fearful expectation or anticipation
Sailors have a curious
dread of the place.
unpleasantly cool and humid
"Can't see it," remarked Rainsford, trying to peer through the
dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht.
capable of being perceived
"Can't see it," remarked Rainsford, trying to peer through the dank tropical night that was
palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht.
a person who eats human flesh
Cannibals?" suggested Rainsford.
perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch
Sometimes I think evil is a
tangible thing--with wave lengths, just as sound and light have.
deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
There was no sound in the night as Rainsford sat there but the
muffled throb of the engine that drove the yacht swiftly through the darkness, and the swish and ripple of the wash of the propeller.
be puzzling or bewildering to
Rainsford sprang up and moved quickly to the rail,
pull back or move away or backward
Desperately he struck out with strong strokes after the
receding lights of the yacht, but he stopped before he had swum fifty feet.
with obstinate determination
They had come from the right, and
doggedly he swam in that direction, swimming with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength.
the greatest or utmost degree
It came out of the darkness, a high screaming sound, the sound of an animal in an
extremity of anguish and terror.
an energetic style
He did not recognize the animal that made the sound; he did not try to; with fresh
vitality he swam toward the sound.
"Vitality," in this context means "with life".
having a sharply uneven surface or outline
Jagged crags appeared to jut up into the opaqueness; he forced himself upward, hand over hand.
having high compaction or concentration
Dense jungle came down to the very edge of the cliffs.
a state of danger involving risk
perils that tangle of trees and underbrush might hold for him did not concern Rainsford just then.
walk with great difficulty
He saw no sign of a trail through the closely knit web of weeds and trees; it was easier to go along the shore, and Rainsford
floundered along by the water.
cut or tear irregularly
Some wounded thing--by the evidence, a large animal--had thrashed about in the underbrush; the jungle weeds were crushed down and the moss was
lacerated; one patch of weeds was stained crimson.
unpleasantly cold and damp
Bleak darkness was blacking out the sea and jungle when Rainsford sighted the lights.
relating to a large and stately mansion
His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of a
palatial chateau; it was set on a high bluff, and on three sides of it cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows.
an impressive country house (or castle) in France
His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of a palatial
chateau; it was set on a high bluff, and on three sides of it cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows.
a high steep bank
His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of a palatial chateau; it was set on a high
bluff, and on three sides of it cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
menacing look in the eyes did not change.
developed by human care and for human use
cultivated voice marked by a slight accent that gave it added precision and deliberateness, he said, "It is a very great pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter, to my home."
a member of the nobility
He had high cheekbones, a sharpcut nose, a spare, dark face--the face of a man used to giving orders, the face of an
relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages
There was a
medieval magnificence about it; it suggested a baronial hall of feudal times with its oaken panels, its high ceiling, its vast refectory tables where twoscore men could sit down to eat.
relating to a system where vassals are protected by lords
There was a medieval magnificence about it; it suggested a baronial hall of
feudal times with its oaken panels, its high ceiling, its vast refectory tables where twoscore men could sit down to eat.
a communal dining-hall, usually in a monastery
There was a medieval magnificence about it; it suggested a baronial hall of feudal times with its oaken panels, its high ceiling, its vast
refectory tables where twoscore men could sit down to eat.
formality and propriety of manner
I think I may say, in all
modesty, that I have done a rare thing.
characterized by intense emotion
He was a very rich man with a quarter of a million acres in the Crimea, and he was an
troops trained to fight on horseback
I went into the army--it was expected of noblemen's sons--and for a time commanded a division of Cossack
cavalry, but my real interest was always the hunt.
a sudden and violent collapse
debacle in Russia I left the country, for it was imprudent for an officer of the Czar to stay there.
"After the debacle in Russia I left the country, for it was
imprudent for an officer of the Czar to stay there.
using or skilled in using reasoning
Now, mine is an
analytical mind, Mr. Rainsford.
get on top of; deal with successfully
The general smiled the quiet smile of one who has faced an obstacle and
surmounted it with success.
confusion resulting from failure to understand
bewilderment showed in his face.
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
This is a
a member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was incomplete and advocated the simplification and regulation of forms of worship
Ah, well, doubtless you had
motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles
But I think I can show you that your
scruples are quite ill founded."
primitive in customs and culture
That would be
escape, either physically or mentally
If my quarry
eludes me for three whole days, he wins the game.
without change, in every case
Invariably, Mr. Rainsford,
invariably they choose the hunt."
a very boastful and talkative person
Then he added, hastily: "I don't wish you to think me a
braggart, Mr. Rainsford.
distorted and unnatural in shape or size
The lights from the windows sent a flickering illumination that made
grotesque patterns on the courtyard below, and Rainsford could see moving about there a dozen or so huge black shapes; as they turned toward him, their eyes glittered greenly.
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
Once he thought he heard
stealthy steps in the corridor outside his room.
The lights of the chateau were out now, and it was dark and silent; but there was a fragment of
sallow moon, and by its wan light he could see, dimly, the courtyard.
full of anxiety and concern
solicitous about the state of Rainsford's health.
the feeling of being bored by something tedious
To Rainsford's questioning glance the general said, "
a dense growth of bushes
The general raised his
thickets of eyebrows; he seemed hurt.
He filled Rainsford's glass with
venerable Chablis from a dusty bottle.
producing no result or effect
He saw that straight flight was
futile; inevitably it would bring him face to face with the sea.
having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate
He executed a series of
intricate loops; he doubled on his trail again and again, recalling all the lore of the fox hunt, and all the dodges of the fox.
marked by active interest and enthusiasm
zealous a hunter as General Zaroff could not trace him there, he told himself; only the devil himself could follow that complicated trail through the jungle after dark.
in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
apprehensive night crawled slowly by like a wounded snake and sleep did not visit Rainsford, although the silence of a dead world was on the jungle.
a wall hanging of heavy fabric with pictorial designs
He flattened himself down on the limb and, through a screen of leaves almost as thick as
tapestry, he watched.
strong and sharp to the sense of taste
Then he straightened up and took from his case one of his black cigarettes; its
pungent incenselike smoke floated up to Rainsford's nostrils.
surpassing the ordinary or normal
The general could follow a trail through the woods at night; he could follow an extremely difficult trail; he must have
uncanny powers; only by the merest chance had the Cossack failed to see his quarry.
in a manner affording no ease or reassurance
Three hundred yards from his hiding place he stopped where a huge dead tree leaned
precariously on a smaller, living one.
extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary
His foot touched the
protruding bough that was the trigger.
expressing contempt or ridicule
He stood there, rubbing his injured shoulder, and Rainsford, with fear again gripping his heart, heard the general's
mocking laugh ring through the jungle.
not easily irritated
That had been a
placid pastime compared to his digging now.
show submission or fear