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Edward - Eduard

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 - Philosophen; Philosoph, Philosophin

jest - scherzen

haunted house - Spukhaus

midst - mittendrin; Mitten, Mitte, inmitten

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

haunted - spuken, verfolgen, Treffpunkt

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

furnished - eingerichtet; möblieren, einrichten, ausrüsten

reconciled - versöhnt; versöhnen

"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. 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.

undefinable - undefinierbar

terror - Schrecken, Grauen, schreckliche Furcht, Terror

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

accordingly - dementsprechend; logischerweise

summoned - vorgeladen; auffordern, vorladen

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.'

dryly - trocken

lodger - Untermieter, Mieter

"'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 - spuken; verfolgen; Treffpunkt

Whoever - wer immer, wer auch immer

I don't mind - Meinetwegen!

anyhow - irgendwie

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 - öde, trostlos, trüb, freudlos

calmness - Ruhe, Gelassenheit, Gemütsruhe

awe - Ehrfurcht; Staunen; einschüchtern

conversing - unterhalten; Umkehrung, umgekehrt, Gegenteil

cheaply - billig

"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."

curiosity - Neugier, Neugierde, Kuriosität, Kuriosum

ignominiously - schändlich

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

toward - zu, in Richtung, nach, auf

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

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 - gelegen; aufstellen, unterbringen

Oxford - Oxford, Ochsenfurt

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

respectable - respektabel; angesehen, geachtet

thoroughfare - Durchfahrt, Durchgangsstraße, Hauptverkehrsstraße, Verkehrsader

pewter - Hartzinn; Zinnkrug, Zinnseidel

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

chars - Zeichen; verkohlen; Saibling

"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 - es spukt (in dem Haus)

devil - dem Teufel; Teufel, Satan, Teufelin, reizen, ärgern

strangled - erdrosselt; strangulieren, erwürgen

"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.

gratuity - Zuwendung, Geldgeschenk, Gratifikation

liberal - freiheitlich; liberal; Liberaler

elderly - ältere Menschen; älter, bejahrt, betagt

countenance - Antlitz, Gesichtsausdruck, Miene, Unterstützung, Fassung

prepossessing - ansehnlich; erfüllen

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. 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.

frankly - offen gesagt; ehrlich gesagt, um ehrlich zu sein

desire - begehren; Begehren, Wunsch

equivocal - zweideutig

reputation - Ansehen, Ruf, Klang, Bekanntheit

greatly - sehr; außerordentlich, großartig

obliged - verpflichtet; verpflichten, einen Gefallen tun

privilege - Privileg, Vergünstigung, privilegieren

be inclined - gewillt sein

courtesy - Höflichkeit

pauper - verarmt; Bettelknabe, Armer, Unterstützungsempfänger

workhouse - Arbeitshaus

circumstances - Umstände; Umstand, Umstand

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

superior - überlegen, höher, höherstehend, übergeordnet, Vorgesetzter

induce - einleiten; dazu bringen, anstacheln, bewirken, verursachen

coroner's inquest - Leichenbeschau

notoriety - Notorität, schlechter Ruf, Allbekanntheit, traurige Berühmtheit

despaired - verzweifelt; verzweifeln, Verzweiflung

tenant - Pächter, Mieter

willingly - bereitwillig; gern, gerne

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

acquired - erworben; erwerben, erwerben, akquirieren

sinister - unheimlich

"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 - knapp, kaum, wohl nicht, gerade erst

lodgers - Untermieter, Mieter

phenomena - Phänomene

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."

imagination - Phantasie; Vorstellungskraft, Imagination, Einbildungskraft

precautions - Vorsichtsmaßnahmen; Vorsorge, Vorsichtsmaßnahme

"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 - breit, deutliche, großräumig

daylight - Tageslicht; Tag

satisfied - befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

quenched - abgeschreckt; stillen, löschen, löschen, ablöschen, verlöschen

renew - erneuern

sufficiently - ausreichend; hinreichend, genügend, zureichende

candid - unvoreingenommen, vorurteilsfrei, unparteiisch, freimütig

exceedingly - übermäßig; überaus, äußerst, außerordentlich, ungemein

eager - eifrig, erwartungsvoll, begierig

nerves - Nerven; Nerv, Nerv, Nerv, Nerv, Nerv

unusually - ungewöhnlich

honestly - ehrlich

"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."

coward - Feigling

boast - rühmen; stolz sein auf etw

wholly - ganz

unfamiliar - ungewohnt

rely - sich verlassen (auf)

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 - Büro; Sekretär, Schreibtisch, Kommode

cordially - herzlich

frankness - Offenheit

urbane - städtisch; weltgewandt, weltmännisch

concession - gewährtes Grundstück; Eingeständnis; Einräumen, Zugeständnis

carried off - weggerafft

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 - ungeduldig

confidential - vertraulich

gay - vergnügt, schwul, homosexuell, lustig, heiter

fearless - furchtlos

temper - Gereiztheit, Laune, Temperament, Anlassen, Ausheizen

superstitious - abergläubisch

prejudice - Vorurteile; Vorurteil, Voreingenommenheit, vorgefasste Meinung

"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. 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?

headless - kopflos

apparition - Erscheinung

decidedly - entschieden, deutlich, bestimmt

excessively - übermäßig; exzessiv

presence - Anwesenheit

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

trust - Vertrauen, Hoffnung, Trust, anschreiben

grinning - (to grin) grinsen, strahlen

delight - Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen, Lust

"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. 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.

select - auswählen

inhabited - bewohnt; bewohnen

candles - Kerzen; Kerze

revolver - Revolver

dagger - Dolch

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

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 - dringend, dringlich, eilig

nocturnal - nachtaktiv; nächtlich

plighted - geplagt; sich verloben; Misere, schlimmer Zustand, Verlobung

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

dined - zu Abend gegessen; Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

dining - Essen; Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

selected - ausgewählt; auswählen

volumes - Volumen

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 - gesundheitsfördernd

antidote - Gegenmittel, Gegengift

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 - spazieren gegangen; Spaziergang, Bummel, spazieren gehen

leisurely - gemütlich; gemächlich

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

vigilant - Wachsam

Bull - Bulle, Stier

terrier - Terrier; (terry) Terrier

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

prowling - herumtreibend; (prowl); durchstreifen, herumstreifen

ghostly - geisterhaft, spukhaft

passages - Passagen; Durchfahrt, Ăśbergang, Gang

rats - Ratten; Ratte

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 - frostig, kalt, kühl

somewhat - etwas, einigermaßen

gloomy - düster, finster, trübe, dunkel

overcast - bedeckt, bewölkt

faint - leise, schwach, undeutlich, ohnmächtig werden

sickly - kränklich

permitted - erlaubt; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

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

"All right, sir, and very comfortable."

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

remarkable - bemerkenswert, verwunderlich, denkwürdig, beachtenswert

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

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


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

pattering - Prasseln; schwatzen

whispers - Geflüster

"You are not at all frightened?"

"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 - beruhigt; versichern, beruhigen

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. 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. 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.

eagerly - eifrig

sneaked - geschlichen; Duckmäuser, Duckmäuserin, Kriecher, Kriecherin

scratching - sich kratzen, zerkratzen; (scratch); kratzen; zerkratzen

whining - (whine) jammern, winseln, wimmern; (whin) (whine) jammern

patting - tätscheln; Pat

gently - sanft

reconcile - versöhnen

heels - Absätze; Hinterende des Hobels, Ferse

inquisitively - neugierig

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

subterranean - unterirdisch

cellars - Weinkeller; Keller

cobwebs - Spinnweben; Spinnengewebe, Spinnwebe, Spinnennetz

evidently - offensichtlich

undisturbed - ungestört

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. 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.

damp - feucht; Feuchtigkeit; ersticken, dämpfen

grime - Dreck; Schmutz, Ruß

pavement - Bürgersteig; Asphalt, Pflaster

Slight - geringfügig, leicht, unbedeutend

phenomenon - Phänomen, Erscheinung

witnessed - bezeugt; Zeugnis

abode - Aufenthalt, bleiben, Wohnsitz

footprint - Fußabdruck, Fußspur, Fußstapfen, Profil, Standfläche

advancing - fortschreitend; erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken

thoroughly - gründlich, vollkommen, total, durch und durch

distinguish - unterscheiden; erkennen; auszeichnen

naked - nackt, kahl, bloß

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 - eingestellt; aufhören, aufhören, einstellen

remounted - ummontiert; wieder einhängen

dining - Essen; speisen

parlour - Wohnzimmer, Stube; Sprechzimmer

appropriated - angeeignet; angebracht, angemessen, passend, angebracht

footman - Lakai

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 - Armsessel, Fauteuil, Polstersessel, Polsterstuhl

candlestick - Kerzenleuchter; Kerzenhalter

opposite to - gegenüber

noiselessly - geräuschlos

"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.

howled - geheult; Heulen

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 - beobachtet; beobachten, beachten, halten, bemerken

gaze - Blicken; anstarren

misty - neblig, nebelhaft

outline - skizzieren; Umriss, Kontur, Skizze, Skizzierung, Umrisszeichnung

indistinct - undeutlich

distrust - Misstrauen, Argwohn

vision - Sicht, Sehvermögen, Sehkraft, Augenlicht, Trugbild

"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 - gehorcht; gehorchen, befolgen

abruptly - abrupt, plötzlich, unerwartet, abgerissen, abschüssig


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

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

sharply - scharf, scharfzüngig, spitzzüngig

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

jugglers - Jongleure; Gaukler, Jongleur, Trickser

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. 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. 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.

precaution - Vorsorge; Vorsichtsmaßnahme

observe - beobachten; beachten, halten, bemerken

inconsiderable - unbedeutend

sofa - Sofa, Couch

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

occupy - in Anspruch nehmen, belegen, bewohnen, besetzen, okkupieren

fireplace - Kamin, Feuerstelle, Herd

flush - Wasserspülung, Wallung, Schwall; spülen, ausspülen; rot werden

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. "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--"

hooks - Haken, Hookline, Haken, haken, haken, einhaken, haken

suspend - suspendieren; aufhängen; aufheben, aussetzen, aufschieben

cigar - Zigarre; Glimmstängel

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

forth - weiter; heraus, hervor

reconnoitre - aufklären; rekognoszieren; erkunden

firmly - sicher, fest

unlocked - freigeschaltet; aufschließen, entriegeln, entsperren (screen

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. 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.

instant - sofort; augenblicklich, tafelfertig, Moment

agency - Wille; Agency; Agentur; Behörde

detected - entdeckt; finden, ermitteln, aufspüren, entdecken, erkennen

rushed - überstürzt; stürzen, drängen, hetzen, rasen; Eile, Andrang

hampers - Warenkörbe; stören, behindern, hemmen, hindern; Geschenkkorb

shutters - Fensterläden; Verschließender, Verschließer, Fensterladen; q

uneven - ungleichmäßig; uneben

worm - Wurm; elender Wurm

mended - geflickt; reparieren, flicken

patches - notdürftig reparieren, reparieren, einsetzen; Flicken

visible - sichtbar

As we stood gazing around, the door by which we had entered closed as quietly as it had before opened; we were imprisoned.

gazing - starrt; anstarren

imprisoned - inhaftiert; einsperren, einkerkern

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 - Fiesling; kriechen; schleichen; Knilch, Widerling

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

trumpery - Tand

"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 - abschüttelnd

vague - vage; nebelhaft, schwach, unklar, undeutlich

apprehension - Befürchtungen; Greifen, Ergreifen, Fassen, Anfassen

unclose - aufschließen; eröffnen, öffnen

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 - ungesperrt; (unbarred) riegelte auf

ledge - Leiste; Felsvorsprung

sheer - durchsichtig; scheren, ausreißen, gieren; rein, blank

descent - Abstieg, Runterweg, Herkunft, Abstammung, Verschlechterung

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

vainly - vergeblich

attempting - versuchen, Versuch, Bestreben

justice - Gerechtigkeit, Genugtuung, Justiz

evincing - beweisen; bekunden, zeigen, zum Vorschein bringen

terrors - Schrecken, Grauen

nerve - Frechheit; Nerv

composure - Gelassenheit, Fassung, Haltung, innere Ruhe

gaiety - Fröhlichkeit; Frohsinn, Glücklichsein

amid - inmitten; mitten unter

extraordinary - außerordentlich, außergewöhnlich

compelled - gezwungen; zwingen, zwingen, nötigen, zwingen

admiration - Bewunderung

congratulate - gratulieren, beglückwünschen

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

companion - Begleiter, Freund, Liebhaber, Kamerad

remarkably - bemerkenswert

idle - träge, nicht in Betrieb, faul, nutzlos, untätig; faulenzen

stoutest - am dicksten; beleibt

breathless - atemlos

panting - hechelnd; hecheln, keucheln

desisted - aufgegeben; aufhören

stubborn - starrköpfig; stur, dickköpfig

ghastly - geisterhaft; grässlich, gespenstisch, haarsträubend

exhalation - Ausatmen, Ausschnaufen, Ausatmung

chinks - Schlitzaugen; Spalte, Ritze, Spalt; klimpern, klirren

rugged - robust, schroff; (rug); Teppich, Brücke

venomous - giftig

hostile - feindlich, feindselig, gegnerisch, unversöhnlich, antagonistisch

accord - Vereinbarung; Übereinstimmung, Einvernehmen, Übereinkommen

precipitated - ausgefallen; Niederschlag; ausscheiden, stürzen, fällen

shapeless - unförmig; formlos

unsubstantial - unbedeutend

ascend - steigen, aufsteigen

attic - Dachgeschoss, Dachboden, Estrich

garret - Dachboden; Mansarde, Dachwohnung

stood open - offengestanden

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. 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. 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. 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.

collapsed - zusammengebrochen; einstürzen, kollabieren, zusammenfallen

globule - Globuli; Kügelchen

vivid - lebendig, lebhaft, anschaulich

quivered - gezittert; zittern

vanished - verschwunden; verschwinden, vergehen, sich verflüchtigen

approached - angesprochen; sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

commonly - allgemein; gewöhnlich

attics - Dachböden; Dachgeschoss

devoted - hingebungsvoll; widmen

drawers - Schubladen; Zeichner, Schublade, Aussteller

perceived - wahrgenommen; wahrnehmen

faded - verblasst; verfärben, Ausblendung; verblassen, nachlassen

silk - Seide

handkerchief - Taschentuch

sufficient - genügend, ausreichend, hinreichend

tied round - umgebunden

ribbon - Band; Farbband

liberty - Freiheit

possess - besitzen

reappear - wieder auftauchen; wieder erscheinen, wiederauftreten

distinctly - deutlich

footfall - Fußabdruck; Schritt

preceding - vorangegangen; vorangehen, vorausgehen

descending - absteigend; absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommen, herabsteigen

wrist - Handgelenk

clasp - Spange, Klammer, Schnalle, Griff, greifen

tightly - eng

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 - wiedergewonnen; wiedergewinnen

chamber - Raum, Schlafzimmer, Kammer

remarked - bemerkt; bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

thrusting - schubsen; stoßend, Stichwaffe, drängend; (thrust); Stoß, Stich

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

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 - deponiert; Ablagerung, Vorkommen

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

soothing - erleichternd, lindernd, beruhigend; (sooth); Wahrheit

heed - beachtet; beherzigen, beachten

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. 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.

lover - Geliebte, Liebhaber, Liebhaberin

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

distinct - deutlich

former - erstgenannt, ehem. ehemalig, frühere, früher

seafarer - Seeleute; Seefahrer

handwriting - Handschrift; (handwrite); Handschrift

imperfectly - unvollkommen

forcible - gewaltsam

endearment - Zuneigung; Zärtlichkeit

unintelligible - unverständlich

hints - Hinweise; Hinweis, Tipp, Wink, Fingerzeig, Anleitung, Andeutung

"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." 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--"

execrate - verabscheuen

undone - ungeschehen machen; öffnen, aufmachen, etwas rückgängig machen

underlined - unterstrichen; Unterstreichung, Unterstrich, unterstreichen

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

muse - Muse

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

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. 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. 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. 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.

unsteady - wackelig; unstet

fully - vollständig; völlig

cope - bewältigen

marvellous - fabelhaft

roused - geweckt; wachrufen, wecken

stirred - gerührt; erschüttern, bewegen, sich rühren

cheering - anfeuern, jauchzen, aufmuntern, jubeln

volume - Volumen; Lautstärke; Jahrgang; Band; Volume

awake - munter, wach; erwachen, aufwachen

bade - geboten

leave open - auflassen

beside - daneben; neben

calmly - ruhig

resumed - wiederaufgenommen; weiter; Lebenslauf; fortsetzen

hearth - Feuerstelle, Herdboden, Grund, Kaminboden

rug - Vorleger; Teppich, Brücke

seemingly - scheinbar; anscheinende

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

draft - Entwurf; Zug, Luftzug, Durchzug, Zugluft, Schluck

got open - aufbekommene

glance - blicken; Blick, Streifblick, Glanz, Steinkohle

flame - Flamme, poetic, anmachen

violently - gewaltsam; gewalttätig

swayed - schwankte; Schwingen

wind - aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

softly - sachte; leise

slid - gerutscht; glitt ab

sprang up - (spring up) aus dem Boden schießen, (Wind) aufkommen

seizing - (to seize) erfassen, ergreifen, anpacken; (seize); ergreifen

fate - Schicksal, Los, Geschick

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."

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. 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.

haunches - Keulen; Schoß, de

backward - zurück, nach hinten, rückwärts, zögerlich, gehemmt, rückständig

bristling - sträuben; Borste, Borste

rigid - steif, starr, rigide

stare - starren, anstarren

Presently - Gegenwärtig; sogleich

emerged - aufgetaucht; erscheinen, auftauchen, herauskommen, davonkommen

altered - Verändert; verändern, ändern, wandeln, modifizieren, abändern

lineament - Zug, Charakterzug

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. 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.

whisper - Geflüster, Flüstern, Wispern

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

involuntarily - unfreiwillig

heeding - beachtet; beherzigen, beachten

bounded - begrenzt; Sprung

clinging - anhaftend; anschmiegen

balusters - Baluster

clap - Tripper, Beifall; klatschen

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.

undecided - unbestimmt, unbeantwortet, unschlüssig, unentschieden

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

alike - ähneln; gleich; gleichermaßen

forbade - verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten, ablehnen

dastardly - heimtückisch

proceeded - fortgefahren; vorgehen

cautiously - behutsam; vorsichtig

interior - inner; Interieur, Inneres, Innenraum, offener Kern

encountered - begegnet; treffen, begegnen, Begegnung, Treffen

justify - rechtfertigen; ausrichten, justieren

I again carefully examined the walls, to see if there were any concealed door. 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?

concealed - versteckt; verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen

trace - verfolgen; Zeichen, Spur

seam - Naht; säumen, schrammen, zerschrammen

obtained - erlangen, erhalten, bestehen

ingress - eindringen; Eintritt; Zutritt, Eintrittsrecht, Eingang, Zugang

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. It showed all its teeth, the slaver dropping from its jaws, and would certainly have bitten me if I had touched it.

expectant - erwartend, erwartungsvoll, schwanger, guter Hoffnung

slunk - geschlichen; schleichen, Frühgeburt

angle - Winkel; Angel

literally - buchstäblich

striving - bestrebend, strebsam, strebend; (strive) bestrebend, strebsam

brute - Tier, brutaler Kerl, brutal, Vieh

slaver - Sklavenhändler; sabbere, sabbern, geifern; (Slav); Slawe, Slawin

jaws - Kiefer, Maul

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. 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.

zoological - zoologisch

rabbit - Kaninchen, Hase

fascinated - fasziniert; faszinieren, faszinieren, faszinieren, bezaubern

serpent - Schlange, Serpent

cowering - Duckmäuser; hocken, kauern

anguish - Ängste; Pein, Angst, Qual

exhibited - ausgestellt; zeigen, zur Schau stellen, ausstellen, vorzeigen

soothe - beruhigen, Wogen glätten, mildern, besänftigen

vain - eitel; unnützlich

madness - Wahnsinn, Verrücktheit, Tollheit

hydrophobia - Hydrophobie; Tollwut; Wasserscheu

recommenced - wiederaufgenommen; wieder beginnen

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.

interposed - zwischengeschaltet; zwischenschalten, dazwischenstellen

overshadowed - überschattet; überschatten, überschatten

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. 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.

darkness - Dunkelheit, Finsternis

undefined - undefiniert

resemblance - Ähnlichkeit

shadow - Schatten; beschatten

dimensions - Abmessungen; Dimension, Dimension, Dimension, Dimension

gigantic - gigantisch, kolossal

summit - Gipfel

gazed - gestarrt; anstarren

intense - intensiv; hochgradig

iceberg - Eisberg

chilled - gekühlt; Mutlosigkeit, Frostgefühl

purely - rein, bloß

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. 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.

precision - Präzision, Genauigkeit, Messpräzision, Wiederholgenauigkeit

distinguished - ausgezeichnet; unterscheiden, erkennen, auszeichnen

rays - Schimmer, Strahl; ausstrahlen

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. 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.

strove - angestrebt; erstreben, bestreben

utterly - völlig

irresistible - unwiderstehlich

immense - immens

overwhelming - überwältigend; überwältigen, übermannen, überrumpeln, de

opposed - gegen; ablehnen, widersprechen

volition - Vorsatz; Wille, Willenskraft

inadequacy - Unzulänglichkeiten; Unzulänglichkeit; Materialmangel; Ungenügen

beyond - darüber hinaus; jenseits

physically - physisch; physikalisch

conflagration - Feuersbrunst, Großbrand, Flächenbrand

confronting - konfrontieren, entgegentreten, Sache, konfrontieren

beast - Tier, Bestie, Unmensch, Biest

Shark - Haifisch, Hai

morally - moralisch

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.

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." 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. 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. 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. 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.

convey - vermitteln; befördern, transportieren, verfrachten, übermitteln

retained - zurückgehalten; behalten, festhalten

courage - Courage, Herz, Mut, Tapferkeit

harmed - geschädigt; Schaden, schaden

illusion - Illusion, Wahnvorstellung, Sinnestäuschung

stretching - strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

shock - Schock, Betroffenheit, Empörung, Schlag, Stoß

powerless - kraftlos; machtlos

wane - abnehmen, abflauen, schwinden

extinguished - ausgelöscht; löschen, auslöschen, auslöschen, abschalten

gradually - nach und nach, allmählich, stufenweise, schrittweise

withdrawn - zurückgezogen; annullieren, entziehen, abziehen, ausscheiden

extracted - extrahiert; Auszug, Auszug, Extrakt

utter - Äußerlich; äußerst

dread - schaudern, grauen, gruseln, grausen

intensely - intensiv

climax - Höhepunkt, Orgasmus

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

shriek - schreien; Kreischen

soul - Inbrunst, Seele, Gefühl, Herz

profound - tiefgründig; tiefgehend, profund

gloom - Finsternis; Düsternis, Dunkelheit, Trübnis, Schwermut

tore - gerissen; (to tear) zerreißen, reißen

aside - beiseite, zur Seite

flung - geschleudert; Affäre (Liebesaffäre)

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

compensated - entschädigt; kompensieren, ausgleichen

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 - schläfrig

penetrated - durchdrungen; eindringen, penetrieren, penetrieren

palely - blasse

partially - teilweise, teils, zum Teil

dim - schummrig; trüb; dämmerig, dunkel

shade - Schatten; Vorhang; Farbton; schattieren

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. That hand very softly closed on the two letters that lay on the table; the hand and letters both vanished.

mahogany - Mahagoni; Mahagonibaum

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

lean - knapp, schlank, hager, mager

wrinkled - zerknittert; sich runzeln, runzlig (runzelig) werden, knittern

Then there came the same three loud measured knocks I had heard at the bed-head before this extraordinary drama had commenced.

commenced - begonnen; anfangen, beginnen

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. 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.

vibrate - vibrieren; Vibration

sensibly - vernünftig

sparks - Funken; Funke; aufkeimen lassen, entfachen

globules - Globuli; Kügelchen

Azure - Blau

thither - dorthin, dahin

wisps - Irrlichter; Haarbüschel, Strohbündel, Wisch, Strähne

swift - Mauersegler; schnell; Segler; Garnwinde

caprice - Launenhaftigkeit; Laune

apparent - offensichtlich; offenbar

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. 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. 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.

mournful - schwermütig; traurig, melancholisch, trübsinnig

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

loose - verlassen, lose, locker

robe - Gewand; Robe

cloudy - bewölkt, wolkig, trüb

sleeking - glättend; (sleek); glatt; q

beheld - gesehen; betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen, ansehen

gleaming - durchschimmernd, schimmernd, glänzend; (gleam) durchschimmernd

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.

likeness - Ähnlichkeit; Gestalt; Abbild

impalpable - ungreifbar

simulacra - Simulakren

phantasms - Phantasmen; Hirngespinst, Sinnestäuschung

incongruous - unpassend

grotesque - grotesk

fearful - furchtbar; furchtsam, ängstlich, verängstigt

elaborate - ausarbeiten; ausführlich, durchdacht, ausführen

finery - Prachtstücke; Putz, Glanz, Aufputz

courtly - höflich; vornehm

garb - Gewandung; Tracht, Gewand

ruffles - Rüschen; Rüsche, Krause

lace - schnüren, Spitze (Gewebe)

buckles - zuschnallen; Delle, Schnalle, Spange

corpse - Leiche, Leichnam

stillness - Stille

flitting - hüpfend; wandernd; (flit); gaukeln

wearer - Trägerin

wrapped - eingewickelt; einhüllen, einwickeln, wickeln, einpacken, hüllen

phantoms - Gespenster; Phantom

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

stain - Fleck; Schandfleck; beflecken; beizen

breast - Brust; -brust, Entenbrust

leaning - (to lean) sich an etwas lehnen

sword - Schwert; Schwertkämpfer, Schwertkämpferin

trickling - (trickle) tröpfeln, verrinnen

intermediate - Zwischenstufe; Zwischenprodukt; als Vermittler handeln

swallowed - verschluckt; schlucken, verschlingen, anbeißen, einstecken

And again the bubbles of light shot, and sailed, and undulated, growing thicker and thicker and more wildly confused in their movements.

undulated - gewellt; wogen, schwingen, wellenförmig bewegen, wellen

wildly - wild

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. 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.

closet - Kleiderschrank; Schrank, Wandschrank, Kammer, Abstellkammer

aperture - Öffnung; Blende; Blendenzahl

aged woman - Greisin

footstep - Fußstapfen; Fußabdruck; Schritt

livid - blau; blass vor Wut, wütend, fuchsteufelswild

drowned - ertrunken; ertrinken, ertränken, überwältigen

bloated - aufgebläht; schwellen, aufblasen, aufblähen, aufblähen

bleached - gebleicht; ausbleichen, bleichen

seaweed - Seegras; Algen, Tang, Seetang

tangled - verwickelt; Wirrwarr, Gewirr

dripping - tropft; Bratenfett; (drip) tropft; Bratenfett

cowered - geduckt; hocken, kauern

miserable - unglücklich; elend, erbärmlich, jämmerlich, miserabel

squalid - verwahrlost; schmutzig, armselig

famine - Hungersnot, Hunger

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

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 - Falten; sich runzeln, runzlig (runzelig) werden, knittern

stony - steinig; steinern

darted - geworfen; Pfeil, Satz

darkened - verdunkelt; verdunkeln, verdunkeln

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. 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.

intently - angespannt, aufmerksam, konzentriert

malignant - bösartig, malign

disordered - gestört; Unordnung, Unruhen-p, Störung

maze - Labyrinth; Irrgarten

mingled - vermengt; vermischen, vermengen, untermischen

wan - Großraumnetzwerk

moonlight - Mondlicht, Mondschein, Mondenschein

monstrous - ungeheuerlich, monströs, grotesk, monsterhaft, monsterartig

larvć - larva

bloodless - blutarm, bleich, unblutig, blutleer

hideous - scheußlich; abscheulich

swarming - Ausschwärmen; (to swarm) wimmeln, schwärmen

solar - Sonnen..

microscope - Mikroskop; mikroskopieren

supple - geschmeidig

agile - behände, agil, wendig

chasing - ziselierend, jagend; (chas) ziselierend, jagend

devouring - verschlingen, fressen, schlingen, herunterschlingen, zerstören

naught - nichts; Nichts

symmetry - Symmetrie

vagrancies - Landstreicherei

swifter - schneller; (swift); schnell; Segler; Garnwinde

crawling - (crawl) krabbeln, kriechen; (crawl) (crawl) krabbeln, kriechen

outstretched - ausgestreckt; ausstrecken

involuntary - unabsichtlich, unwillkürlich, ungewollt, unfreiwillig

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

evil - böse; Sünde, übel, üblen, Ăśbel

beings - Wesen

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.

invisible - unsichtbar; versteckt

clutch - Vogelgelege; Kupplung (Auto), Gelege

conscious - bei Bewusstsein, wach, aufmerksam

bodily - körperlich, Körper

peril - Gefahr, Risiko

faculties - Fakultäten; Kollegium

resisting - Widerstand leisten; widerstreben, widerstehen, widerstreiten

crush - verknallt; Schwarm; zerdrücken

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 - erröten

lurid - widerlich; grell; reißerisch

vibrated - vibriert; vibrieren, Vibration

swallowed up - verschluckte

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 - zurückgegangen ist; zurücktreten

grate - Gitter, Feuerrost, Rost; (Käse) reiben, rastern, vergittern

healthfully - gesunde, heilsam

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. 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.

convulsively - krampfhafte

niched - nischig; Nische, Mauernische, Wandnische, Mauerrücksprung

self - Selbst

protruded - hervortreten; herausragen, hervorragen, herausstehen, vorstehen

froth - Schaum; aufschäumen

acute - scharf; spitz; akut

grief - Kummer, Gram, Leid

reproach - Vorwürfe; Vorwurf; Schande; vorwerfen

accused - beschuldigt; beschuldigen, anklagen

fright - erschrecken; Angst, Schreck, Schrecken

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

inference - Schlussfolgern, Schlussfolgerung, Inferenz

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 - Umstand

restored - wiederhergestellt; wiederherstellen, restaurieren, restaurieren

mysteriously - geheimnisvoll, geheimnisvolle

watchmaker - Uhrmacher, Uhrmacherin

erratic - unberechenbar; erratisch, unstet, unregelmäßig, gestört

worthless - wertlos, nutzlos, nichtsnutzig

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. 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. 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.

dawn - dämmern; Morgendämmerung, Morgengrauen

revisited - wieder besuchen

blind - blind, unkritisch, ignorant, Jalousie, Blind, Blinder, Blinde

originated - entstanden ist; entwickeln, erzeugen, entstehen, entspringen

mechanism - Mechanismus

peering - spähen; seinesgleichen, Beaufsichtigende; schielen, starren

filmy - filmisch; duftig, hauchdünn

aggravated - verschlimmert; verschlimmern, erschweren, ärgern, verbittern

I could not, indeed, bear to stay more than half a minute within those walls. 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 - abstammen; absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommen, herabsteigen

runaway - Ausreißer, Entflohener, Entlaufener, davongelaufen

Liverpool - 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.

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

humbly - demütig

entreat - anflehen; ersuchen

deserve - verdienen

Heaven - Der Himmel; Himmel, Firmament, Paradies

forbid - verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten

recover - wiederfinden, sich erholen, beikommen

fit for service - diensttauglich, einsatzbereit

It is out of the question - Es kommt nicht in Frage.

Melbourne - Melbourne

The ship sails tomorrow. Perhaps the long voyage may set me up. 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 - zittern; Zittern

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

wages - Löhne; führen

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

additional - zusätzlich

apologies - Entschuldigungen; Entschuldigung, Apologie

incoherent - inkohärent

explanatory - erklärend

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. 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.

warrant - Haftbefehl; Nachweis; Befehl; garantieren

suspicion - Verdacht, Argwohn, Verdächtigung

Australia - Australien

somehow - irgendwie

fraudulently - in betrügerischer Absicht

refutation - Widerlegung, Gegenschrift

conjecture - Mutmaßungen; Vermutung, Verdacht, Mutmaßung, Hypothese

most probable - wahrscheinlichste

improbable - unwahrscheinlich

occurrences - Vorkommnisse; Vorfall

unshaken - unerschüttert

bring away - abtragen

hack - hacken; Hacke, Hieb, Hack

cab - Taxi, Fiaker

disturbed - beunruhigt; stören

incident - Vorfall, Begebenheit, Ereignis, Geschehnis

befall - eintreten; befallen, zustoßen, hereinbrechen, widerfahren

ascending - aufsteigend; steigen, aufsteigen

On leaving the house, I went to Mr. J--'s. He was at home. 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 - befriedigt; befriedigen, erfreuen

politeness - Höflichkeit

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. 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.

inquired - nachgefragt; erkundigen

suspicions - Verdächtigungen; Verdacht, Argwohn, Verdacht, Verdacht, Argwohn

startled - erschrocken; aufschrecken, scheuen, erschrecken

musing - sinnend, grübelnd, nachgrübelnd, nachsinnend; (mus); sinnend

acquainted - kennengelernt; vertraut machen, in Kenntnis setzen

But you revive some vague reminiscences to her prejudice. I will make inquiries, and inform you of their result. 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?"

revive - auffrischen; wiederbeleben

reminiscences - Reminiszenzen; Erinnern

inquiries - Erkundigungen; Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchung

inform - benachrichtigen, mitteilen, informieren

superstition - Aberglaube

perpetrator - Verursacher; Täter, Täterin, Schuldiger, Schuldige

revisit - wieder besuchen

restless - unruhig; ruhelos, rastlos, checkunruhig

infested - verseucht; befallen

"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."

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

imposture - Hochstapelei; Betrug, Schwindel

"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.

deep sleep - Tiefschlaf

accuracy - Genauigkeit, Sorgfalt, Exaktheit, Richtigkeit

Nay - Nein; oder sogar

thoughts - Gedanken; Gedanke

supernatural - übernatürlich

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 - unbewusst

mesmeric - mesmerisch

conveyed - übermittelt; befördern, transportieren, verfrachten, befördern

rapport - enges Verhältnis, harmonisches Verhältnis

"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?"

inanimate - unbelebt, leblos

"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 - beeindrucken; prägen

mesmerism - Mesmerismus

akin - verwandt; ähnlich

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 - erweitern; ausdehnen, ausweiten

constitutions - Verfassungen; Verfassen

peculiarities - Eigentümlichkeiten; Singularität, Einzigartigkeit, Besonderheit

cultivated - kultiviert; kultivieren, anbauen, kultivieren, pflegen

"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.

retain - beibehalten; behalten; festhalten

compel - zwingen, nötigen

phantom - Gespenst; Phantom

stained - gefärbt; Fleck, Schandfleck, Fleck, beflecken, beizen

obsolete - veraltet; verbraucht, zurück geblieben, altmodisch, obsolet

hazard - Zufall; Gefahr; Hindernis; riskieren, hasardieren

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

illustrate - veranschaulichen; illustrieren

curiosities - Kuriositäten; Neugier, Neugierde, Kuriosität, Kuriosum

cites - zitiert; (cite) zitiert

credible - glaubhaft; glaubwürdig

perishes - untergeht; verderben, schlecht werden, umkommen

dispersed - verstreut; zerstreuen, qualifier

whither - wohin

spectrum - Spektrum; Spektrum (1; 2; 3)

essence - Wesen; Essenz, Extrakt, Parfüm

departed - abgereist; verlassen, aufbrechen, verlassen, abweichen

confounded with - verwechselte mit

hence - von hier, fort, von dannen, daher, deshalb

attested - bescheinigt; attestieren, beglaubigen

strikes - Streiks; streichen, schlagen, prägen, streiken, scheinen

absence - Abwesenheit, Absenz, Fehlen, Absence

emancipated - emanzipiert; emanzipieren

apparitions - Erscheinungen; Erscheinung

seldom - selten

granting - Gewährung; gewähren, erteilen, bewilligen

truthful - wahrheitsliebend; wahrheitsgemäß, wahrheitsgetreu

Philosophy - Philosophie

incumbent - Amtsinhaber; obligatorisch, Pflicht

deny - leugnen, bestreiten, dementieren

mortal - sterblich; tödlich; Sterblicher, Sterbliche

fiend - Unhold; Dämon, Dämonin, böser Geist, Teufel, Monster

bodyless - körperlos

agencies - Agenturen; Wille, Agency, Agentur, Agentur, Behörde

wires - Drähte; Draht, Draht, Ader, Wanze, Geld

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."

chemic - chemisch

fluid - Fluid, Flüssigkeit, fließend

differ - sich unterscheiden

objectless - objektlos

purposeless - zwecklos

puerile - kindisch; schülerhaft (abwertend), kindlich

frivolous - leichtsinnig

grand - großartig, prächtig, groß, bedeutend

sages - Weisen; weise, klug, Weise

originator - der Urheber; Verursacher, Urheber

machinery - Maschinen; Maschinerie, maschinelle Ausrüstung

vary - variieren; verändern; sich ändern, checkvariieren

Almighty - allmächtig

persuasion - Überredung; Überzeugung; Überredungskunst

originate - entwickeln, erzeugen, entstehen, entspringen

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

devious - heimtückisch, hinterrücks, unaufrichtig, verschlagen

motley - kunterbunt; zusammengewürfelt, bunt zusammengeworfen

semi - halb..

destructive - zerstörerisch

aught - etwas

sufficed - genügte; ausreichen, genügen, genug sein, reichen

subjugated - unterworfen; unterjochen, unterwerfen

intellect - Intellekt

resistance - Widerstand

"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 - veranlasst; dazu bringen, anstacheln, bewirken, verursachen

"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 - Instinkte; Instinkt

creation - Erfindung, Werk, Kreation, Schöpfung

detect - finden, ermitteln, aufspüren, entdecken, erkennen

deadly - tödlich

existence - Existenz, Dasein

subtle - subtil, fast unmerklich, haarfein, dezent

resisting power - Widerstandskraft

supreme - übergeordnet; höchster, oberster

comprehend - umfassen; verstehen, begreifen, erfassen, einsehen

"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 - schrullig; Viertelnote

Embrace - umarmen; annehmen, Umarmung

notion - Ahnung, Ansicht, Auffassung, Begriff

hobgoblins - Kobolde; erman:

imbibed - aufgesaugt; trinken, vereinnahmen

nurseries - Kindergärten; Kinderstube, Kinderzimmer, Kindergarten

unfortunate - unglücklich, unglückselig

"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 - intern, checkinnerlich, checkinländisch

feelings - Gefühle; Gefühl, Eindruck

angles - Winkeln; Angel

receptacle - Gefäß, Behälter, Blütenboden, Blütenachse, Steckdose, Buchse

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

"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."

expense - Kosten; Ausgabe, Aufwand, Verlust

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

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. 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.

drawer - Zeichner, Schublade, Aussteller

misgivings - Befürchtungen; Zweifel

instituted - eingeleitet; einrichten, gründen; Anstalt, Institut

cautious - zurückhaltend; vorsichtig, zaghaft, behutsam

inquiry - Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchung, Erforschung

rightly - zurecht, zu Recht, richtig

conjectured - vermutet; Vermutung, Verdacht, Mutmaßung, Vermutung, Hypothese

suspicious - verdächtig; misstrauisch, argwöhnisch

pirate - Pirat, Seeräuber, Korsar, Raubkopierer, raubkopieren

She herself was the daughter of very respectable tradespeople, and had served in the capacity of a nursery governess before her marriage. 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."

tradespeople - Gewerbetreibende; Handwerker(in)

capacity - Kapazität; Befugnis

nursery - Kinderstube, Kinderzimmer, Kindergarten, Kinderzimmer

governess - Hauslehrerin, Erzieherin, Gouvernante

widower - Witwer

wealthy - wohlhabend, reich

Thames - Die Themse; Themse

violence - Gewalt, Gewalttaten, Gewalttätigkeiten

deemed - als; halten, erachten, erachten, ansehen

inquest - Untersuchung, gerichtliche Untersuchung

verdict - Gerichtsurteil

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. 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. 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.

deceased - verstorben; Ableben, Exitus, Hinschied, ableben, hinscheiden

guardianship - Vormundschaft, Schutz

inherited - geerbt; erben, übernehmen, erben, erben, vererben

afterward - nachher

neglected - vernachlässigt; vernachlässigen, verabsäumen, versäumen

deposed - abgesetzt; niederlegen, deponieren, entthronen (monarch only)

surgeon - Chirurg, Chirurgin, Wundarzt

emaciated - ausgemergelt; abmagern, de

nourishment - Ernährung; Nahrung

bruises - blaue Flecken; Prellung, Bluterguss, blauer Fleck, Druckstelle

sought - gesucht; suchen

crept - gekrochen; kriechen, schleichen, schleichen, kriechen, Kriechen

scale - Maßstab; Skala, Kesselsteine, Schuppe; ersteigen, erklettern

exhausted - erschöpft; erschöpfen, dezimieren, erschöpfen, Auspuff, Abgas

dying - (to die) sterben, umkommen; (dye) (to die) sterben, umkommen

cruelty - Grausamkeit, Quälerei

palliate - lindern; beschönigen

alleging - behauptet; behaupten

exceeding - überschreiten, hinausgehen über, übertreffen, übersteigen

stubbornness - Starrköpfigkeit; Sturheit

perversity - Perversität

declared - erklärt; bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen

witted - geistreich; (wit) nämlich, und zwar

orphan - Waisenkind; Waise

Fortune - Fortuna; Schicksal, Glück, Vermögen

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. 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. 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.

wedded - verheiratet; trauen, verheiraten, vermählen, heiraten

cruising - Kreuzfahrt; kreuzend; (cruise) Kreuzfahrt; kreuzend

vessel - Schiff, Boot, Wasserfahrzeug, Gefäß, Behälter

widow - Witwe; Hurenkind

affluence - Überfluss, Reichtum, Wohlstand

reverses - umkehrt; invers, umgedreht, Kehrseite

befallen - befallen, zustoßen, hereinbrechen, widerfahren

investment - Investitionen; Investition, Anlage

insolvent - insolvent, zahlungsunfähig

housekeeper - Haushälterin; Hausfrau; (hired) Haushälterin; (hired) Haushälter

maid - Dienstmädchen; Mädchen; Stubenmädchen

retaining - zurückhaltend; behalten, festhalten

alleged - angeblich; behaupten

sober - nüchtern, besonnen, ernst, gedeckt, ernüchtern, ausnüchtern

peculiarly - eigentümlich

prospered - gediehen; gedeihen, prosperieren, florieren

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

commence - anfangen, beginnen

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. 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.

rafters - Dachsparren, Flößer, Sparren

trap-door - (trap-door) Falltür

closely - dicht, eng, nah, nahe

clamps - Zwinge; klammern, halten, einklemmen, klemmen

rivets - Niet, vernieten, nieten, Aufmerksamkeit richten auf

suspected - verdächtigt; vermuten, misstrauen, verdächtigen

flue - Schornstein; Abgaskanal, Flammrohr, Feuerzeug

bricked - zugemauert; Backstein, Ziegel, Ziegel, externes Netzteil

mouldering - verrotten; zerfallen; Gießer

oak - Eiche, Eichenholz, Eichen-

settle - regeln; abklären

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.

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

rank - (sozialer) Stand, Rang, Dienstgrad

costly - teuer, kostspielig

steel - verstählen; Stahl

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

waistcoat - Weste

blackened - geschwärzt; schwärzen

foul - schmutzig

guineas - Guinea

silver coins - Silbergeld

ivory - Elfenbein, Elfenbeinfarbe, elfenbeinern, Elfenbein-

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.

crystal - Kristall; Kristallglas, Kristall (neuter, not masculine)

hermetically - hermetisch

stoppered - verstopft; Stöpsel

colourless - farblos

volatile - volatil, flüchtig, verdunstend, schwankend, unbeständig

essences - Essenzen; Wesen

phosphor - Leuchtstoff

ammonia - Ammoniak

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 - neugierig, sonderbar, merkwürdig

rod - Rute; Stange, Stock, Stab, Latte

lump - Klumpen, Kloß, Stück (Würfelzucker )

rock crystal - Bergkristall

amber - Bernstein; Bernsteingelb; bernsteinen

loadstone - Laststein

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 - Miniatur, mittelalterliche Buchmalerei

freshness - Frische

It was a remarkable face-a most impressive face.

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 - gewaltig, mächtig

transformed - verwandelt; verwandeln, transformieren, umwandeln

preserving - Konservieren; Konserve, Eingemachtes

lineaments - Züge; Zug, Charakterzug

width - Breite, Weite

flatness - Flachheit; Ebenheit

frontal - frontale

tapering - Zuspitzung, zuspitzend, Verjüngung; (taper) Zuspitzung

elegance - Eleganz

contour - Kontur; Höhenlinie, Höhenlinien, Isohypse, Niveaulinie

disguising - verkleidend; (disguise); Verkleidung; Tarnung; verstellen

jaw - Kiefer, Maul

glittering - glitzernd, funkelnd; (glitter); Glitter; glitzern

emerald - Smaragd; Smaragdgrün, smaragdfarben

withal - mit

ruthless - rücksichtslos; unbarmherzig, ruchlos

consciousness - Bewusstsein, Gewahrsein, Erkenntnis, Bewusstheit

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. 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.

mechanically - mechanisch

engraved - eingraviert; gravieren, meißeln, eingravieren

pentacle - Pentagramm; Pentagram

ladder - Leiter; Laufmasche

minutely - minutiös

lid - Deckel

thee - dich, dir

faithful - treu

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.

dazzling - schillernd; blendend, grell, umwerfend, betörend

charlatan - Scharlatan

sensation - Gefühl, Empfindung, Sensation

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

rival - Rivalen; Gegner, Rivale, Konkurrent, Gegnerin

reluctantly - widerstrebend

resigned - zurückgetreten; aufgeben, resignieren, abdanken

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. 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. 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.

resisted - widerstanden; widerstreben, widerstehen, widerstreiten

inserted - eingefügt; einsetzen, einfügen, einwerfen, Beilage

chisel - schummeln, meißeln; Meißel, Stemmeisen, Beitel

singular - einzeln; einzigartig; ungewöhnlich; singularisch; singulär; Einzahl

apparatus - Gerät; Apparat; Apparat

saucer - Untertasse

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

compass - Kompass

rapidly - schnell

astrologers - Astrologen; Astrologe, Astrologin, Sterndeuter, Sterndeuterin

denote - markieren, kennzeichnen, bezeichnen, anzeigen

peculiar - eigentümlich; merkwürdig, seltsam

displeasing - unangenehm; missfallen

odour - Geruch

hazel - Haselnuss; Haselstrauch; grün-braun

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. 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. 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.

workmen - Handwerker; Arbeiter

creeping - schleichend; kriechen, schleichen, schleichen, kriechen

tingling - Kribbeln; prickelnd, klingend; (tingle); kribbeln, prickeln

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

swiftness - Schnelligkeit

spilled - verschüttet; verschütten, schütten

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.

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

plain - unscheinbar, einfach, vollständige, ehrlich

vellum - Pergament; Pergement, Velin

inscribed - eingeschrieben; beschriften

monkish - mönchisch

Latin - lateinisch, Latein

sentient - empfindend, empfindungsfähig

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

dwellers - Bewohnern; Bewohner

Therein - darin

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 - Bannfluch, Bannstrahl, Kirchenbann, Anathema, Gräuel

razed - zerstört; niederreißen, auslöschen

foundations - Stiftungen; Gründung, Grundlage, Fundament

inhabit - bewohnen

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