少儿英语口语：Echo and Narcissus 回声和那喀索斯
Narcissus was a handsome youth. His lovely face andgraceful form were the admiration of all who lookedupon him. And he knew it. He was proud that hethought no one but himself was worthy to see hisyouthful beauty. Thus given up to
sweet thoughts ofself, Narcissus avoided all company. He roamed thewooded little valleys every day,madly in love withhimself.
When he was delightfully wandering through the woods one day, a wood fairy maiden, Echo byname, caught sight of him. She was excited at once. Joyfully coming down towards Narcissus,she stretched out her loving arms. To her dismay,
however, the young man roughly brushedher aside and went by without so much as a glance at her. The poor fairy maiden’s face turnedred and quickly withdrew to a shady spot, following the object of her love with her longingeyes.
Presently Narcissus stopped to drink from a little stream. Kneeling down on the bank,he saw alovely face in the clear water. His heart gave a beat. lie smiled and was smiled back to. Thinkingthat it must be a maiden in love with him, he bent
down to kiss her. But as soon as hetouched the clear surface the lovely face disappeared. The angry youth was now desperate.Never had he been looked down upon like that before. Day and night,he stayed at the streamwithout drinking and
eating. Before long he died, never suspecting that his maiden was just hisown image in the stream. The gods took pity on the fair dead body and turned it into a flowerbearing his name. This flower was the first narcissus. All the flowers of this family, when theygrow by the side of a pond or a stream, still bend their beautiful heads and look at thereflection of their own faces in the water.
The intoxicated Echo saw all this. Slowly she became weak, until at last nothing remained of herexcept her voice.