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Thanksgiving Day 感恩节

更新时间:2012-07-10    来源/发布:www.en369.cn    作者/编辑:英语作文网

 There is one holiday in the year which is completely American, Thanksgiving Day. It is the day when everyone goes back home to spend the day with his family, to have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey, to talk about old times.
  每年都有一个纯属美国的节日———感恩节。这一天,每个人都回到家里与家人共度节日,吃传统的感恩节饭———烤火鸡,畅谈过去的时光。

  This is a story of Thanksgiving Day and of one man's efforts, under rather special circumstances, to carry on these traditions.
  这是一个在感恩节的日子里,一个人在十分特殊的情况下,努力遵循这些传统的故事。

  Old Pete took his seat this day on his usual bench in Union Square. Every Thanksgiving Day for nine years Pete had taken this same seat exactly at one o'clock, and each time the same pleasant thing had happened. But this time Pete had come here more from habit than from hunger.
  这一天,老皮特来到联合广场,在往常坐过的长椅上坐了下来。9年来,每年感恩节,皮特都会在一点钟准时坐在这个位子上,而每次,都会发生同样愉快的事情。但这一次,皮特来到这儿,与其说是由于饥饿,不如说是出于习惯。

  Certainly today Pete was not hungry. He had just hadAdinner so enormous that he could hardly breathe. The buttons on his ragged shirt and coat were about to burst. He was so full of soup, oysters, roast turkey, apple pie, ice cream, andAdozen other rich foods that the November breeze and the first light fall of snow felt cool and pleasant to his face.
  当然,今天皮特并不饿,他刚吃过午饭。他吃得太多了,撑得快喘不过气来。他破旧的衬衫和外衣上的纽扣快要绷开了。他的肚子里装满了汤、牡蛎、烤火鸡、苹果馅饼、冰激凌和其它许多油腻的食品,以致11月的微风和第一场小雪使他的脸感到凉爽和惬意。

  The meal had been completely unexpected. He had been passing one of the large homes on Fifth Avenue, where there lived two rich old ladies. It seems that it was their custom each Thanksgiving to placeAservant at the front entrance with orders to bring in the first hungry looking person that passed and then give himAThanksgiving dinner of everything he could eat. On this particular Thanksgiving Day, Pete had passed, the servant had brought himin, and, before Pete knewit, he was being served likeAking with more food than he could eat.
  这顿饭完全是出乎意料的。皮特正路过第五大街上的一所大宅,那里住着两个有钱的老太太。她们似乎有一种习惯 每个感恩节都让一个仆人在前门的门口站着,指示他们把路过的第一个面有饥色的人带进去,然后给他提供一顿感恩节的饭菜,让他能吃多少就吃多少。在这个特殊的感恩节,皮特正好路过此处,仆人把他带进屋里。皮特还没明白过来是怎么回事,他就受到了国王般的款待,食物多得他都吃不下。

  Pete sat on the bench now, hardly able to move. He happened to look to the left and there in the distance he saw the Old Gentleman coming toward him. He wanted to get up and run, but he was so full of food he stayed right there. Every Thanksgiving Day for nine years, the Old Gentleman came there and found Pete on this same bench and then took him toArestaurant and bought himAThanksgiving dinner. It wasAkind of tradition which the Old Gentleman, who had no family and lived alone, had tried to continue. The old man was tall and thin and sixty years old. He was aristocratic looking, and he always dressed in black. His hair was whiter and thinner than it had been the year before, and he leaned more heavily on his cane than he usedto.

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