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美文: 柑橘的诚实 它的坏坏在表面

kira86 于2020-10-14发布
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柑橘有一种诚实,深深地感染着我们。如果它要变坏--因为我们最好的人有时也难免变坏--它开始从外部变坏,而不是从内部。
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An Honesty About the Orange

柑橘的诚实

With the orange we do live year in and year out. That speaks well of the orange. The fact is that there is an honesty about the orange which appeals to all of us. If it is going to be bad - for the best of us are bad sometimes - it begins to be bad from the outside, not from the inside. How many a pear which presents a blooming face to the world is rotten at the core. How many an innocent-looking apple is harbouring a worm in the bud. But the orange has no secret faults. Its outside is a mirror of its inside, and if you are quick you can tell the shopman so before he slips it into the bag.

柑橘与我们相伴,年复一年。那就说明柑橘确有优点,可评可点。事实上,柑橘有一种诚实,深深地感染着我们。如果它要变坏--因为我们最好的人有时也难免变坏--它开始从外部变坏,而不是从内部。有多少看上去鲜亮红润的梨子,内核已经烂掉。有多少看似优质无瑕的苹果,在刚长花蕾时就已经包藏蛀虫。但是柑橘没有隐藏的缺点。它的外表是它内里的镜子,如果你眼力好,反应快,在售货员把它放进购物袋之前,你就可以分辨出哪个好,哪个坏。

by A. A. Milne

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