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智慧寓言故事选集----10. The monkeys awoke

(2007-11-02 13:14:30)
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10. The monkeys awoke

There was a lazy man in the country of Chu. All day he was thinking of how to make a big fortune without much effort. He thought that the person who kept bees could get honey and who kept the fish eagle could get fish. Why not raise some monkeys? They could pick fruits for me!

So he bought a group of monkeys and locked them in an empty house. He also bought a lot of baskets for loading the fruits and taught the monkeys how to carry the baskets. With a whip in hand, he trained the monkeys strictly. Then he bought many fruits and taught the monkeys how to load them. If any clumsy monkey got a bite of the fruits or bruised them, he would whip the monkey fiercely. Very soon, the monkeys were under his control, daring not disobey him. Only until then would he free the monkeys into the forest to pick fruits for him.

It was true that the monkeys were very obedient. Everyday they started early and came back late, carrying back all kinds of fresh fruits for him. All he had to do was to take these fruits to the market and sell them. From then on, he lived a comfortably off life.

This lazy man is very hard on the monkeys. Every morning he drove the monkeys into the mountain. No matter how many fruits the monkeys picked, he only gave each of them one fruit. The monkeys had been working tiredly for a whole day, how could one fruit appease their hunger? So they squeaked with hunger. But he would give them no more and even beat them. Whoever cried more loudly would be beaten more heavily.

The monkeys were fed up with their master's ill-treatment,but none of them dared to say a word because they knew clearly what it meant by being whipped.

One day the monkeys went to pick the fruits as usual. Although they were extremely hungry, they just put the picked fruits into the baskets as they had been taught to do so and dared not put the fruits in their mouths.

They were hungry to the utmost and the master was not there, so a daring monkey began to eat the fruits. When seeing this, the others were watering their mouths. Later, they really couldn’t resist the temptation any more and also started to eat the fruits.

When an old wild monkey saw this, it couldn’t help laughing, "Kids, these are wild fruits. Take it easy and eat. Look, you have been treated without any attributes of monkey. Eat, eat them."

The monkeys looked at each other and talked in confusion,"These fruits don't belong to the master. Anyone can pick and eat them."

"The master is too lazy to go up the mountain and he can't see us, so let's eat boldly."

Quickly the monkeys climbed onto the tall trees one after another, picking the ripest and biggest fruits to eat. After a while, they were quite full.

While eating, they discussed,” I bet the right to pick the fruits on the mountain belongs not only to the master!” I have thought that master feeds us, but now I realize that it is us who support him!” The mountain is the nature's and everyone can go up the mountain; fruits are the wild fruits and everybody can pick them. He is too lazy to work and even force us to work for him. Why should we endure the torture he gives us?” And how! We are asking for trouble ourselves."

Having been hungry for a long time, the monkeys fell asleep soon, lying disorderly. When they woke up, the sun was descending behind the hills and the baskets were not full.

A little monkey said,” If we go back today, we will certainly be beaten. Huh! Even if I will be whipped, I won't work for him any longer and I want to have a word with him!" Another monkey said,” Master is always rude. If we don't work for him, he would sell us!” The monkeys scratched their heads, not knowing what they should do.

An elder monkey was a bit cleverer. It said,” Why should you go back? The mountain and the forest are without end. Why couldn’t we find fruits to eat? The road of life is just under our feet. We should make up our mind and leave here immediately!” The old wild monkey interrupted again,” That’s right. Go, let’s go together!"

Throwing away the baskets one after another, the monkeys jumped and laughed happily. Then they entered the boundless forest.

In the evening, the master waited restlessly and impatiently, but the monkeys didn't come back. When he went up the mountain, there was not a single monkey except the disorderly laid baskets. He flew into a rage, but was still too lazy to work. At last he died of hunger on his own bed.

 

10.猴子觉醒了

楚国有个好吃懒做的人,他整天思谋着怎样不出力气,或者少出点儿力就可以拣到大便宜的窍门。他想,养蜜蜂的人能得到蜂蜜,养鱼鹰的人能得到鱼,我为什么不养些猴子呢?猴子会采果子呵!

于是,他买了一群猴子,把它们关在一所空房子里,又买了好多装果子用的篓子,教猴子扛篓子。他手拿皮鞭,严加训练。然后又买了许多果子教猴子装篓子,哪个猴子毛手毛脚地吃上一口果子,或者把果子碰伤了,他便举起皮鞭,乱抽一顿。没多久,便把猴子整治得服服贴贴,说一不二了。这时,他才把猴子放到山里,去给他采果子。

不错,猴子们挺驯服,每天早出晚归,背驮肩扛地给他采来各种各样的鲜果。他只要把这些鲜果拿到集市上卖出去就行了。从此他的日子过得松松宽宽,逍遥自在。

这个不劳而获的人很苛刻,他每天早上把猴子赶上山去采果子,不管采下多少果子,每只猴子只发给一个。猴子们劳累一天,一个果子怎么能吃饱肚子呢?饿得吱吱叫,他不但不给补充,还用皮鞭抽打它们,哪个叫的响,哪个就挨得重。

猴子们对主人的苛刻虐待很反感,但谁也不敢吭气,因为它们很知道皮鞭的味道。

这天,猴子们照常上山去采果子,虽然肚子空空的,但受过训练,采下果子来,只往篓子里装,不敢往嘴里放。他们饿极了,主人又不在面前,有一个大胆点儿的,便吃起果子来,其它的猴子看见了,都一直咽口水。后来,实在耐不住了,也学着它的样子吃起来了。

一个野生老猴子看见它们这般模样,不禁大笑起来:“猴儿们,这都是野生野长的果子,放心大胆地吃吧,看你们被人整治得没点儿猴性了,吃吧,吃吧。”

猴子们互相看看,也七嘴八舌地吱哇起来:“这果子不是主人的,谁都可以采,谁都可以吃。”

“主人懒得上山来,他又看不见,咱们放开肚子吃呗。”

猴子们一个个“嗤溜”“嗤溜”地爬上高高的大树上,捡最红最大的果子吃起来,一会儿就吃了个肚儿圆。

它们边吃边议论:“敢情在这山上采果子的权利,不单是只有主人才有呀!”“我原来还以为是主人养活咱们呢,现在才弄明白是咱们养活他呀!”“山是大自然的山,谁都可以上山来,果是野生的果,谁都可以摘,他懒得劳动,鞭打咱们给他干活,咱们何必受他那样折磨呢?”“可不是吗?我们是自找苦吃!”

猴子们长时间挨饿,吃饱后一个个东倒西歪地睡着了。一觉醒来,太阳已快落山了,篓子里还没有装满呢。

一个小猴子说:“今天回去,保准得吃皮鞭,哼!就是吃皮鞭,我也不给他干活了,我要和他讲理!”另一个小猴子说:“主人从来不讲理,咱们要不给他干活,他会把咱们再卖掉!”大伙挖耳挠腮,扑闪着眼皮,一时不晓得该怎样是好。

还是老一点的猴子精灵,它说:“干吗要回去呢?这大山没有头,森林没有边,到哪里没有我们吃的果子?生活的路子就在我们脚下,我们应该当机立断,立刻离开这里!”那个野生的老猴儿又插话了:“这就对了,走,一块走哇!”

大伙儿一个个扔掉手里的篓子,欢跳着,嘻笑着,钻进那无边无际的山林里去了。

那个主人到了晚上,左等右等不见猴子们回来,到山上一看,除了横躺竖倒的篓子以外,一个猴儿也不见了。他气坏了,但仍旧好吃懒做。后来,他终于饿死在自己的床上了。

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