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AMERICAN STORIES - Here It Comes, There It Goes

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Our story today is called "Here It Comes, There It Goes." It was written by Margaret Haggard. Here is Shep O' Neil with our story.

I never thought that my clock, my beautiful old clock would make the town laugh at me, but it did.

One day, two strangers came in and sat down. "Welcome to my hotel." I said, and told them what they could have to eat. While they ate, I happily thought about what they owed me, it was a lot of money. They were just finishing their coffee when they began to argue.

"I tell you Farence, it can not be done." the younger man said. The other one hit the table until my dishes rattled, "Anyone can do it." he shouted, "Even this hotel owner could do it." Since they were talking about me, I went over to their table. "Could do what, gentleman?" I asked. The younger one did not look at me. "I will bet fifty dollars he can not do it." he said in a quiet voice. "Cannot do what, gentleman?" I asked again. The older man smiled at me."Why?" he said, "My friend and I were looking at your fine clock over there." "Oh, a fine clock, a very old one." I said. "My father brought it to this country."

"We were looking at the slow steady swing of pendulum as it counts the seconds." the young one said, "And my friend said it would be easy to stand in front of the clock for one hour. To stand without moving and say 'Here it comes, there it goes.' as the clock's pendulum swings back and fore." That would be easy, I laughed. Why? I have stood and watched my clock for longer than an hour. "Would you like to bet on that?", the young man said, looking at me seriously. "I will pay you fifty dollars if you can do it, you pay me if you can not."

"Fifty dollars?" I asked, it seemed a lot of money for such an easy trick. "Yes." he answered. Then he looked around the empty restaurant and said "If it is too much, we will bet only twenty five dollars." That did something to me, so they thought I was too poor to bet fifty dollars. "I will bet one hundred dollars." I cried, I wished I had beaten my tongue the minute the words were out, it was all the money I had. Without another word, he brought out one hundred dollars and gave them to his friend, "Here, Farence." he said, "You hold the money for us." I gave Farence my money too. he did not count it, but put it with the other money. "He trusts me." I thought, "A true gentleman."

I decided to give them the dinner free if I won the bet. "These are the rules." the old man said, put his gold watch on the table. "You must stand there looking at the clock for one hour. Every time the pendulum swings, you say 'Here it comes, there it goes,' do you understand?" "Yes." I answered smiling. I felt that the money was already in my pocket. "I agree to that too" the young one said, nodding his head. "Very good." I said, and went over to the clock.

It hung on the wall above a shelf filled with my best dishes. I stood there with my back toward the men. "Begin now." ordered the older one. "Here it comes, there it goes. Here it comes, there it goes..." I started to say in a loud clear voice. While I spoke these words, I thought about many things. "First, I thank to God for my fine old clock, this old clock might help me get money for my son's education, then I could buy a new coat for my wife Sarah. Perhaps, I could even buy a walking stick for myself. Yes the hundred dollars would go quickly. And so the minutes past."

Seven, sixteen, twenty-eight, then I heard someone come in and close the door. I recognized the voice of my old friend Laizar, "Michaelson." he cried, "What's wrong? Why are you standing there talking to a clock? Have you lost your mind?" The two strangers said nothing. This made me angry. I decided I would make them pay for their dinner. Laizar began to pray. "Dear God help this poor man, look Michaelson." he said gently, "I will get your coat and take you outside for a walk, fresh air might help you." I kept saying "Here it comes, there it goes".

"Michaelson." he said, his voice sick with emotion. "Let me take you home to your wife Sarah" I heard Laizar come near me, I was afraid he would pull me outside, then I would lose the hundred dollars. I got so worried, I took a dish and threw it over my shoulder at him, it missed. "He is getting violent." Laizar said. "Michaelson, listen to me, you can stand there and say anything you like, just stay there one minute longer, do not move, I will be right back, one minute!" He rushed outside.

"Here it comes, there it goes." I continued in my angriest voice. I wanted those strangers to know how I thought about them. They should have explained the bet to Laizar. They surely did not act like gentlemen

"The minutes went by slowly, oh so slowly!" Then the door opened again. "Hey, Michaelson", someone yelled, after the next words I knew it was Naufmann, the tailor. "What are you doing?" Naufmann is a fine tailor but a very stupid man. When I did not answer, he ran out the hotel. In less than three minutes he was back again with a crowed of people. They all talked at same time. "He is sick in the mind" one said. "It's true." said another, "But what can we do?", "We must take him to a hospital." shouted others. Then I was really angry. Forty seven minutes of my hour gone, and these fools might try to stop me. I took two more dishes and threw them over my head, this time I did not miss.

"How could I in such a crowded place?" Then, suddenly, everything was quiet. I could hear someone softly walking toward me. I waited until I thought he was close enough, then I kick out behind me. Poor Naufmann, he yelled in pain. "Get a rope!" he shouted, "A rope, we must tie his arms and feet." Two of them ran off to find one. I prayed they would not return until the hour was gone. After a minute, I heard the door opened and shouted again. "Let him alone all of you", it was my old friend Laizar, his voice shaking with worry.

"Here it comes, there it goes", I kept saying for the two strangers, "It must be a weakness in the brain", I heard grandpa Sadecer say "His aunt Viola died the same way, she counted features, features for her wedding day." "Here it comes, there it goes" I said, thinking that grandpa was a foolish old man. Nobody spoke, it was so quiet, the sound of the clock seemed loud. Fifty eight minutes gone, only two minutes and one hundred dollars would be mine. My voice was getting weak and my mouth was dry. Then, again, I heard the door open, and a crying of a woman filled my ears, it was my wife Sarah. "Oh, please, please!" I prayed, "do not let her come near me, I could not throw anything at my wife, not even one small dish." Ten seconds, three, two, one.

I quickly turned around, "I won! I won!" I shouted, "Give me the hundred dollars." nobody moved, they all looked at me, "My one hundred dollars." I yelled, "And the two strangers, where are they? What have you done with them? They were sitting right over there at that table." I told the story many times before they believed me. And when they did, the sound of their laughter could be heard in the next town. So that's why they called me "Here It Comes, There It Goes Michaelson," and that's why anyone who comes into my hotel always asks "Can you tell me what time it is?" and goes away laughing hard.

You have heard the American Stories "Here It Comes, There It Goes." written by Margaret Haggard. Your storyteller was Shep O' Neil, the producer was Lawan Davis. The story was published by Random House in Best College Writing of 1961. This story is copyrighted, all rights reserved.

Listen again next week at the same time for another American Story told in Special English on the Voice Of America. This is Shirley Griffith.

网友的学习评论(20条):
作者:houjunying
what a honest man , I think he won the belive of the persens in the town.
作者:xiaofenfen
How fool the man was. The 100 dollars was so tempting for him that he ignored everyone who tried to stop him, even his wife can’t make him waver. He believed the two strangers without any precautionary measures. But he was also lucky that he only lost 100 dollars. They two strangers could have taken anything they wanted in the hotel, but they didn’t. The experience I gain from this story is thinking carefully before do it and don’t trust strangers easily.160700322.
作者:xiaofenfen
This American story tells that a restaurant owner was laught at by many people becaues he was cheated by two strangers. In order to attain 100 dollars, he wasn't concerned about many persons around him who cared for him very much. After persisting in looking the clock for an hour, two strangers had gone. It's his desire for money that made him absolutely forget himself. Everyone could think about one thing carefully and calmly before doing it. Trusting strangers wholely is dangerous. 160300618
作者:xiaofenfen
After hearing this story,I have learned a lot.The hero in this story is too stupid.When he made the bet with two strangers man,only have money in his mind.The two strangers is the typical of swindler .But the hero trust them.To be honest,he never suspect them because of the one hundred dollars. So,I have understood some well­known saying.The first is“A gentleman makes money in right ways”.Nowadays,there are many people who do immoral things for money.They same to be richer fast.
作者:xiaofenfen
But,they are not rich.They have lost a lot of things for their mind.And they will get the bad results someday.The second is “Don’t trust others easily”.There are too many people fooled you in our life.So don’t trust every word people said.That doesn’t say you will suspect everyone.But you should think some word seriously.
作者:xiaofenfen
In our life,everyone want to be a wise person but a lot of people can’t do it.So we should think more for everything.Let’s start our beautiful life.Don’t repeat the mistake of Michaelson.
作者:xiaofenfen
The story I read tells two strangers’ joke on the man. One day, two strangers in the hotel fought for whether the shopkeeper could stand before the clock and say “H it comes, there it goes” as the clock’s pendulum swing back and fore for an hour. If he does that, he could gain one hundred dollars, or he must pay 100 dollars. 160700322,陈艺星。
作者:xiaofenfen
The shopkeeper believed the two strangers and did that. As the time passed, more and more people noticed him and cared him, even his friends and wife tried to stop him. But he just stayed there and prayed nobody to disturb him. Therefore, all of them thought him to be sick. Eventually ,an hour passed and he turned back to look for the two strangers to ask for money but none of them was there. 160700322,陈艺星。
作者:xiaofenfen
Yes, we all guess that them played joke on him. Poor mam, since this joke he was called “Here It Come, There It Goes Michaelson”.How fool the man was. The 100 dollars was so tempting for him that he ignored everyone who tried to stop him, even his wife can’t make him waver. He believed the two strangers without any precautionary measures.160700322,陈艺星。
作者:xiaofenfen
But he was also lucky that he only lost 100 dollars. They two strangers could have taken anything they wanted in the hotel, but they didn’t. The experience I gain from this story is thinking carefully before do it and don’t trust strangers easily. 160700322,陈艺星。
作者:xiaofenfen
老师,以上四条均为160700322陈艺星所发。
作者:xiaofenfen
We are always willing not to acting as a fool,but sometimes voracity can make us do that.All of us should get a idea from the story,which is that we couldn't believe or bet with others just for money,especially with strangers.(第一段)160300630.
作者:xiaofenfen
In this story,the hero chose to insisted on the stupid bet instead of explaining the reason to his friends,so that more and more people who haven't konwn what had happened come to his restaurant to try to help him.And of course the hero become the fool which is famous all over the town.(第二段)160300630.
作者:xiaofenfen
Greed is a sin, we are always puzzled by money or power, and then make the wrong judgment, blindly pursue money, thus making the person beside or waking his sarcasm. Money can attack our thinking, corrupt our thoughts.We need to think about the value of money, right there is a kind of how much how much faith, not worthwhile dreams. (观点1)160200508
作者:xiaofenfen
Greed is a sin, we are always puzzled by money or power, and then make the wrong judgment, blindly pursue money, thus making the person beside or waking his sarcasm. Money can attack our thinking, corrupt our thoughts.We need to think about the value of money, right there is a kind of how much how much faith, not worthwhile dreams. (观点1)160200508
作者:xiaofenfen
Trust is a person to get along with virtue, is the foundation of social harmony. But there are still some deception to gain an advantage, complete their ulterior purpose. So the heart of the people do not, we still need to use critical thinking to think about the people and things in life, to achieve a kind of mutual trust. (观点二)160200508
作者:xiaofenfen
Trust is a person to get along with virtue, is the foundation of social harmony. But there are still some deception to gain an advantage, complete their ulterior purpose. So the heart of the people do not, we still need to use critical thinking to think about the people and things in life, to achieve a kind of mutual trust. (观点二)160200508
作者:xiaofenfen
Self-centered person always no good end, to listen to the opinions of others. Not stubborn insist on his own thinking, as the protagonist, self-righteous staring at the pendulum, don't listen to the opinions of the good friends, and even with kind of a plate to help him. Was finally friends think ill, not only did not get money, and laughed at by the whole town people(观点三)160200508
作者:xiaofenfen
After reading this story,I abruptly feel like asking myself if I will be lost in money someday.Money is magical for human beings.That's why the restaurant owner looks like a simpleton.Although his neighbors and friend go to care about him,however he threws the dishes to them.Because money is essential for him.In the end,both the tough time and the two strangers have gone,too.He is known by the whole town.In my opinion,we shouldn't imagine that biscuit doesn't belong to us original.160300424
作者:xiaofenfen
After reading this story,I have learned a lot.The hero of this story is too stupid.When he made the bet with two strangers man,only have money in his mind.He should make money in right way.Nobody can get rich instantly.And he shouldn't trust strange people easily.So,this is what he deserve.I think he will not make mistakes like that.The two strangers are smart enough.But they shouldn't lie to the hero. 160700112 郭立东
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