◎Charlotte: "You made me your friend and in doing so, you made a spider beautiful to everyone in that barn..."
◎Templeton: "The rat rules!"
◎Charlotte: "haven't you ever heard that good things come to those who wait? (好酒沉甕底)"
Templeton: "No. Good things come to those who find it and shove it in their mouth!"
◎Wilbur: "Is it a TRUE word? I don't feel like I deserve all of the great words you've written about me..."
Charlotte: "Then, Wilbur, it's a PERFECT word.(HUMBLE)"
◎Charlotte: "We're born, we live, and when our time comes, we die. It's just a natural cycle of life."Words from the film:
(verb: make, break, keep) a promise (noun)
What can you “DO” to a promise?
eg. I meant to keep my promise. A promise is to be kept.
ordinary <=> amazing, miraculous
define “friendship,” “friend”
Does it mean the people staying together all the time? No.
springing pig vs. spring pig
Ignorance is a bless.
Rotten egg (p. 47): "... if that ancient egg ever breaks, this barn will be untenable."
What bring you here? Divinity?
I write for what you are, not what you do. (terrific)
The web itself is a miracle.
Definition: pushy, demanding
What’s your name? => When people want to address you, what would they call?
Templeton: " The rat rules!"
"It’s not fair."
"I really thought we have a shot."
handsome medal, token of appreciation
languishing (weak, feeble)Interesting passages from the book and the film:
(p. 3) "But it's unfair
(p. 13, 24) peaceful smell
(p. 17) stuttering goose
(p. 29) Definition: try to say the situation in more than two ways.
Definition 1: play → It means to have fun, to frolic, to run and skip and make merry.
Definition 2: rat → I prefer to spend my time eating, gnawing, spying, and hiding. I am a glutton but not a merry maker.
(p. 35) (Charlotte’s first appearance)
Definition 3: Salutations are greetings. When I “salutations,” it’s just my fancy way of saying hello or good morning. Actually, it’s a silly expression, and I am surprised that I used it at all.
(p. 40) sharp and clever
I’ve got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is!
Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty—everything I don’t like.
How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?
…Underneath her rather bold and cruel exterior, she had a kind heart, and she was to prove loyal and true to the very end.
Definition 4: child (In early summer there are plenty of things for a child to eat and drink and suck and chew…Everywhere you look is life…)
(p. 51) Charlotte has made a promise to Wilbur! (p. 66)
Definition 5: gullible (easy to fool)
(p. 77) The Miracle
Charlotte’s 1st word: SOME PIG
(p. 91, 94)
Charlotte’s 2nd word: TERRIFIC (<=> average)
Definition 6: But I am not terrific…You’re terrific as far as I’m concerned.
Charlotte’s 3rd word: RADIANT
(p.118) county fair
農物展(春/秋) state fair
fair展覽會= exhibition / 公平的(Ex.It's not fair.) fayre [英]
(p.134) spring pig
(p.138) Ferris Wheel Merry-go-round
Charlotte’s last word: HUMBLE
Definition 7: (1) not proud (2) near the ground.
(p.160) 25 dollars and a medal
Wilbur: "Why did you do all this for me?"
Charlotte: "You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you.
After all, what’s life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that."
Will you just pick out a nice sensible name for me—something not too long, not too fancy, and not too dumb?
You have chosen a hallowed doorway from which to string your webs. I think it is only fair
to tell you that I was devoted to your mother. I owe my very life to her. She was brilliant, beautiful, and loyal
to the end. To you, her daughters, I pledge
my friendship, forever and ever.
(p. 184)It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.