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【美国故事】归乡大兵 Homecoming Soldiers

Our story today is called,"The Return of a Private."It was written by Hamlin Garland.Here is Harry Monroe with our story.The soldiers cheered as the train crossed the border into the state of Wisconsin.It had been a long trip from the south back to their homes in the north.One of the men had a large red scar across his forehead.Another had an injured leg that made it painful for him to walk.The third had unnaturally large and bright eyes because he had been sick with malaria.The three soldiers spread their blankets on the train seats and tried to sleep.It was a cold evening even though it was summertime.Private Smith,the soldier with the fever,shivered in the night air.His joy in coming home was mixed with fear and worry.He knew he was sick and weak.How could he take care of his family?Where would he find the strength to do the heavy work all farmers have to do?He had given three years of his life to his country.And now he had very little money and strength left for his family.


我们今天的故事叫做“一个私人的归来”这是哈姆林·加兰写的。这是哈里·门罗和我们的故事。火车越过边境进入威斯康星州时,士兵们欢呼。从南方回到北方的家是一段漫长的旅程。其中一个人额头上有一个大的红色伤疤。另一个人的腿受伤了,走路很疼。第三个人的眼睛又大又亮,因为他得了疟疾。三个士兵把毯子铺在火车座位上,想睡觉。那是一个寒冷的夜晚,尽管是夏天。士兵史密斯发烧了,在夜空中发抖。他回家的喜悦中夹杂着恐惧和忧虑。他知道自己病得很重很虚弱。他怎么能照顾他的家人?他将在哪里找到力量去做所有农民必须做的繁重工作?他把三年的生命献给了祖国。现在他留给家人的钱和力量都很少了。

Morning came slowly with a pale yellow light.The train was slowing down as it came into the town of La Crosse where the three soldiers would get off the train.The station was empty because it was Sunday."I'll get home in time for dinner,"Smith thought."She usually has dinner about one o'clock on Sunday afternoon,"and he smiled.Smith and the other two soldiers jumped off the train together."Well,boys,"Smith began,"here's where we say good-bye.We've marched together for many miles.Now,I suppose,we are done."The three men found it hard to look at each other."We ought to go home with you,"one of the soldiers said to Smith."You'll never be able to walk all those miles with that heavy pack on your back.""Oh,I'm all right,"Smith said,putting on his army cap."Every step takes me closer to home."They all shook hands."Good-bye!""Good luck!""Same to you!""Good-bye!"Smith turned and walked away quickly.After a few minutes,he turned again and waved his cap.His two friends did the same.Then they marched away with their long steady soldier's step.


早晨随着一道淡黄色的光慢慢地来了。当火车开进拉克罗斯镇,三名士兵将在那里下车时,火车正在减速。车站是空的,因为是星期天。”“我会及时回家吃晚饭的,”史密斯想她通常在星期天下午一点左右吃晚饭,”他笑着说。史密斯和另外两个士兵一起跳下了火车。”“好吧,孩子们,”史密斯开始说,“这是我们道别的地方。我们一起走了好几英里。“现在,我想,我们结束了。”三个人发现很难互相看对方“我们应该和你一起回家,”一个士兵对史密斯说你背着沉重的背包走不了那么远的路。”“哦,我没事,”史密斯说,戴上他的军帽“每一步都让我更接近家。”他们都握了握手再见!“祝你好运!“你也是!”再见史密斯转身迅速走开了。几分钟后,他又转身挥动帽子。他的两个朋友也做了同样的事。然后他们迈着士兵那稳健的长步走了。


Smith walked for a while thinking of his friends.He remembered the many days they had been together during the war.He thought of his friend,Billy Tripp,too.Poor Billy!A bullet came out of the sky one day and tore a great hole in Billy's chest.Smith knew he would have to tell the sad story to Billy's mother and young wife.But there was little to tell.The sound of a bullet cutting through the air.Billy crying out,then falling with his face in the dirt.The fighting he had done since then had not made him forget the horror of that moment when Billy died.Soon,the fields and houses became familiar.Smith knew he was close to home.The sun was burning hot as he began climbing the last hill.Finally,he reached the top and looked down at his farm in the beautiful valley.He was almost home.Misses Smith was alone on the farm with her three children.Mary was nine years old.Tommy was six and little Teddy had just turned four.Misses Smith had been dreaming about her husband when the chickens awakened her that Sunday morning.She got out of bed,got dressed,and went out to feed the chickens.Then she saw the broken fence near the chicken house.She had tried to fix it again and again.Misses Smith sat down and cried.


史密斯走了一会儿,想着他的朋友们。他记得他们在战争期间在一起的许多天。他也想到了他的朋友比利·特里普。可怜的比利!有一天,一颗子弹从天上射出来,在比利的胸口划破了一个大洞。史密斯知道他必须把这个悲惨的故事告诉比利的母亲和年轻的妻子。但没什么好说的。子弹穿过空气的声音。比利哭了出来,然后脸埋在土里摔倒了。从那以后他所做的战斗并没有使他忘记比利死的那一刻的恐怖。很快,田野和房屋变得熟悉起来。史密斯知道他离家很近。当他开始爬最后一座山时,太阳正热得灼热。最后,他到了山顶,低头看着他在美丽山谷里的农场。他几乎到家了。史密斯小姐和她的三个孩子独自一人在农场。玛丽九岁。汤米六岁,小泰迪刚满四岁。那个星期天早上鸡叫醒史密斯小姐时,她一直在梦见她丈夫。她起床,穿好衣服,出去喂鸡。然后她看到鸡舍附近的破篱笆。她一次又一次地试图修好它。史密斯小姐坐下来哭了。


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