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高中生英语美文:乡村依然存在

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The Village Is Not Dead

乡村依然存在

The village is not dead. There is more life in it now than there ever was. But it seems that “village life” is dead. Gone for ever. It began to decline about a hundred years ago. When many girls left home to go into service in town many miles away, and men also left home in increasing numbers in search of work, and home was where work was. There are still a number of people alive today who can remember what “village life” meant in the early years of the last century. It meant knowing and being known by everybody else in the village. It meant finding your entertainment in the village within walking distance of it. It meant housewives tied to the home all day and every day. It meant going to bed early to save lamp oil and coal.

乡村并没有消失。现在的乡村比以往任何时候都更生机勃勃。但是,似乎“乡村生活”已经消失,永远地消失了。乡村生活大约在一百年前开始衰退。当许多女孩子离开家园,去几英里外的城镇工作,越来越多的男人也离开家园外出打工,家就在工作所在地了。现在还有许多健在的人,他们还记得上个世纪早期“乡村生活”意味着什么。它意味着村里的每一个人都相互认识。它意味着走不多远就能在村子里找到休闲 娱乐场所。它意味着家庭妇女常年忙于家务。它意味着早早就寝以节省油和煤。

Then came the First World War and the Second World War. After each war, new ideas, new attitudes, new trades and occupations were revealed to villagers. The long-established order of society was no longer taken for granted. Electricity and the motorcar were steadily operating to make “village life” and “town life” almost alike. Now with the highly developed science and technology and high-level social welfare for all, there is no point whatever in talking any longer about “village life”. It is just life, and a better life.

接着,第一次世界大战和第二次世界大战到来了。每场大战之后,新的思想、新的态度、新的行业和职业都呈现在村民面前。长期建立的社会秩序不再被认为理所当然。电和摩托车广泛地使用起来,使得“乡 村生活”和“城镇生活”几乎没什么两样。现在,随着高度发达的科学技术和所有人都享有的社会高福利,谈论“乡村生活”已没有什么意义了。 这正是生活,而且是更好的生活。

Finally, if we have any doubts about the future, or about the many changes which we have seen in our lives, we have only to look in at the school playground any mid-morning; or see the children as they walk homeward in little groups. Obviously these children are better fed, better clothed, better educated, healthier, prettier and happier than any generation of children that ever before walked the village street.

最后,如果我们对未来有任何疑虑,或对于我们在生活中见到的种种变化有任何疑虑的话,我们只需要在上午九十点钟去瞧瞧学校的操场,或者看看孩子们三五成群走在回家的路上。显然,这些孩子们,比起 以往任何时代在乡村街道上行走的孩子们都吃得更好,穿得更好,受的教育更好,也更加健康,更加漂亮,更加快乐。

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