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Edward - Edoardo, Eduardo

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 - filosofo, filosofa

jest - burla, scherzo

fancy - capriccio

haunted house - casa stregata

midst - in mezzo a*

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

haunted - infestare, tormentare, ritrovo

ghosts - fantasma, spettro, spirito, larva

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

furnished - fornire

engaged - attirare, convergere, ingaggiare, intavolare, irretire

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

power on - accendere

reconciled - riconciliare, rappacificare, riunire

wonder - meraviglia, domandarsi, chiedersi

"What did you see?"

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

undefinable - indefinibile

terror - terrore

seized - prendere, afferrare, approfittare, sfruttare

whenever - ogni volta che

unfurnished - non arredare

nor - neanche, nemmeno

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

accordingly - conseguentemente, di conseguenza, in conformita a

summoned - convocare

dryly - aridamente

lodger - inquilino

"'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 - infestare, tormentare, ritrovo

Whoever - chiunque

I don't mind - Non mi dispiace

servant - servo, servitore, domestico, famiglio

anyhow - in ogni caso, in ogni modo, in qualche modo, in qualsiasi modo

'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 - melanconico, malinconico

calmness - calma

awe - timore

conversing - conversare

cheaply - a basso costo

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

excite - stimolare, eccitare, riaccendere, provocare

curiosity - curiosita

Pray - pregare

ignominiously - ignominiosamente

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

toward - verso, incontro, per, presso

thus - cosi

indicated - indicare, mostrare

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 - situare

Oxford - Oxford

dull - spuntato, smussato, noioso, soporifero, tedioso

respectable - rispettabile

thoroughfare - talian: t-needed

turning away - allontanarsi

pewter - peltro

pots - pentola, vaso

"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 - offrire

chars - carbonizzare

"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 - e infestato

devil - diavolo

strangled - strangolare

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

Pooh - short for Winnie the Pooh


"Where does he live?"

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

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

pot - pentola, vaso

gratuity - gratifica

liberal - liberale

elderly - anziano, anziana, anziani, anziane

countenance - sembianza, apparenza, espressione

prepossessing - prepossesso

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

frankly - francamente

desire - desiderare, volere, desiderio, voglia

examine - esaminare

equivocal - equivoco, ambiguo, ambivalente, ingannevole

reputation - reputazione, rumore, caratura

greatly - molto, grandemente, assai, oltremodo

obliged - obbligare, forzare, costringere, fare un favore, indebitarsi

hire - affittare

though - comunque, nonostante, in ogni caso, ad ogni modo, anche se

privilege - privilegio, prerogativa

whatever - qualunque, qualsiasi, qualsivoglia, come vuoi

be inclined - essere disposto a

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

courtesy - cortesia, talian: di cortesia g

pauper - indigente, poveraccio, povero, nullatenente

whom - chi, cui

workhouse - casa di lavoro

childhood - infanzia

circumstances - circostanza, dettaglio, caso, circonlocuzione, situazione

rented - affitto

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

superior - superiore, sovraordinato

induce - persuadere, incitare, indurre, provocare

remain - stare, restare, rimanere

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

indeed - infatti, davvero, realmente, effettivamente, gia

sudden - improvviso, improvvisa

coroner's inquest - inchiesta del medico legale

notoriety - cattiva fama

neighbourhood - quartiere

despaired - disperazione

charge - costo, prezzo, carico, accusa, imputazione, carica, incarico

tenant - affittuario, inquilino

willingly - volentieri, con piacere, di buongrado, di buon grado

rent - affitto, (rend), spaccare

taxes - imposta, tassa

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

acquired - acquisire

sinister - sinistro, sinistra

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

scarcely - a malapena

lodgers - inquilino

phenomena - fenomeni

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

judge - giudicare

imagination - immaginazione

influenced - influenza, ascendente, influenzare, influire

previous - previo

narratives - descrizione

precautions - precauzione

"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 - largo

daylight - luce del giorno

satisfied - soddisfare, accontentare, saziare

quenched - dissetare, abbeverare, estinguere, appagare

renew - rinnovare

sufficiently - sufficientemente

candid - candido

Unless - a meno che, se non

exceedingly - eccessivamente

eager - desideroso

nerves - nervo, nervatura, coraggio, faccia tosta, sfacciataggine

unusually - insolitamente

honestly - onestamente

advise - consigliare, raccomandare, consultarsi, avvisare, informare

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

keen - appassionato, desideroso

coward - codardo, pusillanime, vigliacco, vile

boast - vantarsi

wholly - del tutto

unfamiliar - sconosciuto

rely - fare affidamento, basarsi

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 - ufficio, scrivania, scrittoio, cassettone, como

cordially - cordialmente

frankness - franchezza

urbane - urbano

concession - concessione

carried off - sopportare, rimuovere

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 - impaziente

confidential - confidenziale, riservato

gay - gay, omosessuale

spirits - spirito

fearless - senza paura

temper - carattere, temperamento

superstitious - superstizioso

prejudice - pregiudizio

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

Germany - Germania

disappointed - deludere, dispiacere, contrariare

ghost - fantasma, spettro, spirito, larva

headless - senza testa

apparition - apparizione

decidedly - decisamente

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

doubt - dubitare, dubbio, perplessita

excessively - eccessivamente, troppo

horrible - orribile, terribile

presence - presenza

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

trust - fiducia, confidenza, speranza, credito, affidabilita, trust

grinning - sogghignare

delight - delizia, piacere, deliziare

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

select - scegliere, selezionare

inhabited - abitare

candles - candela

fuel - carburante, combustibile, rifornimento, rifornire, alimentare

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

revolver - rivoltella, revolver

dagger - pugnale

weapons - arma

equally - altrettanto, parimenti

dozen - dozzina, centinaio

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 - urgente

leisure - svago, agio, ozio, tempo libero

nocturnal - notturno

plighted - situazione

honour - onore

dined - cenare

dining - chiasso, frastuono

selected - scegliere, selezionare

volumes - volume

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 - salubrita

practical - pratico, concreto, reale, funzionale

antidote - antidoto

influence - influenza, ascendente, influenzare, influire

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 - passeggiata, camminata, passeggiare, andare a spasso, girovagare

leisurely - con calma

sharp - affilato, aguzzo, intelligente, acuto, appuntito, diesis, acre

bold - ardito, coraggioso

vigilant - vigilante

Bull - maschio (dei grandi mammiferi), toro

fond - tenero

prowling - in agguato, (prowl), aggirarsi

ghostly - spettrale, fantasmatico, spiritico

passages - passaggio

rats - ratto

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 - freddo

somewhat - in qualche modo

gloomy - tetro, uggioso, cupo, lugubre

overcast - coperto, nuvoloso

faint - debole

sickly - malaticcio

permitted - permettere

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

cheerful - allegro, felice, gioioso, luminoso

"All right, sir, and very comfortable."

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

remarkable - notevole, degno di nota, rimarchevole, ragguardevole

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

queer - strano, bizzarro


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

pattering - ticchettare, trotterellare

whispers - sussurro, sussurrare

"You are not at all frightened?"

frightened - spaurire, spaventare

"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 - rassicurare, tranquillizzare

viz - ordine del giorno

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

eagerly - impazientemente

sneaked - imbroglione, lestofante, furfante, intrufolarsi, sgusciare

scratching - grattarsi, (scratch), grattare, graffiare, raspare, obliterare

whining - piagnucolare

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

patting - colpetto, buffetto

encouraging - incoraggiare, raccomandare, esortare, favorire

gently - soavemente, dolcemente, blandamente, delicatamente

reconcile - riconciliare, rappacificare, riunire

heels - calcagno, tallone

hurrying - affrettarsi, (hurry), fretta, premura, furia

inquisitively - in modo curioso

advance - avanzare, progredire, anticipare, migliorare, avvicinarsi

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

subterranean - sotterraneo

cellars - cantina

cobwebs - ragnatela

evidently - evidentemente

undisturbed - indisturbato

bibbers - bavaglino

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.

Yard - iarda

damp - umido, bagnato, madido, umidita, grisu, smorzare, soffocare

dust - polvere, spolverare

grime - incrostazione, sporco ostinato

pavement - pavimentazione stradale, pavimentazione, manto, manto stradale

Slight - insignificante, leggero, debole, lieve, disprezzare, sminuire

impression - depressione, impronta, impressione, opinione, imitazione

phenomenon - fenomeno

witnessed - testimonianza, testimone, prova, testimoniare, constatare, essere testimone

abode - residenza, (abide), sopportare, tollerare, dimorare, risiedere

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

footprint - orma, impronta, impatto

advanced - avanzare, progredire, anticipare, migliorare, avvicinarsi

advancing - avanzare, progredire, anticipare, migliorare, avvicinarsi

thoroughly - completamente, totalmente, assolutamente

distinguish - distinguere, discernere, distinguersi

naked - nudo

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 - cessare, arrestare, smettere, interrompere

remounted - rimontare

ground floor - piano terra

dining - cenare

parlour - salotto

appropriated - apposito, appropriato

footman - valletto

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 - poltrona

candlestick - candelabro, candeliere

opposite to - opposto

noiselessly - senza rumore

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

put back - tornare indietro

howled - ululato, uggiolio, latrato, guaito, ululare, gannire

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 - osservare

gaze - fissare, guardare, puntare gli occhi, volgere lo sguardo

fancied - capriccio

pale - pallido

misty - con foschia, nebbioso, velato

outline - contorno, sagoma, descrizione, sunto, bozza, contornare

indistinct - indistinto

distrust - diffidenza, sfiducia, diffido

vision - vista, acutezza visiva, visione, allucinazione, miraggio

"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 - obbedire, ubbidire, assolvere, conformarsi

abruptly - improvvisamente


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

struck - cancellare, colpire, coniare, scioperare, sembrare, arrendersi, sciopero

sharply - in modo acuto

"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 - giocoliere

tricks - trucco, imbrogliare

frighten - spaurire, spaventare

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

Glad - contento, felice

precaution - precauzione

observe - osservare

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

inconsiderable - irrilevante

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

small room - una stanza piccola

sofa - divano, sofa

communication - comunicazione, avviso, trasmissione, collegamento, comunione

conducted - conduzione, comportamento, condotta, condurre, comportarsi

occupy - occupare

fireplace - camino, caminetto, focolare

flush - rossore

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

examined - esaminare

hooks - gancio, gancetto, uncino, ritornello, parte orecchiabile

suspend - appendere, sospendere

solid - solido, massiccio, compatto, continuo, unito, tinta unita

cigar - sigaro

accompanied - accompagnare

forth - avanti

reconnoitre - perlustrare, fare una ricognizione

firmly - fermamente, decisamente, sicuramente, saldamente

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

unlocked - aprire, sbloccare, desbloquear

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

instant - immediato

agency - agenzia

detected - scoprire

rushed - precipitarsi, portare d'urgenza

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

hampers - intralciare

shutters - anta, battente, persiana, scuro, otturatore

uneven - ineguale, irregolare

worm - verme, miserabile, drago

mended - riparare, rammendare

patches - toppa

visible - visibile

gazing - fissare, guardare, puntare gli occhi, volgere lo sguardo

imprisoned - imprigionare, incarcerare

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 - abbarbicarsi, insinuarsi, strisciare, scorrimento, spostamento

horror - orrore

trap - trappola

trumpery - trumpismo

kick - calciare, prendere a calci

"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 - scrollarsi di dosso

vague - vago

apprehension - apprensione

unclose - chiudere

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 - aprire

ledge - ripiano, davanzale

sheer - (puro e semplice)

descent - discesa, ascendenza

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

Meanwhile - intanto, nel frattempo

vainly - vanamente

attempting - tentare, cercare, provare, attentare, tentativo

use force - usare la forza

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

justice - giustizia

evincing - evincere, dimostrare, manifestare

terrors - terrore

nerve - nervo, nervatura, coraggio, faccia tosta, sfacciataggine

composure - contegno, compostezza, ritegno, autocontrollo

gaiety - gaiezza

amid - in mezzo a, tra

extraordinary - straordinario, straordinaria, eccezionale, fantastico

compelled - forzare, costringere, obbligare

admiration - ammirazione

congratulate - congratularsi

secured - sicuro, protetto, segreto, stabile, affidabile, garantire

companion - amico, compagno

Occasion - occasione, occasionare

required - esigere, prevedere, richiedere, necessitare, domandare

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

remarkably - in modo straordinario

force - forza

idle - inattivo

milder - delicato, delicata, mite, lene, lieve

efforts - sforzo

stoutest - solido

breathless - senza fiato

panting - ansimare

desisted - desistere

vain - vanitoso, vanesio, vano

stubborn - ostinato, testardo

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

ghastly - terrificante, spaventoso, agghiacciante, terribile, pessimo

exhalation - esalazione

chinks - fessura

rugged - aspro, frastagliato, (rug), tappeto, tappetino, scendiletto

atmosphere - atmosfera

venomous - velenoso

hostile - ostile

accord - accordo

precipitated - precipitato

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.

shapeless - senza forma

unsubstantial - inconsistenti

ascend - salire, riuscire

led - LED

attic - soffitta, solaio

garret - soffitta, solaio

stood open - stare aperto

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

collapsed - collassare, crollare, accasciarsi, bloccarsi

globule - globulo

vivid - chiaro, limpido

quivered - tremare, tremolare

vanished - sparire, svanire

approached - avvicinarsi

commonly - comunemente, frequentemente, spesso, normalmente

attics - soffitta, solaio

devoted - devoti

servants - servo, servitore, domestico, famiglio

drawers - cassetto

perceived - percepire

faded - affievolirsi

silk - seta

handkerchief - fazzoletto

needle - ago, lancetta, puntina, punzonare, punzecchiare

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

kerchief - bandana, fascia

sufficient - appropriato, sufficiente, idoneo, adeguato, congruo

odds - spaiato, strano, strambo, dispari, caffo, occasionale

tied round - legato intorno

ribbon - nastro, fettuccia

faded - moda, andazzo, tendenza

liberty - liberta

possess - possedere, avere

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

worth - valore

reappear - riapparire

distinctly - distintamente

footfall - calpestio

preceding - precedere

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

descending - scendere

wrist - polso

effort - sforzo

clasp - fibbia, gancio, fermaglio, stringere, serrare

tightly - strettamente

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 - riprendere, riappropriarsi, recuperare, riguadagnare

chamber - camera, camera da letto

remarked - osservazione, commento

thrusting - spinta, (thrust), stoccata

trembling - tremare, (tremble), tremolare, tremore

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 - deposito, caparra, acconto, sedimento

occupied - occupare

soothing - calmante

heed - considerazione, riguardo, cura, ossequio, importare

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

lover - amante

Mistress - signora, padrona, maestra, amante, dominatrice

distinct - chiaro, distinto, diverso

reference - riferimento

former - precedente, passato

Voyage - viaggio

seafarer - marittimo

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

handwriting - scrittura, grafia, calligrafia, (handwrite), manoscrivere

imperfectly - imperfettamente

educated - istruire, educare

forcible - forzato

endearment - accarezzamento, vezzeggiativo

rough - ruvido, rugoso, scabro, approssimato, mosso, difficile, rude

unintelligible - inintelligibile, incomprensibile

hints - accenno, allusione, indizio, aiuto

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

execrate - eseguire

undone - disfare

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

underlined - sottolineare

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

muse - Musa

Contents - contento, soddisfatto

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

unsteady - instabile

fully - pienamente, completamente, appieno, ampiamente

determined - determinare, stabilire, capire, verificare, accertarsi

cope - far fronte, essere all'altezza

marvellous - meraviglioso

roused - svegliare

laid - posare

stirred - rimescolare

cheering - urra, acclamazione

volume - volume

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

upon - su, a

retire - (andare in pensione)

awake - svegliarsi

leave open - lasciare aperto

beside - accanto, vicino

calmly - con calma

resumed - riprendere

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

hearth - focolare, letto della fornace, focolare domestico

rug - tappeto, tappetino, scendiletto

seemingly - apparentemente

lay - posare

cold air - aria fredda

pass by - passare

cheek - guancia, gota, chiappa, faccia tosta, sfrontatezza, impudenza

draft - spiffero, aspirazione, refolo, corrente d'aria, tiraggio

got open - essere aperto

glance - dare un'occhiata, sbirciare, occhieggiare, radere, rasentare

flame - fiamma, flame, fiammeggiare, infiammare

violently - violentemente

swayed - ondeggiamento, fluttuazione, dondolio, oscillazione

wind - vento

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

softly - delicatamente, sottovoce

slid - scivolare, (slide), slittare, derapare, scivolo

sprang up - sorgere,crescere, rimbalzare

seizing - sequestro, (seize), prendere, afferrare, approfittare, sfruttare

fate - fato, sorte, destino

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

"No; be on your guard."

guard - guardia, piantone, custode, elsa

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.

haunches - coscia

backward - indietro, retromarcia, riluttante, antiquato, fuori moda

concentrated - concentrare, concentrarsi, incentrare, focalizzare, puntare

bristling - pelo ispido, barba corta ispida, setola, setole

perfectly - perfettamente, propriamente, totalmente

rigid - rigido

stare - fissare

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

Presently - Attualmente

emerged - emergere, venire fuori, venire alla luce

altered - modificare, cambiare

lineament - lineamenti

whisper - sussurro, sussurrare

lips - labbro, beccuccio

Gained - acquistare, conseguire

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

involuntarily - involontariamente

heeding - considerazione, riguardo, cura, ossequio, importare

bounded - vincolato

clinging - aggrapparsi, aderire

balusters - balaustra

clap - battere le mani, applaudire

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

remained - stare, restare, rimanere

undecided - indeciso

whether - se, indipendentemente, sia che, che, no, checkse

pride - superbia, orgoglio, essere orgoglioso

alike - simile, similmente, ugualmente

forbade - proibire, vietare, negare, smentire

dastardly - scellerato

proceeded - procedere

cautiously - cautamente, prudentemente

interior - interiore, interno

encountered - incontrare, imbattersi in

justify - giustificare

concealed - nascondere, celare

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

trace - traccia

seam - costura

hung - appendere, attaccare

obtained - ottenere, riuscire, avere, stabilirsi

ingress - ingresso

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

expectant - in dolce attesa

slunk - sgattaiolare

angle - Anglo

pressing - urgente, imminente, pressante, insistente, persistente

literally - letteralmente

striving - sforzarsi

brute - bestia, bruto

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

slaver - schiavista

jaws - mascella, mandibola

bitten - mordere, morsicare, abboccare, pungere, morso, puntura

zoological - zoologico

rabbit - coniglio

fascinated - affascinare

serpent - serpente, serpe, serpentone

cowering - rannicchiarsi

anguish - angoscia

exhibited - mostrare, dimostrare, esposizione

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

soothe - calmare, placare, lenire, alleviare, mitigare

bite - mordere, morsicare, abboccare, pungere, morso, puntura

madness - pazzia, follia, checkpazzia, insanita

hydrophobia - idrofobia

recommenced - ricominciare

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

aware - all'erta, consapevole, conscio, checkconsapevole

interposed - interporsi

overshadowed - offuscare, mettere in ombra

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

darkness - buio, oscurita, tenebre, scuro

undefined - indefinito

resemblance - rassomiglianza

shadow - ombra, pedinare

apart - separatamente, a pezzi

dimensions - aspetto, dimensione

gigantic - gigantesco, colossale

summit - sommita, apice

ceiling - soffitto

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

gazed - fissare, guardare, puntare gli occhi, volgere lo sguardo

intense - intenso

iceberg - iceberg

chilled - freddo

purely - puramente

Convinced - convincere

precision - precisione

distinguished - distinguere, discernere, distinguersi

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

rays - raggio

frequently - frequentemente, spesso, continuamente

shot through - sparato attraverso

doubted - dubitare, dubbio, perplessita

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

strove - sforzarsi

utterly - completamente

weighed - pesare

irresistible - irresistibile

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

immense - immenso

overwhelming - sommergere, schiacciare, dominare, travolgere, sopraffare

opposed - opporre, obiettare, essere contrari, esibire

volition - volonta, volizione, volitivita, arbitrio

utter - completo, totale

inadequacy - inadeguatezza

beyond - oltre, (al) di la di, dall'altra parte di, piu di, dopo

physically - fisicamente

conflagration - conflagrazione

confronting - affrontare, confrontarsi, sfidare, confrontare

beast - bestia, belva

Shark - squalo

morally - moralmente

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.

opposed - opposti

strength - forza, vigore, energia, intensita, efficacia

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

convey - trasportare, condurre, comunicare, esprimere, trasferire

retained - conservare, mantenere

courage - coraggio

harmed - danno, male, ferita, svantaggio, danneggiare

rejects - respingere, rifiutare

illusion - illusione

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

violent - violento

stretching - tendere

weapon - arma

shock - shock, choc

powerless - impotente

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

wane - calare

extinguished - estinguere

gradually - gradualmente

withdrawn - ritirare, ritirarsi

extracted - estratto, cavare

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

dread - temere, timore

intensely - intensamente

reaction - reazione

climax - eccitamento, orgasmo

burst - scoppiare, esplodere, strappare, separare, scoppio, esplosione

shriek - gridare, strillare

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

soul - anima, spirito

profound - profondo

gloom - oscurita, tenebre, buio

tore - strappare

aside - a parte, in disparte

curtain - tenda, tappezzeria, drappo, drappeggio

flung - lanciare

Calm - calmo

joy - Gioia

compensated - compensare, bilanciare

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 - assopito

penetrated - penetrare

palely - pallidamente

partially - parzialmente

dim - fioco, incerto

shade - ombra, persiana, tonalita, gradazione, nuance, varieta

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

cloth - stoffa, tessuto, tela, panno, straccio

mahogany - mogano

flesh - carne

lean - pendere

wrinkled - ruga

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

measured - misurazione, misura, righello, regolo, funzione di misura

commenced - cominciare

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

vibrate - vibrare

sensibly - ragionevolmente, sensatamente, accortamente, assennatamente

sparks - scintilla

globules - globulo

bubbles - bolla

Azure - azzurro

thither - li

tiny - minuscolo, piccolo, piccino, minuto

wisps - ciocca, trefolo, legnolo, pagliuzza

swift - rapido, veloce, pronto, agile

caprice - capriccio

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

apparent - apparente, visibile, evidente, chiaro

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

youth - gioventu, giovinezza, giovane, giovanotto, ragazzo

mournful - lamentoso

beauty - bellezza

throat - gola

bare - nudo

loose - largo

robe - veste, abito

cloudy - nuvoloso, nuvolo, nebuloso, torbido

sleeking - Manejando, (sleek), elegante, lucido, liscio, slanciato

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

beheld - guardare, ecco

gleaming - scintillante

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

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

likeness - somiglianza

defined - definire, determinare, descrivere

impalpable - impalpabile

simulacra - simulacri

phantasms - fantasma

incongruous - incongruo

grotesque - grottesco

fearful - impaurito, spaventato, pavido

contrast - contrasto, diversita

elaborate - elaborato, dettagliato, intricato, approfondire, dettagliare

finery - abbigliamento

courtly - cortese

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) vecchio stile

garb - abbigliamento

ruffles - falpala, frangia, gala, frappa

lace - laccio, stringa

buckles - fibbia, fermaglio

corpse - cadavere, corpo

stillness - immobilita

flitting - fluttuare, (flit), svolazzare

wearer - indossatore

wrapped - avvolgere

phantoms - fantasma, spettro, immaginario, immaginaria, irreale

grasp - afferrare, avvinghiare, avvinghiarsi, agguantare

stain - macchia, chiazza, patacca, macchiare, intaccare, mordenzare

breast - mammella, poppa, petto, seno

leaning - appoggiarsi

sword - spada, brando

trickling - rivolo, (trickle), gocciolio, sgocciolio, gocciolare

intermediate - intermedio

swallowed - inghiottire, ingoiare

shot - colpo

undulated - ondulare

wildly - selvaggiamente

confused - confondere

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

closet - armadio, ripostiglio

aperture - apertura

aged woman - donna anziana

footstep - impronta, pedata, orma, passo, gradino

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

livid - furibondo, furibonda

drowned - affogare, annegare, sommergere, coprire

bloated - gonfiare, gonfiarsi

bleached - candeggiante, candeggina

seaweed - alghe

tangled - groviglio arruffato

dripping - gocciolare

cowered - rannicchiarsi

miserable - infelice

squalid - squallido

famine - carestia

cheeks - guancia, gota, chiappa, faccia tosta, sfrontatezza, impudenza

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 - ruga

stony - sassoso

darted - dardo

darkened - imbrunire

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

intently - attentamente, meticolosamente, minuziosamente

malignant - maligno, malevolo

disordered - disordine, disturbo

irregular - irregolare

turbulent - ordine del giorno

maze - labirinto, meandro

mingled - mescolare, rimestare, rigirare, amalgamare, mescolarsi

wan - pallido

moonlight - chiaro di luna, lavorare in nero

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

shell - conchiglia, guscio, carapace, esoscheletro, mallo, baccello

monstrous - mostruoso, enorme, gigantesco

larvć - larve

bloodless - esanime

hideous - orribile, orrendo, talian: t-needed

remind - ricordare

swarming - sciamare, (swarm), sciame, nugolo, pullulare

solar - solare

microscope - microscopio

transparent - ordine del giorno

supple - duttile, malleabile

chasing - inseguimento

devouring - divorare, trangugiare, ingurgitare, ingozzarsi

naught - niente, nulla

symmetry - simmetria

vagrancies - vagabondaggio

swifter - piu veloce, (swift), rapido, veloce, pronto, agile

crawling - gattonare

outstretched - allungare

involuntary - involontario

Command - comando, ordine, padronanza, maestria, perizia, ordinare

evil - cattivo, maligno

beings - essere, creatura, esistenza

invisible - invisibile, dietro le quinte

clutch - afferrare

conscious - cosciente, conscio, consapevole

bodily - corporale, corporeo, corporalmente

peril - periglio, pericolo

faculties - facolta

resisting - resistere

sight - vista, spettacolo, mirino, vedere, avvistare, mirare

crush - ressa, calca, cotta, schiacciare, pigiare, frantumare

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 - arrossire

lurid - livido

vibrated - vibrare

swallowed up - inghiottito

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 - recedere

grate - griglia

healthfully - in modo sano

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

convulsively - convulsivamente

niched - nicchia, edicola

protruded - protendersi, sportare, sporgere, protrudere

tongue - lingua, linguetta

froth - schiuma, fuffa, aria fritta, frescaccia, schiumare, spumeggiare

gathered - cogliere, collezionare, radunarsi, raccogliere, bottinare

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

acute - acuto

grief - dolore, pena, sofferenza

Loss - perdita

self - stesso

reproach - rimbrotto, rimprovero, appunto, richiamo

accused - accusare

fright - spavento

my surprise - la mia sorpresa

-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 - sospettare

fairly - in modo equo

inference - inferenza

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 - circostanza, dettaglio, caso, circonlocuzione, situazione

restored - ristabilire, restaurare, riportare, rimettere

mysteriously - misteriosamente

despite - nonostante, sebbene, malgrado

watchmaker - orologiaio, orologiaia

erratic - irregolare

worthless - inutile, insignificante, senza valore

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

dawn - spuntare, albeggiare, alba, aurora, albori

quit - abbandonare, lasciare

revisited - rivisitare

blind - cieco, orbo, tenda, accecare, ciecamente

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

account - conto

originated - originare, dare origine, avere origine

mechanism - meccanismo

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

peering - Pari

filmy - cinematografico

aggravated - aggravare

within - dentro, all'interno

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 - scendere

runaway - fuggiasco, fuori controllo, impazzito, inarrestabile

Liverpool - Liverpool, England, NY, Canada or Australia

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

honoured - onore

humbly - umilmente

entreat - supplicare

Pardon - perdono, grazia, come

deserve - meritare, meritarsi

Heaven - cielo, paradiso

forbid - proibire, vietare, negare, smentire

recover - rimettersi, riprendersi

fit for service - adatto per il servizio

It is out of the question - E fuori discussione

therefore - dunque, quindi, percio, pertanto

Melbourne - Melbourne

set - Seth

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

tremble - tremare, tremolare, tremore

beg - elemosinare, chiedere l'elemosina

wages - intraprendere

due - dovuto

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

additional - addizionale

apologies - apologia, scuse

incoherent - incoerente, sconclusionato

explanatory - esplicativo

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

warrant - giustificare

suspicion - sospetto

Australia - Australia

somehow - in qualche modo

fraudulently - in modo fraudolento

mixed - mescolare, mischiare

refutation - refutazione, confutazione, contestazione

conjecture - congettura, congetturare

most probable - piu probabile

improbable - improbabile

occurrences - occorrenza

belief - credito, credenza, convinzione, opinione, fede

theory - teoria

unshaken - incrollabile

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

bring away - portare via

hack - tagliare

cab - taxi

disturbed - disturbare

incident - imprevisto, inconveniente, incidente

befall - accadere

ascending - salire, riuscire

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 - gratificare

relate - riferire

politeness - cortesia

mystery - mistero, arcano, enigma

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

inquired - domandare, chiedere

Possibly - possibilmente

confirm - cresimare, confermare, confermare (1), checkcresimare (2)

suspicions - sospetto

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

startled - scattare, sobbalzare, spaventare, sorprendere, schivare, evitare

musing - pensieroso

acquainted - familiarizzarsi

revive - rinascere, resuscitare, rivivere, rinnovare

reminiscences - reminiscenza

inquiries - inchiesta, indagine

inform - informare

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

admit - far entrare, ammettere, riconoscere, ricoverare

superstition - superstizione

perpetrator - colpevole

victim - vittima

revisit - rivisitare

restless - instancabile, irrequieto

spirit - spirito

committed - affidare, impegnarsi, arrestare, imprigionare, ricoverare

infested - infestare

sights - vista, spettacolo, mirino, vedere, avvistare, mirare

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

mysteries - mistero, arcano, enigma

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

imposture - impostura

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

sink - affondare

deep sleep - sonno profondo

accuracy - esattezza, precisione, accuratezza, acribia

pretend - fingere, fare finta, far credere

Nay - anzi, o per meglio dire

thoughts - idea, pensata, pensiero

necessarily - necessariamente, a tutti i costi, di riffa o di raffa

supernatural - soprannaturale, sovrannaturale, ultraterreno

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 - inconsciamente

mesmeric - mesmerico

conveyed - trasportare, condurre, comunicare, esprimere, trasferire

rapport - rapporto

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

mesmerizer - ipnotizzatore

inanimate - inanimato

"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 - impressionare, imprimere, confiscare, requisire

mesmerism - mesmerismo

akin - consanguineo, affine

magic - magia, magico

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 - ampliare

rare - raro

constitutions - costituzione

peculiarities - peculiarita

cultivated - coltivare

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

retain - conservare, mantenere

compel - forzare, costringere, obbligare

properly - propriamente, in maniera appropriata, correttamente

phantom - fantasma, spettro, immaginario, immaginaria, irreale

stained - macchia, chiazza, patacca, macchiare, intaccare, mordenzare

obsolete - antiquato, obsoleto

hazard - rischio

conceive - concepire, sviluppare, ideare

illustrate - illustrare, mostrare, descrivere, spiegare

curiosities - curiosita

literature - letteratura

cites - citazioni

credible - credibile

perishes - perire

elements - elemento, elementi, ambiente

dispersed - disperdere, disseminarere, rifrangere, distribuire

whither - dove

spectrum - spettro

escaped - scappare, fuggire, darsela a gambe, evitare, eludere

essence - essenza

departed - partire, andar via, allontanarsi, dipartire, deviare

confounded with - confuso con

eidolon - a representation of an ideal form, a ghost or elusive entity

hence - da qui, percio, dunque, quindi, da cio

attested - attestare

strikes - cancellare, colpire, coniare, scioperare, sembrare, arrendersi, sciopero

absence - assenza, mancanza, difetto, invito aperto, ferro libero

emancipated - emancipare

intelligence - intelligenza

apparitions - apparizione

seldom - raramente, di rado

Do come - Vieni

granting - permettere, concedere, conferire, ammettere, garantire

truthful - sincero, realista

Philosophy - filosofia

incumbent - obbligatorio, imminente, incalzante, predominante, titolare

deny - negare

mortal - mortale

fiend - demonio

bodyless - senza corpo

freeze - gelare

persuaded - persuadere, convincere

agencies - agenzia

wires - filo, filo metallico, filo elettrico, cavo, cavo elettrico

chemic - chimico

wonders - meraviglia, domandarsi, chiedersi

fluid - fluido, liquido

differ - differire

objectless - senza oggetto

purposeless - senza scopo

puerile - puerile, checkinfantile

frivolous - frivolo

lead - piombo

grand - grandioso

sages - salvia

remote - remoto

originator - originatore

machinery - macchinario

vary - variare

Almighty - onnipotente, onnipossente

surely - sicuramente, checkcertamente

definite - definito

persuasion - persuasione

originate - originare, dare origine, avere origine

distant - distante, remoto

occurred - verificarsi, sovvenire, venire in mente

reflects - riflettere, essere riflesso, seguire, evidenziare, riportare

devious - tortuoso, traverso

motley - variegato, eterogeneo, multicolore

shifting - spostamento, (shift), cambio, turno, mutamento

invested - investire

substance - sostanza

destructive - distruttivo

aught - qualcosa

sufficed - bastare, essere sufficiente, soddisfare, fornire

subjugated - soggiogare

intellect - intelletto

countervailing - controbilanciare

resistance - resistenza

"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 - persuadere, incitare, indurre, provocare

"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 - istinto

creation - creazione, creato

detect - scoprire

influences - influenza, ascendente, influenzare, influire

deadly - mortale

existence - esistenza

subtle - sottile, inafferrabile

resisting power - resistenza all'autorita, forza di resistenza

supreme - supremo, suprema

comprehend - comprendere, capire

"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 - semiminima

odd - spaiato, strano, strambo, dispari, caffo, occasionale

Embrace - abbracciare, aderire, inglobare, abbraccio

notion - nozione, concetto, opinione, inclinazione, intenzione

imbibed - assorbire

nurseries - sala dei bambini, vivaio

unfortunate - sfortunato, iellato, sfigato, scalognato

"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 - interno, privato

feelings - sentimenti

angles - Anglo

receptacle - recettaculo, ricettaculo, ricettacolo

strongly - fortemente, fermamente, ampiamente

pulled down - demolire, distruggere, abbassare, tirare giu, drappeggiare

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 - staccare

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

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

Telegraph - telegrafo

expense - spesa

operations - operazione, esercizio, gestione

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

afford - permettersi

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

drawer - cassetto

misgivings - apprensione

instituted - istituto

cautious - cauto, ritenuto, oculato

inquiry - inchiesta, indagine

rightly - giustamente

conjectured - congettura, congetturare

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

relations - relazione, parente

suspicious - sospetto, ambiguo, losco, sospettoso, diffidente

generally - in genere, generalmente, di solito, in generale, a grandi linee

pirate - pirata, corsaro, bucaniere, pirateggiare

tradespeople - artigiano

capacity - tenuta, resistenza, capacita, capienza

nursery - sala dei bambini, vivaio

governess - governante, istitutrice

marriage - matrimonio, nozze, sposalizio

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

widower - vedovo

wealthy - benestante, abbiente, agiato, facoltoso

Thames - Tamigi

violence - violenza

deemed - considerare, valutare, credere, ritenere

inquest - inchiesta

verdict - verdetto

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

deceased - decesso, morire

guardianship - tutela, curatela, tutoria

inherited - ereditare, prendere

afterward - dopo

neglected - mancare, negligere, omettere, ignorare, tralasciare, negligenza

treated - trattare, trattenimento, festeggiamento, sorpresa

deposed - deporre

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

surgeon - chirurgo

emaciated - emaciare, emaciarsi

nourishment - nutrimento

bruises - livido, ammaccatura

sought - cercare, ricercare

escape - scappare, fuggire, darsela a gambe, evitare, eludere

crept - abbarbicarsi, insinuarsi, strisciare, scorrimento, spostamento

scale - scala, gradazione

exhausted - esaurire

dying - morire

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

cruelty - crudelta

murder - assassinio, omicidio, uccisione, assassinare, massacrare

palliate - palliativo

alleging - dichiarare, asserire

exceeding - superare, eccedere

stubbornness - cocciutaggine, testardaggine, ostinazione

perversity - perversita

declared - dichiarare

witted - intelligente

orphan - orfano, orfana

Fortune - sorte, destino, fortuna, dote

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

wedded - sposare, sposarsi

quitted - abbandonare, lasciare

cruising - crociera

vessel - vascello, imbarcazione, bastimento, nave

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

widow - vedova, vedovare

affluence - ricchezza, opulenza, abbondanza

reverses - invertire, (far fare retromarcia)

various - vario

befallen - accadere

investment - investimento

insolvent - insolvente

sinking - affondamento, naufragio, (sink), affondare

housekeeper - governante, casalinga

maid - signorina, cameriera

retaining - conservare, mantenere

alleged - dichiarare, asserire

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

sober - sobrio

honest - onesto

peculiarly - in modo particolare

prospered - prosperare

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 - pulsione, incoraggiare, fare pressione, invitare, esortare

impressions - depressione, impronta, impressione, opinione, imitazione

commence - cominciare

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

rafters - travicello

trap-door - (trap-door) botola

closely - strettamente, da vicino, a stretto contatto

nailed - unghia

clamps - grappa, morsa

rivets - rivetto, ribattino, chiodare

iron - ferreo, ferroso, ferrico, inflessibile, stirare

suspected - sospettare

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

flue - canna fumaria

bricked - mattone, laterizio, tegola

mouldering - stampo

oak - quercia

settle - sistemarsi, mettersi

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

chest - petto

rotted - marcire, putrefarsi

gentleman - gentiluomo, galantuomo, signore, signor

rank - grado, rango

costly - costoso, caro, dispendioso

steel - acciaio, d'acciaio

Court - cortile, corte, tribunale, assemblea, giuria

handsome - bello

waistcoat - panciotto, gile, corpetto

blackened - annerire, sporcare

foul - cattivo

guineas - Guinea

silver coins - monete d'argento

ivory - avorio, eburneo

entertainment - divertimento, intrattenimento

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

shelves - archiviare, accantonare, riporre

ranged - catena, fornello, stufa a legna, piano cottura, varieta, gamma

crystal - cristallo

hermetically - ermeticamente

stoppered - tappo

colourless - incolore

volatile - volatile, instabile, incostante, variabile, volubile

essences - essenza

poisonous - velenifero, velenoso, tossico

phosphor - fosforo

ammonia - ammoniaca

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 - curioso

tubes - tubo, tubetto, lattina

rod - palo, pertica, stecca, bastone, canna

lump - gonfiore, gnocco, cucchiaino, zolla, zolletta

rock crystal - cristallo di rocca

amber - ambra, giallo, ambrato

loadstone - Piedra de carga

great power - grande potenza

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 - miniatura

portrait - ritratto

freshness - freschezza

Length - lunghezza

It was a remarkable face-a most impressive face.

most impressive - piu impressionante

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 - potente, possente

transformed - trasformare, modificare, trasformarsi, trasformata

preserving - riserva, preservare, proteggere, salvaguardare, conservare

lineaments - lineamenti

width - larghezza

flatness - piattezza

frontal - frontale

tapering - reducción

elegance - eleganza

contour - contorno, profilo

disguising - camuffare, (disguise), camuffamento, travestimento

jaw - mascella, mandibola

glittering - scintillante, (glitter), glitter, brillantini

emerald - smeraldo

withal - conaltrimenti

ruthless - spietato, crudele

consciousness - conoscenza, coscienza

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

mechanically - meccanicamente, macchinalmente

engraved - incidere, intagliare

pentacle - pentacolo

ladder - scala, smagliatura

examining - esaminare

minutely - minuziosamente

pressed - premere, pigiare

lid - coperchio, tappo

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

thee - te, ti, tu

faithful - fedele, ligio, affidabile

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 - affascinante, stupefacente, (dazzle), abbagliare, abbacinare

charlatan - ciarlatano

sensation - sensazione, senso, impressione

fled - fuggire

rival - rivale, competitore, antagonista, avversario

reluctantly - svogliatamente, di malavoglia, malvolentieri

resigned - dimettersi

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

difficulty - difficolta

resisted - resistere

inserted - inserire

edge - orlo, bordo, lato, vantaggio, lama, filo, arco

chisel - cesello

singular - singolare

apparatus - impianto, attrezzatura, apparecchio, sistema

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

saucer - sottocoppa, piattino, sottovaso

liquid - liquido, liquida

floated - galleggiare, appianatoia, frattazzo, pialletto, carro allegorico

compass - bussola

rapidly - rapidamente

unlike - diverso

astrologers - astrologo

denote - indicare, rivelare, significare

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

peculiar - strano, peculiare, particolare

displeasing - dispiacere

odour - odore

hazel - nocciolo, legno di nocciolo, nocciola

workmen - operaio

creeping - abbarbicarsi, insinuarsi, strisciare, scorrimento, spostamento

tingling - solletico, (tingle), formicolare

roots - radice

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

swiftness - rapidita

frame - incorniciare, incastrare, impalcatura, incastellatura, armatura

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

spilled - rovesciare, versare

rolled - rotolo

giant - gigante, colosso

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

ran up - correre, aumentare un debito

descended from - derivato da

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 - vincolato, (bind), legare, connettere, rilegare

plain - semplice

leather - cuoio

vellum - pergamena, cartapecora, membrana, vello

inscribed - scrivere, incidere

monkish - monacale, fratesco

Latin - Latino

translated - tradurre, trasferire, riversare

sentient - senziente

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

accursed - accuratezza

dwellers - abitante

Therein - In questo caso

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 - anatema

razed - radere (al suolo)

foundations - fondazione, fondamenta

inhabit - abitare

complaints - reclamo, lamentela, rimostranza, denuncia, disturbo

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