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The wonderful musician
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  • There was once a wonderful musician, who went quite alone through a forest and thought of all manner of things, and when nothing was left for him to think about, he said to himself, "Time is beginning to pass heavily with me here in the forest, I will fetch hither a good companion for myself." Then he took his fiddle2 from his back, and played so that it echoed through the trees. It was not long before a wolf came trotting3 through the thicket4 towards him. "Ah, here is a wolf coming! I have no desire for him!" said the musician; but the wolf came nearer and said to him, "Ah, dear musician, how beautifully thou dost play. I should like to learn that, too." - "It is soon learnt," the musician replied, "thou hast only to do all that I bid thee." - "Oh, musician," said the wolf, "I will obey thee as a scholar obeys his master." The musician bade him follow, and when they had gone part of the way together, they came to an old oak-tree which was hollow inside, and cleft5 in the middle. "Look," said the musician, "if thou wilt6 learn to fiddle, put thy fore1 paws into this crevice7." The wolf obeyed, but the musician quickly picked up a stone and with one blow wedged his two paws so fast that he was forced to stay there like a prisoner. "Stay there until I come back again," said the musician, and went his way.

    After a while he again said to himself, "Time is beginning to pass heavily with me here in the forest, I will fetch hither another companion," and took his fiddle and again played in the forest. It was not long before a fox came creeping through the trees towards him. "Ah, there's a fox coming!" said the musician. "I have no desire for him." The fox came up to him and said, "Oh, dear musician, how beautifully thou dost play! I should like to learn that too." - "That is soon learnt," said the musician. "Thou hast only to do everything that I bid thee." - "Oh, musician," then said the fox, "I will obey thee as a scholar obeys his master." - "Follow me," said the musician; and when they had walked a part of the way, they came to a footpath8, with high bushes on both sides of it. There the musician stood still, and from one side bent9 a young hazel-bush down to the ground, and put his foot on the top of it, then he bent down a young tree from the other side as well, and said, "Now little fox, if thou wilt learn something, give me thy left front paw." The fox obeyed, and the musician fastened his paw to the left bough10. "Little fox," said he, "now reach me thy right paw" and he tied it to the right bough. When he had examined whether they were firm enough, he let go, and the bushes sprang up again, and jerked up the little fox, so that it hung struggling in the air. "Wait there till I come back again," said the musician, and went his way.

    Again he said to himself, "Time is beginning to pass heavily with me here in the forest, I will fetch hither another companion," so he took his fiddle, and the sound echoed through the forest. Then a little hare came springing towards him. "Why, a hare is coming," said the musician, "I do not want him." - "Ah, dear musician," said the hare, "how beautifully thou dost fiddle; I too, should like to learn that." - "That is soon learnt," said the musician, "thou hast only to do everything that I bid thee." - "Oh, musician," replied the little hare, "I will obey thee as a scholar obeys his master." They went a part of the way together until they came to an open space in the forest, where stood an aspen tree. The musician tied a long string round the little hare's neck, the other end of which he fastened to the tree. "Now briskly, little hare, run twenty times round the tree!" cried the musician, and the little hare obeyed, and when it had run round twenty times, it had twisted the string twenty times round the trunk of the tree, and the little hare was caught, and let it pull and tug11 as it liked, it only made the string cut into its tender neck. "Wait there till I come back," said the musician, and went onwards.

    The wolf, in the meantime, had pushed and pulled and bitten at the stone, and had worked so long that he had set his feet at liberty and had drawn12 them once more out of the cleft. Full of anger and rage he hurried after the musician and wanted to tear him to pieces. When the fox saw him running, he began to lament13, and cried with all his might, "Brother wolf, come to my help, the musician has betrayed me!" The wolf drew down the little tree, bit the cord in two, and freed the fox, who went with him to take revenge on the musician. They found the tied-up hare, whom likewise they delivered, and then they all sought the enemy together.

    The musician had once more played his fiddle as he went on his way, and this time he had been more fortunate. The sound reached the ears of a poor wood-cutter, who instantly, whether he would or no, gave up his work and came with his hatchet14 under his arm to listen to the music. "At last comes the right companion," said the musician, "for I was seeking a human being, and no wild beast." And he began and played so beautifully and delightfully15 that the poor man stood there as if bewitched, and his heart leaped with gladness. And as he thus stood, the wolf, the fox, and the hare came up, and he saw well that they had some evil design. So he raised his glittering axe16 and placed himself before the musician, as if to say, "Whoso wishes to touch him let him beware, for he will have to do with me!" Then the beasts were terrified and ran back into the forest. The musician, however, played once more to the man out of gratitude17, and then went onwards.

     11级    英语故事 


    1 fore [fɔ:(r)] ri8xw   第7级
    • Your seat is in the fore part of the aircraft. 你的座位在飞机的前部。
    • I have the gift of fore knowledge. 我能够未卜先知。
    2 fiddle [ˈfɪdl] GgYzm   第9级
    • She plays the fiddle well. 她小提琴拉得好。
    • Don't fiddle with the typewriter. 不要摆弄那架打字机了。
    3 trotting [trɔtɪŋ] cbfe4f2086fbf0d567ffdf135320f26a   第9级
    小跑,急走( trot的现在分词 ); 匆匆忙忙地走
    • The riders came trotting down the lane. 这骑手骑着马在小路上慢跑。
    • Alan took the reins and the small horse started trotting. 艾伦抓住缰绳,小马开始慢跑起来。
    4 thicket [ˈθɪkɪt] So0wm   第10级
    • A thicket makes good cover for animals to hide in. 丛林是动物的良好隐蔽处。
    • We were now at the margin of the thicket. 我们现在已经来到了丛林的边缘。
    5 cleft [kleft] awEzGG   第10级
    • I hid the message in a cleft in the rock. 我把情报藏在石块的裂缝里。
    • He was cleft from his brother during the war. 在战争期间,他与他的哥哥分离。
    6 wilt [wɪlt] oMNz5   第10级
    vt. 使枯萎;使畏缩;使衰弱 vi. 枯萎;畏缩;衰弱 n. 枯萎;憔悴;衰弱
    • Golden roses do not wilt and will never need to be watered. 金色的玫瑰不枯萎绝也不需要浇水。
    • Several sleepless nights made him wilt. 数个不眠之夜使他憔悴。
    7 crevice [ˈkrevɪs] pokzO   第10级
    • I saw a plant growing out of a crevice in the wall. 我看到墙缝里长出一棵草来。
    • He edged the tool into the crevice. 他把刀具插进裂缝里。
    8 footpath [ˈfʊtpɑ:θ] 9gzzO   第10级
    • Owners who allow their dogs to foul the footpath will be fined. 主人若放任狗弄脏人行道将受处罚。
    • They rambled on the footpath in the woods. 他俩漫步在林间蹊径上。
    9 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。
    10 bough [baʊ] 4ReyO   第9级
    • I rested my fishing rod against a pine bough. 我把钓鱼竿靠在一棵松树的大树枝上。
    • Every bough was swinging in the wind. 每条树枝都在风里摇摆。
    11 tug [tʌg] 5KBzo   第7级
    • We need to tug the car round to the front. 我们需要把那辆车拉到前面。
    • The tug is towing three barges. 那只拖船正拖着三只驳船。
    12 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。
    13 lament [ləˈment] u91zi   第7级
    • Her face showed lament. 她的脸上露出悲伤的样子。
    • We lament the dead. 我们哀悼死者。
    14 hatchet [ˈhætʃɪt] Dd0zr   第10级
    • I shall have to take a hatchet to that stump. 我得用一把短柄斧来劈这树桩。
    • Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet. 别用斧头拍打朋友额头上的苍蝇。
    15 delightfully [dɪ'laɪtfəlɪ] f0fe7d605b75a4c00aae2f25714e3131   第8级
    • The room is delightfully appointed. 这房子的设备令人舒适愉快。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    • The evening is delightfully cool. 晚间凉爽宜人。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    16 axe [æks] 2oVyI   第7级
    • Be careful with that sharp axe. 那把斧子很锋利,你要当心。
    • The edge of this axe has turned. 这把斧子卷了刃了。
    17 gratitude [ˈgrætɪtju:d] p6wyS   第7级
    • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him. 我向他表示了深切的谢意。
    • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face. 她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。

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