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狐狸和螃蟹

(2012-12-13 23:28:37)
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                             The Fox and the Crab

                                  狐狸和螃蟹

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A crab thought for quite a long time and finally made up his mind to leave the seashore for a green meadow nearby. He satisfactorily chose the meadow as his feeding-ground. 一支螃蟹想了很久,终于下定决心,离开海滨,到附近的一块绿草地去。他心满意足地将这块草地选作自己的捕食之地。

 

Before long, a fox came across him and ate him up (1) because the fox was very hungry. 不久,一条狐狸碰到他,便将他吃掉,因为狐狸非常饥饿。  

 

Just as the crab was on the point of being eaten, he said to himself as well as to the fox: (2) “I well deserve my fate; for what business had I come onto the land when by my nature and habits I am only adapted for the sea? 螃蟹在要被吃掉的当儿,对自己也是对狐狸,说道:“我是自作自受啊, 因为,就我的本性和习惯,我只适合住在海里,我跑到陆地上来干吗?”

 

Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness. 知足常乐

 

Notes:

1.       …a fox came across him and ate him up…

句中的副词up在这里有“彻底地,完全地”的意思,比如:to eat it up(把它吃光), to drink it up(把它喝完), to use it up(把它用尽), to read the book up(把这本书读完), to pay his debts up(把他的债务还清)。注意:翻译时,我们用“光、完、尽、清”来表达up的意思。

2.       …he said to himself as well as to the fox…

句中的并立复合连词as well as表示“以

及”,另外还有两个并立连词and和 not

only…but also意思和它相同,但强调的部

分不同:A and B(同时强调 A和B)/ not

only A but also B(强调B)/ A as well as B(强调 A)。

 

Questions:

1.       Which of the following statements is true according to the story?

A.      The crab and the fox were friends.

B.      The crab liked the meadow.

C.      The crab wanted very much to talk with the fox.

D.     The crab hated the meadow.

2.       The story was written to tell us that _____________________ .

A.      we should cherish what we have

B.      we should make more friends

C.      the crab was our friend

D.     the fox was very friendly

 

Key to the questions:    1. B      2. A

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