2018年考研英语阅读积累：艾米莉•勃朗特 - 《呼啸山庄》14
Chapter Five. Part 1
In the course of time Mr. Earnshaw began to fail. He had been active and healthy, yet his strength left him suddenly; and when he was confined to the chimney-corner he grew grievously irritable. A nothing vexed him; and suspected slights of his authority nearly threw him into fits. This was especially to be remarked if any one attempted to impose upon, or domineer over, his favourite: he was painfully jealous lest a word should be spoken amiss to him; seeming to have got into his head the notion that, because he liked Heathcliff, all hated, and longed to do him an ill-turn. It was a disadvantage to the lad; for the kinder among us did not wish to fret the master, so we humoured his partiality; and that humouring was rich nourishment to the child’s pride and black tempers. Still it became in a manner necessary; twice, or thrice, Hindley’s manifestation of scorn, while his father was near, roused the old man to a fury: he seized his stick to strike him, and shook with rage that he could not do it.
be confined to 受到...限制，禁闭
be confined to bed 卧病 be confined to the house 闭门不出
【例】He was confined to bed for a week with his cold.
impose on/upon 把...强加于，施加
【例】I don’t want to impose on you by staying too long.
amiss 有毛病的；不合适的；出差错的 adj.
【例】Be really come amiss in the favour, only want to handle affairs to send data at once.
I hoped heartily we should have peace now. It hurt me to think the master should be made uncomfortable by his own good deed. I fancied the discontent of age and disease arose from his family disagreements; as he would have it that it did: really, you know, sir, it was in his sinking frame. We might have got on tolerably, not withstanding, but for two people - Miss Cathy, and Joseph, the servant: you saw him, I dare say, up yonder. He was, and is yet most likely, the wearisomest self-righteous Pharisee that ever ransacked a Bible to rake the promises to himself and fling the curses to his neighbours. By his knack of sermonising and pious discoursing, he contrived to make a great impression on Mr. Earnshaw; and the more feeblethe master became, the more influence he gained.
arise from 由…引起，起因于；出身于
【例】This problem arises out of our earlier decision.
Many great men have arisen from humble beginnings.
it was in his sinking frame 他那时已经日渐衰老
ransack 洗劫，掠夺；遍寻 vt. steal goods; take as spoils
【例】Three robbers ransacked the bank in twenty-five minutes.
contrive 谋划；设法做到 vi. 设计；发明；图谋 vt.
come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; make or work out a plan for; devise
【例】He contrived to gain their votes.
They contrived a mask against poison gas.