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Greedy Boy
Teens -- 1703
 

适当的欲望能使人进步,但过度的欲望却会导致失败。读读这个小男孩的故事,然后思考一下你从中学到了什么,感悟到了什么。

 

Greedy Boy

贪婪的男孩

by anonymous

翻译:栗子 吴雨奇

文字难度:2.5

 

 

Sam and Tom were 1)identical twins. They were so identical that even their mother found it difficult to distinguish one from the other. But except for their looks, everything else about them was different.

Tom had no friends, while Sam was a great friendship maker. Sam loved sweets, but Tom loved 2)spicy food and hated sweets. Sam was 3)generous and selfless, Tom was 4)greedy and selfish!

As Sam and Tom grew up, their father wanted to share his 5)fortune 6)equally. However, Tom did not agree, and he argued that whoever proved to be more smart and strong would have to get a bigger 7)share of the wealth.

Sam agreed. Their father decided to 8)organize a competition between the two. He asked the two sons to walk as long as they could, and return home before sunset. The wealth would be 9)divided in proportion to the distance covered. As a rule of the competition, they were not allowed to carry a watch to keep track of the time.

The following day, Sam and Tom set out to walk. It was a 10)rather sunny day. Sam walked slowly and steadily, while Tom ran quickly as he aimed at winning the race and gained a greater portion of his father’s wealth.

Sam knew that it would be ideal to walk as far as possible till noon, and start for home at noon, as it would take the same amount of time to walk back home. Knowing this, Sam decided to turn back for home at noon so as to reach home on time.

However, Tom, with his greed to earn more wealth, did not attempt to return home even after mid-noon. He walked twice as long as Sam, and thought he would still be able to return home before sunset. Unfortunately, he could not even make it half way home as the sun started to set. Slowly dark was his path and he had to drag his tired feet back home.

He had lost the race. Only because of his greed.

Greed leads to loss.

 

 

山姆和汤姆是对长得一模一样的双胞胎。他们长得实在是太像了,甚至连他们的妈妈都难以区分他们。但除了长相一样外,他们在其他方面都不太一样。

汤姆没有朋友,山姆则擅长交朋友。山姆喜甜,而汤姆喜辣不喜甜。山姆性情慷慨无私,可汤姆却贪婪自私!

随着山姆和汤姆慢慢长大,他们的父亲想把他的财富均等地分给他们。然而,汤姆并不同意,他争论说谁能证明自己更聪明、更强壮,谁就可以得到更多的财富。

山姆欣然同意。他们的父亲决定为他俩组织一场比赛。他让他的两个儿子尽可能地走远,但要在日落前回到家。他会根据儿子们步行的距离按比例划分财富。比赛的规则是,他们不可以带手表记录时间。

第二天,山姆和汤姆出发了。那是个阳光明媚的日子。山姆走得慢而稳,汤姆则跑得很快,因为他的目标是赢得这场比赛,得到父亲更多的财富。

山姆知道在中午前走得越远越好,然后在中午时开始返程,因为他要花费同样多的时间回家。明白了这一点,为了能按时到家,他决定在中午时返程。

然而,由于汤姆贪婪地想要更多财富,甚至过了正午时分,他都没打算返程回家。他走的距离是山姆的两倍远,却还以为自己能在日落前到家。不幸的是,当太阳开始下山时,他甚至还没走完一半的路程。天空徐徐染上了暗色,他不得不拖着他疲惫的双脚回家。

他输了比赛——只因为他的贪婪。

贪得多,则失得更多。

 

词组加油站:

distinguish from区别,辨别

except for 除了……

in proportion to与……成比例,根据……

keep track of 记录……

set out 开始,动身

aim at 以……为目的;致力于

a portion of 一份

so as to 为了……

attempt to 尝试,企图

make it 获得成功,走完(一段路程)

 

 

 

 

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