美国语文第四册 第100期:鲁滨逊·克鲁索的住所(02)

发表时间:2017-10-10内容来源:VOA英语学习网

And now I began to apply myself to make such necessary things as I found I most wanted, particularly a chairand a table;

这时我开始专心制作最需要的物品,尤其是椅子和桌子;

for without these I was not able to enjoy the few comforts I had in the world.

因为没有桌椅,我就没法享受世上为数已不多的乐事。

I could not write or eat, or do several things with so much pleasure without a table.

没有桌椅,写作、吃饭也毫无乐趣可言了。

So I went to work. I had never handled a tool in my life;

我开始工作起来,我以前从未使用过工具;

and yet in time by labor, application, and contrivance,

可是当我后来花费了很大力气,专心工作,想出不少好点子的时候,

I found that I wanted nothing but I could have made it, especially if I had had tools;

我发现不论需要什么,我都能做出来,要是有工具就更好了。

however, I made abundance of things, even without tools, and some with no more tools than an adz and a hatchet,

即使没有工具,我还是做了不少东西,有时只使用锛子和斧头,

which perhaps were never made that way before, and that with infinite labor.

可能以前还没人这样做出这些东西,或者花这么大的力气。

For example, if I wanted a board, I had no other way but to cut down a tree, set it before me,

比如,如果我想要一块木板,就必须先砍倒一棵树,

and hew it flat on either side with my ax till I had brought it to be as thin as a plank, and then dub it smooth with my adz.

然后用斧子把两面销平,直到树木像木板一样薄,再用锛子刮光滑。

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