幼儿英语童话故事 第11期:邪恶的东方女巫之死


Death of the Wicked Witch of the East


She was awakened by a shock, so sudden and severe that if Dorothy had not been lying on the soft bed she might have been hurt. As it was, the jar made her catch her breath and wonder what had happened; and dog Toto put his cold little nose into her face and whined sadly. Dorothy sat up and noticed that the house was not moving; nor was it dark, for the bright sunshine came in at the window, flooding the little room. She sprang from her bed and with Toto at her heels ran and opened the door.

多萝茜被一阵突如比来的剧烈的震动惊醒,如果她没有躺在柔软的床上,她可能会受伤的。震动使她屏住呼吸,寻思着发生的事;小狗托托把它冰冷的小鼻子放到她的脸上,凄惨地哀叫着。多萝茜坐起来,发现房子不动了,天也不黑了,明亮的阳光从窗口照进来,照满了小屋。她从床上一跃而起,跑过去开门,托托跟在 她脚边。

The little girl gave a cry of amazement and looked about her, her eyes growing bigger and bigger at the wonderful sights she saw.


The cyclone had set the house down very gently in the midst of a country of great beauty. There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich fruits. Banks of attractive flowers were on every hand, and birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes. A little way off was a small brook, rushing and sparkling along between green banks, and murmuring in a voice very grateful to a little girl who had lived so long on the dry, gray prairies.

旋风极为轻盈地把房子降落在一个风景秀丽的国家的中央。到处是一块一块的绿草地,庄严的树木结着丰饶甜美的果实。斜坡上遍布若迷人的鲜花,鸟儿们披着军见的亮丽的羽毛.在树木和灌木丛间歌唱飞舞。不远处是一条小溪,沿着绿色的堤岸奔流不息,熠熠发光,发出潺潺的流水声,这对于一个在干旱的灰色草原上 住了很久的小女孩来说实在太令人愉快了。

While she stood looking eagerly at the strange and beautiful sights, she noticed coming toward her a group of the queerest people she had ever seen. They were not as big as the grown folk she had always been used to; but neither were they very small. In fact,they seemed about as tall as Dorothy, who was a well-grown child for her age, although they were, so far as looks go, many years older.

当她站在那里,急切地注视着这些奇特美丽的景观时,她注意到一群人向她走来,这是她见过的最奇异的人。他们没有她看惯了的成人那么高大,但他们也并 不是非常矮小。事实上,他们似乎和多萝茜一样高,按照年龄来讲,多萝茜算是一个长得很高的孩子。从外貌来看,这群人比她大许多。

Three were men and one a woman, and all were oddly dressed. They wore round hats that rose to a small point a foot above their heads, with little bells around the brims that tinkled sweetly as they moved. The hats of the men were blue; the little woman's hat was white, and she wore a white gown that hung in pleats from her shoulders. Over it were sprinkled little stars that glistened in the sun like diamonds. The men were dressed in blue,of the same shade as their hats, and wore well-polished boots. The men, Dorothy thought, were about as old as Uncle Henry, for two of them had beards. But the little woman was doubtless much older. Her face was covered with wrinkles, her hair was nearly white, and she walked rather stiffly.

他们当中有三名男子和一名妇女,全都穿着古怪。他们戴着圆帽子,帽子离头有一英尺高,中间耸起一个小小的尖顶,帽檐四周拄着小铃铛,他们一动,铃铛就发出悦耳的叮铃声。男人们的帽子是蓝色的,女人的帽子呈白色,她穿着一件带褶的白色袍子,从肩膀上垂下来,上面闪耀着小星星,在阳光下像钻石般耀眼。 男人们身着蓝色衣裳,色调和帽子一致,脚穿擦得亮闪闪的靴子。多萝茜想,他们和亨利叔叔年纪差不多,因为其中两个长着胡须。但妇人无疑就大多了,她满脸皱 纹,头发几乎全白,走起路来相当僵硬。

When these people drew near the house where Dorothy was standing in the doorway,they paused and whispered among themselves, as if afraid to come farther. But the little old woman walked up to Dorothy, made a low bow and said, in a sweet voice:


"You are welcome, most noble Sorceress, to the land of Munchkins. We are so grateful to you for having killed the Wicked Witch of the East, and for setting our people free from bondage."


Dorothy listened to this speech with wonder. What could the little woman possibly mean by calling her a sorceress, and saying she had killed the Wicked Witch of the East? Dorothy was an innocent, harmless little girl, who had been carried by a cyclone many miles from home; and she had never killed anything in all her life.


But the little woman evidently expected her to answer; so Dorothy said, with hesitation,"You are very kind, but there must be some mistake. I have not killed anything."


"Your house did, anyway," replied the little old woman, with a laugh, "and that is the same thing. See!" she continued, pointing to the corner of the house. "Them are her two feet, still sticking out from under a block of wood."


Dorothy looked, and gave a little cry of fright. There, indeed, just under the corner of the great beam the house rested on, two feet were sticking out, shod in silver ,shoes with pointed toes.


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