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James - james, Jacques

It is, I confess, with considerable diffidence that I approach the strange narrative which I am about to relate. The events which I purpose detailing are of so extraordinary a character that I am quite prepared to meet with an unusual amount of incredulity and scorn. I accept all such beforehand. I have, I trust, the literary courage to face unbelief.

diffidence - la défiance, timidité

incredulity - l'incrédulité, incrédulité

scorn - mépriser, dédaigner, mépris, dédain

beforehand - a l'avance

unbelief - l'incrédulité, incrédulité

I have, after mature consideration, resolved to narrate, in as simple and straightforward a manner as I can compass, some facts that passed under my observation, in the month of July last, and which, in the annals of the mysteries of physical science, are wholly unparalleled.

mature - mature, pruine, mur

narrate - raconter, narrer, rapporter, relater

straightforward - direct, simple, franc, facile, aisé

compass - boussole, compas

wholly - entierement

unparalleled - inégalée

I live at No. - Twenty-sixth Street, in New York. The house is in some respects a curious one. It has enjoyed for the last two years the reputation of being haunted. It is a large and stately residence, surrounded by what was once a garden, but which is now only a green enclosure used for bleaching clothes.

York - york, Yorck, Yorque

haunted - hanté, hanter, demeurer, point de rencontre

stately - majestueux, imposant

residence - résidence, siege social

enclosure - l'enfermement, piece jointe, encloitrer, encloîtrer, enclos

bleaching - blanchiment, blanchisserie, (bleach) blanchiment

The dry basin of what has been a fountain, and a few fruit trees ragged and unpruned, indicate that this spot in past days was a pleasant, shady retreat, filled with fruits and flowers and the sweet murmur of waters.

basin - bassin, cuvette, bassine, lavabo

fountain - fontaine

ragged - dépenaillé, loqueteuxse, (rag) dépenaillé

unpruned - non taillé

shady - ombragé, louche

retreat - retraite

murmur - murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer

The house is very spacious. A hall of noble size leads to a large spiral staircase winding through its centre, while the various apartments are of imposing dimensions. It was built some fifteen or twenty years since by Mr. A--, the well-known New York merchant, who five years ago threw the commercial world into convulsions by a stupendous bank fraud. Mr.

spacious - spacieux, ample, grand, logeable

noble - noble, aristocrate, aristocratique

spiral - spirale, hélice, spiraler

staircase - escalier

winding - bobinage, (wind) bobinage

dimensions - dimensions, dimension

merchant - marchand, marchande

convulsions - des convulsions, convulsion

stupendous - stupéfiante

A--, as every one knows, escaped to Europe, and died not long after, of a broken heart. Almost immediately after the news of his decease reached this country and was verified, the report spread in Twenty-sixth Street that No. - was haunted.

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

verified - vérifié, vérifier

Legal measures had dispossessed the widow of its former owner, and it was inhabited merely by a caretaker and his wife, placed there by the house agent into whose hands it had passed for the purposes of renting or sale. These people declared that they were troubled with unnatural noises. Doors were opened without any visible agency.

dispossessed - dépossédés, déposséder

widow - veuve

inhabited - habité, habiter

merely - simplement, uniquement, seulement

caretaker - concierge, gardien, gardienne

unnatural - contre nature

The remnants of furniture scattered through the various rooms were, during the night, piled one upon the other by unknown hands. Invisible feet passed up and down the stairs in broad daylight, accompanied by the rustle of unseen silk dresses, and the gliding of viewless hands along the massive balusters. The caretaker and his wife declared they would live there no longer.

remnants - des vestiges, reste

scattered - dispersé, disperser, se disperser, éparpiller, parsemer

invisible - invisible, caché

daylight - la lumiere du jour, jour, lumiere du jour

rustle - bruissement, froufrou, froufrouter

unseen - invisible

gliding - le vol a voile, vol a voile, (glide), glisser, planer

viewless - sans visibilité

balusters - les balustres, balustre

The house agent laughed, dismissed them, and put others in their place. The noises and supernatural manifestations continued. The neighbourhood caught up the story, and the house remained untenanted for three years. Several persons negotiated for it; but, somehow, always before the bargain was closed they heard the unpleasant rumours and declined to treat any further.

supernatural - surnaturel, surnaturelle

manifestations - manifestations, manifestation

rumours - rumeurs, rumeur

It was in this state of things that my landlady, who at that time kept a boarding-house in Bleecker Street, and who wished to move further up town, conceived the bold idea of renting No. - Twenty-sixth Street.

landlady - propriétaire

boarding-house - (boarding-house) Une pension de famille

conceived - conçu, concevoir, tomber enceinte

Happening to have in her house rather a plucky and philosophical set of boarders, she laid her scheme before us, stating candidly everything she had heard respecting the ghostly qualities of the establishment to which she wished to remove us. With the exception of two timid persons,-a sea-captain and a returned Californian, who immediately gave notice that they would leave,-all of Mrs.

plucky - courageux, qui a du cran

philosophical - philosophique

boarders - pensionnaires, pensionnaire, interne

candidly - franchement, de bonne foi

ghostly - fantomatique

establishment - établissement, systeme, classe dirigeante, establishment

timid - timide, craintif

Californian - californien, Californienne

gave notice - Donner un préavis

Moffat's guests declared that they would accompany her in her chivalric incursion into the abode of spirits.

chivalric - chevaleresque

incursion - incursion, invasion

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

Our removal was effected in the month of May, and we were charmed with our new residence. The portion of Twenty-sixth Street where our house is situated, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, is one of the pleasantest localities in New York. The gardens back of the houses, running down nearly to the Hudson, form, in the summer time, a perfect avenue of verdure.

removal - l'éloignement, enlevement, élimination, prélevement

charmed - charmé, charme

situated - situé, situer

Eighth - huitieme, huitieme

avenues - voies, avenue

localities - localités, région, quartier, voisinage, localité

verdure - verdure, vigueur

The air is pure and invigorating, sweeping, as it does, straight across the river from the Weehawken heights, and even the ragged garden which surrounded the house, although displaying on washing days rather too much clothesline, still gave us a piece of greensward to look at, and a cool retreat in the summer evenings, where we smoked our cigars in the dusk, and watched the fireflies flashing their dark lanterns in the long grass.

clothesline - corde a linge, corde a linge

greensward - vert

cigars - des cigares, cigare

dusk - crépuscule

fireflies - des lucioles, luciole, mouche a feu

lanterns - lanternes, lanterne

Of course we had no sooner established ourselves at No. - than we began to expect ghosts. We absolutely awaited their advent with eagerness. Our dinner conversation was supernatural. One of the boarders, who had purchased Mrs. Crowe's "Night Side of Nature" for his own private delectation, was regarded as a public enemy by the entire household for not having bought twenty copies.

awaited - attendue, attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter

advent - l'avenement, arrivée

delectation - délectation

The man led a life of supreme wretchedness while he was reading this volume. A system of espionage was established, of which he was the victim. If he incautiously laid the book down for an instant and left the room, it was immediately seized and read aloud in secret places to a select few.

supreme - supreme, supreme

wretchedness - la misere

espionage - l'espionnage, espionnage

incautiously - de maniere imprudente

seized - saisi, saisir

aloud - a haute voix, a voix haute, a haute voix, fort

I found myself a person of immense importance, it having leaked out that I was tolerably well versed in the history of supernaturalism, and had once written a story the foundation of which was a ghost.

immense - immense

leaked out - a été divulguée

tolerably - de maniere tolérable

versed - versés, strophe

supernaturalism - le surnaturalisme

If a table or a wainscot panel happened to warp when we were assembled in the large drawing-room, there was an instant silence, and every one was prepared for an immediate clanking of chains and a spectral form.

wainscot - lambris, panneau

warp - déformation, gauchir

assembled - assemblés, assembler, rassembler

clanking - cliquetis, (clank) cliquetis

spectral - spectrale, spectral, spectral?

After a month of psychological excitement, it was with the utmost dissatisfaction that we were forced to acknowledge that nothing in the remotest degree approaching the supernatural had manifested itself.

utmost - le plus important, extreme, plus grand, supreme, maximum

dissatisfaction - l'insatisfaction, insatisfaction, mécontentement

manifested - manifesté, manifeste, bordereau, profession de foi

Once the black butler asseverated that his candle had been blown out by some invisible agency while he was undressing himself for the night; but as I had more than once discovered this coloured gentleman in a condition when one candle must have appeared to him like two, I thought it possible that, by going a step further in his potations, he might have reversed this phenomenon, and seen no candle at all where he ought to have beheld one.

butler - sommelier, majordome

undressing - se déshabiller, déshabillant, (undress), déshabiller

reversed - inversé, faire marche arriere, inverser

beheld - a été observée, regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila

Things were in this state when an accident took place so awful and inexplicable in its character that my reason fairly reels at the bare memory of the occurrence. It was the tenth of July. After dinner was over I repaired, with my friend Dr. Hammond, to the garden to smoke my evening pipe.

inexplicable - inexplicable

reels - bobines, reel, bobine, enrouleur, embobiner, enrouler, tituber

bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu

Occurrence - occurrence

tenth - dixieme, dixieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') dix ('after the name') ('abbreviation' X)

Independent of certain mental sympathies which existed between the Doctor and myself, we were linked together by a vice. We both smoked opium. We knew each other's secret, and respected it.

vice - vice, vertu

opium - l'opium, opium

We enjoyed together that wonderful expansion of thought, that marvellous intensifying of the perceptive faculties, that boundless feeling of existence when we seem to have points of contact with the whole universe,-in short, that unimaginable spiritual bliss, which I would not surrender for a throne, and which I hope you, reader, will never-never taste.

marvellous - merveilleux

intensifying - s'intensifier, intensifier

perceptive - perspicace

faculties - facultés, faculté

boundless - sans limites, illimité

unimaginable - inimaginable

bliss - bonheur, béatitude, félicité

surrender - la reddition, capituler, capitulation, reddition

throne - trône

Those hours of opium happiness which the Doctor and I spent together in secret were regulated with a scientific accuracy. We did not blindly smoke the drug of paradise, and leave our dreams to chance. While smoking, we carefully steered our conversation through the brightest and calmest channels of thought.

blindly - aveuglément, a l’aveuglette

paradise - le paradis, paradis, cieux

steered - piloté, bouvillon

We talked of the East, and endeavoured to recall the magical panorama of its glowing scenery. We criticized the most sensuous poets,-those who painted life ruddy with health, brimming with passion, happy in the possession of youth and strength and beauty. If we talked of Shakespeare's "Tempest," we lingered over Ariel, and avoided Caliban.

endeavoured - s'est efforcé, s'efforcer (de)

magical - magique

panorama - panorama

glowing - rayonnante, briller, luire, irradier, lueur

scenery - décor naturel, paysage, décor

ruddy - ruddy, rougeâtre

brimming - débordant, bord

Shakespeare - shakespeare

tempest - tempete, tempete, (temp) tempete

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

Ariel - ariel

Like the Guebers, we turned our faces to the East, and saw only the sunny side of the world.

sunny side - côté ensoleillé

This skilful colouring of our train of thought produced in our subsequent visions a corresponding tone. The splendours of Arabian fairyland dyed our dreams. We paced the narrow strip of grass with the tread and port of kings. The song of the rana arborea, while he clung to the bark of the ragged plum-tree, sounded like the strains of divine musicians.

skilful - pu

corresponding - correspondant, correspondre (...a qqchose)

fairyland - le pays des fées, royaume des fées, pays des fées

dyed - teintée, (se) teindre

strip - de la bande, bandeau, dégarnir, dépouillons, frange, dépouillez

tread - la bande de roulement, piétiner, escabeau

rana - Rana

clung - s'est accroché, s'accrocher (a)

bark - l'écorce, écorce, coque, aboyer

plum - prune

strains - les souches, tendre fortement

divine - divine, divin

Houses, walls, and streets melted like rain clouds, and vistas of unimaginable glory stretched away before us. It was a rapturous companionship. We enjoyed the vast delight more perfectly because, even in our most ecstatic moments, we were conscious of each other's presence. Our pleasures, while individual, were still twin, vibrating and moving in musical accord.

vistas - des panoramas, vue, point de vue

glory - gloire

rapturous - ravie

ecstatic - extatique

vibrating - vibrant, vibrer

accord - accord, entente, accorder

On the evening in question, the tenth of July, the Doctor and myself drifted into an unusually metaphysical mood. We lit our large meerschaums, filled with fine Turkish tobacco, in the core of which burned a little black nut of opium, that, like the nut in the fairy tale, held within its narrow limits wonders beyond the reach of kings; we paced to and fro, conversing.

drifted - a la dérive, dérive, dériver, errer, dévier

unusually - de façon inhabituelle

metaphysical - métaphysique

meerschaums - des écus, écume de mer

Turkish - turque, turc

tobacco - le tabac, tabac

fairy - fée, tapette, folle

fro - fro

conversing - en train de converser, converser

A strange perversity dominated the currents of our thought. They would not flow through the sun-lit channels into which we strove to divert them. For some unaccountable reason, they constantly diverged into dark and lonesome beds, where a continual gloom brooded.

strove - s'efforcer, s'efforcer de

divert - détourner, dévier, divertir

unaccountable - sans avoir a rendre de comptes

diverged - ont divergé, diverger

lonesome - solitaire

continual - continuelle

gloom - obscurité, pénombre, grisaille, morosité, noirceur

brooded - couvé, couvée, couver, protéger

It was in vain that, after our old fashion, we flung ourselves on the shores of the East, and talked of its gay bazaars, of the splendours of the time of Haroun, of harems and golden palaces. Black afreets continually arose from the depths of our talk, and expanded, like the one the fisherman released from the copper vessel, until they blotted everything bright from our vision.

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

flung - jeté, lancer

bazaars - bazars, bazar, foire, marché

harems - les harems, harem

fisherman - pecheur, pecheur, pecheuse

copper - cuivre

vessel - navire, vaisseau, vase

blotted - éponge, tache, (ink) pâté, souillure, tacher

Insensibly, we yielded to the occult force that swayed us, and indulged in gloomy speculation. We had talked some time upon the proneness of the human mind to mysticism, and the almost universal love of the terrible, when Hammond suddenly said to me, "What do you consider to be the greatest element of terror?"

yielded - cédé, céder

occult - occulter, occulte, occultisme

swayed - balancés, autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance, balancer

indulged in - s'est laissé aller

gloomy - morose, lugubre, sombre, terne, maussade

proneness - la prononciation

mysticism - le mysticisme, mysticisme

The question puzzled me. That many things were terrible, I knew.

Stumbling over a corpse in the dark; beholding, as I once did, a woman floating down a deep and rapid river, with wildly lifted arms, and awful, upturned face, uttering, as she drifted, shrieks that rent one's heart while we, spectators, stood frozen at a window which overhung the river at a height of sixty feet, unable to make the slightest effort to save her, but dumbly watching her last supreme agony and her disappearance. A shattered wreck, with no life visible, encountered floating listlessly on the ocean, is a terrible object, for it suggests a huge terror, the proportions of which are veiled. But it now struck me, for the first time, that there must be one great and ruling embodiment of fear,-a King of Terrors, to which all others must succumb. What might it be? To what train of circumstances would it owe its existence?

stumbling - trébucher, chute, faux pas, bourde

corpse - cadavre, corps, corps sans vie

beholding - l'observation, regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila

wildly - sauvage, sauvagement

uttering - prononcer, (utter) prononcer

shrieks - des cris, hurlement, crier

overhung - en surplomb, surplomber, surplomb

dumbly - betement

agony - l'agonie, agonie, angoisse

disappearance - disparition

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

wreck - épave, carcasse, accident, bousiller, ruiner

listlessly - creuxse

veiled - voilée, voile, voiler

embodiment - l'incarnation, incarnation

succumb - succomber

"I confess, Hammond," I replied to my friend, "I never considered the subject before. That there must be one Something more terrible than any other thing, I feel. I cannot attempt, however, even the most vague definition."

more terrible - plus terrible

vague - vague

"I am somewhat like you, Harry," he answered. "I feel my capacity to experience a terror greater than anything yet conceived by the human mind;-something combining in fearful and unnatural amalgamation hitherto supposed incompatible elements.

Harry - Harry

fearful - effrayant, redoutable, peureux, craintif, terrible, affreux

amalgamation - fusion, amalgamation

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

incompatible - incompatible

The calling of the voices in Brockden Brown's novel of 'Wieland'is awful; so is the picture of the Dweller of the Threshold, in Bulwer's 'Zanoni'; but," he added, shaking his head gloomily, "there is something more horrible still than those."

dweller - habitant

threshold - seuil, seuil de tolérance

more horrible - plus horrible

"Look here, Hammond," I rejoined, "let us drop this kind of talk, For heaven's sake! We shall suffer for it, depend on it."

For heaven's sake - Pour l'amour du ciel

"I don't know what's the matter with me tonight," he replied, "but my brain is running upon all sorts of weird and awful thoughts. I feel as if I could write a story like Hoffman, tonight, if I were only master of a literary style."

thoughts - réflexions, idée, pensée

"Well, if we are going to be Hoffmanesque in our talk, I'm off to bed. Opium and nightmares should never be brought together. How sultry it is! Good night, Hammond."

I'm off - Je m'en vais

sultry - sulfureux, étouffant, torride

"Good night, Harry. Pleasant dreams to you."

"To you, gloomy wretch, afreets, ghouls, and enchanters."

wretch - malheureux, malheureux/-euse

ghouls - goules, goule

enchanters - les enchanteurs, enchanteur, enchanteuse

We parted, and each sought his respective chamber. I undressed quickly and got into bed, taking with me, according to my usual custom, a book, over which I generally read myself to sleep. I opened the volume as soon as I had laid my head upon the pillow, and instantly flung it to the other side of the room.

respective - respectifs

chamber - chambre, piece, salle

undressed - déshabillé, déshabiller

pillow - oreiller, tetiere

It was Goudon's "History of Monsters,"-a curious French work, which I had lately imported from Paris, but which, in the state of mind I had then reached, was anything but an agreeable companion. I resolved to go to sleep at once; so, turning down my gas until nothing but a little blue point of light glimmered on the top of the tube, I composed myself to rest.

agreeable - agréable, complaisant

companion - compagnon, compagne

glimmered - miroité, lueur, émettre une lueur

The room was in total darkness. The atom of gas that still remained alight did not illuminate a distance of three inches round the burner. I desperately drew my arm across my eyes, as if to shut out even the darkness, and tried to think of nothing. It was in vain. The confounded themes touched on by Hammond in the garden kept obtruding themselves on my brain. I battled against them.

atom - atome

alight - s'enflammer, amerrissent, amerris, amerrissons, amerrissez

illuminate - éclairer, illuminer

burner - bruleur, feu, bruleur, graveur

obtruding - genante, (obtrude), empiéter, transparaître

I erected ramparts of would-be blankness of intellect to keep them out. They still crowded upon me. While I was lying still as a corpse, hoping that by a perfect physical inaction I should hasten mental repose, an awful incident occurred.

erected - érigé, droit, dressé

ramparts - des remparts, rempart

blankness - le vide

lying still - couché

inaction - l'inaction, inaction

hasten - se hâter, dépecher

repose - repos

A Something dropped, as it seemed, from the ceiling, plumb upon my chest, and the next instant I felt two bony hands encircling my throat, endeavouring to choke me.

plumb - d'aplomb

bony - osseux

encircling - encerclant, ceignant, (encircle), encercler

endeavouring - s'efforcer, s'efforcer (de)

choke - l'étranglement, étouffer, étouffez, suffoquer, laminer

I am no coward, and am possessed of considerable physical strength. The suddenness of the attack, instead of stunning me, strung every nerve to its highest tension. My body acted from instinct, before my brain had time to realize the terrors of my position. In an instant I wound two muscular arms around the creature, and squeezed it, with all the strength of despair, against my chest.

coward - lâche, couard, couarde, poltron, poltronne

suddenness - soudaineté

instinct - l'instinct, instinct

muscular - musculaire, musclé, musculeux

squeezed - pressé, presser, comprimer, tasser, serrer

despair - le désespoir, désespérer, désespoir

In a few seconds the bony hands that had fastened on my throat loosened their hold, and I was free to breathe once more. Then commenced a struggle of awful intensity.

loosened - desserré, desserrer

commenced - commencé, commencer

intensity - l'intensité, intensité

Immersed in the most profound darkness, totally ignorant of the nature of the Thing by which I was so suddenly attacked, finding my grasp slipping every moment, by reason, it seemed to me, of the entire nakedness of my assailant, bitten with sharp teeth in the shoulder, neck, and chest, having every moment to protect my throat against a pair of sinewy, agile hands, which my utmost efforts could not confine,-these were a combination of circumstances to combat which required all the strength, skill, and courage that I possessed.

immersed - immergé, immerger

profound - profond

ignorant - ignorant

grasp - saisir, agripper, comprendre

nakedness - la nudité, nudité

assailant - l'agresseur, agresseur, assaillant

agile - agile

confine - enfermer, confiner, limite

combat - combat, bataille, lutte, combattre

At last, after a silent, deadly, exhausting struggle, I got my assailant under by a series of incredible efforts of strength. Once pinned, with my knee on what I made out to be its chest, I knew that I was victor. I rested for a moment to breathe. I heard the creature beneath me panting in the darkness, and felt the violent throbbing of a heart.

exhausting - épuisant, épuiser, échappement

Victor - Victor

beneath - dessous

panting - haletant, (pant) haletant

throbbing - des palpitations, (throb), battre, palpiter, vibrer, résonner

It was apparently as exhausted as I was; that was one comfort. At this moment I remembered that I usually placed under my pillow, before going to bed, a large yellow silk pocket handkerchief. I felt for it instantly; it was there. In a few seconds more I had, after a fashion, pinioned the creature's arms.

exhausted - épuisé, épuiser, échappement

handkerchief - mouchoir

I now felt tolerably secure. There was nothing more to be done but to turn on the gas, and, having first seen what my midnight assailant was like, arouse the household. I will confess to being actuated by a certain pride in not giving the alarm before; I wished to make the capture alone and unaided.

arouse - éveiller, émoustiller, exciter

unaided - sans aide

Never losing my hold for an instant, I slipped from the bed to the floor, dragging my captive with me. I had but a few steps to make to reach the gas-burner; these I made with the greatest caution, holding the creature in a grip like a vice. At last I got within arm's length of the tiny speck of blue light which told me where the gas-burner lay.

captive - captif, captive

gas-burner - (gas-burner) bruleur a gaz

caution - prudence, admonition, checkavertissement, checkmise en garde

grip - poignée, ballot, grippe, saisir, agripper, préhension

speck - tache, petite tache

Quick as lightning I released my grasp with one hand and let on the full flood of light. Then I turned to look at my captive.

lightning - la foudre, éclair, éloise, foudre

I cannot even attempt to give any definition of my sensations the instant after I turned on the gas. I suppose I must have shrieked with terror, for in less than a minute afterward my room was crowded with the inmates of the house. I shudder now as I think of that awful moment. I saw nothing!

sensations - sensations, sensation

shrieked - a crié, hurlement, crier

afterward - apres

inmates - détenus, détenu, détenue, codétenu, codétenue, résident

shudder - frémir, tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler

Yes; I had one arm firmly clasped round a breathing, panting, corporeal shape, my other hand gripped with all its strength a throat as warm, as apparently fleshy, as my own; and yet, with this living substance in my grasp, with its body pressed against my own, and all in the bright glare of a large jet of gas, I absolutely beheld nothing! Not even an outline,-a vapour!

clasped - serré, fermoir, serrer

corporeal - corporelle

gripped - saisi, empoigner

fleshy - charnue, carné, pulpeux, viandeux, charnu

glare - éblouissement, éclat

vapour - vapeur, fumées

I do not, even at this hour, realize the situation in which I found myself. I cannot recall the astounding incident thoroughly. Imagination in vain tries to compass the awful paradox.

astounding - stupéfiante, étonner, stupéfier, ébahir, épater

paradox - paradoxe, antinomie

It breathed. I felt its warm breath upon my cheek. It struggled fiercely. It had hands. They clutched me. Its skin was smooth, like my own. There it lay, pressed close up against me, solid as stone,-and yet utterly invisible!

fiercely - férocement, âprement, farouchement

clutched - serré, se raccrocher (a)

utterly - tout a fait

I wonder that I did not faint or go mad on the instant. Some wonderful instinct must have sustained me; for, absolutely, in place of loosening my hold on the terrible Enigma, I seemed to gain an additional strength in my moment of horror, and tightened my grasp with such wonderful force that I felt the creature shivering with agony.

faint - évanouissement, s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir

go mad - devenir fou

sustained - soutenue, maintenir, subvenir

loosening - le relâchement, desserrer

enigma - énigme

tightened - serré, serrer, se resserrer, resserrer les taux

shivering - des frissons, (shiver) des frissons

Just then Hammond entered my room at the head of the household. As soon as he beheld my face-which, I suppose, must have been an awful sight to look at-he hastened forward, crying, "Great heaven, Harry! what has happened?"

hastened - s'est hâté, dépecher

"Hammond! Hammond!" I cried, "come here. O, this is awful! I have been attacked in bed by something or other, which I have hold of; but I can't see it,-I can't see it!"

Hammond, doubtless struck by the unfeigned horror expressed in my countenance, made one or two steps forward with an anxious yet puzzled expression. A very audible titter burst from the remainder of my visitors. This suppressed laughter made me furious. To laugh at a human being in my position! It was the worst species of cruelty.

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

unfeigned - non feinte

countenance - visage, approuver

audible - audible

titter - titrer, rire sottement

burst - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser

remainder - reste, restant, checkreste, checkrésidu, checkinvendu

suppressed - supprimée, contenir, fr

cruelty - la cruauté, cruauté

Now, I can understand why the appearance of a man struggling violently, as it would seem, with an airy nothing, and calling for assistance against a vision, should have appeared ludicrous. Then, so great was my rage against the mocking crowd that had I the power I would have stricken them dead where they stood.

violently - violemment

airy - aéré

ludicrous - ridicule

rage - rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage

mocking - se moquer, (moc) se moquer

"Hammond! Hammond!" I cried again, despairingly, "For God's sake come to me. I can hold the-the thing but a short while longer. It is overpowering me. Help me! Help me!"

despairingly - désespérément

For God's sake - Pour l'amour de Dieu

overpowering - surpuissant, soumettre

"Harry," whispered Hammond, approaching me, "you have been smoking too much opium."

"I swear to you, Hammond, that this is no vision," I answered, in the same low tone. "Don't you see how it shakes my whole frame with its struggles? If you don't believe me, convince yourself. Feel it,-touch it."

Hammond advanced and laid his hand in the spot I indicated. A wild cry of horror burst from him. He had felt it!

In a moment he had discovered somewhere in my room a long piece of cord, and was the next instant winding it and knotting it about the body of the unseen being that I clasped in my arms.

cord - corde, cordon

knotting - le nouage, (knot) le nouage

"Harry," he said, in a hoarse, agitated voice, for, though he preserved his presence of mind, he was deeply moved, "Harry, it's all safe now. You may let go, old fellow, if you're tired. The Thing can't move."

hoarse - rauque, rugueux

deeply moved - profondément touché

I was utterly exhausted, and I gladly loosed my hold.

gladly - heureusement, volontiers

Hammond stood holding the ends of the cord that bound the Invisible, twisted round his hand, while before him, self-supporting as it were, he beheld a rope laced and interlaced, and stretching tightly around a vacant space. I never saw a man look so thoroughly stricken with awe. Nevertheless his face expressed all the courage and determination which I knew him to possess.

twisted - tordu, twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre

interlaced - entrelacé, entrelacer

tightly - étanche, fermement

vacant - vacant, vide, niais

awe - la stupeur, crainte, révérence, admiration

His lips, although white, were set firmly, and one could perceive at a glance that, although stricken with fear, he was not daunted.

glance - regard, jeter un coup d’oil

daunted - découragé, décourager, intimider, démonter

The confusion that ensued among the guests of the house who were witnesses of this extraordinary scene between Hammond and myself,-who beheld the pantomime of binding this struggling Something,-who beheld me almost sinking from physical exhaustion when my task of jailer was over,-the confusion and terror that took possession of the bystanders, when they saw all this, was beyond description.

ensued - s'ensuivit, résulter, découler

pantomime - pantomime

binding - contraignante, contraignant, reliure, liaison, (bind), lier

exhaustion - l'épuisement, épuisement, harassement

jailer - geôlier, geôliere, gâfe

bystanders - des passants, passant, badaud

The weaker ones fled from the apartment. The few who remained clustered near the door and could not be induced to approach Hammond and his Charge. Still incredulity broke out through their terror. They had not the courage to satisfy themselves, and yet they doubted.

fled - fui, s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper

clustered - en grappe, groupe, grappe, régime, amas, rench: -neededr

induced - induite, induire

It was in vain that I begged of some of the men to come near and convince themselves by touch of the existence in that room of a living being which was invisible. They were incredulous, but did not dare to undeceive themselves. How could a solid, living, breathing body be invisible, they asked. My reply was this.

incredulous - incrédule

undeceive - tromper

I gave a sign to Hammond, and both of us-conquering our fearful repugnance to touch the invisible creature-lifted it from the ground, manacled as it was, and took it to my bed. Its weight was about that of a boy of fourteen.

conquering - a la conquete, conquérir

repugnance - répugnance

"Now, my friends," I said, as Hammond and myself held the creature suspended over the bed, "I can give you self-evident proof that here is a solid, ponderable body, which, nevertheless, you cannot see. Be good enough to watch the surface of the bed attentively."

ponderable - pondérable

attentively - attentivement

I was astonished at my own courage in treating this strange event so calmly; but I had recovered from my first terror, and felt a sort of scientific pride in the affair, which dominated every other feeling.

astonished - étonné, étonner, surprendre

calmly - calmement, paisiblement

The eyes of the bystanders were immediately fixed on my bed. At a given signal Hammond and I let the creature fall. There was a dull sound of a heavy body alighting on a soft mass. The timbers of the bed creaked. A deep impression marked itself distinctly on the pillow, and on the bed itself. The crowd who witnessed this gave a low cry, and rushed from the room.

alighting - descendre (de)

timbers - bois de construction

creaked - a grincé, craquement, craquer

distinctly - distinctement

Hammond and I were left alone with our Mystery.

We remained silent for some time, listening to the low, irregular breathing of the creature on the bed, and watching the rustle of the bed-clothes as it impotently struggled to free itself from confinement. Then Hammond spoke.

impotently - par impuissance

confinement - l'enfermement, confinement

"Harry, this is awful."

"Ay, awful."

Ay - il est vrai que

"But not unaccountable."

"Not unaccountable! What do you mean? Such a thing has never occurred since the birth of the world. I know not what to think, Hammond. God grant that I am not mad, and that this is not an insane fantasy!"

insane - dérangé, délirant, fou, dément, dérangeant

"Let us reason a little, Harry. Here is a solid body which we touch, but which we cannot see. The fact is so unusual that it strikes us with terror. Is there no parallel, though, for such a phenomenon? Take a piece of pure glass. It is tangible and transparent. A certain chemical coarseness is all that prevents its being so entirely transparent as to be totally invisible.

tangible - tangible, palpable

coarseness - crudité

It is not theoretically impossible, mind you, to make a glass which shall not reflect a single ray of light,-a glass so pure and homogeneous in its atoms that the rays from the sun will pass through it as they do through the air, refracted but not reflected. We do not see the air, and yet we feel it."

theoretically - théoriquement, en théorie

homogeneous - homogene

atoms - atomes, atome

rays - rayons, rayon

refracted - réfracté, réfracter

"That's all very well, Hammond, but these are inanimate substances. Glass does not breathe, air does not breathe. This thing has a heart that palpitates,-a will that moves it,-lungs that play, and inspire and respire."

inanimate - inanimé

palpitates - palpite, palpiter

respire - respirer, respiration

"You forget the phenomena of which we have so often heard of late," answered the Doctor, gravely. "At the meetings called 'spirit circles,'invisible hands have been thrust into the hands of those persons round the table,-warm, fleshly hands that seemed to pulsate with mortal life."

phenomena - des phénomenes

gravely - gravement

thrust - estocade, poussée, propulser

fleshly - charnel

mortal - mortel, mortelle

"What? Do you think, then, that this thing is--"

"I don't know what it is," was the solemn reply; "but please the gods I will, with your assistance, thoroughly investigate it."

solemn - solennel

We watched together, smoking many pipes, all night long, by the bedside of the unearthly being that tossed and panted until it was apparently wearied out. Then we learned by the low, regular breathing that it slept.

bedside - au chevet du malade

unearthly - non terrestre, inquiétant

tossed - ballotté, jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, pile ou face

panted - paniqué, haleter

wearied - fatigué, las, lasser

The next morning the house was all astir. The boarders congregated on the landing outside my room, and Hammond and myself were lions. We had to answer a thousand questions as to the state of our extraordinary prisoner, for as yet not one person in the house except ourselves could be induced to set foot in the apartment.

astir - en éveil

The creature was awake. This was evidenced by the convulsive manner in which the bed-clothes were moved in its efforts to escape. There was something truly terrible in beholding, as it were, those second-hand indications of the terrible writhings and agonized struggles for liberty which themselves were invisible.

awake - éveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller

convulsive - convulsif

liberty - liberté

Hammond and myself had racked our brains during the long night to discover some means by which we might realize the shape and general appearance of the Enigma. As well as we could make out by passing our hands over the creature's form, its outlines and lineaments were human.

racked - en rack, porte-outils, étagere, porte-bagages, etc

lineaments - des linéaments, linéament

There was a mouth; a round, smooth head without hair; a nose, which, however, was little elevated above the cheeks; and its hands and feet felt like those of a boy. At first we thought of placing the being on a smooth surface and tracing its outlines with chalk, as shoemakers trace the outline of the foot. This plan was given up as being of no value.

elevated - élevé, (elevate), élever, augmenter

chalk - craie, magnésie

shoemakers - les cordonniers, cordonnier, cordonniere

Such an outline would give not the slightest idea of its conformation.

conformation - conformation

A happy thought struck me. We would take a cast of it in plaster of Paris. This would give us the solid figure, and satisfy all our wishes. But how to do it? The movements of the creature would disturb the setting of the plastic covering, and distort the mould. Another thought. Why not give it chloroform? It had respiratory organs,-that was evident by its breathing.

plaster - le plâtre, onguent, plâtre, enduit, enduire, plâtrer

distort - déformer, distordre

mould - moule, modeler

chloroform - chloroforme, chloroformer

respiratory - respiratoire

Once reduced to a state of insensibility, we could do with it what we would. Doctor X-- was sent for; and after the worthy physician had recovered from the first shock of amazement, he proceeded to administer the chloroform.

insensibility - l'insensibilité

worthy - digne

physician - médecin, femme médecin, docteur

amazement - l'étonnement, stupéfaction, stupeur

administer - administrer, gérer

In three minutes afterward we were enabled to remove the fetters from the creature's body, and a modeller was busily engaged in covering the invisible form with the moist clay. In five minutes more we had a mould, and before evening a rough facsimile of the Mystery. It was shaped like a man,-distorted, uncouth, and horrible, but still a man.

fetters - des entraves, entrave, fers-p, obstacle, entraver

modeller - modélisateur

busily - avec activité

moist - humide, moite

clay - l'argile, argile, terre battue

distorted - déformé, déformer, distordre

uncouth - grossier, rustre

It was small, not over four feet and some inches in height, and its limbs revealed a muscular development that was unparalleled. Its face surpassed in hideousness anything I had ever seen. Gustav Doré, or Callot, or Tony Johannot, never conceived anything so horrible.

limbs - membres, membre

surpassed - surpassé, surpasser, dépasser, excéder

There is a face in one of the latter's illustrations to Un Voyage il vous plaira, which somewhat approaches the countenance of this creature, but does not equal it. It was the physiognomy of what I should fancy a ghoul might be. It looked as if it was capable of feeding on human flesh.

un - un, ONU

- ou

physiognomy - la physionomie, physiognomonie

ghoul - goule

feeding - l'alimentation, alimentant, (feed) l'alimentation

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

Having satisfied our curiosity, and bound every one in the house to secrecy, it became a question what was to be done with our Enigma? It was impossible that we should keep such a horror in our house; it was equally impossible that such an awful being should be let loose upon the world. I confess that I would have gladly voted for the creature's destruction.

curiosity - curiosité

secrecy - le secret, secret, secrétisme

But who would shoulder the responsibility? Who would undertake the execution of this horrible semblance of a human being? Day after day this question was deliberated gravely. The boarders all left the house. Mrs. Moffat was in despair, and threatened Hammond and myself with all sorts of legal penalties if we did not remove the Horror.

execution - l'exécution, exécution

Our answer was, "We will go if you like, but we decline taking this creature with us. Remove it yourself if you please. It appeared in your house. On you the responsibility rests." To this there was, of course, no answer. Mrs. Moffat could not obtain for love or money a person who would even approach the Mystery.

The most singular part of the affair was that we were entirely ignorant of what the creature habitually fed on. Everything in the way of nutriment that we could think of was placed before it, but was never touched. It was awful to stand by, day after day, and see the clothes toss, and hear the hard breathing, and know that it was starving.

singular - singulier

habitually - de maniere habituelle

fed - alimentée, alimentées, alimenterent

nutriment - pâture

toss - de la balle, jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, lancer

Ten, twelve days, a fortnight passed, and it still lived. The pulsations of the heart, however, were daily growing fainter, and had now nearly ceased. It was evident that the creature was dying for want of sustenance. While this terrible life-struggle was going on, I felt miserable. I could not sleep. Horrible as the creature was, it was pitiful to think of the pangs it was suffering.

fortnight - quinze jours, deux semaines, quinzaine

pulsations - des pulsations, pulsation

fainter - plus faible, (faint) plus faible

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

dying - teignant, mourant, (dye) teignant

pitiful - pitoyable

pangs - des douleurs, douleur (soudaine)

At last it died. Hammond and I found it cold and stiff one morning in the bed. The heart had ceased to beat, the lungs to inspire. We hastened to bury it in the garden. It was a strange funeral, the dropping of that viewless corpse into the damp hole. The cast of its form I gave to Doctor X--, who keeps it in his museum in Tenth Street.

hastened to - s'est empressé de faire

funeral - funérailles, obseques

damp - humide, moite, mouillé, humidité, grisou, amortir

As I am on the eve of a long journey from which I may not return, I have drawn up this narrative of an event the most singular that has ever come to my knowledge.

eve - veille

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