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童话:海的女儿(8)

[2007-10-20] [浏览:次] [编辑:随风]

  But the little sea princess said, "If I die, I can never go to the top of the sea again. I can never hear the lovely noise of the sea, never again see the beautiful flowers and the sun! Tell me, grandmother, is there any way by which I can get a soul?"
  the grandmother answered, "If a person on the land loves you more than his father or mother. If he says that he will love you for ever. Then his soul will go into your body. You can get a soul from a person on the land who loves you. But that can never be! The people on the land are not like us. They think that feet are beautiful!"
  "I will go to the old woman who knows all about magic, " said the sea princess. "I have always been afraid of her, but she can help me."
 the little sea princess looked sadly down. Most of her body was beautiful. Just like the bodies of people on the land. But she had no feet. There her body was like the body of a fish.
  So the little sea princess went to the old woman.
  there were many ugly plants round the old woman’s house; they had long arms; they caught everything that was near them. The little sea princess was afraid. She want to go back, but she remembered the prince. This made her brave and she went by these ugly plants. She saw that the plants had dead people in their arms. At last she came to the old woman.
 "I know what you want to ask me," She said to the little sea princess. "I shall give you what you want, but it will make you unhappy. You want me make all your body like the bodies of the land people. You want two feet, then a young prince may love you and you makeget a soul. I will make you something to drink. You must take it to the land. When you drink it, you will get two feet. Your body will become like the bodies of the land people. But the change will give you GREat pain. You will be very beautiful. But when you walk, you will hav much pain. Your feet will be very painful. Do you still want to become like the people on land?" 

中文
  “你决不能这么想。”她祖母回答道,“我们的寿命比陆地上的人长,我们的生活比他们幸福。”但小海公主说:“要是我死了,我就再不能到海 面上去了。我再也听不到大海可爱的涛声,再也看不见美丽的花朵和太阳!告诉我,祖母,有什么办法让我得到一个灵魂?”

  祖母回答道:“如果陆地上有一个有爱你,把你当作比父母还亲切的人。如果他说,他永远爱你。那
么,他的灵魂就会转移到你的身上,你可以从陆地上爱你的人那里得到一个灵魂。但是,这种事情是永远
不会有的!陆地上的人们不象我们,他们认为腿是美丽的!”

  小海公主悲伤地向下看着。她身体的大部是美丽的,和陆地上的人的身体一样。但她没有腿,她的下

半身同鱼的身体一样。

  “我要到那个懂得所有巫术的老巫婆那里去。”海公主说,“我一直怕她,但她可以帮助我。” 于是小海公主去找那个老巫婆。

  老巫婆信的房子周围长着很多丑陋的植物。它们全有长长的手臂,捕捉附近的每样东西。小海公主害怕了。她想转身回去,但她想起了王子,就又有了勇气,穿过那些难看的植物。她看到在植物手臂里的死

人。最后她来到老巫婆住的地方。

  “我知道你是来求我什么的。”她对小海公主说,“我会给你你所要的东西,可是这会使你痛苦的。你想叫我使你全身都和陆地的人类一样。你要两条腿,这样,年轻的王子就会爱你,而你可以得到一个灵
魂。我要让你喝一点东西,你必须把这东西带到陆地上去,喝下去以后,你就会有两条腿,你的身体就会
变得跟陆地上人类的身体一样了,但这种变化会使你非常疼。你会变得非常美,可是你一走路,就会疼,
你的脚非常疼。你是不是还要变成陆地上那样的人呢?”