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[Peter Pan] - 02

《Peter Pan》
By J. M. Barrie
Adapted by Cathy East Dubowski


【Chapter Two】
The Children Are Left Unguarded


One night the Darlings were getting ready for a dinner party. Mrs. Darling went into the nusery to show Wendy her new gown.
 Suddenly Mr. Darling rushed in. "This tie won't tie!" he thundered.
 Then Nana brushed against him. She got hairs on his new trousers. On top of everything, Michael would not take his medicine.
 "I always took my medicine without a fuss when I was a baby." said Mr. Darling. "Why, I would take my own medicine now to show you. But I've lost the bottle." In fact, Mr. Darling had hidden it.
 "I know where it is!" cried Wendy. She quickly brought him the bottle. "Why don't you and Michael take your medicine together?"
 Mr. Darling did not like that idea one bit. But what could he do?
 Wendy counted, "One, two, three!" Michael took his medicine. But Mr. Darling hid his behind his back!
 "Oh, father!" cried Wendy.
 The children stared as if they no longer admired him. Even Mrs. Darling shook her head.
 Mr. Darling was embarrassed. Perhaps a good joke would make them respect him again. "Look!" he said. "I'll pour my medicine into Nana's milk. Won't that be funny?"
 Mr. Darling called Nana to her bowl. The children tried to stop her. But Nana began to drink the milk.
 Suddenly she stopped. She looked up at Mr. Darling with tears in her eyes. Then she crept into her kennel.
 The poor dog! Mrs. Darling and the children ran to her side. Mr. Darling completely lost his temper.
 "I will not allow that animal to rule my nusery any longer!" he shouted. "The proper place for a dog is in the yard!"
 The children wept. Nana begged. But Mr. Darling wanted to show them who was master. He dragged Nana outside and chained her in the yard.
 Mrs. Darling put the children to bed. They could hear Nana barking out in the cold.
 Soon Mr. and Mrs. Darling stepped out into the snowy night. Their party was at number 27, just a few houses down. The stars watched till the door shut behind them.
Then the smallest of the stars cried:
 "Now, Peter!"



fire
Mr. Darling也太誇張了吧?!
因為Nana不喝他存心作弄她的牛奶,
就大發雷霆的把她趕到院子,
這個男人也未免太小氣了吧?!
不過像這樣脾氣暴躁的人在世上還真不少,
很不幸的本人也是擁有不耐煩的火爆個性...
但是為了找台階下而把脾氣出在別人身上是絕對錯誤的!
尤其是出在動物身上,更是要不得啊!

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[Peter Pan] - 01

《Peter Pan》
By J. M. Barrie
Adapted by Cathy East Dubowski


【Chapter One】
Peter Breaks Through


All children-except one-grow up. They begin to know it after they are two. And that was when Wendy Darling began to know it.
 The Darlings lived in London at number 14. Wendy was the oldest. Then came John and little Michael. Mrs. Darling loved her children and wanted everything just so. But Mr. Darling was always worried about money. So the children had a nurse. But the nurse was a huge dog named Nana.
 Nana's kennel was in the night nursery. She awoke at the slightest cry. Nana was a treasure, as Mr. Darling well knew. But sometimes he worried that the neighbors talked. Even worse, he worried that Nana did not admire him enough. Being admired was very important to Mr. Darling.
 The Darlings were a happy family. That is, until Peter Pan came.
 Mrs. Darling first learned of Peter when she was tidying up her children's minds. All good mothers do this after their children go to sleep. It is quite like tidying up drawers. Mrs. Darling tucked the bad thoughts down at the bottom. She folded the beautiful thoughts right on top. Ready for her children to put on as soon as they awoke in the morning.
 Have you ever seen a map of a child's mind? Each one is different. But all of them are very confusing. A child's mind is a Neverland. It is filled with skipping stones and chocolate pudding, verbs, and the first day of school. There are zigzag lines everywhere. Those are the roads on the island.
 For the Neverland is always an island. It has caves and pirates and lagoons and mermaids. And children are always at play on those magic shores.
 Mostly Mrs. Darling did not worry about what she found in her children's minds. But then she came across the word Peter.
 "Who is Peter?" Mrs. Darling asked Wendy the next day.
 "You know, Mother," said Wendy. "Peter Pan."
 At first Mrs. Darling did not know. Then she remembered a Peter who was said to live among the fairies. Perhaps she had even believed in him as a child. But now she was married and full of sense. So Mrs. Darling had put Peter out of her mind.
 A few nights later there were leaves by the nursery window. "I do believe that Peter tracked them in," said Wendy.
 Mrs. Darling did not know what to think. The nursery was three stories up! Thirty feet from the ground and no way to climb up! 
 Mrs. Darling told Mr. Darling.
 "Oh, it is just some nonsense Nana has put in their heads," said Mr. Darling. "Leave it alone and it will blow over."
 But of course, it did not blow over.
 The next evening was Nana's night off. Mrs. Darling tucked the children into bed. Then she sat by the fire in the nursery to sew. Soon she fell asleep.
 But her dreams were troubled. She dreamed that the Neverland came too near. She dreamed that a strange boy broke through it. And she saw her children peeping through the gap.
 Suddenly the window of the nursery blew open. There was a boy dressed in a suit of leaves. He dropped to the floor like a cat. A strange light no bigger than your fist flew with him. It twinkled and darted about the room like a living thing.
 Mrs. Darling woke up with a scream. She knew at once that the boy was Peter Pan. He still had all his baby teeth.
 Nana had just come home. The scream brought her rushing into the nursery. She sprang at the boy. But he leapt through the open window.
 Mrs. Darling screamed again. Surely the poor boy had fallen to his death! She ran to the street. But his body was not there. She looked up into the dark night sky. All she saw was what looked like a shooting star.
 But Nana had caught something in her mouth. It was the boy's shadow!
 Nana knew the boy would come back for it. And she did not want him to upset the children. So she hung the shadow out the window. He could get it when he pleased and be on his way.
 But Mrs. Darling would not have that. It looked as if washing was hanging out the front window. What would the neighbors think!
 Quickly Mrs. Darling rolled up the shadow. Then she hid it in a drawer. She would have to tell Mr. Darling. But how?



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發覺打文章對學習英文其實有點幫助耶!
因為這篇文章,我終於了解過去完成式的用法了!
這篇文章大致上在介紹Darlihgs一家,而且Mrs. Darling的戲份比較多~
而這一章Peter Pan已經出現了!
看完這一章會發現他們很在意neighbors的想法或七嘴八舌呢!
在我們現實中也是一樣的吧?
除了自己之外,還要去顧慮其他人的心情和想法,
讓自己處於普通平凡,而無人憎惡的位置,
其實,說簡單很簡單,說困難也真的是很困難呢!

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[Peter Pan] - Details

《Peter Pan》
By J. M. Barrie
Adapted by Cathy East Dubowski

Published by Random House
http://www.randomhouse.com/
ISBN:0-679-81044-7

〈Authors〉
J. M. Barrie was born in Scotland in 1860.
As a young boy, he loved stories about pirates and magic. He began writing plays as a teenager and grew up to be a successful playwright and author. Peter Pan first appeared as a character in three of Barrie's novels. But with the play Peter Pan: or, the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up Peter became a star. Barrie later retold the same story in a novel. This adaptation is based on the novel. Barrie wrote over forty plays and many novels. But Peter Pan is his one story that has passed the test of time.

Cathy East Dubowski is a freelance editor and writer. She has written several Step into ReadingTM books and has also adapted Black Beauty and A Little Princess for this series. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and children. She has always loved Peter Pan.

〈Contents〉
1. Peter Breaks Through
2. The Children Are Left Unguarded
3. Come Away! Come Away!
4. The Flight
5. The Island Comes True
6. Captain Hook
7. The Home Under the Ground
8. The Mermaids' Lagoon
9. The Never Bird
10. Wendy's Story
11. Do You Believe in Fairies?
12. The Pirate Ship
13. The Return Home
14. When Wendy Grew Up



fire
終於要開始了!我的英文進步計畫,
以後每天都會打一部分的故事上來~
這次先來個《彼得潘》的故事~
其實我真的很想連我自己說的話也用英文來寫...
不過信心不足又怕沒人會好心的替我訂正...
總之,先這樣吧!
希望每天狂打英文字可以令英文進步呀~~~

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