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[American Story] 【整理】2008-03-08 The Californian's Tale (1)

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   Our story today is called the Californian's Tale. It was written by Mark Twain. Here is ShapeNear with the story.

   When I was young, I went looking for gold in Californian. I never found enough to make me rich.But I did discover a beautiful part of country. It was called the Stanislaus. The Stanislaus was like heaven on earth. It has light green hills and deep forests where shoft winds touched the trees. Other man also looking for gold had reached the Stanislaus hills of California many years before I did. They had built town in the valley with side walks and stores、banks and schools . They had also built pretty little houses for the families. At first , they found a lot of gold in the Stanislaus hills. But their good luck did not last. After a few years the gold disappeared. 

   By the time I reach the Stanislaus. All the pepole were gone too, grass now grew in the streets and the little house was covered by wild rose bushes, only the sound of insects filled the air as I walk through the empty town that summer day so long ago.

   Then I realized I was not alone after all. A man was smiling at me as he stood in the front of one of the little houses. This house was not covered by wild rose bushes. A nice little garden in front of the house was full of blue and yellow flowers.White curtains hung from the window and floated in the soft summer wind. Still smiling, the man opened the door of his house and motioned to me. I went inside and could not believe my eyes. I have been living for weeks in rough mining camps with other gold miners. We slept down the hard ground, ate caned beans from cold metal plates and spent our days in the difficult search for gold. Here this little house my spirit seemed to come to life again. I saw a bright rug on the shining wooden floor. Pictures hung all around the room. And on the table there were seashells, books, and china vases full of flowers. A woman had made this house into a home, the pleasure I felt in my heart must have shown on my face. The man read my thoughts "Yes" he simled,"this is all her work, everything in the room has felt the touch of her hand."

[ 本帖最后由 ky46 于 2008-3-8 19:16 编辑 ]
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