适合大人读的童话书:《小王子》 (第3章)

So I lived my life alone, without anyone that I could really talk to, until I had an accident with my plane in the Desert of Sahara, six years ago.

我就这样孤独地生活着,没有一个能真正谈得来的人,一直到六年前在撒哈拉沙漠上发生了那次故障。

 

Something was broken in my engine.

我的发动机里有个东西损坏了。

 

And as I had with me neither a mechanic nor any passengers, I set myself to attempt the difficult repairs all alone.

当时由于我既没有带机械师也没有带旅客,我就试图独自完成这个困难的维修工作。

 

It was a question of life or death for me: I had scarcely enough drinking water to last a week。

这对我来说是个生与死的问题。我随身带的水只够饮用一星期。

 

The first night, then, I went to sleep on the sand, a thousand miles from any human habitation.

第一天晚上我就睡在这远离人间烟火的大沙漠上。

 

I was more isolated than a shipwrecked sailor on a raft in the middle of the ocean.

我比大海中伏在小木排上的遇难者还要孤独得多。

 

Thus you can imagine my amazement, at sunrise,when I was awakened by an odd little voice.

而在第二天拂晓,当一个奇怪的小声音叫醒我的时候,你们可以想见我当时是多么吃惊。

 

It said: “If you please– draw me a sheep!”

这小小的声音说道:请你给我画一只羊,好吗?

 

What!

啊!

 

Draw me a sheep!

给我画一只羊…

 

I jumped to my feet, completely thunderstruck. I blinked my eyes hard.

是受到惊雷轰击一般,一下子就站立起来。

 

I looked carefully all around me。

我使劲地揉了揉眼睛,仔细地看了看。

 

And I saw a most extraordinary small person,who stood there examining me with great seriousness.

我看见一个十分奇怪的小家伙严肃地朝我凝眸望着。

 

Here you may see the best portrait that, later, I was able to make of him。

这是后来我给他画出来的最好的一副画像。

 

But my drawing is certainly very much less charming than its model.

可是,我的画当然要比他本人的模样逊色得多。

 

That, however, is not my fault.

这不是我的过错。

 

The grown-ups discouraged me in my painter’s career when I was six years old, and I never learned to draw anything, except boas from the outside and boas from the inside.

六岁时,大人们使我对我的画家生涯失去了勇气,除了画过开着肚皮和闭着肚皮的蟒蛇,后来再没有学过画。

 

Now I stared at this sudden apparition with my eyes fairly starting out of my head in astonishment.

我惊奇地睁大着眼睛看着这突然出现的小家伙。

 

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