Five Have a Wonderful Time (Famous Five, Book 11)
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The Famous Five are having a brilliant time - on holiday in horse-drawn caravans - and they've discovered a ruined castle nearby! The castle looked deserted from a distance - but is that a face at the window? Or is it a trick of the light? The Famous Five just have to find out! Just who is hiding in the castle?
to us!" The snake-man was sitting on a box, with one snake spread over his knee, some of its coils round one of his legs, the other coils round his waist. The head appeared to be under his arm-pit. The man was rubbing away hard at the snake's scaly body, and it really seemed as if the python was enjoying it! Bufflo was doing something with a whip. It had a magnificent handle, set with semi-precious stones that caught the sun and glittered in many colours. "Look at the lash," said Julian.
this way — come on, follow. Down the hillside, look!" In the greatest astonishment the four children and Timmy followed the wheel-marks. Julian glanced back once, feeling that they were being watched. But not one of the fair-folk was to be seen. Perhaps they are watching silently behind their caravan curtains, Julian thought, uncomfortably. The wheel-marks went right down the field and reached the gate. It was shut now, but it must have been opened for the two caravans, because there were marks
"Somebody does something unkind to them, so they get sulky, and wait for a chance to hit back — and then someone set the police on them, too, don't forget — they're very touchy at the moment, I imagine." "Well, it's a pity," said George, watching Dick light a camp-fire very efficiently. "I was looking forward to having a good time with them. Do you suppose the farmer will mind us being here?" "Oh — I never thought of that," said Julian. "This may not be a camping field. I hope to goodness we
don't have an angry farmer shouting at us tomorrow!" "And, oh dear, we are so far away from the stream now," said Anne. "It's on the other side of the field where we were — and we do badly want water." "We'll have to do without it tonight," said Dick, firmly. "I don't want the top of my hair taken off by Bufflo, or a rope tying up my legs, thrown by the ropeman, or a snake wriggling after me. I bet those fair-folk will be on the watch for us to fetch water. This is all very silly." They had
trots along like a pony," said Julian. "There's someone coming out of his caravan now," said George. "Look." "It's a woman," said Anne. "His wife, I expect. How tiny she is — rather sweet. She looks Spanish, she's so dark." "This must be the fire-eater, coming behind her," said George. "Surely it is! And he's JUST like you imagined him, Dick. How clever of you!" A great big fellow came down the steps behind his tiny wife. He certainly looked very fierce, for he had a lion-like mane of tawny