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天赋异禀的小子预言目前的兔子领地上将有一场来自人类的毁灭性灾难,于是他和一只名为榛子的勇敢机智的兔子前去晋见兔子首领,劝其带领兔群离开领地,但遭到了拒绝。 于是在灾难来临之前,小多子和榛子以及其他几只公兔子匆匆离开了领地,踏上了艰辛的冒险之旅。在经历了和人类以及其他天敌几番生死攸关的周旋后,他们来到沃特希普荒原,开始创建新的领地……由于缺少母兔子,兔群依然面临着灭绝的危险。 他们只得再度冒险,赶往一座农场劝说笼养兔子加入他们的领地,同时派出外交使团前去一个叫艾弗拉法的领地求婚。但求婚计划失败,与那里专制蛮横的首领进行生死较量,最后艰难却成功地带领大批母兔子回到了沃特希普荒原。 然而,一切远远没有结束,一场更加危险的战斗正在等待着他们……
Acknowledgements2015-05-11
I acknowledge with gratitude the help I have received not only from my familybut also from my friends Reg Sones and Hal Summers, who read the book beforepublication and made valuable suggestions. I also wish to thank warmly Mrs. Margaret Apps and Miss Miriam Hobbs, whotook pains with the typing and h
PART I The Journey 1. The Notice Board2015-05-10
CHORUS: Why do you cry out thus, unless at some vision of horror?CASSANDRA: The house reeks of death and dripping blood. CHORUS: How so? Tis but the odor of the altar sacrifice. CASSANDRA: The stench is like a breath from the tomb. Aeschylus, AgamemnonThe primroses were over. Toward the edge of the wo
2. The Chief Rabbit2015-05-10
The darksome statesman, hung with weights and woe,Like a thick midnight-fog, moved there so slow,He did not stay, nor go. Henry Vaughan, The WorldIn the darkness and warmth of the burrow Hazel suddenly woke, strugglingand kicking with his back legs. Something was attacking him. There was no smellof f
3. Hazel's Decision2015-05-09
What am I lying here for?. . . We are lying here as though we had a chance ofenjoying a quiet time. . . . Am I waiting until I become a little older?Xenophon, The AnabasisBut, Hazel, you didnt really think the Chief Rabbit would act on your advice,did you? What were you expecting?It was evening once m
4. The Departure2015-05-09
Now sir, young Fortinbras,Of unimproved mettle hot and full,Hath in the skirts of Norway here and thereSharked up a list of lawless resolutesFor food and diet to some enterpriseThat hath a stomach int. Shakespeare, HamletFu Inlé means after moonrise. Rabbits, of course, have no idea of prec
5. In the Woods2015-05-08
These young rabbits. . . must move out if they are to survive. In a wild and freestate they. . . stray sometimes for miles. . . wandering until they find a suitableenvironment. R. M. Lockley, The Private Life of the RabbitIt was getting on toward moonset when they left the fields and entered thewood. Stragg
6. The Story of the Blessing of El-ahrairah2015-05-08
Why should he think me cruelOr that he is betrayed?Id have him love the thing that wasBefore the world was made. W. B. Yeats, A Woman Young and OldLong ago, Frith made the world. He made all the stars, too, and the world isone of the stars. He made them by scattering his droppings over the sky and t
7. The Lendri and the River2015-05-07
Quant au courage moral, il avait trouvé fort rare, disait-il celui de deux heuresaprès minuit; cest-à-dire le courage de limproviste. Napoleon BonaparteAs Dandelion ended, Acorn, who was on the windward side of the little group,suddenly started and sat back, with ears up and no
8. The Crossing2015-05-07
The centurion. . . commanded that they which could swim should castthemselves first into the sea and get to land. And the rest, some on boards andsome on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped allsafe to land. The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 27The top of the sandy bank w
9. The Crow and the Beanfield2015-05-06
With the beanflowers boon,And the blackbirds tune,And May, and June!Robert Browning, De GustibusThe sun rose while they were still lying in the thorn. Already several of therabbits were asleep, crouched uneasily between the thick stems, aware of thechance of danger but too tired to do more than tr
10. The Road and the Common2015-05-06
Timorous answered, that they. . . had got up that difficult place; but, said he, thefurther we go, the more danger we meet with; wherefore we turned, and are goingback again. John Bunyan, The Pilgrims ProgressAfter some time, Hazel woke Buckhorn. Then he scratched a shallow nest inthe earth and slept.
11. Hard Going2015-05-05
Then Sir Beaumains. . . rode all that ever he might ride through marshes andfields and great dales, that many times. . . he plunged over the head in deep mires,for he knew not the way, but took the gainest way in that woodness. . . . And at thelast him happened to come to a fair green way. Malory, Le Morte
12. The Stranger in the Field2015-05-05
Nevertheless, even in a crowded warren, visitors in the form of young rabbitsseeking desirable dry quarters may be tolerated. . . and if powerful enough theymay obtain and hold a place. R. M. Lockley, The Private Life of the RabbitTo come to the end of a time of anxiety and fear! To feel the cloud that
13. Hospitality2015-05-04
In the afternoon they came unto a landIn which it seemed always afternoon. All round the coast the languid air did swoon,Breathing like one that hath a weary dream. Tennyson, The Lotus-EatersThe corner of the opposite wood turned out to be an acute point. Beyond it, theditch and trees curved back agai
14. "Like Trees in November2015-05-04
Courts and camps are the only places to learn the world in. . . . Take the tone ofthe company that you are in. The Earl of Chesterfield, Letters to His SonThe great burrow was less crowded than when they had left it. Nildro-hain wasthe first rabbit they met. She was among a group of three or four fine
15. The Story of the King's Lettuce2015-05-03
Don Alfonso: Eccovi il medico, signore belle. Ferrando and Guglielmo: Despina in maschera, che triste pelle!Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan TutteThey say that there was a time when El-ahrairah and his followers lost alltheir luck. Their enemies drove them out and they were forced to live down
16. Silverweed2015-05-03
He said, Dance for me and he said,You are too beautiful for the windTo pick at, or the sun to burn. He said,Im a poor tattered thing, but not unkindTo the sad dancer and the dancing dead. Sidney Keyes, Four Postures of DeathWell done, said Hazel, as Dandelion ended. Hes very good, isnt he?
17. The Shining Wire2015-05-02
When the green field comes off like a lidRevealing what was much better hid,Unpleasant;And look! Behind, without a soundThe woods have come up and are standing roundIn deadly crescent. And the bolt is sliding in its groove,Outside the window is the black removers van,And now with sudden, swift emerg
PART II On Watership Down 18. Watership Down2015-05-02
What is now proved was once only imagind. William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and HellIt was evening of the following day. The north-facing escarpment of WatershipDown, in shadow since early morning, now caught the western sun for an hourbefore twilight. Three hundred feet the down rose vertically
19. Fear in the Dark2015-05-01
Whos in the next room? -- who?A figure wanWith a message to one in there of something due?Shall I know him anon?Yea, he; and he brought such; and youll know him anon. Thomas Hardy, Whos in the Next Room?The holes certainly were rough -- Just right for a lot of vagabonds* like us,said Bigwig
20. A Honeycomb and a Mouse2015-05-01
His face was that of one who has undergone a long journey. The Epic of GilgameshIn the Sandleford warren, Holly had been a rabbit of consequence. He wasgreatly relied upon by the Threarah and had more than once carried out difficultorders with a good deal of courage. During the early spring, when a f
21. "For El-ahrairah to Cry"2015-04-30
Love the animals. God has given them the rudiments of thought and joyuntroubled. Dont trouble it, dont harass them, dont deprive them of theirhappiness, dont work against Gods intent. Dostoevsky, The Brothers KaramazovActs of injustice doneBetween the setting and the rising sunIn history lie lik
22. The Story of the Trial of El-ahrairah2015-04-30
Has he not a rogues face?. . . Has a damnd Tyburn-face, without the benefit ofthe clergy. Congreve, Love for LoveRabbits (says Mr. Lockley) are like human beings in many ways. One of theseis certainly their staunch ability to withstand disaster and to let the stream oftheir life carry them along, pas
23. Kehaar2015-04-29
The wing trails like a banner in defeat,No more to use the sky for ever but live withfamine and pain a few days. He is strong and pain is worse to the strongincapacity is worse. No one but death the redeemer will humble that head,The intrepid readiness, the terrible eyes. Robinson Jeffers, Hurt HawksHu
24. Nuthanger Farm2015-04-29
When Robyn came to Notyngham,Sertenly withouten layn,He prayed to God and myld MaryTo bryng hym out save agayn. Beside him stod a gret-hedid munke,I pray to God woo he be!Fful sone he knew gode Robyn,As sone as he hym se. Robin Hood and the Monk (Childs Ballads, No. 119)Hazel sat on the bank in the m
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