小王子 Chapter 8
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I soon learned to know this flower better. On the little prince's planet the flowers had always been very simple. They had only one ring of petals1; they took up no room at all; they were a trouble to nobody. One morning they would appear in the grass, and by night they would have faded peacefully away. But one day, from a seed blown from no one knew where, a new flower had come up; and the little prince had watched very closely over this small sprout2 which was not like any other small sprouts3 on his planet. It might, you see, have been a new kind of baobab.
 
The shrub4 soon stopped growing, and began to get ready to produce a flower. The little prince, who was present at the first appearance of a huge bud, felt at once that some sort of miraculous5 apparition6 must emerge from it. But the flower was not satisfied to complete the preparations for her beauty in the shelter of her green chamber7. She chose her colours with the greatest care. She adjusted her petals one by one. She did not wish to go out into the world all rumpled8, like the field poppies. It was only in the full radiance of her beauty that she wished to appear. Oh, yes! She was a coquettish creature! And her mysterious adornment9 lasted for days and days.
 
Then one morning, exactly at sunrise, she suddenly showed herself.
 
And, after working with all this painstaking10 precision, she yawned and said:
 
"Ah! I am scarcely awake. I beg that you will excuse me. My petals are still all disarranged…"
 
But the little prince could not restrain his admiration11:
 
"Oh! How beautiful you are!"
 
"Am I not?" the flower responded, sweetly. "And I was born at the same moment as the sun…"
 
The little prince could guess easily enough that she was not any too modest-- but how moving-- and exciting-- she was!
 
"I think it is time for breakfast," she added an instant later. "If you would have the kindness to think of my needs--"
 
And the little prince, completely abashed12, went to look for a sprinkling-can of fresh water. So, he tended the flower.
 
So, too, she began very quickly to torment13 him with her vanity-- which was, if the truth be known, a little difficult to deal with. One day, for instance, when she was speaking of her four thorns, she said to the little prince:
 
"Let the tigers come with their claws!"
 
"There are no tigers on my planet," the little prince objected. "And, anyway, tigers do not eat weeds."
 
"I am not a weed," the flower replied, sweetly.
 
"Please excuse me…"
 
"I am not at all afraid of tigers," she went on, "but I have a horror of drafts. I suppose you wouldn't have a screen for me?"
 
"A horror of drafts-- that is bad luck, for a plant," remarked the little prince, and added to himself, "This flower is a very complex creature…"
 
"At night I want you to put me under a glass globe. It is very cold where you live. In the place I came from--"
 
But she interrupted herself at that point. She had come in the form of a seed. She could not have known anything of any other worlds. Embarassed over having let herself be caught on the verge14 of such a native untruth, she coughed two or three times, in order to put the little prince in the wrong.
 
"The screen?"
 
"I was just going to look for it when you spoke15 to me…"
 
Then she forced her cough a little more so that he should suffer from remorse16 just the same.
 
So the little prince, in spite of all the good will that was inseparable from his love, had soon come to doubt her. He had taken seriously words which were without importance, and it made him very unhappy.
 
"I ought not to have listened to her," he confided17 to me one day. "One never ought to listen to the flowers. One should simply look at them and breathe their fragrance18. Mine perfumed all my planet. But I did not know how to take pleasure in all her grace. This tale of claws, which disturbed me so much, should only have filled my heart with tenderness and pity."
 
And he continued his confidences:
 
"The fact is that I did not know how to understand anything! I ought to have judged by deeds and not by words. She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her… I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little strategems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her…"#p#分页标题#e#
 
很快我就进一步了解了这朵花儿。在小王子的星球上,过去一直都生长着一 些只有一层花瓣的很简单的花。这些花非常小,一点也不占地方,从来也不会去打搅任何人。她们早晨在草丛中开放,晚上就凋谢了。不知从哪里来了一颗种子, 忽然一天这种子发了芽。小王子特别仔细地监视着这棵与众不同的小苗:这玩艺说不定是一种新的猴面包树。
 
但是,这小苗不久就不再长了,而且开始孕育着一个花朵。看到在这棵苗上长出了一个很大很大的花蕾,小王子感觉到从这个花苞中一定会出现一个奇迹。然而这朵花藏在它那绿茵茵的房间中用了很长的时间来打扮自己。她精心选择着她将来的颜色,慢慢腾腾地妆饰着,一片片地搭配着她的花瓣,她不愿象虞美人那样一出世就满脸皱纹。她要让自己带着光艳夺目的丽姿来到世间。是的,她是非常爱俏的。她用好些好些日子天仙般地梳妆打扮。
 
然后,在一天的早晨,恰好在太阳升起的时候,她开放了。
 
她已经精细地做了那么长的准备工作,却打着哈欠说道:
 
“我刚刚睡醒,真对不起,瞧我的头发还是乱蓬蓬的……”
 
小王子这时再也控制不住自己的爱慕心情:
 
“你是多么美丽啊!”
 
花儿悠然自得地说:“是吧,我是与太阳同时出生的……”
 
小王子看出了这花儿不太谦虚,可是她确实丽姿动人。
 
她随后又说道:“现在该是吃早点的时候了吧,请你也想着给我准备一点……”
 
小王子很有些不好意思,于是就拿着喷壶,打来了一壶清清的凉水,浇灌着花儿。
 
于是,就这样,这朵花儿就以她那有点敏感多疑的虚荣心折磨着小王子。例如,有一天,她向小王子讲起她身上长的四根刺:
 
“老虎,让它张着爪子来吧!”
 
小王子顶了她一句:“在我这个星球上没有老虎,而且,老虎是不会吃草的”。
 
花儿轻声说道:“我并不是草。”
 
“真对不起。”
 
“我并不怕什么老虎,可我讨厌穿堂风。你没有屏风?”
 
小王子思忖着:“讨厌穿堂风……这对一株植物来说,真不走运,这朵花儿真不大好伺候……”
 
“晚上您得把我保护好。你这地方太冷。在这里住得不好,我原来住的那个地方……”
 
但她没有说下去。她来的时候是粒种子。她哪里见过什么别的世界。她叫人发现她是在凑一个如此不太高明的谎话,她有点羞怒,咳嗽了两三声。她的这一招是要小王子处于有过失的地位,她说道:
 
“屏风呢?”
 
“我这就去拿。可你刚才说的是……”
 
于是花儿放开嗓门咳嗽了几声,依然要使小王子后悔自己的过失。
 
尽管小王子本来诚心诚意地喜欢这朵花,可是,这一来,却使他马上对她产生了怀疑。小王子对一些无关紧要的话看得太认真,结果使自己很苦恼。
 
有一天他告诉我说:“我不该听信她的话,绝不该听信那些花儿的话,看看花,闻闻它就得了。我的那朵花使我的星球芳香四溢,可我不会享受它。关于老虎爪子的事,本应该使我产生同情,却反而使我恼火……”
 
他还告诉我说:
 
“我那时什么也不懂!我应该根据她的行为,而不是根据她的话来判断她。 她使我的生活芬芳多彩,我真不该离开她跑出来。我本应该猜出在她那令人爱怜的花招后面所隐藏的温情。花是多么自相矛盾!我当时太年轻,还不懂得爱她。”


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1 petals f346ae24f5b5778ae3e2317a33cd8d9b     
n.花瓣( petal的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • white petals tinged with blue 略带蓝色的白花瓣
  • The petals of many flowers expand in the sunshine. 许多花瓣在阳光下开放。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
2 sprout ITizY     
n.芽,萌芽;vt.使发芽,摘去芽;vi.长芽,抽条
参考例句:
  • When do deer first sprout horns?鹿在多大的时候开始长出角?
  • It takes about a week for the seeds to sprout.这些种子大约要一周后才会发芽。
3 sprouts 7250d0f3accee8359a172a38c37bd325     
n.新芽,嫩枝( sprout的名词复数 )v.发芽( sprout的第三人称单数 );抽芽;出现;(使)涌现出
参考例句:
  • The wheat sprouts grew perceptibly after the rain. 下了一场雨,麦苗立刻见长。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The sprouts have pushed up the earth. 嫩芽把土顶起来了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
4 shrub 7ysw5     
n.灌木,灌木丛
参考例句:
  • There is a small evergreen shrub on the hillside.山腰上有一小块常绿灌木丛。
  • Moving a shrub is best done in early spring.移植灌木最好是在初春的时候。
5 miraculous DDdxA     
adj.像奇迹一样的,不可思议的
参考例句:
  • The wounded man made a miraculous recovery.伤员奇迹般地痊愈了。
  • They won a miraculous victory over much stronger enemy.他们战胜了远比自己强大的敌人,赢得了非凡的胜利。
6 apparition rM3yR     
n.幽灵,神奇的现象
参考例句:
  • He saw the apparition of his dead wife.他看见了他亡妻的幽灵。
  • But the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand.这新出现的幽灵吓得我站在那里一动也不敢动。
7 chamber wnky9     
n.房间,寝室;会议厅;议院;会所
参考例句:
  • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.对许多人来说,牙医的治疗室一直是间受刑室。
  • The chamber was ablaze with light.会议厅里灯火辉煌。
8 rumpled 86d497fd85370afd8a55db59ea16ef4a     
v.弄皱,使凌乱( rumple的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She rumpled his hair playfully. 她顽皮地弄乱他的头发。
  • The bed was rumpled and strewn with phonograph records. 那张床上凌乱不堪,散放着一些唱片。 来自辞典例句
9 adornment cxnzz     
n.装饰;装饰品
参考例句:
  • Lucie was busy with the adornment of her room.露西正忙着布置她的房间。
  • Cosmetics are used for adornment.化妆品是用来打扮的。
10 painstaking 6A6yz     
adj.苦干的;艰苦的,费力的,刻苦的
参考例句:
  • She is not very clever but she is painstaking.她并不很聪明,但肯下苦功夫。
  • Through years of our painstaking efforts,we have at last achieved what we have today.大家经过多少年的努力,才取得今天的成绩。
11 admiration afpyA     
n.钦佩,赞美,羡慕
参考例句:
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
12 abashed szJzyQ     
adj.窘迫的,尴尬的v.使羞愧,使局促,使窘迫( abash的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • He glanced at Juliet accusingly and she looked suitably abashed. 他怪罪的一瞥,朱丽叶自然显得很窘。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The girl was abashed by the laughter of her classmates. 那小姑娘因同学的哄笑而局促不安。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 torment gJXzd     
n.折磨;令人痛苦的东西(人);vt.折磨;纠缠
参考例句:
  • He has never suffered the torment of rejection.他从未经受过遭人拒绝的痛苦。
  • Now nothing aggravates me more than when people torment each other.没有什么东西比人们的互相折磨更使我愤怒。
14 verge gUtzQ     
n.边,边缘;v.接近,濒临
参考例句:
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • She was on the verge of bursting into tears.她快要哭出来了。
15 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
16 remorse lBrzo     
n.痛恨,悔恨,自责
参考例句:
  • She had no remorse about what she had said.她对所说的话不后悔。
  • He has shown no remorse for his actions.他对自己的行为没有任何悔恨之意。
17 confided 724f3f12e93e38bec4dda1e47c06c3b1     
v.吐露(秘密,心事等)( confide的过去式和过去分词 );(向某人)吐露(隐私、秘密等)
参考例句:
  • She confided all her secrets to her best friend. 她向她最要好的朋友倾吐了自己所有的秘密。
  • He confided to me that he had spent five years in prison. 他私下向我透露,他蹲过五年监狱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 fragrance 66ryn     
n.芬芳,香味,香气
参考例句:
  • The apple blossoms filled the air with their fragrance.苹果花使空气充满香味。
  • The fragrance of lavender filled the room.房间里充满了薰衣草的香味。
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