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10 A disturbing night
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  10
  A disturbing night
  The sun was shining brightly when the camp awoke next day. It made them all feel cheerful andlively. Snowy, who had resented David sleeping with Philip and Jack1 the night before, and hadbutted him continually, bounded about lightly everywhere, butting2 David whenever he met him.
  ‘What happened to you last night, David?’ asked Jack, when they were all having a meal. ‘Whywere you so frightened?’
  ‘Noises,’ said David.
  ‘What sort?’ asked Philip curiously3. ‘We didn’t hear any.’
  David made some surprising noises that sent Kiki sailing into the air and Snowy bounding awayin fright. The children stared at David in astonishment4.
  By means of odd words and gestures David managed to convey to the children that he had goneto see if the donkeys were all right in the night, and had heard these noises near by where theywere tethered.
  ‘That explains why we didn’t hear them, I suppose,’ said Jack. ‘David makes them sound likeanimal noises – fierce and savage5!’
  Lucy-Ann looked scared. ‘Oh! You don’t think there are wild animals anywhere about here, doyou, Jack? I mean, fierce wild animals?’
  Jack grinned. ‘Well, if you are thinking of lions and tigers and panthers and bears, I think I cansay you needn’t be afraid of finding those here. But if, like Dinah, you include snakes, foxes,hedgehogs and so on in your list of fierce wild animals, then I should say, look out!’
  ‘Don’t be silly, Jack. Of course I don’t mean those,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘I don’t quite know what Idid mean. I just felt scared – and wondered what animal had made the noises David heard.’
  ‘Probably his own imagination,’ said Philip. ‘Or a bad dream. That could scare him.’
  David did not seem to want to go any further. He kept pointing back over the way they hadcome. But the children were not going to let their trip come to such a disappointing end. Theymeant to go and find the Butterfly Valley, if it took them all week! There was a lot of flapping tomake David understand this.
  He turned even more silent, but mounted his donkey to go with them. Jack now had the map,and examined it very carefully. It was annoying that the Butterfly Valley wasn’t marked. Perhapsvery few people knew about it.
  They all set off across the valley and up into the mountains again. Perhaps the next valley wouldbe the one they wanted, or the one after that. But although they travelled hopefully all the day,they did not find any valley full of butterflies. The children began to think it was all a fairy-tale.
  There was no track to follow now, though they kept a keen look-out in case they should comeacross one again. When they camped that night, they discussed what they had better do next.
  ‘If we go on any further we shan’t know our way back,’ said Jack. ‘David would, perhaps,because he was born and bred among mountains, and, like a dog, could follow his own trail wellenough, if we had to go back. But he’s lost us once and I don’t like to trust him too much. Iwouldn’t be surprised if he lost the way going back, if we take him much further!’
  ‘Had we better go back then?’ asked Lucy-Ann in disappointment.
  ‘Or camp here for a few days,’ said Jack, looking round. ‘It’s quite a good place.’
  They were halfway6 up a steep mountain that rose very sharply from where they were, andlooked quite unclimbable.
  ‘What a peculiar7 mountain!’ said Dinah, gazing up. ‘I shouldn’t think anyone ever climbed thatto the top. It’s all crags and rocks and jutting-out bits.’
  ‘We’ll camp here,’ decided8 Philip. ‘The weather looks quite settled. There’s a spring near by.
  We can mess about with our cameras and field-glasses.’
  They told David. He did not seem pleased, but went off to tether the donkeys for the night. Theywere all tired that evening, children and donkeys both, for they had had a very long day. They cutthe big ham that Mrs Evans had provided for them, afraid that it might go bad if they didn’t eat itsoon.
  David looked as if he thought he would sleep in the tent again that night, for he cast variouslonging glances in that direction. However, the night was hot, and he felt he couldn’t bear to beunder cover. So he arranged himself under his rug in the open, fairly near to the two tents. Thedonkeys were some way away, tethered to trees by long ropes.
  That night there was a snuffling around the camp. Lucy-Ann awoke suddenly and heard it. Shewent right down to the bottom of her sleeping-bag, frightened. What could it be? Was it the wildanimal that David had heard?
  Then she heard a howl! The boys heard it too, and awoke. David, outside, was awake, havingheard both the noises. He was shivering with fright, all kinds of fears coming into his mind atonce.
  The moon was up and everywhere was silvery bright. David sat up and looked down the hill.
  What he saw made his hair rise straight up on his head.
  Wolves! A pack of wolves! No, no, it couldn’t be wolves! He was dreaming! Wolves had notbeen known in the mountains for hundreds of years. But if those creatures were not wolves, whatwere they? And that noise of snuffling he had heard. That must have been a wolf too! No, not awolf. It couldn’t have been such a thing.
  David sat there, hugging his knees, his mind going round and round – wolves or not? Wolves ornot? What were they doing near the donkeys?
  Another howl came – half a howl, half a bark, a horrible noise. David shot into the boys’ tentand gave them a terrible start.
  He stammered9 something in Welsh, and then in English, ‘Wolves!’
  ‘Don’t be silly,’ said Jack at once, seeing that the man was badly scared. ‘You’ve had a baddream.’
  David dragged him to the tent opening and pointed10 with a trembling finger to where the pack ofsnuffling animals stood, not far from the donkeys.
  The boys stared as if they could not believe their eyes. They certainly looked like wolves! Jackfelt a cold shiver down his back. Good gracious! Was he dreaming? Those creatures were morelike wolves than anything else!
  Snowy the kid was trembling as much as David was. The trembling somehow made the boysfeel scared too. The only person who was not in the least scared was Kiki.
  She too had caught sight of the wolves. She sailed out of the tent at top speed to go andinvestigate. Anything unusual always interested Kiki. She flew above the animals, whose eyesgleamed green as they turned at her coming.
  ‘Wipe your feet!’ screamed Kiki, and made a noise like a mowing-machine cutting long grass.
  It sounded really terrible in the still night air of the mountain-side.
  The wolves started in fright. Then with one accord they all galloped11 away down the hillside intothe night. Kiki shouted rude remarks after them.
  ‘They’ve gone,’ said Jack. ‘Gosh, were they real? I can’t understand it!’
  When it was dawn, David got up to see if the donkeys were all right. Neither he nor the boyshad slept again that night. David had been too scared to, and the boys had been too puzzled.
  Daylight was almost on the mountain. David crept down quietly to the donkeys. They were allthere, safe and sound but uneasy. David untethered them to take them to the stream to drink.
  The boys were looking out of their tent, down the hillside to watch. There was no sign of anywolf now. Birds sang a little, and a yellow-hammer cried out for a little bit of bread and no cheese.
  Suddenly something happened. David, who was taking the donkeys in a line to the stream, gavea terrified yell and fell to the ground, covering his face. The boys, holding their breath, thoughtthey saw something moving in the bushes, but they couldn’t see what.
  David gave another yell and got to his feet. He mounted a donkey and rode at top speed up tothe tent.
  ‘Come!’ he cried in Welsh, and then in English. ‘Black, black, black!’
  The boys had no idea at all what he meant. They stared at him in amazement13, thinking he musthave gone mad. He made a violent gesture to them, pointed to the following donkeys as if to tellthe boys to mount and follow him, and then galloped off at breakneck speed.
  They heard the hooves of his donkey echoing on the mountain-side for some time. The otherdonkeys looked doubtfully at one another, and then, to the boys’ dismay, trotted14 after David!
  ‘Hi! Come back, David!’ yelled Jack, scrambling15 out of the tent. ‘Hi, hi!’
  One donkey turned and made as if to come back, but he was pushed on by the others behind. Ina trice they had all disappeared, and the sound of their hooves grew fainter and fainter as theygalloped away after David and his mount.
  The two boys sat down suddenly. They felt faint. Jack turned pale. He looked at Philip and bithis lip. Now they were in a terrible fix.
  They said nothing for a moment or two, and then the girls’ two scared faces looked out fromtheir tent.
  ‘What’s happened? What’s all the yelling? Was that David galloping16 away? We didn’t dare tolook!’
  ‘Yes – it was David – running away from us – and all the donkeys have gone after him,’ saidPhilip bitterly. ‘We’re in a pretty fix now!’
  Nobody said anything. Lucy-Ann looked really alarmed. No David! No donkeys! What werethey going to do?
  Jack put his arm round her as she came and sat down beside him. ‘It’s all right! We’ve been inworse fixes than this! At the worst it only means a few days here, because as soon as he gets backto the farm, Bill will come and look for us.’
  ‘Good thing we unloaded the donkeys and have got plenty of food,’ said Philip. ‘And our tentsand sleeping-bags. Blow David! He’s a nuisance.’
  ‘I wonder what he saw to make him gallop12 off like that,’ said Jack. ‘All I could make out was“Black, black, black!”’
  ‘Black what?’ asked Dinah.
  ‘Black nothing. Just black,’ said Jack. ‘Let’s go down to the place where he got his fright andsee if we can see anything.’
  ‘Oh no!’ said the girls at once.
  ‘Well, I’ll go, and Philip can stay here with you,’ said Jack, and off he went. The others watchedhim, holding their breath. He peered all round and then turned and shook his head and shouted.
  ‘Nothing here! Not a thing to see! David must have been seeing things! His bad night upsethim.’
  He came back. ‘But what about those animals in the night?’ said Philip, after a pause. ‘Thosewolves. We both saw those. They seemed real enough!’
  Yes – what about those wolves!

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1 jack 53Hxp     
n.插座,千斤顶,男人;v.抬起,提醒,扛举;n.(Jake)杰克
参考例句:
  • 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。
2 butting 040c106d50d62fd82f9f4419ebe99980     
用头撞人(犯规动作)
参考例句:
  • When they were talking Mary kept butting in. 当他们在谈话时,玛丽老是插嘴。
  • A couple of goats are butting each other. 两只山羊在用角互相顶撞。
3 curiously 3v0zIc     
adv.有求知欲地;好问地;奇特地
参考例句:
  • He looked curiously at the people.他好奇地看着那些人。
  • He took long stealthy strides. His hands were curiously cold.他迈着悄没声息的大步。他的双手出奇地冷。
4 astonishment VvjzR     
n.惊奇,惊异
参考例句:
  • 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。
5 savage ECxzR     
adj.野蛮的;凶恶的,残暴的;n.未开化的人
参考例句:
  • The poor man received a savage beating from the thugs.那可怜的人遭到暴徒的痛打。
  • He has a savage temper.他脾气粗暴。
6 halfway Xrvzdq     
adj.中途的,不彻底的,部分的;adv.半路地,在中途,在半途
参考例句:
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
7 peculiar cinyo     
adj.古怪的,异常的;特殊的,特有的
参考例句:
  • 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。
8 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • 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 stammered 76088bc9384c91d5745fd550a9d81721     
v.结巴地说出( stammer的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • He stammered most when he was nervous. 他一紧张往往口吃。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Barsad leaned back in his chair, and stammered, \"What do you mean?\" 巴萨往椅背上一靠,结结巴巴地说,“你是什么意思?” 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
10 pointed Il8zB4     
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  • 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。
11 galloped 4411170e828312c33945e27bb9dce358     
(使马)飞奔,奔驰( gallop的过去式和过去分词 ); 快速做[说]某事
参考例句:
  • Jo galloped across the field towards him. 乔骑马穿过田野向他奔去。
  • The children galloped home as soon as the class was over. 孩子们一下课便飞奔回家了。
12 gallop MQdzn     
v./n.(马或骑马等)飞奔;飞速发展
参考例句:
  • They are coming at a gallop towards us.他们正朝着我们飞跑过来。
  • The horse slowed to a walk after its long gallop.那匹马跑了一大阵后慢下来缓步而行。
13 amazement 7zlzBK     
n.惊奇,惊讶
参考例句:
  • 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。
14 trotted 6df8e0ef20c10ef975433b4a0456e6e1     
小跑,急走( trot的过去分词 ); 匆匆忙忙地走
参考例句:
  • She trotted her pony around the field. 她骑着小马绕场慢跑。
  • Anne trotted obediently beside her mother. 安妮听话地跟在妈妈身边走。
15 scrambling cfea7454c3a8813b07de2178a1025138     
v.快速爬行( scramble的现在分词 );攀登;争夺;(军事飞机)紧急起飞
参考例句:
  • Scrambling up her hair, she darted out of the house. 她匆忙扎起头发,冲出房去。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • She is scrambling eggs. 她正在炒蛋。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 galloping galloping     
adj. 飞驰的, 急性的 动词gallop的现在分词形式
参考例句:
  • The horse started galloping the moment I gave it a good dig. 我猛戳了马一下,它就奔驰起来了。
  • Japan is galloping ahead in the race to develop new technology. 日本在发展新技术的竞争中进展迅速,日新月异。


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