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不,我爱的人是你!

更新时间:2012-03-16    来源/发布:www.en369.cn    作者/编辑:英语作文网

导语:昔日他们在一起相处的情景此刻又一幕一幕地在他的眼前闪回:清晨的牧场里,他们并肩漫步;火红的篝火旁,他们促膝谈心;滂沱的大雨中,他们携手奋战……“不,玛塔。我爱的人是你。”说着,爱德华将她拥入怀中……
 

  Edward Wellman bade good-bye to his family in the old country headed for a better life in America. Papa handed him the family‘s savings hidden in a leather satchel.“Times are desperate here," he said, hugging his son goodbye.“You are our hope.”
  Edward boarded the Atlantic freighter offering free transport to young men willing to shovel coal in return for the month-long journey. If Edward struck gold in the Colorado Rockies, the rest of the family could eventually join him. For months, Edward worked his claim tirelessly, and the small vein of gold provided a moderate but steady income. Leaving Ingrid behind before he could officially court her had been his only regret in accepting this American adventure. He had secretly hoped to make Ingrid his wife. Finally, he wrote to Papa, asking him to help make this dream come true. After nearly a year, a telegraph came with a plan to make his life complete. Mr. Henderson had agreed to send his daughter to Edward in America. Because she was a hardworking young woman with a good mind for business, she would work alongside Edward for a year to help the mining business grow. By then both families could afford to come to America for their wedding. Edward‘s heart soared with joy as he spent the next month trying to make the cabin into a home. At last, the day he had been waiting for his whole life arrived. With a bouquet of fresh-picked daisies in hand, he left for the train depot. Steam billowed and wheels screeched as the train crawled to a stop. His heart beat with eager anticipation, then stopped with a sinking thud. Not Ingrid, but her older sister Marta, stepped down from the train. Edward only stared-dumbfounded. Then with shaking hands he offered Marta the bouquet.“Welcome," he whispered, his eyes burning. A smile etched across her plain face.“I was pleased when Papa said you sent for me," Marta said, looking into his eyes briefly, before dropping her head again.“I’ll get your bags," Edward said with a fake smile. Together they headed for the buggy. Mr. Henderson and Papa were right. Marta did have a great grasp of business. Within 6 months, their assets doubled. Her delicious meals and quiet smile graced the cabin with a wonderful woman‘s touch. But the wrong woman, Edward mourned as he collapsed onto his cot each night. Why did they send Marta? Would he ever see Ingrid again? Was his lifelong dream to have her as his wife forsaken?

  For a year, Marta and Edward worked and played and laughed, but never loved. Once, Marta had kissed Edward on the cheek before retiring to her room. He only smiled awkwardly. From then on, she seemed content with their exhilarating hikes in the mountains and long talks on the porch after suppers. One spring afternoon, torrential rains washed down the hillside, eroding the entrance to their mine. Furiously, Edward filled sand bags and stacked them in the water's path. Suddenly there was Marta at his side holding the next burlap bag open. Edward shoveled sand inside, then with the strength of any man, Marta hurled it onto the pile and opened another bag…For hours they worked, knee-deep in mud, until the rains diminished. Hand in hand, they walked back to the cabin. Over warm soup Edward sighed,"I never could have saved the mine without you. Thank you, Marta.”

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