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Chapter 10 The Further Adventures Of Toad_柳林风声 The Wind in the Willows_双语小说



The front door of the hollow tree faced eastwards, so Toad was called at an early hour; partly by the bright sunlight streaming in on him, partly by the exceeding coldness of his toes, which made him dream that he was at home in bed in his own handsome room with the Tudor window, on a cold winter’s night, and his bedclothes had got up, grumbling and protesting they couldn’t stand the cold any longer, and had run downstairs to the kitchen fire to warm themselves; and he had followed, on bare feet, along miles and miles of icy stone-paved passages, arguing and beseeching them to be reasonable.  He would probably have been aroused much earlier, had he not slept for some weeks on straw over stone flags, and almost forgotten the friendly feeling of thick blankets pulled well up round the chin.
树洞的大门朝东,因此蟾蜍一早就醒了,部分是由于明亮的阳光射进来,照在他身上,部分是由于他的脚趾尖冻得生疼,使他梦见自己睡在他那间带都铎式窗子的漂亮房间的床上。他梦见那是一个寒冷的冬夜,他的被子全都爬了起来,一个劲儿抱怨说受不了这寒冷,全都跑下楼到厨房烤火去了。他也光着脚跟在后面,跑过好几哩长冰凉的石铺道路,一路跟被子争论,请它们讲点道理。若不是因为他在石板地上的干草堆里睡过好几星期,几乎忘记了厚厚的毛毯一直捂到脖子的温馨感觉,他兴许还会醒得更早。

Sitting up, he rubbed his eyes first and his complaining toes next, wondered for a moment where he was, looking round for familiar stone wall and little barred window; then, with a leap of the heart, remembered everything—his escape, his flight, his pursuit; remembered, first and best thing of all, that he was free!
他坐起来,揉了揉眼睛,又揉了揉那双冻得直叫苦的脚尖,闹不清自己究竟在哪。他四下里张望,寻找他熟悉的石头墙和装了铁条的小窗;然后,他的心蓦地一跳,什么都想起来了——他越狱逃亡,被人追撵,而最大的好事是,他自由了!

Free!  The word and the thought alone were worth fifty blankets. He was warm from end to end as he thought of the jolly world outside, waiting eagerly for him to make his triumphal entrance, ready to serve him and play up to him, anxious to help him and to keep him company, as it always had been in days of old before misfortune fell upon him.  He shook himself and combed the dry leaves out of his hair with his fingers; and, his toilet complete, marched forth into the comfortable morning sun, cold but confident, hungry but hopeful, all nervous terrors of yesterday dispelled by rest and sleep and frank and heartening sunshine.
自由!单是这个字眼和这个念头,就值五十条毛毯。外面那个欢乐的世界,正热切地等待他的胜利归来,准备为他效劳,向他讨好,急着给他帮助,给他作伴,就像他遭到不幸前的那些老时光一样。想到这,他感到通身热乎乎的。他抖了抖身子,用爪子梳理掉毛发里的枯树叶。梳洗完毕,他大步走进舒适的早晨的阳光,虽然冷,但充满信心,虽然饿,但充满希望。昨天的紧张恐惧,全都被一夜的休息睡眠和诚恳热情的阳光一扫而光。

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