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【美国故事】羽毛冠 Feather crown

Our story today is called"Feathertop."It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.Here is Shep O'Neal with the story.The long cold winter was gone at last.At first the cold nights went away slowly.Then suddenly,the warm days of spring started to come.There was new life again in the earth.Things started to grow and come up.For the first time,green corn plants began to show.They pushed through the soil and could now be seen above the ground.After the long winter months,the crows,the big black birds,were hungry.And when they saw the little green plants,they flew down to eat them.Old Mother Rigby tried to make the noisy and hungry birds go away.They made her very angry.She did not want the black birds to eat her corn.But the birds would not go away.So,early one morning,just as the sun started to rise,Mother Rigby jumped out of bed.She had a plan to stop those black birds from eating her corn.


我们今天的故事叫做“菲瑟托”,是纳撒尼尔·霍桑写的。这是夏普·奥尼尔的故事。漫长寒冷的冬天终于过去了。起初,寒冷的夜晚慢慢过去了。突然,温暖的春天开始了。地球上又有了新生命。事情开始发展起来。第一次,绿色的玉米植株开始出现。他们穿过泥土,现在可以看到地上的景象。在漫长的冬季之后,乌鸦,大黑鸟,都饿了。当他们看到这些绿色的小植物,就飞下来吃。老母亲里格比试图把吵闹饥饿的鸟儿赶走。他们使她非常生气。她不想黑鸟吃她的玉米。但是鸟儿不会离开。于是,一天清晨,太阳刚升起,里格比妈妈就从床上跳了起来。她有计划阻止那些黑鸟吃她的玉米。

Mother Rigby could do anything.She was a witch,a woman with strange powers.She could make water run uphill,or change a beautiful woman into a white horse.Many nights when the moon was full and bright,she could be seen flying over the tops of the houses in the village,sitting on a long wooden stick.It was a broomstick,and it helped her to do all sorts of strange tricks.Mother Rigby ate a quick breakfast and then started to work on her broomstick.She was planning to make something that would look like a man.It would fill the birds with fear,and scare them from eating her corn,the way most farmers protect themselves from those black,pesky birds.Mother Rigby worked quickly.She held her magic broomstick straight,and then tied another piece of wood across it.And already,it began to look like a man with arms.Then she made the head.She put a pumpkin,a vegetable the size of a football,on top of the broomstick.She made two small holes in the pumpkin for eyes,and made another cut lower down that looked just like a mouth.At last,there he was.He seemed ready to go to work for Mother Rigby and stop those old birds from eating her corn.But,Mother Rigby was not happy with what she made.She wanted to make her scarecrow look better and better,for she was a good worker.She made a purple coat and put it around her scarecrow,and dressed it in white silk stockings.She covered him with false hair and an old hat.And in that hat,she stuck the feather of a bird.


里格比妈妈可以做任何事。她是一个女巫,一个拥有奇异力量的女人。她可以让水上山,或者把一个漂亮的女人变成一匹白马。许多夜晚,当月亮又圆又亮的时候,她坐在一根长长的木棍上,可以看到她飞过村子里的房顶。那是一把扫帚,它帮助她做各种奇怪的把戏。里格比妈妈吃了一顿快餐,然后开始用扫帚扫地。她打算做一件看起来像男人的东西。它会让鸟儿充满恐惧,吓跑它们不要吃她的玉米,这是大多数农民保护自己不受那些黑色讨厌的鸟儿伤害的方式。里格比妈妈工作很快。她把魔法扫帚笔直地拿着,然后又在上面绑了一块木头。而且,它已经开始看起来像一个有胳膊的人了。然后她做了头。她在扫帚柄上放了一个南瓜,一种足球大小的蔬菜。她在南瓜上挖了两个小洞做眼睛,又在下面挖了一个看起来像嘴巴的洞。他终于来了。他似乎准备好为里格比妈妈工作,阻止那些老家伙吃她的玉米。但是,里格比妈妈对她做的并不满意。她想让稻草人看起来越来越好,因为她是个好工人。她做了一件紫色的外套,把它套在稻草人身上,穿上白色的丝袜。她用假发和一顶旧帽子盖住了他。在那顶帽子里,她插着一只鸟的羽毛。


She examined him closely,and decided she liked him much better now,dressed up in a beautiful coat,with a fine feather on top of his hat.And,she named him Feathertop.She looked at Feathertop and laughed with happiness.He is a beauty,she thought."Now what?"she thought,feeling troubled again.She felt that Feathertop looked too good to be a scarecrow."He can do something better,"she thought,"than just stand near the corn all summer and scare the crows."And she decided on another plan for Feathertop.She took the pipe of tobacco she was smoking and put it into the mouth of Feathertop."Puff,darling,puff,"she said to Feathertop."Puff away,my fine fellow.It is your life."Smoke started to rise from Feathertop's mouth.At first,it was just a little smoke,but Feathertop worked hard,blowing and puffing.And,more and more smoke came out of him."Puff away,my pet,"Mother Rigby said,with happiness."Puff away,my pretty one.Puff for your life,I tell you."Mother Rigby then ordered Feathertop to walk."Go forward,"she said."You have a world before you."


她仔细打量了他一番,觉得她现在更喜欢他了,她穿上一件漂亮的外套,帽子上戴着一根细羽毛。然后,她给他取名为菲瑟托普。她看着菲瑟托普,开心地笑了起来。她想,他是个美人。”现在怎么办?”她想,又感到不安。她觉得费瑟托普看起来太棒了,不能当稻草人。”“他能做得更好,”她想,“而不仅仅是整个夏天站在玉米地旁边吓唬乌鸦。”于是她决定了另一个飞行计划。她拿着正在抽的烟斗,放进了费瑟托的嘴里。”“噗,亲爱的,噗,”她对费瑟托普说走开,我的好朋友。“这就是你的生活。”烟开始从费瑟托普嘴里冒出来。起初,只是一点烟,但费瑟托普努力工作,吹了又吹。他身上冒出越来越多的烟。”“走开,我的宠物,”里格比妈妈高兴地说走开,我漂亮的那个。“为了你的生命,我告诉你,”里格比妈妈命令费瑟托普走“往前走,”她说你面前有一个世界。”


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