网站地图RSS订阅高级搜索收藏本站首页英语新闻英语散文英语故事英语笑话英语科普英语娱乐英语诗歌英语演讲英语试题英语行业英语小说英语技巧英语论坛英语书店首页英语小说热门标签:spacelifehealthworklovephones只需30秒,测测你的英语词汇量!Under the Lilacs – Chapter 22文章来源:未知 文章作者:enread 发布时间:2021-01-21 08:54字体: [大 中 小]  进入论坛(单词翻译:双击或拖选)It was some days before the children were tired of talking over Bens birthday party; for it was a great event in their small world; but, gradually, newer pleasures came to occupy their minds, and they began to plan the nutting frolics which always followed the early frosts. While waiting for Jack1 to open the chestnut2 burrs, they varied3 the monotony of school life by a lively scrimmage long known as “the wood-pile fight.” The girls liked to play in the half-empty shed, and the boys, merely for the fun of teasing, declared that they should not, so blocked up the doorway4 as fast as the girls cleared it. Seeing that the squabble was a merry one, and the exercise better for all than lounging in the sun or reading in school during recess5, Teacher did not interfere6, and the barrier rose and fell almost as regularly as the tide. It would be difficult to say which side worked the harder; for the boys went before school began to build up the barricade7, and the girls stayed after lessons were over to pull down the last one made in afternoon recess. They had their play-time first; and, while the boys waited inside, they heard the shouts of the girls, the banging of the wood, and the final crash, as the well-packed pile went down. Then, as the lassies came in, rosy8, breathless, and triumphant9, the lads rushed out to man the breach10, and labor11gallantly12 till all was as tight as hard blows could make it. So the battle raged, and bruised13knuckles14, splinters in fingers, torn clothes, and rubbed shoes, were the only wounds received, while a great deal of fun was had out of the maltreated logs, and a lasting15 peace secured between two of the boys. When the party was safely over, Sam began to fall into his old way of tormenting16 Ben by calling names, as it cost no exertion17 to invent trying speeches, and slyly utter them when most likely to annoy. Ben bore it as well as he could; but fortune favored him at last, as it usually does the patient, and he was able to make his own terms with his tormentor19. When the girls demolished20 the wood-pile, they performed a jubilee21 chorus on combs, and tin kettles, played like tambourines22; the boys celebrated23 their victories with shrill24 whistles, and a drum accompaniment with fists on the shed walls. Billy brought his drum, and this was such an addition that Sam hunted up an old one of his little brothers, in order that he might join the drum corps25. He had no sticks, however, and, casting about in his mind for a good substitute for the genuine thing, bethought him of bulrushes. “Those will do first-rate, and there are lots in the mash, if I can only get em,” he said to himself, and turned off from the road on his way home to get a supply. Now, this marsh26 was a treacherous27 spot, and the tragic28 story was told of a cow who got in there and sank till nothing was visible but a pair of horns above the mud, which suffocated29 the unwary beast. For this reason it was called “Cowslip Marsh,” the wags said, though it was generally believed to be so named for the yellow flowers which grew there in great profusion30 in the spring. Sam had seen Ben hop31 nimbly from one tuft of grass to another when he went to gather cowslips for Betty, and the stout32 boy thought he could do the same. Two or three heavy jumps landed him, not among the bulrushes, as he had hoped, but in a pool of muddy water, where he sank up to his middle with alarming rapidity. Much scared, he tried to wade33 out, but could only flounder to a tussock of grass, and cling there, while he endeavored to kick his legs free. He got them out, but struggled in vain to coil them up or to hoist34 his heavy body upon the very small island in this sea of mud. Down they splashed again; and Sam gave a dismal35groan36 as he thought of the leeches37 and water-snakes which might be lying in wait below. Visions of the lost cow also flashed across his agitated38 mind, and he gave a despairing shout very like a distracted “Moo!” Few people passed along the lane, and the sun was setting, so the prospect39 of a night in the marsh nerved Sam to make a frantic40plunge41 toward the bulrush island, which was nearer than the mainland, and looked firmer than any tussock round him. But he failed to reach this haven42 of rest, and was forced to stop at an old stump43 which stuck up, looking very like the moss-grown horns of the “dear departed.” Roosting here, Sarn began to shout for aid in every key possible to the human voice. Such hoots44 and howls, whistles and roars, never woke the echoes of the lonely marsh before, or scared the portly frog who resided there in calm seclusion45. He hardly expected any reply but the astonished Caw!” of the crow, who sat upon a fence watching him with gloomy interest; and when a cheerful “Hullo, there!” sounded from the lane, he was so grateful that tears of joy rolled down his fat cheeks. “Come on! Im in the mash. Lend a hand and get me out!” bawled47 Sam, anxiously waiting for his deliverer to appear, for he could only see a hat bobbing along behind the hazel-bushes that fringed the lane. Steps crashed through the bushes, and then over the wall came an active figure, at the sight of which Sam was almost ready to dive out of sight, for, of all possible boys, who should it be but Ben, the last person in the world whom he would like to have see him in his present pitiful plight48. “Is it you, Sam? Well, you are in a nice fix!” and Bens eyes began to twinkle with mischievous49 merriment, as well they might, for Sam certainly was a spectacle to convulse the soberest person. Perched unsteadily on the gnarled stump, with his muddy legs drawn51 up, his dismal face splashed with mud, and the whole lower half of his body as black as if he had been dipped in an inkstand, he presented such a comically doleful object that Ben danced about, laughing like a naughty will-o-the-wisp who, having led a traveller astray then fell to jeering53 at him. “Stop that, or Ill knock your head off!” roared Sam, in a rage. “Come on and do it; I give you leave,” answered Ben, sparring away derisively54 as the other tottered55 on his perch50, and was forced to hold tight lest he should tumble off. “Dont laugh, there s a good chap, but fish me out somehow, or I shall get my death sitting here all wet and cold,” whined56 Sam, changing his tune18, and feeling bitterly that Ben had the upper hand now. Ben felt it also; and, though a very good-natured boy, could not resist the temptation to enjoy this advantage for a moment at least. “I wont laugh if I can help it; only you do look so like a fat, speckled frog, I may not be able to hold in. Ill pull you out pretty soon; but first Im going to talk to you, Sam,” said Ben, sobering down as he took a seat on the little point of land nearest the stranded57 Samuel. “Hurry up, then; Im as stiff as a board now, and its no fun sitting here on this knotty58 old thing,” growled59 Sam, with a discontented squirm. “Dare say not, but it is good for you, as you say when you rap me over the head. Look here, Ive got you in a tight place, and I dont mean to help you a bit till you promise to let me alone. Now then!” and Bens face grew stern with his remembered wrongs as he grimly eyed his discomfited60foe61. “Ill promise fast enough if you wont tell anyone about this,” answered Sam, surveying himself and his surroundings with great disgust. “I shall do as I like about that.” “Then I wont promise a thing! Im not going to have the whole school laughing at me,” protested Sam, who hated to be ridiculed62 even more than Ben did. “Very well; good-night!” and Ben walked off with his hands in his pockets as coolly as if the bog63 was Sams favorite retreat. “Hold on, dont be in such a hurry!” shouted Sam, seeing little hope of rescue if he let this chance go. “All right!” and back came Ben, ready for further negotiations64. “Ill promise not to plague you, if youll promise not to tell on me. Is that what you want?” “Now I come to think of it, there is one thing more. I like to make a good bargain when I begin,” said Ben, with a shrewd air. “You must promise to keep Mose quiet, too. He follows your lead, and if you tell him to stop it he will. If I was big enough, Id make you hold your tongues. I aint, so well try this way.” “Yes, Yes, Ill see to Mose. Now, bring on a rail, theres a good fellow. Ive got a horrid65cramp66 in my legs,” began Sam, thinking he had bought help dearly, yet admiring Bens cleverness in making the most of his chance. Ben brought the rail, but, just as he was about to lay it from the main-land to the nearest tussock, he stopped, saying, with the naughty twinkle in his black eyes again, “One more little thing must be settled first, and then Ill get you ashore67. promise you wont plague the girls either, specially68 Bab and Betty. You pull their hair, and they dont like it.” “Dont neither! Wouldnt touch that Bab for a dollar; she scratches and bites like a mad cat,” was Sams sulky reply. “Glad of it; she can take care of herself. Betty cant; and if you touch one of her pig-tails Ill up and tell right out how I found you snivelling in the mash like a great baby. So now!” and Ben emphasized his threat with a blow of the suspended rail which splashed the water over poor Sam, quenching69 his last spark of resistance. “Stop! I will! – I will!” “True as you live and breathe!” demanded Ben, sternly binding70 him by the most solemn oath he knew. “True as I live and breathe,” echoed Sam, dolefully relinquishing71 his favorite pastime of pulling Bettys braids and asking if she was at home. “Ill come over there and crook72 fingers on the bargain,” said Ben, settling the rail and running over it to the tuft, then bridging another pool and crossing again till he came to the stump. “I never thought of that way,” said Sam, watching him with much inward chagrin73 at his own failure. “I should think youd written Look before you leap, in your copy-book often enough to get the idea into your stupid head. Come, crook,” commanded Ben, leaning forward with extended little finger. Sam obediently performed the ceremony, and then Ben sat astride one of the horns of the stump while the muddy Crusoe went slowly across the rail from point to point till he landed safely on the shore, when he turned about and asked with an ungrateful jeer52, – “Now whats going to become of you, old Look-before-you-leap?” “Mud turtles can only sit on a stump and bawl46 till they are taken off, but frogs have legs worth something, and are not afraid of a little water,” answered Ben, hopping74 away in an opposite direction, since the pools between him and Sam were too wide for even his lively legs. Sam waddled75 off to the brook76 in the lane to rinse77 the mud from his nether78 man before facing his mother, and was just wringing79 himself out when Ben came up, breathless but good natured, for he felt that he had made an excellent bargain for himself and friends. “Better wash your face; its as speckled as a tiger-lily. Heres my handkerchief if yours is wet,” he said, pulling out a dingy80 article which had evidently already done service as a towel. “Dont want it,” muttered Sam, gruffly, as he poured the water out of his muddy shoes. “I was taught to sayThanky when folks got me out of scrapes. But you never had much bringing up, though you do live in a house with a gambrel roof,” retorted Ben, sarcastically81 quoting Sams frequent boast; then he walked off, much disgusted with the ingratitude82 of man. Sam forgot his manners, but he remembered his promise, and kept it so well that all the school wondered. No one could guess the secret of Bens power over him, though it was evident that he had gained it in some sudden way, for at the least sign of Sams former tricks Ben would crook his little finger and wag it warningly, or call out “Bulrushes!” and Sam subsided83 with reluctant submission84, to the great amazement85 of his mates. When asked what it meant, Sa, turned sulky; but Ben had much fun out of it, assuring the other boys that those were the signs and password of a secret society to which he and Sam belonged, and promised to tell them all about it if Sam would give him leave, which, of course, he would not. This mystery, and the vain endeavors to find it out caused a lull86 in the war of the wood-pile, and before any new game was invented something happened which gave the children plenty to talk about for a time. A week after the secret alliance was formed, Ben ran in one evening with a letter for Miss Celia. He found her enjoying the cheery blaze of the pine-cones the little girls had picked up for her, and Bab and Betty sat in the small chairs rocking luxuriously87 as they took turns to throw on the pretty fuel. Miss Celia turned quickly to receive the expected letter, glanced at the writing, post-mark and stamp, with an air of delighted surprise, then clasped it close in both hands, saying, as she hurried out of the room, – “He has come! he has come! Now you may tell them, Thorny88.” “Tell its what? asked Bab, pricking89 up her cars at once. “Oh, its only that George has come, and I suppose we shall go and get married right away,” answered Thorny, rubbing his hands as if he enjoyed the prospect. “Are you going to be married? asked Betty, so soberly that the boys shouted, and Thorny, with difficulty composed himself sufficiently90 to explain. “No, child, not just yet; but sister is, and I must go and see that all is done up ship-shape, and bring you home some wedding-cake. Ben will take care of you while Im gone.” “When shall you go?” asked Bab, beginning to long for her share of cake. “To-morrow, I guess. Celia has been packed and ready for a week. We agreed to meet George in New York, and be married as soon as he got his best clothes unpacked91. We are men of our word, and off we go. Wont it be fun?” “But when will you come back again?” questioned Betty, looking anxious. “Dont know. Sister wants to come soon, but Id rather have our honeymoon92 somewhere else, – Niagara, Newfoundland, West Point, or the Rocky Mountains,” said Thorny, mentioning a few of the places he most desired to see. “Do you like him?” asked Ben, very naturally wondering if the new master would approve of the young man-of-all-work. “Dont I? George is regularly jolly; though now hes a minister, perhaps hell stiffen93 up and turn sober. Wont it be a shame if he does?” and Thorny looked alarmed at the thought of losing his congenial friend. “Tell about him; Miss Celia said you might”, put in Bab, whose experience of “jolly” ministers had been small. “Oh, there isnt much about it. We met in Switzerland going up Mount St. Bernard in a storm, and – ” “Where the good dogs live?” inquired Betty, hoping they would come into the story. “Yes; we spent the night up there, and George gave us his room; the house was so full, and he wouldnt let me go down a steep place where I wanted to, and Celia thought hed saved my life, and was very good to him. Then we kept meeting, and the first thing I knew she went and was engaged to him. I didnt care, only she would come home so he might go on studying hard and get through quick. That was a year ago, and last winter we were in New York at uncles; and then, in the spring, I was sick, and we came here, and thats all.” “Shall you live here always when you come back? asked Bab, as Thorny paused for breath. “Celia wants to. I shall go to college, so I dont mind. George is going to help the old minister here and see how he likes it. Im to study with him, and if he is as pleasant as he used to be we shall have capital times, – see if we dont.” “I wonder if he will want me round,” said Ben, feeling no desire to be a tramp again. “I do, so you neednt fret94 about that, my hearty,” answered Thorny, with a resounding95 slap on the shoulder which reassured96 Ben more than any promises. “Id like to see a live wedding, then we could play it with our dolls. Ive got a nice piece of mosquito netting for a veil, and Belindas white dress is clean. Do you spose Miss Celia will ask us to hers?” said Betty to Bab, as the boys began to discuss St. Bernard dogs with Spirit. “I wish I could, dears,” answered a voice behind them; and there was Miss Celia, looking so happy that the little girls wondered what the letter could have said to give her such bright eyes and smiling lips.” I shall not be gone long, or be a bit changed when I come back, to live among you years I hope, for I am fond of the old place now, and mean it shall be home,” she added, caressing97 the yellow heads as if they were dear to her. “Oh, goody!” cried Bab, while Betty whispered with both arms round Miss Celia, – “I dont think we could bear to have anybody else come here to live.” “It is very pleasant to hear you say that, and I mean to make others feel so, if I can. I have been trying a little this summer, but when I come back I shall go to work in earnest to be a good ministers wife, and you must help me.” “We will,” promised both children, ready for any thing except preaching in the high pulpit. Then Miss Celia turned to Ben, saying, in the respectful way that always made him feel at least twenty-five, – “We shall be off to-morrow, and I leave you in charge. Go on just as if we were here, and be sure nothing will be changed as far as you are concerned when we come back.” Bens face beamed at that; but the only way he could express his relief was by making such a blaze in honor of the occasion that he nearly roasted the company. Next morning, the brother and sister slipped quietly away, and the children hurried to school, eager to tell the great news that “Miss Celia and Thorny had gone to be married, and were coming back to live here for ever and ever.”点击收听单词发音  1jack   n.插座,千斤顶,男人;v.抬起,提醒,扛举;n.(Jake)杰克参考例句:I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。2chestnut   n.栗树,栗子参考例句:We have a chestnut tree in the bottom of our garden.我们的花园尽头有一棵栗树。In summer we had tea outdoors,under the chestnut tree.夏天我们在室外栗树下喝茶。3varied   adj.多样的,多变化的参考例句:The forms of art are many and varied.艺术的形式是多种多样的。The hotel has a varied programme of nightly entertainment.宾馆有各种晚间娱乐活动。4doorway   n.门口,(喻)入门;门路,途径参考例句:They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他们挤在商店门口躲雨。Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.玛丽突然出现在门口。5recess   n.短期休息,壁凹(墙上装架子,柜子等凹处)参考例句:The chairman of the meeting announced a ten-minute recess.会议主席宣布休会10分钟。Parliament was hastily recalled from recess.休会的议员被匆匆召回开会。6interfere   v.(in)干涉,干预;(with)妨碍,打扰参考例句:If we interfere, it may do more harm than good.如果我们干预的话,可能弊多利少。When others interfere in the affair,it always makes troubles. 别人一卷入这一事件,棘手的事情就来了。7barricade   n.路障,栅栏,障碍;vt.设路障挡住参考例句:The soldiers make a barricade across the road.士兵在路上设路障。It is difficult to break through a steel barricade.冲破钢铁障碍很难。8rosy   adj.美好的,乐观的,玫瑰色的参考例句:She got a new job and her life looks rosy.她找到一份新工作,生活看上去很美好。She always takes a rosy view of life.她总是对生活持乐观态度。9triumphant   adj.胜利的,成功的;狂欢的,喜悦的参考例句:The army made a triumphant entry into the enemys capital.部队胜利地进入了敌方首都。There was a positively triumphant note in her voice.她的声音里带有一种极为得意的语气。10breach   n.违反,不履行;破裂;vt.冲破,攻破参考例句:We wont have any breach of discipline.我们不允许任何破坏纪律的现象。He was sued for breach of contract.他因不履行合同而被起诉。11labor   n.劳动,努力,工作,劳工;分娩;vi.劳动,努力,苦干;vt.详细分析;麻烦参考例句:We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。12gallantly   adv. 漂亮地,勇敢地,献殷勤地参考例句:He gallantly offered to carry her cases to the car. 他殷勤地要帮她把箱子拎到车子里去。The new fighters behave gallantly under fire. 新战士在炮火下表现得很勇敢。13bruised   [医]青肿的,瘀紫的参考例句:his bruised and bloodied nose 他沾满血的青肿的鼻子She had slipped and badly bruised her face. 她滑了一跤,摔得鼻青脸肿。14knuckles   n.(指人)指关节( knuckle的名词复数 );(指动物)膝关节,踝v.(指人)指关节( knuckle的第三人称单数 );(指动物)膝关节,踝参考例句:He gripped the wheel until his knuckles whitened. 他紧紧握住方向盘,握得指关节都变白了。Her thin hands were twisted by swollen knuckles. 她那双纤手因肿大的指关节而变了形。 来自《简明英汉词典》15lasting   adj.永久的,永恒的;vbl.持续,维持参考例句:The lasting war debased the value of the dollar.持久的战争使美元贬值。We hope for a lasting settlement of all these troubles.我们希望这些纠纷能获得永久的解决。16tormenting   使痛苦的,使苦恼的参考例句:He took too much pleasure in tormenting an ugly monster called Caliban. 他喜欢一味捉弄一个名叫凯列班的丑妖怪。The children were scolded for tormenting animals. 孩子们因折磨动物而受到责骂。17exertion   n.尽力,努力参考例句:We were sweating profusely from the exertion of moving the furniture.我们搬动家具大费气力,累得大汗淋漓。She was hot and breathless from the exertion of cycling uphill.由于用力骑车爬坡,她浑身发热。18tune   n.调子;和谐,协调;v.调音,调节,调整参考例句:Hed written a tune,and played it to us on the piano.他写了一段曲子,并在钢琴上弹给我们听。The boy beat out a tune on a tin can.那男孩在易拉罐上敲出一首曲子。19tormentor   n. 使苦痛之人, 使苦恼之物, 侧幕=tormenter参考例句:He was the tormentor, he was the protector, he was the inquisitor, he was the friend. 他既是拷打者,又是保护者;既是审问者,又是朋友。 来自英汉文学The tormentor enlarged the engagement garment. 折磨者加大了订婚服装。20demolished   v.摧毁( demolish的过去式和过去分词 );推翻;拆毁(尤指大建筑物);吃光参考例句:The factory is due to be demolished next year. 这个工厂定于明年拆除。They have been fighting a rearguard action for two years to stop their house being demolished. 两年来,为了不让拆除他们的房子,他们一直在进行最后的努力。21jubilee   n.周年纪念;欢乐参考例句:They had a big jubilee to celebrate the victory.他们举行盛大的周年纪念活动以祝贺胜利。Every Jubilee,to take the opposite case,has served a function.反过来说,历次君主巡幸,都曾起到某种作用。22tambourines   n.铃鼓,手鼓( tambourine的名词复数 );(鸣声似铃鼓的)白胸森鸠参考例句:The gaiety of tambourines ceases, The noise of revelers stops, The gaiety of the harp ceases. 赛24:8击鼓之乐止息、宴乐人的声音完毕、弹琴之乐也止息了。 来自互联网The singers went on, the musicians after them, In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines. 诗68:25歌唱的行在前、乐的随在后、在击鼓的童女中间。 来自互联网23celebrated   adj.有名的,声誉卓著的参考例句:He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。24shrill   adj.尖声的;刺耳的;v尖叫参考例句:Whistles began to shrill outside the barn.哨声开始在谷仓外面尖叫。The shrill ringing of a bell broke up the card game on the cutter.刺耳的铃声打散了小汽艇的牌局。25corps   n.(通信等兵种的)部队;(同类作的)一组参考例句:The medical corps were cited for bravery in combat.医疗队由于在战场上的英勇表现而受嘉奖。When the war broke out,he volunteered for the Marine Corps.战争爆发时,他自愿参加了海军陆战队。26marsh   n.沼泽,湿地参考例句:There are a lot of frogs in the marsh.沼泽里有许多青蛙。I made my way slowly out of the marsh.我缓慢地走出这片沼泽地。27treacherous   adj.不可靠的,有暗藏的危险的;adj.背叛的,背信弃义的参考例句:The surface water made the road treacherous for drivers.路面的积水对驾车者构成危险。The frozen snow was treacherous to walk on.在冻雪上行走有潜在危险。28tragic   adj.悲剧的,悲剧性的,悲惨的参考例句:The effect of the pollution on the beaches is absolutely tragic.污染海滩后果可悲。Charles was a man doomed to tragic issues.查理是个注定不得善终的人。29suffocated   (使某人)窒息而死( suffocate的过去式和过去分词 ); (将某人)闷死; 让人感觉闷热; 憋气参考例句:Many dogs have suffocated in hot cars. 许多狗在热烘烘的汽车里给闷死了。I nearly suffocated when the pipe of my breathing apparatus came adrift. 呼吸器上的管子脱落时,我差点给憋死。30profusion   n.挥霍;丰富参考例句:He is liberal to profusion.他挥霍无度。The leaves are falling in profusion.落叶纷纷。31hop   n.单脚跳,跳跃;vi.单脚跳,跳跃;着手做某事;vt.跳跃,跃过参考例句:The children had a competition to see who could hop the fastest.孩子们举行比赛,看谁单足跳跃最快。How long can you hop on your right foot?你用右脚能跳多远?32stout   adj.强壮的,粗大的,结实的,勇猛的,矮胖的参考例句:He cut a stout stick to help him walk.他砍了一根结实的枝条用来拄着走路。The stout old man waddled across the road.那肥胖的老人一

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