Chapter 1The Clarkson family lived in the country near Cambridge, about half a mile from the nearest village and about a mile from the river. They had a big, old house with a beautiful garden, a lot of flowers and many old trees.
章节 1克拉克森家住在剑桥附近的乡下，离最近的村庄约有半英里路，距离河有 1 英里左右。他们有幢大而古老带有美丽花园的房子，花园里有许多花和许多古树。
One Thursday morning in July, Jackie came in from the garden. She was a tall, fat woman, thirty years old. It was the hottest day of the year, but she wore a warm brown skirt and yellow shirt. She went into the kitchen to get a drink of water. Just then the phone rang.
7 月的一个星期四早上，杰基从花园进了屋。她是个高大，肥胖，30 来岁的女人。这是一年中最热的日子，而她却穿着暖色调的黄色衬衫和棕色裙子。她走进厨房去喝水，这时电话响了。
'Cambridge 1379,' Jackie said.'Hello. This is Diane. I want to talk to Mother.''Mother isn't here,' Jackie said. 'She's at the doctor's.''Why? What's Wrong?''Nothing's wrong,' Jackie said. 'Why are you telephoning? You are going to come this weekend?Mother wants everyone to be here.'
“剑桥 1379 号，”杰基说。“你好！我是黛安娜。我想和妈妈说话。”“妈妈不在家，”杰基说。“她看医生去了。”“怎么了？出了什么事？”“没什么，”杰基说。“你打电话干嘛？这个周末你回来吗？妈妈希望每个人都在。”
'Yes, I want to come,' Diane said. 'I'm phoning because I have no money for the train ticket.''No money! Mother is always giving you money!''This phone call is very expensive,' Diane said coldly. 'Tell Mother please. I need the money.'
Jackie put the phone down. She took a cigarette from her bag and began to smoke. She felt angry because her sister always asked for money. Diane was twenty years old, the youngest in the family. She lived in London, in one room of a big house. She wanted to be a singer. She sang very well but she could never get work.
杰基放下电话，她从包里拿了支烟抽起来。她因她的妹妹总是要钱感到生气。黛安娜 20 岁了，在家里最小。她住在伦敦，在一所大房子里有间屋子。她想成为一个歌唱家，她唱得很棒，可是她却从来不愿找工作。
Jackie went back into the kitchen and began to make some sandwiches. Just then the back door opened, and her mother came in.'It's very hot!' Molly said. She took off her hat and put it down on the table. She was a tall, dark woman with beautiful eyes.Two big, black dogs came into the kitchen after her and ran across to her. She sat down and put her hands on their heads.
Jackie put the sandwiches on the table.'Mother,' she said, 'Diane phoned. She wants money for her train ticket.'Molly closed her eyes for a minute. Then she stood up. 'This afternoon I want you to get the house ready for the weekend,' she said. 'Oh, and please go to the village later and get my tablets.'
'Yes, Mother,' Jackie said.Molly went to the door.'Mother, please wait a minute,' Jackie said.'Peter Hobbs came here this morning. He's very angry with you about that letter. He lost his job, you know. Why did you write to his office? He wants to talk to you about it.''Well, I don't want to talk to him,' Molly said.She opened the door.
'But Mother, you don't understand. He's seventeen, and it was his first job. He's very, very angry. He says… he says he's going to kill you!'Molly did not answer. She went out of the room and closed the door.“
div 好啦，我不想和他谈，”莫利说，她打开门“可是妈妈，你不明白。他 17 岁了，那是他第一份工作，他非常非常生气。他说……他说他会杀了你！”莫利没答话，她走出房间关上了门。span