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12 Jack is left at the castle
  12 Jack1 is left at the castle
  Mrs Mannering was delighted to hear that they had by chance met Bill Smugs again, for she feltvery grateful to him for the help he had given the children in their amazing adventure the yearbefore.
  ‘If he comes, I will sleep in with you girls and he can have my room,’ she said. ‘Good old Bill!
  It will be nice to see him again. He must lead an interesting life, always hunting down criminaland wicked people.’
  ‘I bet he’d have been after the wicked old man who used to live in the castle!’ said Lucy-Ann.
  ‘It will be fun to take him up there. Jack, I hope it won’t be raining tomorrow again.’
  But it was. Jack felt very disappointed. He was afraid that the old eagle might take the youngone away. But it was no good going up the hill in this pouring rain. For one thing, the clouds wereso low that they sailed round the hillside itself, big patches of moving mist. He would get lost if hetried to go up.
  ‘I suppose Tassie could find her way up even in the mist,’ he said. Tassie was there. She raisedher bright black eyes to him and nodded.
  ‘Yes,’ she said. ‘I will take you now if you like.’
  ‘No,’ said Mrs Mannering firmly. ‘Wait till tomorrow. I think it will be fine then. I’m not goingto have to send out search-parties for you and Tassie!’
  ‘But, Mother, Tassie could find her way up this hillside blindfold3, I’m sure she could!’ saidPhilip. However, Mrs Mannering didn’t believe in Tassie and her powers as much as the childrendid. So Jack had to wait for the next day.
  Luckily it was fine. The sun rose out of a clear sky, and not even the smallest cloud showeditself. The hillside glistened4 and gleamed as the sun dried the millions of raindrops left on twig5 andleaf. It was a really lovely day.
  ‘We’ll all come up with you, Jack,’ said Philip, ‘and help to carry what you want. You’ll need acouple of thick rugs, and some food – a candle or two and a torch – and your camera and films, ofcourse.’
  They all decided6 to have a day up at the castle again, and leave Jack behind when they cameback in the evening. So, about eleven o’clock, with the morning sun blazing hotly down on theirbacks, they began the climb up the hill.
  Button came, of course, and Kiki. Kiki was to stay with Jack. The eagles evidently didn’t mindher. In fact it was quite possible that they might make friends with her, and Jack might get someinteresting photographs.
  Carrying various things, the little party set off once more. Dinah was glad to feel her torchsafely in her pocket. She didn’t mean to stand in dark rooms again and feel cobwebs clutching ather hair!
  They climbed in through the window as before. Button again appeared in the courtyard fromsomewhere, though still no one knew where. Kiki flew to the crag on which the eagles had theirnest, yelping7 her eagle scream in what was plainly meant to be a kindly8 greeting.
  The startled eagles rose up in surprise, and then seeing the strange and talkative bird again,circled round her. Quite clearly they didn’t mind her in the least. They probably took her to besome sort of strange eagle cousin, as she spoke9 their language!
  It wasn’t long before Jack climbed up to see if the young eagle was still in the nest. It was! Themother had just brought it a dead rabbit, and the young eagle was busy on the meal. When it sawJack it stood over the rabbit with wings held over it, as if afraid that Jack would take it.
  ‘It’s all right,’ said the boy gently. ‘Eat it all. I don’t want any. I only want a picture of you!’
  He looked around for a place to make a good hide in. There was one spot that looked ideal. Itwas a thick gorse bush, almost on a level with the eagles’ ledge10. Jack thought he could probablysqueeze into the hollow middle of it, and make an opening for his camera in the prickly branches.
  ‘The only thing is – I’ll get terribly pricked11,’ he thought. ‘Never mind. It will be worth it if I getsome good pictures! I bet the eagles will never know whether I’m hiding in that bush or not!’
  He told the others, and they agreed with him that it would be a splendid place, if a bit painful.
  The bush was quite hollow in the middle, and once he was there he could manage not to bepricked. It was the getting in and out that would be unpleasant.
  ‘You’ll have to wrap this rug round you,’ said Lucy-Ann, holding up the thick rug she hadbrought. ‘If you creep in with this round you, you’ll be all right.’
  ‘Good idea,’ said Jack.
  They went up to the tower-top and had their dinner there again, seeing the countryside spreadout below once more in all its beauty.
  ‘I’d like Bill Smugs to see this,’ said Jack. ‘We must bring him up here when he comes.’
  ‘Where do you think you will sleep tonight, Jack?’ asked Lucy-Ann anxiously. And will youwave your hanky from the tower before you go to sleep? I’ll watch for it.’
  ‘I’ll wave my white shirt,’ said Jack. ‘You probably wouldn’t notice anything so small as ahanky, though you can borrow my old field-glasses and look through them, if you like. They’re inmy room.’
  ‘Oh yes, I will,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘I shall easily see your shirt. I hope you won’t be too lonely,Jack.’
  ‘’Course not. I’ll have Kiki. Nobody could possibly be lonely with that old chatterbox of abird,’ said Jack, scratching Kiki’s feathered poll.
  ‘Pop goes the weasel,’ said Kiki, and nibbled12 at Jack’s ear.
  ‘You haven’t said where you’ll sleep, Jack,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘You won’t really sleep on one ofthose old sofas, will you?’
  ‘No, I don’t think so. More likely in a sandy corner of the courtyard,’ said Jack. ‘There’s asandy bit over there, look – it’ll be warm with the sun. If I curl up there and wrap the rugs allround me, I’ll be very snug13.’
  ‘I’d rather you slept out in the courtyard somehow, than in the strange old castle!’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘I don’t like those musty, dusty, fusty rooms!’
  ‘Musty, dusty, fusty!’ sang Kiki, delighted. ‘Musty, fusty, dusty, musty, fusty . . .’
  ‘Shut up, Kiki,’ said everyone; but Kiki loved those three words, and went to repeat them overand over again to Button, who sat listening, his ears cocked, and his little foxy head on one side.
  ‘It’s time for us to go,’ said Philip at last. They had tried in vain to find the place where Buttonhad got in and out, and had wandered once more all over the castle, switching on their torches, andexploring even more thoroughly14 than before. Only the three rooms they had seen before werefurnished – the sitting room, the dining-room and the kitchen. There was no bedroom furnished,which, as Philip pointed2 out, was rather a pity, as Jack could probably have made himselfcomfortable in a big old four-poster bed!
  Jack said goodbye to them all as they went across the plank15. He held Button in his arms, quitedetermined to follow him and find out where he went when he got out of the castle. He was notgoing to set him free till the others had gone. One by one they crossed the plank and disappeared.
  Their voices died away. Jack was alone.
  He went down the wide corridor, down the stone stairway that led to the dark hall, and out intothe courtyard, where the last rays of the sun still shone. When he came to the yard, he set thewriggling fox cub16 down.
  ‘Now you show me where you go,’ he said. Button darted17 off at once – far too quickly for Jack!
  By the time the boy had run a few steps after him, the fox cub had disappeared, and there was notrace of him.
  ‘Blow!’ said Jack, annoyed. ‘I did mean to discover the way out you went, this time – butyou’re so jolly nippy! I suppose you have already joined the others now.’
  Jack went to try and arrange his camera safely in the gorse bush. He had a very good cameraindeed, given to him last Christmas by Bill Smugs. In his pocket were many rolls of film. Heought to be able to take a fine series of pictures of those eagles.
  He wrapped one of the rugs round him, as Lucy-Ann had suggested, and began to squeezethrough the prickly branches. Some of the prickles reached his flesh even through the thick rug.
  Kiki sat beside the bush, watching Jack in surprise.
  ‘What a pity, what a pity, what a pity!’ she said.
  ‘It is a pity that I’m being pricked like this!’ groaned18 Jack. But he cheered up when he saw whata fine view of the eagles’ nest he had – and of the ledge where the eagles sat to look out at thesurrounding country. The distance was perfect, and Jack rejoiced.
  By making an opening in the bush on the side where the nest was, he managed to point hiscamera in exactly the right direction, and lodged19 it very firmly on its tripod legs. He lookedthrough it to see what kind of a picture he would get.
  ‘Perfect!’ thought the boy joyfully20. ‘I won’t take one now, because the light is awkward. Buttomorrow morning would be exactly right. Then the sun will be just where I want it.’
  The little eagle caught sight of the camera peering out of the bush. It did not like it. It cowereddown in the nest, afraid.
  ‘You’ll soon get used to it,’ Jack thought. ‘I hope the old birds will too. Oh, Kiki, did you haveto get into the middle of the bush too? There’s really only just room enough for me!’
  ‘Fusty, musty, dusty!’ whispered Kiki, evidently thinking that Jack was playing a game of hide-and-seek with somebody and mustn’t be given away. ‘Fusty, musty, dusty.’
  ‘Silly old bird,’ said Jack. ‘Now get out, please. I’m coming out too. It’s certainly fusty andmusty in this gorse bush, even if it isn’t dusty!’
  Kiki crawled out and then Jack forced his way out, trying to protect himself from the pricklystems. He stood up, stretched himself, took the rug and went down the crag lightly, leaving hiscamera in position. It was clear that there would be no rain that night!
  The boy read a book until daylight faded. Then he remembered about waving his shirt from thetower. So up he went, hoping he hadn’t left it too late for Lucy-Ann to see.
  He stood on the top of the tower, and stripped off his white shirt. Then he waved it gaily21 in thestrong breeze there, looking down on the cottage far below as he waved. And from the topmostwindow there came a flash of white.
  Lucy-Ann was waving back.
  ‘He’s just waved,’ she called to Dinah, who was undressing. ‘I saw the white shirt. Good. NowI know he’s all right and will soon be curling himself up to go to sleep.’
  ‘Why you must fuss so about Jack I don’t know,’ said Dinah, jumping into bed. ‘I never fussabout Philip. You’re silly, Lucy-Ann.’
  ‘I don’t care,’ thought Lucy-Ann, as she settled down in bed. ‘I’m glad to know Jack is safe.
  Somehow I don’t like him being all alone in that horrid22 old castle!’


1 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。
2 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。
3 blindfold blindfold     
vt.蒙住…的眼睛;adj.盲目的;adv.盲目地;n.蒙眼的绷带[布等]; 障眼物,蒙蔽人的事物
  • They put a blindfold on a horse.他们给马蒙上遮眼布。
  • I can do it blindfold.我闭着眼睛都能做。
4 glistened 17ff939f38e2a303f5df0353cf21b300     
v.湿物闪耀,闪亮( glisten的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Pearls of dew glistened on the grass. 草地上珠露晶莹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Her eyes glistened with tears. 她的眼里闪着泪花。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
5 twig VK1zg     
  • He heard the sharp crack of a twig.他听到树枝清脆的断裂声。
  • The sharp sound of a twig snapping scared the badger away.细枝突然折断的刺耳声把獾惊跑了。
6 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
7 yelping d88c5dddb337783573a95306628593ec     
v.发出短而尖的叫声( yelp的现在分词 )
  • In the middle of the table sat a little dog, shaking its paw and yelping. 在桌子中间有一只小狗坐在那儿,抖着它的爪子,汪汪地叫。 来自辞典例句
  • He saved men from drowning and you shake at a cur's yelping. 他搭救了快要溺死的人们,你呢,听到一条野狗叫唤也瑟瑟发抖。 来自互联网
8 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。
9 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
10 ledge o1Mxk     
  • They paid out the line to lower him to the ledge.他们放出绳子使他降到那块岩石的突出部分。
  • Suddenly he struck his toe on a rocky ledge and fell.突然他的脚趾绊在一块突出的岩石上,摔倒了。
11 pricked 1d0503c50da14dcb6603a2df2c2d4557     
刺,扎,戳( prick的过去式和过去分词 ); 刺伤; 刺痛; 使剧痛
  • The cook pricked a few holes in the pastry. 厨师在馅饼上戳了几个洞。
  • He was pricked by his conscience. 他受到良心的谴责。
12 nibbled e053ad3f854d401d3fe8e7fa82dc3325     
v.啃,一点一点地咬(吃)( nibble的过去式和过去分词 );啃出(洞),一点一点咬出(洞);慢慢减少;小口咬
  • She nibbled daintily at her cake. 她优雅地一点一点地吃着自己的蛋糕。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Several companies have nibbled at our offer. 若干公司表示对我们的出价有兴趣。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 snug 3TvzG     
  • He showed us into a snug little sitting room.他领我们走进了一间温暖而舒适的小客厅。
  • She had a small but snug home.她有个小小的但很舒适的家。
14 thoroughly sgmz0J     
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
15 plank p2CzA     
  • The plank was set against the wall.木板靠着墙壁。
  • They intend to win the next election on the plank of developing trade.他们想以发展贸易的纲领来赢得下次选举。
16 cub ny5xt     
  • The lion cub's mother was hunting for what she needs. 这只幼师的母亲正在捕猎。
  • The cub licked the milk from its mother's breast. 这头幼兽吸吮着它妈妈的奶水。
17 darted d83f9716cd75da6af48046d29f4dd248     
v.投掷,投射( dart的过去式和过去分词 );向前冲,飞奔
  • The lizard darted out its tongue at the insect. 蜥蜴伸出舌头去吃小昆虫。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The old man was displeased and darted an angry look at me. 老人不高兴了,瞪了我一眼。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 groaned 1a076da0ddbd778a674301b2b29dff71     
v.呻吟( groan的过去式和过去分词 );发牢骚;抱怨;受苦
  • He groaned in anguish. 他痛苦地呻吟。
  • The cart groaned under the weight of the piano. 大车在钢琴的重压下嘎吱作响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 lodged cbdc6941d382cc0a87d97853536fcd8d     
v.存放( lodge的过去式和过去分词 );暂住;埋入;(权利、权威等)归属
  • The certificate will have to be lodged at the registry. 证书必须存放在登记处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Our neighbours lodged a complaint against us with the police. 我们的邻居向警方控告我们。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 joyfully joyfully     
adv. 喜悦地, 高兴地
  • She tripped along joyfully as if treading on air. 她高兴地走着,脚底下轻飘飘的。
  • During these first weeks she slaved joyfully. 在最初的几周里,她干得很高兴。
21 gaily lfPzC     
  • The children sing gaily.孩子们欢唱着。
  • She waved goodbye very gaily.她欢快地挥手告别。
22 horrid arozZj     
  • I'm not going to the horrid dinner party.我不打算去参加这次讨厌的宴会。
  • The medicine is horrid and she couldn't get it down.这种药很难吃,她咽不下去。


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