少儿英语培训：The Selfish Giant 自私的巨人
Every afternoon, as they were coming from school,the children used to go and play in the Giant’sgarden.
It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass.Here and there over the grass stood beautifulflowers like stars, and there were twelve peach-treesthat in the spring-time broke out into delicateblossoms of pink and pearl, and in the autumn borerich fruit. The birds sat on the trees and sang so sweetly that the children used to stop theirgames in order to listen to them. “How happy we are here!” they cried to each other.
One day the Giant came back. 1-1e had been to visit his friend the Cornish ogre, and hadstayed with him for seven years. After the seven years were over he had said all that he had tosay, for his conversation was limited, and he determined to return to his own castle.Whenhe arrived he saw the children playing in the garden.
“What are you doing here?” he cried in a very gruff voice, and the children ran away.
“My own garden is my own garden,” said the Giant; “anyone can understand that, and I willallow nobody to play in it but myself.” So he built a high wall all round it, and put up a notice-board.
He was a very selfish Giant.
The poor children had now nowhere to play. They tried to play on the road, but the road wasvery dusty and full of hard stones, and they did not like it. They used to wander round thehigh wall when their lessons were over, and talk about the beautiful garden inside. “How happywe were there,” they said to each other.
Then the Spring came, and all over the country there were little blossoms and little birds. Onlyin the garden of the selfish Giant it was still winter. The birds did not care to sing in it as therewere no children, and the trees forgot to blossom. Once a beautiful flower put its head outfrom the grass, but when it saw the notice-board it was so sorry for the children that it slippedback into the ground again, and went off to sleep. The only people who were pleased were theSnow and the Frost. “Spring has forgotten this garden,” they cried, “so we will live here all theyear round.” The Snow covered up the grass with her great white cloak, and the Frost paintedall the trees silver. Then they invited the North Wind to stay with them, and he came. He waswrapped in furs, and he roared all day about the garden, and blew the chimney-pots down. “This is a delightful spot,” he said, “we must ask the Hail on a visit.” So the Hail came. Everyday for three hours he rattled on the roof of the castle till he brokemost of the slates, and thenhe ran round and round the garden as fast as he could go.He was dressed in grey, and hisbreath was like ice.
春天到了，整个村庄到处盛开着小花，到处都有气小鸟欢唱。只有自私的巨人的花园里依然是冬天。鸟儿们不愿意去那儿歌唱，因为那里没有孩子们的踪迹， 树木也忘了开花。一次，一朵美丽的花儿从草间伸出头来，可是当它看到告示牌的时候，它为孩子们感到难过，又把头缩回到地里，继续沉睡。唯一高兴的是白雪和 霖降。”春天忘记了这座花园，”他们嚷道，”那么我们可以常年住在这里了。”雪用她厚重的白色外衣覆盖住草地，霜降给所有的树木刷上了银色的外衣。之后他 们还邀请北风来和他们同住，北风来了。他裹在毛皮里，整日在花园里呼啸，还吹掉了烟囱管帽。”这是一个让人愉悦的地方，”他说，”我们一定要叫冰雹来做 客。”于是冰雹也来了。每天他都要在城堡的屋顶连续不断地敲打三个小时，直到大部分瓦片被砸破为止，然后他又以最快的速度绕着花园奔跑。他穿着一身灰衣， 气息如冰一般。
I cannot understand why the Spring is so late in coming,” said the selfish Giant,as he sat atthe window and looked out at his cold white garden; “I hope there will be a change in theweather.”
But the Spring never came, nor the Summer. The Autumn gave golden fruit to every garden,but to the Giant’s garden she gave none. “He is too selfish,” she said. So it was always Winterthere, and the North Wind, and the Hail, and the Frost, and the Snow danced about throughthe trees.