【少儿英语】101个儿童英语故事 第67期 The Shadow 影子
A scholar who used to live in a cold region took a trip to a place of tropical weather.
He stayed in the house all day because it was too hot to go out.
“Phew. It is so hot. I can’t even go outside.”At night, people came out from their houses to getfresh air.
The scholar also went out of his house and looked around here and there.
“There are a lot of people here. Now I feel better. But how come the house across the street isso quiet?”
“Music flows from the house, and such beautiful flowers are in the house.
There must be a pretty woman living in that house.
“Then, one evening.”That house is quiet again.
The only thing that moves in the house is my shadow.” The scholar acted as if he was talkingto his own shadow.
Suddenly, his shadow on the house went into the inside the house.
The scholar was shocked.
Then, the next day. “How can I lose my own shadow? People will laugh at me.
Phew. What am I going to do? I feel awful. What am I going to do now?”
In a tropical region, everything grew really fast.
Fortunately, the scholar’s shadow grew a lot in a week.
Then, one evening. Someone visited the scholar.
“Who is it? Please come in.” A well-dressed gentleman came into his house.
“Excuse me, but have we meet before?” The gentleman answered.
“Don’t you recognize me? Well, I guess you’ve never imagined that I would show up in front ofyou with this kind of look.
I have been enjoying my own life very much since I left you.” “Then, you must be.”
“That’s right! I am your shadow.” “How amazing! How can this happen? And how are youdoing?”
“I will tell you everything. But promise me one thing before I tell my story.
Don’t you ever tell anyone that I used to be your shadow.”
“I promise!””I went into the house across the street and met a Goddess.
I learned a lot of things while I was staying there with her.
Then, she allowed me to live my own life all by myself.
Sometimes I gave severe punishments to bad people.
People always welcomed me wherever I was. They just loved me.”
“Really? That’s amazing! How can this happen?”
“I’ve to go now. See you next time.”A few years later, the shadow visited the scholar again.
The scholar was writing a book, but he was so sad because no one read his book.
He felt tired of writing. “You look very exhausted.”
“No one can understand my book.” “You have to take a rest. Let’s go to a spa. I will pay forthe trip for you.
Instead, you should be my shadow.” “Oh god! Do I really have to be your shadow?”
After long thinking about the shadow’s suggestion, the scholar decided to go on the trip and bea shadow.
There were lots of people in the spa, and a princess was one of them.
The princess saw the shadow and thought, “He is so nice. I want to go out with him.”
She met the shadow. She liked him very much because he knew everything.
The shadow pointed to the scholar and said, “He is my shadow. If you want to know aboutsomething, please ask him.”
“You look so smart.”The princess decided to get married to the shadow.
The shadow met the scholar and said, “I am going to marry the princess.
You can come to the castle and live with us. But you have to be my shadow and have to liveunder my feet forever.”
“No, that doesn’t make any sense. You are MY shadow.”The shadow put the scholar in prison, and then he told the princess.
“My shadow is out of his mind. He kept insisting that I am his shadow.
There seems to be no chance of his recovery. I will help him to disappear quietly.”
“Yes, you need to help him.”The princess and the shadow finally got married.
But the scholar died in prison.
Whatever comes your way, don’t forget to keep your self-esteem.