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经典童话英语故事:卖火柴的小女孩(中英对照

作者: 文学驿站 发布时间: 2019年12月08日 10:26:30

  It was terribly cold and nearly dark on the last evening of the old year, and the snow was falling fast. In the cold and the darkness, a poor little girl, with bare head and naked feet, roamed through the streets. It is true she had on a pair of slippers when she left home, but they were not of much use. They were very large, so large, indeed, that they had belonged to her mother, and the poor little creature had lost them in running across the street to avoid two carriages that were rolling along at a terrible rate. One of the slippers she could not find, and a boy seized upon the other and ran away with it, saying that he could use it as a cradle, when he had children of his own. So the little girl went on with her little naked feet, which were quite red and blue with the cold. In an old apron she carried a number of matches, and had a bundle of them in her hands. No one had bought anything of her the whole day, nor had anyone given her even a penny. Shivering with cold and hunger, she crept along; poor little child, she looked the picture of misery. The snowflakes fell on her long, fair hair, which hung in curls on her shoulders, but she regarded them not.

  天冷极了,下着雪,又快黑了。这是一年的最后一天—大年夜。在这又冷又黑的晚上,一个光着头赤着脚的小女孩在街上走着。她从家里出来的时候还穿着一双拖鞋,但是有什么用呢?那是一双很大的拖鞋—那么大,一向是她妈妈穿的。她穿过马路的时候,两辆马车飞快地冲过来,吓得她把鞋都跑掉了。一只怎么也找不着,另一只叫一个男孩捡起来拿着跑了。他说,将来他有了孩子可以拿它当摇篮。小女孩只好赤着脚走,一双小脚冻得红一块青一块的。她的旧围裙里兜着许多火柴,手里还拿着一把。这一整天,谁也没买过她一根火柴,谁也没给过她一个钱。可怜的小女孩!她又冷又饿,哆哆嗦嗦地向前走。雪花落在她的金黄的长头发上,那头发打成卷儿披在肩上,看上去很美丽,不过她没注意这些。

  Lights were shining from every window, and there was a savory smell of roast goose, for it was New-year's eve—yes, she remembered that. In a corner, between two houses, one of which projected beyond the other, she sank down and huddled herself together. She had drawn her little feet under her, but she could not keep off the cold; and she dared not go home, for she had sold no matches, and could not take home even a penny of money. Her father would certainly beat her; besides, it was almost as cold at home as here, for they had only the roof to cover them, through which the wind howled, although the largest holes had been stopped up with straw and rags. Her little hands were almost frozen with the cold. Ah!

  她又擦了一根。火柴燃起来了,发出亮光来了。亮光落在墙上,那儿忽然变得像薄纱那么透明,她可以一直看到屋里。桌上铺着雪白的台布,摆着精致的盘子和碗,肚子里填满了苹果和梅子的烤鹅正冒着香气。更妙的是这只鹅从盘子里跳下来,背上插着刀和叉,摇摇摆摆地在地板上走着,一直向这个穷苦的小女孩走来。这时候,火柴又灭了,她面前只有一堵又厚又冷的墙。

  She lighted another match, and then she found herself sitting under a beautiful Christmas-tree. It was larger and more beautifully decorated than the one which she had seen through the glass door at the rich merchant's. Thousands of tapers were burning upon the green branches, and colored pictures, like those she had seen in the show-windows, looked down upon it all. The little one stretched out her hand towards them, and the match went out.

  她又擦着了一根火柴。这一回,她坐在美丽的圣诞树下。这棵圣诞树,比她去年圣诞节透过富商家的玻璃门看到的还要大,还要美。翠绿的树枝上点着几千支明晃晃的蜡烛,许多幅美丽的彩色画片,跟挂在商店橱窗里的一个样,在向她眨眼睛。小女孩向画片伸出手去。这时候,火柴又灭了。

  The Christmas lights rose higher and higher, till they looked to her like the stars in the sky. Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fire. “Someone is dying,” thought the little girl, for her old grandmother, the only one who had ever loved her, and who was now dead, had told her that when a star falls, a soul was going up to God.

  只见圣诞树上的烛光越升越高,最后成了在天空中闪烁的星星。有一颗星星落下来了,在天空中划出了一道细长的红光。 “有一个什么人快要死了。”小女孩说。唯一疼她的奶奶活着的时候告诉过她∶一颗星星落下来,就有一个灵魂要到上帝那儿去了。

  She again rubbed a match on the wall, and the light shone round her; in the brightness stood her old grandmother, clear and shining, yet mild and loving in her appearance. “Grandmother,” cried the little one, “O take me with you; I know you will go away when the match burns out; you will vanish like the warm stove, the roast goose, and the large, glorious Christmas-tree.” And she made haste to light the whole bundle of matches, for she wished to keep her grandmother there. And the matches glowed with a light that was brighter than the noon-day, and her grandmother had never appeared so large or so beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and they both flew upwards in brightness and joy far above the earth, where there was neither cold nor hunger nor pain, for they were with God.

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