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2 The boys come home – and Kiki!
  2 The boys come home – and Kiki!
  That day and the morning of the next the two girls spent in exploring their holiday home. It wascertainly a tiny place, but just big enough for them. There was a large old-fashioned kitchen and atiny parlour. Above were three small bedrooms.
  ‘One for Mother, one for you and me, Lucy-Ann, and one for the boys,’ said Dinah. ‘Mother’sgoing to do the cooking and we’re all to help with the housework, which won’t be much. Isn’t ourbedroom sweet?’
  It was a little room tucked into the thatched roof, with a window jutting2 out from the thatch1. Thewalls slanted3 in an odd fashion, and the ceiling slanted too. The floor was very uneven4, and thedoorways were low, so that Dinah, who was growing tall, had to lower her head under one or twoin case she bumped it.
  ‘Spring Cottage,’ she said. ‘It’s a nice name for it, especially in the springtime.’
  ‘It’s named because of the spring that runs down behind it,’ said her mother. ‘The water startssomewhere up in the yard of the castle, I believe, runs down through a tunnel it has made for itself,and gushes5 out just above the cottage at the back. It runs through the garden then, and disappearsdown the hillside.’
  The girls explored the spring. They found where it gushed6 out, and Dinah tasted the water. Itwas cold and crystal clear. She liked hearing the gurgling sound it made in the untidy little garden.
  She heard it all night long in her sleep and loved it.
  The view from the cottage was magnificent. They could see the whole of the valley below, andcould follow too the winding7 road that led up to their cottage. Far away in the distance was therailway station, looking like a toy building. Twice a day a train came into it, and it too looked likea toy.
  ‘Just like the railway engine and carriages that Jack8 used to have,’ said Lucy- Ann,remembering. And how cross our old Uncle Geoffrey was when we used to set it going! He said itmade more noise than a thunderstorm. Golly, I’m glad we don’t live with him any more.’
  Dinah looked at her watch. ‘It’s almost time to meet the train,’ she said. ‘I bet the boys arefeeling excited! Come on. Let’s find my mother.’
  Mrs Mannering was just about to go and get the car out. The girls packed themselves in besideher. Lucy-Ann felt terribly excited. She was so looking forward to being with Jack again. Andwith Philip too. It would be lovely to be all together once more. She did hope Dinah wouldn’t flyinto one of her tempers too soon! She and Philip quarrelled far too much.
  They arrived at the little station. The train was not yet signalled. Lucy-Ann walked up anddown, longing9 to see the signal go down – and then, with an alarming clank, it did go down.
  Almost at the same moment the smoke of the train appeared, and then, round the corner, came theengine, puffing10 vigorously, for it was uphill to the station.
  Both the boys were hanging out of the window, waving and shouting. The girls screamedgreetings, and capered11 about in delight.
  ‘There’s Kiki!’ shouted Lucy-Ann. ‘Kiki! Good old Kiki!’
  With a screech12 Kiki flew off Jack’s shoulder and landed on Lucy-Ann’s. She rubbed her beakagainst the little girl’s cheek and made a curious cracking noise. She was delighted to see her.
  The boys jumped out of the carriage. Jack rushed to Lucy-Ann and gave her a hug, which thelittle girl returned, her eyes shining. Kiki gave another screech and flew back on to Jack’sshoulder.
  ‘Wipe your feet,’ she said sternly to the startled porter. And where is your handkerchief?’
  Philip grinned at his sister Dinah. ‘Hallo, old thing,’ he said. ‘You’ve grown! Good thing I havetoo, or you’d be as tall as I am! Hallo, Lucy-Ann – you haven’t grown! Been a good girl atschool?’
  ‘Don’t talk like a grown-up!’ said Dinah. ‘Mother’s outside in the car. Come and see her.’
  The porter took their trunks on his barrow and followed the four excited children. Kiki flewdown to the barrow and looked at him with bright eyes.
  ‘How many times have I told you to shut the door?’ she said. The porter dropped the handles ofthe barrow in surprise. He didn’t know whether to answer this extraordinary bird or not.
  Kiki gave a laugh just like Jack’s and flew out to the car. She joined the others, and tried to geton to Mrs Mannering’s shoulder. She liked Dinah’s mother very much.
  ‘Attention, please,’ said Kiki sternly. ‘Open your books at page six.’
  Everyone laughed. ‘She got that from one of the masters,’ said Jack. ‘Oh, Aunt Allie, she wasso funny in the train. She put her head out of the window at every station and said “Right away,there!” just as she had heard a guard say, and you should have seen the engine-driver’s face!’
  ‘It’s lovely to have you back,’ said Lucy-Ann, keeping close to Jack. She adored her brotherthough he didn’t really take a great deal of notice of her. They all got into the car, and the portershoved the luggage in somehow, keeping a sharp eye on Kiki.
  ‘Please shut the door,’ she said, and went off into one of her never-ending giggles14.
  ‘Shut up, Kiki,’ said Jack, seeing the porter’s startled face. ‘Behave yourself, or I’ll send youback to school.’
  ‘Oh, you naughty boy!’ said Kiki, ‘oh, you naughty, naughty, naughty . . .’
  ‘I’ll put an elastic15 band round your beak13 if you dare to say another word!’ said Jack. ‘Can’t yousee I want to talk to Aunt Allie?’
  Jack and Lucy-Ann called Mrs Mannering Aunt Allie, because ‘Mrs Mannering’ seemed toostiff and standoffish. She liked both children very much, but especially Lucy-Ann, who was farmore gentle and affectionate than Dinah had ever been.
  ‘I say – this looks exciting country!’ said Philip, looking out of the car windows. ‘Plenty ofbirds here for you, Freckles16 – and plenty of animals for me!’
  ‘Where’s that brown rat you had this term?’ said Jack, with a mischievous17 glance at Dinah. Shegave a squeal18 at once.
  Philip began to feel about in his pockets, diving into first one and then the other, whilst Dinahwatched him in horror, expecting to see a brown rat appear at any moment.
  ‘Mother! Stop the car and let me walk!’ begged Dinah. ‘Philip’s got a rat somewhere on him.’
  ‘Here he is – no, it’s my hanky,’ said Philip. ‘Ah – what’s this? – no, that’s not him. Now – herewe are . . .’
  He pretended to be trying to get something out of his pocket with great difficulty. ‘Ah, you’dbite, would you?’
  Dinah squealed19 again, and her mother stopped the car. Dinah fumbled20 at the door-handle.
  ‘No, you stay in, Dinah,’ said her mother. ‘Philip, you get out and the rat too. I quite agree withDinah – there are to be no rats running all over us. So you can get out and walk, Philip.’
  ‘Well, Mother – as a matter of fact – I’ve left the rat behind at school,’ said Philip, with a grin.
  ‘I was just teasing Dinah, that’s all.’
  ‘Beast!’ said Dinah.
  ‘I thought you were,’ said his mother, driving on again. ‘Well, you nearly had to walk home, sojust be careful! I don’t mind any of your creatures myself, except rats or snakes. Now, what doyou think of Spring Cottage?’
  The boys liked it just as much as the girls did – but it was the strange old castle that really tooktheir fancy. Dinah forgot to sulk as she pointed21 it out to the boys.
  ‘We’ll go up there,’ said Jack, at once.
  ‘I think not,’ said Mrs Mannering. ‘I’ve just explained to the girls that it’s dangerous up there.’
  ‘Oh – but why?’ asked Jack, disappointed.
  ‘Well, there has been a landslide22 on the road, and no one dares to set foot on it now,’ said MrsMannering. ‘I did hear that the whole castle is slipping a bit, and might collapse23 if the roadcrumbles much more.’
  ‘It sounds very exciting,’ said Philip, his eyes gleaming.
  They went indoors and the girls showed them their room up in the roof. Lucy-Ann was sodelighted to be with Jack that she could hardly leave him for a minute. He was very like her, withdeep-red hair, green eyes and hundreds of freckles. He was a very natural, kindly24 boy, and mostpeople liked him at once.
  Philip, whom Jack often called Tufty, was very like his sister too, but much more even-tempered. He had the same unruly lock of hair in front, and even their mother had this, so that Jackoften referred to them as ‘The Three Tufties’. The boys were older than the two girls, and verygood friends indeed.
  ‘Holidays at last!’ said Philip, undoing25 his trunk. Dinah watched him from a safe distance.
  ‘Got any creatures in there?’ she asked.
  ‘Only a baby hedgehog; and you needn’t worry, he’s got no fleas26,’ said Philip.
  ‘I bet he has,’ said Dinah, moving a few steps back. ‘I shan’t forget that hedgehog you foundlast summer.’
  ‘I tell you, this baby one hasn’t got any fleas at all,’ said Philip. ‘I got some stuff from thechemist and powdered him well, and he’s as clean as can be. His spines27 haven’t turned brownyet!’
  The girls looked with interest as Philip showed them a tiny prickly ball rolled up in his jerseysin the trunk. It uncurled a little and showed a tiny snout.
  ‘He’s sweet,’ said Lucy-Ann, and even Dinah didn’t mind him.
  ‘The only snag about him is – he’s going to be awfully28 prickly to carry about with me,’ saidPhilip, putting the tiny thing into his shorts pocket.
  ‘You’ll probably stop carrying him about when you’ve sat on him once or twice,’ said Dinah.
  ‘I probably shall,’ said Philip. ‘And just see you don’t annoy me too much, Di – for he’d be amarvellous thing to put into your bed!’
  ‘Shut up bickering29, you two, and let’s go out and explore,’ said Jack. ‘Lucy-Ann says there’s aspring in the garden that comes all the way down from the castle.’
  ‘I’m king of the castle,’ said Kiki, swaying gently to and fro on top of the dressing-table. ‘Popgoes the weasel.’
  ‘You’re getting a bit mixed,’ said Jack. ‘Come on – out we all go!’


1 thatch FGJyg     
  • They lit a torch and set fire to the chapel's thatch.他们点着一支火把,放火烧了小教堂的茅草屋顶。
  • They topped off the hut with a straw thatch. 他们给小屋盖上茅草屋顶。
2 jutting 4bac33b29dd90ee0e4db9b0bc12f8944     
v.(使)突出( jut的现在分词 );伸出;(从…)突出;高出
  • The climbers rested on a sheltered ledge jutting out from the cliff. 登山者在悬崖的岩棚上休息。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soldier saw a gun jutting out of some bushes. 那士兵看见丛林中有一枝枪伸出来。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
3 slanted 628a904d3b8214f5fc02822d64c58492     
有偏见的; 倾斜的
  • The sun slanted through the window. 太阳斜照进窗户。
  • She had slanted brown eyes. 她有一双棕色的丹凤眼。
4 uneven akwwb     
  • The sidewalk is very uneven—be careful where you walk.这人行道凹凸不平—走路时请小心。
  • The country was noted for its uneven distribution of land resources.这个国家以土地资源分布不均匀出名。
5 gushes 8d328d29a7f54e483bb2e76c1a5a6181     
n.涌出,迸发( gush的名词复数 )v.喷,涌( gush的第三人称单数 );滔滔不绝地说话
  • The stream gushes forth from the rock. 一股小溪从岩石中涌出来。 来自辞典例句
  • Fuel gushes into the combustion chamber. 燃料喷进燃烧室。 来自辞典例句
6 gushed de5babf66f69bac96b526188524783de     
v.喷,涌( gush的过去式和过去分词 );滔滔不绝地说话
  • Oil gushed from the well. 石油从井口喷了出来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Clear water gushed into the irrigational channel. 清澈的水涌进了灌溉渠道。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
7 winding Ue7z09     
  • A winding lane led down towards the river.一条弯弯曲曲的小路通向河边。
  • The winding trail caused us to lose our orientation.迂回曲折的小道使我们迷失了方向。
8 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
9 longing 98bzd     
  • Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her.再次听到那首曲子使她胸中充满了渴望。
  • His heart burned with longing for revenge.他心中燃烧着急欲复仇的怒火。
10 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》
11 capered 4b8af2f39ed5ad6a3a78024169801bd2     
v.跳跃,雀跃( caper的过去式和过去分词 )
  • While dressing, he capered and clowned like a schoolboy. 他一边穿,一边象个学生似的蹦蹦跳跳地扮演起小丑来。 来自辞典例句
  • The lambs capered in the meadow. 小羊在草地上蹦蹦跳跳。 来自辞典例句
12 screech uDkzc     
  • He heard a screech of brakes and then fell down. 他听到汽车刹车发出的尖锐的声音,然后就摔倒了。
  • The screech of jet planes violated the peace of the afternoon. 喷射机的尖啸声侵犯了下午的平静。
13 beak 8y1zGA     
  • The bird had a worm in its beak.鸟儿嘴里叼着一条虫。
  • This bird employs its beak as a weapon.这种鸟用嘴作武器。
14 giggles 0aa08b5c91758a166d13e7cd3f455951     
n.咯咯的笑( giggle的名词复数 );傻笑;玩笑;the giggles 止不住的格格笑v.咯咯地笑( giggle的第三人称单数 )
  • Her nervous giggles annoyed me. 她神经质的傻笑把我惹火了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I had to rush to the loo to avoid an attack of hysterical giggles. 我不得不冲向卫生间,以免遭到别人的疯狂嘲笑。 来自辞典例句
15 elastic Tjbzq     
  • Rubber is an elastic material.橡胶是一种弹性材料。
  • These regulations are elastic.这些规定是有弹性的。
16 freckles MsNzcN     
n.雀斑,斑点( freckle的名词复数 )
  • She had a wonderful clear skin with an attractive sprinkling of freckles. 她光滑的皮肤上有几处可爱的小雀斑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • When she lies in the sun, her face gets covered in freckles. 她躺在阳光下时,脸上布满了斑点。 来自《简明英汉词典》
17 mischievous mischievous     
  • He is a mischievous but lovable boy.他是一个淘气但可爱的小孩。
  • A mischievous cur must be tied short.恶狗必须拴得短。
18 squeal 3Foyg     
  • The children gave a squeal of fright.孩子们发出惊吓的尖叫声。
  • There was a squeal of brakes as the car suddenly stopped.小汽车突然停下来时,车闸发出尖叫声。
19 squealed 08be5c82571f6dba9615fa69033e21b0     
v.长声尖叫,用长而尖锐的声音说( squeal的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He squealed the words out. 他吼叫着说出那些话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The brakes of the car squealed. 汽车的刹车发出吱吱声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 fumbled 78441379bedbe3ea49c53fb90c34475f     
(笨拙地)摸索或处理(某事物)( fumble的过去式和过去分词 ); 乱摸,笨拙地弄; 使落下
  • She fumbled in her pocket for a handkerchief. 她在她口袋里胡乱摸找手帕。
  • He fumbled about in his pockets for the ticket. 他(瞎)摸着衣兜找票。
21 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
22 landslide XxyyG     
  • Our candidate is predicated to win by a landslide.我们的候选人被预言将以绝对优势取胜。
  • An electoral landslide put the Labour Party into power in 1945.1945年工党以压倒多数的胜利当选执政。
23 collapse aWvyE     
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • The engineer made a complete diagnosis of the bridge's collapse.工程师对桥的倒塌做了一次彻底的调查分析。
24 kindly tpUzhQ     
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的邻居都说她和蔼可亲、热情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道阴影掠过老太太慈祥的面孔。
25 undoing Ifdz6a     
  • That one mistake was his undoing. 他一失足即成千古恨。
  • This hard attitude may have led to his undoing. 可能就是这种强硬的态度导致了他的垮台。
26 fleas dac6b8c15c1e78d1bf73d8963e2e82d0     
n.跳蚤( flea的名词复数 );爱财如命;没好气地(拒绝某人的要求)
  • The dog has fleas. 这条狗有跳蚤。
  • Nothing must be done hastily but killing of fleas. 除非要捉跳蚤,做事不可匆忙。 来自《简明英汉词典》
27 spines 2e4ba52a0d6dac6ce45c445e5386653c     
n.脊柱( spine的名词复数 );脊椎;(动植物的)刺;书脊
  • Porcupines use their spines to protect themselves. 豪猪用身上的刺毛来自卫。
  • The cactus has spines. 仙人掌有刺。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
28 awfully MPkym     
  • Agriculture was awfully neglected in the past.过去农业遭到严重忽视。
  • I've been feeling awfully bad about it.对这我一直感到很难受。
29 bickering TyizSV     
v.争吵( bicker的现在分词 );口角;(水等)作潺潺声;闪烁
  • The children are always bickering about something or other. 孩子们有事没事总是在争吵。
  • The two children were always bickering with each other over small matters. 这两个孩子总是为些小事斗嘴。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》


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