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The Adventures of Kathleen the Great and Mark the Meek 英勇凱薩琳與害羞馬克歷險記

Taipei Times staff  /  88967

Meet Kathleen the mouse and Mark the elephant.

Kathleen is very brave and likes adventure, but Mark is very shy and scared of many things. But friends stay together, so Mark follows Kathleen

wherever she goes. Sometimes they get into some very sticky situations.

見見老鼠凱薩琳和大象馬克。凱薩琳非常勇敢又喜歡冒險,但馬克的個性十分害羞,對許多事情都感到害怕。不過,朋友都喜歡黏在一塊兒,所以凱薩琳走到哪兒,馬克就會跟到哪兒。有時候,他們也會碰上非常棘手的情況...

The gray-faced bandit 灰面大盜

One day Kathleen went to the post office to mail an important letter. She looked over at a bulletin board while she was waiting in line and saw a picture of an elephant.

"That looks just like Mark," she said.

Kathleen went and took a closer look. It was Larry Long Trunk, a notorious elephant who was wanted for robbing three banks down south.

"I'll have to tell Mark about this," she said.

Meanwhile, Mark woke up and looked in the refrigerator. He was very hungry, but there was no food left. Mark thought about waiting for Kathleen to go get breakfast with her, but then his stomach started growling.

"I better go get breakfast right away," he said.

The evening before Mark had spent all of his money at the rodeo, so on his way to the restaurant, Mark stopped at the bank. When it was his turn, he went to the counter to make a withdrawal.

"How may I help you," the bank teller said, as she pushed a button under the desk.

"I'd like to make a withdrawal," Mark said.

Suddenly Mark felt something metal touching his back. It was the security guard's gun! And Mark heard sirens outside…

(Michael Kearney, Staff Writer)

某天,凱薩琳到郵局去寄一封重要信件。排隊等候時,她看了看佈告欄,發現上頭有張大象的照片。

「看起來好像馬克喔,」她說。

凱薩琳於是上前去看個清楚。原來是惡名昭彰的長鼻象賴瑞,因為在南部搶了三家銀行而遭警方通緝。

「我得告訴馬克這件事,」她說。

同一時間,剛起床的馬克正在看冰箱裡有什麼東西。飢腸轆轆的他發現冰箱裡空無一物。馬克想等凱薩琳一起去吃早餐,可是他的肚子已經開始咕嚕咕嚕叫了。

FINISH IT 故事接龍

Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:

Idea 1: Mark is very scared and begins shaking. What does the security guard do? Do the police run into the bank? Does Mark end up in jail?

想法一: 馬克覺得非常害怕,開始全身發抖。那名保全會做什麼?警方會衝進銀行嗎?馬克會落到吃牢飯的下場嗎?

Idea 2: Kathleen walks by the bank just as the police show up. She looks in the window and sees that Mark is in trouble. Do the police listen to her? Does she rush into the bank? Does the security guard think that she's trying to help Mark rob the bank?

想法二: 警方到場時,凱薩琳剛好經過銀行。她從窗外看見馬克身陷危機。警方會聽信她的話嗎?她會衝進銀行嗎?保全人員會認為她是搶匪馬克的同夥嗎?

Idea 3: The police rush into the bank and handcuff Mark. He's too big to fit into the police car, so they decide to walk him to the police station. They pass by Kathleen on the way. What does Kathleen do to try to help Mark? Are the police willing to listen to a mouse in a dress? Does Mark ever get to eat breakfast?

想法三: 警方衝進銀行逮捕馬克。馬克因體型太大擠不進警車,警方於是決定讓他步行至警局,途中他們與凱薩琳擦身而過。凱薩琳會如何幫助馬克?警方願意聽信一隻穿著洋裝的老鼠的話嗎?馬克到底有沒有吃到早餐?


「我最好立刻去吃早餐,」他說。

因為在馬術競技會上花光了所有的錢,所以在前往餐廳的途中,馬克先去了銀行。等輪到他時,他走到櫃檯要提款。

「有什麼能為您效勞的嗎?」女行員一面說,一面按下桌下的按鈕。

「我想要提款,」馬克說。

忽然,馬克覺得有個金屬物頂住他的背。那是保全人員的槍!接著馬克就聽到外面傳來一陣警笛聲...(翻譯:林倩如)

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