Reading Comprehension and Using Adjectives (2)


The following is a true story and I swear by every word.  It's your choice, believe it, or not.

It was a damp and dreary October night in Mito.  My familiar street home was narrow and appeared to be void of people, or cars.  The autumn rain had stopped earlier in the evening, but the road and the sidewalks were still wet.  There were tiny pools of water in some places.

Bizen-machi was poorly lit, but the few streetlamps lining the path cast an eerie orangish glow reflecting in the puddles, like mini-Halloween moons.

A fine misty cloud hugged the dark pavement as I walked, my footsteps echoing loudly off the concrete-block walls flanking me on both sides.  The sidewalk itself was uneven and embedded with various colored stones cut in irregular shapes and sizes.

I had to dodge some wet spots and almost slipped a few times.  There were black shadows crisscrossing the surface like so many gigantic spider legs, and just for a second or two, I felt completely vulnerable.                (V.C)

お役立ち英会話表現 その107
swear by every word            全て(真実だと)誓う
believe it, or not            信じるかどうかは
damp and dreary        じめじめしてもの寂しい   
familiar street home           通いなれた家への道
void of people              人気のない
poorly lit                  うす暗い
eerie                    不気味な
fine misty cloud             薄いもやのかたまり
crisscross                十字形  
vulnerable                傷つきやすい、もろい

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