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大学英语四六级晨读经典365:夏日激情篇 106 Alfred and His Cake 阿尔弗雷德和蛋糕(mp3)

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阿尔弗雷德以自己的斗志鼓舞着整个英国,影响了整个历史和进程。
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106 Alfred and His Cake 阿尔弗雷德和蛋糕

Many years ago there lived in England a wise and good king whose name was Alfred.No other man ever did so much for his country as he;and people now,all over the world,speak of him as Alfred the Great.
很多年前,英格兰有一个聪明、善良的国王,他的名字叫阿尔弗雷德。从来没有一个人像他那样,为自己的国家做过那么多的贡献。现在世人一谈起他,就把他称为阿尔弗雷德大帝。

A fierce ,rude people,called the Danes ,had come from over the sea,and were fighting the English.There were so many of them,and they were so bold and strong,that for a long time they gained every battle.If they kept on,they would soon be the masters of the whole country.
凶恶、粗鲁的丹麦人远渡重洋到英国作战。他们人数众多而且勇敢强壮,很长一段时间他们都是战无不胜。如果照此继续下去,他们很快将成为这个国家的主人。

At last,after a great battle the English army was broken up and scattered .Every man had to save himself in the best way he could.King Alfred fled alone,in great haste ,through the woods and swamps.
终于,在一场恶仗之后,英国军队被击败而四处溃散。人们必须尽可能地自保性命。阿尔弗雷德国王独自奔逃,急匆匆地穿过树林和沼泽地带。

Late in the day the king came to the hut of a woodcutter.He was very tired and hungry,and he begged the woodcutter's wife to give him something to eat and a place to sleep in her hut.
天色已晚,国王来到一个樵夫的小屋。他又累又饿,乞求樵夫的妻子给他点儿吃的东西,并留他在小屋里过夜。

The woman was baking some cakes upon the hearth ,and she looked with pity upon the poor,ragged fellow who seemed so hungry.She had no thought he was the king.
那个女人正在炉子上烤蛋糕。她用怜悯的目光审视着这个可怜的衣衫褴褛的家伙。他好象已经饿得饥肠辘辘了,她万万没有想到他就是国王。

“Yes,”she said,“I will give you some supper if you will watch these cakes.I want to go out and milk the cow ;and you must see that they do not burn while I am gone.”
“好吧,”她答应道,“如果你照看这些蛋糕,我就给你吃顿晚饭。我要出去挤牛奶,我不在的时候,你一定要留神,别把这些蛋糕烤糊了。”

King Alfred was very willing to watch the cakes,but he had far greater things to think about.How was he going to drive the fierce Danes out of the land? He forgot his hunger;he forgot the cakes;he forgot he was in the woodcutter's hut.His mind was busy making plans for tomorrow.
阿尔弗雷德国王非常愿意照看这些蛋糕。他有更重要的事情要考虑。怎样把他的军队再集合起来?如何把凶恶的丹麦人赶出这块国土?他忘记了饥饿,忘记了蛋糕,忘记了他正置身于樵夫的小屋里。他心里正忙于为明天做计划。

In a little while the woman came back.The cakes were smoking on the hearth.They were burned to a crisp .Ah,how angry she was!
过了一会儿,女主人回来了。蛋糕正在炉子上冒烟。它们已经烤成了脆饼。唉,她是多么生气呀!

“You lazy fellow!”she cried.“See what you have done!You want something to eat,but you do not want to work!”
“你这个懒鬼!”她大声喊道。“看看你干的好事!你想吃点儿东西,但却不想干活!”

She even struck the king with a stick;but I can hardly believe that she was so ill-natured .
没想到她的脾气是如此暴躁,她甚至用棍子打了国王。

The king must have laughed to himself at the thought of being scolded in this way;and he was so hungry that he did not mind the woman's angry words half so much as the loss of the cakes.
国王一想到她用这种方法训斥自己,一定会暗自发笑。他太饿了,他对女主人的气话远没有对损失蛋糕那么在意。

We do not know whether he had anything to eat that night,or whether he had to go to bed without his supper.But it was not many days until he had gathered his men together again,and had beaten the Danes in a great battle.
我们不知道国王那天晚上是否吃东西了,也不知道他是否没吃晚饭就只好睡了。然而没过几天,他再次把部下召集在一起,在一次大战中打败了丹麦人。

英语词汇注释

break up 解散,破碎
flee vi. 逃避,逃跑
ragged adj. 衣衫槛楼的
hearth n. 灶台,炉边

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