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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2007-0811-FEATURE

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Now the Special English Program American Stories.

Our story today is H. R.n.It is about two people living in new England.They seemed like the H.R.n trees often found in that area.Nothing can make them move.Today story was written by F.C.H.Here is the S.or N. with our story.

Old man K. work in the K. not far from his house.K.'s wife had died many years before.Now he lived with his son E. Father and son were happy living together in the old family house.They liked eating together and talking about what had happened during the day.After eating,they would sit in the living room and read.Their life was warm and pleasant,but one night after supper K.and E. said shop things to each other.E. quickly walked out of the room and he said no more to his father that night.The next moring,the old man awaked early and cooked his own breadfast uaually he would cooked for his son too,but this moring the father went to the work without even talking to his son.E.got out of the bed when he heard door closed.He made his own breakfast for the first time in many years.He was still angry with his father.The old man came home after a long day of work at the meau.E.returned from the store two hours later.Neither man takled to each other.They were still angry and this night they did not even eat together.

Many days and nights passed in the same way.Father and son did not talk or even look at each other.They still lived under the same roof but they auualy like to strangers.After eating,K.sat in his chair and read newspaper . E. sat across the room in another chair reading a book.Sometime while reading,E.was slowly look up to his father.He wondered what kind of person his father really was.He knew that he was a good worker and that he was honest,but his father did not seem friendly with anyone.He seemed to have no emotions.E.could not remember everything his father kiss his mother.The son wondered what kind of man is he really.

Many more days and nights passed with father and son saying nothing to each other,days became month, but they have silence between the two man continue.They still lived in the same old house,but they did not at all.

One Sunday moring,E looked out of the window and saw that the grand was covered with snow.Someone would have to clean the snow of the sidewalk,even him or his father.If E offered to clean the sidewalk, his father might think he would trying to be friendly.He did not want his father to think so,he was still angry with him.But if every did not do the work,his father might think that he was be in to poor.E did not want him to think that either.When he was deciding what to do,E heard the noise of outside.He looked out of the window again,he saw his father cleaning the snow of the sidewalk.The old man had been one step by had door his son.Father had made decision.More weeks past and father and son still did not talk to each other.Then one day,E saw that his chair running the living room was getting old,the was opened.It need to be fixed.E remembered that this old chair had been in the house for many years.It had been there ,even before E was born.

"It is still a good chair because of himself,I will not throw it away.I would be happy with fix."

E called his friend Ele on the telephone.Ele worked in a store where he fixed old tables and chairs.E asked him please to come to the house to look at his old broken chair.The old man was at home when Ele came to the house.

"Hello,Ele.I have not seen you for years,not seen you since you are a little boy."

E was in the kichen while the two man were talking.He was suprised to hear his father's voice.He had not heard K talk for almost five years.

E thought himself,"So my father will talk to other people ."

This made him argrier.

"I will never talk to him now."E thought.

Eight more years passed,K the father and E the son still had nothing to say to each other.The days and the nights were still the same,the two man ate alone than they sat in the living room and read.K was getting very old.

One day,he stopped working,then he was at home all the time.One night,E looked at his father for the first time in weeks,father looked tied and lonely.The old man's hair had became completely white just like the snow.The son felt sorry for his father.

He said to himself,"We are together even though we do not talk.I am luck to have someone hear with me.It would be terriblly lonely without him."

And then another winter came,the cold rain blow and the grand was again covered with snow.Inside the old house,father lay sick.He was very old now and he did not seem he would live much longer.

E drove his father to the hospotal in town.A young doctor took him to work .E waited outside in the hall.A few minutes later,the doctor came out and said,"You can see your father now."

The doctor and E walked into the K'room.The sun went the old man asleep.K looked very died.E sat down in the chair next to the bed and waited.

After a time,K moved a little,but he did not opened his eyes.E woudered if he would never see his father's eyes.Then the doctor came back,he told E that he knew that he and his father had said nothing to each other for twenty years.

"That is our personal business."E said.Then the doctor talked him how sickness his father was.

"He might die soon."said the doctor,"You should talk to him now.It will be your last chance."

Suddenly,the old man opened his eyes.He looked around the room.He looked at the young doctor and he looked at his son.He smiled weakly at E and E smiled back at the sick old man.Then K opened his mouth and tied to talk.E quickly put his hand over his father's mouth,he did not want to hear K'voice even though this was the last chance.

The old man did not try to talk anymore.His eyes closed again and he was asleep for a long time.The doctor said,"He will not wake again.He is died."

E moved from his chair that his hand was cold .He walked to the door and then turned to the bed.He wanted to looked at his father for the last time.The doctor said with anger,"He wanted to say something to you before he died.Why did you stop him?"

E answered,"It was my father who first made the decision that we should not talk.He was the one who fail we had nothing futher to say to each other.I did not want to hear him say "he was sorry."I did not want him to ever think"he was wrong."

Then E walked out the hospital.He drove home very slowly.When he entered the old quite house,E seemed .He said to himself,"This will be a lonely house now."


You had just heard The American Story Hard Rock M .It was written by C.It was publiched in E magzine in June 1966.The voice of American invite you to listen next week at the same time for another American Story in special English.This is Susan Plak.
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