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express - bekunden, Eilzug, Schnellzug, ausdrücklich; ausdrücken, äußern

Amelia - Amelie

Edwards - Eduard

The events which I am about to relate took place between nine and ten years ago. Sebastopol had fallen in the early spring, the peace of Paris had been concluded since March, our commercial relations with the Russian Empire were but recently renewed; and I, returning home after my first northward journey since the war, was well pleased with the prospect of spending the month of December under the hospitable and thoroughly English roof of my excellent friend Jonathan Jelf, Esq., of Dumbleton Manor, Clayborough, East Anglia. My way lay by the Great East Anglian line as far as Clayborough station, where I was to be met by one of the Dumbleton carriages and conveyed across the remaining nine miles of country.

relate - verbinden; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

peace - Ruhe, Frieden, Friede

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

Since - Seit wann; seitdem, seither, weil, da

commercial - Werbung; kommerziell

relations - Beziehungen; Beziehung, Relation, Relation, Verwandter

Russian - russisch, russländisch, altrussisch, Russe, Russin

Empire - Reich, Imperium, Kaiserreich, Kaisertum, Weltreich

recently - in letzter Zeit; neulich, kürzlich, letztens, unlängst

renewed - erneuert; erneuern, erneuern

returning home - heimgehend

northward - nordwärts

prospect - Anwärter; Sicht, Perspektive, Aussicht, Erwartung, Chance

hospitable - gastfreundlich, gastfrei

thoroughly - gründlich, vollkommen, total, durch und durch

roof - überdachen; Autodach, Dach

excellent - ausgezeichnet, hervorragend, großartig

Jonathan - Jonathan, Jonathan

Manor - Manor, Gut, Landgut, Rittergut, Herrenhaus

lay by - Parkstreifen

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

conveyed - übermittelt; befördern, transportieren, verfrachten, befördern

remaining - Überrest (2), de

Having arrived some seven minutes before the starting of the train, and, by the connivance of the guard, taken sole possession of an empty compartment, I lighted my travelling-lamp, made myself particularly snug, and settled down to the undisturbed enjoyment of a book and a cigar. Great, therefore, was my disappointment when, at the last moment, a gentleman came hurrying along the platform, glanced into my carriage, opened the locked door with a private key, and stepped in.

connivance - Duldung; heimliches Einverständnis

guard - Wächter; Parierstange; Schutz; schützen, bewachen

sole - Seezunge, Sohle, einzig

possession - Gut; Besessenheit; Ballbesitz

empty - leer; leeren, entleeren, ausleeren, leer machen

compartment - Abteil; Postament

myself - mich selbst; mich

particularly - besonders

snug - wohlig; enganliegend; Hinterraum; gemütlicher Hinterraum; gemütliche Ecke; Separee

settled - erledigt; abklären

undisturbed - ungestört

enjoyment - Genuss, Vergnügen

cigar - Zigarre; Glimmstängel

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

disappointment - Enttäuschung, Verdruss, Misserfolg, Fehlschlag, Reinfall

Last - letzte, zuletzt, letzter, vorig; dauern, andauern

gentleman - Herr; Herr, meine Herren

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

along - entlang, längs, weiter

platform - Plattform, Podest, Programm, Parteiprogramm, Grundsatzprogramm

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

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

locked - gesperrt; Schloss

private - privat; privat

stepped - getreten; Steppe, Steppe

It struck me at the first glance that I had seen him before-a tall, spare man, thin-lipped, light-eyed, with an ungraceful stoop in the shoulders, and scant grey hair worn somewhat long upon the collar. He carried a light waterproof coat, an umbrella, and a large brown japanned deed-box, which last he placed under the seat.

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

glance - blicken; Blick, Streifblick, Glanz, Steinkohle

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

lipped - lippig; Lippe, Auslauf, Überlauf, Schnaupe, Ansatz

ungraceful - ungraziös

stoop - Buckel, sich beugen

shoulders - schultern

scant - spärlich, gering, dürftig, knapp

somewhat - etwas, einigermaßen

upon - auf; mit

collar - Kragen; Halskette; Halsband; Ring

waterproof - wasserfest; wasserdicht, wasserundurchlässig

japanned - Japan

deed - Tat, Akt, Werk, Urkunde, urkundlich übertragen; (dee); Tat, Akt

seat - Sitz, Sitzplatz, Sitzgelegenheit, Stuhl, Sitzmöbel

I now recognized my companion. I had met him, as I distinctly remembered, some three years before, at the very house for which, in all probability, he was now bound, like myself. His name was Dwerrihouse; he was a lawyer by profession, and, if I was not greatly mistaken, was first cousin to the wife of my host. I thought, observing him by the vague mixture of lamplight and twilight, that Mrs. Jelf's cousin looked all the worse for the three years'wear and tear which had gone over his head since our last meeting.

recognized - ich/er/sie erkannte, anerkennen, erkennen

companion - Begleiter, Freund, Liebhaber, Kamerad

distinctly - deutlich

probability - Wahrscheinlichkeit

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

lawyer - Rechtsanwalt, Rechtsanwältin

by profession - von Beruf

greatly - sehr; außerordentlich, großartig

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

observing - Beobachtung; beobachten, beachten, halten, bemerken

vague - vage; nebelhaft, schwach, unklar, undeutlich

mixture - Mischung

lamplight - Laternenlicht; Lampenlicht

twilight - Dämmerung, Zwielicht, Halbdunkel

tear - zerreißen, ich/er/sie/es riss, riß

He was very pale, and had a restless light in his eye that I did not remember to have observed before. The anxious lines, too, about his mouth were deepened, and there was a cavernous, hollow look about his cheeks and temples which seemed to speak of sickness or sorrow. When he had glanced at me for the third or fourth time I ventured to address him.

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

restless - unruhig; ruhelos, rastlos, checkunruhig

observed - beobachtet; beobachten, beachten, halten, bemerken

anxious - ängstlich, besorgt

deepened - vertieft; aushölen, vertiefen, zunehmen, vergrößern, vergrößern

cavernous - höhlenartig

hollow - hohl, dumpf

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

temples - Schläfen; Tempel, Schläfe, Bethaus, Synagoge

seemed - schien; scheinen, dünken

sickness - Krankheit; Übelkeit

sorrow - Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge

third - dritte; Dritter, Dritte, Drittel, Drittel, Terz, dreiteilen

ventured - gewagt; Wagnis

"Mr. John Dwerrihouse, I think?"

Mr - Herr

"That is my name," he replied.

replied - geantwortet; antworten, erwidern, Antwort, Entgegnung, Antwort

"I had the pleasure of meeting you at Dumbleton about three years ago."

pleasure - Vergnügen; Freude, Spaß, Wollust

Mr. Dwerrihouse bowed.

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

"I thought I knew your face," he said; "but your name, I regret to say--"

regret - bedauern, bereuen, leidtun, Reue, Bedauern

"Langford-William Langford. I have known Jonathan Jelf since we were boys together at Merchant Taylor's, and I generally spend a few weeks at Dumbleton in the shooting season. I suppose we are bound for the same destination?"

William - Wilhelm

merchant - Kaufmann, Kauffrau

Taylor - Schneider, Schneidermann

generally - im Allgemeinen

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

season - Jahreszeit, Saison; abschmecken (würzen), würzen

suppose - annehmen, vermuten, vermeinen

destination - Zielort; Bestimmung; Reiseziel, Bestimmungsort

"Not if you are on your way to the manor," he replied. "I am travelling upon business. You have heard perhaps that we are about to construct a branch line from Blackwater to Stockbridge."

Perhaps - vielleicht, wohl

construct - bauen, konstruieren

branch line - Nebenbahn , Seitenlinie

Blackwater - Schwarzwasser

"You are an East Anglian director, I presume?"

director - Direktor, Direktorin, Regisseur, Regisseurin

presume - annehmen, mutmaßen, vermuten

"My interest in the company," replied Mr. Dwerrihouse, "is threefold. I am a director, I am a considerable shareholder, and, as the head of the firm of Dwerrihouse, Dwerrihouse & Craik, I am the company's principal solicitor."

threefold - dreifach

considerable - erheblich, beträchtlich, beachtlich

shareholder - Aktionär

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

principal - Auftraggeber; hauptsächlich, Haupt-, wesentlich, Rektor

solicitor - Anwältin; Solicitor, checkRechtsanwalt

Loquacious, self-important, full of his pet project, and apparently unable to talk on any other subject, Mr. Dwerrihouse then went on to tell of the opposition he had encountered and the obstacles he had overcome in the cause of the Stockbridge branch. I was entertained with a multitude of local details and local grievances.

loquacious - wortgewandt; gesprächig, redselig, geschwätzig, schwatzhaft

self - Selbst

pet - Haustier, Liebling

apparently - offensichtlich, offenbar, scheinbar, anscheinend

unable - unfähig, untauglich

opposition - Opposition

encountered - begegnet; treffen, begegnen, Begegnung, Treffen

obstacles - Hindernisse; Hindernis

overcome - überwunden; überwinden

cause - Ursache, Anlass, Grund, verursachen, auslösen, lassen

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

entertained - unterhalten

multitude - Vielfältigkeit; Vielzahl, Menge, Menschenmenge, Volk

grievances - Missstände; Ärgernis

The rapacity of one squire, the impracticability of another, the indignation of the rector whose glebe was threatened; and so on and on and on, till my head ached and my attention flagged and my eyes kept closing in spite of every effort that I made to keep them open. at length I was roused by these words:

rapacity - Raubgier

squire - Gutsherr; Landjunker, Junker; Knappe; begleiten

impracticability - Undurchführbarkeit

indignation - Empörung, Entrüstung

rector - Rektor

whose - wessen; dessen, deren, wem gehört/gehören?

threatened - bedroht; drohen, bedrohen, bedrohen, androhen

ached - schmerzen; Schmerz

attention - Aufmerksamkeit, Beachtung, Wachsamkeit, Achtung, Habachtstellung

flagged - geflaggt; markieren, beflaggen, kennzeichnen; Kennzeichen

spite - Bosheit; trotz

effort - Anstrengung, Aufwand

at length - schließlich, endlich, ausführlich

roused - geweckt; wachrufen, wecken

"Seventy-five thousand pounds, cash down."

cash - kaufen, einlösen; Bargeld

"Seventy-five thousand pounds, cash down," I repeated, in the liveliest tone I could assume. "That is a heavy sum."

liveliest - am lebhaftesten; lebendig, munter (lebhaft), lebhaft, quirlig

tone - Farbton, Klang, Umgangston, Ton

assume - annehmen, voraussetzen, vermuten, unterstellen

heavy - heftig, schwer, stark (Regen)

"A heavy sum to carry here," replied Mr. Dwerrihouse, pointing significantly to his breast-pocket, "but a mere fraction of what we shall ultimately have to pay."

sum - Betrag, Summe, Geldbetrag

significantly - signifikant

breast - Brust; -brust, Entenbrust

Pocket - Tasche

mere - einfach; nur, schier, bloß

fraction - Fraktion; Bruchteil; Bruch

shall - sollen

ultimately - letztendlich

"You do not mean to say that you have seventy-five thousand pounds at this moment upon your person?" I exclaimed.

exclaimed - ausgerufen; ausrufen

"My good sir, have I not been telling you so for the last half-hour?" said Mr. Dwerrihouse, testily. "That money has to be paid over at half-past eight o'clock this evening, at the office of Sir Thomas's solicitors, on completion of the deed of sale."

testily - auf die Probe gestellt; heftig, reizbar

solicitors - Anwälte; Solicitor, de

completion - Fertigstellung, Vervollständigung, Vollendung

sale - Vertrieb, Verkauf; verkaufen

"But how will you get across by night from Blackwater to Stockbridge with seventy-five thousand pounds in your pocket?"

by night - nachts

"To Stockbridge!" echoed the lawyer. "I find I have made myself very imperfectly understood. I thought I had explained how this sum only carries us as far as Mallingford-the first stage, as it were, of our journey-and how our route from Blackwater to Mallingford lies entirely through Sir Thomas Liddell's property."

echoed - widerhallt; Echo

imperfectly - unvollkommen

stage - Stufe, Etappe, Bühne

route - Route, Leitung, Strecke, Richtung; leiten, routen, lotsen

lies - Lügen; (lie down) sich hinlegen

entirely - vollständig; ganz, total, entirely

property - Eigentum, Besitz, Anwesen, Grundbesitz, Grundstück, Eigenschaft

"I beg your pardon," I stammered. "I fear my thoughts were wandering. So you only go as far as Mallingford tonight?"

beg - Männchen machen; etwas erbitten (von jemandem); bitten (um)

Pardon - Vergebung, Verzeihung, Begnadigung, verzeihen, vergeben

stammered - gestottert; stammeln, stottern, Stottern

fear - fürchten, befürchten, Angst haben; Furcht, Schreck, Befürchtung

thoughts - Gedanken; Gedanke

wandering - wandernd; (wander) irren, wandern

"Precisely. I shall get a conveyance from the 'Blackwater Arms.'And you?"

precisely - genau; präzise

Conveyance - Beförderung; Transport, Übertragung, Transportmittel

"Oh, Jelf sends a trap to meet me at Clayborough! Can I be the bearer of any message from you?"

trap - eine Falle; Fallgrube, Falle, Fahrt (im Bergwerk); einfangen

bearer - Träger, Trägerin, Inhaber, Inhaberin

"You may say, if you please, Mr. Langford, that I wished I could have been your companion all the way, and that I will come over, if possible, before Christmas."

wished - gewollt; Wunsch, wünschen, wünschen

if possible - womöglich

Christmas - Weihnachten

"Nothing more?"

Mr. Dwerrihouse smiled grimly. "Well," he said, "you may tell my cousin that she need not burn the hall down in my honour this time, and that I shall be obliged if she will order the blue-room chimney to be swept before I arrive."

smiled - gelächelt; Lächeln

grimly - grimmig

burn - verbrennen; brennen, feuern, leuchten

hall - Flur, Korridor, Diele, Halle, Saal

honour - Ehrung, Ehre; ehren; beehren, akzeptieren, annehmen, honorieren

be obliged - müssen

chimney - Kamin, Esse, Schlot, Schornstein, Spalte

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

"That sounds tragic. Had you a conflagration on the occasion of your last visit to Dumbleton?"

tragic - tragisch

conflagration - Feuersbrunst, Großbrand, Flächenbrand

Occasion - Gelegenheit; Anlass

"Something like it. There had been no fire lighted in my bedroom since the spring, the flue was foul, and the rooks had built in it; so when I went up to dress for dinner I found the room full of smoke and the chimney on fire. Are we already at Blackwater?"

flue - Schornstein; Abgaskanal, Flammrohr, Feuerzeug

foul - schmutzig

rooks - Rookies; betrügen; Bauernfänger, Saatkrähe, Gauner

smoke - rauchen; Rauch

The train had gradually come to a pause while Mr. Dwerrihouse was speaking, and, putting my head out of the window, I could see the station some few hundred yards ahead. There was another train before us blocking the way, and the guard was making use of the delay to collect the Blackwater tickets. I had scarcely ascertained our position when the ruddy-faced official appeared at our carriage door.

gradually - nach und nach, allmählich, stufenweise, schrittweise

pause - Eine Pause; pausieren, innehalten, Pause

yards - (der) Yard

ahead - voraus, vorne, vorn, oben, geradeaus

blocking - Blockieren; (block) Kloben, Block, Klotz, Trakt; (bloc); Block

delay - Verspätung, Verzögerung, Verzug

collect - eintreiben (Schulden), sammeln, einsammeln

scarcely - knapp, kaum, wohl nicht, gerade erst

ascertained - festzustellen; feststellen

position - Stellung, Position, Arbeitsplatz, Stelle, positionieren

ruddy - rot, rötlich, verdammt, verflixt

official - offiziell, amtlich, dienstlich, Beamter, Beamtin

appeared - erschienen; erscheinen, auftauchen, erscheinen, auftauchen

"Tickets, sir!" said he.

"I am for Clayborough," I replied, holding out the tiny pink card.

holding out - ausharrend

tiny - winzig; Kleinkind

He took it, glanced at it by the light of his little lantern, gave it back, looked, as I fancied, somewhat sharply at my fellow-traveller, and disappeared.

lantern - Laterne

fancied - Lust gehabt; extravagant, originell

sharply - scharf, scharfzüngig, spitzzüngig

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

disappeared - verschwunden; verschwinden, entschwinden

"He did not ask for yours," I said, with some surprise.

surprise - Überraschung; Überraschung

"They never do," replied Mr. Dwerrihouse; "they all know me, and of course I travel free."

"Blackwater! Blackwater!" cried the porter, running along the platform beside us as we glided into the station.

cried - geweint hat; weinen, schreien, schreien, rufen, Weinen

porter - Gepäckträger, Pförtner, Portier; (port) Gepäckträger, Pförtner

beside - daneben; neben

glided - geglitten; gleiten, gleiten, gleiten lassen

Mr. Dwerrihouse pulled out his deed-box, put his travelling-cap in his pocket, resumed his hat, took down his umbrella, and prepared to be gone.

pulled - gezogen; ziehen, ziehen

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

resumed - wiederaufgenommen; weiter; Lebenslauf; fortsetzen

"Many thanks, Mr. Langford, for your society," he said, with old-fashioned courtesy. "I wish you a good-evening."

Many thanks - Vielen Dank!

Society - Gesellschaft

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) altmodisch

courtesy - Höflichkeit

wish - Wunsch; wünschen

"Good-evening," I replied, putting out my hand.

putting out - herausstellend

But he either did not see it or did not choose to see it, and, slightly lifting his hat, stepped out upon the platform. Having done this, he moved slowly away and mingled with the departing crowd.

either - auch nicht; beide; auch, ebenso, ebenfalls, entweder, entweder

slightly - ein wenig, leicht

lifting - Lüften (Bremse), Lift, Aufzug; fördern, Auftrieb geben, heben

stepped out - ausgeschritten

slowly - langsam

mingled - vermengt; vermischen, vermengen, untermischen

departing - abfliegen; abreisend, abfahrend; (depart); verlassen

crowd - Menschenmenge, Masse

Leaning forward to watch him out of sight, I trod upon something which proved to be a cigar-case. It had fallen, no doubt, from the pocket of his waterproof coat, and was made of dark morocco leather, with a silver monogram upon the side. I sprang out of the carriage just as the guard came to lock me in.

leaning - (to lean) sich an etwas lehnen

forward - nachsenden, fördern, befördern, versenden, senden; dreist

sight - Sehenswürdigkeit, Gesicht, Visier, erblicken, anvisieren

trod - getreten; schritt, zertrat, trat; (tread) getreten; schritt

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

case - Fall; Gehäuse, Prozess, Kiste, Fach

doubt - bezweifeln, Zweifel

morocco - Marokko

leather - Leder; ledern

silver - versilbern; silbern, Silber; Silberbesteck

monogram - Monogramm

side - Seite; Flanke, Rand, Mannschaft, Team

lock - sperren; Schloss

"Is there one minute to spare?" I asked, eagerly. "The gentleman who travelled down with me from town has dropped his cigar-case; he is not yet out of the station."

eagerly - eifrig

dropped - fallen gelassen; fallen lassen, senken, weglassen, aufgeben

"Just a minute and a half, sir," replied the guard. "You must be quick."

I dashed along the platform as fast as my feet could carry me. It was a large station, and Mr. Dwerrihouse had by this time got more than half-way to the farther end.

dashed - gestrichelt; Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Strich

I, however, saw him distinctly, moving slowly with the stream. Then, as I drew nearer, I saw that he had met some friend, that they were talking as they walked, that they presently fell back somewhat from the crowd and stood aside in earnest conversation. I made straight for the spot where they were waiting. There was a vivid gas-jet just above their heads, and the light fell full upon their faces. I saw both distinctly-the face of Mr. Dwerrihouse and the face of his companion. Running, breathless, eager as I was, getting in the way of porters and passengers, and fearful every instant lest I should see the train going on without me, I yet observed that the new-comer was considerably younger and shorter than the director, that he was sandy-haired, moustachioed, small-featured, and dressed in a close-cut suit of Scotch tweed.

stream - Bach; Strom; Datenstrom; strömen; streamen

Presently - Gegenwärtig; sogleich

aside - beiseite, zur Seite

earnest - ernsthaft; gesetzt, ernst; (earn) ernsthaft; gesetzt, ernst

straight - gerade; aufrecht, aufrichtig, offen, ungeschminkt

spot - Fleck, Punkt, Pickel, Pustel, Bisschen, Stelle, Ort, Werbespot

vivid - lebendig, lebhaft, anschaulich

jet - Düsenflugzeug, Strahl, Düse; ausstoßen

breathless - atemlos

eager - eifrig, erwartungsvoll, begierig

porters - Gepäckträger, Pförtner, Portier

passengers - Passagiere; Passagier, Passagierin, Fahrgast, Fahrgästin

fearful - furchtbar; furchtsam, ängstlich, verängstigt

instant - sofort; augenblicklich, tafelfertig, Moment

comer - Kommende

Considerably - Erheblich; wesentlich, beträchtlich, beachtlich

Sandy - sandig, sandfarben

haired - behaart

moustachioed - schnauzbärtig

featured - vorgeführt; Besonderheit, Charakteristikum

suit - Anzug; Anzugträger; Farbe; passen

Scotch - Scotch

tweed - Tweed

I was now within a few yards of them. I ran against a stout gentleman, I was nearly knocked down by a luggage-truck, I stumbled over a carpet-bag; I gained the spot just as the driver's whistle warned me to return.

within - in, innerhalb

against - gegen, mit, wider

stout - beleibt

nearly - beinahe, fast

knocked down - (knock down) überfahren, zuschlagen, niederschlagen

luggage - Gepäck, Gepäckstück, Reisegepäck, etaphorical

truck - Lkw, Lastkraftwagen; Lastkraftwagen, Lastwagen, Lastauto

stumbled - gestolpert; Stolpern

carpet - Teppich, Teppichboden, auslegen, bedecken

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

whistle - Pfeife, Trillerpfeife, Flöte, Pfeifen, Pfiff

warned - gewarnt; warnen, mahnen, warnen

To my utter stupefaction, they were no longer there. I had seen them but two seconds before-and they were gone! I stood still. I looked to right and left; I saw no sign of them in any direction. It was as if the platform had gaped and swallowed them.

utter - Äußerlich; äußerst

stupefaction - Verblödung; Benommenheit, Schock, Betäubung, Bestürzung

sign - Wert, Zeichen, Hinweistafel, Indiz; unterschreiben, signieren

direction - Richtung; Führung; Regie

gaped - gähnt; Zahnlücke; Lücke, Bresche, Leerstelle, Kluft

swallowed - verschluckt; schlucken, verschlingen, anbeißen, einstecken

"There were two gentlemen standing here a moment ago," I said to a porter at my elbow; "which way can they have gone?"

gentlemen - Herr, Herr, Herr, meine Herren

elbow - Ellbogen; Rohrbogen; Ellbogenstoß; ellbögeln

"I saw no gentlemen, sir," replied the guard.

The whistle shrilled out again. The guard, far up on the platform, held up his arm, and shouted to me to "come on"!

shrilled - schrill, scharf

held - gehalten; innehaben

shouted - geschrien; Schrei, Zuruf; rufen, schreien, laut schreien

"If you're going on by this train, sir," said the porter, "you must run for it."

I did run for it, just gained the carriage as the train began to move, was shoved in by the guard, and left breathless and bewildered, with Mr. Dwerrihouse's cigar-case still in my hand.

shoved - geschoben; schieben

bewildered - verwirrt; verwirren, durcheinanderbringen

It was the strangest disappearance in the world; it was like a transformation trick in a pantomime. They were there one moment-palpably there, talking, with the gaslight full upon their faces-and the next moment they were gone. There was no door near, no window, no staircase; it was a mere slip of barren platform, tapestried with big advertisements. Could anything be more mysterious?

Strangest - seltsam, sonderbar, komisch, verwunderlich, fremd, seltsam

disappearance - Verschwinden

transformation - Transformation, Verwandlung, Umformung

trick - List, Falle, Finte, Trick, Trick

pantomime - Pantomime; pantomimisieren

palpably - spürbar; fühlbar, augenfällige

gaslight - Gaslicht

staircase - Treppe

slip - Ausrutscher; Versprecher; Rutschen (geradeaus); Lapsus

barren - steril, unfruchtbar, dürr, karg, ausgetrocknet

tapestried - Wandteppich, Bildteppich, Bildwirkerei, Tapisserie, Gobelin

advertisements - Anzeige, Werbung, Annonce, Reklameanzeige, Reklame, Anzeige

more mysterious - geheimnisvollere

It was not worth thinking about, and yet, for my life, I could not help pondering upon it-pondering, wondering, conjecturing, turning it over and over in my mind, and beating my brains for a solution of the enigma. I thought of it all the way from Blackwater to Clayborough.

worth - wert

pondering - grübeln, überlegen, nachdenken

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

conjecturing - Vermutungen anstellen; Vermutung, Verdacht, Mutmaßung

mind - Verstand, Geist, Sinn, Bewusstsein, Gedächtnis, Gedanken

beating - Schlagen, Prügel, Verprüglung, vernichtende Niederlage

brains - Gehirne; Gehirn

solution - Lösung

enigma - rätselhaft; Rätsel, Mysterium, Knobelei, Rateaufgabe

I thought of it all the way from Clayborough to Dumbleton, as I rattled along the smooth highway in a trim dog-cart, drawn by a splendid black mare and driven by the silentest and dapperest of East Anglian grooms.

rattled - verunsichert; klappern, rasseln, erschüteln, knattern

smooth - glatt; reibungslos, problemlos, glätten

highway - Autobahn; Hauptstraße, Chaussee

trim - trimmen; kürzen, nachschneiden, stutzen

cart - Pferdewagen, Wagen, Karren

splendid - glänzend; prächtig; hervorragend

mare - Stute

silentest - am leisesten; still, qualifier

dapperest - tapperest; adrett

grooms - Bräutigame; Stallmeister, Stallknecht; loipen

We did the nine miles in something less than an hour, and pulled up before the lodge gates just as the church clock was striking half-past seven. A couple of minutes more, and the warm glow of the lighted hall was flooding out upon the gravel, a hearty grasp was on my hand, and a clear jovial voice was bidding me "welcome to Dumbleton."

Lodge - Lodge; Loge; Biberburg; feststecken, festklemmen, beherbergen

gates - Tor, Flugsteig, Pforte, Schranke

church clock - Kirchturmuhr , Kirchenuhr

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

couple - Paar; einige, ein paar

glow - glühen; abstrahlen; leuchten; Glühen

flooding - Überschwemmungen; Überflutung, Überschwemmung

gravel - Kies, Schotter, Kiesel, schottern

hearty - herzlich, herzhaft, deftig

grasp - greifen, erfassen, begreifen, verstehen, Griff, Verständnis

clear - klar, durchsichtig, hell, frei

jovial - jovial, fröhlich, heiter

voice - Stimme; äußern

bidding - (to bid) befehlen, bieten, bitten; (bid) (to bid) befehlen

I am not going to describe either the guests or the dinner that night. All provincial parties bear the strictest family resemblance, and I am not aware that an East Anglian banquet offers any exception to the rule. There was the usual country baronet and his wife; there were the usual country parsons and their wives; there was the sempiternal turkey and haunch of venison. Vanitas vanitatum. There is nothing new under the sun.

guests - Gäste; Gast, Gast, Gast, gastieren

provincial - Provinzler; provinziell, provinzial

bear - Bär; (to bear) ertragen, aushalten

strictest - am strengsten; streng, streng

resemblance - Ähnlichkeit

aware - wachsam, gewahr, bewusst, checkgewahr

banquet - Festmahl, Bankett, Gastmahl, Festessen

offers - Angebote; offerieren, anbieten, bieten, zeigen; Antrag, Offerte

exception - Ausnahme, Ausnahmebedingung, Exception

usual - gewöhnlich, üblich

parsons - Pastor

turkey - Pute, Puter, Truthahn, Truthenne

haunch of venison - Hirschkeule

At length there came a pause. The entrées had just been removed, and the turkey had come upon the scene. The conversation had all along been of the languidest, but at this moment it happened to have stagnated altogether. Moved by an unlucky impulse, I thought I would relate my adventure.

Length - Länge, Längenmaß, Pferdelänge

removed - entfernt; entfernen, beseitigen, verdrängen, umziehen

scene - Szene

languidest - am trägesten; schwach

stagnated - stagniert; stagnieren

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

unlucky - Pech gehabt; unglücklich; unglückbringend; ''usually expressed verbally:'' es bringen

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

adventure - Abenteuer

"By the way, Jelf," I began, "I came down part of the way today with a friend of yours."

"Indeed!" said the master of the feast, slicing scientifically into the breast of the turkey. "With whom, pray?"

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

Master - Haupt.., Grund, Meister, führend, leitend; bewältigen, meistern

feast - Festessen; Fest, Festgelage; feiern

slicing - schneidend, in Scheiben schneidend; (slice); Brotscheibe, Anteil

scientifically - wissenschaftlich

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

Pray - Bitte bedenken Sie doch!; beten

"It was no less a person than your wife's cousin, Mr. John Dwerrihouse."

Jonathan Jelf laid down his knife and fork. Mrs. Jelf looked at me in a strange, startled way, and said never a word.

laid down - hingelegt

knife - Messer; messern

fork - gabeln, aufspalten; Aufspaltung, Gabelung, Gabel

strange - seltsam, sonderbar, komisch, verwunderlich, fremd, ausländisch

startled - erschrocken; aufschrecken, scheuen, erschrecken

"And he desired me to tell you, my dear madam, that you need not take the trouble to burn the hall down in his honour, this time, but only to have the chimney of the blue room swept before his arrival."

desired - gewünscht; begehren, begehren, Begehren

madam - gnädige Frau; Frau, Fräulein ''(traditionally

take the trouble - sich die Mühe machen

arrival - Ankunft

Before I had reached the end of my sentence I became aware of something ominous in the faces of the guests. I felt I had said something which I had better have left unsaid, and that for some unexplained reason my words had evoked a general consternation.

reached - erreicht; erzielen, greifen (nach), sich erstrecken; eintreffen

ominous - ominös

unsaid - ungesagt; widerrufen

unexplained - unerklärt

evoked - evoziert; hervorrufen

general - allgemein, generell, General

consternation - Bestürzung, Fassungslosigkeit

I sat confounded, not daring to utter another syllable, and for at least two whole minutes there was dead silence round the table. The guests hitherto had been simply dull, but now they were evidently uncomfortable and embarrassed.

confounded - verwirrt; verwirren, verschlimmern, verschlechtern, besiegen

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

syllable - Silbe

dead - tot, gestorben, leblos, bewegungslos, regungslos, erstarrt

silence - Stille, Schweigen, zum Schweigen bringen, Ruhe

round - runden; Kontrollgang, Runde, Rundgang, rund

hitherto - bis zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt, bis jetzt, bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt

Simply - einfach

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

evidently - offensichtlich

uncomfortable - unangenehm; unbequem, ungemütlich, unbehaglich

embarrassed - peinlich; verlegen machen, demütigen, kränken

The dessert had scarcely been placed upon the table when the ladies left the room. I seized the opportunity to select a vacant chair next a certain Captain Prendergast.

dessert - Nachtisch, Nachspeise, Dessert

ladies - Damen; Herrin des Hauses, Hausherrin, Ehefrau des Hausherrn

seized - beschlagnahmt; ergreifen, fassen, greifen, packen, ergreifen

opportunity - Gelegenheit, Chance, Möglichkeit

select - auswählen

vacant - unbesetzt; frei, vakant, leer, nichtssagend, ausdruckslos

Certain - gewiss, sicher, irgendein, bestimmt

captain - Stabshauptmann, Kapitän zur See, Kapitän, Flugkapitän

"In Heaven's name," I whispered, "what was the matter just now? What had I said?"

Heaven - Der Himmel; Himmel, Firmament, Paradies

whispered - geflüstert; Geflüster

matter - Materie; Masse, Substanz, Stoff, Angelegenheit, Anlass

"You mentioned the name of John Dwerrihouse."

mentioned - erwähnt; Erwähnung, erwähnen

"What of that? I had seen him not two hours before."

"It is a most astounding circumstance that you should have seen him," said Captain Prendergast. "Are you sure it was he?"

astounding - verblüffend; verblüffen, überraschen

circumstance - Umstand

"As sure as of my own identity. We were talking all the way between London and Blackwater. But why does that surprise you?"

identity - Identität, Gleichheit, Übereinstimmung

"Because," replied Captain Prendergast, dropping his voice to the lowest whisper-"because John Dwerrihouse absconded three months ago with seventy-five thousand pounds of the company's money, and has never been heard of since."

dropping - Fallenlassen; Kot; (drop) Fallenlassen; Kot

lowest - niedrigsten; Lowe

whisper - Geflüster, Flüstern, Wispern

absconded - untergetaucht; sich, sich, sich

John Dwerrihouse had absconded three months ago-and I had seen him only a few hours back! John Dwerrihouse had embezzled seventy-five thousand pounds of the company's money, yet told me that he carried that sum upon his person! Were ever facts so strangely incongruous, so difficult to reconcile?

embezzled - veruntreut; unterschlagen, veruntreuen

strangely - seltsame, merkwürdige

incongruous - unpassend

reconcile - versöhnen

How should he have ventured again into the light of day? How dared he show himself along the line? Above all, what had he been doing throughout those mysterious three months of disappearance?

dared - gewagt; sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

throughout - durchgehend; überall

those - die; jene

mysterious - geheimnisvoll; mysteriös; rätselhaft

Perplexing questions these-questions which at once suggested themselves to the minds of all concerned, but which admitted of no easy solution. I could find no reply to them. Captain Prendergast had not even a suggestion to offer. Jonathan Jelf, who seized the first opportunity of drawing me aside and learning all that I had to tell, was more amazed and bewildered than either of us.

perplexing - verwirrend; verwirren

suggested - vorgeschlagen; vorschlagen, vorschlagen

themselves - selbst; sich; sich selber

minds - Köpfe; Verstand, t+Geist, t+Sinn, Bewusstsein

concerned - besorgt; Sorge, Anliegen

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

reply - antworten, erwidern, Antwort, Entgegnung

suggestion - Anregung; Vorschlag; Suggestion

more amazed - verblüfftere

He came to my room that night, when all the guests were gone, and we talked the thing over from every point of view; without, it must be confessed, arriving at any kind of conclusion.

view - Aussicht; Anblick, Ansicht, Aufruf, View, sehen

confessed - gestanden; gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

conclusion - Schluss, Ende, Abschluss, Ergebnis, Schlussfolgerung

"I do not ask you," he said, "whether you can have mistaken your man. That is impossible."

whether - ob

impossible - unmöglich

"As impossible as that I should mistake some stranger for yourself."

Stranger - Ein Fremder; Fremde, Fremdling

"It is not a question of looks or voice, but of facts. That he should have alluded to the fire in the blue room is proof enough of John Dwerrihouse's identity. How did he look?"

alluded - angedeutet; andeuten, erwähnen

Proof - Beweise; Beweis; polierte Platte; aufgehen lassen

"Older, I thought; considerably older, paler, and more anxious."

paler - blasser; Kumpel, Kamerad

"He has had enough to make him look anxious, anyhow," said my friend, gloomily, "be he innocent or guilty."

anyhow - irgendwie

gloomily - düster, finster

innocent - rein; unschuldig

guilty - schuldig

"I am inclined to believe that he is innocent," I replied. "He showed no embarrassment when I addressed him, and no uneasiness when the guard came round. His conversation was open to a fault. I might almost say that he talked too freely of the business which he had in hand."

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

embarrassment - Verlegenheit, Peinlichkeit, Betretenheit

uneasiness - Unbehagen

fault - Fehler; Schuld; Fehler, Charakterschwäche, Verfehlung

almost - fast, beinahe, so gut wie

freely - frei

"That again is strange, for I know no one more reticent on such subjects. He actually told you that he had the seventy-five thousand pounds in his pocket?"

reticent - zurückhaltend

such - solch, derartig, so ein

actually - Ja, also eigentlich ...;eigentlich, wirklich, tatsächlich

"He did."

"Humph! My wife has an idea about it, and she may be right--"

Humph - hm

"What idea?"

"Well, she fancies-women are so clever, you know, at putting themselves inside people's motives-she fancies that he was tempted, that he did actually take the money, and that he has been concealing himself these three months in some wild part of the country, struggling possibly with his conscience all the time, and daring neither to abscond with his booty nor to come back and restore it."

fancies - Lust; extravagant, originell

clever - geschickt; clever, ausgekocht, patent, klug, gescheit

inside - Innenseite, Inneres, Innen-, Inner-, drinnen, hinein, innerhalb

motives - Motiven; Motiv

tempted - in Versuchung; in Versuchung führen, versuchen, locken

actually - eigentlich, tatsächlich, in Wirklichkeit, in Wahrheit

concealing - verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen, verstecken

wild - wild, rau

struggling - sich abmühen; kämpfend, ringend; (struggle); Kampf, Gefecht

Possibly - vielleicht, eventuell, möglicherweise, negated: unmöglich

conscience - Gewissen

neither - weder; weder X noch Y; keiner, keines

abscond - abhauen; sich

booty - Beute

nor - weder noch, auch nicht

restore - wiederherstellen, restaurieren

"But now that he has come back?"

"That is the point. She conceives that he has probably thrown himself upon the company's mercy, made restitution of the money, and, being forgiven, is permitted to carry the business through as if nothing whatever had happened."

conceives - empfängt; konzipieren, erdenken, ersinnen, empfangen, verstehen

thrown - geworfen; Wurf; werfen (du wirfst, er wirft), ich/er/sie würfe

mercy - Barmherzigkeit, Erbarmen, Gnade, Mitleid

restitution - Entschädigung, Rückerstattung

forgiven - vergeben, verzeihen, entschuldigen

permitted - erlaubt; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

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

"The last," I replied, "is an impossible case. Mrs. Jelf thinks like a generous and delicate-minded woman, but not in the least like a board of railway directors. They would never carry forgiveness so far."

generous - großzügig, generös

delicate - empfindlich, heikel, schwierig, feingliedrig, filigran

minded - aufpassen; Verstand, t+Geist, t+Sinn, Bewusstsein

board - Brett, Tafel

Railway - Eisenbahnlinie, Gleis, Eisenbahn

Directors - Direktoren; Direktor, Direktorin, Regisseur, Regisseurin

forgiveness - Verzeihung, Vergebung, Versöhnlichkeit, Nachsicht

"I fear not; and yet it is the only conjecture that bears a semblance of likelihood. However, we can run over to Clayborough tomorrow and see if anything is to be learned. By the way, Prendergast tells me you picked up his cigar-case."

conjecture - Mutmaßungen; Vermutung, Verdacht, Mutmaßung, Hypothese

bears - Bären; (to bear) ertragen, aushalten

semblance - Anschein

likelihood - Wahrscheinlichkeit

run over - herüberfahren, überfließen

picked - ausgewählt; Foto

"I did so, and here it is."

Jelf took the cigar-case, examined it by the light of the lamp, and said at once that it was beyond doubt Mr. Dwerrihouse's property, and that he remembered to have seen him use it.

examined - untersucht; untersuchen, untersuchen, untersuchen, prüfen

beyond doubt - zweifellos, außer Zweifel

"Here, too, is his monogram on the side," he added-"a big J. transfixing a capital D. He used to carry the same on his note-paper."

transfixing - fesselnd; durchstechen, durchbohren

note-paper - (note-paper) Briefbogen

"It offers, at all events, a proof that I was not dreaming."

at all events - jedenfalls, auf alle Fälle, allenfalls

dreaming - phantasierend, träumend; (dream); Traum, Wunsch, träumen

"Ay, but it is time you were asleep and dreaming now. I am ashamed to have kept you up so long. Good-night."

asleep - schlafen, schlafen

ashamed - schämen

"Good-night, and remember that I am more than ready to go with you to Clayborough, or Blackwater, or London, or anywhere, if I can be of the least service."

anywhere - überall, irgendwo

service - warten; Bedienung, Dienstleistung, Betrieb

"Thanks! I know you mean it, old friend, and it may be that I shall put you to the test. Once more, good-night."

So we parted for that night, and met again in the breakfast-room at half-past eight the next morning. It was a hurried, silent, uncomfortable meal; none of us had slept well, and all were thinking of the same subject. Within twenty minutes after we had left the breakfast-table the dog-cart was brought round, and my friend and I were on the road to Clayborough.

met again - wiedergesehen

hurried - eilig; Eile, beeilen

silent - still

none - kein, nichts, keines, keine, keiner, gar nicht

"Tell you what it is, Langford," he said, as we sped along between the wintry hedges, "I do not much fancy to bring up Dwerrihouse's name at Clayborough. All the officials know that he is my wife's relation, and the subject just now is hardly a pleasant one.

sped - beschleunigt; Drehzahl, Gang, rasen, Tempo, Eile

wintry - winterlich

hedges - Hecken; Hecke

fancy - schick; extravagant, originell

officials - offiziell, offiziell, amtlich, dienstlich, Beamter, Beamtin

relation - Beziehung; Relation; Verwandter, Verwandte, Verwandtschaft

hardly - hart, rau, kaum

pleasant - angenehm

If you don't much mind, we will take the 11:10 to Blackwater. It's an important station, and we shall stand a far better chance of picking up information there than at Clayborough."

chance - riskieren, zufällig geschehen; Chance, Zufall, Gelegenheit

picking - Kommissionierung; pflücken; (pic) Kommissionierung; pflücken

So we took the 11:10, which happened to be an express, and, arriving at Blackwater about a quarter before twelve, proceeded at once to prosecute our inquiry.

proceeded - fortgefahren; vorgehen

prosecute - strafrechtlich verfolgen; gerichtlich belangen

inquiry - Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchung, Erforschung

We began by asking for the station-master, a big, blunt, businesslike person, who at once averred that he knew Mr. John Dwerrihouse perfectly well, and that there was no director on the line whom he had seen and spoken to so frequently.

blunt - schonungslos, offen, ungehobelt, sehr deutlich; abstumpfen

businesslike - geschäftsmäßig

averred - geäußert; behaupten

perfectly - perfekt, einwandfrei, vollkommen, durchaus

frequently - häufig

"He is not known to have been down the line any time yesterday, for instance?"

instance - Beispiel, Fall, Instanz

The station-master shook his head.

shook - geschüttelt; (to shake) erschüttern, schütteln

"The East Anglian, sir," said he, "is about the last place where he would dare to show himself. Why, there isn't a station-master, there isn't a guard, there isn't a porter who doesn't know Mr. Dwerrihouse by sight as well as he knows his own face in the looking-glass, or who wouldn't telegraph for the police as soon as he had set eyes on him at any point along the line. Bless you, sir! there's been a standing order out against him ever since the 25th of September last.

dare - sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

by sight - vom Sehen

Telegraph - Telegraph; telegrafieren, depeschieren

set - gesetzt; Seth

Bless you - Gesundheit! (nach dem Niesen)

standing order - Dauerauftrag

"Can you tell me who took the Blackwater tickets of that train?"

"I can, sir. It was the guard, Benjamin Somers."

Benjamin - Benjamin, Benjamin

"And where can I find him?"

"You can find him, sir, by staying here, if you please, till one o'clock. He will be coming through with the up express from Crampton, which stays at Blackwater for ten minutes."

We waited for the up express, beguiling the time as best we could by strolling along the Blackwater road till we came almost to the outskirts of the town, from which the station was distant nearly a couple of miles. By one o'clock we were back again upon the platform and waiting for the train. It came punctually, and I at once recognized the ruddy-faced guard who had gone down with my train the evening before.

beguiling - betörend; irreleiten, irreführen, in die Irre führen, betören

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

outskirts - Außenbezirke; Außenbezirk, Stadtrand, Außenbereich, Vorort

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

punctually - pünktliche, pünktlich

"The gentlemen want to ask you something about Mr. Dwerrihouse, Somers," said the station-master, by way of introduction.

introduction - Einführung; Vorstellung

The guard flashed a keen glance from my face to Jelf's and back again to mine.

flashed - geflasht; aufleuchten, blitzen, aufflammen

keen - eifrig, scharf

mine - mein, meiner

"Mr. John Dwerrihouse, the late director?" said he, interrogatively.

interrogatively - fragend

"The same," replied my friend. "Should you know him if you saw him?"

"Anywhere, sir."

"Do you know if he was in the 4:15 express yesterday afternoon?"

"He was not, sir."

"How can you answer so positively?"

positively - positiv

"Because I looked into every carriage and saw every face in that train, and I could take my oath that Mr. Dwerrihouse was not in it. This gentleman was," he added, turning sharply upon me. "I don't know that I ever saw him before in my life, but I remember his face perfectly. You nearly missed taking your seat in time at this station, sir, and you got out at Clayborough."

oath - Eid, Schwur, Fluch, erman:

"Quite true, guard," I replied; "but do you not also remember the face of the gentleman who travelled down in the same carriage with me as far as here?"

"It was my impression, sir, that you travelled down alone," said Somers, with a look of some surprise.

impression - Abdruck; Eindruck, Impression, Werbeeinblendung

alone - allein, einsam, selbst, nur, ausschließlich

"By no means. I had a fellow-traveller as far as Blackwater, and it was in trying to restore him the cigar-case which he had dropped in the carriage that I so nearly let you go on without me."

dropped in - (drop in) Störsignal

"I remember your saying something about a cigar-case, certainly," replied the guard; "but--"

Certainly - sicherlich, zweifellos, gewiss, freilich

"You asked for my ticket just before we entered the station."

entered - eingegeben; reingehen, hineingehen, hereingehen, eintreten

"I did, sir."

"Then you must have seen him. He sat in the corner next the very door to which you came."

corner - Ecke, Winkel, in die Enge treiben

"No, indeed; I saw no one."

I looked at Jelf. I began to think the guard was in the ex-director's confidence, and paid for his silence.

ex - ab

confidence - Selbstgewissheit; Zuversicht; Vertrauen, Zutrauen

"If I had seen another traveller I should have asked for his ticket," added Somers. "Did you see me ask for his ticket, sir?"

"I observed that you did not ask for it, but he explained that by saying--" I hesitated. I feared I might be telling too much, and so broke off abruptly.

hesitated - gezögert; zögern, zögern, stammeln

feared - gefürchtet; fürchten, befürchten, Angst haben; Furcht, Schreck

abruptly - abrupt, plötzlich, unerwartet, abgerissen, abschüssig

The guard and the station-master exchanged glances. The former looked impatiently at his watch.

exchanged - ausgetauscht; austauschen, umtauschen, tauschen

glances - blicken, Blick, Streifblick, Glanz, Steinkohle

former - erstgenannt, ehem. ehemalig, frühere, früher

impatiently - Ungeduldig

"I am obliged to go on in four minutes more, sir," he said.

obliged - verpflichtet; verpflichten, einen Gefallen tun

"One last question, then," interposed Jelf, with a sort of desperation. "If this gentleman's fellow-traveller had been Mr. John Dwerrihouse and he had been sitting in the corner next the door by which you took the tickets, could you have failed to see and recognize him?"

interposed - zwischengeschaltet; zwischenschalten, dazwischenstellen

sort - Sortierung, Gattung, Art, Sorte; sortieren, ordnen

desperation - Verzweiflung

failed - gescheitert; mangelhaft (Zensur 5)

recognize - ich/er/sie erkannte, anerkennen, erkennen

"No, sir; it would have been quite impossible."

"And you are certain you did not see him?"

"As I said before, sir, I could take my oath I did not see him. And if it wasn't that I don't like to contradict a gentleman, I would say that I could also take my oath that this gentleman was quite alone in the carriage the whole way from London to Clayborough. Why, sir," he added, dropping his voice so as to be inaudible to the station-master, who had been called away to speak to some person close by, "you expressly asked me to give you a compartment to yourself, and I did so.

wasn - Was

contradict - widersprechen

inaudible - nicht hörbar

expressly - ausdrücklich

I locked you in, and you were so good as to give me something for myself."

"Yes, but Mr. Dwerrihouse had a key of his own."

"I never saw him, sir; I saw no one in that compartment but yourself. beg pardon, sir; my time's up."

beg pardon - Entschuldigen Sie! Wie bitte?

And with this the ruddy guard touched his cap and was gone. In another minute the heavy panting of the engine began afresh, and the train glided slowly out of the station.

touched - berührt; anfassen, berühren, rühren, Berührung, Berührung

panting - hechelnd; hecheln, keucheln

engine - Motor, Triebwerk, Antrieb

afresh - von neuem; neu, wieder

We looked at each other for some moments in silence. I was the first to speak.

"Mr. Benjamin Somers knows more than he chooses to tell," I said.

"Humph! do you think so?"

"It must be. He could not have come to the door without seeing him; it's impossible."

"There is one thing not impossible, my dear fellow."

"What is that?"

"That you may have fallen asleep and dreamed the whole thing."

fallen asleep - (fall asleep) ich/er/sie schlief ein, einschlafen

dreamed - geträumt; Traum, Traum, t+Wunsch, träumen, träumen, t+wünschen

"Could I dream of a branch line that I had never heard of? Could I dream of a hundred and one business details that had no kind of interest for me? Could I dream of the seventy-five thousand pounds?"

dream - Traum, Wunsch, träumen, wünschen

"Perhaps you might have seen or heard some vague account of the affair while you were abroad. It might have made no impression upon you at the time, and might have come back to you in your dreams, recalled perhaps by the mere names of the stations on the line."

account - Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

affair - Angelegenheit; Scharmützel; Ding; Beziehung, Affäre

abroad - Ausland

dreams - Traum, Traum, t+Wunsch, träumen, träumen, t+wünschen, träumen

recalled - zurückgerufen; zurückrufen, erinnern

"What about the fire in the chimney of the blue room-should I have heard of that during my journey?"

"Well, no; I admit there is a difficulty about that point."

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

difficulty - Schwierigkeiten; Schwierigkeit

"And what about the cigar-case?"

"Ay, by Jove! there is the cigar-case. That is a stubborn fact. Well, it's a mysterious affair, and it will need a better detective than myself, I fancy, to clear it up. I suppose we may as well go home."

stubborn - starrköpfig; stur, dickköpfig

Detective - Ermittler, Ermittlerin, Detektiv, Detektivin

A week had not gone by when I received a letter from the secretary of the East Anglian Railway Company, requesting the favour of my attendance at a special board meeting not then many days distant. No reasons were alleged and no apologies offered for this demand upon my time, but they had heard, it was clear, of my inquiries anent the missing director, and had a mind to put me through some sort of official examination upon the subject. Being still a guest at Dumbleton Hall, I had to go up to London for the purpose, and Jonathan Jelf accompanied me.

gone by - (go by) vorübergehen, vergehen

received - bekommen, erhalten, empfangen, kriegen, empfangen

secretary - Sekretär, Sekretärin, Staatssekretär, Schreibsekretär

requesting - anfordern, erwünschen, verlangen nach, begehren, erbitten

favour - Gefallen; begünstigen, bevorzugen

attendance - Anwesenheit

alleged - angeblich; behaupten

apologies - Entschuldigungen; Entschuldigung, Apologie

offered - angeboten; offerieren, anbieten, bieten, zeigen; Antrag

demand - Nachfrage, Bedarf, Anspruch, verlangen, bestehen

inquiries - Erkundigungen; Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchung

examination - Prüfung, Untersuchung, Test, Überprüfung

guest - Gast; gastieren

purpose - absicht, Absicht, Einsatzzweck, Zweck

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

I found the direction of the Great East Anglian line represented by a party of some twelve or fourteen gentlemen seated in solemn conclave round a huge green baize table, in a gloomy board-room adjoining the London terminus.

represented - vorstellen, darstellen, vertreten

seated - sitzend; Sitz, Sitzplatz, Sitzgelegenheit, Stuhl, Sitzmöbel

solemn - feierlich; ernst

conclave - Konklave; Klausurtagung, Klausur

huge - riesig

baize - der Fries

gloomy - düster, finster, trübe, dunkel

adjoining - angrenzend

terminus - Endstation

Being courteously received by the chairman (who at once began by saying that certain statements of mine respecting Mr. John Dwerrihouse had come to the knowledge of the direction, and that they in consequence desired to confer with me on those points), we were placed at the table, and the inquiry proceeded in due form.

courteously - höfliche

chairman - Vorsitzender, Vorsitzende

respecting - Achtung, Respekt, respektieren, respektieren, respektieren

knowledge - Wissen, Kenntnis

consequence - Konsequenz, Folge

confer - übertragen, erteilen, verleihen, beraten, konferieren

in due form - in aller Form

I was first asked if I knew Mr. John Dwerrihouse, how long I had been acquainted with him, and whether I could identify him at sight. I was then asked when I had seen him last. To which I replied "On the 4th of this present month, December, 1856." Then came the inquiry of where I had seen him on the fourth day of December; to which I replied that I met him in a first-class compartment of the 4:15 down express, that he got in just as the train was leaving the London terminus, and that he alighted at Blackwater station. The chairman then inquired whether I had held any communication with my fellow-traveller, whereupon I related, as nearly as I could remember it, the whole bulk and substance of Mr.

acquainted - kennengelernt; vertraut machen, in Kenntnis setzen

identify - identifizieren; gleichsetzen; identifizieren

at sight - bei Vorlage

first-class - (first-class) erstklassig

alighted - Ausgestiegen; landen

inquired - nachgefragt; erkundigen

communication - Kommunikation, Informationsaustausch, Mitteilung

related - verwandt; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

bulk - Masse; Großteil

substance - Substanz, Stoff

John Dwerrihouse's diffuse information respecting the new branch line.

diffuse - verbreiten, diffundieren, sich vermischen; diffus (Licht)

To all this the board listened with profound attention, while the chairman presided and the secretary took notes. I then produced the cigar-case. It was passed from hand to hand, and recognized by all. There was not a man present who did not remember that plain cigar-case with its silver monogram, or to whom it seemed anything less than entirely corroborative of my evidence. When at length I had told all that I had to tell, the chairman whispered something to the secretary; the secretary touched a silver hand-bell, and the guard, Benjamin Somers, was ushered into the room. He was then examined as carefully as myself. He declared that he knew Mr. John Dwerrihouse perfectly well, that he could not be mistaken in him, that he remembered going down with the 4:15 on the afternoon in question, that he remembered me, and that, there being one or two empty first-class compartments on that special afternoon, he had, in compliance with my request, placed me in a carriage by myself.

profound - tiefgründig; tiefgehend, profund

presided - den Vorsitz haben, präsidieren

produced - produziert; produzieren, herstellen, vorlegen, produzieren

passed - bestanden; (to pass) durchgehen, passieren, durchlaufen

plain - unscheinbar, einfach, vollständige, ehrlich

corroborative - bekräftigen

evidence - Beweise; Beweis, Indiz, Beweismittel

bell - Klingel, Schelle, Glocke

ushered - eingeleitet; Platzanweiser, Gerichtsdiener, zuweisen, anweisen

carefully - sorgfältig; vorsichtig

declared - erklärt; bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen

be mistaken - sich irren

compartments - Fächer; Abteil

compliance - Einhaltung; Einwilligung, Fügsamkeit, Konformität, Compliance

request - Anfrage; anfordern, erwünschen, verlangen nach, begehren

He was positive that I remained alone in that compartment all the way from London to Clayborough. He was ready to take his oath that Mr. Dwerrihouse was neither in that carriage with me, nor in any compartment of that train. He remembered distinctly to have examined my ticket at Blackwater; was certain that there was no one else at that time in the carriage; could not have failed to observe a second person, if there had been one; had that second person been Mr. John Dwerrihouse should have quietly double-locked the door of the carriage and have at once given information to the Blackwater station-master. So clear, so decisive, so ready was Somers with this testimony, that the board looked fairly puzzled.

remained - geblieben; Überrest (2), de

observe - beobachten; beachten, halten, bemerken

quietly - ruhig, leise

double - doppelt; doppel-; doppellagig, zweilagig, gefüllt, kontra-

decisive - entscheidend

testimony - Zeugenaussagen; Zeugnis, Zeugenaussage, Testimonium

fairly - gerecht

puzzled - verwirrt; Rätsel

"You hear this person's statement, Mr. Langford," said the chairman. "It contradicts yours in every particular. What have you to say in reply?"

contradicts - widerspricht; widersprechen, widersprechen

particular - besonders; speziell, bestimmt, spezifisch, genau

"I can only repeat what I said before. I am quite as positive of the truth of my own assertions as Mr. Somers can be of the truth of his."

truth - Wahrheit, Treue

assertions - Behauptungen; Versicherung, Zusicherung, Behauptung, Beteuerung

"You say that Mr. Dwerrihouse alighted at Blackwater, and that he was in possession of a private key. Are you sure that he had not alighted by means of that key before the guard came round for the tickets?"

"I am quite positive that he did not leave the carriage till the train had fairly entered the station, and the other Blackwater passengers alighted. I even saw that he was met there by a friend."

"Indeed! Did you see that person distinctly?"

"Quite distinctly."

"Can you describe his appearance?"

appearance - Erscheinen, Auftritt, Aussehen

"I think so. He was short and very slight, sandy-haired, with a bushy moustache and beard, and he wore a loosely fitting suit of grey tweed. His age I should take to be about thirty-eight or forty."

Slight - geringfügig, leicht, unbedeutend

bushy - buschig

moustache - Schnurrbart, Oberlippenbart, Schnauzbart, Schnauzer

beard - Bart; Alibifreundin

loosely - locker

fitting - Anprobe; passend, geeignet, recht

"Did Mr. Dwerrihouse leave the station in this person's company?"

"I cannot tell. I saw them walking together down the platform, and then I saw them standing aside under a gas-jet, talking earnestly. After that I lost sight of them quite suddenly, and just then my train went on, and I with it."

earnestly - ernsthaft

suddenly - plötzlich, urplötzlich

The chairman and secretary conferred together in an undertone. the directors whispered to one another. One or two looked suspiciously at the guard. I could see that my evidence remained unshaken, and that, like myself, they suspected some complicity between the guard and the defaulter.

conferred - übertragen, erteilen, verleihen, beraten, konferieren

undertone - Unterton, Beigeschmack

the directors - Dir. Direktion

unshaken - unerschüttert

suspected - verdächtigt; vermuten, misstrauen, verdächtigen

complicity - Mittäterschaft, Mitschuld, Teilhaberschaft, Komplizenschaft

defaulter - säumiger Zahler; Schuldner

"How far did you conduct that 4:15 express on the day in question, Somers?" asked the chairman.

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

"All through, sir," replied the guard, "from London to Crampton."

"How was it that you were not relieved at Clayborough? I thought there was always a change of guards at Clayborough."

relieved - Erleichtert; erleichtern, lindern, entlasten, ablösen

guards - Wächter, Parierstange, Schutz, schützen, bewachen

"There used to be, sir, till the new regulations came in force last midsummer, since when the guards in charge of express trains go the whole way through."

regulations - Vorschriften; Regeln

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

midsummer - Hochsommer; Johannistag, Mittsommer

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

The chairman turned to the secretary.

"I think it would be as well," he said, "if we had the day-book to refer to upon this point."

refer - verweisen; überweisen (an)

Again the secretary touched the silver hand-bell, and desired the porter in attendance to summon Mr. Raikes. From a word or two dropped by another of the directors I gathered that Mr. Raikes was one of the under-secretaries.

summon - beschwören; auffordern, vorladen

gathered - gesammelt; sammeln, versammeln

secretaries - Sekretärinnen; Sekretär, Sekretärin, Staatssekretär, Sekretär

He came, a small, slight, sandy-haired, keen-eyed man, with an eager, nervous manner, and a forest of light beard and moustache. He just showed himself at the door of the board-room, and, being requested to bring a certain day-book from a certain shelf in a certain room, bowed and vanished.

nervous - nervös

manner - Art und Weise; Weise, Manier

forest - Wald, Forst, Gehölz, Hain, aufforsten; (fore); Wald, Forst

requested - angefordert; anfordern, erwünschen, verlangen nach, begehren

shelf - Regal; Schelf

vanished - verschwunden; verschwinden, vergehen, sich verflüchtigen

He was there such a moment, and the surprise of seeing him was so great and sudden, that it was not till the door had closed upon him that I found voice to speak. He was no sooner gone, however, than I sprang to my feet.

sudden - plötzlich, jäh

not till - nicht vor, erst wenn, erst als

"That person," I said, "is the same who met Mr. Dwerrihouse upon the platform at Blackwater!"

There was a general movement of surprise. The chairman looked grave and somewhat agitated.

movement - Bewegung; Satz

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

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

"Take care, Mr. Langford," he said; "take care what you say."

care - kümmern; Sorgfalt, Aufbewahrung, Behandlung

"I am as positive of his identity as of my own."

"Do you consider the consequences of your words? Do you consider that you are bringing a charge of the gravest character against one of the company's servants?"

Consider - überlegen; halten; betrachten, in Betracht ziehen

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

bringing a - bescherend

gravest - am schwersten; feierlich, Gruft, massiv, würdig, ernst

character - Figur, Person, Charakter, Original, Buchstabe, Zeichen

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

"I am willing to be put upon my oath, if necessary. The man who came to that door a minute since is the same whom I saw talking with Mr. Dwerrihouse on the Blackwater platform. Were he twenty times the company's servant, I could say neither more nor less."

necessary - nötig, notwendig, erforderlich, zwangsläufig, geboten

servant - Diener, Dienerin, Lakai, Kammerdiener

The chairman turned again to the guard.

"Did you see Mr. Raikes in the train or on the platform?" he asked.

Somers shook his head.

"I am confident Mr. Raikes was not in the train," he said, "and I certainly did not see him on the platform."

confident - selbstbewusst; zuversichtlich, sicher

The chairman turned next to the secretary.

"Mr. Raikes is in your office, Mr. Hunter," he said. "Can you remember if he was absent on the 4th instant?"

Hunter - Jäger, Jagdhund, Jäger, Verfolger

absent - (absent-minded) abwesend, geistesabwesend, unaufmerksam

"I do not think he was," replied the secretary, "but I am not prepared to speak positively. I have been away most afternoons myself lately, and Mr. Raikes might easily have absented himself if he had been disposed."

have been away - weggewesen

lately - in letzter Zeit; neulich, kürzlich, letztlich

easily - leicht

absented - (absent-minded) abwesend, geistesabwesend, unaufmerksam

disposed - entsorgt; beseitigen, entsorgen, ordnen

At this moment the under-secretary returned with the day-book under his arm.

"Be pleased to refer, Mr. Raikes," said the chairman, "to the entries of the 4th instant, and see what Benjamin Somers's duties were on that day."

entries - Einträge; Eintritt, Zutritt, Eingang, Flur, Eintrag, Eintrag

duties - Pflichten; Pflicht, Schicht, Arbeitszeit, Zoll, Einfuhrsteuer

Mr. Raikes threw open the cumbrous volume, and ran a practised eye and finger down some three or four successive columns of entries. Stopping suddenly at the foot of a page, he then read aloud that Benjamin Somers had on that day conducted the 4:15 express from London to Crampton.

threw - geworfen; Wurf; werfen (du wirfst, er wirft), ich/er/sie würfe

cumbrous - lästig

volume - Volumen; Lautstärke; Jahrgang; Band; Volume

finger - fingern

successive - erfolgreich

columns - Spalten; Säule, Spalte, Spalte, Druckspalte, Kolumne, Kolonne

read aloud - laut lesen

conducted - durchgeführt; Leitung, Führung, leiten, führen, sich verhalten

The chairman leaned forward in his seat, looked the under-secretary full in the face, and said, quite sharply and suddenly:

leaned - gelehnt; knapp, schlank, hager, mager

"And where were you, Mr. Raikes, on the same afternoon?"

"I, sir?"

"You, Mr. Raikes. Where were you on the afternoon and evening of the 4th of the present month?"

"Here, sir, in Mr. Hunter's office. Where else should I be?"

There was a dash of trepidation in the under-secretary's voice as he said this, but his look of surprise was natural enough.

Dash - Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Spurt, Sprint

trepidation - Beklemmung; Beklommenheit, Angst, Bangen, Zittern, Erbeben

"We have some reason for believing, Mr. Raikes, that you were absent that afternoon without leave. Was this the case?"

"Certainly not, sir. I have not had a day's holiday since September. Mr. Hunter will bear me out in this."

Mr. Hunter repeated what he had previously said on the subject, but added that the clerks in the adjoining office would be certain to know. Whereupon the senior clerk, a grave, middle-aged person in green glasses, was summoned and interrogated.

previously - zuvor, vorher, früher, ehemals

clerks - Büroangestellte, Angestellte, Buchhalter, Bürokaufmann

senior clerk - Bürovorsteher , Bürochef

Middle - Mittelpunkt; Mitte; Mittel-, mittlere, mittig

summoned - vorgeladen; auffordern, vorladen

interrogated - verhört; verhören, vernehmen

His testimony cleared the under-secretary at once. He declared that Mr. Raikes had in no instance, to his knowledge, been absent during office hours since his return from his annual holiday in September.

cleared - geklärt; klar, durchsichtig, klar, hell, klar, frei, klar

been absent - gefehlt

office hours - Bürozeit

annual - jährlich

I was confounded. The chairman turned to me with a smile, in which a shade of covert annoyance was scarcely apparent.

smile - Lächeln

shade - Schatten; Vorhang; Farbton; schattieren

covert - verdeckt; Versteck; Unterholz; Deckfeder

annoyance - Ärger, Ärgernis, Verärgerung, Verdruss

apparent - offensichtlich; offenbar

"You hear, Mr. Langford?" he said.

"I hear, sir; but my conviction remains unshaken."

conviction - Überzeugung; Verurteilung

remains - bleibt; Überrest (2), de

"I fear, Mr. Langford, that your convictions are very insufficiently based," replied the chairman, with a doubtful cough. "I fear that you 'dream dreams,'and mistake them for actual occurrences. It is a dangerous habit of mind, and might lead to dangerous results. Mr. Raikes here would have found himself in an unpleasant position had he not proved so satisfactory an alibi."

convictions - Überzeugungen; Überzeugung, Verurteilung

insufficiently - unzureichend

based - basiert; Bas

doubtful - zweifelhaft; zweifelnd

cough - husten; Husten

actual - tatsächlich, konkret, gegenwärtig, aktuell

occurrences - Vorkommnisse; Vorfall

habit - Gepflogenheit, Angewohnheit

lead - führen, anführen, leiten;aus Blei;Aufmacher ;Anschlussdraht , Blei , Führung

unpleasant - unangenehm

satisfactory - befriedigend, zufriedenstellend

alibi - Alibi, Rechtfertigung, Ausrede, Entschuldigung

I was about to reply, but he gave me no time.

"I think, gentlemen," he went on to say, addressing the board, "that we should be wasting time to push this inquiry further. Mr. Langford's evidence would seem to be of an equal value throughout. The testimony of Benjamin Somers disproves his first statement, and the testimony of the last witness disproves the second.

wasting - Verschwendung, Vergeudung; (wast) Verschwendung, Vergeudung

push - schieben, drängen, stoßen

further - fördern; weiter, ferner, des Weiteren

Seem - scheinen, dünken

Equal - Gleichberechtigt; gleich; gleichen; Gleichgestellter

value - Wert, Wichtigkeit, Notenwert, Tonwert, Werte, schätzen

disproves - widerlegt; widerlegen

witness - etw. miterleben;erleben, bezeugen, Zeuge sein bei; miterleben

I think we may conclude that Mr. Langford fell asleep in the train on the occasion of his journey to Clayborough, and dreamed an unusually vivid and circumstantial dream, of which, however, we have now heard quite enough."

conclude - beenden, schließen, zu Ende führen, abschließen, entscheiden

unusually - ungewöhnlich

circumstantial - Indizien; umstandsbezogen, umstandsmäßig, umständlich

There are few things more annoying than to find one's positive convictions met with incredulity. I could not help feeling impatient at the turn that affairs had taken. I was not proof against the civil sarcasm of the chairman's manner. most intolerable of all, however, was the quiet smile lurking about the corners of Benjamin Somers's mouth, and the half-triumphant, half-malicious gleam in the eyes of the under-secretary. The man was evidently puzzled and somewhat alarmed. His looks seemed furtively to interrogate me. Who was I?

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

incredulity - Ungläubigkeit

impatient - ungeduldig

affairs - Angelegenheiten; Angelegenheit, Angelegenheit, Scharmützel

civil - zivil, bürgerlich, zivilisiert

sarcasm - Sarkasmus

most intolerable - unerträglichste

lurking - auf der Lauer liegen; lauernd; (lurk); lauern

corners - Ecken; Ecke, Winkel, Ecke, Ecke, Ecke, in die Enge treiben

triumphant - triumphieren

malicious - bösartig

gleam - Schimmer; durchschimmern, glänzen

alarmed - beunruhigt; Alarm, Alarm, Alarmsignal

furtively - heimlich

interrogate - verhören, vernehmen

What did I want? Why had I come there to do him an ill turn with his employers? What was it to me whether or no he was absent without leave?

ill - krank, siech, übel, schlecht, Übel

employers - Arbeitgeber, Arbeitgeberin

Seeing all this, and perhaps irritated by it more than the thing deserved, I begged leave to detain the attention of the board for a moment longer. Jelf plucked me impatiently by the sleeve.

irritated by - irritiert von

deserved - Verdient; verdienen

begged - gebettelt; Männchen machen; etwas erbitten (von jemandem); bitten (um)

detain - festhalten; verhaften

plucked - gerupft; pflücken, abrupfen, zupfen, schlagen, rupfen, ausrupfen

sleeve - Ärmel; Hülse, Schutzhülle, Tülle, Köcher

"Better let the thing drop," he whispered. "The chairman's right enough; you dreamed it, and the less said now the better."

drop - fallen lassen, senken, weglassen, aufgeben

I was not to be silenced, however, in this fashion. I had yet something to say, and I would say it. It was to this effect: that dreams were not usually productive of tangible results, and that I requested to know in what way the chairman conceived I had evolved from my dream so substantial and well-made a delusion as the cigar-case which I had had the honour to place before him at the commencement of our interview.

silenced - zum Schweigen gebracht; Stille, Schweigen

fashion - Mode; Stil; fertigen, anfertigen

effect - Auswirkung, Eindruck, Effekt, Kraft

productive - produktiv

tangible - greifbar, erfühlbar, konkret, erfassbar, begreifbar

conceived - erdacht; konzipieren, erdenken, ersinnen, empfangen, verstehen

evolved - weiterentwickelt; andauern, fortdauern, verändern, entwickeln

substantial - wesentlich, essenziell, substanziell

delusion - Täuschung, Irreführung, Wahn, Wahnvorstellung

commencement - Beginn; Anfang

"The cigar-case, I admit, Mr. Langford," the chairman replied, "is a very strong point in your evidence. It is your only strong point, however, and there is just a possibility that we may all be misled by a mere accidental resemblance. Will you permit me to see the case again?"

possibility - Möglichkeit

misled - in die Irre geführt; in die Irre führen, irreführen

accidental - versehentlich, zufällig, Zufall, Versehen

permit - Genehmigung; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

"It is unlikely," I said, as I handed it to him, "that any other should bear precisely this monogram, and yet be in all other particulars exactly similar."

unlikely - unwahrscheinlich

particulars - Einzelheiten; speziell, bestimmt, spezifisch, genau, einzeln

exactly - genau; ganz genau

The chairman examined it for a moment in silence, and then passed it to Mr. Hunter. Mr. Hunter turned it over and over, and shook his head.

"This is no mere resemblance," he said. "It is John Dwerrihouse's cigar-case to a certainty. I remember it perfectly; I have seen it a hundred times."

certainty - Gewissheit

"I believe I may say the same," added the chairman; "yet how account for the way in which Mr. Langford asserts that it came into his possession?"

asserts - behauptet; versichern, zusichern, beteuern, beteuern, beteuern

"I can only repeat," I replied, "that I found it on the floor of the carriage after Mr. Dwerrihouse had alighted. It was in leaning out to look after him, that I trod upon it, and it was in running after him for the purpose of restoring it that I saw, or believed I saw, Mr. Raikes standing aside with him in earnest conversation."

leaning out - hinausbeugende

look after - aufpassen, sich bemühen, pfleglich behandeln

restoring - wiederherstellen, restaurieren, restaurieren

Again I felt Jonathan Jelf plucking at my sleeve.

plucking - pflücken, abrupfen, zupfen, schlagen, rupfen, ausrupfen

"Look at Raikes," he whispered; "look at Raikes!"

I turned to where the under-secretary had been standing a moment before, and saw him, white as death, with lips trembling and livid, stealing toward the door.

Death - Tod, Exitus, der Tod, Untergang

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

trembling - Zittern, Beben; (tremble); zittern; Zittern

livid - blau; blass vor Wut, wütend, fuchsteufelswild

stealing - stehlend, entwendend; (steal); stehlen, entwenden, klauen

toward - zu, in Richtung, nach, auf

To conceive a sudden, strange, and indefinite suspicion, to fling myself in his way, to take him by the shoulders as if he were a child, and turn his craven face, perforce, toward the board, were with me the work of an instant.

conceive - schwanger werden; konzipieren, erdenken, ersinnen, empfangen

indefinite - unbestimmt

suspicion - Verdacht, Argwohn, Verdächtigung

fling - Seitensprung; Affäre (Liebesaffäre)

Craven - feige; Feigling, feiger Hund

perforce - erzwingen; notgedrungen, zwangsläufig

"Look at him!" I exclaimed. "Look at his face! I ask no better witness to the truth of my words."

witness - Zeugnis; Zeuge, Zeugin, bezeugen, erman: Zeuge sein

The chairman's brow darkened.

brow - Stirn; Braue, Augenbraue

darkened - verdunkelt; verdunkeln, verdunkeln

"Mr. Raikes," he said, sternly, "if you know anything you had better speak."

sternly - ernsthaft, streng

Vainly trying to wrench himself from my grasp, the under-secretary stammered out an incoherent denial.

vainly - vergeblich

wrench - Schraubenschlüssel; reißen

incoherent - inkohärent

denial - Verweigerung; Leugnung, Dementi, Bestreitung, Abstreitung

"Let me go," he said. "I know nothing-you have no right to detain me-let me go!"

"Did you, or did you not, meet Mr. John Dwerrihouse at Blackwater station? The charge brought against you is either true or false. If true, you will do well to throw yourself upon the mercy of the board and make full confession of all that you know."

throw - Wurf; werfen (du wirfst, er wirft), ich/er/sie würfe

confession - Bekenntnis, Eingeständnis, Beichte

The under-secretary wrung his hands in an agony of helpless terror.

wrung - gewrungen; abbringen, erzwingen

agony - Qualen; Agonie, Qual, Pein, Todeskampf, Freudenausbruch

helpless - hilflos

terror - Schrecken, Grauen, schreckliche Furcht, Terror

"I was away!" he cried. "I was two hundred miles away at the time! I know nothing about it-I have nothing to confess-I am innocent-I call God to witness I am innocent!"

confess - gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

God - Gott

"Two hundred miles away!" echoed the chairman. "What do you mean?"

"I was in Devonshire. I had three weeks'leave of absence-I appeal to Mr. Hunter-Mr. Hunter knows I had three weeks'leave of absence! I was in Devonshire all the time; I can prove I was in Devonshire!"

absence - Abwesenheit, Absenz, Fehlen, Absence

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

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

Seeing him so abject, so incoherent, so wild with apprehension, the directors began to whisper gravely among themselves, while one got quietly up and called the porter to guard the door.

abject - unterwürfig; verächtlich, demütig, jämmerlich, bitter (Armut)

apprehension - Befürchtungen; Greifen, Ergreifen, Fassen, Anfassen

gravely - ernsthaft; ernst, ernstlich, schwerlich

among themselves - untereinander

"What has your being in Devonshire to do with the matter?" said the chairman. "When were you in Devonshire?"

"Mr. Raikes took his leave in September," said the secretary, "about the time when Mr. Dwerrihouse disappeared."

"I never even heard that he had disappeared till I came back!"

"That must remain to be proved," said the chairman. "I shall at once put this matter in the hands of the police. In the meanwhile, Mr. Raikes, being myself a magistrate and used to deal with these cases, I advise you to offer no resistance, but to confess while confession may yet do you service. As for your accomplice--"

remain - Überrest (2); Überreste (3); sterbliche Überreste (3); bleiben

Meanwhile - In der Zwischenzeit; währenddessen, inzwischen, derweil

magistrate - Magistrat; richterlicher Beamter

deal - Menge, Handel, Teil, Abkommen

cases - Fälle; Gehäuse, Prozess, Kiste, Fach

advise - raten, beraten, empfehlen, mitteilen, informieren

resistance - Widerstand

accomplice - Mittäter, Mittäterin, Komplize, Komplizin, Mitarbeiter

The frightened wretch fell upon his knees.

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

wretch - Unglückliche; das Wesen

"I had no accomplice!" he cried. "Only have mercy upon me-only spare my life, and I will confess all! I didn't mean to harm him! I didn't mean to hurt a hair of his head! Only have mercy on me, and let me go!"

harm - Schaden

hurt - weh tun, schmerzen, verletzen, quälen, verletzt

The chairman rose in his place, pale and agitated. "Good heavens!" he exclaimed, "what horrible mystery is this? What does it mean?"

rose - Rosa; (rise); Rosa

Good heavens - Um Himmels willen!

horrible - schrecklich, abscheulich, fies, makaber

mystery - Geheimnis, Rätsel

"As sure as there is a God in heaven," said Jonathan Jelf, "it means that murder has been done."

murder - Mord, mörderisch, ermorden, massakrieren, umbringen

"No! no! no!" shrieked Raikes, still upon his knees, and cowering like a beaten hound. "Not murder! No jury that ever sat could bring it in murder. I thought I had only stunned him-I never meant to do more than stun him. Manslaughter-manslaughter-not murder!"

shrieked - geschrien; Kreischen

cowering - Duckmäuser; hocken, kauern

beaten - besiegt; Schlag; jdn. bezwingen

hound - Hund, Jagdhund, Laufhund

jury - Jury, Preisrichter

stunned - fassungslos; betäuben, verblüffen

Manslaughter - Totschlag (''intentional''); [Verbrechen] mit Todesfolge (''intentional harm but unintentional killing''); fahrlässige Tötung (''negligent'')

Overcome by the horror of this unexpected revelation, the chairman covered his face with his hand and for a moment or two remained silent.

horror - Angst, Furcht, Horror, Grauen

unexpected - unerwartet

revelation - Enthüllung, Offenbarung, Erkenntnis

covered - abgedeckt; Deckel, Abdeckung, Deckung, Versteck

"Miserable man," he said at length, "you have betrayed yourself."

miserable - unglücklich; elend, erbärmlich, jämmerlich, miserabel

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

"You bade me confess! You urged me to throw myself upon the mercy of the board!"

bade - geboten

urged - gedrängt; Drang, drängen, mahnen, treiben, anspornen

"You have confessed to a crime which no one suspected you of having committed," replied the chairman, "and which this board has no power either to punish or forgive. All that I can do for you is to advise you to submit to the law, to plead guilty, and to conceal nothing. When did you do this deed?"

crime - Straftat; Verbrechen; Kriminalität

committed - verpflichtet; einweisen, einliefern, begehen, verbrechen

power - Macht, Kraft, Großmacht, Stärke, Strom

punish - bestrafen

forgive - vergeben, verzeihen, entschuldigen

submit - sich unterwerfen;ich/er/sie gab ab, abgeben;ermöglichen, vorlegen, vorschlagen, einreichen

law - Gesetz, Jura, Rechtswissenschaft

plead - plädieren, bekennen, (dringend) bitten, anflehen, beschwören

conceal - verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen

The guilty man rose to his feet, and leaned heavily against the table. His answer came reluctantly, like the speech of one dreaming.

heavily - schwerlich, stark

reluctantly - widerstrebend

Speech - Sprache; Rede, Ansprache

"On the 22nd of September."

"On the 22nd of September!" I looked in Jonathan Jelf's face, and he in mine. I felt my own paling with a strange sense of wonder and dread. I saw him blanch suddenly, even to the lips.

looked in - hereingeschaut

paling - blass werden; Staket, umschließend; (pal) blass werden; Staket

sense - Sinn; Gefühl, Verstand, Bedeutung, wahrnehmen, empfinden

wonder - Wunder, Mirakel, wundern

dread - schaudern, grauen, gruseln, grausen

blanch - blanchieren; bleichen

"Merciful heaven!" he whispered. "What was it, then, that you saw in the train?"

merciful - barmherzig

What was it that I saw in the train? That question remains unanswered to this day. I have never been able to reply to it. I only know that it bore the living likeness of the murdered man, whose body had then been lying some ten weeks under a rough pile of branches and brambles and rotting leaves, at the bottom of a deserted chalk-pit about half-way between Blackwater and Mallingford. I know that it spoke and moved and looked as that man spoke and moved and looked in life; that I heard, or seemed to hear, things related which I could never otherwise have learned; that I was guided, as it were, by that vision on the platform to the identification of the murderer; and that, a passive instrument myself, I was destined, by means of these mysterious teachings, to bring about the ends of justice.

unanswered - unbeantwortet

bore - langweilig; (to bear fruit) Früchte tragen; (bear) langweilig; (to bear fruit) Früchte tragen

likeness - Ähnlichkeit; Gestalt; Abbild

murdered - ermordet; Mord, Mord, Mord, mörderisch, ermorden, massakrieren

lying - Lügen; liegend; (lie) Lügen; liegend

rough - rau, grob, Rough

pile - Haufen, Pfahl, Pulk

branches - Ast, t+Zweig, Abzweigung, (''rare'') tÄstelung

brambles - Brombeersträucher; Brombeerstrauch

rotting - verrotten, verderben, faulen, verfaulen, verwesen, putreszieren

bottom - unten; Boden, Grund, Unterseite, passiv

deserted - Wüste, wüst, Ă–de; verlassen, desertieren, im Stich lassen

chalk - Kreide; Magnesiapulver

pit - Fallgrube, Schachtgrube, Box (Sport)

otherwise - sonst

guided - geführt; lenken, führen, anleiten, leiten; Handbuch, Anleitung

vision - Sicht, Sehvermögen, Sehkraft, Augenlicht, Trugbild

identification - Identifizierung; Bezeichnung

murderer - Mörder, Mörderin

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

instrument - Instrument, Musikinstrument, Meßinstrument, Werkzeug, Dokument

destined - bestimmt; bestimmen, vorbestimmen

teachings - unterrichten, beibringen, lehren

bring about - zu Stande bringen, zustande [alt] bringen

justice - Gerechtigkeit, Genugtuung, Justiz

For these things I have never been able to account.

As for that matter of the cigar-case, it proved, on inquiry, that the carriage in which I travelled down that afternoon to Clayborough had not been in use for several weeks, and was, in point of fact, the same in which poor John Dwerrihouse had performed his last journey. The case had doubtless been dropped by him, and had lain unnoticed till I found it.

in use - gebräuchlich

several - mehrere, einige, verschiedene, checkeinige

performed - durchgeführt; verrichten, Arbeit leisten, Arbeit verrichten

doubtless - zweifelsfrei, zweifellos

lain - (lie down) sich hinlegen

unnoticed - unbemerkt

In order to effect these ends he obtained leave of absence a few days before the time appointed for the payment of the money, secured his passage across the Atlantic in a steamer advertised to start on the 23rd, provided himself with a heavily loaded "life-preserver," and went down to Blackwater to await the arrival of his victim. How he met him on the platform with a pretended message from the board, how he offered to conduct him by a short cut across the fields to Mallingford, how, having brought him to a lonely place, he struck him down with the life-preserver, and so killed him, and how, finding what he had done, he dragged the body to the verge of an out-of-the-way chalk-pit, and there flung it in and piled it over with branches and brambles, are facts still fresh in the memories of those who, like the connoisseurs in De Quincey's famous essay, regard murder as a fine art.

obtained - erlangen, erhalten, bestehen

appointed - ernannt; bestimmen, festlegen, ausstatten, ausrüsten, festlegen

payment - Bezahlung

secured - gesichert; sicher, geschützt, beschützt, sicher, geschützt

passage - Durchfahrt, Ăśbergang, Gang

Atlantic - Atlantik; atlantisch

steamer - Dampfschiff, Dampfer

advertised - beworben; ankündigen, annoncieren, inserieren, werben, anbieten

provided - zur Verfügung gestellt; sorgen, den Unterhalt sichern, besorgen

loaded - geladen; Last, Beschickung (Ladung), Belastung; beladen

preserver - Bewahrer

await - abwarten; erwarten, harren, warten

victim - Opfer

pretended - vorgetäuscht; vorgeben, prätendieren, vortäuschen, so tun

fields - Felder; Feld

lonely - einsam, alleinig, abgeschieden, öde

killed - getötet; vernichten, totmachen, löschen, zerstören, töten

dragged - geschleppt; Planierschleppe; nachschleppen, schleppen, ziehen

flung - geschleudert; Affäre (Liebesaffäre)

piled - gestapelt; Haufen, Pfahl, Pulk

fresh - kess (frech), frisch, frech, pampig (ugs.)

memories - Erinnerungen; Gedächtnis

connoisseurs - Kenner, Kennerin

essay - Aufsatz; Versuch, Abhandlung

regard - schätzen, betrachten, berücksichtigen, achten; Aufmerksamkeit

Strangely enough, the murderer, having done his work, was afraid to leave the country. He declared that he had not intended to take the director's life, but only to stun and rob him; and that, finding the blow had killed, he dared not fly for fear of drawing down suspicion upon his own head. As a mere robber he would have been safe in the States, but as a murderer he would inevitably have been pursued and given up to justice. So he forfeited his passage, returned to the office as usual at the end of his leave, and locked up his ill-gotten thousands till a more convenient opportunity. In the meanwhile he had the satisfaction of finding that Mr. Dwerrihouse was universally believed to have absconded with the money, no one knew how or whither.

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

stun - betäuben; verblüffen

blow - (to blow) blasen, wehen, pusten

robber - Räuber, Räuberin

safe - sicher, gefahrlos, Tresor, Safe, Geldschrank

States - Staaten; Staat, Staat, Land

inevitably - unausweichlich; zwangsläufig; erwartbarerweise

pursued - Verfolgt; verfolgen, folgen, beschreiten, nachjagen, nachgehen

forfeited - verwirkt; Strafe, Pfand

gotten - bekommen

more convenient - genehmere

satisfaction - Befriedigung; Zufriedenheit; Satisfaktion, Genugtuung

universally - universell

whither - wohin

Whether he meant murder or not, however, Mr. Augustus Raikes paid the full penalty of his crime, and was hanged at the Old Bailey in the second week of January, 1857. Those who desire to make his further acquaintance may see him any day (admirably done in wax) in the Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussaud's exhibition, in Baker Street.

Augustus - Augustus, August, Augustus

penalty - Strafe

hanged - aufgehängt

Bailey - Außenhof

desire - begehren; Begehren, Wunsch

acquaintance - Bekanntschaft, Umgang, Bekannter, Bekannte

admirably - bewundernswert

wax - das Wachs

chamber - Raum, Schlafzimmer, Kammer

horrors - Schrecken; Angst, Furcht, Horror, Grauen

exhibition - Ausstellung

Baker - Bäcker, Bäckerin

He is there to be found in the midst of a select society of ladies and gentlemen of atrocious memory, dressed in the close-cut tweed suit which he wore on the evening of the murder, and holding in his hand the identical life-preserver with which he committed it.

midst - mittendrin; Mitten, Mitte, inmitten

atrocious - entsetzlich

memory - Gedächtnis; Erinnerung; Speicher

wore on - (wear on) voranschreiten

holding - haltend; (hold) haltend

identical - identisch; eineiig

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