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2006-02-28 00:00

  The Frog Prince

  英汉对照

  In olden times when wishing still helped one, there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful, but the youngest was so beautiful that the sun itself, which has seen so much, was astonished whenever it shone in her face. Close by the king's castle lay a great dark forest, and under an old lime-tree in the forest was a well, and when the day was very warm, the king's child went out into the forest and sat down by the side of the cool fountain, and when she was bored she took a golden ball, and threw it up on high and caught it, and this ball was her favorite play thing.

  Now it so happened that on one occasion the princess's golden ball did not fall into the little hand which she was holding up for it, but on to the ground beyond, and rolled straight into the water. The king's daughter followed it with her eyes, but it vanished, and the well was deep, so deep that the bottom could not be seen. At this she began to cry, and cried louder and louder, and could not be comforted. And as she thus lamented someone said to her, “What ails you, king's daughter? You weep so that even a stone would show pity.”

  She looked round to the side from whence the voice came, and saw a frog stretching forth its big, ugly head from the water. “Ah, old water-splashier, is it you,” she said, “I am weeping for my golden ball, which has fallen into the well.” “Be quiet, and do not weep,” answered the frog, “I can help you, but what will you give me if I bring your play thing up again?” “Whatever you will have, dear frog,” said she, “My clothes, my pearls and jewels, and even the golden crown which I am wearing.” The frog answered, “I do not care for your clothes, your pearls and jewels, nor for your golden crown, but if you will love me and let me be your companion and play-fellow, and sit by you at your little table, and eat off your little golden plate, and drink out of your little cup, and sleep in your little bed - if you will promise me this I will go down below, and bring you your golden ball up again.”

  “Oh yes,” said she, “I promise you all you wish, if you will but bring me my ball back again.” But she thought, “How the silly frog does talk. All he does is to sit in the water with the other frogs, and croak. He can be no companion to any human being.”

  But the frog when he had received this promise, put his head into the water and sank down; and in a short while came swimming up again with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on the grass. The king's daughter was delighted to see her pretty play thing once more, and picked it up, and ran away with it. “Wait, wait,” said the frog. “Take me with you. I can't run as you can.” But what did it avail him to scream his croak, croak, after her, as loudly as he could. She did not listen to it, but ran home and soon forgot the poor frog, who was forced to go back into his well again.

  The next day when she had seated herself at table with the king and all the courtiers, and was eating from her little golden plate, something came creeping splish splash, splish splash, up the marble staircase, and when it had got to the top, it knocked at the door and cried, “Princess, youngest princess, open the door for me.” She ran to see who was outside, but when she opened the door, there sat the frog in front of it. Then she slammed the door to, in great haste, sat down to dinner again, and was quite frightened. The king saw plainly that her heart was beating violently, and said, “My child, what are you so afraid of? Is there perchance a giant outside who wants to carry you away?”

  “Ah, no,” replied she. “It is no giant but a disgusting frog.”

  “What does a frog want with you?”

  “Ah, dear father, yesterday as I was in the forest sitting by the well, playing, my golden ball fell into the water. And because I cried so, the frog brought it out again for me, and because he so insisted, I promised him he should be my companion, but I never thought he would be able to come out of his water. And now he is outside there, and wants to come in to me.”

  In the meantime it knocked a second time, and cried, “Princess, youngest princess, open the door for me, do you not know what you said to me yesterday by the cool waters of the well. Princess, youngest princess, open the door for me.”

  Then said the king, “That which you have promised must you perform. Go and let him in.” She went and opened the door, and the frog hopped in and followed her, step by step, to her chair. There he sat and cried, “Lift me up beside you.” She delayed, until at last the king commanded her to do it. Once the frog was on the chair he wanted to be on the table, and when he was on the table he said, “Now, push your little golden plate nearer to me that we may eat together.” She did this, but it was easy to see that she did not do it willingly. The frog enjoyed what he ate, but almost every mouthful she took choked her. At length he said, “I have eaten and am satisfied, now I am tired, carry me into your little room and make your little silken bed ready, and we will both lie down and go to sleep.”

  The king's daughter began to cry, for she was afraid of the cold frog which she did not like to touch, and which was now to sleep in her pretty, clean little bed. But the king grew angry and said, “He who helped you when you were in trouble ought not afterwards to be despised by you.” So she took hold of the frog with two fingers, carried him upstairs, and put him in a corner, but when she was in bed he crept to her and said, “I am tired, I want to sleep as well as you, lift me up or I will tell your father.” At this she was terribly angry, and took him up and threw him with all her might against the wall. “Now, will you be quiet, odious frog,” said she. But when he fell down he was no frog but a king's son with kind and beautiful eyes. He by her father's will was now her dear companion and husband. Then he told her how he had been bewitched by a wicked witch, and how no one could have delivered him from the well but herself, and that tomorrow they would go together into his kingdom.

  Then they went to sleep, and the next morning when the sun awoke them, a carriage came driving up with eight white horses, which had white ostrich feathers on their heads, and were harnessed with golden chains, and behind stood the young king's servant Faithful Henry.

  Faithful Henry had been so unhappy when his master was changed into a frog, that he had caused three iron bands to be laid round his heart, lest it should burst with grief and sadness. The carriage was to conduct the young king into his kingdom. Faithful Henry helped them both in, and placed himself behind again, and was full of joy because of this deliverance. And when they had driven a part of the way the king's son heard a cracking behind him as if something had broken. So he turned round and cried, “Henry, the carriage is breaking.”

  “No, master, it is not the carriage. It is a band from my heart, which was put there in my great pain when you were a frog and imprisoned in the well.” Again and once again while they were on their way something cracked, and each time the king's son thought the carriage was breaking, but it was only the bands which were springing from the heart of Faithful Henry because his master was set free and was happy.

  在遥远的古代,人们心中的美好愿望往往能够变成现实。就在那个令人神往的时代,曾经有过一位国王。国王有好几个女儿,个个都长得非常美丽;尤其是他的小女儿,更是美如天仙,就连见多识广的太阳,每次照在她脸上时,都对她的美丽感到惊诧不已。

  国王的宫殿附近,有一片幽暗的大森林。在这片森林中的一棵老椴树下,有一个水潭,水潭很深。在天热的时候,小公主常常来到这片森林,坐在清凉的水潭边上。她坐在那里感到无聊的时候,就取出一只金球,把金球抛向空中,然后再用手接住。这成了她最喜爱的游戏。

  有一次,小公主伸手去接金球,金球却没有落进她的手里,而是掉到了地上,而且一下子就滚到了水潭里。小公主两眼紧紧地盯着金球,可是金球忽地一下子在水潭里就没影儿了。因为水潭里的水很深,看不见底,小公主就哭了起来,她的哭声越来越大,哭得伤心极了。

  哭着哭着,听见有人说:“哎呀,公主,您这是怎么啦?您哭得这样伤心,就连石头听了都会心疼的呀。”听了这话,小公主四处张望,想弄清楚话是从哪儿传来的,却发现一只青蛙,从水里伸出他那丑陋不堪的大脑袋。“啊!原来是你呀,游泳健将”小公主对青蛙说道,“我在这儿哭,是因为我的金球掉进水潭里去了。”“好啦,不要难过,别哭了,”青蛙回答说,“我有办法帮助您,要是我帮您把金球捞出来,您拿什么东西来回报我呢?”“亲爱的青蛙,你要什么东西都成,”小公主回答说,“我的衣服、我的珍珠和宝石、甚至我头上戴着的这顶金冠,都可以给你。”

  听了这话,青蛙对小公主说:“您的衣服、您的珍珠、您的宝石,还有您的金冠,我哪样都不想要。不过,要是您喜欢我,让我做您的好朋友,我们一起游戏,吃饭的时候让我和您同坐一张餐桌,用您的小金碟子吃东西,用您的小高脚杯饮酒,晚上还让我睡在您的小床上;要是您答应的话,我就潜到水潭里,把您的金球捞出来。”“好的,太好了,”小公主说,“只要你愿意把我的金球捞出来,你的一切要求我都答应。”小公主虽然嘴上这么说,心里却想:“这只青蛙可真够傻的,尽胡说八道!他只配蹲在水潭里,和其他青蛙一起呱呱叫,怎么可能做人的好朋友呢?”

  青蛙得到了小公主的许诺后,把脑袋往水里一扎,就潜入了水潭。过了一会儿, 青蛙嘴里衔着金球,浮出了水面,把金球吐在草地上。小公主又得到自己心爱的玩具,心里别提有多高兴了。她把金球拣了起来,撒腿就跑。

  “别跑!别跑!”青蛙大声叫道,“带上我呀!我可跑不了那么快。”尽管青蛙扯着嗓子拼命叫喊,可是没有一点儿用。小公主对青蛙的喊叫根本不予理睬,而是径直跑回了家,很快就把可怜的青蛙忘记得一干二净。青蛙只好蹦蹦跳跳地又回到水潭里去。

  第二天,小公主跟国王和大臣们刚刚坐上餐桌,才开始用她的小金碟进餐,突然听见啪啦啪啦的声音。随着声响,有个什么东西顺着大理石台阶往上跳,到了门口时,便一边敲门一边大声嚷嚷:“小公主,快开门!”听到喊声,小公主急忙跑到门口,想看看是谁在门外喊叫。打开门一看,原来是那只青蛙,正蹲在门前。小公主见是青蛙,猛然把门关上,转身赶紧回到座位,心里害怕极了。

  国王发现小公主一副心慌意乱的样子,就问她:“孩子,你怎么会吓成这个样子?该不是门外有个巨人要把你抓走吧?”“啊,不是的,”小公主回答说,“不是什么巨人,而是一只讨厌的青蛙。”“青蛙想找你做什么呢?”“唉!我的好爸爸,昨天,我到森林里去了。坐在水潭边上玩时,金球掉到水潭里去了,我就哭了,青蛙就替我把金球捞了上来。因为青蛙请求我做他的朋友,我就答应了,可是我压根儿没有想到,他会从水潭里爬出来,爬这么远的路到这儿来。现在他就在门外呢,想要上这儿来。”

  正说话时,又听见了敲门声,接着大声的喊叫:“小公主啊!我的爱,快点儿把门打开!爱你的人已到来,快点儿把门打开!你不会忘记昨天,老椴树下水潭边,潭水深深球不见,是你亲口许答应的。”国王听了之后对小公主说,“你决不能言而无信,快去开门让他进来。”小公主走过去把门打开,青蛙蹦蹦跳跳地进了门,然后跟着小公主来到座位前,接着大声叫道,“把我抱到你身旁呀!”

  小公主听了吓得发抖,国王却吩咐她照青蛙说的去做。青蛙被放在了椅子上,可心里不太高兴,想到桌子上去。上了桌子之后又说,“把您的小金碟子推过来一点儿好吗?这样我们就可以一快儿吃啦。”很显然,小公主很不情愿这么做,可她还是把金碟子推了过去。青蛙吃得津津有味,可小公主却一点儿胃口都没有。

  终于,青蛙开口说,“我已经吃饱了。现在我有点累了,请把我抱到您的小卧室去,铺好您的缎子被,我们睡觉吧。”小公主害怕这只冷冰冰的青蛙,连碰都不敢碰一下。一听他要在自己整洁漂亮的小床上睡觉,就哭了起来。

  国王见小公主这个样子,就生气地对她说:“在你最困难时帮助过你的人,不论他是谁,都不应当鄙视人家。”于是,小公主用两只纤秀的手指把青蛙挟起来,带着他上了楼,把他放在卧室的一个角落里。可是她刚刚在床上躺下,青蛙就爬到床边对她说,“我累了,我也想在床上睡觉。”

  “请把我抱上来,要不然我就告诉您父亲。”一听这话,小公主勃然大怒,一把抓起青蛙,朝墙上死劲儿摔去。“现在你想睡就去睡吧,你这个丑陋的讨厌鬼!”谁知他一落地,已不再是青蛙,却一下子变成了一位王子:一位两眼炯炯有神、满面笑容的王子。

  直到这时,王子才告诉小公主,原来他被一个狠毒的巫婆施了魔法,除了小公主以外,谁也不能把他从水潭里解救出来。于是,遵照国王的旨意,他成为小公主亲密的朋友和伴侣,明天他们将一道返回他的王国。

  第二天早上,太阳爬上山的时候,一辆八匹马拉的大马车已停在了门前,马头上都插着洁白的羽毛,一晃一晃的,马身上套着金光闪闪的马具。车后边站着王子的仆人——忠心耿耿的亨利。亨利的主人被变成一只青蛙之后,他悲痛欲绝,于是他在自己的胸口套上了三个铁箍,免得他的心因为悲伤而破碎了。

  马车来接年轻的王子回国去,忠心耿耿的亨利扶着他的主人和王妃上了车厢,然后自己又站到了车后边去。他们上路后刚走了不远,突然听见噼噼啦啦的响声,好像有什么东西断裂了。路上噼噼啦啦声响了一次又一次,每次王子和王妃听见响声,都以为是车上的什么东西坏了。其实不然,忠心耿耿的亨利见主人那么幸福,因而感到欣喜若狂,于是那几个铁箍就从他的胸口上一个接一个地崩掉了。

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