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【美国故事】两位感恩节的绅士 Two Thanksgiving gentlemen

Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen.There is one day that is ours.There is one day when all Americans go back to the old home and eat a big dinner.Bless the day.The President gives it to us every year.Sometimes he talks about the people who had the first Thanksgiving.They were the Puritans.They were some people who landed on our Atlantic shore.We don't really remember much about them.But those people ate a large bird called turkey on the first Thanksgiving Day.So we have turkey for Thanksgiving dinner,if we have enough money to buy turkey.That is a tradition.Yes.Thanksgiving Day is the one day of the year that is purely American.And now here is the story to prove to you that we have old traditions in this new country.They are growing older more quickly than traditions in old countries.That is because we are so young and full of life.We do everything quickly.


两位感恩节绅士。有一天是我们的。总有一天,所有的美国人都会回到老家,吃一顿丰盛的晚餐。祝福这一天。总统每年都给我们。有时他会谈到第一个感恩节的人。他们是清教徒。他们是登陆我们大西洋海岸的人。我们真的不太记得他们了。但是那些人在第一个感恩节吃了一种名为火鸡的大鸟。所以我们感恩节晚餐吃火鸡,如果我们有足够的钱买火鸡的话。这是一个传统。对。感恩节是一年中纯粹的美国节日。现在这个故事向你们证明,我们在这个新国家有着古老的传统。他们比旧国家的传统成长得更快。那是因为我们太年轻了,充满活力。我们做事很快。

Stuffy Pete sat down on a seat in the New York City park named Union Square.It was the third seat to the right as you enter Union Square from the east.Every Thanksgiving for nine years he had sat down there at one in the afternoon.Every time,things had happened to him.They were wonderful things.They made his heart feel full of joy—and they filled another part of him,too.They filled the part below his heart.On those other Thanksgiving Days he had been hungry.(It is a strange thing.There are rich people who wish to help the poor.But many of them seem to think that the poor are hungry only on Thanksgiving Day.)But today Pete was not hungry.He had come from a dinner so big that he had almost no power to move.His light green eyes looked out from a gray face on which there was still a little food.His breath was short.His body had suddenly become too big for his clothes;it seemed ready to break out of them.They were torn.You could see his skin through a hole in the front of his shirt.But the cold wind,with snow in it,felt pleasantly cool to him.

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闷闷不乐的皮特坐在纽约市公园名为联合广场的一个座位上。当你从东方进入联合广场时,它是右边的第三个座位。九年来的每一个感恩节,他都在下午一点钟坐在那里。每次,事情都发生在他身上。他们真是太棒了。他们使他的心充满喜悦,他们也充满了他的另一部分。他们填满了他心底的部分在其他的感恩节里,他一直很饿。(这是件奇怪的事。有富人想帮助穷人。但他们中的许多人似乎认为穷人只有在感恩节才饿。)但今天皮特并不饿。他吃了一顿大餐,几乎没力气动了。他那双浅绿色的眼睛从一张灰色的脸上望出去,脸上还有些食物。他呼吸急促。他的身体突然变得太大了,穿不下衣服,好像要脱掉衣服了。他们被撕裂了。你可以从他衬衫前面的一个洞里看到他的皮肤。但寒风中夹杂着雪,他觉得很凉爽。


For Stuffy Pete was overheated with the warmth of all he had had to eat.The dinner had been much too big.It seemed to him that his dinner had included all the turkey and all the other food in the whole world.So he sat,very,very full.He looked out at the world without interest,as if it could never offer him anything more.The dinner had not been expected.He had been passing a large house near the beginning of that great broad street called Fifth Avenue.It was the home of two old ladies of an old family.These two old ladies had a deep love of traditions.There were certain things they always did.On Thanksgiving Day at noon they always sent a servant to stand at the door.There he waited for the first hungry person who walked by.The servant had orders to bring that person into the house and feed him until he could eat no more.Stuffy Pete happened to pass by on his way to the park.The servant had gathered him in.Tradition had been followed.Stuffy Pete sat in the park looking straight before him for ten minutes.Then he felt a desire to look in another direction.With a very great effort,he moved his head slowly to the left.Then his eyes grew wider and his breath stopped.His feet in their torn shoes at the ends of his short legs moved about on the ground.For the Old Gentleman was coming across Fourth Avenue toward Stuffy's seat.


因为闷热的皮特吃了那么多东西,热得要命。晚餐太丰盛了。在他看来,他的晚餐包括了全世界所有的火鸡和其他食物。所以他坐着,非常,非常饱。他毫无兴趣地望着外面的世界,仿佛这世界再也不能给他提供任何东西似的。这顿晚餐出乎意料。他路过一座大房子,就在第五大道这条宽阔的大街的起点附近。那是一个老家庭的两位老太太的家。这两位老太太热爱传统。他们总是做一些事情。在感恩节的中午,他们总是派一个仆人站在门口。他在那里等第一个挨饿的人走过。仆人奉命把那人带进屋里,喂饱他,直到他不能再吃东西为止。闷热的皮特在去公园的路上碰巧路过。仆人把他叫进来了。传统被遵循了。闷热的皮特坐在公园里,直视着他十分钟。然后他感到有一种向另一个方向看的欲望。他费了很大的劲,慢慢地把头向左移动。然后他的眼睛变宽了,呼吸停止了。他的脚在他短腿末端的破鞋里在地上走动。因为老先生正穿过第四大道朝着史都菲的座位走去。


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