“Can I go into the drawing room?” The drawing room was where the Joneses kept the expensive (and uncomfortable) furniture Coraline’s grandmother had left them when she died. Coraline wasnt allowed in there. Nobody went in there. It was only for best.
“If you dont make a mess. And you dont touch anything.”
Coraline considered this carefully, then she took the paper and pen and went off to explore the inside of the flat.
She discovered the hot-water tank (it was in a cupboard in the kitchen).
She counted everything blue (153).
She counted the windows (21).
She counted the doors (14).
Of the doors that she found, thirteen opened and closed. The other, the big, carved, brown wooden door at the far corner of the drawing room, was locked.
She said to her mother, “Where does that door go?”
“It has to go somewhere.”
Her mother shook her head. “Look,” she told Coraline.
She reached up , and took a string of keys from the top of the kitchen doorframe. She sorted through them carefully and selected the oldest, biggest, blackest, rustiest key. They went into the drawing room. She unlocked the door with the key.
The door swung open.
Her mother was right. The door didn”t go anywhere. It opened on to a brick wall.
“When this place was just one house,” said Coralines mother, “that door went somewhere. When they turned the house into flats, they simply bricked it up. The other side is the empty flat on the other side of the house, the one thats still for sale.”
She shut the door and put the string of keys back on top of the kitchen doorframe.
“You didnt lock it,” said Coraline.
Her mother shrugged. “Why should I lock it?” she asked. “It doesnt go anywhere.”
Coraline didnt say anything.
It was nearly dark now, and the rain was still coming down, pattering against the windows and blurring the lights of the cars in the street outside.
Coralines father stopped working and made them all dinner.
Coraline was disgusted. “Daddy,” she said, “youve made a recipe  again.”
“Its leek  and potato stew, with a tarragon  garnish  and melted Gruyere cheese,” he admitted.
Vocabulary & Phrases
 reach up抬起（手，足等）
 recipe[?res?pi] n. 食谱；处方；秘诀
 leek[lik] n. 韭葱
 tarragon[?t?r?ɡ?n]n. 龙嵩
 garnish[?gɑrn??] n. 装饰；配菜