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Mark's shrinking snout 馬克的象鼻縮水記

Meet Kathleen the mouse and Mark the elephant. Kathleen is very brave and likes adventures, 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 situatuins. 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,朋友都喜歡黏在一起,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...

Mark was walking home one day when he bumped his head on a streetlight.

"I can't go a single day without bumping my head. It's no fun being this tall."

Mark kept walking. Suddenly, a tall man in front of him dropped his briefcase and two bottles of purple liquid tumbled out. Mark rushed over to help the man.

"Thank you, kind sir," the man said. "I'm sure lucky these bottles didn't break."

"What are they?" Mark asked.

"They contain a special potion that can make anything smaller."

"I wouldn't mind being smaller."

"For a kind creature who's willing to help me in time of need, I can offer a special discount. One bottle for $500."

Mark decided to purchase a bottle. He gulped down the potion and began walking home. On the way, he looked at his reflection in a store window. He was the same size, but his trunk had shrunk! He ran home.

"Your trunk!" Kathleen shouted when she saw him. "Come with me. In the middle of Scarlet Forest lives a wizard named Glyn. He can help you."

They walked to the wizard's hut and knocked on his door. A tall man came out and Mark began to shiver. It was the man who had sold him the potion…(MICHAEL KEARNEY, STAFF WRITER)

有一天,馬克走在回家的路上,一頭撞上了一根路燈。

「我沒有一天不撞到頭,個兒高一點好處也沒有。」

馬克繼續走,忽然間,在他前面有一個長得很高的男人的公事包掉在地上,裡面的兩瓶紫色液體也跟著滾了出來。於是馬克匆忙上前去幫他。

「謝謝你,好心的先生,」那個男人說:「還好兩個瓶子沒破,我實在是很幸運。」

「那裡面裝的是什麼啊?」馬克問。

「是一種神奇的藥水,可以讓任何東西變小。」

「我想變小一點。」

「因為你在我需要幫忙的時候,熱心地伸出援手,所以我可以給你打個折,一瓶賣你五百元就好。」

馬克決定買一瓶,他大口喝掉這瓶藥水後,開始繼續走回家。在路上,他從一個商店櫥窗中看到自己的樣子,他的身體並沒有變小,但他的鼻子卻縮水了!於是他快步跑回家。

「你的鼻子!」凱薩琳一看到馬克就大喊:「我帶你去紅森林中找一個叫做葛林的巫師,他可以治好你。」

他們來到巫師葛林的小屋前,敲了敲門,一位高大的男子走了出來,馬克忍不住打了個冷顫,那正是賣他神奇藥水的人...

(翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY'S ANSWERS 今日解答

What happened? :

1. b 2. c

Match it:

1. C 2. E 3. A 4. B 5. D


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