For three days all the family looked
"I think that she has flown away
because of spring," said George. "Normal birds do not stay in houses when
"Perhaps she has a husband somewhere
and has gone to him," said Mr. Little.
"She has no husband," cried Stuart.
"How do you know?" said George.
"Because I asked her once," said
Everybody questioned Snowball about
Margalo. But the cat said that he knew nothing.
"I don't know what you want. I have
not touched that silly little bird," said Snowball angrily.
Stuart was heart-broken.
1 He had no appetite, ate nothing, and lost weight. 2 At
last he decided to run away from home, and go out into the world
3 to look for Margalo.
Early next morning he took his biggest
handkerchief and put in it his tooth-brush, his money, his soap, his comb and
brush and his pocket compass.
"I must also take something to
remember my mother by," 4 he said to himself.
So he went into his mother's bedroom
where she was still asleep and pulled one hair from Mrs. Little's comb. He
rolled it up and put it in the handkerchief with the other things. Then he
made a bundle and tied it to one end of a wooden match. He put on his grey
hat, took his stick, put the bundle across his shoulder and went softly out of
"Good-bye, dear home," he whispered.
"Shall I ever see you again?"
For a moment Stuart stood in the
street, in front of the house. The world was a big place, and it was difficult
to find a little bird in it. Stuart could not decide which way to go
5 — north, south, east or west. So he went to his new friend
Dr. Carey, the dentist, owner of the schooner Wasp.
The doctor was glad to see Stuart. He
took him into his office. 6 There was a man there. This man's
name was Edward Dale. 7 He sat in the chair with his mouth
wide open, 8 and Dr. Carey was just going 9
to pull out one of his teeth. It was difficult to pull out that big tooth, so
Dr. Carey asked Stuart to sit down on his instrument tray. Now they could talk
quietly during the operation.
"This is my friend, Stuart Little,"
the doctor said to the man with the open mouth.
"How 'oo'oo, Soo'rt?" 10
said the man.
"Very well, thank you," said Stuart.
"What are you going to do, Stuart?"
asked Dr. Carey and began to pull the man's tooth with a pair of pincers.
"I ran away from home this morning,"
said Stuart. "I am going out into the world to look for a lost bird. Which way
must I go?"
Dr. Carey turned the pincers a little.
"What colour is the bird?" he asked.
"Go north then," said Dr. Carey. "And
what do you think, Mr. Dale?"
"'ook in 'entral 'ark," said Mr. Dale.
"What?" cried Stuart.
"'ook in 'entral 'ark," said Mr. Dale.
"He says look in Central Park,"
explained Dr. Carey and took another pair of pincers from the tray. "It is a
good idea. People with bad teeth sometimes have good ideas. Birds like Central
Park in spring."
Mr. Dale nodded his head and spoke
again. "If 'oo 'on't 'ind 'e 'ird in 'entral 'ark, 'ook in 'onnecticut."
"What?" cried Stuart, who liked this
new kind of talk 11 very much. "What did you say, Mr. Dale?"
'oo 'on't 'ind 'e 'ird in 'entral 'ark, 'ook in 'onnecticut."
"He says if you don't find the bird in
Central Park, look in Connecticut," l2 explained Dr. Carey.
Then he said to Mr; Dale, "Rinse, please."
Mr. Dale took a glass of water from
the tray and rinsed his mouth.
"Tell me, Stuart," said Dr. Carey,
"how will you travel? On foot?"
"Yes, sir," said Stuart.
"Well, I think you must have a car. As
soon as I pull this tooth out we shall try to do something about it.
13 Open your mouth, please, Mr. Dale."
Dr. Carey took hold of the tooth
14 with the pincers again, and pulled with all his might.
This time 15 the tooth came out. Mr. Dale got up from the
chair, said: "Thank you, doctor. Good-bye," and went away.
Then the doctor led Stuart into
another room. From a shelf he took a tiny automobile, about six inches long.
16 It was bright yellow and had black wheels.
"I made this car myself," said Dr.
Carey. "When I am not pulling teeth I like to build model cars and boats and
other things. This car has a real motor in it. Can you drive, Stuart?"
"Of course," said Stuart. "I have
never tried, but I think it will not be very difficult. But I am afraid this
car will attract too much attention. Everybody will stop and look at it."
"But nobody will see it," said Dr.
"Why not?" asked Stuart.
"Because this automobile is a modern
car. It is not only noiseless, it is invisible. Nobody can see it."
"I can see it," said Stuart. "There it
"Press that little button!" said Dr.
Carey. Stuart pressed the button, and the car disappeared from sight.
"Now press it again," said the doctor.
"How can I press it?" said Stuart. "I
can't see it."
"Try to find it. Touch it with your
Stuart found a button. It seemed like
the same button, 17 so he pressed it with all his might. He
heard a noise and something slipped out from his hand.
"Look out!" 18 cried
Dr. Carey. "You pressed the starter button. 19 Now we shall
never catch the car!" Dr. Carey took Stuart and put him on the table because
he was afraid that the car might hit him.
"Oh, oh!" Stuart cried when he
understood the situation. They could not see the little automobile and all the
time it was running all over the room, bumping into things. 20
First they heard a terrible crash near the fire-place, and the broom which
stood there fell down. Dr. Carey rushed to the fire-place. But at this moment
the car upset the waste-basket. Crash! Crash! The doctor was running all over
the room, trying to catch the invisible car.
"Oh! Oh!" cried Stuart, jumping up and
down on the table. "I am sorry, Dr. Carey, I am sorry!"
"Take a butterfly net!" shouted the
"I can't," said Stuart. "I can't carry
a butterfly net. I am too small."
"That is true," said Dr. Carey. "I
forgot. I beg your pardon, Stuart."
"The car must stop sooner or later,"
said Stuart. "It will run out of gas. " 21
"That's true too," said the doctor. So
he and Stuart sat down and waited. At last the noise stopped. Then the doctor
gat down on his hands and knees 22 and began to crawl all
over the room. At last he found the automobile. It was in the fire-place. The
doctor pressed the right button and they saw the car. It looked awful. The
wheels were broken, the radiator leaked, and on the whole it was a sad sight.
"Stuart!" said the doctor. "I hope
that it will be a lesson to you: never press a button on an automobile if you
don't know what you are doing."
"Yes, sir," answered Stuart, and tears
came into his eyes. It was an unhappy morning, and Stuart already wanted to be
at home again.
1 Stuart was
heart-broken. — Сердце Стюарта было разбито.
2 lost weight — терял
3 to go out into the
world — отправиться по свету
4 to remember my
mother by — на память о маме
5 which way to go - в
какую сторону идти
6 Не took him into his
office. — Он провел его в свой кабинет.
7 Edward Dale — Эдуард
8 with his mouth wide
open — широко раскрыв рот
9 was just going — как
10 How 'oo'oo, Soo'rt?
= How d'you (do you) do, Stuart? — Как поживаете, Стюарт?
11 new kind of talk —
новый вид беседы
12 Connecticut —
Коннектикут (штат на северо-востоке США)
13 we shall try to do
something about it — мы постараемся что-нибудь предпринять
14 took hold of the
tooth — захватил зуб
15 This time — На
16 about six inches
long — длиной дюймов в шесть (около 15 см)
It seemed like the same button
— Ему показалось, что это та же самая кнопка
the starter button
— пусковая кнопка, кнопка стартера
20 it was running all
over the room, bumping into things — он носился по всей комнате, натыкаясь на
21 It will run out of
gas. — В ней кончится бензин.
22 got down on his
hands and knees — опустился на четвереньки