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3 A grave mistake
  3 A grave mistake
  Bill was talking to three or four men very earnestly. He waved to the children, a tall, burly shadowin the night.
  ‘Hallo, kids! I’m busy for a few minutes. You cut along to the aeroplane and wait for me. Stowyour cases in at the back where mine is. I’ll be about ten minutes or so.’
  ‘Right, Bill,’ said Jack1, and the four of them moved off to where the taxi man had put theircases, beside an aeroplane not very far away.
  It was dark where the aeroplane stood, but the children could see enough to pick up their cases.
  They climbed up the ladder and into the cabin.
  The inside of the plane was in darkness. The children had no idea how to put the lights on. Theyfelt their way to the back of the plane and put down their things. They threw their rugs there too.
  Jack put Kiki’s basket down carefully. Kiki had been most indignant all the way.
  ‘Humpy dumpy bumpy,’ she said. ‘Pop goes the weasel!’
  There was a large crate2 in the middle of the plane. The children wondered what was in it. Was itempty or full? It must be something Bill was taking back with him.
  ‘It’s blocking up all the inside,’ said Jack. ‘We can’t sit down properly with that thing there.
  Let’s squat3 down on our rugs at the back. We’ll be quite comfortable there. Perhaps Bill will shiftthe crate a bit when he comes, and tell us where he wants us to sit.’
  So they sat down patiently on their rugs and waited. The noise of the plane’s engines went onand on, and it was impossible to hear anything else, though once Jack thought he could hearsomebody shouting.
  He went to the door and looked out. But all was darkness and Bill was nowhere to be seen.
  What a time he was!
  He went back to his place, yawning. Lucy-Ann was half asleep. ‘I wish Bill would come,’ saidPhilip. ‘I shall go to sleep if he doesn’t.’
  Then a lot of things happened very quickly indeed. Over and above the sound of the enginecame the sound of shots – gunshots. That made the children sit up in a hurry.
  Then another shot sounded – and then there came the noise of someone clambering hurriedly upthe steps into the plane, and a man flung himself down in the control seat. Another followed,panting, hardly to be seen in the darkness. The children sat as if they were frozen. What in theworld was happening? Was one of the men Bill? Who was the other – and what was the hurry?
  The first man took the controls of the plane, and to the children’s amazement4 it began to taxiforwards. They were off! But why hadn’t Bill spoken to them? Why hadn’t he at least lookedround to see that they were safely inside?
  ‘Keep quiet,’ said Jack to the others. ‘If Bill doesn’t want to speak to us, there’s a reason.
  Maybe he doesn’t want the other fellow to know we’re here. Keep quiet.’
  The plane rose into the air, its propellers6 making a great whirring noise. It headed swiftly intothe wind.
  The men shouted to one another, but the children could not make out what they were sayingbecause the noise of the engine was so loud. They sat quiet and still, hidden from view by the bigcrate standing7 in the middle of the plane.
  Bill said nothing to them at all. He didn’t call out to know if they were there. He didn’t send hiscompanion along to see if they were all right. He simply took no notice of them at all. It was veryqueer and Lucy-Ann didn’t like it a bit.
  One of the men fiddled8 about and found a switch. He pulled it down and a light shone out justby the men, but the rest of the plane was still in darkness. Philip peeped round the crate, meaningto catch Bill’s eye if he could.
  Almost at once he came back to the others, and sat down very quietly. He said nothing.
  ‘What’s up?’ asked Jack, sensing that Philip was worried.
  ‘You go and look round that crate,’ said Philip. ‘Have a good look at the two men.’
  Jack went and peered round. He came back feeling puzzled and scared. ‘Neither of those men isBill,’ he said. ‘Golly – it’s funny!’
  ‘What do you mean?’ said Lucy- Ann in alarm. ‘One must be Bill. Why, this is Bill’saeroplane!’
  ‘Yes, but is it?’ said Dinah suddenly. ‘Look where the light catches those seats, Lucy-Ann –they are red – and the ones in Bill’s plane were green. I remember them quite well.’
  ‘So they were,’ said Jack, remembering too. ‘Golly! We’re in the wrong plane!’
  There was a long silence. Nobody knew what to think about it. They were in the wrong plane –not Bill’s at all! Two strange men sat at the controls – men who would probably be extremelyangry when they found their unexpected passengers. Neither Jack nor Philip liked the look of themen in the least. They had really only seen the backs of their heads, and the side face of the manwhen he had turned to shout to his companion – but neither of the boys had felt drawn9 to the twomen.
  ‘They’ve got such thick necks,’ thought Jack. ‘Oh, gosh this is awful! And there were thoseshots too – were they anything to do with these men? They clambered into the plane in a frightfulhurry and set off at once. I do believe we’ve stumbled into an adventure again.’
  Philip spoke5 cautiously to the others. It was no good whispering, because whispers couldn’tpossibly be heard. So Philip had to speak loudly and trust that he would not be heard by the men infront.
  ‘What are we going to do? We have got into the wrong plane! That’s the fault of that stupidtaxi-man, putting down our things by the wrong aeroplane. It was so dark that we ourselvescouldn’t possibly tell which plane was which.’
  Lucy-Ann sat close to Jack, frightened. It wasn’t very nice to be high up in the air, lost in thedarkness, in the wrong aeroplane with men that none of them had seen before.
  ‘What can we do?’ wondered Jack. ‘We really are in a mess. Honestly, those two men won’thalf be mad when they see us!’
  ‘They might tip us out,’ said Lucy-Ann in alarm. ‘And we haven’t got parachutes on. Jack,don’t let them know we’re here.’
  ‘They’ll have to know sooner or later,’ said Dinah. ‘What idiots we are – getting into the wrongplane! I never thought of that.’
  There was a silence again, with everyone thinking very hard.
  ‘Shall we just stay here at the back of the plane on our rugs, and hope we shan’t be noticed?’
  said Philip. ‘Then, when we arrive somewhere maybe we can slip out of the plane and look forhelp.’
  ‘Yes – that’s the best idea,’ said Jack. ‘We are well hidden here, unless the men come round tothe back for something. Maybe they will arrive at their destination, get out without seeing us, andthen we can slip out ourselves and ask for help to get back home.’
  ‘I did want to stay with Bill,’ said Lucy-Ann, almost in tears. ‘Whatever will he be thinking?’
  ‘Goodness knows!’ said Jack gloomily. ‘He’ll be hunting all over the aerodrome for us. Youknow, I believe that must have been Bill I heard shouting, when I went to the door to see. He musthave gone to his own plane, found we weren’t there and yelled for us. Dash! If only I’d guessedthat!’
  ‘Well, it’s too late now,’ said Philip. ‘I hope Mother won’t be worried. Oh dear – she’ll thinkwe’ve fallen headlong into another adventure. And we promised not to.’
  The aeroplane roared on through the dark night. The children had no idea whether they wereflying north, south, east or west. Then Jack remembered his pocket compass and took it out.
  ‘We’re flying east,’ he said. ‘I wonder where we’re going to. I don’t somehow feel as if I’m in aplane at all, as I can’t look out and see the ground far below’
  The others felt the same. Lucy-Ann lay down on the rugs and yawned. ‘I’m going to sleep,’ shesaid. ‘I shall only feel frightened and worried if I keep awake.’
  ‘It’s a good idea of yours,’ said Philip, and he stretched himself out on the rugs too. ‘We shallbe sure to wake up if we arrive anywhere.’
  ‘Anyone want a sandwich or bit of cake?’ asked Dinah, remembering the picnic packet. Butnobody did. The shock of finding themselves in the wrong aeroplane had taken away theirappetites completely.
  Soon all of them but Jack were asleep. He lay awake, thinking hard. Had Bill been mixed up inthe shooting they had heard? Were these two men anything to do with the job Bill had beenworking on – the ‘secret’ job? It might be just possible that Jack and the others might find outsomething that would help Bill. It was important not to let the two men know that they had somehidden passengers in their plane.
  Kiki gave an exasperated10 screech11 in her basket. Jack jumped. He had forgotten Kiki. He tappedthe basket and spoke in as low a voice as he could, hoping that Kiki would hear him.
  ‘Shut up, Kiki! Don’t make a noise, whatever you do. It’s very important to be quiet. You hearme, Kiki? You must be quiet, be quiet, be quiet.’
  ‘Be quiet,’ repeated Kiki, from inside the basket. ‘Shhhhhhhhhh!’
  Jack couldn’t help smiling. Yes,’ he said, putting his face close to the basket. ‘Shhhhhhhh!’
  Kiki was quiet after that. She was a mischievous12, noisy bird, but she would always be quiet ifJack wanted her to be. So she sat inside her basket, trying to tuck her head under her wing and goto sleep. But the loud sound of the plane’s engine upset her. She had never heard such a noisebefore. She longed to imitate it, but fortunately she didn’t try just then.
  After a bit the two men changed places and the second one took over the controls. The first oneyawned and stretched. He got up and Jack’s heart almost stopped beating in fright. Was he goingto come to the back of the plane? He wondered whether or not to wake the others.
  But the man did not come to the back. He stood up for a few minutes as if to stretch his legs,then lighted a pipe. Blue smoke drifted to the back of the cabin. Jack was most relieved to see theman sit down again.
  The boy soon grew sleepy too. He lay down close to the others, quite glad of his coat, for it wasvery cold. Soon he was asleep. Only Kiki kept awake, cracking her beak13 now and again, puzzledand wondering what this strange night adventure meant.
  The plane flew on in darkness, passing over towns and villages, fields, rivers and woods. Itpassed over the sea to where the lights of ships shone dimly. Lights of the towns twinkled up, andhere and there the flare14 path of an aerodrome shone up to the sky. But the plane did not fly down.
  It swept over them all, heading east, to the dawn.
  Then, just before dawn, it began to circle round more slowly. It dropped as it circled, and oncebanked so steeply that the children almost rolled over. It awoke them and they sat up, wonderingwhere they were. They remembered at once and looked at one another with wide eyes.
  ‘We’re going to land. Where shall we find we are? Look out for a quick escape as soon as weget the chance,’ they whispered to one another. ‘Down we go – we’re landing!’


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 crate 6o1zH     
  • We broke open the crate with a blow from the chopper.我们用斧头一敲就打开了板条箱。
  • The workers tightly packed the goods in the crate.工人们把货物严紧地包装在箱子里。
3 squat 2GRzp     
  • For this exercise you need to get into a squat.在这次练习中你需要蹲下来。
  • He is a squat man.他是一个矮胖的男人。
4 amazement 7zlzBK     
  • All those around him looked at him with amazement.周围的人都对他投射出惊异的眼光。
  • He looked at me in blank amazement.他带着迷茫惊诧的神情望着我。
5 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。
6 propellers 6e53e63713007ce36dac451344bb87d2     
n.螺旋桨,推进器( propeller的名词复数 )
  • The water was thrashing and churning about under the propellers. 水在螺旋桨下面打旋、翻滚。 来自辞典例句
  • The ship's propellers churned the waves to foam. 轮船的推进器将海浪搅出泡沫。 来自辞典例句
7 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。
8 fiddled 3b8aadb28aaea237f1028f5d7f64c9ea     
v.伪造( fiddle的过去式和过去分词 );篡改;骗取;修理或稍作改动
  • He fiddled the company's accounts. 他篡改了公司的账目。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He began with Palestrina, and fiddled all the way through Bartok. 他从帕勒斯春纳的作品一直演奏到巴塔克的作品。 来自辞典例句
9 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
10 exasperated ltAz6H     
  • We were exasperated at his ill behaviour. 我们对他的恶劣行为感到非常恼怒。
  • Constant interruption of his work exasperated him. 对他工作不断的干扰使他恼怒。
11 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。
12 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。
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 flare LgQz9     
  • The match gave a flare.火柴发出闪光。
  • You need not flare up merely because I mentioned your work.你大可不必因为我提到你的工作就动怒。


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