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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 Bill Coliton, here is Shep O'Neal to tell you the story.

As soon as I saw Anvol sitting in the apple tree, I knew we would fright. I also knew he would win. But winning or losing was not important, at least not so important to getting him down from the tree. The tree was mine. It was a young tree and it had thirteen beautiful apples on it. Now my beautiful apples were under Anvol's shirt.

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 get there, father lid a cigarette and placed one foot on the fence. He looked pleased and proud.

"Toker" he finally said, "This is a big day. There before you are five of finest  horses in all Virginia. Now I will give you a gift for your birthday. Could you make a choice?"

"Yes, sir." 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 sth about the apple tree. The color of the red apples as they hung among the green leaves, but it was more than this. It has sth to do with being proud. I could give one of my apples to my friend, Jane. "Jane", I would say, "I want to give you this apple. It come from my tree. The tree grows on my father's land. Before my father had his land, it belonged 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 a long and way back the Moses and all the Bible people.

Father finally answered, "Now, right, son. If you want the tree more than a horse, the tree is yours."

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