After the lapse of some minutes, which appeared an immense time to little Paul Dombey on the table, Doctor Blimber came back. The Doctor’s walk was stately, and calculated to impress the juvenile mind with solemn feelings. It was a sort of march; but when the Doctor put out his right foot, he gravely turned upon his axis, with a semi-circular sweep towards the left; and when he put out his left foot, he turned in the same manner towards the right. So that he seemed, at every stride he took, to look about him as though he were saying, ’Can anybody have the goodness to indicate any subject, in any direction, on which I am uninformed? I rather think not’.
Mrs Blimber and Miss Blimber came back in the Doctor’s company; and the Doctor, lifting his new pupil off the table, delivered him over to Miss Blimber.
’Cornelia,’ said the Doctor, ’Dombey will be your charge at first. Bring him on, Cornelia, bring him on.’
Miss Blimber received her young ward from the Doctor’s hands; and Paul, feeling that the spectacles were surveying him, cast down his eyes.
’How old are you, Dombey?’ said Miss Blimber.
’Six,’ answered Paul, wondering, as he stole a glance at the young lady, why her hair didn’t grow long like Florence’s, and why she was like a boy.
’How much do you know of your Latin Grammar, Dombey?’ said Miss Blimber.
’None of it,’ answered Paul. Feeling that the answer was a shock to Miss Blimber’s sensibility, he looked up at the three faces that were looking down at him, and said:
’I have’n’t been well. I have been a weak child. I couldn’t learn a Latin Grammar when I was out, every day, with old Glubb. I wish you’d tell old Glubb to come and see me, if you please.’’What a dreadfully low name’ said Mrs Blimber. ’Unclassical to a degree! Who is the monster, child?’
’What monster?’ inquired Paul.
[ 过去式swept 过去分词swept 现在分词sweeping ]
(1) Please sweep under the carpets.
(2) You could sweep if you want.
(3) You cannot sweep it up.
(4) Give the room a good (thorough) sweep.
(5) It’s tiring to sweep all the rooms by myself.
(6) New brooms often make a clean sweep of old staff.
(7) He helplessly watched the wave sweep his cap away.
(8) The disease can sweep through whole populations in a very short time.
(9) It will take more than the youth vote to sweep the upstart party to power.
(1) The university bestowed a degree on him.
(2) Many countries offered no degree below Masters level.
(3) A difference in degree can become a difference in kind.
(4) In Finland all new teachers must have a master’s degree.
(5) All nations of the world show some degree of inequality .
(6) Each aspect had a big impact on the degree of warming predicted.
(7) The task of typography is to determine the degree of divergence.
(8) Instead, there must be some dreams – not sheer fantasy but at least a degree of optimism.