The Snow Man
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Once upon a time...
'How astonishingly cold it is! My body is cracking all over!' said the Snow-man. 'The wind is really cutting one's very life out! And how that fiery1 thing up there glares!' He meant the sun, which was just setting. 'It sha'n't make me blink, though, and I shall keep quite cool and collected.'

Instead of eyes he had two large three-cornered pieces of slate2 in his head; his mouth consisted of an old rake, so that he had teeth as well.

He was born amidst the shouts and laughter of the boys, and greeted by the jingling3 bells and cracking whips of the sledges4.

The sun went down, the full moon rose, large, round, clear and beautiful, in the dark blue sky.

'There it is again on the other side!' said the Snow-man, by which he meant the sun was appearing again. 'I have become quite accustomed to its glaring. I hope it will hang there and shine, so that I may be able to see myself. I wish I knew, though, how one ought to see about changing one's position. I should very much like to move about. If I only could, I would glide5 up and down the ice there, as I saw the boys doing; but somehow or other, I don't know how to run.'

'Bow-wow!' barked the old yard-dog; he was rather hoarse6 and couldn't bark very well. His hoarseness7 came on when he was a house-dog and used to lie in front of the stove. 'The sun will soon teach you to run! I saw that last winter with your predecessor8, and farther back still with his predecessors9! They have all run away!'

'I don't understand you, my friend,' said the Snow-man. 'That thing up there is to teach me to run?' He meant the moon. 'Well, it certainly did run just now, for I saw it quite plainly over there, and now here it is on this side.'

'You know nothing at all about it,' said the yard-dog. 'Why, you have only just been made. The thing you see there is the moon; the other thing you saw going down the other side was the sun. He will come up again tomorrow morning, and will soon teach you how to run away down the gutter10. The weather is going to change; I feel it already by the pain in my left hind-leg; the weather is certainly going to change.'

'I can't understand him,' said the Snow-man; 'but I have an idea that he is speaking of something unpleasant. That thing that glares so, and then disappears, the sun, as he calls it, is not my friend. I know that by instinct.'

'Bow-wow!' barked the yard-dog, and walked three times round himself, and then crept into his kennel11 to sleep. The weather really did change. Towards morning a dense12 damp fog lay over the whole neighbourhood; later on came an icy wind, which sent the frost packing. But when the sun rose, it was a glorious sight. The trees and shrubs13 were covered with rime14, and looked like a wood of coral, and every branch was thick with long white blossoms. The most delicate twigs15, which are lost among the foliage16 in summer-time, came now into prominence17, and it was like a spider's web of glistening18 white. The lady-birches waved in the wind; and when the sun shone, everything glittered and sparkled as if it were sprinkled with diamond dust, and great diamonds were lying on the snowy carpet.

'Isn't it wonderful?' exclaimed a girl who was walking with a young man in the garden. They stopped near the Snow-man, and looked at the glistening trees. 'Summer cannot show a more beautiful sight,' she said, with her eyes shining.

'And one can't get a fellow like this in summer either,' said the young man, pointing to the Snow-man. 'He's a beauty!'

The girl laughed, and nodded to the Snow-man, and then they both danced away over the snow.

'Who were those two?' asked the Snow-man of the yard-dog. 'You have been in this yard longer than I have. Do you know who they are?'

'Do I know them indeed?' answered the yard-dog. 'She has often stroked me, and he has given me bones. I don't bite either of them!'

'But what are they?' asked the Snow-man.

'Lovers!' replied the yard-dog. 'They will go into one kennel and gnaw19 the same bone!'

'Are they the same kind of beings that we are?' asked the Snow-man.

'They are our masters,' answered the yard-dog. 'Really people who have only been in the world one day know very little.' That's the conclusion I have come to. Now I have age and wisdom; I know everyone in the house, and I can remember a time when I was not lying here in a cold kennel. Bow-wow!'

'The cold is splendid,' said the Snow-man. 'Tell me some more. But don't rattle20 your chain so, it makes me crack!'

'Bow-wow!' barked the yard-dog. 'They used to say I was a pretty little fellow; then I lay in a velvet-covered chair in my master's house. My mistress used to nurse me, and kiss and fondle me, and call me her dear, sweet little Alice! But by-and-by I grew too big, and I was given to the housekeeper21, and I went into the kitchen. You can see into it from where you are standing22; you can look at the room in which I was master, for so I was when I was with the housekeeper. Of course it was a smaller place than upstairs, but it was more comfortable, for I wasn't chased about and teased by the children as I had been before. My food was just as good, or even better. I had my own pillow, and there was a stove there, which at this time of year is the most beautiful thing in the world. I used to creep right under that stove. Ah me! I often dream of that stove still! Bow-wow!'

'Is a stove so beautiful?' asked the Snow-man. 'Is it anything like me?'

'It is just the opposite of you! It is coal-black, and has a long neck with a brass23 pipe. It eats firewood, so that fire spouts24 out of its mouth. One has to keep close beside it-quite underneath25 is the nicest of all. You can see it through the window from where you are standing.'

And the Snow-man looked in that direction, and saw a smooth polished object with a brass pipe. The flicker26 from the fire reached him across the snow. The Snow-man felt wonderfully happy, and a feeling came over him which he could not express; but all those who are not snow-men know about it.

'Why did you leave her?' asked the Snow-man. He had a feeling that such a being must be a lady. 'How could you leave such a place?'

'I had to!' said the yard-dog. 'They turned me out of doors, and chained me up here. I had bitten the youngest boy in the leg, because he took away the bone I was gnawing27; a bone for a bone, I thought! But they were very angry, and from that time I have been chained here, and I have lost my voice. Don't you hear how hoarse I am? Bow-wow! I can't speak like other dogs. Bow-wow! That was the end of happiness!'

The Snow-man, however, was not listening to him any more; he was looking into the room where the housekeeper lived, where the stove stood on its four iron legs, and seemed to be just the same size as the Snow-man.

'How something is cracking inside me!' he said. 'Shall I never be able to get in there? It is certainly a very innocent wish, and our innocent wishes ought to be fulfilled. I must get there, and lean against the stove, if I have to break the window first!'

'You will never get inside there!' said the yard-dog; 'and if you were to reach the stove you would disappear. Bow-wow!'

'I'm as good as gone already!' answered the Snow-man. 'I believe I'm breaking up!'

The whole day the Snow-man looked through the window; towards dusk the room grew still more inviting28; the stove gave out a mild light, not at all like the moon or even the sun; no, as only a stove can shine, when it has something to feed upon. When the door of the room was open, it flared29 up-this was one of its peculiarities30; it flickered31 quite red upon the Snow-man's white face.

'I can't stand it any longer!' he said. 'How beautiful it looks with its tongue stretched out like that!'

It was a long night, but the Snow-man did not find it so; there he stood, wrapt in his pleasant thoughts, and they froze, so that he cracked.

Next morning the panes32 of the kitchen window were covered with ice, and the most beautiful ice-flowers that even a snow-man could desire, only they blotted33 out the stove. The window would not open; he couldn't see the stove which he thought was such a lovely lady. There was a cracking and cracking inside him and all around; there was just such a frost as a snow-man would delight in. But this Snow-man was different: how could he feel happy?

'Yours is a bad illness for a Snow-man!' said the yard-dog. 'I also suffered from it, but I have got over it. Bow-wow!' he barked. 'The weather is going to change!' he added.

The weather did change. There came a thaw34.

When this set in the Snow-man set off. He did not say anything, and he did not complain, and those are bad signs.

One morning he broke up altogether. And lo! where he had stood there remained a broomstick standing upright, round which the boys had built him!

'Ah! now I understand why he loved the stove,' said the yard-dog. 'That is the raker they use to clean out the stove! The Snow-man had a stove-raker in his body! That's what was the matter with him! And now it's all over with him! Bow-wow!'

And before long it was all over with the winter too! 'Bow-wow!' barked the hoarse yard-dog.

But the young girl sang:

Woods, your bright green garments don! Willows35, your woolly gloves put on! Lark36 and cuckoo, daily sing-- February has brought the spring! My heart joins in your song so sweet; Come out, dear sun, the world to greet!

And no one thought of the Snow-man.


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1 fiery ElEye     
adj.燃烧着的,火红的;暴躁的;激烈的
参考例句:
  1. She has fiery red hair.她有一头火红的头发。
  2. His fiery speech agitated the crowd.他热情洋溢的讲话激动了群众。
2 slate uEfzI     
n.板岩,石板,石片,石板色,候选人名单;adj.暗蓝灰色的,含板岩的;vt.用石板覆盖,痛打,提名,预订
参考例句:
  1. The nominating committee laid its slate before the board.提名委员会把候选人名单提交全体委员会讨论。
  2. What kind of job uses stained wood and slate? 什么工作会接触木头污浊和石板呢?
3 jingling 966ec027d693bb9739d1c4843be19b9f     
叮当声
参考例句:
  1. A carriage went jingling by with some reclining figure in it. 一辆马车叮当驶过,车上斜倚着一个人。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  2. Melanie did not seem to know, or care, that life was riding by with jingling spurs. 媚兰好像并不知道,或者不关心,生活正马刺丁当地一路驶过去了呢。
4 sledges 1d20363adfa0dc73f0640410090d5153     
n.雪橇,雪车( sledge的名词复数 )v.乘雪橇( sledge的第三人称单数 );用雪橇运载
参考例句:
  1. Sledges run well over frozen snow. 雪橇在冻硬了的雪上顺利滑行。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. They used picks and sledges to break the rocks. 他们用[镐和撬]来打碎这些岩石。 来自互联网
5 glide 2gExT     
n./v.溜,滑行;(时间)消逝
参考例句:
  1. We stood in silence watching the snake glide effortlessly.我们噤若寒蝉地站着,眼看那条蛇逍遥自在地游来游去。
  2. So graceful was the ballerina that she just seemed to glide.那芭蕾舞女演员翩跹起舞,宛如滑翔。
6 hoarse 5dqzA     
adj.嘶哑的,沙哑的
参考例句:
  1. He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶哑的声音问了我一个问题。
  2. He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他过于激动,嗓子都喊哑了。
7 hoarseness lrnzRm     
n.嘶哑, 刺耳
参考例句:
  1. His hoarseness and coughing showed that he had contracted a cold. 他嗓音嘶哑又咳嗽,这表明他患了感冒。
  2. Occasionally, recurrent laryngeal nerve involvement causes hoarseness. 有时,喉返神经受累引起声音嘶哑。
8 predecessor qP9x0     
n.前辈,前任
参考例句:
  1. It will share the fate of its predecessor.它将遭受与前者同样的命运。
  2. The new ambassador is more mature than his predecessor.新大使比他的前任更成熟一些。
9 predecessors b59b392832b9ce6825062c39c88d5147     
n.前任( predecessor的名词复数 );前辈;(被取代的)原有事物;前身
参考例句:
  1. The new government set about dismantling their predecessors' legislation. 新政府正着手废除其前任所制定的法律。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. Will new plan be any more acceptable than its predecessors? 新计划比原先的计划更能令人满意吗? 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 gutter lexxk     
n.沟,街沟,水槽,檐槽,贫民窟
参考例句:
  1. There's a cigarette packet thrown into the gutter.阴沟里有个香烟盒。
  2. He picked her out of the gutter and made her a great lady.他使她脱离贫苦生活,并成为贵妇。
11 kennel axay6     
n.狗舍,狗窝
参考例句:
  1. Sporting dogs should be kept out of doors in a kennel.猎狗应该养在户外的狗窝中。
  2. Rescued dogs are housed in a standard kennel block.获救的狗被装在一个标准的犬舍里。
12 dense aONzX     
a.密集的,稠密的,浓密的;密度大的
参考例句:
  1. The general ambushed his troops in the dense woods. 将军把部队埋伏在浓密的树林里。
  2. The path was completely covered by the dense foliage. 小路被树叶厚厚地盖了一层。
13 shrubs b480276f8eea44e011d42320b17c3619     
灌木( shrub的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. The gardener spent a complete morning in trimming those two shrubs. 园丁花了整个上午的时间修剪那两处灌木林。
  2. These shrubs will need more light to produce flowering shoots. 这些灌木需要更多的光照才能抽出开花的新枝。
14 rime lDvye     
n.白霜;v.使蒙霜
参考例句:
  1. The field was covered with rime in the early morning.清晨地里覆盖着一层白霜。
  2. Coleridge contributed the famous Rime of the Ancient Mariner.柯勒律治贡献了著名的《老水手之歌》。
15 twigs 17ff1ed5da672aa443a4f6befce8e2cb     
细枝,嫩枝( twig的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. Some birds build nests of twigs. 一些鸟用树枝筑巢。
  2. Willow twigs are pliable. 柳条很软。
16 foliage QgnzK     
n.叶子,树叶,簇叶
参考例句:
  1. The path was completely covered by the dense foliage.小路被树叶厚厚地盖了一层。
  2. Dark foliage clothes the hills.浓密的树叶覆盖着群山。
17 prominence a0Mzw     
n.突出;显著;杰出;重要
参考例句:
  1. He came to prominence during the World Cup in Italy.他在意大利的世界杯赛中声名鹊起。
  2. This young fashion designer is rising to prominence.这位年轻的时装设计师的声望越来越高。
18 glistening glistening     
adj.闪耀的,反光的v.湿物闪耀,闪亮( glisten的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  1. Her eyes were glistening with tears. 她眼里闪着晶莹的泪花。
  2. Her eyes were glistening with tears. 她眼睛中的泪水闪着柔和的光。 来自《用法词典》
19 gnaw E6kyH     
v.不断地啃、咬;使苦恼,折磨
参考例句:
  1. Dogs like to gnaw on a bone.狗爱啃骨头。
  2. A rat can gnaw a hole through wood.老鼠能啃穿木头。
20 rattle 5Alzb     
v.飞奔,碰响;激怒;n.碰撞声;拨浪鼓
参考例句:
  1. The baby only shook the rattle and laughed and crowed.孩子只是摇着拨浪鼓,笑着叫着。
  2. She could hear the rattle of the teacups.她听见茶具叮当响。
21 housekeeper 6q2zxl     
n.管理家务的主妇,女管家
参考例句:
  1. A spotless stove told us that his mother is a diligent housekeeper.炉子清洁无瑕就表明他母亲是个勤劳的主妇。
  2. She is an economical housekeeper and feeds her family cheaply.她节约持家,一家人吃得很省。
22 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  1. After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  2. They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
23 brass DWbzI     
n.黄铜;黄铜器,铜管乐器
参考例句:
  1. Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.许多工人都在工厂铜管乐队中演奏。
  2. Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黄铜是通过铜和锌的熔合而成的。
24 spouts f7ccfb2e8ce10b4523cfa3327853aee2     
n.管口( spout的名词复数 );(喷出的)水柱;(容器的)嘴;在困难中v.(指液体)喷出( spout的第三人称单数 );滔滔不绝地讲;喋喋不休地说;喷水
参考例句:
  1. A volcano spouts flame and lava. 火山喷出火焰和岩浆。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  2. The oil rushes up the tube and spouts up as a gusher. 石油会沿着钢管上涌,如同自喷井那样喷射出来。 来自辞典例句
25 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  1. Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  2. She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
26 flicker Gjxxb     
vi./n.闪烁,摇曳,闪现
参考例句:
  1. There was a flicker of lights coming from the abandoned house.这所废弃的房屋中有灯光闪烁。
  2. At first,the flame may be a small flicker,barely shining.开始时,光辉可能是微弱地忽隐忽现,几乎并不灿烂。
27 gnawing GsWzWk     
a.痛苦的,折磨人的
参考例句:
  1. The dog was gnawing a bone. 那狗在啃骨头。
  2. These doubts had been gnawing at him for some time. 这些疑虑已经折磨他一段时间了。
28 inviting CqIzNp     
adj.诱人的,引人注目的
参考例句:
  1. An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room.一股诱人的咖啡香味飘进了房间。
  2. The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and blessedly familiar.这间厨房的味道温暖诱人,使人感到亲切温馨。
29 Flared Flared     
adj. 端部张开的, 爆发的, 加宽的, 漏斗式的 动词flare的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  1. The match flared and went out. 火柴闪亮了一下就熄了。
  2. The fire flared up when we thought it was out. 我们以为火已经熄灭,但它突然又燃烧起来。
30 peculiarities 84444218acb57e9321fbad3dc6b368be     
n. 特质, 特性, 怪癖, 古怪
参考例句:
  1. the cultural peculiarities of the English 英国人的文化特点
  2. He used to mimic speech peculiarities of another. 他过去总是模仿别人讲话的特点。
31 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
(通常指灯光)闪烁,摇曳( flicker的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The lights flickered and went out. 灯光闪了闪就熄了。
  2. These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 这些灯象发狂的交通灯一样不停地闪动着。
32 panes c8bd1ed369fcd03fe15520d551ab1d48     
窗玻璃( pane的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. The sun caught the panes and flashed back at him. 阳光照到窗玻璃上,又反射到他身上。
  2. The window-panes are dim with steam. 玻璃窗上蒙上了一层蒸汽。
33 blotted 06046c4f802cf2d785ce6e085eb5f0d7     
涂污( blot的过去式和过去分词 ); (用吸墨纸)吸干
参考例句:
  1. She blotted water off the table with a towel. 她用毛巾擦干桌上的水。
  2. The blizzard blotted out the sky and the land. 暴风雪铺天盖地而来。
34 thaw fUYz5     
v.(使)融化,(使)变得友善;n.融化,缓和
参考例句:
  1. The snow is beginning to thaw.雪已开始融化。
  2. The spring thaw caused heavy flooding.春天解冻引起了洪水泛滥。
35 willows 79355ee67d20ddbc021d3e9cb3acd236     
n.柳树( willow的名词复数 );柳木
参考例句:
  1. The willows along the river bank look very beautiful. 河岸边的柳树很美。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. Willows are planted on both sides of the streets. 街道两侧种着柳树。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
36 lark r9Fza     
n.云雀,百灵鸟;n.嬉戏,玩笑;vi.嬉戏
参考例句:
  1. He thinks it cruel to confine a lark in a cage.他认为把云雀关在笼子里太残忍了。
  2. She lived in the village with her grandparents as cheerful as a lark.她同祖父母一起住在乡间非常快活。
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