tacit ['tæsɪt] adj. 缄默的；不言而喻的；心照不宣的；默许的
indulge [ɪn'dʌldʒ] vt/vi. 沉溺；满足；纵容
trio ['triːəʊ] n. 三重唱；三件一套；三个一组
physiognomy [,fɪzɪ'ɒ(g)nəmɪ] n. [地理] 地貌；外貌；面相；相面术
irritated ['ɪrɪteɪtɪd] adj. 恼怒的，生气的 （irritate的过去分词）
flung [flʌŋ] vt. 挥动（fling的过去式及过去分词形式）
hastened to 赶快；使加速
interpose [ɪntə'pəʊz] vt/vi. 提出（异议等）；(使)插入；(使)干涉
hive [haɪv] n. 蜂房，蜂巢；热闹的场所；熙攘喧闹的人群
dens [denz] n. 兽窝，兽穴（den的复数）；牙齿；齿状部分
peculiar [pɪ'kjuːlɪə] adj. 特殊的；独特的；奇怪的；罕见的
assault [ə'sɔlt] n/vt/vi. 攻击；袭击
parry ['pærɪ] n/vt/vi. 回避；挡开；闪避的回答
combatant [kəmˈbætənt] n. 战士；争斗者
vexatious [vek'seɪʃəs] adj. 令人烦恼的；麻烦的；无理纠缠的
phlegm [flem] n. 痰；粘液；粘液质
tempest ['tempɪst] n. 暴风雨；骚动；动乱
dispatch [dɪˈspætʃ] n/vt. 派遣；急件
lusty ['lʌstɪ] adj. 精力充沛的；健壮的
gown [gaʊn] n. 长袍，长外衣；礼服；睡袍；法衣
subside [səb'saɪd] vi. 平息；减弱；沉淀；坐下
herd [hɜːd] n. 兽群，畜群；放牧人
swine [swaɪn] n. 猪；卑贱的人
brood [bruːd] n. 一窝；一伙
meddle with 瞎弄；乱动
vigilant ['vɪdʒɪl(ə)nt] adj. 警惕的；警醒的；注意的；警戒的
countenance ['kaʊntənəns] n. 面容，表情；支持
grin [grɪn] n. 露齿笑
flurried ['flɝɪd] adj. 不安的；迷惑的
Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees. I flung her back, and hastened to interpose the table between us. This proceeding roused the whole hive: half a dozen four-footed fiends, of various sizes and ages, issued from hidden dens to the common centre. I felt my heels and coat-laps peculiar subjects of assault; and parrying off the larger combatants as effectually as I could with the poker, I was constrained to demand, aloud, assistance from some of the household in re-establishing peace.
Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm: I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping. Happily, an inhabitant of the kitchen made more dispatch: a lusty dame, with tucked-up gown, bare arms, and fire-flushed cheeks, rushed into the midst of us flourishing a frying-pan: and used that weapon, and her tongue, to such purpose, that the storm subsided magically, and she only remained, heaving like a sea after a high wind, when her master entered on the scene.
`What the devil is the matter?' he asked, eyeing me in a manner that I could ill endure after this inhospitable treatment.
`What the devil, indeed!' I muttered. `The herd of possessed swine could have had no worse spirits in them than those animals of yours, sir. You might as well leave a stranger with a brood of tigers!'
`They won't meddle with persons who touch nothing,' he remarked, putting the bottle before me, and restoring the displaced table. `The dogs do right to be vigilant. Take a glass of wine?'
`No, thank you.'
`Not bitten, are you?'
`If I had been, I would have set my signet on the biter.'
Heathcliff's countenance relaxed into a grin.
`Come, come,' he said, `you are flurried, Mr. Lockwood. Here, take a little wine. Guests are so exceedingly rare in this house that I and my dogs, I am willing to own, hardly know how to receive them. Your health, sir!'