The Three Brothers
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Once upon a time...
There was once upon a time a witch, who in the shape of a hawk1 used every night to break the windows of a certain village church. In the same village there lived three brothers, who were all determined2 to kill the mischievous3 hawk. But in vain did the two eldest4 mount guard in the church with their guns; as soon as the bird appeared high above their heads, sleep overpowered them, and they only awoke to hear the windows crashing in.

Then the youngest brother took his turn of guarding the windows, and to prevent his being overcome by sleep he placed a lot of thorns under his chin, so that if he felt drowsy5 and nodded his head, they would prick6 him and keep him awake.

The moon was already risen, and it was as light as day, when suddenly he heard a fearful noise, and at the same time a terrible desire to sleep overpowered him.

His eyelids7 closed, and his head sank on his shoulders, but the thorns ran into him and were so painful that he awoke at once. He saw the hawk swooping8 down upon the church, and in a moment he had seized his gun and shot at the bird. The hawk fell heavily under a big stone, severely9 wounded in its right wing. The youth ran to look at it, and saw that a huge abyss had opened below the stone. He went at once to fetch his brothers, and with their help dragged a lot of pine-wood and ropes to the spot. They fastened some of the burning pine-wood to the end of the rope, and let it slowly down to the bottom of the abyss. At first it was quite dark, and the flaming torch only lit up dirty grey stone walls. But the youngest brother determined to explore the abyss, and letting himself down by the rope he soon reached the bottom. Here he found a lovely meadow full of green trees and exquisite10 flowers.

In the middle of the meadow stood a huge stone castle, with an iron gate leading to it, which was wide open. Everything in the castle seemed to be made of copper11, and the only inhabitant he could discover was a lovely girl, who was combing her golden hair; and he noticed that whenever one of her hairs fell on the ground it rang out like pure metal. The youth looked at her more closely, and saw that her skin was smooth and fair, her blue eyes bright and sparkling, and her hair as golden as the sun. He fell in love with her on the spot, and kneeling at her feet, he implored12 her to become his wife.

The lovely girl accepted his proposal gladly; but at the same time she warned him that she could never come up to the world above till her mother, the old witch, was dead. And she went on to tell him that the only way in which the old creature could be killed was with the sword that hung up in the castle; but the sword was so heavy that no one could lift it.

Then the youth went into a room in the castle where everything was made of silver, and here he found another beautiful girl, the sister of his bride. She was combing her silver hair, and every hair that fell on the ground rang out like pure metal. The second girl handed him the sword, but though he tried with all his strength he could not lift it. At last a third sister came to him and gave him a drop of something to drink, which she said would give him the needful strength. He drank one drop, but still he could not lift the sword; then he drank a second, and the sword began to move; but only after he had drunk a third drop was he able to swing the sword over his head.

Then he hid himself in the castle and awaited the old witch's arrival. At last as it was beginning to grow dark she appeared. She swooped13 down upon a big apple-tree, and after shaking some golden apples from it, she pounced14 down upon the earth. As soon as her feet touched the ground she became transformed from a hawk into a woman. This was the moment the youth was waiting for, and he swung his mighty15 sword in the air with all his strength and the witch's head fell off, and her blood spurted16 up on the walls.

Without fear of any further danger, he packed up all the treasures of the castle into great chests, and gave his brothers a signal to pull them up out of the abyss. First the treasures were attached to the rope and then the three lovely girls. And now everything was up above and only he himself remained below. But as he was a little suspicious of his brothers, he fastened a heavy stone on to the rope and let them pull it up. At first they heaved with a will, but when the stone was half way up they let it drop suddenly, and it fell to the bottom broken into a hundred pieces.

'So that's what would have happened to my bones had I trusted myself to them,' said the youth sadly; and he began to cry bitterly, not because of the treasures, but because of the lovely girl with her swanlike neck and golden hair.

For a long time he wandered sadly all through the beautiful underworld, and one day he met a magician who asked him the cause of his tears. The youth told him all that had befallen him, and the magician said:

'Do not grieve, young man! If you will guard the children who are hidden in the golden apple-tree, I will bring you at once up to the earth. Another magician who lives in this land always eats my children up. It is in vain that I have hidden them under the earth and locked them into the castle. Now I have hidden them in the apple-tree; hide yourself there too, and at midnight you will see my enemy.'

The youth climbed up the tree, and picked some of the beautiful golden apples, which he ate for his supper.

At midnight the wind began to rise, and a rustling17 sound was heard at the foot of the tree. The youth looked down and beheld18 a long thick serpent beginning to crawl up the tree. It wound itself round the stem and gradually got higher and higher. It stretched its huge head, in which the eyes glittered fiercely, among the branches, searching for the nest in which the little children lay. They trembled with terror when they saw the hideous19 creature, and hid themselves beneath the leaves.

Then the youth swung his mighty sword in the air, and with one blow cut off the serpent's head. He cut up the rest of the body into little bits and strewed20 them to the four winds.

The father of the rescued children was so delighted over the death of his enemy that he told the youth to get on his back, and in this way he carried him up to the world above.

With what joy did he hurry now to his brothers' house! He burst into a room where they were all assembled, but no one knew who he was. Only his bride, who was serving as cook to her sisters, recognised her lover at once.

His brothers, who had quite believed he was dead, yielded him up his treasures at once, and flew into the woods in terror. But the good youth forgave them all they had done, and divided his treasures with them. Then he built himself a big castle with golden windows, and there he lived happily with his golden-haired wife till the end of their lives.


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1 hawk NeKxY     
n.鹰,骗子;鹰派成员
参考例句:
  1. The hawk swooped down on the rabbit and killed it.鹰猛地朝兔子扑下来,并把它杀死。
  2. The hawk snatched the chicken and flew away.老鹰叼了小鸡就飞走了。
2 determined duszmP     
adj.坚定的;有决心的
参考例句:
  1. I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  2. He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
3 mischievous mischievous     
adj.调皮的,恶作剧的,有害的,伤人的
参考例句:
  1. He is a mischievous but lovable boy.他是一个淘气但可爱的小孩。
  2. A mischievous cur must be tied short.恶狗必须拴得短。
4 eldest bqkx6     
adj.最年长的,最年老的
参考例句:
  1. The King's eldest son is the heir to the throne.国王的长子是王位的继承人。
  2. The castle and the land are entailed on the eldest son.城堡和土地限定由长子继承。
5 drowsy DkYz3     
adj.昏昏欲睡的,令人发困的
参考例句:
  1. Exhaust fumes made him drowsy and brought on a headache.废气把他熏得昏昏沉沉,还引起了头疼。
  2. I feel drowsy after lunch every day.每天午饭后我就想睡觉。
6 prick QQyxb     
v.刺伤,刺痛,刺孔;n.刺伤,刺痛
参考例句:
  1. He felt a sharp prick when he stepped on an upturned nail.当他踩在一个尖朝上的钉子上时,他感到剧烈的疼痛。
  2. He burst the balloon with a prick of the pin.他用针一戳,气球就爆了。
7 eyelids 86ece0ca18a95664f58bda5de252f4e7     
n.眼睑( eyelid的名词复数 );眼睛也不眨一下;不露声色;面不改色
参考例句:
  1. She was so tired, her eyelids were beginning to droop. 她太疲倦了,眼睑开始往下垂。
  2. Her eyelids drooped as if she were on the verge of sleep. 她眼睑低垂好像快要睡着的样子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 swooping ce659162690c6d11fdc004b1fd814473     
俯冲,猛冲( swoop的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The wind were swooping down to tease the waves. 大风猛扑到海面上戏弄着浪涛。
  2. And she was talking so well-swooping with swift wing this way and that. 而她却是那样健谈--一下子谈到东,一下子谈到西。
9 severely SiCzmk     
adv.严格地;严厉地;非常恶劣地
参考例句:
  1. He was severely criticized and removed from his post.他受到了严厉的批评并且被撤了职。
  2. He is severely put down for his careless work.他因工作上的粗心大意而受到了严厉的批评。
10 exquisite zhez1     
adj.精美的;敏锐的;剧烈的,感觉强烈的
参考例句:
  1. I was admiring the exquisite workmanship in the mosaic.我当时正在欣赏镶嵌画的精致做工。
  2. I still remember the exquisite pleasure I experienced in Bali.我依然记得在巴厘岛所经历的那种剧烈的快感。
11 copper HZXyU     
n.铜;铜币;铜器;adj.铜(制)的;(紫)铜色的
参考例句:
  1. The students are asked to prove the purity of copper.要求学生们检验铜的纯度。
  2. Copper is a good medium for the conduction of heat and electricity.铜是热和电的良导体。
12 implored 0b089ebf3591e554caa381773b194ff1     
恳求或乞求(某人)( implore的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. She implored him to stay. 她恳求他留下。
  2. She implored him with tears in her eyes to forgive her. 她含泪哀求他原谅她。
13 swooped 33b84cab2ba3813062b6e35dccf6ee5b     
俯冲,猛冲( swoop的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The aircraft swooped down over the buildings. 飞机俯冲到那些建筑物上方。
  2. The hawk swooped down on the rabbit and killed it. 鹰猛地朝兔子扑下来,并把它杀死。
14 pounced 431de836b7c19167052c79f53bdf3b61     
v.突然袭击( pounce的过去式和过去分词 );猛扑;一眼看出;抓住机会(进行抨击)
参考例句:
  1. As soon as I opened my mouth, the teacher pounced on me. 我一张嘴就被老师抓住呵斥了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. The police pounced upon the thief. 警察向小偷扑了过去。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
15 mighty YDWxl     
adj.强有力的;巨大的
参考例句:
  1. A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。
  2. The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。
16 spurted bdaf82c28db295715c49389b8ce69a92     
(液体,火焰等)喷出,(使)涌出( spurt的过去式和过去分词 ); (短暂地)加速前进,冲刺
参考例句:
  1. Water spurted out of the hole. 水从小孔中喷出来。
  2. Their guns spurted fire. 他们的枪喷射出火焰。
17 rustling c6f5c8086fbaf68296f60e8adb292798     
n. 瑟瑟声,沙沙声 adj. 发沙沙声的
参考例句:
  1. the sound of the trees rustling in the breeze 树木在微风中发出的沙沙声
  2. the soft rustling of leaves 树叶柔和的沙沙声
18 beheld beheld     
v.看,注视( behold的过去式和过去分词 );瞧;看呀;(叙述中用于引出某人意外的出现)哎哟
参考例句:
  1. His eyes had never beheld such opulence. 他从未见过这样的财富。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. The soul beheld its features in the mirror of the passing moment. 灵魂在逝去的瞬间的镜子中看到了自己的模样。 来自英汉文学 - 红字
19 hideous 65KyC     
adj.丑陋的,可憎的,可怕的,恐怖的
参考例句:
  1. The whole experience had been like some hideous nightmare.整个经历就像一场可怕的噩梦。
  2. They're not like dogs,they're hideous brutes.它们不像狗,是丑陋的畜牲。
20 strewed c21d6871b6a90e9a93a5a73cdae66155     
v.撒在…上( strew的过去式和过去分词 );散落于;点缀;撒满
参考例句:
  1. Papers strewed the floor. 文件扔了一地。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. Autumn leaves strewed the lawn. 草地上撒满了秋叶。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
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