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5 A little exploring
  5 A little exploring
  The four children went to the broken-down door and gazed out at the towering mountains aroundthem. They seemed to hem1 the valley in and make it a green prison. None of the children had seensuch high mountains before. Clouds hung about halfway2 up two or three of them, and their topsshowed now and again as the clouds shifted and parted.
  ‘It’s a very lonely kind of place,’ said Jack3. ‘I bet there’s all kinds of strange birds here – butI’ve only seen one or two so far. It’s funny that those men should have known where to land inthis valley – that smooth strip of grass makes a splendid landing ground. It looks as if they’ve beenhere before. But why should they come here ? There doesn’t seem anything to come for at all – nohotel, not even a cottage that isn’t burnt, as far as we can see.’
  ‘Oh, there may be,’ said Philip. ‘Hey, look at that little lizard4! I’ve never seen one like thatbefore. What a pretty little fellow!’
  The lizard ran close by Philip’s feet. The boy bent5 down quietly and his left hand caught thetiny creature by the neck. If he had caught it by the tail it would probably have snapped off, andthe lizard would have run away without it.
  ‘Oh, put it down, Philip, do!’ said Dinah. ‘Horrid creature!’
  ‘It isn’t,’ said Philip. ‘Look at its dear little feet with fingers on. Do look, Dinah.’
  Dinah gave a squeal6 and pushed Philip away. Lucy-Ann and Jack looked at the tiny lizard withinterest.
  ‘It’s like a very, very small dragon,’ said Jack. ‘Open your hand and see ifit will stay with you,Philip.’
  ‘Of course it will!’ said Philip, who always seemed to exercise a strange spell over any creaturehe picked up. He opened his hand and let the lizard lie on his open palm. It made no attempt toescape at all.
  ‘See? It wants to stay with me,’ said Philip. ‘And so it shall. What’s your name, little thing?
  Lizzie? Well, of course, I might have known that.’
  Lucy-Ann giggled7, forgetting her worries for a moment. What a lovely name for a lizard!
  Lizzie. Just like Philip to think of that.
  ‘I’ll see if I can catch a few flies for you, Lizzie,’ said Philip, and went to a sunny patch whereflies were buzzing. He caught one and held it in finger and thumb over the lizard’s head. In a tricethe fly was gone, and the lizard blinked with pleasure.
  ‘Now I suppose you’ll let the lizard live in your pocket or somewhere about you for ages,’ saidDinah in disgust. ‘I shan’t go near you. If you haven’t got a mouse down your neck you’ve got atoad in your pocket or a baby hedgehog crawling about you, or a few beetles8. I think you’re anawful boy.’
  ‘Don’t let’s squabble now,’ said Jack. ‘We’ve bigger things to bother about than lizards9.’
  The lizard popped into Philip’s sleeve. Kiki had been watching it with her head on one side. Shewas not fond of Philip’s pets, and was often jealous of them.
  ‘Pop goes the lizard,’ she said, making one of her unexpected apt remarks. The others roaredwith laughter. Kiki was pleased. She swayed herself from side to side and cracked her beak10.
  ‘Shhhhhhhhhh!’ she said.
  ‘Oh, Kiki, I’m glad we brought you,’ said Jack. ‘Now, everybody, what are our next plans?’
  ‘Well, we simply must do a bit of exploring and see if there is anyone living in this valley,’ saidPhilip. ‘If there is, we’re all right. If there isn’t – well, it’s just too bad. We’ll have to stay here tillwe’re rescued.’
  ‘Rescued! And how do you think anyone is going to rescue us if they haven’t the foggiest ideawhere we are?’ demanded Dinah. ‘Don’t be silly, Philip.’
  ‘Well, do you propose to live here in this valley for the rest of your life, then?’ said Philip. ‘Oh,here’s Lizzie again – coming out of my other sleeve. Lizzie, you’re a jolly good explorer, I mustsay. I wish you could tell us the way out of this valley.’
  Dinah went as far from Philip as she could. She simply could not bear his pets. It was a pitybecause they were really amusing and friendly.
  ‘You know, we’ll have to be careful we don’t get lost,’ said Lucy-Ann anxiously. ‘This valleyand these mountainsides are so enormous. We must keep together always.’
  ‘Yes, we must,’ agreed Jack. ‘And we must always be able to get back to this shed too, becauseour things are here. At least we shall have shelter here, and our rugs to lie on. If only we hadplenty to eat! Those biscuits and chocolate won’t last long.’
  Your compass will come in jolly useful, Jack,’ said Philip, remembering it. ‘Look here – whatabout setting off now, and doing some more exploring, making this shed a kind of headquarters tocome back to?’
  Yes, we will,’ said Dinah. ‘But let’s cover up the suitcases and things with something in casethose men come here and see them.’
  ‘They won’t,’ said Philip. ‘What could they possibly want to come snooping round an old burntcowshed for? We can leave the things here all night.’
  They went out of the shed. The sun was just over the mountaintops now, shining into the valley.
  The children saw the spire11 of smoke rising straight up from the fire the men must have made.
  ‘So long as we keep away from that direction, we should be all right,’ said Jack. ‘Come on –let’s take this path. It really looks as if it was once a proper path from this place to somewhereelse. We’d better notch12 the trees here and there as we go, to make sure we find our way back.’
  Lucy-Ann liked the idea of that. It reminded her of pioneers and trackers and their ways. Jackand Philip each took out his knife. They made a cut on every fifth tree until they came out of thelittle wood and found themselves on a flower-strewn, grassy13 hillside.
  ‘It’s lovely, isn’t it?’ said Lucy-Ann, looking round at the carpet of flowers. ‘I’ve never seensuch bright colours. Look at that blue flower, Jack – it’s bluer than the sky itself. And oh, look atthis tiny pink flower – masses of it!’
  ‘Shall we be seen out on this bare place?’ asked Dinah suddenly. Jack and Philip lookeddownwards into the valley. They had been climbing up, and were now on the mountainside.
  ‘There’s the plane!’ said Jack. ‘And look out – isn’t that one of the men walking over to it? Liedown flat, all of you!’
  They all promptly14 lay down flat. Jack had his field glasses on and he put them to his eyes. Hecould now see clearly that the man was the one called Juan. He had a dead white face, black, thick,curly hair and a small black moustache. His neck was thick and his body was thick too. Hedisappeared into the plane.
  ‘He’s got into the plane. Wonder if he’s going off?’ said Jack. ‘Will he leave the other manbehind? He hasn’t started up the engines yet.’
  After a minute or two the man came out again, carrying something, though Jack could not seewhat it was. He walked off in the direction of the smoke. There was a thicket15 of trees near by andhe disappeared into this.
  ‘He just went into the plane to get something,’ said Jack. ‘Now he’s gone again. I think perhapswe’d better go another way, because if we can see him he could certainly see us, if he looked up.
  See that gully over there? We’ll go that way. We shall be well hidden there.’
  They made their way to the gully, which was a regular suntrap. There had obviously been a wayup there at some time or other. The children followed it, climbing higher. They came to a ledgethat ran dangerously round part of the mountainside. Jack went first.
  It wasn’t as dangerous as it looked. ‘I think it’s all right,’ he called. ‘It’s wider than it appears.
  Come on. I’m sure it leads to somewhere.’
  They made their way round the ledge16, and came to where the hillside gave them a marvellousview down into the valley and all around.
  It was completely deserted17. Not a cow or sheep or goat to be seen. A little higher up was ablack, charred18 building that had clearly been a very large farm-house. Only the blackened beamswere left, and part of the stone walls. Everything else had fallen to the ground and lay in amiserable ugly ruin.
  ‘Another ruin!’ said Jack, in awe19. ‘What has been happening in this beautiful valley? I simplycan’t understand it. Why should houses be burnt like this? I’m beginning to think there isn’t a soulhere besides ourselves and those two men.’
  ‘I think you’re right,’ said Philip. ‘There’s no smoke to be seen anywhere, and not a singledomestic animal, not even a dog. But what I can’t make out is why no one has come here from thesurrounding valleys to rebuild the houses and graze their cattle on this marvellous grass.’
  ‘Perhaps there’s something bad about this valley,’ said Lucy-Ann with a shiver. ‘I don’t like thefeel of it very much.’
  They sat down in the sun, which was now climbing high. They suddenly felt terribly hungry.
  Dinah unexpectedly produced biscuits and chocolate from a bag she carried.
  ‘I guessed we’d all be hungry soon,’ she said. ‘So I brought half the biscuits and choc we hadwith us.’
  ‘Jolly good idea,’ said Philip, pleased. ‘Hey, Lizzie, come out and have a crumb20!’
  Dinah at once went a good distance away. Lizzie came out from Philip’s open collar and randown his front. It was plain that she meant to stay with Philip.
  ‘Lizzie’s down the well,’ remarked Kiki, pecking a piece of chocolate from Jack’s fingers.
  ‘Kiki! Give that back!’ cried Jack. ‘Where are your manners?’
  ‘Down the well, down the well,’ said Kiki, who seemed to have got the well on her brain.
  They were all thirsty after the chocolate and biscuits. ‘I wish we could find something to drink –nice cool clear water like we found in the spring,’ said Jack.
  ‘Down the well,’ said Kiki.
  ‘All right. You find us a well of water,’ said Jack.
  ‘Would it be safe to have a snooze?’ asked Dinah, suddenly feeling very sleepy. ‘It’s nice herein the sun.’
  ‘Well – only just a little one,’ said Philip. ‘I should think we’re safe enough here. Those menwouldn’t come up as far as this.’
  ‘You know – I think I can hear water somewhere,’ said Lucy-Ann as she lay flat on her back,the sun shining on her freckled21 face. ‘Not very near. Listen, all of you.’
  They listened. Certainly they could hear something that was not the wind blowing round. Whatcould it be? It didn’t sound like the gurgling of a spring.
  ‘We’ll go and see,’ said Jack. ‘You stay here, girls, if you like. Philip and I will go.’
  ‘Oh, no,’ said Lucy-Ann at once. ‘I’d rather come with you. You might lose us.’
  So all four went off together in the direction of the curious noise. They climbed higher, andcame to a rocky, stony22 part which was steep and hard to climb. But the noise was now muchlouder.
  ‘Once we round the next corner, we’ll see what it is,’ said Jack. ‘Come on!’
  They climbed a little higher and then the path led abruptly23 round a crag of rock. It widened outa little the other side, and all four children stood gazing in awe at what was making the noise theyhad heard. It was a waterfall – but what a big one! It fell from a great height, almost sheerly downthe mountainside, and cascaded24 far below them, fine spray rising high in the air. It wetted theirfaces as they stood there, and yet they were quite a good way from the mass of water.
  ‘What a wonderful sight!’ said Philip, awed25. ‘I’ve never seen such a big waterfall in my life.
  What a noise it makes. I almost have to shout. Isn’t it grand?’
  Far below the waterfall resolved itself into a winding26 river that curved round the foot of themountain. The children could not see where it went to. The tumbling water shone and sparkled asit fell, and here and there rainbows shimmered27. Lucy-Ann thought she had never seen a loveliersight.
  She licked the spray off her face. It formed into little drops and ran down to her mouth. ‘I’mdrinking the spray,’ she said. ‘Oh, look! – there’s a puddle28 in that rock, made of the continuallyfalling spray. Do you think it would be all right to drink it?’
  It was very clear and sparkling. Jack tasted it. ‘Yes, it’s fine,’ he said. ‘Have some.’
  They watched the waterfall for some time. Kiki was simply thrilled with it. For some reason orother it filled her with mad delight. She flew near to it, getting splashed with the drops, squawkingloudly.
  ‘It’s a magnificent sight!’ said Dinah, gazing at the roaring waterfall. ‘I could watch it all day.’
  ‘We’ll come again tomorrow,’ said Jack. ‘But I really think we ought to be getting back now tothat cowshed. Come on – it’s plain there’s nobody to help us just here.’


1 hem 7dIxa     
  • The hem on her skirt needs sewing.她裙子上的褶边需要缝一缝。
  • The hem of your dress needs to be let down an inch.你衣服的折边有必要放长1英寸。
2 halfway Xrvzdq     
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
3 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。
4 lizard P0Ex0     
  • A chameleon is a kind of lizard.变色龙是一种蜥蜴。
  • The lizard darted out its tongue at the insect.蜥蜴伸出舌头去吃小昆虫。
5 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
6 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。
7 giggled 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子们让这笑话逗得咯咯笑。
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 beetles e572d93f9d42d4fe5aa8171c39c86a16     
n.甲虫( beetle的名词复数 )
  • Beetles bury pellets of dung and lay their eggs within them. 甲壳虫把粪粒埋起来,然后在里面产卵。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This kind of beetles have hard shell. 这类甲虫有坚硬的外壳。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
9 lizards 9e3fa64f20794483b9c33d06297dcbfb     
n.蜥蜴( lizard的名词复数 )
  • Nothing lives in Pompeii except crickets and beetles and lizards. 在庞培城里除了蟋蟀、甲壳虫和蜥蜴外,没有别的生物。 来自辞典例句
  • Can lizards reproduce their tails? 蜥蜴的尾巴断了以后能再生吗? 来自辞典例句
10 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。
11 spire SF3yo     
  • The church spire was struck by lightning.教堂的尖顶遭到了雷击。
  • They could just make out the spire of the church in the distance.他们只能辨认出远处教堂的尖塔。
12 notch P58zb     
  • The peanuts they grow are top-notch.他们种的花生是拔尖的。
  • He cut a notch in the stick with a sharp knife.他用利刃在棒上刻了一个凹痕。
13 grassy DfBxH     
  • They sat and had their lunch on a grassy hillside.他们坐在长满草的山坡上吃午饭。
  • Cattle move freely across the grassy plain.牛群自由自在地走过草原。
14 promptly LRMxm     
  • He paid the money back promptly.他立即还了钱。
  • She promptly seized the opportunity his absence gave her.她立即抓住了因他不在场给她创造的机会。
15 thicket So0wm     
  • A thicket makes good cover for animals to hide in.丛林是动物的良好隐蔽处。
  • We were now at the margin of the thicket.我们现在已经来到了丛林的边缘。
16 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。
17 deserted GukzoL     
  • The deserted village was filled with a deathly silence.这个荒废的村庄死一般的寂静。
  • The enemy chieftain was opposed and deserted by his followers.敌人头目众叛亲离。
18 charred 2d03ad55412d225c25ff6ea41516c90b     
v.把…烧成炭( char的过去式);烧焦
  • the charred remains of a burnt-out car 被烧焦的轿车残骸
  • The intensity of the explosion is recorded on the charred tree trunks. 那些烧焦的树干表明爆炸的强烈。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 awe WNqzC     
  • The sight filled us with awe.这景色使我们大为惊叹。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龙卷风使我们惊恐万分。
20 crumb ynLzv     
  • It was the only crumb of comfort he could salvage from the ordeal.这是他从这场磨难里能找到的唯一的少许安慰。
  • Ruth nearly choked on the last crumb of her pastry.鲁斯几乎被糕点的最后一块碎屑所噎住。
21 freckled 1f563e624a978af5e5981f5e9d3a4687     
adj.雀斑;斑点;晒斑;(使)生雀斑v.雀斑,斑点( freckle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Her face was freckled all over. 她的脸长满雀斑。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Her freckled skin glowed with health again. 她长有雀斑的皮肤又泛出了健康的红光。 来自辞典例句
22 stony qu1wX     
  • The ground is too dry and stony.这块地太干,而且布满了石头。
  • He listened to her story with a stony expression.他带着冷漠的表情听她讲经历。
23 abruptly iINyJ     
  • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗鲁地示意弗吉尼亚上车。
  • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要讲半个小时的话。
24 cascaded 84d14cbff30daadf8623f882e627e258     
  • His money cascaded away in a couple of years. 他的钱在三两年内便滚滚流失了。
  • The water cascaded off the roof in the thunderstorm. 雷雨中水象瀑布一样从屋顶泻下。
25 awed a0ab9008d911a954b6ce264ddc63f5c8     
adj.充满敬畏的,表示敬畏的v.使敬畏,使惊惧( awe的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The audience was awed into silence by her stunning performance. 观众席上鸦雀无声,人们对他出色的表演感到惊叹。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I was awed by the huge gorilla. 那只大猩猩使我惊惧。 来自《简明英汉词典》
26 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。
27 shimmered 7b85656359fe70119e38fa62825e4f8b     
v.闪闪发光,发微光( shimmer的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The sea shimmered in the sunlight. 阳光下海水闪烁着微光。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • A heat haze shimmered above the fields. 田野上方微微闪烁着一层热气。 来自《简明英汉词典》
28 puddle otNy9     
  • The boy hopped the mud puddle and ran down the walk.这个男孩跳过泥坑,沿着人行道跑了。
  • She tripped over and landed in a puddle.她绊了一下,跌在水坑里。


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