George thought that the first thing to
do was 2 to break the kitchen floor. He ran and got his
hammer and his screwdriver. "I'll have this old floor up in a moment,"
3 said George.
He put the screwdriver under the first
board and tried to raise it.
"No, we must not break the floor. Let
us have a good search first," 4 said Mr. Little. "You can put
that hammer away where you got it."
"Oh, all right," said George. "I see
that nobody in this house thinks about Stuart but me." 5
Mrs. Little began to cry.
"My poor dear little son!" she said.
"I know that we shall never find him!"
"If you yourself cannot go down a
mouse-hole it does not mean that Stuart cannot," said Mr. Little. "Please
"Maybe we must put some food down into
the hole," said George. "The police did it when a man got stuck 6
in a cave. I read about it myself."
George ran to the dining-room and came
back with a cup of applesauce.
"We can pour some applesauce into the
hole, and it will run down to Stuart," he said.
"Stop that!" cried Mr. Little.
"George, will you kindly let me handle this situation? 7 Put
the applesauce away immediately!" And he looked angrily at George.
"I only tried to help my own brother,"
said George and carried the applesauce back.
"Let us all call Stuart," said Mrs.
Little. "It is quite possible that he has lost his way." 8
"Very well," said Mr. Little. "I will
count three, 9 we shall call Stuart, then we shall all keep
quiet for three seconds and wait for the answer." He took out his watch.
Mr. and Mrs. Little and George went
down on their hands and knees 10 and put their mouths close
to the mouse-hole. Then they all called: "Stu-ooooo-art!" And then they all
kept quiet for three seconds.
heard them from the rolled-up shade and called back, 11
"Here I am!" But his voice was too weak, and nobody heard him.
"Again!" said Mr. Little. "One, two,
three — Stu-ooooo-art!" But there was no answer.
Mrs. Little went up to her bedroom,
lay down and began to cry. Mr. Little went to the telephone and rang up the
Bureau of Missing Persons. 12 But when the man from the
Bureau asked for a description 13 of Stuart and Mr. Little
told him that he was only two inches high, the man angrily hung up.
George went down the cellar in order
to find another entrance to the mouse-hole. He moved and pushed trunks, boxes,
baskets, flower-pots and broken chairs, but he did not find any hole. Instead
he found an old rowing machine; 15 he became interested in
it, carried it upstairs and rowed the whole morning.
lunch time came, all three sat down to lunch. But it was a sad meal. They
tried not to look at the small empty chair near Mrs. Little's glass of water.
Stuart's parents could not eat, and even George ate nothing but
16 some applesauce.
After lunch Mrs. Little began to cry
"I'm sure that Stuart is dead," she
"Nonsense, nonsense!" answered Mr.
Little. "If he is dead," said George, "we must pull down all the shades in the
house." 17 And he ran to one of the windows and began to
pull down the shade.
"George!" shouted Mr. Little. "Stop
it! This is idiotic!" But the shade rolled down, and Stuart dropped out of the
shade on the window-sill.
"Mum, 18 look who is
here!" cried George. "You pulled down that shade in time," said Stuart.
"That's all I can say." He was weak and hungry.
Mrs. Little was so glad to see him
that she began to cry again. Of course, everybody wanted to know what had
happened. 19 And Stuart told them the whole story while he
had his lunch.
"So you see, it was simply an
accident," he said. "As to 20 my hat and stick which you
found near the mouse-hole, you can draw your own conclusions."
1 rescued — спасен
2 the first thing to
do was — первое, что нужно сделать, это
3 I'll have this old
floor up in a moment — Я этот старый пол мигом разворочу
4 Let us have a good
search first — Давайте сначала хорошенько поищем
5 but me — кроме меня
6 when a man got stuck
— когда какой-то человек застрял
7 will you kindly let
me handle this situation? — не будешь ли ты любезен разрешить мне самому
8 he has lost his way
— он заблудился
9 I will count three —
Я сосчитаю до трех
10 went down on their
hands and knees — опустились на четвереньки
11 called back —
12 Bureau of Missing
Persons — Бюро по розыску пропавших людей
13 asked for a
description — попросил дать описание
14 hung up — повесил
15 rowing machine —
гребной станок (тренировочный аппарат для занятий греблей)
16 ate nothing but —
не съел ничего, кроме
17 we must pull down
all the shades in the house — мы должны опустить шторы во всем доме
18 Mum (сокр. от
Mother) — мама
19 what had happened
— что произошло
20 As to — Что
21 you can draw your
own conclusions — можете сделать выводы сами