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

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It was written by Mark Twin. Here is Shep O'Neal with the story. When I was young, I went looking for gold in Califonia. I never found enough to make me rich but I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called the Stanislow. The Stanislow was like heaven on earth. It had bright green hills and deep forests where soft winds touched the trees. Other man, also looking for gold, had reached the Stanislow hills of Califonia many years before I did. They had 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 Stanislow hills, but their good luck did not last. After a few years, the gold disappeared. But the time I reached the Stanislow. All the people were gone to. Grass now grew in the streets and the little houses were covered by wild roses and bushes. Only the sound of insects fills the air as I walked through the empty town that summer day so long ago. Then I realized I was not alone after all. A man was smiling as he stood in front of one of the little houses. This house was not covered by wild gross bushes. A nice little garden in front of the house was full of blue and yellow flowers. White curtons hung from the windows and floated 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 down the hard ground, ate cand beings from cold metal place and spent our days in the difficult search for gold. Here in this little house, my spirits seems to come to life again. I saw a bright rog on the shining wooden floor. Pictures hung all around the room and on little tables there were see shows, 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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