外语教育网
您的位置:外语教育网 > 英语文化视窗 > 风俗与传统 正文
  • 站内搜索:

[复活节]故事:HOW BROTHER RABBIT FOOLED THE WHALE

2006-02-24 00:00

  One day little Brother Rabbit was running along on the sand, lippety, lippety, when he saw the Whale and the Elephant talking together. Little Brother Rabbit crouched down and listened to what they were saying. This was what they were saying: ''You are the biggest thing on the land, Brother Elephant,'' said the Whale, ''and I am the biggest thing in the sea; if we join together we can rule all the animals in the world, and have our way about everything.''

  ''Very good, very good,'' trumpeted the Elephant; ''that suits me; we will do it.''

  Little Brother Rabbit snickered to himself. ''They won't rule me,'' he said. He ran away and got a very long, very strong rope, and he got his big drum, and hid the drum a long way off in the bushes. Then he went along the beach till he came to the Whale.

  ''Oh, please, dear, strong Mr. Whale,'' he said, ''will you have the great kindness to do me a favor? My cow is stuck in the mud, a quarter of a mile from here. And I can't pull her out. But you are so strong and so obliging, that I venture to trust you will help me out.''

  The Whale was so pleased with the compliment that he said, ''Yes,'' at once.

  ''Then,'' said the Rabbit, ''I will tie this end of my long rope to you, and I will run away and tie the other end round my cow, and when I am ready I will beat my big drum. When you hear that, pull very, very hard, for the cow is stuck very deep in the mud.''

  ''Huh!'' grunted the Whale, ''I'll pull her out, if she is stuck to the horns.''

  Little Brother Rabbit tied the rope-end to the whale, and ran off, lippety, lippety, till he came to the place where the Elephant was.

  ''Oh, please, mighty and kindly Elephant,'' he said, making a very low bow

  ''will you do me a favor?''

  ''What is it?'' asked the Elephant.

  ''My cow is stuck in the mud, about a quarter of a mile from here,'' said little Brother Rabbit, ''and I cannot pull her out. Of course you could. If you will be so very obliging as to help me —— ''

  ''Certainly,'' said the Elephant grandly, ``certainly.''

  ''Then,'' said little Brother Rabbit, ''I will tie one end of this long rope to your trunk, and the other to my cow, and as soon as I have tied her tightly I will beat my big drum. When you hear that, pull; pull as hard as you can, for my cow is very heavy.''

  ''Never fear,'' said the Elephant, ``I could pull twenty cows.''

  ''I am sure you could,'' said the Rabbit, politely,''only be sure to begin gently, and pull harder and harder till you get her.''

  Then he tied the end of the rope tightly round the Elephant's trunk, and ran away into the bushes. There he sat down and beat the big drum.

  The Whale began to pull, and the Elephant began to pull, and in a jify the rope tightened till it was stretched as hard as could be.

  ''This is a remarkably heavy cow,'' said the Elephant; ''but I'll fetch her!'' And he braced his forefeet in the earth, and gave a tremendous pull.

  ''Dear me!'' said the Whale. ``That cow must be stuck mighty tight;'' and he drove his tail deep in the water, and gave a marvelous pull.

  He pulled harder; the Elephant pulled harder. Pretty soon the Whale found himself sliding toward the land. The reason was, of course, that the Elephant had something solid to brace against, and, too, as fast as he pulled the rope in a little, he took a turn with it round his trunk!

  But when the Whale found himself sliding toward the land he was so provoked with the cow that he dove head first, down to the bottom of the sea. That was a pull! The Elephant was jerked off his feet, and came slipping and sliding to the beach, and into the surf. He was terribly angry. He braced himself with all his might, and pulled his best. At the jerk, up came the Whale out of the water.

  ''Who is pulling me?'' spouted the Whale.

  ''Who is pulling me?'' trumpeted the Elephant.

  And then each saw the rope in the other's hold.

  ''I'll teach you to play cow!'' roared the Elephant.

  ''I'll show you how to fool me!'' fumed the Whale. And they began to pull again. But this time the rope broke, the Whale turned a somersault, and the Elephant fell over backwards.

  At that, they were both so ashamed that neither would speak to the other. So that broke up the bargain between them.

  And little Brother Rabbit sat in the bushes and laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

相关热词:复活节 传统 文化
栏目相关课程表
科目名称 主讲老师 课时 免费试听 优惠价 购买课程
英语零起点 郭俊霞 30课时 试听 150元/门 购买
综艺乐园 ------ 13课时 试听 100元/门 购买
边玩边学 ------ 10课时 试听 60元/门 购买
情景喜剧 ------ 15课时 试听 100元/门 购买
欢乐课堂 ------ 35课时 试听 150元/门 购买
基础英语辅导课程
郭俊霞 北京语言大学毕业,专业英语八级,国内某知名中学英语教研组组长,教学标兵……详情>>
郭俊霞:零基础英语网上辅导名师

  1、凡本网注明 “来源:外语教育网”的所有作品,版权均属外语教育网所有,未经本网授权不得转载、链接、转贴或以其他方式使用;已经本网授权的,应在授权范围内使用,且必须注明“来源:外语教育网”。违反上述声明者,本网将追究其法律责任。
  2、本网部分资料为网上搜集转载,均尽力标明作者和出处。对于本网刊载作品涉及版权等问题的,请作者与本网站联系,本网站核实确认后会尽快予以处理。本网转载之作品,并不意味着认同该作品的观点或真实性。如其他媒体、网站或个人转载使用,请与著作权人联系,并自负法律责任。
  3、联系方式
  编辑信箱:for68@chinaacc.com
  电话:010-82319999-2371