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The Stalls Of Barchester Cathedral Text

stalls - des décrochages, stalle

cathedral - cathédrale, coupole

James - james, Jacques

This matter began, as far as I am concerned, with the reading of a notice in the obituary section of the Gentleman's Magazine for an early year in the nineteenth century:

concerned - préoccupé, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation

obituary - nécrologie

gentleman - gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs

nineteenth - dix-neuvieme, dix-neuvieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') dix-neuf ('after the name') ('abbreviation' XIX)

"On February 26th, at his residence in the Cathedral Close of Barchester, the Venerable John Benwell Haynes, D.D., aged 57, Archdeacon of Sowerbridge and Rector of Pickhill and Candley. He was of -- College, Cambridge, and where, by talent and assiduity, he commanded the esteem of his seniors; when, at the usual time, he took his first degree, his name stood high in the list of wranglers.

residence - résidence, siege social

Archdeacon - archidiacre

rector - recteur

Cambridge - cambridge, l'université de Cambridge

talent - talent

assiduity - l'assiduité

commanded - commandée, commandement, ordre, maîtrise

esteem - estime, respect, respecter

seniors - les seniors, aîné, supérieur

These academical honours procured for him within a short time a Fellowship of his College. In the year 1873 he received Holy Orders, and was shortly afterwards presented to the perpetual Curacy of Ranxton-sub-Ashe by his friend and patron the late truly venerable Bishop of Lichfield....

honours - des honneurs, honneur

procured - procuré, acquérir, obtenir, proxénétisme, procurer

within - a l'intérieur, dedans, avant, d'ici

fellowship - la fraternité, confrérie, fraternité, camaraderie, bourse

holy - saint, sacré, bénit, checksainte

shortly - dans peu de temps, rapidement, brievement

perpetual - perpétuel

curacy - la curatelle, vicariat

sub - sous, sous-, sub-

patron - patron, mécene, client

truly - vraiment

bishop - éveque, eveque

His speedy preferments, first to a Prebend, and subsequently to the dignity of Precentor in the Cathedral of Barchester, form an eloquent testimony to the respect in which he was held and to his eminent qualifications. He succeeded to the Archdeaconry upon the sudden decease of Archdeacon Pulteney in 1810.

speedy - prompt, rapide

Prebend - prébende

dignity - dignité, forme, rang

Precentor - precentor

eloquent - éloquent

testimony - témoignage

respect - respect, respecter

qualifications - les qualifications, qualification

Archdeaconry - archidiaconé

upon - sur, a

sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit

decease - déces, déces, décéder, expirer, mourir, trépasser

His sermons, ever conformable to the principles of the religion and Church which he adorned, displayed in no ordinary degree, without the least trace of enthusiasm, the refinement of the scholar united with the graces of the Christian. Free from sectarian violence, and informed by the spirit of the truest charity, they will long dwell in the memories of his hearers. (Here a further omission.

Sermons - sermons, sermon

conformable - conformable

principles - principes, principe

religion - religion

adorned - orné, décorer, orner, parer

displayed - affichée, représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran

trace - trace, projection horizontale, décalquer

enthusiasm - l'enthousiasme, enthousiasme, passion

refinement - raffinement

scholar - étudiant, expert, savant, érudit

graces - Les grâces, (grace), bénédicité, grâces, grâce, miséricorde

Christian - chrétien, chrétienne, Christian

violence - la violence, violence

informed - informé, informer, avertir (de)

spirit - l'esprit, esprit, moral, élan, spiritueux

dwell - s'attarder, résider, s'appesantir sur

omission - omission, oubli

) The productions of his pen include an able defence of Episcopacy, which, though often perused by the author of this tribute to his memory, afford but one additional instance of the want of liberality and enterprise which is a too common characteristic of the publishers of our generation.

productions - productions, production

defence - la défense, défense

Episcopacy - l'épiscopat

though - mais, néanmoins, cependant, malgré, bien que

perused - consultés, examiner, jeter un coup d'oil, survoler, feuilleter

tribute - hommage, tribut

afford - se permettre, offrir

additional - supplémentaires, additionnel

instance - instance

liberality - générosité

enterprise - l'entreprise, entreprise, venture, initiative

characteristic - caractéristique

publishers - éditeurs, éditeur, maison d’édition

generation - génération, création, generation

His published works are, indeed, confined to a spirited and elegant version of the Argonautica of Valerius Flaccus, a volume of Discourses upon the Several Events in the Life of Joshua, delivered in his Cathedral, and a number of the charges which he pronounced at various visitations to the clergy of his Archdeaconry. These are distinguished by etc., etc.

indeed - certainement, vraiment, en effet, bien sur, certes

confined - confiné, confiner, limite

spirited - fougueux, esprit, moral, élan

version - version

volume - volume, tome

Discourses - discours, conversation

Joshua - joshua, Josué

delivered - livrée, accoucher, livrer, remettre

charges - charges, frais-p, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation

various - divers

visitations - les visites, droit de visite

clergy - le clergé, clergé

distinguished - distingué, distinguer

etc - etc

The urbanity and hospitality of the subject of these lines will not readily be forgotten by those who enjoyed his acquaintance.

urbanity - l'urbanité, urbanité, civilité

hospitality - l'hospitalité, hospitalité, hôtellerie-restauration

readily - facilement, volontiers, aisément

acquaintance - une connaissance, relation

His interest in the venerable and awful pile under whose hoary vault he was so punctual an attendant, and particularly in the musical portion of its rites, might be termed filial, and formed a strong and delightful contrast to the polite indifference displayed by too many of our Cathedral dignitaries at the present time."

pile - pile, tapée, pilotis, foule, amas

hoary - fatigué, chenu

vault - chambre forte, voute, dôme

punctual - ponctuel

particularly - en particulier

portion - part, portion

rites - rites, rite

filial - filial

delightful - délicieux

contrast - contraste, contraster

indifference - l'indifférence, indifférence

dignitaries - dignitaires, dignitaire

The final paragraph, after informing us that Dr. Haynes died a bachelor, says:

informing - informer, avertir (de)

bachelor - célibataire, licence

"It might have been augured that an existence so placid and benevolent would have been terminated in a ripe old age by a dissolution equally gradual and calm. But how unsearchable are the workings of Providence! The peaceful and retired seclusion amid which the honoured evening of Dr.

augured - auguré, augure, augurer

existence - l'existence, existence

placid - placide

benevolent - bienveillante, bienveillant

terminated - résilié, terminer

ripe - mur, pruine

dissolution - dissolution

equally - également

gradual - graduelle, graduel

Calm - calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer, apaiser

unsearchable - introuvable

Providence - la providence, Providence

peaceful - paisible

retired - a la retraite, prendre sa retraite

seclusion - l'isolement, isolement, séclusion

amid - amid, au milieu de, parmi, entre

honoured - honoré, honneur

Haynes'life was mellowing to its close was destined to be disturbed, nay, shattered, by a tragedy as appalling as it was unexpected. The morning of the 26th of February--"

mellowing - l'adoucissement, moelleux

disturbed - perturbé, déranger, perturber, gener

Nay - nay, ou plutôt, voire, que dis-je

shattered - brisé, fracasser, réduire en miettes, mettre en pieces, briser

tragedy - tragédie

appalling - épouvantable, effroyable, (appal)

unexpected - inattendu

But perhaps I shall do better to keep back the remainder of the narrative until I have told the circumstances which led up to it. These, as far as they are now accessible, I have derived from another source.

remainder - reste, restant, checkreste, checkrésidu, checkinvendu

narrative - narratif, récit

circumstances - circonstances, circonstance

led - dirigé, DEL, LED, (lead) dirigé

accessible - accessible

derived - dérivés, tirer, trouver, déduire, conclure, dériver

I had read the obituary notice which I have been quoting, quite by chance, along with a great many others of the same period. It had excited some little speculation in my mind, but, beyond thinking that, if I ever had an opportunity of examining the local records of the period indicated, I would try to remember Dr. Haynes, I made no effort to pursue his case.

obituary notice - une notice nécrologique

quoting - citant, citation, guillemet, devis, cotation, citer, deviser

speculation - spéculation

beyond - au-dela, au-dela, par-dela

examining - l'examen, examiner

indicated - indiqué, indiquer, signaler

effort - l'effort, effort

pursue - poursuivre, rechercher

Quite lately I was cataloguing the manuscripts in the library of the college to which he belonged. I had reached the end of the numbered volumes on the shelves, and I proceeded to ask the librarian Whether there were any more books which he thought I ought to include in my description. "I don't think there are," he said, "but we had better come and look at the manuscript class and make sure.

lately - dernierement

cataloguing - le catalogage, catalogue, inventaire

manuscripts - manuscrits, manuscrit

volumes - volumes, volume, tome

shelves - étageres, rayon, étagere, tablard, rayonnage

proceeded - a procédé, avancer, procéder

librarian - bibliothécaire, archiviste

whether - si, que, soit, si oui ou non

Have you time to do that now?" I had time. We went to the library, checked off the manuscripts, and, at the end of our survey arrived at a shelf of which I had seen nothing.

checked off - coché

shelf - étagere, rayon, étagere, tablard, rayonnage

Its contents consisted for the most part of sermons, bundles of fragmentary papers, college exercises, Cyrus, an epic poem in several cantos, the product of a country clergyman's leisure, mathematical tracts by a deceased professor, and other similar material of a kind with which I am only too familiar. I took brief notes of these. Lastly, there was a tin box, which was pulled out and dusted.

Contents - contenu, satisfait

consisted - consisté, consister (en)

bundles - des liasses, faisceau, fagot, paquet, ballot (of goods)

epic poem - un poeme épique

clergyman - ecclésiastique, pretre, clerc

leisure - les loisirs, loisir, temps libre

mathematical - mathématique

tracts - tracts, étendue

deceased - décédé, déces, décéder, expirer, mourir, trépasser

familiar - familier, esprit familier

brief - bref, court

Lastly - enfin, finalement

tin - l'étain, étain, conserve, boîte de conserve, moule, gamelle

dusted - dépoussiéré, poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser

Its label, much faded, was thus inscribed: "Papers of the Ven. Archdeacon Haynes. Bequeathed in 1834 by his sister, Miss Letitia Haynes."

label - l'étiquette, étiquette, étiqueter

faded - fanée, (s')affaiblir, diminuer

thus - donc, ainsi, tellement, pour cette raison, également

inscribed - inscrit, graver

bequeathed - légué, léguer, transmettre, passer, donner, offrir

I knew at once that the name was one which I had somewhere encountered, and could very soon locate it. "That must be the Archdeacon Haynes who came to a very odd end at Barchester. I've read his obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine. May I take the box home? Do you know if there is anything interesting in it?"

encountered - rencontré, rencontrer, rencontre

locate - localiser, se poser, situer, checkplacer

odd - rench: t-needed r, bizarre, étrange, impair, a peu pres

The librarian was very willing that I should take the box and examine it at leisure. "I never looked inside it myself," he said, "but I've always been meaning to. I am pretty sure that is the box which our old Master once said ought never to have been accepted by the college.

examine - examiner

Master - maître, patron, maîtriser, maitre, maîtrisent

He said that to Martin years ago; and he said also that as long as he had control over the library it should never be opened.

Martin - martin

Martin told me about it, and said that he wanted terribly to know what was in it; but the Master was librarian, and always kept the box in the lodge, so there was no getting at it in his time, and when he died it was taken away by mistake by his heirs, and only returned a few years ago.

Terribly - terriblement

Lodge - cabane, maison du portier, loge, rench: t-needed r, loger

by mistake - par erreur

heirs - héritiers, héritier, héritiere, successeur, successeuse

I can't think why I haven't opened it; but, as I have to go away from Cambridge this afternoon, you had better have first go at it. I think I can trust you not to publish anything undesirable in our catalogue."

trust - confiance, trust, faire confiance, avoir foi en quelqu’un

undesirable - indésirable

catalogue - catalogue, inventaire, cataloguer, inventorier

I took the box home and examined its contents, and thereafter consulted the librarian as to what should be done about publication, and, since I have his leave to make a story out of it, provided I disguise the identity of the people concerned, I will try what can be done.

examined - examinés, examiner

thereafter - par la suite

consulted - consultée, concerter

publication - publication

disguise - déguisement, déguiser

identity - l'identité, identité

The materials are, of course, mainly journals and letters. How much I shall quote and how much epitomize must be determined by considerations of space. The proper understanding of the situation has necessitated a little-not very arduous-research, which has been greatly facilitated by the excellent illustrations and text of the Barchester volume in Bell's Cathedral Series.

mainly - surtout, principalement

journals - revues, revue

quote - citation, guillemet, devis, cotation, citer, deviser, coter

epitomize - épitomiser, résumer, incarner

determined - déterminé, déterminer

considerations - considérations, considération, fr

proper - appropriée, approprié, convenable, exact, juste, propre

necessitated - nécessaire, nécessiter, requérir, demander, exiger

arduous - difficile, ardu

greatly - grandement

facilitated - facilitée, faciliter

illustrations - des illustrations, illustration, représentation

bell - cloche, sonnette

When you enter the choir of Barchester Cathedral now, you pass through a screen of metal and coloured marbles, designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, and find yourself in what I must call a very bare and odiously furnished place. The stalls are modern, without canopies.

choir - chour, chorale, classe

marbles - des billes, marbre, bille, grillot, marbrer

Gilbert - gilbert

bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu

odiously - odieuxse

furnished - meublé, meubler, fournir, livrer

canopies - les auvents, dais, baldaquin, voute, marquise, canopée

The places of the dignitaries and the names of the prebends have fortunately been allowed to survive, and are inscribed on small brass plates affixed to the stalls. The organ is in the triforium, and what is seen of the case is Gothic. The reredos and its surroundings are like every other.

survive - survivre

brass - laiton, airain

affixed - apposé, affixe

organ - organe, orgue

triforium - triforium

Gothic - gotique, gothique

reredos - reredos

Careful engravings of a hundred years ago show a very different state of things. The organ is on a massive classical screen. The stalls are also classical and very massive. There is a baldacchino of wood over the altar, with urns upon its corners.

engravings - gravures, gravure

massive - massive, massif

altar - l'autel, autel

urns - urnes, urne

Further east is a solid altar screen, classical in design, of wood, with a pediment, in which is a triangle surrounded by rays, enclosing certain Hebrew letters in gold. Cherubs contemplate these. There is a pulpit with a great sounding-board at the eastern end of the stalls on the north side, and there is a black and white marble pavement.

solid - solide, massif, plein, continu

pediment - fronton

triangle - triangle

surrounded - entouré, entourer, enceindre

rays - rayons, rayon

Hebrew - l'hébreu, hébreu, hébraique

Cherubs - les chérubins, chérubin

contemplate - envisager, étudier, contempler

pulpit - chaire

eastern - orientale, oriental

marble - marbre, bille, grillot, marbrer

pavement - revetement, chaussée, pavement

Two ladies and a gentleman are admiring the general effect. From other sources I gather that the archdeacon's stall then, as now, was next to the bishop's throne at the south-eastern end of the stalls. His house almost faces the western part of the church, and is a fine red-brick building of William the Third's time.

admiring - admiratif, admirer

gather - rassembler, ramasser, recueillir, déduire

stall - décrochage, écurie, standing, étable

throne - trône

Western - occidentale, occidental, western

brick - brique, soutien, rouge brique, en brique, briquer

William - william, Guillaume

Here Dr. Haynes, already a mature man, took up his abode with his sister in the year 1810. The dignity had long been the object of his wishes, but his predecessor refused to depart until he had attained the age of ninety-two. About a week after he had held a modest festival in celebration of that ninety-second birthday, there came a morning, late in the year, when Dr.

mature - mature, pruine, mur

abode - domicile, demeure, (abide), endurer, tolérer

predecessor - prédécesseur, prédécesseuse, prédécessrice, précédent

refused - refusé, refuser de

depart - partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter

attained - atteint, atteindre

modest - modeste, (mod)

celebration - célébration, fete

Haynes, hurrying cheerfully into his breakfast-room, rubbing his hands and humming a tune, was greeted, and checked in his genial flow of spirits, by the sight of his sister, seated, indeed, in her usual place behind the tea-urn, but bowed forward and sobbing unrestrainedly into her handkerchief. "What-what is the matter? What bad news?" he began. "Oh, Johnny, you've not heard?

hurrying - se dépecher, dépechant, (hurry), précipitation, hâte

cheerfully - réjouie

rubbing - le frottement, frottage, froissement, lessivage

humming - fredonner, (hum), bourdonner, fourmiller

tune - l'accord, mélodie, air, tube, accorder, syntoniser

checked in - enregistré

genial - génial, aimable, chaleureux

flow - flux, coulons, couler, coulez, courant, écoulement

spirits - les esprits, esprit, moral, élan

sight - vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur

urn - urne

bowed - incliné, (s')incliner devant, saluer d'un signe de tete

sobbing - sanglots, sanglotement, sanglotant, sanglotante, (sob), fdp

unrestrainedly - sans retenue

handkerchief - mouchoir

Johnny - johnny, Jeannot

The poor dear archdeacon!" "The archdeacon, yes? What is it-ill, is he?" "No, no; they found him on the staircase this morning; it is so shocking." "Is it possible! Dear, dear, poor Pulteney! Had there been any seizure?" "They don't think so, and that is almost the worst thing about it. It seems to have been all the fault of that stupid maid of theirs, Jane." Dr. Haynes paused.

staircase - escalier

shocking - choquant, choc

seizure - saisie, attaque, crise

fault - défaut, faute, faille

maid - femme de ménage, demoiselle, jeune fille, bonne

Jane - jane, Jeanne

paused - en pause, pauser, pause

"I don't quite understand, Letitia. How was the maid at fault?" "Why, as far as I can make out, there was a stair-rod missing, and she never mentioned it, and the poor archdeacon set his foot quite on the edge of the step-you know how slippery that oak is-and it seems he must have fallen almost the whole flight and broken his neck. It is so sad for poor Miss Pulteney.

rod - tige, canne a peche, verges, bite, paf, pine, queue, vit, zob

set - set, Seth

edge - bord, côté, arete, carre

slippery - glissant

oak - chene, chene, chenes

Of course, they will get rid of the girl at once. I never liked her." Miss Haynes's grief resumed its sway, but eventually relaxed so far as to permit of her taking some breakfast. Not so her brother, who, after standing in silence before the window for some minutes, left the room, and did not appear again that morning.

rid - rid, débarrasser

grief - le chagrin, douleur, peine

resumed - reprise, reprendre

sway - se balancer, autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance

permit - permis, permettre, permets, permettons, permettez

silence - le silence, silence

I need only add that the careless maid-servant was dismissed forthwith, but that the missing stair-rod was very shortly afterwards found under the stair-carpet-an additional proof, if any were needed, of extreme stupidity and carelessness on her part.

servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur

dismissed - licencié, renvoyer, limoger, licencier, démettre

forthwith - immédiatement, aussitôt, séance tenante, de ce pas

Proof - la preuve, preuve, épreuve

stupidity - stupidité, idiotie, ânerie, sottise

carelessness - l'insouciance, négligence, incurie

For a good many years Dr. Haynes had been marked out by his ability, which seems to have been really considerable, as the likely successor of Archdeacon Pulteney, and no disappointment was in store for him. He was duly installed, and entered with zeal upon the discharge of those functions which are appropriate to one in his position.

considerable - considérable

successor - successeur, successeuse, successrice

disappointment - déception

duly - dument, dument, ponctuellement

installed - installée, installer

zeal - le zele, zele, assiduité

discharge - décharge, licenciement, débit

functions - fonctions, fonction, en fonction de

appropriate - approprié, idoine, approprier

A considerable space in his journals is occupied with exclamations upon the confusion in which Archdeacon Pulteney had left the business of his office and the documents appertaining to it. Dues upon Wringham and Barnswood have been uncollected for something like twelve years, and are largely irrecoverable; no visitation has been held for seven years; four chancels are almost past mending.

occupied with - occupés par

exclamations - exclamations, exclamation

confusion - confusion, désordre, malentendu

appertaining - en rapport, appartenir

dues - cotisations, du

uncollected - non perçus

largely - en grande partie, largement, en général, pour la plupart

irrecoverable - irrécupérable

visitation - les visites, droit de visite

chancels - les chours, chancel, clôture de chour

mending - raccommodage, (mend), réparer, raccommoder, rapiécer

The persons deputized by the archdeacon have been nearly as incapable as himself. It was almost a matter for thankfulness that this state of things had not been permitted to continue, and a letter from a friend confirms this view. "[Greek: ho katechôn]," it says (in rather cruel allusion to the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians), "is removed as last. My poor friend!

incapable - incapable

thankfulness - le remerciement, gratitude, reconnaissance

permitted - autorisé, permettre

confirms - confirme, confirmer

Greek - grec, grecque, grecques

cruel - cruel

allusion - allusion

epistle - épître, épitre

Thessalonians - thessaloniciens, thessalonicien

Upon what a scene of confusion will you be entering! I give you my word that, on the last occasion of my crossing his threshold, there was no single paper that he could lay hands upon, no syllable of mine that he could hear, and no fact in connection with my business that he could remember.

Occasion - occasion

threshold - seuil, seuil de tolérance

lay - laique, pondre, pose

syllable - syllabe

connection - connexion, liaison, lien, rapport, complicité, correspondance

But now, thanks to a negligent maid and a loose stair-carpet, there is some prospect that necessary business will be transacted without a complete loss alike of voice and temper." This letter was tucked into a pocket in the cover of one of the diaries.

negligent - négligence

loose - en vrac, ample, desserré

prospect - prospect, perspective, prospecter

transacted - transacté, traiter

Loss - perte, déperdition, perdition, déchet, coulage

alike - comme, semblable, pareil, analogue, pareillement

temper - caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit

tucked - tucked, rempli

There can be no doubt of the new archdeacon's zeal and enthusiasm. "Give me but time to reduce to some semblance of order the innumerable errors and complications with which I am confronted, and I shall gladly and sincerely join with the aged Israelite in the canticle which too many, I fear, pronounce but with their lips.

doubt - des doutes, douter, doute

reduce to - réduire a

innumerable - innombrables

complications - des complications, complication

confronted - confronté, confronter

gladly - heureusement, volontiers

sincerely - sincerement

Israelite - Israélite, fils d'Israël, enfant d'Israël

canticle - canticle, cantique

lips - levres, levre

" This reflection I find, not in a diary, but a letter; the doctor's friends seem to have returned his correspondence to his surviving sister. He does not confine himself, however, to reflections.

correspondence - correspondance, chronique

surviving - survivant, survivre

confine - enfermer, confiner, limite

reflections - réflexions, réflexion, reflet, qualifiereaning 4

His investigation of the rights and duties of his office are very searching and businesslike, and there is a calculation in one place that a period of three years will just suffice to set the business of the Archdeaconry upon a proper footing. The estimate appears to have been an exact one.

investigation - enquete, investigation

duties - fonctions, devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe

businesslike - professionnel

calculation - calcul

suffice - suffisent, suffire, suffire 2

estimate - estimation, devis, estimer

For just three years he is occupied in reforms; but I look in vain at the end of that time for the promised Nunc dimittis. He has now found a new sphere of activity. Hitherto his duties have precluded him from more than an occasional attendance at the Cathedral services. Now he begins to take an interest in the fabric and the music.

occupied - occupée, occuper, habiter

reforms - des réformes, réforme, réformer

vain - vaine, rench: vaniteux, frivole, vain, futile

sphere - sphere, sphere, boule

hitherto - jusqu'a présent, jusqu'ici, jusqu'alors, jusqu'a maintenant

precluded - exclue, exclure

occasional - occasionnel

attendance - l'assiduité, présence

fabric - structure, tissu, textile

Upon his struggles with the organist, an old gentleman who had been in office since 1786, I have no time to dwell; they were not attended with any marked success. More to the purpose is his sudden growth of enthusiasm for the Cathedral itself and its furniture. There is a draft of a letter to Sylvanus Urban (which I do not think was ever sent) describing the stalls in the choir.

struggles - des luttes, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

organist - organiste

growth - croissance

draft - projet, courant d'air, gorgée, biere a la pression, tirant

Urban - urbain, citadin

As I have said, these were of fairly late date-of about the year 1700, in fact.

fairly - équitable, justement, assez

"The archdeacon's stall, situated at the south-east end, west of the episcopal throne (now so worthily occupied by the truly excellent prelate who adorns the See of Barchester), is distinguished by some curious ornamentation.

situated - situé, situer

episcopal - épiscopal

worthily - dignement

prelate - prélat

adorns - orne, décorer, orner, parer

Curious - vous etes curieux, curieux, intéressant, singulier

ornamentation - l'ornementation, ornementation

In addition to the arms of Dean West, by whose efforts the whole of the internal furniture of the choir was completed, the prayer-desk is terminated at the eastern extremity by three small but remarkable statuettes in the grotesque manner.

Addition - addition, ajout

dean - doyen

efforts - efforts, effort

internal - interne

prayer - oraison, priere

extremity - l'extrémité, extrémité

remarkable - remarquable

statuettes - statuettes, statuette

grotesque - grotesque

One is an exquisitely modelled figure of a cat, whose crouching posture suggests with admirable spirit the suppleness, vigilance, and craft of the redoubted adversary of the genus Mus. opposite to this is a figure seated upon a throne and invested with the attributes of royalty; but it is no earthly monarch whom the carver has sought to portray.

exquisitely - de maniere exquise

crouching - accroupi, s'accroupir

posture - la posture, posture

admirable - admirable

suppleness - souplesse

vigilance - vigilance

craft - l'artisanat, ruse, métier, nef

adversary - adversaire, ennemi, ennemie

genus - genre, (genu)

opposite to - en face de

invested - investi, investir, placer

attributes - attributs, attribut, épithete or déterminant

royalty - la royauté, regne, royalty, redevance, droit d'auteur

earthly - terrestre

monarch - monarque

whom - que, qui

sought - recherchée, chercher

portray - portrait, dépeindre, représenter, portraire, décrire

His feet are studiously concealed by the long robe in which he is draped: but neither the crown nor the cap which he wears suffice to hide the prick-ears and curving horns which betray his Tartarean origin; and the hand which rests upon his knee is armed with talons of horrifying length and sharpness. Between these two figures stands a shape muffled in a long mantle.

concealed - dissimulée, dissimuler, cacher

robe - robe de chambre, robe

draped - drapé, draper

crown - couronne, couronner

nor - ni, NON-OU

cap - cap, bonnet, calotte, casquette, toque, képi

prick - con, piquer, percer

curving - en courbe, courbe, courbes, courber

horns - des cornes, corne, cor, klaxon, cuivres-p

betray - trahir, livrer

origin - origine, source

rests upon - repose sur

talons - talons, serre, griffe

Length - longueur, durée

sharpness - la netteté, tranchant, fil, finesse, acuité, acidité, netteté

muffled - étouffé, assourdir

mantle - manteau, les renes, manchon

This might at first sight be mistaken for a monk or 'friar of orders grey,'for the head is cowled and a knotted cord depends from somewhere about the waist. A slight inspection, however, will lead to a very different conclusion.

be mistaken - se tromper

monk - moine, religieux

friar - frere, frere

cowled - vouté, froc

knotted - noué, noeud

cord - corde, cordon

waist - taille, ceinture

Slight - insignifiant, léger

inspection - l'inspection, inspection, rench: t-needed r

lead - du plomb

conclusion - conclusion, fin

The knotted cord is quickly seen to be a halter, held by a hand all but concealed within the draperies; while the sunken features and, horrid to relate, the rent flesh upon the cheek-bones, proclaim the King of Terrors.

halter - licou, (halt) licou

draperies - draperies, rideau

horrid - horribles, affreux, horrible, exécrable, désagréable

relate - se rapporter, concerner

rent - loyer, louez, louons, arrentez, accensons

flesh - de la chair, chair, peau, viande, corps, pulpe

cheek - joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale

proclaim - proclamer, déclarer

terrors - terreurs, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

These figures are evidently the production of no unskilled chisel; and should it chance that any of your correspondents are able to throw light upon their origin and significance, my obligations to your valuable miscellany will be largely increased."

evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement

production - production

unskilled - non qualifiés

chisel - ciseau, ciseler, buriner

correspondents - correspondants, correspondant, correspondante

significance - importance (1), signification (2)

obligations - obligations, obligation, engagement, fr

valuable - de valeur, précieux, valeur

miscellany - des faits divers, miscellanée, mélange, collection

There is more description in the paper, and, seeing that the woodwork in question has now disappeared, it has a considerable interest. A paragraph at the end is worth quoting:

woodwork - le travail du bois, charpenterie, checkmenuiserie

worth - valeur

"Some late researches among the Chapter accounts have shown me that the carving of the stalls was not, as was very usually reported, the work of Dutch artists, but was executed by a native of this city or district named Austin. The timber was procured from an oak copse in the vicinity, the property of the Dean and Chapter, known as Holywood.

Chapter - chapitre, branche, section

accounts - comptes, compte

carving - la sculpture, gravure, sculpture, découpage

Dutch - néerlandais, hollandais

executed - exécuté, exécuter, mettre a mort

native - maternel, autochtone, indigene, natif, endémique

district - district, checkrégion

Austin - austin

timber - le bois, bois de construction

copse - bosquet, fourré

vicinity - proximité, voisinage, vicinité, environs

property - propriété, accessoire

Upon a recent visit to the parish within whose boundaries it is situated, I learned from the aged and truly respectable incumbent that traditions still lingered amongst the inhabitants of the great size and age of the oaks employed to furnish the materials of the stately structure which has been, however imperfectly, described in the above lines.

parish - paroisse

boundaries - des limites, frontiere, limite, limites-p

respectable - respectable, convenable

incumbent - en titre, titulaire

lingered - s'est attardé, s'installer, stagner, s'incruster, s'éteindre

amongst - entre, parmi

inhabitants - habitants, habitant, habitante, résident, résidente

oaks - chenes, chene, chenes-p

furnish - meubler, fournir, livrer

stately - majestueux, imposant

imperfectly - imparfaitement

Of one in particular, which stood near the centre of the grove, it is remembered that it was known as the Hanging Oak.

grove - bosquet

hanging - suspension, (hang) suspension

The propriety of that title is confirmed by the fact that a quantity of human bones was found in the soil about its roots, and that at certain times of the year it was the custom for those who wished to secure a successful issue to their affairs, whether of love or the ordinary business of life, to suspend from its boughs small images or puppets rudely fashioned of straw, twigs, or the like rustic materials."

propriety - la bienséance, décence, correction, bienséance, convenances

confirmed - confirmée, confirmer

soil - sol, terre, barbouillons, barbouiller, foncierere

roots - des racines, racine

custom - coutume, us, connaissance, droit de douane, sur mesure

secure - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser

issue - question, sortie, émission, livraison, délivrance, drain

affairs - affaires, aventure, liaison

suspend - suspendre, mettre en suspension

boughs - rameaux, branche

puppets - marionnettes, marionnette

rudely - grossierement, bourru

straw - paille, fétu, jaune paille

twigs - brindilles, brindille

So much for the archdeacon's archaeological investigations. To return to his career as it is to be gathered from his diaries. Those of his first three years of hard and careful work show him throughout in high spirits, and, doubtless, during this time, that reputation for hospitality and urbanity which is mentioned in his obituary notice was well deserved.

archaeological - archéologique

investigations - des enquetes, investigation

gathered - rassemblés, rassembler, ramasser, recueillir

throughout - tout au long de l'année, tout au long de, durant

high spirits - Esprit vif

doubtless - sans doute, sans aucun doute, sans nul doute, indubitablement

reputation - réputation, renommée (more slang)

deserved - mérité, mériter

After that, as time goes on, I see a shadow coming over him-destined to develop into utter blackness-which I cannot but think must have been reflected in his outward demeanour. He commits a good deal of his fears and troubles to his diary; there was no other outlet for them. He was unmarried, and his sister was not always with him.

shadow - l'ombre, ombre, prendre en filature, filer

utter - l'utérus, émettre

blackness - la noirceur, noirceur

reflected - réfléchie, refléter, réfléchir

outward - externe

demeanour - comportement

commits - s'engage, confier, commettre, remettre, consigner

outlet - sortie, conduit, exutoire, issue, dérivatif, magasin d’usine

unmarried - célibataire, (unmarry)

But I am much mistaken if he has told all that he might have told. A series of extracts shall be given:

extracts - extraits, extrait, extraire

"Aug. 30, 1816.-The days begin to draw in more perceptibly than ever. Now that the Archdeaconry papers are reduced to order, I must find some further employment for the evening hours of autumn and winter. It is a great blow that Letitia's health will not allow her to stay through these months. Why not go on with my Defence of Episcopacy? It may be useful.

draw in - attirer

perceptibly - de maniere perceptible

employment - l'emploi, emploi, travail

"Sept. 15.-Letitia has left me for Brighton.

Sept - Sept

"Oct. 11.-Candles lit in the choir for the first time at evening prayers. It came as a shock: I find that I absolutely shrink from the dark season.

Oct - oct

candles - bougies, bougie, chandelle

shock - choc, choquons, offusquer, choquez, choquer, secouer

absolutely - absolument

shrink - rétrécissement, se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer

"Nov. 17.-Much struck by the character of the carving on my desk: I do not know that I had ever carefully noticed it before. My attention was called to it by an accident. During the Magnificat I was, I regret to say, almost overcome with sleep. My hand was resting on the back of the carved figure of a cat which is the nearest to me of the three figures on the end of my stall.

Nov - nov

struck - frappé, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

Magnificat - Magnificat

regret - regretter, regret

overcome - vaincre, surmonter, envahir

I was not aware of this, for I was not looking in that direction, until I was startled by what seemed a softness, a feeling as of rather rough and coarse fur, and a sudden movement, as if the creature were twisting round its head to bite me. I regained complete consciousness in an instant, and I have some idea that I must have uttered a suppressed exclamation, for I noticed that Mr.

aware - conscient, attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte

startled - surpris, sursauter, surprendre

softness - la douceur, douceur

rough - rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile, brutal, ébaucher

coarse - grossier, brut, vulgaire

fur - fourrure, peau

creature - créature, etre

twisting - torsion, (twist), twist, entortiller, tordre

bite - mordre, maintenir, garder, tomber dans le panneau, marcher

regained - retrouvée, reconquérir, reprendre

consciousness - la conscience, conscience

instant - instantanée, moment

uttered - prononcée, complet, total

suppressed - supprimée, contenir, fr

exclamation - exclamation

Treasurer turned his head quickly in my direction. The impression of the unpleasant feeling was so strong that I found myself rubbing my hand upon my surplice. This accident led me to examine the figures after prayers more carefully than I had done before, and I realized for the first time with what skill they are executed.

treasurer - ministre du budget, trésorier, trésoriere

impression - impression

unpleasant - déplaisant, pénible, désagréable

surplice - le surplis, surplis

"Dec. 6.-I do indeed miss Letitia's company. The evenings, after I have worked as long as I can at my Defence, are very trying. The house is too large for a lonely man, and visitors of any kind are too rare. I get an uncomfortable impression when going to my room that there is company of some kind. The fact is (I may as well formulate it to myself) that I hear voices.

Dec - déc

lonely - solitaire, seul, désert, abandonné

rare - rares, rare

uncomfortable - inconfortable

formulate - formuler

This, I am well aware, is a common symptom of incipient decay of the brain-and I believe that I should be less disquieted than I am if I had any suspicion that this was the cause. I have none-none whatever, nor is there anything in my family history to give colour to such an idea.

symptom - symptôme

incipient - naissante

decay - pourriture, décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir, se désintégrer

suspicion - suspicion, soupçon

whatever - quoi qu'il en soit, quel que soit, n'importe quel

Work, diligent work, and a punctual attention to the duties which fall to me is my best remedy, and I have little doubt that it will prove efficacious.

diligent - diligent

remedy - remede, remede, recours, remédier

Prove - prouver, éprouvent, éprouvons, éprouvez, prouvent

efficacious - efficace

"Jan. 1. My trouble is, I must confess it, increasing upon me. Last night, upon my return after midnight from the Deanery, I lit my candle to go upstairs. I was nearly at the top when something whispered to me, 'Let me wish you a happy New Year.'I could not be mistaken: it spoke distinctly and with a peculiar emphasis.

confess - avouer, confesser

Deanery - doyenné

candle - bougie, chandelle

go upstairs - monter a l'étage

whispered - chuchoté, chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

distinctly - distinctement

peculiar - particulier, extraordinaire, bizarre, curieux

emphasis - l'accent, accent, emphase, graisse (4)

Had I dropped my candle, as I all but did, I tremble to think what the consequences must have been. As it was, I managed to get up the last flight, and was quickly in my room with the door locked, and experienced no other disturbance.

tremble - trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration

consequences - conséquences, conséquence

disturbance - perturbation, trouble, tapage

"Jan. 15.-I had occasion to come downstairs last night to my workroom for my watch, which I had inadvertently left on my table when I went up to bed. I think I was at the top of the last flight when I had a sudden impression of a sharp whisper in my ear 'Take care.'I clutched the balusters and naturally looked round at once. Of course, there was nothing.

workroom - salle de travail, atelier

inadvertently - par inadvertance

sharp - pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant

whisper - chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

clutched - serré, se raccrocher (a)

balusters - les balustres, balustre

naturally - naturellement

After a moment I went on-it was no good turning back-but I had as nearly as possible fallen: a cat-a large one by the feel of it-slipped between my feet, but again, of course, I saw nothing. It may have been the kitchen cat, but I do not think it was.

slipped - a glissé, glisser

"Feb. 27.-A curious thing last night, which I should like to forget. Perhaps if I put it down here I may see it in its true proportion. I worked in the library from about 9 to 10.

Feb - Février

proportion - proportion

The hall and staircase seemed to be unusually full of what I can only call movement without sound: by this I mean that there seemed to be continuous going and coming, and that whenever I ceased writing to listen, or looked out into the hall, the stillness was absolutely unbroken.

unusually - de façon inhabituelle

continuous - continue

whenever - chaque fois que

ceased - cessé, cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'

stillness - l'immobilité, calme, immobilité

unbroken - ininterrompue

Nor, in going to my room at an earlier hour than usual-about half-past ten-was I conscious of anything that I could call a noise. It so happened that I had told John to come to my room for the letter to the bishop which I wished to have delivered early in the morning at the Palace. He was to sit up, therefore, and come for it when he heard me retire.

conscious - conscient

therefore - par conséquent, en conséquence, donc, pour ça

retire - prendre sa retraite, retirent, retirez, se retirer, retirer

This I had for the moment forgotten, though I had remembered to carry the letter with me to my room. But when, as I was winding up my watch, I heard a light tap at the door, and a low voice saying, 'May I come in?'(which I most undoubtedly did hear), I recollected the fact, and took up the letter from my dressing-table, saying, 'Certainly: come in.

winding - bobinage, (wind) bobinage

tap - robinet, forer, toucher, rencontrer

Undoubtedly - sans doute

recollected - rappelée, se souvenir de

'No one, however, answered my summons, and it was now that, as I strongly suspect, I committed an error: for I opened the door and held the letter out. There was certainly no one at that moment in the passage, but, in the instant of my standing there, the door at the end opened and John appeared carrying a candle.

summons - convoque, convocation, (summon) convoque

strongly - fort, fortement

suspect - suspecter, soupçonner, suspect

committed - engagé, confier, commettre, remettre, consigner

passage - passage, corridoir, couloir

I asked him whether he had come to the door earlier; but am satisfied that he had not. I do not like the situation; but although my senses were very much on the alert, and though it was some time before I could sleep, I must allow that I perceived nothing further of an untoward character."

satisfied - satisfaits, satisfaire

alert - alerte, alarme, vif

perceived - perçue, percevoir

untoward - fâcheux

With the return of spring, when his sister came to live with him for some months, Dr. Haynes's entries became more cheerful, and, indeed, no symptom of depression is discernible unto the early part of September, when he was again left alone. And now, indeed, there is evidence that he was incommoded again, and that more pressingly.

entries - entrées, entrée, acces

more cheerful - plus joyeux

depression - la dépression, dépression

unto - unto

pressingly - de maniere pressante

To this matter I will return in a moment, but I digress to put in a document which, rightly or wrongly, I believe to have a bearing on the thread of the story.

digress - s'écarter du sujet, s'écarter, dévier

rightly - a juste titre

wrongly - a tort, a tort, erronément

thread - fil, processus léger, exétron, fil de discussion, filer

The account-books of Dr. Haynes, preserved along with his other papers, show, from a date but little later than that of his institution as archdeacon, a quarterly payment of Ł25 to J.L. Nothing could have been made of this, had it stood by itself. But I connect with it a very dirty and ill-written letter, which, like another that I have quoted, was in a pocket in the cover of a diary.

account-books - (account-books) des livres de comptes

preserved - préservée, confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle

Institution - l'institution, institution

quarterly - trimestrielle, trimestriel, écartelé, trimestriellement

payment - paiement, payement

quoted - cité, citation, guillemet, devis, cotation, citer, deviser

Of date or postmark there is no vestige, and the decipherment was not easy. It appears to run:

postmark - le cachet de la poste, cachet de la poste

vestige - vestige

decipherment - déchiffrage, déchiffrement

"Dr Sr.

Sr - Sr

"I have bin expctin to her off you theis last wicks, and not Haveing done so must supose you have not got mine witch was saying how me and my man had met in with bad times this season all seems to go cross with us on the farm and which way to look for the rent we have no knowledge of it this been the sad case with us if you would have the great [liberality probably, but the exact spelling defies reproduction] to send fourty pounds otherwise steps will have to be took which I should not wish. Has you was the Means of my losing my place with Dr. Pulteney I think it is only just what I am asking and you know best what I could say if I was Put to it but I do not wish anything of that unPleasant Nature being one that always wish to have everything Pleasant about me.

wicks - meches, meche

supose - supposer

witch - sorciere, ensorceleurse, sorcierere

defies - défie, défier, désobéir a

reproduction - reproduction

fourty - quarante

otherwise - autrement

pleasant - agréable, plaisant

"Your obedt Servt,

"Jane Lee."

Lee - lee, côté sous le vent

About the time at which I suppose this letter to have been written there is, in fact, a payment of Ł40 to J.L.

We return to the diary:

"Oct. 22.-At evening prayers, during the Psalms, I had that same experience which I recollect from last year.

Psalms - les psaumes, psaume

recollect - se souvenir, se ressaisir

I was resting my hand on one of the carved figures, as before (I usually avoid that of the cat now), and-I was going to have said-a change came over it, but that seems attributing too much importance to what must, after all, be due to some physical affection in myself: at any rate, the wood seemed to become chilly and soft as if made of wet linen.

attributing - l'attribution, attribut, épithete or déterminant

importance - importance

due - due, du

chilly - frisquet

linen - le linge, toile, lin, linge

I can assign the moment at which I became sensible of this. The choir was singing the words (Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him and) let Satan stand at his right hand.

assign - affecter, désigner, assigner, attribuer

sensible - sensible, sensé, raisonnable

thou - tu

ungodly - impies

ruler - regle, latte, dirigeant, chef

Satan - Satan

"The whispering in my house was more persistent tonight. I seemed not to be rid of it in my room. I have not noticed this before. A nervous man, which I am not, and hope I am not becoming, would have been much annoyed, if not alarmed, by it. The cat was on the stairs tonight. I think it sits there always. There is no kitchen cat.

whispering - chuchotement, (whisper), chuchoter, susurrer

persistent - persistante, persistant, tenace

annoyed - agacé, gener, ennuyer, embeter, agacer, asticoter

alarmed - alarmé, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr

"Nov. 15.-Here again I must note a matter I do not understand. I am much troubled in sleep. No definite image presented itself, but I was pursued by the very vivid impression that wet lips were whispering into my ear with great rapidity and emphasis for some time together. After this, I suppose, I feel asleep, but was awakened with a start by a feeling as if a hand were laid on my shoulder.

definite - définitif

pursued - poursuivie, poursuivre, rechercher

vivid - vivante, vivide

rapidity - rapidité, célérité

awakened - éveillé, réveiller, se réveiller

laid on - posée

To my intense alarm I found myself standing at the top of the lowest flight on the first staircase. The moon was shining brightly enough through the large window to let me see that there was a large cat on the second or third step. I can make no comment. I crept up to bed again, I do not know how. Yes, mine is a heavy burden. [Then follows a line or two which has been scratched out.

intense - intense

alarm - alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, donner/sonner l'alerte

shining - brillant, briller, éclairer

brightly - brillante, clairement, précisément

crept - rampé, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

heavy burden - un lourd fardeau

scratched out - rayé

I fancy I read something like 'acted for the best.']"

fancy - fantaisie, imaginer, songer

Not long after this it is evident to me that the archdeacon's firmness began to give way under the pressure of these phenomena. I omit as unnecessarily painful and distressing the ejaculations and prayers which, in the months of December and January, appear for the first time and become increasingly frequent. Throughout this time, however, he is obstinate in clinging to his post.

evident - évidentes, évident

firmness - la fermeté, fermeté

give way - céder le passage

pressure - pression

phenomena - des phénomenes

omit - omettre

unnecessarily - inutilement

painful - douloureux, laborieux

distressing - pénible, détresse

ejaculations - éjaculations, éjaculation

increasingly - de plus en plus

frequent - fréquents, fréquenter

obstinate - obstiné

clinging - s'accrocher, s'accrocher (a)

Why he did not plead ill-health and take refuge at Bath or Brighton I cannot tell; my impression is that it would have done him no good; that he was a man who, if he had confessed himself beaten by the annoyances, would have succumbed at once, and that he was conscious of this. He did seek to palliate them by inviting visitors to his house. The result he has noted in this fashion:

plead - plaider

refuge - refuge

confessed - avoué, avouer, confesser

annoyances - des désagréments, ennui, nuisance, irritation, fr

succumbed - succombé, succomber

seek - chercher

palliate - pallier, atténuer, remedier a, soulager

"Jan. 7.-I have prevailed on my cousin Allen to give me a few days, and he is to occupy the chamber next to mine.

prevailed - a prévalu, dominer, prévaloir, l'emporter, prédominer

occupy - occuper, habiter

chamber - chambre, piece, salle

"Jan. 8.-A still night. Allen slept well, but complained of the wind. My own experiences were as before: still whispering and whispering: what is it that he wants to say?

wind - vent, emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler

"Jan. 9.-Allen thinks this is a very noisy house. He thinks, too, that my cat is an unusually large and fine specimen, but very wild.

specimen - spécimen, exemple

"Jan. 10.-Allen and I in the library until 11. He left me twice to see what the maids were doing in the hall: returning the second time he told me he had seen one of them passing through the door at the end of the passage, and said if his wife were here she would soon get them into better order. I asked him what coloured dress the maid wore; he said grey or white. I supposed it would be so.

maids - servantes, demoiselle, jeune fille, bonne, bonne a tout faire

"Jan. 11.-Allen left me today. I must be firm."

firm - ferme, social, robuste, maison de commerce, solide

These words, I must be firm, occur again and again on subsequent days; sometimes they are the only entry. In these cases they are in an unusually large hand, and dug into the paper in a way which must have broken the pen that wrote them.

occur - se produisent, produire

subsequent - ultérieures, subséquent, suivant, prochain

entry - entrée, acces, vestibule, article

dug - creusée, creusâmes, creusé, creusa, creuserent, (dig) creusée

Apparently the archdeacon's friends did not remark any change in his behaviour, and this gives me a high idea of his courage and determination. The diary tells us nothing more than I have indicated of the last days of his life. The end of it all must be told in the polished language of the obituary notice:

apparently - apparemment, évidemment, en apparence

remark - remarque, remarquent, remarquez, remarquons

courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance

determination - détermination

polished - polie, polonais

"The morning of the 26th of February was cold and tempestuous. At an early hour the servants had occasion to go into the front hall of the residence occupied by the lamented subject of these lines. What was their horror upon observing the form of their beloved and respected master lying upon the landing of the principal staircase in an attitude which inspired the gravest fears.

tempestuous - tempétueux

servants - serviteurs, serviteur, domestique, servante, fr

lamented - s'est lamentée, lamentation, complainte, se lamenter, plaindre

horror - l'horreur, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion

observing - l'observation, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

beloved - bien-aimé, chéri, amant, amante, (belove)

respected - respecté, respect, respecter

principal - principal, directeur, directrice

attitude - posture, état d'esprit, attitude

inspired - inspirée, inspirer

gravest - le plus grave, tombe

Assistance was procured, and an universal consternation was experienced upon the discovery that he had been the object of a brutal and a murderous attack. The vertebral column was fractured in more than one place. This might have been the result of a fall: it appeared that the stair-carpet was loosened at one point.

assistance - l'assistance, assistance

universal - universel

consternation - consternation, sidération, accablement, prostration

brutal - brutal

murderous - meurtriere

fractured - fracturé, fracture, fracturer

loosened - desserré, desserrer

But, in addition to this, there were injuries inflicted upon the eyes, nose and mouth, as if by the agency of some savage animal, which, dreadful to relate, rendered those features unrecognizable. The vital spark was, it is needless to add, completely extinct, and had been so, upon the testimony of respectable medical authorities, for several hours.

inflicted - infligé, infliger

agency - l'agence, capacité d'agir, agentivité, agence, action

savage - barbare, féroce, sauvage

dreadful - épouvantable, redoutable, affreux, terrible

rendered - rendu, rendre

unrecognizable - méconnaissable

vital - vitale, vital

spark - l'étincelle, flammeche, étincelle

needless - superflu, inutile

extinct - éteinte, éteint, disparu

authorities - autorités, autorité

The author or authors of this mysterious outrage are alike buried in mystery, and the most active conjecture has hitherto failed to suggest a solution of the melancholy problem afforded by this appalling occurrence."

mysterious - mystérieux

outrage - l'indignation, outrage, offense, colere, rage, indignation

buried - enterré, enterrer

mystery - mystere, mystere

most active - Le plus actif

conjecture - conjecture, conjecturer

melancholy - mélancolie

afforded - de l'entreprise, permettre

Occurrence - occurrence

The writer goes on to reflect upon the probability that the writings of Mr. Shelley, Lord Byron, and M. Voltaire may have been instrumental in bringing about the disaster, and concludes by hoping, somewhat vaguely, that this event may "operate as an example to the rising generation"; but this portion of his remarks need not be quoted in full.

reflect - refléter, réfléchir, se refléter, suivre

probability - probabilité

writings - Des écrits, (writing) Des écrits

Lord - châtelain, seigneur, monsieur

instrumental - instrumental, instrumentale, musique instrumentale

concludes - conclut, conclure

somewhat - en quelque sorte, assez, quelque peu

vaguely - vaguement

operate - fonctionner, opérer, ouvrer

remarks - remarques, remarque

I had already formed the conclusion that Dr. Haynes was responsible for the death of Dr. Pulteney. But the incident connected with the carved figure of death upon the archdeacon's stall was a very perplexing feature. The conjecture that it had been cut out of the wood of the Hanging Oak was not difficult, but seemed impossible to substantiate.

responsible - responsable

incident - incident, checkfait-divers, checkaccident

perplexing - perplexe, déconcerter, troubler, dérouter

However, I paid a visit to Barchester, partly with the view of finding out whether there were any relics of the woodwork to be heard of. I was introduced by one of the canons to the curator of the local museum, who was, my friend said, more likely to be able to give me information on the point than any one else.

partly - en partie

relics - des reliques, reliquat, relique

canons - canons, canon

curator - conservateur, conservatrice

local museum - le musée local

I told this gentleman of the description of certain carved figures and arms formerly on the stalls, and asked whether any had survived. He was able to show me the arms of Dean West and some other fragments. These, he said, had been got from an old resident, who had also once owned a figure-perhaps one of those which I was inquiring for. There was a very odd thing about that figure, he said.

Formerly - auparavant, autrefois, anciennement

survived - a survécu, survivre

fragments - fragments, fragment, fragmenter

resident - résident, résidente, habitant, habitante

inquiring - en quete de renseignements, enqueter, renseigner

odd thing - une chose étrange

"The old man who had it told me that he picked it up in a wood-yard, whence he had obtained the still extant pieces, and had taken it home for his children. On the way home he was fiddling about with it and it came in two in his hands, and a bit of paper dropped out.

whence - pourquoi, d'ou

obtained - obtenu, obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, avoir

extant - encore en vigueur, existant

fiddling - le bidouillage, tripoter

This he picked up and, just noticing that there was writing on it, put it into his pocket, and subsequently into a vase on his mantelpiece. I was at his house not very long ago, and happened to pick up the vase and turn it over to see whether there were any marks on it, and the paper fell into my hand.

vase - vase

mantelpiece - tablette de cheminée

The old man, on my handing it to him, told me the story I have told you, and said I might keep the paper. It was crumpled and rather torn, so I have mounted it on a card, which I have here. If you can tell me what it means I shall be very glad, and also, I may say, a good deal surprised."

crumpled - froissé, chiffonner, froisser, se froisser, s'effondrer

torn - déchiré, larme

mounted - monté, monter

Glad - heureux, heureuse

He gave me the card. The paper was quite legibly inscribed in an old hand, and this is what was on it:

legibly - lisiblement

"When I grew in the Wood

I was water'd wth Blood

wth - quoi

Now in the Church I stand

Who that touches me with his Hand

If a Bloody hand he bear

bloody - sanglante

I councell him to be ware

councell - councell

Lest he be fetcht away

Whether by night or day,

by night - la nuit

But chiefly when the wind blows high

chiefly - principalement, surtout

In a night of February."

"This I dreampt, 26 Febr. Ao 1699. John Austin."

dreampt - dreampt

"I suppose it is a charm or a spell: wouldn't you call it something of that kind?" said the curator.

charm - charme, excitation, grâce

"Yes," I said, "I suppose one might. What became of the figure in which it was concealed?"

"Oh, I forgot," said he. "The old man told me it was so ugly and frightened his children so much that he burnt it."

ugly - laid, moche, vilain

frightened - effrayé, effrayer, redouter, terrifier

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