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  • She was dancing. My crippled grandmother was dancing. I stood in the living room doorway absolutely stunned1. I glanced at the kitchen table and sure enough-right under a small, framed drawing on the wall-was a freshly baked peach pie.


    I heard her sing when I opened the door but did not want to interrupt the beautiful song by yelling I had arrived, so I just tiptoed to the living room. I looked at how her still-lean body bent2 beautifully, her arms greeting the sunlight that was pouring through the window. And her legs… Those legs that had stiffly walked, aided with a cane3, insensible shoes as long as I could remember. Now she was wearing beautiful dancing shoes and her legs obeyed her perfectly4. No limping. No stiffness. Just beautiful, fluid motion. She was the pet of the dancing world. And then she’d had her accident and it was all over. I had read that in an old newspaper clipping.


    She turned around in a slow pirouette and saw me standing5 in the doorway. Her song ended, and her beautiful movements with it, so abruptly6 that it felt like being shaken awake from a beautiful dream. The sudden silence rang in my ears. Grandma looked so much like a kid caught with her hand in a cookie jar that I couldn’t help myself, and a slightly nervous laughter escaped. Grandma sighed and turned towards the kitchen. I followed her, not believing my eyes. She was walking with no difficulties in her beautiful shoes. We sat down by the table and cut ourselves big pieces of her delicious peach pie.


    “So…” I blurted7, “How did your leg heal?”


    “To tell you the truth—my legs have been well all my life,” she said.


    “But I don’t understand!” I said, “Your dancing career… I mean… You pretended all these years?


    “Very much so,” Grandmother closed her eyes and savored8 the peach pie, “And for a very good reason.”


    “What reason?”


    “Your grandfather.”


    “You mean he told you not to dance?”


    “No, this was my choice. I am sure I would have lost him if I had continued dancing. I weighed fame and love against each other and love won.”


    She thought for a while and then continued. “We were talking about engagement when your grandfather had to go to war. It was the most horrible day of my life when he left. I was so afraid of losing him, the only way I could stay sane9 was to dance. I put all my energy and time into practicing—and I became very good. Critics praised me, the public loved me, but all I could feel was the ache in my heart, not knowing whether the love of my life would ever return. Then I went home and read and re-read his letters until I fell asleep. He always ended his letters with ‘You are my Joy. I love you with my life’ and after that he wrote his name. And then one day a letter came. There were only three sentences: ‘I have lost my leg. I am no longer a whole man and now give you back your freedom. It is best you forget about me.’”


    “I made my decision there and then. I took my leave, and traveled away from the city. When I returned I had bought myself a cane and wrapped my leg tightly with bandages. I told everyone I had been in a car crash and that my leg would never completely heal again. My dancing days were over. No one suspected the story—I had learned to limp convincingly before I returned home. And I made sure the first person to hear of my accident was a reporter I knew well. Then I traveled to the hospital. They had pushed your grandfather outside in his wheelchair. There was a cane on the ground by his wheelchair. I took a deep breath, leaned on my cane and limped to him. ”


    By now I had forgotten about the pie and listened to grandma, mesmerized10. “What happened then?” I hurried her when she took her time eating some pie.


    “I told him he was not the only one who had lost a leg, even if mine was still attached to me. I showed him newspaper clippings of my accident. ‘So if you think I’m going to let you feel sorry for yourself for the rest of your life, think again. There is a whole life waiting for us out there! I don’t intend to be sorry for myself. But I have enough on my plate as it is, so you’d better snap out of it too. And I am not going to carry you-you are going to walk yourself.’” Grandma giggled11, a surprisingly girlish sound coming from an old lady with white hair.


    “I limped a few steps toward him and showed him what I’d taken out of my pocket. ‘Now show me you are still a man,’ I said, ‘I won’t ask again.’ He bent to take his cane from the ground and struggled out of that wheelchair. I could see he had not done it before, because he almost fell on his face, having only one leg. But I was not going to help. And so he managed it on his own and walked to me and never sat in a wheelchair again in his life.”


    “What did you show him?” I had to know. Grandma looked at me and grinned. “Two engagement rings, of course. I had bought them the day after he left for the war and I was not going to waste them on any other man.”


    I looked at the drawing on the kitchen wall, sketched12 by my grandfather’s hand so many years before. The picture became distorted as tears filled my eyes. “You are my Joy. I love you with my life.” I murmured quietly. The young woman in the drawing sat on her park bench and with twinkling eyes smiled broadly at me, an engagement ring carefully drawn13 on her finger.


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    1 stunned [stʌnd] 735ec6d53723be15b1737edd89183ec2   第8级
    adj. 震惊的,惊讶的 动词stun的过去式和过去分词
    • The fall stunned me for a moment. 那一下摔得我昏迷了片刻。
    • The leaders of the Kopper Company were then stunned speechless. 科伯公司的领导们当时被惊得目瞪口呆。
    2 bent [bent] QQ8yD   第7级
    • He was fully bent upon the project. 他一心扑在这项计划上。
    • We bent over backward to help them. 我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
    3 cane [keɪn] RsNzT   第8级
    • This sugar cane is quite sweet and juicy. 这甘蔗既甜又多汁。
    • English schoolmasters used to cane the boys as a punishment. 英国小学老师过去常用教鞭打男学生作为惩罚。
    4 perfectly [ˈpɜ:fɪktli] 8Mzxb   第8级
    • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said. 证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
    • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board. 我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
    5 standing [ˈstændɪŋ] 2hCzgo   第8级
    • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing. 地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
    • They're standing out against any change in the law. 他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
    6 abruptly [ə'brʌptlɪ] iINyJ   第7级
    • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗鲁地示意弗吉尼亚上车。
    • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要讲半个小时的话。
    7 blurted [blə:tid] fa8352b3313c0b88e537aab1fcd30988   第9级
    v.突然说出,脱口而出( blurt的过去式和过去分词 )
    • She blurted it out before I could stop her. 我还没来得及制止,她已脱口而出。
    • He blurted out the truth, that he committed the crime. 他不慎说出了真相,说是他犯了那个罪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    8 savored [ˈseivəd] b2e8dc5ced86b908663d80760a443370   第9级
    v.意味,带有…的性质( savor的过去式和过去分词 );给…加调味品;使有风味;品尝
    • We savored the barbed hits in his reply. 我们很欣赏他在回答中使用的带刺的俏皮话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • We savored, (the pleasures of) mountain life to the full. 我们充分体会了山居生活的乐趣。 来自辞典例句
    9 sane [seɪn] 9YZxB   第8级
    • He was sane at the time of the murder. 在凶杀案发生时他的神志是清醒的。
    • He is a very sane person. 他是一个很有头脑的人。
    10 mesmerized [ˈmezməˌraɪzd] 3587e0bcaf3ae9f3190b1834c935883c   第10级
    v.使入迷( mesmerize的过去式和过去分词 )
    • The country girl stood by the road, mesmerized at the speed of cars racing past. 村姑站在路旁被疾驶而过的一辆辆车迷住了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
    • My 14-year-old daughter was mesmerized by the movie Titanic. 我14岁的女儿完全被电影《泰坦尼克号》迷住了。 来自互联网
    11 giggled [ˈɡiɡld] 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12   第7级
    v.咯咯地笑( giggle的过去式和过去分词 )
    • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子们让这笑话逗得咯咯笑。
    • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    12 sketched [] 7209bf19355618c1eb5ca3c0fdf27631   第7级
    • The historical article sketched the major events of the decade. 这篇有关历史的文章概述了这十年中的重大事件。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • He sketched the situation in a few vivid words. 他用几句生动的语言简述了局势。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    13 drawn [drɔ:n] MuXzIi   第11级
    • All the characters in the story are drawn from life. 故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
    • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside. 她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。

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