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1 All set for a summer holiday
  All set for a summer holiday
  Four children were singing at the tops of their voices in a car that was going up a steep mountain-side road.
  A parrot was also joining in, very much out of tune1, cocking up her crest2 in excitement. Theman at the wheel turned round with a grin.
  ‘I say! I can’t even hear the car hooter. What’s the matter with you all?’
  Philip, Jack3, Dinah and Lucy-Ann stopped singing and shouted answers at him.
  ‘It’s the beginning of the hols!’
  ‘And we’re going to have a donkey each to ride in the mountains!’
  ‘Pop goes the weasel!’ That was Kiki the parrot, of course, joining in.
  ‘We’ve got eight weeks of fun all together.’
  ‘And you’ll be with us, Bill, as well as Mother! Mother, aren’t you excited too?’
  Mrs Mannering smiled at Philip. ‘Yes – but I hope you’re not going to be as noisy as this all thetime. Bill, you’ll have to protect me from this rowdy crowd of children.’
  ‘I’ll protect you all right,’ promised Bill, swinging the car round another bend. ‘I’ll knock alltheir heads together once a day at least – and if Lucy-Ann starts getting tough with me I’ll …’
  ‘Oh Bill! said Lucy-Ann, the youngest and least boisterous4 of the lot. ‘Jack’s always saying I’mnot tough enough. I ought to be by now, though, considering all the adventures I’ve been through.’
  ‘Tough enough, tough enough!’ chanted Kiki the parrot, who loved words that sounded alike.
  ‘Tough enough, tough …’
  ‘Oh, stop her,’ groaned5 Mrs Mannering. She was tired with their long car journey, and washoping it would soon be over. She had eight weeks of the children’s holidays before her, and wasquite sure she would be worn out before the end of it.
  Philip and Dinah were her own children, and Jack and Lucy-Ann, who had no parents, livedwith her in the holidays and loved her as if she were their own mother. Bill Cunningham was theirvery good friend, and had had some hair-raising adventures with them.
  He had come with them on these holidays to keep them out of any more adventures – or so hesaid! Mrs Mannering vowed6 she was not going to let them out of her sight for eight weeks, unlessBill was with them – then they couldn’t possibly disappear, or fall into some dreadful newadventure.
  ‘They ought to be safe, tucked away in the Welsh mountains, with both you and me, Bill, tolook after them,’ said Mrs Mannering. Mr Mannering had been dead for many years and MrsMannering often found it difficult to cope with so many lively children at once, now that they weregrowing older.
  Philip loved any animal, bird or insect. His sister Dinah didn’t share this love at all, and dislikedmost wild animals, and hated quite a number of harmless insects, though she was certainly betterthan she used to be. She was a hot-tempered girl, as ready to use her fists as Philip, and they hadmany a battle, much to gentle Lucy-Ann’s dismay.
  Lucy-Ann and Jack were brother and sister too. Kiki the parrot was Jack’s beloved parrot,usually to be found on his shoulder. In fact, Mrs Mannering had once actually suggested that sheshould put a little leather patch on the shoulders of each of Jack’s coats to stop Kiki from wearingthin places there with her clawed feet.
  Jack was fond of birds, and he and Philip spent many an exciting hour together bird-watching,or taking photographs. They had a marvellous collection of these, which Bill said was worth a lotof money. They had brought cameras with them on this holiday, and, of course, their field-glassesfor watching birds at a distance.
  ‘We might see eagles again,’ said Jack. ‘Do you remember the eagle’s nest we found near thatold castle in Scotland once, Philip? We might see buzzards too.’
  ‘Buzz-z-z-z-z-z,’ said Kiki at once. ‘Buzz! Buzz off!’
  ‘We might even have an adventure,’ said Philip, with a grin. ‘Though Mother and Bill are quitecertain they will guard us from even the smallest one this time!’
  Now here they were, all set for a wonderful holiday in the Welsh mountains, in a very lonelyspot, where they could wander about with cameras and field-glasses wherever they liked. Eachchild was to have a donkey, so that they could ride along the narrow mountain paths as much asthey wished.
  ‘I shan’t always come with you,’ said Mrs Mannering, ‘because I’m not so thrilled with donkey-riding as you are. But Bill will be with you, so you’ll be safe.’
  ‘Ah – but will Bill be safe with us?’ said Jack, with a grin. ‘We always seem to drag him intosomething or other. Poor Bill!’
  ‘If you manage to pull me into an adventure in the middle of some of the loneliest of the Welshmountains, you’ll be clever,’ said Bill.
  The car swung round another bend and a farmhouse8 came into sight.
  ‘We’re nearly there,’ said Mrs Mannering. ‘I believe I can see the farmhouse we’re going tostay at. Yes – there it is.’
  The children craned their necks to see it. It was a rambling9 old stone place, set on the mountain-side, with barns and out-buildings all around. In the evening sunset it looked welcoming andfriendly.
  ‘Lovely!’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘What’s it called?’
  Bill said something that sounded like ‘Doth-goth-oo-elli-othel-in.’
  ‘Gracious!’ said Dinah. ‘What a name! Not even Kiki could pronounce that, I’m sure. Tell herit, Bill. See what she says.’
  Bill obligingly told the name to the parrot, who listened solemnly and raised her crest politely.
  ‘Now you just repeat that,’ said Jack to Kiki. ‘Go on!’
  ‘This-is-the-house-that-Jack-built,’ said the parrot, running all the words together. The childrenlaughed.
  ‘Good try, Kiki!’ said Jack. ‘You can’t stump10 Kiki, Bill – she’ll always say something. Goodold Kiki!’
  Kiki was pleased by this praise, and made a noise like the car changing gear. She had beendoing this at intervals11 during the whole of the journey and had nearly driven Mrs Mannering mad.
  ‘Don’t let Kiki start that again,’ she begged. ‘Thank goodness we are here at last! Where’s thefront door, Bill – or isn’t there one?’
  There didn’t seem to be one. The track went up to what appeared to be a barn and stopped there.
  A small path then ran to the farmhouse, divided into three and went to three different doors.
  The children tumbled out of the car. Bill got out and stretched his legs. He helped MrsMannering out and they all looked round. A cock near by crowed and Kiki promptly12 crowed too,much to the cocks astonishment13.
  A plump, red-faced woman came hurrying out of one of the doors, a welcoming smile on herface. She called behind her to someone in the house.
  ‘Effans, Effans, they have come, look you, they have come!’
  ‘Ah – Mrs Evans,’ said Bill, and shook hands with her. Mrs Mannering did the same. A smallman came running out of the house, and came up to them too.
  ‘This iss Effans, my husband,’ said the plump woman. ‘We hope you will be very happy withus, what-effer!’
  This was said in a pleasant sing-song voice that the children liked very much. Everybody shookhands solemnly with Mrs Evans and her husband, and Kiki held out a claw as well.
  ‘A parrot, look you!’ cried Mrs Evans to her husband. ‘Effans, a parrot!’
  Mr Evans didn’t seem to like the look of Kiki as much as his wife did, but he smiled politely.
  ‘It iss very welcome you are,’ he said in his sing-song voice. ‘Will you pleass to come thisway?’
  They all followed Effans. He led them to the farm-house, and, when the door was flung open,what a welcome sight met the children’s eyes!
  A long, sturdy kitchen table was covered with a snow-white cloth, and on it was set the finestmeal the children had ever seen in their lives.
  A great ham sat ready to be carved. A big tongue garnished14 round with bright green parsley satby its side. An enormous salad with hard-boiled eggs sprinkled generously all over it was in themiddle of the table. Two cold roast chickens were on the table too, with little curly bits of coldbacon set round.
  The children’s eyes nearly fell out of their heads. What a feast! And the scones15 and cakes! Thejams and the pure yellow honey! The jugs16 of creamy milk!
  ‘I say – are you having a party or something?’ asked Jack, in awe7.
  ‘A party! No, no – it is high tea for you, look you,’ said Mrs Evans. ‘We cannot do dinners foryou at night, we are busy people! You shall have what we have, and that is all. Here is high tea foryou today, and when you have washed, it iss ready!’
  ‘Oh – have we got to wash?’ said Philip with a sigh. ‘I’m clean enough. Golly, look at thatmeal! I say, if we’re going to have food like this these hols I shan’t want to go donkey-riding atall. I’ll just stay here and eat!’
  ‘Well, if you do that you’ll be too fat for any donkey to carry,’ said his mother. ‘Go and wash,Philip. Mrs Evans will show us our rooms – we can all do with a wash and a brush – and then wecan do justice to this magnificent meal.’
  Up some narrow winding17 stairs went the little party, into big low-ceilinged rooms set withheavy old-fashioned furniture. Mrs Evans proudly showed them a small bathroom, put in forvisitors to the farmhouse.
  There were four rooms for the party. Bill had a small one to himself. Mrs Mannering had a bigone, well away from the children’s rooms, because they were often so noisy in the mornings.
  Philip and Jack had a curious little room together, whose ceiling slanted18 almost to the floor, andthe girls had a bigger one next door.
  ‘Isn’t this going to be fun?’ said Jack, scrubbing his hands vigorously in the bathroom, whilstKiki sat on a tap. ‘I’m longing19 to get at that meal downstairs. What a spread!’
  ‘Move up,’ said Dinah impatiently. ‘There’s room for two at this basin. We shall have to take itin turns to come in in the morning. Oh, Kiki, don’t fly off with the nail-brush! Jack, stop her.’
  The nail-brush was rescued and Kiki was tapped on the beak20. She didn’t mind. She was lookingforward to the food downstairs as much as the children. She had seen a bowl of raspberries whichshe meant to sit as near to as possible. She flew to Jack’s shoulder and muttered loving things intohis ear whilst he dried his hands on a very rough towel.
  ‘Stop it, Kiki. You tickle,’ said Jack. ‘Are you ready, you others? Aunt Allie! Bill! Are youready? We’re going downstairs.’
  ‘Coming!’ cried the others, and down they all went. Now for a proper feast!


1 tune NmnwW     
  • He'd written a tune,and played it to us on the piano.他写了一段曲子,并在钢琴上弹给我们听。
  • The boy beat out a tune on a tin can.那男孩在易拉罐上敲出一首曲子。
2 crest raqyA     
  • The rooster bristled his crest.公鸡竖起了鸡冠。
  • He reached the crest of the hill before dawn.他于黎明前到达山顶。
3 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。
4 boisterous it0zJ     
  • I don't condescend to boisterous displays of it.我并不屈就于它热热闹闹的外表。
  • The children tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play.孩子们经常是先静静地聚集在一起,不一会就开始吵吵嚷嚷戏耍开了。
5 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》
6 vowed 6996270667378281d2f9ee561353c089     
  • He vowed quite solemnly that he would carry out his promise. 他非常庄严地发誓要实现他的诺言。
  • I vowed to do more of the cooking myself. 我发誓自己要多动手做饭。
7 awe WNqzC     
  • The sight filled us with awe.这景色使我们大为惊叹。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龙卷风使我们惊恐万分。
8 farmhouse kt1zIk     
  • We fell for the farmhouse as soon as we saw it.我们对那所农舍一见倾心。
  • We put up for the night at a farmhouse.我们在一间农舍投宿了一夜。
9 rambling MTfxg     
  • We spent the summer rambling in Ireland. 我们花了一个夏天漫游爱尔兰。
  • It was easy to get lost in the rambling house. 在布局凌乱的大房子里容易迷路。
10 stump hGbzY     
  • He went on the stump in his home state.他到故乡所在的州去发表演说。
  • He used the stump as a table.他把树桩用作桌子。
11 intervals f46c9d8b430e8c86dea610ec56b7cbef     
n.[军事]间隔( interval的名词复数 );间隔时间;[数学]区间;(戏剧、电影或音乐会的)幕间休息
  • The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. 预报间晴,有阵雨。
  • Meetings take place at fortnightly intervals. 每两周开一次会。
12 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。
13 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。
14 garnished 978c1af39d17f6c3c31319295529b2c3     
v.给(上餐桌的食物)加装饰( garnish的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Her robes were garnished with gems. 她的礼服上装饰着宝石。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Serve the dish garnished with wedges of lime. 给这道菜配上几角酸橙。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 scones 851500ddb2eb42d0ca038d69fbf83f7e     
n.烤饼,烤小圆面包( scone的名词复数 )
  • scones and jam with clotted cream 夹有凝脂奶油和果酱的烤饼
  • She makes scones and cakes for the delectation of visitors. 她烘制了烤饼和蛋糕供客人享用。 来自辞典例句
16 jugs 10ebefab1f47ca33e582d349c161a29f     
(有柄及小口的)水壶( jug的名词复数 )
  • Two china jugs held steaming gravy. 两个瓷罐子装着热气腾腾的肉卤。
  • Jugs-Big wall lingo for Jumars or any other type of ascenders. 大岩壁术语,祝玛式上升器或其它种类的上升器。
17 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。
18 slanted 628a904d3b8214f5fc02822d64c58492     
有偏见的; 倾斜的
  • The sun slanted through the window. 太阳斜照进窗户。
  • She had slanted brown eyes. 她有一双棕色的丹凤眼。
19 longing 98bzd     
  • Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her.再次听到那首曲子使她胸中充满了渴望。
  • His heart burned with longing for revenge.他心中燃烧着急欲复仇的怒火。
20 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。


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