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3 Very mysterious
  Very mysterious
  Everyone was upset. They were sorry for Mrs Johns, of course, and for her husband – but as theydidn’t know them at all, except as old friends of Mr Mannering long ago, the children felt far, farmore miserable1 about their own disappointment.
  ‘We’d talked about it such a lot – and made such plans – and got everything ready,’ groanedPhilip, looking sadly at the field-glasses hanging nearby in their brown leather cases. ‘Now Motherwill look for another Miss Lawson.’
  ‘No, I won’t,’ said Mrs Mannering. ‘I’ll give up my new job, and take you away myself. I can’tbear to see you so disappointed, poor things.’
  ‘No, darling Aunt Allie, you shan’t do that!’ said Lucy-Ann, flinging herself on Mrs Mannering.
  ‘We wouldn’t let you. Oh dear – whatever can we do?’
  Nobody knew. It seemed as if their sudden disappointment made everyone incapable2 of furtherplanning. The bird-holiday or nothing, the bird-holiday or nothing – that was the thought in all thechildren’s minds. They spent the rest of the day pottering about miserably3, getting on each other’snerves. One of their sudden quarrels blew up between Philip and Dinah, and with yells and shoutsthey belaboured one another in a way they had not done for at least a year.
  Lucy-Ann began to cry. Jack4 yelled angrily.
  ‘Stop hitting Dinah, Philip. You’ll hurt her!’
  But Dinah could give as good as she got, and there was a loud crack as she slapped Philip fullacross his cheek. Philip caught her hands angrily, and she kicked him. He tripped her up, anddown she went on the floor, with her brother rolling over and over too. Lucy-Ann got out of theirway, still crying. Kiki flew up to the electric light, and cackled loudly. She thought Philip andDinah were playing.
  There was such a noise that nobody heard the telephone bell ringing again. Mrs Mannering,frowning at the yells and bumps from the playroom, went to answer it. Then she suddenlyappeared at the door of the playroom, her face beaming.
  It changed when she saw Dinah and Philip fighting on the floor. ‘Dinah! Philip! Get up at once!
  You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, quarrelling like this now that you are so big. I’ve a goodmind not to tell you who that was on the telephone.’
  Philip sat up, rubbing his flaming cheek. Dinah wriggled5 away, holding her arm. Lucy-Annmopped her tears, and Jack scowled6 down at the pair on the floor.
  ‘What a collection of bad-tempered7 children!’ said Mrs Mannering. Then she remembered thatthey all had had measles8 badly, and were probably feeling miserable and bad-tempered after theirdisappointment that day.
  ‘Listen,’ she said, more gently, ‘guess who that was on the telephone.’
  ‘Mrs Johns, to say that Dr Johns is all right after all,’ suggested Lucy-Ann hopefully.
  Mrs Mannering shook her head. ‘No – it was old Bill.’
  ‘Bill! Hurrah9! So he’s turned up again at last,’ cried Jack. ‘Is he coming to see us?’
  ‘Well – he was very mysterious,’ said Mrs Mannering. ‘Wouldn’t say who he was – just said hemight pop in tonight, late – if nobody else was here. Of course I knew it was Bill. I’d know hisvoice anywhere.’
  Quarrels and bad temper were immediately forgotten. The thought of seeing Bill again was likea tonic10. ‘Did you tell him we’d had measles and were all at home?’ demanded Philip. ‘Does heknow he’ll see us too?’
  ‘No – I hadn’t time to tell him anything,’ said Mrs Mannering. ‘I tell you, he was mostmysterious – hardly on the telephone for half a minute. Anyway, he’ll be here tonight. I wonderwhy he didn’t want to come if anyone else was here.’
  ‘Because he doesn’t want anyone to know where he is, I should think,’ said Philip. ‘He must beon one of his secret missions again. Mother, we can stay up to see him, can’t we?’
  ‘If he isn’t later than half-past nine,’ said Mrs Mannering.
  She went out of the room. The four looked at one another. ‘Good old Bill,’ said Philip. ‘Wehaven’t seen him for ages. Hope he comes before half-past nine.’
  ‘Well, I jolly well shan’t go to sleep till I hear him come,’ said Jack. ‘Wonder why he was somysterious.’
  The children expected to see Bill all the evening, and were most disappointed when no cardrove up, and nobody walked up to the front door. Half-past nine came, and no Bill.
  ‘I’m afraid you must all go to bed,’ said Mrs Mannering. ‘I’m sorry – but really you all look sotired and pale. That horrid11 measles! I do feel so sorry that that expedition is off – it would havedone you all the good in the world.’
  The children went off to bed, grumbling12. The girls had a bedroom at the back, and the boys atthe front. Jack opened the window and looked out. It was a dark night. No car was to be heard, norany footsteps.
  ‘I shall listen for Bill,’ he told Philip. ‘I shall sit here by the window till he comes. You get intobed. I’ll wake you if I hear him.’
  ‘We’ll take it in turns,’ said Philip, getting into bed. ‘You watch for an hour, then wake me up,and I’ll watch.’
  In the back bedroom the girls were already in bed. Lucy-Ann wished she could see Bill. Sheloved him very much – he was so safe and strong and wise. Lucy-Ann had no father or mother,and she often wished that Bill was her father. Aunt Allie was a lovely mother, and it was nice toshare her with Philip and Dinah. She couldn’t share their father because he was dead.
  ‘I hope I shall keep awake and hear Bill when he comes,’ she thought. But soon she was fastasleep, and so was Dinah. The clock struck half-past ten, and then eleven.
  Jack woke Philip. ‘Nobody has come yet,’ he said. ‘Your turn to watch, Tufty. Funny that he’sso late, isn’t it?’
  Philip sat down at the window. He yawned. He listened but he could hear nothing. And then hesuddenly saw a streak13 of bright light as his mother, downstairs, pulled back a curtain, and the lightflooded into the garden.
  Philip knew what it was, of course – but he suddenly stiffened14 as the light struck on somethingpale, hidden in a bush by the front gate. The something was moved quickly back into the shadows,but Philip had guessed what it was.
  ‘That was someone’s face I saw! Somebody is hiding in the bushes by the gate. Why? It can’tbe Bill. He’d come right in. Then it must be somebody waiting in ambush15 for him. Golly!’
  He slipped across to the bed and awoke Jack. He whispered to him what he had seen. Jack wasout of bed and by the window at once. But he could see nothing, of course. Mrs Mannering haddrawn the curtain back over the window, and no light shone out now. The garden was in darkness.
  ‘We must do something quickly,’ said Jack. ‘If Bill comes, he’ll be knocked out, if that’s whatthat man there is waiting for. Can we warn Bill? It’s plain he knows there’s danger for himself, orhe wouldn’t have been so mysterious on the telephone – and insisted he couldn’t come if anyoneelse was here. I wish Aunt Allie would go to bed. What’s the time? The clock struck eleven sometime ago, I know.’
  There came the sound of somebody clicking off lights and a door closing. ‘It’s Mother,’ saidPhilip. ‘She’s not going to wait any longer. She’s coming up to bed. Good! Now the house will bein darkness, and maybe that fellow will go.’
  ‘We’ll have to see that he does,’ said Jack. ‘Do you suppose Bill will come now, Philip? – it’sgetting very late.’
  ‘If he says he will, he will,’ said Philip ‘Sh – here’s Mother.’
  Both boys hopped16 into bed and pretended to be asleep. Mrs Mannering switched the light on,and then, seeing that both boys were apparently17 sound asleep, she switched it off again quickly.
  She did the same in the girls’ room, and then went to her own room.
  Philip was soon sitting by the window again, eyes and ears open for any sign of the hidden manin the bushes below. He thought he heard a faint cough.
  ‘He’s still there,’ he said to Jack. ‘He must have got wind of Bill coming here tonight.’
  ‘Or more likely still, he knows that Bill is a great friend of ours, and whatever gang he belongsto has sent a man to watch in that bush every night,’ said Jack. ‘He’s hoping that Bill will turn upsooner or later. Bill must have a lot of enemies. He’s always tracking down crooks18 and criminals.’
  ‘Listen,’ said Philip, ‘I’m going to creep out of the back door, and get through the hedge of thenext-door garden, and out of their back gate, so as not to let that hidden man hear me. And I’mgoing up to watch for old Bill and warn him. He’ll come up the road, not down, because that’s theway he always comes.’
  ‘Good idea!’ said Jack. ‘I’ll come too.’
  ‘No. One of us must watch to see what that man down there does,’ said Philip. ‘We’ll have toknow if he’s there or not. I’ll go. You stay at the window. If I find Bill coming along I’ll warn himand turn him back.’
  ‘All right,’ said Jack, wishing he had the exciting job of creeping about the dark gardens to goand meet Bill. ‘Give him our love – and tell him to phone us if he can, and we’ll meet himsomewhere safe.’
  Philip slipped quietly out of the room. There was still a light in his mother’s room, so he wentvery cautiously downstairs, anxious not to disturb her. She would be very scared if she knew aboutthe hidden man.
  He opened the back door quietly, shut it softly behind him, and went out into the dark garden.
  He had no torch, for he did not want to show any sign of himself at all.
  He squeezed through a gap in the hedge, and came into the next-door garden. He knew it verywell. He found the path, and then made his way quietly along the grass at the edge of it, afraid ofmaking the gravel19 crunch20 a little if he walked on it.
  Then he thought he heard a sound. He stopped dead and listened. Surely there wasn’t anotherman hiding somewhere? Could they be burglars, not men waiting for Bill, after all? Ought he tocreep back and telephone to the police?
  He listened again, straining his ears, and had a queer feeling that there was someone nearby,also listening. Listening for him, Philip, perhaps. It was not a nice thought, there in the darkness.
  He took a step forward – and then suddenly someone fell on him savagely21, pinned his armsbehind him, and forced him on his face to the ground. Philip bit deep into the soft earth of aflower-bed, and choked. He could not even shout for help.


1 miserable g18yk     
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,这是可耻的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她过去的生活很苦。
2 incapable w9ZxK     
  • He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed.他不会做出这么残忍的事。
  • Computers are incapable of creative thought.计算机不会创造性地思维。
3 miserably zDtxL     
  • The little girl was wailing miserably. 那小女孩难过得号啕大哭。
  • It was drizzling, and miserably cold and damp. 外面下着毛毛细雨,天气又冷又湿,令人难受。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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。
5 wriggled cd018a1c3280e9fe7b0169cdb5687c29     
v.扭动,蠕动,蜿蜒行进( wriggle的过去式和过去分词 );(使身体某一部位)扭动;耍滑不做,逃避(应做的事等)
  • He wriggled uncomfortably on the chair. 他坐在椅子上不舒服地扭动着身体。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • A snake wriggled across the road. 一条蛇蜿蜒爬过道路。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
6 scowled b83aa6db95e414d3ef876bc7fd16d80d     
怒视,生气地皱眉( scowl的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He scowled his displeasure. 他满脸嗔色。
  • The teacher scowled at his noisy class. 老师对他那喧闹的课堂板着脸。
7 bad-tempered bad-tempered     
  • He grew more and more bad-tempered as the afternoon wore on.随着下午一点点地过去,他的脾气也越来越坏。
  • I know he's often bad-tempered but really,you know,he's got a heart of gold.我知道他经常发脾气,但是,要知道,其实他心肠很好。
8 measles Bw8y9     
  • The doctor is quite definite about Tom having measles.医生十分肯定汤姆得了麻疹。
  • The doctor told her to watch out for symptoms of measles.医生叫她注意麻疹出现的症状。
9 hurrah Zcszx     
  • We hurrah when we see the soldiers go by.我们看到士兵经过时向他们欢呼。
  • The assistants raised a formidable hurrah.助手们发出了一片震天的欢呼声。
10 tonic tnYwt     
  • It will be marketed as a tonic for the elderly.这将作为老年人滋补品在市场上销售。
  • Sea air is Nature's best tonic for mind and body.海上的空气是大自然赋予的对人们身心的最佳补品。
11 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。
12 grumbling grumbling     
adj. 喃喃鸣不平的, 出怨言的
  • She's always grumbling to me about how badly she's treated at work. 她总是向我抱怨她在工作中如何受亏待。
  • We didn't hear any grumbling about the food. 我们没听到过对食物的抱怨。
13 streak UGgzL     
  • The Indians used to streak their faces with paint.印第安人过去常用颜料在脸上涂条纹。
  • Why did you streak the tree?你为什么在树上刻条纹?
14 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。
15 ambush DNPzg     
  • Our soldiers lay in ambush in the jungle for the enemy.我方战士埋伏在丛林中等待敌人。
  • Four men led by a sergeant lay in ambush at the crossroads.由一名中士率领的四名士兵埋伏在十字路口。
16 hopped 91b136feb9c3ae690a1c2672986faa1c     
跳上[下]( hop的过去式和过去分词 ); 单足蹦跳; 齐足(或双足)跳行; 摘葎草花
  • He hopped onto a car and wanted to drive to town. 他跳上汽车想开向市区。
  • He hopped into a car and drove to town. 他跳进汽车,向市区开去。
17 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。
18 crooks 31060be9089be1fcdd3ac8530c248b55     
n.骗子( crook的名词复数 );罪犯;弯曲部分;(牧羊人或主教用的)弯拐杖v.弯成钩形( crook的第三人称单数 )
  • The police are getting after the crooks in the city. 警察在城里追捕小偷。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The cops got the crooks. 警察捉到了那些罪犯。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 gravel s6hyT     
  • We bought six bags of gravel for the garden path.我们购买了六袋碎石用来铺花园的小路。
  • More gravel is needed to fill the hollow in the drive.需要更多的砾石来填平车道上的坑洼。
20 crunch uOgzM     
  • If it comes to the crunch they'll support us.关键时刻他们是会支持我们的。
  • People who crunch nuts at the movies can be very annoying.看电影时嘎吱作声地嚼干果的人会使人十分讨厌。
21 savagely 902f52b3c682f478ddd5202b40afefb9     
adv. 野蛮地,残酷地
  • The roses had been pruned back savagely. 玫瑰被狠狠地修剪了一番。
  • He snarled savagely at her. 他向她狂吼起来。


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