英语 英语 日语 日语 韩语 韩语 法语 法语 德语 德语 西班牙语 西班牙语 意大利语 意大利语 阿拉伯语 阿拉伯语 葡萄牙语 葡萄牙语 越南语 越南语 俄语 俄语 芬兰语 芬兰语 泰语 泰语 泰语 丹麦语 泰语 对外汉语

儿童英语读物 The Mystery of the Stolen Music CHAPTER 13 The Plane Ticket

时间:2017-08-11 07:19来源:互联网 提供网友:qing   字体: [ ]

The Aldens took their sack lunches and went outside to the park beside the Civic1 Center. Jessie spread the blue tablecloth2 from their boxcar days on a grassy3 hillock. Benny had even remembered to bring his old cracked pink cup.

“This is like old times,” Henry said. “All we need is the boxcar.”

“And Watch,” Jessie added.

“Sometimes I wish we were still living in the boxcar,” Benny put in.

“I don’t,” Violet said. “I never would have learned to play the violin if we hadn’t come to live with Grandfather.”

“And you wouldn’t know me,” Soo Lee said.

“That’s right,” Benny said to his sister and his cousin. “I forgot.”

Henry laughed. “Things work out.”

“Except for this mystery,” Jessie said. “I wonder if it’ll work out at all.”

“Let’s go over what we know,” Henry suggested.

“We know the music’s missing,” Soo Lee responded.

“And that Victor took the score to the hotel,” Violet said.

“Two false notes,” Jessie added. “And two ransacked4 rooms.”

“Don’t forget about Melody and that mysterious man,” Benny put in.

Henry looked sad. “We always come back to Melody, don’t we?”

“It’s not Melody,” Violet said. “Someone else signed her name to those notes.”

“At least that’s what we think,” Jessie reminded her sister.

Benny’s face lit up. “I got it: Melody signed the notes herself and just told us she didn’t.”

“That’s a possibility,” Henry agreed.

“But what about the ransacked rooms?” Violet asked.

“Yes,” Soo Lee said. “Melody didn’t do that. She was at the Civic Center with us.”

Henry shrugged5. “Maybe she has a partner.”

“The mysterious man! I’ll bet he messed up the rooms,” Benny piped up.

Violet crushed her lunch sack and got to her feet. “Melody did not do any of this!” She stalked off toward the Center.

“Wait, Violet!” Benny called. “We didn’t say she did it — only that she might have.”

But Violet was already inside the building.

Benny’s shoulders slumped6. He didn’t like to see Violet upset. “Now what?” he asked the others.

“Let’s go and listen to the orchestra rehearse,” Henry answered.

They found Violet in the front row and sat down beside her. Victor was at the podium, his baton7 raised, ready to begin.

“Violet, I — ” Benny began.

“Shhh!” she said.

Just as the music began, Bob Weldon hurried in a side door. He saw the Aldens and headed toward them.

When he reached Jessie, he whispered, “I wonder if you’d be kind enough to run an errand for me.”

“Yes, of course,” Jessie whispered back. “What is it?”

Bob motioned for her to follow him.

“Bob wants me to run an errand for him,” she told the others. “I’ll be back soon.” She started up the aisle8.

“I’ll go with you,” Benny offered. He crawled over Henry and hurried after his sister.

In the lobby, Bob told them, “I left my glasses in my room. They’re in my briefcase9 on the desk. I’d get them myself, but I can’t leave right now. Too busy.”

“We’ll be happy to get them for you,” Jessie said.

“Thank you,” Bob said. He gave Jessie his room key and hurried off.

Bob’s briefcase was on the desk in his hotel room. Benny got to it first. Its latch10 was closed. Benny fiddled11 with it.

“Wait, Benny, let me do — !” Jessie said, but it was too late.

The briefcase fell to the floor, spilling its contents everywhere.

Benny stood looking at the mess. “Oops,” he said.

“Oops is right,” Jessie said.

Benny began picking up things. “Here’re the glasses.”

“Just pile the rest on the desk,” Jessie instructed. “No sense putting the papers back in the briefcase. We won’t get them in the right order.”

They were ready to leave when Benny saw something under the desk chair. He knelt down and reached for it.

“It’s a plane ticket,” he said and sat back on his heels to examine it. He handed it to Jessie.

“You’re right, it’s a plane ticket,” she said and set it on the desk.

“Where’s it to?” Benny asked. “Doesn’t it say Paris?”

Jessie glanced at the ticket. “Yes.” She examined the ticket more closely.

“That’s in France, isn’t it?”

Jessie nodded. “And the ticket’s for tomorrow afternoon.” She looked puzzled.

“That’s funny,” Benny said. “The concert isn’t until tomorrow night. Why would Bob leave before that?”

Jessie shook her head. “I don’t know, Benny. Maybe he has to go on ahead to make arrangements for the next concert.”

“But the orchestra’s not going to Paris,” Benny reminded her. “It’s going to Cleveland!”


1 civic Fqczn     
  • I feel it is my civic duty to vote.我认为投票选举是我作为公民的义务。
  • The civic leaders helped to forward the project.市政府领导者协助促进工程的进展。
2 tablecloth lqSwh     
  • He sat there ruminating and picking at the tablecloth.他坐在那儿沉思,轻轻地抚弄着桌布。
  • She smoothed down a wrinkled tablecloth.她把起皱的桌布熨平了。
3 grassy DfBxH     
  • They sat and had their lunch on a grassy hillside.他们坐在长满草的山坡上吃午饭。
  • Cattle move freely across the grassy plain.牛群自由自在地走过草原。
4 ransacked 09515d69399c972e2c9f59770cedff4e     
v.彻底搜查( ransack的过去式和过去分词 );抢劫,掠夺
  • The house had been ransacked by burglars. 这房子遭到了盗贼的洗劫。
  • The house had been ransacked of all that was worth anything. 屋子里所有值钱的东西都被抢去了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
5 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》
6 slumped b010f9799fb8ebd413389b9083180d8d     
大幅度下降,暴跌( slump的过去式和过去分词 ); 沉重或突然地落下[倒下]
  • Sales have slumped this year. 今年销售量锐减。
  • The driver was slumped exhausted over the wheel. 司机伏在方向盘上,疲惫得睡着了。
7 baton 5Quyw     
  • With the baton the conductor was beating time.乐队指挥用指挥棒打拍子。
  • The conductor waved his baton,and the band started up.指挥挥动指挥棒,乐队开始演奏起来。
8 aisle qxPz3     
  • The aisle was crammed with people.过道上挤满了人。
  • The girl ushered me along the aisle to my seat.引座小姐带领我沿着通道到我的座位上去。
9 briefcase lxdz6A     
  • He packed a briefcase with what might be required.他把所有可能需要的东西都装进公文包。
  • He requested the old man to look after the briefcase.他请求那位老人照看这个公事包。
10 latch g2wxS     
  • She laid her hand on the latch of the door.她把手放在门闩上。
  • The repairman installed an iron latch on the door.修理工在门上安了铁门闩。
11 fiddled 3b8aadb28aaea237f1028f5d7f64c9ea     
v.伪造( fiddle的过去式和过去分词 );篡改;骗取;修理或稍作改动
  • He fiddled the company's accounts. 他篡改了公司的账目。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He began with Palestrina, and fiddled all the way through Bartok. 他从帕勒斯春纳的作品一直演奏到巴塔克的作品。 来自辞典例句
TAG标签:   英文歌曲  咖啡厅  休闲英文
最新评论 查看所有评论
发表评论 查看所有评论