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发表于 2015-1-1 10:52:45 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式


THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL

It was very,very cold.It was snowing and growing dark.It was the last evening of the year.New Years Eve.A poor little girl,with a bare head and bare feet was walking through the streets.

When she left her house,she had slippers on,it is sure.But what use were they?They were too big,and she had lost them ,when she was crossing the street.So now,she went on with her little bare feet,which were quite red and blue with cold.She carried a number of matches in her apron and a box of them in her hand.

No one had bought anything of her all day.No one had given her a copper.The snow fell on her yellow hair.But she did not think of that now.She looked in through the window and saw the inside of other people’s houses.Yes,she remembered it was New year’s Eve.
She sat at the coner of the street.She had drawn up her little feet,but that did not make her warm.
She dared not go home,for she had sold no matches,and she hadn’t got a single cent.
Her father would beat her,for that and,besides,her home was as cold as the street.
Ah,a little match might do her good if she only dared draw one from the box,strike it against the wall,and warm her little fingers at it.
R-r-ratch!How it burned!it was warm,bright light,and she hold her hands over it,it really seemed to the little girl as if she were sitting by a great beautiful stove.
The fire burned so nicely,it warmed her so well.The little girl was putting out her feet to warm them too,when out went the light.The stove was gone—she sat with only the end of the burnt stick in her hand.
The little girl struck another.It burned,it gave a light,and where it shone on the wall,the wall became as thin as a veil,and she could see through it into the room where a table stood.On the table was a big roast goose,which smelled wonderful.
What was still more wonderful,the goose hopped down from the table,and walked along the floor,with a knife and a fork in it’s breast.Straight to the girl it came.Then the match went out and there was only the thick,cold wall in front of her.
The little girl lighted another.Then it seemed to her she was sitting under a beautiful Christmas tree,which was greater and finer than she had seen before.Thousands of little candles burned upon its green branches.The little girl stretched out her hands to touch them;then the match went out.The light went higher and higher.She was sure now that they were stars in the sky.One of them fell,and made a long line of fire.
“Now some one is dying,”said the little girl,for her old grand mother,the only person who had been good to her and who was now dead,had said:“When a star falls,somebody goes up to heaven.”
She struk another,and there stood her grandmother again,clear and shining,kind and lovely.
“Grandmother!”cried the child.“Oh,take me with you!I know you will go,too,when the match goes out.You will disappear like the warm stove the nice roast goose,and the beautiful Christmas tree!”
And the girl quickly struck the whole box of matches,for she wished to hold her grandmother fast.And the matches burned with such a beautiful light that it became brighter than in the middle of the day,grandmother had never been so large and so beautiful.She took the little girl up in her arms,and they both flew into the light and the joy high up,so high up!—where there was no cold,nor hunger,nor care—they were in heaven.

But at the corner of the house sat the little girl.with red checks and a smiling mouth,frozen to death on the last evening of the Old year.The New Year’s sun shone upon the little body,that lay there with the burned matches.She wanted to warm herself,people said.No one knew what fine things she had seen,and in what glory she had gone up with her grandmother into the New Year’s Day.



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发表于 2015-1-1 10:58:21 | 显示全部楼层
重温经典好贴
 楼主| 发表于 2015-1-1 11:27:47 | 显示全部楼层

感谢支持。元旦快乐!
发表于 2015-7-12 10:48:34 | 显示全部楼层
你不知从哪儿来的灵感、你不知从哪儿来的联想,我欣赏你的佳作!
发表于 2015-8-19 06:44:17 | 显示全部楼层
众里寻他千百度,蓦然回首在这里!
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