Echo

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厄科(回音)的遭遇确实可怜,令人同情;但我们更要感谢她,因为当我们身在荒僻孤寂的地方时,还有她的话音陪伴着我们呢!

 
                   Echo was a nymph who talked too much. She was very fond of having the last word. One day she spoke rudely to the great Juno, who said that for this offense Echo should never use her voice again, unless to repeat what she had just heard, but since she was so very fond of last words, she might repeat the last words of others.
                   This was almost as bad as if Juno had changed her into a parrot. Echo was very much ashamed and hid herself in the forest.
                   Narcissus , a young man who had hair as yellow as gold and eyes as blue as the sky,- a very rare thing in Greece, where most people were very dark,- used to hunt in the forest where Echo was hiding. As she was peeping out shyly from some cave or from behind a great tree. Echo often saw Narcissus, and she admired him very much.
                   One day Narcissus became separated from his friends, and hearing something rustle among the leaves, he called out, "Who's here?"
                  "Here," answered Echo.
                  "Here I am. Come!" said Narcissus.  "I am come,"said Echo; and,as she spoke,she came out from among the trees.
                  When Narcissus saw a stranger,instead of one of his friends as he had expected,he looked surprised and walked quickly away.
                  After this,Echo never came out and never allowed herself to be seen again,and in time she faded away till she became a voice.
                  This voice was heard for many,many years in forests and among mountains,particularly in caves. In their solitary  walks,hunters often heard it. Sometimes it mocked the barking of their dogs; sometimes it repeated their own last words .It always had a weird and mournful sound,and seemed to make lonely places more lonely still.
注释
1·此篇Echo和以下两则故事都选自希腊和罗马神话故事。
2·nymph   n·   (希神)居于山林水泽的仙女
3·Juno  朱诺主神朱庇特的妻子,天后,司婚姻的女神。
4·for this offense  因为这冒犯
5·unless to  repeat= unless she used her voice to repeat除非她用她的声音重加覆诵
6·Narcissus那喀索斯(希腊神活里一个爱上自己水中倒影以致淹死而变为水仙的美少年.)(见下则故事)
7·I am come=I have come   实际上是重复那喀索斯说的最后三个词。
8,in their solitary walks在他们单独行走时
9. a weird and mournful sound一个古怪而悲哀的声音
10·make lonely places more lonely still      使孤寂的地方更为孤寂
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