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            1. 小王子 Chapter 8
              文章來源:未知 文章作者:enread 發布時間:2016-07-11 07:33 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
              I soon learned to know this flower better. On the little prince's planet the flowers had always been very simple. They had only one ring of petals1; they took up no room at all; they were a trouble to nobody. One morning they would appear in the grass, and by night they would have faded peacefully away. But one day, from a seed blown from no one knew where, a new flower had come up; and the little prince had watched very closely over this small sprout2 which was not like any other small sprouts3 on his planet. It might, you see, have been a new kind of baobab.
              The shrub4 soon stopped growing, and began to get ready to produce a flower. The little prince, who was present at the first appearance of a huge bud, felt at once that some sort of miraculous5 apparition6 must emerge from it. But the flower was not satisfied to complete the preparations for her beauty in the shelter of her green chamber7. She chose her colours with the greatest care. She adjusted her petals one by one. She did not wish to go out into the world all rumpled8, like the field poppies. It was only in the full radiance of her beauty that she wished to appear. Oh, yes! She was a coquettish creature! And her mysterious adornment9 lasted for days and days.
              Then one morning, exactly at sunrise, she suddenly showed herself.
              And, after working with all this painstaking10 precision, she yawned and said:
              "Ah! I am scarcely awake. I beg that you will excuse me. My petals are still all disarranged…"
              But the little prince could not restrain his admiration11:
              "Oh! How beautiful you are!"
              "Am I not?" the flower responded, sweetly. "And I was born at the same moment as the sun…"
              The little prince could guess easily enough that she was not any too modest-- but how moving-- and exciting-- she was!
              "I think it is time for breakfast," she added an instant later. "If you would have the kindness to think of my needs--"
              And the little prince, completely abashed12, went to look for a sprinkling-can of fresh water. So, he tended the flower.
              So, too, she began very quickly to torment13 him with her vanity-- which was, if the truth be known, a little difficult to deal with. One day, for instance, when she was speaking of her four thorns, she said to the little prince:
              "Let the tigers come with their claws!"
              "There are no tigers on my planet," the little prince objected. "And, anyway, tigers do not eat weeds."
              "I am not a weed," the flower replied, sweetly.
              "Please excuse me…"
              "I am not at all afraid of tigers," she went on, "but I have a horror of drafts. I suppose you wouldn't have a screen for me?"
              "A horror of drafts-- that is bad luck, for a plant," remarked the little prince, and added to himself, "This flower is a very complex creature…"
              "At night I want you to put me under a glass globe. It is very cold where you live. In the place I came from--"
              But she interrupted herself at that point. She had come in the form of a seed. She could not have known anything of any other worlds. Embarassed over having let herself be caught on the verge14 of such a native untruth, she coughed two or three times, in order to put the little prince in the wrong.
              "The screen?"
              "I was just going to look for it when you spoke15 to me…"
              Then she forced her cough a little more so that he should suffer from remorse16 just the same.
              So the little prince, in spite of all the good will that was inseparable from his love, had soon come to doubt her. He had taken seriously words which were without importance, and it made him very unhappy.
              "I ought not to have listened to her," he confided17 to me one day. "One never ought to listen to the flowers. One should simply look at them and breathe their fragrance18. Mine perfumed all my planet. But I did not know how to take pleasure in all her grace. This tale of claws, which disturbed me so much, should only have filled my heart with tenderness and pity."
              And he continued his confidences:
              "The fact is that I did not know how to understand anything! I ought to have judged by deeds and not by words. She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her… I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little strategems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her…"#p#分頁標題#e#
              很快我就進一步了解了這朵花兒。在小王子的星球上,過去一直都生長著一 些只有一層花瓣的很簡單的花。這些花非常小,一點也不占地方,從來也不會去打攪任何人。她們早晨在草叢中開放,晚上就凋謝了。不知從哪里來了一顆種子, 忽然一天這種子發了芽。小王子特別仔細地監視著這棵與眾不同的小苗:這玩藝說不定是一種新的猴面包樹。
              “我那時什么也不懂!我應該根據她的行為,而不是根據她的話來判斷她。 她使我的生活芬芳多彩,我真不該離開她跑出來。我本應該猜出在她那令人愛憐的花招后面所隱藏的溫情。花是多么自相矛盾!我當時太年輕,還不懂得愛她。”


              1 petals f346ae24f5b5778ae3e2317a33cd8d9b     
              n.花瓣( petal的名詞復數 )
              • white petals tinged with blue 略帶藍色的白花瓣
              • The petals of many flowers expand in the sunshine. 許多花瓣在陽光下開放。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
              2 sprout ITizY     
              • When do deer first sprout horns?鹿在多大的時候開始長出角?
              • It takes about a week for the seeds to sprout.這些種子大約要一周后才會發芽。
              3 sprouts 7250d0f3accee8359a172a38c37bd325     
              n.新芽,嫩枝( sprout的名詞復數 )v.發芽( sprout的第三人稱單數 );抽芽;出現;(使)涌現出
              • The wheat sprouts grew perceptibly after the rain. 下了一場雨,麥苗立刻見長。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
              • The sprouts have pushed up the earth. 嫩芽把土頂起來了。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
              4 shrub 7ysw5     
              • There is a small evergreen shrub on the hillside.山腰上有一小塊常綠灌木叢。
              • Moving a shrub is best done in early spring.移植灌木最好是在初春的時候。
              5 miraculous DDdxA     
              • The wounded man made a miraculous recovery.傷員奇跡般地痊愈了。
              • They won a miraculous victory over much stronger enemy.他們戰勝了遠比自己強大的敵人,贏得了非凡的勝利。
              6 apparition rM3yR     
              • He saw the apparition of his dead wife.他看見了他亡妻的幽靈。
              • But the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand.這新出現的幽靈嚇得我站在那里一動也不敢動。
              7 chamber wnky9     
              • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.對許多人來說,牙醫的治療室一直是間受刑室。
              • The chamber was ablaze with light.會議廳里燈火輝煌。
              8 rumpled 86d497fd85370afd8a55db59ea16ef4a     
              v.弄皺,使凌亂( rumple的過去式和過去分詞 )
              • She rumpled his hair playfully. 她頑皮地弄亂他的頭發。
              • The bed was rumpled and strewn with phonograph records. 那張床上凌亂不堪,散放著一些唱片。 來自辭典例句
              9 adornment cxnzz     
              • Lucie was busy with the adornment of her room.露西正忙著布置她的房間。
              • Cosmetics are used for adornment.化妝品是用來打扮的。
              10 painstaking 6A6yz     
              • She is not very clever but she is painstaking.她并不很聰明,但肯下苦功夫。
              • Through years of our painstaking efforts,we have at last achieved what we have today.大家經過多少年的努力,才取得今天的成績。
              11 admiration afpyA     
              • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他對風景之美贊不絕口。
              • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我們對金牌獲得者極為敬佩。
              12 abashed szJzyQ     
              adj.窘迫的,尷尬的v.使羞愧,使局促,使窘迫( abash的過去式和過去分詞 )
              • He glanced at Juliet accusingly and she looked suitably abashed. 他怪罪的一瞥,朱麗葉自然顯得很窘。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              • The girl was abashed by the laughter of her classmates. 那小姑娘因同學的哄笑而局促不安。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              13 torment gJXzd     
              • He has never suffered the torment of rejection.他從未經受過遭人拒絕的痛苦。
              • Now nothing aggravates me more than when people torment each other.沒有什么東西比人們的互相折磨更使我憤怒。
              14 verge gUtzQ     
              • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.國家的經濟已到了崩潰的邊緣。
              • She was on the verge of bursting into tears.她快要哭出來了。
              15 spoke XryyC     
              n.(車輪的)輻條;輪輻;破壞某人的計劃;阻撓某人的行動 v.講,談(speak的過去式);說;演說;從某種觀點來說
              • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他們的輪輻螺帽是從我們公司獲得的。
              • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.輻條是輪子上連接外圈與中心的條棒。
              16 remorse lBrzo     
              • She had no remorse about what she had said.她對所說的話不后悔。
              • He has shown no remorse for his actions.他對自己的行為沒有任何悔恨之意。
              17 confided 724f3f12e93e38bec4dda1e47c06c3b1     
              v.吐露(秘密,心事等)( confide的過去式和過去分詞 );(向某人)吐露(隱私、秘密等)
              • She confided all her secrets to her best friend. 她向她最要好的朋友傾吐了自己所有的秘密。
              • He confided to me that he had spent five years in prison. 他私下向我透露,他蹲過五年監獄。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
              18 fragrance 66ryn     
              • The apple blossoms filled the air with their fragrance.蘋果花使空氣充滿香味。
              • The fragrance of lavender filled the room.房間里充滿了薰衣草的香味。
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