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安徒生童话中英文 接骨木树妈妈 The Little Elder-Tree Mother

时间:2013-11-19 19:34  作者:admin  来源:未知

爱英语吧小编按:《接骨木树妈妈》这个故事首次在一个叫做《加埃亚》(Gaea)的杂志上发表的。接骨木树的“真正的名字”是“回忆”,通过它的故事反映出一对老夫妇一生的经历。他们从“两小无猜”的时候开始就建立了感情,以后结为眷属。婚后他们就远离故乡,奔向广大的世界,但他们的感情并不因为远离而有所减退,他们直至老年仍恩爱如故,坐在接骨木树下,回味过去的日子,倍觉亲密和可爱。这也反映出安徒生的善良和人道主义精神的一个侧面。但安徒生在” 回忆”中却说:“这个故事的种子,是我在一个古老的传说中得到的:在一棵接骨木树里活着一个生物,名叫‘接骨木树妈妈’或‘接骨木树女人’。任何人伤害这棵树,她必然要向他报仇。曾经有一个人砍掉这棵树,很快他就暴死了。这样一个传说,竟在安徒生的笔下引出一个主题思想完全不同的童话。这也说明在创作思维活动中,确也潜藏着一种无法解释的 “奥秘”。
Once upon a time there was a little boy who had taken cold. He had gone out and got his feet wet; though nobody could imagine how it had happened, for it was quite dry weather. So his mother undressed him, put him to bed, and had the tea-pot brought in, to make him a good cup of Elderflower tea. Just at that moment the merry old man came in who lived up a-top of the house all alone; for he had neither wife nor children—but he liked children very much, and knew so many fairy tales, that it was quite delightful.

"Now drink your tea," said the boy's mother; "then, perhaps, you may hear a fairy tale."

"If I had but something new to tell," said the old man. "But how did the child get his feet wet?"

"That is the very thing that nobody can make out," said his mother.

"Am I to hear a fairy tale?" asked the little boy.

"Yes, if you can tell me exactly—for I must know that first—how deep the gutter is in the little street opposite, that you pass through in going to school."

"Just up to the middle of my boot," said the child; "but then I must go into the deep hole."

"Ah, ah! That's where the wet feet came from," said the old man. "I ought now to tell you a story; but I don't know any more."

"You can make one in a moment," said the little boy. "My mother says that all you look at can be turned into a fairy tale: and that you can find a story in everything."
从前有一个很小的孩子,他患了伤风,病倒了。他到外面去过,把一双脚全打湿了。谁也不知道他是怎样打湿的,因为天气很干燥。现在他妈妈把他的衣服脱掉,送他上床去睡,同时叫人把开水壶拿进来,为他泡了一杯很香的接骨木茶(注:接骨木树是一种落叶灌木或小乔木。叶对生,羽状复叶,卵形或椭圆形,揉碎后有臭气。春季开黄色小花。茎枝可以入药,味甘苦,功能祛风湿。这里说的接骨木茶当是治病用的。),因为茶可以使人感到温暖。这时有一个很有趣的老人走到门口来;他一个人住在这屋子的最高一层楼上,非常孤独。因为他没有太太,也没有孩子。但是他却非常喜欢小孩,而且知道很多童话和故事。听他讲故事是很愉快的。

“现在你得喝茶,”母亲说,“然后才可以听一个故事。”

“哎!我只希望我能讲一个新的故事!”老人说,和善地点了点头。“不过这小家伙是在什么地方把一双脚弄湿了的呢?”他问。

“不错,在什么地方呢?”妈妈说,“谁也想象不出来。”

“讲一个童话给我听吧?”孩子问。

“好,不过我得先知道一件事情:你能不能确实地告诉我,你上学校时经过的那条街,那儿阴沟有多深。”

“如果我把脚伸到那条阴沟最深的地方,”孩子回答说,

“那么水恰恰淹到我的小腿。”

“你看,我们的脚就是这样弄湿了的,”老人说。“现在我却是应该讲一个童话给你听了;不过我的童话都讲完了。”

“你可以马上编一个出来,”小孩说。“妈妈说,你能把你所看到的东西编成童话,你也能把你所摸过的东西都讲成一个故事。”

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