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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2008-0216-FEATURE

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Our story today is called prelude. It was written by Edgar Valentine Smith. Here is Kate Glad with the story. Selina Joe Hutsel was born in a cabin that had two rooms one small windown and dirty floor.
Her parents * and * Hutsel built the little house in one day with the help of their families and friends.
Selina Joe began to talk when she was one year old. By the time she was seven her parents couldn't answer any of her questions. Selina Joe's big black eyes were full of curiosity, but her mind stayed hungry.
Her parents sent her to school for six months. They took her out as soon as she learnt to read and write. Her parents had never heard. Selina Joe had to work on farm.
She planted corn and sweet potatoes in a hard red earth. She fed the cows and built fences. She cleaned the cabin and chopped wood. She did all the cooking and washed all the cloth. Her parents spent most of their time with the uncles, aunts, and cousins in the family who lived near by.
All the Hutsels were like Selina Joe's parents. They couldn't read or write. They did not like to work and they never took bath.
One Sunday, when Selina Joe was 16-year-old, her parents took her to the town of east film. As they walked down the street, Selina heard someone behind her whispered:" those are a part of Hutsel family they are all dirty and lazy people, never work."
A few days later, Selina went back alone to east film. She went into one of the stories. It was only a simple country store. But to Selina Joe, it seemed like a wonderful place. She looked at the silk ribbon and leather shoes. Selina Joe had never own a pair of shoes or a silk ribbon.
In the back of the store she found a dress it was made of red cotton material with little snowwhite squares on it. Selina Joe couldn't stop touching the dress, she asked the store's owner:" how much the dress costs?" "5 dollars," she said," but i sell it to you for 3.
That evening after dinner, she told her father about the dress.
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