ANIMAL FARM Chapter V 英语

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时间从句As winter drew on, Mollie became more and more troublesome. She was late for work every morning and excused herself by saying 宾语从句that she had overslept, and she complained of mysterious pains, 让步从句although her appetite was excellent. On every kind of pretext she would run away from work and go to the drinking pool, 定语从句where she would stand foolishly gazing at her own reflection in the water. But there were also rumours of something more serious. One day, 时间从句as Mollie strolled blithely into the yard, 分词状语flirting her long tail and chewing at a stalk of hay, Clover took her aside.

“Mollie,” she said, “I have something very serious to say to you. This morning I saw you looking over the hedge 定语从句that divides Animal Farm from Foxwood. One of Mr. Pilkington’s men was standing on the other side of the hedge. And–I was a long way away, but I am almost certain 补语从句I saw this–he was talking to you and you were allowing him to stroke your nose. What does that mean, Mollie?”

“He didn’t! I wasn’t! It isn’t true!” cried Mollie, beginning to prance about and paw the ground.

“Mollie! Look me in the face. Do you give me your word of honour 同位语从句that that man was not stroking your nose?”

“It isn’t true!” repeated Mollie, but she could not look Clover in the face, and the next moment she took to her heels and galloped away into the field.

A thought struck Clover. Without saying anything to the others, she went to Mollie’s stall and turned over the straw with her hoof. Hidden under the straw was a little pile of lump sugar and several bunches of ribbon of different colours.

Three days later Mollie disappeared. For some weeks nothing was known of her whereabouts, then the pigeons reported 宾语从句that they had seen her on the other side of Willingdon. She was between the shafts of a smart dogcart painted red and black, which was standing outside a public-house. A fat red-faced man in check breeches and gaiters, 定语从句who looked like a publican, was stroking her nose and feeding her with sugar. Her coat was newly clipped and she wore a scarlet ribbon round her forelock. She appeared to be enjoying herself, so the pigeons said. None of the animals ever mentioned Mollie again.

冬天快要到了,莫丽变得越来越讨厌。她每天早上干活总要迟到,而且总为自己开脱说她睡过头了,她还常常诉说一些不可思议的病痛,不过,她的食欲却很旺盛。她会找出种种借口逃避干活而跑到饮水池边,呆呆地站在那儿,凝视着她在水中的倒影。但还有一些传闻,说起来比这更严重一些。有一天,当莫丽边晃悠着她的长尾巴边嚼着一根草根,乐悠悠的闲逛到院子里时,克拉弗把她拉到一旁。
“莫丽,”她说,“我有件非常要紧的事要对你说,今天早晨,我看见你在查看那段隔开动物庄园和福克斯伍德庄园的树篱时,有一个皮尔金顿先生的伙计正站在树篱的另一边。尽管我离得很远,但我敢肯定我看见他在对你说话,你还让他摸你的鼻子。这是怎么回事,莫丽?”
“他没摸!我没让!这不是真的!”莫丽大声嚷着,抬起前蹄子搔着地。
“莫丽!看着我,你能向我发誓,那人不是在摸你的鼻子。”
“这不是真的!”莫丽重复道,但却不敢正视克拉弗。然后,她朝着田野飞奔而去,逃之夭夭。
克拉弗心中闪过一个念头。谁也没有打招呼,她就跑到莫丽的厩棚里,用蹄子翻开一堆草。草下竟藏着一堆方糖和几条不同颜色的饰带。
三天后,莫丽不见了,好几个星期下落不明。后来鸽子报告说他们曾在威灵顿那边见到过她,当时,她正被驾在一辆单驾马车上,那辆车很时髦,漆得有红有黑,停在一个客栈外面。有个红脸膛的胖子,身穿方格子马裤和高筒靴,象是客栈老板,边抚摸着她的鼻子边给她喂糖。她的毛发修剪一新,额毛上还佩戴着一条鲜红的饰带。所以鸽子说,她显得自鸣得意。从此以后,动物们再也不提她了。

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