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    《魔法师的外甥》 第七章 前门所发生的事情

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    CHAPTER SEVEN WHAT HAPPENED AT THE FRONT DOOR

    “Now;slave,how long am I to wait for my chariot ?”thundered the Witch.Uncle Andrew cowered away from her.Now that she was really present,all the silly thoughts he had had while looking at himself in the glass were oozing out of him.But Aunt Letty at once got up from her knees and came over to the centre of the room.
    “And who is this young person,Andrew,may I ask ?”said Aunt Letty in icy tones.
    “Distinguished foreigner-v-very important p-person,”he stammered.
    “Rubbish !”said Aunt Letty,and then,turning to the Witch,“Get out of my house this moment,you shameless hussy,or I’ll send for the police.”She thought the Witch must be someone out of a circus and she did not approve of bare arms.
    “What woman is this ?”said Jadis.“Down on your knees, minion,before I blast you.”
    “No strong language in this house if you please,young woman,”said Aunt Letty.
    Instantly,as it seemed to Uncle Andrew,the Queen towered up to an even greater height.Fire flashed from her eyes:she flung out her arm with the same gesture and the same horrible-sounding words that had lately turned the palace—gates of Charn to dust. But nothing happened except that Aunt Letty,thinking that those horrible words were meant to be ordinary English,said:
    “I thought as much.The woman is drunk.Drunk ! She can’t even speak clearly.”
    It must have been a terrible moment for the Witch when she suddenly realized that her power of turning people into dust,which had been quite real in her own world,was not going to work in ours.But she did not lose her nerve even for a second.Without wasting a thought on her disappointment,she lunged forward, caught Aunt Letty round the neck and the knees,raised her high above her head as if she had been no heavier than a doll,and threw her across the room.While Aunt Letty was still hurtling through the air,the housemaid(who was having a beautifully exciting morning)put her head in at the door and said,“If you please, sir,the’ansom’s come.”
    “Lead on,Slave,”said the Witch to Uncle Andrew.He began muttering something about“regrettable violence—must really protest”,but at a single glance from Jadis he became speechless. She drove him out of the room and out of the house;and Digory came running down the stairs just in time to see the front door close behind them.
    “Jiminy !”he said.“She’s loose in London.And with Uncle Andrew.I wonder what on earth is going to happen now.”
    “Oh,Master Digory,”said the housemaid(who was really having a wonderful day),“I think Miss Ketterley’s hurt herself somehow.”So they both rushed into the drawing-room to find out what had happened.
    If Aunt Letty had fallen on bare boards or even on the carpet, I suppose all her bones would have been broken:but by great good luck she had fallen on the mattress.Aunt Letty was a very tough old lady:aunts often were in those days.After she had had some sal volatile and sat still for a few minutes,she said there was nothing the matter with her except a few bruises.Very soon she was taking charge of the situation.
    “Sarah,”she said to the housemaid(who had never had such a day before),“go around to the police station at once and tell them there is a dangerous lunatic at large.I will take Mrs. Kirke’s lunch up myself.”Mrs. Kirke. was,of course,Digory’s mother.
    When Mother’s lunch had been seen to,Digory and Aunt Letty had their own.After that he did some hard thinking.
    The problem was how to get the Witch back to her own world,or at any rate out of ours,as soon as possible.Whatever happened,she must not be allowed to go rampaging about the house.Mother must not see her And,if possible,she must not be allowed to go rampaging about London either.Digory had not been in the drawing—room when she tried to“blast”Aunt Letty, but he had seen her“blast”the gates at Charn:so he knew her terrible powers and did not know that she had lost any of them by coming into our world.And he knew she meant to conquer our world.At the present moment,as far as he could see,she might be blasting Buckingham Palace or the Houses of Parliament:and it was almost certain that quite a number of policemen had by now been reduced to little heaps of dust.And there didn’t seem to be anything he could do about that.“But the rings seem to work like magnets,”thought Digory.“If I can only touch her and then slip on my yellow,we shall both go into the Wood between the Worlds.I wonder will she go all faint again there ? Was that something the place does to her,or was it only the shock of being pulled out of her own world ? But I suppose I’ll have to risk that.And how am I to find the beast ? I don’t suppose Aunt Letty would let me go out, not unless I said where I was going.And I haven’t got more than t wopence.I’d need any amount of money for buses and trams if I went looking all over London.Anyway,I haven’t the faintest idea where to look.I wonder if Uncle Andrew is still with her.”
    It seemed in the end that the only thing he could do was to wait and hope that Uncle Andrew and the Witch would come back.If they did,he must rush out and get hold of the Witch and put on his yellow Ring before she had a chance to get into the house.This meant that he must watch the front door like a cat watching a mouse’s hole;he dared not leave his post for a moment.So he went into the dining-room and“glued his face”as they say,to the window.It was a bow-window from which you could see the steps up to the front door and see up and down the street,so that no one could reach the front door without your knowing.“I wonder what Polly’s doing ?”thought Digory.
    He wondered about this a good deal as the first slow half-hour ticked on.But you need not wonder,for I am going to tell you. She had got home late for her dinner,with her shoes and stockings very wet.And when they asked her where she had been and what on earth she had been doing,she said she had been out with Digory Kirke.Under further questioning she said she had got her feet wet in a pool of water,and that the pool was in a wood.Asked where the wood was,she said she didn’t know.Asked if it was in one of the parks,she said truthfully enough that she supposed it might be a sort of park.From all of this Polly’s mother got the idea that Polly had gone off,without telling anyone,to some part of London she didn’t know,and gone into a strange park and amused herself jumping into puddles.As a result she was told that she had been very naughty indeed and that she wouldn’t be allowed to play with“that Kirke boy”any more if anything of the sort ever happened again.Then she was given dinner with all the nice parts left out and sent to bed for two solid hours.It was a thing that happened to one quite often in those days.
    So while Digory was staring out of the dining-room window, Polly was lying in bed,and both were thinking how terribly slowly the time could go.I think,myself,I would rather have been in Polly’s position.She had only to wait for the end of her two hours: but every few minutes Digory would hear a cab or a baker’s van or a butcher’s boy coming round the corner and think“Here she comes”, and then find it wasn’t.And in between these false alarms,for what seemed hours and hours,the clock ticked on and one big fly-high up and far out of reach—buzzed against the window.It was one of those houses that get very quiet and dull in the afternoon and always seem to smell of mutton.
    During his long watching and waiting one small thing happened which I shall have to mention because something important came of it later on.A lady called with some grapes for Digory’s Mother; and as the dining-room door was open,Digory couldn’t help overhearing Aunt Letty and the lady as they talked in the hall.
    “What lovely grapes !”came Aunt Letty’s voice.“I’m sure if anything could do her good these would.But poor,dear little Mabel ! I’ m afraid it would need fruit from the land of youth to help her now.Nothing in this world will do much.”Then they both lowered their voices and said a lot more that he could not hear.
    If he had heard that bit about the land of youth a few days ago he would have thought Aunt Letty was just talking without meaning anything in particular,the way grown-ups do,and it wouldn’t have interested him.He almost thought so now.But suddenly it flashed upon his mind that he now knew(even if Aunt Letty didn’t)that there really were other worlds and that he himself had been in one of them.At that rate there might be a real Land of Youth somewhere.There might be almost anything. There might be fruit in some other world that would really cure his mother ! And oh,oh-Well,you know how it feels if you begin hoping for something that you want desperately badly;you almost fight against the hope because it is too good to be true;you’ve
    been disappointed so often before.That was how Digory felt.But it was no good trying to throttle this hope.It might—really,really, it just might be true.So many odd things had happened already. And he had the magic rings.There must be worlds you could get to through every pool in the wood.He could hunt through them all. And then—Mother well again.Everything right again.He forgot all about watching for the Witch.His hand was already going into the pocket where he kept the yellow ring,when all at once he herd a sound of galloping.
    “Hullo ! What’s that ?”thought Digory.“Fire-engine ? I wonder what house is on fire.Great Scott,it’s coming here. Why,it’s Her.”
    I needn’t tell you who he meant by Her.
    First came the hansom.There was no one in the driver’s seat.On the roof-not sitting,but standing on the roof—swaying with superb balance as it came at full speed round the corner with one wheel in the air-was Jadis the Queen of Queens and the Terror of Charn.Her teeth were bared,her eyes shone like fire, and her long hair streamed out behind her like a comet’s tail. She was flogging the horse without mercy.Its nostrils were wide and red and its sides were spotted with foam.It galloped madly up to the front door,missing the lamp-post by an inch,and then reared up on its hind legs.The hansom crashed into the lamp-post and shattered into several pieces.The Witch,with a magnificent jump,had sprung clear just in time and landed on the horse’s back. She settled herself astride and leaned forward,whispering things in its ear.They must have been things meant not to quiet it but to madden it.It was on its hind legs again in a moment,and its neigh was like a scream;it was all hoofs and teeth and eyes and tossing mane.Only a splendid rider could have stayed on its back.
    Before Digory had recovered his breath a good many other things began to happen.A second hansom dashed up close behind the first:out of it there jumped a fat man in a frock-coat and a policeman.Then came a third hansom with two more policemen in it.After it,came about twenty people(mostly errand boys) on bicycles,all ringing their bells and letting out cheers and cat-calls.Last of all came a crowd of people on foot:all very hot with running,but obviously enjoying themselves.Windows shot up in all the houses of that street and a housemaid or a butler appeared at every front door.They wanted to see the fun.
    Meanwhile an old gentleman had begun to struggle shakily out of the ruins of the first hansom.Several people rushed forward to help him;but as one pulled him one way and another another, perhaps he would have got out quite as quickly on his own.Digory guessed that the old gentleman must be Uncle Andrew but you couldn’t see his face;his tall hat had been bashed down over it.
    Digory rushed out and joined the crowd.
    “That’s the woman,that’s the woman,”cried the fat man, pointing at Jadis.“Do your duty,Constable.Hundreds and thousands of pounds’ worth she’s taken out of my shop.Look at that rope of pearls round her neck.That’s mine.And she’s given me a black eye too,what’s more.”
    “That she as,guv’nor,”said one of the crowd.“And as lovely a black eye as I’d wish to see.Beautiful bit of work that must’ave been.Gor ! ain’t she strong then !”
    “You ought to put a nice raw beefsteak on it,Mister,that’s what it wants,”said a butcher’s boy.
    “Now then,”said the most important of the policemen,“what’s all this ere ?”
    “I tell you she-”began the fat man,when someone else called out:
    “Don’t let the old cove in the cab get away.‘E put ’er up to it.”
    The old gentleman,who was certainly Uncle Andrew,had just succeeded in standing up and was rubbing his bruises.“Now then,”said the policeman,turning to him,“What’s all this ?”
    “Womfle-pomfy-shomf,”came Uncle Andrew’s voice from inside the hat.
    “None of that now,”said the policeman sternly.“You’ll find this is no laughing matter.Take that,at off,see ?”
    This was more easily said than done.But after Uncle Andrew had struggled in vain with the hat for some time,two other policemen seized it by the brim and forced it off.
    “Thank you,thank you,”said Uncle Andrew in a faint voice. “Thank you.Dear me,I’m terribly shaken.If someone could give me a small glass of brandy-”
    “Now you attend to me,if you please,”said the policeman, taking out a very large note book and a very small pencil.“Are you in charge of that there young woman ?”
    “Look out !”called several voices,and the policeman jumped a step backwards just in time.The horse had aimed a kick at him which would probably have killed him.Then the Witch wheeled the horse round so that she faced the crowd and its hind-legs were on the footpath.She had a long,bright knife in her hand and had been busily cutting the horse free from the wreck of the hansom.
    All this time Digory had been trying to get into a position from which he could touch the Witch.This wasn’t at all easy because, on the side nearest to him,there were too many people.And in order to get round to the other side he had to pass between the horse’s hoofs and the railings of the“area”that surrounded the house;for the Ketterleys’ house had a basement.If you know anything about horses,and especially if you had seen what a state that horse was in at the moment,you will realize that this was a ticklish thing to do.Digory knew lots about horses,but he set his teeth and got ready to make a dash for it as soon as he saw a favourable moment.
    A red-faced man in a bowler hat had now shouldered his way to the front of the crowd.
    “Hi ! P’leeceman,”he said,“that’s my orse what she’s sitting on,same as it’s my cab what she’s made matchwood of.”
    “One at a time,please,one at a time,”said the policeman.
    “But there ain’t no time,”said the Cabby.“I know that ‘orse better’n you do.’Tain’t an ordinary ‘orse.’Is father was a hofficer’s charger in the cavalry,‘e was.And if the young woman goes on hexcitin’ ’im,there’ll be murder done.Ere,let me get at him.”
    The policeman was only to glad to have a good reason for standing further away from the horse.The Cabby took a step nearer,looked up at Jadis,and said in a not unkindly voice:
    “Now,Missie,let me get at ‘is ’ead,and just you get off. You’re a Lidy,and you don’t want all these roughs going for you, do you ? You want to go ‘ome and’ave a nice cup of tea and a lay down quiet like;then you’ll feel ever so much better.”At the same time he stretched out his hand towards the horse’s head with the words,“Steady,Strawberry,old boy.Steady now.”
    Then for the first time the Witch spoke.
    “Dog !”came her cold,clear voice,ringing loud above all the other noises.“Dog,unhand our royal charger.We are the Empress Jadis.”


    第七章 前门所发生的事情

    “奴才,?#19968;?#35201;等多久马车才会到?”女巫的声音如雷贯耳。安德鲁舅舅哆嗦着站在边上。女巫的出现,让他?#31449;?#23376;时所有的可笑念头彻底消失了。蕾迪姨妈瞬间站起来,来到屋子里。
    “这个年轻女人是谁?安德?#24120;?#25105;能过?#20107;穡?rdquo;雷迪姨妈冷漠地问。
    “尊贵的国?#35270;?#20154;,非常重要的人物。”他?#34892;?#32467;巴地说。
    “废话!”蕾迪姨妈转向女巫说道,“立刻离开我的家,不知廉耻的荡妇。否则?#19968;?#21483;警察来抓你。”她以为女?#36164;?#39532;戏团跑出来的,因为她讨厌光着膀子的女人。
    “这个女人是谁?”简蒂丝说,“奴?#20572;?#22312;?#19968;?#28781;你之前跪下来吧。”
    “年轻的女士,请不要在这栋房里说粗话。”蕾迪姨妈说。
    瞬间,安德鲁舅舅感到女王往上突然挺了一下,变得异常高大。她火冒三丈,伸长手臂,做了一个手势,与她在恰恩将宫门捣成灰烬的动作无异,她念出咒语。然而,却没有任何事情发生。蕾迪姨妈认为那些可怕的话大概是普通的英语词,她说:“和我预料的一样, 这个女人喝多了。醉得连话也说不清楚了。”
    女巫意识到,她的魔力在她的世界里能把活人变成灰烬,但在她刚来到的这个世界却起不了任何作用时,她觉得万分可怕。她却丝毫没有感到绝望、?#24149;擰?#22905;向前扑去,一把抓住雷迪姨妈的脖子与膝盖,像举着一个轻轻的玩具娃娃那样把她举过头顶,朝着屋子的另一端甩去。雷迪姨妈还未落地时,一个女佣伸过头来说道:“先生,请,你叫的马车准备好了。”那天早晨对她而言,心情无比激动、妙不可言。
    “带路,我的奴隶。”女巫对安德鲁舅舅说。他啰啰唆唆地说着“我们必须抗议令人遗憾的暴力行为”等等,但简蒂丝斜看了他一眼,他就不?#20197;?#32487;续说下去。她?#36864;?#19968;起离开客厅,走出?#32771;洹?#36842;格雷下?#35789;保?#21018;好看到前门在他?#24039;?#21518;关上了。
    “糟糕!”他说,“在伦敦她还真胆大。而且跟安德鲁舅舅在一起, 我真担心他们会胡作非为。”
    “哦,迪格雷少爷,”女佣说,“我认为凯特利小姐受伤了。” 这一天对她而言无疑是快乐的。他们两个一起冲进客厅,想看看究竟发生了什么。
    其?#25285;?#22914;果蕾迪姨妈被摔在地板上,或被摔在地毯上,都会粉身碎?#24688;?#20294;?#20197;?#30340;是,她被摔在了垫子上。蕾迪姨妈是一个很结实的老太太,与?#31508;?#30340;大多数女人无异。仅吃了点提神的药,静坐几分钟后, 蕾迪姨妈?#24213;?#24049;只是跌肿?#24605;?#22788;,并不?#29616;亍?#24456;快,她就开始做事了。
    “莎拉,”她对着女佣说,“马上报警,告诉他们有精神病人跑出来,很危险。我现在得去伺候柯克夫人吃午饭。”今天对女佣来?#23548;?#30452;糟透了。当然,柯克夫人就是迪格雷的妈妈。
    当妈妈吃过午饭后,迪格雷与蕾迪姨妈紧?#24188;?#20063;吃完了。之后, 他便陷入苦思冥想中。
    问题是该如何?#38597;?#24043;送回她的世界,或者该用什么样的办法让她离开我们的世界。无论如何,都不能再让她在这栋房子里东窜西窜了。更不能让妈妈看到她。
    是的,再也不能让她在伦敦东窜西窜了。在她刚刚欺负蕾迪姨妈的时候,迪格雷正好不在客厅,他曾亲眼见过她摧毁恰恩宫门的情?#21361;?#25152;以他知道她拥有巨大的魔力,却不知道自从到了我们的世界后, 她的魔力正在减弱。他知道她想拥有我们的世界。所以他能想象现在也许她正在摧毁白金汉宫或者议会大厅,他甚?#26009;?#35937;得到,许许多多的警察已经化作灰烬。他却不知自己该怎么办。
    “但是,那些戒指的作用似乎很像磁铁,”迪格雷想,“只要我能摸着她,再借助黄戒指的力量,那么我们就会回到那片连接世界之间的树林中。到?#22235;?#37324;她会不会?#25176;?#24369;无力?#22235;兀?#37027;里是真的对她不利,还是她刚刚离开自己的世界?#34892;?#19981;?#35270;Γ课?#35201;去尝试一下, 可?#19994;?#21738;里去找她呢??#36824;?#25105;去哪里,蕾迪姨妈都会阻止我的,最重要的是我只有两个便士。我现在出门在伦敦满城去寻找她,坐汽车和电车的话得需要很多钱。而且我根本不知去哪里找他们,更不知道她是不是仍然跟安德鲁舅舅在一起。”
    所以,似乎他唯一能做的就是,期待与等待安德鲁舅舅和女巫赶紧回来。假如他们现在回来了,他一定会冲过去抓住女巫,趁她?#29615;从?#36807;来就赶快戴上黄戒指。所以他只好像猫守着老鼠洞口一样监视着,生怕错过每一分钟。当他走进厨房,他把脸凑在窗户上。那是凸起的窗户,从这里能一直看到前门的台阶,还能看清街道以及每一个走进前门的人。迪格雷心想:“波莉在干什么呢?”
    一个多小?#26412;?#36825;样过去了,他一直在思考这个问题。不要慌张, 我来告诉你吧。波莉回?#39029;?#39277;当然是晚了,鞋子和袜子也是湿的,为此妈妈问她去哪里了,干了什么的时候,她说是跟着迪格雷·柯克出去玩了。在妈妈的一再追问下,她不得不说是在水潭中弄湿了脚, 水潭就在树林之间。当被追问树林在哪里时,她说不清楚。当被问到她是否在公园中玩时,她说是的,也许是一个公园。为此,妈妈得出了结论:波莉自作主张,跑到了伦敦某处陌生的地方,走进?#22235;?#29983;的公园,不小心掉进了水坑里。为此,妈妈不得不警告波莉,说她实在太调皮了,假如以后再有类似的事情发生,就再也不允许她与“姓柯克的男生”一起玩耍了。最后,波莉只好吃了一些剩菜剩饭,就被匆忙赶上了床,整整两个小时后她才有机会跑下?#30149;?#36825;样的事情在?#31508;?#19968;点也不奇怪。
    所以迪格雷正在凸起的窗户看向外面时,波莉则躺在床上。他们想的是,时间过得实在太慢了。我认为,我更愿意处在波莉的位置上。因为只要两个小时结束了她就解放了,而迪格雷却每隔一会都要留意——马车的声音、面包工?#31361;?#30340;车的声音或卖肉的屠夫转过街角的声音,?#30475;?#20182;都觉得“她来了”,结果却没来。除了这些令他感到失望的场景外,就剩下了?#26410;?#20316;响的钟声了,像是经历了漫长的一段时间。在他头顶高处,一只大苍蝇嗡嗡作响,碰撞着破旧的玻璃窗。这幢房子在下午就会显得格外安静,?#26376;?#30528;淡淡的羊肉的味道。
    在如?#24605;?#29100;的监视过程中发生了一件小事。我一定要提起它, 是因为之后有件非常重要的事与之密切相关。一个女人带着葡萄来看望迪格雷的?#30422;住?#39184;厅的门是开着的,所以迪格雷也自然能听到这个女人与蕾迪姨妈的聊天。
    “好可爱的葡?#23547;。?rdquo;蕾迪姨妈说道,“吃点这样的葡萄对她肯定更好。我可怜的小马蓓尔!她现在也许更需要年轻的土壤上所结出的果?#36947;窗?#24537;。在这个世界上,任何东西对她而言都是徒劳的。” 两个人压低了说话的声音,之后的谈话迪格雷听不见了。
    前些天,如果他听到“年轻的土壤”时,也许会认为蕾迪姨妈只是顺口说说,没有实质的意义。类似这样的话题,也根本不会引起他的关注。现在他也是这样想的。但一瞬间,他好像又想起来,其他的世界其实是存在着的,只是蕾迪姨妈不知道而已,他自己就曾去过其中的一个世界。也许真的存在一片“年轻的土壤”,任何事情都有可能存在。在其他的世界中,会真的存在一个果子能治好妈妈的病! 你懂的,期?#24043;?#24471;到梦寐以求的东西时那种感受吗?过去你是那?#35789;?#26395;,而希望反而显得如?#30636;?#30495;?#25285;?#20320;总以为希望一直和你作对。这便是迪格雷最真实的想法。想扑灭希望是不可能的。可行,也许可行, 那么多超乎人意料的事情都一一出现了,比如他的魔法戒?#31119;?#27604;如每个水潭下?#23478;?#34255;着的一个世界。那么他去寻遍所有的世界,是不是妈妈的病就能被治好,然后一切都好起来了。他已经忘记自己要等待女巫的事情,他的手不自觉地伸向了放黄色戒指的口袋中,正在这时, 他突然听见阵阵急促的马蹄声。
    “发生什么事情了?”迪格雷想,“消防车?#35838;?#24819;知道哪里失火了?上帝,是她,是她来了啊。”
    不用我来告诉你,你也知道他所说的“她”是谁吧。
    先是一?#33285;?#36718;马车,车夫的座位上并没有人,只有一只悬在空中的轮子,马车以飞快的速度平衡着转过弯。车顶上站着而并非坐着恰恩的女王简蒂丝。只见她张牙舞爪,目光如火光,长头发像彗星的尾巴那样。她拼命地抽打着驾车的马,马的两肋全是泡沫,鼻子更是充血般涨红。马疯狂地冲向前面的门,与柱子的一边擦肩而过,?#25945;?#21518;?#26085;?#31435;起来。马车就这样撞向了灯柱,女巫优雅地跳起来,完美地落在了马背上。她分腿而坐,俯下身子,对着马的耳朵轻声说?#35829;?#20160;么。但无奈这些话使得它更加暴躁,并没有安静下来。马再次抬起前腿,响亮地哀鸣了一声,马蹄、牙齿、眼睛以?#30333;?#27611;随着这一声混成一团。也许只有优秀的骑手才能驯服它,并坐在它的背上。
    在迪格雷没喘过来气之前,?#24188;?#21448;发生了一些事情。先是第二辆马?#21040;艚幼?#39134;?#32423;?#26469;,车上跳下来一个警察和一个穿着礼服的胖子。第三辆马车也飞速赶来,上面坐着两名警察。随着嘘声、喝彩声, 二十多个人,其中童仆居多,骑着自行车,摇着铃跟在后面。最后还有一群行走的人,他们看起来很热闹,也很开心。靠街的窗户飞速地都被打开,每一座房子的门前都站着看热闹的男仆或女佣。
    这时候,一位老绅士正在从?#25169;?#30340;马车下往外爬,有几个人跑去帮助他。但他们有的扯腿,有的拽胳?#29627;?#29992;劲的方向完全不一致。没人帮忙的话,也许他早?#38597;?#20102;出来。迪格雷想他应该就?#21069;?#24503;鲁舅舅,但他看不见,因为老绅士的脸却被塌下的高筒礼?#38381;?#20303;了。
    迪格雷跑到人群里。
    “就是她!就是这个女人!”胖子大声地喊着,指着简蒂丝,“警官,你要管!她?#28216;?#30340;店中拿?#24605;壑导?#21313;万镑的物品。她脖子上的珍珠项链,是我的。可恨的是,她还打肿了我的眼。”
    “有人给她撑腰呗,”一个人对大伙说,“我就?#19981;?#38738;肿的眼睛。她干得挺利落啊。哈哈,她看起来也很强?#24120;?rdquo;
    “先生,你应该放一片好吃的生牛排在你的青眼睛上,那更有趣。”肉店的伙计开玩笑说。
    “安静,”一个看起来像是领导的警察说,“究竟发生了什么事?”
    “让我来说,她……”胖子刚想说,就有其他人大叫出声,“别让马车下面的老?#19968;?#36867;跑了,都是他指使她干的。”
    那个老绅?#31185;?#23454;就?#21069;?#24503;鲁舅舅,他站稳了脚,揉着身上摔疼的地方。“请你告诉我,”警察看向了他说道,“这里都发生了什么事情?

    “呼呼……呼……嘘嘘。”安德鲁舅舅从帽子下回应道。
    “不要装模作样了,”警察严厉地说,“这可不是可笑的事。把帽子拿掉,听明白了吗?”
    说起来容易,做起来?#36873;?#23433;德鲁舅舅抵抗了不一会,就被其他两个警察给抓着帽边扯下来了。
    “谢谢,谢谢,”安德鲁舅舅温柔地说,“谢?#35805;。?#22825;啊,把我吓着了。请问谁可以递给我一小杯白兰地……”
    “请注意听我说,并回答我,”警察拿出一个很大的笔记本和一小截铅笔,问道,“那个年轻的女士是你负责的吗?”
    “闪开,”几个人一起喊道,警察赶紧往后退了一步。那匹马差点将他一脚踢死。女巫掉过马头,看着人群,马的后腿就在人行道上。她手里挥动着明亮的大长刀,正用力地砍着套索,想要把马与?#35780;?#30340;马车分开。
    迪格雷这时一直在找机会靠近她,接触到她。可是有点难,因为他身边有很多人,想要?#39057;?#21478;一边,他就得从马蹄和房子外面的围栏中钻过去。假如你懂马,尤其看到那匹马的现状,就能了解到这可是一件很棘手的事情。迪格雷懂马,但他依旧准备?#24202;?#19968;下,想随?#38381;?#26426;会冲进去。
    一个红着脸、戴着圆顶硬礼帽的人,用他的肩膀挤出了路,来到人群前。
    “?#32781;?#35686;官,”他说,“她骑的可是我的马匹,摔坏的是我的马车。”
    “一件事情一件事情地来说。”警察说。
    “但是没有时间了,”马车夫说,“这可不是一般的马匹,我比你更了解它,它的?#30422;自?#26159;一匹骑兵军官的战马。如果这位女士再刺激它,可能会出人命。让我?#35789;?#35797;吧。”
    警察只是很高兴有一个好的理由可以离马远一些。马夫走过去, 看着简蒂丝,用不那?#20174;?#22909;的声音说道:
    “小姐,让我拽住马的脑袋你才好下来。这位女士你应该不想自找麻烦吧?你更想回家愉快地喝上一杯茶,然后舒舒服服地躺下, 好好休息。”他一边说一边伸手拽住马头,嘴里继续说:“镇定,‘草莓’,镇定,老朋友。”
    然后女巫第一次开口说话了。
    “疯狗!”她斥责道,嗓音清亮,压住了所有的吵闹声,“疯狗, 松开我的?#22987;?#25112;马。我是女王简蒂丝。”

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