The Good Turn 好事


中学生英语·中考指导版 2022年3期

Manisha Deveshvar 张宁译

Every time Gina walked down the lane1 where she lived, some neighbour or the other would say that“the brat2”was off to some place.


The six-year-old was the only child of her parents and they spoilt3 her totally. Even when she was a small child, her parents had never refused her anything. And she, in turn, always made sure that she got what she wanted.


One day, Ginas mother, Nitya Mehta, suddenly noticed that her daughter was not ready to share anything with her friends—be it a book, a toy or something toeat.


She discovered something else as well. Most children did not like to play withher daughter. They said she bossed4 them around and made them cry.


Ginas mother realized that it was their fault5 that Gina was behaving likethis. For, hadnt they spoilt her by giving her anything and everything she askedfor? Would Gina be able to make good friends and learn to share things withthem? She would soon know, for Gina was now admitted6 to a class in a properschool.


Everyone in her class admitted that Gina was very intelligent. But she hadno friends until Rita joined her class. New to the city and too shy to make anyfriends, Rita did not mind being taken under Gina爷s wing7. Though knowingGina, it was more of bossing around. But at least she had someone to play with.


One day, the teacher scolded8  Rita for doing the math problems withoutthinking. The little girl cried because the whole class had laughed at her. For theteacher had patiently explained how to do the sums, but Rita was just not able tounderstand.


Gina told her mother about Rita crying in class.“Why dont you try to explain to her simply?”asked her mother.“She likes you very much and if you teach her, she will understand.”


“Mummy, I dont have time to waste. What can I do if she is dumb9?”saidGina.“But Rita is your friend and if you dont help her, who will?”scolded her mother. Then she decided to tell Gina the story of an ant and a dove10.gzslib202204041757


“One day, an ant fell into a stream11 and was trying hard to save herself. A dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked12 a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to the ant. The ant climbed onto it and floated safely to the bank,” went the story.


“A little later, a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, preparing to throw a net over the unsuspecting13 dove. The ant knew what he was planning and stung14 him in the foot. The birdcatcher yelled15 out in pain and the noise made the dove fly away.”


“Did you understand the story, Gina?”asked her mother.“It means that if you do a good turn, you will only get good in return.”Gina said, “What a silly story, mummy. It is for little children, and I have grown big.”


Then Ginas mother decided to act tough16.“If you do not help her out, I willnot let you watch cartoons for a week.”


Very unhappy, Gina helped Rita. And wonder of wonders, Rita understood, forGina knew the trick of explaining simply. The teacher was happy that Rita hadfinally understood the sums and praised her in front of the class. Rita was excitedand told everyone what a good friend Gina was. But Gina preferred to forget it assomething unpleasant she had been forced17 to do.


Meanwhile,  Rita  had  been  wondering  how  she  could  repay  her friend. The opportunity18 came sooner than she thought.


One day, in a fit of anger, Gina called one of the younger girls in the school a “stupid idiot”(these words were banned19 in the school). She also pushed the girl. The girl fell and hurt her knee.


The matter was reported to the headmaster. The headmaster scolded Gina in front of the entire school during the morning assembly20. Not only that, the headmaster told Gina to stay back for two hours after school and pick up the waste paper from each and every classroom during detention21.gzslib202204041757


Gina was heartbroken. She was a proud girl and could not bear the thoughtof being humiliated22. Right now all she wanted was for the ground to open upand swallow her so that she wouldnthave to show her face to anyone.


After school finished, Gina was left all alone. And then she did what she had been holding back the whole day—she sobbed23 and sobbed and sobbed.


That is when Rita found her best friend. She stayed back with Ginaand helped her clean the school. Gina remembered the story of the ant anddove.


From that day, Gina and Rita became the best of friends.



1. lane []  小路

2. brat []  乳臭未干的小孩;顽童

3. spoil []  溺爱

4. boss []  对……颐指气使

5. fault []  错误;责任

6. admit []  承认;接收(入学)

7. take under ones wing 庇护;特别关照某人

8. scold []  .责骂,训斥

9. dumb []  蠢的

10. dove []  .鸽子

11. stream []  小河,小溪

12. pluck []  摘,掐

13. unsuspecting []  不知情的

14. sting []  叮,刺,蜇

15. yell []  叫喊

16. tough []  强硬的,严厉的

17. force []  强迫

18. opportunity []  时机,机会

19. ban []  .禁止

20. assembly []  集会

21. detention []  (作为惩罚的)课后留校

22. humiliate []  .羞辱,使蒙羞