2017年5月26日 星期五

murderous, hoar-frost, Antimemoirs_

This famous episode nevertheless cost the Red Army fewer 
men than those which followed Tt reached a region where the 
blockhouses of Nanking were still few, and regained the military 
inttiatne. But it still had to cross the high snow-covered passes 
of the Chiachin Mountains. It had been svarm in June in the 
Chinese lowlands, but it was cold at fifteen thousand feet, and 
die cotton-clad men of the South began to die. There were no 
paths, the army had to build its own track One army corps lost 
two thirds of its animals Mountain upon mountain, soon corpse 
upon corpse: one can follow the Long March by the skeletons 
fallen under their empty sacks; and those svho fell for ever 
before the peak of the Feather of Dreams, and those svho skirted 
the Great Drum (for the Chinese, the drum is the bronze drum) 
with its vertical faces in the endless jagged immensity of the 
mountains. The murderous clouds hid the gods of the Tibetan 
snows At last the army with the moustaches of hoar-frost 
reached the fields of Maokung Down below, it was still 
summer . . . 
https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.65703/2015.65703.Antimemoirs_djvu.txt
murderous
ˈməːd(ə)rəs/
adjective
  1. 1.
    capable of or intending to murder; dangerously violent.
    "a brutal and murderous despot"
  2. 2.
    informal
    extremely arduous or unpleasant.
    "the team had a murderous schedule of four games in ten days"
hoar
hɔː/
archaicliterary
adjective
  1. 1.
    greyish white; grey or grey-haired with age.
noun
  1. 1.
    hoar frost.
hoar frost
ˈhɔːfrɒst/
noun
  1. a greyish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapour formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

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