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美文:一锅让人放下戒备、共度难关的石头汤

kira86 于2019-07-03发布 l 已有人浏览
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大难临头时,是各自为安?还是万众一心共度难关。一个关于石头汤的故事。
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Stone Soup

石头汤

Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine. People jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors.

从前,战后东欧的某个地方爆发了一场大饥荒,人们心存戒备地把能找到的所有食物都藏了起来,就连自己的朋友和邻居都不让知道。

One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.

有一天,一个流浪的士兵来到一座村庄,开始打听起一些事来, 似乎打算留在村里过夜。

There's not a bite to eat in the whole province,he was told. "Better keep moving on."

“整个地区连一口吃的都没有了,”别人告诉他,“你最好还是往前走吧。”

Oh, I have everything I need, he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you."

“噢,我什么都不缺,”他说,“其实,我刚才正打算做点儿石头汤和你们大家一起享用呢。”

He pulled out an iron cauldron from his wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony , he drew an ordinary- looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water.

他从他的车上拖下来一口大铁锅,往锅里倒满了水,然后在锅下面生了一堆火。接着,他郑重其事地从一个天鹅绒袋子里掏出一块普普通通的石头,将它丢进锅里。

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the soldier sniffed the"broth" and licked his lips in anticipation , hunger began to overcome their skepticism.

这会儿,听到传闻说有吃的,大部分村民都已经来到了广场上,或者从自家窗户朝这里观望,他们看到士兵闻着“肉汤”,舔舔嘴唇准备开吃的样子,心中的怀疑开始被饥饿感给压了下去。

Ahh, the soldier said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage - that's hard to beat."

“啊!”士兵相当大声地自言自语道,“我太喜欢美味的石头汤了。当然,要是再往汤里加点卷心菜,那简直就美味无敌了。”

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot.

很快一个村民略带迟疑地走了过来,手里攥着从藏卷心菜的地方取出来的一颗卷心菜,把它加进了锅里。

Wonderful! cried the soldier. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."

“太棒了!”士兵喊道,“你们知道吗,我曾经在石头汤中加了卷心菜和一丁点儿咸牛肉,那可真是国王才能享用的美味。”

The village butcher managed to find some salt beef ... and so it went through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all.

村里的屠夫想办法搞到了一些咸牛肉……就这样,石头汤里先后加入了土豆、洋葱、胡萝卜、蘑菇等等,直到最后它真的成了一锅可供所有人享用的美食。

The villagers offered the soldier a great deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell and traveled on the next day.

村民们出了一大笔钱,想买下士兵这块神奇的石头。但是,士兵拒绝出售,并在第二天就继续赶路了。

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