On February the First 1887, the Lady Vain was lost by collision with a derelict when about the latitude 1Â° S. and longitude 107Â° W.
lady - dame, madame, lady
vain - vaine, rench: vaniteux, frivole, vain, futile
collision - collision
derelict - a l'abandon, abandonné, délaissé, (tombé) en ruines
Latitude - latitude, parallele, marge
Longitude - longitude
On January the Fifth, 1888"that is eleven months and four days after"my uncle, Edward Prendick, a private gentleman, who certainly went aboard the Lady Vain at Callao, and who had been considered drowned, was picked up in latitude 5Â° 3'S. and longitude 101Â° W. in a small open boat of which the name was illegible, but which is supposed to have belonged to the missing schooner Ipecacuanha.
Edward - edward, Édouard
private - personnel, personnelle, privé, privée
gentleman - gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs
Certainly - certainement, surement, sans nul doute, sans aucun doute
aboard - a bord, a bord, a bord de
considered - envisagée, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer
drowned - noyé, noyer
picked - choisi, pioche, passe-partout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir
illegible - illisible
supposed - supposé, supposer, imaginer
belonged - a appartenu, appartenir a
schooner - goélette
He gave such a strange account of himself that he was supposed demented. Subsequently he alleged that his mind was a blank from the moment of his escape from the Lady Vain. His case was discussed among psychologists at the time as a curious instance of the lapse of memory consequent upon physical and mental stress.
such - tel, tellement, ainsi
strange - étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger
account - compte, supputation, demande
alleged - allégué, prétendre, alléguer
mind - l'esprit, esprit, raison, intelligence, mémoire
blank - vide, blanc, vierge, balles a blanc, préforme, espace
escape - échapper, s'échapper, éviter, échapper (a quelqu'un), évasion
case - cas, affaire, fouille, étui, chose
among - parmi
psychologists - psychologues, psychologue
Curious - vous etes curieux, curieux, intéressant, singulier
instance - instance
lapse - laps de temps, erreur, faute
memory - mémoire, souvenir
consequent - conséquent
upon - sur, a
physical - physique, physiologique, visite médicale, check-up
mental - mentale, affectif, mental
stress - le stress, tension, contrainte, stress, emphase, stresser
The following narrative was found among his papers by the undersigned, his nephew and heir, but unaccompanied by any definite request for publication.
narrative - narratif, récit
nephew - neveu
heir - héritier, héritiere, successeur, successeuse
unaccompanied - sans accompagnement
definite - définitif
request - demander, prier, requete, demande
publication - publication
The only island known to exist in the region in which my uncle was picked up is Noble's Isle, a small volcanic islet and uninhabited. It was visited in 1891 by H. M. S. Scorpion. A party of sailors then landed, but found nothing living thereon except certain curious white moths, some hogs and rabbits, and some rather peculiar rats.
exist - existent, exister
region - région
noble - noble, aristocrate, aristocratique
volcanic - volcanique
islet - îlot, ilot
uninhabited - inhabité
scorpion - scorpion
Sailors - marins, matelot, matelote, femme matelot, femme-matelot, marin
thereon - sur ce point, jusque-la
Except - sauf, faire une exception
Certain - certain, quelconque
moths - mites, papillon de nuit
hogs - porcs, porc
rabbits - des lapins, lapin/-ine
peculiar - particulier, extraordinaire, bizarre, curieux
rats - les rats, rat
So that this narrative is without confirmation in its most essential particular. With that understood, there seems no harm in putting this strange story before the public in accordance, as I believe, with my uncle's intentions. There is at least this much in its behalf: my uncle passed out of human knowledge about latitude 5Â° S. and longitude 105Â° E.
confirmation - confirmation, vérification
most essential - le plus essentiel
particular - particulier
Seems - semble-t-il, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air
harm - le mal, mal, tort, dommage, nuire a, faire du mal a
public - public
accordance - accord, accordance
intentions - intentions, intention
passed - passé, passer (devant), dépasser
human - humain
knowledge - connaissance, science, connaissances, savoir
, and reappeared in the same part of the ocean after a space of eleven months. In some way he must have lived during the interval.
reappeared - réapparaît, réapparaître
Ocean - l'océan, océan
interval - intervalle
And it seems that a schooner called the Ipecacuanha with a drunken captain, John Davies, did start from Africa with a puma and certain other animals aboard in January, 1887, that the vessel was well known at several ports in the South Pacific, and that it finally disappeared from those seas (with a considerable amount of copra aboard), sailing to its unknown fate from Bayna in December, 1887, a date that tallies entirely with my uncle's story.
drunken - ivre
captain - capitaine, capitaine de vaisseau, agir en capitaine, piloter
Africa - l'afrique, l’Afrique
puma - puma
vessel - navire, vaisseau, vase
several - plusieurs
ports - ports, port
Pacific - pacifique
finally - enfin, définitivement
disappeared - a disparu, disparaître
those - ceux-ci, ces, celles-la, ceux-la
considerable - considérable
amount - montant, quantité, monter, correspondre
copra - copra, coprah
sailing - cingler, (sail) cingler
unknown - inconnu, inconnue
fate - le destin, destin, destinée, sort
tallies - les comptes, compte
entirely - entierement, entierement, entierement (1)
CHARLES EDWARD PRENDICK.
Charles - charles
The Island of Doctor Moreau
(The Story written by Edward Prendick.)
I do not propose to add anything to what has already been written concerning the loss of the Lady Vain. As everyone knows, she collided with a derelict when ten days out from Callao. The longboat, with seven of the crew, was picked up eighteen days after by H. M. gunboat Myrtle, and the story of their terrible privations has become quite as well known as the far more horrible Medusa case.
propose - proposer, demander en mariage
concerning - concernant, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation
Loss - perte, déperdition, perdition, déchet, coulage
collided with - entré en collision avec
longboat - longboat
crew - l'équipage, équipage
gunboat - canonniere, canonniere
Myrtle - myrte
privations - privations, privation
more horrible - plus horrible
Medusa - Méduse
But I have to add to the published story of the Lady Vain another, possibly as horrible and far stranger. It has hitherto been supposed that the four men who were in the dingey perished, but this is incorrect. I have the best of evidence for this assertion: I was one of the four men.
published - publié, publier
Possibly - peut-etre, possiblement, peut-etre
horrible - horrible, affreux, épouvantable
Stranger - étranger, (strang) étranger
hitherto - jusqu'a présent, jusqu'ici, jusqu'alors, jusqu'a maintenant
perished - a péri, périr
incorrect - incorrect
evidence - des preuves, preuve, prouver, démontrer
assertion - assertion
But in the first place I must state that there never were four men in the dingey,"the number was three. Constans, who was "seen by the captain to jump into the gig," luckily for us and unluckily for himself did not reach us.
state - l'État
jump - sauter, sautent, sautiller, sautons, félure
gig - gig, concert
unluckily - par malchance, malheuresement
reach - atteindre, parviens, allonge, parvenir, préhension
He came down out of the tangle of ropes under the stays of the smashed bowsprit, some small rope caught his heel as he let go, and he hung for a moment head downward, and then fell and struck a block or spar floating in the water. We pulled towards him, but he never came up.
tangle - enchevetrement, chaos
ropes - des cordes, corde
smashed - écrasé, smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser
bowsprit - le beaupré, beaupré
caught - pris, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic, couille
heel - talon, alinéa
hung - accroché, suspendre, etre accroché
struck - frappé, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre
block - bloc, bloquer, bloquent, bloquons, obstruer, buche
spar - spar, espar
floating - flottant, (float), flotter, flotteur, taloche, char
pulled - tiré, tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence
towards - vers, envers, pour, pres de
 Daily News, March 17, 1887.
daily - quotidien, journellement
I say luckily for us he did not reach us, and I might almost say luckily for himself; for we had only a small beaker of water and some soddened ship's biscuits with us, so sudden had been the alarm, so unprepared the ship for any disaster. We thought the people on the launch would be better provisioned (though it seems they were not), and we tried to hail them.
luckily - heureusement
almost - presque, quasiment
beaker - le gobelet, bécher, gobelet
soddened - détrempé, mouillé, trempé, bourré, saoul
ship - navire, manipuler, expédier, vaisseau
biscuits - des biscuits, biscuit
sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit
alarm - alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, donner/sonner l'alerte
disaster - désastre, catastrophe
launch - lancement, lancent, pistonner, lancez, lançons, lancer
provisioned - provisionné, provision, provisionner
though - mais, néanmoins, cependant, malgré, bien que
hail - grele
They could not have heard us, and the next morning when the drizzle cleared,"which was not until past midday,"we could see nothing of them. We could not stand up to look about us, because of the pitching of the boat. The two other men who had escaped so far with me were a man named Helmar, a passenger like myself, and a seaman whose name I don't know,"a short sturdy man, with a stammer.
drizzle - de la bruine, bruiner, pleuvioter, grainasser, mouiller
cleared - autorisé, clair, transparent, libre, dégagé
midday - midi, (de) midi
pitching - le tangage, (pitch) le tangage
escaped - s'est échappé, échapper, s'échapper, éviter, tirer
passenger - passager
myself - moi-meme, me, m'
seaman - matelot
whose - a qui, de qui, dont, duquel (de + lequel), duquel
sturdy - solide, costaud, robuste
stammer - balbutier, bégayer, bégaiement
We drifted famishing, and, after our water had come to an end, tormented by an intolerable thirst, for eight days altogether. After the second day the sea subsided slowly to a glassy calm. It is quite impossible for the ordinary reader to imagine those eight days. He has not, luckily for himself, anything in his memory to imagine with.
drifted - a la dérive, dérive, dériver, errer, dévier
tormented - tourmenté, tourment, tourmenter
intolerable - intolérable
thirst - soif, avoir soif, désirer
altogether - tout a fait, completement, en meme temps, quoi qu'il en soit
subsided - s'est apaisée, tomber, calmer
slowly - lentement
Calm - calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer, apaiser
impossible - impossible, insupportable
ordinary - piece, ordinaire, quelconque
After the first day we said little to one another, and lay in our places in the boat and stared at the horizon, or watched, with eyes that grew larger and more haggard every day, the misery and weakness gaining upon our companions. The sun became pitiless.
lay in - s'allonger
horizon - horizon
haggard - hagard, émacié
misery - la misere, misere
weakness - faiblesse, point faible
gaining - l'acquisition, (gain) l'acquisition
Companions - compagnons, compagnon, compagne
The water ended on the fourth day, and we were already thinking strange things and saying them with our eyes; but it was, I think, the sixth before Helmar gave voice to the thing we had all been thinking. I remember our voices were dry and thin, so that we bent towards one another and spared our words.
sixth - sixieme, sixieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') six ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VI)
voices - voix
dry - sec, anhydre, sécher, tfaire sécher
bent - plié, courba, courbai, courbés, courbé, cambrai
spared - épargnée, espar
I stood out against it with all my might, was rather for scuttling the boat and perishing together among the sharks that followed us; but when Helmar said that if his proposal was accepted we should have drink, the sailor came round to him.
against - contre, face a, pour
scuttling - sabordage, courir précipitament
perishing - en voie de disparition, périr
sharks - des requins, requin
proposal - proposition, demande en mariage
accepted - acceptée, accepter, accepter (de), prendre sur soi
sailor - marin, matelot, matelote, femme matelot, femme-matelot
round - ronde, cyclo, arrondissent, arrondis, arrondir
I would not draw lots however, and in the night the sailor whispered to Helmar again and again, and I sat in the bows with my clasp-knife in my hand, though I doubt if I had the stuff in me to fight; and in the morning I agreed to Helmar's proposal, and we handed halfpence to find the odd man.
whispered - chuchoté, chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer
bows - arcs, (bow) arcs
clasp-knife - (clasp-knife) couteau a fermoir
doubt - des doutes, douter, doute
stuff - trucs, truc, substance (1), checkmachin (2), checktruc (2)
fight - combattre, combattons, rixe, combattez, combattent
halfpence - demi-pence
odd - rench: t-needed r, bizarre, étrange, impair, a peu pres
The lot fell upon the sailor; but he was the strongest of us and would not abide by it, and attacked Helmar with his hands. They grappled together and almost stood up. I crawled along the boat to them, intending to help Helmar by grasping the sailor's leg; but the sailor stumbled with the swaying of the boat, and the two fell upon the gunwale and rolled overboard together. They sank like stones.
abide - se maintenir, endurer, tolérer, supporter, souffrir, rester
attacked - attaqué, attaque, attaquer, apostropher
grappled - empoigné, en venir aux mains/prises avec
crawled - rampé, ramper
along - le long de, accompagné, rench: t-needed r
intending - l'intention, avoir l'intention, envisager, concevoir, prévoir
grasping - saisir, agripper, comprendre
stumbled - en état de choc, chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher
swaying - se balancer, (sway), autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance
gunwale - le plat-bord, plat-bord
rolled - roulé, rouleau
overboard - a la mer
sank - a coulé, couler, s'enfoncer, évier, lavabo
stones - des pierres, pierre, t+roche, t+caillou, t+roc
I remember laughing at that, and wondering why I laughed. The laugh caught me suddenly like a thing from without.
wondering - se demander, (wonder), merveille, conjecturer
suddenly - soudain, soudainement, tout d'un coup
I lay across one of the thwarts for I know not how long, thinking that if I had the strength I would drink sea-water and madden myself to die quickly. And even as I lay there I saw, with no more interest than if it had been a picture, a sail come up towards me over the sky-line. My mind must have been wandering, and yet I remember all that happened, quite distinctly.
lay - laique, pondre, pose
thwarts - contrecarre, contrecarrer, contrarier, banc
strength - la force, force, vigueur, effectif, point fort
sea-water - (sea-water) l'eau de mer
sail - naviguer, voile, cingler
sky - ciel, nue
wandering - l'errance, errement, errance, divagation, (wander), errer
distinctly - distinctement
I remember how my head swayed with the seas, and the horizon with the sail above it danced up and down; but I also remember as distinctly that I had a persuasion that I was dead, and that I thought what a jest it was that they should come too late by such a little to catch me in my body.
swayed - balancés, autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance, balancer
persuasion - la persuasion, persuasion
dead - morts, mort, milieu, cour, profondeurs
jest - jest, plaisanter
catch - attraper, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic
For an endless period, as it seemed to me, I lay with my head on the thwart watching the schooner (she was a little ship, schooner-rigged fore and aft) come up out of the sea. She kept tacking to and fro in a widening compass, for she was sailing dead into the wind.
endless - sans fin, infini, interminable, perpétuel
seemed - semblait, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air
thwart - contrecarrer, contrarier, banc
rigged - truqué, gréer
aft - aft
tacking - le virement de bord, (tack) le virement de bord
fro - fro
widening - l'élargissement, s’élargir, élargir
compass - boussole, compas
wind - vent, emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler
It never entered my head to attempt to attract attention, and I do not remember anything distinctly after the sight of her side until I found myself in a little cabin aft. There's a dim half-memory of being lifted up to the gangway, and of a big round countenance covered with freckles and surrounded with red hair staring at me over the bulwarks.
entered - a pénétré, entrer, rench: -neededr, taper, saisir
attempt - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
attract attention - attirer l'attention
sight - vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur
side - côté, parti, flanc
cabin - cabane, cabine
dim - dim, faible, vague
lifted - soulevée, soulever
gangway - passerelle, passage, passavant, écartez-vous, laissez passer
countenance - visage, approuver
covered - couverts, couvercle, couverture, couvert
freckles - des taches de rousseur, tache de rousseur
surrounded - entouré, entourer, enceindre
bulwarks - les pavois, rempart, bastingage, pavois
I also had a disconnected impression of a dark face, with extraordinary eyes, close to mine; but that I thought was a nightmare, until I met it again. I fancy I recollect some stuff being poured in between my teeth; and that is all.
disconnected - déconnecté, déconnecter
impression - impression
extraordinary - extraordinaire
mine - la mienne, mienne, miniere
nightmare - cauchemar, mauvais reve, tourment
fancy - fantaisie, imaginer, songer
recollect - se souvenir, se ressaisir
poured in - versée
The cabin in which I found myself was small and rather untidy. A youngish man with flaxen hair, a bristly straw-coloured moustache, and a dropping nether lip, was sitting and holding my wrist. For a minute we stared at each other without speaking. He had watery grey eyes, oddly void of expression.
untidy - débraillé, négligé, désordonné, bordélique
youngish - jeune
flaxen - de lin
bristly - hirsute, embroussaillé
straw - paille, fétu, jaune paille
moustache - moustache, bacchante
dropping - de la chute, crotte, fiente, (drop) de la chute
nether - nether
lip - levre, levre
holding - en attente, possession, (hold) en attente
wrist - poignet
watery - aqueux
oddly - bizarrement, étrangement
void - vide, vacuum
expression - expression
Then just overhead came a sound like an iron bedstead being knocked about, and the low angry growling of some large animal. At the same time the man spoke. He repeated his question,""How do you feel now?"
overhead - des frais généraux, dessus, sur, au dessus, aérien, grippage
iron - le fer, fer, repasser
bedstead - le sommier, châlit
knocked - frappé, coup, frapper
low - faible, inférieure
growling - grognement, (growl), feulement, borborygme
I think I said I felt all right. I could not recollect how I had got there. He must have seen the question in my face, for my voice was inaccessible to me.
voice - voix
inaccessible - inaccessible
"You were picked up in a boat, starving. The name on the boat was the Lady Vain, and there were spots of blood on the gunwale."
Starving - affamés, affamant, (starve), mourir de faim, crever de faim
spots - taches, tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver
At the same time my eye caught my hand, so thin that it looked like a dirty skin-purse full of loose bones, and all the business of the boat came back to me.
skin - la peau, peau, apparence, écorcher, égratigner, dépouiller
purse - sac a main, bourse, portemonnaie, portefeuille, sac a main
loose - en vrac, ample, desserré
bones - os
"Have some of this," said he, and gave me a dose of some scarlet stuff, iced.
dose - dose
scarlet - écarlate
It tasted like blood, and made me feel stronger.
tasted - dégustée, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout
"You were in luck," said he, "to get picked up by a ship with a medical man aboard." He spoke with a slobbering articulation, with the ghost of a lisp.
luck - la chance, chance, veine
medical - médicale, médical
slobbering - baver, bave
ghost - fantôme, spectre, esprit, revenant
lisp - lisp, zézaiement, zozotement, susseyement, sesseyement
"What ship is this?" I said slowly, hoarse from my long silence.
hoarse - rauque, rugueux
silence - le silence, silence
"It's a little trader from Arica and Callao. I never asked where she came from in the beginning,"out of the land of born fools, I guess. I'm a passenger myself, from Arica. The silly ass who owns her,"he's captain too, named Davies,"he's lost his certificate, or something.
trader - négociant, commerçant, trader, marchand, (trade), commerce
fools - des imbéciles, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper
silly ass - stupide
certificate - document, certificat, diplôme
You know the kind of man,"calls the thing the Ipecacuanha, of all silly, infernal names; though when there's much of a sea without any wind, she certainly acts according."
silly - stupide, sot, insensé, idiot, bete
infernal - infernal
acts - actes, acte, loi, action, agir
according - selon, entente, accorder
(Then the noise overhead began again, a snarling growl and the voice of a human being together. then another voice, telling some "Heaven-forsaken idiot" to desist.)
noise - bruit, vacarme, brouhaha, boucan
growl - feulement, grognement, borborygme, gargouillement, grincement
then another - puis un autre
Heaven - le paradis, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux
forsaken - abandonné, abandonner, renoncer
idiot - idiot, idiote
"You were nearly dead," said my interlocutor. "It was a very near thing, indeed. But I've put some stuff into you now. Notice your arm's sore? Injections. You've been insensible for nearly thirty hours."
nearly - presque
interlocutor - interlocuteur
indeed - certainement, vraiment, en effet, bien sur, certes
notice - remarquer, notification, préavis, s'apercevoir
sore - douloureux, ulcere
injections - des injections, injection, rench: -neededr
insensible - insensible
I thought slowly. (I was distracted now by the yelping of a number of dogs.) "Am I eligible for solid food?" I asked.
distracted - distraits, distraire
yelping - glapissement, (yelp) glapissement
eligible - éligible, approprié
solid - solide, massif, plein, continu
"Thanks to me," he said. "Even now the mutton is boiling."
mutton - du mouton, mouton
boiling - en ébullition, ébullition, bouillonnement
"Yes," I said with assurance; "I could eat some mutton."
assurance - l'assurance, assurance, culot
"But," said he with a momentary hesitation, "you know I'm dying to hear of how you came to be alone in that boat. damn that howling!" I thought I detected a certain suspicion in his eyes.
momentary - momentanée
hesitation - hésitation
I'm dying - Je suis en train de mourir
hear of - Entendre parler de
alone - seul
damn - Zut
howling - hurler, (howl), hurlement
detected - détecté, détecter
suspicion - suspicion, soupçon
He suddenly left the cabin, and I heard him in violent controversy with some one, who seemed to me to talk gibberish in response to him. The matter sounded as though it ended in blows, but in that I thought my ears were mistaken. Then he shouted at the dogs, and returned to the cabin.
violent - violent, vif
controversy - controverse, polémique
talk gibberish - parler en charabia
response - réponse
matter - matiere, matiere, affaire, question, cause, substance
blows - coups, (blow) coups
shouted - crié, cri
"Well?" said he in the doorway. "You were just beginning to tell me."
doorway - l'embrasure de la porte, embrasure de la porte
I told him my name, Edward Prendick, and how I had taken to natural history as a relief from the dulness of my comfortable independence.
natural history - l'histoire naturelle
relief - secours, allégement, relief, soulagement
dulness - l'ennui
comfortable - confortable
Independence - l'indépendance, indépendance
He seemed interested in this. "I've done some science myself. I did my Biology at University College,"getting out the ovary of the earthworm and the radula of the snail, and all that. Lord! It's ten years ago. But go on! go on! tell me about the boat."
biology - biologie
ovary - ovaire
earthworm - ver de terre, lombric
radula - radula
snail - escargot, limaçon
Lord - châtelain, seigneur, monsieur
He was evidently satisfied with the frankness of my story, which I told in concise sentences enough, for I felt horribly weak; and when it was finished he reverted at once to the topic of Natural History and his own biological studies. He began to question me closely about Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street. "Is Caplatzi still flourishing? What a shop that was!
evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement
satisfied - satisfaits, satisfaire
frankness - la franchise, franchise
concise - concis
horribly - horriblement
weak - faible, débile
reverted - inversé, conversion, retomber, retourner, redevenir, renvoyer
biological - biologique
closely - de pres, étroitement, pres
Court - la cour, cour, tribunal, court de tennis, court, courtiser
flourishing - l'épanouissement, fleurir, brandir
" He had evidently been a very ordinary medical student, and drifted incontinently to the topic of the music halls. He told me some anecdotes.
incontinently - incontinent
halls - salles, couloir, corridor, salle, salon, manoir, foyer
anecdotes - des anecdotes, anecdote
"Left it all," he said, "ten years ago. How jolly it all used to be! But I made a young ass of myself,"played myself out before I was twenty-one. I daresay it's all different now. But I must look up that ass of a cook, and see what he's done to your mutton."
jolly - jovial
ass - cul, aliboron, ane, âne
daresay - oserait-on dire
The growling overhead was renewed, so suddenly and with so much savage anger that it startled me. "What's that?" I called after him, but the door had closed. He came back again with the boiled mutton, and I was so excited by the appetising smell of it that I forgot the noise of the beast that had troubled me.
renewed - renouvelée, renouveler
savage - barbare, féroce, sauvage
anger - la colere, colere, ire, courroux, rage
startled - surpris, sursauter, surprendre
boiled - bouillie, bouillir
smell - odeur, parfum, gout, odorat, sentir, humer
beast - bete, bete, bete sauvage
troubled - troublé, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, fr
After a day of alternate sleep and feeding I was so far recovered as to be able to get from my bunk to the scuttle, and see the green seas trying to keep pace with us. I judged the schooner was running before the wind. Montgomery"that was the name of the flaxen-haired man"came in again as I stood there, and I asked him for some clothes.
alternate - alternatif, alternative, alterner
feeding - l'alimentation, alimentant, (feed) l'alimentation
recovered - récupéré, recouvrer (la santé)
bunk - bunk, couchette
scuttle - s'éclipser, saborder, sabordez, sabordent, sabordons
pace - rythme, pas
judged - jugée, juger
haired - cheveux
He lent me some duck things of his own, for those I had worn in the boat had been thrown overboard. They were rather loose for me, for he was large and long in his limbs. He told me casually that the captain was three-parts drunk in his own cabin. As I assumed the clothes, I began asking him some questions about the destination of the ship.
lent - preté, pretés, preta, pretâmes, pretai, pretées, (lend) preté
Duck - canard, cane
thrown - jeté, jeter, lancer
limbs - membres, membre
casually - de rencontre
assumed - supposé, supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter
destination - destination, destinée, arrivée
He said the ship was bound to Hawaii, but that it had to land him first.
bound - lié, entrain, (bind), lier, attacher, nouer, connecter, coupler
Hawaii - hawai, Hawai, Hawaii, les îles Hawai
"Where?" said I.
"It's an island, where I live. So far as I know, it hasn't got a name."
He stared at me with his nether lip dropping, and looked so wilfully stupid of a sudden that it came into my head that he desired to avoid my questions. I had the discretion to ask no more.
wilfully - volontairement
stupid - stupide, bete
desired - souhaitée, désirer, désir
avoid - éviter, fuir
discretion - discrétion
We left the cabin and found a man at the companion obstructing our way. He was standing on the ladder with his back to us, peering over the combing of the hatchway. He was, I could see, a misshapen man, short, broad, and clumsy, with a crooked back, a hairy neck, and a head sunk between his shoulders. He was dressed in dark-blue serge, and had peculiarly thick, coarse, black hair.
companion - compagnon, compagne
obstructing - l'obstruction, obstruer, bloquer, retarder, interférer
ladder - l'échelle, échelle
peering - peering, pair
combing - peignant, (comb) peignant
hatchway - sas, écoutille
broad - large
clumsy - empoté, gauche, lourd, maladroit
crooked - tortu, (crook) tortu
hairy - poilu
neck - cou, kiki
sunk - coulé, enfoncés, enfoncé, enfoncées, enfoncée
dark-blue - (dark-blue) bleu foncé
serge - serge
peculiarly - de façon particuliere
thick - épais, gros, dense, opaque, incompréhensible, lourd
coarse - grossier, brut, vulgaire
I heard the unseen dogs growl furiously, and forthwith he ducked back,"coming into contact with the hand I put out to fend him off from myself. He turned with animal swiftness.
unseen - invisible
furiously - furieusement
forthwith - immédiatement, aussitôt, séance tenante, de ce pas
ducked - esquivé, plonger (dans l'eau)
contact - contact, lentille, connaissance, toucher, contacter
fend - fend, se débrouiller (tout seul)
swiftness - rapidité
In some indefinable way the black face thus flashed upon me shocked me profoundly. It was a singularly deformed one. The facial part projected, forming something dimly suggestive of a muzzle, and the huge half-open mouth showed as big white teeth as I had ever seen in a human mouth. His eyes were blood-shot at the edges, with scarcely a rim of white round the hazel pupils.
indefinable - indéfinissable
thus - donc, ainsi, tellement, pour cette raison, également
flashed - flashé, éclair, lueur
shocked - choqué, choc
profoundly - profondément
singularly - singulierement
deformed - déformé, déformer
facial - facial, faciale
dimly - faiblement, obscurément, vaguement, confusément
suggestive - suggestif
muzzle - la museliere, museau, museliere, museler
huge - énorme
half-open - (half-open) a moitié ouvert
shot - tir, tirai, tiré, tirâmes, tirerent, tira
edges - des bords, bord, côté, arete, carre
scarcely - a peine, a peine, guere
rim - jante
hazel - noisetier, avelinier, noisette
pupils - éleves, écolier/-iere
There was a curious glow of excitement in his face.
glow - l'éclat, briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat
excitement - l'excitation, excitation
"confound you!" said Montgomery. "Why the devil don't you get out of the way?"
confound you - vous déconcerter
devil - Diable, Satan, type
The black-faced man started aside without a word. I went on up the companion, staring at him instinctively as I did so. Montgomery stayed at the foot for a moment. "You have no business here, you know," he said in a deliberate tone. "Your place is forward."
aside - a part, a côté, en passant, aparté
deliberate - délibérée, délibéré, concerté, délibérer
tone - ton, tonalité, tonale
forward - avant, acheminent, acheminer, avanten, acheminons
The black-faced man cowered. "They"won't have me forward." He spoke slowly, with a queer, hoarse quality in his voice.
cowered - s'est recroquevillé, se recroqueviller
queer - pédé, étrange, bizarre
quality - qualité
"Won't have you forward!" said Montgomery, in a menacing voice. "But I tell you to go!" He was on the brink of saying something further, then looked up at me suddenly and followed me up the ladder.
menacing - menaçante, menace
brink - au bord du gouffre, bord, lisiere
further - encourager, ultérieur, plus loin, de plus, (furth)
I had paused half way through the hatchway, looking back, still astonished beyond measure at the grotesque ugliness of this black-faced creature. I had never beheld such a repulsive and extraordinary face before, and yet"if the contradiction is credible"I experienced at the same time an odd feeling that in some way I had already encountered exactly the features and gestures that now amazed me.
paused - en pause, pauser, pause
astonished - étonné, étonner, surprendre
beyond - au-dela, au-dela, par-dela
measure - mesure, mesurer
grotesque - grotesque
ugliness - la laideur, laideur
creature - créature, etre
beheld - a été observée, regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila
repulsive - répugnant
contradiction - contradiction
credible - crédible
experienced - expérimenté, expérience
encountered - rencontré, rencontrer, rencontre
exactly - exactement
features - caractéristiques, caractéristique, particularité, spécialité
gestures - gestes, geste, signe
amazed - stupéfait, stupéfier
Afterwards it occurred to me that probably I had seen him as I was lifted aboard; and yet that scarcely satisfied my suspicion of a previous acquaintance. Yet how one could have set eyes on so singular a face and yet have forgotten the precise occasion, passed my imagination.
occurred - s'est produite, produire
previous - précédente, préalable
acquaintance - une connaissance, relation
set - set, Seth
singular - singulier
precise - précis, préciser
Occasion - occasion
imagination - l'imagination, imagination
Montgomery's movement to follow me released my attention, and I turned and looked about me at the flush deck of the little schooner. I was already half prepared by the sounds I had heard for what I saw. Certainly I never beheld a deck so dirty. It was littered with scraps of carrot, shreds of green stuff, and indescribable filth.
movement - mouvement
released - libéré, libérer
attention - attention, attentions, garde a vous
flush - la chasse d'eau, vidanger, rougeur
deck - Le pont
littered - jonché, litiere, portée, détritus
scraps - des déchets, bout
shreds - en lambeaux, lambeau
green stuff - le truc vert
indescribable - indescriptible
filth - de la saleté, crasse, saleté, boue
Fastened by chains to the mainmast were a number of grisly staghounds, who now began leaping and barking at me, and by the mizzen a huge puma was cramped in a little iron cage far too small even to give it turning room. Farther under the starboard bulwark were some big hutches containing a number of rabbits, and a solitary llama was squeezed in a mere box of a cage forward.
fastened - fixé, attacher, fixer
chains - chaînes, chaîne, enchaîner
mainmast - le grand mât, grand mât
grisly - macabre
leaping - sauter, bondir
barking at - qui aboie a
mizzen - l'artimon, artimon
cramped - a l'étroit, crampe
cage - cage, encager
starboard - a tribord, tribord
bulwark - rempart, bastingage, pavois
hutches - les clapiers, clapier
containing - contenant, contenir
solitary - solitaire, seul, un a un
llama - lama
squeezed - pressé, presser, comprimer, tasser, serrer
mere - simple
The dogs were muzzled by leather straps. The only human being on deck was a gaunt and silent sailor at the wheel.
Muzzled - muselé, museau, museliere, museler
leather - cuir, de cuir
straps - sangles, sangle, courroie, laniere, bandouliere
deck - pont
gaunt - décharné, maigre, osseux, anguleux, émacié
silent - silencieux
wheel - roue, barre, rouler
The patched and dirty spankers were tense before the wind, and up aloft the little ship seemed carrying every sail she had. The sky was clear, the sun midway down the western sky; long waves, capped by the breeze with froth, were running with us. We went past the steersman to the taffrail, and saw the water come foaming under the stern and the bubbles go dancing and vanishing in her wake.
patched - patché, piece, rustine
spankers - fessées, fesseur, fesseuse
tense - tendu
aloft - en altitude, en haut, en l'air
clear - clair, transparent, libre, dégagé, sans ambiguité, s'éclaircir
midway - a mi-parcours, a mi-chemin
Western - occidentale, occidental, western
waves - des vagues, vague
capped - plafonné, casquette
breeze - brise
froth - de l'écume, mousse, écume
steersman - steerman
taffrail - taffrail
foaming - la mousse, spumeux, mousseux, moussant, (foam), écume, mousse
bubbles - bulles, bulle, trou, vent, ambiance, bouillonner
go dancing - aller danser
vanishing - en voie de disparition, (vanish), disparaître, s'évanouir
I turned and surveyed the unsavoury length of the ship.
surveyed - enquetés, sondage, arpentage, reconnaissance, enquete
unsavoury - peu recommandable
Length - longueur, durée
"Is this an ocean menagerie?" said I.
menagerie - ménagerie
"Looks like it," said Montgomery.
"What are these beasts for? Merchandise, curios? Does the captain think he is going to sell them somewhere in the South Seas?"
beasts - betes, bete, bete sauvage
merchandise - la marchandise, denrée, marchandise
curios - curiosités, bibelot, curiosité
somewhere - quelque part
"It looks like it, doesn't it?" said Montgomery, and turned towards the wake again.
Suddenly we heard a yelp and a volley of furious blasphemy from the companion hatchway, and the deformed man with the black face came up hurriedly. He was immediately followed by a heavy red-haired man in a white cap. At the sight of the former the staghounds, who had all tired of barking at me by this time, became furiously excited, howling and leaping against their chains.
yelp - yelp, glapissement
volley - volée, salve
furious - furieux
blasphemy - blaspheme, blaspheme
hurriedly - en toute hâte, a la hâte, a la sauvette, a la va-vite
immediately - immédiatement, tout de suite, aussitôt
heavy - lourd, emporté
cap - cap, bonnet, calotte, casquette, toque, képi
former - ancien, ancienne, ci devant
barking - aboiement
The black hesitated before them, and this gave the red-haired man time to come up with him and deliver a tremendous blow between the shoulder-blades. The poor devil went down like a felled ox, and rolled in the dirt among the furiously excited dogs. It was lucky for him that they were muzzled.
hesitated - hésité, hésiter
deliver - accoucher, livrer, remettre
tremendous - formidable
blow - souffler, soufflons, soufflent, soufflez, coup
shoulder-blades - (shoulder-blades) les omoplates
ox - ox, boeuf
dirt - la saleté, saleté, ordure, terre, boue, salissure, tache
lucky - chanceux, heureux, veinard, fortuné
The red-haired man gave a yawp of exultation and stood staggering, and as it seemed to me in serious danger of either going backwards down the companion hatchway or forwards upon his victim.
yawp - yawp
exultation - exultation
serious - sérieux
danger - danger, péril
either - chaque, non plus, ou, soit
backwards - a l'envers, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons
forwards - pour l'avancement, en avant
victim - victime
So soon as the second man had appeared, Montgomery had started forward. "Steady on there!" he cried, in a tone of remonstrance. A couple of sailors appeared on the forecastle. The black-faced man, howling in a singular voice rolled about under the feet of the dogs. No one attempted to help him. The brutes did their best to worry him, butting their muzzles at him.
appeared - est apparu, apparaître, paraître, sembler
Steady on - Pret
cried - pleuré, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri
couple - couple, paire, époux, quelques, deux ou trois., coupler
forecastle - le gaillard d'avant, gaillard d'avant g
attempted - tenté, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
brutes - brutes, bete, brutal
worry - s'inquiéter, inquiéter, harceler, souci, angoisse
muzzles - muselieres, museau, museliere, museler
There was a quick dance of their lithe grey-figured bodies over the clumsy, prostrate figure. The sailors forward shouted, as though it was admirable sport. Montgomery gave an angry exclamation, and went striding down the deck, and I followed him.
lithe - léger, agile, souple
figured - figuré, figure, forme, personnage, personnalité
prostrate - prostrée, prosterner
admirable - admirable
exclamation - exclamation
striding - a grandes enjambées, marcher a grands pas
The black-faced man scrambled up and staggered forward, going and leaning over the bulwark by the main shrouds, where he remained, panting and glaring over his shoulder at the dogs. The red-haired man laughed a satisfied laugh.
scrambled - brouillés, ruer
staggered - en décalé, tituber
leaning - penchant, adossant, (lean) penchant
shrouds - les haubans, linceul
remained - est restée, reste, rester, demeurer
panting - haletant, (pant) haletant
glaring - éblouissant, éclat
"look here, Captain," said Montgomery, with his lisp a little accentuated, gripping the elbows of the red-haired man, "This won't do!"
look here - regarder ici
accentuated - accentué, accentuer
gripping - saisissant, empoigner
elbows - coudes, coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes
This won't do - Ceci ne suffira pas
I stood behind Montgomery. The captain came half round, and regarded him with the dull and solemn eyes of a drunken man. "Wha'won't do?" he said, and added, after looking sleepily into Montgomery's face for a minute, "Blasted Sawbones!"
regarded - considérée, considérer
dull - émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus
solemn - solennel
wha - quoi
sleepily - en dormant
blasted - blasté, souffle
Sawbones - sawbones, rench: t-needed r
With a sudden movement he shook his arms free, and after two ineffectual attempts stuck his freckled fists into his side pockets.
shook - secoué, (shake), secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse
ineffectual - inefficace
attempts - tentatives, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
stuck - coincé, enfoncer
freckled - des taches de rousseur, tache de rousseur
fists - poings, poing
side pockets - des poches latérales
"That man's a passenger," said Montgomery. "I'd advise you to keep your Hands off him."
advise - conseiller, renseigner
Hands off - Gardez vos mains loin
"Go to hell!" said the captain, loudly. He suddenly turned and staggered towards the side. "Do what I like on my own ship," he said.
hell - l'enfer, enfer
loudly - bruyamment, fort, a voix haute, a haute voix
I think Montgomery might have left him then, seeing the brute was drunk; but he only turned a shade paler, and followed the captain to the bulwarks.
brute - brute, bete, brutal
shade - ombre, store, nuance, ton, esprit, ombrager, faire de l'ombre
paler - plus pâle, copain/-ine
"Look you here, Captain," he said; "that man of mine is not to be ill-treated. He has been hazed ever since he came aboard."
ill - malade, écouré, écourée
treated - traité, négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir
hazed - bizutage, brume (légere)
Since - depuis lors, depuis, depuis que, puisque, vu que
For a minute, alcoholic fumes kept the captain speechless. "Blasted Sawbones!" was all he considered necessary.
alcoholic - alcoolique, alcoolisé
fumes - des fumées, fulminer
speechless - sans voix
necessary - nécessaire
I could see that Montgomery had one of those slow, pertinacious tempers that will warm day after day to a white heat, and never again cool to forgiveness; and I saw too that this quarrel had been some time growing. "The man's drunk," said I, perhaps officiously; "you'll do no good."
pertinacious - Pertinent
tempers - des tempéraments, caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit
heat - chaleur, ardeur, chauffer
never again - plus jamais
forgiveness - le pardon, pardon
quarrel - querelle, bagarrer, noise, algarade, dispute
Perhaps - peut-etre, peut-etre, possiblement
officiously - officiellement
Montgomery gave an ugly twist to his dropping lip. "He's always drunk. Do you think that excuses his assaulting his passengers?"
ugly - laid, moche, vilain
twist - twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre
excuses - des excuses, excuser, pardonner, justifier
assaulting - agresser, assaut, agression, attaquer
passengers - des passagers, passager
"My ship," began the captain, waving his hand unsteadily towards the cages, "was a clean ship. Look at it now!" It was certainly anything but clean. "Crew," continued the captain, "clean, respectable crew."
waving - en faisant signe de la main, (wave) en faisant signe de la main
unsteadily - de façon instable
cages - cages, cage, encager
continued - suite, continuer
respectable - respectable, convenable
"You agreed to take the beasts."
"I wish I'd never set eyes on your infernal island. What the devil"want beasts for on an island like that? Then, that man of yours"understood he was a man. He's a lunatic; and he hadn't no business aft. Do you think the whole damned ship belongs to you?"
wish - souhait, souhaiter, espérer
lunatic - lunatique, dément, démente, aliéné, aliénée
damned - foutu, maudit, condamné, (damn), condamner, réprouver
belongs - appartient, appartenir a
"Your sailors began to haze the poor devil as soon as he came aboard."
haze - brume, chicaner, fumées
"That's just what he is"he's a devil! an ugly devil! My men can't stand him. I can't stand him. None of us can't stand him. Nor you either!"
none - aucun, ne nulle
nor - ni, NON-OU
Montgomery turned away. "You leave that man alone, anyhow," he said, nodding his head as he spoke.
anyhow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre, de toute maniere
nodding - hochement de tete, (nod), dodeliner, hocher, hochement
But the captain meant to quarrel now. He raised his voice. "If he comes this end of the ship again I'll cut his insides out, I tell you. Cut out his blasted insides! Who are you, to tell me what I'm to do? I tell you I'm captain of this ship,"captain and owner. I'm the law here, I tell you,"the law and the prophets.
raised - soulevée, (sou)lever
insides - a l'intérieur, intérieur, dedans, au-dedans
law - loi
prophets - prophetes, prophete, prophétesse, devin
I bargained to take a man and his attendant to and from Arica, and bring back some animals. I never bargained to carry a mad devil and a silly Sawbones, a""
bargained - négocié, accord, affaire, bonne affaire, marchander, s'accorder
mad - fou, folle, fol, fâché, en colere
Well, never mind what he called Montgomery. I saw the latter take a step forward, and interposed. "He's drunk," said I. The captain began some abuse even fouler than the last. "Shut up!" I said, turning on him sharply, for I had seen danger in Montgomery's white face. With that I brought the downpour on myself.
step forward - faire un pas en avant
interposed - interposée, interposer, intercaler, interrompre, couper
abuse - abus, défaut, abuser, insulter, tourmenter, abusons
fouler - Fouler, (foul) Fouler
Last - derniere, dernier, durer, dernierere, durez, passé, durent
shut - fermé, fermer
turning on - Allumer
sharply - brusquement
downpour - pluie diluvienne, trombe, averse, pleuvoir a verse
However, I was glad to avert what was uncommonly near a scuffle, even at the price of the captain's drunken ill-will. I do not think I have ever heard quite so much vile language come in a continuous stream from any man's lips before, though I have frequented eccentric company enough.
Glad - heureux, heureuse
avert - éviter, prévenir
uncommonly - de maniere inhabituelle
scuffle - échauffourée, combat
ill-will - (ill-will) mauvaise volonté
quite so - tout a fait
vile - vil
continuous - continue
stream - flux, ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant
lips - levres, levre
frequented - fréquenté, fréquent
eccentric - excentrique
I found some of it hard to endure, though I am a mild-tempered man; but, certainly, when I told the captain to "shut up" I had forgotten that I was merely a bit of human flotsam, cut off from my resources and with my fare unpaid; a mere casual dependant on the bounty, or speculative enterprise, of the ship. He reminded me of it with considerable vigour; but at any rate I prevented a fight.
endure - endurer, perdurer, supporter
mild - doux, douce, léger
tempered - tempéré, caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit
merely - simplement, uniquement, seulement
bit - bit, mordis, mordit, mordîmes, mordirent, (bite), mordre
flotsam - les déchets flottants, épave, débris
resources - ressources, ressource(s)
fare - tarif, aller, tarifaire
casual - fortuit, accidentel, de hasard, occasionnel, désinvolte, sport
dependant - dépendante
bounty - don, prime
speculative - spéculatif
enterprise - l'entreprise, entreprise, venture, initiative
reminded - rappelée, rappeler
vigour - force, vigueur, énergie
rate - taux, taxer, évaluer, tarifaire, dividende, rang
prevented - empeché, empecher
That night land was sighted after sundown, and the schooner hove to. Montgomery intimated that was his destination. It was too far to see any details; it seemed to me then simply a low-lying patch of dim blue in the uncertain blue-grey sea. An almost vertical streak of smoke went up from it into the sky. The captain was not on deck when it was sighted.
sighted - voyants, vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur
sundown - au coucher du soleil
hove to - s'installer
intimated - intimidée, intime
Simply - tout simplement, simplement
low-lying - (low-lying) Basse altitude
patch - patch, rapiécer
uncertain - incertaine
vertical - verticale, vertical
streak - de l'histoire, raie, chésias du genet
smoke - la fumée, fumons, griller, fumer, fument, fumée, fumez
After he had vented his wrath on me he had staggered below, and I understand he went to sleep on the floor of his own cabin. The mate practically assumed the command. He was the gaunt, taciturn individual we had seen at the wheel. Apparently he was in an evil temper with Montgomery. He took not the slightest notice of either of us.
vented - ventilé, évent
wrath - colere, fureur, courroux, ire, colere
sleep on - Dormir sur
mate - compagnon, appareiller
practically - pratiquement, quasiment
Command - commandement, ordre, maîtrise, commande, commander, ordonner
taciturn - taciturne
individual - individu, individuel, checkindividuelle
apparently - apparemment, évidemment, en apparence
evil - le mal, mauvais, torve
temper - caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit
slightest - le moins du monde, insignifiant, léger
We dined with him in a sulky silence, after a few ineffectual efforts on my part to talk. It struck me too that the men regarded my companion and his animals in a singularly unfriendly manner. I found Montgomery very reticent about his purpose with these creatures, and about his destination; and though I was sensible of a growing curiosity as to both, I did not press him.
dined - dîné, vacarme
sulky - boudeur, boudeuse
efforts - efforts, effort
unfriendly - inamicale, déplaisant
manner - maniere, maniere, façon, mode
reticent - réticent
purpose - objectif, dgssein, dessein, finalité, but
creatures - créatures, créature, etre
sensible - sensible, sensé, raisonnable
curiosity - curiosité
press - presse, pressons, serre, pressent, pressez, serrer
We remained talking on the quarter deck until the sky was thick with stars. Except for an occasional sound in the yellow-lit forecastle and a movement of the animals now and then, the night was very still. The puma lay crouched together, watching us with shining eyes, a black heap in the corner of its cage. Montgomery produced some cigars.
occasional - occasionnel
crouched - accroupi, s'accroupir
shining - brillant, briller, éclairer
heap - tas, pile, monceau
corner - coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer, négocier un prix de gros
produced - produit, produire, produits-p
cigars - des cigares, cigare
He talked to me of London in a tone of half-painful reminiscence, asking all kinds of questions about changes that had taken place. He spoke like a man who had loved his life there, and had been suddenly and irrevocably cut off from it. I gossiped as well as I could of this and that.
painful - douloureux, laborieux
reminiscence - la réminiscence, réminiscence
irrevocably - irrévocablement
gossiped - des ragots, commere, commérage, ragot, cancan, qu'en-dira-t-on
All the time the strangeness of him was shaping itself in my mind; and as I talked I peered at his odd, pallid face in the dim light of the binnacle lantern behind me. Then I looked out at the darkling sea, where in the dimness his little island was hidden.
strangeness - l'étrangeté, étrangeté
shaping - la mise en forme, façconnant, façonnage, (shape), forme
itself - elle-meme, se, soi-meme
peered - regardé, pair
pallid - pâle, blafard
dim light - une faible lumiere
binnacle - binnacle, habitacle
lantern - lanterne
darkling - darkling, (darkle) darkling
dimness - obscurité
hidden - caché, (se) cacher
This man, it seemed to me, had come out of Immensity merely to save my life. To-morrow he would drop over the side, and vanish again out of my existence.
immensity - immensité
save - sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger
morrow - lendemain, matin
drop - chute, goutte, tomber
vanish - disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler
existence - l'existence, existence
Even had it been under commonplace circumstances, it would have made me a trifle thoughtful; but in the first place was the singularity of an educated man living on this unknown little island, and coupled with that the extraordinary nature of his luggage. I found myself repeating the captain's question. What did he want with the beasts?
commonplace - ordinaire, banal, lieu commun
circumstances - circonstances, circonstance
trifle - bagatelle, broutille, babiole, bricole
thoughtful - réfléchie, réfléchi, attentionné
Singularity - singularité, point de fuite
educated - éduqués, éduquer
coupled - couplé, couple, paire, époux-p, quelques
nature - nature
luggage - bagages, bagage
Why, too, had he pretended they were not his when I had remarked about them at first? Then, again, in his personal attendant there was a bizarre quality which had impressed me profoundly. These circumstances threw a haze of mystery round the man. They laid hold of my imagination, and hampered my tongue.
pretended - prétendu, prétendre, prétendre a, feindre, faire semblant
remarked - remarqué, remarque
bizarre - bizarre
impressed - impressionné, impressionner
threw - jeté, jeter, lancer
mystery - mystere, mystere
laid - posé, poser
hold - tenir, stopper, tiens, tiennent, tenons
hampered - entravée, entraver
tongue - langue, languette
Towards midnight our talk of London died away, and we stood side by side leaning over the bulwarks and staring dreamily over the silent, starlit sea, each pursuing his own thoughts. It was the atmosphere for sentiment, and I began upon my gratitude.
dreamily - reveusement
starlit - étoilé, astré
pursuing - poursuivre, poursuivant, (pursue), rechercher
thoughts - réflexions, idée, pensée
atmosphere - atmosphere, atmosphere, ambience, ambiance
sentiment - sentiment
gratitude - la gratitude, gratitude
"If I may say it," said I, after a time, "you have saved my life."
saved - sauvée, sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger
"Chance," he answered. "Just chance."
chance - chance, hasard
"I prefer to make my thanks to the accessible agent."
accessible - accessible
agent - agent, espion, complément d'agent
"Thank no one. You had the need, and I had the knowledge; and I injected and fed you much as I might have collected a specimen. I was bored and wanted something to do. If I'd been jaded that day, or hadn't liked your face, well"it's a curious question where you would have been now!"
injected - injecté, injecter
fed - alimentée, alimentées, alimenterent
collected - collectés, (se) rassembler
specimen - spécimen, exemple
jaded - blasé, (de) jade
This damped my mood a little. "At any rate," I began.
damped - amortie, humide, moite, mouillé, humidité, grisou, amortir
mood - l'humeur, humeur, changeant, ambiance, diapason
"It's a chance, I tell you," he interrupted, "as everything is in a man's life. Only the asses won't see it! Why am I here now, an outcast from civilisation, instead of being a happy man enjoying all the pleasures of London? Simply because eleven years ago"I lost my head for ten minutes on a foggy night."
interrupted - interrompu, interrompre, couper
asses - des culs, (ass) des culs
outcast - exclu, faillir
instead - a la place, a la place, au lieu de
pleasures - plaisirs, plaisir, volupté, désir
head for - tete pour
foggy - brumeux, embrumé, engourdi
He stopped. "Yes?" said I.
We relapsed into silence. Presently he laughed. "There's something in this starlight that loosens one's tongue. I'm an ass, and yet somehow I would like to tell you."
relapsed - rechute, rechuter
starlight - la lumiere des étoiles, lumiere des étoiles, lumiere d'étoile
loosens - se desserre, desserrer
somehow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre
"Whatever you tell me, you may rely upon my keeping to myself"if that's it."
whatever - quoi qu'il en soit, quel que soit, n'importe quel
rely - s'appuyer, compter sur
He was on the point of beginning, and then shook his head, doubtfully.
doubtfully - douteux, douteusement
"Don't," said I. "It is all the same to me. After all, it is better to keep your secret. There's nothing gained but a little relief if I respect your confidence. If I don't"well?"
secret - secret
nothing gained - rien de gagné
respect - respect, respecter
confidence - assurance, confiance en soi, confiance, confidence
He grunted undecidedly. I felt I had him at a disadvantage, had caught him in the mood of indiscretion; and to tell the truth I was not curious to learn what might have driven a young medical student out of London. I have an imagination. I shrugged my shoulders and turned away. Over the taffrail leant a silent black figure, watching the stars. It was Montgomery's strange attendant.
grunted - grogné, grognement, bidasse, troufion, grogner
undecidedly - indécis
disadvantage - désavantage
indiscretion - indiscrétion
truth - la vérité, vérité
shrugged - haussé les épaules, haussement d'épaules, hausser les épaules
leant - leant, pencher
figure - figure, forme, personnage, personnalité, chiffre
It looked over its shoulder quickly with my movement, then looked away again.
looked away - a détourné le regard
It may seem a little thing to you, perhaps, but it came like a sudden blow to me. The only light near us was a lantern at the wheel. The creature's face was turned for one brief instant out of the dimness of the stern towards this illumination, and I saw that the eyes that glanced at me shone with a pale-green light.
Seem - sembler, paraître, avoir l'air
brief - bref, court
instant - instantanée, moment
stern - sévere, poupe
illumination - l'éclairage, illumination, enluminure
glanced - a glissé, jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil
shone - briller, éclairer
pale - pâle, hâve
I did not know then that a reddish luminosity, at least, is not uncommon in human eyes. The thing came to me as stark inhumanity. That black figure with its eyes of fire struck down through all my adult thoughts and feelings, and for a moment the forgotten horrors of childhood came back to my mind. Then the effect passed as it had come.
reddish - rougeâtre
luminosity - luminosité
Stark - stark, austere, désolé
feelings - sentiments
horrors - des horreurs, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion
childhood - l'enfance, enfance
effect - effet, effets, effectuer
An uncouth black figure of a man, a figure of no particular import, hung over the taffrail against the starlight, and I found Montgomery was speaking to me.
uncouth - grossier, rustre
import - l'importation, implanter, importons, importent, importez
hung over - La gueule de bois
"I'm thinking of turning in, then," said he, "if you've had enough of this."
turning in - de se transformer
I answered him incongruously. We went below, and he wished me good-night at the door of my cabin.
incongruously - de maniere incongrue
wished - souhaité, souhait, souhaiter, espérer
That night I had some very unpleasant dreams. The waning moon rose late. Its light struck a ghostly white beam across my cabin, and made an ominous shape on the planking by my bunk. Then the staghounds woke, and began howling and baying; so that I dreamt fitfully, and scarcely slept until the approach of dawn.
unpleasant - déplaisant, pénible, désagréable
dreams - reves, reve, t+songe, t+voeu, t+souhait, t+vou
waning - s'affaiblir, (wan) s'affaiblir
moon - lune
rose - Rose, (rise)
ghostly - fantomatique
beam - madrier, poutre, merrain, perche, limon, timon, age, faisceau
ominous - de mauvais augure
shape - forme
planking - la planche, (plank), planche, gainage
baying - des baionnettes, baie
dreamt - revé, reve, t+songe, t+voeu, t+souhait, t+vou
fitfully - de façon irréguliere
approach - approche, approchons, abordent, abordez, rapprochons
dawn - l'aube, se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aurore
In the early morning (it was the second morning after my recovery, and I believe the fourth after I was picked up), I awoke through an avenue of tumultuous dreams,"dreams of guns and howling mobs,"and became sensible of a hoarse shouting above me. I rubbed my eyes and lay listening to the noise, doubtful for a little while of my whereabouts.
recovery - récupération, rétablissement, recouvrement, guérison
awoke - s'est réveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller
avenue - avenue
tumultuous - tumultuaire, tumultueux, tumultueuse, orageux
guns - des armes, arme a feu
mobs - mobs, cohue
rubbed - frotté, friction, hic, frotter, polir
doubtful - douteux, douteuse
whereabouts - ou se trouve-t-il, jusque la
Then came a sudden pattering of bare feet, the sound of heavy objects being thrown about, a violent creaking and the rattling of chains. I heard the swish of the water as the ship was suddenly brought round, and a foamy yellow-green wave flew across the little round window and left it streaming. I jumped into my clothes and went on deck.
pattering - le patinage, crépiter
bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu
creaking - grincement, craquement, craquer
rattling - le cliquetis, (rattle) le cliquetis
swish - swish, chic, doux, en vogue, lisse, bruisser
foamy - mousseux
wave - vague, brandir, onde, flottge
streaming - streaming, (stream), ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant
jumped - a sauté, (faire) sauter
As I came up the ladder I saw against the flushed sky"for the sun was just rising"the broad back and red hair of the captain, and over his shoulder the puma spinning from a tackle rigged on to the mizzen spanker-boom.
flushed - rincé, rougeur
spinning - la filature, filer, (spin) la filature
tackle - tacle, combattre, affronter, tacler, plaquer
spanker - fessée, fesseur, fesseuse
boom - boom, forte hausse
The poor brute seemed horribly scared, and crouched in the bottom of its little cage.
scared - effrayé, (scar)
bottom - fond, bas, dessous, arriere-train, cul
"Overboard with 'em!" bawled the captain. "Overboard with 'em! We'll have a clean ship soon of the whole bilin'of 'em."
bawled - braillé, hurler
He stood in my way, so that I had perforce to tap his shoulder to come on deck. He came round with a start, and staggered back a few paces to stare at me. It needed no expert eye to tell that the man was still drunk.
perforce - perforce, forcément, nécessairement
tap - robinet, forer, toucher, rencontrer
paces - des allures, pas
stare - fixer, regarder (fixement), dévisager
expert - expert
"Hullo!" said he, stupidly; and then with a light coming into his eyes, "Why, it's Mister"Mister?"
Hullo - bonjour, salut !
stupidly - stupidement, betement
mister - Monsieur
"Prendick," said I.
"Prendick be damned!" said he. "Shut-up,"that's your name. Mister Shut-up."
It was no good answering the brute; but I certainly did not expect his next move. He held out his hand to the gangway by which Montgomery stood talking to a massive grey-haired man in dirty-blue flannels, who had apparently just come aboard.
expect - s'attendre a, attendre, s'attendre a
held - détenus, (main)tenir
massive - massive, massif
flannels - des flanelles, flanelle
"That way, Mister Blasted Shut-up! that way!" roared the captain.
roared - a rugi, rugir, hurler, s'esclaffer, rire aux éclats
Montgomery and his companion turned as he spoke.
"What do you mean?" I said.
"That way, Mister Blasted Shut-up,"that's what I mean! Overboard, Mister Shut-up,"and sharp! We're cleaning the ship out,"cleaning the whole blessed ship out; and overboard you go!"
sharp - pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant
blessed - bienheureux, béni, (bless)
I stared at him dumfounded. Then it occurred to me that it was exactly the thing I wanted. The lost prospect of a journey as sole passenger with this quarrelsome sot was not one to mourn over. I turned towards Montgomery.
prospect - prospect, perspective, prospecter
sole - unique, seul, semelle, plante, sole
quarrelsome - querelleur
sot - sot
mourn - déplorer, porter le deuil
"Can't have you," said Montgomery's companion, concisely.
concisely - de maniere concise
"You can't have me!" said I, aghast. He had the squarest and most resolute face I ever set eyes upon.
aghast - consterné, effaré, stupéfait, épouvanté, paniqué
squarest - carré, équerre, place, case, carreau
resolute - résolu, résolue, ferme, déterminé
"Look here," I began, turning to the captain.
"Overboard!" said the captain. "This ship aint for beasts and cannibals and worse than beasts, any more. Overboard you go, Mister Shut-up. If they can't have you, you goes overboard. But, anyhow, you go"with your friends. I've done with this blessed island for evermore, amen! I've had enough of it."
aint - n'est pas
cannibals - des cannibales, cannibale
evermore - toujours
Amen - amen
"But, Montgomery," I appealed.
appealed - a fait l'objet d'un appel, en appeler (a), supplier
He distorted his lower lip, and nodded his head hopelessly at the grey-haired man beside him, to indicate his powerlessness to help me.
distorted - déformé, déformer, distordre
lower lip - la levre inférieure
nodded - hoché la tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement
hopelessly - sans espoir
beside - a côté, aupres
indicate - indiquer, signaler
powerlessness - l'impuissance, impuissance
"I'll see to you, presently," said the captain.
see to - Voir a
Then began a curious three-cornered altercation. Alternately I appealed to one and another of the three men,"first to the grey-haired man to let me land, and then to the drunken captain to keep me aboard. I even bawled entreaties to the sailors. Montgomery said never a word, only shook his head. "You're going overboard, I tell you," was the captain's refrain. "Law be damned! I'm king here.
cornered - coincé, coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer
altercation - altercation, dispute
alternately - en alternance
entreaties - des supplications, supplication
refrain - refrain
king - roi, dame
" At last I must confess my voice suddenly broke in the middle of a vigorous threat. I felt a gust of hysterical petulance, and went aft and stared dismally at nothing.
confess - avouer, confesser
Middle - au milieu, milieu, moyen, central
threat - menace
gust - rafale
hysterical - hystérique
dismally - grise
Meanwhile the sailors progressed rapidly with the task of unshipping the packages and caged animals. A large launch, with two standing lugs, lay under the lee of the schooner; and into this the strange assortment of goods were swung. I did not then see the hands from the island that were receiving the packages, for the hull of the launch was hidden from me by the side of the schooner.
Meanwhile - pendant ce temps
progressed - a progressé, progres
rapidly - rapidement
task - tâche
packages - paquets, paquet, paquetage, empaqueter, emballer
caged - en cage, cage, encager
lugs - ergots, traîner
Lee - lee, côté sous le vent
assortment - l'assortiment, assortiment
swung - balancé, osciller, se balancer, balancer, swinguer
receiving - recevant, recevoir
hull - coque, Hull
Neither Montgomery nor his companion took the slightest notice of me, but busied themselves in assisting and directing the four or five sailors who were unloading the goods. The captain went forward interfering rather than assisting. I was alternately despairful and desperate.
neither - ni l'un ni l'autre, aucun des deux, ni X ni Y, non plus
themselves - eux-memes, se, eux-memes, elles-memes
assisting - l'assistance, assister, aider, passe décisive
directing - la mise en scene, direct, mettre en scene, ordonner
unloading - déchargement, (unload), décharger
interfering - interférer, meler
despairful - désespérée
desperate - désespérée, désespéré
Once or twice as I stood waiting there for things to accomplish themselves, I could not resist an impulse to laugh at my miserable quandary. I felt all the wretcheder for the lack of a breakfast. Hunger and a lack of blood-corpuscles take all the manhood from a man.
accomplish - accomplir
resist - résister
impulse - impulsion
miserable - misérable
quandary - embarras, perplexité, incertitude, dilemme
wretcheder - plus misérable, misérable
lack - manque
hunger - la faim, faim
corpuscles - corpuscules, corpuscule
manhood - la virilité, humanité, virilité, masculinité
I perceived pretty clearly that I had not the stamina either to resist what the captain chose to do to expel me, or to force myself upon Montgomery and his companion. So I waited passively upon fate; and the work of transferring Montgomery's possessions to the launch went on as if I did not exist.
perceived - perçue, percevoir
Clearly - en clair, clairement
stamina - l'endurance, endurance, résistance
resist - résister, s'opposer, rejeter, dégouter, vernis
expel - expulser, éjecter, déporter
force - force, forcez, contrainte, forçons, contraindre, forcent
passively - passivement
transferring - transfert, transférer
possessions - possessions, bien, possession, propriété, possessions-p
Presently that work was finished, and then came a struggle. I was hauled, resisting weakly enough, to the gangway. Even then I noticed the oddness of the brown faces of the men who were with Montgomery in the launch; but the launch was now fully laden, and was shoved off hastily. A broadening gap of green water appeared under me, and I pushed back with all my strength to avoid falling headlong.
Struggle - lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre
hauled - transporté, haler, trainer, butin, magot
resisting - résister, s'opposer, rejeter, dégouter
weakly - souffreteuxse
noticed - remarqué, remarquer, notification, préavis
oddness - bizarrerie
fully - pleinement, entierement, completement
laden - laden, chargé, chargée, (lade) laden
shoved - poussé, enfoncer, pousser
hastily - hâtivement, précipitamment, a la hâte
broadening - l'élargissement, élargir
gap - l'écart, breche, créneau, breche
pushed back - repoussé
headlong - tete baissée, la tete la premiere
The hands in the launch shouted derisively, and I heard Montgomery curse at them; and then the captain, the mate, and one of the seamen helping him, ran me aft towards the stern.
derisively - par dérision
curse - malédiction, maudire, maudisent, maudisons, blasphémer
seamen - marins, matelot
The dingey of the Lady Vain had been towing behind; it was half full of water, had no oars, and was quite unvictualled. I refused to go aboard her, and flung myself full length on the deck. In the end, they swung me into her by a rope (for they had no stern ladder), and then they cut me adrift. I drifted slowly from the schooner.
towing - remorquant, (tow) remorquant
oars - rames, rame, aviron
unvictualled - non-victualisé
refused - refusé, refuser de
flung - jeté, lancer
full length - pleine longueur
rope - corde, funiculaire
adrift - a la dérive, a la dérive
In a kind of stupor I watched all hands take to the rigging, and slowly but surely she came round to the wind; the sails fluttered, and then bellied out as the wind came into them. I stared at her weather-beaten side heeling steeply towards me; and then she passed out of my range of view.
stupor - stupeur
rigging - le truquage, (rig) le truquage
surely - surement, surement, assurément
sails - voiles, voile
fluttered - flotté, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement
bellied - ventre
beaten - battu, battre
heeling - le gîte, (heel) le gîte
steeply - de façon abrupte
range - chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme, champ
view - vue, vision, regard, point de vue, opinion, regarder
I did not turn my head to follow her. At first I could scarcely believe what had happened. I crouched in the bottom of the dingey, stunned, and staring blankly at the vacant, oily sea.
stunned - stupéfait, étourdir, étonner, époustoufler
blankly - en blanc
vacant - vacant, vide, niais
oily - huileux, onctueux
Then I realised that I was in that little hell of mine again, now half swamped; and looking back over the gunwale, I saw the schooner standing away from me, with the red-haired captain mocking at me over the taffrail, and turning towards the island saw the launch growing smaller as she approached the beach.
swamped - submergé, marécage, marais, submerger
mocking - se moquer, (moc) se moquer
approached - approché, (s')approcher (de)
Abruptly the cruelty of this desertion became clear to me. I had no means of reaching the land unless I should chance to drift there. I was still weak, you must remember, from my exposure in the boat; I was empty and very faint, or I should have had more heart. But as it was I suddenly began to sob and weep, as I had never done since I was a little child. The tears ran down my face.
abruptly - brusquement, abruptement, tout d'un coup, précipitamment
cruelty - la cruauté, cruauté
desertion - désertion
reaching - atteindre, arriver/parvenir a
Unless - a moins que, a moins que, sauf si
drift - dérive, dériver, errer, dévier
exposure - l'exposition, exposition
empty - vide, vider, cadavre
faint - évanouissement, s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir
heart - cour
sob - sanglot, fdp
weep - pleurer, pleurez, pleurons, pleurent
Tears - des larmes, larme
ran down - s'écraser
In a passion of despair I struck with my fists at the water in the bottom of the boat, and kicked savagely at the gunwale. I prayed aloud for God to let me die.
passion - passion
despair - le désespoir, désespérer, désespoir
kicked - botté, donner un coup de pied (a, dans)
savagely - sauvagement
prayed - prié, prier
aloud - a haute voix, a voix haute, a haute voix, fort
God - dieu, idolâtrer, déifier
But the islanders, seeing that I was really adrift, took pity on me. I drifted very slowly to the eastward, approaching the island slantingly; and presently I saw, with hysterical relief, the launch come round and return towards me.
islanders - les insulaires, insulaire, habitant d'une île
pity - compassion, pitié, dommage, honte, plaindre, avoir pitié de
approaching - en approche, (s')approcher (de)
slantingly - de maniere oblique
She was heavily laden, and I could make out as she drew nearer Montgomery's white-haired, broad-shouldered companion sitting cramped up with the dogs and several packing-cases in the stern sheets. This individual stared fixedly at me without moving or speaking. The black-faced cripple was glaring at me as fixedly in the bows near the puma.
heavily laden - lourdement chargé
packing - colisage, empaquetage, emballant, emballage, (pack) colisage
cases - cas
sheets - feuilles, feuille, plaque, écoute
fixedly - fixement
cripple - estropié, infirme, estropier, bridé
There were three other men besides,"three strange brutish-looking fellows, at whom the staghounds were snarling savagely. Montgomery, who was steering, brought the boat by me, and rising, caught and fastened my painter to the tiller to tow me, for there was no room aboard.
besides - d'ailleurs, aupres
fellows - des camarades, homme, type
whom - que, qui
steering - la direction, direction, (steer) la direction
painter - peintre, peintre en bâtiments
tiller - timon, barre
tow - remorquer, traîner, remorquent, tirage, remorquez
I had recovered from my hysterical phase by this time and answered his hail, as he approached, bravely enough. I told him the dingey was nearly swamped, and he reached me a piggin. I was jerked back as the rope tightened between the boats. For some time I was busy baling.
phase - phase
hail - grele, charretée, greler
bravely - courageusement, bravement
reached - atteint, arriver/parvenir a
jerked - secoué, secousse
tightened - serré, serrer, se resserrer, resserrer les taux
baling - la mise en balles, (bal) la mise en balles
It was not until I had got the water under (for the water in the dingey had been shipped; the boat was perfectly sound) that I had leisure to look at the people in the launch again.
shipped - expédié, navire
perfectly - parfaitement
leisure - les loisirs, loisir, temps libre
The white-haired man I found was still regarding me steadfastly, but with an expression, as I now fancied, of some perplexity. When my eyes met his, he looked down at the staghound that sat between his knees.
regarding - concernant, considérer
steadfastly - fermement
fancied - aimée, envie, caprice
perplexity - perplexité
staghound - staghound
He was a powerfully-built man, as I have said, with a fine forehead and rather heavy features; but his eyes had that odd drooping of the skin above the lids which often comes with advancing years, and the fall of his heavy mouth at the corners gave him an expression of pugnacious resolution. He talked to Montgomery in a tone too low for me to hear.
powerfully - puissamment
forehead - front
drooping - en train de tomber, tomber, s'affaisser, bec
lids - couvercles, couvercle
advancing - l'avancement, élever, avancer, avancée, progression
corners - coins, coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer
pugnacious - pugnace
resolution - conviction, résolution, détermination
From him my eyes travelled to his three men; and a strange crew they were. I saw only their faces, yet there was something in their faces"I knew not what"that gave me a queer spasm of disgust. I looked steadily at them, and the impression did not pass, though I failed to see what had occasioned it.
spasm - spasme
disgust - dégout, dégouter, dégout
steadily - régulierement
pass - passer, doubler, passe, dépasser, passez, passons, passage
failed - a échoué, échouer (a)
occasioned - occasionné, occasion
They seemed to me then to be brown men; but their limbs were oddly swathed in some thin, dirty, white stuff down even to the fingers and feet: I have never seen men so wrapped up before, and women so only in the East. They wore turbans too, and thereunder peered out their elfin faces at me,"faces with protruding lower-jaws and bright eyes.
swathed - enrobé, envelopper
fingers - doigts, pointer, tripoter, doigter
wrapped up - emballé
turbans - turbans, turban
thereunder - en vertu de cette loi
elfin - sylphide
protruding - en saillie, dépasser, saillir
lower - plus bas, abaisser, en privé, rabattre, baissent
jaws - mâchoires, mâchoire
bright - lumineux, éclatant, clair
They had lank black hair, almost like horsehair, and seemed as they sat to exceed in stature any race of men I have seen. The white-haired man, who I knew was a good six feet in height, sat a head below any one of the three. I found afterwards that really none were taller than myself; but their bodies were abnormally long, and the thigh-part of the leg short and curiously twisted.
lank - lank, plats
horsehair - le crin de cheval, crin
exceed - excéder, dépasser
race - course, race
height - hauteur, taille
abnormally - anormalement
thigh - cuisse
curiously - curieusement
twisted - tordu, twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre
At any rate, they were an amazingly ugly gang, and over the heads of them under the forward lug peered the black face of the man whose eyes were luminous in the dark. As I stared at them, they met my gaze; and then first one and then another turned away from my direct stare, and looked at me in an odd, furtive manner.
amazingly - étonnamment
gang - gang, tierce, bande
lug - lug, rudiment
luminous - lumineux
gaze - regard, fixer
Direct - direct, mettre en scene, ordonner
furtive - furtif, subreptice
It occurred to me that I was perhaps annoying them, and I turned my attention to the island we were approaching.
annoying - ennuyeux, gener, ennuyer, embeter, agacer, asticoter
It was low, and covered with thick vegetation,"chiefly a kind of palm, that was new to me. From one point a thin white thread of vapour rose slantingly to an immense height, and then frayed out like a down feather. We were now within the embrace of a broad bay flanked on either hand by a low promontory.
vegetation - la végétation, végétation
chiefly - principalement, surtout
palm - palmier, paume
thread - fil, processus léger, exétron, fil de discussion, filer
vapour - vapeur, fumées
immense - immense
frayed - effiloché, (s')effilocher
feather - plume, fanon, mettre en drapeau, emplumer, checkempenner
within - a l'intérieur, dedans, avant, d'ici
Embrace - étreindre, embrasser, accolade, embrassement, embrassade
bay - baie
flanked - flanqué, flanc, flanchet
promontory - promontoire
The beach was of dull-grey sand, and sloped steeply up to a ridge, perhaps sixty or seventy feet above the sea-level, and irregularly set with trees and undergrowth. Half way up was a square enclosure of some greyish stone, which I found subsequently was built partly of coral and partly of pumiceous lava. Two thatched roofs peeped from within this enclosure.
sand - sable, sableuxse
sloped - en pente, pente, inclinaison
ridge - crete, crete, faîte, dorsale
sea-level - (sea-level) le niveau de la mer
irregularly - irrégulierement
undergrowth - broussailles, sous-bois, maquis
square - carré, équerre, place, case, carreau, rench: perpendiculaire a
enclosure - l'enfermement, piece jointe, encloitrer, encloîtrer, enclos
greyish - grisâtre
stone - pierre, roche, caillou, roc
partly - en partie
coral - corail, corallien
pumiceous - ponceux
lava - lave
thatched roofs - des toits de chaume
peeped - épié, regarder qqch a la dérobée
A man stood awaiting us at the water's edge. I fancied while we were still far off that I saw some other and very grotesque-looking creatures scuttle into the bushes upon the slope; but I saw nothing of these as we drew nearer. This man was of a moderate size, and with a black negroid face.
awaiting - en attente, attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter
edge - bord, côté, arete, carre
bushes - buissons, buisson
slope - pente, inclinaison
moderate - modéré, moderer, modérer
size - taille, ampleur, pointure
negroid - négroide, négroide
He had a large, almost lipless, mouth, extraordinary lank arms, long thin feet, and bow-legs, and stood with his heavy face thrust forward staring at us. He was dressed like Montgomery and his white-haired companion, in jacket and trousers of blue serge. As we came still nearer, this individual began to run to and fro on the beach, making the most grotesque movements.
lipless - sans lien
bow - l'arc, arc
thrust - estocade, poussée, propulser
most grotesque - le plus grotesque
movements - mouvements, mouvement
At a word of command from Montgomery, the four men in the launch sprang up, and with singularly awkward gestures struck the lugs. Montgomery steered us round and into a narrow little dock excavated in the beach. Then the man on the beach hastened towards us. This dock, as I call it, was really a mere ditch just long enough at this phase of the tide to take the longboat.
sprang up - a surgi
awkward - maladroit, gauche, embarrassant, inconvenant
steered - piloté, bouvillon
narrow - étroite, pressé, étroit
Dock - quai, dock
excavated - excavé, creuser
hastened - s'est hâté, dépecher
ditch - fossé
tide - marée, marées, reflux
I heard the bows ground in the sand, staved the dingey off the rudder of the big boat with my piggin, and freeing the painter, landed. The three muffled men, with the clumsiest movements, scrambled out upon the sand, and forthwith set to landing the cargo, assisted by the man on the beach.
ground - sol, foncierere, terre, terrain, (grind) sol
staved - staved, douve, fuseau, strophe, portée
rudder - le gouvernail, gouvernail
muffled - étouffé, assourdir
clumsiest - le plus maladroit, empoté, gauche, lourd, maladroit
cargo - cargo, cargaison
assisted - assistée, assister, aider, passe décisive
I was struck especially by the curious movements of the legs of the three swathed and bandaged boatmen,"not stiff they were, but distorted in some odd way, almost as if they were jointed in the wrong place. The dogs were still snarling, and strained at their chains after these men, as the white-haired man landed with them.
especially - spécialement, particulierement, surtout, en particulier
swathed - enrobé, andain
bandaged - bandé, bandage, pansement, panser
stiff - rigide, raide, macchabée
jointed - articulé, conjoint, commun, articulation, rotule, jointure
strained - tendu, tendre fortement
The three big fellows spoke to one another in odd guttural tones, and the man who had waited for us on the beach began chattering to them excitedly"a foreign language, as I fancied"as they laid hands on some bales piled near the stern. Somewhere I had heard such a voice before, and I could not think where.
guttural - guttural
tones - tons, ton
chattering - bavardage, (chatter) bavardage
excitedly - avec enthousiasme
foreign language - langue étrangere
bales - balles, balle
piled - empilés, pile, tas
The white-haired man stood, holding in a tumult of six dogs, and bawling orders over their din. Montgomery, having unshipped the rudder, landed likewise, and all set to work at unloading. I was too faint, what with my long fast and the sun beating down on my bare head, to offer any assistance.
tumult - tumultes, barouf, baroufe, bagarre
bawling - brailler, (bawl), hurler
din - din, vacarme
likewise - de meme
beating - battre, battage, battement, (beat) battre
assistance - l'assistance, assistance
Presently the white-haired man seemed to recollect my presence, and came up to me.
presence - présence
"You look," said he, "as though you had scarcely breakfasted." His little eyes were a brilliant black under his heavy brows. "I must apologise for that. Now you are our guest, we must make you comfortable,"though you are uninvited, you know." He looked keenly into my face. "Montgomery says you are an educated man, Mr. Prendick; says you know something of science. May I ask what that signifies?"
brilliant - brillante, brillant, perle
brows - les sourcils, (brow), andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller
apologise - s'excuser
guest - invité, invitée, hôte, rench: invité(e) g
uninvited - sans y etre invité
keenly - vivement
Mr - monsieur
signifies - signifie, signifier
I told him I had spent some years at the Royal College of Science, and had done some researches in biology under Huxley. He raised his eyebrows slightly at that.
Royal - royal, royale, trochure, cacatois
researches - recherches, recherche, rechercher, examiner
eyebrows - sourcils, sourcil
slightly - légerement, finement, délicatement, légerement
"That alters the case a little, Mr. Prendick," he said, with a trifle more respect in his manner. "As it happens, we are biologists here. This is a biological station"of a sort." His eye rested on the men in white who were busily hauling the puma, on rollers, towards the walled yard. "I and Montgomery, at least," he added. Then, "When you will be able to get away, I can't say.
alters - modifie, transformer, changer, altérer
biologists - biologistes, biologiste, biologue
sort - tri, assortir, esrece, assortis, sorte
rested - reposé, repos
busily - avec activité
hauling - le transport, haler, trainer, butin, magot
rollers - rouleaux, rouleau, rollier
We're off the track to anywhere. We see a ship once in a twelve-month or so."
track - piste, trace, marque, sillon, empreinte, sentier, chemin
anywhere - n'importe ou, n'importe ou, ou que ce soit, nulle part
He left me abruptly, and went up the beach past this group, and I think entered the enclosure. The other two men were with Montgomery, erecting a pile of smaller packages on a low-wheeled truck. The llama was still on the launch with the rabbit hutches; the staghounds were still lashed to the thwarts.
erecting - en cours d'érection, droit, dressé
pile - pile, tapée, pilotis, foule, amas
wheeled - sur roues, roue, barre, rouler
truck - camion, camiono
rabbit - lapin
lashed - fouetté, cil
The pile of things completed, all three men laid hold of the truck and began shoving the ton-weight or so upon it after the puma. Presently Montgomery left them, and coming back to me held out his hand.
shoving - bousculade, enfoncer, pousser
ton - ton, tonne
weight - poids, lest, graisse, alourdir, lester, appesantir
"I'm glad," said he, "for my own part. That captain was a silly ass. He'd have made things lively for you."
lively - fringant, spirituel
"It was you," said I, "that saved me again."
"That depends. You'll find this island an infernally rum place, I promise you. I'd watch my goings carefully, if I were you. He"" He hesitated, and seemed to alter his mind about what was on his lips. "I wish you'd help me with these rabbits," he said.
That depends - Ça dépend
infernally - infernalement
rum - le rhum, rhum
promise - vou, promesse, promettre
carefully - attentivement, soigneusement
alter - modifier, altérent, altérez, altérer, altérons
His procedure with the rabbits was singular. I waded in with him, and helped him lug one of the hutches ashore. No sooner was that done than he opened the door of it, and tilting the thing on one end turned its living contents out on the ground. They fell in a struggling heap one on the top of the other.
procedure - procédé, procédure, fonction
waded - pataugé, patauger (dans)
ashore - a terre
tilting - basculement, (tilt) basculement
Contents - contenu, satisfait
struggling - en difficulté, luttant, (struggle), lutte, lutter, s'efforcer
top - haut, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune, premiere demi-manche
He clapped his hands, and forthwith they went off with that hopping run of theirs, fifteen or twenty of them I should think, up the beach.
clapped - applaudi, applaudir, battre des mains
hopping - sauter, (hop) sauter
"Increase and multiply, my friends," said Montgomery. "Replenish the island. Hitherto we've had a certain lack of meat here."
increase - augmenter, croître, accroître, augmentation
multiply - se multiplier, multipliez, multiplions, multiplier, multiplient
replenish - reconstituer, réapprovisionner
As I watched them disappearing, the white-haired man returned with a brandy-flask and some biscuits. "Something to go on with, Prendick," said he, in a far more familiar tone than before. I made no ado, but set to work on the biscuits at once, while the white-haired man helped Montgomery to release about a score more of the rabbits. Three big hutches, however, went up to the house with the puma.
disappearing - disparaître
brandy - du brandy, cognac, brandy, eau-de-vie
flask - flacon, flasque, fiole
more familiar - plus familier
ado - ado, cérémonies, manieres, bruit, histoire
release - libération, lâcher, laisser, acquitement, libérent
score - nombre de point oints, score, note, vingtaine
The brandy I did not touch, for I have been an abstainer from my birth.
touch - toucher, émouvoir, contact
birth - naissance
The reader will perhaps understand that at first everything was so strange about me, and my position was the outcome of such unexpected adventures, that I had no discernment of the relative strangeness of this or that thing. I followed the llama up the beach, and was overtaken by Montgomery, who asked me not to enter the stone enclosure.
position - position, poste
outcome - issue, résultat, dénouement
unexpected - inattendu
adventures - aventures, (adventure) aventures
relative - relative, relatif, parent, géniteur, génitrice
overtaken - dépassé, dépasser, doubler, surprendre
enter - entrer, rench: t-needed r, taper, saisir
I noticed then that the puma in its cage and the pile of packages had been placed outside the entrance to this quadrangle.
entrance - entrée, cochere
quadrangle - quadrangle, cour
I turned and saw that the launch had now been unloaded, run out again, and was being beached, and the white-haired man was walking towards us. He addressed Montgomery.
unloaded - déchargé, décharger
"And now comes the problem of this uninvited guest. What are we to do with him?"
"He knows something of science," said Montgomery.
"I'm itching to get to work again"with this new stuff," said the white-haired man, nodding towards the enclosure. His eyes grew brighter.
itching - prurit, (itch) prurit
brighter - plus lumineux, brillant, éclatant
"I daresay you are," said Montgomery, in anything but a cordial tone.
cordial - cordial, sirop
"We can't send him over there, and we can't spare the time to build him a new shanty; and we certainly can't take him into our confidence just yet."
spare - de rechange, épargner, loisirs, économiser
shanty - bicoque, baraque
just yet - pour le moment
"I'm in your hands," said I. I had no idea of what he meant by "over there."
"I've been thinking of the same things," Montgomery answered. "There's my room with the outer door""
"That's it," said the elder man, promptly, looking at Montgomery; and all three of us went towards the enclosure. "I'm sorry to make a mystery, Mr. Prendick; but you'll remember you're uninvited. Our little establishment here contains a secret or so, is a kind of Blue-Beard's chamber, in fact. Nothing very dreadful, really, to a sane man; but just now, as we don't know you""
promptly - rapidement
establishment - établissement, systeme, classe dirigeante, establishment
contains - contient, contenir
beard - barbe
chamber - chambre, piece, salle
dreadful - épouvantable, redoutable, affreux, terrible
sane - sain, sain d'esprit
"Decidedly," said I, "I should be a fool to take offence at any want of confidence."
decidedly - résolument, décidément, clairement
fool - idiot, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper
take offence at - s'offusquer
He twisted his heavy mouth into a faint smile"he was one of those saturnine people who smile with the corners of the mouth down,"and bowed his acknowledgment of my complaisance.
smile - sourire
saturnine - saturnien
bowed - incliné, (s')incliner devant, saluer d'un signe de tete
acknowledgment - l'accusé de réception, aveu, confession, reconnaissance
complaisance - complaisance
The main entrance to the enclosure was passed; it was a heavy wooden gate, framed in iron and locked, with the cargo of the launch piled outside it, and at the corner we came to a small doorway I had not previously observed. The white-haired man produced a bundle of keys from the pocket of his greasy blue jacket, opened this door, and entered.
wooden - en bois, boisé, raide
Gate - la porte, porte
framed - encadré, encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature
previously - autrefois, auparavant, antérieurement, précédemment
observed - observée, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder
bundle - bundle, faisceau, fagot, paquet, ballot (of goods)
Pocket - poche, empocher, de poche
His keys, and the elaborate locking-up of the place even while it was still under his eye, struck me as peculiar. I followed him, and found myself in a small apartment, plainly but not uncomfortably furnished and with its inner door, which was slightly ajar, opening into a paved courtyard. This inner door Montgomery at once closed.
elaborate - élaborer, approfondir
locking-up - (locking-up) Verrouiller
plainly - en toute clarté, simplement, clairement
uncomfortably - mal a l'aise
furnished - meublé, meubler, fournir, livrer
ajar - entrouverte, entrouvert
paved - pavé, paver
courtyard - cour
A hammock was slung across the darker corner of the room, and a small unglazed window defended by an iron bar looked out towards the sea.
hammock - hamac, hammock
slung - en bandouliere, écharpe
unglazed - non émaillé
defended - défendue, défendre
bar - bar, barrent, barrons, barrer, barrez, tringle
This the white-haired man told me was to be my apartment; and the inner door, which "for fear of accidents," he said, he would lock on the other side, was my limit inward.
fear - peur, angoisse, craignent, crainte, crains, craignons
accidents - accidents, accident
lock - serrure, clôturer, cerrure, arret, obturer, pene
limit - limite, circonscrivez, limitons, circonscrivons, limitez
inward - vers l'intérieur, intérieur
He called my attention to a convenient deck-chair before the window, and to an array of old books, chiefly, I found, surgical works and editions of the Latin and Greek classics (languages I cannot read with any comfort), on a shelf near the hammock. He left the room by the outer door, as if to avoid opening the inner one again.
Convenient - pratique, commode
array - gamme, kyrielle, ribambelle, éventail, tableau
surgical - chirurgicale
editions - éditions, édition
Latin - latine
Greek - grec, grecque, grecques
Classics - les classiques, classique
comfort - le confort, confort, consoler
shelf - étagere, rayon, étagere, tablard, rayonnage
"We usually have our meals in here," said Montgomery, and then, as if in doubt, went out after the other. "Moreau!" I heard him call, and for the moment I do not think I noticed. Then as I handled the books on the shelf it came up in consciousness: Where had I heard the name of Moreau before?
handled - manipulé, anse, poignée, manche
consciousness - la conscience, conscience
I sat down before the window, took out the biscuits that still remained to me, and ate them with an excellent appetite. Moreau!
excellent - excellent
appetite - l'appétit, appétit
Through the window I saw one of those unaccountable men in white, lugging a packing-case along the beach. Presently the window-frame hid him. Then I heard a key inserted and turned in the lock behind me. After a little while I heard through the locked door the noise of the staghounds, that had now been brought up from the beach.
unaccountable - sans avoir a rendre de comptes
lugging - le triage, traîner
frame - encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature, image, manche, frame, trame
hid - caché, (hide) caché
inserted - inséré, insérer, introduire, insinuer, in texte, illustration
turned in - rendu
They were not barking, but sniffing and growling in a curious fashion. I could hear the rapid patter of their feet, and Montgomery's voice soothing them.
sniffing - renifler, (sniff), sniffer
fashion - la mode, mode, vogue, façon, façonner
rapid - rapide, rapides
patter - patte, crépiter, (pat) patte
soothing - apaisant, pacifiant, rassurant, (sooth)
I was very much impressed by the elaborate secrecy of these two men regarding the contents of the place, and for some time I was thinking of that and of the unaccountable familiarity of the name of Moreau; but so odd is the human memory that I could not then recall that well-known name in its proper connection.
secrecy - le secret, secret, secrétisme
familiarity - familiarité
recall - rappeler
proper - appropriée, approprié, convenable, exact, juste, propre
connection - connexion, liaison, lien, rapport, complicité, correspondance
From that my thoughts went to the indefinable queerness of the deformed man on the beach. I never saw such a gait, such odd motions as he pulled at the box. I recalled that none of these men had spoken to me, though most of them I had found looking at me at one time or another in a peculiarly furtive manner, quite unlike the frank stare of your unsophisticated savage.
queerness - queerness, queerité
gait - démarche
motions - motions, mouvement, motion
recalled - rappelée, rappeler, souvenir
unlike - contrairement a, différent
frank - franche, franc
unsophisticated - sans sophistication
Indeed, they had all seemed remarkably taciturn, and when they did speak, endowed with very uncanny voices. What was wrong with them? Then I recalled the eyes of Montgomery's ungainly attendant.
remarkably - remarquablement
endowed - dotés, doter, enrichir
uncanny - déroutant, déroutante, étrange, troublant
ungainly - disgracieux, gauche
Just as I was thinking of him he came in. He was now dressed in white, and carried a little tray with some coffee and boiled vegetables thereon. I could hardly repress a shuddering recoil as he came, bending amiably, and placed the tray before me on the table. Then astonishment paralysed me. Under his stringy black locks I saw his ear; it jumped upon me suddenly close to my face.
tray - plateau
hardly - a peine, dur, durement, guere, a peine
repress - réprimer
shuddering - tremblant, (shudder), tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler
recoil - recul, reculer
bending - de flexion, flexion, (bend), courber, tordre, tourner
amiably - aimablement
astonishment - l'étonnement, étonnement
paralysed - paralysé, paralyser
stringy - filandreux
locks - des serrures, serrure
The man had pointed ears, covered with a fine brown fur!
fur - fourrure, peau
"Your breakfast, sair," he said.
sair - sair
I stared at his face without attempting to answer him. He turned and went towards the door, regarding me oddly over his shoulder. I followed him out with my eyes; and as I did so, by some odd trick of unconscious cerebration, there came surging into my head the phrase, "The Moreau Hollows""was it? "The Moreau"" Ah! It sent my memory back ten years. "The Moreau Horrors!
attempting - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
trick - tour, astuce, truc, rench: t-needed r, pli, levée, quart, duper
unconscious - inconscient, subconscient
cerebration - cérébration
surging - en hausse, enflant, (surge), montée, poussée, vague, afflux
hollows - creux
" The phrase drifted loose in my mind for a moment, and then I saw it in red lettering on a little buff-coloured pamphlet, to read which made one shiver and creep. Then I remembered distinctly all about it. That long-forgotten pamphlet came back with startling vividness to my mind.
Buff - buff, buffle
pamphlet - brochure, pamphlet
shiver - frisson, trembler, frissonner
creep - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation
I had been a mere lad then, and Moreau was, I suppose, about fifty,"a prominent and masterful physiologist, well-known in scientific circles for his extraordinary imagination and his brutal directness in discussion.
lad - lad, garçon, gars, jeune homme, palefrenier
suppose - supposer, imaginer
masterful - magistral
scientific - scientifique
circles - cercles, cercle, disque, yeux cernés-p, cerne
brutal - brutal
discussion - discussion
Was this the same Moreau? He had published some very astonishing facts in connection with the transfusion of blood, and in addition was known to be doing valuable work on morbid growths. Then suddenly his career was closed. He had to leave England.
astonishing - étonnante, étonner, surprendre
Addition - addition, ajout
valuable - de valeur, précieux, valeur
morbid - morbide, checkmacabre, checkmalsain, checkpathologique
growths - croissance
A journalist obtained access to his laboratory in the capacity of laboratory-assistant, with the deliberate intention of making sensational exposures; and by the help of a shocking accident (if it was an accident), his gruesome pamphlet became notorious. On the day of its publication a wretched dog, flayed and otherwise mutilated, escaped from Moreau's house.
journalist - journaliste
obtained - obtenu, obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, avoir
access - l'acces, attaque, accéder, intelligence, entrée, accés
laboratory - laboratoire
capacity - capacité
assistant - assistant, aide, auxiliaire
intention - intention
sensational - sensationnel
exposures - expositions, exposition
shocking - choquant, choc
accident - accident
gruesome - macabre, horrible
notorious - notoire
wretched - misérable
otherwise - autrement
mutilated - mutilés, mutiler
It was in the silly season, and a prominent editor, a cousin of the temporary laboratory-assistant, appealed to the conscience of the nation. It was not the first time that conscience has turned against the methods of research. The doctor was simply howled out of the country.
silly season - La saison des betises
editor - rédacteur, lecteur-correcteur, réviseur, éditeur, éditrice
temporary - temporaire, provisoire, intérimaire
conscience - conscience
nation - nation, peuple
methods - méthodes, méthode
research - recherche, rechercher, examiner, explorer, fouiller
howled - hurlé, hurlement, hurler
It may be that he deserved to be; but I still think that the tepid support of his fellow-investigators and his desertion by the great body of scientific workers was a shameful thing. Yet some of his experiments, by the journalist's account, were wantonly cruel.
deserved - mérité, mériter
tepid - tiede, tiede, tiédasse, mou, indifférent
support - soutien, soutenez, appuyez, appuyons, appuyent, soutiens
fellow - un camarade, ensemble, mâle
investigators - enqueteurs, enqueteur, enquetrice, investigateur
Workers - les travailleurs, travailleur, travailleuse, ouvrier, ouvriere
shameful - honteux, scandaleux
experiments - des expériences, expérience, expérimenter
wantonly - a tort et a travers
cruel - cruel
He might perhaps have purchased his social peace by abandoning his investigations; but he apparently preferred the latter, as most men would who have once fallen under the overmastering spell of research. He was unmarried, and had indeed nothing but his own interest to consider.
purchased - achetée, achat, acquisition, acheter
social - sociale, social
peace - la paix, paix, tranquillité
Abandoning - abandon, abandonner
investigations - des enquetes, investigation
unmarried - célibataire, (unmarry)
Consider - envisager, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer
I felt convinced that this must be the same man. Everything pointed to it.
Convinced - convaincu, convaincre, persuader
It dawned upon me to what end the puma and the other animals"which had now been brought with other luggage into the enclosure behind the house"were destined; and a curious faint odour, the halitus of something familiar, an odour that had been in the background of my consciousness hitherto, suddenly came forward into the forefront of my thoughts. It was the antiseptic odour of the dissecting-room.
dawned - s'est levé, se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil
odour - odeur
halitus - halitus
familiar - familier, esprit familier
background - arriere-plan, trame, fond
forefront - l'avant-scene, avant-garde, premier plan
antiseptic - antiseptique
dissecting - disséquer, (dissect)
I heard the puma growling through the wall, and one of the dogs yelped as though it had been struck.
yelped - a glapi, japper
Yet surely, and especially to another scientific man, there was nothing so horrible in vivisection as to account for this secrecy; and by some odd leap in my thoughts the pointed ears and luminous eyes of Montgomery's attendant came back again before me with the sharpest definition.
vivisection - vivisection
leap - saut, sauter
sharpest - le plus pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant, acéré
definition - définition
I stared before me out at the green sea, frothing under a freshening breeze, and let these and other strange memories of the last few days chase one another through my mind.
frothing - l'écume, mousse, écume
memories - des souvenirs, mémoire, souvenir
chase - poursuite, chassez, chassons, poursuivre, pousser, chasser
What could it all mean? A locked enclosure on a lonely island, a notorious vivisector, and these crippled and distorted men?
lonely - solitaire, seul, désert, abandonné
vivisector - vivisecteur
crippled - estropié, infirme, estropier, bridé
Montgomery interrupted my tangle of mystification and suspicion about one o'clock, and his grotesque attendant followed him with a tray bearing bread, some herbs and other eatables, a flask of whiskey, a jug of water, and three glasses and knives. I glanced askance at this strange creature, and found him watching me with his queer, restless eyes.
bearing - naissant, coussinet, (bear) naissant
herbs - des herbes, herbe, herbes-p, plante médicinale
whiskey - du whisky, whisky
jug - carafe, pot, récipient, broc, cruche
knives - couteaux, couteau
askance - l'interrogation, avec méfiance, de travers
restless - inquiet, agité, checkimpatient
Montgomery said he would lunch with me, but that Moreau was too preoccupied with some work to come.
preoccupied - préoccupé, préoccuper
"Moreau!" said I. "I know that name."
"The devil you do!" said he. "What an ass I was to mention it to you! I might have thought. Anyhow, it will give you an inkling of our"mysteries. Whiskey?"
mention - mentionner
inkling - l'étincelle, idée, soupçon
mysteries - mysteres, mystere
"No, thanks; I'm an abstainer."
"I wish I'd been. But It's no use locking the door after the steed is stolen. It was that infernal stuff which led to my coming here,"that, and a foggy night. I thought myself in luck at the time, when Moreau offered to get me off. It's queer""
It's no use - Ça ne sert a rien
locking - verrouillage, serrure
steed - steed, coursier
stolen - volé, voler, vol
led - dirigé, DEL, LED, (lead) dirigé
coming here - en venant ici
offered - proposé, offrir, proposer
"Montgomery," said I, suddenly, as the outer door closed, "why has your man pointed ears?"
"Damn!" he said, over his first mouthful of food. He stared at me for a moment, and then repeated, "Pointed ears?"
Damn - bon sang, condamner, réprouver, foutu, putain, mince
mouthful - bouchée
"Little points to them," said I, as calmly as possible, with a catch in my breath; "and a fine black fur at the edges?"
calmly - calmement, paisiblement
breath - respiration, souffle, haleine
He helped himself to whiskey and water with great deliberation. "I was under the impression"that his hair covered his ears."
"I saw them as he stooped by me to put that coffee you sent to me on the table. And his eyes shine in the dark."
stooped - vouté, se baisser
shine - briller, reluisons, reluisez, reluisent, reluire
By this time Montgomery had recovered from the surprise of my question. "I always thought," he said deliberately, with a certain accentuation of his flavouring of lisp, "that there was something the matter with his ears, from the way he covered them. What were they like?"
surprise - surprise, surprendre, étonner
deliberately - délibérément
accentuation - accentuation
flavouring - l'arôme, aromatisant, (flavour) l'arôme
I was persuaded from his manner that this ignorance was a pretence. Still, I could hardly tell the man that I thought him a liar. "Pointed," I said; "rather small and furry,"distinctly furry. But the whole man is one of the strangest beings I ever set eyes on."
persuaded - persuadé, persuader, convaincre
ignorance - l'ignorance, ignorance
pretence - prétention
liar - menteur, menteuse
furry - a fourrure, poilu, velu, furry
Strangest - le plus étrange, étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger
beings - etres, etre, créature, existence
A sharp, hoarse cry of animal pain came from the enclosure behind us. Its depth and volume testified to the puma. I saw Montgomery wince.
cry - pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri
pain - douleur, mal, diuleur
depth - profondeur, épaisseur
volume - volume, tome
testified - a témoigné, témoigner, attester
wince - grimacer
"Yes?" he said.
"Where did you pick up the creature?"
pick - pioche, passeartout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir, choisir
"San Francisco. He's an ugly brute, I admit. Half-witted, you know. Can't remember where he came from. But I'm used to him, you know. We both are. How does he strike you?"
admit - admettre, avouer, reconnaître
witted - d'esprit
strike - greve, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre, faire greve
"He's unnatural," I said. "There's something about him"don't think me fanciful, but it gives me a nasty little sensation, a tightening of my muscles, when he comes near me. It's a touch"of the diabolical, in fact."
unnatural - contre nature
fanciful - fantaisiste
sensation - sensation
tightening - le resserrement, serrer, se resserrer, resserrer les taux
muscles - muscles, muscle
diabolical - diabolique
Montgomery had stopped eating while I told him this. "Rum!" he said. "I can't see it." He resumed his meal. "I had no idea of it," he said, and masticated. "The crew of the schooner must have felt it the same. Made a dead set at the poor devil. You saw the captain?"
resumed - reprise, reprendre
Suddenly the puma howled again, this time more painfully. Montgomery swore under his breath. I had half a mind to attack him about the men on the beach. Then the poor brute within gave vent to a series of short, sharp cries.
painfully - douloureusement
swore - juré, jurer
attack - attaque, attaquer, apostropher, invectiver
vent - évent
series - suite, série
cries - pleure, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri
"Your men on the beach," said I; "what race are they?"
"Excellent fellows, aren't they?" said he, absentmindedly, knitting his brows as the animal yelled out sharply.
absentmindedly - par distraction
knitting - tricotage, tricot, (knit), tricoter, souder, unir, se souder
yelled - hurlé, hurlement
I said no more. There was another outcry worse than the former. He looked at me with his dull grey eyes, and then took some more whiskey. He tried to draw me into a discussion about alcohol, professing to have saved my life with it. He seemed anxious to lay stress on the fact that I owed my life to him. I answered him distractedly.
outcry - tollé, levée de boucliers
alcohol - l'alcool, alcool, boisson alcoolisée, boisson alcoolique
anxious - anxieux, désireux
owed - du, devoir
distractedly - distraitement
Presently our meal came to an end; the misshapen monster with the pointed ears cleared the remains away, and Montgomery left me alone in the room again. All the time he had been in a state of ill-concealed irritation at the noise of the vivisected puma. He had spoken of his odd want of nerve, and left me to the obvious application.
monster - monstre, bete, monstrueux
remains - reste, rester, demeurer
state - l'état, état, Etat, déclarer, indiquer
concealed - dissimulée, dissimuler, cacher
irritation - l'irritation, irritation
nerve - nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran
obvious - évidentes, évident
application - l'application, application, programme, candidature, demande
I found myself that the cries were singularly irritating, and they grew in depth and intensity as the afternoon wore on. They were painful at first, but their constant resurgence at last altogether upset my balance. I flung aside a crib of Horace I had been reading, and began to clench my fists, to bite my lips, and to pace the room. Presently I got to stopping my ears with my fingers.
irritating - irritant, agacer (displeasure)
in depth - en profondeur
intensity - l'intensité, intensité
wore on - a porté
constant - constant, constante
upset - fâché, dérangé, perturbé, bouleversé, remué, énerver
balance - l'équilibre, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier, apurer
crib - berceau, huche, antiseche
clench - serrer, prise (en main) ferme, poigne ferme
bite - mordre, maintenir, garder, tomber dans le panneau, marcher
The emotional appeal of those yells grew upon me steadily, grew at last to such an exquisite expression of suffering that I could stand it in that confined room no longer. I stepped out of the door into the slumberous heat of the late afternoon, and walking past the main entrance"locked again, I noticed"turned the corner of the wall.
appeal - appel, manifeste, vocation, pourvoi
yells - crie, hurlement
exquisite - exquis
suffering - la souffrance, souffrance, douleur
confined - confiné, confiner, limite
stepped out - sorti
slumberous - somnolent
The crying sounded even louder out of doors. It was as if all the pain in the world had found a voice. Yet had I known such pain was in the next room, and had it been dumb, I believe"I have thought since"I could have stood it well enough. It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us.
louder - plus fort, fort
out of doors - a l'extérieur
dumb - stupide, muet
sets - des ensembles, Seth
nerves - des nerfs, nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran
quivering - tremblant, frémir
troubling - troublant, génant, (trouble), peine, mal, probleme, emmerde
But in spite of the brilliant sunlight and the green fans of the trees waving in the soothing sea-breeze, the world was a confusion, blurred with drifting black and red phantasms, until I was out of earshot of the house in the chequered wall.
spite - dépit, rancune
sunlight - la lumiere du soleil, lumiere du soleil
fans - fans, éventail
sea-breeze - (sea-breeze) Brise marine
confusion - confusion, désordre, malentendu
blurred - floue, estomper, brouiller, s'estomper, flou, tache, salissure
drifting - a la dérive, dérive, dériver, errer, dévier
earshot - a portée de voix, portée de voix
I strode through the undergrowth that clothed the ridge behind the house, scarcely heeding whither I went; passed on through the shadow of a thick cluster of straight-stemmed trees beyond it, and so presently found myself some way on the other side of the ridge, and descending towards a streamlet that ran through a narrow valley. I paused and listened.
strode - strode, marcher a grands pas
clothed - habillé, tissu, étoffe, tenue
heeding - l'écoute, attention, observer, surveiller, preter attention
whither - ou
shadow - l'ombre, ombre, prendre en filature, filer
cluster - cluster, groupe, grappe, régime, amas, rench: t-needed r
straight - droit, rectiligne, comme il faut, pur, pure, hétéro, tout droit
descending - descendant, descendre
streamlet - streamlet, ruisselet
Valley - la vallée, vallée, val
The distance I had come, or the intervening masses of thicket, deadened any sound that might be coming from the enclosure. The air was still. Then with a rustle a rabbit emerged, and went scampering up the slope before me. I hesitated, and sat down in the edge of the shade.
distance - distance, éloigner, checks'éloigner
intervening - intervenir
masses - masses, amas
thicket - fourré, maquis
deadened - mort, endormir, assourdir, isoler
rustle - bruissement, froufrou, froufrouter
emerged - a émergé, émerger, sortir
scampering - des escroqueries, détaler
The place was a pleasant one. The rivulet was hidden by the luxuriant vegetation of the banks save at one point, where I caught a triangular patch of its glittering water. On the farther side I saw through a bluish haze a tangle of trees and creepers, and above these again the luminous blue of the sky. Here and there a splash of white or crimson marked the blooming of some trailing epiphyte.
pleasant - agréable, plaisant
rivulet - rivulet, ruisselet, ru, rivelet
luxuriant - luxuriante, luxuriant
triangular - triangulaire
glittering - scintillant, étincelant, (glitter), étincellement, paillette
saw through - Voir a travers
bluish - bleuâtre, bleuté, légerement bleu
creepers - des lianes, plante grimpante
splash - splash, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser, asperger
crimson - cramoisi, carmin, pourpre
marked - marqué, Marc
blooming - la floraison, fleur
trailing - en queue de peloton, pister, suivre, traîner, piste, traces-p
epiphyte - épiphyte
I let my eyes wander over this scene for a while, and then began to turn over in my mind again the strange peculiarities of Montgomery's man. But it was too hot to think elaborately, and presently I fell into a tranquil state midway between dozing and waking.
wander - errer, vaguer, divaguer
scene - scene, scene, scene de ménage
turn over - se retourner
peculiarities - particularités, singularité, bizarrerie, étrangeté
elaborately - de maniere élaborée
tranquil - tranquille
dozing - s'assoupir, (doze) s'assoupir
From this I was aroused, after I know not how long, by a rustling amidst the greenery on the other side of the stream. For a moment I could see nothing but the waving summits of the ferns and reeds. Then suddenly upon the bank of the stream appeared something"at first I could not distinguish what it was. It bowed its round head to the water, and began to drink.
aroused - excité, émoustiller, exciter
rustling - bruissement, (rustle), froufrou, froufrouter
amidst - au milieu
greenery - de la verdure
summits - sommets, sommet
ferns - des fougeres, fougere
reeds - anches, roseau
distinguish - distinguer
Then I saw it was a man, going on all-fours like a beast. He was clothed in bluish cloth, and was of a copper-coloured hue, with black hair. It seemed that grotesque ugliness was an invariable character of these islanders. I could hear the suck of the water at his lips as he drank.
clothed - habillé, vetir, habiller
copper - cuivre
hue - teinte, nuance
invariable - invariable
character - caractere, personnage, caractere
suck - aspirer, sucer, téter, etre chiant, etre nul
I leant forward to see him better, and a piece of lava, detached by my hand, went pattering down the slope. He looked up guiltily, and his eyes met mine. Forthwith he scrambled to his feet, and stood wiping his clumsy hand across his mouth and regarding me. His legs were scarcely half the length of his body. So, staring one another out of countenance, we remained for perhaps the space of a minute.
detached - détaché, détacher
guiltily - avec culpabilité
wiping - essuyant, (wipe) essuyant
Then, stopping to look back once or twice, he slunk off among the bushes to the right of me, and I heard the swish of the fronds grow faint in the distance and die away. Long after he had disappeared, I remained sitting up staring in the direction of his retreat. My drowsy tranquillity had gone.
fronds - des frondes, fronde
die away - s'éteindre
sitting up - assis
direction - direction
retreat - retraite
drowsy - ensommeillé, somnolent, soporifique, stupide
tranquillity - la tranquillité, tranquillité
I was startled by a noise behind me, and turning suddenly saw the flapping white tail of a rabbit vanishing up the slope. I jumped to my feet. The apparition of this grotesque, half-bestial creature had suddenly populated the stillness of the afternoon for me. I looked around me rather nervously, and regretted that I was unarmed.
flapping - battre des ailes, pan
tail - queue
apparition - apparition
bestial - bestiale
populated - peuplé, peupler, remplir
stillness - l'immobilité, calme, immobilité
nervously - nerveusement
regretted - regretté, regretter, regret
Then I thought that the man I had just seen had been clothed in bluish cloth, had not been naked as a savage would have been; and I tried to persuade myself from that fact that he was after all probably a peaceful character, that the dull ferocity of his countenance belied him.
cloth - tissu, étoffe, tenue
naked - nue, nu, a poil, dénudé
persuade - persuader
peaceful - paisible
ferocity - férocité, acharnement
belied - démentie, démentir
Yet I was greatly disturbed at the apparition. I walked to the left along the slope, turning my head about and peering this way and that among the straight stems of the trees. Why should a man go on all-fours and drink with his lips? Presently I heard an animal wailing again, and taking it to be the puma, I turned about and walked in a direction diametrically opposite to the sound.
greatly - grandement
disturbed - perturbé, déranger, perturber, gener
wailing - gémissements, (wail) gémissements
turned about - a changé de direction
diametrically - diamétralement
opposite to - en face de
This led me down to the stream, across which I stepped and pushed my way up through the undergrowth beyond.
stepped - en escalier, steppe
pushed - poussé, pousser
I was startled by a great patch of vivid scarlet on the ground, and going up to it found it to be a peculiar fungus, branched and corrugated like a foliaceous lichen, but deliquescing into slime at the touch; and then in the shadow of some luxuriant ferns I came upon an unpleasant thing,"the dead body of a rabbit covered with shining flies, but still warm and with the head torn off.
vivid - vivante, vivide
fungus - champignon, fongus
branched - ramifié, branche, t+rameau, affluent, filiale
foliaceous - foliacées
lichen - lichen
deliquescing - déliquescence, déliquider
slime - de la bave, slime, glaire, bave
dead body - un corps
shining - brillant, tibia
torn off - arraché
I stopped aghast at the sight of the scattered blood. Here at least was one visitor to the island disposed of! There were no traces of other violence about it. It looked as though it had been suddenly snatched up and killed; and as I stared at the little furry body came the difficulty of how the thing had been done.
scattered - dispersé, disperser, se disperser, éparpiller, parsemer
disposed of - éliminé
traces - des traces, trace
violence - la violence, violence
snatched up - arraché
killed - tué, tuer
difficulty - difficulté
The vague dread that had been in my mind since I had seen the inhuman face of the man at the stream grew distincter as I stood there. I began to realise the hardihood of my expedition among these unknown people. The thicket about me became altered to my imagination. Every shadow became something more than a shadow,"became an ambush; every rustle became a threat.
vague - vague
dread - peur, redouter, craindre, crainte
inhuman - inhumaine
distincter - distincter, distinct, intelligible, reconnaissable
realise - comprendre
hardihood - hardiesse
expedition - expédition
altered - modifié, transformer, changer, altérer
ambush - embuscade
Invisible things seemed watching me. I resolved to go back to the enclosure on the beach. I suddenly turned away and thrust myself violently, possibly even frantically, through the bushes, anxious to get a clear space about me again.
invisible - invisible, caché
resolved - résolu, prendre la résolution de
violently - violemment
frantically - frénétiquement
I stopped just in time to prevent myself emerging upon an open space. It was a kind of glade in the forest, made by a fall; seedlings were already starting up to struggle for the vacant space; and beyond, the dense growth of stems and twining vines and splashes of fungus and flowers closed in again.
prevent - prévenir, empecher
emerging - émergents, émerger, sortir
glade - clairiere, clairiere
seedlings - des semis
dense - dense, obscur, bouché
growth - croissance
twining - la torsion, (twin) la torsion
vines - vignes, grimpante
splashes - des éclaboussures, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser
Before me, squatting together upon the fungoid ruins of a huge fallen tree and still unaware of my approach, were three grotesque human figures. One was evidently a female; the other two were men. They were naked, save for swathings of scarlet cloth about the middle; and their skins were of a dull pinkish-drab colour, such as I had seen in no savages before.
squatting - le squat, s'accroupir
fungoid - fungoid, fongoide, fongiforme
ruins - des ruines, ruine, ruiner, abîmer
figures - chiffres, figure, forme, personnage, personnalité
female - femelle
swathings - les andains
skins - peaux, peau, apparence, écorcher, égratigner
pinkish - rosâtre
drab - terne
savages - sauvages, barbare, féroce, sauvage
They had fat, heavy, chinless faces, retreating foreheads, and a scant bristly hair upon their heads. I never saw such bestial-looking creatures.
chinless - sans menton
retreating - se retirer, battre en retraite
foreheads - fronts, front
scant - peu, insuffisant, rare, maigre
They were talking, or at least one of the men was talking to the other two, and all three had been too closely interested to heed the rustling of my approach. They swayed their heads and shoulders from side to side. The speaker's words came thick and sloppy, and though I could hear them distinctly I could not distinguish what he said. He seemed to me to be reciting some complicated gibberish.
heed - attention, observer, surveiller, preter attention
speaker - l'orateur, parleur, parleuse
sloppy - mouillé, trop liquide, bâclé, négligé, lâche, large
reciting - réciter
complicated - compliqué, compliquer
gibberish - du charabia, baragouin, charabia, galimatias, chinois
Presently his articulation became shriller, and spreading his hands he rose to his feet. At that the others began to gibber in unison, also rising to their feet, spreading their hands and swaying their bodies in rhythm with their chant. I noticed then the abnormal shortness of their legs, and their lank, clumsy feet.
shriller - plus strident, strident, criard
gibber - gibber, baragouiner
unison - a l'unisson, unisson
rhythm - rythme
chant - chant, chanter
abnormal - anormale, inhabituel, hors norme, exceptionnel, anormal
shortness - manque de souffle, exiguité
All three began slowly to circle round, raising and stamping their feet and waving their arms; a kind of tune crept into their rhythmic recitation, and a refrain,""Aloola," or "Balloola," it sounded like. Their eyes began to sparkle, and their ugly faces to brighten, with an expression of strange pleasure. Saliva dripped from their lipless mouths.
circle - cercle, disque, yeux cernés, cerne, cercler, entourer, encercler
stamping - l'estampillage, (stamp), cachet, tampon, timbre, taper du pied
tune - l'accord, mélodie, air, tube, accorder, syntoniser
crept - rampé, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation
recitation - récitation
sparkle - étincelle, brillons, brillez, brillent
pleasure - plaisir, volupté, désir
saliva - salive
dripped - égoutté, (é)goutter, dégouliner
Suddenly, as I watched their grotesque and unaccountable gestures, I perceived clearly for the first time what it was that had offended me, what had given me the two inconsistent and conflicting impressions of utter strangeness and yet of the strangest familiarity.
offended - offensée, offenser, déplaire, blesser, fr
inconsistent - incohérent
conflicting - contradictoires, conflit, incompatibilité
impressions - impressions, impression
utter - l'utérus, émettre
The three creatures engaged in this mysterious rite were human in shape, and yet human beings with the strangest air about them of some familiar animal.
engaged - engagé, attirer l'attention, engager, embrayer
mysterious - mystérieux
rite - rite
Each of these creatures, despite its human form, its rag of clothing, and the rough humanity of its bodily form, had woven into it"into its movements, into the expression of its countenance, into its whole presence"some now irresistible suggestion of a hog, a swinish taint, the unmistakable mark of the beast.
despite - en dépit de, malgré
rag - chiffon
clothing - vetements, vetements, habits, (cloth), tissu, étoffe, tenue
rough - rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile, brutal, ébaucher
humanity - l'humanité, humanité
bodily - corporel
woven - tissé, (weave)
irresistible - irrésistible
suggestion - suggestion, proposition
hog - porc
swinish - swinish
taint - taint, entachez, entachent, entachons
mark - marque, Marc
I stood overcome by this amazing realisation and then the most horrible questionings came rushing into my mind. They began leaping in the air, first one and then the other, whooping and grunting. Then one slipped, and for a moment was on all-fours,"to recover, indeed, forthwith. But that transitory gleam of the true animalism of these monsters was enough.
overcome - vaincre, surmonter, envahir
realisation - accomplissement
most horrible - le plus horrible
rushing - se précipiter, (rush) se précipiter
whooping - la coqueluche, (whoop) la coqueluche
grunting - grognement, (grunt), bidasse, troufion, grogner
slipped - a glissé, glisser
recover - récupérer, captons, capter, recouvrent, recouvrer, recouvrons
transitory - transitoire
gleam - briller, luisent, luisez, brillant, luisons
animalism - l'animalisme
monsters - des monstres, monstre, bete, monstrueux
I turned as noiselessly as possible, and becoming every now and then rigid with the fear of being discovered, as a branch cracked or a leaf rustled, I pushed back into the bushes. It was long before I grew bolder, and dared to move freely. My only idea for the moment was to get away from these foul beings, and I scarcely noticed that I had emerged upon a faint pathway amidst the trees.
noiselessly - sans bruit
rigid - rigide
discovered - découvert, découvrir
branch - branche, rameau, affluent, filiale, succursale
cracked - fissuré, (se) feler
leaf - feuille, rallonge, battant, ouvrant, vantail, feuiller
rustled - froissé, bruissement, froufrou, froufrouter
bolder - plus audacieux, hardi, audacieux
dared - osé, oser
freely - librement
foul - la faute, infâme
pathway - voie d'acces, voie
Then suddenly traversing a little glade, I saw with an unpleasant start two clumsy legs among the trees, walking with noiseless footsteps parallel with my course, and perhaps thirty yards away from me. The head and upper part of the body were hidden by a tangle of creeper. I stopped abruptly, hoping the creature did not see me. The feet stopped as I did.
traversing - la traversée, (traverse), franchir, traverser
noiseless - sans bruit, silencieux
Footsteps - des pas, empreinte, trace de pas, pas, bruit de pas, marche
parallel - parallele, parallele, parallele a, parallelement
creeper - liane, plante grimpante
So nervous was I that I controlled an impulse to headlong flight with the utmost difficulty. Then looking hard, I distinguished through the interlacing network the head and body of the brute I had seen drinking. He moved his head. There was an emerald flash in his eyes as he glanced at me from the shadow of the trees, a half-luminous colour that vanished as he turned his head again.
nervous - nerveux
controlled - contrôlé, contrôler, maîtrise, contrôle, commandes-p
utmost - le plus important, extreme, plus grand, supreme, maximum
distinguished - distingué, distinguer
interlacing - l'entrelacement, entrelacer
network - tissus, réseau, réseau informatique, réseauter
emerald - émeraude
flash - flash, clignoter
vanished - disparue, disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler
He was motionless for a moment, and then with a noiseless tread began running through the green confusion. In another moment he had vanished behind some bushes. I could not see him, but I felt that he had stopped and was watching me again.
motionless - immobile
tread - la bande de roulement, piétiner, escabeau
What on earth was he,"man or beast? What did he want with me? I had no weapon, not even a stick. Flight would be madness. At any rate the Thing, whatever it was, lacked the courage to attack me. Setting my teeth hard, I walked straight towards him. I was anxious not to show the fear that seemed chilling my backbone.
earth - terre, terrier, relier a la terre, tmettre a la terre, enterrer
weapon - arme
stick - bâton, canne, stick
madness - la folie, folie
lacked - manquée, manquer de qqch
courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance
setting - de l'environnement, réglage, configuration
chilling - refroidir, (chill) refroidir
backbone - l'épine dorsale, colonne vertébrale, rachis, épine dorsale
I pushed through a tangle of tall white-flowered bushes, and saw him twenty paces beyond, looking over his shoulder at me and hesitating. I advanced a step or two, looking steadfastly into his eyes.
hesitating - hésitant, hésiter
advanced - avancé, élever, avancer, avancée, progression, progres
step - étape, marche
"Who are you?" said I.
He tried to meet my gaze. "No!" he said suddenly, and turning went bounding away from me through the undergrowth. Then he turned and stared at me again. His eyes shone brightly out of the dusk under the trees.
brightly - brillante, clairement, précisément
dusk - crépuscule
My heart was in my mouth; but I felt my only chance was bluff, and walked steadily towards him. He turned again, and vanished into the dusk. Once more I thought I caught the glint of his eyes, and that was all.
bluff - bluff, direct
For the first time I realised how the lateness of the hour might affect me. The sun had set some minutes since, the swift dusk of the tropics was already fading out of the eastern sky, and a pioneer moth fluttered silently by my head. Unless I would spend the night among the unknown dangers of the mysterious forest, I must hasten back to the enclosure.
affect - affecter, affectez, influer, concernent, affectons
swift - rapide, martinet, dévidoir
tropics - tropiques, tropique
fading - s'estomper, déteignant, (fad), mode, lubie
eastern - orientale, oriental
Pioneer - pionnier, pionniere
moth - papillon de nuit, mite, phalene
silently - en silence, silencieusement
dangers - dangers, danger, péril, qualifier
hasten back - se hâter de revenir
The thought of a return to that pain-haunted refuge was extremely disagreeable, but still more so was the idea of being overtaken in the open by darkness and all that darkness might conceal. I gave one more look into the blue shadows that had swallowed up this odd creature, and then retraced my way down the slope towards the stream, going as I judged in the direction from which I had come.
haunted - hanté, hanter, demeurer, point de rencontre
refuge - refuge
extremely - extremement, extremement, vachement
disagreeable - incompatible, désagréable
darkness - l'obscurité, obscurité, ténebres
conceal - dissimuler, cacher
shadows - ombres, ombre, prendre en filature, t+filer
swallowed up - englouti
I walked eagerly, my mind confused with many things, and presently found myself in a level place among scattered trees.
eagerly - avec empressement, avidement
confused - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre
level - plat, a ras, au meme niveau, constant, niveau, profondeur
The colourless clearness that comes after the sunset flush was darkling; the blue sky above grew momentarily deeper, and the little stars one by one pierced the attenuated light; the interspaces of the trees, the gaps in the further vegetation, that had been hazy blue in the daylight, grew black and mysterious. I pushed on. The colour vanished from the world.
colourless - sans couleur, incolore
clearness - clarté
sunset - coucher de soleil, crépuscule
momentarily - momentanément
deeper - plus profond, profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée
pierced - percé, percer
gaps - lacunes, espace, vide, trou
hazy - brumeux, flou, trouble, vague
daylight - la lumiere du jour, jour, lumiere du jour
The tree-tops rose against the luminous blue sky in inky silhouette, and all below that outline melted into one formless blackness. Presently the trees grew thinner, and the shrubby undergrowth more abundant. Then there was a desolate space covered with a white sand, and then another expanse of tangled bushes. I did not remember crossing the sand-opening before.
tops - des sommets, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune
silhouette - silhouette
outline - les grandes lignes, contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu
melted - fondu, fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)
formless - sans forme, informe
blackness - la noirceur, noirceur
shrubby - arbustive
abundant - abondante
desolate - désolée, ravager, désoler
tangled - enchevetrés, désordre, enchevetrement
Crossing - carrefour, croisement, traversée, (cross), croix
I began to be tormented by a faint rustling upon my right hand. I thought at first it was fancy, for whenever I stopped there was silence, save for the evening breeze in the tree-tops. Then when I turned to hurry on again there was an echo to my footsteps.
whenever - chaque fois que
hurry - se dépecher, précipitation, hâte
Echo - echo, écho
I turned away from the thickets, keeping to the more open ground, and endeavouring by sudden turns now and then to surprise something in the act of creeping upon me. I saw nothing, and nevertheless my sense of another presence grew steadily. I increased my pace, and after some time came to a slight ridge, crossed it, and turned sharply, regarding it steadfastly from the further side.
thickets - des fourrés, fourré, maquis
more open - plus ouvert
endeavouring - s'efforcer, s'efforcer (de)
act - acte, loi, action, agir, faire, jouer, se comporter, faire (1)
creeping - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation
nevertheless - néanmoins, toutefois, pourtant, malgré tout
sense - sens, acception, sentir
increased - augmenté, augmenter, croître, accroître, augmentation
Slight - insignifiant, léger
crossed - croisé, crosse
It came out black and clear-cut against the darkling sky; and presently a shapeless lump heaved up momentarily against the sky-line and vanished again. I felt assured now that my tawny-faced antagonist was stalking me once more; and coupled with that was another unpleasant realisation, that I had lost my way.
clear-cut - (clear-cut) évident
lump - lump, masse, tas, protubérance, renflement
heaved - heaved, hisser
assured - assurée, assurerent, assura, assurai
tawny - fauve
antagonist - antagoniste
stalking - harcelement, (stalk) harcelement
lost my way - J'ai perdu mon chemin
For a time I hurried on hopelessly perplexed, and pursued by that stealthy approach. Whatever it was, the Thing either lacked the courage to attack me, or it was waiting to take me at some disadvantage. I kept studiously to the open.
hurried - pressé, précipitation, hâte, dépecher
perplexed - perplexe, déconcerter, troubler, dérouter
pursued - poursuivie, poursuivre, rechercher
stealthy - furtif, subreptice
At times I would turn and listen; and presently I had half persuaded myself that my pursuer had abandoned the chase, or was a mere creation of my disordered imagination. Then I heard the sound of the sea. I quickened my footsteps almost into a run, and immediately there was a stumble in my rear.
pursuer - poursuivant
abandoned - abandonnée, abandonner
creation - création
disordered - désordonné, désordre, trouble
stumble - chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher
rear - arriere, verso, élever
I turned suddenly, and stared at the uncertain trees behind me. One black shadow seemed to leap into another. I listened, rigid, and heard nothing but the creep of the blood in my ears. I thought that my nerves were unstrung, and that my imagination was tricking me, and turned resolutely towards the sound of the sea again.
tricking - tricherie, (trick), tour, astuce, truc, rench: t-needed r, pli
resolutely - résolument
In a minute or so the trees grew thinner, and I emerged upon a bare, low headland running out into the sombre water. The night was calm and clear, and the reflection of the growing multitude of the stars shivered in the tranquil heaving of the sea. Some way out, the wash upon an irregular band of reef shone with a pallid light of its own.
sombre - sombre
reflection - réflexion, reflet, eaning 4
multitude - multitude
shivered - frissonné, frissonner
heaving - le déchaussement, (heave), hisser
irregular - irréguliere, irrégulier
reef - récif, écueil
Westward I saw the zodiacal light mingling with the yellow brilliance of the evening star. The coast fell away from me to the east, and westward it was hidden by the shoulder of the cape. Then I recalled the fact that Moreau's beach lay to the west.
zodiacal - zodiacal
mingling - se meler, (mingle), mélanger
evening star - étoile du soir
coast - côte, cordonlittoral, borde
Cape - le cap, cap
A twig snapped behind me, and there was a rustle. I turned, and stood facing the dark trees. I could see nothing"or else I could see too much. Every dark form in the dimness had its ominous quality, its peculiar suggestion of alert watchfulness.
twig - brindille, ramille
snapped - cassé, claquer, claquement de doigts, photographie, photo
alert - alerte, alarme, vif
watchfulness - la vigilance, vigilance
So I stood for perhaps a minute, and then, with an eye to the trees still, turned westward to cross the headland; and as I moved, one among the lurking shadows moved to follow me.
stood for - représentait
Cross - croix, signe de croix, direct du bras arriere, transversal
lurking - se cacher, (lurk), s'embusquer, se dissimuler
My heart beat quickly. Presently the broad sweep of a bay to the westward became visible, and I halted again. The noiseless shadow halted a dozen yards from me. A little point of light shone on the further bend of the curve, and the grey sweep of the sandy beach lay faint under the starlight. Perhaps two miles away was that little point of light.
beat - battre
sweep - balayer, balayage
visible - visible
halted - arreté, (s')arreter
dozen - douzaine, dizaine
bend - plier, courber, tordre, tourner
curve - courbe, courbes, courber
sandy beach - une plage de sable
To get to the beach I should have to go through the trees where the shadows lurked, and down a bushy slope.
lurked - s'est caché, se cacher, s'embusquer, se dissimuler
I could see the Thing rather more distinctly now. It was no animal, for it stood erect. At that I opened my mouth to speak, and found a hoarse phlegm choked my voice. I tried again, and shouted, "Who is there?" There was no answer. I advanced a step. The Thing did not move, only gathered itself together. My foot struck a stone. That gave me an idea.
erect - en érection, fonder, érigeons, érigent, érigez, arborer, ériger
phlegm - mucosités, flegme, pituite, glaire
choked - étouffé, suffoquer, étouffer
gathered - rassemblés, rassembler, ramasser, recueillir
Without taking my eyes off the black form before me, I stooped and picked up this lump of rock; but at my motion the Thing turned abruptly as a dog might have done, and slunk obliquely into the further darkness. Then I recalled a schoolboy expedient against big dogs, and twisted the rock into my handkerchief, and gave this a turn round my wrist.
Rock - le rocher, bercer, balancer, rupestre, rocher, roc
motion - mouvement, motion
obliquely - de maniere indirecte
schoolboy - éleve, écolier
expedient - opportun, expédient
handkerchief - mouchoir
turn round - faire demi-tour
I heard a movement further off among the shadows, as if the Thing was in retreat. Then suddenly my tense excitement gave way; I broke into a profuse perspiration and fell a-trembling, with my adversary routed and this weapon in my hand.
gave way - céder le passage
perspiration - la transpiration, transpiration
adversary - adversaire, ennemi, ennemie
routed - acheminé, mettre en déroute
It was some time before I could summon resolution to go down through the trees and bushes upon the flank of the headland to the beach. At last I did it at a run; and as I emerged from the thicket upon the sand, I heard some other body come crashing after me. At that I completely lost my head with fear, and began running along the sand. Forthwith there came the swift patter of soft feet in pursuit.
summon - convoquer, appeler, convoquez, convoquons
flank - flanc, flanchet
crashing - se bloquer, fracas
completely - completement, completement
soft - souple, moelleux, alcoolsans, mou, doux
pursuit - poursuite
I gave a wild cry, and redoubled my pace. Some dim, black things about three or four times the size of rabbits went running or hopping up from the beach towards the bushes as I passed.
wild - sauvage, pétulant, grose
redoubled - redoublée, redoubler
So long as I live, I shall remember the terror of that chase. I ran near the water's edge, and heard every now and then the splash of the feet that gained upon me. Far away, hopelessly far, was the yellow light. All the night about us was black and still. Splash, splash, came the pursuing feet, nearer and nearer.
shall - doit, rench: 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense'
terror - la terreur, terreur, effroi, terrorisme
Gained - gagné, gagner
I felt my breath going, for I was quite out of training; it whooped as I drew it, and I felt a pain like a knife at my side. I perceived the Thing would come up with me long before I reached the enclosure, and, desperate and sobbing for my breath, I wheeled round upon it and struck at it as it came up to me,"struck with all my strength.
out of training - en dehors de la formation
whooped - ouie, cri
knife - couteau, frapper d'un coup de couteau
sobbing - sanglots, sanglotement, sanglotant, sanglotante, (sob), fdp
The stone came out of the sling of the handkerchief as I did so. As I turned, the Thing, which had been running on all-fours, rose to its feet, and the missile fell fair on its left temple. The skull rang loud, and the animal-man blundered into me, thrust me back with its hands, and went staggering past me to fall headlong upon the sand with its face in the water; and there it lay still.
sling - fronde, dérapage
missile - projectile, missile
fair - équitable, blond, exposition, foire, marché, kermesse, juste
Temple - le temple, tempe, temple
skull - crâne, crane
loud - bruyante, fort
blundered - gaffe, qualifier
I could not bring myself to approach that black heap. I left it there, with the water rippling round it, under the still stars, and giving it a wide berth pursued my way towards the yellow glow of the house; and presently, with a positive effect of relief, came the pitiful moaning of the puma, the sound that had originally driven me out to explore this mysterious island.
rippling - ondulation, (ripple) ondulation
wide - large
berth - couchette, marge de manouvre
pitiful - pitoyable
moaning - gémissements, gémissement, se plaindre, geindre, gémir, mugir
originally - a l'origine
explore - explorer
At that, though I was faint and horribly fatigued, I gathered together all my strength, and began running again towards the light. I thought I heard a voice calling me.
fatigued - fatigué, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer
As I drew near the house I saw that the light shone from the open door of my room; and then I heard coming from out of the darkness at the side of that orange oblong of light, the voice of Montgomery shouting, "Prendick!" I continued running. Presently I heard him again. I replied by a feeble "Hullo!" and in another moment had staggered up to him.
oblong - oblong
replied - a répondu, répondre, réponse
feeble - faible
"Where have you been?" said he, holding me at arm's length, so that the light from the door fell on my face. "We have both been so busy that we forgot you until about half an hour ago." He led me into the room and sat me down in the deck chair. For awhile I was blinded by the light.
awhile - pendant ce temps, un moment, un peu, un instant
blinded - aveuglé, aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind
"We did not think you would start to explore this island of ours without telling us," he said; and then, "I was afraid"But"what"Hullo!"
My last remaining strength slipped from me, and my head fell forward on my chest. I think he found a certain satisfaction in giving me brandy.
remaining - restant, reste, rester, demeurer
chest - poitrine, sein, commode, coffre
satisfaction - satisfaction
"For God's sake," said I, "fasten that door."
For God's sake - Pour l'amour de Dieu
fasten - attacher, fixer
"You've been meeting some of our curiosities, eh?" said he.
curiosities - curiosités, curiosité
eh - eh
He locked the door and turned to me again. He asked me no questions, but gave me some more brandy and water and pressed me to eat. I was in a state of collapse. He said something vague about his forgetting to warn me, and asked me briefly when I left the house and what I had seen.
pressed - pressé, appuyer sur, presser
collapse - l'effondrement, s'effondrer, effondrement
warn - avertir, alerter, prévenir
briefly - brievement, brievement, concisément
I answered him as briefly, in fragmentary sentences. "Tell me what it all means," said I, in a state bordering on hysterics.
bordering - frontalier, frontiere, bord, bordure, délimiter, border
Hysterics - l'hystérie, hystérique
"It's nothing so very dreadful," said he. "But I think you have had about enough for one day." The puma suddenly gave a sharp yell of pain. At that he swore under his breath. "I'm damned," said he, "if this place is not as bad as Gower Street, with its cats."
yell - crier, hurlent, hurler, jacasser, hurlez, hurlons
"Montgomery," said I, "what was that thing that came after me? Was it a beast or was it a man?"
"If you don't sleep to-night," he said, "you'll be off your head to-morrow."
be off - etre éteint
I stood up in front of him. "What was that thing that came after me?" I asked.
He looked me squarely in the eyes, and twisted his mouth askew. His eyes, which had seemed animated a minute before, went dull. "From your account," said he, "I'm thinking it was a bogle."
squarely - d'équerre, a l'équerre, carrément, solidement, fermement
askew - de travers, de guingois, de traviole, oblique
animated - animée, animé, animer
bogle - bogle
I felt a gust of intense irritation, which passed as quickly as it came. I flung myself into the chair again, and pressed my hands on my forehead. The puma began once more.
intense - intense
Montgomery came round behind me and put his hand on my shoulder. "Look here, Prendick," he said, "I had no business to let you drift out into this silly island of ours. But it's not so bad as you feel, man. Your nerves are worked to rags. Let me give you something that will make you sleep. That"will keep on for hours yet. You must simply get to sleep, or I won't answer for it."
rags - chiffons, chiffon
answer for - réponse pour
I did not reply. I bowed forward, and covered my face with my hands. Presently he returned with a small measure containing a dark liquid. This he gave me. I took it unresistingly, and he helped me into the hammock.
reply - répondre, réponse
liquid - liquide
unresistingly - sans résistance
When I awoke, it was broad day. For a little while I lay flat, staring at the roof above me. The rafters, I observed, were made out of the timbers of a ship. Then I turned my head, and saw a meal prepared for me on the table.
roof - toit
rafters - des chevrons, chevron
timbers - bois de construction
I perceived that I was hungry, and prepared to clamber out of the hammock, which, very politely anticipating my intention, twisted round and deposited me upon all-fours on the floor.
clamber - clamber, grimper
politely - poliment
anticipating - anticiper, prévoir
deposited - déposé, dépôt, gisement, acompte, arrhes-p
I got up and sat down before the food. I had a heavy feeling in my head, and only the vaguest memory at first of the things that had happened over night. The morning breeze blew very pleasantly through the unglazed window, and that and the food contributed to the sense of animal comfort which I experienced. Presently the door behind me"the door inward towards the yard of the enclosure"opened.
vaguest - le plus vague, vague
blew - soufflé, coup
pleasantly - agréablement
contributed - a contribué, contribuer
I turned and saw Montgomery's face.
"All right," said he. "I'm frightfully busy." And he shut the door.
frightfully - effrayante
Afterwards I discovered that he forgot to re-lock it. Then I recalled the expression of his face the previous night, and with that the memory of all I had experienced reconstructed itself before me. Even as that fear came back to me came a cry from within; but this time it was not the cry of a puma. I put down the mouthful that hesitated upon my lips, and listened.
Silence, save for the whisper of the morning breeze. I began to think my ears had deceived me.
whisper - chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer
deceived - trompé, tromper, leurrer, séduire
After a long pause I resumed my meal, but with my ears still vigilant. Presently I heard something else, very faint and low. I sat as if frozen in my attitude. Though it was faint and low, it moved me more profoundly than all that I had hitherto heard of the abominations behind the wall. There was no mistake this time in the quality of the dim, broken sounds; no doubt at all of their source.
pause - pauser, pause
vigilant - vigilant
frozen - gelé, geler
attitude - posture, état d'esprit, attitude
abominations - abominations, abomination
source - source
For it was groaning, broken by sobs and gasps of anguish. It was no brute this time; it was a human being in torment!
sobs - sanglots, fdp-p
gasps - haletements, retenir son souffle, haleter, ahaner, haletement
anguish - l'angoisse, angoissons, angoissez, angoisser, angoissent
torment - tourments, tourment, tourmenter
As I realised this I rose, and in three steps had crossed the room, seized the handle of the door into the yard, and flung it open before me.
steps - étapes, pas
crossed - croisé, croix, signe de croix
seized - saisi, saisir
handle - poignée, crosse, manions, traiter, manient, maniez
"Prendick, man! Stop!" cried Montgomery, intervening.
A startled deerhound yelped and snarled. There was blood, I saw, in the sink,"brown, and some scarlet"and I smelt the peculiar smell of carbolic acid. Then through an open doorway beyond, in the dim light of the shadow, I saw something bound painfully upon a framework, scarred, red, and bandaged; and then blotting this out appeared the face of old Moreau, white and terrible.
deerhound - chien de cerf
snarled - grogné, gronder (en montrant les dents)
sink - couler, s'enfoncer, évier, lavabo
smelt - l'éperlan, fondre, (smell), odeur, parfum, gout, odorat, sentir
carbolic - carbolique
acid - aigre, acide
framework - structure, cadre, checkcarcasse, checkcharpente
scarred - cicatrisé, cicatrice
blotting - blotting, (blot), tache, (ink) pâté, souillure, tacher
In a moment he had gripped me by the shoulder with a hand that was smeared red, had twisted me off my feet, and flung me headlong back into my own room. He lifted me as though I was a little child. I fell at full length upon the floor, and the door slammed and shut out the passionate intensity of his face. Then I heard the key turn in the lock, and Montgomery's voice in expostulation.
gripped - saisi, empoigner
smeared - étalé, badigeonner, couvrir, diffamer, trace, traînée
slammed - claquée, claquer
passionate - passionné
turn in - se rendre
expostulation - expostulation
"Ruin the work of a lifetime," I heard Moreau say.
ruin - la ruine, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air
lifetime - a vie, durée de vie (objects), vie (persons), éternité
"He does not understand," said Montgomery. and other things that were inaudible.
inaudible - inaudible
"I can't spare the time yet," said Moreau.
The rest I did not hear. I picked myself up and stood trembling, my mind a chaos of the most horrible misgivings. Could it be possible, I thought, that such a thing as the vivisection of men was carried on here? The question shot like lightning across a tumultuous sky; and suddenly the clouded horror of my mind condensed into a vivid realisation of my own danger.
rest - se reposer, reposent, reposez, reposons, se, reposer, débris
chaos - le chaos, chaos, (chao) le chaos
misgivings - des réticences, état d'âme
lightning - la foudre, éclair, éloise, foudre
clouded - obscurci, s'obscurcir
horror - l'horreur, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion
condensed - condensée, condenser, se condenser
It came before my mind with an unreasonable hope of escape that the outer door of my room was still open to me. I was convinced now, absolutely assured, that Moreau had been vivisecting a human being. All the time since I had heard his name, I had been trying to link in my mind in some way the grotesque animalism of the islanders with his abominations; and now I thought I saw it all.
unreasonable - déraisonnable
absolutely - absolument
link - lien, liaison
The memory of his work on the transfusion of blood recurred to me. These creatures I had seen were the victims of some hideous experiment.
recurred - s'est-elle reproduite, se reproduire
victims - victimes, victime
hideous - hideux, strident, atroce, répugnant
experiment - expérience, expérimenter
These sickening scoundrels had merely intended to keep me back, to fool me with their display of confidence, and presently to fall upon me with a fate more horrible than death,"with torture; and after torture the most hideous degradation it is possible to conceive,"to send me off a lost soul, a beast, to the rest of their Comus rout.
sickening - écourant, a s’en rendre malade
scoundrels - canailles, scélérat, scélérate, gredin, gredine, canaille
intended - prévu, planifié, voulu, (intend), avoir l'intention
display - l'affichage, représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran
Death - mort, déces, camarde, la mort, l'arcane sans nom
torture - la torture, torture, torturer
degradation - dégradation
conceive - concevoir, tomber enceinte
soul - âme
Comus - comus
rout - déroute, mettre en déroute
I looked round for some weapon. Nothing. Then with an inspiration I turned over the deck chair, put my foot on the side of it, and tore away the side rail. It happened that a nail came away with the wood, and projecting, gave a touch of danger to an otherwise petty weapon. I heard a step outside, and incontinently flung open the door and found Montgomery within a yard of it.
inspiration - l'inspiration, inspiration
turned over - retourné
tore - a la déchirure
nail - clou, ongle, enclouer, clouer, caboche
wood - du bois, (de) bois
petty - petit, insignifiant, mesquin
He meant to lock the outer door! I raised this nailed stick of mine and cut at his face; but he sprang back. I hesitated a moment, then turned and fled, round the corner of the house. "Prendick, man!" I heard his astonished cry, "don't be a silly ass, man!"
nailed - cloué, ongle
fled - fui, s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper
round the corner - au coin de la rue
Another minute, thought I, and he would have had me locked in, and as ready as a hospital rabbit for my fate. He emerged behind the corner, for I heard him shout, "Prendick!" Then he began to run after me, shouting things as he ran. This time running blindly, I went northeastward in a direction at right angles to my previous expedition.
shout - crier, cri, jacasser, crient, criez, crions
run after - courir apres
blindly - aveuglément, a l’aveuglette
Once, as I went running headlong up the beach, I glanced over my shoulder and saw his attendant with him.
I ran furiously up the slope, over it, then turning eastward along a rocky valley fringed on either side with jungle I ran for perhaps a mile altogether, my chest straining, my heart beating in my ears; and then hearing nothing of Montgomery or his man, and feeling upon the verge of exhaustion, I doubled sharply back towards the beach as I judged, and lay down in the shelter of a canebrake.
Rocky - rocheux, rocheuxse
fringed - a franges, frange, périphérie, radicaux
side with - du côté de
jungle - jungle, foret vierge, foret tropicale
straining - la tension, (strain) la tension
verge - verge, bord
exhaustion - l'épuisement, épuisement, harassement
doubled - doublé, double, sosie, doublon
shelter - l'abri, abri, refuge, abriter
Canebrake - canebrake
There I remained for a long time, too fearful to move, and indeed too fearful even to plan a course of action. The wild scene about me lay sleeping silently under the sun, and the only sound near me was the thin hum of some small gnats that had discovered me. Presently I became aware of a drowsy breathing sound, the soughing of the sea upon the beach.
fearful - effrayant, redoutable, peureux, craintif, terrible, affreux
Hum - hum, fredonner, bourdonner, fourmiller
gnats - les moucherons, moucheron
aware - conscient, attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte
breathing - respirer, respiration, (breath), souffle, haleine
After about an hour I heard Montgomery shouting my name, far away to the north. That set me thinking of my plan of action. As I interpreted it then, this island was inhabited only by these two vivisectors and their animalised victims. Some of these no doubt they could press into their service against me if need arose.
interpreted - interprétées, interpréter, traduire
inhabited - habité, habiter
service - service, messe
arose - s'est élevé, se lever, relever
I knew both Moreau and Montgomery carried revolvers; and, save for a feeble bar of deal spiked with a small nail, the merest mockery of a mace, I was unarmed.
revolvers - revolvers, revolver
deal - accord, dispenser, distribuer
spiked - en épi, clou, pointe, pieu, pic, pique, épi, crampons-p
merest - plus, simple
mace - masse, massue
So I lay still there, until I began to think of food and drink; and at that thought the real hopelessness of my position came home to me. I knew no way of getting anything to eat. I was too ignorant of botany to discover any resort of root or fruit that might lie about me; I had no means of trapping the few rabbits upon the island. It grew blanker the more I turned the prospect over.
hopelessness - le désespoir, désespérance
ignorant - ignorant
Botany - la botanique, botanique
discover - découvrir
resort - station, avoir recours (a)
root - racine, enraciner, enracinez, enracinons, enracinent, rave
lie - mentir, mensonge, mentez, gésir, gis, mentons
Trapping - le piégeage, (trap) le piégeage
blanker - blanker, blanc, vierge, balles a blanc-p, préforme
At last in the desperation of my position, my mind turned to the animal men I had encountered. I tried to find some hope in what I remembered of them. In turn I recalled each one I had seen, and tried to draw some augury of assistance from my memory.
desperation - le désespoir, désespoir
augury - l'augure, augure
Then suddenly I heard a staghound bay, and at that realised a new danger. I took little time to think, or they would have caught me then, but snatching up my nailed stick, rushed headlong from my hiding-place towards the sound of the sea. I remember a growth of thorny plants, with spines that stabbed like pen-knives.
snatching up - arraché
rushed - précipité, se précipiter, emmener d'urgence
hiding-place - (hiding-place) Une cachette
thorny - épineux
spines - épines dorsales, colonne vertébrale, échine, dos, épine, piquant
stabbed - poignardé, poignarder
I emerged bleeding and with torn clothes upon the lip of a long creek opening northward. I went straight into the water without a minute's hesitation, wading up the creek, and presently finding myself kneedeep in a little stream. I scrambled out at last on the westward bank, and with my heart beating loudly in my ears, crept into a tangle of ferns to await the issue.
bleeding - des saignements, saignant, saignement
torn - déchiré, larme
Creek - le ruisseau, crique, ruisseau
wading - patauger, (wad) patauger
kneedeep - kneedeep
await - attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter
issue - question, sortie, émission, livraison, délivrance, drain
I heard the dog (there was only one) draw nearer, and yelp when it came to the thorns. Then I heard no more, and presently began to think I had escaped.
thorns - épines, épine, thorn
The minutes passed; the silence lengthened out, and at last after an hour of security my courage began to return to me. By this time I was no longer very much terrified or very miserable. I had, as it were, passed the limit of terror and despair. I felt now that my life was practically lost, and that persuasion made me capable of daring anything.
lengthened - allongé, rallonger
Security - la sécurité, sécurité, sécurisant, titre négociable
capable - capable
daring - audacieux, courageux, checktéméraire, checkhardi
I had even a certain wish to encounter Moreau face to face; and as I had waded into the water, I remembered that if I were too hard pressed at least one path of escape from torment still lay open to me,"they could not very well prevent my drowning myself.
encounter - rencontre
path - chemin, sentier
lay open - s'ouvrir
drowning - la noyade, noyade, (drown), noyer, checksubmerger
I had half a mind to drown myself then; but an odd wish to see the whole adventure out, a queer, impersonal, spectacular interest in myself, restrained me. I stretched my limbs, sore and painful from the pricks of the spiny plants, and stared around me at the trees; and, so suddenly that it seemed to jump out of the green tracery about it, my eyes lit upon a black face watching me.
drown - se noyer, noyer, checksubmerger
adventure - l'aventure, aventure
impersonal - impersonnelle
spectacular - spectaculaire
restrained - retenue, (se) contenir/retenir
stretched - étiré, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
pricks - des cons, piquer, percer
spiny - épineux, piquant
jump out - sauter
tracery - tracer, tracerie
I saw that it was the simian creature who had met the launch upon the beach. He was clinging to the oblique stem of a palm-tree. I gripped my stick, and stood up facing him. He began chattering. "You, you, you," was all I could distinguish at first. Suddenly he dropped from the tree, and in another moment was holding the fronds apart and staring curiously at me.
simian - simien
clinging to - s'accrocher a
palm-tree - (palm-tree) un palmier
dropped - a déposé, goutte
apart - a part, séparé, séparément, a part, en morceaux, en pieces
I did not feel the same repugnance towards this creature which I had experienced in my encounters with the other Beast Men. "You," he said, "in the boat." He was a man, then,"at least as much of a man as Montgomery's attendant,"for he could talk.
repugnance - répugnance
encounters - rencontres, rencontrer, rencontre
"Yes," I said, "I came in the boat. From the ship."
"Oh!" he said, and his bright, restless eyes travelled over me, to my hands, to the stick I carried, to my feet, to the tattered places in my coat, and the cuts and scratches I had received from the thorns. He seemed puzzled at something. His eyes came back to my hands. He held his own hand out and counted his digits slowly, "One, two, three, four, five"eigh?"
scratches - des rayures, gratter, égratigner, piquer, rayer, biffer
received - reçu, recevoir
puzzled - perplexe, mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience
hand out - distribuer
counted - compté, comte
Digits - digits, chiffre
I did not grasp his meaning then; afterwards I was to find that a great proportion of these Beast People had malformed hands, lacking sometimes even three digits. But guessing this was in some way a greeting, I did the same thing by way of reply. He grinned with immense satisfaction. Then his swift roving glance went round again; he made a swift movement"and vanished.
grasp - saisir, agripper, comprendre
proportion - proportion
malformed - malformé
lacking - manquant, manquer de qqch
greeting - l'accueil, salutation, salut, (greet) l'accueil
grinned - ricané, avoir un grand sourire
glance - regard, jeter un coup d’oil
The fern fronds he had stood between came swishing together.
fern - fougere, fougere
swishing - l'hirondelle, (swish), chic, doux, en vogue, lisse, bruisser
I pushed out of the brake after him, and was astonished to find him swinging cheerfully by one lank arm from a rope of creepers that looped down from the foliage overhead. His back was to me.
brake - frein, freinez, freiner, freinent, freinons
swinging - l'échangisme, pivotant, (swing), osciller, se balancer
cheerfully - réjouie
looped - en boucle, boucle, circuit fermé
foliage - le feuillage, feuillage
"Hullo!" said I.
He came down with a twisting jump, and stood facing me.
twisting - torsion, (twist), twist, entortiller, tordre
"I say," said I, "where can I get something to eat?"
"Eat!" he said. "Eat Man's food, now." And his eye went back to the swing of ropes. "At the huts."
swing - swing, osciller, se balancer, swinguer, pendre, changer
huts - huttes, hutte
"But where are the huts?"
"I'm new, you know."
At that he swung round, and set off at a quick walk. All his motions were curiously rapid. "Come along," said he.
I went with him to see the adventure out. I guessed the huts were some rough shelter where he and some more of these Beast People lived. I might perhaps find them friendly, find some handle in their minds to take hold of. I did not know how far they had forgotten their human heritage.
minds - les esprits, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire
take hold - s'installer
heritage - l'héritage, héritage
My ape-like companion trotted along by my side, with his hands hanging down and his jaw thrust forward. I wondered what memory he might have in him. "How long have you been on this island?" said I.
ape - singe
trotted - trotté, trotter
hanging - suspension, (hang) suspension
jaw - mâchoire
wondered - s'est demandé, merveille, étonner
"How long?" he asked; and after having the question repeated, he held up three fingers.
The creature was little better than an idiot. I tried to make out what he meant by that, and it seems I bored him. After another question or two he suddenly left my side and went leaping at some fruit that hung from a tree. He pulled down a handful of prickly husks and went on eating the contents. I noted this with satisfaction, for here at least was a hint for feeding.
pulled down - tiré vers le bas
handful - poignée, manipule
prickly - épineux, irritable, irascible
husks - des cosses, enveloppe
hint - indice, indication, soupçon, faire allusion
I tried him with some other questions, but his chattering, prompt responses were as often as not quite at cross purposes with my question. Some few were appropriate, others quite parrot-like.
prompt - rapide, ponctuel, indicateur, invite de commande, inciter
responses - des réponses, réponse
purposes - objectifs, but, objet
appropriate - approprié, idoine, approprier
parrot - perroquet, perroqueter, perrucher
I was so intent upon these peculiarities that I scarcely noticed the path we followed. Presently we came to trees, all charred and brown, and so to a bare place covered with a yellow-white incrustation, across which a drifting smoke, pungent in whiffs to nose and eyes, went drifting. On our right, over a shoulder of bare rock, I saw the level blue of the sea.
intent - l'intention, intention, résolu, déterminé, buté
charred - carbonisé, carboniser
incrustation - travestissement
pungent - âcre, pointu, piquant
whiffs - whiffs, souffle, bouffée, effluve
The path coiled down abruptly into a narrow ravine between two tumbled and knotty masses of blackish scoriae. Into this we plunged.
coiled - enroulé, enrouler
ravine - ravin, ravine
tumbled - culbuté, culbute, dégringoler, culbuter
masses - masses, Masse, Massé
blackish - noirâtre
plunged - plongé, plonger
It was extremely dark, this passage, after the blinding sunlight reflected from the sulphurous ground. Its walls grew steep, and approached each other. Blotches of green and crimson drifted across my eyes. My conductor stopped suddenly. "Home!" said he, and I stood in a floor of a chasm that was at first absolutely dark to me.
passage - passage, corridoir, couloir
reflected - réfléchie, refléter, réfléchir
sulphurous - sulfureux
steep - raide
blotches - des taches, tache
conductor - chef d'orchestre, contrôleur, poinçonneur (ancient, in bus)
chasm - chasme, crevasse, fossé, gouffre
I heard some strange noises, and thrust the knuckles of my left hand into my eyes. I became aware of a disagreeable odor, like that of a monkey's cage ill-cleaned. Beyond, the rock opened again upon a gradual slope of sunlit greenery, and on either hand the light smote down through narrow ways into the central gloom.
noises - bruits, bruit, vacarme, brouhaha, boucan, tintamarre
knuckles - poings américains, articulation du doigt, articulation
odor - odeur
monkey - singe, guenon
gradual - graduelle, graduel
sunlit - ensoleillé
smote - smote, frapper
central - central
gloom - obscurité, pénombre, grisaille, morosité, noirceur
Then something cold touched my hand. I started violently, and saw close to me a dim pinkish thing, looking more like a flayed child than anything else in the world. The creature had exactly the mild but repulsive features of a sloth, the same low forehead and slow gestures.
touched - touché, toucher, émouvoir, contact
sloth - paresse, paresseux, ai
As the first shock of the change of light passed, I saw about me more distinctly. The little sloth-like creature was standing and staring at me. My conductor had vanished. The place was a narrow passage between high walls of lava, a crack in the knotted rock, and on either side interwoven heaps of sea-mat, palm-fans, and reeds leaning against the rock formed rough and impenetrably dark dens.
shock - choc, choquons, offusquer, choquez, choquer, secouer
crack - crack, croustiller, fissure, craquement, fracas, craquer
knotted - noué, noeud
interwoven - entrelacés, entrelacer
heaps - tas, pile, monceau
mat - mat, mate
impenetrably - impénétrable
dens - dens, (den) dens
The winding way up the ravine between these was scarcely three yards wide, and was disfigured by lumps of decaying fruit-pulp and other refuse, which accounted for the disagreeable stench of the place.
winding - bobinage, (wind) bobinage
disfigured - défiguré, défigurer
lumps - des grumeaux, masse, tas, protubérance, renflement, bosse
decaying - en décomposition, décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir
pulp - pulpe, (presse) a sensation
refuse - refuser, refusons, refusent, refusez
accounted - comptabilisée, compte
stench - une odeur nauséabonde, puanteur
The little pink sloth-creature was still blinking at me when my Ape-man reappeared at the aperture of the nearest of these dens, and beckoned me in. As he did so a slouching monster wriggled out of one of the places, further up this strange street, and stood up in featureless silhouette against the bright green beyond, staring at me.
blinking at - en clignant des yeux
aperture - ouverture
beckoned - fait signe, faire signe
slouching - avachie, empoté
wriggled - s'est tortillé, remuer, se tortiller
featureless - sans caractéristiques
I hesitated, having half a mind to bolt the way I had come; and then, determined to go through with the adventure, I gripped my nailed stick about the middle and crawled into the little evil-smelling lean-to after my conductor.
bolt - boulon, verrouiller, pene
determined - déterminé, déterminer
smelling - l'odeur, (smell), odeur, parfum, gout, odorat, sentir, humer
lean - maigre, adossons, adossent, appuyer, adossez
It was a semi-circular space, shaped like the half of a bee-hive; and against the rocky wall that formed the inner side of it was a pile of variegated fruits, cocoa-nuts among others. Some rough vessels of lava and wood stood about the floor, and one on a rough stool. There was no fire. In the darkest corner of the hut sat a shapeless mass of darkness that grunted "Hey!
semi - semi
circular - circulaire, rond
shaped - en forme, forme
bee - abeille
cocoa - cacao, Cocoa
nuts - des noix, noix(literally walnut noix but often used generically)
vessels - navires, vaisseau, recipient
stood about - Se tenait autour
stool - tabouret
hut - hutte, chaumiere, cabane
mass - masse, foule, amas
" as I came in, and my Ape-man stood in the dim light of the doorway and held out a split cocoa-nut to me as I crawled into the other corner and squatted down. I took it, and began gnawing it, as serenely as possible, in spite of a certain trepidation and the nearly intolerable closeness of the den.
split - divisé, fissure, division, fragment, morceau, grand écart
Nut - noix, écrou, maternel
squatted - s'est accroupi, s'accroupir
gnawing - ronger, tenaillant, (gnaw), harceler, préoccuper
serenely - sereinement
trepidation - inquiétude, crainte, appréhension, trépidation
den - den, nid
The little pink sloth-creature stood in the aperture of the hut, and something else with a drab face and bright eyes came staring over its shoulder.
"Hey!" came out of the lump of mystery opposite. "It is a man."
"It is a man," gabbled my conductor, "a man, a man, a five-man, like me."
gabbled - bavardé, bredouiller
"Shut up!" said the voice from the dark, and grunted. I gnawed my cocoa-nut amid an impressive stillness.
gnawed - rongé, ronger, harceler, préoccuper
amid - amid, au milieu de, parmi, entre
impressive - impressionnante
I peered hard into the blackness, but could distinguish nothing.
"It is a man," the voice repeated. "He comes to live with us?"
It was a thick voice, with something in it"a kind of whistling overtone"that struck me as peculiar; but the English accent was strangely good.
whistling - siffler, (whistle), sifflet, sifflement, sifflements
overtone - partiel, harmonique, sous-entendu, connotation
accent - accent, emphase, souligner, accentuer
strangely - étrangement
The Ape-man looked at me as though he expected something. I perceived the pause was interrogative. "He comes to live with you," I said.
expected - attendue, attendre, s'attendre a
interrogative - interrogative, interrogatif
"It is a man. He must learn the Law."
I began to distinguish now a deeper blackness in the black, a vague outline of a hunched-up figure. Then I noticed the opening of the place was darkened by two more black heads. My hand tightened on my stick.
hunched - courbée, bosse, intuition, pressentiment, se vouter
darkened - assombri, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer
The thing in the dark repeated in a louder tone, "Say the words." I had missed its last remark. "Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law," it repeated in a kind of sing-song.
remark - remarque, remarquent, remarquez, remarquons
I was puzzled.
"Say the words," said the Ape-man, repeating, and the figures in the doorway echoed this, with a threat in the tone of their voices.
echoed - en écho, écho
I realised that I had to repeat this idiotic formula; and then began the insanest ceremony. The voice in the dark began intoning a mad litany, line by line, and I and the rest to repeat it. As they did so, they swayed from side to side in the oddest way, and beat their hands upon their knees; and I followed their example. I could have imagined I was already dead and in another world.
idiotic - idiote, idiot, stupide, idiotique
formula - formule, aliment lacté pour nourrissons
insanest - le plus insensé, dérangé, délirant, fou, dément, dérangeant
ceremony - cérémonie
intoning - intonation, (intone) intonation
litany - litanie
oddest - le plus étrange, rench: -neededr, bizarre, étrange, impair
beat - battre, abats, battement, battirent, battent, abattîmes
That dark hut, these grotesque dim figures, just flecked here and there by a glimmer of light, and all of them swaying in unison and chanting,
flecked - moucheté, tache, flocon, frarticule (1), froucheture, moucheter
glimmer - l'éclat, lueur, émettre une lueur
chanting - chanter, psalmodier
"Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
"Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
"Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
flesh - de la chair, chair, peau, viande, corps, pulpe
"Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
claw - griffe
bark - l'écorce, écorce, coque, aboyer
"Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
And so from the prohibition of these acts of folly, on to the prohibition of what I thought then were the maddest, most impossible, and most indecent things one could well imagine. A kind of rhythmic fervour fell on all of us; we gabbled and swayed faster and faster, repeating this amazing Law.
prohibition - l'interdiction, prohibition, interdiction
folly - folie, sottise
maddest - le plus fou, fou, folle, fol
most indecent - le plus indécent
fervour - ferveur, zele
Superficially the contagion of these brutes was upon me, but deep down within me the laughter and disgust struggled together. We ran through a long list of prohibitions, and then the chant swung round to a new formula.
superficially - superficiellement
contagion - la contagion, contagion
deep - profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée, profondeurs
laughter - rires, rire
struggled - en difficulté, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre
prohibitions - des interdictions, prohibition, interdiction
"His is the House of Pain.
"His is the Hand that makes.
"His is the Hand that wounds.
"His is the Hand that heals."
heals - guérit, guérir, (se) cicatriser
And so on for another long series, mostly quite incomprehensible gibberish to me about Him, whoever he might be. I could have fancied it was a dream, but never before have I heard chanting in a dream.
mostly - surtout, majoritairement
incomprehensible - incompréhensible
Whoever - quiconque, qui que ce soit qui
dream - reve, reve, songe, voeu
"His is the lightning flash," we sang. "His is the deep, salt sea."
A horrible fancy came into my head that Moreau, after animalising these men, had infected their dwarfed brains with a kind of deification of himself. However, I was too keenly aware of white teeth and strong claws about me to stop my chanting on that account.
infected - infecté, infecter
dwarfed - nain, naine
brains - cerveau, qualifierejorative or when used as food
deification - déification
claws - griffes, griffe
on that account - sur ce compte
"His are the stars in the sky."
At last that song ended. I saw the Ape-man's face shining with perspiration; and my eyes being now accustomed to the darkness, I saw more distinctly the figure in the corner from which the voice came. It was the size of a man, but it seemed covered with a dull grey hair almost like a Skye-terrier. What was it? What were they all?
accustomed - habitué, accoutumer
terrier - terrier, (fox-)terrier, (terry) terrier
Imagine yourself surrounded by all the most horrible cripples and maniacs it is possible to conceive, and you may understand a little of my feelings with these grotesque caricatures of humanity about me.
cripples - des infirmes, estropié, infirme, estropier, bridé
maniacs - maniaques, maniaque, cinglé, cinglée
caricatures - des caricatures, caricature, caricaturer
"He is a five-man, a five-man, a five-man"like me," said the Ape-man.
I held out my hands. The grey creature in the corner leant forward.
"Not to run on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?" he said.
He put out a strangely distorted talon and gripped my fingers. The thing was almost like the hoof of a deer produced into claws. I could have yelled with surprise and pain.
Talon - talon, serre, griffe
hoof - sabot
deer - cerf, chevreuil
His face came forward and peered at my nails, came forward into the light of the opening of the hut and I saw with a quivering disgust that it was like the face of neither man nor beast, but a mere shock of grey hair, with three shadowy over-archings to mark the eyes and mouth.
nails - clous, ongle
shadowy - ombrageux, sombre
"He has little nails," said this grisly creature in his hairy beard. "It is well."
He threw my hand down, and instinctively I gripped my stick.
hand down - Transmettre
"Eat roots and herbs; it is His will," said the Ape-man.
roots - des racines, racine
"I am the Sayer of the Law," said the grey figure. "Here come all that be new to learn the Law. I sit in the darkness and say the Law."
"It is even so," said one of the beasts in the doorway.
"Evil are the punishments of those who break the Law. None escape."
punishments - punitions, punition, châtiment
"None escape," said the Beast Folk, glancing furtively at one another.
folk - folklorique, populaire, peuple
glancing - un coup d'oil, (glance), jeter un coup d’oil
furtively - furtivement
"None, none," said the Ape-man,""none escape. See! I did a little thing, a wrong thing, once. I jabbered, jabbered, stopped talking. None could understand. I am burnt, branded in the hand. He is great. He is good!"
jabbered - jabbered, bredouiller
burnt - brulé, brulé, (burn) brulé
branded - de marque, tison, marque, style, flétrir
"None escape," said the grey creature in the corner.
"None escape," said the Beast People, looking askance at one another.
"For every one the want that is bad," said the grey Sayer of the Law. "What you will want we do not know; we shall know. Some want to follow things that move, to watch and slink and wait and spring; to kill and bite, bite deep and rich, sucking the blood. It is bad. Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men? Not to eat Flesh or Fish; that is the Law. Are we not Men?'"
kill - tuer, tuent, tuons, dézinguer, tuez
sucking - sucer, succion, sucement, (suck), téter, etre chiant
"None escape," said a dappled brute standing in the doorway.
dappled - pommelé, taché, tacheté
"For every one the want is bad," said the grey Sayer of the Law. "Some want to go tearing with teeth and hands into the roots of things, snuffing into the earth. It is bad."
tearing - déchirure, larme
snuffing - l'étouffement, (snuff) l'étouffement
"None escape," said the men in the door.
"Some go clawing trees; some go scratching at the graves of the dead; some go fighting with foreheads or feet or claws; some bite suddenly, none giving occasion; some love uncleanness."
clawing - la griffe, griffe
scratching - grattage, éraflant, (scratch), gratter, égratigner, piquer
graves - tombes, tombe
fighting - combattre, combat, bagarre, (fight) combattre
uncleanness - l'impureté
"None escape," said the Ape-man, scratching his calf.
calf - veau, mollet
"None escape," said the little pink sloth-creature.
"Punishment is sharp and sure. Therefore learn the Law. Say the words."
punishment - punition, châtiment
therefore - par conséquent, en conséquence, donc, pour ça
And incontinently he began again the strange litany of the Law, and again I and all these creatures began singing and swaying. My head reeled with this jabbering and the close stench of the place; but I kept on, trusting to find presently some chance of a new development.
reeled - enroulé, reel, bobine, enrouleur, embobiner, enrouler, tituber
jabbering - jacasser, (jabber) jacasser
trusting - la confiance, confiance, trust, faire confiance
new development - un nouveau développement
"Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
We were making such a noise that I noticed nothing of a tumult outside, until some one, who I think was one of the two Swine Men I had seen, thrust his head over the little pink sloth-creature and shouted something excitedly, something that I did not catch.
swine - porcs, porc, vermine, an
Incontinently those at the opening of the hut vanished; my Ape-man rushed out; the thing that had sat in the dark followed him (I only observed that it was big and clumsy, and covered with silvery hair), and I was left alone. Then before I reached the aperture I heard the yelp of a staghound.
silvery - argenté, argentin
In another moment I was standing outside the hovel, my chair-rail in my hand, every muscle of me quivering. Before me were the clumsy backs of perhaps a score of these Beast People, their misshapen heads half hidden by their shoulder-blades. They were gesticulating excitedly. Other half-animal faces glared interrogation out of the hovels.
muscle - muscle
blades - lames, lame
gesticulating - gesticuler
glared - éblouie, éclat
hovels - des taudis, taudis
looking in the direction in which they faced, I saw coming through the haze under the trees beyond the end of the passage of dens the dark figure and awful white face of Moreau. He was holding the leaping staghound back, and close behind him came Montgomery revolver in hand.
looking in - Regarder dans
awful - terrible, épouvantable, horrible
revolver - revolver
For a moment I stood horror-struck. I turned and saw the passage behind me blocked by another heavy brute, with a huge grey face and twinkling little eyes, advancing towards me. I looked round and saw to the right of me and a half-dozen yards in front of me a narrow gap in the wall of rock through which a ray of light slanted into the shadows.
blocked - bloqué, bloc
twinkling - scintillant, (twinkle), briller, cligner, virevolter
ray of light - un rayon de lumiere
slanted - incliné, biais, connotation, bridé, qualifier
"Stop!" cried Moreau as I strode towards this, and then, "Hold him!"
At that, first one face turned towards me and then others. Their bestial minds were happily slow. I dashed my shoulder into a clumsy monster who was turning to see what Moreau meant, and flung him forward into another. I felt his hands fly round, clutching at me and missing me.
Happily - heureux, heureusement, par bonheur, joyeusement, gaiement
dashed - en pointillés, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter
fly round - Voler autour
clutching - l'embrayage, se raccrocher (a)
The little pink sloth-creature dashed at me, and I gashed down its ugly face with the nail in my stick and in another minute was scrambling up a steep side pathway, a kind of sloping chimney, out of the ravine. I heard a howl behind me, and cries of "Catch him!" "Hold him!" and the grey-faced creature appeared behind me and jammed his huge bulk into the cleft. "Go on! go on!" they howled.
gashed - gazéifié, entaille, balafre
scrambling - l'embrouille, brouillage, (scramble), brouiller
sloping - en pente, renverser, déborder
chimney - cheminée
howl - hurlement, hurler
jammed - bloqué, confiture
bulk - en vrac, grosseur, gros, ensemble, vrac
cleft - fente, crevassé
I clambered up the narrow cleft in the rock and came out upon the sulphur on the westward side of the village of the Beast Men.
clambered - escaladé, grimper
sulphur - le soufre, soufre
That gap was altogether fortunate for me, for the narrow chimney, slanting obliquely upward, must have impeded the nearer pursuers. I ran over the white space and down a steep slope, through a scattered growth of trees, and came to a low-lying stretch of tall reeds, through which I pushed into a dark, thick undergrowth that was black and succulent under foot.
slanting - en biais, biais, connotation, bridé, qualifier
upward - a la hausse
impeded - entravé, entraver
pursuers - poursuivants, poursuivant
ran over - écraser
lying - gisant, sis, mentant, (lie) gisant
stretch - étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
succulent - succulent, succulente, gras, grasse
As I plunged into the reeds, my foremost pursuers emerged from the gap. I broke my way through this undergrowth for some minutes. The air behind me and about me was soon full of threatening cries. I heard the tumult of my pursuers in the gap up the slope, then the crashing of the reeds, and every now and then the crackling crash of a branch.
foremost - avant tout
threatening - menaçante, menaçant, (threaten), menacer
crackling - crépitement, couenne rissolee, (crackle)
crash - crash, fracas
Some of the creatures roared like excited beasts of prey. The staghound yelped to the left. I heard Moreau and Montgomery shouting in the same direction. I turned sharply to the right. It seemed to me even then that I heard Montgomery shouting for me to run for my life.
prey - la proie, butin, prise, proie
Presently the ground gave rich and oozy under my feet; but I was desperate and went headlong into it, struggled through kneedeep, and so came to a winding path among tall canes. The noise of my pursuers passed away to my left. In one place three strange, pink, hopping animals, about the size of cats, bolted before my footsteps.
oozy - oozy
canes - cannes, canne, tige, bastonnade, canne blanche
bolted - boulonné, verrou
This pathway ran up hill, across another open space covered with white incrustation, and plunged into a canebrake again. Then suddenly it turned parallel with the edge of a steep-walled gap, which came without warning, like the ha-ha of an English park,"turned with an unexpected abruptness.
ran up - a couru
Hill - hill, colline, côte
warning - l'avertissement, avertissement, attention, (warn), avertir
ha - HA
abruptness - rudesse, brusquerie, soudaineté
I was still running with all my might, and I never saw this drop until I was flying headlong through the air.
I fell on my forearms and head, among thorns, and rose with a torn ear and bleeding face. I had fallen into a precipitous ravine, rocky and thorny, full of a hazy mist which drifted about me in wisps, and with a narrow streamlet from which this mist came meandering down the centre. I was astonished at this thin fog in the full blaze of daylight; but I had no time to stand wondering then.
forearms - les avant-bras, avant-bras
precipitous - précipité
mist - brouillard, brume
wisps - des feux follets, brin, fétu, touffe
meandering - des méandres, méandreux, (meander), méandre, méandrer
Fog - le brouillard, masquer, brume, brouillard
blaze - flamme, feu, embrasement
I turned to my right, down-stream, hoping to come to the sea in that direction, and so have my way open to drown myself. It was only later I found that I had dropped my nailed stick in my fall.
Presently the ravine grew narrower for a space, and carelessly I stepped into the stream. I jumped out again pretty quickly, for the water was almost boiling. I noticed too there was a thin sulphurous scum drifting upon its coiling water. Almost immediately came a turn in the ravine, and the indistinct blue horizon. The nearer sea was flashing the sun from a myriad facets.
narrower - plus étroite, étroit
carelessly - négligemment
stepped - en escalier, pas
jumped out - a sauté
scum - racaille, écume, couche, mousse, crasse, ordure
coiling - enroulement, enrouler
indistinct - indistinct
myriad - myriade, nombreux
facets - facettes, facette, volet, ommatidie, facetter
I saw my death before me; but I was hot and panting, with the warm blood oozing out on my face and running pleasantly through my veins. I felt more than a touch of exultation too, at having distanced my pursuers. It was not in me then to go out and drown myself yet. I stared back the way I had come.
oozing out - qui suinte
veins - veines, veine
distanced - distancié, distance, éloigner, fr
I listened. Save for the hum of the gnats and the chirp of some small insects that hopped among the thorns, the air was absolutely still. Then came the yelp of a dog, very faint, and a chattering and gibbering, the snap of a whip, and voices. They grew louder, then fainter again. The noise receded up the stream and faded away.
chirp - pépiement, piaillement, stridulation, craquetement, gazouiller
Insects - insectes, insecte
hopped - sautée, sauter a cloche-pied
gibbering - baragouiner
snap - snap, claquer, claquement de doigts, photographie, photo
whip - fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre
fainter - plus faible, (faint) plus faible
receded - a reculé, reculer
faded away - s'éteindre
For a while the chase was over; but I knew now how much hope of help for me lay in the Beast People.
I turned again and went on down towards the sea. I found the hot stream broadened out to a shallow, weedy sand, in which an abundance of crabs and long-bodied, many-legged creatures started from my footfall. I walked to the very edge of the salt water, and then I felt I was safe. I turned and stared, arms akimbo, at the thick green behind me, into which the steamy ravine cut like a smoking gash.
broadened - élargi, élargir
shallow - superficielle, peu profond, superficiel, haut-fond, baisse
weedy - des mauvaises herbes, chétif
abundance - l'abondance, abondance
crabs - des crabes, crabe
salt water - l'eau salée
safe - sur, en sécurité, o longer in danger, sans danger, sur, sauf
smoking - fumant, (smoke) fumant
gash - gash, balafre
But, as I say, I was too full of excitement and (a true saying, though those who have never known danger may doubt it) too desperate to die.
Then it came into my head that there was one chance before me yet.
While Moreau and Montgomery and their bestial rabble chased me through the island, might I not go round the beach until I came to their enclosure,"make a flank march upon them, in fact, and then with a rock lugged out of their loosely-built wall, perhaps, smash in the lock of the smaller door and see what I could find (knife, pistol, or what not) to fight them with when they returned?
rabble - la populace, cohue
chased - poursuivis, poursuivre, courir apres
go round - faire le tour
lugged - trimballé, traîner
loosely - en toute liberté, sans serrer
smash - smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser
pistol - pistolet
It was at any rate something to try.
So I turned to the westward and walked along by the water's edge. The setting sun flashed his blinding heat into my eyes. The slight Pacific tide was running in with a gentle ripple. Presently the shore fell away southward, and the sun came round upon my right hand.
setting sun - le soleil couchant
gentle - gentil, doux
ripple - ondulation
shore - rivage, riverain, parages, bord, rive, borde
Then suddenly, far in front of me, I saw first one and then several figures emerging from the bushes,"Moreau, with his grey staghound, then Montgomery, and two others. At that I stopped.
They saw me, and began gesticulating and advancing. I stood watching them approach. The two Beast Men came running forward to cut me off from the undergrowth, inland. Montgomery came, running also, but straight towards me. Moreau followed slower with the dog.
At last I roused myself from my inaction, and turning seaward walked straight into the water. The water was very shallow at first. I was thirty yards out before the waves reached to my waist. Dimly I could see the intertidal creatures darting away from my feet.
roused - réveillé, réveiller
inaction - l'inaction, inaction
seaward - vers la mer
waist - taille, ceinture
intertidal - intertidal
darting - darting, dard, fleche
"What are you doing, man?" cried Montgomery.
I turned, standing waist deep, and stared at them. Montgomery stood panting at the margin of the water. His face was bright-red with exertion, his long flaxen hair blown about his head, and his dropping nether lip showed his irregular teeth. Moreau was just coming up, his face pale and firm, and the dog at his hand barked at me. Both men had heavy whips. Farther up the beach stared the Beast Men.
margin - marge
exertion - l'effort, effort, dépense
blown - soufflé, coup
firm - ferme, social, robuste, maison de commerce, solide
barked at - aboyer a
whips - des fouets, fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre
"What am I doing? I am going to drown myself," said I.
Montgomery and Moreau looked at each other. "Why?" asked Moreau.
"Because that is better than being tortured by you."
tortured - torturé, torture, torturer
"I told you so," said Montgomery, and Moreau said something in a low tone.
"What makes you think I shall torture you?" asked Moreau.
"What I saw," I said. "And those"yonder."
yonder - la-bas, la-bas
"Hush!" said Moreau, and held up his hand.
Hush - chut !, silence
"I will not," said I. "They were men: what are they now? I at least will not be like them."
I looked past my interlocutors. Up the beach were M'ling, Montgomery's attendant, and one of the white-swathed brutes from the boat. Farther up, in the shadow of the trees, I saw my little Ape-man, and behind him some other dim figures.
ling - ling
"Who are these creatures?" said I, pointing to them and raising my voice more and more that it might reach them. "They were men, men like yourselves, whom you have infected with some bestial taint,"men whom you have enslaved, and whom you still fear.
enslaved - asservis, asservir, esclavagiser
"You who listen," I cried, pointing now to Moreau and shouting past him to the Beast Men,""You who listen! Do you not see these men still fear you, go in dread of you? Why, then, do you fear them? You are many""
"For God's sake," cried Montgomery, "stop that, Prendick!"
sake - du saké, dans l'intéret de qqn
"Prendick!" cried Moreau.
They both shouted together, as if to drown my voice; and behind them lowered the staring faces of the Beast Men, wondering, their deformed hands hanging down, their shoulders hunched up. They seemed, as I fancied, to be trying to understand me, to remember, I thought, something of their human past.
lowered - abaissé, (s')assombrir
I went on shouting, I scarcely remember what,"that Moreau and Montgomery could be killed, that they were not to be feared: that was the burden of what I put into the heads of the Beast People. I saw the green-eyed man in the dark rags, who had met me on the evening of my arrival, come out from among the trees, and others followed him, to hear me better. At last for want of breath I paused.
feared - craint, peur
burden - charge, accablement, alourdissons, alourdir, alourdissez
arrival - arrivée, arrivant, arrivante
"Listen to me for a moment," said the steady voice of Moreau; "and then say what you will."
steady - stable, lisse, régulier
"Well?" said I.
He coughed, thought, then shouted: "Latin, Prendick! bad Latin, schoolboy Latin; but try and understand. Hi non sunt homines; sunt animalia qui nos habemus"vivisected. A humanising process. I will explain. Come ashore."
coughed - a toussé, tousser, toux
non - non
homines - homines
animalia - Animalia
process - processus, procédé
I laughed. "A pretty story," said I. "They talk, build houses. They were men. It's likely I'll come ashore."
Likely - probable
"The water just beyond where you stand is deep"and full of sharks."
"That's my way," said I. "Short and sharp. Presently."
"Wait a minute." He took something out of his pocket that flashed back the sun, and dropped the object at his feet. "That's a loaded revolver," said he. "Montgomery here will do the same. Now we are going up the beach until you are satisfied the distance is safe. Then come and take the revolvers."
loaded - chargé, charge, chargement
"Not I! You have a third between you."
third - troisieme, troisieme, trois, tiers, tierce
"I want you to think over things, Prendick. In the first place, I never asked you to come upon this island. If we vivisected men, we should import men, not beasts. In the next, we had you drugged last night, had we wanted to work you any mischief; and in the next, now your first panic is over and you can think a little, is Montgomery here quite up to the character you give him?
think over - réfléchir
drugged - droguée, médicament
mischief - méfaits, espieglerie, betise, polissonnerie, méfait
panic - panique
We have chased you for your good. Because this island is full of inimical phenomena. Besides, why should we want to shoot you when you have just offered to drown yourself?"
inimical - inamicale
phenomena - des phénomenes
shoot - tirer, larguer, tirent, tirons, tirez
"Why did you set"your people onto me when I was in the hut?"
onto - sur
"We felt sure of catching you, and bringing you out of danger. Afterwards we drew away from the scent, for your good."
catching - de capture, attrapant, (catch), prise, touche, loquet
out of danger - hors de danger
scent - parfum, odeur, odorat, sentir
I mused. It seemed just possible. Then I remembered something again. "But I saw," said I, "in the enclosure""
mused - a réfléchi, muse
"That was the puma."
"Look here, Prendick," said Montgomery, "you're a silly ass! Come out of the water and take these revolvers, and talk. We can't do anything more than we could do now."
I will confess that then, and indeed always, I distrusted and dreaded Moreau; but Montgomery was a man I felt I understood.
distrusted - méfiance, défiance, se méfier
dreaded - redouté, redouter, craindre, crainte
"Go up the beach," said I, after thinking, and added, "holding your Hands up."
Hands up - Les mains en l'air
"Can't do that," said Montgomery, with an explanatory nod over his shoulder. "Undignified."
explanatory - explicatif
nod - hochement de tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement
"Go up to the trees, then," said I, "as you please."
"It's a damned silly ceremony," said Montgomery.
Both turned and faced the six or seven grotesque creatures, who stood there in the sunlight, solid, casting shadows, moving, and yet so incredibly unreal. Montgomery cracked his whip at them, and forthwith they all turned and fled helter-skelter into the trees; and when Montgomery and Moreau were at a distance I judged sufficient, I waded ashore, and picked up and examined the revolvers.
casting - casting, moulage, (cast), jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner
incredibly - incroyable
unreal - irréel
skelter - skelter
sufficient - suffisante, suffisant
examined - examinés, examiner
To satisfy myself against the subtlest trickery, I discharged one at a round lump of lava, and had the satisfaction of seeing the stone pulverised and the beach splashed with lead. Still I hesitated for a moment.
satisfy - satisfaire
subtlest - le plus subtil, subtil, délicat, astucieux
trickery - la tromperie, tricherie, magouillage
discharged - déchargée, licenciement, débit
pulverised - pulvérisé, pulvériser
splashed - éclaboussé, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser, asperger
lead - du plomb
"I'll take the risk," said I, at last; and with a revolver in each hand I walked up the beach towards them.
Risk - risque
"That's better," said Moreau, without affectation. "As it is, you have wasted the best part of my day with your confounded imagination." And with a touch of contempt which humiliated me, he and Montgomery turned and went on in silence before me.
affectation - affectation
wasted - gaspillé, gaspiller
contempt - le mépris, mépris, outrage
humiliated - humilié, humilier
The knot of Beast Men, still wondering, stood back among the trees. I passed them as serenely as possible. One started to follow me, but retreated again when Montgomery cracked his whip. The rest stood silent"watching. They may once have been animals; but I never before saw an animal trying to think.
knot - noud, nodale
stood back - s'est tenu a l'écart
retreated - s'est retirée, battre en retraite
"And now, Prendick, I will explain," said Doctor Moreau, so soon as we had eaten and drunk. "I must confess that you are the most dictatorial guest I ever entertained. I warn you that this is the last I shall do to oblige you. The next thing you threaten to commit suicide about, I shan't do,"even at some personal inconvenience."
dictatorial - dictatorial
entertained - divertis, divertir, recevoir
oblige - imposer, obliger, etre redevable a
threaten - menacer
commit suicide - se suicider
shan - Shan
inconvenience - inconvénients, dérangement, désagrément
He sat in my deck chair, a cigar half consumed in his white, dexterous-looking fingers. The light of the swinging lamp fell on his white hair; he stared through the little window out at the starlight. I sat as far away from him as possible, the table between us and the revolvers to hand. Montgomery was not present. I did not care to be with the two of them in such a little room.
cigar - cigare
consumed - consommée, consommer, consumer, rench: -neededr
dexterous - dextre, adroit, habile
care - soins, s'occuper, soin, souci
little room - petite piece
"You admit that the vivisected human being, as you called it, is, after all, only the puma?" said Moreau. He had made me visit that horror in the inner room, to assure myself of its inhumanity.
assure - assurer, rassurer
"It is the puma," I said, "still alive, but so cut and mutilated as I pray I may never see living flesh again. Of all vile""
alive - en vie, vivant
Pray - prier, prions, priez, prient
"Never mind that," said Moreau; "at least, Spare me those youthful horrors. Montgomery used to be just the same. You admit that it is the puma. Now Be quiet, while I reel off my physiological lecture to you."
Spare me - M'épargner
youthful - juvénile, jeune
Be quiet - Se taire
reel - reel, bobine, enrouleur, embobiner, enrouler, tituber
physiological - physiologique
lecture - conférence, cours magistral, donner une conférence
And forthwith, beginning in the tone of a man supremely bored, but presently warming a little, he explained his work to me. He was very simple and convincing. Now and then there was a touch of sarcasm in his voice. Presently I found myself hot with shame at our mutual positions.
supremely - supremement
simple - simple
convincing - convaincante, convaincre, persuader
sarcasm - sarcasme
shame - la honte, honte, vergogne
mutual - mutuelle, mutuel
positions - positions, position, poste
The creatures I had seen were not men, had never been men. They were animals, humanised animals,"triumphs of vivisection.
triumphs - triomphes, triomphe
"You forget all that a skilled vivisector can do with living things," said Moreau. "For my own part, I'm puzzled why the things I have done here have not been done before. Small efforts, of course, have been made,"amputation, tongue-cutting, excisions. Of course you know a squint may be induced or cured by surgery?
amputation - amputation
squint - plisser les yeux, loucher, louvoyer, plissement des yeux
induced - induite, induire
cured - guérie, clébard, corniaud, roquet, clebs, chien
surgery - chirurgie, opération, salle opératoire
Then in the case of excisions you have all kinds of secondary changes, pigmentary disturbances, modifications of the passions, alterations in the secretion of fatty tissue. I have no doubt you have heard of these things?"
secondary - secondaire
pigmentary - pigmentaire
disturbances - des perturbations, trouble, tapage
modifications - modifications, modification
passions - passions, passion
alterations - des modifications, altération, altérer
secretion - éjection
fatty - gras, poisseux, graisseux
tissue - tissu, mouchoir en papier, kleenex
"Of course," said I. "But these foul creatures of yours""
"All in good time," said he, waving his hand at me; "I am only beginning. Those are trivial cases of alteration. Surgery can do better things than that. There is building up as well as breaking down and changing.
in good time - en temps voulu
trivial - insignifiante, trivial, anodin, banal
alteration - modification, altération, altérer
building up - en train de se construire
breaking down - en train de s'effondrer
You have heard, perhaps, of a common surgical operation resorted to in cases where the nose has been destroyed: a flap of skin is cut from the forehead, turned down on the nose, and heals in the new position. This is a kind of grafting in a new position of part of an animal upon itself. Grafting of freshly obtained material from another animal is also possible,"the case of teeth, for example.
operation - l'opération, opération, fonctionnement, exploitation, gestion
resorted - recouru, avoir recours (a)
destroyed - détruite, détruire, euthanasier
flap - volet, valvaire
turned down - refusé
Grafting - greffe, greffage, (graft) greffe
freshly - fraîchement, froidement
material - matériel, matériau, matiere, étoffe, tissu
The grafting of skin and bone is done to facilitate healing: the surgeon places in the middle of the wound pieces of skin snipped from another animal, or fragments of bone from a victim freshly killed.
bone - os
facilitate - faciliter
healing - la guérison, (heal) la guérison
surgeon - chirurgien, chirurgienne
wound - blessons, blessent, blessez, blessure, blesser
snipped - coupé, couper (a coups de ciseaux)
fragments - fragments, fragment, fragmenter
Hunter's cock-spur"possibly you have heard of that"flourished on the bull's neck; and the rhinoceros rats of the Algerian zouaves are also to be thought of,"monsters manufactured by transferring a slip from the tail of an ordinary rat to its snout, and allowing it to heal in that position."
Hunter - hunter, chasseur, chien de chasse, cheval de chasse, chercheur
cock - bite, coq
spur - éperon, eperon
flourished - a prospéré, fleurir, brandir, gesticulation
Bull - le taureau, taureau
rhinoceros - rhinocéros
Algerian - Algérien, Algérienne
zouaves - zouaves, zouave
manufactured - fabriqués, production, produit, fabriquer, produire
slip - glisser, fiche, lapsus, patiner
rat - rat
snout - museau, groin, indic
allowing - permettant, laisser, accorder, permettre
heal - guérir, cicatriser
"Monsters manufactured!" said I. "Then you mean to tell me""
"Yes. These creatures you have seen are animals carven and wrought into new shapes. To that, to the study of the plasticity of living forms, my life has been devoted. I have studied for years, gaining in knowledge as I go. I see you look horrified, and yet I am telling you nothing new. It all lay in the surface of practical anatomy years ago, but no one had the temerity to touch it.
carven - carven
shapes - formes, forme
plasticity - plasticité
devoted - dévouée, consacrer, vouer
surface - surface, faire surface
practical - pratique
anatomy - l'anatomie, anatomie
temerity - la témérité, témérité
It is not simply the outward form of an animal which I can change. The physiology, the chemical rhythm of the creature, may also be made to undergo an enduring modification,"of which vaccination and other methods of inoculation with living or dead matter are examples that will, no doubt, be familiar to you. A similar operation is the transfusion of blood,"with which subject, indeed, I began.
outward form - la forme extérieure
physiology - physiologie
chemical - chimique, produit chimique
undergo - subir
enduring - durable, endurer, perdurer, supporter
modification - modification
vaccination - la vaccination, vaccination
inoculation - inoculation
These are all familiar cases. Less so, and probably far more extensive, were the operations of those mediaeval practitioners who made dwarfs and beggar-cripples, show-monsters,"some vestiges of whose art still remain in the preliminary manipulation of the young mountebank or contortionist. Victor Hugo gives an account of them in L'Homme qui Rit.'"But perhaps my meaning grows plain now.
more extensive - plus étendue
operations - des opérations, opération, fonctionnement, exploitation
mediaeval - médiévale, médiéval
practitioners - praticiens, praticien
dwarfs - nains, nain, naine
beggar - gueux, mendiant, mendiante, queteux
vestiges - vestiges, vestige
remain - reste, rester, demeurer
preliminary - préliminaire
manipulation - manipulation
mountebank - mountebank
contortionist - contorsionniste
Victor - Victor
Hugo - hugo
homme - homme
rit - rit
plain - simple, unie, net, plaine
You begin to see that it is a possible thing to transplant tissue from one part of an animal to another, or from one animal to another; to alter its chemical reactions and methods of growth; to modify the articulations of its limbs; and, indeed, to change it in its most intimate structure.
transplant - transplanter, déplacer, greffer, transplantation, greffe
reactions - réactions, réaction
modify - modifier
most intimate - le plus intime
structure - structure
"And yet this extraordinary branch of knowledge has never been sought as an end, and systematically, by modern investigators until I took it up!
sought - recherchée, chercher
systematically - systématiquement
Some such things have been hit upon in the last resort of surgery; most of the kindred evidence that will recur to your mind has been demonstrated as it were by accident,"by tyrants, by criminals, by the breeders of horses and dogs, by all kinds of untrained clumsy-handed men working for their own immediate ends.
hit upon - Draguer
last resort - dernier recours
kindred - apparentés, tribu
recur - récidiver, resurvenir, revenir, réapparaître
demonstrated - démontrée, démontrer, manifester
by accident - par accident
tyrants - des tyrans, tyran
criminals - criminels, criminel, criminelle
breeders - les éleveurs, éleveur, éleveuse
untrained - sans formation
immediate - immédiate, immédiat, proche
I was the first man to take up this question armed with antiseptic surgery, and with a really scientific knowledge of the laws of growth. Yet One would imagine it must have been practised in secret before. Such creatures as the Siamese twins"And in the vaults of the Inquisition.
laws - des lois, loi(s), législation
One would imagine - On pourrait imaginer..
in secret - en secret
Siamese twins - Des jumeaux siamois
vaults - voutes, cave voutée
inquisition - l'inquisition, Inquisition
No doubt their chief aim was artistic torture, but some at least of the inquisitors must have had a touch of scientific curiosity."
chief - chef
aim - objectif, visez, dgssein, mire, visons, but, peiner, visent
artistic - artistique
inquisitors - inquisiteurs, inquisiteur
"But," said I, "these things"these animals talk!"
He said that was so, and proceeded to point out that the possibility of vivisection does not stop at a mere physical metamorphosis. A pig may be educated. The mental structure is even less determinate than the bodily.
proceeded - a procédé, avancer, procéder
possibility - possibilité
metamorphosis - métamorphose
determinate - fixe
In our growing science of hypnotism we find the promise of a possibility of superseding old inherent instincts by new suggestions, grafting upon or replacing the inherited fixed ideas.
hypnotism - l'hypnotisme, hypnotisme
superseding - remplacer, supplanter
inherent - inhérente
instincts - instincts, instinct
suggestions - suggestions, suggestion, proposition
replacing - remplaçant, remplacer
inherited - hérité, hériter
fixed - fixé, réparer, fixer, préparer, truquer, tricher, réparation
Very much indeed of what we call moral education, he said, is such an artificial modification and perversion of instinct; pugnacity is trained into courageous self-sacrifice, and suppressed sexuality into religious emotion.
moral - moral, moralité, morale
education - l'éducation, éducation, enseignement
artificial - artificiels
perversion - perversion
instinct - l'instinct, instinct
pugnacity - pugnacité
self - soi, soi-meme
sacrifice - sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande
suppressed - supprimée, contenir, fr
sexuality - la sexualité, sexualité, sexe
religious - religieux
emotion - l'émotion, émotion
And the great difference between man and monkey is in the larynx, he continued,"in the incapacity to frame delicately different sound-symbols by which thought could be sustained. In this I failed to agree with him, but with a certain incivility he declined to notice my objection. He repeated that the thing was so, and continued his account of his work.
larynx - larynx
incapacity - l'incapacité, incapacité
delicately - délicatement
symbols - des symboles, symbole
sustained - soutenue, maintenir, subvenir
declined - refusé, déclin
objection - objection
I asked him why he had taken the human form as a model. There seemed to me then, and there still seems to me now, a strange wickedness for that choice.
wickedness - méchanceté, perversité, iniquité, mauvaise action
choice - choix, morceau de choix
He confessed that he had chosen that form by chance. "I might just as well have worked to form sheep into llamas and llamas into sheep. I suppose there is something in the human form that appeals to the artistic turn of mind more powerfully than any animal shape can. But I've not confined myself to man-making. Once or twice"" He was silent, for a minute perhaps. "These years!
confessed - avoué, avouer, confesser
by chance - par hasard
llamas - des lamas, lama
appeals - des appels, en appeler (a), supplier
How they have slipped by! And here I have wasted a day saving your life, and am now wasting an hour explaining myself!"
saving - sauver, économie, épargne, (save), sauvegarder
wasting - le gaspillage, (wast) le gaspillage
"But," said I, "I still do not understand. Where is your justification for inflicting all this pain? The only thing that could excuse vivisection to me would be some application""
justification - justification
inflicting - infliger
Excuse - pardon, excuser, pardonner, justifier, prétexte, excuse
"Precisely," said he. "But, you see, I am differently constituted. We are on different platforms. You are a materialist."
precisely - précisément
differently - différemment
constituted - constitué, constituer
platforms - plates-formes, scene, podium, quai, plateforme
materialist - matérialiste, rench: t-needed r
"I am not a materialist," I began hotly.
hotly - chaudement
"In my view"in my view. For it is just this question of pain that parts us. So long as visible or audible pain turns you sick; so long as your own pains drive you; so long as pain underlies your propositions about sin,"so long, I tell you, you are an animal, thinking a little less obscurely what an animal feels. This pain""
audible - audible
pains - douleurs, douleur
propositions - propositions, proposition
sin - péché, mal
obscurely - obscurément
I gave an impatient shrug at such sophistry.
impatient - impatient
shrug - haussement d'épaules, hausser les épaules
"Oh, but it is such a little thing! A mind truly opened to what science has to teach must see that it is a little thing. It may be that save in this little planet, this speck of cosmic dust, invisible long before the nearest star could be attained"it may be, I say, that nowhere else does this thing called pain occur.
truly - vraiment
planet - planete, planete
speck - tache, petite tache
cosmic - cosmique
dust - la poussiere, poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser
attained - atteint, atteindre
occur - se produisent, produire
But the laws we feel our way towards"Why, even on this earth, even among living things, what pain is there?"
As he spoke he drew a little penknife from his pocket, opened the smaller blade, and moved his chair so that I could see his thigh. Then, choosing the place deliberately, he drove the blade into his leg and withdrew it.
penknife - canif
blade - lame
withdrew - s'est retiré, (se) retirer
"No doubt," he said, "you have seen that before. It does not hurt a pin-prick. But what does it show? The capacity for pain is not needed in the muscle, and it is not placed there,"is but little needed in the skin, and only here and there over the thigh is a spot capable of feeling pain. Pain is simply our intrinsic medical adviser to warn us and stimulate us.
hurt - faire mal, blesser, blessé
pin - épingle
prick - con, piquer, percer
spot - spot, tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver
intrinsic - intrinseque
adviser - conseiller
stimulate - stimuler
Not all living flesh is painful; nor is all nerve, not even all sensory nerve. There's no taint of pain, real pain, in the sensations of the optic nerve. If you wound the optic nerve, you merely see flashes of light,"just as disease of the auditory nerve merely means a humming in our ears.
sensory - sensorielle, sensoriel
sensations - sensations, sensation
optic nerve - le nerf optique
flashes - flashes, éclair, lueur
disease - maladie, mal
auditory - auditif
humming - fredonner, (hum), bourdonner, fourmiller
Plants do not feel pain, nor the lower animals; it's possible that such animals as the starfish and crayfish do not feel pain at all. Then with men, the more intelligent they become, the more intelligently they will see after their own welfare, and the less they will need the goad to keep them out of danger.
starfish - étoile de mer
crayfish - écrevisses, écrevisse
more intelligent - plus intelligent
intelligently - intelligemment
welfare - l'aide sociale, bien-etre, aide sociale
goad - aiguillon, aiguillonner, provoquer
I never yet heard of a useless thing that was not ground out of existence by evolution sooner or later. Did you? And pain gets needless.
useless - inutile, inutilisable, bon a rien
evolution - l'évolution, évolution
needless - superflu, inutile
"Then I am a religious man, Prendick, as every sane man must be. It may be, I fancy, that I have seen more of the ways of this world's Maker than you,"for I have sought his laws, in my way, all my life, while you, I understand, have been collecting butterflies. And I tell you, pleasure and pain have nothing to do with heaven or hell. Pleasure and pain"bah!
Maker - le fabricant, faiseur, fabricant, créateur
collecting - la collecte, collection, (collect) la collecte
butterflies - des papillons, papillon, pansement papillon
Bah - bah
What is your theologian's ecstasy but Mahomet's houri in the dark? This store which men and women set on pleasure and pain, Prendick, is the mark of the beast upon them,"the mark of the beast from which they came! Pain, pain and pleasure, they are for us only so long as we wriggle in the dust.
theologian - théologien, théologienne
ecstasy - l'ecstasy, extase, ecstasy, exta
Mahomet - Mahomet
houri - houri
store - magasin, entrepôt, stock, stocker, conserver
wriggle - remuer, se tortiller
"You see, I went on with this research just the way it led me. That is the only way I ever heard of true research going. I asked a question, devised some method of obtaining an answer, and got a fresh question. Was this possible or that possible? You cannot imagine what this means to an investigator, what an intellectual passion grows upon him!
devised - conçu, concevoir, élaborer
method - méthode, modalité
obtaining - l'obtention, obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, avoir
fresh - frais
investigator - enqueteur, enqueteur, enquetrice, investigateur
intellectual - intellectuel, intellectuelle, intello
You cannot imagine the strange, colourless delight of these intellectual desires! The thing before you is no longer an animal, a fellow-creature, but a problem! Sympathetic pain,"all I know of it I remember as a thing I used to suffer from years ago. I wanted"it was the one thing I wanted"to find out the extreme limit of plasticity in a living shape."
delight - plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir
desires - désirs, désirer, désir
sympathetic - sympathique
suffer - souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer, supporter, subir
extreme - extreme, extreme, excessif, excessive
"But," said I, "the thing is an abomination""
abomination - abomination
"To this day I have never troubled about the ethics of the matter," he continued. "The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature. I have gone on, not heeding anything but the question I was pursuing; and the material has"dripped into the huts yonder. It is nearly eleven years since we came here, I and Montgomery and six Kanakas.
remorseless - sans remords
I remember the green stillness of the island and the empty ocean about us, as though it was yesterday. The place seemed waiting for me.
"The stores were landed and the house was built. The Kanakas founded some huts near the ravine. I went to work here upon what I had brought with me. There were some disagreeable things happened at first. I began with a sheep, and killed it after a day and a half by a slip of the scalpel. I took another sheep, and made a thing of pain and fear and left it bound up to heal.
stores - magasins, entrepôt, stock, stocker, conserver
scalpel - scalpel
It looked quite human to me when I had finished it; but when I went to it I was discontented with it. It remembered me, and was terrified beyond imagination; and it had no more than the wits of a sheep. The more I looked at it the clumsier it seemed, until at last I put the monster out of its misery.
discontented - mécontents, mécontentement, frrotestation
wits - l'esprit, esprit
clumsier - plus maladroit, empoté, gauche, lourd, maladroit
These animals without courage, these fear-haunted, pain-driven things, without a spark of pugnacious energy to face torment,"they are no good for man-making.
spark - l'étincelle, flammeche, étincelle
energy - l'énergie, énergie, courage
"Then I took a gorilla I had; and upon that, working with infinite care and mastering difficulty after difficulty, I made my first man. All the week, night and day, I moulded him. With him it was chiefly the brain that needed moulding; much had to be added, much changed. I thought him a fair specimen of the negroid type when I had finished him, and he lay bandaged, bound, and motionless before me.
Gorilla - gorille
infinite - infini, un nombre infini de
moulded - moulé, terreau, humus
brain - cerveau, or when used as food, tete, processeur
moulding - moulage, (mould) moulage
be added - etre ajouté
It was only when his life was assured that I left him and came into this room again, and found Montgomery much as you are. He had heard some of the cries as the thing grew human,"cries like those that disturbed you so. I didn't take him completely into my confidence at first. And the Kanakas too, had realised something of it. They were scared out of their wits by the sight of me.
I got Montgomery over to me"in a way; but I and he had the hardest job to prevent the Kanakas deserting. Finally they did; and so we lost the yacht. I spent many days educating the brute,"altogether I had him for three or four months. I taught him the rudiments of English; gave him ideas of counting; even made the thing read the alphabet.
deserting - déserter, abandonner
yacht - yacht
educating - l'éducation, éduquer
rudiments - rudiments, rudiment
counting - compter, comte
alphabet - alphabet
But at that he was slow, though I've met with idiots slower. He began with a clean sheet, mentally; had no memories left in his mind of what he had been. When his scars were quite healed, and he was no longer anything but painful and stiff, and able to converse a little, I took him yonder and introduced him to the Kanakas as an interesting stowaway.
Idiots - idiots, idiot, idiote
sheet - feuille, plaque, écoute
mentally - mentalement
scars - cicatrices, cicatrice
healed - guéri, guérir, (se) cicatriser
converse - converser, conversez, conversons, conversent
stowaway - passager clandestin
"They were horribly afraid of him at first, somehow,"which offended me rather, for I was conceited about him; but his ways seemed so mild, and he was so abject, that after a time they received him and took his education in hand. He was quick to learn, very imitative and adaptive, and built himself a hovel rather better, it seemed to me, than their own shanties.
conceited - prétentieux, vanité, orgueil, concept
abject - abject, dédaigneux
imitative - imitative
adaptive - adaptatif
hovel - masure, taudis
shanties - des cabanes, baraque
There was one among the boys a bit of a missionary, and he taught the thing to read, or at least to pick out letters, and gave him some rudimentary ideas of morality; but it seems the beast's habits were not all that is desirable.
missionary - missionnaire
pick out - choisir
rudimentary - rudimentaire
morality - moralité
habits - habitudes, habitude
desirable - souhaitable, désirable
"I rested from work for some days after this, and was in a mind to write an account of the whole affair to wake up English physiology. Then I came upon the creature squatting up in a tree and gibbering at two of the Kanakas who had been teasing him.
affair - affaire, aventure, liaison
teasing - taquineries, (teas) taquineries
I threatened him, told him the inhumanity of such a proceeding, aroused his sense of shame, and came home resolved to do better before I took my work back to England. I have been doing better. But somehow the things drift back again: the stubborn beast-flesh grows day by day back again. But I mean to do better things still. I mean to conquer that. This puma"
threatened - menacé, menacer
proceeding - la poursuite de la procédure, acte, (proceed), avancer
resolved to do - résolu a faire
stubborn - tetu, tetu, enteté, borné
conquer - conquérir
"But that's the story. All the Kanaka boys are dead now; one fell overboard of the launch, and one died of a wounded heel that he poisoned in some way with plant-juice. Three went away in the yacht, and I suppose and hope were drowned. The other one"was killed. Well, I have replaced them. Montgomery went on much as you are disposed to do at first, and then"
Kanaka - Kanaka
poisoned - empoisonné, poison, empoisonner
went away - est parti
replaced - remplacés, remplacer
disposed - disposé, débarrasser
"What became of the other one?" said I, sharply,""the other Kanaka who was killed?"
"The fact is, after I had made a number of human creatures I made a Thing"" He hesitated.
"Yes?" said I.
"It was killed."
"I don't understand," said I; "do you mean to say""
I don't understand - Je ne comprends pas
"It killed the Kanaka"yes. It killed several other things that it caught. We chased it for a couple of days. It only got loose by accident"I never meant it to get away. It wasn't finished. It was purely an experiment. It was a limbless thing, with a horrible face, that writhed along the ground in a serpentine fashion. It was immensely strong, and in infuriating pain.
wasn - n'était
purely - purement
limbless - sans membres
writhed - s'est tordu, se débattre, se démener, se tortiller
Serpentine - tors
immensely - immensément
infuriating - exaspérant, enrager
It lurked in the woods for some days, until we hunted it; and then it wriggled into the northern part of the island, and we divided the party to close in upon it. Montgomery insisted upon coming with me. The man had a rifle; and when his body was found, one of the barrels was curved into the shape of an S and very nearly bitten through. Montgomery shot the thing.
woods - bois, (de) bois
hunted - chassé, chasser, chercher, chasse
Northern - nord, septentrional, boréal, bise
divided - divisé, diviser, fendre, partager
close in - se rapprocher
insisted - insisté, insister
rifle - fusil
barrels - tonneaux, tonneau, barrique, baril, canon, barillet, embariller
curved - courbé, courbe, courbes, courber
bitten through - mordu a travers
After that I stuck to the ideal of humanity"except for little things."
stuck to - collé
Ideal - idéal, parfait
He became silent. I sat in silence watching his face.
became silent - est devenu silencieux
"So for twenty years altogether"counting nine years in England"I have been going on; and there is still something in everything I do that defeats me, makes me dissatisfied, challenges me to further effort. Sometimes I rise above my level, sometimes I fall below it; but always I fall short of the things I dream.
defeats - défaites, battre, vaincre
dissatisfied - insatisfait, mécontenter
challenges - défis, défi, chalenge, défier
effort - l'effort, effort
rise - hausse, remonte, élévation, débout, surcroît
fall below - tomber en dessous
fall short - n'est pas a la hauteur
The human shape I can get now, almost with ease, so that it is lithe and graceful, or thick and strong; but often there is trouble with the hands and the claws,"painful things, that I dare not shape too freely. But it is in the subtle grafting and reshaping one must needs do to the brain that my trouble lies. The intelligence is often oddly low, with unaccountable blank ends, unexpected gaps.
ease - l'aisance, facilité, repos, abaisser, abréger, amoindrir
graceful - gracieux
trouble - des problemes, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, checksouci
dare - oser, aventurer
subtle - subtile, subtil, délicat, astucieux
lies - mensonges, mensonge
intelligence - l'intelligence, intelligence, renseignements
And least satisfactory of all is something that I cannot touch, somewhere"I cannot determine where"in the seat of the emotions. Cravings, instincts, desires that harm humanity, a strange hidden reservoir to burst forth suddenly and inundate the whole being of the creature with anger, hate, or fear.
satisfactory - satisfaisante, satisfaisant
determine - déterminer
seat - siege, place, siege, assise, séant, fond
emotions - des émotions, émotion
reservoir - réservoir
burst - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser
forth - avant, en avant
inundate - inonder
These creatures of mine seemed strange and uncanny to you so soon as you began to observe them; but to me, just after I make them, they seem to be indisputably human beings. It's afterwards, as I observe them, that the persuasion fades. First one animal trait, then another, creeps to the surface and stares out at me. But I will conquer yet!
observe - observer, remarquer, respecter, garder
indisputably - indiscutablement
fades - s'estompe, mode, lubie
trait - trait
creeps - des monstres, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation
Each time I dip a living creature into the bath of burning pain, I say, This time I will burn out all the animal; this time I will make a rational creature of my own!'After all, what is ten years? Men have been a hundred thousand in the making." He thought darkly. "But I am drawing near the fastness. This puma of mine"" After a silence, "And they revert.
dip - trempette, immersion
burning - bruler, brulant, ardent, brulage, (burn) bruler
burn out - s'épuiser
rational - rationnelle, rationnel
darkly - sombrement
revert - revenir, conversion, retomber, retourner, redevenir, renvoyer
As soon as my hand is taken from them the beast begins to creep back, begins to assert itself again." Another long silence.
assert - affirmer, attester, asseoir
"Then you take the things you make into those dens?" said I.
"They go. I turn them out when I begin to feel the beast in them, and presently they wander there. They all dread this house and me. There is a kind of travesty of humanity over there. Montgomery knows about it, for he interferes in their affairs. He has trained one or two of them to our service. He's ashamed of it, but I believe he half likes some of those beasts. It's his business, not mine.
interferes - interfere, meler
affairs - affaires, aventure, liaison
ashamed - honteux
They only sicken me with a sense of failure. I take no interest in them. I fancy they follow in the lines the Kanaka missionary marked out, and have a kind of mockery of a rational life, poor beasts! There's something they call the Law. Sing hymns about all thine.'They build themselves their dens, gather fruit, and pull herbs"marry even.
sicken - rendre malade
failure - l'échec, échec, daube, flop, panne
hymns - des hymnes, hymne
thine - ton, ta, tes, le tien, la tienne
gather - rassembler, ramasser, recueillir, déduire
pull - tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence
marry - se marier, marions, marient, épousez, mariez
But I can see through it all, see into their very souls, and see there nothing but the souls of beasts, beasts that perish, anger and the lusts to live and gratify themselves."Yet they're odd; complex, like everything else alive. There is a kind of upward striving in them, part vanity, part waste sexual emotion, part waste curiosity. It only mocks me. I have some hope of this puma.
see through - voir a travers
souls - âmes, âme
perish - périr
lusts - des désirs, luxure, concupiscence, convoitise, joie, désirer
gratify - gratifier
complex - complexe
striving - en quete d'une solution, (strive) en quete d'une solution
vanity - la vanité, vanité
waste - déchets, pelée, gaspiller, gâcher
sexual - sexuelle, sexuel
mocks - des moqueries, imitation, succédané, moquerie, examen blanc
I have worked hard at her head and brain"
"And now," said he, standing up after a long gap of silence, during which we had each pursued our own thoughts, "what do you think? Are you in fear of me still?"
I looked at him, and saw but a white-faced, white-haired man, with calm eyes. Save for his serenity, the touch almost of beauty that resulted from his set tranquillity and his magnificent build, he might have passed muster among a hundred other comfortable old gentlemen. Then I shivered. By way of answer to his second question, I handed him a revolver with either hand.
serenity - la sérénité, sérénité
beauty - la beauté, beauté
magnificent - magnifique
gentlemen - messieurs, gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs-p
"Keep them," he said, and snatched at a yawn. He stood up, stared at me for a moment, and smiled. "You have had two eventful days," said he. "I should advise some sleep. I'm glad it's all clear. Good-night." He thought me over for a moment, then went out by the inner door.
snatched - arraché, empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher, enlever
yawn - bâiller, béer, bâillement
smiled - souriait, sourire
eventful - mouvementé
all clear - Tout est clair
I immediately turned the key in the outer one. I sat down again; sat for a time in a kind of stagnant mood, so weary, emotionally, mentally, and physically, that I could not think beyond the point at which he had left me. The black window stared at me like an eye. At last with an effort I put out the light and got into the hammock. Very soon I was asleep.
weary - fatigué, las, lasser
emotionally - sur le plan émotionnel
physically - physiquement
point at - pointer du doigt
asleep - endormi
I woke early. Moreau's explanation stood before my mind, clear and definite, from the moment of my awakening. I got out of the hammock and went to the door to assure myself that the key was turned. Then I tried the window-bar, and found it firmly fixed.
explanation - explication
awakening - l'éveil, réveil, (awaken), réveiller, se réveiller
That these man-like creatures were in truth only bestial monsters, mere grotesque travesties of men, filled me with a vague uncertainty of their possibilities which was far worse than any definite fear.
in truth - en vérité
uncertainty - l'incertitude, incertitude
possibilities - possibilités, possibilité
A tapping came at the door, and I heard the glutinous accents of M'ling speaking. I pocketed one of the revolvers (keeping one hand upon it), and opened to him.
tapping - l'écoute, (tap) l'écoute
glutinous - glutineux
accents - des accents, accent
pocketed - empochée, poche, empocher, de poche
"Good-morning, sair," he said, bringing in, in addition to the customary herb-breakfast, an ill-cooked rabbit. Montgomery followed him. His roving eye caught the position of my arm and he smiled askew.
bringing in - d'apporter
customary - coutumier, habituel, d'usage
herb - l'herbe, herbe, herbes, plante médicinale
The puma was resting to heal that day; but Moreau, who was singularly solitary in his habits, did not join us. I talked with Montgomery to clear my ideas of the way in which the Beast Folk lived. In particular, I was urgent to know how these inhuman monsters were kept from falling upon Moreau and Montgomery and from rending one another.
resting - au repos, (rest) au repos
urgent - urgent
rending - l'équarrissage, rompre, déchirer
He explained to me that the comparative safety of Moreau and himself was due to the limited mental scope of these monsters. In spite of their increased intelligence and the tendency of their animal instincts to reawaken, they had certain fixed ideas implanted by Moreau in their minds, which absolutely bounded their imaginations.
comparative - comparatif
safety - la sécurité, sécurité, sureté
due - due, du
limited - limitée, limité, (limit) limitée
scope - champ d'application, bordure, allonge, scope
tendency - tendance
reawaken - se réveiller
implanted - implanté, implant
imaginations - l'imagination, imagination
They were really hypnotised; had been told that certain things were impossible, and that certain things were not to be done, and these prohibitions were woven into the texture of their minds beyond any possibility of disobedience or dispute.
texture - texture
disobedience - la désobéissance, désobéissance
dispute - dispute, litige, discuter, argumenter, évaluer, contester
Certain matters, however, in which old instinct was at war with Moreau's convenience, were in a less stable condition. A series of propositions called the Law (I had already heard them recited) battled in their minds with the deep-seated, ever-rebellious cravings of their animal natures. This Law they were ever repeating, I found, and ever breaking.
matters - questions, matiere, affaire, question, cause
at war - en guerre
convenience - la commodité, convenance, commodité, avantage, commodités
stable - étable, écurie, stable, ferme
condition - condition
recited - récité, réciter
battled - s'est battu, bataille, combat
seated - assis, place, siege, assise, séant, fond
rebellious - rebelle
natures - natures, nature
Both Montgomery and Moreau displayed particular solicitude to keep them ignorant of the taste of blood; they feared the inevitable suggestions of that flavour.
displayed - affichée, représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran
solicitude - sollicitude
taste - gout, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout
inevitable - inévitable
flavour - gout, arôme, aromatisent, aromatisons, aromatisez
Montgomery told me that the Law, especially among the feline Beast People, became oddly weakened about nightfall; that then the animal was at its strongest; that a spirit of adventure sprang up in them at the dusk, when they would dare things they never seemed to dream about by day. To that I owed my stalking by the Leopard-man, on the night of my arrival.
feline - félin
weakened - affaibli, affaiblir
nightfall - a la tombée de la nuit, tombée de la nuit
spirit of adventure - l'esprit d'aventure
leopard - léopard
But during these earlier days of my stay they broke the Law only furtively and after dark; in the daylight there was a general atmosphere of respect for its multifarious prohibitions.
general - général, communal, en chef, universal, d'ensemble
multifarious - multiforme
And here perhaps I may give a few general facts about the island and the Beast People. The island, which was of irregular outline and lay low upon the wide sea, had a total area, I suppose, of seven or eight square miles.
Total - total, somme, entier, tout, totaliser
 It was volcanic in origin, and was now fringed on three sides by coral reefs; some fumaroles to the northward, and a hot spring, were the only vestiges of the forces that had long since originated it. Now and then a faint quiver of earthquake would be sensible, and sometimes the ascent of the spire of smoke would be rendered tumultuous by gusts of steam; but that was all.
sides - côtés, côté
coral reefs - les récifs coralliens
fumaroles - fumerolles, fumerolle
forces - forces, force
originated - d'origine, instituer, prendre sa source
quiver - carquois, trembler
earthquake - tremblement de terre, séisme
spire - spire, fleche
rendered - rendu, rendre
gusts - des rafales, rafale
steam - de la vapeur
The population of the island, Montgomery informed me, now numbered rather more than sixty of these strange creations of Moreau's art, not counting the smaller monstrosities which lived in the undergrowth and were without human form. Altogether he had made nearly a hundred and twenty; but many had died, and others"like the writhing Footless Thing of which he had told me"had come by violent ends.
population - population
informed - informé, informer, avertir (de)
creations - des créations, création
monstrosities - des monstruosités, monstruosité
footless - sans pied
In answer to my question, Montgomery said that they actually bore offspring, but that these generally died. When they lived, Moreau took them and stamped the human form upon them. There was no evidence of the inheritance of their acquired human characteristics. The females were less numerous than the males, and liable to much furtive persecution in spite of the monogamy the Law enjoined.
actually - en fait
bore - l'alésage, rencontrer, naquis, ennuyer, acabit, lasser
offspring - de la progéniture, enfant, enfance, progéniture, descendance
generally - en général
stamped - estampillé, affranchi, (stamp), cachet, tampon, timbre
inheritance - l'héritage, héritage
acquired - acquis, acquérir
characteristics - caractéristiques, caractéristique
females - les femelles, femelle
numerous - nombreux
liable - responsable
persecution - la persécution, persécution
Monogamy - monogamie
enjoined - enjoint, enjoindre
This description corresponds in every respect to Noble's Isle."C. E. P.
corresponds - correspond, correspondre (...a qqchose)
Isle - l'île, île
It would be impossible for me to describe these Beast People in detail; my eye has had no training in details, and unhappily I cannot sketch.
Unhappily - malheuresement
sketch - croquis, croquer, esquisser, esquisse, ébauche, sketch
most striking, perhaps, in their general appearance was the disproportion between the legs of these creatures and the length of their bodies; and yet"so relative is our idea of grace"my eye became habituated to their forms, and at last I even fell in with their persuasion that my own long thighs were ungainly.
most striking - le plus frappant
appearance - l'apparence, apparition, apparence, comparution
grace - bénédicité, grâces, grâce, miséricorde
thighs - cuisses, cuisse
Another point was the forward carriage of the head and the clumsy and inhuman curvature of the spine. Even the Ape-man lacked that inward sinuous curve of the back which makes the human figure so graceful. Most had their shoulders hunched clumsily, and their short forearms hung weakly at their sides. Few of them were conspicuously hairy, at least until the end of my time upon the island.
carriage - transport, rench: t-needed r, carrosse, port, chariot
curvature - la courbure, courbure
spine - la colonne vertébrale, colonne vertébrale, échine, dos, épine
sinuous - sinueux
clumsily - maladroitement
conspicuously - ostensiblement
The next most obvious deformity was in their faces, almost all of which were prognathous, malformed about the ears, with large and protuberant noses, very furry or very bristly hair, and often strangely-coloured or strangely-placed eyes. None could laugh, though the Ape-man had a chattering titter.
most obvious - le plus évident
deformity - difformité, déformité
prognathous - prognathe
protuberant - protubérante
titter - titrer, rire sottement
Beyond these general characters their heads had little in common; each preserved the quality of its particular species: the human mark distorted but did not hide the leopard, the ox, or the sow, or other animal or animals, from which the creature had been moulded. The voices, too, varied exceedingly.
characters - des personnages, personnage, caractere
preserved - préservée, confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle
hide - cacher, planquer, peau, fourrure
sow - semer, semons, ensemencez, sement, ensemençons
varied - varié, varier
exceedingly - excessivement, extremement, énormément
The hands were always malformed; and though some surprised me by their unexpected human appearance, almost all were deficient in the number of the digits, clumsy about the finger-nails, and lacking any tactile sensibility.
surprised - surpris, surprise, surprendre, étonner
finger-nails - (finger-nails) ongles des doigts
tactile - tactile
The two most formidable Animal Men were my Leopard-man and a creature made of hyena and swine. Larger than these were the three bull-creatures who pulled in the boat. Then came the silvery-hairy-man, who was also the Sayer of the Law, M'ling, and a satyr-like creature of ape and goat.
formidable - formidable
hyena - hyene, hyene
pulled in - Tirer dans
satyr - satyre
goat - chevre, chevre, bouc, bique
There were three Swine-men and a Swine-woman, a mare-rhinoceros-creature, and several other females whose sources I did not ascertain. There were several wolf-creatures, a bear-bull, and a Saint-Bernard-man. I have already described the Ape-man, and there was a particularly hateful (and evil-smelling) old woman made of vixen and bear, whom I hated from the beginning.
mare - jument
sources - sources, source
ascertain - vérification, constater, définir
wolf - loup, tombeur, dévorer, engloutir
bear - ours, endurer, naîs, produire, souffrir, subir
Saint - Saint
particularly - en particulier
hateful - haineux
vixen - vixen, renarde, chipie, garce, salope, rosse
She was said to be a passionate votary of the Law. Smaller creatures were certain dappled youths and my little sloth-creature. But enough of this catalogue.
votary - votaire
youths - les jeunes, jeunesse, jeune, jeune homme
catalogue - catalogue, inventaire, cataloguer, inventorier
At first I had a shivering horror of the brutes, felt all too keenly that they were still brutes; but insensibly I became a little habituated to the idea of them, and moreover I was affected by Montgomery's attitude towards them. He had been with them so long that he had come to regard them as almost normal human beings. His London days seemed a glorious, impossible past to him.
shivering - des frissons, (shiver) des frissons
Moreover - de plus, en plus, au surplus, en outre
affected - affectée, affecter
regard - regard, considérer, égard, estime
normal - normal, ordinaire, normale
glorious - glorieux, splendide
Only once in a year or so did he go to Arica to deal with Moreau's agent, a trader in animals there. He hardly met the finest type of mankind in that seafaring village of Spanish mongrels.
mankind - l'humanité, humanité, genre humain, hommes
seafaring - la mer
Spanish - espagnol, castillan
mongrels - des bâtards, bâtard, corniaud, métis, métisse
The men aboard-ship, he told me, seemed at first just as strange to him as the Beast Men seemed to me,"unnaturally long in the leg, flat in the face, prominent in the forehead, suspicious, dangerous, and cold-hearted. In fact, he did not like men: his heart had warmed to me, he thought, because he had saved my life.
unnaturally - de façon non naturelle
suspicious - suspect, méfiant, soupçonneux, suspicieux
hearted - cour
I fancied even then that he had a sneaking kindness for some of these metamorphosed brutes, a vicious sympathy with some of their ways, but that he attempted to veil it from me at first.
sneaking - en cachette, resquilleur, faucher, piquer, resquiller, cacher
kindness - la gentillesse, bonté
metamorphosed - métamorphosé, métamorphiser
vicious - rench: t-needed r, vicieux
sympathy - compassion, sympathie, condoléance
veil - voile, voiler
M'ling, the black-faced man, Montgomery's attendant, the first of the Beast Folk I had encountered, did not live with the others across the island, but in a small kennel at the back of the enclosure.
kennel - chenil, niche
The creature was scarcely so intelligent as the Ape-man, but far more docile, and the most human-looking of all the Beast Folk; and Montgomery had trained it to prepare food, and indeed to discharge all the trivial domestic offices that were required. It was a complex trophy of Moreau's horrible skill,"a bear, tainted with dog and ox, and one of the most elaborately made of all his creatures.
intelligent - intelligent
more docile - plus docile
discharge - décharge, licenciement, débit
domestic - domestique, amily, intérieur
required - nécessaires, exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir
trophy - trophée
tainted - entaché, gâter, corrompre
It treated Montgomery with a strange tenderness and devotion. Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight; sometimes he would ill-treat it, especially after he had been at the whiskey, kicking it, beating it, pelting it with stones or lighted fusees.
tenderness - tendresse
devotion - la dévotion, dévouement, dévotion
Pat - pat, petite tape
jocular - joculaire
caper - caper, gambader
treat - négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir, soigner
kicking - coups de pied, donner un coup de pied (a, dans)
beating it - le battre
pelting - peler, (pelt) peler
But whether he treated it well or ill, it loved nothing so much as to be near him.
whether - si, que, soit, si oui ou non
I say I became habituated to the Beast People, that a thousand things which had seemed unnatural and repulsive speedily became natural and ordinary to me. I suppose everything in existence takes its colour from the average hue of our surroundings. Montgomery and Moreau were too peculiar and individual to keep my general impressions of humanity well defined.
A thousand things - un millier de choses
speedily - rapidement
average - moyenne
defined - défini, déterminer, définir
I would see one of the clumsy bovine-creatures who worked the launch treading heavily through the undergrowth, and find myself asking, trying hard to recall, how he differed from some really human yokel trudging home from his mechanical labours; or I would meet the Fox-bear woman's vulpine, shifty face, strangely human in its speculative cunning, and even imagine I had met it before in some city byway.
bovine - bovine, bovin
treading - le piétinement, (tread) le piétinement
heavily - lourdement
differed - différaient, différer (de)
Yokel - yokel, manant, plouc r=colloquial
trudging - a la traîne, (trudge), marcher, crapahuter
mechanical - mécanique, machinal
labours - travaux, effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs-p
fox - renard, goupil, rench: t-needed r, roublard, retors, bombe
vulpine - vulpine, vulpin
shifty - sournois, louche, fuyant
cunning - astucieux, rusé
byway - route
Yet every now and then the beast would flash out upon me beyond doubt or denial. An ugly-looking man, a hunch-backed human savage to all appearance, squatting in the aperture of one of the dens, would stretch his arms and yawn, showing with startling suddenness scissor-edged incisors and sabre-like canines, keen and brilliant as knives.
beyond doubt - sans aucun doute
denial - négation, dénégation, refus, déni, rejet
hunch - bosse, intuition, pressentiment, se vouter
suddenness - soudaineté
scissor - ciseau, couper aux ciseaux
edged - bordé, bord, côté, arete, carre
incisors - incisives, incisive
sabre - sabre
canines - canines, canin
keen - enthousiaste, désireux, poivré, vif
Or in some narrow pathway, glancing with a transitory daring into the eyes of some lithe, white-swathed female figure, I would suddenly see (with a spasmodic revulsion) that she had slit-like pupils, or glancing down note the curving nail with which she held her shapeless wrap about her.
spasmodic - spasmodique
slit - fente, vulve
curving - en courbe, courbe, courbes, courber
wrap - l'emballage, langer, envelopper
It is a curious thing, by the bye, for which I am quite unable to account, that these weird creatures"the females, I mean"had in the earlier days of my stay an instinctive sense of their own repulsive clumsiness, and displayed in consequence a more than human regard for the decency and decorum of extensive costume.
unable - incapable, inapte, inhabile
weird - bizarre, étrange
instinctive - instinctif
clumsiness - maladresse, inélégance
consequence - conséquence
decency - la décence, décence
decorum - le décorum, décorum
extensive - étendu
costume - costume, déguisement
My inexperience as a writer betrays me, and I wander from the thread of my story.
inexperience - l'inexpérience, inexpérience
Betrays - trahir, livrer
After I had breakfasted with Montgomery, he took me across the island to see the fumarole and the source of the hot spring into whose scalding waters I had blundered on the previous day. Both of us carried whips and loaded revolvers. While going through a leafy jungle on our road thither, we heard a rabbit squealing.
fumarole - fumerolles, fumerolle
scalding - l'ébouillantage, (scald) l'ébouillantage
previous day - le jour précédent
leafy - feuillus, feuillu, feuilleté
thither - la, la, d'ici la
squealing - grincement, (squeal), crissement, crier, hurler, crisser
We stopped and listened, but we heard no more; and presently we went on our way, and the incident dropped out of our minds. Montgomery called my attention to certain little pink animals with long hind-legs, that went leaping through the undergrowth. He told me they were creatures made of the offspring of the Beast People, that Moreau had invented.
incident - incident, checkfait-divers, checkaccident
dropped out - abandonner
hind - biche
invented - inventé, inventer
He had fancied they might serve for meat, but a rabbit-like habit of devouring their young had defeated this intention. I had already encountered some of these creatures,"once during my moonlight flight from the Leopard-man, and once during my pursuit by Moreau on the previous day.
serve - service, servir, signifier, purger
habit - habitude, configuration
devouring - dévorant, dévorer
defeated - vaincu, battre, vaincre
moonlight - le clair de lune, clair de lune, travailler au noir
By chance, one hopping to avoid us leapt into the hole caused by the uprooting of a wind-blown tree; before it could extricate itself we managed to catch it. It spat like a cat, scratched and kicked vigorously with its hind-legs, and made an attempt to bite; but its teeth were too feeble to inflict more than a painless pinch.
leapt - a fait un bond
hole - trou, réduit, fosse
caused - causée, cause, raison, causer
uprooting - arrachage, (uproot) arrachage
extricate - extraire, extirper
managed - gérée, gérer, ménager, diriger, manier, parvenir, réussir
spat - spatule
scratched - égratigné, gratter, égratigner, piquer, rayer, biffer
vigorously - vigoureusement
inflict - infliger
painless - sans douleur, indolore
pinch - pincer, chiper, pincement, pincée
It seemed to me rather a pretty little creature; and as Montgomery stated that it never destroyed the turf by burrowing, and was very cleanly in its habits, I should imagine it might prove a convenient substitute for the common rabbit in gentlemen's parks.
stated - a déclaré, état, Etat, déclarer
turf - gazon, motte de gazon, hippodrome, champ de courses, gazonner
burrowing - l'enfouissement, terrier, clapier
cleanly - proprement
Prove - prouver, éprouvent, éprouvons, éprouvez, prouvent
substitute - mettre, remplaçant, substitut
We also saw on our way the trunk of a tree barked in long strips and splintered deeply. Montgomery called my attention to this. "Not to claw bark of trees, that is the Law," he said. "Much some of them care for it!" It was after this, I think, that we met the Satyr and the Ape-man.
trunk - tronc, malle, coffre, trompe, coffre (de voiture), valise
barked - aboyé, aboiement
strips - bandes, enlever
deeply - profondément
The Satyr was a gleam of classical memory on the part of Moreau,"his face ovine in expression, like the coarser Hebrew type; his voice a harsh bleat, his nether extremities Satanic. He was gnawing the husk of a pod-like fruit as he passed us. Both of them saluted Montgomery.
classical - classique
ovine - ovine, ovin
coarser - plus grossier, grossier, brut, vulgaire
Hebrew - l'hébreu, hébreu, hébraique
harsh - sévere, sévere, rude, cruel, dur, checkdure
bleat - beler, belement
extremities - les extrémités, extrémité
satanic - satanique
husk - de l'écorce, coque
pod - pod, cosse, gousse, nacelle, écosser
saluted - salué, saluer, faire un salut
"Hail," said they, "to the Other with the Whip!"
"There's a Third with a Whip now," said Montgomery. "So you'd better mind!"
"Was he not made?" said the Ape-man. "He said"he said he was made."
The Satyr-man looked curiously at me. "The Third with the Whip, he that walks weeping into the sea, has a thin white face."
weeping - pleurant, (weep) pleurant
"He has a thin long whip," said Montgomery.
"Yesterday he bled and wept," said the Satyr. "You never bleed nor weep. The Master does not bleed or weep."
bled - bled, saigner, purger, prélever, fond perdu
wept - pleuré, pleurer
bleed - saigner, purger, prélever, fond perdu
Master - maître, patron, maîtriser, maitre, maîtrisent
"Ollendorffian beggar!" said Montgomery, "you'll bleed and weep if you don't look out!"
"He has five fingers, he is a five-man like me," said the Ape-man.
"Come along, Prendick," said Montgomery, taking my arm; and I went on with him.
The Satyr and the Ape-man stood watching us and making other remarks to each other.
remarks - remarques, remarque
"He says nothing," said the Satyr. "Men have voices."
"Yesterday he asked me of things to eat," said the Ape-man. "He did not know."
Then they spoke inaudible things, and I heard the Satyr laughing.
It was on our way back that we came upon the dead rabbit. The red body of the wretched little beast was rent to pieces, many of the ribs stripped white, and the backbone indisputably gnawed.
rent - loyer, louez, louons, arrentez, accensons
ribs - des côtes, côte
stripped - dépouillé, enlever
At that Montgomery stopped. "Good God!" said he, stooping down, and picking up some of the crushed vertebrae to examine them more closely. "Good God!" he repeated, "what can this mean?"
stooping - se baisser
picking - le prélevement, (pic) le prélevement
crushed - écrasé, barricade, béguin, amourette, faible, coup de cour
vertebrae - vertebres, vertebre
examine - examiner
"Some carnivore of yours has remembered its old habits," I said after a pause. "This backbone has been bitten through."
carnivore - carnivore
bitten - mordu, mordre, maintenir, garder
He stood staring, with his face white and his lip pulled askew. "I don't like this," he said slowly.
"I saw something of the same kind," said I, "the first day I came here."
"The devil you did! What was it?"
"A rabbit with its head twisted off."
"The day you came here?"
"The day I came here. In the undergrowth at the back of the enclosure, when I went out in the evening. The head was completely wrung off."
wrung - tordus, essorer
He gave a long, low whistle.
whistle - sifflet, siffler, sifflement, sifflements
"And what is more, I have an idea which of your brutes did the thing. It's only a suspicion, you know. Before I came on the rabbit I saw one of your monsters drinking in the stream."
"Sucking his drink?"
"Not to suck your drink; that is the Law.'Much the brutes care for the Law, eh? when Moreau's not about!"
"It was the brute who chased me."
"Of course," said Montgomery; "it's just the way with carnivores. After a kill, they drink. It's the taste of blood, you know."What was the brute like?" he continued. "Would you know him again?" He glanced about us, standing astride over the mess of dead rabbit, his eyes roving among the shadows and screens of greenery, the lurking-places and ambuscades of the forest that bounded us in.
carnivores - carnivores, carnivore
astride - a califourchon, a califourchon, a califourchon sur
mess - le désordre, purée, fouillis, bouillie
screens - écrans, paravent, écran
ambuscades - ambuscades, embuscade, embusquer
"The taste of blood," he said again.
He took out his revolver, examined the cartridges in it and replaced it. Then he began to pull at his dropping lip.
cartridges - cartouches, cartouche
"I think I should know the brute again," I said. "I stunned him. He ought to have a handsome bruise on the forehead of him."
handsome - beau
bruise - ecchymoses, contusionner, meurtrir, taler, cotir, se taler
"But then we have to prove that he killed the rabbit," said Montgomery. "I wish I'd never brought the things here."
I should have gone on, but he stayed there thinking over the mangled rabbit in a puzzle-headed way. As it was, I went to such a distance that the rabbit's remains were hidden.
mangled - mutilée, écraser, mutiler
puzzle - mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience, devinette
"Come on!" I said.
Presently he woke up and came towards me. "You see," he said, almost in a whisper, "they are all supposed to have a fixed idea against eating anything that runs on land. If some brute has by any accident tasted blood""
We went on some way in silence. "I wonder what can have happened," he said to himself. Then, after a pause again: "I did a foolish thing the other day. That servant of mine"I showed him how to skin and cook a rabbit. It's odd"I saw him licking his hands"It never occurred to me."
wonder - merveille, se demander, conjecturer
foolish - sot, stupide, bete, idiot
servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur
licking - lécher, léchage, (lick) lécher
Then: "We must put a stop to this. I must tell Moreau."
He could think of nothing else on our homeward journey.
homeward journey - Voyage de retour
Moreau took the matter even more seriously than Montgomery, and I need scarcely say that I was affected by their evident consternation.
seriously - sérieusement, gravement, sérieux
evident - évidentes, évident
consternation - consternation, sidération, accablement, prostration
"We must make an example," said Moreau. "I've no doubt in my own mind that the Leopard-man was the sinner. But how can we prove it? I wish, Montgomery, you had kept your taste for meat in hand, and gone without these exciting novelties. We may find ourselves in a mess yet, through it."
sinner - pécheur, pécheresse
novelties - des nouveautés, nouveauté
ourselves - nous-memes, nous-meme
"I was a silly ass," said Montgomery. "But the thing's done now; and you said I might have them, you know."
"We must see to the thing at once," said Moreau. "I suppose if anything should turn up, M'ling can take care of himself?"
turn up - se présenter
"I'm not so sure of M'ling," said Montgomery. "I think I ought to know him."
In the afternoon, Moreau, Montgomery, myself, and M'ling went across the island to the huts in the ravine. We three were armed; M'ling carried the little hatchet he used in chopping firewood, and some coils of wire. Moreau had a huge cowherd's horn slung over his shoulder.
hatchet - hachette
chopping - hacher, (chop) hacher
firewood - du bois de chauffage, bois de chauffage
Coils - bobines, enrouler
wire - fil de fer, fil
cowherd - vacher, vachere, bouvier, bouviere
horn - corne, cor, klaxon, cuivres
"You will see a gathering of the Beast People," said Montgomery. "It is a pretty sight!"
gathering - rassemblement, cueillant, amassant, ramassage
Moreau said not a word on the way, but the expression of his heavy, white-fringed face was grimly set.
grimly - sinistre
We crossed the ravine down which smoked the stream of hot water, and followed the winding pathway through the canebrakes until we reached a wide area covered over with a thick, powdery yellow substance which I believe was sulphur. Above the shoulder of a weedy bank the sea glittered. We came to a kind of shallow natural amphitheatre, and here the four of us halted.
smoked - fumé, fumée
powdery - poudreux
substance - substance, fond, biens
glittered - pailleté, étincellement, paillette, briller
amphitheatre - amphithéâtre
Then Moreau sounded the horn, and broke the sleeping stillness of the tropical afternoon. He must have had strong lungs. The hooting note rose and rose amidst its echoes, to at last an ear-penetrating intensity.
tropical - tropicale, tropical
lungs - poumons, poumon
hooting - hululer, huées-p, hululement, ululement, huer, ululer
Echoes - les échos, écho
penetrating - pénétrant, pénétrer
"Ah!" said Moreau, letting the curved instrument fall to his side again.
instrument - instrument, acte
fall to - Tomber
Immediately there was a crashing through the yellow canes, and a sound of voices from the dense green jungle that marked the morass through which I had run on the previous day. Then at three or four points on the edge of the sulphurous area appeared the grotesque forms of the Beast People hurrying towards us.
morass - morasse, marais, marécage, bourbier
hurrying - se dépecher, dépechant, (hurry), précipitation, hâte
I could not help a creeping horror, as I perceived first one and then another trot out from the trees or reeds and come shambling along over the hot dust. But Moreau and Montgomery stood calmly enough; and, perforce, I stuck beside them.
trot - trot, trotter
shambling - shambling, (shamble) shambling
First to arrive was the Satyr, strangely unreal for all that he cast a shadow and tossed the dust with his hoofs. After him from the brake came a monstrous lout, a thing of horse and rhinoceros, chewing a straw as it came; then appeared the Swine-woman and two Wolf-women; then the Fox-bear witch, with her red eyes in her peaked red face, and then others,"all hurrying eagerly.
cast - casting, jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner, sommer, muer
tossed - ballotté, jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, pile ou face
hoofs - sabots, sabot
monstrous - monstrueux
lout - lout, lourdaud/-aude, brute
chewing - mastication, mâcher, mordiller, mastiquer
witch - sorciere, ensorceleurse, sorcierere
peaked - en crete, pic
As they came forward they began to cringe towards Moreau and chant, quite regardless of one another, fragments of the latter half of the litany of the Law,""His is the Hand that wounds; His is the Hand that heals," and so forth. As soon as they had approached within a distance of perhaps thirty yards they halted, and bowing on knees and elbows began flinging the white dust upon their heads.
cringe - se froisser, grincer des dents, gener, se faire tout petit
regardless - sans pour autant s'en préoccuper, malgré tout, malgré cela
bowing - s'incliner, (bow) s'incliner
flinging - flingage, lancer
Imagine the scene if you can!
We three blue-clad men, with our misshapen black-faced attendant, standing in a wide expanse of sunlit yellow dust under the blazing blue sky, and surrounded by this circle of crouching and gesticulating monstrosities,"some almost human save in their subtle expression and gestures, some like cripples, some so strangely distorted as to resemble nothing but the denizens of our wildest dreams; and, beyond, the reedy lines of a canebrake in one direction, a dense tangle of palm-trees on the other, separating us from the ravine with the huts, and to the north the hazy horizon of the Pacific Ocean.
clad - vetu, nippé, (clothe), vetir, habiller
blazing - flamboyant, feu, embrasement
crouching - accroupi, s'accroupir
resemble - ressembler
denizens - des habitants, citoyen, habitué
wildest - le plus sauvage, sauvage
reedy - reedy
separating - la séparation, séparé, séparée, séparer
"Sixty-two, sixty-three," counted Moreau. "There are four more."
"I do not see the Leopard-man," said I.
Presently Moreau sounded the great horn again, and at the sound of it all the Beast People writhed and grovelled in the dust. Then, slinking out of the canebrake, stooping near the ground and trying to join the dust-throwing circle behind Moreau's back, came the Leopard-man. The last of the Beast People to arrive was the little Ape-man.
grovelled - a rampé, s'abaisser, larbiner
throwing - jetant, (throw) jetant
The earlier animals, hot and weary with their grovelling, shot vicious glances at him.
grovelling - des courbettes, (grovel), s'abaisser, larbiner
glances - regards, jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil
"Cease!" said Moreau, in his firm, loud voice; and the Beast People sat back upon their hams and rested from their worshipping.
cease - cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'
hams - jambons, jambon
worshipping - culte, adoration, vénération, vénérer
"Where is the Sayer of the Law?" said Moreau, and the hairy-grey monster bowed his face in the dust.
"Say the words!" said Moreau.
Forthwith all in the kneeling assembly, swaying from side to side and dashing up the sulphur with their hands,"first the right hand and a puff of dust, and then the left,"began once more to chant their strange litany. When they reached, "Not to eat Flesh or Fish, that is the Law," Moreau held up his lank white hand.
kneeling - a genoux, (kneel)
assembly - l'assemblée, groupe, bloc, assemblage, assemblée
dashing - fringant, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter
puff - bouffée, souffle
"Stop!" he cried, and there fell absolute silence upon them all.
absolute - absolue, absolu
I think they all knew and dreaded what was coming. I looked round at their strange faces. When I saw their wincing attitudes and the furtive dread in their bright eyes, I wondered that I had ever believed them to be men.
wincing - se blesser, se pincer, (wince), grimacer
attitudes - attitudes, posture, état d'esprit, attitude
"That Law has been broken!" said Moreau.
"None escape," from the faceless creature with the silvery hair. "None escape," repeated the kneeling circle of Beast People.
"Who is he?" cried Moreau, and looked round at their faces, cracking his whip. I fancied the Hyena-swine looked dejected, so too did the Leopard-man. Moreau stopped, facing this creature, who cringed towards him with the memory and dread of infinite torment.
cracking - craquage, (crack) craquage
cringed - froissé, grincer des dents, gener, se faire tout petit
"Who is he?" repeated Moreau, in a voice of thunder.
thunder - le tonnerre, tonnerre, tonitruer
"Evil is he who breaks the Law," chanted the Sayer of the Law.
he who - Il qui
chanted - scandé, psalmodier
Moreau looked into the eyes of the Leopard-man, and seemed to be dragging the very soul out of the creature.
dragging - traînant, tirer, entraîner
"Who breaks the Law"" said Moreau, taking his eyes off his victim, and turning towards us (it seemed to me there was a touch of exultation in his voice).
"Goes back to the House of Pain," they all clamoured,""goes back to the House of Pain, O Master!"
clamoured - réclamé, clameur
"Back to the House of Pain,"back to the House of Pain," gabbled the Ape-man, as though the idea was sweet to him.
sweet - doux, doucement, friandise, bonbon, sucreries
"Do you hear?" said Moreau, turning back to the criminal, "my friend"Hullo!"
turning back - faire demi-tour
criminal - criminel, criminelle
For the Leopard-man, released from Moreau's eye, had risen straight from his knees, and now, with eyes aflame and his huge feline tusks flashing out from under his curling lips, leapt towards his tormentor. I am convinced that only the madness of unendurable fear could have prompted this attack. The whole circle of threescore monsters seemed to rise about us. I drew my revolver.
risen - ressuscité, augmenter, monter, lever
aflame - en feu
tusks - défenses, défense
curling - le curling, curling, (curl), boucle, rotationnel, boucler
tormentor - bourreau
unendurable - insoutenable
prompted - a demandé, ponctuel, indicateur, invite de commande, inciter
threescore - trois fois plus
The two figures collided. I saw Moreau reeling back from the Leopard-man's blow. There was a furious yelling and howling all about us. Every one was moving rapidly. For a moment I thought it was a general revolt. The furious face of the Leopard-man flashed by mine, with M'ling close in pursuit.
collided - se sont heurtés, entrer
yelling - hurlant, (yell) hurlant
revolt - révolter, révolte
I saw the yellow eyes of the Hyena-swine blazing with excitement, his attitude as if he were half resolved to attack me. The Satyr, too, glared at me over the Hyena-swine's hunched shoulders. I heard the crack of Moreau's pistol, and saw the pink flash dart across the tumult.
dart - dart, dard
The whole crowd seemed to swing round in the direction of the glint of fire, and I too was swung round by the magnetism of the movement. In another second I was running, one of a tumultuous shouting crowd, in pursuit of the escaping Leopard-man.
crowd - foule, acculer, amas, marée humaine
magnetism - le magnétisme, magnétisme
escaping - s'échapper, échapper, éviter, tirer
That is all I can tell definitely. I saw the Leopard-man strike Moreau, and then everything spun about me until I was running headlong. M'ling was ahead, close in pursuit of the fugitive. Behind, their tongues already lolling out, ran the Wolf-women in great leaping strides. The Swine folk followed, squealing with excitement, and the two Bull-men in their swathings of white.
definitely - définitivement
spun - filé, tournoyer, (faire) tourner
ahead - a l'avance, devant
fugitive - fugitif, fugitive, éphémere, fuyant
tongues - langues, langue, languette
strides - foulées, marcher a grands pas
Then came Moreau in a cluster of the Beast People, his wide-brimmed straw hat blown off, his revolver in hand, and his lank white hair streaming out. The Hyena-swine ran beside me, keeping pace with me and glancing furtively at me out of his feline eyes, and the others came pattering and shouting behind us.
brimmed - a rebord, bord
straw hat - chapeau de paille
blown off - soufflé
The Leopard-man went bursting his way through the long canes, which sprang back as he passed, and rattled in M'ling's face. We others in the rear found a trampled path for us when we reached the brake.
bursting - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser
rattled - secouée, (faire) cliqueter
trampled - piétiné, fouler, piétiner
The chase lay through the brake for perhaps a quarter of a mile, and then plunged into a dense thicket, which retarded our movements exceedingly, though we went through it in a crowd together,"fronds flicking into our faces, ropy creepers catching us under the chin or gripping our ankles, thorny plants hooking into and tearing cloth and flesh together.
retarded - attardé, retard, retardé
crowd together - se rassembler
flicking - le flicage, pichenette, chiquenaude, défiler
ropy - gluant
chin - menton
ankles - chevilles, cheville
hooking into - se brancher
"He has gone on all-fours through this," panted Moreau, now just ahead of me.
panted - paniqué, haleter
"None escape," said the Wolf-bear, laughing into my face with the exultation of hunting. We burst out again among rocks, and saw the quarry ahead running lightly on all-fours and snarling at us over his shoulder. At that the Wolf Folk howled with delight.
rocks - des rochers, rocher, roc
quarry - carriere
lightly - légerement, légerement
The Thing was still clothed, and at a distance its face still seemed human; but the carriage of its four limbs was feline, and the furtive droop of its shoulder was distinctly that of a hunted animal. It leapt over some thorny yellow-flowering bushes, and was hidden. M'ling was halfway across the space.
droop - tomber, s'affaisser, bec
halfway - a mi-chemin, mi-chemin
Most of us now had lost the first speed of the chase, and had fallen into a longer and steadier stride. I saw as we traversed the open that the pursuit was now spreading from a column into a line. The Hyena-swine still ran close to me, watching me as it ran, every now and then puckering its muzzle with a snarling laugh.
Speed - la vitesse, galoper, vitesse
steadier - plus stable, (steady), lisse, régulier
stride - foulée, marcher a grands pas
traversed - traversé, franchir, traverser
column - colonne, colonne (1, 3)
puckering - des froncements de sourcils, (se) plisser
At the edge of the rocks the Leopard-man, realising that he was making for the projecting cape upon which he had stalked me on the night of my arrival, had doubled in the undergrowth; but Montgomery had seen the manoeuvre, and turned him again.
stalked - traqué, tige
manoeuvre - manouvre, manoeuvrer
So, panting, tumbling against rocks, torn by brambles, impeded by ferns and reeds, I helped to pursue the Leopard-man who had broken the Law, and the Hyena-swine ran, laughing savagely, by my side. I staggered on, my head reeling and my heart beating against my ribs, tired almost to death, and yet not daring to lose sight of the chase lest I should be left alone with this horrible companion.
tumbling - la culbute, (tumble), culbute, dégringoler, culbuter
pursue - poursuivre, rechercher
I staggered on in spite of infinite fatigue and the dense heat of the tropical afternoon.
fatigue - la fatigue, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer
At last the fury of the hunt slackened. We had pinned the wretched brute into a corner of the island. Moreau, whip in hand, marshalled us all into an irregular line, and we advanced now slowly, shouting to one another as we advanced and tightening the cordon about our victim. He lurked noiseless and invisible in the bushes through which I had run from him during that midnight pursuit.
hunt - chasser, chercher, chasse
pinned - épinglé, épingle
marshalled - marshalled, maréchal, marshal, canaliser
"Steady!" cried Moreau, "steady!" as the ends of the line crept round the tangle of undergrowth and hemmed the brute in.
hemmed - ourlé, ourlet
"Ware a rush!" came the voice of Montgomery from beyond the thicket.
rush - rush, ruée, affluence, gazer, galoper, bousculer
I was on the slope above the bushes; Montgomery and Moreau beat along the beach beneath. Slowly we pushed in among the fretted network of branches and leaves. The quarry was silent.
beneath - dessous
pushed in - poussé
fretted - fretté, (se) tracasser (pour)
branches - branches, branche, t+rameau, affluent, filiale
"Back to the House of Pain, the House of Pain, the House of Pain!" yelped the voice of the Ape-man, some twenty yards to the right.
When I heard that, I forgave the poor wretch all the fear he had inspired in me. I heard the twigs snap and the boughs swish aside before the heavy tread of the Horse-rhinoceros upon my right. Then suddenly through a polygon of green, in the half darkness under the luxuriant growth, I saw the creature we were hunting. I halted.
forgave - pardonné, pardonner
wretch - malheureux, malheureux/-euse
inspired - inspirée, inspirer
twigs - brindilles, brindille
boughs - rameaux, branche
polygon - polygone
He was crouched together into the smallest possible compass, his luminous green eyes turned over his shoulder regarding me.
smallest possible - le plus petit possible
It may seem a strange contradiction in me,"I cannot explain the fact,"but now, seeing the creature there in a perfectly animal attitude, with the light gleaming in its eyes and its imperfectly human face distorted with terror, I realised again the fact of its humanity.
gleaming - étincelante, brillant, (gleam) étincelante
imperfectly - imparfaitement
In another moment other of its pursuers would see it, and it would be overpowered and captured, to experience once more the horrible tortures of the enclosure. Abruptly I slipped out my revolver, aimed between its terror-struck eyes, and fired. As I did so, the Hyena-swine saw the Thing, and flung itself upon it with an eager cry, thrusting thirsty teeth into its neck.
overpowered - surpuissant, soumettre
captured - capturé, capture, prisonnier, saisir, capturer, enregistrer
Experience - expérience, éprouver, vivre
tortures - tortures, torture, torturer
aimed - visé, viser, pointer
eager - enthousiaste, désireux
thrusting - poussée, (thrust), estocade, propulser
All about me the green masses of the thicket were swaying and cracking as the Beast People came rushing together. One face and then another appeared.
"Don't kill it, Prendick!" cried Moreau. "Don't kill it!" and I saw him stooping as he pushed through under the fronds of the big ferns.
In another moment he had beaten off the Hyena-swine with the handle of his whip, and he and Montgomery were keeping away the excited carnivorous Beast People, and particularly M'ling, from the still quivering body. The hairy-grey Thing came sniffing at the corpse under my arm. The other animals, in their animal ardour, jostled me to get a nearer view.
keeping away - Tenir a lécart
carnivorous - carnivore
corpse - cadavre, corps, corps sans vie
ardour - l'ardeur, ivresse
jostled - bousculé, bousculer
"Confound you, Prendick!" said Moreau. "I wanted him."
"I'm sorry," said I, though I was not. "It was the impulse of the moment." I felt sick with exertion and excitement. Turning, I pushed my way out of the crowding Beast People and went on alone up the slope towards the higher part of the headland. Under the shouted directions of Moreau I heard the three white-swathed Bull-men begin dragging the victim down towards the water.
sick with - Malade de
crowding - l'encombrement, foule
directions - des directions, direction
It was easy now for me to be alone. The Beast People manifested a quite human curiosity about the dead body, and followed it in a thick knot, sniffing and growling at it as the Bull-men dragged it down the beach.
manifested - manifesté, manifeste, bordereau, profession de foi
dragged - traîné, tirer, entraîner
I went to the headland and watched the bull-men, black against the evening sky as they carried the weighted dead body out to sea; and like a wave across my mind came the realisation of the unspeakable aimlessness of things upon the island. Upon the beach among the rocks beneath me were the Ape-man, the Hyena-swine, and several other of the Beast People, standing about Montgomery and Moreau.
weighted - pondéré, poids, lest, graisse, alourdir
unspeakable - innommable
standing about - debout
They were all still intensely excited, and all overflowing with noisy expressions of their loyalty to the Law; yet I felt an absolute assurance in my own mind that the Hyena-swine was implicated in the rabbit-killing.
intensely - intensément
overflowing - débordant, (overflow), débordement, déborder, checktransborder
noisy - bruyante, bruyant, tonitruant
expressions - expressions, expression
loyalty - la loyauté, loyauté
implicated - impliqué, impliquer
killing - tuer, meurtre, (kill) tuer
A strange persuasion came upon me, that, save for the grossness of the line, the grotesqueness of the forms, I had here before me the whole balance of human life in miniature, the whole interplay of instinct, reason, and fate in its simplest form. The Leopard-man had happened to go under: that was all the difference. Poor brute!
grossness - pointure
grotesqueness - grotesque
miniature - miniature, enluminure, figurine
interplay - l'interaction
simplest - le plus simple, simple
Poor brutes! I began to see the viler aspect of Moreau's cruelty. I had not thought before of the pain and trouble that came to these poor victims after they had passed from Moreau's hands. I had shivered only at the days of actual torment in the enclosure. But now that seemed to me the lesser part.
viler - viler, vil
aspect - aspect, rench: t-needed r
actual - réel, effectif, checkeffectif, checkprésent
lesser - moins (de), inférieur (a)
Before, they had been beasts, their instincts fitly adapted to their surroundings, and happy as living things may be. Now they stumbled in the shackles of humanity, lived in a fear that never died, fretted by a law they could not understand; their mock-human existence, begun in an agony, was one long internal struggle, one long dread of Moreau"and for what?
fitly - convenablement
adapted - adapté, adapter, s'adapter
Mock - se moquer, imitation, succédané, moquerie, examen blanc
agony - l'agonie, agonie, angoisse
internal - interne
It was the wantonness of it that stirred me.
stirred - remué, brasser, agiter
Had Moreau had any intelligible object, I could have sympathised at least a little with him. I am not so squeamish about pain as that. I could have forgiven him a little even, had his motive been only hate. But he was so irresponsible, so utterly careless!
intelligible - intelligible
forgiven - pardonné, pardonner
motive - motif, mobile, theme, motiver, moteur, mouvant
irresponsible - irresponsable
utterly - tout a fait
careless - négligent, étourdi, distrait
His curiosity, his mad, aimless investigations, drove him on; and the Things were thrown out to live a year or so, to struggle and blunder and suffer, and at last to die painfully. They were wretched in themselves; the old animal hate moved them to trouble one another; the Law held them back from a brief hot struggle and a decisive end to their natural animosities.
blunder - une bévue, gaffe
decisive - décisif
animosities - animosités, animosité
In those days my fear of the Beast People went the way of my personal fear for Moreau. I fell indeed into a morbid state, deep and enduring, and alien to fear, which has left permanent scars upon my mind. I must confess that I lost faith in the sanity of the world when I saw it suffering the painful disorder of this island.
alien - étranger, étrangere, extraterrestre, alien
permanent - permanent, permanente
Faith - la foi, foi, rench:, confiance
sanity - la santé mentale, santé mentale
disorder - désordre, trouble
A blind Fate, a vast pitiless mechanism, seemed to cut and shape the fabric of existence and I, Moreau (by his passion for research), Montgomery (by his passion for drink), the Beast People with their instincts and mental restrictions, were torn and crushed, ruthlessly, inevitably, amid the infinite complexity of its incessant wheels.
blind - aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind, aveugler
vast - vaste
mechanism - mécanisme
fabric - structure, tissu, textile
restrictions - restrictions, restriction
ruthlessly - sans pitié, impitoyablement, sans foi ni loi, cruellement
inevitably - inévitablement
complexity - complexité
incessant - incessant
wheels - roues, roue, barre, rouler
But this condition did not come all at once: I think indeed that I anticipate a little in speaking of it now.
anticipate - anticiper, prévoir
Scarcely six weeks passed before I had lost every feeling but dislike and abhorrence for this infamous experiment of Moreau's. My one idea was to get away from these horrible caricatures of my Maker's image, back to the sweet and wholesome intercourse of men. My fellow-creatures, from whom I was thus separated, began to assume idyllic virtue and beauty in my memory.
dislike - l'aversion, antipathie, ne pas aimer
abhorrence - l'horreur, aversion, répulsion, horreur
infamous - infâme
image - image
wholesome - salubre, sain, vertueux
intercourse - les rapports sexuels, relation sexuelle
separated - séparée, séparé, séparer
assume - supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter, prendre
idyllic - idyllique
virtue - la vertu, vertu
My first friendship with Montgomery did not increase. His long separation from humanity, his secret vice of drunkenness, his evident sympathy with the Beast People, tainted him to me. Several times I let him go alone among them. I avoided intercourse with them in every possible way.
friendship - l'amitié, amitié
separation - la séparation, séparation
vice - vice, vertu
drunkenness - l'ivresse, ébriété, ivresse
avoided - évitée, éviter, fuir
I spent an increasing proportion of my time upon the beach, looking for some liberating sail that never appeared,"until one day there fell upon us an appalling disaster, which put an altogether different aspect upon my strange surroundings.
increasing - en augmentation, augmentant, (increase), augmenter, croître
liberating - libératrice, libérer
appalling - épouvantable, effroyable, (appal)
It was about seven or eight weeks after my landing,"rather more, I think, though I had not troubled to keep account of the time,"when this catastrophe occurred. It happened in the early morning"I should think about six. I had risen and breakfasted early, having been aroused by the noise of three Beast Men carrying wood into the enclosure.
After breakfast I went to the open gateway of the enclosure, and stood there smoking a cigarette and enjoying the freshness of the early morning. Moreau presently came round the corner of the enclosure and greeted me. He passed by me, and I heard him behind me unlock and enter his laboratory.
gateway - porte, passerelle, gateway, checkpasserelle
cigarette - cigarette
freshness - fraîcheur
greeted - salué, saluer, accueillir
unlock - déverrouiller, débloquer
So indurated was I at that time to the abomination of the place, that I heard without a touch of emotion the puma victim begin another day of torture. It met its persecutor with a shriek, almost exactly like that of an angry virago.
indurated - induré, indurer
persecutor - persécuteur
shriek - cri, hurlement, crier
virago - virago
Then suddenly something happened,"I do not know what, to this day. I heard a short, sharp cry behind me, a fall, and turning saw an awful face rushing upon me,"not human, not animal, but hellish, brown, seamed with red branching scars, red drops starting out upon it, and the lidless eyes ablaze.
hellish - infernale, infernal
seamed - cousu, couture
branching - la ramification, (branch), branche, rameau, affluent, filiale
drops - gouttes, goutte
lidless - sans couvercle
ablaze - en feu, embrasé
I threw up my arm to defend myself from the blow that flung me headlong with a broken forearm; and the great monster, swathed in lint and with red-stained bandages fluttering about it, leapt over me and passed. I rolled over and over down the beach, tried to sit up, and collapsed upon my broken arm.
defend - défendre
forearm - l'avant-bras, avant-bras
lint - peluches, charpie
stained - taché, tache, souillure, colorant, tacher, entacher, colorer
bandages - des bandages, bandage, pansement, panser
fluttering - flottement, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement
sit up - s'asseoir
collapsed - effondré, s'effondrer, effondrement
Then Moreau appeared, his massive white face all the more terrible for the blood that trickled from his forehead. He carried a revolver in one hand. He scarcely glanced at me, but rushed off at once in pursuit of the puma.
more terrible - plus terrible
trickled - au compte-gouttes, filet, dégoulinade, verser goutte a goutte
I tried the other arm and sat up. The muffled figure in front ran in great striding leaps along the beach, and Moreau followed her. She turned her head and saw him, then doubling abruptly made for the bushes. She gained upon him at every stride. I saw her plunge into them, and Moreau, running slantingly to intercept her, fired and missed as she disappeared.
leaps - des sauts, sauter, bondir
doubling - doublement, doublant, (double), double, sosie, doublon
plunge - plonger
intercept - intercepter
Then he too vanished in the green confusion. I stared after them, and then the pain in my arm flamed up, and with a groan I staggered to my feet. Montgomery appeared in the doorway, dressed, and with his revolver in his hand.
flamed up - S'enflammer
groan - gémir, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement
"Great God, Prendick!" he said, not noticing that I was hurt, "that brute's loose! Tore the fetter out of the wall! Have you seen them?" Then sharply, seeing I gripped my arm, "What's the matter?"
noticing - remarquer, notification, préavis
fetter - l'entrave, entrave, fers, obstacle, entraver
What's the matter? - Qu'est-ce qu'il y a ?
"I was standing in the doorway," said I.
He came forward and took my arm. "Blood on the sleeve," said he, and rolled back the flannel. He pocketed his weapon, felt my arm about painfully, and led me inside. "Your arm is broken," he said, and then, "Tell me exactly how it happened"what happened?"
sleeve - manche, chemise (inner), gaine (outer), manchon
flannel - flanelle
inside - a l'intérieur, intérieur, dedans, au-dedans, la-dedans
I told him what I had seen; told him in broken sentences, with gasps of pain between them, and very dexterously and swiftly he bound my arm meanwhile. He slung it from my shoulder, stood back and looked at me.
dexterously - avec dextérité
"You'll do," he said. "And now?"
He thought. Then he went out and locked the gates of the enclosure. He was absent some time.
gates - portes, porte, barriere
absent - absente, absent
I was chiefly concerned about my arm. The incident seemed merely one more of many horrible things. I sat down in the deck chair, and I must admit swore heartily at the island. The first dull feeling of injury in my arm had already given way to a burning pain when Montgomery reappeared. His face was rather pale, and he showed more of his lower gums than ever.
concerned - préoccupé, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation
heartily - chaleureusement
injury - blessure
given way - Ceder la place
gums - des gencives, gencive(s)
"I can neither see nor hear anything of him," he said. "I've been thinking he may want my help." He stared at me with his expressionless eyes. "That was a strong brute," he said. "It simply wrenched its fetter out of the wall." He went to the window, then to the door, and there turned to me. "I shall go after him," he said. "There's another revolver I can leave with you.
expressionless - sans expression, inexpressif
wrenched - arraché, arracher
To tell you the truth, I feel anxious somehow."
He obtained the weapon, and put it ready to my hand on the table; then went out, leaving a restless contagion in the air. I did not sit long after he left, but took the revolver in hand and went to the doorway.
The morning was as still as death. Not a whisper of wind was stirring; the sea was like polished glass, the sky empty, the beach desolate. In my half-excited, half-feverish state, this stillness of things oppressed me. I tried to whistle, and the tune died away. I swore again,"the second time that morning.
stirring - l'agitation, passionnant
polished - polie, polonais
feverish - fébrile, fiévreux
oppressed - opprimés, opprimer, oppresser
Then I went to the corner of the enclosure and stared inland at the green bush that had swallowed up Moreau and Montgomery. When would they return, and how? Then far away up the beach a little grey Beast Man appeared, ran down to the water's edge and began splashing about. I strolled back to the doorway, then to the corner again, and so began pacing to and fro like a sentinel upon duty.
bush - buisson, arbuste, brousse
swallowed - avalé, avaler
splashing - éclaboussures, (splash), plouf, bruit, éclaboussure
strolled - flâné, promenade, flânerie, balade, flâner, promener
pacing - le rythme, pas
sentinel - factionnaire, sentinelle, regarder
Duty - le devoir, devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe
Once I was arrested by the distant voice of Montgomery bawling, "Coo-ee"Moreau!" My arm became less painful, but very hot. I got feverish and thirsty. My shadow grew shorter. I watched the distant figure until it went away again. Would Moreau and Montgomery never return? Three sea-birds began fighting for some stranded treasure.
arrested - arreté, arrestation, arreter
distant - distante, distant, lointain, éloigné
Coo - coo
ee - EE
stranded - en panne, etre échoué
treasure - trésor, garder précieusement
Then from far away behind the enclosure I heard a pistol-shot. A long silence, and then came another. Then a yelling cry nearer, and another dismal gap of silence. My unfortunate imagination set to work to torment me. Then suddenly a shot close by. I went to the corner, startled, and saw Montgomery,"his face scarlet, his hair disordered, and the knee of his trousers torn.
dismal - lamentable, misérable, morne, lugubre, déprimant
unfortunate - malheureux, infortuné, malencontreux
His face expressed profound consternation. Behind him slouched the Beast Man, M'ling, and round M'ling's jaws were some queer dark stains.
expressed - exprimée, exprimer
profound - profond
slouched - avachi, empoté
stains - taches, tache, souillure, colorant, tacher, entacher, colorer
"Has he come?" said Montgomery.
"Moreau?" said I. "No."
"My God!" The man was panting, almost sobbing. "Go back in," he said, taking my arm. "They're mad. They're all rushing about mad. What can have happened? I don't know. I'll tell you, when my breath comes. Where's some brandy?"
Montgomery limped before me into the room and sat down in the deck chair. M'ling flung himself down just outside the doorway and began panting like a dog. I got Montgomery some brandy-and-water. He sat staring in front of him at nothing, recovering his breath. After some minutes he began to tell me what had happened.
limped - boitait, mou, faible
recovering - en cours de rétablissement, recouvrer (la santé)
He had followed their track for some way. It was plain enough at first on account of the crushed and broken bushes, white rags torn from the puma's bandages, and occasional smears of blood on the leaves of the shrubs and undergrowth.
on account - sur le compte
smears - des frottis, badigeonner, couvrir, diffamer, trace, traînée
shrubs - des arbustes, arbuste
He lost the track, however, on the stony ground beyond the stream where I had seen the Beast Man drinking, and went wandering aimlessly westward shouting Moreau's name. Then M'ling had come to him carrying a light hatchet. M'ling had seen nothing of the puma affair; had been felling wood, and heard him calling. They went on shouting together.
stony - pierreux, froid, sec
aimlessly - sans but précis, sans but, au hasard
Two Beast Men came crouching and peering at them through the undergrowth, with gestures and a furtive carriage that alarmed Montgomery by their strangeness. He hailed them, and they fled guiltily. He stopped shouting after that, and after wandering some time farther in an undecided way, determined to visit the huts.
alarmed - alarmé, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr
hailed - salué, grele
undecided - hésitant, checkindécis, checkvelléitaire
He found the ravine deserted.
deserted - désertée, abandonner
Growing more alarmed every minute, he began to retrace his steps. Then it was he encountered the two Swine-men I had seen dancing on the night of my arrival; blood-stained they were about the mouth, and intensely excited. They came crashing through the ferns, and stopped with fierce faces when they saw him. He cracked his whip in some trepidation, and forthwith they rushed at him.
fierce - féroce
Never before had a Beast Man dared to do that. One he shot through the head; M'ling flung himself upon the other, and the two rolled grappling. M'ling got his brute under and with his teeth in its throat, and Montgomery shot that too as it struggled in M'ling's grip. He had some difficulty in inducing M'ling to come on with him. Thence they had hurried back to me.
shot through - tiré a travers
throat - gorge, goulot
grip - poignée, ballot, grippe, saisir, agripper, préhension
inducing - induisant, induire
thence - d'ou, des lors
On the way, M'ling had suddenly rushed into a thicket and driven out an under-sized Ocelot-man, also blood-stained, and lame through a wound in the foot. This brute had run a little way and then turned savagely at bay, and Montgomery"with a certain wantonness, I thought"had shot him.
driven out - chassé
sized - dimensionné, taille, dimension(s)
Ocelot - ocelot
lame - boiteux
"What does it all mean?" said I.
He shook his head, and turned once more to the brandy.
When I saw Montgomery swallow a third dose of brandy, I took it upon myself to interfere. He was already more than half fuddled. I told him that some serious thing must have happened to Moreau by this time, or he would have returned before this, and that it behoved us to ascertain what that catastrophe was. Montgomery raised some feeble objections, and at last agreed.
swallow - avaler, avalons, empiffrer, hirondelle, avalez
interfere - meler
behoved - nécessaire, incomber
objections - objections, objection
We had some food, and then all three of us started.
It is possibly due to the tension of my mind, at the time, but even now that start into the hot stillness of the tropical afternoon is a singularly vivid impression. M'ling went first, his shoulder hunched, his strange black head moving with quick starts as he peered first on this side of the way and then on that. He was unarmed; his axe he had dropped when he encountered the Swine-man.
tension - tension, traction
axe - hache
Teeth were his weapons, when it came to fighting. Montgomery followed with stumbling footsteps, his hands in his pockets, his face downcast; he was in a state of muddled sullenness with me on account of the brandy. My left arm was in a sling (it was lucky it was my left), and I carried my revolver in my right.
weapons - des armes, arme
stumbling - trébucher, chute, faux pas, bourde
pockets - poches, poche, empocher, de poche
muddled - embrouillé, confondre, mélanger, embrouiller, rendre confus
Soon we traced a narrow path through the wild luxuriance of the island, going northwestward; and presently M'ling stopped, and became rigid with watchfulness. Montgomery almost staggered into him, and then stopped too. Then, listening intently, we heard coming through the trees the sound of voices and footsteps approaching us.
traced - tracé, trace
luxuriance - la luxuriance
northwestward - vers le nord-ouest
intently - attentivement
"He is dead," said a deep, vibrating voice.
vibrating - vibrant, vibrer
"He is not dead; he is not dead," jabbered another.
"We saw, we saw," said several voices.
"Hul-lo!" suddenly shouted Montgomery, "Hullo, there!"
"Confound you!" said I, and gripped my pistol.
There was a silence, then a crashing among the interlacing vegetation, first here, then there, and then half-a-dozen faces appeared,"strange faces, lit by a strange light. M'ling made a growling noise in his throat. I recognised the Ape-man: I had indeed already identified his voice, and two of the white-swathed brown-featured creatures I had seen in Montgomery's boat.
identified - identifiée, identifier, s'identifier a
featured - en vedette, caractéristique, particularité, spécialité
With these were the two dappled brutes and that grey, horribly crooked creature who said the Law, with grey hair streaming down its cheeks, heavy grey eyebrows, and grey locks pouring off from a central parting upon its sloping forehead,"a heavy, faceless thing, with strange red eyes, looking at us curiously from amidst the green.
cheeks - joues, joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale
pouring off - en train de couler
sloping - en pente, pente, inclinaison
For a space no one spoke. Then Montgomery hiccoughed, "Who"said he was dead?"
hiccoughed - hoqueté, hoquet
The Monkey-man looked guiltily at the hairy-grey Thing. "He is dead," said this monster. "They saw."
There was nothing threatening about this detachment, at any rate. They seemed awestricken and puzzled.
detachment - le détachement, détachement, impartialité
awestricken - l'effroi
"Where is he?" said Montgomery.
"Beyond," and the grey creature pointed.
"Is there a Law now?" asked the Monkey-man. "Is it still to be this and that? Is he dead indeed?"
"Is there a Law?" repeated the man in white. "Is there a Law, thou Other with the Whip?"
thou - tu
"He is dead," said the hairy-grey Thing. And they all stood watching us.
"Prendick," said Montgomery, turning his dull eyes to me. "He's dead, evidently."
I had been standing behind him during this colloquy. I began to see how things lay with them. I suddenly stepped in front of Montgomery and lifted up my voice:""Children of the Law," I said, "he is not dead!" M'ling turned his sharp eyes on me. "He has changed his shape; he has changed his body," I went on. "For a time you will not see him. He is"there," I pointed upward, "where he can watch you.
colloquy - colloque, conversation
sharp eyes - des yeux vifs
You cannot see him, but he can see you. Fear the Law!"
I looked at them squarely. They flinched.
flinched - a tressailli, tressaillir
"He is great, he is good," said the Ape-man, peering fearfully upward among the dense trees.
fearfully - avec crainte
"And the other Thing?" I demanded.
demanded - demandée, demande, exigence, exiger
"The Thing that bled, and ran screaming and sobbing,"that is dead too," said the grey Thing, still regarding me.
screaming - des cris, cri, crier
"That's well," grunted Montgomery.
"The Other with the Whip"" began the grey Thing.
"Well?" said I.
"Said he was dead."
But Montgomery was still sober enough to understand my motive in denying Moreau's death. "He is not dead," he said slowly, "not dead at all. No more dead than I am."
sober - sobre, cuver
denying - refusant, nier, démentir, refuser
"Some," said I, "have broken the Law: they will die. Some have died. Show us now where his old body lies,"the body he cast away because he had no more need of it."
"It is this way, Man who walked in the Sea," said the grey Thing.
And with these six creatures guiding us, we went through the tumult of ferns and creepers and tree-stems towards the northwest. Then came a yelling, a crashing among the branches, and a little pink homunculus rushed by us shrieking. Immediately after appeared a monster in headlong pursuit, blood-bedabbled, who was amongst us almost before he could stop his career. The grey Thing leapt aside.
guiding - guidant, dirigeant, (guid) guidant
northwest - nord-ouest
shrieking - des cris, (shriek), hurlement, crier
amongst - entre, parmi
M'ling, with a snarl, flew at it, and was struck aside. Montgomery fired and missed, bowed his head, threw up his arm, and turned to run. I fired, and the Thing still came on; fired again, point-blank, into its ugly face. I saw its features vanish in a flash: its face was driven in.
snarl - grogner, grondement
driven in - conduit
Yet it passed me, gripped Montgomery, and holding him, fell headlong beside him and pulled him sprawling upon itself in its death-agony.
sprawling - tentaculaire, s'affaler, s'étaler, s'étendre, étalement, fr
I found myself alone with M'ling, the dead brute, and the prostrate man. Montgomery raised himself slowly and stared in a muddled way at the shattered Beast Man beside him. It more than half sobered him. He scrambled to his feet. Then I saw the grey Thing returning cautiously through the trees.
shattered - brisé, fracasser, réduire en miettes, mettre en pieces, briser
sobered - dégrisé, sobre, cuver
cautiously - avec prudence, précautionneusement
"See," said I, pointing to the dead brute, "is the Law not alive? This came of breaking the Law."
He peered at the body. "He sends the Fire that kills," said he, in his deep voice, repeating part of the Ritual. The others gathered round and stared for a space.
kills - tue, tuer
Ritual - rituel
At last we drew near the westward extremity of the island. We came upon the gnawed and mutilated body of the puma, its shoulder-bone smashed by a bullet, and perhaps twenty yards farther found at last what we sought. Moreau lay face downward in a trampled space in a canebrake. One hand was almost severed at the wrist and his silvery hair was dabbled in blood.
extremity - l'extrémité, extrémité
bullet - balle, projectile
severed - coupée, rompre, trancher, sectionner
dabbled - a tâté du terrain, barboter
His head had been battered in by the fetters of the puma. The broken canes beneath him were smeared with blood. His revolver we could not find. Montgomery turned him over. Resting at intervals, and with the help of the seven Beast People (for he was a heavy man), we carried Moreau back to the enclosure. The night was darkling.
battered - battu, battre
fetters - des entraves, entrave, fers-p, obstacle, entraver
intervals - intervalles, intervalle
Twice we heard unseen creatures howling and shrieking past our little band, and once the little pink sloth-creature appeared and stared at us, and vanished again. But we were not attacked again. At the gates of the enclosure our company of Beast People left us, M'ling going with the rest.
We locked ourselves in, and then took Moreau's mangled body into the yard and laid it upon a pile of brushwood. Then we went into the laboratory and put an end to all we found living there.
brushwood - des broussailles, brindilles
When this was accomplished, and we had washed and eaten, Montgomery and I went into my little room and seriously discussed our position for the first time. It was then near midnight. He was almost sober, but greatly disturbed in his mind. He had been strangely under the influence of Moreau's personality: I do not think it had ever occurred to him that Moreau could die.
accomplished - accompli, accomplir
influence - influence, influencer, influer
personality - personnalité
This disaster was the sudden collapse of the habits that had become part of his nature in the ten or more monotonous years he had spent on the island. He talked vaguely, answered my questions crookedly, wandered into general questions.
more monotonous - plus monotone
vaguely - vaguement
crookedly - de travers
wandered - erré, errer, vaguer, divaguer
"This silly ass of a world," he said; "what a muddle it all is! I haven't had any life. I wonder when it's going to begin. Sixteen years being bullied by nurses and schoolmasters at their own sweet will; five in London grinding hard at medicine, bad food, shabby lodgings, shabby clothes, shabby vice, a blunder,"I didn't know any better,"and hustled off to this beastly island. Ten years here!
muddle - brouiller les pistes, confondre, mélanger, embrouiller
bullied - harcelés, brimeur, brute, tyran, intimider, tourmenter
grinding - broyage, (grind)
Medicine - la médecine, médicament, officinal, médecine
shabby - râpé, usé, élimé, miteux, minable
lodgings - logements, logement, hébergement, verse
hustled - bousculé, bousculer, bousculade
What's it all for, Prendick? Are we bubbles blown by a baby?"
It was hard to deal with such ravings. "The thing we have to think of now," said I, "is how to get away from this island."
ravings - des délires, divagations-p
"What's the good of getting away? I'm an outcast. Where am I to join on? It's all very well for you, Prendick. Poor old Moreau! We can't leave him here to have his bones picked. As it is"And besides, what will become of the decent part of the Beast Folk?"
getting away - s'échapper
decent - integre, décent, substantiel
"Well," said I, "that will do to-morrow. I've been thinking we might make the brushwood into a pyre and burn his body"and those other things. Then what will happen with the Beast Folk?"
pyre - pyre, bucher
burn - bruler, s'allumer, brulons, brulez, bruler, cuite, griller
"I don't know. I suppose those that were made of beasts of prey will make silly asses of themselves sooner or later. We can't massacre the lot"can we? I suppose that's what your humanity would suggest? But they'll change. They are sure to change."
silly asses - stupides
massacre - massacre, massacrer
suggest - proposer, suggérer
He talked thus inconclusively until at last I felt my temper going.
inconclusively - de maniere non concluante
"Damnation!" he exclaimed at some petulance of mine; "can't you see I'm in a worse hole than you are?" And he got up, and went for the brandy. "Drink!" he said returning, "you logic-chopping, chalky-faced saint of an atheist, drink!"
damnation - damnation
exclaimed - s'est exclamé, exclamer
logic - logique
chalky - plâtreux, crétacé
saint - Saint
atheist - athée, athéiste
"Not I," said I, and sat grimly watching his face under the yellow paraffine flare, as he drank himself into a garrulous misery.
paraffine - paraffine
flare - flare, fusée lumineuse, feu de Bengale, arrondi
garrulous - gargantuesque
I have a memory of infinite tedium. He wandered into a maudlin defence of the Beast People and of M'ling. M'ling, he said, was the only thing that had ever really cared for him. And suddenly an idea came to him.
tedium - l'ennui, ennuyeux, checkfatigant, checkusant, checkfastidieux
maudlin - larmoyant, histrionique, sentimental, pleurnicheur, maniéré
defence - la défense, défense
cared for - pris en charge
"I'm damned!" said he, staggering to his feet and clutching the brandy bottle.
By some flash of intuition I knew what it was he intended. "You don't give drink to that beast!" I said, rising and facing him.
intuition - l'intuition, intuition
drink to - boire a
"Beast!" said he. "You're the beast. He takes his liquor like a Christian. Come out of the way, Prendick!"
liquor - l'alcool, spiritueux
Christian - chrétien, chrétienne, Christian
"For God's sake," said I.
"Get"out of the way!" he roared, and suddenly whipped out his revolver.
whipped - fouetté, fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre
"Very well," said I, and stood aside, half-minded to fall upon him as he put his hand upon the latch, but deterred by the thought of my useless arm. "You've made a beast of yourself,"to the beasts you may go."
minded - mentales, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire
latch - le loquet, loquet
deterred - dissuadé, empecher, dissuader, décourager
He flung the doorway open, and stood half facing me between the yellow lamp-light and the pallid glare of the moon; his eye-sockets were blotches of black under his stubbly eyebrows.
glare - éblouissement, éclat
sockets - des prises, prise, douille, orbite (for the eye), cavité
stubbly - des poils raides
"You're a solemn prig, Prendick, a silly ass! You're always fearing and fancying. We're on the edge of things. I'm bound to cut my throat to-morrow. I'm going to have a damned Bank Holiday to-night." He turned and went out into the moonlight. "M'ling!" he cried; "M'ling, old friend!"
prig - prig, bégueule
fearing - craindre, peur
fancying - a l'envie, envie, caprice
Three dim creatures in the silvery light came along the edge of the wan beach,"one a white-wrapped creature, the other two blotches of blackness following it. They halted, staring. Then I saw M'ling's hunched shoulders as he came round the corner of the house.
wan - wan, pâle, blafard
wrapped - enveloppé, enrouler (autour de)
"Drink!" cried Montgomery, "drink, you brutes! Drink and be men! Damme, I'm the cleverest. Moreau forgot this; this is the last touch. Drink, I tell you!" And waving the bottle in his hand he started off at a kind of quick trot to the westward, M'ling ranging himself between him and the three dim creatures who followed.
cleverest - le plus intelligent, habile, agile, adroit, adroite, talentueux
ranging - de la gamme, chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection
I went to the doorway. They were already indistinct in the mist of the moonlight before Montgomery halted. I saw him administer a dose of the raw brandy to M'ling, and saw the five figures melt into one vague patch.
administer - administrer, gérer
raw - cru, brut, nu
melt - la fonte, fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)
"Sing!" I heard Montgomery shout,""sing all together, Confound old Prendick!'that's right; now again, Confound old Prendick!'"
that's right - c'est bien ça
The black group broke up into five separate figures, and wound slowly away from me along the band of shining beach. Each went howling at his own sweet will, yelping insults at me, or giving whatever other vent this new inspiration of brandy demanded. Presently I heard Montgomery's voice shouting, "Right turn!" and they passed with their shouts and howls into the blackness of the landward trees.
separate - séparés, séparé, séparée, séparer
insults - des insultes, insulter, insulte
shouts - crie, cri
howls - hurle, hurlement, hurler
landward - vers l'intérieur des terres
Slowly, very slowly, they receded into silence.
The peaceful splendour of the night healed again. The moon was now past the meridian and travelling down the west. It was at its full, and very bright riding through the empty blue sky. The shadow of the wall lay, a yard wide and of inky blackness, at my feet.
splendour - splendeur
meridian - méridien
The eastward sea was a featureless grey, dark and mysterious; and between the sea and the shadow the grey sands (of volcanic glass and crystals) flashed and shone like a beach of diamonds. Behind me the paraffine lamp flared hot and ruddy.
sands - sables, sable
crystals - des cristaux, cristal, de cristal, en cristal
Diamonds - des diamants, (de/en) diamant
flared - évasé, fusée lumineuse, feu de Bengale, arrondi
ruddy - ruddy, rougeâtre
Then I shut the door, locked it, and went into the enclosure where Moreau lay beside his latest victims,"the staghounds and the llama and some other wretched brutes,"with his massive face calm even after his terrible death, and with the hard eyes open, staring at the dead white moon above.
I sat down upon the edge of the sink, and with my eyes upon that ghastly pile of silvery light and ominous shadows began to turn over my plans. In the morning I would gather some provisions in the dingey, and after setting fire to the pyre before me, push out into the desolation of the high sea once more.
ghastly - épouvantable, effrayant, affreux, horrible
Provisions - dispositions, provision, provisionner
push - pousser, poussons, poussez, poussent, buter, acculer
I felt that for Montgomery there was no help; that he was, in truth, half akin to these Beast Folk, unfitted for human kindred.
akin - apparenté, analogue
unfitted - inadaptée, inapte, incapable, impropre, rench: -neededr
I do not know how long I sat there scheming. It must have been an hour or so. Then my planning was interrupted by the return of Montgomery to my neighbourhood. I heard a yelling from many throats, a tumult of exultant cries passing down towards the beach, whooping and howling, and excited shrieks that seemed to come to a stop near the water's edge.
scheming - des magouilles, (scheme), plan, combine, machination, schéma
neighbourhood - quartier
throats - gorges, gorge, goulot
exultant - exultant
passing - en passant, passager, éminent, rapide, extremement
shrieks - des cris, hurlement, crier
The riot rose and fell; I heard heavy blows and the splintering smash of wood, but it did not trouble me then. A discordant chanting began.
riot - émeute
discordant - discordant
My thoughts went back to my means of escape. I got up, brought the lamp, and went into a shed to look at some kegs I had seen there. Then I became interested in the contents of some biscuit-tins, and opened one. I saw something out of the tail of my eye,"a red figure,"and turned sharply.
shed - hangar, verser, stand, kiosque, échoppe
kegs - futs, tonnelet, baril
biscuit - biscuit
tins - boîtes de conserve, étain, conserve, boîte de conserve, moule
Behind me lay the yard, vividly black-and-white in the moonlight, and the pile of wood and faggots on which Moreau and his mutilated victims lay, one over another. They seemed to be gripping one another in one last revengeful grapple. His wounds gaped, black as night, and the blood that had dripped lay in black patches upon the sand.
vividly - précise
faggots - pédés, fagot
revengeful - vengeur
grapple - grappin, attraper, capturer
gaped - béante, espace, vide, trou
patches - des correctifs, piece, rustine
Then I saw, without understanding, the cause of my phantom,"a ruddy glow that came and danced and went upon the wall opposite. I misinterpreted this, fancied it was a reflection of my flickering lamp, and turned again to the stores in the shed. I went on rummaging among them, as well as a one-armed man could, finding this convenient thing and that, and putting them aside for to-morrow's launch.
cause - cause, raison, causer
phantom - fantôme
misinterpreted - mal interprété, mésinterpréter
flickering - clignotement, vaciller
rummaging - fouiller
My movements were slow, and the time passed quickly. Insensibly the daylight crept upon me.
The chanting died down, giving place to a clamour; then it began again, and suddenly broke into a tumult. I heard cries of, "More! more!" a sound like quarrelling, and a sudden wild shriek. The quality of the sounds changed so greatly that it arrested my attention. I went out into the yard and listened. Then cutting like a knife across the confusion came the crack of a revolver.
clamour - clameur, jacasser
quarrelling - des querelles, (quarrel) des querelles
I rushed at once through my room to the little doorway. As I did so I heard some of the packing-cases behind me go sliding down and smash together with a clatter of glass on the floor of the shed. But I did not heed these. I flung the door open and looked out.
sliding - glissant, (slid) glissant
clatter - claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme
Up the beach by the boathouse a bonfire was burning, raining up sparks into the indistinctness of the dawn. Around this struggled a mass of black figures. I heard Montgomery call my name. I began to run at once towards this fire, revolver in hand. I saw the pink tongue of Montgomery's pistol lick out once, close to the ground. He was down. I shouted with all my strength and fired into the air.
bonfire - feu de joie, bucher
sparks - des étincelles, étincelle
indistinctness - l'indistinction
lick - lécher, faire eau
I heard some one cry, "The Master!" The knotted black struggle broke into scattering units, the fire leapt and sank down. The crowd of Beast People fled in sudden panic before me, up the beach. In my excitement I fired at their retreating backs as they disappeared among the bushes. Then I turned to the black heaps upon the ground.
scattering - la dispersion, diffusion, éparpillement, (scatter), disperser
units - unités, unité
fired at - tiré dessus
Montgomery lay on his back, with the hairy-grey Beast-man sprawling across his body. The brute was dead, but still gripping Montgomery's throat with its curving claws. near by lay M'ling on his face and quite still, his neck bitten open and the upper part of the smashed brandy-bottle in his hand.
lay on - s'allonger
near by - a proximité
Two other figures lay near the fire,"the one motionless, the other groaning fitfully, every now and then raising its head slowly, then dropping it again.
I caught hold of the grey man and pulled him off Montgomery's body; his claws drew down the torn coat reluctantly as I dragged him away. Montgomery was dark in the face and scarcely breathing. I splashed sea-water on his face and pillowed his head on my rolled-up coat. M'ling was dead.
reluctantly - a contrecour
pillowed - oreillé, oreiller, tetiere
rolled-up - (rolled-up) enroulé
The wounded creature by the fire"it was a Wolf-brute with a bearded grey face"lay, I found, with the fore part of its body upon the still glowing timber. The wretched thing was injured so dreadfully that in mercy I blew its brains out at once. The other brute was one of the Bull-men swathed in white. He too was dead. The rest of the Beast People had vanished from the beach.
bearded - barbu, barbe
glowing - rayonnante, briller, luire, irradier, lueur
timber - le bois, bois de construction
injured - blessé, blesser
dreadfully - terriblement
mercy - la pitié, miséricorde, pitié
I went to Montgomery again and knelt beside him, cursing my ignorance of medicine. The fire beside me had sunk down, and only charred beams of timber glowing at the central ends and mixed with a grey ash of brushwood remained. I wondered casually where Montgomery had got his wood. Then I saw that the dawn was upon us.
knelt - a genoux, agenouiller
cursing - maudissant, (curs) maudissant
sunk down - coulé
beams - poutres, madrier, poutre, merrain, perche, limon, timon, age
mixed - mixte, mélanger
ash - cendres, frene, cendre
The sky had grown brighter, the setting moon was becoming pale and opaque in the luminous blue of the day. The sky to the eastward was rimmed with red.
opaque - opaque
rimmed - bordé, jante, bord
Suddenly I heard a thud and a hissing behind me, and, looking round, sprang to my feet with a cry of horror. Against the warm dawn great tumultuous masses of black smoke were boiling up out of the enclosure, and through their stormy darkness shot flickering threads of blood-red flame. Then the thatched roof caught. I saw the curving charge of the flames across the sloping straw.
thud - bruit sourd, martelement, marteler
boiling up - en train de bouillir
stormy - orageux
threads - fils, fil, processus léger, exétron
thatched roof - Un toit de chaume
charge - frais, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation, meuble
flames - flammes, flamme, polémique
A spurt of fire jetted from the window of my room.
spurt - de l'eau, jaillir
jetted - jeté, (de) jais
I knew at once what had happened. I remembered the crash I had heard. When I had rushed out to Montgomery's assistance, I had overturned the lamp.
overturned - annulée, renverser, retourner, capoter, verser
The hopelessness of saving any of the contents of the enclosure stared me in the face. My mind came back to my plan of flight, and turning swiftly I looked to see where the two boats lay upon the beach. They were gone! Two axes lay upon the sands beside me; chips and splinters were scattered broadcast, and the ashes of the bonfire were blackening and smoking under the dawn.
axes - axes, hache
chips - frites, (chip) frites
broadcast - diffusion, émission, diffuser, radiodiffuser (only by radio)
ashes - des cendres, cendre
blackening - le noircissement, (blacken), noircir, souiller, salir
Montgomery had burnt the boats to revenge himself upon me and prevent our return to mankind!
revenge - la vengeance, vengeance, revanche, venger
A sudden convulsion of rage shook me. I was almost moved to batter his foolish head in, as he lay there helpless at my feet. Then suddenly his hand moved, so feebly, so pitifully, that my wrath vanished. He groaned, and opened his eyes for a minute. I knelt down beside him and raised his head. He opened his eyes again, staring silently at the dawn, and then they met mine. The lids fell.
convulsion - convulsion
rage - rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage
batter - pâte a frire, battre
helpless - sans défense, désemparé
feebly - faiblement
pitifully - lamentablement
groaned - gémi, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement
"Sorry," he said presently, with an effort. He seemed trying to think. "The last," he murmured, "the last of this silly universe. What a mess""
murmured - murmuré, murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer
universe - univers
I listened. His head fell helplessly to one side. I thought some drink might revive him; but there was neither drink nor vessel in which to bring drink at hand. He seemed suddenly heavier. My heart went cold. I bent down to his face, put my hand through the rent in his blouse.
heavier - plus lourd, lourd
blouse - chemisier, blouse
He was dead; and even as he died a line of white heat, the limb of the sun, rose eastward beyond the projection of the bay, splashing its radiance across the sky and turning the dark sea into a weltering tumult of dazzling light. It fell like a glory upon his death-shrunken face.
limb - membre
projection - saillie, projection
dazzling light - une lumiere éblouissante
glory - gloire
shrunken - rétréci, ratatiné, (shrink), se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer
I let his head fall gently upon the rough pillow I had made for him, and stood up. Before me was the glittering desolation of the sea, the awful solitude upon which I had already suffered so much; behind me the island, hushed under the dawn, its Beast People silent and unseen.
pillow - oreiller, tetiere
solitude - la solitude, solitude
suffered - souffert, souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer
hushed - étouffé, silence
The enclosure, with all its provisions and ammunition, burnt noisily, with sudden gusts of flame, a fitful crackling, and now and then a crash. The heavy smoke drove up the beach away from me, rolling low over the distant tree-tops towards the huts in the ravine. Beside me were the charred vestiges of the boats and these five dead bodies.
ammunition - munitions
noisily - bruyamment
flame - flamme, polémique
fitful - irréguliere, irrégulier, sporadique
rolling - rouler, enroulant, roulant, (roll) rouler
dead bodies - des cadavres
Then out of the bushes came three Beast People, with hunched shoulders, protruding heads, misshapen hands awkwardly held, and inquisitive, unfriendly eyes and advanced towards me with hesitating gestures.
inquisitive - curieux
I faced these people, facing my fate in them, single-handed now,"literally single-handed, for I had a broken arm. In my pocket was a revolver with two empty chambers. Among the chips scattered about the beach lay the two axes that had been used to chop up the boats. The tide was creeping in behind me. There was nothing for it but courage. I looked squarely into the faces of the advancing monsters.
single - seul, célibataire f, célibataire, simple
literally - littéralement
chambers - chambres, chambre, piece, salle
chop up - couper
creeping in - qui s'insinue
They avoided my eyes, and their quivering nostrils investigated the bodies that lay beyond me on the beach. I took half-a-dozen steps, picked up the blood-stained whip that lay beneath the body of the Wolf-man, and cracked it. They stopped and stared at me.
nostrils - narines, narine, qualifier
investigated - a fait l'objet d'une enquete, étudier, enqueter
"Salute!" said I. "Bow down!"
salute - saluer, faire un salut
They hesitated. One bent his knees. I repeated my command, with my heart in my mouth, and advanced upon them. One knelt, then the other two.
I turned and walked towards the dead bodies, keeping my face towards the three kneeling Beast Men, very much as an actor passing up the stage faces the audience.
stage - scene, étape, phase, scene, caleche, platine, mettre en scene
audience - assistance, public, auditoire, lectorat, audience
"They broke the Law," said I, putting my foot on the Sayer of the Law. "They have been slain,"even the Sayer of the Law; even the Other with the Whip. Great is the Law! Come and see."
slain - tué, tuer
"None escape," said one of them, advancing and peering.
"None escape," said I. "Therefore hear and do as I command." They stood up, looking questioningly at one another.
questioningly - en posant des questions
"stand there," said I.
stand there - rester la
I picked up the hatchets and swung them by their heads from the sling of my arm; turned Montgomery over; picked up his revolver still loaded in two chambers, and bending down to rummage, found half-a-dozen cartridges in his pocket.
hatchets - hachettes, hachette
bending down - en se baissant
rummage - fouiller
"Take him," said I, standing up again and pointing with the whip; "take him, and carry him out and cast him into the sea."
They came forward, evidently still afraid of Montgomery, but still more afraid of my cracking red whip-lash; and after some fumbling and hesitation, some whip-cracking and shouting, they lifted him gingerly, carried him down to the beach, and went splashing into the dazzling welter of the sea.
lash - cils, amarrons, amarrez, amarrent, fustiger
fumbling - le tâtonnement, tâtonner
gingerly - avec précaution, doucement, précautionneusement
welter - welter
"On!" said I, "on! Carry him far."
They went in up to their armpits and stood regarding me.
armpits - aisselles, aisselle
"Let go," said I; and the body of Montgomery vanished with a splash. Something seemed to tighten across my chest.
tighten - serrer, se resserrer, resserrer les taux
"Good!" said I, with a break in my voice; and they came back, hurrying and fearful, to the margin of the water, leaving long wakes of black in the silver. At the water's edge they stopped, turning and glaring into the sea as though they presently expected Montgomery to arise therefrom and exact vengeance.
break in - Cambriolage
silver - l'argent, argent
arise - se lever, surgir, apparaitre, naitre
therefrom - de cette façon
exact - exact, précis, exiger
vengeance - vengeance
"Now these," said I, pointing to the other bodies.
They took care not to approach the place where they had thrown Montgomery into the water, but instead, carried the four dead Beast People slantingly along the beach for perhaps a hundred yards before they waded out and cast them away.
took care - a pris soin
As I watched them disposing of the mangled remains of M'ling, I heard a light footfall behind me, and turning quickly saw the big Hyena-swine perhaps a dozen yards away. His head was bent down, his bright eyes were fixed upon me, his stumpy hands clenched and held close by his side. He stopped in this crouching attitude when I turned, his eyes a little averted.
disposing - l'élimination, disposant, (dispose), débarrasser
stumpy - trapue
clenched - serré, serrer, prise (en main) ferme, poigne ferme
averted - évitée, prévenir
For a moment we stood eye to eye. I dropped the whip and snatched at the pistol in my pocket; for I meant to kill this brute, the most formidable of any left now upon the island, at the first excuse. It may seem treacherous, but so I was resolved. I was far more afraid of him than of any other two of the Beast Folk. His continued life was I knew a threat against mine.
treacherous - perfide
I was perhaps a dozen seconds collecting myself. Then cried I, "Salute! Bow down!"
His teeth flashed upon me in a snarl. "Who are you that I should""
Perhaps a little too spasmodically I drew my revolver, aimed quickly and fired. I heard him yelp, saw him run sideways and turn, knew I had missed, and clicked back the cock with my thumb for the next shot. But he was already running headlong, jumping from side to side, and I dared not risk another miss. Every now and then he looked back at me over his shoulder.
spasmodically - spasmodiquement
clicked - cliqué, clic, bruit sec
thumb - pouce, feuilleter
jumping - sauter, (faire) sauter
He went slanting along the beach, and vanished beneath the driving masses of dense smoke that were still pouring out from the burning enclosure. For some time I stood staring after him. I turned to my three obedient Beast Folk again and signalled them to drop the body they still carried.
pouring out - qui se déverse
obedient - obéissant
signalled - signalée, signal, signaler
Then I went back to the place by the fire where the bodies had fallen and kicked the sand until all the brown blood-stains were absorbed and hidden.
absorbed - absorbé, absorber, éponger
I dismissed my three serfs with a wave of the hand, and went up the beach into the thickets. I carried my pistol in my hand, my whip thrust with the hatchets in the sling of my arm. I was anxious to be alone, to think out the position in which I was now placed.
dismissed - licencié, renvoyer, limoger, licencier, démettre
serfs - serfs, serf
think out - Réfléchir
A dreadful thing that I was only beginning to realise was, that over all this island there was now no safe place where I could be alone and secure to rest or sleep. I had recovered strength amazingly since my landing, but I was still inclined to be nervous and to break Down Under any great stress.
secure - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser
Down Under - Australie, Nouvelle Zelande
I felt that I ought to cross the island and establish myself with the Beast People, and make myself secure in their confidence. But my heart failed me. I went back to the beach, and turning eastward past the burning enclosure, made for a point where a shallow spit of coral sand ran out towards the reef. Here I could sit down and think, my back to the sea and my face against any surprise.
establish - affermir, établir
spit - vomir, cracher, jeter, expectorer
And there I sat, chin on knees, the sun beating down upon my head and unspeakable dread in my mind, plotting how I could live on against the hour of my rescue (if ever rescue came). I tried to review the whole situation as calmly as I could, but it was difficult to clear the thing of emotion.
plotting - comploter, intrigue, lopin, diagramme, graphique, complot
rescue - secours, délivrer, secourir, sauver, checksauver, sauvetage
review - relecture, critique, compte rendu, révision, revue, réviser
I began turning over in my mind the reason of Montgomery's despair. "They will change," he said; "they are sure to change." And Moreau, what was it that Moreau had said? "The stubborn beast-flesh grows day by day back again." Then I came round to the Hyena-swine. I felt sure that if I did not kill that brute, he would kill me. The Sayer of the Law was dead: Worse luck.
turning over - Tourner
Worse luck - Pas de chance
They knew now that we of the Whips could be killed even as they themselves were killed. Were they peering at me already out of the green masses of ferns and palms over yonder, watching until I came within their spring? Were they plotting against me? What was the Hyena-swine telling them? My imagination was running away with me into a morass of unsubstantial fears.
palms - des palmiers, paume
running away - en train de s'enfuir
unsubstantial - non substantielle
fears - des craintes, peur
My thoughts were disturbed by a crying of sea-birds hurrying towards some black object that had been stranded by the waves on the beach near the enclosure. I knew what that object was, but I had not the heart to go back and drive them off.
I began walking along the beach in the opposite direction, designing to come round the eastward corner of the island and so approach the ravine of the huts, without traversing the possible ambuscades of the thickets.
opposite direction - dans la direction opposée
Perhaps half a mile along the beach I became aware of one of my three Beast Folk advancing out of the landward bushes towards me. I was now so nervous with my own imaginings that I immediately drew my revolver. Even the propitiatory gestures of the creature failed to disarm me. He hesitated as he approached.
propitiatory - propitiatoire
disarm - désarmer
"Go away!" cried I.
There was something very suggestive of a dog in the cringing attitude of the creature. It retreated a little way, very like a dog being sent home, and stopped, looking at me imploringly with canine brown eyes.
cringing - se froisser, (cringe), grincer des dents, gener
imploringly - de maniere implorante
canine - canine, canin
"Go away," said I. "Do not come near me."
come near - s'approcher
"May I not come near you?" it said.
"No; go away," I insisted, and snapped my whip. Then putting my whip in my teeth, I stooped for a stone, and with that threat drove the creature away.
So in solitude I came round by the ravine of the Beast People, and hiding among the weeds and reeds that separated this crevice from the sea I watched such of them as appeared, trying to judge from their gestures and appearance how the death of Moreau and Montgomery and the destruction of the House of Pain had affected them. I know now the folly of my cowardice.
hiding - se cacher, (hid) se cacher
weeds - les mauvaises herbes, (weed) les mauvaises herbes
crevice - crevasse, fissure
judge - juge, juger
destruction - la destruction, destruction
cowardice - lâcheté, couardise
Had I kept my courage up to the level of the dawn, had I not allowed it to ebb away in solitary thought, I might have grasped the vacant sceptre of Moreau and ruled over the Beast People. As it was I lost the opportunity, and sank to the position of a mere leader among my fellows.
allowed - autorisé, laisser, accorder, permettre
ebb away - s'éloigner
grasped - saisi, saisir, agripper, comprendre
sceptre - sceptre
opportunity - occasion, opportunité, occasion favorable, chance
leader - chef, leader, dirigeant
Towards noon certain of them came and squatted basking in the hot sand. The imperious voices of hunger and thirst prevailed over my dread. I came out of the bushes, and, revolver in hand, walked down towards these seated figures. One, a Wolf-woman, turned her head and stared at me, and then the others. None attempted to rise or salute me.
noon - midi
basking - se prélasser, lézarder, baigner
imperious - impérieux
prevailed - a prévalu, dominer, prévaloir, l'emporter, prédominer
I felt too faint and weary to insist, and I let the moment pass.
insist - insister
"I want food," said I, almost apologetically, and drawing near.
apologetically - en s'excusant
"There is food in the huts," said an Ox-boar-man, drowsily, and looking away from me.
boar - sanglier, verrat
drowsily - somnolent
looking away - a détourné le regard
I passed them, and went down into the shadow and odours of the almost deserted ravine.
odours - odeurs, odeur
In an empty hut I feasted on some specked and half-decayed fruit; and then after I had propped some branches and sticks about the opening, and placed myself with my face towards it and my hand upon my revolver, the exhaustion of the last thirty hours claimed its own, and I fell into a light slumber, hoping that the flimsy barricade I had erected would cause sufficient noise in its removal to save me from surprise.
feasted - festoyé, festin
specked - moucheté, petite tache
decayed - en décomposition, décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir
propped - étayé, support
sticks - bâtons, enfoncer
claimed - réclamé, réclamation, titre, affirmation
slumber - sommeil, somnolence, somnoler
flimsy - frele, fragile, faible, papier calque
barricade - barricade, barricader
erected - érigé, droit, dressé
removal - l'éloignement, enlevement, élimination, prélevement
In this way I became one among the Beast People in the Island of Doctor Moreau. When I awoke, it was dark about me. My arm ached in its bandages. I sat up, wondering at first where I might be. I heard coarse voices talking outside. Then I saw that my barricade had gone, and that the opening of the hut stood clear. My revolver was still in my hand.
ached - a souffert, douleur
I heard something breathing, saw something crouched together close beside me. I held my breath, trying to see what it was. It began to move slowly, interminably. Then something soft and warm and moist passed across my hand. All my muscles contracted. I snatched my hand away. A cry of alarm began and was stifled in my throat.
interminably - interminablement
moist - humide, moite
contracted - sous contrat, contracter
stifled - étouffé, étouffer
Then I just realised what had happened sufficiently to stay my fingers on the revolver.
sufficiently - suffisamment
"Who is that?" I said in a hoarse whisper, the revolver still pointed.
"Who are you?"
"They say there is no Master now. But I know, I know. I carried the bodies into the sea, O Walker in the Sea! the bodies of those you slew. I am your slave, Master."
walker - marcheur
slew - slew, déraper, (slay) slew
slave - esclave, serf, serve
"Are you the one I met on the beach?" I asked.
"The same, Master."
The Thing was evidently faithful enough, for it might have fallen upon me as I slept. "It is well," I said, extending my hand for another licking kiss. I began to realise what its presence meant, and the tide of my courage flowed. "Where are the others?" I asked.
faithful - fidele, fidele, loyal
extending - s'étendant, étendre, prolonger
kiss - baiser, baisent, biser, baisons, baisez, bécot, bise
flowed - s'est écoulée, couler
"They are mad; they are fools," said the Dog-man. "Even now they talk together beyond there. They say, The Master is dead. The Other with the Whip is dead. That Other who walked in the Sea is as we are. We have no Master, no Whips, no House of Pain, any more. There is an end. We love the Law, and will keep it; but there is no Pain, no Master, no Whips for ever again.'So they say.
for ever - pour toujours
But I know, Master, I know."
I felt in the darkness, and patted the Dog-man's head. "It is well," I said again.
patted - tapoté, petite tape
"Presently you will slay them all," said the Dog-man.
slay - tuer, dézinguer
"Presently," I answered, "I will slay them all,"after certain days and certain things have come to pass. Every one of them save those you spare, every one of them shall be slain."
"What the Master wishes to kill, the Master kills," said the Dog-man with a certain satisfaction in his voice.
wishes - souhaits, souhait, souhaiter, espérer
"And that their sins may grow," I said, "let them live in their folly until their time is ripe. Let them not know that I am the Master."
sins - péchés, péché, mal
ripe - mur, pruine
"The Master's will is sweet," said the Dog-man, with the ready tact of his canine blood.
tact - tact
"But one has sinned," said I. "Him I will kill, whenever I may meet him. When I say to you, That is he,'see that you fall upon him. And now I will go to the men and women who are assembled together."
sinned - péché, mal
assembled - assemblés, assembler, rassembler
For a moment the opening of the hut was blackened by the exit of the Dog-man. Then I followed and stood up, almost in the exact spot where I had been when I had heard Moreau and his staghound pursuing me. But now it was night, and all the miasmatic ravine about me was black; and beyond, instead of a green, sunlit slope, I saw a red fire, before which hunched, grotesque figures moved to and fro.
blackened - noirci, noircir, souiller, salir
exit - sortie, débouché, trémie de sortie
miasmatic - miasmatique
Farther were the thick trees, a bank of darkness, fringed above with the black lace of the upper branches. The moon was just riding up on the edge of the ravine, and like a bar across its face drove the spire of vapour that was for ever streaming from the fumaroles of the island.
lace - dentelle, pointue
"Walk by me," said I, nerving myself; and side by side we walked down the narrow way, taking little heed of the dim Things that peered at us out of the huts.
nerving - nervosité, (nerve), nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran
None about the fire attempted to salute me. Most of them disregarded me, ostentatiously. I looked round for the Hyena-swine, but he was not there. Altogether, perhaps twenty of the Beast Folk squatted, staring into the fire or talking to one another.
disregarded - ignorée, mépris, ignorer, mépriser
ostentatiously - avec ostentation
"He is dead, he is dead! the Master is dead!" said the voice of the Ape-man to the right of me. "The House of Pain"there is no House of Pain!"
"He is not dead," said I, in a loud voice. "Even now he watches us!"
This startled them. Twenty pairs of eyes regarded me.
"The House of Pain is gone," said I. "It will come again. The Master you cannot see; yet even now he listens among you."
"True, true!" said the Dog-man.
They were staggered at my assurance. An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.
ferocious - féroce
tell a lie - dire un mensonge
"The Man with the Bandaged Arm speaks a strange thing," said one of the Beast Folk.
"I tell you it is so," I said. "The Master and the House of Pain will come again. Woe be to him who breaks the Law!"
woe - tristesse, douleur, misere, malheur, hélas
They looked curiously at one another. With an affectation of indifference I began to chop idly at the ground in front of me with my hatchet. They looked, I noticed, at the deep cuts I made in the turf.
indifference - l'indifférence, indifférence
chop - chop, hacher
Then the Satyr raised a doubt. I answered him. Then one of the dappled things objected, and an animated discussion sprang up round the fire. Every moment I began to feel more convinced of my present security. I talked now without the catching in my breath, due to the intensity of my excitement, that had troubled me at first.
In the course of about an hour I had really convinced several of the Beast Folk of the truth of my assertions, and talked most of the others into a dubious state. I kept a sharp eye for my enemy the Hyena-swine, but he never appeared. Every now and then a suspicious movement would startle me, but my confidence grew rapidly.
assertions - affirmations, assertion, qualifier
dubious - douteux, dubitatif, louche, sceptique
sharp eye - un oil aiguisé
enemy - l'ennemi, ennemi, ennemie
startle - sursauter, surprendre
Then as the moon crept down from the zenith, one by one the listeners began to yawn (showing the oddest teeth in the light of the sinking fire), and first one and then another retired towards the dens in the ravine; and I, dreading the silence and darkness, went with them, knowing I was safer with several of them than with one alone.
zenith - zénith
listeners - des auditeurs, auditeur, auditrice, écouteur, écouteuse
sinking - en train de couler, naufrage, (sink), couler, s'enfoncer
retired - a la retraite, prendre sa retraite
dreading - redouté, redouter, craindre, crainte
safer - plus sur, en sécurité, qualifier
In this manner began the longer part of my sojourn upon this Island of Doctor Moreau. But from that night until the end came, there was but one thing happened to tell save a series of innumerable small unpleasant details and the fretting of an incessant uneasiness.
sojourn - séjour, séjourner
innumerable - innombrables
fretting - fretting, (se) tracasser (pour)
So that I prefer to make no chronicle for that gap of time, to tell only one cardinal incident of the ten months I spent as an intimate of these half-humanised brutes. There is much that sticks in my memory that I could write,"things that I would cheerfully give my right hand to forget; but they do not help the telling of the story.
chronicle - chronique
cardinal - cardinal, rouge cardinal
intimate - intime
In the retrospect it is strange to remember how soon I fell in with these monsters'ways, and gained my confidence again. I had my quarrels with them of course, and could show some of their teeth-marks still; but they soon gained a wholesome respect for my trick of throwing stones and for the bite of my hatchet. And my Saint-Bernard-man's loyalty was of infinite service to me.
retrospect - rétrospective, rétrospection, coup d'oil rétrospectif
quarrels - querelles, dispute
marks - marques, Marc
I found their simple scale of honour was based mainly on the capacity for inflicting trenchant wounds. Indeed, I may say"without vanity, I hope"that I held something like pre-eminence among them. One or two, whom in a rare access of high spirits I had scarred rather badly, bore me a grudge; but it vented itself chiefly behind my back, and at a safe distance from my missiles, in grimaces.
scale - échelle, escaladez, escalader, escaladent, gravir, bareme
honour - l'honneur, honorer
based - sur la base, base
mainly - surtout, principalement
trenchant - tranchant
pre - pré
eminence - éminence
rare - rares, rare
high spirits - Esprit vif
badly - mal, mauvaisement
grudge - rancune
missiles - missiles, projectile, missile
grimaces - des grimaces, grimace, grimacer, faire des grimaces
The Hyena-swine avoided me, and I was always on the alert for him. My inseparable Dog-man hated and dreaded him intensely. I really believe that was at the root of the brute's attachment to me. It was soon evident to me that the former monster had tasted blood, and gone the way of the Leopard-man. He formed a lair somewhere in the forest, and became solitary.
on the alert - sur le qui-vive
inseparable - inséparables, inséparable
attachment - l'attachement, attachement, dépendance, piece jointe, saisie
lair - repaire, taniere
Once I tried to induce the Beast Folk to hunt him, but I lacked the authority to make them co-operate for one end. Again and again I tried to approach his den and come upon him unaware; but always he was too acute for me, and saw or winded me and got away. He too made every forest pathway dangerous to me and my ally with his lurking ambuscades. The Dog-man scarcely dared to leave my side.
induce - induire
authority - l'autorité, autorité
operate - fonctionner, opérer, ouvrer
acute - aigu, aiguë
winded - essoufflé
got away - s'échapper
ally - allié, alliée, allions, alliez, se liguer, allient
In the first month or so the Beast Folk, compared with their latter condition, were human enough, and for one or two besides my canine friend I even conceived a friendly tolerance. The little pink sloth-creature displayed an odd affection for me, and took to following me about.
conceived - conçu, concevoir, tomber enceinte
tolerance - tolérance
The Monkey-man bored me, however; he assumed, on the strength of his five digits, that he was my equal, and was for ever jabbering at me,"jabbering the most arrant nonsense. One thing about him entertained me a little: he had a fantastic trick of coining new words. He had an idea, I believe, that to gabble about names that meant nothing was the proper use of speech.
Equal - l'égalité, égal, égaler a, égale
arrant - arrant
nonsense - des absurdités, betise, absurdité, sottise (s)
gabble - bavardage, bredouiller
Speech - parole, discours
He called it "Big Thinks" to distinguish it from "Little Thinks," the sane every-day interests of life. If ever I made a remark he did not understand, he would praise it very much, ask me to say it again, learn it by heart, and go off repeating it, with a word wrong here or there, to all the milder of the Beast People. He thought nothing of what was plain and comprehensible.
Praise - des louanges, louange, louer, féliciter, prôner, vénérer
by heart - par cour
milder - plus doux, doux, douce, léger
comprehensible - compréhensible
I invented some very curious "Big Thinks" for his especial use. I think now that he was the silliest creature I ever met; he had developed in the most wonderful way the distinctive silliness of man without losing one jot of the natural folly of a monkey.
especial - particulier
silliest - le plus stupide, sot, insensé, idiot, bete, fou, stupide
developed - développé, se développer, développer
most wonderful - le plus merveilleux
distinctive - distinctif
silliness - la betise, betise, stupidité
jot - jot, biffer, noter au brouillon
This, I say, was in the earlier weeks of my solitude among these brutes. During that time they respected the usage established by the Law, and behaved with general decorum. Once I found another rabbit torn to pieces,"by the Hyena-swine, I am assured,"but that was all.
respected - respecté, respect, respecter
usage - l'utilisation, usage, coutume
established - établie, affermir, établir
behaved - s'est-elle comportée, comporter
It was about May when I first distinctly perceived a growing difference in their speech and carriage, a growing coarseness of articulation, a growing disinclination to talk. My Monkey-man's jabber multiplied in volume but grew less and less comprehensible, more and more simian.
coarseness - crudité
disinclination - la réticence, réticence
jabber - jabber, bredouiller
multiplied - multipliée, multiplier
Some of the others seemed altogether slipping their hold upon speech, though they still understood what I said to them at that time. (Can you imagine language, once clear-cut and exact, softening and guttering, losing shape and import, becoming mere lumps of sound again?) And they walked erect with an increasing difficulty.
slipping - glissement, glisser
softening - l'adoucissement, adoucissant, amollissant
guttering - la gouttiere, (gutter) la gouttiere
Though they evidently felt ashamed of themselves, every now and then I would come upon one or another running on toes and finger-tips, and quite unable to recover the vertical attitude. They held things more clumsily; drinking by suction, feeding by gnawing, grew commoner every day. I realised more keenly than ever what Moreau had told me about the "stubborn beast-flesh.
felt ashamed - a eu honte
toes - orteils, orteil, doigt de pied
finger-tips - (finger-tips) le bout des doigts
suction - l'aspiration, succion, sucer
" They were reverting, and reverting very rapidly.
reverting - revenir en arriere, conversion, retomber, retourner, redevenir
Some of them"the pioneers in this, I noticed with some surprise, were all females"began to disregard the injunction of decency, deliberately for the most part. Others even attempted public outrages upon the institution of monogamy. The tradition of the Law was clearly losing its force. I cannot pursue this disagreeable subject.
pioneers - des pionniers, pionnier, pionniere
disregard - ne pas en tenir compte, mépris, ignorer, mépriser
injunction - injonction
outrages - outrages, outrage, offense, colere, rage, indignation, indigner
Institution - l'institution, institution
tradition - tradition
My Dog-man imperceptibly slipped back to the dog again; day by day he became dumb, quadrupedal, hairy. I scarcely noticed the transition from the companion on my right hand to the lurching dog at my side.
imperceptibly - imperceptiblement
quadrupedal - quadrupedes
transition - transition, transitionner, faire une transition
lurching - l'embardée, faire une embardée, vaciller
As the carelessness and disorganisation increased from day to day, the lane of dwelling places, at no time very sweet, became so loathsome that I left it, and going across the island made myself a hovel of boughs amid the black ruins of Moreau's enclosure. Some memory of pain, I found, still made that place the safest from the Beast Folk.
carelessness - l'insouciance, négligence, incurie
disorganisation - désorganisation
lane - chemin
dwelling - logement, demeure, (dwell), résider, s'appesantir sur
loathsome - détestable, odieux, dégoutant
safest - le plus sur, en sécurité, qualifier
It would be impossible to detail every step of the lapsing of these monsters,"to tell how, day by day, the human semblance left them; how they gave up bandagings and wrappings, abandoned at last every stitch of clothing; how the hair began to spread over the exposed limbs; how their foreheads fell away and their faces projected; how the quasi-human intimacy I had permitted myself with some of them in the first month of my loneliness became a shuddering horror to recall.
lapsing - la caducité, erreur, faute
bandagings - bandages
stitch - point de suture, point, maille
spread - se propager, étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre, éparpiller
exposed - exposée, exposer, dénoncer
intimacy - l'intimité, intimité
permitted - autorisé, permettre
loneliness - la solitude, solitude
The change was slow and inevitable. For them and for me it came without any definite shock. I still went among them in safety, because no jolt in the downward glide had released the increasing charge of explosive animalism that ousted the human day by day. But I began to fear that soon now that shock must come.
jolt - ballotter, cahoter, secouer, soubresaut, secousse
glide - glisser, planer
explosive - explosif
ousted - évincé, expulser
My Saint-Bernard-brute followed me to the enclosure every night, and his vigilance enabled me to sleep at times in something like peace. The little pink sloth-thing became shy and left me, to crawl back to its natural life once more among the tree-branches.
vigilance - vigilance
enabled - activée, autoriser, permettre, activer
Shy - timide, gené, prudent, embarrassé
crawl - ramper
We were in just the state of equilibrium that would remain in one of those "Happy Family" cages which animal-tamers exhibit, if the tamer were to leave it for ever.
equilibrium - l'équilibre, équilibre
tamers - dompteurs, dresseur, dresseuse, dompteur
exhibit - exposer, exposition, piece a conviction
Of course these creatures did not decline into such beasts as the reader has seen in zoological gardens,"into ordinary bears, wolves, tigers, oxen, swine, and apes. There was still something strange about each; in each Moreau had blended this animal with that.
decline - déclin
zoological - zoologique
bears - ours, supporter
wolves - loups, loup, tombeur, dévorer, engloutir
tigers - tigres, tigre/tigresse
oxen - des boufs
apes - des singes, singe
blended - mélangé, mélange, mélanger, meler, mixer
One perhaps was ursine chiefly, another feline chiefly, another bovine chiefly; but each was tainted with other creatures,"a kind of generalised animalism appearing through the specific dispositions. And the dwindling shreds of the humanity still startled me every now and then,"a momentary recrudescence of speech perhaps, an unexpected dexterity of the fore-feet, a pitiful attempt to walk erect.
ursine - ursine, ursin
appearing - apparaissant, apparaître, paraître, sembler
specific - spécifique
dispositions - dispositions, disposition, tempérament
dwindling - en baisse, diminuer, fondre, s'amenuiser, se tarir
recrudescence - recrudescence
dexterity - dextérité
I too must have undergone strange changes. My clothes hung about me as yellow rags, through whose rents showed the tanned skin. My hair grew long, and became matted together. I am told that even now my eyes have a strange brightness, a swift alertness of movement.
undergone - subi, subir
hung about - traîner
Rents - les loyers, loyer
tanned - bronzé, tanner
matted - maté, (petit) tapis
brightness - brillance, luminosité, intelligence
At first I spent the daylight hours on the southward beach watching for a ship, hoping and praying for a ship. I counted on the Ipecacuanha returning as the year wore on; but she never came. Five times I saw sails, and thrice smoke; but nothing ever touched the island. I always had a bonfire ready, but no doubt the volcanic reputation of the island was taken to account for that.
praying - priant, (pray) priant
thrice - trois fois
reputation - réputation, renommée (more slang)
It was only about September or October that I began to think of making a raft. By that time my arm had healed, and both my hands were at my service again. At first, I found my helplessness appalling. I had never done any carpentry or such-like work in my life, and I spent day after day in experimental chopping and binding among the trees.
raft - radeau, train de bois
carpentry - la menuiserie, charpenterie
experimental - expérimental
binding - contraignante, contraignant, reliure, liaison, (bind), lier
I had no ropes, and could hit on nothing wherewith to make ropes; none of the abundant creepers seemed limber or strong enough, and with all my litter of scientific education I could not devise any way of making them so.
hit on - Draguer
wherewith - avec quoi
limber - souple, s'échauffer, faire des exercices (d'assouplissement)
litter - litiere, litiere, portée, détritus
devise - concevoir, élaborer
I spent more than a fortnight grubbing among the black ruins of the enclosure and on the beach where the boats had been burnt, looking for nails and other stray pieces of metal that might prove of service. Now and then some Beast-creature would watch me, and go leaping off when I called to it.
fortnight - quinze jours, deux semaines, quinzaine
grubbing - l'arrachage, larve, bouffe, boue
stray - égaré, écartez, écartent, écartons, écarter
metal - métal, metal
There came a season of thunder-storms and heavy rain, which greatly retarded my work; but at last the raft was completed.
season - saison
storms - tempetes, orage, tempete
heavy rain - une forte pluie
I was delighted with it. But with a certain lack of practical sense which has always been my bane, I had made it a mile or more from the sea; and before I had dragged it down to the beach the thing had fallen to pieces.
delighted - ravie, plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir
bane - bane
fallen to - Tomber
Perhaps it is as well that I was saved from launching it; but at the time my misery at my failure was so acute that for some days I simply moped on the beach, and stared at the water and thought of death.
Launching - lancement, lancer
moped - cyclomoteur, mobylette, (mop), serpilliere
I did not, however, mean to die, and an incident occurred that warned me unmistakably of the folly of letting the days pass so,"for each fresh day was fraught with increasing danger from the Beast People.
warned - averti, avertir, alerter, prévenir
unmistakably - sans équivoque
fraught - rempli
I was lying in the shade of the enclosure wall, staring out to sea, when I was startled by something cold touching the skin of my heel, and starting round found the little pink sloth-creature blinking into my face. He had long since lost speech and active movement, and the lank hair of the little brute grew thicker every day and his stumpy claws more askew.
touching - toucher, attendrissant, (touch), émouvoir
blinking - clignotant, ciller, cligner des yeux, clignoter
active - active, actif
thicker - plus épais, épais, gros, dense
He made a moaning noise when he saw he had attracted my attention, went a little way towards the bushes and looked back at me.
attracted - attiré, attirer
At first I did not understand, but presently it occurred to me that he wished me to follow him; and this I did at last,"slowly, for the day was hot. When we reached the trees he clambered into them, for he could travel better among their swinging creepers than on the ground. And suddenly in a trampled space I came upon a ghastly group.
My Saint-Bernard-creature lay on the ground, dead; and near his body crouched the Hyena-swine, gripping the quivering flesh with its misshapen claws, gnawing at it, and snarling with delight. As I approached, the monster lifted its glaring eyes to mine, its lips went trembling back from its red-stained teeth, and it growled menacingly.
growled - a grogné, feulement, grognement, borborygme, gargouillement
menacingly - de façon menaçante
It was not afraid and not ashamed; the last vestige of the human taint had vanished. I advanced a step farther, stopped, and pulled out my revolver. At last I had him face to face.
vestige - vestige
The brute made no sign of retreat; but its ears went back, its hair bristled, and its body crouched together. I aimed between the eyes and fired. As I did so, the Thing rose straight at me in a leap, and I was knocked over like a ninepin. It clutched at me with its crippled hand, and struck me in the face. Its spring carried it over me.
sign - signe, signent, signez, placard, caractériser
bristled - s'est hérissée, soie, poil, se hérisser
knocked over - renversé
ninepin - ninepin
clutched - serré, se raccrocher (a)
I fell under the hind part of its body; but luckily I had hit as I meant, and it had died even as it leapt. I crawled out from under its unclean weight and stood up trembling, staring at its quivering body. That danger at least was over; but this, I knew was only the first of the series of relapses that must come.
hit - frappé, frapper, battement, battre, succes
unclean - impur
relapses - rechutes, rechuter, rechute
I burnt both of the bodies on a pyre of brushwood; but after that I saw that unless I left the island my death was only a question of time. The Beast People by that time had, with one or two exceptions, left the ravine and made themselves lairs according to their taste among the thickets of the island.
exceptions - exceptions, exception
lairs - les repaires, taniere
Few prowled by day, most of them slept, and the island might have seemed deserted to a new-comer; but at night the air was hideous with their calls and howling. I had half a mind to make a massacre of them; to build traps, or fight them with my knife. Had I possessed sufficient cartridges, I should not have hesitated to begin the killing.
prowled - rôdé, rôder
comer - comer
traps - des pieges, piege
possessed - possédé, posséder, s'emparer de
There could now be scarcely a score left of the dangerous carnivores; the braver of these were already dead. After the death of this poor dog of mine, my last friend, I too adopted to some extent the practice of slumbering in the daytime in order to be on my guard at night.
braver - plus courageux, (brave), courageux
adopted - adoptée, adopter
extent - mesure, étendue
slumbering - dormir, (slumber), somnolence, somnoler
daytime - journée, jour
guard - garde, protection, gardien, arriere, défense, garder
I rebuilt my den in the walls of the enclosure, with such a narrow opening that anything attempting to enter must necessarily make a considerable noise. The creatures had lost the art of fire too, and recovered their fear of it. I turned once more, almost passionately now, to hammering together stakes and branches to form a raft for my escape.
rebuilt - reconstruit, reconstruire
necessarily - nécessairement
passionately - passionnément
hammering - martelage, martelant, (hammer), marteau, chien
stakes - enjeux, pieu, pal, tuteur, jalon, piquet, poteau
I found a thousand difficulties. I am an extremely unhandy man (my schooling was over before the days of SlĂ¶jd); but most of the requirements of a raft I met at last in some clumsy, circuitous way or other, and this time I took care of the strength. The only insurmountable obstacle was that I had no vessel to contain the water I should need if I floated forth upon these untravelled seas.
difficulties - des difficultés, difficulté
unhandy - peu maniable
requirements - exigences, exigence, besoin, demande, contrainte
circuitous - circuit
insurmountable - insurmontable
obstacle - obstacle
contain - contenir
floated - flotté, flotter
untravelled - non voyagé
I would have even tried pottery, but the island contained no clay. I used to go moping about the island trying with all my might to solve this one last difficulty. Sometimes I would give way to wild outbursts of rage, and hack and splinter some unlucky tree in my intolerable vexation. But I could think of nothing.
pottery - poterie
contained - contenu, contenir
clay - l'argile, argile, terre battue
moping - se morfondre, serpilliere, qualifier
solve - résoudre, régler, solutionner
give way - céder le passage
outbursts - des débordements, explosion
hack - hack, pic, hacher
splinter - écharde, éclat
unlucky - malchanceux, poissard
vexation - vexation, tracas, tracasserie, contrariété
And then came a day, a wonderful day, which I spent in ecstasy. I saw a sail to the southwest, a small sail like that of a little schooner; and forthwith I lit a great pile of brushwood, and stood by it in the heat of it, and the heat of the midday sun, watching.
southwest - sud-ouest
stood by - Se tenir a côté
All day I watched that sail, eating or drinking nothing, so that my head reeled; and the Beasts came and glared at me, and seemed to wonder, and went away. It was still distant when night came and swallowed it up; and all night I toiled to keep my blaze bright and high, and the eyes of the Beasts shone out of the darkness, marvelling.
toiled - travaillé, travailler
marvelling - l'émerveillement, (marvel), etre
In the dawn the sail was nearer, and I saw it was the dirty lug-sail of a small boat. But it sailed strangely. My eyes were weary with watching, and I peered and could not believe them. Two men were in the boat, sitting low down,"one by the bows, the other at the rudder. The head was not kept to the wind; it yawed and fell away.
Sailed - navigué, voile
As the day grew brighter, I began waving the last rag of my jacket to them; but they did not notice me, and sat still, facing each other. I went to the lowest point of the low headland, and gesticulated and shouted. There was no response, and the boat kept on her aimless course, making slowly, very slowly, for the bay.
lowest - le plus bas, bas
gesticulated - gesticulé, gesticuler
Suddenly a great white bird flew up out of the boat, and neither of the men stirred nor noticed it; it circled round, and then came sweeping overhead with its strong wings outspread.
circled - encerclée, cercle, disque, yeux cernés-p, cerne
sweeping - balayage, a l'emporteiece, radical, complet
wings - des ailes, aile, ailier
outspread - la diffusion
Then I stopped shouting, and sat down on the headland and rested my chin on my hands and stared. Slowly, slowly, the boat drove past towards the west. I would have swum out to it, but something"a cold, vague fear"kept me back. In the afternoon the tide stranded the boat, and left it a hundred yards or so to the westward of the ruins of the enclosure.
The men in it were dead, had been dead so long that they fell to pieces when I tilted the boat on its side and dragged them out. One had a shock of red hair, like the captain of the Ipecacuanha, and a dirty white cap lay in the bottom of the boat.
tilted - incliné, pencher
As I stood beside the boat, three of the Beasts came slinking out of the bushes and sniffing towards me. One of my spasms of disgust came upon me. I thrust the little boat down the beach and clambered on board her. Two of the brutes were Wolf-beasts, and came forward with quivering nostrils and glittering eyes; the third was the horrible nondescript of bear and bull.
spasms - spasmes, spasme
board - conseil d'administration, planche
nondescript - nondescript, banal, quelconque
When I saw them approaching those wretched remains, heard them snarling at one another and caught the gleam of their teeth, a frantic horror succeeded my repulsion. I turned my back upon them, struck the lug and began paddling out to sea. I could not bring myself to look behind me.
frantic - éperdu, paniqué, frénétique
succeeded - a réussi, succéder, réussir, avoir du succes
paddling - pagayer, (paddle) pagayer
I lay, however, between the reef and the island that night, and the next morning went round to the stream and filled the empty keg aboard with water. Then, with such patience as I could command, I collected a quantity of fruit, and waylaid and killed two rabbits with my last three cartridges.
keg - tonneau, tonnelet, baril
patience - la patience, patience
quantity - quantité
waylaid - bloqué, comploter
While I was doing this I left the boat moored to an inward projection of the reef, for fear of the Beast People.
moored - amarré, lande
In the evening I started, and drove out to sea before a gentle wind from the southwest, slowly, steadily; and the island grew smaller and smaller, and the lank spire of smoke dwindled to a finer and finer line against the hot sunset. The ocean rose up around me, hiding that low, dark patch from my eyes.
dwindled - a diminué, diminuer, fondre, s'amenuiser, se tarir
The daylight, the trailing glory of the sun, went streaming out of the sky, was drawn aside like some luminous curtain, and at last I looked into the blue gulf of immensity which the sunshine hides, and saw the floating hosts of the stars. The sea was silent, the sky was silent. I was alone with the night and silence.
curtain - rideau
Gulf - golfe
sunshine - soleil, lumiere du soleil
hides - des peaux, (se) cacher
Hosts - hôtes, hôte/-esse
So I drifted for three days, eating and drinking sparingly, and meditating upon all that had happened to me,"not desiring very greatly then to see men again. One unclean rag was about me, my hair a black tangle: no doubt my discoverers thought me a madman.
sparingly - avec parcimonie, parcimonieusement
meditating - méditer
desiring - désirant, désirer, désir
discoverers - les découvreurs, découvreur
madman - fou, insensé
It is strange, but I felt no desire to return to mankind. I was only glad to be quit of the foulness of the Beast People. And on the third day I was picked up by a brig from Apia to San Francisco.
desire - désirer, désir
quit - démissionner, quittons, quittez, démissioner, quittent
Foulness - crasse
brig - brig
Neither the captain nor the mate would believe my story, judging that solitude and danger had made me mad; and fearing their opinion might be that of others, I refrained from telling my adventure further, and professed to recall nothing that had happened to me between the loss of the Lady Vain and the time when I was picked up again,"the space of a year.
judging - juger
refrained - s'est abstenu, refrain
I had to act with the utmost circumspection to save myself from the suspicion of insanity.
circumspection - circonspection
insanity - la folie, folie
My memory of the Law, of the two dead sailors, of the ambuscades of the darkness, of the body in the canebrake, haunted me; and, unnatural as it seems, with my return to mankind came, instead of that confidence and sympathy I had expected, a strange enhancement of the uncertainty and dread I had experienced during my stay upon the island.
enhancement - amélioration
No one would believe me; I was almost as queer to men as I had been to the Beast People. I may have caught something of the natural wildness of my companions. They say that terror is a disease, and anyhow I can witness that for several years now a restless fear has dwelt in my mind,"such a restless fear as a half-tamed lion cub may feel.
wildness - la sauvagerie, sauvagerie
witness - témoin
dwelt - a habité, résider, s'appesantir sur
tamed - apprivoisé
cub - cub, petit (d'un animal)
My trouble took the strangest form. I could not persuade myself that the men and women I met were not also another Beast People, animals half wrought into the outward image of human souls, and that they would presently begin to revert,"to show first this bestial mark and then that.
persuade - persuader, convaincre
outward - externe
But I have confided my case to a strangely able man,"a man who had known Moreau, and seemed half to credit my story; a mental specialist,"and he has helped me mightily, though I do not expect that the terror of that island will ever altogether leave me.
confided - confiée, faire confiance, confier
credit - crédit, mérite, reconnaissance, attribution, générique
mightily - puissamment
At most times it lies far in the back of my mind, a mere distant cloud, a memory, and a faint distrust; but there are times when the little cloud spreads until it obscures the whole sky. Then I look about me at my fellow-men; and I go in fear. I see faces, keen and bright; others dull or dangerous; others, unsteady, insincere,"none that have the calm authority of a reasonable soul.
cloud - nuage, s'obscurcir
distrust - défiance, méfiance, se méfier
spreads - des tartinades, étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre
obscures - obscurcit, obscur, sibyllin, obscurcir
fellow-men - (fellow-men) camarades
unsteady - instable, branlant, fébrile
insincere - pas sincere
reasonable - raisonnable
I feel as though the animal was surging up through them; that presently the degradation of the Islanders will be played over again on a larger scale.
I know this is an illusion; that these seeming men and women about me are indeed men and women,"men and women for ever, perfectly reasonable creatures, full of human desires and tender solicitude, emancipated from instinct and the slaves of no fantastic Law,"beings altogether different from the Beast Folk.
illusion - illusion
seeming - en apparence, paraissant, (seem), sembler, paraître, avoir l'air
tender - l'appel d'offres, doux, adjudication, affectieux
emancipated - émancipé, émanciper, affranchir
slaves - esclaves, esclave, t+serf, t+serve
Yet I shrink from them, from their curious glances, their inquiries and assistance, and long to be away from them and alone. For that reason I live near the broad free downland, and can escape thither when this shadow is over my soul; and very sweet is the empty downland then, under the wind-swept sky.
shrink - rétrécissement, se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer
inquiries - des demandes de renseignements, enquete
be away - etre absent
downland - les terres basses
swept - balayé, balayer, balayage
When I lived in London the horror was well-nigh insupportable. I could not get away from men: their voices came through windows; locked doors were flimsy safeguards.
nigh - nuit, proche, pres
insupportable - insupportable
safeguards - des garanties, protéger
I would go out into the streets to fight with my delusion, and prowling women would mew after me; furtive, craving men glance jealously at me; weary, pale workers go coughing by me with tired eyes and eager paces, like wounded deer dripping blood; old people, bent and dull, pass murmuring to themselves; and, all unheeding, a ragged tail of gibing children.
delusion - illusion, délire
prowling - rôder, (prowl)
mew - mew, miaou
craving - envie, (crave), souhaiter, désirer, implorer
jealously - la jalousie, jalousement
coughing - toux, toussant, (cough), tousser
dripping - goutte a goutte, dégoulinade
murmuring - murmure, (murmur), rumeur, souffle, murmurer
unheeding - sans écoute
ragged - dépenaillé, loqueteuxse, (rag) dépenaillé
Then I would turn aside into some chapel,"and even there, such was my disturbance, it seemed that the preacher gibbered "Big Thinks," even as the Ape-man had done; or into some library, and there the intent faces over the books seemed but patient creatures waiting for prey.
chapel - chapelle
disturbance - perturbation, trouble, tapage
preacher - precheur, prédicateur, precheur
gibbered - gibbé, baragouiner
patient - patient, patiente, malade
Particularly nauseous were the blank, expressionless faces of people in trains and omnibuses; they seemed no more my fellow-creatures than dead bodies would be, so that I did not dare to travel unless I was assured of being alone.
nauseous - nauséabond, nauséeux
omnibuses - omnibus, bus
And even it seemed that I too was not a reasonable creature, but only an animal tormented with some strange disorder in its brain which sent it to wander alone, like a sheep stricken with gid.
gid - gid
This is a mood, however, that comes to me now, I thank God, more rarely. I have withdrawn myself from the confusion of cities and multitudes, and spend my days surrounded by wise books,"bright windows in this life of ours, lit by the shining souls of men. I see few strangers, and have but a small household.
rarely - rarement
withdrawn - retiré, (se) retirer
multitudes - multitudes, multitude
wise - sage, sensé, genre, raisonnable
household - foyer, ménage, maisonnée, domestique
My days I devote to reading and to experiments in chemistry, and I spend many of the clear nights in the study of astronomy. There is"though I do not know how there is or why there is"a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven.
devote - dévote, consacrer, vouer
chemistry - chimie
astronomy - l'astronomie, astronomie
protection - protection
There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. I hope, or I could not live.
eternal - éternelle, éternel
troubles - des problemes, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, fr
solace - consolation, réconfort, soulager, consoler
And so, in hope and solitude, my story ends.
The substance of the chapter entitled "Doctor Moreau explains," which contains the essential idea of the story, appeared as a middle article in the Saturday Review in January, 1895. This is the only portion of this story that has been previously published, and it has been entirely recast to adapt it to the narrative form.
entitled - habilité, intituler
essential - indispensable, essentiel, fondamental
portion - part, portion
recast - transformation
adapt - adapter, s'adapter, adapté