夏洛特的网 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#分页标题#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." 
 
第二天是个阴沉的雨天。雨珠儿落到谷仓上面,又一滴滴地从屋檐上滑了下来。雨珠儿落到谷仓旁边的地上,一路溅跳到长满刺儿菜和灰菜的小路里面。雨珠儿轻轻拍打着祖克曼太太厨房的窗子,顺着玻璃汩汩地往下淌。雨珠儿也落到正在草地吃草的绵羊们的背上。当绵羊们在雨中吃腻了,便慢吞吞地沿着小路回到了羊圈里。
 
雨打乱了威伯的所有计划。今天威伯本打算出去散个步,在他的院子里掘一个新坑呢。而且他还有其他的计划。他今天的所有计划大致如下:
 
六点半吃早饭。早饭包括脱脂奶,面包渣儿,粗麦粉,一小块油煎圈饼,上面沾着枫蜜的麦糕,土豆皮,缀着葡萄干的小块布丁,零碎的麦片。
 
早餐将在七点结束。
 
从七点到八点,威伯打算和住在他的食槽下面的耗子坦普尔曼谈天儿。虽然和坦普尔曼谈天不是这世上最有趣的事情,但至少比什么都不做要好。
 
八点到九点,威伯想在外面的太阳下打一个盹儿。#p#分页标题#e#
 
九点到十一点,他打算挖一个洞,或者一条小沟也行,没准儿还能从脏土里翻出什么好吃的呢。
 
十一点到十二点,他只想默默地站着,瞧瞧落在木板上的苍蝇,瞅瞅在苜蓿花间的蜜蜂,望望天空里的燕子。
 
十二点钟——该吃午餐了。午饭有粗麦粉,温水,苹果皮,肉汁,尖尖的胡萝卜,肉末儿,陈玉米粒儿,去皮的干酪。用餐将在下午一点结束。
 
从一点到两点,威伯打算睡觉。
 
两点到三点,他准备在栅栏上蹭痒。
 
三点到四点,他打算静默而又完美地站在地上,想想生活的乐趣到底是什么,并且等芬来看他。
 
四点钟吃晚饭。晚饭有脱脂奶,剩饭,鲁维的午餐盒里剩下的三明治,干梅皮,一小片这个,一小块那个,还有炸薯片,稀稀的果酱,一点儿苹果干,一块蛋糕等等这些那些东西。
 
昨晚睡觉时,威伯还一直想着这些计划。可是今早六点睁开眼,却看到外面正在下雨,这可真让他无法忍受。
 
“我把计划订得多么完美呀,可天却下起了雨,”他说。
 
他忧郁地在屋里站了一会儿。然后他走到门口往外看。雨滴撞到了他的脸。他的院子里又冷又湿。他的食槽里足有一英寸厚的雨水。不知道坦普尔曼躲到哪儿去了。
 
“你在吗,坦普尔曼?”威伯喊道。没有谁回答他。陡然间,威伯觉得自己是那么的孤独,无助。
 
“今天就像昨天一样没劲,”他叹息。“我很年轻,我在谷仓里没有真正的朋友,雨会下一早晨,甚至整个下午,这样的坏天气,芬可能也不会出来。唉,她准不会来!”威伯又难过得哭起来,这两天里,他已经哭了两次了。
 
六点半,威伯听到了食桶晃动的声音。鲁维正在外面的雨里给自己准备早饭呢。
 
“来吃吧,小猪!”鲁维说。
 
威伯动都懒得动。鲁维把饲料倒进食槽,又刮了刮桶壁,才走开了。他注意到小猪好像有毛病了。
 
威伯想要的不是食物,而是关爱。他想有一个朋友——某个能和他一起玩儿的人。他把这心思对在羊圈角落里静静坐着的母鹅讲了出来。
 
“你愿意来和我一起玩儿吗?”他问。
 
“抱歉,宝贝儿,抱歉,”母鹅说。”我正在孵我的蛋呢。他们共有八个,得时刻让他们又干-干-干又暖。因此我只好呆在这儿,不能走-走-走开。我孵蛋时不能玩儿。我盼着能早点孵出小鹅来。”
 
“当然,我想你一定不愿孵出一群啄木鸟来,”威伯酸溜溜地说。
 
威伯又试着去问羊羔。
 
“你能来和我一起玩儿吗?”他请求。
 
“当然不能了,”一只羊羔说。“首先,我无法进到你的院子里,因为我还太小,跳不过这篱笆。其次,我对猪一点儿也不感兴趣。照我看,猪比啥都不是还不是。”
 
“什么叫比啥都不是还不是?”威伯回答。“我不认为有什么东西会比啥都不是还不是。'啥都不是'已经不是到了顶了,那绝对是天地的顶端,世界的尽头了。怎么可能还会有比啥都不是还不是的东西呢?要是你说得对,那'啥都不是'就该是点啥,哪怕只是那么一丁点儿。但是如果'啥都不是'就是'啥都不是',那么你就找不到会比啥都不是还不是的东西。”
 
“哎呀,吵死了!”羊羔说。“自己上一边儿玩去!我就是不和猪一起玩儿。”
 
威伯悲伤地躺下来,去听雨的声音。不久,他看见耗子正在顺着一块他自称为楼梯的,斜放在那里的木板往下爬。
 
“你愿意和我玩儿吗,坦普尔曼?”威伯恳求。
 
“玩儿?”坦普尔曼说着,捻了捻他的胡子。“玩儿?我都不懂这词儿是什么意思。”
 
“哦,”威伯说,“玩就是做游戏,嬉耍,跑跳,找乐子。”
 
“我从不愿意在这些事儿上浪费时间。”耗子冷冷地回答。“我宁愿把我的时间用在吃,咬,偷,藏上面。我是一个贪吃的老鼠,不是游戏主义者。我要去吃你食槽里的早餐了,反正现在你也不想去吃。”老鼠坦普尔曼说完,便沿着墙缝爬进他开凿的那条贯穿门和食槽的秘密通道里去了。坦普尔曼是只非常狡猾的耗子,也很有些高明的手段。这条通道不过是他的狡猾与挖洞技巧的一个证明而已。这条通道能令他不用在谷仓的明处露面,就能在谷仓和自己在猪食槽下的藏身处来回。他在祖克曼先生的农场里挖了很多条地道,这样就可以不被发现的任意来去了。通常他都在白天睡觉,夜深才出来活动。
 
威伯看着他爬进了通道。瞬间来历,他就看见耗子的尖鼻头从木头食槽下面探出来。坦普尔曼小心地顺着食槽边爬了进去。威伯几乎再也不能忍受了:谁愿意在一个忧伤的下雨天,看到自己的早餐被别人吃掉呢?他知道外面的雨水正浇着在那里大嚼的坦普尔曼,可这也不会使他感到有所安慰。无助,失意,饥饿……他趴在牛粪堆里啜泣起来。
 
傍晚,鲁维去见祖克曼先生。“我想你的猪有毛病了。他没吃食。”
 
“给他喝两勺硫磺,里面和点儿糖水。”祖克曼先生说。
 
当鲁维抓住威伯,强行把药水灌到他喉咙里时,威伯还不能相信这些发生在自己身上的事。这是他一生中最糟糕的一天。他不知道自己是否还能再忍受这可怕的孤独了。#p#分页标题#e#
 
黑暗朦胧了一切。不久,除了影子和绵羊咀嚼的声音,还有头顶的牛牵动链子发出的哗啦声外,什么也感觉不到了。所以你一定能想象得出,当一个从未听见过的纤细的声音从黑夜中传出来时,威伯是多么的惊奇。这声音相当的微弱,但听来却那么使人愉快。“你想要一个朋友吗,威伯?”那个声音说。“我将成为你的朋友。我已经观察你好多天了,我喜欢你。”
 
“可我看不见你呀,”威伯说着,踮起脚来寻找。“你在哪儿,你是谁?”
 
“我就在这儿,”那个声音说。“你先睡吧。明早你就会看到我了。”


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1 steadily Qukw6     
adv.稳定地;不变地;持续地
参考例句:
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
2 crooked xvazAv     
adj.弯曲的;不诚实的,狡猾的,不正当的
参考例句:
  • He crooked a finger to tell us to go over to him.他弯了弯手指,示意我们到他那儿去。
  • You have to drive slowly on these crooked country roads.在这些弯弯曲曲的乡间小路上你得慢慢开车。
3 gushing 313eef130292e797ea104703d9458f2d     
adj.迸出的;涌出的;喷出的;过分热情的v.喷,涌( gush的现在分词 );滔滔不绝地说话
参考例句:
  • blood gushing from a wound 从伤口冒出的血
  • The young mother was gushing over a baby. 那位年轻的母亲正喋喋不休地和婴儿说话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 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:
  • 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。
5 maple BBpxj     
n.槭树,枫树,槭木
参考例句:
  • Maple sugar is made from the sap of maple trees.枫糖是由枫树的树液制成的。
  • The maple leaves are tinge with autumn red.枫叶染上了秋天的红色。
6 syrup hguzup     
n.糖浆,糖水
参考例句:
  • I skimmed the foam from the boiling syrup.我撇去了煮沸糖浆上的泡沫。
  • Tinned fruit usually has a lot of syrup with it.罐头水果通常都有许多糖浆。
7 leftover V97zC     
n.剩货,残留物,剩饭;adj.残余的
参考例句:
  • These narrow roads are a leftover from the days of horse-drawn carriages.这些小道是从马车时代沿用下来的。
  • Wonder if that bakery lets us take leftover home.不知道那家糕饼店会不会让我们把卖剩的带回家。
8 raisins f7a89b31fdf9255863139804963e88cf     
n.葡萄干( raisin的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • These raisins come from Xinjiang,they taste delicious. 这些葡萄干产自新疆,味道很甜。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Mother put some raisins in the cake. 母亲在糕饼中放了一些葡萄干。 来自辞典例句
9 shredded d51bccc81979c227d80aa796078813ac     
shred的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • Serve the fish on a bed of shredded lettuce. 先铺一层碎生菜叶,再把鱼放上,就可以上桌了。
  • I think Mapo beancurd and shredded meat in chilli sauce are quite special. 我觉得麻婆豆腐和鱼香肉丝味道不错。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 trench VJHzP     
n./v.(挖)沟,(挖)战壕
参考例句:
  • The soldiers recaptured their trench.兵士夺回了战壕。
  • The troops received orders to trench the outpost.部队接到命令在前哨周围筑壕加强防卫。
11 gravy Przzt1     
n.肉汁;轻易得来的钱,外快
参考例句:
  • You have spilled gravy on the tablecloth.你把肉汁泼到台布上了。
  • The meat was swimming in gravy.肉泡在浓汁之中。
12 scrap JDFzf     
n.碎片;废料;v.废弃,报废
参考例句:
  • A man comes round regularly collecting scrap.有个男人定时来收废品。
  • Sell that car for scrap.把那辆汽车当残品卖了吧。
13 scraps 737e4017931b7285cdd1fa3eb9dd77a3     
油渣
参考例句:
  • Don't litter up the floor with scraps of paper. 不要在地板上乱扔纸屑。
  • A patchwork quilt is a good way of using up scraps of material. 做杂拼花布棉被是利用零碎布料的好办法。
14 perfectly 8Mzxb     
adv.完美地,无可非议地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
15 provender XRdxK     
n.刍草;秣料
参考例句:
  • It is a proud horse that will bear his own provender.再高傲的马也得自己驮草料。
  • 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质的部分,在装上了车子运往市场去的时候,跟它的鲜一起给磨损了,它变成了仅仅是食品。
16 prune k0Kzf     
n.酶干;vt.修剪,砍掉,削减;vi.删除
参考例句:
  • Will you prune away the unnecessary adjectives in the passage?把这段文字中不必要的形容词删去好吗?
  • It is our job to prune the side branches of these trees.我们的工作就是修剪这些树的侧枝。
17 morsel Q14y4     
n.一口,一点点
参考例句:
  • He refused to touch a morsel of the food they had brought.他们拿来的东西他一口也不吃。
  • The patient has not had a morsel of food since the morning.从早上起病人一直没有进食。
18 groaned 1a076da0ddbd778a674301b2b29dff71     
v.呻吟( groan的过去式和过去分词 );发牢骚;抱怨;受苦
参考例句:
  • He groaned in anguish. 他痛苦地呻吟。
  • The cart groaned under the weight of the piano. 大车在钢琴的重压下嘎吱作响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 budge eSRy5     
v.移动一点儿;改变立场
参考例句:
  • We tried to lift the rock but it wouldn't budge.我们试图把大石头抬起来,但它连动都没动一下。
  • She wouldn't budge on the issue.她在这个问题上不肯让步。
20 slanting bfc7f3900241f29cee38d19726ae7dce     
倾斜的,歪斜的
参考例句:
  • The rain is driving [slanting] in from the south. 南边潲雨。
  • The line is slanting to the left. 这根线向左斜了。
21 gnawing GsWzWk     
a.痛苦的,折磨人的
参考例句:
  • The dog was gnawing a bone. 那狗在啃骨头。
  • These doubts had been gnawing at him for some time. 这些疑虑已经折磨他一段时间了。
22 glutton y6GyF     
n.贪食者,好食者
参考例句:
  • She's a glutton for work.She stays late every evening.她是个工作狂,每天都很晚才下班。
  • He is just a glutton.He is addicted to excessive eating.他就是个老饕,贪吃成性。
23 crafty qzWxC     
adj.狡猾的,诡诈的
参考例句:
  • He admired the old man for his crafty plan.他敬佩老者的神机妙算。
  • He was an accomplished politician and a crafty autocrat.他是个有造诣的政治家,也是个狡黠的独裁者。
24 poke 5SFz9     
n.刺,戳,袋;vt.拨开,刺,戳;vi.戳,刺,捅,搜索,伸出,行动散慢
参考例句:
  • We never thought she would poke her nose into this.想不到她会插上一手。
  • Don't poke fun at me.别拿我凑趣儿。
25 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
26 dreary sk1z6     
adj.令人沮丧的,沉闷的,单调乏味的
参考例句:
  • They live such dreary lives.他们的生活如此乏味。
  • She was tired of hearing the same dreary tale of drunkenness and violence.她听够了那些关于酗酒和暴力的乏味故事。
27 manure R7Yzr     
n.粪,肥,肥粒;vt.施肥
参考例句:
  • The farmers were distributing manure over the field.农民们正在田间施肥。
  • 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。
28 sobbed 4a153e2bbe39eef90bf6a4beb2dba759     
哭泣,啜泣( sob的过去式和过去分词 ); 哭诉,呜咽地说
参考例句:
  • She sobbed out the story of her son's death. 她哭诉着她儿子的死。
  • She sobbed out the sad story of her son's death. 她哽咽着诉说她儿子死去的悲惨经过。
29 rattle 5Alzb     
v.飞奔,碰响;激怒;n.碰撞声;拨浪鼓
参考例句:
  • The baby only shook the rattle and laughed and crowed.孩子只是摇着拨浪鼓,笑着叫着。
  • She could hear the rattle of the teacups.她听见茶具叮当响。
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