初遇小王子《The Little Prince》(第二章)

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Today I watched several TV shows like this in one breath, and I like
such plays too much, and the plot is such a type.Come on, give you a
good comment.😃😃😃

1. 原文

[ Chapter 2 ]  the narrator crashes in the desert and makes the
acquaintance of the little prince

So I lived my life alone, without anyone that I could really talk to,
until I had an accident with my plane in the Desert of Sahara, six
years ago. Something was broken in my engine. And as I had with me
neither a mechanic nor any passengers,I set myself to attempt the
difficult repairs all alone. It was a question of life or death for
me: I had scarcely enough drinking water to last a week.

The first night, then, I went to sleep on the sand, a thousand miles
from any human habitation. I was more isolated than a ship wrecked
sailor on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Thus you can imagine my
amazement, at sunrise, when I was awakened by an odd little voice. It
said:

“If you please ­­draw me a sheep!”

“What!”

“Draw me a sheep!”

I jumped to my feet, completely thunderstruck. I blinked my eyes hard.
I looked carefully all around me. And I saw a most extraordinary small
person, who stood there examining me with great seriousness.Here you
may see the best potrait that, later,I was able to make of him.But my
drawing is certainly very much less charming than its model.

That, however, is not my fault. The grownups discouraged me in my
painter‘s career when I was six years old, and I never learned to draw
anything, except boas from the outside and boas from the inside.

Now I stared at this sudden apparition with my eyes fairly starting
out of my head in astonishment. Remember, I had crashed in the desert
a thousand miles from any inhabited region. And yet my little man
seemed neither to be straying uncertainly among the sands, nor to be
fainting from fatigue or hunger or thirst or fear.Nothing about him
gave any suggestion of a child lost in the middle of the desert, a
thousand miles from any human habitation. When at last I was able to
speak,I said to him:”But­­ what are you doing here?”

And in answer he repeated,very slowly, as if he were speaking of a
matter of great consequence:”If you please­­ draw me a sheep…”

When a mystery is too overpowering,one dare not disobey. Absurd as it
might seem to me, a thousand miles from any human habitation and in
danger of death, I took out of my pocket a sheet of paper and my
fountain­ pen.But then I remembered how my studies had been
concentrated on geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar, and I
told the little chap (a little crossly, too) that I did not know how
to draw. He answered me:”That doesn‘t matter. Draw me a sheep…”

But I had never drawn a sheep.So I drew for him one of the two
pictures I had drawn so often. It was that of the boa constrictor from
the outside. And I was astounded to hear the little fellow greet it
with,”No, no,no! I do not want an elephant inside a boa constrictor. A
boa constrictor is a very dangerous creature, and an elephant is very
cumbersome. Where I live, everything is very small. What I need is a
sheep. Draw me a sheep.”

So then I made a drawing.

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sick sheep

He looked at it carefully, then he said: “No. This sheep is already
very sickly. Make me another.” So I made another drawing.

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My friend smiled gently and indulgently. “You see yourself,” he
said,”that this is not a sheep.This is a ram.It has horns.” So then I
did my drawing over once more.

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But it was rejected too, just like the others. “This one is too old. I
want a sheep that will live a long time.” By this time my patience was
exhausted, because I was in a hurry to start taking my engine apart.
So I tossed off this drawing. And I threw out an explanation with it.

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“This is only his box. The sheep you asked for is inside.”

I was very surprised to see a light break over the face of my young
judge: “That is exactly the way I wanted it! Do you think that this
sheep will have to have a great deal of grass?”

“Why?”

“Because where I live everything is very small…”

“There will surely be enough grass for him,” I said.

“It is a very small sheep that I have given you.” He bent his head
over the drawing: “Not so small that­­ Look! He has gone to sleep…”

And that is how I made the acquaintance of the little prince.

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2. 疑难词汇

make the acquaintance of:  和…相识;结识

set oneself to do sth:决心做…

attempt:vt. 尝试,努力

habitation: n. 居住,住所

isolated: adj. 孤立的;

wrecked:adj. 失事的(船)

thunderstruck:adj. 惊愕的;吓坏了的

potrait:n. 肖像;描写

apparition:n. 幽灵;幻影;鬼怪

overpowering:adj. 压倒性的;无法抵抗的

disobey:v. 违反;不服从

Absurd:adj. 荒谬的;可笑的

fountain pen:n. 钢笔

stray:vi. 流浪;迷路;偏离

consequence:n. 结果;重要性;推论

chap:n. 小伙子;家伙

astounded:adj. 受惊骇的;被震惊的

cumbersome:adj. 笨重的

exhausted:adj. 疲惫的;耗尽的

toss off:迅速而轻松地表演、写作、消耗等


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