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14 Plenty of things happen
  Plenty of things happen
  They decided1 to go for a walk that evening. They would leave Dapple tied up to a tree by thestream, with a note on his harness to say they would soon be back – just in case Bill came whenthey were away.
  ‘Though he couldn’t possibly be here yet,’ said Jack2. Still, you never knew with Bill. He had aremarkable way of doing impossible things extraordinarily3 quickly.
  They went off together, Snowy capering4 about, and Kiki on Jack’s shoulder. They climbed uppast the cave where they had slept the night before. Their sleeping-bags were still there, pulledinto the cave out of the sun. They meant to sleep in them up on the rock again that night.
  ‘Let’s follow Snowy,’ suggested Dinah. ‘He always seems to know a way to go, thought Iexpect he only follows his silly little nose! But he usually chooses quite possible paths for us.’
  So they followed Snowy. The little kid took it into his head to climb up the mountain, but at lastthey all came to such a steep cliff of rock, almost sheer, that they had to stop. Even Snowy wasbrought to a halt!
  ‘I’m frightfully hot,’ said Dinah, fanning herself. ‘Let’s sit down under those trees.’
  The trees were waving about in the wind. Jack looked longingly5 up into the wind- blownbranches. ‘It would be lovely and cool up there, in the windy boughs,’ he said. ‘What aboutclimbing up? They look pretty easy to climb.’
  ‘A wizard idea!’ said Philip. ‘I love swinging in the branches at the top of a tree. Want a leg-up,Lucy-Ann?’
  Lucy-Ann got a leg-up and soon they were all settled into forking branches, letting themselvesbe swung about in the wind, which was very strong just there.
  ‘This is lovely,’ said Dinah. ‘Heavenly!’
  ‘Super!’ said Jack. ‘Don’t clutch my shoulder so tightly, Kiki. You won’t fall off!’
  Snowy was left down below, bleating6. He tried his best to leap up into the tree but he couldn’t.
  He ran round and round Philip’s tree and then, in a rage, he tore up to a rock and leapt up it anddown it without stopping. The children watched him, laughing at his antics.
  Then, quite suddenly, a hullabaloo broke on their ears. It was the sound of excited barking andsnarling, howling and yelping7.
  ‘The dogs!’ said Jack, straining his eyes to see where the noise came from. ‘I say – they’re afterthat man!’
  There came the crashing of bushes and twigs8 far below them on the mountain- side,accompanied by more howls and barks. Then the children caught sight of a man running across abare stony9 part of the mountain-side below them – about half a mile away.
  The dogs poured after him. Lucy-Ann almost fell out of her tree in fright at seeing a man chasedby dogs. The children watched without a word, their hearts beating fast, anxious for the man toescape.
  He came to a tree and flung himself up it just as the first dog reached him. He pulled himself up,and was lost to sight. The dogs surrounded the tree, clamouring loudly.
  Lucy-Ann gulped10. Tears ran down her face. She felt so sorry for the hunted man that she couldhardly see through her tears. The others watched grimly. Philip debated whether to go down andsee if he could call the dogs off.
  Then another man appeared, walking leisurely11 across the mountain-side towards the tree and thedogs. He was too far away for the children to see what he was like, or to hear his voice.
  But on the crisp air of the mountain came the shrill12 sound of a whistle. The dogs at once left thetree, and trotted13 back to the man. He stood not far off the tree, and evidently gave orders for theman to come down. But nobody came down from the tree.
  The man waved his hand to the dogs and at once they streamed back to the tree again,clamouring and howling like mad. The man turned to go back the way he came.
  ‘Oh! He’s left the dogs to keep the poor man up the tree till he starves, or comes down to be seton!’ sobbed14 Lucy-Ann. ‘Philip, what shall we do?’
  ‘I’ll go down and call the dogs off,’ said Philip. ‘I’ll give the man a chance to get right out ofsight, so that he won’t see me. Then I’ll see if I can get the dogs away and give that chap a chanceto escape from the tree.’
  He climbed down his tree, after he had waited for twenty minutes, to give the second man achance to go back to wherever he had come from. He made his way cautiously through the tallbushes.
  And then something happened. A rough hand pounced15 down on his shoulder and he was held ina grip like iron. He was swung round – and came face to face with the man who had ordered therunaway to come down from the tree!
  Philip wriggled17, but he couldn’t possibly get away. He didn’t dare to yell for the others in casethey got caught too. Blow! Why hadn’t he waited longer before going off to the black man’srescue!
  ‘What are you doing here?’ said the man, in a strange, foreign accent. ‘Who are you, boy?’
  ‘I’ve only come to look for butterflies,’ stammered18 Philip, trying to look as if he knew nothingabout anything but butterflies. He didn’t like the look of the man at all. He had a fierce hawk-likeface, overhanging eyebrows19, and such a sharp look in his black eyes that Philip felt sure he wouldbe difficult to deceive.
  ‘Who are you with?’ asked the man, digging his steel-like fingers into Philip and making himsquirm.
  ‘I’m alone, as you can see,’ said Philip, hoping the man would believe him. The man looked athim searchingly.
  ‘My dogs would have got you if you had been here for long,’ he said. ‘And all your friendstoo!’
  ‘What friends?’ asked Philip innocently. ‘Oh, you mean Snowy, my kid? He always comes withme.’
  Snowy had bounded up at that moment, to the obvious surprise of the man. ‘He’s like a dog –never leaves me. Let me go, sir. I’m looking for butterflies. I’ll be gone tonight.’
  ‘Where did you come from?’ asked the man. ‘Do your parents know where you are?’
  ‘No,’ said Philip truthfully. ‘I just went away to hunt for butterflies. I came from over there.’
  He nodded his head vaguely20 behind him, hoping that the man would think he was a harmlessnature-lover, and let him go. But the man didn’t.
  Instead he tightened21 his fingers on Philip’s shoulders, and turned towards the tree where theblack man was still hiding, surrounded by the dogs.
  ‘You’ll come with me now,’ he said. ‘You’ve seen too much.’
  Just then there came a yelling and shouting from the tree. Evidently the runaway16 had given in.
  The man, still clutching Philip by the shoulder, and followed by a puzzled Snowy, went towardsthe tree. He took a whistle from his pocket and blew on it shrilly22. As before, the dogs at once leftthe tree and came to him. The man shouted for the runaway to come down.
  The poor man came down in such a hurry that he half fell. The dogs made no attempt to go forhim. Philip saw that they had been extremely well trained.
  The man fell on his knees and began to jabber23 something. He was terrified. The man told him toget up, in cold contemptuous tones. Surrounded by the dogs, the prisoner walked stumblingly infront of the man, who still held Philip firmly by the shoulder.
  Up in their trees the children watched in horror, hardly believing their eyes when they sawPhilip held by the man. ‘Sh! Don’t make a sound,’ commanded Jack. ‘It’s no good us beingcaptured too. If the dogs go with Philip, he’ll be all right. He’ll have ten friends he can call on atany time!’
  The little procession of men, boy, dogs and kid passed almost beneath the trees the childrenwere in. Philip did not glance up, though he longed to. He was not going to give away the hiding-place of the others.
  Jack parted the branches of his tree and followed the procession anxiously with his eyes. Theywere going in the direction of the steep wall of unclimbable rock. Jack took up his field-glasses,which were slung24 round his neck as usual, and glued them to his eyes, following the companyclosely. Where exactly were they going? If he knew, he might be able to go and rescue Philip andSnowy.
  He saw Philip taken right up to the steep wall. Then, before his eyes, the whole companyseemed to vanish! One moment they were there – the next they were gone! Jack took his glassesfrom his eyes and rubbed the lenses, thinking something must have gone wrong with them. But no– he saw exactly the same thing – a steep wall of sheer rock – and nobody there at all, not even adog!
  ‘Jack! Can you see what’s happened to Philip?’ came Lucy-Ann’s anxious voice. ‘Oh, Jack –he’s caught!’
  ‘Yes, and he’s been taken into that mountain,’ said Jack. ‘Though how, I don’t know. Onemoment they were all there, the next they were gone! I can’t understand it.’
  He looked through his glasses again but there was nothing to be seen. He suddenly realized thatthe sun had gone down and it was getting dark. ‘Girls! It’ll be dark soon. We must get down andgo to the cave, whilst we can still see our way!’ said Jack. They all climbed down quickly. Lucy-Ann was trying to blink back tears.
  ‘I want Philip to come back,’ she said. ‘What’s happened to him?’
  ‘Don’t cry,’ said Dinah. ‘Crying won’t help him! You always burst into tears when anythinghappens!’
  Dinah spoke25 crossly because she was very near tears herself. Jack put his arm round both ofthem. ‘Don’t let’s quarrel. That won’t help Philip. Come on, let’s get back quickly. I’ll fetchDapple from the stream, and bring her up to the rock.’
  They made their way back to the cave they had left their sleeping-bags in. Jack fetched thepatient Dapple. Kiki sat silently on his shoulder. She always knew when things had gone wrongwith the children. She nipped Jack’s ear gently to tell him she was sorry.
  It was almost dark when they reached the cave. There was no need to make a fire tonight – theydid not fear wolves any more. Indeed they would have been very glad indeed to see dark figurescome slinking up to the cave. They would have welcomed the dogs eagerly.
  ‘I miss Snowy,’ said Dinah. ‘It’s queer without him leaping about everywhere. I’m glad he’sgone with Philip. I’m glad the slow-worm’s gone too!’
  They didn’t want to get into the sleeping-bags and go to sleep. They wanted to talk. A lot ofthings seemed to be happening very suddenly. Oh dear – when would Bill come? They couldmanage quite well without grown-ups in many ways – but just at the moment all three would havewelcomed even David!
  ‘Well – let’s get into our bags,’ said Jack. ‘Isn’t the moon lovely tonight?’
  ‘Nothing seems very nice when I think of Philip being captured,’ said Lucy-Ann dismally26. Allthe same, the moon was glorious, swinging up over the mountains, and making everywhere aslight as day.
  They were just about to slide into their bags when Lucy-Ann’s sharp ears caught an unfamiliarsound.
  ‘Listen!’ she said. ‘What’s that? No, not a noise underground this time – somewhere up in thesky!’
  They went out and stood on the flat rock, listening, their faces upturned to the moonlit sky.
  ‘What a peculiar27 noise!’ said Jack. ‘A bit like an aeroplane – but not an aeroplane. What can itbe?’


1 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。
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 extraordinarily Vlwxw     
  • She is an extraordinarily beautiful girl.她是个美丽非凡的姑娘。
  • The sea was extraordinarily calm that morning.那天清晨,大海出奇地宁静。
4 capering d4ea412ac03a170b293139861cb3c627     
v.跳跃,雀跃( caper的现在分词 );蹦蹦跳跳
  • The lambs were capering in the fields. 羊羔在地里欢快地跳跃。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The boy was Capering dersively, with obscene unambiguous gestures, before a party of English tourists. 这个顽童在一群英国旅游客人面前用明显下流的动作可笑地蹦蹦跳跳着。 来自辞典例句
5 longingly 2015a05d76baba3c9d884d5f144fac69     
adv. 渴望地 热望地
  • He looked longingly at the food on the table. 他眼巴巴地盯着桌上的食物。
  • Over drinks,he speaks longingly of his trip to Latin America. 他带着留恋的心情,一边喝酒一边叙述他的拉丁美洲之行。
6 bleating ba46da1dd0448d69e0fab1a7ebe21b34     
v.(羊,小牛)叫( bleat的现在分词 );哭诉;发出羊叫似的声音;轻声诉说
  • I don't like people who go around bleating out things like that. 我不喜欢跑来跑去讲那种蠢话的人。 来自辞典例句
  • He heard the tinny phonograph bleating as he walked in. 他步入室内时听到那架蹩脚的留声机在呜咽。 来自辞典例句
7 yelping d88c5dddb337783573a95306628593ec     
v.发出短而尖的叫声( yelp的现在分词 )
  • In the middle of the table sat a little dog, shaking its paw and yelping. 在桌子中间有一只小狗坐在那儿,抖着它的爪子,汪汪地叫。 来自辞典例句
  • He saved men from drowning and you shake at a cur's yelping. 他搭救了快要溺死的人们,你呢,听到一条野狗叫唤也瑟瑟发抖。 来自互联网
8 twigs 17ff1ed5da672aa443a4f6befce8e2cb     
细枝,嫩枝( twig的名词复数 )
  • Some birds build nests of twigs. 一些鸟用树枝筑巢。
  • Willow twigs are pliable. 柳条很软。
9 stony qu1wX     
  • The ground is too dry and stony.这块地太干,而且布满了石头。
  • He listened to her story with a stony expression.他带着冷漠的表情听她讲经历。
10 gulped 4873fe497201edc23bc8dcb50aa6eb2c     
v.狼吞虎咽地吃,吞咽( gulp的过去式和过去分词 );大口地吸(气);哽住
  • He gulped down the rest of his tea and went out. 他把剩下的茶一饮而尽便出去了。
  • She gulped nervously, as if the question bothered her. 她紧张地咽了一下,似乎那问题把她难住了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 leisurely 51Txb     
  • We walked in a leisurely manner,looking in all the windows.我们慢悠悠地走着,看遍所有的橱窗。
  • He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.他从容的吃了早餐,高兴的开车去工作。
12 shrill EEize     
  • Whistles began to shrill outside the barn.哨声开始在谷仓外面尖叫。
  • The shrill ringing of a bell broke up the card game on the cutter.刺耳的铃声打散了小汽艇的牌局。
13 trotted 6df8e0ef20c10ef975433b4a0456e6e1     
小跑,急走( trot的过去分词 ); 匆匆忙忙地走
  • 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。
14 sobbed 4a153e2bbe39eef90bf6a4beb2dba759     
哭泣,啜泣( sob的过去式和过去分词 ); 哭诉,呜咽地说
  • She sobbed out the story of her son's death. 她哭诉着她儿子的死。
  • She sobbed out the sad story of her son's death. 她哽咽着诉说她儿子死去的悲惨经过。
15 pounced 431de836b7c19167052c79f53bdf3b61     
v.突然袭击( pounce的过去式和过去分词 );猛扑;一眼看出;抓住机会(进行抨击)
  • As soon as I opened my mouth, the teacher pounced on me. 我一张嘴就被老师抓住呵斥了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The police pounced upon the thief. 警察向小偷扑了过去。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
16 runaway jD4y5     
  • The police have not found the runaway to date.警察迄今没抓到逃犯。
  • He was praised for bringing up the runaway horse.他勒住了脱缰之马受到了表扬。
17 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》
18 stammered 76088bc9384c91d5745fd550a9d81721     
v.结巴地说出( stammer的过去式和过去分词 )
  • 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
19 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。
20 vaguely BfuzOy     
  • He had talked vaguely of going to work abroad.他含糊其词地说了到国外工作的事。
  • He looked vaguely before him with unseeing eyes.他迷迷糊糊的望着前面,对一切都视而不见。
21 tightened bd3d8363419d9ff838bae0ba51722ee9     
收紧( tighten的过去式和过去分词 ); (使)变紧; (使)绷紧; 加紧
  • The rope holding the boat suddenly tightened and broke. 系船的绳子突然绷断了。
  • His index finger tightened on the trigger but then relaxed again. 他的食指扣住扳机,然后又松开了。
22 shrilly a8e1b87de57fd858801df009e7a453fe     
尖声的; 光亮的,耀眼的
  • The librarian threw back his head and laughed shrilly. 图书管理员把头往后面一仰,尖着嗓子哈哈大笑。
  • He half rose in his seat, whistling shrilly between his teeth, waving his hand. 他从车座上半欠起身子,低声打了一个尖锐的唿哨,一面挥挥手。
23 jabber EaBzb     
  • Listen to the jabber of those monkeys.听那些猴子在吱吱喳喳地叫。
  • He began to protes,to jabber of his right of entry.他开始抗议,唠叨不休地说他有进来的权力。
24 slung slung     
抛( sling的过去式和过去分词 ); 吊挂; 遣送; 押往
  • He slung the bag over his shoulder. 他把包一甩,挎在肩上。
  • He stood up and slung his gun over his shoulder. 他站起来把枪往肩上一背。
25 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
26 dismally cdb50911b7042de000f0b2207b1b04d0     
  • Fei Little Beard assented dismally. 费小胡子哭丧着脸回答。 来自子夜部分
  • He began to howl dismally. 它就凄凉地吠叫起来。 来自辞典例句
27 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。


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