This children’s story by Enid Blyton tells of a man who is so forgetful that he is always leaving his kitchen door open. His pig takes advantage of this and spends most of its time sitting inside in front of the fire. One day the man finds that he has no money, and decides that selling the pig is a much better idea than working for a living. However, his forgetfulness causes him all sorts of problems in taking the pig to market. And when he finally does get it there, he receives a beating for his trouble. In the end, he decides that it might be easier to keep the pig and get a job.
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General Comments on the Story
Our source for the story was a 1946 children’s book called “The Enid Blyton Holiday Book”, which appears to be the only book by this writer currently available in the public domain. It can be downloaded in various e-book forms from the Internet Archive here.
(v: amaze, amazes, amazed, amazing) To surprise someone very much. It amazes me that no one noticed the mistake. 2. To fill someone with wonder. He amazed the audience with his magic tricks.
(n: amazement, noncount) A feeling of being amazed. To the amazement of her family, she left school to become a musician. 2000
(n: breath pl breaths) The air that you take into your lungs and send out from your lungs. His breath smells like garlic. 3000
(idiom: hold your breath) To stop breathing for a short time, such as when you dive into water.
(idiom: take a deep breath) To take a lot of air into your lungs.
(n: cart pl carts) A vehicle with two wheels that is pulled by an animal such as a horse or donkey. The farmer packed the vegetables into his cart to take them to market. 3000
(n: conductor pl conductors) 1. A person who collects money or tickets from passengers on a train or bus. 2. A person who stands in front of people while they sing or play musical instruments and directs their performance. 4000
(v: enjoy, enjoys, enjoyed, enjoying) To find pleasure in something. I enjoyed that movie.
(n: enjoyment) A feeling of pleasure caused by doing or experiencing something you like. Playing music was a source of great enjoyment.
(adj: enjoyable) Something that provides enjoyment. We had an enjoyable time together. 1000
(n: fool pl fools) A person who does not have a good sense or judgment; a stupid or silly person.
(v: fool, fools, fooled, fooling) 1. To speak or act in a playful way. Stop fooling about! 2. To trick or deceive. She fooled me with her story. 2000
(n: fright pl frights) A feeling of sudden fear. When you jumped out from behind the door it gave me such a fright!
(n: fright, noncount) Fear caused by sudden danger; sudden fear. I almost died of fright.
(v: frighten, frightens, frightened, frightening) To cause someone to feel fear. 2000
(n: goat pl goats) A small animal of the sheep family, with horns and a long-haired coat. 5000
(n: goose pl geese) A web-footed bird that swims like a duck, but is larger and has a longer neck. 4000
(n: heat, noncount) 1. Energy that causes things to become warmer. The sun's heat melted the snow. 2. Hot weather or temperatures. She doesn't like the heat.
(v: heat, heats, heated, heating) To cause something to become warm or hot. I heated the vegetables in the microwave.
(n: joke pl jokes) Something said or done to cause laughter. She meant it as a joke, but some people took her seriously. I heard a funny joke yesterday. 2000
(n: scarf pl scarves) A long piece of cloth that is worn on your shoulders, around your neck, or over your head. 5000
(n: seat pl seats) 1. Something [such as a chair] that you sit on; a place for sitting. There were seats for six people at the table. 2. The part of a chair or another piece of furniture that a person sits on. Be careful, that chair has a broken seat. 1000
(v: stare, stares, stared, staring) To look at someone or something directly for a long time without moving your eyes, often with eyes wide open. She was staring out the window. (จ้องมอง) 3000
To 'stare' can suggest looking at someone or something in a rude way because you think they are strange or shocking. Don't stare at people, it's not polite. A word with a similar meaning, 'gaze' suggests looking steadily at someone or something while being deep in thought. She gazed lovingly into his eyes.
(v: tear, tears, tore, torn, tearing) 1. To separate (something) into parts with a sudden or hard pulling action; to put a hole in a piece of clothing, paper, etc., usually by cutting it on something sharp. (ฉีกออก) 2. To go or move very quickly; to rush. He went tearing down the street on his bicycle. (เคลื่อนที่หรือกระทำอย่างเร่งรีบ)
(n: tear pl tears) A drop of liquid that comes from your eyes, especially when you cry; a teardrop. (น้ำตา) 2000
(n: trouble pl troubles) A situation that is difficult or has a lot of problems; [something which causes] worry, difficulty, extra effort or work, etc. When the new CEO arrived, the company was in big trouble. (ปัญหา)
(v: trouble, troubles, troubled, troubling) 1. To make (someone) feel worried or upset; to disturb or bother (someone). She was troubled by the news of her sister's illness. (ทำให้ไม่สบายใจ) 2. To make an effort to do something. He didn't even trouble to call. (พยายาม) 1000
(v: wonder, wonders, wondered, wondering) To have interest in knowing or learning something. (รู้สึกกังขา)
(n: wonder, noncount) A feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. (ความพิศวง)
(adj: wonderful) 1. So surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. as to create a feeling of wonder. (อัศจรรย์) 2. Beautiful, excellent, etc. (งดงาม) 1000
(v: worry, worries, worried, worrying) To think about problems or fears; to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen. If am not home on time, my parents start to worry. His poor health worries me. (วิตกกังวล) 1000