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怪医杜立德21:HOME AGAIN
添加时间:2023-10-23 10:40:02 浏览次数: 作者:Hugh Lofting
  • MARCH winds had come and gone; April’s showers were over; May’s buds had opened into flower; and the June sun was shining on the pleasant fields, when John Dolittle at last got back to his own country.

    But he did not yet go home to Puddleby. First he went traveling through the land with the pushmi-pullyu in a gipsy-wagon1, stopping at all the country-fairs. And there, with the acrobats2 on one side of them and the Punch-and-Judy show on the other, they would hang out a big sign which read, “Come and See the Marvelous Two-Headed Animal from the Jungles of Africa. Admission Sixpence.”

    And the pushmi-pullyu would stay inside the wagon, while the other animals would lie about underneath3. The Doctor sat in a chair in front taking the sixpences and smiling on the people as they went in; and Dab-Dab was kept busy all the time scolding him because he would let the children in for nothing when she wasn’t looking.

    And menagerie-keepers and circus-men came and asked the Doctor to sell them the strange creature, saying they would pay a tremendous lot of money for him. But the Doctor always shook his head and said,

    “No. The pushmi-pullyu shall never be shut up in a cage. He shall be free always to come and go, like you and me.”

    Many curious sights and happenings they saw in this wandering life; but they all seemed quite ordinary after the great things they had seen and done in foreign lands. It was very interesting at first, being sort of part of a circus; but after a few weeks they all got dreadfully tired of it and the Doctor and all of them were longing4 to go home.

    But so many people came flocking to the little wagon and paid the sixpence to go inside and see the pushmi-pullyu that very soon the Doctor was able to give up being a showman.

    And one fine day, when the hollyhocks were in full bloom, he came back to Puddleby a rich man, to live in the little house with the big garden.

    And the old lame5 horse in the stable was glad to see him; and so were the swallows who had already built their nests under the eaves of his roof and had young ones. And Dab-Dab was glad, too, to get back to the house she knew so well—although there was a terrible lot of dusting to be done, with cobwebs everywhere.

    And after Jip had gone and shown his golden collar to the conceited6 collie next-door, he came back and began running round the garden like a crazy thing, looking for the bones he had buried long ago, and chasing the rats out of the tool-shed; while Gub-Gub dug up the horseradish which had grown three feet high in the corner by the garden-wall.

    And the Doctor went and saw the sailor who had lent him the boat, and he bought two new ships for him and a rubber-doll for his baby; and he paid the grocer for the food he had lent him for the journey to Africa. And he bought another piano and put the white mice back in it—because they said the bureau-drawer was drafty.

    Even when the Doctor had filled the old money-box on the dresser-shelf, he still had a lot of money left; and he had to get three more money-boxes, just as big, to put the rest in.

    “Money,” he said, “is a terrible nuisance. But it’s nice not to have to worry.”

    “Yes,” said Dab-Dab, who was toasting muffins for his tea, “it is indeed!”

    And when the Winter came again, and the snow flew against the kitchen-window, the Doctor and his animals would sit round the big, warm fire after supper; and he would read aloud to them out of his books.

    But far away in Africa, where the monkeys chattered7 in the palm-trees before they went to bed under the big yellow moon, they would say to one another,

    “I wonder what The Good Man’s doing now—over there, in the Land of the White Men! Do you think he ever will come back?”

    And Polynesia would squeak8 out from the vines,

    “I think he will—I guess he will—I hope he will!”

    And then the crocodile would grunt9 up at them from the black mud of the river,

    “I’m SURE he will—Go to sleep!”

     单词标签: wagon  acrobats  underneath  longing  lame  conceited  chattered  squeak  grunt 


    1 wagon [ˈwægən] XhUwP   第7级
    • We have to fork the hay into the wagon. 我们得把干草用叉子挑进马车里去。
    • The muddy road bemired the wagon. 马车陷入了泥泞的道路。
    2 acrobats [ˈækrəˌbæts] 0a0a55e618cb6021651a7c7a9ac46cdc   第8级
    n.杂技演员( acrobat的名词复数 );立场观点善变的人,主张、政见等变化无常的人
    • I was always fascinated by the acrobats at the circus. 我总是着迷于马戏团里的杂技演员。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • The acrobats' performance drew forth applause from the audience. 杂技演员的表演博得了观众的掌声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    3 underneath [ˌʌndəˈni:θ] VKRz2   第7级
    • 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。
    4 longing [ˈlɒŋɪŋ] 98bzd   第8级
    • Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her. 再次听到那首曲子使她胸中充满了渴望。
    • His heart burned with longing for revenge. 他心中燃烧着急欲复仇的怒火。
    5 lame [leɪm] r9gzj   第7级
    • The lame man needs a stick when he walks. 那跛脚男子走路时需借助拐棍。
    • I don't believe his story. It'sounds a bit lame. 我不信他讲的那一套。他的话听起来有些靠不住。
    6 conceited [kənˈsi:tɪd] Cv0zxi   第8级
    • He could not bear that they should be so conceited. 他们这样自高自大他受不了。
    • I'm not as conceited as so many people seem to think. 我不像很多人认为的那么自负。
    7 chattered [ˈtʃætəd] 0230d885b9f6d176177681b6eaf4b86f   第7级
    (人)喋喋不休( chatter的过去式 ); 唠叨; (牙齿)打战; (机器)震颤
    • They chattered away happily for a while. 他们高兴地闲扯了一会儿。
    • We chattered like two teenagers. 我们聊着天,像两个十多岁的孩子。
    8 squeak [skwi:k] 4Gtzo   第9级
    • I don't want to hear another squeak out of you! 我不想再听到你出声!
    • We won the game, but it was a narrow squeak. 我们打赢了这场球赛,不过是侥幸取胜。
    9 grunt [grʌnt] eeazI   第7级
    • He lifted the heavy suitcase with a grunt. 他咕噜着把沉重的提箱拎了起来。
    • I asked him what he thought, but he just grunted. 我问他在想什么,他只哼了一声。

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