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  THE two boys decided1 they would fetch the water and stack up some firewood while the girls weregone. They made their bunks2 too, by the simple process of dragging off all the clothes and bundlingthem on the shelf, and then letting down the bunks against the wall.
  That done there didn't seem much else to do except wait for the girls. So they took a walk round thefield. They kept a good distance from the snake-man, who was doing something peculiar3 to one of hispythons.
  'It looks as if he's polishing it, but he surely can't be,' said Julian. 'I'd like to go near enough to watchbut he's such a hot-tempered little fellow he might quite well set one of those enormous pythons on tous!'
  The snake-man was sitting on a box, with one snake spread over his knee, some of its coils round oneof his legs, the other coils round his waist. The head appeared to be under his arm-pit. The man wasrubbing away hard at the snake's scaly4 body, and it really seemed as if the python was enjoying it!
  Bufflo was doing something with a whip. It had a magnificent handle, set with semi-precious stonesthat caught the sun and glittered in many colours.
  'Look at the lash5,' said Julian. 'Yards and yards long! I'd like to see him crack it!'
  Almost as if he heard him, Bufflo got to his feet, and swung the great whip in his hand. Then heraised it - and a moment later there was a sound exactly like a pistol-shot! The lash cracked as it waswhipped through the air, and the two boys jumped, not expecting such a loud noise.
  Bufflo cracked it again. Then he whistled and a small plump woman came to the steps of his caravan6.
  'You mended it yet?' she called.
  'Perhaps,' said Bufflo. 'Get a cigarette, Skippy. Hurry!'
  Skippy put her hand into the caravan, felt along a shelf, and brought out a packet of cigarettes.
  She didn't go down the steps, but stood there, holding out the cigarette between her finger and thumb.
  Bufflo swung his whip. CRACK! The cigarette disappeared as if by magic! The boys stared inamazement. Surely the end of the lash hadn't whipped that cigarette from Skippy's fingers? It didn'tseem possible.
  'There it is,' said Bufflo, pointing some distance away. 'Hold it again, Skippy. I reckon this whip isokay now.'
  Skippy picked up the cigarette and put it in her mouth!
  'No!' called Bufflo. 'I ain't sure enough of this lash yet. You hold it like you did.'
  Skippy took it out of her mouth and held out the cigarette in her finger and thumb once more.
  CRACK! Like a pistol-shot the whip cracked again, and once more the cigarette disappeared.
  'Aw, Bufflo - you've gone and broken it in half,' said Skippy, reproachfully, pointing to where it layon the ground, neatly7 cut in half. 'That was real careless of you.'
  Bufflo said nothing. He merely turned his back on Skippy, and set to work on his lash again, thoughwhat he was doing neither of the boys could make out. They went a little nearer to see.
  Bufflo had his back to them but he must have heard them coming. 'You clear out,' he said, hardlyraising his voice. 'No kids allowed round here. Clear out - or I'll crack my whip and take the top hairsoff your head!'
  Julian and Dick felt perfectly8 certain he would be able to carry out his threat, and they retreated withas much dignity as they could. 'I suppose the snake-man told him what a disturbance9 old Timmymade yesterday with the snakes,' said Dick. 'I hope it won't spoil things for us with all the fair-folk.'
  They went across the field and on the way met Mr. India-rubber. They couldn't help staring at him.
  He honestly looked as if he were made of rubber - he was a curious grey, the grey of an ordinaryschool rubber, and his skin looked rubbery too.
  He scowled10 at the two boys. 'Clear out,' he said. 'No kids allowed in our field.'
  Julian was annoyed. 'It's our field as much as yours,' he said. 'We've got a couple of caravans11 here -those over there.'
  'Well, this has always been our field,' said Mr. India-rubber. 'So you clear out to the next one.'
  'We haven't any horses to pull our caravans, even if we wanted to go, which we don't,' retorted Julian,angrily. 'Anyway, why should you object to us? We'd like to be friendly. We shan't do you any harm,or make a nuisance of ourselves.'
  'Us-folk and you-folk don't mix,' said the man, obstinately12. 'We don't want you here - nor them poshcaravans down there, neither,' and he pointed13 to the three modern caravans in one corner of the field.
  'This has always been our field.'
  'Don't let's argue about it,' said Dick, who had been looking at the man with the greatest curiosity.
  'Are you really so rubbery that you can wriggle14 in and out of pipes and things? Do you-'
  But he didn't have time to finish his question because the rubber-man flung himself down on theground, did a few strange contortions15, nicked himself between the boys' legs - and there they bothwere, flat on the ground! The rubber-man was walking off, looking quite pleased with himself.
  'Well!' said Dick, feeling a bump on his head. 'I tried to grab his legs and they honestly felt likerubber! I say - what a pity these people resent us being in their field. It's not going to be very pleasantto have them all banded against us. Not fair either. I should like to be friendly.'
  'Well, perhaps it's just a case of us-folk and you-folk,' said Julian. 'There's a lot of that kind of feelingabout these days, and it's so silly. We're all the same under the skin. We've always got on well withanyone before.'
  They hardly liked to go near the other caravans, though they longed to have a closer view of Alfredothe Fire-Eater.
  'He looked so exactly like what I imagined a fire-eater ought to be,' said Dick. 'I should think he'sprobably chief of all the fair-folk here - if they've got a chief.'
  'Look - here he comes!' said Julian. And sure enough, round the corner came Alfredo, running fast.
  He came towards the boys, and Julian at first thought that he was coming to chase them away. Hedidn't mean to run from Alfredo, but it wasn't very pleasant standing16 still, either, with this enormousfellow racing17 towards them, his cheeks as red as fire, his great mane of hair flopping18 up and down.
  And then they saw why Alfredo was running! After him came his tiny little dark wife. She wasshrieking at him in some foreign language, and was chasing him with a saucepan!
  Alfredo lumbered19 by the two boys, looking scared out of his life. He went down to the stile, leaptover it and disappeared down the lane.
  The little dark woman watched him go. When he turned to look round she waved the saucepan athim.
  'Big bad one!' she cried. 'You burn breakfast again! Again, again! I bang you with saucepan, big badone. Come, Alfredo, come!'
  But Alfredo had no intention of coming. The angry little woman turned to the two boys. 'He burnbreakfast,' she said. 'He no watch, he burn always.'
  'It seems queer for a fire-eater to burn something he's cooking,' said Julian. 'Though, on secondthoughts, perhaps it's not!'
  'Poof! Fire-eating, it is easy!' said Alfredo's hot-tempered little wife. 'Cooking is not so easy. It needsbrains and eyes and hands. But Fredo, he has no brains, his hands are clumsy - he can only eat fire,and what use is that?'
  'Well - I suppose he makes money by it,' said Dick, amused.
  'He is my big bad one,' said the little woman. She turned to go and then turned back again with asudden smile. 'But he is very good sometimes,' she said.
  She went back to her caravan. The boys looked at one another. 'Poor Alfredo,' said Dick. 'He looks asbrave as a lion, and he's certainly a giant of a man - but he's as timid as a mouse. Fancy running awayfrom that tiny little woman.'
  'Well, I'm not so sure I wouldn't too, if she came bounding over the field after me, brandishing20 thatdangerous-looking saucepan,' said Julian. 'Ah - who's this?'
  The man that Anne had thought might be the one who could set himself free when bound with ropeswas coming up from the stile. He walked easily and lightly, really very like a cat. Julian glanced athis hands - they were small but looked very strong. Yes - he could certainly undo21 knots with handslike that. They gazed at him curiously22.
  'No kids allowed here,' said the man, as he came up.
  'Sorry, but we're caravanners too,' said Dick. 'I say - are you the fellow that can undo ropes when he'stied up in them?'
  'Could be,' said the man, and walked on. He turned round suddenly. 'Like me to tie you up?' hecalled. 'I've a good mind to try. Don't you try interfering23 with us, or I'll do it!'
  'Dear me - what a nice, pleasant lot they are!' said Julian. 'Quite different from the other circus 27folk we've known. I begin to feel we shan't make friends as fast as I thought!'
  'We'd better be careful, I think,' said Dick. 'They seem to resent us, goodness knows why. They maymake things jolly unpleasant. Don't let's snoop round any more this morning. Let's keep away fromthem till they get a bit used to us. Then perhaps they'll be more friendly.'
  'We'll go and meet the girls,' said Julian. So they went down to the stile and walked to the bus-stop.
  The bus came panting up the hill at that very moment, and the girls stepped off, with the three fair-women behind them.
  The girls joined the boys. 'We've done a lot of shopping,' said Anne. 'Our baskets are awfully24 heavy.
  Thanks, Julian, if you'll carry mine. Dick can take George's. Did you see those women who got offwith us?'
  'Yes,' said Julian. 'Why?'
  'Well, we tried to talk to them but they were very unfriendly,' said Anne. 'We felt quiteuncomfortable. And Timmy growled25 like anything, of course, which made things worse. I don't thinkhe liked their smell. They did smell rather unwashed.'
  'We didn't get on too well either, with the rest of the fair-folk,' said Julian. 'In fact I can't say thatDick and I were a success at all. All they wanted us to do was to clear out.'
  'I got a paper for you,' said Anne, 'and George found a letter at the post office from her mother.
  It's addressed to all of us so we didn't open it. We'll read it when we get to the caravans.'
  'I hope it's nearly time for dinner,' said George. 'What do you think, Timmy?'
  Timmy knew the word dinner! He gave a joyful26 bark and led the way. Dinner? There couldn't be abetter27 idea!


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 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
3 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。
4 scaly yjRzJg     
  • Reptiles possess a scaly,dry skin.爬行类具有覆盖着鳞片的干燥皮肤。
  • The iron pipe is scaly with rust.铁管子因为生锈一片片剥落了。
5 lash a2oxR     
  • He received a lash of her hand on his cheek.他突然被她打了一记耳光。
  • With a lash of its tail the tiger leaped at her.老虎把尾巴一甩朝她扑过来。
6 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。
7 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。
8 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。
9 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。
10 scowled b83aa6db95e414d3ef876bc7fd16d80d     
怒视,生气地皱眉( scowl的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He scowled his displeasure. 他满脸嗔色。
  • The teacher scowled at his noisy class. 老师对他那喧闹的课堂板着脸。
11 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。
12 obstinately imVzvU     
  • He obstinately asserted that he had done the right thing. 他硬说他做得对。
  • Unemployment figures are remaining obstinately high. 失业数字仍然顽固地居高不下。
13 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。
14 wriggle wf4yr     
  • I've got an appointment I can't wriggle out of.我有个推脱不掉的约会。
  • Children wriggle themselves when they are bored.小孩子感到厌烦时就会扭动他们的身体。
15 contortions bveznR     
n.扭歪,弯曲;扭曲,弄歪,歪曲( contortion的名词复数 )
  • Trimeris' compound, called T-20, blocks the final structural contortions from taking place. T-20是特里米瑞斯公司生产的化合物。它能阻止分子最终结构折叠的发生。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 癌症与艾滋病
  • The guard was laughing at his contortions. 那个警卫看到他那难受劲儿感到好笑。 来自英汉文学
16 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。
17 racing 1ksz3w     
  • I was watching the racing on television last night.昨晚我在电视上看赛马。
  • The two racing drivers fenced for a chance to gain the lead.两个赛车手伺机竞相领先。
18 flopping e9766012a63715ac6e9a2d88cb1234b1     
n.贬调v.(指书、戏剧等)彻底失败( flop的现在分词 );(因疲惫而)猛然坐下;(笨拙地、不由自主地或松弛地)移动或落下;砸锅
  • The fish are still flopping about. 鱼还在扑腾。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • What do you mean by flopping yourself down and praying agin me?' 咚一声跪下地来咒我,你这是什么意思” 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
19 lumbered 2580a96db1b1c043397df2b46a4d3891     
  • A rhinoceros lumbered towards them. 一头犀牛笨重地向他们走来。
  • A heavy truck lumbered by. 一辆重型卡车隆隆驶过。
20 brandishing 9a352ce6d3d7e0a224b2fc7c1cfea26c     
v.挥舞( brandish的现在分词 );炫耀
  • The horseman came up to Robin Hood, brandishing his sword. 那个骑士挥舞着剑,来到罗宾汉面前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife. 他挥舞着一把小刀,出现在休息室里。 来自辞典例句
21 undo Ok5wj     
  • His pride will undo him some day.他的傲慢总有一天会毁了他。
  • I managed secretly to undo a corner of the parcel.我悄悄地设法解开了包裹的一角。
22 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。
23 interfering interfering     
adj. 妨碍的 动词interfere的现在分词
  • He's an interfering old busybody! 他老爱管闲事!
  • I wish my mother would stop interfering and let me make my own decisions. 我希望我母亲不再干预,让我自己拿主意。
24 awfully MPkym     
  • Agriculture was awfully neglected in the past.过去农业遭到严重忽视。
  • I've been feeling awfully bad about it.对这我一直感到很难受。
25 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》
26 joyful N3Fx0     
  • She was joyful of her good result of the scientific experiments.她为自己的科学实验取得好成果而高兴。
  • They were singing and dancing to celebrate this joyful occasion.他们唱着、跳着庆祝这令人欢乐的时刻。
27 abetter 999d32cd84e6e0159dd404f8e529edb1     
  • Make them SMAART goals andand you'll have abetter chance of attaining them. 制定SMAART目标,那么你实现这些目标的机会将更大。 来自互联网
  • Betty beat abit of butter to make abetter butter. 贝蒂敲打一小块奶油要做一块更好的奶油面。 来自互联网


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