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小王子-01

(2011-08-01 16:54:30)
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亚利桑那州

宋体

大蟒蛇

真实的故事

彩色铅笔

杂谈

分类: 中英文故事

Once when I six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book , called True Stories from Nature , about the primeval forest . It was a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal . Here is a copy of the drawing .

In the book it said :”Boa constrictors swallow their prey whole , without chewing it . After that they are not able to move ,and they sleep through the six months that they need for digestion .”

I pondered deeply , then , over the adventures of the jungle . And after some work with a colored pencil I succeeded in making my first drawing . My Drawing Number One . It looked this :

I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups , and asked them whether the drawing frightened them .

But they answered :"Frighten ? Why should any one be frightened by a hat ?"

My drawing was not a picture of a hat . It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant . But since the grown-ups were not able to understand it , I made another drawing : I drew the inside of the boa constrictor , so that the grown-ups could see it clearly . They always need to have things explained . My Drawing Number Two looked like this :

The grown-ups response , this time , was to advise me to lay aside my drawings of boa constrictors , whether from the inside or the outside and devote myself instead to geography , history , arithmetic and grammar . That is why , at the age of six , I gave up what might have been a magnificent career as a painter . I had been disheartened by the failure of my Drawing Number One and my Drawing Number Two . Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves , and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them .

So then I chose another profession , and learned to pilot airplanes . I have flown a little over all parts of the world ; and it is true that geography has been very useful to me . At a glance I can distinguish China from Arizona . If one gets lost in the night , such knowledge is valuable .

In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence . I have lived a great deal among grown-ups . I have seen them intimately , close deal among grown-ups . I have seen them intimately , close at hand . And that hasn't much improved my opinion of them .

Whenever I met one of them who seemed to me at all clear-sighted , I tried the experiment of showing him my Drawing Number One , which I have always kept . I would try to find out , so , if this was a person of true understanding . But whoever it was , he , or she , would always say :" That is a hat ". Then I would never talk to that person about boa constrictors , or primeval forests , or stars . I would bring myself down to his level . I would talk to him about bridge , and golf , and politics , and neckties . And the grown-up would be greatly pleased to have met such a sensible man .

我六岁那年,看过一本书,书名叫《真实的故事》,内容是描述原始森林的,里面有一副非常精美的图画。那是一条大蟒蛇,正在吞食一头野兽。这就是那副画的翻版。

书上说:“大蟒蛇嚼也不嚼地就把整只猎物吞下。吞下后,他们便再也无法动弹,必须用上整整六个月的时间,一面睡觉一面消化猎物。”

于是,我把各种惊险的丛林奇遇,仔仔细细地想了一遍,然后用一支彩色铅笔,成功的画出了生平第一幅画,我的第一号作品,就像这个样子:

我把自己的杰作拿给大人们看,并问他们害不害怕。

没想到他们却回答:“一顶帽子有什么好怕的呢?”

我画的不是一顶帽子,而是一条正在消化一头大象的大蟒蛇。于是我把大蟒蛇内部的样子画出来,好让大人们可以看懂。他们习惯每件事情都被解释得清清楚楚。这就是我的第二号作品:

这一次,大人们说,不管是不是可以看到里面,以后不要再画大蟒蛇了,我应该专心研读地理、历史、算术和文法才对。就这样,我在六岁时放弃了以后可能成为伟大画家的机会。第一号和第二号作品的失败,很让我灰心丧气。大人们自己什么事都不懂,总是要让身为小孩的我们为他们解释,实在是很累人。

 可是,我不得不选择了另一种职业——开飞机。我几乎飞遍了世界的每个角落;地理学知识也确实帮了我很大的忙。只要瞄一眼,我就可以分辨出是中国还是亚利桑那州。当你在夜间迷航时,这样的知识是很有用的。

这辈子,我接触过的不少庄重严谨的人,我近距离地仔细观察过他们,但并没有改变多少我们对他们的看法。

有时,遇到看起来挺明白的大人,我会拿出自己一直保存着的第一号作品来试探一下,看他是不是真的明白,可他总是回答说:“这是一顶帽子。”于是我绝对不会跟那个人谈任何有关大蟒蛇、原始丛林或星星的话题。我会降低自己的水准来迁就他,跟他谈谈桥牌、高尔夫球、政治、领带什么的。而他就会非常高兴能认识我这样一个通情理的人......

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