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The Plan
When we got back to the bedroom, my grandmother took both me and Bruno out of herhandbag and put us on the table. "Why on earth didn't you speak up and tell your father who youwere?" she said to Bruno.
"Because I had my mouth full," Bruno said. He jumped straight back into the bowl of bananasand went on with his eating.
"What a very disagreeable little boy you are," my grandmother said to him.
"Not boy," I said. "Mouse."
"Quite right, my darling. But we don't have time to worry about him at this moment. We haveplans to make. In about an hour and a half's time, all the witches will be going down to supper in theDining Room. Right?"
"Right," I said.
"And every one of them has got to be given a dose of Mouse-Maker," she said. "How on earthare we going to do that?"
"Grandmamma," I said. "I think you are forgetting that a mouse can go places where humanbeings can't."
"That's quite right," she said. "But even a mouse can't go creeping around on the table-topcarrying a bottle and sprinkling Mouse-Maker all over the witches' roast beef without being spotted1.""I wasn't thinking of doing it in the Dining Room," I said.
"Then where?" she asked.
"In the kitchen," I said, "while their food is being got ready."My grandmother stared at me. "My darling child," she said slowly, "I do believe that turningyou into a mouse has doubled your brain-power!""A little mouse", I said, "can go scuttling2 round the kitchen among the pots and pans, and ifhe's very careful no one will ever see him."
"Brilliant!" my grandmother cried out. "By golly, I think you've got it!""The only thing is," I said, "how will I know which food is theirs? I don't want to put it in thewrong saucepan. It would be disastrous3 if I turned all the other guests into mice by mistake, andespecially you, Grandmamma."
"Then you'll just have to creep into the kitchen and find a good hiding-place and wait... andlisten. Just lie there in some dark cranny listening and listening to what the cooks are saying... andthen, with a bit of luck, somebody's going to give you a clue. Whenever they have a very big party tocook for, the food is always prepared separately.""Right," I said. "That's what I'll have to do. I shall wait there and I shall listen and I shall hopefor a bit of luck."
"It's going to be very dangerous," my grandmother said. "Nobody welcomes a mouse in thekitchen. If they see you, they'll squash you to death.""I won't let them see me," I said.
"Don't forget you'll be carrying the bottle," she said, "so you won't be nearly so quick andnippy."
"I can run quite fast standing4 up with the bottle in my arms," I said. "I did it just now, don'tyou remember? I came all the way up from The Grand High Witch's room carrying it.""What about unscrewing the top?" she said. "That might be difficult for you.""Let me try," I said. I took hold of the little bottle and using both my front paws, I found I wasable to unscrew the cap quite easily.
"That's great," my grandmother said. "You really are a very clever mouse." She glanced at herwatch. "At half-past seven," she said, "I shall go down to the Dining-Room for supper with you in myhandbag. I shall then release you under the table together with the precious bottle and from then onyou'll be on your own. You will have to work your way unseen across the Dining-Room to the doorthat leads into the kitchen. There will be waiters going in and out of that door all the time. You willhave to choose the right moment and nip in behind one of them, but for heaven's sake be sure thatyou don't get trodden on or squeezed in the door.""I'll try not to," I said.
"And whatever happens, you mustn't let them catch you.""Don't go on about it, Grandmamma. You're making me nervous.""You're a brave little fellow," she said. "I do love you.""What shall we do with Bruno?" I asked her.
Bruno looked up. "I'm coming with you," he said, speaking with his mouth full of banana.
"I'm not going to miss my supper!"
My grandmother considered this for a moment. "I'll take you along," she said, "if you promiseto stay in my bag and keep absolutely silent.""Will you pass food down to me from the table?" Bruno asked.
"Yes," she said, "if you promise to behave yourself. Would you like something to eat, mydarling?" she said to me.
"No, thank you," I said. "I'm too excited to eat. And I've got to keep fit and frisky5 for the bigjob ahead."
"It's a big job all right," my grandmother said. "You'll never do a bigger one."


1 spotted 7FEyj     
  • The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商从一群200头牛中选出有斑点的牛。
  • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯积了有斑点的短袜。
2 scuttling 56f5e8b899fd87fbaf9db14c025dd776     
n.船底穿孔,打开通海阀(沉船用)v.使船沉没( scuttle的现在分词 );快跑,急走
  • I could hear an animal scuttling about in the undergrowth. 我可以听到一只动物在矮树丛中跑来跑去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • First of all, scuttling Yu Lung (this yuncheng Hejin) , flood discharge. 大禹首先凿开龙门(今运城河津市),分洪下泄。 来自互联网
3 disastrous 2ujx0     
  • The heavy rainstorm caused a disastrous flood.暴雨成灾。
  • Her investment had disastrous consequences.She lost everything she owned.她的投资结果很惨,血本无归。
4 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。
5 frisky LfNzk     
  • I felt frisky,as if I might break into a dance.我感到很欢快,似乎要跳起舞来。
  • His horse was feeling frisky,and he had to hold the reins tightly.马儿欢蹦乱跳,他不得不紧勒缰绳。


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