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The Heart of a Mouse 老鼠的心
The Heart of a Mouse
It was lovely to be back m Norway once again in my grandmother's fine old house. But nowthat I was so small, everything looked different and it took me quite a while to find my way around.
Mine was a world of carpets and table-legs and chair-legs and the little crannies behind large piecesof furniture. A closed door could not be opened and nothing could be reached that was on a table.
But after a few days, my grandmother began to invent gadgets1 for me in order to make life abit easier. She got a carpenter to put together a number of slim tall stepladders and she placed one ofthese against each table in the house so that I could climb up whenever I wanted to. She herselfinvented a wonderful door-opening device made out of wires and springs and pulleys, with heavyweights dangling3 on cords, and soon every door in the house had a door-opener on it. All I had to dowas to press my front paws on to a tiny wooden platform and hey presto4, a spring would stretch and aweight would drop and the door would swing open.
Next, she rigged5 up an equally ingenious6 system whereby7 I could switch on the lightwhenever I entered a room at night. I cannot explain how it worked because I know nothing aboutelectricity, but there was a little button let into the floor near the door in every room in the house, andwhen I pressed the button gently with one paw, the light would come on. When I pressed it a secondtime, the light would go off again.
My grandmother made me a tiny toothbrush, using matchstick for the handle, and into this shestuck little bits of bristle8 that she had snipped9 off one of her hairbrushes. "You must not get any holesin your teeth," she said. "I can't take a mouse to a dentist! He'd think I was crazy!""It's funny," I said, "but ever since I became a mouse I've hated the taste of sweets andchocolate. So I don't think I'll get any holes.""You are still going to brush your teeth after every meal," my grandmother said. And I did.
For a bath-tub she gave me a silver sugar-basin, and I bathed in it every night before going tobed. She allowed no one else into the house, not even a servant or a cook. We kept entirely10 toourselves and we were very happy in each other's company.
One evening, as I lay on my grandmother's lap in front of the fire, she said to me, "I wonderwhat happened to that little Bruno."
"I wouldn't be surprised if his father gave him to the hall-porter to drown in the firebucket," Ianswered.
"I'm afraid you may be right," my grandmother said. "The poor little thing."We were silent for a few minutes, my grandmother puffing11 away at her black cigar while Idozed comfortably in the warmth.
"Can I ask you something, Grandmamma?" I said.
"Ask me anything you like, my darling."
"How long does a mouse live?"
"Ah," she said. "I've been waiting for you to ask me that."There was a silence. She sat there smoking away and gazing at the fire.
"Well," I said. "How long do we live, us mice?""I have been reading about mice," she said. "I have been trying to find out everything I canabout them."
"Go on then, Grandmamma. Why don't you tell me?
"If you really want to know," she said, "I'm afraid a mouse doesn't live for a very long time.""How long?" I asked.
"Well, an ordinary mouse only lives for about three years," she said. "But you are not anordinary mouse. You are a mouse-person, and that is a very different matter.""How different?" I asked. "How long does a mouse-person live, Grandmamma?""Longer," she said. "Much longer."
"How much longer?" I asked.
"A mouse-person will almost certainly live for three times as long as an ordinary mouse," mygrandmother said. "About nine years."
"Good!" I cried. "That's great! It's the best news I've ever had!""Why do you say that?" she asked, surprised.
"Because I would never want to live longer than you," I said. "I couldn't stand being lookedafter by anybody else."
There was a short silence. She had a way of fondling me behind the ears with the tip of onefinger. It felt lovely.
"How old are you, Grandmamma?" I asked.
"I'm eighty-six," she said.
"Will you live another eight or nine years?"
"I might," she said. "With a bit of luck."
"You've got to," I said. "Because by then I'll be a very old mouse and you'll be a very oldgrandmother and soon after that we'll both die together.""That would be perfect," she said.
I had a little doze12 after that. I just shut my eyes and thought of nothing and felt at peace withthe world.
"Would you like me to tell you something about yourself that is very interesting?" mygrandmother said.
"Yes please, Grandmamma," I said, without opening my eyes.
"I couldn't believe it at first, but apparently13 it's quite true," she said.
"What is it?" I asked.
"The heart of a mouse," she said, "and that means your heart, is beating at the rate of fivehundred times a minute! Isn't that amazing?"
"That's not possible," I said, opening my eyes wide.
"It's as true as I'm sitting here," she said. "It's a sort of a miracle.""That's nearly nine beats every second!" I cried, working it out in my head.
"Correct," she said. "Your heart is going so fast it's impossible to hear the separate beats. Allone hears is a soft humming sound."
She was wearing a lace2 dress and the lace kept tickling14 my nose. I had to rest my head on myfront paws.
"Have you ever heard my heart humming away, Grandmamma?" I asked her.
"Often," she said. "I hear it when you are lying very close to me on the pillow at night."The two of us remained silent in front of the fire for a long time after that, thinking aboutthese wonderful things.
"My darling," she said at last, "are you sure you don't mind being a mouse for the rest of yourlife?"
"I don't mind at all," I said. "It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like so long assomebody loves you."



1 gadgets 7239f3f3f78d7b7d8bbb906e62f300b4     
n.小机械,小器具( gadget的名词复数 )
  • Certainly. The idea is not to have a house full of gadgets. 当然。设想是房屋不再充满小配件。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
  • This meant more gadgets and more experiments. 这意味着要设计出更多的装置,做更多的实验。 来自英汉非文学 - 科学史
2 lace 1xvyE     
  • She let a piece of lace into her dress.她在衣服上镶了一块花边。
  • The bride is wearing a wedding dress made of lace.新娘穿一件蕾丝婚纱。
3 dangling 4930128e58930768b1c1c75026ebc649     
悬吊着( dangle的现在分词 ); 摆动不定; 用某事物诱惑…; 吊胃口
  • The tooth hung dangling by the bedpost, now. 结果,那颗牙就晃来晃去吊在床柱上了。
  • The children sat on the high wall,their legs dangling. 孩子们坐在一堵高墙上,摇晃着他们的双腿。
4 presto ZByy0     
  • With something so important,you can't just wave a wand and presto!在这么重大的问题上,你想挥动一下指挥棒,转眼就变过来,办不到!
  • I just turned the piece of wire in the lock and hey presto,the door opened.我把金属丝伸到锁孔里一拧,嘿,那门就开了。
5 rigged 96b025c823d2449bd479f4447805b189     
adj.作弊的,非法操纵的v.给(船、桅杆)装配帆及索具( rig的过去式和过去分词 );用临时替代材料迅速搭起;(用不正当手段)操纵;垄断
  • He said the election had been rigged. 他说选举被人操纵了。
  • They complained that the election had been rigged. 他们投诉这次选举被人操纵。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 ingenious e4zyE     
  • Try to think of unusual and ingenious solutions.尽量想想不同寻常的、巧妙的解决方法。
  • The director used ingenious devices to keep the audience in suspense.导演用巧妙手法引起观众的悬念。
7 whereby 7ggwC     
  • Whereby shall we know her?我们靠什么认出她呢?
  • Whereby I saw that he was angry.由那一点我看出他生气了。
8 bristle gs1zo     
  • It has a short stumpy tail covered with bristles.它粗短的尾巴上鬃毛浓密。
  • He bristled with indignation at the suggestion that he was racist.有人暗示他是个种族主义者,他对此十分恼火。
9 snipped 826fea38bd27326bbaa2b6f0680331b5     
v.剪( snip的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He snipped off the corner of the packet. 他将包的一角剪了下来。 来自辞典例句
  • The police officer snipped the tape and untied the hostage. 警方把胶带剪断,松绑了人质。 来自互联网
10 entirely entirely     
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
11 puffing b3a737211571a681caa80669a39d25d3     
v.使喷出( puff的现在分词 );喷着汽(或烟)移动;吹嘘;吹捧
  • He was puffing hard when he jumped on to the bus. 他跳上公共汽车时喘息不已。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • My father sat puffing contentedly on his pipe. 父亲坐着心满意足地抽着烟斗。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 doze IsoxV     
  • He likes to have a doze after lunch.他喜欢午饭后打个盹。
  • While the adults doze,the young play.大人们在打瞌睡,而孩子们在玩耍。
13 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
14 tickling 8e56dcc9f1e9847a8eeb18aa2a8e7098     
  • Was It'spring tickling her senses? 是不是春意撩人呢?
  • Its origin is in tickling and rough-and-tumble play, he says. 他说,笑的起源来自于挠痒痒以及杂乱无章的游戏。


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