THE SAIL-BOAT RACE
the people in Central Park learnt that a mouse in a sailor suit was on one of
the toy boats, they ran to the pond. Soon there were so many people on the
shores that somebody had to ring up the police. A policeman came and told the
people to stop pushing. 1 But nobody listened to him. People
in New York City like to push each other.
The most excited person of all was the
owner of the Lillian. He was a
fat, sulky boy of twelve. His name was Roy. He wore a blue suit and a dirty
"Come back here!" he cried to Stuart.
"Come back here and get on my boat! I shall pay you five dollars a week.
2 You can have every Thursday off 3 and a
radio in your room."
"I thank you for your kind offer,"
answered Stuart, "but I am happy on board the Wasp — happier than I have ever
been in all my life." And he turned the wheel and sailed toward the starting
line. The Lillian was already there and waited for the start of the race.
"I'll be the referee," said a man in a
bright green suit. "Is the Wasp ready?"
"Ready, sir!" shouted Stuart, touching
his hat. 4
"Is the Lillian ready?" asked the
"Of course I'm ready," said Roy. In
his hand he held a long stick with the help of which he could turn his boat.
"To the north end of the pond and back
again," 5 shouted the referee. "On your mark, get set, go!"
"Go!" cried the people from the shore.
"Go!" cried the owner of the Wasp.
"Go"! shouted the policeman.
And the two boats went to the north
end of the pond, and the sea-gulls cried above them, and the taxis tooted from
Seventy-second Street, and the west wind sang and whistled in the sails.
"This is the life for me!"
7 Stuart said to himself. "What a ship! What a day! What a
But at that time an accident happened
on shore. The people still pushed each other in order to see the race better,
and suddenly they pushed the policeman into the pond. He fell into the water
and got wet up to the third button of his coat. 8 How angry
This policeman was a big, fat man who
always ate very much. When he fell into the water he made a great wave which
upset all the small boats on the pond. The owners of these boats screamed with
delight and fear. 9 When Stuart saw the great wave he climbed
the mainmast, but it was too late. The wave covered the deck and swept Stuart
over the side of the boat and into the water.
Everybody thought that it was the end
of him. 10 But Stuart did not want to die. He beat the water
with his feet and his tail, and in a minute or two he climbed back on board
the schooner. He was cold and wet but alive!
he took his place at the wheel, 11 he heard shouts from the
shore: "Bravo, Stuart! Bravo!" He looked around and saw the Lillian quite
close to the Wasp. The two boats reached the north end of the pond almost at
the same time. Here Stuart put the Wasp about 12 and Roy
turned the Lillian around with his stick and the two boats went toward the
"This race is not over yet," thought
He looked into the cabin and saw that
the barometer had fallen sharply. 13 That can mean only one
thing at sea — bad weather. Suddenly a big cloud covered the sun. It became
dark. Stuart trembled with cold in his wet sailor suit. When he saw the Wasp's
owner among the people on shore he waved his hat and cried: "Storm ahead, sir!
Barometer falling!" 14
"Never mind the weather!"
15 cried the man. "Look out, 16 Stuart!"
looked ahead into the gathering storm, but saw nothing except big grey waves
with white crests. The world around was cold and dark. Stuart looked behind
him and saw the Lillian quite close to the Wasp. "Look out, Stuart! Look where
you are going!" Stuart looked again and suddenly, right ahead,
17 he saw a big paper bag. It floated along the surface of the pond. The
bag was empty and its open end was like the mouth 18 of a
cave. Stuart turned the wheel but it was too late. The nose of the Wasp drove
straight into the bag and the ship stopped. Stuart heard a terrible crash and
saw that the nose of the Lillian drove straight into the Wasp! The whole
In a second the two boats were in a
terrible tangle. 19 The crowd on shore shouted at the top of
their lungs. Little boys screamed and danced. At that time the paper bag began
to leak 20 and fill with water.
The Wasp could not move because of the
bag. The Lillian could not move because her nose stuck in the sails of the
Stuart ran forward and fired off the
cannon. Then he heard, among the other voices on shore, the voice of the owner
of the Wasp.
"Stuart! Stuart! Cut the paper bag!"
Stuart took out his pocket-knife and began to cut the wet bag. Soon he cleared
"Now give her a full!"
21 screamed the owner of the Wasp.
pulled the sail with all his might. Slowly the schooner started and began to
gather speed. 22 Now the Wasp was free! Loud shouts came
from the shore. Stuart ran to the wheel and waved his hat. Then he looked back
and to his great joy 23 he saw that the Lillian was far
The Wasp sailed straight to the finish
line. At last she crossed it, came up to the shore, and Stuart jumped down.
All the people praised him for his daring. The owner of the Wasp said that it
was the happiest day of his life. He said that his name was Dr. Paul Carey,
24 that he was a dentist and that toy boats were his hobby.
25 He offered Stuart to take command of his ship at any
time. 26 Everybody shook hands with Stuart — everybody
except the policeman. He was too wet and angry, and did not want to shake
hands with a mouse.
When Stuart came home that night, his
brother George asked him:
"Where have you been all day?"
"Oh, I walked around town,"
27 said Stuart.
1 told the people to
stop pushing — приказал, чтобы люди перестали толкаться
2 five dollars a week
— пять долларов в неделю
3 You can have every
Thursday off — Ты можешь брать выходной каждый четверг
4 touching his hat —
приложив руку к шапочке
5 and back again — и
6 On your mark, get
set, go! — На старт, приготовиться, марш!
7 This is the life for
me! — Вот это жизнь для меня!
8 got wet up to the
third button of his coat — промок до третьей пуговицы мундира
9 screamed with
delight and fear — завизжали от восторга и испуга
10 that it was the
end of him — что ему пришел конец
11 took his place at
the wheel — занял место у штурвала
12 put the Wasp about
— повернул «Осу»
13 had fallen sharply
— резко упал
14 Storm ahead, sir!
Barometer falling! — Надвигается шторм, сэр! Барометр падает!
15 Never mind the
weather! — He обращай внимания на погоду!
16 Look out — зд.
Гляди в оба
ahead — прямо перед собой
18 mouth —
19 In a second the
two boats were in a terrible tangle. - В одно мгновение оба судна представляли
собой спутанный клубок.
20 began to leak -
морск. дал течь
21 Now give her a
full! — морск. А теперь полный вперед!
22 to gather speed —
23 to his great joy —
к своей величайшей радости
24 Dr. Paul Carey —
доктор Поль Кэрри
25 hobby — любимое
26 to take command of
his ship at any time - взять на себя командование его судном в любое время
27 I walked around
town — я гулял по городу