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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 Americanstories.

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

When I was young, I went looking for gold in California, I never found it enough to make me rich, but I did discover a beautiful part of our country. It was called the XX. The XX was like heaven on earth, It had bright green hills and deep forests where soft winds touched trees. Other men also looking for gold had reached the XX of California many years before I did. They built a town in the valley ,with sidewalks and stores, banks and schools. They had also built pretty little houses for their families.

At first they found a lot of gold in the XX, but their good luck did not last. After a few years, the gold disappeared. By the time I reached the XX, all the people were gone to grass now grew in the streets and the little houses were covered by wild rose bushes. Only the sound of insects filled the air as I walk through the empty town the summer day so long ago. Then I realized I was not alone after all. A man was smiling at me as he stood in 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 windows and float in the soft summer wind. Still smiling, the man opened the door of his house and motions to me. I went inside, and could not believe my eyes. I had been living for weeks in rough mining camps with other gold miners. We slept on the hard ground, ate canned beans from cold mital plates and spent our days in the difficult , search for gold. During in 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 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 is all her work, everything in this room has felt the touch of her hand."
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