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  DINAH, Lucy-Ann and Philip rushed to find Jack1. The parrot had reached the ship, and they had lostsight of it. They were all certain it was Kiki, and Philip had a shrewd idea that Jack wouldn't be quiteso surprised about it as they themselves were.
  Jack was nowhere to be found. It was most exasperating2. They hunted for him everywhere, and at lastLucy-Ann thought of his cabin. "He might be there," she said. "Though why he wants to go and shuthimself up there just at the exciting moment when the ship is leaving Southampton, I really can'timagine! And where's the parrot? She seems to have disappeared too."They went down the stairs to the cabins and found their way to the passage where theirs were. Theyflung open Jack's door and crowded in. "Jack! Are you here? What do you think we've just seen?"They stopped in surprise at what they saw. Jack was sitting on his bed in the cabin, and Kiki was onhis shoulder, making a curious crooning noise into his ear, pulling at it gently.
  "Gosh!" said Philip. "So she found you. I suppose it is Kiki?""Of course, idiot," said Jack. "What a bit of luck, wasn't it? Old Porky brought her down to the quayto see me off, chained to his wrist — and she broke the chain and flew over to me! Came into myporthole too — brainy old bird!"
  "Porky? The boy you used to know at school! Did you give Kiki to him to mind for you?" said Lucy-Ann, amazed. "But — how did she get down here.""I brought her in the car yesterday," said Jack, putting one hand over his ear so that Kiki couldn'tnibble it. "She was in the picnic-basket I was carrying, as quiet as a mouse. I was terrified one of youwould ask me to open the basket and get you out something to eat!""But I say — won't Porky be upset to have her escape like that?" said Dinah.
  "And how did she know you were here, if you were down in your cabin?" wondered Lucy-Ann.
  "Perhaps she heard me call her. That must have been it — she heard me yelling 'Kiki! Kiki!', brokeher chain in her excitement and flew over — and by a lucky chance she chose your very porthole!""You'd better tell Aunt Allie all that," said Jack, with a grin. "It makes a very fine story — better thanmine!"
  The three stared at him in silence. "You're a determined3 old fraud, Jack," said Philip, at last. "Youarranged it all, I bet you did! Yes, even arranged for the chain to snap and for Kiki to see or hear youat your porthole."
  Jack grinned again. "Well, I think Lucy-Ann's idea is very good — shouting to Kiki like that andmaking her so excited that she flew across to the ship. Anyway, she's here, and here she stays. I'dbetter keep her down in the cabin, I think."They all made a fuss of old Kiki, who enjoyed it very much indeed. She couldn't understand the noisethe vibration4 of the engines made, and kept cocking her head on one side to listen. She tried animitation, but not a very good one.
  "Now don't you do any funny noises," Jack warned her. "You don't want to be hauled up before theCaptain, do you?"
  "Pop goes the weasel," said Kiki, and pecked his ear. Then she suddenly gave a most realistic sneeze.
  "Don't," said Jack. "Use your handkerchief! Gosh, Kiki, I couldn't have gone without you."Everyone was pleased to know that Kiki was safely with them. They broke the news as gently aspossible to Mrs. Mannering. She listened in annoyance5, but it didn't seem to occur to her for onemoment that Kiki's arrival was anything but an unfortunate accident. She sighed.
  "All right. If she's here, she's here. But for goodness' sake, Jack, keep her locked up in the cabin. Youreally will get into trouble if the passengers complain about her, and she may be sent to the men'sdeck and put in a cage if you don't keep a firm hand on her."So Kiki was locked into the cabin, and passed the first day wondering whether she was giddy, orwhether there was a slight earthquake going on all the time. She had no idea she was in a big ship,and couldn't understand its movements, though she had many a time been in small boats.
  The first day seemed lovely and long. The Viking Star slid easily through the calm blue water, herengines purring sweetly, leaving behind her a creamy wake that seemed to have no end, but to stretchright back to the horizon itself. England was soon left behind. The first stop was to be Lisbon inPortugal.
  It was fun to go down to meals in the big dining-room, and choose what they liked from the longmenu. It was fun to go up on the sports deck and play deck-tennis and try to keep their balance asthey ran for the rubber ring. It was even fun to go to bed — because it meant snuggling down into anarrow bunk-like bed, turning out the light, feeling the breeze from the electric fan cooling their hotbodies and hearing the plish-plish-plash of the water just below their portholes.
  "Lovely!" said Lucy-Ann, before she fell asleep. "I hope this trip doesn't turn into an adventure. I likeit as it is. It's quite exciting enough without having an adventure."It wasn't quite so nice in the Bay of Biscay! The sea was rough and choppy there, and the boatpitched and tossed and rolled. Mrs. Mannering didn't like it at all. She stayed in her cabin, but thefour children were as right as rain. They turned up to every meal in the dining-room, and ate steadilyright down the menu. They would even have gone up to try and play deck-tennis on the sports deck ifone of the stewards7 hadn't firmly forbidden them to.
  And then, quite suddenly as it seemed, everything changed. The sea grew blue and calm, the sunshone out very hotly indeed, the sky was brilliant, and every officer and man appeared in spotlesswhite.
  Mrs. Mannering felt all right again — and Kiki grew very impatient at being kept in the cabin. Shewas already great friends with the steward6 and stewardess8 who looked after the cabins. They hadsoon got over their astonishment9 at finding her in Jack's cabin.
  They hadn't seen her at first. She was sitting behind the little curtain that hung at the side of theporthole, which Jack had to keep shut in case Kiki flew out. It was the stewardess who heard her first.
  She had come in to make the beds.
  Kiki watched her slyly from behind the curtain. Then she spoke10 in a firm and decided11 voice.
  "Put the kettle on."
  The stewardess was startled. She looked round at the door thinking that someone must be there,speaking to her. But nobody was.
  Kiki gave a loud hiccup12. "Pardon," she said. The stewardess felt alarmed. She looked all round. Sheopened the cupboard door.
  "What a pity, what a pity," said Kiki, in such a mournful voice that the stewardess could bear it nolonger and flew to find the steward. He was a dour13 and determined Scot, with very little patience.
  He came into the cabin and looked round. "What's to do, wumman?" he said to the stewardess.
  "What's scairt ye? There's naught14 here."
  Kiki gave a long cough, and then sneezed violently. "Pardon," she said. "Where's your hanky?"Now it was the steward's turn to look amazed. He stared all round the cabin. Kiki gave a loud andrealistic yawn. She had a wonderful collection of noises. She couldn't resist looking round the curtainto see how her performance was going.
  The steward saw her and strode over to the porthole. "Now look ye here — it's a parrot!" he said.
  "Did ever ye hear the like? A fine clever bird it must be to do all that! Well, Polly — you're a cleverwee bird, that's what you are!"
  Kiki flew to the top of the cupboard and looked at the steward and stewardess, first out of one eye andthen out of the other. Then she made a noise like the dinner-gong being beaten for the ship's meals.
  At the end she went off into one of her cackles of laughter.
  "It fair beats ye, doesn't it?" said the Scots steward, amazed. "A rare bonny bird it is. The laddie thatowns it should think shame on himself to keep it shut up here.""It scared me right enough," said the stewardess. "I wonder if it would like a grape. My great-aunt'sparrot loved grapes. I'll go and get some."Pretty soon Kiki was enjoying some black grapes, and when Jack came along to see her, he found thecabin floor scattered15 with grape-pips, and two admiring people gaping16 at Kiki in delight.
  "Dirty bird!" said Jack sternly, looking down at the pips. "You come down off that cupboard and pickup17 these pips."
  "Pips," said Kiki. "Pops. Pip goes the weasel.""I hope she hasn't been annoying you," said Jack to the stewardess.
  "Oh, she's wonderful," said the woman. "I never saw such a clever bird. You ought to take her up andshow her off."
  It wasn't very long before Jack did take her up to the deck above on his shoulder, much to the surpriseand amusement of all the passengers. Kiki had a wonderful time, showing off. The only thing shecouldn't bear was the hoot18 of the ship's siren, which always startled her so much that she fell offJack's shoulder in fright every time she heard it. She didn't know what it was or where it came from,and usually flew off to hide herself somewhere whenever she heard it.
  She came to the lifeboat drill, and Lucy-Ann was certain she was upset because she hadn't a small lifejacket to wear. They all put theirs on, went to the right lifeboat and listened to a short talk from oneof the officers about what they were to do if danger arose. Lucy-Ann hoped fervently19 that it wouldn't.
  "We're going to land in Lisbon tomorrow," said Mrs. Mannering. "But none of you is to wander offalone. I'm not going to have any adventure starting up. You'll all keep close to me — pleaseunderstand that!"


1 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。
2 exasperating 06604aa7af9dfc9c7046206f7e102cf0     
adj. 激怒的 动词exasperate的现在分词形式
  • Our team's failure is very exasperating. 我们队失败了,真是气死人。
  • It is really exasperating that he has not turned up when the train is about to leave. 火车快开了, 他还不来,实在急人。
3 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
4 vibration nLDza     
  • There is so much vibration on a ship that one cannot write.船上的震动大得使人无法书写。
  • The vibration of the window woke me up.窗子的震动把我惊醒了。
5 annoyance Bw4zE     
  • Why do you always take your annoyance out on me?为什么你不高兴时总是对我出气?
  • I felt annoyance at being teased.我恼恨别人取笑我。
6 steward uUtzw     
  • He's the steward of the club.他是这家俱乐部的管理员。
  • He went around the world as a ship's steward.他当客船服务员,到过世界各地。
7 stewards 5967fcba18eb6c2dacaa4540a2a7c61f     
(轮船、飞机等的)乘务员( steward的名词复数 ); (俱乐部、旅馆、工会等的)管理员; (大型活动的)组织者; (私人家中的)管家
  • The stewards all wore armbands. 乘务员都戴了臂章。
  • The stewards will inspect the course to see if racing is possible. 那些干事将检视赛马场看是否适宜比赛。
8 stewardess BUkzw     
  • Please show your ticket to the stewardess when you board the plane.登机时请向空中小姐出示机票。
  • The stewardess hurried the passengers onto the plane.空中小姐催乘客赶快登机。
9 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。
10 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。
11 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。
12 hiccup OrPzKd     
  • When you have to hiccup,drink a glass of cold water.当你不得不打嗝时,喝一杯冷水就好了。
  • How long did he hiccup?他打嗝打了多久?
13 dour pkAzf     
  • They were exposed to dour resistance.他们遭受到顽强的抵抗。
  • She always pretends to be dour,in fact,she's not.她总表现的不爱讲话,事实却相反。
14 naught wGLxx     
n.无,零 [=nought]
  • He sets at naught every convention of society.他轻视所有的社会习俗。
  • I hope that all your efforts won't go for naught.我希望你的努力不会毫无结果。
15 scattered 7jgzKF     
  • Gathering up his scattered papers,he pushed them into his case.他把散乱的文件收拾起来,塞进文件夹里。
16 gaping gaping     
adj.口的;张口的;敞口的;多洞穴的v.目瞪口呆地凝视( gape的现在分词 );张开,张大
  • Ahead of them was a gaping abyss. 他们前面是一个巨大的深渊。
  • The antelope could not escape the crocodile's gaping jaws. 那只羚羊无法从鱷鱼张开的大口中逃脱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
17 pickup ANkxA     
  • I would love to trade this car for a pickup truck.我愿意用这辆汽车换一辆小型轻便卡车。||The luck guy is a choice pickup for the girls.那位幸运的男孩是女孩子们想勾搭上的人。
18 hoot HdzzK     
n.鸟叫声,汽车的喇叭声; v.使汽车鸣喇叭
  • The sudden hoot of a whistle broke into my thoughts.突然响起的汽笛声打断了我的思路。
  • In a string of shrill hoot of the horn sound,he quickly ran to her.在一串尖声鸣叫的喇叭声中,他快速地跑向她。
19 fervently 8tmzPw     
  • "Oh, I am glad!'she said fervently. “哦,我真高兴!”她热烈地说道。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • O my dear, my dear, will you bless me as fervently to-morrow?' 啊,我亲爱的,亲爱的,你明天也愿这样热烈地为我祝福么?” 来自英汉文学 - 双城记


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