牙牙学英语之童话:衬衫领子(双语)

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编辑点评: 这篇故事发表于1848年哥本哈根出版的《新的童话》里。它是根据现实生活写成的,安徒生说,一位朋友和他谈起一位破落的绅士。此人所有的财产只剩下一个擦鞋器和一把梳子,但是他的架子却还放不下来,一直吹嘘自己过去的“光荣”。事实上,在一个阶级社会里,没有了财产就没有了特权,何况衬衫领子本身已经破烂了。最后它只有“来到一个造纸厂的箱子里。周围是一堆破烂的朋友:细致的跟细致的人在一起,粗鲁的跟粗鲁的人在一起,真是物以类聚。”“它已经成了造纸的原料了,最后变成纸,这个故事就是在这张纸上被印出来的。”这是一起含蓄的讽刺小品。

HERE was once a fine gentleman who possessed among other things a boot-jack and a hair-brush; but he had also the finest shirt-collar in the world, and of this collar we are about to hear a story.
从前有一位漂亮的绅士;他所有的动产只是一个脱靴器和一把梳子。但他有一个世界上最好的衬衫领子。我们现在所要听到的就是关于这个领子的故事。

The collar had become so old that he began to think about getting married; and one day he happened to find himself in the same washing-tub as a garter.
衬衫领子的年纪已经很大,足够考虑结婚的问题。事又凑巧,他和袜带在一块儿混在水里洗。

“Upon my word,” said the shirt-collar, “I have never seen anything so slim and delicate, so neat and soft before. May I venture to ask your name?”
“我的天!”衬衫领子说,“我从来没有看到过这么苗条和细嫩、这么迷人和温柔的人儿。请问你尊姓大名?”

“I shall not tell you,” replied the garter.
这个我可不能告诉你!”袜带说。

“Where do you reside when you are at home?” asked the shirt-collar. But the garter was naturally shy, and did not know how to answer such a question.
“你府上在什么地方?”衬衫领子问。不过袜带是非常害羞的。要回答这样一个问题,她觉得非常困难。

“I presume you are a girdle,” said the shirt-collar, “a sort of under girdle. I see that you are useful, as well as ornamental, my little lady.”
“我想你是一根腰带吧?”衬衫领子说——“一种内衣的腰带!亲爱的小姐,我可以看出,你既有用,又可以做装饰品!”

“You must not speak to me,” said the garter; “I do not think I have given you any encouragement to do so.”
 “你不应该跟我讲话!”袜带说。“我想,我没有给你任何理由这样做!”

“Oh, when any one is as beautiful as you are,” said the shirt-collar, “is not that encouragement enough?”
“咳,一个长得像你这样美丽的人儿,”衬衫领子说,“就是足够的理由了。”

“Get away; don’t come so near me,” said the garter, “you appear to me quite like a man.”
“请不要走得离我太近!”袜带说,“你很像一个男人!”

“I am a fine gentleman certainly,” said the shirt-collar, “I possess a boot-jack and a hair-brush.” This was not true, for these things belonged to his master; but he was a boaster.
“我还是一个漂亮的绅士呢!”衬衫领子说。“我有一个脱靴器和一把梳子!”

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