentons

Pollyanna bent her brows in a thoughtful frown.

brows - les sourcils, (brow), andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller

thoughtful - réfléchie, réfléchi, attentionné

"Why, 'twould be kind of hard-to do it then, wouldn't it?" she mused aloud.

mused - a réfléchi, muse

"Do what?"

"Be glad about things."

"Be glad about things-when you're sick in bed all your days? Well, I should say it would," retorted Mrs. Snow. "If you don't think so, just tell me something to be glad about; that's all!"

To Mrs. Snow's unbounded amazement, Pollyanna sprang to her feet and clapped her hands.

unbounded - sans limites

amazement - l'étonnement, stupéfaction, stupeur

"Oh, goody! That'll be a hard one-won't it? I've got to go, now, but I'll think and think all the way home; and maybe the next time I come I can tell it to you. Good-by. I've had a lovely time! Good-by," she called again, as she tripped through the doorway.

goody - bonbon

"Well, I never! Now, what does she mean by that?" ejaculated Mrs. Snow, staring after her visitor. by and by she turned her head and picked up the mirror, eyeing her reflection critically.

by and by - par et par

critically - de maniere critique

"That little thing HAS got a knack with hair and no mistake," she muttered under her breath. "I declare, I didn't know it could look so pretty. But then, what's the use?" she sighed, dropping the little glass into the bedclothes, and rolling her head on the pillow fretfully.

knack - knack, chic

declare - expliquer, déclarer

bedclothes - le linge de lit, linge de lit

rolling - rouler, enroulant, roulant, (roll) rouler

A little later, when Milly, Mrs. Snow's daughter, came in, the mirror still lay among the bedclothes-though it had been carefully hidden from sight.

hidden - caché, (se) cacher

"Why, mother-the curtain is up!" cried Milly, dividing her amazed stare between the window and the pink in her mother's hair.

dividing - diviser, divisant, répartissant, (divide), fendre

stare - fixer, regarder (fixement), dévisager

"Well, what if it is?" snapped the sick woman. "I needn't stay in the dark all my life, if I am sick, need I?"

needn - n'a pas besoin

"Why, n-no, of course not," rejoined Milly, in hasty conciliation, as she reached for the medicine bottle. "It's only-well, you know very well that I've tried to get you to have a lighter room for ages and you wouldn't."

hasty - hâtive, hâtif

Medicine - la médecine, médicament, officinal, médecine

There was no reply to this. Mrs. Snow was picking at the lace on her nightgown. At last she spoke fretfully.

nightgown - chemise de nuit, nuisette, liseuse, robe de nuit

"I should think SOMEBODY might give me a new nightdress-instead of lamb broth, for a change!"

nightdress - chemise de nuit


No wonder Milly quite gasped aloud with bewilderment. In the drawer behind her at that moment lay two new nightdresses that Milly for months had been vainly urging her mother to wear.

bewilderment - la perplexité, ahurissement, confusion, perplexité

drawer - tiroir, souscripteur

vainly - vainement

urging - l'exhortation, exhortant, (urge), pulsion, pousser, inciter


It rained the next time Pollyanna saw the Man. She greeted him, however, with a bright smile.

"It isn't so nice to-day, is it?" she called blithesomely. "I'm glad it doesn't rain always, anyhow!"

blithesomely - avec fadeur

The man did not even grunt this time, nor turn his head. Pollyanna decided that of course he did not hear her. The next time, therefore (which happened to be the following day), she spoke up louder.

grunt - grognement, bidasse, troufion, grogner

louder - plus fort, fort

She thought it particularly necessary to do this, anyway, for the Man was striding along, his hands behind his back, and his eyes on the ground-which seemed, to Pollyanna, preposterous in the face of the glorious sunshine and the freshly-washed morning air: Pollyanna, as a special treat, was on a morning errand to-day.

striding - a grandes enjambées, marcher a grands pas

preposterous - absurde

glorious - glorieux, splendide

freshly - fraîchement, froidement

treat - négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir, soigner

"How do you do?" she chirped. "I'm so glad it isn't yesterday, aren't you?"

chirped - gazouillé, pépiement, piaillement, stridulation, craquetement

The man stopped abruptly. There was an angry scowl on his face.

scowl - se renfrogner, froncer les sourcils

"See here, little girl, we might just as well settle this thing right now, once for all," he began testily. "I've got something besides the weather to think of. I don't know whether the sun shines or not." Pollyanna beamed joyously.

settle - régler, décréter

once for all - une fois pour toutes

testily - de façon provocante

shines - brille, briller, éclairer

"No, sir; I thought you didn't. That's why I told you."

"Yes; well-Eh? What?" he broke off sharply, in sudden understanding of her words.

"I say, that's why I told you-so you would notice it, you know-that the sun shines, and all that. I knew you'd be glad it did if you only stopped to think of it-and you didn't look a bit as if you WERE thinking of it!"

"Well, of all the-" ejaculated the man, with an oddly impotent gesture. He started forward again, but after the second step he turned back, still frowning.

impotent - impuissant

gesture - geste, signe

forward - avant, acheminent, acheminer, avanten, acheminons

"See here, why don't you find some one your own age to talk to?"

"I'd like to, sir, but there aren't any 'round here, Nancy says. Still, I don't mind so very much. I like old folks just as well, maybe better, sometimes-being used to the Ladies'Aid, so."

"Humph! The Ladies'Aid, indeed! Is that what you took me for?" The man's lips were threatening to smile, but the scowl above them was still trying to hold them grimly stern.

threatening - menaçante, menaçant, (threaten), menacer

Pollyanna laughed gleefully.

"Oh, no, sir. You don't look a mite like a Ladies'Aider-not but that you're just as good, of course-maybe better," she added in hurried politeness. "You see, I'm sure you're much nicer than you look!"

mite - mite, acarien

politeness - la politesse, politesse

The man made a queer noise in his throat.

"Well, of all the-" he ejaculated again, as he turned and strode on as before.

The next time Pollyanna met the Man, his eyes were gazing straight into hers, with a quizzical directness that made his face look really pleasant, Pollyanna thought.

gazing - regarder, fixer

"Good afternoon," he greeted her a little stiffly. "Perhaps I'd better say right away that I KNOW the sun is shining to-day."

Good afternoon - Bon apres-midi

shining - brillant, tibia

"But you don't have to tell me," nodded Pollyanna, brightly. "I KNEW you knew it just as soon as I saw you."

"Oh, you did, did you?"

"Yes, sir; I saw it in your eyes, you know, and in your smile."

"Humph!" grunted the man, as he passed on.

The Man always spoke to Pollyanna after this, and frequently he spoke first, though usually he said little but "good afternoon." Even that, however, was a great surprise to Nancy, who chanced to be with Pollyanna one day when the greeting was given.

chanced - hasardeux, hasard

greeting - l'accueil, salutation, salut, (greet) l'accueil

"Sakes alive, Miss Pollyanna," she gasped, "did that man SPEAK TO YOU?"

sakes - sakes, dans l'intéret de qqn

"Why, yes, he always does-now," smiled Pollyanna.

"'He always does'! Goodness! Do you know who-he-is?" demanded Nancy.

Pollyanna frowned and shook her head.

"I reckon he forgot to tell me one day. You see, I did my part of the introducing, but he didn't."

Nancy's eyes widened.

widened - élargi, s’élargir, élargir

"But he never speaks ter anybody, child-he hain't for years, I guess, except when he just has to, for business, and all that. He's John Pendleton. He lives all by himself in the big house on Pendleton Hill. He won't even have any one 'round ter cook for him-comes down ter the hotel for his meals three times a day.

I know Sally Miner, who waits on him, and she says he hardly opens his head enough ter tell what he wants ter eat. She has ter guess it more'n half the time-only it'll be somethin'CHEAP! She knows that without no tellin'."

sally - sally, sortie

Miner - mineur

hardly - a peine, dur, durement, guere, a peine

Pollyanna nodded sympathetically.

"I know. You have to look for cheap things when you're poor. Father and I took meals out a lot. We had beans and fish balls most generally. We used to say how glad we were we liked beans-that is, we said it specially when we were looking at the roast turkey place, you know, that was sixty cents. Does Mr. Pendleton like beans?"

beans - haricots, haricot

roast - rôtir, incendier, rôti, bien-cuit

turkey - la dinde, dinde, dindon, viande de dinde

"Like 'em! What if he does-or don't? Why, Miss Pollyanna, he ain't poor. He's got loads of money, John Pendleton has-from his father. There ain't nobody in town as rich as he is. He could eat dollar bills, if he wanted to-and not know it."

loads of - Beaucoup de

Pollyanna giggled.

giggled - ricané, glousser, gloussement

"As if anybody COULD eat dollar bills and not know it, Nancy, when they come to try to chew 'em!"

chew - mâcher, mordiller, mastiquer

"Ho! I mean he's rich enough ter do it," shrugged Nancy. "He ain't spendin'his money, that's all. He's a-savin'of it."

spendin - dépenser

savin - savin, sabine, sabinier

"Oh, for the heathen," surmised Pollyanna. "How perfectly splendid! That's denying yourself and taking up your cross. I know; father told me."

heathen - paien, paien, paienne, infidele, checkpaien

surmised - supposé, présumer, supposer, suspecter

denying - refusant, nier, démentir, refuser

taking up - Prendre en charge

Cross - croix, signe de croix, direct du bras arriere, transversal

Nancy's lips parted abruptly, as if there were angry words all ready to come; but her eyes, resting on Pollyanna's jubilantly trustful face, saw something that prevented the words being spoken.

resting - au repos, (rest) au repos

jubilantly - avec jubilation

trustful - de confiance, rench: t-needed r

prevented - empeché, empecher

"Humph!" she vouchsafed. Then, showing her old-time interest, she went on: "But, say, it is queer, his speakin'to you, honestly, Miss Pollyanna. He don't speak ter no one; and he lives all alone in a great big lovely house all full of jest grand things, they say. Some says he's crazy, and some jest cross; and some says he's got a skeleton in his closet."

speakin - parler

honestly - honnetement, honnetement, franchement

crazy - fou, insensé, avoir une araignée au plafond, chtarbé

skeleton - squelette, ossature

"Oh, Nancy!" shuddered Pollyanna. "How can he keep such a dreadful thing? I should think he'd throw it away!"

shuddered - a tremblé, tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler

throw - lancer, jetent, jetez, jetons, mise bas

Nancy chuckled. That Pollyanna had taken the skeleton literally instead of figuratively, she knew very well; but, perversely, she refrained from correcting the mistake.

literally - littéralement

figuratively - au sens figuré

refrained - s'est abstenu, refrain

"And EVERYBODY says he's mysterious," she went on. "Some years he jest travels, week in and week out, and it's always in heathen countries-Egypt and Asia and the Desert of Sarah, you know."

mysterious - mystérieux

Egypt - l'égypte, Égypte

Asia - asie

"Oh, a missionary," nodded Pollyanna.

Nancy laughed oddly.

"Well, I didn't say that, Miss Pollyanna. When he comes back he writes books-queer, odd books, they say, about some gimcrack he's found in them heathen countries. But he don't never seem ter want ter spend no money here-leastways, not for jest livin'."

odd - rench: t-needed r, bizarre, étrange, impair, a peu pres

gimcrack - gimcrack

"Of course not-if he's saving it for the heathen," declared Pollyanna. "But he is a funny man, and he's different, too, just like Mrs. Snow, only he's a different different."

saving - sauver, économie, épargne, (save), sauvegarder

"Well, I guess he is-rather," chuckled Nancy.

"I'm gladder'n ever now, anyhow, that he speaks to me," sighed Pollyanna contentedly.

gladder - plus heureux, joyeux, heureux


The next time Pollyanna went to see Mrs. Snow, she found that lady, as at first, in a darkened room.

darkened - assombri, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer

"It's the little girl from Miss Polly's, mother," announced Milly, in a tired manner; then Pollyanna found herself alone with the invalid.

announced - annoncée, annoncer

invalid - invalide, périmé

"Oh, it's you, is it?" asked a fretful voice from the bed. "I remember you. ANYbody'd remember you, I guess, if they saw you once. I wish you had come yesterday. I WANTED you yesterday."

"Did you? Well, I'm glad 'tisn't any farther away from yesterday than to-day is, then," laughed Pollyanna, advancing cheerily into the room, and setting her basket carefully down on a chair. "My! but aren't you dark here, though? I can't see you a bit," she cried, unhesitatingly crossing to the window and pulling up the shade. "I want to see if you've fixed your hair like I did-oh, you haven't!

advancing - l'avancement, élever, avancer, avancée, progression

setting - de l'environnement, réglage, configuration

basket - panier

unhesitatingly - sans hésitation

Crossing - carrefour, croisement, traversée, (cross), croix

pulling up - tirer vers le haut

shade - ombre, store, nuance, ton, esprit, ombrager, faire de l'ombre

But, never mind; I'm glad you haven't, after all, 'cause maybe you'll let me do it-later. But now I want you to see what I've brought you."

The woman stirred restlessly.

stirred - remué, brasser, agiter

restlessly - avec agitation

"Just as if how it looks would make any difference in how it tastes," she scoffed-but she turned her eyes toward the basket. "Well, what is it?"

tastes - gouts, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout

"Guess! What do you want?" Pollyanna had skipped back to the basket. Her face was alight. The sick woman frowned.

"Why, I don't WANT anything, as I know of," she sighed. "After all, they all taste alike!"

taste - gout, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout

Pollyanna chuckled.

"This won't. Guess! If you DID want something, what would it be?"

The woman hesitated. She did not realize it herself, but she had so long been accustomed to wanting what she did not have, that to state off-hand what she DID want seemed impossible-until she knew what she had. Obviously, however, she must say something. This extraordinary child was waiting.

realize - réaliser, se rendre compte, prendre conscience

accustomed - habitué, accoutumer

state - l'État

impossible - impossible, insupportable

"Well, of course, there's lamb broth-"

"I've got it!" crowed Pollyanna.

I've got it - Je l'ai

"But that's what I DIDN'T want," sighed the sick woman, sure now of what her stomach craved. "It was chicken I wanted."

stomach - l'estomac, estomac, ventre, bedon (pot belly), digérer

craved - désiré, souhaiter, désirer, implorer

"Oh, I've got that, too," chuckled Pollyanna.

The woman turned in amazement.

"Both of them?" she demanded.

"Yes-and calf's-foot jelly," triumphed Pollyanna. "I was just bound you should have what you wanted for once; so Nancy and I fixed it. Oh, of course, there's only a little of each-but there's some of all of 'em! I'm so glad you did want chicken," she went on contentedly, as she lifted the three little bowls from her basket.

triumphed - triomphé, triomphe

bowls - bols, boule

"You see, I got to thinking on the way here-what if you should say tripe, or onions, or something like that, that I didn't have! Wouldn't it have been a shame-when I'd tried so hard?" she laughed merrily.

tripe - tripes, tripe, betise

There was no reply. The sick woman seemed to be trying-mentally to find something she had lost.

"There! I'm to leave them all," announced Pollyanna, as she arranged the three bowls in a row on the table. "Like enough it'll be lamb broth you want to-morrow. How do you do to-day?" she finished in polite inquiry.

polite - polie, poli

inquiry - demande, enquete

"Very poorly, thank you," murmured Mrs. Snow, falling back into her usual listless attitude. "I lost my nap this morning. Nellie Higgins next door has begun music lessons, and her practising drives me nearly wild. She was at it all the morning-every minute! I'm sure, I don't know what I shall do!"

poorly - médiocre

listless - sans voix, apathique, indolent

attitude - posture, état d'esprit, attitude

nap - sieste, petit somme

wild - sauvage, pétulant, grose

Polly nodded sympathetically.

"I know. It IS awful! Mrs. White had it once-one of my Ladies'Aiders, you know. She had rheumatic fever, too, at the same time, so she couldn't thrash 'round. She said 'twould have been easier if she could have. Can you?"

rheumatic - rhumatismale, rhumatismal

fever - de la fievre, fievre

thrash - thrash, passer a tabac, rosser

"Can I-what?"

"Thrash 'round-move, you know, so as to change your position when the music gets too hard to stand."

position - position, poste

Mrs. Snow stared a little.

"Why, of course I can move-anywhere-in bed," she rejoined a little irritably.

anywhere - n'importe ou, n'importe ou, ou que ce soit, nulle part

"Well, you can be glad of that, then, anyhow, can't you?" nodded Pollyanna. "Mrs. White couldn't. You can't thrash when you have rheumatic fever-though you want to something awful, Mrs. White says. She told me afterwards she reckoned she'd have gone raving crazy if it hadn't been for Mr. White's sister's ears-being deaf, so."

reckoned - a calculé, considérer

raving - divagations

deaf - sourd, les sourds

"Sister's-EARS! What do you mean?"

Pollyanna laughed.

"Well, I reckon I didn't tell it all, and I forgot you didn't know Mrs. White. You see, Miss White was deaf-awfully deaf; and she came to visit 'em and to help take care of Mrs. White and the house. Well, they had such an awful time making her understand ANYTHING, that after that, every time the piano commenced to play across the street, Mrs.

commenced - commencé, commencer

White felt so glad she COULD hear it, that she didn't mind so much that she DID hear it, 'cause she couldn't help thinking how awful 'twould be if she was deaf and couldn't hear anything, like her husband's sister. You see, she was playing the game, too. I'd told her about it."


Pollyanna clapped her hands.

"There! I 'most forgot; but I've thought it up, Mrs. Snow-what you can be glad about."

"GLAD about! What do you mean?"

"Why, I told you I would. Don't you remember? You asked me to tell you something to be glad about-glad, you know, even though you did have to lie here abed all day."

abed - abed, au lit

"Oh!" scoffed the woman. "THAT? Yes, I remember that; but I didn't suppose you were in earnest any more than I was."

earnest - sérieux, (earn) sérieux

"Oh, yes, I was," nodded Pollyanna, triumphantly; "and I found it, too. But 'TWAS hard. It's all the more fun, though, always, when 'tis hard. And I will own up, honest to true, that I couldn't think of anything for a while. Then I got it."

"Did you, really? Well, what is it?" Mrs. Snow's voice was sarcastically polite.

sarcastically - de maniere sarcastique

Pollyanna drew a long breath.

"I thought-how glad you could be-that other folks weren't like you-all sick in bed like this, you know," she announced impressively. Mrs. Snow stared. Her eyes were angry.

impressively - de maniere impressionnante

"Well, really!" she ejaculated then, in not quite an agreeable tone of voice.

agreeable - agréable, complaisant

tone - ton, tonalité, tonale

"And now I'll tell you the game," proposed Pollyanna, blithely confident. "It'll be just lovely for you to play-it'll be so hard. And there's so much more fun when it is hard! You see, it's like this." And she began to tell of the missionary barrel, the crutches, and the doll that did not come.

confident - assuré, confiant

The story was just finished when Milly appeared at the door.

"Your aunt is wanting you, Miss Pollyanna," she said with dreary listlessness. "She telephoned down to the Harlows'across the way. She says you're to hurry-that you've got some practising to make up before dark."

dreary - lugubre, terne, insipide, maussade

Pollyanna rose reluctantly.

reluctantly - a contrecour

"All right," she sighed. "I'll hurry." Suddenly she laughed. "I suppose I ought to be glad I've got legs to hurry with, hadn't I, Mrs. Snow?"

There was no answer. Mrs. Snow's eyes were closed. But Milly, whose eyes were wide open with surprise, saw that there were tears on the wasted cheeks.

whose - a qui, de qui, dont, duquel (de + lequel), duquel

"Good-by," flung Pollyanna over her shoulder, as she reached the door. "I'm awfully sorry about the hair-I wanted to do it. But maybe I can next time!"

I'm awfully sorry - Je suis terriblement désolé

One by one the July days passed. To Pollyanna, they were happy days, indeed. She often told her aunt, joyously, how very happy they were. Whereupon her aunt would usually reply, wearily:

wearily - avec lassitude

"Very well, Pollyanna. I am gratified, of course, that they are happy; but I trust that they are profitable, as well-otherwise I should have failed signally in my duty."

gratified - gratifié, gratifier

trust - confiance, trust, faire confiance, avoir foi en quelqu’un

profitable - profitable, fructueux, lucratif, rentable

otherwise - autrement

failed - a échoué, échouer (a)

signally - Signalement

Generally Pollyanna would answer this with a hug and a kiss-a proceeding that was still always most disconcerting to Miss Polly; but one day she spoke. It was during the sewing hour.

kiss - baiser, baisent, biser, baisons, baisez, bécot, bise

proceeding - la poursuite de la procédure, acte, (proceed), avancer

disconcerting - déconcertant, déconcerter, fr

"Do you mean that it wouldn't be enough then, Aunt Polly, that they should be just happy days?" she asked wistfully.

"That is what I mean, Pollyanna."

"They must be pro-fi-ta-ble as well?"

pro - pro

ta - ta, merci


"What is being pro-fi-ta-ble?"

"Why, it-it's just being profitable-having profit, something to show for it, Pollyanna. What an extraordinary child you are!"

profit - profit, gain, bénéfice, servir, profiter

"Then just being glad isn't pro-fi-ta-ble?" questioned Pollyanna, a little anxiously.

"Certainly not."

"O dear! Then you wouldn't like it, of course. I'm afraid, now, you won't ever play the game, Aunt Polly."

"Game? What game?"

"Why, that father-" Pollyanna clapped her hand to her lips. "N-nothing," she stammered. Miss Polly frowned.

"That will do for this morning, Pollyanna," she said tersely. And the sewing lesson was over.

It was that afternoon that Pollyanna, coming down from her attic room, met her aunt on the stairway.

"Why, Aunt Polly, how perfectly lovely!" she cried. "You were coming up to see me! Come right in. I love company," she finished, scampering up the stairs and throwing her door wide open.

scampering - des escroqueries, détaler

Now Miss Polly had not been intending to call on her niece. She had been planning to look for a certain white wool shawl in the cedar chest near the east window.

intending - l'intention, avoir l'intention, envisager, concevoir, prévoir

call on - Appeler

Wool - laine

shawl - châle

cedar - du cedre, cedre

chest - poitrine, sein, commode, coffre

But to her unbounded surprise now, she found herself, not in the main attic before the cedar chest, but in Pollyanna's little room sitting in one of the straight-backed chairs-so many, many times since Pollyanna came, Miss Polly had found herself like this, doing some utterly unexpected, surprising thing, quite unlike the thing she had set out to do!

utterly - tout a fait

unexpected - inattendu

unlike - contrairement a, différent

"I love company," said Pollyanna, again, flitting about as if she were dispensing the hospitality of a palace; "specially since I've had this room, all mine, you know. Oh, of course, I had a room, always, but 'twas a hired room, and hired rooms aren't half as nice as owned ones, are they? And of course I do own this one, don't I?"

flitting - flottement, (flit), voltiger, voleter, papillonner, virevolter

dispensing - la distribution, émettre, distribuer, partager, dispenser

hospitality - l'hospitalité, hospitalité, hôtellerie-restauration

Palace - le palais, palais

"Why, y-yes, Pollyanna," murmured Miss Polly, vaguely wondering why she did not get up at once and go to look for that shawl.

"And of course NOW I just love this room, even if it hasn't got the carpets and curtains and pictures that I'd been want-" With a painful blush Pollyanna stopped short. She was plunging into an entirely different sentence when her aunt interrupted her sharply.

painful - douloureux, laborieux

plunging - plongeant, (plunge) plongeant

entirely different - entierement différente

"What's that, Pollyanna?"

"N-nothing, Aunt Polly, truly. I didn't mean to say it."

"Probably not," returned Miss Polly, coldly; "but you did say it, so suppose we have the rest of it."

"But it wasn't anything only that I'd been kind of planning on pretty carpets and lace curtains and things, you know. But, of course-"

"PLANNING on them!" interrupted Miss Polly, sharply.

Pollyanna blushed still more painfully.

blushed - rougi, rougeur

painfully - douloureusement

"I ought not to have, of course, Aunt Polly," she apologized. "It was only because I'd always wanted them and hadn't had them, I suppose. Oh, we'd had two rugs in the barrels, but they were little, you know, and one had ink spots, and the other holes; and there never were only those two pictures; the one fath-I mean the good one we sold, and the bad one that broke.

holes - trous, trou

Of course if it hadn't been for all that I shouldn't have wanted them, so-pretty things, I mean; and I shouldn't have got to planning all through the hall that first day how pretty mine would be here, and-and-but, truly, Aunt Polly, it wasn't but just a minute-I mean, a few minutes-before I was being glad that the bureau DIDN'T have a looking-glass, because it didn't show my freckles; and there couldn't be a nicer picture than the one out my window there; and you've been so good to me, that-"

Miss Polly rose suddenly to her feet. Her face was very red.

"That will do, Pollyanna," she said stiffly.

"You have said quite enough, I'm sure." The next minute she had swept down the stairs-and not until she reached the first floor did it suddenly occur to her that she had gone up into the attic to find a white wool shawl in the cedar chest near the east window.

first floor - Le premier étage

occur - se produisent, produire

gone up - Monter

Less than twenty-four hours later, Miss Polly said to Nancy, crisply:

"Nancy, you may move Miss Pollyanna's things down-stairs this morning to the room directly beneath. I have decided to have my niece sleep there for the present."

directly - directement, checktout droit

"Yes, ma'am," said Nancy aloud.

"O glory!" said Nancy to herself.

To Pollyanna, a minute later, she cried joyously:

"And won't ye jest be listenin'ter this, Miss Pollyanna. You're ter sleep down-stairs in the room straight under this. You are-you are!"

listenin - écouter

Pollyanna actually grew white.

actually - en fait

"You mean-why, Nancy, not really-really and truly?"

"I guess you'll think it's really and truly," prophesied Nancy, exultingly, nodding her head to Pollyanna over the armful of dresses she had taken from the closet. "I'm told ter take down yer things, and I'm goin'ter take 'em, too, 'fore she gets a chance ter change her mind."

prophesied - prophétisé, prophétiser

exultingly - avec exaltation

nodding - hochement de tete, (nod), dodeliner, hocher, hochement

armful - une brassée, brassée

take down - descendre

Pollyanna did not stop to hear the end of this sentence. At the imminent risk of being dashed headlong, she was flying down-stairs, two steps at a time.

imminent - imminent

Risk - risque

headlong - tete baissée, la tete la premiere

Bang went two doors and a chair before Pollyanna at last reached her goal-Aunt Polly.

goal - objectif, but, but (marqué), marquer un but

"Oh, Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly, did you mean it, really? Why, that room's got EVERYTHING-the carpet and curtains and three pictures, besides the one outdoors, too, 'cause the windows look the same way. Oh, Aunt Polly!"

"Very well, Pollyanna. I am gratified that you like the change, of course; but if you think so much of all those things, I trust you will take proper care of them; that's all. Pollyanna, please pick up that chair; and you have banged two doors in the last half-minute.

" Miss Polly spoke sternly, all the more sternly because, for some inexplicable reason, she felt inclined to cry-and Miss Polly was not used to feeling inclined to cry.

inexplicable - inexplicable

Pollyanna picked up the chair.

"Yes'm; I know I banged 'em-those doors," she admitted cheerfully. "You see I'd just found out about the room, and I reckon you'd have banged doors if-" Pollyanna stopped short and eyed her aunt with new interest. "Aunt Polly, DID you ever bang doors?"

"I hope-not, Pollyanna!" Miss Polly's voice was properly shocked.

"Why, Aunt Polly, what a shame!" Pollyanna's face expressed only concerned sympathy.

"A shame!" repeated Aunt Polly, too dazed to say more.

"Why, yes. You see, if you'd felt like banging doors you'd have banged 'em, of course; and if you didn't, that must have meant that you weren't ever glad over anything-or you would have banged 'em. You couldn't have helped it. And I'm so sorry you weren't ever glad over anything!"

"PollyANna!" gasped the lady; but Pollyanna was gone, and only the distant bang of the attic-stairway door answered for her. Pollyanna had gone to help Nancy bring down "her things."

distant - distante, distant, lointain, éloigné

bring down - faire tomber

Miss Polly, in the sitting room, felt vaguely disturbed;-but then, of course she HAD been glad-over some things!


August came. August brought several surprises and some changes-none of which, however, were really a surprise to Nancy. Nancy, since Pollyanna's arrival, had come to look for surprises and changes.

surprises - des surprises, surprise, surprendre, étonner

First there was the kitten.

kitten - chaton, blaireautin

Pollyanna found the kitten mewing pitifully some distance down the road. When systematic questioning of the neighbors failed to find any one who claimed it, Pollyanna brought it home at once, as a matter of course.

mewing - miaulement, miauler

distance - distance, éloigner, checks'éloigner

systematic - systématique

neighbors - voisins, voisin/-ine

claimed - réclamé, réclamation, titre, affirmation

"And I was glad I didn't find any one who owned it, too," she told her aunt in happy confidence; "'cause I wanted to bring it home all the time. I love kitties. I knew you'd be glad to let it live here."

confidence - assurance, confiance en soi, confiance, confidence

kitties - des chatons, minet, chaton, mimi, cagnotte

Miss Polly looked at the forlorn little gray bunch of neglected misery in Pollyanna's arms, and shivered: Miss Polly did not care for cats-not even pretty, healthy, clean ones.

bunch - bunch, groupe, bouquet, botte, grappe, bande, peloton, tas

neglected - négligé, négliger, négligence

"Ugh! Pollyanna! What a dirty little beast! And it's sick, I'm sure, and all mangy and fleay."

Ugh - ugh, beurk

beast - bete, bete, bete sauvage

mangy - galeux

fleay - fleay

"I know it, poor little thing," crooned Pollyanna, tenderly, looking into the little creature's frightened eyes. "And it's all trembly, too, it's so scared. You see it doesn't know, yet, that we're going to keep it, of course."

tenderly - tendrement

creature - créature, etre

trembly - tremblant

"No-nor anybody else," retorted Miss Polly, with meaning emphasis.

emphasis - l'accent, accent, emphase, graisse (4)

"Oh, yes, they do," nodded Pollyanna, entirely misunderstanding her aunt's words. "I told everybody we should keep it, if I didn't find where it belonged. I knew you'd be glad to have it-poor little lonesome thing!"

entirely - entierement, entierement, entierement (1)

misunderstanding - malentendu, quiproquo, (misunderstand), mal interpréter

Miss Polly opened her lips and tried to speak; but in vain. The curious helpless feeling that had been hers so often since Pollyanna's arrival, had her now fast in its grip.

in vain - en vain

grip - poignée, ballot, grippe, saisir, agripper, préhension

"Of course I knew," hurried on Pollyanna, gratefully, "that you wouldn't let a dear little lonesome kitty go hunting for a home when you'd just taken ME in; and I said so to Mrs. Ford when she asked if you'd let me keep it. Why, I had the Ladies'Aid, you know, and kitty didn't have anybody. I knew you'd feel that way," she nodded happily, as she ran from the room.

gratefully - avec gratitude

go hunting - aller a la chasse

ford - ford, gué, passer a gué

"But, Pollyanna, Pollyanna," remonstrated Miss Polly. "I don't-" But Pollyanna was already halfway to the kitchen, calling:

"Nancy, Nancy, just see this dear little kitty that Aunt Polly is going to bring up along with me!" And Aunt Polly, in the sitting room-who abhorred cats-fell back in her chair with a gasp of dismay, powerless to remonstrate.

abhorred - abhorré, avoir horreur

gasp - haletant, retenir son souffle, haleter, ahaner, haletement

powerless - impuissante, impuissant

The next day it was a dog, even dirtier and more forlorn, perhaps, than was the kitten; and again Miss Polly, to her dumfounded amazement, found herself figuring as a kind protector and an angel of mercy-a role that Pollyanna so unhesitatingly thrust upon her as a matter of course, that the woman-who abhorred dogs even more than she did cats, if possible-found herself as before, powerless to remonstrate.

figuring - la figuration, figure, forme, personnage, personnalité

protector - protecteur, guardien

role - rôle

thrust - estocade, poussée, propulser

When, in less than a week, however, Pollyanna brought home a small, ragged boy, and confidently claimed the same protection for him, Miss Polly did have something to say. It happened after this wise.

ragged - dépenaillé, loqueteuxse, (rag) dépenaillé

confidently - en toute confiance

protection - protection

wise - sage, sensé, genre, raisonnable

On a pleasant Thursday morning Pollyanna had been taking calf's-foot jelly again to Mrs. Snow. Mrs. Snow and Pollyanna were the best of friends now. Their friendship had started from the third visit Pollyanna had made, the one after she had told Mrs. Snow of the game. Mrs. Snow herself was playing the game now, with Pollyanna.

friendship - l'amitié, amitié

To be sure, she was not playing it very well-she had been sorry for everything for so long, that it was not easy to be glad for anything now. But under Pollyanna's cheery instructions and merry laughter at her mistakes, she was learning fast.

everything for - tout pour

cheery - heureuse

instructions - instructions, instruction

To-day, even, to Pollyanna's huge delight, she had said that she was glad Pollyanna brought calf's-foot jelly, because that was just what she had been wanting-she did not know that Milly, at the front door, had told Pollyanna that the minister's wife had already that day sent over a great bowlful of that same kind of jelly.

bowlful - une cuillerée a soupe

Pollyanna was thinking of this now when suddenly she saw the boy.

The boy was sitting in a disconsolate little heap by the roadside, whittling half-heartedly at a small stick.

disconsolate - inconsolable

whittling - le blanchiment, (whittle) le blanchiment

heartedly - de bon cour

stick - bâton, canne, stick

"Hullo," smiled Pollyanna, engagingly.

Hullo - bonjour, salut !

engagingly - de maniere engageante

The boy glanced up, but he looked away again, at once.

glanced - a glissé, jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil

looked away - a détourné le regard

"Hullo yourself," he mumbled.

mumbled - marmonné, marmonner

Pollyanna laughed.

"Now you don't look as if you'd be glad even for calf's-foot jelly," she chuckled, stopping before him.

The boy stirred restlessly, gave her a surprised look, and began to whittle again at his stick, with the dull, broken-bladed knife in his hand.

whittle - whittle, tailler au couteau

dull - émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus

bladed - lame

Pollyanna hesitated, then dropped herself comfortably down on the grass near him. In spite of Pollyanna's brave assertion that she was "used to Ladies'Aiders," and "didn't mind," she had sighed at times for some companion of her own age. Hence her determination to make the most of this one.

assertion - assertion

determination - détermination

"My name's Pollyanna Whittier," she began pleasantly. "What's yours?"

pleasantly - agréablement

Again the boy stirred restlessly. He even almost got to his feet. But he settled back.

"Jimmy Bean," he grunted with ungracious indifference.

bean - haricot

ungracious - ingrat

indifference - l'indifférence, indifférence

"Good! Now we're introduced. I'm glad you did your part-some folks don't, you know. I live at Miss Polly Harrington's house. Where do you live?"


nowhere - nulle part

"Nowhere! Why, you can't do that-everybody lives somewhere," asserted Pollyanna.

asserted - affirmée, affirmer, attester, asseoir

"Well, I don't-just now. I'm huntin'up a new place."

huntin - la chasse

"Oh! Where is it?"

The boy regarded her with scornful eyes.

regarded - considérée, considérer

scornful - méprisante, méprisant}, dédaigneux

"Silly! As if I'd be a-huntin'for it-if I knew!"

Pollyanna tossed her head a little. This was not a nice boy, and she did not like to be called "silly." Still, he was somebody besides-old folks. "Where did you live-before?" she queried.

tossed - ballotté, jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, pile ou face

"Well, if you ain't the beat'em for askin'questions!" sighed the boy impatiently.

beat - battre, abats, battement, battirent, battent, abattîmes

impatiently - avec impatience

"I have to be," retorted Pollyanna calmly, "else I couldn't find out a thing about you. If you'd talk more I wouldn't talk so much."

calmly - calmement, paisiblement

The boy gave a short laugh. It was a sheepish laugh, and not quite a willing one; but his face looked a little pleasanter when he spoke this time.

sheepish - mouton

pleasanter - plus agréable, agréable, plaisant

"All right then-here goes! I'm Jimmy Bean, and I'm ten years old goin'on eleven. I come last year ter live at the Orphans'Home; but they've got so many kids there ain't much room for me, an'I wa'n't never wanted, anyhow, I don't believe. So I've quit. I'm goin'ter live somewheres else-but I hain't found the place, yet.

Orphans - les orphelins, orphelin, orpheline

kids - enfants, gamin, enfant

quit - démissionner, quittons, quittez, démissioner, quittent

somewheres - quelque part

I'd LIKE a home-jest a common one, ye know, with a mother in it, instead of a Matron. If ye has a home, ye has folks; an'I hain't had folks since-dad died. So I'm a-huntin'now. I've tried four houses, but-they didn't want me-though I said I expected ter work, 'course. There! Is that all you want ter know?" The boy's voice had broken a little over the last two sentences.

Matron - matron, matrone

"Why, what a shame!" sympathized Pollyanna. "And didn't there anybody want you? O dear! I know just how you feel, because after-after my father died, too, there wasn't anybody but the Ladies'Aid for me, until Aunt Polly said she'd take-" Pollyanna stopped abruptly. The dawning of a wonderful idea began to show in her face.

sympathized - sympathisé, compatir, apitoyer

dawning - l'aube, (dawn), se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aurore

"Oh, I know just the place for you," she cried. "Aunt Polly'll take you-I know she will! Didn't she take me? And didn't she take Fluffy and Buffy, when they didn't have any one to love them, or any place to go?-and they're only cats and dogs. Oh, come, I know Aunt Polly'll take you! You don't know how good and kind she is!"

fluffy - duveteux, pelucheux, touffu

Jimmy Bean's thin little face brightened.

"Honest Injun? Would she, now? I'd work, ye know, an'I'm real strong!" He bared a small, bony arm.

Injun - Un Indien

bared - n'a pas été rasé, barre, tablette

bony - osseux

"Of course she would! Why, my Aunt Polly is the nicest lady in the world-now that my mama has gone to be a Heaven angel. And there's rooms-heaps of 'em," she continued, springing to her feet, and tugging at his arm. "It's an awful big house. Maybe, though," she added a little anxiously, as they hurried on, "maybe you'll have to sleep in the attic room. I did, at first.

mama - maman

heaps - tas, pile, monceau

tugging - tiraillements, (tug), tirer, remorquer, tirement

But there's screens there now, so 'twon't be so hot, and the flies can't get in, either, to bring in the germ-things on their feet. Did you know about that? It's perfectly lovely! Maybe she'll let you read the book if you're good-I mean, if you're bad.

And you've got freckles, too,"-with a critical glance-"so you'll be glad there isn't any looking-glass; and the outdoor picture is nicer than any wall-one could be, so you won't mind sleeping in that room at all, I'm sure," panted Pollyanna, finding suddenly that she needed the rest of her breath for purposes other than talking.

outdoor - a l'extérieur, de plein air, d’extérieur, en plein air

purposes - objectifs, but, objet

"Gorry!" exclaimed Jimmy Bean tersely and uncomprehendingly, but admiringly. Then he added: "I shouldn't think anybody who could talk like that, runnin', would need ter ask no questions ter fill up time with!"

uncomprehendingly - avec incompréhension

admiringly - avec admiration

runnin - courir

fill up - faire le plein

up time - temps de fonctionnement

Pollyanna laughed.

"Well, anyhow, you can be glad of that," she retorted; "for when I'm talking, YOU don't have to!"

When the house was reached, Pollyanna unhesitatingly piloted her companion straight into the presence of her amazed aunt.

piloted - piloté, pilote, programme pilote

presence - présence

"Oh, Aunt Polly," she triumphed, "just look a-here! I've got something ever so much nicer, even, than Fluffy and Buffy for you to bring up. It's a real live boy. He won't mind a bit sleeping in the attic, at first, you know, and he says he'll work; but I shall need him the most of the time to play with, I reckon."

ever so much - jamais autant

Miss Polly grew white, then very red. She did not quite understand; but she thought she understood enough.

"Pollyanna, what does this mean? Who is this dirty little boy? Where did you find him?" she demanded sharply.

The "dirty little boy" fell back a step and looked toward the door. Pollyanna laughed merrily.

"There, if I didn't forget to tell you his name! I'm as bad as the Man. And he is dirty, too, isn't he?-I mean, the boy is-just like Fluffy and Buffy were when you took them in. But I reckon he'll improve all right by washing, just as they did, and-Oh, I 'most forgot again," she broke off with a laugh. "This is Jimmy Bean, Aunt Polly."

"Well, what is he doing here?"

"Why, Aunt Polly, I just told you!" Pollyanna's eyes were wide with surprise. "He's for you. I brought him home-so he could live here, you know. He wants a home and folks. I told him how good you were to me, and to Fluffy and Buffy, and that I knew you would be to him, because of course he's even nicer than cats and dogs."

Miss Polly dropped back in her chair and raised a shaking hand to her throat. The old helplessness was threatening once more to overcome her. With a visible struggle, however, Miss Polly pulled herself suddenly erect.

overcome - vaincre, surmonter, envahir

Struggle - lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

"That will do, Pollyanna. This is a little the most absurd thing you've done yet. As if tramp cats and mangy dogs weren't bad enough but you must needs bring home ragged little beggars from the street, who-"

most absurd - le plus absurde

tramp - piéton, clochard, va-nuieds, traînée, garce

beggars - mendiants, gueux, mendiant, mendiante, queteux

There was a sudden stir from the boy. His eyes flashed and his chin came up. With two strides of his sturdy little legs he confronted Miss Polly fearlessly.

stir - remuer, affecter

strides - foulées, marcher a grands pas

sturdy - solide, costaud, robuste

confronted - confronté, confronter

fearlessly - sans crainte

"I ain't a beggar, marm, an'I don't want nothin'o'you. I was cal'latin'ter work, of course, fur my board an'keep. I wouldn't have come ter your old house, anyhow, if this 'ere girl hadn't 'a'made me, a-tellin'me how you was so good an'kind that you'd be jest dyin'ter take me in. So, there!

beggar - gueux, mendiant, mendiante, queteux

marm - marm

Latin - latine

board - conseil d'administration, planche

" And he wheeled about and stalked from the room with a dignity that would have been absurd had it not been so pitiful.

wheeled - sur roues, roue, barre, rouler

stalked - traqué, tige

absurd - absurde

pitiful - pitoyable

"Oh, Aunt Polly," choked Pollyanna. "Why, I thought you'd be GLAD to have him here! I'm sure, I should think you'd be glad-"

Miss Polly raised her hand with a peremptory gesture of silence. Miss Polly's nerves had snapped at last. The "good and kind" of the boy's words were still ringing in her ears, and the old helplessness was almost upon her, she knew. Yet she rallied her forces with the last atom of her will power.

peremptory - péremptoire

rallied - rallié, (se) rallier

forces - forces, force

atom - atome

power - pouvoir, puissance, électricité, courant, alimenter

"Pollyanna," she cried sharply, "WILL you stop using that everlasting word 'glad'! It's 'glad'-'glad'-'glad'from morning till night until I think I shall grow wild!"

everlasting - éternel, permanent

From sheer amazement Pollyanna's jaw dropped.

sheer - transparent, pur

"Why, Aunt Polly," she breathed, "I should think you'd be glad to have me gl-Oh!" she broke off, clapping her hand to her lips and hurrying blindly from the room.

Before the boy had reached the end of the driveway, Pollyanna overtook him.

overtook - dépasser, doubler, surprendre

"Boy! Boy! Jimmy Bean, I want you to know how-how sorry I am," she panted, catching him with a detaining hand.

catching - de capture, attrapant, (catch), prise, touche, loquet

detaining - la détention, détenir, arreter

"Sorry nothin'! I ain't blamin'you," retorted the boy, sullenly. "But I ain't no beggar!" he added, with sudden spirit.

blamin - blamin

sullenly - maussade

spirit - l'esprit, esprit, moral, élan, spiritueux

"Of course you aren't! But you mustn't blame auntie," appealed Pollyanna. "Probably I didn't do the introducing right, anyhow; and I reckon I didn't tell her much who you were. She is good and kind, really-she's always been; but I probably didn't explain it right. I do wish I could find some place for you, though!"

blame - blâme, gronder, blâment, blâmons, blâmez, blâmer

auntie - tante, tantine, tata, tatie

appealed - a fait l'objet d'un appel, en appeler (a), supplier

some place - quelque part

The boy shrugged his shoulders and half turned away.

"Never mind. I guess I can find one myself. I ain't no beggar, you know."

Pollyanna was frowning thoughtfully. Of a sudden she turned, her face illumined.

"Say, I'll tell you what I WILL do! The Ladies'Aid meets this afternoon. I heard Aunt Polly say so. I'll lay your case before them. That's what father always did, when he wanted anything-educating the heathen and new carpets, you know."

educating - l'éducation, éduquer

The boy turned fiercely.

"Well, I ain't a heathen or a new carpet. Besides-what is a Ladies'Aid?"

Pollyanna stared in shocked disapproval.

disapproval - désapprobation

"Why, Jimmy Bean, wherever have you been brought up?-not to know what a Ladies'Aid is!"

wherever - ou

"Oh, all right-if you ain't tellin'," grunted the boy, turning and beginning to walk away indifferently.

indifferently - avec indifférence

Pollyanna sprang to his side at once.

"It's-it's-why, it's just a lot of ladies that meet and sew and give suppers and raise money and-and talk; that's what a Ladies'Aid is. They're awfully kind-that is, most of mine was, back home. I haven't seen this one here, but they're always good, I reckon. I'm going to tell them about you this afternoon."

suppers - dîners, souper

raise money - collecter des fonds

Again the boy turned fiercely.

"Not much you will! Maybe you think I'm goin'ter stand 'round an'hear a whole LOT o'women call me a beggar, instead of jest ONE! Not much!"

"Oh, but you wouldn't be there," argued Pollyanna, quickly. "I'd go alone, of course, and tell them."

"You would?"

"Yes; and I'd tell it better this time," hurried on Pollyanna, quick to see the signs of relenting in the boy's face. "And there'd be some of 'em, I know, that would be glad to give you a home."

signs - des signes, signe

relenting - se détendre, (relent), se retirer

"I'd work-don't forget ter say that," cautioned the boy.

cautioned - mis en garde, admonition, fr

"Of course not," promised Pollyanna, happily, sure now that her point was gained. "Then I'll let you know to-morrow."

Gained - gagné, gagner


"By the road-where I found you to-day; near Mrs. Snow's house."

"All right. I'll be there." The boy paused before he went on slowly: "Maybe I'd better go back, then, for ter-night, ter the Home. You see I hain't no other place ter stay; and-and I didn't leave till this mornin'. I slipped out. I didn't tell 'em I wasn't comin'back, else they'd pretend I couldn't come-though I'm thinkin'they won't do no worryin'when I don't show up sometime.

pretend - prétendre, prétendre a, feindre, faire semblant

worryin - s'inquiéter

They ain't like FOLKS, ye know. They don't CARE!"

"I know," nodded Pollyanna, with understanding eyes. "But I'm sure, when I see you to-morrow, I'll have just a common home and folks that do care all ready for you. Good-by!" she called brightly, as she turned back toward the house.

In the sitting-room window at that moment, Miss Polly, who had been watching the two children, followed with sombre eyes the boy until a bend of the road hid him from sight. Then she sighed, turned, and walked listlesly up-stairs-and Miss Polly did not usually move listlessly. In her ears still was the boy's scornful "you was so good and kind.

sombre - sombre

bend - plier, courber, tordre, tourner

hid - caché, (hide) caché

listlesly - avec des listes

" In her heart was a curious sense of desolation-as of something lost.

sense - sens, acception, sentir


Dinner, which came at noon in the Harrington homestead, was a silent meal on the day of the Ladies'Aid meeting. Pollyanna, it is true, tried to talk; but she did not make a success of it, chiefly because four times she was obliged to break off a "glad" in the middle of it, much to her blushing discomfort. The fifth time it happened, Miss Polly moved her head wearily.

at noon - a midi

chiefly - principalement, surtout

break off - se détacher

blushing - rougir, (blush) rougir

discomfort - malaise, inconfort

"There, there, child, say it, if you want to," she sighed. "I'm sure I'd rather you did than not if it's going to make all this fuss."

fuss - l'agitation, agitation, histoires, s’agiter, s’empresser

Pollyanna's puckered little face cleared.

puckered - froncé, (se) plisser

cleared - autorisé, clair, transparent, libre, dégagé

"Oh, thank you. I'm afraid it would be pretty hard-not to say it. You see I've played it so long."

"You've-what?" demanded Aunt Polly.

"Played it-the game, you know, that father-" Pollyanna stopped with a painful blush at finding herself so soon again on forbidden ground.

forbidden - interdites, interdire, nier, dénier

Aunt Polly frowned and said nothing. The rest of the meal was a silent one.

Pollyanna was not sorry to hear Aunt Polly tell the minister's wife over the telephone, a little later, that she would not be at the Ladies'Aid meeting that afternoon, owing to a headache.

owing to - en raison de

headache - maux de tete, mal de tete, casse-tete

When Aunt Polly went up-stairs to her room and closed the door, Pollyanna tried to be sorry for the headache; but she could not help feeling glad that her aunt was not to be present that afternoon when she laid the case of Jimmy Bean before the Ladies'Aid.

be sorry - etre désolé

be present - etre présent

laid - posé, poser

She could not forget that Aunt Polly had called Jimmy Bean a little beggar; and she did not want Aunt Polly to call him that-before the Ladies'Aid.

Pollyanna knew that the Ladies'Aid met at two o'clock in the chapel next the church, not quite half a mile from home. She planned her going, therefore, so that she should get there a little before three.

chapel - chapelle

"I want them all to be there," she said to herself; "else the very one that wasn't there might be the one who would be wanting to give Jimmy Bean a home; and, of course, two o'clock always means three, really-to Ladies'Aiders."

Quietly, but with confident courage, Pollyanna ascended the chapel steps, pushed open the door and entered the vestibule. A soft babel of feminine chatter and laughter came from the main room. Hesitating only a brief moment Pollyanna pushed open one of the inner doors.

quietly - paisablement, tranquillement, quietement

courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance

pushed - poussé, pousser

vestibule - vestibule

babel - Babel, Babylone

feminine - féminine, féminin, féminin (2)

chatter - bavardage, bavarder, babil, cacarder

hesitating - hésitant, hésiter

brief - bref, court

The chatter dropped to a surprised hush. Pollyanna advanced a little timidly. Now that the time had come, she felt unwontedly shy. After all, these half-strange, half-familiar faces about her were not her own dear Ladies'Aid.

Hush - chut !, silence

unwontedly - a l'insu de son plein gré

Shy - timide, gené, prudent, embarrassé

strange - étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger

familiar - familier, esprit familier

"How do you do, Ladies'Aiders?" she faltered politely. "I'm Pollyanna Whittier. I-I reckon some of you know me, maybe; anyway, I do YOU-only I don't know you all together this way."

The silence could almost be felt now. Some of the ladies did know this rather extraordinary niece of their fellow-member, and nearly all had heard of her; but not one of them could think of anything to say, just then.

fellow - un camarade, ensemble, mâle

"I-I've come to-to lay the case before you," stammered Pollyanna, after a moment, unconsciously falling into her father's familiar phraseology.

phraseology - la phraséologie, phraséologie

There was a slight rustle.

Slight - insignifiant, léger

rustle - bruissement, froufrou, froufrouter

"Did-did your aunt send you, my dear?" asked Mrs. Ford, the minister's wife.

Pollyanna colored a little.

"Oh, no. I came all by myself. You see, I'm used to Ladies'Aiders. It was Ladies'Aiders that brought me up-with father."

Somebody tittered hysterically, and the minister's wife frowned.

tittered - titré, rire sottement

"Yes, dear. What is it?"

"Well, it-it's Jimmy Bean," sighed Pollyanna. "He hasn't any home except the Orphan one, and they're full, and don't want him, anyhow, he thinks; so he wants another. He wants one of the common kind, that has a mother instead of a Matron in it-folks, you know, that'll care. He's ten years old going on eleven. I thought some of you might like him-to live with you, you know."

orphan - orphelin, orpheline

"Well, did you ever!" murmured a voice, breaking the dazed pause that followed Pollyanna's words.

With anxious eyes Pollyanna swept the circle of faces about her.

anxious - anxieux, désireux

circle - cercle, disque, yeux cernés, cerne, cercler, entourer, encercler

"Oh, I forgot to say; he will work," she supplemented eagerly.

supplemented - complétée, supplément

Still there was silence; then, coldly, one or two women began to question her. After a time they all had the story and began to talk among themselves, animatedly, not quite pleasantly.

among themselves - entre eux

animatedly - de façon animée

Pollyanna listened with growing anxiety. Some of what was said she could not understand. She did gather, after a time, however, that there was no woman there who had a home to give him, though every woman seemed to think that some of the others might take him, as there were several who had no little boys of their own already in their homes. But there was no one who agreed herself to take him.

anxiety - l'anxiété, anxiété, inquiétude, angoisse

gather - rassembler, ramasser, recueillir, déduire

Then she heard the minister's wife suggest timidly that they, as a society, might perhaps assume his support and education instead of sending quite so much money this year to the little boys in far-away India.

suggest - proposer, suggérer

Society - la société, société

assume - supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter, prendre

education - l'éducation, éducation, enseignement

India - l'inde, Inde

A great many ladies talked then, and several of them talked all at once, and even more loudly and more unpleasantly than before. It seemed that their society was famous for its offering to Hindu missions, and several said they should die of mortification if it should be less this year.

loudly - bruyamment, fort, a voix haute, a haute voix

unpleasantly - désagréable

offering to - proposer

Hindu - hindous, hindou, hindoue

missions - missions, mission

mortification - mortification

Some of what was said at this time Pollyanna again thought she could not have understood, too, for it sounded almost as if they did not care at all what the money DID, so long as the sum opposite the name of their society in a certain "report" "headed the list"-and of course that could not be what they meant at all!

sum - somme

But it was all very confusing, and not quite pleasant, so that Pollyanna was glad, indeed, when at last she found herself outside in the hushed, sweet air-only she was very sorry, too: for she knew it was not going to be easy, or anything but sad, to tell Jimmy Bean to-morrow that the Ladies'Aid had decided that they would rather send all their money to bring up the little India boys than to save out enough to bring up one little boy in their own town, for which they would not get "a bit of credit in the report," according to the tall lady who wore spectacles.

hushed - étouffé, silence

according - selon, entente, accorder

spectacles - lunettes, spectacle

"Not but that it's good, of course, to send money to the heathen, and I shouldn't want 'em not to send SOME there," sighed Pollyanna to herself, as she trudged sorrowfully along. "But they acted as if little boys HERE weren't any account-only little boys 'way off. I should THINK, though, they'd rather see Jimmy Bean grow-than just a report!"

trudged - trudged, marcher, crapahuter

sorrowfully - avec tristesse

acted - agi, acte, loi, action, agir


woods - bois, (de) bois

Pollyanna had not turned her steps toward home, when she left the chapel. She had turned them, instead, toward Pendleton Hill. It had been a hard day, for all it had been a "vacation one" (as she termed the infrequent days when there was no sewing or cooking lesson), and Pollyanna was sure that nothing would do her quite so much good as a walk through the green quiet of Pendleton Woods.

termed - appelé, peine, mandat, période

infrequent - peu fréquents

Up Pendleton Hill, therefore, she climbed steadily, in spite of the warm sun on her back.

steadily - régulierement

"I don't have to get home till half-past five, anyway," she was telling herself; "and it'll be so much nicer to go around by the way of the woods, even if I do have to climb to get there."

It was very beautiful in the Pendleton Woods, as Pollyanna knew by experience. But to-day it seemed even more delightful than ever, notwithstanding her disappointment over what she must tell Jimmy Bean to-morrow.

by experience - par expérience

more delightful - plus délicieux

notwithstanding - nonobstant

disappointment - déception

"I wish they were up here-all those ladies who talked so loud," sighed Pollyanna to herself, raising her eyes to the patches of vivid blue between the sunlit green of the tree-tops. "Anyhow, if they were up here, I just reckon they'd change and take Jimmy Bean for their little boy, all right," she finished, secure in her conviction, but unable to give a reason for it, even to herself.

loud - bruyante, fort

patches - des correctifs, piece, rustine

vivid - vivante, vivide

sunlit - ensoleillé

tops - des sommets, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune

secure - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser

unable - incapable, inapte, inhabile

Suddenly Pollyanna lifted her head and listened. A dog had barked some distance ahead. A moment later he came dashing toward her, still barking.

barked - aboyé, aboiement

dashing - fringant, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter

barking - aboiement

"Hullo, doggie-hullo!" Pollyanna snapped her fingers at the dog and looked expectantly down the path. She had seen the dog once before, she was sure. He had been then with the Man, Mr. John Pendleton. She was looking now, hoping to see him. For some minutes she watched eagerly, but he did not appear. Then she turned her attention toward the dog.

doggie - chien

expectantly - dans l'expectative

The dog, as even Pollyanna could see, was acting strangely. He was still barking-giving little short, sharp yelps, as if of alarm. He was running back and forth, too, in the path ahead. Soon they reached a side path, and down this the little dog fairly flew, only to come back at once, whining and barking.

acting - en tant qu'acteur, intérimaire, par intérim, (act), acte, loi

strangely - étrangement

yelps - glapissements, japper

alarm - alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, donner/sonner l'alerte

whining - se plaindre, (whin) se plaindre

"Ho! That isn't the way home," laughed Pollyanna, still keeping to the main path.

The little dog seemed frantic now. Back and forth, back and forth, between Pollyanna and the side path he vibrated, barking and whining pitifully. Every quiver of his little brown body, and every glance from his beseeching brown eyes were eloquent with appeal-so eloquent that at last Pollyanna understood, turned, and followed him.

frantic - éperdu, paniqué, frénétique

vibrated - vibré, vibrer

quiver - carquois, trembler

beseeching - l'imploration, adjurant, (beseech), prier, implorer, supplier

eloquent - éloquent

appeal - appel, manifeste, vocation, pourvoi

straight ahead, now, the little dog dashed madly; and it was not long before Pollyanna came upon the reason for it all: a man lying motionless at the foot of a steep, overhanging mass of rock a few yards from the side path.

straight ahead - tout droit

madly - a la folie, follement

lying - gisant, sis, mentant, (lie) gisant

motionless - immobile

overhanging - en surplomb, surplomber, surplomb

mass - masse, foule, amas

A twig cracked sharply under Pollyanna's foot, and the man turned his head. With a cry of dismay Pollyanna ran to his side.

twig - brindille, ramille

cracked - fissuré, (se) feler

cry of dismay - cri de consternation

"Mr. Pendleton! Oh, are you hurt?"

hurt - faire mal, blesser, blessé

"Hurt? Oh, no! I'm just taking a siesta in the sunshine," snapped the man irritably. "See here, how much do you know? What can you do? Have you got any sense?"

siesta - sieste

Pollyanna caught her breath with a little gasp, but-as was her habit-she answered the questions literally, one by one.

habit - habitude, configuration

"Why, Mr. Pendleton, I-I don't know so very much, and I can't do a great many things; but most of the Ladies'Aiders, except Mrs. Rawson, said I had real good sense. I heard 'em say so one day-they didn't know I heard, though."

The man smiled grimly.

"There, there, child, I beg your pardon, I'm sure; it's only this confounded leg of mine. Now listen." He paused, and with some difficulty reached his hand into his trousers pocket and brought out a bunch of keys, singling out one between his thumb and forefinger. "Straight through the path there, about five minutes'walk, is my house.

beg - mendier, implorer, prier

Pardon - pardon, grâce, pardonner, gracier, désolé, excusez-moi

trousers pocket - Poche de pantalon

bunch of keys - un trousseau de clés

singling - la singularisation, (single), seul, célibataire f, célibataire

thumb - pouce, feuilleter

forefinger - l'index, index

This key will admit you to the side door under the porte-cochere. Do you know what a porte-cochere is?"

admit - admettre, avouer, reconnaître

side door - porte latérale

"Oh, yes, sir. Auntie has one with a sun parlor over it. That's the roof I slept on-only I didn't sleep, you know. They found me."

"Eh? Oh! Well, when you get into the house, go straight through the vestibule and hall to the door at the end. On the big, flat-topped desk in the middle of the room you'll find a telephone. Do you know how to use a telephone?"

topped - étetée, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune, premiere demi-manche

"Oh, yes, sir! Why, once when Aunt Polly-"

"Never mind Aunt Polly now," cut in the man scowlingly, as he tried to move himself a little.

scowlingly - avec renfrognement

"Hunt up Dr. Thomas Chilton's number on the card you'll find somewhere around there-it ought to be on the hook down at the side, but it probably won't be. You know a telephone card, I suppose, when you see one!"

hunt - chasser, chercher, chasse

Hook - crochet, agrafe, hook, accrocher

"Oh, yes, sir! I just love Aunt Polly's. There's such a lot of queer names, and-"

"Tell Dr. Chilton that John Pendleton is at the foot of Little Eagle Ledge in Pendleton Woods with a broken leg, and to come at once with a stretcher and two men. He'll know what to do besides that. Tell him to come by the path from the house."

eagle - aigle, eagle, réussir un aigle

stretcher - civiere, civiere, brancard, châssis, panneresse

"A broken leg? Oh, Mr. Pendleton, how perfectly awful!" shuddered Pollyanna. "But I'm so glad I came! Can't I do-"

"Yes, you can-but evidently you won't! WILL you go and do what I ask and stop talking," moaned the man, faintly. And, with a little sobbing cry, Pollyanna went.

stop talking - arreter de parler

moaned - gémi, gémissement, se plaindre, geindre, gémir, mugir

faintly - faiblement

Pollyanna did not stop now to look up at the patches of blue between the sunlit tops of the trees. She kept her eyes on the ground to make sure that no twig nor stone tripped her hurrying feet.

stone - pierre, roche, caillou, roc

It was not long before she came in sight of the house. She had seen it before, though never so near as this. She was almost frightened now at the massiveness of the great pile of gray stone with its pillared verandas and its imposing entrance. Pausing only a moment, however, she sped across the big neglected lawn and around the house to the side door under the porte-cochere.

massiveness - la massivité

pile - pile, tapée, pilotis, foule, amas

pillared - a piliers, pilier, pile

verandas - vérandas, véranda

imposing - imposant, imposer

entrance - entrée, cochere

pausing - une pause, (pause), pauser, pause

lawn - pelouse, gazon, gazer

Her fingers, stiff from their tight clutch upon the keys, were anything but skilful in their efforts to turn the bolt in the lock; but at last the heavy, carved door swung slowly back on its hinges.

stiff - rigide, raide, macchabée

clutch - embrayage, agriffons, couplage, saisir, agriffez, agriffent

efforts - efforts, effort

bolt - boulon, verrouiller, pene

lock - serrure, clôturer, cerrure, arret, obturer, pene

heavy - lourd, emporté

hinges - charnieres, gond, charniere, dépendre

Pollyanna caught her breath. In spite of her feeling of haste, she paused a moment and looked fearfully through the vestibule to the wide, sombre hall beyond, her thoughts in a whirl. This was John Pendleton's house; the house of mystery; the house into which no one but its master entered; the house which sheltered, somewhere-a skeleton.

haste - hâte

whirl - tourbillon, tourbillonner

mystery - mystere, mystere

sheltered - a l'abri, abri, refuge, abriter

Yet she, Pollyanna, was expected to enter alone these fearsome rooms, and telephone the doctor that the master of the house lay now-

With a little cry Pollyanna, looking neither to the right nor the left, fairly ran through the hall to the door at the end and opened it.

The room was large, and sombre with dark woods and hangings like the hall; but through the west window the sun threw a long shaft of gold across the floor, gleamed dully on the tarnished brass andirons in the fireplace, and touched the nickel of the telephone on the great desk in the middle of the room. It was toward this desk that Pollyanna hurriedly tiptoed.

shaft - arbre, hampe, rachis, cage, entuber

gold - l'or, or

gleamed - brillait, luire

dully - avec violence

tarnished - terni, ternir

brass - laiton, airain

andirons - des chenets, chenet

fireplace - âtre, foyer, cheminée

nickel - nickel, piece de cinq cents, nickeler

tiptoed - sur la pointe des pieds, pointe des piedieds

The telephone card was not on its hook; it was on the floor. But Pollyanna found it, and ran her shaking forefinger down through the C's to "Chilton." In due time she had Dr. Chilton himself at the other end of the wires, and was tremblingly delivering her message and answering the doctor's terse, pertinent questions. This done, she hung up the receiver and drew a long breath of relief.

wires - fils, fil

tremblingly - en tremblant

delivering - livrant, accoucher, livrer, remettre

Terse - laconique, lapidaire

pertinent - pertinente, pertinent

receiver - destinataire, receveur, receleur, récepteur, écouteur

Only a brief glance did Pollyanna give about her; then, with a confused vision in her eyes of crimson draperies, book-lined walls, a littered floor, an untidy desk, innumerable closed doors (any one of which might conceal a skeleton), and everywhere dust, dust, dust, she fled back through the hall to the great carved door, still half open as she had left it.

confused - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre

vision - vision, vue, aspiration, apparition

crimson - cramoisi, carmin, pourpre

draperies - draperies, rideau

littered - jonché, litiere, portée, détritus

untidy - débraillé, négligé, désordonné, bordélique

conceal - dissimuler, cacher

dust - la poussiere, poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser

fled - fui, s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper

half open - a moitié ouvert

In what seemed, even to the injured man, an incredibly short time, Pollyanna was back in the woods at the man's side.

injured - blessé, blesser

incredibly - incroyable

"Well, what is the trouble? Couldn't you get in?" he demanded.

Pollyanna opened wide her eyes.

"Why, of course I could! I'm HERE," she answered. "As if I'd be here if I hadn't got in! And the doctor will be right up just as soon as possible with the men and things. He said he knew just where you were, so I didn't stay to show him. I wanted to be with you."

"Did you?" smiled the man, grimly. "Well, I can't say I admire your taste. I should think you might find pleasanter companions."

admire - admirer

Companions - compagnons, compagnon, compagne

"Do you mean-because you're so-cross?"

"Thanks for your frankness. Yes."

frankness - la franchise, franchise

Pollyanna laughed softly.

"But you're only cross OUTSIDE-You arn't cross inside a bit!"

"Indeed! How do you know that?" asked the man, trying to change the position of his head without moving the rest of his body.

"Oh, lots of ways; there-like that-the way you act with the dog," she added, pointing to the long, slender hand that rested on the dog's sleek head near him. "It's funny how dogs and cats know the insides of folks better than other folks do, isn't it? Say, I'm going to hold your head," she finished abruptly.

rested - reposé, repos

sleek - élégant, brillant, luisant, lisse

insides - a l'intérieur, intérieur, dedans, au-dedans

The man winced several times and groaned once; softly while the change was being made; but in the end he found Pollyanna's lap a very welcome substitute for the rocky hollow in which his head had lain before.

winced - a fait un clin d'oil, grimacer

groaned - gémi, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement

substitute - mettre, remplaçant, substitut

Rocky - rocheux, rocheuxse

hollow - creux, cavez, caver, cavent, cavons

lain - lain, mensonge

"Well, that is-better," he murmured faintly.

He did not speak again for some time. Pollyanna, watching his face, wondered if he were asleep. She did not think he was. He looked as if his lips were tight shut to keep back moans of pain. Pollyanna herself almost cried aloud as she looked at his great, strong body lying there so helpless. One hand, with fingers tightly clenched, lay outflung, motionless.

wondered - s'est demandé, merveille, étonner

moans - gémissements, gémissement, se plaindre, geindre, gémir, mugir

pain - douleur, mal, diuleur

clenched - serré, serrer, prise (en main) ferme, poigne ferme

outflung - débordé

The other, limply open, lay on the dog's head. The dog, his wistful, eager eyes on his master's face, was motionless, too.

lay on - s'allonger

Minute by minute the time passed. The sun dropped lower in the west and the shadows grew deeper under the trees. Pollyanna sat so still she hardly seemed to breathe. A bird alighted fearlessly within reach of her hand, and a squirrel whisked his bushy tail on a tree-branch almost under her nose-yet with his bright little eyes all the while on the motionless dog.

lower - plus bas, abaisser, en privé, rabattre, baissent

shadows - ombres, ombre, prendre en filature, t+filer

deeper - plus profond, profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée

within - a l'intérieur, dedans, avant, d'ici

reach - atteindre, parviens, allonge, parvenir, préhension

squirrel - écureuil

whisked - au fouet, aller a toute allure, emmener immédiatement

tail - queue

At last the dog pricked up his cars and whined softly; then he gave a short, sharp bark. The next moment Pollyanna heard voices, and very soon their owners appeared three men carrying a stretcher and various other articles.

pricked - piqué, piquer, percer

whined - pleurniché, pleurnicherie, geignement, couiner, pleurnicher

bark - l'écorce, écorce, coque, aboyer

voices - voix

owners - propriétaires, propriétaire

The tallest of the party-a smooth-shaven, kind-eyed man whom Pollyanna knew by sight as "Dr. Chilton"-advanced cheerily.

smooth - lisse, doux, facile, sophistiqué, naturel, souple, régulier

whom - que, qui

by sight - a vue

"Well, my little lady, playing nurse?"

"Oh, no, sir," smiled Pollyanna. "I've only held his head-I haven't given him a mite of medicine. But I'm glad I was here."

"So am I," nodded the doctor, as he turned his absorbed attention to the injured man.

absorbed - absorbé, absorber, éponger


Pollyanna was a little late for supper on the night of the accident to John Pendleton; but, as it happened, she escaped without reproof.

accident - accident

escaped - s'est échappé, échapper, s'échapper, éviter, tirer

reproof - reproche, semonce

Nancy met her at the door.

"Well, if I ain't glad ter be settin'my two eyes on you," she sighed in obvious relief. "It's half-past six!"

settin - settin

obvious - évidentes, évident

"I know it," admitted Pollyanna anxiously; "but I'm not to blame-truly I'm not. And I don't think even Aunt Polly will say I am, either."

"she won't have the chance," retorted Nancy, with huge satisfaction. "She's gone."

she won't - elle ne le fera pas

satisfaction - satisfaction

"Gone!" gasped Pollyanna. "You don't mean that I've driven her away?" Through Pollyanna's mind at the moment trooped remorseful memories of the morning with its unwanted boy, cat, and dog, and its unwelcome "glad" and forbidden "father" that would spring to her forgetful little tongue. "Oh, I DIDN'T drive her away?"

trooped - trooped, troupe-p

remorseful - des remords

memories - des souvenirs, mémoire, souvenir

unwanted - indésirable

unwelcome - indésirable

forgetful - oublieux

tongue - langue, languette

"Not much you did," scoffed Nancy. "Her cousin died suddenly down to Boston, and she had ter go. She had one o'them yeller telegram letters after you went away this afternoon, and she won't be back for three days. Now I guess we're glad all right. We'll be keepin'house tergether, jest you and me, all that time. We will, we will!"

yeller - crieur

Pollyanna looked shocked.

"Glad! Oh, Nancy, when it's a funeral?"

funeral - funérailles, obseques

"Oh, but 'twa'n't the funeral I was glad for, Miss Pollyanna. It was-" Nancy stopped abruptly. A shrewd twinkle came into her eyes. "Why, Miss Pollyanna, as if it wa'n't yerself that was teachin'me ter play the game," she reproached her gravely.

shrewd - astucieux, perspicace, sagace, habile, roublard, futé

Twinkle - twinkle, briller, cligner, virevolter

yerself - vous

teachin - enseigner

reproached - des reproches, reproche, opprobre, reprocher

gravely - gravement

Pollyanna puckered her forehead into a troubled frown.

troubled - troublé, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, fr

"I can't help it, Nancy," she argued with a shake of her head. "It must be that there are some things that 'tisn't right to play the game on-and I'm sure funerals is one of them. There's nothing in a funeral to be glad about."

I can't help it - Je ne peux pas m'en empecher

shake - secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse

funerals - funérailles, funérailles-p, obseques-p

Nancy chuckled.

"We can be glad 'tain't our'n," she observed demurely. But Pollyanna did not hear. She had begun to tell of the accident; and in a moment Nancy, open-mouthed, was listening.

demurely - avec pudeur

At the appointed place the next afternoon, Pollyanna met Jimmy Bean according to agreement. As was to be expected, of course, Jimmy showed keen disappointment that the Ladies'Aid preferred a little India boy to himself.

appointed - nommés, fixer, gloss

agreement - accord, entente, pacte, contrat

keen - enthousiaste, désireux, poivré, vif

"Well, maybe 'tis natural," he sighed. "Of course things you don't know about are always nicer'n things you do, same as the pertater on 'tother side of the plate is always the biggest. But I wish I looked that way ter somebody 'way off. Wouldn't it be jest great, now, if only somebody over in India wanted ME?"

tother - d'autres

plate - assiette, plaque, écriteau

Pollyanna clapped her hands.

"Why, of course! That's the very thing, Jimmy! I'll write to my Ladies'Aiders about you. They aren't over in India; they're only out West-but That's awful far away, just the same. I reckon you'd think so if you'd come all the way here as I did!"

That's awful - C'est affreux

Jimmy's face brightened.

"Do you think they would-truly-take me?" he asked.

"Of course they would! Don't they take little boys in India to bring up? Well, they can just play you are the little India boy this time. I reckon you're far enough away to make a report, all right. You wait. I'll write 'em. I'll write Mrs. White. No, I'll write Mrs. Jones. Mrs. White has got the most money, but Mrs. Jones gives the most-which is kind of funny, isn't it?-when you think of it.

make a report - faire un rapport

But I reckon some of the Aiders will take you."

"All right-but don't furgit ter say I'll work fur my board an'keep," put in Jimmy. "I ain't no beggar, an'biz'ness is biz'ness, even with Ladies'Aiders, I'm thinkin'." He hesitated, then added: "An'I s'pose I better stay where I be fur a spell yet-till you hear."

biz - biz

"Of course," nodded Pollyanna emphatically. "Then I'll know just where to find you. And they'll take you-I'm sure you're far enough away for that. Didn't Aunt Polly take-Say!" she broke off, suddenly, "DO you suppose I was Aunt Polly's little girl from India?"

emphatically - avec insistance

"Well, if you ain't the queerest kid," grinned Jimmy, as he turned away.

queerest - le plus rapide, étrange, bizarre

It was about a week after the accident in Pendleton Woods that Pollyanna said to her aunt one morning:

"Aunt Polly, please would you mind very much if I took Mrs. Snow's calf's-foot jelly this week to some one else? I'm sure Mrs. Snow wouldn't-this once."

"Dear me, Pollyanna, what ARE you up to now?" sighed her aunt. "You ARE the most extraordinary child!"

Pollyanna frowned a little anxiously.

"Aunt Polly, please, what is extraORdinary? If you're EXtraordinary you can't be ORdinary, can you?"

ordinary - piece, ordinaire, quelconque

"You certainly can not."

"Oh, that's all right, then. I'm glad I'm EXtraordinary," sighed Pollyanna, her face clearing. "You see, Mrs. White used to say Mrs. Rawson was a very ordinary woman-and she disliked Mrs. Rawson something awful.

clearing - le défrichage, clarification, clairiere, (clear), clair

disliked - n'a pas aimé, antipathie, ne pas aimer

They were always fight-I mean, father had-that is, I mean, WE had more trouble keeping peace between them than we did between any of the rest of the Aiders," corrected Pollyanna, a little breathless from her efforts to steer between the Scylla of her father's past commands in regard to speaking of church quarrels, and the Charybdis of her aunt's present commands in regard to speaking of her father.

fight - combattre, combattons, rixe, combattez, combattent

peace - la paix, paix, tranquillité

steer - diriger, piloter

Scylla - Scylla

commands - des commandes, commandement, ordre, maîtrise

regard - regard, considérer, égard, estime

quarrels - querelles, dispute

Charybdis - Charybde

"Yes, yes; well, never mind," interposed Aunt Polly, a trifle impatiently. "You do run on so, Pollyanna, and no matter what we're talking about you always bring up at those Ladies'Aiders!"

interposed - interposée, interposer, intercaler, interrompre, couper

trifle - bagatelle, broutille, babiole, bricole

"Yes'm," smiled Pollyanna, cheerfully, "I reckon I do, maybe. But you see they used to bring me up, and-"

"That will do, Pollyanna," interrupted a cold voice. "Now what is it about this jelly?"

"Nothing, Aunt Polly, truly, that you would mind, I'm sure. You let me take jelly to HER, so I thought you would to HIM-this once. You see, broken legs aren't like-like lifelong invalids, so his won't last forever as Mrs. Snow's does, and she can have all the rest of the things after just once or twice."

lifelong - a vie

invalids - invalides, non valable

forever - a jamais, pour toujours, éternellement, checktoujours

"'Him'? 'He'? 'Broken leg'? What are you talking about, Pollyanna?"

Pollyanna stared; then her face relaxed.

"Oh, I forgot. I reckon you didn't know. You see, it happened while you were gone. It was the very day you went that I found him in the woods, you know; and I had to unlock his house and telephone for the men and the doctor, and hold his head, and everything. And of course then I came away and haven't seen him since. But when Nancy made the jelly for Mrs.

unlock - déverrouiller, débloquer

Snow this week I thought how nice it would be if I could take it to him instead of her, just this once. Aunt Polly, may I?"

this once - cette fois-ci

"Yes, yes, I suppose so," acquiesced Miss Polly, a little wearily. "Who did you say he was?"

acquiesced - acquiescé, acquiescer

"The Man. I mean, Mr. John Pendleton."

Miss Polly almost sprang from her chair.


"Yes. Nancy told me his name. Maybe you know him."

Miss Polly did not answer this. Instead she asked:

"Do YOU know him?"

Pollyanna nodded.

"Oh, yes. He always speaks and smiles-now. He's only cross OUTSIDE, you know. I'll go and get the jelly. Nancy had it 'most fixed when I came in," finished Pollyanna, already halfway across the room.

"Pollyanna, wait! Miss Polly's voice was suddenly very stern. I've changed my mind. I would prefer that Mrs. Snow had that jelly to-day-as usual. That is all. You may go now."

Pollyanna's face fell.

"Oh, but Aunt Polly, HERS will last. She can always be sick and have things, you know; but his is just a broken leg, and legs don't last-I mean, broken ones. He's had it a whole week now."

be sick - etre malade

"Yes, I remember. I heard Mr. John Pendleton had met with an accident," said Miss Polly, a little stiffly; "but-I do not care to be sending jelly to John Pendleton, Pollyanna."

"I know, he is cross-outside," admitted Pollyanna, sadly, "so I suppose you don't like him. But I wouldn't say 'twas you sent it. I'd say 'twas me. I like him. I'd be glad to send him jelly."

sadly - tristement, malheureusement

I'd be glad to - Je serais heureux de..

Miss Polly began to shake her head again. Then, suddenly, she stopped, and asked in a curiously quiet voice:

"Does he know who you-are, Pollyanna?"

The little girl sighed.

"I reckon not. I told him my name, once, but he never calls me it-never."

"Does he know where you-live?"

"Oh, no. I never told him that."

"Then he doesn't know you're my-niece?"

"I don't think so."

I don't think so - Je ne pense pas.

For a moment there was silence. Miss Polly was looking at Pollyanna with eyes that did not seem to see her at all. The little girl, shifting impatiently from one small foot to the other, sighed audibly. Then Miss Polly roused herself with a start.

shifting - le changement de vitesse, mutation, (shift), quart, équipe

roused - réveillé, réveiller

"Very well, Pollyanna," she said at last, still in that queer voice, so unlike her own; "you may you may take the jelly to Mr. Pendleton as your own gift. But understand: I do not send it. Be very sure that he does not think I do!"

"Yes'm-no'm-thank you, Aunt Polly," exulted Pollyanna, as she flew through the door.

flew through - Voler a travers


The great gray pile of masonry looked very different to Pollyanna when she made her second visit to the house of Mr. John Pendleton. Windows were open, an elderly woman was hanging out clothes in the back yard, and the doctor's gig stood under the porte-cochere.

masonry - la maçonnerie, maçonnerie

elderly - personnes âgées, vieux, ancien, âgé

gig - gig, concert

As before Pollyanna went to the side door. This time she rang the bell-her fingers were not stiff to-day from a tight clutch on a bunch of keys.

A familiar-looking small dog bounded up the steps to greet her, but there was a slight delay before the woman who had been hanging out the clothes opened the door.

greet - saluer, saluons, saluez, saluent

delay - délai, ajourner, décélération, surseoir, retard, retarder

"If you please, I've brought some calf's-foot jelly for Mr. Pendleton," smiled Pollyanna.

"Thank you," said the woman, reaching for the bowl in the little girl's hand. "Who shall I say sent it? And it's calf's-foot jelly?"

bowl - bol, globuleux, bassine, cuvette, jatte

The doctor, coming into the hall at that moment, heard the woman's words and saw the disappointed look on Pollyanna's face. He stepped quickly forward.

stepped - en escalier, pas

"Ah! Some calf's-foot jelly?" he asked genially. "That will be fine! Maybe you'd like to see our patient, eh?"

genially - avec générosité

patient - patient, patiente, malade

"Oh, yes, sir," beamed Pollyanna; and the woman, in obedience to a nod from the doctor, led the way down the hall at once, though plainly with vast surprise on her face.

obedience - l'obéissance, obéissance

nod - hochement de tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement

vast - vaste

Behind the doctor, a young man (a trained nurse from the nearest city) gave a disturbed exclamation.

exclamation - exclamation

"But, Doctor, didn't Mr. Pendleton give orders not to admit-any one?"

"Oh, yes," nodded the doctor, imperturbably. "But I'm giving orders now. I'll take the risk." Then he added whimsically: "You don't know, of course; but that little girl is better than a six-quart bottle of tonic any day. If anything or anybody can take the grouch out of Pendleton this afternoon, she can. That's why I sent her in."

imperturbably - imperturbablement

whimsically - de façon fantaisiste

quart - quart, pinte

tonic - tonique, réconfortante

grouch - grincheux, grognon

"Who is she?"

For one brief moment the doctor hesitated.

"She's the niece of one of our best known residents. Her name is Pollyanna Whittier. I-I don't happen to enjoy a very extensive personal acquaintance with the little lady as yet; but lots of my patients do-I'm thankful to say!"

extensive - étendu

as yet - a ce jour

patients - patients, patient, patiente, malade

thankful - reconnaissant

The nurse smiled.

"Indeed! And what are the special ingredients of this wonder-working-tonic of hers?"

ingredients - ingrédients, ingrédient

The doctor shook his head.

"I don't know. As near as I can find out it is an overwhelming, unquenchable gladness for everything that has happened or is going to happen. At any rate, her quaint speeches are constantly being repeated to me, and, as near as I can make out, 'just being glad'is the tenor of most of them.

overwhelming - écrasante, abreuver, accabler, envahir

unquenchable - inextinguible

gladness - la joie, allégresse

rate - taux, taxer, évaluer, tarifaire, dividende, rang

quaint - pittoresque, singulier, intéressant, curieux

speeches - discours, parole

constantly - constamment, en boucle

tenor - ténor

All is," he added, with another whimsical smile, as he stepped out on to the porch, "I wish I could prescribe her-and buy her-as I would a box of pills;-though if there gets to be many of her in the world, you and I might as well go to ribbon-selling and ditch-digging for all the money we'd get out of nursing and doctoring," he laughed, picking up the reins and stepping into the gig.

whimsical - fantaisiste, capricieux, étrange, drôle, amusant

stepped out - sorti

prescribe - prescrire, indiquer, ordonner

pills - pilules, pilule

ribbon - ruban

ditch - fossé

digging - creusant, (dig) creusant

reins - les renes, rene

stepping - en marche, pas

Pollyanna, meanwhile, in accordance with the doctor's orders, was being escorted to John Pendleton's rooms.

escorted - escorté, escorte, escorter

Her way led through the great library at the end of the hall, and, rapid as was her progress through it, Pollyanna saw at once that great changes had taken place. The book-lined walls and the crimson curtains were the same; but there was no litter on the floor, no untidiness on the desk, and not so much as a grain of dust in sight.

progress - progres, progressent, progresser, progressons, progrés

litter - litiere, litiere, portée, détritus

grain - céréales, grain, graine

The telephone card hung in its proper place, and the brass andirons had been polished. One of the mysterious doors was open, and it was toward this that the maid led the way. A moment later Pollyanna found herself in a sumptuously furnished bedroom while the maid was saying in a frightened voice:

polished - polie, polonais

sumptuously - somptueusement

furnished - meublé, meubler, fournir, livrer

"If you please, sir, here-here's a little girl with some jelly. The doctor said I was to-to bring her in."

The next moment Pollyanna found herself alone with a very cross-looking man lying flat on his back in bed.

"See here, didn't I say-" began an angry voice. "Oh, it's you!" it broke off not very graciously, as Pollyanna advanced toward the bed.

didn't I - n'est-ce pas?

graciously - gracieusement

"Yes, sir," smiled Pollyanna. "Oh, I'm so glad they let me in! You see, at first the lady 'most took my jelly, and I was so afraid I wasn't going to see you at all. Then the doctor came, and he said I might. Wasn't he lovely to let me see you?"

In spite of himself the man's lips twitched into a smile; but all he said was "Humph!"

"And I've brought you some jelly," resumed Pollyanna; "-calf's-foot. I hope you like it?" There was a rising inflection in her voice.

resumed - reprise, reprendre

inflection - flexion, inflexion, point d'inflexion

"Never ate it." The fleeting smile had gone, and the scowl had come back to the man's face.

fleeting - éphémere, flotte

For a brief instant Pollyanna's countenance showed disappointment; but it cleared as she set the bowl of jelly down.

instant - instantanée, moment

countenance - visage, approuver

"Didn't you? Well, if you didn't, then you can't know you DON'T like it, anyhow, can you? So I reckon I'm glad you haven't, after all. Now, if you knew-"

"Yes, yes; well, there's one thing I know all right, and that is that I'm flat on my back right here this minute, and that I'm liable to stay here-till doomsday, I guess."

liable - responsable

doomsday - le jugement dernier, jour du Jugement dernier

Pollyanna looked shocked.

"Oh, no! It couldn't be till doomsday, you know, when the angel Gabriel blows his trumpet, unless it should come quicker than we think it will-oh, of course, I know the Bible says it may come quicker than we think, but I don't think it will-that is, of course I believe the Bible; but I mean I don't think it will come as much quicker as it would if it should Come now, and-"

blows - coups, (blow) coups

trumpet - trompette, trompettiste, barrissement, jouer de la trompette

Come now - viens/venez maintenant

John Pendleton laughed suddenly-and aloud. The nurse, coming in at that moment, heard the laugh, and beat a hurried-but a very silent-retreat. He had the air of a frightened cook who, seeing the danger of a breath of cold air striking a half-done cake, hastily shuts the oven door.

retreat - retraite

danger - danger, péril

cold air - air froid

striking - frappant, éclatant, (strike), biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper

half-done - (half-done) a moitié fait

shuts - ferme, fermer

oven door - porte du four

"Aren't you getting a little mixed?" asked John Pendleton of Pollyanna.

mixed - mixte, mélanger

The little girl laughed.

"Maybe. But what I mean is, that legs don't last-broken ones, you know-like lifelong invalids, same as Mrs. Snow has got. So yours won't last till doomsday at all. I should think you could be glad of that."

"Oh, I am," retorted the man grimly.

"And you didn't break but one. You can be glad 'twasn't two." Pollyanna was warming to her task.

"Of course! So fortunate," sniffed the man, with uplifted eyebrows; "looking at it from that standpoint, I suppose I might be glad I wasn't a centipede and didn't break fifty!"

standpoint - point de vue

centipede - mille-pattes, scolopendre

Pollyanna chuckled.

"Oh, that's the best yet," she crowed. "I know what a centipede is; they've got lots of legs. And you can be glad-"

"Oh, of course," interrupted the man, sharply, all the old bitterness coming back to his voice; "I can be glad, too, for all the rest, I suppose-the nurse, and the doctor, and that confounded woman in the kitchen!"

bitterness - l'amertume, amertume

"Why, yes, sir-only think how bad 'twould be if you DIDN'T have them!"

"Well, I-eh?" he demanded sharply.

"Why, I say, only think how bad it would be if you didn't have 'em-and you lying here like this!"

"As if that wasn't the very thing that was at the bottom of the whole matter," retorted the man, testily, "because I am lying here like this!

bottom - fond, bas, dessous, arriere-train, cul

And yet you expect me to say I'm glad because of a fool woman who disarranges the whole house and calls it 'regulating,'and a man who aids and abets her in it, and calls it 'nursing,'to say nothing of the doctor who eggs 'em both on-and the whole bunch of them, meanwhile, expecting me to pay them for it, and pay them well, too!"

disarranges - se désagrege, déranger

regulating - réglementer, régler

Aids - le sida, SIDA, (aid) le sida

abets - abets, encourager

Pollyanna frowned sympathetically.

"Yes, I know. THAT part is too bad-about the money-when you've been saving it, too, all this time."


"Saving it-buying beans and fish balls, you know. Say, DO you like beans?-or do you like turkey better, only on account of the sixty cents?"

"Look a-here, child, what are you talking about?"

Pollyanna smiled radiantly.

radiantly - de façon rayonnante

"About your money, you know-denying yourself, and saving it for the heathen. You see, I found out about it. Why, Mr. Pendleton, that's one of the ways I knew you weren't cross inside. Nancy told me."

The man's jaw dropped.

"Nancy told you I was saving money for the-Well, may I inquire who Nancy is?"

inquire - demander, enqueter

"Our Nancy. She works for Aunt Polly."

"Aunt Polly! Well, who is Aunt Polly?"

"She's Miss Polly Harrington. I live with her."

The man made a sudden movement.

movement - mouvement

"Miss-Polly-Harrington!" he breathed. "You live with-HER!"

"Yes; I'm her niece. She's taken me to bring up-on account of my mother, you know," faltered Pollyanna, in a low voice. "She was her sister. And after father-went to be with her and the rest of us in Heaven, there wasn't any one left for me down here but the Ladies'Aid; so she took me."

The man did not answer. His face, as he lay back on the pillow now, was very white-so white that Pollyanna was frightened. She rose uncertainly to her feet.

"I reckon maybe I'd better go now," she proposed. "I-I hope you'll like-the jelly."

The man turned his head suddenly, and opened his eyes. There was a curious longing in their dark depths which even Pollyanna saw, and at which she marvelled.

depths - profondeurs, profondeur, épaisseur

marvelled - émerveillé, etre

"And so you are-Miss Polly Harrington's niece," he said gently.

"Yes, sir."

Still the man's dark eyes lingered on her face, until Pollyanna, feeling vaguely restless, murmured:

lingered - s'est attardé, s'installer, stagner, s'incruster, s'éteindre

restless - inquiet, agité, checkimpatient

"I-I suppose you know-her."

John Pendleton's lips curved in an odd smile.

"Oh, yes; I know her." He hesitated, then went on, still with that curious smile. "But-you don't mean-you can't mean that it was Miss Polly Harrington who sent that jelly-to me?" he said slowly.

Pollyanna looked distressed.

distressed - en détresse, détresse

"N-no, sir: she didn't. She said I must be very sure not to let you think she did send it. But I-"

"I thought as much," vouchsafed the man, shortly, turning away his head. And Pollyanna, still more distressed, tiptoed from the room.

shortly - dans peu de temps, rapidement, brievement

turning away - se détourner

Under the porte-cochere she found the doctor waiting in his gig. The nurse stood on the steps.

"Well, Miss Pollyanna, may I have the pleasure of seeing you home?" asked the doctor smilingly. "I started to drive on a few minutes ago; then it occurred to me that I'd wait for you."

smilingly - en souriant

drive on - conduire

occurred - s'est produite, produire

"Thank you, sir. I'm glad you did. I just love to ride," beamed Pollyanna, as he reached out his hand to help her in.

"Do you?" smiled the doctor, nodding his head in farewell to the young man on the steps. "Well, as near as I can judge, there are a good many things you 'love'to do-eh?" he added, as they drove briskly away.

Farewell - adieu, prendre congé, dire adieu, faire ses adieux

judge - juge, juger

Pollyanna laughed.

"Why, I don't know. I reckon perhaps there are," she admitted. "I like to do 'most everything that's LIVING. Of course I don't like the other things very well-sewing, and reading out loud, and all that. But THEY aren't LIVING."

"No? What are they, then?"

"Aunt Polly says they're 'learning to live,'" sighed Pollyanna, with a rueful smile.

The doctor smiled now-a little queerly.

queerly - bizarrement

"Does she? Well, I should think she might say-just that."

"Yes," responded Pollyanna. "But I don't see it that way at all. I don't think you have to LEARN how to live. I didn't, anyhow."

responded - a répondu, répondre

The doctor drew a long sigh.

"After all, I'm afraid some of us-do have to, little girl," he said. Then, for a time he was silent. Pollyanna, stealing a glance at his face, felt vaguely sorry for him. He looked so sad. She wished, uneasily, that she could "do something." It was this, perhaps, that caused her to say in a timid voice:

stealing - le vol, (steal), voler, vol

uneasily - mal a l'aise

caused - causée, cause, raison, causer

timid - timide, craintif

"Dr. Chilton, I should think being a doctor would, be the very gladdest kind of a business there was."

gladdest - le plus heureux, joyeux, heureux

The doctor turned in surprise.

"'Gladdest'!-when I see so much suffering always, everywhere I go?" he cried.

suffering - la souffrance, souffrance, douleur

She nodded.

"I know; but you're HELPING it-don't you see?-and of course you're glad to help it! And so that makes you the gladdest of any of us, all the time."

The doctor's eyes filled with sudden hot tears. The doctor's life was a singularly lonely one. He had no wife and no home save his two-room office in a boarding house. His profession was very dear to him. Looking now into Pollyanna's shining eyes, he felt as if a loving hand had been suddenly laid on his head in blessing.

singularly - singulierement

boarding house - Une pension de famille

profession - profession, métier, corps de métier

laid on - posée

blessing - la bénédiction, bénédiction, grâce, troupeau, harde

He knew, too, that never again would a long day's work or a long night's weariness be quite without that new-found exaltation that had come to him through Pollyanna's eyes.

never again - plus jamais

"God Bless you, little girl," he said unsteadily. Then, with the bright smile his patients knew and loved so well, he added: "And I'm thinking, after all, that it was the doctor, quite as much as his patients, that needed a draft of that tonic!" All of which puzzled Pollyanna very much-until a chipmunk, running across the road, drove the whole matter from her mind.

Bless you - Vous bénir

unsteadily - de façon instable

draft - projet, courant d'air, gorgée, biere a la pression, tirant

puzzled - perplexe, mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience

chipmunk - écureuil, tamia, suisse

The doctor left Pollyanna at her own door, smiled at Nancy, who was sweeping off the front porch, then drove rapidly away.

"I've had a perfectly beautiful ride with the doctor," announced Pollyanna, bounding up the steps. "He's lovely, Nancy!"

"Is he?"

"Yes. And I told him I should think his business would be the very gladdest one there was."

"What!-goin'ter see sick folks-an'folks what ain't sick but thinks they is, which is worse?" Nancy's face showed open skepticism.

skepticism - scepticisme

Pollyanna laughed gleefully.

"Yes. That's 'most what he said, too; but there is a way to be glad, even then. Guess!"

Nancy frowned in meditation. Nancy was getting so she could play this game of "being glad" quite successfully, she thought. She rather enjoyed studying out Pollyanna's "posers," too, as she called some of the little girl's questions.

meditation - méditation

successfully - avec succes

posers - poseurs, colle

"Oh, I know," she chuckled. "It's just the opposite from what you told Mis'Snow."

"Opposite?" repeated Pollyanna, obviously puzzled.

"Yes. You told her she could be glad because other folks wasn't like her-all sick, you know."

"Yes," nodded Pollyanna.

"Well, the doctor can be glad because he isn't like other folks-the sick ones, I mean, what he doctors," finished Nancy in triumph.

It was Pollyanna's turn to frown.

"Why, y-yes," she admitted. "Of course that IS one way, but it isn't the way I said; and-someway, I don't seem to quite like the sound of it. It isn't exactly as if he said he was glad they WERE sick, but-You do play the game so funny, sometimes Nancy," she sighed, as she went into the house.

someway - d'une maniere ou d'une autre

Pollyanna found her aunt in the sitting room.

"Who was that man-the one who drove into the yard, Pollyanna?" questioned the lady a little sharply.

"Why, Aunt Polly, that was Dr. Chilton! Don't you know him?"

"Dr. Chilton! What was he doing-here?"

"He drove me home. Oh, and I gave the jelly to Mr. Pendleton, and-"

Miss Polly lifted her head quickly.

"Pollyanna, he did not think I sent it?"

"Oh, no, Aunt Polly. I told him you didn't."

Miss Polly grew a sudden vivid pink.

"You TOLD him I didn't!"

Pollyanna opened wide her eyes at the remonstrative dismay in her aunt's voice.

remonstrative - remonstratif

"Why, Aunt Polly, you SAID to!"

Aunt Polly sighed.

"I SAID, Pollyanna, that I did not send it, and for you to be very sure that he did not think I DID!-which is a very different matter from TELLING him outright that I did not send it." And she turned vexedly away.

vexedly - de maniere contrariée

"Dear me! Well, I don't see where the difference is," sighed Pollyanna, as she went to hang her hat on the one particular hook in the house upon which Aunt Polly had said that it must be hung.

hang - pendre, planement


It was on a rainy day about a week after Pollyanna's visit to Mr. John Pendleton, that Miss Polly was driven by Timothy to an early afternoon committee meeting of the Ladies'Aid Society. When she returned at three o'clock, her cheeks were a bright, pretty pink, and her hair, blown by the damp wind, had fluffed into kinks and curls wherever the loosened pins had given leave.

rainy day - journée pluvieuse

committee - de la commission, comité, commission

damp - humide, moite, mouillé, humidité, grisou, amortir

kinks - kinks, noeud

loosened - desserré, desserrer

pins - épingles, épingle

Pollyanna had never before seen her aunt look like this.

"Oh-oh-oh! Why, Aunt Polly, you've got 'em, too," she cried rapturously, dancing round and round her aunt, as that lady entered the sitting room.

"Got what, you impossible child?"

Pollyanna was still revolving round and round her aunt.

revolving - tournante, (revolve), retourner

"And I never knew you had 'em! Can folks have 'em when you don't know they've got 'em? DO you suppose I could?-'fore I get to Heaven, I mean," she cried, pulling out with eager fingers the straight locks above her ears. "But then, they wouldn't be black, if they did come. You can't hide the black part."

pulling out - se retirer

locks - des serrures, serrure

hide - cacher, planquer, peau, fourrure

"Pollyanna, what does all this mean?" demanded Aunt Polly, hurriedly removing her hat, and trying to smooth back her disordered hair.

removing - l'enlevement, enlever

disordered - désordonné, désordre, trouble

"No, no-please, Aunt Polly!" Pollyanna's jubilant voice turned to one of distressed appeal. "Don't smooth 'em out! It's those that I'm talking about-those darling little black curls. Oh, Aunt Polly, they're so pretty!"

jubilant - jubilatoire

darling - chéri, chérie

"Nonsense! What do you mean, Pollyanna, by going to the Ladies'Aid the other day in that absurd fashion about that beggar boy?"

nonsense - des absurdités, betise, absurdité, sottise (s)

"But it isn't nonsense," urged Pollyanna, answering only the first of her aunt's remarks. "You don't know how pretty you look with your hair like that! Oh, Aunt Polly, please, mayn't I do your hair like I did Mrs. Snow's, and put in a flower? I'd so love to see you that way! Why, you'd be ever so much prettier than she was!"

"Pollyanna!" (Miss Polly spoke very sharply-all the more sharply because Pollyanna's words had given her an odd throb of joy: when before had anybody cared how she, or her hair looked? When before had anybody "loved" to see her "pretty"?) "Pollyanna, you did not answer my question. Why did you go to the Ladies'Aid in that absurd fashion?"

throb - palpitant, battre, palpiter, vibrer, résonner, battement

"Yes'm, I know; but, please, I didn't know it was absurd until I went and found out they'd rather see their report grow than Jimmy. So then I wrote to MY Ladies'Aiders-'cause Jimmy is far away from them, you know; and I thought maybe he could be their little India boy same as-Aunt Polly, WAS I your little India girl? And, Aunt Polly, you WILL let me do your hair, won't you?"

Aunt Polly put her hand to her throat-the old, helpless feeling was upon her, she knew.

"But, Pollyanna, when the ladies told me this afternoon how you came to them, I was so ashamed! I-"

Pollyanna began to dance up and down lightly on her toes.

"You didn't!-You didn't say I COULDN'T do your hair," she crowed triumphantly; "and so I'm sure it means just the other way 'round, sort of-like it did the other day about Mr. Pendleton's jelly that you didn't send, but didn't want me to say you didn't send, you know. Now wait just where you are. I'll get a comb."

"But Pollyanna, Pollyanna," remonstrated Aunt Polly, following the little girl from the room and panting up-stairs after her.

panting - haletant, (pant) haletant

"Oh, did you come up here?" Pollyanna greeted her at the door of Miss Polly's own room. "That'll be nicer yet! I've got the comb. Now sit down, please, right here. Oh, I'm so glad you let me do it!"

"But, Pollyanna, I-I-"

Miss Polly did not finish her sentence. To her helpless amazement she found herself in the low chair before the dressing table, with her hair already tumbling about her ears under ten eager, but very gentle fingers.

tumbling - la culbute, (tumble), culbute, dégringoler, culbuter

gentle - gentil, doux

"Oh, my! what pretty hair you've got," prattled Pollyanna; "and there's so much more of it than Mrs. Snow has, too! But, of course, you need more, anyhow, because you're well and can go to places where folks can see it. My! I reckon folks'll be glad when they do see it-and surprised, too, 'cause you've hid it so long. Why, Aunt Polly, I'll make you so pretty everybody'll just love to look at you!

prattled - bavardé, bavarder


"Pollyanna!" gasped a stifled but shocked voice from a veil of hair. "I-I'm sure I don't know why I'm letting you do this silly thing."

veil - voile, voiler

"Why, Aunt Polly, I should think you'd be glad to have folks like to look at you! Don't you like to look at pretty things? I'm ever so much happier when I look at pretty folks, 'cause when I look at the other kind I'm so sorry for them."


"And I just love to do folks'hair," purred Pollyanna, contentedly. "I did quite a lot of the Ladies'Aiders'-but there wasn't any of them so nice as yours. Mrs. White's was pretty nice, though, and she looked just lovely one day when I dressed her up in-Oh, Aunt Polly, I've just happened to think of something! But it's a secret, and I sha'n't tell.

purred - ronronné, ronronner, ronron, ronronnement

secret - secret

Now your hair is almost done, and pretty quick I'm going to leave you just a minute; and you must promise-promise-PROMISE not to stir nor peek, even, till I come back. Now remember!" she finished, as she ran from the room.

promise - vou, promesse, promettre

peek - peek, trier

Aloud Miss Polly said nothing. To herself she said that of course she should at once undo the absurd work of her niece's fingers, and put her hair up properly again. As for "peeking" just as if she cared how-

undo - annuler, défaisons, défont, défais

peeking - de l'oil, jeter un coup d'oeil (furtif) (a)

At that moment-unaccountably-Miss Polly caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror of the dressing table. And what she saw sent such a flush of rosy color to her cheeks that-she only flushed the more at the sight.

unaccountably - de façon inexplicable

flush - la chasse d'eau, vidanger, rougeur

rosy - rose

She saw a face-not young, it is true-but just now alight with excitement and surprise. The cheeks were a pretty pink. The eyes sparkled. The hair, dark, and still damp from the outdoor air, lay in loose waves about the forehead and curved back over the ears in wonderfully becoming lines, with softening little curls here and there.

sparkled - étincelait, étincellement

waves - des vagues, vague

wonderfully - a merveille

softening - l'adoucissement, adoucissant, amollissant

little curls - des petites boucles

So amazed and so absorbed was Miss Polly with what she saw in the glass that she quite forgot her determination to do over her hair, until she heard Pollyanna enter the room again. Before she could move, then, she felt a folded something slipped across her eyes and tied in the back.

tied - attachée, attacher

"Pollyanna, Pollyanna! What are you doing?" she cried.

Pollyanna chuckled.

"That's just what I don't want you to know, Aunt Polly, and I was afraid you WOULD peek, so I tied on the handkerchief. Now sit still. It won't take but just a minute, then I'll let you see."

handkerchief - mouchoir

"But, Pollyanna," began Miss Polly, struggling blindly to her feet, "you must take this off! You-child, child! what ARE you doing?" she gasped, as she felt a soft something slipped about her shoulders.

struggling - en difficulté, luttant, (struggle), lutte, lutter, s'efforcer

Pollyanna only chuckled the more gleefully. With trembling fingers she was draping about her aunt's shoulders the fleecy folds of a beautiful lace shawl, yellowed from long years of packing away, and fragrant with lavender. Pollyanna had found the shawl the week before when Nancy had been regulating the attic; and it had occurred to her to-day that there was no reason why her aunt, as well as Mrs.

draping - drapage, draper

fleecy - molletonné

folds - plis, plier

packing away - a emballer

fragrant - parfumée, odorant, aromatique

lavender - la lavande, lavande, bleu lavande

White of her Western home, should not be "dressed up."

dressed up - habillé

Her task completed, Pollyanna surveyed her work with eyes that approved, but that saw yet one touch wanting. Promptly, therefore, she pulled her aunt toward the sun parlor where she could see a belated red rose blooming on the trellis within reach of her hand.

surveyed - enquetés, sondage, arpentage, reconnaissance, enquete

approved - approuvée, approuver

touch - toucher, émouvoir, contact

blooming - la floraison, fleur

"Pollyanna, what are you doing? Where are you taking me to?" recoiled Aunt Polly, vainly trying to hold herself back. "Pollyanna, I shall not-"

recoiled - a reculé, recul, reculer

"It's just to the sun parlor-only a minute! I'll have you ready now quicker'n no time," panted Pollyanna, reaching for the rose and thrusting it into the soft hair above Miss Polly's left ear. "There!" she exulted, untying the knot of the handkerchief and flinging the bit of linen far from her. "Oh, Aunt Polly, now I reckon you'll be glad I dressed you up!"

thrusting - poussée, (thrust), estocade, propulser

untying - le détachement, détacher, délier

knot - noud, nodale

flinging - flingage, lancer

linen - le linge, toile, lin, linge

For one dazed moment Miss Polly looked at her bedecked self, and at her surroundings; then she gave a low cry and fled to her room. Pollyanna, following the direction of her aunt's last dismayed gaze, saw, through the open windows of the sun parlor, the horse and gig turning into the driveway. She recognized at once the man who held the reins. Delightedly she leaned forward.

dismayed - consterné, affliger, mortifier, avoir peur, désarroi

turning into - se transformer en

recognized - reconnu, reconnaître

delightedly - avec plaisir

leaned - penché, pencher

"Dr. Chilton, Dr. Chilton! Did you want to see me? I'm up here."

"Yes," smiled the doctor, a little gravely. "Will you come down, please?"

In the bedroom Pollyanna found a flushed-faced, angry-eyed woman plucking at the pins that held a lace shawl in place.

"Pollyanna, how could you?" moaned the woman. "To think of your rigging me up like this, and then letting me-BE SEEN!"

rigging - le truquage, (rig) le truquage

Pollyanna stopped in dismay.

"But you looked lovely-perfectly lovely, Aunt Polly; and-"

"'Lovely'!" scorned the woman, flinging the shawl to one side and attacking her hair with shaking fingers.

attacking - attaquant, attaque, attaquer, apostropher

"Oh, Aunt Polly, please, please let the hair stay!"

"Stay? Like this? As if I would!" And Miss Polly pulled the locks so tightly back that the last curl lay stretched dead at the ends of her fingers.

stretched - étiré, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

"O dear! And you did look so pretty," almost sobbed Pollyanna, as she stumbled through the door.

Down-stairs Pollyanna found the doctor waiting in his gig.

"I've prescribed you for a patient, and he's sent me to get the prescription filled," announced the doctor. "Will you go?"

prescription - ordonnance, prescription, prescription extinctive

"You mean-an errand-to the drug store?" asked Pollyanna, a little uncertainly. "I used to go some-for the Ladies'Aiders."

drug - médicament, droque, drogue

The doctor shook his head with a smile.

"Not exactly. It's Mr. John Pendleton. He would like to see you to-day, if you'll be so good as to come. It's stopped raining, so I drove down after you. Will you come? I'll call for you and bring you back before six o'clock."

"I'd love to!" exclaimed Pollyanna. "Let me ask Aunt Polly."

In a few moments she returned, hat in hand, but with rather a sober face.

sober - sobre, cuver

"Didn't-your aunt want you to go?" asked the doctor, a little diffidently, as they drove away.

diffidently - difficilement

drove away - est parti en voiture

"Y-yes," sighed Pollyanna. "She-she wanted me to go TOO much, I'm afraid."

"Wanted you to go TOO MUCH!"

Pollyanna sighed again.

"Yes. I reckon she meant she didn't want me there. You see, she said: 'Yes, yes, run along, run along-do! I wish you'd gone before.'"

The doctor smiled-but with his lips only. His eyes were very grave. For some time he said nothing; then, a little hesitatingly, he asked:

hesitatingly - avec hésitation

"Wasn't it-your aunt I saw with you a few minutes ago-in the window of the sun parlor?"

Pollyanna drew a long breath.

"Yes; that's what's the whole trouble, I suppose. You see I'd dressed her up in a perfectly lovely lace shawl I found up-stairs, and I'd fixed her hair and put on a rose, and she looked so pretty. Didn't YOU think she looked just lovely?"

For a moment the doctor did not answer. When he did speak his voice was so low Pollyanna could but just hear the words.

"Yes, Pollyanna, I-I thought she did look-just lovely."

"Did you? I'm so glad! I'll tell her," nodded the little girl, contentedly.

To her surprise the doctor gave a sudden exclamation.

"Never! Pollyanna, I-I'm afraid I shall have to ask you not to tell her-that."

"Why, Dr. Chilton! Why not? I should think you'd be glad-"

"But she might not be," cut in the doctor.

Pollyanna considered this for a moment.

considered - envisagée, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer

"That's so-maybe she wouldn't," she sighed. "I remember now; 'twas 'cause she saw you that she ran. And she-she spoke afterwards about her being seen in that rig."

Rig - rig, gréer

"I thought as much," declared the doctor, under his breath.

"Still, I don't see why," maintained Pollyanna, "-when she looked so pretty!"

The doctor said nothing. He did not speak again, indeed, until they were almost to the great stone house in which John Pendleton lay with a broken leg.


John Pendleton greeted Pollyanna to-day with a smile.

"Well, Miss Pollyanna, I'm thinking you must be a very forgiving little person, else you wouldn't have come to see me again to-day."

forgiving - pardonner

"Why, Mr. Pendleton, I was real glad to come, and I'm sure I don't see why I shouldn't be, either."

"Oh, well, you know, I was pretty cross with you, I'm afraid, both the other day when you so kindly brought me the jelly, and that time when you found me with the broken leg at first. By the way, too, I don't think I've ever thanked you for that. Now I'm sure that even you would admit that you were very forgiving to come and see me, after such ungrateful treatment as that!"

kindly - avec bienveillance

treatment - traitement

Pollyanna stirred uneasily.

"But I was glad to find you-that is, I don't mean I was glad your leg was broken, of course," she corrected hurriedly.

John Pendleton smiled.

"I understand. Your tongue does get away with you once in a while, doesn't it, Miss Pollyanna? I do thank you, however; and I consider you a very brave little girl to do what you did that day. I thank you for the jelly, too," he added in a lighter voice.

"Did you like it?" asked Pollyanna with interest.

"Very much. I suppose-there isn't any more to-day that-that Aunt Polly DIDN'T send, is there?" he asked with an odd smile.

His visitor looked distressed.

"N-no, sir." She hesitated, then went on with heightened color. "Please, Mr. Pendleton, I didn't mean to be rude the other day when I said Aunt Polly did NOT send the jelly."

heightened - renforcée, hausser

rude - grossier, impoli, malpoli

There was no answer. John Pendleton was not smiling now. He was looking straight ahead of him with eyes that seemed to be gazing through and beyond the object before them. After a time he drew a long sigh and turned to Pollyanna. When he spoke his voice carried the old nervous fretfulness.

nervous - nerveux

fretfulness - la fébrilité

"Well, well, this will never do at all! I didn't send for you to see me moping this time. Listen! Out in the library-the big room where the telephone is, you know-you will find a carved box on the lower shelf of the big case with glass doors in the corner not far from the fireplace. That is, it'll be there if that confounded woman hasn't 'regulated'it to somewhere else! You may bring it to me.

send for - envoyer pour

moping - se morfondre, serpilliere, qualifier

shelf - étagere, rayon, étagere, tablard, rayonnage

corner - coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer, négocier un prix de gros

regulated - réglementé, régler

It is heavy, but not too heavy for you to carry, I think."

"Oh, I'm awfully strong," declared Pollyanna, cheerfully, as she sprang to her feet. In a minute she had returned with the box.

It was a wonderful half-hour that Pollyanna spent then. The box was full of treasures-curios that John Pendleton had picked up in years of travel-and concerning each there was some entertaining story, whether it were a set of exquisitely carved chessmen from China, or a little jade idol from India.

treasures - des trésors, trésor, garder précieusement

curios - curiosités, bibelot, curiosité

concerning - concernant, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation

entertaining - divertissant, distrayant, (entertain), divertir, recevoir

exquisitely - de maniere exquise

China - la chine, Chine

jade - Jade

idol - idole

It was after she had heard the story about the idol that Pollyanna murmured wistfully:

"Well, I suppose it WOULD be better to take a little boy in India to bring up-one that didn't know any more than to think that God was in that doll-thing-than it would be to take Jimmy Bean, a little boy who knows God is up in the sky. Still, I can't help wishing they had wanted Jimmy Bean, too, besides the India boys."

John Pendleton did not seem to hear. Again his, eyes were staring straight before him, looking at nothing. But soon he had roused himself, and had picked up another curio to talk about.

curio - curio, bibelot, curiosité

The visit, certainly, was a delightful one, but before it was over, Pollyanna was realizing that they were talking about something besides the wonderful things in the beautiful carved box. They were talking of herself, of Nancy, of Aunt Polly, and of her daily life. They were talking, too, even of the life and home long ago in the far Western town.

realizing - la réalisation, réaliser, se rendre compte, prendre conscience

daily - quotidien, journellement

Not until it was nearly time for her to go, did the man say, in a voice Pollyanna had never before heard from stern John Pendleton:

"Little girl, I want you to come to see me often. Will you? I'm lonesome, and I need you. There's another reason-and I'm going to tell you that, too. I thought, at first, after I found out who you were, the other day, that I didn't want you to come any more. You reminded me of-of something I have tried for long years to forget.

reminded - rappelée, rappeler

So I said to myself that I never wanted to see you again; and every day, when the doctor asked if I wouldn't let him bring you to me, I said no.

"But after a time I found I was wanting to see you so much that-that the fact that I WASN'T seeing you was making me remember all the more vividly the thing I was so wanting to forget. So now I want you to come. Will you-little girl?"

vividly - précise

"Why, yes, Mr. Pendleton," breathed Pollyanna, her eyes luminous with sympathy for the sad-faced man lying back on the pillow before her. "I'd love to come!"

luminous - lumineux

"Thank you," said John Pendleton, gently.

After supper that evening, Pollyanna, sitting on the back porch, told Nancy all about Mr. John Pendleton's wonderful carved box, and the still more wonderful things it contained.

more wonderful - plus merveilleux

"And ter think," sighed Nancy, "that he SHOWED ye all them things, and told ye about 'em like that-him that's so cross he never talks ter no one-no one!"

"Oh, but he isn't cross, Nancy, only outside," demurred Pollyanna, with quick loyalty. "I don't see why everybody thinks he's so bad, either. They wouldn't, if they knew him. But even Aunt Polly doesn't like him very well. She wouldn't send the jelly to him, you know, and she was so afraid he'd think she did send it!"

loyalty - la loyauté, loyauté

"Probably she didn't call him no duty," shrugged Nancy. "But what beats me is how he happened ter take ter you so, Miss Pollyanna-meanin'No offence ter you, of course-but he ain't the sort o'man what gen'rally takes ter kids; he ain't, he ain't."

beats - battements, battre

meanin - signifiant

No offence - Aucune offense

gen - gen

rally - rallye, rallient, rallier, rallions, ralliez

Pollyanna smiled happily.

"But he did, Nancy," she nodded, "only I reckon even he didn't want to-ALL the time. Why, only to-day he owned up that one time he just felt he never wanted to see me again, because I reminded him of something he wanted to forget. But afterwards-"

"What's that?" interrupted Nancy, excitedly. "He said you reminded him of something he wanted to forget?"

"Yes. But afterwards-"

"What was it?" Nancy was eagerly insistent.

insistent - insistant

"He didn't tell me. He just said it was something."

"THE MYSTERY!" breathed Nancy, in an awestruck voice. "That's why he took to you in the first place. Oh, Miss Pollyanna! Why, that's just like a book-I've read lots of 'em; 'Lady Maud's Secret,'and 'The Lost Heir,'and 'Hidden for Years'-all of 'em had mysteries and things just like this. My stars and stockings!

awestruck - impressionné

Maud - maud

heir - héritier, héritiere, successeur, successeuse

mysteries - mysteres, mystere

Just think of havin'a book lived right under yer nose like this an'me not knowin'it all this time! Now tell me everythin'-everythin'he said, Miss Pollyanna, there's a dear! No wonder he took ter you; no wonder-no wonder!"

havin - havin

"But he didn't," cried Pollyanna, "not till I talked to HIM, first. And he didn't even know who I was till I took the calf's-foot jelly, and had to make him understand that Aunt Polly didn't send it, and-"

not till - pas avant

Nancy sprang to her feet and clasped her hands together suddenly.

clasped - serré, fermoir, serrer

"Oh, Miss Pollyanna, I know, I know-I KNOW I know!" she exulted rapturously. The next minute she was down at Pollyanna's side again. "Tell me-now think, and answer straight and true," she urged excitedly. "It was after he found out you was Miss Polly's niece that he said he didn't ever want ter see ye again, wa'n't it?"

"Oh, yes. I told him that the last time I saw him, and he told me this to-day."

"I thought as much," triumphed Nancy. "And Miss Polly wouldn't send the jelly herself, would she?"


"And you told him she didn't send it?"

"Why, yes; I-"

"And he began ter act queer and cry out sudden after he found out you was her niece. He did that, didn't he?"

"Why, y-yes; he did act a little queer-over that jelly," admitted Pollyanna, with a thoughtful frown.

Nancy drew a long sigh.

"Then I've got it, sure! Now listen. MR. JOHN PENDLETON WAS MISS POLLY HARRINGTON'S LOVER!" she announced impressively, but with a furtive glance over her shoulder.

furtive - furtif, subreptice

"Why, Nancy, he couldn't be! She doesn't like him," objected Pollyanna.

Nancy gave her a scornful glance.

"Of course she don't! THAT'S the quarrel!"

quarrel - querelle, bagarrer, noise, algarade, dispute

Pollyanna still looked incredulous, and with another long breath Nancy happily settled herself to tell the story.

incredulous - incrédule

"It's like this. Just before you come, Mr. Tom told me Miss Polly had had a lover once. I didn't believe it. I couldn't-her and a lover! But Mr. Tom said she had, and that he was livin'now right in this town. And NOW I know, of course. It's John Pendleton. Hain't he got a mystery in his life? Don't he shut himself up in that grand house alone, and never speak ter no one?

Didn't he act queer when he found out you was Miss Polly's niece? And now hain't he owned up that you remind him of somethin'he wants ter forget? Just as if ANYBODY couldn't see 'twas Miss Polly!-an'her sayin'she wouldn't send him no jelly, too. Why, Miss Pollyanna, it's as plain as the nose on yer face; it is, it is!"

remind - rappeler

"Oh-h!" breathed Pollyanna, in wide-eyed amazement. "But, Nancy, I should think if they loved each other they'd make up some time. Both of 'em all alone, so, all these years. I should think they'd be glad to make up!"

Nancy sniffed disdainfully.

disdainfully - avec dédain

"I guess maybe you don't know much about lovers, Miss Pollyanna. You ain't big enough yet, anyhow. But if there IS a set o'folks in the world that wouldn't have no use for that 'ere 'glad game'o'your'n, it'd be a pair o'quarrellin'lovers; and that's what they be. Ain't he cross as sticks, most gen'rally?-and ain't she-"

quarrellin - quarrellin

sticks - bâtons, enfoncer

Nancy stopped abruptly, remembering just in time to whom, and about whom, she was speaking. Suddenly, however, she chuckled.

"I ain't sayin', though, Miss Pollyanna, but what it would be a pretty slick piece of business if you could GET 'em ter playin'it-so they WOULD be glad ter make up. But, my land! wouldn't folks stare some-Miss Polly and him! I guess, though, there ain't much chance, much chance!"

Pollyanna said nothing; but when she went into the house a little later, her face was very thoughtful.


Prisms - prisms, prisme

As the warm August days passed, Pollyanna went very frequently to the great house on Pendleton Hill. She did not feel, however, that her visits were really a success. Not but that the man seemed to want her there-he sent for her, indeed, frequently; but that when she was there, he seemed scarcely any the happier for her presence-at least, so Pollyanna thought.

scarcely - a peine, a peine, guere

He talked to her, it was true, and he showed her many strange and beautiful things-books, pictures, and curios. But he still fretted audibly over his own helplessness, and he chafed visibly under the rules and "regulatings" of the unwelcome members of his household.

fretted - fretté, (se) tracasser (pour)

chafed - par frottement, chauffer en frictionnant, inflammation

under the rules - selon les regles

regulatings - réglementations

household - foyer, ménage, maisonnée, domestique

He did, indeed, seem to like to hear Pollyanna talk, however, and Pollyanna talked, Pollyanna liked to talk-but she was never sure that she would not look up and find him lying back on his pillow with that white, hurt look that always pained her; and she was never sure which-if any-of her words had brought it there.

pained - douloureux, douleur

As for telling him the "glad game," and trying to get him to play it-Pollyanna had never seen the time yet when she thought he would care to hear about it. She had twice tried to tell him; but neither time had she got beyond the beginning of what her father had said-John Pendleton had on each occasion turned the conversation abruptly to another subject.

Pollyanna never doubted now that John Pendleton was her Aunt Polly's one-time lover; and with all the strength of her loving, loyal heart, she wished she could in some way bring happiness into their to her mind-miserably lonely lives.

doubted - douté, douter, doute

strength - la force, force, vigueur, effectif, point fort

Happiness - le bonheur, bonheur

Just how she was to do this, however, she could not see. She talked to Mr. Pendleton about her aunt; and he listened, sometimes politely, sometimes irritably, frequently with a quizzical smile on his usually stern lips. She talked to her aunt about Mr. Pendleton-or rather, she tried to talk to her about him. As a general thing, however, Miss Polly would not listen-long.

general - général, communal, en chef, universal, d'ensemble

She always found something else to talk about. She frequently did that, however, when Pollyanna was talking of others-of Dr. Chilton, for instance. Pollyanna laid this, though, to the fact that it had been Dr. Chilton who had seen her in the sun parlor with the rose in her hair and the lace shawl draped about her shoulders. Aunt Polly, indeed, seemed particularly bitter against Dr.

instance - instance

draped - drapé, draper

Chilton, as Pollyanna found out one day when a hard cold shut her up in the house.

"If you are not better by night I shall send for the doctor," Aunt Polly said.

by night - la nuit

"Shall you? Then I'm going to be worse," gurgled Pollyanna. "I'd love to have Dr. Chilton come to see me!"

gurgled - gargouillé, gargouiller, gargouillis

She wondered, then, at the look that came to her aunt's face.

"It will not be Dr. Chilton, Pollyanna," Miss Polly said sternly. "Dr. Chilton is not our family physician. I shall send for Dr. Warren-if you are worse."

physician - médecin, femme médecin, docteur

warren - warren, garenne

Pollyanna did not grow worse, however, and Dr. Warren was not summoned.

summoned - convoqué, convoquer

"And I'm so glad, too," Pollyanna said to her aunt that evening. "Of course I like Dr. Warren, and all that; but I like Dr. Chilton better, and I'm afraid he'd feel hurt if I didn't have him. You see, he wasn't really to blame, after all, that he happened to see you when I'd dressed you up so pretty that day, Aunt Polly," she finished wistfully.

"That will do, Pollyanna. I really do not wish to discuss Dr. Chilton-or his feelings," reproved Miss Polly, decisively.

reproved - réprouvé, réprimander, reprocher

Pollyanna looked at her for a moment with mournfully interested eyes; then she sighed:

mournfully - en deuil

"I just love to see you when your cheeks are pink like that, Aunt Polly; but I would so like to fix your hair. If-Why, Aunt Polly!" But her aunt was already out of sight down the hall.

It was toward the end of August that Pollyanna, making an early morning call on John Pendleton, found the flaming band of blue and gold and green edged with red and violet lying across his pillow. She stopped short in awed delight.

flaming - flammes, enflammé, flambant, (flame), flamme, polémique

edged - bordé, bord, côté, arete, carre

Violet - violet, violette

awed - impressionné, crainte, révérence, admiration

"Why, Mr. Pendleton, it's a baby rainbow-a real rainbow come in to pay you a visit!" she exclaimed, clapping her hands together softly. "Oh-oh-oh, how pretty it is! But how DID it get in?" she cried.

rainbow - arc-en-ciel, iridescent, checkmulticolore, polychromer

The man laughed a little grimly: John Pendleton was particularly out of sorts with the world this morning.

sorts - sortes, sorte

"Well, I suppose it 'got in'through the bevelled edge of that glass thermometer in the window," he said wearily. "The sun shouldn't strike it at all but it does in the morning."

bevelled - en biseau, biseau, aiguiser, biseauter, chanfreiner

edge - bord, côté, arete, carre

thermometer - thermometre, thermometre

strike - greve, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre, faire greve

"Oh, but it's so pretty, Mr. Pendleton! And does just the sun do that? My! if it was mine I'd have it hang in the sun all day long!"

"Lots of good you'd get out of the thermometer, then," laughed the man. "How do you suppose you could tell how hot it was, or how cold it was, if the thermometer hung in the sun all day?"

"I shouldn't care," breathed Pollyanna, her fascinated eyes on the brilliant band of colors across the pillow. "Just as if anybody'd care when they were living all the time in a rainbow!"

fascinated - fasciné, fasciner

The man laughed. He was watching Pollyanna's rapt face a little curiously. Suddenly a new thought came to him. He touched the bell at his side.

rapt - rapt, captivé, absorbé, fasciné, ravi

"Nora," he said, when the elderly maid appeared at the door, "bring me one of the big brass candle-sticks from the mantel in the front drawing-room."

"Yes, sir," murmured the woman, looking slightly dazed. In a minute she had returned. A musical tinkling entered the room with her as she advanced wonderingly toward the bed. It came from the prism pendants encircling the old-fashioned candelabrum in her hand.

musical - musical, musicale, musicien, musicienne, comédie musicale

tinkling - tintements, tintement, (tinkle), tinter

wonderingly - avec étonnement

prism - prisme

pendants - pendentifs, pendentif

encircling - encerclant, ceignant, (encircle), encercler

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) Démodé

candelabrum - candélabre

"Thank you. You may set it here on the stand," directed the man. "Now get a string and fasten it to the sash-curtain fixtures of that window there. Take down the sash-curtain, and let the string reach straight across the window from side to side. That will be all. Thank you," he said, when she had carried out his directions.

string - corde, suite, série, chaîne de caracteres, cordes, cannabis

fasten - attacher, fixer

fixtures - des appareils, habitué, luminaire

As she left the room he turned smiling eyes toward the wondering Pollyanna.

"Bring me the candlestick now, please, Pollyanna."

candlestick - chandelier

With both hands she brought it; and in a moment he was slipping off the pendants, one by one, until they lay, a round dozen of them, side by side, on the bed.

slipping off - en glissant

"Now, my dear, suppose you take them and hook them to that little string Nora fixed across the window. If you really WANT to live in a rainbow-I don't see but we'll have to have a rainbow for you to live in!"

Pollyanna had not hung up three of the pendants in the sunlit window before she saw a little of what was going to happen. She was so excited then she could scarcely control her shaking fingers enough to hang up the rest. But at last her task was finished, and she stepped back with a low cry of delight.

hang up - raccrocher

It had become a fairyland-that sumptuous, but dreary bedroom. Everywhere were bits of dancing red and green, violet and orange, gold and blue. The wall, the floor, and the furniture, even to the bed itself, were aflame with shimmering bits of color.

fairyland - le pays des fées, royaume des fées, pays des fées

sumptuous - somptueux

bits - bits, (petit) morceau

furniture - mobilier, meubles

aflame - en feu

shimmering - chatoyante, (shimmer) chatoyante

"Oh, oh, oh, how lovely!" breathed Pollyanna; then she laughed suddenly. "I just reckon the sun himself is trying to play the game now, don't you?" she cried, forgetting for the moment that Mr. Pendleton could not know what she was talking about. "Oh, how I wish I had a lot of those things! How I would like to give them to Aunt Polly and Mrs. Snow and-lots of folks.

I reckon THEN they'd be glad all right! Why, I think even Aunt Polly'd get so glad she couldn't help banging doors if she lived in a rainbow like that. Don't you?"

Mr. Pendleton laughed.

"Well, from my remembrance of your aunt, Miss Pollyanna, I must say I think it would take something more than a few prisms in the sunlight to-to make her bang many doors-for gladness. But come, now, really, what do you mean?"

Pollyanna stared slightly; then she drew a long breath.

"Oh, I forgot. You don't know about the game. I remember now."

"Suppose you tell me, then."

And this time Pollyanna told him. She told him the whole thing from the very first-from the crutches that should have been a doll. As she talked, she did not look at his face. Her rapt eyes were still on the dancing flecks of color from the prism pendants swaying in the sunlit window.

flecks - des mouchetures, tache, flocon, frarticule (1), froucheture

swaying - se balancer, (sway), autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance

"And that's all," she sighed, when she had finished. "And now you know why I said the sun was trying to play it-that game."

For a moment there was silence. Then a low voice from the bed said unsteadily:

"Perhaps; but I'm thinking that the very finest prism of them all is yourself, Pollyanna."

"Oh, but I don't show beautiful red and green and purple when the sun shines through me, Mr. Pendleton!"

shines through - brille a travers

"Don't you?" smiled the man. And Pollyanna, looking into his face, wondered why there were tears in his eyes.

"No," she said. Then, after a minute she added mournfully: "I'm afraid, Mr. Pendleton, the sun doesn't make anything but freckles out of me. Aunt Polly says it DOES make them!"

The man laughed a little; and again Pollyanna looked at him: the laugh had sounded almost like a sob.

sob - sanglot, fdp


Pollyanna entered school in September. Preliminary examinations showed that she was well advanced for a girl of her years, and she was soon a happy member of a class of girls and boys her own age.

preliminary - préliminaire

examinations - les examens, examen

School, in some ways, was a surprise to Pollyanna; and Pollyanna, certainly, in many ways, was very much of a surprise to school. They were soon on the best of terms, however, and to her aunt Pollyanna confessed that going to school WAS living, after all-though she had had her doubts before.

doubts - des doutes, douter, doute

In spite of her delight in her new work, Pollyanna did not forget her old friends. True, she could not give them quite so much time now, of course; but she gave them what time she could. Perhaps John Pendleton, of them all, however, was the most dissatisfied.

delight in - Se réjouir de

dissatisfied - insatisfait, mécontenter

One Saturday afternoon he spoke to her about it.

"See here, Pollyanna, how would you like to come and live with me?" he asked, a little impatiently. "I don't see anything of you, nowadays."

nowadays - actuellement, de nos jours, aujourd'hui, présentement

Pollyanna laughed-Mr. Pendleton was such a funny man!

"I thought you didn't like to have folks 'round," she said.

He made a wry face.

wry - l'ironie, ironique

"Oh, but that was before you taught me to play that wonderful game of yours. Now I'm glad to be waited on, hand and foot! Never mind, I'll be on my own two feet yet, one of these days; then I'll see who steps around," he finished, picking up one of the crutches at his side and shaking it playfully at the little girl. They were sitting in the great library to-day.

playfully - de façon ludique

"Oh, but you aren't really glad at all for things; you just SAY you are," pouted Pollyanna, her eyes on the dog, dozing before the fire. "You know you don't play the game right EVER, Mr. Pendleton-you know you don't!"

pouted - a fait la moue, faire la moue

dozing - s'assoupir, (doze) s'assoupir

The man's face grew suddenly very grave.

"That's why I want you, little girl-to help me play it. Will you come?"

Pollyanna turned in surprise.

"Mr. Pendleton, you don't really mean-that?"

"But I do. I want you. Will you come?"

Pollyanna looked distressed.

"Why, Mr. Pendleton, I can't-you know I can't. Why, I'm-Aunt Polly's!"

A quick something crossed the man's face that Pollyanna could not quite understand. His head came up almost fiercely.

"You're no more hers than-Perhaps she would let you come to me," he finished more gently. "Would you come-if she did?"

Pollyanna frowned in deep thought.

deep - profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée, profondeurs

"But Aunt Polly has been so-good to me," she began slowly; "and she took me when I didn't have anybody left but the Ladies'Aid, and-"

Again that spasm of something crossed the man's face; but this time, when he spoke, his voice was low and very sad.

spasm - spasme

"Pollyanna, long years ago I loved somebody very much. I hoped to bring her, some day, to this house. I pictured how happy we'd be together in our home all the long years to come."

be together - etre ensemble

"Yes," pitied Pollyanna, her eyes shining with sympathy.

"But-well, I didn't bring her here. Never mind why. I just didn't that's all. And ever since then this great gray pile of stone has been a house-never a home. It takes a woman's hand and heart, or a child's presence, to make a home, Pollyanna; and I have not had either. Now will you come, my dear?"

Pollyanna sprang to her feet. Her face was fairly illumined.

"Mr. Pendleton, you-you mean that you wish you-you had had that woman's hand and heart all this time?"

"Why, y-yes, Pollyanna."

"Oh, I'm so glad! Then it's all right," sighed the little girl. "Now you can take us both, and everything will be lovely."

"Take-you-both?" repeated the man, dazedly.

dazedly - étourdiment

A faint doubt crossed Pollyanna's countenance.

faint - évanouissement, s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir

"Well, of course, Aunt Polly isn't won over, yet; but I'm sure she will be if you tell it to her just as you did to me, and then we'd both come, of course."

A look of actual terror leaped to the man's eyes.

actual - réel, effectif, checkeffectif, checkprésent

leaped - a sauté, sauter, bondir

"Aunt Polly come-HERE!"

Pollyanna's eyes widened a little.

"Would you rather go THERE?" she asked. "Of course the house isn't quite so pretty, but it's nearer-"

"Pollyanna, what ARE you talking about?" asked the man, very gently now.

"Why, about where we're going to live, of course," rejoined Pollyanna, in obvious surprise. "I THOUGHT you meant here, at first. You said it was here that you had wanted Aunt Polly's hand and heart all these years to make a home, and-"

An inarticulate cry came from the man's throat. He raised his hand and began to speak; but the next moment he dropped his hand nervelessly at his side.

nervelessly - sans nerf

"The doctor, sir," said the maid in the doorway.

Pollyanna rose at once.

John Pendleton turned to her feverishly.

feverishly - fébrilement

"Pollyanna, For heaven's sake, say nothing of what I asked you-yet," he begged, in a low voice. Pollyanna dimpled into a sunny smile.

For heaven's sake - Pour l'amour du ciel

dimpled - a fossettes, alvéole, fossette

sunny - ensoleillé

"Of course not! Just as if I didn't know you'd rather tell her yourself!" she called back merrily over her shoulder.

called back - rappelé

John Pendleton fell limply back in his chair.

"Why, What's up?" demanded the doctor, a minute later, his fingers on his patient's galloping pulse.

What's up? - Qu'est-ce qu'il y a ?

galloping - au galop, galop, galoper

pulse - l'impulsion, pouls

A whimsical smile trembled on John Pendleton's lips.

trembled - tremblait, trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration

"Overdose of your-tonic, I guess," he laughed, as he noted the doctor's eyes following Pollyanna's little figure down the driveway.

overdose - l'overdose, surdose, overdose


Sunday mornings Pollyanna usually attended church and sunday school. Sunday afternoons she frequently went for a walk with Nancy. She had planned one for the day after her Saturday afternoon visit to Mr. John Pendleton; but on the way home from Sunday school Dr. Chilton overtook her in his gig, and brought his horse to a stop.

attended - a assisté, assister a, suivre

sunday school - l'école du dimanche

"Suppose you let me drive you home, Pollyanna," he suggested. "I want to speak to you a minute. I, was just driving out to your place to tell you," he went on, as Pollyanna settled herself at his side. "Mr. Pendleton sent a special request for you to go to see him this afternoon, SURE. He says it's very important."

suggested - suggéré, proposer, suggérer

driving out - sortir en voiture

special request - une demande spéciale

Pollyanna nodded happily.

"Yes, it is, I know. I'll go."

The doctor eyed her with some surprise.

"I'm not sure I shall let you, after all," he declared, his eyes twinkling. "You seemed more upsetting than soothing yesterday, young lady."

twinkling - scintillant, (twinkle), briller, cligner, virevolter

upsetting - bouleversant, (upset), fâché, dérangé, perturbé

soothing - apaisant, pacifiant, rassurant, (sooth)

Pollyanna laughed.

"Oh, it wasn't me, truly-not really, you know; not so much as it was Aunt Polly."

The doctor turned with a quick start.

"Your-aunt!" he ejaculated.

Pollyanna gave a happy little bounce in her seat.

bounce - rebondir

seat - siege, place, siege, assise, séant, fond

"Yes. And it's so exciting and lovely, just like a story, you know. I-I'm going to tell you," she burst out, with sudden decision. "He said not to mention it; but he wouldn't mind your knowing, of course. He meant not to mention it to HER."

mention - mentionner


"Yes; Aunt Polly. And, of course he WOULD want to tell her himself instead of having me do it-lovers, so!"

"Lovers!" As the doctor said the word, the horse started violently, as if the hand that held the reins had given them a sharp jerk.

violently - violemment

jerk - con, par secousse, soubresaut

"Yes," nodded Pollyanna, happily. "That's the story-part, you see. I didn't know it till Nancy told me. She said Aunt Polly had a lover years ago, and they quarrelled. She didn't know who it was at first. But we've found out now. It's Mr. Pendleton, you know."

quarrelled - se sont disputés, dispute

The doctor relaxed suddenly, The hand holding the reins fell limply to his lap.

"Oh! No; I-didn't know," he said quietly.

Pollyanna hurried on-they were nearing the Harrington homestead.

"Yes; and I'm so glad now. It's come out lovely. Mr. Pendleton asked me to come and live with him, but of course I wouldn't leave Aunt Polly like that-after she'd been so good to me. Then he told me all about the woman's hand and heart that he used to want, and I found out that he wanted it now; and I was so glad!

For of course if he wants to make up the quarrel, everything will be all right now, and Aunt Polly and I will both go to live there, or else he'll come to live with us. Of course Aunt Polly doesn't know yet, and we haven't got everything settled; so I suppose that is why he wanted to see me this afternoon, sure."

The doctor sat suddenly erect. There was an odd smile on his lips.

"Yes; I can well imagine that Mr. John Pendleton does-want to see you, Pollyanna," he nodded, as he pulled his horse to a stop before the door.

"There's Aunt Polly now in the window," cried Pollyanna; then, a second later: "Why, no, she isn't-but I thought I saw her!"

"No; she isn't there-now," said the doctor, His lips had suddenly lost their smile.

Pollyanna found a very nervous John Pendleton waiting for her that afternoon.

"Pollyanna," he began at once. "I've been trying all night to puzzle out what you meant by all that, yesterday-about my wanting your Aunt Polly's hand and heart here all those years. What did you mean?"

puzzle - mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience, devinette

"Why, because you were lovers, you know once; and I was so glad you still felt that way now."

"Lovers!-your Aunt Polly and I?"

At the obvious surprise in the man's voice, Pollyanna opened wide her eyes.

"Why, Mr. Pendleton, Nancy said you were!"

The man gave a short little laugh.

"Indeed! Well, I'm afraid I shall have to say that Nancy-didn't know."

"Then you-weren't lovers?" Pollyanna's voice was tragic with dismay.

tragic - tragique


"And it ISN'T all coming out like a book?"

There was no answer. The man's eyes were moodily fixed out the window.

moodily - changeante

"O dear! And it was all going so splendidly," almost sobbed Pollyanna. "I'd have been so glad to come-with Aunt Polly."

splendidly - magnifiquement

"And you won't-now?" The man asked the question without turning his head.

"Of course not! I'm Aunt Polly's."

The man turned now, almost fiercely.

"Before you were hers, Pollyanna, you were-your mother's. And-it was your mother's hand and heart that I wanted long years ago."

"My mother's!"

"Yes. I had not meant to tell you, but perhaps it's better, after all, that I do-now." John Pendleton's face had grown very white. He was speaking with evident difficulty. Pollyanna, her eyes wide and frightened, and her lips parted, was gazing at him fixedly. "I loved your mother; but she-didn't love me. And after a time she went away with-your father.

gazing at - a regarder

fixedly - fixement

I did not know until then how much I did-care. The whole world suddenly seemed to turn black under my fingers, and-But, never mind. For long years I have been a cross, crabbed, unlovable, unloved old man-though I'm not nearly sixty, yet, Pollyanna.

crabbed - en crabe, crabe

unlovable - pas aimable

Then, One day, like one of the prisms that you love so well, little girl, you danced into my life, and flecked my dreary old world with dashes of the purple and gold and scarlet of your own bright cheeriness. I found out, after a time, who you were, and-and I thought then I never wanted to see you again. I didn't want to be reminded of-your mother. But-you know how that came out.

flecked - moucheté, tache, flocon, frarticule (1), froucheture, moucheter

dashes - tirets, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter

scarlet - écarlate

cheeriness - enjouement

I just had to have you come. And now I want you always. Pollyanna, won't you come NOW?"

"But, Mr. Pendleton, I-There's Aunt Polly!" Pollyanna's eyes were blurred with tears.

The man made an impatient gesture.

"What about me? How do you suppose I'm going to be 'glad'about anything-without you? Why, Pollyanna, it's only since you came that I've been even half glad to live! But if I had you for my own little girl, I'd be glad for-anything; and I'd try to make you glad, too, my dear. You shouldn't have a wish ungratified. All my money, to the last cent, should go to make you happy."

ungratified - non gratifié

Pollyanna looked shocked.

"Why, Mr. Pendleton, as if I'd let you spend it on me-all that money you've saved for the heathen!"

saved - sauvée, sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger

A dull red came to the man's face. He started to speak, but Pollyanna was still talking.

"Besides, anybody with such a lot of money as you have doesn't need me to make you glad about things. You're making other folks so glad giving them things that you just can't help being glad yourself! Why, look at those prisms you gave Mrs. Snow and me, and the gold piece you gave Nancy on her birthday, and-"

"Yes, yes-never mind about all that," interrupted the man. His face was very, very red now-and no wonder, perhaps: it was not for "giving things" that John Pendleton had been best known in the past. "That's all nonsense. 'Twasn't much, anyhow-but what there was, was because of you. YOU gave those things; not I! Yes, you did," he repeated, in answer to the shocked denial in her face.

denial - négation, dénégation, refus, déni, rejet

"And that only goes to prove all the more how I need you, little girl," he added, his voice softening into tender pleading once more. "If ever, ever I am to play the 'glad game,'Pollyanna, you'll have to come and play it with me."

Prove - prouver, éprouvent, éprouvons, éprouvez, prouvent

pleading - plaidoyer, (plead), plaider

The little girl's forehead puckered into a wistful frown.

"Aunt Polly has been so good to me," she began; but the man interrupted her sharply. The old irritability had come back to his face. Impatience which would brook no opposition had been a part of John Pendleton's nature too long to yield very easily now to restraint.

irritability - l'irritabilité, irritabilité

Impatience - impatience

brook - ruisseau

opposition - l'opposition, opposition

nature - nature

yield - le rendement, rends, produit, rendement, rendons, rendent

easily - facilement

restraint - la retenue, contention, frein, retenue

"Of course she's been good to you! But she doesn't want you, I'll warrant, half so much as I do," he contested.

contested - contestée, concours, compétition

"Why, Mr. Pendleton, she's glad, I know, to have-"

"Glad!" interrupted the man, thoroughly losing his patience now. "I'll wager Miss Polly doesn't know how to be glad-for anything! Oh, she does her duty, I know. She's a very DUTIFUL woman. I've had experience with her 'duty,'before. I'll acknowledge we haven't been the best of friends for the last fifteen or twenty years. But I know her. Every one knows her-and she isn't the 'glad'kind, Pollyanna.

thoroughly - a fond, absolument, completement

patience - la patience, patience

wager - pari, parier

dutiful - consciencieux

acknowledge - reconnaître, accuser réception, certifier

She doesn't know how to be. As for your coming to me-you just ask her and see if she won't let you come. And, oh, little girl, little girl, I want you so!" he finished brokenly.

brokenly - brisé

Pollyanna rose to her feet with a long sigh.

"All right. I'll ask her," she said wistfully. "Of course I don't mean that I wouldn't like to live here with you, Mr. Pendleton, but-" She did not complete her sentence. There was a moment's silence, then she added: "Well, anyhow, I'm glad I didn't tell her yesterday;-'cause then I supposed SHE was wanted, too."

supposed - supposé, supposer, imaginer

John Pendleton smiled grimly.

"Well, yes, Pollyanna; I guess it is just as well you didn't mention it-yesterday."

"I didn't-only to the doctor; and of course he doesn't count."

"The doctor!" cried John Pendleton, turning quickly. "Not-Dr.-Chilton?"

"Yes; when he came to tell me you wanted to see me to-day, you know."

"Well, of all the-" muttered the man, falling back in his chair. Then he sat up with sudden interest. "And what did Dr. Chilton say?" he asked.

Pollyanna frowned thoughtfully.

"Why, I don't remember. Not much, I reckon. Oh, he did say he could well imagine you did want to see me."

"Oh, did he, indeed!" answered John Pendleton. And Pollyanna wondered why he gave that sudden queer little laugh.


The sky was darkening fast with what appeared to be an approaching thunder shower when Pollyanna hurried down the hill from John Pendleton's house. Half-way home she met Nancy with an umbrella. By that time, however, the clouds had shifted their position and the shower was not so imminent.

approaching - en approche, (s')approcher (de)

thunder - le tonnerre, tonnerre, tonitruer

clouds - nuages, s'obscurcir

shifted - décalé, quart, équipe, poste, décalage, vitesse

"Guess it's goin''round ter the north," announced Nancy, eyeing the sky critically. "I thought 'twas, all the time, but Miss Polly wanted me ter come with this. She was WORRIED about ye!"

worried - inquiet, inquiéter

"Was she?" murmured Pollyanna abstractedly, eyeing the clouds in her turn.

abstractedly - de maniere abstraite

Nancy sniffed a little.

"You don't seem ter notice what I said," she observed aggrievedly. "I said yer aunt was WORRIED about ye!"

aggrievedly - avec chagrin

"Oh," sighed Pollyanna, remembering suddenly the question she was so soon to ask her aunt. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to scare her."

"Well, I'm glad," retorted Nancy, unexpectedly. "I am, I am."

unexpectedly - de maniere inattendue, surprenamment

Pollyanna stared.

"GLAD that Aunt Polly was scared about me! Why, Nancy, THAT isn't the way to play the game-to be glad for things like that!" she objected.

"There wa'n't no game in it," retorted Nancy. "Never thought of it. YOU don't seem ter sense what it means ter have Miss Polly WORRIED about ye, child!"

"Why, it means worried-and worried is horrid-to feel," maintained Pollyanna. "What else can it mean?"

Nancy tossed her head.

"Well, I'll tell ye what it means. It means she's at last gettin'down somewheres near human-like folks; an'that she ain't jest doin'her duty by ye all the time."

human - humain

"Why, Nancy," demurred the scandalized Pollyanna, "Aunt Polly always does her duty. She-she's a very dutiful woman!" Unconsciously Pollyanna repeated John Pendleton's words of half an hour before.

Nancy chuckled.

"You're right she is-and she always was, I guess! But she's somethin'more, now, since you came."

You're right - Tu as raison

Pollyanna's face changed. Her brows drew into a troubled frown.

"There, that's what I was going to ask you, Nancy," she sighed. "Do you think Aunt Polly likes to have me here? Would she mind-if if I wasn't here any more?"

Nancy threw a quick look into the little girl's absorbed face. She had expected to be asked this question long before, and she had dreaded it. She had wondered how she should answer it-how she could answer it honestly without cruelly hurting the questioner.

dreaded - redouté, redouter, craindre, crainte

cruelly - cruellement

hurting - en souffrance, faire mal, blesser, blessé

questioner - l'auteur de la question

But now, NOW, in the face of the new suspicions that had become convictions by the afternoon's umbrella-sending-Nancy only welcomed the question with open arms. She was sure that, with a clean conscience to-day, she could set the love-hungry little girl's heart at rest.

suspicions - des soupçons, suspicion, soupçon

conscience - conscience

"Likes ter have ye here? Would she miss ye if ye wa'n't here?" cried Nancy, indignantly. "As if that wa'n't jest what I was tellin'of ye! Didn't she send me posthaste with an umbrella 'cause she see a little cloud in the sky? Didn't she make me tote yer things all down-stairs, so you could have the pretty room you wanted? Why, Miss Pollyanna, when ye remember how at first she hated ter have-"

posthaste - a la hâte

cloud - nuage, s'obscurcir

tote - fourre-tout, trimballer

With a choking cough Nancy pulled herself up just in time.

choking cough - Toux suffocante

"And it ain't jest things I can put my fingers on, neither," rushed on Nancy, breathlessly. "It's little ways she has, that shows how you've been softenin'her up an'mellerin'her down-the cat, and the dog, and the way she speaks ter me, and oh, lots o'things.

rushed - précipité, se précipiter, emmener d'urgence

breathlessly - a bout de souffle

softenin - adoucir

Why, Miss Pollyanna, there ain't no tellin'how she'd miss ye-if ye wa'n't here," finished Nancy, speaking with an enthusiastic certainty that was meant to hide the perilous admission she had almost made before. Even then she was not quite prepared for the sudden joy that illumined Pollyanna's face.

enthusiastic - enthousiaste

certainty - certitude

admission - l'admission, admission

"Oh, Nancy, I'm so glad-glad-glad! You don't know how glad I am that Aunt Polly-wants me!"

"As if I'd leave her now!" thought Pollyanna, as she climbed the stairs to her room a little later. "I always knew I wanted to live with Aunt Polly-but I reckon maybe I didn't know quite how much I wanted Aunt Polly-to want to live with ME!"

The task of telling John Pendleton of her decision would not be an easy one, Pollyanna knew, and she dreaded it. She was very fond of John Pendleton, and she was very sorry for him-because he seemed to be so sorry for himself. She was sorry, too, for the long, lonely life that had made him so unhappy; and she was grieved that it had been because of her mother that he had spent those dreary years.

unhappy - malheureux, triste, mécontent

grieved - en deuil, avoir du chagrin

She pictured the great gray house as it would be after its master was well again, with its silent rooms, its littered floors, its disordered desk; and her heart ached for his loneliness. She wished that somewhere, some one might be found who-And it was at this point that she sprang to her feet with a little cry of joy at the thought that had come to her.

loneliness - la solitude, solitude

As soon as she could, after that, she hurried up the hill to John Pendleton's house; and in due time she found herself in the great dim library, with John Pendleton himself sitting near her, his long, thin hands lying idle on the arms of his chair, and his faithful little dog at his feet.

idle - au ralenti, fainéant

faithful - fidele, fidele, loyal

"Well, Pollyanna, is it to be the 'glad game'with me, all the rest of my life?" asked the man, gently.

"Oh, yes," cried Pollyanna. "I've thought of the very gladdest kind of a thing for you to do, and-"

"With-YOU?" asked John Pendleton, his mouth growing a little stern at the corners.

"N-no; but-"

"Pollyanna, you aren't going to say no!" interrupted a voice deep with emotion.

emotion - l'émotion, émotion

"I-I've got to, Mr. Pendleton; truly I have. Aunt Polly-"

"Did she REFUSE-to let you-come?"

refuse - refuser, refusons, refusent, refusez

"I-I didn't ask her," stammered the little girl, miserably.


Pollyanna turned away her eyes. She could not meet the hurt, grieved gaze of her friend.

"So you didn't even ask her!"

"I couldn't, sir-truly," faltered Pollyanna. "You see, I found out-without asking. Aunt Polly WANTS me with her, and-and I want to stay, too," she confessed bravely. "You don't know how good she's been to me; and-and I think, really, sometimes she's beginning to be glad about things-lots of things. And you know she never used to be. You said it yourself. Oh, Mr.

Pendleton, I COULDN'T leave Aunt Polly-now!"

There was a long pause. Only the snapping of the wood fire in the grate broke the silence. At last, however, the man spoke.

Snapping - des claquages, le claquement de doigts, (snap), claquer

wood - du bois, (de) bois

grate - grilles, grille, crisser, grincer, râper

"No, Pollyanna; I see. You couldn't leave her-now," he said. "I won't ask you-again." The last word was so low it was almost inaudible; but Pollyanna heard.

inaudible - inaudible

"Oh, but you don't know about the rest of it," she reminded him eagerly. "There's the very gladdest thing you CAN do-truly there is!"

"Not for me, Pollyanna."

"Yes, sir, for you. You SAID it. You said only a-a woman's hand and heart or a child's presence could make a home. And I can get it for you-a child's presence;-not me, you know, but another one."

"As if I would have any but you!" resented an indignant voice.

resented - s'est fait remarquer, s'offenser de qqch

indignant - indigné

"But you will-when you know; you're so kind and good! Why, think of the prisms and the gold pieces, and all that money you save for the heathen, and-"

"Pollyanna!" interrupted the man, savagely. "Once for all let us end that nonsense! I've tried to tell you half a dozen times before. There is no money for the heathen. I never sent a penny to them in my life. There!"

savagely - sauvagement

penny - penny

He lifted his chin and braced himself to meet what he expected-the grieved disappointment of Pollyanna's eyes. To his amazement, however, there was neither grief nor disappointment in Pollyanna's eyes. There was only surprised joy.

braced - entretoisé, toise, fiche, doublé, retenir

grief - le chagrin, douleur, peine

"Oh, oh!" she cried, clapping her hands. "I'm so glad! That is," she corrected, coloring distressfully, "I don't mean that I'm not sorry for the heathen, only just now I can't help being glad that you don't want the little India boys, because all the rest have wanted them. And so I'm glad you'd rather have Jimmy Bean. Now I know you'll take him!"

distressfully - avec détresse


"Jimmy Bean. He's the 'child's presence,'you know; and he'll be so glad to be it. I had to tell him last week that even my Ladies'Aid out West wouldn't take him, and he was so disappointed. But now-when he hears of this-he'll be so glad!"

"Will he? Well, I won't," ejaculated the man, decisively. "Pollyanna, this is sheer nonsense!"

sheer nonsense - une pure absurdité

"You don't mean-you won't take him?"

"I certainly do mean just that."

"But he'd be a lovely child's presence," faltered Pollyanna. She was almost crying now. "And you COULDN'T be lonesome-with Jimmy 'round."

crying - pleurer, pleur, (cry), crier, hurler, gueuler

"I don't doubt it," rejoined the man; "but-I think I prefer the lonesomeness."

lonesomeness - la solitude

It was then that Pollyanna, for the first time in weeks, suddenly remembered something Nancy had once told her. She raised her chin aggrievedly.

"Maybe you think a nice live little boy wouldn't be better than that old dead skeleton you keep somewhere; but I think it would!"


"Yes. Nancy said you had one in your closet, somewhere."

"Why, what-" Suddenly the man threw back his head and laughed. He laughed very heartily indeed-so heartily that Pollyanna began to cry from pure nervousness. When he saw that, John Pendleton sat erect very promptly. His face grew grave at once.

heartily - chaleureusement

pure - pure, pur, pudique

nervousness - la nervosité, nervosité

"Pollyanna, I suspect you are right-more right than you know," he said gently. "In fact, I KNOW that a 'nice live little boy'would be far better than-my skeleton in the closet; only-we aren't always willing to make the exchange. We are apt to still cling to-our skeletons, Pollyanna. However, suppose you tell me a little more about this nice little boy." And Pollyanna told him.

suspect - suspecter, soupçonner, suspect

Exchange - l'échange, échangent, échangeons, échanger, échangez, échange

apt - apt, doué

cling - s'accrocher, s'accrocher (a)

skeletons - des squelettes, squelette

Perhaps the laugh cleared the air; or perhaps the pathos of Jimmy Bean's story as told by Pollyanna's eager little lips touched a heart already strangely softened. at all events, when Pollyanna went home that night she carried with her an invitation for Jimmy Bean himself to call at the great house with Pollyanna the next Saturday afternoon.

pathos - pathos, pathétique

softened - adoucie, adoucir

at all events - a tous les événements

invitation - invitation

"And I'm so glad, and I'm sure you'll like him," sighed Pollyanna, as she said good-by. "I do so want Jimmy Bean to have a home-and folks that care, you know."


Sermons - sermons, sermon

On the afternoon that Pollyanna told John Pendleton of Jimmy Bean, the Rev. Paul Ford climbed the hill and entered the Pendleton Woods, hoping that the hushed beauty of God's out-of-doors would still the tumult that His children of men had wrought.

Paul - paul

tumult - tumultes, barouf, baroufe, bagarre

The Rev. Paul Ford was sick at heart. Month by month, for a year past, conditions in the parish under him had been growing worse and worse; until it seemed that now, turn which way he would, he encountered only wrangling, backbiting, scandal, and jealousy. He had argued, pleaded, rebuked, and ignored by turns; and always and through all he had prayed-earnestly, hopefully.

at heart - au cour

conditions - conditions, condition

parish - paroisse

encountered - rencontré, rencontrer, rencontre

wrangling - la lutte, (wrangle), disputer, quereller

backbiting - la médisance, (backbite), calomnier, salir, diffamer

Scandal - scandale, esclandre

jealousy - jalousie, envie

pleaded - plaidée, plaider

rebuked - réprimandé, reproche, réprimande, reprendre, réprimander

ignored - ignorée, ignorer, ne pas preter attention a

prayed - prié, prier

hopefully - avec un peu de chance

But to-day miserably he was forced to own that matters were no better, but rather worse.

matters - questions, matiere, affaire, question, cause

Two of his deacons were at swords'points over a silly something that only endless brooding had made of any account. Three of his most energetic women workers had withdrawn from the Ladies'Aid Society because a tiny spark of gossip had been fanned by wagging tongues into a devouring flame of scandal. The choir had split over the amount of solo work given to a fanciedly preferred singer.

deacons - diacres, diacre, diaconesse

swords - épées, épée, glaive, épéiste

brooding - couvant, méditatif, (brood), couvée, couver, protéger

most energetic - le plus énergique

Workers - les travailleurs, travailleur, travailleuse, ouvrier, ouvriere

withdrawn - retiré, (se) retirer

tiny - minuscule

spark - l'étincelle, flammeche, étincelle

gossip - des ragots, commere, commérage, ragot, cancan

fanned - ventilé, éventail

wagging - en train de s'agiter, frétiller, remuer, sécher

tongues - langues, langue, languette

devouring - dévorant, dévorer

flame - flamme, polémique

choir - chour, chorale, classe

split - divisé, fissure, division, fragment, morceau, grand écart

solo - en solo, solo, rench: t-needed r, solitaire

fanciedly - avec fantaisie

Even the Christian Endeavor Society was in a ferment of unrest owing to open criticism of two of its officers. As to the Sunday school-it had been the resignation of its superintendent and two of its teachers that had been the last straw, and that had sent the harassed minister to the quiet woods for prayer and meditation.

Christian - chrétien, chrétienne, Christian

endeavor - effort, entreprise, tenter, s’efforcer, tâcher

unrest - le malaise, agitation

owing - owing, devoir

criticism - critiques, critique

officers - des agents, fonctionnaire, officier

resignation - démission, résignation

Superintendent - le directeur de l'école, surintendant, superintendant

harassed - harcelés, harceler

prayer - oraison, priere

Under the green arch of the trees the Rev. Paul Ford faced the thing squarely. To his mind, the crisis had come. Something must be done-and done at once. The entire work of the church was at a standstill. The Sunday services, the week-day prayer meeting, the missionary teas, even the suppers and socials were becoming less and less well attended. True, a few conscientious workers were still left.

arch - arch, dôme

squarely - d'équerre, a l'équerre, carrément, solidement, fermement

crisis - crise

standstill - l'arret, arret, immobilisation, paralysie, surplace

services - services, (de) service

socials - sociaux, social

conscientious - consciencieux

But they pulled at cross purposes, usually; and always they showed themselves to be acutely aware of the critical eyes all about them, and of the tongues that had nothing to do but to talk about what the eyes saw.

acutely - avec acuité

aware - conscient, attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte

And because of all this, the Rev. Paul Ford understood very well that he (God's minister), the church, the town, and even Christianity itself was suffering; and must suffer still more unless-

Christianity - le christianisme, christianisme, chrétienté

Clearly something must be done, and done at once. But what?

Clearly - en clair, clairement

Slowly the minister took from his pocket the notes he had made for his next Sunday's sermon. Frowningly he looked at them. His mouth settled into stern lines, as aloud, very impressively, he read the verses on which he had determined to speak:

Pocket - poche, empocher, de poche

sermon - sermon

Frowningly - en fronçant les sourcils

verses - versets, strophe

"'But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.'

woe - tristesse, douleur, misere, malheur, hélas

unto - unto

scribes - scribes, scribe

Pharisees - pharisiens, pharisien

hypocrites - hypocrites, hypocrite, pharisien, pharisienne, tartufe, tartuffe

Kingdom - royaume, regne

entering - entrant, (enter), entrer, rench: t-needed r, taper

"'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows'houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.'

devour - dévorer

widows - les veuves, veuve

pretence - prétention

receive - recevoir

damnation - damnation

"'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.'"

tithe - la dîme, dîme

mint - menthe

anise - l'anis, anis

cummin - cummin

omitted - omis, omettre

weightier - plus lourd, important

law - loi

judgment - jugement, sentence, verdict, jugement dernier

Faith - la foi, foi, rench:, confiance

undone - défait, défaire

It was a bitter denunciation. In the green aisles of the woods, the minister's deep voice rang out with scathing effect. Even the birds and squirrels seemed hushed into awed silence. It brought to the minister a vivid realization of how those words would sound the next Sunday when he should utter them before his people in the sacred hush of the church.

squirrels - écureuils, écureuil

realization - connaissance, réalisation

utter - l'utérus, émettre

sacred - sacrée, sacré, saint

His people!-they WERE his people. Could he do it? Dare he do it? Dare he not do it? It was a fearful denunciation, even without the words that would follow-his own words. He had prayed and prayed. He had pleaded earnestly for help, for guidance. He longed-oh, how earnestly he longed!-to take now, in this crisis, the right step. But was this-the right step?

dare - oser, aventurer

guidance - d'orientation, guidage, conseils, direction

Slowly the minister folded the papers and thrust them back into his pocket. Then, with a sigh that was almost a moan, he flung himself down at the foot of a tree, and covered his face with his hands.

moan - gémissement, se plaindre, geindre, gémir, mugir

It was there that Pollyanna, on her way home from the Pendleton house, found him. With a little cry she ran forward.

"Oh, oh, Mr. Ford! You-YOU haven't broken YOUR leg or-or anything, have you?" she gasped.

The minister dropped his hands, and looked up quickly. He tried to smile.

"No, dear-no, indeed! I'm just-resting."

"Oh," sighed Pollyanna, falling back a little. "That's all right, then. You see, Mr. Pendleton HAD broken his leg when I found him-but he was lying down, though. And you are sitting up."

sitting up - assis

"Yes, I am sitting up; and I haven't broken anything-that doctors can mend."

mend - réparer, raccommoder, rapiécer, s'améliorer

The last words were very low, but Pollyanna heard them. A swift change crossed her face. Her eyes glowed with tender sympathy.

swift - rapide, martinet, dévidoir

glowed - a brillé, briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat

"I know what you mean-something plagues you. Father used to feel like that, lots of times. I reckon ministers do-most generally. You see there's such a lot depends on 'em, somehow."

plagues - fléaux, peste, fléau, plaie, calamité

ministers - ministres, ministre

depends - dépend, dépendre, pendre

The Rev. Paul Ford turned a little wonderingly.

"Was YOUR father a minister, Pollyanna?"

"Yes, sir. Didn't you know? I supposed everybody knew that. He married Aunt Polly's sister, and she was my mother."

"Oh, I understand. But, you see, I haven't been here many years, so I don't know all the family histories."

"Yes, sir-I mean, no, sir," smiled Pollyanna.

There was a long pause. The minister, still sitting at the foot of the tree, appeared to have forgotten Pollyanna's presence. He had pulled some papers from his pocket and unfolded them; but he was not looking at them. He was gazing, instead, at a leaf on the ground a little distance away-and it was not even a pretty leaf. It was brown and dead.

unfolded - déployé, déplier, dérouler, fr

leaf - feuille, rallonge, battant, ouvrant, vantail, feuiller

Pollyanna, looking at him, felt vaguely sorry for him.

"It-it's a nice day," she began hopefully.

For a moment there was no answer; then the minister looked up with a start.

"What? Oh!-yes, it is a very nice day."

"And 'tisn't cold at all, either, even if 'tis October," observed Pollyanna, still more hopefully. "Mr. Pendleton had a fire, but he said he didn't need it. It was just to look at. I like to look at fires, don't you?"

There was no reply this time, though Pollyanna waited patiently, before she tried again-by a new route.

patiently - patiemment

route - itinéraire, parcours, chemin, acheminement

"Do You like being a minister?"

The Rev. Paul Ford looked up now, very quickly.

"Do I like-Why, what an odd question! Why do you ask that, my dear?"

"Nothing-only the way you looked. It made me think of my father. He used to look like that-sometimes."

"Did he?" The minister's voice was polite, but his eyes had gone back to the dried leaf on the ground.

gone back - repartir

"Yes, and I used to ask him just as I did you if he was glad he was a minister."

The man under the tree smiled a little sadly.

"Well-what did he say?"

"Oh, he always said he was, of course, but 'most always he said, too, that he wouldn't STAY a minister a minute if 'twasn't for the rejoicing texts."

rejoicing - se réjouir, réjouissant, gaieté, (rejoice), réjouir

"The-WHAT?" The Rev. Paul Ford's eyes left the leaf and gazed wonderingly into Pollyanna's merry little face.

"Well, that's what father used to call 'em," she laughed. "Of course the Bible didn't name 'em that. But it's all those that begin 'Be glad in the Lord,'or 'Rejoice greatly,'or 'Shout for joy,'and all that, you know-such a lot of 'em. Once, when father felt specially bad, he counted 'em. There were eight hundred of 'em."

rejoice - se réjouir, réjouir

greatly - grandement

shout - crier, cri, jacasser, crient, criez, crions

counted - compté, comte

"Eight hundred!"

"Yes-that told you to rejoice and be glad, you know; that's why father named 'em the 'rejoicing texts.'"

"Oh!" There was an odd look on the minister's face. His eyes had fallen to the words on the top paper in his hands-"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!" "And so your father-liked those 'rejoicing texts,'" he murmured.

fallen to - Tomber

"Oh, yes," nodded Pollyanna, emphatically. "He said he felt better right away, that first day he thought to count 'em. He said if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must want us to do it-SOME. And father felt ashamed that he hadn't done it more.

felt ashamed - a eu honte

After that, they got to be such a comfort to him, you know, when things went wrong; when the Ladies'Aiders got to fight-I mean, when they DIDN'T AGREE about something," corrected Pollyanna, hastily. "Why, it was those texts, too, father said, that made HIM think of the game-he began with ME on the crutches-but he said 'twas the rejoicing texts that started him on it."

"And what game might that be?" asked the minister.

"About finding something in everything to be glad about, you know. As I said, he began with me on the crutches." And once more Pollyanna told her story-this time to a man who listened with tender eyes and understanding ears.

A little later Pollyanna and the minister descended the hill, hand in hand. Pollyanna's face was radiant. Pollyanna loved to talk, and she had been talking now for some time: there seemed to be so many, many things about the game, her father, and the old home life that the minister wanted to know.

descended - descendu, descendre

At the foot of the hill their ways parted, and Pollyanna down one road, and the minister down another, walked on alone.

In the Rev. Paul Ford's study that evening the minister sat thinking. Near him on the desk lay a few loose sheets of paper-his sermon notes. Under the suspended pencil in his fingers lay other sheets of paper, blank-his sermon to be. But the minister was not thinking either of what he had written, or of what he intended to write.

sheets - feuilles, feuille, plaque, écoute

suspended - suspendue, suspendre

blank - vide, blanc, vierge, balles a blanc, préforme, espace

intended - prévu, planifié, voulu, (intend), avoir l'intention

In his imagination he was far away in a little Western town with a missionary minister who was poor, sick, worried, and almost alone in the world-but who was poring over the Bible to find how many times his Lord and Master had told him to "rejoice and be glad."

imagination - l'imagination, imagination

poring - poring, pore

After a time, with a long sigh, the Rev. Paul Ford roused himself, came back from the far Western town, and adjusted the sheets of paper under his hand.

adjusted - ajustée, ajuster

"Matthew twenty-third; 13-14 and 23," he wrote; then, with a gesture of impatience, he dropped his pencil and pulled toward him a magazine left on the desk by his wife a few minutes before. Listlessly his tired eyes turned from paragraph to paragraph until these words arrested them:

Matthew - matthew, Matthieu, Mathieu

arrested - arreté, arrestation, arreter

"A father one day said to his son, Tom, who, he knew, had refused to fill his mother's woodbox that morning: 'Tom, I'm sure you'll be glad to go and bring in some wood for your mother.'And without a word Tom went. Why? Just because his father showed so plainly that he expected him to do the right thing.

refused - refusé, refuser de

woodbox - boîte a bois

Suppose he had said: 'Tom, I overheard what you said to your mother this morning, and I'm ashamed of you. Go at once and fill that woodbox!'I'll warrant that woodbox, would be empty yet, so far as Tom was concerned!"

On and on read the minister-a word here, a line there, a paragraph somewhere else:

"What men and women need is encouragement. Their natural resisting powers should be strengthened, not weakened.... Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his REAL self that can dare and do and win out!...

encouragement - d'encouragement, encouragement

resisting - résister, s'opposer, rejeter, dégouter

powers - pouvoirs, pouvoir, puissance, électricité

strengthened - renforcée, renforcer, affermir, raffermir, fortifier

weakened - affaibli, affaiblir

harping - le harcelement, (harp), harpe

faults - défauts, défaut, faute, faille

virtues - vertus, vertu

pull - tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence

rut - l'orniere, orniere

bad habits - de mauvaises habitudes

The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.... People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. If a man feels kindly and obliging, his neighbors will feel that way, too, before long. But if he scolds and scowls and criticizes-his neighbors will return scowl for scowl, and add interest!...

influence - influence, influencer, influer

helpful - utile, serviable

hopeful - d'espoir, encourageant

character - caractere, personnage, caractere

contagious - contagieux

revolutionize - révolutionner

radiate - rayonner

minds - les esprits, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire

hearts - des cours, coeur

obliging - obligeant, imposer, obliger, rendre service

before long - bientôt

scolds - les grondeurs, chipie, furie, mégere, gronder, réprimander

scowls - se renfrogner, froncer les sourcils

criticizes - critique, critiquer

When you look for the bad, expecting it, you will get it. When you know you will find the good-you will get that.... Tell your son Tom you KNOW he'll be glad to fill that woodbox-then watch him start, alert and interested!"

alert - alerte, alarme, vif

The minister dropped the paper and lifted his chin. In a moment he was on his feet, tramping the narrow room back and forth, back and forth. Later, some time later, he drew a long breath, and dropped himself in the chair at his desk.

tramping - le tramping, (tramp), clochard, va-nuieds, traînée, garce

narrow - étroite, pressé, étroit

"God helping me, I'll do it!" he cried softly. "I'll tell all my Toms I KNOW they'll be glad to fill that woodbox! I'll give them work to do, and I'll make them so full of the very joy of doing it that they won't have TIME to look at their neighbors'woodboxes!

I'll do it - Je vais le faire

" And he picked up his sermon notes, tore straight through the sheets, and cast them from him, so that on one side of his chair lay "But woe unto you," and on the other, "scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!" while across the smooth White Paper before him his pencil fairly flew-after first drawing one black line through Matthew twenty-third; 13-14 and 23.

tore - a la déchirure

cast - casting, jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner, sommer, muer

White Paper - Papier Blanc

Thus it happened that the Rev. Paul Ford's sermon the next Sunday was a veritable bugle-call to the best that was in every man and woman and child that heard it; and its text was one of Pollyanna's shining eight hundred:

veritable - véritable

bugle - clairon

"Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, ye righteous, and shout for joy all ye that are upright in heart."

righteous - vertueux, juste, moral

upright - debout, integre, montant


At Mrs. Snow's request, Pollyanna went one day to Dr. Chilton's office to get the name of a medicine which Mrs. Snow had forgotten. As it chanced, Pollyanna had never before seen the inside of Dr. Chilton's office.

request - demander, prier, requete, demande

"I've never been to your home before! This IS your home, isn't it?" she said, looking interestedly about her.

The doctor smiled a little sadly.

"Yes-such as 'tis," he answered, as he wrote something on the pad of paper in his hand; "but it's a pretty poor apology for a home, Pollyanna. They're just rooms, that's all-not a home."

pad - pad, pastille, bloc, lingot, rembourrons, rembourrez

apology - des excuses, excuse, apologie

Pollyanna nodded her head wisely. Her eyes glowed with sympathetic understanding.

wisely - a bon escient, sagement, savamment

sympathetic - sympathique

"I know. It takes a woman's hand and heart, or a child's presence to make a home," she said.

"Eh?" The doctor wheeled about abruptly.

"Mr. Pendleton told me," nodded Pollyanna, again; "about the woman's hand and heart, or the child's presence, you know. Why don't you get a woman's hand and heart, Dr. Chilton? Or maybe you'd take Jimmy Bean-if Mr. Pendleton doesn't want him."

Dr. Chilton laughed a little constrainedly.

constrainedly - de maniere contraignante

"So Mr. Pendleton says it takes a woman's hand and heart to make a home, does he?" he asked evasively.

evasively - évasivement

"Yes. He says his is just a house, too. Why don't you, Dr. Chilton?"

"Why don't I-what?" The doctor had turned back to his desk.

"Get a woman's hand and heart. Oh-and I forgot." Pollyanna's face showed suddenly a painful color. "I suppose I ought to tell you. It wasn't Aunt Polly that Mr. Pendleton loved long ago; and so we-we aren't going there to live. You see, I told you it was-but I made a mistake. I hope YOU didn't tell any one," she finished anxiously.

going there - Aller la-bas

"No-I didn't tell any one, Pollyanna," replied the doctor, a little queerly.

replied - a répondu, répondre, réponse

"Oh, that's all right, then," sighed Pollyanna in relief. "You see you're the only one I told, and I thought Mr. Pendleton looked sort of funny when I said I'd told YOU."

"Did he?" The doctor's lips twitched.

"Yes. And of course he wouldn't want many people to know it-when 'twasn't true. But why don't you get a woman's hand and heart, Dr. Chilton?"

There was a moment's silence; then very gravely the doctor said:

"They're not always to be had-for the asking, little girl."

Pollyanna frowned thoughtfully.

"But I should think you could get 'em," she argued. The flattering emphasis was unmistakable.

flattering - flatteur, flatter

"Thank you," laughed the doctor, with uplifted eyebrows. Then, gravely again: "I'm afraid some of your older sisters would not be quite so-confident. At least, they-they haven't shown themselves to be so-obliging," he observed.

Pollyanna frowned again. Then her eyes widened in surprise.

"Why, Dr. Chilton, you don't mean-you didn't try to get somebody's hand and heart once, like Mr. Pendleton, and-and couldn't, did you?"

The doctor got to his feet a little abruptly.

"There, there, Pollyanna, never mind about that now. Don't let other people's troubles worry your little head. Suppose you run back now to Mrs. Snow. I've written down the name of the medicine, and the directions how she is to take it. Was there anything else?"

troubles - des problemes, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, fr

worry - s'inquiéter, inquiéter, harceler, souci, angoisse

Pollyanna shook her head.

"No, Sir; thank you, Sir," she murmured soberly, as she turned toward the door. From the little hallway she called back, her face suddenly alight: "Anyhow, I'm glad 'twasn't my mother's hand and heart that you wanted and couldn't get, Dr. Chilton. Good-by!"

soberly - prosaique

It was on the last day of October that the accident occurred. Pollyanna, hurrying home from school, crossed the road at an apparently safe distance in front of a swiftly approaching motor car.

safe - sur, en sécurité, o longer in danger, sans danger, sur, sauf

motor car - voiture

Just what happened, no one could seem to tell afterward. Neither was there any one found who could tell why it happened or who was to blame that it did happen. Pollyanna, however, at five o'clock, was borne, limp and unconscious, into the little room that was so dear to her.

afterward - apres

borne - porté, supporter

unconscious - inconscient, subconscient

There, by a white-faced Aunt Polly and a weeping Nancy she was undressed tenderly and put to bed, while from the village, hastily summoned by telephone, Dr. Warren was hurrying as fast as another motor car could bring him.

weeping - pleurant, (weep) pleurant

put to bed - Mettre au lit

by telephone - par téléphone

motor - moteur

"And ye didn't need ter more'n look at her aunt's face," Nancy was sobbing to Old Tom in the garden, after the doctor had arrived and was closeted in the hushed room; "ye didn't need ter more'n look at her aunt's face ter see that 'twa'n't no duty that was eatin'her.

closeted - fermé, placard

Yer hands don't shake, and yer eyes don't look as if ye was tryin'ter hold back the Angel o'Death himself, when you're jest doin'yer DUTY, Mr. Tom they don't, they don't!"

tryin - essayer

hold back - se retenir

"Is she hurt-bad?" The old man's voice shook.

"There ain't no tellin'," sobbed Nancy. "She lay back that white an'still she might easy be dead; but Miss Polly said she wa'n't dead-an'Miss Polly had oughter know, if any one would-she kept up such a listenin'an'a feelin'for her heartbeats an'her breath!"

feelin - se sentent

heartbeats - battements de cour, pulsation, battement, rythme cardiaque

"Couldn't ye tell anythin'what it done to her?-that-that-" Old Tom's face worked convulsively.

convulsively - convulsivement

Nancy's lips relaxed a little.

"I wish ye WOULD call it somethin', Mr. Tom an'somethin'good an'strong, too. Drat it! Ter think of its runnin'down our little girl! I always hated the evil-smellin'things, anyhow-I did, I did!"

Drat - drat, jurer

evil - le mal, mauvais, torve

smellin - l'odeur

"But where is she hurt?"

"I don't know, I don't know," moaned Nancy. "There's a little cut on her blessed head, but 'tain't bad-that ain't-Miss Polly says. She says she's afraid it's infernally she's hurt."

infernally - infernalement

A faint flicker came into Old Tom's eyes.

flicker - scintillement, flottge

"I guess you mean internally, Nancy," he said dryly. "She's hurt infernally, all right-plague take that autymobile!-but I don't guess Miss Polly'd be usin'that word, all the same."

internally - en interne

plague - peste, fléau, plaie, calamité, affliger

autymobile - autymobile

usin - usin

"Eh? Well, I don't know, I don't know," moaned Nancy, with a shake of her head as she turned away. "Seems as if I jest couldn't stand it till that doctor gits out o'there. I wish I had a washin'ter do-the biggest washin'I ever see, I do, I do!" she wailed, wringing her hands helplessly.

Even after the doctor was gone, however, there seemed to be little that Nancy could tell Mr. Tom. There appeared to be no bones broken, and the cut was of slight consequence; but the doctor had looked very grave, had shaken his head slowly, and had said that time alone could tell. After he had gone, Miss Polly had shown a face even whiter and more drawn looking than before.

bones - os

consequence - conséquence

shaken - secoué, secouer, agiter

The patient had not fully recovered consciousness, but at present she seemed to be resting as comfortably as could be expected. A trained nurse had been sent for, and would come that night. That was all. And Nancy turned sobbingly, and went back to her kitchen.

fully - pleinement, entierement, completement

recovered - récupéré, recouvrer (la santé)

consciousness - la conscience, conscience

sobbingly - en sanglotant

It was sometime during the next forenoon that Pollyanna opened conscious eyes and realized where she was.

conscious - conscient

realized - réalisé, réaliser, se rendre compte, prendre conscience

"Why, Aunt Polly, What's the matter? Isn't it daytime? Why don't I get up?" she cried. "Why, Aunt Polly, I can't get up," she moaned, falling back on the pillow, after an ineffectual attempt to lift herself.

What's the matter? - Qu'est-ce qu'il y a ?

daytime - journée, jour

ineffectual - inefficace

attempt - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

lift - l'ascenseur, élevons, élevez, ascenseur, lever, ennoblir

"No, dear, I wouldn't try-just yet," soothed her aunt quickly, but very quietly.

soothed - apaisé, apaiser, calmer, soulager

"But what is the matter? Why can't I get up?"

Miss Polly's eyes asked an agonized question of the white-capped young woman standing in the window, out of the range of Pollyanna's eyes.

capped - plafonné, casquette

range - chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme, champ

The young woman nodded.

"Tell her," the lips said.

Miss Polly cleared her throat, and tried to swallow the lump that would scarcely let her speak.

"You were hurt, dear, by the automobile last night. But never mind that now. Auntie wants you to rest and go to sleep again."

automobile - voiture, auto, automobile, char

"Hurt? Oh, yes; I-I ran." Pollyanna's eyes were dazed. She lifted her hand to her forehead. "Why, it's-done up, and it-hurts!"

hurts - fait mal, faire mal, blesser, blessé

"Yes, dear; but never mind. Just-just rest."

"But, Aunt Polly, I feel so funny, and so bad! My legs feel so-so queer-only they don't FEEL-at all!"

With an imploring look into the nurse's face, Miss Polly struggled to her feet, and turned away. The nurse came forward quickly.

struggled - en difficulté, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

"Suppose you let me talk to you now," she began cheerily. "I'm sure I think It's high time we were getting acquainted, and I'm going to introduce myself. I am Miss Hunt, and I've come to help your aunt take care of you. And the very first thing I'm going to do is to ask you to swallow these little white pills for me."

It's high time - Il est grand temps

Pollyanna's eyes grew a bit wild.

"But I don't want to be taken care of-that is, not for long! I want to get up. You know I go to school. Can't I go to school to-morrow?"

From the window where Aunt Polly stood now there came a half-stifled cry.

"To-morrow?" smiled the nurse, brightly.

"Well, I may not let you out quite so soon as that, Miss Pollyanna. But just swallow these little pills for me, please, and we'll see what THEY'LL do."

"All right," agreed Pollyanna, somewhat doubtfully; "but I MUST go to school day after to-morrow-there are examinations then, you know."

doubtfully - douteux, douteusement

school day - jour de classe

She spoke again, a minute later. She spoke of school, and of the automobile, and of how her head ached; but very soon her voice trailed into silence under the blessed influence of the little white pills she had swallowed.

trailed - suivi, pister, suivre, traîner, piste, traces-p, sentier

swallowed - avalé, avaler


Pollyanna did not go to school "to-morrow," nor the "day after to-morrow." Pollyanna, however, did not realize this, except momentarily when a brief period of full consciousness sent insistent questions to her lips. Pollyanna did not realize anything, in fact, very clearly until a week had passed; then the fever subsided, the pain lessened somewhat, and her mind awoke to full consciousness.

momentarily - momentanément

full consciousness - la pleine conscience

subsided - s'est apaisée, tomber, calmer

lessened - diminuée, amoindrir, atténuer, diminuer, réduire

She had then to be told all over again what had occurred.

"And so it's hurt that I am, and not sick," she sighed at last. "Well, I'm glad of that."

I'm glad of that - Je suis content de cela

"G-glad, Pollyanna?" asked her aunt, who was sitting by the bed.

"Yes. I'd so much rather have broken legs like Mr. Pendleton's than life-long-invalids like Mrs. Snow, you know. Broken legs get well, and lifelong-invalids don't."

Miss Polly-who had said nothing whatever about broken legs-got suddenly to her feet and walked to the little dressing table across the room. She was picking up one object after another now, and putting each down, in an aimless fashion quite unlike her usual decisiveness. Her face was not aimless-looking at all, however; it was white and drawn.

On the bed Pollyanna lay blinking at the dancing band of colors on the ceiling, which came from one of the prisms in the window.

blinking at - en clignant des yeux

ceiling - plafond, (ceil) plafond

"I'm glad it isn't smallpox that ails me, too," she murmured contentedly. "That would be worse than freckles. And I'm glad 'tisn't whooping cough-I've had that, and it's horrid-and I'm glad 'tisn't appendicitis nor measles, 'cause they're catching-measles are, I mean-and they wouldn't let you stay here."

smallpox - la variole, variole, petite vérole

ails - ails, souffrir

whooping - la coqueluche, (whoop) la coqueluche

cough - tousser, toux

appendicitis - l'appendicite, appendicite

"You seem to-to be glad for a good many things, my dear," faltered Aunt Polly, putting her hand to her throat as if her collar bound.

collar - col, collier

Pollyanna laughed softly.

"I am. I've been thinking of 'em-lots of 'em-all the time I've been looking up at that rainbow. I love rainbows. I'm so glad Mr. Pendleton gave me those prisms! I'm glad of some things I haven't said yet. I don't know but I'm 'most glad I was hurt."

rainbows - arc-en-ciel, iridescent, frulticolore, polychromer


Pollyanna laughed softly again. She turned luminous eyes on her aunt. "Well, you see, since I have been hurt, you've called me 'dear'lots of times-and you didn't before. I love to be called 'dear'-by folks that belong to you, I mean. Some of the Ladies'Aiders did call me that; and of course that was pretty nice, but not so nice as if they had belonged to me, like you do.

Oh, Aunt Polly, I'm so glad you belong to me!"

Aunt Polly did not answer. Her hand was at her throat again. Her eyes were full of tears. She had turned away and was hurrying from the room through the door by which the nurse had just entered.

It was that afternoon that Nancy ran out to Old Tom, who was cleaning harnesses in the barn. Her eyes were wild.

harnesses - harnais, harnacher

barn - grange, stand, kiosque, échoppe

"Mr. Tom, Mr. Tom, guess what's happened," she panted. "You couldn't guess in a thousand years-you couldn't, you couldn't!"

"Then I cal'late I won't try," retorted the man, grimly, "specially as I hain't got more'n TEN ter live, anyhow, probably. You'd better tell me first off, Nancy."

"Well, listen, then. Who do you s'pose is in the parlor now with the mistress? Who, I say?"

Old Tom shook his head.

"There's no tellin'," he declared.

"Yes, there is. I'm tellin'. It's-John Pendleton!"

"Sho, now! You're jokin', girl."

"Not much I am-an'me a-lettin'him in myself-crutches an'all! An'the team he come in a-waitin'this minute at the door for him, jest as if he wa'n't the cranky old crosspatch he is, what never talks ter no one! jest think, Mr. Tom-HIM a-callin'on HER!"

lettin - lettin

waitin - attendre

cranky - grincheux, chafouin

crosspatch - croisée

"Well, why not?" demanded the old man, a little aggressively.

aggressively - agressive

Nancy gave him a scornful glance.

"As if you didn't know better'n me!" she derided.

derided - tourné en dérision, bafouer, railler


"Oh, you needn't be so innercent," she retorted with mock indignation; "-you what led me wildgoose chasin'in the first place!"

innercent - innercent

Mock - se moquer, imitation, succédané, moquerie, examen blanc

indignation - l'indignation, indignation

wildgoose - l'oie sauvage

"What do ye mean?"

Nancy glanced through the open barn door toward the house, and came a step nearer to the old man.

"Listen! 'Twas you that was tellin'me Miss Polly had a lover in the first place, wa'n't it? Well, one day I thinks I finds two and two, and I puts 'em tergether an'makes four. But it turns out ter be five-an'no four at all, at all!"

With a gesture of indifference Old Tom turned and fell to work.

"If you're goin'ter talk ter me, you've got ter talk plain horse sense," he declared testily. "I never was no hand for figgers."

figgers - figgers

Nancy laughed.

"Well, it's this," she explained. "I heard somethin'that made me think him an'Miss Polly was lovers."

"MR. PENDLETON!" Old Tom straightened up.

"Yes. Oh, I know now; he wasn't. It was that blessed child's mother he was in love with, and that's why he wanted-but never mind that part," she added hastily, remembering just in time her promise to Pollyanna not to tell that Mr. Pendleton had wished her to come and live with him.

"Well, I've been askin'folks about him some, since, and I've found out that him an'Miss Polly hain't been friends for years, an'that she's been hatin'him like pizen owin'ter the silly gossip that coupled their names tergether when she was eighteen or twenty."

hatin - haineux

coupled - couplé, couple, paire, époux-p, quelques

"Yes, I remember," nodded Old Tom. "It was three or four years after Miss Jennie give him the mitten and went off with the other chap. Miss Polly knew about it, of course, and was sorry for him. So she tried ter be nice to him. Maybe she overdid it a little-she hated that minister chap so who had took off her sister. At any rate, somebody begun ter make trouble. They said she was runnin'after him.

mitten - moufle, mitaine

chap - chap, fissure

overdid - surdosé, en faire trop, trop cuire


"Runnin'after any man-her!" interjected Nancy.

interjected - s'est interposé, intervenir

"I know it; but they did," declared Old Tom, "and of course no gal of any spunk'll stand that. Then about that time come her own lover an'the trouble with HIM. After that she shut up like an oyster an'wouldn't have nothin'ter do with nobody fur a spell. Her heart jest seemed to turn bitter at the core."

spunk - le spunk, entrain, vivacité, vitalité, foutre

oyster - huître, huitre, sot-l’y-laisse

core - noyau

"Yes, I know. I've heard about that now," rejoined Nancy; "an'that's why you could 'a'knocked me down with a feather when I see HIM at the door-him, what she hain't spoke to for years! But I let him in an'went an'told her."

knocked - frappé, coup, frapper

feather - plume, fanon, mettre en drapeau, emplumer, checkempenner

"What did she say?" Old Tom held his breath suspended.

"Nothin'-at first. She was so still I thought she hadn't heard; and I was jest goin'ter say it over when she speaks up quiet like: 'Tell Mr. Pendleton I will be down at once.'An'I come an'told him. Then I come out here an'told you," finished Nancy, casting another backward glance toward the house.

casting - casting, moulage, (cast), jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner

backward - a l'envers, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons

"Humph!" grunted Old Tom; and fell to work again.

In the ceremonious "parlor" of the Harrington homestead, Mr. John Pendleton did not have to wait long before a swift step warned him of Miss Polly's coming. As he attempted to rise, she made a gesture of remonstrance. She did not offer her hand, however, and her face was coldly reserved.

ceremonious - cérémonieux

warned - averti, avertir, alerter, prévenir

reserved - réservé, réservation, réserve, réserves-p

"I called to ask for-Pollyanna," he began at once, a little brusquely.

brusquely - brusquement

"Thank you. She is about the same," said Miss Polly.

"And that is-won't you tell me HOW she is?" His voice was not quite steady this time.

steady - stable, lisse, régulier

A quick spasm of pain crossed the woman's face.

"I can't, I wish I could!"

"You mean-you don't know?"


"But-the doctor?"

"Dr. Warren himself seems-at sea. He is in correspondence now with a New York specialist. They have arranged for a consultation at once."

correspondence - correspondance, chronique

York - york, Yorck, Yorque

consultation - consultation

"But-but what WERE her injuries that you do know?"

injuries - blessures, blessure

"A slight cut on the head, one or two bruises, and-and an injury to the spine which has seemed to cause-paralysis from the hips down."

bruises - des bleus, contusionner, meurtrir, taler, cotir, se taler

injury - blessure

spine - la colonne vertébrale, colonne vertébrale, échine, dos, épine

paralysis - la paralysie, paralysie

hips - hanches, hanche

A low cry came from the man. There was a brief silence; then, huskily, he asked:

huskily - rauque

"And Pollyanna-how does she-take it?"

"She doesn't understand-at all-how things really are. And I CAN'T tell her."

"But she must know-something!"

Miss Polly lifted her hand to the collar at her throat in the gesture that had become so common to her of late.

"Oh, yes. She knows she can't-move; but she thinks her legs are-broken. She says she's glad it's broken legs like yours rather than 'lifelong-invalids'like Mrs. Snow's; because broken legs get well, and the other-doesn't. She talks like that all the time, until it-it seems as if I should-die!"

Through the blur of tears in his own eyes, the man saw the drawn face opposite, twisted with emotion. Involuntarily his thoughts went back to what Pollyanna had said when he had made his final plea for her presence: "Oh, I couldn't leave Aunt Polly-now!"

blur - estomper, brouiller, s'estomper, flou, tache, salissure, marque

twisted - tordu, twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre

involuntarily - involontairement

plea - plaidoyer, supplication, appel

It was this thought that made him ask very gently, as soon as he could control his voice:

"I wonder if you know, Miss Harrington, how hard I tried to get Pollyanna to come and live with me."

"With YOU!-Pollyanna!"

The man winced a little at the tone of her voice; but his own voice was still impersonally cool when he spoke again.

impersonally - de maniere impersonnelle

"Yes. I wanted to adopt her-legally, you understand; making her my heir, of course."

adopt - adopter

legally - légalement

The woman in the opposite chair relaxed a little. It came to her, suddenly, what a brilliant future it would have meant for Pollyanna-this adoption; and she wondered if Pollyanna were old enough and mercenary enough-to be tempted by this man's money and position.

adoption - l'adoption, adoption

mercenary - mercenaire

be tempted - etre tenté

"I am very fond of Pollyanna," the man was continuing. "I am fond of her both for her own sake, and for-her mother's. I stood ready to give Pollyanna the love that had been twenty-five years in storage."

continuing - en continuant, continuer

storage - stockage, mémorisation

"LOVE." Miss Polly remembered suddenly why SHE had taken this child in the first place-and with the recollection came the remembrance of Pollyanna's own words uttered that very morning: "I love to be called 'dear'by folks that belong to you!" And it was this love-hungry little girl that had been offered the stored-up affection of twenty-five years:-and she was old enough to be tempted by love!

recollection - mémoire

uttered - prononcée, complet, total

offered - proposé, offrir, proposer

stored - stockée, entrepôt, stock, stocker, conserver

tempted - tentés, tenter, attirer

With a sinking heart Miss Polly realized that. With a sinking heart, too, she realized something else: the dreariness of her own future now without Pollyanna.

sinking - en train de couler, naufrage, (sink), couler, s'enfoncer

"Well?" she said. And the man, recognizing the self-control that vibrated through the harshness of the tone, smiled sadly.

recognizing - reconnaître

self-control - (self-control) le contrôle de soi

"She would not come," he answered.


"She would not leave you. She said you had been so good to her. She wanted to stay with you-and she said she THOUGHT you wanted her to stay," he finished, as he pulled himself to his feet.

He did not look toward Miss Polly. He turned his face resolutely toward the door. But instantly he heard a swift step at his side, and found a shaking hand thrust toward him.

resolutely - résolument

instantly - instantanément, instamment

"When the specialist comes, and I know anything-definite about Pollyanna, I will let you hear from me," said a trembling voice. "Good-by-and thank you for coming. Pollyanna will be pleased."

definite - définitif


On the day after John Pendleton's call at the Harrington homestead, Miss Polly set herself to the task of preparing Pollyanna for the visit of the specialist.

"Pollyanna, my dear," she began gently, "we have decided that we want another doctor besides Dr. Warren to see you. Another one might tell us something new to do-to help you get well faster, you know."

A joyous light came to Pollyanna's face.

joyous - joyeux

"Dr. Chilton! Oh, Aunt Polly, I'd so love to have Dr. Chilton! I've wanted him all the time, but I was afraid you didn't, on account of his seeing you in the sun parlor that day, you know; so I didn't like to say anything. But I'm so glad you do want him!"

Aunt Polly's face had turned white, then red, then back to white again. But when she answered, she showed very plainly that she was trying to speak lightly and cheerfully.

"Oh, no, dear! It wasn't Dr. Chilton at all that I meant. It is a new doctor-a very famous doctor from New York, who-who knows a great deal about-about hurts like yours."

Pollyanna's face fell.

"I don't believe he knows half so much as Dr. Chilton."

"Oh, yes, he does, I'm sure, dear."

"But it was Dr. Chilton who doctored Mr. Pendleton's broken leg, Aunt Polly. If-if you don't mind VERY much, I WOULD LIKE to have Dr. Chilton-truly I would!"

A distressed color suffused Miss Polly's face. For a moment she did not speak at all; then she said gently-though yet with a touch of her old stern decisiveness:

"But I do mind, Pollyanna. I mind very much. I would do anything-almost anything for you, my dear; but I-for reasons which I do not care to speak of now, I don't wish Dr. Chilton called in on-on this case. And believe me, he can NOT know so much about-about your trouble, as this great doctor does, who will come from New York to-morrow."

Pollyanna still looked unconvinced.

unconvinced - pas convaincu

"But, Aunt Polly, if you LOVED Dr. Chilton-"

"WHAT, Pollyanna?" Aunt Polly's voice was very sharp now. Her cheeks were very red, too.

"I say, if you loved Dr. Chilton, and didn't love the other one," sighed Pollyanna, "seems to me that would make some difference in the good he would do; and I love Dr. Chilton."

The nurse entered the room at that moment, and Aunt Polly rose to her feet abruptly, a look of relief on her face.

"I am very sorry, Pollyanna," she said, a little stiffly; "but I'm afraid you'll have to let me be the judge, this time. Besides, it's already arranged. The New York doctor is coming to-morrow."

As it happened, however, the New York doctor did not come "to-morrow." At the last moment a telegram told of an unavoidable delay owing to the sudden illness of the specialist himself. This led Pollyanna into a renewed pleading for the substitution of Dr. Chilton-"which would be so easy now, you know."

unavoidable - inévitable

illness - maladie

renewed - renouvelée, renouveler

pleading for - pour laquelle vous plaidez

Substitution - remplacement, réaction de substitution

But as before, Aunt Polly shook her head and said "no, dear," very decisively, yet with a still more anxious assurance that she would do anything-anything but that-to please her dear Pollyanna.

assurance - l'assurance, assurance, culot

As the days of waiting passed, one by one, it did indeed, seem that Aunt Polly was doing everything (but that) that she could do to please her niece.

"I wouldn't 'a'believed it-you couldn't 'a'made me believe it," Nancy said to Old Tom one morning.

"There don't seem ter be a minute in the day that Miss Polly ain't jest hangin''round waitin'ter do somethin'for that blessed lamb if 'tain't more than ter let in the cat-an'her what wouldn't let Fluff nor Buff up-stairs for love nor money a week ago; an'now she lets 'em tumble all over the bed jest 'cause it pleases Miss Pollyanna!

hangin - de l'eau

let in - laisser entrer

Fluff - du vent, duvet, broutille, babiole

Buff - buff, buffle

tumble - culbute, dégringoler, culbuter

"An'when she ain't doin'nothin'else, she's movin'them little glass danglers 'round ter diff'rent winders in the room so the sun'll make the 'rainbows dance,'as that blessed child calls it. She's sent Timothy down ter Cobb's greenhouse three times for fresh flowers-an'that besides all the posies fetched in ter her, too.

diff - diff

rent - loyer, louez, louons, arrentez, accensons

greenhouse - serre

fetched - fouillé, aller chercher

An'the other day, if I didn't find her sittin''fore the bed with the nurse actually doin'her hair, an'Miss Pollyanna lookin'on an'bossin'from the bed, her eyes all shinin'an'happy. An'I declare ter goodness, if Miss Polly hain't wore her hair like that every day now-jest ter please that blessed child!"

sittin - assis

lookin - regarder

shinin - shinin

Old Tom chuckled.

"Well, it strikes me Miss Polly herself ain't lookin'none the worse-for wearin'them 'ere curls 'round her forehead," he observed dryly.

strikes - greves, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

wearin - porter

"'Course she ain't," retorted Nancy, indignantly. "She looks like FOLKS, now. She's actually almost-"

"Keerful, now, Nancy!" interrupted the old man, with a slow grin. "You know what you said when I told ye she was handsome once."

Nancy shrugged her shoulders.

"Oh, she ain't handsome, of course; but I will own up she don't look like the same woman, what with the ribbons an'lace jiggers Miss Pollyanna makes her wear 'round her neck."

"I told ye so," nodded the man. "I told ye she wa'n't-old."

Nancy laughed.

"Well, I'll own up she HAIN'T got quite so good an imitation of it-as she did have, 'fore Miss Pollyanna come. Say, Mr. Tom, who WAS her A lover? I hain't found that out, yet; I hain't, I hain't!"

"Hain't ye?" asked the old man, with an odd look on his face. "Well, I guess ye won't then from me."

"Oh, Mr. Tom, come on, now," wheedled the girl. "Ye see, there ain't many folks here that I CAN ask."

wheedled - wheedled, rench: -neededr

"Maybe not. But there's one, anyhow, that ain't answerin'," grinned Old Tom. Then, abruptly, the light died from his eyes. "How is she, ter-day-the little gal?"

answerin - répondre

Nancy shook her head. Her face, too, had sobered.

sobered - dégrisé, sobre, cuver

"Just the same, Mr. Tom. There ain't no special diff'rence, as I can see-or anybody, I guess. She jest lays there an'sleeps an'talks some, an'tries ter smile an'be 'glad''cause the sun sets or the moon rises, or some other such thing, till it's enough ter make yer heart break with achin'."

rence - rence

lays - les mensonges, poser

sets - des ensembles, Seth

rises - s'éleve, augmenter, monter, lever

"I know; it's the 'game'-bless her sweet heart!" nodded Old Tom, blinking a little.

bless - bénir, bénis, bénissez, bénissent, bénissons

"She told YOU, then, too, about that 'ere-game?"

"Oh, yes. She told me long ago." The old man hesitated, then went on, his lips twitching a little. "I was growlin'one day 'cause I was so bent up and crooked; an'what do ye s'pose the little thing said?"

growlin - grogner

"I couldn't guess. I wouldn't think she could find ANYTHIN'about THAT ter be glad about!"

"She did. She said I could be glad, anyhow, that I didn't have ter STOOP SO FAR TER DO MY WEEDIN''cause I was already bent part way over."

stoop - s'arreter, s'incliner, incliner

Nancy gave a wistful laugh.

"Well, I ain't surprised, after all. You might know she'd find somethin'. We've been playin'it-that game-since almost the first, 'cause there wa'n't no one else she could play it with-though she did speak of-her aunt."


Nancy chuckled.

"I guess you hain't got such an awful diff'rent opinion o'the mistress than I have," she bridled.

bridled - bridé, bride, brider, refréner, etre susceptible

Old Tom stiffened.

stiffened - s'est raidie, raidir, endurcir, se raidir, s'endurcir

"I was only thinkin''twould be-some of a surprise-to her," he explained with dignity.

"Well, yes, I guess 'twould be-THEN," retorted Nancy. "I ain't sayin'what 'twould be NOW. I'd believe anythin'o'the mistress now-even that she'd take ter playin'it herself!"

"But hain't the little gal told her-ever? She's told ev'ry one else, I guess. I'm hearin'of it ev'rywhere, now, since she was hurted," said Tom.

ev - eV

hearin - entendre

hurted - blessé

"Well, she didn't tell Miss Polly," rejoined Nancy. "Miss Pollyanna told me long ago that she couldn't tell her, 'cause her aunt didn't like ter have her talk about her father; an''twas her father's game, an'she'd have ter talk about him if she did tell it. So she never told her."

"Oh, I see, I see." The old man nodded his head slowly. "They was always bitter against the minister chap-all of 'em, 'cause he took Miss Jennie away from 'em. An'Miss Polly-young as she was-couldn't never forgive him; she was that fond of Miss Jennie-in them days. I see, I see. 'Twas a bad mess," he sighed, as he turned away.

forgive - pardonner

mess - le désordre, purée, fouillis, bouillie

"Yes, 'twas-all 'round, all 'round," sighed Nancy in her turn, as she went back to her kitchen.

For no one were those days of waiting easy. The nurse tried to look cheerful, but her eyes were troubled. The doctor was openly nervous and impatient. Miss Polly said little; but even the softening waves of hair about her face, and the becoming laces at her throat, could not hide the fact that she was growing thin and pale.

cheerful - joyeux, content, de bonne humeur

laces - lacets, lacet

As to Pollyanna-Pollyanna petted the dog, smoothed the cat's sleek head, admired the flowers and ate the fruits and jellies that were sent in to her; and returned innumerable cheery answers to the many messages of love and inquiry that were brought to her bedside.

petted - caressé, animal familier, apprivoisé

smoothed - lissé, lisse, doux, facile, sophistiqué, naturel, souple

admired - admiré, admirer

jellies - gelées, gelée

sent in - envoyé

bedside - au chevet du malade

But she, too, grew pale and thin; and the nervous activity of the poor little hands and arms only emphasized the pitiful motionlessness of the once active little feet and legs now lying so woefully quiet under the blankets.

emphasized - souligné, souligner, accentuer

active - active, actif

woefully - noire

blankets - couvertures, couverture, général, recouvrir, couvrir

As to the game-Pollyanna told Nancy these days how glad she was going to be when she could go to school again, go to see Mrs. Snow, go to call on Mr. Pendleton, and go to ride with Dr. Chilton nor did she seem to realize that all this "gladness" was in the future, not the present. Nancy, however, did realize it-and cry about it, when she was alone.


ajar - entrouverte, entrouvert

Just a week from the time Dr. Mead, the specialist, was first expected, he came. He was a tall, broad-shouldered man with kind gray eyes, and a cheerful smile. Pollyanna liked him at once, and told him so.

liked him - il l'aimait bien

"You look quite a lot like MY doctor, you see," she added engagingly.

"YOUR doctor?" Dr. Mead glanced in evident surprise at Dr. Warren, talking with the nurse a few feet away. Dr. Warren was a small, brown-eyed man with a pointed brown beard.

beard - barbe

"Oh, THAT isn't my doctor," smiled Pollyanna, divining his thought. "Dr. Warren is Aunt Polly's doctor. My doctor is Dr. Chilton."

divining - la divination, divin

"Oh-h!" said Dr. Mead, a little oddly, his eyes resting on Miss Polly, who, with a vivid blush, had turned hastily away.

"Yes." Pollyanna hesitated, then continued with her usual truthfulness. "You see, I wanted Dr. Chilton all the time, but Aunt Polly wanted you. She said you knew more than Dr. Chilton, anyway about-about broken legs like mine. And of course if you do, I can be glad for that. Do you?"

truthfulness - la véracité, véracité

A swift something crossed the doctor's face that Pollyanna could not quite translate.

translate - traduire, translater

"Only time can tell that, little girl," he said gently; then he turned a grave face toward Dr. Warren, who had just come to the bedside.

Every one said afterward that it was the cat that did it. Certainly, if Fluffy had not poked an insistent paw and nose against Pollyanna's unlatched door, the door would not have swung noiselessly open on its hinges until it stood perhaps a foot ajar; and if the door had not been open, Pollyanna would not have heard her aunt's words.

poked - poké, enfoncer (dans)

paw - patte, pied

noiselessly - sans bruit

In the hall the two doctors, the nurse, and Miss Polly stood talking. In Pollyanna's room Fluffy had just jumped to the bed with a little purring "meow" of joy when through the open door sounded clearly and sharply Aunt Polly's agonized exclamation.

jumped - a sauté, (faire) sauter

purring - ronronner, (pur) ronronner

meow - miaou, miaulement, nyaw, miauler

"Not that! Doctor, not that! You don't mean-the child-will NEVER WALK again!"

It was all confusion then. First, from the bedroom came Pollyanna's terrified "Aunt Polly Aunt Polly!" Then Miss Polly, seeing the open door and realizing that her words had been heard, gave a low little moan and-for the first time in her life-fainted dead away.

confusion - confusion, désordre, malentendu

fainted - s'est évanoui, faible, léger

The nurse, with a choking "She heard!" stumbled toward the open door. The two doctors stayed with Miss Polly. Dr. Mead had to stay-he had caught Miss Polly as she fell. Dr. Warren stood by, helplessly.

stayed with - resté avec

stood by - Se tenir a côté

It was not until Pollyanna cried out again sharply and the nurse closed the door, that the two men, with a despairing glance into each other's eyes, awoke to the immediate duty of bringing the woman in Dr. Mead's arms back to unhappy consciousness.

despairing - désespéré, désespérer, désespoir

In Pollyanna's room, the nurse had found a purring gray cat on the bed vainly trying to attract the attention of a white-faced, wild-eyed little girl.

attract - attirer

"Miss Hunt, please, I want Aunt Polly. I want her right away, quick, please!"

The nurse closed the door and came forward hurriedly. Her face was very pale.

"She-she can't come just this minute, dear. She will-a little later. What is it? Can't I-get it?"

Pollyanna shook her head.

"But I want to know what she said-just now. Did you hear her? I want Aunt Polly-she said something. I want her to tell me 'tisn't true-'tisn't true!"

The nurse tried to speak, but no words came. Something in her face sent an added terror to Pollyanna's eyes.

"Miss Hunt, you DID hear her! It is true! Oh, it isn't true! You don't mean I can't ever-walk again?"

"There, there, dear-don't, don't!" choked the nurse. "Perhaps he didn't know. Perhaps he was mistaken. There's lots of things that could happen, you know."

"But Aunt Polly said he did know! She said he knew more than anybody else about-about broken legs like mine!"

"Yes, yes, I know, dear; but all doctors make mistakes sometimes. Just-just don't think any more about it now-please don't, dear."

Pollyanna flung out her arms wildly. "But I can't help thinking about it," she sobbed. "It's all there is now to think about. Why, Miss Hunt, how am I going to school, or to see Mr. Pendleton, or Mrs. Snow, or-or anybody?" She caught her breath and sobbed wildly for a moment. Suddenly she stopped and looked up, a new terror in her eyes.

wildly - sauvage, sauvagement

"Why, Miss Hunt, if I can't walk, how am I ever going to be glad for-ANYTHING?"

Miss Hunt did not know "the game;" but she did know that her patient must be quieted, and that at once. In spite of her own perturbation and heartache, her hands had not been idle, and she stood now at the bedside with the quieting powder ready.

heartache - chagrin d'amour, peine de cour

powder - poudre, réduire en poudre, pulvériser, poudrer

"There, there, dear, just take this," she soothed; "and by and by we'll be more rested, and we'll see what can be done then. Things aren't half as bad as they seem, dear, lots of times, you know."

Obediently Pollyanna took the medicine, and sipped the water from the glass in Miss Hunt's hand.

obediently - avec obéissance

sipped - siroté, gorgée, siroter

"I know; that sounds like things father used to say," faltered Pollyanna, blinking off the tears. "He said there was always something about everything that might be worse; but I reckon he'd never just heard he couldn't ever walk again. I don't see how there CAN be anything about that, that could be worse-do you?"

Miss Hunt did not reply. She could not trust herself to speak just then.


It was Nancy who was sent to tell Mr. John Pendleton of Dr. Mead's verdict. Miss Polly had remembered her promise to let him have direct information from the house. To go herself, or to write a letter, she felt to be almost equally out of the question. It occurred to her then to send Nancy.

verdict - verdict

Direct - direct, mettre en scene, ordonner

There had been a time when Nancy would have rejoiced greatly at this extraordinary opportunity to see something of the House of Mystery and its master. But to-day her heart was too heavy to, rejoice at anything. She scarcely even looked about her at all, indeed, during the few minutes, she waited for Mr. John Pendleton to appear.

rejoiced - s'est réjoui, réjouir

"I'm Nancy, sir," she said respectfully, in response to the surprised questioning of his eyes, when he came into the room. "Miss Harrington sent me to tell you about-Miss Pollyanna."

response - réponse


In spite of the curt terseness of the word, Nancy quite understood the anxiety that lay behind that short "well?"

curt - curt, abrupt, sommaire

terseness - l'âpreté

"It ain't well, Mr. Pendleton," she choked.

"You don't mean-" He paused, and she bowed her head miserably.

bowed - incliné, (s')incliner devant, saluer d'un signe de tete

"Yes, sir. He says-she can't walk again-never."

For a moment there was absolute silence in the room; then the man spoke, in a voice shaken with emotion.

absolute - absolue, absolu

"Poor-little-girl! Poor-little-girl!"

Nancy glanced at him, but dropped her eyes at once. She had not supposed that sour, cross, stern John Pendleton could look like that. In a moment he spoke again, still in the low, unsteady voice.

sour - aigre, sur, rance, tourné, acerbe, acariâtre

"It seems cruel-never to dance in the sunshine again! My little prism girl!"

cruel - cruel

There was another silence; then, abruptly, the man asked:

"She herself doesn't know yet-of course-does she?"

"But she does, sir." sobbed Nancy, "an'that's what makes it all the harder. She found out-drat that cat! I begs yer pardon," apologized the girl, hurriedly. "It's only that the cat pushed open the door an'Miss Pollyanna overheard 'em talkin'. She found out-that way."

begs - mendie, mendier

"Poor-little-girl!" sighed the man again.

"Yes, sir. You'd say so, sir, if you could see her," choked Nancy. "I hain't seen her but twice since she knew about it, an'it done me up both times. Ye see it's all so fresh an'new to her, an'she keeps thinkin'all the time of new things she can't do-NOW. It worries her, too, 'cause she can't seem ter be glad-maybe you don't know about her game, though," broke off Nancy, apologetically.

worries - des inquiétudes, inquiéter

apologetically - en s'excusant

"The 'glad game'?" asked the man. "Oh, yes; she told me of that."

"Oh, she did! Well, I guess she has told it generally ter most folks. But ye see, now she-she can't play it herself, an'it worries her. She says she can't think of a thing-not a thing about this not walkin'again, ter be glad about."

walkin - marcher

"Well, why should she?" retorted the man, almost savagely.

Nancy shifted her feet uneasily.

"That's the way I felt, too-till I happened ter think-it WOULD be easier if she could find somethin', ye know. So I tried to-to remind her."

"To remind her! Of what?" John Pendleton's voice was still angrily impatient.

"Of-of how she told others ter play it Mis'Snow, and the rest, ye know-and what she said for them ter do. But the poor little lamb just cries, an'says it don't seem the same, somehow. She says it's easy ter TELL lifelong invalids how ter be glad, but 'tain't the same thing when you're the lifelong invalid yerself, an'have ter try ter do it.

cries - pleure, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

She says she's told herself over an'over again how glad she is that other folks ain't like her; but that all the time she's sayin'it, she ain't really THINKIN'of anythin'only how she can't ever walk again."

Nancy paused, but the man did not speak. He sat with his hand over his eyes.

"Then I tried ter remind her how she used ter say the game was all the nicer ter play when-when it was hard," resumed Nancy, in a dull voice. "But she says that, too, is diff'rent-when it really IS hard. An'I must be goin', now, sir," she broke off abruptly.

At the door she hesitated, turned, and asked timidly:

"I couldn't be tellin'Miss Pollyanna that-that you'd seen Jimmy Bean again, I s'pose, sir, could I?"

"I don't see how you could-as I haven't seen him," observed the man a little shortly. "Why?"

"Nothin', sir, only-well, ye see, that's one of the things that she was feelin'bad about, that she couldn't take him ter see you, now. She said she'd taken him once, but she didn't think he showed off very well that day, and that she was afraid you didn't think he would make a very nice child's presence, after all. Maybe you know what she means by that; but I didn't, sir."

showed off - Montrer

"Yes, I know-what she means."

"All right, sir. It was only that she was wantin'ter take him again, she said, so's ter show ye he really was a lovely child's presence. And now she-can't-drat that autymobile! I begs yer pardon, sir. Good-by!" And Nancy fled precipitately.

wantin - vouloir

It did not take long for the entire town of Beldingsville to learn that the great New York doctor had said Pollyanna Whittier would never walk again; and certainly never before had the town been so stirred. Everybody knew by sight now the piquant little freckled face that had always a smile of greeting; and almost everybody knew of the "game" that Pollyanna was playing.

long for - se languir de

piquant - piquant

To think that now never again would that smiling face be seen on their streets-never again would that cheery little voice proclaim the gladness of some everyday experience! It seemed unbelievable, impossible, cruel.

proclaim - proclamer, déclarer

everyday - tous les jours

unbelievable - incroyable

In kitchens and sitting rooms, and over back-yard fences women talked of it, and wept openly. On street corners and in store lounging-places the men talked, too, and wept-though not so openly.

sitting rooms - des salles de séjour

fences - clôtures, clôture, cloison, recéleur, recéleuse, receleur

wept - pleuré, pleurer

in store - en magasin

lounging - se prélasser, (lounge), salle d'attente, salon

And neither the talking nor the weeping grew less when fast on the heels of the news itself, came Nancy's pitiful story that Pollyanna, face to face with what had come to her, was bemoaning most of all the fact that she could not play the game; that she could not now be glad over-anything.

heels - talons, talon

bemoaning - se lamenter, (bemoan), déplorer

It was then that the same thought must have, in some way, come to Pollyanna's friends. At all events, almost at once, the mistress of the Harrington homestead, greatly to her surprise, began to receive calls: calls from people she knew, and people she did not know; calls from men, women, and children-many of whom Miss Polly had not supposed that her niece knew at all.

Some came in and sat down for a stiff five or ten minutes. Some stood awkwardly on the porch steps, fumbling with hats or hand-bags, according to their sex. Some brought a book, a bunch of flowers, or a dainty to tempt the palate. Some cried frankly. Some turned their backs and blew their noses furiously.

sex - le sexe, sexe

dainty - délicate, délicat, mignon

tempt - tenter, attirer

palate - le palais, palais, (de la bouche, au sens du gout)

frankly - franchement

furiously - furieusement

But all inquired very anxiously for the little injured girl; and all sent to her some message-and it was these messages which, after a time, stirred Miss Polly to action.

inquired - a demandé, enqueter, renseigner

First came Mr. John Pendleton. He came without his crutches to-day.

"I don't need to tell you how shocked I am," he began almost harshly. "But can-nothing be done?"

Miss Polly gave a gesture of despair.

despair - le désespoir, désespérer, désespoir

"Oh, we're 'doing,'of course, all the time. Dr. Mead prescribed certain treatments and medicines that might help, and Dr. Warren is carrying them out to the letter, of course. But-Dr. Mead held out almost no hope."

treatments - traitements, traitement

medicines - médicaments, médicament

John Pendleton rose abruptly-though he had but just come. His face was white, and his mouth was set into stern lines. Miss Polly, looking at him, knew very well why he felt that he could not stay longer in her presence. At the door he turned.

"I have a message for Pollyanna," he said. "Will you tell her, please, that I have seen Jimmy Bean and-that he's going to be my boy hereafter. Tell her I thought she would be-GLAD to know. I shall adopt him, probably."

For a brief moment Miss Polly lost her usual well-bred self-control.

bred - élevé, (breed), se reproduire, engendrer, élever, race

"You will adopt Jimmy Bean!" she gasped.

The man lifted his chin a little.

"Yes. I think Pollyanna will understand. You will tell her I thought she would be-GLAD!"

"Why, of-of course," faltered Miss Polly.

"Thank you," bowed John Pendleton, as he turned to go.

In the middle of the floor Miss Polly stood, silent and amazed, still looking after the man who had just left her. Even yet she could scarcely believe what her ears had heard. John Pendleton ADOPT Jimmy Bean? John Pendleton, wealthy, independent, morose, reputed to be miserly and supremely selfish, to adopt a little boy-and such a little boy?

wealthy - riches, riche, nanti

independent - indépendant

morose - morose, sombre

reputed - réputé, réputation

miserly - avare, pingre, chiche, radin

supremely - supremement

Selfish - égoiste, égoiste

With a somewhat dazed face Miss Polly went up-stairs to Pollyanna's room.

"Pollyanna, I have a message for you from Mr. John Pendleton. He has just been here. He says to tell you he has taken Jimmy Bean for his little boy. He said he thought you'd be glad to know it."

Pollyanna's wistful little face flamed into sudden joy.

flamed - flambé, flamme, polémique

"Glad? GLAD? Well, I reckon I am glad! Oh, Aunt Polly, I've so wanted to find a place for Jimmy-and that's such a lovely place! Besides, I'm so glad for Mr. Pendleton, too. You see, now he'll have the child's presence."


Pollyanna colored painfully. She had forgotten that she had never told her aunt of Mr. Pendleton's desire to adopt her-and certainly she would not wish to tell her now that she had ever thought for a minute of leaving her-this dear Aunt Polly!

"The child's presence," stammered Pollyanna, hastily. "Mr. Pendleton told me once, you see, that only a woman's hand and heart or a child's presence could make a-a home. And now he's got it-the child's presence."

"Oh, I-see," said Miss Polly very gently; and she did see-more than Pollyanna realized. She saw something of the pressure that was probably brought to bear on Pollyanna herself at the time John Pendleton was asking HER to be the "child's presence," which was to transform his great pile of gray stone into a home. "I see," she finished, her eyes stinging with sudden tears.

pressure - pression

bear - ours, endurer, naîs, produire, souffrir, subir

transform - transformer, transformée

stinging - des piqures, (sting) des piqures

Pollyanna, fearful that her aunt might ask further embarrassing questions, hastened to lead the conversation away from the Pendleton house and its master.

further - encourager, ultérieur, plus loin, de plus, (furth)

embarrassing - embarrassant, embarrasser, gener

hastened to - s'est empressé de faire

lead - du plomb

"Dr. Chilton says so, too-that it takes a woman's hand and heart, or a child's presence, to make a home, you know," she remarked.

remarked - remarqué, remarque

Miss Polly turned with a start.

"DR. CHILTON! How do you know-that?"

"He told me so. 'Twas when he said he lived in just rooms, you know-not a home."

Miss Polly did not answer. Her eyes were out the window.

"So I asked him why he didn't get 'em-a woman's hand and heart, and have a home."

"Pollyanna!" Miss Polly had turned sharply. Her cheeks showed a sudden color.

"Well, I did. He looked so-so sorrowful."

sorrowful - chagrin

"What did he-say?" Miss Polly asked the question as if in spite of some force within her that was urging her not to ask it.

"He didn't say anything for a minute; then he said very low that you couldn't always get 'em for the asking."

There was a brief silence. Miss Polly's eyes had turned again to the window. Her cheeks were still unnaturally pink.

unnaturally - de façon non naturelle

Pollyanna sighed.

"He wants one, anyhow, I know, and I wish he could have one."

"Why, Pollyanna, HOW do you know?"

"Because, afterwards, on another day, he said something else. He said that low, too, but I heard him. He said that he'd give all the world if he did have one woman's hand and heart. Why, Aunt Polly, what's the matter?" Aunt Polly had risen hurriedly and gone to the window.

risen - ressuscité, augmenter, monter, lever

"Nothing, dear. I was changing the position of this prism," said Aunt Polly, whose whole face now was aflame.


players - joueurs, joueur, joueuse, acteur, actrice, comédien, comédienne

It was not long after John Pendleton's second visit that Milly Snow called one afternoon. Milly Snow had never before been to the Harrington homestead. She blushed and looked very embarrassed when Miss Polly entered the room.

"I-I came to inquire for the little girl," she stammered.

"You are very kind. She is about the same. How is your mother?" rejoined Miss Polly, wearily.

"That is what I came to tell you-that is, to ask you to tell Miss Pollyanna," hurried on the girl, breathlessly and incoherently. "We think it's-so awful-so perfectly awful that the little thing can't ever walk again; and after all she's done for us, too-for mother, you know, teaching her to play the game, and all that. And when we heard how now she couldn't play it herself-poor little dear!

incoherently - de façon incohérente

I'm sure I don't see how she CAN, either, in her condition!-but when we remembered all the things she'd said to us, we thought if she could only know what she HAD done for us, that it would HELP, you know, in her own case, about the game, because she could be glad-that is, a little glad-" Milly stopped helplessly, and seemed to be waiting for Miss Polly to speak.

condition - condition

Miss Polly had sat politely listening, but with a puzzled questioning in her eyes. Only about half of what had been said, had she understood. She was thinking now that she always had known that Milly Snow was "queer," but she had not supposed she was crazy. In no other way, however, could she account for this incoherent, illogical, unmeaning rush of words.

incoherent - incohérent

illogical - illogique

unmeaning - sans signification

rush - rush, ruée, affluence, gazer, galoper, bousculer

When the pause came she filled it with a quiet:

"I don't think I quite understand, Milly. Just what is it that you want me to tell my niece?"

"Yes, that's it; I want you to tell her," answered the girl, feverishly. "Make her see what she's done for us. Of course she's SEEN some things, because she's been there, and she's known mother is different; but I want her to know HOW different she is-and me, too. I'm different. I've been trying to play it-the game-a little."

Miss Polly frowned. She would have asked what Milly meant by this "game," but there was no opportunity. Milly was rushing on again with nervous volubility.

rushing - se précipiter, (rush) se précipiter

volubility - volubilité

"You know nothing was ever right before-for mother. She was always wanting 'em different. And, really, I don't know as one could blame her much-under the circumstances. But now she lets me keep the shades up, and she takes interest in things-how she looks, and her nightdress, and all that. And she's actually begun to knit little things-reins and baby blankets for fairs and hospitals.

circumstances - circonstances, circonstance

shades - nuances, alose

knit - tricot, tricoter, souder, unir, se souder

fairs - foires, blond

And she's so interested, and so GLAD to think she can do it!-and that was all Miss Pollyanna's doings, you know, 'cause she told mother she could be glad she'd got her hands and arms, anyway; and that made mother wonder right away why she didn't DO something with her hands and arms. And so she began to do something-to knit, you know.

And you can't think what a different room it is now, what with the red and blue and yellow worsteds, and the prisms in the window that SHE gave her-why, it actually makes you feel BETTER just to go in there now; and before I used to dread it awfully, it was so dark and gloomy, and mother was so-so unhappy, you know.

dread - peur, redouter, craindre, crainte

"And so we want you to please tell Miss Pollyanna that we understand it's all because of her. And please say we're so glad we know her, that we thought, maybe if she knew it, it would make her a little glad that she knew us. And-and that's all," sighed Milly, rising hurriedly to her feet. "You'll tell her?"

"Why, of course," murmured Miss Polly, wondering just how much of this remarkable discourse she could remember to tell.

remarkable - remarquable

discourse - discours, conversation, checkdiscussion, checkexposé

These visits of John Pendleton and Milly Snow were only the first of many; and always there were the messages-the messages which were in some ways so curious that they caused Miss Polly more and more to puzzle over them.

One day there was the little Widow Benton. Miss Polly knew her well, though they had never called upon each other. By reputation she knew her as the saddest little woman in town-one who was always in black. To-day, however, Mrs. Benton wore a knot of pale blue at the throat, though there were tears in her eyes.

widow - veuve

reputation - réputation, renommée (more slang)

She spoke of her grief and horror at the accident; then she asked diffidently if she might see Pollyanna.

Miss Polly shook her head.

"I am sorry, but she sees no one yet. A little later-perhaps."

Mrs. Benton wiped her eyes, rose, and turned to go. But after she had almost reached the hall door she came back hurriedly.

wiped - essuyé, essuyer

"Miss Harrington, perhaps, you'd give her-a message," she stammered.

"Certainly, Mrs. Benton; I shall be very glad to."

Still the little woman hesitated; then she spoke.

"Will you tell her, please, that-that I've put on THIS," she said, just touching the blue bow at her throat. Then, at Miss Polly's ill-concealed look of surprise, she added: "The little girl has been trying for so long to make me wear-some color, that I thought she'd be-glad to know I'd begun. She said that Freddy would be so glad to see it, if I would. You know Freddy's ALL I have now.

ill - malade, écouré, écourée

bow - l'arc, arc

concealed - dissimulée, dissimuler, cacher

The others have all-" Mrs. Benton shook her head and turned away. "If you'll just tell Pollyanna-SHE'LL understand." And the door closed after her.

A little later, that same day, there was the other widow-at least, she wore widow's garments. Miss Polly did not know her at all. She wondered vaguely how Pollyanna could have known her. The lady gave her name as "Mrs. Tarbell."

"I'm a stranger to you, of course," she began at once. "But I'm not a stranger to your little niece, Pollyanna. I've been at the hotel all summer, and every day I've had to take long walks for my health. It was on these walks that I've met your niece-she's such a dear little girl! I wish I could make you understand what she's been to me.

I was very sad when I came up here; and her bright face and cheery ways reminded me of-my own little girl that I lost years ago. I was so shocked to hear of the accident; and then when I learned that the poor child would never walk again, and that she was so unhappy because she couldn't be glad any longer-the dear child!-I just had to come to you."

hear of - Entendre parler de

"You are very kind," murmured Miss Polly.

"But it is you who are to be kind," demurred the other. "I-I want you to give her a message from me. Will you?"


"Will you just tell her, then, that Mrs. Tarbell is glad now. Yes, I know it sounds odd, and you don't understand. But-if you'll Pardon me I'd rather not explain." Sad lines came to the lady's mouth, and the smile left her eyes. "Your niece will know just what I mean; and I felt that I must tell-her.

is glad - est heureux

Pardon me - Pardon

Thank you; and pardon me, please, for any seeming rudeness in my call," she begged, as she took her leave.

seeming - en apparence, paraissant, (seem), sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

rudeness - l'impolitesse, impolitesse

Thoroughly mystified now, Miss Polly hurried up-stairs to Pollyanna's room.

"Pollyanna, do you know a Mrs. Tarbell?"

"Oh, yes. I love Mrs. Tarbell. She's sick, and awfully sad; and she's at the hotel, and takes long walks. We go together. I mean-we used to." Pollyanna's voice broke, and two big tears rolled down her cheeks.

go together - Aller ensemble

rolled - roulé, rouleau

Miss Polly cleared her throat hurriedly.

"We'll, she's just been here, dear. She left a message for you-but she wouldn't tell me what it meant. She said to tell you that Mrs. Tarbell is glad now."

Pollyanna clapped her hands softly.

"Did she say that-really? Oh, I'm so glad!"

"But, Pollyanna, what did she mean?"

"Why, it's the game, and-" Pollyanna stopped short, her fingers to her lips.

"What game?"

"N-nothing much, Aunt Polly; that is-I can't tell it unless I tell other things that-that I'm not to speak of."

It was on Miss Polly's tongue to question her niece further; but the obvious distress on the little girl's face stayed the words before they were uttered.

distress - la détresse, détresse

girl's face - le visage de la femme

Not long after Mrs. Tarbell's visit, the climax came. It came in the shape of a call from a certain young woman with unnaturally pink cheeks and abnormally yellow hair; a young woman who wore high heels and cheap jewelry; a young woman whom Miss Polly knew very well by reputation-but whom she was angrily amazed to meet beneath the roof of the Harrington homestead.

climax - l'apogée, climax, apogée, paroxysme, jouissance, orgasme

shape - forme

abnormally - anormalement

jewelry - bijoux

Miss Polly did not offer her hand. She drew back, indeed, as she entered the room.

The woman rose at once. Her eyes were very red, as if she had been crying. Half defiantly she asked if she might, for a moment, see the little girl, Pollyanna.

defiantly - par défi

Miss Polly said no. She began to say it very sternly; but something in the woman's pleading eyes made her add the civil explanation that no one was allowed yet to see Pollyanna.

civil - civile, civil

explanation - explication

The woman hesitated; then a little brusquely she spoke. Her chin was still at a slightly defiant tilt.

tilt - tilisation, basculer, rendement maximum, pencher

"My name is Mrs. Payson-Mrs. Tom Payson. I presume you've heard of me-most of the good people in the town have-and maybe some of the things you've heard ain't true. But never mind that. It's about the little girl I came. I heard about the accident, and-and it broke me all up. Last week I heard how she couldn't ever walk again, and-and I wished I could give up my two uselessly well legs for hers.

uselessly - inutilement

She'd do more good trotting around on 'em one hour than I could in a hundred years. But never mind that. Legs ain't always given to the one who can make the best use of 'em, I notice."

trotting - au trot, (trot) au trot

She paused, and cleared her throat; but when she resumed her voice was still husky.

husky - husky, enroué

"Maybe you don't know it, but I've seen a good deal of that little girl of yours. We live on the Pendleton Hill road, and she used to go by often-only she didn't always GO BY. She came in and played with the kids and talked to me-and my man, when he was home. She seemed to like it, and to like us. She didn't know, I suspect, that her kind of folks don't generally call on my kind.

Maybe if they DID call more, Miss Harrington, there wouldn't be so many-of my kind," she added, with sudden bitterness.

"Be that as it may, she came; and she didn't do herself no harm, and she did do us good-a lot o'good. How much she won't know-nor can't know, I hope; 'cause if she did, she'd know other things-that I don't want her to know.

harm - le mal, mal, tort, dommage, nuire a, faire du mal a

"But it's just this. It's been hard times with us this year, in more ways than one. We've been blue and discouraged-my man and me, and ready for-'most anything. We was reckoning on getting a divorce about now, and letting the kids well, we didn't know what we would do with the kids. Then came the accident, and what we heard about the little girl's never walking again.

discouraged - découragé, décourager, dissuader

reckoning - le calcul, calculer, estimer

divorce - divorce, divorcer

And we got to thinking how she used to come and sit on our doorstep and train with the kids, and laugh, and-and just be glad. She was always being glad about something; and then, one day, she told us why, and about the game, you know; and tried to coax us to play it.

doorstep - le pas de la porte, seuil

coax - coaxial, amadouer

"Well, we've heard now that she's fretting her poor little life out of her, because she can't play it no more-that there's nothing to be glad about. And that's what I came to tell her to-day-that maybe she can be a little glad for us, 'cause we've decided to stick to each other, and play the game ourselves.

fretting - fretting, (se) tracasser (pour)

ourselves - nous-memes, nous-meme

I knew she would be glad, because she used to feel kind of bad-at things we said, sometimes. Just how the game is going to help us, I can't say that I exactly see, yet; but maybe 'twill. Anyhow, we're going to try-'cause she wanted us to. Will you tell her?"

twill - sergé, armure

"Yes, I will tell her," promised Miss Polly, a little faintly. Then, with sudden impulse, she stepped forward and held out her hand. "And thank you for coming, Mrs. Payson," she said simply.

impulse - impulsion

stepped forward - a fait un pas en avant

Simply - tout simplement, simplement

The defiant chin fell. The lips above it trembled visibly. With an incoherently mumbled something, Mrs. Payson blindly clutched at the outstretched hand, turned, and fled.

The door had scarcely closed behind her before Miss Polly was confronting Nancy in the kitchen.

confronting - confrontant, confronter


Miss Polly spoke sharply. The series of puzzling, disconcerting visits of the last few days, culminating as they had in the extraordinary experience of the afternoon, had strained her nerves to the snapping point. Not since Miss Pollyanna's accident had Nancy heard her mistress speak so sternly.

series - suite, série

culminating - le point culminant, aboutir a, conduire a, déboucher sur

strained - tendu, tendre fortement

"Nancy, WILL you tell me what this absurd 'game'is that the whole town seems to be babbling about? And what, please, has my niece to do with it? WHY does everybody, from Milly Snow to Mrs. Tom Payson, send word to her that they're 'playing it'?

babbling - babillage, bavardant, (babble), marmonner, marmotter, jargonner

As near as I can judge, half the town are putting on blue ribbons, or stopping family quarrels, or learning to like something they never liked before, and all because of Pollyanna. I tried to ask the child herself about it, but I can't seem to make much headway, and of course I don't like to worry her-now.

putting on - a mettre

But from something I heard her say to you last night, I should judge you were one of them, too. Now WILL you tell me what it all means?"

To Miss Polly's surprise and dismay, Nancy burst into tears.

"It means that ever since last June that blessed child has jest been makin'the whole town glad, an'now they're turnin''round an'tryin'ter make her a little glad, too."

turnin - tourner

"Glad of what?"

"Just glad! That's the game."

Miss Polly actually stamped her foot.

stamped - estampillé, affranchi, (stamp), cachet, tampon, timbre

"There you go like all the rest, Nancy. What game?"

Nancy lifted her chin. She faced her mistress and looked her squarely in the eye.

"I'll tell ye, ma'am. It's a game Miss Pollyanna's father learned her ter play. She got a pair of crutches once in a missionary barrel when she was wantin'a doll; an'she cried, of course, like any child would. It seems 'twas then her father told her that there wasn't ever anythin'but what there was somethin'about it that you could be glad about; an'that she could be glad about them crutches."

"Glad for-CRUTCHES!" Miss Polly choked back a sob-she was thinking of the helpless little legs on the bed up-stairs.

"Yes'm. That's what I said, an'Miss Pollyanna said that's what she said, too. But he told her she COULD be glad-'cause she DIDN'T NEED 'EM."

"Oh-h!" cried Miss Polly.

"And after that she said he made a regular game of it-findin'somethin'in everythin'ter be glad about. An'she said ye could do it, too, and that ye didn't seem ter mind not havin'the doll so much, 'cause ye was so glad ye DIDN'T need the crutches. An'they called it the 'jest bein'glad'game. That's the game, ma'am. She's played it ever since."

regular - réguliere, régulier, habitué, habituée, habitués, habituées

findin - trouver

"But, how-how-" Miss Polly came to a helpless pause.

"An'you'd be surprised ter find how cute it works, ma'am, too," maintained Nancy, with almost the eagerness of Pollyanna herself. "I wish I could tell ye what a lot she's done for mother an'the folks out home. She's been ter see 'em, ye know, twice, with me. She's made me glad, too, on such a lot o'things-little things, an'big things; an'it's made 'em so much easier.

cute - mignon, joli

For instance, I don't mind 'Nancy'for a name half as much since she told me I could be glad 'twa'n't 'Hephzibah.'An'there's Monday mornin's, too, that I used ter hate so. She's actually made me glad for Monday mornin's."

"Glad-for Monday mornings!"

Nancy laughed.

"I know it does sound nutty, ma'am. But let me tell ye. That blessed lamb found out I hated Monday mornin's somethin'awful; an'what does she up an'tell me one day but this: 'Well, anyhow, Nancy, I should think you could be gladder on Monday mornin'than on any other day in the week, because 'twould be a whole WEEK before you'd have another one!

nutty - a la noix, plein de noix

'An'I'm blest if I hain't thought of it ev'ry Monday mornin'since-an'it HAS helped, ma'am. It made me laugh, anyhow, ev'ry time I thought of it; an'laughin'helps, ye know-it does, it does!"

blest - béni, (bless) béni

laughin - rire

"But why hasn't-she told me-the game?" faltered Miss Polly. "Why has she made such a mystery of it, when I asked her?"

Nancy hesitated.

"Beggin'yer pardon, ma'am, you told her not ter speak of-her father; so she couldn't tell ye. 'Twas her father's game, ye see."

Miss Polly bit her lip.

"She wanted ter tell ye, first off," continued Nancy, a little unsteadily. "She wanted somebody ter play it with, ye know. That's why I begun it, so she could have some one."

"And-and-these others?" Miss Polly's voice shook now.

"Oh, ev'rybody, 'most, knows it now, I guess. Anyhow, I should think they did from the way I'm hearin'of it ev'rywhere I go. Of course she told a lot, and they told the rest. Them things go, ye know, when they gets started. An'she was always so smilin'an'pleasant ter ev'ry one, an'so-so jest glad herself all the time, that they couldn't help knowin'it, anyhow.

smilin - sourire

Now, since she's hurt, ev'rybody feels so bad-specially when they heard how bad SHE feels 'cause she can't find anythin'ter be glad about. An'so they've been comin'ev'ry day ter tell her how glad she's made THEM, hopin'that'll help some. Ye see, she's always wanted ev'rybody ter play the game with her."

hopin - l'espoir

"Well, I know somebody who'll play it-now," choked Miss Polly, as she turned and sped through the kitchen doorway.

Behind her, Nancy stood staring amazedly.

amazedly - avec stupéfaction

"Well, I'll believe anythin'-anythin'now," she muttered to herself. "Ye can't stump me with anythin'I wouldn't believe, now-o'Miss Polly!"

stump - souche, moignon, estompe

A little later, in Pollyanna's room, the nurse left Miss Polly and Pollyanna alone together.

"And you've had still another caller to-day, my dear," announced Miss Polly, in a voice she vainly tried to steady. "Do you remember Mrs. Payson?"

caller - l'appelant, téléphoneur, appelant

"Mrs. Payson? Why, I reckon I do! She lives on the way to Mr. Pendleton's, and she's got the prettiest little girl baby three years old, and a boy 'most five. She's awfully nice, and so's her husband-only they don't seem to know how nice each other is. Sometimes they fight-I mean, they don't quite agree.

They're poor, too, they say, and of course they don't ever have barrels, 'cause he isn't a missionary minister, you know, like-well, he isn't."

A faint color stole into Pollyanna's cheeks which was duplicated suddenly in those of her aunt.

duplicated - dupliqué, dupliquée, copier, dupliquer, duplicata

"But she wears real pretty clothes, sometimes, in spite of their being so poor," resumed Pollyanna, in some haste. "And she's got perfectly beautiful rings with diamonds and rubies and emeralds in them; but she says she's got one ring too many, and that she's going to throw it away and get a divorce instead. What is a divorce, Aunt Polly?

rings - anneaux, anneau, bague

Diamonds - des diamants, (de/en) diamant

rubies - rubis, (de) rubis

emeralds - émeraudes, émeraude

I'm afraid it isn't very nice, because she didn't look happy when she talked about it. And she said if she did get it, they wouldn't live there any more, and that Mr. Payson would go 'way off, and maybe the children, too. But I should think they'd rather keep the ring, even if they did have so many more. Shouldn't you? Aunt Polly, what is a divorce?"

ring - anneau, cerne, ring, tinter

"But they aren't going 'way off, dear," evaded Aunt Polly, hurriedly. "They're going to stay right there together."

evaded - éludé, esquiver, s'évader

"Oh, I'm so glad! Then they'll be there when I go up to see-O dear!" broke off the little girl, miserably. "Aunt Polly, why CAN'T I remember that my legs don't go any more, and that I won't ever, ever go up to see Mr. Pendleton again?"

"There, there, don't," choked her aunt. "Perhaps you'll drive up sometime. But listen! I haven't told you, yet, all that Mrs. Payson said. She wanted me to tell you that they-they were going to stay together and to play the game, just as you wanted them to."

Pollyanna smiled through tear-wet eyes.

tear - déchirure, déchirer, fissure, larme, pleur

wet - humide, mouillé, mouiller, se mouiller

"Did they? Did they, really? Oh, I am glad of that!"

"Yes, she said she hoped you'd be. That's why she told you, to make you-GLAD, Pollyanna."

Pollyanna looked up quickly.

"Why, Aunt Polly, you-you spoke just as if you knew-DO you know about the game, Aunt Polly?"

"Yes, dear." Miss Polly sternly forced her voice to be cheerfully matter-of-fact. "Nancy told me. I think it's a beautiful game. I'm going to play it now-with you."

"Oh, Aunt Polly-YOU? I'm so glad! You see, I've really wanted you most of anybody, all the time."

Aunt Polly caught her breath a little sharply. It was even harder this time to keep her voice steady; but she did it.

"Yes, dear; and there are all those others, too. Why, Pollyanna, I think all the town is playing that game now with you-even to the minister! I haven't had a chance to tell you, yet, but this morning I met Mr.

Ford when I was down to the village, and he told me to say to you that just as soon as you could see him, he was coming to tell you that he hadn't stopped being glad over those eight hundred rejoicing texts that you told him about. So you see, dear, it's just you that have done it.

The whole town is playing the game, and the whole town is wonderfully happier-and all because of one little girl who taught the people a new game, and how to play it."

Pollyanna clapped her hands.

"Oh, I'm so glad," she cried. Then, suddenly, a wonderful light illumined her face. "Why, Aunt Polly, there IS something I can be glad about, after all. I can be glad I've HAD my legs, anyway-else I couldn't have done-that!"


One by one the short winter days came and went-but they were not short to Pollyanna. They were long, and sometimes full of pain. Very resolutely, these days, however, Pollyanna was turning a cheerful face toward whatever came. Was she not specially bound to play the game, now that Aunt Polly was playing it, too? And Aunt Polly found so many things to be glad about!

It was Aunt Polly, too, who discovered the story one day about the two poor little waifs in a snow-storm who found a blown-down door to crawl under, and who wondered what poor folks did that didn't have any door! And it was Aunt Polly who brought home the other story that she had heard about the poor old lady who had only two teeth, but who was so glad that those two teeth "hit"!

discovered - découvert, découvrir

waifs - des gauches, enfant abandonné

snow-storm - (snow-storm) tempete de neige

blown-down - (blown-down) soufflé

crawl - ramper

hit - frappé, frapper, battement, battre, succes

Pollyanna now, like Mrs. Snow, was knitting wonderful things out of bright colored worsteds that trailed their cheery lengths across the white spread, and made Pollyanna-again like Mrs. Snow-so glad she had her hands and arms, anyway.

knitting - tricotage, tricot, (knit), tricoter, souder, unir, se souder

lengths - des longueurs, longueur, durée

spread - se propager, étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre, éparpiller

Pollyanna saw people now, occasionally, and always there were the loving messages from those she could not see; and always they brought her something new to think about-and Pollyanna needed new things to think about.

Occasionally - occasionnellement

Once she had seen John Pendleton, and twice she had seen Jimmy Bean. John Pendleton had told her what a fine boy Jimmy was getting to be, and how well he was doing. Jimmy had told her what a first-rate home he had, and what bang-up "folks" Mr. Pendleton made; and both had said that it was all owing to her.

first-rate - (first-rate) de premier ordre

"Which makes me all the gladder, you know, that I HAVE had my legs," Pollyanna confided to her aunt afterwards.

confided - confiée, faire confiance, confier

The winter passed, and spring came. The anxious watchers over Pollyanna's condition could see little change wrought by the prescribed treatment. There seemed every reason to believe, indeed, that Dr. Mead's worst fears would be realized-that Pollyanna would never walk again.

fears - des craintes, peur

Beldingsville, of course, kept itself informed concerning Pollyanna; and of Beldingsville, one man in particular fumed and fretted himself into a fever of anxiety over the daily bulletins which he managed in some way to procure from the bed of suffering.

informed - informé, informer, avertir (de)

fumed - fumées, fulminer

bulletins - bulletins, bulletin

As the days passed, however, and the news came to be no better, but rather worse, something besides anxiety began to show in the man's face: despair, and a very dogged determination, each fighting for the mastery. In the end, the dogged determination won; and it was then that Mr. John Pendleton, somewhat to his surprise, received one Saturday morning a call from Dr. Thomas Chilton.

fighting - combattre, combat, bagarre, (fight) combattre

mastery - maîtrise

"Pendleton," began the doctor, abruptly, "I've come to you because you, better than any one else in town, know something of my relations with Miss Polly Harrington."

relations - relations, relation, parent, parente

John Pendleton was conscious that he must have started visibly-he did know something of the affair between Polly Harrington and Thomas Chilton, but the matter had not been mentioned between them for fifteen years, or more.

mentioned - mentionnée, mentionner

"Yes," he said, trying to make his voice sound concerned enough for sympathy, and not eager enough for curiosity. In a moment he saw that he need not have worried, however: the doctor was quite too intent on his errand to notice how that errand was received.

curiosity - curiosité

intent on - l'intention

"Pendleton, I want to see that child. I want to make an examination. I MUST make an examination."

examination - l'examen, examen

"Well-can't you?"

"CAN'T I! Pendleton, you know very well I haven't been inside that door for more than fifteen years. You don't know-but I will tell you-that the mistress of that house told me that the NEXT time she ASKED me to enter it, I might take it that she was begging my pardon, and that all would be as before-which meant that she'd marry me. Perhaps you see her summoning me now-but I don't!"

marry me - épouse moi

summoning - l'invocation, convoquer

"But couldn't you go-without a summons?"

summons - convoque, convocation, (summon) convoque

The doctor frowned.

"Well, hardly. I have some pride, you know."

"But if you're so anxious-couldn't you swallow your pride and forget the quarrel-"

"Forget the quarrel!" interrupted the doctor, savagely. "I'm not talking of that kind of pride. So far as THAT is concerned, I'd go from here there on my knees-or on my head-if that would do any good. It's PROFESSIONAL pride I'm talking about. It's a case of sickness, and I'm a doctor. I can't butt in and say, 'Here, take me!'can I?"

professional - professionnel, professionnelle

sickness - maladie

butt - de fesses, crosse

"Chilton, what was the quarrel?" demanded Pendleton.

The doctor made an impatient gesture, and got to his feet.

"What was it? What's any lovers'quarrel after it's over?" he snarled, pacing the room angrily. "A silly wrangle over the size of the moon or the depth of a river, maybe-it might as well be, so far as its having any real significance compared to the years of misery that follow them! Never mind the quarrel! So far as I am concerned, I am willing to say there was no quarrel.

snarled - grogné, gronder (en montrant les dents)

pacing - le rythme, pas

wrangle - se disputer, disputer, quereller

size - taille, ampleur, pointure

depth - profondeur, épaisseur

significance - importance (1), signification (2)

Pendleton, I must see that child. It may mean life or death. It will mean-I honestly believe-nine chances out of ten that Pollyanna Whittier will walk again!"

chances - chances, hasard

The words were spoken clearly, impressively; and they were spoken just as the one who uttered them had almost reached the open window near John Pendleton's chair. Thus it happened that very distinctly they reached the ears of a small boy kneeling beneath the window on the ground outside.

distinctly - distinctement

Jimmy Bean, at his Saturday morning task of pulling up the first little green weeds of the flowerbeds, sat up with ears and eyes wide open.

flowerbeds - des parterres de fleurs, parterre de fleurs

"Walk! Pollyanna!" John Pendleton was saying. "What do you mean?"

"I mean that from what I can hear and learn-a mile from her bedside-that her case is very much like one that a college friend of mine has just helped. For years he's been making this sort of thing a special study. I've kept in touch with him, and studied, too, in a way. And from what I hear-but I want to SEE the girl!"

John Pendleton came erect in his chair.

"You must see her, man! Couldn't you-say, through Dr. Warren?"

The other shook his head.

"I'm afraid not. Warren has been very decent, though. He told me himself that he suggested consultation with me at the first, but-Miss Harrington said no so decisively that he didn't dare venture it again, even though he knew of my desire to see the child. Lately, some of his best patients have come over to me-so of course that ties my hands still more effectually.

I'm afraid not - J'ai bien peur que non

decent - integre, décent, substantiel

Venture - venture, s'aventurer, risquer, oser

ties - liens, attacher

effectually - efficacement

But, Pendleton, I've got to see that child! Think of what it may mean to her-if I do!"

"Yes, and think of what it will mean-if you don't!" retorted Pendleton.

"But how can I-without a direct request from her aunt?-which I'll never get!"

"She must be made to ask you!"


"I don't know."

"No, I guess you don't-nor anybody else. She's too proud and too angry to ask me-after what she said years ago it would mean if she did ask me.

But when I think of that child, doomed to lifelong misery, and when I think that maybe in my hands lies a chance of escape, but for that confounded nonsense we call pride and professional etiquette, I-" He did not finish his sentence, but with his hands thrust deep into his pockets, he turned and began to tramp up and down the room again, angrily.

doomed - condamnée, mort, ruine, perte, condamner

lies - mensonges, mensonge

escape - échapper, s'échapper, éviter, échapper (a quelqu'un), évasion

etiquette - l'étiquette, étiquette

pockets - poches, poche, empocher, de poche

"But if she could be made to see-to understand," urged John Pendleton.

see-to - (see-to) Voir a

"Yes; and who's going to do it?" demanded the doctor, with a savage turn.

savage - barbare, féroce, sauvage

"I don't know, I don't know," groaned the other, miserably.

Outside the window Jimmy Bean stirred suddenly. Up to now he had scarcely breathed, so intently had he listened to every word.

"Well, by Jinks, I know!" he whispered, exultingly. "I'M a-goin'ter do it!" And forthwith he rose to his feet, crept stealthily around the corner of the house, and ran with all his might down Pendleton Hill.

Jinks - jinks, zigzag, zigzaguer

whispered - chuchoté, chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

forthwith - immédiatement, aussitôt, séance tenante, de ce pas

stealthily - furtivement


helm - barre, gouvernail, timon

"It's Jimmy Bean. He wants ter see ye, ma'am," announced Nancy in the doorway.

"Me?" rejoined Miss Polly, plainly surprised. "Are you sure he did not mean Miss Pollyanna? He may see her a few minutes to-day, if he likes."

"Yes'm. I told him. But he said it was you he wanted."

"Very well, I'll come down." And Miss Polly arose from her chair a little wearily.

arose - s'est élevé, se lever, relever

In the sitting room she found waiting for her a round-eyed, flushed-faced boy, who began to speak at once.

"Ma'am, I s'pose it's dreadful-what I'm doin', an'what I'm sayin'; but I can't help it. It's for Pollyanna, and I'd walk over hot coals for her, or face you, or-or anythin'like that, any time. An'I think you would, too, if you thought there was a chance for her ter walk again.

coals - charbons, charbon, houille, tisons-p, fr

An'so that's why I come ter tell ye that as long as it's only pride an'et-et-somethin'that's keepin'Pollyanna from walkin', why I knew you WOULD ask Dr. Chilton here if you understood-"

et - et

"Wh-at?" interrupted Miss Polly, the look of stupefaction on her face changing to one of angry indignation.

Jimmy sighed despairingly.

despairingly - désespérément

"There, I didn't mean ter make ye mad. That's why I begun by tellin'ye about her walkin'again. I thought you'd listen ter that."

mad - fou, folle, fol, fâché, en colere

"Jimmy, what are you talking about?"

Jimmy sighed again.

"That's what I'm tryin'ter tell ye."

"Well, then tell me. But begin at the beginning, and be sure I understand each thing as you go. Don't plunge into the middle of it as you did before-and mix everything all up!"

plunge - plonger

Mix - mélange, meler, mélangent, mélangeons, mixage, mélangez

Jimmy wet his lips determinedly.

"Well, ter begin with, Dr. Chilton come ter see Mr. Pendleton, an'they talked in the library. Do you understand that?"

"Yes, Jimmy." Miss Polly's voice was rather faint.

"Well, the window was open, and I was weedin'the flower-bed under it; an'I heard 'em talk."

under it - en dessous

"Oh, Jimmy! LISTENING?"

"'Twa'n't about me, an''twa'n't sneak listenin'," bridled Jimmy. "And I'm glad I listened. You will be when I tell ye. Why, it may make Pollyanna-walk!"

sneak - sournois, resquilleur, faucher, piquer, resquiller, cacher

"Jimmy, what do you mean?" Miss Polly was leaning forward eagerly.

"There, I told ye so," nodded Jimmy, contentedly. "Well, Dr. Chilton knows some doctor somewhere that can cure Pollyanna, he thinks-make her walk, ye know; but he can't tell sure till he SEES her. And he wants ter see her somethin'awful, but he told Mr. Pendleton that you wouldn't let him."

cure - guérir, guérissez, guérissent, cicatriser, guérison

Miss Polly's face turned very red.

"But, Jimmy, I-I can't-I couldn't! That is, I didn't know!" Miss Polly was twisting her fingers together helplessly.

twisting - torsion, (twist), twist, entortiller, tordre

"Yes, an'that's what I come ter tell ye, so you WOULD know," asserted Jimmy, eagerly. "They said that for some reason-I didn't rightly catch what-you wouldn't let Dr. Chilton come, an'you told Dr. Warren so; an'Dr. Chilton couldn't come himself, without you asked him, on account of pride an'professional et-et-well, et-somethin anyway.

rightly - a juste titre

catch - attraper, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic

An'they was wishin'somebody could make you understand, only they didn't know who could; an'I was outside the winder, an'I says ter myself right away, 'By Jinks, I'll do it!'An'I come-an'have I made ye understand?"

wishin - souhaits

winder - enrouleur

"Yes; but, Jimmy, about that doctor," implored Miss Polly, feverishly. "Who was he? What did he do? Are they SURE he could make Pollyanna walk?"

"I don't know who he was. They didn't say. Dr. Chilton knows him, an'he's just cured somebody just like her, Dr. Chilton thinks. Anyhow, they didn't seem ter be doin'no worryin'about HIM. 'Twas YOU they was worryin'about, 'cause you wouldn't let Dr. Chilton see her. An'say-you will let him come, won't you?-now you understand?"

cured - guérie, clébard, corniaud, roquet, clebs, chien

Miss Polly turned her head from side to side. Her breath was coming in little uneven, rapid gasps. Jimmy, watching her with anxious eyes, thought she was going to cry. But she did not cry. After a minute she said brokenly:

uneven - inégale, inégal

gasps - haletements, retenir son souffle, haleter, ahaner, haletement

"Yes-I'll let-Dr. Chilton-see her. Now run home, Jimmy-quick! I've got to speak to Dr. Warren. He's up-stairs now. I saw him drive in a few minutes ago."

drive in - conduire

A little later Dr. Warren was surprised to meet an agitated, flushed-faced Miss Polly in the hall. He was still more surprised to hear the lady say, a little breathlessly:

"Dr. Warren, you asked me once to allow Dr. Chilton to be called in consultation, and-I refused. Since then I have reconsidered. I very much desire that you SHOULD call in Dr. Chilton. Will you not ask him at once-please? Thank you."

allow - laisser, accorder, permettre

reconsidered - reconsidérée, reconsidérer

call in - appeler


The next time Dr. Warren entered the chamber where Pollyanna lay watching the dancing shimmer of color on the ceiling, a tall, broad-shouldered man followed close behind him.

chamber - chambre, piece, salle

shimmer - chatoiement, miroiter

"Dr. Chilton!-oh, Dr. Chilton, how glad I am to see YOU!" cried Pollyanna. And at the joyous rapture of the voice, more than one pair of eyes in the room brimmed hot with sudden tears. "But, of course, if Aunt Polly doesn't want-"

rapture - le ravissement, ravissement, enlevement

brimmed - a rebord, bord

"It is all right, my dear; Don't worry," soothed Miss Polly, agitatedly, hurrying forward. "I have told Dr. Chilton that-that I want him to look you over-with Dr. Warren, this morning."

Don't worry - Ne pas s'inquiéter

agitatedly - avec agitation

"Oh, then you asked him to come," murmured Pollyanna, contentedly.

"Yes, dear, I asked him. That is-" But it was too late. The adoring happiness that had leaped to Dr. Chilton's eyes was unmistakable and Miss Polly had seen it. With very pink cheeks she turned and left the room hurriedly.

adoring - adorer

Over in the window the nurse and Dr. Warren were talking earnestly. Dr. Chilton held out both his hands to Pollyanna.

"Little girl, I'm thinking that one of the very gladdest jobs you ever did has been done to-day," he said in a voice shaken with emotion.

At twilight a wonderfully tremulous, wonderfully different Aunt Polly crept to Pollyanna's bedside. The nurse was at supper. They had the room to themselves.

tremulous - tremblant

"Pollyanna, dear, I'm going to tell you-the very first one of all. Some day I'm going to give Dr. Chilton to you for your-uncle. And it's you that have done it all. Oh, Pollyanna, I'm so-happy! And so-glad!-darling!"

Pollyanna began to clap her hands; but even as she brought her small palms together the first time, she stopped, and held them suspended.

clap - applaudir, claquent, claquer, applaudissement, claquez

palms - des palmiers, paume

"Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly, WERE you the woman's hand and heart he wanted so long ago? You were-I know you were! And that's what he meant by saying I'd done the gladdest job of all-to-day. I'm so glad! Why, Aunt Polly, I don't know but I'm so glad that I don't mind-even my legs, now!"

Aunt Polly swallowed a sob.

"Perhaps, some day, dear-" But Aunt Polly did not finish. Aunt Polly did not dare to tell, yet, the great hope that Dr. Chilton had put into her heart. But she did say this-and surely this was quite wonderful enough-to Pollyanna's mind:

"Pollyanna, next week you're going to take a journey. On a nice comfortable little bed you're going to be carried in cars and carriages to a great doctor who has a big house many miles from here made on purpose for just such people as you are. He's a dear friend of Dr. Chilton's, and we're going to see what he can do for you!"

carriages - les wagons, rench: -neededr, carrosse, port, chariot

on purpose - a dessein


"Dear Aunt Polly and Uncle Tom:-Oh, I can-I can-I CAN walk! I did to-day all the way from my bed to the window! It was six steps. My, how good it was to be on legs again!

"All the doctors stood around and smiled, and all the nurses stood beside of them and cried. A lady in the next ward who walked last week first, peeked into the door, and another one who hopes she can walk next month, was invited in to the party, and she laid on my nurse's bed and clapped her hands.

ward - la pupille, salle

peeked - jeté un coup d'oil, jeter un coup d'oeil (furtif) (a)

invited in - invité a entrer

Even Black Tilly who washes the floor, looked through the piazza window and called me 'Honey, child'when she wasn't crying too much to call me anything.

looked through - regardé a travers

piazza - piazza

honey - chérie, miel

"I don't see why they cried. I wanted to sing and shout and yell! Oh-oh-oh! just think, I can walk-walk-WALK! Now I don't mind being here almost ten months, and I didn't miss the wedding, anyhow. Wasn't that just like you, Aunt Polly, to come on here and get married right beside my bed, so I could see you. You always do think of the gladdest things!

wedding - mariage, (wed), marier, épouser

"Pretty soon, they say, I shall go home. I wish I could walk all the way there. I do. I don't think I shall ever want to ride anywhere any more. It will be so good just to walk. Oh, I'm so glad! I'm glad for everything. Why, I'm glad now I lost my legs for a while, for you never, never know how perfectly lovely legs are till you haven't got them-that go, I mean.

I'm going to walk eight steps to-morrow.

"With heaps of love to everybody,


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