innocence - Unschuld; Harmlosigkeit

Book I


Chapter - Kapitel, Abschnitt, Verband, Ortsverband, Sektion

On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.

Academy - Akademie, akademische Einrichtung

York - York

It was Madame Nilsson's first appearance that winter, and what the daily press had already learned to describe as "an exceptionally brilliant audience" had gathered to hear her, transported through the slippery, snowy streets in private broughams, in the spacious family landau, or in the humbler but more convenient "Brown coupe." To come to the Opera in a Brown coupe was almost as honourable a way of arriving as in one's own carriage; and departure by the same means had the immense advantage of enabling one (with a playful allusion to democratic principles) to scramble into the first Brown conveyance in the line, instead of waiting till the cold-and-gin congested nose of one's own coachman gleamed under the portico of the Academy.

daily press - Tagespresse

exceptionally - Ausnahmsweise

gathered - gesammelt; sammeln, versammeln

slippery - schlüpfrig; rutschig, glitschig, aalglatt

snowy - verschneit; Schnee

private - privat; privat

spacious - geräumig; weiträumig

humbler - bescheidener; demütiger

more convenient - genehmere

coupe - Coupé

opera - Oper; (opus) Oper

honourable - ehrenhaft

carriage - Kutsche; Gang, Haltung, Wagen, Frachtgeld, Fracht, Fuhrlohn

departure - Abreise; Abfahrt

immense - immens

enabling - Freigabe; berechtigen, befähigen, ermöglichen, anordnen

playful - spielerisch; verspielt

allusion - Anspielung, Allusion

democratic - demokratisch

principles - Grundsätze; Grundsatz, Prinzip

scramble - krabbeln; drängeln; verrühren, verquirlen, verwürfeln

Conveyance - Beförderung; Transport, Übertragung, Transportmittel

gin - Gin, Wacholderbranntwein

congested - überlastet; überfüllen

coachman - Kutscher

gleamed - schimmerte; Schimmer; durchschimmern, glänzen

portico - Säulengang; Portikus

It was one of the great livery-stableman's most masterly intuitions to have discovered that Americans want to get away from amusement even more quickly than they want to get to it.

livery - Tracht, Kleid

stableman - Stallknecht

most masterly - meisterhafteste

intuitions - Intuitionen; Ahnung, Anschauung, Eingebung, Einfühlungsvermögen

amusement - Belustigung; Amüsement

When Newland Archer opened the door at the back of the club box the curtain had just gone up on the garden scene. There was no reason why the young man should not have come earlier, for he had dined at seven, alone with his mother and sister, and had lingered afterward over a cigar in the Gothic library with glazed black-walnut bookcases and finial-topped chairs which was the only room in the house where Mrs.

Archer - Bogenschütze; (arch) Bogenschütze

curtain - Vorhang

dined - zu Abend gegessen; Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

lingered - verweilte; herumlungern, verzögern, Zeit brauchen, verweilen

afterward - nachher

cigar - Zigarre; Glimmstängel

Gothic - Gotisch; Gothic

glazed - glasiert; Glasur, Lasur, Reif, glasieren, lasieren

walnut - Walnuss, Walnussbaum, Walnussholz, Nussbaumholz

bookcases - Bücherregale; Bücherregal

finial - Endspiel; Giebelblume, Firstblume, Kreuzblume, Dachschmuck

Archer allowed smoking. But, in the first place, New York was a metropolis, and perfectly aware that in metropolises it was "not the thing" to arrive early at the opera; and what was or was not "the thing" played a part as important in Newland Archer's New York as the inscrutable totem terrors that had ruled the destinies of his forefathers thousands of years ago.

perfectly - perfekt, einwandfrei, vollkommen, durchaus

aware - wachsam, gewahr, bewusst, checkgewahr

metropolises - Metropolen; Metropole, Weltstadt, Metropole

inscrutable - undurchschaubar

totem - Totem

terrors - Schrecken, Grauen

destinies - Schicksale; Los, Geschick, Schicksal

forefathers - Vorväter; Vorfahre

The second reason for his delay was a personal one. He had dawdled over his cigar because he was at heart a dilettante, and thinking over a pleasure to come often gave him a subtler satisfaction than its realisation. This was especially the case when the pleasure was a delicate one, as his pleasures mostly were; and on this occasion the moment he looked forward to was so rare and exquisite in quality that"well, if he had timed his arrival in accord with the prima donna's stage-manager he could not have entered the Academy at a more significant moment than just as she was singing: "He loves me"he loves me not"HE LOVES ME!

delay - Verspätung, Verzögerung, Verzug

dawdled - getrödelt; trödeln, qualifier

dilettante - Dilettant, Dilettantin, Amateur, Amateurin

subtler - subtiler; subtil, fast unmerklich, haarfein, dezent, feinsinnig

satisfaction - Befriedigung; Zufriedenheit; Satisfaktion, Genugtuung

realisation - Verwirklichung; Durchführung, Ausführung, Realisierung

delicate - empfindlich, heikel, schwierig, feingliedrig, filigran

pleasures - Vergnügungen; Vergnügen

Occasion - Gelegenheit; Anlass

rare - selten; rar, blutig (Steak)

exquisite - exquisit, köstlich, auserlesen

arrival - Ankunft

accord with - übereinstimmen mit

Prima - die Primaballerina

significant - bedeutsam; signifikant, bedeutend

" and sprinkling the falling daisy petals with notes as clear as dew.

sprinkling - Berieselung; berieselnd; (sprinkle); sprühen; besprühen; Nieselregen

daisy - Gänseblümchen, Tausendschönchen, Tagesauge

petals - Blütenblätter; Blütenblatt

dew - tauen; Tau

She sang, of course, "M'ama!

and not "he loves me," since an unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences. This seemed as natural to Newland Archer as all the other conventions on which his life was moulded: such as the duty of using two silver-backed brushes with his monogram in blue enamel to part his hair, and of never appearing in society without a flower (preferably a gardenia) in his buttonhole.

unalterable - unabänderlich

unquestioned - unbestritten

required - erforderlich; erfordern, brauchen, benötigen

German - Deutscher, Deutsche, Germane, Germanin, Achtelcicero, Deutsch

French - Französisch

Operas - Opern; Oper

Swedish - Schwedisch

translated - übersetzt; übersetzen, übertragen, verdolmetschen, dolmetschen

conventions - Konferenzen; Kongress, Versammlung, Tagung, Abkommen

moulded - geformt; Heizform, Form; Gussform, Gießform, Moder; formen

Duty - Die Pflicht; Pflicht; Schicht, Arbeitszeit, Zoll, Einfuhrsteuer

monogram - Monogramm

enamel - Schmelz, Schmelzglas, Emailmalerei; lackieren, glasieren

preferably - vorzugsweise

gardenia - Gardenie

buttonhole - Knopfloch

"M'ama ... non m'ama ..." the prima donna sang, and "M'ama!", with a final burst of love triumphant, as she pressed the dishevelled daisy to her lips and lifted her large eyes to the sophisticated countenance of the little brown Faust-Capoul, who was vainly trying, in a tight purple velvet doublet and plumed cap, to look as pure and true as his artless victim.

non - nicht..

burst - geplatzt; platzen, zerplatzen, bersten, sprengen, Bersten

triumphant - triumphieren

pressed - gedrückt; (pre) vor..

dishevelled - zerzaust; in Unordnung bringen, herumschmeißen, verwirren

lips - Lippen; Lippe, Auslauf, Überlauf, Schnaupe, Ansatz

sophisticated - raffiniert; verdrehen, verfälschen

countenance - Antlitz, Gesichtsausdruck, Miene, Unterstützung, Fassung

vainly - vergeblich

tight - knapp, eng, dicht, tight, fest

velvet - Samt

doublet - Dublette; Zweibiteinheit, Dipol

plumed - gefiedert; Pflaumenbaum; Pflaume, Zwetschke (österr.)

cap - Ventilkappe; Mütze, Haube, Kappe, Deckel; Laufflächenkrone

pure - bloß, rein

artless - kunstlos; schlicht, natürlich

victim - Opfer

Newland Archer, leaning against the wall at the back of the club box, turned his eyes from the stage and scanned the opposite side of the house. Directly facing him was the box of old Mrs. Manson Mingott, whose monstrous obesity had long since made it impossible for her to attend the Opera, but who was always represented on fashionable nights by some of the younger members of the family. On this occasion, the front of the box was filled by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lovell Mingott, and her daughter, Mrs. Welland; and slightly withdrawn behind these brocaded matrons sat a young girl in white with eyes ecstatically fixed on the stagelovers. As Madame Nilsson's "M'ama!" thrilled out above the silent house (the boxes always stopped talking during the Daisy Song) a warm pink mounted to the girl's cheek, mantled her brow to the roots of her fair braids, and suffused the young slope of her breast to the line where it met a modest tulle tucker fastened with a single gardenia. She dropped her eyes to the immense bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley on her knee, and Newland Archer saw her white-gloved finger-tips touch the flowers softly.

leaning - (to lean) sich an etwas lehnen

scanned - gescannt; scannen, abtasten, einscannen, skandieren, Abtastung

directly - direkt, gerade, unmittelbar

monstrous - ungeheuerlich, monströs, grotesk, monsterhaft, monsterartig

obesity - Fettsucht, Übergewicht, Adipositas, Fettleibigkeit

represented - vorstellen, darstellen, vertreten

fashionable - modisch, fashionable

slightly - ein wenig, leicht

withdrawn - zurückgezogen; annullieren, entziehen, abziehen, ausscheiden

brocaded - mit Brokat; Brokat, Brokatstoff, Seidenbrokat

matrons - Matronen; Hausmutter, Matrone

ecstatically - ekstatisch

stagelovers - Liebhaber der Bühne

thrilled - aufgeregt; Nervenkitzel; erregen, erschauern, durchdringen

silent - still

mounted - montiert; Reittier, Berg, Lafette (Waffe); einbauen, aufsteigen

cheek - Frechheit; Backe, ormal, Stirn, Mick, Pumpenmick

mantled - mantelt; Mantel, Mantel, Hülle, Umhüllung, Mantel, Glühstrumpf

brow - Stirn; Braue, Augenbraue

roots - wurzeln; Haupt, Wurzel, Nullstelle [math.]

braids - Zöpfe; Litze; flechten; Flechte, Paspel, Zopf

suffused - durchdrungen; überziehen, bedecken, durchfluten, erfüllen

slope - Steigung, Hang, Abhang, Ableitung

breast - Brust; -brust, Entenbrust

modest - bescheiden, maßvoll, klein, gering; (mod); bescheiden, maßvoll

tulle - Tüll

fastened - befestigen, festmachen

bouquet - Blumenstrauß, Bouquet

lilies - Lilien; Lilie

gloved - Handschuhe; Handschuh

finger-tips - (finger-tips) Fingerspitzen

softly - sachte; leise

He drew a breath of satisfied vanity and his eyes returned to the stage.

breath - Atmen, Atmung, Atemzug, Atem, Atempause

satisfied - befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

vanity - Vergänglichkeit; Eitelkeit; Leere

No expense had been spared on the setting, which was acknowledged to be very beautiful even by people who shared his acquaintance with the Opera houses of Paris and Vienna. The foreground, to the footlights, was covered with emerald green cloth. In the middle distance symmetrical mounds of woolly green moss bounded by croquet hoops formed the base of shrubs shaped like orange-trees but studded with large pink and red roses.

expense - Kosten; Ausgabe, Aufwand, Verlust

spared - verschont; Sparring; Holm (Tragfläche); Holm (Rotorblatt); boxen

setting - Kontext; Einstellung; Vertonung; untergehend; (set); Seth

acknowledged - zur Kenntnis nehmen, erkennen, bekennen, anerkennen

acquaintance - Bekanntschaft, Umgang, Bekannter, Bekannte

Vienna - Wien

foreground - im Vordergrund; Vordergrund

footlights - Rampenlicht

emerald green - smaragdgrün

cloth - Stoff, Tuch

symmetrical - symmetrisch

mounds - Hügeln; Erdhügel, Erdwall, Hügel

woolly - wollig

moss - Moos; bemoosen

bounded - begrenzt; Sprung

croquet - Croquet, Crocket, Krocket

hoops - Reifen

base - Grundzahl, Unterlage, Basis, Grund; Bettrost

shrubs - Sträucher; Busch, Strauch, Staude

studded - bespickt; übersäen, verzieren, verstreut sein

roses - Rosen; Rosa

Gigantic pansies, considerably larger than the roses, and closely resembling the floral pen-wipers made by female parishioners for fashionable clergymen, sprang from the moss beneath the rose-trees; and here and there a daisy grafted on a rose-branch flowered with a luxuriance prophetic of Mr. Luther Burbank's far-off prodigies.

gigantic - gigantisch, kolossal

pansies - Stiefmütterchen

Considerably - Erheblich; wesentlich, beträchtlich, beachtlich

closely - dicht, eng, nah, nahe

resembling - ähneln, gleichen

floral - blumig; floral, Blume

parishioners - Gemeindemitglieder; Gemeindemitglied

clergymen - Pfarrer, Pastor, Kleriker, Geistlicher, Seelsorger, Seelenhirt

beneath - unter

grafted - aufgepfropft; übertragen (med.), aufpfropfen

branch - Ast, Zweig, Abzweigung, (''rare'') tÄstelung

luxuriance - Luxus; Ăśppigkeit

prophetic - prophetisch

prodigies - Wunderkinder; Orakel, Wunder

In the centre of this enchanted garden Madame Nilsson, in white cashmere slashed with pale blue satin, a reticule dangling from a blue girdle, and large yellow braids carefully disposed on each side of her muslin chemisette, listened with downcast eyes to M.

enchanted - verzaubert; verzaubern, verzaubern

cashmere - Kaschmir

slashed - aufgeschlitzt; Schrägstrich, Schnitt, Schmarre; schlitzen

pale - Pfahl, blass; bleich (vor), blass (vor)

satin - Satin, Satinstoff, Satintuch

reticule - Fadenkreuz; Gitternetz

dangling - baumelnd; (dangle); baumeln

girdle - Gürtel, Hüfthalter

disposed - entsorgt; beseitigen, entsorgen, ordnen

muslin - Musselin

downcast - niedergeschlagen, geknickt, entmutigt

Capoul's impassioned wooing, and affected a guileless incomprehension of his designs whenever, by word or glance, he persuasively indicated the ground floor window of the neat brick villa projecting obliquely from the right wing.

wooing - (woo) jemanden umwerben, werben

guileless - arglos

incomprehension - Unverständnis; Unbegreiflichkeit

whenever - wann auch immer

by word - Sprichwort

glance - blicken; Blick, Streifblick, Glanz, Steinkohle

persuasively - überzeugend

indicated - angezeigt; anzeigen, anweisen, andeuten, anzeigen, andeuten

ground floor - Parterre

neat - ordentlich, sauber, geschickt, hübsch

brick - Ziegelstein; Backstein, Ziegel, externes Netzteil, bricken

villa - Villa, Anwesen, Landhaus, Herrenhaus

obliquely - schräg

Wing - Flügel, Schwinge, Gebäudeflügel, Tragfläche, tTragflügel

"The darling!" thought Newland Archer, his glance flitting back to the young girl with the lilies-of-the-valley. "She doesn't even guess what it's all about." And he contemplated her absorbed young face with a thrill of possessorship in which pride in his own masculine initiation was mingled with a tender reverence for her abysmal purity. "We'll read Faust together ... by the Italian lakes ...

darling - Liebling, Schatz, Schätzchen

flitting - hüpfend; wandernd; (flit); gaukeln

contemplated - in Erwägung gezogen; nachsinnen

absorbed - absorbiert; absorbieren, aufnehen

thrill - Aufregung; Nervenkitzel; erregen, erschauern, durchdringen

possessorship - Besitzverhältnisse

pride - Hochmut; Stolz, Trotz, Dünkel, Machtbewusstsein, Rudel

masculine - männlich, maskulin, Maskulinum; maskulines Genus

initiation - Einweihung; Initiation, Initiierung

mingled - vermengt; vermischen, vermengen, untermischen

tender - zärtlich; empfindlich, Ausschreibung, Angebot, zart; andienen

reverence - Ehrfurcht, Bewunderung, Verehrung, Hochachtung, Ehrerbietung

abysmal - abgründig, abgrundtief, erbärmlich, jämmerlich, unterirdisch

purity - Reinheit

he thought, somewhat hazily confusing the scene of his projected honey-moon with the masterpieces of literature which it would be his manly privilege to reveal to his bride. It was only that afternoon that May Welland had let him guess that she "cared" (New York's consecrated phrase of maiden avowal), and already his imagination, leaping ahead of the engagement ring, the betrothal kiss and the march from Lohengrin, pictured her at his side in some scene of old European witchery.

somewhat - etwas, einigermaßen

hazily - verschwommen; dunstig

confusing - verwirrend; verwirren, konfundieren, verwechseln, vermischen

honey - Schatz; Honig

masterpieces - Meisterwerke; Meisterstück

literature - Literatur

manly - männlich

privilege - Privileg, Vergünstigung, privilegieren

reveal - enthüllen; offenbaren

bride - die Braut; Braut

consecrated - gesegnet; weihen

maiden - Jungfrau

avowal - Geständnis, Bekenntnis

imagination - Phantasie; Vorstellungskraft, Imagination, Einbildungskraft

leaping - hervorspringen, hüpfen, überspringen

ahead - voraus, vorne, vorn, oben, geradeaus

engagement ring - Verlobungsring

betrothal - Verlobung, Verlöbnis

kiss - küssen

witchery - Geisterbeschwörung

He did not in the least wish the future Mrs. Newland Archer to be a simpleton. He meant her (thanks to his enlightening companionship) to develop a social tact and readiness of wit enabling her to hold her own with the most popular married women of the "younger set," in which it was the recognised custom to attract masculine homage while playfully discouraging it.

simpleton - Einfaltspinsel, Simpel, Naivling

enlightening - erhellend; aufklären

companionship - Kameradschaft

tact - Takt, Taktgefühl

readiness - Bereitschaft

wit - Witz; nämlich, und zwar

set - gesetzt; Seth

recognised - anerkannt; anerkennen

custom - Brauch, Gewohnheit, Sitte, Usus, Zoll, maßgeschneidert

attract - anziehen; anziehen (1; 2)

homage - Vasalleneid, Gefolgschaftsschwur, Vasallentreueschwur

playfully - spielerisch

discouraging - entmutigend; entmutigen, abschrecken, abraten, abraten von

If he had probed to the bottom of his vanity (as he sometimes nearly did) he would have found there the wish that his wife should be as worldly-wise and as eager to please as the married lady whose charms had held his fancy through two mildly agitated years; without, of course, any hint of the frailty which had so nearly marred that unhappy being's life, and had disarranged his own plans for a whole winter.

probed - sondiert; Untersuchung, Sonde, untersuchen

worldly - weltlich

wise - weise; klug, vernünftig

eager - eifrig, erwartungsvoll, begierig

charms - Reize; Talisman; Charme, Zauberformel, Lieblichkeit; bezaubern

fancy - schick; extravagant, originell

mildly - sanft, mild

agitated - aufgewühlt; aufwühlen, aufrühren, rühren, schütteln, umrühren

hint - Hinweis, Tipp, Wink, Fingerzeig

frailty - Schwäche, Zerbrechlichkeit

marred - geschädigt; beschädigen, verunstalten

disarranged - durcheinander; verwirren

How this miracle of fire and ice was to be created, and to sustain itself in a harsh world, he had never taken the time to think out; but he was content to hold his view without analysing it, since he knew it was that of all the carefully-brushed, white-waistcoated, button-hole-flowered gentlemen who succeeded each other in the club box, exchanged friendly greetings with him, and turned their opera-glasses critically on the circle of ladies who were the product of the system. In matters intellectual and artistic Newland Archer felt himself distinctly the superior of these chosen specimens of old New York gentility; he had probably read more, thought more, and even seen a good deal more of the world, than any other man of the number.

miracle - ein Wunder; Wunder, Mirakel

sustain - unterstützen; unterhalten, aufrechterhalten, versorgen

harsh - rau, harsch, unwirsch, scharf

think out - ausdenken

content - Inhalt; (to be content with) sich mit etwas begnügen

analysing - analysieren

waistcoated - mit Gürtellinie; Weste, qualifier

gentlemen - Herr, Herr, Herr, meine Herren

exchanged - ausgetauscht; austauschen, umtauschen, tauschen

greetings - Grüße; Gruß, Begrüßung

critically - kritisch

intellectual - intellektuell; Intellektueller, Intellektuelle

artistic - künstlerisch, gestalterisch, kunstvoll

distinctly - deutlich

superior - überlegen, höher, höherstehend, übergeordnet, Vorgesetzter

specimens - Exemplare; Exemplar

gentility - Vornehmheit; vornehme Herkunft, vornehme Lebensart

Singly they betrayed their inferiority; but grouped together they represented "New York," and the habit of masculine solidarity made him accept their doctrine on all the issues called moral. He instinctively felt that in this respect it would be troublesome"and also rather bad form"to strike out for himself.

singly - einzeln

betrayed - verraten, im Stich lassen, verraten, verraten, verraten

inferiority - Unterlegenheit; Minderwertigkeit

solidarity - Solidarität, Unterstützung

doctrine - Doktrin; Lehre

issues - Probleme; ausgehen

moral - moralisch, sittlich, Moral

instinctively - instinktiv; unwillkürlich

respect - Achtung, Respekt, respektieren

troublesome - lästig

strike out - durchstreichen, ausholen, ausstreichen

"Well"upon my soul!" exclaimed Lawrence Lefferts, turning his opera-glass abruptly away from the stage. Lawrence Lefferts was, on the whole, the foremost authority on "form" in New York. He had probably devoted more time than any one else to the study of this intricate and fascinating question; but study alone could not account for his complete and easy competence. One had only to look at him, from the slant of his bald forehead and the curve of his beautiful fair moustache to the long patent-leather feet at the other end of his lean and elegant person, to feel that the knowledge of "form" must be congenital in any one who knew how to wear such good clothes so carelessly and carry such height with so much lounging grace.

upon - auf; mit

soul - Inbrunst, Seele, Gefühl, Herz

exclaimed - ausgerufen; ausrufen

abruptly - abrupt, plötzlich, unerwartet, abgerissen, abschüssig

foremost - vor allem

authority - Autorität; Autorität; Behörde

devoted - hingebungsvoll; widmen

intricate - verwickelt

fascinating - faszinierend; faszinieren, faszinieren, faszinieren, bezaubern

account - Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

competence - Kompetenz, Befähigung, Zuständigkeit, Sachkunde

slant - Neigung; Schräge, Hang, Abhang, schiefe Ebene

bald - kahl, glatzköpfig; q

forehead - Stirn

curve - Kurve; Linie; Kurven; biegen, verbiegen

moustache - Schnurrbart, Oberlippenbart, Schnauzbart, Schnauzer

patent-leather - (patent-leather) Lackleder

lean - knapp, schlank, hager, mager

congenital - angeboren

carelessly - unachtsam

lounging - faulenzend; (lounge); Lounge, Wartezimmer, Warteraum, Wohnzimmer

grace - Tischgebet; Anmut, Grazie, Aufschub, Fristverlängerung

As a young admirer had once said of him: "If anybody can tell a fellow just when to wear a black tie with evening clothes and when not to, it's Larry Lefferts." And on the question of pumps versus patent-leather "Oxfords" his authority had never been disputed.

admirer - Bewunderer, Bewundrerin, Bewunderin

fellow - Stipendiat, Typ, Kerl, Bursche; Gefährte, Kerl

pumps - Pumps; Pumpe; aufpumpen, pumpen

versus - gegen

patent - Patent

leather - Leder; ledern

Oxfords - Oxford, Ochsenfurt

disputed - umstritten; Streit, Disput, Debatte, erörtern, bestreiten

"My God!" he said; and silently handed his glass to old Sillerton Jackson.

silently - leise; schweigend, still

Newland Archer, following Lefferts's glance, saw with surprise that his exclamation had been occasioned by the entry of a new figure into old Mrs. Mingott's box. It was that of a slim young woman, a little less tall than May Welland, with brown hair growing in close curls about her temples and held in place by a narrow band of diamonds. The suggestion of this headdress, which gave her what was then called a "Josephine look," was carried out in the cut of the dark blue velvet gown rather theatrically caught up under her bosom by a girdle with a large old-fashioned clasp.

exclamation - Ausruf; Exklamation

occasioned - veranlasst; Gelegenheit, Gelegenheit, Anlass

entry - Eintritt; Zutritt; Eingang; Flur; Eintrag; Element

slim - schlank, schmal, dünn

curls - Locken; Locke

temples - Schläfen; Tempel, Schläfe, Bethaus, Synagoge

Diamonds - Diamanten; Stern, Diamant

headdress - Kopfschmuck; Kopfbedeckung

dark blue - dunkelblau

gown - Gewand; Umhang, Umwurf, Überwurf, Kleid, Abendkleid, Robe

theatrically - theatralisch

bosom - Busen, Brust, der Busenfreund (bosom buddy)

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) altmodisch

clasp - Spange, Klammer, Schnalle, Griff, greifen

The wearer of this unusual dress, who seemed quite unconscious of the attention it was attracting, stood a moment in the centre of the box, discussing with Mrs. Welland the propriety of taking the latter's place in the front right-hand corner; then she yielded with a slight smile, and seated herself in line with Mrs. Welland's sister-in-law, Mrs. Lovell Mingott, who was installed in the opposite corner.

wearer - Trägerin

unconscious - bewusstlos; spontan, unbewusst, unterbewusst, Unbewusstes

attracting - anziehend; anziehen, anziehen (1, 2)

propriety - Angemessenheit, Richtigkeit, Korrektheit, Ordnungsmäßigkeit

yielded - nachgegeben; hervorbringen, er/sie hat/hatte ergeben, weichen

Slight - geringfügig, leicht, unbedeutend

installed - installiert; installieren

Mr. Sillerton Jackson had returned the opera-glass to Lawrence Lefferts. The whole of the club turned instinctively, waiting to hear what the old man had to say; for old Mr. Jackson was as great an authority on "family" as Lawrence Lefferts was on "form." He knew all the ramifications of New York's cousinships; and could not only elucidate such complicated questions as that of the connection between the Mingotts (through the Thorleys) with the Dallases of South Carolina, and that of the relationship of the elder branch of Philadelphia Thorleys to the Albany Chiverses (on no account to be confused with the Manson Chiverses of University Place), but could also enumerate the leading characteristics of each family: as, for instance, the fabulous stinginess of the younger lines of Leffertses (the Long Island ones); or the fatal tendency of the Rushworths to make foolish matches; or the insanity recurring in every second generation of the Albany Chiverses, with whom their New York cousins had always refused to intermarry"with the disastrous exception of poor Medora Manson, who, as everybody knew .

ramifications - Auswirkungen; Verästelung, Verzweigung, Ramifikation

elucidate - aufklären; erläutern, verdeutlichen, erklären

complicated - kompliziert; komplizieren

connection - Verbindung, Verknüpfung, Anschluss

Dallases - Dallas

Philadelphia - Philadelphia

confused - verwirrt; verwirren, konfundieren, verwechseln, vermischen

enumerate - aufzählen

leading - führend; führen; (lead) führend; führen

characteristics - Eigenschaften; charakteristisch, bezeichnend, kennzeichnend

instance - Beispiel, Fall, Instanz

Fabulous - Fabelhaft; mythisch, unglaubhaft, nicht glaubwürdig, sagenhaft

stinginess - Knauserigkeit; Geiz, Knauserei

fatal - verhängnisvoll, fatal, tödlich

tendency - Tendenz (''not often used in this sense; one would rather use a verb such as " zu (...) neigen" or tendieren'')

foolish - dumm, närrisch, töricht

insanity - Wahnsinn

recurring - wiederkehrend; wiederkehren

generation - Generation, Geschlecht

whom - wen; wem; dem, der, den, die

refused - abgelehnt; Müll; abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

intermarry - sich vermischen; untereinander heiraten

disastrous - katastrophal

exception - Ausnahme, Ausnahmebedingung, Exception

. but then her mother was a Rushworth.

In addition to this forest of family trees, Mr. Sillerton Jackson carried between his narrow hollow temples, and under his soft thatch of silver hair, a register of most of the scandals and mysteries that had smouldered under the unruffled surface of New York society within the last fifty years. So far indeed did his information extend, and so acutely retentive was his memory, that he was supposed to be the only man who could have told you who Julius Beaufort, the banker, really was, and what had become of handsome Bob Spicer, old Mrs. Manson Mingott's father, who had disappeared so mysteriously (with a large sum of trust money) less than a year after his marriage, on the very day that a beautiful Spanish dancer who had been delighting thronged audiences in the old Opera-house on the Battery had taken ship for Cuba. But these mysteries, and many others, were closely locked in Mr.

Addition - Zufügung, Hinzufügung, Zusatz, Addition, Summant

hollow - hohl, dumpf

thatch - Dachstroh

register - anmelden; Register; Register; Stilschicht, Stilebene

scandals - Skandale; Skandal

mysteries - Geheimnisse; Geheimnis

smouldered - geschwärmt; glimmen, schwelen

surface - Oberfläche; auftauchen; publik werden, ans Licht kommen

within - in, innerhalb

indeed - tatsächlich; in der Tat, genau, allerdings, checkgewiss

extend - erweitern; ausdehnen, ausweiten

acutely - akut

retentive - zurückhaltend

banker - Bankhalter, Bankier, Bankkaufmann

handsome - gut aussehend; hübsch, stattlich, gutaussehend, ansehnlich

Bob - Troddel; tanzen (Boot); Bob (Frisur)

mysteriously - geheimnisvoll, geheimnisvolle

sum - Betrag, Summe, Geldbetrag

trust - Vertrauen, Hoffnung, Trust, anschreiben

marriage - Ehe, Heirat, Hochzeit, Eheschließung

Spanish - spanisch; Spanisch; Spanier

delighting - erfreuen; Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen

thronged - gedrängt; Menschengewühl

Battery - Batterie; Körperverletzung, tätlicher Angriff

Cuba - Kuba

Jackson's breast; for not only did his keen sense of honour forbid his repeating anything privately imparted, but he was fully aware that his reputation for discretion increased his opportunities of finding out what he wanted to know.

keen - eifrig, scharf

sense of honour - Ehrgefühl

forbid - verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten

privately - privat

imparted - vermittelt; weitergeben, gewähren, mitteilen, vermitteln

fully - vollständig; völlig

reputation - Ansehen, Ruf, Klang, Bekanntheit

discretion - Diskretion, Takt, Verschwiegenheit, Angemessenheit

The club box, therefore, waited in visible suspense while Mr. Sillerton Jackson handed back Lawrence Lefferts's opera-glass. For a moment he silently scrutinised the attentive group out of his filmy blue eyes overhung by old veined lids; then he gave his moustache a thoughtful twist, and said simply: "I didn't think the Mingotts would have tried it on."

therefore - deswegen, deshalb, darum, also (folglich), daher

visible - sichtbar

suspense - Hängen; Spannung, Anspannung

attentive - Aufmerksam

filmy - filmisch; duftig, hauchdünn

overhung - überhängend; überhängen, Ăśberhang; hervorstehen

veined - geädert; Vene, Ader, Geäder

lids - Deckeln; Deckel

thoughtful - nachdenklich, bedächtig, aufmerksam

twist - Zwirn; Biegung; Wendung; Twist; verziehen, drehen, wickeln

Simply - einfach


Newland Archer, during this brief episode, had been thrown into a strange state of embarrassment.

brief - kurz; prägnant; kurze Zusammenfassung; briefen, instruieren

episode - Episode, Folge

embarrassment - Verlegenheit, Peinlichkeit, Betretenheit

It was annoying that the box which was thus attracting the undivided attention of masculine New York should be that in which his betrothed was seated between her mother and aunt; and for a moment he could not identify the lady in the Empire dress, nor imagine why her presence created such excitement among the initiated.

annoying - stören, ärgern, belästigen, nerven, verägern, verdrießen

thus - also; auf diese Weise, so, demnach, folglich, dieses

undivided - ungeteilt

betrothed - Verlobter, Verlobte; (betroth); verloben; verloben

Empire - Reich, Imperium, Kaiserreich, Kaisertum, Weltreich

nor - weder noch, auch nicht

presence - Anwesenheit

excitement - Aufregung, Begeisterung, Spannung, Erregung

initiated - Eingeweihter, Eingeweihte, Initiierter, Initiierte

Then light dawned on him, and with it came a momentary rush of indignation. No, indeed; no one would have thought the Mingotts would have tried it on!

dawned - dämmerte; dämmern, Morgendämmerung, Dämmerung, Morgengrauen

momentary - Momentan

rush - stürzen, drängen, hetzen, rasen; Eile, Andrang

indignation - Empörung, Entrüstung

But they had; they undoubtedly had; for the low-toned comments behind him left no doubt in Archer's mind that the young woman was May Welland's cousin, the cousin always referred to in the family as "poor Ellen Olenska." Archer knew that she had suddenly arrived from Europe a day or two previously; he had even heard from Miss Welland (not disapprovingly) that she had been to see poor Ellen, who was staying with old Mrs. Mingott. Archer entirely approved of family solidarity, and one of the qualities he most admired in the Mingotts was their resolute championship of the few black sheep that their blameless stock had produced.

Undoubtedly - Zweifelsohne; zweifellos

toned - getönt; Farbton, Klang, Umgangston, Ton

previously - zuvor, vorher, früher, ehemals

disapprovingly - missbilligend

entirely - vollständig; ganz, total, entirely

approved - genehmigt; billigen, genehmigen, zusagen

admired - bewundert; bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

resolute - entschieden, entschlossen, resolut

championship - Meisterschaft

blameless - unschuldig; schuldlos, tadellosem, tadellos

stock - in Bausch und Bogen, Aktien, Inventar

There was nothing mean or ungenerous in the young man's heart, and he was glad that his future wife should not be restrained by false prudery from being kind (in private) to her unhappy cousin; but to receive Countess Olenska in the family circle was a different thing from producing her in public, at the Opera of all places, and in the very box with the young girl whose engagement to him, Newland Archer, was to be announced within a few weeks. No, he felt as old Sillerton Jackson felt; he did not think the Mingotts would have tried it on!

ungenerous - knauserig

Glad - Erfreut; freudig, froh

restrained - zurückhaltend; zurückhalten

prudery - Prüderie

Countess - Gräfin

family circle - Familienleben

engagement - Verpflichtung; Bindung; Verlobung, Verlöbnis, Gefecht

announced - angekündigt; ankündigen, verkünden, bekanntgeben, verkündigen

He knew, of course, that whatever man dared (within Fifth Avenue's limits) that old Mrs.

whatever - Jacke wie Hose; was immer, was auch immer, egal, naja, nebbich

dared - gewagt; sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

avenue - Allee

limits - Begrenzung, Grenze, Obergrenze; begrenzen

Manson Mingott, the Matriarch of the line, would dare. He had always admired the high and mighty old lady, who, in spite of having been only Catherine Spicer of Staten Island, with a father mysteriously discredited, and neither money nor position enough to make people forget it, had allied herself with the head of the wealthy Mingott line, married two of her daughters to "foreigners" (an Italian marquis and an English banker), and put the crowning touch to her audacities by building a large house of pale cream-coloured stone (when brown sandstone seemed as much the only wear as a frock-coat in the afternoon) in an inaccessible wilderness near the Central Park.

Matriarch - Matriarchin

dare - sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

mighty - gewaltig, mächtig

spite - Bosheit; trotz

Catherine - Katharina

discredited - diskreditiert; in Misskredit bringen

allied - vereinigen, verbinden; Bündnispartner, Verbündete

wealthy - wohlhabend, reich

foreigners - Ausländern; Ausländer, Ausländerin

crowning - Krönung; krönend

audacities - Kühnheiten; Kühnheit, Verwegenheit, Frechheit, Wagemut

sandstone - Sandstein

frock-coat - (frock-coat) Bratenrock

inaccessible - unzugänglich; unerreichbar

wilderness - Wildnis, Wüste

central - zentral, mittig

Old Mrs.

Mingott's foreign daughters had become a legend. They never came back to see their mother, and the latter being, like many persons of active mind and dominating will, sedentary and corpulent in her habit, had philosophically remained at home. But the cream-coloured house (supposed to be modelled on the private hotels of the Parisian aristocracy) was there as a visible proof of her moral courage; and she throned in it, among pre-Revolutionary furniture and souvenirs of the Tuileries of Louis Napoleon (where she had shone in her middle age), as placidly as if there were nothing peculiar in living above Thirty-fourth Street, or in having French windows that opened like doors instead of sashes that pushed up.

legend - Legende; Kartenlegende

dominating - herrschen (über), emporragen (über); beherrschen, dominieren

sedentary - sesshaft

corpulent - korpulent

philosophically - philosophisch

remained - geblieben; Überrest (2), de

Parisian - Pariser, Pariserin, pariserisch

aristocracy - Aristokratie

Proof - Beweise; Beweis; polierte Platte; aufgehen lassen

moral courage - Zivilcourage

throned - thronte; Thron

pre - vor..

revolutionary - revolutionär; Revolutionär, Revolutionärin

souvenirs - Andenken

shone - leuchtete; schimmern, wienern; Schein; putzen (Schuhe)

placidly - sanften, friedlichen, sanft

peculiar - eigentümlich; merkwürdig, seltsam

sashes - Schärpen; Schieberahmen, Schärpe

Every one (including Mr. Sillerton Jackson) was agreed that old Catherine had never had beauty"a gift which, in the eyes of New York, justified every success, and excused a certain number of failings. Unkind people said that, like her Imperial namesake, she had won her way to success by strength of will and hardness of heart, and a kind of haughty effrontery that was somehow justified by the extreme decency and dignity of her private life. Mr. Manson Mingott had died when she was only twenty-eight, and had "tied up" the money with an additional caution born of the general distrust of the Spicers; but his bold young widow went her way fearlessly, mingled freely in foreign society, married her daughters in heaven knew what corrupt and fashionable circles, hobnobbed with Dukes and Ambassadors, associated familiarly with Papists, entertained Opera singers, and was the intimate friend of Mme.

beauty - Schönheit; Schöner, Schöne, Prachtstück

justified - gerechtfertigt; rechtfertigen, rechtfertigen, ausrichten

excused - entschuldigt; entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigen

failings - Versäumnisse; Schwäche, Mangel, Fehler, Unzulänglichkeit

unkind - grausam, lieblos, unfreundlich, hart, ungefällig

Imperial - kaiserlich; imperial

namesake - Namensvetter

strength - Stärke, Kraft, Festigkeit, Mumm

hardness - Härte

haughty - hochmütig, stolz, überheblich, arrogant

effrontery - Dreistigkeit, Frechheit, Unverschämtheit

somehow - irgendwie

decency - Anstand

dignity - Würde; Förmlichkeit; Amt

additional - zusätzlich

caution - Warnung, Vorsicht, Achtsamkeit, Behutsamkeit, Kaution, warnen

distrust - Misstrauen, Argwohn

Spicers - Spicer

bold - kräftig, kühn, klar, keck, heftig, deutlich, fett

widow - Witwe; Hurenkind

fearlessly - furchtlos, angstlos

freely - frei

Heaven - Der Himmel; Himmel, Firmament, Paradies

corrupt - korrupt; verderben, korrumpieren

hobnobbed - geplaudert; zwanglos unterhalten

Dukes - Herzog, Großherzog, Grossherzog

ambassadors - Botschafterinnen und Botschafter; Botschafter, Botschafter

associated - verbunden; Weggefährte, vereinigen

familiarly - Vertraut

Papists - Papisten; Papist, Papistin, Kathole, Katholin, papistisch

entertained - unterhalten

intimate - vertraut, innig, intim, vorsichtig andeuten

Taglioni; and all the while (as Sillerton Jackson was the first to proclaim) there had never been a breath on her reputation; the only respect, he always added, in which she differed from the earlier Catherine.

proclaim - verkünden, verkündigen, erklären

differed - unterschieden; sich unterscheiden

Mrs. Manson Mingott had long since succeeded in untying her husband's fortune, and had lived in affluence for half a century; but memories of her early straits had made her excessively thrifty, and though, when she bought a dress or a piece of furniture, she took care that it should be of the best, she could not bring herself to spend much on the transient pleasures of the table. Therefore, for totally different reasons, her food was as poor as Mrs. Archer's, and her wines did nothing to redeem it.

untying - aufbinden; losbinden, losmachen, aufklären, auflösen

Fortune - Fortuna; Schicksal, Glück, Vermögen

affluence - Überfluss, Reichtum, Wohlstand

straits - die Meerenge; Meerenge, Enge, Straße

excessively - übermäßig; exzessiv

thrifty - sparsam

though - aber; trotzdem, doch, allerdings, obwohl, obgleich

transient - vergänglich, vorübergehend, temporär, instationär

totally - total; vollständig, komplett, völlig, absolut

redeem - zurückkaufen; loslösen, freikaufen, befreien, einlösen

Her relatives considered that the penury of her table discredited the Mingott name, which had always been associated with good living; but people continued to come to her in spite of the "made dishes" and flat champagne, and in reply to the remonstrances of her son Lovell (who tried to retrieve the family credit by having the best chef in New York) she used to say laughingly: "What's the use of two good cooks in one family, now that I've married the girls and can't eat sauces?"

relatives - vergleichsweise, relativ, Verwandter, Blutsverwandter

penury - Verarmung; geizige

good living - Wohlleben

champagne - Champagner; Champagne

remonstrances - Gegenargumente; Protest, Einspruch, Beschwerde

retrieve - abrufen; zurückholen, zurückerhalten, wiedererhalten

laughingly - lachende

Newland Archer, as he mused on these things, had once more turned his eyes toward the Mingott box.

mused - überlegt; Muse

toward - zu, in Richtung, nach, auf

He saw that Mrs. Welland and her sister-in-law were facing their semicircle of critics with the Mingottian APLOMB which old Catherine had inculcated in all her tribe, and that only May Welland betrayed, by a heightened colour (perhaps due to the knowledge that he was watching her) a sense of the gravity of the situation. As for the cause of the commotion, she sat gracefully in her corner of the box, her eyes fixed on the stage, and revealing, as she leaned forward, a little more shoulder and bosom than New York was accustomed to seeing, at least in ladies who had reasons for wishing to pass unnoticed.

semicircle - Halbkreis

critics - Kritiker, Kritiker, Kritikerin, Kritiker, Kritiker, Kritikerin

aplomb - Souveränität, Aplomb

inculcated - eingeschärft; einimpfen, einschärfen

tribe - Stamm, Volksstamm, Sippe, Volk

heightened - verschärft; erhöhen, vergrößern

due - fällig

gravity - Bedenklichkeit, Ernst, Erdanziehung, Gravitation, Schwerkraft

commotion - Aufruhr; Aufregung; Spektakel, Theater, Zirkus, Aufstand

gracefully - anmutig

revealing - aufschlussreich; gewagt

leaned - gelehnt; knapp, schlank, hager, mager

accustomed - Gewöhnt; gewöhnen, gewöhnen

unnoticed - unbemerkt

Few things seemed to Newland Archer more awful than an offence against "Taste," that far-off divinity of whom "Form" was the mere visible representative and vicegerent. Madame Olenska's pale and serious face appealed to his fancy as suited to the occasion and to her unhappy situation; but the way her dress (which had no tucker) sloped away from her thin shoulders shocked and troubled him.

offence - Vergehen; Angriff, Verstoß (gegen), Beleidigung

divinity - Göttlichkeit; Gottheit; Theologie

mere - einfach; nur, schier, bloß

representative - repräsentativ; Repräsentant, Repräsentantin, Vertreter

vicegerent - Stellvertreterin

appealed - appelliert; Revision, Wirkung, Anziehungskraft; reizen, zusagen

sloped - Steigung, Hang, Abhang, Steigung, Steigung, Steigung, Ableitung

shocked - schockiert; Schock, Betroffenheit, Empörung, Schlag, Stoß

He hated to think of May Welland's being exposed to the influence of a young woman so careless of the dictates of Taste.

exposed - ausgesetzt; aufdecken, offenbaren, entblößen, bloßlegen

influence - Einfluss; Beeinflussung, Beeinflusser, beeinflussen

careless - unvorsichtig, unbedacht, unachtsam, leichtsinnig

dictates - diktiert; Diktat

"After all," he heard one of the younger men begin behind him (everybody talked through the Mephistopheles-and-Martha scenes), "after all, just WHAT happened?"

"Well"she left him; nobody attempts to deny that."

attempts - versuchen, Versuch, Bestreben

deny - verweigern, leugnen;gegen jdn. retten

"He's an awful brute, isn't he?" continued the young enquirer, a candid Thorley, who was evidently preparing to enter the lists as the lady's champion.

brute - Tier, brutaler Kerl, brutal, Vieh

enquirer - Fragesteller, Fragender (der/die Fragende)

candid - unvoreingenommen, vorurteilsfrei, unparteiisch, freimütig

evidently - offensichtlich

champion - Sieger, Siegerin, Gewinner, Gewinnerin

"The very worst; I knew him at Nice," said Lawrence Lefferts with authority. "A half-paralysed white sneering fellow"rather handsome head, but eyes with a lot of lashes. Well, I'll tell you the sort: when he wasn't with women he was collecting china. Paying any price for both, I understand."

paralysed - gelähmt; lahmlegen; lähmen

sneering - spöttisch; höhnisch, grinsend

lashes - Wimpern; Peitsche, Wimper; anbinden

wasn - Was

There was a general laugh, and the young champion said: "Well, then""?"

"Well, then; she bolted with his secretary."

bolted - verriegelt; Riegel, Ballen, Blitz, Bolzen; durchgehen (Pferd)

"Oh, I see." The champion's face fell.

"It didn't last long, though: I heard of her a few months later living alone in Venice. I believe Lovell Mingott went out to get her. He said she was desperately unhappy. That's all right"but this parading her at the Opera's another thing."

Venice - Venedig

desperately - verzweifelt

That's all right - Es ist schon in Ordnung.

parading - Parade; stolzieren; Exerzierplatz, Korso, Aufzug

"Perhaps," young Thorley hazarded, "she's too unhappy to be left at home."

hazarded - riskiert; Zufall, Gefahr, Hindernis

This was greeted with an irreverent laugh, and the youth blushed deeply, and tried to look as if he had meant to insinuate what knowing people called a "double entendre."

irreverent - pietätlos

youth - Jugend, Jugendlichkeit, Jugendzeit, Jugendlicher, Jugendliche

blushed - errötet; Schamröte; erröten, sich schämen

deeply - tief; zutiefst

insinuate - andeuten, unterstellen, insinuieren, einschmeicheln

"Well"it's queer to have brought Miss Welland, anyhow," some one said in a low tone, with a side-glance at Archer.

queer - seltsam; unwohl; schwul, lesbisch, queer, Queers, Homosexueller

anyhow - irgendwie

tone - Farbton, Klang, Umgangston, Ton

side-glance - (side-glance) Seitenblick

"Oh, that's part of the campaign: Granny's orders, no doubt," Lefferts laughed. "When the old lady does a thing she does it thoroughly."

campaign - Einsatz, Feldzug, Heereszug, Kampagne, einsetzen

granny - Oma

doubt - bezweifeln, Zweifel

thoroughly - gründlich, vollkommen, total, durch und durch

The act was ending, and there was a general stir in the box. Suddenly Newland Archer felt himself impelled to decisive action. The desire to be the first man to enter Mrs.

stir - erschüttern, bewegen, sich rühren, verrühren; Aufregung

impelled - angetrieben; antreiben, vorantreiben, treiben, nötigen

decisive - entscheidend

desire - begehren; Begehren, Wunsch

Mingott's box, to proclaim to the waiting world his engagement to May Welland, and to see her through whatever difficulties her cousin's anomalous situation might involve her in; this impulse had abruptly overruled all scruples and hesitations, and sent him hurrying through the red corridors to the farther side of the house.

difficulties - Schwierigkeiten; Schwierigkeit

anomalous - anomal

impulse - Anstoß; Impuls, Triebkraft, Drang, innerer Antrieb, Kraftstoß

overruled - überstimmt; überstimmen, verwerfen

scruples - Skrupel

hesitations - Zögern

hurrying - Beeilung; beeilend, eilend; (hurry); Eile; beeilen

corridors - Korridore; Korridor, Gang, Durchgang, Flur, Diele, Korridor

As he entered the box his eyes met Miss Welland's, and he saw that she had instantly understood his motive, though the family dignity which both considered so high a virtue would not permit her to tell him so. The persons of their world lived in an atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies, and the fact that he and she understood each other without a word seemed to the young man to bring them nearer than any explanation would have done.

instantly - sofort; unmittelbar

motive - Motiv, Beweggrund

virtue - Tugend; Keuschheit

permit - Genehmigung; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

atmosphere - Atmosphäre

faint - leise, schwach, undeutlich, ohnmächtig werden

implications - Implikationen; Auswirkung, Folge, Tragweite, Bedeutung

delicacies - Köstlichkeiten; Feinheit, Zartheit, Delikatesse, Leckerbissen

Her eyes said: "You see why Mamma brought me," and his answered: "I would not for the world have had you stay away."

mamma - die Mama

"You know my niece Countess Olenska?" Mrs. Welland enquired as she shook hands with her future son-in-law. Archer bowed without extending his hand, as was the custom on being introduced to a lady; and Ellen Olenska bent her head slightly, keeping her own pale-gloved hands clasped on her huge fan of eagle feathers.

niece - Nichte

enquired - nachgefragt; erfragen, nachforschen, abfragen, erkundigen

bowed - gebeugt; Verneigung (vor), Verbeugung; Bogen, Bug (Schiff)

extending - erweitern, ausdehnen, erweitern, ausdehnen, ausweiten

bent - verbogen; (to bend) sich niederbeugen, verbiegen

clasped - umklammert; Spange, Klammer, Schnalle, Griff, greifen

eagle - Adler, Eagle

feathers - Federn; Feder, Vogelfeder, befiedern

Having greeted Mrs. Lovell Mingott, a large blonde lady in creaking satin, he sat down beside his betrothed, and said in a low tone: "I hope you've told Madame Olenska that we're engaged? I want everybody to know"I want you to let me announce it this evening at the ball."

creaking - Knarren

beside - daneben; neben

engaged - verlobt; beschäftigen, anstellen, angreifen, anlegen, einrasten

announce - ankündigen, verkünden, bekanntgeben, verkündigen

Miss Welland's face grew rosy as the dawn, and she looked at him with radiant eyes. "If you can persuade Mamma," she said; "but why should we change what is already settled?" He made no answer but that which his eyes returned, and she added, still more confidently smiling: "Tell my cousin yourself: I give you leave. She says she used to play with you when you were children."

rosy - rosig, rosenfarbig

dawn - dämmern; Morgendämmerung, Morgengrauen

radiant - strahlend; Radiant

persuade - überzeugen (zu);überzeugen (von);jdn. breitschlagen

settled - erledigt; abklären

confidently - zuversichtlich

She made way for him by pushing back her chair, and promptly, and a little ostentatiously, with the desire that the whole house should see what he was doing, Archer seated himself at the Countess Olenska's side.

pushing back - zurückdrängend

promptly - unverzüglich; bereit

ostentatiously - ostentativ

"We DID use to play together, didn't we?" she asked, turning her grave eyes to his. "You were a horrid boy, and kissed me once behind a door; but it was your cousin Vandie Newland, who never looked at me, that I was in love with." Her glance swept the horse-shoe curve of boxes.

grave - Grab; feierlich, Gruft, massiv, würdig, ernst

horrid - schrecklich; entsetzlich, grässlich, gräulich, grauenvoll

kissed - geküsst; küssen

swept - gekehrt; fegen, kehren, fegen, rauschen, auf den Kopf stellen

"Ah, how this brings it all back to me"I see everybody here in knickerbockers and pantalettes," she said, with her trailing slightly foreign accent, her eyes returning to his face.

pantalettes - Pantaletten

trailing - Rückstand; folgen, verfolgen, nachstellen, nacheilen

accent - Dialekt, Akzent, Betonung; betonen, akzentuieren

Agreeable as their expression was, the young man was shocked that they should reflect so unseemly a picture of the august tribunal before which, at that very moment, her case was being tried. Nothing could be in worse taste than misplaced flippancy; and he answered somewhat stiffly: "Yes, you have been away a very long time."

agreeable - angenehm; verträglich, liebenswürdig, gefällig

reflect - nachdenken; reflektieren, zurückspiegeln, sich spiegeln

unseemly - ungehörig; unpassend, unangebracht, unschicklich

tribunal - Tribunal, Gerichtshof, Gericht

misplaced - deplatziert; verlegen

flippancy - Schnoddrigkeit; Leichfertigkeit, fehlende Ernsthaftigkeit

stiffly - steif, kräftig

"Oh, centuries and centuries; so long," she said, "that I'm sure I'm dead and buried, and this dear old place is heaven;" which, for reasons he could not define, struck Newland Archer as an even more disrespectful way of describing New York society.

buried - vergraben, verbergen, begraben

define - bestimmen; definieren

struck - angeschlagen; streichen, schlagen, prägen, streiken, scheinen

disrespectful - respektlos


It invariably happened in the same way.

invariably - ausnahmslos

Mrs. Julius Beaufort, on the night of her annual ball, never failed to appear at the Opera; indeed, she always gave her ball on an Opera night in order to emphasise her complete superiority to household cares, and her possession of a staff of servants competent to organise every detail of the entertainment in her absence.

annual - jährlich

emphasise - hervorheben, betonen, unterstreichen

superiority - Überlegenheit

household - Haushalt

staff - Stab

servants - Diener, Dienerin, Lakai, Kammerdiener, Zofe, Bediensteter

competent - zuständig

organise - gliedern, organisieren, einrichten, ordnen

entertainment - Unterhaltung

absence - Abwesenheit, Absenz, Fehlen, Absence

The Beauforts'house was one of the few in New York that possessed a ball-room (it antedated even Mrs.

possessed - besessen; besitzen, besitzen

antedated - antiquiert; vordatieren

Manson Mingott's and the Headly Chiverses'); and at a time when it was beginning to be thought "provincial" to put a "crash" over the drawing-room floor and move the furniture upstairs, the possession of a ball-room that was used for no other purpose, and left for three-hundred-and-sixty-four days of the year to shuttered darkness, with its gilt chairs stacked in a corner and its chandelier in a bag; this undoubted superiority was felt to compensate for whatever was regrettable in the Beaufort past.

provincial - Provinzler; provinziell, provinzial

crash - Absturz; Zusammenstoß, Krach, Zusammenbruch; zusammenbrechen

shuttered - verriegelt; Verschließender, Verschließer, Fensterladen; q

darkness - Dunkelheit, Finsternis

gilt - vergoldet, vergoldete, vergolden; (gild) vergoldet, vergoldete

stacked - gestapelt; Stapel, Stapelspeicher, stapeln

chandelier - Kronleuchter

undoubted - unzweifelhaft

compensate - kompensieren; ausgleichen; eine Kompensation zahlen

regrettable - bedauerlich

Mrs. Archer, who was fond of coining her social philosophy into axioms, had once said: "We all have our pet common people"" and though the phrase was a daring one, its truth was secretly admitted in many an exclusive bosom. But the Beauforts were not exactly common; some people said they were even worse. Mrs. Beaufort belonged indeed to one of America's most honoured families; she had been the lovely Regina Dallas (of the South Carolina branch), a penniless beauty introduced to New York society by her cousin, the imprudent Medora Manson, who was always doing the wrong thing from the right motive. When one was related to the Mansons and the Rushworths one had a "droit de cite" (as Mr.

fond - (to be fond of sb/sth) jemanden/etwas gerne mögen

coining - prägen; Wortprägung, Wortschöpfung; (coin); Münze, Geldstück

Philosophy - Philosophie

axioms - Axiome; Axiom

daring - gewagt; mutig; Wagemut, Kühnheit; (dare) gewagt; mutig; Wagemut

truth - Wahrheit, Treue

secretly - heimlich, insgeheim

admitted - zugelassen; einlassen, zulassen, zugeben, eingestehen, erlauben

exclusive - ausschließlich; exklusiv

honoured - geehrt; Ehrung, Ehre; ehren; beehren, akzeptieren, annehmen

Regina - Regina

Dallas - Dallas

penniless - mittellos, ohne Geld, ohne einen Pfennig

imprudent - unvorsichtig; unklug, unbedacht

related - verwandt; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

Droit - Recht

cite - zitieren

Sillerton Jackson, who had frequented the Tuileries, called it) in New York society; but did one not forfeit it in marrying Julius Beaufort?

frequented - frequentiert; häufig; aufsuchen

forfeit - verwirkt; Strafe; Pfand; verwirken, einbüßen, aufgeben

The question was: who was Beaufort? He passed for an Englishman, was agreeable, handsome, ill-tempered, hospitable and witty. He had come to America with letters of recommendation from old Mrs.

Englishman - Engländer

tempered - temperiert; Gereiztheit, Laune, Temperament

hospitable - gastfreundlich, gastfrei

witty - witzig, geistreich, originell

recommendation - Empfehlung

Manson Mingott's English son-in-law, the banker, and had speedily made himself an important position in the world of affairs; but his habits were dissipated, his tongue was bitter, his antecedents were mysterious; and when Medora Manson announced her cousin's engagement to him it was felt to be one more act of folly in poor Medora's long record of imprudences.

speedily - zügig; beeilt, schnell

affairs - Angelegenheiten; Angelegenheit, Angelegenheit, Scharmützel

dissipated - verpufft; zerstreuen, zerteilen, verscheuchen, lösen, abbauen

tongue - Zunge, Lasche

Bitter - herb, rau, bitter

antecedents - früher, vorausgehend, vorgängig, voriger, vorige, voriges

mysterious - geheimnisvoll; mysteriös; rätselhaft

folly - Wahnsinn; Torheit, Narrheit, Dummheit, Tollheit

imprudences - Unvorsichtigkeiten; Leichtsinn, Nachlässigkeit

But folly is as often justified of her children as wisdom, and two years after young Mrs. Beaufort's marriage it was admitted that she had the most distinguished house in New York. No one knew exactly how the miracle was accomplished. She was indolent, passive, the caustic even called her dull; but dressed like an idol, hung with pearls, growing younger and blonder and more beautiful each year, she throned in Mr. Beaufort's heavy brown-stone palace, and drew all the world there without lifting her jewelled little finger. The knowing people said it was Beaufort himself who trained the servants, taught the chef new dishes, told the gardeners what hot-house flowers to grow for the dinner-table and the drawing-rooms, selected the guests, brewed the after-dinner punch and dictated the little notes his wife wrote to her friends.

wisdom - Weisheit

most distinguished - vornehmste

accomplished - vollendet; vollenden, vollenden, vollenden, vollenden

passive - passiv; leidend, leidentlich, passivisch, unterwürfig, Passiv

caustic - ätzend; zersetzend, beißend, scharf, bissig

dull - stumpf; fad, langweilig, matt, blöd, blöde

idol - Idol, Götze

hung - aufgehängt; hängen

pearls - Perlen; Perle, Perl

jewelled - mit Juwelen; Edelstein, Juwel

gardeners - Gärtner, Gärtnerin

selected - ausgewählt; auswählen

brewed - gebraut; Gebräu; brauen, aufbrühen, im Anzug sein (Gewitter)

Punch - Kasperle; Stanze, Faustschlag

dictated - diktiert; Diktat

If he did, these domestic activities were privately performed, and he presented to the world the appearance of a careless and hospitable millionaire strolling into his own drawing-room with the detachment of an invited guest, and saying: "My wife's gloxinias are a marvel, aren't they? I believe she gets them out from Kew."

domestic - häuslich, Haus

millionaire - Millionär, Millionärin

strolling - spazieren; schlendernd, umherziehend; (stroll); Spaziergang

detachment - Abtrennung; Militäreinheit, Trennung, Abteilung

marvel - bewundern; wundern

Mrs. Beaufort, then, had as usual appeared in her box just before the Jewel Song; and when, again as usual, she rose at the end of the third act, drew her opera cloak about her lovely shoulders, and disappeared, New York knew that meant that half an hour later the ball would begin.

jewel - Edelstein, Juwel, Schmuckstück, Kleinod

cloak - Umhang, Pelerine, Deckmantel, verhüllen

The Beaufort house was one that New Yorkers were proud to show to foreigners, especially on the night of the annual ball. The Beauforts had been among the first people in New York to own their own red velvet carpet and have it rolled down the steps by their own footmen, under their own awning, instead of hiring it with the supper and the ball-room chairs.

proud - stolz, prahlerisch

rolled - gerollt; Rolle, Roulade, Walze, Semmel; drehen, wälzen, wickeln

footmen - Lakaien; Lakai

awning - Markise; Sonnenschutz; (awn); Granne

hiring - Einstellen; Vermietung, Verleih; Ăśberlassung

supper - Abendbrot; Abendessen

They had also inaugurated the custom of letting the ladies take their cloaks off in the hall, instead of shuffling up to the hostess's bedroom and recurling their hair with the aid of the gas-burner; Beaufort was understood to have said that he supposed all his wife's friends had maids who saw to it that they were properly coiffees when they left home.

inaugurated - eingeweiht; einführen, vereidigen

cloaks - Umhang, Pelerine, Deckmantel, verhüllen

shuffling - schlurfend, schiebend; (shuffle); Mischen, Mischeln, Schlurfen

hostess - Gastgeberin, Wirtin, Stewardess, Flugbegleiterin, Hostess

gas-burner - (gas-burner) Gasbrenner

maids - Dienstmädchen; Mädchen

properly - ordnungsgemäß, ordentlich, richtig, vernünftig

coiffees - Frisuren

Newland Archer, as became a young man of his position, strolled in somewhat late. He had left his overcoat with the silk-stockinged footmen (the stockings were one of Beaufort's few fatuities), had dawdled a while in the library hung with Spanish leather and furnished with Buhl and malachite, where a few men were chatting and putting on their dancing-gloves, and had finally joined the line of guests whom Mrs.

strolled - spazieren gegangen; Spaziergang, Bummel, spazieren gehen

overcoat - Mantel

silk - Seide

stockinged - auf Strümpfen

stockings - Strümpfe; Strumpf

fatuities - Fatuitäten; Einfältigkeit

furnished - eingerichtet; möblieren, einrichten, ausrüsten

malachite - Malachit; malachitfarben

gloves - Handschuhe; Handschuh

Beaufort was receiving on the threshold of the crimson drawing-room.

threshold - Schwelle, Türschwelle

crimson - Karmesinrot; Purpur, Purpurrot, Karmesin, purpurn

Archer was distinctly nervous. He had not gone back to his club after the Opera (as the young bloods usually did), but, the night being fine, had walked for some distance up Fifth Avenue before turning back in the direction of the Beauforts'house. He was definitely afraid that the Mingotts might be going too far; that, in fact, they might have Granny Mingott's orders to bring the Countess Olenska to the ball.

From the tone of the club box he had perceived how grave a mistake that would be; and, though he was more than ever determined to "see the thing through," he felt less chivalrously eager to champion his betrothed's cousin than before their brief talk at the Opera.

perceived - wahrgenommen; wahrnehmen

determined - bestimmt; bestimmen, eingrenzen, festlegen

chivalrously - ritterlich

Wandering on to the bouton d'or drawing-room (where Beaufort had had the audacity to hang "Love Victorious," the much-discussed nude of Bouguereau) Archer found Mrs. Welland and her daughter standing near the ball-room door.

wandering - wandernd; (wander) irren, wandern

audacity - Kühnheit, Verwegenheit, Frechheit, Wagemut

hang - hängen

victorious - siegreich, obsiegend, triumphierend, triumphal, siegesstrahlend

nude - nackt, bloß, fleischfarben, hautfarben, Akt

Couples were already gliding over the floor beyond: the light of the wax candles fell on revolving tulle skirts, on girlish heads wreathed with modest blossoms, on the dashing aigrettes and ornaments of the young married women's coiffures, and on the glitter of highly glazed shirt-fronts and fresh glace gloves.

gliding - Segelfliegen; Segelflug

beyond - darüber hinaus; jenseits

wax - das Wachs

candles - Kerzen; Kerze

revolving - drehend, rotierend; (revolve); drehen

girlish - mädchenhaft;Mädchen...

wreathed - bekränzt; winden

blossoms - blüht; Blüte, Blüte, Blütezeit, blühen, erblühen, blühen

dashing - schneidig; Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Strich

ornaments - Ornamente; Verzierung, musikalische Verzierung

coiffures - Frisuren; die Frisur

glitter - Glitter; glitzern

highly - am Höchsten, hoch

Miss Welland, evidently about to join the dancers, hung on the threshold, her lilies-of-the-valley in her hand (she carried no other bouquet), her face a little pale, her eyes burning with a candid excitement. A group of young men and girls were gathered about her, and there was much hand-clasping, laughing and pleasantry on which Mrs.

clasping - Umklammerung; klammernd, umklammernd; (clasp); Spange, Klammer

pleasantry - Freundlichkeit; Scherz, Hänselei

Welland, standing slightly apart, shed the beam of a qualified approval. It was evident that Miss Welland was in the act of announcing her engagement, while her mother affected the air of parental reluctance considered suitable to the occasion.

apart - auseinander; getrennt; beiseite; entzwei, in Stücke

shed - Schuppen; (to shed) vergießen, abstoßen, lsowerden

beam - Balken; Breite; Pflugbaum, Grindel, Strahl, strahlen, beamen

qualified - qualifiziert; qualifizieren, qualifizieren, qualifizieren

approval - Genehmigung, Billigung, Erlaubnis, Zustimmung

evident - offensichtlich; offenkundig

announcing - ankündigen, verkünden, bekanntgeben, verkündigen, verlauten

parental - elterlich

reluctance - Widerstreben, Widerwillen, Widerwille, Zögern, Zaudern

suitable - geeignet, passend, angemessen

Archer paused a moment. It was at his express wish that the announcement had been made, and yet it was not thus that he would have wished to have his happiness known. To proclaim it in the heat and noise of a crowded ball-room was to rob it of the fine bloom of privacy which should belong to things nearest the heart. His joy was so deep that this blurring of the surface left its essence untouched; but he would have liked to keep the surface pure too.

paused - innegehalten; pausieren, innehalten, pausieren, Pause

announcement - Ankündigung; Bekanntmachung, Mitteilung

Happiness - Glücklich sein; Glück, Glücklichkeit, Fröhlichkeit

rob - rauben, berauben, Raubbau treiben, ausrauben

bloom - blühen; Blüte, Blütenpracht, Duft

privacy - Zurückgezogenheit, Privatsphäre, Privatheit

joy - Wonne (Freude, Vergnügen); Freude (über)

blurring - verschwimmen, verwischen, verschmieren, verschwimmen

essence - Wesen; Essenz, Extrakt, Parfüm

untouched - unangetastet

It was something of a satisfaction to find that May Welland shared this feeling. Her eyes fled to his beseechingly, and their look said: "Remember, we're doing this because it's right."

fled - geflohen; fliehen, flüchten, fliehen, entfliehen, flüchten

beseechingly - anflehend

No appeal could have found a more immediate response in Archer's breast; but he wished that the necessity of their action had been represented by some ideal reason, and not simply by poor Ellen Olenska. The group about Miss Welland made way for him with significant smiles, and after taking his share of the felicitations he drew his betrothed into the middle of the ball-room floor and put his arm about her waist.

appeal - Berufung; Revision, Wirkung, Anziehungskraft; reizen, zusagen

immediate - sofortig; unmittelbar, immediat

necessity - Notwendigkeit, Nezessität, Not, Bedürfnis

felicitations - Glückwünsche; Glückwunsch

waist - Taille; Rumpf

"Now we shan't have to talk," he said, smiling into her candid eyes, as they floated away on the soft waves of the Blue Danube.

floated - getrieben; treiben, schwimmen, schweben, schwimmen, treiben

Danube - Donau

She made no answer. Her lips trembled into a smile, but the eyes remained distant and serious, as if bent on some ineffable vision. "Dear," Archer whispered, pressing her to him: It was borne in on him that the first hours of being engaged, even if spent in a ball-room, had in them something grave and sacramental. What a new life it was going to be, with this whiteness, radiance, goodness at one's side!

trembled - gezittert; zittern, Zittern

distant - weit entfernt; abgelegen, abstehend, distanziert, entfernt

ineffable - unaussprechlich

vision - Sicht, Sehvermögen, Sehkraft, Augenlicht, Trugbild

whispered - geflüstert; Geflüster

pressing - auf etwas drücken, zusammendrücken, nachdrücklich

It was borne in on him - Es wurde ihm klar.

sacramental - Sakramentale

whiteness - Weiße, Weißheit, Weißsein

radiance - Ausstrahlung; Glanz

goodness - Güte, Gütigkeit

The dance over, the two, as became an affianced couple, wandered into the conservatory; and sitting behind a tall screen of tree-ferns and camellias Newland pressed her gloved hand to his lips.

affianced - verlobt; Verlobung; sich verloben

wandered - gewandert; umherstreifen, umherstreichen, herumziehen, stromern

conservatory - Wintergarten; Konservatorium, Gewächshaus

ferns - Farne; Farn, Farnkraut

camellias - Kamelien; Kamelie

pressed - gedrückt; Presse (Maschine), Presse (Zeitung); drängen, drücken

"You see I did as you asked me to," she said.

"Yes: I couldn't wait," he answered smiling. After a moment he added: "Only I wish it hadn't had to be at a ball."

"Yes, I know." She met his glance comprehendingly. "But after all"even here we're alone together, aren't we?"

comprehendingly - Verständnisvoll

"Oh, dearest"always!" Archer cried.

Evidently she was always going to understand; she was always going to say the right thing.

The discovery made the cup of his bliss overflow, and he went on gaily: "The worst of it is that I want to kiss you and I can't." As he spoke he took a swift glance about the conservatory, assured himself of their momentary privacy, and catching her to him laid a fugitive pressure on her lips. To counteract the audacity of this proceeding he led her to a bamboo sofa in a less secluded part of the conservatory, and sitting down beside her broke a lily-of-the-valley from her bouquet. She sat silent, and the world lay like a sunlit valley at their feet.

bliss - Glückseligkeit, Glück

overflow - überfließen, überlaufen, checküberfluten, überströmen

gaily - fröhlich; unbekümmert

swift - Mauersegler; schnell; Segler; Garnwinde

assured - gesichert; beteuerte, versicherte, versichert

laid - gelegt; richten (Tisch)

fugitive - auf der Flucht; Flüchtling; flüchtig, vorübergehend, kurzlebig

pressure - Druck; unter Druck setzen

counteract - entgegenwirken, bekämpfen

proceeding - Wie geht es weiter; fortsetzend, verfahrend; (proceed); vorgehen

led - geführt; LED; (lead) führen, anführen

bamboo - Bambus, Bambusrohr

sofa - Sofa, Couch

secluded - Abgelegen; absondern, abschließen

Lily - Lilie

lay - legen; richten (Tisch)

sunlit - sonnenbeschienen; sonnenbestrahlt

"Did you tell my cousin Ellen?" she asked presently, as if she spoke through a dream.

Presently - Gegenwärtig; sogleich

He roused himself, and remembered that he had not done so. Some invincible repugnance to speak of such things to the strange foreign woman had checked the words on his lips.

roused - geweckt; wachrufen, wecken

invincible - unbesiegbar

repugnance - Abneigung, Widerwille

"No"I hadn't the chance after all," he said, fibbing hastily.

fibbing - flunkere, aufschneiden, flunkern, schwindeln

hastily - hastig

"Ah." She looked disappointed, but gently resolved on gaining her point. "You must, then, for I didn't either; and I shouldn't like her to think""

disappointed - enttäuscht; enttäuschen, vorenthalten, berauben

gently - sanft

resolved - geklärt; auflösen, beschließen

gaining - zu gewinnen; gewinnend

shouldn - sollte

"Of course not. But aren't you, after all, the person to do it?"

She pondered on this. "If I'd done it at the right time, yes: but now that there's been a delay I think you must explain that I'd asked you to tell her at the Opera, before our speaking about it to everybody here. Otherwise she might think I had forgotten her. You see, she's one of the family, and she's been away so long that she's rather"sensitive."

pondered - nachgedacht; grübeln, überlegen, nachdenken

otherwise - sonst

sensitive - empfindlich, sensibel

Archer looked at her glowingly. "Dear and great angel! Of course I'll tell her." He glanced a trifle apprehensively toward the crowded ball-room. "But I haven't seen her yet. Has she come?"

glowingly - glühende

angel - Engel

glanced - geschaut; blicken, Blick, Streifblick, Glanz, Steinkohle

trifle - eine Lappalie; Trifle; Kleinigkeit, ein bisschen, ein wenig

apprehensively - Besorgniserregend

"No; at the last minute she decided not to."

"At the last minute?" he echoed, betraying his surprise that she should ever have considered the alternative possible.

echoed - widerhallt; Echo

betraying - verraten, im Stich lassen, verraten, verraten, verraten

"Yes. She's awfully fond of dancing," the young girl answered simply. "But suddenly she made up her mind that her dress wasn't smart enough for a ball, though we thought it so lovely; and so my aunt had to take her home."

awfully - furchtbar, entsetzlich

fond of dancing - tanzlustig

smart - klug; pfiffig, pfiffig, fesch, elegant, listig

"Oh, well"" said Archer with happy indifference. Nothing about his betrothed pleased him more than her resolute determination to carry to its utmost limit that ritual of ignoring the "unpleasant" in which they had both been brought up.

indifference - Gleichgültigkeit

determination - Bestimmung; Determination; Bestimmtheit; Feststellung; Entschluss; Unterscheidung

utmost - äußerst, höchst, Äußerstes, Möglichstes

limit - Begrenzung, Grenze, Obergrenze; begrenzen

Ritual - rituell; Ritual

ignoring - ignorieren, missachten

unpleasant - unangenehm

"She knows as well as I do," he reflected, "the real reason of her cousin's staying away; but I shall never let her see by the least sign that I am conscious of there being a shadow of a shade on poor Ellen Olenska's reputation."

reflected - reflektiert; reflektieren, zurückspiegeln, spiegeln

staying away - ausbleibend

conscious - bei Bewusstsein, wach, aufmerksam

shadow - Schatten; beschatten

shade - Schatten; Vorhang; Farbton; schattieren


In the course of the next day the first of the usual betrothal visits were exchanged. The New York ritual was precise and inflexible in such matters; and in conformity with it Newland Archer first went with his mother and sister to call on Mrs. Welland, after which he and Mrs. Welland and May drove out to old Mrs. Manson Mingott's to receive that venerable ancestress's blessing.

precise - präzise, genau, exakt, präzisieren

inflexible - unflexibel

conformity with - Ăśbereinstimmung gemäß

venerable - ehrwürdig, geschätzt, respektabel, verehrenswert

ancestress - Vorfahrin; Ahnfrau

blessing - Segen, Segnung, Segnen, Segnen; (bless); Segen, Segnung, Segnen

A visit to Mrs. Manson Mingott was always an amusing episode to the young man. The house in itself was already an historic document, though not, of course, as venerable as certain other old family houses in university place and lower Fifth Avenue. Those were of the purest 1830, with a grim harmony of cabbage-rose-garlanded carpets, rosewood consoles, round-arched fire-places with black marble mantels, and immense glazed book-cases of mahogany; whereas old Mrs. Mingott, who had built her house later, had bodily cast out the massive furniture of her prime, and mingled with the Mingott heirlooms the frivolous upholstery of the Second Empire. It was her habit to sit in a window of her sitting-room on the ground floor, as if watching calmly for life and fashion to flow northward to her solitary doors. She seemed in no hurry to have them come, for her patience was equalled by her confidence.

amusing - amüsant; amüsieren, vergnügen, belustigen, erheitern

historic - historisch, geschichtsträchtig

university place - Studienplatz

purest - am reinsten; bloß, rein

grim - makaber, grimmig

harmony - Harmonie, Einklang, Wohlklang, Harmonielehre

cabbage - stehlen; Kraut, kohl, Kohl, Kohlkopf

garlanded - mit Girlanden; Girlande, Girlande

rosewood - Palisanderholz; Rioalisander

consoles - Konsolen; trösten (mit), vertrösten; Bedienungsfeld, Gerät

arched - gewölbt; Bogen

marble - Marmor; Murmel; marmorieren

mantels - Kaminsimse; Kaminregal

mahogany - Mahagoni; Mahagonibaum

whereas - wohingegen, wogegen, während, wobei

bodily - körperlich, Körper

cast - werfen; wegwerfen, hinwerfen, gießen, Cast, Besetzung, Ensemble

massive - massiv

prime - wichtigste

heirlooms - Erbstücke; Erbstück

frivolous - leichtsinnig

upholstery - Polstermöbel; Polsterung

sitting-room - (sitting-room) Wohnstube

calmly - ruhig

flow - Wasserführung; ich flösse, ich/er/sie floss (floß

northward - nordwärts

solitary - einsam, einzeln

hurry - Eile; beeilen

patience - Geduld

equalled - gleich, gleich, gleichen, gleichen, Gleichgestellter

confidence - Selbstgewissheit; Zuversicht; Vertrauen, Zutrauen

She was sure that presently the hoardings, the quarries, the one-story saloons, the wooden green-houses in ragged gardens, and the rocks from which goats surveyed the scene, would vanish before the advance of residences as stately as her own"perhaps (for she was an impartial woman) even statelier; and that the cobble-stones over which the old clattering omnibuses bumped would be replaced by smooth asphalt, such as people reported having seen in Paris. Meanwhile, as every one she cared to see came to HER (and she could fill her rooms as easily as the Beauforts, and without adding a single item to the menu of her suppers), she did not suffer from her geographic isolation.

hoardings - Plakate; hortend

quarries - Steinbrüche; stöbern; Beute, Jagdbeute, verfolgtes Wild

saloons - Salons; Kneipe, Salon; Beize (schweiz. Kneipe)

ragged - zottig, dilettantisch, struppig, zerlumpt; (rag) zottig

goats - Ziegen; Ziege, Geiß, Bock

vanish - verschwinden, vergehen, sich verflüchtigen

advance - erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken, Fortschritt, Vorschuss

residences - Wohnsitze; Wohnsitz, Wohnort, Wohnhaus

stately - stattlich

impartial - unparteiisch

statelier - staatsmännisch; stattlich

cobble - Kopfsteinpflaster; schustern

clattering - klappern, poltern, Geklapper, Gepolter, Klappern

omnibuses - Omnibusse; Omnibus, Bus

bumped - gestoßen; Schlag, Stoß, Bums, qualifier

smooth - glatt; reibungslos, problemlos, glätten

asphalt - Asphalt; asphaltieren

Meanwhile - In der Zwischenzeit; währenddessen, inzwischen, derweil

single item - Einzelposten

suppers - Abendbrot; Abendessen

suffer - leiden; erleiden

geographic - geografisch

isolation - Isolierung, Isolation

The immense accretion of flesh which had descended on her in middle life like a flood of lava on a doomed city had changed her from a plump active little woman with a neatly-turned foot and ankle into something as vast and august as a natural phenomenon.

accretion - Akkretion; Zunahme; Zuwachs

flesh - Fleisch; Haut, Leib, Fruchtfleisch, Fleischfarbe, zunehmen

descended - abstammen; absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommen, herabsteigen

flood - Hochwasser; Flut; überschwemmen, überfluten, überfüllen

lava - Lava

doomed - dem Untergang geweiht; Bann, Urteil

plump - prall werden, prall machen; drall, vollschlank, mollig

neatly - sauber, ordentlich, geschickt

vast - riesig; beträchtlich, weit, ausgedehnt, enorm

natural phenomenon - Naturereignis , Naturerscheinung

She had accepted this submergence as philosophically as all her other trials, and now, in extreme old age, was rewarded by presenting to her mirror an almost unwrinkled expanse of firm pink and white flesh, in the centre of which the traces of a small face survived as if awaiting excavation. A flight of smooth double chins led down to the dizzy depths of a still-snowy bosom veiled in snowy muslins that were held in place by a miniature portrait of the late Mr. Mingott; and around and below, wave after wave of black silk surged away over the edges of a capacious armchair, with two tiny white hands poised like gulls on the surface of the billows.

submergence - Untertauchen

trials - Versuche; Erprobung, Prozess, Versuch, Probe

rewarded - belohnt; Belohnung, Lohn

expanse - Fläche, Ausdehnung, Weite

firm - fest, straff (Busen), Fa. Firma, gesetzt, hart

traces - Spuren; Zeichen, Spur

survived - überlebt; überleben, überleben, überleben

awaiting - erwarten, harren, warten

excavation - Grabung; Ausgrabung g; Ausschachtung; Aushub; Ausgrabung

chins - Kinns; Kinn

dizzy - schwindelig, schwindelerregend, schwindlige

depths - Untiefen; Tiefe

veiled - verschleiert; Vorhang, Schleier, verschleiern, verhüllen

muslins - der Musselin

miniature - Miniatur, mittelalterliche Buchmalerei

portrait - Portrait, Porträt, Hochformat

surged - überschwemmt; Aufwallung, Schwall, Welle, Woge, Überspannung

edges - Kanten; Rand, Seite, Kante, Kante, Vorsprung, Klinge, Schneide

capacious - geräumig

armchair - Armsessel, Fauteuil, Polstersessel, Polsterstuhl

tiny - winzig; Kleinkind

poised - bereit; Gleichgewicht

gulls - Möwen; Möwe

billows - Woge, wabern, wogen, bauschen

The burden of Mrs.

burden - Belastung; Refrain, Last, Möller (Hüttenwesen); belasten

Manson Mingott's flesh had long since made it impossible for her to go up and down stairs, and with characteristic independence she had made her reception rooms upstairs and established herself (in flagrant violation of all the New York proprieties) on the ground floor of her house; so that, as you sat in her sitting-room window with her, you caught (through a door that was always open, and a looped-back yellow damask portiere) the unexpected vista of a bedroom with a huge low bed upholstered like a sofa, and a toilet-table with frivolous lace flounces and a gilt-framed mirror.

characteristic - charakteristisch, bezeichnend, kennzeichnend, typisch, Merkmal

Independence - Unabhängigkeit, checkSelbständigkeit

established - etabliert; feststellen, etablieren, eröffnen, gründen

flagrant - schamlos, eklatant (Widerspruch), abscheulich

violation - Verstoß; Verletzung

proprieties - Anstandsregeln; Angemessenheit, Richtigkeit, Korrektheit

looped - geschleift; Schlaufe, Schlaufe, Schleife, Endlosschleife

damask - Damast, Damastgewebe

unexpected - unerwartet

vista - Aussicht

upholstered - gepolstert; polstern

toilet-table - (toilet-table) Toilettentisch

lace - schnüren, Spitze (Gewebe)

flounces - Volants; stolzieren

framed - gerahmt; ausarbeiten, entwerfen, einfassen, einrahmen, rahmen

Her visitors were startled and fascinated by the foreignness of this arrangement, which recalled scenes in French fiction, and architectural incentives to immorality such as the simple American had never dreamed of. That was how women with lovers lived in the wicked old societies, in apartments with all the rooms on one floor, and all the indecent propinquities that their novels described.

startled - erschrocken; aufschrecken, scheuen, erschrecken

fascinated - fasziniert; faszinieren, faszinieren, faszinieren, bezaubern

foreignness - Fremdheit

recalled - zurückgerufen; zurückrufen, erinnern

architectural - Architektur

incentives - Anreize; Anreiz, Ansporn, Incentive

immorality - Unmoral; Immoralität, Sittenlosigkeit, Unsittlichkeit

lovers - Geliebte, Liebhaber, Liebhaberin

wicked - verrucht; böse; (wick) verrucht; böse

indecent - unanständig, unkonventionell, unschicklich

propinquities - Angewohnheiten; Nähe

It amused Newland Archer (who had secretly situated the love-scenes of "Monsieur de Camors" in Mrs. Mingott's bedroom) to picture her blameless life led in the stage-setting of adultery; but he said to himself, with considerable admiration, that if a lover had been what she wanted, the intrepid woman would have had him too.

amused - amüsiert; amüsieren, vergnügen, belustigen, erheitern

situated - gelegen; aufstellen, unterbringen

adultery - Ehebruch

considerable - erheblich, beträchtlich, beachtlich

admiration - Bewunderung

lover - Geliebte, Liebhaber, Liebhaberin

intrepid - Unerschrocken

To the general relief the Countess Olenska was not present in her grandmother's drawing-room during the visit of the betrothed couple. Mrs. Mingott said she had gone out; which, on a day of such glaring sunlight, and at the "shopping hour," seemed in itself an indelicate thing for a compromised woman to do. But at any rate it spared them the embarrassment of her presence, and the faint shadow that her unhappy past might seem to shed on their radiant future. The visit went off successfully, as was to have been expected.

relief - Erleichterung, Befreiung, Linderung, Unterstützung

the betrothed - die Verlobten

glaring - grell; Blendung, entrüstetes Starren, missbilligend anstarren

sunlight - Sonnenlicht

indelicate - taktlos

compromised - kompromittiert; Kompromiss, Ausgleich, sich einigen

spared - verschont; überflüssig, frei, sparsam, Ersatz; sparsam umgehen

successfully - erfolgreich

Old Mrs. Mingott was delighted with the engagement, which, being long foreseen by watchful relatives, had been carefully passed upon in family council; and the engagement ring, a large thick sapphire set in invisible claws, met with her unqualified admiration.

delighted - erfreut; Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen

foreseen - vorhersehbar; vorhersehen, voraussehen

watchful - wachsam

Council - Rat

ring - Ring, Kreis

sapphire - Saphir

invisible - unsichtbar; versteckt

claws - Krallen; zerkratzen; Kralle, Fang (Vogelkralle), Klaue

"It's the new setting: of course it shows the stone beautifully, but it looks a little bare to old-fashioned eyes," Mrs. Welland had explained, with a conciliatory side-glance at her future son-in-law.

beautifully - schön

bare - knapp, kahl, nackt, bloß; entblößen, abnehmen, freimachen

conciliatory - versöhnlich

"Old-fashioned eyes? I hope you don't mean mine, my dear? I like all the novelties," said the ancestress, lifting the stone to her small bright orbs, which no glasses had ever disfigured. "Very handsome," she added, returning the jewel; "very liberal. In my time a cameo set in pearls was thought sufficient. But it's the hand that sets off the ring, isn't it, my Dear Mr. Archer?" and she waved one of her tiny hands, with small pointed nails and rolls of aged fat encircling the wrist like ivory bracelets.

novelties - Neuerungen; Neuheit, Neuartigkeit, Neuheit, neues Produkt

orbs - Kugeln; Himmelskörper, Kugel

disfigured - verunstaltet; entstellen, verunstalten

liberal - freiheitlich; liberal; Liberaler

cameo - Camée, Kamee, Kurzauftritt, Cameo-Auftritt

sufficient - genügend, ausreichend, hinreichend

sets off - (set off) sich auf den Weg machen, anfangen

Dear Mr - Sehr geehrter Herr ...

nails - Nägel; nageln (derb. koitieren); annageln, Nagel, nageln

rolls - Brötchen; Rolle, Roulade, Walze, Semmel; drehen, wälzen

encircling - einkreisend; (encircle); umzingeln, einfassen

wrist - Handgelenk

ivory - Elfenbein, Elfenbeinfarbe, elfenbeinern, Elfenbein-

bracelets - Armbänder; Armband

"Mine was modelled in Rome by the great Ferrigiani. You should have May's done: no doubt he'll have it done, my child. Her hand is large"it's these modern sports that spread the joints"but the skin is white."And when's the wedding to be?" she broke off, fixing her eyes on Archer's face.

Rome - Rom

spread - verteilen; spreizen; ausstreuen, verbreiten, auftragen

joints - Gelenke; gemeinschaftlich, gemeinsam, gemeinsame, gemeinsamer

"Oh"" Mrs. Welland murmured, while the young man, smiling at his betrothed, replied: "As soon as ever it can, if only you'll back me up, Mrs. Mingott."

murmured - gemurmelt; Rauschen

"We must give them time to get to know each other a little better, mamma," Mrs. Welland interposed, with the proper affectation of reluctance; to which the ancestress rejoined: "Know each other? Fiddlesticks! Everybody in New York has always known everybody.

interposed - zwischengeschaltet; zwischenschalten, dazwischenstellen

proper - richtig, passend, angemessen, eigentlich, Eigenname

affectation - Affektiertheit; Geschraubtheit

rejoined - wiedervereinigt; vereinigen

fiddlesticks - Purzelbäume; Geigenbogen

Let the young man have his way, my dear; don't wait till the bubble's off the wine. Marry them before Lent; I may catch pneumonia any winter now, and I want to give the wedding-breakfast."

bubble - Blase; Blase; blubbern

pneumonia - Lungenentzündung; Pneumonie

These successive statements were received with the proper expressions of amusement, incredulity and gratitude; and the visit was breaking up in a vein of mild pleasantry when the door opened to admit the Countess Olenska, who entered in bonnet and mantle followed by the unexpected figure of Julius Beaufort.

successive - erfolgreich

incredulity - Ungläubigkeit

gratitude - Dankbarkeit

vein - Vene, Ader, Geäder, Goldader

mild - mild, ausgeglichen, checkzahm, schwach

admit - einlassen, zulassen, zugeben, eingestehen, erlauben, einweisen

bonnet - Haube; Motorhaube

mantle - Mantel, Hülle, Umhüllung, Glühstrumpf, Hirnrinde

There was a cousinly murmur of pleasure between the ladies, and Mrs. Mingott held out Ferrigiani's model to the banker. "Ha! Beaufort, this is a rare favour!" (She had an odd foreign way of addressing men by their surnames.)

cousinly - Cousin und Cousine

murmur - Rauschen, Murmeln, Gemurmel, Raunen, Herzgeräusch

pleasure - Vergnügen; Freude, Spaß, Wollust

ha - Das war jetzt aber ernst!

favour - Gefallen; begünstigen, bevorzugen

odd - einzeln; seltsam, merkwürdig, komisch, ungerade

surnames - Nachnamen; Nachname, Familienname

"Thanks. I wish it might happen oftener," said the visitor in his easy arrogant way. "I'm generally so tied down; but I met the Countess Ellen in Madison Square, and she was good enough to let me walk home with her."

generally - im Allgemeinen

"Ah"I hope the house will be gayer, now that Ellen's here!" cried Mrs. Mingott with a glorious effrontery. "Sit down"sit down, Beaufort: push up the yellow armchair; now I've got you I want a good gossip. I hear your ball was magnificent; and I understand you invited Mrs. Lemuel Struthers? Well"I've a curiosity to see the woman myself."

gayer - schwuler; vergnügt, schwul, homosexuell, lustig, heiter

glorious - ruhmvoll, glorreich, herrlich, prachtvoll

gossip - Klatsch und Tratsch; Tratsche, Tratschtante, Klatschtante

magnificent - großartig; prächtig; ausgezeichnet

curiosity - Neugier, Neugierde, Kuriosität, Kuriosum

She had forgotten her relatives, who were drifting out into the hall under Ellen Olenska's guidance. Old Mrs. Mingott had always professed a great admiration for Julius Beaufort, and there was a kind of kinship in their cool domineering way and their short-cuts through the conventions.

drifting - treiben lassen; Drift, driften, treiben, irren, ziellos ziehen

guidance - Anleitung, Richtungsweisung, Handlungsempfehlung

professed - bekennt; bekennen

kinship - Verwandtschaft; Verwandtschaftsbeziehung

domineering - herrschsüchtig; tyrannisieren

Now she was eagerly curious to know what had decided the Beauforts to invite (for the first time) Mrs. Lemuel Struthers, the widow of Struthers's Shoe-polish, who had returned the previous year from a long initiatory sojourn in Europe to lay siege to the tight little citadel of New York. "Of course if you and Regina invite her the thing is settled. Well, we need new blood and new money"and I hear she's still very good-looking," the carnivorous old lady declared.

eagerly - eifrig

Curious - neugierig, sonderbar, merkwürdig

polish - Politur; polnisch; Polnisch

previous - früher; vorhergehend

initiatory - einleitend

sojourn - Aufenthalt; Unterkunft, Obdach, Übernachtungsmöglichkeit

siege - Belagerung

citadel - Zitadelle

carnivorous - fleischfressend

declared - erklärt; bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen

In the hall, while Mrs. Welland and May drew on their furs, Archer saw that the Countess Olenska was looking at him with a faintly questioning smile.

furs - Pelze; Fell, Pelz, Fell (gegerbt)

faintly - kaum, schwach, entfernt, leicht

"Of course you know already"about May and me," he said, answering her look with a shy laugh. "She scolded me for not giving you the news last night at the Opera: I had her orders to tell you that we were engaged"but I couldn't, in that crowd."

Shy - schüchtern, scheu, verlegen

scolded - gescholten; Beißzange, Xanthippe, beschimpfen, schelten, tadeln

The smile passed from Countess Olenska's eyes to her lips: she looked younger, more like the bold brown Ellen Mingott of his boyhood. "Of course I know; yes. And I'm so glad. But one doesn't tell such things first in a crowd." The ladies were on the threshold and she held out her hand.

boyhood - Jungenschaft; Kindheit, Jugend

"Good-bye; come and see me some day," she said, still looking at Archer.

Good-bye - (Good-bye) Auf Wiedersehen!;adieu, leb wohl, ade, lebewohl, ciao

In the carriage, on the way down Fifth Avenue, they talked pointedly of Mrs. Mingott, of her age, her spirit, and all her wonderful attributes. No one alluded to Ellen Olenska; but Archer knew that Mrs. Welland was thinking: "It's a mistake for Ellen to be seen, the very day after her arrival, parading up Fifth Avenue at the crowded hour with Julius Beaufort"" and the young man himself mentally added: "And she ought to know that a man who's just engaged doesn't spend his time calling on married women.

pointedly - gezielt

spirit - Geist, Seele, Stimmung, Schnaps

attributes - Attribute; Eigenschaft, Merkmal

alluded - angedeutet; andeuten, erwähnen

mentally - geistig, psychisch, mental

But I daresay in the set she's lived in they do"they never do anything else." And, in spite of the cosmopolitan views on which he prided himself, he thanked heaven that he was a New Yorker, and about to ally himself with one of his own kind.

daresay - wagen Sie es; Ich möchte sagen.., Ich könnte mir denken..

Cosmopolitan - kosmopolitisch, weltbürgerlich

prided - Hochmut, Stolz, Hochmut, Trotz, Dünkel, Stolz, Stolz

ally - Verbündeten; vereinigen, verbinden; Bündnispartner, Verbündete


The next evening old Mr. Sillerton Jackson came to dine with the Archers.

dine - speisen

archers - Bogenschützen; Bogenschütze

Mrs. Archer was a shy woman and shrank from society; but she liked to be well-informed as to its doings. Her old friend Mr.

shrank - geschrumpft; schrumpfen, schrumpfen, abnehmen, drücken

informed - informiert; benachrichtigen, mitteilen, informieren

doings - tun, tuend

Sillerton Jackson applied to the investigation of his friends'affairs the patience of a collector and the science of a naturalist; and his sister, Miss Sophy Jackson, who lived with him, and was entertained by all the people who could not secure her much-sought-after brother, brought home bits of minor gossip that filled out usefully the gaps in his picture.

investigation - Untersuchung

collector - Sammler, Sammlerin, Kassierer, Kollektor

naturalist - Naturforscher, Naturforscherin, Naturalist, Naturalistin

secure - sicher, geschützt, beschützt, zuverlässig

sought - gesucht; suchen

minor - minderjährig; gering, geringfügig, klein, unbedeutend

usefully - nützlich

Therefore, whenever anything happened that Mrs. Archer wanted to know about, she asked Mr. Jackson to dine; and as she honoured few people with her invitations, and as she and her daughter Janey were an excellent audience, Mr. Jackson usually came himself instead of sending his sister.

If he could have dictated all the conditions, he would have chosen the evenings when Newland was out; not because the young man was uncongenial to him (the two got on capitally at their club) but because the old anecdotist sometimes felt, on Newland's part, a tendency to weigh his evidence that the ladies of the family never showed.

uncongenial - unangenehm

capitally - kapitalistisch

anecdotist - Anekdotenerzähler

weigh - wiegen, wägen, abwiegen, auswiegen, abwägen, erwägen, lasten

Mr. Jackson, if perfection had been attainable on earth, would also have asked that Mrs. Archer's food should be a little better.

perfection - Vollkommenheit, Perfektion

attainable - realisierbar

But then New York, as far back as the mind of man could travel, had been divided into the two great fundamental groups of the Mingotts and Mansons and all their clan, who cared about eating and clothes and money, and the Archer-Newland-van-der-Luyden tribe, who were devoted to travel, horticulture and the best fiction, and looked down on the grosser forms of pleasure.

divided - geteilt; aufteilen, teilen, einteilen, teilen, dividieren

fundamental - Grundlage; grundlegend, fundamental, grundsätzlich

clan - Clan, Sippe

horticulture - Gartenkultur, Hortikultur, Gartenbau

grosser - gröber; (gross) Brutto, dick, Br. Brutto

You couldn't have everything, after all. If you dined with the Lovell Mingotts you got canvas-back and terrapin and vintage wines; at Adeline Archer's you could talk about Alpine scenery and "The Marble Faun"; and luckily the Archer Madeira had gone round the Cape.

dined - zu Abend gegessen; speisen

canvas - Leinwand, Segeltuch

terrapin - Wasserschildkröte, Sumpfschildkröte

vintage - Traubenlese; Jahrgang; Jahrgang

Alpine - alpin

scenery - Landschaften; Landschaft; Kulisse

Faun - Faun, Faunus

luckily - glücklicherweise, auf glückliche Weise, mit Glück, zum Glück

gone round - umgangen

Cape - Umhang, Kap

Therefore when a friendly summons came from Mrs. Archer, Mr. Jackson, who was a true eclectic, would usually say to his sister: "I've been a little gouty since my last dinner at the Lovell Mingotts'"it will do me good to diet at Adeline's."

summons - Vorladungen; Vorladung; (summon) Vorladungen; Vorladung

Eclectic - eklektisch, vielseitig, heterogen, verschiedenartig, Eklektiker

gouty - Gicht

Mrs. Archer, who had long been a widow, lived with her son and daughter in West Twenty-eighth Street. An upper floor was dedicated to Newland, and the two women squeezed themselves into narrower quarters below. In an unclouded harmony of tastes and interests they cultivated ferns in Wardian cases, made macrame lace and wool embroidery on linen, collected American revolutionary glazed ware, subscribed to "Good Words," and read Ouida's novels for the sake of the Italian atmosphere. (They preferred those about peasant life, because of the descriptions of scenery and the pleasanter sentiments, though in general they liked novels about people in society, whose motives and habits were more comprehensible, spoke severely of Dickens, who "had never drawn a gentleman," and considered Thackeray less at home in the great world than Bulwer"who, however, was beginning to be thought old-fashioned.

Eighth - achte; Achtel

upper floor - Obergeschoss

dedicated - engagiert; widmen, widmen, sich widmen, widmen

squeezed - ausgequetscht; drücken, klemmen, pressen, quetschen, quetschen

cultivated - kultiviert; kultivieren, anbauen, kultivieren, pflegen

macrame - Makramee

Wool - Wolle

embroidery - Stickerei, Sticken, Ausschmückung

linen - Wäsche; Leinen; Heimtextilien

subscribed - abonniert; abonnieren

sake - (for your sake) deinetwegen, euretwegen, Ihretwegen, dir zuliebe

peasant - arm

pleasanter - angenehmer; angenehm

sentiments - Empfindungen; Gefühl

motives - Motiven; Motiv

comprehensible - nachvollziehbar

severely - ernsthaft

gentleman - Herr; Herr, meine Herren

Mrs. and Miss Archer were both great lovers of scenery. It was what they principally sought and admired on their occasional travels abroad; considering architecture and painting as subjects for men, and chiefly for learned persons who read Ruskin. Mrs. Archer had been born a Newland, and mother and daughter, who were as like as sisters, were both, as people said, "true Newlands"; tall, pale, and slightly round-shouldered, with long noses, sweet smiles and a kind of drooping distinction like that in certain faded Reynolds portraits. Their physical resemblance would have been complete if an elderly embonpoint had not stretched Mrs. Archer's black brocade, while Miss Archer's brown and purple poplins hung, as the years went on, more and more slackly on her virgin frame.

principally - grundsätzlich, im Prinzip, hauptsächlich

occasional - gelegentlich, okkasionell

chiefly - hauptsächlich

drooping - hängend; durchhängen, herabhängen, herunterhängen, herabsinken

distinction - Unterscheidung; Unterschied; Auszeichnung

faded - verblasst; verfärben, Ausblendung; verblassen, nachlassen

Reynolds - Reinhold

portraits - Porträts; Portrait

resemblance - Ähnlichkeit

elderly - ältere Menschen; älter, bejahrt, betagt

stretched - gestreckt; strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

brocade - Brokat, Brokatstoff, Seidenbrokat

poplins - Popeline, Popelin

slackly - schlaff; nachlassende

Virgin - Jungfrau; jungfräulich; nativ

frame - ausarbeiten, entwerfen, einfassen, einrahmen, festlegen

Mentally, the likeness between them, as Newland was aware, was less complete than their identical mannerisms often made it appear. The long habit of living together in mutually dependent intimacy had given them the same vocabulary, and the same habit of beginning their phrases "Mother thinks" or "Janey thinks," according as one or the other wished to advance an opinion of her own; but in reality, while Mrs.

likeness - Ähnlichkeit; Gestalt; Abbild

identical - identisch; eineiig

living together - zusammen lebend, zusammenlebend [alt]

mutually - gegenseitig

dependent - abhängig, angewiesen, Unterhaltsempfänger

intimacy - Intimität

vocabulary - Vokabeln, Wortschatz, Wortliste, Vokabular

reality - Wirklichkeit, Realität, checkRealität

Archer's serene unimaginativeness rested easily in the accepted and familiar, Janey was subject to starts and aberrations of fancy welling up from springs of suppressed romance.

serene - Gelassenheit; heiter

unimaginativeness - Fantasielosigkeit

familiar - vertraut; bekannt

aberrations - Fehlentwicklungen; Aberration, Abartigkeit, Abweichung

suppressed - unterdrückt; unterdrücken, unterdrücken, unterdrücken

romance - Romantik; Liebesgeschichte; qual

Mother and daughter adored each other and revered their son and brother; and Archer loved them with a tenderness made compunctious and uncritical by the sense of their exaggerated admiration, and by his secret satisfaction in it. After all, he thought it a good thing for a man to have his authority respected in his own house, even if his sense of humour sometimes made him question the force of his mandate.

adored - verehrt; anbeten, verehren, anbeten, verehren

revered - verehrt; ehren

tenderness - Zärtlichkeit

compunctious - Mitleid erregend

uncritical - unkritisch

exaggerated - Übertrieben; übertreiben

respected - respektiert; Achtung, Respekt, respektieren, respektieren

humour - Humor; Laune, Stimmung, Körpersaft

force - Kraft; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht, Einfluss

mandate - Mandat

On this occasion the young man was very sure that Mr. Jackson would rather have had him dine out; but he had his own reasons for not doing so.

Of course old Jackson wanted to talk about Ellen Olenska, and of course Mrs. Archer and Janey wanted to hear what he had to tell. All three would be slightly embarrassed by Newland's presence, now that his prospective relation to the Mingott clan had been made known; and the young man waited with an amused curiosity to see how they would turn the difficulty.

embarrassed - peinlich; verlegen machen, demütigen, kränken

prospective - voraussichtlich, zukünftig

relation - Beziehung; Relation; Verwandter, Verwandte, Verwandtschaft

made known - bekannt gemacht, bekanntgemacht [alt]

difficulty - Schwierigkeiten; Schwierigkeit

They began, obliquely, by talking about Mrs. Lemuel Struthers.

"It's a pity the Beauforts asked her," Mrs. Archer said gently. "But then Regina always does what he tells her; and BEAUFORT""

pity - Mitleid; schade; bemitleiden, Mitleid haben mit

"Certain nuances escape Beaufort," said Mr. Jackson, cautiously inspecting the broiled shad, and wondering for the thousandth time why Mrs. Archer's cook always burnt the roe to a cinder. (Newland, who had long shared his wonder, could always detect it in the older man's expression of melancholy disapproval.)

Nuances - Nuance, Nuance

escape - entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

cautiously - behutsam; vorsichtig

inspecting - begutachten, untersuchen, inspizieren, inspizieren, prüfen

broiled - gegrillt; grillen

shad - Maifisch

wondering - und fragen sich; (wonder) sich wundern (über)

thousandth - tausendste; Tausendste; Tausendstel

roe - der Rogen

cinder - Asche; Schlacke, Zunder, verkohlen, verschwelen, einäschern

detect - finden, ermitteln, aufspüren, entdecken, erkennen

melancholy - Melancholie, Schwermut, Wehmut

disapproval - Missbilligung

"Oh, necessarily; Beaufort is a vulgar man," said Mrs. Archer. "My grandfather Newland always used to say to my mother: 'Whatever you do, don't let that fellow Beaufort be introduced to the girls.'But at least he's had the advantage of associating with gentlemen; in England too, they say.

necessarily - unbedingt

vulgar - vulgär, unfein, ungebildet, unanständig

associating with - (associate with) verkehren mit

It's all very mysterious"" She glanced at Janey and paused. She and Janey knew every fold of the Beaufort mystery, but in public Mrs. Archer continued to assume that the subject was not one for the unmarried.

fold - falten, zusammenlegen, verschränken (Arme); Falte, gefaltete

mystery - Geheimnis, Rätsel

assume - annehmen, voraussetzen, vermuten, unterstellen

unmarried - unverheiratet, ledig, solo; (unmarry); unverheiratet, ledig

"But this Mrs. Struthers," Mrs. Archer continued; "what did you say SHE was, Sillerton?"

"Out of a mine: or rather out of the saloon at the head of the pit. Then with Living Wax-Works, touring New England. After the police broke THAT up, they say she lived"" Mr. Jackson in his turn glanced at Janey, whose eyes began to bulge from under her prominent lids. There were still hiatuses for her in Mrs. Struthers's past.

saloon - Kneipe, Salon; Beize (schweiz. Kneipe)

pit - Fallgrube, Schachtgrube, Box (Sport)

bulge - Ausbuchtung, Beule, Delle, Wölbung, hervorstechen

hiatuses - Lücken; Lücke, Unterbrechung, Pause, Unterbrechung, Urlaub

"Then," Mr. Jackson continued (and Archer saw he was wondering why no one had told the butler never to slice cucumbers with a steel knife), "then Lemuel Struthers came along. They say his advertiser used the girl's head for the shoe-polish posters; her hair's intensely black, you know"the Egyptian style.

butler - Butler

slice - Brotscheibe, Anteil

cucumbers - Salatgurken; Gurke, Gurke, Salatgurke

steel - verstählen; Stahl

advertiser - Werbender /Werbende, Werbetreibender /Werbetreibende

posters - Plakate; Poster, Plakat

intensely - intensiv

Egyptian - ägyptisch; Ägypter, Ägypterin, Ägyptisch

Anyhow, he"eventually"married her." There were volumes of innuendo in the way the "eventually" was spaced, and each syllable given its due stress.

volumes - Volumen

innuendo - Anspielung

syllable - Silbe

"Oh, well"at the pass we've come to nowadays, It doesn't matter," said Mrs. Archer indifferently. The ladies were not really interested in Mrs. Struthers just then; the subject of Ellen Olenska was too fresh and too absorbing to them. Indeed, Mrs. Struthers's name had been introduced by Mrs. Archer only that she might presently be able to say: "And Newland's new cousin"Countess Olenska? Was SHE at the ball too?"

nowadays - Heutzutage; gegenwärtig, zur Zeit, derzeitig, jetzt

It doesn't matter - Es macht nichts. Das ut nichts. Das schadet ja gar nichts.

indifferently - gleichgültig

absorbing - absorbieren, aufnehen

There was a faint touch of sarcasm in the reference to her son, and Archer knew it and had expected it. Even Mrs. Archer, who was seldom unduly pleased with human events, had been altogether glad of her son's engagement. ("Especially after that silly business with Mrs. Rushworth," as she had remarked to Janey, alluding to what had once seemed to Newland a tragedy of which his soul would always bear the scar.)

sarcasm - Sarkasmus

reference - Referenz; Quelle; referenzieren; sich beziehen

seldom - selten

unduly - unangemessen; über Gebühr, übermäßig

altogether - ganz und gar, ohne Ausnahme, ausnahmslos, insgesamt

silly - doof, dumm, albern, Dummerchen

remarked - bemerkt; bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

alluding - anspielend; andeuten, erwähnen

tragedy - Tragödie

scar - Narbe

There was no better match in New York than May Welland, look at the question from whatever point you chose. Of course such a marriage was only what Newland was entitled to; but young men are so foolish and incalculable"and some women so ensnaring and unscrupulous"that it was nothing short of a miracle to see one's only son safe past the Siren Isle and in the haven of a blameless domesticity.

entitled - berechtigt; betiteln, benennen, den Titel verleihen

incalculable - unberechenbar

ensnaring - umgarnen; fangen, verwickeln

unscrupulous - ohne Skrupel

siren - Sirene

Isle - Insel; Eiland

domesticity - Häuslichkeit

She had behaved beautifully"and in beautiful behaviour she was unsurpassed"during the call on Mrs. Welland; but Newland knew (and his betrothed doubtless guessed) that all through the visit she and Janey were nervously on the watch for Madame Olenska's possible intrusion; and when they left the house together she had permitted herself to say to her son: "I'm thankful that Augusta Welland received us alone."

unsurpassed - unübertroffen

doubtless - zweifelsfrei, zweifellos

nervously - nervös, erregbar, gereizt, hektisch

intrusion - Einmischung; Intrusion, Eindringen

permitted - erlaubt; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

thankful - dankbar

Augusta - Auguste

These indications of inward disturbance moved Archer the more that he too felt that the Mingotts had gone a little too far. But, as it was against all the rules of their code that the mother and son should ever allude to what was uppermost in their thoughts, he simply replied: "Oh, well, there's always a phase of family parties to be gone through when one gets engaged, and the sooner it's over the better.

indications - Hinweise; Anzeichen, Anzeige, Hinweis, Indiz

inward - innere; innen

disturbance - Störung; Störenfried, Geistesstörung

allude - anspielen; andeuten, erwähnen

uppermost - ganz oben

thoughts - Gedanken; Gedanke

phase - Phase

At which his mother merely pursed her lips under the lace veil that hung down from her grey velvet bonnet trimmed with frosted grapes.

merely - bloß, lediglich, nur, schier

pursed - geschnürt; Geldbörse, Geldbeutel, Börse, Beutel, Portemonnaie

veil - Vorhang; Schleier; verschleiern, verhüllen

trimmed - zurechtgestutzt; kürzen, nachschneiden, schneiden, stutzen

frosted - gefrostet; mattiert; bereift; (frost); Reif; Frost; glasieren

grapes - Weintrauben; Traube, Weintraube, Weinbeere

Her revenge, he felt"her lawful revenge"would be to "draw" Mr. Jackson that evening on the Countess Olenska; and, having publicly done his duty as a future member of the Mingott clan, the young man had no objection to hearing the lady discussed in private"except that the subject was already beginning to bore him.

revenge - Rache; rächen

lawful - rechtmäßig; gesetzlich, legal, rechtsmäßig

publicly - öffentlich

objection - Beanstandung; Einwand, Widerspruch, Einspruch

Mr. Jackson had helped himself to a slice of the tepid filet which the mournful butler had handed him with a look as sceptical as his own, and had rejected the mushroom sauce after a scarcely perceptible sniff. He looked baffled and hungry, and Archer reflected that he would probably finish his meal on Ellen Olenska.

tepid - lauwarm

mournful - schwermütig; traurig, melancholisch, trübsinnig

sceptical - skeptisch

rejected - abgelehnt; verwerfen, ablehnen, zurückweisen

mushroom - Pilz, Schwamm, wuchern, Pilze ernten, Pilze sammeln

scarcely - knapp, kaum, wohl nicht, gerade erst

perceptible - wahrnehmbar, spürbar, fühlbar

sniff - schnüffeln, züngeln (for reptiles)

baffled - verblüfft; verblüffen, verdutzen, verwirren, ratlos machen

Mr. Jackson leaned back in his chair, and glanced up at the candlelit Archers, Newlands and van der Luydens hanging in dark frames on the dark walls.

candlelit - bei Kerzenlicht

hanging - (to hang) hängen, schweben; (hang) (to hang) hängen, schweben

frames - ausarbeiten, entwerfen, einfassen, einrahmen, rahmen, festlegen

"Ah, how your grandfather Archer loved a good dinner, my dear Newland!" he said, his eyes on the portrait of a plump full-chested young man in a stock and a blue coat, with a view of a white-columned country-house behind him. "Well"well"well ... I wonder what he would have said to all these foreign marriages!"

chested - mit Brustkorb; (chest) Kiste, Brustkasten, Brust, Koffer

columned - in Spalten

wonder - Wunder, Mirakel, wundern

marriages - Eheschließungen; Ehe, Heirat, Ehe, Hochzeit, Heirat

Mrs. Archer ignored the allusion to the ancestral cuisine and Mr. Jackson continued with deliberation: "No, she was NOT at the ball."

ignored - ignoriert; ignorieren, missachten

ancestral - Vorfahren

cuisine - Küche, Kochkunst

deliberation - Überlegungen; Abwägung

"Ah"" Mrs. Archer murmured, in a tone that implied: "She had that decency."

implied - angedeutet; implizieren, zur Folge haben, implizieren, bedeuten

"Perhaps the Beauforts don't know her," Janey suggested, with her artless malice.

malice - Boshaftigkeit, Böse, Bosheit, Bösartigkeit

Mr. Jackson gave a faint sip, as if he had been tasting invisible Madeira. "Mrs. Beaufort may not"but Beaufort certainly does, for she was seen walking up Fifth Avenue this afternoon with him by the whole of New York."

sip - Schluck; Schlückchen; nippen

"Mercy"" moaned Mrs. Archer, evidently perceiving the uselessness of trying to ascribe the actions of foreigners to a sense of delicacy.

mercy - Barmherzigkeit, Erbarmen, Gnade, Mitleid

moaned - gestöhnt; Stöhnen

perceiving - wahrnehmend, merkend; (perceive); wahrnehmen

Uselessness - Nutzlosigkeit; Sinnlosigkeit

ascribe - zurückführen, zuschreiben

delicacy - Feinheit, Zartheit, Delikatesse, Leckerbissen, Köstlichkeit

"I wonder if she wears a round hat or a bonnet in the afternoon," Janey speculated. "At the Opera I know she had on dark blue velvet, perfectly plain and flat"like a night-gown."

speculated - spekuliert; spekulieren, Vermutungen anstellen, vermuten

plain - unscheinbar, einfach, vollständige, ehrlich

"Janey!" said her mother; and Miss Archer blushed and tried to look audacious.

audacious - kühn

"It was, at any rate, in better taste not to go to the ball," Mrs. Archer continued.

A spirit of perversity moved her son to rejoin: "I don't think it was a question of taste with her. May said she meant to go, and then decided that the dress in question wasn't smart enough."

perversity - Perversität

rejoin - wieder beitreten; vereinigen

Mrs. Archer smiled at this confirmation of her inference. "Poor Ellen," she simply remarked; adding compassionately: "We must always bear in mind what an eccentric bringing-up Medora Manson gave her. What can you expect of a girl who was allowed to wear black satin at her coming-out ball?"

confirmation - Bestätigung; Firmung

inference - Schlussfolgern, Schlussfolgerung, Inferenz

compassionately - mitfühlend

eccentric - exzentrisch, elliptisch, eiernd, außermittig, schrullig

"Ah"don't I remember her in it!" said Mr. Jackson; adding: "Poor girl!" in the tone of one who, while enjoying the memory, had fully understood at the time what the sight portended.

sight - Sehenswürdigkeit, Gesicht, Visier, erblicken, anvisieren

portended - angedeutet; ankündigen, vorbedeuten, vorhersagen, deuten

"It's odd," Janey remarked, "that she should have kept such an ugly name as Ellen. I should have changed it to Elaine." She glanced about the table to see the effect of this.

ugly - hässlich

Her brother laughed. "Why Elaine?"

"I don't know; it sounds more"more Polish," said Janey, blushing.

blushing - errötend; (blush) errötend

"It sounds more conspicuous; and that can hardly be what she wishes," said Mrs. Archer distantly.

more conspicuous - auffälligere

hardly - hart, rau, kaum

distantly - aus der Ferne; entfernt

"Why not?" broke in her son, growing suddenly argumentative. "Why shouldn't she be conspicuous if she chooses? Why should she slink about as if it were she who had disgraced herself? She's 'poor Ellen'certainly, because she had the bad luck to make a wretched marriage; but I don't see that that's a reason for hiding her head as if she were the culprit."

argumentative - streitlustig

conspicuous - auffallend; auffällig, augenfällig, offensichtlich, sichtbar

slink - schleichen; Frühgeburt

disgraced - in Ungnade gefallen; Ungnade, Schande, Schande, Schmach

wretched - unglücklich; sehr schlecht, miserabel, wertlos

culprit - Übeltäter; Beschuldigter, Missetäter, Schuldiger

"That, I suppose," said Mr. Jackson, speculatively, "is the line the Mingotts mean to take."

speculatively - spekulativ

The young man reddened. "I didn't have to wait for their cue, if that's what you mean, sir. Madame Olenska has had an unhappy life: that doesn't make her an outcast."

reddened - gerötet; erröten, röten

cue - Stichwort; Aufruf, Billardstock, Billardqueue

outcast - verstoßen; ausgestoßen

"There are rumours," began Mr. Jackson, glancing at Janey.

rumours - Gerüchte; Sage, Gerücht; munkeln

glancing - blickend; (glance); blicken; Blick, Streifblick, Glanz

"Oh, I know: the secretary," the young man took him up. "Nonsense, mother; Janey's grown-up. They say, don't they," he went on, "that the secretary helped her to get away from her brute of a husband, who kept her practically a prisoner? Well, what if he did? I hope there isn't a man among us who wouldn't have done the same in such a case."

nonsense - Blödsinn, Nonsens

practically - praktisch

prisoner - Gefangener, Gefangene, Häftling, Strafgefangener

Mr. Jackson glanced over his shoulder to say to the sad butler: "Perhaps ... that sauce ... just a little, after all""; then, having helped himself, he remarked: "I'm told she's looking for a house. She means to live here."

"I hear she means to get a divorce," said Janey boldly.

divorce - Scheidung, Ehescheidung, scheiden, scheiden lassen

boldly - kühn, tapfer

"I hope she will!" Archer exclaimed.

The word had fallen like a bombshell in the pure and tranquil atmosphere of the Archer dining-room. Mrs. Archer raised her delicate eye-brows in the particular curve that signified: "The butler"" and the young man, himself mindful of the bad taste of discussing such intimate matters in public, hastily branched off into an account of his visit to old Mrs. Mingott.

like a bombshell - granatenmäßig (ugs.)

tranquil - ruhig, gelassen

dining - Essen; Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

brows - Augenbrauen; Brauen; (brow) Augenbrauen; Brauen

signified - bedeutet; Signifikat; (signify); bedeuten

mindful - achtsam; eingedenk, aufmerksam

branched off - abgezweigt

After dinner, according to immemorial custom, Mrs.

immemorial - seit Menschengedenken

Archer and Janey trailed their long silk draperies up to the drawing-room, where, while the gentlemen smoked below stairs, they sat beside a Carcel lamp with an engraved globe, facing each other across a rosewood work-table with a green silk bag under it, and stitched at the two ends of a tapestry band of field-flowers destined to adorn an "occasional" chair in the drawing-room of young Mrs. Newland Archer.

trailed - nachgezogen; folgen, verfolgen, nachstellen, nacheilen

draperies - Vorhänge; Vorhang

engraved - eingraviert; gravieren, meißeln, eingravieren

globe - Erde, Erdkugel, Globus

under it - darunter

stitched - genäht; Stich (Näh-), Stich (Schmerz); nähen, absteppen

tapestry - Wandteppich, Bildteppich, Bildwirkerei, Tapisserie

destined - bestimmt; bestimmen, vorbestimmen

adorn - schmücken, zieren, verzieren

While this rite was in progress in the drawing-room, Archer settled Mr. Jackson in an armchair near the fire in the Gothic library and handed him a cigar. Mr. Jackson sank into the armchair with satisfaction, lit his cigar with perfect confidence (it was Newland who bought them), and stretching his thin old ankles to the coals, said: "You say the secretary merely helped her to get away, my dear fellow? Well, he was still helping her a year later, then; for somebody met 'em living at Lausanne together.

rite - Richtig; Ritus, Brauch

sank - gesunken; sinken, senken, senken, versenken, Spüle, Spülbecken

stretching - strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

coals - Kohlen; Kohle, Steinkohle, Kohle, Kohle, Kohle

Newland reddened. "Living together? Well, why not? Who had the right to make her life over if she hadn't? I'm sick of the hypocrisy that would bury alive a woman of her age if her husband prefers to live with harlots."

hypocrisy - Heuchelei, Scheinheiligkeit, Hypokrisie, Doppelmoral

bury - vergraben, verbergen, begraben

harlots - Huren; Dirne, Hure, Nutte

He stopped and turned away angrily to light his cigar. "Women ought to be free"as free as we are," he declared, making a discovery of which he was too irritated to measure the terrific consequences.

angrily - verärgert, wütend

irritated - gereizt; reizen, irritieren, ärgern

measure - Maß; Messung, Maßstab, Takt, Maßnahme, messen, abmessen

terrific - großartig; fürchterlich, furchtbar, schrecklich

consequences - Folgen; Konsequenz, Folge, Konsequenz, Folge, Konsequenz

Mr. Sillerton Jackson stretched his ankles nearer the coals and emitted a sardonic whistle.

emitted - emittiert; emittieren, aussenden

sardonic - sardonisch

whistle - Pfeife, Trillerpfeife, Flöte, Pfeifen, Pfiff

"Well," he said after a pause, "apparently Count Olenski takes your view; for I never heard of his having lifted a finger to get his wife back."

pause - Eine Pause; pausieren, innehalten, Pause

apparently - offensichtlich, offenbar, scheinbar, anscheinend


As he dropped into his armchair near the fire his eyes rested on a large photograph of May Welland, which the young girl had given him in the first days of their romance, and which had now displaced all the other portraits on the table. With a new sense of awe he looked at the frank forehead, serious eyes and gay innocent mouth of the young creature whose soul's custodian he was to be.

displaced - verdrängt; umsiedeln, vertreiben, verschieben, verlagern

awe - Ehrfurcht; Staunen; einschüchtern

frank - freimütig, offen

gay - vergnügt, schwul, homosexuell, lustig, heiter

innocent - rein; unschuldig

creature - Wesen, Lebewesen, Fabelwesen

custodian - Hüter, Hüterin, Kustos, Schützer

That terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything, looked back at him like a stranger through May Welland's familiar features; and once more it was borne in on him that marriage was not the safe anchorage he had been taught to think, but a voyage on uncharted seas.

terrifying - erschreckend; erschrecken

social system - Gesellschaftsform

anchorage - Verankerung; Ankerplatz

Voyage - Die Reise; Reise

uncharted - unerkannt

The case of the Countess Olenska had stirred up old settled convictions and set them drifting dangerously through his mind. His own exclamation: "Women should be free"as free as we are," struck to the root of a problem that it was agreed in his world to regard as non-existent. "Nice" women, however wronged, would never claim the kind of freedom he meant, and generous-minded men like himself were therefore"in the heat of argument"the more chivalrously ready to concede it to them. Such verbal generosities were in fact only a humbugging disguise of the inexorable conventions that tied things together and bound people down to the old pattern. But here he was pledged to defend, on the part of his betrothed's cousin, conduct that, on his own wife's part, would justify him in calling down on her all the thunders of Church and State. Of course the dilemma was purely hypothetical; since he wasn't a blackguard Polish nobleman, it was absurd to speculate what his wife's rights would be if he WERE. But Newland Archer was too imaginative not to feel that, in his case and May's, the tie might gall for reasons far less gross and palpable. What could he and she really know of each other, since it was his duty, as a "decent" fellow, to conceal his past from her, and hers, as a marriageable girl, to have no past to conceal? What if, for some one of the subtler reasons that would tell with both of them, they should tire of each other, misunderstand or irritate each other?

stirred up - umgerührt

convictions - Überzeugungen; Überzeugung, Verurteilung

dangerously - Gefährlich

root - wurzeln; Haupt, Wurzel, Nullstelle [math.]

regard - schätzen, betrachten, berücksichtigen, achten; Aufmerksamkeit

existent - existent, existierend

claim - Anspruch; Rechtstitel, Behauptung, Mutung, beanspruchen

freedom - Freiheit

generous - großzügig, generös

concede - Zugeständnisse machen; zugeben, zugestehen, einräumen, zulassen

verbal - wörtlich, verbal, mündlich, zeitwörtlich

generosities - Generositäten; Großzügigkeit, Generosität, Großmut

humbugging - Humbug, Unsinn, Betrug, Schwindel, Gauner, Halunke, Schwindler

disguise - Verkleidung; Tarnung; verstellen

inexorable - unaufhaltsam

bound - gebunden; Sprung; (bind); binden; verbinden, konnektieren

pledged - verpfändet; zusichern, versprechen, geloben, zusagen

defend - verteidigen

conduct - Leitung, Führung, leiten, führen, sich verhalten, sich benehmen

justify - rechtfertigen; ausrichten, justieren

thunders - donnert; Donner, Donnern

dilemma - Dilemma

purely - rein, bloß

hypothetical - hypothetisch

blackguard - Schurke

nobleman - Edelmann, Adeliger, Adliger, Aristokrat

absurd - absurd

speculate - spekulieren; Vermutungen anstellen; vermuten

imaginative - einfallsreich

gall - Galle

Gross - grob; brutto; brutto

palpable - spürbar; greifbar

decent - anständig, sittsam, (ganz) anständig

conceal - verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen

marriageable - heiratsfähig

tire - Reifen, Pneu (schweiz.); ermüden

misunderstand - missverstehen, falsch verstehen

irritate - reizen, irritieren, ärgern

He reviewed his friends'marriages"the supposedly happy ones"and saw none that answered, even remotely, to the passionate and tender comradeship which he pictured as his permanent relation with May Welland. He perceived that such a picture presupposed, on her part, the experience, the versatility, the freedom of judgment, which she had been carefully trained not to possess; and with a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other. Lawrence Lefferts occurred to him as the husband who had most completely realised this enviable ideal. As became the high-priest of form, he had formed a wife so completely to his own convenience that, in the most conspicuous moments of his frequent love-affairs with other men's wives, she went about in smiling unconsciousness, saying that "Lawrence was so frightfully strict"; and had been known to blush indignantly, and avert her gaze, when some one alluded in her presence to the fact that Julius Beaufort (as became a "foreigner" of doubtful origin) had what was known in New York as "another establishment."

supposedly - Angeblich

remotely - aus der Ferne

passionate - leidenschaftlich

comradeship - Kameradschaft

permanent - dauerhaft; permanent, ständig, beständig, unbefristet

presupposed - vorausgesetzt; erfordern, voraussetzen

versatility - Vielseitigkeit, Einsatzvielfalt, vielseitige Anwendbarkeit

judgment - Urteil; Urteilsvermögen; Beurteilung; Richtspruch

possess - besitzen

shiver - Schauder, Schauer, zittern, frösteln

foreboding - eine Vorahnung; Ahnung, Vorahnung

Association - Assoziation, Verknüpfung, Zuordnung, Vereinigung

held together - zusammengehalten

ignorance - Unwissenheit, Unwissen, Nichtwissen

occurred - aufgetreten; passieren, vorkommen, stattfinden, vorkommen

realised - realisiert; erfassen, (Gewinn) erzielen, zu Geld machen

enviable - beneidenswert

priest - Priester, Priesterin, Pfarrer, Pfarrerin; (prey); Beute; lauern

convenience - Bequemlichkeit; Annehmlichkeit

most conspicuous - auffälligste

frequent - häufig; aufsuchen

unconsciousness - Bewusstlosigkeit; Unwissenheit

frightfully - furchtbar; schrecklich, schreckliche

strict - streng

blush - Schamröte; erröten, sich schämen

indignantly - entrüstet

avert - abwenden, verhindern

gaze - Blicken; anstarren

doubtful - zweifelhaft; zweifelnd

origin - Ursprung, Anfang, Entstehung, Quelle, Herkunft

establishment - Einrichtung; Verankerung (von Rechten), Feststellung

Archer tried to console himself with the thought that he was not quite such an ass as Larry Lefferts, nor May such a simpleton as poor Gertrude; but the difference was after all one of intelligence and not of standards. In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs; as when Mrs.

console - Konsole; trösten (mit), vertrösten; Bedienungsfeld, Gerät

ass - Arsch, Esel, Dummkopf

intelligence - Intelligenz, Klugheit, intelligentes Leben

standards - Normen; üblich, standardmäßig, Standard, Standard, Banner

hieroglyphic - Hieroglyphen; hieroglyphisch

arbitrary - willkürlich, nach Ermessen, in freiem Ermessen

Welland, who knew exactly why Archer had pressed her to announce her daughter's engagement at the Beaufort ball (and had indeed expected him to do no less), yet felt obliged to simulate reluctance, and the air of having had her hand forced, quite as, in the books on Primitive Man that people of advanced culture were beginning to read, the savage bride is dragged with shrieks from her parents'tent.

obliged - verpflichtet; verpflichten, einen Gefallen tun

simulate - simulieren, nachahmen

forced - gezwungen; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht

primitive - primitiv; Wortstamm & Stamm, Stammwort, Urwort

advanced - fortgeschritten; erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken

savage - Wilde; wild, wüst, unbebaut, unbändig, rasend

dragged - geschleppt; Planierschleppe; nachschleppen, schleppen, ziehen

shrieks - Schreie; Kreischen

tent - Zelt

The result, of course, was that the young girl who was the centre of this elaborate system of mystification remained the more inscrutable for her very frankness and assurance. She was frank, poor darling, because she had nothing to conceal, assured because she knew of nothing to be on her guard against; and with no better preparation than this, she was to be plunged overnight into what people evasively called "the facts of life."

elaborate - ausarbeiten; ausführlich, durchdacht, ausführen

mystification - Mystifizierung; Verblüffung

frankness - Offenheit

assurance - Sicherheit; Zusicherung, Versicherung, Zusage, Beteuerung

guard - Wächter; Parierstange; Schutz; schützen, bewachen

preparation - Vorbereitung; Präparat

plunged - stürzte; eintauchen, tauchen

overnight - über Nacht; von heute auf morgen; von einem Tag auf den anderen; q

evasively - ausweichend

The young man was sincerely but placidly in love. He delighted in the radiant good looks of his betrothed, in her health, her horsemanship, her grace and quickness at games, and the shy interest in books and ideas that she was beginning to develop under his guidance. (She had advanced far enough to join him in ridiculing the Idyls of the King, but not to feel the beauty of Ulysses and the Lotus Eaters.) She was straightforward, loyal and brave; she had a sense of humour (chiefly proved by her laughing at HIS jokes); and he suspected, in the depths of her innocently-gazing soul, a glow of feeling that it would be a joy to waken.

sincerely - aufrichtig

horsemanship - Pferdesport; Reitkunst

quickness - Schnelligkeit

ridiculing - lächerlich machen; verhöhnen, verspotten; Spott

lotus - Hornklee, Lotos, Lotosblume, Lotus

eaters - Esser

straightforward - geradlinig; aufrichtig, einfach, offen

loyal - loyal, treu

Brave - tapfer, mutig, Krieger

proved - er/sie hat/hatte bewiesen, beweisen, erhärten

suspected - verdächtigt; vermuten, misstrauen, verdächtigen

innocently - unschuldig

gazing - starrt; anstarren

glow - glühen; abstrahlen; leuchten; Glühen

waken - wecken

But when he had gone the brief round of her he returned discouraged by the thought that all this frankness and innocence were only an artificial product. Untrained human nature was not frank and innocent; it was full of the twists and defences of an instinctive guile. And he felt himself oppressed by this creation of factitious purity, so cunningly manufactured by a conspiracy of mothers and aunts and grandmothers and long-dead ancestresses, because it was supposed to be what he wanted, what he had a right to, in order that he might exercise his lordly pleasure in smashing it like an image made of snow.

discouraged - entmutigt; entmutigen, abschrecken, abraten, abraten von

artificial - künstlich

untrained - untrainiert

twists - Verdrehungen; Zwirn, Biegung, Wendung, Twist, verziehen, drehen

defences - Verteidigungsmaßnahmen; Verteidigung, Abwehr

instinctive - instinktiv

guile - List, Arglist

oppressed - unterdrückt; unterdrücken

creation - Erfindung, Werk, Kreation, Schöpfung

factitious - Erfunden

cunningly - schlau

manufactured - hergestellt; Produktion, Herstellung, Produkt, herstellen

conspiracy - Verschwörung, Konspiration

ancestresses - Ahnfrauen; Ahnfrau

lordly - herrschaftlich; fürstlich, adelig, einem Lord gemäß, vornehm

smashing - Krachen

There was a certain triteness in these reflections: they were those habitual to young men on the approach of their wedding day. But they were generally accompanied by a sense of compunction and self-abasement of which Newland Archer felt no trace. He could not deplore (as Thackeray's heroes so often exasperated him by doing) that he had not a blank page to offer his bride in exchange for the unblemished one she was to give to him.

triteness - Banalität, Plattheit (geistig)

reflections - Überlegungen; Reflexion, Abbild

habitual - gewohnheitsmäßig; gewohnt; gewöhnlich, habituell

approach - sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

accompanied - begleitet; begleiten, begleiten, begleiten, begleiten, geleiten

compunction - Gewissensbisse, Reue

self - Selbst

abasement - Erniedrigung

trace - verfolgen; Zeichen, Spur

deplore - bedauern

exasperated - verärgert; verärgern, aufbringen, auf die Palme bringen

Exchange - austauschen, umtauschen, tauschen

unblemished - untadelig

He could not get away from the fact that if he had been brought up as she had they would have been no more fit to find their way about than the Babes in the Wood; nor could he, for all his anxious cogitations, see any honest reason (any, that is, unconnected with his own momentary pleasure, and the passion of masculine vanity) why his bride should not have been allowed the same freedom of experience as himself.

babes - Puppe

anxious - ängstlich, besorgt

cogitations - Denkanstöße; Denkfähigkeit

honest - ehrlich, aufrichtig; (hon); ehrlich, aufrichtig

unconnected - unverbunden

passion - Leidenschaft, Passion

Such questions, at such an hour, were bound to drift through his mind; but he was conscious that their uncomfortable persistence and precision were due to the inopportune arrival of the Countess Olenska. Here he was, at the very moment of his betrothal"a moment for pure thoughts and cloudless hopes"pitchforked into a coil of scandal which raised all the special problems he would have preferred to let lie.

drift - Drift; driften, treiben, irren, ziellos ziehen, ziellos wandern

uncomfortable - unangenehm; unbequem, ungemütlich, unbehaglich

persistence - Beharrlichkeit; Ausdauer, Bestand, Beständigkeit

precision - Präzision, Genauigkeit, Messpräzision, Wiederholgenauigkeit

inopportune - unpassend

cloudless - wolkenlos

pitchforked - mit einer Mistgabel; Heugabel, Mistgabel

coil - Wendel, Spule, Wicklung; aufwickeln

Scandal - Skandal

"Hang Ellen Olenska!" he grumbled, as he covered his fire and began to undress. He could not really see why her fate should have the least bearing on his; yet he dimly felt that he had only just begun to measure the risks of the championship which his engagement had forced upon him.

grumbled - gemeckert; Gegrummel

undress - erman: sich ausziehen

fate - Schicksal, Los, Geschick

dimly - undeutlich; trübe

risks - Risiken; Risiko

A few days later the bolt fell.

bolt - Riegel, Ballen, Blitz, Bolzen; durchgehen (Pferd), sausen

The Lovell Mingotts had sent out cards for what was known as "a formal dinner" (that is, three extra footmen, two dishes for each course, and a Roman punch in the middle), and had headed their invitations with the words "To meet the Countess Olenska," in accordance with the hospitable American fashion, which treats strangers as if they were royalties, or at least as their ambassadors.

Roman - Römer; röm. römisch, römisch

accordance - Übereinstimmung

treats - Leckereien; behandeln, bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

strangers - Fremde, Fremdling, Unbekannte

royalties - Tantiemen; Nutzungsgebühr, Tantieme

The guests had been selected with a boldness and discrimination in which the initiated recognised the firm hand of Catherine the Great. Associated with such immemorial standbys as the Selfridge Merrys, who were asked everywhere because they always had been, the Beauforts, on whom there was a claim of relationship, and Mr. Sillerton Jackson and his sister Sophy (who went wherever her brother told her to), were some of the most fashionable and yet most irreproachable of the dominant "young married" set; the Lawrence Leffertses, Mrs.

boldness - Kühnheit; Verwegenheit, Dreistigkeit, Mut

discrimination - Diskriminierung, Unterscheidung, Schlechterstellung

standbys - Bereitschaft, verlässliche und bewährte Sache, dranbleiben

wherever - wo auch immer

most fashionable - modischste

most irreproachable - untadeligste

dominant - dominant

Lefferts Rushworth (the lovely widow), the Harry Thorleys, the Reggie Chiverses and young Morris Dagonet and his wife (who was a van der Luyden). The company indeed was perfectly assorted, since all the members belonged to the little inner group of people who, during the long New York season, disported themselves together daily and nightly with apparently undiminished zest.

Harry - Harry

assorted - sortiert; gruppieren, zusammen stellen, sortieren

nightly - jede Nacht; nächtlich

undiminished - unvermindert

zest - Schwung; Lust, Freude, Begeisterung, Genuss, Würze

Forty-eight hours later the unbelievable had happened; every one had refused the Mingotts'invitation except the Beauforts and old Mr. Jackson and his sister.

unbelievable - Unglaublich

The intended slight was emphasised by the fact that even the Reggie Chiverses, who were of the Mingott clan, were among those inflicting it; and by the uniform wording of the notes, in all of which the writers "regretted that they were unable to accept," without the mitigating plea of a "previous engagement" that ordinary courtesy prescribed.

intended - beabsichtigt; gedacht; (intend); beabsichtigen, vorhaben

emphasised - hervorgehoben; hervorheben, betonen, unterstreichen

inflicting - zufügen, de

regretted - bedauert; bedauern, bereuen, leidtun, Reue, Bedauern

unable - unfähig, untauglich

mitigating - abschwächend; mildern, abschwächen, abmildern

plea - Plädoyer; Ersuchen, Flehen, Bitte, Appell, Entschuldigung

courtesy - Höflichkeit

prescribed - verschrieben; verschreiben, verordnen, vorschreiben, verordnen

New York society was, in those days, far too small, and too scant in its resources, for every one in it (including livery-stable-keepers, butlers and cooks) not to know exactly on which evenings people were free; and it was thus possible for the recipients of Mrs. Lovell Mingott's invitations to make cruelly clear their determination not to meet the Countess Olenska.

scant - spärlich, gering, dürftig, knapp

resources - Ressourcen; Betriebsmittel, Hilfsquelle, Ressource

stable - stabil; Rennstall (Pferdesport); dauerhaft, beständig, Stall

keepers - Hüter, Wächter, Hüter, Torwart, Tormann

butlers - Butler

recipients - Empfängern; Empfänger, Empfängerin, Empfänger

cruelly - grausam

The blow was unexpected; but the Mingotts, as their way was, met it gallantly. Mrs. Lovell Mingott confided the case to Mrs. Welland, who confided it to Newland Archer; who, aflame at the outrage, appealed passionately and authoritatively to his mother; who, after a painful period of inward resistance and outward temporising, succumbed to his instances (as she always did), and immediately embracing his cause with an energy redoubled by her previous hesitations, put on her grey velvet bonnet and said: "I'll go and see Louisa van der Luyden.

gallantly - galante

confided - anvertraut; vertrauen, einweihen, ins Vertrauen ziehen

aflame - in Flammen

outrage - Empörung; Untat, Gräueltat, (empörendes) Verbrechen

passionately - leidenschaftlich

authoritatively - autoritär

painful - schmerzhaft

resistance - Widerstand

outward - nach außen; äußerlich, auswärts

temporising - Zeit schinden; (temporise) Zeit schinden

succumbed to - erlag

instances - Instanzen; Beispiel

embracing - umarmen, annehmen, umarmen, Umarmung

redoubled - verdoppelt; verdoppeln

The New York of Newland Archer's day was a small and slippery pyramid, in which, as yet, hardly a fissure had been made or a foothold gained. At its base was a firm foundation of what Mrs. Archer called "plain people"; an honourable but obscure majority of respectable families who (as in the case of the Spicers or the Leffertses or the Jacksons) had been raised above their level by marriage with one of the ruling clans.

pyramid - Pyramide

fissure - Riss, Spalte, rissig werden

foothold - Fuß fassen; Halt, fester Stand

Gained - Gewonnen; Gewinn, Zunahme, Verstärkung; erwerben, gewinnen

foundation - Gründung; Grundlage; Fundament, Stiftung, Foundation

obscure - obskur, dunkel, vernebelt, finster

majority - Mehrheit, Majorität, Erwachsenenalter

respectable - respektabel; angesehen, geachtet

Jacksons - Jackson

clans - Clan, Sippe

People, Mrs. Archer always said, were not as particular as they used to be; and with old Catherine Spicer ruling one end of Fifth Avenue, and Julius Beaufort the other, you couldn't expect the old traditions to last much longer.

Firmly narrowing upward from this wealthy but inconspicuous substratum was the compact and dominant group which the Mingotts, Newlands, Chiverses and Mansons so actively represented. Most people imagined them to be the very apex of the pyramid; but they themselves (at least those of Mrs.

firmly - sicher, fest

upward - nach oben; ansteigend, aufwärts

inconspicuous - unauffällig

substratum - Substrat; Unterlage

compact - zusammengedrängt

actively - aktiv; active

apex - Gipfel; Spitze

Archer's generation) were aware that, in the eyes of the professional genealogist, only a still smaller number of families could lay claim to that eminence.

genealogist - Ahnenforscher, Ahnenforscherin, Genealoge, Genealogin

eminence - Eminenz

"Don't tell me," Mrs. Archer would say to her children, "all this modern newspaper rubbish about a New York aristocracy. If there is one, neither the Mingotts nor the Mansons belong to it; no, nor the Newlands or the Chiverses either. Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers were just respectable English or Dutch merchants, who came to the colonies to make their fortune, and stayed here because they did so well. One of your great-grandfathers signed the Declaration, and another was a general on Washington's staff, and received General Burgoyne's sword after the battle of Saratoga.

Dutch - niederländisch, holländisch, Niederländisch, Holländisch

merchants - Kaufleute; Kaufmann, Kauffrau

colonies - Kolonien; Kolonie, Pflanzung, Pflanzstadt, Kolonie

declaration - Erklärung, Deklaration

Washington - Washington

sword - Schwert; Schwertkämpfer, Schwertkämpferin

battle - sich schlagen, kämpfen; Schlacht, Kampf; Gefecht (Luftwaffe)

These are things to be proud of, but they have nothing to do with rank or class. New York has always been a commercial community, and there are not more than three families in it who can claim an aristocratic origin in the real sense of the word."

rank - (sozialer) Stand, Rang, Dienstgrad

commercial - Werbung; kommerziell

aristocratic - aristokratisch


Archer and her son and daughter, like every one else in New York, knew who these privileged beings were: the Dagonets of Washington Square, who came of an old English county family allied with the Pitts and Foxes; the Lannings, who had intermarried with the descendants of Count de Grasse, and the van der Luydens, direct descendants of the first Dutch governor of Manhattan, and related by pre-revolutionary marriages to several members of the French and British aristocracy.

privileged - privilegiert; Privileg

beings - Wesen

county - Grafschaft; Landkreis, Bezirk

foxes - Füchse; Fuchs, qualifier

intermarried - miteinander verheiratet; untereinander heiraten

descendants - Nachkommen; Nachkomme, Nachkommin, Deszendent, Deszendentin

governor - Gouverneur, Gouverneurin, Regler

The Lannings survived only in the person of two very old but lively Miss Lannings, who lived cheerfully and reminiscently among family portraits and Chippendale; the Dagonets were a considerable clan, allied to the best names in Baltimore and Philadelphia; but the van der Luydens, who stood above all of them, had faded into a kind of super-terrestrial twilight, from which only two figures impressively emerged; those of Mr.

lively - lebendig, munter (lebhaft), lebhaft, quirlig

cheerfully - fröhlich, vergnügt, heiter

reminiscently - in Erinnerungen schwelgen

faded - verblasst; Mode, Trend, Modeerscheinung, Fimmel

super - todschick; bombig (ugs.)

terrestrial - irdisch, terrestrisch, Erde

twilight - Dämmerung, Zwielicht, Halbdunkel

impressively - eindrucksvoll

emerged - aufgetaucht; erscheinen, auftauchen, herauskommen, davonkommen

and Mrs. Henry van der Luyden.

Mrs. Henry van der Luyden had been Louisa Dagonet, and her mother had been the granddaughter of Colonel du Lac, of an old Channel Island family, who had fought under Cornwallis and had settled in Maryland, after the war, with his bride, Lady Angelica Trevenna, fifth daughter of the Earl of St. Austrey. The tie between the Dagonets, the du Lacs of Maryland, and their aristocratic Cornish kinsfolk, the Trevennas, had always remained close and cordial.

granddaughter - Enkelin

Colonel - Herr Oberst; Oberst

Channel - kanalisieren; Kanal

Maryland - Maryland

earl - Graf

Lacs - Gummilack

Cornish - Cornwall; kornisch, Kornisch

kinsfolk - Verwandtschaft

cordial - herzlich; Sirup; Likör

Mr. and Mrs. van der Luyden had more than once paid long visits to the present head of the house of Trevenna, the Duke of St. Austrey, at his country-seat in Cornwall and at St. Austrey in Gloucestershire; and his Grace had frequently announced his intention of some day returning their visit (without the Duchess, who feared the Atlantic).

Duke - Herzog; Großherzog

Cornwall - Cornwall

frequently - häufig

intention - Absicht

Duchess - Herzogin

Mr. and Mrs. van der Luyden divided their time between Trevenna, their place in Maryland, and Skuytercliff, the great estate on the Hudson which had been one of the colonial grants of the Dutch government to the famous first Governor, and of which Mr. van der Luyden was still "Patroon." Their large solemn house in Madison Avenue was seldom opened, and when they came to town they received in it only their most intimate friends.

estate - Nachlass; Stand; Gut, Landgut

Colonial - kolonial

grants - Zuschüsse; gewähren, erteilen, bewilligen

solemn - feierlich; ernst

most intimate - innigst

"I wish you would go with me, Newland," his mother said, suddenly pausing at the door of the Brown coupe. "Louisa is fond of you; and of course it's on account of dear May that I'm taking this step"and also because, if we don't all stand together, there'll be no such thing as Society left."

pausing - pausierend; (pause); pausieren, innehalten, Pause

stand together - zusammenstehen [alt], zusammen stehen


Mrs. Henry van der Luyden listened in silence to her cousin Mrs. Archer's narrative.

silence - Stille, Schweigen, zum Schweigen bringen, Ruhe

narrative - erzählend, erzählerisch, in erzählender Form darlegend

It was all very well to tell yourself in advance that Mrs. van der Luyden was always silent, and that, though non-committal by nature and training, she was very kind to the people she really liked. Even personal experience of these facts was not always a protection from the chill that descended on one in the high-ceilinged white-walled Madison Avenue drawing-room, with the pale brocaded armchairs so obviously uncovered for the occasion, and the gauze still veiling the ormolu mantel ornaments and the beautiful old carved frame of Gainsborough's "Lady Angelica du Lac.

committal - Einweisung; Einlieferung, Verpflichtung, Ăśbergabe

protection - Schutz

chill - chillen; Mutlosigkeit, Frostgefühl

ceilinged - an der Decke

armchairs - Armsessel, Fauteuil, Polstersessel, Polsterstuhl, Sessel

Obviously - Offensichtlich; augenscheinlich

uncovered - aufgedeckt; aufdecken, enthüllen

gauze - Gaze, Mullbinde

veiling - Verschleierung; (veil) verschleiern

ormolu - odermolu

mantel - Kaminsims; Kaminregal

carved - geschnitzt; schneiden, tranchieren, zerlegen, schnitzen

lac - Gummilack

Mrs. van der Luyden's portrait by Huntington (in black velvet and Venetian point) faced that of her lovely ancestress. It was generally considered "as fine as a Cabanel," and, though twenty years had elapsed since its execution, was still "a perfect likeness." Indeed the Mrs. van der Luyden who sat beneath it listening to Mrs. Archer might have been the twin-sister of the fair and still youngish woman drooping against a gilt armchair before a green rep curtain. Mrs. van der Luyden still wore black velvet and Venetian point when she went into society"or rather (since she never dined out) when she threw open her own doors to receive it.

venetian - venezianisch; Venezianer, Venezianerin

elapsed - verstrichen; vergehen, verrinnen

execution - Ausführung; Hinrichtung

twin-sister - (twin-sister) Zwillingsschwester

youngish - jugendlich

rep - Vertreter; Ruf

Her fair hair, which had faded without turning grey, was still parted in flat overlapping points on her forehead, and the straight nose that divided her pale blue eyes was only a little more pinched about the nostrils than when the portrait had been painted. She always, indeed, struck Newland Archer as having been rather gruesomely preserved in the airless atmosphere of a perfectly irreproachable existence, as bodies caught in glaciers keep for years a rosy life-in-death.

turning grey - ergrauend

overlapping - Überschneidungen; überlappen, überlagern, überdecken

pinched - eingeklemmt; kneifen

nostrils - Nasenlöcher; Nasenloch

gruesomely - grausam

preserved - Konserve, Eingemachtes

airless - luftlos

irreproachable - untadelig

existence - Existenz, Dasein

glaciers - Gletscher, Ferner, Kees

Like all his family, he esteemed and admired Mrs. van der Luyden; but he found her gentle bending sweetness less approachable than the grimness of some of his mother's old aunts, fierce spinsters who said "No" on principle before they knew what they were going to be asked.

esteemed - wertgeschätzt; Achtung, Ansehen

gentle - liebenswürdig; einfühlsam, sanftmütig, gemächlich, sachte

bending - beugend, biegend; (bend); beugen; biegen, durchbiegen, Kurve

sweetness - Süßigkeit; Süße

approachable - ansprechbar

grimness - Grimmigkeit

fierce - wild, heftig, bedrohlich

spinsters - Junggesellen; alte Jungfer, Junggesellin, unverheiratete Frau

on principle - aus Prinzip

Mrs. van der Luyden's attitude said neither yes nor no, but always appeared to incline to clemency till her thin lips, wavering into the shadow of a smile, made the almost invariable reply: "I shall first have to talk this over with my husband."

attitude - Haltung; Einstellung, Attitüde, Orientierung, Ausrichtung

incline - neigen; Neigung, Anstieg, Gefälle

clemency - Begnadigung; Milde, Barmherzigkeit, Güte, Gütigkeit, Nachsicht

wavering - schwankend; wankelmütig

invariable - unveränderlich

She and Mr. van der Luyden were so exactly alike that Archer often wondered how, after forty years of the closest conjugality, two such merged identities ever separated themselves enough for anything as controversial as a talking-over. But as neither had ever reached a decision without prefacing it by this mysterious conclave, Mrs. Archer and her son, having set forth their case, waited resignedly for the familiar phrase.

alike - ähneln; gleich; gleichermaßen

wondered - gewundert; Wunder

conjugality - Ehelichkeit

merged - zusammengeführt; zusammenlegen, zusammenfügen, zusammenführen

identities - Identitäten; Identität, Gleichheit, Übereinstimmung, Identität

controversial - umstritten

prefacing - Vorwort

conclave - Konklave; Klausurtagung, Klausur

forth - weiter; heraus, hervor

resignedly - Resigniert

Mrs. van der Luyden, however, who had seldom surprised any one, now surprised them by reaching her long hand toward the bell-rope.

bell - Klingel, Schelle, Glocke

rope - Tau, Seil, Strang

"I think," she said, "I should like Henry to hear what you have told me."

A footman appeared, to whom she gravely added: "If Mr. van der Luyden has finished reading the newspaper, please ask him to be kind enough to come."

footman - Lakai

gravely - ernsthaft; ernst, ernstlich, schwerlich

She said "reading the newspaper" in the tone in which a Minister's wife might have said: "Presiding at a Cabinet meeting""not from any arrogance of mind, but because the habit of a life-time, and the attitude of her friends and relations, had led her to consider Mr. van der Luyden's least gesture as having an almost sacerdotal importance.

minister - Gesandter, Pastor, Minister

presiding - den Vorsitz haben, präsidieren

cabinet - Schrank, Wandschrank, Kabinett, Rat, Ministerrat

arrogance - Arroganz, Dünkel, Hochmut, Überheblichkeit

relations - Beziehungen; Beziehung, Relation, Relation, Verwandter

gesture - Geste, Gebärde, gestikulieren, erman: (jemandem etwas) bedeuten

sacerdotal - sakraler Natur

importance - Bedeutung; Wichtigkeit, Belang

Her promptness of action showed that she considered the case as pressing as Mrs. Archer; but, lest she should be thought to have committed herself in advance, she added, with the sweetest look: "Henry always enjoys seeing you, dear Adeline; and he will wish to congratulate Newland."

promptness - Schnelligkeit, Promptheit, Pünktlichkeit

committed - verpflichtet; einweisen, einliefern, begehen, verbrechen

congratulate - gratulieren, beglückwünschen

The double doors had solemnly reopened and between them appeared Mr. Henry van der Luyden, tall, spare and frock-coated, with faded fair hair, a straight nose like his wife's and the same look of frozen gentleness in eyes that were merely pale grey instead of pale blue.

solemnly - feierlich, festlich, ernst

reopened - wiedereröffnet; wiedereröffnen

spare - überflüssig, frei, sparsam, Ersatz; sparsam umgehen

frock - Kleid, Kutte

frozen - eingefroren; frieren

gentleness - Sanftheit; Sanftmut

Mr. van der Luyden greeted Mrs. Archer with cousinly affability, proffered to Newland low-voiced congratulations couched in the same language as his wife's, and seated himself in one of the brocade armchairs with the simplicity of a reigning sovereign.

affability - Freundlichkeit, Umgänglichkeit, Leutseligkeit

proffered - angeboten; anbieten

congratulations - Glückwünsche; Glückwunsch, Beglückwünschung, Gratulation

couched - auf den Punkt gebracht; Liege

simplicity - Einfachheit

reigning - herrschend; Herrschaft, Regentschaft, Regentschaft, herrschen

sovereign - souverän

"I had just finished reading the Times," he said, laying his long finger-tips together. "In town my mornings are so much occupied that I find it more convenient to read the newspapers after luncheon."

laying - Auflegen, legend; (lay) Auflegen, legend

occupied - besetzt; in Anspruch nehmen, belegen, bewohnen, besetzen

Convenient - bequem, einfach, gelegen, genehm

luncheon - Mittagessen; Lunch, Mittagsessen, Mittagsrunde

"Ah, there's a great deal to be said for that plan"indeed I think my uncle Egmont used to say he found it less agitating not to read the morning papers till after dinner," said Mrs. Archer responsively.

agitating - aufgewühlt; aufwühlen, aufrühren, rühren, schütteln, umrühren

responsively - reaktionsschnell

"Yes: my good father abhorred hurry. But now we live in a constant rush," said Mr. van der Luyden in measured tones, looking with pleasant deliberation about the large shrouded room which to Archer was so complete an image of its owners.

abhorred - verabscheut; verabscheuen

constant - beständig, konstant, regelmäßig, stetig

measured - gemessen; Maß

tones - Töne; Farbton, Klang, Umgangston, Ton

pleasant - angenehm

shrouded - verhüllt; Leichentuch, Totenhemd

owners - Eigentümer; Inhaber, Besitzer, Besitzerin

"But I hope you HAD finished your reading, Henry?" his wife interposed.

"Quite"quite," he reassured her.

reassured - beruhigt; versichern, beruhigen

"Then I should like Adeline to tell you""

"Oh, it's really Newland's story," said his mother smiling; and proceeded to rehearse once more the monstrous tale of the affront inflicted on Mrs. Lovell Mingott.

proceeded - fortgefahren; vorgehen

rehearse - wiederholen; erzählen; üben, proben

Tale - Geschichte, Erzählung, Fabel

affront - beleidigen; Affront

inflicted - auferlegt; zufügen, de

"Of course," she ended, "Augusta Welland and Mary Mingott both felt that, especially in view of Newland's engagement, you and Henry OUGHT TO KNOW."

Mary - Maria, Maria

"Ah"" said Mr. van der Luyden, drawing a deep breath.

There was a silence during which the tick of the monumental ormolu clock on the white marble mantelpiece grew as loud as the boom of a minute-gun.

the tick - pünktlich (auf die Sekunde)

mantelpiece - Kaminsims

boom - Konjunktur, Ausleger (Kran), Baum; dröhnen, boomen

Archer contemplated with awe the two slender faded figures, seated side by side in a kind of viceregal rigidity, mouthpieces of some remote ancestral authority which fate compelled them to wield, when they would so much rather have lived in simplicity and seclusion, digging invisible weeds out of the perfect lawns of Skuytercliff, and playing Patience together in the evenings.

slender - schlank

viceregal - vizeköniglich

rigidity - Starrheit; Festigkeit

mouthpieces - Mundstücke; Sprechmuschel, Sprechkapsel, Mundstück

remote - ferngesteuert; fern, entfernt, abgelegen, fernbetrieb

compelled - gezwungen; zwingen, zwingen, nötigen, zwingen

wield - beherrschen; führen; ausüben

seclusion - Abgeschiedenheit, Abschottung, Absonderung

digging - grabend; (dig) grabend

weeds - Unkraut; (weed) aussondern

lawns - Rasenflächen; Liegewiese, Rasenplatz, Rasen

Mr. van der Luyden was the first to speak.

"You really think this is due to some"some intentional interference of Lawrence Lefferts's?" he enquired, turning to Archer.

intentional - vorsätzlich

interference - Einmischung; Interferenz, Störung, Eingriff

"I'm certain of it, sir. Larry has been going it rather harder than usual lately"if cousin Louisa won't mind my mentioning it"having rather a stiff affair with the postmaster's wife in their village, or some one of that sort; and whenever poor Gertrude Lefferts begins to suspect anything, and he's afraid of trouble, he gets up a fuss of this kind, to show how awfully moral he is, and talks at the top of his voice about the impertinence of inviting his wife to meet people he doesn't wish her to know.

lately - in letzter Zeit; neulich, kürzlich, letztlich

stiff - steif, starr, Steifer, Zechpreller, prellen, abspeisen

affair - Angelegenheit; Scharmützel; Ding; Beziehung, Affäre

Postmaster - Postmeister

suspect - vermuten; misstrauen; verdächtigen; einen Verdacht haben; Verdächtiger

fuss - Aufregung; Lärm, Wirbel, Aufstand, Gehabe

impertinence - Unverfrorenheit; Unbedeutendheit, Unerheblichkeit

He's simply using Madame Olenska as a lightning-rod; I've seen him try the same thing often before."

lightning-rod - (lightning-rod) Blitzableiter

"The LEFFERTSES!"" said Mrs. van der Luyden.

"The LEFFERTSES!"" echoed Mrs. Archer. "What would uncle Egmont have said of Lawrence Lefferts's pronouncing on anybody's social position? It shows what Society has come to."

"We'll hope it has not quite come to that," said Mr. van der Luyden firmly.

"Ah, if only you and Louisa went out more!" sighed Mrs. Archer.

sighed - geseufzt; Seufzen, Seufzer, Säuseln (Wind); säuseln (Wind)

But instantly she became aware of her mistake. The van der Luydens were morbidly sensitive to any criticism of their secluded existence. They were the arbiters of fashion, the Court of last Appeal, and they knew it, and bowed to their fate. But being shy and retiring persons, with no natural inclination for their part, they lived as much as possible in the sylvan solitude of Skuytercliff, and when they came to town, declined all invitations on the plea of Mrs.

morbidly - morbide; morbid, krankhaft

criticism - Kritik, Tadel

arbiters - Schlichter, Schiedsrichter, Vermittler, Schiedsmann

Court - Hof, Hofstaat, Gericht, Gerichtshof, Platz, werben

retiring - in den Ruhestand gehen; pensionieren, zurücktreten

inclination - Neigung

sylvan - waldig

solitude - Einsamkeit, Alleinsein

declined - abgelehnt; Sinken

van der Luyden's health.

Newland Archer came to his mother's rescue. "Everybody in New York knows what you and cousin Louisa represent. that's why Mrs. Mingott felt she ought not to allow this slight on Countess Olenska to pass without consulting you."

rescue - retten; Rettung

represent - vorstellen, darstellen, vertreten

that's why - darum, deshalb, deswegen

consulting - Beratung; Rat halten, beraten, beratschlagen, beraten

Mrs. van der Luyden glanced at her husband, who glanced back at her.

"It is the principle that I dislike," said Mr. van der Luyden. "As long as a member of a well-known family is backed up by that family it should be considered"final."

principle - Grundsatz, Prinzip, Naturgesetz

dislike - Abneigung; Unbehagen; ablehnen

"It seems so to me," said his wife, as if she were producing a new thought.

"I had no idea," Mr. van der Luyden continued, "that things had come to such a pass." He paused, and looked at his wife again. "It occurs to me, my dear, that the Countess Olenska is already a sort of relation"through Medora Manson's first husband. At any rate, she will be when Newland marries." He turned toward the young man. "Have you read this morning's Times, Newland?"

occurs - auftritt; passieren, vorkommen, stattfinden, vorkommen

"Why, yes, sir," said Archer, who usually tossed off half a dozen papers with his morning coffee.

tossed - geworfen; Wurf, Münzwurf, werfen, werfen, verwerfen, wegwerfen

dozen - Dutzend; Dutzende (''of'': von)

Husband and wife looked at each other again. Their pale eyes clung together in prolonged and serious consultation; then a faint smile fluttered over Mrs. van der Luyden's face. She had evidently guessed and approved.

clung - geklammert; anschmiegen

prolonged - langwierig; ausdehnen, verlängern, hinauszögern

consultation - Beratung, Konsultation

fluttered - geflattert; flattern, wedeln

Mr. van der Luyden turned to Mrs. Archer. "If Louisa's health allowed her to dine out"I wish you would say to Mrs. Lovell Mingott"she and I would have been happy to"er"fill the places of the Lawrence Leffertses at her dinner." He paused to let the irony of this sink in. "As you know, this is impossible." Mrs. Archer sounded a sympathetic assent. "But Newland tells me he has read this morning's Times; therefore he has probably seen that Louisa's relative, the Duke of St. Austrey, arrives next week on the Russia. He is coming to enter his new sloop, the Guinevere, in next summer's International Cup Race; and also to have a little canvasback shooting at Trevenna.

irony - Ironie

sink - Waschbecken; sinken; senken, versenken, Spüle, Spülbecken

sounded a - ausgehorcht

sympathetic - sympathisch; mitfühlend

assent - zustimmen, behaupten

relative - vergleichsweise, relativ, Verwandter, Blutsverwandter, Verwandte

Russia - Russland

sloop - Slup, Schaluppe

shooting - Schießen, Schießerei; (shoot); Schießen, Schießerei

Mr. van der Luyden paused again, and continued with increasing benevolence: "Before taking him down to Maryland we are inviting a few friends to meet him here"only a little dinner"with a reception afterward. I am sure Louisa will be as glad as I am if Countess Olenska will let us include her among our guests." He got up, bent his long body with a stiff friendliness toward his cousin, and added: "I think I have Louisa's authority for saying that she will herself leave the invitation to dine when she drives out presently: with our cards"of course with our cards."

benevolence - Wohlwollen; Gutmütigkeit

friendliness - Freundlichkeit

Mrs. Archer, who knew this to be a hint that the seventeen-hand chestnuts which were never kept waiting were at the door, rose with a hurried murmur of thanks. Mrs. van der Luyden beamed on her with the smile of Esther interceding with Ahasuerus; but her husband raised a protesting hand.

chestnuts - Kastanie, Esskastanie, Kastanienbraun

hurried - eilig; Eile, beeilen

beamed - gebeamt; Balken, Balken, Breite, Pflugbaum, Grindel, Strahl

Esther - Esther, Esther, Ester, Esther

interceding - Fürsprache; bitten, verwenden, eingreifen, intervenieren

protesting - protestieren, demonstrieren, Einspruch erheben, Einwände äußern

"There is nothing to thank me for, dear Adeline; nothing whatever. This kind of thing must not happen in New York; it shall not, as long as I can help it," he pronounced with sovereign gentleness as he steered his cousins to the door.

steered - Gesteuert; steuern, führen, lenken; junger Ochse, Rind

Two hours later, every one knew that the great C-spring barouche in which Mrs. van der Luyden took the air at all seasons had been seen at old Mrs. Mingott's door, where a large square envelope was handed in; and that evening at the Opera Mr.

envelope - Umschlag; verhüllen; Kuvert, Versandtasche, Hüllenkurve

handed in - eingereicht

Sillerton Jackson was able to state that the envelope contained a card inviting the Countess Olenska to the dinner which the van der Luydens were giving the following week for their cousin, the Duke of St. Austrey.

Some of the younger men in the club box exchanged a smile at this announcement, and glanced sideways at Lawrence Lefferts, who sat carelessly in the front of the box, pulling his long fair moustache, and who remarked with authority, as the soprano paused: "No one but Patti ought to attempt the Sonnambula."

sideways - seitwärts; Seitenweg

soprano - Sopran

attempt - versuchen; Versuch, Bestreben, Bestrebung, Anschlag, Attentat


It was generally agreed in New York that the Countess Olenska had "lost her looks."

She had appeared there first, in Newland Archer's boyhood, as a brilliantly pretty little girl of nine or ten, of whom people said that she "ought to be painted." Her parents had been continental wanderers, and after a roaming babyhood she had lost them both, and been taken in charge by her aunt, Medora Manson, also a wanderer, who was herself returning to New York to "settle down."

brilliantly - glänzend, brillant

Continental - kontinental

wanderers - Wanderer

roaming - wandern, umherziehen

babyhood - Babyzeit; Säuglingsalter

charge - Gebühr; Entgelt; Ladung; Last; Rempeln; beauftragen, belasten

settle - regeln; abklären

Poor Medora, repeatedly widowed, was always coming home to settle down (each time in a less expensive house), and bringing with her a new husband or an adopted child; but after a few months she invariably parted from her husband or quarrelled with her ward, and, having got rid of her house at a loss, set out again on her wanderings.

repeatedly - wiederholt

widowed - verwitwet; Witwe, Hurenkind

adopted - angenommen; adoptieren, annehmen, übernehmen

quarrelled - gestritten; sich streiten, zanken

ward - Station; abwehren, abhalten

rid - loswerden; befreien

Loss - Verlust, Ausfall; Kursverlust

wanderings - Wanderungen; (wander) irren, wandern, umherschweifen

As her mother had been a Rushworth, and her last unhappy marriage had linked her to one of the crazy Chiverses, New York looked indulgently on her eccentricities; but when she returned with her little orphaned niece, whose parents had been popular in spite of their regrettable taste for travel, people thought it a pity that the pretty child should be in such hands.

indulgently - Nachsichtig

eccentricities - Exzentrizitäten; exzentrisches Verhalten

orphaned - verwaist; Waise, qualifier

But New York had so long resigned itself to Medora that only a few old ladies shook their heads over Ellen's gaudy clothes, while her other relations fell under the charm of her high colour and high spirits. She was a fearless and familiar little thing, who asked disconcerting questions, made precocious comments, and possessed outlandish arts, such as dancing a Spanish shawl dance and singing Neapolitan love-songs to a guitar. Under the direction of her aunt (whose real name was Mrs.

resigned - zurückgetreten; aufgeben, resignieren, abdanken

gaudy - knallig; grell, farbenprächtig

charm - Talisman; Charme, Zauberformel, Lieblichkeit; bezaubern

high spirits - Lebensfreude , Ausgelassenheit , Ăśbermut

fearless - furchtlos

disconcerting - beunruhigend; verwirren, stören, vereiteln, beunruhigen, de

precocious - frühreif

possessed - besessen; Schutzpolizeiaufgebote

outlandish - abwegig

shawl - Umschlagtuch; Schal

Neapolitan - Neapolitaner, neapolitanisch, Fürstückler-Eis

Thorley Chivers, but who, having received a Papal title, had resumed her first husband's patronymic, and called herself the Marchioness Manson, because in Italy she could turn it into Manzoni) the little girl received an expensive but incoherent education, which included "drawing from the model," a thing never dreamed of before, and playing the piano in quintets with professional musicians.

Papal - päpstlich

resumed - wiederaufgenommen; weiter; Lebenslauf; fortsetzen

patronymic - Vatersnamen; patronymisch; Vatername, Vatersname, Patronymikon

Marchioness - Marquise

Italy - Italien

incoherent - inkohärent

quintets - Quintette; Quintett

Of course no good could come of this; and when, a few years later, poor Chivers finally died in a madhouse, his widow (draped in strange weeds) again pulled up stakes and departed with Ellen, who had grown into a tall bony girl with conspicuous eyes. For some time no more was heard of them; then news came of Ellen's marriage to an immensely rich Polish nobleman of legendary fame, whom she had met at a ball at the Tuileries, and who was said to have princely establishments in Paris, Nice and Florence, a yacht at Cowes, and many square miles of shooting in Transylvania.

madhouse - Irrenhaus, Irrenanstalt, Klapsmühle, Tollhaus

draped - drapiert; drapieren, drapieren

stakes - Pfahl, Pflock, Marterpfahl, Scheiterhaufen, Anteil, Einsatz

departed - abgereist; verlassen, aufbrechen, verlassen, abweichen

bony - knöchern; grätig; knochig

immensely - immens

legendary - legendär

fame - Ruhm, Berühmtheit, Bekanntheit

princely - fürstlich

establishments - Niederlassungen; Verankerung (von Rechten), Feststellung

Florence - Florenz

yacht - Yacht, Jacht

She disappeared in a kind of sulphurous apotheosis, and when a few years later Medora again came back to New York, subdued, impoverished, mourning a third husband, and in quest of a still smaller house, people wondered that her rich niece had not been able to do something for her. Then came the news that Ellen's own marriage had ended in disaster, and that she was herself returning home to seek rest and oblivion among her kinsfolk.

sulphurous - schwefelhaltig

apotheosis - Gottwerdung, Apotheose, Vergötterung, Verherrlichung

subdued - gedämpft; unter Kontrolle bringen, unterwerfen, unterwerfen

impoverished - verarmt; arm

mourning - trauern; Trauer; Trauerkleidung

quest - Frage, Suche

returning home - heimgehend

seek - suchen

oblivion - Vergessen; Vergessenheit

These things passed through Newland Archer's mind a week later as he watched the Countess Olenska enter the van der Luyden drawing-room on the evening of the momentous dinner. The occasion was a solemn one, and he wondered a little nervously how she would carry it off.

momentous - bedeutsam

She came rather late, one hand still ungloved, and fastening a bracelet about her wrist; yet she entered without any appearance of haste or embarrassment the drawing-room in which New York's most chosen company was somewhat awfully assembled.

fastening - Befestigung; befestigend, anbindend; (fasten); befestigen

bracelet - Armband

haste - Eile, Hast

assembled - montiert; zusammensetzen, versammeln, versammeln

In the middle of the room she paused, looking about her with a grave mouth and smiling eyes; and in that instant Newland Archer rejected the general verdict on her looks. It was true that her early radiance was gone. The red cheeks had paled; she was thin, worn, a little older-looking than her age, which must have been nearly thirty. But there was about her the mysterious authority of beauty, a sureness in the carriage of the head, the movement of the eyes, which, without being in the least theatrical, struck his as highly trained and full of a conscious power.

instant - sofort; augenblicklich, tafelfertig, Moment

verdict - Gerichtsurteil

cheeks - Wangen; Backe, qualifierormal, Backe, Stirn, Mick, Pumpenmick

paled - blass; Kumpel, Kamerad

sureness - Gewissheit

theatrical - theatralisch, Theater

At the same time she was simpler in manner than most of the ladies present, and many people (as he heard afterward from Janey) were disappointed that her appearance was not more "stylish""for stylishness was what New York most valued. It was, perhaps, Archer reflected, because her early vivacity had disappeared; because she was so quiet"quiet in her movements, her voice, and the tones of her low-pitched voice. New York had expected something a good deal more reasonant in a young woman with such a history.

stylishness - Eleganz

valued - wertgeschätzt; Wert, Wert, Wichtigkeit, Wert, Notenwert, Wert

vivacity - Lebendigkeit

pitched - gepitcht; werfen, festsetzen, errichten; Tonhöhe, Tonlage, Pech

reasonant - Vernünftig

The dinner was a somewhat formidable business. Dining with the van der Luydens was at best no light matter, and dining there with a Duke who was their cousin was almost a religious solemnity. It pleased Archer to think that only an old New Yorker could perceive the shade of difference (to New York) between being merely a Duke and being the van der Luydens'Duke. New York took stray noblemen calmly, and even (except in the Struthers set) with a certain distrustful hauteur; but when they presented such credentials as these they were received with an old-fashioned cordiality that they would have been greatly mistaken in ascribing solely to their standing in Debrett.

formidable - Beeindruckend; respekteinflößend, furchteinflößend

dining - Essen; speisen

religious - religiös, gläubig, Ordensmitglied, Ordensleute

solemnity - Feierlichkeit; Hochfest

perceive - wahrnehmen

stray - verirrt; Streuverlust; abirren, vagabundieren, streunen, irren

noblemen - Edelmann, Adeliger, Adliger, Aristokrat

distrustful - misstrauisch

hauteur - Hochmut

credentials - Berechtigungsnachweise; Berechtigungsnachweis, Zugangsdaten

cordiality - Herzlichkeit

greatly - sehr; außerordentlich, großartig

ascribing - zurückführen, zuschreiben, zuschreiben

solely - nur; einzig und allein; ausschließlich, exklusiv, alleinig

It was for just such distinctions that the young man cherished his old New York even while he smiled at it.

distinctions - Unterscheidungen; Unterschied, Auszeichnung

cherished - wertgeschätzt; hegen, wertschätzen

The van der Luydens had done their best to emphasise the importance of the occasion. The du Lac Sevres and the Trevenna George II plate were out; so was the van der Luyden "Lowestoft" (East India Company) and the Dagonet Crown Derby. Mrs. van der Luyden looked more than ever like a Cabanel, and Mrs. Archer, in her grandmother's seed-pearls and emeralds, reminded her son of an Isabey miniature.

George - Georg

India - Indien

crown - Zenit; krönen; Bombage (ballige Fläche), Zahnkrone; Baumkrone

Derby - Derby

seed - säen; Saatgut, Same, Saat, Samen

emeralds - Smaragde; Smaragd, Smaragdgrün

reminded - Erinnert; erinnern, in Erinnerung bringen

All the ladies had on their handsomest jewels, but it was characteristic of the house and the occasion that these were mostly in rather heavy old-fashioned settings; and old Miss Lanning, who had been persuaded to come, actually wore her mother's cameos and a Spanish blonde shawl.

handsomest - schönste; hübsch, stattlich, gutaussehend, ansehnlich, schmuck

jewels - Juwelen; Edelstein, Juwel

settings - Einstellungen; Kontext, Einstellung, Vertonung, untergehend

persuaded - überredet; überreden, gewinnen, verführen, bestechen

cameos - Gastauftritte; Camée, Kamee, Kurzauftritt, Cameo-Auftritt

The Countess Olenska was the only young woman at the dinner; yet, as Archer scanned the smooth plump elderly faces between their diamond necklaces and towering ostrich feathers, they struck him as curiously immature compared with hers. It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.

diamond - Stern, Diamant

necklaces - Halsketten; Halskette, Collier

ostrich - Strauß, Vogelstrauß

curiously - neugierige

immature - unreif, kindisch

frightened - verängstigt; Angst machen, erschrecken, schrecken, beängstigen

The Duke of St. Austrey, who sat at his hostess's right, was naturally the chief figure of the evening. But if the Countess Olenska was less conspicuous than had been hoped, the Duke was almost invisible. Being a well-bred man he had not (like another recent ducal visitor) come to the dinner in a shooting-jacket; but his evening clothes were so shabby and baggy, and he wore them with such an air of their being homespun, that (with his stooping way of sitting, and the vast beard spreading over his shirt-front) he hardly gave the appearance of being in dinner attire.

naturally - natürlich

chief - Häuptling, Oberhaupt, Chef

bred - gezüchtet; (breed) Zucht, Art, Rasse, Sorte; (breed); aufziehen

ducal - herzoglich

shabby - schäbig

baggy - sackartig; ausgebeult

homespun - hausbacken, hausgemacht, schlicht, selbstgestrickt

stooping - Bücken; Buckel, sich beugen

beard - Bart; Alibifreundin

spreading - Ausbreitung; Verteilen, Verteilung, Verbreiten

attire - Anzug, Aufzug, Kleidung, Tracht, anziehen

He was short, round-shouldered, sunburnt, with a thick nose, small eyes and a sociable smile; but he seldom spoke, and when he did it was in such low tones that, despite the frequent silences of expectation about the table, his remarks were lost to all but his neighbours.

sunburnt - sonnenverbrannt; (sunburn); Sonnenbrand; Sonnenbrand bekommen

sociable - gesellig

despite - trotz

silences - Stille, Schweigen

expectation - Erwartung

remarks - Bemerkungen; bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

When the men joined the ladies after dinner the Duke went straight up to the Countess Olenska, and they sat down in a corner and plunged into animated talk. Neither seemed aware that the Duke should first have paid his respects to Mrs. Lovell Mingott and Mrs. Headly Chivers, and the Countess have conversed with that amiable hypochondriac, Mr.

animated - animiert; lebendig, beseelt, bewegt, lebhaft, belebt, beleben

respects - respektiert; Achtung, Respekt, respektieren, respektieren

conversed - unterhielten; Umkehrung, umgekehrt, Gegenteil

amiable - liebenswürdig, liebenswert, gutmütig

hypochondriac - hypochondrisch; Hypochonder, Hypochonderin

Urban Dagonet of Washington Square, who, in order to have the pleasure of meeting her, had broken through his fixed rule of not dining out between January and April. The two chatted together for nearly twenty minutes; then the Countess rose and, walking alone across the wide drawing-room, sat down at Newland Archer's side.

Urban - städtisch, urban, Stadt

broken through - durchgebrochen

It was not the custom in New York drawing-rooms for a lady to get up and walk away from one gentleman in order to seek the company of another. Etiquette required that she should wait, immovable as an idol, while the men who wished to converse with her succeeded each other at her side.

etiquette - Etikette

immovable - unbeweglich

converse - Umkehrung, umgekehrt, Gegenteil

But the Countess was apparently unaware of having broken any rule; she sat at perfect ease in a corner of the sofa beside Archer, and looked at him with the kindest eyes.

unaware - ahnungslos; unwissend, nicht wissend, unaufmerksam, gedankenlos

ease - Leichtigkeit, Mühelosigkeit, Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit

"I want you to talk to me about May," she said.

Instead of answering her he asked: "You knew the Duke before?"

"Oh, yes"we used to see him every winter at Nice. He's very fond of gambling"he used to come to the house a great deal." She said it in the simplest manner, as if she had said: "He's fond of wild-flowers"; and after a moment she added candidly: "I think he's the dullest man I ever met."

gambling - Glücksspiel; (gamble); Glücksspiel, Hazardspiel, riskant

candidly - aufrichtig; offen

dullest - am langweiligsten; stumpf, fad, langweilig, matt, stumpf, blöd

This pleased her companion so much that he forgot the slight shock her previous remark had caused him. It was undeniably exciting to meet a lady who found the van der Luydens'Duke dull, and dared to utter the opinion.

companion - Begleiter, Freund, Liebhaber, Kamerad

shock - Schock, Betroffenheit, Empörung, Schlag, Stoß

remark - bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

undeniably - unbestreitbar

utter - Äußerlich; äußerst

He longed to question her, to hear more about the life of which her careless words had given him so illuminating a glimpse; but he feared to touch on distressing memories, and before he could think of anything to say she had strayed back to her original subject.

illuminating - erhellend; beleuchten, erhellen, illuminieren

Glimpse - Ein Blick; Blick; Aufblitzen, Aufleuchten, Schimmer, entdecken

distressing - beunruhigend; Kummer, Bedrängnis, Drangsal, Bekümmerung, Not

strayed - verirrt; Streuverlust; abirren, vagabundieren, streunen, irren

"May is a darling; I've seen no young girl in New York so handsome and so intelligent. Are you very much in love with her?"

Newland Archer reddened and laughed. "As much as a man can be."

She continued to consider him thoughtfully, as if not to miss any shade of meaning in what he said, "Do you think, then, there is a limit?"

thoughtfully - nachdenklich, aufmerksam

"To being in love? If there is, I haven't found it!"

She glowed with sympathy. "Ah"it's really and truly a romance?"

glowed - geglüht; glühen, abstrahlen, leuchten, Glühen

sympathy - Mitleid, Mitgefühl, Empathie, Einfühlungsvermögen, Sympathie

truly - wirklich, wahrhaft, ehrlich, echt

"The most romantic of romances!"

most romantic - romantischste

romances - Romanzen; Liebesgeschichte; qual

"How delightful! And you found it all out for yourselves"it was not in the least arranged for you?"

delightful - reizvoll, entzückend, angenehm

Archer looked at her incredulously. "Have you forgotten," he asked with a smile, "that in our country we don't allow our marriages to be arranged for us?"

incredulously - ungläubig

A dusky blush rose to her cheek, and he instantly regretted his words.

dusky - düster

"Yes," she answered, "I'd forgotten. You must forgive me if I sometimes make these mistakes. I don't always remember that everything here is good that was"that was bad where I've come from." She looked down at her Viennese fan of eagle feathers, and he saw that her lips trembled.

forgive - vergeben, verzeihen, entschuldigen

Viennese - Wiener, Wienerin, wienerisch, wienisch

"I'm so sorry," he said impulsively; "but you ARE among friends here, you know."

impulsively - impulsiv

"Yes"I know. Wherever I go I have that feeling. That's why I came home. I want to forget everything else, to become a complete American again, like the Mingotts and Wellands, and you and your delightful mother, and all the other good people here tonight. Ah, here's May arriving, and you will want to hurry away to her," she added, but without moving; and her eyes turned back from the door to rest on the young man's face.

The drawing-rooms were beginning to fill up with after-dinner guests, and following Madame Olenska's glance Archer saw May Welland entering with her mother. In her dress of white and silver, with a wreath of silver blossoms in her hair, the tall girl looked like a Diana just alight from the chase.

wreath - Kranz, Gebinde, Helmwulst

Diana - Diana, Diana

alight - aussteigen; landen

chase - verfolgtes Wild, Verfolgung; jagen; Jagd (nach)

"Oh," said Archer, "I have so many rivals; you see she's already surrounded. There's the Duke being introduced."

rivals - Rivalen; Gegner, Rivale, Konkurrent, Gegnerin, Rivalin

surrounded - umgeben, umringen, umzingeln, umringen

"Then stay with me a little longer," Madame Olenska said in a low tone, just touching his knee with her plumed fan. It was the lightest touch, but it thrilled him like a caress.

plumed - gefiedert; Schadstofffahne, Abwasserfahne

caress - Liebkosung, Umarmung, Streicheln, liebkosen

"Yes, let me stay," he answered in the same tone, hardly knowing what he said; but just then Mr. van der Luyden came up, followed by old Mr. Urban Dagonet. The Countess greeted them with her grave smile, and Archer, feeling his host's admonitory glance on him, rose and surrendered his seat.

Host - Zeremonienmeister, Hausherr, Menge; Hostie; Gastgeber sein

admonitory - mahnend

surrendered - aufgegeben; kapitulieren, ergeben

Madame Olenska held out her hand as if to bid him goodbye.

bid - Angebot, reizen, Gebot, Bieten, bieten

"Tomorrow, then, after five"I shall expect you," she said; and then turned back to make room for Mr. Dagonet.

"Tomorrow"" Archer heard himself repeating, though there had been no engagement, and during their talk she had given him no hint that she wished to see him again.

As he moved away he saw Lawrence Lefferts, tall and resplendent, leading his wife up to be introduced; and heard Gertrude Lefferts say, as she beamed on the Countess with her large unperceiving smile: "But I think we used to go to dancing-school together when we were children"." Behind her, waiting their turn to name themselves to the Countess, Archer noticed a number of the recalcitrant couples who had declined to meet her at Mrs.

resplendent - prächtig

unperceiving - nicht wahrnehmen

recalcitrant - widerspenstig, störrisch, bockig, aufsässig

Lovell Mingott's. As Mrs. Archer remarked: when the van der Luydens chose, they knew how to give a lesson. The wonder was that they chose so seldom.

The young man felt a touch on his arm and saw Mrs. van der Luyden looking down on him from the pure eminence of black velvet and the family diamonds. "It was good of you, dear Newland, to devote yourself so unselfishly to Madame Olenska. I told your cousin Henry he must really come to the rescue."

devote - widmen

unselfishly - uneigennützig

He was aware of smiling at her vaguely, and she added, as if condescending to his natural shyness: "I've never seen May looking lovelier. The Duke thinks her the handsomest girl in the room."

vaguely - undeutlich

condescending to - geruhend

shyness - Schüchternheit, Scheu, Scheuheit


The Countess Olenska had said "after five"; and at half after the hour Newland Archer rang the bell of the peeling stucco house with a giant wisteria throttling its feeble cast-iron balcony, which she had hired, far down West Twenty-third Street, from the vagabond Medora.

peeling - Schälen; (peel); Schälen

stucco - Putz, Wandputz, Putzmörtel, Stuck, Stuckarbeit

giant - Riese, Riesin, Gigant, Gigantin

wisteria - Glyzinie; Blauregen

Throttling - Drosselung; erdrosselnd, drosselnd

feeble - kraftlos, schwach, dürftig

cast-iron - (cast-iron) Gusseisen , Gusseisen

balcony - Balkon

hired - angestellt; leihen, Entgelt, anstellen, mieten; dingen

vagabond - Vagabund, Landstreicher, Landstreicherin

It was certainly a strange quarter to have settled in. Small dress-makers, bird-stuffers and "people who wrote" were her nearest neighbours; and further down the dishevelled street Archer recognised a dilapidated wooden house, at the end of a paved path, in which a writer and journalist called Winsett, whom he used to come across now and then, had mentioned that he lived.

makers - Macher, Hersteller, Fabrikant

stuffers - Füllmaterial; (stuff) stopfen, Zeug, Gewebe, Stopfen

dilapidated - baufällig; ruinieren

paved - gepflastert; mit Platten auslegen, pflastern, bepflastern

path - Weg, Pfad

Winsett did not invite people to his house; but he had once pointed it out to Archer in the course of a nocturnal stroll, and the latter had asked himself, with a little shiver, if the humanities were so meanly housed in other capitals.

nocturnal - nachtaktiv; nächtlich

stroll - Spaziergang, Bummel, spazieren gehen, bummeln, schlendern

humanities - Geisteswissenschaften; Menschheit, Humanität, Menschlichkeit

meanly - geizig; gemein

Madame Olenska's own dwelling was redeemed from the same appearance only by a little more paint about the window-frames; and as Archer mustered its modest front he said to himself that the Polish Count must have robbed her of her fortune as well as of her illusions.

dwelling - Wohnung, Behausung; (dwell); leben, verbleiben, wohnen

redeemed - erlöst; zurückkaufen, loslösen, freikaufen, befreien, befreien

mustered - mustern; antreten lassen

robbed - ausgeraubt; rauben, berauben, Raubbau treiben, ausrauben

illusions - Illusionen; Illusion, Wahnvorstellung, Sinnestäuschung, Illusion

The young man had spent an unsatisfactory day. He had lunched with the Wellands, hoping afterward to carry off May for a walk in the Park. He wanted to have her to himself, to tell her how enchanting she had looked the night before, and how proud he was of her, and to press her to hasten their marriage.

unsatisfactory - nicht zufriedenstellend

carry off - abtragen, verschleppen

enchanting - bezaubernd; verzaubern, verzaubern

press - Presse (Maschine), Presse (Zeitung); drängen, drücken

hasten - hasten, beeilen

But Mrs. Welland had firmly reminded him that the round of family visits was not half over, and, when he hinted at advancing the date of the wedding, had raised reproachful eye-brows and sighed out: "Twelve dozen of everything"hand-embroidered""

hinted at - angespielt

advancing - fortschreitend; erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken

reproachful - vorwurfsvoll

embroidered - bestickt; sticken, ausschmücken

Packed in the family landau they rolled from one tribal doorstep to another, and Archer, when the afternoon's round was over, parted from his betrothed with the feeling that he had been shown off like a wild animal cunningly trapped.

tribal - Stammesangehörige; Stamm

doorstep - Eingangsstufe, Türschwelle

shown off - geprotzt

trapped - gefangen; Fallgrube, Falle, Fahrt (im Bergwerk); einfangen

He supposed that his readings in anthropology caused him to take such a coarse view of what was after all a simple and natural demonstration of family feeling; but when he remembered that the Wellands did not expect the wedding to take place till the following autumn, and pictured what his life would be till then, a dampness fell upon his spirit.

readings - Lesungen; Lesen

anthropology - Anthropologie, Menschenkunde, Menschenlehre

coarse - grob, grobkörnig, derb, primitiv

demonstration - Demonstration, Vorführung, Kundgebung

till then - bis dahin, bis nachher

dampness - Feuchtigkeit

"Tomorrow," Mrs. Welland called after him, "we'll do the Chiverses and the Dallases"; and he perceived that she was going through their two families alphabetically, and that they were only in the first quarter of the alphabet.

alphabetically - alphabetisch

He had meant to tell May of the Countess Olenska's request"her command, rather"that he should call on her that afternoon; but in the brief moments when they were alone he had had more pressing things to say. Besides, it struck him as a little absurd to allude to the matter. He knew that May most particularly wanted him to be kind to her cousin; was it not that wish which had hastened the announcement of their engagement?

Command - Befehl, Kommando, befehlen, kommandieren, gebieten, beherrschen

besides - Außerdem; neben, neben

particularly - besonders

hastened - beeilt; hasten, beeilen

It gave him an odd sensation to reflect that, but for the Countess's arrival, he might have been, if not still a free man, at least a man less irrevocably pledged. But May had willed it so, and he felt himself somehow relieved of further responsibility"and therefore at liberty, if he chose, to call on her cousin without telling her.

sensation - Gefühl, Empfindung, Sensation

irrevocably - unwiderruflich

relieved - Erleichtert; erleichtern, lindern, entlasten, ablösen

responsibility - Verantwortung, Verantwortlichkeit

liberty - Freiheit

As he stood on Madame Olenska's threshold curiosity was his uppermost feeling. He was puzzled by the tone in which she had summoned him; he concluded that she was less simple than she seemed.

puzzled - verwirrt; Rätsel

summoned - vorgeladen; auffordern, vorladen

concluded - abgeschlossen; beenden, schließen, zu Ende führen, abschließen

The door was opened by a swarthy foreign-looking maid, with a prominent bosom under a gay neckerchief, whom he vaguely fancied to be Sicilian. She welcomed him with all her white teeth, and answering his enquiries by a head-shake of incomprehension led him through the narrow hall into a low firelit drawing-room. The room was empty, and she left him, for an appreciable time, to wonder whether she had gone to find her mistress, or whether she had not understood what he was there for, and thought it might be to wind the clock"of which he perceived that the only visible specimen had stopped.

swarthy - dunkelhäutig; dunkeln

maid - Dienstmädchen; Mädchen; Stubenmädchen

neckerchief - Halstuch

fancied - Lust gehabt; extravagant, originell

Sicilian - sizilianisch; Sizilianisch; Sizilianer, Sizilianerin

Enquiries - Nachfragen; Anfrage

firelit - Feuerschein

appreciable - spürbar

whether - ob

Mistress - Frau, Meisterin, Herrscherin, Mätresse, Liebhaberin, Domina

wind - aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

specimen - Exemplar, Muster, Spezimen, Probe

He knew that the southern races communicated with each other in the language of pantomime, and was mortified to find her shrugs and smiles so unintelligible. At length she returned with a Lamp; and Archer, having meanwhile put together a phrase out of Dante and Petrarch, evoked the answer: "La signora e fuori; ma verra subito"; which he took to mean: "She's out"but you'll soon see."

southern - südlich, Süd

pantomime - Pantomime; pantomimisieren

mortified - gedemütigt; abtöten, töten, abtöten

shrugs - Schulterzucken

unintelligible - unverständlich

Length - Länge, Längenmaß, Pferdelänge

la - US-Bundesstaat

evoked - evoziert; hervorrufen

Signora - Frau

What he saw, meanwhile, with the help of the lamp, was the faded shadowy charm of a room unlike any room he had known.

shadowy - schattenhaft; schattig

unlike - im Gegensatz zu; ungleichartig, anders, ungleich

He knew that the Countess Olenska had brought some of her possessions with her"bits of wreckage, she called them"and these, he supposed, were represented by some small slender tables of dark wood, a delicate little Greek bronze on the chimney-piece, and a stretch of red damask nailed on the discoloured wallpaper behind a couple of Italian-looking pictures in old frames.

wreckage - Wrackteile; Trümmer

Greek - griechisch; Griechisch, griechische Sprache, Grieche, Griechin

bronze - Bronze; bronzen

chimney - Kamin, Esse, Schlot, Schornstein, Spalte

stretch - strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

nailed on - angenagelt

discoloured - verfärbt; verfärben

wallpaper - Tapete; Hintergrundbild, Wallpaper, tapezieren

Newland Archer prided himself on his knowledge of Italian art. His boyhood had been saturated with Ruskin, and he had read all the latest books: John Addington Symonds, Vernon Lee's "Euphorion," the essays of P. G. Hamerton, and a wonderful new volume called "The Renaissance" by Walter Pater. He talked easily of Botticelli, and spoke of Fra Angelico with a faint condescension. But these pictures bewildered him, for they were like nothing that he was accustomed to look at (and therefore able to see) when he travelled in Italy; and perhaps, also, his powers of observation were impaired by the oddness of finding himself in this strange empty house, where apparently no one expected him.

saturated - gesättigt; sättigen, sättigen

Lee - Windschatten, Lee, Schutz

volume - Volumen; Lautstärke; Jahrgang; Band; Volume

Renaissance - Wiedergeburt

pater - (pat) tätscheln; (pat) (pat) tätscheln

condescension - Herablassung, Kondeszendenz

bewildered - verwirrt; verwirren, durcheinanderbringen

observation - Beobachtung; Bemerkung

impaired - beeinträchtigt; beeinträchtigen, schädigen

oddness - Seltsamkeiten; Sonderbarkeit

He was sorry that he had not told May Welland of Countess Olenska's request, and a little disturbed by the thought that his betrothed might come in to see her cousin. What would she think if she found him sitting there with the air of intimacy implied by waiting alone in the dusk at a lady's fireside?

disturbed - beunruhigt; stören

dusk - Abenddämmerung

fireside - Kamingespräch; Kaminecke

But since he had come he meant to wait; and he sank into a chair and stretched his feet to the logs.

logs - Protokolle; Logbuch; Log, Holzklotz

It was odd to have summoned him in that way, and then forgotten him; but Archer felt more curious than mortified. The atmosphere of the room was so different from any he had ever breathed that self-consciousness vanished in the sense of adventure. He had been before in drawing-rooms hung with red damask, with pictures "of the Italian school"; what struck him was the way in which Medora Manson's shabby hired house, with its blighted background of pampas grass and Rogers statuettes, had, by a turn of the hand, and the skilful use of a few properties, been transformed into something intimate, "foreign," subtly suggestive of old romantic scenes and sentiments.

more curious - neugierigere

breathed - geatmet; atmen, einatmen, hauchen

consciousness - Bewusstsein, Gewahrsein, Erkenntnis, Bewusstheit

vanished - verschwunden; verschwinden, vergehen, sich verflüchtigen

blighted - verdorben; Braunfäule, Geißel, Seuche, Plage, Heimsuchung, Übel

Pampas - Pampa

Rogers - Rutger, Rüdiger

statuettes - Statuetten; Statuette

skilful - gewandt, gekonnt, geschickt, erfahren

properties - Eigenschaften; Eigentum

transformed - verwandelt; verwandeln, transformieren, umwandeln

subtly - subtil

suggestive - suggestiv

romantic - romantisch; Romantiker, Romantikerin

He tried to analyse the trick, to find a clue to it in the way the chairs and tables were grouped, in the fact that only two Jacqueminot roses (of which nobody ever bought less than a dozen) had been placed in the slender vase at his elbow, and in the vague pervading perfume that was not what one put on handkerchiefs, but rather like the scent of some far-off bazaar, a smell made up of Turkish coffee and ambergris and dried roses.

analyse - analysieren

trick - List, Falle, Finte, Trick, Trick

clue - Anhaltspunkt, Hinweis, Faden, Indiz, informieren, unterrichten

vase - Vase

elbow - Ellbogen; Rohrbogen; Ellbogenstoß; ellbögeln

vague - vage; nebelhaft, schwach, unklar, undeutlich

pervading - durchdringend; durchziehen

perfume - Duft; Parfüm, Duftstoff, Parfum, parfümieren

handkerchiefs - Taschentücher; Taschentuch

scent - Geruch, Duft, Parfüm, Parfum, Fährte, Geruch (1, 3)

bazaar - Basar, Markt

Turkish - Türkisch

ambergris - Ambra, Amber

His mind wandered away to the question of what May's drawing-room would look like. He knew that Mr. Welland, who was behaving "very handsomely," already had his eye on a newly built house in East Thirty-ninth Street. The neighbourhood was thought remote, and the house was built in a ghastly greenish-yellow stone that the younger architects were beginning to employ as a protest against the brownstone of which the uniform hue coated New York like a cold chocolate sauce; but the plumbing was perfect. Archer would have liked to travel, to put off the housing question; but, though the Wellands approved of an extended European honeymoon (perhaps even a winter in Egypt), they were firm as to the need of a house for the returning couple. The young man felt that his fate was sealed: for the rest of his life he would go up every evening between the cast-iron railings of that greenish-yellow doorstep, and pass through a Pompeian vestibule into a hall with a wainscoting of varnished yellow wood.

handsomely - gut aussehend; hübsch, hübsche

newly - neu

neighbourhood - Viertel (Wohngegend), Nachbarschaft; Nähe, Stadtteil

ghastly - geisterhaft; grässlich, gespenstisch, haarsträubend

greenish - grünlich

protest - protestieren, demonstrieren, Einspruch erheben, Einwände äußern

brownstone - rötlich brauner Sandstein

hue - Farbe, Tönung, Geschrei, Farbton

plumbing - Klempnerarbeiten; Verrohrung, Rohrleitung, Installation

extended - erweitert; erweitern, ausdehnen, erweitern, ausdehnen, ausweiten

honeymoon - Flitterwochen; Hochzeitsreise, flittern

sealed - versiegelt; versiegeln; Siegel, Stempel, Seehund

every evening - allabendlich

iron - eisern; bügeln; in Eisen legen

railings - Geländer

Pompeian - Pompejanisch

vestibule - Vestibül; Windfang, Vorraum; in large buildings: Vorhalle

wainscoting - Vertäfelung; (wainscot) Vertäfelung

varnished - lackiert; Lack, Firnis, Firnis, Lack, deirnis, lackieren

But beyond that his imagination could not travel. He knew the drawing-room above had a bay window, but he could not fancy how May would deal with it. She submitted cheerfully to the purple satin and yellow tuftings of the Welland drawing-room, to its sham Buhl tables and gilt vitrines full of modern Saxe. He saw no reason to suppose that she would want anything different in her own house; and his only comfort was to reflect that she would probably let him arrange his library as he pleased"which would be, of course, with "sincere" Eastlake furniture, and the plain new bookcases without glass doors.

bay window - Erkerfenster

submitted - vorgelegt; sich fügen, vorlegen, einreichen, unterwerfen

sham - Schwindel; Schein., Fälschung

vitrines - Vitrinen; Vitrine

comfort - Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit, Komfort, Trost, Tröstung

sincere - aufrichtig

The round-bosomed maid came in, drew the curtains, pushed back a log, and said consolingly: "Verra"verra." When she had gone Archer stood up and began to wander about. Should he wait any longer? His position was becoming rather foolish. Perhaps he had misunderstood Madame Olenska"perhaps she had not invited him after all.

bosomed - Busen, Busen, Brust, der Busenfreund

curtains - Vorhänge; Vorhang, Vorhang

log - Logbuch; Log, Holzklotz, Kloben (Holzklotz); aufzeichnen

consolingly - trösten

wander about - herumwandern, herumziehen, umherirren

misunderstood - missverstanden; missverstehen, falsch verstehen

Down the cobblestones of the quiet street came the ring of a stepper's hoofs; they stopped before the house, and he caught the opening of a carriage door. Parting the curtains he looked out into the early dusk. A street-lamp faced him, and in its light he saw Julius Beaufort's compact English brougham, drawn by a big roan, and the banker descending from it, and helping out Madame Olenska.

cobblestones - Kopfsteinpflaster; Katzenkopf, Katzenkopfpflasterstein

hoofs - Hufe; Huf

brougham - Kutsche

roan - rötlichgrau

descending from - hergestammt

helping out - aushelfend

Beaufort stood, hat in hand, saying something which his companion seemed to negative; then they shook hands, and he jumped into his carriage while she mounted the steps.

When she entered the room she showed no surprise at seeing Archer there; surprise seemed the emotion that she was least addicted to.

emotion - Emotionen; Gefühl, Empfindung

addicted - Süchtiger, Narkomane, süchtig machen

"How do you like my funny house?" she asked. "To me it's like heaven."

As she spoke she untied her little velvet bonnet and tossing it away with her long cloak stood looking at him with meditative eyes.

untied - ungebunden; losbinden, losmachen, aufklären, auflösen

tossing - Werfen; hin- und herschleudern

meditative - meditativ

"You've arranged it delightfully," he rejoined, alive to the flatness of the words, but imprisoned in the conventional by his consuming desire to be simple and striking.

delightfully - entzückend

flatness - Flachheit; Ebenheit

imprisoned - inhaftiert; einsperren, einkerkern

conventional - konventionell

consuming - konsumieren; verbrauchend, verbrauchen

striking - auffällig; (strike); streichen; schlagen; prägen; streiken; scheinen; die Fahne streichen; Strike; Streik; Schlag

"Oh, it's a poor little place. My relations despise it. But at any rate it's less gloomy than the van der Luydens'."

little place - Plätzchen

despise - verachten

gloomy - düster, finster, trübe, dunkel

The words gave him an electric shock, for few were the rebellious spirits who would have dared to call the stately home of the van der Luydens gloomy. Those privileged to enter it shivered there, and spoke of it as "handsome." But suddenly he was glad that she had given voice to the general shiver.

electric shock - elektrischer Schlag

rebellious - rebellisch

spirits - Geister; Geist, Seele, Geist, Stimmung, Schnaps, qualifier

shivered - gezittert; Schauder, Schauer, zittern, frösteln

"It's delicious"what you've done here," he repeated.

"I like the little house," she admitted; "but I suppose what I like is the blessedness of its being here, in my own country and my own town; and then, of being alone in it." She spoke so low that he hardly heard the last phrase; but in his awkwardness he took it up.

blessedness - Glückseligkeit; Seligkeit

awkwardness - Unbeholfenheit, Umständlichkeit, Ungeschicklichkeit, Plumpheit

"You like so much to be alone?"

"Yes; as long as my friends keep me from feeling lonely." She sat down near the fire, said: "Nastasia will bring the tea presently," and signed to him to return to his armchair, adding: "I see you've already chosen your corner."

lonely - einsam, alleinig, abgeschieden, öde

Leaning back, she folded her arms behind her head, and looked at the fire under drooping lids.

folded - falten, zusammenlegen, verschränken (Arme); Falte, gefaltete

"This is the hour I like best"don't you?"

don't you? - Du weißt doch, dass ...

A proper sense of his dignity caused him to answer: "I was afraid you'd forgotten the hour. Beaufort must have been very engrossing."

engrossing - fesselnd; beschlagnahmen, beanspruchen

She looked amused. "Why"have you waited long? Mr. Beaufort took me to see a number of houses"since it seems I'm not to be allowed to stay in this one." She appeared to dismiss both Beaufort and himself from her mind, and went on: "I've never been in a city where there seems to be such a feeling against living in des quartiers excentriques. What does it matter where one lives? I'm told this street is respectable."

dismiss - jdn. des Platzes verweisen;aufgeben, feuern (entlassen), vom Amt absetzen

des - Verschlüsselungsstandard

"It's not fashionable."

"Fashionable! Do you all think so much of that? Why not make one's own fashions? But I suppose I've lived too independently; at any rate, I want to do what you all do"I want to feel cared for and safe."

independently - unabhängig

He was touched, as he had been the evening before when she spoke of her need of guidance.

"That's what your friends want you to feel. New York's an awfully safe place," he added with a flash of sarcasm.

flash - Blitzlicht; aufleuchten, blitzen, aufflammen

"Yes, isn't it? One feels that," she cried, missing the mockery. "Being here is like"like"being taken on a holiday when one has been a good little girl and done all one's lessons."

isn't it? - gell, gelle, gelt?

mockery - Spott und Hohn; Verspottung, Verhöhnung, Gespött, Lachnummer

The analogy was well meant, but did not altogether please him. He did not mind being flippant about New York, but disliked to hear any one else take the same tone. He wondered if she did not begin to see what a powerful engine it was, and how nearly it had crushed her. The Lovell Mingotts'dinner, patched up in extremis out of all sorts of social odds and ends, ought to have taught her the narrowness of her escape; but either she had been all along unaware of having skirted disaster, or else she had lost sight of it in the triumph of the van der Luyden evening.

analogy - Analogie

flippant - schnoddrig; schnodderig, vorlaut, frech, oberflächlich

disliked - nicht mochte; Unbehagen

powerful - mächtig

crushed - erdrückt; Schwarm, zerdrücken

patched up - ausgeflickt

odds - Quoten; einzeln, seltsam, merkwürdig, komisch, ungerade

narrowness - Engstirnigkeit; Enge, Beschränktheit

triumph - Sieg, Erfolg

Archer inclined to the former theory; he fancied that her New York was still completely undifferentiated, and the conjecture nettled him.

inclined - geneigt; neigen, neigen, neigen, Neigung, Anstieg, Gefälle

former - erstgenannt, ehem. ehemalig, frühere, früher

theory - Theorie

undifferentiated - undifferenziert

conjecture - Mutmaßungen; Vermutung, Verdacht, Mutmaßung, Hypothese

nettled - genervt; Nessel, Brennnessel

"Last night," he said, "New York laid itself out for you. The van der Luydens do nothing by halves."

"No: how kind they are! It was such a nice party. Every one seems to have such an esteem for them."

esteem - Achtung, Ansehen, Wertschätzung, schätzen

The terms were hardly adequate; she might have spoken in that way of a tea-party at the dear old Miss Lannings'.

adequate - angemessen, adäquat, entsprechend

"The van der Luydens," said Archer, feeling himself pompous as he spoke, "are the most powerful influence in New York society. Unfortunately"owing to her health"they receive very seldom."

pompous - pompös, schwülstig

owing - geschuldet; schulden, schuldig sein, schulden, schuldig sein

She unclasped her hands from behind her head, and looked at him meditatively.

unclasped - ungeschnallt; aufmachen, loslassen

meditatively - meditativ

"Isn't that perhaps the reason?"

"The reason"?"

"For their great influence; that they make themselves so rare."

He coloured a little, stared at her"and suddenly felt the penetration of the remark. At a stroke she had pricked the van der Luydens and they collapsed. He laughed, and sacrificed them.

penetration - Durchdringung; Penetration

stroke - Schlaganfall; streicheln; Stoß, Schlag, Streich, Hub

pricked - gestochen; spitzer Gegenstand, Stich

collapsed - zusammengebrochen; einstürzen, kollabieren, zusammenfallen

sacrificed - geopfert; opfern, opfern, Opfer

Nastasia brought the tea, with handleless Japanese cups and little covered dishes, placing the tray on a low table.

handleless - grifflos

Japanese - japanisch; Japaner (Japanerin; Japanese ); Japanisch

tray - Tablett, Servierbrett

"But you'll explain these things to me"you'll tell me all I ought to know," Madame Olenska continued, leaning forward to hand him his cup.

"It's you who are telling me; opening my eyes to things I'd looked at so long that I'd ceased to see them."

ceased - eingestellt; aufhören, aufhören, einstellen

She detached a small gold cigarette-case from one of her bracelets, held it out to him, and took a cigarette herself. On the chimney were long spills for lighting them.

detached - losgelöst; entfernen, ablösen, lösen, loslösen, abtrennen

cigarette-case - (cigarette-case) Zigarettenetui

spills - verschüttet; verschütten, schütten

"Ah, then we can both help each other. But I want help so much more. You must tell me just what to do."

It was on the tip of his tongue to reply: "Don't be seen driving about the streets with Beaufort"" but he was being too deeply drawn into the atmosphere of the room, which was her atmosphere, and to give advice of that sort would have been like telling some one who was bargaining for attar-of-roses in Samarkand that one should always be provided with arctics for a New York winter. New York seemed much farther off than Samarkand, and if they were indeed to help each other she was rendering what might prove the first of their mutual services by making him look at his native city objectively.

bargaining - verhandeln; Angebot

attar - Rosenöl; Blumenessenz

Samarkand - Samarkand

arctics - arktisch, arktisch, Arktis

rendering - wiedergebend, huldigend, Aufführung; (render) wiedergebend

Prove - er/sie hat/hatte bewiesen, beweisen, erhärten

mutual - wechselseitig, gegenseitig, beiderseitig, gemeinsam

native - gebürtig; einheimisch; nativ; Ureinwohner, Ureinwohnerin

Viewed thus, as through the wrong end of a telescope, it looked disconcertingly small and distant; but then from Samarkand it would.

telescope - Teleskop, Fernrohr

disconcertingly - beunruhigend

A flame darted from the logs and she bent over the fire, stretching her thin hands so close to it that a faint halo shone about the oval nails. The light touched to russet the rings of dark hair escaping from her braids, and made her pale face paler.

flame - Flamme, poetic, anmachen

darted - geworfen; Pfeil, Satz

halo - Halo; Heiligenschein; Nimbus

oval - Oval

russet - Rotbraun; Renette; rostbraun

rings - Ringe; Ring, Kreis

escaping - fliehen; entgehen, entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

paler - blasser; Kumpel, Kamerad

"There are plenty of people to tell you what to do," Archer rejoined, obscurely envious of them.

plenty - viel; Fülle, Überfluss

obscurely - undeutlich

envious - neidisch, neidvoll, betulich

"Oh"all my aunts? And my dear old Granny?" She considered the idea impartially. "They're all a little vexed with me for setting up for myself"poor Granny especially. She wanted to keep me with her; but I had to be free"" He was impressed by this light way of speaking of the formidable Catherine, and moved by the thought of what must have given Madame Olenska this thirst for even the loneliest kind of freedom.

impartially - unvoreingenommen

vexed - verärgert; ärgern, verärgern, reizen, irritieren, beunruhigen

impressed - beeindruckt; beeindrucken, prägen

thirst - Durst; dürsten

loneliest - am einsamsten; einsam, alleinig, abgeschieden, einsam, öde

But the idea of Beaufort gnawed him.

gnawed - abgenagt; nagen, kauen, knabbern, nagen, verfolgen, umtreiben

"I think I understand how you feel," he said. "Still, your family can advise you; explain differences; show you the way."

advise - raten, beraten, empfehlen, mitteilen, informieren

She lifted her thin black eyebrows. "Is New York such a labyrinth? I thought it so straight up and down"like Fifth Avenue. And with all the cross streets numbered!" She seemed to guess his faint disapproval of this, and added, with the rare smile that enchanted her whole face: "If you knew how I like it for just THAT"the straight-up-and-downness, and the big honest labels on everything!"

eyebrows - Augenbrauen; Braue, Augenbraue

labyrinth - Labyrinth

downness - Niedergeschlagenheit

labels - Etiketten; Etikett

He saw his chance. "Everything may be labelled"but everybody is not."

labelled - etikettiert; Etikett

"Perhaps. I may simplify too much"but you'll warn me if I do." She turned from the fire to look at him. "There are only two people here who make me feel as if they understood what I mean and could explain things to me: you and Mr. Beaufort."

simplify - vereinfachen; sich vereinfachen, einfacher werden

warn - warnen, mahnen

Archer winced at the joining of the names, and then, with a quick readjustment, understood, sympathised and pitied. So close to the powers of evil she must have lived that she still breathed more freely in their air. But since she felt that he understood her also, his business would be to make her see Beaufort as he really was, with all he represented"and abhor it.

winced - gezuckt; Zusammenzucken

readjustment - Reorganisation, Neuanpassung

pitied - bemitleidet; Mitleid

evil - böse; Sünde, übel, üblen, Ăśbel

breathed - geatmet; Atmen

abhor - verabscheuen

He answered gently: "I understand. But just at first don't let go of your old friends'hands: I mean the older women, your Granny Mingott, Mrs. Welland, Mrs. van der Luyden. They like and admire you"they want to help you."

admire - bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

She shook her head and sighed. "Oh, I know"I know! But on condition that they don't hear anything unpleasant. Aunt Welland put it in those very words when I tried.... Does no one want to know the truth here, Mr. Archer? The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!" She lifted her hands to her face, and he saw her thin shoulders shaken by a sob.

on condition - unter der Auflage

loneliness - Einsamkeit

pretend - vorgeben, prätendieren, vortäuschen, so tun, als ob

sob - schluchzen; Huso

"Madame Olenska!"Oh, don't, Ellen," he cried, starting up and bending over her. He drew down one of her hands, clasping and chafing it like a child's while he murmured reassuring words; but in a moment she freed herself, and looked up at him with wet lashes.

chafing - Scheuern; Reibungswärme, Schürfwunde, Verschleiß, Abnutzung

reassuring - beruhigend; versichern, beruhigen

"Does no one cry here, either? I suppose there's no need to, in heaven," she said, straightening her loosened braids with a laugh, and bending over the tea-kettle. It was burnt into his consciousness that he had called her "Ellen""called her so twice; and that she had not noticed it. Far down the inverted telescope he saw the faint white figure of May Welland"in New York.

straightening - richten (gerade biegen); gerade machen, gerade werden

loosened - gelockert; lösen, lockern

tea-kettle - (tea-kettle) Teekessel

inverted - invertiert; umkehren, invertieren

Suddenly Nastasia put her head in to say something in her rich Italian.

Madame Olenska, again with a hand at her hair, uttered an exclamation of assent"a flashing "Gia"gia""and the Duke of St. Austrey entered, piloting a tremendous blackwigged and red-plumed lady in overflowing furs.

uttered - geäußert; äußerst

flashing - Witterungsschutz; Blinken, Aufblinken

tremendous - ungeheuerlich

blackwigged - schwarz gekleidet

overflowing - überschwemmt; überlaufend

"My dear Countess, I've brought an old friend of mine to see you"Mrs. Struthers. She wasn't asked to the party last night, and she wants to know you."

The Duke beamed on the group, and Madame Olenska advanced with a murmur of welcome toward the queer couple. She seemed to have no idea how oddly matched they were, nor what a liberty the Duke had taken in bringing his companion"and to do him justice, as Archer perceived, the Duke seemed as unaware of it himself.

oddly - Seltsam; einzeln, sonderbar

justice - Gerechtigkeit, Genugtuung, Justiz

"Of course I want to know you, my dear," cried Mrs. Struthers in a round rolling voice that matched her bold feathers and her brazen wig. "I want to know everybody who's young and interesting and charming. And the Duke tells me you like music"didn't you, Duke? You're a pianist yourself, I believe? Well, do you want to hear Sarasate play tomorrow evening at my house?

rolling - rollend, Walzen; (roll) rollend, Walzen

brazen - schamlos; messingen, aus Messing, Messing-, metallisch, metallen

wig - Perücke

charming - charmant; (charm); charmant

pianist - Pianist, Pianistin, Klavierspieler, Klavierspielerin

You know I've something going on every Sunday evening"it's the day when New York doesn't know what to do with itself, and so I say to it: 'Come and be amused.'And the Duke thought you'd be tempted by Sarasate. You'll find a number of your friends."

be tempted - in Versuchung kommen, in Versuchung sein

Madame Olenska's face grew brilliant with pleasure. "How kind! How good of the Duke to think of me!" She pushed a chair up to the tea-table and Mrs. Struthers sank into it delectably. "Of course I shall be too happy to come."

delectably - köstlich

"That's all right, my dear. And bring your young gentleman with you." Mrs. Struthers extended a hail-fellow hand to Archer. "I can't put a name to you"but I'm sure I've met you"I've met everybody, here, or in Paris or London. Aren't you in diplomacy? All the diplomatists come to me. You like music too? Duke, you must be sure to bring him."

hail - Hagel; jdm. zujubeln; (Hail to thee!) Wohl dir!, Sei gegrüßt!

diplomacy - Diplomatie

The Duke said "Rather" from the depths of his beard, and Archer withdrew with a stiffly circular bow that made him feel as full of spine as a self-conscious school-boy among careless and unnoticing elders.

withdrew - zurückgezogen; annullieren, entziehen, abziehen, ausscheiden

circular - Kreis

bow - verbeugen; Verneigung (vor), Verbeugung; Bogen, Bug (Schiff)

spine - Rückgrat, Wirbelsäule, Rücken, Stachel, Dorn

unnoticing - unbemerkt

elders - Ältere Menschen; Holunder, älterer

He was not sorry for the denouement of his visit: he only wished it had come sooner, and spared him a certain waste of emotion. As he went out into the wintry night, New York again became vast and imminent, and May Welland the loveliest woman in it. He turned into his florist's to send her the daily box of lilies-of-the-valley which, to his confusion, he found he had forgotten that morning.

denouement - Neuerung, Lösung

waste - Abfall; verschwenden

wintry - winterlich

imminent - unmittelbar bevorstehen

florist - Blumenhändler, Florist, Floristin

confusion - Verwirrung, Durcheinander, Konfusion, Verwechslung

As he wrote a word on his card and waited for an envelope he glanced about the embowered shop, and his eye lit on a cluster of yellow roses.

cluster - Anhäufung, Büschel, Gruppe, Haufen

He had never seen any as sun-golden before, and his first impulse was to send them to May instead of the lilies. But they did not look like her"there was something too rich, too strong, in their fiery beauty. In a sudden revulsion of mood, and almost without knowing what he did, he signed to the florist to lay the roses in another long box, and slipped his card into a second envelope, on which he wrote the name of the Countess Olenska; then, just as he was turning away, he drew the card out again, and left the empty envelope on the box.

Golden - golden, goldgelb

fiery - feurig, Feuer

sudden - plötzlich, jäh

revulsion - Abscheu, Widerwille, Ekel, Ekelgefühl, Ableitung, Revulsio

mood - Anwandlung, Stimmung, launisch

slipped - ausgerutscht; Versprecher; Rutschen (geradeaus); Lapsus

turning away - Abkehr

"They'll go at once?" he enquired, pointing to the roses.

The florist assured him that they would.


The next day he persuaded May to escape for a walk in the Park after luncheon. As was the custom in old-fashioned Episcopalian New York, she usually accompanied her parents to church on Sunday afternoons; but Mrs. Welland condoned her truancy, having that very morning won her over to the necessity of a long engagement, with time to prepare a hand-embroidered trousseau containing the proper number of dozens.

episcopalian - episkopalisch; bischöflichen

condoned - geduldet; nachsehen, entschuldigen, vergeben, hinwegsehen über

truancy - Schwänzen, Schwänzerei, Schulverweigerung, Schulschwänzen

trousseau - Aussteuer, Brautkiste

dozens - Dutzende; Dutzend

The day was delectable. The bare vaulting of trees along the Mall was ceiled with lapis lazuli, and arched above snow that shone like splintered crystals. It was the weather to call out May's radiance, and she burned like a young maple in the frost. Archer was proud of the glances turned on her, and the simple joy of possessorship cleared away his underlying perplexities.

delectable - köstlich, lecker, Leckerei, Köstlichkeit

vaulting - Voltigieren; (vault) Voltigieren

Mall - Einkaufszentrum

splintered - abgesplittert; Span, Splitter

crystals - Kristalle; Kristall, Kristall, Kristallglas

maple - Ahorn

frost - Reif; Frost; glasieren

glances - blicken, Blick, Streifblick, Glanz, Steinkohle

cleared away - weggeräumt

underlying - zugrunde liegen

perplexities - Verwirrungen; Perplexität

"It's so delicious"waking every morning to smell lilies-of-the-valley in one's room!" she said.

"Yesterday they came late. I hadn't time in the morning""

"But your remembering each day to send them makes me love them so much more than if you'd given a standing order, and they came every morning on the minute, like one's music-teacher"as I know Gertrude Lefferts's did, for instance, when she and Lawrence were engaged."

standing order - Dauerauftrag

music-teacher - (music-teacher) Musiklehrerin ;Musiklehrer

"Ah"they would!" laughed Archer, amused at her keenness. He looked sideways at her fruit-like cheek and felt rich and secure enough to add: "When I sent your lilies yesterday afternoon I saw some rather gorgeous yellow roses and packed them off to Madame Olenska. Was that right?"

keenness - Eifer; Schärfe

gorgeous - fantastisch, großartig, herrlich, hinreißend

"How dear of you! Anything of that kind delights her. It's odd she didn't mention it: she lunched with us today, and spoke of Mr. Beaufort's having sent her wonderful orchids, and cousin Henry van der Luyden a whole hamper of carnations from Skuytercliff. She seems so surprised to receive flowers. Don't people send them in Europe? She thinks it such a pretty custom."

delights - Köstlichkeiten; Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen

orchids - Orchideen; Orchidee, Knabenkraut

hamper - stören, behindern, hemmen, hindern; Geschenkkorb

carnations - Nelken; Gartennelke, Nelke, Nelke

"Oh, well, no wonder mine were overshadowed by Beaufort's," said Archer irritably. Then he remembered that he had not put a card with the roses, and was vexed at having spoken of them. He wanted to say: "I called on your cousin yesterday," but hesitated. If Madame Olenska had not spoken of his visit it might seem awkward that he should.

overshadowed - überschattet; überschatten, überschatten

irritably - gereizt

hesitated - gezögert; zögern, zögern, stammeln

awkward - peinlich; ungeschickt, unbeholfen, umständlich, tollpatschig

Yet not to do so gave the affair an air of mystery that he disliked. To shake off the question he began to talk of their own plans, their future, and Mrs. Welland's insistence on a long engagement.

shake off - abschütteln

insistence - Beharren; Beharrlichkeit, Insistenz, Eindringlichkeit

"If you call it long! Isabel Chivers and Reggie were engaged for two years: Grace and Thorley for nearly a year and a half. Why aren't we very well off as we are?"

It was the traditional maidenly interrogation, and he felt ashamed of himself for finding it singularly childish. No doubt she simply echoed what was said for her; but she was nearing her twenty-second birthday, and he wondered at what age "nice" women began to speak for themselves.

maidenly - mädchenhaft

interrogation - Verhör; Befragung

felt ashamed - geschämt

singularly - singulär; singularisch

childish - kindgerecht; kindisch

"Never, if we won't let them, I suppose," he mused, and recalled his mad outburst to Mr. Sillerton Jackson: "Women ought to be as free as we are""

mad - wahnsinnig, verrückt, toll, irre

outburst - hervorbrechen; Ausbruch

It would presently be his task to take the bandage from this young woman's eyes, and bid her look forth on the world. But how many generations of the women who had gone to her making had descended bandaged to the family vault? He shivered a little, remembering some of the new ideas in his scientific books, and the much-cited instance of the Kentucky cave-fish, which had ceased to develop eyes because they had no use for them.

generations - Generationen; Generation, Geschlecht

bandaged - bandagiert; Verband, bandagieren

family vault - Familiengruft

scientific - wissenschaftlich

cited - zitiert; zitieren

Kentucky - Kentucky

cave - nachgeben, aufgeben; Höhle

What if, when he had bidden May Welland to open hers, they could only look out blankly at blankness?

bidden - verboten; Angebot, reizen, Gebot, Bieten, bieten

blankly - ausdruckslos; leer

blankness - Leere

"We might be much better off. We might be altogether together"we might travel."

Her face lit up. "That would be lovely," she owned: she would love to travel. But her mother would not understand their wanting to do things so differently.

"As if the mere 'differently'didn't account for it!" the wooer insisted.

wooer - Liebeswerber, Verehrer, Freier

insisted - darauf bestanden; auf , bestehen

"Newland! You're so original!" she exulted.

exulted - gejubelt; jubeln, jauchzen

His heart sank, for he saw that he was saying all the things that young men in the same situation were expected to say, and that she was making the answers that instinct and tradition taught her to make"even to the point of calling him original.

instinct - Instinkt

"Original! We're all as like each other as those dolls cut out of the same folded paper. We're like patterns stencilled on a wall. Can't you and I strike out for ourselves, May?"

dolls - Puppen; Puppe

stencilled - schabloniert; Schablone

strike - streichen; schlagen; prägen; streiken; scheinen; die Fahne streichen; Strike; Streik; Schlag

He had stopped and faced her in the excitement of their discussion, and her eyes rested on him with a bright unclouded admiration.

"Mercy"shall we elope?" she laughed.

elope - durchbrennen; ausreißen, weglaufen

"If you would""

"You DO love me, Newland! I'm so happy."

"But then"why not be happier?"

"We can't behave like people in novels, though, can we?"

"Why not"why not"why not?"

She looked a little bored by his insistence. She knew very well that they couldn't, but it was troublesome to have to produce a reason. "I'm not clever enough to argue with you. But that kind of thing is rather"vulgar, isn't it?" she suggested, relieved to have hit on a word that would assuredly extinguish the whole subject.

assuredly - Sicherlich

extinguish - löschen; auslöschen, abschalten

"Are you so much afraid, then, of being vulgar?"

She was evidently staggered by this. "Of course I should hate it"so would you," she rejoined, a trifle irritably.

staggered - gestaffelt; Staffelung; abstufen, staffeln, wanken

He stood silent, beating his stick nervously against his boot-top; and feeling that she had indeed found the right way of closing the discussion, she went on light-heartedly: "Oh, did I tell you that I showed Ellen my ring? She thinks it the most beautiful setting she ever saw. There's nothing like it in the rue de la Paix, she said. I do love you, Newland, for being so artistic!"

stick - stich!, ich/er/sie stäche, ich/er/sie stach; Schläger

heartedly - von ganzem Herzen

rue - bereuen

The next afternoon, as Archer, before dinner, sat smoking sullenly in his study, Janey wandered in on him. He had failed to stop at his club on the way up from the office where he exercised the profession of the law in the leisurely manner common to well-to-do New Yorkers of his class. He was out of spirits and slightly out of temper, and a haunting horror of doing the same thing every day at the same hour besieged his brain.

sullenly - mürrisch, mürrischen

profession - Bekenntnis; Beruf, Profession, Profess, Gelübde

leisurely - gemütlich; gemächlich

temper - Gereiztheit, Laune, Temperament, Anlassen, Ausheizen

haunting - spuken; quälend

horror - Angst, Furcht, Horror, Grauen

besieged - belagert; belagern, einkesseln, umzingeln, umstellen, belagern

"Sameness"sameness!" he muttered, the word running through his head like a persecuting tune as he saw the familiar tall-hatted figures lounging behind the plate-glass; and because he usually dropped in at the club at that hour he had gone home instead. He knew not only what they were likely to be talking about, but the part each one would take in the discussion. The Duke of course would be their principal theme; though the appearance in Fifth Avenue of a golden-haired lady in a small canary-coloured brougham with a pair of black cobs (for which Beaufort was generally thought responsible) would also doubtless be thoroughly gone into.

sameness - Gleichheit, Gleichartigkeit, Gleichförmigkeit

muttered - gemurmelt; murmeln

persecuting - Verfolgung; verfolgen, schikanieren, bedrängen, peinigen

tune - Melodie; stimmen

dropped in - (drop in) Störsignal

principal theme - Hauptthema (Musik)

haired - behaart

Canary - Kanarienvogel; Kanariengelb

cobs - Maiskolben; männlicher Schwan

responsible - verantwortlich; vernünftig; verantwortungsvoll; zuverlässig

Such "women" (as they were called) were few in New York, those driving their own carriages still fewer, and the appearance of Miss Fanny ring in Fifth Avenue at the fashionable hour had profoundly agitated society. Only the day before, her carriage had passed Mrs. Lovell Mingott's, and the latter had instantly rung the little bell at her elbow and ordered the coachman to drive her home. "What if it had happened to Mrs. van der Luyden?" people asked each other with a shudder. Archer could hear Lawrence Lefferts, at that very hour, holding forth on the disintegration of society.

carriages - Kutschen; Kutsche, Gang, Haltung, Wagen, Frachtgeld

Fanny - Fanny

ring in - einläuten, sich telefonisch melden, nach jemandem klingeln

profoundly - zutiefst; tief

rung - geläutet, Sprosse, Stufe; (ring) geläutet, Sprosse, Stufe

shudder - erschaudern; Schauder; (wohliger) Schauder; schaudern; zittern

disintegration - Zersetzung; Zerfall

He raised his head irritably when his sister Janey entered, and then quickly bent over his book (Swinburne's "Chastelard""just out) as if he had not seen her. She glanced at the writing-table heaped with books, opened a volume of the "Contes Drolatiques," made a wry face over the archaic French, and sighed: "What learned things you read!"

heaped - gehäuft; Menschenmenge, Masse, Haufen, Haufe, Heap, Haufen

contes - Conte

wry - schief

archaic - archaisch, veraltet

"Well"?" he asked, as she hovered Cassandra-like before him.

hovered - schwebte; rütteln, verweilen, zögern, bewegen

Cassandra - Kassandra

"Mother's very angry."

"Angry? With whom? About what?"

"Miss Sophy Jackson has just been here. She brought word that her brother would come in after dinner: she couldn't say very much, because he forbade her to: he wishes to give all the details himself. He's with cousin Louisa van der Luyden now."

forbade - verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten, ablehnen

"For heaven's sake, my dear girl, try a fresh start. It would take an omniscient Deity to know what you're talking about."

For heaven's sake - Um Gottes willen!, Um Himmels willen!

omniscient - allwissend

Deity - Gott, Gottheit

"It's not a time to be profane, Newland.... Mother feels badly enough about your not going to church ..."

profane - weltlich; profan

With a groan he plunged back into his book.

groan - Stöhnen; Seufzen, Ächzen, Knarren

"NEWLAND! Do listen. Your friend Madame Olenska was at Mrs. Lemuel Struthers's party last night: she went there with the Duke and Mr. Beaufort."

Do listen - So höre doch! Hör' doch zu!

At the last clause of this announcement a senseless anger swelled the young man's breast. To smother it he laughed. "Well, what of it? I knew she meant to."

clause - Nebensatz; Teilsatz; Klausel

senseless - empfindungslos, ohne Gefühl, ohnmächtig, bewusstlos

anger - Ärger, Zorn, Wut, Groll

swelled - angeschwollen; Schwellen

smother - erdrücken; ersticken

Janey paled and her eyes began to project. "You knew she meant to"and you didn't try to stop her? To warn her?"

paled - Pfahl, blass; bleich (vor), blass (vor)

"Stop her? Warn her?" He laughed again. "I'm not engaged to be married to the Countess Olenska!" The words had a fantastic sound in his own ears.

"You're marrying into her family."

"Oh, family"family!" he jeered.

jeered - verhöhnt; (to jeer) spotten, verhöhnen, sticheln

"Newland"don't you care about Family?"

"Not a brass farthing."

brass - Messingschild

farthing - Groschen, Heller, Pfifferling, Pfennig

"Nor about what cousin Louisa van der Luyden will think?"

"Not the half of one"if she thinks such old maid's rubbish."

old maid - alte Jungfer

"Mother is not an old maid," said his virgin sister with pinched lips.

He felt like shouting back: "Yes, she is, and so are the van der Luydens, and so we all are, when it comes to being so much as brushed by the wing-tip of Reality." But he saw her long gentle face puckering into tears, and felt ashamed of the useless pain he was inflicting.

puckering - Knautschen; Runzel

Tears - Tränen; zerreißen, ich/er/sie/es riss, riß

ashamed - schämen

useless - nutzlos, unnützlich, wertlos

"Hang Countess Olenska! Don't be a goose, Janey"I'm not her keeper."

goose - Gans

keeper - Hüter; Wächter, Hüter, Torwart, Tormann

"No; but you DID ask the Wellands to announce your engagement sooner so that we might all back her up; and if it hadn't been for that cousin Louisa would never have invited her to the dinner for the Duke."

"Well"what harm was there in inviting her? She was the best-looking woman in the room; she made the dinner a little less funereal than the usual van der Luyden banquet."

harm - Schaden

best-looking - (best-looking) ansehnlichst

funereal - Trauerspiel

banquet - Festmahl, Bankett, Gastmahl, Festessen

"You know cousin Henry asked her to please you: he persuaded cousin Louisa. And now they're so upset that they're going back to Skuytercliff tomorrow. I think, Newland, you'd better come down. You don't seem to understand how mother feels."

upset - verärgert; aufgebracht, aufgewühlt, verstimmt, gereizt, nervös

In the drawing-room Newland found his mother. She raised a troubled brow from her needlework to ask: "Has Janey told you?"

needlework - Handarbeit

"Yes." He tried to keep his tone as measured as her own. "But I can't take it very seriously."

seriously - ernst, ernsthaft

"Not the fact of having offended cousin Louisa and cousin Henry?"

offended - beleidigt; beleidigen, beleidigen, de

"The fact that they can be offended by such a trifle as Countess Olenska's going to the house of a woman they consider common."


"Well, who is; but who has good music, and amuses people on Sunday evenings, when the whole of New York is dying of inanition."

amuses - amüsiert; amüsieren, vergnügen, belustigen, erheitern

dying - (to die) sterben, umkommen; (dye) (to die) sterben, umkommen

"Good music? All I know is, there was a woman who got up on a table and sang the things they sing at the places you go to in Paris. There was smoking and champagne."

"Well"that kind of thing happens in other places, and the world still goes on."

"I don't suppose, dear, you're really defending the French Sunday?"

defending - verteidigen

"I've heard you often enough, mother, grumble at the English Sunday when we've been in London."

grumble - meckern; Gegrummel, Grummeln, Knurren, murren, brummen

"New York is neither Paris nor London."

"Oh, no, it's not!" her son groaned.

groaned - gestöhnt; Stöhnen

"You mean, I suppose, that society here is not as brilliant? You're right, I daresay; but we belong here, and people should respect our ways when they come among us. Ellen Olenska especially: she came back to get away from the kind of life people lead in brilliant societies."

You're right - Sie haben recht.

lead - führen, anführen, leiten;aus Blei;Aufmacher ;Anschlussdraht , Blei , Führung

Newland made no answer, and after a moment his mother ventured: "I was going to put on my bonnet and ask you to take me to see cousin Louisa for a moment before dinner." He frowned, and she continued: "I thought you might explain to her what you've just said: that society abroad is different .

ventured - gewagt; Wagnis

frowned - die Stirn gerunzelt; die Stirn runzeln

. that people are not as particular, and that Madame Olenska may not have realised how we feel about such things. It would be, you know, dear," she added with an innocent adroitness, "in Madame Olenska's interest if you did."

adroitness - Geschicklichkeit; Gewandtheit

"Dearest mother, I really don't see how we're concerned in the matter. The Duke took Madame Olenska to Mrs. Struthers's"in fact he brought Mrs. Struthers to call on her. I was there when they came. If the van der Luydens want to quarrel with anybody, the real culprit is under their own roof."

concerned - besorgt; Sorge, Anliegen

quarrel - sich streiten, zanken

"Quarrel? Newland, did you ever know of cousin Henry's quarrelling? Besides, the Duke's his guest; and a stranger too. Strangers don't discriminate: how should they? Countess Olenska is a New Yorker, and should have respected the feelings of New York."

quarrelling - (quarell) sich streiten

discriminate - diskriminieren

feelings - Gefühle; Gefühl, Eindruck

"Well, then, if they must have a victim, you have my leave to throw Madame Olenska to them," cried her son, exasperated. "I don't see myself"or you either"offering ourselves up to expiate her crimes."

offering - Angebot, Anerbieten, Opfer, Opfergabe; (offer); Angebot

expiate - sühnen; gutmachen, wiedergutmachen

"Oh, of course you see only the Mingott side," his mother answered, in the sensitive tone that was her nearest approach to anger.

The sad butler drew back the drawing-room portieres and announced: "Mr. Henry van der Luyden."

Mrs. Archer dropped her needle and pushed her chair back with an agitated hand.

needle - Nadel; hänseln

"Another lamp," she cried to the retreating servant, while Janey bent over to straighten her mother's cap.

retreating - den Rückzug antreten; Rückzug

servant - Diener, Dienerin, Lakai, Kammerdiener

straighten - begradigen; richten (gerade biegen); gerade machen

Mr. van der Luyden's figure loomed on the threshold, and Newland Archer went forward to greet his cousin.

loomed - aufgetaucht; Webstuhl; undeutlich sichtbar werden

"We were just talking about you, sir," he said.

Mr. van der Luyden seemed overwhelmed by the announcement. He drew off his glove to shake hands with the ladies, and smoothed his tall hat shyly, while Janey pushed an arm-chair forward, and Archer continued: "And the Countess Olenska."

overwhelmed - überwältigt; überwältigen, übermannen, überrumpeln, de

glove - Handschuh

shake hands - sich die Hand geben

smoothed - geglättet; glatt, reibungslos, problemlos, glatt, glatt, glatt

shyly - schüchtern

arm-chair - (arm-chair) Sessel

Mrs. Archer paled.

"Ah"a charming woman. I have just been to see her," said Mr. van der Luyden, complacency restored to his brow. He sank into the chair, laid his hat and gloves on the floor beside him in the old-fashioned way, and went on: "She has a real gift for arranging flowers. I had sent her a few carnations from Skuytercliff, and I was astonished.

complacency - Selbstgefälligkeit, Selbstzufriedenheit, Bequemlichkeit

restored - wiederhergestellt; wiederherstellen, restaurieren, restaurieren

astonished - erstaunt; erstaunen

Instead of massing them in big bunches as our head-gardener does, she had scattered them about loosely, here and there ... I can't say how. The Duke had told me: he said: 'Go and see how cleverly she's arranged her drawing-room.'And she has. I should really like to take Louisa to see her, if the neighbourhood were not so"unpleasant."

massing - Massierung; Messe (kirchlich), Gottesdienst, Menge

bunches - Trauben; Bund, qualifierlowers, Traube, bündeln, anordnen

gardener - Gärtner, Gärtnerin

scattered - verstreut; zerstreuen, zerstreuen, streuen, verstreuen

loosely - locker

cleverly - klug, pfiffig, schlau

A dead silence greeted this unusual flow of words from Mr. van der Luyden. Mrs. Archer drew her embroidery out of the basket into which she had nervously tumbled it, and Newland, leaning against the chimney-place and twisting a humming-bird-feather screen in his hand, saw Janey's gaping countenance lit up by the coming of the second lamp.

basket - Korb

tumbled - getrommelt; Sturz, Fall, Überschlag, Absturz, Purzelbaum, Rolle

twisting - (to twist) drehen

humming - Brummen; (to hum) summen, murmeln; (hum); Summen

feather - eine Feder; Feder, Vogelfeder, befiedern

"The fact is," Mr. van der Luyden continued, stroking his long grey leg with a bloodless hand weighed down by the Patroon's great signet-ring, "the fact is, I dropped in to thank her for the very pretty note she wrote me about my flowers; and also"but this is between ourselves, of course"to give her a friendly warning about allowing the Duke to carry her off to parties with him. I don't know if you've heard""

stroking - streichelnd; (stroke) streichelnd

bloodless - blutarm, bleich, unblutig, blutleer

weighed - gewogen; wiegen, wägen, abwiegen, auswiegen, abwägen, erwägen

signet-ring - (signet-ring) Siegelring

warning - Warnung, Mahnung, Achtung; (warn); warnen, mahnen

Mrs. Archer produced an indulgent smile. "Has the Duke been carrying her off to parties?"

indulgent - Nachsichtig

"You know what these English grandees are. They're all alike. Louisa and I are very fond of our cousin"but it's hopeless to expect people who are accustomed to the European courts to trouble themselves about our little republican distinctions. The Duke goes where he's amused." Mr. van der Luyden paused, but no one spoke. "Yes"it seems he took her with him last night to Mrs. Lemuel Struthers's. Sillerton Jackson has just been to us with the foolish story, and Louisa was rather troubled.

grandees - Granden; Grande, Grande

hopeless - hoffnungslos

Courts - Gerichte; Hof, Hof, Hof, Hofstaat, Hof, Gericht

Republican - republikanisch; Republikaner, Republikanerin

So I thought the shortest way was to go straight to Countess Olenska and explain"by the merest hint, you know"how we feel in New York about certain things. I felt I might, without indelicacy, because the evening she dined with us she rather suggested ... rather let me see that she would be grateful for guidance. And she WAS."

merest - nur, schier, bloß

indelicacy - Unempfindlichkeit; Unanständigkeit

grateful - dankbar, erkenntlich, wohltuend, zufrieden

Mr. van der Luyden looked about the room with what would have been self-satisfaction on features less purged of the vulgar passions. On his face it became a mild benevolence which Mrs. Archer's countenance dutifully reflected.

purged - geläutert; Säubern

passions - Leidenschaften; Leidenschaft, Passion, Leidenschaft, Passion

dutifully - pflichtbewusst

"How kind you both are, dear Henry"always! Newland will particularly appreciate what you have done because of dear May and his new relations."

appreciate - zu schätzen wissen, würdigen, verstehen, begreifen

She shot an admonitory glance at her son, who said: "Immensely, sir. But I was sure you'd like Madame Olenska."

shot - Schuss; (to shoot up) aufschießen

Mr. van der Luyden looked at him with extreme gentleness. "I never ask to my house, my dear Newland," he said, "any one whom I do not like. And so I have just told Sillerton Jackson." With a glance at the clock he rose and added: "But Louisa will be waiting. We are dining early, to take the Duke to the Opera."

After the portieres had solemnly closed behind their visitor a silence fell upon the Archer family.

"Gracious"how romantic!" at last broke explosively from Janey. No one knew exactly what inspired her elliptic comments, and her relations had long since given up trying to interpret them.

gracious - gnädig, gütig

explosively - explosiv

inspired - inspiriert; inspirieren, inspirieren, beatmen, einhauchen

elliptic - elliptisch

Interpret - interpretieren; dolmetschen, übersetzen

Mrs. Archer shook her head with a sigh. "Provided it all turns out for the best," she said, in the tone of one who knows how surely it will not. "Newland, you must stay and see Sillerton Jackson when he comes this evening: I really shan't know what to say to him."

sigh - Seufzen, Seufzer, Säuseln (Wind); säuseln (Wind)

surely - bestimmt, sicherlich

"Poor mother! But he won't come"" her son laughed, stooping to kiss away her frown.

frown - Stirnrunzeln; die Stirn runzeln


Some two weeks later, Newland Archer, sitting in abstracted idleness in his private compartment of the office of Letterblair, Lamson and Low, attorneys at law, was summoned by the head of the firm.

abstracted - abstrahiert; Auszug, Zusammenfassung, abstrakt, abstrakt

idleness - Untätigkeit, Stillstand, Müßiggang, Trägheit

compartment - Abteil; Postament

attorneys - Anwälte; Rechtsanwalt

Old Mr. Letterblair, the accredited legal adviser of three generations of New York gentility, throned behind his mahogany desk in evident perplexity. As he stroked his closeclipped white whiskers and ran his hand through the rumpled grey locks above his jutting brows, his disrespectful junior partner thought how much he looked like the Family Physician annoyed with a patient whose symptoms refuse to be classified.

accredited - akkreditiert; akkreditieren, akkreditieren

legal adviser - Rechtsberater

perplexity - Verwirrung; Perplexität

stroked - gestreichelt; streicheln; Stoß, Schlag, Streich, Hub

closeclipped - Abgeschlossen

whiskers - Schnurrhaare; Barthaar

rumpled - zerknittert; zerknittern

jutting - vorspringend; herausragen, hervorragen

junior - jünger

physician - Arzt, Ärztin, Mediziner, Medizinerin

annoyed - verärgert; stören, ärgern, belästigen, nerven, verägern

symptoms - Symptome; Symptom

refuse - Müll; abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

classified - geordnet, eingestuft, klassifiziert; (classify); einordnen

"My dear sir"" he always addressed Archer as "sir"""I have sent for you to go into a little matter; a matter which, for the moment, I prefer not to mention either to Mr. Skipworth or Mr. Redwood." The gentlemen he spoke of were the other senior partners of the firm; for, as was always the case with legal associations of old standing in New York, all the partners named on the office letter-head were long since dead; and Mr.

Redwood - Mammutbaum

senior - älter

legal - juristisch, rechtlich, legal

associations - Vereinigungen; Assoziation, Verknüpfung, Zuordnung, Vereinigung

Letterblair, for example, was, professionally speaking, his own grandson.

professionally - professionell

grandson - Enkelsohn, Enkel, Großsohn

He leaned back in his chair with a furrowed brow. "For family reasons"" he continued.

furrowed - zerfurcht; Furche

Archer looked up.

"The Mingott family," said Mr. Letterblair with an explanatory smile and bow. "Mrs. Manson Mingott sent for me yesterday. Her grand-daughter the Countess Olenska wishes to sue her husband for divorce. Certain papers have been placed in my hands." He paused and drummed on his desk. "In view of your prospective alliance with the family I should like to consult you"to consider the case with you"before taking any farther steps."

explanatory - erklärend

grand - großartig, prächtig, groß, bedeutend

sue - verklagen

drummed - getrommelt; Trommel

alliance - Allianz, Zusammenschluss, Verbund

consult - Rat halten; beraten, beratschlagen, um Rat fragen

Archer felt the blood in his temples. He had seen the Countess Olenska only once since his visit to her, and then at the Opera, in the Mingott box. During this interval she had become a less vivid and importunate image, receding from his foreground as May Welland resumed her rightful place in it. He had not heard her divorce spoken of since Janey's first random allusion to it, and had dismissed the tale as unfounded gossip.

interval - Pause; Abstand, Zwischenraum, Intervall

vivid - lebendig, lebhaft, anschaulich

importunate - zudringlich, aufdringlich, lästig

receding - zurückgehen; zurücktreten

rightful - rechtmäßig

random - Rando; zufällig; Durchschnitts-; random

dismissed - entlassen, entlassen, abweisen, einstellen, zurückweisen

unfounded - unbegründet

Theoretically, the idea of divorce was almost as distasteful to him as to his mother; and he was annoyed that Mr. Letterblair (no doubt prompted by old Catherine Mingott) should be so evidently planning to draw him into the affair. After all, there were plenty of Mingott men for such jobs, and as yet he was not even a Mingott by marriage.

theoretically - theoretisch, prinzipiell, rein gedanklich, vom Gedanken her

distasteful - geschmacklos

prompted - veranlasst; Eingabeaufforderung, anleiten, antreiben

He waited for the senior partner to continue. Mr. Letterblair unlocked a drawer and drew out a packet. "If you will run your eye over these papers""

senior partner - Seniorchef

unlocked - freigeschaltet; aufschließen, entriegeln, entsperren (screen

drawer - Zeichner, Schublade, Aussteller

packet - Päckchen; paketieren; Datenpaket, Paket

Archer frowned. "I beg your pardon, sir; but just because of the prospective relationship, I should prefer your consulting Mr. Skipworth or Mr. Redwood."

beg - Männchen machen; etwas erbitten (von jemandem); bitten (um)

Pardon - Vergebung, Verzeihung, Begnadigung, verzeihen, vergeben

Mr. Letterblair looked surprised and slightly offended. It was unusual for a junior to reject such an opening.

reject - verwerfen, ablehnen, zurückweisen

He bowed. "I respect your scruple, sir; but in this case I believe true delicacy requires you to do as I ask. Indeed, the suggestion is not mine but Mrs. Manson Mingott's and her son's. I have seen Lovell Mingott; and also Mr. Welland. They all named you."

scruple - Skrupel

requires - erfordert; erfordern, brauchen, benötigen

Archer felt his temper rising. He had been somewhat languidly drifting with events for the last fortnight, and letting May's fair looks and radiant nature obliterate the rather importunate pressure of the Mingott claims. But this behest of old Mrs. Mingott's roused him to a sense of what the clan thought they had the right to exact from a prospective son-in-law; and he chafed at the role.

languidly - träge; matt, schwache

fortnight - vierzehn Tage; vierzehn Tag age, zwei Wochen

obliterate - auslöschen, verwischen

claims - Ansprüche; Anspruch, Rechtstitel, Anspruch, Behauptung

behest - auf Geheiß; Geheiß, Befehl

chafed - aufgescheuert; Reibungswärme, Schürfwunde, Verschleiß

"Her uncles ought to deal with this," he said.

"They have. The matter has been gone into by the family. They are opposed to the Countess's idea; but she is firm, and insists on a legal opinion."

opposed - gegen; ablehnen, widersprechen

insists - darauf besteht; auf , bestehen

legal opinion - Rechtsgutachten

The young man was silent: he had not opened the packet in his hand.

"Does she want to marry again?"

"I believe it is suggested; but she denies it."

denies - leugnet; leugnen, bestreiten, dementieren


"Will you oblige me, Mr. Archer, by first looking through these papers? Afterward, when we have talked the case over, I will give you my opinion."

oblige - verpflichten; einen Gefallen tun

Archer withdrew reluctantly with the unwelcome documents. Since their last meeting he had half-unconsciously collaborated with events in ridding himself of the burden of Madame Olenska. His hour alone with her by the firelight had drawn them into a momentary intimacy on which the Duke of St. Austrey's intrusion with Mrs. Lemuel Struthers, and the Countess's joyous greeting of them, had rather providentially broken. Two days later Archer had assisted at the comedy of her reinstatement in the van der Luydens'favour, and had said to himself, with a touch of tartness, that a lady who knew how to thank all-powerful elderly gentlemen to such good purpose for a bunch of flowers did not need either the private consolations or the public championship of a young man of his small compass.

reluctantly - widerstrebend

unwelcome - unerwünscht

unconsciously - unbewusst

collaborated - zusammengearbeitet; zusammenarbeiten, kollaborieren

ridding - Reiten; loswerden; befreien

firelight - Feuerschein

joyous - freudig

providentially - in der Vorsehung

assisted - assistiert; assistieren, helfen, beistehen, unterstützen

reinstatement - Wiedereinsetzung

tartness - Schärfe; Säuerlichkeit, Bitterkeit

all-powerful - (all-powerful) allmächtig

bunch - Bund, lowers, Traube, bündeln, anordnen

consolations - Trostpflaster; Trost, Trostpreis

compass - Kompass

To look at the matter in this light simplified his own case and surprisingly furbished up all the dim domestic virtues. He could not picture May Welland, in whatever conceivable emergency, hawking about her private difficulties and lavishing her confidences on strange men; and she had never seemed to him finer or fairer than in the week that followed. He had even yielded to her wish for a long engagement, since she had found the one disarming answer to his plea for haste.

simplified - vereinfacht; vereinfachen, sich vereinfachen, einfacher werden

surprisingly - überraschenderweise

furbished - aufpoliert; putzen; blank putzen, polieren

dim - schummrig; trüb; dämmerig, dunkel

virtues - Tugenden; Tugend, Tugend, Keuschheit, Tugend

conceivable - denkbar

emergency - Notfall, Notlage, Notstand, Notdienst, Notaufnahme

hawking - verhökern; jagend, Beize (Jagd)

lavishing - freigiebig, verschwenderisch, überreich, üppig, verschleudern

confidences - Vertraulichkeiten; Selbstgewissheit, Zuversicht, Vertrauen

disarming - entwaffnend; entwaffnen, entwaffnen

"You know, when it comes to the point, your parents have always let you have your way ever since you were a little girl," he argued; and she had answered, with her clearest look: "Yes; and that's what makes it so hard to refuse the very last thing they'll ever ask of me as a little girl."

That was the old New York note; that was the kind of answer he would like always to be sure of his wife's making. If one had habitually breathed the New York air there were times when anything less crystalline seemed stifling.

habitually - gewohnheitsmäßig

crystalline - kristallin, kristallinisch, kristallen, Kristall

stifling - erstickend; (stifle) erstickend

The papers he had retired to read did not tell him much in fact; but they plunged him into an atmosphere in which he choked and spluttered. They consisted mainly of an exchange of letters between Count Olenski's solicitors and a French legal firm to whom the Countess had applied for the settlement of her financial situation.

retired - im Ruhestand; pensionieren, zurücktreten, sich zurückziehen

choked - gewürgt; erwürgen, erdrosseln, ersticken, überwältigen

spluttered - gestottert; stottern

consisted - bestand; zusammensetzend, besteht aus; bestehen (aus)

mainly - hauptsächlich

solicitors - Anwälte; Solicitor, de

settlement - Regelung, Regulierung, Erledigung, Ansiedlung

financial - finanziell

There was also a short letter from the Count to his wife: after reading it, Newland Archer rose, jammed the papers back into their envelope, and reentered Mr. Letterblair's office.

reentered - wiedereingetreten; wiedereintreten; Neueintritt

"Here are the letters, sir. If you wish, I'll see Madame Olenska," he said in a constrained voice.

constrained - gezwungen; behindern, einschränken, limitieren

"Thank you"thank you, Mr. Archer. Come and dine with me tonight if you're free, and we'll go into the matter afterward: in case you wish to call on our client tomorrow."

go into the matter - der Sache nachgehen

client - Endverbraucher, Konsument, Kunde, Kundin, Klient

Newland Archer walked straight home again that afternoon. It was a winter evening of transparent clearness, with an innocent young moon above the house-tops; and he wanted to fill his soul's lungs with the pure radiance, and not exchange a word with any one till he and Mr. Letterblair were closeted together after dinner.

clearness - Klarheit; Ăśbersichtlichkeit, Deutlichkeit

lungs - Lunge

closeted - verschlossen; Schrank, Wandschrank, Kammer, Abstellkammer

It was impossible to decide otherwise than he had done: he must see Madame Olenska himself rather than let her secrets be bared to other eyes. A great wave of compassion had swept away his indifference and impatience: she stood before him as an exposed and pitiful figure, to be saved at all costs from farther wounding herself in her mad plunges against fate.

compassion - Mitleid, Erbarmen, Mitgefühl

swept away - weggefegt

Impatience - Ungeduld

pitiful - Mitleid erregend; erbärmlich, kläglich, jämmerlich

wounding - Verwundung; (wound) Verwundung

plunges - stürzt; eintauchen, tauchen

He remembered what she had told him of Mrs. Welland's request to be spared whatever was "unpleasant" in her history, and winced at the thought that it was perhaps this attitude of mind which kept the New York air so pure. "Are we only Pharisees after all?" he wondered, puzzled by the effort to reconcile his instinctive disgust at human vileness with his equally instinctive pity for human frailty.

be spared - von etw. verschont bleiben

Pharisees - Pharisäer, Pharisäerin

effort - Anstrengung, Aufwand

reconcile - versöhnen

disgust - Abscheu; ekeln; Ekel

vileness - Niedertracht, Widerwärtigkeit, Schändlichkeit, Abscheulichkeit

equally - gleichermaßen, gleichmäßig

For the first time he perceived how elementary his own principles had always been. He passed for a young man who had not been afraid of risks, and he knew that his secret love-affair with poor silly Mrs. Thorley Rushworth had not been too secret to invest him with a becoming air of adventure. But Mrs. Rushworth was "that kind of woman"; foolish, vain, clandestine by nature, and far more attracted by the secrecy and peril of the affair than by such charms and qualities as he possessed. When the fact dawned on him it nearly broke his heart, but now it seemed the redeeming feature of the case. The affair, in short, had been of the kind that most of the young men of his age had been through, and emerged from with calm consciences and an undisturbed belief in the abysmal distinction between the women one loved and respected and those one enjoyed"and pitied.

elementary - elementar

invest - investieren; (Geld) anlegen (in)

vain - eitel; unnützlich

clandestine - heimlich

attracted - angezogen; anziehen, anziehen (1, 2)

secrecy - Geheimhaltung; Geheimniskrämerei, Geheimnistuerei

peril - Gefahr, Risiko

redeeming - erlösend; zurückkaufen, loslösen, freikaufen, befreien

Calm - ruhig; windstill; Ruhe; Windstille; beruhigen, ruhig stellen

consciences - Gewissen

undisturbed - ungestört

belief - Glauben; Glaube

In this view they were sedulously abetted by their mothers, aunts and other elderly female relatives, who all shared Mrs. Archer's belief that when "such things happened" it was undoubtedly foolish of the man, but somehow always criminal of the woman. All the elderly ladies whom Archer knew regarded any woman who loved imprudently as necessarily unscrupulous and designing, and mere simple-minded man as powerless in her clutches. The only thing to do was to persuade him, as early as possible, to marry a nice girl, and then trust to her to look after him.

sedulously - eifrig

abetted - begünstigt; ermutigen, aufhetzen, anstiften, stützen, helfen

regarded - betrachtet; schätzen, betrachten, berücksichtigen

imprudently - unvorsichtig

powerless - kraftlos; machtlos

clutches - kuppeln; Vogelgelege; Kupplung (Auto), Gelege

persuade - überreden, gewinnen, verführen, bestechen

In the complicated old European communities, Archer began to guess, love-problems might be less simple and less easily classified. Rich and idle and ornamental societies must produce many more such situations; and there might even be one in which a woman naturally sensitive and aloof would yet, from the force of circumstances, from sheer defencelessness and loneliness, be drawn into a tie inexcusable by conventional standards.

idle - träge, nicht in Betrieb, faul, nutzlos, untätig; faulenzen

ornamental - Zier-, dekorativ, Zierpflanze

aloof - unnahbar; (ein Stück) entfernt, auf (etwas) Abstand

circumstances - Umstände; Umstand, Umstand

sheer - durchsichtig; scheren, ausreißen, gieren; rein, blank

defencelessness - Hilflosigkeit

inexcusable - unentschuldbar

On reaching home he wrote a line to the Countess Olenska, asking at what hour of the next day she could receive him, and despatched it by a messenger-boy, who returned presently with a word to the effect that she was going to Skuytercliff the next morning to stay over Sunday with the van der Luydens, but that he would find her alone that evening after dinner. The note was written on a rather untidy half-sheet, without date or address, but her hand was firm and free.

despatched - verschickt; Tötung

messenger - Kurier, Bote, Botschafter

stay over - übrigbleiben

untidy - unordentlich

He was amused at the idea of her week-ending in the stately solitude of Skuytercliff, but immediately afterward felt that there, of all places, she would most feel the chill of minds rigorously averted from the "unpleasant."

rigorously - rigoros

averted - abgewehrt; abwenden, abwenden, verhindern

He was at Mr. Letterblair's punctually at seven, glad of the pretext for excusing himself soon after dinner. He had formed his own opinion from the papers entrusted to him, and did not especially want to go into the matter with his senior partner. Mr. Letterblair was a widower, and they dined alone, copiously and slowly, in a dark shabby room hung with yellowing prints of "The Death of Chatham" and "The Coronation of Napoleon.

punctually - pünktliche, pünktlich

pretext - Vorwand, Deckmantel, fadenscheinige Begründung, Ausrede

excusing - entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigen, entschuldigen

entrusted - anvertraut; anvertrauen

widower - Witwer

copiously - reichlich, umfassend, heftig

coronation - Krönung

On the sideboard, between fluted Sheraton knife-cases, stood a decanter of Haut Brion, and another of the old Lanning port (the gift of a client), which the wastrel Tom Lanning had sold off a year or two before his mysterious and discreditable death in San Francisco"an incident less publicly humiliating to the family than the sale of the cellar.

sideboard - Anrichte, Sideboard, Büfett

fluted - geriffelt; Flöte, Kannelierung

decanter - Dekanter

port - Schlitz, Backbord, Portwein, Hafen; portieren, übertragen

wastrel - Verschwender

discreditable - diskreditiert

San - Speichernetzwerk

incident - Vorfall, Begebenheit, Ereignis, Geschehnis

humiliating - demütigend; demütigen, beschämen, erniedrigen

cellar - Keller

After a velvety oyster soup came shad and cucumbers, then a young broiled turkey with corn fritters, followed by a canvas-back with currant jelly and a celery mayonnaise. Mr. Letterblair, who lunched on a sandwich and tea, dined deliberately and deeply, and insisted on his guest's doing the same. Finally, when the closing rites had been accomplished, the cloth was removed, cigars were lit, and Mr.

velvety - samtig, samtweich, samtartig

oyster - Auster; Pfaffenschnittchen, Pfaffenstückchen

turkey - Pute, Puter, Truthahn, Truthenne

corn - Mais; Korn, Getreide, Hühnerauge

fritters - Beignets; Küchle, qualifier

currant - Korinthe; Johannisbeere, Ribisel, Johannisbeerstrauch

jelly - Wackelpudding, Wackelpeter; Gelee, Gallert

celery - Sellerie; Staudensellerie, Stangensellerie

Mayonnaise - Mayonnaise

deliberately - absichtlich

rites - Riten; Ritus, Brauch

cigars - Zigarren; Zigarre; Glimmstängel

Letterblair, leaning back in his chair and pushing the port westward, said, spreading his back agreeably to the coal fire behind him: "The whole family are against a divorce. And I think rightly."

westward - westwärts

agreeably - zustimmen; angenehm

coal - Kohle, Steinkohle

rightly - zurecht, zu Recht, richtig

Archer instantly felt himself on the other side of the argument. "But why, sir? If there ever was a case""

"Well"what's the use? SHE'S here"he's there; the Atlantic's between them. She'll never get back a dollar more of her money than what he's voluntarily returned to her: their damned heathen marriage settlements take precious good care of that. As things go over there, Olenski's acted generously: he might have turned her out without a penny."

voluntarily - Freiwillig

damned - verdammt, verflucht; (damn); verdammen, verfluchen, ächten

heathen - heidnisch; barbarisch, unzivilisiert, Heide, Heidin, Barbar

settlements - Siedlungen; Regelung, Regulierung, Erledigung, Ansiedlung

precious - kostbar, wertvoll, süßlich, kitschig

generously - freigebige, großzügig, generös, dankenswerterweise

The young man knew this and was silent.

"I understand, though," Mr. Letterblair continued, "that she attaches no importance to the money. Therefore, as the family say, why not let well enough alone?"

attaches - anbringt; anbringen

Archer had gone to the house an hour earlier in full agreement with Mr. Letterblair's view; but put into words by this selfish, well-fed and supremely indifferent old man it suddenly became the Pharisaic voice of a society wholly absorbed in barricading itself against the unpleasant.

agreement - Vereinbarung, Zustimmung, Einigkeit, Einvernehmen

Selfish - egoistisch, selbstsüchtig, egozentrisch, checkegoistisch

supremely - überragend

indifferent - gleichgültig

wholly - ganz

absorbed in - vertieft in

barricading - Barrikade, Barrikade, verbarrikadieren

"I think that's for her to decide."

"H'm"have you considered the consequences if she decides for divorce?"

"You mean the threat in her husband's letter? What weight would that carry? It's no more than the vague charge of an angry blackguard."

threat - drohen; Bedrohung, Drohung

"Yes; but it might make some unpleasant talk if he really defends the suit."

defends - verteidigt; verteidigen

"Unpleasant"!" said Archer explosively.

Mr. Letterblair looked at him from under enquiring eyebrows, and the young man, aware of the uselessness of trying to explain what was in his mind, bowed acquiescently while his senior continued: "Divorce is always unpleasant."

enquiring - Erkundigen Sie sich; erfragen, nachforschen, abfragen

acquiescently - duldsam

"You agree with me?" Mr. Letterblair resumed, after a waiting silence.

"Naturally," said Archer.

"Well, then, I may count on you; the Mingotts may count on you; to use your influence against the idea?"

Archer hesitated. "I can't pledge myself till I've seen the Countess Olenska," he said at length.

pledge - zusichern, versprechen, geloben, zusagen, verpfänden, Gelöbnis

"Mr. Archer, I don't understand you. Do you want to marry into a family with a scandalous divorce-suit hanging over it?"

I don't understand - Ich verstehe nicht.

scandalous - skandalös

divorce-suit - (divorce-suit) Scheidungsklage

hanging over - überhängend

"I don't think that has anything to do with the case."

Mr. Letterblair put down his glass of port and fixed on his young partner a cautious and apprehensive gaze.

cautious - zurückhaltend; vorsichtig, zaghaft, behutsam

apprehensive - beunruhigt

Archer understood that he ran the risk of having his mandate withdrawn, and for some obscure reason he disliked the prospect. Now that the job had been thrust on him he did not propose to relinquish it; and, to guard against the possibility, he saw that he must reassure the unimaginative old man who was the legal conscience of the Mingotts.

Risk - Risiko; riskieren; wagen

prospect - Anwärter; Sicht, Perspektive, Aussicht, Erwartung, Chance

thrust - Stoß, Stich, Vorstoß, Schub, Schubkraft

propose - vorschlagen; einen Heiratsantrag machen; beabsichtigen

relinquish - verlassen, aufgeben, überlassen, abtreten, Verzicht leisten

reassure - versichern, beruhigen

unimaginative - phantasielos

conscience - Gewissen

"You may be sure, sir, that I shan't commit myself till I've reported to you; what I meant was that I'd rather not give an opinion till I've heard what Madame Olenska has to say."

commit - einweisen, einliefern, begehen, verbrechen, verüben

Mr. Letterblair nodded approvingly at an excess of caution worthy of the best New York tradition, and the young man, glancing at his watch, pleaded an engagement and took leave.

nodded - abgenickt; nicken, einnicken, Kopfnicken

approvingly - zustimmend

excess - Exzess; Überfluss; Überschuss, Übermaß, Völlerei

worthy - würdig

pleaded - plädiert; plädieren, bekennen, (dringend) bitten, anflehen


Old-fashioned New York dined at seven, and the habit of after-dinner calls, though derided in Archer's set, still generally prevailed. As the young man strolled up Fifth Avenue from Waverley Place, the long thoroughfare was deserted but for a group of carriages standing before the Reggie Chiverses'(where there was a dinner for the Duke), and the occasional figure of an elderly gentleman in heavy overcoat and muffler ascending a brownstone doorstep and disappearing into a gas-lit hall. Thus, as Archer crossed Washington Square, he remarked that old Mr. du Lac was calling on his cousins the Dagonets, and turning down the corner of West Tenth Street he saw Mr. Skipworth, of his own firm, obviously bound on a visit to the Miss Lannings.

derided - verhöhnt; verhöhnen, verlachen, verspotten, lustig machen über

prevailed - sich durchgesetzt; erman: die Vorherrschaft erringen (''over'' über)

thoroughfare - Durchfahrt, Durchgangsstraße, Hauptverkehrsstraße, Verkehrsader

muffler - Schalldämpfer

ascending - aufsteigend; steigen, aufsteigen

turning down - umklappend

tenth - zehnten; zehnte

A little farther up Fifth Avenue, Beaufort appeared on his doorstep, darkly projected against a blaze of light, descended to his private brougham, and rolled away to a mysterious and probably unmentionable destination. It was not an Opera night, and no one was giving a party, so that Beaufort's outing was undoubtedly of a clandestine nature. Archer connected it in his mind with a little house beyond Lexington Avenue in which beribboned window curtains and flower-boxes had recently appeared, and before whose newly painted door the canary-coloured brougham of Miss Fanny Ring was frequently seen to wait.

darkly - düster; dunkle, dunkel

blaze - lodern; Lohe, Brand, Großbrand, brenne, Glut

unmentionable - unaussprechlich, unerwähnbar

destination - Zielort; Bestimmung; Reiseziel, Bestimmungsort

beribboned - beribboniert

Beyond the small and slippery pyramid which composed Mrs. Archer's world lay the almost unmapped quarter inhabited by artists, musicians and "people who wrote." These scattered fragments of humanity had never shown any desire to be amalgamated with the social structure.

composed - komponiert; zusammenstellen, zusammensetzen, komponieren

unmapped - nicht kartiert

inhabited - bewohnt; bewohnen

fragments - Fragmente; Fragment

humanity - die Menschheit; Menschheit; Humanität, Menschlichkeit

amalgamated - verschmolzen; fusionieren, mischen, verbinden, verquicken

In spite of odd ways they were said to be, for the most part, quite respectable; but they preferred to keep to themselves. Medora Manson, in her prosperous days, had inaugurated a "literary salon"; but it had soon died out owing to the reluctance of the literary to frequent it.

prosperous - wohlhabend

literary - literarisch

salon - Salon, Halle, Saal, Schönheitssalon

died out - ausgestorben

Others had made the same attempt, and there was a household of Blenkers"an intense and voluble mother, and three blowsy daughters who imitated her"where one met Edwin Booth and Patti and William Winter, and the new Shakespearian actor George Rignold, and some of the magazine editors and musical and literary critics.

intense - intensiv; hochgradig

voluble - wortgewandt; gesprächig, redselig

blowsy - blasig

imitated - nachgeahmt; imitieren

booth - Stand, Messestand, Bude, Zelle, Nische

William - Wilhelm

Shakespearian - Shakespeare

editors - Redakteure; Herausgeber, Editor, Redakteur, Schriftleiter

Mrs. Archer and her group felt a certain timidity concerning these persons. They were odd, they were uncertain, they had things one didn't know about in the background of their lives and minds. Literature and art were deeply respected in the Archer set, and Mrs. Archer was always at pains to tell her children how much more agreeable and cultivated society had been when it included such figures as Washington Irving, Fitz-Greene Halleck and the poet of "The Culprit Fay.

timidity - Schüchternheit; Furchtsamkeit

concerning - Was bedeutet das; Sorge, Anliegen

uncertain - unsicher

poet - Dichter, Dichterin; i ormal

The most celebrated authors of that generation had been "gentlemen"; perhaps the unknown persons who succeeded them had gentlemanly sentiments, but their origin, their appearance, their hair, their intimacy with the stage and the Opera, made any old New York criterion inapplicable to them.

unknown - unbekannt; Unbekannte; Unbekannter

gentlemanly - gentlemanlike

criterion - Kriterium

inapplicable - unanwendbar

"When I was a girl," Mrs. Archer used to say, "we knew everybody between the Battery and Canal Street; and only the people one knew had carriages. It was perfectly easy to place any one then; now one can't tell, and I prefer not to try."

Canal - Kanal, Gang

Only old Catherine Mingott, with her absence of moral prejudices and almost parvenu indifference to the subtler distinctions, might have bridged the abyss; but she had never opened a book or looked at a picture, and cared for music only because it reminded her of gala nights at the Italiens, in the days of her triumph at the Tuileries. Possibly Beaufort, who was her match in daring, would have succeeded in bringing about a fusion; but his grand house and silk-stockinged footmen were an obstacle to informal sociability.

prejudices - Vorurteile; Vorurteil

parvenu - Emporkömmling, Parvenü, parvenühaft

abyss - Abgrund, Hölle

gala - die Festlichkeit

Possibly - vielleicht, eventuell, möglicherweise, negated: unmöglich

fusion - Schmelzen; Verschmelzen

obstacle - Hindernis, Hürde

sociability - Kontaktfreudigkeit; Gemütlichkeit

Moreover, he was as illiterate as old Mrs. Mingott, and considered "fellows who wrote" as the mere paid purveyors of rich men's pleasures; and no one rich enough to influence his opinion had ever questioned it.

Moreover - außerdem, überdies, des Weiteren, obendrein

illiterate - Analphabeten; analphabetisch; ungebildet, ungelehrt, Analphabet

fellows - Kameraden; Stipendiat, Typ, Kerl, Bursche; Gefährte, Kerl

purveyors - Anbietern; Lieferant

Newland Archer had been aware of these things ever since he could remember, and had accepted them as part of the structure of his universe. He knew that there were societies where painters and poets and novelists and men of science, and even great actors, were as sought after as Dukes; he had often pictured to himself what it would have been to live in the intimacy of drawing-rooms dominated by the talk of Merimee (whose "Lettres a une Inconnue" was one of his inseparables), of Thackeray, Browning or William Morris. But such things were inconceivable in New York, and unsettling to think of. Archer knew most of the "fellows who wrote," the musicians and the painters: he met them at the Century, or at the little musical and theatrical clubs that were beginning to come into existence.

universe - Universum, Weltall

poets - Dichter, Dichterin; iormal

novelists - Romanautoren; Romanautor, Romanautorin, Romanschreiber

dominated - beherrscht; herrschen (über), emporragen (über); beherrschen

une - nicht

inseparables - untrennbar, unteilbar, unzertrennlich

inconceivable - unvorstellbar

unsettling - beunruhigend; verwirren, beunruhigen

He enjoyed them there, and was bored with them at the Blenkers', where they were mingled with fervid and dowdy women who passed them about like captured curiosities; and even after his most exciting talks with Ned Winsett he always came away with the feeling that if his world was small, so was theirs, and that the only way to enlarge either was to reach a stage of manners where they would naturally merge.

bored with - überdrüssig

fervid - glühende

dowdy - unansehnlich; schäbig, unelegant, abgetragen

captured - gefangen genommen; Fang, Festnahme, Gefangennahme, Erfassung

curiosities - Kuriositäten; Neugier, Neugierde, Kuriosität, Kuriosum

enlarge - vergrößern

merge - verschmelzen; zusammenlegen, zusammenfügen, zusammenführen

He was reminded of this by trying to picture the society in which the Countess Olenska had lived and suffered, and also"perhaps"tasted mysterious joys. He remembered with what amusement she had told him that her grandmother Mingott and the Wellands objected to her living in a "Bohemian" quarter given over to "people who wrote.

suffered - gelitten; leiden, leiden, erleiden

joys - Freuden; Wonne (Freude, Vergnügen); Freude (über)

Bohemian - Boheme; Böhme, Böhmin

It was not the peril but the poverty that her family disliked; but that shade escaped her, and she supposed they considered literature compromising.

poverty - Armut

escaped - entkommen; entgehen, entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

compromising - kompromittierend; Kompromiss, Ausgleich, sich einigen

Nastasia opened the door, smiling mysteriously. On the bench in the hall lay a sable-lined overcoat, a folded opera hat of dull silk with a gold J. B. on the lining, and a white silk muffler: there was no mistaking the fact that these costly articles were the property of Julius Beaufort.

Bench - Bank, Sitzbank, Richter

sable - Zobel; Schwarz

costly - teuer, kostspielig

property - Eigentum, Besitz, Anwesen, Grundbesitz, Grundstück, Eigenschaft

The banker stood leaning against the mantelshelf, which was draped with an old embroidery held in place by brass candelabra containing church candles of yellowish wax. He had thrust his chest out, supporting his shoulders against the mantel and resting his weight on one large patent-leather foot. As Archer entered he was smiling and looking down on his hostess, who sat on a sofa placed at right angles to the chimney.

candelabra - Kandelaber; (candelabrum); Kandelaber

yellowish - gelblich

chest - Kiste, Brustkasten, Brust, Koffer

angles - Winkeln; Angel

A table banked with flowers formed a screen behind it, and against the orchids and azaleas which the young man recognised as tributes from the Beaufort hot-houses, Madame Olenska sat half-reclined, her head propped on a hand and her wide sleeve leaving the arm bare to the elbow.

azaleas - Azaleen; Azalee

tributes - Tribute; Tribut, Tribut

reclined - zurückgelehnt; zurücklehnen, hinlegen, anlehnen

propped - gestützt; Stütze

sleeve - Ärmel; Hülse, Schutzhülle, Tülle, Köcher

"Lord love us"three whole days at Skuytercliff!" Beaufort was saying in his loud sneering voice as Archer entered. "You'd better take all your furs, and a hot-water-bottle."

Lord - Gebieter; Herr; herrschen

"Why? Is the house so cold?" she asked, holding out her left hand to Archer in a way mysteriously suggesting that she expected him to kiss it.

"No; but the missus is," said Beaufort, nodding carelessly to the young man.

Missus - Herrin; Frau

nodding - schlafend, nickend; (nod); nicken; einnicken; Kopfnicken

"But I thought her so kind. She came herself to invite me. Granny says I must certainly go."

"Granny would, of course. And I say It's a shame you're going to miss the little oyster supper I'd planned for you at Delmonico's next Sunday, with Campanini and Scalchi and a lot of jolly people."

It's a shame - Es ist eine Schande!

jolly - fröhlich; vergnügt, lustig

She looked doubtfully from the banker to Archer.

doubtfully - zweifelhaft; voller Zweifel, zweifelnd

"Ah"that does tempt me! Except the other evening at Mrs. Struthers's I've not met a single artist since I've been here."

tempt - in Versuchung führen, versuchen, locken

"What kind of artists? I know one or two painters, very good fellows, that I could bring to see you if you'd allow me," said Archer boldly.

"Painters? Are there painters in New York?" asked Beaufort, in a tone implying that there could be none since he did not buy their pictures; and Madame Olenska said to Archer, with her grave smile: "That would be charming. But I was really thinking of dramatic artists, singers, actors, musicians. My husband's house was always full of them."

implying - impliziert; implizieren, zur Folge haben, implizieren, bedeuten

dramatic - dramatisch

She said the words "my husband" as if no sinister associations were connected with them, and in a tone that seemed almost to sigh over the lost delights of her married life. Archer looked at her perplexedly, wondering if it were lightness or dissimulation that enabled her to touch so easily on the past at the very moment when she was risking her reputation in order to break with it.

sinister - unheimlich

perplexedly - verblüfft

lightness - Leichtigkeit

dissimulation - Verstellung, Verheimlichung

enabled - aktiviert; berechtigen, befähigen, ermöglichen, anordnen

risking - Risiko

"I do think," she went on, addressing both men, "that the imprevu adds to one's enjoyment. It's perhaps a mistake to see the same people every day."

enjoyment - Genuss, Vergnügen

"It's confoundedly dull, anyhow; New York is dying of dullness," Beaufort grumbled. "And when I try to liven it up for you, you go back on me. Come"think better of it! Sunday is your last chance, for Campanini leaves next week for Baltimore and Philadelphia; and I've a private room, and a Steinway, and they'll sing all night for me."

confoundedly - verwirrt

dullness - Langweiligkeit; Unlust, Dummheit

liven - beleben

"How delicious! May I think it over, and write to you tomorrow morning?"

She spoke amiably, yet with the least hint of dismissal in her voice. Beaufort evidently felt it, and being unused to dismissals, stood staring at her with an obstinate line between his eyes.

amiably - liebenswürdige, liebenswürdig

unused - unbenutzt

dismissals - Entlassungen; Wegschicken

obstinate - hartnäckig, starrköpfig, stur, widerspenstig, widerborstig

"Why not now?"

"It's too serious a question to decide at this late hour."

"Do you call it late?"

She returned his glance coolly. "Yes; because I have still to talk business with Mr. Archer for a little while."

coolly - kühl; gelassen

talk business - über Geschäfte reden

"Ah," Beaufort snapped. There was no appeal from her tone, and with a slight shrug he recovered his composure, took her hand, which he kissed with a practised air, and calling out from the threshold: "I say, Newland, if you can persuade the Countess to stop in town of course you're included in the supper," left the room with his heavy important step.

snapped - geschnappt; Knacken

shrug - Schulterzucken, Achselzucken, mit den Schultern zucken

recovered - erholt; wiederfinden, sich erholen, beikommen

composure - Gelassenheit, Fassung, Haltung, innere Ruhe

For a moment Archer fancied that Mr. Letterblair must have told her of his coming; but the irrelevance of her next remark made him change his mind.

irrelevance - Bedeutungslosigkeit, Unmaßgeblichkeit, Unbedeutendheit

"You know painters, then? You live in their milieu?" she asked, her eyes full of interest.

milieu - Milieu

"Oh, not exactly. I don't know that the arts have a milieu here, any of them; they're more like a very thinly settled outskirt."

thinly - dünn

outskirt - Außenbezirk, Stadtrand, Außenbereich, Vorort

"But you care for such things?"

"Immensely. When I'm in Paris or London I never miss an exhibition. I try to keep up."

exhibition - Ausstellung

She looked down at the tip of the little satin boot that peeped from her long draperies.

peeped - gepiepst; (peep hole) Schauloch; (to peep through) durchgucken

"I used to care immensely too: my life was full of such things. But now I want to try not to."

"You want to try not to?"

"Yes: I want to cast off all my old life, to become just like everybody else here."

Archer reddened. "You'll never be like everybody else," he said.

She raised her straight eyebrows a little. "Ah, don't say that. If you knew how I hate to be different!"

Her face had grown as sombre as a tragic mask. She leaned forward, clasping her knee in her thin hands, and looking away from him into remote dark distances.

sombre - dunkel, düster, finster, trübe, matt

tragic - tragisch

mask - Maske; abkleben (zum Schutz); abdecken, maskieren

looking away - wegblickend

"I want to get away from it all," she insisted.

He waited a moment and cleared his throat. "I know. Mr. Letterblair has told me."

throat - Kehle, Rachen, Hals, Flaschenhals


"That's the reason I've come. He asked me to"you see I'm in the firm."

She looked slightly surprised, and then her eyes brightened. "You mean you can manage it for me? I can talk to you instead of Mr. Letterblair? Oh, that will be so much easier!"

brightened - aufgehellt; aufhellen, schönen, aufhellen, aufhellen

manage it - es schaffen

Her tone touched him, and his confidence grew with his self-satisfaction. He perceived that she had spoken of business to Beaufort simply to get rid of him; and to have routed Beaufort was something of a triumph.

"I am here to talk about it," he repeated.

She sat silent, her head still propped by the arm that rested on the back of the sofa. Her face looked pale and extinguished, as if dimmed by the rich red of her dress. She struck Archer, of a sudden, as a pathetic and even pitiful figure.

extinguished - ausgelöscht; löschen, auslöschen, auslöschen, abschalten

dimmed - abgeblendet; trüb; dämmerig, dunkel

pathetic - erbärmlich

"Now we're coming to hard facts," he thought, conscious in himself of the same instinctive recoil that he had so often criticised in his mother and her contemporaries. How little practice he had had in dealing with unusual situations! Their very vocabulary was unfamiliar to him, and seemed to belong to fiction and the stage. In face of what was coming he felt as awkward and embarrassed as a boy.

hard facts - nackte Tatsachen

recoil - Rückstoß; zurückschrecken; zurückschlagen

criticised - kritisiert; kritisieren, bemängeln, monieren, mäkeln

contemporaries - Zeitgenossen; zeitgenössisch, zeitgenössisch, modern, zeitnah

unfamiliar - ungewohnt

After a pause Madame Olenska broke out with unexpected vehemence: "I want to be free; I want to wipe out all the past."

vehemence - Heftigkeit, Vehemenz

wipe - löschen, abstreifen, abwischen, aufreiben, wischen

"I understand that."

Her face warmed. "Then you'll help me?"

"First"" he hesitated""perhaps I ought to know a little more."

She seemed surprised. "You know about my husband"my life with him?"

He made a sign of assent.

"Well"then"what more is there? In this country are such things tolerated? I'm a Protestant"our church does not forbid divorce in such cases."

tolerated - toleriert; tolerieren, dulden, vertragen

Protestant - Protestant, Protestantin, protestantisch, evangelisch

"Certainly not."

They were both silent again, and Archer felt the spectre of Count Olenski's letter grimacing hideously between them. The letter filled only half a page, and was just what he had described it to be in speaking of it to Mr. Letterblair: the vague charge of an angry blackguard. But how much truth was behind it? Only Count Olenski's wife could tell.

spectre - Schreckgespenst, Gespenst

grimacing - Grimasse, Grimassen schneiden

hideously - scheußlich, abscheuliche

"I've looked through the papers you gave to Mr. Letterblair," he said at length.

looked through - durchgeblickte

"Well"can there be anything more abominable?"

more abominable - scheußlichere


She changed her position slightly, screening her eyes with her lifted hand.

"Of course you know," Archer continued, "that if your husband chooses to fight the case"as he threatens to""

Threatens - Bedroht; drohen, bedrohen, bedrohen, androhen


"He can say things"things that might be unpl"might be disagreeable to you: say them publicly, so that they would get about, and harm you even if""

disagreeable - unangenehm, unsympathisch

get about - herumgesprochen


"I mean: no matter how unfounded they were."

She paused for a long interval; so long that, not wishing to keep his eyes on her shaded face, he had time to imprint on his mind the exact shape of her other hand, the one on her knee, and every detail of the three rings on her fourth and fifth fingers; among which, he noticed, a wedding ring did not appear.

shaded - schattiert; Maifisch

imprint - Impressum; Erscheinungsvermerk, Abdruck, Gepräge; aufdrücken

"What harm could such accusations, even if he made them publicly, do me here?"

accusations - Anschuldigungen; Anklage, Beschuldigung

It was on his lips to exclaim: "My poor child"far more harm than anywhere else!" Instead, he answered, in a voice that sounded in his ears like Mr. Letterblair's: "New York society is a very small world compared with the one you've lived in. And it's ruled, in spite of appearances, by a few people with"well, rather old-fashioned ideas."

exclaim - ausrufen

She said nothing, and he continued: "Our ideas about marriage and divorce are particularly old-fashioned. Our legislation favours divorce"our social customs don't."

Legislation - Gesetzgebung; Gesetz

favours - Gefälligkeiten; begünstigen, bevorzugen

customs - Brauch, Gewohnheit, Gewohnheit, Brauch, Sitte, Usus, Gewohnheit


"Well"not if the woman, however injured, however irreproachable, has appearances in the least degree against her, has exposed herself by any unconventional action to"to offensive insinuations""

injured - verletzt; verletzen, verletzen

unconventional - unkonventionell

offensive - beleidigend; offensiv; Offensive, Angriff

insinuations - Andeutungen; Einschmeicheln

She drooped her head a little lower, and he waited again, intensely hoping for a flash of indignation, or at least a brief cry of denial. None came.

drooped - gesunken; durchhängen, herabhängen, herunterhängen, herabsinken

denial - Verweigerung; Leugnung, Dementi, Bestreitung, Abstreitung

A little travelling clock ticked purringly at her elbow, and a log broke in two and sent up a shower of sparks. The whole hushed and brooding room seemed to be waiting silently with Archer.

ticked - angekreuzt; ticken, normal (gut) laufen; Ticken, Zeichen, Zecke

purringly - schnurrend

sparks - Funken; Funke; aufkeimen lassen, entfachen

hushed - totgeschwiegen; verstummen, still werden, zum Schweigen bringen

brooding - grüblerisch, grübelnd; (brood); Brut; brüten, grübeln

"Yes," she murmured at length, "that's what my family tell me."

He winced a little. "It's not unnatural""

unnatural - unnatürlich

"OUR family," she corrected herself; and Archer coloured. "For you'll be my cousin soon," she continued gently.

"I hope so."

"And you take their view?"

He stood up at this, wandered across the room, stared with void eyes at one of the pictures against the old red damask, and came back irresolutely to her side. How could he say: "Yes, if what your husband hints is true, or if you've no way of disproving it?"

void - nichtig

irresolutely - unentschlossen

hints - Hinweise; Hinweis, Tipp, Wink, Fingerzeig, Anleitung, Andeutung

disproving - widerlegen

"Sincerely"" she interjected, as he was about to speak.

interjected - eingeworfen; einwerfen

He looked down into the fire. "Sincerely, then"what should you gain that would compensate for the possibility"the certainty"of a lot of beastly talk?"

gain - Gewinn, Zunahme, Verstärkung; erwerben, gewinnen, erlangen

certainty - Gewissheit

beastly - bestialisch; garstig

"But my freedom"is that nothing?"

It flashed across him at that instant that the charge in the letter was true, and that she hoped to marry the partner of her guilt. How was he to tell her that, if she really cherished such a plan, the laws of the State were inexorably opposed to it?

flashed - geflasht; aufleuchten, blitzen, aufflammen

guilt - Schuld

inexorably - unaufhaltsam

The mere suspicion that the thought was in her mind made him feel harshly and impatiently toward her. "But aren't you as free as air as it is?" he returned. "Who can touch you? Mr. Letterblair tells me the financial question has been settled""

suspicion - Verdacht, Argwohn, Verdächtigung

harshly - harsch

impatiently - Ungeduldig

"Oh, yes," she said indifferently.

"Well, then: is it worth while to risk what may be infinitely disagreeable and painful? Think of the newspapers"their vileness! It's all stupid and narrow and unjust"but one can't make over society."

worth - wert

infinitely - unendlich

unjust - ungerecht

make over - umarbeiten

"No," she acquiesced; and her tone was so faint and desolate that he felt a sudden remorse for his own hard thoughts.

acquiesced - geduldet; hinnehmen, einwilligen, dulden

desolate - verzweifelt; verlassen; verlassen

remorse - Reue, Gewissensbisse

"The individual, in such cases, is nearly always sacrificed to what is supposed to be the collective interest: people cling to any convention that keeps the family together"protects the children, if there are any," he rambled on, pouring out all the stock phrases that rose to his lips in his intense desire to cover over the ugly reality which her silence seemed to have laid bare.

collective - Verbands.., gesammelt, Kollektiv; Sammelname

cling - klammern; anschmiegen

convention - Konvention; Kongress, Versammlung, Tagung, Abkommen

rambled - geschwafelt; Abschweifen, umherziehen, spazieren, bummeln

pouring out - ausgießend

Since she would not or could not say the one word that would have cleared the air, his wish was not to let her feel that he was trying to probe into her secret. Better keep on the surface, in the prudent old New York way, than risk uncovering a wound he could not heal.

probe into - in etw. nachfassen

Prudent - umsichtig, vorsichtig

uncovering - Freilegung; aufdecken, enthüllen

wound - anschießen, verwunden

heal - verheilen, abheilen, heilen

"It's my business, you know," he went on, "to help you to see these things as the people who are fondest of you see them. The Mingotts, the Wellands, the van der Luydens, all your friends and relations: if I didn't show you honestly how they judge such questions, it wouldn't be fair of me, would it?" He spoke insistently, almost pleading with her in his eagerness to cover up that yawning silence.

fondest - am liebsten; (to be fond of sb/sth) jemanden/etwas gerne mögen

honestly - ehrlich

judge - urteilen (nach), richten; Richter, Jurist

insistently - hartnäckig

pleading - flehend; flehentlich, Verteidigungsschrift

eagerness - Ungeduld; Eifer

yawning - gähnt; (yawn) gähnen; (yawn); gähnen; Gähnen

She said slowly: "No; it wouldn't be fair."

The fire had crumbled down to greyness, and one of the lamps made a gurgling appeal for attention. Madame Olenska rose, wound it up and returned to the fire, but without resuming her seat.

crumbled - zerkrümelt; bröckeln, zerbröckeln, krümeln, zerkrümeln, Crumble

greyness - Grauen

gurgling - gurgelnd; (gurgle); gurgeln; Gurgeln

resuming - wieder aufnehmen; weiter; Lebenslauf; fortsetzen

Her remaining on her feet seemed to signify that there was nothing more for either of them to say, and Archer stood up also.

remaining - Überrest (2), de

signify - bedeuten

"Very well; I will do what you wish," she said abruptly. The blood rushed to his forehead; and, taken aback by the suddenness of her surrender, he caught her two hands awkwardly in his.

rushed - überstürzt; stürzen, drängen, hetzen, rasen; Eile, Andrang

taken aback - verblüfft, sprachlos, erstaunt, bestürzt

suddenness - Plötzlichkeit

surrender - kapitulieren, ergeben

awkwardly - unbeholfen, ungeschickt, umständlich, tapsig

"I"I do want to help you," he said.

"You do help me. Good night, my cousin."

He bent and laid his lips on her hands, which were cold and lifeless. She drew them away, and he turned to the door, found his coat and hat under the faint gas-light of the hall, and plunged out into the winter night bursting with the belated eloquence of the inarticulate.

lifeless - leblos

gas-light - (gas-light) Gasbeleuchtung

bursting - platzen, zerplatzen, bersten, sprengen, Bersten

eloquence - Redegewandtheit, Eloquenz, Sprachfertigkeit, Beredsamkeit

inarticulate - sprachlos, unfähig zu sprechen, undeutlich, unartikuliert


It was a crowded night at Wallack's theatre.

The play was "The Shaughraun," with Dion Boucicault in the title role and Harry Montague and Ada Dyas as the lovers. The popularity of the admirable English company was at its height, and the Shaughraun always packed the house. In the galleries the enthusiasm was unreserved; in the stalls and boxes, people smiled a little at the hackneyed sentiments and clap-trap situations, and enjoyed the play as much as the galleries did.

popularity - Popularität, Beliebtheit

admirable - bewundernswert

enthusiasm - Begeisterung, Enthusiasmus, Schwärmerei

unreserved - ohne Vorbehalt

stalls - Stände; Strömungsabriss

hackneyed - abgedroschen; Lohnarbeiter

clap - Tripper, Beifall; klatschen

trap - eine Falle; Fallgrube, Falle, Fahrt (im Bergwerk); einfangen

There was one episode, in particular, that held the house from floor to ceiling. It was that in which Harry Montague, after a sad, almost monosyllabic scene of parting with Miss Dyas, bade her good-bye, and turned to go. The actress, who was standing near the mantelpiece and looking down into the fire, wore a gray cashmere dress without fashionable loopings or trimmings, moulded to her tall figure and flowing in long lines about her feet.

ceiling - Zimmerdecke; Zimmerdecke; (ceil) Zimmerdecke; Zimmerdecke

monosyllabic - einsilbig

bade - geboten

loopings - Schleifen ausführend, schlingelnd

trimmings - Garnituren; Beschneiden, Entgraten, Trimmung

flowing - fließend; Wasserführung; ich flösse, ich/er/sie floss (floß

Around her neck was a narrow black velvet ribbon with the ends falling down her back.

ribbon - Band; Farbband

falling down - umfallend

When her wooer turned from her she rested her arms against the mantel-shelf and bowed her face in her hands. On the threshold he paused to look at her; then he stole back, lifted one of the ends of velvet ribbon, kissed it, and left the room without her hearing him or changing her attitude. And on this silent parting the curtain fell.

shelf - Regal; Schelf

It was always for the sake of that particular scene that Newland Archer went to see "The Shaughraun." He thought the adieux of Montague and Ada Dyas as fine as anything he had ever seen Croisette and Bressant do in Paris, or Madge Robertson and Kendal in London; in its reticence, its dumb sorrow, it moved him more than the most famous histrionic outpourings.

Madge - Elster

reticence - Reserviertheit, Schweigsamkeit, Zurückhaltung

dumb - dumm; stumm, sprachlos, blöd, doof

sorrow - Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge

histrionic - Schauspiel

outpourings - Ausschüttungen; Ausströmen, Erguss

On the evening in question the little scene acquired an added poignancy by reminding him"he could not have said why"of his leave-taking from Madame Olenska after their confidential talk a week or ten days earlier.

acquired - erworben; erwerben, erwerben, akquirieren

poignancy - Ergreifend; Schärfe, Schmerzlichkeit

reminding - erinnern, in Erinnerung bringen

confidential - vertraulich

It would have been as difficult to discover any resemblance between the two situations as between the appearance of the persons concerned. Newland Archer could not pretend to anything approaching the young English actor's romantic good looks, and Miss Dyas was a tall red-haired woman of monumental build whose pale and pleasantly ugly face was utterly unlike Ellen Olenska's vivid countenance. Nor were Archer and Madame Olenska two lovers parting in heart-broken silence; they were client and lawyer separating after a talk which had given the lawyer the worst possible impression of the client's case. Wherein, then, lay the resemblance that made the young man's heart beat with a kind of retrospective excitement? It seemed to be in Madame Olenska's mysterious faculty of suggesting tragic and moving possibilities outside the daily run of experience. She had hardly ever said a word to him to produce this impression, but it was a part of her, either a projection of her mysterious and outlandish background or of something inherently dramatic, passionate and unusual in herself.

approaching - sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

pleasantly - angenehme, angenehm

utterly - völlig

impression - Abdruck; Eindruck, Impression, Werbeeinblendung

wherein - worin

retrospective - rückblickend, rückschauend, zurückblickend, rückwirkend

faculty - der Fakultät; Kollegium, Lehrpersonal, Fakultät, Vermögen

projection - Vorsprung; Projizieren, Projektion, Prognose, Vorhersage

inherently - von Natur aus

Archer had always been inclined to think that chance and circumstance played a small part in shaping people's lots compared with their innate tendency to have things happen to them. This tendency he had felt from the first in Madame Olenska. The quiet, almost passive young woman struck him as exactly the kind of person to whom things were bound to happen, no matter how much she shrank from them and went out of her way to avoid them. The exciting fact was her having lived in an atmosphere so thick with drama that her own tendency to provoke it had apparently passed unperceived. It was precisely the odd absence of surprise in her that gave him the sense of her having been plucked out of a very maelstrom: the things she took for granted gave the measure of those she had rebelled against.

circumstance - Umstand

innate - angeboren, checkeigen, checkimmanent

provoke - provozieren, aufreizen, aufwühlen, aufhetzen

unperceived - unbemerkt

precisely - genau; präzise

plucked - gerupft; pflücken, abrupfen, zupfen, schlagen, rupfen, ausrupfen

maelstrom - Mahlstrom, Strudel

granted - gewährt; gewähren, erteilen, bewilligen

rebelled - rebelliert; Rebell; auflehnen, aufbäumen

Archer had left her with the conviction that Count Olenski's accusation was not unfounded. The mysterious person who figured in his wife's past as "the secretary" had probably not been unrewarded for his share in her escape. The conditions from which she had fled were intolerable, past speaking of, past believing: she was young, she was frightened, she was desperate"what more natural than that she should be grateful to her rescuer?

conviction - Überzeugung; Verurteilung

accusation - Anschuldigung; Anklage, Beschuldigung

unrewarded - nicht belohnt

intolerable - unerträglich

desperate - verzweifelt bemüht, sehnsuchtsvoll verlangend, aussichtslos

more natural - naturgemäßere

rescuer - Retter, Retterin

The pity was that her gratitude put her, in the law's eyes and the world's, on a par with her abominable husband. Archer had made her understand this, as he was bound to do; he had also made her understand that simplehearted kindly New York, on whose larger charity she had apparently counted, was precisely the place where she could least hope for indulgence.

par - Pari

abominable - verabscheuungswürdig, verhasst, abscheulich, riesig, monströs

simplehearted - Einfaltspinsel

indulgence - Ablasshandel; Nachgiebigkeit, Nachsicht, Milde, Nachsichtigkeit

To have to make this fact plain to her"and to witness her resigned acceptance of it"had been intolerably painful to him. He felt himself drawn to her by obscure feelings of jealousy and pity, as if her dumbly-confessed error had put her at his mercy, humbling yet endearing her. He was glad it was to him she had revealed her secret, rather than to the cold scrutiny of Mr.

witness - etw. miterleben;erleben, bezeugen, Zeuge sein bei; miterleben

acceptance - Akzeptanz; Annahme; Vertrag

intolerably - unerträglich

jealousy - Eifersucht, Missgunst, Neid

dumbly - stumme

confessed - gestanden; gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

humbling - demütigend; (humble) demütigend

endearing - liebenswert; teuer machen

revealed - aufgedeckt; enthüllen, offenbaren

scrutiny - Kontrolle; genaue Untersuchung, genaue Beobachtung

Letterblair, or the embarrassed gaze of her family. He immediately took it upon himself to assure them both that she had given up her idea of seeking a divorce, basing her decision on the fact that she had understood the uselessness of the proceeding; and with infinite relief they had all turned their eyes from the "unpleasantness" she had spared them.

assure - sichern; versichern

seeking - suchen

basing - Basierung; Bas

infinite - unendlich, endlos, unzählige

unpleasantness - Unannehmlichkeiten; Unannehmlichkeit, Unangenehmheit

"I was sure Newland would manage it," Mrs. Welland had said proudly of her future son-in-law; and old Mrs. Mingott, who had summoned him for a confidential interview, had congratulated him on his cleverness, and added impatiently: "Silly goose! I told her myself What nonsense it was. Wanting to pass herself off as Ellen Mingott and an old maid, when she has the luck to be a married woman and a Countess!"

proudly - stolze, stolz

congratulated - beglückwünscht; gratulieren, beglückwünschen

cleverness - Klugheit; Pfiffigkeit, Gewandtheit, Raffinesse

What nonsense - Was für Unsinn!

These incidents had made the memory of his last talk with Madame Olenska so vivid to the young man that as the curtain fell on the parting of the two actors his eyes filled with tears, and he stood up to leave the theatre.

Incidents - Vorfälle; Vorfall, Begebenheit, Ereignis

In doing so, he turned to the side of the house behind him, and saw the lady of whom he was thinking seated in a box with the Beauforts, Lawrence Lefferts and one or two other men. He had not spoken with her alone since their evening together, and had tried to avoid being with her in company; but now their eyes met, and as Mrs.

Beaufort recognised him at the same time, and made her languid little gesture of invitation, it was impossible not to go into the box.

languid - träge; schwach

Beaufort and Lefferts made way for him, and after a few words with Mrs. Beaufort, who always preferred to look beautiful and not have to talk, Archer seated himself behind Madame Olenska. There was no one else in the box but Mr. Sillerton Jackson, who was telling Mrs. Beaufort in a confidential undertone about Mrs.

undertone - Unterton, Beigeschmack

Lemuel Struthers's last Sunday reception (where some people reported that there had been dancing). Under cover of this circumstantial narrative, to which Mrs. Beaufort listened with her perfect smile, and her head at just the right angle to be seen in profile from the stalls, Madame Olenska turned and spoke in a low voice.

circumstantial - Indizien; umstandsbezogen, umstandsmäßig, umständlich

right angle - rechter Winkel

"Do you think," she asked, glancing toward the stage, "he will send her a bunch of yellow roses tomorrow morning?"

Archer reddened, and his heart gave a leap of surprise. He had called only twice on Madame Olenska, and each time he had sent her a box of yellow roses, and each time without a card.

leap - hervorspringen, hüpfen, überspringen

She had never before made any allusion to the flowers, and he supposed she had never thought of him as the sender. Now her sudden recognition of the gift, and her associating it with the tender leave-taking on the stage, filled him with an agitated pleasure.

sender - Absender, Absenderin

recognition - Erkennen, Wiedererkennen, Erkennung, Anerkennung

associating - assoziieren; Weggefährte, vereinigen

"I was thinking of that too"I was going to leave the theatre in order to take the picture away with me," he said.

To his surprise her colour rose, reluctantly and duskily. She looked down at the mother-of-pearl opera-glass in her smoothly gloved hands, and said, after a pause: "What do you do while May is away?"

duskily - in der Dämmerung

pearl - Perle

smoothly - reibungslos; ruhig, weich

"I stick to my work," he answered, faintly annoyed by the question.

In obedience to a long-established habit, the Wellands had left the previous week for St. Augustine, where, out of regard for the supposed susceptibility of Mr. Welland's bronchial tubes, they always spent the latter part of the winter. Mr. Welland was a mild and silent man, with no opinions but with many habits. With these habits none might interfere; and one of them demanded that his wife and daughter should always go with him on his annual journey to the south.

obedience - Gehorsam, Folgsamkeit, Gehorsamkeit

Augustine - Augustinus; Augustin

susceptibility - Anfälligkeit; Empfänglichkeit; Suszeptibilität

bronchial - Bronchial.

tubes - Schläuche; Rohr

interfere - eingreifen, einmischen

demanded - gefordert; Nachfrage, Bedarf, Nachfrage, Anspruch, verlangen

To preserve an unbroken domesticity was essential to his peace of mind; he would not have known where his hair-brushes were, or how to provide stamps for his letters, if Mrs. Welland had not been there to tell him.

preserve - Konserve, Eingemachtes, Naturschutzgebiet, Naturreservat

unbroken - ungebrochen

essential - unerlässlich; essenziell, notwendig, unverzichtbar, wesentlich

As all the members of the family adored each other, and as Mr. Welland was the central object of their idolatry, it never occurred to his wife and May to let him go to St. Augustine alone; and his sons, who were both in the law, and could not leave New York during the winter, always joined him for Easter and travelled back with him.

idolatry - Götzenanbetung; Abgötterei, Götzendienerei, Götzendienst

It was impossible for Archer to discuss the necessity of May's accompanying her father. The reputation of the Mingotts'family physician was largely based on the attack of pneumonia which Mr. Welland had never had; and his insistence on St. Augustine was therefore inflexible. Originally, it had been intended that May's engagement should not be announced till her return from Florida, and the fact that it had been made known sooner could not be expected to alter Mr. Welland's plans.

accompanying - begleiten, begleiten, begleiten, begleiten, geleiten, beiliegen

largely - groß, weitgehend, große

originally - ursprünglich

Florida - Florida

alter - verändern, ändern, wandeln, modifizieren, abändern

Archer would have liked to join the travellers and have a few weeks of sunshine and boating with his betrothed; but he too was bound by custom and conventions. Little arduous as his professional duties were, he would have been convicted of frivolity by the whole Mingott clan if he had suggested asking for a holiday in mid-winter; and he accepted May's departure with the resignation which he perceived would have to be one of the principal constituents of married life.

travellers - Reisender, Reisende

sunshine - Sonnenschein

arduous - mühsam, anstrengend, beschwerlich, erschöpfend, steil

duties - Pflichten; Pflicht, Schicht, Arbeitszeit, Zoll, Einfuhrsteuer

convicted - verurteilt; verurteilen, Sträfling

frivolity - Leichtsinn; Frivolität, Leichtfertigkeit

mid - mittler

resignation - Rücktritt, Niederlegung, Kündigung, Rücktrittserklärung

principal - Auftraggeber; hauptsächlich, Haupt-, wesentlich, Rektor

constituents - Wählerschaft; ausmachend, fest, Bestand-, verfassunggebend

He was conscious that Madame Olenska was looking at him under lowered lids. "I have done what you wished"what you advised," she said abruptly.

lowered - gesenkt; niedriger, niedrigerer

advised - raten, beraten, empfehlen, mitteilen, informieren, verständigen

"Ah"I'm glad," he returned, embarrassed by her broaching the subject at such a moment.

broaching - räumen; Stecheisen, anbrechen, anstechen, Räumnadel; abreiben

"I understand"that you were right," she went on a little breathlessly; "but sometimes life is difficult ... perplexing..."

breathlessly - atemlose

perplexing - verwirrend; verwirren

"I know."

"And I wanted to tell you that I DO feel you were right; and that I'm grateful to you," she ended, lifting her opera-glass quickly to her eyes as the door of the box opened and Beaufort's resonant voice broke in on them.

resonant - resonant, nachhallend, mitschwingend

Archer stood up, and left the box and the theatre.

Only the day before he had received a letter from May Welland in which, with characteristic candour, she had asked him to "be kind to Ellen" in their absence. "She likes you and admires you so much"and you know, though she doesn't show it, she's still very lonely and unhappy. I don't think Granny understands her, or uncle Lovell Mingott either; they really think she's much worldlier and fonder of society than she is. And I can quite see that New York must seem dull to her, though the family won't admit it. I think she's been used to lots of things we haven't got; wonderful music, and picture shows, and celebrities"artists and authors and all the clever people you admire. Granny can't understand her wanting anything but lots of dinners and clothes"but I can see that you're almost the only person in New York who can talk to her about what she really cares for.

candour - Offenheit, Aufrichtigkeit

admires - bewundert; bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

fonder - zärtlicher; (to be fond of sb/sth) jemanden/etwas gerne mögen

His wise May"how he had loved her for that letter! But he had not meant to act on it; he was too busy, to begin with, and he did not care, as an engaged man, to play too conspicuously the part of Madame Olenska's champion. He had an idea that she knew how to take care of herself a good deal better than the ingenuous May imagined. She had Beaufort at her feet, Mr.

conspicuously - auffallend

ingenuous - unschuldig

van der Luyden hovering above her like a protecting deity, and any number of candidates (Lawrence Lefferts among them) waiting their opportunity in the middle distance. Yet he never saw her, or exchanged a word with her, without feeling that, after all, May's ingenuousness almost amounted to a gift of divination. Ellen Olenska was lonely and she was unhappy.

hovering - schwebend; rütteln, verweilen, zögern, bewegen

candidates - Kandidaten; Kandidat, Kandidatin, Wahlbewerber, Wahlbewerberin

ingenuousness - Unaufrichtigkeit; Offenheit

divination - Weissagung; Wahrsagerei, Wahrsagen


As he came out into the lobby Archer ran across his friend Ned Winsett, the only one among what Janey called his "clever people" with whom he cared to probe into things a little deeper than the average level of club and chop-house banter.

lobby - Interessengruppe; Empfangshalle

probe - Tester , Probe , Tastkopf ;bei jdm. nachfassen

chop - abhacken

banter - Geplänkel; Gelabere

He had caught sight, across the house, of Winsett's shabby round-shouldered back, and had once noticed his eyes turned toward the Beaufort box. The two men shook hands, and Winsett proposed a bock at a little German restaurant around the corner.

proposed - vorgeschlagen; vorschlagen, einen Heiratsantrag machen

bock - Bockbier

Archer, who was not in the mood for the kind of talk they were likely to get there, declined on the plea that he had work to do at home; and Winsett said: "Oh, well so have I for that matter, and I'll be the Industrious Apprentice too."

industrious - fleißig

apprentice - Lehrling, Auszubildender, Auszubildende, Azubi

They strolled along together, and presently Winsett said: "look here, what I'm really after is the name of the dark lady in that swell box of yours"with the Beauforts, wasn't she? The one your friend Lefferts seems so smitten by."

look here - hersehen

swell - anschwellen; Schwellen

smitten - verknallt; schlagen, schlagen

Archer, he could not have said why, was slightly annoyed. What the devil did Ned Winsett want with Ellen Olenska's name? And above all, why did he couple it with Lefferts's? It was unlike Winsett to manifest such curiosity; but after all, Archer remembered, he was a journalist.

devil - dem Teufel; Teufel, Satan, Teufelin, reizen, ärgern

manifest - manifest; Ladungsliste; Manifest; manifestieren

"It's not for an interview, I hope?" he laughed.

"Well"not for the press; just for myself," Winsett rejoined. "The fact is she's a neighbour of mine"queer quarter for such a beauty to settle in"and she's been awfully kind to my little boy, who fell down her area chasing his kitten, and gave himself a nasty cut. She rushed in bareheaded, carrying him in her arms, with his knee all beautifully bandaged, and was so sympathetic and beautiful that my wife was too dazzled to ask her name."

chasing - ziselierend, jagend; (chas) ziselierend, jagend

kitten - Kätzchen, Kätzlein, Katzenbaby

nasty - abscheulich, böse, ekelhaft, scheußlich

bareheaded - ohne Kopfbedeckung

dazzled - geblendet; blenden, verblüffen, faszinieren, bezaubern, betören

A pleasant glow dilated Archer's heart. There was nothing extraordinary in the tale: any woman would have done as much for a neighbour's child. But it was just like Ellen, he felt, to have rushed in bareheaded, carrying the boy in her arms, and to have dazzled poor Mrs. Winsett into forgetting to ask who she was.

dilated - geweitet; dilatieren, weiten, vergrößern, erweitern, dehnen

extraordinary - außerordentlich, außergewöhnlich

"That is the Countess Olenska"a granddaughter of old Mrs. Mingott's."

"Whew"a Countess!" whistled Ned Winsett. "Well, I didn't know Countesses were so neighbourly. Mingotts ain't."

Whew - puh

whistled - gepfiffen; Pfeife, Trillerpfeife, Flöte, Pfeifen

countesses - Gräfinnen; Gräfin

neighbourly - nachbarschaftlich; nachbarlich

"They would be, if you'd let them."

"Ah, well"" It was their old interminable argument as to the obstinate unwillingness of the "clever people" to frequent the fashionable, and both men knew that there was no use in prolonging it.

interminable - unendlich

unwillingness - Unwilligkeit

prolonging - ausdehnen, verlängern, hinauszögern

"I wonder," Winsett broke off, "how a Countess happens to live in our slum?"

slum - Elendsviertel

"Because She doesn't care a hang about where she lives"or about any of our little social sign-posts," said Archer, with a secret pride in his own picture of her.

She doesn't care a hang - Das ist ihr völlig schnuppe.

hang about - herumlungern, herumdrücken

"H'm"been in bigger places, I suppose," the other commented. "Well, here's my corner."

He slouched off across Broadway, and Archer stood looking after him and musing on his last words.

slouched - gekrümmt; herumlungern, herumhängen, Durchhänger, Schlafmütze

looking after - betreuend

musing - sinnend, grübelnd, nachgrübelnd, nachsinnend; (mus); sinnend

Ned Winsett had those flashes of penetration; they were the most interesting thing about him, and always made Archer wonder why they had allowed him to accept failure so stolidly at an age when most men are still struggling.

flashes - blinkt; aufleuchten, blitzen, aufflammen

failure - Versagen; Misserfolg, Ausfall, Verschlechterung, Misslingen

stolidly - beharrlich; sturen

struggling - sich abmühen; kämpfend, ringend; (struggle); Kampf, Gefecht

Archer had known that Winsett had a wife and child, but he had never seen them. The two men always met at the Century, or at some haunt of journalists and theatrical people, such as the restaurant where Winsett had proposed to go for a bock. He had given Archer to understand that his wife was an invalid; which might be true of the poor lady, or might merely mean that she was lacking in social gifts or in evening clothes, or in both. Winsett himself had a savage abhorrence of social observances: Archer, who dressed in the evening because he thought it cleaner and more comfortable to do so, and who had never stopped to consider that cleanliness and comfort are two of the costliest items in a modest budget, regarded Winsett's attitude as part of the boring "Bohemian" pose that always made fashionable people, who changed their clothes without talking about it, and were not forever harping on the number of servants one kept, seem so much simpler and less self-conscious than the others.

haunt - spuken; verfolgen; Treffpunkt

invalid - ungültig; zum Invaliden machen; Invalide, Kranken.., Kranke

lacking - Mangelhaft; ermangeln, fehlen

abhorrence - Abscheu, Ekel, Ekel

observances - Beobachtungen; Beachtung

cleanliness - Sauberkeit, Reinlichkeit

costliest - am teuersten; teuer, kostspielig

budget - Budget, Etat, Haushalt

pose - Pose; aufwerfen, posieren, posen

forever - für immer, ewig, unaufhörlich, auf immer

harping - gequält; Harfe spielend; (harp); Harfe; auf (etwas) herumreiten

Nevertheless, he was always stimulated by Winsett, and whenever he caught sight of the journalist's lean bearded face and melancholy eyes he would rout him out of his corner and carry him off for a long talk.

nevertheless - nichtsdestoweniger, trotzdem, lauch wenn, dennoch

stimulated - stimuliert; stimulieren, stimulieren

bearded - bärtig; Bart, Alibifreundin

rout - Routine; Rotte

On the subject of "Hearth-fires" (as the paper was called) he was inexhaustibly entertaining; but beneath his fun lurked the sterile bitterness of the still young man who has tried and given up.

hearth - Feuerstelle, Herdboden, Grund, Kaminboden

inexhaustibly - unerschöpflich

entertaining - unterhaltsam; (entertain); unterhalten

lurked - lauerte; lauern, lauern

sterile - unfruchtbar; steril

bitterness - Bitterkeit, Bitternis

His conversation always made Archer take the measure of his own life, and feel how little it contained; but Winsett's, after all, contained still less, and though their common fund of intellectual interests and curiosities made their talks exhilarating, their exchange of views usually remained within the limits of a pensive dilettantism.

fund - Kapital, Fonds, finanzieren

exhilarating - erheiternd; beglücken, beschwingen, erregen, berauschen

pensive - nachdenklich, gedankenvoll, gedankenverloren

dilettantism - Dilettantismus

"The fact is, life isn't much a fit for either of us," Winsett had once said. "I'm down and out; nothing to be done about it. I've got only one ware to produce, and there's no market for it here, and won't be in my time. But you're free and you're well-off. Why don't you get into touch? There's only one way to do it: to go into politics."

politics - Politik; diplomatisch

Archer threw his head back and laughed. There one saw at a flash the unbridgeable difference between men like Winsett and the others"Archer's kind. Every one in polite circles knew that, in America, "a gentleman couldn't go into politics." But, since he could hardly put it in that way to Winsett, he answered evasively: "Look at the career of the honest man in American politics! They don't want us."

unbridgeable - unüberbrückbar

"Who's 'they'? Why don't you all get together and be 'they'yourselves?"

Archer's laugh lingered on his lips in a slightly condescending smile. It was useless to prolong the discussion: everybody knew the melancholy fate of the few gentlemen who had risked their clean linen in municipal or state politics in New York. The day was past when that sort of thing was possible: the country was in possession of the bosses and the emigrant, and decent people had to fall back on sport or culture.

condescending - herablassen, bevormunden, herablassend behandeln, zustimmen

prolong - ausdehnen; verlängern; hinauszögern

risked - riskiert; Risiko

Municipal - Städtisch; munizipal, Stadt

emigrant - Auswanderer, Auswanderin, Emigrant, Emigrantin

"Culture! Yes"if we had it! But there are just a few little local patches, dying out here and there for lack of"well, hoeing and cross-fertilising: the last remnants of the old European tradition that your forebears brought with them. But you're in a pitiful little minority: you've got no centre, no competition, no audience.

patches - notdürftig reparieren, reparieren, einsetzen; Flicken

dying out - aussterbend

lack - ermangeln, fehlen

hoeing - Hacken; Hacke

remnants - Überreste; Rest, Überbleibsel

forebears - Vorfahren; Vorfahr, Ahn, Vorfahre

minority - Minderheit, Minorität

You're like the pictures on the walls of a deserted house: 'The Portrait of a Gentleman.'You'll never amount to anything, any of you, till you roll up your sleeves and get right down into the muck. That, or emigrate ... God! If I could emigrate ..."

roll up - aufkrempeln

sleeves - Ärmel, Hülse, Schutzhülle, Tülle, Köcher, Hülle, Muffe

muck - Dreck; Schlamm, Matsch, Schmiere, Schmadder, Mist

emigrate - auswandern, emigrieren

Archer mentally shrugged his shoulders and turned the conversation back to books, where Winsett, if uncertain, was always interesting. Emigrate! As if a gentleman could abandon his own country! One could no more do that than one could roll up one's sleeves and go down into the muck. A gentleman simply stayed at home and abstained.

shrugged - gezuckt; Schulterzucken

abandon - aufgeben; im Stich lassen, preisgeben, verlassen, abbrechen

roll - Rolle, Roulade, Walze, Semmel; drehen, wälzen, wickeln, rollen

abstained - sich der Stimme enthalten; verzichten, sich enthalten, abhalten

But you couldn't make a man like Winsett see that; and that was why the New York of literary clubs and exotic restaurants, though a first shake made it seem more of a kaleidoscope, turned out, in the end, to be a smaller box, with a more monotonous pattern, than the assembled atoms of Fifth Avenue.

exotic - exotisch; Exot

kaleidoscope - Kaleidoskop

more monotonous - eintönigern

atoms - Atome; Atom

The next morning Archer scoured the town in vain for more yellow roses. In consequence of this search he arrived late at the office, perceived that his doing so made no difference whatever to any one, and was filled with sudden exasperation at the elaborate futility of his life. Why should he not be, at that moment, on the sands of St. Augustine with May Welland? No one was deceived by his pretense of professional activity. In old-fashioned legal firms like that of which Mr. Letterblair was the head, and which were mainly engaged in the management of large estates and "conservative" investments, there were always two or three young men, fairly well-off, and without professional ambition, who, for a certain number of hours of each day, sat at their desks accomplishing trivial tasks, or simply reading the newspapers.

scoured - durchforstet; reinigen, umherstreifen

consequence - Konsequenz, Folge

exasperation - Enttäuschung; Überforderung, Verzweiflung, Verbitterung, Frust

futility - Sinnlosigkeit, Vergeblichkeit

sands - Sande; Sand

deceived - getäuscht; betrügen, täuschen

pretense - Vortäuschung, Vorspiegelung, Vortäuschen, Anschein

firms - Firmen; fest, straff (Busen), Fa. Firma, gesetzt, hart

management - Verwaltung , Unternehmen , Leitung ;betriebswirtschaftlich

estates - Nachlässe; Stand, Gut

conservative - Konservativer, Konservative

investments - Investitionen; Investition, Anlage

fairly - gerecht

Ambition - Ehrgeiz, checkAmbition (5)

accomplishing - zu erreichen; vollenden, vollenden, vollenden, vollenden

trivial - unbedeutend, bedeutungslos, belanglos, geringfügig, trivial

Though it was supposed to be proper for them to have an occupation, the crude fact of money-making was still regarded as derogatory, and the law, being a profession, was accounted a more gentlemanly pursuit than business. But none of these young men had much hope of really advancing in his profession, or any earnest desire to do so; and over many of them the green mould of the perfunctory was already perceptibly spreading.

be proper for - sich eignen für

occupation - Beschäftigung, Beruf, Besatzung; Besetzung; q

crude - roh; einfach gestrickt, schlicht, grob gezimmert, nackt, pur

derogatory - abwertend

accounted - erklärt; Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

pursuit - Verfolgung

mould - Schimmel; Heizform, Form; Gussform, Gießform, Moder; formen

perfunctory - oberflächlich

perceptibly - spürbar

It made Archer shiver to think that it might be spreading over him too. He had, to be sure, other tastes and interests; he spent his vacations in European travel, cultivated the "clever people" May spoke of, and generally tried to "keep up," as he had somewhat wistfully put it to Madame Olenska.

wistfully - wehmütig

But once he was married, what would become of this narrow margin of life in which his real experiences were lived? He had seen enough of other young men who had dreamed his dream, though perhaps less ardently, and who had gradually sunk into the placid and luxurious routine of their elders.

margin - Seitenrand; Gewinnspanne, Gewinnmarge, Einschuss

ardently - inbrünstig; feurige, heiß

gradually - nach und nach, allmählich, stufenweise, schrittweise

sunk - versenkt; nachlassen, untergehen, abgesackt

placid - ruhig, friedlich, sanft

luxurious - luxuriös

From the office he sent a note by messenger to Madame Olenska, asking if he might call that afternoon, and begging her to let him find a reply at his club; but at the club he found nothing, nor did he receive any letter the following day.

begging - bittend, bettelnd; (beg) bittend, bettelnd

This unexpected silence mortified him beyond reason, and though the next morning he saw a glorious cluster of yellow roses behind a florist's window-pane, he left it there. It was only on the third morning that he received a line by post from the Countess Olenska. To his surprise it was dated from Skuytercliff, whither the van der Luydens had promptly retreated after putting the Duke on board his steamer.

pane - Scheibe, Fensterscheibe

whither - wohin

retreated - zurückgezogen; Rückzug

steamer - Dampfschiff, Dampfer

"I ran away," the writer began abruptly (without the usual preliminaries), "the day after I saw you at the play, and these kind friends have taken me in. I wanted to be quiet, and think things over. You were right in telling me how kind they were; I feel myself so safe here. I wish that you were with us." She ended with a conventional "Yours sincerely," and without any allusion to the date of her return.

preliminaries - Präliminarien; vorläufig, vorbereitend

Yours sincerely - mit freundlichen Grüßen;MFG Mit freundlichen Grüßen

The tone of the note surprised the young man. What was Madame Olenska running away from, and why did she feel the need to be safe? His first thought was of some dark menace from abroad; then he reflected that he did not know her epistolary style, and that it might run to picturesque exaggeration. Women always exaggerated; and moreover she was not wholly at her ease in English, which she often spoke as if she were translating from the French.

menace - Bedrohung; Landplage, androhen

from abroad - aus dem Ausland

epistolary - buchstabengetreu

picturesque - malerisch; q

exaggeration - Übertreibung

translating - übersetzen, übertragen, verdolmetschen, dolmetschen, übertragen

"Je me suis evadee"" put in that way, the opening sentence immediately suggested that she might merely have wanted to escape from a boring round of engagements; which was very likely true, for he judged her to be capricious, and easily wearied of the pleasure of the moment.

suis - Sie sind

engagements - Verpflichtung, Bindung, Verlobung, Verlöbnis

judged - verurteilt; urteilen (nach), richten; Richter, Jurist

capricious - kapriziös, launenhaft, unberechenbar, schrullig

wearied - müde, müde

It amused him to think of the van der Luydens'having carried her off to Skuytercliff on a second visit, and this time for an indefinite period. The doors of Skuytercliff were rarely and grudgingly opened to visitors, and a chilly week-end was the most ever offered to the few thus privileged. But Archer had seen, on his last visit to Paris, the delicious play of Labiche, "Le Voyage de M. Perrichon," and he remembered M.

indefinite - unbestimmt

rarely - selten

grudgingly - zähneknirschend; neidische

chilly - frostig, kalt, kühl

offered - angeboten; offerieren, anbieten, bieten, zeigen; Antrag

Perrichon's dogged and undiscouraged attachment to the young man whom he had pulled out of the glacier. The van der Luydens had rescued Madame Olenska from a doom almost as icy; and though there were many other reasons for being attracted to her, Archer knew that beneath them all lay the gentle and obstinate determination to go on rescuing her.

undiscouraged - nicht entmutigt

attachment - Attachment, Anhang, Dateianhang, Anlage

glacier - Gletscher, Ferner, Kees

rescued - gerettet; retten, Rettung

doom - Bann; Urteil, Verbannung, Strafe, Untergang, Tod, Schicksal

icy - eisig, Eis

rescuing - retten, Rettung

He felt a distinct disappointment on learning that she was away; and almost immediately remembered that, only the day before, he had refused an invitation to spend the following Sunday with the Reggie Chiverses at their house on the Hudson, a few miles below Skuytercliff.

distinct - deutlich

disappointment - Enttäuschung, Verdruss, Misserfolg, Fehlschlag, Reinfall

He had had his fill long ago of the noisy friendly parties at Highbank, with coasting, ice-boating, sleighing, long tramps in the snow, and a general flavour of mild flirting and milder practical jokes. He had just received a box of new books from his London book-seller, and had preferred the prospect of a quiet Sunday at home with his spoils.

sleighing - Schlittenfahren; schlittend; (sleigh) Schlittenfahren; schlittend

Tramps - Landstreicher; Vagabund, Penner, Schlampe, Flittchen

flavour of - riechen nach, schmecken nach

flirting - flirtend; (flirt); Flirt; flirten, anbaggern, anmachen

milder - mild, ausgeglichen, de

practical - praktisch; Praktikum

seller - Verkäufer; Anbieter

spoils - plündern, ruinieren, verderben, kaputtmachen, verwöhnen

But he now went into the club writing-room, wrote a hurried telegram, and told the servant to send it immediately. He knew that Mrs. Reggie didn't object to her visitors'suddenly changing their minds, and that there was always a room to spare in her elastic house.

telegram - Telegramm

elastic - dehnbar, elastisch, Gummiband


Newland Archer arrived at the Chiverses'on Friday evening, and on Saturday went conscientiously through all the rites appertaining to a week-end at Highbank.

conscientiously - Gewissenhaft

appertaining - zugehörig; gehören

In the morning he had a spin in the ice-boat with his hostess and a few of the hardier guests; in the afternoon he "went over the farm" with Reggie, and listened, in the elaborately appointed stables, to long and impressive disquisitions on the horse; after tea he talked in a corner of the firelit hall with a young lady who had professed herself broken-hearted when his engagement was announced, but was now eager to tell him of her own matrimonial hopes; and finally, about midnight, he assisted in putting a gold-fish in one visitor's bed, dressed up a burglar in the bath-room of a nervous aunt, and saw in the small hours by joining in a pillow-fight that ranged from the nurseries to the basement.

spin - durchdrehen, spinnen

hardier - widerstandsfähiger; abgehärtet, widerstandsfähig

elaborately - aufwendig

appointed - ernannt; bestimmen, festlegen, ausstatten, ausrüsten, festlegen

stables - Ställe; Rennstall (Pferdesport); dauerhaft, beständig, Stall

impressive - beeindruckend

disquisitions - Abhandlungen; Abhandlung

matrimonial - ehelich

burglar - Einbrecher, Einbrecherin, Dieb, Diebin

joining in - (join in) mitreden, sich beteiligen, mitmachen

pillow - Kopfkissen, Kissen; Ruhekissen

ranged - in Reichweite; Gebirgskette, Gebirge

nurseries - Kindergärten; Kinderstube, Kinderzimmer, Kindergarten

basement - Keller, Untergeschoss, Kellergeschoss, Grundgebirge

But on Sunday after luncheon he borrowed a cutter, and drove over to Skuytercliff.

People had always been told that the house at Skuytercliff was an Italian villa. Those who had never been to Italy believed it; so did some who had. The house had been built by Mr. van der Luyden in his youth, on his return from the "grand tour," and in anticipation of his approaching marriage with Miss Louisa Dagonet.

anticipation - Erwartung, Vorausahnung, Vorahnung, Vorfreude

It was a large square wooden structure, with tongued and grooved walls painted pale green and white, a Corinthian portico, and fluted pilasters between the windows. From the high ground on which it stood a series of terraces bordered by balustrades and urns descended in the steel-engraving style to a small irregular lake with an asphalt edge overhung by rare weeping conifers. To the right and left, the famous weedless lawns studded with "specimen" trees (each of a different variety) rolled away to long ranges of grass crested with elaborate cast-iron ornaments; and below, in a hollow, lay the four-roomed stone house which the first Patroon had built on the land granted him in 1612.

tongued - mit der Zunge; Zunge, Zunge, t+Lasche

grooved - gerillt; Rille, Nut, gewöhnlicher Gang, üblicher Ablauf

Corinthian - Korinthisch; Korinther

pilasters - Pilaster

Terraces - Terrassen; Dachterrasse, Terrasse, Terrasse

bordered - umrandet; Grenze, Rand, Rand, Beet

balustrades - Balustraden; Balustrade

urns - Urnen; Urne, Urne

steel-engraving - (steel-engraving) Stahlstich

irregular - irregulär, unregelmäßig

edge - Rand; Seite, Kante, Vorsprung, Klinge, Schneide, schieben

weeping - weinen; .; (weep) weinen

conifers - Koniferen; Nadelbaum; q

weedless - Unkrautfrei

ranges - Bereiche; Gebirgskette, Gebirge

crested - gekrönt; Gipfel, Kamm, Haube, Krone, Helmzier, Zimir

Against the uniform sheet of snow and the greyish winter sky the Italian villa loomed up rather grimly; even in summer it kept its distance, and the boldest coleus bed had never ventured nearer than thirty feet from its awful front.

greyish - gräulich

grimly - grimmig

boldest - am kühnsten; kräftig, kühn, klar, keck, heftig, deutlich, fett

coleus - der Koleus

Now, as Archer rang the bell, the long tinkle seemed to echo through a mausoleum; and the surprise of the butler who at length responded to the call was as great as though he had been summoned from his final sleep.

tinkle - klingeln, klimpern, Klingeln, Telefonat, Anruf, Pipi

Echo - Echo, Widerhall, Tastaturecho, Bildschirmecho, widerhallen

mausoleum - Mausoleum

Happily Archer was of the family, and therefore, irregular though his arrival was, entitled to be informed that the Countess Olenska was out, having driven to afternoon service with Mrs. van der Luyden exactly three quarters of an hour earlier.

"Mr. van der Luyden," the butler continued, "is in, sir; but my impression is that he is either finishing his nap or else reading yesterday's Evening Post. I heard him say, sir, on his return from church this morning, that he intended to look through the Evening Post after luncheon; if you like, sir, I might go to the library door and listen""

nap - Nickerchen, Schläfchen

But Archer, thanking him, said that he would go and meet the ladies; and the butler, obviously relieved, closed the door on him majestically.

majestically - majestätisch

A groom took the cutter to the stables, and Archer struck through the park to the high-road. The village of Skuytercliff was only a mile and a half away, but he knew that Mrs. van der Luyden never walked, and that he must keep to the road to meet the carriage.

groom - Bräutigam; Stallmeister, Stallknecht; loipen

Presently, however, coming down a foot-path that crossed the highway, he caught sight of a slight figure in a red cloak, with a big dog running ahead. He hurried forward, and Madame Olenska stopped short with a smile of welcome.

highway - Autobahn; Hauptstraße, Chaussee

"Ah, you've come!" she said, and drew her hand from her muff.

muff - Muff

The red cloak made her look gay and vivid, like the Ellen Mingott of old days; and he laughed as he took her hand, and answered: "I came to see what you were running away from."

Her face clouded over, but she answered: "Ah, well"you will see, presently."

The answer puzzled him. "Why"do you mean that you've been overtaken?"

overtaken - überholt; überholen, aufholen, überholen

She shrugged her shoulders, with a little movement like Nastasia's, and rejoined in a lighter tone: "Shall we walk on? I'm so cold after the sermon. And what does it matter, now you're here to protect me?"

sermon - Predigt

The blood rose to his temples and he caught a fold of her cloak. "Ellen"what is it? You must tell me."

"Oh, presently"let's run a race first: my feet are freezing to the ground," she cried; and gathering up the cloak she fled away across the snow, the dog leaping about her with challenging barks. For a moment Archer stood watching, his gaze delighted by the flash of the red meteor against the snow; then he started after her, and they met, panting and laughing, at a wicket that led into the park.

freezing - einfrieren; frostig, affenkalt, Erstarren

gathering - Erfassung, Sammeln, Lese; (gather); sammeln, versammeln

challenging - herausfordernd; Herausforderung, Herausforderung

barks - bellt; Bellen

meteor - Meteor

panting - hechelnd; hecheln, keucheln

wicket - Türchen, Törchen, Pförtchen, Schlupftür, Fensterchen, Schalter

She looked up at him and smiled. "I knew you'd come!"

"That shows you wanted me to," he returned, with a disproportionate joy in their nonsense. The white glitter of the trees filled the air with its own mysterious brightness, and as they walked on over the snow the ground seemed to sing under their feet.

disproportionate - verhältniswidrig, unverhältnismäßige; überproportional (zu)

brightness - Funkeln, Glanz, Helligkeit, Aufgewecktheit

"Where did you come from?" Madame Olenska asked.

He told her, and added: "It was because I got your note."

After a pause she said, with a just perceptible chill in her voice: "May asked you to take care of me."

"I didn't need any asking."

"You mean"I'm so evidently helpless and defenceless? What a poor thing you must all think me! But women here seem not"seem never to feel the need: any more than the blessed in heaven."

helpless - hilflos

defenceless - schutzlos, wehrlos

blessed - gesegnet; selig; (bless); gesegnet; selig

He lowered his voice to ask: "What sort of a need?"

"Ah, Don't ask me! I don't speak your language," she retorted petulantly.

Don't ask - Frag lieber nicht!

retorted - erwiderte; Retorte; erwidern (scharf)

petulantly - bockig

The answer smote him like a blow, and he stood still in the path, looking down at her.

smote - erschlagen; schlagen, schlagen

"What did I come for, if I don't speak yours?"

"Oh, my friend"!" She laid her hand lightly on his arm, and he pleaded earnestly: "Ellen"why won't you tell me what's happened?"

lightly - leichtfertig; leicht

earnestly - ernsthaft

She shrugged again. "Does anything ever happen in heaven?"

He was silent, and they walked on a few yards without exchanging a word. Finally she said: "I will tell you"but where, where, where? One can't be alone for a minute in that great seminary of a house, with all the doors wide open, and always a servant bringing tea, or a log for the fire, or the newspaper! Is there nowhere in an American house where one may be by one's self? You're so shy, and yet you're so public.

yards - (der) Yard

exchanging - austauschen, umtauschen, tauschen

seminary - Seminar, Priesterseminar

I always feel as if I were in the convent again"or on the stage, before a dreadfully polite audience that never applauds."

convent - Kloster

dreadfully - furchtbar

applauds - applaudiert; applaudieren, klatschen, Beifall klatschen, loben

"Ah, you don't like us!" Archer exclaimed.

They were walking past the house of the old Patroon, with its squat walls and small square windows compactly grouped about a central chimney. The shutters stood wide, and through one of the newly-washed windows Archer caught the light of a fire.

squat - hocken, kauern; Achsdruckentlastung

compactly - kompakt

shutters - Fensterläden; Verschließender, Verschließer, Fensterladen; q

"Why"the house is open!" he said.

She stood still. "No; only for today, at least. I wanted to see it, and Mr. van der Luyden had the fire lit and the windows opened, so that we might stop there on the way back from church this morning." She ran up the steps and tried the door. "It's still unlocked"what luck! Come in and we can have a quiet talk. Mrs. van der Luyden has driven over to see her old aunts at Rhinebeck and we shan't be missed at the house for another hour."

ran up - (run up) hochfahren, hissen

He followed her into the narrow passage. His spirits, which had dropped at her last words, rose with an irrational leap. The homely little house stood there, its panels and brasses shining in the firelight, as if magically created to receive them. A big bed of embers still gleamed in the kitchen chimney, under an iron pot hung from an ancient crane.

passage - Durchfahrt, Ăśbergang, Gang

irrational - irrational, irrationell, unvernünftig

homely - gemütlich; heimisch

panels - Tafeln; Verkleidung, Platte, Tafel, Paneel

brasses - Blechbläser; Messingschild

shining - glänzen; schimmern, wienern; Schein; putzen (Schuhe)

magically - magisch

embers - Glut; Asche

pot - Blumentopf

Crane - Kranich, Kran; den Kopf/Hals recken

Rush-bottomed arm-chairs faced each other across the tiled hearth, and rows of Delft plates stood on shelves against the walls. Archer stooped over and threw a log upon the embers.

tiled - gekachelt; Kachel, Fliese; Dachziegel

rows - Reihen; Reihe, Zeile

shelves - Regale; Regal

stooped - gekrümmt; Buckel, sich beugen

Madame Olenska, dropping her cloak, sat down in one of the chairs. Archer leaned against the chimney and looked at her.

"You're laughing now; but when you wrote me you were unhappy," he said.

"Yes." She paused. "But I can't feel unhappy when you're here."

"I sha'n't be here long," he rejoined, his lips stiffening with the effort to say just so much and no more.

stiffening - Versteifung; (stiffen); aussteifen, versteifen, verstärken

"No; I know. But I'm improvident: I live in the moment when I'm happy."

improvident - unvorsichtig

The words stole through him like a temptation, and to close his senses to it he moved away from the hearth and stood gazing out at the black tree-boles against the snow. But it was as if she too had shifted her place, and he still saw her, between himself and the trees, drooping over the fire with her indolent smile.

temptation - Versuchung, Verführung

boles - Baumstamm

shifted - verlagert; Schicht, Verschiebung, Verlagerung, Verstellung

Archer's heart was beating insubordinately. What if it were from him that she had been running away, and if she had waited to tell him so till they were here alone together in this secret room?

insubordinately - aufmüpfig

"Ellen, if I'm really a help to you"if you really wanted me to come"tell me what's wrong, tell me what it is you're running away from," he insisted.

He spoke without shifting his position, without even turning to look at her: if the thing was to happen, it was to happen in this way, with the whole width of the room between them, and his eyes still fixed on the outer snow.

shifting - Verschieben; wechseln; (shift); Schicht; Verschiebung

width - Breite, Weite

For a long moment she was silent; and in that moment Archer imagined her, almost heard her, stealing up behind him to throw her light arms about his neck. While he waited, soul and body throbbing with the miracle to come, his eyes mechanically received the image of a heavily-coated man with his fur collar turned up who was advancing along the path to the house. The man was Julius Beaufort.

throbbing - Pochen; klopfend; (throb); klopfen, schlagen, pochen, pulsieren

mechanically - mechanisch

heavily - schwerlich, stark

fur - Fell, Pelz, Fell (gegerbt)

collar - Kragen; Halskette; Halsband; Ring

"Ah"!" Archer cried, bursting into a laugh.

Madame Olenska had sprung up and moved to his side, slipping her hand into his; but after a glance through the window her face paled and she shrank back.

slipping - Ausrutschen; Versprecher; Rutschen (geradeaus); Lapsus

"So that was it?" Archer said derisively.

derisively - spöttisch

"I didn't know he was here," Madame Olenska murmured. Her hand still clung to Archer's; but he drew away from her, and walking out into the passage threw open the door of the house.

"Hallo, Beaufort"this way! Madame Olenska was expecting you," he said.

During his journey back to New York the next morning, Archer relived with a fatiguing vividness his last moments at Skuytercliff.

relived - wiedererlebt; wieder erleben

fatiguing - Ermüdend; Müdigkeit, Ermüdung, Schlappheit, Überdruss

vividness - Lebendigkeit

Beaufort, though clearly annoyed at finding him with Madame Olenska, had, as usual, carried off the situation high-handedly. His way of ignoring people whose presence inconvenienced him actually gave them, if they were sensitive to it, a feeling of invisibility, of nonexistence.

carried off - weggerafft

handedly - eigenhändig

inconvenienced - Unannehmlichkeit, lästig sein, stören

invisibility - Unsichtbarkeit

nonexistence - Nichtexistenz

Archer, as the three strolled back through the park, was aware of this odd sense of disembodiment; and humbling as it was to his vanity it gave him the ghostly advantage of observing unobserved.

disembodiment - Entkörperlichung

ghostly - geisterhaft, spukhaft

observing - Beobachtung; beobachten, beachten, halten, bemerken

unobserved - unbeobachtet

Beaufort had entered the little house with his usual easy assurance; but he could not smile away the vertical line between his eyes.

vertical - vertikal, senkrecht

It was fairly clear that Madame Olenska had not known that he was coming, though her words to Archer had hinted at the possibility; at any rate, she had evidently not told him where she was going when she left New York, and her unexplained departure had exasperated him. The ostensible reason of his appearance was the discovery, the very night before, of a "perfect little house," not in the market, which was really just the thing for her, but would be snapped up instantly if she didn't take it; and he was loud in mock-reproaches for the dance she had led him in running away just as he had found it.

hinted - angedeutet; Hinweis, Tipp, Wink, Fingerzeig, Anleitung

unexplained - unerklärt

ostensible - vorgeblich

Mock - Spott; Nachahmung, Imitation, Parodie, Veralberung, Prototyp

reproaches - Vorwürfe; Vorwurf, Schande, vorwerfen

"If only this new dodge for talking along a wire had been a little bit nearer perfection I might have told you all this from town, and been toasting my toes before the club fire at this minute, instead of tramping after you through the snow," he grumbled, disguising a real irritation under the pretence of it; and at this opening Madame Olenska twisted the talk away to the fantastic possibility that they might one day actually converse with each other from street to street, or even"incredible dream!

Dodge - ausweichen, beiseite springen, umgehen

wire - Draht, Ader, Wanze, Geld

toasting - toastend, röstend; (toast) toastend, röstend

toes - Zehen; Zeh, Zehe, Zeh, Zehe, Spur, Vorspur (5)

this minute - sofort, soeben, augenblicklich

tramping - (to tramp) trampeln, wandern, maschieren; (tramp); Vagabund

disguising - verkleidend; (disguise); Verkleidung; Tarnung; verstellen

irritation - Ärger, Irritation, Verärgerung

pretence - Vortäuschung; Vorwand

twisted - verdreht; Zwirn, Biegung, Wendung, Twist, verziehen, drehen

talk away - verplaudern

from one town to another. This struck from all three allusions to Edgar Poe and Jules Verne, and such platitudes as naturally rise to the lips of the most intelligent when they are talking against time, and dealing with a new invention in which it would seem ingenuous to believe too soon; and the question of the telephone carried them safely back to the big house.

allusions - Anspielungen; Anspielung, Allusion

Edgar - Edgar

platitudes - Plattitüden; Plattitüde, Plattitüde

most intelligent - intelligenteste

safely - sicher

Mrs. van der Luyden had not yet returned; and Archer took his leave and walked off to fetch the cutter, while Beaufort followed the Countess Olenska indoors.

fetch - holen, einfangen, abrufen, apportieren

indoors - in geschlossenen Räumen; Innen-, innerhalb des Hauses, Haus-

It was probable that, little as the van der Luydens encouraged unannounced visits, he could count on being asked to dine, and sent back to the station to catch the nine o'clock train; but more than that he would certainly not get, for it would be inconceivable to his hosts that a gentleman travelling without luggage should wish to spend the night, and distasteful to them to propose it to a person with whom they were on terms of such limited cordiality as Beaufort.

probable - glaubhaft, wahrscheinlich

encouraged - ermutigt; ermutigen, ermuntern, empfehlen

unannounced - unangekündigt

Hosts - Zeremonienmeister, Hausherr, Menge; Hostie; Gastgeber sein

luggage - Gepäck, Gepäckstück, Reisegepäck, etaphorical

limited - begrenzt, beschränkt; (limit); begrenzt, beschränkt

Beaufort knew all this, and must have foreseen it; and his taking the long journey for so small a reward gave the measure of his impatience.

Reward - Belohnung, Lohn

He was undeniably in pursuit of the Countess Olenska; and Beaufort had only one object in view in his pursuit of pretty women. His dull and childless home had long since palled on him; and in addition to more permanent consolations he was always in quest of amorous adventures in his own set. This was the man from whom Madame Olenska was avowedly flying: the question was whether she had fled because his importunities displeased her, or because she did not wholly trust herself to resist them; unless, indeed, all her talk of flight had been a blind, and her departure no more than a manoeuvre.

childless - kinderlos

palled - verblasst; Kumpel, Kamerad

more permanent - parmanenteres

amorous - amourös

avowedly - erklärtermaßen

importunities - Möglichkeiten; Aufdringlichkeit, ständiges Bedrängen

displeased - unzufrieden; missfallen

resist - widerstehen, erwehren;gegen etw. bestehen

Unless - wenn nicht, es sei denn

blind - blind, unkritisch, ignorant, Jalousie, Blind, Blinder, Blinde

manoeuvre - manövrieren; Manöver

No, it was worse a thousand times if, judging Beaufort, and probably despising him, she was yet drawn to him by all that gave him an advantage over the other men about her: his habit of two continents and two societies, his familiar association with artists and actors and people generally in the world's eye, and his careless contempt for local prejudices. Beaufort was vulgar, he was uneducated, he was purse-proud; but the circumstances of his life, and a certain native shrewdness, made him better worth talking to than many men, morally and socially his betters, whose horizon was bounded by the Battery and the Central Park.

judging - urteilen (nach), richten; Richter, Jurist

despising - verachten

contempt - Verachtung; Schande, Blamage, Mißachtung, Beamtenbeleidigung

uneducated - ungebildet

purse - Handtasche; Geldbörse, Geldbeutel

shrewdness - Scharfsinn; Schlauheit

morally - moralisch

socially - gesellschaftliche

horizon - Horizont

How should any one coming from a wider world not feel the difference and be attracted by it?

Madame Olenska, in a burst of irritation, had said to Archer that he and she did not talk the same language; and the young man knew that in some respects this was true. But Beaufort understood every turn of her dialect, and spoke it fluently: his view of life, his tone, his attitude, were merely a coarser reflection of those revealed in Count Olenski's letter. This might seem to be to his disadvantage with Count Olenski's wife; but Archer was too intelligent to think that a young woman like Ellen Olenska would necessarily recoil from everything that reminded her of her past.

dialect - Dialekt, Mundart

fluently - fließend

coarser - gröber; grob, grobkörnig, grob, grob, derb, primitiv

reflection - Reflexion, Abbild, Reflektion, Abwägung

disadvantage - Nachteil

She might believe herself wholly in revolt against it; but what had charmed her in it would still charm her, even though it were against her will.

revolt - revoltieren; Revolte

charmed - verzaubert; Talisman; Charme, Zauberformel

Thus, with a painful impartiality, did the young man make out the case for Beaufort, and for Beaufort's victim. A longing to enlighten her was strong in him; and there were moments when he imagined that all she asked was to be enlightened.

impartiality - Unvoreingenommenheit, Unparteilichkeit, Objektivität

enlightened - aufgeklärt; aufklären

That evening he unpacked his books from London. The box was full of things he had been waiting for impatiently; a new volume of Herbert Spencer, another collection of the prolific Alphonse Daudet's brilliant tales, and a novel called "Middlemarch," as to which there had lately been interesting things said in the reviews. He had declined three dinner invitations in favour of this feast; but though he turned the pages with the sensuous joy of the book-lover, he did not know what he was reading, and one book after another dropped from his hand. Suddenly, among them, he lit on a small volume of verse which he had ordered because the name had attracted him: "The House of Life.

unpacked - ausgepackt; entpacken, auspacken

Spencer - Speiser

collection - Sammlung, Kollektion, Menge, Sammeln

prolific - produktiv

tales - Märchen; Geschichte, Erzählung, Fabel

in favour - zugunsten [alt], zu Gunsten, für

feast - Festessen; Fest, Festgelage; feiern

sensuous - sinnenfreudig, sinnlich, sinnenhaft, sensorisch, Sinnes-

verse - Strophe

He took it up, and found himself plunged in an atmosphere unlike any he had ever breathed in books; so warm, so rich, and yet so ineffably tender, that it gave a new and haunting beauty to the most elementary of human passions. All through the night he pursued through those enchanted pages the vision of a woman who had the face of Ellen Olenska; but when he woke the next morning, and looked out at the brownstone houses across the street, and thought of his desk in Mr. Letterblair's office, and the family pew in Grace Church, his hour in the park of Skuytercliff became as far outside the pale of probability as the visions of the night.

ineffably - unaussprechlich

pursued - Verfolgt; verfolgen, folgen, beschreiten, nachjagen, nachgehen

pew - die Kirchenbank

probability - Wahrscheinlichkeit

visions - Visionen; Sicht, Sehvermögen

"Mercy, how pale you look, Newland!" Janey commented over the coffee-cups at breakfast; and his mother added: "Newland, dear, I've noticed lately that you've been coughing; I do hope you're not letting yourself be overworked?

at breakfast - beim Frühstück

coughing - hustend; (cough); husten; Husten

overworked - überarbeitet; mit Arbeit überlasten

" For it was the conviction of both ladies that, under the iron despotism of his senior partners, the young man's life was spent in the most exhausting professional labours"and he had never thought it necessary to undeceive them.

despotism - Despotie, Despotismus, Willkürherrschaft

exhausting - anstrengend; erschöpfen, dezimieren, erschöpfen, Auspuff, Abgas

labours - Arbeit, Arbeiter-p, gebären, arbeiten

undeceive - nicht täuschen; aufklären

The next two or three days dragged by heavily. The taste of the usual was like cinders in his mouth, and there were moments when he felt as if he were being buried alive under his future. He heard nothing of the Countess Olenska, or of the perfect little house, and though he met Beaufort at the club they merely nodded at each other across the whist-tables.

cinders - Asche, Schlacke, Zunder, verkohlen, verschwelen, einäschern

whist - der Whist

It was not till the fourth evening that he found a note awaiting him on his return home. "Come late tomorrow: I must explain to you. Ellen." These were the only words it contained.

not till - nicht vor, erst wenn, erst als

The young man, who was dining out, thrust the note into his pocket, smiling a little at the Frenchness of the "to you." After dinner he went to a play; and it was not until his return home, after midnight, that he drew Madame Olenska's missive out again and re-read it slowly a number of times. There were several ways of answering it, and he gave considerable thought to each one during the watches of an agitated night.

Frenchness - Französischsein

missive - Briefchen; Sendschreiben, Schrieb

That on which, when morning came, he finally decided was to pitch some clothes into a portmanteau and jump on board a boat that was leaving that very afternoon for St. Augustine.

pitch - werfen, festsetzen, errichten; Tonhöhe, Tonlage, Pech

portmanteau - Handkoffer


When Archer walked down the sandy main street of St. Augustine to the house which had been pointed out to him as Mr. Welland's, and saw May Welland standing under a magnolia with the sun in her hair, he wondered why he had waited so long to come.

Sandy - sandig, sandfarben

magnolia - Magnolie

Here was the truth, here was reality, here was the life that belonged to him; and he, who fancied himself so scornful of arbitrary restraints, had been afraid to break away from his desk because of what people might think of his stealing a holiday!

scornful - verächtlich

restraints - Fesseln; Beschränkung, Zügelung, Einschränkung, Zwang

break away - abbrechen

Her first exclamation was: "Newland"has anything happened?" and it occurred to him that it would have been more "feminine" if she had instantly read in his eyes why he had come. But when he answered: "Yes"I found I had to see you," her happy blushes took the chill from her surprise, and he saw how easily he would be forgiven, and how soon even Mr. Letterblair's mild disapproval would be smiled away by a tolerant family.

feminine - feminin, weiblich

blushes - errötet; Schamröte; erröten, sich schämen

forgiven - vergeben, verzeihen, entschuldigen

Early as it was, the main street was no place for any but formal greetings, and Archer longed to be alone with May, and to pour out all his tenderness and his impatience. It still lacked an hour to the late Welland breakfast-time, and instead of asking him to come in she proposed that they should walk out to an old orange-garden beyond the town. She had just been for a row on the river, and the sun that netted the little waves with gold seemed to have caught her in its meshes.

pour out - ausschütten

lacked - gefehlt; Gummilack

Row - Rudern; Reihe, Zeile

netted - mit dem Netz; Netto-..

meshes - Maschen; Netz

Across the warm brown of her cheek her blown hair glittered like silver wire; and her eyes too looked lighter, almost pale in their youthful limpidity. As she walked beside Archer with her long swinging gait her face wore the vacant serenity of a young marble athlete.

glittered - glitzert; Glitter, glitzern

youthful - jugendlich, jung

limpidity - Laschheit; Klarheit

swinging - swingen; schaukelnd; (swing); schwingen, schaukeln, schwanken

gait - Gang, Gangart (eines Pferdes)

vacant - unbesetzt; frei, vakant, leer, nichtssagend, ausdruckslos

serenity - Gelassenheit, Gleichmut, Klarheit, Heiterkeit, Abgeklärtheit

To Archer's strained nerves the vision was as soothing as the sight of the blue sky and the lazy river. They sat down on a bench under the orange-trees and he put his arm about her and kissed her. It was like drinking at a cold spring with the sun on it; but his pressure may have been more vehement than he had intended, for the blood rose to her face and she drew back as if he had startled her.

strained - angespannt; Spannung, starke Inanspruchnahme, Zug; anstrengen

nerves - Nerven; Nerv, Nerv, Nerv, Nerv, Nerv

soothing - erleichternd, lindernd, beruhigend; (sooth); Wahrheit

"What is it?" he asked, smiling; and she looked at him with surprise, and answered: "Nothing."

A slight embarrassment fell on them, and her hand slipped out of his. It was the only time that he had kissed her on the lips except for their fugitive embrace in the Beaufort conservatory, and he saw that she was disturbed, and shaken out of her cool boyish composure.

Embrace - umarmen; annehmen, Umarmung

shaken out - ausgeschüttelt

boyish - jungenhaft, knabenhaft

"Tell me what you do all day," he said, crossing his arms under his tilted-back head, and pushing his hat forward to screen the sun-dazzle. To let her talk about familiar and simple things was the easiest way of carrying on his own independent train of thought; and he sat listening to her simple chronicle of swimming, sailing and riding, varied by an occasional dance at the primitive inn when a man-of-war came in. A few pleasant people from Philadelphia and Baltimore were picknicking at the inn, and the Selfridge Merrys had come down for three weeks because Kate Merry had had bronchitis.

tilted - gekippt; Schärfedehnung, Höchstleistung

dazzle - blenden; verblüffen, faszinieren, bezaubern, betören, Blendlicht

carrying on - betreibend, Weiterführung

chronicle - Chronik

varied - abwechslungsreich; variieren, verändern, sich ändern, de

Inn - Gasthaus; Herberge

picknicking - Picknicken

merry - fröhlich, heiter

bronchitis - Bronchitis

They were planning to lay out a lawn tennis court on the sands; but no one but Kate and May had racquets, and most of the people had not even heard of the game.

lawn tennis - Rasentennis

tennis court - Tennisplatz

racquets - der Schläger

All this kept her very busy, and she had not had time to do more than look at the little vellum book that Archer had sent her the week before (the "Sonnets from the Portuguese"); but she was learning by heart "How they brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix," because it was one of the first things he had ever read to her; and it amused her to be able to tell him that Kate Merry had never even heard of a poet called Robert Browning.

vellum - Pergament; Pergement, Velin

sonnets - Sonette; Sonett

Portuguese - portugiesisch; Portugiese, Portugiesin, Portugiesisch

by heart - auswendig

Robert - Robert, Rupprecht

Presently she started up, exclaiming that they would be late for breakfast; and they hurried back to the tumble-down house with its pointless porch and unpruned hedge of plumbago and pink geraniums where the Wellands were installed for the winter. Mr. Welland's sensitive domesticity shrank from the discomforts of the slovenly southern hotel, and at immense expense, and in face of almost insuperable difficulties, Mrs.

started up - aufgefahren

exclaiming - ausrufen

tumble - purzeln; Sturz, Fall, Überschlag, Absturz

pointless - stumpf; gegenstandslos, irrelevant, sinnlos, witzlos, zwecklos

porch - Vorbau, Vordach, Veranda

unpruned - ungeschnitten

hedge - Hecke

plumbago - Bleiwurz

geraniums - Geranien; Storchschnabel, Geranie

installed - installiert; installieren, einbauen

discomforts - Unannehmlichkeiten; Unbehagen

slovenly - schluderig, nachlässig, schlampig

insuperable - unüberwindbar

Welland was obliged, year after year, to improvise an establishment partly made up of discontented New York servants and partly drawn from the local African supply.

improvise - improvisieren

partly - teilweise, zum Teil

discontented - Unzufriedenheit

supply - Stellvertretung, Versorgung, Vorrat; liefern

"The doctors want my husband to feel that he is in his own home; otherwise he would be so wretched that the climate would not do him any good," she explained, winter after winter, to the sympathising Philadelphians and Baltimoreans; and Mr. Welland, beaming across a breakfast table miraculously supplied with the most varied delicacies, was presently saying to Archer: "You see, my dear fellow, we camp"we literally camp.

beaming - Beamen; strahlend

miraculously - auf wundersame Weise

supplied - geliefert; Stellvertretung, Versorgung, Vorrat; liefern

literally - buchstäblich

I tell my wife and May that I want to teach them how to rough it."

rough - rau, grob, Rough

Mr. and Mrs. Welland had been as much surprised as their daughter by the young man's sudden arrival; but it had occurred to him to explain that he had felt himself on the verge of a nasty cold, and this seemed to Mr. Welland an all-sufficient reason for abandoning any duty.

Abandoning - Aufgeben; im Stich lassen, preisgeben, verlassen, abbrechen

"You can't be too careful, especially toward spring," he said, heaping his plate with straw-coloured griddle-cakes and drowning them in golden syrup. "If I'd only been as prudent at your age May would have been dancing at the Assemblies now, instead of spending her winters in a wilderness with an old invalid."

heaping - haufenweise; Menschenmenge, Masse, Haufen, Haufe, Heap, Haufen

straw - Halm, Strohhalm, Stroh, strohfarben, strohgelb, Stroh-

griddle - Kuchenblech

drowning - Ertrinken; (drown); ertrinken; ertränken; überwältigen

syrup - Sirup

assemblies - Versammlungen; Baugruppe, Versammlung, Versammlung

"Oh, but I love it here, Papa; you know I do. If only Newland could stay I should like it a thousand times better than New York."

papa - der Papa

"Newland must stay till he has quite thrown off his cold," said Mrs. Welland indulgently; and the young man laughed, and said he supposed there was such a thing as one's profession.

He managed, however, after an exchange of telegrams with the firm, to make his cold last a week; and it shed an ironic light on the situation to know that Mr. Letterblair's indulgence was partly due to the satisfactory way in which his brilliant young junior partner had settled the troublesome matter of the Olenski divorce. Mr. Letterblair had let Mrs.

Telegrams - Telegramme; Telegramm

ironic - ironisch

satisfactory - befriedigend, zufriedenstellend

Welland know that Mr. Archer had "rendered an invaluable service" to the whole family, and that old Mrs. Manson Mingott had been particularly pleased; and one day when May had gone for a drive with her father in the only vehicle the place produced Mrs. Welland took occasion to touch on a topic which she always avoided in her daughter's presence.

rendered - erbracht; leisten, wiedergeben

invaluable - unbezahlbar

"I'm afraid Ellen's ideas are not at all like ours. She was barely eighteen when Medora Manson took her back to Europe"you remember the excitement when she appeared in black at her coming-out ball? Another of Medora's fads"really this time it was almost prophetic! That must have been at least twelve years ago; and since then Ellen has never been to America. No wonder she is completely Europeanised."

I'm afraid - leider, ich bedaure, ich fürchte

barely - kaum; gerade noch

fads - Modeerscheinungen; Mode, Trend, Modeerscheinung, Fimmel

"But European society is not given to divorce: Countess Olenska thought she would be conforming to American ideas in asking for her freedom." It was the first time that the young man had pronounced her name since he had left Skuytercliff, and he felt the colour rise to his cheek.

conforming - konform; entsprechen, passen, entsprechen, gerecht werden

Mrs. Welland smiled compassionately. "That is just like the extraordinary things that foreigners invent about us. They think we dine at two o'clock and countenance divorce! That is why it seems to me so foolish to entertain them when they come to New York. They accept our hospitality, and then they go home and repeat the same stupid stories."

entertain - jdn. zu Gast haben;bewirten, unterhalten

hospitality - Gastfreundlichkeit, Gastfreundschaft, Gastlichkeit, Gastgewerbe

Archer made no comment on this, and Mrs. Welland continued: "But we do most thoroughly appreciate your persuading Ellen to give up the idea. Her grandmother and her uncle Lovell could do nothing with her; both of them have written that her changing her mind was entirely due to your influence"in fact she said so to her grandmother.

persuading - Überzeugen; überreden, gewinnen, verführen, bestechen

She has an unbounded admiration for you. Poor Ellen"she was always a wayward child. I wonder what her fate will be?"

unbounded - unbegrenzt

wayward - eigenwillig, eigensinnig, launisch, widerspenstig

"What we've all contrived to make it," he felt like answering. "If you'd all of you rather she should be Beaufort's mistress than some decent fellow's wife you've certainly gone the right way about it."

contrived - ausgeklügelt; ersinnen, entwerfen, bewerkstelligen

He wondered what Mrs. Welland would have said if he had uttered the words instead of merely thinking them. He could picture the sudden decomposure of her firm placid features, to which a lifelong mastery over trifles had given an air of factitious authority.

decomposure - Zersetzung

lifelong - lebenslänglich

mastery - Beherrschung; Meisterschaft

trifles - Lappalien; Trifle

Traces still lingered on them of a fresh beauty like her daughter's; and he asked himself if May's face was doomed to thicken into the same middle-aged image of invincible innocence.

thicken - eindicken; verdicken

Ah, no, he did not want May to have that kind of innocence, the innocence that seals the mind against imagination and the heart against experience!

Seals - versiegeln; Siegel, Stempel, Seehund

"I verily believe," Mrs. Welland continued, "that if the horrible business had come out in the newspapers it would have been my husband's death-blow. I don't know any of the details; I only ask not to, as I told poor Ellen when she tried to talk to me about it. Having an invalid to care for, I have to keep my mind bright and happy.

verily - wahrhaftig; wahrlich; gewiss, natürlich, sicher

horrible - schrecklich, abscheulich, fies, makaber

But Mr. Welland was terribly upset; he had a slight temperature every morning while we were waiting to hear what had been decided. It was the horror of his girl's learning that such things were possible"but of course, dear Newland, you felt that too. We all knew that you were thinking of May."

Terribly - Schrecklich; furchtbar

"I'm always thinking of May," the young man rejoined, rising to cut short the conversation.

cut short - abbrechen, abkürzen

He had meant to seize the opportunity of his private talk with Mrs. Welland to urge her to advance the date of his marriage. But he could think of no arguments that would move her, and with a sense of relief he saw Mr. Welland and May driving up to the door.

seize - ergreifen, fassen, packen, beschlagnahmen, erfassen

urge - Drang; drängen, mahnen, treiben, anspornen, provozieren

His only hope was to plead again with May, and on the day before his departure he walked with her to the ruinous garden of the Spanish Mission. The background lent itself to allusions to European scenes; and May, who was looking her loveliest under a wide-brimmed hat that cast a shadow of mystery over her too-clear eyes, kindled into eagerness as he spoke of Granada and the Alhambra.

plead - plädieren, bekennen, (dringend) bitten, anflehen, beschwören

ruinous - ruinös; verderblich

mission - Auftrag; Mission

brimmed - umrandet; übersprudeln; Rand

kindled - entfacht; anzünden

Granada - Granada

"We might be seeing it all this spring"even the Easter ceremonies at Seville," he urged, exaggerating his demands in the hope of a larger concession.

ceremonies - Zeremonien; Zeremonie, feierliche Handlung, Ritual

Seville - Sevilla

urged - gedrängt; Drang, drängen, mahnen, treiben, anspornen

exaggerating - übertreiben

demands - Forderungen; Nachfrage, Bedarf, Nachfrage, Anspruch, verlangen

concession - gewährtes Grundstück; Eingeständnis; Einräumen, Zugeständnis

"Easter in Seville? And it will be Lent next week!" she laughed.

"Why shouldn't we be married in Lent?" he rejoined; but she looked so shocked that he saw his mistake.

"Of course I didn't mean that, dearest; but soon after Easter"so that we could sail at the end of April. I know I could arrange it at the office."

She smiled dreamily upon the possibility; but he perceived that to dream of it sufficed her. It was like hearing him read aloud out of his poetry books the beautiful things that could not possibly happen in real life.

dreamily - träumerisch; verträumte

sufficed - genügte; ausreichen, genügen, genug sein, reichen

read aloud - laut lesen

poetry - Dichtkunst, Poesie, checkDichtung, checkDichtkunst

"Oh, do go on, Newland; I do love your descriptions."

"But why should they be only descriptions? Why shouldn't we make them real?"

"We shall, dearest, of course; next year." Her voice lingered over it.

"Don't you want them to be real sooner? Can't I persuade you to break away now?"

She bowed her head, vanishing from him under her conniving hat-brim.

vanishing - verschwinden; (vanish) verschinden

conniving - hinterhältig; aushecken, verschwören, sich dumm stellen

brim - Krempe; übersprudeln; Rand

"Why should we dream away another year? Look at me, dear! Don't you understand how I want you for my wife?"

dream away - verträumen

For a moment she remained motionless; then she raised on him eyes of such despairing dearness that he half-released her waist from his hold. But suddenly her look changed and deepened inscrutably. "I'm not sure if I DO understand," she said. "Is it"is it because you're not certain of continuing to care for me?"

motionless - unbeweglich, reglos, bewegungslos

despairing - verzweifelt; verzweifeln, Verzweiflung

dearness - Entbehrlichkeit; Teuerheit

released - freigegeben; Freigabe, Freisetzung, Befreiung, Erlösung

deepened - vertieft; aushölen, vertiefen, zunehmen, vergrößern, vergrößern

inscrutably - undurchschaubar

Archer sprang up from his seat. "My God"perhaps"I don't know," he broke out angrily.

sprang up - (spring up) aus dem Boden schießen, (Wind) aufkommen

May Welland rose also; as they faced each other she seemed to grow in womanly stature and dignity. Both were silent for a moment, as if dismayed by the unforeseen trend of their words: then she said in a low voice: "If that is it"is there some one else?"

womanly - weiblich, fraulich

stature - Körpergröße, Statur

dismayed - konsterniert; Furcht, Ohnmacht

unforeseen - unvorhergesehen

trend - Trend, Tendenz, Richtung

"Some one else"between you and me?" He echoed her words slowly, as though they were only half-intelligible and he wanted time to repeat the question to himself. She seemed to catch the uncertainty of his voice, for she went on in a deepening tone: "Let us talk frankly, Newland. Sometimes I've felt a difference in you; especially since our engagement has been announced."

intelligible - Verständlich

uncertainty - Unsicherheit, Ungewissheit

deepening - Vertiefung; aushölen, vertiefen, zunehmen, vergrößern

frankly - offen gesagt; ehrlich gesagt, um ehrlich zu sein

"Dear"what madness!" he recovered himself to exclaim.

madness - Wahnsinn, Verrücktheit, Tollheit

She met his protest with a faint smile. "If it is, it won't hurt us to talk about it." She paused, and added, lifting her head with one of her noble movements: "Or even if it's true: why shouldn't we speak of it? You might so easily have made a mistake."

noble - edel; Adeliger, Adliger, Adelige, Adlige

He lowered his head, staring at the black leaf-pattern on the sunny path at their feet. "Mistakes are always easy to make; but if I had made one of the kind you suggest, is it likely that I should be imploring you to hasten our marriage?"

leaf - Blatt, Laubblatt, Platte

sunny - sonnig, heiter

imploring - flehend; anflehen

She looked downward too, disturbing the pattern with the point of her sunshade while she struggled for expression. "Yes," she said at length. "You might want"once for all"to settle the question: it's one way."

downward - abwärts, nach unten, runter, nach unten gehend, absteigend

disturbing - beunruhigend; stören

sunshade - Sonnenschirm, Sonnenblende

struggled - gekämpft; Kampf, Gefecht

Her quiet lucidity startled him, but did not mislead him into thinking her insensible. Under her hat-brim he saw the pallor of her profile, and a slight tremor of the nostril above her resolutely steadied lips.

lucidity - Klarheit, Luzidität, Deutlichkeit, Übersichtlichkeit

mislead - in die Irre führen, irreführen

insensible - unempfindlich

pallor - Blässe

tremor - Zittern; Tremor; Beben

nostril - Nasenloch

resolutely - Entschlossenheit

steadied - gefestigt; stetig, stetig, stabilisieren

"Well"?" he questioned, sitting down on the bench, and looking up at her with a frown that he tried to make playful.

She dropped back into her seat and went on: "You mustn't think that a girl knows as little as her parents imagine. One hears and one notices"one has one's feelings and ideas. And of course, long before you told me that you cared for me, I'd known that there was some one else you were interested in; every one was talking about it two years ago at Newport.

mustn - darf nicht

And once I saw you sitting together on the verandah at a dance"and when she came back into the house her face was sad, and I felt sorry for her; I remembered it afterward, when we were engaged."

verandah - die Veranda

Her voice had sunk almost to a whisper, and she sat clasping and unclasping her hands about the handle of her sunshade. The young man laid his upon them with a gentle pressure; his heart dilated with an inexpressible relief.

whisper - Geflüster, Flüstern, Wispern

unclasping - Entklammerung; aufmachen, loslassen

handle - handhaben; Henkel, Hantel, Griff, Türklinke; abarbeiten

inexpressible - unaussprechlich

"My dear child"was THAT it? If you only knew the truth!"

She raised her head quickly. "Then there is a truth I don't know?"

He kept his hand over hers. "I meant, the truth about the old story you speak of."

"But that's what I want to know, Newland"what I ought to know. I couldn't have my happiness made out of a wrong"an unfairness"to somebody else. And I want to believe that it would be the same with you. What sort of a life could we build on such foundations?"

unfairness - Ungerechtigkeit, Unrecht

foundations - Stiftungen; Gründung, Grundlage, Fundament

Her face had taken on a look of such tragic courage that he felt like bowing himself down at her feet. "I've wanted to say this for a long time," she went on. "I've wanted to tell you that, when two people really love each other, I understand that there may be situations which make it right that they should"should go against public opinion.

courage - Courage, Herz, Mut, Tapferkeit

bowing - Verbeugung; (bow) sich vorbeugen; (bow) Verbeugung; (bow) sich vorbeugen

And if you feel yourself in any way pledged ... pledged to the person we've spoken of ... and if there is any way ... any way in which you can fulfill your pledge ... even by her getting a divorce ... Newland, don't give her up because of me!"

fulfill - erfüllen, einhalten

His surprise at discovering that her fears had fastened upon an episode so remote and so completely of the past as his love-affair with Mrs. Thorley Rushworth gave way to wonder at the generosity of her view. There was something superhuman in an attitude so recklessly unorthodox, and if other problems had not pressed on him he would have been lost in wonder at the prodigy of the Wellands'daughter urging him to marry his former mistress.

generosity - Großzügigkeit, Generosität, Großmut, Freizügigkeit, Edelmut

superhuman - übermenschlich

recklessly - leichtsinnig; rücksichtslos

prodigy - Orakel; Wunder; Wunderkind

urging - drängend; (urge); Drang; drängen, mahnen, treiben, anspornen

But he was still dizzy with the glimpse of the precipice they had skirted, and full of a new awe at the mystery of young-girlhood.

precipice - Abgrund, Steilhang

girlhood - Kindheit (eines Mädchens), Mädchenzeit

For a moment he could not speak; then he said: "There is no pledge"no obligation whatever"of the kind you think. Such cases don't always"present themselves quite as simply as ... But that's no matter ... I love your generosity, because I feel as you do about those things ... I feel that each case must be judged individually, on its own merits ... irrespective of stupid conventionalities ... I mean, each woman's right to her liberty"" He pulled himself up, startled by the turn his thoughts had taken, and went on, looking at her with a smile: "Since you understand so many things, dearest, can't you go a little farther, and understand the uselessness of our submitting to another form of the same foolish conventionalities?

obligation - Verpflichtung, Pflicht

individually - individuell

merits - Verdienste; Verdienst

irrespective - ohne Rücksicht

conventionalities - Konventionalitäten; Herkömmlichkeit

submitting - einreichen; vorschlagend

If there's no one and nothing between us, isn't that an argument for marrying quickly, rather than for more delay?"

She flushed with joy and lifted her face to his; as he bent to it he saw that her eyes were full of happy tears. But in another moment she seemed to have descended from her womanly eminence to helpless and timorous girlhood; and he understood that her courage and initiative were all for others, and that she had none for herself.

flushed - gespült; Wasserspülung, Wallung, Schwall; spülen

descended from - entstamme

timorous - ängstlich

initiative - Initiative

It was evident that the effort of speaking had been much greater than her studied composure betrayed, and that at his first word of reassurance she had dropped back into the usual, as a too-adventurous child takes refuge in its mother's arms.

reassurance - Beruhigung; Rückversicherung

adventurous - abenteuerlich

refuge - Zuflucht; Herberge

Archer had no heart to go on pleading with her; he was too much disappointed at the vanishing of the new being who had cast that one deep look at him from her transparent eyes. May seemed to be aware of his disappointment, but without knowing how to alleviate it; and they stood up and walked silently home.

alleviate - mildern, lindern, abschwächen


"Your cousin the Countess called on mother while you were away," Janey Archer announced to her brother on the evening of his return.

The young man, who was dining alone with his mother and sister, glanced up in surprise and saw Mrs. Archer's gaze demurely bent on her plate. Mrs. Archer did not regard her seclusion from the world as a reason for being forgotten by it; and Newland guessed that she was slightly annoyed that he should be surprised by Madame Olenska's visit.

demurely - züchtig

"She had on a black velvet polonaise with jet buttons, and a tiny green monkey muff; I never saw her so stylishly dressed," Janey continued. "She came alone, early on Sunday afternoon; luckily the fire was lit in the drawing-room. She had one of those new card-cases. She said she wanted to know us because you'd been so good to her."

polonaise - Polonäse, Polonaise

jet - Düsenflugzeug, Strahl, Düse; ausstoßen

stylishly - elegant, stilvoll

Newland laughed. "Madame Olenska always takes that tone about her friends. She's very happy at being among her own people again."

"Yes, so she told us," said Mrs. Archer. "I must say she seems thankful to be here."

"I hope you liked her, mother."

Mrs. Archer drew her lips together. "She certainly lays herself out to please, even when she is calling on an old lady."

lays - liegt; richten (Tisch)

"Mother doesn't think her simple," Janey interjected, her eyes screwed upon her brother's face.

screwed - verarscht; Schraube, Schraube, Schraube, Schiffsschraube

"It's just my old-fashioned feeling; dear May is my ideal," said Mrs. Archer.

"Ah," said her son, "they're not alike."

Archer had left St. Augustine charged with many messages for old Mrs. Mingott; and a day or two after his return to town he called on her.

charged - aufgeladen; Entgelt

The old lady received him with unusual warmth; she was grateful to him for persuading the Countess Olenska to give up the idea of a divorce; and when he told her that he had deserted the office without leave, and rushed down to St. Augustine simply because he wanted to see May, she gave an adipose chuckle and patted his knee with her puff-ball hand.

warmth - Wärme

adipose - adipös; fett

chuckle - leises Lachen, Glucksen, glucken (Henne); glucksen

patted - getätschelt; Pat

puff - pusten; Hauch

"Ah, ah"so you kicked over the traces, did you? And I suppose Augusta and Welland pulled long faces, and behaved as if the end of the world had come? But little May"she knew better, I'll be bound?"

kicked - getreten; treten, (Pferd) ausschlagen; Stoß

"I hoped she did; but after all she wouldn't agree to what I'd gone down to ask for."

"Wouldn't she indeed? And what was that?"

"I wanted to get her to promise that we should be married in April. What's the use of our wasting another year?"

wasting - Verschwendung, Vergeudung; (wast) Verschwendung, Vergeudung

Mrs. Manson Mingott screwed up her little mouth into a grimace of mimic prudery and twinkled at him through malicious lids. "'Ask Mamma,'I suppose"the usual story. Ah, these Mingotts"all alike! Born in a rut, and you can't root 'em out of it. When I built this house you'd have thought I was moving to California! Nobody ever HAD built above Fortieth Street"no, says I, nor above the Battery either, before Christopher Columbus discovered America. No, no; not one of them wants to be different; they're as scared of it as the small-pox.

grimace - Grimasse; Grimassen schneiden

mimic - nachahmen, nachäffen

twinkled - geglitzert; funkeln, zwinkern

malicious - bösartig

rut - Brunftzeit; Brunst, Brunft, Wagenspur

Christopher - Christoph

Columbus - Kolumbus, Christoph Kolumbus, Christoph Columbus

pox - Pocken

Ah, my dear Mr. Archer, I thank my stars I'm nothing but a vulgar Spicer; but there's not one of my own children that takes after me but my little Ellen." She broke off, still twinkling at him, and asked, with the casual irrelevance of old age: "Now, why in the world didn't you marry my little Ellen?"

takes after - (take after) geraten nach

twinkling - Funkeln; kurzer Augenblick

casual - lässig; zufällig, beiläufig, gelegentlich, gleichgültig

Archer laughed. "For one thing, she wasn't there to be married."

"No"to be sure; more's the pity. And now it's too late; her life is finished." She spoke with the cold-blooded complacency of the aged throwing earth into the grave of young hopes. The young man's heart grew chill, and he said hurriedly: "Can't I persuade you to use your influence with the Wellands, Mrs. Mingott? I wasn't made for long engagements."

cold-blooded - (cold-blooded) kaltblütig

hurriedly - eilig, hastig, schleuning

Old Catherine beamed on him approvingly. "No; I can see that. You've got a quick eye. When you were a little boy I've no doubt you liked to be helped first." She threw back her head with a laugh that made her chins ripple like little waves. "Ah, here's my Ellen now!" she exclaimed, as the portieres parted behind her.

ripple - wellenförmig; Brummspannung, Welligkeit

Madame Olenska came forward with a smile. Her face looked vivid and happy, and she held out her hand gaily to Archer while she stooped to her grandmother's kiss.

"I was just saying to him, my dear: 'Now, why didn't you marry my little Ellen?'"

Madame Olenska looked at Archer, still smiling. "And what did he answer?"

"Oh, my darling, I leave you to find that out! He's been down to Florida to see his sweetheart."

sweetheart - Schätzchen; Schatz, herzensguter Mensch, Seele von Mensch

"Yes, I know." She still looked at him. "I went to see your mother, to ask where you'd gone. I sent a note that you never answered, and I was afraid you were ill."

He muttered something about leaving unexpectedly, in a great hurry, and having intended to write to her from St. Augustine.

unexpectedly - unerwartet, unerwarteterweise

"And of course once you were there you never thought of me again!" She continued to beam on him with a gaiety that might have been a studied assumption of indifference.

gaiety - Fröhlichkeit; Frohsinn, Glücklichsein

assumption - Vermutung; Übernahme; Annahme; Himmelfahrt

"If she still needs me, she's determined not to let me see it," he thought, stung by her manner. He wanted to thank her for having been to see his mother, but under the ancestress's malicious eye he felt himself tongue-tied and constrained.

stung - gestochen; Stachel, brennender Schmerz

"Look at him"in such hot haste to get married that he took French leave and rushed down to implore the silly girl on his knees! That's something like a lover"that's the way handsome Bob Spicer carried off my poor mother; and then got tired of her before I was weaned"though they only had to wait eight months for me!

implore - anflehen

weaned - entwöhnt; entwöhnen

But there"you're not a Spicer, young man; luckily for you and for May. It's only my poor Ellen that has kept any of their wicked blood; the rest of them are all model Mingotts," cried the old lady scornfully.

scornfully - verächtlich; verachtend

Archer was aware that Madame Olenska, who had seated herself at her grandmother's side, was still thoughtfully scrutinising him. The gaiety had faded from her eyes, and she said with great gentleness: "Surely, Granny, we can persuade them between us to do as he wishes."

Archer rose to go, and as his hand met Madame Olenska's he felt that she was waiting for him to make some allusion to her unanswered letter.

unanswered - unbeantwortet

"When can I see you?" he asked, as she walked with him to the door of the room.

"Whenever you like; but it must be soon if you want to see the little house again. I am moving next week."

A pang shot through him at the memory of his lamplit hours in the low-studded drawing-room. Few as they had been, they were thick with memories.

pang - Stechen, Schmerz

shot through - durchgeschossen

"Tomorrow evening?"

She nodded. "Tomorrow; yes; but early. I'm going out."

The next day was a Sunday, and if she were "going out" on a Sunday evening it could, of course, be only to Mrs. Lemuel Struthers's.

He felt a slight movement of annoyance, not so much at her going there (for he rather liked her going where she pleased in spite of the van der Luydens), but because it was the kind of house at which she was sure to meet Beaufort, where she must have known beforehand that she would meet him"and where she was probably going for that purpose.

annoyance - Ärger, Ärgernis, Verärgerung, Verdruss

beforehand - vorher

"Very well; tomorrow evening," he repeated, inwardly resolved that he would not go early, and that by reaching her door late he would either prevent her from going to Mrs. Struthers's, or else arrive after she had started"which, all things considered, would no doubt be the simplest solution.

inwardly - innerlich

It was only half-past eight, after all, when he rang the bell under the wisteria; not as late as he had intended by half an hour"but a singular restlessness had driven him to her door. He reflected, however, that Mrs. Struthers's Sunday evenings were not like a ball, and that her guests, as if to minimise their delinquency, usually went early.

singular - einzeln; einzigartig; ungewöhnlich; singularisch; singulär; Einzahl

restlessness - Ruhelosigkeit, Unruhe

minimise - minimieren

delinquency - Straffälligkeit; Vergehen

The one thing he had not counted on, in entering Madame Olenska's hall, was to find hats and overcoats there. Why had she bidden him to come early if she was having people to dine? On a closer inspection of the garments besides which Nastasia was laying his own, his resentment gave way to curiosity. The overcoats were in fact the very strangest he had ever seen under a polite roof; and it took but a glance to assure himself that neither of them belonged to Julius Beaufort.

overcoats - Mäntel; Mantel

inspection - Inspektion, Prüfung

garments - Kleidungsstücke; Kleidungsstück

resentment - Ressentiments; Ressentiment, Abneigung, Missgunst, Ärger

One was a shaggy yellow ulster of "reach-me-down" cut, the other a very old and rusty cloak with a cape"something like what the French called a "Macfarlane." This garment, which appeared to be made for a person of prodigious size, had evidently seen long and hard wear, and its greenish-black folds gave out a moist sawdusty smell suggestive of prolonged sessions against bar-room walls. On it lay a ragged grey scarf and an odd felt hat of semiclerical shape.

shaggy - zottelig, zottig, zottelhaarig, struppig

ulster - Ulster

rusty - rostig, verrostet

garment - Kleidungsstück

prodigious - erstaunlich; ungeheuer, gewaltig, verwunderlich

folds - falten, zusammenlegen, verschränken (Arme); Falte, gefaltete

gave out - (give out) austeilen

moist - feucht

sawdusty - Sägemehlig

Sessions - Sitzung, Session, Sitzung, Session, Tagung

scarf - Halstuch, Schal

felt hat - Filzhut

semiclerical - semiklerikal

Archer raised his eyebrows enquiringly at Nastasia, who raised hers in return with a fatalistic "Gia!" as she threw open the drawing-room door.

enquiringly - fragend

fatalistic - fatalistisch

The young man saw at once that his hostess was not in the room; then, with surprise, he discovered another lady standing by the fire. This lady, who was long, lean and loosely put together, was clad in raiment intricately looped and fringed, with plaids and stripes and bands of plain colour disposed in a design to which the clue seemed missing.

raiment - Gewand; Kleidung

intricately - verwickelt

fringed - ausgefranst; Franse, Saum, Einfassung, Rand, Peripherie

plaids - Karos; schottisches Plaidtuch, kariert, Schottenstoff

stripes - gestreift; Streifen

Her hair, which had tried to turn white and only succeeded in fading, was surmounted by a Spanish comb and black lace scarf, and silk mittens, visibly darned, covered her rheumatic hands.

fading - (fade away) schwinden, verblassen, zerinnen

surmounted - Überwunden; überwinden

comb - Kamm

mittens - Fäustlinge; Fäustling, Fausthandschuh

visibly - sichtbar

darned - verflixt, ausgebessert; (darn) verflixt, ausgebessert

rheumatic - rheumatisch

Beside her, in a cloud of cigar-smoke, stood the owners of the two overcoats, both in morning clothes that they had evidently not taken off since morning.

In one of the two, Archer, to his surprise, recognised Ned Winsett; the other and older, who was unknown to him, and whose gigantic frame declared him to be the wearer of the "Macfarlane," had a feebly leonine head with crumpled grey hair, and moved his arms with large pawing gestures, as though he were distributing lay blessings to a kneeling multitude.

feebly - schwächlich; schwach

crumpled - zerknittert; knüllen, zerknittern

pawing - betatschen; Tatze, Pfote, Pranke

gestures - Gesten; Geste, Gebärde, Geste, gestikulieren

distributing - aufteilen, verteilen, ausliefern, verteilen, beliefern

blessings - Segnungen; Segen, Segnung, Segnen, Segen, Segnung, Segnen

kneeling - kniend, hinkniend; (kneel); knien

multitude - Vielfältigkeit; Vielzahl, Menge, Menschenmenge, Volk

These three persons stood together on the hearth-rug, their eyes fixed on an extraordinarily large bouquet of crimson roses, with a knot of purple pansies at their base, that lay on the sofa where Madame Olenska usually sat.

stood together - zusammengestanden [alt], zusammen gestanden

rug - Vorleger; Teppich, Brücke

extraordinarily - außerordentlich

knot - Knoten, Knäuel

"What they must have cost at this season"though of course it's the sentiment one cares about!" the lady was saying in a sighing staccato as Archer came in.

sentiment - Gefühlen; Gefühl

sighing - Seufzen, Seufzer, Säuseln (Wind); säuseln (Wind)

staccato - Stakkato; abgehackt

The three turned with surprise at his appearance, and the lady, advancing, held out her hand.

"Dear Mr. Archer"almost my cousin Newland!" she said. "I am the Marchioness Manson."

Archer bowed, and she continued: "My Ellen has taken me in for a few days. I came from Cuba, where I have been spending the winter with Spanish friends"such delightful distinguished people: the highest nobility of old Castile"how I wish you could know them! But I was called away by our dear great friend here, Dr. Carver. You don't know Dr. Agathon Carver, founder of the Valley of Love Community?"

distinguished - ausgezeichnet; unterscheiden, erkennen, auszeichnen

nobility - Adel, Aristokratie, Nobilität, Adeligkeit, Blaublütigkeit

Castile - Kastilien

carver - Schnitzer

founder - Gründer, Gießer, Begründer

Dr. Carver inclined his leonine head, and the Marchioness continued: "Ah, New York"New York"how little the life of the spirit has reached it! But I see you do know Mr. Winsett."

"Oh, yes"I reached him some time ago; but not by that route," Winsett said with his dry smile.

The Marchioness shook her head reprovingly. "How do you know, Mr. Winsett? The spirit bloweth where it listeth."

reprovingly - vorwurfsvoll

bloweth - bläst

listeth - listet

"List"oh, list!" interjected Dr. Carver in a stentorian murmur.

"But do sit down, Mr. Archer. We four have been having a delightful little dinner together, and my child has gone up to dress. She expects you; she will be down in a moment. We were just admiring these marvellous flowers, which will surprise her when she reappears."

admiring - bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

marvellous - fabelhaft

reappears - wieder auftaucht; wieder erscheinen, wiederauftreten

Winsett remained on his feet. "I'm afraid I must be off. Please tell Madame Olenska that we shall all feel lost when she abandons our street. This house has been an oasis."

abandons - aufgibt; im Stich lassen, preisgeben, verlassen, abbrechen

oasis - Oase

"Ah, but she won't abandon YOU. Poetry and art are the breath of life to her. It IS poetry you write, Mr. Winsett?"

she won't - sie wird nicht

"Well, no; but I sometimes read it," said Winsett, including the group in a general nod and slipping out of the room.

nod - nicken; einnicken; Kopfnicken

"A caustic spirit"un peu sauvage. But so witty; Dr. Carver, you DO think him witty?"

un - VN, UN, UNO

"I never think of wit," said Dr. Carver severely.

"Ah"ah"you never think of wit! How merciless he is to us weak mortals, Mr. Archer! But he lives only in the life of the spirit; and tonight he is mentally preparing the lecture he is to deliver presently at Mrs. Blenker's. Dr. Carver, would there be time, before you start for the Blenkers'to explain to Mr.

merciless - unbarmherzig

mortals - sterblich, tödlich, Sterblicher, Sterbliche

deliver - erlösen, befreien, gebären, liefern, abliefern

start for - aufbrechen nach

Archer your illuminating discovery of the Direct Contact? But no; I see it is nearly nine o'clock, and we have no right to detain you while so many are waiting for your message."

contact - Kontakt, Berührung, Verbindung, Kontaktlinse, berühren

detain - festhalten; verhaften

Dr. Carver looked slightly disappointed at this conclusion, but, having compared his ponderous gold time-piece with Madame Olenska's little travelling-clock, he reluctantly gathered up his mighty limbs for departure.

conclusion - Schluss, Ende, Abschluss, Ergebnis, Schlussfolgerung

ponderous - schwerfällig

limbs - Gliedmaßen; Schenkel (geol. Falte), Glied

"I shall see you later, dear friend?" he suggested to the Marchioness, who replied with a smile: "As soon as Ellen's carriage comes I will join you; I do hope the lecture won't have begun."

Dr. Carver looked thoughtfully at Archer. "Perhaps, if this young gentleman is interested in my experiences, Mrs. Blenker might allow you to bring him with you?"

"Oh, dear friend, if it were possible"I am sure she would be too happy. But I fear my Ellen counts on Mr. Archer herself."

"That," said Dr. Carver, "is unfortunate"but here is my card." He handed it to Archer, who read on it, in Gothic characters:

unfortunate - unglücklich, unglückselig


| Agathon Carver |

| The Valley of Love |

| Kittasquattamy, N. Y. |


Dr. Carver bowed himself out, and Mrs. Manson, with a sigh that might have been either of regret or relief, again waved Archer to a seat.

regret - bedauern, bereuen, leidtun, Reue, Bedauern

"Ellen will be down in a moment; and before she comes, I am so glad of this quiet moment with you."

Archer murmured his pleasure at their meeting, and the Marchioness continued, in her low sighing accents: "I know everything, dear Mr. Archer"my child has told me all you have done for her. Your wise advice: your courageous firmness"thank heaven it was not too late!"

accents - Akzente; Dialekt, Akzent, Betonung; betonen, akzentuieren

courageous - mutig

firmness - Stärke, Festigkeit

The young man listened with considerable embarrassment. Was there any one, he wondered, to whom Madame Olenska had not proclaimed his intervention in her private affairs?

proclaimed - verkündet; verkünden, verkündigen, erklären

intervention - Intervention, Eingriff

"Madame Olenska exaggerates; I simply gave her a legal opinion, as she asked me to."

exaggerates - übertreibt; übertreiben

"Ah, but in doing it"in doing it you were the unconscious instrument of"of"what word have we moderns for Providence, Mr. Archer?" cried the lady, tilting her head on one side and drooping her lids mysteriously. "Little did you know that at that very moment I was being appealed to: being approached, in fact"from the other side of the Atlantic!"

Providence - Vorsehung, Providence

tilting - kippend; (tilt) kippend

approached - angesprochen; sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

She glanced over her shoulder, as though fearful of being overheard, and then, drawing her chair nearer, and raising a tiny ivory fan to her lips, breathed behind it: "By the Count himself"my poor, mad, foolish Olenski; who asks only to take her back on her own terms."

fearful - furchtbar; furchtsam, ängstlich, verängstigt

overheard - mitgehört; zufällig mit anhören

"Good God!" Archer exclaimed, springing up.

"You are horrified? Yes, of course; I understand. I don't defend poor Stanislas, though he has always called me his best friend. He does not defend himself"he casts himself at her feet: in my person." She tapped her emaciated bosom. "I have his letter here."

horrified - entsetzt; entsetzen, erschrecken, schockieren

casts - gießt; werfen, wegwerfen, hinwerfen, gießen, Cast, Besetzung

tapped - angezapft; Wasserhahn; Schlacke abstechen

emaciated - ausgemergelt; abmagern, de

"A letter?"Has Madame Olenska seen it?" Archer stammered, his brain whirling with the shock of the announcement.

stammered - gestottert; stammeln, stottern, Stottern

whirling - wirbelnd; (whirl) strudeln, wirbeln; (whirl); wirbeln, lschnell

The Marchioness Manson shook her head softly. "Time"time; I must have time. I know my Ellen"haughty, intractable; shall I say, just a shade unforgiving?"

intractable - unlösbar; schwer handhabbar, verfahren, störrisch, stur

unforgiving - unversöhnlich

"But, Good heavens, to forgive is one thing; to go back into that hell""

Good heavens - Um Himmels willen!

hell - Hölle

"Ah, yes," the Marchioness acquiesced. "So she describes it"my sensitive child! But on the material side, Mr. Archer, if one may stoop to consider such things; do you know what she is giving up? Those roses there on the sofa"acres like them, under glass and in the open, in his matchless terraced gardens at Nice! Jewels"historic pearls: the Sobieski emeralds"sables,"but she cares nothing for all these! Art and beauty, those she does care for, she lives for, as I always have; and those also surrounded her. Pictures, priceless furniture, music, brilliant conversation"ah, that, my dear young man, if you'll excuse me, is what you've no conception of here!

stoop - Buckel, sich beugen

acres - Hektar; Morgen, Acker, Joch

matchless - unnachahmlich, unvergleichlich

terraced - terrassenförmig; Dachterrasse, Terrasse, Terrasse

sables - Zobel, Zobel, Schwarz, schwarz

priceless - preislos, unbezahlbar

Excuse - Wie bitte; entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigen

conception - Empfängnis; Vorstellung, Konzeption

And she had it all; and the homage of the greatest. She tells me she is not thought handsome in New York"good heavens! Her portrait has been painted nine times; the greatest artists in Europe have begged for the privilege. Are these things nothing? And the remorse of an adoring husband?"

heavens - Himmel, Firmament

begged - gebettelt; Männchen machen; etwas erbitten (von jemandem); bitten (um)

adoring - anbetend; anbeten, verehren, anbeten, verehren

As the Marchioness Manson rose to her climax her face assumed an expression of ecstatic retrospection which would have moved Archer's mirth had he not been numb with amazement.

climax - Höhepunkt, Orgasmus

assumed - angenommen; annehmen, voraussetzen, vermuten, unterstellen

ecstatic - ekstatisch

Retrospection - Rückblick; Erinnerung

mirth - Fröhlichkeit, Belustigung, Freude

numb - taub, benommen, betäubt, gefühllos

amazement - Erstaunen; Staunen, Verwunderung

He would have laughed if any one had foretold to him that his first sight of poor Medora Manson would have been in the guise of a messenger of Satan; but he was in no mood for laughing now, and she seemed to him to come straight out of the hell from which Ellen Olenska had just escaped.

foretold - vorausgesagt; vorhersagen

guise - Aufmachung; Gewand (fig.), Erscheinung, Gestalt

Satan - Satan, Teufel

"She knows nothing yet"of all this?" he asked abruptly.

Mrs. Manson laid a purple finger on her lips. "Nothing directly"but does she suspect? Who can tell? The truth is, Mr. Archer, I have been waiting to see you. From the moment I heard of the firm stand you had taken, and of your influence over her, I hoped it might be possible to count on your support"to convince you ..."

convince - überzeugen

"That she ought to go back? I would rather see her dead!" cried the young man violently.

violently - gewaltsam; gewalttätig

"Ah," the Marchioness murmured, without visible resentment. For a while she sat in her arm-chair, opening and shutting the absurd ivory fan between her mittened fingers; but suddenly she lifted her head and listened.

mittened - Fäustlinge

"Here she comes," she said in a rapid whisper; and then, pointing to the bouquet on the sofa: "Am I to understand that you prefer THAT, Mr. Archer? After all, marriage is marriage ... and my niece is still a wife..."

rapid - schnell; Stromschnelle


"What are you two plotting together, aunt Medora?" Madame Olenska cried as she came into the room.

plotting - Verschwörungen; Handlung, Plot, Ausdruck, Komplott

She was dressed as if for a ball. Everything about her shimmered and glimmered softly, as if her dress had been woven out of candle-beams; and she carried her head high, like a pretty woman challenging a roomful of rivals.

shimmered - schimmerte; schimmern

glimmered - schimmerte; Schimmer, glimmern

woven - gewebt; gewoben; (weave) gewebt; gewoben

candle - Kerze

beams - Balken, Balken, Breite, Pflugbaum, Grindel, Strahl, Balken

roomful - raumvoll

"We were saying, my dear, that here was something beautiful to surprise you with," Mrs. Manson rejoined, rising to her feet and pointing archly to the flowers.

archly - verschmitzt, schlau

Madame Olenska stopped short and looked at the bouquet. Her colour did not change, but a sort of white radiance of anger ran over her like summer lightning. "Ah," she exclaimed, in a shrill voice that the young man had never heard, "who is ridiculous enough to send me a bouquet? Why a bouquet? And why tonight of all nights? I am not going to a ball; I am not a girl engaged to be married. But some people are always ridiculous."

ran over - Ăśberfuhr

lightning - Blitzschlag; Blitz; Entladung

shrill - schrill; scharf

ridiculous - lächerlich

She turned back to the door, opened it, and called out: "Nastasia!"

The ubiquitous handmaiden promptly appeared, and Archer heard Madame Olenska say, in an Italian that she seemed to pronounce with intentional deliberateness in order that he might follow it: "Here"throw this into the dustbin!" and then, as Nastasia stared protestingly: "But no"it's not the fault of the poor flowers. Tell the boy to carry them to the house three doors away, the house of Mr.

ubiquitous - allgegenwärtig

handmaiden - Dienstmädchen

deliberateness - Überlegtheit; Besonnenheit

dustbin - Abfalleimer, Mülltonne

protestingly - protestierend

fault - Fehler; Schuld; Fehler, Charakterschwäche, Verfehlung

Winsett, the dark gentleman who dined here. His wife is ill"they may give her pleasure ... The boy is out, you say? Then, my dear one, run yourself; here, put my cloak over you and fly. I want the thing out of the house immediately! And, as you live, don't say they come from me!"

She flung her velvet opera cloak over the maid's shoulders and turned back into the drawing-room, shutting the door sharply. Her bosom was rising high under its lace, and for a moment Archer thought she was about to cry; but she burst into a laugh instead, and looking from the Marchioness to Archer, asked abruptly: "And you two"have you made friends!"

flung - geschleudert; Affäre (Liebesaffäre)

sharply - scharf, scharfzüngig, spitzzüngig

made friends - angefreundet

"It's for Mr. Archer to say, darling; he has waited patiently while you were dressing."

patiently - geduldig

"Yes"I gave you time enough: my hair wouldn't go," Madame Olenska said, raising her hand to the heaped-up curls of her chignon. "But that reminds me: I see Dr. Carver is gone, and you'll be late at the Blenkers'. Mr. Archer, will you put my aunt in the carriage?"

heaped-up - (heaped-up) geschüttet

chignon - Dutt, Haarknoten

reminds - Erinnert; erinnern, in Erinnerung bringen

She followed the Marchioness into the hall, saw her fitted into a miscellaneous heap of overshoes, shawls and tippets, and called from the doorstep: "Mind, the carriage is to be back for me at ten!" Then she returned to the drawing-room, where Archer, on re-entering it, found her standing by the mantelpiece, examining herself in the mirror.

miscellaneous - Verschiedenes

heap - Menschenmenge, Masse, Haufen, Haufe, Heap

overshoes - Überschuhe; Überschuh

shawls - Schals; Schal

tippets - Pelerinen; Pelerine

examining - die Prüfung; untersuchen, untersuchen, untersuchen, prüfen

It was not usual, in New York society, for a lady to address her parlour-maid as "my dear one," and send her out on an errand wrapped in her own opera-cloak; and Archer, through all his deeper feelings, tasted the pleasurable excitement of being in a world where action followed on emotion with such Olympian speed.

parlour - Wohnzimmer, Stube; Sprechzimmer

errand - Besorgungen; Besorgung, Auftrag

wrapped - eingewickelt; einhüllen, einwickeln, wickeln, einpacken, hüllen

pleasurable - vergnüglich

Olympian - Olympionike; Olympian

Madame Olenska did not move when he came up behind her, and for a second their eyes met in the mirror; then she turned, threw herself into her sofa-corner, and sighed out: "There's time for a cigarette."

He handed her the box and lit a spill for her; and as the flame flashed up into her face she glanced at him with laughing eyes and said: "What do you think of me in a temper?"

spill - auslaufen; verschütten, erman: sich ergießen

Archer paused a moment; then he answered with sudden resolution: "It makes me understand what your aunt has been saying about you."

resolution - Entschlossenheit, Standfestigkeit, Vorsatz, Auflösung

"I knew she'd been talking about me. Well?"

"She said you were used to all kinds of things"splendours and amusements and excitements"that we could never hope to give you here."

splendours - Prachtstücke; Pracht; Brillanz

amusements - Vergnügungen; Amüsement

excitements - Aufregungen; Aufregung, Begeisterung, Spannung, Erregung, Reiz

Madame Olenska smiled faintly into the circle of smoke about her lips.

"Medora is incorrigibly romantic. It has made up to her for so many things!"

incorrigibly - unverbesserlich

Archer hesitated again, and again took his risk. "Is your aunt's romanticism always consistent with accuracy?"

romanticism - Romantik

consistent - konsequent

accuracy - Genauigkeit, Sorgfalt, Exaktheit, Richtigkeit

"You mean: does she speak the truth?" Her niece considered. "Well, I'll tell you: in almost everything she says, there's something true and something untrue. But why do you ask? What has she been telling you?"

untrue - unwahr

He looked away into the fire, and then back at her shining presence. His heart tightened with the thought that this was their last evening by that fireside, and that in a moment the carriage would come to carry her away.

shining - glänzen; Schienbein; hinaufklettern

tightened - verschärft; anziehen

"She says"she pretends that Count Olenski has asked her to persuade you to go back to him."

pretends - so tut als ob; vorgeben, prätendieren, vortäuschen, so tun

Madame Olenska made no answer. She sat motionless, holding her cigarette in her half-lifted hand. The expression of her face had not changed; and Archer remembered that he had before noticed her apparent incapacity for surprise.

apparent - offensichtlich; offenbar

incapacity - Unfähigkeit

"You knew, then?" he broke out.

She was silent for so long that the ash dropped from her cigarette. She brushed it to the floor. "She has hinted about a letter: poor darling! Medora's hints""

ash - Esche, Asche

"Is it at your husband's request that she has arrived here suddenly?"

Madame Olenska seemed to consider this question also. "There again: one can't tell. She told me she had had a 'spiritual summons,'whatever that is, from Dr. Carver. I'm afraid she's going to marry Dr. Carver ... poor Medora, there's always some one she wants to marry. But perhaps the people in Cuba just got tired of her! I think she was with them as a sort of paid companion. Really, I don't know why she came."

spiritual - spirituell; geistig

"But you do believe she has a letter from your husband?"

Again Madame Olenska brooded silently; then she said: "After all, it was to be expected."

brooded - gegrübelt; Brut, brüten, brüten, grübeln

The young man rose and went to lean against the fireplace. A sudden restlessness possessed him, and he was tongue-tied by the sense that their minutes were numbered, and that at any moment he might hear the wheels of the returning carriage.

lean against - (Leiter) anlegen

fireplace - Kamin, Feuerstelle, Herd

"You know that your aunt believes you will go back?"

Madame Olenska raised her head quickly. A deep blush rose to her face and spread over her neck and shoulders. She blushed seldom and painfully, as if it hurt her like a burn.

painfully - schmerzhaft

"Many cruel things have been believed of me," she said.

cruel - schrecklich; grausam (gegen)

"Oh, Ellen"forgive me; I'm a fool and a brute!"

fool - dumme Gans, Dummkopf, Narr, Närrin

She smiled a little. "You are horribly nervous; you have your own troubles. I know you think the Wellands are unreasonable about your marriage, and of course I agree with you. In Europe people don't understand our long American engagements; I suppose they are not as calm as we are." She pronounced the "we" with a faint emphasis that gave it an ironic sound.

horribly - furchtbar; fürchterlich

unreasonable - unvernünftig, kompromisslos, nicht nachvollziehbar, unklug

emphasis - Nachdruck, Eindringlichkeit, Emphase, Schwerpunkt

Archer felt the irony but did not dare to take it up. After all, she had perhaps purposely deflected the conversation from her own affairs, and after the pain his last words had evidently caused her he felt that all he could do was to follow her lead. But the sense of the waning hour made him desperate: he could not bear the thought that a barrier of words should drop between them again.

purposely - absichtlich

deflected - abgelenkt; ablenken, abfälschen, abwehren, ausweichen

lead - führen, anführen, leiten; aus Blei; Aufmacher; Anschlussdraht

waning - (wane) abnehmen, abflauen, schwinden; (wan) (wane) abnehmen

barrier - Sperre, Schranke

"Yes," he said abruptly; "I went south to ask May to marry me after Easter. There's no reason why we shouldn't be married then."

"And May adores you"and yet you couldn't convince her? I thought her too intelligent to be the slave of such absurd superstitions."

adores - verehrt; anbeten, verehren, anbeten, verehren

slave - Sklave, Sklavin, Sexsklave

superstitions - Aberglauben; Aberglaube

"She IS too intelligent"she's not their slave."

Madame Olenska looked at him. "Well, then"I don't understand."

Archer reddened, and hurried on with a rush. "We had a frank talk"almost the first. She thinks my impatience a bad sign."

"Merciful heavens"a bad sign?"

merciful - barmherzig

"She thinks it means that I can't trust myself to go on caring for her. She thinks, in short, I want to marry her at once to get away from some one that I"care for more."

Madame Olenska examined this curiously. "But if she thinks that"why isn't she in a hurry too?"

examined - untersucht; untersuchen, untersuchen, untersuchen, prüfen

"Because she's not like that: she's so much nobler. She insists all the more on the long engagement, to give me time""

nobler - edler; Adeliger, Adliger, Adelige, Adlige, Aristokrat

"Time to give her up for the other woman?"

"If I want to."

Madame Olenska leaned toward the fire and gazed into it with fixed eyes. Down the quiet street Archer heard the approaching trot of her horses.

gazed - gestarrt; anstarren

trot - trotten, laufen, traben

"That IS noble," she said, with a slight break in her voice.

"Yes. But it's ridiculous."

"Ridiculous? Because you don't care for any one else?"

"Because I don't mean to marry any one else."

"Ah." There was another long interval. At length she looked up at him and asked: "This other woman"does she love you?"

"Oh, there's no other woman; I mean, the person that May was thinking of is"was never""

"Then, why, after all, are you in such haste?"

"There's your carriage," said Archer.

She half-rose and looked about her with absent eyes. Her fan and gloves lay on the sofa beside her and she picked them up mechanically.

absent - (absent-minded) abwesend, geistesabwesend, unaufmerksam

"Yes; I suppose I must be going."

"You're going to Mrs. Struthers's?"

"Yes." She smiled and added: "I must go where I am invited, or I should be too lonely. Why not come with me?"

Archer felt that at any cost he must keep her beside him, must make her give him the rest of her evening. Ignoring her question, he continued to lean against the chimney-piece, his eyes fixed on the hand in which she held her gloves and fan, as if watching to see if he had the power to make her drop them.

"May guessed the truth," he said. "There is another woman"but not the one she thinks."

Ellen Olenska made no answer, and did not move. After a moment he sat down beside her, and, taking her hand, softly unclasped it, so that the gloves and fan fell on the sofa between them.

She started up, and freeing herself from him moved away to the other side of the hearth. "Ah, don't make love to me! Too many people have done that," she said, frowning.

frowning - Stirnrunzeln; die Stirn runzeln

Archer, changing colour, stood up also: it was the bitterest rebuke she could have given him. "I have never made love to you," he said, "and I never shall. But you are the woman I would have married if it had been possible for either of us."

bitterest - am bittersten; herb, rau, bitter

rebuke - tadeln; Tadel, Anschiss, Rüge, Schelte

"Possible for either of us?" She looked at him with unfeigned astonishment. "And you say that"when it's you who've made it impossible?"

unfeigned - ungeheuchelt

astonishment - Staunen, Erstaunen, Verwunderung

He stared at her, groping in a blackness through which a single arrow of light tore its blinding way.

groping - Fummeln; tasten, tappen, herumtasten, begrapschen, grapschen

blackness - Schwärze

arrow - Richtungspfeil, Pfeil

tore - gerissen; (to tear) zerreißen, reißen

blinding - geblendet; blendend, grell; (blind); blind, unkritisch

"I'VE made it impossible"?"

"You, you, YOU!" she cried, her lip trembling like a child's on the verge of tears. "Isn't it you who made me give up divorcing"give it up because you showed me how selfish and wicked it was, how one must sacrifice one's self to preserve the dignity of marriage ... and to spare one's family the publicity, the scandal? And because my family was going to be your family"for May's sake and for yours"I did what you told me, what you proved to me that I ought to do.

lip - Lippe; Auslauf, Überlauf, Schnaupe, Ansatz

trembling - Zittern, Beben; (tremble); zittern; Zittern

divorcing - sich scheiden lassen; Scheidung, Ehescheidung, scheiden

sacrifice - opfern; Opfer

publicity - Öffentlichkeitsarbeit; Werbung

Ah," she broke out with a sudden laugh, "I've made no secret of having done it for you!"

She sank down on the sofa again, crouching among the festive ripples of her dress like a stricken masquerader; and the young man stood by the fireplace and continued to gaze at her without moving.

crouching - hockend; sich ducken (vor), kriechen; kauern, hocken

festive - festlich

ripples - plätschert; Brummspannung, Welligkeit

stricken - angeschlagen; ergriffen, heimgesucht, betroffen

masquerader - Maskenbildner; Maskenträger

"Good God," he groaned. "When I thought""

"You thought?"

"Ah, don't ask me what I thought!"

Still looking at her, he saw the same burning flush creep up her neck to her face. She sat upright, facing him with a rigid dignity.

flush - Wasserspülung, Wallung, Schwall; spülen, ausspülen; rot werden

creep - Fiesling; kriechen; schleichen; Knilch, Widerling

upright - aufrecht; hochkant

rigid - steif, starr, rigide

"I do ask you."

"Well, then: there were things in that letter you asked me to read""

"My husband's letter?"


"I had nothing to fear from that letter: absolutely nothing! All I feared was to bring notoriety, scandal, on the family"on you and May."

absolutely - absolut, durchaus, total, unbedingt

notoriety - Notorität, schlechter Ruf, Allbekanntheit, traurige Berühmtheit

"Good God," he groaned again, bowing his face in his hands.

The silence that followed lay on them with the weight of things final and irrevocable. It seemed to Archer to be crushing him down like his own grave-stone; in all the wide future he saw nothing that would ever lift that load from his heart. He did not move from his place, or raise his head from his hands; his hidden eyeballs went on staring into utter darkness.

irrevocable - unwiderruflich

crushing - erdrückend; Schwarm, zerdrücken

load - Last, Beschickung (Ladung), Belastung; beladen, ich lüde

eyeballs - Augäpfel; Augapfel, nach Augenmaß abschätzen

"At least I loved you"" he brought out.

On the other side of the hearth, from the sofa-corner where he supposed that she still crouched, he heard a faint stifled crying like a child's. He started up and came to her side.

crouched - gehockt; sich ducken (vor), kriechen; kauern, hocken

stifled - erstickt; ersticken

"Ellen! What madness! Why are you crying? Nothing's done that can't be undone. I'm still free, and you're going to be." He had her in his arms, her face like a wet flower at his lips, and all their vain terrors shrivelling up like ghosts at sunrise. The one thing that astonished him now was that he should have stood for five minutes arguing with her across the width of the room, when just touching her made everything so simple.

undone - ungeschehen machen; öffnen, aufmachen, etwas rückgängig machen

shrivelling - schrumpfend, schrumpelten; (shrivel); schrumpeln, verschrumpeln

ghosts - Gespenst

sunrise - Sonnenaufgang

She gave him back all his kiss, but after a moment he felt her stiffening in his arms, and she put him aside and stood up.

aside - beiseite, zur Seite

"Ah, my poor Newland"I suppose this had to be. But it doesn't in the least alter things," she said, looking down at him in her turn from the hearth.

"It alters the whole of life for me."

alters - ändert; verändern, ändern, wandeln, modifizieren, abändern

"No, no"it mustn't, it can't. You're engaged to May Welland; and I'm married."

He stood up too, flushed and resolute. "Nonsense! It's too late for that sort of thing. We've no right to lie to other people or to ourselves. We won't talk of your marriage; but do you see me marrying May after this?"

She stood silent, resting her thin elbows on the mantelpiece, her profile reflected in the glass behind her. One of the locks of her chignon had become loosened and hung on her neck; she looked haggard and almost old.

elbows - Ellbogen, Rohrbogen, Ellbogenstoß, ellbögeln

haggard - verstört, abgezehrt, wild, abgehärmt

"I don't see you," she said at length, "putting that question to May. Do you?"

He gave a reckless shrug. "It's too late to do anything else."

reckless - rücksichtslos; waghalsig, unverantwortlich, unbekümmert

"You say that because it's the easiest thing to say at this moment"not because it's true. In reality it's too late to do anything but what we'd both decided on."

"Ah, I don't understand you!"

She forced a pitiful smile that pinched her face instead of smoothing it. "You don't understand because you haven't yet guessed how you've changed things for me: oh, from the first"long before I knew all you'd done."

smoothing - Glättung; glättend, gleitend

"All I'd done?"

"Yes. I was perfectly unconscious at first that people here were shy of me"that they thought I was a dreadful sort of person. It seems they had even refused to meet me at dinner. I found that out afterward; and how you'd made your mother go with you to the van der Luydens'; and how you'd insisted on announcing your engagement at the Beaufort ball, so that I might have two families to stand by me instead of one""

dreadful - furchtbar, schrecklich

At that he broke into a laugh.

"Just imagine," she said, "how stupid and unobservant I was! I knew nothing of all this till Granny blurted it out one day. New York simply meant peace and freedom to me: it was coming home. And I was so happy at being among my own people that every one I met seemed kind and good, and glad to see me. But from the very beginning," she continued, "I felt there was no one as kind as you; no one who gave me reasons that I understood for doing what at first seemed so hard and"unnecessary.

Just imagine - Denken Sie nur!

unobservant - unaufmerksam

blurted - geplatzt; herausplatzen, ausquatschen, ausplappern

unnecessary - nicht notwendig, unnötig

The very good people didn't convince me; I felt they'd never been tempted. But you knew; you understood; you had felt the world outside tugging at one with all its golden hands"and yet you hated the things it asks of one; you hated happiness bought by disloyalty and cruelty and indifference. That was what I'd never known before"and it's better than anything I've known."

tempted - in Versuchung; in Versuchung führen, versuchen, locken

tugging - zerrt; zerrend; (tug); zerren; schleppen; Ruck

disloyalty - Untreue; Illoyalität

cruelty - Grausamkeit, Quälerei

She spoke in a low even voice, without tears or visible agitation; and each word, as it dropped from her, fell into his breast like burning lead. He sat bowed over, his head between his hands, staring at the hearthrug, and at the tip of the satin shoe that showed under her dress. Suddenly he knelt down and kissed the shoe.

agitation - Aufregung; Aufwühlung, Agitation

knelt - kniete; knien

She bent over him, laying her hands on his shoulders, and looking at him with eyes so deep that he remained motionless under her gaze.

"Ah, don't let us undo what you've done!" she cried. "I can't go back now to that other way of thinking. I can't love you unless I give you up."

undo - öffnen, aufmachen, etwas rückgängig machen, annulieren

His arms were yearning up to her; but she drew away, and they remained facing each other, divided by the distance that her words had created. Then, abruptly, his anger overflowed.

yearning - Sehnsucht; (yearn) Sehnsucht

overflowed - übergelaufen; überfließen, überlaufen, überfließen, de

"And Beaufort? Is he to replace me?"

As the words sprang out he was prepared for an answering flare of anger; and he would have welcomed it as fuel for his own. But Madame Olenska only grew a shade paler, and stood with her arms hanging down before her, and her head slightly bent, as her way was when she pondered a question.

flare - aufflackern; Fackel, Leuchtfackel, Bengalo, Leuchtsignal

fuel - Kraftstoff; Brennstoff; betanken; anheizen, schüren

paler - blasser; Pfahl, blass; bleich (vor), blass (vor)

"He's waiting for you now at Mrs. Struthers's; why don't you go to him?" Archer sneered.

sneered - spöttisch; Spott; grinsen, spötteln

She turned to ring the bell. "I shall not go out this evening; tell the carriage to go and fetch the Signora Marchesa," she said when the maid came.

After the door had closed again Archer continued to look at her with bitter eyes. "Why this sacrifice? Since you tell me that you're lonely I've no right to keep you from your friends."

She smiled a little under her wet lashes. "I shan't be lonely now. I WAS lonely; I WAS afraid. But the emptiness and the darkness are gone; when I turn back into myself now I'm like a child going at night into a room where there's always a light."

emptiness - Leere, Leerheit

Her tone and her look still enveloped her in a soft inaccessibility, and Archer groaned out again: "I don't understand you!"

enveloped - umhüllt; einhüllen, umhüllen

inaccessibility - Unerreichbarkeit; Unzugänglichkeit

"Yet you understand May!"

He reddened under the retort, but kept his eyes on her. "May is ready to give me up."

retort - Retorte; erwidern (scharf)

"What! Three days after you've entreated her on your knees to hasten your marriage?"

entreated - angefleht; ersuchen

"She's refused; that gives me the right""

"Ah, you've taught me what an ugly word that is," she said.

He turned away with a sense of utter weariness. He felt as though he had been struggling for hours up the face of a steep precipice, and now, just as he had fought his way to the top, his hold had given way and he was pitching down headlong into darkness.

weariness - Müdigkeit

steep - steil; einweichen, abschüssig

given way - gewichen

pitching - werfend, Stampfen (eines Schiffs); (pitch) werfend

headlong - kopflos; mit dem Kopf zuerst; kopfüber; Hals über Kopf

If he could have got her in his arms again he might have swept away her arguments; but she still held him at a distance by something inscrutably aloof in her look and attitude, and by his own awed sense of her sincerity. At length he began to plead again.

awed - ehrfürchtig; Ehrfurcht, Staunen

sincerity - Aufrichtigkeit, Ehrlichkeit

"If we do this now it will be worse afterward"worse for every one""

"No"no"no!" she almost screamed, as if he frightened her.

screamed - geschrien; Schrei, schreien

At that moment the bell sent a long tinkle through the house. They had heard no carriage stopping at the door, and they stood motionless, looking at each other with startled eyes.

Outside, Nastasia's step crossed the hall, the outer door opened, and a moment later she came in carrying a telegram which she handed to the Countess Olenska.

"The lady was very happy at the flowers," Nastasia said, smoothing her apron. "She thought it was her signor marito who had sent them, and she cried a little and said it was a folly."

apron - Schürze; Vorfeld; Fußsack

Signor - Herr

Her mistress smiled and took the yellow envelope. She tore it open and carried it to the lamp; then, when the door had closed again, she handed the telegram to Archer.

It was dated from St. Augustine, and addressed to the Countess Olenska. In it he read: "Granny's telegram successful. Papa and Mamma agree marriage after Easter. Am telegraphing Newland. Am too happy for words and love you dearly. Your grateful May."

telegraphing - telegraphieren; Telegraph, telegrafieren, depeschieren

Dearly - Liebevoll; teuer

Half an hour later, when Archer unlocked his own front-door, he found a similar envelope on the hall-table on top of his pile of notes and letters. The message inside the envelope was also from May Welland, and ran as follows: "Parents consent wedding Tuesday after Easter at twelve Grace Church eight bridesmaids please see Rector so happy love May."

pile - Haufen, Pfahl, Pulk

consent - zustimmen, einwilligen, Zustimmung, Konsens, Einverständnis

bridesmaids - Brautjungfern; Brautjungfer

rector - Rektor

Archer crumpled up the yellow sheet as if the gesture could annihilate the news it contained. Then he pulled out a small pocket-diary and turned over the pages with trembling fingers; but he did not find what he wanted, and cramming the telegram into his pocket he mounted the stairs.

annihilate - auslöschen; vernichten

cramming - stopfen, vollpacken, mästen, vollstopfen, büffeln, pauken

A light was shining through the door of the little hall-room which served Janey as a dressing-room and boudoir, and her brother rapped impatiently on the panel. The door opened, and his sister stood before him in her immemorial purple flannel dressing-gown, with her hair "on pins." Her face looked pale and apprehensive.

shining through - durchleuchtend

rapped - gerappt; pochen, schlagen; Geplapper

panel - Verkleidung, Platte, Tafel, Paneel

flannel - Flanell

dressing-gown - (dressing-gown) Morgenrock , Schlafrock , Morgenmantel ;Bademantel (Morgenmantel)

pins - Stecknadeln; Zapfen, Bolzen

"Newland! I hope there's no bad news in that telegram? I waited on purpose, in case"" (No item of his correspondence was safe from Janey.)

correspondence - Briefwechsel, Korrespondenz

He took no notice of her question. "Look here"what day is Easter this year?"

She looked shocked at such unchristian ignorance. "Easter? Newland! Why, of course, the first week in April. Why?"

unchristian - unchristlich

"The first week?" He turned again to the pages of his diary, calculating rapidly under his breath. "The first week, did you say?" He threw back his head with a long laugh.

calculating - kalkulieren, berechnen, ausrechnen, rechnen, kalkulieren

rapidly - schnell

"For mercy's sake what's the matter?"

"Nothing's the matter, except that I'm going to be married in a month."

Janey fell upon his neck and pressed him to her purple flannel breast. "Oh Newland, how wonderful! I'm so glad! But, dearest, why do you keep on laughing? Do hush, or you'll wake Mamma."

Hush - Pst; verstummen, still werden, zum Schweigen bringen, Stille

Book II


The day was fresh, with a lively spring wind full of dust. All the old ladies in both families had got out their faded sables and yellowing ermines, and the smell of camphor from the front pews almost smothered the faint spring scent of the lilies banking the altar.

dust - Staub; entstauben, abstauben, ein Sandbad nehmen, sandbaden

ermines - Hermeline; Hermelin

camphor - Kampfer, q

pews - Kirchenbänke; die Kirchenbank

smothered - erdrückt; ersticken

altar - Altar

Newland Archer, at a signal from the sexton, had come out of the vestry and placed himself with his best man on the chancel step of Grace Church.

signal - Signal; Signal; signalisieren

sexton - Küster, Küsterin, Sigrist

vestry - Sakristei

chancel - Altarraum

The signal meant that the brougham bearing the bride and her father was in sight; but there was sure to be a considerable interval of adjustment and consultation in the lobby, where the bridesmaids were already hovering like a cluster of Easter blossoms. During this unavoidable lapse of time the bridegroom, in proof of his eagerness, was expected to expose himself alone to the gaze of the assembled company; and Archer had gone through this formality as resignedly as through all the others which made of a nineteenth century New York wedding a rite that seemed to belong to the dawn of history.

adjustment - Anpassen, geringfügiges Ändern, Anpassung, Regulierung

unavoidable - unvermeidlich

lapse - Entgleisung, Ausrutscher, Verfallen, Erlöschen, Verfall

bridegroom - Bräutigam

expose - entlarven; aufdecken, offenbaren, entblößen, bloßlegen

formality - Formalität; Formalie

nineteenth - neunzehnten; neunzehnte

Everything was equally easy"or equally painful, as one chose to put it"in the path he was committed to tread, and he had obeyed the flurried injunctions of his best man as piously as other bridegrooms had obeyed his own, in the days when he had guided them through the same labyrinth.

tread - Lauffläche; (to tread) betreten, schreiten

obeyed - gehorcht; gehorchen, befolgen

flurried - leichter) Schneefall, (lkurzer) Schneeschauer, Windstoß, Bö

injunctions - Unterlassungsklagen; Verfügung, Verfügen

piously - fromm, fromme

bridegrooms - Bräutigame; Bräutigam

So far he was reasonably sure of having fulfilled all his obligations.

reasonably - vernünftig

fulfilled - erfüllt; erfüllen, ableisten, anfüllen, gerecht werden

obligations - Verpflichtungen; Verpflichtung, Pflicht, Verpflichtung

The bridesmaids'eight bouquets of white lilac and lilies-of-the-valley had been sent in due time, as well as the gold and sapphire sleeve-links of the eight ushers and the best man's cat's-eye scarf-pin; Archer had sat up half the night trying to vary the wording of his thanks for the last batch of presents from men friends and ex-lady-loves; the fees for the Bishop and the Rector were safely in the pocket of his best man; his own luggage was already at Mrs. Manson Mingott's, where the wedding-breakfast was to take place, and so were the travelling clothes into which he was to change; and a private compartment had been engaged in the train that was to carry the young couple to their unknown destination"concealment of the spot in which the bridal night was to be spent being one of the most sacred taboos of the prehistoric ritual.

bouquets - Sträuße; Blumenstrauß, Bouquet

lilac - fliederfarben; Flieder, Fliederbusch, Fliederbaum

ushers - Platzanweiser, Gerichtsdiener, zuweisen, anweisen, führen

pin - Zapfen, Bolzen, Schraubendrehereinsatz; feststecken, anheften

vary - variieren; verändern; sich ändern, checkvariieren

batch - Charge; stapeln (Computer); Stapel, Stoß, Batch, Schub

ex - ab

fees - Gebühren; Gebühr

bishop - Läufer (Schach), Bischof

concealment - Verheimlichung; Verborgenheit, Geborgenheit

spot - Fleck, Punkt, Pickel, Pustel, Bisschen, Stelle, Ort, Werbespot

bridal - Brautschau; Hochzeit; bräutlich, hochzeitlich, Braut-, Hochzeit-

sacred - heilig

taboos - Tabus; Tabu

prehistoric - prähistorisch

"Got the ring all right?" whispered young van der Luyden Newland, who was inexperienced in the duties of a best man, and awed by the weight of his responsibility.

inexperienced - unerfahren

Archer made the gesture which he had seen so many bridegrooms make: with his ungloved right hand he felt in the pocket of his dark grey waistcoat, and assured himself that the little gold circlet (engraved inside: Newland to May, April "-, 187-) was in its place; then, resuming his former attitude, his tall hat and pearl-grey gloves with black stitchings grasped in his left hand, he stood looking at the door of the church.

waistcoat - Weste

circlet - Zirkel; Ring

pearl-grey - (pearl-grey) perlgrau

stitchings - Nähte; absteppend, nähend

grasped - begriffen; greifen, erfassen, begreifen, verstehen, erfassen

Overhead, Handel's March swelled pompously through the imitation stone vaulting, carrying on its waves the faded drift of the many weddings at which, with cheerful indifference, he had stood on the same chancel step watching other brides float up the nave toward other bridegrooms.

overhead - von oben, darüber, Überkopf-

pompously - pompös; prunkvoll, prunkvolle

imitation - Imitation, Nachahmung, Kopie, Imitat

cheerful - fröhlich, vergnügt, freundlich

brides - Bräute; Braut

float - treiben, schwimmen, schweben, gleiten

nave - Kirchenschiff

"How like a first night at the Opera!" he thought, recognising all the same faces in the same boxes (no, pews), and wondering if, when the Last Trump sounded, Mrs. Selfridge Merry would be there with the same towering ostrich feathers in her bonnet, and Mrs. Beaufort with the same diamond earrings and the same smile"and whether suitable proscenium seats were already prepared for them in another world.

recognising - anerkennen

trump - Trumpf

earrings - Ohrringe; Ohrring

proscenium - Proszenium; Bühnenfassade

After that there was still time to review, one by one, the familiar countenances in the first rows; the women's sharp with curiosity and excitement, the men's sulky with the obligation of having to put on their frock-coats before luncheon, and fight for food at the wedding-breakfast.

countenances - Antlitze; Antlitz

sharp - scharf; scharfsinning; spitz, -is, hoch, stechend

sulky - mürrisch; schmollend, verdrossen, Sulky

"Too bad the breakfast is at old Catherine's," the bridegroom could fancy Reggie Chivers saying. "But I'm told that Lovell Mingott insisted on its being cooked by his own chef, so it ought to be good if one can only get at it." And he could imagine Sillerton Jackson adding with authority: "My dear fellow, haven't you heard? It's to be served at small tables, in the new English fashion."

Archer's eyes lingered a moment on the left-hand pew, where his mother, who had entered the church on Mr. Henry van der Luyden's arm, sat weeping softly under her Chantilly veil, her hands in her grandmother's ermine muff.

ermine - Hermelin; Hermelin

"Poor Janey!" he thought, looking at his sister, "even by screwing her head around she can see only the people in the few front pews; and they're mostly dowdy Newlands and Dagonets."

screwing - Vögelei (vulg.), Vögeln (vulg.); schraubend

On the hither side of the white ribbon dividing off the seats reserved for the families he saw Beaufort, tall and redfaced, scrutinising the women with his arrogant stare. Beside him sat his wife, all silvery chinchilla and violets; and on the far side of the ribbon, Lawrence Lefferts's sleekly brushed head seemed to mount guard over the invisible deity of "Good Form" who presided at the ceremony.

hither - her, hierher, hierhin

dividing - Aufteilen; abteilend, teilend; (divide); aufteilen, einteilen

reserved - Reservieren

redfaced - rotgesichtig

stare - starren, anstarren

silvery - silbrig, silberig, silberhell, silbern

chinchilla - Chinchilla; Chinchilla; (chinchillon); Chinchilla; Chinchilla

violets - Violett, Veilchen

sleekly - geschmeidig; glatte

mount - Reittier, Berg, Lafette (Waffe); einbauen, aufsteigen

presided - den Vorsitz haben, präsidieren

ceremony - Zeremonie, feierliche Handlung, Ritual, Feier

Archer wondered how many flaws Lefferts's keen eyes would discover in the ritual of his divinity; then he suddenly recalled that he too had once thought such questions important. The things that had filled his days seemed now like a nursery parody of life, or like the wrangles of mediaeval schoolmen over metaphysical terms that nobody had ever understood. A stormy discussion as to whether the wedding presents should be "shown" had darkened the last hours before the wedding; and it seemed inconceivable to Archer that grown-up people should work themselves into a state of agitation over such trifles, and that the matter should have been decided (in the negative) by Mrs.

flaws - Schwachstellen; Fehlerstelle, Fehler

nursery - Kinderstube, Kinderzimmer, Kindergarten, Kinderzimmer

parody - Parodie; parodieren

wrangles - Streitigkeiten; treiben, rangeln, streiten, Rangelei, Streit

mediaeval - mittelalterlich

metaphysical - metaphysisch

stormy - stürmisch

darkened - verdunkelt; verdunkeln, verdunkeln

Welland's saying, with indignant tears: "I should as soon turn the reporters loose in my house." Yet there was a time when Archer had had definite and rather aggressive opinions on all such problems, and when everything concerning the manners and customs of his little tribe had seemed to him fraught with world-wide significance.

indignant - entrüstet

loose - verlassen, lose, locker

definite - Definitiv

aggressive - aggressiv

fraught - angespannt; voll

significance - Bedeutung, Signifikanz (1)

"And all the while, I suppose," he thought, "real people were living somewhere, and real things happening to them ..."

"THERE THEY COME!" breathed the best man excitedly; but the bridegroom knew better.

excitedly - aufgeregt

The cautious opening of the door of the church meant only that Mr. Brown the livery-stable keeper (gowned in black in his intermittent character of sexton) was taking a preliminary survey of the scene before marshalling his forces. The door was softly shut again; then after another interval it swung majestically open, and a murmur ran through the church: "The family!"

gowned - bekleidet; Umhang, Umwurf, Überwurf, Kleid

intermittent - intermittierend

preliminary - vorläufig, vorbereitend

marshalling - rangieren; Marshalling; (marshal); Marschall, Feldmarschall

forces - Kräfte; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht, Einfluss

swung - geschwungen; schwingen, schaukeln, schwanken, schaukeln

Mrs. Welland came first, on the arm of her eldest son. Her large pink face was appropriately solemn, and her plum-coloured satin with pale blue side-panels, and blue ostrich plumes in a small satin bonnet, met with general approval; but before she had settled herself with a stately rustle in the pew opposite Mrs. Archer's the spectators were craning their necks to see who was coming after her. Wild rumours had been abroad the day before to the effect that Mrs. Manson Mingott, in spite of her physical disabilities, had resolved on being present at the ceremony; and the idea was so much in keeping with her sporting character that bets ran high at the clubs as to her being able to walk up the nave and squeeze into a seat.

plumes - Federn; Schadstofffahne, Abwasserfahne

rustle - Rascheln, Rauschen, Knistern

spectators - Zuschauer, Zuschauerin, Schaulustiger

craning - Kurbeln; Kranich, Kran; den Kopf/Hals recken

disabilities - Behinderungen; Behinderung, Invalidität

bets - Wetteinsatz, wetten, Wette; riskieren

squeeze - drücken, klemmen, pressen, quetschen

It was known that she had insisted on sending her own carpenter to look into the possibility of taking down the end panel of the front pew, and to measure the space between the seat and the front; but the result had been discouraging, and for one anxious day her family had watched her dallying with the plan of being wheeled up the nave in her enormous Bath chair and sitting enthroned in it at the foot of the chancel.

Carpenter - Schreiner; Zimmermann, Zimmerfrau

taking down - abhängend

end panel - Endfeld , Schlusspaneel

dallying - trödeln

enthroned - inthronisiert; einsetzen

The idea of this monstrous exposure of her person was so painful to her relations that they could have covered with gold the ingenious person who suddenly discovered that the chair was too wide to pass between the iron uprights of the awning which extended from the church door to the curbstone. The idea of doing away with this awning, and revealing the bride to the mob of dressmakers and newspaper reporters who stood outside fighting to get near the joints of the canvas, exceeded even old Catherine's courage, though for a moment she had weighed the possibility. "Why, they might take a photograph of my child AND PUT IT IN THE PAPERS!

exposure - Exposition; Kontakt, Einwirkung, Lage, Witterung, Belichtung

ingenious - ingeniös, genial, findig

uprights - Stützen; aufrecht, hochkant, aufrecht

curbstone - Bordsteinkanten; Randstein, Bordstein

mob - Meute, Pöbel

dressmakers - Schneiderinnen; Schneiderin

exceeded - überschritten; überschreiten, hinausgehen über, übertreffen

Mrs. Welland exclaimed when her mother's last plan was hinted to her; and from this unthinkable indecency the clan recoiled with a collective shudder. The ancestress had had to give in; but her concession was bought only by the promise that the wedding-breakfast should take place under her roof, though (as the Washington Square connection said) with the Wellands'house in easy reach it was hard to have to make a special price with Brown to drive one to the other end of nowhere.

unthinkable - unvorstellbar; undenkbar

indecency - Unanständigkeit

recoiled - zurückgeworfen; Rückstoß, zurückschrecken, zurückschlagen

easy reach - gute Verkehrsanbindung

special price - Sonderpreis

Though all these transactions had been widely reported by the Jacksons a sporting minority still clung to the belief that old Catherine would appear in church, and there was a distinct lowering of the temperature when she was found to have been replaced by her daughter-in-law. Mrs. Lovell Mingott had the high colour and glassy stare induced in ladies of her age and habit by the effort of getting into a new dress; but once the disappointment occasioned by her mother-in-law's non-appearance had subsided, it was agreed that her black Chantilly over lilac satin, with a bonnet of Parma violets, formed the happiest contrast to Mrs.

transactions - Transaktionen; Geschäftsabwicklung, Geschäftsdurchführung

widely - weit verbreitet; breit; entfernt

lowering - Senken; Abbau (von Kosten)

glassy - glasig, gläsern, glasartig

induced - veranlasst; dazu bringen, anstacheln, bewirken, verursachen

subsided - nachgelassen; einsinken, abklingen, nachlassen, abschwellen

contrast - Kontrast; Gegensatz, Unterschied, gegenüberstellen

Welland's blue and plum-colour. Far different was the impression produced by the gaunt and mincing lady who followed on Mr. Mingott's arm, in a wild dishevelment of stripes and fringes and floating scarves; and as this last apparition glided into view Archer's heart contracted and stopped beating.

plum - Pflaumenbaum; Pflaume, Zwetschke (österr.)

gaunt - knochig, dünn, hager, mager, abgemagert

mincing - Faschieren; zerhackend, affektiert; (mince); Hackfleisch

dishevelment - Entblößung; Verwirrung

fringes - Fransen; Franse, Saum, Einfassung, Rand, Peripherie, Randgruppe

floating - schwebend; schwimmend, fließend, gleiten

scarves - Schals; Halstuch, Schal

apparition - Erscheinung

glided - geglitten; gleiten, gleiten, gleiten lassen

contracted - unter Vertrag genommen; Vertrag

He had taken it for granted that the Marchioness Manson was still in Washington, where she had gone some four weeks previously with her niece, Madame Olenska. It was generally understood that their abrupt departure was due to Madame Olenska's desire to remove her aunt from the baleful eloquence of Dr. Agathon Carver, who had nearly succeeded in enlisting her as a recruit for the Valley of Love; and in the circumstances no one had expected either of the ladies to return for the wedding.

abrupt - abrupt, jäh, schroff, steil

baleful - verderblich, unheilvoll

enlisting - eintragen

recruit - Rekrut; rekrutieren

For a moment Archer stood with his eyes fixed on Medora's fantastic figure, straining to see who came behind her; but the little procession was at an end, for all the lesser members of the family had taken their seats, and the eight tall ushers, gathering themselves together like birds or insects preparing for some migratory manoeuvre, were already slipping through the side doors into the lobby.

straining - anspannend, anstrengend; (strain) anspannend, anstrengend

procession - Prozession, Umzug

migratory - migratorisch

side doors - Seitentüren

"Newland"I say: SHE'S HERE!" the best man whispered.

Archer roused himself with a start.

A long time had apparently passed since his heart had stopped beating, for the white and rosy procession was in fact half way up the nave, the Bishop, the Rector and two white-winged assistants were hovering about the flower-banked altar, and the first chords of the Spohr symphony were strewing their flower-like notes before the bride.

winged - geflügelt; Flügel, t+Schwinge, Flügel, Flügel, t+Gebäudeflügel

chords - Akkorde; Akkord, Sehne, Profilsehne, Tastenkombination

Symphony - Sinfonie, Symphonie

strewing - streuend, bestreuend; (strew); streuen

Archer opened his eyes (but could they really have been shut, as he imagined?), and felt his heart beginning to resume its usual task. The music, the scent of the lilies on the altar, the vision of the cloud of tulle and orange-blossoms floating nearer and nearer, the sight of Mrs.

resume - weiter; Lebenslauf; fortsetzen, wiedererlangen, wiederaufnehmen

Archer's face suddenly convulsed with happy sobs, the low benedictory murmur of the Rector's voice, the ordered evolutions of the eight pink bridesmaids and the eight black ushers: all these sights, sounds and sensations, so familiar in themselves, so unutterably strange and meaningless in his new relation to them, were confusedly mingled in his brain.

convulsed - verkrampft; erschüttern

sobs - schluchzt; Huso

benedictory - Segensspruch

evolutions - Weiterentwicklungen; Evolution, Evolution

sights - Sehenswürdigkeiten; Sehenswürdigkeit, Gesicht

sensations - Empfindungen; Gefühl

unutterably - unaussprechlich

meaningless - sinnlos, bedeutungslos

confusedly - verwirrt

"My God," he thought, "HAVE I got the ring?""and once more he went through the bridegroom's convulsive gesture.

convulsive - krampfhaft

Then, in a moment, May was beside him, such radiance streaming from her that it sent a faint warmth through his numbness, and he straightened himself and smiled into her eyes.

streaming - strömend; (stream); Bach; Strom; Datenstrom; strömen; streamen

numbness - Taubheit; Benommenheit

straightened - begradigt; richten (gerade biegen); gerade machen, gerade werden

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here," the Rector began ...

beloved - beliebt, geliebt, Liebe, Liebchen, Liebling; (belove); beliebt

The ring was on her hand, the Bishop's benediction had been given, the bridesmaids were a-poise to resume their place in the procession, and the organ was showing preliminary symptoms of breaking out into the Mendelssohn March, without which no newly-wedded couple had ever emerged upon New York.

benediction - Segensspruch; Segnung

poise - Gleichgewicht, Fassung, Gelassenheit, Haltung, Ausdruck, Poise

organ - Organ; Orgel

breaking out - ausbrechend

wedded - verheiratet; trauen, verheiraten, vermählen, heiraten

"Your arm"I SAY, GIVE HER YOUR ARM!" young Newland nervously hissed; and once more Archer became aware of having been adrift far off in the unknown. What was it that had sent him there, he wondered?

adrift - abtreibend

Perhaps the glimpse, among the anonymous spectators in the transept, of a dark coil of hair under a hat which, a moment later, revealed itself as belonging to an unknown lady with a long nose, so laughably unlike the person whose image she had evoked that he asked himself if he were becoming subject to hallucinations.

anonymous - Anonym

transept - Querschiff; Querhaus, Transept

laughably - lächerlich; ulkige

hallucinations - Halluzinationen; Halluzination, Wahnvorstellung

And now he and his wife were pacing slowly down the nave, carried forward on the light Mendelssohn ripples, the spring day beckoning to them through widely opened doors, and Mrs. Welland's chestnuts, with big white favours on their frontlets, curvetting and showing off at the far end of the canvas tunnel.

pacing - Taktung; Tempo, Stufe, Schritt

beckoning - heranwinken, herbeiwinken, winken, zuwinken, einladen

frontlets - Stirnband

curvetting - Krümmung; Bogensprung

tunnel - Tunnel, Stollen

The footman, who had a still bigger white favour on his lapel, wrapped May's white cloak about her, and Archer jumped into the brougham at her side. She turned to him with a triumphant smile and their hands clasped under her veil.

lapel - Revers; Klappe; Aufschlag, Jackenaufschlag, Mantelaufschlag

"Darling!" Archer said"and suddenly the same black abyss yawned before him and he felt himself sinking into it, deeper and deeper, while his voice rambled on smoothly and cheerfully: "Yes, of course I thought I'd lost the ring; no wedding would be complete if the poor devil of a bridegroom didn't go through that. But you DID keep me waiting, you know! I had time to think of every horror that might possibly happen."

yawned - gähnte; gähnen, Gähnen

sinking - sinken; Untergang; (sink); sinken; senken, versenken, Spüle

She surprised him by turning, in full Fifth Avenue, and flinging her arms about his neck. "But none ever CAN happen now, can it, Newland, as long as we two are together?"

flinging - Schleudern; Affäre (Liebesaffäre)

The old du Lac aunts at Rhinebeck had put their house at the disposal of the bridal couple, with a readiness inspired by the prospect of spending a week in New York with Mrs. Archer; and Archer, glad to escape the usual "bridal suite" in a Philadelphia or Baltimore hotel, had accepted with an equal alacrity.

disposal - Beseitigung, Entsorgung, Verfügung

bridal couple - Brautpaar , Brautleute

suite - Suite

Equal - Gleichberechtigt; gleich; gleichen; Gleichgestellter

alacrity - Eilfertigkeit; Eifer; Unverzüglichkeit

May was enchanted at the idea of going to the country, and childishly amused at the vain efforts of the eight bridesmaids to discover where their mysterious retreat was situated.

childishly - kindische, kindlich

efforts - Anstrengungen; Anstrengung, Aufwand

retreat - Rückzug

It was thought "very English" to have a country-house lent to one, and the fact gave a last touch of distinction to what was generally conceded to be the most brilliant wedding of the year; but where the house was no one was permitted to know, except the parents of bride and groom, who, when taxed with the knowledge, pursed their lips and said mysteriously: "Ah, they didn't tell us"" which was manifestly true, since there was no need to.

conceded - zugestanden; zugeben, zugestehen, einräumen, zugestehen

most brilliant - geistvollstem, geistvollste

taxed - besteuert; strapazieren, besteuern; Steuer (auf); Abgabe

manifestly - offenkundig

Once they were settled in their compartment, and the train, shaking off the endless wooden suburbs, had pushed out into the pale landscape of spring, talk became easier than Archer had expected. May was still, in look and tone, the simple girl of yesterday, eager to compare notes with him as to the incidents of the wedding, and discussing them as impartially as a bridesmaid talking it all over with an usher. At first Archer had fancied that this detachment was the disguise of an inward tremor; but her clear eyes revealed only the most tranquil unawareness.

shaking off - abschüttelnd

endless - endlos, unbegrenzt, unbeschränkt, unendlich

suburbs - Vorstädte; Vorstadt, Vorort, Stadtteil, Bezirk, Stadtbezirk

landscape - Landschaft; Querformat

compare notes - Erfahrungen austauschen

bridesmaid - Brautjungfer

usher - Platzanweiser; Gerichtsdiener; zuweisen, anweisen, führen

unawareness - Unkenntnis; Unwissenheit, Ignoranz

She was alone for the first time with her husband; but her husband was only the charming comrade of yesterday. There was no one whom she liked as much, no one whom she trusted as completely, and the culminating "lark" of the whole delightful adventure of engagement and marriage was to be off with him alone on a journey, like a grownup person, like a "married woman," in fact.

comrade - Kamerad; Genosse, Genossin

trusted - vertrauenswürdig; Vertrauen

culminating - gipfelnd; kulminieren, gipfeln, kulminieren, kulminieren

lark - Lerche

grownup - Erwachsener

It was wonderful that"as he had learned in the Mission garden at St.

Augustine"such depths of feeling could coexist with such absence of imagination. But he remembered how, even then, she had surprised him by dropping back to inexpressive girlishness as soon as her conscience had been eased of its burden; and he saw that she would probably go through life dealing to the best of her ability with each experience as it came, but never anticipating any by so much as a stolen glance.

coexist - koexistieren

inexpressive - nichtssagend

girlishness - Mädchenhaftigkeit, mädchenhaftes Aussehen, mädchenhaftes Wesen

eased - gelockert; EAS

anticipating - vorausschauend; vorgreifen, voraussehen, vorausahnen

Perhaps that faculty of unawareness was what gave her eyes their transparency, and her face the look of representing a type rather than a person; as if she might have been chosen to pose for a Civic Virtue or a Greek goddess. The blood that ran so close to her fair skin might have been a preserving fluid rather than a ravaging element; yet her look of indestructible youthfulness made her seem neither hard nor dull, but only primitive and pure.

transparency - Durchsichtigkeit, Transparenz

representing - vorstellen, darstellen, vertreten

civic - zivilen; bürgerlich

goddess - Göttin, weibliche Gottheit, weiblicher Gott

preserving - Konservieren; Konserve, Eingemachtes

fluid - Fluid, Flüssigkeit, fließend

ravaging - verwüsten, zerstören, Verwüstung

element - Element; Bauelement

indestructible - unzerstörbar

youthfulness - Jugendlichkeit

In the thick of this meditation Archer suddenly felt himself looking at her with the startled gaze of a stranger, and plunged into a reminiscence of the wedding-breakfast and of Granny Mingott's immense and triumphant pervasion of it.

meditation - Meditation

reminiscence - Erinnern; Erinnerung an, Erinnerungen, Rückerinnerung

pervasion - Durchdringung

May settled down to frank enjoyment of the subject. "I was surprised, though"weren't you?"that aunt Medora came after all. Ellen wrote that they were neither of them well enough to take the journey; I do wish it had been she who had recovered! Did you see the exquisite old lace she sent me?"

weren - wer

He had known that the moment must come sooner or later, but he had somewhat imagined that by force of willing he might hold it at bay.

bay - Erker, Bucht, Gestell, Bellen

"Yes"I"no: yes, it was beautiful," he said, looking at her blindly, and wondering if, whenever he heard those two syllables, all his carefully built-up world would tumble about him like a house of cards.

blindly - blindlings

syllables - Silben; Silbe

"Aren't you tired? It will be good to have some tea when we arrive"I'm sure the aunts have got everything beautifully ready," he rattled on, taking her hand in his; and her mind rushed away instantly to the magnificent tea and coffee service of Baltimore silver which the Beauforts had sent, and which "went" so perfectly with uncle Lovell Mingott's trays and side-dishes.

rattled - verunsichert; klappern, rasseln, erschüteln, knattern

trays - Tabletts; Tablett, Servierbrett

In the spring twilight the train stopped at the Rhinebeck station, and they walked along the platform to the waiting carriage.

"Ah, how awfully kind of the van der Luydens"they've sent their man over from Skuytercliff to meet us," Archer exclaimed, as a sedate person out of livery approached them and relieved the maid of her bags.

sedate - sediert; sedieren; ruhig stellen

"I'm extremely sorry, sir," said this emissary, "that a little accident has occurred at the Miss du Lacs': a leak in the water-tank. It happened yesterday, and Mr. van der Luyden, who heard of it this morning, sent a housemaid up by the early train to get the Patroon's house ready.

emissary - Emissär, Emissärin, Abgesandter

leak - undicht

tank - Panzer, Wasserbecken, Behälter

housemaid - Hausmädchen

early train - Frühzug

It will be quite comfortable, I think you'll find, sir; and the Miss du Lacs have sent their cook over, so that it will be exactly the same as if you'd been at Rhinebeck."

Archer stared at the speaker so blankly that he repeated in still more apologetic accents: "It'll be exactly the same, sir, I do assure you"" and May's eager voice broke out, covering the embarrassed silence: "The same as Rhinebeck? The Patroon's house? But it will be a hundred thousand times better"won't it, Newland? It's too dear and kind of Mr. van der Luyden to have thought of it."

apologetic - entschuldigend, apologetisch, reumütig

And as they drove off, with the maid beside the coachman, and their shining bridal bags on the seat before them, she went on excitedly: "Only fancy, I've never been inside it"have you? The van der Luydens show it to so few people. But they opened it for Ellen, it seems, and she told me what a darling little place it was: she says it's the only house she's seen in America that she could imagine being perfectly happy in."

perfectly happy - wunschlos

"Well"that's what we're going to be, isn't it?" cried her husband gaily; and she answered with her boyish smile: "Ah, it's just our luck beginning"the wonderful luck we're always going to have together!"

just our luck - Pech gehabt


"Of course we must dine with Mrs. Carfry, dearest," Archer said; and his wife looked at him with an anxious frown across the monumental Britannia ware of their lodging house breakfast-table.

Britannia - Britannien

lodging - Unterbringung; Unterkunft; (lodge); Lodge; Loge; Biberburg; feststecken

In all the rainy desert of autumnal London there were only two people whom the Newland Archers knew; and these two they had sedulously avoided, in conformity with the old New York tradition that it was not "dignified" to force one's self on the notice of one's acquaintances in foreign countries.

rainy - regnerisch

autumnal - herbstlich

conformity - Konformität

dignified - würdevoll; ehren

acquaintances - Bekanntschaft, Umgang, Bekannter, Bekannte

foreign countries - Ausland

Mrs. Archer and Janey, in the course of their visits to Europe, had so unflinchingly lived up to this principle, and met the friendly advances of their fellow-travellers with an air of such impenetrable reserve, that they had almost achieved the record of never having exchanged a word with a "foreigner" other than those employed in hotels and railway-stations. Their own compatriots"save those previously known or properly accredited"they treated with an even more pronounced disdain; so that, unless they ran across a Chivers, a Dagonet or a Mingott, their months abroad were spent in an unbroken tete-a-tete.

unflinchingly - unerschrocken

advances - Vorschüsse; erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken, Fortschritt

impenetrable - undurchdringlich; undurchlässig

reserve - Reservieren, Bedenken, Vorbehalt, Reserviertheit, Reserve

compatriots - Landsmänner; Landsmann, Landsmännin, Landsfrau, Volksgenosse

treated - behandelt; behandeln, bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

disdain - Verachtung, Geringschätzung (disrespect)

tete-a-tete - (tete-a-tete) vertraulich

But the utmost precautions are sometimes unavailing; and one night at Botzen one of the two English ladies in the room across the passage (whose names, dress and social situation were already intimately known to Janey) had knocked on the door and asked if Mrs. Archer had a bottle of liniment. The other lady"the intruder's sister, Mrs. Carfry"had been seized with a sudden attack of bronchitis; and Mrs. Archer, who never travelled without a complete family pharmacy, was fortunately able to produce the required remedy.

precautions - Vorsichtsmaßnahmen; Vorsorge, Vorsichtsmaßnahme

unavailing - vergeblich

intimately - vertraut

Liniment - Einreibemittel; Liniment

intruder - Eindringling

seized with - befallen

pharmacy - Apotheke, Drogerie, Pharmazie

remedy - Abhilfe; Gegenmittel; Heilmittel; beheben

Mrs. Carfry was very ill, and as she and her sister Miss Harle were travelling alone they were profoundly grateful to the Archer ladies, who supplied them with ingenious comforts and whose efficient maid helped to nurse the invalid back to health.

comforts - Annehmlichkeiten; Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit, Komfort, Trost

efficient - effizient

When the Archers left Botzen they had no idea of ever seeing Mrs. Carfry and Miss Harle again. Nothing, to Mrs. Archer's mind, would have been more "undignified" than to force one's self on the notice of a "foreigner" to whom one had happened to render an accidental service. But Mrs. Carfry and her sister, to whom this point of view was unknown, and who would have found it utterly incomprehensible, felt themselves linked by an eternal gratitude to the "delightful Americans" who had been so kind at Botzen. With touching fidelity they seized every chance of meeting Mrs. Archer and Janey in the course of their continental travels, and displayed a supernatural acuteness in finding out when they were to pass through London on their way to or from the States. The intimacy became indissoluble, and Mrs.

render - leisten, wiedergeben

accidental - versehentlich, zufällig, Zufall, Versehen

incomprehensible - unverständlich

eternal - ewig

fidelity - Redlichkeit; Genauigkeit; Treue; Wiedergabetreue, Klangtreue

seized - beschlagnahmt; ergreifen, fassen, greifen, packen, ergreifen

displayed - angezeigt; Vorführung, Vorstellung, Display

supernatural - übernatürlich

acuteness - Schärfe; Akuität

indissoluble - unauflöslich

Archer and Janey, whenever they alighted at Brown's Hotel, found themselves awaited by two affectionate friends who, like themselves, cultivated ferns in Wardian cases, made macrame lace, read the memoirs of the Baroness Bunsen and had views about the occupants of the leading London pulpits. As Mrs. Archer said, it made "another thing of London" to know Mrs. Carfry and Miss Harle; and by the time that Newland became engaged the tie between the families was so firmly established that it was thought "only right" to send a wedding invitation to the two English ladies, who sent, in return, a pretty bouquet of pressed Alpine flowers under glass. And on the dock, when Newland and his wife sailed for England, Mrs. Archer's last word had been: "You must take May to see Mrs. Carfry."

alighted - Ausgestiegen; landen

awaited - erwartet; erwarten, harren, warten

affectionate - zärtlich

Memoirs - Memoiren-p, Lebenserinnerungen-p

Baroness - Baronin, Baronesse

occupants - Insassen; Besatzer, Besatzerin, Okkupant, Okkupantin, Bewohner

pulpits - Kanzeln; Kanzel; i

became engaged - verlobte

Dock - Hafenbecken; docken, andocken; Dock, Anklagebank

Newland and his wife had had no idea of obeying this injunction; but Mrs. Carfry, with her usual acuteness, had run them down and sent them an invitation to dine; and it was over this invitation that May Archer was wrinkling her brows across the tea and muffins.

obeying - gehorchen, befolgen

injunction - Unterlassungsanordnung; Verfügung, Verfügen, Anordnen

wrinkling - Faltenbildung; sich runzeln, runzlig (runzelig) werden, knittern

muffins - Muffin, Muffin

"It's all very well for you, Newland; you KNOW them. But I shall feel so shy among a lot of people I've never met. And what shall I wear?"

Newland leaned back in his chair and smiled at her. She looked handsomer and more Diana-like than ever. The moist English air seemed to have deepened the bloom of her cheeks and softened the slight hardness of her virginal features; or else it was simply the inner glow of happiness, shining through like a light under ice.

handsomer - Schöner; hübsch, stattlich, gutaussehend, ansehnlich, schmuck

softened - erweicht; aufweichen, weichen, aufweichen, weichen

virginal - jungfräulich; Virginal

"Wear, dearest? I thought a trunkful of things had come from Paris last week."

trunkful - Kofferraum voll

"Yes, of course. I meant to say that I shan't know WHICH to wear." She pouted a little. "I've never dined out in London; and I don't want to be ridiculous."

pouted - geschmollt; schmollen

He tried to enter into her perplexity. "But don't Englishwomen dress just like everybody else in the evening?"

Englishwomen - Engländerinnen; Engländerin

"Newland! How can you ask such funny questions? When they go to the theatre in old ball-dresses and bare heads."

ball-dresses - (ball-dresses) Ballkleider

"Well, perhaps they wear new ball-dresses at home; but at any rate Mrs. Carfry and Miss Harle won't. They'll wear caps like my mother's"and shawls; very soft shawls."

caps - Mützen; Ventilkappe; Mütze, Haube, Kappe

"Yes; but how will the other women be dressed?"

"Not as well as you, dear," he rejoined, wondering what had suddenly developed in her Janey's morbid interest in clothes.

morbid - morbide; morbid; krankhaft

She pushed back her chair with a sigh. "That's dear of you, Newland; but it doesn't help me much."

He had an inspiration. "Why not wear your wedding-dress? That can't be wrong, can it?"

inspiration - Einatmung, Einatmen, Einschnaufen, göttliche Eingebung

"Oh, dearest! If I only had it here! But it's gone to Paris to be made over for next winter, and Worth hasn't sent it back."

"Oh, well"" said Archer, getting up. "Look here"the fog's lifting. If we made a dash for the National Gallery we might manage to catch a glimpse of the pictures."

Fog - umnebeln, verschleiern; (dicker) Nebel, Nebel

Dash - Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Spurt, Sprint

The Newland Archers were on their way home, after a three months'wedding-tour which May, in writing to her girl friends, vaguely summarised as "blissful."

summarised - zusammenfassen, verdichten

blissful - glückselig, beglückt

They had not gone to the Italian Lakes: on reflection, Archer had not been able to picture his wife in that particular setting. Her own inclination (after a month with the Paris dressmakers) was for mountaineering in July and swimming in August. This plan they punctually fulfilled, spending July at Interlaken and Grindelwald, and August at a little place called Etretat, on the Normandy coast, which some one had recommended as quaint and quiet. Once or twice, in the mountains, Archer had pointed southward and said: "There's Italy"; and May, her feet in a gentian-bed, had smiled cheerfully, and replied: "It would be lovely to go there next winter, if only you didn't have to be in New York.

mountaineering - Bergsteigen; (mountaineer); Bergbewohner, Bergbewohnerin

fulfilled - erfüllt; erfüllen, einhalten, erfüllen, erfüllen

Normandy - Normandie

quaint - malerisch; wunderlich, originell, anheimelnd

southward - südwärts

gentian - Enzian

But in reality travelling interested her even less than he had expected. She regarded it (once her clothes were ordered) as merely an enlarged opportunity for walking, riding, swimming, and trying her hand at the fascinating new game of lawn tennis; and when they finally got back to London (where they were to spend a fortnight while he ordered HIS clothes) she no longer concealed the eagerness with which she looked forward to sailing.

enlarged - vergrößert; vergrößern

lawn - Liegewiese, Rasenplatz, Rasen

concealed - versteckt; verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen

In London nothing interested her but the theatres and the shops; and she found the theatres less exciting than the Paris cafes chantants where, under the blossoming horse-chestnuts of the Champs Elysees, she had had the novel experience of looking down from the restaurant terrace on an audience of "cocottes," and having her husband interpret to her as much of the songs as he thought suitable for bridal ears.

chantants - Sprechchöre

blossoming - erblühend; (blossom); Blüte; Blütezeit; blühen, erblühen

Champs - kauen

terrace - Dachterrasse; Häuserreihe; Häuserflucht; Stehtribüne; Stehplätze

Archer had reverted to all his old inherited ideas about marriage. It was less trouble to conform with the tradition and treat May exactly as all his friends treated their wives than to try to put into practice the theories with which his untrammelled bachelorhood had dallied. There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free; and he had long since discovered that May's only use of the liberty she supposed herself to possess would be to lay it on the altar of her wifely adoration. Her innate dignity would always keep her from making the gift abjectly; and a day might even come (as it once had) when she would find strength to take it altogether back if she thought she were doing it for his own good.

reverted - rückgängig gemacht; rückgängig machen

inherited - geerbt; erben, übernehmen, erben, erben, vererben

conform - anpassen; entsprechen, passen, gerecht werden, genügen

treat - behandeln; bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

theories - Theorien; Theorie, Theorie, Theorie, Theorie

untrammelled - ungehindert

bachelorhood - Junggesellenleben; Junggesellentum

dallied - getrödelt; trödeln

emancipate - emanzipieren

dimmest - am schwächsten; trüb; dämmerig, dunkel

notion - Ahnung, Ansicht, Auffassung, Begriff

wifely - fraulich

adoration - Anbetung

abjectly - unterwürfig; verwerfliche

But with a conception of marriage so uncomplicated and incurious as hers such a crisis could be brought about only by something visibly outrageous in his own conduct; and the fineness of her feeling for him made that unthinkable. Whatever happened, he knew, she would always be loyal, gallant and unresentful; and that pledged him to the practice of the same virtues.

uncomplicated - Unkompliziert

incurious - uninteressiert

crisis - Krise

fineness - Feinheit; Feingehalt

gallant - Galan (galanter Mann), galant, Verehrer

unresentful - nicht nachtragend

All this tended to draw him back into his old habits of mind. If her simplicity had been the simplicity of pettiness he would have chafed and rebelled; but since the lines of her character, though so few, were on the same fine mould as her face, she became the tutelary divinity of all his old traditions and reverences.

tended - gepflegt; abzielen

pettiness - Kleinlichkeit; Geringfügigkeit

tutelary - Vormundschaft; schützende

Reverences - Reverenzen; Ehrfurcht, Bewunderung, Verehrung, Hochachtung

Such qualities were scarcely of the kind to enliven foreign travel, though they made her so easy and pleasant a companion; but he saw at once how they would fall into place in their proper setting. He had no fear of being oppressed by them, for his artistic and intellectual life would go on, as it always had, outside the domestic circle; and within it there would be nothing small and stifling"coming back to his wife would never be like entering a stuffy room after a tramp in the open.

enliven - beleben, ermuntern

stuffy - stickig, verstopfte

tramp - Landstreicher; Vagabund, Penner, Schlampe, Flittchen

And when they had children the vacant corners in both their lives would be filled.

All these things went through his mind during their long slow drive from Mayfair to South Kensington, where Mrs. Carfry and her sister lived. Archer too would have preferred to escape their friends'hospitality: in conformity with the family tradition he had always travelled as a sight-seer and looker-on, affecting a haughty unconsciousness of the presence of his fellow-beings. Once only, just after Harvard, he had spent a few gay weeks at Florence with a band of queer Europeanised Americans, dancing all night with titled ladies in palaces, and gambling half the day with the rakes and dandies of the fashionable club; but it had all seemed to him, though the greatest fun in the world, as unreal as a carnival.

looker - Gucker; (look) Blick, siehe

Harvard - Harvard

rakes - harken, stochern; Harke, Rechen

dandies - Dandys; Dandy, Pinkel, prima, schön, gut

unreal - unwirklich, irreal

carnival - Fastnacht; Karneval, Fasching

These queer cosmopolitan women, deep in complicated love-affairs which they appeared to feel the need of retailing to every one they met, and the magnificent young officers and elderly dyed wits who were the subjects or the recipients of their confidences, were too different from the people Archer had grown up among, too much like expensive and rather malodorous hot-house exotics, to detain his imagination long. To introduce his wife into such a society was out of the question; and in the course of his travels no other had shown any marked eagerness for his company.

retailing - den Einzelhandel; (retail); Einzelhandel, Einzelhandelsabsatz

dyed - gefärbt; färben (Haar, Stoff)

wits - Verstand; nämlich, und zwar

malodorous - übelriechend

exotics - Exoten; exotisch, exotisch, Exot

Not long after their arrival in London he had run across the Duke of St. Austrey, and the Duke, instantly and cordially recognising him, had said: "Look me up, won't you?

cordially - herzlich

"but no proper-spirited American would have considered that a suggestion to be acted on, and the meeting was without a sequel. They had even managed to avoid May's English aunt, the banker's wife, who was still in Yorkshire; in fact, they had purposely postponed going to London till the autumn in order that their arrival during the season might not appear pushing and snobbish to these unknown relatives.

spirited - temperamentvoll; Geist, Seele, Geist, Stimmung, Schnaps

acted on - eingewirkt

sequel - Fortsetzung, Folge

Yorkshire - Yorkshire

postponed - verschoben; verschieben, aufschieben, zurückstellen

snobbish - snobistisch; dünkelhaft, schnöselig, blasiert, großtuerisch

"Probably there'll be nobody at Mrs. Carfry's"London's a desert at this season, and you've made yourself much too beautiful," Archer said to May, who sat at his side in the hansom so spotlessly splendid in her sky-blue cloak edged with swansdown that it seemed wicked to expose her to the London grime.

Hansom - Kutsche

spotlessly - makellos; fleckenlose

splendid - glänzend; prächtig; hervorragend

sky-blue - (sky-blue) himmelblau

edged - kantig; Rand, Seite, Kante, Kante, Vorsprung, Klinge, Schneide

swansdown - Schwanendaune; Barchent

grime - Dreck; Schmutz, Ruß

"I don't want them to think that we dress like savages," she replied, with a scorn that Pocahontas might have resented; and he was struck again by the religious reverence of even the most unworldly American women for the social advantages of dress.

savages - wild, wild, wüst, unbebaut, unbändig, rasend, wütend, roh

scorn - verachten; verschmähen; verspotten; Verachtung

resented - verübelt; zurückgesandt; verübeln, übelnehmen

unworldly - weltfremd

"It's their armour," he thought, "their defence against the unknown, and their defiance of it." And he understood for the first time the earnestness with which May, who was incapable of tying a ribbon in her hair to charm him, had gone through the solemn rite of selecting and ordering her extensive wardrobe.

armour - Panzer, Rüstung

defence - Verteidigung, Abwehr

defiance - Trotzigkeit; Trotz, Auflehnung, Widerstand, offener Ungehorsam

earnestness - Ernsthaftigkeit; Ernst

incapable - nicht fähig; unfähig

selecting - auswählen

extensive - umfangreich

wardrobe - Garderobe, Kleiderschrank

He had been right in expecting the party at Mrs. Carfry's to be a small one. Besides their hostess and her sister, they found, in the long chilly drawing-room, only another shawled lady, a genial Vicar who was her husband, a silent lad whom Mrs. Carfry named as her nephew, and a small dark gentleman with lively eyes whom she introduced as his tutor, pronouncing a French name as she did so.

shawled - umgeschlagen; Schal

genial - großartig

Vicar - Vikar

lad - Junge, Knabe, Bube, Bursche, junger Mann, Stallbursche

nephew - Neffe

tutor - Nachhilfelehrer; Privatunterricht geben; Lehrprogramm

Into this dimly-lit and dim-featured group May Archer floated like a swan with the sunset on her: she seemed larger, fairer, more voluminously rustling than her husband had ever seen her; and he perceived that the rosiness and rustlingness were the tokens of an extreme and infantile shyness.

swan - Schwan

sunset - Sonnenuntergang; Lebensabend

voluminously - voluminös

rosiness - rosig

rustlingness - Rustikalität

tokens - Wertmarken; Zeichen

infantile - infantil

"What on earth will they expect me to talk about?" her helpless eyes implored him, at the very moment that her dazzling apparition was calling forth the same anxiety in their own bosoms. But beauty, even when distrustful of itself, awakens confidence in the manly heart; and the Vicar and the French-named tutor were soon manifesting to May their desire to put her at her ease.

implored - angefleht; anflehen

dazzling - schillernd; blendend, grell, umwerfend, betörend

anxiety - Ängste; Besorgnis, Angst, Sorge

bosoms - Busen, Busen, Brust, der Busenfreund

awakens - erwacht; aufwecken, wecken, aufwachen, erwachen, wach werden

manifesting - manifest, Ladungsliste, Manifest, manifestieren

The Vicar, after a glass of port, was obliged to hurry away to a meeting, and the shy nephew, who appeared to be an invalid, was packed off to bed. But Archer and the tutor continued to sit over their wine, and suddenly Archer found himself talking as he had not done since his last symposium with Ned Winsett. The Carfry nephew, it turned out, had been threatened with consumption, and had had to leave Harrow for Switzerland, where he had spent two years in the milder air of Lake Leman.

symposium - Fachtagung, Symposium, Symposion

threatened - bedroht; drohen, bedrohen, bedrohen, androhen

consumption - Konsum, Verzehr, Verbrauch, Aufnahme

Harrow - eggen; Egge

Switzerland - Die Schweiz; Schweiz

leman - Geliebter, Geliebte, Buhle

Being a bookish youth, he had been entrusted to M. Riviere, who had brought him back to England, and was to remain with him till he went up to Oxford the following spring; and M. Riviere added with simplicity that he should then have to look out for another job.

bookish - buchmäßig; gelehrte

remain - Überrest (2); Überreste (3); sterbliche Überreste (3); bleiben

Oxford - Oxford, Ochsenfurt

It seemed impossible, Archer thought, that he should be long without one, so varied were his interests and so many his gifts. He was a man of about thirty, with a thin ugly face (May would certainly have called him common-looking) to which the play of his ideas gave an intense expressiveness; but there was nothing frivolous or cheap in his animation.

expressiveness - Ausdruckskraft, Aussagekraft

animation - Belebung, Vitalisierung, Animation

His father, who had died young, had filled a small diplomatic post, and it had been intended that the son should follow the same career; but an insatiable taste for letters had thrown the young man into journalism, then into authorship (apparently unsuccessful), and at length"after other experiments and vicissitudes which he spared his listener"into tutoring English youths in Switzerland. Before that, however, he had lived much in Paris, frequented the Goncourt grenier, been advised by Maupassant not to attempt to write (even that seemed to Archer a dazzling honour!

diplomatic - diplomatisch

insatiable - unersättlich

journalism - Journalismus, Journalistik

authorship - Urheberschaft; Autorschaft

unsuccessful - erfolglos

vicissitudes - Wechselfälle; Unbeständigkeit, Wandel, Wandel, Wechsel

tutoring - Nachhilfeunterricht; Privatunterricht geben; Lehrprogramm

youths - Jugend, Jugendlichkeit, Jugend, Jugendzeit, Jugendlicher

honour - Ehrung, Ehre; ehren; beehren, akzeptieren, annehmen, honorieren

, and had often talked with Merimee in his mother's house. He had obviously always been desperately poor and anxious (having a mother and an unmarried sister to provide for), and it was apparent that his literary ambitions had failed. His situation, in fact, seemed, materially speaking, no more brilliant than Ned Winsett's; but he had lived in a world in which, as he said, no one who loved ideas need hunger mentally. As it was precisely of that love that poor Winsett was starving to death, Archer looked with a sort of vicarious envy at this eager impecunious young man who had fared so richly in his poverty.

ambitions - Ambitionen; Ehrgeiz, Ehrgeiz, de

materially - materiell

more brilliant - geistvollere

hunger - hungern; Hunger

Starving - Hungrig; hungernd; (starve); verhungern, Hungers sterben

vicarious - stellvertretend

envy - Neid; beneiden

impecunious - unbemittelt

richly - reich; wohlhabend

"You see, Monsieur, it's worth everything, isn't it, to keep one's intellectual liberty, not to enslave one's powers of appreciation, one's critical independence? It was because of that that I abandoned journalism, and took to so much duller work: tutoring and private secretaryship. There is a good deal of drudgery, of course; but one preserves one's moral freedom, what we call in French one's quant a soi. And when one hears good talk one can join in it without compromising any opinions but one's own; or one can listen, and answer it inwardly. Ah, good conversation"there's nothing like it, is there? The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

enslave - versklaven

appreciation - Anerkennung, Würdigung, Dankbarkeit, Wertschätzung

critical - kritisch

abandoned - im Stich lassen, preisgeben, verlassen, abbrechen

duller - stumpfer; stumpf, fad, langweilig, matt, stumpf, blöd, blöde

secretaryship - Sekretariat

drudgery - Plackerei

preserves - Konserven; Konserve, Eingemachtes

Quant - Bootsstange

breathing - Atmen, Atmung; (breath); Atmen, Atmung, Atemzug, Atem, Atempause

And so I have never regretted giving up either diplomacy or journalism"two different forms of the same self-abdication." He fixed his vivid eyes on Archer as he lit another cigarette. "Voyez-vous, Monsieur, to be able to look life in the face: that's worth living in a garret for, isn't it? But, after all, one must earn enough to pay for the garret; and I confess that to grow old as a private tutor"or a 'private'anything"is almost as chilling to the imagination as a second secretaryship at Bucharest. Sometimes I feel I must make a plunge: an immense plunge. Do you suppose, for instance, there would be any opening for me in America"in New York?"

abdication - Abdankung

garret - Dachboden; Mansarde, Dachwohnung

confess - gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

grow old - altern, alt werden

chilling - Abkühlung; Kälte verbreitend; (chill) Abkühlung; Kälte verbreitend

Bucharest - Bukarest

plunge - stürzen; eintauchen, tauchen

Archer looked at him with startled eyes. New York, for a young man who had frequented the Goncourts and Flaubert, and who thought the life of ideas the only one worth living! He continued to stare at M. Riviere perplexedly, wondering how to tell him that his very superiorities and advantages would be the surest hindrance to success.

superiorities - Überlegenheiten; Überlegenheit

hindrance - Behinderung, Hindernis

"New York"New York"but must it be especially New York?" he stammered, utterly unable to imagine what lucrative opening his native city could offer to a young man to whom good conversation appeared to be the only necessity.

lucrative - lukrativ

A sudden flush rose under M. Riviere's sallow skin. "I"I thought it your metropolis: is not the intellectual life more active there?" he rejoined; then, as if fearing to give his hearer the impression of having asked a favour, he went on hastily: "One throws out random suggestions"more to one's self than to others.

sallow - blass; farblos, blässlich, fahl, Salweide, bleich

metropolis - Metropole, Weltstadt

hearer - Hörer, Zuhörer

throws out - (throw out) rauswerfen, hinauswerfen

In reality, I see no immediate prospect"" and rising from his seat he added, without a trace of constraint: "But Mrs. Carfry will think that I ought to be taking you upstairs."

constraint - Einschränkung, Beschränkung, Restriktion, Zwang

During the homeward drive Archer pondered deeply on this episode. His hour with M. Riviere had put new air into his lungs, and his first impulse had been to invite him to dine the next day; but he was beginning to understand why married men did not always immediately yield to their first impulses.

homeward - nach Hause; (homeward journey) Heimfahrt, heimwärts

yield - Ertrag; hervorbringen, er/sie hat/hatte ergeben, weichen

impulses - Impulsen; Impuls, Triebkraft, Drang, innerer Antrieb, Kraftstoß

"That young tutor is an interesting fellow: we had some awfully good talk after dinner about books and things," he threw out tentatively in the hansom.

threw out - (throw out) rauswerfen, hinauswerfen

tentatively - vorläufig

May roused herself from one of the dreamy silences into which he had read so many meanings before six months of marriage had given him the key to them.

dreamy - verträumt, traumhaft, zum Träumen

meanings - Bedeutungen; Bedeutung, Sinn

"The little Frenchman? Wasn't he dreadfully common?" she questioned coldly; and he guessed that she nursed a secret disappointment at having been invited out in London to meet a clergyman and a French tutor. The disappointment was not occasioned by the sentiment ordinarily defined as snobbishness, but by old New York's sense of what was due to it when it risked its dignity in foreign lands.

coldly - kalt

clergyman - Pfarrer, Pastor, Kleriker, Geistlicher

defined - definiert; bestimmen, definieren, definieren

snobbishness - Snobismus

If May's parents had entertained the Carfrys in Fifth Avenue they would have offered them something more substantial than a parson and a schoolmaster.

more substantial - gehaltreichere

parson - Pfarrer; Pastor

schoolmaster - Schulmeister

But Archer was on edge, and took her up.

"Common"common WHERE?" he queried; and she returned with unusual readiness: "Why, I should say anywhere but in his school-room. Those people are always awkward in society. But then," she added disarmingly, "I suppose I shouldn't have known if he was clever."

queried - abgefragt; Frage, Abfrage, in Frage stellen, abfragen

disarmingly - entwaffnend

Archer disliked her use of the word "clever" almost as much as her use of the word "common"; but he was beginning to fear his tendency to dwell on the things he disliked in her. After all, her point of view had always been the same. It was that of all the people he had grown up among, and he had always regarded it as necessary but negligible.

dwell - leben, verbleiben, wohnen, verweilen

negligible - vernachlässigbar

Until a few months ago he had never known a "nice" woman who looked at life differently; and if a man married it must necessarily be among the nice.

"Ah"then I won't ask him to dine!" he concluded with a laugh; and May echoed, bewildered: "Goodness"ask the Carfrys'tutor?"

"Well, not on the same day with the Carfrys, if you prefer I shouldn't. But I did rather want another talk with him. He's looking for a job in New York."

Her surprise increased with her indifference: he almost fancied that she suspected him of being tainted with "foreignness."

tainted - verunreinigt; verderben

"A job in New York? What sort of a job? People don't have French tutors: what does he want to do?"

tutors - Tutoren; Privatunterricht geben; Lehrprogramm, Begleiter, Lehrer

"Chiefly to enjoy good conversation, I understand," her husband retorted perversely; and she broke into an appreciative laugh. "Oh, Newland, how funny! Isn't that FRENCH?"

appreciative - wertschätzend

On the whole, he was glad to have the matter settled for him by her refusing to take seriously his wish to invite M. Riviere. Another after-dinner talk would have made it difficult to avoid the question of New York; and the more Archer considered it the less he was able to fit M. Riviere into any conceivable picture of New York as he knew it.

refusing - Müll; abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

He perceived with a flash of chilling insight that in future many problems would be thus negatively solved for him; but as he paid the hansom and followed his wife's long train into the house he took refuge in the comforting platitude that the first six months were always the most difficult in marriage.

insight - Einblick; Einsicht; Gespür, Kundenverständnis, Ahnung, Eingebung

negatively - Negativ

comforting - tröstlich; Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit, Komfort, Trost

platitude - Plattitüde

"After that I suppose we shall have pretty nearly finished rubbing off each other's angles," he reflected; but the worst of it was that May's pressure was already bearing on the very angles whose sharpness he most wanted to keep.

rubbing off - abreibend

sharpness - Schärfe; Schärfe, Bildschärfe


The small bright lawn stretched away smoothly to the big bright sea.

The turf was hemmed with an edge of scarlet geranium and coleus, and cast-iron vases painted in chocolate colour, standing at intervals along the winding path that led to the sea, looped their garlands of petunia and ivy geranium above the neatly raked gravel.

turf - Grasnarbe; Rasen; Grassode

hemmed - gesäumt; säumen, einfassen, einsäumen, einschließen [Mil.]; Saum

scarlet - Scharlachrot, Scharlach

geranium - Storchschnabel; Geranie

vases - Vasen; Vase

intervals - Intervalle; Abstand, Zwischenraum, Intervall

winding - (wind) aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln

garlands - Girlanden; Girlande, Girlande

petunia - Petunie

ivy - Efeu

raked - geharkt; harken, stochern; Harke, Rechen

gravel - Kies, Schotter, Kiesel, schottern

The Newport Archery Club always held its August meeting at the Beauforts'. The sport, which had hitherto known no rival but croquet, was beginning to be discarded in favour of lawn-tennis; but the latter game was still considered too rough and inelegant for social occasions, and as an opportunity to show off pretty dresses and graceful attitudes the bow and arrow held their own.

Archery - Bogenschießen

hitherto - bis zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt, bis jetzt, bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt

rival - Rivalen; Gegner, Rivale, Konkurrent, Gegnerin

discarded - entsorgt; verwerfen, abwerfen, ablegen

inelegant - unelegant

occasions - Anlässe; Gelegenheit, Gelegenheit, Anlass

graceful - anmutig, ansprechend, elegant, graziös

attitudes - Haltungen; Haltung, Einstellung, Attitüde, Orientierung

Archer looked down with wonder at the familiar spectacle. It surprised him that life should be going on in the old way when his own reactions to it had so completely changed. It was Newport that had first brought home to him the extent of the change. In New York, during the previous winter, after he and May had settled down in the new greenish-yellow house with the bow-window and the Pompeian vestibule, he had dropped back with relief into the old routine of the office, and the renewal of this daily activity had served as a link with his former self. Then there had been the pleasurable excitement of choosing a showy grey stepper for May's brougham (the Wellands had given the carriage), and the abiding occupation and interest of arranging his new library, which, in spite of family doubts and disapprovals, had been carried out as he had dreamed, with a dark embossed paper, Eastlake book-cases and "sincere" arm-chairs and tables.

spectacle - Spektakel, Schauspiel

reactions - Reaktionen; Reaktion, Reaktion, Reaktion

extent - Umfang, Ausdehnung, Ausmaß, Größe

renewal - Erneuerung

showy - protzig, auffällig, schreiend, grell

abiding - dauernd, bleibend, beständig

doubts - bezweifeln, zweifeln, Zweifel

disapprovals - Missbilligungen; Missbilligung

embossed - geprägt; prägen

At the Century he had found Winsett again, and at the Knickerbocker the fashionable young men of his own set; and what with the hours dedicated to the law and those given to dining out or entertaining friends at home, with an occasional evening at the Opera or the play, the life he was living had still seemed a fairly real and inevitable sort of business.

inevitable - unvermeidlich, unabwendbar, zwangsläufig

But Newport represented the escape from duty into an atmosphere of unmitigated holiday-making. Archer had tried to persuade May to spend the summer on a remote island off the coast of Maine (called, appropriately enough, Mount Desert), where a few hardy Bostonians and Philadelphians were camping in "native" cottages, and whence came reports of enchanting scenery and a wild, almost trapper-like existence amid woods and waters.

unmitigated - ungemildert

hardy - abgehärtet, widerstandsfähig

Bostonians - Bostoner

cottages - Hütten; Cottage

whence - woher; von daher

trapper - Fallensteller; Trapper

amid - inmitten; mitten unter

But the Wellands always went to Newport, where they owned one of the square boxes on the cliffs, and their son-in-law could adduce no good reason why he and May should not join them there. As Mrs.

cliffs - Klippen; Kliff, Felsvorsprung, Klippe

adduce - heranziehen; erbringen, anführen

Welland rather tartly pointed out, it was hardly worth while for May to have worn herself out trying on summer clothes in Paris if she was not to be allowed to wear them; and this argument was of a kind to which Archer had as yet found no answer.

tartly - säuerlich; sauer, herb

trying on - anprobierend

summer clothes - Sommersachen

May herself could not understand his obscure reluctance to fall in with so reasonable and pleasant a way of spending the summer. She reminded him that he had always liked Newport in his bachelor days, and as this was indisputable he could only profess that he was sure he was going to like it better than ever now that they were to be there together.

reasonable - vernünftig

bachelor - Junggeselle; Bachelor

indisputable - unbestreitbar

profess - bekennen

But as he stood on the Beaufort verandah and looked out on the brightly peopled lawn it came home to him with a shiver that he was not going to like it at all.

brightly - leuchtend; strahlend, hell

It was not May's fault, poor dear. If, now and then, during their travels, they had fallen slightly out of step, harmony had been restored by their return to the conditions she was used to. He had always foreseen that she would not disappoint him; and he had been right.

disappoint - enttäuschen; vorenthalten, berauben

He had married (as most young men did) because he had met a perfectly charming girl at the moment when a series of rather aimless sentimental adventures were ending in premature disgust; and she had represented peace, stability, comradeship, and the steadying sense of an unescapable duty.

charming girl - liebenswürdiges Mädchen, liebenswertes Mädchen

aimless - planlos, ziellos

premature - frühreif; vorzeitig, verfrüht

stability - Stabilität

steadying - Beruhigung; stetig, stetig, stabilisieren

unescapable - unausweichlich

He could not say that he had been mistaken in his choice, for she had fulfilled all that he had expected. It was undoubtedly gratifying to be the husband of one of the handsomest and most popular young married women in New York, especially when she was also one of the sweetest-tempered and most reasonable of wives; and Archer had never been insensible to such advantages. As for the momentary madness which had fallen upon him on the eve of his marriage, he had trained himself to regard it as the last of his discarded experiments.

gratifying - befriedigend; befriedigen, erfreuen

most reasonable - angemessenste, vernünftigste

eve - Vorabend

The idea that he could ever, in his senses, have dreamed of marrying the Countess Olenska had become almost unthinkable, and she remained in his memory simply as the most plaintive and poignant of a line of ghosts.

plaintive - traurig, wehleidig, klagend, Klage

poignant - spitz, zugespitzt, treffend, zutreffend, relevant, ergreifend

But all these abstractions and eliminations made of his mind a rather empty and echoing place, and he supposed that was one of the reasons why the busy animated people on the Beaufort lawn shocked him as if they had been children playing in a grave-yard.

abstractions - Abstraktionen; Abstraktion

eliminations - Ausscheidungen; Elimination, Elimination, Elimination

echoing - Echo

Yard - (der) Yard

He heard a murmur of skirts beside him, and the Marchioness Manson fluttered out of the drawing-room window. As usual, she was extraordinarily festooned and bedizened, with a limp Leghorn hat anchored to her head by many windings of faded gauze, and a little black velvet parasol on a carved ivory handle absurdly balanced over her much larger hatbrim.

festooned - festlich geschmückt; Feston

limp - schlaff; schlapp; hinken, lahmen

Leghorn - Leghorn

anchored - verankert; Anker

windings - Wicklungen; (wind) aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln

parasol - Sonnenschirm

absurdly - absurd; sinnwidrig

balanced - ausgeglichen; Ausgewogenheit, Bilanz, Saldo, Guthaben

hatbrim - Hutkrempe

"My dear Newland, I had no idea that you and May had arrived! You yourself came only yesterday, you say? Ah, business"business"professional duties ... I understand. Many husbands, I know, find it impossible to join their wives here except for the week-end." She cocked her head on one side and languished at him through screwed-up eyes. "But marriage is one long sacrifice, as I used often to remind my Ellen""

only yesterday - erst gestern

cocked - aufgespannt; Vogelmännchen; Gockel

languished - geschmachtet; ermatten, erschlaffen, siechen, schmachten

remind - erinnern, in Erinnerung bringen

Archer's heart stopped with the queer jerk which it had given once before, and which seemed suddenly to slam a door between himself and the outer world; but this break of continuity must have been of the briefest, for he presently heard Medora answering a question he had apparently found voice to put.

jerk - Trottel; Zuckung, Satz, Reflex, ruckweise; Wichser; erschüttern

slam - zuschlagen, hart anpacken, zuknallen; harte Kritik

continuity - Kontinuität; Stetigkeit

briefest - am kürzesten; kurz, prägnant, kurze Zusammenfassung, briefen

"No, I am not staying here, but with the Blenkers, in their delicious solitude at Portsmouth. Beaufort was kind enough to send his famous trotters for me this morning, so that I might have at least a glimpse of one of Regina's garden-parties; but this evening I go back to rural life. The Blenkers, dear original beings, have hired a primitive old farm-house at Portsmouth where they gather about them representative people ..." She drooped slightly beneath her protecting brim, and added with a faint blush: "This week Dr. Agathon Carver is holding a series of Inner Thought meetings there. A contrast indeed to this gay scene of worldly pleasure"but then I have always lived on contrasts!

trotters - Traber

rural - ländlich, dörflich

farm-house - (farm-house) Gutshaus

gather - sammeln, versammeln

meetings - Versammlung, Treffen, Sitzung

contrasts - Kontraste; Kontrast, Kontrast, Gegensatz, Kontrast, Unterschied

To me the only death is monotony. I always say to Ellen: Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins. But my poor child is going through a phase of exaltation, of abhorrence of the world. You know, I suppose, that she has declined all invitations to stay at Newport, even with her grandmother Mingott? I could hardly persuade her to come with me to the Blenkers', if you will believe it! The life she leads is morbid, unnatural. Ah, if she had only listened to me when it was still possible ... When the door was still open ... But shall we go down and watch this absorbing match? I hear your May is one of the competitors."

monotony - Eintönigkeit, Monotonie

Beware - Aufpassen; sich hüten (vor)

deadly - tödlich

sins - Sünden; Sünde, sündigen; eine Sünde begehen

exaltation - Erhöhen, Erhöhung

leads - führt; führen, anführen

competitors - Konkurrenten; Konkurrent, Konkurrentin, Wettkämpfer

There were all sorts of rumours afloat about Beaufort. In the spring he had gone off on a long cruise to the West Indies in his new steam-yacht, and it was reported that, at various points where he had touched, a lady resembling Miss Fanny Ring had been seen in his company. The steam-yacht, built in the Clyde, and fitted with tiled bath-rooms and other unheard-of luxuries, was said to have cost him half a million; and the pearl necklace which he had presented to his wife on his return was as magnificent as such expiatory offerings are apt to be. Beaufort's fortune was substantial enough to stand the strain; and yet the disquieting rumours persisted, not only in Fifth Avenue but in Wall Street.

afloat - schwimmend; schuldenfrei, über Wasser

gone off - (go off) losgehen

cruise - Seereise, Kreuzfahrt; eine Seereise machen

Steam - Wasserdampf, Kraft, Energie, dämpfen, dünsten

various - verschiedene

Clyde - Clyde

unheard - ungehört

luxuries - Luxusgüter; Luxus, Luxus, Luxus

necklace - Halskette, Collier, Halsband

expiatory - sühnen

offerings - Angebote; Angebot

apt - passend; Hochgeschwindigkeitszug; geeignet, begabt

substantial - wesentlich, essenziell, substanziell

strain - Belastung; Spannung, starke Inanspruchnahme, Zug; anstrengen

disquieting - beunruhigend; Beunruhigung, Unbehagen

persisted - fortbestehen; beharren

Some people said he had speculated unfortunately in railways, others that he was being bled by one of the most insatiable members of her profession; and to every report of threatened insolvency Beaufort replied by a fresh extravagance: the building of a new row of orchid-houses, the purchase of a new string of race-horses, or the addition of a new Meissonnier or Cabanel to his picture-gallery.

bled - geblutet; bluten, ausbluten, entlüften, Blutung, Beschnitt

most insatiable - unersättlichste

insolvency - Insolvenz, Zahlungsunfähigkeit

extravagance - Extravaganz; Ăśberspanntheit

Orchid - Orchidee, Knabenkraut

purchase - Einkauf, Anschaffung, kaufen, anschaffen

string - Schnur; Zeichenkette, String, Saite, auffädeln, einfädeln

picture-gallery - (picture-gallery) Gemäldegalerie

He advanced toward the Marchioness and Newland with his usual half-sneering smile. "Hullo, Medora! Did the trotters do their business? Forty minutes, eh? ... Well, that's not so bad, considering your nerves had to be spared." He shook hands with Archer, and then, turning back with them, placed himself on Mrs. Manson's other side, and said, in a low voice, a few words which their companion did not catch.

Hullo - Hallo!

eh - oder

The Marchioness replied by one of her queer foreign jerks, and a "Que voulez-vous?" which deepened Beaufort's frown; but he produced a good semblance of a congratulatory smile as he glanced at Archer to say: "You know May's going to carry off the first prize."

jerks - Idioten; Zuckung, Satz, Reflex, ruckweise; Wichser; erschüttern

semblance - Anschein

congratulatory - beglückwünschend

first prize - Hauptgewinn , Hauptpreis, Hauptgewinn

"Ah, then it remains in the family," Medora rippled; and at that moment they reached the tent and Mrs. Beaufort met them in a girlish cloud of mauve muslin and floating veils.

remains - bleibt; Überrest (2), de

rippled - gekräuselt; Brummspannung, Welligkeit

girlish - mädchenhaft, Mädchen

mauve - fliederfarben; blasslila; q airly uncommon also

veils - Vorhang, Schleier, verschleiern, verhüllen, verhüllen

May Welland was just coming out of the tent. In her white dress, with a pale green ribbon about the waist and a wreath of ivy on her hat, she had the same Diana-like aloofness as when she had entered the Beaufort ball-room on the night of her engagement.

aloofness - Unnahbarkeit; Zurückhaltung

In the interval not a thought seemed to have passed behind her eyes or a feeling through her heart; and though her husband knew that she had the capacity for both he marvelled afresh at the way in which experience dropped away from her.

capacity - Kapazität; Befugnis

marvelled - erstaunt; wundern

afresh - von neuem; neu, wieder

She had her bow and arrow in her hand, and placing herself on the chalk-mark traced on the turf she lifted the bow to her shoulder and took aim. The attitude was so full of a classic grace that a murmur of appreciation followed her appearance, and Archer felt the glow of proprietorship that so often cheated him into momentary well-being. Her rivals"Mrs. Reggie Chivers, the Merry girls, and divers rosy Thorleys, Dagonets and Mingotts, stood behind her in a lovely anxious group, brown heads and golden bent above the scores, and pale muslins and flower-wreathed hats mingled in a tender rainbow.

chalk - Kreide; Magnesiapulver

traced - zurückverfolgt; Zeichen, Spur

bow to - sich unterwerfen, sich beugen

aim - zielen (auf); Ziel, Zweck; beabsichtigen

classic - klassisch; Klassiker

proprietorship - Eigentümerschaft; Eigentumsrecht, Eigentum

cheated - betrogen; schummeln, bescheißen (sl.), betrügen

divers - Taucher, Taucherin

wreathed - bekränzt; Kranz, Gebinde

rainbow - Regenbogen; bunt, vielfarbig

All were young and pretty, and bathed in summer bloom; but not one had the nymph-like ease of his wife, when, with tense muscles and happy frown, she bent her soul upon some feat of strength.

nymph - Nymphe; Nymphomanin

tense - angespannt; verkrampft, gespannt, nervös; spannen

muscles - Muskeln; Muskel

feat - Leistung; Kunststück

"Gad," Archer heard Lawrence Lefferts say, "not one of the lot holds the bow as she does"; and Beaufort retorted: "Yes; but that's the only kind of target she'll ever hit."

Gad - herumtreiben

Archer felt irrationally angry. His host's contemptuous tribute to May's "niceness" was just what a husband should have wished to hear said of his wife. The fact that a coarseminded man found her lacking in attraction was simply another proof of her quality; yet the words sent a faint shiver through his heart. What if "niceness" carried to that supreme degree were only a negation, the curtain dropped before an emptiness?

irrationally - irrational

contemptuous - verächtlich; respektlos

tribute - Tribut

niceness - Nettigkeit

coarseminded - grobschlächtig

lacking - Mangelhaft; Gummilack

Attraction - Anziehung, Anziehungskraft, Reiz, Liebreiz, Attraktion

supreme - übergeordnet; höchster, oberster

negation - Verneinung, Negierung, Negation

As he looked at May, returning flushed and calm from her final bull's-eye, he had the feeling that he had never yet lifted that curtain.

Bull - Bulle, Stier

She took the congratulations of her rivals and of the rest of the company with the simplicity that was her crowning grace. No one could ever be jealous of her triumphs because she managed to give the feeling that she would have been just as serene if she had missed them. But when her eyes met her husband's her face glowed with the pleasure she saw in his.

jealous - eifersüchtig; eifrig, eifernd, neidisch

triumphs - Triumphe; Sieg, Erfolg

Mrs. Welland's basket-work pony-carriage was waiting for them, and they drove off among the dispersing carriages, May handling the reins and Archer sitting at her side.

pony - Pony (kleines Pferd)

dispersing - verstreut; zerstreuen, qualifier

handling - Handhabung; Fahrverhalten, Warenumschlag

reins - Zügel

The afternoon sunlight still lingered upon the bright lawns and shrubberies, and up and down Bellevue Avenue rolled a double line of victorias, dog-carts, landaus and "vis-a-vis," carrying well-dressed ladies and gentlemen away from the Beaufort garden-party, or homeward from their daily afternoon turn along the Ocean Drive.

shrubberies - Strauchrabatten; Strauchwerk

victorias - Viktoria, Victoria, Victoria, Viktoriasee

carts - Pferdewagen, Wagen, Karren

"Shall we go to see Granny?" May suddenly proposed. "I should like to tell her myself that I've won the prize. There's lots of time before dinner."

Archer acquiesced, and she turned the ponies down Narragansett Avenue, crossed Spring Street and drove out toward the rocky moorland beyond. In this unfashionable region Catherine the Great, always indifferent to precedent and thrifty of purse, had built herself in her youth a many-peaked and cross-beamed cottage-orne on a bit of cheap land overlooking the bay. Here, in a thicket of stunted oaks, her verandahs spread themselves above the island-dotted waters. A winding drive led up between iron stags and blue glass balls embedded in mounds of geraniums to a front door of highly-varnished walnut under a striped verandah-roof; and behind it ran a narrow hall with a black and yellow star-patterned parquet floor, upon which opened four small square rooms with heavy flock-papers under ceilings on which an Italian house-painter had lavished all the divinities of Olympus.

ponies - Ponys; Pony (kleines Pferd)

Rocky - felsig

moorland - Heidemoor

unfashionable - unmodern

precedent - Präzedenz, Präzedenzfall, Präjudiz

peaked - einen Höhepunkt erreicht; Höchstwert, Pik (Berg), Spitze

cottage - Cottage, Häuschen, Kotten

overlooking - Übersicht, Überblick, bemerken

thicket - Dickicht, Gebüsch, Gestrüpp, Buschwerk

stunted - verkrüppelt; verkrüppeln; Kunststück

oaks - Eiche, Eiche, Eichenholz

verandahs - Verandas; die Veranda

dotted - gepunktet; stricheln; Punkt

stags - Hirsche; Hirsch, Hirschbock, Rothirsch, Fohlen

embedded - eingebettet; betten, einbetten, einbetten

striped - gestreift; Streifen

parquet - Parkett; parkettieren

flock - Schwarm; (to flock together) sich rotten, sich zusammenrotten

ceilings - Decken; Zimmerdecke; Zimmerdecke

lavished - freigiebig, verschwenderisch, überreich, üppig, verschleudern

divinities - Götter; Gottheit, Theologie

Olympus - Olymp

One of these rooms had been turned into a bedroom by Mrs. Mingott when the burden of flesh descended on her, and in the adjoining one she spent her days, enthroned in a large armchair between the open door and window, and perpetually waving a palm-leaf fan which the prodigious projection of her bosom kept so far from the rest of her person that the air it set in motion stirred only the fringe of the anti-macassars on the chair-arms.

adjoining - angrenzend

perpetually - auf Dauer

palm - Handfläche; Palme, Schaufel (am Geweih)

motion - Bewegung

stirred - gerührt; erschüttern, bewegen, sich rühren

fringe - Fransen; Franse, Saum, Einfassung, Rand, Peripherie, Randgruppe

anti - gegen; anti

macassars - Makassaren

Since she had been the means of hastening his marriage old Catherine had shown to Archer the cordiality which a service rendered excites toward the person served.

hastening - eilig; hasten, beeilen

excites - erregt; erregen, erregen, anregen gloss

She was persuaded that irrepressible passion was the cause of his impatience; and being an ardent admirer of impulsiveness (when it did not lead to the spending of money) she always received him with a genial twinkle of complicity and a play of allusion to which May seemed fortunately impervious.

irrepressible - unbändig

ardent - leidenschaftlich; feurig

impulsiveness - Impulsivität, impulsives Wesen

Twinkle - funkeln; zwinkern

complicity - Mittäterschaft, Mitschuld, Teilhaberschaft, Komplizenschaft

impervious - undurchlässig

She examined and appraised with much interest the diamond-tipped arrow which had been pinned on May's bosom at the conclusion of the match, remarking that in her day a filigree brooch would have been thought enough, but that there was no denying that Beaufort did things handsomely.

appraised - begutachtet; bewerten; abschätzen, auswerten, bewerten, taxieren

pinned - angeheftet; Zapfen, Bolzen, Schraubendrehereinsatz; feststecken

remarking - bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

filigree - Filigran

brooch - Brosche

denying - leugnen, bestreiten, dementieren

"Quite an heirloom, in fact, my dear," the old lady chuckled. "You must leave it in fee to your eldest girl." She pinched May's white arm and watched the colour flood her face. "Well, well, what have I said to make you shake out the red flag? Ain't there going to be any daughters"only boys, eh? good gracious, look at her blushing again all over her blushes! What"can't I say that either? Mercy me"when my children beg me to have all those gods and goddesses painted out overhead I always say I'm too thankful to have somebody about me that NOTHING can shock!

heirloom - Erbstück; alte Sorte

chuckled - gekichert; leises Lachen, Glucksen, glucken (Henne); glucksen

fee - Gebühr

shake out - ausschütteln

flag - markieren, beflaggen, kennzeichnen; Kennzeichen, Platte, Flag

good gracious - oh du liebe Zeit

goddesses - Göttinnen; Göttin, weibliche Gottheit, weiblicher Gott

Archer burst into a laugh, and May echoed it, crimson to the eyes.

"Well, now tell me all about the party, please, my dears, for I shall never get a straight word about it out of that silly Medora," the ancestress continued; and, as May exclaimed: "Cousin Medora? But I thought she was going back to Portsmouth?" she answered placidly: "So she is"but she's got to come here first to pick up Ellen.

Ah"you didn't know Ellen had come to spend the day with me? Such fol-de-rol, her not coming for the summer; but I gave up arguing with young people about fifty years ago. Ellen"ELLEN!" she cried in her shrill old voice, trying to bend forward far enough to catch a glimpse of the lawn beyond the verandah.

bend forward - sich bücken

There was no answer, and Mrs. Mingott rapped impatiently with her stick on the shiny floor. A mulatto maid-servant in a bright turban, replying to the summons, informed her mistress that she had seen "Miss Ellen" going down the path to the shore; and Mrs. Mingott turned to Archer.

stick on - ankleben

shiny - glänzend; leuchtend, funkelnd, wunderbar

mulatto - Mulatte, Mulattin

turban - Turban

shore - Ufer, Stützbalken, Küste, Strebe

"Run down and fetch her, like a good grandson; this pretty lady will describe the party to me," she said; and Archer stood up as if in a dream.

He had heard the Countess Olenska's name pronounced often enough during the year and a half since they had last met, and was even familiar with the main incidents of her life in the interval. He knew that she had spent the previous summer at Newport, where she appeared to have gone a great deal into society, but that in the autumn she had suddenly sub-let the "perfect house" which Beaufort had been at such pains to find for her, and decided to establish herself in Washington. There, during the winter, he had heard of her (as one always heard of pretty women in Washington) as shining in the "brilliant diplomatic society" that was supposed to make up for the social short-comings of the Administration.

sub - U-Boot; Unter..

establish - feststellen, etablieren, eröffnen, gründen, niederlassen

comings - Kommst du; einkehrend, kommend

administration - Verwaltung, Administration, Verabreichung

He had listened to these accounts, and to various contradictory reports on her appearance, her conversation, her point of view and her choice of friends, with the detachment with which one listens to reminiscences of some one long since dead; not till Medora suddenly spoke her name at the archery match had Ellen Olenska become a living presence to him again. The Marchioness's foolish lisp had called up a vision of the little fire-lit drawing-room and the sound of the carriage-wheels returning down the deserted street. He thought of a story he had read, of some peasant children in Tuscany lighting a bunch of straw in a wayside cavern, and revealing old silent images in their painted tomb ...

accounts - Konten; Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

contradictory - widersprüchlich

reminiscences - Reminiszenzen; Erinnern

lisp - Lispelei; lispeln, zuzeln

Tuscany - Die Toskana; Toskana

wayside - Wegesrand; Wegrand

cavern - Höhle; große; Kaverne

tomb - Grabmal, Gruft

The way to the shore descended from the bank on which the house was perched to a walk above the water planted with weeping willows. Through their veil Archer caught the glint of the Lime Rock, with its white-washed turret and the tiny house in which the heroic light-house keeper, Ida Lewis, was living her last venerable years.

bank on - sich verlassen auf, bauen auf

perched - hockt; Vogelstange; Barsch

willows - Weide, Weidenbaum

glint - funkeln; Glitzern

lime - Limette, Kalk, Linde, Lindenholz

turret - Revolver; Tourelle, Türmchen, Türmlein, Turm

heroic - heldenhaft, heroisch

Beyond it lay the flat reaches and ugly government chimneys of Goat Island, the bay spreading northward in a shimmer of gold to Prudence Island with its low growth of oaks, and the shores of Conanicut faint in the sunset haze.

chimneys - Schornsteine; Kamin, Esse, Schlot, Schornstein, Kamin, Schlot

goat - Ziege, Geiß, Bock

shimmer - schimmern

prudence - Klugheit, Umsicht, Besonnenheit

growth - Wachstum; Bewuchs, Vegetation, Bewucherung, Geschwulst

shores - Ufern; Ufer, Stützbalken, Küste, Strebe

haze - Schleier, Dunst, Dunstschleier; schikanieren

From the willow walk projected a slight wooden pier ending in a sort of pagoda-like summer-house; and in the pagoda a lady stood, leaning against the rail, her back to the shore. Archer stopped at the sight as if he had waked from sleep. That vision of the past was a dream, and the reality was what awaited him in the house on the bank overhead: was Mrs. Welland's pony-carriage circling around and around the oval at the door, was May sitting under the shameless Olympians and glowing with secret hopes, was the Welland villa at the far end of Bellevue Avenue, and Mr.

willow - Weide, Weidenbaum

pier - Seebrücke, Anlegestelle, Kai, Brückenpfeiler

pagoda - Pagode

summer-house - (summer-house) Gartenhaus

rail - Gleis, Schiene, Reling, Geländer

shameless - schamlos, unverschämt

Olympians - Olympioniken; Olympian

glowing - glühen, abstrahlen, leuchten, Glühen

Welland, already dressed for dinner, and pacing the drawing-room floor, watch in hand, with dyspeptic impatience"for it was one of the houses in which one always knew exactly what is happening at a given hour.

dyspeptic - dyspeptisch, magenkrank, missgestimmt, verdrießlich

"What am I? A son-in-law"" Archer thought.

The figure at the end of the pier had not moved. For a long moment the young man stood half way down the bank, gazing at the bay furrowed with the coming and going of sailboats, yacht-launches, fishing-craft and the trailing black coal-barges hauled by noisy tugs. The lady in the summer-house seemed to be held by the same sight. Beyond the grey bastions of Fort Adams a long-drawn sunset was splintering up into a thousand fires, and the radiance caught the sail of a catboat as it beat out through the channel between the Lime Rock and the shore.

gazing at - anstarrend

sailboats - Segelboote; Kutter, Segelboot

launches - lanciert; Markteinführung; anstoßen, starten (Rakete)

craft - Handwerk; Schlauheit, Durchtriebenheit, Gerissenheit, Gilde

barges - Lastkähne; Lastkahn, Schleppkahn

hauled - geschleppt; ziehen, schleppen, transportieren, befödern

tugs - Schlepper; zerren, zerren, schleppen, Ruck

bastions - Bastionen; Bastion, Bollwerk

fort - Festung, Fort, Stützpunkt

Adams - Adam, Adam

splintering - Absplitterung; Span, Splitter

catboat - Catboot

Archer, as he watched, remembered the scene in the Shaughraun, and Montague lifting Ada Dyas's ribbon to his lips without her knowing that he was in the room.

"She doesn't know"she hasn't guessed. Shouldn't I know if she came up behind me, I wonder?" he mused; and suddenly he said to himself: "If she doesn't turn before that sail crosses the Lime Rock light I'll go back."

The boat was gliding out on the receding tide. It slid before the Lime Rock, blotted out Ida Lewis's little house, and passed across the turret in which the light was hung. Archer waited till a wide space of water sparkled between the last reef of the island and the stern of the boat; but still the figure in the summer-house did not move.

tide - Gezeiten, Ebbe

slid - gerutscht; glitt ab

blotted out - (blot out) ausmerzen (Erinnerung)

sparkled - funkelte; funkeln

reef - Segel reffen; Riff

stern - ernst, Heck

He turned and walked up the hill.

"I'm sorry you didn't find Ellen"I should have liked to see her again," May said as they drove home through the dusk. "But perhaps she wouldn't have cared"she seems so changed."

"Changed?" echoed her husband in a colourless voice, his eyes fixed on the ponies'twitching ears.

colourless - farblos

twitching - Zuckungen; zupfend, zupfen; (twitch) Zuckungen; zupfend, zupfen

"So indifferent to her friends, I mean; giving up New York and her house, and spending her time with such queer people. Fancy how hideously uncomfortable she must be at the Blenkers'! She says she does it to keep cousin Medora out of mischief: to prevent her marrying dreadful people. But I sometimes think we've always bored her."

mischief - Unfug, Unheil, Querulantentum

Archer made no answer, and she continued, with a tinge of hardness that he had never before noticed in her frank fresh voice: "After all, I wonder if she wouldn't be happier with her husband."

tinge - Färbung; tönen

He burst into a laugh. "Sancta simplicitas!" he exclaimed; and as she turned a puzzled frown on him he added: "I don't think I ever heard you say a cruel thing before."


"Well"watching the contortions of the damned is supposed to be a favourite sport of the angels; but I believe even they don't think people happier in hell."

contortions - Verrenkungen; Kontorsion

angels - Engeln; Engel

"It's a pity she ever married abroad then," said May, in the placid tone with which her mother met Mr. Welland's vagaries; and Archer felt himself gently relegated to the category of unreasonable husbands.

vagaries - Unwägbarkeiten; Unwägbarkeit, Laune

relegated - Abgestiegen; relegieren, zurück versetzen, verbannen (aus)

category - Kategorie

They drove down Bellevue Avenue and turned in between the chamfered wooden gate-posts surmounted by cast-iron lamps which marked the approach to the Welland villa.

chamfered - abgefräst; Fase, Abfasung, Abschrägung, Auskehlung, Hohlrinne

Lights were already shining through its windows, and Archer, as the carriage stopped, caught a glimpse of his father-in-law, exactly as he had pictured him, pacing the drawing-room, watch in hand and wearing the pained expression that he had long since found to be much more efficacious than anger.

efficacious - Wirksam

The young man, as he followed his wife into the hall, was conscious of a curious reversal of mood. There was something about the luxury of the Welland house and the density of the Welland atmosphere, so charged with minute observances and exactions, that always stole into his system like a narcotic. The heavy carpets, the watchful servants, the perpetually reminding tick of disciplined clocks, the perpetually renewed stack of cards and invitations on the hall table, the whole chain of tyrannical trifles binding one hour to the next, and each member of the household to all the others, made any less systematised and affluent existence seem unreal and precarious.

reversal - Umkehrung; Umschwung, Stornierung, Storno

luxury - Luxus

density - Dichte, Massendichte

exactions - Ausschreitungen; Eintreibung

narcotic - Rauschgift; narkotisierend, Betäubungsmittel, narkotisch

tick - ticken, normal (gut) laufen; Ticken, Zeichen, Zecke, Augenblick

disciplined - diszipliniert; Disziplin, Strafe, Bestrafung, Disziplin

renewed - erneuert; erneuern, erneuern

stack - Stapel; Stapelspeicher; stapeln

chain - Kette; anketten

tyrannical - tyrannisch

binding - verbindlich; Bindung; (bind); binden; verbinden, konnektieren

affluent - Reicher, Geldsack, reichlich, wohlhabend, begütert

precarious - prekär

But now it was the Welland house, and the life he was expected to lead in it, that had become unreal and irrelevant, and the brief scene on the shore, when he had stood irresolute, halfway down the bank, was as close to him as the blood in his veins.

irresolute - unentschlossen

halfway - auf halbem Weg; halbwegs

veins - Venen; Vene, Ader, Geäder

All night he lay awake in the big chintz bedroom at May's side, watching the moonlight slant along the carpet, and thinking of Ellen Olenska driving home across the gleaming beaches behind Beaufort's trotters.

awake - munter, wach; erwachen, aufwachen

chintz - Chintz

moonlight - Mondlicht, Mondschein, Mondenschein

gleaming - durchschimmernd, schimmernd, glänzend; (gleam) durchschimmernd


"A party for the Blenkers"the Blenkers?"

Mr. Welland laid down his knife and fork and looked anxiously and incredulously across the luncheon-table at his wife, who, adjusting her gold eye-glasses, read aloud, in the tone of high comedy:

anxiously - ängstlich; besorgt, bang, unruhig

adjusting - Einstellen; anpassen, abstimmen, ausrichten, justieren

aloud - laut

"Professor and Mrs. Emerson Sillerton request the pleasure of Mr. and Mrs. Welland's company at the meeting of the Wednesday Afternoon Club on August 25th at 3 o'clock punctually. To meet Mrs. and the Misses Blenker.

"Red Gables, Catherine Street. R. S. V. P."

gables - Giebel, Gabel

"Good gracious"" Mr. Welland gasped, as if a second reading had been necessary to bring the monstrous absurdity of the thing home to him.

gasped - keuchte; keuchen, japsen, prusten, keuchen, Atemzug, Luftholen

absurdity - Absurdität

"Poor Amy Sillerton"you never can tell what her husband will do next," Mrs. Welland sighed. "I suppose he's just discovered the Blenkers."

Professor Emerson Sillerton was a thorn in the side of Newport society; and a thorn that could not be plucked out, for it grew on a venerable and venerated family tree. He was, as people said, a man who had had "every advantage." His father was Sillerton Jackson's uncle, his mother a Pennilow of Boston; on each side there was wealth and position, and mutual suitability. Nothing"as Mrs.

thorn - Dornen; Dorn

venerated - verehrt; anhimmeln, anbeten

family tree - Stammbaum

Boston - Boston

wealth - Reichtum, Vermögen, Fülle

suitability - Eignung, Brauchbarkeit

Welland had often remarked"nothing on earth obliged Emerson Sillerton to be an archaeologist, or indeed a Professor of any sort, or to live in Newport in winter, or do any of the other revolutionary things that he did. But at least, if he was going to break with tradition and flout society in the face, he need not have married poor Amy Dagonet, who had a right to expect "something different," and money enough to keep her own carriage.

archaeologist - Archäologe, Archäologin

flout - sich hinwegsetzen über, missachten, pfeifen auf, verspotten

No one in the Mingott set could understand why Amy Sillerton had submitted so tamely to the eccentricities of a husband who filled the house with long-haired men and short-haired women, and, when he travelled, took her to explore tombs in Yucatan instead of going to Paris or Italy.

tamely - zahm

explore - erkunden; erforschen; untersuchen

tombs - Gräber; Grabmal

But there they were, set in their ways, and apparently unaware that they were different from other people; and when they gave one of their dreary annual garden-parties every family on the Cliffs, because of the Sillerton-Pennilow-Dagonet connection, had to draw lots and send an unwilling representative.

dreary - öde, trostlos, trüb, freudlos

"It's a wonder," Mrs. Welland remarked, "that they didn't choose the Cup Race day! Do you remember, two years ago, their giving a party for a black man on the day of Julia Mingott's the dansant? Luckily this time there's nothing else going on that I know of"for of course some of us will have to go."

Mr. Welland sighed nervously. "'Some of us,'my dear"more than one? Three o'clock is such a very awkward hour. I have to be here at half-past three to take my drops: it's really no use trying to follow Bencomb's new treatment if I don't do it systematically; and if I join you later, of course I shall miss my drive." At the thought he laid down his knife and fork again, and a flush of anxiety rose to his finely-wrinkled cheek.

treatment - Behandeln, Behandlung, Umgang

don't do it - Tun Sie das ja nicht!

systematically - systematisch

finely - fein

wrinkled - zerknittert; sich runzeln, runzlig (runzelig) werden, knittern

"There's no reason why you should go at all, my dear," his wife answered with a cheerfulness that had become automatic. "I have some cards to leave at the other end of Bellevue Avenue, and I'll drop in at about half-past three and stay long enough to make poor Amy feel that she hasn't been slighted.

cheerfulness - Fröhlichkeit, Frohsinn, Freundlichkeit

automatic - automatisch; Maschine

slighted - beleidigt; geringfügig, leicht, gering, unbedeutend, wenig

She glanced hesitatingly at her daughter. "And if Newland's afternoon is provided for perhaps May can drive you out with the ponies, and try their new russet harness."

hesitatingly - zögernd

harness - Gurtzeug; Geschirr, Pferdegeschirr, Gurt, Anschnallgurt

It was a principle in the Welland family that people's days and hours should be what Mrs. Welland called "provided for." The melancholy possibility of having to "kill time" (especially for those who did not care for whist or solitaire) was a vision that haunted her as the spectre of the unemployed haunts the philanthropist. Another of her principles was that parents should never (at least visibly) interfere with the plans of their married children; and the difficulty of adjusting this respect for May's independence with the exigency of Mr.

kill time - die Zeit vertreiben, die Zeit totschlagen

solitaire - Solitär

haunted - spuken, verfolgen, Treffpunkt

unemployed - arbeitslos; Arbeitsloser

haunts - Geister; spuken, verfolgen, Treffpunkt

philanthropist - Philanthrop, Philanthropin, Menschenfreund, Menschenfreundin

exigency - Erfordernisse, Anforderungen, Zwangslage, Notlage

Welland's claims could be overcome only by the exercise of an ingenuity which left not a second of Mrs. Welland's own time unprovided for.

overcome - überwunden; überwinden

ingenuity - Erfindungsreichtum; Einfallsreichtum, Findigkeit, Raffinesse

"Of course I'll drive with Papa"I'm sure Newland will find something to do," May said, in a tone that gently reminded her husband of his lack of response. It was a cause of constant distress to Mrs.

distress - Kummer, Bedrängnis, Drangsal, Bekümmerung, Not

Welland that her son-in-law showed so little foresight in planning his days. Often already, during the fortnight that he had passed under her roof, when she enquired how he meant to spend his afternoon, he had answered paradoxically: "Oh, I think for a change I'll just save it instead of spending it"" and once, when she and May had had to go on a long-postponed round of afternoon calls, he had confessed to having lain all the afternoon under a rock on the beach below the house.

foresight - Vorausschauend; Voraussicht, Hellsichtigkeit, Weitsicht

paradoxically - paradoxerweise

"Newland never seems to Look ahead," Mrs. Welland once ventured to complain to her daughter; and May answered serenely: "No; but you see it doesn't matter, because when there's nothing particular to do he reads a book."

Look ahead - vorausschauen, nach vorne schauen, voraussehen;Sieh dich vor!

serenely - Gelassenheit

"Ah, yes"like his father!" Mrs. Welland agreed, as if allowing for an inherited oddity; and after that the question of Newland's unemployment was tacitly dropped.

oddity - Kuriosität; Seltsamkeit

unemployment - Arbeitslosigkeit, Werklosigkeit

tacitly - stillschweigend, stilles

Nevertheless, as the day for the Sillerton reception approached, May began to show a natural solicitude for his welfare, and to suggest a tennis match at the Chiverses', or a sail on Julius Beaufort's cutter, as a means of atoning for her temporary desertion. "I shall be back by six, you know, dear: Papa never drives later than that"" and she was not reassured till Archer said that he thought of hiring a run-about and driving up the island to a stud-farm to look at a second horse for her brougham.

solicitude - Fürsorge; Besorgnis, Besorgtheit

welfare - Wohlergehen, Wohlfahrt, Sozialhilfe

tennis match - Tennismatch

atoning - wiedergutmachen, kompensieren, gutmachen, Ersatz leisten, büßen

temporary - zeitweilig, temporär, vorübergehend, Zeitarbeitskraft

desertion - Fahnenflucht, Desertion, Desertation

stud - Gestüt; übersäen, verzieren, verstreut sein

They had been looking for this horse for some time, and the suggestion was so acceptable that May glanced at her mother as if to say: "You see he knows how to plan out his time as well as any of us."

acceptable - akzeptabel

The day was perfect. A breeze from the north drove little puffs of white cloud across an ultramarine sky, with a bright sea running under it. Bellevue Avenue was empty at that hour, and after dropping the stable-lad at the corner of Mill Street Archer turned down the Old Beach Road and drove across Eastman's Beach.

breeze - Brise, Hauch

puffs - pusten; Hauch

ultramarine - ultramarin, ultramarinblau, Ultramarinblau, Königsblau

Mill - Promille, 1/10 Prozent; Mühle, Fabrik; fräsen, anfräsen

He had the feeling of unexplained excitement with which, on half-holidays at school, he used to start off into the unknown. Taking his pair at an easy gait, he counted on reaching the stud-farm, which was not far beyond Paradise Rocks, before three o'clock; so that, after looking over the horse (and trying him if he seemed promising) he would still have four golden hours to dispose of.

paradise - das Paradies; Paradies, Himmel

golden hours - glückliche Stunden

dispose - beseitigen, entsorgen, ordnen

As soon as he heard of the Sillerton's party he had said to himself that the Marchioness Manson would certainly come to Newport with the Blenkers, and that Madame Olenska might again take the opportunity of spending the day with her grandmother. At any rate, the Blenker habitation would probably be deserted, and he would be able, without indiscretion, to satisfy a vague curiosity concerning it. He was not sure that he wanted to see the Countess Olenska again; but ever since he had looked at her from the path above the bay he had wanted, irrationally and indescribably, to see the place she was living in, and to follow the movements of her imagined figure as he had watched the real one in the summer-house. The longing was with him day and night, an incessant undefinable craving, like the sudden whim of a sick man for food or drink once tasted and long since forgotten.

habitation - Wohnsitz; Wohnen; Behausung

indiscretion - Indiskretion

satisfy - befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

indescribably - Unbeschreiblich

incessant - ständig, unablässig, unaufhörlich

undefinable - undefinierbar

craving - Sehnsucht (nach); flehend, heftiges Verlangen; (crave); sehnen

whim - Laune

He could not see beyond the craving, or picture what it might lead to, for he was not conscious of any wish to speak to Madame Olenska or to hear her voice. He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on, and the way the sky and sea enclosed it, the rest of the world might seem less empty.

carry away - mitreißen, davontragen, abtragen

enclosed - eingeschlossen; beifügen, einschliessen

He drove past grey-shingled farm-houses in orchards, past hay-fields and groves of oak, past villages with white steeples rising sharply into the fading sky; and at last, after stopping to ask the way of some men at work in a field, he turned down a lane between high banks of goldenrod and brambles.

shingled - geschindelt; kurzschneiden

orchards - Obstplantagen; Obstgarten, Obstwiese, Obstbaum

Hay - Heu

groves - Hainen; Hain, Gehölz

oak - Eiche, Eichenholz, Eichen-

steeples - Kirchtürme; Kirchturm

ask the way - sich nach dem Weg erkundigen

lane - Fahrspur; Gasse; Spur, Route

goldenrod - Goldrute

brambles - Brombeersträucher; Brombeerstrauch

At the end of the lane was the blue glimmer of the river; to the left, standing in front of a clump of oaks and maples, he saw a long tumble-down house with white paint peeling from its clapboards.

glimmer - Schimmern; Schimmer; glimmern

clump - Klumpen; Büschel; Plumps

maples - Ahornbäume; Ahorn

On the road-side facing the gateway stood one of the open sheds in which the New Englander shelters his farming implements and visitors "hitch" their "teams." Archer, jumping down, led his pair into the shed, and after tying them to a post turned toward the house.

gateway - Einfahrt, Tor, Zugang, Gateway, Protokollumsetzer

sheds - Schuppen; (to shed) vergießen, abstoßen, lsowerden

Englander - Engländer

shelters - Schutzräume; Zuflucht, Obdach

implements - Geräte; Werkzeug

Hitch - Anhalter; Festmacher; Anhängerkupplung; Haken; mit einem Ruck ziehen; festmachen

The patch of lawn before it had relapsed into a hay-field; but to the left an overgrown box-garden full of dahlias and rusty rose-bushes encircled a ghostly summer-house of trellis-work that had once been white, surmounted by a wooden Cupid who had lost his bow and arrow but continued to take ineffectual aim.

patch - notdürftig reparieren, reparieren, einsetzen; Flicken

relapsed - rückfällig geworden; zurückfallen, sich verschlimmern

overgrown - überwuchert; überwuchern

dahlias - Dahlien; Dahlie

bushes - Büsche; Buchse, Strauch, Busch

encircled - eingekreist; umzingeln, einfassen

trellis - Spalier stehen; Gatter, Schmuckgitter, Ziergitter

Cupid - Amor, Cupido

ineffectual - unwirksam

Archer leaned for a while against the gate. No one was in sight, and not a sound came from the open windows of the house: a grizzled Newfoundland dozing before the door seemed as ineffectual a guardian as the arrowless Cupid. It was strange to think that this place of silence and decay was the home of the turbulent Blenkers; yet Archer was sure that he was not mistaken.

grizzled - nörgeln

Newfoundland - Neufundland

dozing - dösend; eindösen, einnicken; (doze) dösend; eindösen, einnicken

guardian - Wächter, Wache, Vormund, Erziehungsberechtigter

arrowless - pfeilfrei

decay - Verfall, Verwesung, Fäulnis, verfallen, verderben, faulen

For a long time he stood there, content to take in the scene, and gradually falling under its drowsy spell; but at length he roused himself to the sense of the passing time. Should he look his fill and then drive away? He stood irresolute, wishing suddenly to see the inside of the house, so that he might picture the room that Madame Olenska sat in.

drowsy - schläfrig; einschläfernd; müde, langweilig, verschlafen, dösig

drive away - wegjagen, vertreiben

There was nothing to prevent his walking up to the door and ringing the bell; if, as he supposed, she was away with the rest of the party, he could easily give his name, and ask permission to go into the sitting-room to write a message.

ringing - klingeln; kraftvoll, klar; (ring) klingeln; kraftvoll, klar

But instead, he crossed the lawn and turned toward the box-garden. As he entered it he caught sight of something bright-coloured in the summer-house, and presently made it out to be a pink parasol. The parasol drew him like a magnet: he was sure it was hers.

magnet - Magnet

He went into the summer-house, and sitting down on the rickety seat picked up the silken thing and looked at its carved handle, which was made of some rare wood that gave out an aromatic scent. Archer lifted the handle to his lips.

rickety - wackelig, wacklig, klapprig, gebrechlich, rachitisch

silken - seidig; seiden

aromatic - aromatisch, würzig, duftend

He heard a rustle of skirts against the box, and sat motionless, leaning on the parasol handle with clasped hands, and letting the rustle come nearer without lifting his eyes. He had always known that this must happen ...

"Oh, Mr. Archer!" exclaimed a loud young voice; and looking up he saw before him the youngest and largest of the Blenker girls, blonde and blowsy, in bedraggled muslin. A red blotch on one of her cheeks seemed to show that it had recently been pressed against a pillow, and her half-awakened eyes stared at him hospitably but confusedly.

bedraggled - zerlumpt; durchnässen

blotch - Fleck; der Ausschlag

awakened - geweckt; aufwecken, wecken, aufwachen, erwachen, wach werden

hospitably - gastfreundlich

"Gracious"where did you drop from? I must have been sound asleep in the hammock. Everybody else has gone to Newport. Did you ring?" she incoherently enquired.

hammock - Hängematte; Bauminsel

incoherently - unzusammenhängend

Archer's confusion was greater than hers. "I"no"that is, I was just going to. I had to come up the island to see about a horse, and I drove over on a chance of finding Mrs. Blenker and your visitors. But the house seemed empty"so I sat down to wait."

Miss Blenker, shaking off the fumes of sleep, looked at him with increasing interest. "The house IS empty. Mother's not here, or the Marchioness"or anybody but me." Her glance became faintly reproachful. "Didn't you know that Professor and Mrs. Sillerton are giving a garden-party for mother and all of us this afternoon? It was too unlucky that I couldn't go; but I've had a sore throat, and mother was afraid of the drive home this evening.

fumes - Abgase; Rauch, Qualm, rauchen, qualmen, schäumen

unlucky - Pech gehabt; unglücklich; unglückbringend; ''usually expressed verbally:'' es bringen

sore throat - Halsentzündung , Halsweh

drive home - eintreiben (Vieh)

Did you ever know anything so disappointing? Of course," she added gaily, "I shouldn't have minded half as much if I'd known you were coming."

disappointing - enttäuschend; enttäuschen, vorenthalten, berauben

Symptoms of a lumbering coquetry became visible in her, and Archer found the strength to break in: "But Madame Olenska"has she gone to Newport too?"

lumbering - schwerfällig; (lumber) Gerümpel, Nutzholz

coquetry - Koketterie

Miss Blenker looked at him with surprise. "Madame Olenska"didn't you know she'd been called away?"

"Called away?""

"Oh, my best parasol! I lent it to that goose of a Katie, because it matched her ribbons, and the careless thing must have dropped it here. We Blenkers are all like that ... real Bohemians!" Recovering the sunshade with a powerful hand she unfurled it and suspended its rosy dome above her head.

ribbons - Bändchen; Band

bohemians - Bohemiens; böhmisch, Böhmin, Böhme

recovering - wiederfinden, sich erholen, beikommen

unfurled - entrollt; entfalten, entrollen, aufrollen

suspended - ausgesetzt; suspendieren, aufhängen, suspendieren, aufheben

dome - Kuppel

"Yes, Ellen was called away yesterday: she lets us call her Ellen, you know. A telegram came from Boston: she said she might be gone for two days. I do LOVE the way she does her hair, don't you?" Miss Blenker rambled on.

Archer continued to stare through her as though she had been transparent. All he saw was the trumpery parasol that arched its pinkness above her giggling head.

trumpery - Tand

pinkness - rosa

giggling - kichernd; (giggle); kichern; Gekicher

After a moment he ventured: "You don't happen to know why Madame Olenska went to Boston? I hope it was not on account of bad news?"

Miss Blenker took this with a cheerful incredulity. "Oh, I don't believe so. She didn't tell us what was in the telegram. I think she didn't want the Marchioness to know. She's so romantic-looking, isn't she? Doesn't she remind you of Mrs. Scott-Siddons when she reads 'Lady Geraldine's Courtship'? Did you never hear her?"

courtship - Umwerbung; Brautwerbung, Freien, Liebeswerben

Archer was dealing hurriedly with crowding thoughts. His whole future seemed suddenly to be unrolled before him; and passing down its endless emptiness he saw the dwindling figure of a man to whom nothing was ever to happen. He glanced about him at the unpruned garden, the tumble-down house, and the oak-grove under which the dusk was gathering.

unrolled - abgerollt; abrollen

dwindling - schrumpfen; schwinden

grove - Hain, Gehölz, Wäldchen

It had seemed so exactly the place in which he ought to have found Madame Olenska; and she was far away, and even the pink sunshade was not hers ...

He frowned and hesitated. "You don't know, I suppose"I shall be in Boston tomorrow. If I could manage to see her""

He felt that Miss Blenker was losing interest in him, though her smile persisted. "Oh, of course; how lovely of you! She's staying at the Parker House; it must be horrible there in this weather."

Parker - Parkaufseher


The next morning, when Archer got out of the Fall River train, he emerged upon a steaming midsummer Boston. The streets near the station were full of the smell of beer and coffee and decaying fruit and a shirt-sleeved populace moved through them with the intimate abandon of boarders going down the passage to the bathroom.

steaming - Dämpfen; dampfend; (steam); Wasserdampf, Kraft, Energie

midsummer - Hochsommer; Johannistag, Mittsommer

decaying - verrotten; Verfall, Verwesung, Fäulnis, verfallen, verderben

sleeved - mit Ärmeln; Ärmel, Hülse, Schutzhülle, Tülle, Köcher, Hülle

populace - der Bevölkerung; gemeine Volk, breite Masse, Pöbel

boarders - Internatsschüler, Internatsschülerin, Kostgänger, Pirat, Kaper

Archer found a cab and drove to the Somerset Club for breakfast. Even the fashionable quarters had the air of untidy domesticity to which no excess of heat ever degrades the European cities. Care-takers in calico lounged on the door-steps of the wealthy, and the Common looked like a pleasure-ground on the morrow of a Masonic picnic.

cab - Taxi, Fiaker

degrades - verschlechtert; degradieren, herabstufen, herunterstufen

takers - Abnehmer, Kunde

calico - Kattun, Kaliko

lounged - gefaulenzt; Lounge, Wartezimmer

morrow - morgen; Morgen

masonic - freimaurerisch

picnic - Picknick; Kinderspiel

If Archer had tried to imagine Ellen Olenska in improbable scenes he could not have called up any into which it was more difficult to fit her than this heat-prostrated and deserted Boston.

improbable - unwahrscheinlich

prostrated - niedergeworfen; niedergestreckt, niederwerfen, erniedrigen

He breakfasted with appetite and method, beginning with a slice of melon, and studying a morning paper while he waited for his toast and scrambled eggs. A new sense of energy and activity had possessed him ever since he had announced to May the night before that he had business in Boston, and should take the Fall River boat that night and go on to New York the following evening. It had always been understood that he would return to town early in the week, and when he got back from his expedition to Portsmouth a letter from the office, which fate had conspicuously placed on a corner of the hall table, sufficed to justify his sudden change of plan.

appetite - Appetit; Begierde, Lust

melon - Melone

morning paper - Morgenzeitung

toast - Toastbrot; Toast

scrambled eggs - Rührei , Eierspeise (österr.)

expedition - Expedition

He was even ashamed of the ease with which the whole thing had been done: it reminded him, for an uncomfortable moment, of Lawrence Lefferts's masterly contrivances for securing his freedom. But this did not long trouble him, for he was not in an analytic mood.

masterly - meisterhaft, virtuos

contrivances - Erfindungen; Vorrichtung, Maschinerie, Apparat, Behelf

securing - sicher, geschützt, beschützt, sicher, geschützt, sicher, sicher

analytic - analytisch

After breakfast he smoked a cigarette and glanced over the Commercial Advertiser. While he was thus engaged two or three men he knew came in, and the usual greetings were exchanged: it was the same world after all, though he had such a queer sense of having slipped through the meshes of time and space.

He looked at his watch, and finding that it was half-past nine got up and went into the writing-room. There he wrote a few lines, and ordered a messenger to take a cab to the Parker House and wait for the answer. He then sat down behind another newspaper and tried to calculate how long it would take a cab to get to the Parker House.

calculate - kalkulieren, berechnen, ausrechnen, sich etwas ausrechnen

"The lady was out, sir," he suddenly heard a waiter's voice at his elbow; and he stammered: "Out?"" as if it were a word in a strange language.

He got up and went into the hall. It must be a mistake: she could not be out at that hour. He flushed with anger at his own stupidity: why had he not sent the note as soon as he arrived?

stupidity - Dummheit

He found his hat and stick and went forth into the street. The city had suddenly become as strange and vast and empty as if he were a traveller from distant lands. For a moment he stood on the door-step hesitating; then he decided to go to the Parker House. What if the messenger had been misinformed, and she were still there?

hesitating - zögernd; zögern, zögern, stammeln

misinformed - Fehlinformationen; falsch informieren

He started to walk across the Common; and on the first bench, under a tree, he saw her sitting. She had a grey silk sunshade over her head"how could he ever have imagined her with a pink one? As he approached he was struck by her listless attitude: she sat there as if she had nothing else to do.

listless - lasch, lustlos, antriebslos

He saw her drooping profile, and the knot of hair fastened low in the neck under her dark hat, and the long wrinkled glove on the hand that held the sunshade. He came a step or two nearer, and she turned and looked at him.

"Oh""she said; and for the first time he noticed a startled look on her face; but in another moment it gave way to a slow smile of wonder and contentment.

contentment - Zufriedenheit, Genügsamkeit

"Oh""she murmured again, on a different note, as he stood looking down at her; and without rising she made a place for him on the bench.

"I'm here on business"just got here," Archer explained; and, without knowing why, he suddenly began to feign astonishment at seeing her. "But what on earth are you doing in this wilderness?" He had really no idea what he was saying: he felt as if he were shouting at her across endless distances, and she might vanish again before he could overtake her.

feign - vorgeben, vortäuschen, vormachen, fingieren, ausdenken

shouting at - anschreiend

overtake - überholen; aufholen

"I? Oh, I'm here on business too," she answered, turning her head toward him so that they were face to face. The words hardly reached him: he was aware only of her voice, and of the startling fact that not an echo of it had remained in his memory. He had not even remembered that it was low-pitched, with a faint roughness on the consonants.

startling - verblüffend; überraschend, alarmierend, erschreckend

roughness - Rauheit, Grobheit

consonants - Konsonanten; Konsonant, Mitlaut, Konsonant, Mitlaut

"You do your hair differently," he said, his heart beating as if he had uttered something irrevocable.

"Differently? No"it's only that I do it as best I can when I'm without Nastasia."

"Nastasia; but isn't she with you?"

"No; I'm alone. For two days it was not worth while to bring her."

"You're alone"at the Parker House?"

She looked at him with a flash of her old malice. "Does it strike you as dangerous?"

"No; not dangerous""

"But unconventional? I see; I suppose it is." She considered a moment. "I hadn't thought of it, because I've just done something so much more unconventional." The faint tinge of irony lingered in her eyes. "I've just refused to take back a sum of money"that belonged to me."

Archer sprang up and moved a step or two away. She had furled her parasol and sat absently drawing patterns on the gravel. Presently he came back and stood before her.

furled - aufgerollt; aufrollen, bergen, einrollen

absently - abwesend, in Abwesenheit

"Some one"has come here to meet you?"


"With this offer?"

She nodded.

"And you refused"because of the conditions?"

"I refused," she said after a moment.

He sat down by her again. "What were the conditions?"

"Oh, they were not onerous: just to sit at the head of his table now and then."

onerous - lästig

There was another interval of silence. Archer's heart had slammed itself shut in the queer way it had, and he sat vainly groping for a word.

slammed - zugeknallt; zuschlagen, hart anpacken, zuknallen; harte Kritik

"He wants you back"at any price?"

"Well"a considerable price. At least the sum is considerable for me."

He paused again, beating about the question he felt he must put.

"It was to meet him here that you came?"

She stared, and then burst into a laugh. "Meet him"my husband? HERE? At this season he's always at Cowes or Baden."

"He sent some one?"


"With a letter?"

She shook her head. "No; just a message. He never writes. I don't think I've had more than one letter from him." The allusion brought the colour to her cheek, and it reflected itself in Archer's vivid blush.

"Why does he never write?"

"Why should he? What does one have secretaries for?"

The young man's blush deepened. She had pronounced the word as if it had no more significance than any other in her vocabulary. For a moment it was on the tip of his tongue to ask: "Did he send his secretary, then?" But the remembrance of Count Olenski's only letter to his wife was too present to him. He paused again, and then took another plunge.

remembrance - Erinnern; Erinnerung

"And the person?""

"The emissary? The emissary," Madame Olenska rejoined, still smiling, "might, for all I care, have left already; but he has insisted on waiting till this evening ... in case ... on the chance ..."

"And you came out here to think the chance over?"

"I came out to get a breath of air. The hotel's too stifling. I'm taking the afternoon train back to Portsmouth."

They sat silent, not looking at each other, but straight ahead at the people passing along the path. Finally she turned her eyes again to his face and said: "You're not changed."

He felt like answering: "I was, till I saw you again;" but instead he stood up abruptly and glanced about him at the untidy sweltering park.

sweltering - schwül; drückend; (swelter); schwitzen; Hitzewelle

"This is horrible. Why shouldn't we go out a little on the bay? There's a breeze, and it will be cooler. We might take the steamboat down to Point Arley." She glanced up at him hesitatingly and he went on: "On a Monday morning there won't be anybody on the boat. My train doesn't leave till evening: I'm going back to New York. Why shouldn't we?" he insisted, looking down at her; and suddenly he broke out: "Haven't we done all we could?"

steamboat - Dampfschiff, Dampfer

"Oh""she murmured again. She stood up and reopened her sunshade, glancing about her as if to take counsel of the scene, and assure herself of the impossibility of remaining in it. Then her eyes returned to his face. "You mustn't say things like that to me," she said.

counsel - Ratschläge; Beratung; Rat, Ratschlag, Anwalt, Anwältin

impossibility - Unmöglichkeit

"I'll say anything you like; or nothing. I won't open my mouth unless you tell me to. What harm can it do to anybody? All I want is to listen to you," he stammered.

She drew out a little gold-faced watch on an enamelled chain. "Oh, don't calculate," he broke out; "give me the day! I want to get you away from that man. At what time was he coming?"

enamelled - emailliert; Schmelz, Schmelzglas, Emailmalerei; lackieren

Her colour rose again. "At eleven."

"Then you must come at once."

"You needn't be afraid"if I don't come."

needn - brauchen nicht

"Nor you either"if you do. I swear I only want to hear about you, to know what you've been doing. It's a hundred years since we've met"it may be another hundred before we meet again."

swear - schwören

meet again - wiedersehen

She still wavered, her anxious eyes on his face. "Why didn't you come down to the beach to fetch me, the day I was at Granny's?" she asked.

wavered - wankte; wanken, zögern, schweben, flattern, schwanken

"Because you didn't look round"because you didn't know I was there. I swore I wouldn't unless you looked round." He laughed as the childishness of the confession struck him.

look round - umschauen

swore - geschworen; schwören

childishness - Kindereien; Kinderei

confession - Bekenntnis, Eingeständnis, Beichte

"But I didn't look round on purpose."

"On purpose?"

"I knew you were there; when you drove in I recognised the ponies. So I went down to the beach."

"To get away from me as far as you could?"

She repeated in a low voice: "To get away from you as far as I could."

He laughed out again, this time in boyish satisfaction. "Well, you see It's no use. I may as well tell you," he added, "that the business I came here for was just to find you. But, look here, we must start or we shall miss our boat."

It's no use - Es nützt nichts., Es bringt nichts.

"Our boat?" She frowned perplexedly, and then smiled. "Oh, but I must go back to the hotel first: I must leave a note""

"As many notes as you please. You can write here." He drew out a note-case and one of the new stylographic pens. "I've even got an envelope"you see how everything's predestined! There"steady the thing on your knee, and I'll get the pen going in a second. They have to be humoured; wait"" He banged the hand that held the pen against the back of the bench. "It's like jerking down the mercury in a thermometer: just a trick. Now try""

stylographic - stilografisch

predestined - prädestiniert; prädestinieren

steady - beständig; stetig; stabilisieren

humoured - belustigt; Humor, Laune, Humor, Stimmung, Körpersaft, Saft

banged - geknallt; Schlag, Knall; knallen (derb koitieren), schlagen

jerking - Ruckeln; stoßweise, zusammenzuckend

mercury - Quecksilber; Bingelkraut

thermometer - Thermometer, Wärmemesser, Temperaturmesser

She laughed, and bending over the sheet of paper which he had laid on his note-case, began to write. Archer walked away a few steps, staring with radiant unseeing eyes at the passersby, who, in their turn, paused to stare at the unwonted sight of a fashionably-dressed lady writing a note on her knee on a bench in the Common.

laid on - aufgestrichen

unseeing - nicht zu sehen

unwonted - ungewohnt

fashionably - modisch

Madame Olenska slipped the sheet into the envelope, wrote a name on it, and put it into her pocket. Then she too stood up.

They walked back toward Beacon Street, and near the club Archer caught sight of the plush-lined "herdic" which had carried his note to the Parker House, and whose driver was reposing from this effort by bathing his brow at the corner hydrant.

beacon - Leuchtfeuer; Bake, Orientierungspunkt

plush - Plüsch

herdic - herdisch

reposing - ruhend; ruhen

"I told you everything was predestined! Here's a cab for us. You see!" They laughed, astonished at the miracle of picking up a public conveyance at that hour, and in that unlikely spot, in a city where cab-stands were still a "foreign" novelty.

public conveyance - öffentliches Verkehrsmittel

unlikely - unwahrscheinlich

novelty - Neuheit, Neuartigkeit, neues Produkt, Krimskrams

Archer, looking at his watch, saw that there was time to drive to the Parker House before going to the steamboat landing. They rattled through the hot streets and drew up at the door of the hotel.

Archer held out his hand for the letter. "Shall I take it in?" he asked; but Madame Olenska, shaking her head, sprang out and disappeared through the glazed doors. It was barely half-past ten; but what if the emissary, impatient for her reply, and not knowing how else to employ his time, were already seated among the travellers with cooling drinks at their elbows of whom Archer had caught a glimpse as she went in?

impatient - ungeduldig

He waited, pacing up and down before the herdic. A Sicilian youth with eyes like Nastasia's offered to shine his boots, and an Irish matron to sell him peaches; and every few moments the doors opened to let out hot men with straw hats tilted far back, who glanced at him as they went by.

shine - glänzen; schimmern, wienern; Schein; putzen (Schuhe)

Irish - Irisch

Matron - Oberin; Hausmutter, Matrone

peaches - Pfirsiche; Pfirsich; denunzieren

straw hats - Strohhüte

He marvelled that the door should open so often, and that all the people it let out should look so like each other, and so like all the other hot men who, at that hour, through the length and breadth of the land, were passing continuously in and out of the swinging doors of hotels.

breadth - Weite; Breite

continuously - kontinuierlich

And then, suddenly, came a face that he could not relate to the other faces. He caught but a flash of it, for his pacings had carried him to the farthest point of his beat, and it was in turning back to the hotel that he saw, in a group of typical countenances"the lank and weary, the round and surprised, the lantern-jawed and mild"this other face that was so many more things at once, and things so different. It was that of a young man, pale too, and half-extinguished by the heat, or worry, or both, but somehow, quicker, vivider, more conscious; or perhaps seeming so because he was so different. Archer hung a moment on a thin thread of memory, but it snapped and floated off with the disappearing face"apparently that of some foreign business man, looking doubly foreign in such a setting.

relate - verbinden; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

lank - schlaff; strähnig, dünn, schmächtig

weary - müde

lantern - Laterne

jawed - gekaut; Kiefer, Maul

vivider - lebendig, lebhaft, anschaulich

thread - Thema; Faden, Garn, Zwirn, Nähgarn

doubly - zweifach; doppelt

He vanished in the stream of passersby, and Archer resumed his patrol.

stream - Bach; Strom; Datenstrom; strömen; streamen

patrol - Patrouille, Streife

He did not care to be seen watch in hand within view of the hotel, and his unaided reckoning of the lapse of time led him to conclude that, if Madame Olenska was so long in reappearing, it could only be because she had met the emissary and been waylaid by him. At the thought Archer's apprehension rose to anguish.

unaided - ohne fremde Hilfe

reckoning - Rechenschaft ablegen; Abrechnung; (reckon) Rechenschaft ablegen; Abrechnung

conclude - beenden, schließen, zu Ende führen, abschließen, entscheiden

reappearing - wieder auftauchen; wieder erscheinen, wiederauftreten

waylaid - überfallen werden; wegelagern, auflauern, auflauern

apprehension - Befürchtungen; Greifen, Ergreifen, Fassen, Anfassen

anguish - Ängste; Pein, Angst, Qual

"If she doesn't come soon I'll go in and find her," he said.

The doors swung open again and she was at his side. They got into the herdic, and as it drove off he took out his watch and saw that she had been absent just three minutes. In the clatter of loose windows that made talk impossible they bumped over the disjointed cobblestones to the wharf.

been absent - gefehlt

clatter - klappern, poltern, Geklapper, Gepolter, Klappern

disjointed - unzusammenhängend; disjunkt, zertrennen

wharf - Werft; Kai, Wharf

Seated side by side on a bench of the half-empty boat they found that they had hardly anything to say to each other, or rather that what they had to say communicated itself best in the blessed silence of their release and their isolation.

release - Freigabe, Freisetzung, Befreiung, Erlösung

As the paddle-wheels began to turn, and wharves and shipping to recede through the veil of heat, it seemed to Archer that everything in the old familiar world of habit was receding also. He longed to ask Madame Olenska if she did not have the same feeling: the feeling that they were starting on some long voyage from which they might never return. But he was afraid to say it, or anything else that might disturb the delicate balance of her trust in him.

paddle - verhauen; planschen, watscheln, rudern, paddeln; Paddel

wharves - Häfen; Kai, Wharf

recede - zurückgehen; zurücktreten

disturb - stören

balance - Gleichgewicht; Ausgewogenheit; Bilanz, Saldo, Guthaben, Rest

In reality he had no wish to betray that trust. There had been days and nights when the memory of their kiss had burned and burned on his lips; the day before even, on the drive to Portsmouth, the thought of her had run through him like fire; but now that she was beside him, and they were drifting forth into this unknown world, they seemed to have reached the kind of deeper nearness that a touch may sunder.

betray - verraten; im Stich lassen, von etwas zeugen, verleiten

nearness - Nähe

sunder - trennen

As the boat left the harbour and turned seaward a breeze stirred about them and the bay broke up into long oily undulations, then into ripples tipped with spray. The fog of sultriness still hung over the city, but ahead lay a fresh world of ruffled waters, and distant promontories with light-houses in the sun. Madame Olenska, leaning back against the boat-rail, drank in the coolness between parted lips.

harbour - Hafen, Zufluchtsort

seaward - seewärts

oily - ölig; ölhaltig

undulations - Wellenbewegungen; Wellenbewegung, Wellenform

spray - Sprühwasser, Gischt; bestäuben (bestäubt), sprühen, spritzen

sultriness - Schwüle

hung over - überhängte

ruffled - zerzaust; Rüsche, Krause

promontories - Vorgebirge; Landzunge

coolness - Kühle

She had wound a long veil about her hat, but it left her face uncovered, and Archer was struck by the tranquil gaiety of her expression. She seemed to take their adventure as a matter of course, and to be neither in fear of unexpected encounters, nor (what was worse) unduly elated by their possibility.

encounters - Begegnungen; treffen, begegnen, Begegnung, Treffen

elated - hocherfreut; beschwingen, ermutigen

In the bare dining-room of the inn, which he had hoped they would have to themselves, they found a strident party of innocent-looking young men and women"school-teachers on a holiday, the landlord told them"and Archer's heart sank at the idea of having to talk through their noise.

strident - schrill; gellend

landlord - Vermieter, Hauswirt

"This is hopeless"I'll ask for a private room," he said; and Madame Olenska, without offering any objection, waited while he went in search of it. The room opened on a long wooden verandah, with the sea coming in at the windows. It was bare and cool, with a table covered with a coarse checkered cloth and adorned by a bottle of pickles and a blueberry pie under a cage. No more guileless-looking cabinet particulier ever offered its shelter to a clandestine couple: Archer fancied he saw the sense of its reassurance in the faintly amused smile with which Madame Olenska sat down opposite to him.

checkered - schachbrettartig; Schachbrettmuster; karieren; Aufseher, Prüfer

adorned - geschmückt; schmücken, zieren, verzieren