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【美国故事】黑猫 Black cat

The Black Cat.Tomorrow I die.Tomorrow I die,and today I want to tell the world what happened and thus perhaps free my soul from the horrible weight which lies upon it.But listen!Listen,and you shall hear how I have been destroyed.When I was a child,I had a natural goodness of soul which led me to love animals—all kinds of animals,but especially those animals we call pets,animals which have learned to live with men and share their homes with them.There is something in the love of these animals which speaks directly to the heart of the man who has learned from experience how uncertain and changeable is the love of other men.I was quite young when I married.You will understand the joy I felt to find that my wife shared with me my love for animals.Quickly she got for us several pets of the most likeable kind.We had birds,some goldfish,a fine dog,and a cat.The cat was a beautiful animal,of unusually large size,and entirely black.I named the cat Pluto,and it was the pet I liked best.I alone fed it,and it followed me all around the house.It was even with difficulty that I stopped it from following me through the streets.


黑猫。明天我就死了。明天我就要死了,今天我想告诉全世界发生了什么事,这样也许可以使我的灵魂摆脱躺在上面的可怕的负担。但是听着!听着,你会听到我是如何被毁灭的。当我还是个孩子的时候,我有一种天生的善良的灵魂,这让我爱上了动物——各种各样的动物,特别是那些我们称之为宠物的动物,这些动物学会了与人一起生活,与人分享家园。在对这些动物的爱中,有一种东西直指人类的内心,人类从经验中了解到,他人的爱是多么的不确定和多变。我结婚时还很年轻。当我发现我的妻子和我分享了我对动物的爱时,你会理解我的喜悦。很快她给我们带来了几只最可爱的宠物。我们有鸟,一些金鱼,一条好狗和一只猫。猫是一种美丽的动物,个头特别大,全是黑色的。我给猫取名为冥王星,它是我最喜欢的宠物。我一个人喂它,它跟着我到处跑。我甚至很难阻止它跟着我穿过街道。

Our friendship lasted,in this manner,for several years,during which,however,my own character became greatly changed.I began to drink too much wine and other strong drinks.As the days passed I became less loving in my manner;I became quick to anger;I forgot how to smile and laugh.My wife—yes,and my pets,too,all except the cat—were made to feel the change in my character.One night I came home quite late from the inn,where I now spent more and more time drinking.Walking with uncertain step,I made my way with effort into the house.As I entered I saw—or thought I saw—that Pluto,the cat,was trying to stay out of my way,to avoid me.This action,by an animal which I had thought still loved me,made me angry beyond reason.My soul seemed to fly from my body.I took a small knife out of my coat and opened it.Then I took the poor animal by the neck and with one quick movement I cut out one of its fear-filled eyes!Slowly the cat got well.The hole where its eye had been was not a pretty thing to look at,it is true;but the cat no longer appeared to suffer any pain.As might be expected,however,it ran from me in fear whenever I came near.Why should it not run?Yet this did not fail to anger me.I felt growing inside myself a new feeling.Who has not,a hundred times,found himself doing wrong,some evil thing for no other reason than because he knows he should not?Are not we humans at all times pushed,ever driven in some unknown way to break the law just because we understand it to be the law?


我们的友谊以这种方式持续了好几年,在这期间,我的性格发生了很大的变化。我开始喝太多酒和其他烈性饮料。日子一天天过去,我变得不那么爱别人了;我很快就生气了;我忘记了如何微笑和大笑。我的妻子——是的,还有我的宠物,除了猫——都是为了感受我性格的变化。一天晚上,我很晚才从旅馆回来,在那里我花了越来越多的时间喝酒。我迈着不确定的步子,费力地走进屋里。当我走进来的时候,我看到了——或者我以为我看到了——冥王星,那只猫,正试图躲开我。这个动作,是一只我以为还爱着我的动物做的,使我无缘无故地生气。我的灵魂似乎飞离了我的身体。我从外套里拿出一把小刀,把它打开。然后我抓住那可怜的动物的脖子,迅速地移动了一下,把它那充满恐惧的眼睛割了下来!猫慢慢地康复了。它的眼睛所在的那个洞看上去并不好看,这是真的;但是猫似乎不再感到疼痛了。然而,正如所料,每当我走近它时,它都会吓得跑开。为什么不能跑?然而,这并没有不激怒我。我觉得自己内心在成长一种新的感觉。谁没有,一百次,发现自己做错了什么坏事,除了知道自己不该做以外,没有别的理由?难道我们人类不是一直被推着,以某种未知的方式被驱使去违反法律,仅仅因为我们理解它是法律吗?


One day,in cold blood,I tied a strong rope around the cat's neck,and taking it down into the cellar under the house I hung it from one of the wood beams above my head.I hung it there until it was dead.I hung it there with tears in my eyes,I hung it because I knew it had loved me,because I felt it had given me no reason to hurt it,because I knew that my doing so was a wrong so great,a sin so deadly that it would place my soul forever outside the reach of the love of God!That same night,as I lay sleeping,I heard through my open window the cries of our neighbors.I jumped from my bed and found that the entire house was filled with fire.It was only with great difficulty that my wife and I escaped.And when we were out of the house,all we could do was stand and watch it burn to the ground.I thought of the cat as I watched it burn,the cat whose dead body I had left hanging in the cellar.It seemed almost that the cat had in some mysterious way caused the house to burn so that it could make me pay for my evil act,so that it could take revenge upon me.Months went by,and I could not drive the thought of the cat out of my mind.One night I sat in the inn,drinking as usual.In the corner I saw a dark object that I had not seen before.I went over to see what it could be.It was a cat,a cat almost exactly like Pluto.I touched it with my hand and petted it,passing my hand softly along its back.The cat rose and pushed its back against my hand


有一天,我冷血地把一根结实的绳子系在猫的脖子上,把它带到房子下面的地窖里,挂在头顶的一根木梁上。我把它挂在那儿直到它死。我把它挂在那里,眼里含着泪水,我把它挂在那里是因为我知道它爱我,因为我觉得它没有给我任何理由去伤害它,因为我知道我这样做是一个错误,是一个如此严重,如此致命的罪,它会把我的灵魂永远置于上帝的爱之外!同一天晚上,当我躺在床上睡觉时,我从开着的窗户里听到邻居的哭声。我从床上跳下来,发现整个房子都着火了。我和妻子好不容易才逃走了。当我们走出家门时,我们所能做的就是站着看着它烧成灰烬。当我看着那只猫燃烧的时候,我想到了它,那只猫的尸体挂在地窖里。这只猫似乎以某种神秘的方式把房子烧了,好让我为自己的恶行付出代价,好报复我。几个月过去了,我无法把猫的念头从脑海中驱走。一天晚上,我坐在旅馆里,像往常一样喝酒。在角落里我看到一个我以前没见过的黑色物体。我过去看看会是什么。那是一只猫,一只几乎和冥王星一模一样的猫。我用手抚摸着它,轻轻地用手摸着它的背。猫站起来,把背靠在我的手上


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