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  IT didn't seem as if George's feeling that the holiday was going to be 'super' was at all correct the nextmorning. A loud rapping came on the door of the boys' caravan1 before they were even 37awake!
  Then a large red face looked in at the window, startling Julian considerably2.
  'Who gave you permission to camp here?' said the face, looking as black as thunder.
  Julian went to the door in his pyjamas3. 'Do you own this field?' he said, politely. 'Well, we werecamping in the next field, and...'
  'That's let for campers and caravanners,' said the man, who was dressed like a farmer. 'This isn't.'
  'As I said, we were in the next field,' repeated Julian, 'and for some reason the fair-folk there didn'tlike us - and when we were out they brought our caravans4 here! As we've no horses to take themaway, we couldn't do anything else but stay!'
  'Well, you can't stay,' said the farmer. 'I don't let out this field. I use it for my cows. You'll have to gotoday, or I'll put your caravans out into the road.'
  'Yes, but look here...' began Julian, and then stopped. The farmer had walked off, a determined5 figurein riding breeches and tweed coat. The girls opened their window and called to Julian.
  'We heard what he said. Isn't he mean? Now what are we going to do?'
  'We're going to get up and have breakfast,' said Julian. 'And then I'm going to give the fair-folk onemore chance - they'll have to lend us two horses - the two they used yesterday to pull our vans! - andpull us back into our rightful place. Otherwise I very much fear I shall have to get help from thepolice!'
  'Oh, dear,' said Anne. 'I do hate this kind of thing. We were having such a lovely time before the fairpeople arrived. But it seems quite impossible to get them to be friends with us.'
  'Quite,' said Julian. 'I'm not so sure I want to be friendly now, either. I'd rather give up this holidayaltogether and go back home than have continual trouble going on round us! Dick and I will go andtackle the fair-folk after breakfast.'
  Breakfast was just as solemn as supper had been. Julian was rather silent. He was thinking what wasbest to say to the sullen6 folk in the next field.
  'You must take Timmy with you,' said George, voicing the thoughts of everyone.
  Julian and Dick set off with Timmy about half past eight. All the fair people were up and about, andthe smoke of their fires rose up in the morning air.
  Julian thought he would go and tackle the fire-eater, so the two boys went towards his caravan.
  The other fair people looked up, and one by one left their vans or their fires and closed round theboys. Timmy bared his teeth and growled7.
  'Mr. Alfredo,' began Julian, 'the farmer is turning us out of that field. We must come back here.
  We want you to lend us two horses for our vans.'
  A ripple8 of laughter spread through the listening people. Mr. Alfredo answered politely, with a largesmile on his face. 'What a pity! We don't hire out our horses!'
  'I don't want to hire them from you,' said Julian, patiently. 'It's up to you to let us have them to bringback our vans. Otherwise - well, I shall have to go and ask the police for help. Those caravans don'tbelong to us, you know.'
  There was an angry murmur9 from the listening crowd. Timmy growled more loudly. One or two ofthe fair-folk stepped back hurriedly when they heard him.
  CRACK! Julian turned quickly. The fair people ran back, and the two boys found that they werefacing Bufflo, who, with a large and unpleasant grin on his face, was swinging his whip in his hand.
  CRACK! Julian jumped violently, for a few hairs from the top of his head were suddenly whisked offinto the air - the end of the lash10 had neatly11 cut them away!
  The crowd laughed loudly. Timmy bared his white teeth, and snarled12.
  Dick put his hand down on the dog's collar. 'Do that again and I shan't be able to hold the dog!'
  he called, warningly.
  Julian stood there, at a loss to know what to do next. He couldn't bear turning tail and going off to theaccompaniment of jeers13 and howls. He was so full of rage that he couldn't say a word.
  And then something happened. Something so utterly14 unexpected that nobody did anything at allexcept let it happen!
  A boyish figure came running up the grassy15 hillside - someone very like George, with short curly hairand a very freckled16 face - someone dressed, however, in a short grey skirt, and not in shorts, likeGeorge.
  She came racing17 up, yelling at the top of her voice. 'Dick! DICK! Hey, DICK!'
  Dick turned and stared in amazement18.
  'Why - it's Jo! JO! The gypsy girl who once got mixed up with us in an adventure! Julian, it's Jo!'
  There was no doubt about it at all. It was Jo! She came tearing up, her face glowing with the utmostdelight and flung herself excitedly on Dick. She had always liked him best.
  'Dick! I didn't know you were here! Julian! Are the others here too? Oh, Timmy, dear old Timmy!
  Dick, are you camping here? Oh, this is really too marvellous to be true!'
  Jo seemed to be about to fling herself on Dick again, and he fended19 her off. 'Jo! Where in the worldhave you come from?'
  'Well, you see,' said Jo, 'I've got school holidays like you - and I thought I'd go and visit you at KirrinCottage. So I did. But you had all gone away together. That was yesterday.'
  'Go on,' said Dick, as Jo stopped, out of breath.
  'Well, I didn't want to go back home again straight away,' said Jo. 'So I thought I'd pay a visit to myuncle - he's my mother's brother - and I knew he was camping here so I hitch-hiked all the wayyesterday, and came late last night.'
  'Well, I'm blessed,' said Julian. 'And who is your uncle, may I ask?'
  'Oh Alfredo - the Fire-Eater,' was Jo's astonishing reply. 'Didn't you know? Oh, Dick! Oh, Julian!
  Can I stay here while you're here? Do, DO say I can! You haven't forgotten me, have you?'
  'Of course not,' said Dick, thinking that nobody could possibly forget this wild little gypsy girl, withher mad ways and her staunch affection.
  Then for the first time Jo realized that something was going on! What was this crowd doing roundJulian and Dick?
  She looked round, and immediately sensed that the fair people were not friendly to the two boys- although the main expression on their faces now was one of astonishment20!
  'How did Jo know these boys?' they wondered. How was it she was so very friendly with them?
  They were puzzled and suspicious.
  'Uncle Alfredo, where are you?' demanded Jo, looking all round. 'Oh, there you are! Uncle, these aremy very best friends - and so are the girls too, wherever they are. I'll tell you all about them, and hownice they were to me! I'll tell everybody!'
  'Well,' said Julian, feeling rather embarrassed at what Jo might reveal, 'well, you tell them, Jo, and I'lljust pop back and break the news to George and Anne. They will be surprised to find you are here -and that Alfredo is your uncle!'
  The two boys and Timmy turned to go. The little crowd opened to let them pass. It closed up againround the excited Jo, whose high voice the boys could hear all the way across the field.
  'Well, well, well!' said Dick, as they got through the hedge. 'What an astonishing thing! I couldn'tbelieve my eyes when young Jo appeared, could you? I hope George won't mind. She was alwaysrather jealous of Jo and the things she could do.'
  The two girls were amazed at the boys' news. George was not too pleased. She preferred Jo at a 40distance rather than near. She liked and admired her but rather unwillingly21. Jo was too like Georgeherself for George to give her complete friendliness22!
  'Well, fancy Jo, Jo herself being here!' said Anne, smiling. 'Oh, Julian - it was a good thing shearrived when she did! I don't like that bit about Bufflo cracking his whip at you. He might have madeyou bald on the top!'
  'Oh, it was only a few hairs,' said Julian. 'But it gave me quite a shock. And I think it gave the fairpeople a shock too when Jo arrived like a little hurricane, yelling at the top of her voice, and flingingherself on poor old Dick. She almost knocked him over!'
  'She's not a bad kid,' said Dick, 'but she never stops to think. I wonder if the people she stays withknow where she's gone. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if she just disappeared without a word.'
  'Like the two scientists,' said Julian, with a grin. 'Gosh, I can't get over it! Jo was the very last personI would expect here.'
  'Well, not really, if you think a bit,' said Anne. 'Her father is a gypsy, isn't he - and her mother was ina circus, she told us so. She trained dogs, don't you remember, Julian? So it's quite natural for Jo tohave relations like the fair people. But just fancy having a fire-eater for an uncle!'
  'Yes - I'd forgotten that Jo's mother was in a circus,' said Julian. 'I expect she's got peculiar23 relationsall over the country! I wonder what she's telling them about us.'
  'She's singing Dick's praises anyway,' said George. 'She always thought the world of Dick.
  Perhaps the fair people won't be quite so unfriendly if they know that Jo is fond of us.'
  'Well, we're in a bit of a fix,' said Dick. 'We can't stay in this field, or the farmer will be after us again- and I can't see the fair people lending us their horses - and without horses we can't leave this field!'
  'We could ask the farmer to lend us his horses,' suggested Anne.
  'We'd have to pay him, though, and I don't see why we should,' said Julian. 'After all, it isn't our faultthat our caravans were moved here.'
  'I think this is a horrid24 and unfriendly place,' said Anne. 'And I don't want to stay here another day.
  I'm not enjoying it a bit.'
  'Cheer up!' said Dick. 'Never say die!'
  'Woof,' said Timmy.
  'Look - someone's coming through that gap in the hedge down there by the lane,' said George,pointing. 'It's Jo!'
  'Yes - and my goodness me, she's got a couple of horses with her!' cried Dick. 'Good old Jo!
  She's got Alfredo's horses!'


1 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。
2 considerably 0YWyQ     
  • The economic situation has changed considerably.经济形势已发生了相当大的变化。
  • The gap has narrowed considerably.分歧大大缩小了。
3 pyjamas 5SSx4     
  • This pyjamas has many repairs.这件睡衣有许多修补过的地方。
  • Martin was in his pyjamas.马丁穿着睡衣。
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 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。
6 sullen kHGzl     
  • He looked up at the sullen sky.他抬头看了一眼阴沉的天空。
  • Susan was sullen in the morning because she hadn't slept well.苏珊今天早上郁闷不乐,因为昨晚没睡好。
7 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》
8 ripple isLyh     
n.涟波,涟漪,波纹,粗钢梳;vt.使...起涟漪,使起波纹; vi.呈波浪状,起伏前进
  • The pebble made a ripple on the surface of the lake.石子在湖面上激起一个涟漪。
  • The small ripple split upon the beach.小小的涟漪卷来,碎在沙滩上。
9 murmur EjtyD     
  • They paid the extra taxes without a murmur.他们毫无怨言地交了附加税。
  • There was a low murmur of conversation in the hall.大厅里有窃窃私语声。
10 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。
11 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。
12 snarled ti3zMA     
v.(指狗)吠,嗥叫, (人)咆哮( snarl的过去式和过去分词 );咆哮着说,厉声地说
  • The dog snarled at us. 狗朝我们低声吼叫。
  • As I advanced towards the dog, It'snarled and struck at me. 我朝那条狗走去时,它狂吠着向我扑来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 jeers d9858f78aeeb4000621278b471b36cdc     
n.操纵帆桁下部(使其上下的)索具;嘲讽( jeer的名词复数 )v.嘲笑( jeer的第三人称单数 )
  • They shouted jeers at him. 他们大声地嘲讽他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The jeers from the crowd caused the speaker to leave the platform. 群众的哄笑使讲演者离开讲台。 来自辞典例句
14 utterly ZfpzM1     
  • Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把毕生精力用于挽救患者的生命。
  • I was utterly ravished by the way she smiled.她的微笑使我完全陶醉了。
15 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。
16 freckled 1f563e624a978af5e5981f5e9d3a4687     
adj.雀斑;斑点;晒斑;(使)生雀斑v.雀斑,斑点( freckle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Her face was freckled all over. 她的脸长满雀斑。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Her freckled skin glowed with health again. 她长有雀斑的皮肤又泛出了健康的红光。 来自辞典例句
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 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。
19 fended 91b0599f2c74c95c02b51efaca41f196     
v.独立生活,照料自己( fend的过去式和过去分词 );挡开,避开
  • He neatly fended off a jab at his chest. 他利落地挡开了当胸的一击。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I fended off his sword thrust with my spear. 他一刀砍来,我拿枪架住。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
20 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。
21 unwillingly wjjwC     
  • He submitted unwillingly to his mother. 他不情愿地屈服于他母亲。
  • Even when I call, he receives unwillingly. 即使我登门拜访,他也是很不情愿地接待我。
22 friendliness nsHz8c     
  • Behind the mask of friendliness,I know he really dislikes me.在友善的面具后面,我知道他其实并不喜欢我。
  • His manner was a blend of friendliness and respect.他的态度友善且毕恭毕敬。
23 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。
24 horrid arozZj     
  • I'm not going to the horrid dinner party.我不打算去参加这次讨厌的宴会。
  • The medicine is horrid and she couldn't get it down.这种药很难吃,她咽不下去。


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