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双语格林童话:懒鬼哈利和胖婆特琳娜

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      Lazy Heinz
     Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
     Heinz was lazy, and although he had nothing else to do but to drive his goat out to the pasture every day, he nevertheless groaned1 every evening when he returned home after finishing his day's work.
     "It is in truth a heavy burden," he said, "and a tiresome2 job, to drive such a goat out to the field year in and year out until late in the fall. If I could only lie down and sleep at it! But no, keep my eyes open so it won't damage the young trees, or force its way through the hedge into a garden, or even run away altogether. How can I get some rest and enjoy life?"
     He sat down, collected his thoughts, and considered how he could lift this burden from his shoulders. For a long time his thoughts led to nothing, but suddenly it was as if scales were removed from his eyes.
     "I know what I will do," he shouted. "I will marry Fat Trina. She too has a goat, and she can drive mine out with hers, and then I shall no longer have to torment3 myself."
     So Heinz got up, set his weary limbs into motion, and walked across the street, for it was no further than that, to where Fat Trina's parents lived, and asked for the hand in marriage of their 4 and 5 daughter.
     Her parents did not think about it for long. "Birds of a feather, flock together," they thought, and gave their consent.
     So Fat Trina became Heinz's wife, and drove out both of the goats. Heinz now enjoyed life, having no work to rest from, but his own laziness.
     He went out with her only now and then, saying, "I'm doing this so that afterwards I will enjoy resting more. Otherwise I shall lose all feeling for it."
     However, Fat Trina was no less lazy.
     "Dear Heinz," she said one day, "why should we make our lives so miserable6, ruining the best days of our youth, when there is no need for it? The two goats disturb our best sleep every morning with their bleating7 to give them to our neighbor, a beehive for them?, and then not give it any more thought. Bees do not have to be taken care of, nor driven into the field. They fly out and find their way home again by themselves, and they collect honey without any effort at all on our part."
     "You have spoken like a sensible woman," replied Heinz. "We will carry out your proposal without delay. And furthermore, honey tastes better and is more nourishing than goat's milk, and it keeps longer too."
     The neighbor willingly gave them a beehive for the two goats. The bees flew tirelessly in and out from early morning until late evening, that fall-time, Heinz was able to take out a whole jugful9.
     They placed the jug8 on a shelf on their bedroom wall. Fearing that it might be stolen, or that the mice might get into it, Trina brought in a stout10 hazel stick and put it beside her bed, so that she would be able to reach it without having to get up, and then from her place in bed drive away the uninvited guests.
     Lazy Heinz did not like to get out of bed before noon. "He who rises early," he would say, "wastes his wealth."
     One morning when he was still lying in the feathers in broad daylight, resting from his long sleep, he said to his wife, "Women are fond of sweets, to exchange it for a goose with a young gosling, before you eat it all up."
     "But not before we have a child to take care of them." replied Trina. Am I to torment myself with the young geese, wasting all my energy on them for no reason?"
     "Do you think," said Heinz, "that the boy will tend geese? as they please, they think that they are smarter than their parents, like that servant who was supposed to look for the cow and chased after three blackbirds."
     "Oh," replied Trina, "he will get it if he does not do what I say. I will take a stick and tan his hide with more blows than can be counted."
     "See here, Heinz," she shouted in her fervor11, to drive away the mice. "See here! This is how I will beat him."
     She struck forth12, unfortunately hitting the jug of honey above the bed. The jug struck against the wall and fell down in pieces. The fine honey flowed out onto the floor.
     "There lies the goose with the young gosling," said Heinz. "And they do not need to be tended. But it is lucky that the jug did not fall on my head. We have every reason to be satisfied with our fate."
     Then noticing that there was still some honey in one of the pieces of the jug, he reached out for it, saying quite happily, "Wife, enjoy the leftovers13, and then we will rest a little fr? The day will be long enough."
     "Yes," answered Trina, "there is always time enough. You know, the snail14 was once invited to a wedding and started on his way, it fell over the fence, and said, 'Haste makes waste.'"

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