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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2008-0202-FEATURE

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Now, the special English program-American Stories.
Our story today is called “the White Circle”. It was written by John Duane Clinton. Here is Shap Onio to tell you the story.
As soon as I saw an apple sitting in the apple tree, I knew we would fight, I also knew he would win. But winning or loosing was not important, at least not so important as getting him down from the tree. The tree was mine. It was a young tree, and it had thirteen beautiful apples on it. Now our beautiful apple was under amble’s shoot.
The tree became mine the day I was twelve years old. Father called me to come to the barn to see the new young horses. When I got there, father lit a cigarette and placed one foot on the fence. He looked pleased and proud. “Tarker,” he finally said: “this is a big day. There before you are five of finest horses in our Virginia. Now I would give you a gift for your birthday. Could you make a choice?” “Yes.” I said. “Which one?” he asked. I would like to have the apple tree across the road. Father looked at me for a long time. You would have to know how much he loved horses to understand the look on his face. But I was twelve years old, how could I explain my choice. It was something about the apple tree, but color of the red apples as they hung themselves on the green leaves. It was more than this, it has something to do with being proud. I can give one of the apples to my friend Jenny.
“Jenny,” I would say, “I want to give you this apple. It came from my tree, the tree grows on my father’s land. Before my father has the land, it belongs to his father, and before that, to his father. Now I own the tree. Because of this, I am tied to all my people of long ago wai back them all these and all the babble people.
Father finally answered: “All right, son, if you want the tree more than the horse, the tree is yours.”
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