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James - Jakobus, Jakobus, Jakob

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.

confess - gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

considerable - erheblich, beträchtlich, beachtlich

diffidence - Scheu; Zurückhaltung, Verlegenheit, Schüchternheit

approach - sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

narrative - erzählend, erzählerisch, in erzählender Form darlegend

relate - verbinden; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

extraordinary - außerordentlich, außergewöhnlich

incredulity - Ungläubigkeit

scorn - verachten; verschmähen; verspotten; Verachtung

beforehand - vorher

trust - Vertrauen, Hoffnung, Trust, anschreiben

literary - literarisch

courage - Courage, Herz, Mut, Tapferkeit

unbelief - Unglaube

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 - ausgereift, mündig, erwachsen, reif

consideration - Berücksichtigung; Erwägung, Überlegung, Rücksicht, Vergütung

resolved - geklärt; auflösen, beschließen

narrate - erzählen; berichten

straightforward - geradlinig; aufrichtig, einfach, offen

compass - Kompass

observation - Beobachtung; Bemerkung

mysteries - Geheimnisse; Geheimnis

wholly - ganz

unparalleled - unvergleichlich

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.

sixth - sechste; Sechster; Sechstel; Sexte

York - York

respects - respektiert; Achtung, Respekt, respektieren, respektieren

Curious - neugierig, sonderbar, merkwürdig

reputation - Ansehen, Ruf, Klang, Bekanntheit

haunted - spuken, verfolgen, Treffpunkt

stately - stattlich

residence - Wohnsitz, Wohnort, Wohnhaus, Firmensitz

surrounded - umgeben, umringen, umzingeln, umringen

enclosure - Anlage, Beilage, Beilegen, Beifügen, Hinzufügen, Gehege

bleaching - bleichend, Bleiche, ausbleichend; (bleach) bleichend, Bleiche

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 - Becken

fountain - Springbrunnen; Fontäne

fruit trees - Obstbäume

ragged - zottig, dilettantisch, struppig, zerlumpt; (rag) zottig

unpruned - ungeschnitten

indicate - anzeigen, anweisen, andeuten, auf etwas deuten, blinken

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

pleasant - angenehm

shady - schattig; schattenspendend, Schatten, zwielichtig

retreat - Rückzug

murmur - Rauschen, Murmeln, Gemurmel, Raunen, Herzgeräusch

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. 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. 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.

spacious - geräumig; weiträumig

noble - edel; Adeliger, Adliger, Adelige, Adlige

leads - führt; führen, anführen

spiral - Spirale; Helix

staircase - Treppe

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

various - verschiedene

imposing - imposant; auferlegen, aufzwingen, auferlegen

dimensions - Abmessungen; Dimension, Dimension, Dimension, Dimension

merchant - Kaufmann, Kauffrau

commercial - Werbung; kommerziell

convulsions - Krämpfe; Konvulsion, Krampf

stupendous - überwältigend

fraud - Betrug, Schwindel, Hochstapelei, Betrüger, Betrügerin

escaped - entkommen; entgehen, entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

decease - Sterben; Ableben, Exitus, Hinschied, hinscheiden

verified - verifiziert; belegen, beweisen, verifizieren, überprüfen

spread - verteilen; spreizen; ausstreuen, verbreiten, auftragen

legal - juristisch, rechtlich, legal

measures - Maßnahmen; Maß

dispossessed - Enteignet; enteignen

widow - Witwe; Hurenkind

former - erstgenannt, ehem. ehemalig, frühere, früher

inhabited - bewohnt; bewohnen

merely - bloß, lediglich, nur, schier

caretaker - Hausmeister; Pfleger, Pflegerin

agent - Agent; Wirkstoff; Agens

renting - Mietpreis, Wohnungsmiete, Hausmiete; anmieten

declared - erklärt; bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen

unnatural - unnatürlich

Doors were opened without any visible agency. 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. 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.

agency - Wille; Agency; Agentur; Behörde

remnants - Überreste; Rest, Überbleibsel

scattered - verstreut; zerstreuen, zerstreuen, streuen, verstreuen

piled - gestapelt; Haufen, Pfahl, Pulk

upon - auf; mit

unknown - unbekannt; Unbekannte; Unbekannter

invisible - unsichtbar; versteckt

broad - breit, deutliche, großräumig

daylight - Tageslicht; Tag

accompanied - begleitet; begleiten, begleiten, begleiten, begleiten, geleiten

rustle - Rascheln, Rauschen, Knistern

unseen - ungesehen; unbesehen, unsichtbar

silk - Seide

gliding - Segelfliegen; Segelflug

viewless - ohne Aussicht

massive - massiv

balusters - Baluster

dismissed - entlassen, entlassen, abweisen, einstellen, zurückweisen

supernatural - übernatürlich

manifestations - Manifestationen; Manifestation, Erscheinung

neighbourhood - Viertel (Wohngegend), Nachbarschaft; Nähe, Stadtteil

remained - geblieben; Überrest (2), de

negotiated - verhandelt; verhandeln, aushandeln, überwinden

somehow - irgendwie

bargain - Angebot; Vereinbarung, Abmachung, Schnäppchen, Anschaffung

unpleasant - unangenehm

rumours - Gerüchte; Sage, Gerücht; munkeln

declined - abgelehnt; Sinken

treat - behandeln; bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

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. 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.

landlady - Vermieterin, Hauswirtin

boarding-house - (boarding-house) Schülerheim ;Fremdenheim

conceived - erdacht; konzipieren, erdenken, ersinnen, empfangen, verstehen

bold - kräftig, kühn, klar, keck, heftig, deutlich, fett

plucky - mutig; beherzt, tapfer

philosophical - philosophisch

set - gesetzt; Seth

boarders - Internatsschüler, Internatsschülerin, Kostgänger, Pirat, Kaper

laid - gelegt; richten (Tisch)

scheme - Schema; Programm, Plan, Projekt, Intrige, Komplott

candidly - aufrichtig; offen

respecting - Achtung, Respekt, respektieren, respektieren, respektieren

ghostly - geisterhaft, spukhaft

establishment - Einrichtung; Verankerung (von Rechten), Feststellung

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

exception - Ausnahme, Ausnahmebedingung, Exception

timid - furchtsam, zaghaft, zögerlich, schüchtern

captain - Stabshauptmann, Kapitän zur See, Kapitän, Flugkapitän

Californian - kalifornisch; Kalifornier, Kalifornierin

gave notice - kündigte

accompany - begleiten, geleiten, beiliegen

chivalric - ritterlich

incursion - Einmarsch; Einfall, Eindringen

abode - Aufenthalt, bleiben, Wohnsitz

spirits - Geister; Geist, Seele, Geist, Stimmung, Schnaps, qualifier

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 - Entfernung; Umzug; Entlassung

charmed - verzaubert; Talisman; Charme, Zauberformel

portion - Anteil; Teil

situated - gelegen; aufstellen, unterbringen

Eighth - achte; Achtel

avenues - Alleen; Allee

pleasantest - am angenehmsten; angenehm

localities - Ortschaften; Ortschaft

verdure - Grünzeug; Grün, Wuchs, Pflanzenwuchs, Kraft

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.

pure - bloß, rein

invigorating - belebend; beleben, kräftigen, stärken, verstärken

sweeping - erman:; Fegen, Kehren; (sweep); fegen, kehren, rauschen

displaying - die Anzeige; Vorführung, Vorstellung, Display

clothesline - Wäscheleine

greensward - Grünfläche; Rasen, Grasnarbe

cigars - Zigarren; Zigarre; Glimmstängel

dusk - Abenddämmerung

fireflies - Glühwürmchen

flashing - Witterungsschutz; Blinken, Aufblinken

lanterns - Laternen; Laterne, Laterne

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. 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.

established - etabliert; feststellen, etablieren, eröffnen, gründen

ghosts - Gespenst

absolutely - absolut, durchaus, total, unbedingt

awaited - erwartet; erwarten, harren, warten

advent - Ankunft

eagerness - Ungeduld; Eifer

purchased - gekauft; Einkauf, Kauf, Kauf, Anschaffung, Anschaffung, kaufen

private - privat; privat

delectation - Vergnügen; Ergötzen

regarded - betrachtet; schätzen, betrachten, berücksichtigen

public enemy - Kriegseinwirkung , Staatsfeind

entire - vollständig; ganz, gesamt

household - Haushalt

led - geführt; LED; (lead) führen, anführen

supreme - übergeordnet; höchster, oberster

wretchedness - Elend

volume - Volumen; Lautstärke; Jahrgang; Band; Volume

espionage - Spionage

victim - Opfer

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. 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. 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.

incautiously - unvorsichtig

instant - sofort; augenblicklich, tafelfertig, Moment

seized - beschlagnahmt; ergreifen, fassen, greifen, packen, ergreifen

read aloud - laut lesen

select - auswählen

immense - immens

importance - Bedeutung; Wichtigkeit, Belang

leaked out - aufgeflogen

tolerably - erträglich

versed - versiert; Strophe

supernaturalism - Übernatürlichkeit

foundation - Gründung; Grundlage; Fundament, Stiftung, Foundation

ghost - Gespenst, Geist, Phantom, Spuk

wainscot - Vertäfelung; verkleiden

panel - Verkleidung, Platte, Tafel, Paneel

warp - verziehen; verzerren (Tatsache), verwinden (Tragflächen)

assembled - montiert; zusammensetzen, versammeln, versammeln

silence - Stille, Schweigen, zum Schweigen bringen, Ruhe

immediate - sofortig; unmittelbar, immediat

clanking - klirrend; (clank); klirren, kläppern, aneinanderschlagen

chains - Kette, Kette, Kette, Kette, anketten, ketten

spectral - spektral, Spektral-

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.

psychological - psychologisch

excitement - Aufregung, Begeisterung, Spannung, Erregung

utmost - äußerst, höchst, Äußerstes, Möglichstes

dissatisfaction - Unzufriedenheit

forced - gezwungen; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht

acknowledge - zur Kenntnis nehmen, erkennen, bekennen, anerkennen

remotest - am weitesten entfernt; fern, entfernt, abgelegen, fernbetrieb

approaching - sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

manifested - manifestiert; manifest, Ladungsliste, Manifest, manifestieren

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 - Butler

asseverated - bestätigt; beteuern

candle - Kerze

blown out - ausgeblasen

undressing - entkleidende, auskleidend

gentleman - Herr; Herr, meine Herren

potations - Getränk

reversed - invers, umgedreht, Kehrseite

phenomenon - Phänomen, Erscheinung

beheld - gesehen; betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen, ansehen

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. Independent of certain mental sympathies which existed between the Doctor and myself, we were linked together by a vice. We both smoked opium.

inexplicable - unerklärlich

fairly - gerecht

reels - Spulen; Spule, Haspel, Demoband

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

Occurrence - Vorkommen; Vorfall

tenth - zehnten; zehnte

pipe - Flöte; Orgelpfeife; Rohr; senkrechter Strich

mental - seelisch, geistig

sympathies - Sympathien; Mitleid

vice - Laster; der Schraubstock

opium - Opium

We knew each other's secret, and respected it. 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.

respected - respektiert; Achtung, Respekt, respektieren, respektieren

expansion - Erweiterung; Expansion

marvellous - fabelhaft

intensifying - intensifizieren, intensivieren

perceptive - einfühlsam

faculties - Fakultäten; Kollegium

boundless - grenzenlos, unbegrenzt

existence - Existenz, Dasein

contact - Kontakt, Berührung, Verbindung, Kontaktlinse, berühren

universe - Universum, Weltall

unimaginable - unvorstellbar

spiritual - spirituell; geistig

bliss - Glückseligkeit, Glück

surrender - kapitulieren, ergeben

throne - Thron

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. We talked of the East, and endeavoured to recall the magical panorama of its glowing scenery.

Happiness - Glücklich sein; Glück, Glücklichkeit, Fröhlichkeit

regulated - geregelt; regeln, regulieren

scientific - wissenschaftlich

accuracy - Genauigkeit, Sorgfalt, Exaktheit, Richtigkeit

blindly - blindlings

paradise - das Paradies; Paradies, Himmel

steered - Gesteuert; steuern, führen, lenken; junger Ochse, Rind

calmest - am ruhigsten; ruhig, ruhig, windstill, Ruhe, Windstille

channels - Kanäle; kanalisieren; Kanal

endeavoured - angestrebt; sich nach Kräften bemühen; Bestrebung

recall - zurückrufen; erinnern

magical - magisch

panorama - Panorama, Rundblick

glowing - glühen, abstrahlen, leuchten, Glühen

scenery - Landschaften; Landschaft; Kulisse

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

criticized - kritisiert; kritisieren, Kritik ausüben, abwägen

sensuous - sinnenfreudig, sinnlich, sinnenhaft, sensorisch, Sinnes-

poets - Dichter, Dichterin; iormal

ruddy - rot, rötlich, verdammt, verflixt

brimming - überfüllt; übersprudeln; Rand

passion - Leidenschaft, Passion

youth - Jugend, Jugendlichkeit, Jugendzeit, Jugendlicher, Jugendliche

strength - Stärke, Kraft, Festigkeit, Mumm

beauty - Schönheit; Schöner, Schöne, Prachtstück

tempest - Unwetter; Sturm; (temp) Unwetter; Sturm

lingered - verweilte; herumlungern, verzögern, Zeit brauchen, verweilen

Ariel - Ariel

sunny side - Sonnenseite

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. Houses, walls, and streets melted like rain clouds, and vistas of unimaginable glory stretched away before us.

skilful - gewandt, gekonnt, geschickt, erfahren

subsequent - anschließend, später, darauffolgend

visions - Visionen; Sicht, Sehvermögen

corresponding - entsprechend; entsprechen, korrespondieren, korrespondieren

tone - Farbton, Klang, Umgangston, Ton

splendours - Prachtstücke; Pracht; Brillanz

Arabian - arabisch; Araber, Araberin

fairyland - Märchenland

dyed - gefärbt; färben (Haar, Stoff)

paced - schrittweise; Tempo, Stufe, Schritt

strip - Zeichenketten

tread - Lauffläche; (to tread) betreten, schreiten

port - Schlitz, Backbord, Portwein, Hafen; portieren, übertragen

clung - geklammert; anschmiegen

bark - Bellen

plum - Pflaumenbaum; Pflaume, Zwetschke (österr.)

strains - Stämme; Spannung, starke Inanspruchnahme, Zug; anstrengen

divine - göttlich

melted - geschmolzen; Schmelze, Schmelzwasser

vistas - Ausblicke; Aussicht

glory - Pracht, Herrlichkeit, Prunk, Gepränge, Ruhm

stretched - gestreckt; strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

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.

rapturous - schwärmerisch

companionship - Kameradschaft

vast - riesig; beträchtlich, weit, ausgedehnt, enorm

delight - Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen, Lust

perfectly - perfekt, einwandfrei, vollkommen, durchaus

ecstatic - ekstatisch

conscious - bei Bewusstsein, wach, aufmerksam

presence - Anwesenheit

pleasures - Vergnügungen; Vergnügen

vibrating - vibrieren, Vibration

accord - Vereinbarung; Übereinstimmung, Einvernehmen, Übereinkommen

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. 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. 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.

drifted - abgetrieben; Drift, driften, treiben, irren, ziellos ziehen

unusually - ungewöhnlich

metaphysical - metaphysisch

mood - Anwandlung, Stimmung, launisch

meerschaums - Meerschaum, Meerschaum

Turkish - Türkisch

tobacco - Tabak, Tabakpflanze

core - Reaktorkern (Kerntechnik); Kernstück, Mark, Mittelstück, Kern

fairy - Fee, Elfe, Feenwesen, Naturgeister

Tale - Geschichte, Erzählung, Fabel

within - in, innerhalb

limits - Begrenzung, Grenze, Obergrenze; begrenzen

wonders - fragt sich; Wunder

beyond - darüber hinaus; jenseits

conversing - unterhalten; Umkehrung, umgekehrt, Gegenteil

perversity - Perversität

dominated - beherrscht; herrschen (über), emporragen (über); beherrschen

currents - Strömungen; Strömung, Strom, gegenwärtig, aktuell, zeitnah

flow through - durchfließen, durchströmen

strove - angestrebt; erstreben, bestreben

divert - umlenken, umleiten, ablenken, unterhalten

unaccountable - nicht rechenschaftspflichtig

constantly - ständig; regelmäßig; konstant

diverged - divergiert; divergieren, auseinandergehen, auseinanderstreben

lonesome - einsam

continual - fortlaufend

gloom - Finsternis; Düsternis, Dunkelheit, Trübnis, Schwermut

brooded - gegrübelt; Brut, brüten, brüten, grübeln

vain - eitel; unnützlich

flung - geschleudert; Affäre (Liebesaffäre)

shores - Ufern; Ufer, Stützbalken, Küste, Strebe

gay - vergnügt, schwul, homosexuell, lustig, heiter

bazaars - Basare; Basar, Markt

harems - Harem, Harem

Golden - golden, goldgelb

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. 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?"

continually - ständig, andauernd, immer wieder, immerzu

arose from - entsprang

depths - Untiefen; Tiefe

expanded - erweitert; expandieren, vergrößern, vergrößern

fisherman - Fischer, Fischerin, Angler, Anglerin, Fischereiboot

released - freigegeben; Freigabe, Freisetzung, Befreiung, Erlösung

copper - Kupfer

vessel - Schiff, Boot, Wasserfahrzeug, Gefäß, Behälter

blotted - befleckt; Fleck, Klecks, Schandfleck, beflecken, kleckern

vision - Sicht, Sehvermögen, Sehkraft, Augenlicht, Trugbild

yielded - nachgegeben; hervorbringen, er/sie hat/hatte ergeben, weichen

occult - okkult; Okkult, Okkultismus

force - Kraft; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht, Einfluss

swayed - schwankte; Schwingen

indulged in - nachgehangen

gloomy - düster, finster, trübe, dunkel

speculation - Spekulationen; Spekulation, Betrachtung

proneness - Anfälligkeit; Neigung

mysticism - Mystik, Mystizismus

universal - allgemein, Allgemein-, universell, weltweit, Welt-

element - Element; Bauelement

terror - Schrecken, Grauen, schreckliche Furcht, Terror

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.

puzzled - verwirrt; Rätsel

stumbling - Stolpern

corpse - Leiche, Leichnam

beholding - betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen, ansehen

floating - schwebend; schwimmend, fließend, gleiten

rapid - schnell; Stromschnelle

wildly - wild

upturned - umgedreht; Aufwärtstrend

uttering - auszusprechen; (utter) auszusprechen

shrieks - Schreie; Kreischen

rent - Mietpreis, Wohnungsmiete, Hausmiete; anmieten; (rend); zerreißen

spectators - Zuschauer, Zuschauerin, Schaulustiger

frozen - eingefroren; frieren

overhung - überhängend; überhängen, Ăśberhang; hervorstehen

unable - unfähig, untauglich

slightest - das Geringste; geringfügig, leicht, gering, unbedeutend, wenig

effort - Anstrengung, Aufwand

dumbly - stumme

agony - Qualen; Agonie, Qual, Pein, Todeskampf, Freudenausbruch

disappearance - Verschwinden

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?

shattered - zertrümmert; zum Zerspringen bringen, zerschmettern

wreck - Wrack, Schrott, Schrotthaufen, Schrottkiste, Zusammenstoß

visible - sichtbar

encountered - begegnet; treffen, begegnen, Begegnung, Treffen

listlessly - lustlose, lustlos

proportions - Proportionen; Teil, Proportion, Anteil

veiled - verschleiert; Vorhang, Schleier, verschleiern, verhüllen

struck - angeschlagen; streichen, schlagen, prägen, streiken, scheinen

embodiment - Verkörperung, Inbegriff, Inkarnation

terrors - Schrecken, Grauen

succumb - erliegen, nachgeben, unterwerfen, sich ergeben, sterben

circumstances - Umstände; Umstand, Umstand

owe - schulden, schuldig sein

"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 - furchtbarere

attempt - versuchen; Versuch, Bestreben, Bestrebung, Anschlag, Attentat

vague - vage; nebelhaft, schwach, unklar, undeutlich

definition - Begriffserklärung, Definition, Definierung

"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.

somewhat - etwas, einigermaßen

Harry - Harry

capacity - Kapazität; Befugnis

combining - kombinieren, verbinden, vereinen

fearful - furchtbar; furchtsam, ängstlich, verängstigt

amalgamation - Verschmelzung; Vereinigung, Zusammenschluss

hitherto - bis zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt, bis jetzt, bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt

incompatible - inkompatibel, unvereinbar

elements - Elemente; Element

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 - Bewohnerin; Bewohner

threshold - Schwelle, Türschwelle

gloomily - düster, finster

more horrible - abscheulichere

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

look here - hersehen

rejoined - wiedervereinigt; vereinigen

For heaven's sake - Um Gottes willen!, Um Himmels willen!

suffer - leiden; erleiden

"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."

weird - geheimnisvoll, unheimlich, übernatürlich, seltsam, komisch

thoughts - Gedanken; Gedanke

Master - Haupt.., Grund, Meister, führend, leitend; bewältigen, meistern

"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 - Ich gehe jetzt.

nightmares - Albträume; Albtraum, Alptraum, qualifier

brought together - zusammengebracht [alt], zusammen gebracht

sultry - schwül; drückend, heiß, sexy

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

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

wretch - Unglückliche; das Wesen

ghouls - Leichenfledderer; Ghul

enchanters - Verzauberer; Zauberer, Zaubererin

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. 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.

sought - gesucht; suchen

respective - bzw

chamber - Raum, Schlafzimmer, Kammer

undressed - unbekleidet; erman: sich ausziehen, ausziehen

custom - Brauch, Gewohnheit, Sitte, Usus, Zoll, maßgeschneidert

generally - im Allgemeinen

pillow - Kopfkissen, Kissen; Ruhekissen

instantly - sofort; unmittelbar

monsters - Monster

French - Französisch

lately - in letzter Zeit; neulich, kürzlich, letztlich

imported - importiert; importieren; Einfuhr

agreeable - angenehm; verträglich, liebenswürdig, gefällig

companion - Begleiter, Freund, Liebhaber, Kamerad

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.

turning down - umklappend

glimmered - schimmerte; Schimmer, glimmern

tube - Schlauch; Rohr, Röhre, Tube

composed - komponiert; zusammenstellen, zusammensetzen, komponieren

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. 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.

Total - Insgesamt; Gesamtbetrag, Gesamtsumme, ganz, komplett, total

darkness - Dunkelheit, Finsternis

atom - Atom

alight - aussteigen; landen

illuminate - beleuchten, erhellen, illuminieren

inches - Zoll (2, 54 cm), Zoll (Längenmaß)

burner - Brenner; Kochplatte, Herdplatte, Heizplatte, Heizspirale

desperately - verzweifelt

confounded - verwirrt; verwirren, verschlimmern, verschlechtern, besiegen

themes - Themen; Thema

obtruding - aufdringlich; aufdrängend; (obtrude) aufdringlich; aufdrängend

battled - gekämpft; sich schlagen, kämpfen; Schlacht

erected - errichtet; stramm (Haltung), steif; errichten

ramparts - Wälle; Festungswall, Wall, Bollwerk

blankness - Leere

intellect - Intellekt

lying still - stilliegend

inaction - Untätigkeit, Tatenlosigkeit, Trägheit, Nichtstun

hasten - hasten, beeilen

repose - ruhen

incident - Vorfall, Begebenheit, Ereignis, Geschehnis

occurred - aufgetreten; passieren, vorkommen, stattfinden, vorkommen

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.

ceiling - Zimmerdecke; Zimmerdecke; (ceil) Zimmerdecke; Zimmerdecke

plumb - lotrecht; loten

chest - Kiste, Brustkasten, Brust, Koffer

bony - knöchern; grätig; knochig

encircling - einkreisend; (encircle); umzingeln, einfassen

throat - Kehle, Rachen, Hals, Flaschenhals

endeavouring - anstreben; sich nach Kräften bemühen; Bestrebung

choke - erwürgen, erdrosseln, ersticken, überwältigen

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. 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.

coward - Feigling

possessed - besessen; besitzen, besitzen

suddenness - Plötzlichkeit

stunning - umwerfend; betäuben, verblüffen

strung - bespannt; Schnur, Zeichenkette, String, Saite, String

nerve - Frechheit; Nerv

tension - Spannung

instinct - Instinkt

wound - anschießen, verwunden

muscular - muskulär, Muskel

creature - Wesen, Lebewesen, Fabelwesen

squeezed - ausgequetscht; drücken, klemmen, pressen, quetschen, quetschen

despair - verzweifeln; Verzweiflung

fastened - befestigen, festmachen

loosened - gelockert; lösen, lockern

breathe - atmen; einatmen; hauchen

commenced - begonnen; anfangen, beginnen

Struggle - Kämpfen; Kampf, Gefecht, sich durchbeißen, sich schwer tun

intensity - Intensität

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 - untergetaucht; eintauchen, vertiefen

most profound - tiefsinnigste

totally - total; vollständig, komplett, völlig, absolut

ignorant - unwissend; ignorant

grasp - greifen, erfassen, begreifen, verstehen, Griff, Verständnis

slipping - Ausrutschen; Versprecher; Rutschen (geradeaus); Lapsus

nakedness - Nacktheit

assailant - Angreifer

bitten - gebissen; beißen, beißen, beißen, beißen, Biss, Biss, Stich

sharp - scharf; scharfsinning; spitz, -is, hoch, stechend

sinewy - sehnig; stark

agile - behände, agil, wendig

efforts - Anstrengungen; Anstrengung, Aufwand

confine - einschränken; beschränken; Begrenzung

combination - Kombinieren; Kombination, Kombinierte, Kombinat, Vereinigung

combat - Kampf, Schlacht, Gefecht, kämpfen (gegen, mit), bekämpfen

required - erforderlich; erfordern, brauchen, benötigen

possessed - besessen; Schutzpolizeiaufgebote

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.

silent - still

deadly - tödlich

exhausting - anstrengend; erschöpfen, dezimieren, erschöpfen, Auspuff, Abgas

pinned - angeheftet; Zapfen, Bolzen, Schraubendrehereinsatz; feststecken

Victor - Viktor

beneath - unter

panting - hechelnd; hecheln, keucheln

violent - heftig, gewaltig, brutal, gewalttätig, gewaltbereit, grell

throbbing - Pochen; klopfend; (throb); klopfen, schlagen, pochen, pulsieren

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.

apparently - offensichtlich, offenbar, scheinbar, anscheinend

exhausted - erschöpft; erschöpfen, dezimieren, erschöpfen, Auspuff, Abgas

comfort - Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit, Komfort, Trost, Tröstung

handkerchief - Taschentuch

pinioned - geklemmt; Getrieberad, Ritzel

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.

secure - sicher, geschützt, beschützt, zuverlässig

arouse - erwecken; reizen, aufreizen, anregen, erregen

actuated - betätigt; in Gang setzen, aktivieren, antreiben, anstacheln

pride - Hochmut; Stolz, Trotz, Dünkel, Machtbewusstsein, Rudel

alarm - Alarm, Alarmsignal, Alarmstimmung, Wecker, Alarm schlagen

capture - erfassen; Fang, Festnahme, Gefangennahme, Erfassung

unaided - ohne fremde Hilfe

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. Quick as lightning I released my grasp with one hand and let on the full flood of light.

slipped - ausgerutscht; Versprecher; Rutschen (geradeaus); Lapsus

dragging - Planierschleppe; nachschleppen, schleppen, ziehen

captive - Gefangener, Gefangene

gas-burner - (gas-burner) Gasbrenner

caution - Warnung, Vorsicht, Achtsamkeit, Behutsamkeit, Kaution, warnen

grip - packen, fassen; Griffigkeit, Heft (von Säge, Feile)

Length - Länge, Längenmaß, Pferdelänge

tiny - winzig; Kleinkind

speck - Fleckchen

lay - legen; richten (Tisch)

lightning - Blitzschlag; Blitz; Entladung

let on - verraten, vorgeben

flood - Hochwasser; Flut; überschwemmen, überfluten, überfüllen

Then I turned to look at my captive.

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! 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!

sensations - Empfindungen; Gefühl

shrieked - geschrien; Kreischen

afterward - nachher

inmates - Häftlinge; Insasse, Bewohner

shudder - erschaudern; Schauder; (wohliger) Schauder; schaudern; zittern

firmly - sicher, fest

clasped - umklammert; Spange, Klammer, Schnalle, Griff, greifen

breathing - Atmen, Atmung; (breath); Atmen, Atmung, Atemzug, Atem, Atempause

corporeal - leibhaftig

gripped - gegriffen; packen, fassen; Griffigkeit, Heft (von Säge, Feile)

fleshy - fleischig

substance - Substanz, Stoff

pressed - gedrückt; (pre) vor..

glare - Blendung; entrüstetes Starren; missbilligend anstarren

jet - Düsenflugzeug, Strahl, Düse; ausstoßen

Not even an outline,-a vapour!

outline - skizzieren; Umriss, Kontur, Skizze, Skizzierung, Umrisszeichnung

vapour - Wasserdampf; der Dampf

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 - verblüffend; verblüffen, überraschen

thoroughly - gründlich, vollkommen, total, durch und durch

imagination - Phantasie; Vorstellungskraft, Imagination, Einbildungskraft

paradox - Paradoxon, Paradox

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!

breathed - geatmet; atmen, einatmen, hauchen

cheek - Frechheit; Backe, ormal, Stirn, Mick, Pumpenmick

struggled - gekämpft; Kampf, Gefecht

fiercely - heftig, wütend

clutched - umklammert; Vogelgelege; Kupplung (Auto), Gelege

smooth - glatt; reibungslos, problemlos, glätten

pressed - gedrückt; Presse (Maschine), Presse (Zeitung); drängen, drücken

solid - fest, massiv, kompakt, deftig, solide, robust, bündig

utterly - völlig

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.

wonder - Wunder, Mirakel, wundern

faint - leise, schwach, undeutlich, ohnmächtig werden

go mad - überschnappen

sustained - unterhalten, aufrechterhalten, versorgen, unterhalten

loosening - Auflockerung; lösen, lockern

enigma - rätselhaft; Rätsel, Mysterium, Knobelei, Rateaufgabe

gain - Gewinn, Zunahme, Verstärkung; erwerben, gewinnen, erlangen

additional - zusätzlich

horror - Angst, Furcht, Horror, Grauen

tightened - verschärft; anziehen

shivering - Frösteln; schlotternde, schlotternd

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?"

sight - Sehenswürdigkeit, Gesicht, Visier, erblicken, anvisieren

hastened - beeilt; hasten, beeilen

Heaven - Der Himmel; Himmel, Firmament, Paradies

"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 - zweifelsfrei, zweifellos

unfeigned - ungeheuchelt

countenance - Antlitz, Gesichtsausdruck, Miene, Unterstützung, Fassung

anxious - ängstlich, besorgt

audible - hörbar

titter - kichern

burst - geplatzt; platzen, zerplatzen, bersten, sprengen, Bersten

remainder - Rest, Teilungsrest, Restposten, runtersetzen

suppressed - unterdrückt; unterdrücken, unterdrücken, unterdrücken

furious - wütend, erbost, furios

species - Arten; Hartgeld

cruelty - Grausamkeit, Quälerei

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.

struggling - sich abmühen; kämpfend, ringend; (struggle); Kampf, Gefecht

violently - gewaltsam; gewalttätig

airy - luftig; belüftet, gelüftet, zugig, umweht

assistance - Unterstützung; Hilfe

ludicrous - lächerlich

rage - Wut, Zorn, Raserei, Rage, wüten

mocking - spöttisch; (moc) spöttisch

stricken - angeschlagen; ergriffen, heimgesucht, betroffen

"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 - verzweifelt

For God's sake - Um Gottes willen!

overpowering - überwältigend; überwältigen, übermannen

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

whispered - geflüstert; Geflüster

"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."

swear - schwören

frame - ausarbeiten, entwerfen, einfassen, einrahmen, festlegen

struggles - Kämpfe; Kampf, Gefecht

convince - überzeugen

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

advanced - fortgeschritten; erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken

indicated - angezeigt; anzeigen, anweisen, andeuten, anzeigen, andeuten

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 - Schnur, Kordel, Strick, Kabel, Litze

knotting - verknüpfend, knotend; (knot) verknüpfend, knotend

"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 - heiser

agitated - aufgewühlt; aufwühlen, aufrühren, rühren, schütteln, umrühren

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

preserved - Konserve, Eingemachtes

deeply moved - tiefbewegt

fellow - Stipendiat, Typ, Kerl, Bursche; Gefährte, Kerl

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

gladly - gerne; gern

loosed - gelockert; verlassen, lose, locker

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.

bound - gebunden; Sprung; (bind); binden; verbinden, konnektieren

twisted - verdreht; Zwirn, Biegung, Wendung, Twist, verziehen, drehen

self - Selbst

rope - Tau, Seil, Strang

interlaced - verschachtelt; Flechtband

stretching - strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

tightly - eng

vacant - unbesetzt; frei, vakant, leer, nichtssagend, ausdruckslos

awe - Ehrfurcht; Staunen; einschüchtern

nevertheless - nichtsdestoweniger, trotzdem, lauch wenn, dennoch

determination - Bestimmung; Determination; Bestimmtheit; Feststellung; Entschluss; Unterscheidung

possess - besitzen

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

lips - Lippen; Lippe, Auslauf, Überlauf, Schnaupe, Ansatz

perceive - wahrnehmen

glance - blicken; Blick, Streifblick, Glanz, Steinkohle

daunted - entmutigt; abschrecken, entmutigen, einschüchtern, überwältigen

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. 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.

confusion - Verwirrung, Durcheinander, Konfusion, Verwechslung

ensued - folgten; folgen, ansetzen, erfolgen, nachfolgen, resultieren

witnesses - Zeugnis

pantomime - Pantomime; pantomimisieren

binding - verbindlich; Bindung; (bind); binden; verbinden, konnektieren

sinking - sinken; Untergang; (sink); sinken; senken, versenken, Spüle

exhaustion - Erschöpfung, Ermattung

jailer - Gefängniswärter, Gefängniswärterin, Gefängnisaufseher

bystanders - Unbeteiligte; Zuschauer, Schaulustiger

fled - geflohen; fliehen, flüchten, fliehen, entfliehen, flüchten

clustered - geclustert; Anhäufung, Büschel, Gruppe, Haufen, Schwarm, Traube

induced - veranlasst; dazu bringen, anstacheln, bewirken, verursachen

charge - Gebühr; Entgelt; Ladung; Last; Rempeln; beauftragen, belasten

satisfy - befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

doubted - bezweifelt; bezweifeln, zweifeln, Zweifel

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. 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.

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

come near - herangekommen

incredulous - ungläubig, skeptisch

dare - sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

undeceive - nicht täuschen; aufklären

conquering - Eroberung; erobern

repugnance - Abneigung, Widerwille

manacled - mit Handschellen; Handschellen

"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."

suspended - ausgesetzt; suspendieren, aufhängen, suspendieren, aufheben

evident - offensichtlich; offenkundig

Proof - Beweise; Beweis; polierte Platte; aufgehen lassen

ponderable - abwägbar

surface - Oberfläche; auftauchen; publik werden, ans Licht kommen

attentively - aufmerksam zuhören; aufmerksam

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 - erstaunt; erstaunen

treating - behandelnd; (treat); behandeln; bewirten, einladen, heilen

calmly - ruhig

recovered - erholt; wiederfinden, sich erholen, beikommen

affair - Angelegenheit; Scharmützel; Ding; Beziehung, Affäre

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. Hammond and I were left alone with our Mystery.

signal - Signal; Signal; signalisieren

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

alighting - aussteigen; landen

mass - Masse; Messe (kirchlich), Gottesdienst, Menge

timbers - Hölzer; Nutzholz, Balken, Bauholz

creaked - knarrte; Knarren

impression - Abdruck; Eindruck, Impression, Werbeeinblendung

distinctly - deutlich

witnessed - bezeugt; Zeugnis

rushed - überstürzt; stürzen, drängen, hetzen, rasen; Eile, Andrang

mystery - Geheimnis, Rätsel

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.

irregular - irregulär, unregelmäßig

impotently - impotent

confinement - Eingeschlossenheit; Gefangenschaft

"Harry, this is awful."

"Ay, awful."

"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!"

Grant - gewähren; erteilen; bewilligen

mad - wahnsinnig, verrückt, toll, irre

insane - wahnsinnig, verrückt, geisteskrank

fantasy - Fantasie; Fantasy

"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.

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

parallel - parallel; parallel zu; Parallele; Breitengrad, Breitenkreis

tangible - greifbar, erfühlbar, konkret, erfassbar, begreifbar

chemical - Chemie; chemisch; Chemikalie

coarseness - Grobheit; Unebenheit, Ungeschliffenheit

entirely - vollständig; ganz, total, entirely

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 - theoretisch, prinzipiell, rein gedanklich, vom Gedanken her

homogeneous - homogen

atoms - Atome; Atom

rays - Schimmer, Strahl; ausstrahlen

refracted - refraktiert; brechen

reflected - reflektiert; reflektieren, zurückspiegeln, spiegeln

"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 - unbelebt, leblos

substances - Stoffe; Substanz, Stoff, Substanz, Substanz, Substanz

palpitates - klopft; unregelmäßig schlagen, pochen, klopfen

lungs - Lunge

inspire - inspirieren; beatmen, einhauchen, einflößen, checkbegeistern

respire - atmen, aufatmen

"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 - Phänomene

gravely - ernsthaft; ernst, ernstlich, schwerlich

meetings - Versammlung, Treffen, Sitzung

spirit - Geist, Seele, Stimmung, Schnaps

thrust - Stoß, Stich, Vorstoß, Schub, Schubkraft

fleshly - fleischlich

pulsate - pulsieren

mortal - sterblich; tödlich; Sterblicher, Sterbliche

"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 - feierlich; ernst

investigate - untersuchen, erforschen, recherchieren, ermitteln

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.

pipes - Rohre; Flöte, Orgelpfeife, Rohr

bedside - am Krankenbett; Krankenbett

unearthly - unheimlich

tossed - geworfen; Wurf, Münzwurf, werfen, werfen, verwerfen, wegwerfen

panted - keuchte; keuchen, hecheln, schnaufen (i. S. v. keuchen)

wearied - müde, müde

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 - rege

congregated - versammelt; ansammeln, versammeln, zusammenkommen

prisoner - Gefangener, Gefangene, Häftling, Strafgefangener

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 - munter, wach; erwachen, aufwachen

convulsive - krampfhaft

escape - entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

truly - wirklich, wahrhaft, ehrlich, echt

second-hand - (second-hand) Sekundenzeiger , gebraucht, getragen

indications - Hinweise; Anzeichen, Anzeige, Hinweis, Indiz

writhings - Windungen; gekrümmt

agonized - gequält; quälen

liberty - Freiheit

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. 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.

racked - gequält; Folterbank, Zahnstange, Gestell

by passing - Umgehung

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

lineaments - Züge; Zug, Charakterzug

elevated - erhöht; gehoben; (elevate); erhöhen, anheben

cheeks - Wangen; Backe, qualifierormal, Backe, Stirn, Mick, Pumpenmick

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

tracing - Rückverfolgung; Nebeneintragungsvermerk

chalk - Kreide; Magnesiapulver

shoemakers - Schuhmacher, Schuhmacherin, Schuster, Schusterin

trace - verfolgen; Zeichen, Spur

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

conformation - Formgebung; Anpassung, Angleichung (an)

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. 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. 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.

cast - werfen; wegwerfen, hinwerfen, gießen, Cast, Besetzung, Ensemble

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

disturb - stören

setting - Kontext; Einstellung; Vertonung; untergehend; (set); Seth

distort - verzerren

mould - Schimmel; Heizform, Form; Gussform, Gießform, Moder; formen

chloroform - Chloroform

respiratory - Atemwege

organs - Organe; Organ

insensibility - Unempfindlichkeit; Gefühllosigkeit

worthy - würdig

physician - Arzt, Ärztin, Mediziner, Medizinerin

shock - Schock, Betroffenheit, Empörung, Schlag, Stoß

amazement - Erstaunen; Staunen, Verwunderung

proceeded - fortgefahren; vorgehen

administer - darreichen, verabreichen, verwalten, administrieren

enabled - aktiviert; berechtigen, befähigen, ermöglichen, anordnen

fetters - Fesseln; Fessel; q

modeller - Modellierer

busily - fleißig; eifrig, geschäftig, beschäftigt

engaged - verlobt; beschäftigen, anstellen, angreifen, anlegen, einrasten

moist - feucht

clay - Lehm, Ton, Asche

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. 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. 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.

rough - rau, grob, Rough

facsimile - Faksimile, Reproduktion

distorted - verzerrt; verzerren, verzerren

uncouth - ungehobelt; fremd, fremdartig, sonderbar, tölpelhaft

horrible - schrecklich, abscheulich, fies, makaber

limbs - Gliedmaßen; Schenkel (geol. Falte), Glied

revealed - aufgedeckt; enthüllen, offenbaren

development - Entwicklung

surpassed - übertroffen; übersteigen, übertreffen, überschreiten

hideousness - Abscheulichkeit

Tony - schick

illustrations - Illustrationen; Illustration, Illustration, Illustration

Voyage - Die Reise; Reise

- ou

approaches - Ansätze; sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

Equal - Gleichberechtigt; gleich; gleichen; Gleichgestellter

physiognomy - Physiognomie; Physiognomik

fancy - schick; extravagant, originell

ghoul - Leichenfledderer; Ghul

capable - fähig

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

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. 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.

satisfied - befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

curiosity - Neugier, Neugierde, Kuriosität, Kuriosum

secrecy - Geheimhaltung; Geheimniskrämerei, Geheimnistuerei

equally - gleichermaßen, gleichmäßig

loose - verlassen, lose, locker

voted - gestimmt; Stimme, Votum

destruction - Zerstörung, Vernichtung

responsibility - Verantwortung, Verantwortlichkeit

undertake - unternehmen, ausführen, verpflichten

execution - Ausführung; Hinrichtung

semblance - Anschein

deliberated - absichtlich, bewusst, vorsätzlich, wohlerwogen, wohlüberlegt

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. 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.

threatened - bedroht; drohen, bedrohen, bedrohen, androhen

penalties - Sanktionen; Strafe, Strafe

decline - Sinken, Fall, Gefälle, Abnahme, Rückgang, Schwächung

obtain - erlangen, erhalten, bestehen

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 - einzeln; einzigartig; ungewöhnlich; singularisch; singulär; Einzahl

habitually - gewohnheitsmäßig

nutriment - Nährstoff; Nahrung

toss - zu werfen; Wurf; Münzwurf; werfen; verwerfen, wegwerfen

Starving - Hungrig; hungernd; (starve); verhungern, Hungers sterben

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 - vierzehn Tage; vierzehn Tag age, zwei Wochen

pulsations - pulsiert; Pulsschlag

fainter - schwächer; (faint) schwach, matt

ceased - eingestellt; aufhören, aufhören, einstellen

dying - (to die) sterben, umkommen; (dye) (to die) sterben, umkommen

sustenance - Lebensunterhalt; Nahrung, Verpflegung

miserable - unglücklich; elend, erbärmlich, jämmerlich, miserabel

pitiful - Mitleid erregend; erbärmlich, kläglich, jämmerlich

pangs - Schmerzen; Stechen, Schmerz

suffering - leidend; Leiden; (suffer); leiden; erleiden

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.

stiff - steif, starr, Steifer, Zechpreller, prellen, abspeisen

hastened to - zugeeilt

bury - vergraben, verbergen, begraben

funeral - Bestattung, Beerdigung, Begräbnis

damp - feucht; Feuchtigkeit; ersticken, dämpfen

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 - Vorabend

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