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

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Now, this is the special English programme, a American story.
Our story today is called "the California’s tale”, written by Mark Twain.
When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I don’t find enough to make me rich, but I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called the S~. the S~ was like heaven on earth. It had bright green hills, and deep forests where soft winds touched the trees.
Other man still looked for gold had reached the S~’s hill of California many years before I did. They had built a town in the valley(山谷) with sidewalks, stores(商店), banks and schools. They had also built pretty little houses for their families. At first, they found a lot of gold in S~’s hill. But their luck did not last. And after few years, the gold disappeared. At that time, I reached the S~ hill. All the people were gone, too. Grass now grow in the streets and the little houses were covered with wild rose bushes. Only the sound of the insects filled the air as I walked through the empty town that the summer day so long ago. Then, I realized, I was not alone after all. A man was smiling at me as stood in front of one of the little houses. This house was not covered by wild rose bushes. A beautiful garden in front of the house was full of yellow and blue flowers, white curtains hung from the windows and floated in the soft summer wind. Still smiling, the man opened the door of his house and motioned to(示意……过来) me. I went inside and could not believe my eyes. I have been living for weeks in rough mining camps(矿营) with other gold miners(矿工). We slept on the hard ground, ate canned beans from cold metal plates and spent the days in difficult search for gold. Here in this little house, my spirit seemed to come to life again. I saw a bright rug(地毯) on the shinning wooden wall. Pictures hanged all around the room and on little tables there were seashells, books and China vases full of flowers. A women had made this house into a home. The pleasure I felt in my heart must have showed on my face. The man read my thoughts:” yes.” He smiled. “.It was all her work. Everything in the room has felt the touch of her hand.
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