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7 A wonderful find
  7 A wonderful find
  Soon the stars filled the sky. An owl1 hooted2, and the wind whispered something in the treesoverhead. But the four children did not see the stars nor hear the owl and the wind. They weretired out. They slept solidly, and though Dinah was almost smothered3 with the rug over her head,she did not wake or move.
  Kiki slept too, her head under her wing. She was perched on a branch of the birch tree just overJack’s head. She awoke when she heard the owl, and hooted back softly. Then she put her headback under her wing and slept again.
  When dawn came the children were still asleep. Kiki awoke before they did. She stretched outfirst one wing and then the other. She erected5 the feathers on her head and shook them. Then shescratched her neck thoughtfully and gazed down at Philip.
  Lizzie the lizard6 was also awake and was running over the rug that covered Philip. She came towhere Philip’s feet stuck out and disappeared under the rug there. Kiki’s sharp eyes watched thelittle moving bump she made under the rug as she made her way all the way up Philip’s body andappeared by his neck.
  ‘Wipe your feet,’ said Kiki suddenly to the lizard. ‘How many times, how many times have Itold you to wipe your feet?’
  Lizzie was startled. She leapt from Philip’s neck on to Jack4 and stood half hidden in his hair,looking up into the trees, though she could focus on nothing there. Kiki, annoyed at seeing Lizziedaring to tread on her beloved master, gave an exasperated7 squawk and flew down to peck thelizard, who promptly8 disappeared under the rug again.
  Kiki landed heavily on Jack’s middle and gave a vicious peck where the rug covered Philip’sright leg, for she could see the moving bump there that meant the lizard was running downwards9.
  Both Jack and Philip awoke with a start.
  They stared up into the trees, amazed to see green leaves waving above them. Then they turnedtheir heads and saw one another. In a flash they remembered everything.
  ‘Couldn’t think where I was,’ said Jack, and sat up. ‘Oh, Kiki, it’s you on my middle, is it? Doget off. Here, have some sunflower seeds and keep quiet, or you’ll wake the girls.’
  He put his hand in his pocket and took out some of the flat seeds that Kiki loved. She flew up tothe bough10 above, cracking two in her beak11.
  The boys began to talk quietly, so as not to disturb the girls, who were still sleeping peacefully.
  ‘Gosh, I feel better now,’ said Jack, stretching out his arms. ‘I was so tired last night I couldhave cried. What about you, Philip?’
  ‘I’m all right too,’ said Philip, and he yawned hugely. ‘But sleepy still. Well, we haven’t got toget up for breakfast. We shan’t hear any gong sounding here. Let’s have another snooze.’
  But Jack was now too wide awake to snooze. He slipped out from under the rug and went towash himself at the spring. He gazed downwards and saw the spire12 of smoke rising up just as ithad yesterday.
  ‘Those fellows are up and about,’ he said to himself. ‘Must be getting late in the morning, Isuppose. The sun’s fairly high. Blow! I forgot to wind up my watch last night.’
  Soon the girls woke up and were amazed to find they had slept soundly all the night through andhad apparently13 not even stirred. Dinah looked to see where Lizzie was.
  ‘It’s all right,’ said Philip amiably14. ‘She’s down one of my socks. I like the feel of her tinyfingers on my leg.’
  ‘Ugh! You’re awful!’ said Dinah. ‘Well, I’m going to wash. Then we’ll have breakfast – onlycake and biscuits, I’m afraid.’
  Unfortunately they were all so hungry that they devoured15 the cake, the biscuits and the rest ofthe chocolate too. Now there was no food left at all.
  ‘We’ll just have to do something about it – about the food question, I mean,’ said Dinah. ‘Evenifit means eating your lizard, Philip.’
  ‘She wouldn’t make more than a mouthful, would you, Liz?’ said Philip. ‘Hallo – what’s that?’
  ‘That’ was the sound of voices. Hurriedly the four children got up, and, dragging their rugs,macks and other clothes with them, they ran quickly to the cowshed. They dumped the things intothe last stall and crouched16 there, panting.
  ‘Have we left anything at all out there?’ whispered Jack.
  ‘Don’t think so,’ whispered back Philip. ‘The grass is a bit flattened17, that’s all. Let’s hope theywon’t notice it.’
  There was a crack in the side of the old cowshed and Jack put his eye to it. They had only justgot away in time. The men were coming slowly up towards the birch trees, talking. They came towhere the children had slept the night before.
  The men walked right past the spot, then one of them stopped and looked back with a puzzledexpression. He gazed at the place where the children had slept. What he said they couldn’t hear,but he pointed18 to the flattened grass. Both men then walked back and looked earnestly down at it.
  ‘What’s done that?’ asked the man called Juan.
  ‘Funny,’ said the other man. He had a large pink face with full lips, and his eyes looked small incomparison. ‘Some animal, perhaps?’
  ‘Why – that’s big enough for an elephant or two to lie on!’ said Juan. ‘Shall we have a lookround?’
  The other man looked at his watch. ‘No. Not now,’ he said. ‘When we come back, perhaps.
  We’ve got a lot to do today. Come on. It can’t be anything really.’
  They went on again and were soon lost to sight among the trees. ‘I’m going to get up a tree withmy field glasses and follow them with them as they go,’ said Jack to the others. ‘We must makecertain they really are gone before we show ourselves.’
  He went cautiously out of the shed and ran quickly to a tall tree. He was up it in a trice, for hewas an excellent climber. He sat at the top, balanced on a swaying branch, his legs wound tightlyround it. He put his glasses to his eyes.
  As soon as the men came out on to the grassy19, flowery part of the hillside he saw them. Theydid not take the same direction as the children had taken the day before, but kept on the flowerypart for a long time. Jack could see them easily with his glasses. Then they took out a map orpaper and stood there looking at it between them.
  ‘Not sure of their way,’ thought the boy. ‘Ah – now they’re off again.’
  The men began to climb steeply and Jack watched them as long as he could see them. Then theyrounded a great crag of rock and disappeared from sight. He slid down the tree.
  ‘Gracious! We thought you’d gone to sleep in the tree,’ said Dinah impatiently. ‘I’m tired ofwaiting in this filthy20 shed. Have the men gone?’
  ‘Yes. They’re far away now,’ said Jack. ‘It’s quite safe to come out and have a look round.
  They didn’t go the way we did. I watched them climbing very steeply up the mountainside. Comeon – let’s get off whilst we can.’
  ‘We could go and have a look inside the aeroplane now,’ said Dinah. So they all hurried downto the valley, and came to where the big aeroplane stood on its enormous wheels. The fourchildren climbed up the steps into the cockpit.
  ‘The big crate’s gone,’ said Jack at once. ‘I wonder how they got it out. It must have beenempty or they could never have managed it between them. Look – there’s where we hid the othernight!’
  Philip and Jack hunted all round the plane for food or information. But there was no food at all,and not a scrap21 of paper that would give them any idea as to who the men were or why they hadcome there.
  They all climbed out again. ‘Blow!’ said Jack. ‘We’re no better off now! Not even a bar ofchocolate. We shall starve!’
  ‘If we could explore that hut you saw the men by last night, I bet we’d find plenty of food,’ saidDinah. ‘Don’t you remember the men saying, “Let’s go to the hut and have a meal”? Well, theycouldn’t have a meal without food, could they? – so the food must be there.’
  This was a distinctly cheering idea. Jack led the way to where he had seen the men sitting by thecampfire the night before. The fire was almost out, though it was still smouldering a little.
  The hut lay near by. It was tumbledown, but not burnt as had been all the other buildings theyhad seen. Rough repairs had been done to it. The one window looked strong, and was hardly bigenough for anyone to get in or out, if he had wanted to. The door was also a strong one. It wasshut.
  ‘Locked, of course,’ said Jack, giving it a tug22. ‘And they’ve taken the key. Who did theyimagine was going to come along and take anything? They don’t know a thing about us.’
  ‘Let’s look in at the window,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘We could see inside easily.’
  Jack hoisted24 Philip up. The boy looked inside, finding it difficult at first to make out anything,because the interior of the shed was dark. The only light came in from the small window.
  ‘Ah – now I can see better,’ said Philip. ‘There are a couple of mattresses25 – and rugs – and atable and some chairs – and a stove of some kind. And gosh – just look at that !’
  ‘What?’ cried everyone impatiently. Lucy-Ann jumped up and down, trying to see in at thewindow too.
  ‘Stacks of food!’ said Philip. ‘Tins and tins of it! And pots and jars of stuff! Golly, they makemy mouth water.’
  Jack could bear Philip’s weight no longer. He set him down with a jerk.
  ‘Hoist23 me up, now,’ he said, and Philip gave him a hoist. Jack’s eyes nearly fell out of his headwhen he saw the food, neatly26 piled on shelves that ran along one side of the hut.
  ‘It’s a kind of storehouse, or resthouse,’ he said, jumping down from Philip’s back. ‘My word,if we could only get some! Why did those men take the key? Distrustful creatures!’
  ‘Can we get in at the window?’ asked Philip, and he looked eagerly up at it. ‘No, we can’t. Noteven Lucy-Ann could get in there. Besides, it can’t be opened. It’s just a pane27 of glass set into thewindow frame, with no catch or fastener to open it. We’d have to smash it – and that would giveaway the fact that somebody was here.’
  The children wandered gloomily round the shed. Then they set off to see if there was anythingelse to be found near by. But there wasn’t.
  ‘I suppose we’d better get back to our own shed and remove our things, and hide themsomewhere else in case those men do have a look round when they come back,’ said Jack. ‘How Ihate leaving all that food in this shed! I’m starving.’
  ‘So am I,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘I could almost eat Kiki’s sunflower seeds.’
  ‘Well, have some,’ said Jack, holding out a handful. ‘They’re not poisonous.’
  ‘No, thanks,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘I’m not as starving as all that.’
  Philip went up to the door of the shed and glared at it. ‘I’d like to knock you down,’ he said.
  ‘Standing there between ourselves and a good square meal. Take that!’
  To the great amusement of the others he aimed a hearty28 kick at the door, and then another.
  It flew open. The children gasped29 in surprise, and stared. ‘It wasn’t locked, after all!’ cried Jack,‘just shut. What idiots we were to think it was locked! Come on – now for a feast!’


1 owl 7KFxk     
  • Her new glasses make her look like an owl.她的新眼镜让她看上去像只猫头鹰。
  • I'm a night owl and seldom go to bed until after midnight.我睡得很晚,经常半夜后才睡觉。
2 hooted 8df924a716d9d67e78a021e69df38ba5     
(使)作汽笛声响,作汽车喇叭声( hoot的过去式和过去分词 )
  • An owl hooted nearby. 一只猫头鹰在附近啼叫。
  • The crowd hooted and jeered at the speaker. 群众向那演讲人发出轻蔑的叫嚣和嘲笑。
3 smothered b9bebf478c8f7045d977e80734a8ed1d     
(使)窒息, (使)透不过气( smother的过去式和过去分词 ); 覆盖; 忍住; 抑制
  • He smothered the baby with a pillow. 他用枕头把婴儿闷死了。
  • The fire is smothered by ashes. 火被灰闷熄了。
4 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。
adj. 直立的,竖立的,笔直的 vt. 使 ... 直立,建立
  • A monument to him was erected in St Paul's Cathedral. 在圣保罗大教堂为他修了一座纪念碑。
  • A monument was erected to the memory of that great scientist. 树立了一块纪念碑纪念那位伟大的科学家。
6 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。
7 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。
8 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。
9 downwards MsDxU     
  • He lay face downwards on his bed.他脸向下伏在床上。
  • As the river flows downwards,it widens.这条河愈到下游愈宽。
10 bough 4ReyO     
  • I rested my fishing rod against a pine bough.我把钓鱼竿靠在一棵松树的大树枝上。
  • Every bough was swinging in the wind.每条树枝都在风里摇摆。
11 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。
12 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。
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 amiably amiably     
  • She grinned amiably at us. 她咧着嘴向我们亲切地微笑。
  • Atheists and theists live together peacefully and amiably in this country. 无神论者和有神论者在该国和睦相处。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 devoured af343afccf250213c6b0cadbf3a346a9     
吞没( devour的过去式和过去分词 ); 耗尽; 津津有味地看; 狼吞虎咽地吃光
  • She devoured everything she could lay her hands on: books, magazines and newspapers. 无论是书、杂志,还是报纸,只要能弄得到,她都看得津津有味。
  • The lions devoured a zebra in a short time. 狮子一会儿就吃掉了一匹斑马。
16 crouched 62634c7e8c15b8a61068e36aaed563ab     
v.屈膝,蹲伏( crouch的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He crouched down beside her. 他在她的旁边蹲了下来。
  • The lion crouched ready to pounce. 狮子蹲下身,准备猛扑。
17 flattened 1d5d9fedd9ab44a19d9f30a0b81f79a8     
  • She flattened her nose and lips against the window. 她把鼻子和嘴唇紧贴着窗户。
  • I flattened myself against the wall to let them pass. 我身体紧靠着墙让他们通过。
18 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。
19 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。
20 filthy ZgOzj     
  • The whole river has been fouled up with filthy waste from factories.整条河都被工厂的污秽废物污染了。
  • You really should throw out that filthy old sofa and get a new one.你真的应该扔掉那张肮脏的旧沙发,然后再去买张新的。
21 scrap JDFzf     
  • A man comes round regularly collecting scrap.有个男人定时来收废品。
  • Sell that car for scrap.把那辆汽车当残品卖了吧。
22 tug 5KBzo     
  • We need to tug the car round to the front.我们需要把那辆车拉到前面。
  • The tug is towing three barges.那只拖船正拖着三只驳船。
23 hoist rdizD     
  • By using a hoist the movers were able to sling the piano to the third floor.搬运工人用吊车才把钢琴吊到3楼。
  • Hoist the Chinese flag on the flagpole,please!请在旗杆上升起中国国旗!
24 hoisted d1dcc88c76ae7d9811db29181a2303df     
把…吊起,升起( hoist的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He hoisted himself onto a high stool. 他抬身坐上了一张高凳子。
  • The sailors hoisted the cargo onto the deck. 水手们把货物吊到甲板上。
25 mattresses 985a5c9b3722b68c7f8529dc80173637     
褥垫,床垫( mattress的名词复数 )
  • The straw mattresses are airing there. 草垫子正在那里晾着。
  • The researchers tested more than 20 mattresses of various materials. 研究人员试验了二十多个不同材料的床垫。
26 neatly ynZzBp     
  • Sailors know how to wind up a long rope neatly.水手们知道怎样把一条大绳利落地缠好。
  • The child's dress is neatly gathered at the neck.那孩子的衣服在领口处打着整齐的皱褶。
27 pane OKKxJ     
  • He broke this pane of glass.他打破了这块窗玻璃。
  • Their breath bloomed the frosty pane.他们呼出的水气,在冰冷的窗玻璃上形成一层雾。
28 hearty Od1zn     
  • After work they made a hearty meal in the worker's canteen.工作完了,他们在工人食堂饱餐了一顿。
  • We accorded him a hearty welcome.我们给他热忱的欢迎。
29 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》


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