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Edward - edward, Édouard

A friend of mine, who is a man of letters and a philosopher, said to me one day, as if between jest and earnest: "Fancy! since we last met, I have discovered a haunted house in the midst of London."

philosopher - philosophe

jest - jest, plaisanter

fancy - fantaisie, imaginer, songer

haunted house - maison hantée

midst - centre, milieu

"Really haunted?-and by what-ghosts?"

haunted - hanté, hanter, demeurer, point de rencontre

ghosts - fantômes, fantôme, t+spectre, t+esprit, t+revenant

"Well, I can't answer that question; all I know is this: six weeks ago my wife and I were in search of a furnished apartment. Passing a quiet street, we saw on the window of one of the houses a bill, 'Apartments, Furnished.'The situation suited us: we entered the house-liked the rooms-engaged them by the week-and left them the third day.

furnished - meublé, meubler, fournir, livrer

engaged - engagé, attirer l'attention, engager, embrayer

No power on earth could have reconciled my wife to stay longer; and I don't wonder at it."

power on - Allumer

reconciled - réconciliés, réconcilier, concilier

wonder - merveille, se demander, conjecturer

"What did you see?"

"It was not so much what we saw or heard that drove us away, as it was an undefinable terror which seized both of us whenever we passed by the door of a certain unfurnished room, in which we neither saw nor heard anything.

undefinable - indéfinissable

terror - la terreur, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

seized - saisi, saisir

whenever - chaque fois que

nor - ni, NON-OU

Accordingly, on the fourth morning I summoned the woman who kept the house and attended on us, and told her that the rooms did not quite suit us, and we would not stay out our week. She said, dryly: 'I know why; you have stayed longer than any other lodger. Few ever stayed a second night; none before you a third. But I take it they have been very kind to you.'

accordingly - en conséquence, conséquemment

summoned - convoqué, convoquer

lodger - locataire, sows locataire

"'They-who?'I asked, affecting to smile.

"'Why, they who haunt the house, whoever they are. I don't mind them; I remember them many years ago, when I lived in this house, not as a servant; but I know they will be the death of me some day. I don't care-I'm old, and must die soon anyhow; and then I shall be with them, and in this house still.

haunt - hanter, demeurer, point de rencontre

Whoever - quiconque, qui que ce soit qui

I don't mind - Ça ne me dérange pas

servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur

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

'The woman spoke with so dreary a calmness that really it was a sort of awe that prevented my conversing with her further. I paid for my week, and too happy were my wife and I to get off so cheaply."

dreary - lugubre, terne, insipide, maussade

calmness - le calme, calme

awe - la stupeur, crainte, révérence, admiration

conversing - en train de converser, converser

"You excite my curiosity," said I; "nothing I should like better than to sleep in a haunted house. Pray give me the address of the one which you left so ignominiously."

excite - exciter

curiosity - curiosité

Pray - prier, prions, priez, prient

ignominiously - ignominieusement

My friend gave me the address; and when we parted, I walked straight toward the house thus indicated.

toward - vers, envers, pour, pres de

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

indicated - indiqué, indiquer, signaler

It is situated on the north side of Oxford Street, in a dull but respectable thoroughfare. I found the house shut up-no bill at the window, and no response to my knock. As I was turning away, a beer-boy, collecting pewter pots at the neighbouring areas, said to me, "Do you want any one at that house, sir?"

situated - situé, situer

Oxford - oxford

dull - émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus

respectable - respectable, convenable

thoroughfare - voie de circulation, passage, grand-rue, voie principale

turning away - se détourner

pewter - étain, métal blanc, potin, potin gris

pots - des casseroles, pot

"Yes, I heard it was to be let."

"Let!-Mr. J. offered mother, who chars for him, a pound a week just to open and shut the windows, and she would not."

offered - proposé, offrir, proposer

chars - chars, carboniser

"Would not!-and why?"

"The house is haunted; and the old woman who kept it was found dead in her bed, with her eyes wide open. They say the devil strangled her."

is haunted - est hanté

devil - Diable, Satan, type

strangled - étranglé, étrangler

"Pooh!-you speak of Mr. J--. Is he the owner of the house?"


"Where does he live?"

"In G-- Street, No. -."

I gave the pot-boy the gratuity earned by his liberal information, and I was lucky enough to find Mr. J-- at home-an elderly man, with intelligent countenance and prepossessing manners.

pot - l'herbe, pot

liberal - libéral, large, généreux, de gauche

elderly - personnes âgées, vieux, ancien, âgé

countenance - visage, approuver

I communicated my name and my business frankly. I said I heard the house was considered to be haunted-that I had a strong desire to examine a house with so equivocal a reputation-that I should be greatly obliged if he would allow me to hire it, though only for a night. I was willing to pay for that privilege whatever he might be inclined to ask. "Sir," said Mr.

frankly - franchement

desire - désirer, désir

examine - examiner

equivocal - équivoque

reputation - réputation, renommée (more slang)

greatly - grandement

obliged - obligée, imposer, obliger, rendre service

hire - embaucher, louer

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

privilege - privilege, privilege, privilégier

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

be inclined - etre enclin

J--, with great courtesy, "the house is at your service, for as short or as long a time as you please. Rent is out of the question. The poor old woman who died in it three weeks ago was a pauper whom I took out of a workhouse, for in her childhood she had been known to some of my family, and had once been in such good circumstances that she had rented that house of my uncle.

courtesy - courtoisie, politesse, indulgence

pauper - pauvre, indigent

whom - que, qui

workhouse - l'hospice

childhood - l'enfance, enfance

circumstances - circonstances, circonstance

rented - loué, loyer

She was a woman of superior education and strong mind, and was the only person I could ever induce to remain in the house.

superior - supérieur

induce - induire

remain - reste, rester, demeurer

Indeed, since her death, which was sudden, and the coroner's inquest which gave it a notoriety in the neighbourhood, I have so despaired of finding any person to take charge of the house, much more a tenant, that I would willingly let it rent free for a year to any one who would pay its rates and taxes."

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

sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit

coroner's inquest - l'enquete du coroner

neighbourhood - quartier

despaired - désespéré, désespérer, désespoir

charge - frais, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation, meuble

tenant - locataire

willingly - volontairement, volontiers

rent - loyer, louez, louons, arrentez, accensons

taxes - impôts, taxe, impôt

"How long is it since the house acquired this sinister character?"

acquired - acquis, acquérir

sinister - sinistre

"That I can scarcely tell you, but very many years since. The old woman I spoke of said it was haunted when she rented it between thirty and forty years ago. I never had one lodger who stayed more than three days. I do not tell you their stories-to no two lodgers have there been exactly the same phenomena repeated.

scarcely - a peine, a peine, guere

phenomena - des phénomenes

It is better that you should judge for yourself than enter the house with an imagination influenced by previous narratives; only be prepared to see and to hear something or other, and take whatever precautions you yourself please."

judge - juge, juger

imagination - l'imagination, imagination

influenced - influencée, influence, influencer, influer

previous - précédente, préalable

narratives - récits, narratif, récit

precautions - des précautions, précaution

"Have you never had a curiosity yourself to pass a night in that house?"

"Yes. I passed not a night, but three hours in broad daylight alone in that house. My curiosity is not satisfied, but it is quenched. I have no desire to renew the experiment. You can not complain, you see, sir, that I am not sufficiently candid; and unless your interest be exceedingly eager and your nerves unusually strong, I honestly add, that I advise you not to pass a night in that house."

broad - large

daylight - la lumiere du jour, jour, lumiere du jour

satisfied - satisfaits, satisfaire

quenched - étanchée, apaiser, étancher, rassasier, désaltérer, éteindre

renew - renouveler

sufficiently - suffisamment

candid - sincere, spontané, candide

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

exceedingly - excessivement, extremement, énormément

eager - enthousiaste, désireux

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

unusually - de façon inhabituelle

honestly - honnetement, honnetement, franchement

advise - conseiller, renseigner

"My interest is exceedingly keen," said I, "and though only a coward will boast of his nerves in situations wholly unfamiliar to him, yet my nerves have been seasoned in such variety of danger that I have the right to rely on them-even in a haunted house."

keen - enthousiaste, désireux, poivré, vif

coward - lâche, couard, couarde, poltron, poltronne

boast - se vanter, vantent, vantez, vantons, fanfaronner, vanter

wholly - entierement

unfamiliar - peu familier

rely - s'appuyer, compter sur

Mr. J-- said very little more; he took the keys of his house out of his bureau, gave them to me-and, thanking him cordially for his frankness, and his urbane concession to my wish, I carried off my prize.

bureau - bureau, agence, secrétaire, chiffonnier, commode

cordially - cordialement

frankness - la franchise, franchise

urbane - urbain

concession - concession

carried off - emportés

Impatient for the experiment, as soon as I reached home, I summoned my confidential servant-a young man of gay spirits, fearless temper, and as free from superstitious prejudice as any one I could think of.

impatient - impatient

confidential - confidentiel

gay - gay, gai

spirits - les esprits, esprit, moral, élan

fearless - sans peur, courageux, brave, intrépide

temper - caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit

superstitious - superstitieux

prejudice - préjugés, préjugé, idée préconçue, préjudice

"F--," said I, "you remember in Germany how disappointed we were at not finding a ghost in that old castle, which was said to be haunted by a headless apparition? Well, I have heard of a house in London which, I have reason to hope, is decidedly haunted. I mean to sleep there tonight.

Germany - l'allemagne, Allemagne

disappointed - déçue, décevoir, désappointer

ghost - fantôme, spectre, esprit, revenant

headless - sans tete, tete

apparition - apparition

decidedly - résolument, décidément, clairement

From what I hear, there is no doubt that something will allow itself to be seen or to be heard-something perhaps, excessively horrible. Do you think, if I take you with me, I may rely on your presence of mind, whatever may happen?"

doubt - des doutes, douter, doute

excessively - de maniere excessive, excessivement, bien trop (much too...)

horrible - horrible, affreux, épouvantable

presence - présence

"Oh, sir! pray trust me," answered F--, grinning with delight.

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

grinning - sourire, avoir un grand sourire

delight - plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir

"Very well; then here are the keys of the house-this is the address. Go now-select for me any bedroom you please; and since the house has not been inhabited for weeks make up a good fire-air the bed well-see, of course, that there are candles as well as fuel.

select - sélect, choisir, sélectionner

inhabited - habité, habiter

candles - bougies, bougie, chandelle

fuel - carburant, combustible, alimenter, attiser

Take with you my revolver and my dagger-so much for my weapons-arm yourself equally well; and if we are not a match for a dozen ghosts we shall be but a sorry couple of Englishmen."

revolver - revolver

dagger - poignard, surin

weapons - des armes, arme

equally - également

dozen - douzaine, dizaine

I was engaged for the rest of the day on business so urgent that I had not leisure to think much on the nocturnal adventure to which I had plighted my honour. I dined alone, and very late, and while dining read, as is my habit. I selected one of the volumes of Macaulay's essays.

urgent - urgent

leisure - les loisirs, loisir, temps libre

nocturnal - nocturne

plighted - plié, situation critique

honour - l'honneur, honorer

dined - dîné, vacarme

dining - dîner, vacarme

selected - sélectionné, sélect, choisir, sélectionner

volumes - volumes, volume, tome

I thought to myself that I would take the book with me; there was so much of healthfulness in the style and practical life in the subjects, that it would serve as an antidote against the influence of superstitious fancy.

healthfulness - la santé

practical - pratique

antidote - antidote, contrepoison, alexipharmaque, thériaque

influence - influence, influencer, influer

Accordingly, about half-past nine, I put the book into my pocket and strolled leisurely toward the haunted house. I took with me a favourite dog-an exceedingly sharp, bold, and vigilant bull-terrier-a dog fond of prowling about strange ghostly corners and passages at night in search of rats-a dog of dogs for a ghost.

strolled - flâné, promenade, flânerie, balade, flâner, promener

leisurely - tranquillement

sharp - pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant

bold - audacieux, gros, épais

vigilant - vigilant

Bull - le taureau, taureau

terrier - terrier, (fox-)terrier, (terry) terrier

fond - fond, tendre, amoureux

prowling - rôder, (prowl)

ghostly - fantomatique

passages - passages, passage

rats - les rats, rat

It was a summer night, but chilly, the sky somewhat gloomy and overcast. Still there was a moon-faint and sickly, but still a moon-and, if the clouds permitted after midnight it would be brighter.

chilly - frisquet

somewhat - en quelque sorte, assez, quelque peu

gloomy - morose, lugubre, sombre, terne, maussade

overcast - nuageux, couvert

faint - évanouissement, s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir

sickly - malade, maladif, souffreteux, chétif, valétudinaire, douçâtre

permitted - autorisé, permettre

I reached the house, knocked, and my servant opened the door with a cheerful smile.

cheerful - joyeux, content, de bonne humeur

"All right, sir, and very comfortable."

"Oh!" said I, rather disappointed; "have you not seen nor heard anything remarkable?"

remarkable - remarquable

"Well, sir, I must own I have heard something queer."

queer - pédé, étrange, bizarre


"The sound of feet pattering behind me; and once or twice small noises like whispers close at my ear-nothing more."

pattering - le patinage, crépiter

whispers - chuchotements, chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

"You are not at all frightened?"

frightened - effrayé, effrayer, redouter, terrifier

"I! not a bit of it, sir;" and the man's bold look reassured me on one point-viz.: that happen what might, he would not desert me.

reassured - rassuré, tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer

We were in the hall, the street door closed, and my attention was now drawn to my dog. He had at first run in eagerly enough but had sneaked back to the door, and was scratching and whining to get out.

eagerly - avec empressement, avidement

sneaked - en cachette, resquilleur, faucher, piquer, resquiller, cacher

scratching - grattage, éraflant, (scratch), gratter, égratigner, piquer

whining - se plaindre, (whin) se plaindre

After patting him on the head, and encouraging him gently, the dog seemed to reconcile himself to the situation and followed me and F-- through the house, but keeping close at my heels instead of hurrying inquisitively in advance, which was his usual and normal habit in all strange places.

patting - la caresse, petite tape

encouraging - encourageant, encourager

reconcile - se réconcilier, réconcilier

heels - talons, talon

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

inquisitively - avec curiosité

advance - élever, avancer, avancée, progression, avance, souscription

We first visited the subterranean apartments, the kitchen, and other offices, and especially the cellars in which last there were two or three bottles of wine still left in a bin, covered with cobwebs, and evidently, by their appearance, undisturbed for many years. It was clear that the ghosts were not wine-bibbers. For the rest, we discovered nothing of interest.

subterranean - souterraine, souterrain

cellars - caves, cave

cobwebs - toiles d'araignées, toile d'araignée

evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement

undisturbed - sans etre dérangé

There was a gloomy little back-yard, with very high walls. The stones of this yard were very damp; and what with the damp, and what with the dust and smoke-grime on the pavement, our feet left a slight impression where we passed. And now appeared the first strange phenomenon witnessed by myself in this strange abode. I saw, just before me, the print of a foot suddenly form itself, as it were.

damp - humide, moite, mouillé, humidité, grisou, amortir

dust - la poussiere, poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser

grime - de la crasse, crasse, saleté

pavement - revetement, chaussée, pavement

Slight - insignifiant, léger

impression - impression

phenomenon - phénomene, phénomene

witnessed - témoins, témoignage, témoin, preuve, témoigner

abode - domicile, demeure, (abide), endurer, tolérer

I stopped, caught hold of my servant, and pointed to it. In advance of that footprint as suddenly dropped another. We both saw it. I advanced quickly to the place; the footprint kept advancing before me, a small footprint-the foot of a child; the impression was too faint thoroughly to distinguish the shape, but it seemed to us both that it was the print of a naked foot.

footprint - empreinte de pied, empreinte écologique

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

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

thoroughly - a fond, absolument, completement

distinguish - distinguer

naked - nue, nu, a poil, dénudé

This phenomenon ceased when we arrived at the opposite wall, nor did it repeat itself on returning. We remounted the stairs, and entered the rooms on the ground floor, a dining-parlour, a small back-parlour, and a still smaller third room that had been probably appropriated to a footman-all still as death. We then visited the drawing-rooms, which seemed fresh and new.

ceased - cessé, cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'

ground floor - le rez-de-chaussée

dining - dîner

parlour - salon

appropriated - appropriée, approprié, idoine, approprier

footman - valet de pied, laquais

In the front room I seated myself in an armchair. F-- placed on the table the candlestick with which he had lighted us. I told him to shut the door. As he turned to do so, a chair opposite to me moved from the wall quickly and noiselessly, and dropped itself about a yard from my own, immediately fronting it.

armchair - fauteuil, chaise bourrée

candlestick - chandelier

opposite to - en face de

noiselessly - sans bruit

"Why, this is better than the turning-tables," said I, with a half-laugh; and as I laughed, my dog put back his head and howled.

put back - remis en place

howled - hurlé, hurlement, hurler

F--, coming back, had not observed the movement of the chair. He employed himself now in stilling the dog. I continued to gaze on the chair, and fancied I saw on it a pale blue misty outline of a human figure, but an outline so indistinct that I could only distrust my own vision. The dog was now quiet.

observed - observée, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

gaze - regard, fixer

fancied - aimée, envie, caprice

pale - pâle, hâve

misty - brumeux

outline - les grandes lignes, contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu

indistinct - indistinct

distrust - défiance, méfiance, se méfier

vision - vision, vue, aspiration, apparition

"Put back that chair opposite to me," said I to F--; "put it back to the wall."

F-- obeyed. "Was that you, sir?" said he, turning abruptly.

obeyed - obéi, obéir, obtempérer

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


"Why, something struck me. I felt it sharply on the shoulder-just here."

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

sharply - brusquement

"No," said I. "But we have jugglers present, and though we may not discover their tricks, we shall catch them before they frighten us."

tricks - des astuces, tour, astuce, truc, rench: -neededr, pli

frighten - effrayer, redouter, terrifier

We did not stay long in the drawing-rooms-in fact, they felt so damp and so chilly that I was glad to get to the fire upstairs. We locked the doors of the drawing-rooms-a precaution which, I should observe, we had taken with all the rooms we had searched below. The bedroom my servant had selected for me was the best on the floor-a large one, with two windows fronting the street.

Glad - heureux, heureuse

precaution - précaution

observe - observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

The four-posted bed, which took up no inconsiderable space, was opposite to the fire, which burnt clear and bright; a door in the wall to the left, between the bed and the window, communicated with the room which my servant appropriated to himself.

inconsiderable - insignifiante

This last was a small room with a sofa-bed, and had no communication with the landing-place-no other door but that which conducted to the bedroom I was to occupy. On either side of my fireplace was a cupboard, without locks, flush with the wall, and covered with the same dull-brown paper.

small room - petite piece

sofa - canapé, sofa

communication - la communication, communication, message

conducted - conduite, comportement, se comporter, conduire, mener

occupy - occuper, habiter

fireplace - âtre, foyer, cheminée

flush - la chasse d'eau, vidanger, rougeur

We examined these cupboards-only hooks to suspend female dresses-nothing else; we sounded the walls-evidently solid-the outer walls of the building. Having finished the survey of these apartments, warmed myself a few moments, and lighted my cigar, I then, still accompanied by F--, went forth to complete my reconnoitre. In the landing-place there was another door; it was closed firmly.

examined - examinés, examiner

hooks - des crochets, crochet, agrafe, hook, accrocher, ferrer

suspend - suspendre, mettre en suspension

solid - solide, massif, plein, continu

cigar - cigare

accompanied - accompagné, accompagner

forth - avant, en avant

reconnoitre - reconnaître (le terrain)

"Sir," said my servant, in surprise, "I unlocked this door with all the others when I first came; it can not have got locked from the inside, for--"

unlocked - déverrouillé, déverrouiller, débloquer

Before he had finished his sentence, the door, which neither of us then was touching, opened quietly of itself. We looked at each other a single instant. The same thought seized both-some human agency might be detected here. I rushed in first-my servant followed.

instant - instantanée, moment

agency - l'agence, capacité d'agir, agentivité, agence, action

detected - détecté, détecter

rushed - précipité, se précipiter, emmener d'urgence

A small blank dreary room without furniture-a few empty boxes and hampers in a corner-a small window-the shutters closed-not even a fireplace-no other door but that by which we had entered-no carpet on the floor, and the floor seemed very old, uneven, worm-eaten, mended here and there, as was shown by the whiter patches on the wood; but no living being, and no visible place in which a living being could have hidden. As we stood gazing around, the door by which we had entered closed as quietly as it had before opened; we were imprisoned.

hampers - des paniers, entraver

shutters - des volets, volet, contrevent, obturateur

uneven - inégale, inégal

worm - ver, vermine, scarabée, vis sans fin, dragon, remords, ramper

mended - réparé, réparer, raccommoder, rapiécer, s'améliorer

patches - des correctifs, piece, rustine

visible - visible

gazing - regarder, fixer

imprisoned - emprisonné, emprisonner, mettre en prison

For the first time I felt a creep of undefinable horror. Not so my servant. "Why, they don't think to trap us, sir; I could break that trumpery door with a kick of my foot."

creep - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

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

trap - piege

trumpery - trumperie

kick - coup de pied, bottons, bottent, escabeau, bottez, botter

"Try first if it will open to your hand," said I, shaking off the vague apprehension that had seized me, "while I unclose the shutters and see what is without."

shaking off - Secouer

vague - vague

unclose - se déconnecter

I unbarred the shutters-the window looked on the little back-yard I have before described; there was no ledge without-nothing to break the sheer descent of the wall. No man getting out of that window would have found any footing till he had fallen on the stones below.

unbarred - non barré, débarrer

ledge - la corniche, rebord

sheer - transparent, pur

descent - descente, origine, ascendance

F--, meanwhile, was vainly attempting to open the door. He now turned round to me and asked my permission to use force.

Meanwhile - pendant ce temps

vainly - vainement

attempting - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

use force - utiliser la force

And I should here state, in justice to the servant, that far from evincing any superstitious terrors, his nerve, composure, and even gaiety amid circumstances so extraordinary, compelled my admiration, and made me congratulate myself on having secured a companion in every way fitted to the occasion. I willingly gave him the permission he required.

justice - justice, équité, conseiller

evincing - évocation, montrer, prouver

terrors - terreurs, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

nerve - nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran

composure - le sang-froid, calme, quiétude

amid - amid, au milieu de, parmi, entre

extraordinary - extraordinaire

compelled - contraint, contraindre, forcer, obliger

admiration - l'admiration, admiration

congratulate - féliciter

secured - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser

companion - compagnon, compagne

Occasion - occasion

required - nécessaires, exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir

But though he was a remarkably strong man, his force was as idle as his milder efforts; the door did not even shake to his stoutest kick. Breathless and panting, he desisted. I then tried the door myself, equally in vain. As I ceased from the effort, again that creep of horror came over me; but this time it was more cold and stubborn.

remarkably - remarquablement

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

idle - au ralenti, fainéant

milder - plus doux, doux, douce, léger

efforts - efforts, effort

stoutest - le plus robuste, solide

panting - haletant, (pant) haletant

vain - vaine, rench: vaniteux, frivole, vain, futile

stubborn - tetu, tetu, enteté, borné

I felt as if some strange and ghastly exhalation were rising up from the chinks of that rugged floor, and filling the atmosphere with a venomous influence hostile to human life. The door now very slowly and quietly opened as of its own accord. We precipitated ourselves into the landing-place.

ghastly - épouvantable, effrayant, affreux, horrible

chinks - les chinetoques, fente, fissure

rugged - robuste, déchiqueté, accidenté, (rug), tapis, couverture

atmosphere - atmosphere, atmosphere, ambience, ambiance

venomous - venimeux

hostile - hostile

accord - accord, entente, accorder

precipitated - précipité

We both saw a large pale light-as large as the human figure, but shapeless and unsubstantial-move before us, and ascend the stairs that led from the landing into the attic. I followed the light, and my servant followed me. It entered to the right of the landing, a small garret, of which the door stood open. I entered in the same instant.

unsubstantial - non substantielle

ascend - s'élever, monter

led - dirigé, DEL, LED, (lead) dirigé

attic - grenier, combles, mansarde

garret - garret, galetas

stood open - est resté ouvert

The light then collapsed into a small globule, exceedingly brilliant and vivid; rested a moment on a bed in the corner, quivered, and vanished. We approached the bed and examined it-a half-tester, such as is commonly found in attics devoted to servants. On the drawers that stood near it we perceived an old faded silk handkerchief, with the needle still left in a rent half repaired.

collapsed - effondré, s'effondrer, effondrement

globule - globule

vivid - vivante, vivide

quivered - a tremblé, frémir

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

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

commonly - communément, fréquemment

attics - les greniers, grenier, combles-p, mansarde

devoted - dévouée, consacrer, vouer

servants - serviteurs, serviteur, domestique, servante, fr

drawers - tiroirs, tiroir

perceived - perçue, percevoir

faded - fanée, (s')affaiblir, diminuer

silk - soie

handkerchief - mouchoir

needle - aiguille, saphir, coudre, taquiner, monter

The kerchief was covered with dust; probably it had belonged to the old woman who had last died in that house, and this might have been her sleeping-room. I had sufficient curiosity to open the drawers: there were a few odds and ends of female dress, and two letters tied round with a narrow ribbon of faded yellow. I took the liberty to possess myself of the letters.

kerchief - le kerchief, foulard, fichu

sufficient - suffisante, suffisant

odds - des cotes, rench: -neededr, bizarre, étrange, impair

tied round - un tour de piste

ribbon - ruban

faded - fanée, mode, lubie

liberty - liberté

possess - posséder, s'emparer de

We found nothing else in the room worth noticing-nor did the light reappear; but we distinctly heard, as we turned to go, a pattering footfall on the floor-just before us. We went through the other attics (in all four), the footfall still preceding us. Nothing to be seen-nothing but the footfall heard.

worth - valeur

reappear - reparaître, réapparaître

distinctly - distinctement

preceding - précédent, précéder

I had the letters in my hand: just as I was descending the stairs I distinctly felt my wrist seized, and a faint soft effort made to draw the letters from my clasp. I only held them the more tightly, and the effort ceased.

descending - descendant, descendre

wrist - poignet

effort - l'effort, effort

clasp - fermoir, serrer

tightly - étanche, fermement

We regained the bed-chamber appropriated to myself, and I then remarked that my dog had not followed us when we had left it. He was thrusting himself close to the fire, and trembling.

regained - retrouvée, reconquérir, reprendre

chamber - chambre, piece, salle

remarked - remarqué, remarque

thrusting - poussée, (thrust), estocade, propulser

I was impatient to examine the letters; and while I read them, my servant opened a little box in which he had deposited the weapons I had ordered him to bring; took them out, placed them on a table close at my bed-head, and he occupied himself in soothing the dog, who, however, seemed to heed him very little.

deposited - déposé, dépôt, gisement, acompte, arrhes-p

occupied - occupée, occuper, habiter

soothing - apaisant, pacifiant, rassurant, (sooth)

heed - attention, observer, surveiller, preter attention

The letters were short-they were dated; the dates exactly thirty-five years ago. They were evidently from a lover to his mistress, or a husband to some young wife. Not only the terms of expression, but a distinct reference to a former voyage, indicated the writer to have been a seafarer.

lover - amante, amant, maîtresse

Mistress - madame, maîtresse, amante

distinct - distinct, intelligible, reconnaissable

reference - référence, recommandation, faire référence a, référencer

former - ancien, ancienne, ci devant

Voyage - voyage

seafarer - marin

The spelling and handwriting were those of a man imperfectly educated, but still the language itself was forcible. In the expressions of endearment there was a kind of rough wild love; but here and there were dark unintelligible hints at some secret not of love-some secret that seemed of crime.

handwriting - l'écriture, écriture de main

imperfectly - imparfaitement

educated - éduqués, éduquer

forcible - forcé, forçable, puissant, violent, impressionnant

endearment - un attachement, affection

rough - rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile, brutal, ébaucher

unintelligible - inintelligible

hints - indices, indication, soupçon, faire allusion

"We ought to love each other," was one of the sentences I remember, "for how every one else would execrate us if all was known." Again: "Don't let any one be in the same room with you at night-you talk in your sleep." And again: "What's done can't be undone; and I tell you there's nothing against us unless the dead could come to life.

execrate - exécuter, exécrer

undone - défait, défaire

" Here there was underlined in a better handwriting (a female's): "They do!" At the end of the letter latest in date the same female hand had written these words: "Lost at sea the 4th of June, the same day as--"

underlined - souligné, soulignement, souligner, attention

I put down the letters, and began to muse over their contents.

muse - muse

Contents - contenu, satisfait

Fearing, however, that the train of thought into which I fell might unsteady my nerves, I fully determined to keep my mind in a fit state to cope with whatever of marvellous the advancing night might bring forth. I roused myself-laid the letters on the table-stirred up the fire, which was still bright and cheering, and opened my volume of Macaulay.

unsteady - instable, branlant, fébrile

fully - pleinement, entierement, completement

determined - déterminé, déterminer

cope - se débrouiller, faire face (a)

marvellous - merveilleux

roused - réveillé, réveiller

laid - posé, poser

stirred - remué, brasser, agiter

cheering - des applaudissements, acclamation(s)

volume - volume, tome

I read quietly enough till about half-past eleven. I then threw myself dressed upon the bed, and told my servant he might retire to his own room, but must keep himself awake. I bade him leave open the door between the two rooms. Thus alone, I kept two candles burning on the table by my bed-head. I placed my watch beside the weapons, and calmly resumed my Macaulay.

upon - sur, a

retire - prendre sa retraite, retirent, retirez, se retirer, retirer

awake - éveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller

bade - Bade

leave open - laisser ouvert

beside - a côté, aupres

calmly - calmement, paisiblement

resumed - reprise, reprendre

Opposite to me the fire burned clear; and on the hearth-rug, seemingly asleep, lay the dog. In about twenty minutes I felt an exceedingly cold air pass by my cheek, like a sudden draft. I fancied the door to my right, communicating with the landing-place, must have got open; but no-it was closed. I then turned my glance to my left, and saw the flame of the candles violently swayed as by a wind.

hearth - âtre, foyer, foyers

rug - tapis, couverture

seemingly - censément

lay - laique, pondre, pose

cold air - air froid

pass by - Passer par

cheek - joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale

draft - projet, courant d'air, gorgée, biere a la pression, tirant

got open - est ouvert

glance - regard, jeter un coup d’oil

flame - flamme, polémique

violently - violemment

swayed - balancés, autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance, balancer

wind - vent, emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler

At the same moment the watch beside the revolver softly slid from the table-softly, softly-no visible hand-it was gone. I sprang up, seizing the revolver with one hand, the dagger with the other: I was not willing that my weapons should share the fate of the watch. Thus armed, I looked round the floor-no sign of the watch.

softly - en douceur, doucement

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

sprang up - a surgi

seizing - la saisie, emparant, (seize), saisir, emparer

fate - le destin, destin, destinée, sort

Three slow, loud, distinct knocks were now heard at the bed-head; my servant called out: "Is that you, sir?"

"No; be on your guard."

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

The dog now roused himself and sat on his haunches, his ears moving quickly backward and forward. He kept his eyes fixed on me with a look so strange that he concentrated all my attention on himself. Slowly, he rose up, all his hair bristling, and stood perfectly rigid, and with the same wild stare. I had not time, however, to examine the dog.

backward - a l'envers, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons

concentrated - concentré, concentrer

bristling - se hérisser, soie, poil

perfectly - parfaitement

rigid - rigide

stare - fixer, regarder (fixement), dévisager

Presently my servant emerged from his room; and if ever I saw horror in the human face, it was then. I should not have recognized him had we met in the street, so altered was every lineament. He passed by me quickly, saying in a whisper that seemed scarcely to come from his lips: "Run-run! it is after me!" He gained the door to the landing, pulled it open, and rushed forth.

emerged - a émergé, émerger, sortir

altered - modifié, transformer, changer, altérer

lineament - linéament

whisper - chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

lips - levres, levre

Gained - gagné, gagner

I followed him into the landing involuntarily, calling him to stop; but, without heeding me, he bounded down the stairs, clinging to the balusters, and taking several steps at a time. I heard, where I stood, the street-door open-heard it again clap to. I was left alone in the haunted house.

involuntarily - involontairement

heeding - l'écoute, attention, observer, surveiller, preter attention

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

balusters - les balustres, balustre

clap - applaudir, claquent, claquer, applaudissement, claquez

It was but for a moment that I remained undecided whether or not to follow my servant; pride and curiosity alike forbade so dastardly a flight. I re-entered my room, closing the door after me, and proceeded cautiously into the interior chamber. I encountered nothing to justify my servant's terror. I again carefully examined the walls, to see if there were any concealed door.

remained - est restée, reste, rester, demeurer

undecided - hésitant, checkindécis, checkvelléitaire

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

pride - l'orgueil, orgueil, fierté

alike - comme, semblable, pareil, analogue, pareillement

forbade - interdit, interdire, nier, dénier

dastardly - ignoble

proceeded - a procédé, avancer, procéder

cautiously - avec prudence, précautionneusement

interior - intérieur

encountered - rencontré, rencontrer, rencontre

justify - justifier

concealed - dissimulée, dissimuler, cacher

I could find no trace of one-not even a seam in the dull-brown paper with which the room was hung. How, then, had the Thing, whatever it was, which had so scared him, obtained ingress except through my own chamber?

trace - trace, projection horizontale, décalquer

seam - couture

hung - accroché, suspendre, etre accroché

obtained - obtenu, obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, avoir

ingress - l'entrée, entrée

I returned to my room, shut and locked the door that opened upon the interior one, and stood on the hearth, expectant and prepared. I now perceived that the dog had slunk into an angle of the wall, and was pressing himself close against it, as if literally striving to force his way into it. I approached the animal and spoke to it; the poor brute was evidently beside itself with terror.

expectant - en attente, expectatif

pressing - pressant, (pres) pressant

literally - littéralement

striving - en quete d'une solution, (strive) en quete d'une solution

brute - brute, bete, brutal

It showed all its teeth, the slaver dropping from its jaws, and would certainly have bitten me if I had touched it. It did not seem to recognize me. Whoever has seen at the Zoological Gardens a rabbit, fascinated by a serpent, cowering in a corner, may form some idea of the anguish which the dog exhibited.

slaver - esclavagiste, (Slav), Slave

jaws - mâchoires, mâchoire

bitten - mordu, mordre, maintenir, garder

zoological - zoologique

rabbit - lapin

fascinated - fasciné, fasciner

serpent - serpent

cowering - se recroqueviller

anguish - l'angoisse, angoissons, angoissez, angoisser, angoissent

exhibited - exposée, exposer, exposition, piece a conviction

Finding all efforts to soothe the animal in vain, and fearing that his bite might be as venomous in that state as in the madness of hydrophobia, I left him alone, placed my weapons on the table beside the fire, seated myself, and recommenced my Macaulay.

soothe - apaiser, calmer, soulager

bite - mordre, maintenir, garder, tomber dans le panneau, marcher

madness - la folie, folie

recommenced - repris, recommencer

I now became aware that something interposed between the page and the light-the page was overshadowed; I looked up, and I saw what I shall find it very difficult, perhaps impossible, to describe.

aware - conscient, attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte

interposed - interposée, interposer, intercaler, interrompre, couper

overshadowed - éclipsé, ombrager, éclipser ('la gloire', 'une personne')

It was a darkness shaping itself forth from the air in very undefined outline. I can not say it was of a human form, and yet it had more resemblance to a human form, or rather shadow, than to anything else. As it stood, wholly apart and distinct from the air and the light around it, its dimensions seemed gigantic, the summit nearly touching the ceiling.

darkness - l'obscurité, obscurité, ténebres

undefined - indéfini

resemblance - ressemblance, comparaison, probabilité

shadow - l'ombre, ombre, prendre en filature, filer

apart - a part, séparé, séparément, a part, en morceaux, en pieces

dimensions - dimensions, dimension

gigantic - gigantesque, colossal

summit - sommet, apogée

ceiling - plafond, (ceil) plafond

While I gazed, a feeling of intense cold seized me. An iceberg before me could not more have chilled me; nor could the cold of an iceberg have been more purely physical. I feel convinced that it was not the cold caused by fear. As I continued to gaze, I thought-but this I can not say with precision-that I distinguished two eyes looking down on me from the height.

gazed - regardé, fixer

intense - intense

iceberg - iceberg, montagne de glace

chilled - réfrigéré, froid

purely - purement

Convinced - convaincu, convaincre, persuader

precision - précision

distinguished - distingué, distinguer

One moment I fancied that I distinguished them clearly, the next they seemed gone; but still two rays of a pale-blue light frequently shot through the darkness, as from the height on which I half-believed, half-doubted, that I had encountered the eyes.

rays - rayons, rayon

frequently - fréquemment

shot through - tiré a travers

doubted - douté, douter, doute

I strove to speak-my voice utterly failed me; I could only think to myself: "Is this fear? it is not fear!" I strove to rise-in vain; I felt as if weighed down by an irresistible force.

strove - s'efforcer, s'efforcer de

utterly - tout a fait

weighed - pesée, peser, lever l’ancre

irresistible - irrésistible

Indeed, my impression was that of an immense and overwhelming power opposed to my volition-that sense of utter inadequacy to cope with a force beyond man's, which one may feel physically in a storm at sea, in a conflagration, or when confronting some terrible wild beast, or rather, perhaps, the shark of the ocean, I felt morally.

immense - immense

overwhelming - écrasante, abreuver, accabler, envahir

opposed - opposée, s'opposer a, opposer

volition - volition, volonté, énergie

utter - l'utérus, émettre

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

physically - physiquement

conflagration - conflagration, incendie, rench: t-needed r

confronting - confrontant, confronter

beast - bete, bete, bete sauvage

Shark - requin

Opposed to my will was another will, as far superior to its strength as storm, fire, and shark are superior in material force to the force of man.

strength - la force, force, vigueur, effectif, point fort

And now, as this impression grew on me-now came, at last, horror-horror to a degree that no words can convey. Still I retained pride, if not courage; and in my own mind I said: "This is horror, but it is not fear; unless I fear I can not be harmed; my reason rejects this thing; it is an illusion-I do not fear.

convey - transmettre, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer

retained - retenue, retenir, conserver, maintenir

courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance

harmed - lésé, mal, tort, dommage, nuire a, faire du mal a

rejects - rejette, rejeter

illusion - illusion

" With a violent effort I succeeded at last in stretching out my hand toward the weapon on the table: as I did so, on the arm and shoulder I received a strange shock, and my arm fell to my side powerless.

violent - violent, vif

stretching - l'étirement, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

weapon - arme

shock - choc, choquons, offusquer, choquez, choquer, secouer

powerless - impuissante, impuissant

And now, to add to my horror, the light began slowly to wane from the candles-they were not, as it were, extinguished, but their flame seemed very gradually withdrawn; it was the same with the fire-the light was extracted from the fuel; in a few minutes the room was in utter darkness.

wane - s'affaiblir, diminuer

extinguished - éteinte, éteindre

gradually - progressivement

withdrawn - retiré, (se) retirer

extracted - extraites, extrait, extraire

The dread that came over me, to be thus in the dark with that dark Thing, whose power was so intensely felt, brought a reaction of nerve. In fact, terror had reached that climax, that either my senses must have deserted me, or I must have burst through the spell. I did burst through it. I found voice, though the voice was a shriek.

dread - peur, redouter, craindre, crainte

intensely - intensément

reaction - réaction

climax - l'apogée, climax, apogée, paroxysme, jouissance, orgasme

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

shriek - cri, hurlement, crier

I remembered that I broke forth with words like these: "I do not fear, my soul does not fear"; and at the same time I found strength to rise. Still in that profound gloom I rushed to one of the windows-tore aside the curtain-flung open the shutters; my first thought was-Light. And when I saw the moon high, clear, and calm, I felt a joy that almost compensated for the previous terror.

soul - âme

profound - profond

gloom - obscurité, pénombre, grisaille, morosité, noirceur

tore - a la déchirure

aside - a part, a côté, en passant, aparté

curtain - rideau

flung - jeté, lancer

Calm - calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer, apaiser

joy - joie

compensated - indemnisés, compenser

There was the moon, there was also the light from the gas-lamps in the deserted slumberous street. I turned to look back into the room; the moon penetrated its shadow very palely and partially-but still there was light. The dark Thing, whatever it might be, was gone-except that I could yet see a dim shadow, which seemed the shadow of that shade, against the opposite wall.

slumberous - somnolent

penetrated - pénétré, pénétrer

palely - pâlement

partially - partiellement, en partie

dim - dim, faible, vague

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

My eye now rested on the table, and from under the table (which was without cloth or cover-an old mahogany round table) there rose a hand, visible as far as the wrist. It was a hand, seemingly, as much of flesh and blood as my own, but the hand of an aged person-lean, wrinkled, small, too-a woman's hand.

cloth - tissu, étoffe, tenue

mahogany - acajou, mahagoni

flesh - de la chair, chair, peau, viande, corps, pulpe

lean - maigre, adossons, adossent, appuyer, adossez

wrinkled - ridé, ride

That hand very softly closed on the two letters that lay on the table; the hand and letters both vanished. Then there came the same three loud measured knocks I had heard at the bed-head before this extraordinary drama had commenced.

measured - mesurée, mesure, mesurer

commenced - commencé, commencer

As those sounds slowly ceased, I felt the whole room vibrate sensibly; and at the far end there rose, as from the floor, sparks or globules like bubbles of light, many coloured-green, yellow, fire-red, azure. Up and down, to and fro, hither, thither, as tiny Will-o'-the-Wisps, the sparks moved, slow or swift, each at its own caprice.

vibrate - vibrer

sensibly - raisonnablement

sparks - des étincelles, étincelle

globules - globules, globule

bubbles - bulles, bulle, trou, vent, ambiance, bouillonner

Azure - l'azur, azur

fro - fro

thither - la, la, d'ici la

tiny - minuscule

wisps - des feux follets, brin, fétu, touffe

swift - rapide, martinet, dévidoir

caprice - caprice

A chair (as in the drawing-room below) was now advanced from the wall without apparent agency, and placed at the opposite side of the table. Suddenly, as forth from the chair, there grew a shape-a woman's shape. It was distinct as a shape of life-ghastly as a shape of death.

apparent - apparente, apparent, visible, manifeste, criant, évident

The face was that of youth, with a strange mournful beauty; the throat and shoulders were bare, the rest of the form in a loose robe of cloudy white. It began sleeking its long yellow hair, which fell over its shoulders; its eyes were not turned toward me, but to the door; it seemed listening, watching, waiting.

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

mournful - triste, affligé, éploré, mélancolique, lugubre

beauty - la beauté, beauté

throat - gorge, goulot

bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu

loose - en vrac, ample, desserré

robe - robe de chambre, robe

cloudy - nuageux, trouble, brumeux, nébuleux, opaque

sleeking - sleeking, (sleek), brillant, luisant, lisse

The shadow of the shade in the background grew darker; and again I thought I beheld the eyes gleaming out from the summit of the shadow-eyes fixed upon that shape.

beheld - a été observée, regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila

gleaming - étincelante, brillant, (gleam) étincelante

As if from the door, though it did not open, there grew out another shape, equally distinct, equally ghastly-a man's shape-a young man's.

It was in the dress of the last century, or rather in a likeness of such dress (for both the male shape and the female, though defined, were evidently unsubstantial, impalpable-simulacra-phantasms); and there was something incongruous, grotesque, yet fearful, in the contrast between the elaborate finery, the courtly precision of that old-fashioned garb, with its ruffles and lace and buckles, and the corpse-like stillness of the flitting wearer. Just as the male shape approached the female, the dark Shadow started from the wall, all three for a moment wrapped in darkness. When the pale light returned, the two phantoms were as if in the grasp of the Shadow that towered between them; and there was a blood-stain on the breast of the female; and the phantom male was leaning on its phantom sword, and blood seemed trickling fast from the ruffles, from the lace; and the darkness of the intermediate Shadow swallowed them up-they were gone. And again the bubbles of light shot, and sailed, and undulated, growing thicker and thicker and more wildly confused in their movements.

defined - défini, déterminer, définir

impalpable - impalpable

simulacra - simulacre

incongruous - incongru

grotesque - grotesque

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

contrast - contraste, contraster

elaborate - élaborer, approfondir

finery - parure

courtly - courtois

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) Démodé

garb - vetements

ruffles - des volants, falbala, ébouriffer

lace - dentelle, pointue

buckles - boucles, boucle

corpse - cadavre, corps, corps sans vie

stillness - l'immobilité, calme, immobilité

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

wearer - support

wrapped - enveloppé, enrouler (autour de)

phantoms - fantômes, fantôme

grasp - saisir, agripper, comprendre

stain - tache, souillure, colorant, tacher, entacher, colorer

breast - sein, poitrine, cour, poitrail, blanc

leaning - penchant, adossant, (lean) penchant

sword - l'épée, épée, glaive, épéiste

trickling - au compte-gouttes, (trickle), filet, dégoulinade

intermediate - intermédiaire, concilier

swallowed - avalé, avaler

shot - tir, tirai, tiré, tirâmes, tirerent, tira

undulated - ondulé, onduler, ondoyer

wildly - sauvage, sauvagement

confused - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre

The closet door to the right of the fireplace now opened, and from the aperture there came forth the form of an aged woman. In her hand she held letters-the very letters over which I had seen the Hand close; and behind her I heard a footstep.

closet - placard

aperture - ouverture

aged woman - une femme âgée

footstep - empreinte, trace de pas, pas, bruit de pas, marche, enjambée

She turned round as if to listen, and then she opened the letters and seemed to read; and over her shoulder I saw a livid face, the face as of a man long drowned-bloated, bleached-seaweed tangled in his dripping hair; and at her feet lay a form as of a corpse, and beside the corpse there cowered a child, a miserable squalid child, with famine in its cheeks and fear in its eyes.

livid - livide, furieux

drowned - noyé, noyer

bloated - gonflé, gonfler, météoriser, bouffir, boursoufler

bleached - blanchi, eau de javel, décolorant

seaweed - des algues, algues

tangled - enchevetrés, désordre, enchevetrement

dripping - goutte a goutte, dégoulinade

cowered - s'est recroquevillé, se recroqueviller

miserable - misérable

squalid - sordide

famine - la famine, famine

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

And as I looked in the old woman's face, the wrinkles and lines vanished, and it became a face of youth-hard-eyed, stony, but still youth; and the Shadow darted forth, and darkened over those phantoms as it had darkened over the last.

wrinkles - rides, ride

stony - pierreux, froid, sec

darted - dardé, dard, fleche

darkened - assombri, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer

Nothing now was left but the Shadow, and on that my eyes were intently fixed, till again eyes grew out of the Shadow-malignant, serpent eyes. And the bubbles of light again rose and fell, and in their disordered, irregular, turbulent maze, mingled with the wan moonlight.

intently - attentivement

malignant - maligne, malin, malveillant

disordered - désordonné, désordre, trouble

irregular - irréguliere, irrégulier

maze - labyrinthe, dédale

mingled - mélangés, mélanger

wan - wan, pâle, blafard

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

And now from these globules themselves, as from the shell of an egg, monstrous things burst out; the air grew filled with them; larvć so bloodless and so hideous that I can in no way describe them except to remind the reader of the swarming life which the solar microscope brings before his eyes in a drop of water-things transparent, supple, agile, chasing each other, devouring each other-forms like naught ever beheld by the naked eye. As the shapes were without symmetry, so their movements were without order. In their very vagrancies there was no sport; they came round me and round, thicker and faster and swifter, swarming over my head, crawling over my right arm, which was outstretched in involuntary command against all evil beings. Sometimes I felt myself touched, but not by them; invisible hands touched me. Once I felt the clutch as of cold soft fingers at my throat. I was still equally conscious that if I gave way to fear I should be in bodily peril; and I concentrated all my faculties in the single focus of resisting, stubborn will. And I turned my sight from the Shadow-above all, from those strange serpent eyes-eyes that had now become distinctly visible. For there, though in naught else around me, I was aware that there was a WILL, and a will of intense, creative, working evil, which might crush down my own.

shell - coquille, coquillage, carapace, coque, cosse, douille, obus

monstrous - monstrueux

larvć - larves

hideous - hideux, strident, atroce, répugnant

remind - rappeler

swarming - l'essaimage, (swarm), essaim (flying insects)

solar - solaire

microscope - microscope

supple - souple

agile - agile

chasing - chassant, (chas) chassant

devouring - dévorant, dévorer

symmetry - symétrie

vagrancies - vagabondages, vagabondage

swifter - plus rapide, (swift), rapide, martinet, dévidoir

crawling - a quatre pattes, (crawl) a quatre pattes

involuntary - involontaire

Command - commandement, ordre, maîtrise, commande, commander, ordonner

evil - le mal, mauvais, torve

beings - etres, etre, créature, existence

invisible - invisible, caché

clutch - embrayage, agriffons, couplage, saisir, agriffez, agriffent

conscious - conscient

bodily - corporel

peril - péril, risque

faculties - facultés, faculté

resisting - résister, s'opposer, rejeter, dégouter

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

crush - le coup de foudre, barricade, béguin, amourette, faible

The pale atmosphere in the room began now to redden as if in the air of some near conflagration. The larvć grew lurid as things that live in fire. Again the moon vibrated; again were heard the three measured knocks; and again all things were swallowed up in the darkness of the dark Shadow, as if out of that darkness all had come, into that darkness all returned.

redden - rouge, rougir, faire rougir

lurid - lugubre, choquant, choquante, blafard, livide, bleme, jaunâtre

vibrated - vibré, vibrer

swallowed up - englouti

As the gloom receded, the Shadow was wholly gone. Slowly, as it had been withdrawn, the flame grew again into the candles on the table, again into the fuel in the grate. The whole room came once more calmly, healthfully into sight.

receded - a reculé, reculer

grate - grilles, grille, crisser, grincer, râper

healthfully - saine

The two doors were still closed, the door communicating with the servant's room still locked. In the corner of the wall, into which he had so convulsively niched himself, lay the dog. I called to him-no movement; I approached-the animal was dead; his eyes protruded; his tongue out of his mouth; the froth gathered round his jaws.

convulsively - convulsivement

niched - niched, niche

protruded - en saillie, dépasser, saillir

tongue - langue, languette

froth - de l'écume, mousse, écume

gathered - rassemblés, rassembler, ramasser, recueillir

I took him in my arms; I brought him to the fire; I felt acute grief for the loss of my poor favourite-acute self-reproach; I accused myself of his death; I imagined he had died of fright. But what was my surprise on finding that his neck was actually broken. Had this been done in the dark?-must it not have been by a hand human as mine?

acute - aigu, aiguë

grief - le chagrin, douleur, peine

Loss - perte, déperdition, perdition, déchet, coulage

self - soi, soi-meme

reproach - des reproches, reproche, opprobre, reprocher

accused - accusé, accuser

fright - d'effroi, anxiété, peur, frayeur

my surprise - ma surprise

-must there not have been a human agency all the while in that room? Good cause to suspect it. I can not tell. I can not do more than state the fact fairly; the reader may draw his own inference.

suspect - suspecter, soupçonner, suspect

fairly - équitable, justement, assez

inference - inférence, déduction

Another surprising circumstance-my watch was restored to the table from which it had been so mysteriously withdrawn; but it had stopped at the very moment it was so withdrawn; nor, despite all the skill of the watchmaker, has it ever gone since-that is, it will go in a strange erratic way for a few hours, and then come to a dead stop-it is worthless.

circumstance - circonstances, circonstance

restored - restaurée, restaurer, rétablir, rendre, restituer

despite - en dépit de, malgré

watchmaker - horloger, horlogere

erratic - erratique

worthless - sans valeur, ne vaut rien, misérable, nul

Nothing more chanced for the rest of the night. Nor, indeed, had I long to wait before the dawn broke. Nor till it was broad daylight did I quit the haunted house. Before I did so, I revisited the little blind room in which my servant and myself had been for a time imprisoned.

dawn - l'aube, se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aurore

quit - démissionner, quittons, quittez, démissioner, quittent

revisited - revisité, revoir

blind - aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind, aveugler

I had a strong impression-for which I could not account-that from that room had originated the mechanism of the phenomena-if I may use the term-which had been experienced in my chamber.

account - compte, supputation, demande

originated - d'origine, instituer, prendre sa source

mechanism - mécanisme

And though I entered it now in the clear day, with the sun peering through the filmy window, I still felt, as I stood on its floors, the creep of the horror which I had first there experienced the night before, and which had been so aggravated by what had passed in my own chamber. I could not, indeed, bear to stay more than half a minute within those walls.

peering - peering, pair

filmy - filmique

within - a l'intérieur, dedans, avant, d'ici

I descended the stairs, and again I heard the footfall before me; and when I opened the street door, I thought I could distinguish a very low laugh. I gained my own house, expecting to find my runaway servant there. But he had not presented himself, nor did I hear more of him for three days, when I received a letter from him, dated from Liverpool to this effect:

descended - descendu, descendre

runaway - fugue, fugitif, fugueur, emballement

Liverpool - liverpool

"Honoured Sir:-I humbly entreat your pardon, though I can scarcely hope that you will think that I deserve it, unless-which Heaven forbid!-you saw what I did. I feel that it will be years before I can recover myself; and as to being fit for service, It is out of the question. I am therefore going to my brother-in-law at Melbourne. The ship sails tomorrow. Perhaps the long voyage may set me up.

honoured - honoré, honneur

humbly - humblement

Pardon - pardon, grâce, pardonner, gracier, désolé, excusez-moi

deserve - mériter

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

forbid - interdire, nier, dénier

recover - récupérer, captons, capter, recouvrent, recouvrer, recouvrons

fit for service - apte au service

It is out of the question - C'est hors de question

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

Melbourne - melbourne

set - set, Seth

I do nothing now but start and tremble, and fancy It is behind me. I humbly beg you, honoured sir, to order my clothes, and whatever wages are due to me, to be sent to my mother's, at Walworth-John knows her address."

tremble - trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration

beg - mendier, implorer, prier

wages - les salaires, s'engager dans

due - due, du

The letter ended with additional apologies, somewhat incoherent, and explanatory details as to effects that had been under the writer's charge.

additional - supplémentaires, additionnel

apologies - des excuses, excuse, apologie

incoherent - incohérent

explanatory - explicatif

This flight may perhaps warrant a suspicion that the man wished to go to Australia, and had been somehow or other fraudulently mixed up with the events of the night. I say nothing in refutation of that conjecture; rather, I suggest it as one that would seem to many persons the most probable solution of improbable occurrences. My belief in my own theory remained unshaken.

warrant - garantie, mandat, mandat de conformité

suspicion - suspicion, soupçon

Australia - l'australie, Australie

somehow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre

fraudulently - frauduleusement

mixed - mixte, mélanger

refutation - réfutation

conjecture - conjecture, conjecturer

most probable - le plus probable

improbable - invraisemblable, improbable

occurrences - des événements, occurrence

belief - croyance, conviction, foi

theory - théorie

unshaken - inébranlable

I returned in the evening to the house, to bring away in a hack cab the things I had left there, with my poor dog's body. In this task I was not disturbed, nor did any incident worth note befall me, except that still, on ascending and descending the stairs, I heard the same footfall in advance. On leaving the house, I went to Mr. J--'s. He was at home.

bring away - emporter

hack - hack, pic, hacher

cab - cab, fiacre

disturbed - perturbé, déranger, perturber, gener

incident - incident, checkfait-divers, checkaccident

ascending - ascendante, monter

I returned him the keys, told him that my curiosity was sufficiently gratified, and was about to relate quickly what had passed, when he stopped me, and said, though with much politeness, that he had no longer any interest in a mystery which none had ever solved.

gratified - gratifié, gratifier

relate - se rapporter, concerner

politeness - la politesse, politesse

mystery - mystere, mystere

I determined at least to tell him of the two letters I had read, as well as of the extraordinary manner in which they had disappeared, and I then inquired if he thought they had been addressed to the woman who had died in the house, and if there were anything in her early history which could possibly confirm the dark suspicions to which the letters gave rise. Mr.

inquired - a demandé, enqueter, renseigner

Possibly - peut-etre, possiblement, peut-etre

confirm - confirmer

suspicions - des soupçons, suspicion, soupçon

J-- seemed startled, and, after musing a few moments, answered: "I am but little acquainted with the woman's earlier history, except, as I before told you, that her family were known to mine. But you revive some vague reminiscences to her prejudice. I will make inquiries, and inform you of their result.

startled - surpris, sursauter, surprendre

musing - muser, songeur, pensif, pensée, (mus) muser

reminiscences - des réminiscences, réminiscence

inquiries - des demandes de renseignements, enquete

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

Still, even if we could admit the popular superstition that a person who had been either the perpetrator or the victim of dark crimes in life could revisit, as a restless spirit, the scene in which those crimes had been committed, I should observe that the house was infested by strange sights and sounds before the old woman died-you smile-what would you say?"

admit - admettre, avouer, reconnaître

superstition - superstition

perpetrator - l'auteur de l'infraction, coupable

victim - victime

revisit - revisiter, revoir

restless - inquiet, agité, checkimpatient

spirit - l'esprit, esprit, moral, élan, spiritueux

committed - engagé, confier, commettre, remettre, consigner

sights - vues, vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur

"I would say this, that I am convinced, if we could get to the bottom of these mysteries, we should find a living human agency."

mysteries - mysteres, mystere

"What! you believe it is all an imposture? for what object?"

imposture - imposture

"Not an imposture in the ordinary sense of the word. If suddenly I were to sink into a deep sleep, from which you could not awake me, but in that sleep could answer questions with an accuracy which I could not pretend to when awake-tell you what money you had in your pocket-nay, describe your very thoughts-it is not necessarily an imposture, any more than it is necessarily supernatural.

sink - couler, s'enfoncer, évier, lavabo

deep sleep - un sommeil profond

accuracy - l'exactitude, exactitude, précision

pretend - prétendre, prétendre a, feindre, faire semblant

Nay - nay, ou plutôt, voire, que dis-je

thoughts - réflexions, idée, pensée

necessarily - nécessairement

supernatural - surnaturel, surnaturelle

I should be, unconsciously to myself, under a mesmeric influence, conveyed to me from a distance by a human being who had acquired power over me by previous rapport."

unconsciously - inconsciemment

mesmeric - mesmeric

conveyed - transmis, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer

"But if a mesmerizer could so affect another living being, can you suppose that a mesmerizer could also affect inanimate objects; move chairs-open and shut doors?"

mesmerizer - hypnotiseur

inanimate - inanimé

"Or impress our senses with the belief in such effects-we never having been en rapport with the person acting on us? No. What is commonly called mesmerism could not do this; but there may be a power akin to mesmerism and superior to it-the power that in the old days was called Magic.

impress - impressionner

en - en

akin - apparenté, analogue

magic - la magie, magie, magique, sorcelerie, checkensorcelé

That such a power may extend to all inanimate objects of matter, I do not say; but if so, it would not be against nature-it would only be a rare power in nature which might be given to constitutions with certain peculiarities, and cultivated by practise to an extraordinary degree.

extend - étendre, prolonger

rare - rares, rare

constitutions - constitutions, constitution

peculiarities - particularités, singularité, bizarrerie, étrangeté

cultivated - cultivé, cultiver

"That such a power might extend over the dead-that is, over certain thoughts and memories that the dead may still retain-and compel, not that which ought properly to be called the Soul, and which is far beyond human reach, but rather a phantom of what has been most earth-stained on earth to make itself apparent to our senses-is a very ancient though obsolete theory, upon which I will hazard no opinion. But I do not conceive the power to be supernatural. Let me illustrate what I mean from an experiment which Paracelsus describes as not difficult, and which the author of the 'Curiosities of Literature'cites as credible: A flower perishes; you burn it. Whatever were the elements of that flower while it lived are gone, dispersed, you know not whither; you can never discover nor re-collect them. But you can, by chemistry, out of the burned dust of that flower, raise a spectrum of the flower, just as it seemed in life. It may be the same with the human being. The soul has as much escaped you as the essence or elements of the flower. Still you may make a spectrum of it. And this phantom, though in the popular superstition it is held to be the soul of the departed, must not be confounded with the true soul; it is but the eidolon of the dead form. Hence, like the best attested stories of ghosts or spirits, the thing that most strikes us is the absence of what we hold to be the soul; that is, of superior emancipated intelligence. These apparitions come for little or no object-they seldom speak when they Do come; if they speak, they utter no ideas above those of an ordinary person on earth. Wonderful, therefore, as such phenomena may be (granting them to be truthful), I see much that philosophy may question, nothing that it is incumbent on philosophy to deny-viz., nothing supernatural. They are but ideas conveyed somehow or other (we have not yet discovered the means) from one mortal brain to another. Whether, in so doing, tables walk by their own accord, or fiend-like shapes appear in a magic circle, or bodyless hands rise and remove material objects, or a Thing of Darkness, such as presented itself to me, freeze our blood-still am I persuaded that these are but agencies conveyed, as by electric wires, to my own brain from the brain of another. In some constitutions there is a natural chemistry, and those constitutions may produce chemic wonders-in others a natural fluid, call it electricity, and these may produce electric wonders. But the wonders differ from Natural Science in this-they are alike objectless, purposeless, puerile, frivolous. They lead on to no grand results; and therefore the world does not heed, and true sages have not cultivated them. But sure I am, that of all I saw or heard, a man, human as myself, was the remote originator; and I believe unconsciously to himself as to the exact effects produced, for this reason: no two persons, you say, have ever experienced exactly the same thing. Well, observe, no two persons ever experience exactly the same dream. If this were an ordinary imposture, the machinery would be arranged for results that would but little vary; if it were a supernatural agency permitted by the Almighty, it would surely be for some definite end. These phenomena belong to neither class; my persuasion is that they originate in some brain now far distant; that that brain had no distinct volition in anything that occurred; that what does occur reflects but its devious, motley, ever-shifting, half-formed thoughts; in short, that it has been but the dreams of such a brain put in action and invested with a semi-substance. That this brain is of immense power, that it can set matter into movement, that it is malignant and destructive, I believe; some material force must have killed my dog; the same force might, for aught I know, have sufficed to kill myself, had I been as subjugated by terror as the dog-had my intellect or my spirit given me no countervailing resistance in my will."

retain - retenir, conserver, maintenir

compel - contraindre, forcer, obliger

properly - proprement, correctement, convenablement

phantom - fantôme

stained - taché, tache, souillure, colorant, tacher, entacher, colorer

obsolete - obsolete, dépassé

hazard - hasard, danger, tenter, hasarder

conceive - concevoir, tomber enceinte

illustrate - illustrer

curiosities - curiosités, curiosité

literature - la littérature, littérature

cites - cites, (cite) cites

credible - crédible

perishes - périt, périr

elements - éléments, élément, membre

dispersed - dispersé, disperser, qualifier

whither - ou

spectrum - spectre

escaped - s'est échappé, échapper, s'échapper, éviter, tirer

essence - essence

departed - parti, partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter

confounded with - confondu avec

eidolon - eidolon

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

attested - attestée, attester

strikes - greves, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

absence - absence, manque, absence du fer

emancipated - émancipé, émanciper, affranchir

intelligence - l'intelligence, intelligence, renseignements

apparitions - des apparitions, apparition

seldom - rarement

Do come - Venir

granting - l'octroi, accorder, admettre

truthful - véridique, sincere

Philosophy - philosophie

incumbent - en titre, titulaire

deny - nier, démentir, refuser

mortal - mortel, mortelle

fiend - fieffé, démon, monstre, addict

bodyless - sans carrosserie

freeze - geler, congeler, gelez, gelent, gelons, gelent, geler

persuaded - persuadé, persuader, convaincre

agencies - agences, capacité d'agir, agentivité, agence, action

wires - fils, fil

chemic - chimique

wonders - s'interroge, merveille, étonner

fluid - fluide, liquide

differ - different, différer, séparer

objectless - sans objet

puerile - puéril

frivolous - frivole

lead - du plomb

grand - grand, grandiose

sages - sages, sauge

remote - a distance, distant, éloigné, télécommande

originator - l'initiateur, demandeur, expéditeur

machinery - des machines, machines, pieces, machinerie, mécanique

vary - varier

Almighty - tout-puissant, toutuissant

surely - surement, surement, assurément

definite - définitif

persuasion - la persuasion, persuasion

originate - naissent, instituer, prendre sa source

distant - distante, distant, lointain, éloigné

occurred - s'est produite, produire

reflects - réfléchit, refléter, réfléchir

devious - rusé, roublard, sournois

motley - motley, hétéroclite, bigarré

shifting - le changement de vitesse, mutation, (shift), quart, équipe

invested - investi, investir, placer

semi - semi

substance - substance, fond, biens

destructive - destructrice

aught - rien

sufficed - suffisent, suffire, suffire 2, fr

subjugated - soumis, assujettir

resistance - résistance

"It killed your dog! that is fearful! indeed it is strange that no animal can be induced to stay in that house; not even a cat. Rats and mice are never found in it."

induced - induite, induire

"The instincts of the brute creation detect influences deadly to their existence. Man's reason has a sense less subtle, because it has a resisting power more supreme. But enough; do you comprehend my theory?"

instincts - instincts, instinct

creation - création

detect - détecter, détectez, détectent, dénicher, détectons

influences - influences, influence, influencer, influer

deadly - mortelle, mortel, fatal, létal

existence - l'existence, existence

subtle - subtile, subtil, délicat, astucieux

resisting power - résister au pouvoir

supreme - supreme, supreme

comprehend - comprendre

"Yes, though imperfectly-and I accept any crotchet (pardon the word), however odd, rather than embrace at once the notion of ghosts and hobgoblins we imbibed in our nurseries. Still, to my unfortunate house the evil is the same. What on earth can I do with the house?"

crotchet - crochet, noire

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

Embrace - étreindre, embrasser, accolade, embrassement, embrassade

notion - notion

hobgoblins - les hobgobelins, lutin

imbibed - imbibé, boire, absorber

nurseries - les creches, creche, pouponniere, pépiniere

unfortunate - malheureux, infortuné, malencontreux

"I will tell you what I would do. I am convinced from my own internal feelings that the small unfurnished room at right angles to the door of the bedroom which I occupied forms a starting-point or receptacle for the influences which haunt the house; and I strongly advise you to have the walls opened, the floor removed-nay, the whole room pulled down.

internal - interne

feelings - sentiments

receptacle - le réceptacle, réceptacle

strongly - fort, fortement

pulled down - tiré vers le bas

I observe that it is detached from the body of the house, built over the small back-yard, and could be removed without injury to the rest of the building."

detached - détaché, détacher

"And you think, if I did that--"

"You would cut off the telegraph wires. Try it. I am so persuaded that I am right that I will pay half the expense if you will allow me to direct the operations."

Telegraph - télégraphe, télégraphier, dépecher

expense - dépenses, dépense

operations - des opérations, opération, fonctionnement, exploitation

"Nay, I am well able to afford the cost; for the rest, allow me to write to you."

afford - se permettre, offrir

About ten days after I received a letter from Mr. J--, telling me that he had visited the house since I had seen him; that he had found the two letters I had described, replaced in the drawer from which I had taken them; that he had read them with misgivings like my own; that he had instituted a cautious inquiry about the woman to whom I rightly conjectured they had been written.

drawer - tiroir, souscripteur

misgivings - des réticences, état d'âme

instituted - institué, institut

cautious - prudent

inquiry - demande, enquete

rightly - a juste titre

conjectured - conjecturé, conjecture, conjecturer

It seemed that thirty-six years ago (a year before the date of the letters) she had married, against the wish of her relations, an American of very suspicious character; in fact, he was generally believed to have been a pirate. She herself was the daughter of very respectable tradespeople, and had served in the capacity of a nursery governess before her marriage.

relations - relations, relation, parent, parente

suspicious - suspect, méfiant, soupçonneux, suspicieux

generally - en général

pirate - pirate, corsaire, boucanier, pirater, piraté

capacity - capacité

nursery - pépiniere, creche, pouponniere, pépiniere

governess - gouvernante, gouverneuse

marriage - mariage, noces

She had a brother, a widower, who was considered wealthy, and who had one child of about six years old. A month after the marriage, the body of this brother was found in the Thames, near London Bridge; there seemed some marks of violence about his throat, but they were not deemed sufficient to warrant the inquest in any other verdict than that of "found drowned."

widower - veuf

wealthy - riches, riche, nanti

Thames - la tamise, Tamise

violence - la violence, violence

deemed - jugée, estimer, croire, considérer

inquest - enquete (criminelle)

verdict - verdict

The American and his wife took charge of the little boy, the deceased brother having by his will left his sister the guardianship of his only child-and in the event of the child's death, the sister inherited. The child died about six months afterward-it was supposed to have been neglected and ill-treated. The neighbours deposed to having heard it shriek at night.

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

guardianship - la tutelle, tutelle

inherited - hérité, hériter

afterward - apres

neglected - négligé, négliger, négligence

treated - traité, négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir

deposed - déposé, déposer, fraire une déposition, frrester serment, fr

The surgeon who had examined it after death said that it was emaciated as if from want of nourishment, and the body was covered with livid bruises. It seemed that one winter night the child had sought to escape-crept out into the back-yard-tried to scale the wall-fallen back exhausted, and had been found at morning on the stones in a dying state.

surgeon - chirurgien, chirurgienne

emaciated - émacié, amaigrir, émacier, s'émacier, s'amaigrir

nourishment - l'alimentation, nourriture

bruises - des bleus, contusionner, meurtrir, taler, cotir, se taler

sought - recherchée, chercher

escape - échapper, s'échapper, éviter, échapper (a quelqu'un), évasion

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

scale - échelle, escaladez, escalader, escaladent, gravir, bareme

exhausted - épuisé, épuiser, échappement

dying - teignant, mourant, (dye) teignant

But though there was some evidence of cruelty, there was none of murder; and the aunt and her husband had sought to palliate cruelty by alleging the exceeding stubbornness and perversity of the child, who was declared to be half-witted. Be that as it may, at the orphan's death the aunt inherited her brother's fortune.

cruelty - la cruauté, cruauté

murder - meurtre, homicide, assassinat, occire

palliate - pallier, atténuer, remedier a, soulager

alleging - alléguer, prétendre

exceeding - dépassant, excéder, dépasser

stubbornness - l'entetement, entetement

declared - déclarée, expliquer, déclarer

witted - d'esprit

orphan - orphelin, orpheline

Fortune - la fortune, destin, bonne chance, fortune

Before the first wedded year was out, the American quitted England abruptly, and never returned to it. He obtained a cruising vessel, which was lost in the Atlantic two years afterward.

wedded - marié(e), marier, épouser

quitted - a démissionné, quitter, abandonner

cruising - en croisiere, (cruise) en croisiere

vessel - navire, vaisseau, vase

The widow was left in affluence; but reverses of various kinds had befallen her; a bank broke-an investment failed-she went into a small business and became insolvent-then she entered into service, sinking lower and lower, from housekeeper down to maid-of-all-work-never long retaining a place, though nothing decided against her character was ever alleged.

widow - veuve

affluence - l'opulence, opulence

reverses - inverse, faire marche arriere, inverser

various - divers

investment - l'investissement, investissement

insolvent - insolvable

sinking - en train de couler, naufrage, (sink), couler, s'enfoncer

housekeeper - femme de ménage, gouvernante, ménagere

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

retaining - la conservation, retenir, conserver, maintenir

alleged - allégué, prétendre, alléguer

She was considered sober, honest, and peculiarly quiet in her ways; still nothing prospered with her. And so she had dropped into the workhouse, from which Mr. J-- had taken her, to be placed in charge of the very house which she had rented as mistress in the first year of her wedded life.

sober - sobre, cuver

honest - honnete, honnete, (hon) honnete

peculiarly - de façon particuliere

prospered - prospéré, prospérer

Mr. J-- added that he had passed an hour alone in the unfurnished room which I had urged him to destroy, and that his impressions of dread while there were so great, though he had neither heard nor seen anything, that he was eager to have the walls bared and the floors removed as I had suggested. He had engaged persons for the work, and would commence any day I would name.

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

impressions - impressions, impression

commence - commencer

The day was accordingly fixed. I repaired to the haunted house-we went into the blind dreary room, took up the skirting, and then the floors. Under the rafters, covered with rubbish, was found a trap-door, quite large enough to admit a man. It was closely nailed down, with clamps and rivets of iron. On removing these we descended into a room below, the existence of which had never been suspected.

rafters - des chevrons, chevron

trap-door - (trap-door) une trappe

closely - de pres, étroitement, pres

nailed - cloué, ongle

clamps - pinces, attache

rivets - rivets, rivet, riveter

iron - le fer, fer, repasser

suspected - soupçonné, suspecter, soupçonner

In this room there had been a window and a flue, but they had been bricked over, evidently for many years. By the help of candles we examined this place; it still retained some mouldering furniture-three chairs, an oak settle, a table-all of the fashion of about eighty years ago.

flue - conduit

bricked - brické, brique, soutien, rouge brique

oak - chene, chene, chenes

settle - régler, décréter

There was a chest of drawers against the wall, in which we found, half-rotted away, old-fashioned articles of a man's dress, such as might have been worn eighty or a hundred years ago by a gentleman of some rank-costly steel buttons and buckles, like those yet worn in court-dresses, a handsome court sword-in a waistcoat which had once been rich with gold lace, but which was now blackened and foul with damp, we found five guineas, a few silver coins, and an ivory ticket, probably for some place of entertainment long since passed away. But our main discovery was in a kind of iron safe fixed to the wall, the lock of which it cost us much trouble to get picked.

chest - poitrine, sein, commode, coffre

rotted - pourri, pourrir

gentleman - gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs

rank - rang, rangée, unie, standing

costly - couteux, couteux, lourd

steel - l'acier, acier

Court - la cour, cour, tribunal, court de tennis, court, courtiser

handsome - beau

waistcoat - gilet

blackened - noirci, noircir, souiller, salir

foul - la faute, infâme

guineas - guinées, Guinée

silver coins - pieces dargent

ivory - ivoire

entertainment - divertissement

In this safe were three shelves, and two small drawers. Ranged on the shelves were several small bottles of crystal, hermetically stoppered. They contained colourless volatile essences, of the nature of which I shall only say that they were not poisonous-phosphor and ammonia entered into some of them.

shelves - étageres, rayon, étagere, tablard, rayonnage

ranged - rangé, chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme

crystal - cristal, de cristal, en cristal

hermetically - hermétiquement

colourless - sans couleur, incolore

volatile - volatile, volatil

essences - essences, essence

poisonous - toxiques

ammonia - ammoniaque, ammoniac

There were also some very curious glass tubes, and a small pointed rod of iron, with a large lump of rock crystal, and another of amber-also a loadstone of great power.

Curious - vous etes curieux, curieux, intéressant, singulier

tubes - tubes, tuyau, tube, canette (de biere)

rod - tige, canne a peche, verges, bite, paf, pine, queue, vit, zob

lump - lump, masse, tas, protubérance, renflement

rock crystal - du cristal de roche

amber - l'ambre, ambre, ambre jaune, couleur d'ambre, feu orange

loadstone - pierre de charge

great power - grande puissance

In one of the drawers we found a miniature portrait set in gold, and retaining the freshness of its colours most remarkably, considering the length of time it had probably been there. The portrait was that of a man who might be somewhat advanced in middle life, perhaps forty-seven or forty-eight.

miniature - miniature, enluminure, figurine

portrait - portrait

freshness - fraîcheur

Length - longueur, durée

It was a remarkable face-a most impressive face.

most impressive - le plus impressionnant

If you could fancy some mighty serpent transformed into a man, preserving in the human lineaments the old serpent type, you would have a better idea of that countenance than long descriptions can convey; the width and flatness of frontal-the tapering elegance of contour disguising the strength of the deadly jaw-the long, large, terrible eye, glittering and green as the emerald-and withal a certain ruthless calm, as if from the consciousness of an immense power.

mighty - puissant

transformed - transformé, transformer, transformée

preserving - préserver, confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle

lineaments - des linéaments, linéament

width - largeur

flatness - la planéité, planéité, planitude, platitude, matité

frontal - frontal

tapering - le tapering, (taper) le tapering

elegance - l'élégance, élégance, grâce, finesse

contour - contour, ligne de niveau

disguising - déguisement, déguisant, (disguise), déguiser

jaw - mâchoire

glittering - scintillant, étincelant, (glitter), étincellement, paillette

emerald - émeraude

withal - en tout état de cause

ruthless - impitoyable

consciousness - la conscience, conscience

Mechanically I turned round the miniature to examine the back of it, and on the back was engraved a pentacle; in the middle of the pentacle a ladder, and the third step of the ladder was formed by the date 1765. Examining still more minutely, I detected a spring; this, on being pressed, opened the back of the miniature as a lid.

mechanically - mécaniquement

engraved - gravé, graver

pentacle - pentacle

ladder - l'échelle, échelle

examining - l'examen, examiner

minutely - minutieusement

pressed - pressé, appuyer sur, presser

lid - couvercle

Withinside the lid was engraved, "Marianna to thee-Be faithful in life and in death to --." Here follows a name that I will not mention, but it was not unfamiliar to me.

thee - toi

faithful - fidele, fidele, loyal

I had heard it spoken of by old men in my childhood as the name borne by a dazzling charlatan who had made a great sensation in London for a year or so, and had fled the country on the charge of a double murder within his own house-that of his mistress and his rival. I said nothing of this to Mr. J--, to whom reluctantly I resigned the miniature.

charlatan - charlatan

sensation - sensation

fled - fui, s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper

rival - rival, rivale, rivaliser

reluctantly - a contrecour

resigned - résigné, démissionner

We had found no difficulty in opening the first drawer within the iron safe; we found great difficulty in opening the second: it was not locked, but it resisted all efforts, till we inserted in the chinks the edge of a chisel. When we had thus drawn it forth, we found a very singular apparatus in the nicest order.

difficulty - difficulté

resisted - résisté, résister, s'opposer, rejeter, dégouter

inserted - inséré, insérer, introduire, insinuer, in texte, illustration

edge - bord, côté, arete, carre

chisel - ciseau, ciseler, buriner

singular - singulier

apparatus - l'appareil, appareil

Upon a small thin book, or rather tablet, was placed a saucer of crystal; this saucer was filled with a clear liquid-on that liquid floated a kind of compass, with a needle shifting rapidly round; but instead of the usual points of the compass were seven strange characters, not very unlike those used by astrologers to denote the planets.

saucer - soucoupe, sous-tasse

liquid - liquide

floated - flotté, flotter

compass - boussole, compas

rapidly - rapidement

unlike - contrairement a, différent

astrologers - les astrologues, astrologue

denote - dénote, dénoter, indiquer, marquer, signifier

A peculiar but not strong nor displeasing odour came from this drawer, which was lined with a wood that we afterward discovered to be hazel. Whatever the cause of this odour, it produced a material effect on the nerves. We all felt it, even the two workmen who were in the room-a creeping, tingling sensation from the tips of the fingers to the roots of the hair.

peculiar - particulier, extraordinaire, bizarre, curieux

odour - odeur

hazel - noisetier, avelinier, noisette

workmen - des ouvriers, ouvrier

creeping - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

tingling - picotements, picotement, (tingle), picoter

roots - des racines, racine

Impatient to examine the tablet, I removed the saucer. As I did so the needle of the compass went round and round with exceeding swiftness, and I felt a shock that ran through my whole frame, so that I dropped the saucer on the floor.

swiftness - rapidité

frame - encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature, image, manche, frame, trame

The liquid was spilled-the saucer was broken-the compass rolled to the end of the room-and at that instant the walls shook to and fro, as if a giant had swayed and rocked them.

spilled - déversé, déverser, répandre, renverser, déversement

rolled - roulé, rouleau

giant - géant

The two workmen were so frightened that they ran up the ladder by which we had descended from the trap-door; but seeing that nothing more happened, they were easily induced to return.

ran up - a couru

descended from - descendant de

Meanwhile I had opened the tablet: it was bound in plain red leather, with a silver clasp; it contained but one sheet of thick vellum, and on that sheet were inscribed, within a double pentacle, words in old monkish Latin, which are literally to be translated thus: "On all that it can reach within these walls-sentient or inanimate, living or dead-as moves the needle, so work my will!

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

plain - simple, unie, net, plaine

leather - cuir, de cuir

vellum - vélin

inscribed - inscrit, graver

Latin - latine

translated - traduit, traduire, translater

sentient - sensible, doué de sensation, conscient, sentient

Accursed be the house, and restless be the dwellers therein."

Therein - dans

We found no more. Mr. J-- burned the tablet and its anathema. He razed to the foundations the part of the building containing the secret room with the chamber over it. He had then the courage to inhabit the house himself for a month, and a quieter, better-conditioned house could not be found in all London. Subsequently he let it to advantage, and his tenant has made no complaints.

anathema - anatheme, anatheme

razed - rasé, raser

foundations - des fondations, fondation, fondement

inhabit - habiter

complaints - plaintes, plainte, réclamation, porter plainte

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