ENGLISH

The old man and his grandson

中文

祖父和孙子


There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. Once, too, his trembling hands could not hold the bowl, and it fell to the ground and broke. The young wife scolded him, but he said nothing and only sighed. Then they bought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence, out of which he had to eat.
They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. "What are you doing there?" asked the father. "I am making a little trough," answered the child, "for father and mother to eat out of when I am big."

The man and his wife looked at each other for a while, and presently began to cry. Then they took the old grandfather to the table, and henceforth always let him eat with them, and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything.
从前有个很老很老的老人,眼睛花,耳朵也背,双膝还不住地发抖。 每当他坐在餐桌前吃饭时,汤匙也握不稳,常常把菜汤撒在桌布上,汤还会从嘴边流出来。 儿子和媳妇都嫌弃他,老人只好躲到灶后的角落里吃饭。 他们给他一只瓦盆,把饭菜盛到里面给他吃,而且每顿饭都不给老人吃饱。 老人很伤心,常常眼泪汪汪地看着桌子。
有一天,老人的手颤抖得连那只瓦盆都端不稳了,瓦盆掉到地上打碎了。 儿媳妇没完没了地训斥他,老人一声不吭,只是不住地叹气。 他们于是花了几分钱买来一只木碗给老人吃饭用。
后来有一天,老人的儿子和媳妇正坐在那儿吃饭,四岁的小孙子在把地上的碎木片拾掇到一起。
"你这是干什么呢?"父亲问。
"我要做一只木碗,等我长大了,让爸爸妈妈用它吃饭。"
听到这话,儿子和媳妇对视了一会儿,最后哭了起来。 他们立刻将老人请到桌边,让他从此和他们一起吃饭,即使老人泼了点什么,他们也不再说什么了。




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