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7 On the sea at last
  On the sea at last
  The journey was half over before the children awoke again. Bill banged on the walls, and theywoke with a jump. They dressed and walked staggeringly along to the restaurant car, feeling veryhungry. Lucy-Ann didn’t much like walking across the bits that joined two carriages together. Sheclutched Bill’s hand then.
  ‘I’m always afraid the train might come in two, just when I’m walking through the bit wheretwo carriages are joined,’ she explained. Bill quite understood, though the others were veryscornful of Lucy-Ann’s extraordinary idea.
  Kiki behaved very badly at breakfast, throwing the toast about, and squawking because she wasnot allowed any of the rather small helping1 of marmalade. She made rude noises at the sunflowerseeds Jack2 offered her. The other passengers were amused at her and laughed – but that only madeKiki show off all the more.
  ‘Stop it, Kiki,’ said Bill, exasperated3, and tapped her smartly on the beak4. Kiki screeched5 andmade a pounce6 at his beard. A vicious tug7 and some of it came away. Kiki hadn’t been able tounderstand why Bill had arrived with a strange mass of hair under his chin, and round his cheeks.
  Now, having got some of it, she retired8 under the table and began to peck it gently, separating thehairs one by one and murmuring to herself all the time.
  ‘Let her be,’ said Bill. ‘She’ll be happy pulling that bit of my beard to pieces.’ He rubbed hischin. ‘That hurt. I hope I don’t look too peculiar9 now?’
  ‘Oh no – it doesn’t really show much,’ Jack assured him. ‘Kiki always gets excited on a journeylike this. She’s awful when I bring her back from school – whistles like the guard, and tells all thepeople in the carriage to blow their noses and wipe their feet, and screeches10 in the tunnels tillwe’re almost deafened11.’
  ‘But she’s a darling really,’ said Lucy-Ann loyally, and didn’t say a word about Kiki undoingher shoe-laces and pulling them out of her shoes at that very moment!
  The journey was a long one. There was a change to be made at a very big and noisy station. Thenext train was not quite so long as the first one and did not go so fast. It took them to a place onthe coast, and the children were delighted to see the blue sea shining like a thin bright line in thedistance. Hurrah12! They all loved the sea.
  ‘Now I feel that our holiday has really begun,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘Now that we’ve seen the sea, Imean. It gives me a proper holiday feeling.’
  Everyone felt the same, even Kiki, who leapt about like a warrior13 doing a war-dance on theluggage-rack above the children’s heads. She flew down to Jack’s shoulder when they got out ofthe train at a big seaside town.
  The strong breeze blew in their faces, and the girls’ hair streamed back. Bill’s beard blew backtoo, and Kiki was careful to stand with her beak to the wind. She hated her feathers being ruffledthe wrong way.
  They had a very good meal in a hotel, and then Bill went down to the harbour to see if hismotor-boat was there. It had just come in. The man who brought it knew Bill very well, and hadbeen told in what disguise he was to be seen.
  ‘Morning, Dr Walker, sir,’ he said in loud tones. ‘Fine weather for your expedition.
  Everything’s ready, sir.’
  ‘Plenty of provisions, Henty?’ asked Dr Walker, blinking though his thick glasses.
  ‘Enough to stand a siege, sir,’ said Henty. ‘I’m to pilot you out, sir – I’ve got a boat behind.’
  Everyone went on board. It was a fine motor-boat, with a little cabin in front. Jack’s eyesgleamed when he saw the stock of food – tins, tins, tins! The little refrigerator was full of stuff too.
  Good! There would be plenty to eat anyway, and that, in Jack’s opinion, was one of the mainthings to be planned for, on a holiday. People always got so terribly hungry when they wereholidaying. Henty piloted them out of the harbour, his tiny boat bobbing about. When they werebeyond the harbour Henty saluted14 and got into his boat.
  ‘Well – good luck, sir,’ he said. ‘The wireless15 is OK, sir – we’ll be expecting a messageregularly, to know you’re all right. There are extra batteries, and a repair set as well. Good luck,sir. I’ll be here in two weeks’ time to pick up the kids.’
  He rowed off, his oars16 making a soft plash-plash-plash in the water. He soon looked very smallindeed, as Bill’s motor-boat sped away.
  ‘Well – we’re off!’ said Bill, with great satisfaction. ‘And my beard can come off too – and myglasses, thank goodness. And my coat. Here, Philip, you know how to steer17 a motor-boat, don’tyou? Take the wheel whilst I make myself presentable again. No one is likely to see me now.
  Keep her going north-north-west.’
  Proudly Philip took the wheel. The engine of the boat purred smoothly18, and they sped fast overthe blue water. It was a wonderful day, almost as hot as summer. The May sun shone down out ofa sky flecked with tiny curly clouds, and little points of light danced on the waves.
  ‘Gorgeous!’ said Jack, sitting down with a grunt19 of joy near Philip. ‘Simply absolutely perfectlygorgeous.’
  ‘I’ve got such a lovely feeling,’ said Lucy-Ann, looking the picture of happiness. ‘You know –that feeling you get at the very beginning of a lovely holiday – when all the days spread out beforeyou, sunny and lazy and sort of enchanted20.’
  ‘You’ll end up by being a poet if you don’t look out,’ said Philip, from the wheel.
  ‘Well, if a poet feels like I feel just exactly at this moment, I wouldn’t mind being one for therest of my life, even if it meant having to write poetry,’ said Lucy-Ann.
  ‘Three blind mice, see how they run,’ remarked Kiki, and for one moment everyone thoughtthat Kiki was joining in the talk about poetry, and giving what she thought was an example. Butshe was merely referring to the three tame rats that had suddenly appeared on Philip’s shoulders.
  They stood there daintily, their pink noses raised, sniffing21 the salt sea air.
  ‘Oh, blow you, Philip!’ said Dinah, from her seat near Jack. ‘I was hoping against hope youhadn’t brought those detestable little creatures. I only hope the gulls22 eat them.’
  But even Dinah couldn’t feel annoyed for long as they glided23 over the green waves, leaving awhite wake behind them, like a long feathery tail. When Bill appeared from the little cabin, theyall hailed him in delight.
  ‘Bill! Dear old Bill, you look like yourself again!’
  ‘Oh, Bill – never wear a beard again. It does spoil your beauty.’
  ‘Hurrah! We’ve lost Dr Walker for ever. Silly fellow, I never liked him.’
  ‘Bill, you look nice again. I can see your mouth when you smile.’
  ‘Pay the bill, pay the bill!’
  ‘Shut up, Kiki, or the gulls will get you!’
  ‘Ah, this is something like,’ said Bill happily, taking the wheel from Philip. ‘Golly, if we getthis weather we’ll all be quite sun-burnt in a day or two. Better keep your shirts on, boys, or you’llget blistered24.’
  Everyone had discarded coats and wraps at once. The breeze was cool, but the sun was reallyhot. The sea, in the distance, was unbelievably blue, the colour of cornflowers, Lucy-Ann thought.
  ‘Now, my friends,’ said Bill, his white shirt billowing in the breeze, ‘this is a holiday, not ahair-raising adventure. You’ve had enough of adventures. We’ve had three together, and this timeI want a holiday.’
  ‘Right,’ said Jack. ‘A holiday it shall be. Adventures keep out!’
  ‘I don’t want any adventures either,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘I’ve had plenty. This is adventure enoughfor me. I like this kind best – not the kind where we have to hide, and creep through secret tunnelsand live in caves. I just want a sunny, lazy, windy time with the people I like best. It would be niceif Aunt Allie was here too – but perhaps she wouldn’t enjoy it very much.’
  ‘I hope she’s feeling better,’ said Dinah. ‘I say, where’s the land? I can’t see a bit – not even anisland!’
  ‘You’ll see plenty tomorrow,’ said Bill. ‘You can choose one for your own.’
  That was a wonderful afternoon and evening. They had a fine tea on board, prepared by the twogirls, who found new bread, strawberry jam and a big chocolate cake in the cabin larder25.
  ‘Make the most of this,’ said Bill. ‘You won’t get new bread often now. I doubt if we shall findany farmhouses26 at all, among the lonely islands we shall visit. But I’ve brought tins and tins ofbiscuits of all kinds. And as for this chocolate cake, eat it up and enjoy it – I don’t think you’ll getany more for two weeks.’
  ‘I don’t care,’ said Dinah, munching27 away. ‘When I’m hungry I simply don’t mind what I eat –and I can see I’m always going to be hungry on this holiday.’
  The sun went down in a great golden blaze, and the tiny curly clouds turned a brilliant pink.
  Still the motor-boat went on and on and on, over a sea that blazed pink and gold too.
  ‘The sun has drowned itself in the sea,’ said Lucy-Ann at last, as it disappeared. ‘I watched thevery very last little bit go down into the water.’
  ‘Where are we going to sleep tonight?’ asked Jack. ‘Not that I mind – but it would be fun toknow.’
  ‘There are two tents somewhere in the bow,’ said Bill. ‘I thought, when we came to an islandwe liked the look of, we’d land, put up the tents and sleep there for the night. What do you say?’
  ‘Oh yes,’ said everyone. ‘Let’s look for an island – a really nice wild one!’
  But at the moment there was no land in sight, not even a small rocky island. Bill gave the wheelto Jack, and looked at the chart. He pointed28 with his finger. ‘We’ve been running in this direction.
  We should come on these two islands presently. One has a few people on it, and, I believe, a tinyjetty. We’d better go there tonight, and then set off to the unknown tomorrow. It’s getting too lateto go hunting for islands further away. It would be dark before we got there.’
  ‘It’s still very light,’ said Philip, looking at his watch. ‘At home it would be getting dark.’
  ‘The further north you go, the longer the evening light is,’ said Bill. ‘Don’t ask me why at themoment. I don’t feel capable of a lecture just now.’
  ‘You don’t need to tell us,’ said Philip loftily. ‘We learnt all about it last term. You see, owingto the sun being . . .’
  ‘Spare me, spare me,’ begged Bill, taking the wheel again. ‘Look, one of your inquisitive29 littlerats is sniffing at Kiki’s tail. There will be murder done in a moment if you don’t remove him.’
  But Kiki knew better than to hurt any of Philip’s pets. She contented30 herself with cracking herbeak so loudly in Squeaker’s ear that he ran back to Philip in alarm, scampering31 up his bare legsand into his shorts in a trice.
  Gradually the sea lost its blue, and became greygreen. The breeze felt cold and everyone put onjerseys. Then far away in the distance a dark hump loomed33 up – land!
  ‘That’s it, that’s one of the islands we want for tonight,’ said Bill, pleased. ‘I consider I’ve donepretty well to head so straight for it. We’ll soon be there.’
  It certainly was not long before they were nosing alongside a simple stone jetty. A fishermanwas there, in a long blue jersey32. He was astonished to see them.
  Bill explained in a few words. ‘Och, so it’s bairds ye’re after,’ said the fisherman. ‘Weel, there’splenty for you out yon,’ and he nodded towards the sea. ‘Where will you be sleeping the night?
  My bit cottage won’t tak’ sae mony.’
  Lucy-Ann couldn’t understand him, but the others gathered what he meant. ‘Bring the tents,’
  ordered Bill. ‘We’ll soon have them up. We’ll ask the fisherman’s wife to give us a meal. It willsave our own provisions. Maybe we can get some cream too, and good butter.’
  By the time that darkness came at last they had all had a good meal, and were bedded down inthe two tents, comfortable on ground-sheets and rugs. The fresh air had made them so sleepy thatthe girls fell asleep without even saying goodnight.
  ‘They’re a’ daft,’ said the fisherman to his wife. ‘Wasting a fine boat like yon, looking forbairds. Bairds! When there’s good fish to be got! Well, they’ll soon see bairds in plenty. Och,they’re a’ dafties!’


1 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
2 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。
3 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。
4 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。
5 screeched 975e59058e1a37cd28bce7afac3d562c     
v.发出尖叫声( screech的过去式和过去分词 );发出粗而刺耳的声音;高叫
  • She screeched her disapproval. 她尖叫着不同意。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The car screeched to a stop. 汽车嚓的一声停住了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
6 pounce 4uAyU     
  • Why do you pounce on every single thing I say?干吗我说的每句话你都要找麻烦?
  • We saw the tiger about to pounce on the goat.我们看见老虎要向那只山羊扑过去。
7 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。
8 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
9 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。
10 screeches 768b01a6950f3933d9acf3e0c092f65e     
n.尖锐的声音( screech的名词复数 )v.发出尖叫声( screech的第三人称单数 );发出粗而刺耳的声音;高叫
  • The boy's screeches brought his mother. 男孩的尖叫声招来了他母亲。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The woman's screeches brought the police. 这个妇女的尖叫声招来了警察。 来自辞典例句
11 deafened 8c4a2d9d25b27f92f895a8294bb85b2f     
使聋( deafen的过去式和过去分词 ); 使隔音
  • A hard blow on the ear deafened him for life. 耳朵上挨的一记猛击使他耳聋了一辈子。
  • The noise deafened us. 嘈杂声把我们吵聋了。
12 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。
13 warrior YgPww     
  • The young man is a bold warrior.这个年轻人是个很英勇的武士。
  • A true warrior values glory and honor above life.一个真正的勇士珍视荣誉胜过生命。
14 saluted 1a86aa8dabc06746471537634e1a215f     
v.欢迎,致敬( salute的过去式和过去分词 );赞扬,赞颂
  • The sergeant stood to attention and saluted. 中士立正敬礼。
  • He saluted his friends with a wave of the hand. 他挥手向他的朋友致意。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 wireless Rfwww     
  • There are a lot of wireless links in a radio.收音机里有许多无线电线路。
  • Wireless messages tell us that the ship was sinking.无线电报告知我们那艘船正在下沉。
16 oars c589a112a1b341db7277ea65b5ec7bf7     
n.桨,橹( oar的名词复数 );划手v.划(行)( oar的第三人称单数 )
  • He pulled as hard as he could on the oars. 他拼命地划桨。
  • The sailors are bending to the oars. 水手们在拼命地划桨。 来自《简明英汉词典》
17 steer 5u5w3     
  • If you push the car, I'll steer it.如果你来推车,我就来驾车。
  • It's no use trying to steer the boy into a course of action that suits you.想说服这孩子按你的方式行事是徒劳的。
18 smoothly iiUzLG     
  • The workmen are very cooperative,so the work goes on smoothly.工人们十分合作,所以工作进展顺利。
  • Just change one or two words and the sentence will read smoothly.这句话只要动一两个字就顺了。
19 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。
20 enchanted enchanted     
adj. 被施魔法的,陶醉的,入迷的 动词enchant的过去式和过去分词
  • She was enchanted by the flowers you sent her. 她非常喜欢你送给她的花。
  • He was enchanted by the idea. 他为这个主意而欣喜若狂。
21 sniffing 50b6416c50a7d3793e6172a8514a0576     
n.探查法v.以鼻吸气,嗅,闻( sniff的现在分词 );抽鼻子(尤指哭泣、患感冒等时出声地用鼻子吸气);抱怨,不以为然地说
  • We all had colds and couldn't stop sniffing and sneezing. 我们都感冒了,一个劲地抽鼻子,打喷嚏。
  • They all had colds and were sniffing and sneezing. 他们都伤风了,呼呼喘气而且打喷嚏。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
22 gulls 6fb3fed3efaafee48092b1fa6f548167     
n.鸥( gull的名词复数 )v.欺骗某人( gull的第三人称单数 )
  • A flock of sea gulls are hovering over the deck. 一群海鸥在甲板上空飞翔。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The gulls which haunted the outlying rocks in a prodigious number. 数不清的海鸥在遥远的岩石上栖息。 来自辞典例句
23 glided dc24e51e27cfc17f7f45752acf858ed1     
v.滑动( glide的过去式和过去分词 );掠过;(鸟或飞机 ) 滑翔
  • The President's motorcade glided by. 总统的车队一溜烟开了过去。
  • They glided along the wall until they were out of sight. 他们沿着墙壁溜得无影无踪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
24 blistered 942266c53a4edfa01e00242d079c0e46     
adj.水疮状的,泡状的v.(使)起水泡( blister的过去式和过去分词 );(使表皮等)涨破,爆裂
  • He had a blistered heel. 他的脚后跟起了泡。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Their hands blistered, but no one complained. 他们手起了泡,可是没有一个人有怨言。 来自《简明英汉词典》
25 larder m9tzb     
  • Please put the food into the larder.请将您地食物放进食物柜内。
  • They promised never to raid the larder again.他们答应不再随便开食橱拿东西吃了。
26 farmhouses 990ff6ec1c7f905b310e92bc44d13886     
n.农舍,农场的主要住房( farmhouse的名词复数 )
  • Then perhaps she is staying at one of cottages or farmhouses? 那么也许她现在住在某个农舍或哪个农场的房子里吧? 来自辞典例句
  • The countryside was sprinkled with farmhouses. 乡间到处可见农家的房舍。 来自辞典例句
27 munching 3bbbb661207569e6c6cb6a1390d74d06     
v.用力咀嚼(某物),大嚼( munch的现在分词 )
  • He was munching an apple. 他在津津有味地嚼着苹果。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Munching the apple as he was, he had an eye for all her movements. 他虽然啃着苹果,但却很留神地监视着她的每一个动作。 来自辞典例句
28 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。
29 inquisitive s64xi     
  • Children are usually inquisitive.小孩通常很好问。
  • A pat answer is not going to satisfy an inquisitive audience.陈腔烂调的答案不能满足好奇的听众。
30 contented Gvxzof     
  • He won't be contented until he's upset everyone in the office.不把办公室里的每个人弄得心烦意乱他就不会满足。
  • The people are making a good living and are contented,each in his station.人民安居乐业。
31 scampering 5c15380619b12657635e8413f54db650     
v.蹦蹦跳跳地跑,惊惶奔跑( scamper的现在分词 )
  • A cat miaowed, then was heard scampering away. 马上起了猫叫,接着又听见猫逃走的声音。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
  • A grey squirrel is scampering from limb to limb. 一只灰色的松鼠在树枝间跳来跳去。 来自辞典例句
32 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
33 loomed 9423e616fe6b658c9a341ebc71833279     
v.隐约出现,阴森地逼近( loom的过去式和过去分词 );隐约出现,阴森地逼近
  • A dark shape loomed up ahead of us. 一个黑糊糊的影子隐隐出现在我们的前面。
  • The prospect of war loomed large in everyone's mind. 战事将起的庞大阴影占据每个人的心。 来自《简明英汉词典》


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