secret agent - agent secret
Tale - conte; conte, récit
Joseph - joseph; Joseph, Joseph, sourate Youssouf, Joseph, José
Mr Verloc, going out in the morning, left his shop nominally in charge of his brother-in-law. It could be done, because there was very little business at any time, and practically none at all before the evening. Mr Verloc cared but little about his ostensible business. And, moreover, his wife was in charge of his brother-in-law.
nominally - nominalement
charge - frais, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation, meuble
practically - pratiquement, quasiment
ostensible - ostensible
Moreover - de plus, en plus, au surplus, en outre
The shop was small, and so was the house. It was one of those grimy brick houses which existed in large quantities before the era of reconstruction dawned upon London. The shop was a square box of a place, with the front glazed in small panes. In the daytime the door remained closed; in the evening it stood discreetly but suspiciously ajar.
grimy - infâme
brick - brique, soutien, rouge brique, en brique, briquer
era - l'époque; ; ere, période, époque
reconstruction - la reconstruction; ; reconstruction, reconstitution
dawned - s'est levé; se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aube, aube
upon - sur, a
glazed - vitrifié; glaçure, émail, glacis, glaçage, givre, glaçage
panes - vitres; vitre
daytime - journée, jour
remained - est restée; reste, rester, demeurer, rester
discreetly - discretement; ; discretement
ajar - entrouverte; entrouvert
The window contained photographs of more or less undressed dancing girls; nondescript packages in wrappers like patent medicines; closed yellow paper envelopes, very flimsy, and marked two-and-six in heavy black figures; a few numbers of ancient French comic publications hung across a string as if to dry; a dingy blue china bowl, a casket of black wood, bottles of marking ink, and rubber stamps; a few books, with titles hinting at impropriety; a few apparently old copies of obscure newspapers, badly printed, with titles like The Torch, The Gong-rousing titles.
undressed - déshabillé; déshabiller
nondescript - nondescript; ; banal, quelconque
packages - paquets; paquet, paquetage, paquet, paquet, empaqueter, emballer
wrappers - des emballages; enveloppe, emballage, emballeur, emballeuse
patent - brevet; brevet
envelopes - enveloppes; enveloppe
flimsy - frele, fragile, faible, papier calque
French - français; français, tlangue française, français, t+Français
comic - comique, cocasse, comédien, bande dessinée, BD
publications - publications; publication, publication
hung - accroché; suspendre, etre accroché
string - corde, suite, série, chaîne de caracteres, cordes, cannabis
dingy - terne; miteux
casket - cercueil; ; coffret
ink - encre
rubber - caoutchouc; caoutchouc, préservatif, condom
hinting at - fait allusion
apparently - apparemment, évidemment, en apparence
obscure - obscure; ; obscur, sibyllin, obscurcir
torch - torche, flambeau, incendier
gong - gong; gong
rousing - l'enthousiasme; réveiller
And the two gas jets inside the panes were always turned low, either for economy's sake or for the sake of the customers.
jets - jets; (de) jais
economy - l'économie; ; économie
sake - du saké; dans l''intéret de qqn
These customers were either very young men, who hung about the window for a time before slipping in suddenly; or men of a more mature age, but looking generally as if they were not in funds. Some of that last kind had the collars of their overcoats turned right up to their moustaches, and traces of mud on the bottom of their nether garments, which had the appearance of being much worn and not very valuable.
hung about - accroché
slipping - glissement; glisser
more mature - plus mature
generally - en général
funds - des fonds; fonds, financer
collars - colliers; col, collier, collier
overcoats - les manteaux; pardessus, manteau
moustaches - moustaches; moustache, bacchante, qualifier
traces - des traces; trace
mud - de la boue; boue, bourbe, vase
nether - nether
garments - vetements; vetement
valuable - de valeur; ; précieux, valeur
And the legs inside them did not, as a general rule, seem of much account either. With their hands plunged deep in the side pockets of their coats, they dodged in sideways, one shoulder first, as if afraid to start the bell going.
account - compte; supputation, demande, compte
plunged - plongé; plonger
side pockets - des poches latérales
dodged - esquivé; éviter, contourner, esquiver, esquiver, éluder
bell - cloche; sonnette, cloche
The bell, hung on the door by means of a curved ribbon of steel, was difficult to circumvent. It was hopelessly cracked; but of an evening, at the slightest provocation, it clattered behind the customer with impudent virulence.
curved - courbé; courbe, courbe, courbes, courber
ribbon - ruban
steel - l'acier; acier
circumvent - contourner, circonvenir, cerner
hopelessly - sans espoir
cracked - fissuré; (se) feler
slightest - le moins du monde; insignifiant, léger
provocation - provocation
clattered - claudiqué; claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme
impudent - impudent
virulence - virulence
It clattered; and at that signal, through the dusty glass door behind the painted deal counter, Mr Verloc would issue hastily from the parlour at the back. His eyes were naturally heavy; he had an air of having wallowed, fully dressed, all day on an unmade bed. Another man would have felt such an appearance a distinct disadvantage. In a commercial transaction of the retail order much depends on the seller's engaging and amiable aspect.
signal - signal, signaler
dusty - poussiéreux
counter - compteur, numérateur, jeton
issue - question; ; sortie, émission, livraison; délivrance, drain
hastily - hâtivement, précipitamment, a la hâte
parlour - salon; salon
naturally - naturellement
wallowed - s'est vautré; se vautrer (dans)
fully - pleinement; ; entierement, completement
distinct - distinct, intelligible, reconnaissable
disadvantage - désavantage
commercial - publicité, commercial
retail - le commerce de détail; ; vente au détail
seller - vendeur; vendeur/-deuse
engaging - engageant; attirer l'attention, engager, engager, embrayer
amiable - aimable, avenant, affable
aspect - aspect, rench: t-needed r
But Mr Verloc knew his business, and remained undisturbed by any sort of ćsthetic doubt about his appearance. With a firm, steady-eyed impudence, which seemed to hold back the threat of some abominable menace, he would proceed to sell over the counter some object looking obviously and scandalously not worth the money which passed in the transaction: a small cardboard box with apparently nothing inside, for instance, or one of those carefully closed yellow flimsy envelopes, or a soiled volume in paper covers with a promising title. Now and then it happened that one of the faded, yellow dancing girls would get sold to an amateur, as though she had been alive and young.
undisturbed - sans etre dérangé
ćsthetic - asthetic
doubt - des doutes; ; douter, doute
firm - ferme; social, robuste, maison de commerce, ferme, solide
steady - stable; ; lisse, régulier
impudence - l'impudence; ; impudence
threat - menace; menace
abominable - abominable
menace - menace; menacer
proceed - avancer, procéder
Obviously - clairement, évidemment
scandalously - scandaleusement
worth - valeur; valeur
cardboard box - boîte en carton
instance - instance
soiled - souillé; sol, terre
volume - volume, tome
faded - fanée; (s'')affaiblir, diminuer
amateur - amateur, amatrice, amateuse
though - mais; ; néanmoins, cependant, malgré, bien que
Sometimes it was Mrs Verloc who would appear at the call of the cracked bell. Winnie Verloc was a young woman with a full bust, in a tight bodice, and with broad hips. Her hair was very tidy. Steady-eyed like her husband, she preserved an air of unfathomable indifference behind the rampart of the counter.
bust - buste; buste
tight - serré, tendu, ivre, bien
bodice - corsage
broad - large; large
hips - hanches; hanche
preserved - préservée; confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle
unfathomable - insondable
indifference - l'indifférence; ; indifférence
rampart - rempart
Then the customer of comparatively tender years would get suddenly disconcerted at having to deal with a woman, and with rage in his heart would proffer a request for a bottle of marking ink, retail value sixpence (price in Verloc's shop one-and-sixpence), which, once outside, he would drop stealthily into the gutter.
comparatively - comparativement
tender - l'appel d'offres; doux, adjudication, affectieux
disconcerted - déconcerté; déconcerter, fr
rage - rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage
proffer - proposer; ; offrir, entreprendre
value - valeur, valeur, évaluer, valoriser
sixpence - six pence; sixpence
stealthily - furtivement
gutter - gouttiere; gouttiere, rigole
The evening visitors-the men with collars turned up and soft hats rammed down-nodded familiarly to Mrs Verloc, and with a muttered greeting, lifted up the flap at the end of the counter in order to pass into the back parlour, which gave access to a passage and to a steep flight of stairs. The door of the shop was the only means of entrance to the house in which Mr Verloc carried on his business of a seller of shady wares, exercised his vocation of a protector of society, and cultivated his domestic virtues. These last were pronounced.
rammed - éperonné; RAM, mémoire RAM
nodded - hoché la tete; dodeliner, hocher, dodeliner, hochement
familiarly - familierement
muttered - marmonné; marmonner
flap - volet; valvaire
pass into - passer dans
access - l'acces; attaque, accéder, intelligence, entrée, accés
passage - passage; corridoir, passage, couloir
steep - raide; raide
entrance - entrée; cochere
shady - ombragé, louche
vocation - vocation
protector - protecteur, guardien
cultivated - cultivé; cultiver, cultiver, cultiver
domestic - domestique, amily, intérieur
virtues - vertus; vertu, vertu, vertu
He was thoroughly domesticated. Neither his spiritual, nor his mental, nor his physical needs were of the kind to take him much abroad. He found at home the ease of his body and the peace of his conscience, together with Mrs Verloc's wifely attentions and Mrs Verloc's mother's deferential regard.
thoroughly - a fond; ; absolument, completement
domesticated - domestiqué; domestiquer
spiritual - spirituel
nor - ni; ; NON-OU
mental - mentale; affectif, mental
ease - l'aisance; ; facilité, repos, abaisser, abréger, amoindrir
conscience - conscience
wifely - épouse
deferential - déférent
regard - regard; considérer, regard, égard, estime
Winnie's mother was a stout, wheezy woman, with a large brown face. She wore a black wig under a white cap. Her swollen legs rendered her inactive. She considered herself to be of French descent, which might have been true; and after a good many years of married life with a licensed victualler of the more common sort, she provided for the years of widowhood by letting furnished apartments for gentlemen near Vauxhall Bridge Road in a square once of some splendour and still included in the district of Belgravia. This topographical fact was of some advantage in advertising her rooms; but the patrons of the worthy widow were not exactly of the fashionable kind. Such as they were, her daughter Winnie helped to look after them. Traces of the French descent which the widow boasted of were apparent in Winnie too. They were apparent in the extremely neat and artistic arrangement of her glossy dark hair. Winnie had also other charms: her youth; her full, rounded form; her clear complexion; the provocation of her unfathomable reserve, which never went so far as to prevent conversation, carried on on the lodgers'part with animation, and on hers with an equable amiability.
stout - stout; solide
wheezy - sifflante; ; asthmatique
wig - perruque
cap - cap; bonnet, calotte, casquette, toque, képi
swollen - gonflé; enfler, gonfler
rendered - rendu; rendre
inactive - inactif
descent - descente, origine, ascendance
been true - était vrai
licensed - sous licence; licence, licence
victualler - victuailles
widowhood - veuvage
furnished - meublé; meubler, fournir, livrer
gentlemen - messieurs; gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs-p
splendour - splendeur
district - district, district, checkrégion
topographical - topographique
patrons - patrons; mécene, client
worthy - digne
fashionable - a la mode; ; a la mode, en vogue, fashionable
boasted - se vanter (de)
apparent - apparente; ; apparent, visible, manifeste, criant, évident
neat - soigné; parure
artistic - artistique
glossy - luisant, brillant
charms - des breloques; charme
youth - la jeunesse; ; jeunesse, jeune, jeune homme, les jeunes
complexion - le teint; ; teint, complexion
reserve - réservation, réserve, réserves, remplaçant, réservation
animation - animation, invigoration
equable - uniformément, uniformément
amiability - l'amabilité
It must be that Mr Verloc was susceptible to these fascinations. Mr Verloc was an intermittent patron. He came and went without any very apparent reason. He generally arrived in London (like the influenza) from the Continent, only he arrived unheralded by the Press; and his visitations set in with great severity. He breakfasted in bed, and remained wallowing there with an air of quiet enjoyment till noon every day-and sometimes even to a later hour. But when he went out he seemed to experience a great difficulty in finding his way back to his temporary home in the Belgravian square. He left it late, and returned to it early-as early as three or four in the morning; and on waking up at ten addressed Winnie, bringing in the breakfast tray, with jocular, exhausted civility, in the hoarse, failing tones of a man who had been talking vehemently for many hours together. His prominent, heavy-lidded eyes rolled sideways amorously and languidly, the bedclothes were pulled up to his chin, and his dark smooth moustache covered his thick lips capable of much honeyed banter.
susceptible - sensible; ; susceptible
intermittent - intermittent
patron - patron; ; mécene, client
influenza - la grippe; ; grippe
unheralded - sans etre salué
press - presse; pressons, presse, serre, pressent, pressez, serrer
visitations - les visites; droit de visite
set - set; ; Seth
severity - la sévérité; ; sévérité, gravité
wallowing - se vautrer; (wallow) se vautrer
enjoyment - jouissance, plaisir
noon - midi; midi
difficulty - difficulté
temporary - temporaire, provisoire, intérimaire
Belgravian - Belgravian
tray - plateau; plateau
jocular - joculaire
exhausted - épuisé; épuiser, épuiser, épuiser, échappement
civility - civilité; ; politesse
hoarse - rauque; rauque, rugueux
tones - tons; ton
vehemently - avec véhémence
lidded - couvert; couvercle
rolled - roulé; rouleau
amorously - amoureusement
languidly - langoureusement
bedclothes - le linge de lit; ; linge de lit
chin - menton; menton
smooth - lisse, doux, facile, sophistiqué, naturel, souple, régulier
moustache - moustache, bacchante
thick lips - des levres épaisses
capable - capable
honeyed - mielleux; miel
banter - plaisanterie, badinage, badiner, s'amuser, taquiner
In Winnie's mother's opinion Mr Verloc was a very nice gentleman. From her life's experience gathered in various "business houses" the good woman had taken into her retirement an ideal of gentlemanliness as exhibited by the patrons of private-saloon bars. Mr Verloc approached that ideal; he attained it, in fact.
gathered - rassemblés; rassembler, ramasser, recueillir, ramasser
various - divers
retirement - la retraite; ; retraite
gentlemanliness - la courtoisie
exhibited - exposée; exposer, exposition, piece a conviction
private - personnel, personnelle, privé, privé, privée
saloon - saloon
approached - approché; (s'')approcher (de)
attained - atteint; atteindre
"Of course, we'll take over your furniture, mother," Winnie had remarked.
remarked - remarqué; remarque
The lodging-house was to be given up. It seems it would not answer to carry it on. It would have been too much trouble for Mr Verloc. It would not have been convenient for his other business. What his business was he did not say; but after his engagement to Winnie he took the trouble to get up before noon, and descending the basement stairs, make himself pleasant to Winnie's mother in the breakfast-room downstairs where she had her motionless being.
lodging - l'hébergement; ; logement, hébergement, verse; (lodge); cabane
Convenient - pratique; ; commode
engagement - l'engagement; ; fiançailles
descending - descendant; descendre, descendre, descendre
basement - sous-sol, cave, socle
pleasant - agréable, plaisant
motionless - immobile
He stroked the cat, poked the fire, had his lunch served to him there. He left its slightly stuffy cosiness with evident reluctance, but, all the same, remained out till the night was far advanced. He never offered to take Winnie to theatres, as such a nice gentleman ought to have done. His evenings were occupied. His work was in a way political, he told Winnie once. She would have, he warned her, to be very nice to his political friends.
stroked - caressé; coup
poked - poké; enfoncer (dans)
slightly - légerement; ; finement, délicatement, légerement
stuffy - mal aéré, étouffant, bouché, fâché, en rogne
cosiness - le confort
evident - évidentes; ; évident
reluctance - réticence, réluctance
advanced - avancé; élever, avancer, avancer, avancée, progression, progres
offered - proposé; offrir, proposer
gentleman - gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs
occupied - occupée; occuper, occuper, occuper, occuper, habiter, occuper
political - politique
warned - averti; avertir, alerter, avertir, prévenir
And with her straight, unfathomable glance she answered that she would be so, of course.
glance - regard; ; jeter un coup d’oil
How much more he told her as to his occupation it was impossible for Winnie's mother to discover. The married couple took her over with the furniture. The mean aspect of the shop surprised her. The change from the Belgravian square to the narrow street in Soho affected her legs adversely. They became of an enormous size. On the other hand, she experienced a complete relief from material cares. Her son-in-law's heavy good nature inspired her with a sense of absolute safety. Her daughter's future was obviously assured, and even as to her son Stevie she need have no anxiety. She had not been able to conceal from herself that he was a terrible encumbrance, that poor Stevie.
occupation - profession; ; occupation
adversely - de maniere défavorable
relief - secours; allégement, relief, soulagement
good nature - bonne nature
inspired - inspirée; inspirer, inspirer, inspirer
absolute - absolue; ; absolu, absolu
safety - la sécurité; ; sécurité, sureté
assured - assurée; assurée, assurerent, assura, assurai
anxiety - l'anxiété; ; anxiété, inquiétude, angoisse
conceal - dissimuler, cacher
But in view of Winnie's fondness for her delicate brother, and of Mr Verloc's kind and generous disposition, she felt that the poor boy was pretty safe in this rough world. And in her heart of hearts she was not perhaps displeased that the Verlocs had no children. As that circumstance seemed perfectly indifferent to Mr Verloc, and as Winnie found an object of quasi-maternal affection in her brother, perhaps this was just as well for poor Stevie.
fondness - l'affection; ; affection
delicate - délicate; ; délicat, délicat (1, 2)
generous - généreux
disposition - disposition, tempérament
rough - rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile, brutal, ébaucher
circumstance - circonstances; ; circonstance
perfectly - parfaitement
indifferent - indifférent
maternal - maternelle
For he was difficult to dispose of, that boy. He was delicate and, in a frail way, good-looking too, except for the vacant droop of his lower lip. Under our excellent system of compulsory education he had learned to read and write, notwithstanding the unfavourable aspect of the lower lip. But as errand-boy he did not turn out a great success. He forgot his messages; he was easily diverted from the straight path of duty by the attractions of stray cats and dogs, which he followed down narrow alleys into unsavoury courts; by the comedies of the streets, which he contemplated open-mouthed, to the detriment of his employer's interests; or by the dramas of fallen horses, whose pathos and violence induced him sometimes to shriek pierceingly in a crowd, which disliked to be disturbed by sounds of distress in its quiet enjoyment of the national spectacle. When led away by a grave and protecting policeman, it would often become apparent that poor Stevie had forgotten his address-at least for a time. A brusque question caused him to stutter to the point of suffocation. When startled by anything perplexing he used to squint horribly. However, he never had any fits (which was encouraging); and before the natural outbursts of impatience on the part of his father he could always, in his childhood's days, run for protection behind the short skirts of his sister Winnie. On the other hand, he might have been suspected of hiding a fund of reckless naughtiness. When he had reached the age of fourteen a friend of his late father, an agent for a foreign preserved milk firm, having given him an opening as office-boy, he was discovered one foggy afternoon, in his chief's absence, busy letting off fireworks on the staircase.
dispose - débarrasser
frail - fragile; souffreteuxse
vacant - vacant; ; vide, niais
droop - tomber, s'affaisser, bec
lower lip - la levre inférieure
compulsory education - l'enseignement obligatoire
notwithstanding - nonobstant
unfavourable - défavorable
errand - course, commission
diverted - détourné; dévier, divertir
Duty - le devoir; ; devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe
attractions - des attractions; attraction, attirance
stray - égaré; écartez, écartent, écartons, écarter
alleys - les allées; ruelle, allée
unsavoury - peu recommandable
Courts - les tribunaux; cour, cour, cour, cour, cour, cour, tribunal
contemplated - envisagée; envisager, étudier, contempler
detriment - au détriment; ; détriment
pathos - pathos; ; pathétique
violence - la violence; ; violence
induced - induite; induire
shriek - cri; ; hurlement, crier
pierceingly - de maniere percutante
disliked - n'a pas aimé; antipathie, ne pas aimer
disturbed - perturbé; déranger, perturber, gener, perturber, déranger
distress - la détresse; ; détresse
spectacle - spectacle
grave - tombe; tombe
brusque - brusque
stutter - bégayer; ; bégaiement
suffocation - l'asphyxie; ; suffocation
startled - surpris; sursauter, surprendre
perplexing - perplexe; déconcerter, troubler, dérouter
squint - plisser les yeux, loucher, louvoyer, plissement des yeux
horribly - horriblement
encouraging - encourageant; encourager, encourager
outbursts - des débordements; explosion
Impatience - impatience
childhood - l'enfance; ; enfance
protection - protection
suspected - soupçonné; suspecter, soupçonner, soupçonner, soupçonner
fund - fonds, financer
reckless - irresponsable, insouciant, téméraire, branque
naughtiness - méchanceté
agent - agent, espion, complément d'agent
foggy - brumeux, embrumé, engourdi
chief - chef
absence - absence, manque, absence du fer
letting off - de laisser tomber
fireworks - feux d'artifice; feu d'artifice
staircase - escalier
He touched off in quick succession a set of fierce rockets, angry catherine wheels, loudly exploding squibs-and the matter might have turned out very serious. An awful panic spread through the whole building. Wild-eyed, choking clerks stampeded through the passages full of smoke, silk hats and elderly business men could be seen rolling independently down the stairs. Stevie did not seem to derive any personal gratification from what he had done. His motives for this stroke of originality were difficult to discover. It was only later on that Winnie obtained from him a misty and confused confession. It seems that two other office-boys in the building had worked upon his feelings by tales of injustice and oppression till they had wrought his compassion to the pitch of that frenzy. But his father's friend, of course, dismissed him summarily as likely to ruin his business. After that altruistic exploit Stevie was put to help wash the dishes in the basement kitchen, and to black the boots of the gentlemen patronising the Belgravian mansion. There was obviously no future in such work. The gentlemen tipped him a shilling now and then. Mr Verloc showed himself the most generous of lodgers. But altogether all that did not amount to much either in the way of gain or prospects; so that when Winnie announced her engagement to Mr Verloc her mother could not help wondering, with a sigh and a glance towards the scullery, what would become of poor Stephen now.
succession - succession
fierce - féroce
rockets - des fusées; fusée, roquette
Catherine - catherine; Catherine
exploding - exploser; exploser, détoner, exploser, sauter
squibs - les squibs; notule
panic - panique; panique
spread - se propager; ; étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre, éparpiller
choking - l'étouffement; suffoquer, étouffer
clerks - commis; greffier
stampeded - a été écrasé; bousculade, débandade, bousculade
passages - passages; passage
silk - soie
elderly - personnes âgées; ; vieux, ancien, âgé
rolling - rouler; enroulant, roulant; (roll) rouler; enroulant, roulant
independently - de maniere indépendante
derive - tirer, trouver, déduire, conclure, dériver
gratification - gratification; ; récompense
motives - motivations; motif, mobile, theme, motif, motif, motiver
stroke - accident vasculaire cérébral; caresser
originality - l'originalité; ; originalité
obtained - obtenu; obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, avoir
misty - brumeux
confused - confus; rendre perplexe, confondre, confondre
confession - confession
feelings - sentiments
tales - contes; conte, récit
injustice - l'injustice; ; injustice
oppression - l'oppression; ; oppression
compassion - la compassion; ; compassion
pitch - de l'emplacement; dresser
frenzy - frénésie
dismissed - licencié; renvoyer, limoger, licencier, démettre, renvoyer
summarily - sommairement
ruin - la ruine; ruine, ruine, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air
altruistic - altruiste
exploit - exploit, exploiter
mansion - manoir, demeure
shilling - shilling; shilling; (shill); homme de paille, prete-nom
most generous - le plus généreux
altogether - tout a fait; ; completement, en meme temps, quoi qu'il en soit
gain - gain; gagner, produit
prospects - des perspectives; perspective, perspective, perspective
announced - annoncée; annoncer
wondering - se demander; (wonder); merveille, se demander, conjecturer
sigh - soupir; soupir
scullery - l'arriere-cuisine; ; arriere-cuisine, souillarde
It appeared that Mr Verloc was ready to take him over together with his wife's mother and with the furniture, which was the whole visible fortune of the family. Mr Verloc gathered everything as it came to his broad, good-natured breast. The furniture was disposed to the best advantage all over the house, but Mrs Verloc's mother was confined to two back rooms on the first floor. The luckless Stevie slept in one of them. By this time a growth of thin fluffy hair had come to blur, like a golden mist, the sharp line of his small lower jaw.
visible - visible
Fortune - la fortune; ; destin, bonne chance, fortune
good-natured - (good-natured) de bonne nature
breast - sein, poitrine, cour, poitrail, blanc
disposed - disposé; débarrasser
confined - confiné; confiner, limite
growth - croissance
fluffy - duveteux; ; pelucheux, touffu
blur - estomper, brouiller, s'estomper, flou, tache, salissure, marque
mist - brouillard; brouillard, brume
sharp - pointu; ; affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant
lower jaw - la mâchoire inférieure
He helped his sister with blind love and docility in her household duties. Mr Verloc thought that some occupation would be good for him. His spare time he occupied by drawing circles with compass and pencil on a piece of paper. He applied himself to that pastime with great industry, with his elbows spread out and bowed low over the kitchen table. Through the open door of the parlour at the back of the shop Winnie, his sister, glanced at him from time to time with maternal vigilance.
blind - aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind, aveugler
docility - la docilité; ; docilité
household - foyer, ménage, maisonnée, domestique
duties - fonctions; devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe
spare - de rechange; épargner, loisirs, économiser
compass - boussole; compas, boussole
pastime - passe-temps
elbows - coudes; coude, coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes
bowed - incliné; (s'')incliner devant, saluer d''un signe de tete
glanced - a glissé; jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil
vigilance - vigilance
Such was the house, the household, and the business Mr Verloc left behind him on his way westward at the hour of half-past ten in the morning. It was unusually early for him; his whole person exhaled the charm of almost dewy freshness; he wore his blue cloth overcoat unbuttoned; his boots were shiny; his cheeks, freshly shaven, had a sort of gloss; and even his heavy-lidded eyes, refreshed by a night of peaceful slumber, sent out glances of comparative alertness. Through the park railings these glances beheld men and women riding in the Row, couples cantering past harmoniously, others advancing sedately at a walk, loitering groups of three or four, solitary horsemen looking unsociable, and solitary women followed at a long distance by a groom with a cockade to his hat and a leather belt over his tight-fitting coat. Carriages went bowling by, mostly two-horse broughams, with here and there a victoria with the skin of some wild beast inside and a woman's face and hat emerging above the folded hood. And a peculiarly London sun-against which nothing could be said except that it looked bloodshot-glorified all this by its stare. It hung at a moderate elevation above Hyde Park Corner with an air of punctual and benign vigilance. The very pavement under Mr Verloc's feet had an old-gold tinge in that diffused light, in which neither wall, nor tree, nor beast, nor man cast a shadow. Mr Verloc was going westward through a town without shadows in an atmosphere of powdered old gold. There were red, coppery gleams on the roofs of houses, on the corners of walls, on the panels of carriages, on the very coats of the horses, and on the broad back of Mr Verloc's overcoat, where they produced a dull effect of rustiness. But Mr Verloc was not in the least conscious of having got rusty. He surveyed through the park railings the evidences of the town's opulence and luxury with an approving eye. All these people had to be protected.
unusually - de façon inhabituelle
exhaled - expiré; expirer
charm - charme; excitation, grâce, charme
freshness - fraîcheur
cloth - tissu, étoffe, tenue
overcoat - pardessus, manteau
unbuttoned - déboutonné; déboutonner
shiny - brillant
cheeks - joues; joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale
freshly - fraîchement, froidement
shaven - rasé; (shave); rasé
gloss - gloss; brillant
refreshed - rafraîchie; revigorer, rafraîchir
peaceful - paisible
slumber - sommeil; ; somnolence, somnoler
glances - regards; jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil
comparative - comparatif
railings - les garde-corps
beheld - a été observée; regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila
Row - rangée; tintamarre, canoter, ramer, rangée
cantering - au galop; petit galop
harmoniously - harmonieusement
advancing - l'avancement; élever, avancer, avancer, avancée, progression
sedately - sédentairement
loitering - le vagabondage; flanage, fait de rôder; (loiter); flâner
solitary - solitaire; solitaire, seul, un a un
horsemen - cavaliers; cavalier, cavalier
unsociable - insociable
groom - marié; garçon d''écurie
cockade - cocarde
leather belt - ceinture en cuir
carriages - les wagons; rench: -neededr, carrosse, port, chariot
Victoria - victoria; Victoria, Victoire
beast - bete; ; bete, bete sauvage
emerging - émergents; émerger, émerger, sortir, émerger
folded - plié; plier
hood - capot; capuchon, couverture, capot
peculiarly - de façon particuliere
bloodshot - des yeux injectés de sang; ; injecté
glorified - glorifié; glorifier
stare - fixer; regarder (fixement), dévisager
moderate - modéré, modéré, moderer, modérer
elevation - l'élévation; ; élévation
punctual - ponctuel
benign - bénigne; ; bénin
pavement - revetement, chaussée, pavement
tinge - teinte, touche, nuance, teindre
diffused - diffusée; (se) diffuser, (se) répandre
cast - casting; ; jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner, sommer, muer
shadows - ombres; ombre, ombre, prendre en filature, t+filer
atmosphere - atmosphere; ; atmosphere, ambience, ambiance
powdered - en poudre; poudre, réduire en poudre, pulvériser, poudrer
gleams - des lueurs; luire
panels - panneaux; panneau, table ronde, case, vignette, panneau, , g
dull - émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus
rustiness - rouille
conscious - conscient
rusty - rubigineux
luxury - le luxe; ; luxe
approving - approuver; approuver
Protection is the first necessity of opulence and luxury. They had to be protected; and their horses, carriages, houses, servants had to be protected; and the source of their wealth had to be protected in the heart of the city and the heart of the country; the whole social order favourable to their hygienic idleness had to be protected against the shallow enviousness of unhygienic labour. It had to-and Mr Verloc would have rubbed his hands with satisfaction had he not been constitutionally averse from every superfluous exertion. His idleness was not hygienic, but it suited him very well. He was in a manner devoted to it with a sort of inert fanaticism, or perhaps rather with a fanatical inertness. Born of industrious parents for a life of toil, he had embraced indolence from an impulse as profound as inexplicable and as imperious as the impulse which directs a man's preference for one particular woman in a given thousand. He was too lazy even for a mere demagogue, for a workman orator, for a leader of labour. It was too much trouble. He required a more perfect form of ease; or it might have been that he was the victim of a philosophical unbelief in the effectiveness of every human effort. Such a form of indolence requires, implies, a certain amount of intelligence. Mr Verloc was not devoid of intelligence-and at the notion of a menaced social order he would perhaps have winked to himself if there had not been an effort to make in that sign of scepticism. His big, prominent eyes were not well adapted to winking. They were rather of the sort that closes solemnly in slumber with majestic effect.
necessity - nécessité, besoin
servants - serviteurs; serviteur, domestique, servante, domestique, fr
wealth - la richesse; ; richesse, profusion, abondance, checkfortune
social order - l'ordre social
favourable - favorable
idleness - l'oisiveté; ; oisiveté, inactivité, indolence, inutilité
shallow - superficielle; ; peu profond, superficiel, haut-fond, baisse
enviousness - l'envie
unhygienic - pas hygiénique
labour - le travail; ; effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs
rubbed - frotté; friction, hic, frotter, frotter, frotter, polir
satisfaction - satisfaction, satisfaction
constitutionally - constitutionnellement
superfluous - superflue; ; superflu
exertion - l'effort; ; effort, dépense
devoted - dévouée; consacrer, vouer
fanaticism - le fanatisme; ; fanatisme
fanatical - fanatique
inertness - l'inertie; ; inertie
industrious - industrieux
toil - labeur; ; travailler
embraced - embrassée; étreindre, embrasser, embrasser, accolade
indolence - l'indolence; ; indolence, oisiveté
impulse - impulsion
profound - profond
inexplicable - inexplicable
imperious - impérieux
preference - préférence
mere - simple; simple
demagogue - démagogue
workman - ouvrier
orator - orateur, oratrice
required - nécessaires; exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir
more perfect - plus parfaite
victim - victime
philosophical - philosophique
unbelief - l'incrédulité; ; incrédulité
effectiveness - l'efficacité; ; efficacité
effort - l'effort; ; effort
requires - exige; exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir, nécessiter
implies - implique; impliquer, impliquer, insinuer, sous-entendre
intelligence - l'intelligence; ; intelligence, renseignements
devoid - dépourvu
notion - notion
menaced - menacé; menace
winked - clin d'oil; faire un clin d''oil (a)
scepticism - scepticisme
adapted - adapté; adapter, s'adapter, adapter, s'adapter, adapter, adapté
winking - clin d'oil; (wink) clin d'oil
majestic - majestueux
Undemonstrative and burly in a fat-pig style, Mr Verloc, without either rubbing his hands with satisfaction or winking sceptically at his thoughts, proceeded on his way. He trod the pavement heavily with his shiny boots, and his general get-up was that of a well-to-do mechanic in business for himself. He might have been anything from a picture-frame maker to a lock-smith; an employer of labour in a small way. But there was also about him an indescribable air which no mechanic could have acquired in the practice of his handicraft however dishonestly exercised: the air common to men who live on the vices, the follies, or the baser fears of mankind; the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; to private detectives and inquiry agents; to drink sellers and, I should say, to the sellers of invigorating electric belts and to the inventors of patent medicines.
undemonstrative - non démonstratif
burly - costaud; robuste
rubbing - le frottement; frottage, froissement, lessivage
sceptically - avec scepticisme
thoughts - réflexions; idée, pensée, pensée
proceeded - a procédé; avancer, procéder, procéder
trod - trod; (tread) trod
heavily - lourdement
mechanic - mécanicien, mécanicienne
picture-frame - (picture-frame) cadre photo
Maker - le fabricant; ; faiseur, fabricant, créateur
Smith - smith; ; Lefevre, Lefébure, Lefebvre
indescribable - indescriptible
acquired - acquis; acquérir, acquérir, acquérir
handicraft - l'artisanat; ; artisanat
dishonestly - malhonnetement
vices - vices; étau
follies - folies; folie, sottise, folie
baser - baser; base
mankind - l'humanité; ; humanité, genre humain, hommes
moral - moral, moral, moralité, morale
nihilism - le nihilisme; ; nihilisme
keepers - les gardiens; gardien, gardienne, perle, conservateur
gambling - les jeux d'argent; ; jeu de hasard
hells - l'enfer; enfer
disorderly - désordonné
inquiry - demande; ; enquete
agents - agents; agent, agent, agent, agent, espion, agent
sellers - vendeurs; vendeur/-deuse
inventors - inventeurs; inventeur, inventrice
But of that last I am not sure, not having carried my investigations so far into the depths. For all I know, the expression of these last may be perfectly diabolic. I shouldn't be surprised. What I want to affirm is that Mr Verloc's expression was by no means diabolic.
investigations - des enquetes; investigation
depths - profondeurs; profondeur, épaisseur
diabolic - diabolique
shouldn - devrait
Before reaching Knightsbridge, Mr Verloc took a turn to the left out of the busy main thoroughfare, uproarious with the traffic of swaying omnibuses and trotting vans, in the almost silent, swift flow of hansoms. Under his hat, worn with a slight backward tilt, his hair had been carefully brushed into respectful sleekness; for his business was with an Embassy. And Mr Verloc, steady like a rock-a soft kind of rock-marched now along a street which could with every propriety be described as private. In its breadth, emptiness, and extent it had the majesty of inorganic nature, of matter that never dies. The only reminder of mortality was a doctor's brougham arrested in august solitude close to the curbstone. The polished knockers of the doors gleamed as far as the eye could reach, the clean windows shone with a dark opaque lustre. And all was still. But a milk cart rattled noisily across the distant perspective; a butcher boy, driving with the noble recklessness of a charioteer at Olympic Games, dashed round the corner sitting high above a pair of red wheels. A guilty-looking cat issuing from under the stones ran for a while in front of Mr Verloc, then dived into another basement; and a thick police constable, looking a stranger to every emotion, as if he too were part of inorganic nature, surging apparently out of a lamp-post, took not the slightest notice of Mr Verloc.
thoroughfare - voie de circulation; ; passage, grand-rue, voie principale
uproarious - hilarant
swaying - se balancer; (sway); autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance
omnibuses - omnibus; omnibus, bus
trotting - au trot; (trot) au trot
silent - silencieux
swift - rapide, martinet, dévidoir
flow - flux; coulons, couler, coulez, flux, courant, écoulement
Slight - insignifiant, léger
backward - a l'envers; ; arriéré, en arriere, a reculons
tilt - tilisation; basculer, rendement maximum, pencher
respectful - respectueux
sleekness - la finesse
embassy - ambassade
propriety - la bienséance; ; décence, correction, bienséance, convenances
emptiness - le vide; ; vide, néant, vacuité
extent - mesure, étendue
Majesty - majesté
inorganic - inorganique
reminder - rappel
mortality - la mortalité; ; mortalité, condition mortelle
brougham - brougham
arrested - arreté; arrestation, arreter
solitude - la solitude; ; solitude
curbstone - la margelle; pierre de bordure de trottoir
polished - polie; polonais, polonais
gleamed - brillait; luire
shone - briller; briller, éclairer
opaque - opaque
lustre - l'éclat; lustre, éclat
cart - chariot; chariot, charrette
rattled - secouée; (faire) cliqueter
noisily - bruyamment
distant - distante; ; distant, lointain, éloigné
perspective - perspective, perspectif
butcher - boucher; boucher, charcutier, abattre; (butch); hommasse
noble - noble, aristocrate, aristocratique
charioteer - chariote; ; aurige
Olympic - olympique
dashed - en pointillés; tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter
guilty - coupable, coupable
issuing - l'émission; sortie, émission, livraison; délivrance, émission
dived - plongé; plonger
police constable - agent de police
emotion - l'émotion; ; émotion
surging - en hausse; enflant; (surge); montée, poussée, vague, afflux
With a turn to the left Mr Verloc pursued his way along a narrow street by the side of a yellow wall which, for some inscrutable reason, had No. 1 Chesham Square written on it in black letters. Chesham Square was at least sixty yards away, and Mr Verloc, cosmopolitan enough not to be deceived by London's topographical mysteries, held on steadily, without a sign of surprise or indignation. At last, with business-like persistency, he reached the Square, and made diagonally for the number 10. This belonged to an imposing carriage gate in a high, clean wall between two houses, of which one rationally enough bore the number 9 and the other was numbered 37; but the fact that this last belonged to Porthill Street, a street well known in the neighbourhood, was proclaimed by an inscription placed above the ground-floor windows by whatever highly efficient authority is charged with the duty of keeping track of London's strayed houses. Why powers are not asked of Parliament (a short act would do) for compelling those edifices to return where they belong is one of the mysteries of municipal administration. Mr Verloc did not trouble his head about it, his mission in life being the protection of the social mechanism, not its perfectionment or even its criticism.
pursued - poursuivie; poursuivre, rechercher
inscrutable - impénétrable
Cosmopolitan - cosmopolite
be deceived - etre trompé
mysteries - mysteres; mystere
steadily - régulierement
indignation - l'indignation; ; indignation
diagonally - en diagonale
imposing - imposant; imposer, imposer
carriage - transport; ; rench: t-needed r, carrosse, port, chariot
rationally - rationnellement
neighbourhood - quartier
proclaimed - proclamé; proclamer, déclarer, proclamer
inscription - inscription, légende, dédicace
ground-floor - (ground-floor) le rez-de-chaussée
whatever - quoi qu'il en soit; ; quel que soit, n'importe quel
highly - hautement; ; extremement
efficient - efficace
authority - l'autorité; ; autorité
charged - chargé; frais-p, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation
strayed - égaré; s''écarter de
Parliament - le parlement; ; parlement, pain d'épices
edifices - édifices; édifice, édifice, école de pensée
municipal administration - l'administration municipale
mission - mission
mechanism - mécanisme
perfectionment - la perfection
criticism - critiques; ; critique
It was so early that the porter of the Embassy issued hurriedly out of his lodge still struggling with the left sleeve of his livery coat.
porter - porter; porteur; (port) porter; porteur
issued - émis; sortie, émission, livraison; délivrance, émission, drain
hurriedly - en toute hâte; ; a la hâte, a la sauvette, a la va-vite
Lodge - cabane, maison du portier, loge, rench: t-needed r, loger
struggling - en difficulté; luttant; (struggle); lutte, lutter, s'efforcer
sleeve - manche, chemise (inner), gaine (outer), manchon
livery - la livrée
His waistcoat was red, and he wore knee-breeches, but his aspect was flustered. Mr Verloc, aware of the rush on his flank, drove it off by simply holding out an envelope stamped with the arms of the Embassy, and passed on. He produced the same talisman also to the footman who opened the door, and stood back to let him enter the hall.
waistcoat - gilet
knee-breeches - (knee-breeches) culotte de genou
flustered - agité; confondre, embrouiller, paumer
aware - conscient; ; attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte
rush - rush; ruée, affluence, gazer, galoper, bousculer
flank - flanc, flanchet
Simply - tout simplement; ; simplement
envelope - enveloppe; enveloppe
talisman - talisman
footman - valet de pied; ; laquais
stood back - s'est tenu a l'écart
A clear fire burned in a tall fireplace, and an elderly man standing with his back to it, in evening dress and with a chain round his neck, glanced up from the newspaper he was holding spread out in both hands before his calm and severe face. He didn't move; but another lackey, in brown trousers and claw-hammer coat edged with thin yellow cord, approaching Mr Verloc listened to the murmur of his name, and turning round on his heel in silence, began to walk, without looking back once. Mr Verloc, thus led along a ground-floor passage to the left of the great carpeted staircase, was suddenly motioned to enter a quite small room furnished with a heavy writing-table and a few chairs. The servant shut the door, and Mr Verloc remained alone. He did not take a seat.
fireplace - âtre, foyer, cheminée
evening dress - robe de soirée
chain - chaîne, enchaîner
Calm - calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer, apaiser
severe - sévere; ; grave, sévere
lackey - laquais
claw - griffe; griffe
hammer - marteau, chien, malléus, marteler; (ham); marteau, chien
edged - bordé; bord, côté, arete, carre, bord, arete
cord - corde, cordon
approaching - en approche; (s'')approcher (de)
murmur - murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer
turning round - faire demi-tour
heel - talon; talon, alinéa
silence - le silence; ; silence
thus - donc; ainsi, tellement, pour cette raison, également
led - dirigé; ; DEL, LED; (lead) dirigé; ; DEL, LED
motioned - proposé; mouvement, mouvement, motion
small room - petite piece
servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur
With his hat and stick held in one hand he glanced about, passing his other podgy hand over his uncovered sleek head.
stick - bâton; bâton, canne, stick
podgy - podgy; ; enrobé, replet
uncovered - a découvert; découvrir
sleek - élégant; ; brillant, luisant, lisse, lisse
Another door opened noiselessly, and Mr Verloc immobilising his glance in that direction saw at first only black clothes, the bald top of a head, and a drooping dark grey whisker on each side of a pair of wrinkled hands. The person who had entered was holding a batch of papers before his eyes and walked up to the table with a rather mincing step, turning the papers over the while. privy councillor Wurmt, Chancelier d'Ambassade, was rather short-sighted.
noiselessly - sans bruit
bald - chauve, lisse
drooping - en train de tomber; tomber, s'affaisser, bec
whisker - favoris, poil de barbe, moustache, vibrisse, d’un poil
wrinkled - ridé; ride
batch - lot; fournée
mincing - hachage; (mince); hachis, viande hachée, hacher
privy councillor - conseiller privé
sighted - voyants; vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur
This meritorious official laying the papers on the table, disclosed a face of pasty complexion and of melancholy ugliness surrounded by a lot of fine, long dark grey hairs, barred heavily by thick and bushy eyebrows. He put on a black-framed pince-nez upon a blunt and shapeless nose, and seemed struck by Mr Verloc's appearance. Under the enormous eyebrows his weak eyes blinked pathetically through the glasses.
meritorious - méritoire
official - officielle; ; officiel, cadre, fonctionnaire
laying - pose; (lay) pose
disclosed - divulguée; découvrir, laisser voir, révéler, divulguer
pasty - pâteux; pâteux
melancholy - mélancolie
ugliness - la laideur; ; laideur
surrounded - entouré; entourer, enceindre
eyebrows - sourcils; sourcil
framed - encadré; encadrer, encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature
blunt - émoussé; émoussé
struck - frappé; biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre, frapper
blinked - clignoté; ciller, cligner des yeux, clignoter
pathetically - pathétiquement
He made no sign of greeting; neither did Mr Verloc, who certainly knew his place; but a subtle change about the general outlines of his shoulders and back suggested a slight bending of Mr Verloc's spine under the vast surface of his overcoat. The effect was of unobtrusive deference.
subtle - subtile; ; subtil, délicat, astucieux
outlines - les grandes lignes; contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu
bending - de flexion; ; flexion; (bend); courber, tordre, tourner
spine - la colonne vertébrale; ; colonne vertébrale, échine, dos, épine
vast - vaste; ; vaste
surface - surface, faire surface
unobtrusive - discret
deference - respect, déférence
"I have here some of your reports," said the bureaucrat in an unexpectedly soft and weary voice, and pressing the tip of his forefinger on the papers with force. He paused; and Mr Verloc, who had recognised his own handwriting very well, waited in an almost breathless silence. "We are not very satisfied with the attitude of the police here," the other continued, with every appearance of mental fatigue.
bureaucrat - bureaucrate
unexpectedly - de maniere inattendue; ; surprenamment
weary - fatigué; ; las, lasser
pressing - pressant; pressant; (pres) pressant; pressant
forefinger - l'index; ; index
force - force; forcez, contrainte, forçons, contraindre, forcent
paused - en pause; pauser, pause
handwriting - l'écriture; ; écriture de main
satisfied - satisfaits; satisfaire
attitude - posture, état d'esprit, attitude
fatigue - la fatigue; ; fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer
The shoulders of Mr Verloc, without actually moving, suggested a shrug. And for the first time since he left his home that morning his lips opened.
shrug - haussement d'épaules, hausser les épaules
lips - levres; levre, levre
"Every country has its police," he said philosophically. But as the official of the Embassy went on blinking at him steadily he felt constrained to add: "Allow me to observe that I have no means of action upon the police here."
philosophically - sur le plan philosophique; ; philosophiquement
blinking at - en clignant des yeux
constrained - contraint; astreindre, contraindre, confiner
observe - observer, remarquer, respecter, garder
"What is desired," said the man of papers, "is the occurrence of something definite which should stimulate their vigilance. That is within your province-is it not so?"
desired - souhaitée; désirer, désirer, désir, désir, désir
Occurrence - occurrence
definite - définitif
stimulate - stimuler
within - a l'intérieur; dedans, avant, d'ici
province - province
Mr Verloc made no answer except by a sigh, which escaped him involuntarily, for instantly he tried to give his face a cheerful expression. The official blinked doubtfully, as if affected by the dim light of the room. He repeated vaguely.
escaped - s'est échappé; échapper, s'échapper, éviter, tirer
involuntarily - involontairement
instantly - instantanément, instamment
cheerful - joyeux, content, de bonne humeur
doubtfully - douteux; ; douteusement
dim light - une faible lumiere
vaguely - vaguement
"The vigilance of the police-and the severity of the magistrates. The general leniency of the judicial procedure here, and the utter absence of all repressive measures, are a scandal to Europe. What is wished for just now is the accentuation of the unrest-of the fermentation which undoubtedly exists-"
magistrates - magistrats; magistrat
leniency - l'indulgence; ; indulgence, clémence
judicial - judiciaire
procedure - procédé, procédure, fonction
utter - l'utérus; émettre
repressive - répressif
measures - mesures; mesure, mesure, mesure, mesurer
Scandal - scandale, esclandre
accentuation - accentuation
unrest - le malaise; ; agitation
Undoubtedly - sans doute
"Undoubtedly, undoubtedly," broke in Mr Verloc in a deep deferential bass of an oratorical quality, so utterly different from the tone in which he had spoken before that his interlocutor remained profoundly surprised. "It exists to a dangerous degree. My reports for the last twelve months make it sufficiently clear."
bass - basse; perche
oratorical - oratoire
utterly - tout a fait
tone - ton; tonalité, ton, tonale
interlocutor - interlocuteur
profoundly - profondément
sufficiently - suffisamment
"Your reports for the last twelve months," State Councillor Wurmt began in his gentle and dispassionate tone, "have been read by me. I failed to discover why you wrote them at all."
councillor - conseiller, conseillere, French: conseiller municipal
gentle - gentil, doux
dispassionate - dépassionné
A sad silence reigned for a time. Mr Verloc seemed to have swallowed his tongue, and the other gazed at the papers on the table fixedly. At last he gave them a slight push.
reigned - régnait; regne, regne, régner
swallowed - avalé; avaler
tongue - langue, languette
gazed at - regardé
fixedly - fixement
"The state of affairs you expose there is assumed to exist as the first condition of your employment. What is required at present is not writing, but the bringing to light of a distinct, significant fact-I would almost say of an alarming fact."
affairs - affaires; aventure, liaison
expose - exposer, dénoncer
assumed - supposé; supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter
employment - l'emploi; ; emploi, travail
significant - significative; ; significatif
alarming - alarmante; alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarme, alarmer, fr
"I need not say that all my endeavours shall be directed to that end," Mr Verloc said, with convinced modulations in his conversational husky tone. But the sense of being blinked at watchfully behind the blind glitter of these eye-glasses on the other side of the table disconcerted him.
endeavours - des efforts; s''efforcer (de)
Convinced - convaincu; convaincre, persuader
conversational - conversationnel
husky - husky; enroué
blinked at - cligné des yeux
watchfully - vigilante
glitter - paillettes; ; étincellement, paillette, briller
He stopped short with a gesture of absolute devotion. The useful, hard-working, if obscure member of the Embassy had an air of being impressed by some newly-born thought.
gesture - geste, signe
devotion - la dévotion; ; dévouement, dévotion
impressed - impressionné; impressionner
newly - nouvellement, récemment
"You are very corpulent," he said.
corpulent - corpulent
This observation, really of a psychological nature, and advanced with the modest hesitation of an officeman more familiar with ink and paper than with the requirements of active life, stung Mr Verloc in the manner of a rude personal remark. He stepped back a pace.
observation - observation, remarque
psychological - psychologique
modest - modeste; (mod); modeste
hesitation - hésitation
officeman - fonctionnaire
more familiar - plus familier
requirements - exigences; exigence, besoin, demande, contrainte, exigence
stung - piqué; piquant, dard
remark - remarque; remarquent, remarquez, remarque, remarquons
pace - rythme; pas
"Eh? What were you pleased to say?" he exclaimed, with husky resentment.
eh - eh
exclaimed - s'est exclamé; exclamer
resentment - le ressentiment; ; ressentiment, agacement, rancune
The Chancelier d'Ambassade entrusted with the conduct of this interview seemed to find it too much for him.
entrusted - confiés; confier
conduct - comportement, conduite, se comporter, conduire, mener
"I think," he said, "that you had better see Mr Vladimir. Yes, decidedly I think you ought to see Mr Vladimir. Be good enough to wait here," he added, and went out with mincing steps.
decidedly - résolument; ; décidément, clairement
At once Mr Verloc passed his hand over his hair. A slight perspiration had broken out on his forehead. He let the air escape from his pursed-up lips like a man blowing at a spoonful of hot soup. But when the servant in brown appeared at the door silently, Mr Verloc had not moved an inch from the place he had occupied throughout the interview. He had remained motionless, as if feeling himself surrounded by pitfalls.
perspiration - la transpiration; ; transpiration
broken out - rompu
forehead - front
escape - échapper, s'échapper, éviter, échapper (a quelqu'un), évasion
pursed - pincé; bourse, portemonnaie, portefeuille, sac a main, bourse
blowing at - en train de souffler
spoonful - cuillerée
silently - en silence; ; silencieusement
inch - pouce; pouce
throughout - tout au long de l'année; ; tout au long de, durant
pitfalls - les pieges; écueil, piege, trappe, chausse-trape
He walked along a passage lighted by a lonely gas-jet, then up a flight of winding stairs, and through a glazed and cheerful corridor on the first floor. The footman threw open a door, and stood aside. The feet of Mr Verloc felt a thick carpet.
lonely - solitaire; ; seul, désert, abandonné
jet - jet; avion a réaction, jais
flight of winding stairs - des escaliers en colimaçon
corridor - couloir, corridor, couloir aérien
aside - a part; ; a côté, en passant, aparté
The room was large, with three windows; and a young man with a shaven, big face, sitting in a roomy arm-chair before a vast mahogany writing-table, said in French to the Chancelier d'Ambassade, who was going out with the papers in his hand:
roomy - spacieux, ample, grand, logeable
arm-chair - (arm-chair) fauteuil
mahogany - acajou, mahagoni
"You are quite right, mon cher. He's fat-the animal."
mon - Mon
Mr Vladimir, First Secretary, had a drawing-room reputation as an agreeable and entertaining man. He was something of a favourite in society.
reputation - réputation, renommée (more slang)
agreeable - agréable, complaisant
entertaining - divertissant, distrayant; (entertain); divertir, recevoir
His wit consisted in discovering droll connections between incongruous ideas; and when talking in that strain he sat well forward of his seat, with his left hand raised, as if exhibiting his funny demonstrations between the thumb and forefinger, while his round and clean-shaven face wore an expression of merry perplexity.
wit - wit; esprit
consisted - consisté; consister (en)
droll - drolatique; ; fantaisiste
connections - des connexions; connexion, liaison, lien, rapport, complicité
incongruous - incongru
strain - souche; accablement
exhibiting - exposer; exposer, exposition, piece a conviction
demonstrations - démonstrations; démonstration, démonstration, manifestation
thumb - pouce, feuilleter
merry - joyeux; gai, heureuse, jovial
perplexity - perplexité
But there was no trace of merriment or perplexity in the way he looked at Mr Verloc. Lying far back in the deep arm-chair, with squarely spread elbows, and throwing one leg over a thick knee, he had with his smooth and rosy countenance the air of a preternaturally thriving baby that will not stand nonsense from anybody.
trace - trace; trace, projection horizontale, décalquer
merriment - la gaieté; ; gaieté
squarely - d'équerre, a l'équerre, carrément, solidement, fermement
rosy - rose
countenance - visage, approuver
preternaturally - de façon préternaturelle
thriving - prospere; ; florissant, prospere; (thrive); prospérer
nonsense - des absurdités; ; betise, absurdité, sottise (s)
"You understand French, I suppose?" he said.
Mr Verloc stated huskily that he did. His whole vast bulk had a forward inclination. He stood on the carpet in the middle of the room, clutching his hat and stick in one hand; the other hung lifelessly by his side.
huskily - rauque
bulk - en vrac; ; grosseur, gros, ensemble, vrac
inclination - inclinaison, checktendance
clutching - l'embrayage; se raccrocher (a)
lifelessly - sans vie
He muttered unobtrusively somewhere deep down in his throat something about having done his military service in the French artillery. At once, with contemptuous perversity, Mr Vladimir changed the language, and began to speak idiomatic English without the slightest trace of a foreign accent.
unobtrusively - discretement
throat - gorge, goulot
military - militaire (1, 2), armée, troupes
Artillery - l'artillerie; ; artillerie
contemptuous - méprisante; ; méprisant, dédaigneux, contempteur
idiomatic - idiomatique
accent - accent; emphase, souligner, accentuer, accent
"Ah! Yes. Of course. Let's see. How much did you get for obtaining the design of the improved breech-block of their new field-gun?"
obtaining - l'obtention; obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, avoir
breech - la culasse; ; culotte, culasse
block - bloc; bloquer, bloquent, bloquons, obstruer, bloc, buche
"Five years'rigorous confinement in a fortress," Mr Verloc answered unexpectedly, but without any sign of feeling.
rigorous - rigoureux
confinement - l'enfermement; ; confinement
fortress - forteresse
"You got off easily," was Mr Vladimir's comment. "And, anyhow, it served you right for letting yourself get caught. What made you go in for that sort of thing-eh?"
anyhow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre; ; de toute maniere
Mr Verloc's husky conversational voice was heard speaking of youth, of a fatal infatuation for an unworthy-
fatal - fatale; ; fatal
infatuation - l'engouement; ; engouement, béguin, amourette
unworthy - indigne
"Aha! Cherchez la femme," Mr Vladimir deigned to interrupt, unbending, but without affability; there was, on the contrary, a touch of grimness in his condescension. "How long have you been employed by the Embassy here?" he asked.
Aha - aha, tiens donc
la - La
femme - femme
deigned - conçu; daigner, condescendre
interrupt - interrompre, couper
unbending - inflexible; redresser, se détendre
affability - l'affabilité; ; affabilité, liant
contrary - contraire, contraire, contrepied
grimness - la sinistrose
condescension - condescendance
"Ever since the time of the late Baron Stott-Wartenheim," Mr Verloc answered in subdued tones, and protruding his lips sadly, in sign of sorrow for the deceased diplomat. The First Secretary observed this play of physiognomy steadily.
Baron - baron
subdued - atténué; soumettre, subjuguer, assujettir
protruding - en saillie; dépasser, saillir
sorrow - peine, chagrin
deceased - décédé; déces, décéder, expirer, mourir, trépasser
diplomat - diplomate
observed - observée; observer, remarquer, respecter, observer, garder
physiognomy - la physionomie; ; physiognomonie
"Ah! ever since. Well! What have you got to say for yourself?" he asked sharply.
sharply - brusquement
Mr Verloc answered with some surprise that he was not aware of having anything special to say. He had been summoned by a letter-And he plunged his hand busily into the side pocket of his overcoat, but before the mocking, cynical watchfulness of Mr Vladimir, concluded to leave it there.
summoned - convoqué; convoquer
busily - avec activité
side pocket - poche latérale
mocking - se moquer; (moc) se moquer
cynical - cynique
watchfulness - la vigilance; vigilance
concluded - conclu; conclure
"Bah!" said that latter. "What do you mean by getting out of condition like this? You haven't got even the physique of your profession. You-a member of a starving proletariat-never! You-a desperate socialist or anarchist-which is it?"
Bah - bah
profession - profession, métier, corps de métier
Starving - affamés; affamant; (starve); mourir de faim, crever de faim
proletariat - prolétariat
desperate - désespérée; ; désespéré
socialist - socialiste, socialiste
anarchist - anarchiste
"Anarchist," stated Mr Verloc in a deadened tone.
deadened - mort; endormir, assourdir, isoler
"Bosh!" went on Mr Vladimir, without raising his voice. "You startled old Wurmt himself. You wouldn't deceive an idiot. They all are that by-the-by, but you seem to me simply impossible. So you began your connection with us by stealing the French gun designs. And you got yourself caught. That must have been very disagreeable to our Government. You don't seem to be very smart."
bosh - bosh
deceive - tromper, leurrer, séduire
idiot - idiot, idiote
connection - connexion, liaison, lien, rapport, complicité, correspondance
disagreeable - incompatible, désagréable
smart - intelligent; rusé, bath, fringant, roublard, maligne
Mr Verloc tried to exculpate himself huskily.
exculpate - disculper
"As I've had occasion to observe before, a fatal infatuation for an unworthy-"
Occasion - occasion
Mr Vladimir raised a large white, plump hand. "Ah, yes. The unlucky attachment-of your youth. She got hold of the money, and then sold you to the police-eh?"
plump - dodu; douillet
unlucky - malchanceux, poissard
attachment - l'attachement; ; attachement, dépendance, piece jointe, saisie
The doleful change in Mr Verloc's physiognomy, the momentary drooping of his whole person, confessed that such was the regrettable case. Mr Vladimir's hand clasped the ankle reposing on his knee. The sock was of dark blue silk.
momentary - momentanée
confessed - avoué; avouer, confesser, confesser
regrettable - regrettable
clasped - serré; fermoir, serrer
reposing - reposant; repos
dark blue - bleu foncé
"You see, that was not very clever of you. Perhaps you are too susceptible."
Mr Verloc intimated in a throaty, veiled murmur that he was no longer young.
intimated - intimidée; intime
throaty - rugueux
veiled - voilée; voile, voile, voiler, voiler
"Oh! That's a failing which age does not cure," Mr Vladimir remarked, with sinister familiarity. "But no! You are too fat for that. You could not have come to look like this if you had been at all susceptible. I'll tell you what I think is the matter: you are a lazy fellow. How long have you been drawing pay from this Embassy?"
cure - guérir; guérissez, guérissent, cicatriser, guérison
sinister - sinistre
familiarity - familiarité
fellow - un camarade; ensemble, mâle
"Eleven years," was the answer, after a moment of sulky hesitation. "I've been charged with several missions to London while His Excellency Baron Stott-Wartenheim was still Ambassador in Paris. Then by his Excellency's instructions I settled down in London. I am English."
sulky - boudeur, boudeuse
missions - missions; mission, mission
excellency - Excellence
ambassador - ambassadeur, ambassadrice
settled - réglée; (s'')installer
"You are! Are you? Eh?"
"A natural-born British subject," Mr Verloc said stolidly. "But my father was French, and so-"
stolidly - solidement
"Never mind explaining," interrupted the other. "I daresay you could have been legally a Marshal of France and a Member of Parliament in England-and then, indeed, you would have been of some use to our Embassy."
interrupted - interrompu; interrompre, couper
daresay - oserait-on dire
legally - légalement
Marshal - maréchal, marshal, canaliser
indeed - certainement, vraiment, en effet, bien sur, certes
This flight of fancy provoked something like a faint smile on Mr Verloc's face. Mr Vladimir retained an imperturbable gravity.
fancy - fantaisie; imaginer, songer
provoked - provoquée; provoquer
faint - évanouissement; s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir
retained - retenue; retenir, conserver, maintenir
imperturbable - imperturbable
gravity - la gravité; ; gravité, pesanteur
"But, as I've said, you are a lazy fellow; you don't use your opportunities. In the time of Baron Stott-Wartenheim we had a lot of soft-headed people running this Embassy. They caused fellows of your sort to form a false conception of the nature of a secret service fund. It is my business to correct this misapprehension by telling you what the secret service is not. It is not a philanthropic institution. I've had you called here on purpose to tell you this.
fellows - des camarades; homme, type
conception - conception
Institution - l'institution; ; institution
Mr Vladimir observed the forced expression of bewilderment on Verloc's face, and smiled sarcastically.
forced - forcée; force
bewilderment - la perplexité; ; ahurissement, confusion, perplexité
sarcastically - de maniere sarcastique
"I see that you understand me perfectly. I daresay you are intelligent enough for your work. What we want now is activity-activity."
On repeating this last word Mr Vladimir laid a long white forefinger on the edge of the desk. Every trace of huskiness disappeared from Verloc's voice. The nape of his gross neck became crimson above the velvet collar of his overcoat. His lips quivered before they came widely open.
laid - posé; poser
edge - bord, côté, arete, carre
huskiness - la rudesse
nape - nuque; nuque
Gross - brut, dégoutant, dégueulasse, grossier, grossiere, grosse
crimson - cramoisi, carmin, pourpre
velvet - du velours; ; velours, duvet (on skin), velours (on antlers)
collar - col, collier
quivered - a tremblé; frémir
widely - largement, généralement, fréquemment, communément
"If you'll only be good enough to look up my record," he boomed out in his great, clear oratorical bass, "you'll see I gave a warning only three months ago, on the occasion of the Grand Duke Romuald's visit to Paris, which was telegraphed from here to the French police, and-"
boomed - a fait boomerang; forte hausse
warning - l'avertissement; ; avertissement, attention; (warn); avertir
grand - grand; grandiose
Duke - duke; ; duc
telegraphed - télégraphié; télégraphe, télégraphier, dépecher
"Tut, tut!" broke out Mr Vladimir, with a frowning grimace. "The French police had no use for your warning. Don't roar like this. What the devil do you mean?"
frowning - froncer les sourcils; froncer les sourcils
grimace - grimace, grimacer, faire des grimaces
roar - rugir, hurler, s'esclaffer, rire aux éclats
devil - Diable, Satan, type
With a note of proud humility Mr Verloc apologised for forgetting himself. His voice,-famous for years at open-air meetings and at workmen's assemblies in large halls, had contributed, he said, to his reputation of a good and trustworthy comrade. It was, therefore, a part of his usefulness.
proud - fiers; ; fier, orgueilleux
humility - l'humilité; ; humilité
open-air - (open-air) a l'air libre
workmen - des ouvriers; ouvrier
assemblies - assemblées; groupe, bloc, assemblage, assemblée, rassemblement
contributed - a contribué; contribuer
trustworthy - de confiance, digne de confiance, digne de foi, fiable
comrade - camarade f, camarade
therefore - par conséquent, en conséquence, donc, pour ça
usefulness - utilité
It had inspired confidence in his principles. "I was always put up to speak by the leaders at a critical moment," Mr Verloc declared, with obvious satisfaction. There was no uproar above which he could not make himself heard, he added; and suddenly he made a demonstration.
confidence - assurance, confiance en soi, confiance, confidence
principles - principes; principe, principe, principe, principe
critical - critique
declared - déclarée; expliquer, déclarer, déclarer, déclarer, déclarer
obvious - évidentes; ; évident
uproar - le tumulte; ; clameur
demonstration - démonstration, manifestation
"Allow me," he said. With lowered forehead, without looking up, swiftly and ponderously he crossed the room to one of the French windows. As if giving way to an uncontrollable impulse, he opened it a little.
lowered - abaissé; (s'')assombrir
ponderously - avec pondération
giving way - céder le passage
uncontrollable - incontrôlable
Mr Vladimir, jumping up amazed from the depths of the arm-chair, looked over his shoulder; and below, across the courtyard of the Embassy, well beyond the open gate, could be seen the broad back of a policeman watching idly the gorgeous perambulator of a wealthy baby being wheeled in state across the Square.
jumping up - en sautant
amazed - stupéfait; stupéfier
courtyard - cour
beyond - au-dela; ; au-dela, par-dela
gorgeous - magnifique
perambulator - le périgordeur
wealthy - riches; ; riche, nanti
"Constable!" said Mr Verloc, with no more effort than if he were whispering; and Mr Vladimir burst into a laugh on seeing the policeman spin round as if prodded by a sharp instrument. Mr Verloc shut the window quietly, and returned to the middle of the room.
constable - gendarme; ; constable, connétable
whispering - chuchotement; (whisper); chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer
burst - l'éclatement; ; éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser
spin round - tourner en rond
prodded - poussé; pousser
"With a voice like that," he said, putting on the husky conversational pedal, "I was naturally trusted. And I knew what to say, too."
pedal - pédale, pédaler
trusted - de confiance; confiance, trust, confiance, faire confiance
Mr Vladimir, arranging his cravat, observed him in the glass over the mantelpiece.
cravat - cravate; ; foulard
mantelpiece - tablette de cheminée
"I daresay you have the social revolutionary jargon by heart well enough," he said contemptuously. "Vox et. . . You haven't ever studied Latin-have you?"
revolutionary - révolutionnaire, révolutionnaire
jargon - jargon; jargon
by heart - par cour
contemptuously - avec mépris
Vox - vox
et - et
Latin - latine
"No," growled Mr Verloc. "You did not expect me to know it. I belong to the million. Who knows Latin? Only a few hundred imbeciles who aren't fit to take care of themselves."
growled - a grogné; feulement, grognement, borborygme, gargouillement
imbeciles - imbéciles; imbécile
For some thirty seconds longer Mr Vladimir studied in the mirror the fleshy profile, the gross bulk, of the man behind him. And at the same time he had the advantage of seeing his own face, clean-shaved and round, rosy about the gills, and with the thin sensitive lips formed exactly for the utterance of those delicate witticisms which had made him such a favourite in the very highest society.
fleshy - charnue; ; carné, pulpeux, viandeux, charnu
shaved - rasé; (se) raser
gills - branchies; ouies
sensitive - sensible
utterance - énoncé
witticisms - des traits d'esprit; mot d'esprit, trait d'esprit
Then he turned, and advanced into the room with such determination that the very ends of his quaintly old-fashioned bow necktie seemed to bristle with unspeakable menaces. The movement was so swift and fierce that Mr Verloc, casting an oblique glance, quailed inwardly.
determination - détermination
quaintly - de façon pittoresque
old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) vieux jeu
bow - l'arc; arc
necktie - cravate
bristle - de poils; ; soie, poil, se hérisser
unspeakable - innommable
menaces - menaces; menace
casting - casting; moulage; (cast); jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner
oblique glance - un regard oblique
quailed - quailed; reculer (devant)
inwardly - intérieurement
"Aha! You dare be impudent," Mr Vladimir began, with an amazingly guttural intonation not only utterly un-English, but absolutely un-European, and startling even to Mr Verloc's experience of cosmopolitan slums. "You dare! Well, I am going to speak plain English to you.
dare - oser; aventurer
amazingly - étonnamment
guttural - guttural
intonation - l'intonation; ; intonation
un - un; ; ONU
absolutely - absolument
slums - bidonvilles; (de) bidonville
plain - simple; unie, net, plaine
Voice won't do. We have no use for your voice. We don't want a voice. We want facts-startling facts-damn you," he added, with a sort of ferocious discretion, right into Mr Verloc's face.
Damn - bon sang; ; condamner, réprouver, foutu, putain, mince
ferocious - féroce
discretion - discrétion
"Don't you try to come over me with your Hyperborean manners," Mr Verloc defended himself huskily, looking at the carpet. At this his interlocutor, smiling mockingly above the bristling bow of his necktie, switched the conversation into French.
hyperborean - Hyperboréen
defended - défendue; défendre
mockingly - en se moquant
bristling - se hérisser; soie, poil, se hérisser
switched - changé; interrupteur, aiguille, aiguillage, badine, commutateur
"You give yourself for an 'agent provocateur.' The proper business of an 'agent provocateur'is to provoke. As far as I can judge from your record kept here, you have done nothing to earn your money for the last three years."
provocateur - provocateur, provocatrice
proper - appropriée; ; approprié, convenable, exact, juste, propre
provoke - provoquer
judge - juge; juge, juger
"Nothing!" exclaimed Verloc, stirring not a limb, and not raising his eyes, but with the note of sincere feeling in his tone. "I have several times prevented what might have been-"
stirring - l'agitation; ; passionnant
limb - membre; membre
sincere - sincere; ; sincere
"There is a proverb in this country which says prevention is better than cure," interrupted Mr Vladimir, throwing himself into the arm-chair. "It is stupid in a general way. There is no end to prevention. But it is characteristic. They dislike finality in this country. Don't you be too English. And in this particular instance, don't be absurd. The evil is already here. We don't want prevention-we want cure."
proverb - proverbe
prevention - la prévention; ; prévention
characteristic - caractéristique, caractéristique
dislike - l'aversion; ; antipathie, ne pas aimer
finality - la finalité
absurd - absurde
evil - le mal; mauvais, torve
He paused, turned to the desk, and turning over some papers lying there, spoke in a changed business-like tone, without looking at Mr Verloc.
turning over - qui se retournent
"You know, of course, of the International Conference assembled in Milan?"
assembled - assemblés; assembler, rassembler, rassembler
Mr Verloc intimated hoarsely that he was in the habit of reading the daily papers. To a further question his answer was that, of course, he understood what he read. At this Mr Vladimir, smiling faintly at the documents he was still scanning one after another, murmured "As long as it is not written in Latin, I suppose."
hoarsely - rauque; ; sechement
daily papers - des journaux quotidiens
faintly - faiblement
scanning - le balayage; (scan); scanner, fouiller, numériser, scander, scan
murmured - murmuré; murmure, rumeur, souffle, rumeur, murmure, murmurer
"Or Chinese," added Mr Verloc stolidly.
"H'm. Some of your revolutionary friends'effusions are written in a charabia every bit as incomprehensible as Chinese-" Mr Vladimir let fall disdainfully a grey sheet of printed matter. "What are all these leaflets headed F. P., with a hammer, pen, and torch crossed? What does it mean, this F. P.?" Mr Verloc approached the imposing writing-table.
effusions - épanchements; effusion, effusion, effusion
incomprehensible - incompréhensible
disdainfully - avec dédain
printed matter - imprimés
leaflets - dépliants; foliole, tract, prospectus, dépliant
"The Future of the Proletariat. It's a society," he explained, standing ponderously by the side of the arm-chair, "not anarchist in principle, but open to all shades of revolutionary opinion."
principle - principe
shades - nuances; alose
"Are you in it?"
"One of the Vice-Presidents," Mr Verloc breathed out heavily; and the First Secretary of the Embassy raised his head to look at him.
vice - vice; vice, vertu
breathed - respiré; respirer, inspirer, expirer, respirer
"Then you ought to be ashamed of yourself," he said incisively. "Isn't your society capable of anything else but printing this prophetic bosh in blunt type on this filthy paper eh? Why don't you do something? look here. I've this matter in hand now, and I tell you plainly that you will have to earn your money. The good old Stott-Wartenheim times are over. No work, no pay."
ashamed - honteux
incisively - de maniere incisive
prophetic - prophétique
filthy - dégoutant; ; crasseux
look here - regarder ici
plainly - en toute clarté; ; simplement, clairement
Mr Verloc felt a queer sensation of faintness in his stout legs. He stepped back one pace, and blew his nose loudly.
queer - pédé; ; étrange, bizarre
sensation - sensation
He was, in truth, startled and alarmed. The rusty London sunshine struggling clear of the London mist shed a lukewarm brightness into the First Secretary's private room; and in the silence Mr Verloc heard against a window-pane the faint buzzing of a fly-his first fly of the year-heralding better than any number of swallows the approach of spring.
truth - la vérité; ; vérité
alarmed - alarmé; alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarme, alarmer, fr
sunshine - soleil, lumiere du soleil
shed - hangar; hangar, verser, stand, kiosque, échoppe
lukewarm - tiede
brightness - brillance, luminosité, intelligence
pane - panneau; vitre
buzzing - bourdonnement, vrombissement; (buzz); coup de fil, bourdonner
heralding - l'annonce; héraut, messager/-ere
swallows - hirondelles; avaler
approach - approche; approchons, abordent, abordez, rapprochons
The useless fussing of that tiny energetic organism affected unpleasantly this big man threatened in his indolence.
useless - inutile, inutilisable, bon a rien
fussing - l'agitation; agitation, histoires-p, s’agiter, s’empresser
tiny - minuscule
energetic - énergique, énergétique
organism - organisme
unpleasantly - désagréable
threatened - menacé; menacer, menacer
This was then the famous and trusty secret agent, so secret that he was never designated otherwise but by the symbol [delta] in the late Baron Stott-Wartenheim's official, semi-official, and confidential correspondence; the celebrated agent [delta], whose warnings had the power to change the schemes and the dates of royal, imperial, grand ducal journeys, and sometimes caused them to be put off altogether! This fellow! And Mr Vladimir indulged mentally in an enormous and derisive fit of merriment, partly at his own astonishment, which he judged naive, but mostly at the expense of the universally regretted Baron Stott-Wartenheim. His late Excellency, whom the august favour of his Imperial master had imposed as Ambassador upon several reluctant Ministers of Foreign Affairs, had enjoyed in his lifetime a fame for an owlish, pessimistic gullibility.
trusty - de confiance; ; fidele, fiable, bon vieux
designated - désignée; désigner
otherwise - autrement
semi - semi
confidential - confidentiel
correspondence - correspondance, chronique
delta - delta
warnings - des avertissements; avertissement, avertissement, attention
schemes - des schémas; plan, combine, machination, schéma, schéma, schéma
Royal - royal, royale, trochure, cacatois
Imperial - impérial, royal
ducal - ducal
indulged - se sont-ils laissés aller; céder, succomber, dorloter, gâter
mentally - mentalement
derisive - dérisoire
partly - en partie
astonishment - l'étonnement; ; étonnement
judged - jugée; juger
naive - naif; ; naif, ingénu
expense - dépenses; ; dépense
universally - universellement
regretted - regretté; regretter, regret
whom - que, qui
favour - favorable; faveur, complaisance, favoriser
Master - maître; patron, maîtriser, maître, maitre, maîtrisent
imposed - imposée; imposer, imposer
reluctant - a contrecour
ministers - ministres; ministre
lifetime - a vie; ; durée de vie (objects), vie (persons), éternité
fame - la notoriété; ; gloire, célébrité
pessimistic - pessimiste
gullibility - crédulité
His Excellency had the social revolution on the brain. He imagined himself to be a diplomatist set apart by a special dispensation to watch the end of diplomacy, and pretty nearly the end of the world, in a horrid democratic upheaval. His prophetic and doleful despatches had been for years the joke of foreign offices. He was said to have exclaimed on his deathbed (visited by his Imperial friend and master): "Unhappy Europe! Thou shalt perish by the moral insanity of thy children!" He was fated to be the victim of the first humbugging rascal that came along, thought Mr Vladimir, smiling vaguely at Mr Verloc.
revolution - révolution, coup d'état, tour
diplomatist - diplomate
apart - a part; ; séparé, séparément, a part, en morceaux, en pieces
dispensation - dérogation, dispense
diplomacy - diplomatie
horrid - horribles; ; affreux, horrible, exécrable, désagréable
democratic - démocratique
upheaval - des bouleversements; ; soulevement, surrection, bouleversement
foreign offices - des bureaux étrangers
deathbed - lit de mort
thou - tu; tu
perish - périr
insanity - la folie; ; folie
thy - de l'homme; ton/ta, tes
rascal - racaille, canaille, coquin, crapule, filou
"You ought to venerate the memory of Baron Stott-Wartenheim," he exclaimed suddenly.
venerate - vénérer
The lowered physiognomy of Mr Verloc expressed a sombre and weary annoyance.
sombre - sombre
annoyance - l'agacement; ; ennui, nuisance, irritation, checkagacement
"Permit me to observe to you," he said, "that I came here because I was summoned by a peremptory letter. I have been here only twice before in the last eleven years, and certainly never at eleven in the morning. It isn't very wise to call me up like this. There is just a chance of being seen. And that would be no joke for me."
permit - permis; permettre, permets, permettons, permettez, permis
peremptory - péremptoire
wise - sage; sensé, genre, raisonnable
Mr Vladimir shrugged his shoulders.
shrugged - haussé les épaules; haussement d'épaules, hausser les épaules
"It would destroy my usefulness," continued the other hotly.
hotly - chaudement
"That's your affair," murmured Mr Vladimir, with soft brutality. "When you cease to be useful you shall cease to be employed. Yes. Right off. cut short. You shall-" Mr Vladimir, frowning, paused, at a loss for a sufficiently idiomatic expression, and instantly brightened up, with a grin of beautifully white teeth. "You shall be chucked," he brought out ferociously.
affair - affaire; ; aventure, liaison
brutality - brutalité
cease - cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + ''infinitive''
cut short - coupé court
Loss - perte; perte, déperdition, perdition, déchet, coulage
grin - sourire; rictus
beautifully - magnifique
chucked - jeté; balancer
ferociously - férocement
Once more Mr Verloc had to react with all the force of his will against that sensation of faintness running down one's legs which once upon a time had inspired some poor devil with the felicitous expression: "My heart went down into my boots." Mr Verloc, aware of the sensation, raised his head bravely.
felicitous - heureux
bravely - courageusement; ; bravement
Mr Vladimir bore the look of heavy inquiry with perfect serenity.
serenity - la sérénité; ; sérénité, sérénité
"What we want is to administer a tonic to the Conference in Milan," he said airily. "Its deliberations upon international action for the suppression of political crime don't seem to get anywhere. England lags. This country is absurd with its sentimental regard for individual liberty. It's intolerable to think that all your friends have got only to come over to-"
administer - administrer, gérer
tonic - tonique; réconfortante, tonique
airily - aérienne
lags - des retards; rester en arriere, etre en retard
liberty - liberté
intolerable - intolérable
"In that way I have them all under my eye," Mr Verloc interrupted huskily.
"It would be much more to the point to have them all under lock and key. England must be brought into line. The imbecile bourgeoisie of this country make themselves the accomplices of the very people whose aim is to drive them out of their houses to starve in ditches. And they have the political power still, if they only had the sense to use it for their preservation. I suppose you agree that the middle classes are stupid?"
imbecile - imbécile; imbécile
bourgeoisie - bourgeoisie
accomplices - des complices; complice, comparse, compere, complice
aim - objectif; visez, dgssein, mire, visons, but, peiner, visent
starve - mourir de faim, crever de faim, crever la dalle, affamer
ditches - fossés; fossé
preservation - préservation
middle classes - classes moyennes
Mr Verloc agreed hoarsely.
"They have no imagination. They are blinded by an idiotic vanity. What they want just now is a jolly good scare. This is the psychological moment to set your friends to work. I have had you called here to develop to you my idea."
imagination - l'imagination; ; imagination
blinded - aveuglé; aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind
idiotic - idiote; ; idiot, stupide, idiotique
vanity - la vanité; ; vanité
jolly - jovial; jovial
scare - peur; effaroucher
And Mr Vladimir developed his idea from on high, with scorn and condescension, displaying at the same time an amount of ignorance as to the real aims, thoughts, and methods of the revolutionary world which filled the silent Mr Verloc with inward consternation. He confounded causes with effects more than was excusable; the most distinguished propagandists with impulsive bomb throwers; assumed organisation where in the nature of things it could not exist; spoke of the social revolutionary party one moment as of a perfectly disciplined army, where the word of chiefs was supreme, and at another as if it had been the loosest association of desperate brigands that ever camped in a mountain gorge.
scorn - mépriser, dédaigner, mépris, dédain
displaying - l'affichage; représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran
ignorance - l'ignorance; ; ignorance
aims - objectifs; viser, pointer
inward - vers l'intérieur; ; intérieur
consternation - consternation, sidération, accablement, prostration
excusable - excusable
most distinguished - le plus distingué
propagandists - des propagandistes; propagandiste
impulsive - impulsif
bomb - bombe, explosif, obus ''(shell)'', bombe sexuelle, bombarder
organisation - l'organisation
disciplined - discipliné; discipline, discipline, pénalité, discipline
chiefs - chefs; chef, chef, chef
supreme - supreme; ; supreme
loosest - le plus lâche; ample, desserré
Association - association
brigands - des brigands; brigand, bandit
gorge - gorge; ravin
Once Mr Verloc had opened his mouth for a protest, but the raising of a shapely, large white hand arrested him. Very soon he became too appalled to even try to protest. He listened in a stillness of dread which resembled the immobility of profound attention.
protest - protester, protestation, manifestation
appalled - consterné; épouvanter
stillness - l'immobilité; ; calme, immobilité
dread - peur; ; redouter, craindre, crainte
resembled - ressemblait; ressembler
immobility - l'immobilité; ; immobilité
"A series of outrages," Mr Vladimir continued calmly, "executed here in this country; not only planned here-that would not do-they would not mind. Your friends could set half the Continent on fire without influencing the public opinion here in favour of a universal repressive legislation. They will not look outside their backyard here."
outrages - outrages; outrage, offense, colere, rage, indignation, indigner
calmly - calmement; ; paisiblement
executed - exécuté; exécuter, mettre a mort, exécuter, exécuter
influencing - d'influence; influence, influence, influencer, influer
in favour - en faveur
universal - universel
Legislation - législation, loi
backyard - jardin; ; arriere-cour
Mr Verloc cleared his throat, but his heart failed him, and he said nothing.
"These outrages need not be especially sanguinary," Mr Vladimir went on, as if delivering a scientific lecture, "but they must be sufficiently startling-effective. Let them be directed against buildings, for instance. What is the fetish of the hour that all the bourgeoisie recognise-eh, Mr Verloc?"
sanguinary - sanguinaire
delivering - livrant; accoucher, livrer, livrer, remettre
scientific - scientifique
effective - efficace, décisif, en vigueur
fetish - fétiche
recognise - reconnaître
Mr Verloc opened his hands and shrugged his shoulders slightly.
"You are too lazy to think," was Mr Vladimir's comment upon that gesture. "Pay attention to what I say. The fetish of to-day is neither royalty nor religion. Therefore the palace and the church should be left alone. You understand what I mean, Mr Verloc?"
royalty - la royauté; ; regne, royalty, redevance, droit d'auteur
religion - religion
The dismay and the scorn of Mr Verloc found vent in an attempt at levity.
dismay - affliger, mortifier, avoir peur, désarroi, consternation
vent - évent; évent
attempt - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
levity - légereté; ; nonchalance, légereté, frivolité
"Perfectly. But what of the Embassies? A series of attacks on the various Embassies," he began; but he could not withstand the cold, watchful stare of the First Secretary.
embassies - ambassades; ambassade
withstand - résister
watchful - attentif, vigilant
"You can be facetious, I see," the latter observed carelessly. "That's all right. It may enliven your oratory at socialistic congresses. But this room is no place for it. It would be infinitely safer for you to follow carefully what I am saying. As you are being called upon to furnish facts instead of cock-and-bull stories, you had better try to make your profit off what I am taking the trouble to explain to you. The sacrosanct fetish of to-day is science.
facetious - facétieux
carelessly - négligemment
That's all right - C'est d'accord
enliven - animer; vivifier
oratory - L'art oratoire
socialistic - socialiste
congresses - congres; congres, congres
infinitely - a l'infini
furnish - meubler, fournir, livrer
cock - bite; coq
Bull - le taureau; taureau
profit - profit, gain, bénéfice, servir, profiter
sacrosanct - sacro-sainte
Why don't you get some of your friends to go for that wooden-faced panjandrum-eh? Is it not part of these institutions which must be swept away before the F. P. comes along?"
panjandrum - panjandrum; ; ponte, manitou
institutions - institutions; institution
swept away - balayé
Mr Verloc said nothing. He was afraid to open his lips lest a groan should escape him.
groan - gémir; ; râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement
"This is what you should try for. An attempt upon a crowned head or on a president is sensational enough in a way, but not so much as it used to be. It has entered into the general conception of the existence of all chiefs of state. It's almost conventional-especially since so many presidents have been assassinated. Now let us take an outrage upon-say a church. Horrible enough at first sight, no doubt, and yet not so effective as a person of an ordinary mind might think. No matter how revolutionary and anarchist in inception, there would be fools enough to give such an outrage the character of a religious manifestation. And that would detract from the especial alarming significance we wish to give to the act. A murderous attempt on a restaurant or a theatre would suffer in the same way from the suggestion of non-political passion: the exasperation of a hungry man, an act of social revenge. All this is used up; it is no longer instructive as an object lesson in revolutionary anarchism. Every newspaper has ready-made phrases to explain such manifestations away. I am about to give you the philosophy of bomb throwing from my point of view; from the point of view you pretend to have been serving for the last eleven years. I will try not to talk above your head. The sensibilities of the class you are attacking are soon blunted. Property seems to them an indestructible thing. You can't count upon their emotions either of pity or fear for very long. A bomb outrage to have any influence on public opinion now must go beyond the intention of vengeance or terrorism. It must be purely destructive. It must be that, and only that, beyond the faintest suspicion of any other object. You anarchists should make it clear that you are perfectly determined to make a clean sweep of the whole social creation. But how to get that appallingly absurd notion into the heads of the middle classes so that there should be no mistake? That's the question. By directing your blows at something outside the ordinary passions of humanity is the answer. Of course, there is art. A bomb in the National Gallery would make some noise. But it would not be serious enough. Art has never been their fetish. It's like breaking a few back windows in a man's house; whereas, if you want to make him really sit up, you must try at least to raise the roof.
crowned - couronné; couronne
sensational - sensationnel
existence - l'existence; ; existence
conventional - conventionnelle
assassinated - assassiné; assassiner
horrible - horrible, affreux, épouvantable
sight - vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur
inception - la création; ; commencement, début
fools - des imbéciles; dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, fou, duper, tromper
religious - religieux
detract - détourner l'attention; nuire a
especial - particulier
significance - importance (1), signification (2)
murderous - meurtriere
suffer - souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer, supporter, subir
non - non
exasperation - l'exaspération; ; exaspération
revenge - la vengeance; ; vengeance, revanche, venger
instructive - instructif
anarchism - l'anarchisme; ; anarchisme
manifestations - manifestations; manifestation, manifestation
Philosophy - philosophie
pretend - prétendre, prétendre a, feindre, faire semblant
blunted - émoussé; émoussé
property - propriété, accessoire
indestructible - indestructible
emotions - des émotions; émotion
pity - compassion, pitié, dommage, honte, plaindre, avoir pitié de
bomb outrage - l'outrage a la bombe
influence - influence, influencer, influer
intention - intention
vengeance - vengeance
terrorism - le terrorisme; ; terrorisme
purely - purement
destructive - destructrice
faintest - le plus faible; faible, léger
suspicion - suspicion, soupçon
anarchists - anarchistes; anarchiste
determined - déterminé; déterminer, déterminer
sweep - balayer, balayage
creation - création
appallingly - épouvantable
passions - passions; passion, Passion
humanity - l'humanité; ; humanité
whereas - tandis que, alors que, compte tenu de, vu que
There would be some screaming of course, but from whom? Artists-art critics and such like-people of no account. Nobody minds what they say. But there is learning-science. Any imbecile that has got an income believes in that. He does not know why, but he believes it matters somehow. It is the sacrosanct fetish. All the damned professors are radicals at heart. Let them know that their great panjandrum has got to go too, to make room for the Future of the Proletariat. A howl from all these intellectual idiots is bound to help forward the labours of the Milan Conference. They will be writing to the papers. Their indignation would be above suspicion, no material interests being openly at stake, and it will alarm every selfishness of the class which should be impressed. They believe that in some mysterious way science is at the source of their material prosperity. They do. And the absurd ferocity of such a demonstration will affect them more profoundly than the mangling of a whole street-or theatre-full of their own kind. To that last they can always say: 'Oh! it's mere class hate.' But what is one to say to an act of destructive ferocity so absurd as to be incomprehensible, inexplicable, almost unthinkable; in fact, mad? Madness alone is truly terrifying, inasmuch as you cannot placate it either by threats, persuasion, or bribes. Moreover, I am a civilised man. I would never dream of directing you to organise a mere butchery, even if I expected the best results from it. But I wouldn't expect from a butchery the result I want. Murder is always with us. It is almost an institution. The demonstration must be against learning-science. But not every science will do. The attack must have all the shocking senselessness of gratuitous blasphemy. Since bombs are your means of expression, it would be really telling if one could throw a bomb into pure mathematics. But that is impossible. I have been trying to educate you; I have expounded to you the higher philosophy of your usefulness, and suggested to you some serviceable arguments. The practical application of my teaching interests you mostly. But from the moment I have undertaken to interview you I have also given some attention to the practical aspect of the question. What do you think of having a go at astronomy?"
screaming - des cris; cri, crier
critics - critiques; critique, critique (1-3); fr
income - revenus; ; revenu, recette
somehow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre
damned - foutu, maudit, condamné; (damn); condamner, réprouver, foutu
Radicals - radicaux; radical, radical, radical, radical, radical, génial
howl - hurlement, hurler
intellectual - intellectuel, intellectuelle, intello
Idiots - idiots; idiot, idiote
bound - lié; entrain; (bind); lier, attacher, nouer, connecter, coupler
labours - travaux; effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs-p
openly - ouvertement
stake - enjeu; ; pieu, pal, tuteur, jalon
alarm - alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, donner/sonner l'alerte
selfishness - l'égoisme; ; égocentrisme, égoisme
mysterious - mystérieux
prosperity - la prospérité; ; prospérité
ferocity - férocité; ; acharnement
mangling - la manipulation; (mangle) la manipulation
unthinkable - incroyable, inconcevable, impensable, inimaginable
madness - la folie; ; folie
truly - vraiment
placate - apaiser, calmer
threats - des menaces; menace
persuasion - la persuasion; ; persuasion
bribes - des pots-de-vin; pot-de-vin, verser un pot-de-vin, soudoyer
civilised - civilisé; civiliser, civiliser
organise - organiser
butchery - boucherie
murder - meurtre, homicide, assassinat, occire
shocking - choquant; choc
senselessness - insensé; ; absurdité, imprudence
gratuitous - gratuit
blasphemy - blaspheme; ; blaspheme
bombs - bombes; bombe, explosif, obus ''(shell)'', bombe
pure - pure; pur, pudique
educate - éduquer
expounded - expliquée; préciser, expliciter
serviceable - entretenable, serviable, réparable, pret a l'emploi, utilisable
practical application - application pratique
undertaken - entrepris; entreprendre
astronomy - l'astronomie; ; astronomie
For sometime already Mr Verloc's immobility by the side of the arm-chair resembled a state of collapsed coma-a sort of passive insensibility interrupted by slight convulsive starts, such as may be observed in the domestic dog having a nightmare on the hearthrug. And it was in an uneasy doglike growl that he repeated the word:
sometime - un jour ou l'autre; ; un jour ou l’autre
collapsed - effondré; s'effondrer, s'effondrer, effondrement
coma - coma; coma
passive - passive, passif
insensibility - l'insensibilité
convulsive - convulsif
nightmare - cauchemar, mauvais reve, tourment
Hearthrug - faux-fuyant; ; tapis du foyer
uneasy - mal a l'aise; inquiet
doglike - comme un chien
growl - feulement, grognement, borborygme, gargouillement, grincement
He had not recovered thoroughly as yet from that state of bewilderment brought about by the effort to follow Mr Vladimir's rapid incisive utterance. It had overcome his power of assimilation. It had made him angry. This anger was complicated by incredulity. And suddenly it dawned upon him that all this was an elaborate joke.
recovered - récupéré; recouvrer (la santé)
rapid - rapide, rapides
incisive - incisif
overcome - vaincre, surmonter, envahir
assimilation - l'assimilation; ; assimilation
anger - la colere; ; colere, ire, courroux, rage
complicated - compliqué; compliquer
incredulity - l'incrédulité; ; incrédulité
elaborate - élaborer; ; approfondir
Mr Vladimir exhibited his white teeth in a smile, with dimples on his round, full face posed with a complacent inclination above the bristling bow of his neck-tie. The favourite of intelligent society women had assumed his drawing-room attitude accompanying the delivery of delicate witticisms. Sitting well forward, his white hand upraised, he seemed to hold delicately between his thumb and forefinger the subtlety of his suggestion.
dimples - des fossettes; alvéole, fossette
posed - posée; pose
complacent - complaisant
accompanying - accompagnant; accompagner, accompagner
delivery - livraison, accouchement, parturition, naissance, administration
delicately - délicatement
subtlety - subtilité, entremets
"There could be nothing better. Such an outrage combines the greatest possible regard for humanity with the most alarming display of ferocious imbecility. I defy the ingenuity of journalists to persuade their public that any given member of the proletariat can have a personal grievance against astronomy. Starvation itself could hardly be dragged in there-eh? And there are other advantages.
outrage - l'indignation; ; outrage, offense, colere, rage, indignation
combines - combine; combiner
most alarming - le plus alarmant
display - l'affichage; ; représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran
imbecility - l'imbécillité; ; imbécilité
defy - défier, désobéir a
ingenuity - l'ingéniosité; ; ingéniosité
persuade - persuader
grievance - grief
starvation - la famine; ; inanition, famine, faim
hardly - a peine; ; dur, durement, guere, a peine
dragged - traîné; tirer, entraîner
The whole civilised world has heard of Greenwich. The very boot-blacks in the basement of Charing Cross Station know something of it. See?"
Greenwich - greenwich; Greenwich
Charing - charing; carboniser
The features of Mr Vladimir, so well known in the best society by their humorous urbanity, beamed with cynical self-satisfaction, which would have astonished the intelligent women his wit entertained so exquisitely. "Yes," he continued, with a contemptuous smile, "the blowing up of the first meridian is bound to raise a howl of execration."
humorous - humoristique
urbanity - l'urbanité; ; urbanité, civilité
beamed - téléporté; madrier, poutre, merrain, perche, limon, timon, age
self - soi; ; soi-meme
astonished - étonné; étonner, surprendre
entertained - divertis; divertir, recevoir
exquisitely - de maniere exquise
meridian - méridien; méridien
execration - exécration
"A difficult business," Mr Verloc mumbled, feeling that this was the only safe thing to say.
mumbled - marmonné; marmonner
"What is the matter? Haven't you the whole gang under your hand? The very pick of the basket? That old terrorist Yundt is here. I see him walking about Piccadilly in his green havelock almost every day. And Michaelis, the ticket-of-leave apostle-you don't mean to say you don't know where he is?
gang - gang; tierce, bande
basket - panier
terrorist - terroriste
havelock - havelock
apostle - apôtre
Because if you don't, I can tell you," Mr Vladimir went on menacingly. "If you imagine that you are the only one on the secret fund list, you are mistaken."
menacingly - de façon menaçante
are mistaken - se trompent
This perfectly gratuitous suggestion caused Mr Verloc to shuffle his feet slightly.
shuffle - battage, battre, mélanger, traîner les pieds
"And the whole Lausanne lot-eh? Haven't they been flocking over here at the first hint of the Milan Conference? This is an absurd country."
flocking - flocage; (floc) flocage
hint - indice; ; indication, soupçon, faire allusion
"It will cost money," Mr Verloc said, by a sort of instinct.
instinct - l'instinct; ; instinct
"That cock won't fight," Mr Vladimir retorted, with an amazingly genuine English accent. "You'll get your screw every month, and no more till something happens. And if nothing happens very soon you won't get even that. What's your ostensible occupation? What are you supposed to live by?"
retorted - a rétorqué; rétorquer
genuine - authentique
screw - vis, hélice, visser, baiser, coucher avec, fourrer, foutre
"I keep a shop," answered Mr Verloc.
"A shop! What sort of shop?"
"Stationery, newspapers. My wife-"
Stationery - stationnaire, papeterie
"Your what?" interrupted Mr Vladimir in his guttural Central Asian tones.
central - central
"My wife." Mr Verloc raised his husky voice slightly. "I am married."
"That be damned for a yarn," exclaimed the other in unfeigned astonishment. "Married! And you a professed anarchist, too! What is this confounded nonsense? But I suppose it's merely a manner of speaking. Anarchists don't marry. It's well known. They can't. It would be apostasy."
yarn - le fil; ; fil, corde
unfeigned - non feinte
merely - simplement, uniquement, seulement
apostasy - apostasie
"My wife isn't one," Mr Verloc mumbled sulkily. "Moreover, it's no concern of yours."
sulkily - boudeur
concern - inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation, concerner
"Oh yes, it is," snapped Mr Vladimir. "I am beginning to be convinced that you are not at all the man for the work you've been employed on. Why, you must have discredited yourself completely in your own world by your marriage. Couldn't you have managed without? This is your virtuous attachment-eh? What with one sort of attachment and another you are doing away with your usefulness."
snapped - cassé; claquer, claquement de doigts, photographie, photo
discredited - discrédité; discréditer, discrédit
marriage - mariage, noces
virtuous - vertueux
Mr Verloc, puffing out his cheeks, let the air escape violently, and that was all. He had armed himself with patience. It was not to be tried much longer. The First Secretary became suddenly very curt, detached, final.
puffing - souffler; (puff) souffler
violently - violemment
patience - la patience; ; patience
curt - curt; ; abrupt, sommaire
detached - détaché; détacher
"You may go now," he said. "A dynamite outrage must be provoked. I give you a month. The sittings of the Conference are suspended. Before it reassembles again something must have happened here, or your connection with us ceases."
dynamite - de la dynamite; ; dynamite, dynamiter
suspended - suspendue; suspendre, suspendre, suspendre
reassembles - réassemble; remonter
ceases - cesse; cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + ''infinitive''
He changed the note once more with an unprincipled versatility.
unprincipled - sans principes
versatility - la polyvalence; ; polyvalence
"think over my philosophy, Mr-Mr-Verloc," he said, with a sort of chaffing condescension, waving his hand towards the door. "Go for the first meridian. You don't know the middle classes as well as I do. Their sensibilities are jaded. The first meridian. Nothing better, and nothing easier, I should think."
think over - réfléchir
chaffing - les paillettes; (chaff); balle, bale
jaded - blasé; (de) jade
He had got up, and with his thin sensitive lips twitching humorously, watched in the glass over the mantelpiece Mr Verloc backing out of the room heavily, hat and stick in hand. The door closed.
twitching - twitching; (twitch) twitching
humorously - avec humour
The footman in trousers, appearing suddenly in the corridor, let Mr Verloc another way out and through a small door in the corner of the courtyard. The porter standing at the gate ignored his exit completely; and Mr Verloc retraced the path of his morning's pilgrimage as if in a dream-an angry dream. This detachment from the material world was so complete that, though the mortal envelope of Mr Verloc had not hastened unduly along the streets, that part of him to which it would be unwarrantably rude to refuse immortality, found itself at the shop door all at once, as if borne from west to east on the wings of a great wind. He walked straight behind the counter, and sat down on a wooden chair that stood there. No one appeared to disturb his solitude. Stevie, put into a green baize apron, was now sweeping and dusting upstairs, intent and conscientious, as though he were playing at it; and Mrs Verloc, warned in the kitchen by the clatter of the cracked bell, had merely come to the glazed door of the parlour, and putting the curtain aside a little, had peered into the dim shop. Seeing her husband sitting there shadowy and bulky, with his hat tilted far back on his head, she had at once returned to her stove. An hour or more later she took the green baize apron off her brother Stevie, and instructed him to wash his hands and face in the peremptory tone she had used in that connection for fifteen years or so-ever since she had, in fact, ceased to attend to the boy's hands and face herself.
ignored - ignorée; ignorer, ne pas preter attention a
exit - sortie; débouché, sortie, trémie de sortie, débouché
path - chemin; sentier
pilgrimage - pelerinage; ; pelerinage, peleriner
detachment - le détachement; ; détachement, impartialité
hastened - s'est hâté; dépecher
unduly - indument; ; indument
unwarrantably - de maniere injustifiée
refuse - refuser; refusons, refusent, refuser, refusez
immortality - l'immortalité; ; immortalité
wings - des ailes; aile, aile, aile, aile, aile, aile, ailier
wind - vent; emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler, vent
disturb - déranger, perturber, gener
baize - baize; ; drap de billard, serge
apron - tablier, tarmac, piste
sweeping - balayage, balayage, a l'emporteiece, radical, complet
dusting - le dépoussiérage; ; saupoudrage
intent - l'intention; ; intention, résolu, déterminé, buté
conscientious - consciencieux
clatter - claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme
curtain - rideau
peered - regardé; pair
dim - dim; faible, vague
shadowy - ombrageux; ; sombre
bulky - gros, corpulent (''of a person''), volumineux, encombrant
tilted - incliné; pencher
stove - poele; fourneau, poele, cuisiniere; (stave); douve, fuseau
instructed - instruit; instruire, enseigner, apprendre
ceased - cessé; cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + ''infinitive''
She spared presently a glance away from her dishing-up for the inspection of that face and those hands which Stevie, approaching the kitchen table, offered for her approval with an air of self-assurance hiding a perpetual residue of anxiety. Formerly the anger of the father was the supremely effective sanction of these rites, but Mr Verloc's placidity in domestic life would have made all mention of anger incredible even to poor Stevie's nervousness. The theory was that Mr Verloc would have been inexpressibly pained and shocked by any deficiency of cleanliness at meal times. Winnie after the death of her father found considerable consolation in the feeling that she need no longer tremble for poor Stevie. She could not bear to see the boy hurt. It maddened her. As a little girl she had often faced with blazing eyes the irascible licensed victualler in defence of her brother. Nothing now in Mrs Verloc's appearance could lead one to suppose that she was capable of a passionate demonstration.
spared - épargnée; espar
inspection - l'inspection; ; inspection, rench: t-needed r
approval - agrément, approbation
assurance - l'assurance; ; assurance, culot, assurance
perpetual - perpétuel
residue - résidu
Formerly - auparavant, autrefois, anciennement
supremely - supremement
sanction - approbation, validation, sanction, décret, autoriser, ratifier
rites - rites; rite
placidity - placidité
nervousness - la nervosité; ; nervosité
theory - théorie
inexpressibly - de maniere inexprimable
shocked - choqué; choc
deficiency - déficience, carence
cleanliness - la propreté; ; propreté
considerable - considérable
consolation - consoler, consolation
tremble - trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration
blazing - flamboyant; feu, embrasement
irascible - irascible
defence - la défense; défense
lead - du plomb
passionate - passionné
She finished her dishing-up. The table was laid in the parlour. Going to the foot of the stairs, she screamed out "Mother!" Then opening the glazed door leading to the shop, she said quietly "Adolf!" Mr Verloc had not changed his position; he had not apparently stirred a limb for an hour and a half. He got up heavily, and came to his dinner in his overcoat and with his hat on, without uttering a word. His silence in itself had nothing startlingly unusual in this household, hidden in the shades of the sordid street seldom touched by the sun, behind the dim shop with its wares of disreputable rubbish. Only that day Mr Verloc's taciturnity was so obviously thoughtful that the two women were impressed by it. They sat silent themselves, keeping a watchful eye on poor Stevie, lest he should break out into one of his fits of loquacity. He faced Mr Verloc across the table, and remained very good and quiet, staring vacantly. The endeavour to keep him from making himself objectionable in any way to the master of the house put no inconsiderable anxiety into these two women's lives. "That boy," as they alluded to him softly between themselves, had been a source of that sort of anxiety almost from the very day of his birth. The late licensed victualler's humiliation at having such a very peculiar boy for a son manifested itself by a propensity to brutal treatment; for he was a person of fine sensibilities, and his sufferings as a man and a father were perfectly genuine. Afterwards Stevie had to be kept from making himself a nuisance to the single gentlemen lodgers, who are themselves a queer lot, and are easily aggrieved. And there was always the anxiety of his mere existence to face.
laid in - mis en place
screamed - crié; cri, crier
leading - dirigeante; (lead) dirigeante
stirred - remué; brasser, agiter
uttering - prononcer; (utter) prononcer
startlingly - de maniere surprenante
shades - nuances; ombre, store, nuance, ton, nuance, esprit, ombre
sordid - saleté, sordide, avide, crapuleux (1, 3)
seldom - rarement
disreputable - peu recommandable
thoughtful - réfléchie; ; réfléchi, attentionné
loquacity - loquacité
vacantly - vacante
endeavour - l'effort; peiner
objectionable - répréhensible
inconsiderable - insignifiante
alluded - allusion; alluder, faire allusion, suggérer
softly - en douceur; ; doucement
humiliation - l'humiliation; ; humiliation
peculiar - particulier, extraordinaire, bizarre, curieux
manifested - manifesté; manifeste, manifeste, bordereau, profession de foi
propensity - propension, tendance
brutal - brutal
treatment - traitement
sufferings - souffrances; souffrance, douleur, souffrance
nuisance - embetement, nuisance
Visions of a workhouse infirmary for her child had haunted the old woman in the basement breakfast-room of the decayed Belgravian house. "If you had not found such a good husband, my dear," she used to say to her daughter, "I don't know what would have become of that poor boy."
visions - visions; vision, vue, vision, aspiration, vision, apparition
workhouse - l'hospice
infirmary - l'infirmerie; ; infimerie, infirmerie
haunted - hanté; hanter, hanter, demeurer, point de rencontre
decayed - en décomposition; décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir
Mr Verloc extended as much recognition to Stevie as a man not particularly fond of animals may give to his wife's beloved cat; and this recognition, benevolent and perfunctory, was essentially of the same quality. Both women admitted to themselves that not much more could be reasonably expected. It was enough to earn for Mr Verloc the old woman's reverential gratitude. In the early days, made sceptical by the trials of friendless life, she used sometimes to ask anxiously: "You don't think, my dear, that Mr Verloc is getting tired of seeing Stevie about?" To this Winnie replied habitually by a slight toss of her head. Once, however, she retorted, with a rather grim pertness: "He'll have to get tired of me first." A long silence ensued. The mother, with her feet propped up on a stool, seemed to be trying to get to the bottom of that answer, whose feminine profundity had struck her all of a heap. She had never really understood why Winnie had married Mr Verloc.
extended - étendu; étendre, prolonger
recognition - reconnaissance
particularly - en particulier
fond - fond; tendre, amoureux
beloved - bien-aimé, chéri, amant, amante; (belove); bien-aimé, chéri
benevolent - bienveillante; ; bienveillant
perfunctory - superficielle
essentially - essentiellement
admitted - admis; admettre, admettre, avouer, reconnaître, admettre
reasonably - raisonnablement
reverential - révérencieux
gratitude - la gratitude; ; gratitude
sceptical - sceptique
trials - des essais; proces
anxiously - avec anxiété; ; anxieusement
habitually - de maniere habituelle
toss - de la balle; ; jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, lancer
grim - sinistre; sinistre
pertness - la persévérance
ensued - s'ensuivit; résulter, découler
propped - étayé; support
stool - tabouret; tabouret
feminine - féminine; ; féminin, féminin, féminin (2)
profundity - la profondeur
heap - tas, pile, monceau
It was very sensible of her, and evidently had turned out for the best, but her girl might have naturally hoped to find somebody of a more suitable age. There had been a steady young fellow, only son of a butcher in the next street, helping his father in business, with whom Winnie had been walking out with obvious gusto. He was dependent on his father, it is true; but the business was good, and his prospects excellent. He took her girl to the theatre on several evenings. Then just as she began to dread to hear of their engagement (for what could she have done with that big house alone, with Stevie on her hands), that romance came to an abrupt end, and Winnie went about looking very dull. But Mr Verloc, turning up providentially to occupy the first-floor front bedroom, there had been no more question of the young butcher. It was clearly providential.
sensible - sensible, sensé, raisonnable
evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement
more suitable - plus adaptée
gusto - gusto; ; enthousiasme
dependent - dépendant, dépendant, dépendante
romance - le romantisme; ; romance, idylle, amour romantique
abrupt - abrupt, brusque, precipité
turning up - a venir
providentially - providentiel
occupy - occuper, habiter
" . . . All idealisation makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity-it is to destroy it. Leave that to the moralists, my boy. History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production-by the force of economic conditions. Capitalism has made socialism, and the laws made by the capitalism for the protection of property are responsible for anarchism. No one can tell what form the social organisation may take in the future.
idealisation - idéalisation
beautify - embellir
complexity - complexité
Moralists - moralistes; moraliste
consciousness - la conscience; ; conscience
insignificant - insignifiante
production - production
economic - économique
Capitalism - le capitalisme; ; capitalisme
Socialism - le socialisme; ; socialisme
responsible - responsable
Then why indulge in prophetic phantasies? At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have no objective value. Leave that pastime to the moralists, my boy."
indulge in - se faire plaisir
Interpret - interpréter, traduire
prophet - prophete; ; prophete, prophétesse, devin
objective - objectif, objective, but
Michaelis, the ticket-of-leave apostle, was speaking in an even voice, a voice that wheezed as if deadened and oppressed by the layer of fat on his chest. He had come out of a highly hygienic prison round like a tub, with an enormous stomach and distended cheeks of a pale, semi-transparent complexion, as though for fifteen years the servants of an outraged society had made a point of stuffing him with fattening foods in a damp and lightless cellar.
wheezed - respiration sifflante; respirer bruyamment
oppressed - opprimés; opprimer, oppresser
layer - couche; (lay) couche
chest - poitrine; sein, poitrine, commode, coffre
hygienic - hygiénique
tub - baignoire; ; bassine, rafiot
distended - distendu; distendre
pale - pâle; pâle, hâve
outraged - indignés; outrage, offense, colere, rage, indignation, indigner
stuffing - rembourrage, farce; (stuff); truc, substance (1)
damp - humide, moite, mouillé, humidité, grisou, amortir
cellar - cave; cave
And ever since he had never managed to get his weight down as much as an ounce.
ounce - once; once
It was said that for three seasons running a very wealthy old lady had sent him for a cure to Marienbad-where he was about to share the public curiosity once with a crowned head-but the police on that occasion ordered him to leave within twelve hours. His martyrdom was continued by forbidding him all access to the healing waters. But he was resigned now.
curiosity - curiosité, curiosité
martyrdom - le martyre; ; martyre
healing - la guérison; (heal) la guérison
resigned - résigné; démissionner
With his elbow presenting no appearance of a joint, but more like a bend in a dummy's limb, thrown over the back of a chair, he leaned forward slightly over his short and enormous thighs to spit into the grate.
elbow - coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes
joint - conjoint, commun, articulation, rotule, jointure, assemblage
bend - plier; ; courber, tordre, tourner
dummy - muet, idiot, idiote, imbécile, mannequin, mort
thrown over - jeté
leaned - penché; pencher
thighs - cuisses; cuisse
spit - vomir, cracher, jeter, expectorer
grate - grilles; grille, crisser, grincer, râper
"Yes! I had the time to think things out a little," he added without emphasis. "Society has given me plenty of time for meditation."
emphasis - l'accent; ; accent, emphase, graisse (4)
plenty - l'abondance; ; abondance
meditation - méditation
On the other side of the fireplace, in the horse-hair arm-chair where Mrs Verloc's mother was generally privileged to sit, Karl Yundt giggled grimly, with a faint black grimace of a toothless mouth. The terrorist, as he called himself, was old and bald, with a narrow, snow-white wisp of a goatee hanging limply from his chin. An extraordinary expression of underhand malevolence survived in his extinguished eyes.
privileged - privilégiée; privilege, privilégier
giggled - ricané; glousser, gloussement
grimly - sinistre
toothless - sans dents; ; édenté
Snow-White - (Snow-White) Blanche-Neige
wisp - wisp; ; brin, fétu, touffe
goatee - barbiche, bouc, barbichette
hanging - suspension; (hang) suspension
extraordinary - extraordinaire
underhand - en dessous de la main
malevolence - malveillance, hostilité
survived - a survécu; survivre
extinguished - éteinte; éteindre
When he rose painfully the thrusting forward of a skinny groping hand deformed by gouty swellings suggested the effort of a moribund murderer summoning all his remaining strength for a last stab. He leaned on a thick stick, which trembled under his other hand.
painfully - douloureusement
thrusting - poussée; (thrust); estocade, poussée, propulser
skinny - maigre
groping - tripotage; tâter, tâtonner, tâtonner, tripoter, peloter
deformed - déformé; déformer
gouty - goutteux
swellings - des gonflements; gonflement
murderer - meurtrier, meurtriere, assassin, assassine
summoning - l'invocation; convoquer
remaining - restant; reste, rester, demeurer, rester
strength - la force; ; force, vigueur, effectif, point fort
stab - poignard; piquer
trembled - tremblait; trembler, vibrer, trembler, tremblement, vibration
"I have always dreamed," he mouthed fiercely, "of a band of men absolute in their resolve to discard all scruples in the choice of means, strong enough to give themselves frankly the name of destroyers, and free from the taint of that resigned pessimism which rots the world. No pity for anything on earth, including themselves, and death enlisted for good and all in the service of humanity-that's what I would have liked to see."
fiercely - férocement; ; âprement, farouchement
resolve - résoudre; résolvons, résolvent, résolvez
discard - rejeter, écarter, défausser
scruples - des scrupules; scrupule
frankly - franchement
destroyers - destructeurs; destructeur, destructrice, destroyer
taint - taint; entachez, entachent, entachons
pessimism - pessimisme
rots - pourrit; pourrir, pourrir
enlisted - enrôlé; rejoindre, recruter
His little bald head quivered, imparting a comical vibration to the wisp of white goatee. His enunciation would have been almost totally unintelligible to a stranger. His worn-out passion, resembling in its impotent fierceness the excitement of a senile sensualist, was badly served by a dried throat and toothless gums which seemed to catch the tip of his tongue.
bald head - tete chauve
imparting - transmettre; donner, communiquer, transmettre
comical - comique
vibration - vibration
enunciation - l'énonciation; ; énonciation
totally - totalement
unintelligible - inintelligible
passion - passion
resembling - ressemblant; ressembler
impotent - impuissant
fierceness - férocité; ; acharnement
excitement - l'excitation; ; excitation
senile - sénile
sensualist - sensualiste
gums - des gencives; gencive(s)
Mr Verloc, established in the corner of the sofa at the other end of the room, emitted two hearty grunts of assent.
established - établie; affermir, établir, établir
sofa - canapé, sofa
emitted - émis; émettre
hearty - cordial, copieux
grunts - grognements; grognement, bidasse, troufion, grogner
assent - l'assentiment; ; assentir, assentiment
The old terrorist turned slowly his head on his skinny neck from side to side.
"And I could never get as many as three such men together. So much for your rotten pessimism," he snarled at Michaelis, who uncrossed his thick legs, similar to bolsters, and slid his feet abruptly under his chair in sign of exasperation.
rotten - pourri, mauvais
snarled - grogné; gronder (en montrant les dents)
bolsters - des traversins; traversin
slid - glissée; (slide); glisser, déraper, toboggan, glissoire
abruptly - brusquement; ; abruptement, tout d'un coup, précipitamment
He a pessimist! Preposterous! He cried out that the charge was outrageous. He was so far from pessimism that he saw already the end of all private property coming along logically, unavoidably, by the mere development of its inherent viciousness. The possessors of property had not only to face the awakened proletariat, but they had also to fight amongst themselves. Yes. Struggle, warfare, was the condition of private ownership.
pessimist - pessimiste
preposterous - absurde
coming along - a venir
logically - logiquement
unavoidably - inévitablement
development - développement
inherent - inhérente
viciousness - la méchanceté
possessors - les détenteurs; possesseur, possessrice
awakened - éveillé; réveiller, se réveiller
amongst - entre; ; parmi
Struggle - lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre
warfare - guerre, combat
ownership - propriété
It was fatal. Ah! he did not depend upon emotional excitement to keep up his belief, no declamations, no anger, no visions of blood-red flags waving, or metaphorical lurid suns of vengeance rising above the horizon of a doomed society. Not he! Cold reason, he boasted, was the basis of his optimism. Yes, optimism-
belief - croyance, conviction, foi
flags - drapeaux; drapeau
metaphorical - métaphorique
lurid - lugubre; ; choquant, choquante, blafard, livide, bleme, jaunâtre
horizon - horizon
doomed - condamnée; mort, ruine, perte, condamner
basis - base
optimism - l'optimisme; ; optimisme
His laborious wheezing stopped, then, after a gasp or two, he added:
laborious - laborieux
wheezing - respiration sifflante; (wheeze); respirer bruyamment
gasp - haletant; ; retenir son souffle, haleter, ahaner, haletement
"Don't you think that, if I had not been the optimist I am, I could not have found in fifteen years some means to cut my throat? And, in the last instance, there were always the walls of my cell to dash my head against."
optimist - optimiste
cell - cellule; cellule, cachot
Dash - dash; ; tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter
The shortness of breath took all fire, all animation out of his voice; his great, pale cheeks hung like filled pouches, motionless, without a quiver; but in his blue eyes, narrowed as if peering, there was the same look of confident shrewdness, a little crazy in its fixity, they must have had while the indomitable optimist sat thinking at night in his cell. Before him, Karl Yundt remained standing, one wing of his faded greenish havelock thrown back cavalierly over his shoulder. Seated in front of the fireplace, Comrade Ossipon, ex-medical student, the principal writer of the F. P. leaflets, stretched out his robust legs, keeping the soles of his boots turned up to the glow in the grate.
shortness - manque de souffle; ; exiguité
breath - respiration, souffle, haleine
pouches - pochettes; sachet, petit sac, qualifieror tobacco, poche
quiver - carquois; trembler
peering - peering; pair
confident - assuré, confiant
shrewdness - l'astuce
fixity - fixité
indomitable - indomptable
Wing - aile, ailier, improviser
faded - fanée; mode, lubie
greenish - verdâtre, verdouillard
thrown back - jeté en arriere
cavalierly - cavalierement
ex - ex; ex
principal - principal, principal, directeur, directrice
stretched - étiré; étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
robust - robuste
soles - semelles; plante (du pied)
glow - l'éclat; ; briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat
A bush of crinkly yellow hair topped his red, freckled face, with a flattened nose and prominent mouth cast in the rough mould of the negro type. His almond-shaped eyes leered languidly over the high cheek-bones. He wore a grey flannel shirt, the loose ends of a black silk tie hung down the buttoned breast of his serge coat; and his head resting on the back of his chair, his throat largely exposed, he raised to his lips a cigarette in a long wooden tube, puffing jets of smoke straight up at the ceiling.
bush - buisson; buisson, arbuste, brousse
crinkly - froissé; ; froufroutant
freckled - des taches de rousseur; tache de rousseur
flattened - aplatie; aplatir
mould - moule; modeler
negro - negre; ; negre, negre
almond-shaped - (almond-shaped) en forme d'amande
leered - leered; regard mauvais
cheek - joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale
flannel - flanelle
loose - en vrac; ample, desserré
serge - serge; serge
largely - en grande partie, largement, en général, pour la plupart
exposed - exposée; exposer, dénoncer, exposer
tube - tuyau, tube, canette (de biere)
ceiling - plafond; plafond; (ceil) plafond; plafond
Michaelis pursued his idea-the idea of his solitary reclusion-the thought vouchsafed to his captivity and growing like a faith revealed in visions.
reclusion - réclusion
vouchsafed - garantie; accorder de maniere clémente
captivity - captivité
Faith - la foi; ; foi, rench:, confiance
revealed - révélée; révéler, révéler, laisser voir
He talked to himself, indifferent to the sympathy or hostility of his hearers, indifferent indeed to their presence, from the habit he had acquired of thinking aloud hopefully in the solitude of the four whitewashed walls of his cell, in the sepulchral silence of the great blind pile of bricks near a river, sinister and ugly like a colossal mortuary for the socially drowned.
sympathy - compassion, sympathie, condoléance
hostility - l'hostilité; ; hostilité
presence - présence
aloud - a haute voix; ; a voix haute, a haute voix, fort
hopefully - avec un peu de chance
whitewashed - blanchi; lait de chaux, badigeon, blanchir, badigeonner
pile - pile; tapée, pilotis, foule, amas
bricks - briques; brique, brique, soutien, rouge brique, brique
ugly - laid, moche, vilain
colossal - colossal
mortuary - morgue; morgue
socially - socialement
drowned - noyé; noyer
He was no good in discussion, not because any amount of argument could shake his faith, but because the mere fact of hearing another voice disconcerted him painfully, confusing his thoughts at once-these thoughts that for so many years, in a mental solitude more barren than a waterless desert, no living voice had ever combatted, commented, or approved.
confusing - confus; rendre perplexe, confondre, confondre
barren - stérile
combatted - combattu; combat, bataille, lutte, combattre
approved - approuvée; approuver
No one interrupted him now, and he made again the confession of his faith, mastering him irresistible and complete like an act of grace: the secret of fate discovered in the material side of life; the economic condition of the world responsible for the past and shaping the future; the source of all history, of all ideas, guiding the mental development of mankind and the very impulses of their passion-
irresistible - irrésistible
grace - bénédicité, grâces, grâce, miséricorde
fate - le destin; ; destin, destinée, sort
impulses - des impulsions; impulsion
A harsh laugh from Comrade Ossipon cut the tirade dead short in a sudden faltering of the tongue and a bewildered unsteadiness of the apostle's mildly exalted eyes. He closed them slowly for a moment, as if to collect his routed thoughts. A silence fell; but what with the two gas-jets over the table and the glowing grate the little parlour behind Mr Verloc's shop had become frightfully hot. Mr Verloc, getting off the sofa with ponderous reluctance, opened the door leading into the kitchen to get more air, and thus disclosed the innocent Stevie, seated very good and quiet at a deal table, drawing circles, circles, circles; innumerable circles, concentric, eccentric; a coruscating whirl of circles that by their tangled multitude of repeated curves, uniformity of form, and confusion of intersecting lines suggested a rendering of cosmic chaos, the symbolism of a mad art attempting the inconceivable.
harsh - sévere; ; sévere, rude, cruel, dur, checkdure
tirade - diatribe, tirade, laisse
sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit
faltering - en perte de vitesse; (falter); vaciller
bewildered - déconcertés; abasourdir, confondre, déconcerter, dérouter
unsteadiness - précarité
mildly - légerement
glowing - rayonnante; briller, luire, irradier, briller, lueur, lueur
frightfully - effrayante
ponderous - lourd; ; pesant, maladroit, béotien, grossier
innocent - innocent
innumerable - innombrables
concentric - concentrique
eccentric - excentrique, excentrique
whirl - tourbillon; ; tourbillonner
tangled - enchevetrés; désordre, enchevetrement
multitude - multitude
curves - courbes; courbe, courbe, courbes, courber
uniformity - l'uniformité; ; uniformité
confusion - confusion, désordre, malentendu
cosmic - cosmique
chaos - le chaos; ; chaos; (chao) le chaos; ; chaos
symbolism - symbolisme
mad - fou, folle, fol, fâché, en colere
attempting - tenter; tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
inconceivable - inconcevable
The artist never turned his head; and in all his soul's application to the task his back quivered, his thin neck, sunk into a deep hollow at the base of the skull, seemed ready to snap.
soul - âme; âme
application - l'application; ; application, programme, candidature, demande
sunk - coulé; enfoncés, enfoncé, enfoncées, enfoncée
hollow - creux; cavez, caver, cavent, cavons
base - base; base, baser, basent, socle, basez, Assise, basons
skull - crâne; crane, crâne
snap - snap; ; claquer, claquement de doigts, photographie, photo
Mr Verloc, after a grunt of disapproving surprise, returned to the sofa. Alexander Ossipon got up, tall in his threadbare blue serge suit under the low ceiling, shook off the stiffness of long immobility, and strolled away into the kitchen (down two steps) to look over Stevie's shoulder. He came back, pronouncing oracularly: "Very good. Very characteristic, perfectly typical."
grunt - grognement, bidasse, troufion, grogner
disapproving - désapprobateur; désapprouver
Alexander - alexandre; Alexandre
threadbare - filiforme; ; élimé
shook off - secoué
stiffness - rigidité, raideur, inflexibilité
strolled - flâné; promenade, flânerie, balade, flâner, promener
oracularly - oraculairement
"What's very good?" grunted inquiringly Mr Verloc, settled again in the corner of the sofa. The other explained his meaning negligently, with a shade of condescension and a toss of his head towards the kitchen:
grunted - grogné; grognement, bidasse, troufion, grogner
inquiringly - avec curiosité
negligently - par négligence
shade - ombre, store, nuance, ton, esprit, ombrager, faire de l'ombre
"Typical of this form of degeneracy-these drawings, I mean."
degeneracy - dégénérescence
"You would call that lad a degenerate, would you?" mumbled Mr Verloc.
lad - lad; ; garçon, gars, jeune homme, palefrenier
degenerate - dégradé, dégénéré, dépravé, dégénérer
"That's what he may be called scientifically. Very good type too, altogether, of that sort of degenerate. It's enough to glance at the lobes of his ears. If you read Lombroso-"
scientifically - scientifiquement
lobes - lobes; lobe, lobe
Mr Verloc, moody and spread largely on the sofa, continued to look down the row of his waistcoat buttons; but his cheeks became tinged by a faint blush. Of late even the merest derivative of the word science (a term in itself inoffensive and of indefinite meaning) had the curious power of evoking a definitely offensive mental vision of Mr Vladimir, in his body as he lived, with an almost supernatural clearness.
moody - de mauvaise humeur; ; lunatique, mélancolique, lugubre
tinged - teinté; teinte, touche, nuance, teinte, teindre
blush - rougir; rougir
merest - plus; simple
derivative - dérivé, dérivée
inoffensive - inoffensif
Curious - vous etes curieux; curieux, intéressant, singulier
evoking - évoquer; évoquer, remémorer
vision - vision, vue, aspiration, apparition
supernatural - surnaturel, surnaturelle
clearness - clarté
And this phenomenon, deserving justly to be classed amongst the marvels of science, induced in Mr Verloc an emotional state of dread and exasperation tending to express itself in violent swearing. But he said nothing. It was Karl Yundt who was heard, implacable to his last breath.
phenomenon - phénomene; ; phénomene
justly - a juste titre; ; justement
marvels - merveilles; etre
tending - de l'entretien; garder
violent - violent, vif
swearing - jurant; (swear) jurant
implacable - implacable
"Lombroso is an ass."
ass - cul; aliboron, ane, âne
Comrade Ossipon met the shock of this blasphemy by an awful, vacant stare. And the other, his extinguished eyes without gleams blackening the deep shadows under the great, bony forehead, mumbled, catching the tip of his tongue between his lips at every second word as though he were chewing it angrily:
shock - choc; choquons, offusquer, choquez, choquer, secouer
blackening - le noircissement; (blacken); noircir, souiller, salir
bony - osseux
chewing - mastication; mâcher, mordiller, mastiquer
"Did you ever see such an idiot? For him the criminal is the prisoner. Simple, is it not? What about those who shut him up there-forced him in there? Exactly. Forced him in there. And what is crime? Does he know that, this imbecile who has made his way in this world of gorged fools by looking at the ears and teeth of a lot of poor, luckless devils? Teeth and ears mark the criminal?
prisoner - prisonnier, prisonniere
gorged - gorgé; gorge
devils - diables; Diable, Satan, diable, diable, diable, type, diable
Do they? And what about the law that marks him still better-the pretty branding instrument invented by the overfed to protect themselves against the hungry? Red-hot applications on their vile skins-hey? Can't you smell and hear from here the thick hide of the people burn and sizzle? That's how criminals are made for your Lombrosos to write their silly stuff about."
branding - l'image de marque; tison, marque, marque, marque, style
overfed - trop nourri; suralimenter
applications - applications; application, application, application
vile - vil
sizzle - grésiller, grésillement
silly - stupide; ; sot, insensé, idiot, bete
stuff - trucs; ; truc, substance (1), checkmachin (2), checktruc (2)
The knob of his stick and his legs shook together with passion, whilst the trunk, draped in the wings of the havelock, preserved his historic attitude of defiance. He seemed to sniff the tainted air of social cruelty, to strain his ear for its atrocious sounds. There was an extraordinary force of suggestion in this posturing. The all but moribund veteran of dynamite wars had been a great actor in his time-actor on platforms, in secret assemblies, in private interviews. The famous terrorist had never in his life raised personally as much as his little finger against the social edifice. He was no man of action; he was not even an orator of torrential eloquence, sweeping the masses along in the rushing noise and foam of a great enthusiasm.
knob - poignée, bouton, pommeau, noix, noud
whilst - tout en
trunk - tronc, malle, coffre, trompe, coffre (de voiture), valise
draped - drapé; draper
historic - historique
defiance - défiance; ; défi
sniff - sniff; ; renifler, sniffer
tainted - entaché; gâter, corrompre
cruelty - la cruauté; ; cruauté
atrocious - atroce
veteran - vétéran, vétéran; war veteran: ancien combattant, ancien soldat
personally - personnellement
edifice - l'édifice; ; édifice, école de pensée
torrential - torrentiel
eloquence - l'éloquence; ; éloquence
masses - masses; amas
rushing - se précipiter; (rush) se précipiter
foam - écume, mousse, écumer, mousser
enthusiasm - l'enthousiasme; ; enthousiasme, passion
With a more subtle intention, he took the part of an insolent and venomous evoker of sinister impulses which lurk in the blind envy and exasperated vanity of ignorance, in the suffering and misery of poverty, in all the hopeful and noble illusions of righteous anger, pity, and revolt. The shadow of his evil gift clung to him yet like the smell of a deadly drug in an old vial of poison, emptied now, useless, ready to be thrown away upon the rubbish-heap of things that had served their time.
insolent - insolent
venomous - venimeux
evoker - evoker
lurk - se cacher, s'embusquer, se dissimuler, traîner
envy - l'envie; ; envie, jalousie, convoitise, envier
exasperated - exaspéré; exaspérer
suffering - la souffrance; ; souffrance, douleur, souffrance
misery - la misere; ; misere
poverty - la pauvreté; ; pauvreté
hopeful - d'espoir; ; encourageant
illusions - des illusions; illusion, illusion
righteous - vertueux; ; juste, moral
revolt - révolter, révolte
shadow - l'ombre; ; ombre, prendre en filature, filer
clung - s'est accroché; s''accrocher (a)
deadly - mortelle; ; mortel, fatal, létal
vial - flacon; ; fiole
poison - poison, empoisonner
thrown away - jeté
rubbish-heap - (rubbish-heap) le tas d'ordures
Michaelis, the ticket-of-leave apostle, smiled vaguely with his glued lips; his pasty moon face drooped under the weight of melancholy assent. He had been a prisoner himself. His own skin had sizzled under the red-hot brand, he murmured softly. But Comrade Ossipon, nicknamed the Doctor, had got over the shock by that time.
glued - collé; colle, coller
drooped - s'est affaissée; tomber, s'affaisser, bec
sizzled - grésillé; grésiller, grésillement, grésiller
brand - tison, marque, style, flétrir, marquer, graver, cataloguer
nicknamed - surnommé; surnom, surnommer
got over - a terminé
"You don't understand," he began disdainfully, but stopped short, intimidated by the dead blackness of the cavernous eyes in the face turned slowly towards him with a blind stare, as if guided only by the sound. He gave the discussion up, with a slight shrug of the shoulders.
intimidated - intimidés; intimider
blackness - la noirceur; ; noirceur
cavernous - caverneux
Stevie, accustomed to move about disregarded, had got up from the kitchen table, carrying off his drawing to bed with him. He had reached the parlour door in time to receive in full the shock of Karl Yundt's eloquent imagery. The sheet of paper covered with circles dropped out of his fingers, and he remained staring at the old terrorist, as if rooted suddenly to the spot by his morbid horror and dread of physical pain.
accustomed - habitué; accoutumer
disregarded - ignorée; mépris, ignorer, mépriser
carrying off - a emporter
eloquent - éloquent
imagery - l'imagerie
rooted - enraciné; racine
spot - spot; ; tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver
morbid - morbide, checkmacabre, checkmalsain, checkpathologique
horror - l'horreur; ; horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion
Stevie knew very well that hot iron applied to one's skin hurt very much. His scared eyes blazed with indignation: it would hurt terribly. His mouth dropped open.
iron - le fer; ; fer, repasser
blazed - brulé; feu, embrasement
Terribly - terriblement
Michaelis by staring unwinkingly at the fire had regained that sentiment of isolation necessary for the continuity of his thought. His optimism had begun to flow from his lips. He saw Capitalism doomed in its cradle, born with the poison of the principle of competition in its system. The great capitalists devouring the little capitalists, concentrating the power and the tools of production in great masses, perfecting industrial processes, and in the madness of self-aggrandisement only preparing, organising, enriching, making ready the lawful inheritance of the suffering proletariat.
unwinkingly - a l'insu de tous
regained - retrouvée; reconquérir, reprendre
sentiment - sentiment
isolation - l'isolement; ; isolement, isolation
continuity - continuité
cradle - berceau, bers, bercer
capitalists - capitalistes; capitaliste, capitaliste
devouring - dévorant; dévorer, dévorer, dévorer
concentrating - se concentrer; concentrer, concentrer, concentrer
masses - masses; Masse, Massé
industrial - industrielle; ; industriel
aggrandisement - l'agrandissement
enriching - enrichissante; enrichir
lawful - légale; ; légal
inheritance - l'héritage; ; héritage
Michaelis pronounced the great word "Patience"-and his clear blue glance, raised to the low ceiling of Mr Verloc's parlour, had a character of seraphic trustfulness. In the doorway Stevie, calmed, seemed sunk in hebetude.
seraphic - séraphique
trustfulness - la confiance
doorway - l'embrasure de la porte; ; embrasure de la porte
calmed - calmé; calme, tranquille, calme, calme plat, calme, calmer
hebetude - l'hébétude; ; hébétude, abrutissement, abetissement
Comrade Ossipon's face twitched with exasperation.
twitched - a tressailli; donner, avoir un mouvement convulsif
"Then It's no use doing anything-no use whatever."
It's no use - Ça ne sert a rien
"I don't say that," protested Michaelis gently. His vision of truth had grown so intense that the sound of a strange voice failed to rout it this time. He continued to look down at the red coals. Preparation for the future was necessary, and he was willing to admit that the great change would perhaps come in the upheaval of a revolution. But he argued that revolutionary propaganda was a delicate work of high conscience. It was the education of the masters of the world.
protested - protesté; protester, protestation, manifestation
intense - intense
rout - déroute; mettre en déroute
coals - charbons; charbon, houille, tisons-p, charbon, fr
preparation - préparation, concoction
admit - admettre, avouer, reconnaître
propaganda - la propagande; ; propagande
masters - maîtres; maître/-tresse
It should be as careful as the education given to kings. He would have it advance its tenets cautiously, even timidly, in our ignorance of the effect that may be produced by any given economic change upon the happiness, the morals, the intellect, the history of mankind. For history is made with tools, not with ideas; and everything is changed by economic conditions-art, philosophy, love, virtue-truth itself!
advance - élever, avancer, avancée, progression, avance, souscription
tenets - principes; principe; croyance, dogme
cautiously - avec prudence; ; précautionneusement
timidly - timidement
Happiness - le bonheur; ; bonheur
morals - morale; moral, moral, moral, moralité, morale
virtue - la vertu; ; vertu
The coals in the grate settled down with a slight crash; and Michaelis, the hermit of visions in the desert of a penitentiary, got up impetuously. Round like a distended balloon, he opened his short, thick arms, as if in a pathetically hopeless attempt to embrace and hug to his breast a self-regenerated universe. He gasped with ardour.
crash - crash; fracas
Hermit - l'ermite; ; ermite, ermitane
penitentiary - pénitencier
impetuously - impétueusement
balloon - ballon, ballon de baudruche, ballon en baudruche
hopeless - sans espoir; ; désespéré
Embrace - étreindre, embrasser, accolade, embrassement, embrassade
hug - embrassade, étreinte, câlin, accolade, étreindre
regenerated - régénéré; régénérer, régénérer
universe - univers
gasped - haletant; retenir son souffle, haleter, ahaner, haletement
ardour - l'ardeur; ivresse
"The future is as certain as the past-slavery, feudalism, individualism, collectivism. This is the statement of a law, not an empty prophecy."
slavery - asservissement, esclavage
feudalism - le féodalisme; ; féodalisme
individualism - l'individualisme; ; individualisme
collectivism - le collectivisme; ; collectivisme
prophecy - prophétie
The disdainful pout of Comrade Ossipon's thick lips accentuated the negro type of his face.
disdainful - dédaigneux
pout - la moue; boudie
accentuated - accentué; accentuer, accentuer, accentuer
"Nonsense," he said calmly enough. "There is no law and no certainty. The teaching propaganda be hanged. What the people knows does not matter, were its knowledge ever so accurate. The only thing that matters to us is the emotional state of the masses. Without emotion there is no action."
certainty - certitude
hanged - pendu
accurate - exacte
He paused, then added with modest firmness:
firmness - la fermeté; ; fermeté
"I am speaking now to you scientifically-scientifically-Eh? What did you say, Verloc?"
"Nothing," growled from the sofa Mr Verloc, who, provoked by the abhorrent sound, had merely muttered a "damn."
abhorrent - odieux
damn - fichu
The venomous spluttering of the old terrorist without teeth was heard.
spluttering - des bafouillages; (splutter) des bafouillages
"Do you know how I would call the nature of the present economic conditions? I would call it cannibalistic. That's what it is! They are nourishing their greed on the quivering flesh and the warm blood of the people-nothing else."
cannibalistic - cannibale
nourishing - nourrissant; nourrir
greed - l'avidité; ; avidité, cupidité; (gree) l'avidité; ; avidité
quivering - tremblant; frémir
flesh - de la chair; ; chair, peau, chair, viande, corps, pulpe
Stevie swallowed the terrifying statement with an audible gulp, and at once, as though it had been swift poison, sank limply in a sitting posture on the steps of the kitchen door.
audible - audible
gulp - gulp; ; gorgée, trait
sank - a coulé; couler, s'enfoncer, couler, évier, lavabo
posture - la posture; ; posture
Michaelis gave no sign of having heard anything. His lips seemed glued together for good; not a quiver passed over his heavy cheeks. With troubled eyes he looked for his round, hard hat, and put it on his round head. His round and obese body seemed to float low between the chairs under the sharp elbow of Karl Yundt. The old terrorist, raising an uncertain and clawlike hand, gave a swaggering tilt to a black felt sombrero shading the hollows and ridges of his wasted face. He got in motion slowly, striking the floor with his stick at every step. It was rather an affair to get him out of the house because, now and then, he would stop, as if to think, and did not offer to move again till impelled forward by Michaelis.
obese - obeses; ; obese
float - flotter, flotteur, taloche, char, flottant, float
uncertain - incertaine
clawlike - en forme de griffe
swaggering - en train de plastronner; (swagger) en train de plastronner
sombrero - sombrero; ; sombréro
shading - ombrage; (shad); alose
hollows - creux; creux
ridges - cretes; crete, faîte, crete, dorsale
wasted - gaspillé; gaspiller
motion - mouvement, motion
striking - frappant; ; éclatant; (strike); biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper
impelled - poussé; motiver, inciter, pousser, propulser, éjecter, pousser
The gentle apostle grasped his arm with brotherly care; and behind them, his hands in his pockets, the robust Ossipon yawned vaguely. A blue cap with a patent leather peak set well at the back of his yellow bush of hair gave him the aspect of a Norwegian sailor bored with the world after a thundering spree. Mr Verloc saw his guests off the premises, attending them bareheaded, his heavy overcoat hanging open, his eyes on the ground.
grasped - saisi; saisir, agripper, comprendre, saisir
brotherly - fraternel
yawned - bâillé; bâiller, béer, bâillement
patent leather - du cuir verni
Peak - le sommet; apogée, comble
Norwegian - Norvégien, Norvégienne, norvégophone
sailor - marin; ; matelot, matelote, femme matelot, femme-matelot
bored with - dont vous vous ennuyez
thundering - le tonnerre; tonitruant, tonitruante; (thunder); tonnerre
spree - de l'argent; ; frénésie
premises - locaux; prémisse, prémisse, local
bareheaded - tete nue
He closed the door behind their backs with restrained violence, turned the key, shot the bolt. He was not satisfied with his friends. In the light of Mr Vladimir's philosophy of bomb throwing they appeared hopelessly futile. The part of Mr Verloc in revolutionary politics having been to observe, he could not all at once, either in his own home or in larger assemblies, take the initiative of action.
restrained - retenue; (se) contenir/retenir
shot - tir; tirai, tiré, tirâmes, tirerent, tira
bolt - boulon; verrouiller, boulon, pene
futile - futile
initiative - initiative
He had to be cautious. Moved by the just indignation of a man well over forty, menaced in what is dearest to him-his repose and his security-he asked himself scornfully what else could have been expected from such a lot, this Karl Yundt, this Michaelis-this Ossipon.
cautious - prudent
repose - repos; repos
Security - la sécurité; ; sécurité, sécurisant, titre négociable
Pausing in his intention to turn off the gas burning in the middle of the shop, Mr Verloc descended into the abyss of moral reflections. With the insight of a kindred temperament he pronounced his verdict. A lazy lot-this Karl Yundt, nursed by a blear-eyed old woman, a woman he had years ago enticed away from a friend, and afterwards had tried more than once to shake off into the gutter. Jolly lucky for Yundt that she had persisted in coming up time after time, or else there would have been no one now to help him out of the 'bus by the Green Park railings, where that spectre took its constitutional crawl every fine morning. When that indomitable snarling old witch died the swaggering spectre would have to vanish too-there would be an end to fiery Karl Yundt. And Mr Verloc's morality was offended also by the optimism of Michaelis, annexed by his wealthy old lady, who had taken lately to sending him to a cottage she had in the country. The ex-prisoner could moon about the shady lanes for days together in a delicious and humanitarian idleness. As to Ossipon, that beggar was sure to want for nothing as long as there were silly girls with savings-bank books in the world.
pausing - une pause; (pause); pauser, pause
descended - descendu; descendre, descendre, descendre
abyss - l'abîme; ; abîme, précipice, abysse, gouffre
reflections - réflexions; réflexion, reflet, reflet, qualifiereaning 4
insight - de la perspicacité; ; introspection, perspicacité, aperçu
kindred - apparentés; ; tribu
temperament - tempérament
verdict - verdict
blear - blear
enticed - séduit; appâter, attirer
shake off - se secouer
persisted - persisté; persister
up time - temps
spectre - spectre; spectre
constitutional - constitutionnel, constitutionnelle
crawl - ramper; ramper
old witch - vieille sorciere
vanish - disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler
fiery - ardente; ; ardent, brulant, flamboyant, enflammé
morality - moralité
offended - offensée; offenser, déplaire, blesser, offenser, fr
annexed - annexé; annexer
lately - dernierement
cottage - chalet; ; cottage
lanes - voies; chemin, qualifier
humanitarian - humanitaire, humanitariste, humanitariste, humaniste
beggar - gueux, mendiant, mendiante, queteux
savings-bank - (savings-bank) Caisse d'épargne
And Mr Verloc, temperamentally identical with his associates, drew fine distinctions in his mind on the strength of insignificant differences. He drew them with a certain complacency, because the instinct of conventional respectability was strong within him, being only overcome by his dislike of all kinds of recognised labour-a temperamental defect which he shared with a large proportion of revolutionary reformers of a given social state. For obviously one does not revolt against the advantages and opportunities of that state, but against the price which must be paid for the same in the coin of accepted morality, self-restraint, and toil. The majority of revolutionists are the enemies of discipline and fatigue mostly. There are natures too, to whose sense of justice the price exacted looms up monstrously enormous, odious, oppressive, worrying, humiliating, extortionate, intolerable. Those are the fanatics. The remaining portion of social rebels is accounted for by vanity, the mother of all noble and vile illusions, the companion of poets, reformers, charlatans, prophets, and incendiaries.
temperamentally - par tempérament
identical - identique, meme
associates - associés; fréquenter, associer
distinctions - distinctions; distinction, différence
complacency - l'autosatisfaction; ; suffisance, complaisance
respectability - respectabilité
defect - défaut, déserter, passer a, rench: t-needed r
proportion - proportion
social state - l'état social
coin - piece de monnaie; ; piece de monnaie, jeton
restraint - la retenue; ; contention, frein, retenue
majority - majorité
enemies - ennemis; ennemi, ennemie, ennemi
discipline - discipline, pénalité, branche
justice - justice, équité, conseiller
looms - métiers a tisser; métier a tisser
monstrously - monstrueusement; monstruexse
odious - odieux
oppressive - oppressif
humiliating - humiliant; humilier
extortionate - extorqué
fanatics - fanatiques; fanatique, fanatique
rebels - rebelles; rebelle
accounted - comptabilisée; compte
companion - compagnon, compagne
poets - poetes; poete
charlatans - des charlatans; charlatan
prophets - prophetes; prophete, prophétesse, prophete, prophétesse, devin
incendiaries - incendiaires; incendiaire
Lost for a whole minute in the abyss of meditation, Mr Verloc did not reach the depth of these abstract considerations. Perhaps he was not able. In any case he had not the time. He was pulled up painfully by the sudden recollection of Mr Vladimir, another of his associates, whom in virtue of subtle moral affinities he was capable of judging correctly.
depth - profondeur, épaisseur
abstract - résumé, abstrait, abstrait, abstraire, distiller, se retirer
considerations - considérations; considération, considération, fr
recollection - mémoire
affinities - affinités; affinité, affinité, affinité, affinité
judging - juger; juger
He considered him as dangerous. A shade of envy crept into his thoughts. Loafing was all very well for these fellows, who knew not Mr Vladimir, and had women to fall back upon; whereas he had a woman to provide for-
crept - rampé; ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation
loafing - fleme; (loaf) fleme
At this point, by a simple association of ideas, Mr Verloc was brought face to face with the necessity of going to bed some time or other that evening. Then why not go now-at once? He sighed. The necessity was not so normally pleasurable as it ought to have been for a man of his age and temperament.
sighed - soupiré; soupirer
pleasurable - agréable
He dreaded the demon of sleeplessness, which he felt had marked him for its own. He raised his arm, and turned off the flaring gas-jet above his head.
dreaded - redouté; redouter, craindre, redouter, craindre, crainte
demon - démon, diable
sleeplessness - insomnie
flaring - torche; fusée lumineuse, feu de Bengale, feu de bengale
A bright band of light fell through the parlour door into the part of the shop behind the counter. It enabled Mr Verloc to ascertain at a glance the number of silver coins in the till. These were but few; and for the first time since he opened his shop he took a commercial survey of its value. This survey was unfavourable. He had gone into trade for no commercial reasons. He had been guided in the selection of this peculiar line of business by an instinctive leaning towards shady transactions, where money is picked up easily.
enabled - activée; autoriser, permettre, permettre, activer
ascertain - vérification; ; constater, définir
silver coins - des pieces d'argent
trade - le commerce
selection - sélection
instinctive - instinctif
leaning - penchant, adossant; (lean) penchant, adossant
Moreover, it did not take him out of his own sphere-the sphere which is watched by the police. On the contrary, it gave him a publicly confessed standing in that sphere, and as Mr Verloc had unconfessed relations which made him familiar with yet careless of the police, there was a distinct advantage in such a situation. But as a means of livelihood it was by itself insufficient.
sphere - sphere; ; sphere, boule
publicly - publiquement
unconfessed - sans confession
relations - relations; relation, relation, parent, parente
familiar - familier, esprit familier
careless - négligent, étourdi, distrait
livelihood - moyens de subsistance; ; gagneain, subsistance
insufficient - insuffisante; ; insuffisant
He took the cash-box out of the drawer, and turning to leave the shop, became aware that Stevie was still downstairs.
cash-box - (cash-box) la caisse
drawer - tiroir; souscripteur, tiroir
What on earth is he doing there? Mr Verloc asked himself. What's the meaning of these antics? He looked dubiously at his brother-in-law, but he did not ask him for information. Mr Verloc's intercourse with Stevie was limited to the casual mutter of a morning, after breakfast, "My boots," and even that was more a communication at large of a need than a direct order or request. Mr Verloc perceived with some surprise that he did not know really what to say to Stevie.
dubiously - douteux; ; dubitativement, douteusement
intercourse - les rapports sexuels; ; relation sexuelle
limited - limitée; ; limité; (limit) limitée; ; limité
casual - fortuit, accidentel, de hasard, occasionnel, désinvolte, sport
mutter - marmonner; barbotez, murmurer, barbotent, barboter
communication - la communication; ; communication, message
perceived - perçue; percevoir
He stood still in the middle of the parlour, and looked into the kitchen in silence. Nor yet did he know what would happen if he did say anything. And this appeared very queer to Mr Verloc in view of the fact, borne upon him suddenly, that he had to provide for this fellow too. He had never given a moment's thought till then to that aspect of Stevie's existence.
till then - jusqu'a ce moment-la
Positively he did not know how to speak to the lad. He watched him gesticulating and murmuring in the kitchen. Stevie prowled round the table like an excited animal in a cage. A tentative "Hadn't you better go to bed now?" produced no effect whatever; and Mr Verloc, abandoning the stony contemplation of his brother-in-law's behaviour, crossed the parlour wearily, cash-box in hand. The cause of the general lassitude he felt while climbing the stairs being purely mental, he became alarmed by its inexplicable character.
positively - positivement
gesticulating - gesticuler; gesticuler
murmuring - murmure; (murmur); murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer
prowled - rôdé; rôder
cage - cage, encager
tentative - provisoire, approximatif
Abandoning - abandon; abandonner
stony - pierreux; ; froid, sec
contemplation - contemplation
wearily - avec lassitude
lassitude - lassitude
He hoped he was not sickening for anything. He stopped on the dark landing to examine his sensations. But a slight and continuous sound of snoring pervading the obscurity interfered with their clearness. The sound came from his mother-in-law's room. Another one to provide for, he thought-and on this thought walked into the bedroom.
sickening - écourant; ; a s’en rendre malade
examine - examiner
sensations - sensations; sensation, sensation
continuous - continue
snoring - ronflement; (snore); ronfler, ronflement
pervading - omniprésente; saturer, pénétrer, envahir
obscurity - l'obscurité; ; obscurité
interfered - interféré; meler
Mrs Verloc had fallen asleep with the lamp (no gas was laid upstairs) turned up full on the table by the side of the bed. The light thrown down by the shade fell dazzlingly on the white pillow sunk by the weight of her head reposing with closed eyes and dark hair done up in several plaits for the night. She woke up with the sound of her name in her ears, and saw her husband standing over her.
fallen asleep - Tu t'es endormi
thrown down - jeté a terre
dazzlingly - éblouissante
pillow - oreiller, tetiere
done up - fait
plaits - tresses; pli
At first she did not stir, lying very quiet and looking at the cash-box in Mr Verloc's hand. But when she understood that her brother was "capering all over the place downstairs" she swung out in one sudden movement on to the edge of the bed.
stir - remuer; affecter
capering - capering; gambader
swung - balancé; osciller, se balancer, balancer, swinguer, balancer
Her bare feet, as if poked through the bottom of an unadorned, sleeved calico sack buttoned tightly at neck and wrists, felt over the rug for the slippers while she looked upward into her husband's face.
bare - a nu; dénudé, dégarnir, nu
unadorned - sans fioritures
sleeved - avec manches; manche, chemise (inner), gaine (outer), manchon
calico - calicot, tricolore
sack - sac; ficher, résilier
tightly - étanche; ; fermement
wrists - poignets; poignet
rug - tapis, couverture
slippers - des pantoufles; chausson, pantoufle
upward - a la hausse
"I don't know how to manage him," Mr Verloc explained peevishly. "Won't do to leave him downstairs alone with the lights."
peevishly - avec dépit
She said nothing, glided across the room swiftly, and the door closed upon her white form.
glided - glissé; glisser, planer
Mr Verloc deposited the cash-box on the night table, and began the operation of undressing by flinging his overcoat on to a distant chair. His coat and waistcoat followed. He walked about the room in his stockinged feet, and his burly figure, with the hands worrying nervously at his throat, passed and repassed across the long strip of looking-glass in the door of his wife's wardrobe.
deposited - déposé; dépôt, gisement, dépôt, dépôt, acompte, arrhes-p
operation - l'opération; ; opération, fonctionnement, exploitation, gestion
undressing - se déshabiller; déshabillant; (undress); déshabiller
flinging - flingage; lancer
stockinged - stocké
nervously - nerveusement
strip - de la bande; bandeau, dégarnir, dépouillons, frange, dépouillez
wardrobe - garde-robe, armoire
Then after slipping his braces off his shoulders he pulled up violently the venetian blind, and leaned his forehead against the cold window-pane-a fragile film of glass stretched between him and the enormity of cold, black, wet, muddy, inhospitable accumulation of bricks, slates, and stones, things in themselves unlovely and unfriendly to man.
braces - les appareils dentaires; toise, fiche, doublé, retenir
venetian - vénitien, Vénitien, Vénitienne
fragile - fragile
enormity - l'énormité; énormité
Muddy - morne
inhospitable - inhospitaliere
slates - ardoises; (d'')ardoise
unlovely - peu aimable
unfriendly - inamicale; déplaisant
Mr Verloc felt the latent unfriendliness of all out of doors with a force approaching to positive bodily anguish. There is no occupation that fails a man more completely than that of a secret agent of police. It's like your horse suddenly falling dead under you in the midst of an uninhabited and thirsty plain. The comparison occurred to Mr Verloc because he had sat astride various army horses in his time, and had now the sensation of an incipient fall. The prospect was as black as the window-pane against which he was leaning his forehead.
latent - latent
bodily - corporel
anguish - l'angoisse; angoissons, angoissez, angoisser, angoissent
midst - centre, milieu
uninhabited - inhabité
comparison - comparaison, degré
occurred - s'est produite; produire
astride - a califourchon; ; a califourchon, a califourchon sur
incipient - naissante
prospect - prospect; ; perspective, prospecter
And suddenly the face of Mr Vladimir, clean-shaved and witty, appeared enhaloed in the glow of its rosy complexion like a sort of pink seal, impressed on the fatal darkness.
witty - de l'esprit; ; fin
seal - sceau
darkness - l'obscurité; ; obscurité, ténebres
This luminous and mutilated vision was so ghastly physically that Mr Verloc started away from the window, letting down the venetian blind with a great rattle. Discomposed and speechless with the apprehension of more such visions, he beheld his wife re-enter the room and get into bed in a calm business-like manner which made him feel hopelessly lonely in the world. Mrs Verloc expressed her surprise at seeing him up yet.
luminous - lumineux
mutilated - mutilés; mutiler, mutiler
ghastly - épouvantable, effrayant, affreux, horrible
physically - physiquement
letting down - laisser tomber
rattle - cliquetis; claquer, pétarade, ferrailler
speechless - sans voix
"I don't feel very well," he muttered, passing his hands over his moist brow.
moist - humide; moite, humide
brow - sourcils; ; andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller
giddiness - des vertiges
"Yes. Not at all well."
Mrs Verloc, with all the placidity of an experienced wife, expressed a confident opinion as to the cause, and suggested the usual remedies; but her husband, rooted in the middle of the room, shook his lowered head sadly.
remedies - des remedes; remede, recours, remede, remédier
"You'll catch cold standing there," she observed.
Mr Verloc made an effort, finished undressing, and got into bed. Down below in the quiet, narrow street measured footsteps approached the house, then died away unhurried and firm, as if the passer-by had started to pace out all eternity, from gas-lamp to gas-lamp in a night without end; and the drowsy ticking of the old clock on the landing became distinctly audible in the bedroom.
measured - mesurée; mesure, mesure, mesure, mesurer
Footsteps - des pas; empreinte, trace de pas, pas, bruit de pas, marche
unhurried - sans se presser
eternity - l'éternité; ; éternité
drowsy - ensommeillé, somnolent, soporifique, stupide
ticking - tic-tac; (tic); tic
distinctly - distinctement
Mrs Verloc, on her back, and staring at the ceiling, made a remark.
"Takings very small to-day."
Mr Verloc, in the same position, cleared his throat as if for an important statement, but merely inquired:
inquired - a demandé; enqueter, renseigner
"Did you turn off the gas downstairs?"
"Yes; I did," answered Mrs Verloc conscientiously. "That poor boy is in a very excited state to-night," she murmured, after a pause which lasted for three ticks of the clock.
conscientiously - consciencieusement
pause - pauser, pause
ticks - tiques; tic-tac
Mr Verloc cared nothing for Stevie's excitement, but he felt horribly wakeful, and dreaded facing the darkness and silence that would follow the extinguishing of the lamp. This dread led him to make the remark that Stevie had disregarded his suggestion to go to bed. Mrs Verloc, falling into the trap, started to demonstrate at length to her husband that this was not "impudence" of any sort, but simply "excitement." There was no young man of his age in London more willing and docile than Stephen, she affirmed; none more affectionate and ready to please, and even useful, as long as people did not upset his poor head. Mrs Verloc, turning towards her recumbent husband, raised herself on her elbow, and hung over him in her anxiety that he should believe Stevie to be a useful member of the family. That ardour of protecting compassion exalted morbidly in her childhood by the misery of another child tinged her sallow cheeks with a faint dusky blush, made her big eyes gleam under the dark lids.
wakeful - éveillé
extinguishing - l'extinction; éteindre
trap - piege; piege
demonstrate - démontrer, manifester
Length - longueur, durée
docile - docile
affectionate - affectueux
upset - fâché, dérangé, perturbé, bouleversé, remué, énerver
recumbent - couché
hung over - La gueule de bois
morbidly - morbide
sallow - pâle; incolore, pâlot, blafard, pâle
dusky - crépusculaire
gleam - briller; luisent, luisez, brillant, luisons
lids - couvercles; couvercle
Mrs Verloc then looked younger; she looked as young as Winnie used to look, and much more animated than the Winnie of the Belgravian mansion days had ever allowed herself to appear to gentlemen lodgers. Mr Verloc's anxieties had prevented him from attaching any sense to what his wife was saying. It was as if her voice were talking on the other side of a very thick wall. It was her aspect that recalled him to himself.
animated - animée; animé, animer
anxieties - angoisses; anxiété, inquiétude, anxiété, angoisse
attaching - attacher; attacher
recalled - rappelée; rappeler, souvenir
He appreciated this woman, and the sentiment of this appreciation, stirred by a display of something resembling emotion, only added another pang to his mental anguish. When her voice ceased he moved uneasily, and said:
appreciated - appréciée; etre reconnaissant de, apprécier a sa juste valeur
appreciation - l'appréciation; ; appréciation, estimation, évaluation
pang - pang; douleur (soudaine)
uneasily - mal a l'aise
"I haven't been feeling well for the last few days."
He might have meant this as an opening to a complete confidence; but Mrs Verloc laid her head on the pillow again, and staring upward, went on:
"That boy hears too much of what is talked about here. If I had known they were coming to-night I would have seen to it that he went to bed at the same time I did. He was out of his mind with something he overheard about eating people's flesh and drinking blood. What's the good of talking like that?"
There was a note of indignant scorn in her voice. Mr Verloc was fully responsive now.
indignant - indigné
responsive - réactif
"Ask Karl Yundt," he growled savagely.
savagely - sauvagement
Mrs Verloc, with great decision, pronounced Karl Yundt "a disgusting old man." She declared openly her affection for Michaelis. Of the robust Ossipon, in whose presence she always felt uneasy behind an attitude of stony reserve, she said nothing whatever. And continuing to talk of that brother, who had been for so many years an object of care and fears:
disgusting - dégoutant; dégouter, dégout
"He isn't fit to hear what's said here. He believes it's all true. He knows no better. He gets into his passions over it."
Mr Verloc made no comment.
"He glared at me, as if he didn't know who I was, when I went downstairs. His heart was going like a hammer. He can't help being excitable. I woke mother up, and asked her to sit with him till he went to sleep. It isn't his fault. He's no trouble when he's left alone."
glared - éblouie; éclat, éclat
went downstairs - est descendu en bas
excitable - excitable
fault - défaut, faute, faille
Mr Verloc made no comment.
"I wish he had never been to school," Mrs Verloc began again brusquely. "He's always taking away those newspapers from the window to read. He gets a red face poring over them. We don't get rid of a dozen numbers in a month. They only take up room in the front window. And Mr Ossipon brings every week a pile of these F. P. tracts to sell at a halfpenny each. I wouldn't give a halfpenny for the whole lot. It's silly reading-that's what it is.
brusquely - brusquement
poring - poring; pore
rid - rid; débarrasser
dozen - douzaine, dizaine
tracts - tracts; étendue
halfpenny - un demi-penny; ; demienny
There's no sale for it. The other day Stevie got hold of one, and there was a story in it of a German soldier officer tearing half-off the ear of a recruit, and nothing was done to him for it. The brute! I couldn't do anything with Stevie that afternoon. The story was enough, too, to make one's blood boil. But what's the use of printing things like that? We aren't German slaves here, thank God. It's not our business-is it?"
German - Allemand, Allemande, Germain, Germaine
tearing - déchirure; larme
recruit - recrue, recruter, enrôler, checkenrôler
brute - brute; bete, brutal
slaves - esclaves; esclave, t+serf, t+serve, esclave
Mr Verloc made no reply.
"I had to take the carving knife from the boy," Mrs Verloc continued, a little sleepily now. "He was shouting and stamping and sobbing. He can't stand the notion of any cruelty. He would have stuck that officer like a pig if he had seen him then. It's true, too! Some people don't deserve much mercy." Mrs Verloc's voice ceased, and the expression of her motionless eyes became more and more contemplative and veiled during the long pause. "Comfortable, dear?
carving knife - couteau a découper
sleepily - en dormant
sobbing - sanglots; ; sanglotement, sanglotant, sanglotante; (sob); fdp
stuck - coincé; enfoncer
deserve - mériter
mercy - la pitié; ; miséricorde, pitié
more contemplative - plus contemplatif
she asked in a faint, far-away voice. "Shall I put out the light now?"
The dreary conviction that there was no sleep for him held Mr Verloc mute and hopelessly inert in his fear of darkness. He made a great effort.
dreary - lugubre; ; terne, insipide, maussade
mute - muet; muet
"Yes. Put it out," he said at last in a hollow tone.
Most of the thirty or so little tables covered by red cloths with a white design stood ranged at right angles to the deep brown wainscoting of the underground hall. Bronze chandeliers with many globes depended from the low, slightly vaulted ceiling, and the fresco paintings ran flat and dull all round the walls without windows, representing scenes of the chase and of outdoor revelry in medićval costumes.
cloths - vetements; tissu, étoffe, tissu, tenue
ranged - rangé; chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme
deep brown - brun foncé
wainscoting - les lambris; (wainscot) les lambris
bronze - le bronze; ; bronze, airain, hâlé, bronzé, tanné (par le soleil)
chandeliers - chandeliers; lustre
globes - globes; Terre, terre, globe
vaulted - vouté; cave voutée
fresco - fresque
paintings - peintures; peinture, toile, peinture, art pictural
representing - représentant; représenter
chase - poursuite; chassez, chassons, poursuivre, pousser, chasser
outdoor - a l'extérieur; ; de plein air, d’extérieur, en plein air
medićval - médiévale
costumes - des costumes; costume, costume, déguisement, costume
Varlets in green jerkins brandished hunting knives and raised on high tankards of foaming beer.
brandished - brandi; brandir
hunting knives - des couteaux de chasse
tankards - des chaudieres; chope
foaming - la mousse; spumeux, mousseux, moussant; (foam); écume, mousse
"Unless I am very much mistaken, you are the man who would know the inside of this confounded affair," said the robust Ossipon, leaning over, his elbows far out on the table and his feet tucked back completely under his chair. His eyes stared with wild eagerness.
Unless - a moins que; ; a moins que, sauf si
tucked - tucked; rempli
An upright semi-grand piano near the door, flanked by two palms in pots, executed suddenly all by itself a valse tune with aggressive virtuosity. The din it raised was deafening. When it ceased, as abruptly as it had started, the be-spectacled, dingy little man who faced Ossipon behind a heavy glass mug full of beer emitted calmly what had the sound of a general proposition.
upright - debout; ; integre, montant
flanked - flanqué; flanc, flanchet, flanc, flanc
palms - des palmiers; paume
pots - des casseroles; pot
tune - l'accord; ; mélodie, air, tube, accorder, syntoniser
aggressive - agressif
virtuosity - virtuosité
din - din; vacarme
deafening - assourdissante; ; assourdissant; (deafen); assourdir
spectacled - a lunettes
mug - mug; broc
proposition - proposition
"In principle what one of us may or may not know as to any given fact can't be a matter for inquiry to the others."
"Certainly not," Comrade Ossipon agreed in a quiet undertone. "In principle."
undertone - sous-entendu, nuance
With his big florid face held between his hands he continued to stare hard, while the dingy little man in spectacles coolly took a drink of beer and stood the glass mug back on the table. His flat, large ears departed widely from the sides of his skull, which looked frail enough for Ossipon to crush between thumb and forefinger; the dome of the forehead seemed to rest on the rim of the spectacles; the flat cheeks, of a greasy, unhealthy complexion, were merely smudged by the miserable poverty of a thin dark whisker.
florid - florissant
spectacles - lunettes; spectacle
coolly - froidement
departed - parti; partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter
crush - le coup de foudre; ; barricade, béguin, amourette, faible
dome - dôme
rim - jante; jante
unhealthy - malsain, mauvais pour la santé
smudged - bavé; tache, traînée
miserable - misérable
The lamentable inferiority of the whole physique was made ludicrous by the supremely self-confident bearing of the individual. His speech was curt, and he had a particularly impressive manner of keeping silent.
lamentable - lamentable
inferiority - l'infériorité; ; infériorité
ludicrous - ridicule
self-confident - (self-confident) Confiance en soi
impressive - impressionnante
keeping silent - garder le silence
Ossipon spoke again from between his hands in a mutter.
"Have you been out much to-day?"
"No. I stayed in bed all the morning," answered the other. "Why?"
"Oh! Nothing," said Ossipon, gazing earnestly and quivering inwardly with the desire to find out something, but obviously intimidated by the little man's overwhelming air of unconcern. When talking with this comrade-which happened but rarely-the big Ossipon suffered from a sense of moral and even physical insignificance. However, he ventured another question. "Did you walk down here?"
gazing - regarder; fixer
earnestly - sincerement; ; sérieusement
desire - désirer, désir
overwhelming - écrasante; abreuver, accabler, envahir, accabler
rarely - rarement
suffered - souffert; souffrir, souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer
insignificance - l'insignifiance; insignifiance
ventured - s'est aventuré; s'aventurer, risquer, oser
"No; omnibus," the little man answered readily enough.
omnibus - omnibus
readily - facilement, volontiers, aisément
He lived far away in Islington, in a small house down a shabby street, littered with straw and dirty paper, where out of school hours a troop of assorted children ran and squabbled with a shrill, joyless, rowdy clamour. His single back room, remarkable for having an extremely large cupboard, he rented furnished from two elderly spinsters, dressmakers in a humble way with a clientele of servant girls mostly. He had a heavy padlock put on the cupboard, but otherwise he was a model lodger, giving no trouble, and requiring practically no attendance. His oddities were that he insisted on being present when his room was being swept, and that when he went out he locked his door, and took the key away with him.
small house - petite maison
shabby - râpé, usé, élimé, miteux, minable
littered - jonché; litiere, portée, litiere, détritus, litiere
straw - paille, fétu, jaune paille
troop - troupe
squabbled - se sont disputés; dispute, guéguerre, riotte, se chamailler
shrill - strident, criard
rowdy - turbulent; ; chahuteur
clamour - clameur; jacasser, clameur
remarkable - remarquable
rented - loué; loyer
spinsters - les vieilles filles; vieille fille
dressmakers - les couturieres; couturiere
humble - humble; humble
clientele - clientele; ; clientele
padlock - cadenas, cadenasser
lodger - locataire; sows locataire
requiring - exigeant; requérant; (require); exiger, demander
attendance - l'assiduité; ; présence
oddities - bizarreries; bizarrerie, excentricité
insisted - insisté; insister
swept - balayé; balayer, balayer, balayage
Ossipon had a vision of these round black-rimmed spectacles progressing along the streets on the top of an omnibus, their self-confident glitter falling here and there on the walls of houses or lowered upon the heads of the unconscious stream of people on the pavements.
black-rimmed spectacles - des lunettes a monture noire
unconscious - inconscient, subconscient
stream - flux; ; ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant
pavements - les chaussées; revetement, chaussée, pavement
The ghost of a sickly smile altered the set of Ossipon's thick lips at the thought of the walls nodding, of people running for life at the sight of those spectacles. If they had only known! What a panic! He murmured interrogatively: "Been sitting long here?"
ghost - fantôme, spectre, esprit, revenant
sickly - malade; ; maladif, souffreteux, chétif, valétudinaire, douçâtre
altered - modifié; transformer, changer, altérer
nodding - hochement de tete; (nod); dodeliner, hocher, hochement
interrogatively - de maniere interrogative
"An hour or more," answered the other negligently, and took a pull at the dark beer. All his movements-the way he grasped the mug, the act of drinking, the way he set the heavy glass down and folded his arms-had a firmness, an assured precision which made the big and muscular Ossipon, leaning forward with staring eyes and protruding lips, look the picture of eager indecision.
precision - précision
muscular - musculaire, musclé, musculeux
eager - enthousiaste; désireux
indecision - l'indécision; ; indécision, irrésolution
"An hour," he said. "Then it may be you haven't heard yet the news I've heard just now-in the street. Have you?"
The little man shook his head negatively the least bit. But as he gave no indication of curiosity Ossipon ventured to add that he had heard it just outside the place. A newspaper boy had yelled the thing under his very nose, and not being prepared for anything of that sort, he was very much startled and upset.
negatively - négativement
indication - indication
yelled - hurlé; hurlement
He had to come in there with a dry mouth. "I never thought of finding you here," he added, murmuring steadily, with his elbows planted on the table.
"I come here sometimes," said the other, preserving his provoking coolness of demeanour.
preserving - préserver; confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle
provoking - provoquer; provoquer
coolness - de la fraîcheur; ; frais
demeanour - comportement; comportement
"It's wonderful that you of all people should have heard nothing of it," the big Ossipon continued. His eyelids snapped nervously upon the shining eyes. "You of all people," he repeated tentatively. This obvious restraint argued an incredible and inexplicable timidity of the big fellow before the calm little man, who again lifted the glass mug, drank, and put it down with brusque and assured movements. And that was all.
eyelids - paupieres; paupiere
shining - brillant; briller, éclairer
tentatively - provisoirement
timidity - timidité
Ossipon after waiting for something, word or sign, that did not come, made an effort to assume a sort of indifference.
assume - supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter, prendre
"Do you," he said, deadening his voice still more, "give your stuff to anybody who's up to asking you for it?"
deadening - l'étouffement; (deaden); endormir, assourdir, isoler
"My absolute rule is never to refuse anybody-as long as I have a pinch by me," answered the little man with decision.
pinch - pincer, chiper, pincement, pincée
"That's a principle?" commented Ossipon.
"It's a principle."
"And you think it's sound?"
The large round spectacles, which gave a look of staring self-confidence to the sallow face, confronted Ossipon like sleepless, unwinking orbs flashing a cold fire.
confronted - confronté; confronter, confronter
sleepless - l'insomnie; ; insomniaque
unwinking - sans réfléchir
"Perfectly. Always. Under every circumstance. What could stop me? Why should I not? Why should I think twice about it?"
Ossipon gasped, as it were, discreetly.
"Do you mean to say you would hand it over to a 'teck'if one came to ask you for your wares?"
The other smiled faintly.
"Let them come and try it on, and you will see," he said. "They know me, but I know also every one of them. They won't come near me-not they."
come near - s'approcher
His thin livid lips snapped together firmly. Ossipon began to argue.
livid - livide, furieux
"But they could send someone-rig a plant on you. Don't you see? Get the stuff from you in that way, and then arrest you with the proof in their hands."
Rig - rig; gréer
arrest - l'arrestation; ; arrestation, arreter
Proof - la preuve; ; preuve, épreuve
"Proof of what? Dealing in explosives without a licence perhaps." This was meant for a contemptuous jeer, though the expression of the thin, sickly face remained unchanged, and the utterance was negligent. "I don't think there's one of them anxious to make that arrest. I don't think they could get one of them to apply for a warrant. I mean one of the best. Not one."
explosives - des explosifs; explosif, explosif
licence - licence; permis de conduire, licence
jeer - jeer; huer
unchanged - inchangée
negligent - négligence
anxious - anxieux, désireux
warrant - garantie, mandat, mandat de conformité
"Why?" Ossipon asked.
"Because they know very well I take care never to part with the last handful of my wares. I've it always by me." He touched the breast of his coat lightly. "In a thick glass flask," he added.
handful - poignée, manipule
lightly - légerement; ; légerement
flask - flacon, flasque, fiole
"So I have been told," said Ossipon, with a shade of wonder in his voice. "But I didn't know if-"
wonder - merveille, se demander, conjecturer
"They know," interrupted the little man crisply, leaning against the straight chair back, which rose higher than his fragile head. "I shall never be arrested. The game isn't good enough for any policeman of them all. To deal with a man like me you require sheer, naked, inglorious heroism." Again his lips closed with a self-confident snap. Ossipon repressed a movement of impatience.
crisply - de façon nette
require - exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir, nécessiter
sheer - transparent; pur
naked - nue; nu, a poil, dénudé
inglorious - inglorious
heroism - l'héroisme; ; héroisme
repressed - réprimée; réprimer
"Or recklessness-or simply ignorance," he retorted. "They've only to get somebody for the job who does not know you carry enough stuff in your pocket to blow yourself and everything within sixty yards of you to pieces."
"I never affirmed I could not be eliminated," rejoined the other. "But that wouldn't be an arrest. Moreover, it's not so easy as it looks."
eliminated - éliminé; éliminer, tuer, rench: -neededr, rench: -neededr
"Bah!" Ossipon contradicted. "Don't be too sure of that. What's to prevent half-a-dozen of them jumping upon you from behind in the street? With your arms pinned to your sides you could do nothing-could you?"
contradicted - contredit; contredire, contredire
pinned - épinglé; épingle
"Yes; I could. I am seldom out in the streets after dark," said the little man impassively, "and never very late. I walk always with my right hand closed round the india-rubber ball which I have in my trouser pocket. The pressing of this ball actuates a detonator inside the flask I carry in my pocket. It's the principle of the pneumatic instantaneous shutter for a camera lens. The tube leads up-"
impassively - impassible
India - l'inde; Inde
trouser - pantalon
detonator - détonateur, capsule fulminante
pneumatic - pneumatique
instantaneous - instantanée; ; instantané
shutter - volet, contrevent, obturateur
camera lens - l'objectif de l'appareil photo
leads - des pistes; conduire, mener
With a swift disclosing gesture he gave Ossipon a glimpse of an india-rubber tube, resembling a slender brown worm, issuing from the armhole of his waistcoat and plunging into the inner breast pocket of his jacket. His clothes, of a nondescript brown mixture, were threadbare and marked with stains, dusty in the folds, with ragged button-holes.
disclosing - la divulgation; découvrir, laisser voir, révéler, divulguer
Glimpse - aperçu, entrevoir
slender - svelte, mince
worm - ver, vermine, scarabée, vis sans fin, dragon, remords, ramper
armhole - l'emmanchure; ; emmanchure
plunging - plongeant; (plunge) plongeant
mixture - mélange, mixture
stains - taches; tache, souillure, colorant, tacher, entacher, colorer
folds - plis; plier
ragged - dépenaillé, loqueteuxse; (rag) dépenaillé, loqueteuxse
"The detonator is partly mechanical, partly chemical," he explained, with casual condescension.
mechanical - mécanique, machinal
chemical - chimique, produit chimique
"It is instantaneous, of course?" murmured Ossipon, with a slight shudder.
shudder - frémir; ; tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler
"Far from it," confessed the other, with a reluctance which seemed to twist his mouth dolorously. "A full twenty seconds must elapse from the moment I press the ball till the explosion takes place."
twist - twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre
dolorously - avec dolorisme
elapse - passer
explosion - explosion
"Phew!" whistled Ossipon, completely appalled. "Twenty seconds! Horrors! You mean to say that you could face that? I should go crazy-"
Phew - ouf !; pfou, ouf, pouah
whistled - sifflé; sifflet, siffler, sifflet, sifflement, sifflements-p
horrors - des horreurs; horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion
"Wouldn't matter if you did. Of course, it's the weak point of this special system, which is only for my own use. The worst is that the manner of exploding is always the weak point with us. I am trying to invent a detonator that would adjust itself to all conditions of action, and even to unexpected changes of conditions. A variable and yet perfectly precise mechanism. A really intelligent detonator."
adjust - ajuster
unexpected - inattendu
variable - variable, variable, parametre
precise - précis, préciser
"Twenty seconds," muttered Ossipon again. "Ough! And then-"
With a slight turn of the head the glitter of the spectacles seemed to gauge the size of the beer saloon in the basement of the renowned Silenus Restaurant.
gauge - jauge; ; gabarit, étalon, mesurer, estimer, jauger
renowned - renommée; renom
Silenus - Silenus
"Nobody in this room could hope to escape," was the verdict of that survey. "Nor yet this couple going up the stairs now."
"In the last instance it is character alone that makes for one's safety. There are very few people in the world whose character is as well established as mine."
"I wonder how you managed it," growled Ossipon.
"Force of personality," said the other, without raising his voice; and coming from the mouth of that obviously miserable organism the assertion caused the robust Ossipon to bite his lower lip. "Force of personality," he repeated, with ostentatious calm. "I have the means to make myself deadly, but that by itself, you understand, is absolutely nothing in the way of protection.
assertion - assertion
bite - mordre, maintenir, garder, tomber dans le panneau, marcher
lip - levre; ; levre
ostentatious - ostentatoire
What is effective is the belief those people have in my will to use the means. That's their impression. It is absolute. Therefore I am deadly."
impression - impression
"There are individuals of character amongst that lot too," muttered Ossipon ominously.
ominously - de mauvais augure
"Possibly. But it is a matter of degree obviously, since, for instance, I am not impressed by them. Therefore they are inferior. They cannot be otherwise. Their character is built upon conventional morality. It leans on the social order. Mine stands free from everything artificial. They are bound in all sorts of conventions.
Possibly - peut-etre; ; possiblement, peut-etre
inferior - inférieur
leans - s'appuie; pencher
artificial - artificiels
conventions - conventions; convention, convention, convention
They depend on life, which, in this connection, is a historical fact surrounded by all sorts of restraints and considerations, a complex organised fact open to attack at every point; whereas I depend on death, which knows no restraint and cannot be attacked. My superiority is evident."
historical - historique
restraints - des contraintes; contention, frein, retenue
complex - complexe, complexe
superiority - supériorité
"This is a transcendental way of putting it," said Ossipon, watching the cold glitter of the round spectacles. "I've heard Karl Yundt say much the same thing not very long ago."
"Karl Yundt," mumbled the other contemptuously, "the delegate of the International Red Committee, has been a posturing shadow all his life. There are three of you delegates, aren't there? I won't define the other two, as you are one of them. But what you say means nothing.
committee - de la commission; ; comité, commission
delegates - délégués; délégué, déléguée, déléguer
define - déterminer, définir
You are the worthy delegates for revolutionary propaganda, but the trouble is not only that you are as unable to think independently as any respectable grocer or journalist of them all, but that you have no character whatever."
unable - incapable; inapte, inhabile
respectable - respectable, convenable
grocer - épicier, épiciere
Ossipon could not restrain a start of indignation.
restrain - retenir; contraignez, contraignons, gouverner, contrains
"But what do you want from us?" he exclaimed in a deadened voice. "What is it you are after yourself?"
"A perfect detonator," was the peremptory answer. "What are you making that face for? You see, you can't even bear the mention of something conclusive."
conclusive - concluante
"I am not making a face," growled the annoyed Ossipon bearishly.
annoyed - agacé; gener, ennuyer, embeter, agacer, asticoter
bearishly - pesante
"You revolutionists," the other continued, with leisurely self-confidence, "are the slaves of the social convention, which is afraid of you; slaves of it as much as the very police that stands up in the defence of that convention. Clearly you are, since you want to revolutionise it. It governs your thought, of course, and your action too, and thus neither your thought nor your action can ever be conclusive." He paused, tranquil, with that air of close, endless silence, then almost immediately went on. "You are not a bit better than the forces arrayed against you-than the police, for instance. The other day I came suddenly upon Chief Inspector Heat at the corner of Tottenham Court Road. He looked at me very steadily. But I did not look at him. Why should I give him more than a glance? He was thinking of many things-of his superiors, of his reputation, of the law courts, of his salary, of newspapers-of a hundred things.
leisurely - tranquillement
convention - convention
revolutionise - révolutionner
governs - gouverne; gouverner, gouverner
tranquil - tranquille
endless - sans fin; ; infini, interminable, perpétuel
forces - forces; force
arrayed - en tableau; gamme, kyrielle, ribambelle, éventail, tableau
superiors - supérieurs; supérieur, supérieur, supérieur
law courts - les tribunaux
But I was thinking of my perfect detonator only. He meant nothing to me. He was as insignificant as-I can't call to mind anything insignificant enough to compare him with-except Karl Yundt perhaps. Like to like. The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket. Revolution, legality-counter moves in the same game; forms of idleness at bottom identical. He plays his little game-so do you propagandists. But I don't play; I work fourteen hours a day, and go hungry sometimes. My experiments cost money now and again, and then I must do without food for a day or two. You're looking at my beer. Yes. I have had two glasses already, and shall have another presently. This is a little holiday, and I celebrate it alone. Why not? I've the grit to work alone, quite alone, absolutely alone. I've worked alone for years."
legality - la légalité; ; légalité
go hungry - avoir faim
Grit - le courage; gravier
Ossipon's face had turned dusky red.
"At the perfect detonator-eh?" he sneered, very low.
sneered - ricané; sourire d''un air méprisant
"Yes," retorted the other. "It is a good definition. You couldn't find anything half so precise to define the nature of your activity with all your committees and delegations. It is I who am the true propagandist."
definition - définition
committees - des comités; comité, commission
delegations - délégations; délégation, délégation
propagandist - propagandiste
"We won't discuss that point," said Ossipon, with an air of rising above personal considerations. "I am afraid I'll have to spoil your holiday for you, though. There's a man blown up in Greenwich Park this morning."
spoil - gâter, gâcher, tourner, dévoiler, révéler
"How do you know?"
"They have been yelling the news in the streets since two o'clock. I bought the paper, and just ran in here. Then I saw you sitting at this table. I've got it in my pocket now."
yelling - hurlant; (yell) hurlant
I've got it - Je l'ai
He pulled the newspaper out. It was a good-sized rosy sheet, as if flushed by the warmth of its own convictions, which were optimistic. He scanned the pages rapidly.
flushed - rincé; rougeur
warmth - chaleur
optimistic - optimiste
scanned - numérisé; scanner, fouiller, scanner, numériser, scander, scan
rapidly - rapidement
"Ah! Here it is. Bomb in Greenwich Park. There isn't much so far. Half-past eleven. Foggy morning. Effects of explosion felt as far as Romney Road and Park Place. Enormous hole in the ground under a tree filled with smashed roots and broken branches. All round fragments of a man's body blown to pieces. That's all.
smashed - écrasé; smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser
roots - des racines; racine
branches - branches; branche, t+rameau, branche, affluent, filiale
fragments - fragments; fragment, fragmenter, fragmenter
The rest's mere newspaper gup. No doubt a wicked attempt to blow up the Observatory, they say. H'm. That's hardly credible."
gup - gup
wicked - méchante; chicaneur, torve; (wick) méchante; chicaneur, torve
Observatory - observatoire
credible - crédible
He looked at the paper for a while longer in silence, then passed it to the other, who after gazing abstractedly at the print laid it down without comment.
abstractedly - de maniere abstraite
It was Ossipon who spoke first-still resentful.
resentful - rancunier
"The fragments of only one man, you note. Ergo: blew himself up. That spoils your day off for you-don't it? Were you expecting that sort of move? I hadn't the slightest idea-not the ghost of a notion of anything of the sort being planned to come off here-in this country. Under the present circumstances it's nothing short of criminal."
Ergo - ergo
spoils - le gâchis; gâter, gâcher, gâter, gâter, tourner, dévoiler
circumstances - circonstances; circonstance
The little man lifted his thin black eyebrows with dispassionate scorn.
"Criminal! What is that? What is crime? What can be the meaning of such an assertion?"
"How am I to express myself? One must use the current words," said Ossipon impatiently. "The meaning of this assertion is that this business may affect our position very adversely in this country. Isn't that crime enough for you? I am convinced you have been giving away some of your stuff lately."
current - courant, présent, actuel
impatiently - avec impatience
Ossipon stared hard. The other, without flinching, lowered and raised his head slowly.
flinching - flancher; tressaillir
"You have!" burst out the editor of the F. P. leaflets in an intense whisper. "No! And are you really handing it over at large like this, for the asking, to the first fool that comes along?"
editor - rédacteur, lecteur-correcteur, réviseur, éditeur, éditrice
whisper - chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer
fool - idiot; ; dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper
"Just so! The condemned social order has not been built up on paper and ink, and I don't fancy that a combination of paper and ink will ever put an end to it, whatever you may think. Yes, I would give the stuff with both hands to every man, woman, or fool that likes to come along. I know what you are thinking about.
condemned - condamnée; condamner, déclarer coupable, condamner, condamner
combination - combinaison, sélection, association, groupement, side-car
But I am not taking my cue from the Red Committee. I would see you all hounded out of here, or arrested-or beheaded for that matter-without turning a hair. What happens to us as individuals is not of the least consequence."
cue - cue; réplique
hounded - traqué; chien (de chasse)
beheaded - décapité; décapiter
consequence - conséquence
He spoke carelessly, without heat, almost without feeling, and Ossipon, secretly much affected, tried to copy this detachment.
secretly - secretement; ; secretement, en cachette
"If the police here knew their business they would shoot you full of holes with revolvers, or else try to sand-bag you from behind in broad daylight."
shoot - tirer; larguer, tirent, tirer, tirons, tirez
revolvers - revolvers; revolver
sand - sable; sableuxse, sable
daylight - la lumiere du jour; ; jour, lumiere du jour
The little man seemed already to have considered that point of view in his dispassionate self-confident manner.
"Yes," he assented with the utmost readiness. "But for that they would have to face their own institutions. Do you see? That requires uncommon grit. Grit of a special kind."
assented - a donné son assentiment; assentiment
utmost - le plus important; ; extreme, plus grand, supreme, maximum
readiness - l'état de préparation; ; préparation
"I fancy that's exactly what would happen to you if you were to set up your laboratory in the States. They don't stand on ceremony with their institutions there."
laboratory - laboratoire
ceremony - cérémonie
"I am not likely to go and see. Otherwise your remark is just," admitted the other. "They have more character over there, and their character is essentially anarchistic. Fertile ground for us, the States-very good ground. The great Republic has the root of the destructive matter in her. The collective temperament is lawless. Excellent. They may shoot us down, but-"
anarchistic - anarchique
fertile - fertile
republic - république
root - racine; enraciner, enracinez, enracinons, enracinent, rave
collective - collectif
lawless - sans foi ni loi, anarchique
"You are too transcendental for me," growled Ossipon, with moody concern.
"Logical," protested the other. "There are several kinds of logic. This is the enlightened kind. America is all right. It is this country that is dangerous, with her idealistic conception of legality. The social spirit of this people is wrapped up in scrupulous prejudices, and that is fatal to our work.
logical - logique
enlightened - éclairé; éclairer, éclairer, informer
idealistic - idéaliste
spirit - l'esprit; ; esprit, moral, élan, spiritueux
wrapped - enveloppé; enrouler (autour de)
scrupulous - scrupuleux
prejudices - préjugés; préjugé, préjugé, idée préconçue, préjudice
You talk of England being our only refuge! So much the worse. Capua! What do we want with refuges? Here you talk, print, plot, and do nothing. I daresay it's very convenient for such Karl Yundts."
refuges - refuges; refuge, refuge
plot - intrigue, lopin, diagramme, graphique, complot, comploter
He shrugged his shoulders slightly, then added with the same leisurely assurance: "To break up the superstition and worship of legality should be our aim. Nothing would please me more than to see Inspector Heat and his likes take to shooting us down in broad daylight with the approval of the public. Half our battle would be won then; the disintegration of the old morality would have set in in its very temple. That is what you ought to aim at. But you revolutionists will never understand that.
superstition - superstition
worship - culte, adoration, vénération, vénérer, adorer
shooting - le tir; ; tir, fusillade; (shoot) le tir; ; tir, fusillade
battle - bataille; bataille, combat
disintegration - désintégration
Temple - le temple; tempe, temple
You plan the future, you lose yourselves in reveries of economical systems derived from what is; whereas what's wanted is a clean sweep and a clear start for a new conception of life. That sort of future will take care of itself if you will only make room for it. Therefore I would shovel my stuff in heaps at the corners of the streets if I had enough for that; and as I haven't, I do my best by perfecting a really dependable detonator."
reveries - reveries; reverie
economical - économe, économique
derived - dérivés; tirer, trouver, déduire, conclure, dériver, dériver
start for - pour commencer
shovel - pelle, beche, peller
in heaps - en tas
dependable - fiable
Ossipon, who had been mentally swimming in deep waters, seized upon the last word as if it were a saving plank.
seized - saisi; saisir, saisir
plank - planche, gainage
"Yes. Your detonators. I shouldn't wonder if it weren't one of your detonators that made a clean sweep of the man in the park."
detonators - détonateurs; détonateur, capsule fulminante
weren - n'était
A shade of vexation darkened the determined sallow face confronting Ossipon.
vexation - vexation; ; tracas, tracasserie, contrariété
darkened - assombri; obscurcir, assombrir, obscurcir, foncer, foncer
confronting - confrontant; confronter, confronter
"My difficulty consists precisely in experimenting practically with the various kinds. They must be tried after all. Besides-"
consists - consiste; consister (en)
precisely - précisément
besides - d'ailleurs; aupres
"Who could that fellow be? I assure you that we in London had no knowledge-Couldn't you describe the person you gave the stuff to?"
assure - assurer, rassurer
The other turned his spectacles upon Ossipon like a pair of searchlights.
searchlights - des projecteurs; projecteur, faisceau
"Describe him," he repeated slowly. "I don't think there can be the slightest objection now. I will describe him to you in one word-Verloc."
objection - objection
Ossipon, whom curiosity had lifted a few inches off his seat, dropped back, as if hit in the face.
inches - pouces; pouce
The self-possessed little man nodded slightly once.
possessed - possédé; posséder, posséder, s'emparer de
"Yes. He's the person. You can't say that in this case I was giving my stuff to the first fool that came along. He was a prominent member of the group as far as I understand."
"Yes," said Ossipon. "Prominent. No, not exactly. He was the centre for general intelligence, and usually received comrades coming over here. More useful than important. Man of no ideas. Years ago he used to speak at meetings-in France, I believe. Not very well, though. He was trusted by such men as Latorre, Moser and all that old lot. The only talent he showed really was his ability to elude the attentions of the police somehow.
comrades - camarades; camaradef, camarade, camarade, camarade
talent - talent
elude - éluder
Here, for instance, he did not seem to be looked after very closely. He was regularly married, you know. I suppose it's with her money that he started that shop. Seemed to make it pay, too."
looked after - pris en charge
closely - de pres; ; étroitement, pres
regularly - régulierement; ; régulierement, fréquemment, normalement
Ossipon paused abruptly, muttered to himself "I wonder what that woman will do now?" and fell into thought.
The other waited with ostentatious indifference. His parentage was obscure, and he was generally known only by his nickname of Professor. His title to that designation consisted in his having been once assistant demonstrator in chemistry at some technical institute. He quarrelled with the authorities upon a question of unfair treatment. Afterwards he obtained a post in the laboratory of a manufactory of dyes.
parentage - la filiation; ; parenté
nickname - surnom, surnommer
designation - désignation; ; indication, appellation
demonstrator - manifestant, manifestante
technical - technique, technical
Institute - institut; instituez, instituons, instituer, instituent
quarrelled - se sont disputés; dispute
authorities - autorités; autorité, autorité, autorité
unfair - injuste, déloyal
manufactory - fabrication
dyes - colorants; (se) teindre
There too he had been treated with revolting injustice. His struggles, his privations, his hard work to raise himself in the social scale, had filled him with such an exalted conviction of his merits that it was extremely difficult for the world to treat him with justice-the standard of that notion depending so much upon the patience of the individual. The Professor had genius, but lacked the great social virtue of resignation.
treated - traité; négocier, traiter, traiter, régaler, traiter, guérir
revolting - révoltant; révolter
struggles - des luttes; lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre
privations - privations; privation, privation
scale - échelle; escaladez, escalader, escaladent, gravir, bareme
merits - mérites; mérite, mérite, mériter
Standard - standard, étalon, étendard
genius - génie
lacked - manquée; manquer de qqch
resignation - démission, résignation
"Intellectually a nonentity," Ossipon pronounced aloud, abandoning suddenly the inward contemplation of Mrs Verloc's bereaved person and business. "Quite an ordinary personality. You are wrong in not keeping more in touch with the comrades, Professor," he added in a reproving tone. "Did he say anything to you-give you some idea of his intentions? I hadn't seen him for a month. It seems impossible that he should be gone."
intellectually - intellectuellement
nonentity - non entité; ; moins-que-rien
bereaved - en deuil; arracher
reproving - la réprobation; (reprove) la réprobation
intentions - intentions; intention
"He told me it was going to be a demonstration against a building," said the Professor. "I had to know that much to prepare the missile. I pointed out to him that I had hardly a sufficient quantity for a completely destructive result, but he pressed me very earnestly to do my best. As he wanted something that could be carried openly in the hand, I proposed to make use of an old one-gallon copal varnish can I happened to have by me. He was pleased at the idea. It gave me some trouble, because I had to cut out the bottom first and solder it on again afterwards.
missile - projectile, missile
sufficient - suffisante; ; suffisant
pressed - pressé; appuyer sur, presser
proposed - proposée; proposer, demander en mariage
gallon - gallon
copal - copal
varnish - vernis, vernir
solder - soudure, souder
When prepared for use, the can enclosed a wide-mouthed, well-corked jar of thick glass packed around with some wet clay and containing sixteen ounces of X2 green powder. The detonator was connected with the screw top of the can. It was ingenious-a combination of time and shock. I explained the system to him. It was a thin tube of tin enclosing a-"
jar - bocal; jarre
clay - l'argile; ; argile, terre battue
ounces - onces; once
powder - poudre, réduire en poudre, pulvériser, poudrer, pulvériser
ingenious - ingénieux
tin - l'étain; étain, conserve, boîte de conserve, moule, gamelle
Ossipon's attention had wandered.
wandered - erré; errer, vaguer, divaguer
"What do you think has happened?" he interrupted.
"Can't tell. Screwed the top on tight, which would make the connection, and then forgot the time. It was set for twenty minutes. On the other hand, the time contact being made, a sharp shock would bring about the explosion at once. He either ran the time too close, or simply let the thing fall. The contact was made all right-that's clear to me at any rate. The system's worked perfectly. And yet you would think that a common fool in a hurry would be much more likely to forget to make the contact altogether.
screwed - vissé; vis, hélice, visser, visser, baiser, coucher avec
contact - contact, lentille, connaissance, toucher, contacter
hurry - se dépecher; ; précipitation, hâte
I was worrying myself about that sort of failure mostly. But there are more kinds of fools than one can guard against. You can't expect a detonator to be absolutely fool-proof."
failure - l'échec; ; échec, daube, flop, panne
guard - garde, garde, protection, gardien, arriere, défense, garder
He beckoned to a waiter. Ossipon sat rigid, with the abstracted gaze of mental travail. After the man had gone away with the money he roused himself, with an air of profound dissatisfaction.
beckoned - fait signe; faire signe
rigid - rigide
abstracted - abstraites; résumé, abstrait, abstrait, abstrait, abstrait
gaze - regard; ; fixer
travail - travail
gone away - est parti
roused - réveillé; réveiller
dissatisfaction - l'insatisfaction; ; insatisfaction, mécontentement
"It's extremely unpleasant for me," he mused. "Karl has been in bed with bronchitis for a week. There's an even chance that he will never get up again. Michaelis's luxuriating in the country somewhere. A fashionable publisher has offered him five hundred pounds for a book. It will be a ghastly failure. He has lost the habit of consecutive thinking in prison, you know."
unpleasant - déplaisant, pénible, désagréable
mused - a réfléchi; muse, Muse
bronchitis - bronchite
publisher - éditeur, maison d’édition
consecutive - consécutif
The Professor on his feet, now buttoning his coat, looked about him with perfect indifference.
"What are you going to do?" asked Ossipon wearily. He dreaded the blame of the Central Red Committee, a body which had no permanent place of abode, and of whose membership he was not exactly informed. If this affair eventuated in the stoppage of the modest subsidy allotted to the publication of the F. P. pamphlets, then indeed he would have to regret Verloc's inexplicable folly.
blame - blâme; blâme, gronder, blâment, blâmons, blâmez, blâmer
permanent - permanent, permanente
abode - domicile; domicile, demeure; (abide); endurer, tolérer
membership - l'adhésion; ; adhésion, appartenance, affiliation
informed - informé; informer, avertir (de)
stoppage - arret
subsidy - subvention, subside
allotted - allouée; attribuer
publication - publication
pamphlets - des brochures; pamphlet
regret - regretter, regret
folly - folie, sottise, folie
"Solidarity with the extremest form of action is one thing, and silly recklessness is another," he said, with a sort of moody brutality. "I don't know what came to Verloc. There's some mystery there. However, he's gone. You may take it as you like, but under the circumstances the only policy for the militant revolutionary group is to disclaim all connection with this damned freak of yours.
solidarity - la solidarité; ; solidarité
mystery - mystere; ; mystere
policy - politique; politique
militant - militant
disclaim - renoncer; désavouent, désavouez, démentir, désavouer
freak - monstre; monstre, anormal
How to make the disclaimer convincing enough is what bothers me."
disclaimer - clause de non-responsabilité, rench: t-needed r
convincing - convaincante; convaincre, persuader
bothers - dérange; bâdrer, bâdrer, daigner, se donner la peine, zut!
The little man on his feet, buttoned up and ready to go, was no taller than the seated Ossipon. He levelled his spectacles at the latter's face point-blank.
buttoned up - boutonné
"You might ask the police for a testimonial of good conduct. They know where every one of you slept last night. Perhaps if you asked them they would consent to publish some sort of official statement."
consent - consentir, approuver, agréer, consentement, approbation
"No doubt they are aware well enough that we had nothing to do with this," mumbled Ossipon bitterly. "What they will say is another thing." He remained thoughtful, disregarding the short, owlish, shabby figure standing by his side. "I must lay hands on Michaelis at once, and get him to speak from his heart at one of our gatherings.
bitterly - amerement; ; amerement
disregarding - le non-respect; mépris, ignorer, mépriser
lay - laique; pondre, pose
The public has a sort of sentimental regard for that fellow. His name is known. And I am in touch with a few reporters on the big dailies. What he would say would be utter bosh, but he has a turn of talk that makes it go down all the same."
"Like treacle," interjected the Professor, rather low, keeping an impassive expression.
treacle - de la mélasse; ; mélasse
interjected - s'est interposé; intervenir
impassive - impassible
The perplexed Ossipon went on communing with himself half audibly, after the manner of a man reflecting in perfect solitude.
perplexed - perplexe; déconcerter, troubler, dérouter
communing - communier; (commune) communier
reflecting - réfléchissant; refléter, réfléchir, refléter, réfléchir
"Confounded ass! To leave such an imbecile business on my hands. And I don't even know if-"
He sat with compressed lips. The idea of going for news straight to the shop lacked charm. His notion was that Verloc's shop might have been turned already into a police trap. They will be bound to make some arrests, he thought, with something resembling virtuous indignation, for the even tenor of his revolutionary life was menaced by no fault of his. And yet unless he went there he ran the risk of remaining in ignorance of what perhaps it would be very material for him to know.
compressed - comprimée; comprimer, condenser
arrests - arrestations; arrestation, arreter
tenor - ténor
Risk - risque
Then he reflected that, if the man in the park had been so very much blown to pieces as the evening papers said, he could not have been identified. And if so, the police could have no special reason for watching Verloc's shop more closely than any other place known to be frequented by marked anarchists-no more reason, in fact, than for watching the doors of the Silenus. There would be a lot of watching all round, no matter where he went. Still-
reflected - réfléchie; refléter, réfléchir, refléter, réfléchir, refléter
frequented - fréquenté; fréquent
"I wonder what I had better do now?" he muttered, taking counsel with himself.
counsel - conseil, expertise, plan, projet, conseiller
A rasping voice at his elbow said, with sedate scorn:
rasping - râpeux; grinçant; (rasp) râpeux; grinçant
"Fasten yourself upon the woman for all she's worth."
fasten - attacher, fixer
After uttering these words the Professor walked away from the table. Ossipon, whom that piece of insight had taken unawares, gave one ineffectual start, and remained still, with a helpless gaze, as though nailed fast to the seat of his chair. The lonely piano, without as much as a music stool to help it, struck a few chords courageously, and beginning a selection of national airs, played him out at last to the tune of "Blue Bells of Scotland.
ineffectual - inefficace
helpless - sans défense, désemparé
nailed - cloué; ongle
chords - accords; accord, corde
courageously - courageusement
bells - cloches; cloche
Scotland - l'ecosse; Écosse
The painfully detached notes grew faint behind his back while he went slowly upstairs, across the hall, and into the street.
In front of the great doorway a dismal row of newspaper sellers standing clear of the pavement dealt out their wares from the gutter. It was a raw, gloomy day of the early spring; and the grimy sky, the mud of the streets, the rags of the dirty men, harmonised excellently with the eruption of the damp, rubbishy sheets of paper soiled with printers'ink. The posters, maculated with filth, garnished like tapestry the sweep of the curbstone.
dismal - lamentable, misérable, morne, lugubre, déprimant
raw - cru, brut, nu
gloomy - morose; ; lugubre, sombre, terne, maussade
rags - chiffons; chiffon
excellently - parfaitement
eruption - éruption
rubbishy - rubbishy
printers - des imprimeurs; imprimeur, imprimeuse, imprimeur, imprimeuse
posters - des affiches; poster, affiche
maculated - maculé; impur
filth - de la saleté; ; crasse, saleté, boue
garnished - garni; garnir, garniture, garniture
tapestry - tapisserie, rench: t-needed r
The trade in afternoon papers was brisk, yet, in comparison with the swift, constant march of foot traffic, the effect was of indifference, of a disregarded distribution. Ossipon looked hurriedly both ways before stepping out into the cross-currents, but the Professor was already out of sight.
trade - le commerce; ; commerce, magasin, négoce, corps de métier
brisk - animé, vif, stimulant
constant - constant, constante
distribution - distribution
stepping out - de sortir
currents - les courants; courant, courant, courant, présent, actuel
The Professor had turned into a street to the left, and walked along, with his head carried rigidly erect, in a crowd whose every individual almost overtopped his stunted stature. It was vain to pretend to himself that he was not disappointed. But that was mere feeling; the stoicism of his thought could not be disturbed by this or any other failure. Next time, or the time after next, a telling stroke would be delivered-something really startling-a blow fit to open the first crack in the imposing front of the great edifice of legal conceptions sheltering the atrocious injustice of society. Of humble origin, and with an appearance really so mean as to stand in the way of his considerable natural abilities, his imagination had been fired early by the tales of men rising from the depths of poverty to positions of authority and affluence. The extreme, almost ascetic purity of his thought, combined with an astounding ignorance of worldly conditions, had set before him a goal of power and prestige to be attained without the medium of arts, graces, tact, wealth-by sheer weight of merit alone. On that view he considered himself entitled to undisputed success. His father, a delicate dark enthusiast with a sloping forehead, had been an itinerant and rousing preacher of some obscure but rigid Christian sect-a man supremely confident in the privileges of his righteousness.
rigidly - de maniere rigide; ; rigidement
erect - en érection; fonder, érigeons, érigent, érigez, arborer, ériger
stunted - rabougri; arreter la croissance
vain - vaine; ; rench: vaniteux, frivole, vain, futile
disappointed - déçue; décevoir, désappointer
stoicism - le stoicisme; ; stoicisme
delivered - livrée; accoucher, livrer, livrer, remettre
crack - crack; croustiller, fissure, craquement, fracas, craquer
legal - légale; ; juridique, légal
conceptions - conceptions; conception, conception
sheltering - l'abri; abritant; (shelter); abri, refuge, abriter
origin - origine, source
affluence - l'opulence; ; opulence
ascetic - ascétique, ascete
purity - la pureté; ; pureté
combined - combinés; combiner
astounding - stupéfiante; étonner, stupéfier, ébahir, épater
worldly - laique
prestige - le prestige; ; prestige
medium - milieu, médium, support, média, moyen, demi-anglais
graces - Les grâces; (grace); bénédicité, grâces, grâce, miséricorde
tact - tact
merit - mérite, mériter
entitled - habilité; intituler
undisputed - incontesté
enthusiast - passionné, amateur, enthousiaste, zélote
sloping - en pente; renverser, déborder
preacher - precheur; ; prédicateur, precheur
Christian - chrétien; chrétien, chrétienne, Christian, chrétien
sect - secte
privileges - privileges; privilege, privilégier
righteousness - la justice; ; justice
In the son, individualist by temperament, once the science of colleges had replaced thoroughly the faith of conventicles, this moral attitude translated itself into a frenzied puritanism of ambition. He nursed it as something secularly holy. To see it thwarted opened his eyes to the true nature of the world, whose morality was artificial, corrupt, and blasphemous. The way of even the most justifiable revolutions is prepared by personal impulses disguised into creeds. The Professor's indignation found in itself a final cause that absolved him from the sin of turning to destruction as the agent of his ambition. To destroy public faith in legality was the imperfect formula of his pedantic fanaticism; but the subconscious conviction that the framework of an established social order cannot be effectually shattered except by some form of collective or individual violence was precise and correct. He was a moral agent-that was settled in his mind. By exercising his agency with ruthless defiance he procured for himself the appearances of power and personal prestige. That was undeniable to his vengeful bitterness. It pacified its unrest; and in their own way the most ardent of revolutionaries are perhaps doing no more but seeking for peace in common with the rest of mankind-the peace of soothed vanity, of satisfied appetites, or perhaps of appeased conscience.
individualist - individualiste
conventicles - des conventicules; conventicule
translated - traduit; traduire, translater
frenzied - frénétique; frénésie
Ambition - l'ambition; ; ambition, ambition (1-5)
secularly - laique
holy - saint, sacré, bénit, saint, checksainte
thwarted - contrecarrée; contrecarrer, contrarier, banc
corrupt - corrompu, dévoyé, corrompre
blasphemous - blasphématoire
justifiable - justifiable
revolutions - révolutions; révolution, révolution, coup d'état, tour
disguised - déguisé; déguisement, déguiser
creeds - croyances; crédo, crédo
absolved - absous; absoudre, absoudre, absoudre
sin - péché; péché, mal
destruction - la destruction; ; destruction
imperfect - imparfait
formula - formule, aliment lacté pour nourrissons
pedantic - pédant
the subconscious - le subconscient
framework - structure, cadre, checkcarcasse, checkcharpente
effectually - efficacement
shattered - brisé; fracasser, réduire en miettes, mettre en pieces, briser
agency - l'agence; ; capacité d'agir, agentivité, agence, action
ruthless - impitoyable
procured - procuré; acquérir, obtenir, proxénétisme, procurer
undeniable - indéniable
vengeful - vengeur
bitterness - l'amertume; ; amertume
pacified - pacifié; pacifier
ardent - ardent, gloss
revolutionaries - révolutionnaires; révolutionnaire, révolutionnaire
seeking - a la recherche; chercher
soothed - apaisé; apaiser, apaiser, calmer, soulager
appetites - appétits; appétit
appeased - apaisé; apaiser, apaiser
Lost in the crowd, miserable and undersized, he meditated confidently on his power, keeping his hand in the left pocket of his trousers, grasping lightly the india-rubber ball, the supreme guarantee of his sinister freedom; but after a while he became disagreeably affected by the sight of the roadway thronged with vehicles and of the pavement crowded with men and women. He was in a long, straight street, peopled by a mere fraction of an immense multitude; but all round him, on and on, even to the limits of the horizon hidden by the enormous piles of bricks, he felt the mass of mankind mighty in its numbers.
undersized - sous-dimensionné
meditated - médité; méditer, méditer
confidently - en toute confiance
grasping - saisir; saisir, agripper, comprendre, saisir
guarantee - garantie, garantir
freedom - la liberté; ; liberté
disagreeably - désagréable
roadway - la chaussée; ; chaussée
thronged - se pressent; essaim, foule, essaim
fraction - fraction
immense - immense
limits - des limites; limite, limitation
piles - piles; pile, tas
mass - masse; masse, foule, amas
mighty - puissant
They swarmed numerous like locusts, industrious like ants, thoughtless like a natural force, pushing on blind and orderly and absorbed, impervious to sentiment, to logic, to terror too perhaps.
swarmed - essaimé; essaim (flying insects)
numerous - nombreux
locusts - des sauterelles; locuste, criquet
Ants - fourmis; fourmi
thoughtless - inattentionné, irréfléchi
orderly - ordonné, planton
absorbed - absorbé; absorber, absorber, éponger, absorber, absorber
impervious - imperméable
logic - logique; logique
terror - la terreur; ; terreur, effroi, terrorisme
That was the form of doubt he feared most. Impervious to fear! Often while walking abroad, when he happened also to come out of himself, he had such moments of dreadful and sane mistrust of mankind. What if nothing could move them? Such moments come to all men whose ambition aims at a direct grasp upon humanity-to artists, politicians, thinkers, reformers, or saints. A despicable emotional state this, against which solitude fortifies a superior character; and with severe exultation the Professor thought of the refuge of his room, with its padlocked cupboard, lost in a wilderness of poor houses, the hermitage of the perfect anarchist. In order to reach sooner the point where he could take his omnibus, he turned brusquely out of the populous street into a narrow and dusky alley paved with flagstones. On one side the low brick houses had in their dusty windows the sightless, moribund look of incurable decay-empty shells awaiting demolition.
dreadful - épouvantable; ; redoutable, affreux, terrible
sane - sain, sain d'esprit
mistrust - méfiance; ; défiance
aims at - vise
grasp - saisir, agripper, comprendre
politicians - politiciens; politique, politicien, politicienne
thinkers - penseurs; penseur, penseuse, penseur, penseuse, intellectuel
Saints - les saints; Saint
despicable - abject, détestable, méprisable
fortifies - fortifie; fortifier, renforcer, supplémenter
superior - supérieur, supérieur
exultation - exultation
refuge - refuge
padlocked - cadenassée; cadenas, cadenasser
wilderness - la nature sauvage; ; désert, naturalité, nature sauvage
hermitage - l'ermitage; ; ermitage
populous - populeux
alley - allée; ruelle
paved - pavé; paver, paver
flagstones - les dalles; dalle, lauze, dalle
sightless - sans vision
incurable - incurable
decay - pourriture; ; décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir, se désintégrer
shells - coquilles; coquille, coquillage, coquille, carapace, coque
awaiting - en attente; attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter, attendre
demolition - démolition
From the other side life had not departed wholly as yet. Facing the only gas-lamp yawned the cavern of a second-hand furniture dealer, where, deep in the gloom of a sort of narrow avenue winding through a bizarre forest of wardrobes, with an undergrowth tangle of table legs, a tall pier-glass glimmered like a pool of water in a wood. An unhappy, homeless couch, accompanied by two unrelated chairs, stood in the open. The only human being making use of the alley besides the Professor, coming stalwart and erect from the opposite direction, checked his swinging pace suddenly.
wholly - entierement
cavern - caverne, grotte
second-hand - (second-hand) de seconde main
furniture dealer - vendeur de meubles
gloom - obscurité, pénombre, grisaille, morosité, noirceur
avenue - avenue
winding - bobinage; (wind) bobinage
bizarre - bizarre
wardrobes - armoires; garde-robe, armoire
undergrowth - broussailles, sous-bois, maquis
tangle - enchevetrement; chaos
pier-glass - (pier-glass) verre de quai
glimmered - miroité; lueur, lueur, émettre une lueur
homeless - sans-abri; ; SDF (sans domicile fixe), itinérant
couch - canapé; canapé, divan
accompanied - accompagné; accompagner, accompagner
unrelated - sans rapport
stalwart - robuste, courageux, vaillant, pilier
swinging - l'échangisme; pivotant; (swing); osciller, se balancer
"Hallo!" he said, and stood a little on one side watchfully.
Hallo - bonjour; salut
The Professor had already stopped, with a ready half turn which brought his shoulders very near the other wall. His right hand fell lightly on the back of the outcast couch, the left remained purposefully plunged deep in the trousers pocket, and the roundness of the heavy rimmed spectacles imparted an owlish character to his moody, unperturbed face.
outcast - exclu; faillir
purposefully - a dessein
trousers pocket - la poche du pantalon
roundness - rotondité
rimmed - bordé; jante, bord
imparted - transmis; donner, communiquer, transmettre
unperturbed - imperturbable
It was like a meeting in a side corridor of a mansion full of life. The stalwart man was buttoned up in a dark overcoat, and carried an umbrella. His hat, tilted back, uncovered a good deal of forehead, which appeared very white in the dusk. In the dark patches of the orbits the eyeballs glimmered piercingly. Long, drooping moustaches, the colour of ripe corn, framed with their points the square block of his shaved chin.
dusk - crépuscule
patches - des correctifs; piece, rustine
orbits - orbites; orbite, orbiter
eyeballs - les globes oculaires; globe oculaire, évaluer a vue de nez
piercingly - de façon percutante
ripe - mur; pruine, mur
corn - mais; mais
"I am not looking for you," he said curtly.
curtly - sechement
The Professor did not stir an inch. The blended noises of the enormous town sank down to an inarticulate low murmur. Chief Inspector Heat of the Special Crimes Department changed his tone.
blended - mélangé; mélange, mélanger, meler, mixer
"Not in a hurry to get home?" he asked, with mocking simplicity.
simplicity - la simplicité; ; simplicité
The unwholesome-looking little moral agent of destruction exulted silently in the possession of personal prestige, keeping in check this man armed with the defensive mandate of a menaced society. More fortunate than Caligula, who wished that the Roman Senate had only one head for the better satisfaction of his cruel lust, he beheld in that one man all the forces he had set at defiance: the force of law, property, oppression, and injustice.
unwholesome - malsain
exulted - exulté; exulter
defensive - défensif
mandate - commettant, mandat
Senate - le sénat; ; sénat
cruel - cruel; cruel
lust - la convoitise; ; luxure, concupiscence, convoitise, joie
He beheld all his enemies, and fearlessly confronted them all in a supreme satisfaction of his vanity. They stood perplexed before him as if before a dreadful portent. He gloated inwardly over the chance of this meeting affirming his superiority over all the multitude of mankind.
fearlessly - sans crainte
gloated - jubilé; jubiler
It was in reality a chance meeting. Chief Inspector Heat had had a disagreeably busy day since his department received the first telegram from Greenwich a little before eleven in the morning. First of all, the fact of the outrage being attempted less than a week after he had assured a high official that no outbreak of anarchist activity was to be apprehended was sufficiently annoying. If he ever thought himself safe in making a statement, it was then. He had made that statement with infinite satisfaction to himself, because it was clear that the high official desired greatly to hear that very thing. He had affirmed that nothing of the sort could even be thought of without the department being aware of it within twenty-four hours; and he had spoken thus in his consciousness of being the great expert of his department.
reality - la réalité; ; réalité, vérité
telegram - télégramme, dépeche
attempted - tenté; tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
high official - haut fonctionnaire
outbreak - l'épidémie; ; éruption, déclenchement, apparition, explosion
apprehended - appréhendé; appréhender, comprendre, appréhender, appréhender
annoying - ennuyeux; gener, ennuyer, embeter, agacer, asticoter
infinite - infini, un nombre infini de
greatly - grandement
He had gone even so far as to utter words which true wisdom would have kept back. But Chief Inspector Heat was not very wise-at least not truly so. True wisdom, which is not certain of anything in this world of contradictions, would have prevented him from attaining his present position. It would have alarmed his superiors, and done away with his chances of promotion. His promotion had been very rapid.
wisdom - la sagesse; ; sagesse
kept back - gardé en arriere
contradictions - des contradictions; contradiction, contradiction, contradiction
attaining - atteindre; atteindre
promotion - promotion
"There isn't one of them, sir, that we couldn't lay our hands on at any time of night and day. We know what each of them is doing hour by hour," he had declared. And the high official had deigned to smile. This was so obviously the right thing to say for an officer of Chief Inspector Heat's reputation that it was perfectly delightful. The high official believed the declaration, which chimed in with his idea of the fitness of things. His wisdom was of an official kind, or else he might have reflected upon a matter not of theory but of experience that in the close-woven stuff of relations between conspirator and police there occur unexpected solutions of continuity, sudden holes in space and time.
delightful - délicieux
declaration - déclaration
chimed - carillonné; carillon
fitness - la forme physique; ; condition physique, fitness
woven - tissé; (weave); tissé
conspirator - conspirateur, conspiratrice
occur - se produisent; ; produire
A given anarchist may be watched inch by inch and minute by minute, but a moment always comes when somehow all sight and touch of him are lost for a few hours, during which something (generally an explosion) more or less deplorable does happen. But the high official, carried away by his sense of the fitness of things, had smiled, and now the recollection of that smile was very annoying to Chief Inspector Heat, principal expert in anarchist procedure.
deplorable - déplorable
This was not the only circumstance whose recollection depressed the usual serenity of the eminent specialist. There was another dating back only to that very morning. The thought that when called urgently to his Assistant Commissioner's private room he had been unable to conceal his astonishment was distinctly vexing. His instinct of a successful man had taught him long ago that, as a general rule, a reputation is built on manner as much as on achievement. And he felt that his manner when confronted with the telegram had not been impressive.
depressed - déprimé; appuyer
urgently - urgemment, d'urgence
commissioner - commissaire
vexing - contrariant; vexant; (vex); ennuyer, énerver
achievement - de la réussite; ; réalisation, accomplissement, haut fait
He had opened his eyes widely, and had exclaimed "Impossible!" exposing himself thereby to the unanswerable retort of a finger-tip laid forcibly on the telegram which the Assistant Commissioner, after reading it aloud, had flung on the desk. To be crushed, as it were, under the tip of a forefinger was an unpleasant experience. Very damaging, too! Furthermore, Chief Inspector Heat was conscious of not having mended matters by allowing himself to express a conviction.
exposing - exposer; exposer, dénoncer, exposer
thereby - et donc; ; ainsi, de ce fait, par la
unanswerable - sans réponse
retort - réplique; rétorquer
finger-tip - (finger-tip) le bout du doigt
forcibly - de force
flung - jeté; lancer
crushed - écrasé; barricade, béguin, amourette, faible, coup de cour
damaging - dommageable; dégât, dommage, dégât, dommage, endommager, abîmer
mended - réparé; réparer, raccommoder, rapiécer, s'améliorer
"One thing I can tell you at once: none of our lot had anything to do with this."
He was strong in his integrity of a good detective, but he saw now that an impenetrably attentive reserve towards this incident would have served his reputation better. On the other hand, he admitted to himself that it was difficult to preserve one's reputation if rank outsiders were going to take a hand in the business. Outsiders are the bane of the police as of other professions.
impenetrably - impénétrable
attentive - attentif
incident - incident, checkfait-divers, checkaccident
preserve - confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle, domaine réservé
rank - rang; rangée, rang, unie, standing
outsiders - étrangers; exclu, tiers, nouveau venu, étranger, inconnu
bane - bane
professions - professions; profession, profession, métier, profession
The tone of the Assistant Commissioner's remarks had been sour enough to set one's teeth on edge.
remarks - remarques; remarque
sour - aigre, sur, rance, tourné, acerbe, acariâtre
And since breakfast Chief Inspector Heat had not managed to get anything to eat.
Starting immediately to begin his investigation on the spot, he had swallowed a good deal of raw, unwholesome fog in the park. Then he had walked over to the hospital; and when the investigation in Greenwich was concluded at last he had lost his inclination for food.
investigation - enquete; ; investigation
Fog - le brouillard; masquer, brume, brouillard
Not accustomed, as the doctors are, to examine closely the mangled remains of human beings, he had been shocked by the sight disclosed to his view when a waterproof sheet had been lifted off a table in a certain apartment of the hospital.
mangled - mutilée; écraser, mutiler
remains - reste; reste, rester, demeurer, rester
beings - etres; etre, créature, existence, etre
waterproof - imperméable a l'eau; ; rench: résistant a l'eau, waterproof
"He's all there. Every bit of him. It was a job."
He had been the first man on the spot after the explosion. He mentioned the fact again. He had seen something like a heavy flash of lightning in the fog. At that time he was standing at the door of the King William Street Lodge talking to the keeper. The concussion made him tingle all over. He ran between the trees towards the Observatory. "As fast as my legs would carry me," he repeated twice.
flash - flash; clignoter, flash
lightning - la foudre; ; éclair, éloise, foudre
William - william; Guillaume, William
keeper - gardien, gardienne, perle, conservateur, conservatrice
concussion - choc, commotion, commotion cérébrale
tingle - picoter, picotement
Chief Inspector Heat, bending forward over the table in a gingerly and horrified manner, let him run on. The hospital porter and another man turned down the corners of the cloth, and stepped aside. The Chief Inspector's eyes searched the gruesome detail of that heap of mixed things, which seemed to have been collected in shambles and rag shops.
gingerly - avec précaution; ; doucement, précautionneusement
gruesome - macabre; ; horrible
mixed - mixte; mélanger
rag - chiffon; chiffon
"You used a shovel," he remarked, observing a sprinkling of small gravel, tiny brown bits of bark, and particles of splintered wood as fine as needles.
observing - l'observation; observer, remarquer, respecter, observer, garder
sprinkling - l'aspersion; (sprinkle); saupoudrer, asperger
gravel - graviers, gravillons, gravier
bark - l'écorce; écorce, coque, aboyer
particles - particules; particule, particule, particule
needles - aiguilles; aiguille, aiguille, saphir, aiguille, coudre
"Had to in one place," said the stolid constable. "I sent a keeper to fetch a spade. When he heard me scraping the ground with it he leaned his forehead against a tree, and was as sick as a dog."
stolid - solide; ; impassible
fetch - chercher; apporter, aveignez, amener, aveignent, apportons
spade - beche; creuser, palette, beche
scraping - grattant; (scrap) grattant
The Chief Inspector, stooping guardedly over the table, fought down the unpleasant sensation in his throat. The shattering violence of destruction which had made of that body a heap of nameless fragments affected his feelings with a sense of ruthless cruelty, though his reason told him the effect must have been as swift as a flash of lightning. The man, whoever he was, had died instantaneously; and yet it seemed impossible to believe that a human body could have reached that state of disintegration without passing through the pangs of inconceivable agony. No physiologist, and still less of a metaphysician, Chief Inspector Heat rose by the force of sympathy, which is a form of fear, above the vulgar conception of time. Instantaneous! He remembered all he had ever read in popular publications of long and terrifying dreams dreamed in the instant of waking; of the whole past life lived with frightful intensity by a drowning man as his doomed head bobs up, streaming, for the last time.
stooping - se baisser; se baisser
guardedly - serré
shattering - en éclats; fracasser, réduire en miettes, mettre en pieces
nameless - sans nom, innomé
Whoever - quiconque, qui que ce soit qui
instantaneously - instantanément
pangs - des douleurs; douleur (soudaine)
agony - l'agonie; ; agonie, angoisse
vulgar - vulgaire, obscene
past life - vie antérieure
frightful - effrayante; ; effrayant
intensity - l'intensité; ; intensité
drowning - la noyade; ; noyade; (drown); noyer, checksubmerger
bobs - bobs; monter et descendre (sur place)
streaming - streaming; (stream); ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant
The inexplicable mysteries of conscious existence beset Chief Inspector Heat till he evolved a horrible notion that ages of atrocious pain and mental torture could be contained between two successive winks of an eye. And meantime the Chief Inspector went on, peering at the table with a calm face and the slightly anxious attention of an indigent customer bending over what may be called the by-products of a butcher's shop with a view to an inexpensive Sunday dinner. All the time his trained faculties of an excellent investigator, who scorns no chance of information, followed the self-satisfied, disjointed loquacity of the constable.
beset - assiégé; assaillir
evolved - évolué; évoluer, progresser, élaborer
torture - la torture; ; torture, torturer
successive - successifs
winks - clins d'oil; faire un clin d''oil (a)
meantime - entre-temps; ; pendant ce temps
indigent - nécessiteux, indigent
inexpensive - peu couteux
faculties - facultés; faculté
investigator - enqueteur; ; enqueteur, enquetrice, investigateur
scorns - méprise; mépriser, dédaigner, mépriser, mépris, dédain
"A fair-haired fellow," the last observed in a placid tone, and paused. "The old woman who spoke to the sergeant noticed a fair-haired fellow coming out of Maze Hill Station." He paused. "And he was a fair-haired fellow. She noticed two men coming out of the station after the uptrain had gone on," he continued slowly.
haired - cheveux
placid - placide
sergeant - sergent
maze - labyrinthe; ; dédale
uptrain - s'entraîner
"She couldn't tell if they were together. She took no particular notice of the big one, but the other was a fair, slight chap, carrying a tin varnish can in one hand." The constable ceased.
chap - chap; fissure
"Know the woman?" muttered the Chief Inspector, with his eyes fixed on the table, and a vague notion in his mind of an inquest to be held presently upon a person likely to remain for ever unknown.
vague - vague
inquest - enquete (criminelle)
remain - reste, rester, demeurer
unknown - inconnu, inconnue, inconnu
"Yes. She's housekeeper to a retired publican, and attends the chapel in Park Place sometimes," the constable uttered weightily, and paused, with another oblique glance at the table.
housekeeper - femme de ménage; ; gouvernante, ménagere
retired - a la retraite; prendre sa retraite
publican - publicain; patron/-onne de pub
chapel - chapelle
uttered - prononcée; complet, total
weightily - lourdement
Then suddenly: "Well, here he is-all of him I could see. Fair. Slight-slight enough. Look at that foot there. I picked up the legs first, one after another. He was that scattered you didn't know where to begin."
scattered - dispersé; disperser, se disperser, éparpiller, parsemer
The constable paused; the least flicker of an innocent self-laudatory smile invested his round face with an infantile expression.
flicker - scintillement; flottge
laudatory - élogieux
invested - investi; investir, placer
infantile - infantile
"Stumbled," he announced positively. "I stumbled once myself, and pitched on my head too, while running up. Them roots do stick out all about the place. Stumbled against the root of a tree and fell, and that thing he was carrying must have gone off right under his chest, I expect."
stumbled - en état de choc; chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher
pitched - lancé; dresser
running up - en cours d'exécution
stick out - sortir
gone off - s'est éteint
The echo of the words "Person unknown" repeating itself in his inner consciousness bothered the Chief Inspector considerably. He would have liked to trace this affair back to its mysterious origin for his own information. He was professionally curious. Before the public he would have liked to vindicate the efficiency of his department by establishing the identity of that man.
Echo - echo; ; écho
bothered - dérangés; bâdrer, bâdrer, daigner, se donner la peine, zut!
Considerably - considérablement, largement
professionally - sur le plan professionnel
vindicate - blanchir, faire valoir, défendre, revendiquer, affirmer
efficiency - l'efficacité; ; efficacité, rendement
establishing - établissant; affermir, établir, établir
identity - l'identité; ; identité
He was a loyal servant. That, however, appeared impossible. The first term of the problem was unreadable-lacked all suggestion but that of atrocious cruelty.
loyal - loyal, fidele
unreadable - illisible
Overcoming his physical repugnance, Chief Inspector Heat stretched out his hand without conviction for the salving of his conscience, and took up the least soiled of the rags. It was a narrow strip of velvet with a larger triangular piece of dark blue cloth hanging from it. He held it up to his eyes; and the police constable spoke.
Overcoming - surmonter; vaincre, surmonter, envahir
repugnance - répugnance
salving - sédatif; (salve) sédatif
triangular - triangulaire
"Velvet collar. Funny the old woman should have noticed the velvet collar. Dark blue overcoat with a velvet collar, she has told us. He was the chap she saw, and no mistake. And here he is all complete, velvet collar and all. I don't think I missed a single piece as big as a postage stamp."
postage - l'affranchissement; ; affranchissement
At this point the trained faculties of the Chief Inspector ceased to hear the voice of the constable. He moved to one of the windows for better light. His face, averted from the room, expressed a startled intense interest while he examined closely the triangular piece of broad-cloth. By a sudden jerk he detached it, and only after stuffing it into his pocket turned round to the room, and flung the velvet collar back on the table-
averted - évitée; prévenir
examined - examinés; examiner, examiner
jerk - con; par secousse, soubresaut
"Cover up," he directed the attendants curtly, without another look, and, saluted by the constable, carried off his spoil hastily.
saluted - salué; saluer, faire un salut
carried off - emportés
A convenient train whirled him up to town, alone and pondering deeply, in a third-class compartment. That singed piece of cloth was incredibly valuable, and he could not defend himself from astonishment at the casual manner it had come into his possession. It was as if Fate had thrust that clue into his hands. And after the manner of the average man, whose ambition is to command events, he began to mistrust such a gratuitous and accidental success-just because it seemed forced upon him. The practical value of success depends not a little on the way you look at it. But Fate looks at nothing. It has no discretion. He no longer considered it eminently desirable all round to establish publicly the identity of the man who had blown himself up that morning with such horrible completeness. But he was not certain of the view his department would take. A department is to those it employs a complex personality with ideas and even fads of its own. It depends on the loyal devotion of its servants, and the devoted loyalty of trusted servants is associated with a certain amount of affectionate contempt, which keeps it sweet, as it were.
whirled - tourbillonné; tourbillonner
pondering - réfléchir; songer, réfléchir, interroger
deeply - profondément
compartment - compartiment, terrasse
singed - brulé; roussir
incredibly - incroyable
defend - défendre
thrust - estocade, poussée, propulser
clue - indice, indice, piste, idée, informer
Command - commandement, ordre, maîtrise, commande, commander, ordonner
accidental - accidentelle; ; accidentel, altération
practical value - valeur pratique
eminently - éminemment
desirable - souhaitable, désirable
establish - affermir, établir
completeness - l'exhaustivité; ; complétude
fads - des modes; mode, lubie
loyalty - la loyauté; ; loyauté
associated - associés; fréquenter, associer
contempt - le mépris; ; mépris, outrage
By a benevolent provision of Nature no man is a hero to his valet, or else the heroes would have to brush their own clothes. Likewise no department appears perfectly wise to the intimacy of its workers. A department does not know so much as some of its servants. Being a dispassionate organism, it can never be perfectly informed. It would not be good for its efficiency to know too much. Chief Inspector Heat got out of the train in a state of thoughtfulness entirely untainted with disloyalty, but not quite free of that jealous mistrust which so often springs on the ground of perfect devotion, whether to women or to institutions.
provision - disposition; ; provision, provisionner
valet - valet, valet de chambre, majordome, chaperon, duegne
likewise - de meme
intimacy - l'intimité; ; intimité
Workers - les travailleurs; travailleur, travailleuse, ouvrier, ouvriere
thoughtfulness - de la réflexion; ; prévenance, attention, sollicitude, réflexion
entirely - entierement; ; entierement, entierement (1)
untainted - non contaminé
disloyalty - déloyauté
jealous - jaloux, jalouse, envieux, rench:
whether - si, que, soit, si oui ou non
It was in this mental disposition, physically very empty, but still nauseated by what he had seen, that he had come upon the Professor. Under these conditions which make for irascibility in a sound, normal man, this meeting was specially unwelcome to Chief Inspector Heat. He had not been thinking of the Professor; he had not been thinking of any individual anarchist at all. The complexion of that case had somehow forced upon him the general idea of the absurdity of things human, which in the abstract is sufficiently annoying to an unphilosophical temperament, and in concrete instances becomes exasperating beyond endurance. At the beginning of his career Chief Inspector Heat had been concerned with the more energetic forms of thieving. He had gained his spurs in that sphere, and naturally enough had kept for it, after his promotion to another department, a feeling not very far removed from affection.
nauseated - nauséeux; écourer, avoir la nausée
irascibility - irascibilité
specially - particulierement, spécialement
unwelcome - indésirable
unphilosophical - non philosophique
concrete - du béton; ; concret, de béton, béton, bétonner, concréter
instances - instances; instance
exasperating - exaspérant; exaspérer
endurance - l'endurance; ; endurance
concerned - préoccupé; inquiétude, souci, soin, souci, préoccupation
more energetic - plus énergique
thieving - le vol; (thieve); voler
Gained - gagné; gagner
spurs - les éperons; éperon
Thieving was not a sheer absurdity. It was a form of human industry, perverse indeed, but still an industry exercised in an industrious world; it was work undertaken for the same reason as the work in potteries, in coal mines, in fields, in tool-grinding shops. It was labour, whose practical difference from the other forms of labour consisted in the nature of its risk, which did not lie in ankylosis, or lead poisoning, or fire-damp, or gritty dust, but in what may be briefly defined in its own special phraseology as "Seven years hard." Chief Inspector Heat was, of course, not insensible to the gravity of moral differences. But neither were the thieves he had been looking after. They submitted to the severe sanctions of a morality familiar to Chief Inspector Heat with a certain resignation.
perverse - pervers
dust - la poussiere; ; poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser
Potteries - poteries; poterie, poterie
coal - charbon, houille, tisons, checkhouille
grinding - broyage; (grind); broyage
practical - pratique
ankylosis - ankylose
lead - plomb; guider, plomb, conduire, mener
poisoning - l'empoisonnement; ; empoisonnement
fire-damp - (fire-damp) feu humide
gritty - granuleux; ; graveleux, résolu, déterminé
briefly - brievement; ; brievement, concisément
defined - défini; déterminer, définir, définir
phraseology - la phraséologie; ; phraséologie
insensible - insensible
looking after - a surveiller
submitted - soumis; soumettre
sanctions - des sanctions; approbation, validation, sanction, décret
They were his fellow-citizens gone wrong because of imperfect education, Chief Inspector Heat believed; but allowing for that difference, he could understand the mind of a burglar, because, as a matter of fact, the mind and the instincts of a burglar are of the same kind as the mind and the instincts of a police officer. Both recognise the same conventions, and have a working knowledge of each other's methods and of the routine of their respective trades. They understand each other, which is advantageous to both, and establishes a sort of amenity in their relations. Products of the same machine, one classed as useful and the other as noxious, they take the machine for granted in different ways, but with a seriousness essentially the same.
citizens - citoyens; citoyen, citoyenne, citoyen, citoyenne, habitant
burglar - cambrioleur, cambrioleuse
instincts - instincts; instinct
respective - respectifs
trades - métiers; commerce, commerce, magasin, négoce, corps de métier
advantageous - avantageux
establishes - établit; affermir, établir, établir
amenity - aménité, agrément, commodité, équipement
noxious - nocif
granted - accordée; accorder, admettre
seriousness - sérieux; ; sériosité, gravité
The mind of Chief Inspector Heat was inaccessible to ideas of revolt. But his thieves were not rebels. His bodily vigour, his cool inflexible manner, his courage and his fairness, had secured for him much respect and some adulation in the sphere of his early successes. He had felt himself revered and admired. And Chief Inspector Heat, arrested within six paces of the anarchist nick-named the Professor, gave a thought of regret to the world of thieves-sane, without morbid ideals, working by routine, respectful of constituted authorities, free from all taint of hate and despair.
inaccessible - inaccessible
vigour - force, vigueur, énergie
inflexible - inflexible
courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance
fairness - l'équité; ; justice
secured - sécurisé; sur, sur, sur, sur, sur, sur, sécuriser
respect - respect, respecter
adulation - l'adulation; ; adulation
revered - vénéré; idolâtrer
admired - admiré; admirer
paces - des allures; pas
nick - nick; ; Nico
constituted - constitué; constituer
despair - le désespoir; ; désespérer, désespoir
After paying this tribute to what is normal in the constitution of society (for the idea of thieving appeared to his instinct as normal as the idea of property), Chief Inspector Heat felt very angry with himself for having stopped, for having spoken, for having taken that way at all on the ground of it being a short cut from the station to the headquarters.
tribute - hommage, tribut
constitution - constitution
And he spoke again in his big authoritative voice, which, being moderated, had a threatening character.
authoritative - qui fait autorité
moderated - modéré; modéré, modéré, modéré, modéré, moderer, modérer
threatening - menaçante; ; menaçant; (threaten); menacer
"You are not wanted, I tell you," he repeated.
The anarchist did not stir. An inward laugh of derision uncovered not only his teeth but his gums as well, shook him all over, without the slightest sound. Chief Inspector Heat was led to add, against his better judgment:
Derision - dérision
judgment - jugement, sentence, verdict, jugement dernier
"Not yet. When I want you I will know where to find you."
Those were perfectly proper words, within the tradition and suitable to his character of a police officer addressing one of his special flock. But the reception they got departed from tradition and propriety. It was outrageous. The stunted, weakly figure before him spoke at last.
suitable - adapté; ; approprié, convenable, opportun, idoine
flock - troupeau; troupeau
weakly - souffreteuxse
"I've no doubt the papers would give you an obituary notice then. You know best what that would be worth to you. I should think you can imagine easily the sort of stuff that would be printed. But you may be exposed to the unpleasantness of being buried together with me, though I suppose your friends would make an effort to sort us out as much as possible."
obituary notice - une notice nécrologique
buried - enterré; enterrer
With all his healthy contempt for the spirit dictating such speeches, the atrocious allusiveness of the words had its effect on Chief Inspector Heat. He had too much insight, and too much exact information as well, to dismiss them as rot. The dusk of this narrow lane took on a sinister tint from the dark, frail little figure, its back to the wall, and speaking with a weak, self-confident voice. To the vigorous, tenacious vitality of the Chief Inspector, the physical wretchedness of that being, so obviously not fit to live, was ominous; for it seemed to him that if he had the misfortune to be such a miserable object he would not have cared how soon he died. Life had such a strong hold upon him that a fresh wave of nausea broke out in slight perspiration upon his brow. The murmur of town life, the subdued rumble of wheels in the two invisible streets to the right and left, came through the curve of the sordid lane to his ears with a precious familiarity and an appealing sweetness.
dictating - dicter; dicter
dismiss - licencier
rot - pourriture; ; pourrir
lane - chemin
tint - teinte; teinte, nuance, teindre
tenacious - tenace
vitality - vitalité
wretchedness - la misere
ominous - de mauvais augure
misfortune - malchance, mésaventure, malheur
nausea - des nausées; ; nausée, dégout
rumble - borborygme (stomach), gargouillement (stomach)
invisible - invisible, caché
curve - courbe, courbes, courber
precious - précieux
appealing - attrayante; en appeler (a), supplier
He was human. But Chief Inspector Heat was also a man, and he could not let such words pass.
"All this is good to frighten children with," he said. "I'll have you yet."
frighten - effrayer, redouter, terrifier
It was very well said, without scorn, with an almost austere quietness.
austere - austere; ; austere
quietness - la tranquillité
"Doubtless," was the answer; "but there's no time like the present, believe me. For a man of real convictions this is a fine opportunity of self-sacrifice. You may not find another so favourable, so humane. There isn't even a cat near us, and these condemned old houses would make a good heap of bricks where you stand. You'll never get me at so little cost to life and property, which you are paid to protect."
doubtless - sans doute; ; sans aucun doute, sans nul doute, indubitablement
sacrifice - sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande
humane - humaine; ; humain
"You don't know who you're speaking to," said Chief Inspector Heat firmly. "If I were to lay my hands on you now I would be no better than yourself."
"Ah! The game!'
"You may be sure our side will win in the end. It may yet be necessary to make people believe that some of you ought to be shot at sight like mad dogs. Then that will be the game. But I'll be damned if I know what yours is. I don't believe you know yourselves. You'll never get anything by it."
at sight - a vue
"Meantime it's you who get something from it-so far. And you get it easily, too. I won't speak of your salary, but haven't you made your name simply by not understanding what we are after?"
"What are you after, then?" asked Chief Inspector Heat, with scornful haste, like a man in a hurry who perceives he is wasting his time.
scornful - méprisante; ; méprisant}, dédaigneux
haste - hâte
perceives - perçoit; percevoir
wasting - le gaspillage; (wast) le gaspillage
The perfect anarchist answered by a smile which did not part his thin colourless lips; and the celebrated Chief Inspector felt a sense of superiority which induced him to raise a warning finger.
colourless - sans couleur, incolore
"Give it up-whatever it is," he said in an admonishing tone, but not so kindly as if he were condescending to give good advice to a cracksman of repute. "Give it up. You'll find we are too many for you."
admonishing - l'admonestation; admonester, avertir, réprimander
condescending to - avec condescendance
cracksman - cracksman
repute - réputation
The fixed smile on the Professor's lips wavered, as if the mocking spirit within had lost its assurance. Chief Inspector Heat went on:
wavered - a vacillé; hésiter
"Don't you believe me eh? Well, you've only got to look about you. We are. And anyway, you're not doing it well. You're always making a mess of it. Why, if the thieves didn't know their work better they would starve."
mess - le désordre; purée, fouillis, bouillie
The hint of an invincible multitude behind that man's back roused a sombre indignation in the breast of the Professor. He smiled no longer his enigmatic and mocking smile. The resisting power of numbers, the unattackable stolidity of a great multitude, was the haunting fear of his sinister loneliness. His lips trembled for some time before he managed to say in a strangled voice:
invincible - invincible
enigmatic - énigmatique
resisting power - résister au pouvoir
unattackable - inattaquable
stolidity - la solidité
haunting - la hantise; ; hantise; (haunt); hanter, demeurer
loneliness - la solitude; ; solitude
strangled - étranglé; étrangler
"I am doing my work better than you're doing yours."
"That'll do now," interrupted Chief Inspector Heat hurriedly; and the Professor laughed right out this time. While still laughing he moved on; but he did not laugh long. It was a sad-faced, miserable little man who emerged from the narrow passage into the bustle of the broad thoroughfare. He walked with the nerveless gait of a tramp going on, still going on, indifferent to rain or sun in a sinister detachment from the aspects of sky and earth. Chief Inspector Heat, on the other hand, after watching him for a while, stepped out with the purposeful briskness of a man disregarding indeed the inclemencies of the weather, but conscious of having an authorised mission on this earth and the moral support of his kind.
emerged - a émergé; émerger, émerger, sortir, émerger
bustle - l'agitation; ; affairement, branlebas, remue-ménage, agitation
nerveless - sans nerfs
gait - démarche; démarche
tramp - piéton; ; clochard, va-nuieds, traînée, garce
Aspects - aspects; aspect, aspect, rench: -neededr, rench: -neededr
purposeful - intentionnel
briskness - brillance
All the inhabitants of the immense town, the population of the whole country, and even the teeming millions struggling upon the planet, were with him-down to the very thieves and mendicants. Yes, the thieves themselves were sure to be with him in his present work. The consciousness of universal support in his general activity heartened him to grapple with the particular problem.
inhabitants - habitants; habitant, habitante, résident, résidente
teeming - foisonnante; grouiller (de)
mendicants - mendiants; mendiant
heartened - réconforté; encourager
grapple with - aux prises avec
The problem immediately before the Chief Inspector was that of managing the Assistant Commissioner of his department, his immediate superior. This is the perennial problem of trusty and loyal servants; anarchism gave it its particular complexion, but nothing more. Truth to say, Chief Inspector Heat thought but little of anarchism. He did not attach undue importance to it, and could never bring himself to consider it seriously.
immediate - immédiate; ; immédiat, proche
perennial - pérenne, vivace
attach - attacher
importance - importance
seriously - sérieusement, gravement, sérieux
It had more the character of disorderly conduct; disorderly without the human excuse of drunkenness, which at any rate implies good feeling and an amiable leaning towards festivity. As criminals, anarchists were distinctly no class-no class at all. And recalling the Professor, Chief Inspector Heat, without checking his swinging pace, muttered through his teeth:
Excuse - pardon; ; excuser, pardonner, justifier, prétexte, excuse
drunkenness - l'ivresse; ; ébriété, ivresse
festivity - festivité, réjouissances
recalling - rappelant; rappeler, souvenir
lunatic - lunatique; ; dément, démente, aliéné, aliénée
Catching thieves was another matter altogether. It had that quality of seriousness belonging to every form of open sport where the best man wins under perfectly comprehensible rules. There were no rules for dealing with anarchists. And that was distasteful to the Chief Inspector. It was all foolishness, but that foolishness excited the public mind, affected persons in high places, and touched upon international relations. A hard, merciless contempt settled rigidly on the Chief Inspector's face as he walked on.
comprehensible - compréhensible
distasteful - de mauvais gout
foolishness - la betise; ; folie, sottise, déraison
merciless - sans pitié
His mind ran over all the anarchists of his flock. Not one of them had half the spunk of this or that burglar he had known. Not half-not one-tenth.
ran over - s'est écrasé
spunk - le spunk; ; entrain, vivacité, vitalité, foutre
tenth - dixieme; ; dixieme (''before the noun''); (''in names of monarchs and popes'') dix (''after the name'') (''abbreviation'' X)
At headquarters the Chief Inspector was admitted at once to the Assistant Commissioner's private room. He found him, pen in hand, bent over a great table bestrewn with papers, as if worshipping an enormous double inkstand of bronze and crystal. Speaking tubes resembling snakes were tied by the heads to the back of the Assistant Commissioner's wooden arm-chair, and their gaping mouths seemed ready to bite his elbows.
bent - plié; courba, courbai, courbés, courbé, cambrai
worshipping - culte; culte, adoration, vénération, culte, culte, vénérer
crystal - cristal, de cristal, en cristal
tubes - tubes; tuyau, tube, canette (de biere)
And in this attitude he raised only his eyes, whose lids were darker than his face and very much creased. The reports had come in: every anarchist had been exactly accounted for.
creased - froissé; pli
After saying this he lowered his eyes, signed rapidly two single sheets of paper, and only then laid down his pen, and sat well back, directing an inquiring gaze at his renowned subordinate. The Chief Inspector stood it well, deferential but inscrutable.
inquiring - en quete de renseignements; enqueter, renseigner
subordinate - subordonné, subordonnée, subordonnés, subordonnées
"I daresay you were right," said the Assistant Commissioner, "in telling me at first that the London anarchists had nothing to do with this. I quite appreciate the excellent watch kept on them by your men. On the other hand, this, for the public, does not amount to more than a confession of ignorance."
appreciate - etre reconnaissant de, apprécier a sa juste valeur
The Assistant Commissioner's delivery was leisurely, as it were cautious. His thought seemed to rest poised on a word before passing to another, as though words had been the stepping-stones for his intellect picking its way across the waters of error. "Unless you have brought something useful from Greenwich," he added.
poised - en place; assurance, aisance, sang-froid, aplomb, poise
The Chief Inspector began at once the account of his investigation in a clear matter-of-fact manner. His superior turning his chair a little, and crossing his thin legs, leaned sideways on his elbow, with one hand shading his eyes. His listening attitude had a sort of angular and sorrowful grace. Gleams as of highly burnished silver played on the sides of his ebony black head when he inclined it slowly at the end.
angular - angulaire
sorrowful - chagrin
burnished - bruni; polir
ebony - ébene; ; ébene, bois d'ébene, ébénier
Chief Inspector Heat waited with the appearance of turning over in his mind all he had just said, but, as a matter of fact, considering the advisability of saying something more. The Assistant Commissioner cut his hesitation short.
advisability - l'opportunité
"You believe there were two men?" he asked, without uncovering his eyes.
uncovering - a découvert; découvrir
The Chief Inspector thought it more than probable. In his opinion, the two men had parted from each other within a hundred yards from the Observatory walls. He explained also how the other man could have got out of the park speedily without being observed. The fog, though not very dense, was in his favour. He seemed to have escorted the other to the spot, and then to have left him there to do the job single-handed.
probable - probable
speedily - rapidement
dense - dense, obscur, bouché
escorted - escorté; escorte, escorter
Taking the time those two were seen coming out of Maze Hill Station by the old woman, and the time when the explosion was heard, the Chief Inspector thought that the other man might have been actually at the Greenwich Park Station, ready to catch the next train up, at the moment his comrade was destroying himself so thoroughly.
"Very thoroughly-eh?" murmured the Assistant Commissioner from under the shadow of his hand.
The Chief Inspector in a few vigorous words described the aspect of the remains. "The coroner's jury will have a treat," he added grimly.
coroner - médecin légiste, coroner
jury - jury; jury
treat - négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir, soigner
The Assistant Commissioner uncovered his eyes.
"We shall have nothing to tell them," he remarked languidly.
He looked up, and for a time watched the markedly non-committal attitude of his Chief Inspector. His nature was one that is not easily accessible to illusions. He knew that a department is at the mercy of its subordinate officers, who have their own conceptions of loyalty. His career had begun in a tropical colony. He had liked his work there. It was police work. He had been very successful in tracking and breaking up certain nefarious secret societies amongst the natives. Then he took his long leave, and got married rather impulsively. It was a good match from a worldly point of view, but his wife formed an unfavourable opinion of the colonial climate on hearsay evidence. On the other hand, she had influential connections.
markedly - de façon marquée; ; nettement
committal - la mise en liberté
accessible - accessible
tropical - tropicale; ; tropical
colony - colonie
nefarious - néfaste
secret societies - des sociétés secretes
natives - les autochtones; maternel, autochtone, indigene, natif
impulsively - impulsivement
Colonial - coloniale; ; colonial
hearsay - oui-dire; ; oui-dire, on-dit, rumeur
influential - influent
It was an excellent match. But he did not like the work he had to do now. He felt himself dependent on too many subordinates and too many masters. The near presence of that strange emotional phenomenon called public opinion weighed upon his spirits, and alarmed him by its irrational nature. No doubt that from ignorance he exaggerated to himself its power for good and evil-especially for evil; and the rough east winds of the English spring (which agreed with his wife) augmented his general mistrust of men's motives and of the efficiency of their organisation. The futility of office work especially appalled him on those days so trying to his sensitive liver.
subordinates - des subordonnés; subordonné, subordonnée, subordonnés-p
weighed - pesée; peser, peser, peser, peser, lever l’ancre
spirits - les esprits; esprit, esprit, esprit, moral, élan, esprit
irrational - irrationnel
exaggerated - exagéré; exagérer, outrer
winds - vents; vent
augmented - augmentée; augmenter, accroître
futility - futilité
office work - du travail de bureau
He got up, unfolding himself to his full height, and with a heaviness of step remarkable in so slender a man, moved across the room to the window. The panes streamed with rain, and the short street he looked down into lay wet and empty, as if swept clear suddenly by a great flood. It was a very trying day, choked in raw fog to begin with, and now drowned in cold rain.
unfolding - en cours; (unfold); déplier, dérouler, checkdéplier
heaviness - lourdeur
streamed - en streaming; ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant, torrent
flood - inondation, inonder, submerger, noyer
choked - étouffé; suffoquer, étouffer
The flickering, blurred flames of gas-lamps seemed to be dissolving in a watery atmosphere. And the lofty pretensions of a mankind oppressed by the miserable indignities of the weather appeared as a colossal and hopeless vanity deserving of scorn, wonder, and compassion.
flickering - clignotement; vaciller
blurred - floue; estomper, brouiller, s'estomper, flou, tache, salissure
flames - flammes; flamme, polémique
dissolving - se dissoudre; (dissolve); dissoudre, checkrompre, checkannuler
watery - aqueux
lofty - noble; ; haut
"Horrible, horrible!" thought the Assistant Commissioner to himself, with his face near the window-pane. "We have been having this sort of thing now for ten days; no, a fortnight-a fortnight." He ceased to think completely for a time. That utter stillness of his brain lasted about three seconds. Then he said perfunctorily: "You have set inquiries on foot for tracing that other man up and down the line?"
fortnight - quinze jours, deux semaines, quinzaine
perfunctorily - de maniere perfide
inquiries - des demandes de renseignements; enquete
tracing - le traçage; (trace) le traçage
He had no doubt that everything needful had been done. Chief Inspector Heat knew, of course, thoroughly the business of man-hunting. And these were the routine steps, too, that would be taken as a matter of course by the merest beginner. A few inquiries amongst the ticket collectors and the porters of the two small railway stations would give additional details as to the appearance of the two men; the inspection of the collected tickets would show at once where they came from that morning. It was elementary, and could not have been neglected. Accordingly the Chief Inspector answered that all this had been done directly the old woman had come forward with her deposition.
needful - nécessaire
hunting - la chasse; (hunt); chasser, chercher, chasse
beginner - débutant, débutante
collectors - collectionneurs; collectionneur, collectionneuse, percepteur
porters - les porteurs; porteur/-euse
additional - supplémentaires; ; additionnel
elementary - élémentaire
neglected - négligé; négliger, négliger, négliger, négligence, négligence
accordingly - en conséquence, conséquemment
directly - directement, checktout droit
deposition - destitution, déposition, condensation solide
And he mentioned the name of a station. "That's where they came from, sir," he went on. "The porter who took the tickets at Maze Hill remembers two chaps answering to the description passing the barrier. They seemed to him two respectable working men of a superior sort-sign painters or house decorators. The big man got out of a third-class compartment backward, with a bright tin can in his hand. On the platform he gave it to carry to the fair young fellow who followed him. All this agrees exactly with what the old woman told the police sergeant in Greenwich."
chaps - les chaps; type
barrier - barriere; ; barriere, limite, frontiere
decorators - les décorateurs; décorateur, décoratrice
The Assistant Commissioner, still with his face turned to the window, expressed his doubt as to these two men having had anything to do with the outrage. All this theory rested upon the utterances of an old charwoman who had been nearly knocked down by a man in a hurry. Not a very substantial authority indeed, unless on the ground of sudden inspiration, which was hardly tenable.
charwoman - charwoman; ; femme de ménage, femme de journée
knocked down - renversé
substantial - substantielle; ; substantiel
sudden inspiration - une inspiration soudaine
"Frankly now, could she have been really inspired?" he queried, with grave irony, keeping his back to the room, as if entranced by the contemplation of the town's colossal forms half lost in the night. He did not even look round when he heard the mutter of the word "Providential" from the principal subordinate of his department, whose name, printed sometimes in the papers, was familiar to the great public as that of one of its zealous and hard-working protectors.
queried - interrogé; question, requete
irony - l'ironie; ironie
entranced - envouté; entrée
look round - regarder autour
providential - providentiel
zealous - zélé
protectors - protecteurs; protecteur, guardien, protecteur
Chief Inspector Heat raised his voice a little.
"Strips and bits of bright tin were quite visible to me," he said. "That's a pretty good corroboration."
strips - bandes; enlever
corroboration - corroboration
"And these men came from that little country station," the Assistant Commissioner mused aloud, wondering. He was told that such was the name on two tickets out of three given up out of that train at Maze Hill. The third person who got out was a hawker from Gravesend well known to the porters. The Chief Inspector imparted that information in a tone of finality with some ill humour, as loyal servants will do in the consciousness of their fidelity and with the sense of the value of their loyal exertions.
hawker - colporteur
humour - l'humour; ; humour, humeur, disposition, humeur, amadouer
fidelity - fidélité
exertions - des efforts; effort, dépense
And still the Assistant Commissioner did not turn away from the darkness outside, as vast as a sea.
"Two foreign anarchists coming from that place," he said, apparently to the window-pane. "It's rather unaccountable."'
unaccountable - sans avoir a rendre de comptes
"Yes, sir. But it would be still more unaccountable if that Michaelis weren't staying in a cottage in the neighbourhood."
At the sound of that name, falling unexpectedly into this annoying affair, the Assistant Commissioner dismissed brusquely the vague remembrance of his daily whist party at his club. It was the most comforting habit of his life, in a mainly successful display of his skill without the assistance of any subordinate. He entered his club to play from five to seven, before going home to dinner, forgetting for those two hours whatever was distasteful in his life, as though the game were a beneficent drug for allaying the pangs of moral discontent. His partners were the gloomily humorous editor of a celebrated magazine; a silent, elderly barrister with malicious little eyes; and a highly martial, simple-minded old Colonel with nervous brown hands.
whist - whist; whist
most comforting - le plus réconfortant
mainly - surtout, principalement
assistance - l'assistance; ; assistance
beneficent - bienfaisante
allaying - l'apaisement; (allay); apaiser, pacifier, soulager
discontent - mécontentement, checkprotestation
barrister - avocat, avocate
malicious - malveillante
martial - martial
Colonel - colonel
They were his club acquaintances merely. He never met them elsewhere except at the card-table. But they all seemed to approach the game in the spirit of co-sufferers, as if it were indeed a drug against the secret ills of existence; and every day as the sun declined over the countless roofs of the town, a mellow, pleasurable impatience, resembling the impulse of a sure and profound friendship, lightened his professional labours. And now this pleasurable sensation went out of him with something resembling a physical shock, and was replaced by a special kind of interest in his work of social protection-an improper sort of interest, which may be defined best as a sudden and alert mistrust of the weapon in his hand.
acquaintances - des connaissances; relation, qualifier
elsewhere - ailleurs
card-table - (card-table) table de cartes
sufferers - les personnes souffrant de troubles de la personnalité; malade
declined - refusé; déclin, déclin, déclin
countless - innombrables; ; incalculable, innombrable
mellow - moelleux
friendship - l'amitié; ; amitié
improper - inapproprié
alert - alerte; alarme, vif
weapon - arme
The lady patroness of Michaelis, the ticket-of-leave apostle of humanitarian hopes, was one of the most influential and distinguished connections of the Assistant Commissioner's wife, whom she called Annie, and treated still rather as a not very wise and utterly inexperienced young girl. But she had consented to accept him on a friendly footing, which was by no means the case with all of his wife's influential connections. Married young and splendidly at some remote epoch of the past, she had had for a time a close view of great affairs and even of some great men. She herself was a great lady. Old now in the number of her years, she had that sort of exceptional temperament which defies time with scornful disregard, as if it were a rather vulgar convention submitted to by the mass of inferior mankind. Many other conventions easier to set aside, alas! failed to obtain her recognition, also on temperamental grounds-either because they bored her, or else because they stood in the way of her scorns and sympathies. Admiration was a sentiment unknown to her (it was one of the secret griefs of her most noble husband against her)-first, as always more or less tainted with mediocrity, and next as being in a way an admission of inferiority. And both were frankly inconceivable to her nature. To be fearlessly outspoken in her opinions came easily to her, since she judged solely from the standpoint of her social position. She was equally untrammelled in her actions; and as her tactfulness proceeded from genuine humanity, her bodily vigour remained remarkable and her superiority was serene and cordial, three generations had admired her infinitely, and the last she was likely to see had pronounced her a wonderful woman. Meantime intelligent, with a sort of lofty simplicity, and curious at heart, but not like many women merely of social gossip, she amused her age by attracting within her ken through the power of her great, almost historical, social prestige everything that rose above the dead level of mankind, lawfully or unlawfully, by position, wit, audacity, fortune or misfortune.
patroness - patronne; ; dame patronesse
distinguished - distingué; distinguer, distinguer, distinguer
inexperienced - inexpérimenté
consented - a consenti; consentir, approuver, agréer, consentement
splendidly - magnifiquement
remote - a distance; ; distant, éloigné, télécommande
epoch - époque, ere, période, singularité, évenement
exceptional - exceptionnel
defies - défie; défier, désobéir a
disregard - ne pas en tenir compte; ; mépris, ignorer, mépriser
Alas - hélas; hélas!; (ala) hélas; hélas!
obtain - obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, s'établir
temperamental - capricieux
sympathies - sympathies; compassion, sympathie, condoléance, sympathie
admiration - l'admiration; ; admiration
griefs - griefs; douleur, peine
mediocrity - la médiocrité; ; médiocrité
admission - l'admission; ; admission
ken - ken
solely - uniquement, exclusivement, seulement
standpoint - point de vue
equally - également
untrammelled - sans entraves
tactfulness - le tact
serene - serein; serein, enjoué
cordial - cordial; ; sirop
generations - générations; génération, création, génération, génération
gossip - des ragots; ; commere, commérage, ragot, cancan
amused - amusé; amuser
attracting - attirant; attirer, attirer
unlawfully - illégalement
audacity - l'audace; ; audace, toupet, culot
Royal Highnesses, artists, men of science, young statesmen, and charlatans of all ages and conditions, who, unsubstantial and light, bobbing up like corks, show best the direction of the surface currents, had been welcomed in that house, listened to, penetrated, understood, appraised, for her own edification. In her own words, she liked to watch what the world was coming to. And as she had a practical mind her judgment of men and things, though based on special prejudices, was seldom totally wrong, and almost never wrong-headed. Her drawing-room was probably the only place in the wide world where an Assistant Commissioner of Police could meet a convict liberated on a ticket-of-leave on other than professional and official ground. Who had brought Michaelis there one afternoon the Assistant Commissioner did not remember very well. He had a notion it must have been a certain Member of Parliament of illustrious parentage and unconventional sympathies, which were the standing joke of the comic papers. The notabilities and even the simple notorieties of the day brought each other freely to that temple of an old woman's not ignoble curiosity. You never could guess whom you were likely to come upon being received in semi-privacy within the faded blue silk and gilt frame screen, making a cosy nook for a couch and a few arm-chairs in the great drawing-room, with its hum of voices and the groups of people seated or standing in the light of six tall windows.
statesmen - des hommes d'état; homme d'État
unsubstantial - non substantielle
bobbing - bobbing; monter et descendre (sur place)
penetrated - pénétré; pénétrer
appraised - évalué; évaluer
edification - l'édification; ; édification
convict - condamner, criminel, bagnard
liberated - libéré; libérer
illustrious - illustre
unconventional - non conventionnel
comic papers - des bandes dessinées
notabilities - notabilités; notabilité, notoriété
freely - librement
ignoble - indigne, ignoble
privacy - la vie privée; ; intimité, vie privée, confidentialité
gilt - doré; dorure, doré; (gild) doré; dorure, doré
frame - encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature, image, manche, frame, trame
cosy - douillet, douillette, peinard
nook - le livre; ; coin, angle, recoin
Hum - hum; ; fredonner, bourdonner, fourmiller
Michaelis had been the object of a revulsion of popular sentiment, the same sentiment which years ago had applauded the ferocity of the life sentence passed upon him for complicity in a rather mad attempt to rescue some prisoners from a police van. The plan of the conspirators had been to shoot down the horses and overpower the escort. Unfortunately, one of the police constables got shot too. He left a wife and three small children, and the death of that man aroused through the length and breadth of a realm for whose defence, welfare, and glory men die every day as matter of duty, an outburst of furious indignation, of a raging implacable pity for the victim. Three ring-leaders got hanged. Michaelis, young and slim, locksmith by trade, and great frequenter of evening schools, did not even know that anybody had been killed, his part with a few others being to force open the door at the back of the special conveyance.
applauded - applaudi; applaudir, ovationner, louer, approuver
complicity - complicité
rescue - secours; ; délivrer, secourir, sauver, checksauver, sauvetage
prisoners - prisonniers; prisonnier, prisonniere, prisonnier, prisonniere
police van - un fourgon de police
conspirators - des conspirateurs; conspirateur, conspiratrice
shoot down - abattu
overpower - l'emporter; ; soumettre
escort - escorte, escorter
constables - les gendarmes; agent/-e de police, gendarme
aroused - excité; émoustiller, exciter
realm - domaine, royaume
welfare - l'aide sociale; ; bien-etre, aide sociale
glory - gloire
outburst - explosion; ; transport
furious - furieux, furieux
raging - enragée; rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage
ring - anneau; cerne, ring, anneau, tinter
slim - mince, svelte, maigrir, mincir
locksmith - serrurier
by trade - par métier
frequenter - fréquentation; (frequent) fréquentation
force open - forcer l'ouverture
When arrested he had a bunch of skeleton keys in one pocket, a heavy chisel in another, and a short crowbar in his hand: neither more nor less than a burglar. But no burglar would have received such a heavy sentence. The death of the constable had made him miserable at heart, but the failure of the plot also. He did not conceal either of these sentiments from his empanelled countrymen, and that sort of compunction appeared shockingly imperfect to the crammed court. The judge on passing sentence commented feelingly upon the depravity and callousness of the young prisoner.
bunch - bunch; ; groupe, bouquet, botte, grappe, bande, peloton, tas
skeleton keys - des clés squelettes
chisel - ciseau; ciseler, ciseau, buriner
crowbar - pied de biche; ; pied-de-biche, pince-monseigneur
sentiments - sentiments; sentiment
countrymen - compatriotes; citoyen, citoyenne, habitant, habitante
compunction - complication; ; scrupule, remords, componction
shockingly - de maniere choquante
crammed - entassés; bourrer, ficher, foutre, emmancher, fourrer, gaver
Court - la cour; ; cour, tribunal, court de tennis, court, courtiser
feelingly - sentimentalement
callousness - l'insensibilité; ; insensibilité
That made the groundless fame of his condemnation; the fame of his release was made for him on no better grounds by people who wished to exploit the sentimental aspect of his imprisonment either for purposes of their own or for no intelligible purpose. He let them do so in the innocence of his heart and the simplicity of his mind. Nothing that happened to him individually had any importance. He was like those saintly men whose personality is lost in the contemplation of their faith. His ideas were not in the nature of convictions. They were inaccessible to reasoning. They formed in all their contradictions and obscurities an invincible and humanitarian creed, which he confessed rather than preached, with an obstinate gentleness, a smile of pacific assurance on his lips, and his candid blue eyes cast down because the sight of faces troubled his inspiration developed in solitude.
groundless - sans fondement; ; infondé
condemnation - condamnation
release - libération; lâcher, libération, laisser, acquitement, libérent
imprisonment - l'emprisonnement; ; emprisonnement
intelligible - intelligible
innocence - l'innocence; ; innocence, candeur
individually - individuellement
saintly - saint
obscurities - des obscurités; obscurité
creed - croyance; ; crédo; (cree) croyance; ; crédo
preached - preché; precher, proclamer, precher
obstinate - obstiné
gentleness - la douceur; ; rench:
Pacific - pacifique
candid - sincere, spontané, candide
inspiration - l'inspiration; ; inspiration
In that characteristic attitude, pathetic in his grotesque and incurable obesity which he had to drag like a galley slave's bullet to the end of his days, the Assistant Commissioner of Police beheld the ticket-of-leave apostle filling a privileged arm-chair within the screen. He sat there by the head of the old lady's couch, mild-voiced and quiet, with no more self-consciousness than a very small child, and with something of a child's charm-the appealing charm of trustfulness. Confident of the future, whose secret ways had been revealed to him within the four walls of a well-known penitentiary, he had no reason to look with suspicion upon anybody. If he could not give the great and curious lady a very definite idea as to what the world was coming to, he had managed without effort to impress her by his unembittered faith, by the sterling quality of his optimism.
pathetic - pathétique
grotesque - grotesque
obesity - l'obésité; ; obésité
drag - draguer; transbahuter, traîner
galley - la cuisine; ; galere, galée, cambuse
slave - esclave, serf, serve, esclave
bullet - balle; balle, projectile
mild - doux, douce, léger
impress - impressionner
unembittered - sans amertume
sterling quality - une qualité irréprochable
A certain simplicity of thought is common to serene souls at both ends of the social scale. The great lady was simple in her own way. His views and beliefs had nothing in them to shock or startle her, since she judged them from the standpoint of her lofty position. Indeed, her sympathies were easily accessible to a man of that sort. She was not an exploiting capitalist herself; she was, as it were, above the play of economic conditions. And she had a great capacity of pity for the more obvious forms of common human miseries, precisely because she was such a complete stranger to them that she had to translate her conception into terms of mental suffering before she could grasp the notion of their cruelty. The Assistant Commissioner remembered very well the conversation between these two. He had listened in silence. It was something as exciting in a way, and even touching in its foredoomed futility, as the efforts at moral intercourse between the inhabitants of remote planets. But this grotesque incarnation of humanitarian passion appealed somehow, to one's imagination. At last Michaelis rose, and taking the great lady's extended hand, shook it, retained it for a moment in his great cushioned palm with unembarrassed friendliness, and turned upon the semi-private nook of the drawing-room his back, vast and square, and as if distended under the short tweed jacket.
souls - âmes; âme
beliefs - croyances; croyance, conviction, foi, croyance, croyance
startle - sursauter, surprendre
exploiting - l'exploitation; exploit, exploit, exploiter
Capitalist - capitaliste, capitaliste
capacity - capacité
more obvious - plus évidente
miseries - miseres; misere
translate - traduire, translater
mental suffering - la souffrance mentale
foredoomed - condamnée d'avance; destin, fatalité, condamner a l'avance
efforts - efforts; effort
incarnation - incarnation
appealed - a fait l'objet d'un appel; en appeler (a), supplier
cushioned - amortie; coussin, amortir
palm - palmier; paume, palmier
unembarrassed - sans gene
friendliness - l'amabilité; ; gentillesse, cordialité
tweed - tweed
Glancing about in serene benevolence, he waddled along to the distant door between the knots of other visitors. The murmur of conversations paused on his passage. He smiled innocently at a tall, brilliant girl, whose eyes met his accidentally, and went out unconscious of the glances following him across the room. Michaelis'first appearance in the world was a success-a success of esteem unmarred by a single murmur of derision. The interrupted conversations were resumed in their proper tone, grave or light. Only a well-set-up, long-limbed, active-looking man of forty talking with two ladies near a window remarked aloud, with an unexpected depth of feeling: "Eighteen stone, I should say, and not five foot six. Poor fellow! It's terrible-terrible."
glancing - un coup d'oil; (glance); jeter un coup d’oil
benevolence - la bienveillance; ; bienveillance, bénévolence
waddled - dandiné; se dandiner
knots - nouds; noeud
innocently - en toute innocence
accidentally - accidentellement
esteem - estime, respect, respecter
unmarred - sans tache
resumed - reprise; reprendre
limbed - limbé; membre
The lady of the house, gazing absently at the Assistant Commissioner, left alone with her on the private side of the screen, seemed to be rearranging her mental impressions behind her thoughtful immobility of a handsome old face. Men with grey moustaches and full, healthy, vaguely smiling countenances approached, circling round the screen; two mature women with a matronly air of gracious resolution; a clean-shaved individual with sunken cheeks, and dangling a gold-mounted eyeglass on a broad black ribbon with an old-world, dandified effect.
absently - par distraction; distraitement
rearranging - réarrangement; réorganiser, réarranger
impressions - impressions; impression
handsome - beau
countenances - des visages; visage, approuver
mature - mature; pruine, mur
resolution - conviction, résolution, détermination
dangling - pendante; ballant; (dangle); pendre, pendouiller
mounted - monté; monter
eyeglass - lunettes; ; monocle
A silence deferential, but full of reserves, reigned for a moment, and then the great lady exclaimed, not with resentment, but with a sort of protesting indignation:
reserves - réserves; réservation, réserve, réserves-p, réserve, réserve
protesting - protester; protester, protestation, manifestation
"And that officially is supposed to be a revolutionist! What nonsense." She looked hard at the Assistant Commissioner, who murmured apologetically:
officially - officiellement
revolutionist - révolutionnaire
What nonsense - Quelle absurdité
apologetically - en s'excusant
"Not a dangerous one perhaps."
"Not dangerous-I should think not indeed. He is a mere believer. It's the temperament of a saint," declared the great lady in a firm tone. "And they kept him shut up for twenty years. One shudders at the stupidity of it. And now they have let him out everybody belonging to him is gone away somewhere or dead. His parents are dead; the girl he was to marry has died while he was in prison; he has lost the skill necessary for his manual occupation. He told me all this himself with the sweetest patience; but then, he said, he had had plenty of time to think out things for himself.
believer - croyant, croyante
saint - Saint
shudders - tremblements; tremblement, frisson, frisson, frissonner
stupidity - stupidité, idiotie, ânerie, sottise
manual - manuel; manuel
think out - penser
A pretty compensation! If that's the stuff revolutionists are made of some of us may well go on their knees to them," she continued in a slightly bantering voice, while the banal society smiles hardened on the worldly faces turned towards her with conventional deference. "The poor creature is obviously no longer in a position to take care of himself. Somebody will have to look after him a little."
compensation - compensation, dédommagement, émolument, indemnisation
bantering - badinage; (banter); plaisanterie, badinage, badiner, s'amuser
banal - banal
creature - créature, etre
"He should be recommended to follow a treatment of some sort," the soldierly voice of the active-looking man was heard advising earnestly from a distance. He was in the pink of condition for his age, and even the texture of his long frock coat had a character of elastic soundness, as if it were a living tissue. "The man is virtually a cripple," he added with unmistakable feeling.
soldierly - militaire
advising - conseiller; conseiller, conseiller, renseigner
texture - texture, texture
frock coat - redingote
elastic - élastique
soundness - la solidité
tissue - tissu, mouchoir en papier, kleenex
virtually - pratiquement, virtuellement
cripple - estropié, infirme, estropier, bridé
Other voices, as if glad of the opening, murmured hasty compassion. "Quite startling," "Monstrous," "most painful to see." The lank man, with the eyeglass on a broad ribbon, pronounced mincingly the word "Grotesque," whose justness was appreciated by those standing near him. They smiled at each other.
Glad - heureux; heureuse
hasty - hâtive; ; hâtif
monstrous - monstrueux
most painful - le plus douloureux
lank - lank; ; plats
mincingly - a l'emporte-piece
justness - justice
The Assistant Commissioner had expressed no opinion either then or later, his position making it impossible for him to ventilate any independent view of a ticket-of-leave convict. But, in truth, he shared the view of his wife's friend and patron that Michaelis was a humanitarian sentimentalist, a little mad, but upon the whole incapable of hurting a fly intentionally. So when that name cropped up suddenly in this vexing bomb affair he realised all the danger of it for the ticket-of-leave apostle, and his mind reverted at once to the old lady's well-established infatuation. Her arbitrary kindness would not brook patiently any interference with Michaelis'freedom. It was a deep, calm, convinced infatuation. She had not only felt him to be inoffensive, but she had said so, which last by a confusion of her absolutist mind became a sort of incontrovertible demonstration. It was as if the monstrosity of the man, with his candid infant's eyes and a fat angelic smile, had fascinated her. She had come to believe almost his theory of the future, since it was not repugnant to her prejudices. She disliked the new element of plutocracy in the social compound, and industrialism as a method of human development appeared to her singularly repulsive in its mechanical and unfeeling character. The humanitarian hopes of the mild Michaelis tended not towards utter destruction, but merely towards the complete economic ruin of the system. And she did not really see where was the moral harm of it. It would do away with all the multitude of the "parvenus," whom she disliked and mistrusted, not because they had arrived anywhere (she denied that), but because of their profound unintelligence of the world, which was the primary cause of the crudity of their perceptions and the aridity of their hearts. With the annihilation of all capital they would vanish too; but universal ruin (providing it was universal, as it was revealed to Michaelis) would leave the social values untouched.
sentimentalist - sentimentaliste
incapable - incapable
intentionally - intentionnellement
cropped - recadré; récolte, produits agricoles
reverted - inversé; conversion, retomber, retourner, redevenir, renvoyer
arbitrary - arbitraire, quelconque
kindness - la gentillesse; ; bonté
brook - ruisseau; ruisseau
patiently - patiemment
interference - l'interférence; ; ingérence, interférence, ingérence
absolutist - absolutiste
incontrovertible - incontestable
monstrosity - monstruosité
infant - nourrisson, enfant en bas âge, poupon
fascinated - fasciné; fasciner, fasciner, fasciner
repugnant - répugnant
element - élément, membre, point
plutocracy - ploutocratie
compound - composé; composé
industrialism - l'industrialisme
singularly - singulierement
repulsive - répugnant
unfeeling - insensible
tended - tendu; garder
harm - le mal; ; mal, tort, dommage, nuire a, faire du mal a
parvenus - des parvenus; parvenu, parvenue
mistrusted - méfiance; défiance
denied - refusée; nier, démentir, refuser
unintelligence - l'inintelligence
primary - primaire, prioritaire
crudity - la crudité
perceptions - perceptions; perception, perception, perception
annihilation - l'anéantissement; ; annihilation
values - valeurs; valeur, valeur, valeur, valeur, valeur, valeur
untouched - intacte
The disappearance of the last piece of money could not affect people of position. She could not conceive how it could affect her position, for instance. She had developed these discoveries to the Assistant Commissioner with all the serene fearlessness of an old woman who had escaped the blight of indifference. He had made for himself the rule to receive everything of that sort in a silence which he took care from policy and inclination not to make offensive. He had an affection for the aged disciple of Michaelis, a complex sentiment depending a little on her prestige, on her personality, but most of all on the instinct of flattered gratitude. He felt himself really liked in her house. She was kindness personified. And she was practically wise too, after the manner of experienced women. She made his married life much easier than it would have been without her generously full recognition of his rights as Annie's husband. Her influence upon his wife, a woman devoured by all sorts of small selfishnesses, small envies, small jealousies, was excellent. Unfortunately, both her kindness and her wisdom were of unreasonable complexion, distinctly feminine, and difficult to deal with. She remained a perfect woman all along her full tale of years, and not as some of them do become-a sort of slippery, pestilential old man in petticoats. And it was as of a woman that he thought of her-the specially choice incarnation of the feminine, wherein is recruited the tender, ingenuous, and fierce bodyguard for all sorts of men who talk under the influence of an emotion, true or fraudulent; for preachers, seers, prophets, or reformers.
disappearance - disparition
people of position - des personnes de position
conceive - concevoir, tomber enceinte
fearlessness - l'intrépidité; ; intrépidité
blight - le mildiou; ; fléau, rouille, cloque, abîmer, abîmé
offensive - offensant, offensif, offensive
disciple - disciple
flattered - flattée; flatter
personified - personnifiée; personnifier, personnifier
devoured - dévorée; dévorer, dévorer, dévorer
selfishnesses - égoismes; égocentrisme, égoisme
envies - envies; envie, jalousie, convoitise, envier
jealousies - des jalousies; jalousie, jalousie, jalousie, envie
unreasonable - déraisonnable
slippery - glissant
pestilential - pestilentiel
petticoats - jupons; cotillon, jupon, combinaison
wherein - ou
recruited - recruté; recrue, recruter, enrôler, recruter, recruter, fr
ingenuous - ingénue
bodyguard - garde du corps
fraudulent - frauduleux
preachers - precheurs; prédicateur, precheur
seers - voyants; prophete/-tesse
Appreciating the distinguished and good friend of his wife, and himself, in that way, the Assistant Commissioner became alarmed at the convict Michaelis'possible fate. Once arrested on suspicion of being in some way, however remote, a party to this outrage, the man could hardly escape being sent back to finish his sentence at least.
appreciating - etre reconnaissant de, apprécier a sa juste valeur
And that would kill him; he would never come out alive. The Assistant Commissioner made a reflection extremely unbecoming his official position without being really creditable to his humanity.
reflection - réflexion, reflet, eaning 4
unbecoming - inconvenante
creditable - crédible
"If the fellow is laid hold of again," he thought, "she will never forgive me."
forgive - pardonner
The frankness of such a secretly outspoken thought could not go without some derisive self-criticism. No man engaged in a work he does not like can preserve many saving illusions about himself. The distaste, the absence of glamour, extend from the occupation to the personality. It is only when our appointed activities seem by a lucky accident to obey the particular earnestness of our temperament that we can taste the comfort of complete self-deception. The Assistant Commissioner did not like his work at home. The police work he had been engaged on in a distant part of the globe had the saving character of an irregular sort of warfare or at least the risk and excitement of open-air sport. His real abilities, which were mainly of an administrative order, were combined with an adventurous disposition.
frankness - la franchise; ; franchise
engaged - engagé; attirer l'attention, engager, engager, embrayer
distaste - dégout; dégout
glamour - glamour; ; charme
extend - étendre, prolonger
appointed - nommés; fixer, gloss
obey - obéir, obtempérer
earnestness - le sérieux
comfort - le confort; ; confort, consoler
deception - supercherie, tromperie
globe - Terre, globe
irregular - irréguliere; ; irrégulier, irrégulier
administrative - administrative
adventurous - aventureux
Chained to a desk in the thick of four millions of men, he considered himself the victim of an ironic fate-the same, no doubt, which had brought about his marriage with a woman exceptionally sensitive in the matter of colonial climate, besides other limitations testifying to the delicacy of her nature-and her tastes. Though he judged his alarm sardonically he did not dismiss the improper thought from his mind. The instinct of self-preservation was strong within him. On the contrary, he repeated it mentally with profane emphasis and a fuller precision: "Damn it! If that infernal Heat has his way the fellow'll die in prison smothered in his fat, and she'll never forgive me."
chained - enchaîné; chaîne, chaîne, chaîne, chaîne, enchaîner, enchaîner
ironic - ironique
exceptionally - exceptionnellement
limitations - limitations; limitation, limitation
testifying - témoigner; témoigner, attester
delicacy - délicatesse, gourmandise
sardonically - sardoniquement
dismiss - renvoyer, limoger, licencier, démettre
profane - impur, profane, sale, sacrilege, profaner
infernal - infernal
smothered - étouffé; étouffer
His black, narrow figure, with the white band of the collar under the silvery gleams on the close-cropped hair at the back of the head, remained motionless. The silence had lasted such a long time that Chief Inspector Heat ventured to clear his throat. This noise produced its effect. The zealous and intelligent officer was asked by his superior, whose back remained turned to him immovably:
silvery - argenté, argentin
immovably - inamovible
"You connect Michaelis with this affair?"
Chief Inspector Heat was very positive, but cautious.
"Well, sir," he said, "we have enough to go upon. A man like that has no business to be at large, anyhow."
"You will want some conclusive evidence," came the observation in a murmur.
Chief Inspector Heat raised his eyebrows at the black, narrow back, which remained obstinately presented to his intelligence and his zeal.
obstinately - obstinément
zeal - le zele; ; zele, assiduité
"There will be no difficulty in getting up sufficient evidence against him," he said, with virtuous complacency.
"You may trust me for that, sir," he added, quite unnecessarily, out of the fulness of his heart; for it seemed to him an excellent thing to have that man in hand to be thrown down to the public should it think fit to roar with any special indignation in this case. It was impossible to say yet whether it would roar or not. That in the last instance depended, of course, on the newspaper press. But in any case, Chief Inspector Heat, purveyor of prisons by trade, and a man of legal instincts, did logically believe that incarceration was the proper fate for every declared enemy of the law. In the strength of that conviction he committed a fault of tact. He allowed himself a little conceited laugh, and repeated:
trust - confiance, trust, faire confiance, avoir foi en quelqu’un
unnecessarily - inutilement
fulness - la plénitude
purveyor - fournisseur
incarceration - l'incarcération; ; incarcération
enemy - l'ennemi; ; ennemi, ennemie
committed - engagé; confier, commettre, remettre, consigner, commettre
conceited - prétentieux; vanité, orgueil, concept
"Trust me for that, sir."
This was too much for the forced calmness under which the Assistant Commissioner had for upwards of eighteen months concealed his irritation with the system and the subordinates of his office. A square peg forced into a round hole, he had felt like a daily outrage that long established smooth roundness into which a man of less sharply angular shape would have fitted himself, with voluptuous acquiescence, after a shrug or two. What he resented most was just the necessity of taking so much on trust.
calmness - le calme; ; calme
concealed - dissimulée; dissimuler, cacher
irritation - l'irritation; ; irritation
peg - piquet; ; cheville, porte-manteau, patere, cheviller, épingler
voluptuous - voluptueux
acquiescence - l'acquiescement; ; acquiescement, consentement, péremption
resented - s'est fait remarquer; s''offenser de qqch
At the little laugh of Chief Inspector Heat's he spun swiftly on his heels, as if whirled away from the window-pane by an electric shock. He caught on the latter's face not only the complacency proper to the occasion lurking under the moustache, but the vestiges of experimental watchfulness in the round eyes, which had been, no doubt, fastened on his back, and now met his glance for a second before the intent character of their stare had the time to change to a merely startled appearance.
spun - filé; tournoyer, (faire) tourner
heels - talons; talon
electric shock - un choc électrique
lurking - se cacher; (lurk); se cacher, s'embusquer, se dissimuler
vestiges - vestiges; vestige
experimental - expérimental
fastened - fixé; attacher, fixer
The Assistant Commissioner of Police had really some qualifications for his post. Suddenly his suspicion was awakened. It is but fair to say that his suspicions of the police methods (unless the police happened to be a semi-military body organised by himself) was not difficult to arouse. If it ever slumbered from sheer weariness, it was but lightly; and his appreciation of Chief Inspector Heat's zeal and ability, moderate in itself, excluded all notion of moral confidence.
qualifications - les qualifications; qualification
suspicions - des soupçons; suspicion, soupçon, soupçon
arouse - éveiller; ; émoustiller, exciter
slumbered - a sommeillé; somnolence, somnoler
excluded - exclus; exclure
"He's up to something," he exclaimed mentally, and at once became angry. Crossing over to his desk with headlong strides, he sat down violently. "Here I am stuck in a litter of paper," he reflected, with unreasonable resentment, "supposed to hold all the threads in my hands, and yet I can but hold what is put in my hand, and nothing else. And they can fasten the other ends of the threads where they please."
became angry - s'est mis en colere
headlong - tete baissée; ; la tete la premiere
strides - foulées; marcher a grands pas
litter - litiere; ; litiere, portée, détritus
threads - fils; fil, fil, fil, processus léger, exétron, fil
He raised his head, and turned towards his subordinate a long, meagre face with the accentuated features of an energetic Don Quixote.
meagre - maigre; maigre
Quixote - Quixote
"Now what is it you've got up your sleeve?"
The other stared. He stared without winking in a perfect immobility of his round eyes, as he was used to stare at the various members of the criminal class when, after being duly cautioned, they made their statements in the tones of injured innocence, or false simplicity, or sullen resignation. But behind that professional and stony fixity there was some surprise too, for in such a tone, combining nicely the note of contempt and impatience, Chief Inspector Heat, the right-hand man of the department, was not used to be addressed.
duly - dument; ; dument, ponctuellement
cautioned - mis en garde; admonition, fr
injured - blessé; blesser, blesser
sullen - maussade, morose, morne, lent
combining - combinant; combiner
nicely - joliment; ; agréablement
He began in a procrastinating manner, like a man taken unawares by a new and unexpected experience.
procrastinating - la procrastination; procrastiner
"What I've got against that man Michaelis you mean, sir?"
"I have reason to think that when you came into this room," he said in measured tones, "it was not Michaelis who was in your mind; not principally-perhaps not at all."
principally - principalement
"You have reason to think, sir?" muttered Chief Inspector Heat, with every appearance of astonishment, which up to a certain point was genuine enough. He had discovered in this affair a delicate and perplexing side, forcing upon the discoverer a certain amount of insincerity-that sort of insincerity which, under the names of skill, prudence, discretion, turns up at one point or another in most human affairs. He felt at the moment like a tight-rope artist might feel if suddenly, in the middle of the performance, the manager of the Music Hall were to rush out of the proper managerial seclusion and begin to shake the rope.
forcing - le forçage; force
Discoverer - découvreur
turns up - se présente
most human - le plus humain
rope - corde; funiculaire, corde
performance - exécution, performance, représentation, prestation
managerial - managériale
seclusion - l'isolement; ; isolement, séclusion
Indignation, the sense of moral insecurity engendered by such a treacherous proceeding joined to the immediate apprehension of a broken neck, would, in the colloquial phrase, put him in a state. And there would be also some scandalised concern for his art too, since a man must identify himself with something more tangible than his own personality, and establish his pride somewhere, either in his social position, or in the quality of the work he is obliged to do, or simply in the superiority of the idleness he may be fortunate enough to enjoy.
insecurity - l'insécurité; ; insécurité
treacherous - perfide
proceeding - la poursuite de la procédure; ; acte; (proceed); avancer
broken neck - le cou brisé
colloquial - familier, parlé
tangible - tangible, palpable
pride - l'orgueil; ; orgueil, fierté, fierté
obliged - obligée; imposer, obliger, rendre service
be fortunate - etre chanceux
"Yes," said the Assistant Commissioner; "I have. I do not mean to say that you have not thought of Michaelis at all. But you are giving the fact you've mentioned a prominence which strikes me as not quite candid, Inspector Heat. If that is really the track of discovery, why haven't you followed it up at once, either personally or by sending one of your men to that village?"
prominence - l'importance; ; proéminence, protubérance
strikes - greves; biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre, frapper
"Do you think, sir, I have failed in my duty there?" the Chief Inspector asked, in a tone which he sought to make simply reflective. Forced unexpectedly to concentrate his faculties upon the task of preserving his balance, he had seized upon that point, and exposed himself to a rebuke; for, the Assistant Commissioner frowning slightly, observed that this was a very improper remark to make.
sought - recherchée; chercher
reflective - réfléchi
concentrate - concentrer
balance - l'équilibre; ; contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier, apurer
rebuke - la réprimande; ; reproche, réprimande, reprendre, réprimander
"But since you've made it," he continued coldly, "I'll tell you that this is not my meaning."
coldly - froidement
He paused, with a straight glance of his sunken eyes which was a full equivalent of the unspoken termination "and you know it." The head of the so-called Special Crimes Department debarred by his position from going out of doors personally in quest of secrets locked up in guilty breasts, had a propensity to exercise his considerable gifts for the detection of incriminating truth upon his own subordinates. That peculiar instinct could hardly be called a weakness.
equivalent - équivalent
termination - la résiliation; ; terminaison, fin, terminaison
quest - quete; recherche
breasts - seins; sein, poitrine, poitrine, poitrine, cour, poitrine
detection - détection
weakness - faiblesse, point faible
It was natural. He was a born detective. It had unconsciously governed his choice of a career, and if it ever failed him in life it was perhaps in the one exceptional circumstance of his marriage-which was also natural. It fed, since it could not roam abroad, upon the human material which was brought to it in its official seclusion. We can never cease to be ourselves.
unconsciously - inconsciemment
governed - gouverné; gouverner, gouverner
roam - errer
His elbow on the desk, his thin legs crossed, and nursing his cheek in the palm of his meagre hand, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Special Crimes branch was getting hold of the case with growing interest. His Chief Inspector, if not an absolutely worthy foeman of his penetration, was at any rate the most worthy of all within his reach. A mistrust of established reputations was strictly in character with the Assistant Commissioner's ability as detector. His memory evoked a certain old fat and wealthy native chief in the distant colony whom it was a tradition for the successive Colonial Governors to trust and make much of as a firm friend and supporter of the order and legality established by white men; whereas, when examined sceptically, he was found out to be principally his own good friend, and nobody else's.
branch - branche, rameau, affluent, filiale, succursale
foeman - l'homme-orchestre
penetration - pénétration
reputations - réputation; réputation, renommée (more slang)
strictly - strictement
detector - détecteur
evoked - évoquée; évoquer, remémorer
native - maternel, autochtone, indigene, natif, endémique
governors - gouverneurs; gouverneur, gouverneure
Not precisely a traitor, but still a man of many dangerous reservations in his fidelity, caused by a due regard for his own advantage, comfort, and safety. A fellow of some innocence in his naive duplicity, but none the less dangerous. He took some finding out. He was physically a big man, too, and (allowing for the difference of colour, of course) Chief Inspector Heat's appearance recalled him to the memory of his superior. It was not the eyes nor yet the lips exactly. It was bizarre. But does not Alfred Wallace relate in his famous book on the Malay Archipelago how, amongst the Aru Islanders, he discovered in an old and naked savage with a sooty skin a peculiar resemblance to a dear friend at home?
traitor - traître, traîtresse, trahir
reservations - des réservations; réservation, réservation, réserve, réserve
due - due; ; du
duplicity - duplicité, double jeu
relate - se rapporter; ; concerner
Malay - malaise; malais, malais, malais, Malais, Malaise, malais, malais
Archipelago - archipel
islanders - les insulaires; insulaire, habitant d'une île
savage - barbare, féroce, sauvage
sooty - de la suie; ; fuligineux
resemblance - ressemblance, comparaison, probabilité
For the first time since he took up his appointment the Assistant Commissioner felt as if he were going to do some real work for his salary. And that was a pleasurable sensation. "I'll turn him inside out like an old glove," thought the Assistant Commissioner, with his eyes resting pensively upon Chief Inspector Heat.
appointment - nomination, rendez-vous, rance
glove - gant
pensively - pensif
"No, that was not my thought," he began again. "There is no doubt about you knowing your business-no doubt at all; and that's precisely why I-" He stopped short, and changing his tone: "What could you bring up against Michaelis of a definite nature? I mean apart from the fact that the two men under suspicion-you're certain there were two of them-came last from a railway station within three miles of the village where Michaelis is living now.
railway station - la gare ferroviaire
"This by itself is enough for us to go upon, sir, with that sort of man," said the Chief Inspector, with returning composure. The slight approving movement of the Assistant Commissioner's head went far to pacify the resentful astonishment of the renowned officer. For Chief Inspector Heat was a kind man, an excellent husband, a devoted father; and the public and departmental confidence he enjoyed acting favourably upon an amiable nature, disposed him to feel friendly towards the successive Assistant Commissioners he had seen pass through that very room. There had been three in his time. The first one, a soldierly, abrupt, red-faced person, with white eyebrows and an explosive temper, could be managed with a silken thread.
composure - le sang-froid; ; calme, quiétude
pacify - pacifier
departmental - départementale
favourably - favorablement
Commissioners - les commissaires; commissaire
explosive - explosif, explosif
temper - caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit
silken - en soie; ; soyeux
thread - fil, processus léger, exétron, fil de discussion, filer
He left on reaching the age limit. The second, a perfect gentleman, knowing his own and everybody else's place to a nicety, on resigning to take up a higher appointment out of England got decorated for (really) Inspector Heat's services. To work with him had been a pride and a pleasure. The third, a bit of a dark horse from the first, was at the end of eighteen months something of a dark horse still to the department. Upon the whole Chief Inspector Heat believed him to be in the main harmless-odd-looking, but harmless. He was speaking now, and the Chief Inspector listened with outward deference (which means nothing, being a matter of duty) and inwardly with benevolent toleration.
limit - limite; circonscrivez, limitons, circonscrivons, limitez
nicety - nicety; ; délicatesse, subtilité
resigning - démissionner; démissionner
decorated - décoré; décorer, orner, décorer
pleasure - plaisir, volupté, désir
harmless - inoffensif
odd - rench: t-needed r, bizarre, étrange, impair, a peu pres
outward - externe
toleration - tolérance
"Michaelis reported himself before leaving London for the country?"
"Yes, sir. He did."
"And what may he be doing there?" continued the Assistant Commissioner, who was perfectly informed on that point. Fitted with painful tightness into an old wooden arm-chair, before a worm-eaten oak table in an upstairs room of a four-roomed cottage with a roof of moss-grown tiles, Michaelis was writing night and day in a shaky, slanting hand that "Autobiography of a Prisoner" which was to be like a book of Revelation in the history of mankind. The conditions of confined space, seclusion, and solitude in a small four-roomed cottage were favourable to his inspiration. It was like being in prison, except that one was never disturbed for the odious purpose of taking exercise according to the tyrannical regulations of his old home in the penitentiary.
painful - douloureux, laborieux
tightness - serré; ; étroitesse
oak - chene; ; chene, chenes
moss - mousse
tiles - tuiles; tuile, carreau
shaky - tremblant; ; instable
slanting - en biais; biais, connotation, bridé, qualifier
autobiography - autobiographie
revelation - révélation
tyrannical - tyrannique
regulations - des reglements; reglement, réglementation, reglement
He could not tell whether the sun still shone on the earth or not. The perspiration of the literary labour dropped from his brow. A delightful enthusiasm urged him on. It was the liberation of his inner life, the letting out of his soul into the wide world. And the zeal of his guileless vanity (first awakened by the offer of five hundred pounds from a publisher) seemed something predestined and holy.
literary - littéraire
urged - pressé; pulsion, pousser, inciter, inciter, provoquer, insister
liberation - libération
letting out - laisser sortir
guileless - sans ruse; ; candide
"It would be, of course, most desirable to be informed exactly," insisted the Assistant Commissioner uncandidly.
most desirable - le plus souhaitable
uncandidly - sans candidature
Chief Inspector Heat, conscious of renewed irritation at this display of scrupulousness, said that the county police had been notified from the first of Michaelis'arrival, and that a full report could be obtained in a few hours. A wire to the superintendent-
renewed - renouvelée; renouveler
scrupulousness - le scrupule
county - comté
notified - notifié; notifier
arrival - arrivée, arrivant, arrivante
wire - fil de fer; ; fil
Superintendent - le directeur de l'école; ; surintendant, superintendant
Thus he spoke, rather slowly, while his mind seemed already to be weighing the consequences. A slight knitting of the brow was the outward sign of this. But he was interrupted by a question.
weighing - peser; ; pesée, pesage; (weigh); peser, lever l’ancre
consequences - conséquences; conséquence
knitting - tricotage, tricot; (knit); tricoter, souder, unir, se souder
"You've sent that wire already?"
"No, sir," he answered, as if surprised.
The Assistant Commissioner uncrossed his legs suddenly. The briskness of that movement contrasted with the casual way in which he threw out a suggestion.
contrasted with - contrasté avec
threw out - a jeté
"Would you think that Michaelis had anything to do with the preparation of that bomb, for instance?"
The Chief Inspector assumed a reflective manner.
"I wouldn't say so. There's no necessity to say anything at present. He associates with men who are classed as dangerous. He was made a delegate of the Red Committee less than a year after his release on licence. A sort of compliment, I suppose."
associates with - s'associe avec
delegate - délégué, déléguée, déléguer
compliment - compliment, complimenter, faire un compliment
And the Chief Inspector laughed a little angrily, a little scornfully. With a man of that sort scrupulousness was a misplaced and even an illegal sentiment. The celebrity bestowed upon Michaelis on his release two years ago by some emotional journalists in want of special copy had rankled ever since in his breast. It was perfectly legal to arrest that man on the barest suspicion. It was legal and expedient on the face of it. His two former chiefs would have seen the point at once; whereas this one, without saying either yes or no, sat there, as if lost in a dream. Moreover, besides being legal and expedient, the arrest of Michaelis solved a little personal difficulty which worried Chief Inspector Heat somewhat. This difficulty had its bearing upon his reputation, upon his comfort, and even upon the efficient performance of his duties. For, if Michaelis no doubt knew something about this outrage, the Chief Inspector was fairly certain that he did not know too much.
misplaced - égaré; égarer
illegal - illégal, sansapiers, clandestin, immigrant illégal
bestowed - accordé; disposer de, accorder, remettre, conférer
expedient - opportun; ; expédient, expédient
former - ancien; ancienne, ancien, ci devant
somewhat - en quelque sorte; ; assez, quelque peu
fairly - équitable; ; justement, assez
This was just as well. He knew much less-the Chief Inspector was positive-than certain other individuals he had in his mind, but whose arrest seemed to him inexpedient, besides being a more complicated matter, on account of the rules of the game. The rules of the game did not protect so much Michaelis, who was an ex-convict. It would be stupid not to take advantage of legal facilities, and the journalists who had written him up with emotional gush would be ready to write him down with emotional indignation.
inexpedient - inexploitable
facilities - des installations; facilité, facilité, infrastructure
gush - jaillissement, jaillir
This prospect, viewed with confidence, had the attraction of a personal triumph for Chief Inspector Heat. And deep down in his blameless bosom of an average married citizen, almost unconscious but potent nevertheless, the dislike of being compelled by events to meddle with the desperate ferocity of the Professor had its say. This dislike had been strengthened by the chance meeting in the lane.
Attraction - attraction, attirance
triumph - triomphe; triomphe, triomphal
blameless - irréprochable
bosom - poitrine; ; sein, intime
citizen - citoyen, citoyenne, habitant
potent - puissant
nevertheless - néanmoins, toutefois, pourtant, malgré tout
compelled - contraint; contraindre, forcer, obliger, contraindre
meddle - s'immiscer; ; s'ingérer, se meler
strengthened - renforcée; renforcer, affermir, raffermir, fortifier, fortifier
The encounter did not leave behind with Chief Inspector Heat that satisfactory sense of superiority the members of the police force get from the unofficial but intimate side of their intercourse with the criminal classes, by which the vanity of power is soothed, and the vulgar love of domination over our fellow-creatures is flattered as worthily as it deserves.
encounter - rencontre
satisfactory - satisfaisante; ; satisfaisant
unofficial - non officielle
intimate - intime; ; intime
domination - domination
creatures - créatures; créature, etre
worthily - dignement
deserves - mérite; mériter
The perfect anarchist was not recognised as a fellow-creature by Chief Inspector Heat. He was impossible-a mad dog to be left alone. Not that the Chief Inspector was afraid of him; on the contrary, he meant to have him some day. But not yet; he meant to get hold of him in his own time, properly and effectively according to the rules of the game. The present was not the right time for attempting that feat, not the right time for many reasons, personal and of public service.
properly - proprement, correctement, convenablement
effectively - efficacement
feat - feat; fait
This being the strong feeling of Inspector Heat, it appeared to him just and proper that this affair should be shunted off its obscure and inconvenient track, leading goodness knows where, into a quiet (and lawful) siding called Michaelis. And he repeated, as if reconsidering the suggestion conscientiously:
shunted - shuntée; parquer, détourner le courant électrique, dériver
inconvenient - genant
goodness - la bonté; ; bonté, bonté divine, corbleu, crebleu, jarnibleu
reconsidering - reconsidérer; reconsidérer
"The bomb. No, I would not say that exactly. We may never find that out. But it's clear that he is connected with this in some way, which we can find out without much trouble."
His countenance had that look of grave, overbearing indifference once well known and much dreaded by the better sort of thieves. Chief Inspector Heat, though what is called a man, was not a smiling animal. But his inward state was that of satisfaction at the passively receptive attitude of the Assistant Commissioner, who murmured gently:
passively - passivement
receptive - réceptif
"And you really think that the investigation should be made in that direction?"
"I do, sir."
"I am, sir. That's the true line for us to take."
The Assistant Commissioner withdrew the support of his hand from his reclining head with a suddenness that, considering his languid attitude, seemed to menace his whole person with collapse. But, on the contrary, he sat up, extremely alert, behind the great writing-table on which his hand had fallen with the sound of a sharp blow.
withdrew - s'est retiré; (se) retirer
suddenness - soudaineté
languid - langoureux; languissant
collapse - l'effondrement; ; s'effondrer, effondrement
"What I want to know is what put it out of your head till now."
till now - jusqu'a maintenant
"Put it out of my head," repeated the Chief Inspector very slowly.
"Yes. Till you were called into this room-you know."
The Chief Inspector felt as if the air between his clothing and his skin had become unpleasantly hot. It was the sensation of an unprecedented and incredible experience.
unprecedented - sans précédent
"Of course," he said, exaggerating the deliberation of his utterance to the utmost limits of possibility, "if there is a reason, of which I know nothing, for not interfering with the convict Michaelis, perhaps it's just as well I didn't start the county police after him."
exaggerating - exagérer; exagérer, outrer
interfering - interférer; meler
This took such a long time to say that the unflagging attention of the Assistant Commissioner seemed a wonderful feat of endurance. His retort came without delay.
unflagging - inébranlable
delay - délai; ajourner, décélération, surseoir, retard, retarder
"No reason whatever that I know of. Come, Chief Inspector, this finessing with me is highly improper on your part-highly improper. And it's also unfair, you know. You shouldn't leave me to puzzle things out for myself like this. Really, I am surprised."
finessing - finessing; (fines) finessing
puzzle - mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience, devinette
He paused, then added smoothly: "I need scarcely tell you that this conversation is altogether unofficial."
smoothly - en douceur; souplement, doucement
scarcely - a peine; ; a peine, guere
These words were far from pacifying the Chief Inspector. The indignation of a betrayed tight-rope performer was strong within him. In his pride of a trusted servant he was affected by the assurance that the rope was not shaken for the purpose of breaking his neck, as by an exhibition of impudence. As if anybody were afraid! Assistant Commissioners come and go, but a valuable Chief Inspector is not an ephemeral office phenomenon. He was not afraid of getting a broken neck.
pacifying - pacifier; pacifier
betrayed - trahi; trahir, livrer, trahir, trahir
performer - artiste-interprete; ; artiste, interprete, exécutant, exécutante
exhibition - exposition
ephemeral - éphémere; ; éphémere
To have his performance spoiled was more than enough to account for the glow of honest indignation. And as thought is no respecter of persons, the thought of Chief Inspector Heat took a threatening and prophetic shape. "You, my boy," he said to himself, keeping his round and habitually roving eyes fastened upon the Assistant Commissioner's face-"you, my boy, you don't know your place, and your place won't know you very long either, I bet."
spoiled - gâté; gâter, gâcher, gâter, gâter, tourner, dévoiler, révéler
honest - honnete; ; honnete; (hon) honnete; ; honnete
respecter - respecter
bet - parier; paria, pariai, pari, parié, parions, pariez
As if in provoking answer to that thought, something like the ghost of an amiable smile passed on the lips of the Assistant Commissioner. His manner was easy and business-like while he persisted in administering another shake to the tight rope.
administering - administrer; administrer, administrer, gérer, administrer
"Let us Come now to what you have discovered on the spot, Chief Inspector," he said.
Come now - Venez maintenant.
"A fool and his job are soon parted," went on the train of prophetic thought in Chief Inspector Heat's head. But it was immediately followed by the reflection that a higher official, even when "fired out" (this was the precise image), has still the time as he flies through the door to launch a nasty kick at the shin-bones of a subordinate. Without softening very much the basilisk nature of his stare, he said impassively:
launch - lancement; lancent, pistonner, lancez, lançons, lancer
kick - coup de pied; bottons, bottent, escabeau, bottez, botter
shin - shin; tibia
softening - l'adoucissement; adoucissant, amollissant
basilisk - basilic
"We are coming to that part of my investigation, sir."
"that's right. Well, what have you brought away from it?"
that's right - c'est bien ça
The Chief Inspector, who had made up his mind to jump off the rope, came to the ground with gloomy frankness.
jump off - sauter
"I've brought away an address," he said, pulling out of his pocket without haste a singed rag of dark blue cloth. "This belongs to the overcoat the fellow who got himself blown to pieces was wearing. Of course, the overcoat may not have been his, and may even have been stolen. But that's not at all probable if you look at this."
The Chief Inspector, stepping up to the table, smoothed out carefully the rag of blue cloth. He had picked it up from the repulsive heap in the mortuary, because a tailor's name is found sometimes under the collar.
smoothed - lissé; lisse, doux, facile, lisse, sophistiqué, naturel, souple
tailor - tailleur, tailleuse, adapter
It is not often of much use, but still-He only half expected to find anything useful, but certainly he did not expect to find-not under the collar at all, but stitched carefully on the under side of the lapel-a square piece of calico with an address written on it in marking ink.
stitched - cousu; point, maille
lapel - revers, colbac
The Chief Inspector removed his smoothing hand.
smoothing - lissage; (smooth); lisse, doux, facile, sophistiqué, naturel
"I carried it off with me without anybody taking notice," he said. "I thought it best. It can always be produced if required."
The Assistant Commissioner, rising a little in his chair, pulled the cloth over to his side of the table. He sat looking at it in silence. Only the number 32 and the name of Brett Street were written in marking ink on a piece of calico slightly larger than an ordinary cigarette paper. He was genuinely surprised.
genuinely - véritablement
"Can't understand why he should have gone about labelled like this," he said, looking up at Chief Inspector Heat. "It's a most extraordinary thing."
labelled - étiqueté; étiquette, étiqueter, étiqueter
"I met once in the smoking-room of a hotel an old gentleman who went about with his name and address sewn on in all his coats in case of an accident or sudden illness," said the Chief Inspector. "He professed to be eighty-four years old, but he didn't look his age. He told me he was also afraid of losing his memory suddenly, like those people he has been reading of in the papers."
sewn - cousu; coudre
A question from the Assistant Commissioner, who wanted to know what was No. 32 Brett Street, interrupted that reminiscence abruptly. The Chief Inspector, driven down to the ground by unfair artifices, had elected to walk the path of unreserved openness. If he believed firmly that to know too much was not good for the department, the judicious holding back of knowledge was as far as his loyalty dared to go for the good of the service. If the Assistant Commissioner wanted to mismanage this affair nothing, of course, could prevent him. But, on his own part, he now saw no reason for a display of alacrity.
reminiscence - la réminiscence; ; réminiscence
artifices - des artifices; artifice, feinte
elected - élus; élu, élue, élu, élue, choisir, décider, élire, élu
unreserved - sans réserve
openness - l'ouverture; franchise
judicious - judicieux
holding back - de se retenir
dared - osé; oser
mismanage - mauvaise gestion
alacrity - alacrité, empressement, rapidité
So he answered concisely:
concisely - de maniere concise
"It's a shop, sir."
The Assistant Commissioner, with his eyes lowered on the rag of blue cloth, waited for more information. As that did not come he proceeded to obtain it by a series of questions propounded with gentle patience. Thus he acquired an idea of the nature of Mr Verloc's commerce, of his personal appearance, and heard at last his name. In a pause the Assistant Commissioner raised his eyes, and discovered some animation on the Chief Inspector's face.
propounded - proposé; proposer
commerce - le commerce; ; commerce, rapports
They looked at each other in silence.
"Of course," said the latter, "the department has no record of that man."
"Did any of my predecessors have any knowledge of what you have told me now?" asked the Assistant Commissioner, putting his elbows on the table and raising his joined hands before his face, as if about to offer prayer, only that his eyes had not a pious expression.
predecessors - prédécesseurs; prédécesseur, prédécesseuse, prédécessrice
prayer - oraison, priere
pious - pieux
"No, sir; certainly not. What would have been the object? That sort of man could never be produced publicly to any good purpose. It was sufficient for me to know who he was, and to make use of him in a way that could be used publicly."
"And do you think that sort of private knowledge consistent with the official position you occupy?"
consistent - cohérent
"Perfectly, sir. I think it's quite proper. I will take the liberty to tell you, sir, that it makes me what I am-and I am looked upon as a man who knows his work. It's a private affair of my own. A personal friend of mine in the French police gave me the hint that the fellow was an Embassy spy. Private friendship, private information, private use of it-that's how I look upon it."
spy - espion, espionne, espionner
private use - l'usage privé
The Assistant Commissioner after remarking to himself that the mental state of the renowned Chief Inspector seemed to affect the outline of his lower jaw, as if the lively sense of his high professional distinction had been located in that part of his anatomy, dismissed the point for the moment with a calm "I see." Then leaning his cheek on his joined hands:
remarking - remarque; remarque
mental state - état mental
outline - les grandes lignes; ; contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu
jaw - mâchoire; mâchoire
lively - fringant, spirituel
distinction - distinction, différence
located - localisé; localiser, se poser, situer, frlacer
anatomy - l'anatomie; ; anatomie
"Well then-speaking privately if you like-how long have you been in private touch with this Embassy spy?"
privately - en privé
To this inquiry the private answer of the Chief Inspector, so private that it was never shaped into audible words, was:
"Long before you were even thought of for your place here."
The so-to-speak public utterance was much more precise.
more precise - plus précis
"I saw him for the first time in my life a little more than seven years ago, when two Imperial Highnesses and the Imperial Chancellor were on a visit here. I was put in charge of all the arrangements for looking after them. Baron Stott-Wartenheim was Ambassador then. He was a very nervous old gentleman. One evening, three days before the Guildhall Banquet, he sent word that he wanted to see me for a moment. I was downstairs, and the carriages were at the door to take the Imperial Highnesses and the Chancellor to the opera. I went up at once. I found the Baron walking up and down his bedroom in a pitiable state of distress, squeezing his hands together. He assured me he had the fullest confidence in our police and in my abilities, but he had there a man just come over from Paris whose information could be trusted implicity. He wanted me to hear what that man had to say. He took me at once into a dressing-room next door, where I saw a big fellow in a heavy overcoat sitting all alone on a chair, and holding his hat and stick in one hand.
Chancellor - le chancelier; ; chancelier, chanceliere, contremaître de jury
Guildhall - guildhall
banquet - banquet, festin
opera - l'opéra; opéra; (opus) l'opéra; opéra
pitiable - pitoyable
squeezing - presser; (squeeze); presser, comprimer, tasser, serrer
implicity - l'implicite
The Baron said to him in French 'Speak, my friend.' The light in that room was not very good. I talked with him for some five minutes perhaps. He certainly gave me a piece of very startling news. Then the Baron took me aside nervously to praise him up to me, and when I turned round again I discovered that the fellow had vanished like a ghost. Got up and sneaked out down some back stairs, I suppose. There was no time to run after him, as I had to hurry off after the Ambassador down the great staircase, and see the party started safe for the opera. However, I acted upon the information that very night. Whether it was perfectly correct or not, it did look serious enough. Very likely it saved us from an ugly trouble on the day of the Imperial visit to the City.
Praise - des louanges; ; louange, louer, féliciter, prôner, vénérer
vanished - disparue; disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler
sneaked - en cachette; resquilleur, faucher, piquer, resquiller, cacher
run after - courir apres
"Some time later, a month or so after my promotion to Chief Inspector, my attention was attracted to a big burly man, I thought I had seen somewhere before, coming out in a hurry from a jeweller's shop in the Strand. I went after him, as it was on my way towards Charing Cross, and there seeing one of our detectives across the road, I beckoned him over, and pointed out the fellow to him, with instructions to watch his movements for a couple of days, and then report to me. No later than next afternoon my man turned up to tell me that the fellow had married his landlady's daughter at a registrar's office that very day at 11.30 a.m., and had gone off with her to Margate for a week. Our man had seen the luggage being put on the cab. There were some old Paris labels on one of the bags. Somehow I couldn't get the fellow out of my head, and the very next time I had to go to Paris on service I spoke about him to that friend of mine in the Paris police.
attracted - attiré; attirer, attirer
jeweller's shop - la bijouterie
Strand - strand; cordon
landlady - propriétaire
registrar - registraire, registrar (''a society'')
Margate - margate
luggage - bagages; ; bagage
cab - cab; fiacre
labels - étiquettes; étiquette, étiqueter, étiqueter
My friend said: 'From what you tell me I think you must mean a rather well-known hanger-on and emissary of the Revolutionary Red Committee. He says he is an Englishman by birth. We have an idea that he has been for a good few years now a secret agent of one of the foreign Embassies in London.' This woke up my memory completely. He was the vanishing fellow I saw sitting on a chair in Baron Stott-Wartenheim's bathroom. I told my friend that he was quite right. The fellow was a secret agent to my certain knowledge. Afterwards my friend took the trouble to ferret out the complete record of that man for me. I thought I had better know all there was to know; but I don't suppose you want to hear his history now, sir?"
hanger - pendentif, cintre
emissary - émissaire
Englishman - Anglais
by birth - de naissance
vanishing - en voie de disparition; (vanish); disparaître, s'évanouir
ferret - furet; furet
The Assistant Commissioner shook his supported head. "The history of your relations with that useful personage is the only thing that matters just now," he said, closing slowly his weary, deep-set eyes, and then opening them swiftly with a greatly refreshed glance.
personage - personnage
"There's nothing official about them," said the Chief Inspector bitterly. "I went into his shop one evening, told him who I was, and reminded him of our first meeting. He didn't as much as twitch an eyebrow. He said that he was married and settled now, and that all he wanted was not to be interfered in his little business. I took it upon myself to promise him that, as long as he didn't go in for anything obviously outrageous, he would be left alone by the police. That was worth something to him, because a word from us to the Custom-House people would have been enough to get some of these packages he gets from Paris and Brussels opened in Dover, with confiscation to follow for certain, and perhaps a prosecution as well at the end of it.
reminded - rappelée; rappeler
twitch - twitch; donner, avoir un mouvement convulsif
eyebrow - sourcils; ; sourcil
custom-house - (custom-house) une maison personnalisée
Brussels - bruxelles; Bruxelles
Dover - douvres; Douvres
confiscation - confiscation
prosecution - les poursuites; ; parquet, vindicte
"That's a very precarious trade," murmured the Assistant Commissioner. "Why did he go in for that?"
precarious - précaire
The Chief Inspector raised scornful eyebrows dispassionately.
dispassionately - sans passion
"Most likely got a connection-friends on the Continent-amongst people who deal in such wares. They would be just the sort he would consort with. He's a lazy dog, too-like the rest of them."
Consort - consort, consort, navire d'accompagnement
"What do you get from him in exchange for your protection?"
Exchange - l'échange; échangent, échangeons, échanger, échangez, échange
The Chief Inspector was not inclined to enlarge on the value of Mr Verloc's services.
enlarge - agrandir, élargir, accroître
"He would not be much good to anybody but myself. One has got to know a good deal beforehand to make use of a man like that. I can understand the sort of hint he can give. And when I want a hint he can generally furnish it to me."
beforehand - a l'avance
The Chief Inspector lost himself suddenly in a discreet reflective mood; and the Assistant Commissioner repressed a smile at the fleeting thought that the reputation of Chief Inspector Heat might possibly have been made in a great part by the Secret Agent Verloc.
discreet - discret
mood - l'humeur; humeur, changeant, ambiance, diapason
fleeting - éphémere; flotte
"In a more general way of being of use, all our men of the Special Crimes section on duty at Charing Cross and Victoria have orders to take careful notice of anybody they may see with him. He meets the new arrivals frequently, and afterwards keeps track of them. He seems to have been told off for that sort of duty.
arrivals - arrivées; arrivée, arrivant, arrivante
frequently - fréquemment
told off - Vous vous etes fait engueuler
When I want an address in a hurry, I can always get it from him. Of course, I know how to manage our relations. I haven't seen him to speak to three times in the last two years. I drop him a line, unsigned, and he answers me in the same way at my private address."
unsigned - non signé
From time to time the Assistant Commissioner gave an almost imperceptible nod. The Chief Inspector added that he did not suppose Mr Verloc to be deep in the confidence of the prominent members of the Revolutionary International Council, but that he was generally trusted of that there could be no doubt.
imperceptible - imperceptible
nod - hochement de tete; ; dodeliner, hocher, hochement
Council - le conseil; ; conseil
"Whenever I've had reason to think there was something in the wind," he concluded, "I've always found he could tell me something worth knowing."
whenever - chaque fois que
The Assistant Commissioner made a significant remark.
"He failed you this time."
"Neither had I wind of anything in any other way," retorted Chief Inspector Heat. "I asked him nothing, so he could tell me nothing. He isn't one of our men. It isn't as if he were in our pay."
"No," muttered the Assistant Commissioner. "He's a spy in the pay of a foreign government. We could never confess to him."
confess - avouer, confesser
"I must do my work in my own way," declared the Chief Inspector. "When it comes to that I would deal with the devil himself, and take the consequences. There are things not fit for everybody to know."
"Your idea of secrecy seems to consist in keeping the chief of your department in the dark. That's stretching it perhaps a little too far, isn't it? He lives over his shop?"
secrecy - le secret; ; secret, secrétisme
consist - consister; consistons, consistent, consistez, consister
stretching - l'étirement; étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
isn't it? - n'est-ce pas ?
"Who-Verloc? Oh yes. He lives over his shop. The wife's mother, I fancy, lives with them."
"Is the house watched?"
"Oh dear, no. It wouldn't do. Certain people who come there are watched. My opinion is that he knows nothing of this affair."
"How do you account for this?" The Assistant Commissioner nodded at the cloth rag lying before him on the table.
"I don't account for it at all, sir. It's simply unaccountable. It can't be explained by what I know." The Chief Inspector made those admissions with the frankness of a man whose reputation is established as if on a rock. "At any rate not at this present moment. I think that the man who had most to do with it will turn out to be Michaelis."
admissions - des admissions; admission
"Yes, sir; because I can answer for all the others."
"What about that other man supposed to have escaped from the park?"
"I should think he's far away by this time," opined the Chief Inspector.
The Assistant Commissioner looked hard at him, and rose suddenly, as though having made up his mind to some course of action. As a matter of fact, he had that very moment succumbed to a fascinating temptation.
succumbed to - a succombé
fascinating - fascinant; fasciner, fasciner, fasciner
temptation - la tentation; ; tentation
The Chief Inspector heard himself dismissed with instructions to meet his superior early next morning for further consultation upon the case. He listened with an impenetrable face, and walked out of the room with measured steps.
consultation - consultation
impenetrable - impénétrable
Whatever might have been the plans of the Assistant Commissioner they had nothing to do with that desk work, which was the bane of his existence because of its confined nature and apparent lack of reality. It could not have had, or else the general air of alacrity that came upon the Assistant Commissioner would have been inexplicable.
desk work - du travail de bureau
lack - manque; manque
As soon as he was left alone he looked for his hat impulsively, and put it on his head. Having done that, he sat down again to reconsider the whole matter. But as his mind was already made up, this did not take long. And before Chief Inspector Heat had gone very far on the way home, he also left the building.
reconsider - reconsidérer
The Assistant Commissioner walked along a short and narrow street like a wet, muddy trench, then crossing a very broad thoroughfare entered a public edifice, and sought speech with a young private secretary (unpaid) of a great personage.
trench - tranchée, fossé
private secretary - secrétaire privé
This fair, smooth-faced young man, whose symmetrically arranged hair gave him the air of a large and neat schoolboy, met the Assistant Commissioner's request with a doubtful look, and spoke with bated breath.
symmetrically - symétriquement
schoolboy - éleve, écolier
doubtful - douteux, douteuse
bated - bated; batte, raquette
"Would he see you? I don't know about that. He has walked over from the House an hour ago to talk with the permanent Under-Secretary, and now he's ready to walk back again. He might have sent for him; but he does it for the sake of a little exercise, I suppose.
It's all the exercise he can find time for while this session lasts. I don't complain; I rather enjoy these little strolls. He leans on my arm, and doesn't open his lips. But, I say, he's very tired, and-well-not in the sweetest of tempers just now."
Session - séance, session
strolls - promenades; promenade, flânerie, balade, flâner, promener
tempers - des tempéraments; caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit
"It's in connection with that Greenwich affair."
"Oh! I say! He's very bitter against you people. But I will go and see, if you insist."
Bitter - amere; amer, saumâtre
insist - insister
"Do. That's a good fellow," said the Assistant Commissioner.
The unpaid secretary admired this pluck. Composing for himself an innocent face, he opened a door, and went in with the assurance of a nice and privileged child. And presently he reappeared, with a nod to the Assistant Commissioner, who passing through the same door left open for him, found himself with the great personage in a large room.
pluck - tirer, pincer, plumer, voler, abats, persévérance, (du) cour
composing - la composition; composer, composer, composer, composer
reappeared - réapparaît; réapparaître
nod to - faire un signe de tete
left open - laissé ouvert
Vast in bulk and stature, with a long white face, which, broadened at the base by a big double chin, appeared egg-shaped in the fringe of thin greyish whisker, the great personage seemed an expanding man. Unfortunate from a tailoring point of view, the cross-folds in the middle of a buttoned black coat added to the impression, as if the fastenings of the garment were tried to the utmost.
in bulk - en vrac
broadened - élargi; élargir, élargir
double chin - double menton
fringe - marginale; ; frange, périphérie, radicaux
greyish - grisâtre
expanding - en expansion; agrandir, développer, élaborer, élaborer
unfortunate - malheureux; ; infortuné, malencontreux
garment - de l'habillement; ; vetement
From the head, set upward on a thick neck, the eyes, with puffy lower lids, stared with a haughty droop on each side of a hooked aggressive nose, nobly salient in the vast pale circumference of the face. A shiny silk hat and a pair of worn gloves lying ready on the end of a long table looked expanded too, enormous.
puffy - bouffi, enflé, rebondi, boursouflé
haughty - hautain, suffisant
hooked - accroché; crochet, agrafe, hook, crochet, accrocher, ferrer
nobly - noblement
salient - important; ; pertinent, saillant, saillie
circumference - la circonférence; ; circonférence, circonférence
gloves - gants; gant
expanded - élargi; agrandir, développer, élaborer, élaborer, (s')éteindre
He stood on the hearthrug in big, roomy boots, and uttered no word of greeting.
"I would like to know if this is the beginning of another dynamite campaign," he asked at once in a deep, very smooth voice. "Don't go into details. I have no time for that."
campaign - campagne, faire campagne, mener une campagne
The Assistant Commissioner's figure before this big and rustic Presence had the frail slenderness of a reed addressing an oak. And indeed the unbroken record of that man's descent surpassed in the number of centuries the age of the oldest oak in the country.
reed - roseau; roseau
unbroken - ininterrompue
surpassed - surpassé; surpasser, dépasser, excéder
"No. As far as one can be positive about anything I can assure you that it is not."
"Yes. But your idea of assurances over there," said the great man, with a contemptuous wave of his hand towards a window giving on the broad thoroughfare, "seems to consist mainly in making the Secretary of State look a fool. I have been told positively in this very room less than a month ago that nothing of the sort was even possible."
assurances - des assurances; assurance, assurance, culot, assurance
The Assistant Commissioner glanced in the direction of the window calmly.
"You will allow me to remark, Sir Ethelred, that so far I have had no opportunity to give you assurances of any kind."
The haughty droop of the eyes was focussed now upon the Assistant Commissioner.
"True," confessed the deep, smooth voice. "I sent for Heat. You are still rather a novice in your new berth. And how are you getting on over there?"
berth - couchette, marge de manouvre
"I believe I am learning something every day."
"Of course, of course. I hope you will get on."
"Thank you, Sir Ethelred. I've learned something to-day, and even within the last hour or so. There is much in this affair of a kind that does not meet the eye in a usual anarchist outrage, even if one looked into it as deep as can be. that's why I am here."
that's why - c'est pourquoi
The great man put his arms akimbo, the backs of his big hands resting on his hips.
"Very well. Go on. Only no details, pray. Spare me the details."
Pray - prier; prions, priez, prient
Spare me - M'épargner
"You shall not be troubled with them, Sir Ethelred," the Assistant Commissioner began, with a calm and untroubled assurance. While he was speaking the hands on the face of the clock behind the great man's back-a heavy, glistening affair of massive scrolls in the same dark marble as the mantelpiece, and with a ghostly, evanescent tick-had moved through the space of seven minutes. He spoke with a studious fidelity to a parenthetical manner, into which every little fact-that is, every detail-fitted with delightful ease.
untroubled - sans probleme
glistening - scintillant; reluire
massive - massive; ; massif
scrolls - parchemins; rouleau, volute, volute, coquille, faire défiler
marble - marbre, bille, grillot, marbrer
ghostly - fantomatique
evanescent - évanescent
tick - tique; tique, tic tac
studious - studieux
parenthetical - parenthese
Not a murmur nor even a movement hinted at interruption. The great Personage might have been the statue of one of his own princely ancestors stripped of a crusader's war harness, and put into an ill-fitting frock coat. The Assistant Commissioner felt as though he were at liberty to talk for an hour. But he kept his head, and at the end of the time mentioned above he broke off with a sudden conclusion, which, reproducing the opening statement, pleasantly surprised Sir Ethelred by its apparent swiftness and force.
hinted at - insinué
interruption - interruption
statue - statue
princely - princier
ancestors - ancetres; ancetre
stripped - dépouillé; enlever
crusader - croisé
harness - harnais, harnacher
frock - robe de chambre; robe
conclusion - conclusion, fin
reproducing - se reproduire; reproduire, se reproduire, reproduire
pleasantly - agréablement
swiftness - rapidité
"The kind of thing which meets us under the surface of this affair, otherwise without gravity, is unusual-in this precise form at least-and requires special treatment."
The tone of Sir Ethelred was deepened, full of conviction.
deepened - approfondi; approfondir, intensifier, intensifier
"I should think so-involving the Ambassador of a foreign power!"
"Oh! The Ambassador!" protested the other, erect and slender, allowing himself a mere half smile. "It would be stupid of me to advance anything of the kind. And it is absolutely unnecessary, because if I am right in my surmises, whether ambassador or hall porter it's a mere detail."
unnecessary - inutile
surmises - des suppositions; présumer, supposer, suspecter
Sir Ethelred opened a wide mouth, like a cavern, into which the hooked nose seemed anxious to peer; there came from it a subdued rolling sound, as from a distant organ with the scornful indignation stop.
peer - pair; pair
organ - organe, orgue
"No! These people are too impossible. What do they mean by importing their methods of Crim-Tartary here? A Turk would have more decency."
importing - l'importation; importer
Turk - turk; Turc, Turque
decency - la décence; ; décence
"You forget, Sir Ethelred, that strictly speaking we know nothing positively-as yet."
strictly speaking - a proprement parler
"No! But how would you define it? Shortly?"
shortly - dans peu de temps; ; rapidement, brievement
"Barefaced audacity amounting to childishness of a peculiar sort."
barefaced - a visage découvert
amounting to - s'élevant a
childishness - l'infantilisme; ; enfantillage
"We can't put up with the innocence of nasty little children," said the great and expanded personage, expanding a little more, as it were. The haughty drooping glance struck crushingly the carpet at the Assistant Commissioner's feet. "They'll have to get a hard rap on the knuckles over this affair. We must be in a position to-What is your general idea, stated shortly? No need to go into details."
crushingly - de maniere écrasante
rap - rap; claque
knuckles - poings américains; articulation du doigt, articulation
"No, Sir Ethelred. In principle, I should lay it down that the existence of secret agents should not be tolerated, as tending to augment the positive dangers of the evil against which they are used. That the spy will fabricate his information is a mere commonplace. But in the sphere of political and revolutionary action, relying partly on violence, the professional spy has every facility to fabricate the very facts themselves, and will spread the double evil of emulation in one direction, and of panic, hasty legislation, unreflecting hate, on the other.
tolerated - toléré; tolérer, supporter, souffrir
augment - augmenter, élargir le mouvement, augmenter l'intervalle, augment
fabricate - fabriquer, controuver
commonplace - ordinaire, banal, lieu commun
relying - en se fiant; compter sur
facility - l'installation; ; facilité, infrastructure, installation
unreflecting - sans réflexion
However, this is an imperfect world-"
The deep-voiced Presence on the hearthrug, motionless, with big elbows stuck out, said hastily:
stuck out - coincé
"Be lucid, please."
lucid - clair, claire, lucide
"Yes, Sir Ethelred-An imperfect world. Therefore directly the character of this affair suggested itself to me, I thought it should be dealt with with special secrecy, and ventured to come over here."
"That's right," approved the great Personage, glancing down complacently over his double chin. "I am glad there's somebody over at your shop who thinks that the Secretary of State may be trusted now and then."
complacently - avec complaisance
The Assistant Commissioner had an amused smile.
"I was really thinking that it might be better at this stage for Heat to be replaced by-"
"What! Heat? An ass-eh?" exclaimed the great man, with distinct animosity.
animosity - l'animosité; ; animosité
"Not at all. Pray, Sir Ethelred, don't put that unjust interpretation on my remarks."
unjust - injuste
interpretation - l'interprétation; ; interprétation
"Then what? Too clever by half?"
"Neither-at least not as a rule. All the grounds of my surmises I have from him. The only thing I've discovered by myself is that he has been making use of that man privately. Who could blame him? He's an old police hand. He told me virtually that he must have tools to work with. It occurred to me that this tool should be surrendered to the Special Crimes division as a whole, instead of remaining the private property of Chief Inspector Heat. I extend my conception of our departmental duties to the suppression of the secret agent.
surrendered - s'est rendu; capituler, capituler, rendre
Division - la division; ; division
But Chief Inspector Heat is an old departmental hand. He would accuse me of perverting its morality and attacking its efficiency. He would define it bitterly as protection extended to the criminal class of revolutionists. It would mean just that to him."
accuse - accuser
perverting - pervertir; déviant, pervers, pervers
"Yes. But what do you mean?"
"I mean to say, first, that there's but poor comfort in being able to declare that any given act of violence-damaging property or destroying life-is not the work of anarchism at all, but of something else altogether-some species of authorised scoundrelism. This, I fancy, is much more frequent than we suppose. Next, it's obvious that the existence of these people in the pay of foreign governments destroys in a measure the efficiency of our supervision. A spy of that sort can afford to be more reckless than the most reckless of conspirators. His occupation is free from all restraint. He's without as much faith as is necessary for complete negation, and without that much law as is implied in lawlessness.
declare - expliquer, déclarer
scoundrelism - la crapulerie
frequent - fréquents; fréquenter
measure - mesure, mesure, mesurer
supervision - supervision, surveillance
afford - se permettre; ; offrir
more reckless - plus téméraire
most reckless - le plus imprudent
negation - la négation; ; négation
implied - implicite; impliquer, impliquer, insinuer, sous-entendre
lawlessness - l'anarchie; ; anarchie
Thirdly, the existence of these spies amongst the revolutionary groups, which we are reproached for harbouring here, does away with all certitude. You have received a reassuring statement from Chief Inspector Heat some time ago. It was by no means groundless-and yet this episode happens. I call it an episode, because this affair, I make bold to say, is episodic; it is no part of any general scheme, however wild. The very peculiarities which surprise and perplex Chief Inspector Heat establish its character in my eyes. I am keeping clear of details, Sir Ethelred."
thirdly - troisiemement; ; tertio, troisiemement
spies - espions; espion, espionne, espionner
reproached - des reproches; reproche, opprobre, reprocher
harbouring - le port; port
certitude - certitude
reassuring - rassurant; tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer
episode - épisode
bold - audacieux; gros, épais
episodic - épisodique
scheme - le projet; ; plan, combine, machination, schéma, systeme
peculiarities - particularités; singularité, bizarrerie, étrangeté
perplex - perplexe; ; déconcerter, troubler, dérouter
The Personage on the hearthrug had been listening with profound attention.
"Just so. Be as concise as you can."
concise - concis
The Assistant Commissioner intimated by an earnest deferential gesture that he was anxious to be concise.
"There is a peculiar stupidity and feebleness in the conduct of this affair which gives me excellent hopes of getting behind it and finding there something else than an individual freak of fanaticism. For it is a planned thing, undoubtedly. The actual perpetrator seems to have been led by the hand to the spot, and then abandoned hurriedly to his own devices. The inference is that he was imported from abroad for the purpose of committing this outrage. At the same time one is forced to the conclusion that he did not know enough English to ask his way, unless one were to accept the fantastic theory that he was a deaf mute. I wonder now-But this is idle. He has destroyed himself by an accident, obviously.
feebleness - débilité
actual - réel, effectif, checkeffectif, checkprésent
perpetrator - l'auteur de l'infraction; ; coupable
abandoned - abandonnée; abandonner
inference - inférence, déduction
imported - importé; importer
from abroad - de l'étranger
committing - l'engagement; confier, commettre, remettre, consigner
deaf - sourd, les sourds
idle - au ralenti; fainéant
Not an extraordinary accident. But an extraordinary little fact remains: the address on his clothing discovered by the merest accident, too. It is an incredible little fact, so incredible that the explanation which will account for it is bound to touch the bottom of this affair. Instead of instructing Heat to go on with this case, my intention is to seek this explanation personally-by myself, I mean-where it may be picked up. That is in a certain shop in Brett Street, and on the lips of a certain secret agent once upon a time the confidential and trusted spy of the late Baron Stott-Wartenheim, Ambassador of a great power to the Court of St James."
instructing - instruire; instruire, enseigner, apprendre
seek - chercher
great power - grande puissance
James - james; Jacques, Jacques, Jacques
The Assistant Commissioner paused, then added: "Those fellows are a perfect pest." In order to raise his drooping glance to the speaker's face, the Personage on the hearthrug had gradually tilted his head farther back, which gave him an aspect of extraordinary haughtiness.
pest - ravageur; ; peste, peste, nuisible
gradually - progressivement
haughtiness - l'arrogance; ; orgueil, hautaineté
"Why not leave it to Heat?"
"Because he is an old departmental hand. They have their own morality. My line of inquiry would appear to him an awful perversion of duty. For him the plain duty is to fasten the guilt upon as many prominent anarchists as he can on some slight indications he had picked up in the course of his investigation on the spot; whereas I, he would say, am bent upon vindicating their innocence.
perversion - perversion
guilt - culpabilité; culpabilité
indications - indications; indication
vindicating - a la vindicte; blanchir, faire valoir, défendre, revendiquer
I am trying to be as lucid as I can in presenting this obscure matter to you without details."
"He would, would he?" muttered the proud head of Sir Ethelred from its lofty elevation.
"I am afraid so-with an indignation and disgust of which you or I can have no idea. He's an excellent servant. We must not put an undue strain on his loyalty. That's always a mistake. Besides, I want a free hand-a freer hand than it would be perhaps advisable to give Chief Inspector Heat. I haven't the slightest wish to spare this man Verloc. He will, I imagine, be extremely startled to find his connection with this affair, whatever it may be, brought home to him so quickly. Frightening him will not be very difficult.
disgust - dégout; ; dégouter, dégout
advisable - est-il souhaitable
frightening - effrayant; effrayer, redouter, terrifier
But our true objective lies behind him somewhere. I want your authority to give him such assurances of personal safety as I may think proper."
"Certainly," said the Personage on the hearthrug. "Find out as much as you can; find it out in your own way."
"I must set about it without loss of time, this very evening," said the Assistant Commissioner.
set about - a propos de
loss of time - perte de temps
Sir Ethelred shifted one hand under his coat tails, and tilting back his head, looked at him steadily.
shifted - décalé; quart, équipe, poste, décalage, vitesse
tails - queues; queue
tilting - basculement; (tilt) basculement
"We'll have a late sitting to-night," he said. "Come to the House with your discoveries if we are not gone home. I'll warn Toodles to look out for you. He'll take you into my room."
warn - avertir, alerter, prévenir
The numerous family and the wide connections of the youthful-looking Private Secretary cherished for him the hope of an austere and exalted destiny. Meantime the social sphere he adorned in his hours of idleness chose to pet him under the above nickname. And Sir Ethelred, hearing it on the lips of his wife and girls every day (mostly at breakfast-time), had conferred upon it the dignity of unsmiling adoption.
youthful - juvénile, jeune
cherished - chérie; chérir, tenir
destiny - destin; destin, destinée, sort
adorned - orné; décorer, orner, parer
conferred - conféré; conférer, accorder, décerner
dignity - dignité, forme, rang
unsmiling - sans sourire
adoption - l'adoption; ; adoption
The Assistant Commissioner was surprised and gratified extremely.
gratified - gratifié; gratifier
"I shall certainly bring my discoveries to the House on the chance of you having the time to-"
"I won't have the time," interrupted the great Personage. "But I will see you. I haven't the time now-And you are going yourself?"
"Yes, Sir Ethelred. I think it the best way."
The Personage had tilted his head so far back that, in order to keep the Assistant Commissioner under his observation, he had to nearly close his eyes.
"H'm. Ha! And how do you propose-Will you assume a disguise?"
ha - HA
propose - proposer, demander en mariage
disguise - déguisement, déguiser
"Hardly a disguise! I'll change my clothes, of course."
"Of course," repeated the great man, with a sort of absent-minded loftiness. He turned his big head slowly, and over his shoulder gave a haughty oblique stare to the ponderous marble timepiece with the sly, feeble tick. The gilt hands had taken the opportunity to steal through no less than five and twenty minutes behind his back.
absent - absente; absent
loftiness - sublimité
sly - sly; ; sournois, malin, rusé, matois, espiegle
feeble - faible
The Assistant Commissioner, who could not see them, grew a little nervous in the interval. But the great man presented to him a calm and undismayed face.
interval - intervalle
undismayed - sans se décourager
"Very well," he said, and paused, as if in deliberate contempt of the official clock. "But what first put you in motion in this direction?"
deliberate - délibérée; ; délibéré, concerté, délibérer
"I have been always of opinion," began the Assistant Commissioner.
"Ah. Yes! Opinion. That's of course. But the immediate motive?"
motive - motif, mobile, theme, motiver, moteur, mobile, mouvant
"What shall I say, Sir Ethelred? A new man's antagonism to old methods. A desire to know something at first hand. Some impatience. It's my old work, but the harness is different. It has been chafing me a little in one or two tender places."
antagonism - antagonisme
chafing - les frottements; chauffer en frictionnant, inflammation
"I hope you'll get on over there," said the great man kindly, extending his hand, soft to the touch, but broad and powerful like the hand of a glorified farmer. The Assistant Commissioner shook it, and withdrew.
extending - s'étendant; étendre, prolonger
powerful - puissant
In the outer room Toodles, who had been waiting perched on the edge of a table, advanced to meet him, subduing his natural buoyancy.
perched - perché; perchoir
subduing - soumettre; soumettre, subjuguer, assujettir
buoyancy - poussée d'Archimede, flottabilité
"Well? Satisfactory?" he asked, with airy importance.
airy - aéré
"Perfectly. You've earned my undying gratitude," answered the Assistant Commissioner, whose long face looked wooden in contrast with the peculiar character of the other's gravity, which seemed perpetually ready to break into ripples and chuckles.
long face - long visage
contrast - contraste, contraster
perpetually - perpétuellement
ripples - ondulations; ondulation
chuckles - rires; glousser
"That's all right. But seriously, you can't imagine how irritated he is by the attacks on his Bill for the Nationalisation of Fisheries. They call it the beginning of social revolution. Of course, it is a revolutionary measure. But these fellows have no decency. The personal attacks-"
irritated - irritée; agacer (displeasure)
Nationalisation - nationalisation
fisheries - la peche; pecherie, pecherie
"I read the papers," remarked the Assistant Commissioner.
"Odious? Eh? And you have no notion what a mass of work he has got to get through every day. He does it all himself. Seems unable to trust anyone with these Fisheries."
"And yet he's given a whole half hour to the consideration of my very small sprat," interjected the Assistant Commissioner.
consideration - considération, checkraison, checkmotif, checkrécompense
sprat - sprat
"Small! Is it? I'm glad to hear that. But it's a pity you didn't keep away, then. This fight takes it out of him frightfully. The man's getting exhausted. I feel it by the way he leans on my arm as we walk over. And, I say, is he safe in the streets? Mullins has been marching his men up here this afternoon.
keep away - garder a l'écart
There's a constable stuck by every lamp-post, and every second person we meet between this and Palace Yard is an obvious 'tec.' It will get on his nerves presently. I say, these foreign scoundrels aren't likely to throw something at him-are they? It would be a national calamity. The country can't spare him."
tec - tec
nerves - des nerfs; nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran, nerf
scoundrels - canailles; scélérat, scélérate, gredin, gredine, canaille
calamity - calamité
"Not to mention yourself. He leans on your arm," suggested the Assistant Commissioner soberly. "You would both go."
soberly - prosaique
"It would be an easy way for a young man to go down into history? Not so many British Ministers have been assassinated as to make it a minor incident. But seriously now-"
minor - mineur, mineur
"I am afraid that if you want to go down into history you'll have to do something for it. Seriously, there's no danger whatever for both of you but from overwork."
overwork - le surmenage; surmenage
The sympathetic Toodles welcomed this opening for a chuckle.
sympathetic - sympathique
chuckle - glousser; glousser
"The Fisheries won't kill me. I am used to late hours," he declared, with ingenuous levity. But, feeling an instant compunction, he began to assume an air of statesman-like moodiness, as one draws on a glove. "His massive intellect will stand any amount of work. It's his nerves that I am afraid of. The reactionary gang, with that abusive brute Cheeseman at their head, insult him every night."
instant - instantanée; moment
statesman - homme d'État
moodiness - l'humeur
reactionary - réactionnaire, réactionnaire
abusive - abusif
insult - insultes; ; insulter, insulte
"If he will insist on beginning a revolution!" murmured the Assistant Commissioner.
"The time has come, and he is the only man great enough for the work," protested the revolutionary Toodles, flaring up under the calm, speculative gaze of the Assistant Commissioner. Somewhere in a corridor a distant bell tinkled urgently, and with devoted vigilance the young man pricked up his ears at the sound. "He's ready to go now," he exclaimed in a whisper, snatched up his hat, and vanished from the room.
flaring up - s'enflammer
speculative - spéculatif
tinkled - tintinnabulé; tinter, tintement
pricked - piqué; piquer, percer
snatched up - arraché
The Assistant Commissioner went out by another door in a less elastic manner. Again he crossed the wide thoroughfare, walked along a narrow street, and re-entered hastily his own departmental buildings. He kept up this accelerated pace to the door of his private room.
accelerated - accéléré; accélérer, accélérer, accélérer, accélérer
Before he had closed it fairly his eyes sought his desk. He stood still for a moment, then walked up, looked all round on the floor, sat down in his chair, rang a bell, and waited.
"Chief Inspector Heat gone yet?"
"Yes, sir. Went away half-an-hour ago."
He nodded. "That will do." And sitting still, with his hat pushed off his forehead, he thought that it was just like Heat's confounded cheek to carry off quietly the only piece of material evidence. But he thought this without animosity. Old and valued servants will take liberties. The piece of overcoat with the address sewn on was certainly not a thing to leave about.
pushed off - repoussé
carry off - emporter
valued - valorisée; valeur, valeur, valeur, valeur, valeur, valeur
liberties - libertés; liberté
Dismissing from his mind this manifestation of Chief Inspector Heat's mistrust, he wrote and despatched a note to his wife, charging her to make his apologies to Michaelis'great lady, with whom they were engaged to dine that evening.
dismissing - rejeter; renvoyer, limoger, licencier, démettre, renvoyer
manifestation - manifestation
charging - charge; frais-p, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation
apologies - des excuses; excuse, apologie
dine - dîner
The short jacket and the low, round hat he assumed in a sort of curtained alcove containing a washstand, a row of wooden pegs and a shelf, brought out wonderfully the length of his grave, brown face. He stepped back into the full light of the room, looking like the vision of a cool, reflective Don Quixote, with the sunken eyes of a dark enthusiast and a very deliberate manner. He left the scene of his daily labours quickly like an unobtrusive shadow. His descent into the street was like the descent into a slimy aquarium from which the water had been run off.
curtained - rideau; rideau, rideau
alcove - alcôve
pegs - chevilles; cheville, porte-manteau, patere, cheviller, épingler
shelf - étagere; ; rayon, étagere, tablard, rayonnage
wonderfully - a merveille
slimy - visqueux, visqueuse, gluant, gluante
aquarium - aquarium
A murky, gloomy dampness enveloped him. The walls of the houses were wet, the mud of the roadway glistened with an effect of phosphorescence, and when he emerged into the Strand out of a narrow street by the side of Charing Cross Station the genius of the locality assimilated him. He might have been but one more of the queer foreign fish that can be seen of an evening about there flitting round the dark corners.
murky - sombre, trouble
dampness - l'humidité; ; moiteur
enveloped - enveloppé; envelopper
glistened - a brillé; reluire
phosphorescence - phosphorescence
locality - région, quartier, voisinage, localité
assimilated - assimilés; assimiler, absorber, assimiler, digérer, assimiler
flitting - flottement; (flit); voltiger, voleter, papillonner, virevolter
He came to a stand on the very edge of the pavement, and waited. His exercised eyes had made out in the confused movements of lights and shadows thronging the roadway the crawling approach of a hansom.
thronging - la foule; essaim, foule, essaim
crawling - a quatre pattes; (crawl) a quatre pattes
Hansom - le fiacre
He gave no sign; but when the low step gliding along the curbstone came to his feet he dodged in skilfully in front of the big turning wheel, and spoke up through the little trap door almost before the man gazing supinely ahead from his perch was aware of having been boarded by a fare.
gliding - le vol a voile; ; vol a voile; (glide); glisser, planer
skilfully - habilement
trap door - une trappe
supinely - en position couchée
ahead - a l'avance; ; devant
perch - perche; perchoir
fare - tarif; aller, tarifaire
It was not a long drive. It ended by signal abruptly, nowhere in particular, between two lamp-posts before a large drapery establishment-a long range of shops already lapped up in sheets of corrugated iron for the night. Tendering a coin through the trap door the fare slipped out and away, leaving an effect of uncanny, eccentric ghastliness upon the driver's mind.
drapery - draperie; ; rideau
establishment - établissement, systeme, classe dirigeante, establishment
range - chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme, champ
lapped - lappé; laper
Tendering - l'appel d'offres; (tender) l'appel d'offres
slipped - a glissé; glisser
uncanny - déroutant, déroutante, étrange, troublant
ghastliness - la ghettoisation
But the size of the coin was satisfactory to his touch, and his education not being literary, he remained untroubled by the fear of finding it presently turned to a dead leaf in his pocket. Raised above the world of fares by the nature of his calling, he contemplated their actions with a limited interest. The sharp pulling of his horse right round expressed his philosophy.
satisfactory to - satisfaisant pour
leaf - feuille, rallonge, battant, ouvrant, vantail, feuiller
Meantime the Assistant Commissioner was already giving his order to a waiter in a little Italian restaurant round the corner-one of those traps for the hungry, long and narrow, baited with a perspective of mirrors and white napery; without air, but with an atmosphere of their own-an atmosphere of fraudulent cookery mocking an abject mankind in the most pressing of its miserable necessities. In this immoral atmosphere the Assistant Commissioner, reflecting upon his enterprise, seemed to lose some more of his identity. He had a sense of loneliness, of evil freedom. It was rather pleasant. When, after paying for his short meal, he stood up and waited for his change, he saw himself in the sheet of glass, and was struck by his foreign appearance.
traps - des pieges; piege
baited - appâté; appât
napery - napery
cookery - la cuisine
abject - abject; dédaigneux
necessities - des nécessités; nécessité, besoin, nécessité
immoral - immoral
enterprise - l'entreprise; ; entreprise, venture, initiative
He contemplated his own image with a melancholy and inquisitive gaze, then by sudden inspiration raised the collar of his jacket. This arrangement appeared to him commendable, and he completed it by giving an upward twist to the ends of his black moustache. He was satisfied by the subtle modification of his personal aspect caused by these small changes. "That'll do very well," he thought. "I'll get a little wet, a little splashed-"
inquisitive - curieux
commendable - louable
modification - modification
splashed - éclaboussé; plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser, asperger
He became aware of the waiter at his elbow and of a small pile of silver coins on the edge of the table before him. The waiter kept one eye on it, while his other eye followed the long back of a tall, not very young girl, who passed up to a distant table looking perfectly sightless and altogether unapproachable. She seemed to be a habitual customer.
coins - pieces de monnaie; piece de monnaie, jeton, jeton
unapproachable - inaccessible
habitual - habituel
On going out the Assistant Commissioner made to himself the observation that the patrons of the place had lost in the frequentation of fraudulent cookery all their national and private characteristics. And this was strange, since the Italian restaurant is such a peculiarly British institution. But these people were as denationalised as the dishes set before them with every circumstance of unstamped respectability. Neither was their personality stamped in any way, professionally, socially or racially. They seemed created for the Italian restaurant, unless the Italian restaurant had been perchance created for them. But that last hypothesis was unthinkable, since one could not place them anywhere outside those special establishments. One never met these enigmatical persons elsewhere. It was impossible to form a precise idea what occupations they followed by day and where they went to bed at night.
frequentation - fréquentation
characteristics - caractéristiques; caractéristique, caractéristique
unstamped - sans timbre
stamped in - estampillé
racially - sur le plan racial; ; a motivation raciste
perchance - par hasard
hypothesis - hypothese; ; hypothese
establishments - établissements; établissement, établissement, établissement
enigmatical - énigmatique
occupations - professions; occupation, occupation
And he himself had become unplaced. It would have been impossible for anybody to guess his occupation. As to going to bed, there was a doubt even in his own mind. Not indeed in regard to his domicile itself, but very much so in respect of the time when he would be able to return there. A pleasurable feeling of independence possessed him when he heard the glass doors swing to behind his back with a sort of imperfect baffled thud. He advanced at once into an immensity of greasy slime and damp plaster interspersed with lamps, and enveloped, oppressed, penetrated, choked, and suffocated by the blackness of a wet London night, which is composed of soot and drops of water.
domicile - domicile
Independence - l'indépendance; ; indépendance
swing - swing; ; osciller, se balancer, swinguer, pendre, changer
baffled - déconcerté; déconcerter, dérouter
thud - bruit sourd; ; martelement, marteler
immensity - immensité
slime - de la bave; ; slime, glaire, bave
plaster - le plâtre; ; onguent, plâtre, enduit, enduire, plâtrer
interspersed - entrecoupé; entremeler, intercaler
enveloped - enveloppé; enveloppe
suffocated - étouffé; suffoquer, suffoquer, étouffer
composed - composé; composer, composer, composer, composer
Soot - la suie; ; suie
Brett Street was not very far away. It branched off, narrow, from the side of an open triangular space surrounded by dark and mysterious houses, temples of petty commerce emptied of traders for the night. Only a fruiterer's stall at the corner made a violent blaze of light and colour. Beyond all was black, and the few people passing in that direction vanished at one stride beyond the glowing heaps of oranges and lemons. No footsteps echoed. They would never be heard of again. The adventurous head of the Special Crimes Department watched these disappearances from a distance with an interested eye.
branched off - a bifurqué
temples - temples; temple
petty - petit, insignifiant, mesquin
traders - commerçants; commerçant, trader, marchand
stall - décrochage; écurie, standing, étable
blaze - flamme; feu, embrasement
stride - foulée; marcher a grands pas
heaps - tas; tas, pile, monceau, tas, tas, pile, tas
echoed - en écho; écho
disappearances - des disparitions; disparition
He felt light-hearted, as though he had been ambushed all alone in a jungle many thousands of miles away from departmental desks and official inkstands. This joyousness and dispersion of thought before a task of some importance seems to prove that this world of ours is not such a very serious affair after all. For the Assistant Commissioner was not constitutionally inclined to levity.
light-hearted - (light-hearted) le cour léger
ambushed - en embuscade; embuscade, embuscade, embuscade
jungle - jungle, foret vierge, foret tropicale
joyousness - la joie de vivre
dispersion - dispersion
Prove - prouver; éprouvent, éprouvons, éprouvez, prouvent, prouver
The policeman on the beat projected his sombre and moving form against the luminous glory of oranges and lemons, and entered Brett Street without haste. The Assistant Commissioner, as though he were a member of the criminal classes, lingered out of sight, awaiting his return. But this constable seemed to be lost for ever to the force. He never returned: must have gone out at the other end of Brett Street.
lingered - s'est attardé; s'installer, stagner, s'incruster, s'éteindre
The Assistant Commissioner, reaching this conclusion, entered the street in his turn, and came upon a large van arrested in front of the dimly lit window-panes of a carter's eating-house. The man was refreshing himself inside, and the horses, their big heads lowered to the ground, fed out of nose-bags steadily. Farther on, on the opposite side of the street, another suspect patch of dim light issued from Mr Verloc's shop front, hung with papers, heaving with vague piles of cardboard boxes and the shapes of books.
dimly - faiblement, obscurément, vaguement, confusément
eating-house - (eating-house) le restaurant
refreshing - rafraîchissant; revigorer, rafraîchir
suspect - suspecter, soupçonner, suspect
patch - patch; rapiécer
heaving - le déchaussement; (heave); hisser
cardboard - carton
The Assistant Commissioner stood observing it across the roadway. There could be no mistake. By the side of the front window, encumbered by the shadows of nondescript things, the door, standing ajar, let escape on the pavement a narrow, clear streak of gas-light within.
streak - de l'histoire; ; raie, chésias du genet
gas-light - (gas-light) Une lampe a gaz
Having infused by persistent importunities some sort of heat into the chilly interest of several licensed victuallers (the acquaintances once upon a time of her late unlucky husband), Mrs Verloc's mother had at last secured her admission to certain almshouses founded by a wealthy innkeeper for the destitute widows of the trade.
infused - infusé; infuser
persistent - persistante; ; persistant, tenace
chilly - frisquet
innkeeper - l'aubergiste; ; tavernier, hôtelier, aubergiste
destitute - sans ressources; sans ressources
widows - les veuves; veuve
This end, conceived in the astuteness of her uneasy heart, the old woman had pursued with secrecy and determination. That was the time when her daughter Winnie could not help passing a remark to Mr Verloc that "mother has been spending half-crowns and five shillings almost every day this last week in cab fares." But the remark was not made grudgingly. Winnie respected her mother's infirmities. She was only a little surprised at this sudden mania for locomotion.
conceived - conçu; concevoir, concevoir, tomber enceinte
astuteness - astuce; ; perspicacité, sagacité
crowns - couronnes; couronne
shillings - shillings; shilling
grudgingly - a contrecour; envieuxse
respected - respecté; respect, respecter
infirmities - des infirmités; infirmité
mania - la manie; ; manie
locomotion - locomotion
Mr Verloc, who was sufficiently magnificent in his way, had grunted the remark impatiently aside as interfering with his meditations. These were frequent, deep, and prolonged; they bore upon a matter more important than five shillings. Distinctly more important, and beyond all comparison more difficult to consider in all its aspects with philosophical serenity.
magnificent - magnifique
meditations - méditations; méditation, méditation
prolonged - prolongée; prolonger
Her object attained in astute secrecy, the heroic old woman had made a clean breast of it to Mrs Verloc. Her soul was triumphant and her heart tremulous. Inwardly she quaked, because she dreaded and admired the calm, self-contained character of her daughter Winnie, whose displeasure was made redoubtable by a diversity of dreadful silences.
astute - astucieux, avisé, sagace
heroic - héroique; ; héroique
triumphant - triomphant; ; triomphal
tremulous - tremblant
displeasure - mécontentement; dépncisir, courroux, mécontentement
redoubtable - redoutable
diversity - la diversité; ; diversité
silences - des silences; silence
But she did not allow her inward apprehensions to rob her of the advantage of venerable placidity conferred upon her outward person by her triple chin, the floating ampleness of her ancient form, and the impotent condition of her legs.
rob - rob; ravir, piller
triple - triple, pour trois
floating - flottant; flottant; (float); flotter, flotteur, taloche, char
ampleness - l'amplitude
The shock of the information was so unexpected that Mrs Verloc, against her usual practice when addressed, interrupted the domestic occupation she was engaged upon. It was the dusting of the furniture in the parlour behind the shop. She turned her head towards her mother.
"Whatever did you want to do that for?" she exclaimed, in scandalised astonishment.
The shock must have been severe to make her depart from that distant and uninquiring acceptance of facts which was her force and her safeguard in life.
depart - partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter
uninquiring - sans questions
acceptance - l'acceptation; ; acceptation, adhésion, admission, adoption
safeguard - sauvegarde; ; protéger
"Weren't you made comfortable enough here?"
She had lapsed into these inquiries, but next moment she saved the consistency of her conduct by resuming her dusting, while the old woman sat scared and dumb under her dingy white cap and lustreless dark wig.
lapsed - caduque; erreur, faute
consistency - cohérence; ; consistance
resuming - la reprise; reprendre
dumb - stupide; muet
lustreless - sans éclat
Winnie finished the chair, and ran the duster along the mahogany at the back of the horse-hair sofa on which Mr Verloc loved to take his ease in hat and overcoat. She was intent on her work, but presently she permitted herself another question.
duster - duster; ; chiffon
permitted - autorisé; permettre
"How in the world did you manage it, mother?"
manage it - le gérer
As not affecting the inwardness of things, which it was Mrs Verloc's principle to ignore, this curiosity was excusable. It bore merely on the methods. The old woman welcomed it eagerly as bringing forward something that could be talked about with much sincerity.
inwardness - l'intériorité
ignore - ignorer, ne pas preter attention a, ne pas tenir compte de
eagerly - avec empressement; ; avidement
sincerity - la sincérité; ; sincérité
She favoured her daughter by an exhaustive answer, full of names and enriched by side comments upon the ravages of time as observed in the alteration of human countenances. The names were principally the names of licensed victuallers-"poor daddy's friends, my dear." She enlarged with special appreciation on the kindness and condescension of a large brewer, a Baronet and an M.
favoured - favorisée; service
exhaustive - exhaustive
enriched - enrichi; enrichir
ravages - ravages; ravager
alteration - modification; ; altération, altérer
daddy - papa
enlarged - élargi; agrandir, élargir, accroître
brewer - brasseur, brasseuse
P., the Chairman of the Governors of the Charity. She expressed herself thus warmly because she had been allowed to interview by appointment his Private Secretary-"a very polite gentleman, all in black, with a gentle, sad voice, but so very, very thin and quiet. He was like a shadow, my dear."
chairman - secrétaire général (for a political party), président
warmly - chaleureusement; ; chaudement
by appointment - sur rendez-vous
Winnie, prolonging her dusting operations till the tale was told to the end, walked out of the parlour into the kitchen (down two steps) in her usual manner, without the slightest comment.
prolonging - prolonger; prolonger
operations - des opérations; opération, fonctionnement, exploitation
Shedding a few tears in sign of rejoicing at her daughter's mansuetude in this terrible affair, Mrs Verloc's mother gave play to her astuteness in the direction of her furniture, because it was her own; and sometimes she wished it hadn't been. Heroism is all very well, but there are circumstances when the disposal of a few tables and chairs, brass bedsteads, and so on, may be big with remote and disastrous consequences. She required a few pieces herself, the Foundation which, after many importunities, had gathered her to its charitable breast, giving nothing but bare planks and cheaply papered bricks to the objects of its solicitude.
shedding - la mue; (shed) la mue
Tears - des larmes; larme
rejoicing - se réjouir; réjouissant, gaieté; (rejoice); réjouir
disposal - l'élimination; ; disposition, élimination
brass - laiton; laiton, airain
bedsteads - les châlits; châlit
disastrous - désastreux
foundation - fondation, fondement, fond de teint
charitable - charitable
planks - des planches; planche, gainage
solicitude - sollicitude
The delicacy guiding her choice to the least valuable and most dilapidated articles passed unacknowledged, because Winnie's philosophy consisted in not taking notice of the inside of facts; she assumed that mother took what suited her best. As to Mr Verloc, his intense meditation, like a sort of Chinese wall, isolated him completely from the phenomena of this world of vain effort and illusory appearances.
dilapidated - délabré; délabrer, dilapider
unacknowledged - non reconnue
isolated - isolée; isoler, esseuler, isoler
phenomena - des phénomenes
illusory - illusoire
Her selection made, the disposal of the rest became a perplexing question in a particular way. She was leaving it in Brett Street, of course. But she had two children. Winnie was provided for by her sensible union with that excellent husband, Mr Verloc. Stevie was destitute-and a little peculiar. His position had to be considered before the claims of legal justice and even the promptings of partiality. The possession of the furniture would not be in any sense a provision. He ought to have it-the poor boy. But to give it to him would be like tampering with his position of complete dependence. It was a sort of claim which she feared to weaken. Moreover, the susceptibilities of Mr Verloc would perhaps not brook being beholden to his brother-in-law for the chairs he sat on.
Union - l'union; ; union, groupement, connexion, réunion
claims - demandes; réclamation, titre, affirmation, réclamation
partiality - partialité
tampering - la falsification; (tamper) la falsification
dependence - dépendance
weaken - s'affaiblir; ; affaiblir
susceptibilities - susceptibilités; susceptibilité
beholden - redevable
In a long experience of gentlemen lodgers, Mrs Verloc's mother had acquired a dismal but resigned notion of the fantastic side of human nature. What if Mr Verloc suddenly took it into his head to tell Stevie to take his blessed sticks somewhere out of that? A division, on the other hand, however carefully made, might give some cause of offence to Winnie. No, Stevie must remain destitute and dependent. And at the moment of leaving Brett Street she had said to her daughter: "No use waiting till I am dead, is there? Everything I leave here is altogether your own now, my dear."
blessed - bienheureux, béni; (bless); bienheureux, béni
sticks - bâtons; enfoncer
offence - offense, insulte
Winnie, with her hat on, silent behind her mother's back, went on arranging the collar of the old woman's cloak. She got her hand-bag, an umbrella, with an impassive face. The time had come for the expenditure of the sum of three-and-sixpence on what might well be supposed the last cab drive of Mrs Verloc's mother's life. They went out at the shop door.
cloak - cape; ; pelisse, pelerine
expenditure - des dépenses; ; dépense
sum - somme; somme
The conveyance awaiting them would have illustrated the proverb that "truth can be more cruel than caricature," if such a proverb existed. Crawling behind an infirm horse, a metropolitan hackney carriage drew up on wobbly wheels and with a maimed driver on the box. This last peculiarity caused some embarrassment. Catching sight of a hooked iron contrivance protruding from the left sleeve of the man's coat, Mrs Verloc's mother lost suddenly the heroic courage of these days. She really couldn't trust herself.
Illustrated - illustré; illustré, illustra, illustrée
caricature - caricature, caricaturer
infirm - infirme, infirmer
metropolitan - métropolitain, urbain
hackney - haquenée, hackney
wobbly - bancale; ; vacillant, chancelant
maimed - mutilés; mutiler, estropier
peculiarity - singularité, bizarrerie, étrangeté, particularité, distinction
embarrassment - de l'embarras; ; embarras, (etre la) honte (de)
contrivance - artifice; ; appareil, dispositif, stratageme
"What do you think, Winnie?" She hung back. The passionate expostulations of the big-faced cabman seemed to be squeezed out of a blocked throat. Leaning over from his box, he whispered with mysterious indignation. What was the matter now? Was it possible to treat a man so? His enormous and unwashed countenance flamed red in the muddy stretch of the street. Was it likely they would have given him a licence, he inquired desperately, if-
cabman - chauffeur de taxi
squeezed out - pressé
blocked - bloqué; bloc
whispered - chuchoté; chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer
unwashed - non lavés
flamed - flambé; flamme, polémique
stretch - étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
desperately - désespérément
The police constable of the locality quieted him by a friendly glance; then addressing himself to the two women without marked consideration, said:
"He's been driving a cab for twenty years. I never knew him to have an accident."
"Accident!" shouted the driver in a scornful whisper.
The policeman's testimony settled it. The modest assemblage of seven people, mostly under age, dispersed. Winnie followed her mother into the cab. Stevie climbed on the box. His vacant mouth and distressed eyes depicted the state of his mind in regard to the transactions which were taking place. In the narrow streets the progress of the journey was made sensible to those within by the near fronts of the houses gliding past slowly and shakily, with a great rattle and jingling of glass, as if about to collapse behind the cab; and the infirm horse, with the harness hung over his sharp backbone flapping very loose about his thighs, appeared to be dancing mincingly on his toes with infinite patience. Later on, in the wider space of Whitehall, all visual evidences of motion became imperceptible.
testimony - témoignage
assemblage - assemblage
under age - mineur
dispersed - dispersé; disperser, qualifier
distressed - en détresse; détresse, détresse, détresse
depicted - représenté; représenter, décrire
shakily - tremblant
backbone - l'épine dorsale; ; colonne vertébrale, rachis, épine dorsale
flapping - battre des ailes; pan
toes - orteils; orteil, doigt de pied, doigt de pied
visual - visuelle; ; visuel
The rattle and jingle of glass went on indefinitely in front of the long Treasury building-and time itself seemed to stand still.
indefinitely - indéfiniment
treasury - trésor public; ; trésorerie
stand still - rester immobile
At last Winnie observed: "This isn't a very good horse."
Her eyes gleamed in the shadow of the cab straight ahead, immovable. On the box, Stevie shut his vacant mouth first, in order to ejaculate earnestly: "Don't."
immovable - inamovible; ; immeuble
ejaculate - éjaculer, éjaculat
The driver, holding high the reins twisted around the hook, took no notice. Perhaps he had not heard. Stevie's breast heaved.
reins - les renes; rene
twisted - tordu; twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre
Hook - crochet, agrafe, hook, accrocher
heaved - heaved; hisser
whip - fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre
The man turned slowly his bloated and sodden face of many colours bristling with white hairs. His little red eyes glistened with moisture. His big lips had a violet tint. They remained closed. With the dirty back of his whip-hand he rubbed the stubble sprouting on his enormous chin.
bloated - gonflé; gonfler, météoriser, gonfler, bouffir, boursoufler
sodden - détrempé; ; mouillé, trempé, bourré
moisture - l'humidité; ; humidité
Violet - violet, violette
stubble - chaume; ; barbe de trois jours, éteule
sprouting - la germination; (sprout) la germination
"You mustn't," stammered out Stevie violently. "It hurts."
mustn - ne doit pas
stammered - balbutié; balbutier, bégayer, bégaiement
"Mustn't whip," queried the other in a thoughtful whisper, and immediately whipped. He did this, not because his soul was cruel and his heart evil, but because he had to earn his fare. And for a time the walls of St Stephen's, with its towers and pinnacles, contemplated in immobility and silence a cab that jingled. It rolled too, however. But on the bridge there was a commotion. Stevie suddenly proceeded to get down from the box.
whipped - fouetté; fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre
pinnacles - des pinacles; cime, pic, pinacle
There were shouts on the pavement, people ran forward, the driver pulled up, whispering curses of indignation and astonishment. Winnie lowered the window, and put her head out, white as a ghost. In the depths of the cab, her mother was exclaiming, in tones of anguish: "Is that boy hurt? Is that boy hurt?"
curses - des malédictions; maudire
exclaiming - s'exclamer; exclamer
Stevie was not hurt, he had not even fallen, but excitement as usual had robbed him of the power of connected speech. He could do no more than stammer at the window. "Too heavy. Too heavy." Winnie put out her hand on to his shoulder.
robbed - volé; voler, dévaliser
stammer - balbutier, bégayer, bégaiement
"Stevie! Get up on the box directly, and don't try to get down again."
"No. No. Walk. Must walk."
In trying to state the nature of that necessity he stammered himself into utter incoherence. No physical impossibility stood in the way of his whim. Stevie could have managed easily to keep pace with the infirm, dancing horse without getting out of breath.
incoherence - incohérence
impossibility - l'impossibilité; ; impossibilité
whim - caprice; caprice
But his sister withheld her consent decisively. "The idea! Whoever heard of such a thing! Run after a cab!" Her mother, frightened and helpless in the depths of the conveyance, entreated: "Oh, don't let him, Winnie. He'll get lost. Don't let him."
withheld - retenu; retenir
decisively - de maniere décisive
frightened - effrayé; effrayer, redouter, terrifier
entreated - demandé; supplier
"Certainly not. What next! Mr Verloc will be sorry to hear of this nonsense, Stevie,-I can tell you. He won't be happy at all."
The idea of Mr Verloc's grief and unhappiness acting as usual powerfully upon Stevie's fundamentally docile disposition, he abandoned all resistance, and climbed up again on the box, with a face of despair.
grief - le chagrin; ; douleur, peine
unhappiness - le malheur; ; tristesse, malheur
powerfully - puissamment
fundamentally - fondamentalement
resistance - résistance
climbed up - grimpé
The cabby turned at him his enormous and inflamed countenance truculently. "Don't you go for trying this silly game again, young fellow."
cabby - cabby
inflamed - enflammée; allumer
After delivering himself thus in a stern whisper, strained almost to extinction, he drove on, ruminating solemnly. To his mind the incident remained somewhat obscure. But his intellect, though it had lost its pristine vivacity in the benumbing years of sedentary exposure to the weather, lacked not independence or sanity. Gravely he dismissed the hypothesis of Stevie being a drunken young nipper.
stern - sévere; poupe
strained - tendu; tendre fortement
extinction - l'extinction; ; extinction
ruminating - ruminant; ruminer, ruminer
pristine - vierge
vivacity - vivacité
sedentary - sédentaire
exposure - l'exposition; ; exposition
sanity - la santé mentale; ; santé mentale
gravely - gravement
drunken - ivre
Inside the cab the spell of silence, in which the two women had endured shoulder to shoulder the jolting, rattling, and jingling of the journey, had been broken by Stevie's outbreak. Winnie raised her voice.
endured - enduré; endurer, perdurer, supporter
jolting - des secousses; ballotter, cahoter, secouer, soubresaut
rattling - le cliquetis; (rattle) le cliquetis
"You've done what you wanted, mother. You'll have only yourself to thank for it if you aren't happy afterwards. And I don't think you'll be. That I don't. Weren't you comfortable enough in the house? Whatever people'll think of us-you throwing yourself like this on a Charity?"
"My dear," screamed the old woman earnestly above the noise, "you've been the best of daughters to me. As to Mr Verloc-there-"
Words failing her on the subject of Mr Verloc's excellence, she turned her old tearful eyes to the roof of the cab. Then she averted her head on the pretence of looking out of the window, as if to judge of their progress. It was insignificant, and went on close to the curbstone.
excellence - l'excellence; ; excellence
tearful - en larmes; ; au bord des larmes, larmoyant
pretence - prétention
Night, the early dirty night, the sinister, noisy, hopeless and rowdy night of South London, had overtaken her on her last cab drive. In the gas-light of the low-fronted shops her big cheeks glowed with an orange hue under a black and mauve bonnet.
overtaken - dépassé; dépasser, doubler, surprendre
glowed - a brillé; briller, luire, irradier, briller, lueur, lueur, éclat
hue - teinte; nuance
mauve - mauve
bonnet - bonnet, orth America, casquette, béret, capot
Mrs Verloc's mother's complexion had become yellow by the effect of age and from a natural predisposition to biliousness, favoured by the trials of a difficult and worried existence, first as wife, then as widow. It was a complexion, that under the influence of a blush would take on an orange tint. And this woman, modest indeed but hardened in the fires of adversity, of an age, moreover, when blushes are not expected, had positively blushed before her daughter.
predisposition - prédisposition
biliousness - la bonté
widow - veuve
adversity - l'adversité; ; malheur, adversité
blushes - des fards a joues; rougeur
blushed - rougi; rougeur
In the privacy of a four-wheeler, on her way to a charity cottage (one of a row) which by the exiguity of its dimensions and the simplicity of its accommodation, might well have been devised in kindness as a place of training for the still more straitened circumstances of the grave, she was forced to hide from her own child a blush of remorse and shame.
wheeler - véhicule
dimensions - dimensions; dimension, dimension, dimension, dimension
accommodation - l'hébergement; ; hébergement, logement, accommodation
devised - conçu; concevoir, élaborer
remorse - des remords; ; remords, componction
shame - la honte; honte, vergogne
Whatever people will think? She knew very well what they did think, the people Winnie had in her mind-the old friends of her husband, and others too, whose interest she had solicited with such flattering success. She had not known before what a good beggar she could be. But she guessed very well what inference was drawn from her application. On account of that shrinking delicacy, which exists side by side with aggressive brutality in masculine nature, the inquiries into her circumstances had not been pushed very far. She had checked them by a visible compression of the lips and some display of an emotion determined to be eloquently silent. And the men would become suddenly incurious, after the manner of their kind. She congratulated herself more than once on having nothing to do with women, who being naturally more callous and avid of details, would have been anxious to be exactly informed by what sort of unkind conduct her daughter and son-in-law had driven her to that sad extremity.
flattering - flatteur; flatter
shrinking - se rétrécir; se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer, rétrécir
masculine - masculin, masculin
compression - compression, checkréduction, checkconcision
eloquently - avec éloquence
incurious - incurieux
congratulated - félicité; féliciter
callous - endurci, sans-cour, insensible
avid - avide
unkind - pas aimable; déplaisant
extremity - l'extrémité; ; extrémité
It was only before the Secretary of the great brewer M. P. and Chairman of the Charity, who, acting for his principal, felt bound to be conscientiously inquisitive as to the real circumstances of the applicant, that she had burst into tears outright and aloud, as a cornered woman will weep. The thin and polite gentleman, after contemplating her with an air of being "struck all of a heap," abandoned his position under the cover of soothing remarks. She must not distress herself. The deed of the Charity did not absolutely specify "childless widows." In fact, it did not by any means disqualify her. But the discretion of the Committee must be an informed discretion. One could understand very well her unwillingness to be a burden, etc. etc. Thereupon, to his profound disappointment, Mrs Verloc's mother wept some more with an augmented vehemence.
applicant - demandeur, candidat
outright - carrément; ; completement, ouvertement, immédiatement
weep - pleurer; pleurez, pleurons, pleurer, pleurent
contemplating - contempler; envisager, étudier, contempler
soothing - apaisant, pacifiant, rassurant; (sooth); apaisant, pacifiant
deed - acte, action, ouvre, exploit, haut fait; (dee); acte, action
specify - préciser; ; spécifier
childless - sans enfant; ; sans enfants
disqualify - disqualifier; ; dis
burden - charge; accablement, alourdissons, alourdir, alourdissez
etc - etc
thereupon - a ce sujet; ; sur ce, la-dessus
disappointment - déception
wept - pleuré; pleurer
The tears of that large female in a dark, dusty wig, and ancient silk dress festooned with dingy white cotton lace, were the tears of genuine distress. She had wept because she was heroic and unscrupulous and full of love for both her children. Girls frequently get sacrificed to the welfare of the boys. In this case she was sacrificing Winnie.
festooned - festonné; feston, guirlande, feston, guirlande
cotton - coton; coton
lace - dentelle; dentelle, pointue
unscrupulous - sans scrupules
sacrificed - sacrifié; sacrifier, sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande, sacrifice
sacrificing - sacrifier; sacrifier, sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande, sacrifice
By the suppression of truth she was slandering her. Of course, Winnie was independent, and need not care for the opinion of people that she would never see and who would never see her; whereas poor Stevie had nothing in the world he could call his own except his mother's heroism and unscrupulousness.
slandering - calomnies; diffamation (orale), calomnie (orale)
The first sense of security following on Winnie's marriage wore off in time (for nothing lasts), and Mrs Verloc's mother, in the seclusion of the back bedroom, had recalled the teaching of that experience which the world impresses upon a widowed woman. But she had recalled it without vain bitterness; her store of resignation amounted almost to dignity. She reflected stoically that everything decays, wears out, in this world; that the way of kindness should be made easy to the well disposed; that her daughter Winnie was a most devoted sister, and a very self-confident wife indeed. As regards Winnie's sisterly devotion, her stoicism flinched. She excepted that sentiment from the rule of decay affecting all things human and some things divine.
wore off - a disparu
impresses - impressionne; impressionner
widowed - veuve; veuve
stoically - stoiquement; ; stoiquement
decays - se désintegre; décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir, se désintégrer
most devoted - le plus dévoué
regards - regards; considérer
sisterly - entre sours; ; sour
flinched - a tressailli; tressaillir
divine - divine; divin
She could not help it; not to do so would have frightened her too much. But in considering the conditions of her daughter's married state, she rejected firmly all flattering illusions. She took the cold and reasonable view that the less strain put on Mr Verloc's kindness the longer its effects were likely to last. That excellent man loved his wife, of course, but he would, no doubt, prefer to keep as few of her relations as was consistent with the proper display of that sentiment. It would be better if its whole effect were concentrated on poor Stevie. And the heroic old woman resolved on going away from her children as an act of devotion and as a move of deep policy.
rejected - rejetée; rejeter
reasonable - raisonnable
concentrated - concentré; concentrer, concentrer, concentrer
resolved - résolu; prendre la résolution de
The "virtue" of this policy consisted in this (Mrs Verloc's mother was subtle in her way), that Stevie's moral claim would be strengthened. The poor boy-a good, useful boy, if a little peculiar-had not a sufficient standing. He had been taken over with his mother, somewhat in the same way as the furniture of the Belgravian mansion had been taken over, as if on the ground of belonging to her exclusively. What will happen, she asked herself (for Mrs Verloc's mother was in a measure imaginative), when I die? And when she asked herself that question it was with dread. It was also terrible to think that she would not then have the means of knowing what happened to the poor boy.
claim - réclamation, titre, affirmation, revendication, demande
exclusively - exclusivement, uniquement
imaginative - imaginatif
But by making him over to his sister, by going thus away, she gave him the advantage of a directly dependent position. This was the more subtle sanction of Mrs Verloc's mother's heroism and unscrupulousness. Her act of abandonment was really an arrangement for settling her son permanently in life. Other people made material sacrifices for such an object, she in that way. It was the only way. Moreover, she would be able to see how it worked. Ill or well she would avoid the horrible incertitude on the death-bed. But it was hard, hard, cruelly hard.
abandonment - l'abandon; ; désertion, abandon
settling - la décantation; ; sédimentation
permanently - de façon permanente; ; en permanence, en tous temps, toujours
sacrifices - sacrifices; sacrifier, sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande, sacrifice
incertitude - incertitude
cruelly - cruellement
The cab rattled, jingled, jolted; in fact, the last was quite extraordinary. By its disproportionate violence and magnitude it obliterated every sensation of onward movement; and the effect was of being shaken in a stationary apparatus like a medićval device for the punishment of crime, or some very newfangled invention for the cure of a sluggish liver.
jolted - secoué; ballotter, cahoter, secouer, soubresaut, secousse
disproportionate - disproportionnel, disproportionné
magnitude - ampleur, grandeur, module, magnitude
obliterated - anéantie; annihiler, effacer
onward - plus loin; ; en avant
stationary - stationnaire
apparatus - l'appareil; ; appareil
punishment - punition, châtiment
newfangled - nouveau
sluggish - léthargique; ; poussif, faiblard, rétamé
It was extremely distressing; and the raising of Mrs Verloc's mother's voice sounded like a wail of pain.
distressing - pénible; détresse, détresse, détresse
wail - gémir; se lamenter
"I know, my dear, You'll come to see me as often as you can spare the time. Won't you?"
You'll come - Vous viendrez
"Of course," answered Winnie shortly, staring straight before her.
And the cab jolted in front of a steamy, greasy shop in a blaze of gas and in the smell of fried fish.
fried - frites; faire frire
The old woman raised a wail again.
"And, my dear, I must see that poor boy every Sunday. He won't mind spending the day with his old mother-"
Winnie screamed out stolidly:
"Mind! I should think not. That poor boy will miss you something cruel. I wish you had thought a little of that, mother."
Not think of it! The heroic woman swallowed a playful and inconvenient object like a billiard ball, which had tried to jump out of her throat. Winnie sat mute for a while, pouting at the front of the cab, then snapped out, which was an unusual tone with her:
playful - ludique; ; folâtre, enjoué, joueur
billiard ball - boule de billard
pouting - faire la moue; (pout) faire la moue
"I expect I'll have a job with him at first, he'll be that restless-"
restless - inquiet, agité, checkimpatient
"Whatever you do, don't let him worry your husband, my dear."
Thus they discussed on familiar lines the bearings of a new situation. And the cab jolted. Mrs Verloc's mother expressed some misgivings. Could Stevie be trusted to come all that way alone? Winnie maintained that he was much less "absent-minded" now. They agreed as to that. It could not be denied.
misgivings - des réticences; état d'âme
maintained - maintenue; entretenir, maintenir
Much less-hardly at all. They shouted at each other in the jingle with comparative cheerfulness. But suddenly the maternal anxiety broke out afresh. There were two omnibuses to take, and a short walk between. It was too difficult! The old woman gave way to grief and consternation.
cheerfulness - gaieté
afresh - nouveau; a nouveau
Winnie stared forward.
"Don't you upset yourself like this, mother. You must see him, of course."
"No, my dear. I'll try not to."
She mopped her streaming eyes.
mopped - nettoyé; serpilliere, qualifier
"But you can't spare the time to come with him, and if he should forget himself and lose his way and somebody spoke to him sharply, his name and address may slip his memory, and he'll remain lost for days and days-"
slip - glisser; fiche, glisser, lapsus, patiner
The vision of a workhouse infirmary for poor Stevie-if only during inquiries-wrung her heart. For she was a proud woman. Winnie's stare had grown hard, intent, inventive.
wrung - tordus; essorer
inventive - inventif
"I can't bring him to you myself every week," she cried. "But don't you worry, mother. I'll see to it that he don't get lost for long."
They felt a peculiar bump; a vision of brick pillars lingered before the rattling windows of the cab; a sudden cessation of atrocious jolting and uproarious jingling dazed the two women. What had happened? They sat motionless and scared in the profound stillness, till the door came open, and a rough, strained whispering was heard:
bump - bump; ; bourrade, boum, bosse, saillie, ballon, heurter
pillars - piliers; pilier, pile
cessation - l'arret; ; cessation
dazed - étourdi; stupéfaction, étourdir, abasourdir
"Here you are!"
A range of gabled little houses, each with one dim yellow window, on the ground floor, surrounded the dark open space of a grass plot planted with shrubs and railed off from the patchwork of lights and shadows in the wide road, resounding with the dull rumble of traffic. Before the door of one of these tiny houses-one without a light in the little downstairs window-the cab had come to a standstill. Mrs Verloc's mother got out first, backwards, with a key in her hand.
gabled - a pignon; pignon
shrubs - des arbustes; arbuste
railed - en radeau; barre, tringle
patchwork - patchwork
resounding - retentissant; retentir
standstill - l'arret; ; arret, immobilisation, paralysie, surplace
backwards - a l'envers; arriéré, arriéré, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons
Winnie lingered on the flagstone path to pay the cabman. Stevie, after helping to carry inside a lot of small parcels, came out and stood under the light of a gas-lamp belonging to the Charity. The cabman looked at the pieces of silver, which, appearing very minute in his big, grimy palm, symbolised the insignificant results which reward the ambitious courage and toil of a mankind whose day is short on this earth of evil.
flagstone - dalle, lauze
parcels - colis; colis, paquet, parcelle, empaqueter, emballer, envelopper
Reward - récompense; récompenser
ambitious - ambitieux
He had been paid decently-four one-shilling pieces-and he contemplated them in perfect stillness, as if they had been the surprising terms of a melancholy problem. The slow transfer of that treasure to an inner pocket demanded much laborious groping in the depths of decayed clothing. His form was squat and without flexibility.
decently - convenablement
transfer - transférer, transfert
treasure - trésor, garder précieusement
demanded - demandée; demande, demande, exigence, exiger
squat - squat; s''accroupir
flexibility - souplesse, flexibilité
Stevie, slender, his shoulders a little up, and his hands thrust deep in the side pockets of his warm overcoat, stood at the edge of the path, pouting.
The cabman, pausing in his deliberate movements, seemed struck by some misty recollection.
"Oh! 'Ere you are, young fellow," he whispered. "You'll know him again-won't you?"
ere - ici
Stevie was staring at the horse, whose hind quarters appeared unduly elevated by the effect of emaciation. The little stiff tail seemed to have been fitted in for a heartless joke; and at the other end the thin, flat neck, like a plank covered with old horse-hide, drooped to the ground under the weight of an enormous bony head.
hind - biche; biche
elevated - élevé; (elevate); élever, augmenter
emaciation - l'émaciation; ; émaciation, émaciement
stiff - rigide, raide, macchabée
tail - queue; queue
heartless - sans cour; ; sans-cour
The ears hung at different angles, negligently; and the macabre figure of that mute dweller on the earth steamed straight up from ribs and backbone in the muggy stillness of the air.
macabre - macabre, morbide, gothique, thanatophile
dweller - habitant
steamed - a la vapeur; vapeur d'eau, vapeur, vapeur, vapeur, cuisiner
ribs - des côtes; côte
muggy - muggy; ; étouffant, humide
The cabman struck lightly Stevie's breast with the iron hook protruding from a ragged, greasy sleeve.
"Look 'ere, young feller. 'Ow'd you like to sit behind this 'oss up to two o'clock in the morning p'raps?"
feller - feller; (fell) feller
raps - raps; coup sec
Stevie looked vacantly into the fierce little eyes with red-edged lids.
"He ain't lame," pursued the other, whispering with energy. "He ain't got no sore places on 'im. 'Ere he is. 'Ow would you like-"
ain - Ain
lame - boiteux; boiteux
sore - douloureux; ulcere
His strained, extinct voice invested his utterance with a character of vehement secrecy. Stevie's vacant gaze was changing slowly into dread.
extinct - éteinte; ; éteint, disparu
"You may well look! Till three and four o'clock in the morning. Cold and 'ungry. Looking for fares. Drunks."
ungry - sans intéret
Drunks - des ivrognes; ivre, soul, q
His jovial purple cheeks bristled with white hairs; and like Virgil's Silenus, who, his face smeared with the juice of berries, discoursed of Olympian Gods to the innocent shepherds of Sicily, he talked to Stevie of domestic matters and the affairs of men whose sufferings are great and immortality by no means assured.
jovial - jovial
bristled - s'est hérissée; soie, poil, se hérisser
Virgil - virgile; Virgile
smeared - étalé; badigeonner, couvrir, diffamer, trace, traînée
berries - baies; baie
discoursed - discuté; discours, discours, conversation, discours, discours
Olympian - Olympien
shepherds - bergers; berger, bergere, pasteur, pâtre, qualifier
Sicily - la sicile; Sicile
"I am a night cabby, I am," he whispered, with a sort of boastful exasperation. "I've got to take out what they will blooming well give me at the yard. I've got my missus and four kids at 'ome."
boastful - vantard, fanfaron
blooming - la floraison; fleur
The monstrous nature of that declaration of paternity seemed to strike the world dumb. A silence reigned during which the flanks of the old horse, the steed of apocalyptic misery, smoked upwards in the light of the charitable gas-lamp.
paternity - paternité
strike - greve; ; biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre, faire greve
flanks - les flancs; flanc, flanchet, flanc, flanc
steed - steed; ; coursier
apocalyptic - apocalyptique
The cabman grunted, then added in his mysterious whisper:
"This ain't an easy world." Stevie's face had been twitching for some time, and at last his feelings burst out in their usual concise form.
His gaze remained fixed on the ribs of the horse, self-conscious and sombre, as though he were afraid to look about him at the badness of the world. And his slenderness, his rosy lips and pale, clear complexion, gave him the aspect of a delicate boy, notwithstanding the fluffy growth of golden hair on his cheeks. He pouted in a scared way like a child.
pouted - a fait la moue; faire la moue
The cabman, short and broad, eyed him with his fierce little eyes that seemed to smart in a clear and corroding liquid.
corroding - la corrosion; éroder, rouiller, corroder
liquid - liquide, liquide
"'Ard on 'osses, but dam'sight 'arder on poor chaps like me," he wheezed just audibly.
ard - ard; ; araire
dam - barrage; barrage
"Poor! Poor!" stammered out Stevie, pushing his hands deeper into his pockets with convulsive sympathy. He could say nothing; for the tenderness to all pain and all misery, the desire to make the horse happy and the cabman happy, had reached the point of a bizarre longing to take them to bed with him. And that, he knew, was impossible. For Stevie was not mad. It was, as it were, a symbolic longing; and at the same time it was very distinct, because springing from experience, the mother of wisdom. Thus when as a child he cowered in a dark corner scared, wretched, sore, and miserable with the black, black misery of the soul, his sister Winnie used to come along, and carry him off to bed with her, as into a heaven of consoling peace.
tenderness - tendresse
symbolic - symbolique
cowered - s'est recroquevillé; se recroqueviller
wretched - misérable
Heaven - le paradis; ; ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux
consoling - consoler; consoler
Stevie, though apt to forget mere facts, such as his name and address for instance, had a faithful memory of sensations. To be taken into a bed of compassion was the supreme remedy, with the only one disadvantage of being difficult of application on a large scale. And looking at the cabman, Stevie perceived this clearly, because he was reasonable.
apt - apt; doué
faithful - fidele; ; fidele, loyal
remedy - remede; ; remede, recours, remédier
being difficult - etre difficile
The cabman went on with his leisurely preparations as if Stevie had not existed. He made as if to hoist himself on the box, but at the last moment from some obscure motive, perhaps merely from disgust with carriage exercise, desisted.
preparations - préparations; préparation, préparation, concoction, préparation
Hoist - treuil; ; hisser
He approached instead the motionless partner of his labours, and stooping to seize the bridle, lifted up the big, weary head to the height of his shoulder with one effort of his right arm, like a feat of strength.
seize - saisir, emparer
bridle - bride, brider, refréner, etre susceptible
"Come on," he whispered secretly.
Stevie left alone beside the private lamp-post of the Charity, his hands thrust deep into his pockets, glared with vacant sulkiness. At the bottom of his pockets his incapable weak hands were clinched hard into a pair of angry fists. In the face of anything which affected directly or indirectly his morbid dread of pain, Stevie ended by turning vicious. A magnanimous indignation swelled his frail chest to bursting, and caused his candid eyes to squint. Supremely wise in knowing his own powerlessness, Stevie was not wise enough to restrain his passions. The tenderness of his universal charity had two phases as indissolubly joined and connected as the reverse and obverse sides of a medal. The anguish of immoderate compassion was succeeded by the pain of an innocent but pitiless rage. Those two states expressing themselves outwardly by the same signs of futile bodily agitation, his sister Winnie soothed his excitement without ever fathoming its twofold character.
beside - a côté; ; aupres
sulkiness - bouderie
clinched - conclu; agrafer, attache, fixation, clinch
fists - poings; poing
indirectly - indirectement
vicious - rench: t-needed r, vicieux
magnanimous - magnanime
swelled - gonflé; enfler, gonfler
bursting - l'éclatement; éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser
powerlessness - l'impuissance; ; impuissance
phases - phases; phase
indissolubly - indissolublement
reverse - inverser; verso, inverse
obverse - avers, face
medal - médaille
immoderate - immodéré
outwardly - a l'extérieur; ; extérieurement
agitation - l'agitation; ; agitation
fathoming - la découverte; brasse
twofold - double
Mrs Verloc wasted no portion of this transient life in seeking for fundamental information. This is a sort of economy having all the appearances and some of the advantages of prudence. Obviously it may be good for one not to know too much. And such a view accords very well with constitutional indolence.
portion - part, portion
transient - passager, provisoire, transitoire, temporaire, bref
fundamental - fondamentale; ; fondement, fondamental
accords - accords; entente, accorder
On that evening on which it may be said that Mrs Verloc's mother having parted for good from her children had also departed this life, Winnie Verloc did not investigate her brother's psychology. The poor boy was excited, of course. After once more assuring the old woman on the threshold that she would know how to guard against the risk of Stevie losing himself for very long on his pilgrimages of filial piety, she took her brother's arm to walk away.
investigate - enqueter; ; étudier, enqueter, rechercher
psychology - la psychologie; ; psychologie
assuring - assurer; assurer, rassurer
threshold - seuil, seuil de tolérance
pilgrimages - les pelerinages; pelerinage, peleriner
filial - filial
piety - la piété; ; piété
Stevie did not even mutter to himself, but with the special sense of sisterly devotion developed in her earliest infancy, she felt that the boy was very much excited indeed. Holding tight to his arm, under the appearance of leaning on it, she thought of some words suitable to the occasion.
"Now, Stevie, you must look well after me at the crossings, and get first into the 'bus, like a good brother."
crossings - les passages a niveau; carrefour, croisement, traversée
This appeal to manly protection was received by Stevie with his usual docility. It flattered him. He raised his head and threw out his chest.
appeal - appel; manifeste, vocation, pourvoi
manly - viril
"Don't be nervous, Winnie. Mustn't be nervous! 'Bus all right," he answered in a brusque, slurring stammer partaking of the timorousness of a child and the resolution of a man. He advanced fearlessly with the woman on his arm, but his lower lip dropped.
slurring - le bavardage; insulte, injure, liaison d'expression, coulé
partaking - participer; (partake); participer
timorousness - la timidité
Nevertheless, on the pavement of the squalid and wide thoroughfare, whose poverty in all the amenities of life stood foolishly exposed by a mad profusion of gas-lights, their resemblance to each other was so pronounced as to strike the casual passers-by.
squalid - sordide; sordide
amenities - les commodités; aménité, agrément, commodité, équipement
foolishly - betement
Before the doors of the public-house at the corner, where the profusion of gas-light reached the height of positive wickedness, a four-wheeled cab standing by the curbstone with no one on the box, seemed cast out into the gutter on account of irremediable decay. Mrs Verloc recognised the conveyance.
public-house - (public-house) une maison publique
wickedness - méchanceté, perversité, iniquité, mauvaise action
irremediable - irrémédiable
Its aspect was so profoundly lamentable, with such a perfection of grotesque misery and weirdness of macabre detail, as if it were the Cab of Death itself, that Mrs Verloc, with that ready compassion of a woman for a horse (when she is not sitting behind him), exclaimed vaguely:
perfection - la perfection; ; perfection
weirdness - bizarrerie
Hanging back suddenly, Stevie inflicted an arresting jerk upon his sister.
inflicted - infligé; infliger
arresting - l'arrestation; arrestation, arreter
"Poor! Poor!" he ejaculated appreciatively. "Cabman poor too. He told me himself."
ejaculated - éjaculé; éjaculer, éjaculat
appreciatively - de maniere appréciative
The contemplation of the infirm and lonely steed overcame him. Jostled, but obstinate, he would remain there, trying to express the view newly opened to his sympathies of the human and equine misery in close association. But it was very difficult. "Poor brute, poor people!" was all he could repeat. It did not seem forcible enough, and he came to a stop with an angry splutter: "Shame!" Stevie was no master of phrases, and perhaps for that very reason his thoughts lacked clearness and precision.
overcame - surmonté; vaincre, surmonter, envahir
jostled - bousculé; bousculer, bousculer
equine - équine; ; chevalin, équin, hippique
forcible - forcé, forçable, puissant, violent, impressionnant
splutter - balbutiement
But he felt with greater completeness and some profundity. That little word contained all his sense of indignation and horror at one sort of wretchedness having to feed upon the anguish of the other-at the poor cabman beating the poor horse in the name, as it were, of his poor kids at home. And Stevie knew what it was to be beaten. He knew it from experience. It was a bad world. Bad! Bad!
felt with - ressentie avec
Mrs Verloc, his only sister, guardian, and protector, could not pretend to such depths of insight. Moreover, she had not experienced the magic of the cabman's eloquence. She was in the dark as to the inwardness of the word "Shame." And she said placidly:
guardian - gardien, tuteur, tutrice, curateur, curatrice
magic - la magie; ; magie, magique, sorcelerie, checkensorcelé
placidly - placidement
"Come along, Stevie. You can't help that."
The docile Stevie went along; but now he went along without pride, shamblingly, and muttering half words, and even words that would have been whole if they had not been made up of halves that did not belong to each other. It was as though he had been trying to fit all the words he could remember to his sentiments in order to get some sort of corresponding idea.
shamblingly - de l'ombre
muttering - marmonner; ; grommellement; (mutter) marmonner; ; grommellement
corresponding - correspondant; correspondre (...a qqchose)
And, as a matter of fact, he got it at last. He hung back to utter it at once.
"Bad world for poor people."
Directly he had expressed that thought he became aware that it was familiar to him already in all its consequences. This circumstance strengthened his conviction immensely, but also augmented his indignation. Somebody, he felt, ought to be punished for it-punished with great severity. Being no sceptic, but a moral creature, he was in a manner at the mercy of his righteous passions.
immensely - immensément
punished - puni; punir, châtier
sceptic - sceptique; sceptique
"Beastly!" he added concisely.
It was clear to Mrs Verloc that he was greatly excited.
"Nobody can help that," she said. "Do come along. Is that the way you're taking care of me?"
Do come - Venir
Stevie mended his pace obediently. He prided himself on being a good brother. His morality, which was very complete, demanded that from him. Yet he was pained at the information imparted by his sister Winnie who was good. Nobody could help that! He came along gloomily, but presently he brightened up.
obediently - avec obéissance
prided - fierté; orgueil, fierté, fierté, orgueil, fierté, orgueil
Like the rest of mankind, perplexed by the mystery of the universe, he had his moments of consoling trust in the organised powers of the earth.
"Police," he suggested confidently.
"The police aren't for that," observed Mrs Verloc cursorily, hurrying on her way.
cursorily - de façon superficielle
hurrying - se dépecher; dépechant; (hurry); précipitation, hâte
Stevie's face lengthened considerably. He was thinking. The more intense his thinking, the slacker was the droop of his lower jaw.
lengthened - allongé; rallonger
slacker - fainéant; ; paresseux, feignasse, tire-au-flanc
And it was with an aspect of hopeless vacancy that he gave up his intellectual enterprise.
vacancy - poste vacant; ; vacance, chambre libre
"Not for that?" he mumbled, resigned but surprised. "Not for that?" He had formed for himself an ideal conception of the metropolitan police as a sort of benevolent institution for the suppression of evil. The notion of benevolence especially was very closely associated with his sense of the power of the men in blue. He had liked all police constables tenderly, with a guileless trustfulness.
tenderly - tendrement
And he was pained. He was irritated, too, by a suspicion of duplicity in the members of the force. For Stevie was frank and as open as the day himself. What did they mean by pretending then? Unlike his sister, who put her trust in face values, he wished to go to the bottom of the matter. He carried on his inquiry by means of an angry challenge.
frank - franche; franc
pretending - faire semblant; prétendre, prétendre a, feindre, faire semblant
unlike - contrairement a; différent
challenge - défi, chalenge, défier
"What for are they then, Winn? What are they for? Tell me."
Winnie disliked controversy. But fearing most a fit of black depression consequent on Stevie missing his mother very much at first, she did not altogether decline the discussion. Guiltless of all irony, she answered yet in a form which was not perhaps unnatural in the wife of Mr Verloc, Delegate of the Central Red Committee, personal friend of certain anarchists, and a votary of social revolution.
controversy - controverse, polémique
depression - la dépression; ; dépression, dépression
consequent - conséquent
decline - déclin, déclin
unnatural - contre nature
votary - votaire
"Don't you know what the police are for, Stevie? They are there so that them as have nothing shouldn't take anything away from them who have."
She avoided using the verb "to steal," because it always made her brother uncomfortable. For Stevie was delicately honest. Certain simple principles had been instilled into him so anxiously (on account of his "queerness") that the mere names of certain transgressions filled him with horror. He had been always easily impressed by speeches. He was impressed and startled now, and his intelligence was very alert.
verb - verbe
uncomfortable - inconfortable
instilled - inculquée; inculquer (a qqn)
queerness - queerness, queerité
transgressions - transgressions; infraction, transgression
"What?" he asked at once anxiously. "Not even if they were hungry? Mustn't they?"
The two had paused in their walk.
"Not if they were ever so," said Mrs Verloc, with the equanimity of a person untroubled by the problem of the distribution of wealth, and exploring the perspective of the roadway for an omnibus of the right colour. "Certainly not. But what's the use of talking about all that? You aren't ever hungry."
equanimity - l'équanimité; ; équanimité
exploring - l'exploration; explorer, explorer, explorer
She cast a swift glance at the boy, like a young man, by her side. She saw him amiable, attractive, affectionate, and only a little, a very little, peculiar. And she could not see him otherwise, for he was connected with what there was of the salt of passion in her tasteless life-the passion of indignation, of courage, of pity, and even of self-sacrifice. She did not add: "And you aren't likely ever to be as long as I live.
tasteless - insipide; ; fade
But she might very well have done so, since she had taken effectual steps to that end. Mr Verloc was a very good husband. It was her honest impression that nobody could help liking the boy. She cried out suddenly:
effectual - efficace
"Quick, Stevie. Stop that green 'bus."
And Stevie, tremulous and important with his sister Winnie on his arm, flung up the other high above his head at the approaching 'bus, with complete success.
An hour afterwards Mr Verloc raised his eyes from a newspaper he was reading, or at any rate looking at, behind the counter, and in the expiring clatter of the door-bell beheld Winnie, his wife, enter and cross the shop on her way upstairs, followed by Stevie, his brother-in-law. The sight of his wife was agreeable to Mr Verloc. It was his idiosyncrasy. The figure of his brother-in-law remained imperceptible to him because of the morose thoughtfulness that lately had fallen like a veil between Mr Verloc and the appearances of the world of senses. He looked after his wife fixedly, without a word, as though she had been a phantom. His voice for home use was husky and placid, but now it was heard not at all. It was not heard at supper, to which he was called by his wife in the usual brief manner: "Adolf." He sat down to consume it without conviction, wearing his hat pushed far back on his head. It was not devotion to an outdoor life, but the frequentation of foreign cafés which was responsible for that habit, investing with a character of unceremonious impermanency Mr Verloc's steady fidelity to his own fireside. Twice at the clatter of the cracked bell he arose without a word, disappeared into the shop, and came back silently. During these absences Mrs Verloc, becoming acutely aware of the vacant place at her right hand, missed her mother very much, and stared stonily; while Stevie, from the same reason, kept on shuffling his feet, as though the floor under the table were uncomfortably hot. When Mr Verloc returned to sit in his place, like the very embodiment of silence, the character of Mrs Verloc's stare underwent a subtle change, and Stevie ceased to fidget with his feet, because of his great and awed regard for his sister's husband.
expiring - qui expire; expirer
idiosyncrasy - idiosyncrasie
morose - morose; ; sombre
veil - voile, voiler
phantom - fantôme
supper - dîner; souper
brief - bref, court
consume - consommer, consumer, rench: t-needed r
investing - investir; investir, placer
unceremonious - sans cérémonie
impermanency - l'impermanence
arose - s'est élevé; se lever, relever
absences - absences; absence, absence, manque, absence, absence
acutely - avec acuité
stonily - stonily
shuffling - le brassage; (shuffle); battage, battre, mélanger
uncomfortably - mal a l'aise
embodiment - l'incarnation; ; incarnation
underwent - a subi; subir, subir
fidget with - a tripoter
awed - impressionné; crainte, révérence, admiration
He directed at him glances of respectful compassion. Mr Verloc was sorry. His sister Winnie had impressed upon him (in the omnibus) that Mr Verloc would be found at home in a state of sorrow, and must not be worried. His father's anger, the irritability of gentlemen lodgers, and Mr Verloc's predisposition to immoderate grief, had been the main sanctions of Stevie's self-restraint. Of these sentiments, all easily provoked, but not always easy to understand, the last had the greatest moral efficiency-because Mr Verloc was good. His mother and his sister had established that ethical fact on an unshakable foundation. They had established, erected, consecrated it behind Mr Verloc's back, for reasons that had nothing to do with abstract morality. And Mr Verloc was not aware of it. It is but bare justice to him to say that he had no notion of appearing good to Stevie. Yet so it was. He was even the only man so qualified in Stevie's knowledge, because the gentlemen lodgers had been too transient and too remote to have anything very distinct about them but perhaps their boots; and as regards the disciplinary measures of his father, the desolation of his mother and sister shrank from setting up a theory of goodness before the victim. It would have been too cruel. And it was even possible that Stevie would not have believed them. As far as Mr Verloc was concerned, nothing could stand in the way of Stevie's belief. Mr Verloc was obviously yet mysteriously good. And the grief of a good man is august.
irritability - l'irritabilité; ; irritabilité
ethical - éthique
unshakable - inébranlable
erected - érigé; droit, dressé
consecrated - consacré; consacrer
qualified - qualifiés; caractériser, qualifier, définir, qualifier
disciplinary - disciplinaire
shrank - s'est rétréci; se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer, rétrécir
setting - de l'environnement; ; réglage, configuration
Stevie gave glances of reverential compassion to his brother-in-law. Mr Verloc was sorry. The brother of Winnie had never before felt himself in such close communion with the mystery of that man's goodness. It was an understandable sorrow.
communion - la communion; ; communion
understandable - compréhensible
And Stevie himself was sorry. He was very sorry. The same sort of sorrow. And his attention being drawn to this unpleasant state, Stevie shuffled his feet. His feelings were habitually manifested by the agitation of his limbs.
shuffled - mélangé; battage, battre, mélanger, traîner les pieds
limbs - membres; membre
"Keep your feet quiet, dear," said Mrs Verloc, with authority and tenderness; then turning towards her husband in an indifferent voice, the masterly achievement of instinctive tact: "Are you going out to-night?" she asked.
masterly - magistral
The mere suggestion seemed repugnant to Mr Verloc. He shook his head moodily, and then sat still with downcast eyes, looking at the piece of cheese on his plate for a whole minute. At the end of that time he got up, and went out-went right out in the clatter of the shop-door bell. He acted thus inconsistently, not from any desire to make himself unpleasant, but because of an unconquerable restlessness. It was no earthly good going out. He could not find anywhere in London what he wanted. But he went out. He led a cortege of dismal thoughts along dark streets, through lighted streets, in and out of two flash bars, as if in a half-hearted attempt to make a night of it, and finally back again to his menaced home, where he sat down fatigued behind the counter, and they crowded urgently round him, like a pack of hungry black hounds.
moodily - changeante
inconsistently - de maniere incohérente
unconquerable - invincible
restlessness - l'agitation; ; agitation, impatience
earthly - terrestre
cortege - cortege; ; cortege
fatigued - fatigué; fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer, fatiguer
hounds - chiens de chasse; chien (de chasse)
After locking up the house and putting out the gas he took them upstairs with him-a dreadful escort for a man going to bed. His wife had preceded him some time before, and with her ample form defined vaguely under the counterpane, her head on the pillow, and a hand under the cheek offered to his distraction the view of early drowsiness arguing the possession of an equable soul. Her big eyes stared wide open, inert and dark against the snowy whiteness of the linen. She did not move.
locking up - qui se verrouille
preceded - précédé; précéder, précéder
ample - ample
counterpane - contreplaqué; courtepointe
Distraction - distraction, folie
drowsiness - somnolence, assoupissement, torpeur
snowy - enneigée; ; neigeux
whiteness - la blancheur; ; blancheur, blanchité, blanchitude
linen - le linge; ; toile, lin, linge, linge
She had an equable soul. She felt profoundly that things do not stand much looking into. She made her force and her wisdom of that instinct. But the taciturnity of Mr Verloc had been lying heavily upon her for a good many days. It was, as a matter of fact, affecting her nerves. Recumbent and motionless, she said placidly:
"You'll catch cold walking about in your socks like this."
This speech, becoming the solicitude of the wife and the prudence of the woman, took Mr Verloc unawares.
He had left his boots downstairs, but he had forgotten to put on his slippers, and he had been turning about the bedroom on noiseless pads like a bear in a cage. At the sound of his wife's voice he stopped and stared at her with a somnambulistic, expressionless gaze so long that Mrs Verloc moved her limbs slightly under the bed-clothes. But she did not move her black head sunk in the white pillow one hand under her cheek and the big, dark, unwinking eyes.
turning about - en train de tourner
noiseless - sans bruit; ; silencieux
pads - tampons; coussinet
somnambulistic - somnambule
expressionless - sans expression; ; inexpressif
Under her husband's expressionless stare, and remembering her mother's empty room across the landing, she felt an acute pang of loneliness. She had never been parted from her mother before. They had stood by each other. She felt that they had, and she said to herself that now mother was gone-gone for good. Mrs Verloc had no illusions. Stevie remained, however. And she said:
acute - aigu, aiguë
"Mother's done what she wanted to do. There's no sense in it that I can see. I'm sure she couldn't have thought you had enough of her. It's perfectly wicked, leaving us like that."
Mr Verloc was not a well-read person; his range of allusive phrases was limited, but there was a peculiar aptness in circumstances which made him think of rats leaving a doomed ship. He very nearly said so. He had grown suspicious and embittered.
allusive - allusif
aptness - l'aptitude; ; aptitude
rats - les rats; rat
suspicious - suspect, méfiant, soupçonneux, suspicieux
embittered - aigri; aigrir
Could it be that the old woman had such an excellent nose? But the unreasonableness of such a suspicion was patent, and Mr Verloc held his tongue. Not altogether, however. He muttered heavily:
"Perhaps it's just as well."
He began to undress. Mrs Verloc kept very still, perfectly still, with her eyes fixed in a dreamy, quiet stare. And her heart for the fraction of a second seemed to stand still too. That night she was "not quite herself," as the saying is, and it was borne upon her with some force that a simple sentence may hold several diverse meanings-mostly disagreeable. How was it just as well?
undress - se déshabiller; ; déshabiller
dreamy - reveuse
diverse - divers, différent, diversifié
And why? But she did not allow herself to fall into the idleness of barren speculation. She was rather confirmed in her belief that things did not stand being looked into. Practical and subtle in her way, she brought Stevie to the front without loss of time, because in her the singleness of purpose had the unerring nature and the force of an instinct.
speculation - spéculation
confirmed - confirmée; confirmer
singleness - le célibat
unerring - infaillible
"What I am going to do to Cheer up that boy for the first few days I'm sure I don't know. He'll be worrying himself from morning till night before he gets used to mother being away. And he's such a good boy. I couldn't do without him."
Cheer up - Sourire
I'm sure i don't know - Je suis sur que je ne sais pas
Mr Verloc went on divesting himself of his clothing with the unnoticing inward concentration of a man undressing in the solitude of a vast and hopeless desert. For thus inhospitably did this fair earth, our common inheritance, present itself to the mental vision of Mr Verloc. All was so still without and within that the lonely ticking of the clock on the landing stole into the room as if for the sake of company.
unnoticing - sans s'en apercevoir
concentration - concentration
inhospitably - de façon inhospitaliere
Mr Verloc, getting into bed on his own side, remained prone and mute behind Mrs Verloc's back. His thick arms rested abandoned on the outside of the counterpane like dropped weapons, like discarded tools. At that moment he was within a hair's breadth of making a clean breast of it all to his wife. The moment seemed propitious. Looking out of the corners of his eyes, he saw her ample shoulders draped in white, the back of her head, with the hair done for the night in three plaits tied up with black tapes at the ends. And he forbore. Mr Verloc loved his wife as a wife should be loved-that is, maritally, with the regard one has for one's chief possession. This head arranged for the night, those ample shoulders, had an aspect of familiar sacredness-the sacredness of domestic peace. She moved not, massive and shapeless like a recumbent statue in the rough; he remembered her wide-open eyes looking into the empty room. She was mysterious, with the mysteriousness of living beings.
prone - prone; ; couché sur le ventre, enclin, prédisposé
weapons - des armes; arme
discarded - jeté; rejeter, écarter, défausser
Propitious - favorable, propice, avantageux, de bonne augure
tapes - cassettes; bande
maritally - maritalement
sacredness - le caractere sacré; ; sacralité
The far-famed secret agent [delta] of the late Baron Stott-Wartenheim's alarmist despatches was not the man to break into such mysteries. He was easily intimidated. And he was also indolent, with the indolence which is so often the secret of good nature. He forbore touching that mystery out of love, timidity, and indolence. There would be always time enough. For several minutes he bore his sufferings silently in the drowsy silence of the room. And then he disturbed it by a resolute declaration.
famed - célebre; gloire, célébrité
alarmist - alarmiste
of good nature - de bonne nature
resolute - résolu, résolue, ferme, déterminé
"I am going on the Continent to-morrow."
morrow - lendemain, matin
His wife might have fallen asleep already. He could not tell. As a matter of fact, Mrs Verloc had heard him. Her eyes remained very wide open, and she lay very still, confirmed in her instinctive conviction that things don't bear looking into very much. And yet it was nothing very unusual for Mr Verloc to take such a trip.
He renewed his stock from Paris and Brussels. Often he went over to make his purchases personally. A little select connection of amateurs was forming around the shop in Brett Street, a secret connection eminently proper for any business undertaken by Mr Verloc, who, by a mystic accord of temperament and necessity, had been set apart to be a secret agent all his life.
stock - stock; provision, stockage, stock
purchases - achats; achat, acquisition, achat, acquisition, acheter
select - sélect, choisir, sélectionner
amateurs - des amateurs; amateur, amatrice, amateur, amateuse
mystic - mystique, mystique
accord - accord; ; entente, accorder
He waited for a while, then added: "I'll be away a week or perhaps a fortnight. Get Mrs Neale to come for the day."
be away - etre absent
Mrs Neale was the charwoman of Brett Street. Victim of her marriage with a debauched joiner, she was oppressed by the needs of many infant children. Red-armed, and aproned in coarse sacking up to the arm-pits, she exhaled the anguish of the poor in a breath of soap-suds and rum, in the uproar of scrubbing, in the clatter of tin pails.
debauched - débauché; débauche, débaucher
joiner - joiner; menuisier
aproned - tablier; tablier, tarmac, piste, tablier
coarse - grossier, brut, vulgaire
sacking - limogeage; (sac) limogeage
pits - fosses; fosse
suds - de la mousse; ; mousse de savon
rum - le rhum; rhum
scrubbing - le récurage; frotter (a la brosse)
pails - seaux; seau
Mrs Verloc, full of deep purpose, spoke in the tone of the shallowest indifference.
shallowest - la plus superficielle; peu profond, superficiel, peu profond
"There is no need to have the woman here all day. I shall do very well with Stevie."
She let the lonely clock on the landing count off fifteen ticks into the abyss of eternity, and asked:
"Shall I put the light out?"
Mr Verloc snapped at his wife huskily.
"Put it out."
Mr Verloc returning from the Continent at the end of ten days, brought back a mind evidently unrefreshed by the wonders of foreign travel and a countenance unlighted by the joys of home-coming. He entered in the clatter of the shop bell with an air of sombre and vexed exhaustion. His bag in hand, his head lowered, he strode straight behind the counter, and let himself fall into the chair, as though he had tramped all the way from Dover.
unrefreshed - non rafraîchie
wonders - s'interroge; merveille, étonner
unlighted - non éclairé
joys - joies; joie
vexed - contrarié; ennuyer, énerver, vexer ''informal'', tourmenter
exhaustion - l'épuisement; ; épuisement, harassement
strode - strode; marcher a grands pas
tramped - piétiné; clochard, va-nu-pieds, traînée, garce
It was early morning. Stevie, dusting various objects displayed in the front windows, turned to gape at him with reverence and awe.
displayed - affichée; représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran
gape at - a la dérobade
reverence - révérence
awe - la stupeur; ; crainte, révérence, admiration
"Here!" said Mr Verloc, giving a slight kick to the gladstone bag on the floor; and Stevie flung himself upon it, seized it, bore it off with triumphant devotion. He was so prompt that Mr Verloc was distinctly surprised.
prompt - rapide; ; ponctuel, indicateur, invite de commande, inciter
Already at the clatter of the shop bell Mrs Neale, blackleading the parlour grate, had looked through the door, and rising from her knees had gone, aproned, and grimy with everlasting toil, to tell Mrs Verloc in the kitchen that "there was the master come back."
looked through - regardé a travers
everlasting - éternel, permanent
Winnie came no farther than the inner shop door.
"You'll want some breakfast," she said from a distance.
Mr Verloc moved his hands slightly, as if overcome by an impossible suggestion. But once enticed into the parlour he did not reject the food set before him. He ate as if in a public place, his hat pushed off his forehead, the skirts of his heavy overcoat hanging in a triangle on each side of the chair. And across the length of the table covered with brown oil-cloth Winnie, his wife, talked evenly at him the wifely talk, as artfully adapted, no doubt, to the circumstances of this return as the talk of Penelope to the return of the wandering Odysseus. Mrs Verloc, however, had done no weaving during her husband's absence. But she had had all the upstairs room cleaned thoroughly, had sold some wares, had seen Mr Michaelis several times.
reject - rejeter
triangle - triangle
evenly - de maniere uniforme; ; uniformément, également, équitablement
artfully - avec art; ; habilement
Penelope - pénélope; Pénélope, Pénélope
wandering - l'errance; ; errement, errance, divagation; (wander); errer
Odysseus - odysseus; Ulysse, Odysseus
weaving - le tissage; ; tissage; (weave) le tissage; ; tissage
He had told her the last time that he was going away to live in a cottage in the country, somewhere on the London, Chatham, and Dover line. Karl Yundt had come too, once, led under the arm by that "wicked old housekeeper of his." He was "a disgusting old man." Of Comrade Ossipon, whom she had received curtly, entrenched behind the counter with a stony face and a faraway gaze, she said nothing, her mental reference to the robust anarchist being marked by a short pause, with the faintest possible blush. And bringing in her brother Stevie as soon as she could into the current of domestic events, she mentioned that the boy had moped a good deal.
entrenched - enracinée; retrancher
faraway - lointain
reference - référence, recommandation, faire référence a, référencer
moped - cyclomoteur; mobylette; (mop); serpilliere
"It's all along of mother leaving us like this."
Mr Verloc neither said, "Damn!" nor yet "Stevie be hanged!" And Mrs Verloc, not let into the secret of his thoughts, failed to appreciate the generosity of this restraint.
generosity - la générosité; ; générosité, bonté
"It isn't that he doesn't work as well as ever," she continued. "He's been making himself very useful. You'd think he couldn't do enough for us."
Mr Verloc directed a casual and somnolent glance at Stevie, who sat on his right, delicate, pale-faced, his rosy mouth open vacantly. It was not a critical glance. It had no intention. And if Mr Verloc thought for a moment that his wife's brother looked uncommonly useless, it was only a dull and fleeting thought, devoid of that force and durability which enables sometimes a thought to move the world.
somnolent - somnolent
uncommonly - de maniere inhabituelle
durability - la durabilité; ; durabilité, résistance
enables - permet; autoriser, permettre, permettre, activer
Leaning back, Mr Verloc uncovered his head. Before his extended arm could put down the hat Stevie pounced upon it, and bore it off reverently into the kitchen. And again Mr Verloc was surprised.
pounced - s'est jeté; bondir
reverently - avec révérence
"You could do anything with that boy, Adolf," Mrs Verloc said, with her best air of inflexible calmness. "He would go through fire for you. He-"
She paused attentive, her ear turned towards the door of the kitchen.
There Mrs Neale was scrubbing the floor. At Stevie's appearance she groaned lamentably, having observed that he could be induced easily to bestow for the benefit of her infant children the shilling his sister Winnie presented him with from time to time. On all fours amongst the puddles, wet and begrimed, like a sort of amphibious and domestic animal living in ash-bins and dirty water, she uttered the usual exordium: "It's all very well for you, kept doing nothing like a gentleman.
groaned - gémi; râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement
lamentably - lamentablement
bestow - disposer de, accorder, remettre, conférer, donner en mariage
puddles - des flaques d'eau; flaque, flaque d'eau, gouille
amphibious - amphibie
domestic animal - animal domestique
ash - cendres; frene, cendre
exordium - exordium
And she followed it with the everlasting plaint of the poor, pathetically mendacious, miserably authenticated by the horrible breath of cheap rum and soap-suds. She scrubbed hard, snuffling all the time, and talking volubly. And she was sincere. And on each side of her thin red nose her bleared, misty eyes swam in tears, because she felt really the want of some sort of stimulant in the morning.
plaint - plaint
mendacious - mensonger
miserably - misérablement
authenticated - authentifié; authentifier
scrubbed - épuré; frotter (a la brosse)
snuffling - reniflement; (snuffle); renifler, reniflement
volubly - volubilement; volubilité
stimulant - excitant, stimulant
In the parlour Mrs Verloc observed, with knowledge:
"There's Mrs Neale at it again with her harrowing tales about her little children. They can't be all so little as she makes them out. Some of them must be big enough by now to try to do something for themselves. It only makes Stevie angry."
These words were confirmed by a thud as of a fist striking the kitchen table. In the normal evolution of his sympathy Stevie had become angry on discovering that he had no shilling in his pocket. In his inability to relieve at once Mrs Neale's "little 'uns'" privations, he felt that somebody should be made to suffer for it. Mrs Verloc rose, and went into the kitchen to "stop that nonsense." And she did it firmly but gently. She was well aware that directly Mrs Neale received her money she went round the corner to drink ardent spirits in a mean and musty public-house-the unavoidable station on the via dolorosa of her life.
fist - poing; poing
evolution - l'évolution; ; évolution
become angry - se mettre en colere
inability - l'incapacité; ; incapacité
relieve - soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager
uns - Uns; (UN); ONU
musty - moisi; moisi
unavoidable - inévitable
via - via; via, au dela de
Mrs Verloc's comment upon this practice had an unexpected profundity, as coming from a person disinclined to look under the surface of things. "Of course, what is she to do to keep up? If I were like Mrs Neale I expect I wouldn't act any different."
In the afternoon of the same day, as Mr Verloc, coming with a start out of the last of a long series of dozes before the parlour fire, declared his intention of going out for a walk, Winnie said from the shop:
dozes - dozes; sommeiller
"I wish you would take that boy out with you, Adolf."
For the third time that day Mr Verloc was surprised. He stared stupidly at his wife. She continued in her steady manner. The boy, whenever he was not doing anything, moped in the house. It made her uneasy; it made her nervous, she confessed. And that from the calm Winnie sounded like exaggeration. But, in truth, Stevie moped in the striking fashion of an unhappy domestic animal. He would go up on the dark landing, to sit on the floor at the foot of the tall clock, with his knees drawn up and his head in his hands.
stupidly - stupidement, betement
exaggeration - exagération
To come upon his pallid face, with its big eyes gleaming in the dusk, was discomposing; to think of him up there was uncomfortable.
pallid - pâle, blafard
gleaming - étincelante; ; brillant; (gleam) étincelante; ; brillant
Mr Verloc got used to the startling novelty of the idea. He was fond of his wife as a man should be-that is, generously. But a weighty objection presented itself to his mind, and he formulated it.
novelty - nouveauté
weighty - lourd; ; important
formulated - formulée; formuler
"He'll lose sight of me perhaps, and get lost in the street," he said.
Mrs Verloc shook her head competently.
competently - avec compétence
"He won't. You don't know him. That boy just worships you. But if you should miss him-"
worships - vénere; culte, adoration, vénération, culte, culte, vénérer
Mrs Verloc paused for a moment, but only for a moment.
"You just go on, and have your walk out. Don't worry. He'll be all right. He's sure to turn up safe here before very long."
Don't worry - Ne pas s'inquiéter
This optimism procured for Mr Verloc his fourth surprise of the day.
"Is he?" he grunted doubtfully. But perhaps his brother-in-law was not such an idiot as he looked. His wife would know best. He turned away his heavy eyes, saying huskily: "Well, let him come along, then," and relapsed into the clutches of black care, that perhaps prefers to sit behind a horseman, but knows also how to tread close on the heels of people not sufficiently well off to keep horses-like Mr Verloc, for instance.
relapsed - rechute; rechuter, rechute
clutches - embrayages; se raccrocher (a)
horseman - cavalier
tread - la bande de roulement; piétiner, escabeau
Winnie, at the shop door, did not see this fatal attendant upon Mr Verloc's walks. She watched the two figures down the squalid street, one tall and burly, the other slight and short, with a thin neck, and the peaked shoulders raised slightly under the large semi-transparent ears.
peaked - en crete; pic
The material of their overcoats was the same, their hats were black and round in shape. Inspired by the similarity of wearing apparel, Mrs Verloc gave rein to her fancy.
similarity - similarité, similitude
apparel - vetements; veture
rein - rein; frein
"Might be father and son," she said to herself. She thought also that Mr Verloc was as much of a father as poor Stevie ever had in his life. She was aware also that it was her work. And with peaceful pride she congratulated herself on a certain resolution she had taken a few years before. It had cost her some effort, and even a few tears.
She congratulated herself still more on observing in the course of days that Mr Verloc seemed to be taking kindly to Stevie's companionship. Now, when ready to go out for his walk, Mr Verloc called aloud to the boy, in the spirit, no doubt, in which a man invites the attendance of the household dog, though, of course, in a different manner. In the house Mr Verloc could be detected staring curiously at Stevie a good deal. His own demeanour had changed. Taciturn still, he was not so listless. Mrs Verloc thought that he was rather jumpy at times. It might have been regarded as an improvement. As to Stevie, he moped no longer at the foot of the clock, but muttered to himself in corners instead in a threatening tone. When asked "What is it you're saying, Stevie?" he merely opened his mouth, and squinted at his sister. At odd times he clenched his fists without apparent cause, and when discovered in solitude would be scowling at the wall, with the sheet of paper and the pencil given him for drawing circles lying blank and idle on the kitchen table.
detected - détecté; détecter
curiously - curieusement
taciturn - taciturne
listless - sans voix; ; apathique, indolent
jumpy - nerveux
regarded - considérée; considérer
improvement - l'amélioration; ; amélioration
squinted - louché; plisser les yeux, loucher, loucher, louvoyer
clenched - serré; serrer, prise (en main) ferme, poigne ferme
scowling - se renfrogner; (scowl) se renfrogner
This was a change, but it was no improvement. Mrs Verloc including all these vagaries under the general definition of excitement, began to fear that Stevie was hearing more than was good for him of her husband's conversations with his friends. During his "walks" Mr Verloc, of course, met and conversed with various persons. It could hardly be otherwise. His walks were an integral part of his outdoor activities, which his wife had never looked deeply into. Mrs Verloc felt that the position was delicate, but she faced it with the same impenetrable calmness which impressed and even astonished the customers of the shop and made the other visitors keep their distance a little wonderingly. No! She feared that there were things not good for Stevie to hear of, she told her husband. It only excited the poor boy, because he could not help them being so. Nobody could.
vagaries - vagabondage; extravagance, caprice
conversed - conversé; converser
integral - intégral, intégrale
wonderingly - avec étonnement
It was in the shop. Mr Verloc made no comment. He made no retort, and yet the retort was obvious. But he refrained from pointing out to his wife that the idea of making Stevie the companion of his walks was her own, and nobody else's. At that moment, to an impartial observer, Mr Verloc would have appeared more than human in his magnanimity.
refrained - s'est abstenu; refrain
impartial - impartiale
observer - observateur
magnanimity - la magnanimité; ; magnanimité
He took down a small cardboard box from a shelf, peeped in to see that the contents were all right, and put it down gently on the counter. not till that was done did he break the silence, to the effect that most likely Stevie would profit greatly by being sent out of town for a while; only he supposed his wife could not get on without him.
peeped - épié; regarder qqch a la dérobée
Contents - contenu; satisfait
not till - pas avant
"Could not get on without him!" repeated Mrs Verloc slowly. "I couldn't get on without him if it were for his good! The idea! Of course, I can get on without him. But there's nowhere for him to go."
Mr Verloc got out some brown paper and a ball of string; and meanwhile he muttered that Michaelis was living in a little cottage in the country. Michaelis wouldn't mind giving Stevie a room to sleep in. There were no visitors and no talk there. Michaelis was writing a book.
Meanwhile - pendant ce temps
Mrs Verloc declared her affection for Michaelis; mentioned her abhorrence of Karl Yundt, "nasty old man"; and of Ossipon she said nothing. As to Stevie, he could be no other than very pleased. Mr Michaelis was always so nice and kind to him. He seemed to like the boy. Well, the boy was a good boy.
abhorrence - l'horreur; ; aversion, répulsion, horreur
"You too seem to have grown quite fond of him of late," she added, after a pause, with her inflexible assurance.
Mr Verloc tying up the cardboard box into a parcel for the post, broke the string by an injudicious jerk, and muttered several swear words confidentially to himself. Then raising his tone to the usual husky mutter, he announced his willingness to take Stevie into the country himself, and leave him all safe with Michaelis.
tying up - l'attachement
parcel - colis, paquet, parcelle, empaqueter, emballer, envelopper
injudicious - malveillante
swear words - des gros mots
confidentially - en toute confidentialité
He carried out this scheme on the very next day. Stevie offered no objection. He seemed rather eager, in a bewildered sort of way. He turned his candid gaze inquisitively to Mr Verloc's heavy countenance at frequent intervals, especially when his sister was not looking at him. His expression was proud, apprehensive, and concentrated, like that of a small child entrusted for the first time with a box of matches and the permission to strike a light.
inquisitively - avec curiosité
intervals - intervalles; intervalle, intervalle
apprehensive - des appréhensions
But Mrs Verloc, gratified by her brother's docility, recommended him not to dirty his clothes unduly in the country. At this Stevie gave his sister, guardian and protector a look, which for the first time in his life seemed to lack the quality of perfect childlike trustfulness. It was haughtily gloomy. Mrs Verloc smiled.
haughtily - hautainement, avec dédain
"Goodness me! You needn't be offended. You know you do get yourself very untidy when you get a chance, Stevie."
needn - n'a pas besoin
untidy - débraillé, négligé, désordonné, bordélique
Mr Verloc was already gone some way down the street.
Thus in consequence of her mother's heroic proceedings, and of her brother's absence on this villegiature, Mrs Verloc found herself oftener than usual all alone not only in the shop, but in the house. For Mr Verloc had to take his walks. She was alone longer than usual on the day of the attempted bomb outrage in Greenwich Park, because Mr Verloc went out very early that morning and did not come back till nearly dusk.
proceedings - procédures; acte
She did not mind being alone. She had no desire to go out. The weather was too bad, and the shop was cosier than the streets. Sitting behind the counter with some sewing, she did not raise her eyes from her work when Mr Verloc entered in the aggressive clatter of the bell. She had recognised his step on the pavement outside.
cosier - plus confortable; douillet, douillette, peinard
sewing - cousant, suture; (sew) cousant, suture
She did not raise her eyes, but as Mr Verloc, silent, and with his hat rammed down upon his forehead, made straight for the parlour door, she said serenely:
serenely - sereinement
"What a wretched day. You've been perhaps to see Stevie?"
"No! I haven't," said Mr Verloc softly, and slammed the glazed parlour door behind him with unexpected energy.
slammed - claquée; claquer
For some time Mrs Verloc remained quiescent, with her work dropped in her lap, before she put it away under the counter and got up to light the gas. This done, she went into the parlour on her way to the kitchen. Mr Verloc would want his tea presently. Confident of the power of her charms, Winnie did not expect from her husband in the daily intercourse of their married life a ceremonious amenity of address and courtliness of manner; vain and antiquated forms at best, probably never very exactly observed, discarded nowadays even in the highest spheres, and always foreign to the standards of her class.
quiescent - calme, tranquille, quiescent
dropped in - déposé
lap - tour; clapoter
ceremonious - cérémonieux
courtliness - la courtoisie
nowadays - actuellement, de nos jours, aujourd'hui, présentement
spheres - spheres; sphere, sphere, boule, sphere
standards - normes; standard, standard, étalon, étendard
She did not look for courtesies from him. But he was a good husband, and she had a loyal respect for his rights.
courtesies - courtoisies; courtoisie, politesse, indulgence
Mrs Verloc would have gone through the parlour and on to her domestic duties in the kitchen with the perfect serenity of a woman sure of the power of her charms. But a slight, very slight, and rapid rattling sound grew upon her hearing. Bizarre and incomprehensible, it arrested Mrs Verloc's attention. Then as its character became plain to the ear she stopped short, amazed and concerned.
Striking a match on the box she held in her hand, she turned on and lighted, above the parlour table, one of the two gas-burners, which, being defective, first whistled as if astonished, and then went on purring comfortably like a cat.
burners - bruleurs; feu, bruleur, graveur
defective - défectueux, défectif
purring - ronronner; (pur) ronronner
comfortably - confortablement; agréablement
Mr Verloc, against his usual practice, had thrown off his overcoat. It was lying on the sofa. His hat, which he must also have thrown off, rested overturned under the edge of the sofa. He had dragged a chair in front of the fireplace, and his feet planted inside the fender, his head held between his hands, he was hanging low over the glowing grate.
overturned - annulée; renverser, retourner, capoter, verser, renverser
Fender - fender; ; aile, garde-boue, défense
His teeth rattled with an ungovernable violence, causing his whole enormous back to tremble at the same rate. Mrs Verloc was startled.
ungovernable - ingouvernable
"You've been getting wet," she said.
"Not very," Mr Verloc managed to falter out, in a profound shudder. By a great effort he suppressed the rattling of his teeth.
falter - faiblir; ; vaciller
suppressed - supprimée; contenir, fr
"I'll have you laid up on my hands," she said, with genuine uneasiness.
"I don't think so," remarked Mr Verloc, snuffling huskily.
I don't think so - Je ne pense pas.
He had certainly contrived somehow to catch an abominable cold between seven in the morning and five in the afternoon. Mrs Verloc looked at his bowed back.
contrived - artificiel; combiner, inventer
"Where have you been to-day?" she asked.
"Nowhere," answered Mr Verloc in a low, choked nasal tone. His attitude suggested aggrieved sulks or a severe headache. The unsufficiency and uncandidness of his answer became painfully apparent in the dead silence of the room. He snuffled apologetically, and added: "I've been to the bank."
nasal - nasal
sulks - boude; bouder
unsufficiency - l'inefficacité
uncandidness - l'absence de candidature
snuffled - reniflé; renifler
Mrs Verloc became attentive.
"You have!" she said dispassionately. "What for?"
Mr Verloc mumbled, with his nose over the grate, and with marked unwillingness.
"Draw the money out!"
"What do you mean? All of it?"
"Yes. All of it."
Mrs Verloc spread out with care the scanty table-cloth, got two knives and two forks out of the table drawer, and suddenly stopped in her methodical proceedings.
scanty - maigre, insuffisant
table-cloth - (table-cloth) une nappe
methodical - méthodique
"What did you do that for?"
"May want it soon," snuffled vaguely Mr Verloc, who was coming to the end of his calculated indiscretions.
calculated - calculée; calculer, calculer
indiscretions - indiscrétions; indiscrétion, indiscrétion
"I don't know what you mean," remarked his wife in a tone perfectly casual, but standing stock still between the table and the cupboard.
stock still - Toujours en stock
"You know you can trust me," Mr Verloc remarked to the grate, with hoarse feeling.
Mrs Verloc turned slowly towards the cupboard, saying with deliberation:
"Oh yes. I can trust you."
And she went on with her methodical proceedings. She laid two plates, got the bread, the butter, going to and fro quietly between the table and the cupboard in the peace and silence of her home. On the point of taking out the jam, she reflected practically: "He will be feeling hungry, having been away all day," and she returned to the cupboard once more to get the cold beef. She set it under the purring gas-jet, and with a passing glance at her motionless husband hugging the fire, she went (down two steps) into the kitchen.
fro - fro
hugging - étreinte; embrassade, étreinte, câlin, accolade, étreindre
It was only when coming back, carving knife and fork in hand, that she spoke again.
carving - la sculpture; ; gravure, sculpture, découpage
"If I hadn't trusted you I wouldn't have married you."
Bowed under the overmantel, Mr Verloc, holding his head in both hands, seemed to have gone to sleep. Winnie made the tea, and called out in an undertone:
overmantel - overmantel
Mr Verloc got up at once, and staggered a little before he sat down at the table. His wife examining the sharp edge of the carving knife, placed it on the dish, and called his attention to the cold beef. He remained insensible to the suggestion, with his chin on his breast.
staggered - en décalé; tituber
examining - l'examen; examiner, examiner
"You should feed your cold," Mrs Verloc said dogmatically.
dogmatically - dogmatiquement
He looked up, and shook his head. His eyes were bloodshot and his face red. His fingers had ruffled his hair into a dissipated untidiness. Altogether he had a disreputable aspect, expressive of the discomfort, the irritation and the gloom following a heavy debauch. But Mr Verloc was not a debauched man.
ruffled - ébouriffé; falbala, ébouriffer
dissipated - dissipée; dissiper
expressive - expressif
discomfort - malaise; ; inconfort
debauch - débauche, débaucher
In his conduct he was respectable. His appearance might have been the effect of a feverish cold. He drank three cups of tea, but abstained from food entirely. He recoiled from it with sombre aversion when urged by Mrs Verloc, who said at last:
feverish - fébrile; ; fiévreux
abstained from - s'est abstenu
recoiled - a reculé; recul, reculer
aversion - l'aversion; ; aversion
"Aren't your feet wet? You had better put on your slippers. You aren't going out any more this evening."
Mr Verloc intimated by morose grunts and signs that his feet were not wet, and that anyhow he did not care. The proposal as to slippers was disregarded as beneath his notice. But the question of going out in the evening received an unexpected development. It was not of going out in the evening that Mr Verloc was thinking.
proposal - proposition, demande en mariage
beneath - dessous
His thoughts embraced a vaster scheme. From moody and incomplete phrases it became apparent that Mr Verloc had been considering the expediency of emigrating. It was not very clear whether he had in his mind France or California.
vaster - vaster; vaste
incomplete - incomplete
expediency - l'opportunisme; ; efficacité, opportunisme, convenance
emigrating - émigrer; émigrer
The utter unexpectedness, improbability, and inconceivableness of such an event robbed this vague declaration of all its effect. Mrs Verloc, as placidly as if her husband had been threatening her with the end of the world, said:
unexpectedness - soudaineté
improbability - improbabilité
inconceivableness - l'inconcevabilité
Mr Verloc declared himself sick and tired of everything, and besides-She interrupted him.
"You've a bad cold."
It was indeed obvious that Mr Verloc was not in his usual state, physically and even mentally. A sombre irresolution held him silent for a while. Then he murmured a few ominous generalities on the theme of necessity.
irresolution - l'irrésolution; ; irrésolution
theme - theme; ; theme
"Will have to," repeated Winnie, sitting calmly back, with folded arms, opposite her husband. "I should like to know who's to make you. You ain't a slave. No one need be a slave in this country-and don't you make yourself one." She paused, and with invincible and steady candour. "The business isn't so bad," she went on. "You've a comfortable home."
candour - candeur
She glanced all round the parlour, from the corner cupboard to the good fire in the grate. Ensconced cosily behind the shop of doubtful wares, with the mysteriously dim window, and its door suspiciously ajar in the obscure and narrow street, it was in all essentials of domestic propriety and domestic comfort a respectable home. Her devoted affection missed out of it her brother Stevie, now enjoying a damp villegiature in the Kentish lanes under the care of Mr Michaelis.
essentials - essentiels; indispensable, essentiel, fondamental, essentiel
Kentish - Kentish
She missed him poignantly, with all the force of her protecting passion. This was the boy's home too-the roof, the cupboard, the stoked grate. On this thought Mrs Verloc rose, and walking to the other end of the table, said in the fulness of her heart:
poignantly - de façon poignante
stoked - stoked; alimenter
"And you are not tired of me."
Mr Verloc made no sound. Winnie leaned on his shoulder from behind, and pressed her lips to his forehead. Thus she lingered. Not a whisper reached them from the outside world.
The sound of footsteps on the pavement died out in the discreet dimness of the shop. Only the gas-jet above the table went on purring equably in the brooding silence of the parlour.
died out - s'est éteint
dimness - obscurité
equably - équitablement
brooding - couvant; ; méditatif; (brood); couvée, couver, protéger
During the contact of that unexpected and lingering kiss Mr Verloc, gripping with both hands the edges of his chair, preserved a hieratic immobility. When the pressure was removed he let go the chair, rose, and went to stand before the fireplace. He turned no longer his back to the room. With his features swollen and an air of being drugged, he followed his wife's movements with his eyes.
Lingering - s'attarder; qui s'attardent; (linger); s'installer, stagner
kiss - baiser; baisent, biser, baisons, baisez, bécot, bise
gripping - saisissant; empoigner
edges - des bords; bord, côté, arete, carre, bord, arete
hieratic - hiératique
pressure - pression
Mrs Verloc went about serenely, clearing up the table. Her tranquil voice commented the idea thrown out in a reasonable and domestic tone. It wouldn't stand examination. She condemned it from every point of view. But her only real concern was Stevie's welfare. He appeared to her thought in that connection as sufficiently "peculiar" not to be taken rashly abroad.
clearing up - qui s'éclaircissent
examination - l'examen; ; examen
rashly - de maniere irréfléchie; ; étourdiment, imprudemment
And that was all. But talking round that vital point, she approached absolute vehemence in her delivery. Meanwhile, with brusque movements, she arrayed herself in an apron for the washing up of cups. And as if excited by the sound of her uncontradicted voice, she went so far as to say in a tone almost tart:
vital - vitale; ; vital
washing up - La vaisselle
uncontradicted - non contredit
tart - tarte; agaçant, tarte, astringent, acide, aigre
"If you go abroad you'll have to go without me."
go abroad - aller a l'étranger
"You know I wouldn't," said Mr Verloc huskily, and the unresonant voice of his private life trembled with an enigmatical emotion.
Already Mrs Verloc was regretting her words. They had sounded more unkind than she meant them to be. They had also the unwisdom of unnecessary things. In fact, she had not meant them at all. It was a sort of phrase that is suggested by the demon of perverse inspiration. But she knew a way to make it as if it had not been.
regretting - regretter; regretter, regret
more unkind - plus méchant
unwisdom - pas de sagesse
She turned her head over her shoulder and gave that man planted heavily in front of the fireplace a glance, half arch, half cruel, out of her large eyes-a glance of which the Winnie of the Belgravian mansion days would have been incapable, because of her respectability and her ignorance.
arch - arch; dôme
But the man was her husband now, and she was no longer ignorant. She kept it on him for a whole second, with her grave face motionless like a mask, while she said playfully:
ignorant - ignorant
mask - masque; masque
playfully - de façon ludique
"You couldn't. You would miss me too much."
Mr Verloc started forward.
"Exactly," he said in a louder tone, throwing his arms out and making a step towards her. Something wild and doubtful in his expression made it appear uncertain whether he meant to strangle or to embrace his wife. But Mrs Verloc's attention was called away from that manifestation by the clatter of the shop bell.
strangle - étrangler
"Shop, Adolf. You go."
He stopped, his arms came down slowly.
"You go," repeated Mrs Verloc. "I've got my apron on."
Mr Verloc obeyed woodenly, stony-eyed, and like an automaton whose face had been painted red. And this resemblance to a mechanical figure went so far that he had an automaton's absurd air of being aware of the machinery inside of him.
obeyed - obéi; obéir, obtempérer
automaton - automate, automate
machinery - des machines; ; machines, pieces, machinerie, mécanique
He closed the parlour door, and Mrs Verloc moving briskly, carried the tray into the kitchen. She washed the cups and some other things before she stopped in her work to listen. No sound reached her. The customer was a long time in the shop.
briskly - rapidement; ; vivement
It was a customer, because if he had not been Mr Verloc would have taken him inside. Undoing the strings of her apron with a jerk, she threw it on a chair, and walked back to the parlour slowly.
undoing - défaisant; (undo) défaisant
strings - cordes; corde, corde, suite, série, chaîne de caracteres, corde
At that precise moment Mr Verloc entered from the shop.
He had gone in red. He came out a strange papery white. His face, losing its drugged, feverish stupor, had in that short time acquired a bewildered and harassed expression. He walked straight to the sofa, and stood looking down at his overcoat lying there, as though he were afraid to touch it.
papery - du papier
stupor - stupeur
harassed - harcelés; harceler, harceler, harceler
"What's the matter?" asked Mrs Verloc in a subdued voice. Through the door left ajar she could see that the customer was not gone yet.
"I find I'll have to go out this evening," said Mr Verloc. He did not attempt to pick up his outer garment.
Without a word Winnie made for the shop, and shutting the door after her, walked in behind the counter. She did not look overtly at the customer till she had established herself comfortably on the chair. But by that time she had noted that he was tall and thin, and wore his moustaches twisted up.
overtly - ouvertement
In fact, he gave the sharp points a twist just then. His long, bony face rose out of a turned-up collar. He was a little splashed, a little wet. A dark man, with the ridge of the cheek-bone well defined under the slightly hollow temple. A complete stranger. Not a customer either.
ridge - crete; ; crete, faîte, dorsale
Mrs Verloc looked at him placidly.
"You came over from the Continent?" she said after a time.
The long, thin stranger, without exactly looking at Mrs Verloc, answered only by a faint and peculiar smile.
Mrs Verloc's steady, incurious gaze rested on him.
"You understand English, don't you?"
don't you? - n'est-ce pas ?
"Oh yes. I understand English."
There was nothing foreign in his accent, except that he seemed in his slow enunciation to be taking pains with it. And Mrs Verloc, in her varied experience, had come to the conclusion that some foreigners could speak better English than the natives. She said, looking at the door of the parlour fixedly:
varied - varié; varier, varier, varier
foreigners - étrangers; étranger, étrangere
"You don't think perhaps of staying in England for good?"
The stranger gave her again a silent smile. He had a kindly mouth and probing eyes. And he shook his head a little sadly, it seemed.
probing - sonder; sonde, explorateur, perche, sonde, sonde, sonde
"My husband will see you through all right. Meantime for a few days you couldn't do better than take lodgings with Mr Giugliani. Continental Hotel it's called. Private. It's quiet. My husband will take you there."
lodgings - logements; logement, hébergement, verse
Continental - continental
"A good idea," said the thin, dark man, whose glance had hardened suddenly.
"You knew Mr Verloc before-didn't you? Perhaps in France?"
"I have heard of him," admitted the visitor in his slow, painstaking tone, which yet had a certain curtness of intention.
painstaking - méticuleux, méticuleuse, minutieux, minutieuse
curtness - la courbure
There was a pause. Then he spoke again, in a far less elaborate manner.
"Your husband has not gone out to wait for me in the street by chance?"
"In the street!" repeated Mrs Verloc, surprised. "He couldn't. There's no other door to the house."
For a moment she sat impassive, then left her seat to go and peep through the glazed door. Suddenly she opened it, and disappeared into the parlour.
peep through - regarder a travers
Mr Verloc had done no more than put on his overcoat. But why he should remain afterwards leaning over the table propped up on his two arms as though he were feeling giddy or sick, she could not understand. "Adolf," she called out half aloud; and when he had raised himself:
giddy - étourdi, étourdissant, étourdi
"Do you know that man?" she asked rapidly.
"I've heard of him," whispered uneasily Mr Verloc, darting a wild glance at the door.
darting - darting; dard, fleche
Mrs Verloc's fine, incurious eyes lighted up with a flash of abhorrence.
lighted up - allumé
"One of Karl Yundt's friends-beastly old man."
"No! No!" protested Mr Verloc, busy fishing for his hat. But when he got it from under the sofa he held it as if he did not know the use of a hat.
"Well-he's waiting for you," said Mrs Verloc at last. "I say, Adolf, he ain't one of them Embassy people you have been bothered with of late?"
"Bothered with Embassy people," repeated Mr Verloc, with a heavy start of surprise and fear. "Who's been talking to you of the Embassy people?"
"I! I! Talked of the Embassy to you!"
Mr Verloc seemed scared and bewildered beyond measure. His wife explained:
"You've been talking a little in your sleep of late, Adolf."
"What-what did I say? What do you know?"
"Nothing much. It seemed mostly nonsense. Enough to let me guess that something worried you."
Mr Verloc rammed his hat on his head. A crimson flood of anger ran over his face.
"Nonsense-eh? The Embassy people! I would cut their hearts out one after another. But let them look out. I've got a tongue in my head."
He fumed, pacing up and down between the table and the sofa, his open overcoat catching against the angles. The red flood of anger ebbed out, and left his face all white, with quivering nostrils. Mrs Verloc, for the purposes of practical existence, put down these appearances to the cold.
fumed - fumées; fulminer
pacing - le rythme; pas
ebbed - ebbed; reflux, jusant, reflux, refluer, décliner
nostrils - narines; narine, qualifier
"Well," she said, "get rid of the man, whoever he is, as soon as you can, and come back home to me. You want looking after for a day or two."
Mr Verloc calmed down, and, with resolution imprinted on his pale face, had already opened the door, when his wife called him back in a whisper:
calmed down - calmé
imprinted - imprimée; empreinte
"Adolf! Adolf!" He came back startled. "What about that money you drew out?" she asked. "You've got it in your pocket? Hadn't you better-"
Mr Verloc gazed stupidly into the palm of his wife's extended hand for some time before he slapped his brow.
gazed - regardé; fixer
slapped - giflé; claque, gifler
"Money! Yes! Yes! I didn't know what you meant."
He drew out of his breast pocket a new pigskin pocket-book. Mrs Verloc received it without another word, and stood still till the bell, clattering after Mr Verloc and Mr Verloc's visitor, had quieted down. Only then she peeped in at the amount, drawing the notes out for the purpose. After this inspection she looked round thoughtfully, with an air of mistrust in the silence and solitude of the house. This abode of her married life appeared to her as lonely and unsafe as though it had been situated in the midst of a forest. No receptacle she could think of amongst the solid, heavy furniture seemed other but flimsy and particularly tempting to her conception of a house-breaker.
pigskin - peau de porc
pocket-book - (pocket-book) livre de poche
clattering - cliquetis; claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme
thoughtfully - de maniere réfléchie
situated - situé; situer
receptacle - le réceptacle; ; réceptacle
solid - solide, massif, plein, continu, solide
tempting - tentant; (tempt); tenter, attirer
breaker - briseur
It was an ideal conception, endowed with sublime faculties and a miraculous insight. The till was not to be thought of. It was the first spot a thief would make for. Mrs Verloc unfastening hastily a couple of hooks, slipped the pocket-book under the bodice of her dress. Having thus disposed of her husband's capital, she was rather glad to hear the clatter of the door bell, announcing an arrival. Assuming the fixed, unabashed stare and the stony expression reserved for the casual customer, she walked in behind the counter.
endowed - dotés; doter, doter, enrichir
sublime - sublime; auguste
miraculous - miraculeux
unfastening - le déverrouillage; défaire
hooks - des crochets; crochet, agrafe, hook, crochet, accrocher, ferrer
disposed of - éliminé
announcing - annonçant; annoncer
assuming - en supposant; assumant; (assume); supposer, présupposer
unabashed - sans complexe
reserved - réservé; réservation, réserve, réserves-p, réserve, réserve
A man standing in the middle of the shop was inspecting it with a swift, cool, all-round glance. His eyes ran over the walls, took in the ceiling, noted the floor-all in a moment. The points of a long fair moustache fell below the line of the jaw. He smiled the smile of an old if distant acquaintance, and Mrs Verloc remembered having seen him before. Not a customer.
acquaintance - une connaissance; ; relation
She softened her "customer stare" to mere indifference, and faced him across the counter.
softened - adoucie; adoucir
He approached, on his side, confidentially, but not too markedly so.
"Husband at home, Mrs Verloc?" he asked in an easy, full tone.
"No. He's gone out."
"I am sorry for that. I've called to get from him a little private information."
This was the exact truth. Chief Inspector Heat had been all the way home, and had even gone so far as to think of getting into his slippers, since practically he was, he told himself, chucked out of that case. He indulged in some scornful and in a few angry thoughts, and found the occupation so unsatisfactory that he resolved to seek relief out of doors. Nothing prevented him paying a friendly call to Mr Verloc, casually as it were. It was in the character of a private citizen that walking out privately he made use of his customary conveyances. Their general direction was towards Mr Verloc's home. Chief Inspector Heat respected his own private character so consistently that he took especial pains to avoid all the police constables on point and patrol duty in the vicinity of Brett Street.
indulged in - s'est laissé aller
unsatisfactory - insatisfaisant
casually - de rencontre
customary - coutumier, habituel, d'usage
consistently - de maniere cohérente
patrol - patrouille; patrouille
vicinity - proximité; ; voisinage, vicinité, environs
This precaution was much more necessary for a man of his standing than for an obscure Assistant Commissioner. Private Citizen Heat entered the street, manoeuvring in a way which in a member of the criminal classes would have been stigmatised as slinking. The piece of cloth picked up in Greenwich was in his pocket. Not that he had the slightest intention of producing it in his private capacity. On the contrary, he wanted to know just what Mr Verloc would be disposed to say voluntarily. He hoped Mr Verloc's talk would be of a nature to incriminate Michaelis. It was a conscientiously professional hope in the main, but not without its moral value. For Chief Inspector Heat was a servant of justice. Finding Mr Verloc from home, he felt disappointed.
precaution - précaution
more necessary - plus nécessaire
manoeuvring - manouvre; manouvre
voluntarily - volontairement
"I would wait for him a little if I were sure he wouldn't be long," he said.
Mrs Verloc volunteered no assurance of any kind.
volunteered - volontaire; volontaire, bénévole, volontaire
"The information I need is quite private," he repeated. "You understand what I mean? I wonder if you could give me a notion where he's gone to?"
Mrs Verloc shook her head.
She turned away to range some boxes on the shelves behind the counter. Chief Inspector Heat looked at her thoughtfully for a time.
shelves - étageres; rayon, étagere, tablard, étagere, rayonnage
"I suppose you know who I am?" he said.
Mrs Verloc glanced over her shoulder. Chief Inspector Heat was amazed at her coolness.
"Come! You know I am in the police," he said sharply.
"I don't trouble my head much about it," Mrs Verloc remarked, returning to the ranging of her boxes.
ranging - de la gamme; chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection
"My name is Heat. Chief Inspector Heat of the Special Crimes section."
Mrs Verloc adjusted nicely in its place a small cardboard box, and turning round, faced him again, heavy-eyed, with idle hands hanging down. A silence reigned for a time.
adjusted - ajustée; ajuster, ajuster, ajuster
"So your husband went out a quarter of an hour ago! And he didn't say when he would be back?"
"He didn't go out alone," Mrs Verloc let fall negligently.
Mrs Verloc touched the back of her hair. It was in perfect order.
"A stranger who called."
"I see. What sort of man was that stranger? Would you mind telling me?"
Mrs Verloc did not mind. And when Chief Inspector Heat heard of a man dark, thin, with a long face and turned up moustaches, he gave signs of perturbation, and exclaimed:
"Dash me if I didn't think so! He hasn't lost any time."
He was intensely disgusted in the secrecy of his heart at the unofficial conduct of his immediate chief. But he was not quixotic. He lost all desire to await Mr Verloc's return. What they had gone out for he did not know, but he imagined it possible that they would return together. The case is not followed properly, it's being tampered with, he thought bitterly.
intensely - intensément
disgusted - dégouté; dégouter, dégout
await - attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter
tampered - falsifié; toucher a
"I am afraid I haven't time to wait for your husband," he said.
Mrs Verloc received this declaration listlessly. Her detachment had impressed Chief Inspector Heat all along. At this precise moment it whetted his curiosity. Chief Inspector Heat hung in the wind, swayed by his passions like the most private of citizens.
listlessly - creuxse
whetted - aiguisé; aiguiser
swayed - balancés; autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance, balancer
"I think," he said, looking at her steadily, "that you could give me a pretty good notion of what's going on if you liked."
Forcing her fine, inert eyes to return his gaze, Mrs Verloc murmured:
"Going on! What is going on?"
"Why, the affair I came to talk about a little with your husband."
That day Mrs Verloc had glanced at a morning paper as usual. But she had not stirred out of doors. The newsboys never invaded Brett Street. It was not a street for their business. And the echo of their cries drifting along the populous thoroughfares, expired between the dirty brick walls without reaching the threshold of the shop.
morning paper - le journal du matin
invaded - envahi; envahir, envahir, envahir
drifting - a la dérive; dérive, dériver, errer, dévier
thoroughfares - les voies de circulation; passage, grand-rue, voie principale
expired - expiré; expirer
Her husband had not brought an evening paper home. At any rate she had not seen it. Mrs Verloc knew nothing whatever of any affair. And she said so, with a genuine note of wonder in her quiet voice.
evening paper - le journal du soir
Chief Inspector Heat did not believe for a moment in so much ignorance. Curtly, without amiability, he stated the bare fact.
Mrs Verloc turned away her eyes.
"I call it silly," she pronounced slowly. She paused. "We ain't downtrodden slaves here."
downtrodden - opprimés
The Chief Inspector waited watchfully. Nothing more came.
"And your husband didn't mention anything to you when he came home?"
Mrs Verloc simply turned her face from right to left in sign of negation. A languid, baffling silence reigned in the shop. Chief Inspector Heat felt provoked beyond endurance.
baffling - déconcertant; (baffle); déconcerter, dérouter
"There was another small matter," he began in a detached tone, "which I wanted to speak to your husband about. There came into our hands a-a-what we believe is-a stolen overcoat."
Mrs Verloc, with her mind specially aware of thieves that evening, touched lightly the bosom of her dress.
"We have lost no overcoat," she said calmly.
"That's funny," continued Private Citizen Heat. "I see you keep a lot of marking ink here-"
He took up a small bottle, and looked at it against the gas-jet in the middle of the shop.
small bottle - petite bouteille
"Purple-isn't it?" he remarked, setting it down again. "As I said, it's strange. Because the overcoat has got a label sewn on the inside with your address written in marking ink."
label - l'étiquette; ; étiquette, étiqueter
Mrs Verloc leaned over the counter with a low exclamation.
exclamation - exclamation
"That's my brother's, then."
"Where's your brother? Can I see him?" asked the Chief Inspector briskly. Mrs Verloc leaned a little more over the counter.
"No. He isn't here. I wrote that label myself."
"Where's your brother now?"
"He's been away living with-a friend-in the country."
"The overcoat comes from the country. And what's the name of the friend?"
"Michaelis," confessed Mrs Verloc in an awed whisper.
The Chief Inspector let out a whistle. His eyes snapped.
whistle - sifflet, siffler, sifflement, sifflements
"Just so. Capital. And your brother now, what's he like-a sturdy, darkish chap-eh?"
sturdy - solide, costaud, robuste
darkish - sombre
"Oh no," exclaimed Mrs Verloc fervently. "That must be the thief. Stevie's slight and fair."
fervently - avec ferveur; ; fervemment
"Good," said the Chief Inspector in an approving tone. And while Mrs Verloc, wavering between alarm and wonder, stared at him, he sought for information. Why have the address sewn like this inside the coat?
And he heard that the mangled remains he had inspected that morning with extreme repugnance were those of a youth, nervous, absent-minded, peculiar, and also that the woman who was speaking to him had had the charge of that boy since he was a baby.
"Easily excitable?" he suggested.
"Oh yes. He is. But how did he come to lose his coat-"
Chief Inspector Heat suddenly pulled out a pink newspaper he had bought less than half-an-hour ago. He was interested in horses. Forced by his calling into an attitude of doubt and suspicion towards his fellow-citizens, Chief Inspector Heat relieved the instinct of credulity implanted in the human breast by putting unbounded faith in the sporting prophets of that particular evening publication.
relieved - soulagé; soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager
credulity - crédulité
implanted - implanté; implant, implant
unbounded - sans limites
Dropping the extra special on to the counter, he plunged his hand again into his pocket, and pulling out the piece of cloth fate had presented him with out of a heap of things that seemed to have been collected in shambles and rag shops, he offered it to Mrs Verloc for inspection.
"I suppose you recognise this?"
She took it mechanically in both her hands. Her eyes seemed to grow bigger as she looked.
mechanically - mécaniquement
"Yes," she whispered, then raised her head, and staggered backward a little.
"Whatever for is it torn out like this?"
torn out - arraché
The Chief Inspector snatched across the counter the cloth out of her hands, and she sat heavily on the chair. He thought: identification's perfect. And in that moment he had a glimpse into the whole amazing truth. Verloc was the "other man."
snatched - arraché; empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher, enlever
identification - l'identification; ; identification, piece d'identité
"Mrs Verloc," he said, "it strikes me that you know more of this bomb affair than even you yourself are aware of."
Mrs Verloc sat still, amazed, lost in boundless astonishment. What was the connection? And she became so rigid all over that she was not able to turn her head at the clatter of the bell, which caused the private investigator Heat to spin round on his heel. Mr Verloc had shut the door, and for a moment the two men looked at each other.
boundless - sans limites; ; illimité
private investigator - enqueteur privé
spin - l'essorage; tournoyer, (faire) tourner
Mr Verloc, without looking at his wife, walked up to the Chief Inspector, who was relieved to see him return alone.
"You here!" muttered Mr Verloc heavily. "Who are you after?"
"No one," said Chief Inspector Heat in a low tone. "Look here, I would like a word or two with you."
Mr Verloc, still pale, had brought an air of resolution with him. Still he didn't look at his wife. He said:
"Come in here, then." And he led the way into the parlour.
The door was hardly shut when Mrs Verloc, jumping up from the chair, ran to it as if to fling it open, but instead of doing so fell on her knees, with her ear to the keyhole. The two men must have stopped directly they were through, because she heard plainly the Chief Inspector's voice, though she could not see his finger pressed against her husband's breast emphatically.
fling - flirt; brandir
keyhole - trou de serrure; ; trou de la serrure
emphatically - avec insistance
"You are the other man, Verloc. Two men were seen entering the park."
And the voice of Mr Verloc said:
"Well, take me now. What's to prevent you? You have the right."
"Oh no! I know too well who you have been giving yourself away to. He'll have to manage this little affair all by himself. But don't you make a mistake, it's I who found you out."
Then she heard only muttering. Inspector Heat must have been showing to Mr Verloc the piece of Stevie's overcoat, because Stevie's sister, guardian, and protector heard her husband a little louder.
"I never noticed that she had hit upon that dodge."
hit upon - sur lequel on a frappé
Dodge - dodge; ; éviter, contourner, esquiver, éluder
Again for a time Mrs Verloc heard nothing but murmurs, whose mysteriousness was less nightmarish to her brain than the horrible suggestions of shaped words. Then Chief Inspector Heat, on the other side of the door, raised his voice.
murmurs - murmures; murmure, rumeur, souffle, rumeur, murmure, murmurer
nightmarish - cauchemardesque
"You must have been mad."
And Mr Verloc's voice answered, with a sort of gloomy fury:
"I have been mad for a month or more, but I am not mad now. It's all over. It shall all come out of my head, and hang the consequences."
It's all over - C'est fini
hang - pendre; pendre, planement
There was a silence, and then Private Citizen Heat murmured:
"What's coming out?"
"Everything," exclaimed the voice of Mr Verloc, and then sank very low.
After a while it rose again.
"You have known me for several years now, and you've found me useful, too. You know I was a straight man. Yes, straight."
This appeal to old acquaintance must have been extremely distasteful to the Chief Inspector.
His voice took on a warning note.
"Don't you trust so much to what you have been promised. If I were you I would clear out. I don't think we will run after you."
clear out - dégager
Mr Verloc was heard to laugh a little.
"Oh yes; you hope the others will get rid of me for you-don't you? No, no; you don't shake me off now. I have been a straight man to those people too long, and now everything must come out."
"Let it come out, then," the indifferent voice of Chief Inspector Heat assented. "But tell me now how did you get away."
"I was making for Chesterfield Walk," Mrs Verloc heard her husband's voice, "when I heard the bang. I started running then. Fog. I saw no one till I was past the end of George Street. Don't think I met anyone till then."
bang - bang; détonation
George - george; Georges, Jorioz
"So easy as that!" marvelled the voice of Chief Inspector Heat. "The bang startled you, eh?"
marvelled - émerveillé; etre
"Yes; it came too soon," confessed the gloomy, husky voice of Mr Verloc.
Mrs Verloc pressed her ear to the keyhole; her lips were blue, her hands cold as ice, and her pale face, in which the two eyes seemed like two black holes, felt to her as if it were enveloped in flames.
On the other side of the door the voices sank very low. She caught words now and then, sometimes in her husband's voice, sometimes in the smooth tones of the Chief Inspector. She heard this last say:
"We believe he stumbled against the root of a tree?"
There was a husky, voluble murmur, which lasted for some time, and then the Chief Inspector, as if answering some inquiry, spoke emphatically.
voluble - volubile
"Of course. Blown to small bits: limbs, gravel, clothing, bones, splinters-all mixed up together. I tell you they had to fetch a shovel to gather him up with."
gather - rassembler, ramasser, recueillir, déduire
Mrs Verloc sprang up suddenly from her crouching position, and stopping her ears, reeled to and fro between the counter and the shelves on the wall towards the chair. Her crazed eyes noted the sporting sheet left by the Chief Inspector, and as she knocked herself against the counter she snatched it up, fell into the chair, tore the optimistic, rosy sheet right across in trying to open it, then flung it on the floor.
sprang up - a surgi
crouching - accroupi; s''accroupir
reeled - enroulé; reel, bobine, enrouleur, embobiner, enrouler, tituber
shelves - étageres; mettre en suspens
crazed - fou; engouement
tore - a la déchirure
On the other side of the door, Chief Inspector Heat was saying to Mr Verloc, the secret agent:
"So your defence will be practically a full confession?"
"It will. I am going to tell the whole story."
"You won't be believed as much as you fancy you will."
And the Chief Inspector remained thoughtful. The turn this affair was taking meant the disclosure of many things-the laying waste of fields of knowledge, which, cultivated by a capable man, had a distinct value for the individual and for the society. It was sorry, sorry meddling. It would leave Michaelis unscathed; it would drag to light the Professor's home industry; disorganise the whole system of supervision; make no end of a row in the papers, which, from that point of view, appeared to him by a sudden illumination as invariably written by fools for the reading of imbeciles.
disclosure - la divulgation; ; révélation, divulgation, propagation
waste - déchets; déchets, pelée, gaspiller, gâcher
fields of knowledge - les domaines de la connaissance
meddling - l'ingérence; s'ingérer, se meler
unscathed - indemne
disorganise - désorganiser
illumination - l'éclairage; ; illumination, enluminure
invariably - invariablement
Mentally he agreed with the words Mr Verloc let fall at last in answer to his last remark.
"Perhaps not. But it will upset many things. I have been a straight man, and I shall keep straight in this-"
"If they let you," said the Chief Inspector cynically. "You will be preached to, no doubt, before they put you into the dock. And in the end you may yet get let in for a sentence that will surprise you. I wouldn't trust too much the gentleman who's been talking to you."
cynically - cyniquement
Dock - quai; dock
let in - laissé entrer
Mr Verloc listened, frowning.
"My advice to you is to clear out while you may. I have no instructions. There are some of them," continued Chief Inspector Heat, laying a peculiar stress on the word "them," "who think you are already out of the world."
"Indeed!" Mr Verloc was moved to say. Though since his return from Greenwich he had spent most of his time sitting in the tap-room of an obscure little public-house, he could hardly have hoped for such favourable news.
tap - robinet; robinet, forer, toucher, rencontrer
"That's the impression about you." The Chief Inspector nodded at him. "Vanish. Clear out."
"Where to?" snarled Mr Verloc. He raised his head, and gazing at the closed door of the parlour, muttered feelingly: "I only wish you would take me away to-night. I would go quietly."
gazing at - a regarder
"I daresay," assented sardonically the Chief Inspector, following the direction of his glance.
The brow of Mr Verloc broke into slight moisture. He lowered his husky voice confidentially before the unmoved Chief Inspector.
unmoved - indifférent; insensible
"The lad was half-witted, irresponsible. Any court would have seen that at once. Only fit for the asylum. And that was the worst that would've happened to him if-"
witted - d'esprit
irresponsible - irresponsable
asylum - l'asile; ; asile, asile psychiatrique
The Chief Inspector, his hand on the door handle, whispered into Mr Verloc's face.
handle - poignée; crosse, manions, poignée, traiter, manient, maniez
"He may've been half-witted, but you must have been crazy. What drove you off your head like this?"
Mr Verloc, thinking of Mr Vladimir, did not hesitate in the choice of words.
hesitate - hésiter
"A Hyperborean swine," he hissed forcibly. "A what you might call a-a gentleman."
swine - porcs; ; porc, vermine, an
The Chief Inspector, steady-eyed, nodded briefly his comprehension, and opened the door. Mrs Verloc, behind the counter, might have heard but did not see his departure, pursued by the aggressive clatter of the bell. She sat at her post of duty behind the counter. She sat rigidly erect in the chair with two dirty pink pieces of paper lying spread out at her feet. The palms of her hands were pressed convulsively to her face, with the tips of the fingers contracted against the forehead, as though the skin had been a mask which she was ready to tear off violently. The perfect immobility of her pose expressed the agitation of rage and despair, all the potential violence of tragic passions, better than any shallow display of shrieks, with the beating of a distracted head against the walls, could have done.
comprehension - compréhension, entendement
departure - départ, déviation
convulsively - convulsivement
contracted - sous contrat; contracter
tear off - a déchirer
pose - poser; posez, posent, posons
potential - possibilité
tragic - tragique
shrieks - des cris; hurlement, crier
distracted - distraits; distraire
Chief Inspector Heat, crossing the shop at his busy, swinging pace, gave her only a cursory glance. And when the cracked bell ceased to tremble on its curved ribbon of steel nothing stirred near Mrs Verloc, as if her attitude had the locking power of a spell. Even the butterfly-shaped gas flames posed on the ends of the suspended T-bracket burned without a quiver. In that shop of shady wares fitted with deal shelves painted a dull brown, which seemed to devour the sheen of the light, the gold circlet of the wedding ring on Mrs Verloc's left hand glittered exceedingly with the untarnished glory of a piece from some splendid treasure of jewels, dropped in a dust-bin.
cursory - superficielle; ; rapide, superficiel
butterfly - papillon, pansement papillon
bracket - de l'étrier; parenthese
devour - dévorer
sheen - l'éclat; lustre, brillant
circlet - le cirque; ; diademe
glittered - pailleté; étincellement, paillette, briller
exceedingly - excessivement; ; extremement, énormément
untarnished - sans tache
splendid - splendide, fameux
jewels - bijoux; joyau, bijou, pierre d'horlogerie, rubis
The Assistant Commissioner, driven rapidly in a hansom from the neighbourhood of Soho in the direction of Westminster, got out at the very centre of the Empire on which the sun never sets. Some stalwart constables, who did not seem particularly impressed by the duty of watching the august spot, saluted him.
Empire - l'empire; ; empire, empire
sets - des ensembles; Seth
Penetrating through a portal by no means lofty into the precincts of the House which is the House, par excellence in the minds of many millions of men, he was met at last by the volatile and revolutionary Toodles.
penetrating - pénétrant; pénétrer
portal - portique, portail, veine porte
precincts - circonscriptions; enceinte, district, arrondissement de commune
par - par; égalité
volatile - volatile; ; volatil
That neat and nice young man concealed his astonishment at the early appearance of the Assistant Commissioner, whom he had been told to look out for some time about midnight. His turning up so early he concluded to be the sign that things, whatever they were, had gone wrong. With an extremely ready sympathy, which in nice youngsters goes often with a joyous temperament, he felt sorry for the great Presence he called "The Chief," and also for the Assistant Commissioner, whose face appeared to him more ominously wooden than ever before, and quite wonderfully long. "What a queer, foreign-looking chap he is," he thought to himself, smiling from a distance with friendly buoyancy.
youngsters - les jeunes; ado, enfant
joyous - joyeux
And directly they came together he began to talk with the kind intention of burying the awkwardness of failure under a heap of words. It looked as if the great assault threatened for that night were going to fizzle out. An inferior henchman of "that brute Cheeseman" was up boring mercilessly a very thin House with some shamelessly cooked statistics. He, Toodles, hoped he would bore them into a count out every minute. But then he might be only marking time to let that guzzling Cheeseman dine at his leisure. Anyway, the Chief could not be persuaded to go home.
burying - l'enfouissement; enterrer
awkwardness - maladresse
assault - d'agression; ; assaut, agression, attaquer, agresser
fizzle out - s'éteindre
henchman - homme de main; ; sbire, séide, acolyte, sous-fifre
mercilessly - sans pitié
shamelessly - sans vergogne
statistics - statistiques; statistique
guzzling - la consommation; engloutir, qualifier
leisure - les loisirs; ; loisir, temps libre
persuaded - persuadé; persuader, convaincre
"He will see you at once, I think. He's sitting all alone in his room thinking of all the fishes of the sea," concluded Toodles airily. "Come along."
Notwithstanding the kindness of his disposition, the young private secretary (unpaid) was accessible to the common failings of humanity. He did not wish to harrow the feelings of the Assistant Commissioner, who looked to him uncommonly like a man who has made a mess of his job. But his curiosity was too strong to be restrained by mere compassion. He could not help, as they went along, to throw over his shoulder lightly:
Harrow - herser, herse
throw over - jeter
"And your sprat?"
"Got him," answered the Assistant Commissioner with a concision which did not mean to be repellent in the least.
concision - concision
repellent - répulsif
"Good. You've no idea how these great men dislike to be disappointed in small things."
After this profound observation the experienced Toodles seemed to reflect. At any rate he said nothing for quite two seconds. Then:
reflect - refléter, réfléchir, se refléter, suivre
"I'm glad. But-I say-is it really such a very small thing as you make it out?"
"Do you know what may be done with a sprat?" the Assistant Commissioner asked in his turn.
"He's sometimes put into a sardine box," chuckled Toodles, whose erudition on the subject of the fishing industry was fresh and, in comparison with his ignorance of all other industrial matters, immense. "There are sardine canneries on the Spanish coast which-"
sardine - sardine
chuckled - ricané; glousser
erudition - l'érudition; ; érudition
Spanish - espagnol, espagnol, castillan
The Assistant Commissioner interrupted the apprentice statesman.
apprentice - apprenti
"Yes. Yes. But a sprat is also thrown away sometimes in order to catch a whale."
whale - baleine; baleine
"A whale. Phew!" exclaimed Toodles, with bated breath. "You're after a whale, then?"
"Not exactly. What I am after is more like a dog-fish. You don't know perhaps what a dog-fish is like."
"Yes; I do. We're buried in special books up to our necks-whole shelves full of them-with plates. . . . It's a noxious, rascally-looking, altogether detestable beast, with a sort of smooth face and moustaches."
rascally - coquine
detestable - détestable
"Described to a T," commended the Assistant Commissioner. "Only mine is clean-shaven altogether. You've seen him. It's a witty fish."
commended - félicité; féliciter, féliciter, recommander
"I have seen him!" said Toodles incredulously. "I can't conceive where I could have seen him."
incredulously - avec incrédulité
"At the Explorers, I should say," dropped the Assistant Commissioner calmly. At the name of that extremely exclusive club Toodles looked scared, and stopped short.
explorers - explorateurs; explorateur, exploratrice, explorateur
exclusive - exclusive; ; exclusif
"Nonsense," he protested, but in an awe-struck tone. "What do you mean? A member?"
"Honorary," muttered the Assistant Commissioner through his teeth.
honorary - honorifique; ; honoris causa
heavens - les cieux; ciel, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux-p, paradis
Toodles looked so thunderstruck that the Assistant Commissioner smiled faintly.
"That's between ourselves strictly," he said.
"That's the beastliest thing I've ever heard in my life," declared Toodles feebly, as if astonishment had robbed him of all his buoyant strength in a second.
feebly - faiblement
buoyant - flottant, flottable, gai, léger, joyeux
The Assistant Commissioner gave him an unsmiling glance. Till they came to the door of the great man's room, Toodles preserved a scandalised and solemn silence, as though he were offended with the Assistant Commissioner for exposing such an unsavoury and disturbing fact. It revolutionised his idea of the Explorers'Club's extreme selectness, of its social purity.
solemn - solennel
disturbing - dérangeant; déranger, perturber, gener, perturber, déranger
selectness - la sélection
Toodles was revolutionary only in politics; his social beliefs and personal feelings he wished to preserve unchanged through all the years allotted to him on this earth which, upon the whole, he believed to be a nice place to live on.
He stood aside.
"Go in without knocking," he said.
Shades of green silk fitted low over all the lights imparted to the room something of a forest's deep gloom. The haughty eyes were physically the great man's weak point. This point was wrapped up in secrecy. When an opportunity offered, he rested them conscientiously.
The Assistant Commissioner entering saw at first only a big pale hand supporting a big head, and concealing the upper part of a big pale face. An open despatch-box stood on the writing-table near a few oblong sheets of paper and a scattered handful of quill pens. There was absolutely nothing else on the large flat surface except a little bronze statuette draped in a toga, mysteriously watchful in its shadowy immobility.
concealing - dissimuler; dissimuler, cacher
despatch - expédition
oblong - oblong
quill - plume d'oie; ; plume, piquant, épine
statuette - statuette
toga - toge
The Assistant Commissioner, invited to take a chair, sat down. In the dim light, the salient points of his personality, the long face, the black hair, his lankness, made him look more foreign than ever.
lankness - lankness
The great man manifested no surprise, no eagerness, no sentiment whatever. The attitude in which he rested his menaced eyes was profoundly meditative. He did not alter it the least bit. But his tone was not dreamy.
meditative - méditatif
alter - modifier; altérent, altérez, altérer, altérons
"Well! What is it that you've found out already? You came upon something unexpected on the first step."
"Not exactly unexpected, Sir Ethelred. What I mainly came upon was a psychological state."
The Great Presence made a slight movement. "You must be lucid, please."
"Yes, Sir Ethelred. You know no doubt that most criminals at some time or other feel an irresistible need of confessing-of making a clean breast of it to somebody-to anybody. And they do it often to the police. In that Verloc whom Heat wished so much to screen I've found a man in that particular psychological state. The man, figuratively speaking, flung himself on my breast. It was enough on my part to whisper to him who I was and to add 'I know that you are at the bottom of this affair.' It must have seemed miraculous to him that we should know already, but he took it all in the stride. The wonderfulness of it never checked him for a moment.
confessing - confesser; avouer, confesser, confesser
figuratively - au sens figuré
whisper to - chuchoter
wonderfulness - merveilleux
There remained for me only to put to him the two questions: Who put you up to it? and Who was the man who did it? He answered the first with remarkable emphasis. As to the second question, I gather that the fellow with the bomb was his brother-in-law-quite a lad-a weak-minded creature. . . . It is rather a curious affair-too long perhaps to state fully just now."
Who put you up to it? - Qui vous a incité a le faire ?
"What then have you learned?" asked the great man.
"First, I've learned that the ex-convict Michaelis had nothing to do with it, though indeed the lad had been living with him temporarily in the country up to eight o'clock this morning. It is more than likely that Michaelis knows nothing of it to this moment."
temporarily - temporairement
"You are positive as to that?" asked the great man.
"Quite certain, Sir Ethelred. This fellow Verloc went there this morning, and took away the lad on the pretence of going out for a walk in the lanes. As it was not the first time that he did this, Michaelis could not have the slightest suspicion of anything unusual. For the rest, Sir Ethelred, the indignation of this man Verloc had left nothing in doubt-nothing whatever.
He had been driven out of his mind almost by an extraordinary performance, which for you or me it would be difficult to take as seriously meant, but which produced a great impression obviously on him."
driven out - chassé
The Assistant Commissioner then imparted briefly to the great man, who sat still, resting his eyes under the screen of his hand, Mr Verloc's appreciation of Mr Vladimir's proceedings and character. The Assistant Commissioner did not seem to refuse it a certain amount of competency. But the great personage remarked:
competency - compétences; ; compétence
"All this seems very fantastic."
"Doesn't it? One would think a ferocious joke. But our man took it seriously, it appears. He felt himself threatened. In the time, you know, he was in direct communication with old Stott-Wartenheim himself, and had come to regard his services as indispensable.
indispensable - indispensable
It was an extremely rude awakening. I imagine that he lost his head. He became angry and frightened. Upon my word, my impression is that he thought these Embassy people quite capable not only to throw him out but, to give him away too in some manner or other-"
awakening - l'éveil; ; réveil; (awaken); réveiller, se réveiller
"How long were you with him," interrupted the Presence from behind his big hand.
"Some forty minutes, Sir Ethelred, in a house of bad repute called Continental Hotel, closeted in a room which by-the-by I took for the night. I found him under the influence of that reaction which follows the effort of crime. The man cannot be defined as a hardened criminal. It is obvious that he did not plan the death of that wretched lad-his brother-in-law. That was a shock to him-I could see that.
closeted - fermé; placard
reaction - réaction
Perhaps he is a man of strong sensibilities. Perhaps he was even fond of the lad-who knows? He might have hoped that the fellow would get clear away; in which case it would have been almost impossible to bring this thing home to anyone. At any rate he risked consciously nothing more but arrest for him."
clear away - dégagé
risked - risqué; risque, risque, risque, risque
consciously - consciemment
The Assistant Commissioner paused in his speculations to reflect for a moment.
speculations - des spéculations; spéculation, spéculation, spéculation
"Though how, in that last case, he could hope to have his own share in the business concealed is more than I can tell," he continued, in his ignorance of poor Stevie's devotion to Mr Verloc (who was good), and of his truly peculiar dumbness, which in the old affair of fireworks on the stairs had for many years resisted entreaties, coaxing, anger, and other means of investigation used by his beloved sister. For Stevie was loyal.
resisted - résisté; résister, résister, s'opposer, rejeter, dégouter
entreaties - des supplications; supplication
coaxing - la cajolerie; amadouer
. . . "No, I can't imagine. It's possible that he never thought of that at all. It sounds an extravagant way of putting it, Sir Ethelred, but his state of dismay suggested to me an impulsive man who, after committing suicide with the notion that it would end all his troubles, had discovered that it did nothing of the kind."
suicide - le suicide; ; suicide, suicidé, suicidée, suicidant, suicidante
The Assistant Commissioner gave this definition in an apologetic voice. But in truth there is a sort of lucidity proper to extravagant language, and the great man was not offended. A slight jerky movement of the big body half lost in the gloom of the green silk shades, of the big head leaning on the big hand, accompanied an intermittent stifled but powerful sound. The great man had laughed.
apologetic - des excuses; ; apologétique
lucidity - lucidité
jerky movement - mouvement saccadé
stifled - étouffé; étouffer
"What have you done with him?"
The Assistant Commissioner answered very readily:
"As he seemed very anxious to get back to his wife in the shop I let him go, Sir Ethelred."
"You did? But the fellow will disappear."
"Pardon me. I don't think so. Where could he go to? Moreover, you must remember that he has got to think of the danger from his comrades too. He's there at his post. How could he explain leaving it? But even if there were no obstacles to his freedom of action he would do nothing.
Pardon - pardon, grâce, pardonner, gracier, désolé, excusez-moi
obstacles - obstacles; obstacle
At present he hasn't enough moral energy to take a resolution of any sort. Permit me also to point out that if I had detained him we would have been committed to a course of action on which I wished to know your precise intentions first."
detained - détenu; détenir, arreter
The great personage rose heavily, an imposing shadowy form in the greenish gloom of the room.
"I'll see the Attorney-General to-night, and will send for you to-morrow morning. Is there anything more you'd wish to tell me now?"
attorney - juriste, avocat, avocate, mandataire
send for - envoyer pour
The Assistant Commissioner had stood up also, slender and flexible.
flexible - flexible, maléable, souple
"I think not, Sir Ethelred, unless I were to enter into details which-"
"No. No details, please."
The great shadowy form seemed to shrink away as if in physical dread of details; then came forward, expanded, enormous, and weighty, offering a large hand. "And you say that this man has got a wife?"
shrink - rétrécissement; ; se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer
offering - offre, offrande; (offer); offre, offrande
"Yes, Sir Ethelred," said the Assistant Commissioner, pressing deferentially the extended hand. "A genuine wife and a genuinely, respectably, marital relation. He told me that after his interview at the Embassy he would have thrown everything up, would have tried to sell his shop, and leave the country, only he felt certain that his wife would not even hear of going abroad.
deferentially - avec déférence
respectably - respectueusement
marital - marital
relation - relation, relation, parent, parente
Nothing could be more characteristic of the respectable bond than that," went on, with a touch of grimness, the Assistant Commissioner, whose own wife too had refused to hear of going abroad. "Yes, a genuine wife. And the victim was a genuine brother-in-law. From a certain point of view we are here in the presence of a domestic drama."
bond - lien; sautiller
refused - refusé; refuser de
The Assistant Commissioner laughed a little; but the great man's thoughts seemed to have wandered far away, perhaps to the questions of his country's domestic policy, the battle-ground of his crusading valour against the paynim Cheeseman. The Assistant Commissioner withdrew quietly, unnoticed, as if already forgotten.
crusading - en croisade; croisade, croisade
valour - la bravoure; ; héroisme, courage
Paynim - paynim
unnoticed - inaperçue
He had his own crusading instincts. This affair, which, in one way or another, disgusted Chief Inspector Heat, seemed to him a providentially given starting-point for a crusade. He had it much at heart to begin. He walked slowly home, meditating that enterprise on the way, and thinking over Mr Verloc's psychology in a composite mood of repugnance and satisfaction. He walked all the way home.
crusade - croisade
meditating - méditer; méditer, méditer
composite - composé, checkcombiné, composite, composer
Finding the drawing-room dark, he went upstairs, and spent some time between the bedroom and the dressing-room, changing his clothes, going to and fro with the air of a thoughtful somnambulist. But he shook it off before going out again to join his wife at the house of the great lady patroness of Michaelis.
somnambulist - somnambule
He knew he would be welcomed there. On entering the smaller of the two drawing-rooms he saw his wife in a small group near the piano. A youngish composer in pass of becoming famous was discoursing from a music stool to two thick men whose backs looked old, and three slender women whose backs looked young.
youngish - jeune
composer - compositeur, compositrice, compositeur de musique
discoursing - discours; discours, discours, conversation, discours, discours
Behind the screen the great lady had only two persons with her: a man and a woman, who sat side by side on arm-chairs at the foot of her couch. She extended her hand to the Assistant Commissioner.
"I never hoped to see you here to-night. Annie told me-"
"Yes. I had no idea myself that my work would be over so soon."
The Assistant Commissioner added in a low tone: "I am glad to tell you that Michaelis is altogether clear of this-"
The patroness of the ex-convict received this assurance indignantly.
indignantly - avec indignation
"Why? Were your people stupid enough to connect him with-"
"Not stupid," interrupted the Assistant Commissioner, contradicting deferentially. "Clever enough-quite clever enough for that."
contradicting - contradictoire; contredire, contredire
A silence fell. The man at the foot of the couch had stopped speaking to the lady, and looked on with a faint smile.
"I don't know whether you ever met before," said the great lady.
Mr Vladimir and the Assistant Commissioner, introduced, acknowledged each other's existence with punctilious and guarded courtesy.
acknowledged - reconnu; reconnaître, accuser réception, certifier
punctilious - punctilien
guarded - gardé; garde, garde, garde, protection, gardien, arriere
courtesy - courtoisie, politesse, indulgence
"He's been frightening me," declared suddenly the lady who sat by the side of Mr Vladimir, with an inclination of the head towards that gentleman. The Assistant Commissioner knew the lady.
"You do not look frightened," he pronounced, after surveying her conscientiously with his tired and equable gaze. He was thinking meantime to himself that in this house one met everybody sooner or later. Mr Vladimir's rosy countenance was wreathed in smiles, because he was witty, but his eyes remained serious, like the eyes of convinced man.
wreathed - couronné; rayonnant
"Well, he tried to at least," amended the lady.
amended - modifiée; amender, amender
"Force of habit perhaps," said the Assistant Commissioner, moved by an irresistible inspiration.
"He has been threatening society with all sorts of horrors," continued the lady, whose enunciation was caressing and slow, "apropos of this explosion in Greenwich Park. It appears we all ought to quake in our shoes at what's coming if those people are not suppressed all over the world. I had no idea this was such a grave affair."
caressing - caressant; (cares) caressant
Mr Vladimir, affecting not to listen, leaned towards the couch, talking amiably in subdued tones, but he heard the Assistant Commissioner say:
amiably - aimablement
"I've no doubt that Mr Vladimir has a very precise notion of the true importance of this affair."
Mr Vladimir asked himself what that confounded and intrusive policeman was driving at. descended from generations victimised by the instruments of an arbitrary power, he was racially, nationally, and individually afraid of the police. It was an inherited weakness, altogether independent of his judgment, of his reason, of his experience.
intrusive - intrusif
descended from - descendant de
nationally - au niveau national
inherited - hérité; hériter, hériter
He was born to it. But that sentiment, which resembled the irrational horror some people have of cats, did not stand in the way of his immense contempt for the English police. He finished the sentence addressed to the great lady, and turned slightly in his chair.
"You mean that we have a great experience of these people. Yes; indeed, we suffer greatly from their activity, while you"-Mr Vladimir hesitated for a moment, in smiling perplexity-"while you suffer their presence gladly in your midst," he finished, displaying a dimple on each clean-shaven cheek. Then he added more gravely: "I may even say-because you do."
hesitated - hésité; hésiter
gladly - heureusement, volontiers
dimple - alvéole, fossette
When Mr Vladimir ceased speaking the Assistant Commissioner lowered his glance, and the conversation dropped. Almost immediately afterwards Mr Vladimir took leave.
Directly his back was turned on the couch the Assistant Commissioner rose too.
"I thought you were going to stay and take Annie home," said the lady patroness of Michaelis.
"I find that I've yet a little work to do to-night."
"Well, yes-in a way."
"Tell me, what is it really-this horror?"
"It's difficult to say what it is, but it may yet be a cause célčbre," said the Assistant Commissioner.
célčbre - célebre
He left the drawing-room hurriedly, and found Mr Vladimir still in the hall, wrapping up his throat carefully in a large silk handkerchief. Behind him a footman waited, holding his overcoat. Another stood ready to open the door. The Assistant Commissioner was duly helped into his coat, and let out at once. After descending the front steps he stopped, as if to consider the way he should take.
wrapping up - qui se termine
handkerchief - mouchoir
On seeing this through the door held open, Mr Vladimir lingered in the hall to get out a cigar and asked for a light. It was furnished to him by an elderly man out of livery with an air of calm solicitude. But the match went out; the footman then closed the door, and Mr Vladimir lighted his large Havana with leisurely care.
cigar - cigare
Havana - la havane; La Havane
When at last he got out of the house, he saw with disgust the "confounded policeman" still standing on the pavement.
"Can he be waiting for me," thought Mr Vladimir, looking up and down for some signs of a hansom. He saw none. A couple of carriages waited by the curbstone, their lamps blazing steadily, the horses standing perfectly still, as if carved in stone, the coachmen sitting motionless under the big fur capes, without as much as a quiver stirring the white thongs of their big whips.
fur - fourrure; peau, fourrure
capes - capes; cape
thongs - des tongs; laniere, tong, qualifier
whips - des fouets; fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre
Mr Vladimir walked on, and the "confounded policeman" fell into step at his elbow. He said nothing. At the end of the fourth stride Mr Vladimir felt infuriated and uneasy. This could not last.
infuriated - exaspéré; enrager
"Rotten weather," he growled savagely.
"Mild," said the Assistant Commissioner without passion. He remained silent for a little while. "We've got hold of a man called Verloc," he announced casually.
Mr Vladimir did not stumble, did not stagger back, did not change his stride. But he could not prevent himself from exclaiming: "What?" The Assistant Commissioner did not repeat his statement. "You know him," he went on in the same tone.
stumble - chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher
stagger - tituber; tituber; (stag); cerf, bouf
Mr Vladimir stopped, and became guttural. "What makes you say that?"
"I don't. It's Verloc who says that."
"A lying dog of some sort," said Mr Vladimir in somewhat Oriental phraseology. But in his heart he was almost awed by the miraculous cleverness of the English police. The change of his opinion on the subject was so violent that it made him for a moment feel slightly sick. He threw away his cigar, and moved on.
cleverness - l'ingéniosité
threw away - jeté
"What pleased me most in this affair," the Assistant went on, talking slowly, "is that it makes such an excellent starting-point for a piece of work which I've felt must be taken in hand-that is, the clearing out of this country of all the foreign political spies, police, and that sort of-of-dogs.
clearing out - Le nettoyage
In my opinion they are a ghastly nuisance; also an element of danger. But we can't very well seek them out individually. The only way is to make their employment unpleasant to their employers. The thing's becoming indecent. And dangerous too, for us, here."
indecent - indécent
Mr Vladimir stopped again for a moment.
"What do you mean?"
"The prosecution of this Verloc will demonstrate to the public both the danger and the indecency."
"Nobody will believe what a man of that sort says," said Mr Vladimir contemptuously.
"The wealth and precision of detail will carry conviction to the great mass of the public," advanced the Assistant Commissioner gently.
"So that is seriously what you mean to do."
"We've got the man; we have no choice."
"You will be only feeding up the lying spirit of these revolutionary scoundrels," Mr Vladimir protested. "What do you want to make a scandal for?-from morality-or what?"
Mr Vladimir's anxiety was obvious. The Assistant Commissioner having ascertained in this way that there must be some truth in the summary statements of Mr Verloc, said indifferently:
ascertained - vérifié; constater, définir
summary - sommaire, résumé, sommaire, récapitulation, compte rendu
indifferently - avec indifférence
"There's a practical side too. We have really enough to do to look after the genuine article. You can't say we are not effective. But we don't intend to let ourselves be bothered by shams under any pretext whatever."
intend - l'intention de; ; avoir l'intention, envisager, concevoir
shams - des jambons; imposture, imitation
pretext - prétexte
Mr Vladimir's tone became lofty.
"For my part, I can't share your view. It is selfish. My sentiments for my own country cannot be doubted; but I've always felt that we ought to be good Europeans besides-I mean governments and men."
Selfish - égoiste; ; égoiste
doubted - douté; douter, doute
"Yes," said the Assistant Commissioner simply. "Only you look at Europe from its other end. But," he went on in a good-natured tone, "the foreign governments cannot complain of the inefficiency of our police. Look at this outrage; a case specially difficult to trace inasmuch as it was a sham.
inefficiency - l'inefficacité; ; inefficacité
sham - simulacre; simili
In less than twelve hours we have established the identity of a man literally blown to shreds, have found the organiser of the attempt, and have had a glimpse of the inciter behind him. And we could have gone further; only we stopped at the limits of our territory."
literally - littéralement
shreds - en lambeaux; lambeau
organiser - causeur
territory - territoire
"So this instructive crime was planned abroad," Mr Vladimir said quickly. "You admit it was planned abroad?"
"Theoretically. Theoretically only, on foreign territory; abroad only by a fiction," said the Assistant Commissioner, alluding to the character of Embassies, which are supposed to be part and parcel of the country to which they belong.
theoretically - théoriquement, en théorie
alluding - allusion; alluder, faire allusion, suggérer
"But that's a detail. I talked to you of this business because it's your government that grumbles most at our police. You see that we are not so bad. I wanted particularly to tell you of our success."
grumbles - des grognements; grondement, gargouillement, grondement
"I'm sure I'm very grateful," muttered Mr Vladimir through his teeth.
grateful - reconnaissant
"We can put our finger on every anarchist here," went on the Assistant Commissioner, as though he were quoting Chief Inspector Heat. "All that's wanted now is to do away with the agent provocateur to make everything safe."
quoting - citant; citation, guillemet, devis, cotation, citer, deviser
Mr Vladimir held up his hand to a passing hansom.
"You're not going in here," remarked the Assistant Commissioner, looking at a building of noble proportions and hospitable aspect, with the light of a great hall falling through its glass doors on a broad flight of steps.
proportions - proportions; proportion
hospitable - hospitalier
But Mr Vladimir, sitting, stony-eyed, inside the hansom, drove off without a word.
The Assistant Commissioner himself did not turn into the noble building. It was the Explorers'Club. The thought passed through his mind that Mr Vladimir, honorary member, would not be seen very often there in the future. He looked at his watch. It was only half-past ten. He had had a very full evening.
honorary member - membre honoraire
After Chief Inspector Heat had left him Mr Verloc moved about the parlour.
From time to time he eyed his wife through the open door. "She knows all about it now," he thought to himself with commiseration for her sorrow and with some satisfaction as regarded himself. Mr Verloc's soul, if lacking greatness perhaps, was capable of tender sentiments.
commiseration - la commisération; ; commisération
lacking - manquant; manquer de qqch
greatness - la grandeur; ; grandeur
The prospect of having to break the news to her had put him into a fever. Chief Inspector Heat had relieved him of the task. That was good as far as it went. It remained for him now to face her grief.
fever - de la fievre; ; fievre
Mr Verloc had never expected to have to face it on account of death, whose catastrophic character cannot be argued away by sophisticated reasoning or persuasive eloquence. Mr Verloc never meant Stevie to perish with such abrupt violence. He did not mean him to perish at all. Stevie dead was a much greater nuisance than ever he had been when alive. Mr Verloc had augured a favourable issue to his enterprise, basing himself not on Stevie's intelligence, which sometimes plays queer tricks with a man, but on the blind docility and on the blind devotion of the boy. Though not much of a psychologist, Mr Verloc had gauged the depth of Stevie's fanaticism. He dared cherish the hope of Stevie walking away from the walls of the Observatory as he had been instructed to do, taking the way shown to him several times previously, and rejoining his brother-in-law, the wise and good Mr Verloc, outside the precincts of the park. Fifteen minutes ought to have been enough for the veriest fool to deposit the engine and walk away. And the Professor had guaranteed more than fifteen minutes. But Stevie had stumbled within five minutes of being left to himself. And Mr Verloc was shaken morally to pieces.
catastrophic - catastrophique
persuasive - persuasif, convaincant
augured - auguré; augure, augurer
basing - la base; base
tricks - des astuces; tour, tour, astuce, truc, rench: -neededr, pli
Psychologist - psychologue
gauged - mesuré; gabarit, étalon, mesurer, estimer, jauger
cherish - chérir
previously - autrefois, auparavant, antérieurement, précédemment
deposit - dépôt, gisement, acompte, arrhes, caution, déposer
guaranteed - garantie; garantie, garant, garantir
He had foreseen everything but that. He had foreseen Stevie distracted and lost-sought for-found in some police station or provincial workhouse in the end. He had foreseen Stevie arrested, and was not afraid, because Mr Verloc had a great opinion of Stevie's loyalty, which had been carefully indoctrinated with the necessity of silence in the course of many walks. Like a peripatetic philosopher, Mr Verloc, strolling along the streets of London, had modified Stevie's view of the police by conversations full of subtle reasonings. Never had a sage a more attentive and admiring disciple. The submission and worship were so apparent that Mr Verloc had come to feel something like a liking for the boy. In any case, he had not foreseen the swift bringing home of his connection. That his wife should hit upon the precaution of sewing the boy's address inside his overcoat was the last thing Mr Verloc would have thought of. One can't think of everything. That was what she meant when she said that he need not worry if he lost Stevie during their walks. She had assured him that the boy would turn up all right. Well, he had turned up with a vengeance!
foreseen - prévue; prévoir, anticiper
provincial - provinciale; ; provincial
indoctrinated - endoctrinés; endoctriner
peripatetic - péripatéticienne; ; péripatétique, nomade, itinérant
philosopher - philosophe
strolling - se promener; (stroll); promenade, flânerie, balade, promener
modified - modifié; modifier, modifier
reasonings - raisonnements; raisonnement
sage - sage; sauge, sensé
more attentive - plus attentif
admiring - admiratif; admirer
submission - soumission
"Well, well," muttered Mr Verloc in his wonder. What did she mean by it? Spare him the trouble of keeping an anxious eye on Stevie? Most likely she had meant well. Only she ought to have told him of the precaution she had taken.
Mr Verloc walked behind the counter of the shop. His intention was not to overwhelm his wife with bitter reproaches. Mr Verloc felt no bitterness. The unexpected march of events had converted him to the doctrine of fatalism. Nothing could be helped now. He said:
overwhelm - l'écrasement; ; abreuver, accabler, envahir
reproaches - des reproches; reproche, opprobre, reprocher
converted - converti; convertir, convertir, convertir, convertir
doctrine - doctrine
fatalism - le fatalisme; ; fatalisme
"I didn't mean any harm to come to the boy."
Mrs Verloc shuddered at the sound of her husband's voice. She did not uncover her face. The trusted secret agent of the late Baron Stott-Wartenheim looked at her for a time with a heavy, persistent, undiscerning glance. The torn evening paper was lying at her feet. It could not have told her much. Mr Verloc felt the need of talking to his wife.
shuddered - a tremblé; tremblement, frisson, frisson, frissonner, trembler
uncover - a découvert; ; découvrir
undiscerning - sans discernement
torn - déchiré; larme
"It's that damned Heat-eh?" he said. "He upset you. He's a brute, blurting it out like this to a woman. I made myself ill thinking how to break it to you. I sat for hours in the little parlour of Cheshire cheese thinking over the best way. You understand I never meant any harm to come to that boy."
blurting - blurting; (blurt); lâcher, laisser échapper
Cheshire cheese - Le fromage du Cheshire
Mr Verloc, the Secret Agent, was speaking the truth. It was his marital affection that had received the greatest shock from the premature explosion. He added:
premature - prématurée; ; prématuré
"I didn't feel particularly gay sitting there and thinking of you."
gay - gay; gai
He observed another slight shudder of his wife, which affected his sensibility. As she persisted in hiding her face in her hands, he thought he had better leave her alone for a while. On this delicate impulse Mr Verloc withdrew into the parlour again, where the gas jet purred like a contented cat.
purred - ronronné; ronronner, ronron, ronronnement
contented - satisfait; satisfait
Mrs Verloc's wifely forethought had left the cold beef on the table with carving knife and fork and half a loaf of bread for Mr Verloc's supper. He noticed all these things now for the first time, and cutting himself a piece of bread and meat, began to eat.
forethought - la prévoyance; prévoyance; (forethink) la prévoyance; prévoyance
loaf - pain; pain, miche
His appetite did not proceed from callousness. Mr Verloc had not eaten any breakfast that day. He had left his home fasting. Not being an energetic man, he found his resolution in nervous excitement, which seemed to hold him mainly by the throat. He could not have swallowed anything solid. Michaelis'cottage was as destitute of provisions as the cell of a prisoner. The ticket-of-leave apostle lived on a little milk and crusts of stale bread.
appetite - l'appétit; ; appétit
Provisions - dispositions; provision, provision, provisionner
crusts - croutes; croute, croute, croute, écorce
stale bread - du pain rassis
Moreover, when Mr Verloc arrived he had already gone upstairs after his frugal meal. absorbed in the toil and delight of literary composition, he had not even answered Mr Verloc's shout up the little staircase.
frugal - frugal
absorbed in - absorbée
delight - plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir
composition - composition, ouvre
"I am taking this young fellow home for a day or two."
And, in truth, Mr Verloc did not wait for an answer, but had marched out of the cottage at once, followed by the obedient Stevie.
obedient - obéissant
Now that all action was over and his fate taken out of his hands with unexpected swiftness, Mr Verloc felt terribly empty physically. He carved the meat, cut the bread, and devoured his supper standing by the table, and now and then casting a glance towards his wife. Her prolonged immobility disturbed the comfort of his refection.
refection - réflexion; ; réfection
He walked again into the shop, and came up very close to her. This sorrow with a veiled face made Mr Verloc uneasy. He expected, of course, his wife to be very much upset, but he wanted her to pull herself together. He needed all her assistance and all her loyalty in these new conjunctures his fatalism had already accepted.
conjunctures - conjonctures; conjoncture
"Can't be helped," he said in a tone of gloomy sympathy. "Come, Winnie, we've got to think of to-morrow. You'll want all your wits about you after I am taken away."
wits - l'esprit; esprit
He paused. Mrs Verloc's breast heaved convulsively. This was not reassuring to Mr Verloc, in whose view the newly created situation required from the two people most concerned in it calmness, decision, and ot