英語故事:女王和老鼠
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很久之前,有個王后和她的小女兒被囚禁在一個高塔里,過得很艱苦。后來來了一只老鼠,總是變出美味的食物給她們吃。王后一直想送自己的女兒出高塔,而下面的老婦人說可以幫她這個忙,但是需要老鼠做為回報。王后拒絕了這個要求……
Once upon a time a wicked King from a faraway country invaded the land where a Queen ruled. The invader1 King captured the Queen and her baby daughter as prisoners. When he returned to his kingdom, he shut them both into the highest room of a tall tower. The room was very tiny and bare, with only one table and a very hard bed.
 
Then the enemy King sent for a fairy who lived near his kingdom. He nearly pushed the Fairy up the stairs to the Queen's room. The Fairy was touched by the sight of the Queen's miserable2 condition.  When she kissed the Queen's hand, the Fairy whispered to her, "Courage, madam! I think I see a way to help you."
 
The Queen whispered her thanks. Then the wicked King cried harshly, "Silence!"  He turned to the Fairy. "I brought you here for one reason and one reason only. Tell me this: Will this baby girl grow up to be a worthy3 bride for my son?"
 
The Fairy answered that indeed, the Princess would grow up to have all the graces, intelligence and charms that was in every way worthy of a throne. The old King growled4 to the Queen that it was lucky for them both that the Fairy had said it would be so. He would save the baby's life to become the future bride for his son.  From the highest room of the tower the Fairy and Queen could hear the King's son shrieking5 and demanding that his servants do this and that from way down below, his mean voice carrying over all other voices and noises. The King thundered that if the Fairy had made a different forecast, both the baby and her mother would immediately have been hanged. Then he stamped off, taking the Fairy with him, and leaving the poor Queen in tears.
 
"How can I wish my little daughter to grow up, only to be married to that horrid6 King's son!" she cried. "And yet if she were ill-fated, we would both be doomed7 right now. If only I could hide her away somewhere, anywhere! There must be someplace safe where the cruel King could never find her." But where could the infant be hid, since they were both stuck in that tiny room at the top of the tower?
 
As the days went on, the Queen and the little Princess grew thinner and thinner.  Forvery day, their hard-hearted jailer gave them only three boiled peas each to eat and a tiny morsel8 of black bread, so they were always terribly hungry. At last, one evening, as the Queen sat at her spinning-wheel - for she was also made to work day and night - she saw a tiny, pretty little mouse creep out of a hole. She said to the mouse, "Alas9, little creature! Why are you coming here? We have only three peas each per day.  So unless you wish to starve I'm afraid you must go elsewhere for your food."
 
But the mouse ran hither and thither10, and danced and twirled so prettily11, that the Queen clapped and laughed with joy.  At last she gave the mouse her last pea, which she was keeping for her supper, saying, "Here, little one. I'm sorry I've nothing better to offer you.  Your fine dancing deserves far more than this wrinkled little pea."
 
She had hardly spoken, when upon the table appeared a succulent roast partridge and two dishes of preserved fruit. Amazed was she! Quickly the Queen mashed13 a portion of the meat and fruit and spoon fed her baby, who licked each spoonful with glee. Then the Queen ate with great satisfaction herself, and offered what was left to the little mouse.  The mouse danced even more charmingly than ever before.
 
The next morning the jailer brought the Queen and the Princess' daily allowance of three peas each, which he brought in upon a large dish to make them look even smaller. As soon as the jailer left, the Queen gave the mouse all three of her peas.
 
The empty dish was instantly covered with all sorts of wonderful things to eat, and the Queen shared a feast with her daughter once again. But afterwards, as she sat at her spinning-wheel, she began to worry that the fine meals could end any time, and even if they didn't, that her precious daughter was doomed to live as a prisoner, only to be forced to marry that horrid prince when she grew up.
 
The Queen despaired, "Oh! If only I could think of some way to save her!"
 
As she spoke12, she noticed the little mouse playing in a corner with some long straws. The Queen began to braid the straws, thinking, "If I had but enough straws I could make a basket with them.  Then if I let my baby down in the basket from the window, perhaps a kind passerby14 might take care of her and raise her in freedom."
 
By the time she had finished her thoughts, the little mouse had dragged in more and more straw, until the Queen had plenty to weave her basket. The Queen worked at it night while the little mouse danced for her. At lunch and supper time the Queen gave the mouse the three peas and the bit of black bread, and always found something scrumptious in their place. She really could not imagine where all these yummy dishes were coming from.
 
At last one day the basket was finished.  The Queen was looking out of the window to see how long a cord she must make to lower the basket to the bottom of the tower, when she noticed a little old woman down below leaning on her stick and looking up at her.  The old woman said, "I know your trouble, madam. If you like, I can help you."
 
"Oh, dear lady!" said the Queen. "If you really wish to be of use to me, you will come later at a certain time I will tell you, and I will let down my poor little baby in a basket. If you will take her and bring her up for me, when I'm rich and free again, I will reward you splendidly."
 
"I don't care about any reward," said the old woman. "And you can be sure your little daughter shall be well taken care of by me. But there is one thing I should like. You must know that I am very particular about what I eat.  If there is one thing that I fancy above all else, it is a plump, tender little mouse. If there happens to be any mouse in your garret, just throw it down to me, that's all I ask."
 
Well, when the Queen heard this, she began to cry. The old woman, after waiting a few minutes, asked her what was the matter.
 
"Why," said the Queen, "There is only one mouse in this garret, and that is such a dear, sweet little thing that I cannot bear to think of it's being killed."
 
"What!" cried the old woman in a rage. "You care more for a miserable mouse than for your own baby? Good-bye, madam! I leave you to enjoy its company. For my own part I thank my stars that I can get plenty of mice without troubling the likes of you!"
 
That night when the Queen's baby was fast asleep, she packed it into the basket and wrote on a slip of paper, "Here is my beloved but unfortunate little baby girl. Please raise her with tenderness and love." This she pinned to the baby's robe. Very sadly she shut the basket. Just then, in sprang the little mouse.
 
"Ah, little one!" said the Queen. "It cost me dear today to save your life." Whereupon the Queen collapsed15 in a heap.
 
The Mouse answered, "Believe me, madam, you will never regret your kindness."
 
The Queen was immensely astonished when the Mouse began to speak.  And still more so when she saw its little sharp nose turn to a charming face, and its paws become hands and feet. Then it suddenly grew tall, and the Queen recognized the Fairy who had come up to her tower room with the wicked King to visit her.
 
The Fairy smiled at her astonished look.  Said the Fairy, "I wanted to see if you were capable of real friendship before I extended myself to help you. You see, we fairies are rich in everything but friends, and true friends are hard to find."
 
The Queen relied, rushing to her, "I cannot believe that you would lack for friends, you charming creature."
 
"Yet it is so," said the Fairy. "For many are only friendly with Fairies for their own advantage, and that I do not count at all. But when you protected the poor little mouse, you could not have known there was anything to be gained by it. To test you I took the form of the old woman whom you talked to from the window.  I tempted16 you to forsake17 your little mouse friend. But this you did not do! Then I realized that you are indeed capable of true friendship."
 
Turning to the little Princess, the Fairy kissed her rosy18 lips three times. The Princess cooed and giggled19.
 
"Dear little one," said the Fairy to the infant girl. "I am going to take you and your mother to my very own enchanted20 cottage, quite a distance from this wicked kingdom. There you both will be invisible to all others and you, sweet baby, will grow up safe and free, and will be together with your mother."
 
In an instant, the Fairy, the Queen, and her baby vanished from the tower prison room, never to return.
 


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1 invader RqzzMm     
n.侵略者,侵犯者,入侵者
參考例句:
  • They suffered a lot under the invader's heel.在侵略者的鐵蹄下,他們受盡了奴役。
  • A country must have the will to repel any invader.一個國家得有決心擊退任何入侵者。
2 miserable g18yk     
adj.悲慘的,痛苦的;可憐的,糟糕的
參考例句:
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,這是可恥的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她過去的生活很苦。
3 worthy vftwB     
adj.(of)值得的,配得上的;有價值的
參考例句:
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我認為他不值得信賴。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.沒有值得一提的事發生。
4 growled 65a0c9cac661e85023a63631d6dab8a3     
v.(動物)發狺狺聲, (雷)作隆隆聲( growl的過去式和過去分詞 );低聲咆哮著說
參考例句:
  • \"They ought to be birched, \" growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他們應受到鞭打。” 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • He growled out an answer. 他低聲威脅著回答。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
5 shrieking abc59c5a22d7db02751db32b27b25dbb     
v.尖叫( shriek的現在分詞 )
參考例句:
  • The boxers were goaded on by the shrieking crowd. 拳擊運動員聽見觀眾的喊叫就來勁兒了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • They were all shrieking with laughter. 他們都發出了尖銳的笑聲。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
6 horrid arozZj     
adj.可怕的;令人驚恐的;恐怖的;極討厭的
參考例句:
  • I'm not going to the horrid dinner party.我不打算去參加這次討厭的宴會。
  • The medicine is horrid and she couldn't get it down.這種藥很難吃,她咽不下去。
7 doomed EuuzC1     
命定的
參考例句:
  • The court doomed the accused to a long term of imprisonment. 法庭判處被告長期監禁。
  • A country ruled by an iron hand is doomed to suffer. 被鐵腕人物統治的國家定會遭受不幸的。
8 morsel Q14y4     
n.一口,一點點
參考例句:
  • He refused to touch a morsel of the food they had brought.他們拿來的東西他一口也不吃。
  • The patient has not had a morsel of food since the morning.從早上起病人一直沒有進食。
9 alas Rx8z1     
int.唉(表示悲傷、憂愁、恐懼等)
參考例句:
  • Alas!The window is broken!哎呀!窗子破了!
  • Alas,the truth is less romantic.然而,真理很少帶有浪漫色彩。
10 thither cgRz1o     
adv.向那里;adj.在那邊的,對岸的
參考例句:
  • He wandered hither and thither looking for a playmate.他逛來逛去找玩伴。
  • He tramped hither and thither.他到處流浪。
11 prettily xQAxh     
adv.優美地;可愛地
參考例句:
  • It was prettily engraved with flowers on the back.此件雕刻精美,背面有花飾圖案。
  • She pouted prettily at him.她沖他撅著嘴,樣子很可愛。
12 spoke XryyC     
n.(車輪的)輻條;輪輻;破壞某人的計劃;阻撓某人的行動 v.講,談(speak的過去式);說;演說;從某種觀點來說
參考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他們的輪輻螺帽是從我們公司獲得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.輻條是輪子上連接外圈與中心的條棒。
13 mashed Jotz5Y     
a.搗爛的
參考例句:
  • two scoops of mashed potato 兩勺土豆泥
  • Just one scoop of mashed potato for me, please. 請給我盛一勺土豆泥。
14 passerby Gm9zQ8     
n.過路人,行人
參考例句:
  • We had our photo taken by a passerby.我們請了一個路人為我們照相。
  • A passerby heard her screams and rushed to her aid.一個過路人聽見她的尖叫,便沖過去幫助她。
15 collapsed cwWzSG     
adj.倒塌的
參考例句:
  • Jack collapsed in agony on the floor. 杰克十分痛苦地癱倒在地板上。
  • The roof collapsed under the weight of snow. 房頂在雪的重壓下突然坍塌下來。
16 tempted b0182e969d369add1b9ce2353d3c6ad6     
v.慫恿(某人)干不正當的事;冒…的險(tempt的過去分詞)
參考例句:
  • I was sorely tempted to complain, but I didn't. 我極想發牢騷,但還是沒開口。
  • I was tempted by the dessert menu. 甜食菜單饞得我垂涎欲滴。
17 forsake iiIx6     
vt.遺棄,拋棄;舍棄,放棄
參考例句:
  • She pleaded with her husband not to forsake her.她懇求丈夫不要拋棄她。
  • You must forsake your bad habits.你必須革除你的壞習慣。
18 rosy kDAy9     
adj.美好的,樂觀的,玫瑰色的
參考例句:
  • She got a new job and her life looks rosy.她找到一份新工作,生活看上去很美好。
  • She always takes a rosy view of life.她總是對生活持樂觀態度。
19 giggled 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的過去式和過去分詞 )
參考例句:
  • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子們讓這笑話逗得咯咯笑。
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子們歇斯底里地傻笑。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
20 enchanted enchanted     
adj. 被施魔法的,陶醉的,入迷的 動詞enchant的過去式和過去分詞
參考例句:
  • She was enchanted by the flowers you sent her. 她非常喜歡你送給她的花。
  • He was enchanted by the idea. 他為這個主意而欣喜若狂。
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