最专业的
常州英语翻译公司

当前位置:网站首页 > 常州英语翻译公司 > About a year later

About a year later

常州英语翻译公司

 I heard the story about a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he had grown up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, “This is good!”

  One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off.

  Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, “This is good!” to which the king replied,“No, this is NOT good!” and proceeded to send his friend to jail.

  About a year later, the king was hunting in an area wherein he should have known not to hunt. Cannibals captured him and took them to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake. As they came close to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way.

  As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend. “You were right,” he said, “it was good that my thumb was blown off.” And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened.

  “And so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.”
  “No,” his friend replied, “this is good!”
  “What do you mean, ‘this is good!’ How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?”
  “If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you, and I would have been eaten!”

  很久以前,非洲国王有一个从小一起长大的好朋友。这个朋友有一个口头禅,无论发生什么事情,他都会说:“这很好!”

  一天,国王和朋友外出打猎。朋友为国王准备的猎枪出了事故,国王的拇指被炸飞了。但朋友还像平常一样说:“这很好!”国王非常愤怒,吼道:“不,这不好!”随后将他关进了监狱。

  一年后,国王又去打猎,去了一个很僻远的地方。那里食人肉的野蛮人抓住了他,把他带到住处。他们捆住国王的双手,在他身边堆了木头,准备把他烧了吃。他们走近国王,准备点火的时候,发现国王缺了一只拇指。于是野蛮人给国王松了绑,放了他——由于迷信,他们从来不吃不完整的东西。

  国王回到家,想起了关在监狱里的朋友,觉得很懊悔。于是,他马上到监狱,对朋友说:“你救了我!我缺了一个拇指才捡回了一条命。”随后,国王将发生的事告诉了朋友。“很抱歉,让你在监狱关了这么久。我错了。”

  “不,”朋友回答说:“这很好!”
  “这很好?这是什么意思?我把你送进监狱难道是好事?”国王不理解地说。
  “对!如果你不把我关进监狱,我肯定一直和你呆在一起,那么,我已被野蛮人吃掉了。”

相关阅读