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荆棘鸟 Thorn birds

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简介:本文档为《荆棘鸟 Thorn birdspdf》,可适用于考试题库领域,主题内容包含TheThornBirdsColleenMcculloughfor“bigsister”JeanEasthopeContentsvThereisal符等。

TheThornBirdsColleenMcculloughfor“bigsister”JeanEasthopeContentsvThereisalegend…One:–MeggieTwo:–RalphThree:–PaddyFour:–LukeFive:–FeeSix:–DaneSeven:–JustineEBookExtra:ColleenMcCulloughOn…AbouttheAuthorPraiseforTheThornBirdsByColleenMcCulloughFrontCoverCopyrightAboutthePublisherTHEREISALEGENDThereisalegendaboutabirdwhichsingsjustonceinitslife,moresweetlythananyothercreatureonthefaceoftheearthFromthemomentitleavesthenestitsearchesforathorntree,anddoesnotrestuntilithasfoundoneThen,singingamongthesavagebranches,itimpalesitselfuponthelongest,sharpestspineAnd,dying,itrisesaboveitsownagonytooutcarolthelarkandthenightingaleOnesuperlativesong,existencethepriceButthewholeworldstillstolisten,andGodinHisheavensmilesForthebestisonlyboughtatthecostofgreatpain…OrsosaysthelegendONE–MEGGIEOnDecemberth,,MeggieClearyhadherfourthbirthdayAfterthebreakfastdisheswereputawayhermothersilentlythrustabrownpaperparcelintoherarmsandorderedheroutsideSoMeggiesquatteddownbehindthegorsebushnexttothefrontgateandtuggedimpatientlyHerfingerswereclumsy,thewrappingheavyitsmelledfaintlyoftheWahinegeneralstore,whichtoldherthatwhateverlayinsidetheparcelhadmiraculouslybeenbought,nothomemadeordonatedSomethingfineandmistilygoldbegantopokethroughacornersheattackedthepaperfaster,peelingitawayinlong,raggedstrips“Agnes!Oh,Agnes!”shesaidlovingly,blinkingatthedolllyingthereinatatterednestAmiracleindeedOnlyonceinherlifehadMeggiebeenintoWahineallthewaybackinMay,becauseshehadbeenaverygoodgirlSoperchedinthebuggybesidehermother,onherbestbehavior,shehadbeentooexcitedtoseeorremembermuchExceptforAgnes,thebeautiful’dollsittingonthestorecounter,dressedinacrinolineofpinksatinwithcreamlacefrillsalloveritRightthenandthereinhermindshehadchristeneditAgnes,theonlynamesheknewelegantenoughforsuchapeerlesscreatureYetovertheensuingmonthsheryearningafterAgnescontainednothingofhopeMeggiedidn’townadollandhadnoidealittlegirlsanddollsbelongedtogetherSheplayedhappilywiththewhistlesandslingshotsandbatteredsoldiersherbrothersdiscarded,gotherhandsdirtyandherbootsmuddyItneveroccurredtoherthatAgneswastoplaywithStrokingthebrightpinkfoldsofthedress,granderthananyshehadeverseenonahumanwoman,shepickedAgnesuptenderlyThedollhadjointedarmsandlegswhichcouldbemovedanywhereevenherneckandtiny,shapelywaistwerejointedHergoldenhairwasexquisitelydressedinahighpompadourstuddedwithpearls,herpalebosompeepedoutofafoamingfichuofcreamlacefastenedwithapearlpinThefinelypaintedbonechinafacewasbeautiful,leftunglazedtogivethedelicatelytintedskinanaturalmattetextureAstonishinglylifelikeblueeyesshonebetweenlashesofrealhair,theiririsesstreakedandcircledwithadarkerbluefascinated,MeggiediscoveredthatwhenAgneslaybackfarenough,hereyesclosedHighononefaintlyflushedcheekshehadablackbeautymark,andherduskymouthwaspartedslightlytoshowtinywhiteteethMeggieputthedollgentlyonherlap,crossedherfeetunderhercomfortably,andsatjustlookingShewasstillsittingbehindthegorsebushwhenJackandHughiecamerustlingthroughthegrasswhereitwastooclosetothefencetofeelascytheHerhairwasthetypicalClearybeacon,alltheClearychildrensaveFrankbeingmartyredbyathatchsomeshadeofredJacknudgedhisbrotherandpointedgleefullyTheyseparated,grinningateachother,andpretendedtheyweretroopersafteraMaorirenegadeMeggiewouldnothaveheardthemanyway,soengrossedwassheinAgnes,hummingsoftlytoherself“What’sthatyou’vegot,Meggie”Jackshouted,pouncing“Showus!”“Yes,showus!”Hughiegiggled,olankingherCOLLEENMCCULLOUGHSheclaspedthedollagainstherchestandshookherhead“No,she’smine!Igotherformybirthday!”“Showus,goon!Wejustwanttohavealook”PrideandjoywonoutSheheldthedollsoherbrotherscouldsee“Look,isn’tshebeautifulHernameisAgnes”“AgnesAgnes”Jackgaggedrealistically“Whatasoppyname!Whydon’tyoucallherMargaretorBetty”“Becauseshe’sAgnes!”Hughienoticedthejointinthedoll’swrist,andwhistled“Hey,Jack,look!Itcanmoveitshand!”“WhereLet’ssee”“No!”Meggiehuggedthedollcloseagain,tearsforming“No,you’llbreakher!Oh,Jack,don’ttakeherawayyou’llbreakher!”“Pooh!”Hisdirtybrownhandslockedaboutherwrists,closingtightly“WantaChineseburnAnddon’tbesuchacrybaby,orI’lltellBob”Hesqueezedherskininoppositedirectionsuntilitstretchedwhitely,asHughiegotholdofthedoll’sskirtsandpulled“Gimme,orI’lldoitreallyhard!”“No!Don’t,Jack,pleasedon’t!You’llbreakher,Iknowyouwill!Oh,pleaseleaveheralone!Don’ttakeher,please!”Inspiteofthecruelgriponherwristssheclungtothedoll,sobbingandkicking“Gotit”Hughiewhooped,asthedollslidunderMeggie’scrossedforearmsJackandHughiefoundherjustasfascinatingasMeggiehadoffcamethedress,thepetticoatsandlong,frillydrawersAgneslaynakedwhiletheboyspushedandpulledather,forcingonefootroundthebackofherhead,makingherlookdownherspine,everypossiblecontortiontheycouldthinkofTheytooknonoticeofMeggieasshestoodcryingitdidnotoccurtohertoseekhelp,forintheClearyfamilythosewhocouldnotfighttheirownbattlesgotscantaidorsympathy,andthatwentforgirls,tooTHETHORNBIRDSThedoll’sgoldenhairtumbleddown,thepearlsflewwinkingintothelonggrassanddisappearedAdustybootcamedownthoughtlesslyontheabandoneddress,smearinggreasefromthesmithyacrossitssatinMeggiedroppedtoherknees,scrabblingfranticallytocollecttheminiatureclothesbeforemoredamagewasdonethem,thenshebeganpickingamongthegrassbladeswhereshethoughtthepearlsmighthavefallenHertearswereblindingher,thegriefinherheartnew,foruntilnowshehadneverownedanythingworthgrievingforFrankthrewtheshoehissingintocoldwaterandstraightenedhisbackitdidn’tachethesedays,soperhapshewasusedtosmithyingNotbeforetime,hisfatherwouldhavesaid,aftersixmonthsatitButFrankknewverywellhowlongitwassincehisintroductiontotheforgeandanvilhehadmeasuredthetimeinhatredandresentmentThrowingthehammerintoitsbox,hepushedthelankblackhairoffhisbrowwithatremblinghandanddraggedtheoldleatherapronfromaroundhisneckHisshirtlayonaheapofstrawinthecornerheploddedacrosstoitandstoodforamomentstaringatthesplinteringbarnwallasifitdidnotexist,hisblackeyeswideandfixedHewasverysmall,notabovefivefeetthreeinches,andthinstillasstriplingsare,butthebareshouldersandarmshadmusclesalreadyknottedfromworkingwiththehammer,andthepale,flawlessskingleamedwithsweatThedarknessofhishairandeyeshadaforeigntang,hisfulllippedmouthandwidebridgednosenottheusualfamilyshape,buttherewasMaoribloodonhismother’ssideandinhimitshowedHewasnearlysixteenyearsold,whereBobwasbarelyeleven,Jackten,Hughienine,StuartfiveandlittleMeggiethreeThenherememberedthattodayMeggiewasfouritwasDecemberthHeputonhisshirtandleftthebarnCOLLEENMCCULLOUGHThehouselayontopofasmallhillaboutonehundredfeethigherthanthebarnandstablesLikeallNewZealandhouses,itwaswooden,ramblingovermanysquaresandofonestoryonly,onthetheorythatifanearthquakestruck,someofitmightbeleftstandingArounditgorsegreweverywhere,atthemomentsmotheredinrichyellowflowersthegrasswasgreenandluxuriant,likeallNewZealandgrassNoteveninthemiddleofwinter,whenthefrostsometimeslayunmeltedalldayintheshade,didthegrassturnbrown,andthelong,mildsummeronlytinteditanevenrichergreenTherainsfellgentlywithoutbruisingthetendersweetnessofallgrowingthings,therewasnosnow,andthesunhadjustenoughstrengthtocherish,neverenoughtosapNewZealand’sscourgesthunderedupoutofthebowelsoftheearthratherthandescendedfromtheskiesTherewasalwaysasuffocatedsenseofwaiting,anintangibleshudderingandthumpingthatactuallytransmitteditselfthroughthefeetForbeneaththegroundlayawesomepower,powerofsuchmagnitudethatthirtyyearsbeforeawholetoweringmountainhaddisappearedsteamgushedhowlingoutofcracksinthesidesofinnocenthills,volcanoesspumedsmokeintotheskyandthealpinestreamsranwarmHugelakesofmudboiledoilily,theseaslappeduncertainlyatcliffswhichmightnotbetheretogreetthenextincomingtide,andinplacestheearth’scrustwasonlyninehundredfeetthickYetitwasagentle,graciouslandBeyondthehousestretchedanundulatingplainasgreenastheemeraldinFionaCleary’sengagementring,dottedwiththousandsofcreamybundlescloseproximityrevealedassheepWherethecurvinghillsscallopedtheedgeofthelightblueskyMountEgmontsoaredtenthousandfeet,slopingintotheclouds,itssidesstillwhitewithsnow,itssymmetrysoperfectthateventhoselikeFrankwhosawiteverydayoftheirlivesneverceasedtomarvelItwasquiteapullfromthebarntothehouse,butTHETHORNBIRDSFrankhurriedbecauseheknewheoughtnottobegoinghisfather’sorderswereexplicitThenasheroundedthecornerofthehousehesawthelittlegroupbythegorsebushFrankhaddrivenhismotherintoWahinetobuyMeggie’sdoll,andhewasstillwonderingwhathadpromptedhertodoitShewasn’tgiventoimpracticalbirthdaypresents,therewasn’tthemoneyforthem,andshehadnevergivenatoytoanyonebeforeTheyallgotclothesbirthdaysandChristmasesreplenishedsparsewardrobesButapparentlyMeggiehadseenthedollonheroneandonlytripintotown,andFionahadnotforgottenWhenFrankquestionedher,shemutteredsomethingaboutagirlneedingadoll,andquicklychangedthesubjectJackandHughiehadthedollbetweenthemonthefrontpath,manipulatingitsjointscallouslyAllFrankcouldseeofMeggiewasherback,asshestoodwatchingherbrothersdesecrateAgnesHerneatwhitesockshadslippedincrinkledfoldsaroundherlittleblackboots,andthepinkofherlegswasvisibleforthreeorfourinchesbelowthehemofherbrownvelvetSundaydressDownherbackcascadedamaneofcarefullycurledhair,sparklinginthesunnotredandnotgold,butsomewhereinbetweenThewhitetaffetabowwhichheldthefrontcurlsbackfromherfacehungdraggledandlimpdustsmearedherdressSheheldthedoll’sclothestightlyinonehand,theotherpushingvainlyatHughie“Youbloodylittlebastards!”JackandHughiescrambledtotheirfeetandran,thedollforgottenwhenFranksworeitwaspolitictorun“IfIcatchyouflaminglittletwerpstouchingthatdollagainI’llbrandyourshittylittlearses!”FrankyelledafterthemHebentdownandtookMeggie’sshouldersbetweenhishands,shakinghergently“Here,herethere’snoneedtocry!Comeonnow,COLLEENMCCULLOUGHthey’vegoneandthey’llnevertouchyourdollyagain,IpromiseGivemeasmileforyourbirthday,eh”Herfacewasswollen,hereyesrunningshestaredatFrankoutofgreyeyessolargeandfulloftragedythathefelthisthroattightenPullingadirtyragfromhisbreechespocket,herubbeditclumsilyoverherface,thenpinchedhernosebetweenitsfolds“Blow!”Shedidasshewastold,hiccupingnoisilyashertearsdried“Oh,FruhFruhFrank,theytootootookAgnesawayfromme!”Shesniffled“Herhuhhuhhairallfalleddownandshelohlohlostalltheprettywiddlepuhpuhpearlsinit!TheyallfalledinthegruhgruhgrassandIcan’tfindthem!”Thetearswelledupagain,splashingonFrank’shandhestaredathiswetskinforamoment,thenlickedthedropsoff“Well,we’llhavetofindthem,won’tweButyoucan’tfindanythingwhileyou’recrying,youknow,andwhat’sallthisbabytalkIhaven’theardyousay‘widdle’insteadof‘little’forsixmonths!Here,blowyournoseagainandthenpickuppoor…AgnesIfyoudon’tputherclotheson,she’llgetsunburned”Hemadehersitontheedgeofthepathandgaveherthedollgently,thenhecrawledaboutsearchingthegrassuntilhegaveatriumphantwhoopandheldupapearl“There!Firstone!We’llfindthemall,youwaitandsee”Meggiewatchedheroldestbrotheradoringlywhilehepickedamongthegrassblades,holdingupeachpearlashefounditthensherememberedhowdelicateAgnes’sskinmustbe,howeasilyitmustburn,andbentherattentiononclothingthedollTheredidnotseemanyrealinjuryHerhairwastangledandloose,herarmsandlegsdirtywheretheboyshadpushedandpulledatthem,buteverythingstillworkedAtortoiseshellcombnestledaboveeachofMeggie’searssheTHETHORNBIRDStuggedatoneuntilitcamefree,andbegantocombAgnes’shair,whichwasgenuinehumanhair,skillfullyknottedontoabaseofglueandgauze,andbleacheduntilitwasthecolorofgildedstrawShewasyankinginexpertlyatalargeknotwhenthedreadfulthinghappenedOffcamethehair,allofit,danglinginatousledclumpfromtheteethofthecombAboveAgnes’ssmoothbroadbrowtherewasnothingnohead,nobaldskullJustanawful,yawningholeShiveringinterror,Meggieleanedforwardtopeerinsidethedoll’scraniumTheinvertedcontoursofcheeksandchinshoweddimly,lightglitteredbetweenthepartedlipswiththeirteethablack,animalsilhouette,andaboveallthiswereAgnes’seyes,twohorribleclickingballsspearedbyawirerodthatcruellypiercedherheadMeggie’sscreamwashighandthin,unchildlikesheflungAgnesawayandwentonscreaming,handscoveringherface,shakingandshudderingThenshefeltFrankpullatherfingersandtakeherintohisarms,pushingherfaceintothesideofhisneckWrappingherarmsabouthim,shetookcomfortfromhimuntilhisnearnesscalmedherenoughtobecomeawareofhownicehesmelled,allhorsesandsweatandironWhenshequietened,Frankmadehertellhimwhatwasthematterhepickedupthedollandstaredintoitsemptyheadinwonder,tryingtorememberifhisinfantuniversehadbeensobesetbystrangeterrorsButhisunpleasantphantomswereofpeopleandwhispersandcoldglancesOfhismother’sfacepinchedandshrinking,herhandtremblingasitheldhis,thesetofhershouldersWhathadMeggieseen,tomakehertakeonsoHefanciedshewouldnothavebeennearlysoupsetifpoorAgneshadonlybledwhenshelostherhairBleedingwasafactsomeoneintheClearyfamilybledcopiouslyatleastonceaweek“Hereyes,hereyes!”Meggiewhispered,refusingtolookatthedollCOLLEENMCCULLOUGH“She’sabloodymarvel,Meggie,”hemurmured,hisfacenuzzlingintoherhairHowfineitwas,howrichandfullofcolor!IttookhimhalfanhourofcajolingtomakeherlookatAgnes,andhalfanhourmoreelapsedbeforehecouldpersuadehertopeerintothescalpedholeHeshowedherhowtheeyesworked,howverycarefullytheyhadbeenalignedtofitsnuglyyetswingeasilyopenedorclosed“Comeonnow,it’stimeyouwentinside,”hetoldher,swingingherupintohisarmsandtuckingthedollbetweenhischestandhers“We’llgetMumtofixherup,ehWe’llwashandironherclothes,andglueonherhairagainI’llmakeyousomeproperhairpinsoutofthosepearls,too,sotheycan’tfalloutandyoucandoherhairinallsortsofways”FionaClearywasinthekitchen,peelingpotatoesShewasaveryhandsome,veryfairwomanalittleundermediumheight,butratherhardfacedandsternshehadanexcellentfigurewithatinywaistwhichhadnotthickened,inspiteofthesixbabiesshehadcarriedbeneathitHerdresswasgreycalico,itsskirtsbrushingthespotlessfloor,itsfrontprotectedbyanenormousstarchedwhiteapronthatloopedaroundherneckandtiedinthesmallofherspinewithacrisp,perfectbowFromwakingtosleepingshelivedinthekitchenandbackgarden,herstoutblackbootsbeatingacircularpathfromstovetolaundrytovegetablepatchtoclotheslinesandthencetothestoveagainSheputherknifeonthetableandstaredatFrankandMeggie,thecornersofherbeautifulmouthturningdown“Meggie,IletyouputonyourSundaybestdressthismorningononecondition,thatyoudidn’tgetitdirtyAndlookatyou!Whatalittlegrubyouare!”“Mum,itwasn’therfault,”Frankprotested“JackandHughietookherdollawaytotryandfindouthowTHETHORNBIRDSthearmsandlegsworkedIpromisedwe’dfixitupasgoodasnewWecan,can’twe”“Letmesee”FeeheldoutherhandforthedollShewasasilentwoman,notgiventospontaneousconversationWhatshethought,nooneeverknew,evenherhusbandsheleftthediscipliningofthechildrentohim,anddidwhateverhecommandedwithoutcommentorcomplaintunlessthecircumstancesweremostunusualMeggiehadheardtheboyswhisperingthatshestoodinasmuchaweofDaddyastheydid,butifthatwastrueshehiditunderaveneerofimpenetrable,slightlydourcalmSheneverlaughed,nordidsheeverlosehertemperFinishedherinspection,FeelaidAgnesonthedressernearthestoveandlookedatMeggie“I’llwashherclothestomorrowmorning,anddoherhairagainFrankcangluethehaironafterteatonight,Isuppose,andgiveherabath”ThewordswerematteroffactratherthancomfortingMeggienodded,smilinguncertainlysometimesshewantedsobadlytohearhermotherlaugh,buthermotherneverdidShesensedthattheysharedaspecialsomethingnotcommontoDaddyandtheboys,buttherewasnoreachingbeyondthatrigidback,thoseneverstillfeetMumwouldnodabsentlyandfliphervoluminousskirtsexpertlyfromstovetotableasshecontinuedworking,working,workingWhatnoneofthechildrensaveFrankcouldrealizewasthatFeewaspermanently,incurablytiredTherewassomuchtobedone,hardlyanymoneytodoitwith,notenoughtime,andonlyonepairofhandsShelongedforthedaywhenMeggiewouldbeoldenoughtohelpalreadythechilddidsimpletasks,butatbarelyfouryearsofageitcouldn’tpossiblylightentheloadSixchildren,andonlyoneofthem,theyoungestatthat,agirlAllheracquaintancesweresimultaneouslysympatheticandenvious,butthatdidn’tgettheworkdoneHersewingbaskethadamountainofsocksinitstillCOLLEENMCCULLOUGHundarned,herknittingneedlesheldyetanothersock,andtherewasHughiegrowingoutofhissweatersandJacknotreadytohandhisdownPadraicClearywastohometheweekofMeggie’sbirthday,purelybychanceItwastooearlyfortheshearingseason,andhehadworklocally,plowingandplantingByprofession

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