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  THAT first day they were all together was a lovely one. They enjoyed it thoroughly1, especiallyGeorge, who had fretted2 all by herself for two weeks at home. Timmy was very happy too. He toreafter rabbits, most of them quite imaginary, up and down the field and in and out the hedges till hewas tired out.
  Then he would come and fling himself down by the four, panting like a steam-engine going uphill,his long pink tongue hanging out of his mouth.
  'You make me feel hot just to look at you, Timmy,' said Anne, pushing him away. 'Look, George- he's so hot he's steaming! One of these days, Timmy, you'll blow up!'
  They went for a walk in the afternoon, but didn't quite get to the sea. They saw it from a hill,sparkling blue in the distance. Little white yachts dotted the blue water like far-off swans with wingsout-spread. They had tea at a farmhouse3, watched by a couple of big-eyed farm-children.
  'Do you want to take some of my home-made jam with you?' asked the farmer's jolly, red-faced wife,when they paid her for their tea.
  'Oh, yes, rather!' said Dick. 'And I suppose you couldn't sell us some of that fruit-cake? We'recamping in caravans4 in Faynights Field, just opposite the castle - so we're having picnic meals eachday.'
  'Yes, you can have a whole cake,' said the farmer's wife. 'I did my baking yesterday, so there's plenty.
  And would you like some ham? And I've some good pickled onions too.'
  This was wonderful! They bought all the food very cheaply indeed, and carried it home gladly.
  Dick took off the lid of the pickled onions half-way back to the caravans, and sniffed6.
  'Better than any scent8!' he said. 'Have a sniff7, George.'
  It didn't stop at sniffs9, of course. Everyone took out a large pickled onion - except Timmy whobacked away at once. Onions were one thing he really couldn't bear. Dick put back the lid.
  'I think somebody else ought to carry the onions, not Dick,' said Anne. 'There won't be many left bythe time we reach our caravans!'
  When they climbed over the stile at the bottom of the field the sun was going down. The evening starhad appeared in the sky and twinkled brightly. As they trudged10 up to their caravans Julian stoppedand pointed11.
  'Hallo! Look! There are two more caravans here - rather like ours. I wonder if it's the fair-folkarriving.'
  'And there's another one, see - coming up the lane,' said Dick. 'It will have to go to the field-gatebecause it can't come the way we do - over the stile. There it goes.'
  'We shall soon have plenty of exciting neighbours!' said Anne, pleased. They went up to their owncaravans and looked curiously12 at the one that stood near to theirs. It was yellow, picked out with blueand black, and could have done with a new coat of paint. It was very like their own caravans, butlooked much older.
  There didn't seem to be anyone about the newly-arrived vans. The doors and windows were shut.
  The four stood and looked curiously at them.
  'There's a big box under that nearest caravan5,' said Julian. 'I wonder what's in it!'
  The box was long, shallow and wide. On the sides were round holes, punched into it at intervals13.
  George went to the caravan and bent14 down to look at the box, wondering if there was anything alivein it.
  Timmy went with her, sniffing15 at the holes in curiosity. He suddenly backed away, and barked loudly.
  George put her hand on his collar to drag him off but he wouldn't go with her. He barked withoutstopping!
  A noise came from inside the box - a rustling16, dry, sliding sort of noise that made Timmy bark evenmore frantically17.
  'Stop it, Timmy! Stop it!' said George, tugging18 at him. 'Julian, come and help me. There's somethingin that box that Timmy has never met before - goodness knows what - and he's half-16puzzled and half-scared. He's barking defiance19 - and he'll never stop unless we drag him away!'
  An angry voice came from the bottom of the field by the stile. 'Hey you! Take that dog away!
  What do you mean by poking20 into my business - upsetting my snakes!'
  'Oooh - snakes!' said Anne, retiring quickly to her own caravan. 'George, it's snakes in there. Do getTimmy away.'
  Julian and George managed to drag Timmy away, half-choking him with his collar, though he didn'tseem to notice this at all. The angry voice was now just behind them. George turned and saw a littledark man, middle aged21, with gleaming black eyes. He was shaking his fist, still shouting.
  'Sorry,' said George, pulling Timmy harder. 'Please stop shouting, or my dog will go for you.'
  'Go for me! He will go for me! You keep a dangerous dog like that, which smells out my snakes andwill go for me!' yelled the angry little man, dancing about like a boxer22 on his toes.
  'Ahhhhhh! Wait till I let out my snakes - and then your dog will run and run, and will never be seenagain!'
  This was a most alarming threat. With an enormous heave Julian, Dick and George at last got Timmyunder control, dragged him up the steps of Anne's caravan, and shut the door on him.
  Anne tried to quieten him, while the other three went out to the angry little man again.
  He had dragged out the big, shallow box, and had opened the lid. The three watched, fascinated.
  What snakes had he in there? Rattlesnakes? Cobras? They were all ready to run for their lives if thesnakes were as angry as their owner.
  A great head reared itself out of the box, and swung itself from side to side. Two unblinking darkeyes gleamed - and then a long, long body writhed23 out and glided24 up the man's legs, round his waistand round his neck. He fondled it, talking in a low, caressing25 voice.
  George shivered. Julian and Dick watched in amazement26. 'It's a python,' said Julian. 'My, what amonster. I've never seen one so close before. I wonder it doesn't wind itself round that fellow andsqueeze him to death.'
  'He's got hold of it near the tail,' said Dick, watching. 'Oh, look - there's another one!'
  Sure enough a second python slid out of the box, coil upon gleaming coil. It too wreathed itself roundits owner, making a loud hissing27 noise as it did so. Its body was thicker than Julian's calf28.
  Anne was watching out of her caravan window, hardly able to believe her eyes. She had never in herlife seen snakes as big as these. She didn't even know what they were. She began to wish 17their caravans were miles and miles away.
  The little man quieted his snakes at last. They almost hid him with their great coils! From each sideof his neck came a snake's head, flat and shining.
  Timmy was now watching out of the window also, his head beside Anne's. He was amazed to see thegliding snakes, and stopped barking at once. He got down from the window and went under the table.
  Timmy didn't think he liked the look of these new creatures at all!
  The man fondled the snakes and then, still speaking to them lovingly, got them back into their boxagain. They glided in, and piled themselves inside, coil upon coil. The man shut down the lid andlocked it.
  Then he turned to the three watching children. 'You see how upset you make my snakes?' he said.
  'Now you keep away, you hear? And you keep your dog away too. Ah, you children!
  Interfering, poking your noses, staring! I do not like children and nor do my snakes. You KEEPAWAY, SEE?'
  He shouted the last words so angrily that the three jumped. 'Look here,' said Julian. 'We only came tosay we were sorry our dog barked like that. Dogs always bark at strange things they don't know orunderstand. It's only natural.'
  'Dogs, too, I hate,' said the little man, going into his caravan. 'You will keep him away from here,especially when I have my snakes out, or one might give him too loving a squeeze. Ha!'
  He disappeared into his van and the door shut firmly.
  'Not so good,' said Julian. 'We seem to have made a bad start with the fair-folk - and I had hoped theywould be friendly and let us into some of their secrets.'
  'I don't like the last thing he said,' said George, worried. 'A loving squeeze by one of those pythonswould be the end of Timmy. I shall certainly keep him away when I see that funny little man takingout his snakes. He really seemed to love them, didn't he?'
  'He certainly did,' said Julian. 'Well, I wonder who lives in the second newly-arrived caravan. I feel Ihardly dare even to look at it in case it contains gorillas29 or elephants or hippos, or...'
  'Don't be an idiot,' said George. 'Come on, it's getting dark. Hallo, here comes the caravan we sawdown in the lane just now!'
  It came slowly up the grassy30 hillside, bumping as it went. On the side was painted a name in large,scarlet letters.
  'Mister India-rubber.'
  'Oh - the rubber-man!' said George. 'Dick - is he the driver, do you think?'
  They all stared at the driver. He was long and thin and droopy, and he looked as if he might burst intotears at any moment. His horse looked rather the same.
  'Well - he might be Mr. India-rubber,' said Julian. 'But certainly there doesn't seem to be muchbounce in him! Look - he's getting down.'
  The man got down with a supple31, loose grace that didn't seem to fit his droopy body at all. He tookthe horse out of the shafts32 and set it loose in the field. It wandered away pulling here and there at thegrass, still looking as sad and droopy as its master.
  'Bufflo!' suddenly yelled the man. 'You in?'
  The door of the second caravan opened and a young man looked out - a huge young man with a mopof yellow hair, a bright red shirt and a broad smile.
  'Hiya, Rubber!' he called. 'We got here first. Come along in - Skippy's got some food ready.'
  Mr. India-rubber walked sadly up the steps of Bufflo's caravan. The door shut.
  'This is really rather exciting,' said Dick. 'An India-rubber man - Bufflo and Skippy, whoever theymay be - and a man with tame snakes next to us. Whatever next!'
  Anne called to them. 'Do come in. Timmy's whining33 like anything.'
  They went up the steps of her caravan and found that Anne had got ready a light supper for them- a ham sandwich each, a piece of fruit cake and an orange.
  'I'll have a pickled onion with my sandwich, please,' said Dick. 'I'll chop it up and put it in with theham. What wonderful ideas I do have, to be sure!'


1 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。
2 fretted 82ebd7663e04782d30d15d67e7c45965     
  • The wind whistled through the twigs and fretted the occasional, dirty-looking crocuses. 寒风穿过枯枝,有时把发脏的藏红花吹刮跑了。 来自英汉文学
  • The lady's fame for hitting the mark fretted him. 这位太太看问题深刻的名声在折磨着他。
3 farmhouse kt1zIk     
  • We fell for the farmhouse as soon as we saw it.我们对那所农舍一见倾心。
  • We put up for the night at a farmhouse.我们在一间农舍投宿了一夜。
4 caravans 44e69dd45f2a4d2a551377510c9ca407     
(可供居住的)拖车(通常由机动车拖行)( caravan的名词复数 ); 篷车; (穿过沙漠地带的)旅行队(如商队)
  • Old-fashioned gypsy caravans are painted wooden vehicles that are pulled by horses. 旧式的吉卜赛大篷车是由马拉的涂了颜色的木质车辆。
  • Old-fashioned gypsy caravans are painted wooden vehicles. 旧时的吉普赛大篷车是涂了颜色的木质车辆。
5 caravan OrVzu     
  • The community adviser gave us a caravan to live in.社区顾问给了我们一间活动住房栖身。
  • Geoff connected the caravan to the car.杰弗把旅行用的住屋拖车挂在汽车上。
6 sniffed ccb6bd83c4e9592715e6230a90f76b72     
v.以鼻吸气,嗅,闻( sniff的过去式和过去分词 );抽鼻子(尤指哭泣、患感冒等时出声地用鼻子吸气);抱怨,不以为然地说
  • When Jenney had stopped crying she sniffed and dried her eyes. 珍妮停止了哭泣,吸了吸鼻子,擦干了眼泪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The dog sniffed suspiciously at the stranger. 狗疑惑地嗅着那个陌生人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 sniff PF7zs     
  • The police used dogs to sniff out the criminals in their hiding - place.警察使用警犬查出了罪犯的藏身地点。
  • When Munchie meets a dog on the beach, they sniff each other for a while.当麦奇在海滩上碰到另一条狗的时候,他们会彼此嗅一会儿。
8 scent WThzs     
  • The air was filled with the scent of lilac.空气中弥漫着丁香花的芬芳。
  • The flowers give off a heady scent at night.这些花晚上散发出醉人的芳香。
9 sniffs 1dc17368bdc7c210dcdfcacf069b2513     
v.以鼻吸气,嗅,闻( sniff的第三人称单数 );抽鼻子(尤指哭泣、患感冒等时出声地用鼻子吸气);抱怨,不以为然地说
  • When a dog smells food, he usually sniffs. 狗闻到食物时常吸鼻子。 来自辞典例句
  • I-It's a difficult time [ Sniffs ] with my husband. 最近[哭泣]和我丈夫出了点问题。 来自电影对白
10 trudged e830eb9ac9fd5a70bf67387e070a9616     
vt.& vi.跋涉,吃力地走(trudge的过去式与过去分词形式)
  • He trudged the last two miles to the town. 他步履艰难地走完最后两英里到了城里。
  • He trudged wearily along the path. 他沿着小路疲惫地走去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 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。
12 curiously 3v0zIc     
  • 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。
13 intervals f46c9d8b430e8c86dea610ec56b7cbef     
n.[军事]间隔( interval的名词复数 );间隔时间;[数学]区间;(戏剧、电影或音乐会的)幕间休息
  • The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. 预报间晴,有阵雨。
  • Meetings take place at fortnightly intervals. 每两周开一次会。
14 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
15 sniffing 50b6416c50a7d3793e6172a8514a0576     
n.探查法v.以鼻吸气,嗅,闻( sniff的现在分词 );抽鼻子(尤指哭泣、患感冒等时出声地用鼻子吸气);抱怨,不以为然地说
  • We all had colds and couldn't stop sniffing and sneezing. 我们都感冒了,一个劲地抽鼻子,打喷嚏。
  • They all had colds and were sniffing and sneezing. 他们都伤风了,呼呼喘气而且打喷嚏。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
16 rustling c6f5c8086fbaf68296f60e8adb292798     
n. 瑟瑟声,沙沙声 adj. 发沙沙声的
  • the sound of the trees rustling in the breeze 树木在微风中发出的沙沙声
  • the soft rustling of leaves 树叶柔和的沙沙声
17 frantically ui9xL     
ad.发狂地, 发疯地
  • He dashed frantically across the road. 他疯狂地跑过马路。
  • She bid frantically for the old chair. 她发狂地喊出高价要买那把古老的椅子。
18 tugging 1b03c4e07db34ec7462f2931af418753     
n.牵引感v.用力拉,使劲拉,猛扯( tug的现在分词 )
  • Tom was tugging at a button-hole and looking sheepish. 汤姆捏住一个钮扣眼使劲地拉,样子显得很害羞。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
  • She kicked him, tugging his thick hair. 她一边踢他,一边扯着他那浓密的头发。 来自辞典例句
19 defiance RmSzx     
  • He climbed the ladder in defiance of the warning.他无视警告爬上了那架梯子。
  • He slammed the door in a spirit of defiance.他以挑衅性的态度把门砰地一下关上。
20 poking poking     
n. 刺,戳,袋 vt. 拨开,刺,戳 vi. 戳,刺,捅,搜索,伸出,行动散慢
  • He was poking at the rubbish with his stick. 他正用手杖拨动垃圾。
  • He spent his weekends poking around dusty old bookshops. 他周末都泡在布满尘埃的旧书店里。
21 aged 6zWzdI     
  • He had put on weight and aged a little.他胖了,也老点了。
  • He is aged,but his memory is still good.他已年老,然而记忆力还好。
22 boxer sxKzdR     
  • The boxer gave his opponent a punch on the nose.这个拳击手朝他对手的鼻子上猛击一拳。
  • He moved lightly on his toes like a boxer.他像拳击手一样踮着脚轻盈移动。
23 writhed 7985cffe92f87216940f2d01877abcf6     
(因极度痛苦而)扭动或翻滚( writhe的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He writhed at the memory, revolted with himself for that temporary weakness. 他一想起来就痛悔不已,只恨自己当一时糊涂。
  • The insect, writhed, and lay prostrate again. 昆虫折腾了几下,重又直挺挺地倒了下去。
24 glided dc24e51e27cfc17f7f45752acf858ed1     
v.滑动( glide的过去式和过去分词 );掠过;(鸟或飞机 ) 滑翔
  • The President's motorcade glided by. 总统的车队一溜烟开了过去。
  • They glided along the wall until they were out of sight. 他们沿着墙壁溜得无影无踪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
25 caressing 00dd0b56b758fda4fac8b5d136d391f3     
  • The spring wind is gentle and caressing. 春风和畅。
  • He sat silent still caressing Tartar, who slobbered with exceeding affection. 他不声不响地坐在那里,不断抚摸着鞑靼,它由于获得超常的爱抚而不淌口水。
26 amazement 7zlzBK     
  • 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。
27 hissing hissing     
n. 发嘶嘶声, 蔑视 动词hiss的现在分词形式
  • The steam escaped with a loud hissing noise. 蒸汽大声地嘶嘶冒了出来。
  • His ears were still hissing with the rustle of the leaves. 他耳朵里还听得萨萨萨的声音和屑索屑索的怪声。 来自汉英文学 - 春蚕
28 calf ecLye     
  • The cow slinked its calf.那头母牛早产了一头小牛犊。
  • The calf blared for its mother.牛犊哞哞地高声叫喊找妈妈。
29 gorillas a04bd21e2b9b42b0d71bbb65c0c6d365     
n.大猩猩( gorilla的名词复数 );暴徒,打手
  • the similitude between humans and gorillas 人类和大猩猩的相像
  • Each family of gorillas is led by a great silverbacked patriarch. 每个大星星家族都由一个魁梧的、长着银色被毛的族长带领着。 来自《简明英汉词典》
30 grassy DfBxH     
  • They sat and had their lunch on a grassy hillside.他们坐在长满草的山坡上吃午饭。
  • Cattle move freely across the grassy plain.牛群自由自在地走过草原。
31 supple Hrhwt     
  • She gets along well with people because of her supple nature.她与大家相处很好,因为她的天性柔和。
  • He admired the graceful and supple movements of the dancers.他赞扬了舞蹈演员优雅灵巧的舞姿。
32 shafts 8a8cb796b94a20edda1c592a21399c6b     
n.轴( shaft的名词复数 );(箭、高尔夫球棒等的)杆;通风井;一阵(疼痛、害怕等)
  • He deliberately jerked the shafts to rock him a bit. 他故意的上下颠动车把,摇这个老猴子几下。 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
  • Shafts were sunk, with tunnels dug laterally. 竖井已经打下,并且挖有横向矿道。 来自辞典例句
33 whining whining     
n. 抱怨,牢骚 v. 哭诉,发牢骚
  • That's the way with you whining, puny, pitiful players. 你们这种又爱哭、又软弱、又可怜的赌棍就是这样。
  • The dog sat outside the door whining (to be let in). 那条狗坐在门外狺狺叫着(要进来)。


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