夏洛特的網 Chapter 4
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The next day was rainy and dark. Rain fell on the roof of the barn and dripped steadily1 from the eaves. Rain fell in the barnyard and ran in crooked2 courses down into the lane where thistles and pigweed grew. Rain spattered against Mrs. Zuckerman's kitchen windows and came gushing3 out of the downspouts. Rain fell on the backs of the sheep as they grazed in the meadow. When the sheep tired of standing4 in the rain, they walked slowly up the lane and into the fold.
Rain upset Wilbur's plans. Wilbur had planned to go out, this day, and dig a new hole in his yard. He had other plans, too. His plans for the day went something like this:
Breakfast at six-thirty. Skim milk, crusts, middlings, bits of doughnuts, wheat cakes with drops of maple5 syrup6 sticking to them, potato skins, leftover7 custard pudding with raisins8, and bits of Shredded9 Wheat.
Breakfast would be finished at seven.
From seven to eight, Wilbur planned to have a talk with Templeton, the rat that lived under his trough. Talking with Templeton was not the most interesting occupation in the world but it was better than nothing.
From eight to nine, Wilbur planned to take a nap outdoors in the sun.
From nine to eleven he planned to dig a hole, or trench10, and possibly find something good to eat buried in the dirt.
From eleven to twelve he planned to stand still and watch flies on the boards, watch bees in the clover, and watch swallows in the air.
Twelve o'clock-lunchtime. Middlings, warm water, apple parings, meat gravy11, carrot scrapings, meat scraps13, stale hominy, and the wrapper off a package of cheese. Lunch would be over at one.
From one to two, Wilbur planned to sleep.
From two to three, he planned to scratch itchy places by rubbing against the fence.
From three to four, he planned to stand perfectly14 still and think of what it was like to be alive, and to wait for Fern.
At four would come supper. Skim milk, provender15, leftover sandwich from Lurvy's lunchbox, prune16 skins, a morsel17 of this, a bit of that, fried potatoes, marmalade drippings, a little more of this, a little more of that, a piece of baked apple, a scrap12 of upside down cake.
Wilbur had gone to sleep thinking about these plans. He awoke at six and saw the rain, and it seemed as though he couldn't bear it.
"I get every thing all beautifully planned out and it has to go and rain," he said.
For a while he stood gloomily indoors. Then he walked to the door and looked out. Drops of rain struck his face. His yard was cold and wet. his trough had and inch of rainwater in it. Templeton was nowhere to be seen.
"Are you out there, Templeton?" called Wilbur. There was no answer. Suddenly Wilbur felt lonely and friendless.
"One day just like another," he groaned18. "I'm very young, I have no real friend here in the barn, it's going to rain all morning and all afternoon, and Fern won't come in such bad weather. Oh, honestly!" And Wilbur was crying again, for the second time in two days.
At six-thirty Wilbur heard the banging of a pail. Lurvy was standing outside in the rain, stirring up breakfast.
"C'mon, pig!" said Lurvy.
Wilbur did not budge19. Lurvy dumped the slops, scraped the pail and walked away. He noticed that something was wrong with the pig.
Wilbur didn't want food, he wanted love. He wanted a friend--someone who would play with him. He mentioned this to the goose, who was sitting quietly in a corner of the sheepfold.
"Will you come over and play with me?" he asked.
"Sorry, sonny, sorry," said the goose. "I'm sitting-sitting on my eggs. Eight of them. Got to keep them toasty-oasty-oasty warm. I have to stay right here, I'm no flibberty-ibberty-gibbet. I do not play when there are eggs to hatch. I'm expecting goslings."
"Well, I didn't think you were expecting wood-peckers," said Wilbur, bitterly.
Wilbur next tried one of the lambs.
"Will you please play with me?" he asked.
"Certainly not," said the lamb. "In the first place, I cannot get into your pen, as I am not old enough to jump over the fence. In the second place, I am not interested in pigs. Pigs mean less than nothing to me."#p#分頁標題#e#
"What do you mean, less than nothing?" replied Wilbur. "I don't think there is any such thing as less than nothing. Nothing is absolutely the limit of nothingness. It's the lowest you can go. It's the end of the line. How can something be less than nothing? If there were something that was less than nothing, then nothing would not be nothing, it would be something--even though it's just a very little bit of something. But if nothing is nothing, then nothing has nothing that is less than it is."
"Oh, be quiet!" said the lamb. "Go play by yourself! I don't play with pigs.
Sadly, Wilbur lay down and listened to the rain. Soon he saw the rat climbing down a slanting20 board that he used as a stairway.
"Will you play with me, Templeton?" asked Wilbur.
"Play?" said Templeton, twirling his whiskers. "Play? I hardly know the meaning of the word."
"Well," said Wilbur, "it means to have fun, to frolic, to run and skip and make merry."
"I never do those things if I can avoid them, " replied the rat, sourly. "I prefer to spend my time eating, gnawing21, spying, and hiding. I am a glutton22 but not a merry-maker. Right now I am on my way to your trough to eat your breakfast, since you haven't got sense enough to eat it yourself." And Templeton, the rat, crept stealthily along the wall and disappeared into a private tunnel that he had dug between the door and the trough in Wilbur's yard. Templeton was a crafty23 rat, and he had things pretty much his own way. The tunnel was an example of his skill and cunning. The tunnel enabled him to get from the barn to his hiding place under the pig trough without coming out into the open. He had tunnels and runways all over Mr. Zuckerman's farm and could get from one place to another without being seen. Usually he slept during the daytime and was abroad only after dark.
Wilbur watched him disappear into his tunnel. In a moment he saw the rat's sharp nose poke24 out from underneath25 the wooden trough. Cautiously Templeton pulled himself up over the edge of the trough. This was almost more than Wilbur could stand: on this dreary26, rainy day to see his breakfast being eaten by somebody else. He knew Templeton was getting soaked, out there in the pouring rain, but even that didn't comfort him. Friendless, dejected, and hungry, he threw himself down in the manure27 and sobbed28.
Late that afternoon, Lurvy went to Mr. Zuckerman. "I think there's something wrong with that pig of yours. He hasn't touched his food." 
"Give him two spoonfuls of sulphur and a little molasses," said Mr. Zuckerman. 
Wilbur couldn't believe what happening to him when Lurvy caught him and forced the medicine down his throat. This was certainly the worst day of his life. He didn't know whether he could endure the awful loneliness any more. 
Darkness settled over everything. Soon there were only shadows and the noises of the sheep chewing their cuds, and occasionally the rattle29 of a cow-chain up overhead. You can imagine Wilbur's surprise when, out of the darkness, came a small voice he had never heard before. It sounded rather thin, but pleasant. "Do you want a friend, Wilbur?" it said. "I'll be a friend to you. I've watched you all day and I like you." 
"But I can't see you," said Wilbur, jumping to his feet. "Where are you? And who are you?" 
"I'm right up here," said the voice. "Go to sleep. You'll see me in the morning." 


1 steadily Qukw6     
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人類利用自然資源的廣度將日益擴大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我們的教學改革慢慢上軌道了。
2 crooked xvazAv     
  • He crooked a finger to tell us to go over to him.他彎了彎手指,示意我們到他那兒去。
  • You have to drive slowly on these crooked country roads.在這些彎彎曲曲的鄉間小路上你得慢慢開車。
3 gushing 313eef130292e797ea104703d9458f2d     
adj.迸出的;涌出的;噴出的;過分熱情的v.噴,涌( gush的現在分詞 );滔滔不絕地說話
  • blood gushing from a wound 從傷口冒出的血
  • The young mother was gushing over a baby. 那位年輕的母親正喋喋不休地和嬰兒說話。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
4 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震過后只有幾幢房屋還立著。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他們堅決反對對法律做任何修改。
5 maple BBpxj     
  • Maple sugar is made from the sap of maple trees.楓糖是由楓樹的樹液制成的。
  • The maple leaves are tinge with autumn red.楓葉染上了秋天的紅色。
6 syrup hguzup     
  • I skimmed the foam from the boiling syrup.我撇去了煮沸糖漿上的泡沫。
  • Tinned fruit usually has a lot of syrup with it.罐頭水果通常都有許多糖漿。
7 leftover V97zC     
  • These narrow roads are a leftover from the days of horse-drawn carriages.這些小道是從馬車時代沿用下來的。
  • Wonder if that bakery lets us take leftover home.不知道那家糕餅店會不會讓我們把賣剩的帶回家。
8 raisins f7a89b31fdf9255863139804963e88cf     
n.葡萄干( raisin的名詞復數 )
  • These raisins come from Xinjiang,they taste delicious. 這些葡萄干產自新疆,味道很甜。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Mother put some raisins in the cake. 母親在糕餅中放了一些葡萄干。 來自辭典例句
9 shredded d51bccc81979c227d80aa796078813ac     
  • Serve the fish on a bed of shredded lettuce. 先鋪一層碎生菜葉,再把魚放上,就可以上桌了。
  • I think Mapo beancurd and shredded meat in chilli sauce are quite special. 我覺得麻婆豆腐和魚香肉絲味道不錯。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
10 trench VJHzP     
  • The soldiers recaptured their trench.兵士奪回了戰壕。
  • The troops received orders to trench the outpost.部隊接到命令在前哨周圍筑壕加強防衛。
11 gravy Przzt1     
  • You have spilled gravy on the tablecloth.你把肉汁潑到臺布上了。
  • The meat was swimming in gravy.肉泡在濃汁之中。
12 scrap JDFzf     
  • A man comes round regularly collecting scrap.有個男人定時來收廢品。
  • Sell that car for scrap.把那輛汽車當殘品賣了吧。
13 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。
14 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.證人們個個對自己所說的話十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我們做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
15 provender XRdxK     
  • It is a proud horse that will bear his own provender.再高傲的馬也得自己馱草料。
  • The ambrosial and essential part of the fruit is lost with the bloom which is rubbed off in the market cart,and they become mere provender.水果的美味和它那本質的部分,在裝上了車子運往市場去的時候,跟它的鮮一起給磨損了,它變成了僅僅是食品。
16 prune k0Kzf     
  • Will you prune away the unnecessary adjectives in the passage?把這段文字中不必要的形容詞刪去好嗎?
  • It is our job to prune the side branches of these trees.我們的工作就是修剪這些樹的側枝。
17 morsel Q14y4     
  • He refused to touch a morsel of the food they had brought.他們拿來的東西他一口也不吃。
  • The patient has not had a morsel of food since the morning.從早上起病人一直沒有進食。
18 groaned 1a076da0ddbd778a674301b2b29dff71     
v.呻吟( groan的過去式和過去分詞 );發牢騷;抱怨;受苦
  • He groaned in anguish. 他痛苦地呻吟。
  • The cart groaned under the weight of the piano. 大車在鋼琴的重壓下嘎吱作響。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
19 budge eSRy5     
  • We tried to lift the rock but it wouldn't budge.我們試圖把大石頭抬起來,但它連動都沒動一下。
  • She wouldn't budge on the issue.她在這個問題上不肯讓步。
20 slanting bfc7f3900241f29cee38d19726ae7dce     
  • The rain is driving [slanting] in from the south. 南邊潲雨。
  • The line is slanting to the left. 這根線向左斜了。
21 gnawing GsWzWk     
  • The dog was gnawing a bone. 那狗在啃骨頭。
  • These doubts had been gnawing at him for some time. 這些疑慮已經折磨他一段時間了。
22 glutton y6GyF     
  • She's a glutton for work.She stays late every evening.她是個工作狂,每天都很晚才下班。
  • He is just a glutton.He is addicted to excessive eating.他就是個老饕,貪吃成性。
23 crafty qzWxC     
  • He admired the old man for his crafty plan.他敬佩老者的神機妙算。
  • He was an accomplished politician and a crafty autocrat.他是個有造詣的政治家,也是個狡黠的獨裁者。
24 poke 5SFz9     
  • We never thought she would poke her nose into this.想不到她會插上一手。
  • Don't poke fun at me.別拿我湊趣兒。
25 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽車底下工作是件臟活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿著一件大衣,里面套著一條連衣裙。
26 dreary sk1z6     
  • They live such dreary lives.他們的生活如此乏味。
  • She was tired of hearing the same dreary tale of drunkenness and violence.她聽夠了那些關于酗酒和暴力的乏味故事。
27 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。
28 sobbed 4a153e2bbe39eef90bf6a4beb2dba759     
哭泣,啜泣( sob的過去式和過去分詞 ); 哭訴,嗚咽地說
  • She sobbed out the story of her son's death. 她哭訴著她兒子的死。
  • She sobbed out the sad story of her son's death. 她哽咽著訴說她兒子死去的悲慘經過。
29 rattle 5Alzb     
  • The baby only shook the rattle and laughed and crowed.孩子只是搖著撥浪鼓,笑著叫著。
  • She could hear the rattle of the teacups.她聽見茶具叮當響。
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