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Chapter 12 The Return Of Ulysses_柳林风声 The Wind in the Willows_双语小说



When it began to grow dark, the Rat, with an air of excitement and mystery, summoned them back into the parlour, stood each of them up alongside of his little heap, and proceeded to dress them up for the coming expedition.  He was very earnest and thoroughgoing about it, and the affair took quite a long time. First, there was a belt to go round each animal, and then a sword to be stuck into each belt, and then a cutlass on the other side to balance it.  Then a pair of pistols, a policeman’s truncheon, several sets of handcuffs, some bandages and sticking-plaster, and a flask and a sandwich-case.  The Badger laughed good-humouredly and said, ‘All right, Ratty!  It amuses you and it doesn’t hurt me.  I’m going to do all I’ve got to do with this here stick.’  But the Rat only said, ‘PLEASE, Badger. You know I shouldn’t like you to blame me afterwards and say I had forgotten ANYTHING!’
天快黑了。河鼠面露兴奋而诡秘的神色,把伙伴们召回客厅,让各人站到自己的一小堆军械前面,动手武装他们,来迎接即将开始的征战。他干得非常认真,一丝不苟,花去了好长时间。他先在每人腰间系一根皮带。皮带上插一把剑,又在另一侧插一把弯刀,以求平衡。然后发给每人一对手枪,一根警棍。几副手铐,一些绷带和胶布,还有一只杯子、一个盛三明治的盒子。獾随和地笑着说:“好啦,鼠儿!这让你高兴,又于我无损。其实我只消用这根木棒,就能做我该做的一切。”河鼠只是说:“请原谅,獾!我只是希望,事后你不责怪我,说我忘带什么东西!”

When all was quite ready, the Badger took a dark lantern in one paw, grasped his great stick with the other, and said, ‘Now then, follow me!  Mole first, ‘cos I’m very pleased with him; Rat next; Toad last.  And look here, Toady!  Don’t you chatter so much as usual, or you’ll be sent back, as sure as fate!’
诸事准备就绪,獾一手提着一盏暗灯,一手握着他那根大棒,说:“现在跟我来!鼹鼠打头阵,因为我对他很满意。河鼠其次;蟾蜍殿后。听着,小蟾儿!你可不许像平时那样唠叨,要不,一准把你打发回去!”

The Toad was so anxious not to be left out that he took up the inferior position assigned to him without a murmur, and the animals set off.  The Badger led them along by the river for a little way, and then suddenly swung himself over the edge into a hole in the river-bank, a little above the water.  The Mole and the Rat followed silently, swinging themselves successfully into the hole as they had seen the Badger do; but when it came to Toad’s turn, of course he managed to slip and fall into the water with a loud splash and a squeal of alarm.  He was hauled out by his friends, rubbed down and wrung out hastily, comforted, and set on his legs; but the Badger was seriously angry, and told him that the very next time he made a fool of himself he would most certainly be left behind.

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