新东方英语·中学版 2014年4期

Far away from a kingdom there was a huge jungle. In that jungle, there were thousands of trees. Among them two were very good friends. They stood side by side. The same jungle was the home of many lions. Those lions used to kill other animals living in that jungle and eat them. The carcasses1) of the dead animals used to stink2) and a foul3) smell would hang in the air. The whole atmosphere was bad to live in.

One day, the two trees, who were friends, were talking. The first tree said, "These lions are polluting our jungle. We have to save our jungle from them. They must be driven out of this jungle."

"Yes," agreed the other tree.

A wise old tree, who was listening to the friends, said, "They might be polluting the air. But these wild creatures are keeping us safe from woodcutters. No woodcutter will dare to come into the forest which has lions."

But this advice did not go into the minds of the trees. The two friends decided to frighten the animals away. That evening, the two trees started shaking violently. "We will frighten the lions away. They will be so terrified that they will leave this jungle and never come back into this jungle," said the two friends, laughing aloud. The whole forest echoed with their laughter.

"Do not do that," shouted the wise tree.

But the two friends did not listen. They began moving in the wind and making eerie4) noises. All the other wild animals in the forest were scared, seeing the two trees and hearing the sounds they were creating. "There is something happening in the forest. Let us run away," they said. All the animals fled the jungle.

The two friends were happy. "Huh! Now we can enjoy some fresh air," they said.

But their joy was short-lived. One day, a woodcutter came to the forest and started felling5) the trees. "Now there is no fear of the ferocious6) lions," he muttered to himself. Soon there were other woodcutters. Seeing this, the wise tree said, "Now all of us will be doomed7)." The two friends cried out, "How foolish we have been. We should have listened to this wise tree."

Soon the two tree friends were brought down by the woodcutter's axe. Day by day, more and more trees were destroyed by many woodcutters.

1 carcass [?kɑ?k?s] n. (鸟、兽的)尸体

2 stink [st??k] vi. 发出恶臭;有异味

3 foul [fa?l] adj. 难闻的,恶臭的

4 eerie [???ri] adj. (因怪诞或阴森而)引起恐惧的,令人害怕的

5 fell [fel] vt. 砍伐,砍倒

6 ferocious [f??r????s] adj. 凶恶的,凶猛的

7 doom [du?m] vt. 使……的失败(或毁灭、灭亡等)成为必然endprint