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  AS they had their supper they talked about the queer new arrivals. Timmy sat close to George, tryingto tell her that he was sorry for causing such a disturbance1. She patted him and scolded him at thesame time.
  'I quite understand that you don't like the snakes, Timmy - but when I tell you to stop barking andcome away you MUST do as you're told! Do you understand?'
  Timmy's tail dropped and he put his big head on George's knee. He gave a little whine2.
  'I don't think he'll ever go near that box again, now he's seen the snakes that came out of it,' saidAnne. 'You should have seen how scared he was when he looked out of the window with me and sawthem. He went and hid under the table.'
  'It's a pity we've made a bad start with the fair-folk,' said Julian. 'I don't expect they like childrenmuch, because as a rule the kids would make themselves an awful nuisance - peering here and pokingthere.'
  'I think I can hear more caravans4 arriving,' said George, and Timmy pricked5 up his ears and growled6.
  'Be quiet, Timmy. We're not the only ones allowed in this field!'
  Dick went to the window and peered out into the twilight7. He saw some large dark shapes in anotherpart of the field, looming8 out of the darkness. A little camp-fire burned brightly in front of one,showing a small figure bending over it.
  'These are jolly good sandwiches, Anne,' said Dick. 'What about another pickled onion, everyone?'
  'No Dick,' said Anne, firmly. 'You've eaten your sandwich.'
  'Well, I can eat a pickled onion without a sandwich, can't I?' said Dick. 'Hand over, Anne.'
  Anne wouldn't. 'I've hidden them,' she said. 'You want some for tomorrow, don't you? Don't begreedy, Dick. Have a biscuit if you're still hungry.'
  'I meant to ask if we could have a camp- fire outside tonight,' said George, remembering. 'Butsomehow I feel so sleepy I think I'd nod off if I sat by it!'
  'I feel sleepy too,' said Anne. 'Let's clear up, George, and snuggle into our bunks10. The boys can go totheir caravan3 and read or play games if they want to.'
  Dick yawned. 'Well - I might read for a bit,' he said. 'I hope you've got enough water, Anne, for thevarious things you use it for - because I do NOT intend to stumble over this dark field to the stream,and fall over snakes and anything else the fair-folk may have strewn carelessly about the grass!'
  'You don't think those snakes could get loose, do you?' said Anne, anxiously.
  'Of course not!' said Julian. 'Anyway, Timmy will bark the place down if even a hedgehog comesroving by, so you don't need to worry about snakes!'
  The boys said good night and went off to their own caravan. The girls saw a light suddenly shine outthere, and shadows moved across the curtains drawn11 over the windows.
  'Dick's lighted their lamp,' said Anne. Theirs was already lighted, and the caravan looked cosy12 20and friendly. Anne showed George how to put up her bunk9. It clicked into place, felt nice and firmand was most inviting-looking.
  The girls made their beds in the bunks, putting in sheets and blankets and rugs. 'Where's my pillow?'
  asked George. 'Oh - it's a cushion in the daytime, is it? What a good idea!'
  She and Anne took the covers off the two cushions in the chairs, and underneath13 were the pillow-cases over the pillows, ready for the night!
  They undressed, washed in stream water in the little sink, cleaned their teeth and brushed their hair.
  'Does the water go under the caravan when I pull the plug out of the sink?' said George.
  'Here it goes!'
  The water gurgled out and splashed on the ground under the van. Timmy pricked up his ears andlistened. He could see that he would have to get used to quite a lot of new noises here!
  'Got your torch?' said Anne when at last they had both got into their bunks. 'I'm going to blow out thelamp. If you want anything in the night you'll have to put on your torch, George. Look at Timmysitting on the floor still! He doesn't realize we've gone to bed! Tim - are you waiting for us to goupstairs?'
  Timmy thumped14 his tail on the floor. That was just exactly what he was waiting for. When Georgewent to bed she always went upstairs, whether she was at school or at home - and though he hadn'tmanaged to discover any stairs in the caravan yet, he was sure that George knew where they were!
  It took Timmy a few minutes to realize that George was going to sleep for the night in the bunk shehad put up against the wall. Then, with one bound he was on top of her, and settled down on her legs.
  She gave a groan15.
  'Oh, Timmy - you are rough! Get off my legs - get further down - get into the curve of my knees.'
  Timmy found the bunk too small to be really comfortable. However he managed to curl himself up inas small a space as possible, put his head down on one of George's knees, gave one of his heavysighs, and fell asleep.
  He had one ear open all the time, though - an ear for a rat that for some peculiar16 reason ran over theroof - an ear for a daring rabbit that nibbled17 the grass under the caravan - and a very alert ear for a bigcockchafer that flew straight into the glass pane18 of the right-hand window, just above George's bunk.
  Plang! It collided with the pane, and fell back, stunned19. Timmy couldn't for the life of him think 21what it was, but soon fell asleep again, still with one ear open. The blackbird in the hawthorn20 treewoke him up early. It had thought of a perfectly21 new melody, and was trying it out very loudly anddeliberately. A thrush nearby joined in.
  'Mind how you do it, mind how you do it!' sang the thrush at the top of its voice. Timmy sat up andstretched. George woke up at once, because Timmy trod heavily on her middle.
  She couldn't think where she was at first, then she remembered and smiled. Of course - in a caravan,with Anne. How that blackbird sang - a better song than the thrush! Cows mooed in the distance, andthe early morning sun slid in through the window and picked out the clock and the bowl of primroses22.
  Timmy settled down. If George wasn't going to get up neither was he! George shut her eyes and fellasleep again too. Outside, the camp began to awake. Caravan doors opened. Fires were lighted.
  Somebody went down to the stream to get water.
  The boys came banging at the door of the girls' caravan. 'Come on, sleepyheads! It's half-past seven,and we're hungry!'
  'Goodness!' said Anne, sitting up, bright-eyed with sleep. 'George! Wake up!'
  It wasn't long before they were all sitting round a little fire, from which came a very nice smell.
  Dick was frying bacon and eggs, and the smell made everyone very hungry. Anne had boiled a kettleon her little stove, and made some tea. She came down the steps with a tray on which she had put theteapot and hot water.
  'Anne always does things properly,' said Dick. 'Here, hold your plate out, Ju - your bacon's done.
  Take your nose out of the way, Timmy, you silly dog - you'll get it splashed with hot fat again.
  Do look after Timmy when I'm cooking, George. He's already wolfed one slice of bacon.'
  'Well, it saved you cooking it,' said George. 'I say, aren't there a lot of caravans here now? They musthave come last night.'
  They stared round at the field. Besides the snake-man's caravan, and Bufflo's and Mr. India-rubber's,there were four or five more.
  One interested the children very much. It was a brilliant yellow with red flames painted on the sides.
  The name on it was 'Alfredo, the Fire Eater'.
  'I imagine him to be a great big fierce chap,' said Dick. 'A regular fire-eater, with a terribly ferocioustemper, an enormous voice and a great stride when he walks.'
  'He will probably be a skinny little fellow who trots23 along like a pony,' said Julian.
  'There's someone coming out of his caravan now,' said George. 'Look.'
  'It's a woman,' said Anne. 'His wife, I expect. How tiny she is - rather sweet. She looks Spanish, she'sso dark.'
  'This must be the fire-eater, coming behind her,' said George. 'Surely it is! And he's JUST like youimagined him, Dick. How clever of you!'
  A great big fellow came down the steps behind his tiny wife. He certainly looked very fierce, for hehad a lion-like mane of tawny24 hair, and a big red face with large, gleaming eyes. He took enormousstrides as he went, and his little wife had to run to keep up with him.
  'Just my idea of a fire-eater,' said Dick, pleased. 'I think we'll keep out of his way until we know if healso dislikes children, like the snake-man. What a tiny wife he has! I bet he makes her run aroundhim, and wait on him hand and foot.'
  'Well, he's fetching water from the stream for her, anyway,' said Anne. 'Two huge pails. My word, hereally does look like a fire-eater, doesn't he?'
  'There's somebody else, look,' said Dick. 'Now who would he be? Look at him going to the stream -he walks like a tiger or a cat - all slinky and powerful.'
  'The man who can set himself free from ropes no matter how he's tied!' said Anne. 'I'm sure he is.'
  It was most exciting to watch the new arrivals. They all seemed to know one another. They stoppedto talk, they laughed, they visited one another's caravans, and finally three of the women set offtogether with baskets.
  'Going off to shop,' said Anne. 'That's what I ought to do. Coming George? There's a bus that goesdown to the village in about ten minutes. We can easily clear up when we come back.'
  'Right,' said George, and got up too. 'What are the boys going to do while we're gone?'
  'Oh, fetch more water, find sticks for the fire, and see to their own bunks,' said Anne, airily.
  'Are we really?' said Dick, grinning. 'Well, we might. On the other hand, we might not. Anyway, youtwo go, because food is getting rather low. A very serious thought, that! Anne, get me some moretooth-paste, will you? And if you can spot some of those doughnuts at the dairy, bring a dozen backwith you.'
  'Yes - and see if you can get a tin of pineapple,' said Julian. 'Don't forget we want milk too.'
  'If you want many more things you'll have to come and help us carry them,' said Anne. 'Anythingelse?'
  'Call at the post office and see if there are any letters,' said Dick. 'And don't forget to buy a paper.
  We may as well find out if anything has happened in the outside world! Not that I feel I can takemuch interest in it at the moment.'
  'Right,' said Anne. 'Come on, George - we shall miss that bus.' And off they went with Timmy at theirheels.


1 disturbance BsNxk     
  • He is suffering an emotional disturbance.他的情绪受到了困扰。
  • You can work in here without any disturbance.在这儿你可不受任何干扰地工作。
2 whine VMNzc     
  • You are getting paid to think,not to whine.支付给你工资是让你思考而不是哀怨的。
  • The bullet hit a rock and rocketed with a sharp whine.子弹打在一块岩石上,一声尖厉的呼啸,跳飞开去。
3 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。
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 pricked 1d0503c50da14dcb6603a2df2c2d4557     
刺,扎,戳( prick的过去式和过去分词 ); 刺伤; 刺痛; 使剧痛
  • The cook pricked a few holes in the pastry. 厨师在馅饼上戳了几个洞。
  • He was pricked by his conscience. 他受到良心的谴责。
6 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》
7 twilight gKizf     
  • Twilight merged into darkness.夕阳的光辉融于黑暗中。
  • Twilight was sweet with the smell of lilac and freshly turned earth.薄暮充满紫丁香和新翻耕的泥土的香味。
8 looming 1060bc05c0969cf209c57545a22ee156     
n.上现蜃景(光通过低层大气发生异常折射形成的一种海市蜃楼)v.隐约出现,阴森地逼近( loom的现在分词 );隐约出现,阴森地逼近
  • The foothills were looming ahead through the haze. 丘陵地带透过薄雾朦胧地出现在眼前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Then they looked up. Looming above them was Mount Proteome. 接着他们往上看,在其上隐约看到的是蛋白质组山。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 回顾与展望
9 bunk zWyzS     
  • He left his bunk and went up on deck again.他离开自己的铺位再次走到甲板上。
  • Most economists think his theories are sheer bunk.大多数经济学家认为他的理论纯属胡说。
10 bunks dbe593502613fe679a9ecfd3d5d45f1f     
n.(车、船等倚壁而设的)铺位( bunk的名词复数 );空话,废话v.(车、船等倚壁而设的)铺位( bunk的第三人称单数 );空话,废话
  • These bunks can tip up and fold back into the wall. 这些铺位可以翻起来并折叠收入墙内。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • At last they turned into their little bunks in the cart. 最后他们都钻进车内的小卧铺里。 来自辞典例句
11 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。
12 cosy dvnzc5     
  • We spent a cosy evening chatting by the fire.我们在炉火旁聊天度过了一个舒适的晚上。
  • It was so warm and cosy in bed that Simon didn't want to get out.床上温暖而又舒适,西蒙简直不想下床了。
13 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。
14 thumped 0a7f1b69ec9ae1663cb5ed15c0a62795     
v.重击, (指心脏)急速跳动( thump的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Dave thumped the table in frustration . 戴夫懊恼得捶打桌子。
  • He thumped the table angrily. 他愤怒地用拳捶击桌子。
15 groan LfXxU     
  • The wounded man uttered a groan.那个受伤的人发出呻吟。
  • The people groan under the burden of taxes.人民在重税下痛苦呻吟。
16 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。
17 nibbled e053ad3f854d401d3fe8e7fa82dc3325     
v.啃,一点一点地咬(吃)( nibble的过去式和过去分词 );啃出(洞),一点一点咬出(洞);慢慢减少;小口咬
  • She nibbled daintily at her cake. 她优雅地一点一点地吃着自己的蛋糕。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Several companies have nibbled at our offer. 若干公司表示对我们的出价有兴趣。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 pane OKKxJ     
  • He broke this pane of glass.他打破了这块窗玻璃。
  • Their breath bloomed the frosty pane.他们呼出的水气,在冰冷的窗玻璃上形成一层雾。
19 stunned 735ec6d53723be15b1737edd89183ec2     
adj. 震惊的,惊讶的 动词stun的过去式和过去分词
  • The fall stunned me for a moment. 那一下摔得我昏迷了片刻。
  • The leaders of the Kopper Company were then stunned speechless. 科伯公司的领导们当时被惊得目瞪口呆。
20 hawthorn j5myb     
  • A cuckoo began calling from a hawthorn tree.一只布谷鸟开始在一株山楂树里咕咕地呼叫。
  • Much of the track had become overgrown with hawthorn.小路上很多地方都长满了山楂树。
21 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。
22 primroses a7da9b79dd9b14ec42ee0bf83bfe8982     
n.报春花( primrose的名词复数 );淡黄色;追求享乐(招至恶果)
  • Wild flowers such as orchids and primroses are becoming rare. 兰花和报春花这类野花越来越稀少了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The primroses were bollming; spring was in evidence. 迎春花开了,春天显然已经到了。 来自互联网
23 trots b4193f3b689ed427c61603fce46ef9b1     
小跑,急走( trot的名词复数 ); 匆匆忙忙地走
  • A horse that trots, especially one trained for harness racing. 训练用于快跑特别是套轭具赛跑的马。
  • He always trots out the same old excuses for being late. 他每次迟到总是重复那一套藉口。
24 tawny tIBzi     
  • Her black hair springs in fine strands across her tawny,ruddy cheek.她的一头乌发分披在健康红润的脸颊旁。
  • None of them noticed a large,tawny owl flutter past the window.他们谁也没注意到一只大的、褐色的猫头鹰飞过了窗户。


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