You say that Father writes a lot of books, but what he writes I don't understand.
He was reading to you all the evening, but could you really make out what he meant?
What nice stories, mother, you can tell us! Why can't father write stories like that, I wonder?
Did he never hear from his own mother stories of giants and fairies and princesses?
Has he forgotten them all?
Often when he gets late for his bath you have to go and call him a hundred times.
You wait and keep his dishes warm for him, but he goes on writing and forgets.
Father always plays at making books.
If I ever go to play in father's room, you come and call me, "what a naughty child!"
If I make the slightest noise, you say, "Don't you see that father's at his work?"
What's the fun of always writing and writing?
When I take up father's pen or pencil and write upon his books just as he does,—a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,—why do you get cross with me, then, mother?
You never say a word when father writes.
When my father wastes such heaps of paper, mother, you don't seem to mind at all.
But if I take only one sheet to make a boat with, you say, "Child, how troublesome you are!"
What do you think of father's spoiling sheets and sheets of paper with black marks all over on both sides?
make out 弄清，弄懂
wonder ['wʌndə] v. 不明白，想知道
giant ['ʤaɪənt] n. 巨人
fairy ['feəri] n. 小仙女
princess [prɪn'ses] n. 公主
bath [bɑ:ɵ] n. 洗澡、沐浴
dish [dɪʃ] n. 菜
naughty ['nɔ:ti] adj. 顽皮的，淘气的
slight [slaɪt] adj. 轻微的、细微的
get cross with （对……）生气，发脾气
waste [weɪst] v. 浪费，耗损
heap [hi:p] n. 成堆，许多
sheet [ʃi:t] n. 纸张，（～）张
troublesome ['trʌblsə m] adj. 讨厌的，烦恼的
spoil [spɔɪl] v. 弄糟，毁坏