Black Beauty – Part 4

27. 农夫和他的孙子(Farmer and His Grandson Willie)

这是最后一次Beauty 被带到马市上。他环顾四周,周围待售的马都是老弱病残。而买卖马匹的人儿,无论买方卖方,看起来比这些牲口也好不到哪里去。他们大多也是老人了,又老又穷,期待着花个几磅钱买回一匹老马,能帮忙运点木头或煤炭。有些人看起来冷漠无情,贫穷和困苦早已把他们磨砺成铁石心肠。可也有些人,虽然衣着破旧,面容依然和善仁慈,声音温和,令Beauty 信赖和向往。

一位面容慈善的老人,带着一个男孩走过。Beauty 赶快往前支起耳朵,扬起头,努力打起精神,期待地看着老人。老人说,“Willie, 这匹马年轻时应该是匹好马。”


“是的,孩子”,爷爷说,“看看他的耳朵,鼻孔,他的脖子和肩膀的线条,他是良种马。”他轻轻地拍了拍Beauty 的脖子。Beauty 把鼻子凑过去表达谢意。男孩也摸了摸Beauty 的脸。


“这个男孩真是懂马的内行啊。”卖马的人说话了,“这匹马以前开出租马车,劳累过度了,变成现在这样,不是老了。让他休息半年,他会恢复的。现在只卖5磅,等他身体恢复了,我保证明年春天他值20 磅呢。”

爷爷摸了摸Beauty 的四条腿,他们又肿又硬。Beauty 按照指令,努力地做着各种动作,踢踢腿,弯弯脖子,翘起尾巴,希望自己看起来好一点。爷爷最后检查了他的牙齿,说,“这匹马大约十三四岁了。”最后,5磅成交。Beauty 被带回了又一个新家。

爷爷让男孩Willie 负责照料Beauty。Willie 很为自己的职责骄傲,认认真真地照料着Beauty。他每天都来看Beauty,喂他干草和燕麦,有时还給他带来一只胡萝卜。他总是温和地和他说话,有时也安静地站在Beauty 的身边看他吃东西。白天的时候,Willie常常带着Beauty在大片的草地上玩耍。Beauty 非常喜欢Willie。

优质的食物,充足的休息,适度的运动,柔软的草皮,都让Beauty 的身体和精神很快地恢复起来。Beauty 从父母亲那里继承了良种马的优秀基因,幼年成长过程中没有被恶待过,所以比一般的马恢复地都要快。

冬去春来,Beauty 的身体恢复了很多,腿也不再僵硬浮肿。三月的一天,爷爷把Beauty 带出去试骑了一圈,满意地对Willie 说,“他确实变年轻了。我们现在必须让他干点轻活,到夏天的时候,他就会完全恢复了。到时候,我们要給他找一个安静优雅的新家。”

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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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