The Yellow Wallpaper with English-German Dictionary by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (online free books)

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The Yellow Wallpaper Text

wallpaper - Tapete; Hintergrundbild, Wallpaper, tapezieren

Charlotte - Charlotte

A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity"but that would be asking too much of fate!

Colonial - kolonial

mansion - Herrenhaus, Villa, Anwesen

hereditary - vererbt

estate - Nachlass; Stand; Gut, Landgut

haunted house - Spukhaus

romantic - romantisch; Romantiker, Romantikerin

Felicity - Felizitas, Felicitas

fate - Schicksal, Los, Geschick

Still I will proudly declare that there is something queer about it.

proudly - stolze, stolz

declare - bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen, aussagen

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

Else, why should it be let so cheaply? And why have stood so long untenanted?

cheaply - billig

John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage.

laughs at - verlacht

marriage - Ehe, Heirat, Hochzeit, Eheschließung

John is practical in the extreme. He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition, and he scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures.

practical - praktisch; Praktikum

patience - Geduld

Faith - Glaube; Vertrauen

intense - intensiv; hochgradig

horror - Angst, Furcht, Horror, Grauen

superstition - Aberglaube

scoffs - spottet; Hohn, Spott

openly - offen, öffentlich

John is a physician, and perhaps"(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind)"perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster.

physician - Arzt, Ärztin, Mediziner, Medizinerin

soul - Inbrunst, Seele, Gefühl, Herz

relief - Erleichterung, Befreiung, Linderung, Unterstützung

You see, he does not believe I am sick!

And what can one do?

If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression"a slight hysterical tendency"what is one to do?

assures - versichert; sichern, versichern

relatives - vergleichsweise, relativ, Verwandter, Blutsverwandter

temporary - zeitweilig, temporär, vorübergehend, Zeitarbeitskraft

depression - Senke; Depression, Abschwung

Slight - geringfügig, leicht, unbedeutend

hysterical - hysterisch

tendency - Tendenz (''not often used in this sense; one would rather use a verb such as " zu (...) neigen" or tendieren'')

My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing, and he says the same thing.

So I take phosphates or phosphites"whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to "work" until I am well again.

phosphates - Phosphate; Phosphat

whichever - was auch immer

tonics - Stärkungsmittel, Tonika

absolutely - absolut, durchaus, total, unbedingt

forbidden - Verboten; verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten

Personally, I disagree with their ideas.

personally - persönlich, personaliter

Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.

congenial - sympathisch; gleichgesinnt, wesensgleich, wesensverwandt

excitement - Aufregung, Begeisterung, Spannung, Erregung

But what is one to do?

I did write for a while in spite of them; but it does exhaust me a good deal"having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.

spite - Bosheit; trotz

exhaust - erschöpfen, dezimieren, Auspuff, Abgas, Abluft

sly - schlau, gerissen, listig, verschmitzt

opposition - Opposition

I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus"but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad.

fancy - schick; extravagant, originell

stimulus - Anreiz; Auslöseimpuls; Stimulus

confess - gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

So I will let it alone and talk about the house.

The most beautiful place! It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three miles from the village. It makes me think of English places that you read about, for there are hedges and walls and gates that lock, and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people.

hedges - Hecken; Hecke

gardeners - Gärtner, Gärtnerin

There is a delicious garden! I never saw such a garden"large and shady, full of box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them.

shady - schattig; schattenspendend, Schatten, zwielichtig

bordered - umrandet; Grenze, Rand, Rand, Beet

paths - Wege; Weg, Pfad

grape - Trauben; Traube, Weintraube, Weinbeere

arbors - Gartenlauben; Spindel, Holm, Welle, Balken; Laube, Gartenlaube

There were greenhouses, too, but they are all broken now.

greenhouses - Gewächshäuser; Gewächshaus

There was some legal trouble, I believe, something about the heirs and co-heirs; anyhow, the place has been empty for years.

legal - juristisch, rechtlich, legal

heirs - Erben; Erbe, Erbin, Thronerbe

Co - US-Bundesstaat

anyhow - irgendwie

That spoils my ghostliness, I am afraid; but I don't care"there is something strange about the house"I can feel it.

spoils - plündern, ruinieren, verderben, kaputtmachen, verwöhnen

ghostliness - Geisterhaftigkeit

I even said so to John one moonlight evening, but he said what I felt was a draught, and shut the window.

moonlight - Mondlicht, Mondschein, Mondenschein

draught - Tiefgang; Spielstein

I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes. I'm sure I never used to be so sensitive. I think it is due to this nervous condition.

unreasonably - unangemessen

sensitive - empfindlich, sensibel

due - fällig

But John says if I feel so I shall neglect proper self-control; so I take pains to control myself,"before him, at least,"and that makes me very tired.

neglect - Vernachlässigung; vernachlässigen, verabsäumen, versäumen

proper - richtig, passend, angemessen, eigentlich, Eigenname

self-control - (self-control) Selbstbeherrschung

I don't like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs that opened on the piazza and had roses all over the window, and such pretty old-fashioned chintz hangings! but John would not hear of it.

roses - Rosen; Rosa

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) altmodisch

chintz - Chintz

hangings - Erhängen; (to hang) hängen, schweben

He said there was only one window and not room for two beds, and no near room for him if he took another.

He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction.

hardly - hart, rau, kaum

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

I have a schedule prescription for each hour in the day; he takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more.

prescription - Rezept, Verschreibung, Rechtssetzung, Verjährung

basely - grundlegend

ungrateful - undankbar

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

He said we came here solely on my account, that I was to have perfect rest and all the air I could get. "Your exercise depends on your strength, my dear," said he, "and your food somewhat on your appetite; but air you can absorb all the time." So we took the nursery, at the top of the house.

solely - nur; einzig und allein; ausschließlich, exklusiv, alleinig

account - Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

strength - Stärke, Kraft, Festigkeit, Mumm

somewhat - etwas, einigermaßen

appetite - Appetit; Begierde, Lust

absorb - absorbieren, aufnehen

nursery - Kinderstube, Kinderzimmer, Kindergarten, Kinderzimmer

It is a big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore. It was nursery first and then playground and gymnasium, I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things in the walls.

airy - luftig; belüftet, gelüftet, zugig, umweht

sunshine - Sonnenschein

galore - in Hülle und Fülle; im Überfluss

playground - Spielwiese, Spielplatz, Kinderspielplatz, Schulhof

gymnasium - Sporthalle, Turnhalle, Gymnastikraum, Fitnessstudio

judge - urteilen (nach), richten; Richter, Jurist

rings - Ringe; Ring, Kreis

The paint and paper look as if a boys'school had used it. It is stripped off"the paper"in great patches all around the head of my bed, about as far as I can reach, and in a great place on the other side of the room low down. I never saw a worse paper in my life.

stripped off - (strip off) abreißen (Plakat, Tapete)

patches - notdürftig reparieren, reparieren, einsetzen; Flicken

One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.

sprawling - ausgedehnt; ausspreizen, grätschen, sich ausbreiten, Wuchern

flamboyant - extravagant, prächtig, üppig, überladen

committing - sich zu engagieren; einweisen, einliefern, begehen, verbrechen

artistic - künstlerisch, gestalterisch, kunstvoll

sin - Sünde, sündigen; eine Sünde begehen

It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate, and provoke study, and when you follow the lame, uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide"plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard-of contradictions.

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

confuse - verwirren, konfundieren, verwechseln, vermischen

constantly - ständig; regelmäßig; konstant

irritate - reizen, irritieren, ärgern

provoke - provozieren, aufreizen, aufwühlen, aufhetzen

lame - lähmen; lahm

uncertain - unsicher

curves - Kurve, Kurve, Linie, Kurven, biegen, verbiegen

commit - einweisen, einliefern, begehen, verbrechen, verüben

suicide - Selbstmord; Suizid, Freitod, Selbstmörder, Selbstmörderin

plunge - stürzen; eintauchen, tauchen

angles - Winkeln; Angel

unheard - ungehört

contradictions - Widersprüche; Widerspruch, Widerspruch, Gegensatz, Widerspruch

The color is repellant, almost revolting; a smouldering, unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.

repellant - abstoßend

revolting - revoltieren, Revolte

smouldering - glimmend, schwelend; (smoulder) glimmend, schwelend

unclean - unrein, gemein

strangely - seltsame, merkwürdige

faded - verblasst; verfärben, Ausblendung; verblassen, nachlassen

sunlight - Sonnenlicht

It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.

lurid - widerlich; grell; reißerisch

sickly - kränklich

sulphur - Schwefel

tint - färben, tönen; Farbe, Farbton

No wonder the children hated it! I should hate it myself if I had to live in this room long.

wonder - Wunder, Mirakel, wundern

There comes John, and I must put this away,"he hates to have me write a word.

We have been here two weeks, and I haven't felt like writing before, since that first day.

I am sitting by the window now, up in this atrocious nursery, and there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength.

atrocious - entsetzlich

hinder - behindern, aufhalten, hindern; (hind) behindern, aufhalten

lack - ermangeln, fehlen

John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious.

I am glad my case is not serious!

Glad - Erfreut; freudig, froh

But these nervous troubles are dreadfully depressing.

dreadfully - furchtbar

depressing - deprimierend; deprimieren

John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.

suffer - leiden; erleiden

satisfies - befriedigt; befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

Of course it is only nervousness. It does weigh on me so not to do my duty in any way!

nervousness - Nervosität, Unruhe

weigh - wiegen, wägen, abwiegen, auswiegen, abwägen, erwägen, lasten

Duty - Die Pflicht; Pflicht; Schicht, Arbeitszeit, Zoll, Einfuhrsteuer

I meant to be such a help to John, such a real rest and comfort, and here I am a comparative burden already!

comfort - Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit, Komfort, Trost, Tröstung

comparative - vergleichend; komparativ; verhältnismäßig, relativ, Höherstufe

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

Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able"to dress and entertain, and order things.

effort - Anstrengung, Aufwand

entertain - jdn. zu Gast haben;bewirten, unterhalten

It is fortunate Mary is so good with the baby. Such a dear baby!

fortunate - glücklich; günstig, verheißungsvoll

Mary - Maria, Maria

And yet I cannot be with him, it makes me so nervous.

I suppose John never was nervous in his life. He laughs at me so about this wallpaper!

At first he meant to repaper the room, but afterwards he said that I was letting it get the better of me, and that nothing was worse for a nervous patient than to give way to such fancies.

repaper - umschreiben

give way - nachgeben, ich/er/sie wich, weichen, abtreten

fancies - Lust; extravagant, originell

He said that after the wallpaper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on.

bedstead - Bettgestell, Bettrahmen

"You know the place is doing you good," he said, "and really, dear, I don't care to renovate the house just for a three months'rental."

renovate - renovieren, erneuern, restaurieren

rental - Vermietung; Verleih

"Then do let us go downstairs," I said, "there are such pretty rooms there."

go downstairs - Treppe hinabgehen

Then he took me in his arms and called me a blessed little goose, and said he would go down cellar if I wished, and have it whitewashed into the bargain.

blessed - gesegnet; selig; (bless); gesegnet; selig

goose - Gans

cellar - Keller

whitewashed - getüncht; Tünche, Zu-null-Sieg, reinwaschen, schönfärben, etwas

bargain - Angebot; Vereinbarung, Abmachung, Schnäppchen, Anschaffung

But he is right enough about the beds and windows and things.

It is as airy and comfortable a room as any one need wish, and, of course, I would not be so silly as to make him uncomfortable just for a whim.

silly - doof, dumm, albern, Dummerchen

uncomfortable - unangenehm; unbequem, ungemütlich, unbehaglich

whim - Laune

I'm really getting quite fond of the big room, all but that horrid paper.

fond - (to be fond of sb/sth) jemanden/etwas gerne mögen

horrid - schrecklich; entsetzlich, grässlich, gräulich, grauenvoll

Out of one window I can see the garden, those mysterious deep-shaded arbors, the riotous old-fashioned flowers, and bushes and gnarly trees.

mysterious - geheimnisvoll; mysteriös; rätselhaft

shaded - schattiert; Maifisch

riotous - tumultuarisch, aufrührerisch, tobend

bushes - Büsche; Buchse, Strauch, Busch

gnarly - knorrig

Out of another I get a lovely view of the bay and a little private wharf belonging to the estate. There is a beautiful shaded lane that runs down there from the house. I always fancy I see people walking in these numerous paths and arbors, but John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least.

bay - Erker, Bucht, Gestell, Bellen

private - privat; privat

wharf - Werft; Kai, Wharf

shaded - schattiert; Schatten, Vorhang, Farbton, schattieren

lane - Fahrspur; Gasse; Spur, Route

runs down - überrennt

numerous - zahlreich, vielzählig

cautioned - gewarnt; Warnung, Vorsicht, Vorsicht, Achtsamkeit, Behutsamkeit

He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency. So I try.

imaginative power - Vorstellungsvermögen

weakness - Schwäche, Faible

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

I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.

relieve - Erleichterung; erleichtern; lindern; entlasten; ablösen; seine Notdurft verrichten

press - Presse (Maschine), Presse (Zeitung); drängen, drücken

But I find I get pretty tired when I try.

It is so discouraging not to have any advice and companionship about my work. When I get really well John says we will ask Cousin Henry and Julia down for a long visit; but he says he would as soon put fire-works in my pillow-case as to let me have those stimulating people about now.

discouraging - entmutigend; entmutigen, abschrecken, abraten, abraten von

companionship - Kameradschaft

pillow-case - (pillow-case) Kopfkissenbezug

stimulating - anregend; stimulieren, stimulieren

I wish I could get well faster.

But I must not think about that. This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had!

vicious - bösartig; gewalttätig, destruktiv, grausam, aggressiv, böse

influence - Einfluss; Beeinflussung, Beeinflusser, beeinflussen

There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside-down.

recurrent - wiederkehrend

spot - Fleck, Punkt, Pickel, Pustel, Bisschen, Stelle, Ort, Werbespot

lolls - räkeln

broken neck - Genickbruch

bulbous - bauchig; knollenförmig

stare - starren, anstarren

upside - Vorteile; Oberseite; Vorteil, positive Seite, Schokoladenseite

I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness. Up and down and sideways they crawl, and those absurd, unblinking eyes are everywhere. There is one place where two breadths didn't match, and the eyes go all up and down the line, one a little higher than the other.

positively - positiv

impertinence - Unverfrorenheit; Unbedeutendheit, Unerheblichkeit

everlastingness - Unvergänglichkeit; Unendlichkeit

sideways - seitwärts; Seitenweg

crawl - krabbeln; kriechen

absurd - absurd

unblinking - ohne zu blinken

breadths - Weiten; Breite

I never saw so much expression in an inanimate thing before, and we all know how much expression they have! I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy-store.

inanimate - unbelebt, leblos

awake - munter, wach; erwachen, aufwachen

entertainment - Unterhaltung

terror - Schrecken, Grauen, schreckliche Furcht, Terror

plain - unscheinbar, einfach, vollständige, ehrlich

I remember what a kindly wink the knobs of our big old bureau used to have, and there was one chair that always seemed like a strong friend.

wink - zwinkern, blinzeln, funkeln, zuzwinkern

knobs - Knöpfe; Knopf, Knauf

bureau - Büro; Sekretär, Schreibtisch, Kommode

I used to feel that if any of the other things looked too fierce I could always hop into that chair and be safe.

fierce - wild, heftig, bedrohlich

hop - tanzen (hüpfen); schwoofen (ugs. tanzen)

The furniture in this room is no worse than inharmonious, however, for we had to bring it all from downstairs. I suppose when this was used as a playroom they had to take the nursery things out, and no wonder! I never saw such ravages as the children have made here.

inharmonious - unharmonisch

playroom - Spielzimmer

ravages - Verwüstungen; verwüsten, zerstören, Verwüstung

The wallpaper, as I said before, is torn off in spots, and it sticketh closer than a brother"they must have had perseverance as well as hatred.

torn off - abgerissen

spots - Flecken; Fleck, Punkt, Fleck, Pickel, Pustel, Bisschen

sticketh - klebt

perseverance - Beharrlichkeit, Ausdauer, Durchhaltevermögen

hatred - Hass

Then the floor is scratched and gouged and splintered, the plaster itself is dug out here and there, and this great heavy bed, which is all we found in the room, looks as if it had been through the wars.

scratched - zerkratzt; kratzen, kratzen, zerkratzen, verkratzen, Kratzer

gouged - gemeißelt; Grabstichel, Hohlbeitel, Hohlmeißel, Stichel, Furche

splintered - abgesplittert; Span, Splitter

plaster - Gips; Salbe, Creme, Putz, Verputz, Stuck

dug out - ausgegraben

But I don't mind it a bit"only the paper.

I don't mind - Meinetwegen!

There comes John's sister. Such a dear girl as she is, and so careful of me! I must not let her find me writing.

She is a perfect, and enthusiastic housekeeper, and hopes for no better profession. I verily believe she thinks it is the writing which made me sick!

enthusiastic - enthusiastisch, begeistert

housekeeper - Haushälterin; Hausfrau; (hired) Haushälterin; (hired) Haushälter

profession - Bekenntnis; Beruf, Profession, Profess, Gelübde

verily - wahrhaftig; wahrlich; gewiss, natürlich, sicher

But I can write when she is out, and see her a long way off from these windows.

There is one that commands the road, a lovely, shaded, winding road, and one that just looks off over the country. A lovely country, too, full of great elms and velvet meadows.

commands - Befehl, Kommando

winding - (wind) aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln

elms - Ulmen; Ulme

velvet - Samt

meadows - Wiesen; Wiese, Weide, Aue

This wallpaper has a kind of sub-pattern in a different shade, a particularly irritating one, for you can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then.

sub - U-Boot; Unter..

shade - Schatten; Vorhang; Farbton; schattieren

particularly - besonders

irritating - irritierend; reizen, irritieren, ärgern

But in the places where it isn't faded, and where the sun is just so, I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to sulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design.

faded - verblasst; Mode, Trend, Modeerscheinung, Fimmel

provoking - provozieren, aufreizen, aufwühlen, aufhetzen, aufpeitschen

formless - formlos

sulk - schmollen

conspicuous - auffallend; auffällig, augenfällig, offensichtlich, sichtbar

There's sister on the stairs!

Well, the Fourth of July is over! The people are gone and I am tired out. John thought it might do me good to see a little company, so we just had mother and Nellie and the children down for a week.

tired out - übernächtigt

Of course I didn't do a thing. Jennie sees to everything now.

But it tired me all the same.

John says if I don't pick up faster he shall send me to Weir Mitchell in the fall.

weir - Wehr; Fischwehr

But I don't want to go there at all. I had a friend who was in his hands once, and she says he is just like John and my brother, only more so!

Besides, it is such an undertaking to go so far.

besides - Außerdem; neben, neben

undertaking - Unternehmung; Unternehmen; (undertake); unternehmen, ausführen

I don't feel as if it was worth while to turn my hand over for anything, and I'm getting dreadfully fretful and querulous.

worth - wert

fretful - unruhig; gereizt, schlechtgelaunt, übelgelaunt, ruhelos

querulous - quengelig

I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time.

Of course I don't when John is here, or anybody else, but when I am alone.

And I am alone a good deal just now. John is kept in town very often by serious cases, and Jennie is good and lets me alone when I want her to.

So I walk a little in the garden or down that lovely lane, sit on the porch under the roses, and lie down up here a good deal.

porch - Vorbau, Vordach, Veranda

I'm getting really fond of the room in spite of the wallpaper. Perhaps because of the wallpaper.

It dwells in my mind so!

dwells - wohnt; leben, verbleiben, wohnen, verweilen

I lie here on this great immovable bed"it is nailed down, I believe"and follow that pattern about by the hour. It is as good as gymnastics, I assure you. I start, we'll say, at the bottom, down in the corner over there where it has not been touched, and I determine for the thousandth time that I will follow that pointless pattern to some sort of a conclusion.

immovable - unbeweglich

nailed - festgenagelt; nageln (derb. koitieren); annageln, Nagel, nageln

gymnastics - gymnastisch, Gymnastik

assure - sichern; versichern

determine - bestimmen, eingrenzen, festlegen

thousandth - tausendste; Tausendste; Tausendstel

pointless - stumpf; gegenstandslos, irrelevant, sinnlos, witzlos, zwecklos

conclusion - Schluss, Ende, Abschluss, Ergebnis, Schlussfolgerung

I know a little of the principle of design, and I know this thing was not arranged on any laws of radiation, or alternation, or repetition, or symmetry, or anything else that I ever heard of.

principle - Grundsatz, Prinzip, Naturgesetz

radiation - Strahlung, Radiation, Auffächerung

alternation - Abwechslung; Wechsel, Halbwelle, Wechselbetrieb

repetition - Wiederholung, Wdh(lg). Wiederholung

symmetry - Symmetrie

It is repeated, of course, by the breadths, but not otherwise.

otherwise - sonst

Looked at in one way each breadth stands alone, the bloated curves and flourishes"a kind of "debased Romanesque" with delirium tremens"go waddling up and down in isolated columns of fatuity.

breadth - Weite; Breite

bloated - aufgebläht; schwellen, aufblasen, aufblähen, aufblähen

flourishes - blüht; gedeihen, blühen, spriessen, grünen, sich gut entwickeln

debased - entwürdigt; erniedrigen, entwürdigen, herabsetzen, mindern

Romanesque - Romanisch; romantische

delirium - Delirium, Fieberphantasie, Taumel

waddling - watschelnder, watscheln

isolated - isoliert; isolieren, absondern, abdichten

fatuity - Fatuität; Einfältigkeit

But, on the other hand, they connect diagonally, and the sprawling outlines run off in great slanting waves of optic horror, like a lot of wallowing seaweeds in full chase.

diagonally - diagonal

outlines - Umrisse; Umriss, Kontur, Umriss, Skizze, Skizzierung

slanting - Schräglage; Schräge, Hang, Abhang, schiefe Ebene, Neigung

optic - optisch

wallowing - Schwelgen; (wallow) im Schmutz wälzen; (wallow) Schwelgen; (wallow) im Schmutz wälzen

seaweeds - Seegras; Algen, Tang, Seetang

chase - verfolgtes Wild, Verfolgung; jagen; Jagd (nach)

The whole thing goes horizontally, too, at least it seems so, and I exhaust myself in trying to distinguish the order of its going in that direction.

horizontally - Horizontal

distinguish - unterscheiden; erkennen; auszeichnen

They have used a horizontal breadth for a frieze, and that adds wonderfully to the confusion.

horizontal - horizontal, waagrecht, waagerecht

frieze - Friesisch; Fries

wonderfully - Wunderbar

confusion - Verwirrung, Durcheinander, Konfusion, Verwechslung

There is one end of the room where it is almost intact, and there, when the cross-lights fade and the low sun shines directly upon it, I can almost fancy radiation after all,"the interminable grotesques seem to form around a common centre and rush off in headlong plunges of equal distraction.

intact - unversehrt; intakt

fade - verfärben, Ausblendung; verblassen, nachlassen, verwelken

shines - leuchtet; schimmern, wienern; Schein; putzen (Schuhe)

directly - direkt, gerade, unmittelbar

upon - auf; mit

interminable - unendlich

grotesques - Grotesken; grotesk

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

headlong - kopflos; mit dem Kopf zuerst; kopfüber; Hals über Kopf

plunges - stürzt; eintauchen, tauchen

Equal - Gleichberechtigt; gleich; gleichen; Gleichgestellter

Distraction - Ablenkung, Ablenkungsmanöver, Störung, Zerstreuung, Wahnsinn

It makes me tired to follow it. I will take a nap, I guess.

nap - Nickerchen, Schläfchen

I don't know why I should write this.

I don't want to.

I don't feel able.

And I know John would think it absurd. But I must say what I feel and think in some way"it is such a relief!

But the effort is getting to be greater than the relief.

Half the time now I am awfully lazy, and lie down ever so much.

awfully - furchtbar, entsetzlich

John says I musn't lose my strength, and has me take cod-liver oil and lots of tonics and things, to say nothing of ale and wine and rare meat.

cod - Kabeljau, Dorsch

ale - Ale

rare - selten; rar, blutig (Steak)

Dear John! He loves me very dearly, and hates to have me sick. I tried to have a real earnest reasonable talk with him the other day, and tell him how I wish he would let me go and make a visit to Cousin Henry and Julia.

Dearly - Liebevoll; teuer

reasonable - vernünftig

But he said I wasn't able to go, nor able to stand it after I got there; and I did not make out a very good case for myself, for I was crying before I had finished.

wasn - Was

nor - weder noch, auch nicht

It is getting to be a great effort for me to think straight. Just this nervous weakness, I suppose.

And dear John gathered me up in his arms, and just carried me upstairs and laid me on the bed, and sat by me and read to me till it tired my head.

gathered - gesammelt; sammeln, versammeln

laid - gelegt; richten (Tisch)

He said I was his darling and his comfort and all he had, and that I must take care of myself for his sake, and keep well.

darling - Liebling, Schatz, Schätzchen

sake - (for your sake) deinetwegen, euretwegen, Ihretwegen, dir zuliebe

He says no one but myself can help me out of it, that I must use my will and self-control and not let any silly fancies run away with me.

self - Selbst

There's one comfort, the baby is well and happy, and does not have to occupy this nursery with the horrid wallpaper.

occupy - in Anspruch nehmen, belegen, bewohnen, besetzen, okkupieren

If we had not used it that blessed child would have! What a fortunate escape! Why, I wouldn't have a child of mine, an impressionable little thing, live in such a room for worlds.

escape - entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

impressionable - beeinflussbar

I never thought of it before, but it is lucky that John kept me here after all. I can stand it so much easier than a baby, you see.

Of course I never mention it to them any more,"I am too wise,"but I keep watch of it all the same.

wise - weise; klug, vernünftig

There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.

Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day.

dim - schummrig; trüb; dämmerig, dunkel

It is always the same shape, only very numerous.

And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don't like it a bit. I wonder"I begin to think"I wish John would take me away from here!

stooping - Bücken; Buckel, sich beugen

creeping - schleichend; kriechen, schleichen, schleichen, kriechen

It is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he loves me so.

But I tried it last night.

It was moonlight. The moon shines in all around, just as the sun does.

I hate to see it sometimes, it creeps so slowly, and always comes in by one window or another.

creeps - Widerlinge; kriechen, schleichen, schleichen, kriechen

John was asleep and I hated to waken him, so I kept still and watched the moonlight on that undulating wallpaper till I felt creepy.

waken - wecken

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

creepy - kriechend; gruselig, schaurig, schauerlich, unheimlich

The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out.

faint - leise, schwach, undeutlich, ohnmächtig werden

I got up softly and went to feel and see if the paper did move, and when I came back John was awake.

softly - sachte; leise

"What is it, little girl?" he said. "Don't go walking about like that"you'll get cold."

I thought it was a good time to talk, so I told him that I really was not gaining here, and that I wished he would take me away.

gaining - zu gewinnen; gewinnend

"Why darling!" said he, "our lease will be up in three weeks, and I can't see how to leave before.

lease - Pacht, Miete

"The repairs are not done at home, and I cannot possibly leave town just now. Of course if you were in any danger I could and would, but you really are better, dear, whether you can see it or not. I am a doctor, dear, and I know. You are gaining flesh and color, your appetite is better. I feel really much easier about you."

Possibly - vielleicht, eventuell, möglicherweise, negated: unmöglich

whether - ob

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

"I don't weigh a bit more," said I, "nor as much; and my appetite may be better in the evening, when you are here, but it is worse in the morning when you are away."

"Bless her little heart!" said he with a big hug; "she shall be as sick as she pleases! But now let's improve the shining hours by going to sleep, and talk about it in the morning!"

bless - segnen; selig preisen

hug - Umarmung; umarmen

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

"And you won't go away?" I asked gloomily.

gloomily - düster, finster

"Why, how can I, dear? It is only three weeks more and then we will take a nice little trip of a few days while Jennie is getting the house ready. Really, dear, you are better!"

"Better in body perhaps""I began, and stopped short, for he sat up straight and looked at me with such a stern, reproachful look that I could not say another word.

stern - ernst, Heck

reproachful - vorwurfsvoll

"My darling," said he, "I beg of you, for my sake and for our child's sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind! There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is a false and foolish fancy. Can you not trust me as a physician when I tell you so?"

beg - Männchen machen; etwas erbitten (von jemandem); bitten (um)

instant - sofort; augenblicklich, tafelfertig, Moment

fascinating - faszinierend; faszinieren, faszinieren, faszinieren, bezaubern

temperament - Temperament, Charakter, Veranlagung, Stimmung

foolish - dumm, närrisch, töricht

trust - Vertrauen, Hoffnung, Trust, anschreiben

So of course I said no more on that score, and we went to sleep before long. He thought I was asleep first, but I wasn't,"I lay there for hours trying to decide whether that front pattern and the back pattern really did move together or separately.

lay - legen; richten (Tisch)

move together - zusammenrücken [alt], zusammen rücken

separately - getrennt

On a pattern like this, by daylight, there is a lack of sequence, a defiance of law, that is a constant irritant to a normal mind.

daylight - Tageslicht; Tag

sequence - Reihenfolge; Sequenz

defiance - Trotzigkeit; Trotz, Auflehnung, Widerstand, offener Ungehorsam

constant - beständig, konstant, regelmäßig, stetig

irritant - irritierend, aufreizend, verwirrend, Ärgernis, Reiz

The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.

hideous - scheußlich; abscheulich

unreliable - unzuverlässig

infuriating - ärgerlich; wütend machen, zur Weißglut bringen

torturing - folternd; (torture); Folter; Tortur; foltern

You think you have mastered it, but just as you get well under way in following, it turns a back somersault and there you are. It slaps you in the face, knocks you down, and tramples upon you. It is like a bad dream.

mastered - gemeistert; Haupt.., Grund, Meister, führend

somersault - einen Purzelbaum schlagen; Salto, Überschlag, Kopsibolter

slaps - Klaps, Schlag, Makeup

tramples - trampelt; trampeln, zertrampeln, herumtrampeln

The outside pattern is a florid arabesque, reminding one of a fungus. If you can imagine a toadstool in joints, an interminable string of toadstools, budding and sprouting in endless convolutions,"why, that is something like it.

arabesque - Arabeske

reminding - erinnern, in Erinnerung bringen

fungus - Pilz

joints - Gelenke; gemeinschaftlich, gemeinsam, gemeinsame, gemeinsamer

string - Schnur; Zeichenkette, String, Saite, auffädeln, einfädeln

toadstools - Fliegenpilze; Giftpilz

budding - angehend, aufkeimend, im Erblühen

sprouting - sprießen; (sprout) Schössling; (sprout) sprießen; (sprout) Schössling

endless - endlos, unbegrenzt, unbeschränkt, unendlich

convolutions - Falten; Windung, Zusammenwicklung

That is, sometimes!

There is one marked peculiarity about this paper, a thing nobody seems to notice but myself, and that is that it changes as the light changes.

peculiarity - Singularität, Einzigartigkeit, Besonderheit

When the sun shoots in through the east window"I always watch for that first long, straight ray"it changes so quickly that I never can quite believe it.

shoots - schießt; Jagd, Spross (Pflanze), Schuss; flitzen (Auto), filmen

ray - Schimmer, Strahl; ausstrahlen

That is why I watch it always.

By moonlight"the moon shines in all night when there is a moon"I wouldn't know it was the same paper.

At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars! The outside pattern I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be.

twilight - Dämmerung, Zwielicht, Halbdunkel

candlelight - Kerzenlicht, Kerzenschein

lamplight - Laternenlicht; Lampenlicht

I didn't realize for a long time what the thing was that showed behind,"that dim sub-pattern,"but now I am quite sure it is a woman.

By daylight she is subdued, quiet. I fancy it is the pattern that keeps her so still. It is so puzzling. It keeps me quiet by the hour.

subdued - gedämpft; unter Kontrolle bringen, unterwerfen, unterwerfen

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

I lie down ever so much now. John says it is good for me, and to sleep all I can.

Indeed, he started the habit by making me lie down for an hour after each meal.

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

It is a very bad habit, I am convinced, for, you see, I don't sleep.

bad habit - Unsitte , Unart

Convinced - Überzeugt; überzeugen

And that cultivates deceit, for I don't tell them I'm awake,"oh, no!

cultivates - kultiviert; kultivieren, anbauen, kultivieren, pflegen

deceit - Betrügerei, Betrug, Täuschung, Falschheit

The fact is, I am getting a little afraid of John.

He seems very queer sometimes, and even Jennie has an inexplicable look.

inexplicable - unerklärlich

It strikes me occasionally, just as a scientific hypothesis, that perhaps it is the paper!

strikes - Streiks; streichen, schlagen, prägen, streiken, scheinen

Occasionally - gelegentlich

scientific - wissenschaftlich

hypothesis - Hypothese

I have watched John when he did not know I was looking, and come into the room suddenly on the most innocent excuses, and I've caught him several times looking at the paper! And Jennie too. I caught Jennie with her hand on it once.

most innocent - unschuldigste

excuses - Ausreden; entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigen

She didn't know I was in the room, and when I asked her in a quiet, a very quiet voice, with the most restrained manner possible, what she was doing with the paper she turned around as if she had been caught stealing, and looked quite angry"asked me why I should frighten her so!

restrained - zurückhaltend; zurückhalten

frighten - Angst machen, erschrecken, beängstigen

Then she said that the paper stained everything it touched, that she had found yellow smooches on all my clothes and John's, and she wished we would be more careful!

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

smooches - knutschen, schmusen

Did not that sound innocent? But I know she was studying that pattern, and I am determined that nobody shall find it out but myself!

innocent - rein; unschuldig

determined - bestimmt; bestimmen, eingrenzen, festlegen

Life is very much more exciting now than it used to be. You see I have something more to expect, to look forward to, to watch. I really do eat better, and am more quiet than I was.

more exciting - aufregendere

more quiet - ruhigere

John is so pleased to see me improve! He laughed a little the other day, and said I seemed to be flourishing in spite of my wallpaper.

flourishing - gedeihen, blühen, spriessen, grünen, sich gut entwickeln

I turned it off with a laugh. I had no intention of telling him it was because of the wallpaper"he would make fun of me. He might even want to take me away.

intention - Absicht

I don't want to leave now until I have found it out. There is a week more, and I think that will be enough.

I'm feeling ever so much better! I don't sleep much at night, for it is so interesting to watch developments; but I sleep a good deal in the daytime.

developments - Entwicklungen; Entwicklung, Entwicklung

daytime - tagsüber; heller Tag, Tageszeit

In the daytime it is tiresome and perplexing.

tiresome - lästig

perplexing - verwirrend; verwirren

There are always new shoots on the fungus, and new shades of yellow all over it. I cannot keep count of them, though I have tried conscientiously.

shades - Schattierungen; Maifisch

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

conscientiously - Gewissenhaft

It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw"not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.

buttercups - Butterblumen; Hahnenfuß, Butterblume

foul - schmutzig

But there is something else about that paper"the smell! I noticed it the moment we came into the room, but with so much air and sun it was not bad. Now we have had a week of fog and rain, and whether the windows are open or not, the smell is here.

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

It creeps all over the house.

I find it hovering in the dining-room, skulking in the parlor, hiding in the hall, lying in wait for me on the stairs.

hovering - schwebend; rütteln, verweilen, zögern, bewegen

dining - Essen; Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

skulking - herumschleichend, schleichend; (skulk); sich verstecken

parlor - Saloon; Wohnzimmer, Salon, Empfangszimmer, Sprechzimmer

It gets into my hair.

Even when I go to ride, if I turn my head suddenly and surprise it"there is that smell!

Such a peculiar odor, too! I have spent hours in trying to analyze it, to find what it smelled like.

peculiar - eigentümlich; merkwürdig, seltsam

odor - Geruch

analyze - untersuchen; analysieren

It is not bad"at first, and very gentle, but quite the subtlest, most enduring odor I ever met.

gentle - liebenswürdig; einfühlsam, sanftmütig, gemächlich, sachte

subtlest - am subtilsten; subtil, fast unmerklich, haarfein, dezent

enduring - ausdauernd; ertragen, aushalten, dulden, von Bestand sein

In this damp weather it is awful. I wake up in the night and find it hanging over me.

damp - feucht; Feuchtigkeit; ersticken, dämpfen

hanging over - überhängend

It used to disturb me at first. I thought seriously of burning the house"to reach the smell.

disturb - stören

seriously - ernst, ernsthaft

But now I am used to it. The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell.

There is a very funny mark on this wall, low down, near the mopboard. A streak that runs round the room. It goes behind every piece of furniture, except the bed, a long, straight, even smooch, as if it had been rubbed over and over.

mopboard - Scheuerleiste, Sockelleiste

streak - Strähne; Schliere; Später Ginsterspanner; schlieren; flitzen

smooch - knutschen, schmusen

rubbed - gerieben; reiben, reiben, abreiben, sich abreiben

I wonder how it was done and who did it, and what they did it for. Round and round and round"round and round and round"it makes me dizzy!

dizzy - schwindelig, schwindelerregend, schwindlige

I really have discovered something at last.

Through watching so much at night, when it changes so, I have finally found out.

The front pattern does move"and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!

Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.

crawls - krabbelt; kriechen

crawling - (crawl) krabbeln, kriechen; (crawl) (crawl) krabbeln, kriechen

Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.

And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern"it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads.

strangles - erwürgt; strangulieren, erwürgen

They get through, and then the pattern strangles them off and turns them upside-down, and makes their eyes white!

If those heads were covered or taken off it would not be half so bad.

I think that woman gets out in the daytime!

And I'll tell you why"privately"I've seen her!

privately - privat

I can see her out of every one of my windows!

It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.

creep - Fiesling; kriechen; schleichen; Knilch, Widerling

I see her on that long shaded lane, creeping up and down. I see her in those dark grape arbors, creeping all around the garden.

I see her on that long road under the trees, creeping along, and when a carriage comes she hides under the blackberry vines.

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

blackberry - Brombeerstrauch; Brombeere

vines - Reben; Kletterpflanze, Ranke

I don't blame her a bit. It must be very humiliating to be caught creeping by daylight!

blame - jemadem die Schuld zuweisen

humiliating - demütigend; demütigen, beschämen, erniedrigen

I always lock the door when I creep by daylight. I can't do it at night, for I know John would suspect something at once.

I can't do it - Ich kann es nicht machen.

suspect - vermuten; misstrauen; verdächtigen; einen Verdacht haben; Verdächtiger

And John is so queer now, that I don't want to irritate him. I wish he would take another room! Besides, I don't want anybody to get that woman out at night but myself.

I often wonder if I could see her out of all the windows at once.

But, turn as fast as I can, I can only see out of one at one time.

And though I always see her she may be able to creep faster than I can turn!

I have watched her sometimes away off in the open country, creeping as fast as a cloud shadow in a high wind.

shadow - Schatten; beschatten

wind - aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

If only that top pattern could be gotten off from the under one! I mean to try it, little by little.

gotten - bekommen

I have found out another funny thing, but I shan't tell it this time! It does not do to trust people too much.

There are only two more days to get this paper off, and I believe John is beginning to notice. I don't like the look in his eyes.

And I heard him ask Jennie a lot of professional questions about me. She had a very good report to give.

She said I slept a good deal in the daytime.

John knows I don't sleep very well at night, for all I'm so quiet!

He asked me all sorts of questions, too, and pretended to be very loving and kind.

pretended - vorgetäuscht; vorgeben, prätendieren, vortäuschen, so tun

As if I couldn't see through him!

Still, I don't wonder he acts so, sleeping under this paper for three months.

It only interests me, but I feel sure John and Jennie are secretly affected by it.

secretly - heimlich, insgeheim

Hurrah! This is the last day, but it is enough. John is to stay in town over night, and won't be out until this evening.

Jennie wanted to sleep with me"the sly thing! but I told her I should undoubtedly rest better for a night all alone.

Undoubtedly - Zweifelsohne; zweifellos

That was clever, for really I wasn't alone a bit! As soon as it was moonlight, and that poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern, I got up and ran to help her.

I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper.

peeled off - abgeblättert

yards - (der) Yard

A strip about as high as my head and half around the room.

strip - Zeichenketten

And then when the sun came and that awful pattern began to laugh at me I declared I would finish it to-day!

declared - erklärt; bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen

We go away to-morrow, and they are moving all my furniture down again to leave things as they were before.

morrow - morgen; Morgen

Jennie looked at the wall in amazement, but I told her merrily that I did it out of pure spite at the vicious thing.

amazement - Erstaunen; Staunen, Verwunderung

merrily - fröhlich, lustig

pure - bloß, rein

She laughed and said she wouldn't mind doing it herself, but I must not get tired.

How she betrayed herself that time!

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

But I am here, and no person touches this paper but me"not alive!

She tried to get me out of the room"it was too patent! But I said it was so quiet and empty and clean now that I believed I would lie down again and sleep all I could; and not to wake me even for dinner"I would call when I woke.

patent - Patent

So now she is gone, and the servants are gone, and the things are gone, and there is nothing left but that great bedstead nailed down, with the canvas mattress we found on it.

servants - Diener, Dienerin, Lakai, Kammerdiener, Zofe, Bediensteter

canvas - Leinwand, Segeltuch

mattress - Matratze

We shall sleep downstairs to-night, and take the boat home to-morrow.

I quite enjoy the room, now it is bare again.

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

How those children did tear about here!

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

This bedstead is fairly gnawed!

fairly - gerecht

gnawed - abgenagt; nagen, kauen, knabbern, nagen, verfolgen, umtreiben

But I must get to work.

I have locked the door and thrown the key down into the front path.

path - Weg, Pfad

I don't want to go out, and I don't want to have anybody come in, till John comes.

I want to astonish him.

astonish - in Erstaunen versetzen; erstaunen

I've got a rope up here that even Jennie did not find. If that woman does get out, and tries to get away, I can tie her!

rope up - anseilen

But I forgot I could not reach far without anything to stand on!

This bed will not move!

I tried to lift and push it until I was lame, and then I got so angry I bit off a little piece at one corner"but it hurt my teeth.

Then I peeled off all the paper I could reach standing on the floor. It sticks horribly and the pattern just enjoys it! All those strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths just shriek with derision!

peeled - geschält; schälen; Schale

sticks - Stöcke; stich!, ich/er/sie stäche, ich/er/sie stach; Schläger

horribly - furchtbar; fürchterlich

strangled - erdrosselt; strangulieren, erwürgen

growths - Wucherungen; Wachstum

shriek - schreien; Kreischen

Derision - Hohn, Spott, Verhöhnung, Verspottung

I am getting angry enough to do something desperate. To jump out of the window would be admirable exercise, but the bars are too strong even to try.

desperate - verzweifelt bemüht, sehnsuchtsvoll verlangend, aussichtslos

admirable - bewundernswert

Besides I wouldn't do it. Of course not. I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be misconstrued.

improper - unangemessen

misconstrued - missverstanden; fehldeuten, falsch deuten, falsch interpretieren

I don't like to look out of the windows even"there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast.

I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper as I did?

But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope"you don't get me out in the road there!

securely - sicher

fastened - befestigen, festmachen

rope - Tau, Seil, Strang

I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard!

It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please!

pleasant - angenehm

I don't want to go outside. I won't, even if Jennie asks me to.

For outside you have to creep on the ground, and everything is green instead of yellow.

But here I can creep smoothly on the floor, and my shoulder just fits in that long smooch around the wall, so I cannot lose my way.

smoothly - reibungslos; ruhig, weich

Why, there's John at the door!

It is no use, young man, you can't open it!

How he does call and pound!

Now he's crying for an axe.

axe - Axt, Beil

It would be a shame to break down that beautiful door!

shame - Schamgefühl; Scham, Schande

"John dear!" said I in the gentlest voice, "the key is down by the front steps, under a plantain leaf!"

gentlest - am sanftesten; liebenswürdig, einfühlsam, sanftmütig, sanft

plantain - Kochbanane, Wegerich

leaf - Blatt, Laubblatt, Platte

That silenced him for a few moments.

silenced - zum Schweigen gebracht; Stille, Schweigen

Then he said"very quietly indeed, "Open the door, my darling!"

"I can't," said I. "The key is down by the front door under a plantain leaf!"

And then I said it again, several times, very gently and slowly, and said it so often that he had to go and see, and he got it, of course, and came in. He stopped short by the door.

gently - sanft

"What is the matter?" he cried. "For God's sake, what are you doing!"

For God's sake - Um Gottes willen!

I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder.

"I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane! And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!"

Jane - Johanna

Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!

fainted - in Ohnmacht gefallen; leise, schwach, undeutlich

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