夏洛特的网 Chapter 3 上
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The barn was very large. It was very old. It smelled of hay and it smelled of manure1. It smelled of the perspiration2 of tired horses and the wonderful sweet breath of patient cows. It often had a sort of peaceful smell -- as though noghing bad could happen ever again in the world. It smelled of grain and of harness dressing3 and of axle grease and of rubber boots and of new rope. And whenever the cat was given a fish-head to eat, the barn would smell of fish. But mostly it smelled of hay, for there was always hay in the great loft4 up overhead. And there was always hay being pitched down to the cows and the hourses and the sheep.
 
The barn was pleasantly warm in winter when the animals spent most of their time indoors, and it was pleasantly cool in summer when the big doors stood wide open to the breeze. The barn had stalls on the main floor for the work hourses, tie-ups on the main floor for the cows, a sheepfold down below for the sheep, a pigpen down below for Wilbur, and it was full of all sorts of things that you find in barns: ladders, grindsones, pitch forks, monkey wrenches6, scythes7, lawn mowers, snow shovels8, ax handles, milk pails, water buchers, empty grain sacks, and rusty9 rat traps. It was the kind of barn that swallows like to build their nests in. It was the kind of barn that children like to play in. And the whole thing was owned by Fern's uncle, Mr. Homer L. Zuckerman.
 
Wilbur's new home was in the lower part of the barn, directly underneath10 the cows. Mr. Zuckerman knew that a manure pile is a good place to keep a young pig. Pigs need warmth, and it was warm and comfortable down there in the barn cellar on the south side.
 
Fern came almost every day to visit him. She found an old milking stool that had been discarded, and she placed the stool in the sheepfold next to Wilbur's pen. Here she sat quietly during the long afternoons, thinking and listening and watching Wilbur. The sheep soon got to know her and trust her. So did the geese, who lived with the sheep. All the animals trusted her, she was so quiet and friendly. Mr. Zuckerman did not allow her to take Wilbur out, and he did not allow to get into the pigpen. But he told Fern that she could sit on the stool and watch Wilbur as long as she wanted to. It made her happy just to be near the pig, and it made her happy just to be near the pig, and it made Wilbur happy to know that she was sitting there, right outside his pen. But he never had any fun--no walks, no redes, no swims.
 
One afternoon in June, when Wilbur was almost two months old, he wandered out into his small yard outside the barn. Fern had not arrived for her usual visit. Wilbur stood in the sun feeling lonely and bored.
 
"There's never anything to do around here," he thought. He walked slowly to his food trough and sniffed11 to see if anything had been overlooked at lunch. He found a small strip of potato skin and ate it. His back itched5, so he leaned against the fence and rubbed against the boards. When he tired of this, he walked indoors, climbed to the top of the manured pile, and sat down. He didn't feel like going to sleep, he didn't feel like digging, he was tired of standing12 still, tired of lying down. "I'm less than two months old and I'm tired of living," he said. He walked out to the yard again.
 
"When I'm out here," he said, "there's no place to go but in. When I'm indoors, there's no place to go but out in the yard."
 
"That's where you're wrong, my friend, my freiend," said a voice. 
 
Wilbur looked through the fence and saw the goose standing there.
 
"You don't have to stay in that dirty-llittle dirty-little dirty-little yard," said the goose, who talded rather fast. "One of the boards is loose. Push on it, push-push-push on it, and come on out!"
 
"What?" said Wilbur. "Say it slower!"
 
"At-at-at, at the risk of repeating myself," said the goose, "I suggest that you come on out. It's wonderful out here."
 
"Did you say a board was loose?" 
 
"That I did, that I did," said the goose.
 
Wilbur walked up to the fence and saw that the goose was right--one board was loose. He put his head sown, shut his eyes, and pushed. The board gave way. In a minute he had squeezed through the fence and was standing in the long grass outside his yard. The goose chuckled13.
 
"How does it feel to be free?" she asked.
 
"I like it ," said Wilbur. "That is, I guess I like it." #p#分页标题#e#
 
Actually, Wilbur felt queer to be outside his fence, with nothing between him and the big world.
 
"Where do you think I'd better go?"
 
"Anywhere you like, anywhere you like," said the goose. "Go down through the orchard14, root up the sod! Go down through the garden, dig up the radishes! Root up everything! Eat grass! Look for corn! Look for oats! Run all over! Skip and dance, jump and prance15! Go down through the orchard and stroll in the woods! The world is a wonderful place when you're young."
 
谷仓很大,也很旧。里面全是干草和粪肥的气味。还有种跑累了的马身上的汗味儿与好脾气的母牛喷出的奇妙的香甜味道。空气中常驻的,是一种和平的气息——好像这个世界上再不会有坏事情发生了。这里偶尔还会有谷粒的香味,马具上的草料味,车子上的润滑油味,橡胶靴子味,或是新扎的草绳味儿。如果猫儿叼着人们扔给他的鱼头到这里来享受时,谷仓里就会多了股鱼腥味儿。不过,这里面最浓的味道却是干草味儿,因为谷仓上面的大阁楼里总是堆满了干草。这些干草被不断地扔给下面的母牛、马、绵羊们吃。
 
冬天,当动物们在外面呆久了,回来后会觉得这个谷仓格外的温暖;而夏天呢,当谷仓的门大大敞开着,微风吹进来,这里又变得说不出的凉爽。谷仓上层面有马厩、牛棚,下层的地窖里是羊圈、威伯住的猪圈;里面还堆着你能从谷仓里找到的各类的器具:梯子,磨石,长柄草叉,活手搬子,大号的镰刀,割草机,清雪铲,斧子柄儿,牛奶桶,水桶,空粮食袋子,生锈的捕鼠夹等等。这是燕子们喜欢来筑巢的谷仓。这里的一切都是属于芬的舅舅,霍默·L·祖克曼先生的。
 
威伯的新家在谷仓的下层,正好在牛棚底下。祖克曼先生知道牛粪堆是养小猪的好地方。猪喜欢温暖,而谷仓下朝南的地窖正是温暖而又舒适的地方。
 
芬差不多每天都来看威伯。她找到一张没人要的挤奶凳,于是便把凳子搬到紧挨着威伯的猪圈的羊圈旁。整个漫长的下午,她就这么静静地坐在那里,望着威伯,想着,听着。绵羊不久便认识她,并信任她了。和羊住在一起的母鹅也是。所有的动物都信任她,因为她是那么的文静、和善。祖克曼先生不让她把威伯带出去,也不让她进猪圈。不过,他告诉芬,如果她愿意,她坐在凳子上看威伯多久都行。能靠近威伯她就感到很幸福了;知道芬就坐在他家的外面,威伯也感到无比的快活。只是他却再不能做从前的乐事了——不能再散步,不能再坐婴儿车,也不能再去游泳了。
 
六月的一个下午,差不多两个月大的威伯游荡到他在谷仓外的院子里。那天芬没像往常一样来看他。站在阳光下的威伯,觉得孤单而又无聊。
 
“在这里从没任何事儿可做,”他想。他慢慢地走到食槽前,用鼻子搜寻着,想找找是否有忘了吃的午餐。他发现了一小截土豆皮,就把它吃了下去。他感到背有点儿痒,就斜靠到栅栏上,在木板上使劲的蹭着。当他蹭腻了,便走回他的家门口,爬到牛粪堆顶上,坐了下来。他不想睡,也不想再乱拱了,他厌倦了再这么静静的傻站着,也厌倦了睡觉。“我才活了不到两个月,就对生活厌烦了,”他说。他又往院子里去了。
 
“当我来到这儿,”他说,“除了回家没别的地方可去。当我进了家,除了院子也没别的地方可逛。”
 
“你错了,我的朋友,我的朋友。”一个声音说。
 
威伯往栅栏那边看去,发现一只母鹅就站在那里。
 
“你不用老呆在那个肮脏的-小 肮脏的-小 肮脏的-小院子里,”母鹅说得相当的快。“这儿有一块木板松了。推开它,推-推-推开它,就能够出去!”
 
“什么?”威伯说。“说慢一点儿!”
 
“让-让-让,让我冒险重复一遍,”母鹅说,“我的意思是,建议你跑出去。这外面的世界精彩极了。”
 
“你是说有块木板松了?”
 
“那就是我要说的,那就是。”母鹅说。
 
威伯走到栅栏旁,发现母鹅说得对——真的有一块木板松了。他低下头,闭起眼,用力撞过去。木板松开了。没用一分钟,他就挤过了栅栏,来到院子外的长草丛中了。母鹅嘎嘎大笑起来。
 
“自由的滋味如何?”她问。
 
“我喜欢,”威伯说。“我的意思是说,我想我喜欢这感觉。”
 
实际上,当威伯站在栅栏外,望着这个与自己毫无阻隔的大大的世界的时候,他只有种梦幻般的,说不清的感觉。
 
“你说我去哪儿比较好?”
 
“你喜欢的任何地方,你喜欢的任何地方,”母鹅说。“到果园那里去,把路上的草皮翻出来!到花园去,把萝卜拱出来!拱开一切!吃草!找玉米粒儿!寻找燕麦!把一切都压倒!蹦高和跳舞,后脚立地跳起来!走过果园,去树林里漫步!在你年轻时世界是多么美妙。”


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1 manure R7Yzr     
n.粪,肥,肥粒;vt.施肥
参考例句:
  1. The farmers were distributing manure over the field.农民们正在田间施肥。
  2. The farmers used manure to keep up the fertility of their land.农夫们用粪保持其土质的肥沃。
2 perspiration c3UzD     
n.汗水;出汗
参考例句:
  1. It is so hot that my clothes are wet with perspiration.天太热了,我的衣服被汗水湿透了。
  2. The perspiration was running down my back.汗从我背上淌下来。
3 dressing 1uOzJG     
n.(食物)调料;包扎伤口的用品,敷料
参考例句:
  1. Don't spend such a lot of time in dressing yourself.别花那么多时间来打扮自己。
  2. The children enjoy dressing up in mother's old clothes.孩子们喜欢穿上妈妈旧时的衣服玩。
4 loft VkhyQ     
n.阁楼,顶楼
参考例句:
  1. We could see up into the loft from bottom of the stairs.我们能从楼梯脚边望到阁楼的内部。
  2. By converting the loft,they were able to have two extra bedrooms.把阁楼改造一下,他们就可以多出两间卧室。
5 itched 40551ab33ea4ba343556be82d399ab87     
v.发痒( itch的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. Seeing the children playing ping-pong, he itched to have a go. 他看到孩子们打乒乓,不觉技痒。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  2. He could hardly sIt'still and itched to have a go. 他再也坐不住了,心里跃跃欲试。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
6 wrenches 238611407049b765eb73fb72376ef016     
n.一拧( wrench的名词复数 );(身体关节的)扭伤;扳手;(尤指离别的)悲痛v.(猛力地)扭( wrench的第三人称单数 );扭伤;使感到痛苦;使悲痛
参考例句:
  1. NEVER use wrenches or other persuaders to operate the valve. 禁止使用扳手或其它强制性工具来操作阀门。 来自互联网
  2. Thus, torque wrenches should be used for tightening DISS connections. 因此,应该使用转矩扳手来上紧DISS接头。 来自互联网
7 scythes e06a16fe7c0c267adff5744def4ffcfa     
n.(长柄)大镰刀( scythe的名词复数 )v.(长柄)大镰刀( scythe的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  1. Scythes swished to and fro. 长柄大镰刀嗖嗖地来回挥动。 来自辞典例句
  2. I'll tell you what: go to the forge now and get some more scythes. 我告诉你怎么做:你现在就去铁匠店多买几把镰刀回来。 来自互联网
8 shovels ff43a4c7395f1d0c2d5931bbb7a97da6     
n.铲子( shovel的名词复数 );锹;推土机、挖土机等的)铲;铲形部份v.铲子( shovel的第三人称单数 );锹;推土机、挖土机等的)铲;铲形部份
参考例句:
  1. workmen with picks and shovels 手拿镐铲的工人
  2. In the spring, we plunge shovels into the garden plot, turn under the dark compost. 春天,我们用铁锨翻开园子里黑油油的沃土。 来自辞典例句
9 rusty hYlxq     
adj.生锈的;锈色的;荒废了的
参考例句:
  1. The lock on the door is rusty and won't open.门上的锁锈住了。
  2. I haven't practiced my French for months and it's getting rusty.几个月不用,我的法语又荒疏了。
10 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  1. Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  2. She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
11 sniffed ccb6bd83c4e9592715e6230a90f76b72     
v.以鼻吸气,嗅,闻( sniff的过去式和过去分词 );抽鼻子(尤指哭泣、患感冒等时出声地用鼻子吸气);抱怨,不以为然地说
参考例句:
  1. When Jenney had stopped crying she sniffed and dried her eyes. 珍妮停止了哭泣,吸了吸鼻子,擦干了眼泪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. The dog sniffed suspiciously at the stranger. 狗疑惑地嗅着那个陌生人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  1. After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  2. They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
13 chuckled 8ce1383c838073977a08258a1f3e30f8     
轻声地笑( chuckle的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. She chuckled at the memory. 想起这件事她就暗自发笑。
  2. She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look. 想起他那惊讶的表情,她就轻轻地暗自发笑。
14 orchard UJzxu     
n.果园,果园里的全部果树,(美俚)棒球场
参考例句:
  1. My orchard is bearing well this year.今年我的果园果实累累。
  2. Each bamboo house was surrounded by a thriving orchard.每座竹楼周围都是茂密的果园。
15 prance u1zzg     
v.(马)腾跃,(人)神气活现地走
参考例句:
  1. Their horses pranced and whinnied.他们的马奔腾着、嘶鸣着。
  2. He was horrified at the thought of his son prancing about on a stage in tights.一想到儿子身穿紧身衣在舞台上神气活现地走来走去,他就感到震惊。
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