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12 Behind the waterfall
  12 Behind the waterfall
  The passage was a very winding1 one. It led a little downwards2, and the floor was very uneven3 tothe feet. The girls tripped and stumbled very often. Once the roof came down so low that they hadto crawl under it. But it grew high again almost at once.
  After a while they heard a noise. They couldn’t imagine what it was. It was a deep andcontinous roar that never stopped even for a second.
  ‘What’s that?’ said Dinah. ‘Are we getting into the heart of the mountain, do you think, Lucy-Ann? That’s not the roar of a mighty4 fire, is it? What can it be? What is there that could make thatnoise in the middle of a mountain?’
  ‘I don’t know,’ said Lucy-Ann, and immediately wanted to go back. A fire in the heart of amountain, a fire that roared like that? She didn’t in the least want to see it. She felt hot andbreathless at the thought.
  But Dinah wasn’t going back now that they had come so far.
  ‘What, go back before we’ve found out where this passage goes to?’ she said. ‘Of course not!
  The boys would laugh like anything when we told them. We don’t often get the chance ofdiscovering something before they do. Why, we might even happen on the treasure, whatever it is,Lucy-Ann.’
  Lucy-Ann felt that she didn’t care at all about the treasure. All she wanted was to get back to thesafety of the cave with the green fern curtains.
  ‘Well, you go back then,’ said Dinah unkindly. ‘I’m going on!’
  It was more frightening to think of going back to the cave of echoes by herself than to go onwith Dinah. So poor Lucy-Ann chose unwillingly5 to go on. With that peculiar6, muffled7 roar in herears she pressed on down the winding passage, keeping close to Dinah. The roar became louder.
  And then the girls knew what it was. It was the waterfall, of course! How stupid of them not tothink of that! But it sounded so different there in the mountain.
  ‘We’re not going into the heart of the mountain after all,’ said Dinah. ‘We’re coming outsomewhere near the waterfall. I wonder where.’
  They got a tremendous surprise when they did see daylight. The passage suddenly took one lastturn and took them into subdued8 daylight, that flickered9 and shone round them in a curious way. Adraught of cold air met them, and something wetted their hair.
  ‘Lucy- Ann! We’ve come out on to a flat ledge10 just behind the waterfall!’ cried Dinah inastonishment. ‘Look, there’s the great mass of falling water just in front of us! – oh, the colours init! Can you hear me? The water is making such a noise.’
  Overwhelmed by surprise and by the noise, Lucy-Ann stood and stared. The water made a greatrushing curtain between them and the open air. It poured down, shining and exultant12, neverstopping. The power behind it awed13 the two girls. They felt very small and feeble when theywatched the great volume of water pouring down a few feet in front of them.
  It was amazing to be able to stand on a ledge just behind the waterfall and yet not to be affectedby it in any way except to feel the fine spray misting the air. The ledge was very wide, and ran thewhole width of the fall. There was a rock about a foot high at one end of the ledge, and the girlssat down on it to watch the amazing sight in front of them.
  ‘What will the boys say?’ wondered Dinah. ‘Let’s stay here till we see them coming back. If wesit on this rock, just at the edge of the waterfall, we can wave to them. They will be so astonishedto see us here. There’s no way of getting to the ledge from above or below, only from behind,from the passage we found.’
  ‘Yes. We’ll surprise the boys,’ said Lucy-Ann, no longer frightened. ‘Look, we can see ourcave up there! – at least, we can see the giant fern whose fronds14 are hiding it. We shall easily beable to see the boys when they come back.’
  Kiki was very quiet indeed. She had been surprised to come out behind the great wall of water.
  She sat on a ledge and watched it, blinking every now and again.
  ‘I hope she won’t be silly enough to try and fly through the waterfall,’ said Lucy- Annanxiously. ‘She would be taken down with it and dashed to pieces. I know she would.’
  ‘She won’t do anything silly,’ said Dinah. ‘She’s wise enough to know what would happen ifshe tried something like that. She may fly out round the edge of the waterfall, though. Still, thereshouldn’t be much danger for her in that.’
  The girls sat there for a long time, feeling that they would never get tired of watching theturbulence of the waterfall. After a long time Lucy-Ann gave a cry and caught Dinah’s arm.
  ‘Look – is that the boys coming? Yes, it is. They’ve got a sack between them. Good! Now weshall have plenty of food.’
  They watched the two boys labouring up the rocks that led to the cave. It was no good wavingto them yet. Then suddenly Dinah stiffened15 with horror.
  ‘What’s the matter?’ said Lucy-Ann in alarm, seeing Dinah’s face.
  ‘Look – someone is following the boys!’ said Dinah. ‘See – it’s one of the men! And there’s theother one too! Oh, my goodness, I don’t believe either Philip or Jack16 knows it! They’ll watchwhere they go and our hiding place will be found! J ACK ! PHILIP ! OH, JACK, LOOK OUT !
  She went to the very edge of the waterfall, and, holding on to a fern growing there, she leanedout beyond it, yelling and waving, quite forgetting that the men could see and hear her as well asthe boys.
  But alas17, Jack and Philip, engrossed18 in the task of getting the heavy sack up the rocks, neithersaw nor heard Dinah – but the men suddenly caught sight of her and stared in the utmostastonishment. They could not make out if she was girl, boy, or woman, for the edges of thewaterfall continually moved and shifted. All they could make out was that there was definitelysomeone dancing about and waving behind the great fall.
  ‘Look!’ said one man to the other. ‘Just look at that! See – behind the water! That’s wherethey’re hiding. My word, what a place! How do they get there?’
  The men stared open-mouthed at the waterfall, their eyes searching for a way up to it that wouldlead to the ledge where the excited figure stood waving.
  Meantime, Jack and Philip, quite unaware19 of the following men, or of Dinah either, had reachedthe curtain of fern. Philip pushed the ferns aside, and Jack hauled the sack up through them,panting painfully, for it was heavy.
  At last the sack lay on the floor of moss20. The boys flung themselves down, their hearts thumpingwith the labour of climbing up steeply to the cave, dragging such a heavy sack. At first they didnot even notice that the girls were not there.
  Not far off, some way below, stood the two men, completely bewildered. In watching Dinahbehind the waterfall, they had just missed seeing Jack and Philip creep through the ferns into theircave. So when they turned from gazing at the waterfall, they found that the boys they had sowarily followed had utterly21 disappeared.
  ‘Where have they gone?’ demanded Juan. ‘They were on that rock there when we saw themlast.’
  ‘Yes. Then I caught sight of that person waving down there, and took my eyes off them for aminute – and now they’ve gone,’ growled22 Pepi. ‘Well, there’s no doubt where they’ve gone.
  They’ve taken some path that leads to that waterfall. They hide behind it – and a clever place it istoo. Who would think of anyone hiding just behind a great curtain of water like that? Well, weknow where to find them. We’ll make our way to the water and climb up to that ledge. We’ll soonhunt the rats out.’
  They began to climb down, hoping to find a way that would lead them to the ledge behind thewaterfall. It was difficult and dangerous going, on the slippery rocks.
  In the cave the boys soon recovered. They sat up, and looked around for the girls.
  ‘Hallo – where are Lucy-Ann and Dinah?’ said Jack in astonishment11. ‘They promised to stayhere till we got back. Surely to goodness they haven’t gone wandering about anywhere? They’llget lost, sure as anything!’
  They were not in the cave. That was absolutely certain. The boys did not see the hole in the foldof rock at the back. They were extremely puzzled. Jack parted the ferns and looked out.
  To his enormous astonishment he at once saw the two men clambering about on rocks near thewaterfall. His eyes nearly dropped out of his head.
  ‘Look there!’ he said to Philip, closing the fronds a little, fearful of being seen. ‘Those two men!
  Golly, they might have seen us getting in here! How did they get here? We saw them safely by theplane, on our way to the bush!’
  Dinah had now disappeared from behind the waterfall. She could not make up her mind whetheror not the men had seen the boys climbing in through the fern to their cave. In any case, shethought she ought to warn them of the men’s appearance. She felt sure that neither Jack nor Philipknew they were there.
  ‘Come on, Lucy-Ann,’ she said urgently. ‘We must get back to the boys. Oh, goodness, look atthose men! I believe they are going to try and get over here now. They must have spotted23 mewaving. Do come quickly, Lucy-Ann.’
  Shivering with excitement, Lucy-Ann followed Dinah along the dark, winding passage that ledback to the cave of echoes. Dinah went as quickly as she could, flashing her torch in front of her.
  Both girls forgot all about Kiki. The parrot was left sitting alone behind the waterfall, spraymisting her feathers, watched the clambering men with interested eyes. She had not heard the girlsgoing off.
  Dinah and Lucy-Ann came out into the cave of echoes at last. Dinah stopped and considered.
  ‘Now, where exactly was that hole we came through?’ she said.
  ‘Came through, through, through,’ called the echoes mockingly.
  ‘Oh be quiet!’ cried Dinah to the echoes.
  ‘ QUIET , QUIET , QUIET !’ yelled back the irritating voices. Dinah flashed her torch here and there,and by a very lucky chance she found the hole. In a trice she was in it, crawling along, with Lucy-Ann close behind her. Lucy-Ann had an awful feeling that somebody was going to clutch her feetfrom behind and she almost bumped into Dinah’s shoes in her efforts to scramble24 down the hole asquickly as possible.
  Jack and Philip were peeping through the ferns watching the men, when the girls dropped out ofthe hole at the back of the cave, came round the fold of rock and flung themselves on the boys.
  They almost jumped out of their skin.
  Philip hit out, thinking that enemies were upon them. Dinah got a stinging blow on the ear, andyelled. She immediately hit out at Philip and the two rolled on the floor.
  ‘Don’t, oh, don’t!’ wailed25 Lucy-Ann, almost in tears. ‘Philip, Jack, it’s us! It’s us!’
  Philip shook off Dinah and sat up. Jack stared in amazement26. ‘But where did you come from?’
  he demanded. ‘Golly, you gave us an awful scare, I can tell you, jumping out like that! Wherehave you been?’
  ‘There’s a hole back there we went into,’ explained Dinah, giving Philip an angry look. ‘I say,do you two boys know that those men were following you? They were not very far behind you.
  We were scared stiff they would see you climbing in here.’
  ‘Were they following us!’ said Jack. ‘Golly, I didn’t know that. Peep out between these fronds,you girls, and see them hunting for us down there.’


1 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。
2 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。
3 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。
4 mighty YDWxl     
  • A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。
  • The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。
5 unwillingly wjjwC     
  • He submitted unwillingly to his mother. 他不情愿地屈服于他母亲。
  • Even when I call, he receives unwillingly. 即使我登门拜访,他也是很不情愿地接待我。
6 peculiar cinyo     
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的样子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
7 muffled fnmzel     
adj.(声音)被隔的;听不太清的;(衣服)裹严的;蒙住的v.压抑,捂住( muffle的过去式和过去分词 );用厚厚的衣帽包着(自己)
  • muffled voices from the next room 从隔壁房间里传来的沉闷声音
  • There was a muffled explosion somewhere on their right. 在他们的右面什么地方有一声沉闷的爆炸声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 subdued 76419335ce506a486af8913f13b8981d     
adj. 屈服的,柔和的,减弱的 动词subdue的过去式和过去分词
  • He seemed a bit subdued to me. 我觉得他当时有点闷闷不乐。
  • I felt strangely subdued when it was all over. 一切都结束的时候,我却有一种奇怪的压抑感。
9 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
(通常指灯光)闪烁,摇曳( flicker的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The lights flickered and went out. 灯光闪了闪就熄了。
  • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 这些灯象发狂的交通灯一样不停地闪动着。
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 astonishment VvjzR     
  • They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他们听见他惊奇地大叫一声。
  • I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我对她的奇怪举动不胜惊异。
12 exultant HhczC     
  • The exultant crowds were dancing in the streets.欢欣的人群在大街上跳起了舞。
  • He was exultant that she was still so much in his power.他仍然能轻而易举地摆布她,对此他欣喜若狂。
13 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》
14 fronds f5152cd32d7f60e88e3dfd36fcdfbfa8     
n.蕨类或棕榈类植物的叶子( frond的名词复数 )
  • You can pleat palm fronds to make huts, umbrellas and baskets. 人们可以把棕榈叶折叠起来盖棚屋,制伞,编篮子。 来自百科语句
  • When these breezes reached the platform the palm-fronds would whisper. 微风吹到平台时,棕榈叶片发出簌簌的低吟。 来自辞典例句
15 stiffened de9de455736b69d3f33bb134bba74f63     
  • He leaned towards her and she stiffened at this invasion of her personal space. 他向她俯过身去,这种侵犯她个人空间的举动让她绷紧了身子。
  • She stiffened with fear. 她吓呆了。
16 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。
17 alas Rx8z1     
  • Alas!The window is broken!哎呀!窗子破了!
  • Alas,the truth is less romantic.然而,真理很少带有浪漫色彩。
18 engrossed 3t0zmb     
  • The student is engrossed in his book.这名学生正在专心致志地看书。
  • No one had ever been quite so engrossed in an evening paper.没人会对一份晚报如此全神贯注。
19 unaware Pl6w0     
  • They were unaware that war was near. 他们不知道战争即将爆发。
  • I was unaware of the man's presence. 我没有察觉到那人在场。
20 moss X6QzA     
  • Moss grows on a rock.苔藓生在石头上。
  • He was found asleep on a pillow of leaves and moss.有人看见他枕着树叶和苔藓睡着了。
21 utterly ZfpzM1     
  • Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把毕生精力用于挽救患者的生命。
  • I was utterly ravished by the way she smiled.她的微笑使我完全陶醉了。
22 growled 65a0c9cac661e85023a63631d6dab8a3     
v.(动物)发狺狺声, (雷)作隆隆声( growl的过去式和过去分词 );低声咆哮着说
  • \"They ought to be birched, \" growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他们应受到鞭打。” 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He growled out an answer. 他低声威胁着回答。 来自《简明英汉词典》
23 spotted 7FEyj     
  • The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商从一群200头牛中选出有斑点的牛。
  • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯积了有斑点的短袜。
24 scramble JDwzg     
  • He broke his leg in his scramble down the wall.他爬墙摔断了腿。
  • It was a long scramble to the top of the hill.到山顶须要爬登一段长路。
25 wailed e27902fd534535a9f82ffa06a5b6937a     
v.哭叫,哀号( wail的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She wailed over her father's remains. 她对着父亲的遗体嚎啕大哭。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The women of the town wailed over the war victims. 城里的妇女为战争的死难者们痛哭。 来自辞典例句
26 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。


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