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英语阅读:A Brother like that

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  Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street child was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it.

  "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.

  Paul nodded, "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy was astounded, "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you anything? Boy, I wish..." He hesitated. Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.
 
  "I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."

  Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively he added, "Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?"

  "Oh yes, I'd love that."

  After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?" Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again.

  "Will you stop where those two steps are?" the boy asked. He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car. "There he is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn't cost him a cent. And some day I'm gonna give you one just like it... then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I've been trying to tell you about."

  Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

  That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when he had said: "It is more blessed to give..."

  My Holiday Wish for the World Is That We all could Be Brothers Like That.
 
精美译文:
  保罗的哥哥送给他一辆汽车作为圣诞礼物。圣诞节前夜,当保罗走出办公室的时候,他看见一个小男孩正围着闪闪发亮的新车走来走去,脸上显出羡慕的神情。

  “这是你的车吗,先生?”他问道。

  保罗点点头,“我的哥哥送给我的,作为圣诞礼物。”男孩儿很吃惊。“你是说你的哥哥送给你的,你没有花一分钱?天呀,我希望…”他有点迟疑没往下说。保罗知道男孩当然希望有一个这样的哥哥。但是男孩的话却让保罗非常吃惊。

  “我希望,”男孩接着说,“我也可以成为这样的哥哥。”

  保罗惊讶地看着男孩,激动地说:“你愿意坐坐我的车吗?”

  “哦,当然了,我喜欢。”

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