夏洛特的网 Chapter 5 下
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"Why can't you?" asked the pig. "I'm right here."
“你为什么看不清我?”小猪问。“我就在这儿呀。”
 
"Yes, but I'm near-sighted," replied Charlotte. "I've always been dreadfully near-sighted. It's good in some ways, not so good in others. Watch me wrap up this fly."
“是的,不过我近视,”夏洛回答。“我的近视十分严重。这对我既有好处,也有坏处。你看我来抓住这只苍蝇。”
 
A fly that had been crawling along Wilbur's trough had flown up and blundered into the lower part of Charlotte's web and was tangled in the sticky threads. The fly was beating its wings furiously, trying to break loose and free itself.
一只刚才在威伯的食槽边上爬的苍蝇飞了起来,却愚蠢地碰上了夏洛的网,被那些粘粘的丝线缠住了。苍蝇愤怒地拍打着翅膀,想要挣脱。
 
"First," said Charlotte, "I dive at him." She plunged headfirst toward the fly. As she dropped, a tiny silken thread unwound from her rear end.
“首先,”夏洛说,“我要悄悄靠近他。”她慢慢地头朝下往苍蝇那里爬去。在她往下荡的时候,一根细丝线从她的尾部抽了出来。
 
"Next, I wrap him up." She grabbed the fly, threw a few jets of silk around it, and rolled it over and over, wrapping it so that it couldn't move. Wilbur watched in horror. He could hardly believe what he was seeing, and although he detested flies, he was sorry for this one.
“接着,我要把他包起来。”她抓住苍蝇,往他身上缠了几道黑丝线,丝线越绕越密,直到裹得苍蝇一动也不能动。威伯惊恐地看着这一切。他几乎不敢相信他所看到的场面,尽管他也憎恨苍蝇,可还是为这只苍蝇感到难过。
 
"There!" said Charlotte. "Now I knock him out, so he'll be more comfortable." She bit the fly. "He can't feel a thing now," she remarked. "He'll make a perfect breakfast for me."
“看,”夏洛说。“现在我要把他弄晕,他就会觉得舒服点儿了。”她咬了苍蝇一口。“他现在毫无知觉了,”她说,“他将是我的一顿美味的早餐。”
 
"You mean you eat flies?" gasped Wilbur.
“你是说你吃苍蝇?”威伯喘了起来。
 
"Certainly. Flies, bugs, grasshoppers, choice beetles, moths, butterflies, tasty cockroaches, gnats, midges, daddy longlegs, centipedes, mosquitoes, crickets--anything that is careless enough to get caught in my web. I have to live, don't I?"
“当然。苍蝇,小虫子,蚱蜢,漂亮的甲虫,飞蛾,蝴蝶,可口的蟑螂,蚊子,小咬儿,长脚蚊子,麻蚊子,蟋蟀——任何粗心地撞到我网上的小昆虫我都吃。我总得吃饭吧,是不是?”
 
"Why, yes, of course," said Wilbur. "Do they taste good?"
“为什么?哦,是的,当然。”威伯说。“他们的味道美吗?”
 
"Delicious. Of course, I don't really eat them. I drink them--drink their blood. I love blood," said Charlotte, and her pleasant, thin voice grew even thinner and more pleasant.
“美妙极了。当然,我不是真的吃掉他们。我喝他们——喝他们的血。我喜欢喝血,”夏洛说。她的声音听起来越来越清脆,越来越快活了。
 
"Don't say that!" groaned Wilbur. "Please don't say things like that!"
“别再说下去了!”威伯呻吟。“请不要讲这件事儿了!”
 
"Why not? It's true, and I have to say what is true. I am not entirely happy about my diet of flies and bugs, but it's the way I'm made. A spider has to pick up a living somehow or other, and I happen to be a trapper. I just naturally build a web and trap flies and other insects. My mother was a trapper before me. Her mother was a trapper before her. All our family have been trappers. Way back for thousands and thousands of years we spiders have been laying for flies and bugs."
“为什么不?真的,我说的是真的。虽然我也不愿意吃苍蝇和小虫子,但那是我的生存方式。一个蜘蛛必须要设法谋生,而我恰巧可以作一名捕猎者。我生来就会织网,用它来捕食苍蝇和别的昆虫。在我之前,我的妈妈是一个捕猎者;在她之前,她的妈妈也是。我们全家都是捕猎者。千百万年以前,我们蜘蛛就靠捕食苍蝇和虫子为生了。”
 
"It's a miserable inheritance," said Wilbur, gloomily. He was sad because his new friend was so bloodthirsty.
“那是多么可悲的遗传。”威伯幽幽地说。他真为新朋友的残忍难过。
 
"Yes, it is," agreed charlotte. "But I can't help it. I don't know how the first spider in the early days of the world happened to think up this fancy idea of spinning a web, but she did, and it was clever of her, too. And since then, all of us spiders have had to work the same trick. It's not a bad pitch, on the whole."
“是的,”夏洛表示同意。“但我也没办法改变这特性。我不知道世上最早的第一只蜘蛛是怎么想出织网这个奇妙的主意的,可是她却想出来了,她可真聪明。从那时起,我们所有的蜘蛛都会这么做了。总的来说,这个发明不坏。”
 
"It's cruel," replied Wilbur, who did not intend to be argued out of his position.
“这是残酷的发明。”威伯简捷地回答。他并不打算为此而争论。
 
"Well, you can't talk," said Charlotte. "You have your meals brought to you in a pail. Nobody feeds me. I have to get my own living. I live by my wits. I have to be sharp and clever, lest I go hungry. I have to think things out, catch what I can, take what comes. And it just so happens, my friend, that what comes is flies and insects and bugs. And furthermore," said Charlotte, shaking one of her legs, "do you realize that if I didn't catch bugs and eat them, bugs would increase and multiply and get so numerous that they'd destroy the earth, wipe out everything?"
“噢,你不能这么说,”夏洛说。“你有别人给你送饭吃。可没人喂我呀。我不得不独力谋生。我只有靠我的智力活着。为了避免挨饿,我只好变得又敏捷又聪明。我不得不想方设法,去抓住我能抓到的东西,享用他们的血。就是这么回事儿,我的朋友,我吃的就是我抓到的苍蝇和别的小昆虫。此外,”夏洛说着,挥起一条腿儿,“你明白如果我不抓小虫子吃,小虫子们就会增多,繁殖,直到多得足以破坏地球,毁灭一切吗?”
 
"Really?" said Wilbur. "I wouldn't want that to happen. Perhaps your web is a good thing after all."
“真的吗?”威伯说。“我可不想发生这种事。可能你的网真是个好东西吧。”
 
The goose had been listening to this conversation and chuckling to herself. "There are a lot of things Wilbur doesn't know about life," she thought. "He's really a very innocent little pig. He doesn't even know what's going to happen to him around Christmastime; he has no idea that Mr. Zuckerman and Lurvy are plotting to kill him." And the goose raised herself a bit and poked her eggs a little further under her so that they would receive the full heat from her warm body and soft feathers.
一直听着这场对话的母鹅嘎嘎自语。“对于生活,威伯不懂的还多着呢。”她想。“他真是一头天真的小猪。他甚至都不知道圣诞节会发生什么事儿呢;他根本就不知道祖克曼先生和鲁维正在密谋杀掉他呢。”母鹅稍稍抬抬身子,把她的蛋往身下推得更近些,以便他们能更好的接收到她温暖的身体和柔软的羽毛下面的热量。
 
Charlotte stood quietly over the fly, preparing to eat it. Wilbur lay down and closed his eyes. He was tired from his wakeful night and from the excitement of meeting someone for the first time. A breeze brought him the smell of clover--the sweet-smelling world beyond his fence. "Well," he thought," I've got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is! Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty--everything I don't like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?
夏洛在苍蝇的上方静停了一会儿,准备去吃它了。威伯忙闭上双眼,躺了下来。昨晚没睡好,再加上首次遇到新朋友的激动,使他感到分外的疲倦。微风把苜蓿的香味给他送了过来——他的栅栏外的世界里充满了甜香的气息。“很好,”他想,“我有了一个新朋友,真不错。但这是多危险的友谊呀!夏洛凶猛,残酷,狡诈,嗜血——这些我都不喜欢。虽然她是那么可爱,当然,也很聪明,可我怎么能让自己去试着喜欢她呢?”
 
Wilbur was merely suffering the doubts and fears that often go with finding a new friend. In good time he was to discover that he was mistaken about Charlotte. Underneath her rather bold and cruel exterior, she had a kind heart, and she was to prove loyal and true to the very end.
威伯像那些初交新朋友的人一样,被猜疑和恐惧困绕着。以后,他将发现自己误解了夏洛。其实,在她那可怕冷漠的外表下,有着一颗善良的心,以后发生的事情将证明,她对朋友是忠实,真诚的,每一刻都是如此。


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0 beetles e572d93f9d42d4fe5aa8171c39c86a16     
n.甲虫( beetle的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Beetles bury pellets of dung and lay their eggs within them. 甲壳虫把粪粒埋起来,然后在里面产卵。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This kind of beetles have hard shell. 这类甲虫有坚硬的外壳。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
0 brutal bSFyb     
adj.残忍的,野蛮的,不讲理的
参考例句:
  • She has to face the brutal reality.她不得不去面对冷酷的现实。
  • They're brutal people behind their civilised veneer.他们表面上温文有礼,骨子里却是野蛮残忍。
0 bugs e3255bae220613022d67e26d2e4fa689     
adj.疯狂的,发疯的n.窃听器( bug的名词复数 );病菌;虫子;[计算机](制作软件程序所产生的意料不到的)错误
参考例句:
  • All programs have bugs and need endless refinement. 所有的程序都有漏洞,都需要不断改进。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The sacks of rice were swarming with bugs. 一袋袋的米里长满了虫子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
0 chuckling e8dcb29f754603afc12d2f97771139ab     
轻声地笑( chuckle的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • I could hear him chuckling to himself as he read his book. 他看书时,我能听见他的轻声发笑。
  • He couldn't help chuckling aloud. 他忍不住的笑了出来。 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
0 cockroaches 1936d5f0f3d8e13fc00370b7ef69c14c     
n.蟑螂( cockroach的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • At night, the cockroaches filled the house with their rustlings. 夜里,屋里尽是蟑螂窸窸瑟瑟的声音。 来自辞典例句
  • It loves cockroaches, and can keep a house clear of these hated insects. 它们好食蟑螂,可以使住宅免除这些讨厌昆虫的骚扰。 来自百科语句
0 detested e34cc9ea05a83243e2c1ed4bd90db391     
v.憎恶,嫌恶,痛恨( detest的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • They detested each other on sight. 他们互相看着就不顺眼。
  • The freethinker hated the formalist; the lover of liberty detested the disciplinarian. 自由思想者总是不喜欢拘泥形式者,爱好自由者总是憎恶清规戒律者。 来自辞典例句
0 entirely entirely     
ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
0 exterior LlYyr     
adj.外部的,外在的;表面的
参考例句:
  • The seed has a hard exterior covering.这种子外壳很硬。
  • We are painting the exterior wall of the house.我们正在给房子的外墙涂漆。
0 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
参考例句:
  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
0 gnats e62a9272689055f936a8d55ef289d2fb     
n.叮人小虫( gnat的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • He decided that he might fire at all gnats. 他决定索性把鸡毛蒜皮都摊出来。 来自辞典例句
  • The air seemed to grow thick with fine white gnats. 空气似乎由于许多白色的小虫子而变得浑浊不堪。 来自辞典例句
0 grasshoppers 36b89ec2ea2ca37e7a20710c9662926c     
n.蚱蜢( grasshopper的名词复数 );蝗虫;蚂蚱;(孩子)矮小的
参考例句:
  • Grasshoppers die in fall. 蚱蜢在秋天死去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • There are usually a lot of grasshoppers in the rice fields. 稻田里通常有许多蚱蜢。 来自辞典例句
0 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》
0 miserable g18yk     
adj.悲惨的,痛苦的;可怜的,糟糕的
参考例句:
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,这是可耻的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她过去的生活很苦。
0 moths de674306a310c87ab410232ea1555cbb     
n.蛾( moth的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The moths have eaten holes in my wool coat. 蛀虫将我的羊毛衫蛀蚀了几个小洞。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The moths tapped and blurred at the window screen. 飞蛾在窗帘上跳来跳去,弄上了许多污点。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
0 plunged 06a599a54b33c9d941718dccc7739582     
v.颠簸( plunge的过去式和过去分词 );暴跌;骤降;突降
参考例句:
  • The train derailed and plunged into the river. 火车脱轨栽进了河里。
  • She lost her balance and plunged 100 feet to her death. 她没有站稳,从100英尺的高处跌下摔死了。
0 poked 87f534f05a838d18eb50660766da4122     
v.伸出( poke的过去式和过去分词 );戳出;拨弄;与(某人)性交
参考例句:
  • 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》
0 tangled e487ee1bc1477d6c2828d91e94c01c6e     
adj. 纠缠的,紊乱的 动词tangle的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • Your hair's so tangled that I can't comb it. 你的头发太乱了,我梳不动。
  • A movement caught his eye in the tangled undergrowth. 乱灌木丛里的晃动引起了他的注意。
0 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。
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