The Magic Kettle
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Right in the middle of Japan, high in the mountain, an old man lived in his little house. He found in one corner of the room an old iron1 kettle2. He decided3 to use it to boil water. To his surprise, the kettle became a strange creature when it was on the fire. And then it changed back into a kettle again. The old man decided to sell it. So a merchant came and went away with the kettle.

At night, the merchant was awakened4 by a big noise. The kettle became a strange creature again and was running about(乱跑) in his room. But early next morning found the kettle still quietly lying in the corner. One of his neighbors, after hearing what he had seen in the night, advised him to travel in the country to display it.

Now the kettle could be asked to change and perform by the merchant. The performances drew(牵引,描绘) big audiences, and the merchant earned a lot of money. But he was an honest man. Though he was rich now, he thought that he owed5 some of his wealth to the man from whom he had bought the kettle.

One morning, he put a hundred gold pieces into the kettle and, hanging it on his arm, he returned to the old man who had sold it to him. The old man thanked the merchant,saying that few people would have been so honest.

The kettle brought them both luck. Everything went well with them till they died.


1 iron raHzm     
n.铁,熨斗,坚强,烙铁,镣铐;vt.烫平,熨,用铁包;vi. 烫衣服
  • The iron has lost its magnetic force.这块铁已失去了磁力。
  • We need an electrician to mend the iron.我们要请电工修理熨斗。
2 kettle t3Hyd     
  • The kettle is boiling.水壶里的水开了。
  • She put the kettle on the gas stove.她将水壶放在煤气炉上。
3 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
4 awakened de71059d0b3cd8a1de21151c9166f9f0     
v.(使)醒( awaken的过去式和过去分词 );(使)觉醒;弄醒;(使)意识到
  • She awakened to the sound of birds singing. 她醒来听到鸟的叫声。
  • The public has been awakened to the full horror of the situation. 公众完全意识到了这一状况的可怕程度。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 owed d8aea03e0a2a7e49a90d3d62728feafe     
v.感激( owe的过去式和过去分词 );应把…归功于;欠…债;(对位高权重者)忠诚
  • I'd completely forgotten about the money he owed me. 我完全记不得他欠我的钱了。
  • He gave me a lot of help.I owed much to him. 他给我许多帮助,我非常感激他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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