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英语故事-《小王子》Chapter 10-2

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今天与大家分享的是《小王子》经典故事。

Such power was a thing for the little prince to marvel at. If he had been master of such complete authority, he would have been able to watch the sunset, not forty-four times in one day, but seventy-two, or even a hundred, or even two hundred times, with out ever having to move his chair. And because he felt a bit sad as he remembered his little planet which he had forsaken, he plucked up his courage to ask the king a favor:
"I should like to see a sunset… do me that kindness… Order the sun to set…"
"If I ordered a general to fly from one flower to another like a butterfly, or to write a tragic drama, or to change himself into a sea bird, and if the general did not carry out the order that he had received, which one of us would be in the wrong?" the king demanded. "The general, or myself?"
"You," said the little prince firmly.
"Exactly. One much require from each one the duty which each one can perform," the king went on. "Accepted authority rests first of all on reason. If you ordered your people to go and throw themselves into the sea, they would rise up in revolution. I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable."
"Then my sunset?" the little prince reminded him: for he never forgot a question once he had asked it.
"You shall have your sunset. I shall command it. But, according to my science of government, I shall wait until conditions are favorable."
"When will that be?" inquired the little prince.
"Hum! Hum!" replied the king; and before saying anything else he consulted a bulky almanac. "Hum! Hum! That will be about-- about-- that will be this evening about twenty minutes to eight. And you will see how well I am obeyed."
The little prince yawned. He was regretting his lost sunset. And then, too, he was already beginning to be a little bored.
"I have nothing more to do here," he said to the king. "So I shall set out on my way again."
"Do not go," said the king, who was very proud of having a subject. "Do not go. I will make you a Minister!"
"Minister of what?"
"Minster of-- of Justice!"
"But there is nobody here to judge!"
"We do not know that," the king said to him. "I have not yet made a complete tour of my kingdom. I am very old. There is no room here for a carriage. And it tires me to walk."
"Oh, but I have looked already!" said the little prince, turning around to give one more glance to the other side of the planet. On that side, as on this, there was nobody at all…
"Then you shall judge yourself," the king answered. "that is the most difficult thing of all. It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom."
"Yes," said the little prince, "but I can judge myself anywhere. I do not need to live on this planet.
"Hum! Hum!" said the king. "I have good reason to believe that somewhere on my planet there is an old rat. I hear him at night. You can judge this old rat. From time to time you will condemn him to death. Thus his life will depend on your justice. But you will pardon him on each occasion; for he must be treated thriftily. He is the only one we have."
"I," replied the little prince, "do not like to condemn anyone to death. And now I think I will go on my way."
"No," said the king.
But the little prince, having now completed his preparations for departure, had no wish to grieve the old monarch.
"If Your Majesty wishes to be promptly obeyed," he said, "he should be able to give me a reasonable order. He should be able, for example, to order me to be gone by the end of one minute. It seems to me that conditions are favorable…"
As the king made no answer, the little prince hesitated a moment. Then, with a sigh, he took his leave.
"I made you my Ambassador," the king called out, hastily.
He had a magnificent air of authority.
"The grown-ups are very strange," the little prince said to himself, as he continued on his journey.

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这样的权力使小王子惊叹不已。如果掌握了这样的权力,那么,他一天就不 只是看到四十三次日落,而可以看到七十二次,甚至一百次,或是二百次日落,也不必要去挪动椅子了!由于他想起了他那被遗弃的小星球,心里有点难过,他 大胆地向国王提出了一个请求:
“我想看日落,请求您……命令太阳落山吧……”
国王说道:“如果我命令一个将军象一只蝴蝶那样从这朵花飞到那朵花,或 者命令他写作一个悲剧剧本或者变一只海鸟,而如果这位将军接到命令不执行的话,那么,是他不对还是我不对呢?”
“那当然是您的不对。”小王子肯定地回答。
“一点也不错,”国王接着说,“向每个人提出的要求应该是他们所能做到 的。权威首先应该建立在理性的基础上。如果命令你的老百姓去投海,他们非起来革命不可。我的命令是合理的,所以我有权要别人服从。”
“那么我提出的日落呢?”小王子一旦提出一个问题,他是不会忘记这个问 题的。
“日落么,你会看到的。我一定要太阳落山,不过按照我的统治科学,我得 等到条件成熟的时候。”
小王子问道:“这要等到什么时候呢?”
国王在回答之前,首先翻阅了一本厚厚的日历,嘴里慢慢说道:“嗯!嗯! 日落大约……大约……在今晚七时四十分的时候!你将看到我的命令一定会被服从的。”
小王子又打起哈欠来了。他遗憾没有看到日落。他有点厌烦了,他对国王说: “我没有必要再呆在这儿了。我要走了。”
这位因为刚刚有了一个臣民而十分骄傲自得的国王说道:
“别走,别走。我任命你当大臣。”
“什么大臣”
“嗯……司法大臣!”
“可是,这儿没有一个要审判的人。”
“很难说呀,”国王说道。“我很老了,我这地方又小,没有放銮驾的地方, 另外,一走路我就累。因此我还没有巡视过我的王国呢!”
“噢!可是我已经看过了。”小王子说道,并探身朝星球的那一侧看了看。 那边也没有一个人……
“那么你就审判你自己呀!”国王回答他说。“这可是最难的了。审判自己 比审判别人要难得多啊!你要是能审判好自己,你就是一个真正有才智的人。”
“我吗,随便在什么地方我都可以审度自己。我没有必要留在这里。”
国王又说:“嗯……嗯……我想,在我的星球上有一只老耗子。夜里,我听见它 的声音。你可以审判它,不时地判处它死刑。因此它的生命取决于你的判决。可是,你要有节制地使用这只耗子,每次判刑后都要赦免它,因为只有这一只耗子。”
“可是我不愿判死刑,我想我还是应该走。”小王子回答道。
“不行。”国王说。
但是小王子,准备完毕之后,不想使老君主难过,说道:
“如果国王陛下想要不折不扣地得到服从,你可以给我下一个合理的命令。 比如说,你可以命令我,一分钟之内必须离开。我认为这个条件是成熟的……”
国王什么也没有回答。起初,小王子有些犹疑不决,随后叹了口气,就离开 了……
“我派你当我的大使。”国王匆忙地喊道。
国王显出非常有权威的样子。
小王子在旅途中自言自语地说:“这些大人真奇怪。”

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