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【英语短剧】Four Wives  编剧/晚枫

(2011-05-01 14:13:45)
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分类: 英汉诵读素材、视频

Four Wives

N: narrator  Male voice

M: merchant Male voice

W1: wife 1

W2: wife 2

W3: wife 3

W4: wife 4

N: Long ago, there was a rich merchant. He had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.

M: I love her, but I also loved my 3rd wife very much. I’m very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to my friends. However, I am always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.

N: He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient and in fact is the merchant's confidante. Here she comes.  

W2: I am Natalie, I’m his second wife. I think he loves me the most for my wisdom, and understanding of him. Whenever he faced some problems, he always turned to me and I would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.

W1: I am Marry, his first wife. I am a very loyal partner and have made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business. I also take care of the household. But he did not love me and although I loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of me. It’s unfair, isn’t it?

N: One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself:

M: Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I die, I'll be alone. How lonely I'll be! I will ask my 4th wife.
(to his 4th wife) Hey, darling, I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?

W4: No way! How can I waste my beauty this way? Goodbye, dying man!

M: Oh, her answer cut me like a sharp knife right into my heart. I am so sad. I will ask my 3rd wife.
(turn to 3rd wife) Sweetie, I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?

W3: No! Life is so good over here! I don’t want to end my life to company a dead man. I'm going to find someone else and remarry when you die!

N: The poor dying merchant felt his heart sank and turned cold.

M: (sigh) I guess I will have to ask my 2nd wife.
(turn to 2nd wife) Dear
I always turned to you for help and you've always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?

W2: I'm sorry, I helped you before, but I can't help you out this time! At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.

N: Her answer came like a bolt of thunder and he was devastated.

W1: I'll leave with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go.

M: Oh my dear first wife, you are so skinny, almost like you suffered from malnutrition. I am greatly grieved, but I would say to you I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!

N: Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives

W4The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die.

W3The 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.

W2The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

W1: The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure.

NGuess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Perhaps it's a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait until we're on our deathbed to lament.

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