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The Triumph 胜利
The Triumph
Mr Jenkins had not gone more than a few paces towards The Grand High Witch's table whena piercing scream rose high above all the other noises in the room, and at the same moment I saw TheGrand High Witch go shooting up into the air!
Now she was standing1 on her chair, still screaming...
Now she was on the table-top, waving her arms...
"What on earth's happening, Grandmamma?"
"Wait!" my grandmother said. "Keep quiet and watch."Suddenly all the other witches, more than eighty of them, were beginning to scream and jumpup out of their seats as though spikes2 were being stuck into their bottoms. Some were standing onchairs, some were up on the tables and all of them were wiggling about and waving their arms in themost extraordinary manner.
Then, all at once, they became quiet.
Then they stiffened3. Every single witch stood there as stiff and silent as a corpse4.
The whole room became deathly still.
"They're shrinking, Grandmamma!" I said. "They're shrinking just like I did!""I know they are," my grandmother said.
"It's the Mouse-Maker!" I cried. "Look! Some of them are growing fur on their faces! Why isit??????????????????????????????????????????????????????working so quickly, Grandmamma?""I'll tell you why," my grandmother said. "Because all of them have had massive overdoses,just like you. It's thrown the alarm-clock right out of whack5!"Everyone in the Dining-Room was standing up now to get a better view. People were movingcloser. They were beginning to crowd round the two long tables. My grandmother lifted Bruno andme up so that we wouldn't miss any of the fun. In her excitement, she jumped up on to her chair sothat she could see over the heads of the crowd.
In another few seconds, all the witches had completely disappeared and the tops of the twolong tables were swarming6 with small brown mice.
All over the Dining-Room women were screaming and strong men were turning white in theface and shouting, "It's crazy! This can't happen! Let's get the heck out of here quick!" Waiters wereattacking the mice with chairs and wine-bottles and anything else that came to hand. I saw a chef in atall white hat rushing out from the kitchen brandishing7 a frying-pan, and another one just behind himwas wielding8 a carving-knife above his head, and everyone was yelling, "Mice! Mice! Mice! Wemust get rid of the mice!" Only the children in the room were really enjoying it. They all seemed toknow instinctively9 that something good was going on right there in front of them, and they wereclapping and cheering and laughing like mad.
"It's time to go," my grandmother said. "Our work is done." She got down off her chair andpicked up her handbag and slung10 it over her arm.
She had me in her right hand and Bruno in her left.
"Bruno," she said, "the time has come to restore you to the famous bosom11 of your family.""My mum's not very crazy about mice," Bruno said.
"So I noticed," my grandmother said. "She'll just have to get used to you, won't she?"It was not difficult to find Mr and Mrs Jenkins. You could hear Mrs Jenkins's shrill12 voice allover the room. "Herbert!" it was screaming. "Herbert, get me out of here! There's mice everywhere!
They'll go up my skirts!" She had her arms high up around her husband and from where I was sheseemed to be swinging from his neck.
My grandmother advanced upon them and thrust Bruno into Mr Jenkins's hand. "Here's yourlittle boy," she said. "He needs to go on a diet.""Hi, Dad!" Bruno said. "Hi, Mum!"
Mrs Jenkins screamed even louder. My grandmother, with me in her hand, turned andmarched out of the room. She went straight across the hotel lobby and out through the front entranceinto the open air.
Outside it was a lovely warm evening and I could hear the waves breaking on the beach justacross the road from the hotel.
"Is there a taxi here?" my grandmother said to the tall doorman in his green uniform.
"Certainly, madam," he said, and he put two fingers into his mouth and blew a long shrillwhistle. I watched him with envy. For weeks I had been trying to whistle like that but I hadn'tsucceeded once. Now I never would.
The taxi came. The driver was an oldish man with a thick black drooping13 moustache. Themoustache hung over his mouth like the roots of some plant. "Where to, madam?" he asked.
Suddenly, he caught sight of me, a little mouse, nestling in my grandmother's hand. "Blimey!" hesaid. "What's that?"
"It's my grandson," my grandmother said. "Drive us to the station, please.""I always liked mice," the old taxi-driver said. "I used to keep 'undreds of 'em when I was aboy.?Mice is the fastest breeders in the world, did you know that, ma'am? So if 'ee's your grandson,then I reckon you'll be having a few great grandsons to go with 'im in a couple of weeks' time!""Drive us to the station, please," my grandmother said, looking prim14.
"Yes, ma'am," he said. "Right away."
My grandmother got into the back of the taxi, and sat down and put me on her lap.
"Are we going home?" I asked her.
"Yes," she answered. "Back to Norway."
"Hooray!" I cried. "Oh, hooray, hooray, hooray!""I thought you'd like that," she said.
"But what about our luggage?"
"Who cares about luggage?" she said.
The taxi was driving through the streets of Bournemouth and this was the time of day whenthe pavements were crowded with holiday-makers all wandering about aimlessly with nothing to do.
"How are you feeling, my darling?" my grandmother said.
"Fine," I said. "Quite marvellous."
She began stroking the fur on the back of my neck with one finger. "We have accomplishedgreat feats15 today," she said.
"It's been terrific," I said. "Absolutely terrific."



1 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。
2 spikes jhXzrc     
n.穗( spike的名词复数 );跑鞋;(防滑)鞋钉;尖状物v.加烈酒于( spike的第三人称单数 );偷偷地给某人的饮料加入(更多)酒精( 或药物);把尖状物钉入;打乱某人的计划
  • a row of iron spikes on a wall 墙头的一排尖铁
  • There is a row of spikes on top of the prison wall to prevent the prisoners escaping. 监狱墙头装有一排尖钉,以防犯人逃跑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 stiffened de9de455736b69d3f33bb134bba74f63     
  • He leaned towards her and she stiffened at this invasion of her personal space. 他向她俯过身去,这种侵犯她个人空间的举动让她绷紧了身子。
  • She stiffened with fear. 她吓呆了。
4 corpse JYiz4     
  • What she saw was just an unfeeling corpse.她见到的只是一具全无感觉的尸体。
  • The corpse was preserved from decay by embalming.尸体用香料涂抹以防腐烂。
5 whack kMKze     
  • After years of dieting,Carol's metabolism was completely out of whack.经过数年的节食,卡罗尔的新陈代谢完全紊乱了。
  • He gave me a whack on the back to wake me up.他为把我弄醒,在我背上猛拍一下。
6 swarming db600a2d08b872102efc8fbe05f047f9     
密集( swarm的现在分词 ); 云集; 成群地移动; 蜜蜂或其他飞行昆虫成群地飞来飞去
  • The sacks of rice were swarming with bugs. 一袋袋的米里长满了虫子。
  • The beach is swarming with bathers. 海滩满是海水浴的人。
7 brandishing 9a352ce6d3d7e0a224b2fc7c1cfea26c     
v.挥舞( brandish的现在分词 );炫耀
  • The horseman came up to Robin Hood, brandishing his sword. 那个骑士挥舞着剑,来到罗宾汉面前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife. 他挥舞着一把小刀,出现在休息室里。 来自辞典例句
8 wielding 53606bfcdd21f22ffbfd93b313b1f557     
手持着使用(武器、工具等)( wield的现在分词 ); 具有; 运用(权力); 施加(影响)
  • The rebels were wielding sticks of dynamite. 叛乱分子舞动着棒状炸药。
  • He is wielding a knife. 他在挥舞着一把刀。
9 instinctively 2qezD2     
  • As he leaned towards her she instinctively recoiled. 他向她靠近,她本能地往后缩。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He knew instinctively where he would find her. 他本能地知道在哪儿能找到她。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 slung slung     
抛( sling的过去式和过去分词 ); 吊挂; 遣送; 押往
  • He slung the bag over his shoulder. 他把包一甩,挎在肩上。
  • He stood up and slung his gun over his shoulder. 他站起来把枪往肩上一背。
11 bosom Lt9zW     
  • She drew a little book from her bosom.她从怀里取出一本小册子。
  • A dark jealousy stirred in his bosom.他内心生出一阵恶毒的嫉妒。
12 shrill EEize     
  • Whistles began to shrill outside the barn.哨声开始在谷仓外面尖叫。
  • The shrill ringing of a bell broke up the card game on the cutter.刺耳的铃声打散了小汽艇的牌局。
13 drooping drooping     
adj. 下垂的,无力的 动词droop的现在分词
  • The drooping willows are waving gently in the morning breeze. 晨风中垂柳袅袅。
  • The branches of the drooping willows were swaying lightly. 垂柳轻飘飘地摆动。
14 prim SSIz3     
  • She's too prim to enjoy rude jokes!她太古板,不喜欢听粗野的笑话!
  • He is prim and precise in manner.他的态度一本正经而严谨
15 feats 8b538e09d25672d5e6ed5058f2318d51     
功绩,伟业,技艺( feat的名词复数 )
  • He used to astound his friends with feats of physical endurance. 过去,他表现出来的惊人耐力常让朋友们大吃一惊。
  • His heroic feats made him a legend in his own time. 他的英雄业绩使他成了他那个时代的传奇人物。


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