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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
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              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.
               
              第七個行星,于是就是地球了。
               
              地球可不是一顆普通的行星!它上面有一百一十一個國王(當然,沒有漏掉黑人國王),七千個地理學家,九十萬個實業家,七百五十萬個酒鬼,三億一千一百萬個愛虛榮的人,也就是說,大約有二十億的大人。
               
              為了使你們對地球的大小有一個概念,我想要告訴你們:在發明電之前,在六個大洲上,為了點路燈,需要維持一支為數四十六萬二千五百一十一人的真正大軍。
               
              從稍遠的地方看過去,它給人以一種壯麗輝煌的印象。這支軍隊的行動就像歌劇院的芭蕾舞動作一樣,那么有條不紊。首先出現的是新西蘭和澳大利亞的點燈人。點著了燈,隨后他們就去睡覺了。于是就輪到中國和西伯利亞的點燈人走上舞臺。隨后,他們也藏到幕布后面去了。于是就又輪到俄羅斯和印度的點燈人了。然后就是非洲和歐洲的。接著是南美的,再就是北美的。他們從來也不會搞錯他們上場的次序。真了不起。
               
              北極僅有一盞路燈,南極也只有一盞;唯獨北極的點燈人和他南極的同行,過著閑逸、懶散的生活:他們每年只工作兩次。


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              1 geographers 30061fc34de34d8b0b96ee99d3c9f2ea     
              地理學家( geographer的名詞復數 )
              參考例句:
              • 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     
              adj.自負的,驕傲自滿的
              參考例句:
              • 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     
              vi.辛勞工作,艱難地行動;n.苦工,難事
              參考例句:
              • 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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