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The Sea Wolf

The Sea Wolf (İngilizce Çocuk Hikayeleri)

 

''Help, Help'' shouted the man in the sea.
He was very, very, frightened! The water was freezing and there was a lot of fog. A fishing boat hit the ferry he was on in San Francisco Bay. The ferryboat sank very quickly. At first, there were a lot of people in the water screaming for help. Now he was alone. He couldn't see or hear anybody!
"Am I the only survivor?" he thought.
 
 
 
1. screaming: shouting.
2. survivor: the only person alive.
3. sank is the past tense of to sink; to go under
 
He saw a schooner pass very close to him. He was too cold to shout for help. Then a man on the deck noticed him. "Man over board!" he shouted and the schooner stopped. The man in the water was soon on the boat drinking hot coffee.
"What's your name?" asked the captain. "Humphrey van Weydon," the rescued man answered. "Thank you for saving me. When will we arrive in San
Francisco?" We are not going to San Francisco answered Wolf Larsen, the captain. "We are going towards Japan to catch seals!" "JAPAN!" Humphrey exclaimed. ''But, I can't go to Japan. I DON'T want to go to Japan."
"Ha, ha, ha," laughed the captain.
"Now you are on my ship, you must work. What can you do?"
"I don't work," Humphrey answered, "I'ma... gentleman!"
"Well, Mr Gentleman," said the captain. "You ha ve a job now. You work in the galley!"
 
 
 
1. towards: in the direction of.
2. to catch, caught: to hunt and kili.
3. seals: pinniped mammals that live in the sea and on land.
4. galley: the kitchen on a ship.
 
 
”Humphrey watched Wolf Larsen walk away. The captain was a very handsome man. He was a tali, strong man with blond hair and blue eyes. He had an accent when he spoke.
"I think he is Swedish, Norwegian or Danish," thought Humphrey.
The captain didn't seem a wicked man but Humphrey saw that the sailors were afraid of him.
 
 
 
 
1. handsome: good-looking.
2. spoke is the past tense of to speak.
3. to seem: to appear.
4. wicked: bad.
5. sailors: the men who work on a ship.
 
 
''Excuse me," Humphrey asked a sailor. "Where is the galley?"
"it's downstairs, at the front of the ship" the sailor answered.
"What do you do in the galley?" Humphrey asked.
"You cook and clean" laughed the sailor.
Humphrey spent his time peeling potatoes, washing saucepans and cleaning the floor3. Cooky, the cook, told Humphrey about the ship.
"This is The Ghost'! It's the best sealing schooner in the area," he said. "But the captain is the worst!"
 
 
 
 
1. spent is the past tense of to spend; to pass.
2. saucepan: containers we use to cook in.
3. floor: we stand on the floor.
4. the worst is the opposite of the best.
 
 
The captain was a powerful man and of ten hit the sailors. The men on the boat hated 'Sea Wolf, the captain. "Come here, Harrison," Wolf shouted to a young boy. "Go up the mast and tie the sails."
'Tt's a difficult job," said Johnson the mate.
"The boy must learn''' the captain answered.
The young sailor hesitated a moment, and then began to climb the mast.
 
 
It was very windy. The ship rocked and rolled in the rough sea. The young boy was petrified! He clung to the mast, too frightened to move.
"Hurry up," shouted Wolf, "you can come down when the sails are tied, not before!"
"The boy has no experience" said the mate. I'll go and help him."
But Wolf Larsen punched Johnson, and the man fell to the deck. The young sailor was up the mast ali night. Then very slowly, in the morning, he came down.
 
 
 
 
1. to rock and roll: to move up and down, left and right.
2. petrified: frightened.
3. to cling, clung: to hold on to.
4. to punch: to hit.
5. fell is the past tense of to fail.
 
 
One night, some of the men tried to kili the captain. They attacked him in the dark, and threw him in the sea. But Wolf was strong and he got back on the ship.
"Get a lamp and come with me," he said to Humphrey.
They went down to where the men slept. The captain looked at the men sleeping in their bunks. Two men had their boots on!
"You attacked me," he shouted. It was Johnson and Leach!
 
 
 
 
1. tried: attempted.
2. dark: when there is no light.
3. slept is the past tense of to sleep
4. bunk: abed on a ship.
 
 
Wolf Larsen put Johnson, the mate, and Leach in a small boat.
"Good-bye," said the captain, "you are very good sailors, I'm sure you can reach land."
Johnson was an expert sailor but everyone knew they couldn't reach land. Humphrey was horrified! The small boat was soon full of water and began to sink.
"You can't let them die," he told the captain.
"Yes I can," the captain replied, "you are now the mate!"
 
 
 
 
1. to reach land: to arrive at land.
2. everyone: ali the sailors.
3. knew is the past tense of too know.
4. to die is the opposite of to live.
 
 
'Humphrey van Weydan's life changed a lot in the next few weeks. He learned to tie the sails, to navigate, and to steer. He was an excellent sailor now. The Ghost' followed the herds of seals near the coast of Japan. Humphrey watched the men hunting the seals. "How terrible," he thought, "these beautiful animals are killed, and made into expensive coats!"
 
 
 
 
1. to navigate: to plan the direction of the ship.
2. to steer: to drive a ship.
3. herd: large number.
4. coat: we wear coats when it is cold.
 
 
Wolf Larsen hated the sailors but he liked Humphrey.
"You are an educated man'' he said. "Come to my cabin." Humphrey was surprised to see a lot of books in the captain's cabin. "I never went to school," he said, "but I like to read."
The two men talked about poetry, opera, politics, and lots of other things. Humphrey discovered that Wolf Larsen was a wicked man, but very bright.
 
 
 
 
1. cabin: a room on a ship.
2. to talk: to speak.
3. to discover: to realize, to find out.
4. bright: intelligent.
 
 
There is a small boat in the sea," shouted Kelly, a sealer.
There were five people in the boat. Four men and a woman! A very beautiful woman! The men on the schooner were delighted to have a woman on the ship... including Wolf Larsen.
"Our ship sank last night in a typhoon," said Maud Brewster, the young woman. "Thank you for saving us," she said to the captain.Look at those clouds," said Holyoak, one of the sailors. "There is going to be a terrible storm!"
Holyoak was right! There was rain and wind for several days and the sea was very rough. The schooner rocked up and down and a lot of water came in the ship.
" The Ghost' is going to capsize!" shouted the sailors. "We must leave the ship quickly."
Humphrey and Maud got into a small boat and eventually arrived at an island.
 
 
 
 
1. right: correct.
2. several: many.
3. rough: not calm.
4. capsize: turn over.
 
 
We must build a house and look for food," said Humphrey.
Maud found fruit and coconuts and Humphrey went fishing.
"We are the only survivors," said Maud, but she was wrong!
One evening, they saw The Ghost' near the island. It was damaged, but floating!
"Hurrah," Maud shouted. "We can repair the ship and leave the island. "Nobody will leave this island'' said a voice.
Maud and Humphrey saw a man on the deck. It was Wolf Larsen!
 
 
 
 
1. look for: search for.
2. found is the past tense of to find.
3. wrong: not correct.
4. damaged: broken.
5. floating: on the surface of the water.
 
 
Wolf Larsen was very i'll. He didn't want Humphrey and Maud to repair The Ghost'.
"I want to die here on my ship'' he said. But the young couple repaired the ship and sailed towards Japan.
"Look! Captain Larsen", said Maud. "There is land very near."
But Captain Larsen was dead. Humphrey and Maud buried the 'Sea Wolf in the Pacific Ocean and stood on deck watching the land come nearer and nearer.
 
 
 
 
1.      to bury: to put a dead person in the ground or in the sea.
2.     stood is the past tense of to stand.
3.      to sail: to travel.