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  LUCY-ANN managed to get some paper and wrap up the bottle and ship before Philip saw it. Theothers were curious to know what she had got, but she wouldn't tell them.
  "It's something breakable because you're carrying it so carefully!" said Jack1. When they got back tothe ship she unwrapped the bottle when she and Dinah got into their cabin, and showed it to her.
  "What a dirty old thing!" said Dinah. "What is it? You haven't spent your money on that, surely!""Half of it," said Lucy-Ann. "It's for Philip's birthday. He said he wanted one. It's a ship in a bottle.""Is it really? Gosh, so it is!" said Dinah, interested. "Let's clean it up and see it properly. Isn't it a bigone?"
  They rubbed soap on a flannel2 and proceeded to clean up the bottle. Once the glass was clean the shipinside could be plainly seen. It was a beauty, quite big, intricately carved, with carefully-made sails.
  In contrast to the bottle, it was clean and free from dust. The colours it had been painted with werestill bright.
  "Look at that!" said Lucy-Ann in delight. "It must be a model of one of the old Greek ships. How didit get into the bottle, Dinah? Look, the neck of the bottle is small and narrow — nobody couldpossibly push that lovely little ship through the neck. It would be quite impossible.""I can't imagine how it got into the bottle," said Dinah, puzzled too. "But it's certainly inside. Won'tPhilip be pleased? I rather like it myself.""Oh, so do I. It's wizard," said Lucy-Ann. She stood it on a shelf. The bottle had a flat side, and stoodon this, the lovely little ship sailing along as it seemed, in the middle of the bottle, all its sails set.
  "What's the ship called?" said Dinah, peering at it. "I can't tell, can you? The letters on it aren't likeours. They must be Greek."
  The ship in the bottle was duly given to Philip two days later on his birthday. He was thrilled. Lucy-Ann glowed with delight when she saw how pleased he was.
  "But where did you get it? Why, it's the nicest one I've ever seen!" he said. "Quite the nicest. Reallybeautifully made. I wonder how old it is. I'm glad it's such a nice big one too. Most of the ships inbottles I've seen are much smaller than this."Micky and Kiki came to look at the ship in the bottle. Micky saw the ship through the glass and triedto get hold of it. He couldn't, of course, because of the glass, and it puzzled him.
  "Happy Christmas," said Kiki to Philip, every now and again. She had been taught to say "Happyreturns" but she kept mixing it up with "Happy Christmas," which she said every few minutes.
  "Thanks, old thing," Philip said. "Happy New Year to you!""Oh, don't muddle3 her any more," said Dinah. "Let's go and show Mother the ship in the bottle."They went up on deck and found Mrs. Mannering. Her deck-chair was next to Lucian's aunt's chair,which she found rather trying sometimes, as she didn't very much like the uncle.
  "Look, Mother — see what Lucy-Ann's given me for my birthday — something I've always wanted,"said Philip.
  It was admired, and then passed on to Lucian's aunt and uncle to see. Mr. Eppy looked at it carefully.
  He seemed puzzled.
  "The ship is very old — really old," he said. "But the bottle is modern. The idea of a ship in a bottle,is a comparatively recent one, of course. But the ship inside is far older — almost an antique! Veryinteresting."
  "It's got a name carved on it, very small," said Lucy-Ann. "I can't read it. Can you, Mr. Eppy?"He peered at it and spelt it out. "Yes — A-N-D-R-A — queer name for a ship! Never heard of onecalled that in Greek."
  "I've heard the name before," said Lucy-Ann, and she tried to remember. "Oh yes — wasn't it thename of the girl in that lovely treasure story of Lucian's — the girl who didn't want to marry a one-eyed man? Well, we often call our ships by the names of girls or women — look at our big liners,Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. I don't see why a Greek ship shouldn't be called after a princesstoo."
  Mr. Eppy wasn't listening. He wasn't at all interested in any of the children, not even in Lucian, hisown nephew. He yawned and settled himself to sleep. Mrs. Mannering nodded to the children to go.
  Micky and Kiki were rather tiresome4 when anyone wanted to sleep. Kiki's squawks and Micky'schatter and tricks didn't appeal to the grown-ups as much as they did to the children.
  They took the ship and bottle back to the cabin — this time to the boys' cabin. Philip decided5 to put iton the shelf opposite his bed, where he could see it. He was very pleased with it indeed. It was quaintand queer, and beautiful, and he had always wanted it. Now he had it.
  "Be careful that monkey of yours doesn't tamper6 with it," Jack warned him. "He's very curious aboutthe ship inside — keeps trying to touch it through the glass, and he gets quite annoyed when hecan't."
  The Viking Star cruised from island to island. Time didn't seem to exist, and not one of the childrenhad any idea of the days. It was all like a pleasant dream, where, fortunately, the food tasted very realand very nice. In fact, as Jack said, if the food hadn't tasted jolly real he might honestly have thoughtthat he was dreaming.
  And then a squabble blew up between Micky and Kiki that broke up the dream in a strange way, andmade things very real and earnest indeed from that time onwards.
  It happened one evening. The boys had gone up to play deck-tennis with the girls, and for once hadleft Micky and Kiki down below in their cabin. Micky was such a nuisance when they played deck-tennis because he would fling himself after the rubber ring, and, if he got it, tear up to the top of thenearest pole and sit there, chattering7 in glee.
  So he had been relegated8 to the cabin that sunny evening, with Kiki as company. Kiki was cross. Shedidn't like being left behind. She sat on the porthole-sill and sulked, making a horrible moaning noisethat distressed9 Micky very much.
  The monkey went to sit beside her, looking at her enquiringly, and putting out a sympathetic paw tostroke Kiki's feathers. Kiki growled10 like a dog and Micky retreated to the shelf, where he sat lookingpuzzled and sad.
  He tried once more to comfort Kiki, by taking Jack's tooth-brush over to her, and trying to brush herfeathers with it, chuckling11 with delight. Kiki turned her back on him, and finally put her head underher wing, which always puzzled and frightened Micky. He didn't like her to have no head. He beganto look for it cautiously, parting the parrot's feathers carefully and gently. Where had the head gone?
  Kiki spoke12 from the depth of her feathers. "Nit-wit, nit-wit, nit-wit, oh, I say! Grrrrrrr! Wipe the doorand shut your feet! God save the King."
  Micky left her in despair. He would wait till she grew her head again, and became the jolly parrot heknew. He put the tooth-brush back into its mug and considered the sponge near by. He picked it upand sucked some moisture out of it. He sponged his little face with it as he had seen Philip do. Thenhe got tired of that and darted13 back to the shelf again.
  What could he do? He looked down at the shelf. On it was the ship in the bottle. Micky cautiously puthis hand down to the bottle. Why couldn't he get that little thing inside? Why couldn't he get it andplay with it? He put his head on one side and considered the ship inside.
  He picked up the bottle and nursed it like a doll, crooning in his monkey language. Kiki took herhead out of her wing and looked round at him. When she saw him nursing the bottle, she was jealousand cross.
  "Shut the door, shut the door, naughty boy," she scolded. "Where's your hanky, pop goes the weasel!"Micky didn't understand a word and it wouldn't have made any difference if he had. He shook thebottle hard. Kiki raised her crest14 and scolded again.
  "Naughty, naughty! Bad boy! Pop-pop-pop!"Micky chattered15 at her, and wouldn't put the bottle down. Kiki flew across to the shelf and gave thesurprised monkey a hard peck. He gave an anguished16 howl and flung the bottle away from him,nursing his bleeding arm.
  The bottle fell to the floor with a crash, and broke in half. The little ship inside was shaken loose fromits base and fell over on its side. Micky saw it and leapt down to it. Here was that thing inside thebottle at last! He picked it up and retired17 under the bed in silence.
  Kiki was shocked by the noise of the bottle falling and breaking. She knew it was a bad thing tohappen, She made a noise like a motor-mower, and then relapsed into silence. What would Philipsay?
  Five minutes later the two boys came clattering18 into the cabin to wash and put on clean things fordinner. The first thing they saw was the broken bottle on the floor. Philip looked at it in horror.
  "Look! It's smashed! Either Kiki or Micky must have done it!""Where's the ship?" said Jack, looking all round. It was nowhere to be seen. It wasn't till they hauledMicky out from underneath19 the bed that they got the ship. He hadn't harmed it at all. He got threehard smacks20, and Kiki got three hard taps on her beak21.
  "My beautiful present!" groaned22 Philip, looking at the little carved ship. "Look, isn't it a beauty,Jack? You can see it better out of the bottle."Jack looked at it and pulled at a tiny knob in one side. "What's this?" he said. To his great surprise theknob came out and he could look inside the ship.
  "It's hollow inside," he said. "And there's something there, Philip — looks like paper or parchment. Isay — what can it be?"
  Philip suddenly felt excited. "Parchment? Then it must be an old document! And why should it behidden inside the ship? Only because it contains a secret! I say, this is super. Goodness knows whatthe document is!"
  "Let's probe it out and see," said Jack. "Look — this little section of the ship can be moved, nowwe've taken that knob out — and we'll just about have room to get out the parchment.""Be careful! It may fall to pieces if it's very old," Philip warned him. Jack removed the loose sectionof the ship and put it beside the knob. Then, very carefully, he began to try and probe out theparchment. But he was excited and his hands trembled too much.
  Then the gong went to say that dinner was ready. "We can't go, we can't go," groaned Jack. "We mustfind out what this is!"
  "Look out — you're tearing it," said Philip. "Let's wait till after dinner, Jack. We won't have timenow. And I think the girls ought to be here to see all this.""Yes. You're right. We'll wait till after dinner," said Jack, with a sigh. "Lock the whole thing up,Philip. We can't risk anything happening to the ship and its secret!"So they locked the little ship up in a cupboard, and then, hot with excitement, went up to have theirdinner. What a thrill! They could hardly wait to tell the girls!
  The two girls couldn't imagine what was the matter with the boys that dinner-time. Jack kept grinningquite idiotically at them, and Philip did his best to do a little whispering, to give the news.
  Mrs. Mannering frowned at him in surprise. "Philip! You forget yourself. Say what you have to sayout loud, please."
  That was just what Philip couldn't do, of course. "Er — who won at deck-tennis?" he said feebly.
  "Well, really — I can't imagine why you had to say that in a whisper," said Mrs. Mannering. "Don'tbe silly, Philip."
  "Sorry, Mother," said Philip, not looking in the least sorry, but extraordinarily23 pleased. He simplycouldn't help it. He kept thinking of the ship and its secret parchment. It was something reallyexciting, he was sure of it.
  As soon as dinner was over the four children slipped away. When they got to a safe corner, Jackclutched at the girls. "Lucy-Ann! Dinah!""What is it?" said Dinah. "You both acted like lunatics at dinner. What's up with you?""Sh! Listen! You know that ship in a bottle," began Jack, but Philip interrupted him.
  "No. Let me tell. Well, Micky and Kiki broke the bottle between them, the wretches25, and when wegot down into the cabin, there it was, smashed on the floor — and the ship was gone!""Where?" said Lucy-Ann, upset.
  "Micky had it, under the bed. We got it and looked at it — and will you believe it, there was a knobthat came out, and then we could remove another section of the ship — and inside there's aparchment document of some sort!"
  "No!" cried the girls, both together, thrilled to hear the news.
  "It's true. You come down and see. Don't tell anyone though, especially Lucian. It's our own secret."They all tore down to the boys' cabin and nearly knocked over the steward26, who had been turningdown the beds.
  "Sorry!" said Jack. "Have you finished, steward?""Yes, I've finished — but what's all your hurry?" said the astonished steward. He got no answer. Thedoor closed in his face, and he heard the latch27 being put across to lock it. Now what were those lambsof children up to?
  Inside the cabin the light was switched on, and the cupboard unlocked. Philip took out the littlecarved ship. The others crowded round to look at it.
  "See — you take out this knob — and that loosens this section of the side — and it comes right out,"said Philip. "And now look — can you see the document neatly28 crammed29 inside? I'm sure it'sparchment."
  The girls took a deep breath. "Gosh — it's a thrill," said Dinah. "Get it out, quick!""We'll have to be careful not to tear it," said Jack. "Stand back a bit, you girls. You keep jogging myarm."
  How the boys managed to wheedle30 the closely-folded paper out of the inside of the wooden ship wasa miracle. Little by little they edged it out, until at last it was completely out, and the inside of theship was empty.
  "There we are!" said Jack triumphantly31, as he laid the yellow parchment carefully on the dressing-table. "Now to see what it is."
  With gentle, careful fingers Philip unfolded the parchment. It spread out into quite a big sheet. Thechildren pored over it, thrilled.
  "It's a map!"
  "A plan of some kind!"
  "I can't read the words. Blow, they must be in Greek or something!""What is it? It looks like some island or something!""Look at these marks — they must be the bearings of the compass — look, would that be north,south, east, west?"
  "It's two maps, that's what it is. Look, this bit must show an island, I think — surely that's meant to besea round it. And that bit is a plan — a plan of some building, I should think, with passages andthings."
  The excited talk went on and on, each of the four children trying to press closer still to the map.
  Philip remembered that he had a magnifying-glass and went to get it. Then they could all see evenbetter, and could make out a few strange words and marks too faded to see before.
  "See this queer word here, at the left-hand side, right at the top," said Lucy-Ann suddenly. "Well, itlooks exactly like the name on the ship, doesn't it? Let's compare them and see."They looked at both the words, first on the ship and then on the map. They certainly were the same.
  "Well — Mr. Eppy said the ship's name was Andra — and if the name on the map is the same, itmust have something to do with an island or a person called Andra," said Dinah.
  There was a silence. Everyone was digesting this, and wondering if they dared to say what theythought it meant. No — it wasn't possible. It simply wasn't possible.
  Lucy-Ann voiced their feelings first. She spoke in rather a breathless voice.
  "Andra — the name of the girl who wouldn't marry the one-eyed prince. Do you suppose that one ofthe ships of treasure sent out and lost was called Andra in her honour? And do you suppose Andrawas the name given to the search for the treasure — and that's why this ship and this map are markedAndra?"
  "It can't be!" said Jack, under his breath. "It isn't possible that we have hit on the old plan that waslost — the copy of the older plan made hundreds of years ago! It just isn't possible.""It's probably a hoax," said Philip, feeling perfectly32 certain that it wasn't.
  "No — it can't be," said Dinah. "Mr. Eppy, who knows about old things, told us this ship was old,didn't he? He was puzzled about it, because he said the ship was far older than the bottle.""Well, I'll tell you what I think," said Jack slowly. "I think this may be the plan — and I thinkprobably that old Greek merchantman who copied the original one and died, hid it in this ship —which he may have carved himself."
  "Yes — and after he died his family may have kept it as a curio, not knowing what was inside it —and later on somebody else got the ship and thought it would be a very suitable one for putting insidea bottle," finished Philip.
  "But how did it get inside?" wondered Lucy-Ann. "That's a real puzzle to me.""Oh, don't be silly. Everyone knows how a ship gets into a bottle," said Jack impatiently. "All they dois to blow a glass bottle round the ship, idiot. You know how bottles are made, don't you — blownlike bubbles of glass? Well, that's how ships get inside bottles — the glass is just blown round them.""Gosh — how clever," said Lucy-Ann. She looked at the ship again, and at the map lying beside it,old and yellowed.
  "To think we are looking at a plan that was first drawn33 ages ago by a Greek captain in charge of afleet of treasure-ships! And on this very map is shown where that treasure is still hidden — and we'rethe only people in the world that know the secret!"It certainly was rather a tremendous thought. Silence fell on the four children. They looked at oneanother. Lucy-Ann spoke again, timidly.
  "Jack! Philip! This won't be another adventure, will it?"Nobody answered her. They were all thinking about the strange map. Jack voiced their thoughts.
  "The thing is, as Lucy-Ann says — we may be the only ones in the world that know this secret — butit's all Greek to us! We can't read a word on the map, we don't even know what the name of the islandis, that is marked here. It's maddening.""We shall have to find out," said Dinah.
  "Oh yes — run around to various Greek people — Mr. Eppy, for instance — and say, 'Please will youdecipher this strange document for us?' That's not a very bright idea, Dinah. Anyone who knowsanything would see there was something worth while in this map — and it would disappear like ashot!"
  "Oh dear — would it?" said Lucy-Ann. "Do let's be careful of it then.""I know what we could do to make sure nobody could possibly steal it and use it," said Jack. "Wecould cut it carefully into four pieces, and each one of us could have a bit — then if anyone tried tograb our bit he wouldn't be any better off — he'd only have a quarter of the plan, which wouldn't helphim much!"
  "Yes — that's a good idea," said Philip. "Though why we are imagining thieves and robbers like thisI don't know!"
  "Only because we've had a bit of experience in our other adventures," said Dinah. "We're getting toknow how to handle them now!"
  "And you know," said Jack, still thinking of his plan, "if we cut the map into four pieces, we couldquite well go to four different people to ask them to decipher each quarter — without their seeing theother bits at all — so they wouldn't be any wiser, but we could fit their explanations together and geta complete picture of what the map means.""That's really a very clever idea, Jack," said Philip, considering it. "All the same — I vote we don't goto Mr. Eppy about one of the bits."
  "I don't see why not," said Jack. "He won't be able to tell anything from one bit, and we certainlyshan't say we've got the rest. In fact, it wouldn't be a bad idea to go to him first — he'd be able to tellall right if it was a genuine document. If it isn't we shan't need to waste our time trailing round to findthree other people to decipher the other bits.""Do you think he might guess what we guess — that this map is a plan of the Andra treasure hiding-place?" asked Philip, still doubtful of the wisdom of asking Mr. Eppy about the map.
  "We won't give him the bit with the name Andra on," said Jack. "And we won't say a word about theother bits, or even where we found them. We'll just say we came across his bit in our explorations,but we don't know where. Lucy-Ann doesn't need to say a word. She's the only one who knows wherethe ship was bought — we don't. So we can truthfully look him in the eye, and say 'No, sir — wehaven't any idea where this bit of paper originally came from. It just — er — kind of appeared.' ""I hope he believes you," said Dinah. "He never seems to believe a word that Lucian says.""Oh, well — that nit-wit," said Jack.
  "Lucian's really nicer than you think," said Lucy-Ann. "It was all because of him, don't forget, that Igot this ship — I'd never have found the ship in the bottle if it hadn't been for him.""Well, he shall have a small share in the treasure if we find it," said Jack generously.
  "Oh — are we going to look for it, then?" said Lucy-Ann. "What about Aunt Allie? What will shesay? And will the Viking Star mind us going to hunt for a treasure island?""Don't be a baby, Lucy-Ann," said Jack. "How can we possibly settle anything in the way of futureplans till we know what the map says? I imagine Aunt Allie will be as thrilled as we are when shehears about this."
  "Well, I don't," said Lucy-Ann. "I think she'll hate it. She'll take us all straight back home! She won'thave us rushing about looking for islands and treasure, I know. She's had enough of that kind of thingwith us."
  "We shan't tell her then, till everything is settled — and when it is we'll send for old Bill," declaredJack.
  Lucy-Ann cheered up immediately. As long as Bill Cunningham was there, nothing would matter.
  The four sat down on the two beds, quite tired out with their exciting talk. They wished the electricfan would go twice as fast because they felt so hot. It whirred away, turning this way and that, a realblessing in the warm cabin.
  A terrible noise, far louder than the electric fan made, came to their ears. They jumped.
  "That's Kiki — making her express-engine screech," said Jack. "Come on — we'd better get her orwe shall have the captain himself down to see what's up. My gracious, there she goes again. We'veleft her too long in the girls' cabin. Little wretch24!"The children hurried to the cabin next door, anxious to stop Kiki before other passengers complained.
  Kiki was standing34 on the dressing-table in front of the mirror, screeching35 at herself. Although sheknew mirrors very well indeed there were still times when she flew into a rage at seeing anotherparrot there, one that she couldn't peck.
  "Stop it, Kiki, bad bird!" cried Jack. "I'll tie your beak up, I will! Bad bird, naughty Polly!""Happy returns," said Kiki, speaking to Philip and ignoring Jack. She made a sound like a cork36 beingpopped out of a bottle, and then another noise like the gurgling of a liquid being poured out.
  "She wants a drink," said Jack. "Sorry, old thing. I forgot you'd be hot in here." He filled a tooth-glasswith water and Kiki sipped37 it thirstily. Micky came out for a drink too.
  "We are awful," said Philip. "We forgot all about these two in our excitement. There's always waterfor them in our cabin, but there isn't any in the girls'. Poor Kiki, poor Micky!""Nit-wit," said Kiki politely. She gave a realistic hiccup38. "Pardon! Micky, Kiki, Micky, Kiki, Micky,Ki . . ."
  "That's enough," said Jack. "We don't think that's funny. Come along for a walk on deck. We'll all getsome fresh air, and then sleep on our plans."They went up on deck with the parrot and the monkey. The other passengers smiled to see them.
  They liked the four children and their amusing pets. Kiki gave a hiccup every time she passedanyone, and immediately said "Oh, I say! Pardon!" She knew that made people laugh, and she lovedshowing off.
  It was cool on deck in the evening air. The children said very little, because they were thinking such alot. The bottle — the ship — the old map — quartering it — deciphering it — hunting, hunting,hunting for — Andra's treasure!
  Down in their cabins that night they all found it very difficult to go to sleep. They tossed and turned,wishing they could get cool. Micky and Kiki were on the porthole-sill for coolness. The boys had itopen always now, because neither of the pets showed any sign of wanting to go out of the big roundopening.
  Lucy- Ann lay thinking in her bed. She had the old familiar feeling of queer excitement andanticipation, mixed with a little dread39. She knew that feeling! It was the one she got when anadventure was beginning. She called softly to Dinah.
  "Dinah! Are you asleep? Listen — do you think we're beginning one of our adventures again? Do dosay we're not!"
  "Well, if we are, whose fault will it be?" came back Dinah's voice, very wide awake. "Who boughtthat ship?"
  "I did," said Lucy-Ann. "Yes — if we plunge40 headlong into an adventure this time, it'll be all becauseI bought the little ship — the Ship of Adventure!"


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 flannel S7dyQ     
  • She always wears a grey flannel trousers.她总是穿一条灰色法兰绒长裤。
  • She was looking luscious in a flannel shirt.她穿着法兰绒裙子,看上去楚楚动人。
3 muddle d6ezF     
  • Everything in the room was in a muddle.房间里每一件东西都是乱七八糟的。
  • Don't work in a rush and get into a muddle.克服忙乱现象。
4 tiresome Kgty9     
  • His doubts and hesitations were tiresome.他的疑惑和犹豫令人厌烦。
  • He was tiresome in contending for the value of his own labors.他老为他自己劳动的价值而争强斗胜,令人生厌。
5 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。
6 tamper 7g3zom     
  • Do not tamper with other's business.不要干预别人的事。
  • They had strict orders not to tamper with the customs of the minorities.他们得到命令严禁干涉少数民族的风俗习惯。
7 chattering chattering     
n. (机器振动发出的)咔嗒声,(鸟等)鸣,啁啾 adj. 喋喋不休的,啾啾声的 动词chatter的现在分词形式
  • The teacher told the children to stop chattering in class. 老师叫孩子们在课堂上不要叽叽喳喳讲话。
  • I was so cold that my teeth were chattering. 我冷得牙齿直打战。
8 relegated 2ddd0637a40869e0401ae326c3296bc3     
v.使降级( relegate的过去式和过去分词 );使降职;转移;把…归类
  • She was then relegated to the role of assistant. 随后她被降级做助手了。
  • I think that should be relegated to the garbage can of history. 我认为应该把它扔进历史的垃圾箱。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
9 distressed du1z3y     
  • He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions. 他非常苦恼而困惑,无法回答他们的问题。
  • The news of his death distressed us greatly. 他逝世的消息使我们极为悲痛。
10 growled 65a0c9cac661e85023a63631d6dab8a3     
v.(动物)发狺狺声, (雷)作隆隆声( growl的过去式和过去分词 );低声咆哮着说
  • \"They ought to be birched, \" growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他们应受到鞭打。” 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He growled out an answer. 他低声威胁着回答。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 chuckling e8dcb29f754603afc12d2f97771139ab     
轻声地笑( chuckle的现在分词 )
  • I could hear him chuckling to himself as he read his book. 他看书时,我能听见他的轻声发笑。
  • He couldn't help chuckling aloud. 他忍不住的笑了出来。 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
12 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。
13 darted d83f9716cd75da6af48046d29f4dd248     
v.投掷,投射( dart的过去式和过去分词 );向前冲,飞奔
  • The lizard darted out its tongue at the insect. 蜥蜴伸出舌头去吃小昆虫。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The old man was displeased and darted an angry look at me. 老人不高兴了,瞪了我一眼。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 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。
15 chattered 0230d885b9f6d176177681b6eaf4b86f     
(人)喋喋不休( chatter的过去式 ); 唠叨; (牙齿)打战; (机器)震颤
  • They chattered away happily for a while. 他们高兴地闲扯了一会儿。
  • We chattered like two teenagers. 我们聊着天,像两个十多岁的孩子。
16 anguished WzezLl     
  • Desmond eyed her anguished face with sympathy. 看着她痛苦的脸,德斯蒙德觉得理解。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The loss of her husband anguished her deeply. 她丈夫的死亡使她悲痛万分。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
17 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
18 clattering f876829075e287eeb8e4dc1cb4972cc5     
  • Typewriters keep clattering away. 打字机在不停地嗒嗒作响。
  • The typewriter was clattering away. 打字机啪嗒啪嗒地响着。
19 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
20 smacks e38ec3a6f4260031cc2f6544eec9331e     
掌掴(声)( smack的名词复数 ); 海洛因; (打的)一拳; 打巴掌
  • His politeness smacks of condescension. 他的客气带有屈尊俯就的意味。
  • It was a fishing town, and the sea was dotted with smacks. 这是个渔业城镇,海面上可看到渔帆点点。
21 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。
22 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》
23 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。
24 wretch EIPyl     
  • You are really an ungrateful wretch to complain instead of thanking him.你不但不谢他,还埋怨他,真不知好歹。
  • The dead husband is not the dishonoured wretch they fancied him.死去的丈夫不是他们所想象的不光彩的坏蛋。
25 wretches 279ac1104342e09faf6a011b43f12d57     
n.不幸的人( wretch的名词复数 );可怜的人;恶棍;坏蛋
  • The little wretches were all bedraggledfrom some roguery. 小淘气们由于恶作剧而弄得脏乎乎的。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • The best courage for us poor wretches is to fly from danger. 对我们这些可怜虫说来,最好的出路还是躲避危险。 来自辞典例句
26 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。
27 latch g2wxS     
  • She laid her hand on the latch of the door.她把手放在门闩上。
  • The repairman installed an iron latch on the door.修理工在门上安了铁门闩。
28 neatly ynZzBp     
  • Sailors know how to wind up a long rope neatly.水手们知道怎样把一条大绳利落地缠好。
  • The child's dress is neatly gathered at the neck.那孩子的衣服在领口处打着整齐的皱褶。
29 crammed e1bc42dc0400ef06f7a53f27695395ce     
adj.塞满的,挤满的;大口地吃;快速贪婪地吃v.把…塞满;填入;临时抱佛脚( cram的过去式)
  • He crammed eight people into his car. 他往他的车里硬塞进八个人。
  • All the shelves were crammed with books. 所有的架子上都堆满了书。
30 wheedle kpuyX     
  • I knew he was trying to wheedle me into being at his beck and call.我知道这是他拉拢我,好让我俯首贴耳地为他效劳。
  • They tried to wheedle her into leaving the house.他们想哄骗她离开这屋子。
31 triumphantly 9fhzuv     
  • The lion was roaring triumphantly. 狮子正在发出胜利的吼叫。
  • Robert was looking at me triumphantly. 罗伯特正得意扬扬地看着我。
32 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
33 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
34 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
35 screeching 8bf34b298a2d512e9b6787a29dc6c5f0     
v.发出尖叫声( screech的现在分词 );发出粗而刺耳的声音;高叫
  • Monkeys were screeching in the trees. 猴子在树上吱吱地叫着。
  • the unedifying sight of the two party leaders screeching at each other 两党党魁狺狺对吠的讨厌情景
36 cork VoPzp     
  • We heard the pop of a cork.我们听见瓶塞砰的一声打开。
  • Cork is a very buoyant material.软木是极易浮起的材料。
37 sipped 22d1585d494ccee63c7bff47191289f6     
v.小口喝,呷,抿( sip的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He sipped his coffee pleasurably. 他怡然地品味着咖啡。
  • I sipped the hot chocolate she had made. 我小口喝着她调制的巧克力热饮。 来自辞典例句
38 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?
39 dread Ekpz8     
  • We all dread to think what will happen if the company closes.我们都不敢去想一旦公司关门我们该怎么办。
  • Her heart was relieved of its blankest dread.她极度恐惧的心理消除了。
40 plunge 228zO     
  • Test pool's water temperature before you plunge in.在你跳入之前你应该测试水温。
  • That would plunge them in the broil of the two countries.那将会使他们陷入这两国的争斗之中。


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