乡村真美。此时正值夏季，田里的小麦都呈现金黄色而燕麦依然青绿。 干草被堆放在低洼的草地上，广阔的树林围绕着田野和草地，树林的中央有多处深邃的湖泊，在阳光最充足的地方矗立着一栋老旧的大宅邸。这栋宅邸被一条深长的壕沟所包围，茂盛的叶子从这栋房子干部上的藤蔓往下长，延伸到河水的边缘。其中有一些叶子很大，小孩子可以拿它们来当雨伞。在森林的深处有一只母鸭子坐在她的巢中，她的小鸭子们即将孵出来。终于蛋一个接一个地开始裂了。 “吱，吱！”小鸭们叫着。“呱，呱！”母鸭回道。“这个世界好大啊！”小鸭子异口同声道。
The countryside was lovely. It was summer. The wheat was golden and the oats were still green. The hay was stacked in the low-lying meadows. There lay great woods around the fields and meadows. There were deep lakes in the midst of the woods. In the sunniest spot stood an old mansion surrounded by a deep moat. Great leaves grew from the vines on the walls of the house right down to the water's edge. Some of the leaves were so big that a child could use them as an umbrella. In the depths of a forest a duck was sitting in her nest. Her little ducklings were about to be hatched. At last one egg after another began to crack." Cheep, cheep!" the ducklings said." Quack, quack!" said the duck. " How big the world is!" said all the young ones.
但最大的蛋依旧在那儿，于是她又再坐回她的巢中。一只年长的鸭子过来拜访她说：“喂！你近来可好吗？”坐着的母鸭回答说：“这枚蛋花了很长的时间，壳偏偏还不裂开，不过其他的小鸭都是最完美的鸭子，他们很像他们的爸爸。” 年长的鸭子说：“让我看看那枚不会裂开的蛋，你或许是坐在一枚火鸡的蛋上！我曾经像那样被骗过一次。不错，那是火鸡的蛋！你最好不要管它，去教其它的小鸭游泳吧。” “我要再多坐一会儿。”
But the biggest egg was still there. And then she settled herself on the nest again. "Well, how are you getting on?" said an old duck who came to pay her a visit." This egg is taking such a long time," answered the sitting duck." The shell will not crack, but the others are the finest ducklings. They are like their father." "let me look at the egg which won't crack," said the old duck." You may be sitting on a turkey's egg! I have been cheated like that once. Yes. it's a turkey's egg! You had better leave it alone and teach the other children to swim." "I will sit on it a little longer."
At last the big egg cracked. How big and ugly the baby was! " That is a very big duckling." she said, " None of the others look like that. Can he be a turkey's chick? I will soon find out. I will make him go into water." The next day the mother duck with her family went down to the moat. She said, and one duckling jumped in after another. The big ugly one swam about with them." No, that is no turkey," she said," Quack, quack! Now come with me and I will take you into the world. Keep close to me all the time. Be careful of the cat!" The first day passed, and everything was fine.
Afterwards, matters grew worse and worse. The poor duckling was chased and harassed by all the ducklings because he was very ugly. The ducks bit him, the hens pecked him. and the girl who fed them kicked him aside. Then he ran off and soon came to a great marsh where the wild ducks lived. He was so tired and miserable that he stayed there the whole night. In the morning the wild ducks flew up to see their new friend." You are very ugly," said the wild ducks," but that does not matter to us." He stayed there two whole days . And then two wild geese came. Just at that moment the sound of "Bang! Bang!" was heard, and both the wild geese fell dead among the reeds. It was a terrible shock to the poor duckling.
A big dog appeared close beside him. He showed his sharp teeth and went on without touching him. "Oh, thank Heaven! I am so ugly that even the dog won't bite me!" sighed the duckling. In the evening he reached a little cottage where an old woman lived with her cat and her hen. Her eyesight was not good, and she thought the duckling was a fat duck. "I will be rich if I have duck eggs," she said. So she took in the duckling for three weeks, but he laid no eggs.The cat was the master of the house and the hen was the mistress.
母鸡说：“你能不能下蛋呢？” 小鸭回答说：“不能。” 这只猫说：“那么你最好离开到外面广阔的世界去。”就这样这只小鸭离开了。有一天晚上，太阳刚刚下山，此时有一群漂亮的大鸟从矮树丛飞出来。小鸭心想：“我从来没有看过这么漂亮的东西。”
"Can you lay eggs?" asked the hen. "No," answered the duckling. "Then you had better go out into the wide world," said the cat. So away went the duckling. One evening the sun was just setting when a flock of beautiful large birds appeared out of the bushes. The duckling thought," I've never seen anything so beautiful."
They were dazzlingly white with long necks. They were swans. He did not know what the birds were. The winter was so bitterly cold that the duckling swam about in the water to keep himself from freezing. The sun began to shine warmly again. The larks were singing and beautiful spring had come. Then, all at once, the duckling raised his wings and they flapped with much greater strength than before. Before he knew it, he found himself in a large garden where the apple trees were in full blossom and long branches of lilacs overhung the shores of the lake. Just in front of him he saw three beautiful white swans swimming towards him.
“我将朝他们飞去而他们将会把我劈成粉碎，因为我长得非常丑。不过没有关系，我宁愿被他们杀死也不愿被那些鸭子咬或是被那些母鸡啄。” 因此他飞入水中朝这些天鹅游过去，他们看到他就向他冲过来。 “杀死我吧，噢，杀死我吧！”可怜的小鸭说着朝水中低头，等待死亡的来临。但他在清澈的水中看到什么样了呢？
"I will fly to them and they will hack me to pieces because I am so ugly. But it doesn't matter. I would rather be killed by them than be bitten by the ducks or pecked by the hens." So he flew into the water and swam towards the swans. They saw him and darted towards him. "Kill me! Oh, kill me!" said the poor duckling, and he waited for his death bowing his head towards the water. But what did he see in the clear water? He was no longer a dark gray ugly bird.
他不再是只黑灰丑陋的鸟，他竟然是一只天鹅！有些小孩手拿玉米和面包来到这个花园，将这些东西投入水中。个子最小的那个孩子兴高采烈地大叫：“有一只新来的天鹅。”其他的孩子大叫： “对啊！来了一只新的。” 他对着自己说：“当我是那只丑小鸭的时候，我从来也没梦想过我能够这么快乐！”
He was himself a swan! Some children came into the garden with corn and pieces of bread, which they threw into the water. The smallest child shouted with joy," There is a new one." The other children shouted, "Yes, a new one has come." He said to himself, " I never dreamed that I could be so happy when I was the ugly duckling!"
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