18.6.11【英语美文】魔幻小童话 The Gossip Gremlin《嘘,你嚼舌根时有小魔怪在听哦!》

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周一主题:【英语美文】魔幻小童话 The Gossip Gremlin《嘘,你嚼舌根时有小魔怪在听哦!》


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The Gossip Gremlin

  • “Happy birthday, Princess!!!!” Mom   and Dad presented the large box   to 12-year-old Amy with great pride. “What is it, what is it, Daddy?” Amy squealed with excitement. She tore   the wrapping paper. “It is a pet, is it?” she squealed and then she   stopped and just stared down in   wonder.

  • Standing in the middle of the box,   just barely 3 inches tall, was   a tiny human-like figure. It had arms and legs, a head and a face, but it   was so oddly shaped. Its legs were furry   and the fur was a flow of   purples, greens and pinks. The feet were not feet at all but tiny hooves. The hooves had toes with   sharp, tiny toenails for gripping.   The torso, arms, neck and face   were similarly wildly coloured, so bright it hurt their eyes, and its head   was pointy so it always looked surprised and fascinated.

  • Amy named the gremlin Stanley. Every time she called its name, it squeaked and did a dance. Stanley   stayed in his box, very happy at first, but then he slowly got sick. One   night, Amy was watching Stanley and talking to Courtney, her friend, on   the phone.

  • “Courtney, did you see what Janie   was wearing? Wow, it was so stupid! She has such ugly clothes!” Just then   a big squeak erupted from the   little box. Stanley jumped to his feet and did a dance. “Courtney, it’s   Stanley. He got better. We were gossiping and he suddenly got well. He   eats gossip, Courtney, he eats gossip!” And it was true. Each time Amy   gossiped, Stanley grew larger.

  • Then came the Thursday when Amy   broke the rules, and she sneaked Stanley into her backpack and took him to   school. All of the 6th grade girls gathered to hold Stanley and pet him   and tell him how cute he was. And then they started.

  • “Nikki called Cassie a dumb   girl………….” “Sandra has ugly hair” “Linda was mean to Susan” …And with each   tiny piece of gossip, Stanley did   a little yip, a back flip,   danced and grew bigger and fatter. The girls didn’t notice it happening,   but as the gremlin was handed from girl to girl, he slipped through their hands to the floor, and ran off.

  • “Courtney, where’s Stanley?” Amy   whispered when class had already started. For the next five minutes   everyone in class was sure Amy had lost   her mind, since she was throwing the things in her backpack   everywhere. Suddenly, from the back of the room near the door, came a low-pitched yip. Stanley stood on   the assignments table. He was   now 3 feet tall and very fat.

  • The students began to panic at the   appearance of the large, fat gremlin. It gave a low yelp, then danced and flipped, but   he was so large by now that he broke the table and escaped into the hallway. The frightened students   rushed into the halls, seeing tufts   of multi-coloured fur flying   everywhere.

  • Suddenly, Mr Bixley, the school principal, came marching   down the hall and shouted orders. “Students, to the gym. We are going to   put a stop to this!” In the gym, Mr. Bixley and Stanley faced each other   like cowboys in a western duel. The principal spoke.

  • “Heather, come here, tell the   truth.” Heather moved to the front, to a microphone the AV-guy had quickly brought up.   “Leslie didn’t cheat on the test. I lied. Leslie is a good person.” “Phillip, Jessica,   Sarah…tell the truth,” the principal commanded. One by one the students   stepped forward and spoke the truth into the microphone, correcting their   gossiping lies. Each time, Stanley moaned,   grabbed his ears and cried big green gremlin tears.

  • “Now, Amy – come here – tell the   truth,” Mr. Bixley ordered. Amy stepped up, looked nervous and then said   loudly into the microphone, “JANIE HAS PRETTY CLOTHES!”

  • That was all it took. Stanley fell back into the bleachers and moaned so loudly the   students held their ears. He did a forward flip and then just like that   with a loud BLIP, he vanished,   leaving just a puddle of green gossip goo   on the gym floor. “EVERYBODY BACK TO CLASS!” commanded the good principal   and with that, there was never again another gossip gremlin in Amy’s town.


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