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4 A visit from Bill – and a great idea
  A visit from Bill – and a great idea
  Philip’s captor was remarkably1 quiet in his movements. He had captured Philip with hardly asound, and as the boy had not had time to utter a single cry, nobody had heard anything at all.
  Philip struggled frantically2, for he was half choked with the soft earth that his face was buried in.
  He was twisted over quickly, and a gag of some sort was put right across his mouth. His wrists,he found, were already tied together. Whatever could be happening? Did this fellow think he wasBill? But surely he knew that Bill was big and burly?
  Trying to spit out the earth in his mouth behind the gag, Philip wriggled3 and struggled. But itwas of no use, for his captor was strong and merciless.
  He was picked up and carried to a summer-house, quite silently. ‘And now,’ hissed4 a voice,close to his ear, ‘how many more of you are there here? Tell me that, or you’ll be sorry. Grunttwice if there are more of you.’
  Philip made no answer. He didn’t know what to do, grunt5 or not grunt. Instead he groaned6, forhis mouth was still full of earth, and it did not taste at all nice.
  His captor ran his hands over him. Then he got out a small pocket-torch, and flashed it once,very quickly, on Philip’s gagged face. He saw the tuft of hair standing7 straight up on Philip’sforehead and gave a gasp8.
  ‘Philip! You little ass9! What are you doing out here, creeping about in the dark?’
  With a shock of amazement10 and delight, Philip recognised Bill’s voice. Gosh, so it was Bill!
  Well, he didn’t mind his mouth being full of earth then. He pulled at the gag, making gurglingsounds.
  ‘Shut up!’ whispered Bill urgently, and he took off the gag. ‘There may be others about. Don’tmake a sound. If you’ve anything to say whisper it right into my ear, like this.’
  ‘Bill,’ whispered Philip, his mouth finding Bill’s ear, ‘there’s a man hidden in the bushes at ourfront gate. We spotted11 him there, and I slipped out to warn you if I could. Be careful.’
  Bill undid12 Philip’s wrists. The boy rubbed them tenderly. Bill knew how to tie people up, nodoubt about that! Good thing he hadn’t knocked him out.
  ‘The back door’s open,’ he whispered into Bill’s ear. ‘As far as I know there’s nobody waitingabout at the back. Let’s try and get into the house. We can talk there.’
  Very silently the two made their way back to the gap in the hedge that Philip knew so well.
  Neither of them trod on the gravel13, in case the slight crunch14 might warn any hidden watcher.
  They squeezed through the gap slowly and carefully. Now they were in Philip’s own garden.
  Taking Bill by the arm he led him slowly over the dark lawn, under the trees, towards the house.
  There was no light in it anywhere now. Mrs Mannering had gone to bed.
  The back door was still unlocked. Philip pushed it open, and the two of them went in. ‘Don’tput on the light,’ whispered Bill. ‘We don’t want anyone to know that we’re awake here. I’ll lockthis door.’
  They went cautiously upstairs. One of the stairs creaked loudly, and Jack15, who was waiting inthe bedroom, shot to the door. Luckily he didn’t switch the light on.
  ‘It’s all right – it’s only me,’ whispered Philip. ‘And I’ve got old Bill.’
  ‘Good egg!’ said Jack in delight, and dragged them into his room. Bill gave his hand a heartyshake. He was very fond of the whole family.
  ‘I must rinse16 my mouth out,’ said Philip. ‘It’s full of earth still. I didn’t dare to do any spittingout in the garden, because of the noise. Ugh! It’s horrible!’
  ‘Poor Philip!’ said Bill remorsefully17. ‘I didn’t know it was you, old fellow. I thought it wassomebody lying in wait for me, and I meant to get him, before he got me!’
  ‘You did it jolly well,’ said Philip, rinsing18 his mouth out. ‘Now where’s my tooth-paste? I reallymust clean my teeth! Oh, blow!’
  His hand, seeking for his tooth-paste in the dark, had knocked over a glass. It fell into the basinand smashed. It made a tremendous noise in the silent night.
  ‘Go and warn the girls not to put their light on, if this has woken them,’ said Bill urgently toJack. ‘Quick! And see if it has waked Aunt Allie. If it has, warn her too.’
  Lucy-Ann was awake, and Jack just managed to stop her switching on the light. His mother didnot stir. Her room was further away and she had not heard the sound of breaking glass. Lucy-Annwas astonished to hear Jack’s urgent voice.
  ‘What’s up?’ she asked. Anything gone wrong? Are you or Philip ill?’
  ‘Of course not,’ said Jack impatiently. ‘Get your dressing-gown on, and wake Dinah. Bill’shere! But we’re not to put on any lights, see?’
  Something fluttered by his head with a low squawk. ‘Oh, Kiki! I wondered where you were,’
  said Jack. ‘What made you sleep in the girls’ room tonight? Come along and see Bill!’
  Lucy-Ann awoke an astonished Dinah. The two girls put on their dressing-gowns and went tothe boys’ room. Kiki was already there, nibbling19 Bill’s ear in delight, making soft noises in his ear.
  ‘Hallo! hallo!’ said Bill, when the girls crept softly into the room. ‘Which is which? I can onlyfeel you. Ah, this must be Lucy-Ann – I can smell your freckles20!’
  ‘You can’t smell freckles,’ said Lucy-Ann, giggling21. ‘But you’re right, it is me, all the same.
  Oh, Bill, where have you been so long? You didn’t answer any of our letters at all.’
  ‘I know,’ said Bill. You see – I was on a peculiar22 job – hunting down a gang of rogues23 – andthen, before I knew what was happening, they got wind of what I was doing – and began to huntme down! So I had to go into hiding, and keep dark.’
  ‘Why – would they have kidnapped you or something, Bill?’ asked Lucy-Ann, scared.
  ‘Oh, there’s no knowing what they would have done to me,’ said Bill airily. ‘I should certainlyhave disappeared for good. But here I am, as you see.’
  ‘So that’s what that man at the front gate was there for – hoping to get you,’ said Philip. ‘Whyhave you come to see us now, Bill? Do you want us to do anything?’
  ‘Well,’ said Bill, ‘I’ve got to disappear for some time, and I wanted to see your motherparticularly, to give her a few things to keep for me – just in case – well, just in case I didn’t turnup again. I’m what is called a “marked man” now, as far as this particular gang is concerned. Iknow too much about them for their own comfort.’
  ‘Oh, Bill – but where are you going to disappear to?’ asked Lucy-Ann forlornly. ‘I don’t likeyou to disappear into the blue. Can’t you tell us?’
  ‘Oh – I’ll probably lead the simple life somewhere in the wilds,’ said Bill. ‘Till these fellowshave given up hunting for me, or get themselves caught, I don’t want to disappear – don’t thinkthat! I’m not afraid of any of them, but my chiefs can’t afford to let anyone get hold of me. So I’vegot to vanish completely for a time – and not even get into touch with you or my family.’
  There was a silence. It wasn’t nice to hear all this, told in a low voice in the darkness ofmidnight. Lucy-Ann groped for Bill’s hand. He squeezed her fingers.
  ‘Cheer up! You’ll hear from me again some day – next year, or the year after. I shall take somekind of disguise – become a miner somewhere in the wilds of Alaska – or – or a lonelyornithologist on some desolate25 island – or . . .’
  Jack gave a gasp. Something clicked in his mind as a really brilliant idea slid into place there.
  ‘Bill! Oh, Bill! I’ve thought of something grand!’
  ‘Sh! Not so loud!’ said Bill. And just take Kiki on your shoulder now, will you, before shenibbles away the whole of my left ear.’
  ‘Listen, Bill,’ said Jack urgently. ‘I’ve thought of something. We had a great disappointmenttoday – I’ll tell you about it first.’
  ‘Go on, then,’ said Bill, thankful that Kiki was no longer on his shoulder.
  ‘I don’t expect you know, but we’ve all had measles26 pretty badly,’ said Jack. ‘That’s why we’renot back at school. Well, the doctor said we ought to go away for a change, and Aunt Alliedecided we could go on a bird-watching expedition, with Dr Johns and his party, to some lonelycoasts and islands off the north of Britain – you know, places that only birds live on, and onlybird-lovers visit.’
  ‘I know,’ said Bill, listening intently.
  ‘Well, Dr Johns got hurt in an accident today,’ said Jack. ‘So we can’t go because there isnobody to take us. But – why can’t you take us – disguised as some bird-man or other? – thenwe’d have a perfectly27 glorious holiday, you’d be able to get off into the unknown without anyoneknowing – and we could leave you behind there when we come back – quite safe!’
  There was silence. All the children waited breathlessly for Bill’s answer. Even Kiki seemed tobe listening anxiously.
  ‘I don’t know,’ said Bill at last. ‘It’s too much like using you as a smoke-screen – and if myenemies saw through the smoke – well, things wouldn’t be too good for you or for me either. Idon’t think it’s possible.’
  The mere28 thought of Bill’s turning the wonderful idea down made the children moreenthusiastic and urgent about it. They each had a few words to contribute.
  ‘We were so disappointed not to go – and now this does seem a way – and after all, it wouldonly be for about two weeks, as far as we’re concerned. We’d be going back to school then.’
  ‘You’re awfully29 good at disguises. You could easily look like an ornithologist24 – sort of earnest,and always peering into the distance for birds, and with field-glasses over your shoulder . . .’
  ‘Nobody could possibly know. We’d all be absolutely safe up in the northern seas, so wild anddesolate, with you. Think of May up there – the sea so blue, the birds all soaring and gliding30, thesea-pinks out all over the place . . .’
  You’d be safe, Bill – no one surely would ever dream of hunting for you in a place like that.
  And oh, we do want that kind of holiday. We’ve felt mouldy after measles.’
  ‘Not so loud,’ whispered Bill. ‘I’ll have to talk things over with your mother first – even if Ithink it’s all right myself. It’s a bold idea – and I don’t think it would occur to anyone for onemoment that I would go off openly like that. And I must say that a holiday with you four – andKiki too, of course – is just what I’m needing at the moment.’
  ‘Oh, Bill – I believe you’ll do it!’ said Lucy-Ann, hugging him with ecstasy31. ‘What a lovelyending to a horrid32 day!’


1 remarkably EkPzTW     
  • I thought she was remarkably restrained in the circumstances. 我认为她在那种情况下非常克制。
  • He made a remarkably swift recovery. 他康复得相当快。
2 frantically ui9xL     
ad.发狂地, 发疯地
  • He dashed frantically across the road. 他疯狂地跑过马路。
  • She bid frantically for the old chair. 她发狂地喊出高价要买那把古老的椅子。
3 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》
4 hissed 2299e1729bbc7f56fc2559e409d6e8a7     
发嘶嘶声( hiss的过去式和过去分词 ); 发嘘声表示反对
  • Have you ever been hissed at in the middle of a speech? 你在演讲中有没有被嘘过?
  • The iron hissed as it pressed the wet cloth. 熨斗压在湿布上时发出了嘶嘶声。
5 grunt eeazI     
  • He lifted the heavy suitcase with a grunt.他咕噜着把沉重的提箱拎了起来。
  • I ask him what he think,but he just grunt.我问他在想什麽,他只哼了一声。
6 groaned 1a076da0ddbd778a674301b2b29dff71     
v.呻吟( groan的过去式和过去分词 );发牢骚;抱怨;受苦
  • He groaned in anguish. 他痛苦地呻吟。
  • The cart groaned under the weight of the piano. 大车在钢琴的重压下嘎吱作响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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 gasp UfxzL     
  • She gave a gasp of surprise.她吃惊得大口喘气。
  • The enemy are at their last gasp.敌人在做垂死的挣扎。
9 ass qvyzK     
  • He is not an ass as they make him.他不象大家猜想的那样笨。
  • An ass endures his burden but not more than his burden.驴能负重但不能超过它能力所负担的。
10 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。
11 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。
12 Undid 596b2322b213e046510e91f0af6a64ad     
v. 解开, 复原
  • The officer undid the flap of his holster and drew his gun. 军官打开枪套盖拔出了手枪。
  • He did wrong, and in the end his wrongs undid him. 行恶者终以其恶毁其身。
13 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。
14 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。
15 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。
16 rinse BCozs     
  • Give the cup a rinse.冲洗一下杯子。
  • Don't just rinse the bottles. Wash them out carefully.别只涮涮瓶子,要仔细地洗洗里面。
17 remorsefully 0ed583315e6de0fd0c1544afe7e22b82     
  • "My poor wife!" he said, remorsefully. “我可怜的妻子!”他悔恨地说。 来自柯林斯例句
18 rinsing cc80e70477186de83e96464130c222ba     
n.清水,残渣v.漂洗( rinse的现在分词 );冲洗;用清水漂洗掉(肥皂泡等);(用清水)冲掉
  • Pablo made a swishing noise rinsing wine in his mouth. 巴勃罗用酒漱着口,发出咕噜噜噜的声音。 来自辞典例句
  • The absorption of many molecular layers could be reestablished by rinsing the foils with tap water. 多分子层的吸附作用可用自来水淋洗金属箔而重新实现。 来自辞典例句
19 nibbling 610754a55335f7412ddcddaf447d7d54     
v.啃,一点一点地咬(吃)( nibble的现在分词 );啃出(洞),一点一点咬出(洞);慢慢减少;小口咬
  • We sat drinking wine and nibbling olives. 我们坐在那儿,喝着葡萄酒嚼着橄榄。
  • He was nibbling on the apple. 他在啃苹果。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
20 freckles MsNzcN     
n.雀斑,斑点( freckle的名词复数 )
  • She had a wonderful clear skin with an attractive sprinkling of freckles. 她光滑的皮肤上有几处可爱的小雀斑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • When she lies in the sun, her face gets covered in freckles. 她躺在阳光下时,脸上布满了斑点。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 giggling 2712674ae81ec7e853724ef7e8c53df1     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的现在分词 )
  • We just sat there giggling like naughty schoolchildren. 我们只是坐在那儿像调皮的小学生一样的咯咯地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I can't stand her giggling, she's so silly. 她吃吃地笑,叫我真受不了,那样子傻透了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
22 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。
23 rogues dacf8618aed467521e2383308f5bb4d9     
n.流氓( rogue的名词复数 );无赖;调皮捣蛋的人;离群的野兽
  • 'I'll show these rogues that I'm an honest woman,'said my mother. “我要让那些恶棍知道,我是个诚实的女人。” 来自英汉文学 - 金银岛
  • The rogues looked at each other, but swallowed the home-thrust in silence. 那些恶棍面面相觑,但只好默默咽下这正中要害的话。 来自英汉文学 - 金银岛
24 ornithologist ornithologist     
  • That area is an ornithologist's paradise.那个地区是鸟类学家的天堂。
  • Now I know how an ornithologist feels.现在我知道做为一个鸟类学家的感受了。
25 desolate vmizO     
  • The city was burned into a desolate waste.那座城市被烧成一片废墟。
  • We all felt absolutely desolate when she left.她走后,我们都觉得万分孤寂。
26 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。
27 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
28 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
29 awfully MPkym     
  • Agriculture was awfully neglected in the past.过去农业遭到严重忽视。
  • I've been feeling awfully bad about it.对这我一直感到很难受。
30 gliding gliding     
v. 滑翔 adj. 滑动的
  • Swans went gliding past. 天鹅滑行而过。
  • The weather forecast has put a question mark against the chance of doing any gliding tomorrow. 天气预报对明天是否能举行滑翔表示怀疑。
31 ecstasy 9kJzY     
  • He listened to the music with ecstasy.他听音乐听得入了神。
  • Speechless with ecstasy,the little boys gazed at the toys.小孩注视着那些玩具,高兴得说不出话来。
32 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。


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