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9 A different world
  A different world
  Lucy-Ann awoke first. She was cold. She snuggled down into her sleeping-bag, and then openedher eyes. She stared out of the open tent-flap, expecting to see the green mountain-side, and thedistant mountains towering up into the sky.
  But they weren’t there! Instead, a white mist swirled1 past the tent-flap, some of it putting thincold fingers into the tent itself.
  There was nothing to see at all except this mist. The mountains had gone, the trees by the campwere blotted2 out, even the donkeys couldn’t be seen.
  ‘What’s happened?’ said Lucy-Ann, astonished. ‘Golly! It’s a thick mist come up!’
  She awoke Dinah and the girls peered out in dismay at the misty3 mountain-side. Now and againa tiny bit of view could be seen as the mist thinned a little – but it grew thick again at once.
  ‘It’s a cloud,’ said Dinah. ‘You know how we see clouds resting on mountain-tops – well, this isone. It’s resting on us! It’s like a thick fog we can’t see through. Blow!’
  The boys woke up then and the girls could hear their dismayed voices. They called to them.
  ‘Jack4! Philip! Isn’t this sickening! We can’t see a thing!’
  ‘It may clear when we’ve had breakfast,’ said Philip cheerfully, appearing out of the mist withSnowy at his heels. ‘Gosh, it’s chilly5! I’m going to put on a warm jersey6.’
  David also appeared, looking very doleful. He swung his arm out towards the valley and pouredout a torrent7 of Welsh.
  ‘He’s quite excited about it, isn’t he?’ said Jack. ‘I wish I could follow him when he talks likethat. I just don’t understand a word.’
  They decided8 to have breakfast in one of the tents because the mist made everything damp andchilly. David preferred to stay outside. Dinah didn’t want to come into the tent because of Sally,and only agreed to if she was allowed to sit in the doorway9, ready to escape if the slow-wormappeared.
  It was not so cheerful a meal as usual. The children missed the magnificent view they had beenused to, and were afraid perhaps David wouldn’t take them on their way that day. But the mistcleared a little in an hour’s time, and David seemed quite willing to go.
  They loaded up the donkeys, mounted and set off down the track. They could see some wayahead of them now, for the sun was rising higher, and trying to dissolve the mist with its heat.
  ‘It’ll be all right,’ said Jack. ‘I almost caught sight of the sun then!’
  But then the mist came down again and it was only just possible to see the donkey in front.
  ‘I feel as if I ought to hold your donkey’s tail, in case you disappear in the mist!’ shouted Jackto Dinah. ‘You know – like elephants do in circuses when they come into the ring all holding on toone another’s tails!’
  The mist thickened even more, and the little company stopped to discuss what to do. It wasdifficult to get anything intelligible10 out of David, who seemed suddenly to have forgotten anyEnglish words he knew.
  Jack flapped his arms, raised his eyebrows11 and pointed12 in front of him, meaning to ask if theywere near the Butterfly Valley. David understood, but he hesitated.
  ‘I hope he hasn’t lost the way,’ said Jack to Philip. ‘He seemed sure enough of the directionyesterday – now he doesn’t seem very certain. Blow!’
  ‘Well, we can’t stop here,’ said Dinah, shivering in the clammy mist. ‘There’s no shelter andit’s jolly cold. Oh for the sun again!’
  ‘Ride on!’ said Jack to David. ‘It’s the only thing to do till we find some kind of shelter. It’s toocold to hang about till the mist has gone. If we go the wrong way we can turn back and go rightwhen the mist goes.’
  So they went on, following David’s donkey through the wet mist. Kiki was very silent. Shedidn’t understand the mist and was afraid of it. Snowy kept close to Philip’s donkey and was notnearly so full of spring and liveliness. Everyone disliked the mist thoroughly13.
  ‘When we find a sheltered place we’ll stop for lunch,’ said Philip. ‘I’m sure we’re all gettingfrightfully hungry now, but we seem to be on quite a bare bit of mountain-side, hopeless to picnicin. We’d all be down with colds tomorrow!’
  They ambled14 on, nose to tail, pulling their jerseys15 close, glad of their coats too. Jack began tolook rather worried. He stopped his donkey and went to walk beside Philip’s.
  ‘What’s up?’ said Philip, seeing Jack’s serious face.
  ‘We’ve left the track,’ said Jack. ‘Haven’t you noticed? We’ve followed some kind of track uptill an hour or two back – but now I’m pretty certain we’ve lost it. Goodness knows where David’sheading for. I doubt if he’s even noticed we’re not on any track at all.’
  Philip whistled. ‘Don’t let the girls hear you. They’ll be scared. Yes, you’re right. There’s notthe vestige16 of a track here. David’s lost the way.’
  ‘Better ask him,’ said Jack and rode to the front of the line. ‘Is this the right way?’ he askedDavid slowly, so as to be understood. ‘Where is the track?’ He pointed downwards17 to the ground.
  David was looking solemn too. He shrugged18 his shoulders and said something in his sing-songvoice. Jack rode back to Philip.
  ‘I think he knows he’s off the track, but he’s hoping to pick it up further on. Anyway he doesn’tseem inclined to stop or go back.’
  ‘Well – he’s our guide,’ said Philip, after a pause. ‘We’ll have to trust him. He knows thesemountains better than we do.’
  ‘Yes. But he’s so shy,’ said Jack. ‘He wouldn’t be able to tell us we were lost. I wouldn’t put itpast him to go on losing us deeper and deeper in these mountains, once he’d begun! He justwouldn’t know what else to do.’
  ‘What a horrible idea!’ said Philip. ‘Good thing we’ve got so much food with us, if that’s whathe means to do!’
  They came at last to a big outcrop of rocks, which would give them shelter from the wet, chillywind. ‘Better have a meal here,’ said Philip. ‘I’d like something hot to drink. Did Mrs Evans put ina kettle?’
  ‘Yes. If we can find a stream or spring, we’ll build a little fire and boil some water for cocoa orsomething,’ said Jack.
  But there was no spring and no stream. It was most annoying.
  ‘Considering the dozens we’ve passed this morning, and waded19 through, I call it a bit hard thatthere’s not even a tiny one here,’ said Dinah. ‘I’m jolly thirsty too.’
  They had to have a meal without anything to drink. They were very hungry, and the foodseemed to warm them a little. They played a game of Catch to get themselves thoroughly warmafter the meal. David looked as if he thought they had gone mad. Snowy joined in wildly neatlytripping everyone up. Kiki rose in the air and screamed.
  ‘Look at David’s face! He thinks we’re all crazy!’ giggled20 Lucy-Ann. She sank down on a rock.
  ‘Oh, I can’t run any more. I’ve got a stitch in my side.’
  ‘Stitchinmyside, stitchinmyside,’ chanted Kiki, running all the words together. ‘Pop goes theweasel!’
  ‘The mist’s clearing! Hurrah21!’ suddenly cried Jack, and he pointed upwards22. The sun couldquite clearly be seen, struggling to get through the clouds of mist.
  Everyone cheered up at once. Even David looked less dismal23. ‘Let’s try to get to the ButterflyValley before the evening,’ said Jack to David, doing the flapping business vigorously to makesure David understood. David nodded.
  They mounted the donkeys again and set off once more. They could see much further in front ofthem now. Quite a big stretch of mountain-side was spread before them. The world suddenlyseemed a much bigger place.
  They rode on steadily24. The mist thinned more and more rapidly, and the children felt the heat ofthe sun on their heads. They took off their coats, revelling26 in the warmth, after the chilliness27 of themist.
  ‘Look – we can see the nearest mountain-tops now,’ called Jack. ‘And the distant ones will soonbe uncovered too. Thank goodness!’
  ‘We ought to see the Vale of Butterflies soon,’ said Lucy-Ann, eagerly. ‘David said we’d getthere today. I wonder where it is. Look, there’s a butterfly, Philip.’
  Philip glanced at it. ‘Only a meadow-brown,’ he said. ‘We’ve seen heaps of those.’ He lookedbefore him searchingly and then put his field-glasses to his eyes.
  ‘There’s a valley which might be it,’ he said, pointing. ‘Hey, David! Is that the Vale ofButterflies?’
  David looked where Philip was pointing. He shrugged his shoulders. ‘Iss. No,’ he said.
  ‘Yes, no! Whatever does he mean by that?’ said Philip in disgust. ‘I suppose, in plain English,he means he hasn’t the faintest idea. Well, we’ll go on and hope for the best. It looks a nicesheltered kind of valley, the sort that might be hot enough for all kinds of insects and flowers.’
  Picturing a perfect paradise of brilliant flowers and equally brilliant butterflies, the children rodeon and on down towards the valley in the far distance. It was much further than they thought. Thatwas the worst of travelling in mountains. Everywhere was about twice as far as you imagined it tobe. Most disappointing!
  It was late when they rode into the valley, which was really more of a shallow depressionbetween two high mountains than a real lowland valley. Certainly it was sheltered, and certainly ithad more flowers in it than they had so far seen – but there were no butterflies!
  ‘This can’t be it!’ said Philip in disappointment. ‘Is it, David?’
  David shook his head. He was looking round in a puzzled manner, and it was quite clear that hereally didn’t know where he was.
  ‘If this is not the butterfly place, where is it?’ asked Jack slowly and clearly. David shook hishead again. It was really maddening, not being able to speak Welsh.
  ‘Well,’ said Philip, ‘he’s brought us the wrong way, to a place he doesn’t know, but it’s quitewarm and sheltered, so we’ll make the best of it tonight. Tomorrow we’ll get the map from David,see if we can find out the way, and set off with ourselves as guides. He’s as much use as Kiki toguide us in these mountains!’
  They set up their camp again, feeling rather disappointed. They had so hoped to come to theplace they wanted that night, and set up camp properly for a few days, to revel25 in hordes28 ofcommon and uncommon29 butterflies. Now they would have to ride on still further, and goodnessknew if they would ever find it!
  They crawled into their sleeping-bags and called good night, just as the stars gleamed out.
  David was sleeping as usual outside.
  But in the night the boys woke up suddenly. David was crawling into their tent. He wastrembling with fright. ‘Noises,’ he said, in English, and then poured out something in Welsh. Hewas very frightened. ‘Sleep here,’ he said, and crept between the boys. They were amused andpuzzled.
  Whatever could have scared David so much?


1 swirled eb40fca2632f9acaecc78417fd6adc53     
v.旋转,打旋( swirl的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The waves swirled and eddied around the rocks. 波浪翻滚着在岩石周围打旋。
  • The water swirled down the drain. 水打着旋流进了下水道。
2 blotted 06046c4f802cf2d785ce6e085eb5f0d7     
涂污( blot的过去式和过去分词 ); (用吸墨纸)吸干
  • She blotted water off the table with a towel. 她用毛巾擦干桌上的水。
  • The blizzard blotted out the sky and the land. 暴风雪铺天盖地而来。
3 misty l6mzx     
  • He crossed over to the window to see if it was still misty.他走到窗户那儿,看看是不是还有雾霭。
  • The misty scene had a dreamy quality about it.雾景给人以梦幻般的感觉。
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 chilly pOfzl     
  • I feel chilly without a coat.我由于没有穿大衣而感到凉飕飕的。
  • I grew chilly when the fire went out.炉火熄灭后,寒气逼人。
6 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。
7 torrent 7GCyH     
  • The torrent scoured a channel down the hillside. 急流沿着山坡冲出了一条沟。
  • Her pent-up anger was released in a torrent of words.她压抑的愤怒以滔滔不绝的话爆发了出来。
8 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
9 doorway 2s0xK     
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他们挤在商店门口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.玛丽突然出现在门口。
10 intelligible rbBzT     
  • This report would be intelligible only to an expert in computing.只有计算机运算专家才能看懂这份报告。
  • His argument was barely intelligible.他的论点不易理解。
11 eyebrows a0e6fb1330e9cfecfd1c7a4d00030ed5     
眉毛( eyebrow的名词复数 )
  • Eyebrows stop sweat from coming down into the eyes. 眉毛挡住汗水使其不能流进眼睛。
  • His eyebrows project noticeably. 他的眉毛特别突出。
12 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。
13 thoroughly sgmz0J     
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
14 ambled 7a3e35ee6318b68bdb71eeb2b10b8a94     
v.(马)缓行( amble的过去式和过去分词 );从容地走,漫步
  • We ambled down to the beach. 我们漫步向海滩走去。
  • The old man ambled home through the garden every evening. 那位老人每天晚上经过花园漫步回家。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 jerseys 26c6e36a41f599d0f56d0246b900c354     
n.运动衫( jersey的名词复数 )
  • The maximum quantity of cotton jerseys this year is about DM25,000. 平方米的羊毛地毯超过了以往的订货。 来自口语例句
  • The NBA is mulling the prospect of stitching advertising logos onto jerseys. 大意:NBA官方正在酝酿一个大煞风景的计划——把广告标志绣上球服! 来自互联网
16 vestige 3LNzg     
  • Some upright stones in wild places are the vestige of ancient religions.荒原上一些直立的石块是古老宗教的遗迹。
  • Every vestige has been swept away.一切痕迹都被一扫而光。
17 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。
18 shrugged 497904474a48f991a3d1961b0476ebce     
  • Sam shrugged and said nothing. 萨姆耸耸肩膀,什么也没说。
  • She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她耸耸肩,装出一副无所谓的样子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 waded e8d8bc55cdc9612ad0bc65820a4ceac6     
(从水、泥等)蹚,走过,跋( wade的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She tucked up her skirt and waded into the river. 她撩起裙子蹚水走进河里。
  • He waded into the water to push the boat out. 他蹚进水里把船推出来。
20 giggled 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子们让这笑话逗得咯咯笑。
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 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。
22 upwards lj5wR     
  • The trend of prices is still upwards.物价的趋向是仍在上涨。
  • The smoke rose straight upwards.烟一直向上升。
23 dismal wtwxa     
  • That is a rather dismal melody.那是一支相当忧郁的歌曲。
  • My prospects of returning to a suitable job are dismal.我重新找到一个合适的工作岗位的希望很渺茫。
24 steadily Qukw6     
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
25 revel yBezQ     
  • She seems to revel in annoying her parents.她似乎以惹父母生气为乐。
  • The children revel in country life.孩子们特别喜欢乡村生活。
26 revelling f436cffe47bcffa002ab230f219fb92c     
v.作乐( revel的现在分词 );狂欢;着迷;陶醉
  • I think he's secretly revelling in all the attention. 我觉得他对于能够引起广泛的注意心里感到飘飘然。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • They were drinking and revelling all night. 他们整夜喝酒作乐。 来自《简明英汉词典》
27 chilliness d495bdcff9045990a9d8dc295c4e626b     
  • Without the piercing chilliness of the snowfall,where comes the fragrant whiff of the plum blossoms. 没有一朝寒彻骨,哪来梅花扑鼻香。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She thought what a kind heart was hidden under her visitor's seeming chilliness. 她心里想,这位客人外表这样冷冰冰,可藏有一颗多和善的心。 来自辞典例句
28 hordes 8694e53bd6abdd0ad8c42fc6ee70f06f     
n.移动着的一大群( horde的名词复数 );部落
  • There are always hordes of tourists here in the summer. 夏天这里总有成群结队的游客。
  • Hordes of journalists jostled for position outside the conference hall. 大群记者在会堂外争抢位置。 来自《简明英汉词典》
29 uncommon AlPwO     
  • Such attitudes were not at all uncommon thirty years ago.这些看法在30年前很常见。
  • Phil has uncommon intelligence.菲尔智力超群。


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