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THE TWINS
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THEY are twins, and their names are William and Wilhelmina Good. When Mr. Good was told about them, he lit a cigar, and said, “I shall call the boy William—after myself;” and then he thought for a long time, and said, “And I shall call the girl Wilhelmina—after her brother.” He threw his cigar away, and went and told Mrs. Good, who had wanted to call them John and Jane. Mrs. Good said, “Very well, dear, but I don’t like the name of William, and I shall call my dear little boy Billy for short.” And Mr. Good said, “Certainly, my love, but if it comes to that, I don’t much care about the name of Wilhelmina, not for shouting up the stairs with, so my dear little girl had better be called Billy, too.” Mrs. Good said, “Very well, dear, but won’t it be rather confusing1?” And Mr. Good said, “No, dear, not to people of any intelligence2;” and he took out his watch at{28} the end of its chain, and swung it round and round and round, and looked at it, and said, “My watch is a fortnight fast,” and put it back in his pocket, and returned to his library.
 
The twins grew up, and they were so like each other that nobody knew which was which. Of course they ought to have had their names on their vests—William Good, Wilhelmina Good—but Nurse made a mistake about this. She bought the tape and marking ink, and she wrote the names, and she stitched3 them on; and, when all the vests were marked, she showed them proudly to Mrs. Good. And then it was discovered that by an accident she had marked them all “Billy Good.” When Mr. Good was told about this, he lit a cigar, and said, “Have people no intelligence at all? Next year, when they have grown out of these vests, I will mark the new ones{29} myself.” So next year he marked them all, in very neat printing, W. Good.
 
Luckily by this time Wilhelmina’s hair had begun to curl4. Every night Nurse spent ten minutes with a wet comb, combing it round her finger. William’s hair curled5 naturally, too, but not so naturally as this, and in a little while you could tell at once which was Wilhelmina and which wasn’t. If you will look at the picture, you will see how right I am about this. Mr. Good always says that he and I are the only people of any real intelligence left in the world ... and that I am not what I was. However, I do my best; and I know I am right about this. The one with the curly6 hair is Wilhelmina.
 
One night when they were fast-asleep-like-good-children, Wilhelmina said:
 
“I’m very clever, I can hear in the dark I’m so clever.{30}”
 
“I’m as clever as anything,” said William. “I’m too clever.”
 
“I can hear snails7 breathing,” said Wilhelmina.
 
“I can hear snails not breathing,” said William.
 
Wilhelmina thought again.
 
“I can hear somebody out of the window calling Billy,” she said.
 
“I told him to do it,” said William.
 
“I’m going to see what he wants,” said Wilhelmina....
 
“Yes, I am,” said Wilhelmina....
 
“Shall I?” said Wilhelmina....
 
“I think he meant you,” said Wilhelmina.
 
“He meant you,” said William. “He says it in a different sort of voice when he means8 me.”
 
“You’re afraid to go,” said Wilhelmina.
 
“I’m not afraid, but he gets very angry when the wrong person goes.{31}”
 
“He has a long red cap with a tassel9 on it,” said Wilhelmina.
 
“He has a long beard and green stockings,” said William.
 
“I’m going to see him,” said Wilhelmina firmly.
 
“So am I going to see him.”
 
“I’ll go if you’ll go.”
 
“I’ll go if you’ll go.”
 
“Let’s both go.”
 
“Yes, let’s both go.”
 
Very unwillingly10 they got out of bed, and stood, hand in hand, on the nursery11 floor.
 
“I can’t hear him now,” said Wilhelmina hopefully.
 
“Nor can I can’t hear him,” said William at once.
 
“Yes, I can,” said Wilhelmina unexpectedly12, “because I’m so clever I hear so well.”
 
“So can I,” said William quickly.{32}
 
They moved a little closer to the window.
 
“Does he get very angry if it’s the wrong person?” asked Wilhelmina.
 
“He doesn’t know, because his face is turned the wrong way round, so he’s never quite sure.”
 
“I knew his face was the wrong way round,” said Wilhelmina hurriedly, “but I thought perhaps he had an Ooglie man with him to tell him.”
 
William wondered anxiously what an Ooglie man was. So did Wilhelmina.
 
“No,” said William. “He hasn’t. Not this one.”
 
“I’m not afraid,” said both together. Tremblingly13 they pushed open the window, and leant out....

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1 confusing lvXztt     
adj.混乱的,令人困惑的
参考例句:
  • The instructions on the box are very confusing.盒子上的使用说明含混不清。
  • It's very confusing to learn a new language.学习一门新语言是很令人困惑的。
2 intelligence IbtzQ     
n.智力,聪明,智能;情报
参考例句:
  • He was a man of intelligence and of firmness of will.他是个聪明而又意志坚定的人。
  • He equals me in strength but not in intelligence.他和我力气相等,但智力不同。
3 stitched 7c52528538d819884d621cf16ac853da     
v.缝,缝补,缝合( stitch的过去式和过去分词 );[引申]把某物连在一起
参考例句:
  • If the wound is stitched up skillfully,it will hardly leave a mark. 如果伤口缝合得好,不会落下什么伤疤。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She stitched a pocket on the new apron. 她在新围裙上缝上一只口袋。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
4 curl FyFxi     
n.(一绺)鬈发;卷曲;vt.卷曲;vi.卷曲;缭绕
参考例句:
  • She put her hair in rollers to make it curl.她用卷发夹子把头发弄鬈曲。
  • Does her hair curl naturally?她的头发是天然鬈曲的吗?
5 curled 1e0dfa1a17b20b99254d251edeeb31b9     
adj.卷曲的,卷发状的,卷缩的v.(使)弯曲( curl的过去式和过去分词 );(使)卷曲;盘旋;缠绕
参考例句:
  • She lay curled up in a foetal position . 她像胎儿一样蜷曲地躺着。
  • The snake was curled up in the long grass. 在深草中,这条蛇盘着身子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 curly wybxh     
adj.卷曲的,卷缩的
参考例句:
  • The little boy has curly hair.这小男孩长着一头卷发。
  • She is tall and dark with curly hair.她高高的个子,黑皮肤,卷头发。
7 snails 23436a8a3f6bf9f3c4a9f6db000bb173     
n.蜗牛;迟钝的人;蜗牛( snail的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • I think I'll try the snails for lunch—I'm feeling adventurous today. 我想我午餐要尝一下蜗牛——我今天很想冒险。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Most snails have shells on their backs. 大多数蜗牛背上有壳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 means 9oXzBX     
n.方法,手段,折中点,物质财富
参考例句:
  • That man used artful means to find out secrets.那人使用狡猾的手段获取机密。
  • We must get it done by some means or other.我们总得想办法把它干完。
9 tassel egKyo     
n.流苏,穗;v.抽穗, (玉米)长穗须
参考例句:
  • The corn has begun to tassel.玉米开始长出穗状雄花。
  • There are blue tassels on my curtains.我的窗帘上有蓝色的流苏。
10 unwillingly wjjwC     
adv.不情愿地
参考例句:
  • 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。
11 nursery KHaxM     
n.托儿所;苗圃
参考例句:
  • They have decided to start up a nursery in the factory.他们已决定要在工厂里开办一个托儿所。
  • Her company ran its own workplace nursery.她的公司开办了内部的托儿所。
12 unexpectedly 3fEz5m     
adv.未料到地,意外地;竟;居然;骤然
参考例句:
  • The volcano unexpectedly blew up early in the morning. 火山一早突然爆发了。
  • I had just put the dinner on when Jim walked in unexpectedly. 我刚把晚饭摆上桌,吉姆突然走进来。
13 tremblingly 5d823f3ab5ccc0933fb9765662dc2413     
adv.颤抖地,发抖地
参考例句:
  • Crass's fat face was pallid with fear as he clung tremblingly to his seat. 克拉斯死抱着座位发抖,他那肥胖的脸吓得铁青。 来自辞典例句
  • Thus, it was almost tremblingly that she resumed her lover's arm. 所以当她重新挽起她情人的臂膀的时候,她几乎有点发抖了。 来自互联网


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