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James - Giacomo

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 - confessare

considerable - considerabile

diffidence - diffidenza

approach - avvicinarsi

strange - strano, anormale

narrative - descrizione

relate - riferire

purpose - scopo

extraordinary - straordinario, straordinaria, eccezionale, fantastico

character - personaggio, carattere, caratteristica

unusual - insolito, particolare, inusuale

amount - ammontare, quantita

incredulity - incredulita

scorn - disprezzare, disdegnare, disprezzo

Accept - accettare, ammettere

such - tale

beforehand - anticipatamente, precedentemente

trust - fiducia, confidenza, speranza, credito, affidabilita, trust

literary - letterario

courage - coraggio

unbelief - incredulita

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 - maturo

consideration - considerazione

resolved - decidere

narrate - raccontare, narrare

simple - semplice, mero

straightforward - schietto, franco, diretto, sincero, facile

manner - maniera, modo

compass - bussola

passed - passare

observation - osservazione

Last - ultimo

annals - annale

mysteries - mistero, arcano, enigma

physical - fisico

wholly - del tutto

unparalleled - ineguagliabile

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 - sesto ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') sesto g, sesta g ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VI), sesto

York - York

respects - rispetto, riguardo, materia, rispettare

Curious - curioso

reputation - reputazione, rumore, caratura

haunted - infestare, tormentare, ritrovo

stately - prestante

residence - residenza

surrounded - circondare, accerchiare, assediare

enclosure - allegato, recinto, clausura

bleaching - sbiancante

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.

dry - secco, asciutto, asciugarsi, trinsecchire, tessiccare

basin - lavandino, lavabo, bacinella, lavacro

fountain - fontana

fruit trees - alberi da frutto

ragged - stracciato

unpruned - non potato

indicate - indicare, mostrare

spot - macchia, brufolo, foruncolo, zona, area, pubblicita, individuare

pleasant - piacevole, gradito, gradevole

shady - ombroso, ombreggiato, opaco, losco, bieco, torvo

retreat - ritirarsi

sweet - dolcemente, dolcetto, caramella

murmur - mormorio, brusio, sussurro, mormorare

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 - spazioso

hall - corridoio, sala

noble - nobile, aristocratico, splendido

size - dimensioni

leads - condurre, portare

spiral - spirale, bovolo, aumentare vertiginosamente

staircase - scalinata, tromba delle scale

winding - avvolgimento

various - vario

imposing - imporre, abusare

dimensions - aspetto, dimensione

Since - da allora, a partire da, da quando, poiché, giacché, dacché

Mr - Signor

merchant - mercante, mercantessa, commerciante, negoziante

threw - gettare, lanciare

commercial - commerciale

convulsions - convulsione

stupendous - stupendo, enorme

fraud - frode, frodi, baratteria

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.

escaped - scappare, fuggire, darsela a gambe, evitare, eludere

heart - cuore

almost - quasi

immediately - immediatamente, subito, su due piedi

decease - decesso, morire

reached - arrivare a, raggiungere

verified - verificare

spread - spartire, allargare, spargere, diffondere, sparpagliare

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.

legal - giuridico, legale

measures - misurazione, misura, righello, regolo, funzione di misura

dispossessed - espropriare

widow - vedova, vedovare

former - precedente, passato

inhabited - abitare

merely - soltanto, solamente, meramente, semplicemente

caretaker - portinaio, caposcala, badante

agent - agente

whose - talian: di chi, cui

purposes - scopo

renting - affitto

sale - vendita

declared - dichiarare

troubled - guaio, problema, impiccio, tumulto

unnatural - innaturale

noises - rumore, strepito

visible - visibile

agency - agenzia

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 - resto, rimanenza, avanzo, residuo, scampolo

furniture - mobilio

scattered - disperdere, disperdersi, sparpagliare, cospargere, deflettere

piled - pila, mucchio

upon - su, a

unknown - ignoto, sconosciuto, carneade

invisible - invisibile, dietro le quinte

stairs - scalino, scala

broad - largo

daylight - luce del giorno

accompanied - accompagnare

rustle - crepitare

unseen - non visto

silk - seta

gliding - planare, (glide), scivolare, slittare, scorrere

viewless - senza vista

along - lungo

massive - massiccio, imponente, enorme, massivo, voluminoso

balusters - balaustra

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.

dismissed - licenziare, congedare, mandare via, dimettere, rompere le righe

supernatural - soprannaturale, sovrannaturale, ultraterreno

manifestations - manifestazione

continued - continuare

neighbourhood - quartiere

caught - presa, conquista, fermaglio, fermaglio di sicurezza, trappola

remained - stare, restare, rimanere

untenanted - non affittuario

several - diversi, vari

negotiated - negoziare

somehow - in qualche modo

bargain - trattativa, accordo, mercanteggiamento, mercanteggiare, trattare

unpleasant - spiacevole, sgradevole, scostante, sgradito

rumours - voce, chiacchiera, pettegolezzo

declined - declino, declinare, rifiutare

treat - trattare, trattenimento, festeggiamento, sorpresa

further - ulteriore, ulteriormente

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.

state - Stato

landlady - padrona di casa

boarding-house - (boarding-house) foresteria

wished - desiderio, voglia, volere, desiderare, augurare

conceived - concepire, sviluppare, ideare

bold - ardito, coraggioso

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.

Rather - rato

plucky - coraggioso, impavido

philosophical - filosofico

set - Seth

boarders - pensionante

laid - posare

scheme - schema, piano, progetto, programma, macchinazione

stating - stato, dichiarare, statuire, esporre, indicare

candidly - candidamente

respecting - rispetto, riguardo, materia, rispettare

ghostly - spettrale, fantasmatico, spiritico

qualities - qualita

establishment - istituzione, fondazione, creazione, insediamento, instaurazione

remove - rimuovere, asportare, levare, togliere

exception - eccezione

timid - timido, pavido, impaurito

captain - capitano, capitano di vascello

Californian - californiano

gave notice - dare il preavviso

Mrs - Signor

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

guests - ospite, invitato, convitato, cliente

accompany - accompagnare

chivalric - cavalleresco

incursion - incursione

abode - residenza, (abide), sopportare, tollerare, dimorare, risiedere

spirits - spirito

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 - estirpazione, asportazione, eliminazione

effected - effetto, effettuare

charmed - fascino

portion - porzione

situated - situare

seventh - settimo ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') settimo g, settima g ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VII), settimo

Eighth - ottavo, ('in names of monarchs and popes') ottavo g, ottava g ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VIII)

avenues - viale, corso

pleasantest - piacevole, gradito, gradevole

localities - localita

nearly - quasi, praticamente, circa

Hudson - Hudson

verdure - vegetazione

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 - puro

invigorating - rinvigorire

sweeping - spazzata, scopata, (sweep), spazzare, scopare, ramazzare

straight - dritto, retto, diretto, liscio, puro, in linea, convenzionale

heights - altezza, apice, culmine, vetta, cima

although - sebbene, benché (both always followed by the subjunctive)

displaying - rappresentazione, saggio, schermo, video, espositore, mostrare

Rather - preferibilmente, piuttosto, abbastanza, meglio

clothesline - linea di vestiti

greensward - greenward

smoked - fumo

cigars - sigaro

dusk - crepuscolo, tramonto, tramontare, crepuscolare

fireflies - lucciola

flashing - lampeggiante

lanterns - lanterna

grass - erba, tgraminacea, prato, spia, delatore, pentito

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.

established - stabilire, confermare, instaurare, fondare, istituire

ourselves - noi stessi

expect - aspettarsi, pensare

ghosts - fantasma, spettro, spirito, larva

absolutely - assolutamente

awaited - aspettare, attendere, servire

advent - avvento

eagerness - desiderio

purchased - compra, acquisto, compravendita, acquisizione, comprare

side - lato

nature - natura

private - personale, riservato, privato, privata

delectation - deliziare

regarded - considerare

public enemy - nemico pubblico

entire - intero, intera

household - famiglia, nucleo familiare, domestico, casalinghi

copies - copia, replica, copiare, imitare, ricevere

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.

led - LED

supreme - supremo, suprema

wretchedness - miseria

volume - volume

system - sistema

espionage - spionaggio

victim - vittima

incautiously - incautamente

instant - immediato

seized - prendere, afferrare, approfittare, sfruttare

read aloud - leggere ad alta voce

in secret - in segreto

select - scegliere, selezionare

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.

myself - mi

immense - immenso

importance - importanza

leaked out - venire alla luce

tolerably - in modo tollerabile

versed - knowledgeable or skilled

supernaturalism - soprannaturale

foundation - fondazione, fondamenta

ghost - fantasma, spettro, spirito, larva

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 - tramezzo

panel - pannello, sportello, anta, organo, giuria, vignetta

warp - curvare, deformare

assembled - assemblare, montare, mettere insieme, riunire, riunirsi, adunare

silence - silenzio, silenziare, azzittire, mettere a tacere

immediate - immediato, prossimo, stretto, diretto

clanking - sferragliare

chains - catena, incatenare, concatenare

spectral - spettrale

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 - psicologico

excitement - eccitamento, orgasmo, fregola

utmost - estremo, massimo

dissatisfaction - insoddisfazione, scontentezza

forced - forza

acknowledge - riconoscere, ammettere, confermare

remotest - remoto

degree - laurea, grado

approaching - avvicinarsi

manifested - manifestare

itself - sé, se stesso, sé stesso

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 - costituente, maggiordomo

asseverated - asseverare

candle - candela

blown out - soffiato via

undressing - spogliarsi, (undress), svestirsi

discovered - scoprire, trovare

gentleman - gentiluomo, galantuomo, signore, signor

condition - condizione, influenzare, condizionare

appeared - apparire

step - passo

potations - pozione

reversed - invertire

phenomenon - fenomeno

beheld - guardare, ecco

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.

state - stato, dichiarare, statuire, esporre, indicare

accident - incidente, accidente

awful - pessimo, terribile, orribile, impressionante, tremendamente

inexplicable - inspiegabile, incomprensibile, inesplicabile

fairly - in modo equo

reels - barcollare

bare - nudo

memory - memoria, ricordo

Occurrence - occorrenza

tenth - decimo ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') decimo

repaired - riparare

smoke - fumo

pipe - cornamusa, canna d'organo, condotto, tubo, pipe, barra verticale

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.

independent - indipendente

Certain - certo, sicuro, tale, determinato

mental - mentale

sympathies - compassione, empatia

existed - esistere

linked - anello, maglia

vice - morsa, morsetto

opium - oppio

secret - segreto

respected - rispetto, riguardo, materia, rispettare

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.

expansion - espansione

marvellous - meraviglioso

intensifying - intensificare

perceptive - perspicace, acuto

faculties - facolta

boundless - illimitato, sconfinato

existence - esistenza

Seem - sembrare, parere, apparire

contact - contatto, aggancio, contattare

universe - universo

unimaginable - inimmaginabile, inconcepibile

spiritual - spirituale, spiritual

bliss - beatitudine

surrender - arrendersi, capitolare

throne - trono

taste - gusto, sapore, inclinazione, gustare, assaggiare

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.

those - quelle, quei, quegli

Happiness - felicita, gioia, allegria

regulated - regolare, registrare, tarare

scientific - scientifico

accuracy - esattezza, precisione, accuratezza, acribia

blindly - alla cieca, a tentoni, a casaccio, alla leggera

drug - medicinale

paradise - paradiso

dreams - sogno, sognare

chance - caso

smoking - fumare

carefully - minuziosamente, accuratamente, meticolosamente, puntigliosamente

steered - giovenco, manzo

brightest - luminoso, brillante

calmest - calmo

channels - canale

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 - tentare

recall - ritirare, revocare, richiamare, rammentare, ricordare

magical - magico

glowing - brillare, alone, luminescenza, luccichio, calore

scenery - paesaggio, scenario (2)

criticized - criticare, giudicare, valutare

sensuous - voluttuoso

poets - poeta, poetessa

ruddy - rubicondo

brimming - orlo

passion - passione

possession - possesso

youth - gioventu, giovinezza, giovane, giovanotto, ragazzo

strength - forza, vigore, energia, intensita, efficacia

beauty - bellezza

Shakespeare - English playwright

tempest - tempesta, procella

lingered - indugiare, sostare, trattenersi, attardarsi

Ariel - Ariele

avoided - schivare, evitare

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

sunny side - lato soleggiato

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 - abile

produced - produrre, realizzare, fornire, prodotto, prodotti

subsequent - successivo, checkulteriore, checksusseguente

visions - vista, acutezza visiva, visione, allucinazione, miraggio

corresponding - corrispondere

tone - tono

splendours - splendore

Arabian - Arabo

fairyland - il paese delle fate

dyed - tingere, colorare

paced - passo

narrow - stretto

strip - togliere

tread - calpestare, pestare

port - porto

Kings - re

arborea - ordine del giorno

clung to - attaccarsi

bark - abbaio, latrato

plum - prugna

strains - sforzare, sforzarsi, tirare

divine - divino

musicians - musicista, musico

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.

melted - sciogliere, fondere

clouds - annuvolarsi, oscurare, annebbiare

vistas - prospettiva, vista

glory - gloria

stretched - tendere

rapturous - estasiante

companionship - compagnia

vast - ampio, vasto, esteso, grande

delight - delizia, piacere, deliziare

perfectly - perfettamente, propriamente, totalmente

ecstatic - estatico

conscious - cosciente, conscio, consapevole

presence - presenza

pleasures - piacere, piacimento, goduria, volutta, preferenza, scelta

individual - individuo, soggetto, singolo, specifico, individuale, personale

twin - gemello

vibrating - vibrare

musical - musicale

accord - accordo

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 - deriva, direzione, verso, tendenza, indirizzo

unusually - insolitamente

metaphysical - metafisico

mood - umore

meerschaums - Merschaum

Turkish - turco

tobacco - tabacco

core - torsolo, nucleo

burned - bruciare

Nut - noce, nocciola, nocciolina

fairy tale - favola/fiaba

held - tenere

within - dentro, all'interno

limits - limite

wonders - meraviglia, domandarsi, chiedersi

beyond - oltre, (al) di la di, dall'altra parte di, piu di, dopo

reach - arrivare a, raggiungere

conversing - conversare

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.

perversity - perversita

dominated - dominare

currents - corrente, attuale, odierno

flow through - fluire

strove - sforzarsi

divert - deviare, distrarre, divertirsi, distrarsi

unaccountable - inspiegabile

constantly - ininterrottamente, costantemente, continuamente, senza sosta

diverged - distaccarsi

lonesome - solitario

continual - continuo

gloom - oscurita, tenebre, buio

brooded - nidiata, prole, schiusa, covata, checknidiata, covare, allevare

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.

in vain - invano

fashion - moda, voga, stile, maniera, modo, tendenza, fabbricare

flung - lanciare

shores - spiaggia

gay - gay, omosessuale

bazaars - bazar, mercato

harems - harem

Golden - Dorato

palaces - palazzo

continually - continuamente

arose from - e nata da

depths - profondita

expanded - estendere, espandere, dettagliare, dilungare, sviluppare

fisherman - pescatore, pescatrice

released - liberare, rilasciare

copper - rame

vessel - vascello, imbarcazione, bastimento, nave

blotted - macchia, macchiare, assorbire

bright - luminoso, brillante

vision - vista, acutezza visiva, visione, allucinazione, miraggio

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 - cedere

occult - occultare, latente, celato, recondito, nascosto, occulto

force - forza

swayed - ondeggiamento, fluttuazione, dondolio, oscillazione

indulged in - dedicato a

gloomy - tetro, uggioso, cupo, lugubre

speculation - speculazione

proneness - prontezza

human - umano

mind - mente

mysticism - misticismo

universal - universale

suddenly - all'improvviso, improvvisamente

Consider - considerare, pensare, osservare, prendere, prestare attenzione

element - elemento, elementi, ambiente

terror - terrore

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

puzzled - mistero, rompicapo, indovinello, rendere perplesso

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 - scivolone, scivolare, inciampare, imbattersi, incontrare

corpse - cadavere, corpo

beholding - guardare, ecco

floating - fluttuante, (float), galleggiare, appianatoia, frattazzo

deep - profondo, spesso, esteso, profondo (1, 2)

rapid - rapido, deciso, rapida, cataratta

wildly - selvaggiamente

lifted - alzare, sollevare

upturned - ripresa

uttering - pronunciare

shrieks - gridare, strillare

rent - affitto, (rend), spaccare

spectators - spettatore

frozen - gelare

overhung - aggettare, sporgere, sportare

height - altezza, apice, culmine, vetta, cima

unable - incapace

slightest - insignificante, leggero, debole, lieve, disprezzare, sminuire

effort - sforzo

save - salvare, soccorrere, redimere, immagazzinare, risparmiare

dumbly - stupidamente

agony - dolore, agonia, parossismo

disappearance - sparizione, scomparsa

shattered - fracassare, spaccare, sconquassare, frantumare

wreck - relitto, rottame, carcassa, carretta

encountered - incontrare, imbattersi in

listlessly - svogliatamente

Ocean - oceano

suggests - proporre, suggerire

huge - enorme, gigante

proportions - proporzione

veiled - velo

struck - cancellare, colpire, coniare, scioperare, sembrare, arrendersi, sciopero

embodiment - incarnazione

fear - paura

king - re

terrors - terrore

succumb - soccombere, arrendersi

circumstances - circostanza, dettaglio, caso, circonlocuzione, situazione

owe - dovere, essere in debito, essere debitore di

"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."

replied - rispondere, replicare, ripetere, risposta, replica

considered - considerare, pensare, osservare, prendere, prestare attenzione

more terrible - piu terribile

attempt - tentare, cercare, provare, attentare, tentativo

vague - vago

definition - definizione, il definire, livello di definizione, definitezza

"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 - in qualche modo

Harry - disturbare

capacity - tenuta, resistenza, capacita, capienza

Experience - esperienza, esperire

combining - combinare, mischiare, abbinare, unire, kombinat, combinat

fearful - impaurito, spaventato, pavido

amalgamation - amalgama

hitherto - fin qui, fino a qui, fino ad ora, fino allora

supposed - supporre, immaginare

incompatible - incompatibile

elements - elemento, elementi, ambiente

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."

voices - voce

novel - romanzo

dweller - abitante

threshold - soglia, soglia di casa, entrata, uscio

shaking - scuotere, (shake), agitare, scuotere la testa

gloomily - cupamente

more horrible - piu orribile

"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 - guardare qui

rejoined - ricongiungersi

drop - goccia

For heaven's sake - Per l'amor del cielo

shall - talian: 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense', talian: ('indicating determination') 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense, which can be emphasised using ", si c

suffer - soffrire, penare, patire, aggravarsi, subire, lasciare

Depend - dipendere, fare affidamento

"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."

matter - materia, problema, argomento, questione, faccenda, causa

brain - cervello, or when used as food

sorts - sorta, tipo

weird - anormale, surreale, paranormale, innaturale

thoughts - idea, pensata, pensiero

Master - padrone

"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 - Sono fuori

off to bed - a letto

nightmares - incubo, brutto sogno

brought together - unire

sultry - afoso

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

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

wretch - disgraziato, infelice

ghouls - gula, ghoul

enchanters - incantatore

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.

sought - cercare, ricercare

respective - rispettivo

chamber - camera, camera da letto

undressed - svestirsi

according - accordo

usual - solito, usuale, consueto, abituale

custom - usanza, costume, uso, personalizzato, fatto ad hoc

generally - in genere, generalmente, di solito, in generale, a grandi linee

pillow - guanciale, cuscino, testiera

instantly - istantaneamente

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.

monsters - mostro

French - francese

lately - Ultimamente

imported - importare

agreeable - gradevole

companion - amico, compagno

turning down - abbassare la luce/il volume

glimmered - barlume, filo

top - cima, sommita, coperchio, cappuccio, parte superiore, top

tube - tubo, tubetto, lattina

composed - showing composure

rest - riposo

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.

Total - totale, somma, intero

darkness - buio, oscurita, tenebre, scuro

atom - atomo

alight - scendere

illuminate - illuminare, chiarire, miniare

distance - distanza

inches - pollice

round - rotondo, tondo

burner - fuoco, fornello, becco di Bunsen, bruciatore, inceneritore

desperately - disperatamente

shut - chiudere

vain - vanitoso, vanesio, vano

confounded - confondere

themes - tema

touched - commosso

obtruding - invadente

themselves - essi stessi

battled - battaglia

against - contrario, contro, in cambio di

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 - eretto

ramparts - muro, cinto, cinta, recinto, baluardo

blankness - vuoto

intellect - intelletto

crowded - folla

lying still - stare fermo

inaction - inazione

hasten - affrettarsi, sbrigarsi, affrettare, anticipare

repose - riposo

incident - imprevisto, inconveniente, incidente

occurred - verificarsi, sovvenire, venire in mente

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.

dropped - goccia

seemed - sembrare, parere, apparire

ceiling - soffitto

plumb - a piombo

chest - petto

bony - ossuto, stecchino

encircling - circondare, (encircle), accerchiare, contornare

throat - gola

endeavouring - tentare

choke - soffocare

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 - codardo, pusillanime, vigliacco, vile

possessed - possiede

suddenness - improvviso

attack - attacco, assalire, attaccare

instead - in luogo di, invece, al posto di

stunning - stordire, intontire, stupefare, sorprendere, incantare

strung - spago, stringa, laccetto, legaccio, corda

nerve - nervo, nervatura, coraggio, faccia tosta, sfacciataggine

tension - tensione

acted - atto, legge, numero, scena, messinscena, agire, recitare, fare

instinct - istinto

realize - realizzare, rendersi conto, accorgersi, fruttare, liquidare

position - posizione, posto, lavoro, piazzare, posizionare

wound - ferita

muscular - muscolare, muscoloso

creature - creatura

squeezed - spremere, stringere, serrare, strizzare, spremersi

despair - disperazione

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.

fastened - chiudere, fissare, attaccare

loosened - allentare

hold - tenere

breathe - respirare

commenced - cominciare

Struggle - lotta, lottare

intensity - intensita

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 - immergere, immergersi

most profound - piu profondo

totally - totalmente, completamente

ignorant - ignorante

attacked - attacco, assalire, attaccare

grasp - afferrare, avvinghiare, avvinghiarsi, agguantare

slipping - scivolare

nakedness - nudezza, nudita

assailant - assalitore, aggressore

bitten - mordere, morsicare, abboccare, pungere, morso, puntura

sharp - affilato, aguzzo, intelligente, acuto, appuntito, diesis, acre

neck - collo

protect - proteggere

sinewy - sinuosa

efforts - sforzo

confine - limitare

combination - combinazione

combat - battaglia, combattere

required - esigere, prevedere, richiedere, necessitare, domandare

possessed - possedere, avere

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 - silenzioso, muto, silente, tranquillo, silenzio

deadly - mortale

exhausting - esaurire

series - serie

pinned - spillo, spilla, molletta

Victor - Venezia, Vittorio, Vittore

rested - riposo

beneath - sotto

panting - ansimare

violent - violento

throbbing - pulsazioni, (throb), battere, picchiare, pulsare, battito

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 - chiaramente, evidentemente, apparentemente, sembra che

exhausted - esaurire

comfort - agio, comodita, benessere

Pocket - tasca, buca, sacca, intascare, imbucare, tascabile

handkerchief - fazzoletto

pinioned - pignone

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 - sicuro, protetto, segreto, stabile, affidabile, garantire

arouse - eccitare, provocare, stimolare, suscitare

actuated - attuare

pride - superbia, orgoglio, essere orgoglioso

alarm - allarme

capture - catturare, riprendere, mangiare

alone - da solo, soltanto

unaided - senza aiuto

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.

slipped - scivolare

dragging - trascinare, tirare

captive - prigioniero, catturato, intrappolato

steps - passo

gas-burner - (gas-burner) bruciatore a gas

caution - cautela, prudenza

holding - possesso

grip - impugnare, avvincere

Length - lunghezza

tiny - minuscolo, piccolo, piccino, minuto

speck - macchia

lay - posare

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 - fulmine, folgore, saetta, lampo

let on - non tenere un segreto

flood - inondazione, alluvione

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 - sensazione, senso, impressione

suppose - supporre, immaginare

shrieked - gridare, strillare

afterward - dopo

inmates - internato, detenuto, prigioniero, convitto, interno

shudder - brivido, sussulto, tremolio, tremare

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!

firmly - fermamente, decisamente, sicuramente, saldamente

clasped - fibbia, gancio, fermaglio, stringere, serrare

breathing - respirazione, (breath), respiro, lena, alito, fiato

corporeal - corporeo

shape - condizione, stato, forma, sagoma

gripped - impugnare, avvincere

fleshy - carnoso, polposo

substance - sostanza

pressed - premere, pigiare

glare - bagliore, lampo, frecciata

jet - giavazzo

outline - contorno, sagoma, descrizione, sunto, bozza, contornare

vapour - vapore

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 - riempire di stupore, sbalordire

thoroughly - completamente, totalmente, assolutamente

imagination - immaginazione

paradox - paradosso

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 - respirare

cheek - guancia, gota, chiappa, faccia tosta, sfrontatezza, impudenza

struggled - lotta, lottare

fiercely - trucemente, perfidamente, ferocemente, accanitamente

clutched - afferrare

skin - pelle, interfaccia, scuoiare

smooth - liscio, mellifluo, facile, dolce, soffice, blando

close up - chiudere, ricucire

solid - solido, massiccio, compatto, continuo, unito, tinta unita

stone - pietra, roccia, sasso, tsassolino, gemma

utterly - completamente

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 - meraviglia, domandarsi, chiedersi

faint - debole

go mad - impazzire

sustained - sostenere

loosening - allentare

enigma - enigma, indovinello

gain - acquistare, conseguire

additional - addizionale

horror - orrore

tightened - stringere

shivering - rabbrividire

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?"

entered - entrare, immettere, digitare

sight - vista, spettacolo, mirino, vedere, avvistare, mirare

hastened - affrettarsi, sbrigarsi, affrettare, anticipare

forward - avanti, in avanti

crying - piangere, (cry), gridare, urlare, pianto, urlo, verso

Heaven - cielo, paradiso

"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!"

cried - piangere, gridare, urlare, pianto, urlo, verso

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 - senza dubbio

unfeigned - non finto

expressed - esprimere

countenance - sembianza, apparenza, espressione

anxious - ansioso, preoccupante, bramoso, impaziente

expression - espressione

audible - udibile

titter - ridacchiare

burst - scoppiare, esplodere, strappare, separare, scoppio, esplosione

remainder - rimanenza, avanzo, restante, residuo

suppressed - sopprimere

laughter - risata, riso

furious - furioso, checkarrabbiato

species - specie

cruelty - crudelta

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.

appearance - apparizione, comparsa, visione, apparenza, aspetto

struggling - in difficolta, (struggle), lotta, lottare

violently - violentemente

airy - arioso

assistance - assistenza

ludicrous - ridicolo

rage - rabbia, furia, furore, infuriare, imperversare

mocking - beffeggiante, dileggiante, deridente, burlesco, deridere

crowd - folla

power - potere, influenza, potenza, forza, elettricita, corrente

stricken - colpito, (strike), cancellare, colpire, coniare, scioperare, sembrare, arrendersi, sciopero

dead - morto

"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 - disperatamente

For God's sake - Per l'amor di Dio

overpowering - sopraffare, soverchiare

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

whispered - sussurro, sussurrare

"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 - giurare

low - basso

shakes - scuotere, agitare, scuotere la testa, scioccare, atterrire

frame - incorniciare, incastrare, impalcatura, incastellatura, armatura

struggles - lotta, lottare

convince - convincere

touch - toccare, commuovere, tocco, tatto

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

advanced - avanzare, progredire, anticipare, migliorare, avvicinarsi

indicated - indicare, mostrare

wild - selvaggio, selvatico

cry - piangere, gridare, urlare, pianto, urlo, verso

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.

somewhere - da qualche parte, in qualche luogo, in qualche parte

cord - cordone

knotting - annodare

"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 - fioco

agitated - agitare, scuotere, sbattere, turbare

voice - voce

though - comunque, nonostante, in ogni caso, ad ogni modo, anche se

preserved - riserva, preservare, proteggere, salvaguardare, conservare

deeply moved - profondamente commosso

safe - sicuro, protetto, cassaforte

fellow - uomo, tipo

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

gladly - volentieri

loosed - largo

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 - vincolato, (bind), legare, connettere, rilegare

twisted - torsione, contorsione, distorsione, filamento, filo, scorza

self - stesso

supporting - supporto

rope - corda

interlaced - interlacciamento

stretching - tendere

tightly - strettamente

vacant - vacante

awe - timore

nevertheless - nondimeno, tuttavia, eppure, nonostante

determination - determinazione

possess - possedere, avere

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

lips - labbro, beccuccio

perceive - percepire

glance - dare un'occhiata, sbirciare, occhieggiare, radere, rasentare

daunted - scoraggiare, intimidire

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.

confusion - confusione, disordine, disorientamento, sbandamento

ensued - seguire, conseguire

among - tra, fra, in mezzo a

witnesses - testimonianza, testimone, prova, testimoniare, constatare, essere testimone

scene - scena

pantomime - (spettacolo natalizio)

binding - vincolante, rilegatura, legame, (bind), legare, connettere, rilegare

sinking - affondamento, naufragio, (sink), affondare

exhaustion - esaurimento

task - compito

jailer - carceriere, carceriera, custode, guardiano

took possession of - prendere possesso di

bystanders - astante, convenuto

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.

weaker - debole

fled - fuggire

clustered - gruppo, grappolo

induced - persuadere, incitare, indurre, provocare

charge - costo, prezzo, carico, accusa, imputazione, carica, incarico

broke out - scoppiare

satisfy - soddisfare, accontentare, saziare

doubted - dubitare, dubbio, perplessita

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.

begged - elemosinare, chiedere l'elemosina

come near - avvicinarsi

incredulous - incredulo

dare - osare

undeceive - ingannare

reply - rispondere, replicare, ripetere, risposta, replica

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.

sign - segno

conquering - conquistare, sconfiggere, vincere

repugnance - ripugnanza

ground - terra

manacled - manette

weight - peso, appesantire, gravare, ponderare

"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 - appendere, sospendere

evident - evidente

Proof - prova

ponderable - ponderabile

surface - superficie, venire a galla, emergere

attentively - attentamente

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 - sorprendere, stupire

treating - curare, (treat), trattare, trattenimento, festeggiamento

calmly - con calma

recovered - rimettersi, riprendersi

sort - sorta, tipo

affair - affare

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.

fixed - aggiustare, riparare, mettere una pezza, sistemare, preparare

signal - segnale, campo, segnalare, indicare

dull - spuntato, smussato, noioso, soporifero, tedioso

heavy - pesante

alighting - scendere

soft - morbido

mass - massa

timbers - legname

creaked - cric, scricchiolio, scricchiolare

impression - depressione, impronta, impressione, opinione, imitazione

marked - Marco

distinctly - distintamente

witnessed - testimonianza, testimone, prova, testimoniare, constatare, essere testimone

rushed - precipitarsi, portare d'urgenza

Hammond and I were left alone with our Mystery.

mystery - mistero, arcano, enigma

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 - irregolare

impotently - impotentemente

confinement - confinamento

"Harry, this is awful."

"Ay, awful."

Ay - Sí

"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!"

birth - nascita

God - Dio

Grant - permettere, concedere, conferire, ammettere, garantire

mad - pazzo, folle, matto, insano

insane - insano, pazzo, folle

fantasy - fantasia, 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 - cancellare, colpire, coniare, scioperare, sembrare, arrendersi, sciopero

parallel - parallelo, parallelamente, omologo

tangible - tangibile, palpabile

transparent - ordine del giorno

chemical - composto chimico

coarseness - grossolanita

prevents - impedire, prevenire

entirely - completamente

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 - teoricamente, in linea teorica

impossible - impossibile, insopportabile, impossibile (2)

Mind you - nota, si prega di notare

single - singolo, solo, intero, unico, single

ray of light - raggio di luce

homogeneous - omogeneo

atoms - atomo

rays - raggio

pass through - passare attraverso

refracted - rifrangere, rifrangersi

reflected - riflettere, essere riflesso, seguire, evidenziare, riportare

"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 - inanimato

substances - sostanza

palpitates - palpitare

lungs - polmone

inspire - ispirare

respire - respirare

"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 - fenomeni

gravely - gravemente

meetings - riunione

spirit - spirito

circles - cerchio, disco, sfera, curva, circolo, gruppo, cenacolo

thrust - stoccata, spinta

fleshly - sensuale, carnale, lascivo

pulsate - pulsare

mortal - mortale

"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 - solenne

gods - Dio

investigate - investigare, indagare

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 - cornamusa, canna d'organo, condotto, tubo, pipe, barra verticale

bedside - letto

unearthly - soprannaturale

tossed - tiro, lancio, testa o croce, lancio moneta

panted - ansimare, ansare

wearied - annoiato, tediato, spossato, stanco, annoiare, annoiarsi

regular - regolare, periodico, abituale, usuale, cliente

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 - sveglia

congregated - raccogliersi

prisoner - prigioniero, prigioniera

as yet - ancora

Except - salvo, tranne, eccetto, fatto salvo

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 - svegliarsi

evidenced - prova, evidenza

convulsive - convulsivo

escape - scappare, fuggire, darsela a gambe, evitare, eludere

truly - accuratamente, veramente, molto

second-hand - (second-hand) di seconda mano

indications - indicazione

writhings - contorcersi

agonized - agonizzare

liberty - liberta

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 - scaffale

brains - cervello, or when used as food

discover - scoprire, trovare

general - generale

by passing - passando

hands over - consegnare

outlines - contorno, sagoma, descrizione, sunto, bozza, contornare

lineaments - lineamenti

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 - elevato, (elevate), elevare, aumentare

cheeks - guancia, gota, chiappa, faccia tosta, sfrontatezza, impudenza

tracing - tracciare

chalk - gesso, creta, gessetto

shoemakers - calzolaio

trace - traccia

value - valore, valutare, stimare, apprezzare, valorizzare

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

conformation - conformazione

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.

cast - gettare, posare, lanciare, addizionare, sommare, calcolare

plaster of Paris - gesso di Parigi

figure - figura, fisico, personaggio, cifra, forma, calcolare, risolvere

wishes - desiderio, voglia, volere, desiderare, augurare

movements - movimento

disturb - disturbare

setting - contesto, circostanza, impostazioni, calante, (set), Seth

plastic - plastica, plastico, malleabile

covering - copertura, (cover), coperto, coperchio, nascondiglio

distort - deformare, distorcere

mould - terriccio

chloroform - cloroformio, cloroformizzare

respiratory - respiratorio

organs - organo

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.

reduced - ridurre, dimagrire, retrocedere, degradare

insensibility - insensibilita

worthy - degno

physician - medico, dottore, dottoressa, dottore in medicina

shock - shock, choc

amazement - stupore

proceeded - procedere

administer - amministrare

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.

enabled - permettere, attivare, abilitare

fetters - ferri, ceppi, ostacoli, incatenare, ostacolare

modeller - modellatore

busily - intentamente

engaged - attirare, convergere, ingaggiare, intavolare, irretire

moist - umido

clay - argilla, creta

rough - ruvido, rugoso, scabro, approssimato, mosso, difficile, rude

shaped - condizione, stato, forma, sagoma

distorted - deformare, distorcere

uncouth - strano, goffo, rozzo, grossolano, grezzo, squasinodeo

horrible - orribile, terribile

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 - membro, arto

revealed - rivelare, gettare la maschera, uscire allo scoperto

development - sviluppo, potenziamento

surpassed - sorpassare

hideousness - schifezza

Tony - Tony, Tonio

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.

latter - secondo, quest'ultimo

illustrations - illustrazione, esempio, immagine, esemplificazione

un - ONU

Voyage - viaggio

- ou

vous - ordine del giorno

plaira - ordine del giorno

approaches - avvicinarsi

Equal - uguale, pari, eguagliare

physiognomy - fisionomia

fancy - capriccio

ghoul - gula, ghoul

capable - capace

feeding - alimentazione

flesh - carne

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.

satisfied - soddisfare, accontentare, saziare

curiosity - curiosita

secrecy - segretezza, riserbo

equally - altrettanto, parimenti

loose - largo

voted - voto, votare

destruction - distruzione

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.

responsibility - responsabilita

undertake - intraprendere, impegnarsi, dedicarsi

execution - esecuzione

semblance - sembianza, parvenza, apparenza

deliberated - premeditato, intenzionale, voluto

threatened - minacciare, impaurire, intimidire, avvisare, promettere

penalties - penalita

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.

decline - declino, declinare, rifiutare

rests - riposo

obtain - ottenere, riuscire, avere, stabilirsi

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 - singolare

habitually - abitualmente

fed - alimentato

nutriment - nutrimento

touched - toccare, commuovere, tocco, tatto

toss - tiro, lancio, testa o croce, lancio moneta

Starving - Morire di fame, (starve)

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 - (periodo di) due settimana

pulsations - pulsazione, battito

daily - quotidiano, giornaliero

fainter - piu debole

ceased - cessare, arrestare, smettere, interrompere

dying - morire

sustenance - sostentamento

miserable - infelice

pitiful - pietoso

pangs - dolore, fitta, pena morso

suffering - sofferenza, (suffer), soffrire, penare, patire, aggravarsi

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 - rigido, inflessibile, duro, severo

beat - battere

hastened to - affrettarsi

bury - seppellire

funeral - funerale

dropping - escrementi

damp - umido, bagnato, madido, umidita, grisu, smorzare, soffocare

hole - buco

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 - vigilia

my knowledge - la mia conoscenza


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