2014.07.31【英译中】The Story of the Seven Simons 05

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 My trade, O king! said the first Simon, is not an easy one. If you will give me some workmen and materials I will build you a great white pillar that shall reach far above the clouds.

第一个西蒙说:“国王,我的绝活并不简单。如果您给我一些个人和材料,我可以给您建造一根巨大的白色柱子,可以到达云端。”

Very good, replied the king. And you, Simon the second, what is your trade?

“非常好,”国王说道,“那么你呢?第二个西蒙,你的绝活是什么?”

 Mine, your Majesty, needs no great cleverness. When my brother has built the pillar I can mount it, and from the top, far above the clouds, I can see what is happening: in every country under the sun.

“陛下,我的绝活不需要伟大的智慧。当我的哥哥建造柱子的时候,我可以爬到柱子顶端,在云端,我可以看到阳光下的每个城市发生了什么事情。”

Good, said the king; and Simon the third?

“不错,”国王说,“第三个西蒙呢?”

My work is very simple, sire. You have many ships built by learned men, with all sorts of new and clever improvements. If you wish it I will build you quite a simple boat one, two, three, and its done! But my plain little home-made ship is not grand enough for a king. Where other ships take a year, mine makes the voyage in a day, and where they would require ten years mine will do the distance in a week.

“我的工作非常简单,国王。您有许多学识渊博的人为您造船,他们会有各种新的改进。如果您愿意的话,我可以为您造一艘简单的船——您数1,2,3,它就造好了!但是我自己制造的简单的小船对国王来说并不是那么壮丽。其它的船到某个地方可能需要一年,我的只需要一天。同样的距离,他们需要十年,我的却只需一周。”

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