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英国语文BOOK 5 LESSON 1 A perilous adventure 一次危险的冒险活动 (中英对照+mp3)

LESSON 1 A perilous adventure

第一课 一次危险的冒险活动

Three or four lads are standing in the channel below the great Natural Bridge of Virginia. They see hundreds of names carved in the limestone buttresses, and resolve to add theirs to the number. This done, one of them is seized with the mad ambition of carving his name higher than the highest there! His companions try to dissuade him from attempting so dangerous a feat, but in vain. He is a wild, reckless youth; and afraid now to yield, lest he should be thought a coward, he carves his way up and up the limestone rock, till he can hear the voices, but not the words of his terror-stricken playmates.

三四个男孩儿正站在宏伟的维吉尼亚自然桥下的过道中,他们看到有成百上千的名字刻在石灰岩扶壁上,因此决定把自己的名字也刻在上面。这样做了之后,他们中有一个人陷入了近乎疯狂的渴望中,渴望自己的名字刻得更高,高于所有人!他的同伴们试图劝阻他这个及其危险的行为,但是无功而返。他是这样一个狂野不羁、鲁莽大胆并且不愿屈服的青年,他不想试自己成为一名懦夫,他把自己的名字刻在石灰岩石的上面,再往上,一直到他能听见声音为止,而这些声音并非来自他惊恐的晚班们的话语。

One of them runs off to the village, and tells the boy's father of his perilous situation. Others go for help in other directions; and ere long there are hundreds of people standing in the rocky channel below, and hundreds on the bridge above, all holding their breath, and awaiting the fearful catastrophe. The poor boy can just distinguish the tones of his father, who is shouting with all the energy of despair,—"William! William! don't look down! Your mother, and Henry, and Harriet are all here praying for you! Don't look down! Keep your eyes towards the top!"

一个小男孩儿冲向村庄告诉那个男孩的父亲他的冒险行为。其他人向其他方向寻求帮助了。不久,数以千计的人们站在了岩石过道下面,数以百计的人站在了桥上,所有人都屏住呼吸,等待着可怕的灾难发生。那个可怜的男孩儿只能从众多石头下分辨出自己的爸爸,他爸爸正使出所有能量绝望地喊着“威廉!威廉!不要往下看,你妈妈和亨利还有哈利特他们都在为你祈祷!千万别往下看,让你的眼睛保持向上看。”

The boy does not look down. His eye is fixed towards heaven, and his young heart on Him who reigns there. He grasps again his knife. He cuts another niche, and another foot is added to the hundreds that remove him from the reach of human help from below.

男孩没有往下看,他的眼睛望着天空,他控制住自己年轻的心。他再次抓住自己的刀,刺向另一个地方,这样另一只脚就能从成百上千的人群头上移开。

The sun is half way down in the west. Men are leaning over the outer edge of the bridge with ropes in their hands. But fifty more niches must be cut before the longest rope can reach the boy! Two minutes more, and all will be over. That blade is worn to the last half inch. The boy's head reels. His last hope is dying in his heart, his life must hang upon the next niche he cuts. That niche will be his last.

太阳快要下山了。男人们正手握绳子趴在桥的外边缘上。但仍然需要超过50璧合的长度才能够到男孩儿。再拖延两分钟左右,所有的都将以失败告终。刀片已经损坏到只剩下半英寸了。那个缺口将是他最后的希望。

At the last cut he makes, his knife—his faithful knife—drops from his little nerveless hand, and ringing down the precipice, falls at his mother's feet! An involuntary groan of despair runs through the crowd below, and all is still as the grave. At the height of nearly three hundred feet, the devoted boy lifts his hopeless heart and closing eyes to commend his soul to God.

在他刻完最后一刀的时候,他的小刀——他忠实的小刀——从他无力的小手中掉了下去,发出“铃铃”的响声沿着峭壁掉在了他妈妈的脚下。底下的人群不自主地发出绝望的叹息,(心情)一直很沉重。在接近300尺的高度,专心的男孩儿怀着无望的心,闭上双眼向上帝表明自己的灵魂。

Hark!—a shout falls on his ears from above! A man who is lying with half his length over the bridge, has caught a glimpse of the boy's head and shoulders. Quick as thought the noosed rope is within reach of the sinking youth. No one breathes. With a faint, convulsive effort, the swooning boy drops his arm into the noose.

“听!”——一声喊叫从上面传来。一个男人半倚着桥,瞥见男孩的头和双肩。快速地,用锁套套住的绳子已经够到了下沉的青年了。所有人都屏住了呼吸。伴着眩晕和抽搐,这个近乎晕倒的男孩将手臂放进了锁套中。

Not a lip moves while he is dangling over that fearful abyss; but when a sturdy arm reaches down and draws up the lad, and holds him up before the tearful, breathless multitude—such shouting and such leaping and weeping for joy never greeted a human being so recovered from the jaws of death.

当小男孩在恐惧的深渊里悬着的时候所有人吓得都不敢动,但是当一支强壮的手臂够到男孩并抓住他,将他救到吓到快流泪的人群中时,人们为竟有人能从如此鬼门关中逃生而欢呼雀跃,喜极而泣。

QUESTIONS

问题

What did the boys see on the limestone rocks? What did they resolve to do? What did one of them propose? Who came to witness his dangerous position? In what did his chance of safety lie? How was he at last saved?

男孩们在石灰岩上看到了什么?他们决定怎么做?其中一个人提议怎么做?谁见证了他危险的行动?他安全的机遇取决于什么?他最后是怎么被救下的?

译文属小E英语原创,未经允许,不得转载。

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