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英语背诵精选 Golden Fruit MP3 中英对照

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英语背诵精选 Golden Fruit MP3 中英对照

Of the fruits of the year I give my vote to the orange.
In the first place it is a perennial----if not in actual fact, at least in the greengrocer’s shop. On the days when dessert is a name given to a handful of chocolates and a little preserved ginger, when Macedonian de fruits is the title bestowed on two prunes and a piece of rhubarb, then the orange, however sour, comes nobly to the rescue; and on those other days of plenty when cherries and strawberries and raspberries, and gooseberries riot together upon the table, the orange, sweeter than ever, is still there to hold its own. Bread and butter, beef and mutton, eggs and bacon, are not more necessary to an order existence than the orange.

It is well that the commonest fruit should be also the best. Of the virtues of the orange I have not room fully to speak. It has properties of health giving, as that it cures influenza and establishes the complexion. It is clean, for whoever handles it on its way to your table, but handles its outer covering, its top coat, which is left in the hall. It is round, and forms an excellent substitute with the young for a cricket ball. The pip can be flicked at your enemies, and quite a small piece of peel makes a slide for an old gentleman.

But all this would count nothing had not the orange such delightful qualities of the taste. I dare not let myself go upon this subject. I am a slave to its sweetness. I grudge every marriage in that it means a fresh supply of orange blossom, the promise of so much golden fruit cut short. However, the world must go on.

Yet with the orange we do live year in and year out. That speaks well for the orange. The fact is that there is an honesty about the orange which appeals to all of us. If it is going to be bad---for the best of us are bad sometimes---it begins to be bad from the outside, not from the inside. How many a pear which presents a blooming face to the world is rotten at the core. How many an innocent-looking apple is harboring a worm in the bud. But the orange had no secret faults. Its outside is a mirror of its inside, and if you are quick you can tell the shopman so before he slips it into the bag.

      一年四季里最中意的水果,若让我投票,我定是给柑橘投上一票。
      首先,它是四季都有的水果。也许这么说不是很确切,但至少在绿色果园的架子上,随时可见。有那么一段日子,充斥在周身的点心,无非是那一堆堆的巧克力,再不就是存留下来的一小部分姜汁酒;两颗李子再配上一片大黄,就称为杂烩水果冻。而那个时候的柑橘,尽管还青涩酸溜,却像是个高贵的救世主。还有那么一段日子,搁在桌子上,大堆大堆的樱桃,草莓,木莓还有醋栗子,都烂了。不过,那时候的柑橘却越见甜了,而且还在那好好得待着。说起这储存时间,无论是这面包黄油,牛肉羊肉,还是鸡蛋咸肉,都没柑橘长。
      的确,最平常的水果,往往是最好的。这柑橘的优点我是装一屋子都装不完哪。它有利身体健康,对感冒也有些疗效,能让你容光焕发。另外,它干净卫生,无论谁将它拿到你的桌子那,接触的也仅仅是它的外层。而它的这件外衣,最后肯定是要被剥下的。它圆润丰满,还可以成为年轻人玩的曲棍球的完美替代品。橘片,可以弹击你的死敌,而一小片橘皮,没准还能摔着一位老绅士呢。
      不过,这些优点与柑橘那愉悦味蕾的优点相比,就不算什么了。我一直不让自己涉足这一话题。对于它的甜味,我几乎是着了魔的。我甚至因此,嫉妒每一段姻缘。婚姻意味着供给新鲜柑橘的成长,太多的承诺,会让其夭折。不过,不管怎样,生活还是要继续。
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      然而有了柑橘,我们就乐于年复一年的生活了。这说明,柑橘的确是好。它那诚实的本性吸引着每个人。在它快要变坏的时候——即便是我们中的佼佼者,也会有不怎么友善的时候——它也是由表层开始变质的,而不是其内囊。多少雪梨,外表莹润,囊中腐烂。多少苹果,外在无瑕,内中虫蛀。然而柑橘却没有这样啃噬人的秘密。它的外在犹如其内心的一鉴明镜。如果你眼够尖,还能在店老板将坏橘子塞进你的袋子前发现呢。

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Alan Alexander Milne艾伦·亚历山大·米尔恩(1882~1956),英国著名剧作家,小说家,童话作家和儿童诗人。毕业于英国剑桥大学,是英国达勒姆大学教授 。1906年起就在英国老牌幽默杂志《笨拙》工作,写了大量幽默诗文,还曾把格雷厄姆的《柳林风声》改编成剧本《蛤蟆府的蛤蟆》,这个剧每年圣诞节英国都要上演。一生主要童话有《小熊维尼》(1926),《菩角小屋》(1928)《丑公主》等;儿童诗集《当我们还很小的时候》(1924),《我们已经6岁了》(1927)等。轻喜剧《皮姆先生过去了》,《迈克尔和玛丽》;儿童剧《假象》。此外还有侦探小说《红房子的秘密》等。《小熊维尼》这部书在英国已重版了70多次。迪斯尼公司买下《小熊维尼》的版权,先后推出三部卡通短片,并集合在一起,命名为《小熊维尼历险记》,成为迪斯尼第22部经典动画,迄今为止,已经八十多岁的小熊维尼仍然魅力不减,它的经典形象已经深入人心,它以自己单纯可爱的个性,肥胖娇憨的形象,永远活在童话的世界里。

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