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Table of Content

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
Chapter XIII
Chapter XIV
Chapter XV
Chapter XVI
Chapter XVII
Chapter XVIII
Chapter XIX
Chapter XX
Chapter XXI
Chapter XXII
Chapter XXIII
Chapter XXIV
Chapter XXV
Chapter XXVI
Chapter XXVII
Chapter XXVIII
Chapter XXIX
Chapter XXX
Chapter XXXI

The House of the Vampire Text

THE HOUSE OF THE VAMPIRE, BY George Sylvester Viereck

vampire - ein Vampir; Blutsauger, Vampir, Vampyr; qual emale

George - Georg

Chapter I

Chapter - Kapitel, Abschnitt, Verband, Ortsverband, Sektion

The freakish little leader of the orchestra, newly imported from Sicily to New York, tossed his conductor's wand excitedly through the air, drowning with musical thunders the hum of conversation and the clatter of plates.

freakish - Abgefahren; freakig

leader - Anführer, Anführerin, Leiter, Hauptmann

orchestra - Orchester; Orchestergraben

newly - neu

imported - importiert; importieren; Einfuhr

Sicily - Sizilien

York - York

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

conductor - Dirigent, Dirigentin, Schaffner, Leiter

wand - Zauberstab; Stab

excitedly - aufgeregt

drowning - Ertrinken; (drown); ertrinken; ertränken; überwältigen

musical - musikalisch; Musical

thunders - donnert; Donner, Donnern

Hum - Brummen; Summen

clatter - klappern, poltern, Geklapper, Gepolter, Klappern

plates - Teller; Platte (Druckplatte); Lagerplatte, Lochstein (Uhr)

Yet neither his apish demeanour nor the deafening noises that responded to every movement of his agile body detracted attention from the figure of Reginald Clarke and the young man at his side as they smilingly wound their way to the exit.

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

apish - affenartig; affig

demeanour - Auftreten; Benehmen, Verhalten

nor - weder noch, auch nicht

deafening - ohrenbetäubend, ohrenzerreißend; (deafen); betäuben

noises - Geräusche; Lärm, Geräusch

responded - geantwortet; antworten, reagieren

movement - Bewegung; Satz

agile - behände, agil, wendig

detracted - abgelenkt; entziehen

attention - Aufmerksamkeit, Beachtung, Wachsamkeit, Achtung, Habachtstellung

figure - Abbildung; Figur; Gestalt; Ziffer; Form

side - Seite; Flanke, Rand, Mannschaft, Team

smilingly - lächelnde

wound - anschießen, verwunden

exit - aussteigen, Ausgang; Abgang, Ausgang, Ausstieg, Ende

The boy's expression was pleasant, with an inkling of wistfulness, while the soft glimmer of his lucid eyes betrayed the poet and the dreamer.

expression - Ausdruck; Redensart, Miene

pleasant - angenehm

inkling - Andeutung

wistfulness - Wehmut

soft - sanft, mild, weich

glimmer - Schimmern; Schimmer; glimmern

lucid - luzide; klar, übersichtlich, verständlich, einleuchtend

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

poet - Dichter, Dichterin; i ormal

dreamer - Träumer, Träumerin, Schwärmer

The smile of Reginald Clarke was the smile of a conqueror. A suspicion of silver in his crown of dark hair only added dignity to his bearing, while the infinitely ramified lines above the heavy-set mouth spoke at once of subtlety and of strength. Without stretch of the imagination one might have likened him to a Roman cardinal of the days of the Borgias, who had miraculously stepped forth from the time-stained canvas and slipped into twentieth century evening-clothes.

smile - Lächeln

Conqueror - Eroberer, Erobererin, Bezwinger, Bezwingerin

suspicion - Verdacht, Argwohn, Verdächtigung

silver - versilbern; silbern, Silber; Silberbesteck

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

dignity - Würde; Förmlichkeit; Amt

bearing - tragend, Manieren, Lager (Maschinenbau); (bear) tragend

infinitely - unendlich

ramified - verzweigt; ramifizieren, verzweigen, verästeln

heavy - heftig, schwer, stark (Regen)

set - gesetzt; Seth

subtlety - Geschicklichkeit, Feinheit, Feinsinn, Feinsinnigkeit

strength - Stärke, Kraft, Festigkeit, Mumm

stretch - strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

imagination - Phantasie; Vorstellungskraft, Imagination, Einbildungskraft

likened - vergleicht; vergleichen

Roman - Römer; röm. römisch, römisch

cardinal - grundsätzlich; kardinalrot; Grundzahl, Kardinalzahl, Kardinal

miraculously - auf wundersame Weise

stepped - getreten; Steppe, Steppe

forth - weiter; heraus, hervor

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

canvas - Leinwand, Segeltuch

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

twentieth - zwanzigste

With the affability of complete self-possession he nodded in response to greetings from all sides, inclining his head with special politeness to a young woman whose sea-blue eyes were riveted upon his features with a look of mingled hate and admiration.

affability - Freundlichkeit, Umgänglichkeit, Leutseligkeit

self - Selbst

possession - Gut; Besessenheit; Ballbesitz

nodded - abgenickt; nicken, einnicken, Kopfnicken

response - Antwort

greetings - Grüße; Gruß, Begrüßung

all sides - allseitig

inclining - geneigt; sich neigend, neigend; (incline); neigen; Neigung

politeness - Höflichkeit

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

riveted - genietet; Niet, vernieten, nieten, Aufmerksamkeit richten auf

upon - auf; mit

features - Merkmale; Besonderheit, Charakteristikum

mingled - vermengt; vermischen, vermengen, untermischen

admiration - Bewunderung

The woman, disregarding his silent salutation, continued to stare at him wild-eyed, as a damned soul in purgatory might look at Satan passing in regal splendour through the seventy times sevenfold circles of hell.

disregarding - Gleichgültigkeit, Nichtbeachten

silent - still

salutation - Begrüßung; Titel

continued - fortgesetzt; fortsetzen, weiterhin

stare - starren, anstarren

wild - wild, rau

damned - verdammt, verflucht; (damn); verdammen, verfluchen, ächten

soul - Inbrunst, Seele, Gefühl, Herz

Purgatory - Fegefeuer; Purgatorium

Satan - Satan, Teufel

passing - vorübergehend, verrinnend ''(poetic)'', hervorragend

regal - königlich

splendour - Pracht; Brillanz

sevenfold - siebenfache

circles - Kreis, Kreis, Kreis, Kreis, Zirkel, Kreis, Augenringe-p

hell - Hölle

Reginald Clarke walked on unconcernedly through the rows of gay diners, still smiling, affable, calm. But his companion bethought himself of certain rumours he had heard concerning Ethel Brandenbourg's mad love for the man from whose features she could not even now turn her eyes. Evidently her passion was unreciprocated. It had not always been so. There was a time in her career, some years ago in Paris, when it was whispered that she had secretly married him and, not much later, obtained a divorce. The matter was never cleared up, as both preserved an uncompromising silence upon the subject of their matrimonial experience.

unconcernedly - unbesorgt

rows - Reihen; Reihe, Zeile

gay - vergnügt, schwul, homosexuell, lustig, heiter

diners - Gastronomen; Speisewagen

smiling - lächelnd; (smile); Lächeln

affable - leutselig; umgänglich, affabel

Calm - ruhig; windstill; Ruhe; Windstille; beruhigen, ruhig stellen

companion - Begleiter, Freund, Liebhaber, Kamerad

bethought - überlegt; besinnen

Certain - gewiss, sicher, irgendein, bestimmt

rumours - Gerüchte; Sage, Gerücht; munkeln

concerning - Was bedeutet das; Sorge, Anliegen

mad - wahnsinnig, verrückt, toll, irre

evidently - offensichtlich

passion - Leidenschaft, Passion

unreciprocated - ohne Gegenleistung

whispered - geflüstert; Geflüster

secretly - heimlich, insgeheim

obtained - erlangen, erhalten, bestehen

divorce - Scheidung, Ehescheidung, scheiden, scheiden lassen

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

cleared up - aufgeklärt

preserved - Konserve, Eingemachtes

uncompromising - kompromisslos

silence - Stille, Schweigen, zum Schweigen bringen, Ruhe

matrimonial - ehelich

Experience - Erlebnis, Erfahrung, Praxis

Certain it was that, for a space, the genius of Reginald Clarke had completely dominated her brush, and that, ever since he had thrown her aside, her pictures were but plagiarisms of her former artistic self.

genius - Genie; Genialität

completely - vollständig, völlig, ganz, vollumfänglich

dominated - beherrscht; herrschen (über), emporragen (über); beherrschen

brush - Bürste; gloss aint-; Busch, Gebüsch, Gestrüpp, Lunte, Standarte

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

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

aside - beiseite, zur Seite

plagiarisms - Plagiate; Plagiat

former - erstgenannt, ehem. ehemalig, frühere, früher

artistic - künstlerisch, gestalterisch, kunstvoll

The cause of the rupture between them was a matter only of surmise; but the effect it had on the woman testified clearly to the remarkable power of Reginald Clarke. He had entered her life and, behold! the world was transfixed on her canvases in myriad hues of transcending radiance; he had passed from it, and with him vanished the brilliancy of her colouring, as at sunset the borrowed amber and gold fade from the face of the clouds.

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

rupture - Riss; Bruch; Zerreißen

surmise - Vermutung, Mutmaßung, vermuten, mutmaßen, annehmen

effect - Auswirkung, Eindruck, Effekt, Kraft

testified - bezeugt; bezeugen

Clearly - Eindeutig; klar, deutlich

remarkable - bemerkenswert, verwunderlich, denkwürdig, beachtenswert

power - Macht, Kraft, Großmacht, Stärke, Strom

entered - eingegeben; reingehen, hineingehen, hereingehen, eintreten

behold - betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen

transfixed - verblüfft; durchstechen, durchbohren

canvases - Leinwände; Leinwand, Segeltuch

myriad - Myriade; Unmenge, Myriaden, Unzahl, Vielzahl, unzählig

hues - Schattierungen; Farbe, Tönung, Geschrei, Farbton

transcending - transzendieren; ubersteigen

radiance - Ausstrahlung; Glanz

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

vanished - verschwunden; verschwinden, vergehen, sich verflüchtigen

brilliancy - Brillanz; Scharfsinn, Glanz, Genialität

sunset - Sonnenuntergang; Lebensabend

borrowed - geliehen; leihen, entleihen

amber - Bernstein; Bernsteingelb; bernsteinen

gold - Gold

fade - verfärben, Ausblendung; verblassen, nachlassen, verwelken

clouds - Wolken; verschleiern

The glamour of Clarke's name may have partly explained the secret of his charm, but, even in circles where literary fame is no passport, he could, if he chose, exercise an almost terrible fascination. Subtle and profound, he had ransacked the coffers of medićval dialecticians and plundered the arsenals of the Sophists.

glamour - Glamour

partly - teilweise, zum Teil

secret - Geheimnis

charm - Talisman; Charme, Zauberformel, Lieblichkeit; bezaubern

literary - literarisch

fame - Ruhm, Berühmtheit, Bekanntheit

almost - fast, beinahe, so gut wie

fascination - Faszination

subtle - subtil, fast unmerklich, haarfein, dezent

profound - tiefgründig; tiefgehend, profund

ransacked - geplündert; plündern, durchwühlen

coffers - Schatzkammern; Kassette, Geldkassette, Tresor, Schatztruhe

medićval - mittelalterlich

dialecticians - Dialektiker

plundered - geplündert; ausplündern, plündern, plündern, plündern

arsenals - Arsenale; Zeughaus

Sophists - Sophisten; Sophist, Sophistin, Sophist

Many years later, when the vultures of misfortune had swooped down upon him, and his name was no longer mentioned without a sneer, he was still remembered in New York drawing-rooms as the man who had brought to perfection the art of talking. Even to dine with him was a liberal education.

vultures - Geier, Geierin, Aasgeier

misfortune - Pech, Ungemach, Unglück, Unfall, Unheil

swooped - geschnappt; herabschießen, herabstürzen, stürzen, Sturzflug

mentioned - erwähnt; Erwähnung, erwähnen

sneer - spotten; Spott; grinsen, spötteln

perfection - Vollkommenheit, Perfektion

dine - speisen

liberal - freiheitlich; liberal; Liberaler

education - Ausbildung, Erziehung, Schulung, Unterricht

Clarke's marvellous conversational power was equalled only by his marvellous style. Ernest Fielding's heart leaped in him at the thought that henceforth he would be privileged to live under one roof with the only writer of his generation who could lend to the English language the rich strength and rugged music of the Elizabethans.

marvellous - fabelhaft

conversational - Gesprächig

equalled - gleich, gleich, gleichen, gleichen, Gleichgestellter

Fielding - auffangend; (field); Feld, Gefilde, Heide, tHeideland

heart - Herz, Herzstück

leaped - gesprungen; hervorspringen, hüpfen, überspringen

privileged - privilegiert; Privileg

roof - überdachen; Autodach, Dach

generation - Generation, Geschlecht

lend - Verleihen; leihen

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

Reginald Clarke was a master of many instruments. Milton's mighty organ was no less obedient to his touch than the little lute of the troubadour. He was never the same; that was his strength. Clarke's style possessed at once the chiselled chasteness of a Greek marble column and the elaborate deviltry of the late Renaissance.

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

instruments - Instrumente; Instrument

mighty - gewaltig, mächtig

organ - Organ; Orgel

obedient - gehorsam, folgsam

touch - anfassen, berühren, Berührung, Tasten, Spur

lute - Kitt, Laute

troubadour - Troubadour, Trobador, Troubairitz, Trobairitz

possessed - besessen; besitzen, besitzen

chiselled - gemeißelt; schummeln, meißeln; Meißel, Stemmeisen, Beitel

chasteness - Keuschheit; Reinheit

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

marble - Marmor; Murmel; marmorieren

column - Säule; Spalte, Druckspalte, Kolumne, Kolonne

elaborate - ausarbeiten; ausführlich, durchdacht, ausführen

deviltry - Teufelskunst, Teufelei, Unfug

Renaissance - Wiedergeburt

At times his winged words seemed to flutter down the page frantically like Baroque angels; at other times nothing could have more adequately described his manner than the timeless calm of the gaunt pyramids.

winged - geflügelt; Flügel, t+Schwinge, Flügel, Flügel, t+Gebäudeflügel

seemed - schien; scheinen, dünken

flutter - flattern; wedeln

frantically - verzweifelt

Baroque - barock, Barock-, Barock

angels - Engeln; Engel

adequately - adäquat

manner - Art und Weise; Weise, Manier

timeless - zeitlos

gaunt - knochig, dünn, hager, mager, abgemagert

pyramids - Pyramiden; Pyramide, Pyramide

The two men had reached the street. Reginald wrapped his long spring coat round him.

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

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

round - runden; Kontrollgang, Runde, Rundgang, rund

"I shall expect you to-morrow at four," he said.

shall - sollen

expect - erwarten

morrow - morgen; Morgen

The tone of his voice was deep and melodious, suggesting hidden depths and cadences.

tone - Farbton, Klang, Umgangston, Ton

voice - Stimme; äußern

deep - tief, tiefgründig, dunkel, Tiefe

melodious - melodiös, melodisch

suggesting - vorschlagen, vorschlagen

hidden - versteckt; verbergen, verheimlichen, verstecken, verdecken

depths - Untiefen; Tiefe

cadences - Kadenzen; Rhythmus, Kadenz, Tonfall, Gleichschritt, Rhythmus

"I shall be punctual."

punctual - pünktlich

The younger man's voice trembled as he spoke.

trembled - gezittert; zittern, Zittern

"I look forward to your coming with much pleasure. I am interested in you."

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

pleasure - Vergnügen; Freude, Spaß, Wollust

The glad blood mounted to Ernest's cheeks at praise from the austere lips of this arbiter of literary elegance.

Glad - Erfreut; freudig, froh

blood - anbluten

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

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

Praise - Gelobt; Lob; loben, preisen

austere - Streng; schlicht, genügsam

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

arbiter - Schlichter, Schiedsrichter, Vermittler, Schiedsmann

elegance - Eleganz

An almost imperceptible smile crept over the other man's features.

imperceptible - nicht wahrnehmbar

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

"I am proud that my work interests you," was all the boy could say.

proud - stolz, prahlerisch

"I think it is quite amazing, but at present," here Clarke drew out a watch set with jewels, "I am afraid I must bid you good-bye."

jewels - Juwelen; Edelstein, Juwel

bid - Angebot, reizen, Gebot, Bieten, bieten

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

He held Ernest's hand for a moment in a firm genial grasp, then turned away briskly, while the boy remained standing open-mouthed. The crowd jostling against him carried him almost off his feet, but his eyes followed far into the night the masterful figure of Reginald Clarke, toward whom he felt himself drawn with every fiber of his body and the warm enthusiasm of his generous youth.

held - gehalten; innehaben

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

genial - großartig

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

briskly - zügig; forsch

remained - geblieben; Überrest (2), de

crowd - Menschenmenge, Masse

jostling - drängeln; anrempelnd; (jostle); drängeln; Drängelei, Gedrängel

against - gegen, mit, wider

masterful - meisterhaft

toward - zu, in Richtung, nach, auf

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

fiber - Papierfaser, Ballaststoff, Faser

enthusiasm - Begeisterung, Enthusiasmus, Schwärmerei

generous - großzügig, generös

youth - Jugend, Jugendlichkeit, Jugendzeit, Jugendlicher, Jugendliche

Chapter II

With elastic step, inhaling the night-air with voluptuous delight, Reginald Clarke made his way down Broadway, lying stretched out before him, bathed in light and pulsating with life.

elastic - dehnbar, elastisch, Gummiband

step - treten, treten (du trittst

inhaling - einatmen, inhalieren

voluptuous - üppig

delight - Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen, Lust

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

stretched - gestreckt; strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

pulsating - pulsieren, pulsieren, pulsieren

His world-embracing intellect was powerfully attracted by the Giant City's motley activities. On the street, as in the salon, his magnetic power compelled recognition, and he stepped through the midst of the crowd as a Circassian blade cleaves water.

embracing - umarmen, annehmen, umarmen, Umarmung

intellect - Intellekt

powerfully - kraftvoll

attracted - angezogen; anziehen, anziehen (1, 2)

giant - Riese, Riesin, Gigant, Gigantin

motley - kunterbunt; zusammengewürfelt, bunt zusammengeworfen

salon - Salon, Halle, Saal, Schönheitssalon

magnetic - magnetisch; anziehend

compelled - gezwungen; zwingen, zwingen, nötigen, zwingen

recognition - Erkennen, Wiedererkennen, Erkennung, Anerkennung

stepped - getreten; treten, treten (du trittst

midst - mittendrin; Mitten, Mitte, inmitten

Circassian - Tscherkessisch; Tscherkesse, Tscherkessin

blade - Klinge; Turbinenschaufel; Grashalm; Blatt

cleaves - spaltet; spalten

After walking a block or two, he suddenly halted before a jeweller's shop. Arrayed in the window were priceless gems that shone in the glare of electricity, like mystical serpent-eyes-green, pomegranate and water-blue. And as he stood there the dazzling radiance before him was transformed in the prism of his mind into something great and very wonderful that might, some day, be a poem.

block - Kloben, Block, Klotz, Trakt; absperren, blockieren

suddenly - plötzlich, urplötzlich

halted - angehalten; unterbrechen, halten; Halt

jeweller's shop - Bijouterie , Juweliergeschäft

arrayed - aufgereiht; Bekleidung, Tracht, Arrangement

priceless - preislos, unbezahlbar

gems - Edelsteine; Edelstein, Juwel

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

glare - Blendung; entrüstetes Starren; missbilligend anstarren

electricity - Elektrizität; Strom

mystical - mystisch

serpent - Schlange, Serpent

pomegranate - Granatapfel, Grenadine

dazzling - schillernd; blendend, grell, umwerfend, betörend

transformed - verwandelt; verwandeln, transformieren, umwandeln

prism - Prisma

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

some day - eines Tages, einst, irgendwann, dereinst

poem - Gedicht; Dichtung

Then his attention was diverted by a small group of tiny girls dancing on the sidewalk to the husky strains of an old hurdy-gurdy. He joined the circle of amused spectators, to watch those pink-ribboned bits of femininity swaying airily to and fro in unison with the tune. One especially attracted his notice-a slim olive-coloured girl from a land where it is always spring.

diverted - umgelenkt; umlenken, umleiten, ablenken, unterhalten

tiny - winzig; Kleinkind

sidewalk - Bürgersteig, Gehweg, Gehsteig, Trottoir

husky - Schlittenhund, kräftig

strains - Stämme; Spannung, starke Inanspruchnahme, Zug; anstrengen

circle - Kreis, Zirkel, Augenringe, umkreisen, einkreisen

amused - amüsiert; amüsieren, vergnügen, belustigen, erheitern

spectators - Zuschauer, Zuschauerin, Schaulustiger

those - die; jene

ribboned - geschnürt; Band

bits - Häppchen, Gebiss, Bit, Bissen

femininity - Weiblichkeit, Fraulichkeit

swaying - schwankend; (sway); Schwingen, Schwenken, Hin- und Herschwingen

airily - luftig; sorglos

unison - übereinstimmen; Einklang, Gleichklang, Eintracht, Unisono

tune - Melodie; stimmen

especially - besonders, extra, speziell, außergewöhnlich, originell

notice - Bekanntmachung; Benachrichtigung, Mitteilung, Kündigungsfrist

slim - schlank, schmal, dünn

olive - Oliven; Olive, olivfarben, olivfarbig

Her whole being translated into music, with hair dishevelled and feet hardly touching the ground, the girl suggested an orange-leaf dancing on a sunbeam. The rasping street-organ, perchance, brought to her melodious reminiscences of some flute-playing Savoyard boy, brown-limbed and dark of hair.

translated - übersetzt; übersetzen, übertragen, verdolmetschen, dolmetschen

dishevelled - zerzaust; in Unordnung bringen, herumschmeißen, verwirren

hardly - hart, rau, kaum

touching - (to touch) anfassen, streifen, berühren; (touch); anfassen

ground - Masse (elektrisch); Erdboden, Grund, Boden

suggested - vorgeschlagen; vorschlagen, vorschlagen

leaf - Blatt, Laubblatt, Platte

sunbeam - Sonnenstrahl

rasping - kratzend, raspelnd; (rasp) kratzend, raspelnd

perchance - vielleicht; zufällig

reminiscences - Reminiszenzen; Erinnern

flute - Flöte, Kannelierung

Savoyard - Savoyardisch

limbed - mit Gliedmaßen; Schenkel (geol. Falte), Glied

For several minutes Reginald Clarke followed with keen delight each delicate curve her graceful limbs described.

several - mehrere, einige, verschiedene, checkeinige

keen - eifrig, scharf

delicate - empfindlich, heikel, schwierig, feingliedrig, filigran

curve - Kurve; Linie; Kurven; biegen, verbiegen

graceful - anmutig, ansprechend, elegant, graziös

limbs - Gliedmaßen; Schenkel (geol. Falte), Glied

Then-was it that she grew tired, or that the stranger's persistent scrutiny embarrassed her?-the music oozed out of her movements. They grew slower, angular, almost clumsy. The look of interest in Clarke's eyes died, but his whole form quivered, as if the rhythm of the music and the dance had mysteriously entered into his blood.

Stranger - Ein Fremder; Fremde, Fremdling

persistent - ausdauernd, hartnäckig, beharrlich, ständig, anhaltend

scrutiny - Kontrolle; genaue Untersuchung, genaue Beobachtung

embarrassed - peinlich; verlegen machen, demütigen, kränken

oozed out - (ooze out) herausströmen, herausquellen

movements - Bewegungen; Bewegung, Bewegung, Satz

angular - eckig

clumsy - tollpatschig, ungeschickt, unbeholfen, schwerfällig

quivered - gezittert; zittern

rhythm - Rhythmus

mysteriously - geheimnisvoll, geheimnisvolle

entered into - (enter into) einspringen

He continued his stroll, seemingly without aim; in reality he followed, with nervous intensity, the multiform undulations of the populace, swarming through Broadway in either direction. Like the giant whose strength was rekindled every time he touched his mother, the earth, Reginald Clarke seemed to draw fresh vitality from every contact with life.

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

seemingly - scheinbar; anscheinende

aim - zielen (auf); Ziel, Zweck; beabsichtigen

reality - Wirklichkeit, Realität, checkRealität

nervous - nervös

intensity - Intensität

multiform - vielgestaltig

undulations - Wellenbewegungen; Wellenbewegung, Wellenform

populace - der Bevölkerung; gemeine Volk, breite Masse, Pöbel

swarming - Ausschwärmen; (to swarm) wimmeln, schwärmen

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

direction - Richtung; Führung; Regie

rekindled - neu entfacht; wiederentfachen, wiederentfachen

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

earth - Erde, Land, Grund

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

vitality - Vitalität, Lebenskraft

contact - Kontakt, Berührung, Verbindung, Kontaktlinse, berühren

He turned east along Fourteenth street, where cheap vaudevilles are strung together as glass-pearls on the throat of a wanton. Gaudy bill-boards, drenched in clamorous red, proclaimed the tawdry attractions within. Much to the surprise of the doorkeeper at a particularly evil-looking music hall, Reginald Clarke lingered in the lobby, and finally even bought a ticket that entitled him to enter this sordid wilderness of décolleté art. Street-snipes, a few workingmen, dilapidated sportsmen, and women whose ruined youth thick layers of powder and paint, even in this artificial light, could not restore, constituted the bulk of the audience. Reginald Clarke, apparently unconscious of the curiosity, surprise and envy that his appearance excited, seated himself at a table near the stage, ordering from the solicitous waiter only a cocktail and a programme. The drink he left untouched, while his eyes greedily ran down the lines of the announcement.

along - entlang, längs, weiter

Fourteenth - vierzehnte

vaudevilles - Vaudeville

strung - bespannt; Schnur, Zeichenkette, String, Saite, String

pearls - Perlen; Perle, Perl

throat - Kehle, Rachen, Hals, Flaschenhals

wanton - mutwillig; wild, unkontrolliert, unbeherrscht, unberechenbar

gaudy - knallig; grell, farbenprächtig

boards - Bretter; Brett, Tafel

drenched - durchnässt; Regenguss

clamorous - zeternd

proclaimed - verkündet; verkünden, verkündigen, erklären

tawdry - kitschig, geschmacklos, flitterhaft, bunt

attractions - Attraktionen; Anziehung, Anziehungskraft, Reiz, Liebreiz

within - in, innerhalb

surprise - Überraschung; Überraschung

doorkeeper - Türsteher; Portier, Portierin, Portierfrau, Portiersfrau

particularly - besonders

hall - Flur, Korridor, Diele, Halle, Saal

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

lobby - Interessengruppe; Empfangshalle

finally - schließlich; endlich; definitiv, checkletztendlich

entitled - berechtigt; betiteln, benennen, den Titel verleihen

enter - reingehen, hineingehen, hereingehen, eintreten

sordid - dreckig, schäbig, schmutzig, geizig

wilderness - Wildnis, Wüste

décolleté - Dekolleté

snipes - Schnepfen; wegputzen; Schnepfe

dilapidated - baufällig; ruinieren

sportsmen - Sportlern; Sportler, Athlet

ruined - ruiniert; Ruine, Ruin, Ruin, ruinieren, auf die Knie zwingen

thick - dick; dicht; plump; mitten in

layers - durch Ableger vermehren, überlagern, schichten; Auflage

powder - Puder, g; (''otherwise:'') Pulver, Puder

artificial light - Kunstlicht

restore - wiederherstellen, restaurieren

constituted - konstituiert; gründen, begründen, bilden, einrichten

bulk - Masse; Großteil

audience - Publikum, Zuschauer, Audienzen, Audienz

apparently - offensichtlich, offenbar, scheinbar, anscheinend

unconscious - bewusstlos; spontan, unbewusst, unterbewusst, Unbewusstes

curiosity - Neugier, Neugierde, Kuriosität, Kuriosum

envy - Neid; beneiden

appearance - Erscheinen, Auftritt, Aussehen

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

stage - Stufe, Etappe, Bühne

solicitous - fürsorglich

cocktail - Cocktail

untouched - unangetastet

greedily - gierig

ran down - überrannten

announcement - Ankündigung; Bekanntmachung, Mitteilung

When he had found what he sought, he lit a cigar, paying no attention to the boards, but studying the audience with cursory interest until the appearance of Betsy, the Hyacinth Girl.

sought - gesucht; suchen

cigar - Zigarre; Glimmstängel

cursory - oberflächlich, flüchtig

hyacinth - Hyazinthe

When she began to sing, his mind still wandered. The words of her song were crude, but not without a certain lilt that delighted the uncultured ear, while the girl's voice was thin to the point of being unpleasant. When, however, she came to the burden of the song, Clarke's manner changed suddenly. laying down his cigar, he listened with rapt attention, eagerly gazing at her.

wandered - gewandert; umherstreifen, umherstreichen, herumziehen, stromern

crude - roh; einfach gestrickt, schlicht, grob gezimmert, nackt, pur

lilt - trällern

delighted - erfreut; Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen

uncultured - unkultiviert

unpleasant - unangenehm

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

laying down - Niederlegung , hinlegend

rapt - entzückt; hingerissen, gebannt, fasziniert, begeistert

eagerly - eifrig

gazing at - anstarrend

For, as she sang the last line and tore the hyacinth-blossoms from her hair, there crept into her voice a strangely poignant, pathetic little thrill, that redeemed the execrable faultiness of her singing, and brought the rude audience under her spell.

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

tore - gerissen; (to tear) zerreißen, reißen

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

strangely - seltsame, merkwürdige

poignant - spitz, zugespitzt, treffend, zutreffend, relevant, ergreifend

pathetic - erbärmlich

thrill - Aufregung; Nervenkitzel; erregen, erschauern, durchdringen

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

execrable - abscheulich

faultiness - Fehlerhaftigkeit

rude - grob, unhöflich, frech, unverschämt

Clarke, too, was captivated by that tremour, the infinite sadness of which suggested the plaint of souls moaning low at night, when lust preys on creatures marked for its spoil.

captivated - gefesselt; bestechen, bezaubern, entzücken, faszinieren, fesseln

tremour - Zittern

infinite - unendlich, endlos, unzählige

sadness - Traurigkeit; Schicksalsschlag, Pech

plaint - Klage, Klageschrift

souls - Seelen; Inbrunst, Seele, Gefühl, Herz

moaning - Stöhnen

low - tief, niedrig, nieder, leise (Stimme); muhen, blöken (Rind)

lust - Wollust, Begehren, Verlangen, Freude

preys - Beutetiere; Beute, Beute, Beute, lauern, auflauern

creatures - Kreaturen; Wesen

marked - markiert; Markus, Markus, Markus

spoil - plündern; ruinieren, verderben, kaputtmachen, verwöhnen

The singer paused. Still those luminous eyes were upon her. She grew nervous. It was only with tremendous difficulty that she reached the refrain. As she sang the opening lines of the last stanza, an inscrutable smile curled on Clarke's lips. She noticed the man's relentless gaze and faltered. When the burden came, her singing was hard and cracked: the tremour had gone from her voice.

paused - innegehalten; pausieren, innehalten, pausieren, Pause

luminous - leuchtend

tremendous - ungeheuerlich

difficulty - Schwierigkeiten; Schwierigkeit

refrain - zurückhalten; Refrain, Kehrreim

stanza - Strophe

inscrutable - undurchschaubar

curled - gelockt; Locke

noticed - bemerkt; Bekanntmachung, Benachrichtigung, Mitteilung

relentless - unnachgiebig, unbarmherzig, unnachsichtig, unerbittlich

gaze - Blicken; anstarren

faltered - Wanken

cracked - geknackt; Riss, Knall, Aufbruch, Bresche; aufbrechen, knallen

Chapter III

Long before the appointed time Ernest walked up and down in front of the abode of Reginald Clarke, a stately apartment-house overlooking Riverside Drive.

appointed time - Termin

abode - Aufenthalt, bleiben, Wohnsitz

stately - stattlich

overlooking - Übersicht, Überblick, bemerken

riverside - Flussufer

Misshapen automobiles were chasing by, carrying to the cool river's marge the restlessness and the fever of American life. But the bustle and the noise seemed to the boy only auspicious omens of the future.

automobiles - Automobile; Automobil

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

marge - Margarine

restlessness - Ruhelosigkeit, Unruhe

fever - Fieber, Temperaturerhöhung

bustle - Betriebsamkeit; Hektik; hasten

noise - Lärm, Geräusch, Krach, Rauschen, Störung

auspicious - verheißungsvoll

omens - Omen

Jack, his room-mate and dearest friend, had left him a month ago, and, for a space, he had felt very lonely. His young and delicate soul found it difficult to grapple with the vague fears that his nervous brain engendered, when whispered sounds seemed to float from hidden corners, and the stairs creaked under mysterious feet.

Jack - Hans, Hanns, Hannes, Hänsel

mate - Kumpel; schachmatt, Kamerad, Kameradin, verbinden; anpassen

lonely - einsam, alleinig, abgeschieden, öde

grapple with - auseinandersetzen [alt], auseinander setzen

vague - vage; nebelhaft, schwach, unklar, undeutlich

fears - Ängste; fürchten, befürchten, Angst haben; Furcht, Schreck

brain - Gehirn, Superhirn, Intelligenzbestie, Kopf, Verstand, Köpfchen

engendered - hervorgebracht hat; erzeugen

float - treiben, schwimmen, schweben, gleiten

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

stairs - Stufe, Treppenstufe, Treppe

creaked - knarrte; Knarren

mysterious - geheimnisvoll; mysteriös; rätselhaft

He needed the voice of loving kindness to call him back from the valley of haunting shadows, where his poet's soul was wont to linger overlong; in his hours of weakness the light caress of a comrade renewed his strength and rekindled in his hand the flaming sword of song.

kindness - Freundlichkeit; Liebenswürdigkeit

Valley - Senke, Tal

haunting - spuken; quälend

shadows - Schatten, beschatten, beschatten

wont - nicht

linger - herumlungern, verzögern, Zeit brauchen, verweilen

overlong - überlang

weakness - Schwäche, Faible

caress - Liebkosung, Umarmung, Streicheln, liebkosen

comrade - Kamerad; Genosse, Genossin

renewed - erneuert; erneuern, erneuern

flaming - flammend; (flame); Flamme, poetic, anmachen

sword - Schwert; Schwertkämpfer, Schwertkämpferin

And at nightfall he would bring the day's harvest to Clarke, as a worshipper scattering precious stones, incense and tapestries at the feet of a god.

at nightfall - bei Anbruch der Nacht

harvest - Ernte; Frucht

worshipper - Verehrer; Anbeter, Anbeterin

scattering - Streuung, Zerstreuung; (scatter); zerstreuen, verstreuen

precious - kostbar, wertvoll, süßlich, kitschig

stones - Steine; Stein, Stein, Edelstein, t+Schmuckstein, Stein, Kern

incense - Weihrauch, Räuchwerk ''(archaic)'', empören, erzürnen

tapestries - Wandteppiche; Wandteppich, Bildteppich, Bildwirkerei

God - Gott

Surely he would be very happy. And as the heart, at times, leads the feet to the goal of its desire, while multicoloured dreams, like dancing-girls, lull the will to sleep, he suddenly found himself stepping from the elevator-car to Reginald Clarke's apartment.

surely - bestimmt, sicherlich

leads - führt; führen, anführen

goal - Ziel; Tor; ein Tor schießen

desire - begehren; Begehren, Wunsch

multicoloured - mehrfarbig

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

lull - Flaute; Windstille

stepping - treten, treten (du trittst

elevator - Aufzug; Höhenruder

Already was he raising his hand to strike the electric bell when a sound from within made him pause half-way.

raising - Erhöhung; Erhebung; Großziehen, Aufziehen

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

Electric - elektrisch; elektronisch, elektrisierend, Elektro-Auto

bell - Klingel, Schelle, Glocke

pause - Eine Pause; pausieren, innehalten, Pause

"No, there's no help!" he heard Clarke say. His voice had a hard, metallic clangour.

metallic - metallisch

clangour - Klirren; Schall, Getöse

A boyish voice answered plaintively. What the words were Ernest could not distinctly hear, but the suppressed sob in them almost brought the tears to his eyes. He instinctively knew that this was the finale of some tragedy.

boyish - jungenhaft, knabenhaft

plaintively - klagend

distinctly - deutlich

suppressed - unterdrückt; unterdrücken, unterdrücken, unterdrücken

sob - schluchzen; Huso

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

instinctively - instinktiv; unwillkürlich

finale - Finale

tragedy - Tragödie

He withdrew hastily, so as not to be a witness of an interview that was not meant for his ears.

withdrew - zurückgezogen; annullieren, entziehen, abziehen, ausscheiden

hastily - hastig

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

Reginald Clarke probably had good reason for parting with his young friend, whom Ernest surmised to be Abel Felton, a talented boy, whom the master had taken under his wings.

surmised - vermutet; Vermutung, Mutmaßung, vermuten, mutmaßen, annehmen

Abel - Abel, Abel

talented - talentiert

wings - Flügel, t+Schwinge, Flügel, Flügel, t+Gebäudeflügel, Flügel

In the apartment a momentary silence had ensued.

momentary - Momentan

ensued - folgten; folgen, ansetzen, erfolgen, nachfolgen, resultieren

This was interrupted by Clarke: "It will come again, in a month, in a year, in two years."

interrupted - unterbrochen; unterbrechen

"No, no! It is all gone!" sobbed the boy.

sobbed - geschluchzt; Huso

"Nonsense. You are merely nervous. But that is just why we must part. There is no room in one house for two nervous people."

nonsense - Blödsinn, Nonsens

merely - bloß, lediglich, nur, schier

just why - warum gerade/genau ...

"I was not such a nervous wreck before I met you."

such - solch, derartig, so ein

wreck - Wrack, Schrott, Schrotthaufen, Schrottkiste, Zusammenstoß

"Am I to blame for it-for your morbid fancies, your extravagance, the slow tread of a nervous disease, perhaps?"

blame - jemadem die Schuld zuweisen

morbid - morbide; morbid; krankhaft

fancies - Lust; extravagant, originell

extravagance - Extravaganz; Ăśberspanntheit

tread - Lauffläche; (to tread) betreten, schreiten

disease - Krankheit

Perhaps - vielleicht, wohl

"Who can tell? But I am all confused. I don't know what I am saying. Everything is so puzzling-life, friendship, you. I fancied you cared for my career, and now you end our friendship without a thought!"

confused - verwirrt; verwirren, konfundieren, verwechseln, vermischen

puzzling - verwirrend, rätselhaft; (puzzle); Rätsel; Puzzle, Geduldspiel

friendship - Freundschaft

fancied - Lust gehabt; extravagant, originell

cared for - (care for) hegen, sorgen für

"We must all follow the law of our being."

law - Gesetz, Jura, Rechtswissenschaft

"The laws are within us and in our control."

laws - Gesetze; Gesetz, Jura, Rechtswissenschaft

control - steuern, kontrollieren, regeln, Kontrolle, Kontrollen, Regelung

"They are within us and beyond us. It is the physiological structure of our brains, our nerve-cells, that makes and mars our lives.

beyond - darüber hinaus; jenseits

physiological - physiologisch

structure - Struktur, Datenstruktur, strukturieren

brains - Gehirne; Gehirn

nerve - Frechheit; Nerv

cells - Zellen; Zelle, Speicherzelle

Mars - schädigt, Mars; (Mar) schädigt, Mars

"Our mental companionship was so beautiful. It was meant to last."

mental - seelisch, geistig

companionship - Kameradschaft

"That is the dream of youth. Nothing lasts. Everything flows-panta rei. We are all but sojourners in an inn. Friendship, as love, is an illusion. Life has nothing to take from a man who has no illusions."

dream - Traum, Wunsch, träumen, wünschen

lasts - dauert; letzte, zuletzt, letzter, vorig; dauern, andauern

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

sojourners - Gastarbeiter; Gast

Inn - Gasthaus; Herberge

take from - entnehmen

illusions - Illusionen; Illusion, Wahnvorstellung, Sinnestäuschung, Illusion

"It has nothing to give him."

They said good-bye.

At the door Ernest met Abel.

"Where are you going?" he asked.

"For a little pleasure trip."

pleasure trip - Vergnügungsreise

Ernest knew that the boy lied.

lied - gelegt, Kunstlied, gelogen

He remembered that Abel Felton was at work upon some book, a play or a novel. It occurred to him to inquire how far he had progressed with it.

novel - Roman, originell

occurred - aufgetreten; passieren, vorkommen, stattfinden, vorkommen

inquire - erkundigen

progressed - fortgeschritten; fortschreiten, Fortschritte machen

Abel smiled sadly. "I am not writing it."

smiled - gelächelt; Lächeln

sadly - traurig, traurigerweise

"Not writing it?"

"Reginald is."

"I am afraid I don't understand."

I don't understand - Ich verstehe nicht.

"Never mind. Some day you will."

Chapter IV

"I am so happy you came," Reginald Clarke said, as he conducted Ernest into his studio. It was a large, luxuriously furnished room overlooking the Hudson and Riverside Drive.

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

studio - Atelier, Studio

luxuriously - luxuriös

furnished - eingerichtet; möblieren, einrichten, ausrüsten

Dazzled and bewildered, the boy's eyes wandered from object to object, from picture to statue. Despite seemingly incongruous details, the whole arrangement possessed style and distinction.

dazzled - geblendet; blenden, verblüffen, faszinieren, bezaubern, betören

bewildered - verwirrt; verwirren, durcheinanderbringen

object to - Einspruch erheben gegen, beanstanden

statue - Statue, Standbild

despite - trotz

incongruous - unpassend

arrangement - Vereinbarung; Anordnung

possessed - besessen; Schutzpolizeiaufgebote

distinction - Unterscheidung; Unterschied; Auszeichnung

A satyr on the mantelpiece whispered obscene secrets into the ears of saint Cecilia. The argent limbs of Antinous brushed against the garments of Mona Lisa. And from a corner a little rococo lady peered coquettishly at the gray image of an Egyptian sphinx. There was a picture of Napoleon facing the image of the Crucified. Above all, in the semi-darkness, artificially produced by heavy draperies, towered two busts.

satyr - Satyr

mantelpiece - Kaminsims

obscene - obszön, unanständig, checkunanständig, checkzotig

secrets - Geheimnisse; Geheimnis

saint - St. Sankt ...;Heilige {m,f}

argent - Silber; silbern

brushed - gebürstet; Bürste; glossaint-, Bürste, Busch

garments - Kleidungsstücke; Kleidungsstück

corner - Ecke, Winkel, in die Enge treiben

Rococo - Rokoko; Rokoko

lady - Herrin des Hauses, Hausherrin, Ehefrau des Hausherrn

peered - spähte; seinesgleichen, Beaufsichtigende; schielen, starren

coquettishly - kokettiert

image - Bild, Abbild, Image, Speicherabbild, Erscheinungsbild

Egyptian - ägyptisch; Ägypter, Ägypterin, Ägyptisch

sphinx - Sphinx

crucified - gekreuzigt; kreuzigen

semi - halb..

darkness - Dunkelheit, Finsternis

artificially - künstlich

produced - produziert; produzieren, herstellen, vorlegen, produzieren

draperies - Vorhänge; Vorhang

towered - aufgetürmt; starker Rückhalt, Turm; emporragen, hochragen, ragen

busts - Büsten; Pleite gehen, kaputt gehen; Busen, Büste

"Shakespeare and Balzac!" Ernest exclaimed with some surprise.

exclaimed - ausgerufen; ausrufen

"Yes," explained Reginald, "they are my gods."

gods - Götter; Gott

His gods! Surely there was a key to Clarke's character. Our gods are ourselves raised to the highest power.

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

ourselves - uns selbst; uns

raised - angehoben; Gehaltszulage; aufsteigen, anheben, erhöhen

Clarke and Shakespeare!

Even to Ernest's admiring mind it seemed almost blasphemous to name a contemporary, however esteemed, in one breath with the mighty master of song, whose great gaunt shadow, thrown against the background of the years has assumed immense, unproportionate, monstrous dimensions.

admiring - bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

blasphemous - blasphemisch

contemporary - zeitgemäß; zeitgenössisch, modern, zeitnah, Zeitgenosse

esteemed - wertgeschätzt; Achtung, Ansehen

breath - Atmen, Atmung, Atemzug, Atem, Atempause

shadow - Schatten; beschatten

background - Hintergrund

assumed - angenommen; annehmen, voraussetzen, vermuten, unterstellen

immense - immens

unproportionate - unverhältnismäßig

monstrous - ungeheuerlich, monströs, grotesk, monsterhaft, monsterartig

dimensions - Abmessungen; Dimension, Dimension, Dimension, Dimension

Yet something might be said for the comparison. Clarke undoubtedly was universally broad, and undoubtedly concealed, with no less exquisite taste than the Elizabethan, his own personality under the splendid raiment of his art. They certainly were affinities. It would not have been surprising to him to see the clear calm head of Shakespeare rise from behind his host.

comparison - Vergleich, Komparation, Vergleichen, Vergleichung

Undoubtedly - Zweifelsohne; zweifellos

universally - universell

broad - breit, deutliche, großräumig

concealed - versteckt; verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen

exquisite - exquisit, köstlich, auserlesen

taste - Geschmack, Schmecken, kosten, probieren

Elizabethan - Elisabethanisch

personality - Persönlichkeit

splendid - glänzend; prächtig; hervorragend

raiment - Gewand; Kleidung

Certainly - sicherlich, zweifellos, gewiss, freilich

affinities - Affinitäten; Affinität, Verwandtschaft, Schwägerschaft

surprising - überraschend, verwunderlich

clear - klar, durchsichtig, hell, frei

rise - steigen; Kursanstieg; Aufgang, Gehaltszulage, Aufschwung

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

Perhaps-who knows?-the very presence of the bust in his room had, to some extent, subtly and secretly moulded Reginald Clarke's life. A man's soul, like the chameleon, takes colour from its environment. Even comparative trifles, the number of the house in which we live, or the colour of the wallpaper of a room, may determine a destiny.

presence - Anwesenheit

bust - Verhaftung; Pleite gehen, kaputt gehen; Busen, Büste

extent - Umfang, Ausdehnung, Ausmaß, Größe

subtly - subtil

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

chameleon - Chamäleon

environment - Umgebung, Umwelt, Umfeld

comparative - vergleichend; komparativ; verhältnismäßig, relativ, Höherstufe

trifles - Lappalien; Trifle

wallpaper - Tapete; Hintergrundbild, Wallpaper, tapezieren

determine - bestimmen, eingrenzen, festlegen

destiny - das Schicksal; Los, Geschick, Schicksal

The boy's eyes were again surveying the fantastic surroundings in which he found himself; while, from a corner, Clarke's eyes were watching his every movement, as if to follow his thoughts into the innermost labyrinth of the mind.

surveying - Vermessung; (survey); Umfrage; Untersuchung; Vermessung; überblicken; untersuchen; abschätzen

surroundings - Umgebung, umliegend

thoughts - Gedanken; Gedanke

innermost - innersten; innerst

labyrinth - Labyrinth

It seemed to Ernest, under the spell of this passing fancy, as though each vase, each picture, each curio in the room, was reflected in Clarke's work. In a long-queued, porcelain Chinese mandarin he distinctly recognised a quaint quatrain in one of Clarke's most marvellous poems. And he could have sworn that the grin of the Hindu monkey-god on the writing-table reappeared in the weird rhythm of two stanzas whose grotesque cadence had haunted him for years.

fancy - schick; extravagant, originell

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

vase - Vase

curio - Kuriosität

reflected - reflektiert; reflektieren, zurückspiegeln, spiegeln

queued - in der Warteschlange; Schlange, Warteschlange, Reihe

porcelain - Porzellan

Chinese - chinesisch; Chinesen

Mandarin - Mandarin, Hochchinesisch

recognised - anerkannt; anerkennen

quaint - malerisch; wunderlich, originell, anheimelnd

quatrain - Vierzeiler; Quartett

poems - Gedichte; Gedicht

sworn - geschworen; schwören

grin - (to grin) grinsen, strahlen

Hindu - Hindu, Hindufrau

monkey - Affe, Äffin

reappeared - wieder aufgetaucht; wieder erscheinen, wiederauftreten

weird - geheimnisvoll, unheimlich, übernatürlich, seltsam, komisch

stanzas - Strophen; Strophe

grotesque - grotesk

cadence - Rhythmus, Kadenz, Tonfall, Gleichschritt, Pedaltakt

haunted - spuken, verfolgen, Treffpunkt

At last Clarke broke the silence. "You like my studio?" he asked.

The simple question brought Ernest back to reality.

simple - einfach, simpel

"Like it? Why, it's stunning. It set up in me the queerest train of thought."

stunning - umwerfend; betäuben, verblüffen

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

"I, too, have been in a whimsical mood to-night. Fancy, unlike genius, is an infectious disease."

whimsical - launenhaft, spielerisch, launisch, schrullig

mood - Anwandlung, Stimmung, launisch

unlike - im Gegensatz zu; ungleichartig, anders, ungleich

infectious disease - Infektionskrankheit

"What is the peculiar form it assumed in your case?"

peculiar - eigentümlich; merkwürdig, seltsam

case - Fall; Gehäuse, Prozess, Kiste, Fach

"I have been wondering whether all the things that environ us day by day are, in a measure, fashioning our thought-life. I sometimes think that even my little mandarin and this monkey-idol which, by the way, I brought from India, are exerting a mysterious but none the less real influence upon my work."

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

whether - ob

environ - Umwelt; umgeben

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

fashioning - gestalten; Mode, Stil, Mode, fertigen, anfertigen

idol - Idol, Götze

India - Indien

exerting - anstrengend; anstrengen, ausüben

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

influence - Einfluss; Beeinflussung, Beeinflusser, beeinflussen

"Great God!" Ernest replied, "I have had the identical thought!"

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

identical - identisch; eineiig

"How very strange!" Clarke exclaimed, with seeming surprise.

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

seeming - scheinbar; anscheinend, scheinend; (seem); scheinen, dünken

"It is said tritely but truly, that great minds travel the same roads," Ernest observed, inwardly pleased.

tritely - abgedroschen, banale

truly - wirklich, wahrhaft, ehrlich, echt

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

observed - beobachtet; beobachten, beachten, halten, bemerken

inwardly - innerlich

"No," the older man subtly remarked, "but they reach the same conclusion by a different route."

remarked - bemerkt; bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

reach - erreichen; erzielen, greifen (nach)

conclusion - Schluss, Ende, Abschluss, Ergebnis, Schlussfolgerung

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

"And you attach serious importance to our fancy?"

attach - befestigen; anbringen

serious - ernst, seriös, ernsthaft, schwerwiegend

importance - Bedeutung; Wichtigkeit, Belang

"Why not?"

Clarke was gazing abstractedly at the bust of Balzac.

gazing - starrt; anstarren

abstractedly - abstrakt

"A man's genius is commensurate with his ability of absorbing from life the elements essential to his artistic completion. Balzac possessed this power in a remarkable degree. But, strange to say, it was evil that attracted him most. He absorbed it as a sponge absorbs water; perhaps because there was so little of it in his own make-up.

commensurate - Angemessen

ability - Fähigkeit

absorbing - absorbieren, aufnehen

elements - Elemente; Element

essential - unerlässlich; essenziell, notwendig, unverzichtbar, wesentlich

completion - Fertigstellung, Vervollständigung, Vollendung

degree - Abschluss; Diplom, akademischer Diplom, Grad, Winkelgrad

strange to say - merkwürdigerweise

evil - böse; Sünde, übel, üblen, Ăśbel

absorbed - absorbiert; absorbieren, aufnehen

sponge - Schwamm; Schnorrer; schnorren

absorbs - absorbiert; absorbieren, aufnehen

He must have purified the atmosphere around him for miles, by bringing all the evil that was floating in the air or slumbering in men's souls to the point of his pen.

purified - gereinigt; reinigen, rein machen

atmosphere - Atmosphäre

for miles - meilenweit

floating - schwebend; schwimmend, fließend, gleiten

slumbering - schlummernd; (slumber); Halbschlaf, Schlummer, Schläfchen

"And he"-his eyes were resting on Shakespeare's features as a man might look upon the face of a brother-"he, too, was such a nature. In fact, he was the most perfect type of the artist. Nothing escaped his mind. From life and from books he drew his material, each time reshaping it with a master-hand. Creation is a divine prerogative. Re-creation, infinitely more wonderful than mere calling into existence, is the prerogative of the poet.

resting - basierend, anhaltend, ausruhend; (rest) basierend, anhaltend

nature - Natur, Art

most perfect - einwandfreiste

escaped - entkommen; entgehen, entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

material - materiell; Material, Rohstoff

reshaping - umgestalten; umbilden, regenerieren

creation - Erfindung, Werk, Kreation, Schöpfung

divine - göttlich

prerogative - Prärogative, Bevorrechtung, Privileg, Vorrecht

more wonderful - wunderbarere

mere - einfach; nur, schier, bloß

existence - Existenz, Dasein

Shakespeare took his colours from many palettes. That is why he is so great, and why his work is incredibly greater than he. It alone explains his unique achievement. Who was he? What education did he have, what opportunities? None. And yet we find in his work the wisdom of Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh's fancies and discoveries, Marlowe's verbal thunders and the mysterious loveliness of Mr. W.H."

palettes - Paletten; Farbpalette, Palette

incredibly - Unglaublich

alone - allein, einsam, selbst, nur, ausschließlich

unique - einzigartig, unikal

achievement - Errungenschaft, Leistung, Großtat, Heldentat, Erfolg

opportunities - Möglichkeiten; Gelegenheit, Chance, Möglichkeit, Gelegenheit

wisdom - Weisheit

bacon - Speck

discoveries - Entdeckungen; Entdeckung, Entdeckung

verbal - wörtlich, verbal, mündlich, zeitwörtlich

loveliness - Lieblichkeit

Mr - Herr

Ernest listened, entranced by the sound of Clarke's mellifluous voice. He was, indeed, a master of the spoken word, and possessed a miraculous power of giving to the wildest fancies an air of vraisemblance.

entranced - hingerissen; Eingang, Einfahrt, Antritt

mellifluous - einschmeichelnd

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

miraculous - wundersam; wundertätig, mirakulös, Wunder

wildest - am wildesten; wild, rau

Chapter V

"Yes," said Walkham, the sculptor, "it's a most curious thing."

sculptor - Skulpteur, Bildhauer, Bildhauerin

most curious - neugierigste, kurioseste

"What is?" asked Ernest, who had been dreaming over the Sphinx that was looking at him from its corner with the sarcastic smile of five thousand years.

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

sarcastic - sarkastisch

"How our dreams of yesterday stare at us like strangers to-day."

strangers - Fremde, Fremdling, Unbekannte

"On the contrary," remarked Reginald, "it would be strange if they were still to know us. In fact, it would be unnatural. The skies above us and the earth underfoot are in perpetual motion. Each atom of our physical nature is vibrating with unimaginable rapidity. Change is identical with life."

contrary - entgegengesetzt, gegenläufig, entgegenstehend, ungünstig

unnatural - unnatürlich

skies - Himmel; (am) Firmament

underfoot - unter den Füßen

perpetual - unbefristet, ewig, immerwährend, unaufhörlich

motion - Bewegung

atom - Atom

physical - physisch, materiell, stofflich, physikalisch, körperlich

vibrating - vibrieren, Vibration

unimaginable - unvorstellbar

rapidity - Schnelligkeit

"It sometimes seems," said the sculptor, "as if thoughts evaporated like water."

Seems - Scheint; scheinen, dünken

evaporated - verdunstet; verdampfen, verdunsten, evaporieren, dörren

"Why not, under favorable conditions?"

favorable - vorteilhaft; günstig (für); gefällig

conditions - Bedingungen; Bedingung, Kondition, Bedingung, Voraussetzung

"But where do they go? Surely they cannot perish utterly?"

perish - untergehen; verderben, schlecht werden, umkommen

utterly - völlig

"Yes, that is the question. Or, rather, it is not a question. Nothing is ever lost in the spiritual universe."

spiritual - spirituell; geistig

universe - Universum, Weltall

"But what," inquired Ernest, "is the particular reason for your reflection?"

inquired - nachgefragt; erkundigen

particular - besonders; speziell, bestimmt, spezifisch, genau

reflection - Reflexion, Abbild, Reflektion, Abwägung

"It is this," the sculptor replied; "I had a striking motive and lost it."

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

motive - Motiv, Beweggrund

"Do you remember," he continued, speaking to Reginald, "the Narcissus I was working on the last time when you called at my studio?"

narcissus - Narzisse

"Yes; it was a striking thing and impressed me very much, though I cannot recall it at the moment."

impressed - beeindruckt; beeindrucken, prägen

recall - zurückrufen; erinnern

"Well, it was a commission. An eccentric young millionaire had offered me eight thousand dollars for it. I had an absolutely original conception. But I cannot execute it. It's as if a breeze had carried it away."

commission - Auftrag; Kommission, Ausschuss, Abschlußprämie

eccentric - exzentrisch, elliptisch, eiernd, außermittig, schrullig

millionaire - Millionär, Millionärin

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

absolutely - absolut, durchaus, total, unbedingt

original - ursprünglich, ur-, original, originell, Original, ext

conception - Empfängnis; Vorstellung, Konzeption

execute - hinrichten; ausführen, durchführen

breeze - Brise, Hauch

"That is very regrettable."

regrettable - bedauerlich

"Well, I should say so," replied the sculptor.

Ernest smiled. For everybody knew of Walkham's domestic troubles. Having twice figured in the divorce court, he was at present defraying the expenses of three households.

domestic - häuslich, Haus

troubles - Probleme; Ärger, Schwierigkeit, Anstrengung, Bemühung, Mühe

figured - gedacht; Abbildung, Figur, Gestalt, Ziffer, Form

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

defraying - bestreiten, bezahlen, tragen, decken

expenses - Ausgaben; Ausgabe, Aufwand, Verlust

households - Haushalte; Haushalt

The sculptor had meanwhile seated himself at Reginald's writing-table, unintentionally scanning a typewritten page that was lying before him. Like all artists, something of a madman and something of a child, he at first glanced over its contents distractedly, then with an interest so intense that he was no longer aware of the impropriety of his action.

Meanwhile - In der Zwischenzeit; währenddessen, inzwischen, derweil

unintentionally - ungewollt

scanning - Scannen; Abtastung, lesend, untersuchend; (scan); scannen

typewritten - maschinengeschrieben; abtippen

madman - Irrer, Wahnsinniger, Verrückter

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

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

distractedly - ablenkend

intense - intensiv; hochgradig

aware - wachsam, gewahr, bewusst, checkgewahr

impropriety - Unangemessenheit; Ungehörigkeit

"By Jove!" he cried. "What is this?"

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

"It's an epic of the French Revolution," Reginald replied, not without surprise.

epic - Epos; episch

French - Französisch

revolution - Revolution; Umdrehung

"But, man, do you know that I have discovered my motive in it?"

discovered - entdeckt; entdecken, erleben, erfahren, dabei sein

"What do you mean?" asked Ernest, looking first at Reginald and then at Walkham, whose sanity he began to doubt.

sanity - Verstand

doubt - bezweifeln, Zweifel


And the sculptor read, trembling with emotion, a long passage whose measured cadence delighted Ernest's ear, without, however, enlightening his mind as to the purport of Walkham's cryptic remark.

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

emotion - Emotionen; Gefühl, Empfindung

passage - Durchfahrt, Ăśbergang, Gang

measured - gemessen; Maß

enlightening - erhellend; aufklären

purport - vorgeben, unterstellen, beabsichtigen

cryptic - kryptisch

remark - bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

Reginald said nothing, but the gleam in his eye showed that this time, at least, his interest was alert.

gleam - Schimmer; durchschimmern, glänzen

alert - alarmiert; alarmieren; Alarm, Warnton, Alarmruf, wachsam

Walkham saw the hopelessness of making clear his meaning without an explanation.

hopelessness - Hoffnungslosigkeit

making clear - klarmachend

explanation - Erläuterung, Erklärung, Ausführung

"I forget you haven't a sculptor's mind. I am so constituted that, with me, all impressions are immediately translated into the sense of form. I do not hear music; I see it rise with domes and spires, with painted windows and Arabesques.

impressions - Eindrücke; Abdruck, Eindruck, Impression, Werbeeinblendung

immediately - sofort, alsbald, unverzüglich, auf der Stelle

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

domes - Kuppeln; Kuppel, qualifier

spires - Türme; Turmspitze, Spitze (Turm-)

arabesques - Arabesken; Arabeske, Arabeske

The scent of the rose is to me tangible. I can almost feel it with my hand. So your prose suggested to me, by its rhythmic flow, something which, at first indefinite, crystallised finally into my lost conception of Narcissus."

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

tangible - greifbar, erfühlbar, konkret, erfassbar, begreifbar

prose - Prosa

rhythmic - rhythmisch

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

indefinite - unbestimmt

crystallised - kristallisiert; kristallisieren

"It is extraordinary," murmured Reginald. "I had not dreamed of it."

extraordinary - außerordentlich, außergewöhnlich

murmured - gemurmelt; Rauschen

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

"So you do not think it rather fantastic?" remarked Ernest, circumscribing his true meaning.

circumscribing - umschreibend; einkreisen, eingrenzen

"No, it is quite possible. Perhaps his Narcissus was engaging the sub-conscious strata of my mind while I was writing this passage. And surely it would be strange if the undercurrents of our mind were not reflected in our style."

engaging - engagieren; beschäftigen, anstellen, angreifen, anlegen

sub - U-Boot; Unter..

conscious - bei Bewusstsein, wach, aufmerksam

strata - Schichten; (stratum); Bank

undercurrents - Unterströmungen; Unterströmung, Unterton, Beigeschmack

"Do you mean, then, that a subtle psychologist ought to be able to read beneath and between our lines, not only what we express, but also what we leave unexpressed?"

Psychologist - Psychologe, Psychologin

beneath - unter

unexpressed - unausgesprochen


"Even if, while we are writing, we are unconscious of our state of mind? That would open a new field to psychology."

state - Umstände ;Status , Zustand , Stand , Staat ;staatlich;darlegen, festlegen, konstatieren, festsetzen;Bundesland

field - Feld, Gefilde, Heide, tHeideland

psychology - Psychologie

"Only to those that have the key, that can read the hidden symbols. It is to me a matter-of-course that every mind-movement below or above the threshold of consciousness must, of a necessity, leave its imprint faintly or clearly, as the case may be, upon our activities."

symbols - Symbole; Symbol

threshold - Schwelle, Türschwelle

consciousness - Bewusstsein, Gewahrsein, Erkenntnis, Bewusstheit

necessity - Notwendigkeit, Nezessität, Not, Bedürfnis

imprint - Impressum; Erscheinungsvermerk, Abdruck, Gepräge; aufdrücken

faintly - kaum, schwach, entfernt, leicht

"This may explain why books that seem intolerably dull to the majority, delight the hearts of the few," Ernest interjected.

Seem - scheinen, dünken

intolerably - unerträglich

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

majority - Mehrheit, Majorität, Erwachsenenalter

hearts - Herzen; Herz, Herzstück

interjected - eingeworfen; einwerfen

"Yes, to the few that possess the key. I distinctly remember how an uncle of mine once laid down a discussion on higher mathematics and blushed fearfully when his innocent wife looked over his shoulder. The man who had written it was a roué."

possess - besitzen

mine - mein, meiner

laid down - hingelegt

discussion - Diskussion, Erörterung, Besprechung

mathematics - Mathematik; mathematisch

blushed - errötet; Schamröte; erröten, sich schämen

fearfully - furchtsam, ängstlich

innocent - rein; unschuldig

"Then the seemingly most harmless books may secretly possess the power of scattering in young minds the seed of corruption," Walkham remarked.

most harmless - harmloserem

seed - säen; Saatgut, Same, Saat, Samen

corruption - Korruption; Verderbnis, Verdorbenheit, Verkommenheit

"If they happen to understand," Clarke observed thoughtfully. "I can very well conceive of a lecherous text-book of the calculus, or of a reporter's story of a picnic in which burnt, under the surface, undiscoverable, save to the initiate, the tragic passion of Tristram and Iseult."

thoughtfully - nachdenklich, aufmerksam

conceive of - sich etwas vorstellen

lecherous - lüstern

calculus - Kalkül; Konkrement

reporter - Reporter, Reporterin

picnic - Picknick; Kinderspiel

burnt - angebrannt, verbrannt, brennen, verbrennen; (burn) angebrannt

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

undiscoverable - unauffindbar

save - retten; erretten; sichern, speichern, sparen, aufbewahren (2)

initiate - einleiten; Eingeweihter, Eingeweihte, Initiierter, Initiierte

tragic - tragisch

Chapter VI

The strange personality of the master of the house had enveloped the lad's thoughts with an impenetrable maze. The day before Jack had come on a flying visit from Harvard, but even he was unable to free Ernest's soul from the obsession of Reginald Clarke.

enveloped - umhüllt; einhüllen, umhüllen

lad - Junge, Knabe, Bube, Bursche, junger Mann, Stallbursche

impenetrable - undurchdringlich; undurchlässig

maze - Labyrinth; Irrgarten

flying visit - Stippvisite

Harvard - Harvard

unable - unfähig, untauglich

obsession - fixe Idee; Besessenheit, Sucht, checkObsession

Ernest was lazily stretching himself on a couch, waving the smoke of his cigarette to Reginald, who was writing at his desk.

lazily - faul, ruhig, träge

stretching - strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

couch - Liege

waving - (wave) wehen, winken mit, flattern; (wave) (wave) wehen

smoke - rauchen; Rauch

cigarette - Zigarette, Kippe

"Your friend Jack is delightful," Reginald remarked, looking up from his papers. "And his ebon-coloured hair contrasts prettily with the gold in yours. I should imagine that you are temperamental antipodes."

delightful - reizvoll, entzückend, angenehm

contrasts - Kontraste; Kontrast, Kontrast, Gegensatz, Kontrast, Unterschied

prettily - hübsche, nett

temperamental - Temperamentvoll

Antipodes - Antipoden; Antipode

"So we are; but friendship bridges the chasm between."

bridges - überbrücken, eine Brücke schlagen; Einschraubbrücke; Brücke

chasm - Abgrund, Kluft, Spalte

"How long have you known him?"

"We have been chums ever since our sophomore year."

chums - Kumpels; anfreunden

sophomore - zweiter, Nachfolger

"What attracted you in him?"

"It is no simple matter to define exactly one's likes and dislikes. Even a tiny protoplasmic animal appears to be highly complex under the microscope. How can we hope to analyse, with any degree of certitude, our souls, especially when, under the influence of feeling, we see as through a glass darkly."

define - bestimmen; definieren

exactly - genau; ganz genau

dislikes - Abneigungen; Unbehagen

protoplasmic - protoplasmatisch

Appears - Erscheint; erscheinen, auftauchen, erscheinen, auftauchen

highly - am Höchsten, hoch

complex - komplex; kompliziert

microscope - Mikroskop; mikroskopieren

analyse - analysieren

certitude - Gewissheit, Sicherheit

darkly - düster; dunkle, dunkel

"It is true that personal feeling colours our spectacles and distorts the perspective. Still, we should not shrink from self-analysis. We must learn to see clearly into our own hearts if we would give vitality to our work. Indiscretion is the better part of literature, and it behooves us to hound down each delicate elusive shadow of emotion, and convert it into copy."

spectacles - Brillen; Spektakel

distorts - verzerrt; verzerren, verzerren

perspective - Aussicht; Perspektive

shrink - Psychiater; schrumpfen, abnehmen, drücken

analysis - Analyse; Analysis

indiscretion - Indiskretion

literature - Literatur

behooves - ist es sinnvoll; obliegen

hound - Hund, Jagdhund, Laufhund

elusive - schwer fassbar

convert - konvertieren, umwandeln, Konvertit

copy - Kopie; Exemplar

"It is because I am so self-analytical that I realise the complexity of my nature, and am at a loss to define my emotions. Conflicting forces sway us hither and thither without neutralising each other. Physicology isn't physics. There were many things to attract me to Jack. He was subtler, more sympathetic, more feminine, perhaps, than the rest of my college-mates."

analytical - analytisch

realise - realisieren; erfassen, (Gewinn) erzielen, zu Geld machen

complexity - Kompliziertheit, Komplexität, Schwierigkeit, Komplikation

Loss - Verlust, Ausfall; Kursverlust

emotions - Emotionen; Gefühl

conflicting - widersprüchlich; Konflikt, Streit, Gegensatz, Konflikt

forces - Kräfte; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht, Einfluss

sway - schwanken; Schwingen, Schwenken, Hin- und Herschwingen

thither - dorthin, dahin

physics - Physik; Abführmittel

attract - anziehen; anziehen (1; 2)

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

more sympathetic - teilnahmsvollere

feminine - feminin, weiblich

rest - Ruhe, Stütze, Lehne, ein Ăśbriges; bleiben, ruhen, ausruhen

mates - Kumpels; schachmatt, Kamerad, Kameradin, verbinden; anpassen

"That I have noticed. In fact, his lashes are those of a girl. You still care for him very much?"

lashes - Wimpern; Peitsche, Wimper; anbinden

care - kümmern; Sorgfalt, Aufbewahrung, Behandlung

"It isn't a matter of caring. We are two beings that live one life."

beings - Wesen

"A sort of psychic Siamese twins?"

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

psychic - übersinnlich; Mentalist, checkHellseher

Siamese twins - siamesische Zwillinge

"Almost. Why, the matter is very simple. Our hearts root in the same soil; the same books have nourished us, the same great winds have shaken our being, and the same sunshine called forth the beautiful blossom of friendship."

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

soil - Boden, (Erd-) Boden; beflecken, beschmutzen, schmutzig machen

nourished - genährt; ernähren, nähren, aufziehen, erziehen, großziehen

winds - Winde; aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

shaken - geschüttelt; schütteln, erschüttern, schütteln, erschüttern

sunshine - Sonnenschein

blossom - Blüte; Blütezeit; blühen, erblühen, aufblühen

"He struck me, if you will pardon my saying so, as a rather commonplace companion."

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

Pardon - Vergebung, Verzeihung, Begnadigung, verzeihen, vergeben

commonplace - alltäglich, banal, gang und gäbe, gewöhnlich, Gemeinplatz

"There is in him a hidden sweetness, and a depth of feeling which only intimate contact reveals. He is now taking his post-graduate course at Harvard, and for well-nigh two months we have not met; yet so many invisible threads of common experience unite us that we could meet after years and still be near each other."

sweetness - Süßigkeit; Süße

depth - Tiefe

intimate - vertraut, innig, intim, vorsichtig andeuten

reveals - enthüllt; enthüllen, offenbaren

graduate - einen Abschluss; Absolvent, Absolventin, absolvieren, graduieren

nigh - naht; nahe, nah bei, beinahe, nahezu

invisible - unsichtbar; versteckt

threads - Fäden; Faden, Garn

unite - vereinen

"You are very young," Reginald replied.

"What do you mean?"

"Ah-never mind."

"So you do not believe that two hearts may ever beat as one?"

beat - Schlag ;jdn. bezwingen

"No, that is an auditory delusion. Not even two clocks beat in unison. There is always a discrepancy, infinitesimal, perhaps, but a discrepancy nevertheless."

auditory - auditiv; Zuhörerschaft

delusion - Täuschung, Irreführung, Wahn, Wahnvorstellung

beat - schlagen; Schlag; jdn. bezwingen

discrepancy - Diskrepanz, Widerspruch, Unstimmigkeit, Abweichung

infinitesimal - winzig, verschwindend

nevertheless - nichtsdestoweniger, trotzdem, lauch wenn, dennoch

A sharp ring of the bell interrupted the conversation. A moment later a curly head peeped through the door.

sharp - scharf; scharfsinning; spitz, -is, hoch, stechend

ring - Ring, Kreis

curly - gelockt; lockig; Lockenkopf, Wuschelkopf

peeped - gepiepst; (peep hole) Schauloch; (to peep through) durchgucken

"Hello, Ernest! How are you, old man?" the intruder cried, with a laugh in his voice. Then, noticing Clarke, he shook hands with the great man unceremoniously, with the nonchalance of the healthy young animal bred in the atmosphere of an American college.

intruder - Eindringling

noticing - Bekanntmachung, Benachrichtigung, Mitteilung, Kündigungsfrist

shook - geschüttelt; (to shake) erschüttern, schütteln

unceremoniously - kurzerhand

nonchalance - Nonchalance

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

His touch seemed to thrill Clarke, who breathed heavily and then stepped to the window, as if to conceal the flush of vitality on his cheek.

breathed - geatmet; atmen, einatmen, hauchen

heavily - schwerlich, stark

conceal - verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen

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

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

It was a breath of springtide that Jack had brought with him. Youth is a Prince Charming. To shrivelled veins the pressure of his hand imparts a spark of animation, and middle age unfolds its petals in his presence, as a sunflower gazing at late noon once more upon its lord.

springtide - Frühlingszeit; Frühling, Lenz

Prince Charming - Königssohn (im Märchen), Märchenprinz

shrivelled - geschrumpft; schrumpeln, verschrumpeln

veins - Venen; Vene, Ader, Geäder

pressure - Druck; unter Druck setzen

imparts - vermittelt; weitergeben, gewähren, mitteilen, vermitteln

spark - Funken; Funke; aufkeimen lassen, entfachen

animation - Belebung, Vitalisierung, Animation

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

unfolds - entfaltet; entfalten, ausbreiten, entfalten

petals - Blütenblätter; Blütenblatt

sunflower - Sonnenblume

noon - Mittag

Lord - Gebieter; Herr; herrschen

"I have come to take Ernest away from you," said Jack. "He looks a trifle paler than usual, and a day's outing will stir the red corpuscles in his blood."

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

paler - blasser; Kumpel, Kamerad

usual - gewöhnlich, üblich

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

corpuscles - Korpuskeln; Korpuskel

"I have no doubt that you will take very good care of him," Reginald replied.

"Where shall we go?" Ernest asked, absent-mindedly.

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

mindedly - gedankenvoll

But he did not hear the answer, for Reginald's scepticisms had more deeply impressed him than he cared to confess to himself.

scepticisms - Skepsis

deeply - tief; zutiefst

confess - gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

Chapter VII

The two boys had bathed their souls in the sea-breeze, and their eyes in light.

sea-breeze - (sea-breeze) Seewind

The tide of pleasure-loving humanity jostling against them had carried their feet to the "Lion Palace." From there, seated at table and quenching their thirst with high-balls, they watched the feverish palpitations of the city's life-blood pulsating in the veins of Coney Island, to which they had drifted from Brighton Beach.

tide - Gezeiten, Ebbe

humanity - die Menschheit; Menschheit; Humanität, Menschlichkeit

Palace - Palast; Schloss

quenching - Abschrecken; löschend, Löschung; (quench); stillen, löschen

thirst - Durst; dürsten

feverish - fiebrig, febril, fieberhaft

palpitations - Herzklopfen

Coney - Kaninchen

drifted - abgetrieben; Drift, driften, treiben, irren, ziellos ziehen

Ernest blew thoughtful rings of smoke into the air.

blew - geblasen; (to blow) blasen, wehen, pusten

thoughtful - nachdenklich, bedächtig, aufmerksam

rings - Ringe; Ring, Kreis

"Do you notice the ferocious look in the mien of the average frequenter of this island resort?" he said to Jack, whose eyes, following the impulse of his more robust youth, were examining specimens of feminine flotsam on the waves of the crowd.

ferocious - wild, brutal, grausam

mien - Miene

average - mittlere, Havarie, durchschnittlich; Mittelwert bilden (aus)

frequenter - Frequentierer; Stammgast; (frequent) Frequentierer; Stammgast

resort - Ferienort; umsortieren; Badeort (Seebad)

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

more robust - robustere

examining - die Prüfung; untersuchen, untersuchen, untersuchen, prüfen

specimens - Exemplare; Exemplar

flotsam - Treibgut

waves - Wellen; wehen, winken mit, flattern

"It is," he continued, speaking to himself for want of an audience, "the American who is in for having a 'good time.'And he is going to get it. Like a huntsman, he follows the scent of happiness; but I warrant that always it eludes him. Perhaps his mad race is only the epitome of humanity's vain pursuit of pleasure, the eternal cry that is never answered."

huntsman - Jägersmann, Grünrock (Jäger), Waidmann

Happiness - Glücklich sein; Glück, Glücklichkeit, Fröhlichkeit

warrant - Haftbefehl; Nachweis; Befehl; garantieren

eludes - entzieht sich; entziehen

race - um die Wette rennen; Rasse, Menschenschlag, Rennen

epitome - Inbegriff; Verkörperlichung; Abriss

vain - eitel; unnützlich

pursuit - Verfolgung

eternal - ewig

cry - weinen; schreien; rufen; Weinen; Schrei

But Jack was not listening. There are times in the life of every man when a petticoat is more attractive to him than all the philosophy of the world.

petticoat - Petticoat; Unterrock

more attractive - attraktivere

Philosophy - Philosophie

Ernest was a little hurt, and it was not without some silent remonstrance that he acquiesced when Jack invited to their table two creatures that once were women.

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

remonstrance - Vorwürfe; Protest, Einspruch, Beschwerde

acquiesced - geduldet; hinnehmen, einwilligen, dulden

invited - eingeladen; auffordern, einladen


"But they are interesting."

"I cannot find so."

They both had seen better times-of course. Then money losses came, with work in shop or factory, and the voice of the tempter in the commercial wilderness.

losses - Verluste; Verlust, Ausfall; Kursverlust

factory - Fabrik, Manufaktur, Werk

tempter - Verführer, Versucher

commercial - Werbung; kommerziell

One, a frail nervous little creature, who had instinctively chosen a seat at Ernest's side, kept prattling in his ear, ready to tell the story of her life to any one who was willing to treat her to a drink. Something in her demeanour interested him.

frail - zerbrechlich, schwächliche, gebrechlich

creature - Wesen, Lebewesen, Fabelwesen

seat - Sitz, Sitzplatz, Sitzgelegenheit, Stuhl, Sitzmöbel

prattling - Geplauder; plaudernd, Gelaber

treat - behandeln; bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

"And then I had a stroke of luck. The manager of a vaudeville was my friend and decided to give me a trial. He thought I had a voice. They called me Betsy, the Hyacinth Girl. At first it seemed as if people liked to hear me. But I suppose that was because I was new. After a month or two they discharged me."

stroke of luck - Glücksfall

manager - Direktor, Direktorin, Manager, Managerin

vaudeville - Vaudeville

trial - Erprobung, Prozess, Versuch, Probe

suppose - annehmen, vermuten, vermeinen

discharged - entladen, entlassen, entlassen, entladen, Ablauf, Befreiung

"And why?"

"I suppose I was just used up, that's all."


frightful - schrecklich

"I never had much of a voice-and the tobacco smoke-and the wine-I love wine."

tobacco - Tabak, Tabakpflanze

She gulped down her glass.

gulped - verschluckt; Schluck, schlucken, schlingen, verschlingen

"And do you like your present occupation?"

occupation - Beschäftigung, Beruf, Besatzung; Besetzung; q

"Why not? Am I not young? Am I not pretty?"

This she said not parrotwise, but with a simple coquettishness that was all her own.

parrotwise - Papageienweise

coquettishness - Koketterie; Gefallsucht, Gefallsüchtigkeit

On the way to the steamer a few moments later, Ernest asked, half-reproachfully: "Jack-and you really enjoyed this conversation?"

steamer - Dampfschiff, Dampfer

reproachfully - vorwurfsvoll

"Didn't you?"

"Do you mean this?"

"Why, yes; she was-very agreeable."

agreeable - angenehm; verträglich, liebenswürdig, gefällig

Ernest frowned.

frowned - die Stirn gerunzelt; die Stirn runzeln

"We're twenty, Ernest. And then, you see, it's like a course in sociology. Susie-"

sociology - Soziologie, Gesellschaftskunde

"Susie, was that her name?"


"So she had a name?"

"Of course."

"She shouldn't. It should be a number."

shouldn - sollte

"They may not be pillars of society; still, they're human."

pillars - Pfeilern; Pfeiler, Säule

Society - Gesellschaft

human - menschlich

"Yes," said Ernest, "that is the most horrible part of it."

most horrible - abscheulichste

Chapter VIII

The moon was shining brightly.

moon - Mond, Erdtrabant, Erdsatellit

shining - glänzen; schimmern, wienern; Schein; putzen (Schuhe)

brightly - leuchtend; strahlend, hell

Swift and sure the prow of the night-boat parted the silvery foam.

swift - Mauersegler; schnell; Segler; Garnwinde

prow - Bug

silvery - silbrig, silberig, silberhell, silbern

foam - Schaum; Schaumgummi; schäumen

The smell of young flesh. Peals of laughter. A breathless pianola. The tripping of dancing-feet. Voices husked with drink and voices soft with love. The shrill accents of vulgarity. Hustling waiters. Shop-girls. Bourgeois couples. Tired families of four and upward. Sleeping children. A boy selling candy. The crying of babies.

smell - Geruch; Geruchssinn, Riechen, stinken

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

peals - läuten; Geläut

laughter - Gelächter, Lachen

breathless - atemlos

voices - Stimmen; äußern

husked - geschält; schälen, ausschoten, enthülsen; Schale, Hülse, Schote

shrill - schrill; scharf

accents - Akzente; Dialekt, Akzent, Betonung; betonen, akzentuieren

vulgarity - Vulgarität

hustling - Abzocke; stoßend; (hustle); sich beeilen, hetzen, betrügen

bourgeois - Bürger, Spießer

couples - Paare; Paar

upward - nach oben; ansteigend, aufwärts

candy - Süßigkeiten; Süßigkeit, kandieren, Bonbon, Kandis; Naschereien

crying - Weinen; (cry); weinen; schreien; rufen; Weinen; Schrei

The two friends were sitting on the upper deck, muffled in their long rain-coats.

upper deck - Oberdeck

muffled - gedämpft; umhüllen, einhüllen

In the distance the Empire City rose radiant from the mist.

distance - Distanz, Entfernung, Abstand, Ferne, Weite, entfernen

Empire - Reich, Imperium, Kaiserreich, Kaisertum, Weltreich

rose - Rosa; (rise); Rosa

radiant - strahlend; Radiant

mist - Nebel

"Say, Ernest, you should spout some poetry as of old. Are your lips stricken mute, or are you still thinking of Coney Island?"

spout - Tülle, Ausguss, Schnabel, Auslauf

poetry - Dichtkunst, Poesie, checkDichtung, checkDichtkunst

stricken - angeschlagen; ergriffen, heimgesucht, betroffen

mute - stumm; sprachlos; abdämpfen, dämpfen

"Oh, no, the swift wind has taken it away. I am clean, I am pure. Life has passed me. It has kissed me, but it has left no trace."

wind - aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

pure - bloß, rein

kissed - geküsst; küssen

trace - verfolgen; Zeichen, Spur

He looked upon the face of his friend. Their hands met. They felt, with keen enjoyment, the beauty of the night, of their friendship, and of the city beyond.

enjoyment - Genuss, Vergnügen

beauty - Schönheit; Schöner, Schöne, Prachtstück

Then Ernest's lips moved softly, musically, twitching with a strange ascetic passion that trembled in his voice as he began:

softly - sachte; leise

musically - Musikalisch

twitching - Zuckungen; zupfend, zupfen; (twitch) Zuckungen; zupfend, zupfen

ascetic - asketisch; Asket, Asketin

"Huge steel-ribbed monsters rise into the air

huge - riesig

steel - verstählen; Stahl

ribbed - gerippt; Rippe (Profil); Drehschiene, Spant, Rippe, Lamelle

monsters - Monster

Her Babylonian towers, while on high,

Babylonian - babylonisch; Babylonier, Babylonierin, Babylonisch

towers - Türme; starker Rückhalt, Turm; emporragen, hochragen, ragen

Like gilt-scaled serpents, glide the swift trains by,

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

scaled - skaliert; Skala, Kesselsteine, Schuppe; ersteigen, erklettern

serpents - Schlangen; Schlange, qualifieroetic, Serpent

glide - gleiten; gleiten lassen

Or, underfoot, creep to their secret lair.

creep - Fiesling; kriechen; schleichen; Knilch, Widerling

lair - Versteck; lagern

A thousand lights are jewels in her hair,

The sea her girdle, and her crown the sky;

girdle - Gürtel, Hüfthalter

sky - Himmel; (am) Firmament

Her life-blood throbs, the fevered pulses fly.

throbs - pocht; klopfen, schlagen, pochen, klopfen, pulsieren, Pochen

fevered - Fieberhaft; Fieber

pulses - Impulse; pulsieren; Impuls, Puls

Immense, defiant, breathless she stands there.

defiant - keck, frech, trotzig

"And ever listens in the ceaseless din,

ceaseless - unaufhörlich; endlos

din - Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

Waiting for him, her lover, who shall come,

lover - Geliebte, Liebhaber, Liebhaberin

Whose singing lips shall boldly claim their own,

boldly - kühn, tapfer

claim - Anspruch; Rechtstitel, Behauptung, Mutung, beanspruchen

And render sonant what in her was dumb,

render - leisten, wiedergeben

dumb - dumm; stumm, sprachlos, blöd, doof

The splendour, and the madness, and the sin,

madness - Wahnsinn, Verrücktheit, Tollheit

sin - Sünde, sündigen; eine Sünde begehen

Her dreams in iron and her thoughts of stone."

iron - eisern; bügeln; in Eisen legen

stone - Stein; Edelstein, Schmuckstein, Kern, steinigen

He paused. The boat glided on. For a long time neither spoke a word.

glided - geglitten; gleiten, gleiten, gleiten lassen

After a while Jack broke the silence: "And are you dreaming of becoming the lyric mouth of the city, of giving utterance to all its yearnings, its 'dreams in iron and its thoughts of stone'?"

lyric - Lyrik; lyrisches Gedicht

utterance - Äußerung

"No," replied Ernest, simply, "not yet. It is strange to what impressions the brain will respond. In Clarke's house, in the midst of inspiring things, inspiration failed me. But while I was with that girl an idea came to me-an idea, big, real."

Simply - einfach

respond - antworten; reagieren

inspiring - inspirierend; inspirieren, inspirieren, beatmen, einhauchen

inspiration - Einatmung, Einatmen, Einschnaufen, göttliche Eingebung

failed - gescheitert; mangelhaft (Zensur 5)

"Will it deal with her?"

deal - Menge, Handel, Teil, Abkommen

Ernest smiled: "Oh, no. She personally has nothing to do with it. At least not directly. It was the commotion of blood and-brain. The air-the change. I don't know what."

personally - persönlich, personaliter

directly - direkt, gerade, unmittelbar

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

"What will it be?" asked Jack, with interest all alert.

"A play, a wonderful play. And its heroine will be a princess, a little princess, with a yellow veil."

heroine - Heldin, Heroine

princess - Prinzessin, Königstochter

veil - Vorhang; Schleier; verschleiern, verhüllen

"What of the plot?"

plot - Handlung, Plot, Ausdruck, Komplott, planen, ausarbeiten

"That I shall not tell you to-day. In fact, I shall not breathe a word to any one. It will take you all by surprise-and the public by storm."

breathe - atmen; einatmen; hauchen

public - öffentlich; Publikum, Öffentlichkeit

storm - stürmen; Sturm

"So it will be playable?"

playable - spielbar

"If I am not very much mistaken, you will see it on Broadway within a year. And," he added graciously, "I will let you have two box-seats for the first night."

graciously - gütige, gnädig

seats - Sitze; Sitz, Sitzplatz, Sitzgelegenheit, Stuhl, Sitzmöbel

first night - Erstaufführung , Premiere

They both chuckled at the thought, and their hearts leaped within them.

chuckled - gekichert; leises Lachen, Glucksen, glucken (Henne); glucksen

"I hope you will finish it soon," Jack observed after a while. "You haven't done much of late."

"A similar reflection was on my mind when you came yesterday. That accounts for the low spirits in which you found me."

accounts - Konten; Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

low spirits - Niedergeschlagenheit

"Ah, indeed," Jack replied, measuring Ernest with a look of wonder. "But now your face is aglow. It seems that the blood rushes to your head swifter at the call of an idea than at the kiss of a girl."

measuring - Mess.., messend; (measure); Maß; Messung, Maßstab, Takt

wonder - Wunder, Mirakel, wundern

aglow - leuchten

rushes - eilt; stürzen, drängen, hetzen, rasen; Eile, Andrang

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

kiss - küssen

"Thank God!" Ernest remarked with a sigh of relief. "Mighty forces within me are fashioning the limpid thought. Passion may grip us by the throat momentarily; upon our backs we may feel the lashes of desire and bathe our souls in flames of many hues; but the joy of activity is the ultimate passion."

sigh - Seufzen, Seufzer, Säuseln (Wind); säuseln (Wind)

relief - Erleichterung, Befreiung, Linderung, Unterstützung

limpid - klar, durchsichtig

grip - packen, fassen; Griffigkeit, Heft (von Säge, Feile)

momentarily - Momentan

bathe - baden

flames - Flammen; Flamme, q

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

ultimate - letzter, ultimativ, äußerster

Chapter IX

It seemed, indeed, as if work was to Ernest what the sting of pleasure is to the average human animal. The inter-play of his mental forces gave him the sensuous satisfaction of a woman's embrace. His eyes sparkled. His muscle tightened. The joy of creation was upon him.

sting - stechen; Stachel, brennender Schmerz, Stich; schmerzlich treffen

inter - begraben

sensuous - sinnenfreudig, sinnlich, sinnenhaft, sensorisch, Sinnes-

satisfaction - Befriedigung; Zufriedenheit; Satisfaktion, Genugtuung

Embrace - umarmen; annehmen, Umarmung

sparkled - funkelte; funkeln

muscle - Muskeln; Muskel

tightened - verschärft; anziehen

Often very material reasons, like stone weights tied to the wings of a bird, stayed the flight of his imagination. Magazines were waiting for his copy, and he was not in the position to let them wait. They supplied his bread and butter.

weights - Gewicht

tied - gebunden; zusammenbinden

position - Stellung, Position, Arbeitsplatz, Stelle, positionieren

supplied - geliefert; Stellvertretung, Versorgung, Vorrat; liefern

Between the bread and butter, however, the play was growing scene by scene. In the lone hours of the night he spun upon the loom of his fancy a brilliant weft of swift desire-heavy, perfumed, Oriental-interwoven with bits of gruesome tenderness. The thread of his own life intertwined with the thread of the story. All genuine art is autobiography.

scene - Szene

Lone - Einsam; einzeln

spun - gesponnen; durchdrehen, spinnen

loom - Webstuhl; undeutlich sichtbar werden

brilliant - strahlend, brillant, genial, Brillant, Diamant

weft - schuss

perfumed - parfümiert; Duft, Parfüm

Oriental - orientalisch, Orientale, östlich

interwoven - verwoben; verweben, verflechten, durchweben, einweben

gruesome - grausam; grauenhaft, grauenvoll

tenderness - Zärtlichkeit

thread - Thema; Faden, Garn, Zwirn, Nähgarn

intertwined - miteinander verflochten; verflechten, verflechten

genuine - echt, original, genuin

autobiography - Autobiographie; Autobiografie, Selbstbiographie

It is not, however, necessarily a revelation of the artist's actual self, but of a myriad of potential selves. Ah, our own potential selves! They are sometimes beautiful, often horrible, and always fascinating. They loom to heavens none too high for our reach; they stray to yawning hells beneath our very feet.

necessarily - unbedingt

revelation - Enthüllung, Offenbarung, Erkenntnis

actual - tatsächlich, konkret, gegenwärtig, aktuell

potential - Potenzial; Potential; möglich, potenziell, potentiell

selves - Selbst

horrible - schrecklich, abscheulich, fies, makaber

fascinating - faszinierend; faszinieren, faszinieren, faszinieren, bezaubern

heavens - Himmel, Firmament

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

yawning - gähnt; (yawn) gähnen; (yawn); gähnen; Gähnen

hells - Höllen; Hölle

The man who encompasses heaven and hell is a perfect man. But there are many heavens and more hells. The artist snatches fire from both. Surely the assassin feels no more intensely the lust of murder than the poet who depicts it in glowing words. The things he writes are as real to him as the things that he lives. But in his realm the poet is supreme. His hands may be red with blood or white with leprosy: he still remains king. Woe to him, however, if he transcends the limits of his kingdom and translates into action the secret of his dreams.

encompasses - Umfassend; umschließen, umgeben, umfassen, umfassen, enthalten

Heaven - Der Himmel; Himmel, Firmament, Paradies

snatches - Fetzen; klauen, stehlen, Reißen

assassin - Assassine; Attentäter, Attentäterin, Mörder, Mörderin

intensely - intensiv

murder - Mord, mörderisch, ermorden, massakrieren, umbringen

depicts - abbildet; darstellen, beschreiben, abbilden

glowing - glühen, abstrahlen, leuchten, Glühen

realm - Bereich; Reich, Königreich

supreme - übergeordnet; höchster, oberster

leprosy - Lepra, Aussatz

remains - bleibt; Überrest (2), de

woe - wehe; Weh, Jammer, Kummer, Leid

transcends - transzendiert; ubersteigen

limits - Begrenzung, Grenze, Obergrenze; begrenzen

Kingdom - Königreich, Königtum

translates - übersetzt; übersetzen, übertragen, verdolmetschen, dolmetschen

The throng that before applauded him will stone his quivering body or nail to the cross his delicate hands and feet.

throng - Menschengewühl, Gedränge, Menschenmenge, Schwarm

applauded - applaudiert; applaudieren, klatschen, Beifall klatschen, loben

quivering - zitternd; zittern

nail - nageln (derb. koitieren); annageln, Nagel, nageln

Cross - Kreuz; Kreuzzeichen; Kreuzung; Cross; Flanke; quer; entgegengesetzt

Sometimes days passed before Ernest could concentrate his mind upon his play. Then the fever seized him again, and he strung pearl on pearl, line on line, without entrusting a word to paper. Even to discuss his work before it had received the final brush-strokes would have seemed indecent to him.

concentrate - konzentrieren, sich konzentrieren, konzentrieren

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

pearl - Perle

entrusting - anvertrauen

received - bekommen, erhalten, empfangen, kriegen, empfangen

strokes - Schlaganfälle; streicheln; Stoß, Schlag, Streich, Hub

indecent - unanständig, unkonventionell, unschicklich

Reginald, too, seemed to be in a turmoil of work. Ernest had little chance to speak to him. And to drop even a hint of his plans between the courses at breakfast would have been desecration.

turmoil - Aufruhr, Tumult, Unruhe, Unordnung

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

drop - fallen lassen, senken, weglassen, aufgeben

hint - Hinweis, Tipp, Wink, Fingerzeig

at breakfast - beim Frühstück

desecration - Profanierung, Profanation, Entheiligung, Schändung

Sunset followed sunset, night followed night. The stripling April had made room for the lady May. The play was almost completed in Ernest's mind, and he thought, with a little shudder, of the physical travail of the actual writing. He felt that the transcript from brain to paper would demand all his powers. For, of late, his thoughts seemed strangely evanescent; they seemed to run away from him whenever he attempted to seize them.

stripling - Streifenhörnchen; Jüngling

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

transcript - Niederschrift; Abschrift, Transkript, Protokoll, Mitschrift

demand - Nachfrage, Bedarf, Anspruch, verlangen, bestehen

powers - Kräfte; Macht, Kraft, Macht, Macht, Großmacht, Kraft, Stärke

evanescent - flüchtig

whenever - wann auch immer

attempted - Versucht; versuchen, Versuch, Bestreben

seize - ergreifen, fassen, packen, beschlagnahmen, erfassen

The day was glad with sunshine, and he decided to take a long walk in the solitude of the Palisades, to steady hand and nerve for the final task.

solitude - Einsamkeit, Alleinsein

palisades - Palisaden; Palisade

steady - beständig; stetig; stabilisieren

task - Pensum; beschäftigen, in Anspruch nehmen; Arbeit, Aufgabe

He told Reginald of his intention, but met with little response. Reginald's face was wan and bore the peculiar pallor of one who had worked late at night.

intention - Absicht

wan - Großraumnetzwerk

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

pallor - Blässe

"You must be frightfully busy?" Ernest asked, with genuine concern.

frightfully - furchtbar; schrecklich, schreckliche

concern - Bedenken; Sorge, Anliegen, Betroffenheit, Besorgnis, Konzern

"So I am," Reginald replied. "I always work in a white heat. I am restless, nervous, feverish, and can find no peace until I have given utterance to all that clamours after birth."

heat - Hitze, Wärme

restless - unruhig; ruhelos, rastlos, checkunruhig

peace - Ruhe, Frieden, Friede

clamours - zetern; Geschrei, Aufschrei, Lärm

birth - Geburt; Niederkunft, Ursprung, Herkunft

"What is it that is so engaging your mind, the epic of the French Revolution?"

"Oh, no. I should never have undertaken that. I haven't done a stroke of work on it for several weeks. In fact, ever since Walkham called, I simply couldn't. It seemed as if a rough hand had in some way destroyed the web of my thought. Poetry in the writing is like red hot glass before the master-blower has fashioned it into birds and trees and strange fantastic shapes.

undertaken - unternommen; unternehmen, ausführen, verpflichten

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

rough - rau, grob, Rough

destroyed - zerstört; zerstören, vernichten, qualifier

web - Netz; Web

blower - Bläser; Gebläse, Lüfter (fan), Ventilator (fan)

fashioned - modisch; Mode, Stil, Mode, fertigen, anfertigen

shapes - Zustand, Form, Form, Form, Gestalt, Form

A draught, caused by the opening of a door may distort it. But at present I am engaged upon more important work. I am modelling a vessel not of fine-spun glass, but of molten gold."

draught - Tiefgang; Spielstein

caused - verursacht; Ursache, Anlass, Grund, Sache, verursachen

distort - verzerren

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

vessel - Schiff, Boot, Wasserfahrzeug, Gefäß, Behälter

molten - geschmolzen; (melt); Schmelze; Schmelzwasser; schmelzen

"You make me exceedingly anxious to know what you have in store for us. It seems to me you have reached a point where even you can no longer surpass yourself."

exceedingly - übermäßig; überaus, äußerst, außerordentlich, ungemein

anxious - ängstlich, besorgt

in store - vorrätig

surpass - übersteigen, übertreffen, überschreiten, überbieten

Reginald smiled. "Your praise is too generous, yet it warms like sunshine. I will confess that my conception is unique. It combines with the ripeness of my technique the freshness of a second spring."

combines - Mähdrescher; kombinieren, verbinden, vereinen

ripeness - Reife

technique - Technik

freshness - Frische

Ernest was bubbling with anticipated delights. His soul responded to Reginald's touch as a harp to the winds. "When," he cried, "shall we be privileged to see it?"

bubbling - Blasenbildung; Blase, Blase, Blase, Blase, blubbern

anticipated - vorweggenommen; vorgreifen, voraussehen, vorausahnen

delights - Köstlichkeiten; Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen

harp - Harfe; auf (etwas) herumreiten

Reginald's eyes were already straying back to his writing table. "If the gods are propitious," he remarked, "I shall complete it to-night. To-morrow is my reception, and I have half promised to read it then."

straying - verirrt; abirrend, streunend; (stray) verirrt; abirrend

Propitious - günstig, förderlich, gnädig, vorteilhaft, verheißungsvoll

reception - Aufnahme, Empfang, Rezeption, checkAufnahme

promised - versprochen; Versprechen

"Perhaps I shall be in the position soon to let you see my play."

"Let us hope so," Reginald replied absent-mindedly. The egotism of the artist had once more chained him to his work.

egotism - Egoismus; Egotismus

chained - angekettet; Kette, Kette, Kette, Kette, anketten, ketten

Chapter X

That night a brilliant crowd had gathered in Reginald Clarke's house. From the studio and the adjoining salon arose a continual murmur of well-tuned voices. On bare white throats jewels shone as if in each a soul were imprisoned, and voluptuously rustled the silk that clung to the fair slim forms of its bearers in an undulating caress. Subtle perfumes emanated from the hair and the hands of syren women, commingling with the soft plump scent of their flesh.

gathered - gesammelt; sammeln, versammeln

adjoining - angrenzend

arose - entstanden ist; sich erheben, aufstehen, entstehen, auftreten

continual - fortlaufend

murmur - Rauschen, Murmeln, Gemurmel, Raunen, Herzgeräusch

tuned - gestimmt; Tonne (altes Hohlmaß); Fass

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

throats - Kehlen; Kehle, Kehle, Rachen, Hals, Flaschenhals

imprisoned - inhaftiert; einsperren, einkerkern

voluptuously - lüstern

rustled - geraschelt; Rascheln

silk - Seide

clung to - angeschmiegt

fair - gerecht, fair, heiter, schön, angemessen

bearers - Trägern; Träger, Trägerin, Inhaber, Inhaberin, Träger, Trägerin

undulating - wogen, schwingen, wellenförmig bewegen, wellen, ondulieren

perfumes - Parfums; Duft, Parfüm

emanated - ausgestrahlt; ausstrahlen

commingling - Vermischung; mischen, zusammenfügen, vermischen, mixen

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

Fragrant tapers, burning in precious crystal globules stained with exquisite colours, sprinkled their shimmering light over the fashionable assemblage and lent a false radiance to the faces of the men, while in the hair and the jewels of the women each ray seemed to dance like an imp with its mate.

fragrant - duftend, wohlriechend

tapers - Kegel; abdrehen (konisch), zuspitzen, spitz zulaufen

burning - Verbrennen; brennend; Verbrennung; (burn) Verbrennen; brennend; Verbrennung

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

globules - Globuli; Kügelchen

sprinkled - bestreut; sprühen, besprühen, Nieselregen

shimmering - schimmernd; (shimmer) schimmernd

fashionable - modisch, fashionable

assemblage - Sammlung, Menge, Versammlung

lent - verliehen; lieh

ray - Schimmer, Strahl; ausstrahlen

imp - Wichtel, Schelm, Kobold

A seat like a throne, covered with furs of tropic beasts of prey, stood in one corner of the room in the full glare of the light, waiting for the monarch to come. Above were arranged with artistic raffinement weird oriental draperies, resembling a crimson canopy in the total effect. Chattering visitors were standing in groups, or had seated themselves on the divans and curiously-fashioned chairs that were scattered in seeming disorder throughout the salon.

throne - Thron

covered - abgedeckt; Deckel, Abdeckung, Deckung, Versteck

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

Tropic - Wendekreis; tropisch

beasts - Biester; Tier

prey - Beute; lauern, auflauern

monarch - Monarch, Monarchin, Fürst

arranged - vereinbart; arrangieren, systematisieren, aufstellen, ordnen

resembling - ähneln, gleichen

crimson - Karmesinrot; Purpur, Purpurrot, Karmesin, purpurn

canopy - Baldachin, Himmel, Vordach, Überdach, Überhang, Kronendach

Total - Insgesamt; Gesamtbetrag, Gesamtsumme, ganz, komplett, total

chattering - Geplapper; plappernd

in groups - gruppenweise

themselves - selbst; sich; sich selber

divans - Diwane; Diwan, Diwan, Diwan

curiously - neugierige

scattered - verstreut; zerstreuen, zerstreuen, streuen, verstreuen

disorder - Unordnung; Unruhen; Störung

throughout - durchgehend; überall

There were critics and writers and men of the world. Everybody who was anybody and a little bigger than somebody else was holding court in his own small circle of enthusiastic admirers. The Bohemian element was subdued, but not entirely lacking. The magic of Reginald Clarke's name made stately dames blind to the presence of some individuals whom they would have passed on the street without recognition.

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

Anybody - Ist da jemand; jemand, wer

holding - haltend; (hold) haltend

enthusiastic - enthusiastisch, begeistert

admirers - Bewunderer, Bewundrerin, Bewunderin

Bohemian - Boheme; Böhme, Böhmin

element - Element; Bauelement

subdued - gedämpft; unter Kontrolle bringen, unterwerfen, unterwerfen

entirely - vollständig; ganz, total, entirely

lacking - Mangelhaft; ermangeln, fehlen

magic - Zauberei, Zauber, Magie, Hexerei

dames - Frauen; Dame

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

individuals - Einzelpersonen; Individuum

Ernest surveyed this gorgeous assembly with the absent look of a sleep-walker. Not that his sensuous soul was unsusceptible to the atmosphere of culture and corruption that permeated the whole, nor to the dazzling colour effects that tantalised while they delighted the eye. But to-night they shrivelled into insignificance before the splendour of his inner vision. A radiant dreamland palace, his play, had risen from the night of inchoate thought. It was wonderful, it was real, and needed for its completion only the detail of actual construction.

surveyed - befragt; Umfrage, Untersuchung, Vermessung, überblicken

gorgeous - fantastisch, großartig, herrlich, hinreißend

assembly - Montage; Baugruppe; Versammlung

sleep-walker - (sleep-walker) Schlafwandler

unsusceptible - unempfindlich

permeated - durchdrungen; durchsickern, durchdringen, verbreiten

effects - Auswirkungen; Auswirkung, Wirkung, Eindruck, Effekt, Effekt

tantalised - gequält; quälen, peinigen

insignificance - Unwichtigkeit; Geringfügigkeit

vision - Sicht, Sehvermögen, Sehkraft, Augenlicht, Trugbild

dreamland - Traumland

risen - aufgestiegen; Kursanstieg; Aufgang, Gehaltszulage, Aufschwung

inchoate - im Entstehen begriffen, beginnend, unausgegoren, chaotisch

construction - Bau, Bauarbeit, Bauwerk, Bauwesen, Aufbau, Satzbau, Auslegung

And now the characters were hovering in the recesses of his brain, were yearning to leave that many-winded labyrinth to become real beings of paper and ink. He would probably have tarried overlong in this fanciful mansion, had not the reappearance of an unexpected guest broken his reverie.

characters - Figur, Person, Charakter, Charakter, Original

hovering - schwebend; rütteln, verweilen, zögern, bewegen

recesses - Pausen; Vertiefung, Winkel, Aushöhlung, qualifier

yearning - Sehnsucht; (yearn) Sehnsucht

winded - verschnupft; (wind) aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln

ink - Tinte

tarried - gezögert; zögern; teerig

fanciful - phantasievoll

mansion - Herrenhaus, Villa, Anwesen

reappearance - Wiedererscheinen; Wiedererscheinung

unexpected - unerwartet

guest - Gast; gastieren

reverie - Träumerei

"Jack!" he exclaimed in surprise, "I thought you a hundred miles away from here."

"That shows that you no longer care for me," Jack playfully answered. "When our friendship was young, you always had a presentiment of my presence."

playfully - spielerisch

had a presentiment - vorgeahnt

"Ah, perhaps I had. But tell me, where do you hail from?"

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

"Clarke called me up on the telephone-long-distance, you know. I suppose it was meant as a surprise for you. And you certainly looked surprised-not even pleasantly. I am really head-over-heels at work. But you know how it is. Sometimes a little imp whispers into my ears daring me to do a thing which I know is foolish. But What of it? My legs are strong enough not to permit my follies to overtake me."

surprised - überrascht; Überraschung, Überraschung

pleasantly - angenehme, angenehm

heels - Absätze; Hinterende des Hobels, Ferse

whispers - Geflüster

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

foolish - dumm, närrisch, töricht

What of it - Was ist schon dabei?

permit - Genehmigung; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

follies - Verrücktheiten; Torheit, Narrheit, Dummheit, Tollheit, Aberwitz

overtake - überholen; aufholen

"It was certainly good of you to come. In fact, you make me very glad. I feel that I need you to-night-I don't know why. The feeling came suddenly-suddenly as you. I only know I need you. How long can you stay?"

"I must leave you to-morrow morning. I have to hustle somewhat. You know my examinations are taking place in a day or two and I've got to cram up a lot of things."

hustle - drängeln; sich beeilen, hetzen, betrügen, abziehen, Hast, Hektik

somewhat - etwas, einigermaßen

examinations - Prüfungen; Prüfung, Untersuchung, Untersuchung, Prüfung, Test

cram - stopfen, vollpacken, mästen, vollstopfen, büffeln, pauken

"Still," remarked Ernest, "your visit will repay you for the loss of time. Clarke will read to us to-night his masterpiece."

repay - zurückzahlen; zurückbezahlen

loss of time - Zeitverlust

masterpiece - Meisterstück, Meisterwerk

"What is it?"

"I don't know. I only know it's the real thing. It's worth all the wisdom bald-headed professors may administer to you in concentrated doses at five thousand a year."

worth - wert

bald - kahl, glatzköpfig; q

professors - Professoren; Professor, Professorin, Professorsgattin, Bekenner

administer - darreichen, verabreichen, verwalten, administrieren

concentrated - konzentriert; konzentrieren, sich konzentrieren, konzentrieren

doses - Dosen; Dienstverweigerung

"Come now," Jack could not help saying, "is your memory giving way? Don't you remember your own days in college-especially the mathematical examinations? You know that your marks came always pretty near the absolute zero."

Come now - Ja, das ist etwas anderes.

memory - Gedächtnis; Erinnerung; Speicher

giving way - nachgebend

mathematical - mathematisch; rechnerisch

marks - Zeichen; Markus, Markus, Markus

absolute - absolut; rein

"Jack," cried Ernest in honest indignation, "not the last time. The last time I didn't flunk."

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

indignation - Empörung, Entrüstung

flunk - durchfallen; durchfallen lassen

"No, because your sonnet on Cartesian geometry roused even the math-fiend to compassion. And don't you remember Professor Squeeler, whose heart seemed to leap with delight whenever he could tell you that, in spite of incessant toil on your part, he had again flunked you in physics with fifty-nine and a half per cent.?"

sonnet - Sonett

Cartesian - kartesisch, cartesisch, cartesianisch, kartesianisch

geometry - Geometrie, Raumlehre

roused - geweckt; wachrufen, wecken

math - mathematisch

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

compassion - Mitleid, Erbarmen, Mitgefühl

professor - Professor, Professorin, Professorsgattin, Bekenner, Bekennerin

leap - hervorspringen, hüpfen, überspringen

spite - Bosheit; trotz

incessant - ständig, unablässig, unaufhörlich

toil - Mühe; schuften, sich plagen, sich quälen, roboten

flunked - Durchgefallen; durchfallen, durchfallen lassen

per - je, pro, für, per

"And he wouldn't raise the mark to sixty! God forgive him,-I cannot."

raise - Gehaltszulage; aufsteigen, anheben, erhöhen, heranziehen

mark - Markus

forgive - vergeben, verzeihen, entschuldigen

Here their exchange of reminiscences was interrupted. There was a stir. The little potentates of conversation hastened to their seats, before their minions had wholly deserted them.

Exchange - austauschen, umtauschen, tauschen

potentates - Potentaten; Potentat, Potentatin

hastened to - zugeeilt

minions - Ergebener, Untergebener, Lakai, Günstling, Kolonel, Colonel

wholly - ganz

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

The king was moving to his throne!

king - König

Assuredly Reginald Clarke had the bearing of a king. Leisurely he took his seat under the canopy.

assuredly - Sicherlich

leisurely - gemütlich; gemächlich

A hush fell on the audience; not a fan stirred as he slowly unfolded his manuscript.

Hush - Pst; verstummen, still werden, zum Schweigen bringen, Stille

fan - wedeln (Seitenruder); Fächer, Lüfter, Gebläse, Liebhaber

stirred - gerührt; erschüttern, bewegen, sich rühren

slowly - langsam

unfolded - entfaltet; entfalten, ausbreiten, entfalten

manuscript - Handschrift, Manuskript, Handschrift, Manuskript

Chapter XI

The music of Reginald Clarke's intonation captivated every ear. Voluptuously, in measured cadence, it rose and fell; now full and strong like the sound of an organ, now soft and clear like the tinkling of bells. His voice detracted by its very tunefulness from what he said. The powerful spell charmed even Ernest's accustomed ear. The first page gracefully glided from Reginald's hand to the carpet before the boy dimly realised that he was intimately familiar with every word that fell from Reginald's lips. When the second page slipped with seeming carelessness from the reader's hand, a sudden shudder ran through the boy's frame.

intonation - Satzmelodie, Sprachmelodie, Intonation, Tongebung

tinkling - (tinkle) klingeln, klimpern, bimmeln; (tinkle); klingeln

bells - Glocken; Klingel, Schelle, Glocke

tunefulness - Melodienreichtum

powerful - mächtig

charmed - verzaubert; Talisman; Charme, Zauberformel

accustomed - Gewöhnt; gewöhnen, gewöhnen

gracefully - anmutig

carpet - Teppich, Teppichboden, auslegen, bedecken

dimly - undeutlich; trübe

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

intimately - vertraut

familiar - vertraut; bekannt

carelessness - Nachlässigkeit; Unvorsichtigkeit, Leichtsinn

sudden - plötzlich, jäh

frame - ausarbeiten, entwerfen, einfassen, einrahmen, festlegen

It was as if an icy hand had gripped his heart. There could be no doubt of it. This was more than mere coincidence. It was plagiarism. He wanted to cry out. But the room swam before his eyes. Surely he must be dreaming. It was a dream. The faces of the audience, the lights, Reginald, Jack-all phantasmagoria of a dream.

icy - eisig, Eis

gripped - gegriffen; packen, fassen; Griffigkeit, Heft (von Säge, Feile)

coincidence - zufälliges Zusammentreffen, Koinzidenz, Zufall

plagiarism - Plagiat

phantasmagoria - Phantasmagorie

Perhaps he had been ill for a long time. Perhaps Clarke was reading the play for him. He did not remember having written it. But he probably had fallen sick after its completion. What strange pranks our memories will play us! But no! He was not dreaming, and he had not been ill.

ill - krank, siech, übel, schlecht, Übel

pranks - Streiche; Streich, Schabernack, veralbern, veräppeln

memories - Erinnerungen; Gedächtnis

He could endure the horrible uncertainty no longer. His overstrung nerves must find relaxation in some way or break with a twang. He turned to his friend who was listening with rapt attention.

endure - ertragen, aushalten, dulden, von Bestand sein

uncertainty - Unsicherheit, Ungewissheit

overstrung - überreizt

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

relaxation - Entspannung

twang - Näseln; zupfen

"Jack, Jack!" he whispered.

"What is it?"

"That is my play!"

"You mean that you inspired it?"

inspired - inspiriert; inspirieren, inspirieren, beatmen, einhauchen

"No, I have written it, or rather, was going to write it."

"Wake up, Ernest! You are mad!"

"No, in all seriousness. It is mine. I told you-don't you remember-when we returned from Coney Island-that I was writing a play."

seriousness - Ernsthaftigkeit

"Ah, but not this play."

"Yes, this play. I conceived it, I practically wrote it."

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

practically - praktisch

"The more's the pity that Clarke had preconceived it."

pity - Mitleid; schade; bemitleiden, Mitleid haben mit

preconceived - vorgefasste Meinung; bedenken, vorher ausdenken

"But it is mine!"

"Did you tell him a word about it?"

"No, to be sure."

"Did you leave the manuscript in your room?"

"I had, in fact, not written a line of it. No, I had not begun the actual writing."

"Why should a man of Clarke's reputation plagiarise your plays, written or unwritten?"

reputation - Ansehen, Ruf, Klang, Bekanntheit

plagiarise - plagiieren

"I can see no reason. But-"

"Tut, tut."

For already this whispered conversation had elicited a look like a stab from a lady before them.

elicited - erregt; hervorlocken, hervorrufen, auslösen, erzeugen

stab - Stich (Messer-); erstechen

Ernest held fast to the edge of a chair. He must cling to some reality, or else drift rudderless in a dim sea of vague apprehensions.

edge - Rand; Seite, Kante, Vorsprung, Klinge, Schneide, schieben

cling to - anschmiegen

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

rudderless - Ruderlos; orientierungslos, steuerlos, führungslos

dim - schummrig; trüb; dämmerig, dunkel

apprehensions - Befürchtungen; Greifen

Or was Jack right?

Was his mind giving way? No! No! No! There must be a monstrous secret somewhere, but what matter? Did anything matter? He had called on his mate like a ship lost in the fog. For the first time he had not responded. He had not understood. The bitterness of tears rose to the boy's eyes.

somewhere - irgendwo; irgendwohin

ship - verschicken, verschiffen, abfertigen, befördern; Schiff

Fog - umnebeln, verschleiern; (dicker) Nebel, Nebel

bitterness - Bitterkeit, Bitternis

Above it all, melodiously, ebbed and flowed the rich accents of Reginald Clarke.

melodiously - melodiös

ebbed - verebbt; Ebbe, ebben, abebben

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

Ernest listened to the words of his own play coming from the older man's mouth. The horrible fascination of the scene held him entranced. He saw the creations of his mind pass in review before him, as a man might look upon the face of his double grinning at him from behind a door in the hideous hours of night.

creations - Kreationen; Erfindung, Werk

pass in review - Rückschau halten

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

grinning at - angrinsend

hideous - scheußlich; abscheulich

They were all there! The mad king. The subtle-witted courtiers. The sombre-hearted Prince. The Queen-Mother who had loved a jester better than her royal mate, and the fruit of their shameful alliance, the Princess Marigold, a creature woven of sunshine and sin.

witted - geistreich; (wit) nämlich, und zwar

courtiers - Höflinge; Höfling, Schmeichler

sombre - dunkel, düster, finster, trübe, matt

hearted - herzlichen; Herz, Herzstück

prince - Fürst; Prinz, Königssohn, Königsenkel, König

Queen - Königin; Dame; Tunte; Kätzin

jester - Narr; Spaßmacher, Spaßmacherin, Clown, Clownin

Royal - königlich; Royal; Royalsegel

shameful - schandbar, beschämend, blamabel, peinlich

alliance - Allianz, Zusammenschluss, Verbund

marigold - Ringelblume, Calendula, Studentenblume, Tagetes

woven - gewebt; gewoben; (weave) gewebt; gewoben

Swiftly the action progressed. Shadows of impending death darkened the house of the King. In the horrible agony of the rack the old jester confessed. Stripped of his cap and bells, crowned with a wreath of blood, he looked so pathetically funny that the Princess Marigold could not help laughing between her tears.

Swiftly - Zügig; schnell, flink, behände

impending - bevorstehend; bevorstehen, drohen, sich ankündigen

Death - Tod, Exitus, der Tod, Untergang

darkened - verdunkelt; verdunkeln, verdunkeln

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

rack - Folterbank, Zahnstange, Gestell

confessed - gestanden; gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

stripped - entkleidet; Zeichenketten

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

crowned - gekrönt; Zenit; krönen; Bombage (ballige Fläche)

wreath - Kranz, Gebinde, Helmwulst

pathetically - erbärmlich

The Queen stood there all trembling and pale. Without a complaint she saw her lover die. The executioner's sword smote the old man's head straight from the trunk. It rolled at the feet of the King, who tossed it to Marigold. The little Princess kissed it and covered the grinning horror with her yellow veil.

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

complaint - Beschwerde; Klage, Anzeige, Monierung, Reklamation

executioner - Henker, Scharfrichter, Henkerin, Scharfrichterin

smote - erschlagen; schlagen, schlagen

straight - gerade; aufrecht, aufrichtig, offen, ungeschminkt

trunk - Kofferraum; Stamm, Baumstamm, Koffer, Truhe, Schrankkoffer

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

grinning - (to grin) grinsen, strahlen

horror - Angst, Furcht, Horror, Grauen

The last words died away.

There was no applause. Only silence. All were stricken with the dread that men feel in the house of God or His awful presence in genius.

applause - Applaus, Beifall

dread - schaudern, grauen, gruseln, grausen

awful - schrecklich, furchtbar, schrecklich (1), checkfurchtbar (1)

But the boy lay back in his chair. The cold sweat had gathered on his brow and his temples throbbed. Nature had mercifully clogged his head with blood. The rush of it drowned the crying voice of the nerves, deadening for a while both consciousness and pain.

lay - legen; richten (Tisch)

cold sweat - Angstschweiß

brow - Stirn; Braue, Augenbraue

temples - Schläfen; Tempel, Schläfe, Bethaus, Synagoge

throbbed - geklopft; klopfen, schlagen, pochen, klopfen, pulsieren, Pochen

mercifully - barmherzig

clogged - verstopft; Holzschuh, Holzpantoffel, Pantine, hemmen

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

drowned - ertrunken; ertrinken, ertränken, überwältigen

deadening - Abstumpfung; abstumpfend, abtötend; (deaden); abtöten

pain - Schmerzen; Qual, Stich (Schmerz), Schmerz

Chapter XII

Somehow the night had passed-somehow in bitterness, in anguish. But it had passed.

somehow - irgendwie

anguish - Ängste; Pein, Angst, Qual

Ernest's lips were parched and sleeplessness had left its trace in the black rings under the eyes, when the next morning he confronted Reginald in the studio.

parched - ausgedörrt; ausdörren, ausdörren, rösten

sleeplessness - Schlaflosigkeit

confronted - konfrontiert; konfrontieren, entgegentreten, Sache

Reginald was sitting at the writing-table in his most characteristic pose, supporting his head with his hand and looking with clear piercing eyes searchingly at the boy.

characteristic - charakteristisch, bezeichnend, kennzeichnend, typisch, Merkmal

pose - Pose; aufwerfen, posieren, posen

supporting - stützend, abstützend, unterstützend; (support) stützend

piercing - Piercing; durchdringend, stechend, beißend

searchingly - suchend; gründlich

"Yes," he observed, "it's a most curious psychical phenomenon."

Curious - neugierig, sonderbar, merkwürdig

psychical - Parapsychologie, psychisch

phenomenon - Phänomen, Erscheinung

"You cannot imagine how real it all seemed to me."

The boy spoke painfully, dazed, as if struck by a blow.

painfully - schmerzhaft

dazed - Benommenheit, betäuben

blow - (to blow) blasen, wehen, pusten

"Even now it is as if something has gone from me, some struggling thought that I cannot-cannot remember."

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

Reginald regarded him as a physical experimenter might look upon the subject of a particularly baffling mental disease.

regarded - betrachtet; schätzen, betrachten, berücksichtigen

experimenter - Experimentator, Experimentatorin

baffling - verblüffend; verwirrend; (baffle); verblüffen, verdutzen

mental disease - Geisteskrankheit

"You must not think, my boy, that I bear you any malice for your extraordinary delusion. Before Jack went away he gave me an exact account of all that has happened. Divers incidents recurred to him from which it appears that, at various times in the past, you have been on the verge of a nervous collapse."

bear - Bär; (to bear) ertragen, aushalten

malice - Boshaftigkeit, Böse, Bosheit, Bösartigkeit

went away - (go away) fortgehen, weichen, verreisen

exact - exakt, genau, fordern, abverlangen

account - Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

divers - Taucher, Taucherin

Incidents - Vorfälle; Vorfall, Begebenheit, Ereignis

recurred - wieder aufgetreten; wiederkehren

various - verschiedene

collapse - Zusammenbruch; einstürzen, kollabieren, zusammenfallen

A nervous collapse! What was the use of this term but a euphemism for insanity?

term - Termin, Semester, Begriff; Spielzeit, Saison; Amtszeit

euphemism - Euphemismus

insanity - Wahnsinn

"Do not despair, dear child," Reginald caressingly remarked. "Your disorder is not hopeless, not incurable. Such crises come to every man who writes. It is the tribute we pay to the Lords of Song. The minnesinger of the past wrote with his heart's blood; but we moderns dip our pen into the sap of our nerves. We analyse life, love art-and the dissecting knife that we use on other men's souls finally turns against ourselves.

despair - verzweifeln; Verzweiflung

caressingly - zärtlich

hopeless - hoffnungslos

incurable - unheilbar

crises - Krisen; Krise, Krise, Krise, Krise, Krise

tribute - Tribut

lords - Herrschaften; Gebieter, Herr, herrschen

minnesinger - Minnesänger

dip - eintauchen; einfallen, sich senken, sich neigen, färben; Dip

Sap - Trottel, Saft

dissecting - Sezieren; zerlegend; (dissect); sezieren; zerlegen, analysieren

knife - Messer; messern

"But what shall a man do? Shall he sacrifice art to hygiene and surrender the one attribute that makes him chiefest of created things? Animals, too, think. Some walk on two legs. But introspection differentiates man from the rest. Shall we yield up the sweet consciousness of self that we derive from the analysis of our emotion, for the contentment of the bull that ruminates in the shade of a tree or the healthful stupidity of a mule?"

sacrifice - opfern; Opfer

Hygiene - Hygiene

surrender - kapitulieren, ergeben

attribute - Eigenschaft, Merkmal, Attribut, Beifügung, zuschreiben

chiefest - am besten; Häuptling, Oberhaupt

introspection - Innenschau, Introspektion, Selbstbeobachtung, Selbstprüfung

differentiates - differenziert; differenzieren, unterscheiden, diskriminieren

yield - Ertrag; hervorbringen, er/sie hat/hatte ergeben, weichen

sweet - Süßigkeit, Bonbon

consciousness of self - Ichbewusstsein

derive from - entstammen;ableiten von, herleiten von

contentment - Zufriedenheit, Genügsamkeit

Bull - Bulle, Stier

ruminates - wiederkäut; wiederkäuen, grübeln

shade - Schatten; Vorhang; Farbton; schattieren

healthful - gesundheitsfördernd; gesund

stupidity - Dummheit

mule - Schlappen, Maultier

"Assuredly not."

"But what shall a man do?"

"Ah, that I cannot tell. Mathematics offers definite problems that admit of a definite solution. Life states its problems with less exactness and offers for each a different solution. One and one are two to-day and to-morrow. Psychical values, on each manipulation, will yield a different result.

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

definite - Definitiv

admit of - zulassen

solution - Lösung

States - Staaten; Staat, Staat, Land

exactness - Genauigkeit, Exaktheit

values - Wert, Wert, Wichtigkeit, Wert, Notenwert, Wert, Tonwert, Wert

manipulation - Manipulation; Manipulierung, Manipulieren

Still, your case is quite clear. You have overworked yourself in the past, mentally and emotionally. You have sown unrest, and must not be surprised if neurasthenia is the harvest thereof."

overworked - überarbeitet; mit Arbeit überlasten

mentally - geistig, psychisch, mental

emotionally - gefühlsmäßig

sown - gesät; Sau; aussäen

unrest - Unruhe

neurasthenia - Neurasthenie

thereof - davon

"Do you think-that I should go to some sanitarium?" the boy falteringly asked.

sanitarium - Sanatorium; Kurort

falteringly - zögernd

"God forbid! Go to the seashore, somewhere where you can sleep and play. Take your body along, but leave your brain behind-at least do not take more of it with you than is necessary. The summer season in Atlantic City has just begun. There, as everywhere in American society, you will be much more welcome if you come without brains."

forbid - verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten

seashore - Meeresküste, Seeküste, Meeresufer

necessary - nötig, notwendig, erforderlich, zwangsläufig, geboten

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

Atlantic - Atlantik; atlantisch

everywhere - überall

more welcome - willkommenere

Reginald's half-bantering tone reassured Ernest a little. Timidly he dared approach once more the strange event that had wrought such havoc with his nervous equilibrium.

bantering - Geplänkel; neckend, neckisch (neckend); (banter); Gelabere

reassured - beruhigt; versichern, beruhigen

timidly - ängstlich, schüchtern, scheu

dared - gewagt; sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

approach - sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

havoc - Zerstörung, Verwüstung, Chaos, Durcheinander

equilibrium - Gleichgewicht, Balance, Ausgeglichenheit

"How do you account for my strange obsession-one might almost call it a mania?"

mania - Manie, Fimmel

"If it could be accounted for it would not be strange."

accounted - erklärt; Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

"Can you suggest no possible explanation?"

suggest - vorschlagen

"Perhaps a stray leaf on my desk a few indications of the plot, a remark-who knows? Perhaps thought-matter is floating in the air. Perhaps-but we had better not talk of it now. It would needlessly excite you."

indications - Hinweise; Anzeichen, Anzeige, Hinweis, Indiz

needlessly - unnötige, unnötig

excite - erregen; anregen gloss erves

"You are right," answered Ernest gloomily, "let us not talk of it. But whatever may be said, it is a marvellous play."

gloomily - düster, finster

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

"You flatter me. There is nothing in it that you may not be able to do equally well-some day."

equally - gleichermaßen, gleichmäßig

"Ah, no," the boy replied, looking up to Reginald with admiration. "You are the master."

Chapter XIII

Lazily Ernest stretched his limbs on the beach of Atlantic City. The sea, that purger of sick souls, had washed away the fever and the fret of the last few days. The wind was in his hair and the spray was in his breath, while the rays of the sun kissed his bare arms and legs. He rolled over in the glittering sand in the sheer joy of living.

purger - Abführmittel

washed away - (wash away) wegschwemmen, abschwemmen

fret - beunruhigen; sich grämen

spray - Sprühwasser, Gischt; bestäuben (bestäubt), sprühen, spritzen

rays - Schimmer, Strahl; ausstrahlen

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

sand - Sand

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

Now and then a wavelet stole far into the beach, as if to caress him, but pined away ere it could reach its goal. It was as if the enamoured sea was stretching out its arms to him. Who knows, perhaps through the clear water some green-eyed nymph, or a young sea-god with the tang of the sea in his hair, was peering amorously at the boy's red mouth.

Stole - Gestohlen; (to steal) stehlen, klauen, rauben; (steal); stehlen

pined - geschmachtet; Zapfen, Bolzen

ere - hier

enamoured - verliebt machen

nymph - Nymphe; Nymphomanin

tang - Angel (einer Feile)

peering - spähen; seinesgleichen, Beaufsichtigende; schielen, starren

amorously - amourös

The people of the deep love the red warm blood of human kind. It is always the young that they lure to their watery haunts, never the shrivelled limbs that totter shivering to the grave.

lure - locken; ködern; Köder

watery - wässrig

haunts - Geister; spuken, verfolgen, Treffpunkt

totter - wackeln; schwanken, taumeln, torkeln, Schwanken, Taumeln

shivering - Frösteln; schlotternde, schlotternd

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

Such fancies came to Ernest as he lay on the shore in his bathing attire, happy, thoughtless,-animal.

lay on - aufstreichen, anschließen, sorgen für

shore - Ufer, Stützbalken, Küste, Strebe

attire - Anzug, Aufzug, Kleidung, Tracht, anziehen

thoughtless - gedankenlos; rücksichtslos

The sun and the sea seemed to him two lovers vying for his favor. The sudden change of environment had brought complete relaxation and had quieted his rebellious, assertive soul. He was no longer a solitary unit but one with wind and water, herb and beach and shell. Almost voluptuously his hand toyed with the hot sand that glided caressingly through his fingers and buried his breast and shoulder under its glittering burden.

lovers - Geliebte, Liebhaber, Liebhaberin

vying - wetteifern, konkurrieren

favor - Gefallen, Gefälligkeit, Gunst, Gnade, Huld, begünstigen

rebellious - rebellisch

assertive - durchsetzungsfähig

solitary - einsam, einzeln

unit - Einheit

herb - Kraut; Heilkraut

shell - Muschel; Schale, Eierschale, Hülse, Granate, Hülle, Shell

toyed - herumgespielt; Spielzeug

fingers - fingern

buried - vergraben, verbergen, begraben

breast - Brust; -brust, Entenbrust

A summer girl who passed lowered her eyes coquettishly. He watched her without stirring. Even to open his mouth or to smile would have seemed too much exertion.

lowered - gesenkt; niedriger, niedrigerer

stirring - rührend; ergreifend, bewegend

exertion - Anstrengung, Kraftanstrengung, Anspannung, Ausübung

Thus he lay for hours. When at length noon drew nigh, it cost him a great effort of will to shake off his drowsy mood and exchange his airy costume for the conventional habilaments of the dining-room.

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

at length - schließlich, endlich, ausführlich

effort - Anstrengung, Aufwand

shake off - abschütteln

drowsy - schläfrig; einschläfernd; müde, langweilig, verschlafen, dösig

airy - luftig; belüftet, gelüftet, zugig, umweht

costume - Kostüm, Tracht, kostümieren

conventional - konventionell

habilaments - Gewänder

dining - Essen; Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

He had taken lodgings in a fashionable hotel. An unusual stroke of good luck, hack-work that paid outrageously well, had made it possible for him to idle for a time without a thought of the unpleasant necessity of making money.

lodgings - Unterbringung; Unterkunft

unusual - ungewöhnlich, unüblich, ungebräuchlich

luck - Glück

hack - hacken; Hacke, Hieb, Hack

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

One single article to which he signed his name only with reluctance had brought to him more gear than a series of golden sonnets.

single - einzeln, einzig, allein, einheitlich

signed - unterzeichnet; Wert, Zeichen, Hinweistafel

reluctance - Widerstreben, Widerwillen, Widerwille, Zögern, Zaudern

gear - Ausrüstung; Gang; Gangschaltung; Stoff

series - Serie, Fernsehserie, Reihe

Golden - golden, goldgelb

sonnets - Sonette; Sonett

"Surely," he thought, "the social revolution ought to begin from above. What right has the bricklayer to grumble when he receives for a week's work almost more than I for a song?"

social - kontaktfreudig, gesellig, sozial, Sozial-, gesellschaftlich

bricklayer - Maurer, Maurerin

grumble - meckern; Gegrummel, Grummeln, Knurren, murren, brummen

Receives - Erhält; bekommen, erhalten, empfangen, kriegen, empfangen

Thus soliloquising, he reached the dining-room. The scene that unfolded itself before him was typical-the table over-loaded, the women over-dressed.

dining - Essen; speisen

itself - von selbst, von allein, sich selbst

typical - typisch, gewöhnlich

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

The luncheon was already in full course when he came. He mumbled an apology and seated himself on the only remaining chair next to a youth who reminded him of a well-dressed dummy. With slight weariness his eyes wandered in all directions for more congenial faces when they were arrested by a lady on the opposite side of the table. She was clad in a silk robe with curiously embroidered net-work that revealed a nervous and delicate throat. The rich effect of the net-work was relieved by the studied simplicity with which her heavy chestnut-colored hair was gathered in a single knot.

luncheon - Mittagessen; Lunch, Mittagsessen, Mittagsrunde

mumbled - gemurmelt; murmeln, nuscheln, mümmeln, Murmeln

apology - Entschuldigung; Apologie

remaining - Überrest (2), de

reminded - Erinnert; erinnern, in Erinnerung bringen

dummy - Puppe; Attrappe

Slight - geringfügig, leicht, unbedeutend

weariness - Müdigkeit

directions - Richtungen; Richtung, Führung, Regie

congenial - sympathisch; gleichgesinnt, wesensgleich, wesensverwandt

arrested - verhaftet; Verhaftung, Festnahme, Arrest, arretieren

opposite side - Gegenseite

clad - kaschiert, gekleidet; (clothe); bekleiden, anziehen

robe - Gewand; Robe

embroidered - bestickt; sticken, ausschmücken

net - vernetzen; netzartig, Tüll, Netto, Netz; einnetzen

revealed - aufgedeckt; enthüllen, offenbaren

relieved - Erleichtert; erleichtern, lindern, entlasten, ablösen

simplicity - Einfachheit

chestnut - Kastanie, Esskastanie, Kastanienbraun, Fuchs

knot - Knoten, Knäuel

Her face was turned away from him, but there was something in the carriage of her head that struck him as familiar. When at last she looked him in the face, the glass almost fell from his hand: it was Ethel Brandenbourg. She seemed to notice his embarrassment and smiled. When she opened her lips to speak, he knew by the haunting sweetness of the voice that he was not mistaken.

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

embarrassment - Verlegenheit, Peinlichkeit, Betretenheit

"Tell me," she said wistfully, "you have forgotten me? They all have."

wistfully - wehmütig

He hastened to assure her that he had not forgotten her. He recollected now that he had first been introduced to her in Walkham's house some years ago, when a mere college boy, he had been privileged to attend one of that master's famous receptions. She had looked quite resolute and very happy then, not at all like the woman who had stared so strangely at Reginald in the Broadway restaurant.

hastened - beeilt; hasten, beeilen

assure - sichern; versichern

recollected - erinnerte; sich erinnern an

attend - teilnehmen; (to attend) mit etwas verbunden sein

receptions - Empfänge; Aufnahme, Empfang, Empfang, Rezeption, Empfang

resolute - entschieden, entschlossen, resolut

He regarded this encounter as very fortunate. He knew so much of her personal history that it almost seemed to him as if they had been intimate for years. She, too, felt on familiar ground with him. Neither as much as whispered the name of Reginald Clarke. Yet it was he, and the knowledge of what he was to them, that linked their souls with a common bond.

encounter - mit etw. in Berührung kommen;entgegentreten, sich begegnen, treffen auf;Begegnung , Treffen , Zusammenstoß

fortunate - glücklich; günstig, verheißungsvoll

knowledge - Wissen, Kenntnis

linked - verbunden; Verknüpfung, Gelenk, Bindeglied; verbinden

common bond - Zusammengehörigkeit

Chapter XIV

It was the third day after their meeting. Hour by hour their intimacy had increased. Ethel was sitting in a large wicker-chair. She restlessly fingered her parasol, mechanically describing magic circles in the sand. Ernest lay at her feet. With his knees clasped between his hands, he gazed into her eyes.

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

intimacy - Intimität

increased - erhöht; zunehmen, steigen, ansteigen, wachsen, anwachsen

wicker - Korbwaren; Weide; Flechtwerk

restlessly - rastlose

fingered - befingert; fingern

parasol - Sonnenschirm

mechanically - mechanisch

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

gazed - gestarrt; anstarren

"Why are you trying so hard to make love to me?" the woman asked, with the half-amused smile with which the Eve near thirty receives the homage of a boy. There is an element of insincerity in that smile, but it is a weapon of defence against love's artillery.

make love - Liebe machen

eve - Vorabend

homage - Vasalleneid, Gefolgschaftsschwur, Vasallentreueschwur

insincerity - Unaufrichtigkeit

weapon - Waffe

defence - Verteidigung, Abwehr

Artillery - Artillerie; Geschützwesen

Sometimes, indeed, the pleading in the boy's eyes and the cry of the blood pierces the woman's smiling superiority. She listens, loves and loses.

pleading - flehend; flehentlich, Verteidigungsschrift

pierces - durchbohrt; lochen, durchbohren

superiority - Überlegenheit

Ethel Brandenbourg was listening, but the idea of love had not yet entered into her mind. Her interest in Ernest was due in part to his youth and the trembling in his voice when he spoke of love. But what probably attracted her most powerfully was the fact that he intimately knew the man who still held her woman's heart in the hollow of his hand. It was half in play, therefore, that she had asked him that question.

due - fällig

hollow - hohl, dumpf

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

Why did he make love to her? He did not know. Perhaps it was the irresistible desire to be petted which young poets share with domesticated cats. But what should he tell her? Polite platitudes were out of place between them.

irresistible - unwiderstehlich

petted - gestreichelt; Haustier, Liebling

poets - Dichter, Dichterin; iormal

domesticated - domestiziert; domestizieren, domestizieren

polite - höflich

platitudes - Plattitüden; Plattitüde, Plattitüde

Besides he knew the penalty of all tender entanglements. Women treat love as if it were an extremely tenuous wire that can be drawn out indefinitely. This is a very expensive process. It costs us the most precious, the only irretrievable thing in the universe-time. And to him time was song; for money he did not care.

besides - Außerdem; neben, neben

penalty - Strafe

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

entanglements - Verflechtungen; Verwicklung, Gewirr

extremely - extrem, äußerst, krass

tenuous - dürftig; nicht stichhaltig

wire - Draht, Ader, Wanze, Geld

indefinitely - auf unbestimmte Zeit

process - weiter verarbeiten, verarbeiten, entwickeln; Verfahren

most precious - kostbarste

irretrievable - unwiederbringlich

The Lord had hallowed his lips with rhythmic speech; only in the intervals of his singing might he listen to the voice of his heart-strangest of all watches, that tells the time not by minutes and hours, but by the coming and going of love.

hallowed - geheiligt; anbeten, heiligen

Speech - Sprache; Rede, Ansprache

intervals - Intervalle; Abstand, Zwischenraum, Intervall

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

The woman beside him seemed to read his thoughts.

beside - daneben; neben

"Child, child," she said, "why will you toy with love? Like Jehovah, he is a jealous god, and nothing but the whole heart can placate him. Woe to the woman who takes a poet for a lover. I admit it is fascinating, but it is playing va banque. In fact, it is fatal. Art or love will come to harm. No man can minister equally to both. A genuine poet is incapable of loving a woman."

toy - Spielzeug; herumspielen

Jehovah - Jehova

jealous - eifersüchtig; eifrig, eifernd, neidisch

placate - beschwichtigen, besänftigen, begütigen, beruhigen

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

fatal - verhängnisvoll, fatal, tödlich

harm - Schaden

minister - Gesandter, Pastor, Minister

incapable - nicht fähig; unfähig

"Pshaw! You exaggerate. Of course, there is a measure of truth in what you say, but it is only one side of the truth, and the truth, you know, is always Janus-faced. In fact, it often has more than two faces. I can assure you that I have cared deeply for the women to whom my love-poetry was written. And you will not deny that it is genuine."

Pshaw - pah

exaggerate - übertreiben

truth - Wahrheit, Treue

Janus - Janus, Janus

love-poetry - (love-poetry) Liebeslyrik , Liebesdichtung

deny - verweigern, leugnen;gegen jdn. retten

"God forbid! Only you have been using the wrong preposition. You should have said that it was written at them."

preposition - Präposition, Verhältniswort

Ernest stared at her in child-like wonder.

"By Jove! you are too devilishly clever!" he exclaimed.

devilishly - teuflisch

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

After a little silence he said not without hesitation: "And do you apply your theory to all artists, or only to us makers of rhyme?"

hesitation - Zögern

apply - gelten; zutreffen, auflegen, anwenden, anlegen

theory - Theorie

makers - Macher, Hersteller, Fabrikant

rhyme - Reim; reimen (mit)

"To all," she replied.

He looked at her questioningly.

questioningly - fragend

"Yes," she said, with a new sadness in her voice, "I, too, have paid the price."

"You mean?"

"I loved."

"And art?"

"That was the sacrifice."

"Perhaps you have chosen the better part," Ernest said without conviction.

conviction - Überzeugung; Verurteilung

"No," she replied, "my tribute was brought in vain."

in vain - vergebens

This she said calmly, but Ernest knew that her words were of tragic import.

calmly - ruhig

import - importieren; Einfuhr

"You love him still?" he observed simply.

Ethel made no reply. Sadness clouded her face like a veil or like a grey mist over the face of the waters. Her eyes went out to the sea, following the sombre flight of the sea-mews.

reply - antworten, erwidern, Antwort, Entgegnung

clouded - getrübt; verschleiern

mews - Stallung, miaut; (mew) Stallung, miaut

In that moment he could have taken her in his arms and kissed her with infinite tenderness.

But tenderness between man and woman is like a match in a powder-magazine. The least provocation, and an amorous explosion will ensue, tumbling down the card-houses of platonic affection. If he yielded to the impulse of the moment, the wine of the springtide would set their blood afire, and from the flames within us there is no escape.

match - Wettkampf, Kampf (Sport), Spiel (Sport); sich messen mit

provocation - Provokation

amorous - amourös

explosion - Explosion

ensue - folgen, ansetzen, erfolgen, nachfolgen

tumbling - purzeln; einstürzen, hinabstürzen; (tumble); Sturz, Fall

affection - Zuneigung; Rührung

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

afire - brennt; Flammen; in Brand; Feuer und Flamme sein

escape - entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

"Come, come," she said, "you do not love me."

He protested.

protested - protestiert; protestieren, demonstrieren, Einspruch erheben

"Ah!" she cried triumphantly, "how many sonnets would you give for me? If you were a usurer in gold instead of in rhyme, I would ask how many dollars. But it is unjust to pay in a coin that we value little. To a man starving in gold mines, a piece of bread weighs more than all the treasures of the earth. To you, I warrant your poems are the standard of appreciation. How many would you give for me? One, two, three?"

triumphantly - triumphierend

usurer - Wucherer, Wucherin, Kredithai, Zinswucherer

instead - stattdessen, anstatt

unjust - ungerecht

pay in - einzahlen, einlösen (Scheck)

coin - Münze, Geldstück, Chip, Jeton, prägen

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

Starving - Hungrig; hungernd; (starve); verhungern, Hungers sterben

mines - Minen; mein, meiner

weighs - wiegt; wiegen, wägen, abwiegen, auswiegen, abwägen, erwägen

treasures - Schatz, Schatz, Schatz, schätzen

Standard - üblich, standardmäßig, Standard, Banner, Standarte

appreciation - Anerkennung, Würdigung, Dankbarkeit, Wertschätzung


"Because you think love would repay you with compound interest," she observed merrily.

compound interest - Zinseszins

merrily - fröhlich, lustig

He laughed.

And when love turns to laughter the danger is passed for the moment.

danger - Gefahr, Risiko, Bedrohung; (dang); Gefahr, Risiko, Bedrohung

Chapter XV

Thus three weeks passed without apparent change in their relations. Ernest possessed a personal magnetism that, always emanating from him, was felt most deeply when withdrawn. He was at all times involuntarily exerting his power, which she ever resisted, always on the alert, always warding off.

apparent - offensichtlich; offenbar

relations - Beziehungen; Beziehung, Relation, Relation, Verwandter

magnetism - Magnetismus; Anziehungskraft

emanating - ausstrahlt; ausstrahlen

withdrawn - zurückgezogen; annullieren, entziehen, abziehen, ausscheiden

involuntarily - unfreiwillig

resisted - widerstanden; widerstreben, widerstehen, widerstreiten

on the alert - in Alarmbereitschaft

warding - Vorbeugung; (ward) abwehren

When at last pressure of work made his immediate departure for New York imperative, he had not apparently gained the least ground. But Ethel knew in her heart that she was fascinated, if not in love. The personal fascination was supplemented by a motherly feeling toward Ernest that, sensuous in essence, was in itself not far removed from love.

immediate - sofortig; unmittelbar, immediat

departure - Abreise; Abfahrt

imperative - zwingend erforderlich; essenziell, essentiell, notwendig

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

fascinated - fasziniert; faszinieren, faszinieren, faszinieren, bezaubern

supplemented - aufgestockt; Nachtrag; q

motherly - mütterlich

essence - Wesen; Essenz, Extrakt, Parfüm

removed - entfernt; entfernen, beseitigen, verdrängen, umziehen

She struggled bravely and with external success against her emotions, never losing sight of the fact that twenty and thirty are fifty.

struggled - gekämpft; Kampf, Gefecht

bravely - mutig; tapfer, artig

external - außen-, extern, äußerlich

sight - Sehenswürdigkeit, Gesicht, Visier, erblicken, anvisieren

Increasingly aware of her own weakness, she constantly attempted to lead the conversation into impersonal channels, speaking preferably of his work.

increasingly - zunehmend

constantly - ständig; regelmäßig; konstant

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

impersonal - unpersönlich

channels - Kanäle; kanalisieren; Kanal

preferably - vorzugsweise

"Tell me," she said, negligently fanning herself, "what new inspiration have you drawn from your stay at the seaside?"

negligently - fahrlässig

fanning - fächelnd; (fan) fächelnd

seaside - am Meer; Küste, Strand

"Why," he exclaimed enthusiastically, "volumes and volumes of it. I shall write the great novel of my life after I am once more quietly installed at Riverside Drive."

enthusiastically - enthusiastisch

volumes - Volumen

quietly - ruhig, leise

installed - installiert; installieren

"The great American novel?" she rejoined.

rejoined - wiedervereinigt; vereinigen


"Who will be your hero-Clarke?"

hero - Held, Heldin, Kriegsheld, Hauptfigur

There was a slight touch of malice in her words, or rather in the pause between the penultimate word and the last. Ernest detected its presence, and knew that her love for Reginald was dead. Stiff and cold it lay in her heart's chamber-beside how many others?-all emboxed in the coffin of memory.

penultimate - vorletzte

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

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

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

lay in - einkellern

chamber - Raum, Schlafzimmer, Kammer

emboxed - vereitelt

coffin - Sarg, einsargen

"No," he replied after a while, a little piqued by her suggestion, "Clarke is not the hero. What makes you think that he casts a spell on everything I do?"

piqued - pikiert; reizen

suggestion - Anregung; Vorschlag; Suggestion

casts - gießt; werfen, wegwerfen, hinwerfen, gießen, Cast, Besetzung

"Dear child," she replied, "I know him. He cannot fail to impress his powerful personality upon all with whom he comes in contact, to the injury of their intellectual independence. Moreover, he is so brilliant and says everything so much better than anybody else, that by his very splendor he discourages effort in others. At best his influence will shape your development according to the tenets of his mind-curious, subtle and corrupted.

fail - mangelhaft (Zensur 5), ungenügend (Zensur 6);jdn. im Stich lassen;fehlschlagen, scheitern, misslingen, versagen

impress - beeindrucken; prägen

injury - Verletzung, Wunde, Verwundung

intellectual - intellektuell; Intellektueller, Intellektuelle

Independence - Unabhängigkeit, checkSelbständigkeit

Moreover - außerdem, überdies, des Weiteren, obendrein

splendor - Pracht

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

shape - Zustand, Form, Gestalt, Form

development - Entwicklung

according - nach; Übereinstimmung, Einvernehmen

tenets - Lehren; Dogma

corrupted - korrumpiert; korrupt, verderben, korrumpieren

You will become mentally distorted, like one of those hunchback Japanese trees, infinitely wrinkled and infinitely grotesque, whose laws of growth are not determined by nature, but by the diseased imagination of the East."

distorted - verzerrt; verzerren, verzerren

hunchback - Buckelig; Buckliger, Bucklige

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

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

growth - Wachstum; Bewuchs, Vegetation, Bewucherung, Geschwulst

determined - bestimmt; bestimmen, eingrenzen, festlegen

by nature - von Natur aus

diseased - erkrankt; Krankheit, qualifier

"I am no weakling," Ernest asserted, "and your picture of Clarke is altogether out of perspective. His splendid successes are to me a source of constant inspiration. We have some things in common, but I realise that it is along entirely different lines that success will come to me. He has never sought to influence me, in fact, I never received the smallest suggestion from him.

weakling - Schwächling, Feigling, Weichei

asserted - behauptet; versichern, zusichern, beteuern, beteuern, beteuern

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

source - Quelle, Ursprung, belegen, beziehen

constant - beständig, konstant, regelmäßig, stetig

entirely different - grundverschieden

Here the Princess Marigold seemed to peer at him through the veil of the past, but he waved her aside. "As for my story," he continued, "you need not go so far out of your way to find the leading character?"

peer - seinesgleichen, Beaufsichtigende; schielen, starren

waved - winkte; wehen, winken mit, flattern

far out - toll, weit entfernt, super

leading character - Hauptperson

"Who can it be?" Ethel remarked, with a merry twinkle, "You?"

merry - fröhlich, heiter

Twinkle - funkeln; zwinkern

"Ethel," he said sulkingly, "be serious. You know that it is you."

sulkingly - mürrisch

"I am immensely flattered," she replied. "Really, nothing pleases me better than to be immortalised in print, since I have little hope nowadays of perpetuating my name by virtue of pencil or brush. I have been put into novels before and am consumed with curiosity to hear the plot of yours."

immensely - immens

flattered - geschmeichelt; schmeicheln

print - drucken; Druckschrift; Abdruck; Abzug; Kopie

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

perpetuating - aufrechterhalten; verewigen, perpetuieren

virtue - Tugend; Keuschheit

novels - Romane; Roman, originell

consumed - verbraucht; verbrauchen, verzehren, verzehren, aufnehmen

"If you don't mind, I had rather not tell you just yet," Ernest said. "It's going to be called Leontina-that's you. But all depends on the treatment. You know It doesn't matter much what you say so long as you say it well. That's what counts. At any rate, any indication of the plot at this stage would be decidedly inadequate."

just yet - jetzt schon

depends - abhängt; abhängen, ankommen

treatment - Behandeln, Behandlung, Umgang

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

counts - zählt; rechnen, abzählen, zählen

rate - Wechselkurs, Devisenkurs, Kurs; Kommunalsteuer

indication - Anzeichen, Anzeige, Hinweis, Indiz

decidedly - entschieden, deutlich, bestimmt

inadequate - unzureichend, unzulänglich, unangemessen, ungeeignet

"I think you are right," she ventured. "By all means choose your own time to tell me. Let's talk of something else. Have you written anything since your delightful book of verse last spring? Surely now is your singing season. By the time we are thirty the springs of pure lyric passion are usually exhausted."

ventured - gewagt; Wagnis

verse - Strophe

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

Ethel's inquiry somehow startled him. in truth, he could find no satisfactory answer. A remark relative to his play-Clarke's play-rose to the threshold of his lips, but he almost bit his tongue as soon as he realised that the strange delusion which had possessed him that night still dominated the undercurrents of his cerebration. No, he had accomplished but little during the last few months-at least, by way of creative literature.

inquiry - Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchung, Erforschung

startled - erschrocken; aufschrecken, scheuen, erschrecken

in truth - ungelogen

satisfactory - befriedigend, zufriedenstellend

relative - vergleichsweise, relativ, Verwandter, Blutsverwandter, Verwandte

bit - Häppchen, Gebiss, Bit

tongue - Zunge, Lasche

cerebration - Zerebration

accomplished - vollendet; vollenden, vollenden, vollenden, vollenden

creative - kreativ, originell

So he replied that he had made money. "That is something," he said. "Besides, who can turn out a masterpiece every week? An artist's brain is not a machine, and in the respite from creative work I have gathered strength for the future. But," he added, slightly annoyed, "you are not listening."

respite - Aufschub, Frist, Atempause, Bedenkzeit

slightly - ein wenig, leicht

annoyed - verärgert; stören, ärgern, belästigen, nerven, verägern

His exclamation brought her back from the train of thoughts that his words had suggested. For in his reasoning she had recognised the same arguments that she had hourly repeated to herself in defence of her inactivity when she was living under the baneful influence of Reginald Clarke. Yes, baneful; for the first time she dared to confess it to herself. In a flash the truth dawned upon her that it was not her love alone, but something else, something irresistable and very mysterious, that had dried up the well of creation in her.

exclamation - Ausruf; Exklamation

train of thoughts - Gedankengang

arguments - Argumente; Diskussion, Auseinandersetzung, Beweis

hourly - stündlich, allstündlich

inactivity - Untätigkeit

baneful - verderblich, schädlich

flash - Blitzlicht; aufleuchten, blitzen, aufflammen

dawned - dämmerte; dämmern, Morgendämmerung, Dämmerung, Morgengrauen

irresistable - unwiderstehlich

dried up - ausgedorrt

Could it be that the same power was now exerting its influence upon the struggling soul of this talented boy? Rack her brains as she might, she could not definitely formulate her apprehensions and a troubled look came into her eyes.

definitely - definitiv

formulate - formulieren, darlegen

troubled - beunruhigt; Ärger, Schwierigkeit, Anstrengung, Bemühung, Mühe

"Ethel," the boy repeated, impatiently, "why are you not listening? Do you realise that I must leave you in half an hour?"

impatiently - Ungeduldig

She looked at him with deep tenderness. Something like a tear lent a soft radiance to her large child-like eyes.

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

Ernest saw it and was profoundly moved. In that moment he loved her passionately.

profoundly - zutiefst; tief

passionately - leidenschaftlich

"Foolish boy," she said softly; then, lowering her voice to a whisper: "You may kiss me before you go."

lowering - Senken; Abbau (von Kosten)

whisper - Geflüster, Flüstern, Wispern

His lips gently touched hers, but she took his head between her hands and pressed her mouth upon his in a long kiss.

gently - sanft

pressed - gedrückt; (pre) vor..

Ernest drew back a little awkwardly. He had not been kissed like this before.

awkwardly - unbeholfen, ungeschickt, umständlich, tapsig

"Poet though you are," Ethel whispered, "you have not yet learned to kiss."

She was deeply agitated when she noticed that his hand was fumbling for the watch in his vest-pocket. She suddenly released him, and said, a little hurt: "No, you must not miss your train. Go by all means."

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

fumbling - Fummeln; umhertasten, tasten

Pocket - Tasche

released - freigegeben; Freigabe, Freisetzung, Befreiung, Erlösung

Vainly Ernest remonstrated with her.

vainly - vergeblich

remonstrated - remonstriert; protestieren, missbilligen, einwenden

"Go to him," she said, and again, "go to him."

With a heavy heart the boy obeyed. He waved his hat to her once more from below, and then rapidly disappeared in the crowd. For a moment strange misgivings cramped her heart, and something within her called out to him: "Do not go! Do not return to that house." But no sound issued from her lips. Worldly wisdom had sealed them, had stifled the inner voice. And soon the boy's golden head was swallowed up in the distance.

obeyed - gehorcht; gehorchen, befolgen

rapidly - schnell

disappeared - verschwunden; verschwinden, entschwinden

misgivings - Befürchtungen; Zweifel

cramped - eingeengt; Krampf, krampfen

issued - ausgestellt; ausgehen

worldly - weltlich

sealed - versiegelt; versiegeln; Siegel, Stempel, Seehund

stifled - erstickt; ersticken

swallowed up - verschluckte

Chapter XVI

While the train sped to New York, Ethel Brandenbourg was the one object engaging Ernest's mind. He still felt the pressure of her lips upon his, and his nostrils dilated at the thought of the fragrance of her hair brushing against his forehead.

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

nostrils - Nasenlöcher; Nasenloch

dilated - geweitet; dilatieren, weiten, vergrößern, erweitern, dehnen

fragrance - Parfüm; Duft, Duftnote

brushing - Pinselauftrag, ausbürstend

forehead - Stirn

But the moment his foot touched the ferry-boat that was to take him to Manhattan, the past three weeks were, for the time being at least, completely obliterated from his memory. All his other interests that he had suppressed in her company because she had no part in them, came rushing back to him. He anticipated with delight his meeting with Reginald Clarke. The personal attractiveness of the man had never seemed so powerful to Ernest as when he had not heard from him for some time.

ferry-boat - (ferry-boat) Fährboot , Fähre

obliterated - ausgelöscht; auslöschen, verwischen

rushing - hetzend, sausend; (rush) hetzend, sausend

attractiveness - Attraktivität

Reginald's letters were always brief. "Professional writers," he was wont to say, "cannot afford to put fine feeling into their private correspondence. They must turn it into copy." He longed to sit with the master in the studio when the last rays of the daylight were tremulously falling through the stained window, and to discuss far into the darkening night philosophies young and old. He longed for Reginald's voice, his little mannerisms, the very perfume of his rooms.

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

professional - Profi, Professioneller, Professionelle, Beruf

afford - leisten

private - privat; privat

correspondence - Briefwechsel, Korrespondenz

daylight - Tageslicht; Tag

tremulously - bebend

darkening - Verdunkelung; verdunkeln, verdunkeln

philosophies - Philosophien; Philosophie, Philosophie

longed for - ersehnte

perfume - Duft; Parfüm, Duftstoff, Parfum, parfümieren

There also was a deluge of letters likely to await him in his apartment. For in his hurried departure he had purposely left his friends in the dark as to his whereabouts. Only to Jack he had dropped a little note the day after his meeting with Ethel.

deluge - Überschwemmung; überschwemmen; starker Regenguss, Sintflut, Flut

Likely - gleicht, ähnlich, wahrscheinlich, voraussichtlich

await - abwarten; erwarten, harren, warten

hurried - eilig; Eile, beeilen

purposely - absichtlich

whereabouts - Wo ist er; Verbleib; (whereabout) Wo ist er; Verbleib

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

He earnestly hoped to find Reginald at home, though it was well nigh ten o'clock in the evening, and he cursed the "rapid transit" for its inability to annihilate space and time.

earnestly - ernsthaft

cursed - verflucht, verfluchte; (curs) verflucht, verfluchte

rapid - schnell; Stromschnelle

Transit - Transit, Durchgang, Durchreise, Theodolit

inability - Unfähigkeit, Unvermögen

annihilate - auslöschen; vernichten

It is indeed disconcerting to think how many months, if not years, of our earthly sojourn the dwellers in cities spend in transportation conveyances that must be set down as a dead loss in the ledger of life. A nervous impatience against things material overcame Ernest in the subway. It is ever the mere stupid obstacle of matter that weights down the wings of the soul and prevents it from soaring upward to the sun.

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

earthly - irdisch; weltlich

sojourn - Aufenthalt; Unterkunft, Obdach, Übernachtungsmöglichkeit

dwellers - Bewohnern; Bewohner

transportation - Beförderung, Transport, checkTransport

conveyances - Übertragungen; Transport, Übertragung, Transportmittel

set down - niederstellen, absetzen, niederschreiben

dead loss - Totalausfall

ledger - Notizbuch; Hauptbuch, Konto, Kontobuch, Kontoblatt

Impatience - Ungeduld

overcame - überwunden; überwinden

subway - U-Bahn, Metro, Untergrundbahn, Unterführung

stupid - dumm, doof, blöd, Dummkopf

obstacle - Hindernis, Hürde

prevents - verhindert; verhindern, vorbeugen

soaring - sich erhebend

When at last he had reached the house, he learned from the hall-boy that Clarke had gone out. Ruffled in temper he entered his rooms and went over his mail.

gone out - ausgegangen

ruffled - zerzaust; Rüsche, Krause

temper - Gereiztheit, Laune, Temperament, Anlassen, Ausheizen

mail - Post versenden; Post, post

There were letters from editors with commissions that he could not afford to reject. Everywhere newspapers and magazines opened their yawning mouths to swallow up what time he had. He realised at once that he would have to postpone the writing of his novel for several weeks, if not longer.

editors - Redakteure; Herausgeber, Editor, Redakteur, Schriftleiter

commissions - Provisionen; Auftrag, Kommission, Ausschuss, Abschlußprämie

reject - verwerfen, ablehnen, zurückweisen

swallow - schlucken, verschlingen, anbeißen, einstecken

postpone - verschieben, aufschieben, zurückstellen

Among the letters was one from Jack. It bore the postmark of a little place in the Adirondacks where he was staying with his parents. Ernest opened the missive not without hesitation. On reading and rereading it the fine lines on his forehead, that would some day deepen into wrinkles, became quite pronounced and a look of displeasure darkened his face. Something was wrong with Jack, a slight change that defied analysis. Their souls were out of tune. It might only be a passing disturbance; perhaps it was his own fault. It pained him, nevertheless.

among - unter, zwischen, untereinander

postmark - Poststempel; stempeln

little place - Plätzchen

staying with - dabeibleibend

missive - Briefchen; Sendschreiben, Schrieb

rereading - Wiederlesen; Lesewiederholung; (reread); wieder lesen

deepen - aushölen, vertiefen, zunehmen, vergrößern

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

pronounced - ausgeprägt; verkünden, aussprechen, pronunzieren, aussprechen

displeasure - Unzufriedenheit; Unmut, Missfallen, Verdruss

defied - herausgefordert; herausfordern, die Stirn bieten, herausfordern

out of tune - verstimmt

disturbance - Störung; Störenfried, Geistesstörung

fault - Fehler; Schuld; Fehler, Charakterschwäche, Verfehlung

pained - schmerzhaft; Qual, Stich (Schmerz), Schmerz

Somehow it seemed of late that Jack was no longer able to follow the vagaries of his mind. Only one person in the world possessed a similar mental vision, only one seemed to understand what he said and what he left unsaid. Reginald Clarke, being a man and poet, read in his soul as in an open book. Ethel might have understood, had not love, like a cloud, laid itself between her eyes and the page.

vagaries - Unwägbarkeiten; Unwägbarkeit, Laune

unsaid - ungesagt; widerrufen

cloud - Wolke; verschleiern

laid - gelegt; richten (Tisch)

It was with exultation that Ernest heard near midnight the click of Reginald's key in the door. He found him unchanged, completely, radiantly himself. Reginald possessed the psychic power of undressing the soul, of seeing it before him in primal nakedness. Although no word was said of Ethel Brandenbourg except the mere mention of her presence in Atlantic City, Ernest intuitively knew that Reginald was aware of the transformation that absence had wrought in him.

exultation - Jubel

click - Klick; anklicken, zuschnappen, klicken

unchanged - unverändert

radiantly - strahlende

undressing - entkleidende, auskleidend

primal - Ursprünglich; hauptsächlich

nakedness - Nacktheit

although - obwohl, obschon, trotzdem

Except - ausnehmen, ausklammern, ausschließen, widersprechen, außer

mention - Erwähnung; erwähnen

intuitively - intuitiv

transformation - Transformation, Verwandlung, Umformung

absence - Abwesenheit, Absenz, Fehlen, Absence

In the presence of this man he could be absolutely himself, without shame or fear of mis-understanding; and by a strange metamorphosis, all his affection for Ethel and Jack went out for the time being to Reginald Clarke.

shame - Schamgefühl; Scham, Schande

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

Mis - (miss) Frl. Fräulein; (MI) (miss) Frl. Fräulein

metamorphosis - Verwandlung, Metamorphose

Chapter XVII

The next day Ernest wrote a letter of more or less superficial tenderness to Ethel. She had wounded his pride by proving victorious in the end over his passion and hers; besides, he was in the throes of work. When after the third day no answer came, he was inclined to feel aggrieved. It was plain now that she had not cared for him in the least, but had simply played with him for lack of another toy. A flush of shame rose to his cheeks at the thought.

superficial - oberflächlich

wounded - verwundet; anschießen, verwunden

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

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

victorious - siegreich, obsiegend, triumphierend, triumphal, siegesstrahlend

throes - Kämpfe; Agonie

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

aggrieved - geschädigt; kränken, verletzen

plain - unscheinbar, einfach, vollständige, ehrlich

lack - ermangeln, fehlen

He began to analyse his own emotions, and stunned, if not stabbed, his passion step by step. Work was calling to him. It was that which gave life its meaning, not the love of a season. How far away, how unreal, she now seemed to him. Yes, she was right, he had not cared deeply; and his novel, too, would be written only at her. It was the heroine of his story that absorbed his interest, not the living prototype.

stunned - fassungslos; betäuben, verblüffen

stabbed - erstochen; Stich (Messer-); erstechen

unreal - unwirklich, irreal

prototype - Prototyp

Once in a conversation with Reginald he touched upon the subject. Reginald held that modern taste no longer permitted even the photographer to portray life as it is, but insisted upon an individual visualisation. "No man," he remarked, "was ever translated bodily into fiction. In contradiction to life, art is a process of artificial selection."

permitted - erlaubt; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

photographer - Fotograf, Photograph, Fotografin, Photographin

portray - porträtieren, abmalen

insisted - darauf bestanden; auf , bestehen

individual - Individuum; einzeln, individuell, Einzel-

visualisation - Visualisierung

bodily - körperlich, Körper

fiction - Fiktion, Belletristik, Erfindung

contradiction - Widerspruch; Gegensatz

artificial - künstlich

selection - Anwahl, Auswahl

Bearing in mind this motive, Ernest went to work to mould from the material in hand a new Ethel, more real than life. Unfortunately he found little time to devote to his novel. It was only when, after a good day's work, a pile of copy for a magazine lay on his desk, that he could think of concentrating his mind upon "Leontina.

mould - Schimmel; Heizform, Form; Gussform, Gießform, Moder; formen

more real - wirklicher

unfortunately - leider, unglücklicherweise

devote - widmen

pile - Haufen, Pfahl, Pulk

concentrating - konzentrieren, sich konzentrieren, konzentrieren, konzentrieren

The result was that when he went to bed his imagination was busy with the plan of his book, and the creatures of his own brain laid their fingers on his eyelid so that he could not sleep.

eyelid - Augenlid

When at last sheer weariness overcame him, his mind was still at work, not in orderly sequence but along trails monstrous and grotesque. Hobgoblins seemed to steal through the hall, and leering incubi oppressed his soul with terrible burdens. In the morning he awoke unrested. The tan vanished from his face and little lines appeared in the corners of his mouth.

orderly - ordnungsgemäß; ordentlich; Pflegehelfer, Krankenpfleger

sequence - Reihenfolge; Sequenz

trails - Pfade; folgen, verfolgen, nachstellen, nacheilen, nachsetzen

hobgoblins - Kobolde; erman:

steal - stehlen, entwenden, klauen, rauben, Schnäppchen, Diebstahl

leering - lüstern; (leer) lüstern

oppressed - unterdrückt; unterdrücken

burdens - belastet; Refrain, Last, Möller (Hüttenwesen); belasten

awoke - erwacht; munter, wach; erwachen, aufwachen

unrested - unruhig; Unruhe-p

tan - bräunen; gerben

appeared - erschienen; erscheinen, auftauchen, erscheinen, auftauchen

It was as if his nervous vitality were sapped from him in some unaccountable way. He became excited, hysterical. Often at night when he wrote his pot-boilers for the magazines, fear stood behind his seat, and only the buzzing of the elevator outside brought him back to himself.

sapped - ausgeschöpft; Trottel, Saft

unaccountable - nicht rechenschaftspflichtig

hysterical - hysterisch

pot - Blumentopf

boilers - Heizkessel; Dampfkessel, Kocher, Erhitzer; Badeofen

buzzing - Brummen; surrend; (buzz); Summen, Brummen, Gemurmel, Raunen

In one of his morbid moods he wrote a sonnet which he showed to Reginald after the latter's return from a short trip out of town. Reginald read it, looking at the boy with a curious, lurking expression.

moods - Stimmungen; Anwandlung, Stimmung, launisch

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

O gentle Sleep, turn not thy face away,

gentle - liebenswürdig; einfühlsam, sanftmütig, gemächlich, sachte

thy - deine; dein

But place thy finger on my brow, and take

finger - fingern

All burthens from me and all dreams that ache;

ache - schmerzen; Schmerz

Upon mine eyes a cooling balsam lay,

balsam - Heilsalbe, Trost, Balsam, Springkraut

Seeing I am aweary of the day.

aweary - Ehrfurcht

But, lo! thy lips are ashen and they quake.

ashen - aschfahl; leichenfahl, Eschen

quake - Beben

What spectral vision sees thou that can shake

spectral - spektral, Spektral-

thou - du

shake - schütteln, erschüttern, händeschütteln, Schütteln, Milchshake

Thy sweet composure, and thy heart dismay?

composure - Gelassenheit, Fassung, Haltung, innere Ruhe

dismay - Bestürzung; Furcht, Ohnmacht

Perhaps some murderer's cruel eye agleam

murderer - Mörder, Mörderin

cruel - schrecklich; grausam (gegen)

Is fixed upon me, or some monstrous dream

fixed - repariert; reparieren, flicken, fixieren, befestigen

Might bring such fearful guilt upon the head

fearful - furchtbar; furchtsam, ängstlich, verängstigt

guilt - Schuld

Of my unvigilant soul as would arouse

unvigilant - unaufmerksam

arouse - erwecken; reizen, aufreizen, anregen, erregen

The Borgian snake from her envenomed bed,

Or startle Nero in his golden house.

startle - aufschrecken, scheuen, erschrecken

"Good stuff," Reginald remarked, laying down the manuscript; "when did you write it?"

stuff - Sachen, Kram, Zeug, Ding, Stoff, Material

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

"The night when you were out of town," Ernest rejoined.

"I see," Reginald replied.

There was something startling in his intonation that at once aroused Ernest's attention.

startling - verblüffend; überraschend, alarmierend, erschreckend

aroused - erregt; reizen, aufreizen, anregen, erregen, entfachen

"What do you see?" he asked quickly.

"Nothing," Reginald replied, with immovable calm, "only that your state of nerves is still far from satisfactory."

immovable - unbeweglich

state - Staat, Land, Bundesland, Zustand, erklären, darlegen, nennen

Chapter XVIII

After Ernest's departure Ethel Brandenbourg's heart was swaying hither and thither in a hurricane of conflicting feelings. Before she had time to gain an emotional equilibrium, his letter had hurled her back into chaos. A false ring somewhere in Ernest's words, reechoing with an ever-increasing volume of sound, stifled the voice of love. His jewelled sentences glittered, but left her cold. They lacked that spontaneity which renders even simple and hackeneyed phrases wonderful and unique. Ethel clearly realised that her hold upon the boy's imagination had been a fleeting midsummer night's charm, and that a word from Reginald's lips had broken the potency of her spell. She almost saw the shadow of Reginald's visage hovering over Ernest's letter and leering at her from between the lines in sinister triumph. Finally reason came and whispered to her that it was extremely unwise to give her heart into the keeping of a boy.

hither - her, hierher, hierhin

hurricane - Orkan, Wirbelsturm

feelings - Gefühle; Gefühl, Eindruck

gain - Gewinn, Zunahme, Verstärkung; erwerben, gewinnen, erlangen

hurled - geschleudert; schleudern

chaos - Chaos, Unordnung, Durcheinander . Wirrwarr

increasing - zunehmen; steigernd, anwachsend, ansteigend

volume - Volumen; Lautstärke; Jahrgang; Band; Volume

jewelled - mit Juwelen; Edelstein, Juwel

glittered - glitzert; Glitter, glitzern

lacked - gefehlt; Gummilack

spontaneity - Spontaneität, Spontanität, Laune

renders - rendern; leisten, wiedergeben

hold - halten; innehaben

fleeting - flüchtig; Flotte; Fahrzeugpark

midsummer - Hochsommer; Johannistag, Mittsommer

potency - Zeugungskraft, Macht, Potenz

visage - Gesicht

sinister - unheimlich

triumph - Sieg, Erfolg

unwise - unklug

His love, she knew, would have been exacting, irritating at times. He would have asked her to sympathise with every phase of his life, and would have expected active interest on her part in much that she had done with long ago. Thus, untruth would have stolen into her life and embittered it. When mates are unequal, Love must paint its cheeks and, in certain moods at least, hide its face under a mask. Its lips may be honeyed, but it brings fret and sorrow in its train.

exacting - anspruchsvoll; exakt, genau, exakt, genau, exakt, fordern

irritating - irritierend; reizen, irritieren, ärgern

sympathise - mitfühlen

phase - Phase

expected - erwartet; erwarten, erwarten, erwarten

active - aktiv; gewandt, flink, tätig, rührig

untruth - Unwahrheit

stolen - gestohlen; stehlen, entwenden, klauen, stehlen, stehlen, rauben

embittered - verbittert; verbittern; jdn. verbittern; etw. verschlimmern

unequal - ungleich

hide - verbergen, verheimlichen, verstecken, verdecken

mask - Maske; abkleben (zum Schutz); abdecken, maskieren

honeyed - mit Honig; Honig

sorrow - Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge

These things she told herself over and over again while she penned a cool and calculating answer to Ernest's letter. She rewrote it many times, and every time it became more difficult to reply. At last she put her letter aside for a few days, and when it fell again into her hand it seemed so unnatural and strained that she destroyed it.

penned - aufgeschrieben; verfasste

calculating - kalkulieren, berechnen, ausrechnen, rechnen, kalkulieren

rewrote - umgeschrieben; umschreiben, neu schreiben

strained - angespannt; Spannung, starke Inanspruchnahme, Zug; anstrengen

Thus several weeks had passed, and Ernest no longer exclusively occupied her mind when, one day early in September, while glancing over a magazine, she came upon his name in the table of contents. Once more she saw the boy's wistful face before her, and a trembling something stirred in her heart. Her hand shook as she cut the pages, and a mist of tears clouded her vision as she attempted to read his poem. It was a piece of sombre brilliance.

exclusively - ausschließlich, exklusiv, allein, alleinig

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

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

wistful - wehmütig

brilliance - Brillanz

Like black-draped monks half crazed with mystic devotion, the poet's thoughts flitted across the page. It was the wail of a soul that feels reason slipping from it and beholds madness rise over its life like a great pale moon. A strange unrest emanated from it and took possession of her. And again, with an insight that was prophetic, she distinctly recognised behind the vague fear that had haunted the poet the figure of Reginald Clarke.

draped - drapiert; drapieren, drapieren

monks - Mönche; Mönch

crazed - durchgeknallt; Fimmel

mystic - mystisch; Mystiker, Mystikerin

devotion - Hingebung, Hingabe, Zuneigung, Zuwendung

flitted - geflattert; gaukeln

wail - heulen; jammern, wehklagen, klagen

slipping - Ausrutschen; Versprecher; Rutschen (geradeaus); Lapsus

beholds - anschaut; betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen, ansehen

took possession of - bemächtigte

insight - Einblick; Einsicht; Gespür, Kundenverständnis, Ahnung, Eingebung

prophetic - prophetisch

A half-forgotten dream, struggling to consciousness, staggered her by its vividness. She saw Clarke as she had seen him in days gone by, grotesquely transformed into a slimy sea-thing, whose hungry mouths shut sucking upon her and whose thousand tentacles encircled her form. She closed her eyes in horror at the reminiscence.

staggered - gestaffelt; Staffelung; abstufen, staffeln, wanken

vividness - Lebendigkeit

gone by - (go by) vorübergehen, vergehen

grotesquely - grotesk

slimy - schleimig; schmierig, aalglatt

shut - geschlossen; (to shut) schließen, zumachen

sucking - Saugen; (suck); saugen; lutschen; mies sein, zum Kotzen sein

tentacles - Tentakel

encircled - eingekreist; umzingeln, einfassen

reminiscence - Erinnern; Erinnerung an, Erinnerungen, Rückerinnerung

And in that moment it became clear to her that she must take into her hands the salvation of Ernest Fielding from the clutches of the malign power that had mysteriously enveloped his life.

Salvation - Erlösung, Rettung

clutches - kuppeln; Vogelgelege; Kupplung (Auto), Gelege

malign - bösartig; böse, böswillig, übel, schlimm

enveloped - umhüllt; verhüllen; Kuvert, Versandtasche, Hüllenkurve

Chapter XIX

The summer was brief, and already by the middle of September many had returned to the pleasures of urban life. Ethel was among the first-comers; for, after her resolve to enter the life of the young poet once more, it would have been impossible for her to stay away from the city much longer. Her plan was all ready. Before attempting to see Ernest she would go to meet Reginald and implore him to free the boy from his hideous spell. An element of curiosity unconsciously entered her determination. When, years ago, she and Clarke had parted, the man had seemed, for once, greatly disturbed and had promised, in his agitation, that some day he would communicate to her what would exonerate him in her eyes. She had answered that all words between them were purposeless, and that she hoped never to see his face again.

pleasures - Vergnügungen; Vergnügen

Urban - städtisch, urban, Stadt

comers - Kommende

resolve - auflösen, beschließen

impossible - unmöglich

attempting - versuchen, Versuch, Bestreben

go to meet - entgegengehen

implore - anflehen

unconsciously - unbewusst

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

greatly - sehr; außerordentlich, großartig

disturbed - beunruhigt; stören

agitation - Aufregung; Aufwühlung, Agitation

communicate - mitteilen, übermitteln, kommunizieren, kundtun, weitergeben

exonerate - entlasten; erleichtern; ausleeren, entleeren, abfließen

purposeless - zwecklos

The experience that the years had brought to her, instead of elucidating the mystery of Reginald's personality, had, on the contrary, made his behaviour appear more and more unaccountable. She had more than once caught herself wishing to meet him again and to analyse dispassionately the puzzling influences he had exerted upon her. And she could at last view him dispassionately; there was triumph in that. She was dimly aware that something had passed from her, something by which he had held her, and without which his magnetism was unable to play upon her.

elucidating - aufklären; erläutern, verdeutlichen, erklären

mystery - Geheimnis, Rätsel

behaviour - Verhalten, Benehmen, Betragen; Fahrverhalten

appear - erscheinen, auftauchen, auftreten

caught - erwischt; Fang, Fang, Haken, Fang, fangen, fangen, einfangen

wishing - (wish) wünschen, möchten; (wish); Wunsch; wünschen

dispassionately - leidenschaftslos

influences - Einflüsse; Einfluss, Beeinflussung, Einfluss, Beeinflusser

exerted - ausgeübt wird; anstrengen, ausüben

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

So when Walkham sent her an invitation to one of his artistic "at homes" she accepted, in the hope of meeting Reginald. It was his frequentation of Walkham's house that had for several years effectively barred her foot from crossing the threshold. It was with a very strange feeling she greeted the many familiar faces at Walkham's now; and when, toward ten o'clock, Reginald entered, politely bowing in answer to the welcome from all sides, her heart beat in her like a drum.

invitation - Einladung, Einladen

accepted - akzeptiert; annehmen, abnehmen, akzeptieren, aufnehmen

frequentation - Häufigkeit

effectively - effektiv

barred - verwehrt; Takt; Schankstube; Latte (Sport); Balken, Leiste

Crossing - Kreuzung; Überfahrt; (cross); Kreuz; Kreuzzeichen; Kreuzung; Cross; Flanke; quer; entgegengesetzt

greeted - gegrüßt; grüßen, begrüßen

politely - höflich

bowing - Verbeugung; (bow) sich vorbeugen; (bow) Verbeugung; (bow) sich vorbeugen

sides - Seiten; Flanke, Rand, Mannschaft, Team

drum - Trommel

But she calmed herself, and, catching his eye, so arranged it that early in the evening they met in an alcove of the drawing-room.

calmed - beruhigt; ruhig, ruhig, windstill, Ruhe, Windstille, beruhigen

catching - nehmend, fangend

alcove - Nische; Alkoven; Alkov

"It was inevitable," Reginald said. "I expected it."

inevitable - unvermeidlich, unabwendbar, zwangsläufig

"Yes," she replied, "we were bound to meet."

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

Like a great rush of water, memory came back to her. He was still horribly fascinating as of old-only she was no longer susceptible to his fascination. He had changed somewhat in those years. The lines about his mouth had grown harder and a steel-like look had come into his eyes.

horribly - furchtbar; fürchterlich

susceptible - anfällig, beeindruckbar, empfänglich, empfindlich

Only for a moment, as he looked at her, a flash of tenderness seemed to come back to them. Then he said, with a touch of sadness: "Why should the first word between us be a lie?"

lie - lügen; (lie down) sich hinlegen

Ethel made no answer.

Reginald looked at her half in wonder and said: "And is your love for the boy so great that it overcame your hate of me?"

Ah, he knew! She winced.

winced - gezuckt; Zusammenzucken

"He has told you?"

"Not a word."

There was something superhuman in his power of penetration. Why should she wear a mask before him, when his eyes, like the eyes of God, pierced to the core of her being?

superhuman - übermenschlich

penetration - Durchdringung; Penetration

pierced - gepierct; lochen, durchbohren

core - Reaktorkern (Kerntechnik); Kernstück, Mark, Mittelstück, Kern

"No," she replied, "it is not love, but compassion for him."


"Yes, compassion for your victim."

victim - Opfer

"You mean?"


"I am all ear."

"I implore you."


"You have ruined one life."

He raised his eyebrows derogatively.

eyebrows - Augenbrauen; Braue, Augenbraue

derogatively - abwertend

"Yes," she continued fiercely, "ruined it! Is not that enough?"

fiercely - heftig, wütend

"I have never wilfully ruined any one's life."

wilfully - absichtlich

"You have ruined mine."


"How else shall I explain your conduct?"

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

"I warned you."

warned - gewarnt; warnen, mahnen, warnen

"Warning, indeed! The warning that the snake gives to the sparrow helpless under its gaze."

warning - Warnung, Mahnung, Achtung; (warn); warnen, mahnen

sparrow - Sperling, Spatz

helpless - hilflos

"Ah, but who tells you that the snake is to blame? Is it not rather the occult power that prescribes with blood on brazen scroll the law of our being?"

occult - okkult; Okkult, Okkultismus

prescribes - vorschreibt; verschreiben, verordnen, vorschreiben, verordnen

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

scroll - Schriftrolle, Buchrolle, Volute, Schnörkel

"This is no solace to the sparrow. But whatever may be said, let us drop the past. Let us consider the present. I beg of you, leave this boy-let him develop without your attempting to stifle the life in him or impressing upon it the stamp of your alien mind."

solace - Trost; trösten

Consider - überlegen; halten; betrachten, in Betracht ziehen

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

develop - entwickeln

stifle - abwürgen; ersticken

impressing - beeindruckend; beeindrucken, prägen

Stamp - Stempel; stempeln; freimachen

alien - Außerirdische; Fremdling, Fremder, Fremde, Ausländer

"Ethel," he protested, "you are unjust. If you knew-" Then an idea seemed to take hold of him. He looked at her curiously.

take hold - zugreifen

"What if I knew?" she asked.

"You shall know," he said, simply. "Are you strong?"

"Strong to withstand anything at your hand. There is nothing that you can give me, nothing that you can take away."

withstand - widerstehen; widerstehen (1; 2)

"No," he remarked, "nothing. Yes, you have changed. Still, when I look upon you, the ghosts of the past seem to rise like live things."

ghosts - Gespenst

"We both have changed. We meet now upon equal grounds. You are no longer the idol I made of you."

Equal - Gleichberechtigt; gleich; gleichen; Gleichgestellter

grounds - Gründe; Masse (elektrisch); Erdboden, Grund, Boden, geschliffen

"Don't you think that to the idol this might be a relief, not a humiliation? It is a terrible torture to sit in state with lips eternally shut. Sometimes there comes over the most reticent of us a desire to break through the eternal loneliness that surrounds the soul.

humiliation - Demütigung, Erniedrigung

torture - Folter; Tortur; foltern

eternally - auf ewig

reticent - zurückhaltend

break through - durchbrechen

loneliness - Einsamkeit

surrounds - umgibt; umgeben, umringen, umzingeln, umringen

It is this feeling that prompts madmen to tear off their clothes and exhibit their nakedness in the market-place. It's madness on my part, or a whim, or I don't know what; but it pleases me that you should know the truth."

prompts - Aufforderungen; Eingabeaufforderung, anleiten, antreiben

madmen - Irrer, Wahnsinniger, Verrückter

tear off - abreißen, wegreißen

exhibit - zeigen, zur Schau stellen, ausstellen, vorzeigen

whim - Laune

"You promised me long ago that I should."

"To-day I will redeem my promise, and I will tell you another thing that you will find hard to believe."

redeem - zurückkaufen; loslösen, freikaufen, befreien, einlösen

promise - Versprechen

"And that is?"

"That I loved you."

Ethel smiled a little sceptically. "You have loved often."

sceptically - skeptisch

"No," he replied. "Loved, seriously loved, I have, only once."

seriously - ernst, ernsthaft

Chapter XX

They were sitting in a little Italian restaurant where they had often, in the old days, lingered late into the night over a glass of Lacrimć Christi. But no pale ghost of the past rose from the wine. Only a wriggling something, with serpent eyes, that sent cold shivers down her spine and held her speechless and entranced.

Italian - italienisch, italienischsprachig, italienischsprachlich

ghost - Gespenst, Geist, Phantom, Spuk

wriggling - zappelnd; sich winden, sich befreien

shivers - zittert; Schauder, Schauer, zittern, frösteln

spine - Rückgrat, Wirbelsäule, Rücken, Stachel, Dorn

speechless - sprachlos, fassungslos, stumm

When their order had been filled and the waiter had posted himself at a respectful distance, Reginald began-at first leisurely, a man of the world. But as he proceeded a strange exultation seemed to possess him and from his eyes leaped the flame of the mystic.

respectful - respektvoll

proceeded - fortgefahren; vorgehen

flame - Flamme, poetic, anmachen

"You must Pardon me," he commenced, "if I monopolise the conversation, but the revelations I have to make are of such a nature that I may well claim your attention. I will start with my earliest childhood. You remember the picture of me that was taken when I was five?"

Pardon me - Verzeihung!

commenced - begonnen; anfangen, beginnen

monopolise - monopolisieren

revelations - Enthüllungen; Enthüllung, , Enthüllung, Offenbarung, Erkenntnis

childhood - Kindheit, Kindschaft, Kinderzeit, Anfangszeit

She remembered, indeed. Each detail of his life was deeply engraven on her mind.

engraven - gestochen; gravieren, meißeln, eingravieren

"At that time," he continued, "I was not held to be particularly bright. The reason was that my mind, being pre-eminently and extraordinarily receptive, needed a stimulus from without. The moment I was sent to school, however, a curious metamorphosis took place in me.

bright - fröhlich, aufgeweckt, leuchtend, klar, hell

pre - vor..

eminently - eminent

extraordinarily - außerordentlich

receptive - aufnahmefähig

stimulus - Anreiz; Auslöseimpuls; Stimulus

I may say that I became at once the most brilliant boy in my class. You know that to this day I have always been the most striking figure in any circle in which I have ever moved."

most brilliant - geistvollstem, geistvollste

most striking - aparteste

Ethel nodded assent. Silently watching the speaker, she saw a gleam of the truth from afar, but still very distant and very dim.

assent - zustimmen, behaupten

silently - leise; schweigend, still

speaker - Sprecher, Sprecherin, Lautsprecher, Vorsitzender, Vorsitzende

from afar - weiter

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

Reginald lifted the glass against the light and gulped its contents. Then in a lower voice he recommenced: "Like the chameleon, I have the power of absorbing the colour of my environment."

lifted - angehoben; Lüften (Bremse), Lift, Aufzug; fördern

lower - niedriger, niedrigerer, ausfahren (Fahrgestell); abdämpfen

recommenced - wiederaufgenommen; wieder beginnen

"Do you mean that you have the power of absorbing the special virtues of other people?" she interjected.

virtues - Tugenden; Tugend, Tugend, Keuschheit, Tugend

"That is exactly what I mean."

"Oh!" she cried, for in a heart-beat many things had become clear to her. For the first time she realised, still vaguely but with increasing vividness, the hidden causes of her ruin and, still more plainly, the horrible danger of Ernest Fielding.

become clear - klargeworden

vaguely - undeutlich

causes - Ursache, Anlass, Grund, Sache, verursachen, auslösen, lassen

ruin - Ruine, Ruin, Ruin, ruinieren, auf die Knie zwingen, vernichten

plainly - klar und deutlich; klar

He noticed her agitation, and a look of psychological curiosity came into his eyes.

psychological - psychologisch

"Ah, but that is not all," he observed, smilingly. "That is nothing. We all possess that faculty in a degree. The secret of my strength is my ability to reject every element that is harmful or inessential to the completion of my self. This did not come to me easily, nor without a struggle.

faculty - der Fakultät; Kollegium, Lehrpersonal, Fakultät, Vermögen

harmful - schädlich

inessential - unwesentlich

easily - leicht

Struggle - Kämpfen; Kampf, Gefecht, sich durchbeißen, sich schwer tun

But now, looking back Upon my life, many things become transparent that were obscure even to me at the time. I can now follow the fine-spun threads in the intricate web of my fate, and discover in the wilderness of meshes a design, awful and grandly planned."

Upon my life - So wahr ich lebe!

obscure - obskur, dunkel, vernebelt, finster

intricate - verwickelt

fate - Schicksal, Los, Geschick

discover - entdecken; erleben, erfahren, dabei sein

meshes - Maschen; Netz

grandly - großartig, großartige

His voice shook with conviction, as he uttered these words. There was something strangely gruesome in this man. It was thus that she had pictured to herself the high-priest of some terrible and mysterious religion, demanding a human sacrifice to appease the hunger of his god.

uttered - geäußert; äußerst

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

religion - Religion

demanding - anspruchsvoll; Nachfrage, Bedarf, Nachfrage, Anspruch

human sacrifice - Menschenopfer

appease - besänftigen, friedlich stimmen, beschwichtigen

hunger - hungern; Hunger

She was fascinated by the spell of his personality, and listened with a feeling not far removed from awe. But Reginald suddenly changed his tone and proceeded in a more conversational manner.

awe - Ehrfurcht; Staunen; einschüchtern

"The first friend I ever cared for was a boy marvellously endowed for the study of mathematics. At the time of our first meeting at school, I was unable to solve even the simplest algebraical problem. But we had been together only for half a month, when we exchanged parts. It was I who was the mathematical genius now, whereas he became hopelessly dull and stuttered through his recitations only with a struggle that brought the tears to his eyes. Then I discarded him. Heartless, you say? I have come to know better. Have you ever tasted a bottle of wine that had been uncorked for a long time? If you have, you have probably found it flat-the essence was gone, evaporated.

marvellously - fabelhaft

endowed - dotiert; ausstatten

solve - lösen

simplest - am einfachsten; einfach, simpel, einfach, simpel

algebraical - algebraisch

exchanged - ausgetauscht; austauschen, umtauschen, tauschen

whereas - wohingegen, wogegen, während, wobei

hopelessly - hoffnungslos

stuttered - gestottert; Stottern

recitations - Rezitationen; Rezitation, Vortragen

discarded - entsorgt; verwerfen, abwerfen, ablegen

heartless - herzlos

tasted - geschmeckt; Geschmack, Schmecken

uncorked - entkorkt; entkorken

Thus it is when we care for people. Probably-no, assuredly-there is some principle prisoned in their souls, or in the windings of their brains, which, when escaped, leaves them insipid, unprofitable and devoid of interest to us. Sometimes this essence-not necessarily the finest element in a man's or a woman's nature, but soul-stuff that we lack-disappears. In fact, it invariably disappears. It may be that it has been transformed in the processes of their growth; it may also be that it has utterly vanished by some inadvertence, or that we ourselves have absorbed it."

principle - Grundsatz, Prinzip, Naturgesetz

prisoned - im Gefängnis; Gefängnis

windings - Wicklungen; (wind) aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln

insipid - geschmacklos

unprofitable - unrentabel

devoid - nicht vorhanden; erman: frei (von) ''adj.'': leer

disappears - verschwindet; verschwinden, entschwinden

invariably - ausnahmslos

processes - Prozesse; weiter verarbeiten, verarbeiten

inadvertence - Unachtsamkeit

"Then we throw them away?" Ethel asked, pale, but dry-eyed. A shudder passed through her body and she clinched her glass nervously. At that moment Reginald resembled a veritable Prince of Darkness, sinister and beautiful, painted by the hand of a modern master. Then, for a space, he again became the man of the world. Smiling and self-possessed, he filled the glasses, took a long sip of the wine and resumed his narrative.

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

dry - trocken; trocknen, abtrocknen

passed through - durchgelaufen

clinched - durchgesetzt; Clinch

nervously - nervös, erregbar, gereizt, hektisch

resembled - ähnelte; ähneln, gleichen

veritable - wahrhaftig

sip - Schluck; Schlückchen; nippen

resumed - wiederaufgenommen; weiter; Lebenslauf; fortsetzen

narrative - erzählend, erzählerisch, in erzählender Form darlegend

"That boy was followed by others. I absorbed many useless things and some that were evil. I realised that I must direct my absorptive propensities. This I did. I selected, selected well. And all the time the terrible power of which I was only half conscious grew within me."

useless - nutzlos, unnützlich, wertlos

Direct - direkt, unmittelbar, beaufsichtigen, inszenieren, befehlen

absorptive - aufnahmefähig

propensities - Neigungen; Neigung, Tendenz

selected - ausgewählt; auswählen

"It is indeed a terrible power," she cried; "all the more terrible for its subtlety. Had I not myself been its victim, I should not now find it possible to believe in it."

more terrible - furchtbarere

myself - mich selbst; mich

"The invisible hand that smites in the dark is certainly more fearful than a visible foe. It is also more merciful. Think how much you would have suffered had you been conscious of your loss."

visible - sichtbar

smites - zerschlägt; schlagen, schlagen

more fearful - angstvollere

foe - Feind

merciful - barmherzig

suffered - gelitten; leiden, leiden, erleiden

"Still it seems even now to me that it cannot have been an utter, irreparable loss. There is no action without reaction. Even I-even we-must have received from you some compensation for what you have taken away."

utter - Äußerlich; äußerst

irreparable - irreparabel

reaction - Reaktion

compensation - Entschädigung; Abfindung, Kompensation, Ausgleich, Ersatz

"In the ordinary processes of life the law of action and reaction is indeed potent. But no law is without exception. Think of radium, for instance, with its constant and seemingly inexhaustible outflow of energy. It is a difficult thing to imagine, but our scientific men have accepted it as a fact. Why should we find it more difficult to conceive of a tremendous and infinite absorptive element? I feel sure that it must somewhere exist. But every phenomenon in the physical world finds its counterpart in the psychical universe. There are radium-souls that radiate without loss of energy, but also without increase.

ordinary - Heroldsbild; gewöhnlich, normal

potent - Potente

exception - Ausnahme, Ausnahmebedingung, Exception

radium - Radium

instance - Beispiel, Fall, Instanz

inexhaustible - unerschöpflich

outflow - Abfluss

energy - Energie

scientific - wissenschaftlich

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

exist - bestehen, existieren

counterpart - Gegenstück, Pendant, Duplikat, Kopie, Ebenbild, Gegenüber

radiate - strahlen, ausstrahlen

increase - erhöhen; zunehmen, steigen, ansteigen, wachsen

And there are souls, the reverse of radium, with unlimited absorptive capacities."

the reverse - das genaue Gegenteil

unlimited - unbeschränkt, unbegrenzt

capacities - Kapazitäten; Kapazität, Befugnis

"Vampire-souls," she observed, with a shudder, and her face blanched.

blanched - blanchiert; bleichen

"No," he said, "don't say that." And then he suddenly seemed to grow in stature. His face was ablaze, like the face of a god.

stature - Körpergröße, Statur

ablaze - in Flammen stehen; lodernd; in Flammen

"In every age," he replied, with solemnity, "there are giants who attain to a greatness which by natural growth no men could ever have reached. But in their youth a vision came to them, which they set out to seek. They take the stones of fancy to build them a palace in the kingdom of truth, projecting into reality dreams, monstrous and impossible. Often they fail and, tumbling from their airy heights, end a quixotic career. Some succeed. They are the chosen. Carpenter's sons they are, who have laid down the Law of a World for milleniums to come; or simple Corsicans, before whose eagle eye have quaked the kingdoms of the earth. But to accomplish their mission they need a will of iron and the wit of a hundred men. And from the iron they take the strength, and from a hundred men's brains they absorb their wisdom. Divine missionaries, they appear in all departments of life.

solemnity - Feierlichkeit; Hochfest

giants - Giganten; Riese, Riesin, Gigant, Gigantin, Gigant, Riese

attain - erreichen, erlangen

greatness - Großartigkeit; Größe

seek - suchen

fail - mangelhaft (Zensur 5)

heights - Höhen; Höhe, Größe

Succeed - Erfolgreich; nachfolgen; gelingen, geraten

Carpenter - Schreiner; Zimmermann, Zimmerfrau

milleniums - Jahrtausenden

Corsicans - Korsen; korsisch, Korse, Korsin, Korsisch

eagle - Adler, Eagle

quaked - bebte; Beben

kingdoms - Königreiche; Königreich

accomplish - zu erreichen; vollenden

of iron - stählern (Körper, Wille)

wit - Witz; nämlich, und zwar

absorb - absorbieren, aufnehen

missionaries - Missionare; Missionar, Missionarin, missionarisch

departments - Abteilungen; Abteilung

In their hand is gathered to-day the gold of the world. Mighty potentates of peace and war, they unlock new seas and from distant continents lift the bars. Single-handed, they accomplish what nations dared not hope; with Titan strides they scale the stars and succeed where millions fail. In art they live, the makers of new periods, the dreamers of new styles. They make themselves the vocal sun-glasses of God. Homer and Shakespeare, Hugo and Balzac-they concentrate the dispersed rays of a thousand lesser luminaries in one singing flame that, like a giant torch, lights up humanity's path."

war - Krieg; Krieg führen

unlock - aufschließen, entriegeln, entsperren (screen, Device, PC

continents - Kontinente; Kontinent, Festland, Erdteil

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

bars - Takt; Schankstube; Latte (Sport); Balken, Leiste, Stange, Strich

nations - Nationen; Staat, Nation, Volk

Titan - Titan

strides - schritte; schreiten

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

dreamers - Träumer, Träumerin, Träumer, Träumerin, Schwärmer, Schwärmerin

vocal - stimmhaft, stimmlich, mündlich, lautstark

dispersed - verstreut; zerstreuen, qualifier

lesser - abzgl. abzüglich, weniger, kleiner, wenig

luminaries - Koryphäen; Lichtgestalt

torch - Fackel; anzünden

lights up - erhellt

path - Weg, Pfad

She gazed at him, open-mouthed. The light had gone from his visage. He paused, exhausted, but even then he looked the incarnation of a force no less terrible, no less grand. She grasped the immensity of his conception, but her woman's soul rebelled at the horrible injustice to those whose light is extinguished, as hers had been, to feed an alien flame.

gazed at - angestarrt

incarnation - Verkörperung; Inkarnation, checkVerkörperung, checkInbegriff {m

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

grand - großartig, prächtig, groß, bedeutend

grasped - begriffen; greifen, erfassen, begreifen, verstehen, erfassen

immensity - Unermesslichkeit, Grenzenlosigkeit

rebelled - rebelliert; Rebell; auflehnen, aufbäumen

injustice - Unrecht; Ungerechtigkeit

extinguished - ausgelöscht; löschen, auslöschen, auslöschen, abschalten

feed - füttern; Zuführung, Papierzuführung, Zufuhr; verpflegen, hegen

And then, for a moment, she saw the pale face of Ernest staring at her out of the wine.

the pale - die Grenze des Erlaubten

"Cruel," she sobbed, "how cruel!"

"What matter?" he asked. "Their strength is taken from them, but the spirit of humanity, as embodied in us, triumphantly marches on."

spirit - Geist, Seele, Stimmung, Schnaps

embodied - verkörpert; verkörpern, verkörpern

Chapter XXI

Reginald's revelations were followed by a long silence, interrupted only by the officiousness of the waiter. The spell once broken, they exchanged a number of more or less irrelevant observations. Ethel's mind returned, again and again, to the word he had not spoken. He had said nothing of the immediate bearing of his monstrous power upon her own life and that of Ernest Fielding.

officiousness - Beflissenheit; Zudringlichkeit

observations - Beobachtungen; Beobachtung, Bemerkung

At last, somewhat timidly, she approached the subject.

approached - angesprochen; sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

"You said you loved me," she remarked.

"I did."

"But why, then-"

"I could not help it."

"Did you ever make the slightest attempt?"

slightest - das Geringste; geringfügig, leicht, gering, unbedeutend, wenig

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

"In the horrible night hours I struggled against it. I even implored you to leave me."

implored - angefleht; anflehen

"Ah, but I loved you!"

"You would not be warned, you would not listen. You stayed with me, and slowly, surely, the creative urge went out of your life."

stayed with - dabeigeblieben

creative urge - Schaffensdrang

"But what on earth could you find in my poor art to attract you? What were my pictures to you?"

"I needed them, I needed you. It was a certain something, a rich colour effect, perhaps. And then, under your very eyes, the colour that vanished from your canvases reappeared in my prose. My style became more luxurious than it had been, while you tortured your soul in the vain attempt of calling back to your brush what was irretrievably lost."

more luxurious - komfortablere

tortured - gefoltert; Folter, Tortur, foltern

calling back - zurückberufend

irretrievably - unwiederbringlich

"Why did you not tell me?"

"You would have laughed in my face, and I could not have endured your laugh. Besides, I always hoped, until it was too late, that I might yet check the mysterious power within me. Soon, however, I became aware that it was beyond my control. The unknown god, whose instrument I am, had wisely made it stronger than me."

endured - ertragen, aushalten, dulden, von Bestand sein

unknown - unbekannt; Unbekannte; Unbekannter

instrument - Instrument, Musikinstrument, Meßinstrument, Werkzeug, Dokument

wisely - weise

"But why," retorted Ethel, "was it necessary to discard me, like a cast-off garment, like a wanton who has lost the power to please?"

retorted - erwiderte; Retorte; erwidern (scharf)

discard - verwerfen; abwerfen, ablegen

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

garment - Kleidungsstück

Her frame shook with the remembered emotion of that moment, when years ago he had politely told her that she was nothing to him.

"The law of being," Reginald replied, almost sadly, "the law of my being. I should have pitied you, but the eternal reproach of your suffering only provoked my anger. I cared less for you every day, and when I had absorbed all of you that my growth required, you were to me as one dead, as a stranger you were.

pitied - bemitleidet; Mitleid

reproach - Vorwürfe; Vorwurf; Schande; vorwerfen

suffering - leidend; Leiden; (suffer); leiden; erleiden

provoked - provoziert; provozieren, aufreizen, aufwühlen, aufhetzen

anger - Ärger, Zorn, Wut, Groll

required - erforderlich; erfordern, brauchen, benötigen

There was between us no further community of interest; henceforth, I knew, our lives must move in totally different spheres. You remember that day when we said good-bye?"

further - fördern; weiter, ferner, des Weiteren

community of interest - Interessengemeinschaft

totally - total; vollständig, komplett, völlig, absolut

spheres - Sphären; Kugel, Kugel, Sphäre, Bereich

"You mean that day when I lay before you on my knees," she corrected him.

"That day I buried my last dream of personal happiness. I would have gladly raised you from the floor, but love was utterly gone. If I am tenderer to-day than I am wont to be, it is because you mean so much to me as the symbol of my renunciation. When I realised that I could not even save the thing I loved from myself, I became hardened and cruel to others. Not that I know no kindly feeling, but no qualms of conscience lay their prostrate forms across my path.

gladly - gerne; gern

tenderer - Wärter, Anbieter; (tender) Wärter, Anbieter

symbol - Symbol, Zeichen

renunciation - Entsagung; Verzicht

hardened - abgehärtet; härten, verhärten, abhärten

kindly - freundlich, freundlicherweise, gütig, liebenswürdig

qualms - Gewissensbisse-p, Skrupel, de

conscience - Gewissen

prostrate - niedergeschlagen; niedergestreckt; niederwerfen, erniedrigen

There is nothing in life for me but my mission."

mission - Auftrag; Mission

His face was bathed in ecstasy. The pupils were luminous, large and threatening. He had the look of a madman or a prophet.

ecstasy - Ekstase; Ecstasy, Teile, Pillen

pupils - Schulkind, Pupille, Schüler

threatening - bedrohlich; drohend; (threaten); drohen, bedrohen, androhen

prophet - Prophet, Prophetin

After a while Ethel remarked: "But you have grown into one of the master-figures of the age. Why not be content with that? Is there no limit to your ambition?"

figures - Zahlen; Abbildung, Figur, Gestalt, Ziffer, Form

content with - begnügen

limit - Begrenzung, Grenze, Obergrenze; begrenzen

Ambition - Ehrgeiz, checkAmbition (5)

Reginald smiled: "Ambition! Shakespeare stopped when he had reached his full growth, when he had exhausted the capacity of his contemporaries. I am not yet ready to lay down my pen and rest."

capacity - Kapazität; Befugnis

contemporaries - Zeitgenossen; zeitgenössisch, zeitgenössisch, modern, zeitnah

"And will you always continue in this criminal course, a murderer of other lives?"

continue - fortsetzen, weiterhin

criminal - kriminell; Krimineller, Kriminelle, Verbrecher, Verbrecherin

He looked her calmly in the face. "I do not know."

"Are you the slave of your unknown god?"

slave - Sklave, Sklavin, Sexsklave

"We are all slaves, wire-pulled marionettes: You, Ernest, I. There is no freedom on the face of the earth nor above. The tiger that tears a lamb is not free, I am not free, you are not free. All that happens must happen; no word that is said is said in vain, in vain is raised no hand."

slaves - Sklaven; Sklave, t+Sklavin, Sklave, t+Sklavin, Sklave

pulled - gezogen; ziehen, ziehen

marionettes - Marionetten; Marionette

freedom - Freiheit

tiger - Tiger

lamb - Lamm, Lammfleisch

"Then," Ethel retorted, eagerly, "if I attempted to wrest your victim from you, I should also be the tool of your god?"

wrest - Ringen; erzwingen

tool - Gerät, Instrument, Werkzeug

"Assuredly. But I am his chosen."

"Can you-can you not set him free?"

"I need him-a little longer. Then he is yours."

"But can you not, if I beg you again on my knees, at least loosen his chains before he is utterly ruined?"

loosen - lösen, lockern

chains - Kette, Kette, Kette, Kette, anketten, ketten

"It is beyond my power. If I could not rescue you, whom I loved, what in heaven or on earth can save him from his fate? Besides, he will not be utterly ruined. It is only a part of him that I absorb. In his soul are chords that I have not touched. They may vibrate one day, when he has gathered new strength.

rescue - retten; Rettung

chords - Akkorde; Akkord, Sehne, Profilsehne, Tastenkombination

vibrate - vibrieren; Vibration

You, too, would have spared yourself much pain had you striven to attain success in different fields-not where I had garnered the harvest of a lifetime. It is only a portion of his talent that I take from him. The rest I cannot harm. Why should he bury that remainder?"

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

striven - angestrebt; erstreben, bestreben

fields - Felder; Feld

garnered - gesammelt; Magazin

lifetime - Leben, Lebensdauer, Lebenszeit, Ewigkeit

portion - Anteil; Teil

talent - Talent, Begabung

bury - vergraben, verbergen, begraben

remainder - Rest, Teilungsrest, Restposten, runtersetzen

His eyes strayed through the window to the firmament, as if to say that words could no more bend his indomitable will than alter the changeless course of the stars.

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

firmament - Firmament

bend - beugen; biegen, durchbiegen, Kurve, Biegung, Schrägbalken

indomitable - unbezwingbar

alter - verändern, ändern, wandeln, modifizieren, abändern

Changeless - unveränderlichen, unveränderlich

Ethel had half-forgotten the wrong she herself had suffered at his hands. He could not be measured by ordinary standards, this dazzling madman, whose diseased will-power had assumed such uncanny proportions. But here a young life was at stake. In her mind's eye she saw Reginald crush between his relentless hands the delicate soul of Ernest Fielding, as a magnificent carnivorous flower might close its glorious petals upon a fly.

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

uncanny - unheimlich, gruselig, seltsam, verstörend, Unheimliche

proportions - Proportionen; Teil, Proportion, Anteil

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

crush - verknallt; Schwarm; zerdrücken

magnificent - großartig; prächtig; ausgezeichnet

carnivorous - fleischfressend

glorious - ruhmvoll, glorreich, herrlich, prachtvoll

Love, all conquering love, welled up in her. She would fight for Ernest as a tiger cat fights for its young. She would place herself in the way of the awful force that had shattered her own aspirations, and save, at any cost, the brilliant boy who did not love her.

conquering - Eroberung; erobern

fights - Kämpfe; Kampf, Schlacht

shattered - zertrümmert; zum Zerspringen bringen, zerschmettern

aspirations - Bestrebungen; Aufsaugung, Einsaugung

Chapter XXII

The last rays of the late afternoon sun fell slanting through Ernest's window. He was lying on his couch, in a leaden, death-like slumber that, for the moment at least, was not even perturbed by the presence of Reginald Clarke.

slanting - Schräglage; Schräge, Hang, Abhang, schiefe Ebene, Neigung

leaden - bleiern

slumber - Halbschlaf, Schlummer, Schläfchen, schlummern, dösen, träumen

perturbed - beunruhigt; stören

The latter was standing at the boy's bedside, calm, unmoved as ever. The excitement of his conversation with Ethel had left no trace on the chiselled contour of his forehead. Smilingly fastening an orchid of an indefinable purple tint in his evening coat, radiant, buoyant with life, he looked down upon the sleeper. Then he passed his hand over Ernest's forehead, as if to wipe off beads of sweat. At the touch of his hand the boy stirred uneasily.

bedside - am Krankenbett; Krankenbett

unmoved - ungerührt, unbewegt

excitement - Aufregung, Begeisterung, Spannung, Erregung

contour - Kontur; Höhenlinie, Höhenlinien, Isohypse, Niveaulinie

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

Orchid - Orchidee, Knabenkraut

indefinable - undefinierbar

tint - färben, tönen; Farbe, Farbton

buoyant - schwimmend, schwimmfähig, beschwingt, heiter, lebhaft

sleeper - Schwelle (Gleis), Schläfer

wipe off - wegwischen, abstreichen

beads of sweat - Schweißperlen

uneasily - unbehaglich

When it was not withdrawn his countenance twitched in pain. He moaned as men moan under the influence of some anćsthetic, without possessing the power to break through the narrow partition that separates them from death on the one side and from consciousness on the other. At last a sigh struggled to his seemingly paralysed lips, then another. Finally the babbling became articulate.

countenance - Antlitz, Gesichtsausdruck, Miene, Unterstützung, Fassung

twitched - gezuckt; zupfen

moaned - gestöhnt; Stöhnen

anćsthetic - anästhetisch

possessing - zu besitzen; besitzen, besitzen

narrow - eng, schmal, knapp

partition - Partition, Zerlegung, Klasseneinteilung

separates - einzeln, getrennt, separat, getrennt, separat, trennen

paralysed - gelähmt; lahmlegen; lähmen

then another - Er spricht mal so, mal so.

babbling - plappern; schwafelnd, labernd, stammelnd; (babble); brabbeln

articulate - wortgewandt; artikulieren, deutlich aussprechen

"For God's sake," he cried, in his sleep, "take that hand away!"

For God's sake - Um Gottes willen!

And all at once the benignant smile on Reginald's features was changed to a look of savage fierceness. He no longer resembled the man of culture, but a disappointed, snarling beast of prey. He took his hand from Ernest's forehead and retired cautiously through the half-open door.

benignant - gutartig

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

fierceness - Grimmigkeit; Grimm, Wildheit

disappointed - enttäuscht; enttäuschen, vorenthalten, berauben

snarling - knurrend; (snarl); knurrend

beast of prey - Raubtier

retired - im Ruhestand; pensionieren, zurücktreten, sich zurückziehen

cautiously - behutsam; vorsichtig

half-open - (half-open) halboffen

Hardly had he disappeared when Ernest awoke. For a moment he looked around, like a hunted animal, then sighed with relief and buried his head in his hand. At that moment a knock at the door was heard, and Reginald re-entered, calm as before.

hunted - gejagt; jagen, suchen, Jagd

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

knock at - anklopfen

as before - wie bisher, wie zuvor, wie vorher

"I declare," he exclaimed, "you have certainly been sleeping the sleep of the just."

declare - bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen, aussagen

"It isn't laziness," Ernest replied, looking up rather pleased at the interruption. "But I've a splitting headache."

laziness - Faulheit, Trägheit

interruption - Unterbrechung

splitting headache - rasende Kopfschmerzen

"Perhaps those naps are not good for your health."

naps - Nickerchen, Schläfchen

"Probably. But of late I have frequently found it necessary to exact from the day-hours the sleep which the night refuses me. I suppose it is all due to indigestion, as you have suggested. The stomach is the source of all evil."

frequently - häufig

refuses - verweigert; Müll; abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

indigestion - Verdauungsstörungen; Verdauungsstörung

stomach - Magen; Bauch

"It is also the source of all good. The Greeks made it the seat of the soul. I have always claimed that the most important item in a great poet's biography is an exact reproduction of his menu."

Greeks - Griechen; griechisch, Griechisch

claimed - behauptet; Anspruch, Rechtstitel, Anspruch, Behauptung

item - Ding, Gegenstand, Stück, Artikel

biography - Biografie

reproduction - Fortpflanzung, Reproduktion

"True, a man who eats a heavy beefsteak for breakfast in the morning is incapable of writing a sonnet in the afternoon."

beefsteak - Beefsteak

"Yes," Reginald added, "we are what we eat and what our forefathers have eaten before us. I ascribe the staleness of American poetry to the griddle-cakes of our Puritan ancestors. I am sorry we cannot go deeper into the subject at present. But I have an invitation to dinner where I shall study, experimentally, the influence of French sauces on my versification."

forefathers - Vorväter; Vorfahre

ascribe - zurückführen, zuschreiben

staleness - Abgestandenheit; Schalheit

griddle - Kuchenblech

Puritan - Puritaner; puritanisch

ancestors - Vorfahren; Vorfahr, Vorfahrin, Ahn, Ahne, Ahne, Ahnin, Urahn

deeper - tiefer; tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tiefgründig

experimentally - experimentell

sauces - Soßen; Soße, Sauce, Beize (Tabakbeize)

versification - Versifikation


"Au revoir." And, with a wave of the hand, Reginald left the room.

au - Gold

wave - wehen, winken mit, flattern

When the door had closed behind him, Ernest's thoughts took a more serious turn. The tone of light bantering in which the preceding conversation had taken place had been assumed on his part. For the last few weeks evil dreams had tortured his sleep and cast their shadow upon his waking hours. They had ever increased in reality, in intensity and in hideousness.

preceding - vorangegangen; vorangehen, vorausgehen

hideousness - Abscheulichkeit

Even now he could see the long, tapering fingers that every night were groping in the windings of his brain. It was a well-formed, manicured hand that seemed to reach under his skull, carefully feeling its way through the myriad convolutions where thought resides.

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

groping - Fummeln; tasten, tappen, herumtasten, begrapschen, grapschen

manicured - manikürt; Maniküre

skull - Totenschädel, Totenkopf, Schädel

carefully - sorgfältig; vorsichtig

convolutions - Falten; Windung, Zusammenwicklung

resides - wohnt; wohnen

And, oh, the agony of it all! A human mind is not a thing of stone, but alive, horribly alive to pain. What was it those fingers sought, what mysterious treasures, what jewels hidden in the under-layer of his consciousness? His brain was like a human gold-mine, quaking under the blow of the pick and the tread of the miner.

alive - lebendig

layer - durch Ableger vermehren, überlagern, schichten; Auflage

quaking - bebend; (quake); Beben

pick - wählen; Hacke, Pickel, Spitzhacke, Dietrich, pflücken

Miner - Bergmann, Bergarbeiter

The miner! Ah, the miner! Ceaselessly, thoroughly, relentlessly, he opened vein after vein and wrested untold riches from the quivering ground; but each vein was a live vein and each nugget of gold a thought!

ceaselessly - unaufhörlich

thoroughly - gründlich, vollkommen, total, durch und durch

relentlessly - unerbittlich

vein - Vene, Ader, Geäder, Goldader

wrested - gerungen; erzwingen

untold - Unerzählt; nicht erzählt, unsagbar

nugget - Klumpen

No wonder the boy was a nervous wreck. Whenever a tremulous nascent idea was formulating itself, the dream-hand clutched it and took it away, brutally severing the fine threads that bind thought to thought. And when the morning came, how his head ached! It was not an acute pain, but dull, heavy, incessant.

tremulous - zitternd

nascent - aufkeimend, im Entstehen begriffen, werdend, aufkommend

formulating - formulieren, darlegen

clutched - umklammert; Vogelgelege; Kupplung (Auto), Gelege

brutally - brutal

severing - Abtrennung; abtrennen, durchtrennen, abbrechen, trennen

bind - binden; verbinden, konnektieren

ached - schmerzen; Schmerz

acute - scharf; spitz; akut

These sensations, Ernest frequently told himself, were morbid fancies. But then, the monomaniac who imagines that his arms have been mangled or cut from his body, might as well be without arms. Mind can annihilate obstacles. It can also create them. Psychology was no unfamiliar ground to Ernest, and it was not difficult for him to seek in some casual suggestion an explanation for his delusion, the fixed notion that haunted him day and night.

sensations - Empfindungen; Gefühl

monomaniac - monomanisch; Monomane, Monomanin

mangled - verstümmelt; zerfleischen, verstümmeln

obstacles - Hindernisse; Hindernis

unfamiliar - ungewohnt

casual - lässig; zufällig, beiläufig, gelegentlich, gleichgültig

notion - Ahnung, Ansicht, Auffassung, Begriff

But he also realized that to explain a phenomenon is not to explain it away. The man who analyses his emotions cannot wholly escape them, and the shadow of fear-primal, inexplicable fear-may darken at moments of weakness the life of the subtlest psychologist and the clearest thinker.

realized - realisiert; verwirklichen, realisieren

analyses - Analysen; Analyse, Analyse, Analysis, Analyse

inexplicable - unerklärlich

darken - verdunkeln

subtlest - am subtilsten; subtil, fast unmerklich, haarfein, dezent

clearest - am deutlichsten; klar, durchsichtig, klar, hell, klar, frei

thinker - Denker, Denkerin

He had never spoken to Reginald of his terrible nightmares. Coming on the heel of the fancy that he, Ernest, had written "The Princess With the Yellow Veil," a fancy that, by the way, had again possessed him of late, this new delusion would certainly arouse suspicion as to his sanity in Reginald's mind.

nightmares - Albträume; Albtraum, Alptraum, qualifier

heel - Hinterende des Hobels, Ferse, Absatz; flitzen; Brotkanten

He would probably send him to a sanitarium; he certainly would not keep him in the house. Beneficence itself in all other things, his host was not to be trifled with in any matter that interfered with his work. He would act swiftly and without mercy.

beneficence - Wohltätigkeit

trifled - getrickst; Trifle

interfered - eingemischt; eingreifen, einmischen

act - handeln; Handlung, Tat, Akt, Gesetz, Akte, Spiel

mercy - Barmherzigkeit, Erbarmen, Gnade, Mitleid

For the first time in many days Ernest thought of Abel Felton. Poor boy! What had become of him after he had been turned from the house? He would not wait for any one to tell him to pack his bundle. But then, that was impossible; Reginald was fond of him.

pack - packen, einpacken; packen (verstauen); Bündel, Meute, Rudel

bundle - Bündel

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

Suddenly Ernest's meditations were interrupted by a noise at the outer door. A key was turned in the lock. It must be he-but why so soon? What could have brought him back at this hour? He opened the door and went out into the hall to see what had happened. The figure that he beheld was certainly not the person expected, but a woman, from whose shoulders a theatre-cloak fell in graceful folds,-probably a visitor for Reginald.

meditations - Meditationen; Meditation, Meditation

turned in - (turn in) einreichen

lock - sperren; Schloss

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

shoulders - schultern

cloak - Umhang, Pelerine, Deckmantel, verhüllen

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

Ernest was about to withdraw discreetly, when the electric light that was burning in the hallway fell upon her face and illumined it.

withdraw - zurückziehen; annullieren, entziehen, abziehen, ausscheiden

discreetly - klug, diskrete

hallway - Hausflur; Gang, Treppenhaus, Diele

illumined - erhellt; beleuchten

Then indeed surprise overcame him. "Ethel," he cried, "is it you?"

Chapter XXIII

Ernest conducted Ethel Brandenbourg to his room and helped her to remove her cloak.

remove - entfernen; beseitigen; verdrängen; umziehen

While he was placing the garment upon the back of a chair, she slipped a little key into her hand-bag. He looked at her with a question in his eyes.

"Yes," she replied, "I kept the key; but I had not dreamed that I would ever again cross this threshold."

Meanwhile it had grown quite dark. The reflection of the street lanterns without dimly lit the room, and through the twilight fantastic shadows seemed to dance.

lanterns - Laternen; Laterne, Laterne

twilight - Dämmerung, Zwielicht, Halbdunkel

The perfume of her hair pervaded the room and filled the boy's heart with romance. Tenderness long suppressed called with a thousand voices. The hour, the strangeness and unexpectedness of her visit, perhaps even a boy's pardonable vanity, roused passion from its slumbers and once again wrought in Ernest's soul the miracle of love. His arm encircled her neck and his lips stammered blind, sweet, crazy and caressing things.

pervaded - durchdrungen; durchziehen

romance - Romantik; Liebesgeschichte; qual

strangeness - Seltsamkeit; Fremdartigkeit, Fremdheit

unexpectedness - Unerwartetes; Plötzlichkeit

pardonable - entschuldbar, verzeihlich

vanity - Vergänglichkeit; Eitelkeit; Leere

slumbers - schlummert; Halbschlaf, Schlummer, Schläfchen

miracle - ein Wunder; Wunder, Mirakel

neck - knutschen; Genick, Zapfen (Wellenhals), Nacken

stammered - gestottert; stammeln, stottern, Stottern

crazy - verrückt

caressing - streicheln; liebkosend

"Turn on the light," she pleaded.

pleaded - plädiert; plädieren, bekennen, (dringend) bitten, anflehen

"You were not always so cruel."

"No matter, I have not come to speak of love."

"Why, then, have you come?"

Ernest felt a little awkward, disappointed, as he uttered these words.

awkward - peinlich; ungeschickt, unbeholfen, umständlich, tollpatschig

What could have induced her to come to his rooms? He loosened his hold on her and did as she asked.

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

loosened - gelockert; lösen, lockern

How pale she looked in the light, how beautiful! Surely, she had sorrowed for him; but why had she not answered his letter? Yes, why?

looked in - hereingeschaut

sorrowed - betrübt; Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge, Kümmernis, Leiden

"Your letter?" She smiled a little sadly. "Surely you did not expect me to answer that?"

"Why not?" He had again approached her and his lips were close to hers. "Why not? I have yearned for you. I love you."

yearned - ersehnt; sich sehnen

His breath intoxicated her; it was like a subtle perfume. Still she did not yield.

intoxicated - berauscht; berauschen, vergiften, berauschen

"You love me now-you did not love me then. The music of your words was cold-machine-made, strained and superficial. I shall not answer, I told myself: in his heart he has forgotten you. I did not then realise that a dangerous force had possessed your life and crushed in your mind every image but its own."

crushed - erdrückt; Schwarm, zerdrücken

"I don't understand."

"Do you think I would have come here if it were a light matter? No, I tell you, it is a matter of life and death to you, at least as an artist."

"What do you mean by that?"

"Have you done a stroke of work since I last saw you?"

"Yes, let me see, surely, magazine articles and a poem."

"That is not what I want to know. Have you accomplished anything big? Have you grown since this summer? How about your novel?"

"I-I have almost finished it in my mind, but I have found No chance to begin with the actual writing. I was sick of late, very sick."

No chance - Ist nicht drin!, Unmöglich!

No doubt of it! His face was pinched and pale, and the lines about the mouth were curiously contorted, like those of a man suffering from a painful internal disease.

pinched - eingeklemmt; kneifen

contorted - verzerrt; verzerren

painful - schmerzhaft

internal - intern, checkinnerlich, checkinländisch

"Tell me," she ventured, "do you ever miss anything?"

"Do you mean-are there thieves?"

thieves - Diebe; Dieb, Diebin

"Thieves! Against thieves one can protect oneself."

thieves - Diebe; stehlen

protect - schützen, beschützen

oneself - sich selbst; selbst, sich

He stared at her wildly, half-frightened, in anticipation of some dreadful revelation. His dream! His dream! That hand! Could it be more than a dream? God! His lips quivered.

wildly - wild

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

anticipation - Erwartung, Vorausahnung, Vorahnung, Vorfreude

dreadful - furchtbar, schrecklich

Ethel observed his agitation and continued more quietly, but with the same insistence: "Have you ever had ideas, plans that you began without having strength to complete them? Have you had glimpses of vocal visions that seemed to vanish no sooner than seen? Did it ever seem to you as if some mysterious and superior will brutally interfered with the workings of your brain?"

insistence - Beharren; Beharrlichkeit, Insistenz, Eindringlichkeit

glimpses - flüchtige Einblicke; Blick, Aufblitzen

visions - Visionen; Sicht, Sehvermögen

vanish - verschwinden, vergehen, sich verflüchtigen

superior - überlegen, höher, höherstehend, übergeordnet, Vorgesetzter

workings - Arbeitsweise; (work) berufstätig sein

Did it seem so to him! He himself could not have stated more plainly the experience of the last few months. Each word fell from her lips like the blow of a hammer. Shivering, he put his arm around her, seeking solace, not love. This time she did not repulse him and, trustingly, as a child confides to his mother, he depicted to her the suffering that harrowed his life and made it a hell.

stated - erklärt; Staat, Staat, Land

hammer - Hammer; Schlagstück, Hahn, Schlaghebel, tMalleus

seeking - suchen

repulse - abwehren; zurückschlagen, abweisen

trustingly - zutrauliche, vertrauensvoll

confides - anvertraut; vertrauen, einweihen, ins Vertrauen ziehen

depicted - abgebildet; darstellen, beschreiben, abbilden

harrowed - geeggt; eggen; Egge

As she listened, indignation clouded her forehead, while rising tears of anger and of love weighed down her lashes. She could bear the pitiful sight no longer.

rising - steigend, aufgehend; (rise); steigend, aufgehend

weighed - gewogen; wiegen, wägen, abwiegen, auswiegen, abwägen, erwägen

pitiful - Mitleid erregend; erbärmlich, kläglich, jämmerlich

"Child," she cried, "do you know who your tormentor is?"

tormentor - Peiniger, Peinigerin

And like a flash the truth passed from her to him. A sudden intimation told him what her words had still concealed.

intimation - Andeutung

"Don't! For Christ's sake, do not pronounce his name!" he sobbed. "Do not breathe it. I could not endure it. I should go mad."

Christ - Christus, Herrgott

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

pronounce - auszusprechen; verkünden; aussprechen, pronunzieren

go mad - überschnappen

Chapter XXIV

Very quietly, with difficulty restraining her own emotion so as not to excite him further, Ethel had related to Ernest the story of her remarkable interview with Reginald Clarke. In the long silence that ensued, the wings of his soul brushed against hers for the first time, and Love by a thousand tender chains of common suffering welded their beings into one.

restraining - zurückhaltend; zurückhalten

related - verwandt; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

welded - geschweißt; schweißen

Caressingly the ivory of her fingers passed through the gold of his hair and over his brow, as if to banish the demon-eyes that stared at him across the hideous spaces of the past. In a rush a thousand incidents came back to him, mute witnesses of a damning truth. His play, the dreams that tormented him, his own inability to concentrate his mind upon his novel which hitherto he had ascribed to nervous disease-all, piling fact on fact, became one monstrous monument of Reginald Clarke's crime.

ivory - Elfenbein, Elfenbeinfarbe, elfenbeinern, Elfenbein-

banish - verbannen, herauswerfen, vertreiben

demon - Dämon, Teufel

witnesses - Zeugnis

damning - verdammen, verfluchen, ächten, verschreien, verteufeln

tormented - gequält; Qual, quälen, peinigen

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

ascribed - zugeschrieben; zurückführen, zuschreiben, zuschreiben

piling - Stapeln; Spundwand; (pile) Stapeln; Spundwand

monument - Denkmal, Monument

crime - Straftat; Verbrechen; Kriminalität

At last Ernest understood the parting words of Abel Felton and the look in Ethel's eye on the night when he had first linked his fate with the other man's. Walkham's experience, too, and Reginald's remarks on the busts of Shakespeare and Balzac unmistakably pointed toward the new and horrible spectre that Ethel's revelation had raised in place of his host.

remarks - Bemerkungen; bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

unmistakably - unmissverständlich

spectre - Schreckgespenst, Gespenst

And then, again, the other Reginald appeared, crowned with the lyric wreath. From his lips golden cadences fell, sweeter than the smell of many flowers or the sound of a silver bell. He was once more the divine master, whose godlike features bore no trace of malice and who had raised him to a place very near his heart.

sweeter - süßer; Süßigkeit, Bonbon

godlike - gottgleich, göttlich

"No," he cried, "it is impossible. It's all a dream, a horrible nightmare."

nightmare - Albtraum, Alptraum

"But he has himself confessed it," she interjected.

"Perhaps he has spoken in symbols. We all absorb to some extent other men's ideas, without robbing them and wrecking their thought-life. Reginald may be unscrupulous in the use of his power of impressing upon others the stamp of his master-mind.

robbing - rauben, berauben, Raubbau treiben, ausrauben

wrecking - zerstören; (wreck) zugrunde richten; (wreck); Wrack, Schrott

unscrupulous - ohne Skrupel

So was Shakespeare. No, no, no! You are mistaken; we were both deluded for the moment by his picturesque account of a common, not even a discreditable, fact. He may himself have played with the idea, but surely he cannot have been serious."

are mistaken - irrst

deluded - getäuscht; irreführen, täuschen

picturesque - malerisch; q

discreditable - diskreditiert

"And your own experience, and Abel Felton's and mine-can they, too, be dismissed with a shrug of the shoulder?"

dismissed - entlassen, entlassen, abweisen, einstellen, zurückweisen

shrug - Schulterzucken, Achselzucken, mit den Schultern zucken

"But, come to think of it, the whole theory seems absurd. It is unscientific. It is not even a case of mesmerism. If he had said that he hypnotised his victims, the matter would assume a totally different aspect. I admit that something is wrong somewhere, and that the home of Reginald Clarke is no healthful abode for me. But you must also remember that probably we are both unstrung to the point of hysteria."

absurd - absurd

unscientific - unwissenschaftlich

mesmerism - Mesmerismus

victims - Opfer

assume - annehmen, voraussetzen, vermuten, unterstellen

aspect - Aspekt, Aktionsart

hysteria - Hysterie

But to Ethel his words carried no conviction.

"You are still under his spell," she cried, anxiously.

anxiously - ängstlich; besorgt, bang, unruhig

A little shaken in his confidence, Ernest resumed: "Reginald is utterly incapable of such an action, even granting that he possessed the terrible power of which you speak. A man of his splendid resources, a literary Midas at whose very touch every word turns into gold, is under no necessity to prey on the thoughts of others.

confidence - Selbstgewissheit; Zuversicht; Vertrauen, Zutrauen

granting - Gewährung; gewähren, erteilen, bewilligen

resources - Ressourcen; Betriebsmittel, Hilfsquelle, Ressource

Midas - Midas

turns into - (turn into) (Auto) einlenken in, einbiegen, sich wandeln in

Circumstances, I admit, are suspicious. But in the light of common day this fanciful theory shrivels into nothing. Any court of law would reject our evidence as madness. It is too utterly fantastic, utterly alien to any human experience."

circumstances - Umstände; Umstand, Umstand

suspicious - verdächtig; misstrauisch, argwöhnisch

shrivels - schrumpft; schrumpeln, verschrumpeln

evidence - Beweise; Beweis, Indiz, Beweismittel

"Is it though?" Ethel replied with peculiar intonation.

"Why, what do you mean?"

"Surely," she answered, "you must know that in the legends of every nation we read of men and women who were called vampires. They are beings, not always wholly evil, whom every night some mysterious impulse leads to steal into unguarded bedchambers, to suck the blood of the sleepers and then, having waxed strong on the life of their victims, cautiously to retreat. Thence comes it that their lips are very red. It is even said that they can find no rest in the grave, but return to their former haunts long after they are believed to be dead. Those whom they visit, however, pine away for no apparent reason.

legends - Legenden; Legende, Kartenlegende, Legende

nation - Staat, Nation, Volk

vampires - Vampire; Blutsauger, Vampir, Vampyr; qualemale, Vampir

suck - ätzend; saugen; lutschen; mies sein, zum Kotzen sein

sleepers - Schwelle (Gleis), Schläfer

waxed - gewachst; das Wachs

retreat - Rückzug

thence - von dort aus; daher

pine away - sich zu Tode grämen

The physicians shake their wise heads and speak of consumption. But sometimes, ancient chronicles assure us, the people's suspicions were aroused, and under the leadership of a good priest they went in solemn procession to the graves of the persons suspected. And on opening the tombs it was found that their coffins had rotted away and the flowers in their hair were black. But their bodies were white and whole; through no empty sockets crept the vermin, and their sucking lips were still moist with a little blood."

physicians - Ärzten; Arzt, Ärztin, Mediziner, Medizinerin, Doktor, Doktorin

wise - weise; klug, vernünftig

consumption - Konsum, Verzehr, Verbrauch, Aufnahme

ancient - alt, uralt, antik

Chronicles - Chroniken; Chronik

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

leadership - Führung, Leitung, checkLeitung, ilitary

solemn - feierlich; ernst

procession - Prozession, Umzug

graves - Gräber; feierlich, Gruft, massiv, würdig, ernst

suspected - verdächtigt; vermuten, misstrauen, verdächtigen

tombs - Gräber; Grabmal

coffins - Särge; Sarg, einsargen

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

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

sockets - Steckdosen; Steckdose, Buchse, Fassung

vermin - Ungeziefer, Schädlinge, Gewürm, Gesindel, Pack

moist - feucht

Ernest was carried away in spite of himself by her account, which vividly resembled his own experience. Still he would not give in.

carried away - davongetragen

vividly - anschaulich

give in - abtreten, nachgeben

"All this is impressive. I admit it is very impressive. But you yourself speak of such stories as legends. They are unfounded upon any tangible fact, and you cannot expect a man schooled in modern sciences to admit, as having any possible bearing upon his life, the crude belief of the Middle Ages!"

impressive - beeindruckend

unfounded - unbegründet

belief - Glauben; Glaube

Middle Ages - MA Mittelalter, Mittelalter

"Why not?" she responded. "Our scientists have proved true the wildest theories of medićval scholars. The transmutation of metals seems to-day no longer an idle speculation, and radium has transformed into potential reality the dream of perpetual motion. The fundamental notions of mathematics are being undermined. One school of philosophers claims that the number of angles in a triangle is equal to more than two right angles; another propounds that it is less.

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

theories - Theorien; Theorie, Theorie, Theorie, Theorie

scholars - Student, Schüler, Schülerin, Studentin, Gelehrter, Gelehrter

metals - Metalle; Metall

speculation - Spekulationen; Spekulation, Betrachtung

fundamental - Grundlage; grundlegend, fundamental, grundsätzlich

notions - Vorstellungen; Ahnung, Ansicht, Auffassung, Begriff, Denkbild

undermined - unterminiert; unterlaufen, untergraben, unterminieren

philosophers - Philosophen; Philosoph, Philosophin

claims - Ansprüche; Anspruch, Rechtstitel, Anspruch, Behauptung

angles - Winkeln; Angel

triangle - Dreieck; Triangel

propounds - vorschlägt; vorlegen, vorschlagen

Even great scientists who have studied the soul of nature are turning to spiritism. The world is overcoming the shallow scepticism of the nineteenth century. Life has become once more wonderful and very mysterious. But it also seems that, with the miracles of the old days, their terrors, their nightmares and their monsters have come back in a modern guise."

spiritism - Spiritismus

Overcoming - Überwindung; überwinden

shallow - flach; q

scepticism - Skepsis

nineteenth - neunzehnten; neunzehnte

miracles - Wunder

terrors - Schrecken, Grauen

guise - Aufmachung; Gewand (fig.), Erscheinung, Gestalt

Ernest became even more thoughtful. "Yes," he observed, "there is something in what you say." Then, pacing the room nervously, he exclaimed: "And still I find it impossible to believe your explanation. Reginald a vampire! It seems so ludicrous. If you had told me that such creatures exist somewhere, far away, I might have discussed the matter; but in this great city, in the shadow of the Flatiron Building-no!"

more thoughtful - fürsorglichere

pacing - Taktung; Tempo, Stufe, Schritt

ludicrous - lächerlich

She replied with warmth: "Yet they exist-always have existed. Not only in the Middle Ages, but at all times and in all regions. There is no nation but has some record of them, in one form or another. And don't you think if we find a thought, no matter how absurd it may seem to us, that has ever occupied the minds of men-if we find, I say, such a perennially recurrent thought, are we not justified in assuming that it must have some basis in the actual experience of mankind?

warmth - Wärme

existed - existierte; bestehen, existieren

regions - Regionen; Gegend, Region, Raum, Gebiet

record - protokollieren, erfassen, aufzeichnen, aufnehmen; Akte

perennially - ganzjährig

recurrent - wiederkehrend

justified - gerechtfertigt; rechtfertigen, rechtfertigen, ausrichten

assuming - annehmend, angenommen; (assume); annehmen, voraussetzen

basis - Fundament; Basis, Grundlage

mankind - die Menschheit; Menschheit, Menschengeschlecht, Mann

Ernest's brow became very clouded, and infinite numbers of hidden premature wrinkles began to show. How wan he looked and how frail! He was as one lost in a labyrinth in which he saw no light, convinced against his will, or rather, against his scientific conviction, that she was not wholly mistaken.

premature - frühreif; vorzeitig, verfrüht

Convinced - Überzeugt; überzeugen

"Still," he observed triumphantly, "your vampires suck blood; but Reginald, if vampire he be, preys upon the soul. How can a man suck from another man's brain a thing as intangible, as quintessential as thought?"

intangible - abstrakt, ungreifbar, immateriell, vage

quintessential - Wesentlich

"Ah," she replied, "you forget, thought is more real than blood!"

Chapter XXV

Only three hours had passed since Ethel had startled Ernest from his sombre reveries, but within this brief space their love had matured as if each hour had been a year. The pallor had vanished from his cheeks and the restiveness from his eyes. The intoxication of her presence had rekindled the light of his countenance and given him strength to combat the mighty forces embodied in Reginald Clarke.

reveries - Träumereien; Träumerei

matured - ausgereift, mündig, erwachsen, reif

restiveness - Unruhe

intoxication - Rauschzustände; Vergiftung, Intoxikation, Trunkenheit, Rausch

combat - Kampf, Schlacht, Gefecht, kämpfen (gegen, mit), bekämpfen

The child in him had made room for the man. He would not hear of surrendering without a struggle, and Ethel felt sure she might leave his fate in his own hand. Love had lent him a coat of mail. He was warned, and would not succumb. Still she made one more attempt to persuade him to leave the house at once with her.

hear of - hören von

surrendering - aufgeben; kapitulieren, ergeben

succumb - erliegen, nachgeben, unterwerfen, sich ergeben, sterben

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

"I must go now," she said. "Will you not come with me, after all? I am so afraid to think of you still here."

"No, dear," he replied. "I shall not desert my post. I must solve the riddle of this man's life; and if, indeed, he is the thing he seems to be, I shall attempt to wrest from him what he has stolen from me. I speak of my unwritten novel."

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

riddle - Rätsel

stolen from - bestohlen

"Do not attempt to oppose him openly. You cannot resist him."

oppose - ablehnen; widersprechen

openly - offen, öffentlich

resist - widerstehen, erwehren;gegen etw. bestehen

"Be assured that I shall be on my guard. I have in the last few hours lived through so much that makes life worth living, that I would not wantonly expose myself to any danger. Still, I cannot go without certainty-cannot, if there is some truth in our fears, leave the best of me behind."

assured - gesichert; beteuerte, versicherte, versichert

guard - Wächter; Parierstange; Schutz; schützen, bewachen

wantonly - mutwillig

expose - entlarven; aufdecken, offenbaren, entblößen, bloßlegen

certainty - Gewissheit

"What are you planning to do?"

"My play-I am sure now that it is mine-I cannot take from him; that is irretrievably lost. He has read it to his circle and prepared for its publication. And, no matter how firmly convinced you or I may be of his strange power, no one would believe our testimony. They would pronounce us mad. Perhaps we are mad!"

publication - Veröffentlichung, Publikation

firmly - sicher, fest

testimony - Zeugenaussagen; Zeugnis, Zeugenaussage, Testimonium

"No; we are not mad; but it is mad for you to stay here," she asserted.

"I shall not stay here one minute longer than is absolutely essential. Within a week I shall have conclusive proof of his guilt or innocence."

absolutely essential - unumgänglich {adj}

conclusive - schlüssig

Proof - Beweise; Beweis; polierte Platte; aufgehen lassen

innocence - Unschuld; Harmlosigkeit

"How will you go about it?"

"His writing table-"


"Yes, perhaps I can discover some note, some indication, some proof-"

"It's a dangerous game."

"I have everything to gain."

"I wish I could stay here with you," she said. "Have you no friend, no one whom you could trust in this delicate matter?"

wish - Wunsch; wünschen

trust - Vertrauen, Hoffnung, Trust, anschreiben

"Why, yes-Jack."

A shadow passed over her face.

passed over - übertrat

"Do you know," she said, "I have a feeling that you care more for him than for me?"

"Nonsense," he said, "he is my friend, you, you-immeasurably more."

immeasurably - unermesslich

"Are you still as intimate with him as when I first met you?"

"Not quite; of late a troubling something, like a thin veil, seems to have passed between us. But he will come when I call him. He will not fail me in my hour of need."

troubling - beunruhigend; störend; (trouble); Ärger; Schwierigkeit; Anstrengung

"When can he be here?"

"In two or three days."

"Meanwhile be very careful. Above all, lock your door at night."

careful - vorsichtig, behutsam, sorgfältig

"I will not only lock, but barricade it. I shall try with all my power to elucidate this mystery without, however, exposing myself to needless risks."

barricade - Barrikade; verbarrikadieren

elucidate - aufklären; erläutern, verdeutlichen, erklären

exposing - entlarven; aufdecken, offenbaren, entblößen, bloßlegen

needless - unnötig, überflüssig

risks - Risiken; Risiko

"I will go, then. Kiss me good-bye."

"May I not take you to the car?"

"You had better not."

At the door she turned back once more. "Write me every day, or call me up on the telephone."

He straightened himself, as if to convince her of his strength. Yet when at last the door had closed behind her, his courage forsook him for a moment. And, if he had not been ashamed to appear a weakling before the woman he loved, who knows if any power on earth could have kept him in that house where from every corner a secret seemed to lurk!

straightened - begradigt; richten (gerade biegen); gerade machen, gerade werden

convince - überzeugen

courage - Courage, Herz, Mut, Tapferkeit

forsook - aufgegeben; aufgeben

ashamed - schämen

power on - den Strom anschalten

lurk - lauern

There was a misgiving, too, in the woman's heart as she left the boy behind,-a prey to the occult power that, seeking expression in multiple activities, has made and unmade emperors, prophets and poets.

misgiving - Befürchtungen; Zweifel; (misgive) Befürchtungen; Zweifel

multiple - mehrere; Vielfache

unmade - nicht gemacht; beseitigen, aufheben

emperors - Imperatoren; Kaiser, Imperator

prophets - Propheten; Prophet, Prophetin, Prophet, Prophetin

As she stepped into a street car she saw from afar, as in a vision, the face of Reginald Clarke. It seemed very white and hungry. There was no human kindness in it-only a threat and a sneer.

afar - in der Ferne; Afar, Danakil

human kindness - Menschenliebe

threat - drohen; Bedrohung, Drohung

Chapter XXVI

For over an hour Ernest paced up and down his room, wildly excited by Ethel's revelations. It required an immense amount of self-control for him to pen the following lines to Jack: "I need you. Come."

paced - schrittweise; Tempo, Stufe, Schritt

amount - Anzahl, Menge, Betrag, beträgt

self-control - (self-control) Selbstbeherrschung

After he had entrusted the letter to the hall-boy, a reaction set in and he was able to consider the matter, if not with equanimity, at least with a degree of calmness. The strangest thing to him was that he could not bring himself to hate Reginald, of whose evil influence upon his life he was now firmly convinced. Here was another shattered idol; but one-like the fragment of a great god-face in the desert-intensely fascinating, even in its ruin. Then yielding to a natural impulse, Ernest looked over his photographs and at once laid hold upon the austere image of his master and friend. No-it was preposterous; there was no evil in this man. There was no trace of malice in this face, the face of a prophet or an inspired madman, a poet.

entrusted - anvertraut; anvertrauen

equanimity - Gelassenheit, Gleichmut

calmness - Ruhe, Gelassenheit, Gemütsruhe

fragment - Fragment, Bruchstück, Satzfragment, fragmentieren

yielding - nachgeben; (yield) hervorbringen, er/sie hat/hatte ergeben

preposterous - lächerlich

And yet, as he scrutinised the picture closely a curious transformation seemed to take place in the features; a sly little line appeared insinuatingly about Reginald's well-formed mouth, and the serene calm of his Jupiter-head seemed to turn into the sneak smile of a thief. Nevertheless, Ernest was not afraid. His anxieties had at last assumed definite shape; it was possible now to be on his guard. It is only invisible, incomprehensible fear, crouching upon us from the night, that drives sensitive natures to the verge of madness and transforms stern warriors into cowards.

closely - dicht, eng, nah, nahe

sly - schlau, gerissen, listig, verschmitzt

insinuatingly - andeutungsweise

serene - Gelassenheit; heiter

Jupiter - Jupiter, Jupiter

sneak - Duckmäuser, Duckmäuserin, Kriecher, Kriecherin, schleichen

thief - Dieb, Diebin

anxieties - Ängste; Besorgnis, Angst, Sorge, Angst

incomprehensible - unverständlich

crouching - hockend; sich ducken (vor), kriechen; kauern, hocken

sensitive - empfindlich, sensibel

natures - Naturen; Natur, Natur, Art

transforms - verwandelt; verwandeln, transformieren, umwandeln

stern - ernst, Heck

warriors - Kriegern; Krieger, Kriegerin

cowards - Feiglinge; Feigling, qualifier

Ernest realised the necessity of postponing the proposed investigation of Reginald's papers until the morning, as it was now near eleven, and he expected to hear at any moment the sound of his feet at the door. Before retiring he took a number of precautions. Carefully he locked the door to his bedroom and placed a chair in front of it.

postponing - verschieben, aufschieben, zurückstellen

proposed - vorgeschlagen; vorschlagen, einen Heiratsantrag machen

investigation - Untersuchung

retiring - in den Ruhestand gehen; pensionieren, zurücktreten

precautions - Vorsichtsmaßnahmen; Vorsorge, Vorsichtsmaßnahme

locked - gesperrt; Schloss

To make doubly sure, he fastened the handle to an exquisite Chinese vase, a gift of Reginald's, that at the least attempt to force an entrance from without would come down with a crash.

doubly - zweifach; doppelt

fastened - befestigen, festmachen

handle - handhaben; Henkel, Hantel, Griff, Türklinke; abarbeiten

gift - Geschenk, Präsent, Begabung, Talent, schenken

entrance - Eingang, Einfahrt, Antritt

crash - Absturz; Zusammenstoß, Krach, Zusammenbruch; zusammenbrechen

Then, although sleep seemed out of the question, he went to bed. He had hardly touched the pillow when a leaden weight seemed to fall upon his eyes. The day's commotion had been too much for his delicate frame. by force of habit he pulled the cover over his ear and fell asleep.

pillow - Kopfkissen, Kissen; Ruhekissen

weight - Gewicht; beschweren, gewichten

by force - zwangsweise

habit - Gepflogenheit, Angewohnheit

cover - Versicherungsdeckung ;überdecken;bespannen (mit Stoff ...), decken, überziehen;Ăśberzug , Umschlag , Hülle , Titel

asleep - schlafen, schlafen

All night he slept heavily, and the morning was far advanced when a knock at the door that, at first, seemed to come across an immeasurable distance, brought him back to himself. It was Reginald's manservant announcing that breakfast was waiting.

advanced - fortgeschritten; erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken

knock - Klopfen; Schlag; schlagen

immeasurable - unermesslich

manservant - Diener

announcing - ankündigen, verkünden, bekanntgeben, verkündigen, verlauten

Ernest got up and rubbed his eyes. The barricade at the door at once brought back to his mind with startling clearness the events of the previous evening.

rubbed - gerieben; reiben, reiben, abreiben, sich abreiben

brought back - wiedergebracht

clearness - Klarheit; Ăśbersichtlichkeit, Deutlichkeit

previous - früher; vorhergehend

Everything was as he had left it. Evidently no one had attempted to enter the room while he slept. He could not help smiling at the arrangement which reminded him of his childhood, when he had sought by similar means security from burglars and bogeys. And in the broad daylight Ethel's tales of vampires seemed once more impossible and absurd. Still, he had abundant evidence of Reginald's strange influence, and was determined to know the truth before nightfall. Her words, that thought is more real than blood, kept ringing in his ears.

Security - Sicherheit, Schutz, Sicherheitsdienst, Wertpapier

burglars - Einbrecher, Einbrecherin, Dieb, Diebin, Räuber, Räuberin

bogeys - Kobold

tales - Märchen; Geschichte, Erzählung, Fabel

abundant - im Überfluss

nightfall - Einbruch der Nacht, Einbruch der Dunkelheit, Zwielicht

ringing - klingeln; kraftvoll, klar; (ring) klingeln; kraftvoll, klar

If such was the case, he would find evidence of Reginald's intellectual burglaries, and possibly be able to regain a part of his lost self that had been snatched from him by the relentless dream-hand.

burglaries - Einbrüche; Einbruch, Einbruchdiebstahl

Possibly - vielleicht, eventuell, möglicherweise, negated: unmöglich

regain - zurückgewinnen; wiedergewinnen

snatched from - entrissen

But under no circumstances could he face Reginald in his present state of mind. He was convinced that if in the fleeting vision of a moment the other man's true nature should reveal itself to him, he would be so terribly afraid as to shriek like a maniac. So he dressed particularly slowly in the hope of avoiding an encounter with his host. But fate thwarted this hope.

reveal - enthüllen; offenbaren

Terribly - Schrecklich; furchtbar

shriek - schreien; Kreischen

maniac - Wahnsinnig; Irrer, Irre

avoiding - ausweichen, meiden, fernbleiben, vermeiden, entkräften

encounter - treffen, begegnen, Begegnung, Treffen

thwarted - vereitelt; durchkreuzen, entgegenwirken, vereiteln

Reginald, too, lingered that morning unusually long over his coffee. He was just taking his last sip when Ernest entered the room. His behaviour was of an almost bourgeois kindness. Benevolence fairly beamed from his face. But to the boy's eyes it had assumed a new and sinister expression.

unusually - ungewöhnlich

benevolence - Wohlwollen; Gutmütigkeit

fairly - gerecht

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

"You are late this morning, Ernest," he remarked in his mildest manner. "Have you been about town, or writing poetry? Both occupations are equally unhealthy." As he said this he watched the young man with the inscrutable smile that at moments was wont to curl upon his lips. Ernest had once likened it to the smile of Mona Lisa, but now he detected in it the suavity of the hypocrite and the leer of the criminal.

are late - verspätest

mildest - am mildesten; mild, ausgeglichen, de

occupations - Berufe; Beschäftigung, Beruf, Besatzung; Besetzung; q

unhealthy - ungesund, gesundheitsschädlich

curl - locken; Locke

suavity - Höflichkeit

hypocrite - Heuchler, Heuchlerin

leer - gehässiges Lächeln

He could not endure it; he could not look upon that face any longer. His feet almost gave way under him, cold sweat gathered on his brow, and he sank on a chair trembling and studiously avoiding the other man's gaze.

gave way - wich

sweat - schwitzen; Schweiß

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

studiously - fleißig; besonnen; geflissentlich

At last Reginald rose to go. It seemed impossible to accuse this splendid impersonation of vigorous manhood of cunning and underhand methods, of plagiarisms and of theft. As he stood there he resembled more than anything a beautiful tiger-cat, a wonderful thing of strength and will-power, indomitable and insatiate.

accuse - beschuldigen, anklagen

impersonation - Nachahmung; Personifikation

vigorous - kräftig, stark, energisch, lebhaft

manhood - Menschentum, Menschsein, Menschheit, Männlichkeit, Mannsein

cunning - gerissen; schlau, clever, süß, niedlich

underhand - hinterhältig

methods - Methoden; Verfahrensweise, Art und Weise, Weg

theft - Diebstahl

insatiate - unersättlich

Yet who could tell whether this strength was not, after all, parasitic. If Ethel's suspicions were justified, then, indeed, more had been taken from him than he could ever realise. For in that case it was his life-blood that circled in those veins and the fire of his intellect that set those lips aflame!

parasitic - schmarotzend

circled - eingekreist; Kreis, Kreis, Kreis, Kreis, Zirkel, Kreis

aflame - in Flammen

Chapter XXVII

Reginald Clarke had hardly left the room when Ernest hastily rose from his seat. While it was likely that he would remain in undisturbed possession of the apartment the whole morning, the stake at hand was too great to permit of delay.

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

undisturbed - ungestört

delay - Verspätung, Verzögerung, Verzug

Palpitating and a little uncertain, he entered the studio where, scarcely a year ago, Reginald Clarke had bidden him welcome. Nothing had changed there since then; only in Ernest's mind the room had assumed an aspect of evil. The Antinous was there and the Faun and the Christ-head. But their juxtaposition to-day partook of the nature of the blasphemous. The statues of Shakespeare and Balzac seemed to frown from their pedestals as his fingers were running through Reginald's papers. He brushed against a semblance of Napoleon that was standing on the writing-table, so that it toppled over and made a noise that weirdly re-echoed in the silence of the room.

palpitating - Herzklopfen; unregelmäßig schlagen, pochen, klopfen

uncertain - unsicher

scarcely - knapp, kaum, wohl nicht, gerade erst

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

Faun - Faun, Faunus

juxtaposition - Nebeneinanderstellung; Juxtaposition; Gegenüberstellung

partook - teilgenommen; teilnehmen, mitmachen, mitessen

statues - Statuen; Statue, Standbild

frown - Stirnrunzeln; die Stirn runzeln

pedestals - Sockeln; Sockel, Podest

semblance - Anschein

toppled - umgestürzt; stürzen, umkippen, umfallen, umkippen, wackeln

weirdly - Seltsam

echoed - widerhallt; Echo

At that moment a curious family resemblance between Shakespeare, Balzac, Napoleon-and Reginald, forcibly impressed itself upon his mind. It was the indisputable something that marks those who are chosen to give ultimate expression to some gigantic world-purpose. In Balzac's face it was diffused with kindliness, in that of Napoleon sheer brutality predominated. The image of one who was said to be the richest man of the world also rose before his eyes. Perhaps it was only the play of his fevered imagination, but he could have sworn that this man's features, too, bore the mark of those unoriginal, great absorptive minds who, for better or for worse, are born to rob and rule. They seemed to him monsters that know neither justice nor pity, only the law of their being, the law of growth.

resemblance - Ähnlichkeit

forcibly - gewaltsame, gewaltsam

indisputable - unbestreitbar

gigantic - gigantisch, kolossal

purpose - absicht, Absicht, Einsatzzweck, Zweck

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

kindliness - Freundlichkeit; Güte

brutality - Brutalität

predominated - vorherrschte; vorherrschen

unoriginal - unoriginell

rob - rauben, berauben, Raubbau treiben, ausrauben

justice - Gerechtigkeit, Genugtuung, Justiz

Common weapons would not avail against such forces. Being one, they were stronger than armies; nor could they be overcome in single combat. Stealth, trickery, the outfit of the knave, were legitimate weapons in such a fight. In this case the end justified the means, even if the latter included burglary.

weapons - Waffen; Waffe

avail - zur Verfügung; ausnutzen; helfen, nützen, Erfolg

armies - Armeen; Heer

overcome - überwunden; überwinden

single combat - Einzelkampf

stealth - Heimlichkeit

trickery - Trickserei; Betrügerei

outfit - Outfit

knave - Bube; Knabe, Knappe, Junge, Boy, Knecht, Gauner

legitimate - rechtmäßig; gültig; legitim

fight - kämpfen; Kampf, Schlacht

burglary - Einbruch, Einbruchdiebstahl

After a brief and fruitless search of the desk, he attempted to force open a secret drawer, the presence of which he had one day accidentally discovered. He tried a number of keys to no account, and was thinking of giving up his researches for the day until he had procured a skeleton key, when at last the lock gave way.

fruitless - erfolglos; fruchtlos, unfruchtbar, ergebnislos, resultatlos

force open - aufsprengen, einrennen

drawer - Zeichner, Schublade, Aussteller

accidentally - zufällig, durch Zufall, aus Versehen, versehentlich

researches - forscht; Forschung, Untersuchung, Forschungsarbeit, forschen

procured - beschafft; beschaffen, erwerben, besorgen, aufbringen

skeleton key - Dietrich

The drawer disclosed a large file of manuscript. Ernest paused for a moment to draw breath. The paper rustled under his nervous fingers. And there-at last-his eyes lit upon a bulky bundle that bore this legend: "Leontina, A Novel."

disclosed - offengelegt; enthüllen, veröffentlichen, bekanntgeben

file - Datei; Kartei, File, Aktenmappe, Reihe; ablegen (Briefe usw.)

bulky - massig, wuchtig, sperrig

legend - Legende; Kartenlegende

It was true, then-all, his dream, Reginald's confession. And the house that had opened its doors so kindly to him was the house of a Vampire!

confession - Bekenntnis, Eingeständnis, Beichte

Finally curiosity overcame his burning indignation. He attempted to read. The letters seemed to dance before his eyes-his hands trembled.

At last he succeeded. The words that had first rolled over like drunken soldiers now marched before his vision in orderly sequence. He was delighted, then stunned. This was indeed authentic literature, there could be no doubt about it. And it was his. He was still a poet, a great poet. He drew a deep breath. Sudden joy trembled in his heart. This story set down by a foreign hand had grown chapter by chapter in his brain.

succeeded - erfolgreich; nachfolgen, gelingen, geraten, nachfolgen

drunken - betrunken, trunken

soldiers - Soldaten; Soldat, Soldatin, Kämpfer

authentic - authentisch

foreign - Ausland; fremd, ausländisch

There were some slight changes-slight deviations from the original plan. A defter hand than his had retouched it here and there, but for all that it remained his very own. It did not belong to that thief. The blood welled to his cheek as he uttered this word that, applied to Reginald, seemed almost sacrilegious.

deviations - Abweichungen; Abweichung, Abweichen

defter - geschickt

retouched - retuschiert; retuschieren, Retusche

belong - zugehören; gehören (zu)

applied - angewendet; zutreffen, auflegen, anwenden, anlegen

sacrilegious - Sakrileg

He had nearly reached the last chapter when he heard steps in the hallway. Hurriedly he restored the manuscript to its place, closed the drawer and left the room on tiptoe.

nearly - beinahe, fast

steps - Schritte; treten, treten (du trittst

hurriedly - eilig, hastig, schleuning

restored - wiederhergestellt; wiederherstellen, restaurieren, restaurieren

on tiptoe - auf Zehenspitzen

It was Reginald. But he did not come alone. Someone was speaking to him. The voice seemed familiar. Ernest could not make out what it said. He listened intently and-was it possible? Jack? Surely he could not yet have come in response to his note!

intently - angespannt, aufmerksam, konzentriert

What mysterious power, what dim presentiment of his friend's plight had led him hither? But why did he linger so long in Reginald's room, instead of hastening to greet him? Cautiously he drew nearer. This time he caught Jack's words:

presentiment - Vorahnung

plight - Notlage; sich verloben; Misere, schlimmer Zustand, Verlobung

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

hastening to - zueilend

greet - grüßen, begrüßen

"It would be very convenient and pleasant. Still, some way, I feel that it is not right for me, of all men, to take his place here."

Convenient - bequem, einfach, gelegen, genehm

"That need not concern you," Reginald deliberately replied; "the dear boy expressed the desire to leave me within a fortnight. I think he will go to some private sanitarium. His nerves are frightfully overstrained."

deliberately - absichtlich

expressed - ausgedrückt; bekunden, Eilzug, Schnellzug

fortnight - vierzehn Tage; vierzehn Tag age, zwei Wochen

overstrained - überfordert; überanstrengen

"This seems hardly surprising after the terrible attack he had when you read your play."

attack - Attacke, Angriff, Anfall, angreifen, attackieren

"That idea has since then developed into a monomania."

developed - entwickelt; entwickeln, entwickeln, entwickeln, entwickeln

monomania - Monomanie

"I am awfully sorry for him. I cared for him much, perhaps too much. But I always feared that he would come to such an end. Of late his letters have been strangely unbalanced."

awfully - furchtbar, entsetzlich

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

unbalanced - unausgewogen; Unwucht, Ungleichgewicht

"You will find him very much changed. In fact, he is no longer the same."

"No," said Jack, "he is no longer the friend I loved."

Ernest clutched for the wall. His face was contorted with intense agony. Each word was like a nail driven into his flesh. Crucified upon the cross of his own affection by the hand he loved, all white and trembling he stood there. Tears rushed to his eyes, but he could not weep. Dry-eyed he reached his room and threw himself upon his bed. Thus he lay-uncomforted and alone.

driven into - eingefahren

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

weep - weinen

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

uncomforted - Unbehagen

Chapter XXVIII

Terrible as was his loneliness, a meeting with Jack would have been more terrible. And, after all, it was true, a gulf had opened between them.

Gulf - Golf, Meerbusen

Ethel alone could bring solace to his soul. There was a great void in his heart which only she could fill. He hungered for the touch of her hand. He longed for her presence strongly, as a wanton lusts for pleasure and as sad men crave death.

void - nichtig

hungered - gehungert; hungern; Hunger

strongly - stark

lusts - Begierden; Wollust, Lust, Lust, Begehren

crave - sehnen

Noiselessly he stole to the door so as not to arouse the attention of the other two men, whose every whisper pierced his heart like a dagger. When he came to Ethel's home, he found that she had gone out for a breath of air. The servant ushered him into the parlor, and there he waited, waited, waited for her.

noiselessly - geräuschlos

dagger - Dolch

servant - Diener, Dienerin, Lakai, Kammerdiener

ushered - eingeleitet; Platzanweiser, Gerichtsdiener, zuweisen, anweisen

parlor - Saloon; Wohnzimmer, Salon, Empfangszimmer, Sprechzimmer

Greatly calmed by his walk, he turned the details of Clarke's conversation over in his mind, and the conviction grew upon him that the friend of his boyhood was not to blame for his course of action. Reginald probably had encircled Jack's soul with his demoniacal influence and singled him out for another victim. That must never be. It was his turn to save now. He would warn his friend of the danger that threatened him, even if his words should be spoken into the wind. For Reginald, with an ingenuity almost satanic, had already suggested that the delusion of former days had developed into a monomania, and any attempt on his part to warn Jack would only seem to confirm this theory. In that case only one way was left open. He must plead with Reginald himself, confront at all risks that snatcher of souls.

boyhood - Jungenschaft; Kindheit, Jugend

demoniacal - dämonisch

singled - gesungen; einzeln, einzig, allein, einzig, einheitlich, vereint

warn - warnen, mahnen

threatened - bedroht; drohen, bedrohen, bedrohen, androhen

ingenuity - Erfindungsreichtum; Einfallsreichtum, Findigkeit, Raffinesse

satanic - satanisch

confirm - bestätigen, bekräftigen

left open - aufgelassen

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

confront - konfrontieren, entgegentreten, Sache, begegnen, gegenübertreten

snatcher - Schnapper

To-night he would not fall asleep. He would keep his vigil. And if Reginald should approach his room, if in some way he felt the direful presence, he must speak out, threaten if need be, to save his friend from ruin. He had fully determined upon this course when a cry of joy from Ethel, who had just returned from her walk, interrupted his reverie. But her gladness changed to anxiety when she saw how pale he was. Ernest recounted to her the happenings of the day, from the discovery of his novel in Reginald's desk to the conversation which he had accidentally overheard. He noticed that her features brightened as he drew near the end of his tale.

fall asleep - ich/er/sie schlief ein, einschlafen

vigil - Wache, Nachtwache, Vigil, Mahnwache

direful - schrecklich

threaten - drohen, bedrohen, androhen

fully - vollständig; völlig

gladness - Fröhlichkeit, Freude

anxiety - Ängste; Besorgnis, Angst, Sorge

recounted - nachgezählt; nachzählen, erzählen

happenings - Geschehnisse; Ereignis, stattfindend, geschehend

discovery - Entdeckung

overheard - mitgehört; zufällig mit anhören

brightened - aufgehellt; aufhellen, schönen, aufhellen, aufhellen

Tale - Geschichte, Erzählung, Fabel

"Was your novel finished?" she suddenly asked.

"I think so."

"Then you are out of danger. He will want nothing else of you. But you should have taken it with you."

out of danger - außer Gefahr

"I had only sufficient presence of mind to slip it back into the drawer. To-morrow I shall simply demand it."

sufficient - genügend, ausreichend, hinreichend

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

"You will do nothing of the kind. It is in his handwriting, and you have no legal proof that it is yours. You must take it away secretly. And he will not dare to reclaim it."

handwriting - Handschrift; (handwrite); Handschrift

legal - juristisch, rechtlich, legal

dare - sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

reclaim - zurückfordern, reklamieren, bessern

"And Jack?"

She had quite forgotten Jack. Women are invariably selfish for those they love.

Selfish - egoistisch, selbstsüchtig, egozentrisch, checkegoistisch

"You must warn him," she replied.

"He would laugh at me. However, I must speak to Reginald."

"It is of no avail to speak to him. At least, you must not do so before you have obtained the manuscript. It would unnecessarily jeopardise our plans."

unnecessarily - unnötigerweise

jeopardise - gefährden; in Gefahr bringen, aufs Spiel setzen

"And after?"

"After, perhaps. But you must not expose yourself to any danger."

"No, dear," he said, and kissed her; "what danger is there, provided I keep my wits about me? He steals upon men only in their sleep and in the dark."

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

wits - Verstand; nämlich, und zwar

steals - stiehlt; stehlen, entwenden, klauen, stehlen, stehlen, rauben

"Be careful, nevertheless."

"I shall. In fact, I think he is not at home at this moment. If I go now I may be able to get hold of the manuscript and hide it before he returns."

"I cannot but tremble to think of you in that house."

tremble - zittern; Zittern

"You shall have no more reason to tremble in a day or two."

"Shall I see you to-morrow?"

"I don't think so. I must go over my papers and things so as to be ready at any moment to leave the house."

I don't think so - Ich glaube nicht.

"And then?"


He took her in his arms and looked long and deeply into her eyes.

"Yes," she replied-"at least, perhaps."

Then he turned to go, resolute and happy. How strangely he had matured since the summer! Her heart swelled with the consciousness that it was her love that had effected this transformation.

swelled - angeschwollen; Schwellen

effected - beeinträchtigt; Auswirkung, Wirkung, Eindruck, Effekt, Effekt

"As I cannot expect you to-morrow, I shall probably go to the opera, but I shall be at home before midnight. Will you call me up then? A word from you will put me at ease for the night, even if it comes over the telephone."

opera - Oper; (opus) Oper

at ease - ungezwungen

"I will call you up. We moderns have an advantage over the ancients in this respect: the twentieth-century Pyramus can speak to Thisbe even if innumerable walls sever his body from hers."

advantage - Vorteil; Vorzug

ancients - Antike; alt, uralt, antik

respect - Achtung, Respekt, respektieren

innumerable - Unzählige

sever - abtrennen, durchtrennen, abbrechen

"A quaint conceit! But let us hope that our love-story will end less tragically," she said, tenderly caressing his hair. "Oh, we shall be happy, you and I," she added, after a while. "The iron finger of fate that lay so heavily on our lives is now withdrawn. Almost withdrawn. Yes, almost. Only almost."

conceit - Eingebung; Einbildung; Konzept

love-story - (love-story) Liebesgeschichte , Liebesroman ;Liebesfilm

tragically - tragisch

tenderly - zärtlich, zart, lieb

And then a sudden fear overcame her.

"No," she cried, "do not go, do not go! Stay with me; stay here. I feel so frightened. I don't know what comes over me. I am afraid-afraid for you."

"No, dear," he rejoined, "you need not be afraid. In your heart you don't want me to desert a friend, and, besides, leave the best part of my artistic life in Reginald's clutch."

clutch - Vogelgelege; Kupplung (Auto), Gelege

"Why should you expose yourself to God knows what danger for a friend who is ready to betray you?"

betray - verraten; im Stich lassen, von etwas zeugen, verleiten

"You forget friendship is a gift. If it exacts payment in any form, it is no longer either friendship or a gift. And you yourself have assured me that I have nothing to fear from Reginald. I have nothing to give to him."

exacts - exakt, genau, exakt, genau, exakt, fordern, abverlangen

payment - Bezahlung

She rallied under his words and had regained her self-possession when the door closed behind him. He walked a few blocks very briskly. Then his pace slackened. Her words had unsettled him a little, and when he reached home he did not at once resume his exploration of Reginald's papers. He had hardly lit a cigarette when, at an unusually early hour, he heard Reginald's key in the lock.

rallied - versammelt; Zusammenkunft

regained - wiedergewonnen; wiedergewinnen

blocks - Blöcke; Kloben, Block, Klotz, Trakt; absperren, blockieren

pace - Tempo, Stufe, Schritt

slackened - erlahmt; entspannen

unsettled - verunsichert; verwirren, beunruhigen

resume - weiter; Lebenslauf; fortsetzen, wiedererlangen, wiederaufnehmen

exploration - Erkundung, Erforschung, Untersuchung, Entdeckungsreise

Quickly he turned the light out and in the semi-darkness, lit up by an electric lantern below, barricaded the door as on the previous night. Then he went to bed without finding sleep.

lantern - Laterne

barricaded - verbarrikadiert; Barrikade, Barrikade, verbarrikadieren

Supreme silence reigned over the house. Even the elevator had ceased to run. Ernest's brain was all ear. He heard Reginald walking up and down in the studio. Not the smallest movement escaped his attention. Thus hours passed. When the clock struck twelve, he was still walking up and down, down and up, up and down.

reigned - herrschte; Herrschaft, Regentschaft, Regentschaft, herrschen

ceased - eingestellt; aufhören, aufhören, einstellen

One o'clock.

Still the measured beat of his footfall had not ceased. There was something hypnotic in the regular tread. Nature at last exacted its toll from the boy. He fell asleep.

footfall - Fußabdruck; Schritt

hypnotic - hypnotisch; einschläfernd, Schlaf

regular - regulär, regelmäßig, Gleichmäßig, normal, gewöhnlich, Stammgast

exacted - gefordert; exakt, genau, exakt, genau, exakt, fordern

Toll - Maut; Zoll, Gebühr

Hardly had he closed his eyes when again that horrible nightmare-no longer a nightmare-tormented him. Again he felt the pointed delicate fingers carefully feeling their way along the innumerable tangled threads of nerve-matter that lead to the innermost recesses of self....

tangled - verwickelt; Wirrwarr, Gewirr

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

A subconscious something strove to arouse him, and he felt the fingers softly withdrawn.

subconscious - Unterbewusstes; unterbewusst

strove - angestrebt; erstreben, bestreben

He could have sworn that he heard the scurrying of feet in the room. Bathed in perspiration he made a leap for the electric light.

scurrying - wuseln; hasten, huschen, vorbeihuschen

perspiration - Schwitzen

But there was no sign of any human presence. The barricade at the door was undisturbed. But fear like a great wind filled the wings of his soul.

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

Yet there was nothing, nothing to warrant his conviction that Reginald Clarke had been with him only a few moments ago, plying his horrible trade. The large mirror above the fireplace only showed him his own face, white, excited,-the face of a madman.

plying - verhandeln; Windung (Technik), Strähne, Kordlage; handhaben

trade - handeln (mit), eintauschen, schachern mit etwas;Handel , Handwerk , Geschäft , Trade;gewerblich {adj};eintauschen (für)

mirror - Spiegel; Kopie

fireplace - Kamin, Feuerstelle, Herd

Chapter XXIX

The next morning's mail brought a letter from Ethel, a few lines of encouragement and affection. Yes, she was right; it would not do for him to stay under one roof with Reginald any longer. He must only obtain the manuscript and, if possible, surprise him in the attempt to exercise his mysterious and criminal power. Then he would be in the position to dictate terms and to demand Jack's safety as the price of his silence.

encouragement - Ermutigung

obtain - erlangen, erhalten, bestehen

if possible - womöglich

dictate - Diktat, Gebot, diktieren, bestimmen, vorschreiben

terms - Bedingungen; Termin, Semester, Begriff; Spielzeit

safety - Sicherheit, Gefahrlosigkeit, Griffsicherung, Safety

Reginald, however, had closeted himself that day in his studio busily writing. Only the clatter of his typewriter announced his presence in the house. There was no chance for conversation or for obtaining the precious manuscript of "Leontina."

closeted - verschlossen; Schrank, Wandschrank, Kammer, Abstellkammer

busily - fleißig; eifrig, geschäftig, beschäftigt

typewriter - Schreibmaschine

announced - angekündigt; ankündigen, verkünden, bekanntgeben, verkündigen

obtaining - zu erhalten; erlangen, erhalten, bestehen

Meanwhile Ernest was looking over his papers and preparing everything for a quick departure. Glancing over old letters and notes, he became readily interested and hardly noticed the passage of the hours.

everything for - alles für

readily - bereitwillig

When the night came he only partly undressed and threw himself upon the bed. It was now ten. At twelve he had promised Ethel to speak to her over the telephone. He was determined not to sleep at all that night. At last he would discover whether or not on the previous and other nights Reginald had secretly entered his room.

undressed - unbekleidet; erman: sich ausziehen, ausziehen

When one hour had passed without incident, his attention relaxed a little. His eyes were gradually closing when suddenly something seemed to stir at the door. The Chinese vase came rattling to the floor.

incident - Vorfall, Begebenheit, Ereignis, Geschehnis

gradually - nach und nach, allmählich, stufenweise, schrittweise

rattling - klappernd, ratternd, klirrend, rasselnd; (rattle) klappernd

At once Ernest sprang up. His face had blanched with terror. It was whiter than the linen in which they wrap the dead. But his soul was resolute.

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

terror - Schrecken, Grauen, schreckliche Furcht, Terror

linen - Wäsche; Leinen; Heimtextilien

wrap - einhüllen, einwickeln, wickeln, einpacken, hüllen

He touched a button and the electric light illuminated the whole chamber. There was no nook for even a shadow to hide. Yet there was no one to be seen. From without the door came no sound. Suddenly something soft touched his foot. He gathered all his will power so as not to break out into a frenzied shriek. Then he laughed, not a hearty laugh, to be sure. A tiny nose and a tail gracefully curled were brushing against him. The source of the disturbance was a little Maltese cat, his favourite, that by some chance had remained in his room.

button - Schaltfläche, Taster, Knopf, Taste

illuminated - beleuchtet; beleuchten, erhellen, illuminieren

nook - Nische, Alkoven, stiller Winkel, Rückzugsort

break out - ausbrechen

frenzied - rasend; Wahn, Rausch, Wut

hearty - herzlich, herzhaft, deftig

tail - Schwanz; Zipfel

Maltese - Malteser, Maltese; Malteserin, Maltesisch

After its essay at midnight gymnastics the animal quieted down and lay purring at the foot of his bed.

essay - Aufsatz; Versuch, Abhandlung

gymnastics - gymnastisch, Gymnastik

purring - schnurren, surren, summen; (pur) schnurren, surren, summen

The presence of a living thing was a certain comfort, and the reservoir of his strength was well nigh exhausted.

comfort - Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit, Komfort, Trost, Tröstung

reservoir - Reservoir; Stausee

He dimly remembered his promise to Ethel, but his lids drooped with sheer weariness. Perhaps an hour passed in this way, when suddenly his blood congealed with dread.

lids - Deckeln; Deckel

drooped - gesunken; durchhängen, herabhängen, herunterhängen, herabsinken

congealed - erstarrt; erstarren, gerinnen, koagulieren

He felt the presence of the hand of Reginald Clarke-unmistakably-groping in his brain as if searching for something that had still escaped him.

searching - Suche, suchen, absuchen, durchsuchen, suchen

He tried to move, to cry out, but his limbs were paralysed. When, by a superhuman effort, he at last succeeded in shaking off the numbness that held him enchained, he awoke just in time to see a figure, that of a man, disappearing in the wall that separated Reginald's apartments from his room....

shaking off - abschüttelnd

numbness - Taubheit; Benommenheit

enchained - gefesselt; fesseln

disappearing - verschwinden, entschwinden, zum Verschwinden bringen

separated - einzeln, getrennt, separat, getrennt, separat, trennen

This time it was no delusion of the senses. He heard something like a secret door softly closing behind retreating steps. A sudden fierce anger seized him. He was oblivious of the danger of the terrible power of the older man, oblivious of the love he had once borne him, oblivious of everything save the sense of outraged humanity and outraged right.

senses - Sinne; Sinn, Gefühl

retreating - den Rückzug antreten; Rückzug

fierce - wild, heftig, bedrohlich

oblivious - vergesslich

borne - getragen; (to bear) ertragen, aushalten

outraged - empört; Untat, Gräueltat, (empörendes) Verbrechen, Beleidigung

The law permits us to shoot a burglar who goes through our pockets at night. Must he tolerate the ravages of this a thousand times more dastardly and dangerous spiritual thief? Was Reginald to enjoy the fruit of other men's labour unpunished? Was he to continue growing into the mightiest literary factor of the century by preying upon his betters? Abel, Walkham, Ethel, he, Jack, were they all to be victims of this insatiable monster?

permits - Genehmigungen; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

shoot - schießen; Jagd, Spross (Pflanze), Schuss; flitzen (Auto)

burglar - Einbrecher, Einbrecherin, Dieb, Diebin

pockets - Taschen; Tasche

tolerate - tolerieren, dulden, vertragen

ravages - Verwüstungen; verwüsten, zerstören, Verwüstung

dastardly - heimtückisch

labour - Arbeit; Arbeiter; gebären; arbeiten

unpunished - ungesühnt

mightiest - mächtigste; gewaltig, mächtig

factor - Faktor

preying - Beute machen; Beute, Beute, Beute, lauern, auflauern

insatiable - unersättlich

monster - Monster, Ungeheuer

Was this force resistless as it was relentless?

resistless - widerstandslos; unwiderstehlich

No, a thousand times, no!

He dashed himself against the wall at the place where the shadow of Reginald Clarke had disappeared. In doing so he touched upon a secret spring. The wall gave way noiselessly. Speechless with rage he crossed the next room and the one adjoining it, and stood in Reginald's studio.

dashed - gestrichelt; Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Strich

rage - Wut, Zorn, Raserei, Rage, wüten

crossed - gekreuzt; Kreuz

The room was brilliantly lighted, and Reginald, still dressed, was seated at his writing-table scribbling notes upon little scraps of paper in his accustomed manner.

brilliantly - glänzend, brillant

scribbling - Geschmiere, Gekrakel, Gekritzel; (scribble); Geschmiere

scraps - Abfälle; ausrangieren; Abfallholz, Teil, Schrott

At Ernest's approach he looked up without evincing the least sign of terror or surprise. Calmly, almost majestically, he folded his arms over his breast, but there was a menacing glitter in his eyes as he confronted his victim.

evincing - beweisen; bekunden, zeigen, zum Vorschein bringen

majestically - majestätisch

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

menacing - bedrohlich; Landplage, androhen

glitter - Glitter; glitzern

Chapter XXX

Silently the two men faced each other. Then Ernest hissed:


Reginald shrugged his shoulders.

shrugged - gezuckt; Schulterzucken


"So Ethel has infected you with her absurd fancies! Poor boy! I am afraid.... I have been wanting to tell you for some time.... But I think.... We have reached the parting of our road!"

infected - infiziert; anstecken, infizieren, anstecken, infizieren

"And that you dare to tell me!"

The more he raged, the calmer Reginald seemed to become.

raged - gewütet; Wut, Zorn, Raserei, Rage, wüten, rasen, toben, toben

calmer - ruhiger; ruhig, ruhig, windstill, Ruhe, Windstille, beruhigen

"Really," he said, "I fail to understand.... I must ask you to leave my room!"

"You fail to understand? You cad!" Ernest cried. He stepped to the writing-table and opened the secret drawer with a blow. A bundle of manuscripts fell on the floor with a strange rustling noise. Then, seizing his own story, he hurled it upon the table. And behold-the last pages bore corrections in ink that could have been made only a few minutes ago!

cad - Prolet

manuscripts - Manuskripte; Handschrift, Manuskript, Handschrift, Manuskript

rustling - (rustle) rascheln; (rustle); Rascheln, Rauschen, Knistern

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

corrections - Korrekturen; Korrektur, Berichtigung, Verbesserung, Korrektur

Reginald smiled. "Have you come to play havoc with my manuscripts?" he remarked.

"Your manuscripts? Reginald Clarke, you are an impudent impostor! You have written no word that is your own. You are an embezzler of the mind, strutting through life in borrowed and stolen plumes!"

impudent - unverschämt

impostor - Hochstapler, Betrüger

embezzler - Veruntreuer

strutting - stolzierend, Verstrebung, verstrebend; (strut) stolzierend

plumes - Federn; Schadstofffahne, Abwasserfahne

And at once the mask fell from Reginald's face.

"Why stolen?" he coolly said, with a slight touch of irritation. "I absorb. I appropriate. That is the most any artist can say for himself. God creates; man moulds. He gives us the colours; we mix them."

coolly - kühl; gelassen

irritation - Ärger, Irritation, Verärgerung

appropriate - angebracht, angemessen, passend, zugewiesen, anpassen, aneignen

moulds - Schimmelpilze; Heizform, Form; Gussform, Gießform

Mix - verrühren, mischen, mixen, vermischen, versetzen

"That is not the question. I charge you with having wilfully and criminally interfered in my life; I charge you with having robbed me of what was mine; I charge you with being utterly vile and rapacious, a hypocrite and a parasite!"

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

criminally - kriminell

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

vile - abscheulich, gemein, schnöde

rapacious - räuberisch

parasite - Parasit; Schmarotzer

"Foolish boy," Reginald rejoined austerely. "It is through me that the best in you shall survive, even as the obscure Elizabethans live in him of Avon. Shakespeare absorbed what was great in little men-a greatness that otherwise would have perished-and gave it a setting, a life."

austerely - Streng

survive - überleben

otherwise - sonst

perished - umgekommen; verderben, schlecht werden, umkommen

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

"A thief may plead the same. I understand you better. It is your inordinate vanity that prompts you to abuse your monstrous power."

inordinate - unangemessen

abuse - missbrauchen, beschimpfen; Missbrauch, Schmähung

"You err. Self-love has never entered into my actions. I am careless of personal fame. Look at me, boy! As I stand before you I am Homer, I am Shakespeare ... I am every cosmic manifestation in art. Men have doubted in each incarnation my individual existence.

err - irren

self-love - (self-love) Eigenliebe

careless - unvorsichtig, unbedacht, unachtsam, leichtsinnig

cosmic - kosmisch, Raum

manifestation - Manifestation, Erscheinung

doubted - bezweifelt; bezweifeln, zweifeln, Zweifel

Historians have more to tell of the meanest Athenian scribbler or Elizabethan poetaster than of me. The radiance of my work obscured my very self. I care not. I have a mission. I am a servant of the Lord. I am the vessel that bears the Host!"

historians - Historiker, Historikerin, Geschichtsschreiber, Historiker

Athenian - Athener, Athenerin, athenisch

scribbler - Schreiberling, Kritzler, Kritzlerin, Schmierer

poetaster - Poetaster

obscured - verdunkelt; obskur, dunkel, vernebelt, finster, düster

bears - Bären; (to bear) ertragen, aushalten

He stood up at full length, the personification of grandeur and power. A tremendous force trembled in his very finger tips. He was like a gigantic dynamo, charged with the might of ten thousand magnetic storms that shake the earth in its orbit and lash myriads of planets through infinities of space....

full length - in Lebensgröße

personification - Personifizierung; Personbildung, Personendichtung

grandeur - Erhabenheit; Herrlichkeit, Pracht, Hoheit

finger tips - Fingerspitzen

dynamo - Dynamo; Energiebündel

charged - aufgeladen; Entgelt

storms - stürmen; Sturm

orbit - Umlaufbahn, Orbit, umkreisen, in, umschwirren

lash - Peitsche, Wimper; anbinden

myriads - Myriade, Unmenge, Myriaden-p, Unzahl, Vielzahl, unzählig

planets - Planeten; Planet, Wandelstern, Planet, Planet

infinities - Unendlichkeiten; Unendlichkeit, Unendlichkeit

Under ordinary circumstances Ernest or any other man would have quailed before him. But the boy in that epic moment had grown out of his stature. He felt the sword of vengeance in his hands; to him was intrusted the cause of Abel and of Walkham, of Ethel and of Jack. His was the struggle of the individual soul against the same blind and cruel fate that in the past had fashioned the ichthyosaurus and the mastodon.

quailed - geschwankt; Wachtel

vengeance - Rache, Vergeltung

intrusted - anvertraut; anvertrauen

Mastodon - Mastodon

"By what right," he cried, "do you assume that you are the literary Messiah? Who appointed you? What divine power has made you the steward of my mite and of theirs whom you have robbed?"

Messiah - Der Messias; Messias

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

steward - Verwalter

mite - Milbe; bisschen, Winzigkeit

"I am a light-bearer. I tread the high hills of mankind ... I point the way to the future. I light up the abysses of the past. Were not my stature gigantic, how could I hold the torch in all men's sight? The very souls that I tread underfoot realise, as their dying gaze follows me, the possibilities with which the future is big.

bearer - Träger, Trägerin, Inhaber, Inhaberin

hills - Hügeln; Hügel, Hang, Steigung, Steigung, Anstieg, häufeln

light up - aufleuchten

abysses - Abgründe; Abgrund, Hölle, Abgrund, Abgrund

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

possibilities - Möglichkeiten; Möglichkeit

.. Eternally secure, I carry the essence of what is cosmic ... of what is divine.... I am Homer ... Goethe ... Shakespeare.... I am an embodiment of the same force of which Alexander, Cćsar, Confucius and the Christos were also embodiments.... None so strong as to resist me."

secure - sicher, geschützt, beschützt, zuverlässig

Goethe - Goethe

Alexander - Alexander

Confucius - Konfuzius (Konfucius, Confucius), Konfutse

embodiments - Ausführungsformen; Verkörperung, Inbegriff, Inkarnation

resist - widerstreben; widerstehen; widerstreiten; zuwider sein; Deckmittel

A sudden madness overcame Ernest at this boast. He must strike now or never. He must rid humanity of this dangerous maniac-this demon of strength. With a power ten times intensified, he raised a heavy chair so as to hurl it at Reginald's head and crush it.

boast - rühmen; stolz sein auf etw

rid - loswerden; befreien

intensified - intensiviert; intensifizieren, intensivieren

hurl - kotzen; schleudern

Reginald stood there calmly, a smile upon his lips.... Primal cruelties rose from the depth of his nature.... Still he smiled, turning his luminous gaze upon the boy ... and, behold ... Ernest's hand began to shake ... the chair fell from his grasp.... He tried to call for help, but no sound issued from his lips.... Utterly paralysed he confronted ... the Force....

cruelties - Grausamkeiten; Grausamkeit, Grausamkeit, Grausamkeit, Quälerei

Minutes-eternities passed.

eternities - Ewigkeiten; Ewigkeit, Ewigkeit, Ewigkeit, Ewigkeit

And still those eyes were fixed upon him.

But this was no longer Reginald!

It was all brain ... only brain ... a tremendous brain-machine ... infinitely complex ... infinitely strong. Not more than a mile away Ethel endeavoured to call to him through the night. The telephone rang, once, twice, thrice, insistingly. But Ernest heard it not. Something dragged him ... dragged the nerves from his body dragged, dragged, dragged.... It was an irresistible suction ... pitiless ... passionless ... immense.

endeavoured - angestrebt; sich nach Kräften bemühen; Bestrebung

thrice - dreimal

insistingly - beharrlich

dragged - geschleppt; Planierschleppe; nachschleppen, schleppen, ziehen

suction - Saugen; Saugwirkung; lutschen

passionless - leidenschaftslos

Sparks, blue, crimson and violet, seemed to play around the living battery. It reached the finest fibres of his mind.... Slowly ... every trace of mentality disappeared.... First the will ... then feeling ... judgment ... memory ... fear even.... All that was stored in his brain-cells came forth to be absorbed by that mighty engine....

sparks - Funken; Funke; aufkeimen lassen, entfachen

Violet - Violett; Veilchen

Battery - Batterie; Körperverletzung, tätlicher Angriff

fibres - Fasern; Faser, Faser

mentality - Mentalität

judgment - Urteil; Urteilsvermögen; Beurteilung; Richtspruch

stored - gespeichert; Lager

engine - Motor, Triebwerk, Antrieb

The Princess With the Yellow Veil appeared ... flitted across the room and melted away. She was followed by childhood memories ... girls'heads, boys'faces.... He saw his dead mother waving her arms to him.... An expression of death-agony distorted the placid features.... Then, throwing a kiss to him, she, too, disappeared. Picture on picture followed.... Words of love that he had spoken ... sins, virtues, magnanimities, meannesses, terrors ... mathematical formulas even, and snatches of songs. Leontina came and was swallowed up.... No, it was Ethel who was trying to speak to him ... trying to warn.... She waved her hands in frantic despair.

melted away - zerrann

placid - ruhig, friedlich, sanft

throwing - Werfen; (to throw) schmeißen; (throw) Werfen; (to throw) schmeißen

sins - Sünden; Sünde, sündigen; eine Sünde begehen

magnanimities - Großmut, Großzügigkeit, Seelengröße, Großmütigkeit

meannesses - Gemeinheiten; Gemeinheit, Fiesheit, gemeines Benehmen

formulas - Formeln; Formel, Formel, Rezept

swallowed - verschluckt; schlucken, verschlingen, anbeißen, einstecken

frantic - verzweifelt; außer sich, rasend

.. She was gone.... A pale face ... dark, dishevelled hair.... Jack.... How he had changed! He was in the circle of the vampire's transforming might. "Jack," he cried. Surely Jack had something to explain ... something to tell him ... some word that if spoken would bring rest to his soul. He saw the words rise to the boy's lips, but before he had time to utter them his image also had vanished. And Reginald ... Reginald, too, was gone.... There was only the mighty brain ... panting ... whirling.... Then there was nothing.... The annihilation of Ernest Fielding was complete.

transforming - Verwandeln; umwandelnd, transformierend

panting - hechelnd; hecheln, keucheln

whirling - wirbelnd; (whirl) strudeln, wirbeln; (whirl); wirbeln, lschnell

annihilation - Vernichtung, Zerstörung, Annihilation

Vacantly he stared at the walls, at the room and at his master. The latter was wiping the sweat from his forehead. He breathed deeply.... The flush of youth spread over his features.... His eyes sparkled with a new and dangerous brilliancy.... He took the thing that had once been Ernest Fielding by the hand and led it to its room.

vacantly - unbesetzt

wiping - (wipe) löschen, abstreifen, abwischen, aufreiben

breathed - geatmet; Atmen

spread - verteilen; spreizen; ausstreuen, verbreiten, auftragen

Chapter XXXI

With the first flush of the morning Ethel appeared at the door of the house on Riverside Drive. She had not heard from Ernest, and had been unable to obtain connection with him at the telephone. Anxiety had hastened her steps. She brushed against Jack, who was also directing his steps to the abode of Reginald Clarke.

connection - Verbindung, Verknüpfung, Anschluss

directing - Regie führen; direkt, unmittelbar, beaufsichtigen, inszenieren

At the same time something that resembled Ernest Fielding passed from the house of the Vampire. It was a dull and brutish thing, hideously transformed, without a vestige of mind.

brutish - brutal; bestial, bestialisch

hideously - scheußlich, abscheuliche

vestige - Spur; Überrest, Überbleibsel

"Mr. Fielding," cried Ethel, beside herself with fear as she saw him descending.

descending - absteigend; absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommen, herabsteigen

"Ernest!" Jack gasped, no less startled at the change in his friend's appearance.

gasped - keuchte; keuchen, japsen, prusten, keuchen, Atemzug, Luftholen

Ernest's head followed the source of the sound, but no spark of recognition illumined the deadness of his eyes. Without a present and without a past ... blindly ... a gibbering idiot ... he stumbled down the stairs.

deadness - Totheit; Leblosigkeit

blindly - blindlings

gibbering - Kauderwelsch sprechen

idiot - Idiot, Idiotin, Narr, Närrin

stumbled - gestolpert; Stolpern

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