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Young Carl Fredricksen sat in the darkened movie theater, wearing his leather flight helmet. He straightened in his seat as a newsreel flickered1 onto the screen. The newsreels were Carl's favorite part of going to the movies. They were full of information about people, places, and exciting events going on in the world.
"Movietown News presents … ‘Spotlight on the adventure'!" came the voice of the announcer. "Our subject today: Charles Muntz."
Carl leaned forward. Charles Muntz was a famous adventurer—and Carl's hero.
"The beloved aviation pioneer lands his dirigible, the Spirit of Adventure, in New Hampshire this week, completing a yearlong expedition into the lost world! This lighter-than-air craft was designed by Muntz himself. And what has Muntz brought back this time?"
The black-and-white film showed an enormous blimp landing in an open field. Then Muntz appeared on the screen. He looked tall and handsome in a leather jacket and a flight helmet just like Carl's.
"Adventure is out there!" Muntz exclaimed into the camera. He lowered his goggles2 over his eyes and gave a thumbs-up.
Carl lowered his goggles, too, wishing he were a grown-up. Then he could go have some adventures, just like Charles Muntz, traveling all over the world, discovering new things, and bringing back priceless treasures.
"Gentlemen, I give you the Monster of Paradise Falls!" Muntz exclaimed on the movie screen. A curtain next to him dropped, revealing the skeleton of a giant bird. It was Muntz's latest discovery.
"But what's this?" the announcer said. "The National Explorers Society accuses Muntz of fabricating the skeleton!"
Carl watched, horrified3, as the Explorers Society removed Muntz's photo from its Wall of Fame. How can the Explorers Society doubt Muntz? Carl thought. He's the greatest explorer of all!
But Muntz didn't give up. "I promise to capture the beast … alive!" he cried on the flickering4 screen. "And I will not come back until I do." Carl smiled as the crowd around him cheered. Adventure is out there, all right, Carl thought. He just knew it.
Later that afternoon, Carl was still thinking about Muntz. He'd written SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE on the side of a balloon, and as he ran, he pretended the balloon was his airship. He buzzed and zoomed5, making the kinds of noises he thought a blimp might make.
"Adventure is out there!" said a voice, seemingly from nowhere.
Carl stopped in his tracks. Who said that? he wondered.When he looked up, he realized that he was standing6 in front of an abandoned house.
Something creaked. Carl looked up and saw that someone had attached a rope to the weather vane on top of the house. The rope tugged7 at the weather vane, turning it.
"Look out!" cried the voice from inside the house. "Mount Rushmore. Must get Spirit of Adventure over Mount Rushmore. Hard to starboard. Hold together, old girl. Whew! How're my dogs doing? Ruff, ruff … ruff! Good boy!"
Carl crept toward the porch. SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE was written across the front door. He squeezed past the door. When he saw what was inside, his eyes widened in surprise. Pictures of Charles Muntz were tacked8 to the wall. Adventure gear was everywhere—ropes, a compass, even an old bicycle. A girl stood near the front window, "steering9" with the wheel of the upside-down bike. She was wearing a leather helmet like Carl's and looking out the window. "All engines ahead full!" she commanded. "Let's take her up twenty-six thousand feet!"
There was no doubt about it—this girl was playing adventurer, too. Carl turned to get a better look at her collection of Charles Muntz photos and newspaper clippings.
"What are you doing?" the girl asked, suddenly appearing at his side.
Carl let out a yelp10. He was so surprised that he let go of his balloon.
"Don't you know that this is an exclusive club?" the girl demanded. "Only explorers get in here. Not just any kid off the street with a helmet and a pair of goggles. Do you think you got what it takes? Well, do you?"
"All right, you're in," said the girl. "Welcome aboard." She held out her hand, but Carl didn't take it. He found the girl a bit intimidating12.
"What's wrong?" she asked, more gently. "Can't you talk? Hey, I don't bite."
The girl took off her helmet and shook out her messy red hair. Buttons and badges? were pinned to the front of her shirt. She unfastened one made out of the cap from a bottle of grape soda13. "You and me, we're in a club now," she said, pinning the cap onto Carl's shirt.
Carl smiled, and the girl grinned back. "I saw where your balloon went," she said, looking up toward the second story. "Come on, let's go get it."
The girl quickly walked out of the room, heading for the creaky old staircase in the hallway. Carl didn't move. He was still feeling stunned14.
Half a second passed. Then the girl popped back in with a quizzical look on her face. Clearly, she was wondering why Carl hadn't followed. Then she grinned, realizing what the problem must be. She had forgotten to introduce herself!
"My name's Ellie," she said cheerfully. Carl's face turned bright red as she grabbed his hand and pulled him into the hall.
Together the two picked their way up the stairs. Carl followed Ellie, careful to tread in her exact footsteps. He didn't want to fall through the rotten wood.
At the top, Ellie took Carl's hand and helped him over the last step. Carl blushed, but Ellie didn't notice. "There it is," she said, pointing to the balloon. Unfortunately, it was floating in a room that didn't have a floor. A single beam stretched across the empty space.
Carl gulped15. It was a twelve-foot drop to the floor below.
"Well, go ahead," Ellie urged.
Carl screwed up his courage and stepped onto the beam. He took another step, inching forward. He was halfway16 across when he felt the beam splinter. He had just enough time to see the shocked look on Ellie's face before he fell.
Carl propped17 up the flashlight with his good arm. He was trying to read in bed, but it wasn't too comfortable. He'd broken his arm when he had fallen off the beam in Ellie's clubhouse.
The curtains fluttered like ghosts as a breeze blew gently across the room. A blue balloon with a stick tied to the end floated in through Carl's window. Carl let out a shriek18 and jumped, banging his arm against the side table. "Ow!"
A head of messy red hair popped in through the window. "Hey, kid!"
Carl shrieked19 again and hit himself in the face with his cast. "Ow!"
"Thought you might need a little cheerin' up," Ellie said as she climbed through the window. She joined Carl under the tent he had made with his blankets. "I got something to show you. I am about to let you see something I have never shown to another human being. Ever. In my life." She added, "You'll have to swear you will not tell anyone."
Carl nodded, wide-eyed.
"Cross your heart. Do it."
Carl crossed his heart, and Ellie nodded, satisfied.
"My adventure book," Ellie said, pulling out her home-made scrapbook. She turned to the first page—a photo of Charles Muntz. "You know him. Charles Muntz … explorer. When I get big, I'm going where he's going—South America." She pointed20 to a map that was pasted into the book. "It's like America, but south. Wanna know where I'm gonna live? Paradise Falls. ‘A land lost in time.' " She pointed to a beautiful photo of a tepui, a steep, rugged21 mountain with a flat top. She had drawn22 a picture of her clubhouse sitting on the tepui, next to the falls. "I ripped this right out of a library book. I'm gonna move my clubhouse there and park it right next to the falls. Who knows what lives up there! And once I get there …" She flipped23 through the book until she came to a page marked STUFF I'M GOING TO DO. After that, all the pages were blank. "Well, I'm saving these pages for all the adventures I'm gonna have," Ellie explained. "Only, I just don't know how I'm gonna get to Paradise Falls."
Carl glanced up at the shelf that held his collection of toy blimps. His blue balloon floated beside them. Ellie followed his gaze.
"That's it!" she cried. "You can take us there in a blimp! Swear you'll take us. Cross your heart! Cross it! Cross your heart."
Carl crossed his heart.
Ellie heaved a sigh of relief. "Good. You promised. No backing out."
Carl shook his head. No way would he back out. This girl was a real adventurer. Look at what had happened today! Carl had spent ten minutes with her, and he'd already had the biggest adventure of his life. If she said she was going to South America, then Carl wanted to go along.
"Well, see you tomorrow, kid!" Ellie chirped24 happily as she headed toward the window and climbed out. "Bye. Adventure is out there!" She poked25 her head back in."You know, you don't talk very much. I like you!" With those parting words, Ellie disappeared into the night.
Carl stared at the empty window for a moment."Wow," he said, resting his cheek against the top of the balloon.
His balloon popped, as if it completely agreed with him.
卡尔发出一声尖叫。他倍感惊讶,不由得松开了手中的 气球。


1 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
(通常指灯光)闪烁,摇曳( flicker的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The lights flickered and went out. 灯光闪了闪就熄了。
  • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 这些灯象发狂的交通灯一样不停地闪动着。
2 goggles hsJzYP     
  • Skiers wear goggles to protect their eyes from the sun.滑雪者都戴上护目镜使眼睛不受阳光伤害。
  • My swimming goggles keep steaming up so I can't see.我的护目镜一直有水雾,所以我看不见。
3 horrified 8rUzZU     
  • The whole country was horrified by the killings. 全国都对这些凶杀案感到大为震惊。
  • We were horrified at the conditions prevailing in local prisons. 地方监狱的普遍状况让我们震惊。
4 flickering wjLxa     
  • The crisp autumn wind is flickering away. 清爽的秋风正在吹拂。
  • The lights keep flickering. 灯光忽明忽暗。
5 zoomed 7d2196a2c3b9cad9d8899e8add247521     
v.(飞机、汽车等)急速移动( zoom的过去式 );(价格、费用等)急升,猛涨
  • Traffic zoomed past us. 车辆从我们身边疾驰而过。
  • Cars zoomed helter-skelter, honking belligerently. 大街上来往车辆穿梭不停,喇叭声刺耳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
7 tugged 8a37eb349f3c6615c56706726966d38e     
v.用力拉,使劲拉,猛扯( tug的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She tugged at his sleeve to get his attention. 她拽了拽他的袖子引起他的注意。
  • A wry smile tugged at the corner of his mouth. 他的嘴角带一丝苦笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 tacked d6b486b3f9966de864e3b4d2aa518abc     
用平头钉钉( tack的过去式和过去分词 ); 附加,增补; 帆船抢风行驶,用粗线脚缝
  • He tacked the sheets of paper on as carefully as possible. 他尽量小心地把纸张钉上去。
  • The seamstress tacked the two pieces of cloth. 女裁缝把那两块布粗缝了起来。
9 steering 3hRzbi     
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration. 他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
  • Steering according to the wind, he also framed his words more amicably. 他真会看风使舵,口吻也马上变得温和了。
10 yelp zosym     
  • The dog gave a yelp of pain.狗疼得叫了一声。
  • The puppy a yelp when John stepped on her tail.当约翰踩到小狗的尾巴,小狗发出尖叫。
11 stammered 76088bc9384c91d5745fd550a9d81721     
v.结巴地说出( stammer的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He stammered most when he was nervous. 他一紧张往往口吃。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Barsad leaned back in his chair, and stammered, \"What do you mean?\" 巴萨往椅背上一靠,结结巴巴地说,“你是什么意思?” 来自英汉文学 - 双城记
12 intimidating WqUzKy     
vt.恐吓,威胁( intimidate的现在分词)
  • They were accused of intimidating people into voting for them. 他们被控胁迫选民投他们的票。
  • This kind of questioning can be very intimidating to children. 这种问话的方式可能让孩子们非常害怕。
13 soda cr3ye     
  • She doesn't enjoy drinking chocolate soda.她不喜欢喝巧克力汽水。
  • I will freshen your drink with more soda and ice cubes.我给你的饮料重加一些苏打水和冰块。
14 stunned 735ec6d53723be15b1737edd89183ec2     
adj. 震惊的,惊讶的 动词stun的过去式和过去分词
  • The fall stunned me for a moment. 那一下摔得我昏迷了片刻。
  • The leaders of the Kopper Company were then stunned speechless. 科伯公司的领导们当时被惊得目瞪口呆。
15 gulped 4873fe497201edc23bc8dcb50aa6eb2c     
v.狼吞虎咽地吃,吞咽( gulp的过去式和过去分词 );大口地吸(气);哽住
  • He gulped down the rest of his tea and went out. 他把剩下的茶一饮而尽便出去了。
  • She gulped nervously, as if the question bothered her. 她紧张地咽了一下,似乎那问题把她难住了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 halfway Xrvzdq     
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
17 propped 557c00b5b2517b407d1d2ef6ba321b0e     
支撑,支持,维持( prop的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He sat propped up in the bed by pillows. 他靠着枕头坐在床上。
  • This fence should be propped up. 这栅栏该用东西支一支。
18 shriek fEgya     
  • Suddenly he began to shriek loudly.突然他开始大声尖叫起来。
  • People sometimes shriek because of terror,anger,or pain.人们有时会因为恐惧,气愤或疼痛而尖叫。
19 shrieked dc12d0d25b0f5d980f524cd70c1de8fe     
v.尖叫( shriek的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She shrieked in fright. 她吓得尖叫起来。
  • Li Mei-t'ing gave a shout, and Lu Tzu-hsiao shrieked, "Tell what? 李梅亭大声叫,陆子潇尖声叫:“告诉什么? 来自汉英文学 - 围城
20 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
21 rugged yXVxX     
  • Football players must be rugged.足球运动员必须健壮。
  • The Rocky Mountains have rugged mountains and roads.落基山脉有崇山峻岭和崎岖不平的道路。
22 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
23 flipped 5bef9da31993fe26a832c7d4b9630147     
轻弹( flip的过去式和过去分词 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
  • The plane flipped and crashed. 飞机猛地翻转,撞毁了。
  • The carter flipped at the horse with his whip. 赶大车的人扬鞭朝着马轻轻地抽打。
24 chirped 2d76a8bfe4602c9719744234606acfc8     
鸟叫,虫鸣( chirp的过去式 )
  • So chirped fiber gratings have broad reflection bandwidth. 所以chirped光纤光栅具有宽的反射带宽,在反射带宽内具有渐变的群时延等其它类型的光纤光栅所不具备的特点。
  • The crickets chirped faster and louder. 蟋蟀叫得更欢了。
25 poked 87f534f05a838d18eb50660766da4122     
v.伸出( poke的过去式和过去分词 );戳出;拨弄;与(某人)性交
  • She poked him in the ribs with her elbow. 她用胳膊肘顶他的肋部。
  • His elbow poked out through his torn shirt sleeve. 他的胳膊从衬衫的破袖子中露了出来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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