I was so weak and emaciated that a medical board determined that not a day should be lost in sending me back to England.
*emaciated : （常指因疾病或缺少食物而）消瘦的
With permission from a paternal government to spend the next nine months in attempting to improve it.
He is not a man that it is easy to draw out, though he can be communicative enough when the fancy seizes him.
The conversation drifted away into other channels.
Had he discovered a gold mine, greater delight could not have shone upon his features.
*mine : 矿井
So desirable in every way were the apartments, and so moderate did the terms seem when divided between us, that the bargain was concluded upon the spot, and we at once entered into possession.