夏洛特的網 Chapter 2
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Fern loved Wilbur more than anything. She loved to stroke him, to feed him, to put him to bed. Every morning, as soon as she got up, she warmed his milk, tied his bib on, and held the bottle for him. Every afternoon, when the school bus stopped in front of her house, she jumped out and ran to the kitchen to fix another bottle for him. She fed him again at suppertime, and again just before going to bed. Mrs. Arable1 gave him a feeding around noontime each day, when Fern was away in school. Wilbur loved his milk, and he was never happier than when Fern was warming up a bottle for him. He would stand and gaze up at her with adoring eyes.
For the first few days of his life, Wilbur was allowed to live in a box near the stove in the kitchen. Then when Mrs. Arable complained, he was moved to a bigger box in the woodshed. At two weeks of age, he was moved outdoors. It was apple-blossom time, and the days were getting warmer. Mr. Arable fixed2 a small yard specially3 for Wilbur under an apple tree, and gave him a large wooden box full of straw, with a doorway4 cut in it so he could walk in and out as he pleased.
"Won't he be cold at night?" asked Fern.
"No," said her father. "Your watch and see what he does."
Carrying a bottle of milk, Fern sat down under the apple tree inside the yard. Wilbur ran to her and she held the bottle for him while he sucked. When he had finished the last drop, he grunted5 and walked sleepily into the box. Fern peered through the door. Wilbur was poking6 the straw with his snout. In a short time he had dug a tunnel in the straw. He crawled into the tunnel and disappeared from sight, completely covered with straw. Fern was enchanted7. It relieved her mind to know that her baby would sleep covered up, and would stay warm.
Every morning after breakfast, Wilbur walked out to the road with Fern and waited with her till the bus came. She would wave good-bye to him, and he would stand and watch the bus until it vanished around a turn. While Fern was in school, Wilbur was shut up inside his yard. But as soon as she got home in the afternoon, she would take him out and he would follow her around the place. If she went into the house, Wilbur went, too. If she went upstairs, Wilbur would wait at the bottom step until she came down again. If she took her doll for a walk in the doll carriage, Wilbur followed along. Sometimes, on these journeys, Wilbur would get tired, and Fern would pick him up and put him in the carriage alongside the doll. He liked this. And if he was very tired, he would close his eyes and go to sleep under the doll's blanket. He looked cute when his eyes were closed, because his lashes8 were so long. The doll would close her eyes, too, and Fern would wheel the carriage very slowly and smoothly9 so as not to wake her infants.
One warm afternoon, Fern and Avery put on bathing suits and went down to the brook10 for a swim. Wilbur tagged along at Fern's heels. When she waded11 into the brook, Wilbur waded in with her. He found the water quite cold--too cold for his liking12. So while the children swam and played and splashed water at each other, Wilbur amused himself in the mud along the edge of the brook, where it was warm and moist and delightfully13 sticky and oozy14.
Every day was a happy day, and every night was peaceful.
Wilbur was what farmers call a spring pig, which simply means that he was born in springtime. When he was five weeks old, Mr. Arable said he was now big enough to sell, and would have to be sold. Fern broke down and wept. But her father was firm about it. Wilbur's appetite had increased; he was beginning to eat scraps15 of food in addition to milk. Mr. Arable was not willing to provide for him any longer. He had already sold Wilbur's ten brothers and sisters.
"He's got to go, Fern," he said. "You have had your fun raising a baby pig, but Wilbur is not a baby any longer and he has got to be sold."
"Call up the Zuckermans," suggested Mrs. Arable to Fern. "Your Uncle Homer sometimes raises a pig. And if Wilbur goes there to live, you can walk down the road and visit him as often as you like."
"How much money should I ask for him?" Fern wanted to know.
"Well," said her father, "he's a runt. Tell your Uncle Homer you've got a pig you'll sell for six dollars, and see what he says."
It was soon arranged. Fern phoned and got her Aunt Edith, and her Aunt Edith hollered for Uncle Homer, and Uncle Homer came in from the barn and talked to Fern. When he heard that the price was only six dollars, he said he would buy the pig. Next day Wilbur was taken from his home under the apple tree and went to live in a manure16 pile in the cellar of Zuchkerman's barn.


1 arable vNuyi     
  • The terrain changed quickly from arable land to desert.那個地帶很快就從耕地變成了沙漠。
  • Do you know how much arable land has been desolated?你知道什么每年有多少土地荒漠化嗎?
2 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你們倆選定婚期了嗎?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目標一旦確定,我們就不應該隨意改變。
3 specially Hviwq     
  • They are specially packaged so that they stack easily.它們經過特別包裝以便于堆放。
  • The machine was designed specially for demolishing old buildings.這種機器是專為拆毀舊樓房而設計的。
4 doorway 2s0xK     
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他們擠在商店門口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.瑪麗突然出現在門口。
5 grunted f18a3a8ced1d857427f2252db2abbeaf     
(豬等)作呼嚕聲( grunt的過去式和過去分詞 ); (指人)發出類似的哼聲; 咕噥著說
  • She just grunted, not deigning to look up from the page. 她只咕噥了一聲,繼續看書,不屑抬起頭來看一眼。
  • She grunted some incomprehensible reply. 她咕嚕著回答了些令人費解的話。
6 poking poking     
n. 刺,戳,袋 vt. 撥開,刺,戳 vi. 戳,刺,捅,搜索,伸出,行動散慢
  • He was poking at the rubbish with his stick. 他正用手杖撥動垃圾。
  • He spent his weekends poking around dusty old bookshops. 他周末都泡在布滿塵埃的舊書店里。
7 enchanted enchanted     
adj. 被施魔法的,陶醉的,入迷的 動詞enchant的過去式和過去分詞
  • She was enchanted by the flowers you sent her. 她非常喜歡你送給她的花。
  • He was enchanted by the idea. 他為這個主意而欣喜若狂。
8 lashes e2e13f8d3a7c0021226bb2f94d6a15ec     
n.鞭撻( lash的名詞復數 );鞭子;突然猛烈的一擊;急速揮動v.鞭打( lash的第三人稱單數 );煽動;緊系;怒斥
  • Mother always lashes out food for the children's party. 孩子們聚會時,母親總是給他們許多吃的。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Never walk behind a horse in case it lashes out. 絕對不要跟在馬后面,以防它突然猛踢。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
9 smoothly iiUzLG     
  • The workmen are very cooperative,so the work goes on smoothly.工人們十分合作,所以工作進展順利。
  • Just change one or two words and the sentence will read smoothly.這句話只要動一兩個字就順了。
10 brook PSIyg     
  • In our room we could hear the murmur of a distant brook.在我們房間能聽到遠處小溪汩汩的流水聲。
  • The brook trickled through the valley.小溪涓涓流過峽谷。
11 waded e8d8bc55cdc9612ad0bc65820a4ceac6     
(從水、泥等)蹚,走過,跋( wade的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • She tucked up her skirt and waded into the river. 她撩起裙子蹚水走進河里。
  • He waded into the water to push the boat out. 他蹚進水里把船推出來。
12 liking mpXzQ5     
  • The word palate also means taste or liking.Palate這個詞也有“口味”或“嗜好”的意思。
  • I must admit I have no liking for exaggeration.我必須承認我不喜歡夸大其詞。
13 delightfully f0fe7d605b75a4c00aae2f25714e3131     
  • The room is delightfully appointed. 這房子的設備令人舒適愉快。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
  • The evening is delightfully cool. 晚間涼爽宜人。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
14 oozy d1c7506f530c9638986b372cd7ad1889     
  • What calls erythema oozy sex gastritis? 什么叫紅斑滲出性胃炎? 來自互聯網
15 scraps 737e4017931b7285cdd1fa3eb9dd77a3     
  • Don't litter up the floor with scraps of paper. 不要在地板上亂扔紙屑。
  • A patchwork quilt is a good way of using up scraps of material. 做雜拼花布棉被是利用零碎布料的好辦法。
16 manure R7Yzr     
  • The farmers were distributing manure over the field.農民們正在田間施肥。
  • The farmers used manure to keep up the fertility of their land.農夫們用糞保持其土質的肥沃。
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