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AMERICAN STORIES - The Wide Net

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因版权限制,VOA没有提供这期American Stories的文本,以下文本由热心网友听写,可能存在错误,特此提示。

Now, the weekly Special English program AMERICAN STORIES.

Our story today is called "the Wide Net". It was written by Eudora Welty. Here is Larry West with the story.

William Wallace Jameson's wife Hazel was going to have a baby, but this was October, and the baby wouldn't be borne until April. Hayzel acted as if it would come tomorrow.

She wouldn't speak to her husband when he came into the room. If he tried to touch her, she would run away from him, or stick out her tongue at him.

So one night, William Wallace went out with his friend Virgil Thomas. He didn't come home until the next morning. Hazel wasn't there when he got back. Instead, he found a letter from her. It said she was going to the river to drown herself.

He ran out of the house. As he ran, he shouted for Virgil Thomas, who had just gone into his own house. "I've lost Hazel," William Wallis cried to his friend. "She went to drown herself in the river." "Why? that's not like Hazel." said Virgil.

William Wallace reached out and shook Virgil, "We have to drag the river with a wide net." "Who will get to help us pull the net through the river?" Virgil scratched his head, "I'll get the Doyles and you go get the Malones." he said. They met again 15 minutes later. "Here come all the Malones." said William Wallace. "I ask four of them to come help. But the rest of the family invited themselves." "Don't they always do just that?" said Virgil.

From the other direction, came the Doyles with the eggs from their breakfasts still on their faces. The whole crowd went to see Dock. Old Dock owned the wide net. He had a house on top of the hill.

And he sat outside it on his rocking chair. "Now what?" he asked when everyone had arrived and stood in front of him. William Wallace stepped forward, "If nobody else is using your wide net, could we use it?" Virgil Thomas pushed William Wallace aside, "We got a reason to think William Wallace's wife is in the river, drowned." Dock gave a long, low whistle. "Hazel is the prettiest girl in Mississippi." he said. "A golden hair girl, I never saw a prettier one. Never will." He got to speak and said, "I'm coming with you."

They followed the path that took them through the deep woods and to the Pearl River. They walked in silence near William Wallace. They would not let him carry anything. Soon the smell of the river spread over the woods.

"We're in the changing time." Dock said. "Any day now the change will come. It's gone the turn from hot to cold, and the old man winter will be standing in the door."

They walked down and suddenly they reached the river. Everyone stopped, but Dock talked down as though nothing had happened. "Only today," he said, "today in October Sun, it's all gold. The sky, the trees, the water. Just the all changes, everything seems to be made of gold." William Wallace looked down. He thought of Hazel's shining eyes. He could see her in his thoughts, sitting at home like a piece of pure gold, too precious to touch. The men began to unfold the wide net. It was very old and had been used a lot.

There in the Ocotober light, it looked golden, too. Since the net was so wide, it was able to reach across the entire river. Splashing sounds filled the air, the Malones with great groans swam across the river. The Doyles stayed near Virgil Thomas. Each group grabed an end of the net and began walking along the riverside. Dock got in a rowboat and followed the parade from the middle of the river.

William Wallace swam in front of the wide net, diving down under water. The dogs chased up and down in and out of the water and in and out of the woods. Where the leaf fell on the river, it trembled gently. The willow trees leaned over the water.

Their long branches hung like green waterfalls in the morning air. The men were catching lots of fish in the net, big ones and little ones. William Wallace caught more of the big fish than anyone else. He and the others put ropes through the fish's mouth, and pulled them through the water behind them. They caught other things, too. Old shoes, a lady's necklace and a baby alligator. "It's time we ate some of these fish." said Virgil.

They all gathered by a clearing near the river and built a fire, then among clouds of smoke, they cooked and ate fish. They ate until they all were so full, they could need any more. The men one by one, they all fell asleep. The thunder woke them up. Lightning flashed in the sky looked black. All color left the world. The golden afternoon was just memory. A wind touched each man on his forehead.

They ran under some trees as hard drops of rain began to fall. The rain fell heavily. When the sudden storm ended, the man looked up the river ahead of them. "Look," said Virgil, "we've come almost to town." There just beyond the trees is Dover. It had rained there, too. And the town looked somehow like new.

The way be heat of the late afternoon came down as the men entered the main street. William Wallace walked through the town as if he did not see or hear anything. He carried his great capture of fish high. So that everybody could see it. Virgil came next, imitating William Wallace exactly. Then came the Doyels and the Malones, tossing their fish in the air.

Behind the entire crowd, walked Dock. The whole town of Dover came out to watch the men. People came out of their houses, the stores and the post offices. "Did you ever see so many fish?" said the people of Dover.

As the sun went down, Dock climbed the hill to his house. He sat down in his rocking chair and lit his pipe. William Wallace hung up the wide net, while Virgil Thomas waited for him. Then they both went to say good night to Dock. "Well now," said Dock when they came up. "I've never seen a better river dragging." "But," Virgil objected, "we didn't catch Hazel." Dock took the pipe out of his mouth. "She wasn't there." he said. "Girls don't like water. And they don't jump in rivers just because they are angry with their husbands. Remember that!" William Wallace looked up, "Didn't you think this morning she had drowned herself?" "Not even once." Dock said.

Virgil and William Wallace walked home slowly. When they reached Virgil's house, Virgil said "good night" and went inside. William Wallace was alone.

When he got to his own house, William Wallace saw something he had never seen before in his life. There, curved over his roof, was a rainbow at night. The moon was out, and its light fell on the little rainbow. It made William Wallace think of a lady's summer dress. The stars showed through the rainbow.

William Wallace walked into his house. Someone called his name. The voice came from the bedroom. "What do you want?" he yelled. Then the bedroom door opened, and there was Hazel! She had not changed at all! "Supper was ready." she said. "I was wondering if you were coming home tonight. Go wash yourself for dinner." They sat on the front steps of their house after dinner. "Where were you this morning when I came in?" asked William Wallace. "I was hiding." she said. "I had just finished writing the letter."  He looked at her,"Did you watch me while I was reading it?" "Yes." she laughed. "I was so close to you that you could have put out your hand and touched me." He bit his lip and pulled her into his arms. "Do you think you'll do it again?" he whispered, holding her tightly.

She tried to free herself for a few seconds and then she suddenly relaxed in his arms. "I'll do it again if I feel like it." she said, smiling into his eyes. It was if he had chased her and captured her again. After a few minutes, she took his hand and led him into the house.

You have just heared the story "the wide net", written by Eudora Welty. It was adapted for Special English by Doneld Sanktice. With permission from R. and B. library agency New York. This story is copyrighted. All rights reserved. Your storyteller was Larry West. For VOA Special English, this is Shirley Griffith.

网友的学习评论(6条):
作者:Melody
The testing for the husband in this way is too much . If you love someone , you should tell him how you feel about him and if he is doing something not nice , let him know so that he can improve it next time . Respect and be honest to each other can maintain the love forever . Testing is not necessary if you have the true love .
作者:selinda
it is a interesting story and i leaned something about ~~~~~
作者:May
Men like catching fish with the wide net. They have fun while doing that.
作者:holly
a beauty story
作者:Maggie
网友的听写文章里有两处错误:1. Just the all changes, 应该是Just before changes. 2.There just beyond the trees is Dover. 应该是There just beyond the trees was Dover
作者:Elendir
A joke
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