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驴和塑像的故事: 想摆架子前 先认清自己

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The Donkey and the Statue

驴和塑像

A donkey was once chosen to carry a holy statue through the town. Crowds of people came from all over the countryside to see the procession. They lined the sides of the street, pushing and jostling to get nearer to the front.

从前,有一头驴被选中在城中搬运一座神像。成群结队的人从乡下四面八方赶来观看运送队列。他们排列在街道的两侧,推挤着想更靠前些。

As the donkey came past all the people bowed down to pray to the statue. Some of them reached out their hands to touch it; others fell on their knees in the road in front of it. The donkey began to feel he was a very important animal.

当驴子经过的时候所有的人都弯下腰,向神像祷告。有些人伸出手去触摸神像,另一些人跪在前面的路上。驴子开始感觉到自己是个非常重要的动物。

“Fancy all these people showing me so much respect," he thought, "I never knew I was so powerful. To think that all this time I have been doing everything my master told me.”

“没想到所有人都向我表示这么大的敬意,”他在想,“我从来不知道自己是这么强大。想想这段时间,我一直做着主人要我做的一切,真是冤屈死了。”

He decided to try out his power.

他决定试一试自己的力量。

“I really don't feel like walking any further, ” he said to himself, “I'll just stand here for a while and let the people admire me.” And he refused to take another step.

“我真的不想再往前走了,”他自言自语地说,“我要在这里站一会儿,让人们崇敬我。”于是,他拒绝再走一步。

Thwack! A sharp blow fell on his back.

啪! 一记响鞭落在驴背上。

“Get along with you,” hissed his master angrily. “What do you mean by holding up the procession like this?”

“往前走,”主人愤怒地吆喝着,“你像这样拦住队列,究竟要搞什么名堂?”

“All in good time,” replied the donkey grandly. “I am just giving these good people a chance to look at me.”

“别急,”毛驴自负地说,“我只是给这些好人一个机会好好看看我。”

His master began to laugh.

他的主人开始大笑起来。

“You poor stupid animal, ” he said, pulling the donkey's mane to make him walk on. “The people are not interested in you. It is the statue on your back they are here to see. Come along now before I lose my temper.”

“你这头蠢驴,”他说着,扯着驴子的鬃毛迫使他继续走,“人们感兴趣的不是你,而是你背上的神像。现在继续走吧,要不我真要发脾气了。”

Make sure it’s really you people are praising before you give yourself airs.

想要摆架子,先要确定人们真的崇拜你。

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