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拇指姑娘(二) (9分钟)

2011-2-14 09:35| 发布者: 栗萍| 查看: 1493| 评论: 0

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Little Tiny or Thumbelina
by Hans Christian Andersen(2)
 
 
 One night, while she lay in her pretty bed,
 a large, ugly, wet toad crept through a broken pane of glass in the window,
and leaped right upon the table
where Tiny lay sleeping under her rose-leaf quilt.
 "What a pretty little wife  this would make for my son," said the toad,
and she took up the walnut-shell
 in  which little Tiny lay asleep,
and jumped through the window with it into the garden.
 

In the swamp margin of a broad stream in the garden
 lived the toad with her son.
He was uglier even than his mother,
and when he saw the pretty little maiden  in her elegant bed,
he could only cry, "Croak, croak, croak."
 "Don't speak so loud,
or she will wake," said the toad, "
and then she might run away,
for she is as light as swan's down.
We will place her on one of the water-lily leaves out in  the stream;
it will be like an island to her,
she is so light and small,
and then she cannot escape;
and, while she is away,
we will make haste
 and prepare the  state-room under the marsh,
in which you are to live when you are married."
 

Far out in the stream grew a number of water-lilies,
with broad green leaves,
which seemed to float on the top of the water.
The largest of these leaves appeared farther off than the rest,
and the old toad swam out to it with the walnut-shell,
 in which little Tiny lay still asleep.
 
 
The tiny little creature woke very early in the morning,
and began to cry bitterly when she found where she was,
for  she could see nothing but water on every side of the large green leaf,
and no way of reaching the land.
 

Meanwhile the old toad was very busy under the marsh,
decking her room with rushes and wild yellow flowers,
to make it look pretty for her new daughter-in-law.
Then she swam out with her ugly son to the leaf
on which  she had placed poor little Tiny.
She wanted to fetch the pretty bed,
that she might put it in the bridal chamber to be ready for her.
The old toad bowed low to  her in the water,
and said, "Here is my son,
he will be your husband,
and you will live happily in the marsh by the stream.
." Croak, croak, croak," was all her  son could say for himself;
so the toad took up the elegant little bed,
and swam  away with it,
 leaving Tiny all alone on the green leaf,
where she sat and wept.
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