How the Sun was Rescued
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Thus it was.

Once upon a time, evil spirits stole the Sun from the tundra1 dwellers2. And in the everlasting3 gloom that followed all the birds and beasts stumbled about seeking their food by touch.

Soon the birds and the beasts decided4 to call a grand council; envoys5 were dispatched to the council from every species of animal and bird.

The old raven6 whom all considered wise spoke7 up: "My friends, how much longer must we dwell in darkness? I have heard that close to our land, in a great cavern8, live the evil spirits who have stolen the Sun. They keep it in a white stone pot. If we steal back the Sun from the evil spirits we can light up our world again. So I, old raven, advise you to send the biggest and strongest among you, the big Polar bear, to fetch the Sun."

"The bear, the bear!" cried all the animals.

At that moment, the ancient, half-deaf owl9 was busy repairing her sledge10 and noticed all the commotion11. Asking the little snow bunting nearby for news, she was told that the polar bear was to be sent to fetch the Sun.

"Oh, no, no, no!" cried the owl. "That won't do at all. No sooner will he come upon some scrap12 of food than he'll forget all about his mission. And we'll never get the Sun back."

With that they all had to agree: "True enough, the bear will find some scrap of food and forget about everything else."

The raven spoke again: "Then let's send the wolf; after the bear he is the strongest and he is much faster."

"Eh, what's that they're saying?" the owl asked the snow bunting.

"They've decided on the wolf," replied the bunting. "He is the strongest and swiftest of us all after the bear."

"Fiddlesticks!" snapped the owl. "That wolf is greedy and will stop at the first deer he sees and gobble it up; and he'll forget all about the Sun."

Hearing the owl's words, the animals had to agree. "Quite true, quite true," they said. "That wolf is greedy and when he sees a deer he will stop to kill it, and forget about the Sun. But whom shall we send for the sun?"

Just then a tiny mouse raised her squeaky voice: "We should send the hare; he's the best runner amongst us; he'll fetch the Sun back for us."

Once more the birds and beasts cried out: "The hare, the hare, the hare!"

And for the third time the deaf old owl asked the snow bunting what they were saying. Back came the answer: "They want to send the hare for the Sun, for he is the best runner and he may catch the Sun on his way."

The owl thought for a bit, then said: "Yes, he may indeed steal back the Sun. He hops13 well and skips well, and is not selfish. Nobody will be able to catch him."

So the hare was chosen. Without more ado, he went on his way guided by the raven. He hopped14 and skipped for many days across the land until at last he spied a shaft15 of light far ahead.

As he came closer he saw that rays of light were coming from under the earth through a narrow crack. When he put his eye to the crack he was able to make out a ball of fire lying in a great white stone pot, its rays lighting16 up a vast underground cavern.

"That must be the Sun," thought the hare. "And over there must be the evil spirits, lying on those soft reindeer17 hides in the corner. "

The brave little hare squeezed through the crack, let himself down on to the floor of the cavern and hopped over to where the ball of fire lay. Then he snatched it up from the stone pot, banged the ground hard with his hind18 legs and sprang up through the crack.

At once the evil spirits rushed about trying to squeeze through the crack in pursuit of the hare.

In the meantime the little hare ran as fast as his legs would carry him. All the same, it was not long before the evil spirits were on his heels. Just as they were about to grab him, he gave the ball of fire a hard kick with his hind legs, breaking it in two: one part small, the other big. With a second kick, he sent the smaller part flying high into the air until it reached the heavens.

And there it became the Moon.

He then kicked the big part even higher so that it soared into another region of the sky to become the Sun.

How bright it then became on earth.

The evil spirits were blinded by the light and scampered19 back underground, never to appear on earth again. And all the birds and the beasts praised the brave little hare who had rescued the Sun.


1 tundra dmtwW     
  • The arctic tundra is at the top of the world around the North Pole.北极冻原是指北极点周边的地区,是世界最高的地方。
  • There is a large amount of methane gas under the Siberian tundra.西伯利亚的冻土地带之下有大量的甲烷气体。
2 dwellers e3f4717dcbd471afe8dae6a3121a3602     
n.居民,居住者( dweller的名词复数 )
  • City dwellers think country folk have provincial attitudes. 城里人以为乡下人思想迂腐。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • They have transformed themselves into permanent city dwellers. 他们已成为永久的城市居民。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 everlasting Insx7     
  • These tyres are advertised as being everlasting.广告上说轮胎持久耐用。
  • He believes in everlasting life after death.他相信死后有不朽的生命。
4 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。
5 envoys fe850873669d975a9344f0cba10070d2     
使节( envoy的名词复数 ); 公使; 谈判代表; 使节身份
  • the routine tit for tat when countries expel each other's envoys 国家相互驱逐对方使节这种惯常的报复行动
  • Marco Polo's travelogue mentions that Kublai Khan sent envoys to Malgache. 马可波罗游记中提到忽必烈曾派使节到马尔加什。
6 raven jAUz8     
  • We know the raven will never leave the man's room.我们知道了乌鸦再也不会离开那个男人的房间。
  • Her charming face was framed with raven hair.她迷人的脸上垂落着乌亮的黑发。
7 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
8 cavern Ec2yO     
  • The cavern walls echoed his cries.大山洞的四壁回响着他的喊声。
  • It suddenly began to shower,and we took refuge in the cavern.天突然下起雨来,我们在一个山洞里避雨。
9 owl 7KFxk     
  • Her new glasses make her look like an owl.她的新眼镜让她看上去像只猫头鹰。
  • I'm a night owl and seldom go to bed until after midnight.我睡得很晚,经常半夜后才睡觉。
10 sledge AxVw9     
  • The sledge gained momentum as it ran down the hill.雪橇从山上下冲时的动力越来越大。
  • The sledge slid across the snow as lightly as a boat on the water.雪橇在雪原上轻巧地滑行,就象船在水上行驶一样。
11 commotion 3X3yo     
  • They made a commotion by yelling at each other in the theatre.他们在剧院里相互争吵,引起了一阵骚乱。
  • Suddenly the whole street was in commotion.突然间,整条街道变得一片混乱。
12 scrap JDFzf     
  • A man comes round regularly collecting scrap.有个男人定时来收废品。
  • Sell that car for scrap.把那辆汽车当残品卖了吧。
13 hops a6b9236bf6c7a3dfafdbc0709208acc0     
跳上[下]( hop的第三人称单数 ); 单足蹦跳; 齐足(或双足)跳行; 摘葎草花
  • The sparrow crossed the lawn in a series of hops. 那麻雀一蹦一跳地穿过草坪。
  • It is brewed from malt and hops. 它用麦精和蛇麻草酿成。
14 hopped 91b136feb9c3ae690a1c2672986faa1c     
跳上[下]( hop的过去式和过去分词 ); 单足蹦跳; 齐足(或双足)跳行; 摘葎草花
  • He hopped onto a car and wanted to drive to town. 他跳上汽车想开向市区。
  • He hopped into a car and drove to town. 他跳进汽车,向市区开去。
15 shaft YEtzp     
  • He was wounded by a shaft.他被箭击中受伤。
  • This is the shaft of a steam engine.这是一个蒸汽机主轴。
16 lighting CpszPL     
  • The gas lamp gradually lost ground to electric lighting.煤气灯逐渐为电灯所代替。
  • The lighting in that restaurant is soft and romantic.那个餐馆照明柔和而且浪漫。
17 reindeer WBfzw     
  • The herd of reindeer was being trailed by a pack of wolves.那群驯鹿被一只狼群寻踪追赶上来。
  • The life of the Reindeer men was a frontier life.驯鹿时代人的生活是一种边区生活。
18 hind Cyoya     
  • The animal is able to stand up on its hind limbs.这种动物能够用后肢站立。
  • Don't hind her in her studies.不要在学业上扯她后腿。
19 scampered fe23b65cda78638ec721dec982b982df     
v.蹦蹦跳跳地跑,惊惶奔跑( scamper的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The cat scampered away. 猫刺棱一下跑了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The rabbIt'scampered off. 兔子迅速跑掉了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》