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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

extraordinary - straordinario, straordinaria, eccezionale, fantastico

incredulity - incredulita

scorn - disprezzare, disdegnare, disprezzo

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

straightforward - schietto, franco, diretto, sincero, facile

compass - bussola

observation - osservazione

annals - annale

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.

York - York

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.

basin - lavandino, lavabo, bacinella, lavacro

fountain - fontana

fruit trees - alberi da frutto

ragged - stracciato

unpruned - non potato

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

retreat - ritirarsi

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

noble - nobile, aristocratico, splendido

spiral - spirale, bovolo, aumentare vertiginosamente

staircase - scalinata, tromba delle scale

winding - avvolgimento

imposing - imporre, abusare

dimensions - aspetto, dimensione

merchant - mercante, mercantessa, commerciante, negoziante

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.

decease - decesso, morire

verified - verificare

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

dispossessed - espropriare

widow - vedova, vedovare

former - precedente, passato

inhabited - abitare

merely - soltanto, solamente, meramente, semplicemente

caretaker - portinaio, caposcala, badante

declared - dichiarare

unnatural - innaturale

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

scattered - disperdere, disperdersi, sparpagliare, cospargere, deflettere

piled - pila, mucchio

unknown - ignoto, sconosciuto, carneade

invisible - invisibile, dietro le quinte

broad - largo

daylight - luce del giorno

accompanied - accompagnare

rustle - crepitare

unseen - non visto

silk - seta

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

viewless - senza vista

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

untenanted - non affittuario

negotiated - negoziare

somehow - in qualche modo

bargain - trattativa, accordo, mercanteggiamento, mercanteggiare, trattare

rumours - voce, chiacchiera, pettegolezzo

declined - declino, declinare, rifiutare

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

landlady - padrona di casa

boarding-house - (boarding-house) foresteria

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.

plucky - coraggioso, impavido

philosophical - filosofico

boarders - pensionante

scheme - schema, piano, progetto, programma, macchinazione

candidly - candidamente

ghostly - spettrale, fantasmatico, spiritico

establishment - istituzione, fondazione, creazione, insediamento, instaurazione

exception - eccezione

timid - timido, pavido, impaurito

Californian - californiano

gave notice - dare il preavviso

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

accompany - accompagnare

chivalric - cavalleresco

incursion - incursione

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

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

charmed - fascino

portion - porzione

situated - situare

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

avenues - viale, corso

localities - localita

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

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

clothesline - linea di vestiti

greensward - greenward

cigars - sigaro

dusk - crepuscolo, tramonto, tramontare, crepuscolare

fireflies - lucciola

flashing - lampeggiante

lanterns - lanterna

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

awaited - aspettare, attendere, servire

advent - avvento

eagerness - desiderio

purchased - compra, acquisto, compravendita, acquisizione, comprare

delectation - deliziare

regarded - considerare

public enemy - nemico pubblico

entire - intero, intera

household - famiglia, nucleo familiare, domestico, casalinghi

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

supreme - supremo, suprema

wretchedness - miseria

volume - volume

espionage - spionaggio

incautiously - incautamente

instant - immediato

seized - prendere, afferrare, approfittare, sfruttare

aloud - a voce alta, ad alta voce

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.

immense - immenso

leaked out - venire alla luce

tolerably - in modo tollerabile

versed - knowledgeable or skilled

supernaturalism - soprannaturale

foundation - fondazione, fondamenta

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

clanking - sferragliare

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

utmost - estremo, massimo

dissatisfaction - insoddisfazione, scontentezza

acknowledge - riconoscere, ammettere, confermare

approaching - avvicinarsi

manifested - manifestare

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

undressing - spogliarsi, (undress), svestirsi

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.

inexplicable - inspiegabile, incomprensibile, inesplicabile

reels - barcollare

bare - nudo

Occurrence - occorrenza

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

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.

sympathies - compassione, empatia

vice - morsa, morsetto

opium - oppio

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

universe - universo

unimaginable - inimmaginabile, inconcepibile

spiritual - spirituale, spiritual

bliss - beatitudine

surrender - arrendersi, capitolare

throne - trono

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.

regulated - regolare, registrare, tarare

accuracy - esattezza, precisione, accuratezza, acribia

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

paradise - paradiso

steered - giovenco, manzo

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

ruddy - rubicondo

brimming - orlo

Shakespeare - English playwright

tempest - tempesta, procella

lingered - indugiare, sostare, trattenersi, attardarsi

Ariel - Ariele

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

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

strip - togliere

tread - calpestare, pestare

arborea - ordine del giorno

clung - aggrapparsi, aderire

bark - abbaio, latrato

plum - prugna

strains - sforzare, sforzarsi, tirare

divine - divino

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

vistas - prospettiva, vista

glory - gloria

stretched - tendere

rapturous - estasiante

companionship - compagnia

vast - ampio, vasto, esteso, grande

delight - delizia, piacere, deliziare

ecstatic - estatico

conscious - cosciente, conscio, consapevole

presence - presenza

vibrating - vibrare

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

meerschaums - Merschaum

Turkish - turco

tobacco - tabacco

core - torsolo, nucleo

fairy - fata, foletto, foletta, folletto

Tale - storia, resoconto

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

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

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.

vain - vanitoso, vanesio, vano

flung - lanciare

shores - spiaggia

gay - gay, omosessuale

bazaars - bazar, mercato

harems - harem

Golden - Dorato

continually - continuamente

arose from - e nata da

depths - profondita

fisherman - pescatore, pescatrice

copper - rame

vessel - vascello, imbarcazione, bastimento, nave

blotted - macchia, macchiare, assorbire

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

swayed - ondeggiamento, fluttuazione, dondolio, oscillazione

indulged in - dedicato a

gloomy - tetro, uggioso, cupo, lugubre

speculation - speculazione

proneness - prontezza

mysticism - misticismo

universal - universale

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

rapid - rapido, deciso, rapida, cataratta

wildly - selvaggiamente

upturned - ripresa

uttering - pronunciare

shrieks - gridare, strillare

spectators - spettatore

overhung - aggettare, sporgere, sportare

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

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

proportions - proporzione

veiled - velo

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

embodiment - incarnazione

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."

more terrible - piu terribile

attempt - tentare, cercare, provare, attentare, tentativo

vague - vago

"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

fearful - impaurito, spaventato, pavido

amalgamation - amalgama

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

incompatible - incompatibile

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 - abitante

threshold - soglia, soglia di casa, entrata, uscio

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."

rejoined - ricongiungersi

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

"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 - 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

nightmares - incubo, brutto sogno

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

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

lately - Ultimamente

agreeable - gradevole

companion - amico, compagno

turning down - abbassare la luce/il volume

glimmered - barlume, filo

composed - showing composure

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.

darkness - buio, oscurita, tenebre, scuro

atom - atomo

alight - scendere

illuminate - illuminare, chiarire, miniare

inches - pollice

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

desperately - disperatamente

confounded - confondere

obtruding - invadente

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

lying still - stare fermo

inaction - inazione

hasten - affrettarsi, sbrigarsi, affrettare, anticipare

repose - riposo

incident - imprevisto, inconveniente, incidente

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

plumb - a piombo

bony - ossuto, stecchino

encircling - circondare, (encircle), accerchiare, contornare

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

stunning - stordire, intontire, stupefare, sorprendere, incantare

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

tension - tensione

instinct - istinto

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.

loosened - allentare

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

ignorant - ignorante

grasp - afferrare, avvinghiare, avvinghiarsi, agguantare

slipping - scivolare

nakedness - nudezza, nudita

assailant - assalitore, aggressore

sinewy - sinuosa

confine - limitare

combination - combinazione

combat - battaglia, combattere

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.

deadly - mortale

exhausting - esaurire

Victor - Venezia, Vittorio, Vittore

beneath - sotto

panting - ansimare

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

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

capture - catturare, riprendere, mangiare

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

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

caution - cautela, prudenza

grip - impugnare, avvincere

speck - macchia

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

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

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

corporeal - corporeo

gripped - impugnare, avvincere

fleshy - carnoso, polposo

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!

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

struggled - lotta, lottare

fiercely - trucemente, perfidamente, ferocemente, accanitamente

clutched - afferrare

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.

faint - debole

go mad - impazzire

sustained - sostenere

loosening - allentare

enigma - enigma, indovinello

gain - acquistare, conseguire

additional - addizionale

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?"

hastened - affrettarsi, sbrigarsi, affrettare, anticipare

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!"

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

countenance - sembianza, apparenza, espressione

anxious - ansioso, preoccupante, bramoso, impaziente

audible - udibile

titter - ridacchiare

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

remainder - rimanenza, avanzo, restante, residuo

suppressed - sopprimere

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.

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

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

"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

struggles - lotta, lottare

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

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

cord - 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

preserved - riserva, preservare, proteggere, salvaguardare, conservare

deeply moved - profondamente commosso

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

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.

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

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

pantomime - (spettacolo natalizio)

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

exhaustion - esaurimento

jailer - carceriere, carceriera, custode, guardiano

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.

fled - fuggire

clustered - gruppo, grappolo

induced - persuadere, incitare, indurre, provocare

satisfy - soddisfare, accontentare, saziare

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

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

conquering - conquistare, sconfiggere, vincere

repugnance - ripugnanza

manacled - manette

"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

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

calmly - con calma

recovered - rimettersi, riprendersi

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.

dull - spuntato, smussato, noioso, soporifero, tedioso

alighting - scendere

mass - massa

timbers - legname

creaked - cric, scricchiolio, scricchiolare

distinctly - distintamente

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

rushed - precipitarsi, portare d'urgenza

Hammond and I were left alone with our Mystery.

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

impotently - 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!"

Grant - permettere, concedere, conferire, ammettere, garantire

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

coarseness - grossolanita

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

homogeneous - omogeneo

atoms - atomo

rays - raggio

refracted - rifrangere, rifrangersi

"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

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

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

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

bedside - letto

unearthly - soprannaturale

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

panted - ansimare, ansare

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

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

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

convulsive - convulsivo

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

by passing - passando

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

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 - gesso, unguento, intonaco, calco

disturb - disturbare

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.

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

moist - umido

clay - argilla, creta

distorted - deformare, distorcere

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

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

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

- ou

vous - ordine del giorno

plaira - ordine del giorno

approaches - avvicinarsi

physiognomy - fisionomia

ghoul - gula, ghoul

capable - capace

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

loose - largo

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.

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

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

nutriment - nutrimento

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

fainter - piu debole

ceased - cessare, arrestare, smettere, interrompere

dying - morire

sustenance - sostentamento

miserable - infelice

pitiful - pietoso

pangs - dolore, fitta, pena morso

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

hastened to - affrettarsi

funeral - funerale

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

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


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