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Metamorphosis 变形
I remember thinking to myself, There is no escape for me now! Even if I make a run for it andmanage to dodge1 the lot of them, I still won't get out because the doors are chained and locked! I'mfinished! I'm done for! Oh Grandmamma, what are they going to do to me?
I looked round and I saw a hideous2 painted and powdered witch's face staring down at me,and the face opened its mouth and yelled triumphantly3, "It's here! It's behind the screen! Come andget it!" The witch reached out a gloved hand and grabbed me by the hair but I twisted free andjumped away. I ran, oh how I ran! The sheer terror of it all put wings on my feet! I flew around theoutside of the great Ballroom4 and not one of them had a chance of catching5 me. As I came level withthe doors, I paused and tried to open them but the big chain was on them and they didn't even rattle6.
The witches were not bothering to chase me. They simply stood there in small groups,watching me and knowing for certain that there was no way I could escape. Several of them wereholding their noses with gloved fingers and there were cries of, "Poo! What a stink7! We can't standthis much longer!"
"Catch it then, you idiots!" screamed The Grand High Witch from up on the platform.
"Sprrread out in a line across the room and close in on it and grab it! Corner this filthy8 littlegumboil and seize it and bring it up here to me!"The witches spread out as they were told. They advanced towards me, some from one end,some from the other, and some came down the middle between the rows of empty chairs. They werebound to get me now. They had me cornered.
From sheer and absolute terror, I began to scream. "Help!" I screamed, turning my headtowards the doors in the hope that somebody outside might hear me. "Help! Help! Hel-l-l-lp!""Get it!" shouted The Grand High Witch. "Grrrab hold of it! Stop it yelling!"They rushed at me then, and about five of them grabbed me by the arms and legs and liftedme clear off the ground. I went on screaming, but one of them clapped a gloved hand over my mouthand that stopped me.
"Baring it here!" shouted The Grand High Witch. "Brrring the spying little vurm up here tome!"
I was carried on to the platform with my arms and legs held tight by many hands, and I laythere suspended in the air, facing the ceiling. I saw The Grand High Witch standing9 over me,grinning at me in the most horrible way. She held up the small blue bottle of Mouse-Maker and shesaid "Now for a little medicine! Hold his nose to make him open his mouth!"Strong fingers pinched my nose. I kept my mouth closed tight and held my breath. But Icouldn't do it for long. My chest was bursting. I opened my mouth to get one big quick breath of airand as I did so, The Grand High Witch poured the entire contents of the little bottle down my throat!
Oh, the pain and the fire! It felt as though a kettleful of boiling water had been poured into mymouth. My throat was going up in flames! Then very quickly the frightful10 burning searing scorchingfeeling started spreading down into my chest and into my tummy and on and on into my arms andlegs and all over my body! I screamed and screamed but once again the gloved hand was clappedover my lips. The next thing I felt was my skin beginning to tighten11. How else can I describe it? Itwas quite literally12 a tightening13 and a shrinking of the skin all over my body from the top of my headto the tips of my fingers to the ends of my toes! I felt as though I was a balloon and somebody wastwisting the top of the balloon and twisting and twisting and the balloon was getting smaller andsmaller and the skin was getting tighter and tighter and soon it was going to burst.
Then the squeezing began. This time I was inside a suit of iron and somebody was turning ascrew, and with each turn of the screw the iron suit became smaller and smaller so that I wassqueezed like an orange into a pulpy14 mess with the juice running out of my sides.
After that there came a fierce prickling sensation all over my skin (or what was left of myskin) as though tiny needles were forcing their way out through the surface of the skin from theinside, and this, I realise now, was the growing of the mouse-fur.
Far away in the distance, I heard the voice of The Grand High Witch yelling, "Five hundreddoses! This stinking15 little carbuncle has had five hundred doses and the alarm-clock has beensmashed and now vee are having instantaneous action!" I heard clapping and cheering and Iremember thinking: I am not myself any longer! I have gone clear out of my own skin!
I noticed that the floor was only an inch from my nose.
I noticed also a pair of little furry16 front paws resting on the floor. I was able to move thosepaws. They were mine!
At that moment, I realised that I was not a little boy any longer. I was A MOUSE.
"Now for the mouse-trrrap!" I heard The Grand High Witch yelling. "I've got it right here!
And here's a piece of cheese!"
But I wasn't going to wait for that. I was off across the platform like a streak17 of lightning! Iwas astonished at my own speed! I leapt over witches' feet right and left, and in no time at all I wasdown the steps and on to the floor of the Ballroom itself and skittering off among the rows of chairs.
What I especially liked was the fact that I made no sound at all as I ran. I was a swift and silentmover. And quite amazingly, the pain had all gone now. I was feeling quite remarkably18 well. It is nota bad thing after all, I thought to myself, to be tiny as well as speedy when there is a bunch ofdangerous females after your blood. I selected the back leg of a chair and squeezed up against it andkept very still.
In the distance, The Grand High Witch was shouting, "Leave the little stinkpot alone! It is notvurth bothering about! It is only a mouse now! Somebody else vill soon catch it! Let us get out ofhere! The meeting is over! Unlock the doors and shove off to the Sunshine Terrace to have tea viththat idiotic19 Manager!"



1 dodge q83yo     
  • A dodge behind a tree kept her from being run over.她向树后一闪,才没被车从身上辗过。
  • The dodge was coopered by the police.诡计被警察粉碎了。
2 hideous 65KyC     
  • The whole experience had been like some hideous nightmare.整个经历就像一场可怕的噩梦。
  • They're not like dogs,they're hideous brutes.它们不像狗,是丑陋的畜牲。
3 triumphantly 9fhzuv     
  • The lion was roaring triumphantly. 狮子正在发出胜利的吼叫。
  • Robert was looking at me triumphantly. 罗伯特正得意扬扬地看着我。
4 ballroom SPTyA     
  • The boss of the ballroom excused them the fee.舞厅老板给他们免费。
  • I go ballroom dancing twice a week.我一个星期跳两次交际舞。
5 catching cwVztY     
  • There are those who think eczema is catching.有人就是认为湿疹会传染。
  • Enthusiasm is very catching.热情非常富有感染力。
6 rattle 5Alzb     
  • The baby only shook the rattle and laughed and crowed.孩子只是摇着拨浪鼓,笑着叫着。
  • She could hear the rattle of the teacups.她听见茶具叮当响。
7 stink ZG5zA     
  • The stink of the rotten fish turned my stomach.腐烂的鱼臭味使我恶心。
  • The room has awful stink.那个房间散发着难闻的臭气。
8 filthy ZgOzj     
  • The whole river has been fouled up with filthy waste from factories.整条河都被工厂的污秽废物污染了。
  • You really should throw out that filthy old sofa and get a new one.你真的应该扔掉那张肮脏的旧沙发,然后再去买张新的。
9 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
10 frightful Ghmxw     
  • How frightful to have a husband who snores!有一个发鼾声的丈夫多讨厌啊!
  • We're having frightful weather these days.这几天天气坏极了。
11 tighten 9oYwI     
  • Turn the screw to the right to tighten it.向右转动螺钉把它拧紧。
  • Some countries tighten monetary policy to avoid inflation.一些国家实行紧缩银根的货币政策,以避免通货膨胀。
12 literally 28Wzv     
  • He translated the passage literally.他逐字逐句地翻译这段文字。
  • Sometimes she would not sit down till she was literally faint.有时候,她不走到真正要昏厥了,决不肯坐下来。
13 tightening 19aa014b47fbdfbc013e5abf18b64642     
  • Make sure the washer is firmly seated before tightening the pipe. 旋紧水管之前,检查一下洗衣机是否已牢牢地固定在底座上了。
  • It needs tightening up a little. 它还需要再收紧些。
14 pulpy 0c94b3c743a7f83fc4c966269f8f4b4e     
果肉状的,多汁的,柔软的; 烂糊; 稀烂
  • The bean like seeds of this plant, enclosed within a pulpy fruit. 被包在肉质果实内的这种植物的豆样种子。
  • Her body felt bruised, her lips pulpy and tender. 她的身体感觉碰伤了,她的嘴唇柔软娇嫩。
15 stinking ce4f5ad2ff6d2f33a3bab4b80daa5baa     
adj.臭的,烂醉的,讨厌的v.散发出恶臭( stink的现在分词 );发臭味;名声臭;糟透
  • I was pushed into a filthy, stinking room. 我被推进一间又脏又臭的屋子里。
  • Those lousy, stinking ships. It was them that destroyed us. 是的!就是那些该死的蠢猪似的臭飞船!是它们毁了我们。 来自英汉非文学 - 科幻
16 furry Rssz2D     
  • This furry material will make a warm coat for the winter.这件毛皮料在冬天会是一件保暖的大衣。
  • Mugsy is a big furry brown dog,who wiggles when she is happy.马格斯是一只棕色大长毛狗,当她高兴得时候她会摇尾巴。
17 streak UGgzL     
  • The Indians used to streak their faces with paint.印第安人过去常用颜料在脸上涂条纹。
  • Why did you streak the tree?你为什么在树上刻条纹?
18 remarkably EkPzTW     
  • I thought she was remarkably restrained in the circumstances. 我认为她在那种情况下非常克制。
  • He made a remarkably swift recovery. 他康复得相当快。
19 idiotic wcFzd     
  • It is idiotic to go shopping with no money.去买东西而不带钱是很蠢的。
  • The child's idiotic deeds caused his family much trouble.那小孩愚蠢的行为给家庭带来许多麻烦。


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