Hans Christian Andersen’s Own Fairy Tale (I)
Donald and Louise Peattie
1 Once upon a time there was a poor boy who lived in Denmark. His father, a shoemaker, had died, and his mother had married again.
once upon a time 很久以前
2 One day the boy went to ask a favor of the Prince of Denmark. When the Prince asked him what he wanted, ?po??tri]['θ??t?]
the boy said, “I want to write plays in poetry and to act at the Royal Theater.”The Prince looked at the boy,at ?s?ns?b?l]
his big hands and feet, at his big nose and large serious eyes, and gave a sensible answer. “It is one thing to act in plays, another to write them. I tell you this for your own good; learn a useful trade like shoemaking. “
ask a favor for sb. 请某人帮忙
look at 看着
it is one thing to do…and (it is ) another (thing) to do…用来表示两件事虽有相似之处，但后一件难度大得多，不可混为一谈。
for your own good 为了你好
3 So the boy, who was not sensible at all, went home. There he took what little money he had, said good-bye to his mother and his stepfather and started out to seek his fortune. He was sure that someday the name Hans
Christian Andersen would be known all over Denmark.
not … at all 根本不，一点儿也不He doesn’t know the meaning at all.
start out 出发，动身They started out to look for the lost boy. We started out at 7 o’clock.
to seek one’s fortune 跋涉到异土他乡寻求功名和财富
4 To believe such a story one would have to believe in fairy tales! Hans Christian knew many such tales. He had heard some of them from his father, who had worked hard at his trade, but liked to read better than to make [??rebi?n]
shoes. In the evenings, he had read aloud from The Arabian Nights. His wife understood very little of the book, but the boy, pretending to sleep, understood every word.
believe in 相信，信任
work hard at 在……上下功夫
pretend to do sth.假装做某事
5 By day, Hans Christian went to a house where old women worked as weavers. There be listened to the tales that the women told as they worked at their weaving. In those days, there were almost as many tales in Denmark as there were people to tell them.
as many … as ………与……一样多
6 Among the tales told in the town of Odense, where Andersen was born in 1805, was one about a fairy who brought death to those who danced with her. To this tale, Hans Christian later added a story form his own life. 6安徒生1805出生于欧登塞，欧登塞流传的许多童话，其中有一则是讲述一位仙女把那些与她跳舞的人弄死的童话。在这则童话中，
add sth. to sth.加上Please add your name to the list.
7 Once, when his father was still alive, a young lady ordered a pair of red shoes. When she refused to pay for them, unhappiness filled the poor shoemaker’s house. From that small tragedy and the story of the dancing fairy, the shoemaker’s son years later wrote the story that millions of people now know as The Red Shoes. The
genius of Andersen is that he put so much of everyday life into the wonder of his fairy tales.
pay for sth. 支付……的费用
8 When Hans Christian’s mother was a little girl, she was sent out on the streets to beg. She did not want to beg, so she sat out of sight under one of the city bridges. She warmed her cold feet in her hands, for she had no shoes. She was afraid to go home. Years later, her son, in his pity for her and his anger at the world, wrote the angry story She’s No Good and the famous tale The little Match Girl.
be afraid to do sth. 害怕做某事
out of sight 从视线中消失(变得看不见)
The ship was soon out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind. (谚语：不见就忘)
9 Through his genius, he changed every early experience, even his father’s death, into a fairy tale. One cold day the boy had stood looking at the white patterns formed on the window by the frost. His father showed him a white, woman-like figure among the frost patterns. “That is the Snow Queen,” said the shoemaker. “Soon she will be coming for me.” A few months later he was dead. And years later, Andersen turned that sad experience
into a fairy tale, The Snow Queen.
change/turn … into …把……改变成……
will be coming 将来进行时，表示将来必然发生的事
10 After the Prince told him to learn a trade, Hans Christian went to Copenhagen. He was just fourteen years old at the time.
11When he arrived in the city, he went to see as many important people as he could find-dancers, writers and theater people of Copenhagen. But none of them lent a helping hand to the boy with the big hands, the big feet and the big nose. Finally, he had just seven pennies left.
arrive in/at 到达
lend a helping hand to sb. 帮某人一把
12 The boy had a beautiful high, clear voice. One day a music teacher heard him singing and decided to help him. He collected money from his friends and gave it to the boy so that he could buy food and clothing while he studied singing.
13 Hans Christian was happier than he had ever been in his life. But soon his boy’s voice broke. The beautiful high voice was gone forever.
was gone 不再存在，消失
14 The boy soon found new friends who admired his genius. There was even a princess who gave him a little money from time to time for food and clothes. But Hans Christian bought little food and no clothes. Instead, he bought books and went to the theater.
from time to time 时不时的，经常
Hans Andersen was born in a shoemaker's family.when he was a boy ,he wanted to become a writer and he wanted to write plays and act at the theater .Many people said that the boy was not sensible ,but be was sure that his dream would come true.When he was fourteen,he went to Copenhagen to seek his fortrne.There he went to see some theater people,but none of them lent a helping hand to him.soon he had just little money left.Several people gave him money to buy food and clothing,but the boy spent most money on books and went to the theater.
1.Once upon a time,there was a king who liked who liked horse very much.
2.The poor child didn't know what to do ,so he went to ask a favor of the Prince.
3.he is so wicked that I don't believe in him at all.
4.My English is poor so I have to work hard at it .
5.I am afraid to start out so early.
6.He adds some words to the vocabulary list from time to time.
7.SHe said that she could pay for these children's education.
8.Because of the low salary he can't pay for the rent .
9.Can you change this sentence into English?
10.I stared at the car until it was out of sight.
1.The cake tastes delicious.
2.That music sounds beautiful.
3.She appeared to be weak after she was sick.
4.It gets darker and darker.
5.This task seems to bo more difficult than we expected.
1. exceuse me, where are women’s shoes sold?
2. Finally we decided to meet at Peter and Helen’s house.
3. where has Mary gone? She has gone to the dentist’s.
4. How far is it from here to the library? It’s about 10 minutes’ trip.
5. Have you read today’s newspaper? Any news?
6. Please put your coat on the coat stand in the hall.
7. we feel tired after a day’s work.
8. There will be a Beethoven’s Piano Concert this afternoon.