Clasics in Ñspel: PETER PAN by J M Barrie – Chapter 8

F  y śut yr îz n r a luci wn, y me si at tîmz a śeplis pūl v luvli pel culrz sspndd in ɖ darcnis; ɖen f y sqīz yr îz tîtr, ɖ pūl bginz t tec śep, n ɖ culrz bcm so vivid ɖt wɖ anɖr sqīz ɖe mst g on fîr. Bt jst bfr ɖe g on fîr y si ɖ l’gūn. Ɖs z ɖ nirist y evr gt t it on ɖ mênḷnd, jst wn hevnli momnt; f ɖr cd b tū momnts y mt si ɖ srf n hír ɖ mrmeidz sññ.

Ɖ ćildṛn ofn spent loñ sumrdez on ɖs l’gūn, swimñ or flotñ most v ɖ tîm, pleyñ ɖ mrmeid gemz in ɖ wōtr, n so fʈ. Y mst nt ʈnc fṛm ɖs ɖt ɖ mrmeidz wr on frendli trmz wɖ ɖm: on ɖ contrri, it wz amñ Wndi’z lastñ rgrets ɖt ol ɖ tîm ś wz on ɖ îḷnd ś nvr hd a sivl wrd fṛm wn v ɖm. Ẃn ś stoul softli t ɖ éj v ɖ l’gūn ś mt si ɖm bî ɖ scor, ispeṣ́li on Mrūnrz’ Roc, ẃr ɖe luvd t basc, comñ ǎt ɖer her in a lezi we ɖt qt iṛtetd hr; or ś mt īvn swim, on tipto az it wr, t wɖn a yard v ɖm, bt ɖen ɖe sw hr n dîvd, probbli splaśñ hr wɖ ɖer teilz, nt bî axidnt, bt intnśṇli.

Ɖe trītd ol ɖ bôz in ɖ sem we, xpt v cors Pītr, hu ćatd wɖ ɖm on Mrūnrz’ Roc bî ɖ aur, n sat on ɖer teilz ẃn ɖe got ćīci. H gev Wndi wn v ɖer comz.

Ɖ most hōntñ tîm at ẃć t si ɖm z at ɖ trn v ɖ mūn, ẃn ɖe utr strenj weilñ crîz; bt ɖ l’gūn z denjṛs fr mortlz ɖen, n untl ɖ īvnñ v ẃć w hv nǎ t tel, Wndi hd nvr sìn ɖ l’gūn bî mūnlît, les fṛm fir, fr v cors Pītr wd hv acumṗnid hr, ɖn bcz ś hd strict rūlz abt evrwn biyñ in bed bî sevn. Ś wz ofn at ɖ l’gūn, hvr, on súni dez aftr ren, ẃn ɖ mrmeidz cm p in xtrordnri numbrz t ple wɖ ɖer bublz. Ɖ bublz v mni culrz md in renbowōtr ɖe trīt az bōlz, hitñ ɖm gêli fṛm wn t anɖr wɖ ɖer teilz, n trayñ t cīp ɖm in ɖ renbo tl ɖe brst. Ɖ golz r at ć end v ɖ renbo, n ɖ cīprz onli r alaud t yz ɖer handz. Smtmz a duzn v ɖz gemz wl b gwñ on in ɖ l’gūn at a tîm, n it z qt a priti sît.

Bt ɖ momnt ɖ ćildṛn traid t jôn in ɖe hd t ple bî ɖmslvz, fr ɖ mrmeidz imīɉtli dis’pird. Nvɖles w hv prūf ɖt ɖe sīcṛtli woćt ɖ inṭloprz, n wr nt abv tecñ an îdīa fṛm ɖm; fr Jon intṛdyst a ny we v hitñ ɖ bubl, wɖ ɖ hed instd v ɖ hand, n ɖ mrmeidz adoptd it. Ɖs z ɖ wn marc ɖt Jon hz left on ɖ Neṿland.

It mst olso hv bn rɖr priti t si ɖ ćildṛn restñ on a roc fr haf an aur aftr ɖer miḑemīl. Wndi insistd on ɖer dwñ ɖs, n it hd t b a riyl rest īvn ɖo ɖ mīl wz mc-b’liv. So ɖe le ɖr in ɖ sún, n ɖer bodiz glisnd in it, ẃl ś sat bsd ɖm n lct importnt.

It wz wn sć de, n ɖe wr ol on Mrūnrz’ Roc. Ɖ roc wz nt mć larjr ɖn ɖer gret bed, bt v cors ɖe ol ń hǎ nt t tec p mć rūm, n ɖe wr dozñ, or at līst layñ wɖ ɖer îz śut, n pinćñ oceźṇli ẃn ɖe ʈt Wndi wz nt lcñ. Ś wz vri bizi, stićñ.

Ẃl ś stićt a ćenj cem t ɖ l’gūn. Litl śivrz ran ovr it, n ɖ sún wnt awe n śadoz stoul acrs ɖ wōtr, trnñ it cold. Wndi cd no longr si t ʈred hr nīdl, n ẃn ś lct p, ɖ l’gūn ɖt hd olwz hiɖrtu bn sć a lafñ ples sīmd formiḍbl n unfrendli.

It wz nt, ś ń, ɖt nît hd cm, bt smʈñ az darc az nît hd cm. No, wrs ɖn ɖt. It hd nt cm, bt it hd snt ɖt śivr ʈru ɖ sì t se ɖt it wz cmñ. Ẃt wz it?

Ɖr crǎdd upn hr ol ɖ storiz ś hd bn tld v Mrūnrz’ Roc, so cōld bcz īvl captinz pt sêlrz on it n līv ɖm ɖr t drǎn. Ɖe drǎn ẃn ɖ tîd rîzz, fr ɖen it z sbmrjd.

V cors ś śd hv rǎzd ɖ ćildṛn at wns; nt mirli bcz v ɖ uņoun ɖt wz stōcñ twd ɖm, bt bcz it wz no longr gd fr ɖm t slīp on a roc groun ćili. Bt ś wz a yuñ muɖr n ś dd nt nǒ ɖs; ś ʈt y simpli mst stic t yr rūl abt haf an aur aftr ɖ miḑe mīl. So, ɖo fir wz upn hr, n ś loñd t hír mel vôsz, ś wd nt wecn ɖm. Īvn ẃn ś hŕd ɖ sǎnd v mufld òrz, ɖo hr hart wz in hr mǎʈ, ś dd nt wecn ɖm. Ś std ovr ɖm t let ɖm hv ɖer slīp ǎt. Wz it nt brev v Wndi?

It wz wel fr ɖoz bôz ɖen ɖt ɖr wz wn amñ ɖm hu cd snif denjr īvn in hiz slīp. Pītr sprañ irect, az wîd awec at wns az a dog, n wɖ wn wornñ crî h rǎzd ɖ uɖrz.

H std mośnlis, wn hand t hiz ir.

“Pîṛts!” h craid. Ɖ uɖrz cem closr t him. A strenj smîl wz pleyñ abt hiz fes, n Wndi sw it n śudrd. Ẃl ɖt smîl wz on hiz fes nwn derd adres him; ol ɖe cd d wz t stand redi t obe. Ɖ ordr cem śarp n insîsiv.

“Dîv!”

Ɖr wz a glīm v legz, n instntli ɖ l’gūn sīmd dzrtd. Mrūnrz’ Roc std alon in ɖ fbidñ wōtrz az f it wr itslf mrūnd.

Ɖ bot drù nirr. It wz ɖ pîṛt dngi, wɖ ʈri figrz in hr, Smi n Starci, n ɖ ʈrd a captiv, no uɖr ɖn Tîgr Lili. Hr handz n anclz wr taid, n ś ń ẃt wz t b hr fet. Ś wz t b left on ɖ roc t periś, an end t wn v hr rês mor teṛbl ɖn deʈ bî fîr or torćr, fr z it nt ritn in ɖ bc v ɖ trîb ɖt ɖr z no paʈ ʈru wōtr t ɖ hapi huntñgrǎnd? Yt hr fes wz impasiv; ś wz ɖ dōtr v a ćīf, ś mst dî az a ćīf’s dōtr, it z inuf.

Ɖe hd còt hr bōrdñ ɖ pîṛt śip wɖ a nîf in hr mǎʈ. No woć wz cept on ɖ śip, it biyñ Hc’s bost ɖt ɖ wind v hiz nem gardd ɖ śip fr a mîl arnd. Nǎ hr fet wd hlp t gard it olso. Wn mor weil wd g ɖ rnd in ɖt wind bî nît.

In ɖ glūm ɖt ɖe bròt wɖ ɖm ɖ tū pîṛts dd nt si ɖ roc tl ɖe craśt intu it.

“Luf, y lubr,” craid an Îriś vôs ɖt wz Smi’z; “hir’z ɖ roc. Nǎ, ɖen, ẃt w hv t d z t hôst ɖ redscin on t it n līv hr hir t drǎn.”

It wz ɖ wrc v wn brūtl momnt t land ɖ bytifl grl on ɖ roc; ś wz tù prǎd t ofr a ven rzistns.

Qt nir ɖ roc, bt ǎt v sît, tū hedz wr bobñ p n dǎn, Pītr’z n Wndi’z. Wndi wz crayñ, fr it wz ɖ frst traɉdi ś hd sìn. Pītr hd sìn mni traɉdiz, bt h hd fgotn ɖm ol. H wz les sori ɖn Wndi fr Tîgr Lili: it wz tū agnst wn ɖt angrd him, n h mnt t sev hr. An īzi we wd hv bn t wêt untl ɖ pîṛts hd gn, bt h wz nvr wn t ćūz ɖ īzi we.

Ɖr wz olmst nʈñ h cd nt d, n h nǎ iṃtetd ɖ vôs v Hc.

“Ahô ɖr, y lubrz!” h cōld. It wz a marvḷs iṃteśn.

“Ɖ captin!” sd ɖ pîṛts, stẹrñ at ć uɖr in s’prîz.

“H mst b swimñ ǎt t s,” Starci sd, ẃn ɖe hd lct fr him in ven.

“W r ptñ ɖ redscin on ɖ roc,” Smi cōld ǎt.

“Set hr fri,” cem ɖ astoṇśñ ansr.

“Fri!”

“Yes, cut hr bondz n let hr g.”

“Bt, captin—”

“At wns, d’yi hír,” craid Pītr, “or I’l plunj mî hc in y.”

“Ɖs z qir!” Smi gaspt.

“Betr d ẃt ɖ captin ordrz,” sd Starci nrṿsli.

“Ai, ai,” Smi sd, n h cut Tîgr Lili’z cordz. At wns lîc an īl ś slid btwn Starci’z legz intu ɖ wōtr.

V cors Wndi wz vri iletd ovr Pītr’z clevrnis; bt ś ń ɖt h wd b iletd olso n vri lîcli cro n ɖus btre himslf, so at wns hr hand wnt ǎt t cuvr hiz mǎʈ. Bt it wz steid īvn in ɖ act, fr “Bot ahô!” rañ ovr ɖ l’gūn in Hc’s vôs, n ɖs tîm it wz nt Pītr hu hd spocn.

Pītr me hv bn abt t cro, bt hiz fes pucrd in a ẃisl v s’prîz instd.

“Bot ahô!” agn cem ɖ vôs.

Nǎ Wndi unḍstd. Ɖ riyl Hc wz olso in ɖ wōtr.

H wz swimñ t ɖ bot, n az hiz men śoud a lît t gîd him h hd sn rīćt ɖm. In ɖ lît v ɖ lantn Wndi sw hiz hc grip ɖ bot’s sîd; ś sw hiz īvl sworɖi fes az h rouz dripñ fṛm ɖ wōtr, n, qecñ, ś wd hv lîct t swim awe, bt Pītr wd nt buj. H wz tnġlñ wɖ lîf n olso top-hevi wɖ cnsit. “Am I nt a wundr, ǒ, I am a wundr!” h ẃisprd t hr, n ɖo ś ʈt so olso, ś wz riyli glad fr ɖ sec v hiz repyteśn ɖt nwn hŕd him xpt hrslf.

H sînd t hr t lisn.

Ɖ tū pîṛts wr vri krịs t nǒ ẃt hd bròt ɖer captin t ɖm, bt h sat wɖ hiz hed on hiz hc in a pziśn v pṛfǎnd meḷnc̣li.

“Captin, z ol wel?” ɖe asct timidli, bt h ansrd wɖ a holo mon.

“H saiz,” sd Smi.

“H saiz agn,” sd Starci.

“N yt a ʈrd tîm h saiz,” sd Smi.

Ɖen at last h spouc paśṇtli.

“Ɖ gem’z p,” h craid, “ɖoz bôz hv faund a muɖr.”

Afrîtd ɖo ś wz, Wndi sweld wɖ prîd.

“O īvl de!” craid Starci.

“Ẃt’s a muɖr?” asct ɖ ignṛnt Smi.

Wndi wz so śoct ɖt ś xclemd. “H dz’nt nǒ!” n olwz aftr ɖs ś flt ɖt f y cd hv a pet pîṛt Smi wd b hr wn.

Pītr pld hr bnʈ ɖ wōtr, fr Hc hd startd p, crayñ, “Ẃt wz ɖt?”

“I hŕd nʈñ,” sd Starci, rezñ ɖ lantn ovr ɖ wōtrz, n az ɖ pîṛts lct ɖe sw a strenj sît. It wz ɖ nst I hv tld y v, flotñ on ɖ l’gūn, n ɖ Nvr brd wz sitñ on it.

“Si,” sd Hc in ansr t Smi’z qsćn, “ɖt z a muɖr. Ẃt a lésn! Ɖ nst mst hv fōḷn intu ɖ wōtr, bt wd ɖ muɖr dzrt hr egz? No.”

Ɖr wz a brec in hiz vôs, az f fr a momnt h rcōld iṇsnt dez ẃn—bt h bruśt awe ɖs wìcnis wɖ hiz hc.

Smi, mć imprest, gezd at ɖ brd az ɖ nst wz bòrn past, bt ɖ mor sspiśs Starci sd, “F ś z a muɖr, phps ś z haññ abt hir t hlp Pītr.”

Hc winst. “Ai,” h sd, “ɖt z ɖ fir ɖt hōnts m.”

H wz rǎzd fṛm ɖs djx́n bî Smi’z īgr vôs.

“Captin,” sd Smi, “cd w nt cidnap ɖz bôz’ muɖr n mc hr ǎr muɖr?”

“It z a prinsli scīm,” craid Hc, n at wns it tc practicl śep in hiz gret bren. “W wl sīz ɖ ćildṛn n cari ɖm t ɖ bot: ɖ bôz w wl mc wōc ɖ planc, n Wndi śl b ǎr muɖr.”

Agn Wndi fgot hrslf.

“Nvr!” ś craid, n bobd.

“Ẃt wz ɖt?”

Bt ɖe cd si nʈñ. Ɖe ʈt it mst hv bn a līf in ɖ wind. “D y agri, mî bŭliz?” asct Hc.

“Ɖr z mî hand on it,” ɖe bʈ sd.

“N ɖr z mî hc. Swer.”

Ɖe ol swòr. Bî ɖs tîm ɖe wr on ɖ roc, n sudnli Hc rmembrd Tîgr Lili.

“Ẃr z ɖ redscin?” h dmandd abrupli.

H hd a plêfl hymr at momnts, n ɖe ʈt ɖs wz wn v ɖ momnts.

“Ɖt z ol rît, captin,” Smi ansrd cmplesntli; “w let hr g.”

“Let hr g!” craid Hc.

“Tẉz yr ǒn ordrz,” ɖ boṣn fōltrd.

“Y cōld ovr ɖ wōtr t s t let hr g,” sd Starci.

“Brimston n gōl,” ʈundrd Hc, “ẃt cúẓnñ z gwñ on hir!” Hiz fes hd gn blac wɖ rej, bt h sw ɖt ɖe b’livd ɖer wrdz, n h wz startld. “Ladz,” h sd, śecñ a litl, “I gev no sć ordr.”

“It z pasñ qir,” Smi sd, n ɖe ol fiɉtd uncumftbli. Hc rezd hiz vôs, bt ɖr wz a qivr in it.

“Spirit ɖt hōnts ɖs darc l’gūn tnît,” h craid, “dst hír m?”

V cors Pītr śd hv cept qayt, bt v cors h dd nt. H imīɉtli ansrd in Hc’s vôs:

“Odz, bobz, hamr n toñz, I hír y.”

In ɖt s’prīm momnt Hc dd nt blanć, īvn at ɖ gilz, bt Smi n Starci cluñ t ć uɖr in terr.

“Hu r y, strenjr? Spīc!” Hc dmandd.

“I am Jemz Hc,” rplaid ɖ vôs, “captin v ɖ Joli Rojr.”

“Y r nt; y r nt,” Hc craid hōrsli.

“Brimston n gōl,” ɖ vôs rtortd, “se ɖt agn, n I’l cast ancr in y.”

Hc traid a mor ingreśietñ manr. “F y r Hc,” h sd olmst humbli, “cm tel m, hu am I?”

“A codfiś,” rplaid ɖ vôs, “onli a codfiś.”

“A codfiś!” Hc ecoud blancli, n it wz ɖen, bt nt tl ɖen, ɖt hiz prǎd spirit brouc. H sw hiz men drw bac fṛm him.

“Hv w bn captind ol ɖs tîm bî a codfiś!” ɖe mutrd. “It z lowrñ t ǎr prîd.”

Ɖe wr hiz dogz snapñ at him, bt, trajic figr ɖo h hd bcm, h scersli hīdd ɖm. Agnst sć firfl evidns it wz nt ɖer b’lif in him ɖt h nīdd, it wz hiz ǒn. H flt hiz īgo slipñ fṛm him. “D’nt dzrt m, bŭli,” h ẃisprd hōrsli t it.

In hiz darc nećr ɖr wz a tuć v ɖ feṃnin, az in ol ɖ gret pîṛts, n it smtmz gev him intyiśnz. Sudnli h traid ɖ gesñ gem.

“Hc,” h cōld, “hv y anɖr vôs?”

Nǎ Pītr cd nvr rzist a gem, n h ansrd blîɖli in hiz ǒn vôs, “I hv.”

“N anɖr nem?”

“Ai, ai.”

“Vejtbl?” asct Hc.

“No.”

“Minṛl?”

“No.”

“Animl?”

“Yes.”

“Man?”

“No!” Ɖs ansr rañ ǎt scornḟli.

“Bô?”

“Yes.”

“Ordnri bô?”

“No!”

“Wundrfl bô?”

T Wndi’z pen ɖ ansr ɖt rañ ǎt ɖs tîm wz “Yes.”

“R y in Ñgḷnd?”

“No.”

“R y hir?”

“Yes.”

Hc wz cmplitli puzld. “Y asc him sm qsćnz,” h sd t ɖ uɖrz, wîpñ hiz damp brǎ.

Smi rflectd. “I c’nt ʈnc v a ʈñ,” h sd rgretḟli.

“C’nt ges, c’nt ges!” croud Pītr. “D y gv it p?”

V cors in hiz prîd h wz cariyñ ɖ gem tù far, n ɖ miscrịnts sw ɖer ćans.

“Yes, yes,” ɖe ansrd īgrli.

“Wel, ɖen,” h craid, “I am Pītr Pan.”

Pan!

In a momnt Hc wz himslf agn, n Smi n Starci wr hiz feʈfl hnćṃn.

“Nǎ w hv him,” Hc śǎtd. “Intu ɖ wōtr, Smi. Starci, mînd ɖ bot. Tec him ded or alîv!”

H lept az h spouc, n simlteńsli cem ɖ ge vôs v Pītr.

“R y redi, bôz?”

“Ai, ai,” fṛm verịs parts v ɖ l’gūn.

“Ɖen lam intu ɖ pîṛts.”

Ɖ fît wz śort n śarp. Frst t drw blud wz Jon, hu gaḷntli clîmd intu ɖ bot n hld Starci. Ɖr wz firs strugl, in ẃć ɖ cutḷs wz torn fṛm ɖ pîṛt’s grasp. H rigld oṿbōrd n Jon lept aftr him. Ɖ dngi driftd awe.

Hir n ɖr a hed bobd p in ɖ wōtr, n ɖr wz a flaś v stīl foloud bî a crî or a ẃūp. In ɖ cnfyźn sm struc at ɖer ǒn sîd. Ɖ corcscru v Smi got Tūtlz in ɖ forʈ rib, bt h wz himslf pnct in trn bî Crli. Farɖr fṛm ɖ roc Starci wz presñ Slîtli n ɖ twinz hard.

Ẃr ol ɖs tîm wz Pītr? H wz sīcñ bigr gem.

Ɖ uɖrz wr ol brev bôz, n ɖe mst nt b blemd fr bacñ fṛm ɖ pîṛtcaptin. Hiz ayn clw md a srcl v ded wōtr rnd him, fṛm ẃć ɖe fled lîc afrîtd fiśz.

Bt ɖr wz wn hu dd nt fir him: ɖr wz wn priperd t entr ɖt srcl.

Strenjli, it wz nt in ɖ wōtr ɖt ɖe met. Hc rouz t ɖ roc t briɖ, n at ɖ sem momnt Pītr sceld it on ɖ oṗzit sîd. Ɖ roc wz sliṗri az a bōl, n ɖe hd t crōl rɖr ɖn clîm. Nɖr ń ɖt ɖ uɖr wz cmñ. Ć fīlñ fr a grip met ɖ uɖr’z arm: in s’prîz ɖe rezd ɖer hedz; ɖer fesz wr olmst tućñ; so ɖe met.

Sm v ɖ gretist hiroz hv cnfest ɖt jst bfr ɖe fél t ɖe hd a sncñ. Hd it bn so wɖ Pītr at ɖt momnt I wd admit it. Aftr ol, h wz ɖ onli man ɖt ɖ Sī Cc hd fird. Bt Pītr hd no sncñ, h hd wn fīlñ onli, gladnis; n h náśt hiz priti tīʈ wɖ jô. Qc az ʈt h snaćt a nîf fṛm Hc’s blt n wz abt t drîv it hom, ẃn h sw ɖt h wz hayr p ɖ roc ɖn hiz fo. It wd nt hv bn fîtñ fer. H gev ɖ pîṛt a hand t hlp him p.

It wz ɖen ɖt Hc bit him.

Nt ɖ pen v ɖs bt its unfernis wz ẃt dezd Pītr. It md him qt hlplis. H cd onli stér, hoṛfaid. Evri ćîld z afctd ɖus ɖ frst tîm h z trītd unferli. Ol h ʈncs h hz a rît t ẃn h cmz t y t b yrz z fernis. Aftr y hv bn unfer t him h wl luv y agn, bt wl nvr afṭwdz b qt ɖ sem bô. Nwn evr gts ovr ɖ frst unfernis; nwn xpt Pītr. H ofn met it, bt h olwz fgot it. I s’poz ɖt wz ɖ riyl difṛns btwn him n ol ɖ rest.

So ẃn h met it nǎ it wz lîc ɖ frst tîm; n h cd jst stér, hlplis. Twîs ɖ ayn hand clwd him.

A fy momnts afṭwdz ɖ uɖr bôz sw Hc in ɖ wōtr strîcñ wîldli fr ɖ śip; no ileśn on ɖ pstiḷnt fes nǎ, onli ẃît fir, fr ɖ croc̣dîl wz in dogid psyt v him. On ordnri oceźnz ɖ bôz wd hv swum alñsd ćirñ; bt nǎ ɖe wr unīzi, fr ɖe hd lost bʈ Pītr n Wndi, n wr scǎrñ ɖ l’gūn fr ɖm, cōlñ ɖm bî nem. Ɖe faund ɖ dngi n wnt hom in it, śǎtñ “Pītr, Wndi” az ɖe wnt, bt no ansr cem sev mocñ laftr fṛm ɖ mrmeidz. “Ɖe mst b swimñ bac or flayñ,” ɖ bôz cncludd. Ɖe wr nt vri añśs, bcz ɖe hd sć feʈ in Pītr. Ɖe ćucld, bôlîc, bcz ɖe wd b lêt fr bed; n it wz ol muɖr Wndi’z fōlt!

Ẃn ɖer vôsz daid awe ɖr cem cold sîḷns ovr ɖ l’gūn, n ɖen a fībl crî.

“Hlp, hlp!”

Tū smōl figrz wr bìtñ agnst ɖ roc; ɖ grl hd fentd n le on ɖ bô’z arm. Wɖ a last eḟt Pītr pld hr p ɖ roc n ɖen le dǎn bsd hr. Īvn az h olso fentd h sw ɖt ɖ wōtr wz rîzñ. H ń ɖt ɖe wd sn b drǎnd, bt h cd d no mor.

Az ɖe le sîd bî sîd a mrmeid còt Wndi bî ɖ fīt, n bgan pŭlñ hr softli intu ɖ wōtr. Pītr, fīlñ hr slip fṛm him, wouc wɖ a start, n wz jst in tîm t drw hr bac. Bt h hd t tel hr ɖ truʈ.

“W r on ɖ roc, Wndi,” h sd, “bt it z growñ smōlr. Sn ɖ wōtr wl b ovr it.”

Ś dd nt unḍstand īvn nǎ.

“W mst g,” ś sd, olmst brîtli.

“Yes,” h ansrd fentli.

“Śl w swim or flî, Pītr?”

H hd t tel hr.

“D y ʈnc y cd swim or flî az far az ɖ îḷnd, Wndi, wɖt mî hlp?”

Ś hd t admit ɖt ś wz tù tîrd.

H mond.

“Ẃt z it?” ś asct, añśs abt him at wns.

“I c’nt hlp y, Wndi. Hc wūndd m. I cn nɖr flî nr swim.”

“D y mīn w śl bʈ b drǎnd?”

“Lc hǎ ɖ wōtr z rîzñ.”

Ɖe pt ɖer handz ovr ɖer îz t śut ǎt ɖ sît. Ɖe ʈt ɖe wd sn b no mor. Az ɖe sat ɖus smʈñ bruśt agnst Pītr az lît az a cis, n steid ɖr, az f seyñ timidli, “Cn I b v eni ys?”

It wz ɖ teil v a cît, ẃć Mîcl hd md sm dez bfr. It hd torn itslf ǎt v hiz hand n flotd awe.

“Mîcl’z cît,” Pītr sd wɖt inṭrest, bt nxt momnt h hd sizd ɖ teil, n wz pŭlñ ɖ cît twd him.

“It liftd Mîcl of ɖ grǎnd,” h craid; “ẃ śd it nt cari y?”

“Bʈ v s!”

“It c’nt lift tū; Mîcl n Crli traid.”

“Let s drw lots,” Wndi sd brevli.

“N y a ledi; nvr.” Olrdi h hd taid ɖ teil rnd hr. Ś cluñ t him; ś rfyzd t g wɖt him; bt wɖ a “Gdbî, Wndi,” h pśt hr fṛm ɖ roc; n in a fy minits ś wz bòrn ǎt v hiz sît. Pītr wz alon on ɖ l’gūn.

Ɖ roc wz vri smōl nǎ; sn it wd b sbmrjd. Pel rez v lît tiptóud acrs ɖ wōtrz; n bî n bî ɖr wz t b hŕd a sǎnd at wns ɖ most ḿzicl n ɖ most meḷnc̣li in ɖ wrld: ɖ mrmeidz cōlñ t ɖ mūn.

Pītr wz nt qt lîc uɖr bôz; bt h wz afreid at last. A tremr ran ʈru him, lîc a śudr pasñ ovr ɖ sī; bt on ɖ sī wn śudr foloz anɖr tl ɖr r hundṛdz v ɖm, n Pītr flt jst ɖ wn. Nxt momnt h wz standñ irect on ɖ roc agn, wɖ ɖt smîl on hiz fes n a drum bìtñ wɖn him. It wz seyñ, “T dî wl b an ōḟli big advnćr.”

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

ÑSPEL

24/09/2022

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