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英语美文-爷爷和猫

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 It was another snow chilled day. The sun had just gone down. A 1)Navaho Indian girl half opened the door and measured the coldness of the coming winter night. She called into the shivering air,
  “2)Nizhoni! Nizhoni! Nizhoni!” Out of the darkness, a small kitten came running and answered the warm call.
  Nizhoni the kitten shook the snow off its cotton-like claws. The orange fire on the center floor of the room could be seen shining in the little cat’s glassy eyes as in a mirror. The girl’s hands firmly held the kitten as it tried to race back outside, then she closed the door. Nizhoni jumped and 3)bounced into the dark corner of the mudded logs of the walls. The children laughed at the funny cat, and Grandfather laughed with them. Then, the children asked Grandfather if they could hear the story of the cat once more. Grandfather put his boney back against the hard wall and began his story.
  Long time ago before your mother and father were born, our people suffered a terrible snowstorm. Our Great Spirit grew angry against the people for not obeying his commands. I must admit that I stupidly continued to get drunk on wine. I sold my best silver and jewels and our sheep and cows to buy more wine. I said false things about my neighbors. I beat your grandmother. I even stoned to death our cats when they came looking for food.
  In the first days of our past, the time of your great, great grandparents, there were few cats in the wild land. They were treated like dogs or horses. Cats used to sleep among the sheep or dogs, or they hid under the pile of firewood for warmth. Our food was given only to the more useful dogs. The cats hunted lizards, mice and even the people’s wastes for food. They were beaten if caught stealing food from our own supply or from the dogs’ meals. Sometimes the cats never lived to the next day during the cold nights. Anyway, your grandmother used to spread out sheep skins for the cats outside during cold nights.
  Six days and nights after the continuous snowstorm, 20 sheep and 13 goats froze to death. Our dogs and horses began to get sick. Your grandmother and I stayed up without sleep, night after night, caring for the animals. We built huge fires in the 4)corral and filled our house with the dying sheep and goats. Soon, we became very tired and weak. Our firewood burned out. In 19 days our hands froze blue from searching the snow for grasses. The snow got too deep for the horses, so we could not ride to get help from our neighbors who lived far beyond the eastern hills.
  One night, my head began to ache, and my body lost its strength then broke down, shivering with chills. At about mid-night, I lost all feeling and a terrible darkness filled my eyes. When I awoke I felt the cold touch of your grandmother. She told me that all the animals, including the horses and dogs, had died during my long sleep. I knew my death was coming. I begged her to leave me to die and try to make her go to our nearest neighbor. I told her to follow a 5)ridge where the snow might be thin and to take all the remaining food. I forced her to prepare me for 6)burial. She said prayers not for curing but for all the evils I have done. She closed the smoke hole and the door and left.  

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