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    "Where are you going, Uncle Wiggily?" asked Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy, the muskrat1 lady housekeeper2, as the nice old rabbit gentleman started out from his hollow stump3 bungalow4 one afternoon.

    "Oh, just for a walk in the woods," he answered. "Neddie Stubtail, the little bear boy, told me last night that there were many adventures in the forest, and I want to see if I can find one."

    "My goodness! You seem very fond of adventures!" said Miss Fuzzy Wuzzy.

    "I am," went on Uncle Wiggily, with a smile that made his pink nose twinkle and his whiskers sort of chase themselves around the back of his neck, as though they were playing tag with his collar button. "I just love to have adventures."

    "Well, while you are out walking among the trees would you mind doing me a favor?" asked Nurse Jane.

    "I wouldn't mind in the least," spoke5 the bunny uncle. "What would you like me to do?"

    "Just leave this thimble at Mrs. Bow Wow's house. I borrowed the dog lady's thimble to use when I couldn't find mine, but now that I have my own back again I'll return hers."

    "Where was yours?" Uncle Wiggily wanted to know.

    "Jimmie Caw-Caw, the crow boy, had picked it up to hide under the pump," answered Nurse Jane. "Crows, you know, like to pick up bright and shining things."

    "Yes, I remember," said Uncle Wiggily. "Very well, I'll give Mrs. Bow Wow her thimble," and off the old gentleman rabbit started, limping along on his red, white and blue striped rheumatism6 crutch7, that Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy had gnawed8 for him out of a bean-pole. Excuse me, I mean corn stalk.

    When Uncle Wiggily came to the place where Jackie and Peetie Bow Wow, the little puppy dog boys lived, he saw Mrs. Bow Wow, the dog lady, out in front of the kennel9 house looking up and down the path that led through the woods.

    "Were you looking for me?" asked Uncle Wiggily, making a low and polite bow with his tall silk hat.

    "Looking for you? Why, no, not specially," said Mrs. Bow Wow, "though I am always glad to see you."

    "I thought perhaps you might be looking for your thimble," went on the bunny uncle. "Nurse Jane has sent it back to you."

    "Oh, thank you!" said the mother of the puppy dog boys. "I'm glad to get my thimble back, but I was really looking for Peetie and Jackie."

    "You don't mean to say they have run away, do you?" asked Uncle Wiggily, in surprise.

    "No, not exactly run away. But they have not come home from school, though the lady mouse, who teaches in the hollow stump, must have let the animal children out long ago."

    "She did," Uncle Wiggily said. "I came past the hollow stump school on my way here, and every one was gone."

    "Then where can Jackie and Peetie be keeping themselves?" asked Mrs. Bow Wow. "Oh, I'm so worried about them!"

    "Don't be worried or frightened," said Uncle Wiggily, kindly10. "I'll go look for them for you."

    "Oh, if you will I'll be so glad!" cried Mrs. Bow Wow. "And if you find them please tell them to come home at once."

    "I will," promised the bunny uncle.

    Giving the dog lady her thimble, Uncle Wiggily set off through the woods to look for Jackie and Peetie Bow Wow. On every side of the woodland path he peered, under trees and bushes and around the corners of moss-covered rocks and big stumps11.

    But no little puppy dog chaps could he find.

    All at once, as Mr. Longears was going past an old log he heard a rustling12 in the bushes, and a voice said:

    "Well, we nearly caught them, didn't we?"

    "We surely did," said another voice. "And I think if we race after them once more we'll certainly have them. Let's rest here a bit, and then chase those puppy dogs some more. That Jackie is a good runner."

    "I think Peetie is better," said the other voice. "Anyhow, they both got away from us."

    "Ha! This must be Peetie and Jackie Bow Wow they are talking about," said Uncle Wiggily to himself. "This sounds like trouble. So the puppy dogs were chased, were they? I must see by whom."

    He peeked13 through the bushes, and there he saw two big, bad foxes, whose tongues were hanging out over their white teeth, for the foxes had run far and they were tired.

    "I see how it is," Uncle Wiggily thought. "The foxes chased the little puppy dogs as they were coming from school and Jackie and Peetie have run somewhere and hidden. I must find them."

    Just then one of the foxes cried:

    "Come on. Now we'll chase after those puppies, and get them. Come on!"

    "Ha! I must go, too!" thought Uncle Wiggily. "Maybe I can scare away the foxes, and save Jackie and Peetie."

    So the foxes ran and Uncle Wiggily also ran, and pretty soon the rabbit gentleman came to a place in the woods where grew a tree with big white blossoms on it, and in the center the blossoms were colored a dark red.

    "Ha! There are the puppy boys under that tree!" cried one fox, and, surely enough, there, right under the tree, Jackie and Peetie were crouched14, trembling and much frightened.

    "We'll get them!" cried the other fox. "Come on!"

    And then, all of a sudden, as the foxes leaped toward the poor little puppy dog boys, that tree began to hark and growl15 and it cried out loud:

    "Get away from here, you bad foxes! Leave Jackie and Peetie alone! Wow! Bow-wow! Gurr-r-r-r!" and the tree barked and roared so like a lion that the foxes were frightened and were glad enough to run away, taking their tails with them. Then Jackie and Peetie came safely out, and thanked the tree for taking care of them.

    The tree barked and roared so like a lion that the foxes were frightened and were glad enough to run away.

    "Oh, you are welcome," said the tree. "I am the dogwood tree, you know, so why should I not bark and growl to scare foxes, and take care of you little puppy chaps? Come to me again whenever any bad foxes chase you." And Peetie and Jackie said they would.

    So Uncle Wiggily, after also thanking the tree, took the doggie boys home, and they told him how the foxes had chased them soon after they came from school, so they had to run.

    But everything came out all right, you see, and if the black cat doesn't dip his tail in the ink, and make chalk marks all over the piano, I'll tell you next about Uncle Wiggily and the hazel nuts.


    1 muskrat [ˈmʌskræt] G6CzQ   第12级
    • Muskrat fur almost equals beaver fur in quality. 麝鼠皮在质量上几乎和海獭皮不相上下。
    • I saw a muskrat come out of a hole in the ice. 我看到一只麝鼠从冰里面钻出来。
    2 housekeeper [ˈhaʊski:pə(r)] 6q2zxl   第8级
    • A spotless stove told us that his mother is a diligent housekeeper. 炉子清洁无瑕就表明他母亲是个勤劳的主妇。
    • She is an economical housekeeper and feeds her family cheaply. 她节约持家,一家人吃得很省。
    3 stump [stʌmp] hGbzY   第8级
    • He went on the stump in his home state. 他到故乡所在的州去发表演说。
    • He used the stump as a table. 他把树桩用作桌子。
    4 bungalow [ˈbʌŋgələʊ] ccjys   第9级
    • A bungalow does not have an upstairs. 平房没有上层。
    • The old couple sold that large house and moved into a small bungalow. 老两口卖掉了那幢大房子,搬进了小平房。
    5 spoke [spəʊk] XryyC   第11级
    n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
    • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company. 他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
    • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre. 辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
    6 rheumatism [ˈru:mətɪzəm] hDnyl   第9级
    • The damp weather plays the very devil with my rheumatism. 潮湿的天气加重了我的风湿病。
    • The hot weather gave the old man a truce from rheumatism. 热天使这位老人暂时免受风湿病之苦。
    7 crutch [krʌtʃ] Lnvzt   第10级
    • Her religion was a crutch to her when John died. 约翰死后,她在精神上依靠宗教信仰支撑住自己。
    • He uses his wife as a kind of crutch because of his lack of confidence. 他缺乏自信心,总把妻子当作主心骨。
    8 gnawed [nɑ:d] 85643b5b73cc74a08138f4534f41cef1   第9级
    咬( gnaw的过去式和过去分词 ); (长时间) 折磨某人; (使)苦恼; (长时间)危害某事物
    • His attitude towards her gnawed away at her confidence. 他对她的态度一直在削弱她的自尊心。
    • The root of this dead tree has been gnawed away by ants. 这棵死树根被蚂蚁唼了。
    9 kennel [ˈkenl] axay6   第11级
    • Sporting dogs should be kept out of doors in a kennel. 猎狗应该养在户外的狗窝中。
    • Rescued dogs are housed in a standard kennel block. 获救的狗被装在一个标准的犬舍里。
    10 kindly [ˈkaɪndli] tpUzhQ   第8级
    • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable. 她的邻居都说她和蔼可亲、热情好客。
    • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman. 一道阴影掠过老太太慈祥的面孔。
    11 stumps [stʌmps] 221f9ff23e30fdcc0f64ec738849554c   第8级
    (被砍下的树的)树桩( stump的名词复数 ); 残肢; (板球三柱门的)柱; 残余部分
    • Rocks and stumps supplied the place of chairs at the picnic. 野餐时石头和树桩都充当了椅子。
    • If you don't stir your stumps, Tom, you'll be late for school again. 汤姆,如果你不快走,上学又要迟到了。
    12 rustling [ˈrʌslɪŋ] c6f5c8086fbaf68296f60e8adb292798   第9级
    n. 瑟瑟声,沙沙声 adj. 发沙沙声的
    • the sound of the trees rustling in the breeze 树木在微风中发出的沙沙声
    • the soft rustling of leaves 树叶柔和的沙沙声
    13 peeked [pi:kt] c7b2fdc08abef3a4f4992d9023ed9bb8   第9级
    v.很快地看( peek的过去式和过去分词 );偷看;窥视;微露出
    • She peeked over the top of her menu. 她从菜单上往外偷看。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • On two occasions she had peeked at him through a crack in the wall. 她曾两次透过墙缝窥视他。 来自辞典例句
    14 crouched [krautʃt] 62634c7e8c15b8a61068e36aaed563ab   第8级
    v.屈膝,蹲伏( crouch的过去式和过去分词 )
    • He crouched down beside her. 他在她的旁边蹲了下来。
    • The lion crouched ready to pounce. 狮子蹲下身,准备猛扑。
    15 growl [graʊl] VeHzE   第8级
    vi. 咆哮着说 vt. 咆哮;(雷电,炮等)轰鸣 n. 咆哮声;吠声;不平
    • The dog was biting, growling and wagging its tail. 那条狗在一边撕咬一边低声吼叫,尾巴也跟着摇摆。
    • The car growls along rutted streets. 汽车在车辙纵横的街上一路轰鸣。

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