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[美文阅读]彩虹的颜色

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[美文阅读]彩虹的颜色
  When it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow

of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. And so, whenever a

good rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky, let us

remember to appreciate one another.
  
  下雨时,所有的颜色将横跨天空,形成一道巨大的彩虹,以提示七种颜色能友好

共处。因此,每当好雨洗礼世界的时候,一道彩虹都会出现在天空,让我们记得要学

会彼此欣赏。
  
  Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel. All

claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful and

the favorite.
  Green said:“ Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life

and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees and leaves. Without me, all

animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in

the majority.”
  Blue interrupted:“ You only think about the earth, but consider the

sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by

the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity.

Without my peace, you would all be nothing.”
  Yellow chuckled:“ You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety,

and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the

stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world

starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun.”
  Orange started next to blow her trumpet:“ I am the color of health

and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of

human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots,

pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and papayas. I don’t hang around all the

time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so

striking that no one gives another thought to any of you.”
  Red could stand it no longer he shouted out:“ I am the ruler of all

of you. I am blood- life’s blood! I am the color of danger and of

bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood.

Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of

passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy.”
  Purple rose up to his full height, he was very tall and spoke with

great pomp:“ I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and

bishops have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom.

People do not question me! They listen and obey.”
  Finally, Indigo spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with

just as much determination:“ Think of me. I am the color of silence. You

hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I represent

thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance

and contrast, for prayer and inner peace.”
  And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own

superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder.
  Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening thunder

rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors

crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.
  In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak:“ You foolish

colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don

’t you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and

different? Join hands with one another and come to me.”  Doing as they

were told, the colors united and joined hands.
  The rain continued:“From now on, when it rains, each of you will

stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can

all live in peace. The Rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow.” And so,

whenever a good rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky,

let us remember to appreciate one another.
  从前,世界上的各种颜色进行过一次争吵。每一种颜色都说自己是最好的、最重

要的、最有用的、最美丽的、最受人喜欢的。
  绿色说:“显然,我是最重要的。绿色是生命和希望的标志。草、树、叶子都选

择了绿色。如果没有我,所有的动物都将死亡。鸟瞰乡村大地,到处都是绿色。”

 

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