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2011-5-5 17:10| 发布者: 赵主任| 查看: 1365| 评论: 0

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The Brave Tin Soldier(3)

Suddenly the boat shot under a bridge which formed a part of a drain,
and then it was as dark as the tin soldier’s box.
“Where am I going now?” thought he.
“This is the black goblin’s fault, I am sure.
 Ah, well,if the little lady were only here with me in the boat,
I should not care for any darkness.”
Suddenly there appeared a great water-rat, who lived in the drain.
“Have you a passport? asked the rat,
“give it to me at once.”
But the tin soldier remained silent and held his musket tighter than ever.
The boat sailed on and the rat followed it.
How he did gnash his teeth and cry out to the bits of wood and straw,
“Stop him, stop him;
he has not paid toll,
and has not shown his pass.
 

“ But the stream rushed on stronger and stronger.
The tin soldier could already see daylight shining where the arch ended.
Then he heard a roaring sound quite terrible enough to frighten the bravest man.
At the end of the tunnel,
the drain fell into a large canal over a steep place,
which made it as dangerous for him as a waterfall would be to us.
 
He was too close to it to stop, so the boat rushed on,
and the poor tin soldier could only hold himself as stiffly as possible,
without moving an eyelid, to show that he was not afraid.
The boat whirled round three or four times,
and then filled with water to the very edge;
nothing could save it from sinking.
He now stood up to his neck in water,
while deeper and deeper sank the boat,
and the paper became soft and loose with the wet,
till at last the water closed over the soldier’s head.
He thought of the elegant little dancer whom he should never see again,
and the words of the song sounded in his ears—
“Farewell, warrior! ever brave,Drifting onward to thy grave.”

Then the paper boat fell to pieces,
and the soldier sank into the water
and immediately afterwards was swallowed up by a great fish.
Oh how dark it was inside the fish!  
A great deal darker than in the tunnel,
and narrower too,
but the tin soldier continued firm,
and lay at full length shouldering his musket.
 

The fish swam to and fro, making the most wonderful movements,
but at last he became quite still.
After a while, a flash of lightning seemed to pass through him,
and then the daylight approached,
and a voice cried out, “I declare here is the tin soldier.”
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