2014.03.08【英译中】Thirteen equals one

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发表于:2014-03-08 14:37 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Our vicar is always raising money for one cause or another, but he has never managed to get enough money to have the church clock repaired. The big clock which used to strike the hours day and night was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.

One night, however, our vicar woke up with a start: the clock was striking the hours! Looking at his watch, he saw that it was one o'clock, but the bell struck 13 times before it stopped. Armed with a torch, the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what was going on. In the torchlight, he caught sight of a figure whom he immediately recognised as Bill Wilkins, our local grocer.

'Whatever are you doing up here Bill?' asked the vicar in surprise.

'I'm trying to repair the bell,' answered Bill. 'I've been coming up here night after night for weeks now. You see, I was hoping to give you a surprise.'

'You certainly did give me a surprise!' said the vicar.

'You've probably woken up everyone in the village as well. Still, I'm glad the bell is working again.'

'That's the trouble, vicar,' answered Bill. 'It's working all right, but I'm afraid that at one o'clock it will strike 13 times and there's nothing I can do about it.'

'We'll get used to that Bill,' said the vicar. '13 is not as good as one but it's better than nothing. Now let's go downstairs and have a cup of tea.'

我们的牧师总是在为一个又一个的慈善活动募集资金,但是却没有钱去修理教堂的钟。那个钟大以前每天都会准点报时,但许多年前坏了之后就再也没有响过。
可是一天夜里,牧师却被钟的响声给惊醒了。他看了看他的手表,是夜里一点,但是钟却响了13下才停。带上手电筒,牧师走上钟楼想要看看究竟发生了什么事。透过电筒发出的光,他看到了一个人影,并且立刻认出那是当地的杂货商Bill Wilkins。
“你在这里干什么,Bill?”牧师大吃一惊。
“我想把这个钟给修好。” Bill答道,“我天天晚上都来,已经好几个星期了。我只是想给你一个惊喜。”
“你确实给了我一个很大的惊喜!” 牧师说道。
“你同时可能也吵醒了整个村庄里的人。不过我还是很开心它又可以报时了。”
“那正是问题所在,牧师。” Bill说,“它是可以报时了,可是一点的时候它却会响十三下,我也不知道要怎么办。”
“我们会习惯的,Bill。” 牧师说,“虽然13不如1好,但总比没有好。现在让我们下楼去喝杯茶吧。”


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