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Mother: Why were you kept after school today, Johnny? Johnny: Teacher told us to write an essay on "The Result of Laziness", and I turned in a blank sheet of paper.妈妈:约翰尼,你今天放学以后为什么被留下了? 约翰尼:老师叫我们写一篇题为“懒惰的结果”的作文,我交了一张白卷。 Article/200805/38414

So then my great grandpa would feel the coldness of ghosts and would hear the banshee's wail, and my Aunt Mary recalled him saying that the banshee's wail is the worst. Then the wailing and the touch of the ghosts would pass on and his horse would move again. That was all my aunt Mary could remember.   Now since my grandpa had seen and heard the banshees, I'm beginning to think we may have a banshee in our family. But not just because of my great grandpa, but because of my mom as well.   When my mom was nine, she woke up in the middle of the night to look outside the window into the backyard. Glittering in the moonlight, she saw a woman weeping. My mom could hear her cries and said they were more like the wind (she told me this before I that most banshees cries ARE more like the wind). She also said that the woman was floating above their swimming pool and her appearance was unexplainable. My mom claimed that this woman looked young, but seemed as if she had lived for many years and was an old spirit. She also said that the woman had fair flowing hair. After a while of staring, my mom just lay her head back down on the pillow and drifted off to sleep.   Then I think one or two weeks later, my mom's grandparents died – in the same week. Coincidence? I wonder if I'm going to see one.  随即太姥爷就感觉到了周围阴森的鬼魂,也听见了女妖的哀哭。玛丽姥姥还记得他说过,听到女妖哭是最倒霉的事情。随后哭声消失了,鬼魂也走开了,马又继续向前走。这就是她记得的全部经过了。  既然太姥爷曾经见过也听到过女妖,我就在想也许我家也有一个这样的女妖。当然不仅仅是由于太姥爷的经历,母亲也经历过同样的事情。  那年母亲九岁,有一天深夜她醒过来,透过后院的窗户向外面看去。在明亮的月光下,她见一个女人在那啜泣。母亲听那哭声就和风声差不多(母亲给我讲这事的时候,我还不知道大多数女妖的哭声就像风声那样)。母亲还说,那个女人是漂在游泳池上面的,她的样子简直没法形容,一头金发随风飘逸,看上去很年轻,但是又仿佛已经活了很久,是一个年老的精灵。当时只看了一会儿,母亲就又躺下,渐渐地就睡着了。  我就在想,母亲见到女妖的一两个星期以后,太姥姥太姥爷在一周内相继去世了。这难道是巧合吗?我很想知道,是不是我也会看见爱尔兰女妖。 Article/200809/47942

So that night we started our long journey to the Lowlands.Sometimes we walked, and sometimes we ran. But although we travelled as fast as we could,daylight began to appear before we had found a good hiding-place. We were in the rocky valley of Glencoe, with high mountains on both sides,and a river running fast through the middle. Alan was clearly worried.lsquo;The soldiers will find us easily here,rsquo; he said. He looked around,and saw a great rock,about seven metres high. With difficulty we both climbed to the top of it. Then I saw why he had chosen it. The top of the rock was shaped like a plate, and there was room for two or three men to lie there,hidden from people in the valley.于是那天晚上我们开始了去低地的漫漫征途。我们有时候步行,有时候疾驰。但是虽然我们尽快走着,在我们找到一个好的栖身之地前天已开始亮了。现在我们在岩石嶙峋的格伦科山谷里,两边高山林立,中间有一条河急湍而过。艾伦显然着急的样子。;在这儿士兵很容易发现我们,;他说道。他看了看四周,看见了一块大岩石,大约七米高。我们俩费劲地爬到了上面。那时我才明白了他为什么要选择这块岩石。岩石的上面像一个盘子一样,可以躺两三个人,以躲过山谷里的人。At last Alan smiled.lsquo;Aye,rsquo; he said.lsquo;Now we have a chance. Ye can sleep for a while. I#39;ll watch for soldiers.rsquo;最后艾伦微笑了。;好了。;他说道,;我们现在有个机会。你可以睡一会儿。我来留神当兵的。;But when I woke up, several hours later, the valley was full of redcoats, and Alan was looking worried again, lsquo;If they go up the sides of the mountains,they#39;ll see us,rsquo;he said.lsquo;We#39;ll just have to stay here and hope they don#39;t, When it#39;s dark,we#39;ll try to get past them.rsquo;但当我几个小时后醒来时,山谷里满是英国士兵,艾伦看起来又着急了。;如果他们爬上山侧,他们会看见我们。;他说道,;我们得待在这儿,希望他们别爬上来。天黑时,我们试着超过他们。;That was a terrible day. We lay on the rock, baking in the sun, with no water,only whisky, to drink. We could hear the English voices of the soldiers all around us, but luckily they did not look up at our rock. In the afternoon, when the soldiers seemed sleepy after their lunch, we decided to try to escape, and we climbed very quietly down from the rock. The soldiers did not notice us as we moved carefully from rock to rock, and soon we were safely in the next valley. That evening we washed ourselves in the river, and ate cold porridge, which is a good meal for a hungry man.那一天很难受。我们躺在岩石上,被太阳暴晒着,没有水,只有威士忌喝。我们能听到四周都是士兵们的英语声,但是幸运的是他们没有抬头看我们所在的岩石。下午,趁士兵们用完午饭显得困倦时,我们决定试着逃跑,便从岩石上悄悄地爬下来。当我们小心翼翼地从一块岩石爬上另一块岩石时,士兵们没有发现我们,很快我们就安全地在下一个山谷了。那天傍晚我们在河里洗了洗,喝了冷粥。那对于一个饥饿的人来说是一顿美餐。整个晚上我们继续向东走着,越过了高大漆黑的山脉。艾伦因我们把士兵抛到后面而很高兴,而且走路时高兴地吹起口哨。We continued walking eastwards all night, over the great dark mountains. Alan was very pleased that we had left the soldiers behind, and whistled happily as he walked.天亮前我们到了艾伦过去用过的一个山洞,我们在这儿待了5天。Before daylight we reached a cave that Alan had used before, and here we stayed hidden for five days. Alan went down one night to the nearest village, to the housc of one of his clansmen. He sent this man to James Stewart, to tell him where we were hiding, and after three days the clansman re turned, with a purse of money for us and a message from Mrs Stewart. We discovered that James was aly in prison, ac cused of murder, although people were saying that Alan Breck had actually fired the shot. And there was a price of one hun dred pounds on my head, as well as on Alan#39;s.一天晚上艾伦下山去了最近的一个村庄里他的一个族人家。他派这个人去詹姆斯;斯图尔特那儿,以告诉他我们的藏身之地;3天后这个族人回来了,给我们带来一袋钱和斯图尔特太太捎来的口信。我们发现詹姆斯已经被捕入狱了,被指控犯有谋杀罪,尽管人们说实际是艾伦;布雷克开的。对艾伦和我的人头的悬赏都为100镑。I began to think that I would be safer alone. Alan was very recognizable in his fine French clothes. It was going to be dan gerous to stay with Alan, and expensive, too. Mrs Stewart had only managed to send five pounds, and Alan had to travel as far as France. But I still had two pounds, and only needed to reach Queensferry, so I would have to give some of my money to Alan. Staying with Alan meant both danger and ex pense.我开始想我单独行动会更安全些。艾伦身穿考究的法国衣,很容易被人认出来。和艾伦待在一起将是危险的,花销也大。斯图尔特太太想尽办法也只弄来5镑,而艾伦还得远去法国。但我还有两镑,而且只需要到昆斯费里,这样我得把我的一些钱分给艾伦。和艾伦待在一起意味着危险和花费。But my honest friend did not think in this way at all. He felt sure that he was helping me. So what could I do, except keep quiet, and hope that everything would be all right?但是我的诚实的朋友压根儿不这么想。他确信他在帮助我。这样我除了保持安静、希望一切平安外还能做什么? Article/201203/176077

Broadcast: December 12, 2004(THEME)VOICE ONE:I'm Faith Lapidus. VOICE TWO:And I'm Steve Ember with People in America in VOA Special English. Today, we finish the story of the writer William Faulkner. He created an area and filled it with people of the American South. (THEME)VOICE ONE:In nineteen-forty-five, all seventeen books William Faulkner had written by then were not being published. Some of them could not be found even in stores that sold used books. The critic Malcolm Cowley says, Faulkner's "early novels had been praised too much, usually for the wrong reasons. His later and in many ways better novels had been criticized or simply not . "Even those who liked his books were not always sure what he was trying to say. Faulkner never explained. And he did not give information about himself. He did not even correct the mistakes others made when they wrote about him. He did not care how his name was spelled: with or without a "u. " He said either way was all right with him. Once he finished a book he was not concerned about how it was presented to the public. Sometimes he did not even keep a copy of his book. He said, "I think I have written a lot and sent it off to be printed before I realized strangers might it. "VOICE TWO:In nineteen-forty-six, Malcolm Cowley collected some of Faulkner's writings and wrote a report about him. The collection attempted to show what Faulkner was trying to do, and how each different book was part of a unified effort. Cowley agreed that Faulkner was an uneven writer. Yet, he said, the unevenness shows that Faulkner was willing to take risks, to explore new material, and new ways to talk about it. In nineteen-twenty-nine, in his novel “Sartoris,” Faulkner presented almost all the ideas he developed during the rest of his life. Soon after, he published the book he liked best, “The Sound and the Fury.” It was finished before “Sartoris,” but did not appear until six months later. VOICE ONE:In talking about “The Sound and the Fury,” Faulkner said he saw in his mind a dirty little girl playing in front of her house. From this small beginning, Faulkner developed a story about the Compson family, told in four different voices. Three of the voices are brothers: Benjy, who is mentally sick; Quentin, who kills himself, and Jason, a business failure. Each of them for different reasons mourns the loss of their sister, Caddie. Each has a different piece of the story. It is a story of sadness and loss, of the failure of an old Southern family to which the brothers belong. It also describes the private ideas of the brothers. To do this, Faulkner invents a different way of writing for each of them. Only the last part of the novel is told in the normal way. The other three parts move forward and back through time and space. VOICE TWO:The story also shows how the Compson family seems to cooperate in its failure. In doing so the family destroys what it wants to save. Quentin, in “The Sound and the Fury,” tries to pressure his sister to say that she is pregnant by him. He finds it better to say that a brother and sister had sex together than to admit that she had sex with one of the common town boys of Jefferson. Another brother, Jason, accuses others of stealing his money and causing his business to fail. At the same time, he is stealing from the daughter of his sister. Missus Compson, the mother in the family, says of God's actions: "It can't be simply to…hurt me. Whoever God is, he would not permit that. I'm a lady."VOICE ONE:Some of the people Faulkner creates, like Reverend Hightower in “Light in August,” live so much in the past that they are unable to face the present. Others seem to run from one danger to another, like young Bayard Sartoris, seeking his own destruction. These people exist, Faulkner says, "in that dream state in which you run without moving from a terror in which you cannot believe, toward a safety in which you have no…[belief]."As Malcolm Cowley shows, all of Faulkner's people, black or white, act in a similar way. They dig for gold after they have lost hope of finding it --like Henry Armstid in the novel, “The Hamlet.” They battle and survive a Mississippi flood for the reward of returning to state prison -- as the tall man did in the story "Old Man." They turn and face death at the hands of a mob -- like Joe Christmas does in the novel, “Light in August.” They act as if they will succeed when they know they will fail. (Music)VOICE TWO:Faulkner's next book, “As I Lay Dying,” was published in nineteen-thirty. It is similar to “The Sound and the Fury” in the way it is written and in the way it deals with loss. Again Faulkner uses a series of different voices to tell his story. The loss this time is the death of the family's mother. The family carries the body through flood and fire in an effort to get her body to Jefferson to be buried. Neither “As I Lay Dying” nor “The Sound and the Fury” was a great success. Faulkner did not earn much money from them. He was adding to his earnings by selling short stories and by working from time to time on movies in Hollywood. Then to earn more money, he wrote a book full of sex and violence. He called it “Sanctuary.” When the book was y to be published, Faulkner went to New York and completely rewrote it. The changes were made after it was printed. So Faulkner had to pay for them himself. VOICE ONE:The main person in “Sanctuary” is a man called Popeye. He is a kind of mechanical man, a man, Faulkner says, without human eyes. Faulkner says he is a person with the depth of pressed metal. For Faulkner, Popeye represents everything that is wrong with modern society and its concern with economic capitalism. Popeye is a criminal, a man who "made money and had nothing he could do with it, spend it for. " He knows that alcohol will kill him like poison. He has no friends. He has never known a woman. In later books he appears as a member of the Snopes family. The Snopes are a group of killers and barn burners. They fear nothing, except nature. They love no one, except themselves. They cheat everyone, even the devil. They live in a private land without morals. Yet Flem Snopes ends as the president of the bank in Jefferson. Like Popeye, they gain the ownership and use of things, but they never really have them. Flem Snopes marries into a powerful family but his wife does not even have a name for him. She calls him "that man. "Faulkner says that nothing can be had without love. Love is the opposite of the desire for power. A person in one of Faulkner's stories says, "God created man, and he created the world for him to live in. And…He created the kind of world he would have wanted to live in if he had been a man. "(MUSIC)VOICE TWO:“Light in August” starts with the search by a woman, Lena Grove, for the man who promised to marry her. The story is also about two people who do not fit with other people. They are a black man named Joe Christmas, and a former minister John Hightower, who has lost his belief in God. Faulkner ties the three levels of individual psychology, social history, and tragedy into a whole. In nineteen-thirty-six, Faulkner followed “Light in August” with “Absalom, Absalom.” Many consider this his best novel. It is the story of Joseph Sutpen, who wants to start a famous Southern family after America's Civil War. It is told by four speakers, each trying to discover what the story means. The er sees how the story changes with each telling, and that the "meanings" are created by individuals. He finds that creating stories is the way a human being finds meaning. Thus, “Absalom, Absalom” is also about itself, as a work of the mind of man. VOICE ONE:Faulkner's great writing days were over by the end of World War Two. Near the end of his life, Faulkner received many honors for his writing. The last, and best honor, was the Nobel Prize for Literature in nineteen-fifty. In a speech accepting the award, Faulkner spoke to young writers. It was a time of great fears about the atomic bomb. Faulkner said that he refused to accept the end of the human race. He said he believed that man will not only survive, he will rule. "Man is immortal," he said, "because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion, sacrifice and endurance. The writer's duty is to write about these things. "William Faulkner died of a heart attack in nineteen-sixty-two. He was sixty-five years old. (THEME)VOICE TWO:This Special English program was written by Richard Thorman and produced by Lawan Davis. I'm Steve Ember. VOICE ONE:And I'm Faith Lapidus. Join us again next week for People in America in VOA Special English. (THEME) Article/200802/28033

The Fernwood Library sponsored Fernwood's 42nd Art Fair this weekend. The three-day event was held, as usual, at Memorial Park. Almost 100 artists showed up each day. More than 1,000 locals and visitors strolled through the shady park daily, as temperatures remained in the comfortable 70s all weekend. All kinds of art were on display and for sale. Prices ranged from a couple of dollars to a couple of thousand dollars. Oscar, a native of Peru, was selling his beautiful paintings of the mountain village of Ayacucho, where he lives most of the year. “Every year I come to the ed States to sell my paintings at about five different art shows. Then I return to my country. That is where I do all my paintings, in our beautiful mountains.” Peter is a photographer. He travels throughout the southwest US. One of his favorite areas is northeast Arizona. “That's where Spider Rock is,” he said, pointing to a beautiful color photograph of a towering sandstone spire about 800 feet high. This rock, according to Navajo Indian lore, was the home of Spider Woman, a goddess revered by the tribe. A Navajo woman was selling her own rug weavings at the fair. She was busy creating a rug while visitors watched. When asked how long it took, she replied that her creations usually took months. She said that Navajo tradition was to always weave a slight flaw into an article so as not to offend Spider Woman, because only Spider Woman could create a perfect weave. The exhibit areas were located throughout the park. Artists' creations included jewelry, ceramics, bird houses, gourd art, furniture, pottery, handmade musical instruments, music CDs, and sculpture. Almost all the artists had their work displayed beneath shady canopies. “This was another successful year for our art fair,” said the head librarian. “The artists sold enough of their work to encourage them to return next year, and the library raised almost 0 from sales of various items. We’ll use this money to purchase a few more tables and chairs.” Article/201106/142379

Why do we have crime? When will it all stop? It’s sad that there is so much crime in our society. It hurts so many people. Most people in the world just want to live happily and be good neighbours. Why do some people turn to crime? Money is a big reason. Many criminals pickpocket, steal, kidnap, or even kill people to get money. There are many terrible crimes in the world. Perhaps the worst is ethnic cleansing. This is a crime against humanity. Many people are killed because of their colour or religion. People who commit this crime rarely go to prison. Have you ever been a victim of crime? What do you think we need to do to reduce crime rates? Perhaps you should write to your government. Tell your leaders enough is enough. Article/201104/131453

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