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美剧:《小公子方特洛伊 13》
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  • XIII

    OF course, as soon as the story of Lord Fauntleroy and the difficulties of the Earl of Dorincourt were discussed in the English newspapers, they were discussed in the American newspapers. The story was too interesting to be passed over lightly, and it was talked of a great deal. There were so many versions of it that it would have been an edifying1 thing to buy all the papers and compare them. Mr. Hobbs read so much about it that he became quite bewildered. One paper described his young friend Cedric as an infant in arms,—another as a young man at Oxford3, winning all the honors, and distinguishing himself by writing Greek poems; one said he was engaged to a young lady of great beauty, who was the daughter of a duke; another said he had just been married; the only thing, in fact, which was NOT said was that he was a little boy between seven and eight, with handsome legs and curly hair. One said he was no relation to the Earl of Dorincourt at all, but was a small impostor who had sold newspapers and slept in the streets of New York before his mother imposed upon the family lawyer, who came to America to look for the Earl's heir. Then came the descriptions of the new Lord Fauntleroy and his mother. Sometimes she was a gypsy, sometimes an actress, sometimes a beautiful Spaniard; but it was always agreed that the Earl of Dorincourt was her deadly enemy, and would not acknowledge her son as his heir if he could help it, and as there seemed to be some slight flaw in the papers she had produced, it was expected that there would be a long trial, which would be far more interesting than anything ever carried into court before. Mr. Hobbs used to read the papers until his head was in a whirl, and in the evening he and Dick would talk it all over. They found out what an important personage an Earl of Dorincourt was, and what a magnificent income he possessed4, and how many estates he owned, and how stately and beautiful was the Castle in which he lived; and the more they learned, the more excited they became.

    “Seems like somethin' orter be done,” said Mr. Hobbs. “Things like them orter be held on to—earls or no earls.”

    But there really was nothing they could do but each write a letter to Cedric, containing assurances of their friendship and sympathy. They wrote those letters as soon as they could after receiving the news; and after having written them, they handed them over to each other to be read.

    This is what Mr. Hobbs read in Dick's letter:

    “DERE FREND: i got ure letter an Mr. Hobbs got his an we are sory u are down on ure luck an we say hold on as longs u kin5 an dont let no one git ahed of u. There is a lot of ole theves wil make al they kin of u ef u dont kepe ure i skined. But this is mosly to say that ive not forgot wot u did fur me an if there aint no better way cum over here an go in pardners with me. Biznes is fine an ile see no harm cums to u Enny big feler that trise to cum it over u wil hafter setle it fust with Perfessor Dick Tipton. So no more at present


    And this was what Dick read in Mr. Hobbs's letter:

    “DEAR SIR: Yrs received and wd say things looks bad. I believe its a put up job and them thats done it ought to be looked after sharp. And what I write to say is two things. Im going to look this thing up. Keep quiet and Ill see a lawyer and do all I can And if the worst happens and them earls is too many for us theres a partnership6 in the grocery business ready for you when yure old enough and a home and a friend in

    “Yrs truly,


    “Well,” said Mr. Hobbs, “he's pervided for between us, if he aint a earl.”

    “So he is,” said Dick. “I'd ha' stood by him. Blest if I didn't like that little feller fust-rate.”

    The very next morning, one of Dick's customers was rather surprised. He was a young lawyer just beginning practice—as poor as a very young lawyer can possibly be, but a bright, energetic young fellow, with sharp wit and a good temper. He had a shabby office near Dick's stand, and every morning Dick blacked his boots for him, and quite often they were not exactly water-tight, but he always had a friendly word or a joke for Dick.

    That particular morning, when he put his foot on the rest, he had an illustrated7 paper in his hand—an enterprising paper, with pictures in it of conspicuous8 people and things. He had just finished looking it over, and when the last boot was polished, he handed it over to the boy.

    “Here's a paper for you, Dick,” he said; “you can look it over when you drop in at Delmonico's for your breakfast. Picture of an English castle in it, and an English earl's daughter-in-law. Fine young woman, too,—lots of hair,—though she seems to be raising rather a row. You ought to become familiar with the nobility and gentry9, Dick. Begin on the Right Honorable the Earl of Dorincourt and Lady Fauntleroy. Hello! I say, what's the matter?”

    The pictures he spoke10 of were on the front page, and Dick was staring at one of them with his eyes and mouth open, and his sharp face almost pale with excitement.

    “What's to pay, Dick?” said the young man. “What has paralyzed you?”

    Dick really did look as if something tremendous had happened. He pointed11 to the picture, under which was written:

    “Mother of Claimant (Lady Fauntleroy).”

    It was the picture of a handsome woman, with large eyes and heavy braids of black hair wound around her head.

    “Her!” said Dick. “My, I know her better 'n I know you!”

    The young man began to laugh.

    “Where did you meet her, Dick?” he said. “At Newport? Or when you ran over to Paris the last time?”

    Dick actually forgot to grin. He began to gather his brushes and things together, as if he had something to do which would put an end to his business for the present.

    “Never mind,” he said. “I know her! An I've struck work for this mornin'.”

    And in less than five minutes from that time he was tearing through the streets on his way to Mr. Hobbs and the corner store.

    Mr. Hobbs could scarcely believe the evidence of his senses when he looked across the counter and saw Dick rush in with the paper in his hand. The boy was out of breath with running; so much out of breath, in fact, that he could scarcely speak as he threw the paper down on the counter.

    “Hello!” exclaimed Mr. Hobbs. “Hello! What you got there?”

    “Look at it!” panted Dick. “Look at that woman in the picture! That's what you look at! SHE aint no 'ristocrat, SHE aint!” with withering12 scorn. “She's no lord's wife. You may eat me, if it aint Minna—MINNA! I'd know her anywheres, an' so 'd Ben. Jest ax him.”

    Mr. Hobbs dropped into his seat.

    “I knowed it was a put-up job,” he said. “I knowed it; and they done it on account o' him bein' a 'Merican!”

    “Done it!” cried Dick, with disgust. “SHE done it, that's who done it. She was allers up to her tricks; an' I'll tell yer wot come to me, the minnit I saw her pictur. There was one o' them papers we saw had a letter in it that said somethin' 'bout2 her boy, an' it said he had a scar on his chin. Put them two together—her 'n' that there scar! Why, that there boy o' hers aint no more a lord than I am! It's BEN'S boy,—the little chap she hit when she let fly that plate at me.”

    Professor Dick Tipton had always been a sharp boy, and earning his living in the streets of a big city had made him still sharper. He had learned to keep his eyes open and his wits about him, and it must be confessed he enjoyed immensely the excitement and impatience13 of that moment. If little Lord Fauntleroy could only have looked into the store that morning, he would certainly have been interested, even if all the discussion and plans had been intended to decide the fate of some other boy than himself.

    Mr. Hobbs was almost overwhelmed by his sense of responsibility, and Dick was all alive and full of energy. He began to write a letter to Ben, and he cut out the picture and inclosed it to him, and Mr. Hobbs wrote a letter to Cedric and one to the Earl. They were in the midst of this letter-writing when a new idea came to Dick.

    “Say,” he said, “the feller that give me the paper, he's a lawyer. Let's ax him what we'd better do. Lawyers knows it all.”

    Mr. Hobbs was immensely impressed by this suggestion and Dick's business capacity.

    “That's so!” he replied. “This here calls for lawyers.”

    And leaving the store in the care of a substitute, he struggled into his coat and marched down-town with Dick, and the two presented themselves with their romantic story in Mr. Harrison's office, much to that young man's astonishment14.

    If he had not been a very young lawyer, with a very enterprising mind and a great deal of spare time on his hands, he might not have been so readily interested in what they had to say, for it all certainly sounded very wild and queer; but he chanced to want something to do very much, and he chanced to know Dick, and Dick chanced to say his say in a very sharp, telling sort of way.

    “And,” said Mr. Hobbs, “say what your time's worth a' hour and look into this thing thorough, and I'LL pay the damage,—Silas Hobbs, corner of Blank street, Vegetables and Fancy Groceries.”

    “Well,” said Mr. Harrison, “it will be a big thing if it turns out all right, and it will be almost as big a thing for me as for Lord Fauntleroy; and, at any rate, no harm can be done by investigating. It appears there has been some dubiousness15 about the child. The woman contradicted herself in some of her statements about his age, and aroused suspicion. The first persons to be written to are Dick's brother and the Earl of Dorincourt's family lawyer.”

    And actually, before the sun went down, two letters had been written and sent in two different directions—one speeding out of New York harbor on a mail steamer on its way to England, and the other on a train carrying letters and passengers bound for California. And the first was addressed to T. Havisham, Esq., and the second to Benjamin Tipton.

    And after the store was closed that evening, Mr. Hobbs and Dick sat in the back-room and talked together until midnight.


    1 edifying [ˈedɪfaɪɪŋ] a97ce6cffd0a5657c9644f46b1c20531   第10级
    adj.有教训意味的,教训性的,有益的v.开导,启发( edify的现在分词 )
    • Young students are advised to read edifying books to improve their mind. 建议青年学生们读一些陶冶性情的书籍,以提高自己的心智。 来自辞典例句
    • This edifying spectacle was the final event of the Governor's ball. 这个有启发性的表演便是省长的舞会的最后一个节目了。 来自辞典例句
    2 bout [baʊt] Asbzz   第9级
    • I was suffering with a bout of nerves. 我感到一阵紧张。
    • That bout of pneumonia enfeebled her. 那次肺炎的发作使她虚弱了。
    3 Oxford ['ɒksfəd] Wmmz0a   第8级
    • At present he has become a Professor of Chemistry at Oxford. 他现在已是牛津大学的化学教授了。
    • This is where the road to Oxford joins the road to London. 这是去牛津的路与去伦敦的路的汇合处。
    4 possessed [pəˈzest] xuyyQ   第12级
    • He flew out of the room like a man possessed. 他像着了魔似地猛然冲出房门。
    • He behaved like someone possessed. 他行为举止像是魔怔了。
    5 kin [kɪn] 22Zxv   第7级
    • He comes of good kin. 他出身好。
    • She has gone to live with her husband's kin. 她住到丈夫的亲戚家里去了。
    6 partnership [ˈpɑ:tnəʃɪp] NmfzPy   第8级
    • The company has gone into partnership with Swiss Bank Corporation. 这家公司已经和瑞士银行公司建立合作关系。
    • Martin has taken him into general partnership in his company. 马丁已让他成为公司的普通合伙人。
    7 illustrated ['ɪləstreɪtɪd] 2a891807ad5907f0499171bb879a36aa   第7级
    adj. 有插图的,列举的 动词illustrate的过去式和过去分词
    • His lecture was illustrated with slides taken during the expedition. 他在讲演中使用了探险时拍摄到的幻灯片。
    • The manufacturing Methods: Will be illustrated in the next chapter. 制作方法将在下一章说明。
    8 conspicuous [kənˈspɪkjuəs] spszE   第7级
    • It is conspicuous that smoking is harmful to health. 很明显,抽烟对健康有害。
    • Its colouring makes it highly conspicuous. 它的色彩使它非常惹人注目。
    9 gentry [ˈdʒentri] Ygqxe   第11级
    • Landed income was the true measure of the gentry. 来自土地的收入是衡量是否士绅阶层的真正标准。
    • Better be the head of the yeomanry than the tail of the gentry. 宁做自由民之首,不居贵族之末。
    10 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。
    11 pointed [ˈpɔɪntɪd] Il8zB4   第7级
    • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil. 他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
    • A safety pin has a metal covering over the pointed end. 安全别针在尖端有一个金属套。
    12 withering [ˈwɪðərɪŋ] 8b1e725193ea9294ced015cd87181307   第7级
    • She gave him a withering look. 她极其蔑视地看了他一眼。
    • The grass is gradually dried-up and withering and pallen leaves. 草渐渐干枯、枯萎并落叶。
    13 impatience [ɪm'peɪʃns] OaOxC   第8级
    • He expressed impatience at the slow rate of progress. 进展缓慢,他显得不耐烦。
    • He gave a stamp of impatience. 他不耐烦地跺脚。
    14 astonishment [əˈstɒnɪʃmənt] VvjzR   第8级
    • 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。
    15 dubiousness [] 401c434e0e4e0f2d03b68d3109d9ab6f   第7级

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