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中国寓言故事双语版 第78期:画蛇添足

2019年10月23日 英语美文 暂无评论
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从前,楚国有一户人家,祭完祖宗以后,把一壶祭祀时用过的酒,赏给帮助办事的人喝。办事的人很多,可是酒只有一壶。到底给谁喝呢?

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In the past a family in the State of Chu made sacrificial offers to their ancestors, and after that they rewarded the people who helped in the ceremony with the pot of wine used in it. verywen.com

从前,楚国有一户人家,祭完祖宗以后,把一壶祭祀时用过的酒,赏给帮助办事的人喝。 copyright verywen.com

There were many helpers but only one pot of wine. www.verywen.com

办事的人很多,可是酒只有一壶。 美文网

Who should drink it?

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到底给谁喝呢? copyright verywen.com

Someone suggested:Each person is to draw a snake on the ground. Whoever draws fastest and most lifelike will get the pot of wine. 美文网

有人提议说:“各人都在地上画一条蛇,谁画得快、画得像,就把这壶酒给谁喝。” 内容来自美文网

Everyone thought this was a good idea. verywen.com

大家都认为这个办法很好。 本文来自美文网

One man drew very fast, finished it in the twinkling of an eye, and was given the pot of wine. 美文网

有一个人画得很快,一转眼,就把蛇画好了。这壶酒应该归他。 本文来自美文网

At this moment, he saw that the others had not yet finished, so he wanted to flaunt his skill once more. copyright verywen.com

可是,这时候,他看看别人都没有画好,就想再炫耀一下自己的能耐。 copyright verywen.com

He said proudly: How slow you are! Let me add a few snake feet. verywen.com

他得意洋洋地说:“你们画得多慢啊,让我再画上几只蛇脚吧!” verywen.com

Holding the wine pot in his left hand, he began to add feet to the finished snake with his right hand. verywen.com

他左手拿着酒壶,右手又开始给画好了的蛇添上脚。 本文来自美文网

When he was just adding feet to the snake, another man finished his drawing. www.verywen.com

当他正在添足的时候,另一个人却把蛇画好了。

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He grabbed the wine pot at once, saying: A snake has no feet. How could you add feet to it? The first one who finished drawing a snake is I, not you. 内容来自美文网

而且立刻把酒壶夺了过去,说: “蛇是没有脚的,你怎么画上了脚?第一个画好蛇的是我,不是你哩!”

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Having said this, the man drank the wine with an easy conscience. www.verywen.com

那人说完话,就心安理得地喝起酒来。

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