東大過去問 １９７４年 第５問（総合）
But there came the dreadful night when the Station Master crept out very quietly to the yard where the big heap of coal was. On the top of the heap something small and dark was moving furtively among the coal. The Station Master concealed himself in the shadow of a truck, where he waited like a cat by a mouse-hole, till the small thing came to the edge of the heap, (A)cautiously let itself down, and lifted something after it. Then the Station Master’s hand fell on a collar, and there was Peter firmly held by the jacket, with a bag full of coal in his trembling clutch.
“So I’ve caught you at last, have I, you young thief?”
“I’m not thief,” said Peter, as firmly as he could.”I’m a coal-miner.”
”Shut up, you young rascal, and come along to the station.”
“Oh, no,”cried in the darkness an agonized voice that was not Peter’s. “Not the police station.”
“Not yet,” said the Station Master. “The Railway Station first. (B)Why, it’s a regular gang. Any more of you?”
“Only us,” said Lucy and Phyllis, coming out of the shadow of another truck.
“What do you mean by spying on a fellow like this?” said Peter to his sisters angrily.
(C)“Time someone did spy on you, I think,” said the Station Master. “Come along to the station.”
“Oh, don’t!” said Lucy. “It’s our fault just as much as Peter’s. We helped to carry the coal away — and we knew where he got it.”
“No, you didn’t!” said Peter.
“Yes, we did,” said Lucy. “We knew all the time. We only pretend we didn’t just to (D)humour you.”
(E)Peter’s cup was full. He had been caught, and now he learned that his sisters had “humoured” him.
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