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  • Hans Christian1 Andersen


    “’Yes, of course,’ said the matches, ’let us talk about those who are the highest born.’ “’No, I don’t like to be always talking of what we are,’ remarked the saucepan; ’let us think of some other amusement; I will begin. We will tell something that has happened to ourselves; that will be very easy, and interesting as well. On the Baltic Sea, near the Danish shore’—

    “’What a pretty commencement!’ said the plates; ’we shall all like that story, I am sure.’“’Yes; well in my youth, I lived in a quiet family, where the furniture was polished, the floors scoured2, and clean curtains put up every fortnight,’ “’What an interesting way you have of relating a story,’ said the carpet-broom; ’it is easy to perceive that you have been a great deal in women’s society, there is something so pure runs through what you say.’“’That is quite true,’ said the water-bucket; and he made a spring with joy, and splashed some water on the floor.

    “Then the saucepan went on with his story, and the end was as good as the beginning. “The plates rattled3 with pleasure, and the carpet-broom brought some green parsley out of the dust-hole and crowned the saucepan, for he knew it would vex4 the others; and he thought, ’If I crown him to-day he will crown me to-morrow.’

    “’Now, let us have a dance,’ said the fire-tongs5; and then how they danced and stuck up one leg in the air. The chair-cushion in the corner burst with laughter when she saw it. “’Shall I be crowned now?’ asked the fire-tongs; so the broom found another wreath for the tongs. “’They were only common people after all,’ thought the matches. The tea-urn was now asked to sing, but she said she had a cold, and could not sing without boiling heat. They all thought this was affectation, and because she did not wish to sing excepting in the parlor6, when on the table with the grand people.

    “In the window sat an old quill-pen, with which the maid generally wrote. There was nothing remarkable7 about the pen, excepting that it had been dipped too deeply in the ink, but it was proud of that. “’If the tea-urn won’t sing,’ said the pen, ’she can leave it alone; there is a nightingale in a cage who can sing; she has not been taught much, certainly, but we need not say anything this evening about that.’

    “’I think it highly improper,’ said the tea-kettle, who was kitchen singer, and half-brother to the tea-urn, ’that a rich foreign bird should be listened to here. Is it patriotic8? Let the market-basket decide what is right.’

    “’I certainly am vexed9,’ said the basket; ’inwardly vexed, more than any one can imagine. Are we spending the evening properly? Would it not be more sensible to put the house in order? If each were in his own place I would lead a game; this would be quite another thing.’

    “’Let us act a play,’ said they all. At the same moment the door opened, and the maid came in. Then not one stirred; they all remained quite still; yet, at the same time, there was not a single pot amongst them who had not a high opinion of himself, and of what he could do if he chose. “’Yes, if we had chosen,’ they each thought, ’we might have spent a very pleasant evening.’

    “The maid took the matches and lighted them; dear me, how they sputtered10 and blazed up! “’Now then,’ they thought, ’every one will see that we are the first. How we shine; what a light we give!’ Even while they spoke11 their light went out.

    “What a capital story,” said the queen, “I feel as if I were really in the kitchen, and could see the matches; yes, you shall marry our daughter.” “Certainly,” said the king, “thou salt have our daughter.” The king said thou to him because he was going to be one of the family. The wedding-day was fixed12, and, on the evening before, the whole city was illuminated13. Cakes and sweetmeats were thrown among the people. The street boys stood on tiptoe and shouted “hurrah,” and whistled between their fingers; altogether it was a very splendid affair.

    “I will give them another treat,” said the merchant’s son. So he went and bought rockets and crackers14, and all sorts of fire-works that could be thought of, packed them in his trunk, and flew up with it into the air. What a whizzing and popping they made as they went off! The Turks, when they saw such a sight in the air, jumped so high that their slippers15 flew about their ears. It was easy to believe after this that the princess was really going to marry a Turkish angel.

    As soon as the merchant’s son had come down in his flying trunk to the wood after the fireworks, he thought, “I will go back into the town now, and hear what they think of the entertainment.” It was very natural that he should wish to know. And what strange things people did say, to be sure! every one whom he questioned had a different tale to tell, though they all thought it very beautiful.

    “I saw the Turkish angel myself,” said one; “he had eyes like glittering stars, and a head like foaming16 water.” “He flew in a mantle17 of fire,” cried another, “and lovely little cherubs18 peeped out from the folds.”

    He heard many more fine things about himself, and that the next day he was to be married. After this he went back to the forest to rest himself in his trunk. It had disappeared! A spark from the fireworks which remained had set it on fire; it was burnt to ashes! So the merchant’s son could not fly any more, nor go to meet his bride. She stood all day on the roof waiting for him, and most likely she is waiting there still; while he wanders through the world telling fairy tales, but none of them so amusing as the one he related about the matches.















     10级    英语故事 


    1 Christian [ˈkrɪstʃən] KVByl   第7级
    • They always addressed each other by their Christian name. 他们总是以教名互相称呼。
    • His mother is a sincere Christian. 他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
    2 scoured [ˈskauəd] ed55d3b2cb4a5db1e4eb0ed55b922516   第8级
    走遍(某地)搜寻(人或物)( scour的过去式和过去分词 ); (用力)刷; 擦净; 擦亮
    • We scoured the area for somewhere to pitch our tent. 我们四处查看,想找一个搭帐篷的地方。
    • The torrents scoured out a channel down the hill side. 急流沿着山腰冲刷出一条水沟。
    3 rattled ['rætld] b4606e4247aadf3467575ffedf66305b   第7级
    • The truck jolted and rattled over the rough ground. 卡车嘎吱嘎吱地在凹凸不平的地面上颠簸而行。
    • Every time a bus went past, the windows rattled. 每逢公共汽车经过这里,窗户都格格作响。
    4 vex [veks] TLVze   第8级
    • Everything about her vexed him. 有关她的一切都令他困惑。
    • It vexed me to think of others gossiping behind my back. 一想到别人在背后说我闲话,我就很恼火。
    5 tongs [tɒŋz] ugmzMt   第10级
    • She used tongs to put some more coal on the fire. 她用火钳再夹一些煤放进炉子里。
    • He picked up the hot metal with a pair of tongs. 他用一把钳子夹起这块热金属。
    6 parlor ['pɑ:lə] v4MzU   第9级
    • She was lying on a small settee in the parlor. 她躺在客厅的一张小长椅上。
    • Is there a pizza parlor in the neighborhood? 附近有没有比萨店?
    7 remarkable [rɪˈmɑ:kəbl] 8Vbx6   第7级
    • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills. 她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
    • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines. 这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
    8 patriotic [ˌpeɪtriˈɒtɪk] T3Izu   第7级
    • His speech was full of patriotic sentiments. 他的演说充满了爱国之情。
    • The old man is a patriotic overseas Chinese. 这位老人是一位爱国华侨。
    9 vexed [vekst] fd1a5654154eed3c0a0820ab54fb90a7   第8级
    adj.争论不休的;(指问题等)棘手的;争论不休的问题;烦恼的v.使烦恼( vex的过去式和过去分词 );使苦恼;使生气;详细讨论
    • The conference spent days discussing the vexed question of border controls. 会议花了几天的时间讨论边境关卡这个难题。
    • He was vexed at his failure. 他因失败而懊恼。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    10 sputtered [ˈspʌtəd] 96f0fd50429fb7be8aafa0ca161be0b6   第11级
    v.唾沫飞溅( sputter的过去式和过去分词 );发劈啪声;喷出;飞溅出
    • The candle sputtered out. 蜡烛噼啪爆响着熄灭了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
    • The balky engine sputtered and stopped. 不听使唤的发动机劈啪作响地停了下来。 来自辞典例句
    11 spoke [spəʊk] XryyC   第11级
    n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
    • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company. 他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
    • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre. 辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
    12 fixed [fɪkst] JsKzzj   第8级
    • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet? 你们俩选定婚期了吗?
    • Once the aim is fixed, we should not change it arbitrarily. 目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
    13 illuminated [i'lju:mineitid] 98b351e9bc282af85e83e767e5ec76b8   第7级
    • Floodlights illuminated the stadium. 泛光灯照亮了体育场。
    • the illuminated city at night 夜幕中万家灯火的城市
    14 crackers ['krækəz] nvvz5e   第8级
    adj.精神错乱的,癫狂的n.爆竹( cracker的名词复数 );薄脆饼干;(认为)十分愉快的事;迷人的姑娘
    • That noise is driving me crackers. 那噪声闹得我简直要疯了。
    • We served some crackers and cheese as an appetiser. 我们上了些饼干和奶酪作为开胃品。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    15 slippers ['slɪpəz] oiPzHV   第7级
    n. 拖鞋
    • a pair of slippers 一双拖鞋
    • He kicked his slippers off and dropped on to the bed. 他踢掉了拖鞋,倒在床上。
    16 foaming ['fəʊmɪŋ] 08d4476ae4071ba83dfdbdb73d41cae6   第7级
    • He looked like a madman, foaming at the mouth. 他口吐白沫,看上去像个疯子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • He is foaming at the mouth about the committee's decision. 他正为委员会的决定大发其火。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    17 mantle [ˈmæntl] Y7tzs   第9级
    • The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green. 大地披上了苍翠欲滴的绿色斗篷。
    • The mountain was covered with a mantle of snow. 山上覆盖着一层雪。
    18 cherubs [ˈtʃerəbz] 0ae22b0b84ddc11c4efec6a397edaf24   第11级
    小天使,胖娃娃( cherub的名词复数 )
    • The high stern castle was a riot or carved gods, demons, knights, kings, warriors, mermaids, cherubs. 其尾部高耸的船楼上雕满了神仙、妖魔鬼怪、骑士、国王、勇士、美人鱼、天使。
    • Angels, Cherubs and Seraphs-Dignity, glory and honor. 天使、小天使、六翼天使-尊严、荣耀和名誉。

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