美国语文读本 | The Little Loaf 小块面包

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1.Once when there was a famine, a rich baker sent for twenty of the poorest children in the town, and said to them, "In this basket there is a loaf for each of you. Take it, and come back to me every day at this hour till God sends us better times."
1.从前,发生了一场饥荒。有一位富有的面包师让人叫来了城里最穷苦的二十个小孩,对他们说:“你们每个人都可以从这个篮子里拿一条面包。拿去吧,以后每天这个时候回到我这里来,直到上帝赐给我们好转的日子为止。”

2.The hungry children gathered eagerly about the basket, and quarreled for the bread, because each wished to have the largest loaf. At last they went away without even thanking the good gentleman.
2.饥饿的孩子们急忙围拢在篮子周围,他们为了面包互相争吵,因为每个人都希望拿到最大的那条面包。最后,他们连“谢谢”也没对那位善良的先生说一句就走了。

3.But Gretchen, a poorly-dressed little girl, did not quarrel or struggle with the rest, but remained standing modestly in the distance. When the ill-behaved girls had left, she took the smallest loaf, which alone was left in the basket, kissed the gentleman's hand, and went home.
3.然而,格雷琴,一个衣衫褴褛的小姑娘,并没有和其他人争抢,而是一直谦卑地站在远处。当那些举止失礼的孩子们离去之后,她拿出篮子里仅剩的最小的那条面包,亲吻面包师先生的手表示感谢,然后回家了。

4.The next day the children were as ill-behaved as before, and poor, timid Gretchen received a loaf scarcely half the size of the one she got the first day. When she came home, and her mother cut the loaf open, many new, shining pieces of silver fell out of it.
4.第二天,那些孩子们和第一天一样没礼貌,而穷苦、羞怯的格雷琴得到了更小的面包,几乎只有前一天那条面包的一半大。当她回到家,妈妈把面包条切开的时候,许多崭新的、闪闪发亮的银币掉了出来。

5.Her mother was very much alarmed, and said, "Take the money back to the good gentleman at once, for it must have got into the dough by accident. Be quick, Gretchen! be quick!"
5.她的妈妈吓呆了,说:“马上把这些钱拿回去还给那位仁慈的先生,这些钱肯定是意外掉进面团里的。赶快去,格雷琴,赶快!”

6.But when the little girl gave the rich man her mother's message, he said, "No, no, my child, it was no mistake. I had the silver pieces put into the smallest loaf to reward you. Always be as contented, peaceable, and grateful as you now are. Go home now, and tell your mother that the money is your own."
6.但是,当小姑娘把妈妈说的话告诉那位有钱人的时候,先生说:“不,不,我的孩子,那没弄错。我让人把这些银币放进最小的面包条里,是为了奖励你。希望你永远像现在这样,一直都有知足、平和、感恩的心。现在回家去吧,告诉妈妈,这些钱已经是你们自己的了。”

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