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双语童话故事:海的女儿--- 一

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    FAR out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very,

FAR out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects.
在海的远处,水是那么蓝,像最美丽的矢车菊花瓣,同时又是那么清,像最明亮的玻璃。然而它是很深很深,深得任何锚链都达不到底。要想从海底一直达到水面,必须有许多许多教堂尖塔一个接着一个地联起来才成。海底的人就住在这下面。

We must not imagine that there is nothing at the bottom of the sea but bare yellow sand. No, indeed; the most singular flowers and plants grow there; the leaves and stems of which are so pliant, that the slightest agitation of the water causes them to stir as if they had life. Fishes, both large and small, glide between the branches, as birds fly among the trees here upon land. In the deepest spot of all, stands the castle of the Sea King. Its walls are built of coral, and the long, gothic windows are of the clearest amber. The roof is formed of shells, that open and close as the water flows over them. Their appearance is very beautiful, for in each lies a glittering pearl, which would be fit for the diadem of a queen.
不过人们千万不要以为那儿只是一片铺满了白砂的海底。不是的,那儿生长着最奇异的树木和植物。它们的枝干和叶子是那么柔软,只要水轻微地流动一下,它们就摇动起来,好像它们是活着的东西。所有的大小鱼儿在这些枝子中间游来游去,像是天空的飞鸟。海里最深的地方是海王宫殿所在的处所。它的墙是用珊瑚砌成的,它那些尖顶的高窗子是用最亮的琥珀做成的;不过屋顶上却铺着黑色的蚌壳,它们随着水的流动可以自动地开合。这是怪好看的,国为每一颗蚌壳里面含有亮晶晶的珍珠。随便哪一颗珍珠都可以成为皇后帽子上最主要的装饰品。

The Sea King had been a widower for many years, and his aged mother kept house for him. She was a very wise woman, and exceedingly proud of her high birth; on that account she wore twelve oysters on her tail; while others, also of high rank, were only allowed to wear six. She was, however, deserving of very great praise, especially for her care of the little sea-princesses, her grand-daughters. They were six beautiful children; but the youngest was the prettiest of them all; her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish's tail.
住在那底下的海王已经做了好多年的鳏夫,但是他有老母亲为他管理家务。她是一个聪明的女人,可是对于自己高贵的出身总是感到不可一世,因此她的尾巴上老戴着一打的牡蛎——其余的显贵只能每人戴上半打。除此以外,她是值得大大的称赞的,特别是因为她非常爱那些小小的海公主——她的一些孙女。她们是六个美丽的孩子,而她们之中,那个顶小的要算是最美丽的了。她的皮肤又光又嫩,像玫瑰的花瓣,她的眼睛是蔚蓝色的,像最深的湖水。不过,跟其他的公主一样,她没有腿:她身体的下部是一条鱼尾。

All day long they played in the great halls of the castle, or among the living flowers that grew out of the walls. The large amber windows were open, and the fish swam in, just as the swallows fly into our houses when we open the windows, excepting that the fishes swam up to the princesses, ate out of their hands, and allowed themselves to be stroked.
她们可以把整个漫长的日子花费在皇宫里,在墙上生有鲜花的大厅里。那些琥珀镶的大窗子是开着的,鱼儿向着她们游来,正如我们打开窗子的时候,燕子会飞进来一样。不过鱼儿一直游向这些小小的公主,在她们的手里找东西吃,让她们来抚摸自己。

Outside the castle there was a beautiful garden, in which grew bright red and dark blue flowers, and blossoms like flames of fire; the fruit glittered like gold, and the leaves and stems waved to and fro continually. The earth itself was the finest sand, but blue as the flame of burning sulphur. Over everything lay a peculiar blue radiance, as if it were surrounded by the air from above, through which the blue sky shone, instead of the dark depths of the sea. In calm weather the sun could be seen, looking like a purple flower, with the light streaming from the calyx.
宫殿外面有一个很大的花园,里边生长着许多火红和深蓝色的树木;树上的果子亮得像黄金,花朵开得像焚烧着的火,花枝和叶子在不停地摇动。地上全是最细的砂子,但是蓝得像硫黄发出的光焰。在那儿,处处都闪着一种奇异的、蓝色的光彩。你很容易以为你是高高地在空中而不是在海底,你的头上和脚下全是一片蓝天。当海是非常沉静的时候,你可瞥见太阳:它像一朵紫色的花,从它的花萼里射出各种色彩的光。


 

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