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The Elves and A shoemaker 小精灵和鞋匠

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  A shoemaker, through no fault of his own, had become so poor that he had only leather enough for a single pair of shoes. He cut them out one evening, then went to bed, intending to finish them the next morning. Having a clear conscience, he went to bed peacefully, commended himself to God, and fell asleep.

  从前有个平凡的鞋匠,家里穷得只剩做一双鞋子用的皮革了。晚上他把皮革裁剪好,就去睡觉了,打算第二天一早做完它们。他在床上怀着一颗纯洁而宁静的心祈求完上帝便睡着了。

  The next morning, after saying his prayers, he was about to return to his work when he found the shoes on his workbench, completely finished. Amazed, he did not know what to say. He picked up the shoes in order to examine them more closely. They were so well made that not a single stitch was out of place, just as if they were intended as a masterpiece. A customer soon came by, and he liked the shoes so much that he paid more than the usual price for them.

  第二天早上他做完祷告,打算继续工作,但他发现.在工作台上的那双鞋子已经做好了.天啦!鞋匠惊讶得说不出话来. 他把鞋子拿起来检查了一下,做工非常棒,缝接处没有丝毫偏差.就在这时,一位顾客进来了,他非常喜欢这双鞋并用高价买下了它们.

  The shoemaker now had enough money to buy leather for two pairs of shoes. That evening he cut them out, intending to continue his work the next morning with good cheer. But he did not need to do so, because when he got up they were already finished. Customers soon bought them, paying him enough that he now could buy leather for four pairs of shoes. Early the next morning he found the four pairs finished. And so it continued; whatever he cut out in the evening was always finished the following morning. He now had a respectable income and with time became a wealthy man.

  鞋匠现在有足够的钱买做两双鞋的皮革了.晚上他兴高彩烈地裁剪好,打算第二天早上做好它们.但是他起床的时候鞋已经做好了.很快又有顾客买走了,并付给他很多钱,这下,鞋匠可以买做四双鞋子的皮革了。而且和以前一样,第二天早晨他发现鞋子已经做好了。这样过了一段时间,随着越来越多的鞋子做好了,卖出去,鞋匠很快就富了起来。

  One evening shortly before Christmas, just before going to bed, and having already cut out a number of shoes, he said to his wife, "Why don't we stay up tonight and see who is giving us this helping hand."

  圣诞节前的某天晚上,鞋匠一边忙着裁剪皮革,一边对妻子说:“不如我们整夜不睡,看看究竟是谁在帮助我们?”

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