Black Beauty – Part 4

25.  马夫和女士 (Jakes and the Lady)

Jerry 把Beauty 卖給了他认识的开面包房的老板。Jerry想Beauty跟着这个老板 应该不愁吃的,活儿也不会太重。

面包房的老板人不错,可是他手下的工头却很苛刻,总是在马车上货的时候加的满满的,马夫Jakes抗议也没用。Jakes 像其他的马夫一样,喜欢用轴承缰绳,那种缰绳让马无法低头,很难使上劲。

有一天,马车上的货格外沉重,又是上坡路,Beauty实在吃力,走几步就得休息一下。这让Jakes 大为恼火,他使劲地鞭打Beauty, 骂道,“你这个懒家伙,快走。”Beauty 拼劲全力,身上的鞭子落在身上,也痛在心里,可是他实在拉不动了。


Jakes 说,“如果尽力还不能拉动这辆车,那他必须比尽力再多做一点。”


Jakes 说,“是啊,是很沉。但是我有什么办法?是工头硬要多带300 磅的货,省了他自己的麻烦。”


缰绳拿掉了。Beauty 的头上下扭动着,终于可以活动了,真舒服啊!

“可怜的家伙”,女士说着,轻轻地拍着Beauty,对Jakes 说,“如果你和他温和的说着话,领着他走,他会做的更好一些。”

没有了轴承缰绳的束缚,Beauty 终于把车拉上了坡。

女士又轻轻地拍着Beauty,对Jakes 说,“你看,如果你給他机会,他其实很愿意干活的。我相信他是头好脾气的马。你以后不会再給他上轴承缰绳了吧?”

Jakes 说,“我得承认没有轴承缰绳,马确实能使上劲了。下次上坡的时候,我会记住这一点。可是如果总不用轴承缰绳的话,我会被同行们嘲笑的。用轴承缰绳是潮流,你知道的。”


女士走了,Jakes 自言自语地说,“这才是真正的淑女。”

从那以后,每逢上坡,jakes 总会把轴承缰绳拿掉,Beauty 的日子确实好过一点。可是,日复一日超载繁重的工作,还是让Beauty 干活越来越吃力。他们买了一匹年轻的马取代他。Beauty 又被卖給了一家挺大的出租马车行。

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There are 4 parts in Black Beauty, and all has been translated and posted.

Not sure what you mean part2?

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