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《Charlotte's Web》(夏洛的网)——[美] E• B• White



CHAPTER 1: Before Breakfast

A weakling makes trouble.

notes: The same to person and animals.

CHAPTER 3: Escape

    "When I'm out here," he said, "there's no place to go but in. When I'm indoors, there's no place to go but out in the yard."

notes: so do I .

    The news of Wilbur's escape spread rapidly among the animals on the place. Whenever any creature broke loose on Zuckerman's farm, the event was of great interest to the others. The goose shouted to the nearest cow that Wilbur was free, and soon all the cows knew. Then one of the cows told one of the sheep, and soon all the sheep knew. The lambs learned about it from their mothers. The horses, in their stalls in the barn, pricked up their ears when they heard the goose hollering; and soon the horses had caught on to what was happening. "Wilbur's out," they said. Every animal stirred and lifted its head and became excited to know that one of his friends had got free and was no longer penned up or tied fast.

notes: haha, it's funny. The news spread quickly by word of mouth. We may ascribe this to the nosy goose.

CHAPTER 4: Loneliness

    The next day was rainy and dark. Rain fell on the roof of the barn and dripped steadily from the eaves. Rain fell in the barnyard and ran in crooked courses down into the lane where thistles and pigweed grew. Rain spattered against Mrs. Zuckerman's kitchen windows and came gushing out of the downspouts. Rain fell on the backs of the sheep as they grazed in the meadow. When the sheep tired of standing in the rain, they walked slowly up the lane and into the fold.

    "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."

notes: less than nothing

CHAPTER 5: Charlotte

when your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it's always hard to sleep.

CHAPTER 10: An Explosion

    Day after day the spider waited, head-down, for an idea to come to her. Hour by hour she sat motionless, deep in thought.

notes: day after day. hour by hour. 

    She knew from experience that if she waited long enough, a fly would come to her web; and she felt sure that if she thought long enough about Wilbur's problem, an idea would come to her mind.

CHAPTER 12: A Meeting

    "Thanks," said Charlotte. "The meeting is now adjourned. I have a busy evening ahead of me. I've got to tear my web apart and write 'Terrific.' "

    Wilbur blushed. "But I'm not terrific, Charlotte. I'm just about average for a pig.""You're terrific as far as I'm concerned," replied Charlotte, sweetly, "and that's what counts. You're my best friend, and I think you're sensational. Now stop arguing and go get some sleep!"

notes: It is kind of Charlotte. 

CHAPTER 13: Good Progress

    When Lurvy arrived with breakfast, there was the handsome pig, and over him, woven neatly in block letters, was the word TERRIFIC. Another miracle.

CHAPTER 15: The Crickets

    Charlotte had written the word RADIANT, and Wilbur really looked radiant as he stood in the golden sunlight.

CHAPTER 18: The Cool of the Evening

After the heat of the day, the evening came as a welcome relief to all.

 'Humble' has two meanings. It means 'not proud' and it means 'near the ground.

notes: The meaning of "humble". 

CHAPTER 21: Last Day

    Your future is assured. You will live, secure and safe, Wilbur. Nothing can harm you now. These autumn days will shorten and grow cold. The leaves will shake loose from the trees and fall. Christmas will come, then the snows of winter. You will live to enjoy the beauty of the frozen world, for you mean a great deal to Zuckerman and he will not harm you, ever. Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy, Wilbur - this lovely world, these precious days ...

CHAPTER 22: A Warm Wind

    Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.

    Cries of "Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye!" came weakly to Wilbur's ears. He couldn't bear to watch any more. In sorrow he sank to the ground and closed his eyes. This seemed like the end of the world, to be deserted by Charlotte's children. Wilbur cried himself to sleep.

    When he woke it was late afternoon. He looked at the egg sac. It was empty. He looked into the air. The balloonists were gone. Then he walked drearily to the doorway, where Charlotte's web used to be. He was standing there, thinking of her, when he heard a small voice."Salutations!" it said. "I'm up here."

    "So am I," said another tiny voice."So am I," said a third voice. "Three of us are staying. We like this place, and we like you."

     Wilbur looked up. At the top of the doorway three small webs were being constructed. On each web, working busily was one of Charlotte's daughters.

    Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.

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