《金银岛》 第一章 老海员
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Chapter1 The old seaman1 Squire2
第1章 老海员
Squire Trelawney, Dr3 Livesey, and the others have asked me to write down all I know about Treasure Island. My name is Jim Hawkins, and I was in the story right from the start, back in 17-.I was only a boy then, and it all began at the time my father owned the Admiral Benbow inn4, at Black Hill Cove5. I remember so clearly the day when the old seaman came to stay-I can almost see him in front of me as I write.
He arrived with his sea-chest, a tall, strong man with a cut across one cheek. He sang that old sea sang as he walked up to the inn door:
Fifeen men on the dead man's chest-
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
The old seaman called for a glass of rum, and stood outside, drinking and looking around. Our inn was on me cliffs6 above Black Hill Cove, and was a wild, lonely place. But the seaman seemed to like it.
"Do many people come here?" he asked.
"No,"my father told him.
"Then it's the place for me,"said the seaman."I'll stay here for a bit. You can call me Captain."He threw down three or four gold coins."Tell me when I've spent all that."
He was a silent7 man. All day he walked around the cove, or up on the cliffs ;all evening he sat in a corner of the room, and drank rum and water. He only spoke8 to our other customers when he was drunk9. Then he told them terrible stories of his wild and criminal10 life at sea. Our customers were mostly quiet, farming11 people; the captain frightened them and they soon learned12 to leave him alone.
Every day, he asked if any seamen13 had gone along the road. At first we thought he wanted friends of his own kind, but then we began to understand that there was a different reason. He told me to watch for a seaman with one leg and to let him know the moment when a man like that appeared. He promised to give me a silver coin every month for doing this. I dreamed about this one-legged seaman for many nights afterwards.
The captain stayed week after week, month after month. His gold coins were soon used up, but my father was a sick man and afraid to ask for more.
Dr Livesey came late one afternoon. After he had seen my father, he had dinner with my mother, then stayed to smoke his pipe. I noticed the difference between the doctor with his white hair and pleasant way of speaking, and that dirty, heavy, red-faced seaman, drunk with rum.
The captain began to sing his song:
Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil14 had killed off the rest-
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of, rum!
Dr Livesey did not like the song.He looked up angrily before he went on talking to old Taylor, the gardener. Others in the room took no notice of the song. The captain beat the table with his hand for silence. The voices in the room died away, all except Dr Livesey's.The doctor continued to speak.
The captain swore softly15, then said," Silence!"
"Are you speaking to me, sir?"asked the doctor.
"Yes,"the captain told him, swearing again.
"I have only one thing to say to you, sir," replied the doctor."If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be free of a dirty scoundrel!"
The captain jumped to his feet with a knife in his hand, but the doctor never moved. He spoke to the captain in a calm and clear voice so that others in the room could hear:
"If you don't put that knife away, I promise you shall die a criminal's death under the law."
Then followed a battle of looks between them, but the cap-tain soon put away his weapon and sat down like a beaten dog. Soon after Dr Livesey rode away on his horse. The captain was silent for the rest of the evening, and for many evenings after-wards.


1 seaman vDGzA     
  • That young man is a experienced seaman.那个年轻人是一个经验丰富的水手。
  • The Greek seaman went to the hospital five times.这位希腊海员到该医院去过五次。
2 squire 0htzjV     
n.护卫, 侍从, 乡绅
  • I told him the squire was the most liberal of men.我告诉他乡绅是世界上最宽宏大量的人。
  • The squire was hard at work at Bristol.乡绅在布里斯托尔热衷于他的工作。
3 Dr euozHa     
n.医生,大夫;博士(缩)(= Doctor)
  • Dr.Williams instructs us in botany.威廉博士教我们植物学。
  • The ward of the hospital is in the charge of Dr.Green.医院的这间病房由格林医生负责。
4 inn t69xs     
  • I shall lodge at the inn for two nights.我要在这家小店住两个晚上。
  • We stayed in a small village inn,right off the map.我们住在一家偏僻的乡村小店里。
5 cove 9Y8zA     
  • The shore line is wooded,olive-green,a pristine cove.岸边一带林木蓊郁,嫩绿一片,好一个山外的小海湾。
  • I saw two children were playing in a cove.我看到两个小孩正在一个小海湾里玩耍。
6 cliffs e083e9c7853d148373e503224538662c     
  • the chalk cliffs of southern England 英格兰南部的白垩质峭壁
  • Local folklore has it that prehistoric men drove cattle over these cliffs. 当地民间传说中称,史前人类把野牛从这些悬崖上驱赶下去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 silent eEVz8     
  • Immediately on his beginning to speak,everyone was silent.他一讲话,大家顿时安静下来。
  • The boys looked at the conjuror in silent wonder. 孩子们目瞪口呆地看着那魔术师。
8 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
9 drunk LuozL6     
  • People who drives when they are drunk should be heavily penalised.醉酒驾车的人应受重罚。
  • She found him drunk when she came home at night.她晚上回家时,经常发现他醉醺醺的。
10 criminal Kz9xO     
  • He is a habitual criminal.他是一个惯犯。
  • We captured the criminal.我们捕获了那个犯人。
11 farming ituzIo     
  • He lives by farming.他靠务农过活。
  • He is farming in Africa.他在非洲经营农场。
12 learned m1oxn     
  • He went into a rage when he learned about it.他听到这事后勃然大怒。
  • In this little village,he passed for a learned man.在这个小村子里,他被视为有学问的人。
13 seamen 43a29039ad1366660fa923c1d3550922     
  • Experienced seamen will advise you about sailing in this weather. 有经验的海员会告诉你在这种天气下的航行情况。
  • In the storm, many seamen wished they were on shore. 在暴风雨中,许多海员想,要是他们在陆地上就好了。
14 devil dlMzu     
  • It is easier to raise the devil than to lay him.召鬼容易驱鬼难。
  • Susie,you're a determined little devil.苏茜,你真是个坚决的小家伙。
15 softly HiIzR4     
  • He speaks too softly for her to hear.他讲话声音太轻,她听不见。
  • She breathed her advice softly.她低声劝告。
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