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Chapter XV

THE AUTOMOBILE

For three days all the family looked for Margalo.

"I think that she has flown away because of spring," said George. "Normal birds do not stay in houses when spring comes."

"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 Stuart.

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 the house.

"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.

"Brown," answered Stuart.

"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?"

"If '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. Carey.

"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 is!"

"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 hand."

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 doctor.

"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 в весе

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 Дейл

8 with his mouth wide open — широко раскрыв рот

9 was just going — как раз собирался

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 этот раз

16 about six inches long — длиной дюймов в шесть (около 15 см)

17 It seemed like the same button — Ему показалось, что это та же самая кнопка

18 Look out! — Берегись!

19 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 разные предметы

21 It will run out of gas. — В ней кончится бензин.

22 got down on his hands and knees — опустился на четвереньки

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