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儿童英语读物 The Mystery of the Mixed-Up Zoo CHAPTER 6 Snoopy Miss Brooks

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On Saturday afternoon the children walked to the zoo. Everything seemed to be going smoothly1 since the electricity had been restored in the kitchen. Even Edward was in a good humor.

It was a cloudy day, but it didn’t dampen the children’s spirits. And then, too, the new T-shirts Edward had given them cheered them up. Edward had asked the Aldens to each choose one they liked from the zoo’s gift shop. Today they all wore jeans and their new T-shirts, on the back of which, in large letters, was the name, MARLOW’S ZOO. The front of each T-shirt was very different. Violet’s lavender T-shirt had a black panther painted on the front. Benny wore a white T-shirt with a monkey swinging from a tree. Jessie’s red T-shirt carried a sketch2 of seals, one diving in the water and another sunning itself on a rock. Henry’s black T-shirt had a striking head of a zebra. Even Grandfather had gotten one. His was blue with a golden lion.

The children walked along, Henry and Violet behind Benny and Jessie. Benny and Jessie picked up speed when the gates of the zoo came into view.

All at once Benny’s footsteps slowed.

“What’s the matter, Benny?” Violet asked softly.

“That black car parked at the curb,” he murmured, dragging his feet, not wanting to go by.

“It’s okay,” Jessie said, noticing the woman seated behind the wheel. “It’s Helen Brooks3. Just say hello and pass on by.”

The car windows were rolled down, and

Jessie politely greeted Miss Brooks, as did the others. Benny gave her a timid hello.

“Children!” Miss Brooks ordered, a frown remaining on her pointed4 face, “Come here!” She leaned across the seat.

Stiffly Henry moved to the car, wondering what she wanted.

“Has there been trouble at the zoo?” she asked, her dark eyes studying Henry’s face.

“Mr. Marlow could answer that,” Henry said. He didn’t want to lie, but he didn’t want to give her information that would damage the zoo.

“Well,” Helen Brooks grumbled5, “I don’t live too far from here, and the other night the animals were making a dreadful racket. I know something disturbed them, and I want to know what.”

Jessie, who had joined Henry, peered inside the car. “The animals are often restless and noisy at night,” she answered, neatly6 sidestepping Miss Brooks’ question.

Helen Brooks’ mouth turned down in a sour line. “I can see I won’t gain information from the four of you! You’re Edward’s friends, and that’s that!”

Violet silently agreed. She had no intention of telling her about the problem with the food.

Helen Brooks straightened up behind the steering7 wheel, glaring. “Run along, children.” She picked up a notebook, jotting8 down a few words.

“Why do you suppose she’s sitting by the zoo?” Violet questioned as they moved away.

“I don’t know what she’s looking for,” Jessie said. “Maybe she’s counting the number of people who visit the zoo.”

“You mean if not enough people come she’ll say the zoo should be closed?” Benny asked, his eyes big and questioning.

“That’s one possibility,” Henry answered, as he chuckled9. “But here’s four she can count!” And they passed through the zoo’s gates.

“I think Helen Brooks is a snoop!” Benny said indignantly.

“It does look like she’s spying,” Jessie said. “I’d like to get hold of her notebook.”

“We’ll tell Edward about her,” Violet promised.

Their first stop was at the tropical Bird House where heat and moisture filled the air. The beautiful colored birds screeched10 and flew about. Parrots from South America had vivid colors … green, blue, and yellow.

Benny liked the laughing kookaburra from Australia with its flat bill, while Violet preferred the long-legged pink flamingos11.

They soon left, and Jessie noticed Pat at the seal pond. They hurried over to see why the seals were clapping their flippers.

“Hi, kids,” Pat called cheerfully, bending over a bucket of fish. “Watch this!” She tossed a fish in the pond, and a seal, eager for a tasty snack, dived after it. Coming up with the trout12 in his mouth, the seal swam to the edge and clambered up on a rock where he perched and clapped for more.

“That’s all there is,” Pat said, tipping over the bucket. “Until tonight.”

Pat turned back to the Aldens. “It’s good to see you again,” she said, smiling. “I believe you like this zoo as much as I do.”

“Oh, we do!” Benny piped up. “The zoo is great!”

Pat chuckled and leaned over the railing overlooking the honking13 seals. “If Edward ever wants to sell this place, I’d be ready to buy it.”

Violet shot Henry a surprised look. Maybe, she thought, Pat was the guilty one. Did she think that if she could do enough mischief14 in the zoo she might be able to buy it at a good price?

“Let’s go and see Amos the monkey,” Benny said. “He misses me.”

Henry laughed. “How do you know, Benny? Have you two been having secret conversations?”

Benny grinned. “In a way.”

“It’s easy to get attached to particular animals,” Pat said. “And you’d be surprised how attached animals get to their keepers. Some animals want only Edward to feed them and are upset when they see me coming with their food.” She paused. “It’s too bad, though, when visitors feed them, unless it’s the prepared food sacks that the zoo sells.”

“Do people often feed them the wrong things?” Violet wanted to know.

“Yes. They feed them everything.” She shook her head. “One man held out a jar of olives to the elephant. He thought the elephant would just take one, but to his shocked surprise, the elephant swallowed the whole jar.”

“Oh, no,” Jessie said. “Was the elephant all right?”

“I kept the elephant under observation for a week, and after that time, I knew he was okay.” She walked toward the Bengal tigers’ area. “See you later,” she said with a pleasant wave.

Jessie watched as Pat walked away. She liked Pat a lot, but ever since her remark about wanting to buy the zoo, she’d begun to doubt her.

Benny ran ahead to see Amos, who immediately showed off by putting his tin cup on his head.

Violet read the sign. “ ‘These monkeys are capuchins, one of the most intelligent breed of monkeys. They are always eager to learn.’ ”

Benny nodded as if he’d known this all along. “Could we go to the bookstore and find another book on monkeys?” he asked.

“Good idea,” Henry replied. “We’ll go right now.”

They left the zoo and were soon in the bookstore searching for books on monkeys.

Mac Thatcher15, sitting on a high stool by the cash register, stood up. “What can I do for you today?” he questioned.

“I need a book on monkeys,” Benny said.

“Hmmm,” Mac said, reaching for a book. “Here you go.”

Benny opened the book but he was disappointed in the long words, fine print, and lack of pictures. “No, I want one for me,” he said.

“Oh, a baby book,” Mac said, carelessly giving him a book.

“Not a baby book!” Benny said, sticking out his chin. “I’m six years old!”

“All the monkey books are in that section,” Mac said, pointing.

Benny soon lost himself hunting for just the right book.

“So what’s going on at the zoo?” Mac asked, narrowing his eyes.

“Someone switched the animals’ tags,” Henry answered.

“Oh, that’s too bad,” Mac said, but he didn’t look very sorry. “Anything else?”

“The electricity was cut off,” Jessie said.

“Oh?” Mac said, his eyes lighting16 up with interest. “What happened?”

“We helped feed the animals until the electrician could get there,” Jessie said.

“Well, well,” Mac commented. Just then a small dog scampered18 over to Mac and began to whine19 and paw at his trouser leg. “What do you want, Scamper17?” Mac asked.

Jessie glanced about, noticing the dog’s food bowl under one of the shelves. It was empty. So was the water bowl.

“I think Scamper’s hungry,” Jessie said.

Mac shrugged20. “Oh, I suppose he is. I forgot to feed him today.”

Scamper lay down on an old rug, his bright eyes eagerly watching his master for a sign of food.

“If you tell me where you keep your dog’s food, I’ll be glad to fill his bowl,” Violet offered shyly.

“Forget it,” Mac said. With a sigh, he went into the back room, and returned with Scamper’s dinner.

“Satisfied?” Mac said with a scowl21, glaring at the children.

“And water?” Jessie asked.

Mac grabbed the dog’s bowl and filled it.

No one said anything as they observed the dog, eagerly eating and drinking. The bowls were soon empty.

After a few minutes, Benny shouted triumphantly22, “I’ve found my book!”

Jessie and Violet looked over Benny’s shoulders at the beautifully illustrated23 book on monkeys.

Henry paid for the book and they left, glad to leave gloomy Mac to himself.

“Mac Thatcher isn’t nice to his dog,” Benny pronounced, his mouth drooping24.

“No. Mac Thatcher doesn’t seem to care if he feeds Scamper or not,” Jessie said. “He wasn’t helpful in finding Benny’s book either.”

“He’s an unhappy man,” Violet said softly.

When they opened the front door, they saw Grandfather and Edward sitting at a small table. They were playing chess.

“Hi, Aldens,” Edward called. “Is everything all right at the zoo?”

“Fine,” Henry answered. “We saw Pat, then watched the monkeys for a while.”

“But we did see Helen Brooks sitting in her car by the zoo,” Jessie said.

“She asked us questions, but we didn’t tell her a thing!” Benny said in a firm voice.

“Good for you!” Edward said.

“Then I got this book at the bookstore,” Benny said, holding it out to Grandfather.

Grandfather paged through the book. “It’s a wonderful book, Benny. I know you’ll enjoy it!”

That was one of the many things Jessie liked about Grandfather. He always encouraged them to read, and often gave them books for presents.

“Whew! I’m hot!” Benny gasped25, dropping onto the sofa.

“How about a cold glass of lemonade?” Jessie asked.

“You bet,” he said, sitting up.

“And how about you, Edward and Grandfather?”

“That sounds good,” Grandfather said.

Edward was concentrating so hard on the chess game he only nodded.

Even the night didn’t bring any relief from the heat. It was very hot, even for late August.

Early the next morning the phone shrilled26 throughout the small house. The children were on their way downstairs.

Edward, dressed and ready to go out the door, said, “It’s Pat at the zoo. She wants me to meet her at the seals. Something is wrong.”

“Could we come along?” Henry asked.

Edward nodded. “Maybe you can help again. I can depend on you Aldens!” he said, pleased. “Your grandfather is still sleeping.”

When they reached the seals, Pat was pouring water over a coughing seal, who constantly clapped his flippers. Another seal lay on the rocks, too still and quiet.

Edward stood before the seal pond, too stunned27 to move. The pond had been drained. It had been a hot night, and the seals had been without water.

“Who could have done this?” Pat cried, shaking her head. “It’s good I was here early this morning. I turned the water on, but it will take a little while for the pool to fill. Pat’s face was pale and she looked helplessly at the children.

Furious, Edward whirled and got some buckets. Then he and the Aldens brought buckets of water and doused28 the seals, who clapped for more. The seal lying down perked29 up at the first bucketful of water.

Once the pool was full and the seals were again in the water, the children sat down to rest. It was good to listen to the seals honking and splashing with pleasure.

“This is terrible,” Jessie said. “The poor seals could have died.”

“We’d better find out who’s doing this,” Henry said, “before Helen Brooks finds out. The seals would fill a page in her notebook.”

Violet said thoughtfully, “I wonder why Pat came to the zoo early today.”

“I think it’s Mac Thatcher!” Benny stated, his brown eyes flashing. “He hates animals, and that’s why he’s doing all these mean things.”

“Whoa,” Henry said. “Just because he forgot to feed his dog doesn’t mean he’s guilty.”

“Then it’s Helen Brooks,” Jessie said with a firm nod. “If she could prove the animals were being mistreated, she could get the zoo closed in a minute.”

Violet didn’t answer. They didn’t really have a clue, she thought, as to who the guilty person could be. And if they didn’t find out soon, Edward would lose his zoo! Even worse, some animals might die.


1 smoothly iiUzLG     
  • The workmen are very cooperative,so the work goes on smoothly.工人们十分合作,所以工作进展顺利。
  • Just change one or two words and the sentence will read smoothly.这句话只要动一两个字就顺了。
2 sketch UEyyG     
  • My sister often goes into the country to sketch. 我姐姐常到乡间去写生。
  • I will send you a slight sketch of the house.我将给你寄去房屋的草图。
3 brooks cdbd33f49d2a6cef435e9a42e9c6670f     
n.小溪( brook的名词复数 )
  • Brooks gave the business when Haas caught him with his watch. 哈斯抓到偷他的手表的布鲁克斯时,狠狠地揍了他一顿。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Ade and Brooks exchanged blows yesterday and they were severely punished today. 艾德和布鲁克斯昨天打起来了,今天他们受到严厉的惩罚。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
5 grumbled ed735a7f7af37489d7db1a9ef3b64f91     
抱怨( grumble的过去式和过去分词 ); 发牢骚; 咕哝; 发哼声
  • He grumbled at the low pay offered to him. 他抱怨给他的工资低。
  • The heat was sweltering, and the men grumbled fiercely over their work. 天热得让人发昏,水手们边干活边发着牢骚。
6 neatly ynZzBp     
  • Sailors know how to wind up a long rope neatly.水手们知道怎样把一条大绳利落地缠好。
  • The child's dress is neatly gathered at the neck.那孩子的衣服在领口处打着整齐的皱褶。
7 steering 3hRzbi     
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration. 他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
  • Steering according to the wind, he also framed his words more amicably. 他真会看风使舵,口吻也马上变得温和了。
8 jotting 7d3705384e72d411ab2c0155b5810b56     
n.简短的笔记,略记v.匆忙记下( jot的现在分词 );草草记下,匆匆记下
  • All the time I was talking he was jotting down. 每次我在讲话时,他就会记录下来。 来自互联网
  • The student considers jotting down the number of the businessman's American Express card. 这论理学生打算快迅速地记录下来下这位商贾的美国运通卡的金额。 来自互联网
9 chuckled 8ce1383c838073977a08258a1f3e30f8     
轻声地笑( chuckle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She chuckled at the memory. 想起这件事她就暗自发笑。
  • She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look. 想起他那惊讶的表情,她就轻轻地暗自发笑。
10 screeched 975e59058e1a37cd28bce7afac3d562c     
v.发出尖叫声( screech的过去式和过去分词 );发出粗而刺耳的声音;高叫
  • She screeched her disapproval. 她尖叫着不同意。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The car screeched to a stop. 汽车嚓的一声停住了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
11 flamingos 8ff667734ac0706d98599e1f6b6f6f49     
n.红鹳,火烈鸟(羽毛粉红、长颈的大涉禽)( flamingo的名词复数 )
  • Flamingos stand in a salt lake in Larnaca, Cyprus. 塞浦路斯的拉纳卡市一个盐湖中的火烈鸟。 来自互联网
  • The research started researchers studied greater flamingos and in a bird sanctuary in southern Spain. 研究人员在西班牙南部的一个鸟类保护区对大型火烈鸟进行研究。 来自互联网
12 trout PKDzs     
  • Thousands of young salmon and trout have been killed by the pollution.成千上万的鲑鱼和鳟鱼的鱼苗因污染而死亡。
  • We hooked a trout and had it for breakfast.我们钓了一条鳟鱼,早饭时吃了。
13 honking 69e32168087f0fd692f761e62a361acf     
v.(使)发出雁叫似的声音,鸣(喇叭),按(喇叭)( honk的现在分词 )
  • Cars zoomed helter-skelter, honking belligerently. 大街上来往车辆穿梭不停,喇叭声刺耳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Flocks of honking geese flew past. 雁群嗷嗷地飞过。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
14 mischief jDgxH     
  • Nobody took notice of the mischief of the matter. 没有人注意到这件事情所带来的危害。
  • He seems to intend mischief.看来他想捣蛋。
15 thatcher ogQz6G     
  • Tom Sawyer was in the skiff that bore Judge Thatcher. 汤姆 - 索亚和撒切尔法官同乘一条小艇。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
  • Mrs. Thatcher was almost crazed; and Aunt Polly, also. 撒切尔夫人几乎神经失常,还有波莉姨妈也是。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
16 lighting CpszPL     
  • The gas lamp gradually lost ground to electric lighting.煤气灯逐渐为电灯所代替。
  • The lighting in that restaurant is soft and romantic.那个餐馆照明柔和而且浪漫。
17 scamper 9Tqzs     
  • She loves to scamper through the woods of the forest.她喜欢在森林里的树林中穿梭嬉戏。
  • The flash sent the foxes scampering away.闪光惊得狐狸四处逃窜。
18 scampered fe23b65cda78638ec721dec982b982df     
v.蹦蹦跳跳地跑,惊惶奔跑( scamper的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The cat scampered away. 猫刺棱一下跑了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The rabbIt'scampered off. 兔子迅速跑掉了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
19 whine VMNzc     
  • You are getting paid to think,not to whine.支付给你工资是让你思考而不是哀怨的。
  • The bullet hit a rock and rocketed with a sharp whine.子弹打在一块岩石上,一声尖厉的呼啸,跳飞开去。
20 shrugged 497904474a48f991a3d1961b0476ebce     
  • Sam shrugged and said nothing. 萨姆耸耸肩膀,什么也没说。
  • She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她耸耸肩,装出一副无所谓的样子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 scowl HDNyX     
  • I wonder why he is wearing an angry scowl.我不知道他为何面带怒容。
  • The boss manifested his disgust with a scowl.老板面带怒色,清楚表示出他的厌恶之感。
22 triumphantly 9fhzuv     
  • The lion was roaring triumphantly. 狮子正在发出胜利的吼叫。
  • Robert was looking at me triumphantly. 罗伯特正得意扬扬地看着我。
23 illustrated 2a891807ad5907f0499171bb879a36aa     
adj. 有插图的,列举的 动词illustrate的过去式和过去分词
  • His lecture was illustrated with slides taken during the expedition. 他在讲演中使用了探险时拍摄到的幻灯片。
  • The manufacturing Methods: Will be illustrated in the next chapter. 制作方法将在下一章说明。
24 drooping drooping     
adj. 下垂的,无力的 动词droop的现在分词
  • The drooping willows are waving gently in the morning breeze. 晨风中垂柳袅袅。
  • The branches of the drooping willows were swaying lightly. 垂柳轻飘飘地摆动。
25 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
26 shrilled 279faa2c22e7fe755d14e94e19d7bb10     
(声音)尖锐的,刺耳的,高频率的( shrill的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Behind him, the telephone shrilled. 在他身后,电话铃刺耳地响了起来。
  • The phone shrilled, making her jump. 电话铃声刺耳地响起,惊得她跳了起来。
27 stunned 735ec6d53723be15b1737edd89183ec2     
adj. 震惊的,惊讶的 动词stun的过去式和过去分词
  • The fall stunned me for a moment. 那一下摔得我昏迷了片刻。
  • The leaders of the Kopper Company were then stunned speechless. 科伯公司的领导们当时被惊得目瞪口呆。
28 doused 737722b5593e3f3dd3200ca61260d71f     
v.浇水在…上( douse的过去式和过去分词 );熄灯[火]
  • The car was doused in petrol and set alight. 这辆汽车被浇上汽油点燃了。
  • He doused the lamp,and we made our way back to the house. 他把灯熄掉,我们就回到屋子里去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
29 perked 6257cbe5d4a830c7288630659113146b     
(使)活跃( perk的过去式和过去分词 ); (使)增值; 使更有趣
  • The recent demand for houses has perked up the prices. 最近对住房的需求使房价上涨了。
  • You've perked up since this morning. 你今天上午精神就好多了。
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