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            1. 小王子 Chapter 16
              文章來源:未知 文章作者:enread 發布時間:2016-08-18 06:53 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
              So then the seventh planet was the Earth.
              The Earth is not just an ordinary planet! One can count, there 111 kings (not forgetting, to be sure, the Negro kings among them), 7000 geographers1, 900,000 businessmen, 7,500,000 tipplers, 311,000,000 conceited2 men-- that is to say, about 2,000,000,000 grown-ups.
              To give you an idea of the size of the Earth, I will tell you that before the invention of electricity it was necessary to maintain, over the whole of the six continents, a veritable army of 462,511 lamplighters for the street lamps.
              Seen from a slight distance, that would make a splendid spectacle. The movements of this army would be regulated like those of the ballet in the opera. First would come the turn of the lamplighters of New Zealand and Australia. Having set their lamps alight, these would go off to sleep. Next, the lamplighters of China and Siberia would enter for their steps in the dance, and then they too would be waved back into the wings. After that would come the turn of the lamplighters of Russia and the Indies; then those of Africa and Europe, then those of South America; then those of South America; then those of North America. And never would they make a mistake in the order of their entry upon the stage. It would be magnificent.
              Only the man who was in charge of the single lamp at the North Pole, and his colleague who was responsible for the single lamp at the South Pole-- only these two would live free from toil3 and care: they would be busy twice a year.


              1 geographers 30061fc34de34d8b0b96ee99d3c9f2ea     
              地理學家( geographer的名詞復數 )
              • Geographers study the configuration of the mountains. 地理學家研究山脈的地形輪廓。
              • Many geographers now call this landmass Eurasia. 許多地理學家現在把這塊陸地叫作歐亞大陸。
              2 conceited Cv0zxi     
              • He could not bear that they should be so conceited.他們這樣自高自大他受不了。
              • I'm not as conceited as so many people seem to think.我不像很多人認為的那么自負。
              3 toil WJezp     
              • The wealth comes from the toil of the masses.財富來自大眾的辛勤勞動。
              • Every single grain is the result of toil.每一粒糧食都來之不易。
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