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

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Now the weekly Special English program: American Stories. Our story today is called the Californian Tale. It was written by Mark Twin. Here is Shep  O'neal with the story.

When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make me rich, but I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called S. The S. is like heaven on earth. It had bright green hills and deep forest where soft winds touch the trees. Other men also looking for gold had reached the S. hills many years before I did. They had built a town in the valley with sidewalks, stores, banks and schools. They had also built pretty little houses for their families. At first, they found a lot of gold, but their good luck did not last. After a few years, the gold disappeared. By the time I reached the S., many people were gone, too.Now grass grew in the streets and houses were covered by wild rose bushes, only the sound of insects filled the air as I walked through the empty street at summer time so long ago. Then I realized that I was not alone after all. A man was smiling at me when he stood in front of one of little houses. This one was not covered by wild rose bushes. A nice garden in front of the house was full of blue and yellow flowers, curtains hang from the windows and floated in  soft summer wind. Still smiling, the man opened the door of his house and motioned to me, I went inside and I couldn't believe my eyes. I had been living for weeks in the rough mining camp with other gold miners, slept on the hard ground, ate canned beans from the cold  metal plates and spent our days in the difficult search for gold.

But here in this little house, my spirit seemed to come to life again. I saw a bright rug on the shining wooden floor , pictures hang all around the room and  on little tables, 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 smiled: "it's all her work, everything in this room has filled the touch of her hand"
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