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The Two Roads 两条道路
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  • The Two Roads


    It was New Year's night. An aged man was standing1 at a window. He raised his mournful eyes towards the deep blue sky, where the stars were floating like white lilies on the surface of a clear calm lake. Then he cast them on the earth, where few more hopeless people than himself now moved towards their certain goal--the tomb. He had already passed sixty of the stages leading to it, and he had brought from his journey nothing but errors and remorse2. Now his health was poor, his mind vacant, his heart sorrowful, and his old age short of comforts.

    这是新年的夜晚。一位老人站在窗边,忧伤的眼睛眺望着深蓝的天空。空中的繁星犹如漂浮在清澈如镜的湖面上的朵朵百合。他慢慢将目光投向地面,此刻,没有什 么人比他还绝望,迈向他最终的归宿--坟墓。他已走过通向坟墓的六十级台阶,除了错误和悔恨,他一无所获。现在,他体弱多病,精神空虚,心哀神伤,人到晚 年无慰藉。

    The days of his youth appeared like dreams before him, and he recalled the serious moment when his father placed him at the entrance of the two roads--one leading to a peaceful, sunny place, covered with flowers, fruits and resounding3 with soft, sweet songs; the other leading to a deep , dark cave, which was endless, where poison flowed instead of water and where devils and poisonous snakes hissed4 and crawled.


    He looked towards the sky and cried painfully, "O, youth, return! O, my father, place me once more at the entrance to life, and I'll choose the better way!" But both his father and the days of his youth had passed away.


    He saw the lights flowing away in the darkness. These were the days of his wasted life; he saw a star fall down from the sky and disappeared, and this was the symbol of himself. His remorse, which was like a sharp sorrow, struck deeply into his heart. Then he remembered his friends in his childhood, which entered a life together with him. But they had made their way to success and were now honored and happy on this New Year's night.


    The clock in the high church tower struck and the sound made him remember his parents' early love for him. They had taught him and prayed to God for his good. But he chose the wrong way. With shame and grief5 he dared no longer look towards that heaven where his father lived. His darkened eyes were full of tears, and with a despairing effort, he burst out a cry:"Come back, my early days! Come back!"


    And his youth did return, for all this was only a dream, which he had on New Year's night. He was still young though his faults were real; he had not yet entered the deep, dark cave, and he was still free to walk on the road which leads to the peaceful and sunny land.


    Those who still linger6 on the entrance of life, hesitating to choose the bright road, remember that when years are passed and your feet stumble7 on the dark mountains, you will cry bitterly, but in vain."O youth, return! Oh give me back my early days!"


     6级    双语 
     单词标签: standing  remorse  resounding  hissed  grief  linger  stumble 


    1 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。
    2 remorse [rɪˈmɔ:s] lBrzo   第9级
    • She had no remorse about what she had said. 她对所说的话不后悔。
    • He has shown no remorse for his actions. 他对自己的行为没有任何悔恨之意。
    3 resounding [ri'zaundiŋ] zkCzZC   第12级
    adj. 响亮的
    • The astronaut was welcomed with joyous,resounding acclaim. 人们欢声雷动地迎接那位宇航员。
    • He hit the water with a resounding slap. 他啪的一声拍了一下水。
    4 hissed [hist] 2299e1729bbc7f56fc2559e409d6e8a7   第10级
    发嘶嘶声( hiss的过去式和过去分词 ); 发嘘声表示反对
    • Have you ever been hissed at in the middle of a speech? 你在演讲中有没有被嘘过?
    • The iron hissed as it pressed the wet cloth. 熨斗压在湿布上时发出了嘶嘶声。
    5 grief [gri:f] DfHxP   第6级
    • Don't allow yourself to sink into grief, it can do no good. 不要使自己陷入悲哀之中,这样一点好处也没有。
    • After her mother died, she abandoned herself to grief. 母亲死后,她沉浸于悲痛之中。
    6 linger [ˈlɪŋgə(r)] e8dzz   第6级
    • Don't linger away your holidays, try to find something useful to do. 不要虚度假日,尽量找些有意义的事做。
    • His last words still linger in our ears. 他的临终嘱咐仍萦绕在我们耳际。
    7 stumble [ˈstʌmbl] KG1zX   第6级
    • Be grateful to those who have made you stumble, for they have strengthened your ability. 感激绊倒你的人,因为他强化了你的能力。
    • You never knew when you might stumble across some new talent. 谁也说不准什么时候会碰上一位新的天才。

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