少儿英语:Death of the Wicked Witch of the East 邪恶的东方女巫之死
She was awakened by a shock, so sudden andsevere that if Dorothy had not been lying on thesoft bed she might have been hurt. As it was, thejar made her catch her breath and wonder what hadhappened; and dog Toto put his cold little nose intoher face and whined sadly. Dorothy sat up andnoticed that the house was not moving; nor was itdark, for the bright sunshine came in at the window,flooding the little room. She sprang from her bed and with Toto at her heels ran and openedthe door.
The little girl gave a cry of amazement and looked about her, her eyes growing bigger andbigger at the wonderful sights she saw.
The cyclone had set the house down very gently in the midst of a country of great beauty.There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich fruits. Banksof attractive flowers were on every hand, and birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang andfluttered in the trees and bushes. A little way off was a small brook, rushing and sparklingalong between green banks, and murmuring in a voice very grateful to a little girl who had livedso long on the dry, gray prairies.
While she stood looking eagerly at the strange and beautiful sights, she noticed coming towardher a group of the queerest people she had ever seen. They were not as big as the grown folkshe had always been used to; but neither were they very small. In fact,they seemed about astall as Dorothy, who was a well-grown child for her age, although they were, so far as looks go,many years older.
Three were men and one a woman, and all were oddly dressed. They wore round hats that roseto a small point a foot above their heads, with little bells around the brims that tinkled sweetlyas they moved. The hats of the men were blue; the little woman’s hat was white, and she worea white gown that hung in pleats from her shoulders. Over it were sprinkled little stars thatglistened in the sun like diamonds. The men were dressed in blue,of the same shade as theirhats, and wore well-polished boots. The men, Dorothy thought, were about as old as UncleHenry, for two of them had beards. But the little woman was doubtless much older. Her facewas covered with wrinkles, her hair was nearly white, and she walked rather stiffly.
他们当中有三名男子和一名妇女，全都穿着古怪。他们戴着圆帽子，帽子离头有一英尺高，中间耸起一个小小的尖顶，帽檐四周拄着小铃铛，他们一动，铃铛就发出悦耳的叮铃声。男人们的帽子是蓝色的，女人的帽子呈白色，她穿着一件带褶的白色袍子，从肩膀上垂下来，上面闪耀着小星星，在阳光下像钻石般耀眼。 男人们身着蓝色衣裳，色调和帽子一致，脚穿擦得亮闪闪的靴子。多萝茜想，他们和亨利叔叔年纪差不多，因为其中两个长着胡须。但妇人无疑就大多了，她满脸皱 纹，头发几乎全白，走起路来相当僵硬。
When these people drew near the house where Dorothy was standing in the doorway,theypaused and whispered among themselves, as if afraid to come farther. But the little old womanwalked up to Dorothy, made a low bow and said, in a sweet voice:
“You are welcome, most noble Sorceress, to the land of Munchkins. We are so grateful to youfor having killed the Wicked Witch of the East, and for setting our people free from bondage.”
Dorothy listened to this speech with wonder. What could the little woman possibly mean bycalling her a sorceress, and saying she had killed the Wicked Witch of the East? Dorothy was aninnocent, harmless little girl, who had been carried by a cyclone many miles from home; andshe had never killed anything in all her life.
But the little woman evidently expected her to answer; so Dorothy said, with hesitation,”Youare very kind, but there must be some mistake. I have not killed anything.”
“Your house did, anyway,” replied the little old woman, with a laugh, “and that is the samething. See!” she continued, pointing to the corner of the house. “Them are her two feet, stillsticking out from under a block of wood.”
Dorothy looked, and gave a little cry of fright. There, indeed, just under the corner of the greatbeam the house rested on, two feet were sticking out, shod in silver ,shoes with pointed toes.