夏洛特的网 Chapter 8
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On Sunday morning Mr. and Mrs. Arable and Fern were sitting at breakfast in the kitchen. Avery had finished and was upstairs looking for his slingshot.
星期六早上,阿拉贝尔先生和太太还有芬正坐在厨房吃早餐。埃弗里已经吃过了饭,便上楼找他的弹弓去了。
 
"Did you know that Uncle Homer's goslings had hatched?" asked Fern.
“你们知道霍默舅舅的小鹅孵出来了吗?”芬问。
 
"How many?" asked Mr. Arable.
“孵出了多少个?”阿拉贝尔先生问。
 
"Seven," replied Fern. "There were eight eggs but one egg didn't hatch and the goose told Templeton she didn't want it any more, so he took it away."
“七个。”芬回答。“本来有八个蛋,但有一个没孵出来。母鹅告诉坦普尔曼她不想要这个蛋了,所以他把蛋带走了。”
 
"The goose did what?" asked Mrs. Arable, gazing at her daughter with a queer, worried look.
“母鹅说什么了?”阿拉贝尔太太惊奇而又担心地盯着女儿问。
 
"Told Templeton she didn't want the egg any more," repeated Fern.
“她告诉坦普尔曼,她不想再要那个蛋了,”芬重复道。
 
"Who is Templeton?" asked Mrs. Arable.
“谁是坦普尔曼?”阿拉贝尔太太问。
 
"He's the rat," replied Fern. "None of us like him much."
“他就是那只老鼠,”芬回答。“我们都不太喜欢他。”
 
"Who is 'us'?" asked Mr. Arable.
“谁是‘我们’?”阿拉贝尔先生问。
 
"Oh, everybody in the barn cellar. Wilbur and the sheep and the lambs and the goose and the gander and the goslings and Charlotte and me."
“噢,就是住在谷仓地窖里的所有人。威伯,绵羊,羊羔,母鹅,公鹅,小鹅,夏洛和我。”
 
"Charlotte?" said Mrs. Arable. "Who's Charlotte?"
“夏洛?”阿拉贝尔太太说。“谁是夏洛?”
 
"She's Wilbur's best friend. She's terribly clever."
“她是威伯最好的朋友,她非常的聪明。”
 
"What does she look like?" asked Mrs. Arable.
“她长得什么样儿?”阿拉贝尔太太问。
 
"Well-l," said Fern, thoughtfully, "she has eight legs. All spiders do, I guess."
“嗯,”芬仔细想了想,说,“她有八条腿。所有的蜘蛛都如此,我猜。”
 
"Charlotte is a spider?" asked Fern's mother.
“夏洛是一只蜘蛛?”芬的母亲问。
 
Fern nodded. "A big grey one. She has a web across the top of Wilbur's doorway. She catches flies and sucks their blood. Wilbur adores her."
芬点点头:“一只很大的灰蜘蛛。她在威伯的门口上方织了一张网。她能抓苍蝇,还吸他们的血。威伯可崇拜她了。”
 
"Does he really?" said Mrs. Arable, rather vaguely. She was staring at Fern with a worried expression on her face.
“他真的崇拜她?”阿拉贝尔太太几乎听糊涂了。她用一种担忧的表情盯着芬的脸。
 
"Oh, yes, Wilbur adores Charlotte," said Fern. "Do you know what Charlotte said when the goslings hatched?"
“噢,是的,威伯崇拜夏洛。”芬说,“你知道当小鹅出世时夏洛说什么了?”
 
"I haven't the faintest idea," said Mr. Arable. "Tell us."
“我可什么都不知道,”阿拉贝尔先生说,“跟我们讲讲。”
 
"Well, when the first gosling stuck its little head out from under the goose, I was sitting on my stool in the corner and Charlotte was on her web. She made a speech. She said: 'I am sure that every one of us here in the barn cellar will be gratified to learn that after four weeks of unremitting effort and patience on the part of the goose, she now has something to show for it.' Don't you think that was a pleasant thing for her to say?"
“好吧。当第一只小鹅从鹅妈妈的身下伸出他的小脑袋时,我正在旁边的凳子上坐着,夏洛就在她的网上挂着。她发表了一场演说。她说:‘我们在谷仓地窖里的每一位都将高兴地获悉,经过四周的不懈努力与耐心的等待,我们的朋友母鹅终于取得了骄人的成绩。’你不认为她说的是件大喜事吗?”
 
"Yes, I do," said Mrs. Arable. "And now, Fern, it's time to get ready for Sunday School And tell Avery to get ready. And this afternoon you can tell me more about what goes on in Uncle Homer's barn. Aren't you spending quite a lot of time there? You go there almost every afternoon, don't you?"
“是的,我承认,”阿拉贝尔太太说。“现在,芬,该到上主日学校的时间了。告诉埃弗里做好准备。今天下午你可以把你霍默舅舅谷仓里的事儿再告诉我们一些。你在那里花了不少时间吧?你几乎每天下午都去,是不是?”
 
"I like it there," replied Fern. She wiped her mouth and ran upstairs. After she had left the room, Mrs. Arable spoke in a low voice to her husband.
“我喜欢那儿,”芬回答。她擦擦嘴巴跑上了楼。她离开房间后,阿拉贝尔太太和她丈夫低声交谈起来。
 
"I worry about Fern," she said. "Did you hear the way she rambled on about the animals, pretending that they talked?"
“我为芬担心,”她说,“你听见她是怎么信口开河地说那些动物的吗,好像他们会说话一样?”
 
Mr. Arable chuckled. "Maybe they do talk," he said. "I've sometimes wondered. At any rate, don't worry about Fern--she's just got a lively imagination. Kids think they hear all sorts of things."
阿拉贝尔先生微笑了。“可能他们真会说话吧,”他说,“我有时也觉得这很奇怪。不管怎样,不必担心芬——她不过是有生动的想象力罢了。小孩子认为他们什么都能听到。”
 
"Just the same, I do worry about her," replied Mrs. Arable. "I think I shall ask Dr. Dorian about her the next time I see him. He loves Fern almost as much as we do, and I want him to know how queerly she is acting about that pig and everything. I don't think it's normal. You know perfectly well animals don't talk."
“虽然如此,我还是担心她,”阿拉贝尔太太回答。“我想我下次看到多里安医生时,该对他谈谈芬的事儿。他几乎像我们一样的爱芬,我要问问他,芬自以为能听懂猪和别的动物的谈话,这是不是很奇怪。我不认为这是正常的。你完全知道动物们根本不会说话的。”
 
Mr. Arable grinned. "Maybe our ears aren't as sharp as Fern's," he said.
阿拉贝尔先生咧开嘴笑起来。“可能我们的耳朵不像芬那么尖吧,”他说。


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0 acting czRzoc     
n.演戏,行为,假装;adj.代理的,临时的,演出用的
参考例句:
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
0 arable vNuyi     
adj.可耕的,适合种植的
参考例句:
  • The terrain changed quickly from arable land to desert.那个地带很快就从耕地变成了沙漠。
  • Do you know how much arable land has been desolated?你知道什么每年有多少土地荒漠化吗?
0 chuckled 8ce1383c838073977a08258a1f3e30f8     
轻声地笑( chuckle的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She chuckled at the memory. 想起这件事她就暗自发笑。
  • She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look. 想起他那惊讶的表情,她就轻轻地暗自发笑。
0 doorway 2s0xK     
n.门口,(喻)入门;门路,途径
参考例句:
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他们挤在商店门口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.玛丽突然出现在门口。
0 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。
0 rambled f9968757e060a59ff2ab1825c2706de5     
(无目的地)漫游( ramble的过去式和过去分词 ); (喻)漫谈; 扯淡; 长篇大论
参考例句:
  • We rambled through the woods. 我们漫步走过树林。
  • She rambled on at great length but she didn't get to the heart of the matter. 她夹七夹八地说了许多话也没说到点子上。
0 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
参考例句:
  • 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。
0 vaguely BfuzOy     
adv.含糊地,暖昧地
参考例句:
  • He had talked vaguely of going to work abroad.他含糊其词地说了到国外工作的事。
  • He looked vaguely before him with unseeing eyes.他迷迷糊糊的望着前面,对一切都视而不见。
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